Spring has sprung, and with it, an astrological doozy of a month. May will be intense for all zodiac signs, especially when it comes to affairs of the heart. Notably, Venus, the planet that rules over your love life, is shifting into sensitive water sign Cancer on the 7th. This cosmic change brings out a strong desire to feel safe and loved, says Donna Page, a professional astrologer with a graduate degree in counseling psychology based in Atlanta. “Venus wants us to be happy,” Page says, so you may find yourself asking questions like: “What causes me joy? Who makes me feel seen and safe? When am I happiest?”
The emotional energy is only heightened with the full moon in Scorpio (another emo water sign) and a lunar eclipse on the 5th. And to top it all off, Pluto, the planet that deals with death, rebirth, and transformation, goes retrograde this month as well, dialing up the intensity across the board. This is a time of big revelations and discovering what (or who) you are truly passionate about. Nbd, right?
Ahead, Page shares her May 2023 sex horoscope predictions for every zodiac sign:
ARIES (MARCH 21–APRIL 19)
In a relationship: Finding yourself a bit more amorous than usual, Aries? The full moon eclipse in Scorpio on the 5th is lighting up your house of intimacy, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself craving closeness, and passion. While this can certainly manifest into some extra fire in the bedroom, this eclipse asks you to go deeper than the physical, and really work on the emotional intimacy in your partnership. There may be a bit of a push and pull, because sharing your deepest desires is, well, scary! But your relationship—and yourself—will be better for it.
Single: In the words of the Spice Girls, “Tell me what you want, what you really really want!” For single Aries, this month is bringing up a lot of questions around your romantic life. Is it time for you to start seriously dating? Do you “Wannabe” someone’s lover? If so, it’s important to truly share how you’re feeling with anyone you’re interested in. After all, they won't know you’re crushing if you don’t say anything! So muster up that confidence, and go after what you want.
TAURUS (APRIL 20–MAY 20)
Between your birthday and the full moon eclipse energy, this is a big month for you, Taurus!
In a relationship: With the full moon eclipse in Scorpio on the 5th, you can expect a spotlight to shine on your love life. Not a bad thing, BTW! Taurus and Scorpio are astrological opposites, which makes for a smoother yin and yang energy. Plus, with Scorpio (notoriously a sexual sign) in the mix, why not make your bed rock? This month is a good time to connect with your significant other, whether it’s through a fun and sexy game or just a long, unrushed conversation on your nightly walk. Venus, the planet that rules over love, is in sweet water sign Cancer starting on the 7th, which will also help you communicate more clearly. This is good news because Mercury retrograde will be ending around that time as well. Phew!
Single: Venus, the planet that rules your love life, is in Cancer at the start of May, bringing to light your habits. There is a strong sense that your daily rituals will lead you to a person of interest. Whether you post up at that bar you always get your end-of-the-week cocktail with the gals or your neighborhood coffee shop where you treat yourself every Wednesday, stay open to new connections of the cutie kind. Thank you, universe!
GEMINI (MAY 21–JUNE 20)
In a relationship: Get out of dodge this month, and enjoy some much-needed TLC with your lover. Any relationship is stronger with intentional one on one time, and yours is no exception, Gemini. Your birthday is coming up (woohoo!), which is a natural time for you to reflect on all that has happened since your last turn around the sun. When the full moon solar eclipse hits on the 5th, the passionate, sensual energy will be at all-time high. So definitely put some sexy time with bae on the cal!
Single: You’re feeling a bit more analytical than usual this month, Single Gem, and there is nothing wrong with that! When looking for the person you plan to spend a big portion of your time with, it's important to be discerning. Just make sure you are not adding additional stress to the situation, because the full moon and lunar eclipse on the 5th come at a pivotal time—when the balance between your life and love life are being called into question. Take stock of how you’re feeling and, importantly, who you are looking for in a romantic sense (if anyone!). This information will be incredibly useful in the months ahead, trust.
CANCER (JUNE 21–JULY 22)
In a relationship: The full moon in Scorpio on the 5th is giving you Big Romantic Comedy Protagonist Energy, and who doesn’t want some of that? It also highlights your house of romance, love, and overall enjoyment of life. This is a great time to connect with your significant other in a fun way that still allows for intimacy. Whether you two prefer long strolls on the beach or just some nice pillow talk at the end of the day, the conversation and feelings will be flowing. Venus, the planet that rules over love, also moves into your sign on the 7th, making this sweet energy even stronger. Enjoy!
Single: If you’re looking to find ~the one~, now is the perfect time, Cancer. The full moon is in fellow water sign Scorpio, and with Pluto highlighting big transformations across the zodiac, the stars are aligned for big love! As if that wasn’t enough, Venus, the literal planet of love, moves into your sign on the 7th, bringing the romance up to Fabio levels. The only thing you need to do is put yourself out there and let the universe work its magic.
LEO (JULY 23–AUGUST 22)
In a relationship: The full moon and eclipse on the 5th have you deep in your feelings, Leo. Quite literally, actually, because it's highlighting a part of your chart that represents the subconscious and all those things kicking around in your brain that you really don’t want to talk about. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but it’s time to bring it up! If you’re feeling insecure in your relationship or need a little more affirmation on the regular, let your partner know. Sitting and wallowing in your truth isn’t going to help anyone in this situation.
Single: You may be feeling a little low in the relationship department this month, single Leo, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Relationships, like the rest of life, have ebbs and flows. On the 7th, Venus, the planet that rules over love, moves into Cancer, so you may feel more contemplative than usual. Take a beat to think about what you really want in a partner—and what kind of energy you’re putting out there. Are you telling people you’re into something casual when you’re *actually* looking for a stop-you-in-your-tracks, lightning-bolt-to-the-heart love story? If so, try being more honest! There is someone out there looking for you, too.
VIRGO (AUGUST 23–SEPTEMBER 22)
In a relationship: Your month begins with the full moon in Scorpio highlighting the part of your chart that deals with communication. So basically, you and bae will be having some big chats—be willing to be vulnerable, Virgo, even when it’s hard. Letting your partner know what’s on your mind is pretty much a surefire way to get closer. So rip the band-aid off, maybe pour yourself a glass of wine, and get talking!
Single: Virgo, you are notoriously picky, and naturally, that energy extends to your love life, too. There’s no problem with that, as long as you are being realistic. (PSA: Someone wearing mismatched socks is not an actual red flag). If you are seeking a relationship, it’s important to keep your mind open without sacrificing your standards. You know what you want, and you can go after it! Just don’t self-sabotage by fixating on one or two tiny things that may be off—instead, focus on the overall feeling a potential suitor gives you.
LIBRA (SEPTEMBER 23–OCTOBER 22)
In a relationship: On the 5th, the full moon eclipse in Scorpio is bringing the give and take in your relationship into focus. Take an honest look at your current partnership(s), Libra. Are you showering your bae with praise and lavish gifts, only to be met with coach potato energy? If so, it may be time to speak up. You don’t need to carry it all on your back, and your partner should realize that, too. Plus, with Pluto going retrograde this month, there is an air of intensity and sexual magnetism. Perhaps some steamy sex awaits on the other side of whatever convos you need to have!
Single: Single Libra, you know what you want in your love life. So what’s stopping you from really going after it? Keep your green flags top of mind as you wade into the dating pool. And with Pluto, a planet that deals with passion and desire, popping into a part of your chart that deals with ~romance~, this has the potential to be a pretty steamy month for you. All you have to do is get out there. So, grab your cutest ‘fit and hit the town, baby!
SCORPIO (OCTOBER 23–NOVEMBER 21)
In a relationship: Scorp, I’m sorry to report, but this is the time to expect the unexpected, especially in relationships. Before you click away or bury this thought deep in the back of your mind (the Scorpio in me acknowledges and honors the Scorpio in you), unexpected does not necessarily mean bad. Life is about to change for either you, your partner, or perhaps the two of you. This could manifest in a job switch, a new passion, or just seeing your bae in their newly evolved form. Either way, embrace these changes. Growth is good as long as you continue to communicate your needs and desires along the way!
Single: If you’re looking for love this month, you’re in luck, single Scorpio! On the 7th, Venus, the planet that rules over love, shifts into fellow water sign Cancer, allowing you to show your softer side. And with the feeling of transformation top of mind (thank you, Pluto), it’s possible you may meet someone while exploring a new hobby—be it ceramics or kickboxing. Keep your eyes, mind, and heart open as you move through life for the next month. You may be pleasantly surprised by who comes into your orbit.
SAGITTARIUS (NOVEMBER 22–DECEMBER 21)
In a relationship: Sag, sometimes you just need to get away from it all and truly reset. Thanks to the full moon lunar eclipse in Scorpio on the 5th, this month is all about that for you and bae. Set your OOO, book that vacation rental home you've been eyeing, and just kick it with your S.O. Your connection is in need of a little TLC, so get away from it all, and spend some time doing some, ahem, sexual healing and connecting. You and boo will feel better than ever!
Single: Dating hasn’t been the easiest lately, so cue the frustration. But before you throw in the towel and join the nunnery, try loosening your grip on finding the "perfect" person. Dating can be a fun exercise that exposes you to all different types of people and information. Don’t get so hung up on the destination that you forget to enjoy the journey, like catching up with a cutie over drinks. Sooner or later, your person is coming!
CAPRICORN (DECEMBER 22–JANUARY 19)
In a relationship: Your social calendar is maxed out this month, Cap, which can be a great thing. Just don’t forget to make time for your lover...or maybe bring them along for the ride. Venus, the planet that rules over love, moves into your astrological opposite, Cancer, on the 7th, which brings a romantic, sweet energy to your life. Carve out some time for a little date night, romantic getaway, or whatever makes you and bae happiest together!
Single: With Venus, the planet that rules your love life, moving opposite your sign into emotional Cancer on the 7th, suffice it to say—love is in the air! If you’re wanting a relationship, you’ll find even more opportunities to meet a potential partner than usual this month. Get out there, and see who might interest you. There's no harm in casting a wide net and meeting a bunch of new people, especially while you have that good Venus glow!
AQUARIUS (JANUARY 20–FEBRUARY 18)
In a relationship: Venus, the planet that rules over love, is in your sign for the first week of the month, so if you’re feeling a little extra romantic, that could definitely be why! Take advantage of this sweet energy by making time for fun with your S.O.—go to the birthday parties you'd usually skip in favor of a night of Netflix, book a table at that restaurant you’ve both been eyeing, or go for a couple’s massage. The romantic energy won’t last forever, so best hop on it now!
Single: The relationship work for you this month is more of an inside job, single Aquarius, which can be a very powerful thing. The new moon in Taurus on the 19th is emphasizing your need for a fresh start, especially in the romantic realm. To prepare for that, make a list of the qualities you want in a partner. Everyone talks a lot about red flags, but what are your green flags? What are the indications that this person is a good match? Write a list, and even put it on your bathroom mirror or in a notes app on your phone as a reminder. You deserve everything you want and more—now's the time to get it!
PISCES (FEBRUARY 19–MARCH 20)
In a relationship: This is a big month for you in the love department, Pisces, so get ready! Venus moves into fellow water sign Cancer on the 7th, which is just premium energy for a big romantic date or getaway. That, combined with the full moon lunar eclipse in water sign Scorpio on the 5th, has you very tapped into your feelings and able to see your relationship clearer than ever. The only question is...do you like what you see? If the answer is no, maybe some reevaluation is in order.
Single: There is a LOT of water sign energy in the air right now, which is great for you, single Pisces. The full moon is in Scorpio. And then two days later, on the 7th, Venus, the planet that rules over love, moves into Cancer. This is all to say... you will be having a lot of feelings this month! Try to stay grounded and focused on what your dating goals are—whether it’s a LTR or a summer fling. Once you have clarity, the rest will fall into place.
Jacqueline Tempera is an award-winning writer and reporter living in New Jersey with her many pets. She is a business owner and a double Scorpio who loves all things astrology and reality television. She is passionate about body diversity and representation, mental health, and the fight to end sexual assault and harassment. To learn more about Jackie, follow her on Instagram @jacktemp or visit her website at jackietempera.com.
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