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Your Horoscope in Cocktails: May 2016

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(Illustrations: Ariel Dunitz-Johnson)

“What’s your sign?” It’s one of the cheesiest and most gag-inducing pickup lines, and chances are you’ve either used it on someone (hopefully jokingly) or been asked the question yourself—and the encounter probably happened at a bar.

There’s something to the question, though. But not in the way you think. If you put your zodiac sign to the test, you may find that the universe is telling you to try something unexpected, like that you should try a gin cocktail instead of whiskey?


How fitting that patient, practical Taurus is an earth sign. May, an inspiring month of blooming gardens and buzzing farmers’ markets, is a time to grow even more grounded by commingling with nature. This aura of calm will come in especially handy when grappling with the topsy-turvy effects of Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto simultaneously in retrograde, as well as the stressful Grand Mutable Cross. With this four-way vortex of Saturn, Jupiter, Neptune and the moon pulling you in all directions and slowing you down, anxiety and frustration are bound to strike.

But a full moon on May 21 promises a rewarding sense of renewal and possibility. Luckily a well-made cocktail, based on your sign, can also help take the much-needed edge off May’s swirl of turbulent emotions.

Taurus: April 20 to May 20

What better time to emerge from a rut than during your birthday month? On May 6, the new moon is in Taurus, unleashing a powerful confidence that puts you back in the driver’s seat. Now is when to get your finances in order (skip the tempting trip to Lisbon and pay off the Visa), take a chance on that Tinder date and sign up for the open-mic night you’ve long been too shy to bring your guitar to. When the full moon strikes, Taurus is especially poised to make some financial gains (might you finally close on that condo?), as well as partake in a lustful interlude.

You should be drinking something that keeps you focused with your eyes on the prize at all times, like the invigorating Cowboy Coffee.

Gemini: May 21 to June 20

Gemini, it would behoove you to trade in your usual go-go-go mentality for a more chilled out vibe this month. The Taurus new moon will illuminate your oft-hidden domestic side, stoking a desire for sitting back and simply nesting. Cave in to the craving for cooking Sunday night suppers at home, and you’ll feel more centered, in turn giving you the wherewithal to wade through those especially potent emotions you’ve been clinging to as of late.

You should be drinking something uplifting, like the Country Thyme.

Cancer: June 21 to July 22

Connectivity is the theme this month, which means, Cancer, your social calendar is probably already jam-packed with rendezvous. Good, because the Taurus moon signifies new possibilities, even in your own little community. Let go of the past and make way for new alliances and collaborations. An out-with-the-old attitude also allows you to shift the emphasis to your health. Start sipping the green juice and embark on a long-welcomed detox.

You should be drinking something light and refreshing, like the Cucumber & Rose Collins.

Leo: July 23 to August 22

This is a month of great professional opportunity, Leo. But be proactive. Jupiter remains in Virgo for only the next four months; it will be 12 years before the stars are aligned like this again, so plant the seeds now for all those career goals you’ve been fantasizing over. Watch out for the full moon. Chances are good that passion will (thankfully) be at an all-time high, but it’s likely to be accompanied by a heady dose of Mars in retrograde-induced aggression. The combination could be intense and hard to balance.

You should be drinking something with a fiery punch, like La Estrella.

Virgo: August 23 to September 22

Whether it’s finally time to start that pickling blog or help build a school in Nepal, the need to do something brazen and grow personally is essential right now, Virgo. The Taurus new moon is ideal to explore these potential options. With Jupiter paying Virgo a visit from now until September 9, just keep ticking boxes off your to-do list. In the light of the full moon, domestic issues will also take center stage.

You should be drinking something out of your comfort zone, like the Dirty Oaxcan Martini.

Libra: September 23 to October 22

You are poised for a spiritual awakening, Libra. The Taurus new moon is a good time to for self-reflection, but with all the planets in retrograde, your mind may become clouded with obsessive thinking. Ward it off. Maybe start taking those meditation classes you’ve been curious about. After such deep emotional probing, the sun soaring through Gemini on May 20 leads to inviting, lighthearted excitement, perhaps in the form of a new museum exhibition or ice cream shop.

You should be drinking something strong and head-clearing, like the Sazerac.

Scorpio: October 23 to November 21

Pluto is the ruler—and Mars the minor—of you, so the planets’ concurrent retrograde will cause you even more concern, Scorpio. But don’t let that deter you from forging new relationships, especially under the trusting guidance of the Taurus new moon. Jupiter, ready to emerge once again on May 9, indicates stalled social lives and relationship tensions will dissipate, replaced with more fruitful connections. There is a good chance dollar-sign-fueled professional triumphs will also strike in tandem with the full moon.

You should be drinking something powerful, reminiscent of a bygone lunch, like the Perfect Pearl Manhattan.

Sagittarius: November 22 to December 21

This is a rare month for you, Sagittarius, because you have to contend with two of the retrograde planets, Saturn and Mars, invading your sign. Additionally, your ruling Jupiter doesn’t start flourishing for a few more days. But these bleak circumstances shouldn’t keep you down. Rather, it’s an opportunity for you to fully take control of your life and trim away the fat until you carve a more efficient path forward. When the sun reaches Gemini on May 20, you may feel deprived by your opposite sign hogging the limelight. Don’t fret. Seek out the solace of others for bursts of energy and comfort.

You should be drinking something that arouses camaraderie, like the Canadian Punch.

Capricorn: December 22 to January 19

It’s been slow going for you, Capricorn, because of Jupiter in retrograde. That era of sluggishness will soon be over, however, and thoughts will turn to far-flung, liberating travels. The Sun is slicing through Taurus, and that means you’re radiating positive energy and fine-tuning your wellness regimen with the likes of inaugural acupuncture appointments. These good vibrations make you ripe for romance during the Taurus new moon.

You should be drinking something glamorous and celebratory, like the effervescent French 75.

Aquarius: January 20 to February 18

With the sun in Taurus, it’s time to relax, read a book on the terrace and bake strawberry-rhubarb pies. The new Taurus moon bodes well for a fresh start but only if you courageously allow yourself to let down your reserved guard and exhibit emotional vulnerability. Your disposition will be bubbly all month, even in the face of disagreements spawned from the mix of havoc-wreaking Mars in retrograde and the full moon.

You should be drinking something Zen, like the Elderflower Fizz.

Pisces: February 19 to March 20

Pisces, you’re feeling intellectually stimulated. As you embrace this positivity, abundant new ventures unfurl, flat-lining relationships revive, and romance is (hopefully) sparked with an unpredictable candidate. As the sun enters Gemini, the good mojo continues with a streak of domestic bliss, followed by a career triumph that might finally pan out amid the full moon.

You should be drinking something bright and feel-good, like the Paloma.

Aries: March 21 to April 19

Stick to a solid plan, Aries—yes, a challenge for your wandering mind—and you can achieve great things this month, like cleaning up your financial messes while Mercury is in retrograde. Once May 27 rolls around, Mars slithers into Scorpio, so a dramatic period, revolving around sex and money, might be ahead. Self-expression is always encouraged, especially during the full moon, but watch out for Mars in retrograde, which might paint you more combative and pushy than usual.

You should be drinking something intense, like the Hopped-Up Bloody Mary.

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