Love horoscopes: May 19 – May 25

May 18, 2014 at 10:00 p.m. ET
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So were all those months spent pining away for him worth it? Was going through hell and high water to win his heart the romantic adventure of a lifetime? Was standing by him when everyone in his life walked away the right thing to do? That’s what you’ll be asking yourself on May 19 when Mars comes out of retrograde and you realize that you’ve won. Mars is the planet of passion in astrology. Fueled by desire, it can quickly lose interest once it gets what it wants. Rest assured that this has more to do with the planet’s change of direction than it does with you, so give yourself a few days to reset the heart compass. You didn’t make a mistake.

ARIES (March 20 – April 18)

Your ruling planet Mars comes out of retrograde on May 19. This is good news because you won’t have to be so damned careful about every step you take and every move you make around your boyfriend. You’ve built up enough trust and confidence over the past few weeks so that you can be more yourself without fear of spooking him. One of the difficulties with being born under Mars, the planet of men, is that you’re better at being a guy than most guys are. The retrograde would have taught you to express your sensitive side.


TAURUS (April 19 – May 19)

Love hasn’t been easy since Saturn entered Scorpio in late 2012. You might have undergone a very painful breakup or divorce. If you weren’t in a relationship, then you experienced a long dry spell where it was hard to find someone that you connected with. Thankfully this energy changed recently and it looks like you’re dating again and perhaps thinking about taking things to the next level. But can you trust it? An extremely rare Jupiter/Saturn trine on May 24 says yes. Moreover this relationship will make everything that came before pale in comparison.


GEMINI (May 20 – June 19)

There are times when you just can’t pull yourself away even when you know you should. You will experience one of these powerful emotional undertows on May 21. It will be useless to struggle against the current so don’t. In fact, you’d be better off relaxing and going with the flow. Maybe you need to do another round with him just to be sure that it’s over or perhaps there’s more going on between the two of you than you’re comfortable admitting. In any case, you’ll have a clearer idea of what’s what after May 28.


CANCER (June 20 – July 21)

Timing is a funny thing and timing is what will determine if things are a go or not with you and your love interest. After months of being “friends,” it looks like he’s finally ready to pour his heart out to you and tell you what you want to hear. This would be great news except that one of you may be relocating soon. Hopefully the situation is flexible enough that you can make a last-minute change in plans. If not, then you may have to wait a year before you can get together.


LEO (July 22 – Aug. 21)

There are times when being there for your lover means being there for the people in his life. If you care for him, then that care translates to them as well. Usually you have no problem with this; however, your loyalty will be tested on Wednesday when the moon in Pisces reintroduces his ungrateful black sheep sibling, ceaselessly traumatized ex or slacker friend looking for a handout. You know what you’d do if you were him, but you’re not. Try spending some time in his shoes instead. You may learn something from his generosity of spirit.


VIRGO (Aug. 22 – Sept. 21)

Not everyone can make the transition from friends to lovers. Most people insist that relationships are one or the other, but Virgos often move back and forth between these two camps. This will come in handy on May 24 when you will have to initiate the next step in a relationship that’s reached a crossroads. This can mean helping him over the threshold from pal to lover or showing an ex spouse that your divorce actually restores the friendship that faded long ago. You’re a big believer in having the best of all possible worlds.


LIBRA (Sept. 22 – Oct. 21)

Mars comes out of retrograde on May 19. This should be good news because Mars retrograde in your zodiac sign (it started March 1) can make you the object of controversy and the target for enmity. This would be distasteful for peace-loving Libras everywhere. However, Mars’ reversed direction also taught you to stand up for yourself plus it gave you a taste for taking charge of your life. That’s not something you’re eager to walk away from. How this alters the balance in your relationships is a story that will unfold between now and July 20.


SCORPIO (Oct. 22 – Nov. 20)

Saturn in your sign tends to make you withdrawn, suspicious and overly fearful of rejection. It’s the sort of energy that makes you want to stay home and lament your fate (anonymously of course) in lonely hearts chat rooms. Thankfully the Jupiter/Saturn trine on May 24 will change that. It looks as if you started communicating with someone who’s smitten with you and now’s the time to take things to the next level. This could require something daring — like going on a date — but Mars out of retrograde this week shows you’re up to it.


SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 21 – Dec. 20)

“Anywhere but here” is the Sagittarian motto. It applies to life, work and love. Born with an explorer’s heart and an adventurer’s soul, it’s hard to stay put. You’re convinced that the life you’re supposed to be living is happening some place else. This is fine for traveling to destinations unknown but it can be hell on a relationship because you’ll always feel like you can do better. Maybe you can. Maybe you can’t. But for now there’s someone who’s within a stone’s throw who could really rock your world if you’d give him the chance.


CAPRICORN (Dec. 21 – Jan. 18)

There’s this feeling that if you relax and lower your guard, then something will go wrong. It’s why you’re always working out all the possible worst-case scenarios in your head. It provides you with an emotional security blanket of sorts. Unfortunately bracing yourself for the worst leads you to miss out on all the good things in life. The Jupiter/Saturn trine on May 24 shows that things couldn’t be more wonderful between you and your other half, so ease up. You won’t jinx your happiness by letting yourself enjoy it. Joy is what happiness is all about.


AQUARIUS (Jan. 19 – Feb. 17)

You will wake up Monday morning feeling refreshed and energized. It will be the first time in weeks that you can say that you are truly yourself. Good news for you, but not necessarily for the guy you’re going out with. In fact, you may be wondering what you saw in him in the first place. Don’t be so quick to pull a disappearing act. These about-faces often happen when Mars or Venus comes out of retrograde so give yourself time to get your bearings. You’ll be clear on what you feel by May 31.


PISCES (Feb. 18 – March 19)

There’s a lot of looking and not finding when it comes to matters of the heart. This is exacerbated by your tendency to fall for bad boy types who walk all over you rather than nice guys who love and support you. Thankfully ruling planet Jupiter forms a trine to Saturn on May 24. This is when you will wake up to the fact that the fellow you’re seeing is a pretty good catch. You will always have a soft spot for guys who break your heart but it doesn’t mean you have to marry them.

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