Planning a trip is never easy. There are many factors to take into consideration—which place to go to, what to carry, where to stay, how to travel—these and many more questions beset you as you plan that dream trip. So, how do you go about creating your travel itinerary? Ever considered referring to the zodiac for inspiration? Monisha Dudaney shows you how the sun signs can have a strong influence on where you want to travel, how you travel and what your idea of a vacation is.
The tarot card for the easy-going Arian is The World, indicating a time to travel with complete enthusiasm and creativity. Keeping up your energy levels will be necessary as not only do you have a busy schedule but you will also be dealing with different temperature and pressure zones. The cards indicate that you will travel to the college towns of Pune and Ahmedabad where you will explore the local cuisine, enjoy movies and hang out with friends and extended family. Creativity hits a peak as travel broadens your perspective and allows you to regroup your energies. Allowing yourself to take a stress-free break without being guilty of taking time off or worrying about work and business adds that extra edge to pleasure. Sleep, rest and rejuvenation coupled with massages and green, leafy vegetables will restore the level of balance your body has been craving for. Your emotions could be stirred as buried and unmet desires find a way out. Making tough choices with your partner clears the air, making way for a socially satisfying month.
Tip of the month: Stay calm and you will find new opportunities knocking your door.
Most compatible sign: Pisces
Least compatible sign: Cancer
The tarot card for the dashing Taurean is The Wheel of Fortune, indicating a period where things are going your way. Travel will allow you to take a break from the rut you seem to have found yourself in. Beaches and mountains both hold equal allure and travel to the beautiful seaside of Visakhapatnam or Pondicherry is indicated. The valleys of Shimla and the tea gardens of Darjeeling call out to the purist in you and you succumb to the cool and evocative call of nature. Silences, time for introspection and an ability to undo many mistakes will lead to acceptance and peace. Drinking lots of water, juices and coconut water will keep you hydrated. Sticking to small regular meals through the day and spending time on weekends taking siestas will help you manage your hectic schedule at work. Unexpected insights will motivate personal change and increase your capacity for emotional fulfilment. Complicated battles at home can be resolved with the intentions of integrity, trust and truth.
Tip of the month: Being patient is the only way to make things work.
Most compatible sign: Aries
Least compatible sign: Taurus
The tarot card for the spirited Geminian is the Ace of Pentacles, indicating a time of fulfilment. A change of scenery and environment is necessary to carry out and strengthen your own plans as you are weary of the high-strung mental energy surrounding you at work. Travel, especially for work, to Delhi and Mumbai will add an extra edge as you decide to let your hair down and indulge in a bit of pleasure along with work. Meeting people from different domains is your raison d’etre to travel and you engage in discussions over drinks and dinners. Emotionally, you will find yourself recharged as you are surrounded by strangers and friends. Your health may need attention and you are advised to consume fruits rich in Vitamin C like oranges which will keep you constantly refreshed. If in love, you may not be willing to trust your feelings as your instinct pushes you harder in a different direction, but you are advised to be patient as all answers will slowly reveal themselves.
Tip of the month: Your zest for life comes through by being around cheerful people.
Most compatible sign: Cancer
Least compatible sign: Aquarius
The tarot card for the loving Cancerian is The Hanged Man, depicting a time of chaos. This May, you may need to take a break in order to understand what you really need from your career. Time out comes in many forms of travel—weekend getaways, office picnics and client off-sites. Some of you travel with friends and family, others will be busy with new insights enabling you to create a happy paradise for yourself. Work continues its happy course and travel to Ahmednagar and Gurgaon is indicated for meetings. You are in a position to pick and choose what you would like to do. Socially, it is a busy month as rules are not compelling enough to hold you back and you determine how much you are willing to risk in order to get what you want. Health wise, you are advised to consume fruits, vegetables and a lot of salads to keep your constitution balanced.
Tip of the month: Laughter is the best form of medicine for you!
Most compatible sign: Capricorn
Least compatible sign: Gemini
The tarot card for the loud and decisive Leo is The High Priestess, depicting a time when your emotions are on edge, filling you with nervous energy. You overcome old limitations as you strive to realise your unfulfilled desires, which leave you feeling exhilarated. Travel to new locales and unusual places like Chittoor and Shillong is indicated. A road trip or an unplanned schedule may just be what you need to rev up the month ahead. Keeping your word at work will be critical as it opens doors for a new and enhanced work agenda. Colleagues and peers are supportive of your new ideas and you achieve them with much aplomb. Socially, you may shy away from one-on-one communication and be more comfortable with emotional detachment. Be at ease with your current state of mind and you will be fine. You need more nutrition, so add that extra dose of milk, yoghurt or cheese to your diet.
Tip of the month: Walk your own path this month and let others be.
Most compatible sign: Gemini
Least compatible sign: Virgo
The tarot card for the mild and quiet Virgoan is the Seven of Swords, indicating a time to take on only what you can. The month ahead will be a busy period for you as you juggle multiple priorities and a full agenda. This May, you take time out for travel to enjoy the comforts of a new city and indulge in some high-street shopping. You head to London or the US to satisfy your desires and whims. Some of you may even go on a luxury cruise allowing yourself to be pampered and fussed over. Watch out for your health as overindulgence may cause an imbalance, and consuming too much wine and red meats will upset your delicate constitution. Emotionally, you may feel constrained as you make decisions based on calculated outcomes rather than your likes and dislikes. Those in love rediscover their zing and happiness in more ways than one.
Tip of the month: You are what you think. Stay positive!
Most compatible sign: Sagittarius
Least compatible sign: Pisces
The tarot card for the confident and optimistic Libran is the Two of Cups, depicting a time of much action. Professional spaces are sacred and usually you do not allow the stress of home to overflow into work. But May is a time for many rules to be broken and coping with complications from home and work will allow you to move ahead with help and support from all around you. Travel will prove to be a boon in disguise as it takes you away from a tough situation, allowing you to think through your plans with ease. Travel will be hectic as you head to Bengaluru and Chennai. Some of you even sneak in a weekend break to Hampi or Mahabalipuram where you de-stress with ease. Socially, you motivate yourself to get out and about. You are advised to watch your diet intake. You are tempted to take liberties and indulge yourself. Nothing is wrong with that so long as you do not overdo it.
Tip of the month: Live and Let Live! Keep your judgements away.
Most compatible sign: Scorpio
Least compatible sign: Capricorn
The travel card for the direct and flamboyant Scorpio is The Emperor, depicting a time to make do with what you have. Professionally, you have plans and new ways to go about achieving them and you ensure you chase it all with complete zest and happiness. Tempted to promise more than you can deliver, you are advised to watch what you commit to and only take on what you can finish. Travel will allow you to discover your own strengths as you head to your favourite destinations, Kolkata and Goa. These places offer you an easy pace with friendly people and delicious food, all of which are the need of the hour for you. You will need to take care of your health by avoiding sweets, chocolates and sugar. Exercise everyday, even for half an hour a day, to maintain your metabolism. Finding balance in relationships will be key as romantic hopes are raised beyond reason. Keep your expectations in check so that you avoid a hard fall when reality calls.
Tip of the month: Ensure you sleep on time.
Most compatible sign: Aquarius
Least compatible sign: Cancer
The tarot card for the enthusiastic Sagittarian is the Ten of Pentacles, depicting a time to bring out your creative genius. At work, all you touch will turn to gold as you try new innovations. Your colleagues and teammates back your plans. Work will keep you on your toes as travel to the backwaters of Cochin and the madness of Indore is indicated. Your busy work schedule will keep you from travelling. Family will also demand attention as you head to your native place to enjoy and relax. Discussions, laughter and debates make you forget the pressures of work as elaborate meals and nostalgia evoked by old photographs occupy your time. Ensuring you eat quality food and avoid junk food will be necessary to ensure you stay healthy. With regard to romantic relationships, although it is healthy to desire more, it would be wise to take on a practical perspective of them.
Tip of the month: Once you give your word, keep it.
Most compatible sign: Cancer
Least compatible sign: Libra
The tarot card for the focused Capricornian is The Lovers, depicting a shift in your thought process. Setting goals and making plans are only the first steps towards success. You must also be willing to travel for business and networking. Completing vital tasks has taken a lot out of you, so a holiday break is definitely a priority. Making plans for an elaborate holiday that allows for an equal measure of rest and rejuvenation is on your agenda. Many of you even take time out to visit old school friends and college mates, thus reliving some lost memories. Eating out may upset your usually strong constitution so it is advised that you watch your diet. Keep medicines handy for contingencies. At home, you will need to resolve issues from the past and move forward. You are now ready to make the effort to have that important conversation with your loved ones.
Tip of the month: Go with the flow and the road will be easier.
Most compatible sign: Libra
Least compatible sign: Aries
The tarot card for the fun-loving Aquarian is The Moon, depicting your attempt to understand yourself. Travel in May leads you to a better understanding of who you are and where you come from. This search may not be productive at all if you refuse to face the questions that are swirling in your head. Heading to the colourful and busy cities of Varanasi and Kashi give you a sense of anchoring and purpose as you enjoy the spiritual vibe of the place. On the health front, it is vital that you eat your meals on time and push yourself to follow a schedule. Drink adequate amounts of water and keep hydrated to sustain your immunity. Emotionally, you are being drawn into a quagmire of desires and thoughts and only by accepting your dark side will you be able to deal with them. Follow your gut and you will be fine.
Tip of the month: Acknowledge your desire to make life easy.
Most compatible sign: Leo
Least compatible sign: Sagittarius
The tarot card for the curious Piscean is The Tower, depicting a time of understanding. Professionally, creating new ways of innovation will be on your agenda. Travel will be sporadic and a change in plans will occur because of important meetings and unforeseen circumstances. You will need to find time for yourself and keep aside creative pressures. You manage to book a chartered trip to the Lakshadweep Islands or go on a skiing trip to Uttaranchal, giving you the time you need to unwind. Ensure that you eat dry fruits constantly so that your metabolism remains high. Coffee and tea addicts need to find other substitutes this May as it will impact your health. Emotionally, you may attempt to hide your feelings but passion hides in every corner. For those in love, it is wise for you to allow your emotions to guide you and choose awareness over denial.
Tip of the month: Learn to forgive and accept people as they are.
Most compatible sign: Taurus
Least compatible sign: Scorpio
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