Steadfastness and Stability in Rapidly Changing Times
Friday April 19th the Sun will leave the adventurous, energetic fire sign of Aries and enter the stable, placid earth sign of Taurus. Each succeeding sign of the zodiac provides the means to rectify or redirect the energy of the previous sign.Taurus grounds and patiently utilizes the fire energy of Aries to connect with the physical world and create form, substance, tangible things that provide comfort and security.
The stress from unexpected events in our rapidly changing world can take a toll on our personal security and well being. We need ways to healthily cope with the assertive, combative, even revolutionary and destructive events taking place locally and globally. This month we can align with the energy of Taurus to stay grounded and create serenity for ourselves. Keep your feet on the ground. Be deliberate and dependable. Keep up your stamina. We are in it for the long haul.
“Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help.”
– May Sarton
Taurus, Sign of Comfort and Serenity
The first earth sign of the zodiac, Taurus takes the fiery energy of the Sun and transforms it into plant matter: trees, shrubs, herbs, grasses and algae. Barren winter landscapes In the northern hemisphere become lush and green. Grazing animals enjoy fresh, verdant pastures. Farmers and gardeners till the soil and plant the first crops of the year. This month is a fertile and productive time of year.
Taurus engages the world through its physicality. It connects us to the earth, to the natural world through our bodies. It rules the ears, throat and neck, and the senses of hearing, taste, smell and touch. Slow-moving Taurus invites us to relax, settle in, and enjoy the beauty of this earth. Listening to the birds singing, feeling the soft breezes, and smelling the fragrance of flowers delight Taurus. Massage, aromatherapy, and good food provide sensory pleasures and physical comfort. Taurus enjoys beautiful music, playing instruments, singing and chanting. The tactile arts of pottery, sculpture, carving and painting are creative expressions of practical beauty for Taurus.
A fixed sign, Taurus perseveres, endures, and sticks with a project until completion. Taurus plods away in its deliberate, dependable manner, taking time to enjoy the process. It is patient, persistent and resolute. It has difficulty overcoming its own inertia and sometimes gets stuck in a rut. Because it dislikes change, it stubbornly refuses to try a new way or create a fresh start when approaching a project that is stale or bogged down. When challenged, Taurus holds its ground. It is strong, resolute, loyal, and conservative.
The key phrase for Taurus is “I Have.” Taurus rules the creation, accumulation and use of personal wealth: our money, possessions, property, and other material resources. Tangible wealth provides comfort and security in the physical world. Having the material resources we need provides us with self worth and value, which in turn gives us self esteem. Taurus governs our earning power: the value of the goods and services we offer in our work, and the monetary compensation we want for them.
Taurus rules our personal values, what we love and appreciate. Taurus asks us to examine how well we integrate our material and spiritual values to feel good about our self. Do you use your money and resources in ways that are in alignment with your personal values? How well do you take care of the things you have? Can you infuse your attitude towards material things with spiritual purpose? Are you fulfilled both materially and spiritually? Or do you feel you must be poor in order to be spiritual? Taurus demonstrates how we can embody the energy of the Buddha: valuing the gifts of the earth and our physical existence for the serenity, peace, warmth, love and spiritual connection they bring.
Archetypes for Taurus include the Green Man and the Earth Mother. Modern examples are bankers and financiers, gardeners, farmers and florists, opera singers and estheticians. Colors for Taurus are green and spring pastels. Pink-tinted malleable copper is its metal. The gem for Taurus is emerald. Apple trees and violets are its plants. Cattle and the Bull are animals which represent the strength and fertility of Taurus.
“Taureans are like walking pastures – rich, soothing and peaceful. They’re comfortable in their skin, with an air of graceful serenity that makes them almost glow . . . you can marinate in their tranquil presence, like human sanctuaries.”
– LeeAnn Lambright
Venus, Planetary Ruler of Taurus
Taurus is ruled by the planet Venus, named after the Roman goddess of beauty and love. Venus symbolizes the feminine aspect of nature: the power of attraction, union and togetherness with others. The qualities of Venus are represented by love goddesses in mythologies around the world. She is also referred to as the “Goddess of Generation” due to her procreative powers.
Venus is the second planet from the Sun. Its proximity to earth makes it the brightest celestial object in the sky after the Sun and the Moon. It appears as the Morning Star in the hours around dawn, or as the Evening Star at twilight. Valerie Vaughan states that a person with Venus in the Morning Star position in their astrological chart is generally more assertive in getting their social and sensory needs met than individuals having Venus in the Evening Star position.
In the astrological chart Venus represents our social urges, the first stages of social interaction via our senses. It defines what we are attracted to, what we find beautiful and gratifying. It reveals our natural talent for experiencing pleasure.
Venus also represents our attitude towards the physical world: what we appreciate, love and value in life. She defines how we manifest our highest values in the world through our creative endeavors.
The glyph for Venus, sometimes called the “Mirror of Venus”, is the circle of spirit over the cross of matter. It represents the infusion of spirit into the material world through love. Spiritual Venus expresses her love and values by drawing to her the Prima Materia to bring Spirit into physical form.
The dream of my life
is to lay down by a slow river
and stare at the light in the trees–
To learn something by being nothing a little while
but the rich lens of attention.
The Month Ahead
As the Sun moves into Taurus Friday it conjoins Mars in Aries and Venus in Taurus. As Mars transits the final degree of its own sign of Aries, it creates friction with the Sun newly in Taurus. Sparks may fly as the Sun slows and grounds the forward moving motion of impetuous Mars. Venus in Taurus contributes her love of serenity and stability to the mix, diffusing discord and strife.
The Sun sextiles Ceres in Cancer providing us with opportunities to nurture ourselves and others with emotional sensitivity while we consciously connect to the physical world of matter. The Sun also sextiles Neptune in Pisces, inviting us to create a spiritual connection with the earth and others.
The ingress chart has a Grand Water Trine between Ceres, Saturn and Neptune, producing feelings of vulnerability, victimization, and pessimism. Taurus stabilizes emotions, containing and grounding them by connecting us to the natural world and our physicality. Spend some quiet time in nature, garden, or just sit beneath a tree. Practice yoga, or other gentle exercise. Explore creative activities that engage your senses, such as painting and pottery. Feel gratitude for the beauty in the world and all you have.
“Trees are earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.”
– Rabindranath Tagore
Lunar Eclipse Full Moon in Scorpio
A Full Moon is a planetary opposition between the Sun and the Moon. This represents our consciousness or intellect opposing our emotions. We feel tension, a tug between the energies of the Sun in its sign and the Moon in its sign.
The next Full Moon will be on Thursday April 25th at 12:57 p.m. (PDT). This Full Moon will be in the sign of Scorpio at 5 degrees. The Moon is conjunct Saturn and opposed by the Sun and Mars in Taurus. We may feel an emotional need to feel deeply, explore the dark recesses, dwelling on what is old and dying. At the same time we want to create safety and security for our self and our loved ones in the outer world. Know that death and rebirth are parts of the same cycle. Transformation is change that creates stability on a new level.
The Full Moon represents the culmination or resolution of what we started or seeded at the previous New Moon. The last New Moon in Aries was an opportunity to create new beginnings that are courageous, independent, pioneering, and ambitious. If we set our intention to do so at that time, we may realize more depth of understanding of ourselves and others at this Full Moon.
Solar Eclipse New Moon in Taurus
A New Moon occurs when the Sun and the Moon conjoin overhead from our perspective on Earth. This represents the fusion of our outer consciousness and awareness, symbolized by the Sun, with our inner emotional and unconscious self, symbolized by the Moon. This is a fertile time for new beginnings, for sowing the seeds of your new projects and endeavors.
The next New Moon will be on Thursday May 9th at 5:28 p.m. (PDT). The New Moon will be in the sign of Taurus at 19 degrees. The area of your astrological chart where 19 degrees Taurus falls signifies the area of your life where you can benefit from cultivating new beginnings through patience and stability. How can you form a healthy relationship with the physical world? In what new ways can you connect to the planet Earth? How can you build more security, self-worth and self-esteem in practical, grounded ways? How can you express your spiritual values in physical form?
You may wish to set some new goals or create Taurus affirmations on May 9th. Examples are: “I attract the material resources I need to build my life in dependable, creative ways.” “I create self-reliance and serenity through my connection to the earth.” “My material values are in alignment with my spiritual values.”
You will begin to see evidence of the seeds you sow on this New Moon as they come to fruition on the following Lunar Eclipse Full Moon in Sagittarius on May 24th. This Full Moon will reward you with higher vision of life.
“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.”
– Rachel Carson