By Cindy Fadoir
Courtesy of Anna Blanchard
Alas, we take root in the earthy fixed sign of Taurus, smack dab in the middle of the Spring season. The days are growing longer, the ground warms and flowers take deeper root. Our astrology training continues with this second sign of the Zodiac year. Whether your birth chart has any planets in the sign of Taurus, we’ve all felt the essence of this beautiful, Venus ruled sign since the sun moved into Taurus on April 19, 2014.
With the advent of Taurus, we begin the toddler phase of the Zodiac experience. Though Taurus are patient, stable and slow to anger, they still express a strong need for security, love to be spoiled and once angered, they can be furious as a toddler throwing a tantrum (or a bull seeing red). They are as stubborn, plodding and headstrong as the Bull that represents the sign. They like their comforts and possessions as the Venus ruler gives Taurus a love of peace, art, and beauty, especially nature. And of course, they love their good relationships, but can become jealous and possessive. Venus ruled Taurus knows the value of money, for security, as well as for acquiring items of value, comfort and the ‘good life’.
The key phrase for Taurus is “I have”, which might be what leads to knowing the value of money but also of being possessive. Like the symbol of the Bull, the Taurus physical body often displays a large head, short neck, broad shoulders, stocky solid frames and large liquid eyes. Taurus rules the neck, throat and thyroid. Taurus love good music and usually have considerable musical aptitude themselves. They are also good with their hands, especially the earthy pursuits of gardening, woodworking or sculpting. Other key words for Taurus are persevering, reliable, compassionate, loyal, trustworthy, lazy, slow starter and extravagant.
The Moon relates to how we express our emotions, needs, and what makes us feel secure. When the moon appears in Taurus, emotional security depends on having and maintaining material possessions, needing creature comforts and stability. This can lead to over indulgence, possessiveness and stubbornness. Guard against using your entrenched values as a self-protective wall. Use this time to slow down and get grounded, finish projects, take care of finances and appreciate nature.
Mercury influences how we think, study and communicate. When Mercury is in Taurus, the energy is expressed as disciplined, a good memory, highly practical mind, determined thought process, stubborn opinions, linear thinking, charming expression and intuitive. Guard against mental inertia and inflexibility.
Venus represents how we relate, what we value, how we handle finances, and our artistic nature. When Venus aligns with Taurus, the energy is at home, as Venus rules Taurus. Venus in Taurus results in being demonstrative, affectionate, being sympathetic, sensual, loyal, and nature loving. Guard against possessiveness and falling too quickly in lust/love. For May 2014, Venus will move into Taurus on May 28 and remaining until June 23, when maintaining the status quo is important, as well as creature comforts and saving money.
Mars relates to our physical stamina and sex drive, and how we use energy. The aggressive, masculine Mars, and Venus ruled Taurus, feminine and steadfast, complement each other as tenacious assertiveness. The usual, slow to anger Taurus energy can be even more explosive once the slow burn ignites under Mars influence. Financial and business decisions are made wisely during this time. Other key words are sensual, passionate, and obstinate.
Jupiter influences how we seek to expand, grow and express our intellect. When Jupiter appears in Taurus, the energy supports daily spiritual pursuits, generosity, and financial dealings. This double positive energy results in sympathy, charity and positive thinking. Guard against extravagance and overeating.
Saturn is an expression of how we deal with authority and cope with serious issues personally, spiritually and societally. Saturn in the sign of Taurus results in increased caution, hard work ethics, reliability and patience. However, overindulging Taurus does conflict with restrictive, prudent Saturn, resulting in feelings of guilt and greed. Guard against over-rigid routines and being overly strict with children.
Uranus relates to how we manifest personal individuality and humanitarian freedom, and where we experience change as well as upset. Uranus in Taurus is expressed as inventive practicality inspiring reforms in the use of financial and earthly resources. Creative expression through music or art rise to surface. Other key words are determined, constructive, charming and resourceful. Guard against obstinacy slowing the progress of change and against material attachments stifling expression, freedom and spiritual desires.
Neptune represents how we reveal our imagination and intuitive capacity, and where our illusionary blind spots exist. Neptune has not appeared in Taurus for over a hundred years, so it is unlikely that anyone living today has this planet placement in their birth chart. Neptune will reappear in Taurus in 2038, so, the children of todays’ toddlers may have Neptune in Taurus in their birth charts. Taurus takes a practical approach to the Neptune intuitive capacities. The Taurus practicality maybe be overridden by Neptune’s trait of impracticality, so money should be guarded. The next generation may need to get imaginative with how money is used and valued. Creativity is enhanced, especially in music and art. They may need to guard against being blind to materialism overriding spirituality.
Pluto influences how we personally transform and regenerate. Pluto in Taurus is expressed by helping to settle new frontiers after some resistance. Also, endurance, obsessive need for wealth and exploitation are indicated. Pluto currently resides in Capricorn and will not transitioning to Taurus until about 2101. Pluto moved into Capricorn around June 2008, to rattle old systems, which was quickly evident by the stock market crash resulting in a need to transform and rethink how material resources and possessions are handled and valued.
Next month, we will take a tour through the mutable air sign of Gemini, the Twins. Until then, may the heavens be kind and the sun bring May flowers galore.