This month the Sun is moving through the sign of Taurus. Taurus is a fixed earth sign ruled by the planet Venus. Venus is associated with the heart chakra, and with love, beauty, art and music. In the earthy garb of Taurus, Venus generates great love and nurturing for the physical plane. So it’s no accident that Earth day, the day we honor our mother earth and express our love for her, falls at the beginning of Taurus. Taurus is also associated with money and with our physical possessions, as these are some concrete ways that we express our love into the world. Venus is a sensual energy and in Taurus it revels in the physical senses. In shadow though, Taurus can go too far an exhibit a kind of selfish materialism and over indulge in sensual pleasures. On a deeper level, Taurus is about what we value including how we value ourselves, which is why self-esteem is an often mentioned quality of Taurus. Because Taurus is a fixed earth sign, it also has a reputation for being stubborn. When the bull charges it is very hard to change its course. Of course this is connected to the fact that it is ruled by the heart chakra. When are hearts are attached to something it can be very difficult to surrender it.
The astrological age of Taurus can also give us a big picture sense of the energy of Taurus. It took place from 4400BC to 2000BC. This was Old Kingdom Egypt, which was marked by a peak of physical building activity that included great pyramids, very appropriate to a fixed earth sign. Hathor, a cow headed goddess was popular, as was Mithras, a bull god. This time period also corresponded to the Harappan civilization in India where the sacred Cow was the most frequently featured beast on their hand made clay seals. Compared to the bloody Old Testament Greco-Roman age of Aries that followed, this was a time of relative peace and prosperity. The earth element is considered feminine and yin, receptive and nurturing. So Taurus is associated with patience and gentleness, and these qualities seem to pervade the civilizations of that age.
Taurus is also esoterically connected to the throat chakra, that blue ray of communication. Creative and artistic expression is also favored in Taurus so the high vibration of singing is a great way to honor the energy of Taurus. If you have wanted to open your throat and let your heart sing, now is the time when the earth mother Venus will be there to support you. Sound healing is also associated with Taurus and the throat chakra. If you look at the work of Hans Jenny and Cymatics you will see in beautiful graphic ways how sound and vibration and their interference patterns can create physical forms. The Biblical story of Genesis may in fact be right on when it says that the “word” created the World. Of course it was a very complicated word! This idea that all of existence is created by vibration patterns is expressed in Hinduism as Nada Brahma, which means that “everything is sound”. So the principle of sound healing is to use resonance and entrainment to help break up dissonant frequencies and bring harmony back to our bodies. Your body is your song, and healing it is about learning to change your tune to be more harmonious.
April 21st– Magic Rectangle: The moon in Virgo is briefly making what is called a magic rectangle today out of an ongoing wedge aspect between the Sun, Mars, and Venus in Taurus, Neptune in Pisces, and Saturn in Scorpio. A magic rectangle is basically two oppositions that are sextile (60 degrees) to each other. In this case, the Moon is opposite to Neptune and the Sun, Mars, and Venus are all opposite to Saturn. The opposition is probably the most tense and difficult aspect in astrology. Friedrich Nietzsche had a whopping 5 oppositions in his chart and if you want to study psychological tension and struggle, his case is a rich one! In this case however, the tense energy of the oppositions are offered some positive outlets through the trines and sextiles. The two axis involved are Scorpio-Taurus and Virgo-Pisces so this aspect pattern is about finding that balance and harmony between the spiritual (Scorpio) and the material (Taurus) the practical (Virgo) and the ideal (Pisces). Now is a time where unifying compromise can take place magically and ingrained oppositions can find some common ground. Our emotional needs and our physical needs can be satisfied, but whenever Saturn is involved it will take some work. And the rectangle is a little imbalanced toward Taurus, so it may be hard to let go of material things to make room for the spiritual energies that are wanting to come through. If you are involved in tense oppositions at this time, hang in there and don’t give up before the miraculous relaxation happens.
April 25th- Full Wesak Moon Wedge: This full moon is a powerful one for many reasons. First the moon is conjoined to Saturn in Scorpio and intensifying the opposition between the Sun, Venus and Mars Taurus and Saturn in Scorpio. The wedge aspect that has been going on will be taken to another level with this full moon drawing up the intensity. In New Age circles, the first full moon in Taurus is celebrated in a festival called Wesak. It is about the Christ and Buddha coming together and creating a New Age of peace. Taurus and Scorpio are both fixed signs, so when the bull and the phoenix face off it can get dramatic. This is also the axis of the great mysteries of life (Taurus) and death (Scorpio) and when these two signs face off it can be over the top. But because of Neptune in its home sign of Pisces, softening the opposition through the wedge aspect, this moon ought to offer great opportunities to synthesis these two extremes. Think of bridging heaven and earth, of bringing the purest spirit all the way into physical manifestation, of seeing clearly and concretely the great transformation of death into new life. This is a great time for any kind of spiritual activity. Make a special full moon ritual to release any old festering resentments (Saturn and Moon in Scorpio) and clear the path to manifest your heart’s desires (Sun, Mars and Venus in Taurus)
May 4th – Half of a Grand Sextile: The Grand Sextile where every planet is aligned in a perfect Star of David aspect pattern is the most harmonious arrangement of astrological energy. Today we are halfway home to that level of perfection as the Sun has moved forward to make a secon wedge with Pluto in Capricorn that is harmoniously aligned to the wedge that is still going on. The moon is also joining Neptune in Pisces, the sign of unity consciousness. So whatever energy you release on the 25th, you can now be filled with the higher vibration of forgiveness and peace. My favorite chart for Jesus was for 3BC when the was Sun in Pisces as a part of a Grand Sextile, so today we can expect some special babies to come into this plane. Souls that can at least hold half of that unity consciousness and help bring some peace to our troubled planet. Do some unifying and peacemaking today and you will make the most of this divine opportunity!
May 9th – New Karmic Moon- This New Moon in Taurus is taking place very close to the current South Node in Taurus. The South Node is about past karma so this is a time when we can collectively shift some old energy that has to do with clinging to selfish and materialistic ideas (Taurus in shadow) so that we can learn to really merge and work together to solve our shared problems (Scorpio). Mercury and Mars are also close to the Sun and Moon in Taurus so there is a lot of gentle persistence present to help us make this shift. Now is a great time to look at any Taurus clinging that may be holding you back in your own soul growth. Is there something that you’ve been trying to keep alive that should really be surrendered to Scorpio to die? Now is a good time to at least raise our collective awareness of how our self-centered over indulgence and our sense of separateness from our fellow humans contribute to our collective problems not getting solved. Our capitalistic financial system and how it keeps us stuck in class dynamic of haves and have nots will be especially spotlighted at this time. As the old system falls apart and is restructured during this Scorpio north node time, we will have opportunities to create new structures that are more inclusive and shared. Of course this kind of system is also in the highest octave of Taurus, the heart chakra that wants to nuture everyone and help to create peace and prosperity throughout the land.
May 20th – The Big Shift Continues- Today is the 3rd exact pass of the big Pluto Uranus square that is creating the dramatic shift of consciousness from 2010-2014. This time is very similar to the period of 1964-1968 when Pluto and Uranus were conjoined. It is a time of revolutionary and evolutionary changes and the dates when the aspect is exact tend to coincide with some of the most eventful moments of the overall period. This square is between Pluto in Capricorn and Uranus in Aries so it is primarily about the tension and struggle between the traditional power structures of governments, banks, and corporations that would like to centrally control things (Capricorn) and the desires of individuals that would like to be free (Uranus) and self-empowered (Aries) There are a lot of big stories unfolding right now, a new documentary about the existence of extraterrestrial life and free energy called Sirius is being released Monday, our financial system is still poised on the brink of unraveling, geopolitical tensions are heighted with lots of scary posturing from North Korea, gay rights are pressing forward, terrorism is back at the forefront with the Boston Bombings. This is one of those watershed moments that we will look at as a pivotal evolutionary choice point as well as a quantum leap. And because we are in transition into the Age of Aquarius, Uranus is likely to win the day in its fight against the entrenched powers of Pluto. Everyday, I read about great technological breakthroughs that promise to empower us beyond our wildest dreams and help solve our global crises, with Low Energy Nuclear Reactions, Graphene, 3D printing, etc. Uranus is coming down to Earth to help free us from old hierarchies of power that limit our freedom and potential!
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