This month, the Sun is moving through the sign of Taurus. Taurus is a fixed earth sign, which means it is slow and steady and deeply rooted in the material world. You may have noticed a relaxation in pace from the fiery spring mania that Aries brings. Taurus prefers a sustainable pace, and it takes plenty of breaks to smell the roses and enjoy the journey. Taurus is ruled by the planet Venus, which is associated with the heart chakra, and with all of the things that tug at our heart strings: 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 how we spend our hard earned money provides a windows of insight into the things we love and value. Venus has a sensual energy, and in earthy, Taurus it tends to luxuriate in the physical senses, indulging heavily in the pleasures of the flesh. In shadow, Taurus can go too far in this direction, exhibiting a kind of selfish materialism and getting lost in hedonistic pleasure seeking. On a deeper level, Taurus is about what we value, including how we value ourselves. This 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 horns in on a target and prepares to charge, it is very hard to get it to change its course. Of course, this is connected to the fact that it is ruled by the heart chakra. When our hearts are set on something, it can be very difficult to let go. It is very hard to part a Taurus from their dreams!
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 dominant, 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. As Venus was the predominant energy, sacred relationship was at the center of religious activity with sacred pairings like Isis and Osiris or Krisna and Rhada occupying the heart of our imaginations. 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 favored in Taurus and the high vibration of singing is a great way to honor the its energy. If you have wanted to open your throat and let your heart sing, now is the great time, as 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 give rise to the multitude of 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 25th– Fire in the Head: The Moon is combining with Mercury and Uranus in fiery Aries today to give us all wild ideas. This is a time when you may receive flashes of genius, so be open to those mental lightning strikes. If you have been stuck trying to figure out a difficult problem, now is a time that you may receive an unexpected solution. It may also be more difficult to reign in your temper and avoid angry outbursts. At the lowest octave, this can be a violent and impulsive energy, so be careful of escalating dangerous situations. Mercury is still retrograde which means that miscommunication and misunderstanding could be contributing to conflicts. If you can step back and analyze things, you may find that you have been operating under faulty assumptions. Take extra time and care to be sure you have crystal clarity in your communications and you will avoid some of the potential chaos of today. It is good to have a physical outlet for the intensity of this energy so some vigorous exercise can be a good way to channel this fire and calm your mind.
May 4th- Mercury Direct: Mercury has been moving in reverse through the zodiac since April 11th. These periods are called Mercury retrogrades and are marked by a more inward and insular consciousness. They are great for meditation and reflection, but can bring a lot of headaches when you are trying to get information across to others and make those solid connections. Everyone is more inwardly focused which can lead to all sorts of accidents, snafus and misunderstandings. Today that trend is reversed making this a great time to clear up any confusion that took place over the last few weeks. Making agreements and deals with others should now be much easier.
May 10th – Wesak Peace in the Valley: In New Age circles, the first full moon in Taurus is celebrated in a festival called Wesak. It is about the energies of the Christ and the 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. The Taurus/Scorpio axis that is involved here is focused on the great mysteries of life and death, making this a prime time for metaphysical education. Adding to the intensity this year is that Pluto will be trine to the Sun and sextile to the Moon for this full moon. For this moment, there is a bridge linking heaven and earth, making it possible to bring the purest energy of spirit all the way into physical manifestation. So this is a great time for any kind of spiritual activity, particularly those that involve transformation. It is a good time to do a ritual of letting go or of bringing something new into being.