APRIL 20 – may 21
“You are the budding flower – roots grounded in nourishing soil, leaves stretched towards the sky; alchemizing the Sun’s light into energy, blooming and sharing your unique gifts and beauty with the world around you.”~ Channeled Message from Taurus
Welcome to the Earthly Beauty of Taurus Season!
Taurus is an Earth sign, ruled by the planet Venus (planet of love, beauty, relationships & abundance), and vibrates to the mantra: I Value. It’s the second sign in the Western Zodiac, after fiery Aries. Taurus’ connection with the earth element reminds us to stop and take a minute to ground and focus all that inspiration and creative fire we received from last month’s Aries Season, and use it to consistently manifest our dreams & desires. Taurus is also associated with feminine or Yin energy, as it is more receptive (feminine) than active (masculine). This not related to gender, but instead is related to the behavior of the energy expression. It’s symbol is the bull or cow, which also represents abundance, as well as stability, determination & slow and steady progress. It’s very much about slowing down enough to find beauty, pleasure & gratitude for the simple things in life again. They are always around, but we can get so busy in our hectic lives and forget to slow down and truly see all the beauty, magic & abundance that is all around us, all the time. Taurus is enchanted in the present moment through the 5 physical senses: taste, touch, smell, sight & sound. Which is why it is also a sign associated with very creative people (painters, artists, musicians, dancers, chefs, etc). It’s a sign that teaches us how to get lost in the present moment, through gentle & loving physical stimulation/ movement/ expression.
Taurus season is connected with beauty, pleasure, abundance, creativity, fertility and birth (both children and/or creative projects). The energies of focus, reliability, loyalty, practicality & persistence are strongly associated with this sign as well. The bull/cow has horns that curl up towards the cosmos, creating a strong connection between the earthly realm and the spiritual realm. The energies of wealth, health, comfort, gratitude, prayer, connection, peace and receptivity are also strongly connected to Taurus, as is the Earth and all Mother Nature. Taurus is an energy that helps us strongly connect to Spirit / the Universe through prayer/meditation/present moment stillness and our deep inner knowing, and then ground that knowing with actions taken in the physical, earthly plane. Taurus loves all things beautiful – not just conventional beauty, but a much more expansive and diverse range than what we have been taught to see as ‘beautiful.’ It sees beauty in all things – is grateful for and values all things – which is why it is a sign of abundance (the frequency of gratitude, attracts abundance).
As Venus is the ruling planet of Taurus, it’s a sign that’s also associated with building strong & lasting relationships over time, with love, loyalty, persistent commitment & security. Some associate Taurus with Anahata, the Heart chakra, however, I personally feel it’s more associated with Svadhisthana, the Sacral chakra (2nd chakra). Taurus & the Sacral, are both connected to creative power, desire, fertility, pleasure, sensuality & beauty. You may feel a call to work with your Sacral more at this time, or just become more aware and connected to your Sacral chakra at this time.
Divine Expressions of Taurus
The Divine Expressions of Taurus can manifest as purpose-filled focus, loyal, dependable, creative, sees beauty in all things, grateful for all the blessings in life, open to receiving abundance in wealth, love, health etc., generous with resources, healing with nature, quiets the mind with inner stillness, using prayer/meditation/present moment stillness as a way to connect to the Divine/inner knowing/guides/higher self – bridging heaven and earth harmoniously.
Distorted Expressions of Taurus
The Distorted Expressions of Taurus can show up as stubborn, dislikes change, stuck in one way of doing or thinking, superficial, narrow-minded, vain, greedy, surface-level, aggressive (active and passive aggressive), too much focus on the physical (outer world) and not enough connection with Spirit/the Universe/energy (inner world).
Balancing Taurus Energy
Gratitude and present moment stillness/ peace are maybe the most supportive of Taurus’ energy. Without gratitude, our energy fields are not open enough to receive abundance. Without being in present moment stillness, we are easily lost in old stories/traumas of the past or worries for the future. During this Taurus Season & beyond, when you feel the mind take over and run loops of old, supportive stories (most of us do this on some level) – (1) pause and then (2) come back to the present moment. Coming back to the present moment, can be different for different people. Use the 5 physical senses of Taurus (taste, touch, smell, sight & sound) to help bring you back to the present moment. For example, if you enjoy cooking and being creative in the kitchen, this is a way you can bring yourself back to the present moment. Or if you love dance or yoga or walking in nature, this can bring you back to the present moment. Or if you love painting or listening to or playing music, this can bring you back to the present moment. Or doing some self care (getting a massage, getting a facial, taking a relaxing bath/shower and putting beautiful oils on your skin after) are also ways to help bring you back to the body and the present moment (taking our focus away from the busy mind).
Balancing the Taurus energies can also involve bringing in the Divine Expressions of it’s opposite sign, Scorpio. Where Taurus can become too rigid and averse to change, Scorpio (sign of transformation / change) can come along and help get that Taurus energy ‘unstuck.’ When Taurus is trapped in superficial, surface level living, Scorpio can come along and help us go deep under the surface to see the ‘hidden’ truths of our psyches, and show us what truly matters in life. Going into the darker places of our psyches (represented by caves, the deep ocean, the void, shadows, darkness /night itself in stories & myths) may seem scary at first to some, but it’s here where we can more easily see what needs to be acknowledged, released, let go, allowed to die, so we can release what is no longer for our highest good, and make room for more of what is now. This is the essence of change: letting something go, so there is room for something else to grow/manifest/ birth. Sometimes, we hold on to things longer than what is healthy for us (like toxic relationships, old beliefs, unhealthy patterns, heavy emotions) and we get so used to carrying these that we become more afraid of the unknown (change) that we unconsciously keep ourselves tied to these old stories/ways of being. Courage is needed to go into the dark places and release what no longer serves us. And remember, that darkness does not equal ‘bad.’ Darkness is the fertile womb of the mother, which the baby grows insides and is nurtured by. Darkness is the rich soil that the seeds are nurtured by before they sprout up to the surface and face the light for the first time. Darkness is the womb of all creation – where we all came from and will return to. It’s regenerative, life-giving, creative, nurturing, healing & loving. Let’s not fall for mainstream ideas about what darkness is. We are not here to ‘defeat’ the dark. We are here to live between the shadows and the light, aligning with the gifts from each. We are here to bring the light. And light cannot exist without the dark. Both are beautiful, both are loving, both are creative, both are necessary. We are born from both. When we no longer fear the dark, we are closer to emanating unconditional Love. Use the darkness to release what no longer serves, to transform, to rejuvenate, and to connect with all the many possibilities that are actually available to you in every Now Moment. Then use the Light of ‘all that is’ to focus your intention to create, to shed light on and awareness on what most needs your attention Now, to birth and to manifest your heart desires into the physical world, and shine your inspirational light brightly for all to see.
You are invited to work with whichever crystals you intuitively feel called to work with (first and foremost, trust your own intuition!). And, here are also some suggested crystals you can work with over this Taurus Season (very briefly described):
Rose Quartz – unconditional love, compassion, heart activation & healing, self-love, loving relationships
Jade – luck, abundance, knowing your worth, remembering you are more than enough, prosperity, joy
Pink Calcite – self-forgiveness, letting go of perfection, angelic guidance, acceptance of the past, self-love
Smokey Quartz – grounding, releases doubt/confusion/chaotic mind, safety, security, protection, clarity
Diamond – beauty & strength combined, unbreakable spirit, compassion, overcoming challenges, clarity
Yellow Jasper – mental clarity, grounding, direction, creative solutions, enhances the 5 senses
Mercury Retrograde – April 21
When Mercury goes Retrograde, it’s nothing to panic about.
PLEASE, do not believe the negative hype around Mercury going Retrograde. What you believe and give focus too, you create more of in your life. If you believe ‘bad things’ will happen to you when Mercury goes Retrograde, then they are more likely too. If you believe that ‘good’ things can come out of Mercury Retrograde, then that will likely happen. And if you are open to receiving whatever lessons Mercury Retrograde has for your Highest Good, then that is likely to happen. So be the Master of your own Destiny, and choose your own adventure wisely 🙂
All planets go retrograde. All this means is that they appear to move backwards in the sky for a time. And energetically, this can shift our experience of them from the outer world, to our inner world. What this means is that, instead of experiencing & growing with the energy of Mercury (planet of communication, thought, intellect, travel & friends) in our outer world so much, we will be experiencing it more in our inner world. Things may happen in our outer world still, such as: delayed flights, slow or interrupted webinar/zoom meetings/technology, miscommunications/misunderstandings with friends), and they may not. Some people experience Mercury Retrograde very negatively, some don’t notice it much, and others may experience it positively. It all depends on how your vibration is. No need to be perfect. As long as we work on clearing our energies and lifting our vibration, we will be able to see more clearly, the positive lessons that are for our Highest Good & growth.
We can’t control what will happen around us, but we can control how we respond to it. If we get into a disagreement with a friend over a misunderstanding, and we are in a lower vibration, we will see this as a terrible thing that happened during Mercury Retrograde. But the same thing can happen, and if we are in a higher vibration, we will learn from the misunderstanding and strengthen our relationships, bringing us closer together. And if our vibration is in a really nice place from the start, we are likely not to have misunderstandings in the first place. This is just one example.
So, remember to pay even more attention to your vibration at this time and do things that bring yourself into a higher vibration (love, peace, compassion, joy, happiness, contentment), as often as you can and especially if something goes ‘wrong’ during this time. Pay attention to your thoughts and the words you tell yourself and others. Are they supportive, inspiring, encouraging or uplifting? Or are they negative, judgemental, victim-based, fearful or critical? If they are the latter, then you have a powerful opportunity to shift them. That is the gift of Mercury Retrograde.
Being that Mercury is in the sign of Taurus at this time, it’s especially supportive to align with the Higher sides of Taurus to help us come back to our center, the present moment & clear our thoughts. Find ways to ground your energy through the 5 senses (taste, touch, smell, sight & sound). This can be cooking or eating delicious food, playing or listening to music, creating inspiring art, moving your body gently through dance, yoga or tai chi, or being in nature listening to the birds, watching the sun’s rays sparkle on the water, smelling the beautiful scents of flowers, feeling the wind blow through your hair. This is all very grounding energy connected with Taurus, and supports us coming back to the Present Moment. Which helps calms our thoughts/worries/fears of the mind, and raise our vibration. It’s all connected. We are all connected.
Pluto retrograde – May 1
Just as there is no reason to panic when Mercury goes Retrograde (see above), there is also no reason to panic when Pluto goes Retrograde.
Pluto is retrograde until October 10, 2023, and during it’s retrograde phase, it will shift back into the sign of Capricorn on June 11. Pluto will go back and forth from Capricorn to Aquarius until November 19, 2023, when it enters Aquarius for good.
When any planet goes retrograde, it’s an opportunity to explore our inner world more. Pluto, being the planet of transformation, change, death & rebirth, shadow aspects of ourselves, our greatest pains and our greatest power, means that these themes are likely to be felt within a lot stronger during this time. The parts of ourselves or the traumas that we experienced in the past, may be brought up again on some level so that we can heal these parts of ourselves on deeper levels – bringing ourselves back to our inherent wholeness. Pluto is connected to our psyche and the ‘underworld’ as well – where we keep the aspects of ourselves that we deem ‘unlovable’ ‘unwanted’ and sometimes even ‘too powerful’ for others to see in us and accept. But this can be a time to face these shadow parts of ourselves with courage, and hold them in unconditional love. Sometimes that is all that’s needed. Not trying to change them or ‘fix’ them or defeat any aspect of the self – but instead send love to and hold these suppressed aspects of self in unconditional love. Often times, that’s all it takes to release them fully and gracefully, and move on in greater wholeness and peace.
Allow this Pluto Retrograde to transform your inner world in ways that you may not even image, but that you are most needing at this time – so you can bring yourself into more wholeness.
Read our Pluto Enters Aquarius Post for more info on how Pluto expresses in Capricorn & Aquarius, and ways you can work with the energies.
Full Moon & lunar eclipse – May 5
This Full Moon in Scorpio brings us more in touch with our deeper emotions, ones that we may have kept more hidden in the shadows of the deeper places of our psyches until now. But the Sun’s light illuminates these inner shadows for us on this day, and the days leading up to and away from the Full Moon. Scorpio is a sign connected with our greatest pains and traumas, as well as our greatest power. These may seem like opposites, but it’s through the alchemizing and transforming of our greatest pains, into our greatest soul growth, that we reclaim more of our True Power.
The Lunar Eclipse adds even more powerful and deeply transformative energies to this Full Moon. Lunar Eclipses can only happen on Full Moons, and when the Earth moves between the Moon & Sun (so the Earth casts a shadow on the Moon). Eclipses bring the energy of very rapid transformations. Whatever the intentions you set back during Aries seasons (both or either of the New Moons in Aries 2023), this Lunar Eclipse has the potential to fast track you to that desired life, by going deep and shining light and awareness on the subconscious blocks/limiting beliefs/old stories/unsupportive patterns that may be coming between you and your dreams / your highest future.
Read more about the Scorpio Full Moon & Lunar Eclipse here, as well as a Fire Ceremony Practice suggestion to support your release of the heavy energies that no longer serve you.
Venus Enters Cancer – May 7
Venus in Cancer is a harmonious energy. Both are feminine/Yin energies (not referring to gender, but that fact that it’s a ‘receptive’ energy). Both are connected to the Heart, intuition & love. Venus in Cancer may ask us to take a look at our inner world more closely so we can see our truest desires deep down, and act on them in our lives. It’s a very nurturing combination of energies. Doing self care, self love rituals are exponentially supportive during this time. Especially self care that is connected to water – like relaxing baths or showers, or spending time in or around bodies of water, like lakes, rivers, oceans, seas, waterfalls, creeks or ponds. It will likely feel especially rejuvenating and soul replenishing at this time. Really feel how the water feels on the skin, how it trickles and dances and beads off, back into it’s source, Mother Earth, where we also come from.
Venus in Cancer is all about connecting deeper in our relationships and doing that by creating safe spaces to be vulnerable with one another. We may be looking for or creating such deep heart connections in our relationships at this time, creating or expanding our family. Perhaps this is romantic (finding or connecting deeper with a partner), or parental (becoming parents or having another child) or soul (finding and connecting with soul family or our own previously fragmented soul parts). This is very nurturing energy, faithful, loyal & comforting. We may find ourselves wanting to stay in more and have some quiet time or quality time, cuddling or doing activities that are cozy & comforting.
This can bring up the distorted expressions of Cancer in our lives too, which is: hiding how we truly feel behind our incessant care giving habits. Taking care of everyone around us (including our children, partners, parents, friends….) as a way to hide our true feelings of vulnerability. Not asking for help or support when we need it. Not sharing or being honest about our uncomfortable feelings. If this comes up during this time, know that it’s ok. Celebrate that you are now aware of this, and choose to do / think / behave / communicate differently. This is how we change and grow and raise our vibration.
Mercury Direct in Taurus – May 14
Mercury goes Direct in Taurus today. You may feel your thoughts & communication become more outwardly focused at this time, rather than inwardly. This can mean that it may become easier to communicate our thoughts & emotions more clearly in our relationships, as well as take time to listen too and give space for others to share their thoughts & feelings. As Mercury is still in the sign of Taurus, it’s very important to keep our communication balanced and with plenty of open space. Not sharing everything that comes to mind all at once, but instead having a balanced ‘back & forth’ conversation so that both/all parties can share from their heart, and been seen, heard & valued.
Jupiter Enters Taurus – May 16
Jupiter in Taurus helps us to slow down and find more stillness in our lives, opening us up to expand further in different areas of our life (depending on where Taurus is in your chart, this will be different). For example, if Taurus is in your 10th house, this can be a simultaneous slowing down & then greater expansion in the area of your career or business. If Taurus is in your 2nd house, this may be an expansion in your wealth/finances. If Taurus is in your 4th house, this can be an expansion in your self care practices & home life. Or if Taurus is in your 7th house it can be an expansion of your committed partnerships (marriage/romantic, business/client, close friend relationships).
You can see what House Taurus is in, in your chart by entering your birth information and pulling up your chart through astro.com.
Wherever Taurus is in your chart, there will likely be a beautiful expansion of stillness, joy & blessings that will be coming your way. And the potential for a great teacher to come into your life (or an online course gets your attention or you join a group class or mentorship). Or perhaps, you are ready to step into your own teaching during this time. Sharing what you know, through your unique combination of knowledge, wisdom, skills & experiences – for the Highest Good of All. The possibilities are so expansive!
New Moon in Taurus – May 19
This New Moon in Taurus brings us a calmer, more tranquil and peaceful energy after the intense Full Moon & Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio. It provides a needed ‘pause’ so we can feel safe enough to sit in stillness and receive the healing, insights & messages that are coming to us during this New Moon. From this place of stillness and inner peace, we can more clearly hear & acknowledge our intuitive heart messages, and from this place, create powerful New Moon intentions for this next Lunar cycle of our Soul’s evolution.
Read more about the Taurus New Moon here, as well as a suggested tips on ways to ground your energy to receive the highest intuitive insights, and Intention Setting Prompts to support powerful inner reflections.
Mars Enters Leo – May 20
Mars in Leo energy is very much about being seen & heard for who we truly are, without apologizing for it. ‘Here I am and this is what I have to share.’ If we are usually more timid and keep to the background, this energy may feel uncomfortable for us. But at the same time, liberating and exciting. We may notice old fears of being seen and heard for who we really are, don’t seem to get in our way at this time. We aren’t so scared (or maybe we still feel fear, but it’s not as debilitating as it once was). We have added courage to show up and express ourselves with heart felt authenticity. And perhaps this is why we may feel a breakthrough here…because it’s heart centered self expression (Mars), led by the Heart of the Lion (Leo). Where we feared to be vulnerable in the past, we may now have newfound courage to shine our light, share our voice, take center stage and make our mark (in our personal lives, our family, our relationships, career, business, area of service, our community and/or the world).
Added passion & charisma may be emanating from us more than usual at this time, because we are so connected to our radiant hearts and expressing, sharing & ‘Being’ from this place. We know who we are and we are here to share it with the world. We may feel more inspired to ask for what we want (directly & respectfully), and allow that creative, magnetic, exuberant energy to shine forth, without apologizing.
As we step into more of our authentic expression, and confidence, it’s important to remember to allow space for others to do the same. We can become just as inspired by other’s shining their unique light brightly, as they can become inspired by our bright light. There is just as much excitement & joy to be had in witnessing another shine their beautiful light, as there is in us shining ours brightly. There is more than enough room for All to shine brightly, so don’t dim your beautiful, powerful light, and remember to revel in and appreciate the beauty of the light being shone from others, all around you! Like we are each a star shining beautifully, in the vastness of space.
Coming Up Next: Gemini Season – May 21
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