Flowers & Bees

When Venus was in Aires, you could expect your love life to heat up. 

But now, Venus has moved into Taurus, and the energy surrounding those who are romantically inclined is much different. 

Venus is all about seduction and charm, as well as beauty and grace. The secret of real charm is that you can’t charm someone else if you’re not yourself charmed by an idea, place, or person.


Simplicity

Go to your fields and your garden, and you shall learn that it is the pleasure of the bee to gather honey of the flower, But it is also the pleasure of the flower to yield its honey to the bee, For to the bee a flower is a fountain of life, And to the flower a bee is a messenger of love, And to both, bee and flower, the giving and receiving of pleasure a need and an ecstasy.

The Prophet – Kahlil Gibran (on Pleasure)

In Taurus, Venus is charmed by simplicity.


  • Are you happy?
  • When is good, good enough?
  • What is ‘perfect’ about this?

The Practical Couch Potato

On 6 May, at 18:26 GMT (not BST), Mercury enters Taurus where he remains for about two weeks.

During this time, slow down, take it easy, find pleasure in your speech.

When Mercury was in Aries, we learned that the damage caused by words hurled in anger continues long after we’ve forgotten what was said. Research has shown that anger, like joy, is highly contagious –they both provide a hard-to-resist adrenalin rush. 

Think before you speak is always good advice and when Mercury is in Taurus, you might even want to think twice. Not only is this one of the best ways to avoid unnecessary arguments but it also allows you to get more in touch with yourself. It’s even a good way to make your everyday life more stable and secure and in this fast-paced, stressful world, who wouldn’t benefit from more of that?

You would adjust your conduct and even direct the course of your spirit according to hour and seasons.

Kahlil Gibran – The Prophet
The practical couch potato

Practical tips for getting in touch with Taurus:

  • Take a walk outdoors – even 20 minutes is enough. Focus on the sounds and sights around you. Feel your feet in contact with the ground.
  • Make time to cuddle with someone or something that you love – your partner, dog or cat, and even your teddy bear.
  • Practice ‘mindful eating. Chew slowly. Savour the flavours and textures. Enjoy every minute of your meal or snack.
  • Even if your day is all bounce and go, with careful planning you can still schedule time for a rest or even a nap. Sometimes, it’s good – even practical – to be a couch potato.

Stormy Weather

Today, on 4 May at 22:47 GMT (not BST), we enjoy this year’s new moon in Taurus.

Smile and the whole world smiles with you…

Stanley Gordon West

This new moon reminds us that even in times of hardship and discomfort, we can still choose to present a brave face.  Even the darkest cloud has a silver lining (albeit, perhaps, well concealed) and when you find it, your situation starts to improve.

Even the darkest cloud has a silver lining

This is not about faking your feelings. Neither is it about putting on a superficial show of strength. Instead it is about taking advantage of research that suggests that your body chemistry actually changes so as to reflect what’s showing on your face.

In addition, your facial expression and body posture effects what other people think of you and this, in turn, plays back in a way that impacts your self-image. The message you choose to project to the world at large always goes a full 360 degrees.


  • What are you doing well?
  • How were you successful this past week?
  • What would your hero or heroine do in this situation?

@ the mercy of her desires…

The ancients believed that archetypal themes or motifs format our experience of the world. Myth allows us to access these motifs in a meaningful way. Through identifying with the mythological heroes and heroines, we gain invaluable perspective on life experience.

  • Can you relate to them?
  • How have your life experiences been different or similar?
  • What are their strengths and weaknesses?
  • Where did they go right or wrong?
  • Would you have done it differently?

Taurus

For those born under the sign of Taurus, this myth is for you:


The God Poseidon helps King Minos gain his crown by giving Minos a magnificent white bull. But when Poseidon asks Minos to sacrifice the bull in repayment, the king refuses to part with it.

Taurus may be familiar with the king’s dilemma of what’s ‘mine’ and what’s not?

Poseidon is not amused and as punishment he causes the king’s wife to fall passionately in love with the bull.

Likewise, Taurus may sometimes feel at the mercy of her desires?

@ the mercy of her desires

Finally, the king’s wife mates with the bull and gives birth to the Minotaur, who is half man (intellect) and half bull (instinct). Conceived as the result of the king’s greed, the Minotaur is a shameful secret to be hidden in the dark labyrinth beneath the palace.


To avoid creating a monster, Taurus must temper instinct with intellect.

Starting over…

Easter is the first Sunday following the first full moon that occurs on or after the day of the vernal equinox (the first day of spring).   It can fall on any date (that’s a Sunday) between 22 March and 25th April.  The most likely date is 19 April while the average date is 7th April.

Easter!

The date upon which it may fall straddles the day  (21st of April) when the sun slips from Aires to Taurus. 

Statistically, Easter is much more likely to fall into Aries than Taurus. 

This year, Taurus wins.


What might this mean?

In Old Testament times, at around Easter time, priests would sacrifice lambs as an offering.   When Jesus arrived, he became the sacrificial lamb – the ‘Lamb of God’.  

Blood purifies. 

The letting of blood expiates our sins.


This is why Easter is associated with rebirth and resurrection.  Easter is the time to atone for our transgressions and start over again, fresh and clean. With all the focus on bloodletting, it’s fitting that Easter usually occurs in Aries.  

Aries is an ardent, spirited energy.  

As the archetypal warrior, Aries is action-oriented and focused to win.


Lamb of God

But when Easter falls into Taurus, we’re introduced with a new kind of energy – solid, stable, secure, and settled.  As the archetypal Earth Mother, Taurus gets back to basics.  

The Taurean platitude is ‘slow and steady as she goes’.


So this Easter, why not take advantage of the  shift from being active and outgoing to that of  being more self-sufficient and serene.  After all, you’re getting a second chance.  

You’re starting over.  

Why do it all the same again?

All Change

Uranus, planet of reform and revolution, is moving into Taurus where it will remain until 2025. What exactly this will mean remains uncertain.


But if you’d care to speculate, then a good place to start would be with what happened the last time Uranus was in Taurus, 1934-1942:

  • The Great Depression,
  • Stalin’s Great Terror and Great Purge in the Soviet Union,
  • Spanish Civil War,
  • WW II begins with the Nazi’s invading Poland,
  • France falls to Germany,
  • Japan attacks Pearl Harbor.

Naturally we ought not to expect a repeat of the above but chances are it won’t be that dissimilar.

Themes likely to predominate include changes in society’s relationship to money, natural resources, and domestic security with significant disruption in all of the above.

Uranus in Taurus – all change

Possible larger scale material manifestations:

  • World-wide shift in diet and food preferences, with focus on sustainable and indigenous,
  • Growth in alternative economies,
  • Crypto-currencies come into their own,
  • Time no longer equates to money,
  • Shift from the ‘disposable’ culture with renewed interest in ‘repair’ and ‘make do’.

On a more personal scale, those of you with planets in Taurus, Scorpio, Aquarius, and Leo may be in for some very different kinds of change. 

If this applies to you, consider astrological-coaching.