April 19 to 26, 2012 Visible Planets: Morning: Saturn Evening: Mars, Venus and Jupiter
“Taurus teaches us that there are two ways to be rich: One is to have what you want and the other is to want what you have.” - Stephanie Austin
Ahhhh, Taurus – life’s most simple pleasures. Shimmering sunshine after a drenching rain, bright-red Indian paintbrush, delicate lilacs and yellow daisies in the peaceful quiet of a pinion-juniper forest; greening grass, baby lambs and frolicking calves; cerulean bluebirds building nests and great blue herons sailing gracefully across the deep-blue Colorado sky. Creature comforts: good food and drink – sparkling water, Mexican coffee with organic half and half, the delightful taste of homemade spinach lasagna and a fresh Caesar salad, dark chocolate mousse and sweet, ripe blackberries – and a beautiful, happy, humble home – a comfy leather couch, a 55” HD flat screen TV – the Rockies win! – surround-sound and an embracing Thermapedic bed at day’s end. A good night’s rest. Soothing hot springs, magnificent mountains, a refreshing morning walk…
The primal thrust of Aries the Ram pushes life forward, insists on rebirth and resurrection, reminds us that we are here to live, thrive and survive. Courageous and strong, the first zodiac month of the natural year, Aries impels motion and fuels action. Ruled by planet Mars, the ancient god of war and men, we – as individuals – attune to instinct, prepare for battle, rekindle desire and refresh ourselves to the concepts of personal will, self-identity and ego. Then along comes Taurus the Bull.
Calm and placid, steadfast, patient and persevering, the Taurean archetype lives and breathes in the physical, material plane – the world of the senses – where we feel, smell and touch, see, taste and hear. The hurry-up impatience of Aries morphs into a slower pace and longer race, a place of persistence and realistic assessment, where we come to understand that wild, unbridled, exciting, spontaneous, impulsive, non-premeditated Aries-like actions have consequences. Life is not just a game of chance and luck, but also one of calculated risk and reward.
It is in Taurus that we are charged with developing a healthy relationship to our bodies, our physical resources and our beautiful, home planet Earth. We learn about matter, and what matters. We discover that true security and success is not just measured by money and material wealth, but by happiness, good health, kinship and meaningful work. Live the life you love and love the life you live. It’s quality, not quantity.
On April 19th @ 10:12 am MDT the Sun moves into Taurus and the solar zodiac month of the Bull begins. On April 21st @ 1:20 a.m. MDT, the Sun and Moon conjoin @ 01º 35’ Taurus in the celestial aspect of a fresh New Moon. Happy, happy and may your solar and lunar months be filled with the peace, beauty and fertility of the calm and tranquil Bull. Blessings and grace…
Aries (Mar. 20-Apr.19) The Taurus New Moon of April 21st initiates a lunar cycle of personal value and worth. Material security and financial realities are important factors in life’s equation of priorities; one must manage time, resources and money. That said; remember that true success is measured by the quality of one’s happiness, good health, kinship and meaningful work.
Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20) Your happy birthday month begins with a fresh new Moon and lunar cycle, so why not celebrate another revolution around the Sun with a bounty of moonbeams, sunshine and starlight? The Mother Earth encourages fresh starts and new beginnings; plant actual and metaphorical seeds in the fertile soil of her nurturing soul.
Gemini (May 21-June 21) With voluptuous Venus moving through Gemini, you may feel more amorous and attractive than usual. And why not? The world sees you as beautiful, talented and sweet, so the effect is rather pleasant. Accept life’s many gifts, smile and share the wealth of great good fortune. A full and grateful heart has little room for fear, doubt and anger. Enjoy the joy.
Cancer (June 21-July 22) A bevy of planets in earthy Taurus calms the spirit and soothes the soul. The emerging greens of new life spring forth. Gather seeds, plan gardens and touch the soil. Friends and fellowships, support groups and social gatherings encourage camaraderie and fuel inspiration. Get out and about, dream new dreams and start fresh. Life is a journey to discover.
Leo (July 23-Aug.22) You may feel the need to connect socially or professionally with others as the Sun and Moon conjoin in your solar 10th house of achievement and success. New beginnings and fresh starts are favored regarding individual hopes and dreams. Seek out and make contact with people who inspire and excite you. Explore creative talents and express heartfelt desires.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep.22) Each year the Taurus lunar and solar months ask us to develop a healthy relationship to the physical plane, including our bodies, our resources and our beautiful home-planet Earth. For the Virgin, it’s time to cultivate a practice of personal wellness. Addictions, compulsions and obsessions are maladies of the spirit. Treat them with spiritual medicine and be set free.
Libra (Sep. 23-Oct. 22) Beautiful, sensual Venus rules both Taurus and Libra, making this zodiac month one of sympathetic, symbiotic resonance. The greening grass, baby lambs, frolicking calves and promise of luscious blossoms and languid summer cast magic spells upon your heart and soul. Identify what’s right with your life, embrace the present and open it with joy.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) An elegant, delicate crescent Moon graces the twilight skies this week and shimmers rays of love and light upon the Scorpion. This lunar cycle and zodiac month requests your gracious presence in the magnificent dance of life. Show up for others and yourself with a happy, grateful heart and well-balanced psyche. Focus on the facts and stick with basic goodness.
Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 20) With the North Node and asteroid Juno conjunct in Sagittarius as the Moon is new, you may feel strongly pulled toward partnership and one-to-one relationship. Sharing the burdens and the wealth appeals to you now. Certainly, there is a lot to learn and glean from working and spending quality time with others. Choose individuals you respect and admire.
Capricorn (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) Transformational planet Pluto went retrograde in Capricorn on April 10th and will remain so until mid-September. This heralds a prolonged period of exponential potential for metamorphic, deep inner work and ultimate self-empowerment. Face fears, purge demons and identify behavior patterns that create suffering for yourself and others. It’s a process.
Aquarius (Jan. 19-Feb. 18) Focus this week and zodiac month is on the home and domestic environment as solar and lunar light illuminate the personal and familiar. Spring-cleaning, yard or garden work, physical exercise and emotional health are themes. Action is your ally and goodness is your guide. Examine facts, assess situations and balance equations. Be here now.
Pisces (Feb. 18-Mar. 20) Taurus energy encourages time outside and in touch with nature. Earth Day celebrates and commemorates our relationship and dependence upon our beautiful, bountiful home planet – what a great prompt to get out and get ready to garden and grow! Visit a greenhouse, smell the roses.
Cynthia is a third generation astrologer living on a high mountain mesa 40 miles west of Telluride. Visit her website @ www.alacazem.com.