Week of April 20-26, 2014
The energy of Taurus, the fixed-earth sign, is emblemized by a garden, Eden. Taurus draws on archetypes of nymphs and flower gods, personifying innocence and invitation; ruled by Venus, the planetary principle of attraction. The sign’s color is green, an adjective for innocence. Taurus girl is the eternal goddess in maiden form. We know what temptation Eve invited. Likewise, the tale of Snow White is a retelling of the myth of Io, a nymph punished by queen Hera for giving into her hubby Zeus’s seduction—Hera turned Io into a snow-white heifer. Silly cow. Hera is famed for taking the form of a crone who hands out poison apples just like Snow White’s wicked queen, who’s rather fixed on youth and vanity. Venus’ symbol is called the mirror of Aphrodite, the planet’s rule, here, on the earth plane of Taurus making physical beauty, and green-eyed envy, a preoccupation. Io and Hera are two sides of the same coin, the former representing the naiveté of the latter’s mature womanhood. Really, Hera tries to teach Io a lesson about female power, which Hera deifies. And, any Taurus woman will tell you that this is one of her central themes. Taurus tends to make an impact early in life, being prized for latent talents and potential charms. Adult life can be an ongoing catch-up lesson in taking her own assets by the horns, something at which she typically overachieves. Indeed, her biggest challenge is in not being objectified, resisting the urge to let domineering figures steer her stars in exchange for creature Taurean comforts, ease and luxury. Passivity being her pitfall, she can become somebody else’s cash cow. Here some earthy Taurus nymphets who peaked young and piqued interest with early promise of potential: Megan Fox, Kristen Dunst, Sandra Dee, Kelly Clarkson, Sofia Coppola, Jessica Alba, Lily Allen, Jessica Stam, Ann-Margret, Yvonne Craig, Uma Thurman, Janet Jackson, Adele, Barbra Streisand, Shirley Temple, Valerie Bertinelli, Harper Lee and Charlotte Bronte whose heroine Jane Eyre is namesake of Juno-Hera, Eire (Ireland) being the mythical green garden where the goddess queen grew dem apples.
You take more (real and metaphoric) space after a spate of jostling into shifting social and professional landscapes. With Saturn and Jupiter trine Venus, you’re back in the saddle, biz-wise, and in the know, buzz-wise. You realize your splashiest dreams are the ones most destined for success. And, with that in mind, you may cut ties with those who, if subconsciously, try to keep your star from rising. Be gleefully on the make for other people’s money to invest in all the light bulbs popping off in that beautiful brain of yours.
You might recall, about four months ago, you petitioned the universe, fists shaking to high heaven, for increased creative opportunity. So, now, with Sun in Taurus here it comes; don’t bemoan the fact you’re not ready. Crank up your machinery for global success and put your original ideas into glorious action. Humility is one thing. Self-denial is another. Be who you’re becoming. Match your behavior to your beliefs. Reality unfolds according to your intentions. Your so-called selfish goals have wider, universal benefit!
Yes, you may be on the receiving end of tough love, but try to view it as expressions of compassion. In a way, you labored under the misapprehension you’re the gods’ gift to the yoniverse. Which is true; but so is everybody else. Yes, you’re to be praised for sacrifices you make to those (you deem) less fortunate; but being messianic doesn’t give you license to be plain ol’ messy. With Mercury directly conjunct the Sun you should spiff up your own act not judge others’. And remember: there is no such thing as giving enough.
Feeling at wits’ end is a test of faith, so hang in there. With the week kicking off with Moon conjunct Pluto in a Grand Cross with Jupiter, Mars and Uranus, you receive loving forgiveness from those whom you (unwittingly?) crossed. You get work reprieves, too, from bigwigs who’ve found you wanting. But the big news is: You’re singled out for a promotion, award, payoff or juicy perk. So don’t turn up your nose at what appears to be a lateral move. Signs show it is, actually, on a distinctly diagonal, steep, upward spiral!
Pushing too hard for desired outcomes is a sure way to see them slip through your fingers. As Saturn and Jupiter trine Venus, you experience shifts in status between you and partners in biz, love or war. Embrace your authority without necessarily wielding it. Let self-professed rivals make bold power plays—they likely overshoot their marks. You gain support by making minor concessions and modest demands. The trick is to master your infamous emotions. It’s how you magnetize desired outcomes and love objects, both.
You gain insight into others’ psychologies leading to Thursday’s conjunct of the Moon with Neptune and Venus. Projects requiring tapping into mass consciousness get green lighted; while, in all your zeitgeist surfing, personal connections can get short shrift. Speak to it: Let loved ones know you’re preoccupied. Don’t overpromise then disappoint. (You don’t need lectures on follow-through.) Reclaim parts of you (you) put on a shelf. Talents may be rusty, and credos dusty, but you’ve never been better than in this renaissance.
With Venus trining Saturn and Jupiter, you can put differences with intimates behind you and lead a united front. You thus ward off hostile takeovers, invading relatives, alien visitations or psychic possessions. Sun in Taurus can bring confusion and finger pointing. Convince loved ones to table issues until next week, when they will no longer signify. As you wax more proactive, let yourself feel more vulnerable. Don’t anesthetize any vacant feelings. It may be lonely out on a limb, but it’s wear the fruits of your labor are found!
With the Moon conjunct Pluto in Grand Cross with Jupiter, Mars and Uranus, you’re creatively reawakened, but must choose specific areas of interest—trust: you will get to all your talents in time. There is a special thrill, now, in hitting myriad marks, being a messenger and a divine facilitator. Meditate on loyalty, which is an emotional bond not a mental one. Esoteric dabbling becomes more of a devotion, too. Here you exercise your mind and exorcise your soul of any demon need of yours to be all things to all people.
A long-pursued goal is now achieved; so says Venus trining Jupiter and Saturn. While certain victory is yours, remember: this is a single step in a series of triumphs still to achieve. So don’t rest on laurels—redouble efforts. And don’t take gambles. It’s best to employ restraint and impose limits on indulging a need for fortune to smize on you. If a prize is truly yours to receive, it must only be had on the noblest of terms. An ardent admirer makes his/herself known, so look out. Any present, pokey placeholders can go!
With the Grand Cross of Uranus, Mars, Jupiter and Pluto, now amped by the Moon, you must put first things first. And that means purely imaginative work. Your endless to-do list will keep track of the rest, while you must resist the urge to add anything to it. If your external environment is a bit of a mess, see it as in process. But don’t let appearances (form) take precedence over committing to your art (content), no matter the medium you’re working in. The most selfless thing you can do is selfishly devote to your creation.
Though your environment is buzzing with excitement, you remain trance-like, Mars still opposing Uranus in Grand Cross with Jupiter and Pluto. There is a lush, sensual feel to life, providing you finesse in asserting a career or social agenda. Those you seek to sway scarcely notice they’re curling up in the palm of your hand. That said, be a harder nut than ever, sticking to principles. And summon surplus backbone to slap down those bullying the vulnerable in your world. You don’t need the last word, but you will have final say.
Keep expectations low with intimates, leading to the Moon’s transit of Neptune, Thursday. Otherwise, feelings you wear on your sleeve may become frayed. It’s time to cut losses with the dysfunctional. Or does your ego rely on their reliance on you? A new daily ritual designed to cultivate serenity emerges. If you can’t sense that, start a search for one. Others disappoint you only if you let them. There are many smiling faces offering love and support who deserve attention more than detractors you’ve tried to turn into devotees.
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