week of April 24-30 2016
Representing the feminine principle, planet Venus’ influence on the Taurus male manifests physically, as befits this corporeal earth sign. At her core a fertility goddess, Venus developed into a deity of grace, love and beauty. Taurus is a feminine sign, which is ironically symbolized by a virile Bull. Besides being itself an emblem of male fertility, the Bull represents latent power—the animal is incited to attack. Taurus men are more poised and graceful, if not reticent, rather than being forthright or obviously rough-and-tumble. They have an oblique, if not myopic, view of the world. Just as Taurus girls draw on the archetype of nature nymphs, Taurus man embodies the tempting spirit of such self-reflective flower gods as Hyacinth, Narcissus and Adonis, who even turned the tables on the passive, attractive Venus-Aphrodite, making her chase him down. Taurus man is the zodiac’s premier pretty boy. He is a soft-spoken slice of beefcake, often just a sliver, exuding elegance and debonair flair. He has been known to fetishize and refashion female trappings and attire; from pink socks to sultry peignoirs: Jamie Dornan, Robert Pattinson, David Beckham, Channing Tatum, Henry Cavill, Hunter Parrish, Jack Gleeson, Thomas Welling, Pierce Brosnan, Wes Anderson, Djimon Hounsou, George Clooney, Tony Goldwyn, Dennis Rodman, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Donavan, Peter Frampton, Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Duke Ellington, Rudolph Valentino, Liberace, James Mason, Richard Avedon, James McAvoy and Bono.
We enjoy a positive spin as much as the next mystics; but, with Mercury joining Mars and Pluto in retrograde you do well to admit there is un-kosher inequality in your midst. So fight the powers of oppression. Yours are not opinions to be kept to yourself, but wise words for instigating swift and sweeping change. Be most skeptical of those who put the sick in sycophant. Such hiney-smoochers may be working you for connections. Shut it down. Ease into a state of meditative calm, keeping on trucking with artistic life pursuits.
With Venus entering Taurus, efforts you put out there meet with great enthusiasm. Your scope expands in response to career or creative schmoozing. Karmically, too, you get an instant return on goodly deeds. What you focus upon magnetizes. So if you fixate on dearth, you may be undervalued; while, if you appreciate your own unique assets, your personal stock rises. See life as a lotus unfolding: fully expressive, expansive and not at all linear. Then emulate that pansy, holding your ground and opening up to full potential.
You get encouraging news in advance of Mercury going retrograde, Thursday. And there’s no need to superstitiously dread the “other shoe” dropping. Life meets you half way in realizing your hopes and wishes. You negotiate a new design-for-living, wearing a number of hats. Venus conjunct Uranus suggests you can have it all. Resist number crunching—it only limits potential abundance. Eradicate if-then constructs. Mostly lead with the word: Imagine… Use your well of confidence to help those who grapple with it.
With Mercury trine Pluto, you begin to accept the notion that you descend from a long line of deeply creative, self-starting intelligentsia. And you see that being out on a limb—artistically, commercially, and, yes, even spiritually—is now the safest place to be. Far from the maddening status quo, you nurture a niche that allows for unique expression and taps you into fresh revenue streams. Feel the link between your burningest desire and a burgeoning sense of destiny. Mercury retrograde, Thursday, will see that you fight fair.
As the Sun slips into trine position with Jupiter, you’re more at ease with life’s ephemera, acing any psychological tests put before you. Family may converge, ancient roles being played out (double entrendre intended); but try as they might, loved ones can’t push your buttons. Right? A solo vocation beckons, one that allows you to make an enduring mark. You’re prolific where you’d once procrastinated. Finances ease: you prize your autonomy over accumulation. Mercury’s retrograde, Thursday, fritzes communication on the home front.
The Mars-Saturn mash-up inspires a comprehensive plan to speed your personal evolution as both a bold creative and a creature of love. You should feel blessed with the ability to carve out professional inroads and to experience a fine romance, free of static cling. You can blast your way out of career cul de sacs, as you challenge yourself to be with a significant other who shares your notion of commitment. A buddy may be giving you the boot; or is it the kick in the caboose you need to learn that friendship is a gift not a given?
As Mercury joins Mars and Pluto in retrograde, your brain gets a wee rest, so you might settle deeper into your body, lending teeth to efforts to stick to any wellness programs. Stop thinking about making external alterations and appreciate the journey of doing right by your inner life, health and happiness. If you’re debating kicking a questionable habit, we offer a resounding: Yass. Mercury trine Pluto amps powers of elimination. Eschewing excesses can be quite obvious, inspiring increased loving interest from onlookers at large.
As you plot next big moves, you must also recharge your batteries; or, at least, pace yourself, easing, not diving, into projects and obligations. Imagine so-called chores to be meditations or exercise. Instincts are sharp when it comes to new faces on the social scene. You’re tempted to fault people for mercenary maneuvers, but resist and rise above. Be thankful you’re more conscious in your bonds than the next character. Don’t accept a “selfish” label—you’re self-contained, and don’t tax others with your private-life drama.
You’re of a mind to start something new, with the Sun trining Jupiter; but you must first retool existing plans, products and projects, doing what you already do, louder and prouder. There is an audience waiting for you out there. So forward march with increased objectivity about yourself. Don’t junk up your mind with what your actions mean or how you’re seen. Even if the thing you most want to do is something you feel you’re crappy at, stand and deliver the lousiest display you can muster. Venus in Taurus sexes things up.
You wax philosophical, with the Sun trining Jupiter, transforming any street smarts into a wise belief system to live by. Others seek your guidance. But realize you can be a go-to guru while still maintaining emotional detachment. You’re brimming with genius notions, but don’t waste the grace—record every light bulb popping off. You may not get to some of your big ideas for awhile yet, but trust: they’ll keep. The trick is not to be distracted from pursuing the most pressing ones. With Mars conjunct Saturn, you suffer no fools.
Mercury joining Mars and Pluto in retrograde challenges you to network your way to new intellectual, academic or artistic heights. Stay alert for synchronic sign-posts pointing to new inroads of opportunity. Personal freedom depends on maintaining a me-first attitude; don’t be emotionally blackmailed into anything that doesn’t sit right in your gut. False prophets have surplus opinions on what you should or shouldn’t do. So keep your own counsel and goals in mind, and don’t scoff at bread-and-butter gigs that get you there.
With Venus entering Taurus, conjunct Uranus, healthiest detachment from people, places and things is prescribed. It will feel the opposite is true but: nothing is personal. You gain nada if you battle any affronts with brash retorts. Word business plans or directives artfully and carefully. It may seem like voices are speaking through you; and far be it for us to deny any spiritual assists. You’ve got the grit to curb consumption and to embrace a certain asceticism your soul may desire. If revenge tempts you, it’s your cue to love more.
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