by Barry Kerr, evolutionary astrologer
Taurus is ruled by planet Venus. In our journey around the zodiac, after asserting our spiritual essence into human form via Mars in Aries, our Venus sets about establishing a stable connection to the physical world. This includes how we relate to our body, to physical resources like food, clothes and shelter, and to nature. At the same time we learn to enjoy the beauty and miracle of being in a body, to delight in our five senses of sight, sound, smell, taste and touch. This is fundamental to surviving on the physical plane. We strengthen our commitment to building and maintaining a self, claiming territory for our ego to grow.
Think of a planted seed. Its life force is there, ready to grow and eventually bare fruit. Taurus is the early stage of the seed sprouting, sending roots into the earth and growing a shoot up into the world to engage with the environment around it.
The healthy result of our Taurus experience is to develop the ability to provide for our self, to gain the things (like money) that we need to maintain existence and well-being. Yet this extends past the tangible needs into needs like love and comfort. To do that, we first must establish a sense of self-worth, without which we may not even make the effort to attain our needs, much less our comforts.
Venus is the part of us that wants and needs to relate, both to things and to people. When our Venus is doing well, we are willing to give ourselves the pleasures of life. That includes delicious food, comfortable and attractive surroundings, and a sense of abundance. We feel comfortable in our body. Through this process, our Venus forms our values: what do we like and not like? This applies to people, too, in a practical way, however it will be in the sign of Libra that Venus explores the human and emotional dimensions of relationship.
When our Venus is wounded or undeveloped, we experience a lack of self-worth, lack of abundance, lack of values, and/or an unbalanced desire for money and possessions. We might feel overly dependent on others or extremely self-contained, needing no one. We might feel unattractive or that our body does not support us.
With the Moon, Sun, Venus and Mercury all in the earthy sign of Taurus, the attention is to both the practical needs of your survival and to what delights your senses and gives you pleasure. It’s a good time to set intentions on listening better to your body. What can your body “tell” you about how aligned your thoughts and actions are with your values? As a spiritual being, what is the proper balance with materiality?
The above planets are in a pragmatic trine with Jupiter and Pluto. Jupiter in Virgo supports your ability to discern your spiritual truths while Pluto in Capricorn empowers you to align those truths with practical action.
Jupiter also forms a T-square with Saturn and Neptune during most of May. Saturn in Sagittarius is challenging you to question old beliefs that promote the separateness of matter and spirit, body and soul.
The Sagittarius Full Moon on May 21 will shine a light on where your reasoning mind is out of alignment with your beliefs. The Sun in Gemini emphasizes information and data, while the Moon in opposing Sagittarius reflects your interpretation of that information, which can often be an emotional “spin”. With Mars hugging the Moon closely, be careful of overconfidence in your convictions. Consider all perspectives.
Currently, half the planets in retrograde, with Saturn and Pluto continuing into summer when they will be joined by Uranus and Neptune. One accumulative affect of these seemingly backward moving planets is to create very unpredictable events. The current election cycle is a prime example of that. Expect to see many more surprises and “reversals” in the election and in world events. Personally, the challenge is to keep an open mind and heart as to what is possible in this quickening of the collective human consciousness. Stay grounded in body. This is a key to discerning your inner intuitive messages that will help you negotiate the coming changes.
Barry Kerr, a soul-based, evolutionary astrologer, has 35 years of experience with an international clientele. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed psychotherapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in Madison. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology, energy healing and transformational coaching by phone, Skype or in person in Madison, WI. Inquiries are welcome – free 15-minute consultation to explore if this is for you. Visit www.ChooseConsciousLiving.com for more information or email Barry at Barry@ChooseConsciousLiving.com.