April 18 to 25, 2013 Visible Planets: Morning: Mercury, Saturn Evening: Jupiter
The all-powerful Sun and warrior Mars move in to calm, steady Taurus this week to join the mythological goddess of love and beauty – sweet, seductive Venus – and in so doing, the cosmic clock slows its pace and settles in to the zodiac’s first fixed earth sign. Taurus heralds the second month of spring, when the seed thrust forth in Aries finds a safe, secure place in which to settle, make a home and put down roots.
Taurus represents the physical body and the physical world in which the physical body finds itself. Physical senses, needs and capabilities are awakened and aroused. Just as Aries gives birth to life, Taurus sustains it. Food, shelter, support, nourishment and the provision of life’s basic necessities come under the aesthetically pleasing, Venus-ruled Taurus umbrella.
The unbridled, impulsive, rash primal urges of the Aries zodiac month – and this last one has been rife with crash, booms and bangs – must surrender – in handcuffs or kicking and screaming – to a power greater and stronger than self-will, the good old equation of action and consequence.
We must keep ourselves, our relationships and our lives in good working order to continue, sustain and preserve them. Taurus is all about practical, realistic thinking, acting and being. Good luck and may the gentle grace of the Taurus Bull be your vehicle and guide through the strongest, most persistent month of spring.
p.s. And, I almost forgot! Earth Day, the quintessential Taurus holiday, synchronistically takes place under that same beautiful, verdant second-month-of-spring umbrella. April 22nd gives us tons of fertile piles of opportunity with which to nurture the gardens of our Mother Earth. Let’s plant actual and metaphorical seeds of intention and desire as we take action to provide and sustain organic life in all shapes and sizes on our magnificent, magical planet. Celebrate nature.
Aries (Mar. 20-Apr.19) Venus, the Sun and ruler Mars move in to Taurus this week. Look for a subtle shift in perception and priority regarding personal desires and how to manifest what you want. Patience and perseverance are allies in your quest. Accept others exactly as they are and identify what you can to make challenging relationships better. If you want a dog, don’t buy a cat.
Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20) Take a deep breath and a sigh of relief. The Sun and ruler Venus have left your solar 12th house of gestation and moved into the 1st house of rebirth. As planets align, put your best foot forward. As you initiate a fresh, personal solar year, remember you are also in the first phase of a recurring 12-year Jupiter cycle of expansion and growth. Explore and discover.
Gemini (May 21-June 21) With jovial, good-luck, good fortune Jupiter transiting the mid-degrees of Gemini, you can look forward to several weeks of opportunity regarding expansion and growth. The Universe is an infinite field of unlimited potential and possibility, fertile ground in which to plant seeds of intention and desire. Self-reflect upon what you really want. Prepare the soil.
Cancer (June 21-July 22) Friends and lovers emerge, attract and engage you in co-creative dances of motivation and desire as Venus, Mars and the Sun enter your solar 11th house of social causes and camaraderie. Open your heart to others, share hopes and dreams with those you have common interests and goals. You may find great pleasure and satisfaction via fellowship. Get out and get involved.
Leo (July 23-Aug.22) Generous Jupiter in Gemini illuminates the enormous value of positive, optimistic friends and influences. Look for the good in others, move in affirmative directions and seek out people and situations of high value and beneficial potential. A fresh surge of planetary power in your solar 10th house of achievement encourages accomplishment. Focus on goals.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep.22) The Taurus zodiac month is good medicine for the Virgo virgin. In the quest of virtue rather than virulence, the primal warrior spirit of Aries can feel harsh, rash and radical. At last! Now you see greening grasses, budding flora and a softer, more embracing world in which to live and thrive. Seek high vistas and higher-self experience. Explore the world.
Libra (Sep. 23-Oct. 22) Taurus and Libra are symbiotically connected by their sign’s joint planetary ruler, velvety, voluptuous Venus. This week, the goddess of love and beauty enters Taurus, shimmering rays of goodness and grace upon both. The Libra light is more oblique, however, and requires a slight shift of perspective and position to be in the glow. Move and adjust.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) Plenty of stimuli for self-improvement remain front and center as male and female planets Mars and Venus shift signs and enter your solar 7th house of long-term commitment and marriage. With whom you are living and sleeping come under sharp attack or strong attraction in a dance of love, desire and will. Do your best to be your best; life is what you make it.
Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 20) Self-indulgence and self-fueled fires cool as jet engines idle and reboot. Running too fast and strong taxes the system and can be ultimately self-destructive. You are being asked to slow the pace and focus on what is right in front of you. Patience and perseverance are golden allies now. Progress comes over time and requires practice. Take it one day at a time.
Capricorn (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) Smiles broaden as miles pass by. Hearts open with the wild potential and possibility of our ever-expanding universe. The world is your oyster and precious, shimmering pearls await those willing to co-create. Take a moment to feel your inner power, the creative spirit of love and beauty that lives within. Embrace the fires of desire and shine your light. Create!
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) You may feel overwhelmed by all the “to do’s” and “should do’s” this week, but, after all, it’s spring! Clean up, fix up and start up projects of domestic and life-improvement as Mars, Venus and the Sun shine light upon your path. Metaphorical gardens are themes. Be a good farmer. Prepare and enrich the soil, plant seeds and don’t forget food and water!
Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20) A growing, increasing busy-ness may have you bustling about – buying, cleaning, fixing, planting and transplanting. You may be traveling here and there, going in circles, but getting it done. Write notes and make lists. Communication is a theme and it is most effective when you are concise and to the point. Listen rather than talk, don’t interrupt and cultivate patience.
Cynthia is a third generation astrologer living in the high mountain desert of the American Southwest. Visit her website @ www.alacazem.com.
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