April 23 to 30, 2015 Visible planets: Morning: Saturn Evening: Mercury, Venus, Jupiter
The Taurus zodiac month lasts from approximately April 19th to May 20th of every year, but due to the fact that the time it takes the Earth to complete one revolution around the Sun – aka the natural astrological year – is fractionally different from our Julian calendar year, the exact moment and hour of the solstices and equinoxes, along with the Sun’s entrance and exit into each tropical zodiac sign varies slightly from year to year.
In 2015, the Sun entered Taurus on April 20th @ 3:42 am MDT. In 2014, this took place on April 19th @ 9:56 pm MDT. Thus, if you are born “on the cusp” – the two or three days between each zodiac sign – it is wise to ask an astrologer, or go online, and find out whether your Sun-sign was in the last degrees of the sign ending or the early degrees of the one just beginning. In either case, you are what is known as a “cusp” baby, born with one foot in each sign, a rather special and unique karma that gifts you with an unusual combination of wisdom and innocence. There is great wisdom, knowledge and understanding in things ruled by the ending sign, and a childlike curiosity, naiveté and enthusiasm about the things coming under the beginning sign’s rulership.
The Aries/Taurus cusp holds a cup filled with memories of self-will, ego and war. Quick to act and ready to go, Aries DNA is all about survival, instinct and primal desire. It is the seed thrust forth; impatient and impulsive, a predator in search of prey. Courageous, independent and positive, Aries fire-energy excites and explores, uses self-referral as a compass and loves adventure. Early degree Aries is what I often refer to as “non-premeditated selfishness.” It’s a self-awareness that is being born out of the numinous, selfless waters of Pisces, the last sign of the zodiac, sign of non-self and no-self, where everything merges into One.
Late degree Aries, on the other hand, has experienced everything there is to experience regarding “self” – including self-denial, self-deception and self-destruction – and is ready to drop the burdensome ego in its restless, relentless pursuit of “me” and “mine” in favor of something more stable, sustainable and secure. And that brings us to the fixed-earth energy of Taurus the Bull, sign of security and stability, patience, perseverance and peace.
Welcome to the Taurus zodiac month. May these next few weeks be filled with the calm, steadfast, earthy pleasures and pastimes of the natural tropical year’s second zodiac month, the second month of spring, a time for setting down roots, watering seeds and sustaining life. Peace and starlight, love and blessings. Cz***
Aries (Mar. 20-Apr. 19) Relax and settle back into the slower pace of Taurus, that is, if you’re willing. Accepting life on life’s terms and enjoying the joys of simplicity are keys to a happy, healthy life. Extravagance and indulgence may be seductive, but right now, it leads to trouble. Stick to the basics. Be cautious and realistic when it comes to saving and spending. Repay debts, pay bills and find pleasure in what you already have.
Taurus (Apr. 19-May 20) The last week of April coincides with the first birthdays of the Taurus zodiac month. Happy birthday! Mental Mercury and motivated Mars in your sign portend a year ahead of promise and reward regarding scholastic pursuit and physical activity. You have come to understand just how important you are in your own life, i.e. the power of personal choice. Take a good look at wellness and adjust according to what you find.
Gemini (May 20-June 20) Voluptuous Venus in your sign my find you indulging in some sort of beauty, comfort or artistic pleasure. Travel to romantic places, take it easy and surround yourself with people you love and enjoy being with. Mars and Mercury in your solar 12th house of the spirit encourage visits to sacred sites and mystical locations. Let go of expectations and go with the flow. Control is an illusion. Accept what comes, as it is.
Cancer (June 20-July 22) A bounty of planets above the celestial horizon of your solar chart indicates abundant activity and interaction with people in the world outside your door. Personal relationships continue as a powerful, transformational influence as seasons turn, but the key to wellness is taking good care of you. Choose positive, inspirational, supportive, pro-active people to be with. Trust your angels.
Leo (July 22-Aug. 22) As you move through the last week of April and first week of Taurus, take stock of the road you have traveled over the last year, from spring to spring. Chances are, you’ve juggled relationships and responsibilities, shaken things up, ended what no longer worked, improved and expanded endeavors of promise and focused on reward. Keep the ball rolling and stay attentive. You’re the boss. Lead by example.
Virgo (Aug. 22-Sep. 22) The Taurus zodiac month heralds a season of exploration and expansion for the Virgin. World travel, cultural diversity and spiritual pursuit uplift and inspire you now. Whether it’s a trek across the globe, a trip to your local library or a visit to a sacred site, use this time for research and discovery. Open your heart and mind to enchanting places and sacred spaces. Seek beauty and cultivate inner peace.
Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 22) As the Sun moves from your solar 7th house of long-term relationships into the 8th house of intimacy and shared investment, pay attention to people and propositions that come your way. Money and finance, matters of inheritance and issues that require privacy or secrecy may take priority or demand attention. Whatever the manifestation, remain calm and focus on the facts. Simply do the math and focus on solutions.
Scorpio (Oct. 22-Nov. 21) Zodiac Taurus heralds the second half of your solar year, when you move from internal, inner focus to the people, places and things outside your door. This translates as a sort of social debut, when you feel pulled by external forces and sources. Others may make comments like, “where have you been?” or “where were you hiding?” Both are humorous to Scorpios, as they love to “hide out.” Enjoy the humor.
Sagittarius (Nov. 21-Dec. 20) With the Sun, Mercury and Mars all transiting Taurus, it’s a more than perfect time for self-improvement via good organic food, physical exercise and a daily spiritual practice. Giving to others and giving in general comes naturally to the Archer, but taking care of you is a different story. Of course, that makes easy to lose touch with how to do it. Get serious, get tough and commit!!! to a program of true health. Really.
Capricorn (Dec. 20-Jan. 19) The Taurus sun-time is one of the most romantic, amorous, enjoyable times of year for Capricorns. Spring stimulates new life, fresh starts and new beginnings, inside and outside. Embrace the magic, rejoice in the season and celebrate life. No matter what you have or don’t have, do or don’t do, you have a lot to be grateful for. Count your blessings and relax in the abundance. Relax in the now; open your heart to love.
Aquarius (Jan. 19-Feb. 18) Home and domestic life takes center stage as you settle into daily routines and responsibilities. It feels good to have stability and security, commitment and focus. You understand the power of informed choice and right action. Today you can say you are doing your best. All things considered, it’s all good. Keep your heart open and express your love to those you love. It’s an awesome strength, so share it.
Pisces (Feb. 18-Mar. 20) With love planet Venus in fellow mutable-sign Gemini, your solar 4th house of home and family, you can find great pleasure very close to home. Children and/or parents may come visiting; gardens, yard work and artistic or creative projects seem just right. But with several planets in your solar 3rd house of short trips and siblings, don’t be surprised if you find yourself on the road. Enjoy it all. It’s also fun to travel.
Cynthia is a third generation astrologer living on a high mountain mesa 40 miles west of Telluride. Visit her website @ www.alacazem.com
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