– Pablo Neruda, poet
Springtime is here; the flowers are blooming, the trees are flowering…and my eyes are itchy. The frigid winter air has finally given way for the warmer and longer days.
On April 20 the Sun moves into Taurus, the second astrological month. Taurus is an Earth sign, and thus deals with the physical, the tangible, the material. However, the fiery energy of Aries is still in the mix, with the Aries constellation sitting within the sign of Taurus. So we have fire contained within earth: the passion, zeal, and inspiration of Aries mixing with the sensual, earthy energy of Taurus. No wonder this time of year is associated with fertility. The bounty and fullness of spring, the fertility of Mother Nature, reaches its peak at this time.
Taurus’ focus is embodiment – a sense of “being here,” “being present,” and “being aware.” Cultivating Taurus energy in our lives helps up to truly enjoy our human existence. Taurus reminds us that it is okay — that is necessary! — for us to indulge our senses, to take time out to smell the roses, dig our feet in the dirt, have a glass of wine, enjoy conversation with good friends, make love, or whatever else brings us pleasure. What’s life without pleasure?
Ruled by the planet Venus, the planet of love, beauty, and attraction, Taurus is Oshun’s month. Oshun is the Yoruba deity of the sweet waters (rivers, lakes, streams — any water that is not salt water) and is the embodiment of sensuality. She brings the honey that makes life sweet and enjoyable to all. Oshun recognizes and affirms her own feminine power, which includes her sensuality and sexuality. She helps us to come to terms with our own sensuality and sexuality and to celebrate it — not to diminish it because it makes others uncomfortable. Oshun appreciates the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and textures of life and is not ashamed to indulge in them in a healthy, balanced manner.
During this Taurean month, consciously make yourself more aware of your surroundings. Wake up and enjoy life! On your way to work, take off the iPod and take a look around…what do you see? When you drink your morning coffee, tea, or fruit juice…really taste it and smell it. Roll it over your tongue and embrace the moment. When you are getting dressed in the morning, really feel the clothing against your body. And even when you do turn the iPod on, really listen to the music — don’t allow it to become background noise.
If you desire to bring more of Oshun’s joy and sensuality into your life, treat yourself to an at-home pampering session. Make a warm bath for yourself, perhaps completing it with roses. Light a candle (yellow for Oshun) and play some of your favorite music. Really relish in the experience of the moment, allowing yourself to relax and enjoy your embodiment. Ask Oshun to help you to get in touch with your own sensuality. During this month, consider how you can sweeten and beautify your own surroundings…beauty draws more and more of Oshun’s energy!
Taurus Power Days
Every month has certain days of power, days where we can consciously tap into various planetary alignments to magnify our efforts. On the flipside, we can often avoid unnecessary troubles when we understand the planetary influences impacting our lives.
April 21-22: Mercury (the intellect/communication) and Mars (drive and ambition) are aligned and enjoy a positive exchange with Pluto (personal, often latent, power). These days present an opportunity from the Universe to tape into your inner desires and create some concrete goals that were propel you towards realizing your dreams. Push those plans and those projects through!
May 3: We have a Full Moon in Scorpio…talk about a time of intense and deep sensuality! Scorpio, ruled by Pluto, is all about owning our personal power, which includes tapping into our sexual drives. The Full Moon is about reaping and drawing energy and so this day (as well as three days before and three days after) is a perfect time to create ritual and affirmation focusing on tapping into and channelling your inner power.
May 18: Mercury goes retrograde (backwards) in the sign of Gemini until June 11. This entire time will be rife with miscommunication. Be careful with with your words; say what you mean, mean what you say and try not to sign any contracts.
- Chakra: 2nd chakra
- Element: Earth (and water)
- Colors: Green, orange, earthtones
- Crystals: Carnelian, citrine, orange calcite
- Herbs: Calendula, mugwort, pine
- Planet: Venus
- Tarot: The Empress, The Chariot