Sun Into Taurus 2014: On Solid Ground

For an audio report on this cycle, please listen to an interview on “Kristy’s Connection To The Soul“.

Some of 2014’s biggest fireworks are officially underway, But as we enter the heart of the Grand Cardinal Cross, the Cosmos is also serving up some of the year’s most stable and abiding energy. Counteracting the chaos of the Cross are celestial reserves of peace, resolve and security, and sensuous, resourceful Taurus has arrived to guide us to them. The Sun enters the fixed earth sign of Taurus at 9:56 P.M. MST on April 19th under a Cardinal Capricorn moon. On the 20th expansive Jupiter squares erratic Uranus and opposes powerful Pluto. On the 21st the fifth of seven seismic Pluto Uranus square occurs. On the 22nd contentious Mars squares Jupiter and on the 23rd it opposes Uranus and squares Pluto. Are you already feeling the friction? By the weekend of the 26th the moon moves into instigating Aries to set off a few more days of Cardinal clashes, as it prepares for a solar eclipse on the 29th. How these energies will play out personally and globally is unique to each set of circumstances. For some it will be the time when long-standing grievances escalate into all out war. For others, aspects like Uranus in spontaneous Aries will bring unexpected news and one-of-a-kind opportunities. For most, it is a significant step forward. Paradoxically, applying these initiating forces requires a look back.

Many of the planetary players activated during the Cross began stirring things up back in late December of 2013. Four months into the new year, we’re being reminded to revisit the resolutions and intentions we set for 2014 and beyond. Now we can make necessary revisions to them and further them along. If this sounds like the language of those pesky Mercury retrogrades, it is. But the winged one isn’t the culprit here. The planets in review mode during the cycle ahead are heavenly heavyweights Mars, Saturn and Pluto, and they are some of astrology’s strongest and shadowiest figures. The collective resonance of this group will help, or force, us to slow down, something the Bull of Taurus appreciates. So on one hand we have the provocative Cross prodding us into action, and on the other, the malefics and Pluto imposing measure. Then again, as I cautioned back in December, this 7-month retrogradation period is one of 2014’s hallmarks.

 

The Grand Cardinal Cross 2014. Note Mars, Uranus, Pluto and Jupiter all at 13 degrees.

The Grand Cardinal Cross 2014. Note Mars, Uranus, Pluto and Jupiter all at 13 degrees.

The key to navigating these sometimes conflicting currents of action and reservation lies in the water signs, and in Pisces in particular. From the sign of intuition and integration, Neptune, Chiron and Venus (until May 2nd when it enters Aries) will inform us. The call of our inner voice will be present and unmistakable throughout the Taurus cycle. The Pisces trio will make harmonious connections with Saturn and Jupiter, also in water signs, giving gut feelings added gusto. In general the planets in water signs will form supportive aspects with those in earth signs. For example, Neptune and Chiron will sextile the Sun, Moon and Mercury while while they journey through rooted Taurus, and Jupiter in Cancer will sextile the new moon of the 29th, Mercury on the 30th and the Sun on May 6th. Further, the planets in earth signs, Pluto, the Sun, Moon and Mercury (until May 7th) will bring their practicality and determination to the table. Some keep dates for these earth sign meet ups include the 25th when Mercury and the Sun are conjunct, the 29th when Mercury trines Pluto under the new Taurus moon, and May 3rd when the Sun trines Pluto. These are 5-star grounding meditation days and occasions when holding on to what we truly value is important.

But standing our ground won’t be easy in the days ahead. In addition to the ground-breaking impulses coming from the Cardinal Cross, some fixed sign tensions are also on the horizon. Like their name implies, Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius hold the energies of their respective elements of earth, fire, water and air. Restrictive, retrograde Saturn in Scorpio will oppose Mercury, the new Moon and the Sun in Taurus. And the lunar transits through Aquarius and Leo will form squares to Taurus and Scorpio. These fixed sign frictions can complement the Cardinal Cross drive to get issues out in the open and to handle them in new, healthy ways. The insightful and grounding alignments of the planets in water and earth signs will play a huge role in determining how well we manage the provocative energies we are set to walk through. Astrology’s Bull, strong and centered, now stands in our midst. He teaches us to slow down and to move through the world firmly, with placidity and peace.

Sun Into Taurus 2013: Revealing, Feeling & Healing

Special thanks to author and friend Kristy Ayala for her inspiration for this month’s article title.

     During the recent Pisces and Aries cycles, most of astrology’s personal planets, including Venus, Mercury and Mars, hung close to the Sun, magnifying the energies of those Sun signs and cycles.  The essence of those Sun cycles was further amplified by the presence of influential outer planets; Neptune has been transiting Pisces and Uranus Aries.  Looking back a little further, we might even say that Uranus, ruler of Aquarius, added a larger dimension to that Sun cycle, and that Pluto’s presence in Capricorn added extra fuel to that time.  Now the Sun is set to enter grounded, earthy Taurus, at 3:03 P.M. PST on April 19th.  Again Venus, Mercury and Mars will be close by, and like with the preceding cycles, we can see the moon’s South Node, also in Taurus, poised to intensify the scene.  But 2013’s Taurus cycle comes with a twist.  While much of the inner cosmos clusters around the South Node in patient, reliable Taurus, Saturn, the moon’s North Node and a full moon solar eclipse oppose them from destructive Scorpio.  Finally, 2013‘s run with the Bull will culminate with the next Pluto Uranus square on May 20th.  Any enduring Tauresean tranquility that we hope to attain from this cycle will be doled out in direct proportion to the truth and love we are willing to experience and express throughout the unfolding days.

     What’s love got to do with it?  Quite a bit according to Venus and the South Node.  The planet symbolizing love, Venus is transiting Taurus from April 15th through the new moon and solar eclipse of May 9th.  The South Node describes the past and is presently in review mode, or retrograde, in Taurus.  From there it will connect with the Sun, Venus, Mercury and Mars over the coming weeks.  In fact, the South Node will play a big role in all three of the coming eclipses.  Pluto and Saturn are also retrograde at this time.  This is a celestial directive to scour the past in search of love and to heal.  On the bright side, we can practice recalling the people we love and the experiences that have brought immense joy into our lives.  This remembrance of love infuses the present and extends our light into the future.  On the dark side, we will be confronted by present pain rooted in the past.

     The North Node points the way forward.  Presently it is in shamanic Scorpio with unyielding Saturn.  Before we reach the next evolutionary phase, or Pluto Uranus square, ringed, restraining Saturn will insist that we master some lessons.  In purifying Scorpio, it will oppose Venus on April 22nd, the Sun on the 28th, Mars on the 30th and Mercury on May 5th.  These can be occasions for further denial or trigger points for release.  April 25th, with its full Scorpio moon and solar eclipse, is another powerful portal for making peace with the past and seeding the future.  How have we interpreted our negative experiences?  Can we possibly now view the old circumstances from new perspectives?  Even in cases of clear and definite violation, what is the responsible path to justice?  The hand of the Divine was always at work in them. Can we find the love?

 

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May 9, 2013

     Echoing the cosmic cleanup call will be Pluto, Lord of Transformation.  It will trine Venus on April 24th, the Sun on May 1st, Mars on May 5th and Mercury on May 6th.  Like Saturn, it will insist on honest, forthright answers.  Creative Neptune and healing Chiron, in holistic Pisces, will also help guide our passage through unfinished business.  They are part of the forming Grand Water trine, a point when our feelings will play a strong role in our perception of life.  While they inform us, we are not our emotions.  They are an invitation to inquire.  Our work is to delve beneath their surface for the truth, and to heal what is not love.  Lastly on the water front, this year’s (water sign) Scorpio cycle will see both another Uranus Pluto square, on November 1st, and another Scorpio eclipse, on November 3rd.  They are the astrological complement to the work we begin now.

     Following Aries annual fireworks, the Sun’s entrance into placid, peaceful Taurus is usually a welcome relief.  The fierce and feisty energies of the Ram’s cycle settle into the stable and sturdy territory of the Bull.  In the Northern hemisphere, we marvel as the natural world returns to life, bountiful and boundless.  A sense of serenity is restored.  The 2013 Taurus cycle is more challenging than usual and will conclude dramatically with the next Pluto Uranus square.  This three-year-cycle is a gateway to ascension.  Reflecting on nature’s abiding ability to start afresh and to flourish is the starting point.  The stars are aligning to help us reconcile the past as we intone the future.  The critical question here and now is do we want to hold on or move on, and its answer is love.

 

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