“The day you plant the seed is not the day you eat the fruit.” – Unknown
A sign known for its slow and methodical, plodding, Taurus endures all aspects of the growth cycle. Taurus teaches patience as a virtue. If we are ever to savor the sweetness of a grape left long-enough on the vine, we need copious amounts of it. This is a sign famous for its enjoyment of simple pleasures, quality, and craft.
You cannot rush getting something right.
Taurus Season 2020 finds us needing to take this medicine to heart in new ways. Steeped in a collective moment that we cannot rush through, we are tasked with practicing not only patience but presence. We cannot rush bodies to heal, nor can we rush our way through the impacts of this crisis. The more we try, the more damage we can potentially do. This is a moment to be thorough, thoughtful, and deeply mindful of the actions we take.
The planet that rules Taurus is Venus, Goddess of beauty, connection, love, and pleasure. Close in proximity to the earth and prone to bouts of spectacular celestial shows, Venus has captivated human consciousness for eons. Venus goes retrograde about every 18 months or so, and when it does it moves from being dramatically present as an evening star to becoming invisible, to reappearing as a brilliant morning star over the course of roughly 40 days and nights. The Mesopotamians saw this dramatic planetary cycle as the journey that their goddess Inanna went on. They thought that she was traveling into and out of the underworld. Inanna was understood as the planet Venus, and her movements foretold times of fecundity, loss, justice, and regeneration.
One of the biggest events of 2020’s Taurus Season is that its ruling planet, Venus, will be retrograde. From May 13th – June 25th, Venus, the planet we look to in astrology to denote the quality of our connections, bonds, and unions, will ask us to review ours. The impacts of this Venus retrograde is perhaps a little more obvious than usual. Without knowing when some kind of “normal” social life will return, or what it will be like for us when it does, we are forced to confront the feelings of loneliness, isolation, and loss. Venus’s retrograde always asks us to confront these kinds of feelings, but not so that we suffer in vain. Although Venus’s aim is union with the world around us, this planet teaches us tremendous amounts about being in relationship with ourselves. Venus retrograde periods always offer up an opportunity to retrieve some part of ourselves that we abandoned, forgot, or betrayed. This retrieval is deep and personal, specific to each one of us and is always aimed at our eventual renewal.
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These horoscopes are from my monthly column on OprahMag.com