Updated: Oct 9, 2020
On April 19, we move from the fires of Aries into the more calming, nurturing terrain of Taurus season. This transition is a pretty significant change in energy. The sun is exalted in Aries, which makes Aries season a time when themes that have to do with the sun—self-exploration, self-confidence, and assertion—come decidedly to the forefront.
For this entire season, against the backdrop of the pandemic, we’ve been asked to find new ways of exploring individual identity at home: by ourselves, for ourselves. While many of us are likely developing deeper relationships with ourselves, and cultivating a less performative relationship with individual identity, others are engaging with the egocentric, shadow side of Aries, protesting and ignoring the social distancing recommendations that place limits on individual freedom for the good of the whole. Needless to say, we’ve extensively explored all themes Aries in this past, harrowing month, and Taurus season is likely to offer some relief.
While Aries is about the individual, the key word for Taurus is support. A fixed earth sign, Taurus is stable by nature. When I think of this sign, I imagine fields of wildflowers or wheat or even shrubs that seem to extend endlessly towards the horizon. The sign of the bull is constant, stable, and beautiful. Ruled by Venus, Taurus has a deep connection to sensuality and sensuality. Taurus season invites us to find pleasure in even the smallest comforts around us—the luxury of hitting the snooze button, or eating a slow breakfast, or taking a walk through the park. In this season, we can remind ourselves to find a sense of comfort through our senses. This particular Taurus season, in the age of COVID-19, comes with an extra strong invitation to take really good care of our bodies. Mainstream self-care culture might have us believe that means taking bubble baths or going to the bath, but in the context of a public health emergency, there’s an invitation to consider more practical (and less consumeristic!) understandings of self-care. Finding pleasure in washing our hands and remembering that wearing a mask in public is an act of self-care are in order this season.
Taurus season has to do with all things that support us, from our self-care rituals to the moments of rest and relaxation in our daily routines. It also has to do with the people who support us, which is where the Hierophant comes in. For folks familiar with the Tarot, support probably isn’t the first word that comes to mind. The Hierophant traditionally is associated with people in positions of leadership at formal institutions, such as academia or the church. For me, the Hierophant more broadly refers to something that shows up in our lives as a teacher, whether that’s a person, a web series, or a community of like-minded people. While many of us have had challenging or oppressive relationships with people in position of power, and maybe even directly with educators, there is always a possibility of connecting with those who teach things that inspire and restore us. The Hierophant reminds us that we don’t know it all, and we don’t have to. We can seek support by consulting sources of wisdom or knowledge outside of ourselves, and allowing those to assist our personal growth.
This is a good season for you to try and learn something new. That might look like taking a donation-based virtual yoga class, or dusting off an old book that’s been on your bedside table for years. There are always possibilities for support in consulting external sources for wisdom. I hope that this work helps you to feel held.