What does Taurus season mean for us? The sun is in the zodiac sign of Taurus from April 20 to May 20 (depending on the year.) In 2021 the Sun reached 0º Taurus on April 19. Taurus is a fixed sign, therefore the Taurus season will have the quality of fixed earth. With the fixed signs we are mid-season. So spring* is starting to settle into its seasonal groove by now.
Fixed signs generally are set in their ways and somewhat resistant to change, but they are loyal and dependable. You can see where these Taurus traits come from when you also observe that the weather is now starting to warm and stabilize as we move into May. The blossoms and bluebells are out. We can start thinking about turning the central heating off! (Depending on how north you are.)
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Fixed Earth is also the most fixed of all the fixed seasons as Earth is the densest element. During Taurus season we have endurance and stamina. These qualities help us to follow through with Aries season initiations. Here comes the hard work! Once we have done the heavy graft we must take time to rest and survey what we have accomplished.
This season has the vibe of the tarot card the 7 of pentacles from the Rider-Waite Deck. The tarot card is associated with Taurus decan 3 and depicts a man resting on his spade and regarding his gardening efforts. This makes fits very well with mood of Taurus season.
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In Taurus season the lawnmower is dragged kicking and screaming out of the shed. Humans start pottering around their gardens. We should be getting in touch with the earth more now, digging and planting new shrubs in time for July/August and those summer BBQ’s.
Peonies, Tulips, Foxglove, Poppies, Roses, Lillium stargazer and Gerbera are the flowers associated with Taurus and May. Many of these flowers have incredible fragrance. The May Full Moon (Which is an eclipse this year.) is known as the ‘Flower moon’ due to the abundance of flowers at this time. Other names for the May full moon are the Budding Moon, Frog Moon, Planting Moon and Moon of Shedding Ponies.
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Venus rules Taurus which is super-sensual and indulgent in this sign. If we look at the house associated with Taurus there are clues about how we can best use the energy of this time. The 2nd house rules possessions and that which we value. As babies, we start to explore the material world and stick as much of the environment around us into our mouths. That way we develop immunity. This is a time we come out of our winter cocoons and become more sociable again.
The keywords for the Taurus season are: passion, pleasure, money, strength, wealth, grounding, the senses, protection, comfort, dedication, endurance, lust, joy, determination, resistance, jealousy, covetousness.
The crystals associated with the Taurus season are Emerald, Peridot and Malachite. Recharge your ability to create abundance by wearing an Emerald close to your body. Tone down any stubbornness with a little Peridot. Add Malachite into the mix for protection from a rival’s jealousy.
The major festival for the Taurus season is the fire festival of Beltane which takes place on May 1. Animals associated with Beltane are the Cow (naturally!) the goat, the bee and the rabbit. All are powerful fertility symbols.
Other festivals are Earth day on April 22 when the Sun crosses over from Aries to Taurus. It is a day of being mindful of the goddess Gaia and how we treat the earth.
April 30 is May eve and a crossroads time. Its themes are agriculture, death, divination and often associated with witchcraft. St Georges day is on April 23 celebrates the famous slaying of the dragon. St George is the patron saint of England, Spain, Portugal and Bulgaria.
The 2nd house associated with Taurus is opposite the 8th house of death and the underworld. We can see the polarity of the brave St George in the 2nd while the dragon resides in the 8th. The fixed star Aldebaran resides in the eye of Taurus the bull. This important royal star carries much of the same symbolism of St George. With Aldebaran however, the Saint is Michael.
Keywords for the fixed star Aldebaran are pretty much the same as the keywords for Taurus season as a whole. Aldebaran has through precession moved to 9º Gemini now. Some other random festivals are Star Wars day on May 4th! Get out your light sabre. Still has a slay-your-demon theme tho.
Talking of demons, the Sun is conjunct the notorious fixed star Algol from May 16 to 18. Algol is situated in the constellation Perseus. This hero is depicted slaying the gorgon Medusa’s head off. The forehead of Medusa is where Algol situates. I like to think of it as her third eye.
The ancients mistrusted Algol’s blinking and inexplicable 8-hour disappearances. But it turns out it is a binary star, eclipsing itself every 3 days. Mysterious indeed and only adds to its allure. The poor star appears to die, but then it is reborn. Algol is an extremely creative star but totally volatile. It needs careful crafting and steering.
As we move towards the mutable sign of Gemini things begin to feel unstable as change is afoot! We are on our way to another seasonal crosspoint now. (The official start of Summer). First we have to go through the Gemini initiation ceremony. (Meet your evil twin!) So Taurus season is one of consolidation. It is about working hard but also taking time to process your achievements. You may also have to assess and fix your failures.
During this time we build strength and learn to follow through. It is important we stick firmly to our goals. Once we hit the mutable season of Gemini flimsy efforts can fall apart quickly. Creative projects may become messy and chaotic. So we have to ensure we have built a solid structure to contain them during Taurus season.
*Apologies for the northern hemisphere bias.