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pathway to Ascension: Taurus

“Astrology and astronomy were established as sciences around 5000 B.C.E. in Chaldea and Babylonia. Many of the great names in the history of our world civilization were astrologers. Our Western history books simply call them philosophers, astronomers, doctors of medicine, theologians, politicians, mathematicians-ignoring the fact that astrology played a major role in their lives and thinking.”
—Nancy Detweiler
A New Age Christian: My Spiritual Journey

Your zodiac sun sign signifies the energy on which your Soul incarnated this lifetime. Though there are numerous additional factors influencing the overall map of your Soul, your sun sign plays a major role in your life. Yoursun sign reveals your consciousness of self as a unique human being.

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The person who is Taurus incarnated to establish an enlightened system of values that transcends attachment to material possessions and persons. Therefore, many of her soul lessons will involve dealing with physical plane responsibilities and seeking a balance between the desire to possess and greed. Taurus tends to be dependent and prefers a relationship in which she both possesses the other person and feels possessed by him. Her soul lesson involves learning to “let go” within relationships and to assume a measure of independence. Taurus’s greatest fear is that of personal or material loss.

A Taurus incarnation will involve confronting her passions and instincts as she strives to determine for herself the extent to which she will be controlled by them. Taurus must put forth a major effort to overcome inertia and fear of change. For this reason, she may feel that life pushes her around, rather than that she is in charge.

For example: Taurus may be unhappy or filled with resentment over her job situation, yet neglect to get busy and make the changes needed to bring about personal fulfillment. Her passion is to possess; her instinct is to remain in the familiar, where she feels secure. Thus, Taurus often convinces herself that she has no choice.

The Taurus incarnation is to be a highly creative one. This creativity needs to be encouraged and developed at an early age. If Taurus is allowed to grow up with no creative outlets, she, as an adult, often has great difficulty in learning to express that creativity. For to do so would be to change her habits-an activity Taurus will attempt to avoid until forced to do so by life’s circumstances. Taurus needs to create with the use of physical tools. Some type of creative (sometimes musical) expression is important for her well-being.

The Taurus individual who is attuned to and expressing her creativity can be a resource of healing and transformation for others. Taurus possesses the capacity to infuse life into her creations.

 

Star Stuff: Sun in Taurus

The Sun has just changed signs from adventurous, speedy Aries to peaceful, steady Taurus, where it will journey until May 20th. For the next four weeks our attention is on physical pleasures and we are more aware of our need for comfort and consistency. The Sun in Taurus reminds us to slow down and smell the roses.
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This Sun-in-Taurus time restores some much-needed order to our courts. After a month of exhilarating-yet-erratic Aries sunbeams, we’ll all be grateful for this grounded groove. Simplify anything that’s become too complex—but not at the expense of luxury. Tasteful Taurus loves life’s finer things, as long as they have a legit purpose, too. For the past four weeks, Aries has been stoking our creativity and originality. Now, the rubber meets the road. Which of these innovative Ram-spurred visions can we actually bring to life? Taurus time is all about planning, project managing and putting some practical magic into the recipe.
We are able to be very consistent and methodical, which helps us bring groundedness and reality to our new goals. We focus on what is most important to us. What do you value most? How do you feel about yourself and what you bring to the table?
All this is especially true if you are a Leo or Taurus Sun-sign or Rising-sign. As a Taurus, you will feel a good dose of confidence and playfulness in the next four weeks; as a Leo your vitality will most likely slow down and you might indulge in physical or material pleasures.

full moon in Scorpio

my personal key takeaways for this full moon energy:
1. embrace the mystery and ALL the parts, even the seemingly yucky ones, they’re part of the whole
2. good time for shadow work, look at the roots, get past the surface
3. unplug, spend some time with beauty, allow inspiration to flow
4. be open to love, pleasure, and connection coming from places we don’t expect

from Astrotwins:
Tomorrow, 2016’s only full moon in Scorpio charges the air with mystery and seduction. A spring fever outbreak could become pandemic over the weekend. Meow! Intense attractions that have been bubbling in the background could explode into a passionate, bodice-ripping good time. Privacy please! What happens in Scorpioville stays in Scorpioville and there may be a hush-hush or even clandestine quality to Friday’s events.

The urge to merge heats up, both for pleasure AND business. Events in the boardroom could be as intriguing as those in the bedroom. And since Scorpio rules big money like investments, inheritances, loans and tax returns, we could make some bank (or break it) under these moonbeams. With the right collaborators, pure bliss or profitability are written in the stars. Lawyer up and make these lasting partnerships “officially official.”

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For the next two weeks, we are looking for balance between our physical attachments/connections — (Taurus) — and our emotional attachments/connections (Scorpio). It’s important to realize that Scorpio’s deep, authentic connections to ourselves and others are essential to our existence — and play a crucial role in defining and understanding what we value most (Taurus).
The time of any Full Moon is always more extroverted and emotional; this particular one invites us to let go of fears and break through to the next level of our evolution. It also invites us to illuminate what has been hidden in the shadows… We are ready to delete some very old programming.
Here’s this Full Moon’s central question: What do we really want?
Taurus seeks comfort and material stability. It’s about having a healthy relationship with ourselves, the planet, and the physical plane in general. It’s also concerned with creating healthy self-esteem. Scorpio, on the other hand, craves transformation — it wants to put us in touch with our deepest desires… and worst fears.
It’s essential to bring conscious awareness to the walls we built to feel protected and “empowered”. Addressing past trauma and feelings of disempowerment is the only way to melt our “frozen” hearts and allow for the return of trust toward others (and life in general). By acknowledging our fears and breaking down those walls, we can transform into truly powerful beings of love and inner strength.
Scorpio wants to go beyond the surface, to our deeper motivations. What propels our sense of attraction or repulsion toward something? What turns us on about life? What scares us to death?
To sum up: This Full Moon invites us to stay in touch with our feelings and deepen our relationship with our unconscious mind and hidden aspects. Let yourself open to “the love that you are” — the “real you” that existed before all the trauma and hurt, that has carried on silently in the background all this while. Be courageous and kind to yourself!
Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 0-4 degrees of Taurus, Scorpio, Leo or Aquarius? If so, you are more affected by this month’s Full Moon. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Leo or Cancer (the Sun rules Leo; the Moon rules Cancer).

Correspondences:
Colors: Bright primary colors — red, yellow, blue — and their combinations
Gemstones: Quartz, selenite, angelite
Trees: Hazel, forsythia, lilac, willow
Gods: Ishtar, Tawaret, Venus, Herne, Cernunnos
Herbs: Dandelion, milkweed, dogwood, fennel, dill
Element: Air

This is a good time to work on magic related to new beginnings. Looking to bring new love into your life, or conceive or adopt a child? This is the time to do those workings. It’s the time to stop planning, and start doing. Take all those ideas you’ve had brewing for the past couple of months, and make them come to fruition.

Also Known As: Seed Moon

In April, the thunderstorms of March are beginning to subside, and the wind picks up. Seeds are being blown about on the breezes, spreading life all around from one place to the next. In fact, this lunar cycle is often known as the Seed Moon. Trees have buds on them, spring daffodils and tulips abound, and the birds are nesting once more. Much like March, this is a time of conception and fertility and new growth.

This full moon in Scorpio contributes to better focus and better concentration. This time marks an increase in sharpness of the mind. It is a favorable time for work in science, math and psychology. People with an extraordinary ability in these areas will be very affected. This moon is asking us to search for solutions to the root of our present problems; a shallow analysis will not help you resolve the problem once and for all. You may feel tempted to become more critical in your personal relationships and lose your sense of measure and tact. At this time sexual relationships may be tested.

 

from mooncircles: scorpio full moon, the guts of love
“The Scorpio Full Moon sheds light on the honest, bloody, ooey-gooey guts of things. The truth is, we cannot be wholly loved without being whole, and we cannot be whole without being fully seen and loved by another, our icky, wounded parts and all. Whether we’ve been struggling with hidden patterns in intimacy, or we feel blocked from moving forward in our lives, this Full Moon shines light into the darkness. Under her cool light, our resource is the degree of emotional intimacy and honesty we have with our self.

There’s always a breakout moment in relationship, a critical point where all our shadow stuff is, often gracelessly and perhaps dramatically, revealed. Yet this isn’t a disaster. It could be the moment where we find the courage and love in our heart to fully face our self, our most unattractive parts, our deepest fears.   It could be the moment where our greatest love meets our greatest pain, and loves us through it.”

from the power path:
“Reach out to your community today and have some quality fun and social time. This is also a good day to put yourself first. Do a ceremony or give yourself a gift. Unplug for a few hours and spend some time in beauty, being inspired and exploring the higher mind and new ideas.

The Sun moved into earthy Taurus on April 19.  The energy shifts; Venus becomes the ruling planet in Aries.  She’s our connection to pleasure, beauty, social graces and relationship.  She’s now closely aligned with Uranus, who’s not that into conventionality.  (Eris is right there, too).  So excitement, exploration, disruption, platonic adventure is helping us look through a new lens.  We’re finding love, pleasure, connection in places where we never thought to look.

The month ends with Mercury joining the bandwagon and turning retrograde on Thursday, April 28 for the second time this year.  It will appear to stop at 24º Taurus and regress until May 22 to 14º Taurus and will not fully regain its original degree again until June 7.  Taurus wants us to figure out what we value, see where our loyalties lie, conserve our resources, and take a deep look at our self worth and self esteem.  You may become aware of the stubborn, fixed, acquisitive aspects of yourself.  Consider others.  It’s a good time to slow down and turn to artistic, aesthetic pursuits and to really indulge in the pleasures of nature- so rejuvenating and revitalizing at this time.”

what do pagans believe?

got this from a great site called Pagan Portal –

“The word “Pagan” comes from the latin word “Paganus” which translate into “country dweller”.

Pagans believe that all things existing in the universe are connected.
We all share an energy, life force…we are all a part of the Divine.
Because of this inter-connectedness, we can use our energy to communicate with other energies and the Divine to help bring about changes or improvements we need in our life or the lives of others.  This is often done through ritual. We may just want to communicate to give ourselves a sense of peace and belonging or even to thank the divine and show our appreciation.

Methods of using our energy to interact with the universe vary depending on the tradition passed on and used by the individual; but most traditions use meditation, visualization, singing, dancing in a ritual to help the mind focus and make our energy more powerful.

Pagans also have a very high reverence for nature.  Many of their rituals are performed at holidays and celebrations that directly correspond to the changing seasons.  Early pagans, country dwellers,  relied on seasonal good weather for the survival of their livestock and crops.

So as you can see, Pagans, which include those referred to as witches, are nothing like Hollywood’s evil devil worshiping spell casters.  In fact, Pagans don’t even believe in the devil.  They believe the devil was something conjured up by those that wanted to scare people into becoming Christians.

Pagans are (harmless) nature loving people communing with the universe!

Blessed be to all the wonderful Pagans!”

Star Stuff: pluto retrograde is now

Today, Pluto comes to a halt in 17 degrees of Capricorn; starting its 5-month retrograde phase (April 18th – Sept. 26th). Pluto’s energy will continue to move more slowly until May 10th.
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When mystical, metaphysical Pluto dips into its annual retrograde, we are invited deeper into the chamber of secrets. From 2008-2024, Pluto is trekking along the Capricorn trail, transforming big business, government and the economy. We’ve seen huge worldwide shifts in these arenas. Pluto’s “tear it down, destroy, then rebuild” fingerprints are all over these markets and arenas—just look at the stock and real estate markets, banks, and US Presidential candidates of the past eight years!

Pluto retrograde can be a welcome time out from the intensity of change, and a chance to integrate and get introspective about our choices. On a personal level, we can re-evaluate what “keeping up with the Joneses” really means while Pluto backspins through Capricorn. It’s not about buying more stuff or leaving a huge carbon footprint, but rather, making meaningful choices that create a legacy instead. But do watch out for power struggles and shady characters slipping past the good judgment radar. Pluto retrograde can rouse dormant rivalries and throw off our intuition. Take nothing at face value and run those background checks!

During the Pluto retrograde phase, it is most powerful to surrender internally to any process we experience around empowerment or disempowerment. As best as you can, take it all in, and see where you would like to make adjustments. You will get a chance to do just that for the next 5 months.

Tap into a place of authenticity from within — embrace all of you: the good, the bad, and the ugly. You can ask yourself: what habits, behaviors or fears are holding me back from feeling fully empowered from within? How can I love all of me — the light and the dark?

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 13-18 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn? If so, this retrograde phase will affect you more strongly. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Scorpio (Pluto is the ruler of Scorpio) 

Star Stuff: Mars Retrograde happening now…

Yesterday (4/17), Mars changed directions, backing into retrograde mode until June 29.

Mars retrogrades happen every other year and can create crossed wires and “power outages” in Mars-ruled areas of life: our drive, motivation, lust, assertiveness, and initiative. This is NOT the time to take uncalculated risks or play the daredevil role. It’s easy to overlook hidden dangers so read the rule books and remember that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Practice anger management, too! Firebrand Mars in retrograde can cause tempers to flare unnecessarily; it can also boost sex drives, so easy does it with the spring flings because knowing who we’re getting in bed with—literally and figuratively, personally and in business—is a matter deserving extra precaution.

Mars rules metals and heavy machinery, making this a less-than-optimal time for such purchases, at least without a guarantee and warranty.

For the first seven weeks, the red planet will retreat through fiery Sagittarius; then, on May 27 will plunge back through Scorpio’s murky waters until turning direct on June 29. Careful about detonating any truth bombs between now and late May because not only will this burn bridges but could blow ’em up for good.

On a positive note, Mars retrograde gives us a chance to pause, reflect, review and refine all our ambitious 2016 plans. Where are we working too autonomously and putting the cart before the horse? While Mars spurs our independent natures, it isn’t always best to go it alone. Bring in the big guns and seek expert advice, and by July we could leap into a new league.

What to Reflect on During Mars Retrograde

Are you asserting yourself appropriately in your life?
What are you being shown by the Universe?
How are people responding to the way you take action?
What do you need to go back to and change in order to proceed with your goals and aspirations?
Which of your past decisions, ideas, or initiatives should you now experimentally proceed with?

Astrology for April 2016 by Sarah Varcas: Spiritual Warriors (part 2)

mid to end-April (cont)

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A square between Neptune and Mars from 3rd to 26th April may confuse our motivation and find us fighting other peoples’ battles instead of our own, motivated by an un-articulated imperative hidden in the darkened corners of our psyche.
We may be vulnerable to influences not in our interests now and people who want to place their words in our mouths and their feelings in our hearts. Conflict may be especially messy and is really best avoided if at all possible.
When tempers begin to flare or passions are aroused, commit to taking time out and creating peaceful space in which you and others can reflect, relax and return to state of balance before things get out of hand. The more we can each do this the greater will be the possibility of peace at a collective as well as personal level.

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As Uranus continues to approach the dwarf planet Eris in the coming months, things may make less sense, not more. We may be taken unaware by unexpected events that turn parts of our world upside down, personally or collectively.
Confidence in a divine order that plays itself out according to certain rules may be brought into question. The outcomes we thought we’d get may be elusive and it could feel like life is becoming increasingly unpredictable and unfair.
Not a pretty picture I know, but pretty won’t cut it now. We need to be bold, spiritual warriors of the most fearless kind, prepared to face life head on and embrace all it throws in our direction: good, bad and indifferent.
Live all of it, with our souls on fire, our minds awake and hearts open to receive the deepest insights and most potent wisdom. It is time to live life in the raw, not air-brushed and turning its best side to face us!
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The 17th and 18th April see first Mars and then Pluto station retrograde, joining Jupiter and Saturn who are already in reverse. Just when the energy feels fit to burst, this shift of direction by two planetary heavyweights augurs a commensurate shift in the following weeks, from tension and conflict to a more reflective orientation.
We may sense a calling inward to contemplate our own thoughts and feelings rather than analyze and challenge those of other people.
We may begin to recognize more fully just how vital it is to question every assumption we have made about life to date, to break through false floors and glass ceilings and get closer to the actual, timeless truth.
Deep reflection is well-aspected now and will offer powerful and potentially life changing insights to those who stop trying to force life into a convenient box. To anyone prepared to surrender and see what happens next, Mars and Pluto offer the promise of inner freedom which releases us from the need to fight with life but instead dance with it, alert and awake, sensing its moves, knowing its song and matching its tempo as it twists and turns through our being.
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The 20th – 26th sees Venus conjunct Uranus and Eris, bringing a soothing and gentle touch to their imposing might. Although in Aries Venus is less gentle and receptive than she might be in some other signs, she is still mobilized for pleasure not pain, satisfaction not irritation and conflict.
If you’ve seen too much of the latter in recent weeks, call upon this passage of Venus to dowse the flames and infuse your relationships with more positive energy, placing the pursuit of shared pleasure center stage for a few days, not the perpetuation of conflict and power struggles.
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The Scorpio Full Moon on 22nd provides wise illumination of our deepest feelings and invites honest appraisal of our emotional and psychological well-being. If we have been struggling for some time with emotional pain there is no shame in seeking help and asking for support.
Being human is tough. Life can be hard and these days are incredibly intense. For those who have been soldiering-on battle worn and weary, this Moon encourages a softening in attitude towards oneself; a willingness to admit needs previously denied and vulnerabilities kept hidden from view.
We are all in this together and not so different from each other. The need to show a certain coping and tough face to the world keeps many in a prison of loneliness, unable to connect authentically for fear of the mask slipping to reveal a scared, flawed and vulnerable human being.
This Moon assures us it’s okay to be any or all of those things. We are who we are, and embracing that truth can be the most healing and restorative gift we can offer ourselves and each other under the penetrating radiance of this Moon.
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As April comes to a close, Mercury stations retrograde in Taurus on 28th, making five planets retrograde by the end of the month. The heavens couldn’t be clearer: we need to stop, reflect, revisit, remember and realign.
And maybe we should add a relinquish in there too, for in doing the first five we will naturally discern with greater clarity what serves us well and be ever more greatly moved to release what fails to help us thrive.
Not so long ago we may have only applied the notion of ‘letting go’ to those aspects of our life which were clearly not working, with a view to improving our everyday experience. Now letting go is of an altogether different order. We may be challenged to release the very comforts and pleasures for which we have previously striven.
Obstacles come in all shapes and sizes. Some of the biggest can be disguised as achievements which stick to us like glue, asserting we must carry them with us henceforth no matter what. Letting go of past glory can be the hardest thing of all, for what is left when those things that make us who we are begin to fade?
This question is left hanging in the air as April becomes May. We are in a deep and lengthy process of individual and collective realignment. Whatever we think it will entail can only fail to reflect the reality of the experience.
There’s been a lot of comfort-blanket spirituality in recent times, but as we progress through 2016 those blankets may unravel to reveal a lack of substance where we need it the most.
The final half of April begins the unraveling whilst simultaneously unleashing the guts and gall we need to be the spiritual warriors we truly are.
Each and every one of us, no matter who, what or where, has within our grasp the power to break free from the past, step into the present and reshape the burgeoning future.
It will take courage and may stretch us in ways we’ve not been stretched before. But together we can do it step by step and piece by piece, calling upon the power of love as a rectifying not an acquiescent force, and the power of resolve to fuel the engines of conscious evolutionary change.