I originally wrote this musing in April 2016, when the Taurus Mysteries were rising on the wheel of the year.
Then I revisited the Venus-Rising theme, when the Libra Mysteries — the other zodiac archetype ruled by Venus – were rising with the equinox.
Today, it’s Friday the 13th — both Friday, and 13, with ancient associations to the Divine Feminine and Lunar ways.
That’s Astro-Speak, but remember — astrology is simply a symbolic, metaphorical, and mythic energy for the energies, patterns, and cycles we’re born into, embody, and that we dance with after that.
The symbols and metaphors equate to qualities, themes, and the core values that move us and express in and through and between us. The cycles are just like various acts in a play or film.
Just now, Taurus season is on the horizon, but Venus is visiting her home territory (Taurus) in the Energies of Now.
Given all of the Air and Fire stirred up in recent years, and even now, any elements, inclinations, and actions that help to ground, calm, center, and harmonize are ripe and timely ‘medicine’.
All the more the case with Tax Time in full throttle, myriad conflict and Scary Stories being broadcast, and Saturn readying to station Retrograde in Capricorn just after the New Moon.
When one of the Venusian-ruled signs is activated, all of those Venus-infused, Earth-magic and ‘Beauty Way‘ facets of us get stirred, enlivened, greened … whether directly, or when their opposites take center stage, inspiring us to a more refined, harmonious way of being.
With the Venusian mysteries in Taurus, an Earth-element territory, we have an infusion of Earth energies with a very Venusian essence. Sensual presence and more (see below).
With Libra, an Air-element archetypal breeze, the Venusian yearning for beauty and harmony moves into the Air-mental realms where beautiful notions and visions are conceived, and we have the Beauty Way of Relating and notions like ‘right speech & right relationship‘, sacred relationship, and harmonious relating … social artistry.
In Taurus, those yearnings are brought down to Earth.
The Venusian-inspired combination — enriched by other ways of being — opens into beauty and harmony in thought and intention that spirals out into more artful expression and action.
Or … The Beauty Way of Relating … and Sensual Presence.
Right now, we still have the Ally Earth-magic of transformative Pluto in Earth-magic Capricorn, along with Mars and Saturn, giving us access to that expansive, beneficent Earth magic to the energetic and sensory environment.
We have plenty of Fire, too, with Uranus and Mercury in Aries (Mercury soon to station out of its Retrograde in days), North Node traveling Leo, and the upcoming New Moon meeting closely with the Sun and Uranus in late Aries — that’s a lot of fiery electrical energy to ground, so those Earth allies are more than welcome.
As always given the intense energy cocktail, for better and for worse, mindfulness, discernment, and awareness continue to be helpful — those Emotional Intelligence qualities (they’re in there somewhere!).
That’s an understatement, really, particularly as we continue to see much verbal-spewing ‘afore-thought’ and myriad hissy-fitting Tantrum Yogis‘ blah-blah filling the public spaces, and perhaps a bit more closely around us, too.
In Five Element Theory, and other element-oriented traditions, Earth helps to ground and slow the excessive ‘hot air‘ and ‘fire in the head‘ (and spewing out of too many heads!) that happens when there’s just too much Air and Fire in the alchemical mix.
Add soothing (and sensitizing) Water — Jupiter in Scorpio, Neptune and Chiron in Pisces — to keep the Earth moist and the Fire in check.
In Venue (and Taurus) Season …
We are extended an invitation to “come out of our head and into our body (and Earth).”
Yes, our head is part of our body, but in Western culture, much of life is lived wholly in the head. Not optimal, as we can see.
The Venusian Mysteries are inspired and led by Venus-Aphrodite … The Great (and Sensual) She, known by many names. Friday is named for the Norse Freyja (whom the Romans would have called Venus, and also named the sixth day of the week after her).
Venus-Aphrodite and the Taurean Mysteries are, at their core, about remembering the sacred in matter, the sacredness in our connection to all, the Garden of the Divine and the sacredness of our body temple.
The Slow Movement, to whatever it might be applied, is very Taurean. Savoring, giving the gift of presence and attention, moving deliberately, sensing.
Or Sensual Presence, as I’ve written about before.
Being the bridge between Heaven and Earth, actualized in and through us.
This is a worthwhile Earth ‘medicine’ or remedy for those bad habits of being all up in the head and intellect, out of touch with body and Earth, all about ascension and transcending instead of embodiment and presence.
And harmonious presence is also an artful and healing antidote to the rather unfortunate behavior we see mindlessly and manically (or maniacally) spewing psychic vomit all around us just now.
It’s ‘beautiful thought brought down to Earth’ time, in the sensual, artful, beauty-and-harmony loving Venus-Aphrodite style.
How delightful. So much nicer than the excess of rude, uncivil, coarse, vulgar, hater stuff. Ick.
Here are a few Sophia’s Children’s musings in honor of the Taurus-Venusian (and the Libra Venusian) Mysteries.
The Garden of the Feminine
Welcome to the Garden.
The Garden of the Feminine.
Green, lush, fertile
As Above, So Below.
The Garden is within you, too.
The Garden of Eve. Of Venus,
Lilith, Sophia, and Ta’Nit.
The Garden of the Feminine.
The eternal Feminine Divine.
Awaken your senses,
Feel the greening.
The desert blooms again as
the waters of Spirit flow
rich and alive into
the valleys carved deep
from our grief, now
composted into rich
and fertile soil,
teeming now with new life,
alive with Love,
Greening once again.
Emissary of the Greening,
Welcome to the Garden.
Big Love & Full-Sensory Blessings,
To explore the astrological and Deep-Feminine Mysteries,
see this musing, The New Venus: Initiated Wise Woman Rising,
visit the Current Featured Offerings.
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Big Love on The Beauty Way,
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April 23, 2016 at 11:05 pm
ooohh I feel it! when spring awakens the senses…and we plant our spring seeds, Taurus brings them out of the earth for us to see. and then we eagerly envision the potentials of what can be…with the life before us. I love nurturing the young plants and birth of our plantings! thank you…fingers in the earth with blessings and rewards…xoxo
April 26, 2016 at 6:28 pm
Taurus-time blessings to you, Elena. I know you’re surrounded by Nature’s abundant blessings. xo Jamie
April 24, 2016 at 3:54 am
I do not know much about astrology outside of basic Zodiac sign personality traits, but this makes me wonder if my being a Taurus influences my love of this time of year. I know Tauruses love to make their surrounds beautiful, and Spring brings plenty of beauty. 🙂
April 26, 2016 at 6:29 pm
It may well be, Persephone Rose. Your ‘earth element’ facets in your astrology chart will show you where you have that innate ‘going to Earth’ nature, or the need for it. Taurus, being ruled by Venus, surely combines the ‘beautiful Earth’ approach, and Spring really begins with Taurus Time. 🙂 xo Love, Jamie
April 24, 2016 at 8:22 am
Just in time for Beltane, the most sensual festival – I live too much in my head, time to enjoy the warmth of spring and appreciate its effect on my body 🙂
April 26, 2016 at 6:27 pm
It’s definitely good to cultivate that balance, isn’t it Andrea? xo and Happy Beltane, Jamie
April 24, 2016 at 11:19 am
Oh the garden is so refreshing! I can smell the flowers blooming and hear the birds singing. Thanks for sharing this. Happy Birthday to all Taurus beings from an ever thinking Gemini 🙂 VK
April 26, 2016 at 6:27 pm
Sensual pleasures abound in the garden, eh? 🙂 xo Jamie
April 27, 2017 at 2:56 pm
Thank you for this, Jamie. As a late Taurus (May 18) with a Gemini rising, I sometimes get very heady and forget to align with my natural earthy nature. This post is a wonderful reminder that I am “at home” in my body and my slow, deliberate way of moving through life is a gift and not something to try to “fix.” Since January of 1997 I have intended to embody that “bridge between Heaven and Earth.” indeed it has been the bi-line on my blog, since I began blogging in 2012.
Living on a beautiful wooded property is helping to ground me (literally) and deepen my innate love for Mother Earth. Living with like-minded folks who share a love for land stewardship and living in harmony with Nature is also deepening my communion with Gaia and All my Relations.
Next weekend I am giving myself a huge gift of participation in a dance weekend that our Community is hosting. I used to dance a lot and in recent years have chosen not to. This workshop weekend is my re-initiation into a form of art that I intend to use for my body’s continued health and renewal. Luscious! Delicious! Fruitful Taurus! I’m thrilled that MY new moon is a Supermoon this year. Blessings, Alia
April 30, 2017 at 11:46 pm
Very beautiful, Alia. Thank you. It’s good wisdom that being amidst the Natural wonders, green and growing things, rich dirt … helps to ground and also soothe. And very luscious and delicious! 🙂 (I’ve got late-Taurus rising and Gemini moon, so resonate with and understand what you’ve shared! :). Lots of love, Jamie
May 9, 2017 at 2:00 pm
Sorry, I mis-spoke — that’s Mercury in Gemini, so not a typical Taurus mental construct. Cancer rising. But we still resonate or I wouldn’t be following your blog. Haha!
May 9, 2017 at 2:08 pm
It can be a challenge to keep all those threads straight, Alia, particularly with the intensified ‘electrical zap-zone energies’ predominating just now! xoxo Love, Jamie
May 10, 2017 at 11:15 pm
And a zippity zap right back to you, Jamie!
May 14, 2017 at 1:51 pm
Thank you, Alia. 🙂