It’s so easy to see Taurus in the southern springtime. It’s dense, easy, and lustily lush ~ with more shades of green in the tree canopies, grasses, and full-bodied palms than you can imagine. Taurus arrives with the star-shaped blooms and the sensuous scent of the Confederate Star Jasmine that drapes over arbors, fences, and swings ~ filling entire neighborhoods with a perfume that insists that we breathe deeply, fully. Just as Taurus is morphing into Gemini, the jasmine blooms fade, sending their last sweet messages into the night air. Already, we’re dreaming of next year’s blossoms as we nap on screened-in porches and garden swings.
Jasmine is a flower of the Moon and, according to herbalist/magician Scott Cunningham, has the powers of love, money, and prophetic dreams. With those descriptive words, I’d venture to say that jasmine is a flower of the Moon in Taurus, at least in this small patch of earth during April and May. Is the Taurus Moon a prophetic Moon? Perhaps ~ if you are conjuring up a sensual lover and a romp through clover-laden fields. They just may have a little extra coin in their pocket, too.
We’ve heard plenty of stories about how stingy Taurus can be, but they can be quite generous with the ones they love and will provide the best that they are able. Even on a shoestring, Taurus can make a hovel feel quite comfy and inviting. They’ll settle you in, offer you something sweet and yummy, and won’t be a bit unnerved if you doze off. You’re likely to catch them barefoot at home ~ and possibly in the yard, too, if they haven’t become tender-footed by spending too many years in steel-toed working shoes.
Venus is the traditional ruler of Taurus and she is certainly in her earthiest delight here. Donna Cunningham raised the question, AstroDebate—Which Sign does Venus Really Rule? She thinks Earth is the rightful ruler of Taurus, and I’m inclined to think so, too. Symbolically, the Earth seems more suited than Venus to rule Taurus. The richness of the damp earth, the smell of the barnyard, and the overgrowth that can turn a garden or a field into a jungle seem a bit untamed for Venus. We can certainly find Venus in Taurus ~ just as we can find her in all the other signs. She has ~ afterall ~ many skills. I don’t think digging in the dirt would be her first choice, but only she knows for sure.
When you think of Taurus, think gardens ~ but also think farms. Here’s a little something to ponder. What would Venus do to take care of herself while farming? Not gardening ~ farming. How would Venus dress to chop wood, carry water, and muck through the mud to slop the hogs or clean the barn? I just can’t see her pulling poison ivy out of flower beds or scooping up manure to spread on her roses. Our goddesses will surprise us, though.
On the other hand ~ I can get confused about this and go back and forth with the rulership issue. I have two planets in Taurus and Venus conjunct Sun, so there’s a Taurus/Libra mixture. I love getting my hands in the dirt and don’t mind looking like a slob while working in the yard, but I’ll also rub Burt’s Bees Hand Salve into my hands, slip on a pair of non-latex gloves and then top those with regular gardening gloves. Instant hand spa! (If you haven’t tried this, you’ll be amazed at the results. Venus adores it.)
Taurus implies good hard work, but the bull isn’t afraid of it. He’s got the strength and durability to see to it that the job gets done. There’s also a great deal of efficiency to be born out of a desire not to work so hard all the time. So when we see Taurus depicted as the stereotypical Ferdinand the Bull lying around in green pastures, it’s probably because he’s exhausted. But he also knows how to stop and smell the roses.
Venus or Earth, Taurus is still Taurus and it brings us such glorious bounties from the earth ~ like Star Jasmine on soft spring evenings and the new sprigs of mint for our juleps just in time for the running of the derbies. Venus? Earth? I do lean toward the Earth rulership. Either way, if it’s Taurus ~ it’s the best of both worlds.
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