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Feb 14 – Mar 30, 2019
Mars: ruler of the body and all its carnal urges. Mars invigorates with freshness and physical energy, like the first day of spring. Prepare for a healthy new connection to your body and sexuality. Mars in an earth sign brings stamina, abundance and stability. Mars in Taurus is pragmatic, essentialist and assertive. The bull has a long fuse, but make no mistake: push Taurus too far and you will be promptly gored.
Mars spins with vigor in Taurus. Yet by the end of the night, Taurus spins to a lull, like a boulder, sublimely grounded, yet impossible to budge; sedentary; plodding; pinned by inertia. If we can motivate ourselves, enormous amounts of work will be accomplished during this transit. Once Taurus sets to work, she moils with impressive force.
Cleaning, de-cluttering, hiking, cooking, sun bathing, gardening, farming, bonding with animals, singing (Taurus rules the throat and voice) – all of these are recommended. Mars in Taurus keeps the tendrils between body and spirit sprouting. The bull is a tactile and lusty farm beast. Think home, art, aesthetic, sensuality and Mother Earth. Taurus comes from Hathor, the ancient Egyptian goddess of fertility. She held the entire cosmic cycle in her being. With one hand Hathor delivered babies, and with the other she greeted the dead, offering food and drink to newly reborn souls. Hathor is goddess of music and happiness, dancing joyously across the necropolis; protector of miners and turquoise; guardian of the desert; rattler of the sistrum; steward of the earth, nestled in a papyrus marsh beneath the Milky Way, Nile of the Sky. More festivals were dedicated to Hathor than any other Egyptian deity, and more children named after her. Hathor not only fully embodies the cycle of life, but also the spectrum of gender. Both men and women became priestesses of Hathor. Horus, god of the sun, is said to be “housed” within her; classically Hathor is depicted with a sun disk set between her cow horns.
Something truly awesome happened during the Age of Taurus in the third millennium BC. The Milky Way aligned at the fall and spring equinoxes so that its ends touched the earth exactly where the sun rose and set. It was at this time that Hathor became intimately associated with the Milky Way. Our ancestors saw a sacred cow in the sky, funneled into the earth, imbuing humanity with her gentle power for eons to come.
The first day of Mars in Taurus coincides with Valentine’s Day. Normally I hate on Valentine’s Day and complain about consumer culture blah blah blah, but I gotta say – Mars in Taurus is a really nice influence on the day. People are going to be feeling extra cuddly, sensual and indulgent. A lot of money will be spent on luxury items and high class dates. Lots of chocolate shall be eaten.
The biggest supermoon of 2019 comes on Feb 19, just one day after Pisces season begins. Mercury Retrograde begins on Mar 5. One day later, on the new moon (Mar 6), Uranus makes huge moves and moves back into Taurus, where he will stay until 2026. Mar 14 is going to be a really great day, despite Mercury Retrograde. This is the quarter moon in mercurial Gemini, plus Mars will form a harmonious trine to Saturn in Capricorn. Prepare for a highly productive day at work, or with creative/writing projects. Get everything down in writing, including all goals and thoughts. Another dynamic day on Mar 20: in the morning, Mars forms another trine, this time to Pluto in Capricorn. This aspect is thoroughly masculine as these two planets are both warlike in nature. Trines are usually a smoothing agent, but given the volatile nature of these planets, anger and control struggles will surface. Ideally, this aspect feeds our drive to break away and dance the path of freedom. The spring equinox comes exact that afternoon, kicking off Aries season! The night closes down with another full moon, the third supermoon in a row. Mercury Retrograde ends on Mar 28, bringing all of us peace of mind. Mars enters Gemini a week before the new moon.
Consider indulgences like massage, saunas, craniosacral therapy, hot baths or yin yoga. Mars in Taurus is like a fat cat on the couch, settled in the pillows. Get ready to relax. Power colors for Taurus are deep green, blue and earth tones. Stay strong with Taurus Yoga. If you were born with Mars in Taurus, this is your Mars return. To find your personal Mars sign, click here.
Mantra: I have everything I need