2017 Taurus Astrology:
20 April – 20 May
Changing and Growing
Changing and growing may be your theme for 2017, dear Taurus. Unpredictable Uranus in your 12th house of hidden matters may bring issues to light that you were not aware of, and this can be a very good thing for Bulls who may have had blinders on in the past. On the other hand, slow moving Pluto in your 9th house of religion and philosophy may be putting a lot of pressure on you to stick with the old authoritarian party line, even if you feel like letting your personal freak flag fly. The truth is you’ll need to let go of outdated beliefs and habits that hold you back before you can really express yourself effectively. Eclipses in your sign and in your opposite sign of Scorpio this year will illuminate the need to have authentic relationships that reflect your true nature and purpose in life, and anything less than that may not survive. You’ll have a chance to explore what new horizons call to you as the New Moon in Capricorn on January 11th activates your 9th house of higher education, making this a great time to start a new course of study. It is never too late to keep learning!
Earn Big, Spend Big
Expansive Jupiter activates your 2nd house of personal finances for the first half of the year, increasing your earning capacity but also stimulating your desire to spend more extravagantly. Intuition or a hunch might lead to good luck in February, when your instincts are on target. Unexpected assistance may save the day, just when you need it the most. When Venus links up with Jupiter late in May, more good fortune could come your way in the form of a raise or bonus. Those of you in sales should find business is booming, but remember that you will be just as tempted to spend money as fast as you earn it! It’s a good idea to save for a rainy day. After Jupiter moves into clannish Cancer and your 3rd house of communication and community on June 26th, you’ll find yourself playing more of a supportive role with your siblings and neighbors. Others will appreciate your efforts to make your little corner of the world a better place. After all, big change comes in smaller steps. However, be aware of a tendency to spread yourself too thin. You can’t be all things to all people.
With Saturn in Scorpio and your 7th house of significant others all year, you will find this is a season of very serious commitments. Established relationships are likely to undergo challenges, while new relationships have a sense of weighty responsibility attached to them. Relationships with people who are older than you or who have more life experience are more common now. Some connections may even seem fated as Saturn is also known as the Lord of Karma. One thing is for sure, relationships are not lighthearted during this transit!
The Scorpio Full Moon and Eclipse in April may bring a relationship issue to a head. Some partnerships may end for reasons completely beyond your control. It may be that your mate or partner is struggling and needs extra support, or simply feels overburdened. Luckily, Pluto will be making a positive aspect to Saturn from your 9th house of travel and legal matters, helping you to transform any difficulty into a benefit. “Older, wiser, and stronger” can be your motto as the year marches on.
The New Year begins on an intimate note as Venus glows in Sagittarius and your 8th house of sex and other people’s resources. However, expect relationships to intensify as the Goddess of Love moves into Capricorn on January 9th and conjuncts Pluto, Lord of the Underworld, on January 17th. Some of you may find that a culture clash or difficulties with in-laws and other relatives at a distance are inevitable. Emotions may become overwhelming when dealing with different beliefs and ideologies. At the same time, being open to different viewpoints may help you to understand the world more fully. Your relationships with authority figures are set to improve after February 2nd, when Venus moves into forward-thinking Aquarius and your 10th house of career and public standing. You will find the Powers That Be look favorably upon you now, making this a great time to ask for a raise or other benefits. However, as Venus squares Saturn around February 11th, you might find that your professional life is adding strain on your most significant relationships. Find a way to strike a reasonable balance. You’ll be ready to hang out with like-minded pals and let off some steam after February 26th, when Venus enters compassionate Pisces and your 11th house of friends and associates. The first three weeks of March should bring creative insight and intuition to whatever group projects you are involved in. Together, you can envision a more beautiful future for everyone.
Venus slips into Aries and your 12th house of secrets and solitude on March 22nd, urging you to rest behind the scenes. Traditionally, this is a time of secret affairs and clandestine activity, but in modern times it often points to charitable efforts and simply taking time out to reflect on recent happenings. It’s ok to say no to social events and public activities during this quiet transit, because by the time Venus moves into Taurus and your 1st house of personality on April 15th, you’ll be ready to make a grand entrance.
Once the Sun enters your sign on April 19th, it will be your greatest chance to shine this year. You’ll exude animal magnetism as both life-ruler Venus and lusty Mars steam things up in your first house of personality. Others will just naturally gravitate towards you, making it very easy for you to gain support. After May 9th, when Venus moves into versatile Gemini and 2nd house of money and values, you’ll attract greater prosperity. Lucky Venus connects with expansive Jupiter during the last week of May, giving you the edge in business deals and bargaining.
When Venus moves into nurturing Cancer and your 3rd house of communication on June 6th, you’ll be able to sweet talk just about anyone into (or out of) anything. Venus blends well with karmic Saturn and spiritual Neptune, making this a very good time to express your feelings to your most significant other. Even if you don’t get the response you hope for, you will release yourself from negativity by extending the olive branch and being willing to move forward. By June 27th, Venus enters affectionate Leo and your 4th house of home and family. You may find that there is tension under your roof during the first few days of July, when Venus and Saturn clash, but once the sour mood passes, you can expect to enjoy happy moments with family as Venus proves there really is no place as lovely as home. After July 22nd, Venus enters earthy Virgo and brightens your 5th house of creativity and pleasure, reminding you of how much joy there is in daily life.
Cheery Venus moves into diplomatic Libra and your 6th house of health and service on August 16th, improving your relationships with co-workers and making work life a bit more social. It is also important to strike a healthy balance between work and recreation. Make sure you are not overdoing it in any area of life, especially around August 26th, when unpredictable Uranus in your 12th house of hidden matters may bring out unstable, unconscious motivations. You’ll want to spend more time with your most significant other as Venus enters sexy Scorpio and your 7th house of partnerships on September 11th. Of course, with restrictive Saturn here for some time to come, you may find that you are unable to fully express yourself as you’d wish. However, with tenderness and patience, you can bring wisdom and maturity into your closest connections.
The focus turns to shared resources as Venus segues into generous Sagittarius and your 8th house on October 7th, making it easier to discuss the division of labor as well as your shared budget. This is also a wonderful time to increase intimacy. Don’t underestimate the power of shared laughter and joy to rejuvenate a relationship. Get out and have some fun together to rekindle the fire!
Your 9th house of travel and philosophy becomes the focus of relationships as Venus moves into practical Capricorn and connects with transforming Pluto after November 5th. Differences of opinion and cultural clashes may be evident, but the friendly nature of Venus helps you to smooth over any tense moments as they occur. If you’ve been having trouble with in-laws and other relatives at a distance, you should be able to successfully call a truce. End of the year holidays and celebrations are aided by this transit as everyone seems more willing to abide by the rules of civil discourse. Venus turns retrograde on December 21st, remaining in your 9th house until March 2014 which may cause you to feel much less like expressing your opinions, but by the time Venus turns direct on January 30th, you’ll be ready to come out confidently speaking your heart and mind
2017 may start on a slightly agitated note as aggressive Mars opposes your 4th house of where you live, potentially causing a conflict between career and domestic interests. It doesn’t help that somber Saturn will be squaring your 4th house for some time to come, making your closest relationships feel heavier than usual. In fact, this year may sometimes seem like it is one battle after another, as stress takes a toll on the people who share your roof. Perhaps the most difficult time frame will be early September, when Mars roars through your 4th house and makes everyone irritable. The good news is that you can harness this edgy Mars energy to build up rather than tear down. The key is in being able to work as a team to achieve positive results rather than allowing rivalry to work against you. In fact, Jupiter will be making a positive aspect to your 4th house from January through June, helping to give you a common goal with tangible rewards. It may be that renovating your home or working on a move that will improve your finances is just the thing to help your family stay firmly on Team Taurus.
It is mind over matter this year as Uranus in your 12th house of hidden and unconscious matters unsettles your sense of peace and well-being. Since Uranus will be transiting this house until 2018, you may as well get used to dealing with this nervous energy. Don’t let your monkey mind worry you about things you can’t control, and learn to live in the moment as much as possible. Find healthy ways to release tension and stay relaxed, which in turn will keep your physical systems running strong. Your immune system will benefit from gentle, regular exercise such as brisk walking or yoga, which also increases mindfulness and a sense of being in the present. When Jupiter enters Cancer and your 3rd house of community in late June, you’ll be tempted to say yes to every favor that is asked of you. Practice saying “No” now because working yourself too hard will make accidents and illnesses more likely. You’ll also want to avoid burning the proverbial candle at both ends during December, when powerhouse Mars urges you to push your limits. Pace yourself!
Jupiter in Gemini in your 2nd house of money and values during the first half of the year gives you an edge over the other signs, helping you to increase your assets and bringing business opportunities. A lot of challenges you face this year can be offset by the fact that you do have the potential to earn more money, and you certainly will want to make the most of it! Of course, you’ll be just as inclined to spend more money as well, but try to save a decent amount, too.
Late May and early June are especially fortunate as Venus and Jupiter combine to bring you luck. You may find a nice bonus in your paycheck or a contract that will prove to be quite lucrative! The nature of Gemini is dual, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself juggling more than one career at a time this spring. The second half of the year will find you trying to strike a sane balance between work and personal life. Just remember, in the end, you won’t regret not having worked more long hours, but you will regret not having spent time with your loved ones.
What does Mercury Retrograde hold for you this year? You can expect Mercury to go retrograde three times a year for about three weeks each time. During retrogrades, you can expect miss communication, delays in travel, and breakdowns in machinery and appliances. Usually these breakdowns are due to neglect or lack of attention to detail and the retrograde period simply brings this to the surface. It’s often a good idea to hold off on making any important decisions, purchases, or signing contracts when Mercury is retrograde. Brides planning weddings should certainly consult an astrologer to avoid scheduling the Big Day during a retrograde! On the positive side, Mercury retrograde is excellent for research and investigation. It is a time to go over everything carefully, looking for loopholes, mistakes, and weaknesses. Here are this year’s Mercury retrogrades and how they are likely to impact you:
February 23rd- March 17th, Mercury Retrograde in Pisces, 11th House
This Retrograde may seem like a glitch in the Matrix or a Deja Vu moment as Mercury went retrograde in your 11th house around the same time last year! This time around, you’ll be more likely to appreciate the opportunity it gives you to reflect on the groups you belong to. Listen carefully to what certain people have to say, and remember that sometimes what they don’t say is also quite revealing. Of course, this is likely to be a time of classic miss communication and mishaps, so be sure to double check plans, times, and dates with your friends as much as possible! By the time Mercury begins to move forward again, you’ll be ready to speak up about causes you care about.
June 26th-July 20th, Mercury Retrograde in Cancer, 3rd House
When Mercury turns retrograde in your 3rd house of community and communication, you can expect cars to break down, trains to be missed, and checks to get lost in the mail. You may feel like clamming up yourself, but it is more important than ever to pay attention, take notes, and follow up with others. Check the fine line on all agreements, and get second opinions from doctors, mechanics, and other service providers. Carefully research all possibilities so that when Mercury turns direct, you will be ready to move forward with confidence.
October 21st-November 10th, Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio, 7th House
Again, here is another retrograde that seems strangely familiar! Like last year, Retrograde Mercury returns to obfuscate issues between you and your mate, best friend, or business partner. With Saturn involved, you may feel very restricted and frustrated by certain limitations that are presented in your closest connections. However, this retrograde period gives you a chance to reflect on the past year’s events and the impact they have had on your marriage or partnership. By the time Mercury turns direct, you will have a much better idea of where you both stand and want to be.
Your personal New Moon (and this year, an Eclipse!) occurs on May 10th, giving you a fresh start as you celebrate your own Personal New Year. This year, both Mercury and Mars are on your side, giving you the edge you need to win any battle of wits or wills that comes your way. You have the energy to accomplish just about anything, and plenty of people who want to be on your side. Of course, Saturn remains in the background, reminding you that your fate is indeed closely tied to the fate of others. Use your strength wisely and compassionately.
Your Full Moon happens on November 17th and represents the culmination of what began back in May. The decisions you made than are beginning to come to fruition, and those related to your closest relationships are in the spotlight. Above all, it will be important for you to be as authentic as possible in expressing yourself. You can no longer pretend to be something you are not, especially not to please someone else. As you become more self-actualized, your capacity for love and joy will increase.
Eclipses indicate change in the area of life they impact, and are often felt for much longer than regular lunations. In cases where the eclipse makes a close aspect to planets or angles in your chart, they can be felt for up to a year. Here is what to look for during the eclipse cycle of 2017:
A Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio on April 25th may highlight a relationship issue that has been developing for some time. With somber Saturn involved, you may be dealing with limits and restrictions that make partnerships challenging and burdensome at times. However, this is also an opportunity to learn and grow from your closest connections. As some doors close, other doors open, and strong relationships with healthy foundations are able to adapt to life changes.
A New Moon and Solar Eclipse in Taurus on May 10th also happens to be your Personal New Moon, a time to set your intentions for the year. The Eclipse gives even more significance to this New Moon, so think carefully about the change you would like to create in your life. You will realize the fruits of your efforts 6 months from now, around the Taurus Full Moon on November 17th. Questions to ask are, “Am I expressing myself in a way that brings happiness to my life?” and “What is working and what is not working for me?” It is time to move forward!
A Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius on May 25th may highlight shared finances, and with expansive Jupiter in your 2nd house of money and values, you might find yourself in a material or ideological tug of war. In some cases, you may have to cut your losses, while in others you will find yourself reaping the rewards of hard work. An inheritance or other type of legacy may finally be realized, which might trigger mixed feelings in you.
A Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse in Aries on October 18th may be the most unpredictable of the year, as it combines with erratic Uranus in your 12th house of hidden matters. You could find yourself saying things you didn’t mean to say, but perhaps really do think as subconscious thoughts and feelings bubble over. Relationships with neighbors and siblings may also be affected as the Moon and Uranus are in challenging aspect with expansive Jupiter in your 3rd house of community.
A New Moon and Solar Eclipse in Scorpio on November 3rd activates your 7th house of partnerships and is a preview to events that could occur during the Full Moon in Taurus on November 17th. Serious Saturn is slowly moving through your 7th house, teaching important lessons related to commitment, responsibility, and partnerships with others. For some, this might mean becoming engaged to be married, while others may find that the end of a partnership is inevitable. No matter which path you find yourself on, the bottom line is that your relationships must continue to evolve if they are to survive.
Taurus the Bull – Description and Personality
With sensual Taurus, the Bull, as your star sign, the Sun shone through an earth sign on your birthday. The Sun in astrology stands for your inner nature, the stamp of your true character. The second sign of the Zodiac, Taurus is ruled by Venus, the planet of love and desire. A fixed (strong and solid) sign, Taurus governs practicality and security. It is a feminine sign and very magnetic.
Practical, reliable Taureans are great lovers of sensual pleasures, although you do tend to be rather stubborn, possessive and conservative. Firmly anchored in the material world, you have a fine grasp of what is needed in order to lead the good life. Of course, you are capable in emergencies, where you have an instinctive understanding of what to do, but under normal circumstances, no-one can force you into anything without due time for thought and consideration.
Tactile and sensuous, you have a nose for personal comfort and physical pleasure. You are nevertheless quite pragmatic, with a good appreciation for the financial values as well as any aesthetic qualities. Taurus loves nature and natural things, but due to a fondness for comfort and ease, the Bull can be quite lazy. To preserve your health, you need to take some regular exercise and control that tendency to overindulge in rich foods and the other pleasures in life.
Taureans are very strong-willed and often quite creative. The Moon is exalted in Taurus, giving success with matters to do with the public and, combined with the influence of Venus, a passionate nature endowed with a strong sense of loyalty and fidelity. You are kind and generous with friends, with whom you develop an unspoken rapport.
Taurus rules the throat, giving a powerful, often beautiful voice. This could come in quite handy for Bulls who play bingo! The influence of Venus opens up a world of musical talent and appreciation, so Taureans are good singers and musicians, or at least, love music and can be a force on the business side of music.
You also like to potter around the garden, and delight in other outdoor activities: picnics, hikes, trips to botanical gardens or the zoo. You tend to be rather subdued, but you have a fine sense of humour, and enjoy your social life.
Hunky Taurus is physically strong and solidly built. Many of you favour weight lifting or other body-building routines to keep in shape and you enjoy sports requiring strength and endurance. Health issues are often focused on problems to do with the throat and neck, or by polarity with the reproductive organs, the kidneys and so on. Taurus is naturally lazy and tends to overindulge, so a good approach to health and wellbeing would include a well-planned regimen of disciplined exercise and diet.
Taurus colours are brown, russet, and turquoise. The beautiful emerald, a rare variety of the mineral beryl and as costly as a diamond, is your birthstone. The emerald’s rich green colour is quite appropriate too, since it is the colour of money, lush countryside and relaxation. Geometrically, the emerald takes the shape of a six-sided crystal and six is the number of love. Flowers for Taurus are the red rose, daisy, lily, and daffodil.