The Moon transits Cancer all day, and the Last Quarter
Moon is exact today at 5:06 PM EDT, when the Sun in Libra forms a square with
the Moon. A Last Quarter Moon phase points to some sort of crisis of
consciousness. After basking in the awareness symbolized by the full light of
the Moon at the time of last week's Full Moon, we disperse our knowledge and
come to a point when we need to sort out what works for us--and what doesn't--in
preparation for next week's New Moon, when something new is born once again.
This is not the best time to start a major project, as the decreasing light of
the Moon symbolizes a descent into unconsciousness. It's time to begin finishing
up the details of that which was conceived at the last New Moon. The Cancer Moon
holds much healing potential. Our feelings run deep, making it an ideal time to
get in touch with what motivates us.
Wonderful influences for both work and play are with you this month, dear Taurus. With your ruler, Venus, and Mercury in mutual reception and both direct from the 9th forward, you are in excellent shape mentally. Work benefits the most from this, but relationships improve considerably as well with open lines of communication and attentiveness. Work relationships can improve now, and work projects or health programs get off the ground. There can be surprising or exciting turns of events surrounding romance, children, entertainment, and creative projects. Small risks or innovations can be rewarding. You can be seeking, and likely finding, more meaning in your projects, hobbies, and friendships. Self-improvement efforts are strong. As you pour more of your energy and heart into romantic relationships and creative pursuits, your relationships and work take on new life. Powerful and meaningful connections might be made. Travel and romance may be connected now and in the coming months. The Full Moon on the 27th is in your sign, bringing an emotional epiphany. All month, and especially from the 9th forward, personal magnetism is through the roof. You are certainly attracting positive attention as your more playful impulses surface. This is only set to increase as the month advances, and continues into next month. Enthusiasm for hobbies, entertainment, and other forms of playful expression increases, and opportunities emerge to more thoroughly enjoy yourself. This is also a good month for learning and travel.
You're feeling increasingly freer of the need to sort out family and home
matters, and confidence improves.
In 2015, you continue to seek comfort, but also growth and improvement, in
your domestic world, dear Taurus. It's one of your priorities, and the "work"
you do with family and in the home can benefit you for years to come. While
career matters are not in strong focus at this time, you are planting seeds now
that are important for future growth in work and business. In fact, it's a
powerful time for beginning long-term projects. A strong time for updating your
home and moving your family relationships forward in happy ways occurs from
April to June. If there are hatchets to bury in your closest relationships, this
is the time to do so. Make a permanent mark. It's also a strong time for dealing
with your insecurities or negative self-image. Get comfortable with yourself -
the cosmos are fully supporting this endeavor! You'll benefit greatly and
indefinitely, but especially in the second half of the year, when energy is ripe
for expressing and sharing yourself in powerful ways. There may be a new hobby
or creative activity that you take on, and for some Tauruses, you'll be bringing
an old interest or pleasure back to life. If you've always wanted to pursue a
specific craft, art, or creative interest, now is the time to do so. You'll also
have over eight months in 2016 to get on this.
Your romantic life can blossom in the second half of 2015 as well (from August
2015 until September 2016). People are very interested in you romantically
speaking, and opportunities can abound. Even so, another influence this year,
Saturn in your solar eighth house, can have you a little reticent about getting
in too deep. This could be due to emotions or life circumstances. Either way,
intimacy is an area that you're taking more seriously this year. There can be
major opportunities on creative and romantic fronts beginning in mid-October
which will allow you to make powerful, possibly even obsessive, connections.
Some of you could be reaching a broad audience, publishing your creative works,
for example. At this time, creativity finds a successful channel or outlet, and
you are pouring more of your heart and soul into what you create and share. Some
Taureans will connect romantically with someone whose culture differs greatly
from theirs or will become involved in a long-distance romance.
Seriousness in partnerships continues this year, but is also wrapping up.
This is a time for coming to terms with recent relationship decisions and
realizations. Those of you who have made or strengthened a commitment will now
focus on the merging process, which isn't always easy. Others who may have
broken long-term commitments now face the challenges of reorganizing their lives
in an "un-coupled" state - also difficult, but totally doable. Continuing this
year, there are great benefits to living a more organized, scheduled life. Do
your best to get solid health and fitness programs in place. Connect with the
joy of being of service and doing your share. April's Lunar Eclipse will help
give you the boost you need. In the last two months of the year, you begin a
cycle, lasting throughout 2016 and into 2017, that encourages all things
creative, romantic, and self-expressive. At times this year, there can be a
sense that you're missing something, or constantly making adjustments. Dealing
with guilt and worries can take its toll. This is also a time for managing your
debts and shared finances. For some, there can be decreased intimacy or a more
serious approach to your intimate world. There can even be some disdain for the
confines of a merged, intense relationship. Money matters with a partner or
ex-partner can be challenging, but also need some serious sorting in order for
you to get back on track.
While Venus is retrograde from July 25-September 6, take your time when it comes
to decisions revolving around home and family. You could experience slow-downs
at this time. Motivation can drop temporarily. Watch for excess with money,
gambling, or other forms of over-the-top behavior from mid-April through to the
end of May, but do take note of new, off the wall ideas for making money, as
these may be worth something. Good prospects for business may be found in real
estate, family-oriented business, publishing, and the food or travel industry.
Instability is lifting. March and September bring strong energy for new
beginnings when it comes to your social and romantic life. Be especially
attentive to cues to take better care of your health and daily routines in
April. By September, Saturn's opposition to your sign lifts, and this takes off
some of the direct pressure that's been on you to perform and measure up. 2015
is first very much about getting comfortable in your own skin, after which it's
about sharing yourself with others with more confidence and self-assurance.
The big astrological headlines of 2015-2016 when it comes to love, dear
Taurus, are: 1) Saturn, the rather serious planet of restrictions and rules,
moving out of your partnership sector and releasing its hold on one-to-one
relationships, as well as out of a rather difficult opposition to your Sun, and
2) Jupiter, planet of expansion and generosity, moving into your romance sector
and into harmony with your sign.
These moves tend to point to more freedom and exploration... and fewer rules
Jupiter's transit of fellow Earth sign, Virgo, from mid-August 2015 to early
September 2016, is an earthy and warm one. It's certainly less showy than the
Jupiter in Leo transit that has been with us from mid-2014 to mid-August 2015.
However, in your solar chart, Earth signs rule the most expressive, creative,
and outgoing sectors. As such, Jupiter in an Earth sign (from mid-2015 to
mid-2016) points to a freer, more expressive, and more creative "you", in your
own rather humble and grounded way.
Until mid-August 2015, Jupiter continues to increase your attention as well
as joy and happiness levels on the home front and with family. However, if you
use this rather quiet transit well, and you look very carefully for
opportunities, you can better prepare yourself for the more overt opportunities
of the upcoming Jupiter in Virgo transit. These come in the form of feeling
especially comfortable in your own skin. Slowly, you are building up more and
more confidence. You may be getting settled in physical ways on the level of
house and home, or connecting in more rewarding ways with your family or
like-family loved ones. However, you are also more fully connecting with what
you need and want on a very basic, fundamental level. The better you get in
touch with yourself and your basic needs, the more natural confidence you'll
have when Jupiter enters Virgo in mid-August 2015, and encourages you to share
your affections and creations with others.
The Jupiter in Virgo transit lasts just over a year and helps to open up
channels for recreation, play, entertainment, hobbies, and creativity. It can
also bring more opportunities to date and connect with others romantically.
These are not necessarily the types of relationships that lead quickly to
marriage, but they're likely to be enjoyable and confidence-boosting. And who
knows what my come of your newfound freedom to explore?
Keep in mind that although Jupiter enters your romance sector on August 11th,
2015, this ingress happens at a time when Venus is retrograde, so that romance
may be off to a slow start. Venus is retro from July 25-September 6, 2015, and
during this time, you may be looking back more than forward. Old relationships
come into your mind's eye, and for some of you, people from your past reappear.
However, as Venus picks up direct speed in September, and especially in October,
you'll begin to feel the added boost and energy that it provides you, nudging
you to go after your heart's desire, and to release some of the inhibitions that
have been holding you back from experiencing joy. You deserve this time! In
fact, September is also when Saturn finally moves out of your partnership sector
for good (or at least for another 29 years or so). This also means that Saturn
is no longer opposing/directly challenging your sign.
Relationships may have felt like burdens at times during Saturn's transit of
your partnership sector. Certainly by September 2015, and probably much sooner
if not already, you'll know which relationships didn't quite measure up, and
which relationships are viable.
However, relationships begun this year and in the last year tend to be long-term, solid
ones. Some of you are entering more mature, committed relationships, or
relationships with a more mature partner.
Even so, Saturn is moving into a house that does affect an existing
partnership for those of you who are coupled. This is now about the resources of
a relationship, and shared money may be an issue. It's also about intimacy and
sexual sharing, which might now be scrutinized. For those people not currently
partnered, there can be changing feelings regarding intimacy nevertheless.
Self-awareness is strong with Saturn in your solar eighth house (from
2015-2017). The tendency to nurse a fantasy about a partner, yourself, or a
relationship is lessened, which on one hand can bring up too much seriousness or
possibly even a bit of bitterness in some, but on the other, it means you're
accepting people and yourself for who you are, and this is important for any
serious partnership. There is less of an inclination to play or put up with
emotional games. In the coming two years, you
have a chance to truly explore fears of rejection and power issues. There can be challenges with a
partner over money and sharing of chores or responsibilities - who does what,
who doesn't do what, who contributes more or who contributes less, etc...cont'd
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