The Sun enters the third face of Taurus on May 10th, and will remain there until it enters Gemini on the 20th. This span of days holds the New Moon in Taurus on Tuesday May 15th, which brings another lunar cycle to a close. Yet of much more lasting consequence is Uranus’ entrance into Taurus, and Mars’ ingress into Aquarius, both of which occur on the same day as the New Moon. There is much to discuss, so let us start with the nature of the third decan of Taurus, which is the angle the Sun will illuminate events from, and the place where the New Moon will occur.
The Third Face of Taurus
In the first face of Taurus, we made sure that the land we chose to settle upon was carefully selected, and in the second oversaw the ceremony of fecundation. The plan and the rhythm of labor and rest now established, what is left? To wait, and to worry, as the Tarot’s 7 of Pentacles figure is depicted as doing. For there are powers beyond plan and virtue, and they are are not easily swayed by prayer or rite.
Though confined to the deepest layer of Tartarus by the civilizing agenda of the up-above Olympians, the Titans still abide. Though their powers of earthquake, tidal wave, drought, forest
fire, hurricane and lightning storm have been borrowed and copied, they have not been stolen, for Titans are not of the elements — they are the elements, the firstborn children of Earth, the organs of her body. And though the stories say they are caged safely in the underworld, there are no prisons in myth which do not cyclically riot. There are no permanent endings to those narratives, only points in a circle of stories which again and again recur.
The third face of Taurus is the most ominous one of the three, for here thunder and flood threaten well-laid plans and virtuous labor. Not only that, but raw power of creation rises up against the hubris of any tiny human portion.
It would seem this is a face of powerlessness, for both systems of decanic rulership give it to Saturn, and the Tarot pictures a man watching his crops powerlessly while the title “Failure” is stamped upon his scene.
Yet there are prayers which even the savage titans hear, and sacrifices they do accept. The sacrifice of Pride is one. Even as you recall the infinite quality of your divine origin, remember too that the vessel you reside in is small and weak before the might of a mountain. The Titans, having fallen from grace and power, not only teach humility — they are themselves a lesson in it.
Recognizing material weakness, the manifest vulnerability of a small child, for instance, is not a fruitless insight. It is instead contrarily empowering, for upon acknowledgement we can begin thinking of ways to limit our exposure to titanic and largely impersonal natural forces which dot the planet and the timeline. Unlike the Olympians, who are involved enough in humanity to bless and curse individually, the Titan’s potency is collective and incidental. The volcano does not explode for or against you. The Titans do not care about you. History does not care about you. But nor does it care to destroy you. You are not part of the calculation.
There is thus danger, but not malice. This is a place of fireproofing your home, storm proofing your windows, paying up flood, fire, and earthquake insurance. The wise humble themselves before uncaring powers by hedging their bets, and making back-up plans. To do otherwise, to imagine that there is nothing bigger than plan and labor, is an obvious arrogance.
Being an earth sign, the third face of Taurus is concerned with physical matters, but the concept of weather-proofing can easily be extended beyond the literal. As the lunar month rolls to a close with the New Moon in the third decan of Taurus this Tuesday, May 15th, it would be wise to sit and consider your exposure to the elements of both nature and history. There is no such thing as complete safety, but with a little thought you many find that you’ve exposed yourself unnecessarily, and that all it would take to limit that vulnerability is a little effort and adjustment.
Uranus in Taurus: Enter the Earthshaker
Uranus, which has been in Aries since 2011, enters Taurus on May 15th. Over the last seven years, Uranus in Aries has kindled, stoked and fed the spirit-fire within, sparking revolutions both personal and collective. That charge is now ready to descend as a meteor, to streak to earth and bury itself deep within. The star-struck fields will yield strange flowers, for the stone is a mutating, electrifying seed, packed with alien viruses intent on infecting the stones themselves.
Though our relationship to titanic and impersonal forces is always pictured by the third decan of Taurus, Uranus’ entrance into the Bull’s sign makes such themes all the more relevant.
In recent writings about Uranus in Taurus, Demetra George mused wisely on the primordial copulations of Ouranos (Heaven) and Gaia (Earth). These unions spawned the Titans, as well as a variety of other chthonic creatures, such as the Hundred-Handed Ones, Cyclopes’, and Furies.
In Taurus, the earthiest of earth signs, we see Uranus’ buried heavenly potency rise up from the earth. It is the most solid and stable, the most mundane portions of the real which are due to be alternately broken apart and supercharged by his time in Taurus. It is these usually dull topics of conversation: money, weather, land, and food, which are to be the targets of Uranus’ mutation-catalyzing lightning. Those interested in a more in-depth look at what Uranus in Taurus will bring may wish to attend my upcoming webinar, The Earthshaker Arrives, which takes place the day after the planet’s ingress.
Like all of the tales Uranus has to tell, this is a long story. It will entail scores of episodes spread across 8 seasons, and is not scheduled to wrap until 2025. Yet it is unlikely to begin slowly, as the same day that Uranus breaches Taurus and seeds the New Moon, Mars enters Aquarius and sparks a perfect square between the two.
Mars RX in Aquarius: Orbital Bombardment
Mars enters Aquarius on the 15th, only hours after Uranus’ ingress. Aquarius speaks to what is outside, beyond the boundaries of social convention, and behind the protective curtain of the Earth’s atmosphere. Mars in Aquarius shows us the potency of the exile and the alien, the power of the unorthodox. With its ingress into Aquarius, Mars is now well within the territory in which it will station retrograde at the end of June.
Mars’ ingress sees it complete a square with Uranus in mere hours, mutually activating the pair of planets. Mars’ squares with Uranus are always volatile, and they often catalyze jarring changes both within and without. This first of 3 frictions between Mars and Uranus may spark moments of sudden disgust with business-as-usual, a need to withdraw, or a maniacal itch to innovate.
Regardless of what this pair of ingresses bring, and how swiftly or slowly, it is important that we watch this slice of time. In it we will introduced the storyline of Mars’ third quarter retrograde, as well as the beginning of Uranus in Taurus’ narrative, which will take until 2025 to play out. See the titanic forces at play, watch their movements, and consider where you are in relationship to them. The insurance policy, whether literal or figurative, is the magic seal with which to ward them off. This manner of enchantment brings none of the ecstatic hubris of other varieties of sorcery, but it is no less effective, and no less important. You may not be able to control the weather, but you can storm-proof your bedroom window.
The entrance of Uranus into Taurus begins a 7-year period wherein you will re-evaluate your relationship to money and material possessions. This is not to say you will donate it all and go live in the woods. In fact, if that sounds good to you, get ready to grapple with the opposite impetus. Uranus does not change things so that they match what you currently think you desire, but instead engages you in dialectic that challenges your current assumptions. You may end up with an entirely different position, or one much the same. Either way, the process by which you arrive will see the reasons for your values deeply changed.
Mars’ ingress into Aquarius sets a tone which will last for much of the 6-months. Prepare to grapple with feelings of alienation from communities. You may find yourself obsessing on how to fix everyone else, only to give up and retreat to a mountain top cave. Do yourself a favor, and carve a space of the next season out now. You can isolate yourself from the drama and let those flames transform you, rather than burn others.
Uranus enters your sign this week, the first step in a 7-year disruption of how you see yourself. This will remind and awaken your nuclear core, that part buried deep within the soil of your identity and life’s every-day demands. The seed of a more authentic, free life is planted by Uranus’ ingress. Its shoots will break the surface one way or another, whether with the violence of an earthquake or the gentle push of a sprouting perrennial, depending on the type of resistance you put against it.
Meanwhile, Mars’ entrance into Aquarius throws its red light across your career. You may find your patience with professional matters becoming increasingly short over the coming weeks, while thoughts of intentional exile grow stronger. What will affirm or deny your current work will ultimately be purpose, but that purpose may take much of the next season to adequately discern.
Uranus’ entry into Taurus on the 15th signals the beginning of a 7-year period in which awareness will be brought to clear out the cobwebbier corners of your mind. Revelations from the depths of your unconscious will come as occasional mindquakes breaking the surface so that denizens of your own personal underworld can escape. You’ll find new perspectives on your true nature, but also have to grapple with some of the uglier consequences which your past patterns of action have spawned.
Meanwhile, Mars’ entrance into Aquarius may see you dissatisfied with, and beginning to question, your progress toward long-term goals. Mars entire time in Aquarius, which will take us into the 4th quarter of 2018, is likely to involve a fair bit of soul and spirit-searching, as the truest map of your path lies there.
Uranus enters Taurus on the 15th, beginning a 7-year period sure to alter your understanding of friendship, enmity, and what it means to be part of a community, for better or worse. You may find yourself in increasingly eccentric company, as well as increasingly impatient with the inauthenticity of group social dynamics.
Meanwhile, Mars’ entrance into Aquarius shines a light on matters of time, money and energy traded, loaned and borrowed. Over the time that Mars will be in Aquarius, you may have to sort out old debts and rework transactional patterns between yourself and others.
On the 15th, Uranus enters Taurus, beginning a 7-year period due to alter your professional world. You’ll soon find a restlessness with those labors which your soul is not on board with. There is an itch for authenticity and freedom here which will create serious friction with paths which do not leave enough room for who you really are.
The entrance of Mars into Aquarius brings the planet’s crimson spotlight to bear on your close relationships. For the months that Mars will be in the Water-Bearer’s sign, the friction within your relationships will be all the quicker to set fires. There are lessons to come on how and when to fight, as well as how to tell when the right medicine is distance instead of confrontation.
Uranus’ entrance into Taurus on the 15th shifts the planet of breakthroughs (and breakdowns) into the sector of your life where you search for what is truly real, and what your proper place is within it. The coming months and years will be stocked with revelations about what reality is, and how it actually works. This process may also mutate your understanding of your journey through it, for as the landscape changes, so do the pathways.
Only hours after Uranus’ ingress, Mars enters Aquarius, where it will be for the next several months. During that time, it will be your fiscal and physical well-being upon which the red planet’s ruby rays fall. Spending habits are the key here — to what are you allocating your health and wealth?
Uranus’ entrance into Taurus on the 15th shifts the mohawked planet’s disruptive and awakening influence toward the pattern of exchanges you have with people and the world — the back-and-forths of time, money and energy which are the stuff of relationship and the engine of karma. Over the years Uranus is in the Bull’s sign, you’ll be prompted to experiment with resource-pooling, including moments where you’ll be inspired to suddenly break out of such arrangements.
Only hours after Uranus’ ingress, Mars strides into Aquarius. Here, the red planet inflames your desire to create and enjoy, yet also ignites frustrations in these areas. Over the coming months, you may find yourself burning away old ideas about what creativity and fun are, only to reconstitute the new from those outdated ashes.
The entrance of Uranus into Taurus begins the experimental planet’s 7-year inspection of your significant relationships. Uranus has surprises in store, and will see your model of partnership mutate and transform. You might also find yourself increasingly interested in relating to humans of the more eccentric, brilliant and strange variety.
Meanwhile, Mars’ entrance into Aquarius brings the red planet’s fire to bear on living situations and familial relationships. Your living space may require more work, and more problem solving gumption, than usual. Mars’ time in Aquarius may also spark old frictions with family members, and might also prompt you to rewrite a few chapters of your origin story.
Uranus’ entrance into Taurus sees the erratic and experimental planet focus its strange electricity on your habits. Uranus’ time in Taurus is due to awaken you as to what your habits truly are, and what future they are taking you towards. You’ll likely get itchy to experiment with different disciplines, and just as likely to quit patterns which have become stagnant.
Meanwhile, Mars’ entrance into Aquarius brings the planet’s red light to bear on your weekly schedule. Disruptions to your calendar, as well as surprise increases of intensity, followed by lulls, are likely. The months in which Mars resides in Aquarius aim to teach you the true power which comes from taking your time into your own hands.
Uranus’ ingress into Taurus on the 15th brings the eccentric planet’s disruptive, awakening potency to bear on your creativity and intelligence for the next many years. Earthquakes will come, and split open the fields to expose long buried wells of creative potency. This is, in a sense, a Dr. Frankenstein transit, as it puts enlivening lightning in your hands, yet also holds you responsible for what you bring into being.
While Uranus thunders into Taurus, Mars breaks into Aquarius, bringing the red planet’s power to bear on matters of finance. Over the many months that Mars will be in Aquarius, you’ll think and rethink finances, and consider what monetary power is good for, what its not, and how best to approach it. In the meantime, be careful about overspending, as a wad of bills makes easy kindling for Mars’ fire.
Uranus enters Taurus on the 15th, dropping a little lightning into the home and family sector of your life. Uranus is due to bring greater awareness of familial patterns, new perspectives on your origin story, and a greater willingness to experiment with your physical location.
Mars’ entrance into your sign is the beginning of a pattern which will take most of the 3rd quarter to play out. You will be beneath that crimson beam for months. Being under that heat ray, you’re going to need to give an extra though to where you keep your combustibles. Keep an eye on issues involving inflammation, both emotional and physical.
Uranus’ entrance into Taurus on the 15th shifts the disruptive planet from your financial sector into the place where you keep you calendar. Significant mutations to your schedule, as well as experiments with the way you spend your time are both suggested. Uranus may also change the way you relate within sibling relationships, as well as sibling-like relationships.
Meanwhile, later on the 15th, Mars ingresses into Aquarius. The red planet’s entrance brings crimson light to the half-understood parts of yourself, the baggage you’ve put on rockets and sent into deep space, the untapped radiance of distant stars, and the devils you’ve chained to asteroids. For the months that Mars is in Aquarius, you may want to allocate more me-time to work with the strange material that falls from the sky.