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We are on the edge of a monumental shift: In March 2019, Uranus, the planetary archetype associated with awakening, freedom, revolution, radical change, and shaking up the status quo, moved into Taurus, where it will stay until 2025. Taurus is a Venus-ruled sign, and the Goddess is taking center stage. We've already felt the rumblings, and over the next seven years we can expect to see unprecedented focus and movement in all issues connected to women, the feminine, and our planet.
Uranus spends between seven or eight years in a sign, and its ingress into a new sign shakes up and shapes the collective with the themes of the sign it is transiting. Uranus moved into Aries in March 2011, and anyone would be hard pressed to deny that the past seven years have been suffused with the theme of identity. Identity is an Aries motif, along with a preoccupation with the Self (capital S intended). These past seven years have saturated us with "brandividuals," reality television, celebrity selfies, and social media personas. The shadow side of Aries/Mars has been apparent with bullying, blind ambition, competition, and overblown self-importance underlining the zeitgeist. I think many of us are feeling exhausted. Many feel they are tired of trying to live up to the unrealistic false expectations and comparisons that filter through social media on a constant basis. Many of us are justifiably worried, frightened, and on edge by the bombast of me-centered politicians who seem to have no regard for anything beyond their own narcissistic agendas. There is a longing to exhale. To feel safe. To get out of our heads and into our bodies. To feel connected to something uncomplicated. To feel the earth beneath our feet and hear the wind in the trees.
As Uranus switches gears from fiery Mars-ruled Aries to earthy Venus-ruled Taurus, it will bring to the fore its own collection of themes that will weave its way into culture and consciousness over this next chapter. Already I have noticed an increasing number of clients and friends taking social media breaks, leaving the city for small towns, and turning toward a simpler way of life—all trends that are arguably related to practical, peace-seeking Taurus. Although Taurus is also aligned with security, money, and resources (and many astrologers will continue to explore the implications of Taurus ingressing into Uranus from that angle), as a Venus-ruled, earth sign, Taurus is also cognate with the ecology of the planet, plant medicine, holistic therapies, positive body image, pleasure, fertility, sensuality, grounded self-worth, and, perhaps most importantly, the sacred feminine. This is the aspect of Taurus I want to focus on. This is what we need to cultivate in order to balance the ego bluster of Mars that has held sway for the past seven years.
Although the adverse effects of the patriarchy have arguably been a part of civilization in many parts of the world for several thousand years, Uranus in Taurus at this juncture in history may be a time that marks a turning point. The extent of this potential turning point is up to us all. Taurus is considered a feminine sign, while its preceding sign, Aries, is considered masculine. While neither of these signs can be equated with gender identity, Taurus as a Venus-ruled archetype and its transit through Uranus may coincide with an awakening of that which is connected to the archetypal sacred feminine. We can consciously choose to connect with Taurus associated goddesses such as Aphrodite, Gaia, Branwen, Venus, and Lakshmi, through learning about these goddesses and the qualities they embody by bringing them into our life (and the collective) with story, ritual, pathworking, and activism.
Five Ways to Work Mindfully with the New Uranus in Taurus Chapter
For more ways to work with the Taurus archetype, and all the signs from a groundbreaking feminine perspective, check out my book, The Twelve Faces of the Goddess: Transform Your Life with Astrology, Magick and the Sacred Feminine.
Danielle Blackwood (Salt Spring Island, British Columbia) is a professional astrologer with more than 30 years experience, as well as a Registered Counseling Therapist (RTC) in private practice. Her therapeutic approach is ...