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Before it was used for inspirational and meme-y Instagram posts, astrology was relied on to optimize the human condition. For eons, cultures the world over have relied on the language of the cosmos to learn from the past, make sense of the present, and understand how to navigate the future.
Astrology draws on equal parts mathematics, scientific observation, and philosophical interpretation. Lacking modern scientific knowledge, ancient Babylonians, Greeks, and Romans all observed the heavenly patterns as poetry. There was no separation between matter and spirit.
While astrological practices have evolved over time, the basic principles remain the same: the positioning of celestial bodies in relation to Earth influences human life. It’s undeniably worth exploring and understanding these influences and their effect on you. And as each zodiac season comes and goes, we can utilize the energy of each sign to learn more about ourselves.
Taurus season (April 20 – May 20) is about indulging in the richness of life, prioritizing pleasure over anything, and finding balance and stability in all aspects of life. Whether you’re a Taurus or not, its influences are undeniably having an effect on you. How you choose to utilize it, however, is up to you.
All About Taurus Energy
An Earth sign, Taurus is inextricably grounded in the physical world. It responds to beauty, indulgence, wealth, and the rewards of a job well done. Ruled by Venus, Taurus carries an innate sense of sensuality and indulgence.
Taurus’s downfall is that she can sometimes become so focused on doing and acquiring that she loses sight of the larger picture. Her strength becomes apparent when she uses the physical realm as a platform for greater experiences beyond what the hands can hold and the eyes can see.
When the Sun is in Taurus, we are reminded to step back from the constant hustle and prioritize our enjoyment of the present moment. She encourages us to slow down, indulge our senses, and create a sense of wealth and abundance for ourselves rather than await it. From enjoying a pleasurable meal to taking a luxurious bath, there are plenty of ways to tap into this indulgent energy and treat yourself to some much-needed self-care.
Rather than shying away from the physical, Taurus wants you to transcend the mundane by exalting the sensual. Remember, everything can be both matter and spirit. So by all means, surround yourself with luxury, darling. Just make certain you’re truly savoring the experience and the emotion it elicits.
6 Ways to Navigate Taurus Season
Looking for some practical applications and celebrations of Taurus’s traits? Practice any of the following approaches.
1. Share Your Experiences
It’s natural for us to become attached to our belongings, and that’s not without reason. You’ve worked hard; you should revel in the benefits of your labor! But the wisdom of Taurus is to not be so focused on acquiring things that you miss out on the pleasures they can bring. Remember, the experience of life comes not in the object itself, but in the experience it brings.
Pick up a box of macarons and then share them with a loved one over a romantic picnic. Buy that new stereo system you’ve been eyeing and then make it your practice to listen to a favorite album each week, undistracted and uninterrupted. When you redirect your focus to the stories and sentiments the physical plane can bring, you’re less likely to continue chasing more physical in search of the spiritual.
2. Practice Yoga
Taurus season is also associated with the ears, neck, and nose. Various yoga asanas can powerfully release tension and promote relaxation in this area. Practicing yoga poses that stretch and release tension in the neck can be especially beneficial during this time, including Seated Neck Stretch, Thread the Needle, and Supported Fish.
Seated Neck Stretch
Find a comfortable seat, such as Sukhasana (Easy Seat). Take a few moments to settle into your body and rest your hands on your lap. Gently lean your right ear towards your right shoulder, feeling the stretch along the left side of your neck. For a deeper stretch, walk your left hand away from your left hip. Take at least 5 deep breaths in this pose, then release and return to the center. Repeat on the other side to balance the stretch.
Thread the Needle
Begin on hands and knees in Tabletop position, then slide your right arm underneath your left arm and lower your right shoulder to the ground. Rest your right cheek on the mat and breathe deeply into the stretch. Take at least 5 deep breaths in this pose, then unwind. Repeat on the other side.
Begin by placing a yoga bolster along the center of the mat. Sit in front of the bolster, facing away from it, with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Slowly lie back, resting your mid-back on the middle of the bolster. Your head should be supported by the bolster with your neck and shoulders relaxed. Stretch your arms out to the sides with your palms facing up, and allow your shoulders to relax. Close your eyes and take several deep breaths, feeling the stretch in your chest and the opening in your throat. Remain in the pose for several minutes, continuing to breathe deeply and allowing your body to fully relax into the support of the bolster. To come out of the asana, slowly roll off the bolster to one side, using your hands to push yourself up into a seated position.
3. Engage in Mantra
Utilize your voice by practicing a mantra for Taurus season. Mantras offer a direct connection to both your physical and energetic voice. Not only do you engage your vocal cords, but you activate the potent, expressive energy that resides in your throat.
To honor Taurus season, a mantra for the vishuddha (or throat) chakra is perfect. The mantra is HAM (h-ah-m). To practice this mantra, find a seat and gently close your eyes. Begin to chant the mantra, feeling the vibrations bubbling up from your chest and up through your throat. Feel the “mmm” vibration on your lips. Allow each repetition of the mantra to flow one after the other. You can do this practice anywhere from 2 to 30 minutes.
Lean into the lessons of Taurus season and explore your inner self with these journal prompts:
- What percentage of your life is spent obtaining? What percentage of your life is spent enjoying? How does this make you feel?
- How easy is it for you to take pleasure in the greater beauty in mundane things? If you find it more difficult, why do you think that is?
- What can be your version of stopping to smell the roses each day?
4. Take a Walk on the Wild Side
Taurus is all about being in the outdoors. Cultivate this by taking a walk in the wild, whether that’s an endless forest or your city park. As you walk, engage all of your senses. Smell the crisp spring air. Hear the birds’ chirping. Feel the warmth of the returning sun on your skin. You could also invoke Taurus by humming or whistling a tune while you walk.
Take it one step further. Employ Taurus’s sixth sense as you perceive a grander beauty in your outdoor experience. What’s surfacing for you? Happiness? Spaciousness? Childhood memories? After some practice, you’ll become more attuned to these emotional planes and the delightful inner places they can take you.
6. Bedeck Your Neck
From the exposed cleavage of the Baroque era to the prim and proper necklines of Victorian times, how we decorate our neck and décolletage can reveal a lot. Consider what your neckline and its embellishments might say about you. Play around with wearing something different—perhaps a funky necklace or a silk scarf—to subtly change your expression and further invoke Taurus energy. Notice if any new sensations or connotations arise within you.
A Last Word About Taurus Season
Overall, Taurus energy reminds you to take a step back from the demands of life and focus on the simple pleasures and allow them to help you feel a sense of abundance and appreciation. By slowing down, indulging your senses, and reconnecting with your truest nature, you can find greater peace, balance, and fulfillment.
About Our Contributor
Sierra is a writer, modern mystic & community builder. She’s been practicing yoga for nearly a decade & got certified to teach in 2018. She teaches all about connection: connection to the body, to nature & to the universal love that holds us all together. She also loves blending witchy practices like moon magic & the wheel of the year into her classes.
Sierra’s global community network—The Mystic Members Club—helps women deepen their spiritual studies, feel powerful & build a community of like-minded souls. She loves to guide them to their witchy side by helping them embrace the confidence & abundance they deserve! Outside of teaching she’s an avid traveler, dancer, writer & music lover. Find her at thelocalmystic.com, on Instagram @thelocalmystic, and on YouTube.