By Cal Garrison a.k.a. Mother of the Skye
This week’s horoscopes are coming out under the light of a Taurus Moon, with aspects that are framed against the backdrop of a retrograde Mercury, and Uranus’s grand entrance into the sign of the bull. What I find interesting about this is that the planets exist in a direct connection to the octave and Uranus happens to be the higher octave of Mercury. In simple terms this means that if Mercury rules the left-brain functions of the lower mind, Uranus rules the higher mind or the part of the brain that takes us outside of the box. Another way to see it might be that Mercury governs the 10 percent of the mind that we use, and Uranus has rulership over the 90 percent of it that we have yet to access.
With this in mind, it is worth noting that Mercury turns retrograde on the day that Uranus made its ingress into Taurus. Mercury will stay in that mode until March 28. Knowing that our left-brain functions get put on hold whenever Mercury turns retrograde, we could postulate that the cosmic messenger boy decided to take a three week vacation in order to give his higher aspect plenty of space to get accustomed to a whole new frequency set. After all, it’s a big deal when an outer planet changes signs, and the shift from Aries to Taurus requires a major adjustment, especially for a planet like Uranus.
I say this because Uranus has a hard time in Taurus; it is said to be in its fall in this sign. All this means is that the nature of the planet and the nature of the sign, are incompatible. Taurus is a fixed earth sign. It holds space for whatever it takes to establish things that are lasting and permanent. It is good at rooting things into the ground. It is good at keeping things as they are. It is slow, and patient, and enduring.
Uranus, on the other hand, is electrical in nature. It is the most eccentric, changed oriented planet in the solar system. The ruler of earthquakes, lightening, thunder, volcanic eruptions, bad weather, and accidents it’s MO is sudden, precipitous, and out of the blue. As you can see, the Uranian impulse and the Taurean impulse are like night and day.
So, what happens when a volatile planet makes itself at home in a stable sign? We need to know what this looks like because Uranus will be doing the Tango with the Bull until 2026. The last time Uranus danced through this stretch of the Zodiac was back in 1934, during the depth of the Great Depression. It stayed there from June of that year until May, 1942, the middle of World War II. Taking a look at what was going on in the world during that time, it’s as if all Hell broke loose:
-Hitler rose to power.
-The Great Dust Bowl ravaged the United States.
-Prescott Bush, the Dupont family, and various other captains of industry conspired to impeach/overthrow President Franklin D. Roosevelt in favor of a fascist government.
-The Marijuana Tax Act was passed in America, rendering marijuana and all of its by-products, illegal.
-Oil was discovered in Saudi Arabia.
-The Spanish Civil War was in full swing.
-Hitler started building concentration camps and invaded the Sudetenland.
-World War II was officially underway as of September, 1939
-LSD was synthesized.
-Hirohito declared war on the United States.
This list is just a smidgen of what happened during that eight year period. As we embark on another round of what happens when the cosmic thunderbolt touches down in the part of the zodiac that has no interest in being rocked to the core, what do you suppose will unfold? Check out the news. We are already bearing witness to some of it. If you dare to be blown away, dig a little deeper into some of the behind the scenes reports. Revolutionary forces are impacting the status quo all over the globe.
Thinking about what Taurus actually signifies, this archetype has to do with what we value. As such it governs money, finances, and what we ‘own’. Why? Because here in 3D, those things have value to us – more so for some people than for others. In its lowest form of expression Taurus is The Golden Calf. It is also, ‘The Sacred Cow.” In its highest form of expression Taurus teaches us that the best things in life aren’t things, and whatever those ‘things’ are, all the money in the world can’t buy them. Ultimately Taurus knows that what sustains us fully and completely, come Hell or high water, comes from within, and that we find peace when we want only what is satisfying, and really necessary for the planetary body.
By extension, these values I refer to relate to what we cherish, what is important to us, or what matters to us more than anything. Taurus governs ‘what we love’. This may be why the planet Venus rules this sign. Kicking it up a notch, Taurus is connected to what we believe in, and it is also directly connected to our ‘work’ or to what we do to sustain life and ourselves here in the physical realm.
We could turn this into a book, but for now, picture what happens when a bolt from the blue shows up all of a sudden and crashes into all of the above. Picture the God of thunder breaking down absolutely everything we hold dear. Imagine a typhoon roiling through every aspect of our lives – or maybe an earthquake opening up and swallowing all of it whole. These are apocalyptic energies.
The next question might be: ‘How do we make the best of it?’ Make no mistake, everything is on the line right now. Anything that has outlived its purpose will be ripped to shreds by a force that operates impersonally, and that does not take ‘No’ for and answer. The Golden Calf and the Sacred Cow are bound to get barbecued by a new set of values that, instead of being rooted in greed, and lust, and possession, are born out of principles of love, truth, beauty, trust, harmony and peace. Speaking of values, at the most mundane level, take a look around; the financial systems of the world are ready to go right down the tubes.
At the end of the day, it might help us to consider Venus; after all, she rules the Taurean archetype and she just so happens to be a benign creature. If you study mythology it doesn’t take long to find out that Venus is the daughter of Uranus; interesting. She was conceived in a coupling between the God of Lightning and the water element. This brings up a host of possibilities. Could it be that ‘Daddy’ returns in regularly timed cycles to remind his daughter that ‘what she loves’ is subject to change?
Uranus is the evolutionary impulse that takes us out of the box and on to the next level. Whenever he re-enters Taurus he shows up like a bull in a china shop. His actions only appear to be destructive. Underneath it all he is clearing the decks. During his last pass through Taurus he blew everything to bits to ‘Make the world safe for Democracy’. What’s happened since then got us just so far, and what we have done about it has evolved to the point where the whole ball of wax is in need of an overhaul.
So here we go again; Uranus has returned to shake us up and clean house. He’s here to remind us that we didn’t come to this planet to get sacrificed on the altar with the Golden Calf, and the Sacred Cow. It’s time to take a good long look at what we value, and figure out how to refine it to the point where we truly understand that ‘Nothing gold can stay’. As usual, there is so much more to say – but let me leave you with that and invite you to take what you can from this week’s ‘scopes.