This is a rare year when Easter, which normally occurs in the sign of Aries, occurs in the sign of Taurus. Welcome Taurus.
Easter imagery is very much Aries with re-birth, opening the windows to allow fresh air in, hyperactive hopping bunnies (very Aries), sugar overdoses and a clear shutting of the door on old man winter.
In Taurus, the energy has calmed down, has been grounded and many of our spring ideas (like New Year’s Resolutions) forgotten while those realistic ones are deeply and firmly in the ground waiting for nourishment.
Like New Year’s Day, this Easter comes with moon in Capricorn. While our sun conscious minds are moving through the seasons, our reactive moons are carrying some heavy responsibilities from the harsh winter and energy of the new year.
Chinese New Year, in contrast, came with Aquarius sun and moon while January 1 New Year came with Capricorn sun and moon. Saturn traditionally rules both Capricorn and Aquarius so there is a collective speed bump that we are trying to overcome through both hard work (Capricorn) and innovation (Aquarius).
In religious terms, we may collectively feel a cross to bear. Continuing with that imagery, this week we will experience an astrological grand cross (or grand square) with cardinal energy (Uranus in Aries, Jupiter in Cancer, Mars in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn).
The gods have provided Taurus to us to manage the otherwise overwhelming cardinal energy. If you have disparate voices in your inner ear, they will be having a family fight this week. Taurus, in the center, helps you calm the voices and discern what is real and what is not. It’s a good time to stick to Taurus earthly sensations and not to be lead astray through cardinal fire drills. Taurus knows the difference between a true fire and a drill.
I’ve enjoyed the varied takes on the grand cross energy. If you are a reader of astrology blogs, you were born at the right time! I’m impressed, too, by how in our individual development we interpret and explain energies to others.
Like a basket of colored and decorated Easter eggs, here are some of the interesting blogs on the extant and tightening grand cross:
Planet Waves (Some of the best writing around, astrological or otherwise)
Ruby Slipper (I have a soft spot for this blog)