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Venus in Taurus ~ May 15 to June 9, 2011

Venus follows Mars' lead and leaves Aries. She is homebound to Taurus, where she joins the Sun and Mars [and where Mercury will soon be joining]. Venus represents love (how we love & how we want to be loved), relationships (how we relate to others & the self), worth (material and self), our values and personal tastes.

In Aries, Venus is instinctive, independent, confident, ardent, bold, and magnetic. In Taurus, Venus seeks stability and longevity in her relationships, is sensual, pleasure-seeking, comfort-loving, and driven by material security. Love is an investment. Relationships are grounding. A simple touch evokes depth of meaning. A mere look can unleash a host of intentions.

This year, while Venus is in Taurus, the Sun (conscious will), Mercury (thought/communication), and Mars (action/assertiveness) are also in Taurus. Great energy for Taurean-Suns/Risings or earth Suns/Risings. Fire and Air signs would benefit most if they are open to allow some of Taurus' slow but sure approach into their day to day. Moving too fast might be met with blockages, missteps, or miscalculations. Impulsiveness may prove too costly on one's wallet, reputation, or even lost/wasted time and energy.

On the day Venus enters Taurus, Mercury is right behind her and both quickly form a harmonious, opportunistic alignment with Neptune (compassion/insight). This energy might be reminiscent of the previous week, when Mercury and Venus were inches from each other and both were also commingling with Jupiter (ideals/opportunities) in Aries.

Venus enters Taurus on May 15 at 3:12 p.m. PDT / 6:12 p.m. EDT and will stay through June 9th. While in Taurus, Venus will align with the following celestial bodies (all dates reflect North America Pacific time zone; allow +/-2 days for life span of influence):

  • May 16 ~ Mercury conjunct Venus and both sextile Neptune. covered above
  • May 19 to 21 ~ Mercury, Venus and Mars sextile Chiron, while trine Pluto-rx. Let heart, mind and soul reflect our thoughts, words, actions within our relationships and in our interactions. Be aware of where our thoughts and actions are rooted from. We can heal the self, help others heal, or get stuck in reliving painful experiences/memories or be the cause of someone's sorrow. Also on May 21st, Sun enters Gemini.
  • May 23 ~ Venus conjunct Mars and quincunx Saturn-rx. Last time Venus and Mars met this way (blending energies in Taurus) was in 2009. The celestial energy surrounding them then is much different than now. There may be a bit more tension now or maybe more restrictions/limitations with Saturn looming in the scene. But the extra challenge can be used to produce something that is positive and encourages growth and harmony.

How might Venus' transit in Taurus manifest in your world? Look to the Taurus-ruled house/s in your birth chart. Match the sign with the house cusp/s on your birth chart. Use the list of zodiac sign below to identify the Taurus zodiac sign on your birth chart then click here for an explanation of Venus transiting those solar and/or natal houses.

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For those without a birth chart, you may use your Sun sign or Rising/Ascendant sign, if you know it. Look for your Sun and/or Rising Sign below then click here for an explanation of Venus transiting those solar and/or natal houses.
  • Aries-Sun or Aries Rising ~ 2nd House
  • Taurus-Sun or Taurus Rising ~ 1st House
  • Gemini-Sun or Gemini-Rising ~ 12th House
  • Cancer-Sun or Cancer-Rising ~ 11th House
  • Leo-Sun or Leo-Rising ~ 10th House
  • Virgo-Sun or Virgo-Rising ~ 9th House
  • Libra-Sun or Libra-Rising ~ 8th House
  • Scorpio-Sun or Scorpio-Rising ~ 7th House
  • Sagittarius-Sun or Sagittarius-Rising ~ 6th House
  • Capricorn-Sun or Capricorn-Rising ~ 5th House
  • Aquarius-Sun or Aquarius-Rising ~ 4th House
  • Pisces-Sun or Pisces-Rising ~ 3rd House

Alternatively, you may cast your own birth chart at for use as reference -- birth date, time, and place required.

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What significance do planets, signs, and houses have in astrology? Planets have the function, the job to do. The style/manner they will use get that job done is defined by the zodiac sign they occupy. Where in our life the job gets done is determined by the house the planet occupies/transits. So, when Mars (aggression) is in Aries (bold), he is more assertive than when he is in Cancer (sensitive). When traveling through the 10th house (professional life), he may bring his confidence and motivation in matters relating to our career. While in the 11th house (friendships), we may be more inclined to having our social calendar packed with activities. Having the foresight for what may be coming up or receiving confirmation on what may be happening now are ways astrology can be beneficial ... as above, so below.

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