Heading into the final week of Taurus season usually doesn’t rank high on the list of ideal times for fresh starts. Taurus is a fixed sign. It anchors the season. And as an earth sign, Taurus is the most fixed element.
In the zodiac, Taurus is about as fixed as you can get. Usually not the place for new things.
But sometimes the stars and planets align to create exceptions to the rules and opportunities for a new approach.
This week is one of those times.
Highlights for The Week Ahead
Mercury Stations Direct
We start the week with Mercury stationing direct in Taurus after three weeks retrograde. Mercury has worked backward from 14 degrees of Taurus to 5 degrees of Taurus. After three weeks of review, it’s now going to start to move forward — almost from the beginning of the sign.
Jupiter Ingress to Taurus
On the heels of Mercury’s station direct, Jupiter will leave Aries and move into Taurus, where it will transit for the next year — until May 26, 2024.
New Moon in Taurus
This week the moon will also ingress into Taurus, and we’ll have the new moon in Taurus at the end of the week. More on that later this week.
All this to say: this is a lot of initiation and change in the zodiac’s most fixed sign.
It starts with creating a clean slate for an existing goal.
Jupiter and Mercury: So Fresh and So Clean
On Chris Brennan’s The Astrology Podcast, astrologer Austin Coppack explained that Mercury is coming out from its conjunction with the sun after its retrograde and is newly arisen in the east. Jupiter will also be newly arisen in the east and in a new sign.
He calls is a double dose of “so fresh and so clean, clean.”
(insert photo of bath mat)
Fresh Starts: A New Plan for An Existing Idea
Each sign of the zodiac is divided into three sections, called “decans.”
The first decan of Taurus is ruled by Mercury.
Coppack explained that this energy is ideal for fresh starts — something we rarely get in Taurus. It is not about a new idea, but about new plan.
This is about looking at an idea you already have and asking,
How am I gonna do all of this?
This isn’t just a philosophical wondering. It’s literally about
What is the process?
Taurus is methodical. It loves a process. A tangible plan.
How Will You Use Your Resources?
Taurus is an earth sign. In the cycle of nature it relates to the physical planting of crops. Coppack offered this farming metaphor:
What do I plant this season? How am I best using my resources and assets of my land and what’s the crop that I want to cultivate? How am I going to subdivide my terrain?
I really like this as a metaphor for how to block your time in your calendar.
Thinking about the calendar as your plot of land that you get to work with. Deciding what crops you want to grow, how much of them you want to grow, and how much land you need to devote to each crop.
- How am I going to do use my resources and allocate my time to the things that I want to grow and cultivate?
- How much “time real estate” do I want to give to each project I have on my plate?
- What’s my strategy for how I’m going to use each piece of my land?
Balancing the Big Picture with the Details
Jupiter is the planet of blessings, wisdom, and abundance. It helps us see the big picture.
Mercury is the communicator and the messenger, but it also loves to plan. It relishes the details.
So this combination in Taurus can be very helpful to us in creating actual, tangible plans.
Don’t Imagine It. Plan It.
Coppack offers that Mercury and Jupiter in the first decan of Taurus is ideal energy for planning something ambitious.
As he said,
Not imagining yourself succeeding at something, but actually planning it.
As soon as he said that, what came to mind for me was the quote
“If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.“
So much spiritual dialogue is focused on visualization and imagining yourself doing something. And what I’m hearing in what Coppack said is that this decan of Taurus is telling us something different:
Don’t just imagine it. Don’t imagine yourself succeeding. Actually have a plan. Put the plan together. Implement the plan.
Taurus is an earth sign that is about the actual physical task of planting the seeds and cultivating the land.
No amount of imagination is going to give you a harvest in the fall if you don’t do the work of planning your crops, planting the seeds, and cultivating them.
You must make it physical.
Have a plan and implement the plan.
Mercury and Jupiter together in this first decan of Taurus helps us come up with a good plan.
- What’s the thing I want to grow in the big picture?
- What do I want my crop harvest to look like?
- What seeds do I need to plant?
- How much land do I need to give each crop?
- What are the things I need to do every day to make sure that I am nurturing all the seeds and helping them grow so that I have a crop to yield in the fall?
Taurus is about growth and expansion in the tangible, material realm. This is a sign of physical action, not dreaming and imagination.
This is a week to take a fresh look at an idea you’ve been sitting on, perhaps even working towards, and create a new plan.
And then take steps to implement it.