corner of the sky is quietly filling up. Jupiter, Saturn and Mars are
already in Taurus, and by May, there will be seven heavenly bodies together
in this one sign, an unusual gathering of all the visible planets.
expect the sky to fall on May 3 or 4, despite shock headlines and pop
predictions. Stelliums (groups of three or more planets in a sign) are
indeed rare assemblies, but they don't necessarily give rise to instant
events. In fact, it's not so different from those meetings of the seven
heads of state—lots of fanfare and publicity, but the real action lies
elsewhere. And yet so much concentrated energy in such a small section
of sky pulses into a very specific area of our lives, bringing extraordinary
potential for growth, but also leading to deviations and disruptions when
pre-existing structures aren't strong enough to cope.
Does It Mean?
is linked to the very ground of our being, the Earth we walk on and the
values that guide our lives. Of all the signs, it is most connected to
the body and its pleasures, to a celebration of life and nature. A celestial
spotlight is about to draw our attention to these very aspects of our
lives. With tight squares (stressful 90-degree angles) from outer planets
in Aquarius, we are asked to look at what we really value—what holds true
for us during a time of major cultural and societal change. Our relationship
with money is a key part of the Taurus archetype, and with electronic
investment, its place in our lives seems to be changing at warp speed.
Events can occur that jolt our thinking and behavior in this area.
also has to do with ownership and possession, and we are witnessing a
major redistribution of wealth all around the globe. New technology makes
older standards of value seem irrelevant, and many are rushing to homestead
the Internet, the virtual frontier. Territory is a Taurus word. Huge companies
get huger, swallowing each other up like the monsters in a children's
book, and we know how those stories usually end. Primitive cultures honored
the Earth and gave back, only taking what they needed, and this question
of giving back, of redistributing wealth, is made urgent by the squares
from Aquarius. The Taurus planets come together around outer planet cycles,
cycles that are convulsing and speeding up change in our lives. The new
wealth demands a new philanthropy, one that reflects our increasing connectedness.
The Aquarius Lineup of 1962
last time these seven planets came together in one sign was in February,
1962. That conjunction, in Aquarius, with a solar eclipse at its heart,
was even more impressive than the one we'll see this spring. Although
very little of major significance happened in the world that very day,
or even that month, it's easy to see in retrospect that this planetary
gathering heralded the immense changes of the sixties. The Beatles had
their first hit, and a small pill led to a sexual revolution. A surge
of connectedness and idealism pulled young people together into groups
of all kinds, fueled by visions of a better world. Neptune in Scorpio
squared the Aquarius stellium, coloring its dreams and ushering in the
much concentration in one sign of the zodiac can call up the opposite
sign (Scorpio), often in an unconscious form, and this is perhaps most
evident in poorer countries where the wealthy risk being kidnapped on
the way to the office, or women and children are sold into prostitution
or indentured labor. Dealing with the raw and undifferentiated power of
Scorpio, a sign of destruction and annhilation, could be quite frightening
Will It Affect Us Individually?
most of us, the Taurean concentration will activate one particular house,
acting like a sort of planetary fertilizer. It may be particularly fruitful
to observe whether we sense Jupiter's abundance or Saturn's lack in this
area of our lives. We may wish to follow the currents of envy and possession
in ourselves, for a desire to have more and more could bind us in some
way. Ownership and freedom are not always compatible. We are always looking
to balance, and this is even more important in times of dramatic change.
planets return to the same degree areas that were activated during last
summer's eclipse, things that began to slow down or seize up will now
find a new way through. Since Taurus puts down deep roots and brings lasting
effects, it's worth taking some time to think about what really matters.
This spring can be a time of tremendous growth, but the kind of harvest
we end up with will depend partly on choices we make now about what is
most important in our lives.