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The Sun, traveling through Taurus this month, grounds us and invites us all to take pleasure in the physical world that surrounds us. . . until it enters Gemini on the 21st, compelling us to reach outward and build bridges. Taurus' energy shows us the profound delight there is to be had in this life. We can find ourselves rushing by everything under the pressures of survival and of life, but Taurus' energy says, "Stop, be still, and enjoy the sensual pleasures of life." That sounds like great advice! What do you love? Now is the time to notice and indulge in those earthly pleasures. The full moon in Scorpio on the 2nd anchors us deep within ourselves. We are to ask ourselves, "What do I need to support who I am?" The new moon on the 16th in Taurus invites each of us to find something new to appreciate and enjoy and to bring new things into our lives that sustain and nourish us. This month we have a second full moon, or "Blue Moon," on the 31st in Sagittarius. We are drawn together by our shared beliefs.

Mercury, traveling direct, enters Gemini on the 11th and moves into Cancer on the 28th; we are able to hold a space for others and to be there emotionally for them. Venus enters Cancer on the 8th; we see the value in our feelings and listen to and honor them more. Mars in Pisces squares Pluto in Sagittarius on the 13th: Where do we feel immobilized? Mars then enters its home sign of Aries on the 15th; we are less inhibited and less restricted. Jupiter, traveling retrograde through its home sign of Sagittarius, trines Saturn in Leo on the 6th; let us create structures together based on shared philosophies. Jupiter squares Uranus in Pisces on the 10th, and we are asked to expand our concepts of what is spiritual. Chiron in Aquarius turns retrograde on the 21st until Oct. 19: Where have we been harmed when we turn to express our true nature? Neptune turns retrograde on the 24th until Oct. 31: How can we nurture and give birth to a more humane spiritual reality?

Famous Taureans: Willie Nelson, Salvador Dali, Adolf Hitler


TAURUS (April 20-May 20)—Happy birthday, Taurus! You look for the richness in life and you find it. There is a strength about you that illuminates those around you. You see the beauty and you honor life and, as you do this, you help others to enjoy their own lives more. You know how to bring honor through the simple act of appreciation.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)—You take what you have learned and you turn it into a source of power, Gemini. As unfortunate as it may be, there are many harmful experiences that we all stumble upon in this day as we move through a world with so many injured and unhealed people. People act out their past wounds on others until they integrate emotionally. You have grown strong and you take past hurts and turn them into tools of light and goodness.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)—You find yourself free to change from hopelessness to optimism with the seeming snap of a finger. You see how there are options in every moment and you give yourself the space to feel everything completely. You leave futility behind and set out on a course of greater fulfillment. Nothing can stand in your way.

LEO (July 23-August 22)—You feel yourself pulling in the reigns, Leo. You are less inclined to depend on others and more likely to take things into your own hands. It's great when others show up in loving, helpful and empowering ways, but you would rather not count on that right now. Every step you take shows results that encourage you.

VIRGO (August 23-Sept. 22)—Your way of being is an act of high art, Virgo. You are a sight to behold as all your focus pays off in ways that everyone can see and respect and admire. Please do take the time to honor your sacred soul and to be one of those who beholds your great accomplishments. You can be humble and appreciative of yourself at the same time! Indulge in the pleasures of self-acceptance.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)—It is OK to let others be strong and to trust in them, Libra. We each have times when we have energy to give away freely in support of causes or to aide others in their endeavors. You feel the freedom to step out of the stream and to regenerate and release excess responsibilities. Everything will be OK and others will rise up.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)—Your inner Zen master awakens just in time for spring cleaning, Scorpio. You find your awareness turning toward those things in your life that no longer serve you. You pass things on, you recycle, you throw out the excess. . . you LET GO and feel lighter and a greater appreciation of what is in your space.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)—There is a child within you waiting to break out and have some fun, Sag. The heaviness that accompanies deep beliefs and soul-transforming experiences feels weighty to you. Go for the simple and the inane. This will give you the freedom you crave to feel again.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)—You are not really that interested in reaching out to others for emotional validation these days, Capricorn. There seems to be a much more effective and direct path that simply requires turning within. You can do it. You can find the way to give yourself the love and acceptance that you desire. Sometimes it is just not worth all the contamination that others put into your space when you turn to them in times of need.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)—It is the new thinkers who will move into seats of authority and power in the days ahead. Do you feel your own strength, Aquarius? The world is changing and recognizing its need to become healthier and more balanced and free. This is your arena. Your nature is to be adaptive and capable in the midst of revolution. Claim your wisdom and take your seat!

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)—Let the love surround and envelope you, Pisces. You can feel the nourishment that real nurturing gives and you go to that place and immerse yourself there. The safety that real love brings is a world of luxury for you; seek this out and linger there for as long a possible.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)—You are able to reach inward and bring forth a great sense of love and peace that you can maintain and hold yourself inside of. You have been loved in this life and you draw on this now and elevate that sense of belonging and nurturing that is tranquilizing and wonderful.


Motavenda Mekchizedek is a glass artist, writer and astrologer living in Silver City. She is available for private astrological consultations. She specializes in the areas of personal empowerment, family-of-origin issues, personal dreams and destiny, and the human potential. She can be reached by phone at 534-1024 or by email at moti@gilanet.com, or see www.innerworlddesigns.com.


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