They told you life is hard
It’s misery from the start
It’s dull and slow and painful
I tell you life is sweet
In spite of the misery
There’s so much more
-Natalie Merchant, “Life is Sweet”
Whenever we have an excess of the energy of one sign, the best antidote is to incorporate the energy of the opposite sign. Pluto which closely associated with Scorpio, making Taurus the opposite sign. And when Pluto is on the scene, Taurus energy is one of the best balms out there.
Pluto and Scorpio are associated with hard-earned wisdom. This is the part of life in which we walk through fire and are cleansed by the flames. We step into the void, and from that, we learn what we’re truly made of. This energy is unforgiving and drags us into a deep dark place. Here, the past is meaningless and the future is almost impossible to imagine. When we are in the thick of a Pluto transit, we are pulled out of our bodies and exist only in the blank nothingness of pain.
In a state like that, what could possibly help? Taurus has the answer.
Taurus is where Venus is at home and the Moon loves to visit. Taurus is where what we want and what we need come together to create contentment. Taurus is about creating serenity by being physically present in the moment. When we step outside and feel the soil between our toes, or when we curl up with a steaming cup of tea and a loving animal, we are channeling Taurus. Taurus pulled us out of Pluto’s gloom and into the beauty of the dew on a blade of grass as the sun catches it just right. Taurus reminds us that, even when we’re in the deepest pain imaginable, a solid meal and a good night’s rest can still make us feel just a little better.
Astrologer Steven Forrest describes Taurus and Scorpio as two sandals. One says “Peace” and the other says “Wisdom.” When we take a step forward with our wisdom shoe, we are channeling Scorpio. This energy can be intense and painful but is deeply rewarding in the end. But once we have walked through that fire, it is time to take a step with our peace shoe. That is where Taurus comes in.
When we are living with a Pluto transit, the pain is real. Sometimes it seems like there is no escape. But when we are at our lowest point, when things just can’t get any worse, it is time to invite Taurus in. Take a deep breath. Pay attention to your body. Meet your basic physical needs and take time to savor what small comforts are still available. When we’re in pain, the small beauties of a sunny day can feel almost blasphemous, like they’re mocking your misery. But these small things are the stuff life is made of. And as long as you draw breath, they are here for you to enjoy. That is the true value of Taurus.
Have you ever used Taurus principles to get through a Pluto transit? If not, what strategies did you use?