I often think of my friend Anna Raphael during the Taurus season. A former MoonCircles contributor, Anna died from cancer a few years ago. Her Taurus Moon had a deep appreciation for the delights of living in a body on earth. Savoring a cup of tea with her was transformative. I am pleased to share one of her Taurus teachings below.
We in the West we have a wound in Taurus. We suffer from a deep unconscious power complex that cuts off our connection to earth and body. This cripples our capacity to cultivate chi (which is abundant during the Taurus cycle). Adrian Harris speaks of our collective wound in a paper on Sacred Ecology:
What we in the West have inherited from the great philosophers & theologians of the past, Plato, Aristotle, Saint Paul, is a split in our reality that alienates us from ourselves. Our languages, our culture, & our ‘common sense’ all conspire to convince us that we are self contained entities, divided from the rest of the universe. Each of us occupies a little box, & most of us remain shut up inside our heads for our entire lives. … But this analytical & divisive way of knowing the world is not the only one possible, as anyone who has been part of a powerful ritual or experienced good sex, can tell you. … At such times we come to the wisdom of the body; knowing that all things are ultimately one.*
Having a healthy relationship with Taurus means that we know this oneness. We live with this innate, fully natural (nature-based), body knowledge. Taurus is an earth sign, and represents relating not to the body but instinctively from the body. During the season of Taurus we should treasure our physicality and oneness with the beauty of nature as springtime flourishes and chi abounds. Take it in! Walk in the sunlight on dewy grass! Absorb prana (chi) through your breath and skin! Never forget: it is here for you!
*from ‘Paganism Today‘ (1994). (Ed.Harvey and Hardman). HarperCollins.