I want to share the horoscopes for the previous eclipse in Taurus again. These horoscopes are still valid! They were written for the beginning of a chapter that is still unfolding… The previous eclipse in Taurus was a Full Moon / Lunar Eclipse and it occurred on November 19th 2021. It marked the beginning of a series of eclipses that occurs on the Taurus – Scorpio axis. Eclipses occur in the signs where the lunar nodes reside, and the lunar nodes take about 1,5 years to travel through the signs. That gives us a series of eclipses that is spread out over about 1,5 up to sometimes 2 years. The north node is now in Taurus, the south node is in Scorpio. Eclipses bring beginnings and endings in the parts of our chart where the eclipses occur. Sometimes these beginnings and endings are quite major; depending on whether they align with personal placements in the birth chart. Look at the Taurus – Scorpio axis in your chart, to get an idea what this chapter of eclipses may be about for you.
The last eclipse in Taurus was conjunct the star Algol, Algol resides at 26 degrees Taurus. I’ll not go in depth into Algol in this post. You can read more about Algol via the link that I shared above, in the article that introduces the horoscopes for the previous eclipse. And I advice you to read it again, if you want to make sense of my writings below. But let me just say that Algol loves the sweetness of revenge on evil men. The star Algol is actually the head of Medusa in the constellation of Perseus and Medusa. Though Medusa wasn’t able to give Poseidon (the god that raped her) the punishment that he deserved, because patriarchy as symbolized by Athena and Perseus choose to punish Medusa for being raped, instead of Poseidon for raping her (a story that sadly still continues today). The mythology of Medusa teaches us a lot about patriarchy. It teaches us about the fear that many men have of powerful women. Women like the great singer Adele. Women like so many of my readers.
What often isn’t mentioned about the sign Taurus, but what you can suspect when you take a closer look at a certain Greek mythological story about a bull (I might tell it on a later day), is that Taurus can feel a lot of anger (and all other types of feelings and emotions). Whatever feeling that isn’t accepted by Taurus, whatever feeling that isn’t peaceful or in another way Venusian, is often hidden, deep, deep, deeper and far away. Taurus is often described as superficial and focused on the material en physical; make no mistake about the depth a Taurus has. Taurus is often described as peaceful and calm; make no mistake of what may be felt deep under the surface. We all know that Scorpio has the gift of going deep. Taurus, opposite to Scorpio, has the same gift. With Scorpio it’s more about digging deep, finding what’s hidden, deeply feeling it and transforming it. Taurus is gifted at burying stuff that should never see the light of day.
Taurus may have a lot of anger suppressed. Anger that Taurus themselves isn’t even aware of. It’s hidden in the subconscious. I don’t think it’s strange that Algol resides in Taurus. It’s also ironic. Taurus is known to be the most sensual and beautiful sign of the zodiac, and it gives home to Medusa who was punished for her beauty and sensuality (but also for her wisdom, she was a virgin priestess of Athena) and turned into a monster. Taurus is ruled by Venus goddess of love, peace, beauty and all that is good, and gives home to the most evil star known by humankind. The star that is ‘the head of the demon’. No one can always be peaceful and loving (unless you’re the incarnation of Buddha maybe, but most of us are still on the journey to enlightenment). A Taurus will suppress certain feelings, in order to be calm, stable and peaceful. A Taurus will suppress their shadow self, in order to show the world their Venusian self. I’m not saying that Taurus is secretly more angry than other signs, or secretly an evil bitch, or that a Taurus always carries suppressed feelings. That’s not the case. It’s about the way Taurus copes. But when a Taurus does come in touch with their inner Algol, which will rarely happen, you better run away…
Though, I also want to note: we should all feel invited to connected with our inner Algol. We all have Medusa inside us somewhere. Medusa was good, intelligent and beautiful. She had done nothing wrong, but to become the victim of patriarchy. The beautiful smart woman was turned into a monster, because her beauty and intelligence were feared. How do you connect with your beauty and intelligence? And those of others? How do you connect with your femininity? And those of others? What beauty, intelligence and femininity do you fear in yourself and others? (I’m asking these questions to both men and women.)
Adele is a Taurus. Which we can definitely see in her physique. Her full lips. Her feminine shape. There’s something luscious about her. We can also see it in the way she dresses. Taurus rules the neck and the voice, it’s not uncommon for people with the Sun in Taurus to have a beautiful voice. They are not necessarily all great singers, some are gifted speakers or storytellers. The other day I listened to the song ‘Rolling in the Deep’ by Adele. And suddenly it struck me how strong Algol is present in the lyrics.
There’s a fire starting in my heart
Reaching a fever pitch and it’s bringing me out the dark
Finally, I can see you crystal clear
Go ahead and sell me out and I’ll lay your ship bare
See how I’ll leave with every piece of you
Don’t underestimate the things that I will do
There’s a fire starting in my heart
Reaching a fever pitch and it’s bring me out the dark
Baby, I have no story to be told
But I’ve heard one on you and I’m gonna make your head burn
Think of me in the depths of your despair
Make a home down there as mine sure won’t be shared
These lyrics are so Algol…
I actually should have shared this song last fall with the Lunar Eclipse in Taurus, but back then I wasn’t sharing songs yet (not that it matters) and I also didn’t listen to this song at that moment. Recently this song appeared in my life and it made me think back of the eclipse in Taurus in November 2021. Even though this song is not on my current playlist, and even though this eclipse of April 2022 is not conjunct the star Algol, I still felt inclined to share it. Because the eclipse of last November signified the start of a new chapter. That chapter is now getting up to speed. Something may have ended in November, that may have created space for something new that may now start to be shaped.
I’m not here to glorify pain. But… sometimes pain has a true gift to offer us.
My favourite part of the lyrics, of this song by Adele, is just one single line. And this one single line is about the empowerment of focussing on personal growth and turning sorrow into gold (which I would say is something that Scorpio can teach Taurus): “turn my sorrow into treasured gold.”
Throw your soul through every open door
Count your blessings to find what you look for
Turn my sorrow into treasured gold
Turn my sorrow into treasured gold… this line is just so powerful and beautiful. Note the artwork on this article please. Medusa’s curse is turned into gold. (I love it when things come together in my articles, when somehow a certain piece of art falls in to my lap when I listen to a certain song. It’s called synchronicity.) Wherever the Taurus – Scorpio axis is in your chart, is where there’s a possibility for you to turn sorrow into treasured gold. Anyways and always, but definitely with this series of eclipses, and especially with this eclipse ruled by Venus who is in a very favourable position at the moment. If the past two years have taught me anything. If the death of my father has taught me anything. If my love life has taught me anything. It has taught me forgiveness. In the end I think that the magic and teachings of Algol are actually not about holding on to anger or about revenge. I think it’s about the transformation of pain, anger and hurt into forgiveness, love for self and other, and the empowerment of the self. Without certain life experiences, however sorrowful they may have felt, without those experiences, I wouldn’t have had the gold that I have now. And thus I treasure my sorrows because I have turned them into gold. I wish you may be able to do the same.
Lastly, I want to share a poem written by May Sarton, in the spirit of the above.
The Muse as Medusa
I saw you once, Medusa; we were alone.
I looked you straight in the cold eye, cold.
I was not punished, was not turned to stone–
How to believe the legends I am told?
I came naked as any little fish,
Prepared to be hooked, gutted, caught;
But I saw you, Medusa, made my wish,
And when I left you I was clothed in thought…
Being allowed, perhaps, to swim my way
Through the great deep and on the rising tide,
Flashing wild streams, as free and rich as they,
Though you had power marshaled on you side.
The fish escaped to many a magic reef;
The fish explored many a dangerous sea–
The fish, Medusa, did not come to grief,
But swims still in fluid mystery.
Forget the image: your silence is my ocean,
And even now, it teems with life. You chose
To abdicate by total lack of motion,
But did it work, for nothing really froze?
It is all fluid still, that world of feeling
Where thoughts, those, silent, feed and rove;
And, fluid, it is also full of healing,
For love is healing, even rootless love.
I turn your face around! It is my face.
That frozen rage is what I must explore–
Oh, secret, self-enclosed, and ravaged place!
This is the gift I thank Medusa for.