This week, our solar system’s brightest planets have come together in the same degree of Taurus. By looking westward at early evening, it has been possible to see Jupiter and Venus in Taurus, to enjoy this beautiful pair and draw inspiration from their combined light and energy.
Jupiter And Venus In Taurus
Ancient astrologers honored these bodies’ positive influences and power to bestow blessings by calling Jupiter “the greater benefic” and Venus “the lesser benefic.” Today’s astrologers continue this tradition, seeing both planets as offering great potential to assist us and to promote good in our lives.
Although she is the smaller of the two, Venus appears brighter to us. Named for the ancient Roman goddess of love and beauty, Venus rules relationships, especially partnerships of all kinds. She also governs beauty, pleasure, socializing, and the arts. In general, Venus tends to sweeten and soften all she touches.
In Taurus, one of the signs she rules, she takes on even greater strength and encourages us to find pleasure in Taurus’s love of the Earth, nature, sensuality, good food, arts and crafts, and beautifying our homes and ourselves. Venus in this sign especially inspires us to enjoy our senses and the physical delights of being incarnate in a human body.
Although appearing less bright to us, Jupiter is larger than Venus. Named for the ancient Roman king of the gods, jovial and giant Jupiter rules what helps us grow, especially in understanding: higher education, religion, beliefs, foreign lands and people, and higher justice. In general, Jupiter bestows good fortune and tends to expand or increase everything he touches.
In Taurus, Jupiter can help us feel abundant and blessed in the simple things of daily existence: having a human body that functions well, being able to enjoy beauty, feeling moved by wonderful music, and becoming at one with all life by spending time in nature. Jupiter in this sign especially inspires us to find meaning in creation and to see the divine in all things.
Beauty And Meaning
With Venus and Jupiter conjunct (that is, in the same degree of the same astrological sign) in Taurus, their energies are combined, enhanced, and increased. Jupiter expands Venus’s desire for love, beauty, and pleasure, and Venus sweetens Jupiter’s optimism and restless quest for the meaning of life. Because these planets occupy an earth sign and currently sit in a harmonious trine relationship with two other planets in earth signs (Mars in Virgo and Pluto in Capricorn), this is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy earthy pleasures such as eating simple but delicious food, encouraging hugs and other physical affection, breathing fresh air outdoors, and smelling sweet springtime flowers.
This time also offers us a powerful opportunity to pay homage to the planet we call home because Taurus is associated strongly with the Earth. Also, Venus is linked with our values and the things we cherish, so we have the possibility of renewing our relationship (Venus) with Earth and realizing more deeply her value to us. Meanwhile, Jupiter’s search for understanding asks us to consider what Earth means to us and to recognize how our planet gives abundantly and freely, with a magnitude that makes it impossible for us to repay her generosity.
In the face of such love and beauty (Venus), such grandeur and depth of meaning (Jupiter), our hearts become filled with gratitude to nature, Earth, and all creation. In treating nature kindly and holding love and beautiful thoughts about creation, we can begin to repay, in our small way, the goodness we have received.
May your own time in nature inspire you well at this potent time.