August Monthly Readings for Taurus Sun, Moon & Rising

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Planet Waves Monthly Horoscope for August 2022 | Go To All Signs
By Eric Francis Coppolino

Taurus (April 19-May 20) — Mars is making its way through your birth sign or rising sign, slowly but surely. This may be having a way of turning you inside out; and of bringing to the front of your awareness a diversity of feelings, needs and desires that in the past you might have preferred not to address. Yet the time has come. 

Your usual tendency is to work out the feelings of Mars by directing them inwardly, or against yourself. Resolving this is central to what you’re learning now. And when expressing your feelings, you’re learning how to do this in a creative and constructive way, rather than in a toxic or aggressive way. The essential difference is that one feels good, by which I mean wholesome, healing and liberating — and the other will lead you to feel bitter, tired and guilty. So it will be easy to tell the difference. There is a special assignment for Taurus in this lifetime, which is learning how to live in accord with yourself. Of all the signs, yours is the one for whom it’s most important to stay in contact with the feelings of your body and the messages coming in from your sensory awareness. 

The alternative is being on a nearly 24/7 head trip of internal monologues that is the most important sign you’re not lodged in physical reality. Practice having the kinds of feelings that do not translate into words or ideas. Practice putting the mental process on pause, and getting good at doing so as a voluntary act. As you do this, consider acting on basic physical desires (food, sex, going outside, etc.) without all the usual moral deliberation. That too is pure head trip.

From that place, it will be easy to do the right thing, which is usually self-evident and does not involve a long debate. 

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By Eric Francis Coppolino

Taurus (April 19-May 20) — With Mercury and your ruling planet Venus hanging out in Gemini, your are in talkative mode. Take advantage of that, and say all the things you want to say or need to say — especially the ones you think you’ll regret. There are things you need to say but for a diversity of reasons, hesitate to reveal.

In a similar vein, it’s essential to your mental and emotional health that you express yourself in a way that is unusual for you — that requires you to take a chance or put yourself into unfamiliar territory. This is the essential difference between art and craft: the need and the feeling of entering the unknown and the uncertain within yourself. You will know you’re there because you make contact with the aspects of yourself that you think would be unacceptable or repelling to relationship partners or potential suitors. This is about entering a conscious relationship with everything about yourself that you consider unacceptable, and then making up your own mind. This is what creativity is for: it’s not about making money or entertaining people. It’s about how you learn and grow. Then, you get to have and appreciate the results. Taurus loves to have something of value, and there’s nothing like having something you made yourself, out of your own soul material. 

 You are nearing the end of a long process of a deep rethinking of your spiritual values, along with your sense of your own future. They are closely related, particularly as people get older. Upon careful review, you might determine that you did not fully embrace your own potential. You don’t have to make that mistake twice. Yet when you analyze what happened, you may notice that you were overthinking matters, and you assessed certain possibilities as far more dangerous than they really were.

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By Eric Francis Coppolino

Taurus (April 19-May 20) — With so much activity in your neighboring sign Aries, you will have a tendency to be distracted by inner chatter or various figments of your imagination. These will be good for creative activities and not so good for guiding your life. Therefore, keep at least one foot and both hands in the practical world — the decisions you have to make, the business you’re attending to, and the actual questions you’re pondering. Try not to let your imagination run away with you — keep a grip on the known facts and figures, and keep track of the blanks and the variables as you do. You do not need to act quickly about anything. Take all of the necessary steps on the way to taking any action. And be careful not to get drawn into the dramas and potential distractions of partners. Be attentive to their state of mind and whether it is affected by alcohol or any other substances. They will be particularly sensitive to those factors. Then comes whatever situation you are approaching, indicated by a lineup of planets in your birth sign — asteroid Pallas, Venus, Uranus and Mercury stationing direct. Slow down the movie! If you rush your decision process, you will almost surely make mistakes. The X factor associated with Mercury changing directions in your sign pertains to something you know and are not admitting to yourself, or something you will discover about yourself. This will change the basis for the choices you make, and therefore, with that factor known, you will choose differently. So hang loose and watch events as they unfold. Your observations count for everything. Be sure to notice when you surprise yourself.

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Taurus (April 19-May 20) — You may be in pursuit of something, as if you’re on a quest for the Holy Grail. You may be, and you may even find what you’re looking for. Yet you might really be in search of something else. If you find that, how will you know? Therefore, evaluate your steps carefully, and be open to what you’re not expecting. The issue can be summed up in a few words as: beware of expectations. Allow your psychological and emotional focus to be a moving locus of attention, rather than a fixed one. What you are seeking will be different from what you expect when you catch up with it, and for this reason you need to relax your agenda somewhat and follow your intuition. The first awareness is self-awareness, because it moderates all others. Therefore, track your own feelings from moment to moment, and pay attention to what you notice in any given situation. These will lead you to your next destination much better than a pre-planned agenda.

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Taurus (April 19-May 20) —  Where do you begin? You may begin anywhere. You choose any situation you want to resolve, and observe what it’s made of, and how you feel about it. When you are aware of a need for healing, the first thing to do is listen to yourself — and be honest with yourself. This is often the most serious obstacle, owing to an equation: “If I admit that to myself, then I will need to admit that other thing, and that other thing.” Then where will it end? Better to stay away. Or, “If I admit this to myself, then I will need to take that action.” Or, “If I seek help for something, then I must admit that it happened.” Therefore it seems easier to not make the admission or come to the understanding. Yet this is how lives are smothered in denial; and denial takes energy to sustain, and that translates to lost time. You have reached the moment where you must live uncompromisingly in your truth, and do nothing else. I know this is not easy: many live with the sensation their life is a house of cards, and they must tiptoe around within their own existence, never letting on what they really feel, or really want. If you think you have concerns about self-esteem, depression, or are feeling stuck, this is a place you can explore. The theme of your chart for this solar return — the next four seasons of your life — is resolving unresolved business so that you may get on with your life, particularly where your emotional reality is concerned. Yet in this we have little support from society at large; and we live in an era where honesty is often punished. And often, our friends are not interested in the quest either. That leaves you, and as you will know, it’s time to listen to yourself, no matter how softly you may speak.


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Taurus (April 19-May 20) — Amidst many other spectacular planetary movements, Mercury is about to form a conjunction to Uranus in your birth sign. This looks like an idea that comes to you all at once, which leads you to re-evaluate everything. There is no point wondering who you are when you can actually discover yourself in one burst. You invest way too much trying to resolve the mystery of what people think of you, and whether they accept you. Pondering this issue is nothing more than a distraction; it’s your mind going into its typical unstoppable overdrive. There is some magic in not caring what others may think, believe or want. There is real freedom when you let go of your beliefs about their expectations and just see what happens. Something definitely will.


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Taurus (April 19-May 20) — If you don’t try to impress anyone, you will be truly impressive. This means disengaging from care about your image, how you are perceived, or whether people love you. That’s not what it’s about — any of it, including your role on the planet at this time. Rather, with your ruling planet Venus joining the Jupiter conjunct Neptune festivities in Pisces, you are more like the keeper of the positive vibe. You are the reminder of the idea that people are here to help one another, not compete with one another. You are the bridge between viewpoints. You are the teacher of calm civility. You are the one offering the Dharma. If you don’t like any or all of those roles, you can always go down the contentious, political route of every man for himself, and the individual against the collective. There are really just two choices for how to conduct yourself; two options for how to perceive your function as a member of the human race. It is true that many Taureans need to learn how to see beyond their own individual needs, and spend a lifetime doing so.  There are some to whom it only seems sensible to say yes to themselves, and no to everyone else. Yet this gets old and brittle. While it is not really tiring to the everlasting, all-patient soul, it is exhausting to the personality that wants to live the soul’s purpose, or is in any way committed to doing so. You are a person of profound spiritual resources, which are coming to fruition in this era of your life. You do not have these for yourself alone. You are in possession of your gift to share it generally. You are being invited to participate in the evolution of humanity and the planet. What you do is, of course, your choice, though I would propose that the more you offer, the more you will realize you have.


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By Eric Francis Coppolino

Taurus (April 19-May 20) — You are about to experience the wisdom of “less is more.” This is particularly true where your most cherished goals are concerned, and the work you are doing to build your reputation. One by one, a series of planets are about to form conjunctions to Saturn. This will test your commitment to your work, your relationships, your sense of purpose and your faith in yourself. Take it in stride: you now know there will be a succession of such challenges in a very short time (by my count, four). The last of these occurs around the time of your birthday, on May 7, which is Vesta conjunct Saturn. This reduces the equation to one question, which is more of a thought exercise. What is the one thing for which you would give up everything else? That is what becomes your highest priority. I can give you a few clues from the identikit known as astrology. First, it’s unlikely to be a sexual relationship. It is likely to involve work you do that is in some way humanitarian, or for the common benefit. It is unlikely to be something designed for you to gain personally, at least other than a sense of fulfillment from work well done. Where other people are involved, you are likely to be a facilitator rather than one doing the actual labor. Part of your role is to set parameters and definitions. Does any of this sound familiar? The other quality is a profound sense of personal responsibility. I suggest you apply this to everything you do, and everyone you encounter. There is no longer room in anyone’s life, least of all yours, for partial commitment, hesitancy, or putting off important priorities for the future. The future has arrived, and though I recognize it was not the one we wanted or were expecting, it is the one we have, and it is calling for profound moral leadership.


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Taurus (April 19-May 20) —You know when you’ve reached a limit, and you know when you’ve made a discovery. Both appear to be happening now. Though you are a sensory person, your ideas about yourself tend to be what guide your life. The mental process of Taurus knows no bounds, though yours has arrived at an interesting place, and may have come to a pause. There is an unavoidable fact of your life, which is that your decisions set an example for others. You may, when faced with a quandary, have the sense that you are about to make a choice on behalf of many people, even those you are not aware of. That is the power of example. You are not dictating anything for them and much less for yourself, but rather demonstrating that it’s possible to be thoughtful about your existence. To some this will be a revelation of unspeakable proportions; within yourself, you have the patience to contemplate where you stand within your social constellation. That will provide you with much of the information you need to gain your sense of direction even in these wildly uncertain times.


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By Eric Francis Coppolino

Taurus (April 19-May 20) —  You may not characterize yourself as a person influenced or motivated by religion. Some people do; most do not. Yet there are articles of faith that each of us carry and steward. Each person has their connection to something greater than themselves. Often, that connection is blocked, torn or fragmented by what passes for religion, which is moralism. The past decade of your life has been characterized by various experiences of dismantling your moralistic mental constructions, and finding your own way to the truth of who you are. It should not surprise anyone to know that this involves your sexuality, meaning your ideas and experiences in any way relating to sex. There is a reason that anyone seeking power over others wants to damage this aspect of the psyche: it works great. It’s the perfect way to turn people into slaves. Therefore, when you claim your sexuality, you are casting off your servitude. That is why it’s so scary, and it’s also how you know you’re doing it: you have that sensation of Wow, I’m free and this is frightening! We humans depend on our obstacles, though that is called neurosis. A great many people are fond of how uptight they are, while at the same time wishing they were free. Please, skip the drama. The alignment of planets in Capricorn, your solar 9th house, is bursting with the energy of liberation. This does not mean running wild and naked in the streets, though that could be fun. It could mean choosing to not have sex when you don’t want to. That could be for spiritual or emotional reasons. Under any scenario, claim who you are inside, before anyone places any restrictions on you, and your resentment builds up. There is an original you who is accessible at any time. Yet you are now in a phase of blossoming. This may feel one of a few different ways: peeling back the layers of who you are; a sense of missing elements of you being returned to you; or a sense of rebirth of what previously was inaccessible or seemingly dead. As you will discover, you are very much alive.


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Taurus (April 19-May 20) — Among the signs where the dominant theme of the current astrology is leadership, Taurus rises to the top of the heap this month. Part of why people will trust you is because you are correct in the long run, not because you seem right today. I would therefore caution you that if your beliefs or perceptions comport with “known reality,” you may need to do some extra digging. In any event, you will be taken as a trusted authority. When you are in that role, you need ways to verify your position. Borrowing a line from the late Jimmy Breslin, when you see a crowd, go the other way. It may, however, be easier to verify your thought process by assessing how you feel when you take an unpopular position. How soon do you go to thoughts about how you will be perceived? Will you be seen as crazy? Will you be accepted? If these thoughts are in your mind, that’s a hint of possible bias. The thing to remember is that you will be perceived as an authority no matter what you say. And you will ultimately be judged based on whether you were correct. The idea, therefore, is not to hedge your bets and take a popular position. Rather, the idea is to know what you’re talking about. Another way to tell how you’re doing on that particular score is how many questions you have asked and had satisfactory answers to. If the number is fewer than 10, you may not be on the right track, and you would have no way to know. There is no outer authority that has the right answer. Getting to the truth is a matter of your curiosity, which is not subject to popular approval or appeal. The way your astrology is stacked right now, you could veer into “respecting orthodoxy” because it looks good and seems like the safe way to go. You are being called to do better.


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By Eric Francis Coppolino

Taurus (April 19-May 20) — The Sun has joined a whole collection of planets, asteroids and retrograde Mercury in the part of your chart associated with executive function: the management of your worldly existence. This requires seeing your options and making decisions, which may be getting a little tiring by this point. Be aware that currently, Mercury is retrograde (this ends February 3). What this illustrates is the need to make decisions on the basis of when real information becomes available. Mercury in Aquarius can have a false sense of knowing what is right; the retrograde actually helps by slowing down matters, and potentially doing you the service of being a little hesitant. So in any situation where you detect you may not know enough to make a choice, set that aside. You may actually go out fact-finding, though Mercury is more like a slot machine as it slows down and stations direct and, all of a sudden, the information you need comes pouring out of somewhere. Therefore, focus your questions, and follow the #1 rule of Mercury in Aquarius: know when you do not know. Meanwhile, a few doors down the street where Venus is retrograde, your prime directive seems to be unraveling your mother’s sexual hang-ups. Not with her present, but within yourself, recognizing the ways you may have inherited her resistance, religiosity or boredom with the topic. Who needs to get naked when you can go to the Post Office? Yes, well, that is not going to work for you, and it never did. These days you are at your most delightfully perverse, potentially contemplating a diversity of naughty, kinky possibilities. The point of these ideas, and any experiences you may add on, is to push and stretch you beyond your guilt, shame and embarrassment to the wholesome and beautiful region that exists on the other side of the veil.


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Taurus (April 19-May 20) — The power of belief is one of the absurdities of human consciousness, and it also tells us a lot about its nature. One can make up a story about “the meaning of reality” and live as if it is true — even after discovering that it is not. Even this can go on for a while, until either the evidence to the contrary is so overwhelming you are forced to pay attention, or the ruse of belief no longer stands up. If you get to this point, you may be totally disoriented, and I would say that from a spiritual standpoint, this is exactly what you want. With your beliefs out of the way, you are in a much better position to consider your reality as it is. You will be able to consider the evidence before you without prejudice. When you do that, notice the feeling of all the clutter that is missing. Notice the ability of your mind and feelings to embrace what is so. Take the opportunity to consider your reality as it is now, rather than how it feels filtered by expectations you have been carrying around your whole life, and which may descend to you through the generations. It would be fair to call this your direct experience of your soul, rather than a mental construct better described as false morality. In the most practical terms, you have an invitation to question everything you believe, especially what seems to be the most obviously true. Challenge what seems sacrosanct, or that which is ‘plainly obvious’. The conditions of the world have changed considerably since you were born, and much of that has happened in the past twenty years. Yet for you, updating your perceptions and various bottom lines must be a conscious and voluntary act. Or at least that’s the most peaceful approach.

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