Lao Tsu on a bull.
From an archetypal perspective, the planet Jupiter is the Teacher/Traveler, and the sign Taurus is the Artist/Priestess.

With Jupiter having exited Aries (the Warrior) two days ago, and migrated into Taurus, we move from an initiating period into a year-long grounding and stabilizing process.  While Jupiter was in Aries, many higher-level ideas -- some would say "spiritual" in nature, the essence of teachings we've received from great beings like Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha and Lao Tsu through the centuries -- have been translated into action on the ground.  The "Arab Spring" uprising would be a case in point, as long-repressed people in the Middle East have taken to the streets with demands for a better life.  While this particular expression of Jupiter in Aries continues to play out, we can look for a relative stabilization over the next 12 months, as regimes change and new systems of authority arise in their place.  The challenge will be for these new systems to be based on a "higher" set of principles, aligned with the great world teachers' best and brightest utterances -- but we all know how complicated things become once the human collective gets its hands on higher teachings.

[By the way, when I invoke great world teachers like Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha and Lao Tsu, I'm not suggesting that their teachings have a direct role in current revolutionary change (although the Middle East is obviously influenced by the Qur'an and the Tradition grown up around Muhammad).  I'm just  saying that humanity's highest principles and ideals have been expressed through figures like these -- and these same high principles and ideals are now finding expression through collective human activism.  It all comes from the same Source, ultimately.]

I find it interesting with this combination that Jupiter wants to travel, gain new experience, meet new people and challenge individual assumptions... while Taurus wants to build a beautiful, nature-infused nest, get settled in, and engage a process of finding emotional and spiritual succor there.  Is there a potential conflict here?  Are we being pulled between nestling into our comfort zones versus heading out on epic journeys?  I don't think so.  I think we may foster a sense of security at home -- a home-base, so to speak -- from which to launch-out into adventures here and there.  Besides, we don't have to travel across the globe to exercise Jupiter's desire for travel; we may do so in our dreams, through reading, through meeting interesting people at the corner bar, and so forth.

Aries brought inspiration to the higher ideals highlighted by Jupiter; Taurus translates this inspiration into a work of art.

So, we as a species possess a year-long opportunity to elevate the discourse -- to bypass the sensationalist and vapid mass-market mind-candy spewed by corporatist media -- and, utilizing the power of the Internet (as was done by organizers of the Arab Spring), engage a global discussion of how to "take back the planet" for everyone.  This discussion would, due to Taurus' earth quality, explore concrete solutions and possibilities, so that, when Jupiter moves into Gemini on June 12, 2012, it will be time to disseminate these solutions and possibilities to an ever-expanding audience.

With Jupiter entering a trined (120 degree) transit with Pluto (the Dark Mother), this particular Jupiter in Taurus phase is strongly connected with the idea of death and rebirth -- especially since Taurus is the polar opposite of Scorpio (also the Dark Mother).  Using a 7-degree orb, Jupiter will trine Pluto all the way into April of 2012, just two months before Jupiter leaves Taurus.  This suggests that the changes begun during Jupiter/Aries will go very deep during Jupiter/Taurus, and will be genuinely transformational in nature -- we're talking about radical shifts, the combination of which future historians will identify as a global turning point.

Tired old paradigms are gasping their final breaths, even as a new expression of life sprouts upward (the symbol for Aries!).  The old paradigm will not, of course, go down quietly -- we already know how messy planetary death and rebirth can be, as we've been living it for some time now.  Jupiter's journey through the signs, starting in Aries and heading through each sign in succession, maps out the timing and contours of humanity's emerging new life.

Exciting as it is, we're just at the beginning.

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