When Venus enters a new sign, especially one that she rules such as Taurus or Libra, the moment usually has the feel of Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus. Venus, arriving on a breeze like a gorgeous gift from out of the blue, has come to render the world a more beautiful place. If you have any Libra friends, you’ll notice that they arrive at any social function with a similar air: feigning modesty, fashionably revealing, unconcerned with timing, and leaning hard on the crutch of their own charms. (Lest you think I’m Libra-bashing, this local astrologer is himself a son of the Scales.)
Taurus is earthy to Libra’s airy. When Venus comes ashore in this sign, she sets her divine gaze upon deep romantic connection and material abundance, which may even feel like they are one and the same. Indeed, Venus’s presence here unearths hidden gems — both in terms of money and of love. Getting lucky, then, at a time like this, might take on multiple meanings. If the energy of Venus in Taurus doesn’t fill your pockets with riches, then let it fill your heart just the same.
When reading personal horoscopes, read your Sun sign for the “big picture” and your rising sign for “where the work is.”
ARIES / ARIES RISING
March 21 – April 19
Ruler Mars trine Jupiter: Fortune favors the brave. And true bravery is built on a strong belief in the self, along with good intentions.
TAURUS / TAURUS RISING
April 20 – May 20
Ruler Venus in Taurus: Your romantic life is energized as your ability to attract resources increases. Take advantage of this planetary transit!
GEMINI / GEMINI RISING
May 21 – June 20
Ruler Mercury square Pluto: Your perceptiveness is matched by your capacity for sarcasm. Don’t go prodding any weak spots if you can’t also poke your own.
CANCER / CANCER RISING
June 21 – July 22
Ruler Moon in Cancer: You’re vibing with the spring birds who are building their nests. Take care of your home nest and use it to keep others warm and safe.
LEO / LEO RISING
July 23 – Aug. 22
Ruler Sun square Pluto: Sometimes you have to break things down to build them back up again. Challenging? Yes. Enjoyable? Up to you.
VIRGO / VIRGO RISING
Aug. 23 – Sept. 22
Ruler Mercury square Pluto: Be mindful of other people’s vulnerabilities. Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones.
LIBRA / LIBRA RISING
Sept. 23 – Oct. 22
Ruler Venus in Taurus: You’re on cloud nine romantically and tilling gold from all the toiling you’ve done. This planetary transit could be good for you.
SCORPIO / SCORPIO RISING
Oct. 23 – Nov. 21
Ruler Pluto square Sun: Sometimes, in order to build ourselves up, we have to let go of our past ways. Caterpillar, meet butterfly.
SAGITTARIUS / SAGITTARIUS RISING
Nov. 22 – Dec. 21
Ruler Jupiter trine Mars: You’re used to getting lucky, but have you tried believing in the power of your own intentions to create that so-called luck?
CAPRICORN / CAPRICORN RISING
Dec. 22 – Jan. 19
Ruler Saturn square Uranus: Sometimes we have to rebel against our own principles in order to foster lasting change. Break the chain.
AQUARIUS / AQUARIUS RISING
Jan. 20 – Feb. 18
Ruler Uranus square Saturn: Despite your eccentricity, you have a soft spot for tradition. The best kind of inventiveness takes place between the two.
PISCES / PISCES RISING
Feb. 19 – March 20
Ruler Neptune in Pisces: While you’re flying high on the magic carpet of your imagination, the rest of us are stuck on dry land. Lend out some inspiration!