The Sun enters Taurus on April 19. The second sign of the zodiac continues to unfold the wonders of spring. With this energy of rebirth and renewal, we celebrate the fecundity of new life. All of nature bursts forth in exuberant expressions of color, texture, form, sound, and fragrance. After a season of cabin fever, life seems unbounded in its stimulation of the senses.

Venus, the planetary ruler of Taurus, is the goddess of beauty. The principle of beauty is one of the primary qualities of life. Nature provides us with an infinite display of aesthetic value. Taurus rules the physical senses, which attune us to the outer material world. The sensory pleasures of touch, sound, sight, taste, and smell arouse the soul. Deep inner stirrings of desire are accentuated, drawing us out into experiences. The sensory stimulus of beauty feeds the soul. Our inner being of the beautiful needs to be nourished by the beautiful.

The key phrase of Taurus is “I have.” Desire moves us to possess these beautiful things. This sign also rules money and wealth. It is driven to make money in order to have all the wonderful things of the world. But the danger is that in the process of possessing something we become possessed by it. Our true quality of life declines when we become entrapped and burdened by our possessions.

The true challenge for Taurus is keeping one’s balance. Venus is the planet of desire but it is also the planet of balance. The answer to this dilemma is contained within the teaching of moderation in all things. Living our life established in this principle we can truly enjoy the wonder, beauty, and sensual delights that surround us, especially in spring.

Aries (March 21–April 19) You have a tendency to be somewhat pushy now. There is a sense of frustration and anger. Misunderstanding and miscommunication can lead to conflict. There are differences of opinion about plans for the future that need to be addressed. You must see the other person’s point of view and compromise.

Taurus (April 20–May 20) This is your month to shine. There is a sense of rejuvenation both mentally and emotionally. You also experience an increased sense of vitality. There are opportunities for you at work that can result in more money and fulfillment. Relationships can be enjoyable at this time, too.

Gemini (May 21–June 21) Your mind is a little off now. It is a good time for you to finish up what you have already started rather than beginning new projects. Focus on those ideas that can increase your cash flow and wealth. That is where your attention should be.

Cancer (June 22–July 22) Your psychic abilities are enhanced this month. Turn your attention inward and you can connect with your healing power. Align your mind and heart in focused attention and your deep hidden powers will be able to penetrate through any blockage. There can be resistance to your intentions, but you will succeed.

Leo (July 23–Aug. 22) You feel angry and conflicted. Plans for the future have been negatively impacted by events. Situations at work with co-workers have deteriorated. You are not being respected for your contribution, and there have been misunderstandings, making things worse. Keep your temper and ride out the storm. This situation will pass.

Virgo (Aug.23–Sept. 22) There is a heaviness and seriousness that you feel. Responsibilities at work weigh you down and money issues don’t seem to go away. But there is good support from your partner. Solidify that relationship, and it will help you get through this challenging time. Sharing the load always makes the burden lighter.

Libra (Sept. 23–Oct. 23) The focus this month is on partnership. You can experience a strengthening of your primary relationship. They are there for you, and you are there for them. Home and family are also positively emphasized. There is a renewed sense of optimism and self-confidence that can serve you well.

Scorpio (Oct. 24–Nov. 21) You feel a sense of new beginnings and rebirth. There is a realization that there is more to life than what you are currently living. You feel motivated to actualize this latent potential. Have a clear plan of what to do to improve your life if you are to succeed.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22–Dec. 21) There is a feeling of freedom and liberation pushing to expand your vision of possibilities. Love and money are areas of your life that are supported. It is a time of personal growth that can result in positive substantial changes in your life. Go for it.

Capricorn (Dec. 22–Jan. 19) This month the focus is on money. You need to look at ways that you can improve your cash flow. There are opportunities at work that you can take advantage of to improve your situation. Some old plans and ideas that were not implemented before can be instituted now with good results.

Aquarius (Jan. 20–Feb. 18) There are opportunities for travel this month. An ocean cruise would be perfect. Get away from the day-to-day and experience a renewed sense of freedom. To the degree that you can immerse yourself in nature it will be very regenerating. Spiritual and visionary experiences are possible.

Pisces (Feb. 19–March 20) Nature beckons. With the onset of spring and all its glorious beauty you can consciously merge with this uplifting energy. This can result in transcendent experiences of freedom and liberation. Profound wisdom and understanding can be the result.

~ Robert Ayres is a Truckee resident and internationally known astrologer with more than 40 years of experience. This month’s horoscope is cast specifically for the Truckee/Tahoe area. Contact him for personal consultations at astrologicalalchemy.com. Comment on this column below.