Guest astrologer and wellness alchemist, Stephanie Gailing, MS, shares her wisdom for staying healthy during every solar season!
From April 19-May 20, the Sun ambles through slow and steady Taurus helping us tap into the patient, grounded, and serene qualities this sign represents. This month-long cycle encourages us to connect our senses, creativity, and ability to envision practical solutions. Use the following self-care strategies to fine-tune your wellbeing, foster vitality and reduce stress!
Taurus Wellness Mantras:
- Slow and steady wins the race
- Health is wealth
- I follow a natural path to wellness, naturally
Taurus Stress-Reducing Allies:
- Connecting to the sensual realm
- Being practical
In wellness astrology, aspects of our anatomy and physiology accord with the twelve zodiac signs. Those that are associated with Taurus include the throat, thyroid gland, neck, cervical spine, and inner ears.
Say No to Pains in the Neck
Adopting practical strategies to safeguard neck health during this time can be beneficial. Keeping your neck in a neutral position, as part and parcel of maintaining good posture, is key now. With all the time we use computers, creating the right ergonomic structure is elemental here. Whether you’re sitting or standing, adjust your desk and chair height so that the top of your monitor is at eye level. If you’re working with a laptop, elevate it to eye level so you can see it straight on and then use an external keyboard. Neck-health tactics extend from day to night, so investing in a pillow that cradles your neck and supports its natural curve can have a really significant payoff. Even if all these tactics seem like a pain in the neck, at least they will help protect you from getting pains in your neck.
Hear Ye, Hear Ye
During Taurus season, we may be all ears: patiently listening to others, sympathizing with their proclivity to communicate values and needs. And with Taurus ruling this part of the body, it’s a great idea to pay extra attention to your ears and protect your hearing during this time. If you fall prey to an ear infection or inflammation, don’t overlook the possible role of allergies, sinusitis, or accompanying throat infections as a cause. For acute infections, investigate natural ear drops made from garlic, mullein and St. John’s wort. Also, earplugs are powerful allies in protecting hearing health, whether guarding you against loud sounds from a concert, lawn mower, or some unexpected source of shrill; keep a pack or two in your bag so that they will be available whenever you need them.
Don’t Rush To Change Eating Habits
We plod along during Taurus time, savoring the rituals and routines that give our life a sense of rhythm and the security that comes from knowing what comes next. So while it may not be a time for huge sweeping changes, with our powerful orientation to the practical and pragmatic, we can still get things done, including adopting a step-by-step approach that allows us to shift our eating habits to be more aligned with our well-being. For example, if you are determined to eat more vegetables, don’t go piling on six extra servings from one day to the next, but rather, take an incremental approach—adding one every day or every other day, until you slowly, but surely, reach your goal. Need another strategy to override a hesitation to implement the dietary changes you know are good for you? Be like the Bull and dig your heels in and commit (a great way to take advantage of the stubborn and steadfast energy that’s part of the zeitgeist during this time).
Marry Pleasure and Well-Being
Taurus orients us toward living through our senses, and the pleasure that can come through that. How to align with the epicurean tendencies that seem to be the siren song of this period while still maintaining our health? Remember that whole, nutrient-rich foods can also be delicious and that the process of growing them, shopping for them, and preparing them can indulge your senses. For example, walking through a farmer’s market and experiencing the bold colors, exquisite fragrances, and interesting textures of the local fruits and vegetables may be enough of a turn-on to turn you on to the luxuriousness of eating fresh whole foods. For more inspiration, peruse the natural cooking section of any bookstore—whether brick and mortar, or online—and indulge in the bevy of books that detail how easy it is to prepare healthful meals that are not only nutritious and delicious but also a feast for the eyes.
Foods To Consider
Honey can be a wonderful alternative to refined table sugar as a way to sweeten foods and beverages. Notably in its raw form, honey contains antibacterial and antioxidant compounds. It’s thought that the darker the honey—for example, the deep-amber buckwheat honey—the more of these health-promoting constituents it contains. Honey is soothing for the Taurus-ruled throat and some research suggests that it can be beneficial for coughs. It’s also thought, although yet to be scientifically proven, that eating honey from your local area can help to reduce incidence of pollen allergies. While often made from clover, alfalfa and acacia flowers, honey can be made from a variety of flowers, including orange blossom, thyme and lavender. Try different types of honey to enjoy the unique flavors each has to offer. (Remember, though, that honey shouldn’t be given to infants less than one year in age.)
Looking to add a pinch of vibrant flavor to your meals without much cost and effort? Having an assortment of fresh herbs on hand is an amazing strategy to doing so. Most markets stock fresh herbs, or you can indulge the Taurus season desire for green-thumbing it and grow your own. Tending a few pots of fresh herbs—think oregano, thyme, marjoram, basil, and mint—is not only rewarding and a great way to up your cooking game but will add an extra layer of vitality and delicious fragrance to your kitchen. Not only will fresh herbs confer a spark of brightness and depth to a dish, they will also contribute some amazing health-giving properties. For example, oregano contains the antioxidant rosmarinic acid, which may provide a boost to the immune system while basil’s eugenol has anti-inflammatory properties.
The sign of Taurus inspires a desire for security and the comfort that we experience with knowing what comes next. As such, it’s associated with maintaining routines; and while health-promoting rituals are beneficial, Taurus often has us connected to habits that only seem to serve because they offer us the reliability of a pattern. Given this, this season is a great one for looking at the patterns that keep us stuck and our ability to part company from routines that provide us not with growth but only the comfort of familiarity. Chestnut Bud flower essence is a great remedy for this, an ally in breaking free of self-limiting patterns and health habits.
An earth-bound sign, Taurus has us keying in upon what we can perceive through our five senses, sometimes even to the exclusion of other inputs. “What you see (and taste/smell/touch/hear) is what you get” is a very Taurean perspective. If you find yourself stuck in an overly mundane orientation that is primarily focused towards taking things at face value, and with that experiencing a sense of dull heaviness in mind and body, consider Hound’s Tongue flower essence. It can be helpful for opening up to the more subtle realms of perception, helping to infuse imagination and intuition into a grounded mindset.
It’s the perfect time for including aromatherapeutic oils into a massage. After all, Taurus season is all about being sensual and this wellness treatment indulges two of the senses–touch and smell—at one time. During this massage, the practitioner prepares a custom-blend from fragrant essential oils that meet your specific wellness needs. Even if you don’t opt for a professional massage you can still enjoy this Taurean approach to self-care; add a couple of drops per ounces of body oil, either gently massaging parts of your body that are accessible or inviting a loved one to give you this lavish treatment. What oils to use? Some of my favorites are clary sage and rose to elevate the spirit and lavender and chamomile for their relaxing properties.
Food-Based Body Treatments
During this time when we find food so comforting and enjoyable, why not also let it nourish our skin? Many spas and day spas offer treatments enhanced by the healing properties of food ingredients. Whether it’s the exfoliating properties of cacao or pomegranates, the antioxidant richness of wine and berries, or the moisturizing abilities of coconut oil and avocados, food-based skin treatments are another way to benefit from nature’s bounty. No time to indulge at a spa? Whip up a DIY treatment for yourself at home.
Listen To Music
During Taurus season we may be more acutely attuned to the aural realms; as such, playing or listening to music can add extra levels of enjoyment and relaxation. In addition to its soul-inspiring qualities, music stimulates the Taurus-ruled throat and ears. If you’re caught in a labyrinth of looping thoughts, listening to music can help you find your way out. Even if playing an instrument isn’t your routine, try it out: strum a guitar or beat on some drums. And sing…even if it’s just in the car or the shower, when you feel that no one else is listening; it’s a surefire way to connect with your voice.
Interact directly with the earth and plunge into pottery during these weeks. A great way to relax, digging your hands into clay and creating objects of beauty and function can be an inspiring Taurean craft. It’s calming and can also be an exceptional sensual activity. Through participating in this art form, it can help us directly experience the power of change as a valuable part of the creative process rather as one to fear. Check out local art studios and community colleges for pottery classes, whether those focus on wheel throwing or hand building.
Disclaimer: This information should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health condition or disease and is not intended as a substitute for consulting with your physician or healthcare provider.
Artwork by Haley ED Houseman; “Selection of Herbs”
Haley ED Houseman is a freelance writer, illustrator and tarot reader. She deals in the modern mystical, as well as art, fashion, and the natural world. You can keep up with her on twitter and instagram on @hedhouseman, or on her website at hedhouseman.com.
About Stephanie Gailing
As an astrologer and wellness consultant, Stephanie Gailing weaves together stellar insights, flower essence therapy, dreamwork, and compassion-based coaching. Author of Planetary Apothecary, Stephanie offers Stellar Guidance Sessions, teaches workshops, writes about holistic well-being, and crafts custom-designed flower essence elixirs. Stephanie’s new online class, Stellar Lookbook: Astrological Insights for Aquarius Season is now available. Based on Whidbey Island, outside of Seattle, she frequently travels to New York City, and works with clients all over the world.
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