Guest astrologer and wellness alchemist, Stephanie Gailing, MS, shares her wisdom for staying healthy during every solar season!
The Sun ambles through slow and steady Taurus (April 20-May 20) helping us to connect to our senses.
During this monthlong cycle, you may feel connected to your senses, creativity and problem-solving powers. Using the following self-care strategies, you can 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
Taurus Season Body Love
In wellness astrology, aspects of your anatomy align with the zodiac signs. Those that are associated with Taurus include the throat, thyroid gland, neck, cervical spine and inner ears.
Avoid Pain in the Neck
Keep your neck in a neutral position as much as possible. Do your best to maintain good posture despite how much time you may spend at a desk (it really helps!). Evaluate the ergonomics of where you spend the most time. A simple fix: adjust your desk and chair height so that the top of your monitor is at eye level. If you work with a laptop, elevate it to eye-level so you can see it straight on, and use an external keyboard.
Invest in a pillow that cradles the neck and supports its natural curve for better neck rest while you sleep.
Keep Your Ears Clear
If you experience ear infections or inflammation, try to rule out allergies, sinusitis, or accompanying throat infections as a cause. For acute infections, look into natural ear drops made from garlic, mullein and St. John’s wort. Also, earplugs are powerful allies in protecting hearing health, think concerts but also lawn mowers and leaf blowers, buses, or the club!
Avoid Quick Change of Eating Habits
Savor the rituals and routines that give life a sense of rhythm and security. If you wish to make changes, try them incrementally. A step-by-step approach to changing eating habits, for example, allows us to stay aligned with our well-being. If you are determined to eat more vegetables, instead of piling on six extra servings at once, add one every day, or every other day, until you reach six, or whatever your goal.
Connect Pleasure and Well-Being
Remember that whole, nutrient-rich foods can also be delicious, and the process to grow, shop and prepare them can indulge the senses. Visit a farmer’s market to experience the bold colors, fragrances and textures of local produce. For inspiration, pick up a new cookbook or magazine, or Google search for something that inspires you and your tastebuds.
Foods to Consider: Honey and Herbs
Honey is a great alternative to refined table sugar to sweeten foods and beverages. In its raw form, honey contains antibacterial and antioxidant compounds. It’s believed that the darker the honey, the more health-promoting constituents it contains. Honey is soothing for the throat and some research suggests that it is beneficial for coughs. It’s also believed (but not scientifically proven) that local honey can alleviate allergy symptoms. 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, honey shouldn’t be given to infants less than one year old.)
Having an assortment of fresh herbs on-hand is a great way to flavor meals without much cost or effort, and they have health benefits. Oregano, for example, contains the antioxidant rosmarinic acid, which may boost the immune system. Basil has anti-inflammatory properties. Most markets stock them. Or, get in touch with Taurean earth energy and grow your own. Oregano basil are commonly found or are easy to grow, as are thyme, marjoram and mint.
Taurus Season Self-Care Ideas
Flower Essences: Chestnut Bud and Hound’s Tongue
Chestnut Bud flower essence is a great remedy for breaking free of self-limiting patterns or health habits. Taurus season is a good time to recognize patterns that keep us stuck and part company from ones that keep us stagnant from growth.
Hound’s Tongue flower essence can help to open our perception. If we become stuck in patterns that aren’t serving us, or take things at face-value, this essence can move forward our spinning wheels.
Spa Treatments: Aromatherapy Massage and Food-based Body Treatments
During an aromatherapy massage, a practitioner prepares a custom-blend of essential oils that meet your wellness wishes. If getting a professional massage isn’t your thing, you can benefit from aromatherapy by adding a few drops of oil to body oil and gently massaging parts of your body that need TLC. Some oils to try now are clary sage and rose, both elevate the spirit, lavender and chamomile for their relaxing properties.
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. Many spas now offer food-based body treatments. No time to indulge at a spa? Whip up a DIY treatment for yourself at home.
Relaxation Practices: Listen to Music and Pottery
Try to play or listen to music a little more during Taurus season, it can help us relax as it stimulates the throat and ears. If you’re caught in looping thoughts, music can help you find your way out. Don’t play an instrument? Anyone can bang on something to mimic a drum. And sing, even if just in the car or the shower.
Plunge your hands into some pottery for a direct connection to the earthy qualities of Taurus season. Not only is it calming, it can be a sensual activity. Check out local art studios and community colleges for pottery classes, whether those focus on wheel throwing or hand building, or just pick up some materials at your local craft store and let your hands guide you.
About Stephanie Gailing
Stephanie Gailing weaves together archetypal astrology, dreamwork and lifestyle strategies to provide her clients with stellar life guidance. In addition to working directly with individuals, couples, and organizations, Stephanie regularly teaches in-person and online classes. Stephanie is the author of Planetary Apothecary: An Astrological Approach to Health and Wellness, a pioneering book in the field of wellness astrology. The co-host of the So Divine! podcast and the astrologer-in-residence at The Cloud Room in Seattle, Stephanie and her work have been featured in Bustle, Refinery 29, Seattle Magazine, City Arts, and other outlets. Connect with her on Instagram for her astrological musings, here for her missives on sleep and dreams, or stay in touch via her free newsletters.
Artwork Credit: Haley ED Houseman, “Selection of Herbs”