Taurus Moon: Mitigating Avoidance
The life of the Taurus Moon is as follows: staying in bed an extra ten minutes, eating a delicious breakfast, and being oddly invested in your friends’ interior design choices. Moon in Taurus values everything physical, material, and pretty. That’s sorta the Taurus motto.
However, there is a more darker truth to the rather delicious placement of the moon in Taurus.
Moon in Taurus falls victim to over-consistency, and relying on shortcuts when it comes to conflict. Being ruled by Venus, Moon in Taurus swears off being uncomfortable and thus, we get to the root of this dilemma: avoidance of negative, or otherwise uncomfortable feelings. Simply because it’s easier to distract ourselves by the things we want, the things we find beautiful, and inordinately attaching ourselves to what feels safe; rather than embracing the conflict at hand.
Granted, Moon in Taurus isn’t the only one who does this; most, if not, all humans do this. We all resist, in some way or another, discomfort and painful experiences. We prefer more pleasurable feelings. This isn’t earth shattering news. However; the more we cling to avoidance, the more we become unregulated to conflict. The more likely we are to shut down.
Unlike any other moon placement, Moon in Taurus is prone to shutting down in the most abhorrent ways. By neglecting uncomfortable feelings, Taurus Moon loses the ability to adopt problem solving approaches. It becomes restrained to only one way of mitigation. It becomes immobile. Stunted. Disengaged from its surroundings and earthy conditions. Let’s be clear, Taurus energy is a rock. When you plop the rock onto the ground and wait for it to move, it most likely won’t. When the Moon in Taurus is swallowed by its negative feelings, it will be less resilient to resolve them. Mostly, because the Taurus Moon has not trained itself with regulating such feelings. It becomes rather inexperienced when processing these moods, which results in extreme destructive behaviors. We also mustn’t forget that the healing process hurts more than the wounds itself. Why? Probably because we are confronted with the need to accept reality or otherwise, what is and what isn’t.
Yeah, reality kinda sucks (just ask your fellow Pisces moons), but giving up on reality means giving up the agency to define your own life. Giving up on reality means disengaging from relationships and your pleasures, which are central elements to what nourishes you, my fellow Taurus moons. How we can mitigate our dependence on avoidance is by understanding that our securities are not always within our best interests. What feels safe does not mean that it is the healthiest option.
Instead of thwarting uncomfortable feelings, be interested in it. Instead of fearing confusion, allow it to help expose what is not working and subsequently prompt for new considerations. The moment you shrug or play it off is the moment you lose presence with the feeling---the more likely it is to numb yourself. Embodiment is core to your emotional health. This means not denying your pleasures or, performing the opposite by excessively numbing pains with pleasure. This means allowing your body to take up space and eat the meals you find delicious, appreciating every mouthful and sunlight that pours in from the window. This means reminding yourself the connection you have with earth, specifically nature. And when the negative feelings do start to emerge, talk about it. Talking about it is perhaps the hardest task. You often opt for internalizing things because it is the less hefty thing to do, because it feels the most safe. Where a lot of the discomfort stems from is talking about it. Talking about your traumas, or how someone broke your heart a few months ago are actually really difficult; they are obviously not easy conversations to have.
But talking about it is engaging in the matter. It’s engaging in the feelings and it’s engaging with the relationships you trust dearly to allow those feelings to be expressed.
So, mitigating avoidance is by taking ownership of the circumstance. These things are happening to you but you can get through them, you can rely on other people, and you don’t have to deny yourself consumerism as a temporary (not permanent) solution. At the end of the day, the real work is what will feel most unpleasant. The most climactic emotional experiences are always visceral so don’t feel timid to get involved in your body at some capacity (just make sure its safe and is not a form of harmful behavior).
One last tip: never abandon sunlight. You need it more than you know.