Taurus (Apr 20 – May 20)

Symbol – The Bull
Ruling Planet – Venus
Element – Earth
Keywords – I Have
Key Notes – Structure & Endurance
Power Color – Pink

Traits
Common sense
Patient and reliable
Warmhearted and loving
Persistent and determined
Placid and security-loving

Medical Astrology
Taurus rules the throat, neck, thyroid gland, and vocal tract.

Gemstone Affinities
Taurus is a strong, dependable sign. Its keynotes are structure and endurance, and many of the crystals associated with Taurus ground energy into the physical body. Kunzite aids Taurus in removing obstacles that would otherwise overly engage this sign’s patient persistence. It also connects Taurus into deep centeredness and inner security. Rose Quartz encourages positive expression, unconditional love, trust, and harmony. Pink Tourmaline promotes feelings of joy and enthusiasm, and helps one to trust in the power of love. 

The Moon of Growth (Apr 20 – May 20)
This period is one of growth and dramatic change. This is a time for putting down new roots, towards expansion in material directions. The influence is one of rapid change.

Earth Element
Taurus is an Earth element—practical, careful, reliable, and resolute. They impart form and structure.

Material and sensual earth signs like to enjoy the pleasures of life. Earth shapes matter. Earth is the element of the material world—it’s stable and grounded. Practical and productive, it’s concerned with self-sufficiency and security. Earth signs are sensual signs. This is the element most involved in the physical body and the senses

A Fixed sign
Very earthy, quiet, affectionate, patient, and stable. Taureans are determined, practical, stubborn, and resistant to change. 

Zodiac Compatibility
Taureans in any relationship are steady, reliable, and rarely get upset, but they’re most compatible with Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces. 

Famous Taureans
Barbara Streisand (Apr 24), Audrey Hepburn (May 4), and George Clooney (May 6). 

Do you have any Taureans in your life?

Listen with your heart,

Laurie Buchanan

Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing.”
                — Laurie Buchanan

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© 2011 Laurie Buchanan – All Rights Reserved

Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

Symbol – The Ram
Ruling Planet – Mars
Element – Fire
Keywords – I Am
Key Notes – Action & Courage
Power Color – Red

Traits
Action orientation
Adventurous and energetic
Pioneering and courageous
Enthusiastic and confident
Dynamic and quick-witted

Medical Astrology
Aries rules the head, face, brain, and eyes.

Gemstone Affinities
With a dash of forthrightness thrown in for good measure, Arians are among the movers and shakers of this world. Ruby reflects their vibrant personalities, but needs to be handled with care because it can bring anger to the surface. Garnet can help spontaneous Aries to be more planful and focused, while Red Jasper helps to sooth and calm the oftentimes impatient Arien nature. 

The Moon of Awakening (Mar 21 – Apr 19)
This period is one of energy and excitement. This energy is potential energy that must be nurtured in order for it to grow. The influence is one of transition from the world within to the outside world. The influence is one of awakening.

Fire Element
Active and self-assertive—Aries is creative, energetic, and impatient. They impart spirit and energy.

Fire signs are passionate, loving, confident, and innovative. Fire shapes inspiration. This is the impetuous element of spirit and creative life. The spontaneous fire element is active and outgoing. It’s innovative and initiatory. Fire signs get things moving. They act immediately with verve and confidence. A passionate element, this is the world of inspiration and creativity.

A Cardinal Sign
Born to be a leader, Aries is active, energetic, excitable, optimistic, and impulsive. Boring easily, they meet life with arms wide open ready for change and new experiences. 

Zodiac Compatibility
Arians in any relationship are unconventional and free-thinking, but they’re most compatible with Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius. 

Famous Aries
Sarah Jessica Parker (Mar 25), Elton John (Mar 25), and Leonardo Da Vinci (Apr 15).  

Do you have any Arians in your life?

Listen with your heart,

Laurie Buchanan

Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing.”
                — Laurie Buchanan

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© 2011 Laurie Buchanan – All Rights Reserved

Pisces (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

Symbol – The Fishes
Ruling Planet –Neptune
Element – Water
Keywords – I Believe
Key Notes – Compassion & Kindness
Power Color – Indigo


Traits
The ability to feel and intuitively know
Imaginative and sensitive
Compassionate and kind
Selfless and unworldly
Intuitive and sympathetic

Medical Astrology
Pisces rules the feet, toes, and lymphatic system.

Gemstone Affinities
Sensitive and intuitive, Pisceans swim through life as the mood takes them, responding to hidden emotional currents. Ruler Neptune is imaginative and mystical, but can lack protective boundaries, often making Pisces a “psychic sponge” that soaks up feelings and emotions from others. Azurite aids Pisces to cleanse these energies and create workable boundaries. It also provides a link between everyday reality and the psychic reality of the spiritual world—a world that Pisces is in tune with. Sapphire can also act as a bridge between the worlds. Blue Spinel imparts discernment and detachment, useful qualities for Pisceans.

The Moon of Brisk Winds (Feb 19 – Mar 20)
This period is one of activity and motion. This is a good time to remain flexible and avoid committing to long-term projects. The influence is one of flexibility.

Water Element
Pisces is a water element—sympathetic and imaginative. They bring emotional sensitivity and intuition to any situation.

The water signs are the intuitive dreamers of this world. Water shapes intuition and emotional experience, and is linked to the feeling and emotional world. The element of intuitive perception, Water signs are inward-looking and sensitive. This is a passive, rhythmic element that ebbs and flows. Water signs need time to withdraw, to process emotional experiences, and then to reemerge into the world.

A Mutable Sign
Very sensitive—Pisceans are receptive, intuitive, emotional, and romantic. They’re impressionable, mystical, adaptable, and like a chameleon, changeable.

Zodiac Compatibility
Pisces in any relationship is easy-going, creative, and caring, but they’re most compatible with Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn.

Famous Pisceans
Steve Jobs (Feb 24), Dr. Seuss (Mar 2), and Albert Einstein (Mar 14).

Do you have any Pisceans in your life?

Listen with your heart,

Laurie Buchanan

Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing.”
                — Laurie Buchanan

www.HolEssence.com and our Facebook page

© 2011 Laurie Buchanan – All Rights Reserved

Aquarius (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

Symbol – The Water Carrier
Ruling Planet – Uranus
Element – Air
Keywords – I Know
Key Notes – Thought & Expression
Power Color – Sky Blue


Traits
Thinking and communication
Friendly and humanitarian
Honest and loyal
Original and creative
Independent and intellectual

Medical Astrology
Aquarius rules the ankles, calves, and circulatory system.

Gemstone Affinities
Attuned to revolutionary Uranus, Aquarius is the most “cutting edge” sign. There’s something quirky and eccentric about these far-sighted and humanitarian people. It’s as though Aquarians not only see into the future, but want to bring it about—now! Blue Celestite aids in this goal, assisting assimilation of new ideas. Since the sign is ruled by Uranus, planet of change, and Saturn, planet of consolidation, Aquarius can be pulled in two directions at once. Blue Topaz and Angelite aid in balancing and aligning direction and purpose.

The Moon of Cleansing (Jan 20 – Feb 18)
This period is one of preparation. This is the time to make plans and tap into your creativity to unlock new areas of exploration. The influence is one of innovation.

Air Element
Aquarius is an air element—intelligent, communicative, sociable, versatile, and unpredictable. They bring intellect and a strong ability to communicate.

Energetic, friendly, and playful, talkative air signs may well be described as “Chatty Cathy.” Air shapes ideas. This is the world of intellectual perception and logical thought. Air is the element of discernment and analysis, of comment and dissection. It’s the mental element that thinks things through, but also has bright flashes of intuition. The air element is inventive and full of new ideas. Air signs need to express themselves verbally, for this is the element of communication.

A Fixed Sign
Aquarians are assertive, independent, progressive, and analytical. Original and inventive, they have very strong opinions about what they like and dislike.

Zodiac Compatibility
Aquarius in any relationship is a smart, fast, fun, and unconventional, but they’re most compatible with Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius.

Famous Aquarians
Famous Aquarians include Paul Newman (Jan 26), Oprah Winfrey (Jan 29), and Jennifer Aniston (Feb 11).

Do you have any Aquarians in your life? 

For those of you in the United States, Happy Thanksgiving! And with that I’ll point you to last year’s Freshly Pressed G is for Gratitudeenjoy!

Listen with your heart,

Laurie Buchanan

Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing.”
                — Laurie Buchanan

www.HolEssence.com and our Facebook page

© 2011 Laurie Buchanan – All Rights Reserved

Capricorn (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

Symbol – The Goat
Ruling Planet – Saturn
Element – Earth
Keywords – I Use
Key Notes – Structure & Discipline
Power Color – Aqua


Traits

Common sense
Practical and prudent
Ambitious and disciplined
Patient and careful
Humorous and reserved

Medical Astrology
Capricorn rules the knees, joints, and skeletal system.

Gemstone Affinities
Ambitious Capricorn is a hard-working, dependable sign—a doer. This is the sign of authority figures. The seriousness of the Capricorn nature is supported by Turquoise which strengthens resolve and aids self-confidence. Peruvian Opal with its iridescent flashes of light, lightens the spirit and helps Capricorn understand a strong sense of duty and destiny. It affords a glimpse of spiritual possibilities open to an evolved Capricorn soul. Larimar calms stress and anxiety, and can help one to experience an open mind in the face of change.

The Moon of Renewal (Dec 22 – Jan 19)
This period is one of refreshment. This is the time to experience the lighter side of life, to relax, and unwind both mentally and physically. The influence is one of renewal.

Earth Element
Capricorn is an earth element—practical, careful, reliable, and resolute. They impart form and structure.

Material and sensual earth signs like to enjoy the pleasures of life. Earth shapes matter. Earth is the element of the material world—it’s stable and grounded. Practical and productive, it’s concerned with self-sufficiency and security. Earth signs are sensual signs. This is the element most involved in the physical body and the senses.

A Cardinal Sign
Capricorn is reserved, prudent, patient, and uses cunning instead of force. They seek security, are inquisitive, disciplined, determined, and quick to seize opportunity.

Zodiac Compatibility
Capricorn in any relationship is a down-to-earth traditionalist who plays fair and follows the rules, but they’re most compatible with Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces.

Famous Capricorns
Elvis Presley (Jan 8), Rod Steward (Jan 10), and Martin Luther King (Jan 15).

Do you have any Capricorns in your life?

Listen with your heart,

Laurie Buchanan

Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing.”
                — Laurie Buchanan

www.HolEssence.com and our Facebook page

© 2011 Laurie Buchanan – All Rights Reserved

Zodiacally Speaking

Last year at about this same time here at Speaking from the Heart we wrapped up a 26-week series—Alphabetically Speaking—with a post titled Z is for Zodiac.

On the heels of that post I received numerous emails requesting that I take an up-close-and-personal look at each of the signs—individually. With that in mind, I’ll use the remaining weeks of 2011 to do just that.

This coming Tuesday I’ll launch a 12-post Zodiac series starting with Capricorn and ending with Sagittarius. And while I understand that the Zodiac isn’t everyone’s cuppa tea, sometimes it just fun to see how close they do match up to personalities—ourselves, friends, and family members—especially Zodiac sign compatibility.

Most people associate each Zodiac sign with a symbol—ram, fish, bull, etc. I, on the other hand, associate each sign with a color. With that in mind, the supporting photograph for each post will feature a specific color. 

Also, please know that when I write about gemstones that work well with each sign, it’s based on astrology and crystal therapy as opposed to what’s dictated by many jewelry stores.

Do you follow your horoscope?

By the way, this series introduction is a milestone—it’s my 250th WordPress post.

Listen with your heart,

Laurie Buchanan

Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing.”
                — Laurie Buchanan

www.HolEssence.com and our Facebook page

© 2011 Laurie Buchanan – All Rights Reserved