"Tyrants always fear art because tyrants want to mystify art while art tends to clarify" - Iris Murdoch
The last several weeks Mars has ambled through the sign of Taurus, and in a few days it will move into Gemini. Let us send off Mars with a creative contemplation of the gifts Taurus bestows on them.
The plant I'm associating with Mars in Taurus is fireweed, also known as rosebay willowherb. It grows especially in recently burned-out or clear-cut areas, wanted or not. Fireweed helps to make a newly thriving plant community in a formerly inhospitable area, rebelling against whatever destruction has been wrought. The roots of this tall beautiful plant are usually connected in groups, stubbornly continuing to crop up even when removed several times. Unlike most flowers in it's family species, the flowers of fireweed open from the bottom of the stem up.
Medicinally, fireweed is gentle but mighty anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal. Herbalist Michael Moore recommended using fireweed to treat candida overgrowth and rebalancing the gut. Because it is high in mucilage and is an antispasmodic, fireweed is also excellent for soothing sore throats, lung infections, and asthma.
This beautiful warrior persists and assists, rebelliously rebalancing ecological harm, and helping the body return to a healthy state in a gentle but powerful manner. As you'll soon learn, it has many parallels with Mars in Taurus.
When Mars is in Taurus it is considered to be in exile.
A foreigner in a strange place who has to learn to use the tools of Venus to do its job. This leads to wild innovations, but also a lot of misunderstanding and even isolation. Mars wants to sever while Venus wants to commune. It's an internal tug-of-war.
What helps them unite is a shared cause.
Venus, which in part represents our desires and preferences, is the compass to our values. Why we desire what we desire, why we prefer what we prefer. Mars–the impetus to act, confront, fight, defend–is determined by those values.
As Diana Rose Harper and I taught in our late 2021 workshop on Venus in Capricorn, becoming distinctly aware of and explicitly defining our values helps us to be in better relationship to the world both human and more-than-human in a sustainable, integrity-driven manner.
It also helps us know when we need to fight to keep those relationships safe, and the way in which we are best suited to fight that battle.