When was the last time you just sat outside and admired the beauty of the natural world? How long has it been since your heart was full of gratitude and wonder because the place in which you were sitting, biking, or walking was just so awe-inspiring and breathtaking? Today, April 22, is Earth Day—a day to celebrate and honor this big, beautiful, abundant, and nourishing planet that we live on.
Earth Day is about awareness, community, and celebration; not shaming or finger-pointing or beating ourselves up for not being good enough. This day—the anniversary of the birth of environmentalism—is a great opportunity to reset and reconnect with what is important to us as a global community and as individuals living in harmony with the world around us.
Just as we might do on our own birthdays, Earth Day is a time to take stock of what is and isn’t working, what we want to let go of from the past year, and what we want to create in the year ahead. Take a moment today to set an intention about how you want to connect to and care for the world around you.
It is no surprise that Earth Day was born under, and continues to be celebrated during, a Taurus sun. A fixed earth sign, Taurus is strong, steady, and sensual. After the burst of life and new ideas that arose from the Aries sun and the opening into springtime, Taurus comes in to channel this raw energy into practical action.
We plant our seeds, fertilize them, and patiently nurture their growth. This is true in both a physical and metaphorical sense. Plant your seeds literally, and also plant and nurture the seeds of your life—your ideas and intentions, your projects, your connection with your family, your creativity . . . whatever matters in your life that you want to continue growing and feeding.
In a time when our senses are heightened and the reality of the material world is in the forefront, Earth Day inspires us to spend more time outdoors and to create intention and structure around how we want to nurture and support our world. Tune into that earthy Taurus energy, focus on the practical, delight your senses, and take a stand for what you value.
Taurus can be extremely stubborn, which can actually be a plus when you want to get something done! Tenacity is a valuable quality when it comes to making big changes in our lives, including global environmental transformation. And on this Earth Day, we get a special boost from an Aquarius moon, which brings innovation, vision, and a little rebellious/revolutionary thinking.
When the moon is in Aquarius, there is an emphasis on social and political matters. This moon is idealistic and values the collective. Be ready for new ideas, alternative thinking, and the urge to connect to a greater cause. This is a time for new philosophies and global collaborations (check out the Earth Day website to see what people are doing around the world).
Enjoy your Earth Day. Take this time to connect with what really matters to you and allow yourself to get creative in how you want to support and impact this amazing world we live in. Get together with some friends and celebrate!
Vanessa Metcalf (MA, CPCC) has a private transformational coaching practice in Santa Rosa. Using her skills of intuitive counseling and connected listening, she guides people through the transitions in their lives (both big and small) with love, depth, and humor. She also enjoys teaching personal development skills, awareness practices, and the intuitive arts to local groups. Mostly she loves to connect with people and have genuine, inspiring conversations that leave everyone feeling acknowledged and uplifted…and excited to make their own unique splash in the world.