Leah Wellbaum is a musician, artist, and writer living in Los Angeles, CA. She is the principal songwriter, guitar player, and unrepentant aesthete of the band Slothrust, and also has a side project called ANMLPLNET. On the upcoming Slothrust album, Parallel Timeline, Wellbaum constructs a luscious, ethereal cosmos perforated with wormy portals and unexpected magical iconography. She is a lover of all things mystical and absurd. When she isn’t on the road, she offers lessons in music and creativity. You can find her art at www.leahwellbaum.com.
Here we are at the tail end of Taurus season. Welcome! This is my 12th and final column on astrology and fruit — I kicked off this series in June of 2021 with Gemini, and so our time has reached its natural conclusion. Slothrust has been back in full-time headline tour-mode since March and we will be in Europe and the UK for the majority of the summer playing shows and festivals. I will use that time to continue to feel into the art of live performance and what it means to feel connected, while also keeping my psychic channel wide open for whatever themed-writing project wants to be born next. I am here for the mysterious this summer.
When I think about Taurus, the first thing that comes to mind is a cozy well-tended home. I also think about strong will and inflexibility. Tauruses like to have things their way. There is a stability and certainty about this sign that I have always been attracted to. They know how they like it and they’ll do what they need to do to assert their will. Taurus is also my rising sign, and so it makes sense that I would experience a particular same-for-sameness with those touting this sign at times, though I cannot say I identify with all aspects of it. Tauruses often get along well with each other, but only up until one of them is pushed too hard in a direction that does not suit them. And then, let the bullfight begin.
The symbol associated with this sign is the horned bull. For many, this symbolizes the inherent strength, dependability, and stubbornness of this fixed Earth sign. Here is a sweet little depiction of one.
You might have noticed that I am squeaking this article out at the very end of the season.
Taurus are notorious for being a touch lazy and not finishing projects. Apparently, I am doing this final column in true Taurus fashion, which in this case meant I struggled to get it done on time. This is far from my typical nature (lots of Virgo in my chart), but ‘tis the season, and I am going through a lot of personal change that has made it hard to think or write clearly. I didn’t put this article off because I didn’t want to write it. But this year, Taurus season has been one of the most chaotic times I have ever experienced. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, it’s just a lot. I feel alive, but a bit unhinged.
The cozy qualities that we often associate with Taurus have not shown up for me this year the way I would have anticipated. I was on tour for the majority of it and found myself in a different hotel almost every night. And then when it came time for me to return home, things in my life shifted and I found myself yet again uprooted and uncertain of what is next. Despite my physical environment being constantly influx, I will say I have felt a sense of coming home to myself that I have not experienced in a long time. Perhaps that is the most energetic Taurus thing of all.
I am a believer that the universe serves us what is meant to be, and so I am embracing the journey in all ways, despite it taking some extra intentionality on my part to avoid sitting in patterns of resistance to change. I have been relying on the strength of the bull to lead me with confidence into this new chapter of my life, and accepting that things will not be as I envisioned and that is totally okay. Taurus has a particularly hard time letting go of that which it has clung to tightly, and so I have been trying my best to allow myself to notice my instinct to cling and stay in my comfort zone, and then am choosing actively to release my grip and reground into sensory experience. It’s not easy, but it is possible. It requires a lot of trust in the universe. I have been transparent throughout this monthly column that I am someone who struggles with surrender and faith. I am always exploring and searching for the truth, all the while recognizing that our human minds and bodies will only ever understand so much. The truth is that despite my life-long love for crystals (lol), I struggle with faith. Part of why I felt called to write this column is because it offered a space to explore nature’s divine patterning and fruit. Fruit is my friend, fruit is my muse, fruit reminds me of who I am and who I want to be. Colorful, purposeful, containing multitudes.
The fruit I am choosing to pair with Taurus is the glorious pineapple. Pineapple is a large and very special fruit. It feels like a cartoon character. It has an eye-catching slightly prickly outside, and a sweet and soft interior if you take the time to carve it up accordingly. A pineapple plant requires two to three years of maturation before it will begin to offer its gorgeous fruit. Much like the Taurus, it is highly sensual and cannot be rushed.
And for the final time, here is the Slothrust ~*Mind Your Mood*~ astrology horoscope playlist generator. It will continue to be here for you to meet you where you’re at on a daily basis and yield a horoscope and playlist to match. Astrology is strange, let’s keep it that way. Thank you for reading. It’s been a delight. Until we meet again.
Your freaky fruity friend,