Positive Traits ~ Purposeful, Patient, Steadfastness, Conviction
Negative Traits ~ Obstinacy, Prejudice, Unreasonableness, Possessiveness
- Ruling Planet: Venus
- Colors: Pale Blue, Green, and Pink
- Dates: April 21 to May 21
- Polarity: Negative
- Duality: Feminine
- Element: Earth
- Quality: Fixed
- Body Areas: Neck, Throat, and Thyroid Gland
- Direction: South by East
- Geography: Capri, Cyprus, Egypt, Greek Islands, Iran, Ireland, Switzerland Cities Bologna, Dublin, Eastbourne, Hastings, Mantua, Palmero, St, Louis
- Trees: Almond, Apple, Ash, Fig, Pear, Vine
- Flowers and Herbs: Alder, Artichoke, Brambles, Cloves, Columbine, Elder, Foxglove, Marshmallow, Mint, Poppy, Primrose, Rose, Sorrel, Violet
- Foods: Cereals (particularly wheat), Apples, Berries, Grapes, Pears
A sharp contrast from Aries, those born under the sign of Taurus, the second sign of the zodiac, are steadfast, stable, and conventional in outlook. One of the most reliable and charming signs of the zodiac, they possess an ability to inspire confidence in others, and impress everyone with their genuine sincerity. Although they rarely lose their tempers, once roused, their rage knows no bounds. This can cause them to hold on to a lot of resentment, which can be overcome by learning to be a little more magnanimous (accepting) in life. Lovers of luxury and the ‘good life,’ they are blessed with natural good tastes, preferring classical conventional styles to funky new fads that are ever changing. Although known to be stubborn and lazy, Taurus needs to keep a healthy balance between working hard to afford the lifestyle he desires and pursuing indulgent hobbies of leisure.
An extraordinary creature famed for its contradictory traits of fearsome strength, great passion, and graceful gentility, the bull has been quite a popular character in various myths throughout the world, and almost all have been associated with the sign of Taurus.
Ishtar, a goddess who was infamous for getting rid of her lovers in various unpleasant ways, fell madly in love with Gilgamesh, who rejected her advances numerous times. Not one to take rejection well, Ishtar appealed to her father, Anu, the king of the gods, to create a Giant Bull of Heaven that would kill Gilgamesh. This bull was Taurus.
Another myth concerns the white bull mentioned by the Roman poet Virgil, which was known to "open the gates of the year with his golden horns.” Some believe he was inspired by the Babylonian custom of sacrificing a white bull on the night the new moon appeared in the sign of Taurus to signify the start of the new year. This is what Taurus looks like in the sky. One of the most famous myths about Taurus comes from Ancient Greece. Zeus, the king of the gods, fell in love with Europa, the beautiful daughter of the king of Phoenicia. To get her attention, Zeus turned himself into an incredibly majestic bull and set himself to graze in the same field as her father’s herd. Enamored by the bull, Europa abandoned her friends to make a wreath of beautiful flowers to place upon his head.
Once he succeeded in tempting Europa to climb on his back, Zeus sprang to his feet and swam across the sea to Crete. Europa bore Zeus three children, and Zeus immortalized his bull-form into the fourteen-starred constellation of Taurus.
Once the soul has learned its lessons and fulfilled its goals in the infancy stage of Aries, it evolves to the next stage, Taurus, in the symbolic form of a healthy, chubby toddler. Like a human toddler, the soul in this stage is now comfortable in its surroundings, able to recognize its parents and loved ones, and is on a fixed schedule of eating, sleeping, and playing. Unlike earlier in the Aries-infant stage where it needed to scream whenever it had a need to be fulfilled, the Taurus-toddler staged soul just needs to sit on a high chair and wait patiently until it's time to get served. This is a quality you might notice in many a Taurus--things seem to be handed to them without them really doing anything about it.
The toddler's senses develop; he can now feel how the world around him feels, grabbing onto every toy, and at times refusing to let go of them (a Taurus can be very possessive of his possessions--and that includes people in his life). He can see everything and everyone clearly which is why whenever a Taurus looks at you, you feel his presence and wonder if he can see into your soul. He has managed to speak a few words here and there, and learns how to charm people. He can smell his mother's fragrance, and hear her lullabies as she rocks him to sleep (Taurus is especially sensitive to smells and sounds, and love natural earthy scents and soothing music). And especially, he can now get a taste of what life has to offer (which leads to a reputation for being a connoisseur of life, and having a classical sense of "good taste").
The motto of this sign is I HAVE, reminding us of a trait Taurus is known for--possessiveness. Remember, they are toddlers--they need their security blanket and teddy bear to keep them comfortable and allow them to sleep peacefully. Notice the moment you take away a toddler's favorite toy, they let out a loud tirade of tears. As soon as you give it back to them, they're happy and content, but hold onto it tighter, making sure it's not taken away again. Routine is something that’s defining for the toddler. Once mom has put him on a fixed schedule of eating, sleeping, and playtime, changes will really disturb him, and in more ways than one! This is one reason why Taurus is notoriously stubborn. He is so used to having things his way that any changes really tick him off. To many folks, doing the same thing day after day may seem boring, but for Taurus, it's stability in its purest form. After all, one can only be stable when they're secure in their surroundings. Yet, the toddler hasn't seen much of the outside world. In this sense, Taurus tend to be limited. Introducing him to something new and unusual can indeed be a Herculean task.
Like a Toddler, Taurus needs lots of hugs and kisses and kind words to promote understanding and acceptance. This is the bull of Venus, and Venus only responds well to sweet and kind gestures, not harsh slaps and prods (do this and you'll get a taste of his horns!). Unlike his predecessor Aries, Taurus has mastered the art of controlling his temper, but even though his fuse is long, when it's reached explosion point... well, let's just say nothing is spared when an angry bull stampedes! And it occurs swiftly and without warning. As a Taurus, the soul is still very young, and there are still many lessons it needs to learn. Taurus' Karmic lessons revolve around materialism and sense perception--what they value, what they protect, what is theirs, and what they will fight over. Part of this lesson is learning to let go gracefully. Their Karmic goal is a slow steady evolution and development of inner security, and a sense of being shakily rooted in a piece of eternity within their own Inner-Self. The destiny of this sign in many ways is OBEDIENCE.
Next time we'll learn about the mischevious yet fascinating twins of Mercury--Gemini!
by Zorian Cross
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