AUTHOR’S NOTE: These are not my words. I merely lay out the writings of the most prominent sidereal astrologers, all who give a thorough explanation of the signs as they really are. The works of Cyril Fagan, Rupert Gleadow, and Alex-Blaire are hardly known to the world. They deserve to have their voices heard. Their writing is invaluable to any serious student of astrology.
Manilius, ASTRONOMICA book 4
The Bull will dower the countryside with honest farmers and will come as a source of toil into their peaceful lives; it will bestow, not gifts of glory, but the fruits of the earth. It bows its neck amid the stars and of itself demands a yoke for its shoulders. When it carries the sun’s orb on its horns, it bids battle with the soil begin and rouses the fallow land to its former cultivation, itself leading the work, for it neither pauses in the furrows nor relaxes its breast in the dust. The sign of the Bull has produced a Serranus and a Curius, has carried the rods of office through the fields, and has left its plough to become a dictator [eque suo dictator venit aratro]. Its sons have the love of unsung excellence; their hearts and bodies derive strength from a massiveness that is slow to move, whilst in their faces dwells the boy-god Love (Cupido).
Cyril Fagan, THE SYMBOLISM OF THE CONSTELLATIONS, 1962
SUN IN TAURUS: May 15 – Jun 16
The meek and mild Moon is exalted in Taurus (3degrees), which is the nocturnal house of the peace-loving and amorous Venus. Such being the case, is it not obvious that the vision of the tropical Taurus “…a confident, proud and bold man, fond of opposition and proud of his strength…” (Lilly) totally belies the essential natures of these two “boudoir” bodies? When opposite signs are contrasted, it will be found that their characteristics are also diametrically opposite. Thus, the regality of Leo contrasts with the plebianism of Aquarius, the generosity of Cancer with the niggardliness of Capricorn, and so forth. As the bellicose Scorpio is in opposition to Taurus, it follows that the characteristics of the latter must be the antithesis of those of Scorpio, namely tameness, docility and pacificism…
Contemplative in temperament – although in company they can be gay, with a propensity for punning – Taureans are noted for their patience, tolerance, and prolonged, steady application to congenial work or study. Only the promptings of Eros will tear them away from their devoted labours. They have a gift for simplification, and making a cosmos out of chaos, which qualities render them builders of large organizations or schools of thought….the Taureans’ quest for knowledge being unquenchable. Rarely do Taureans waste their time reading fiction, but if they do, it is usually to extract some useful facts, or to add to their store of knowledge. He is a poor representative of Taurus who does not worship the unadorned truth, or expect truthfulness from others; he despises the prevaricator.
The most characteristic features of Taureans are their soft, mild, persuasive, gentle, peace-loving dispositions. Their meekness is phenomenal, and for this reason, they are often imposed upon or exploited. They manage to live, apparently amiably, with impossible people, without every losing their tempers. They will do all they can to preserve life, shrinking from coarseness and violence in any form. Taureans eschew disputes holding that the least said is the soonest mended. Unless the luminaries are configurated by the malefics, the speech is gentle, sensible, devoid of profanities and without reproach or sarcasm. Even when the Taurean feels irritated, he seldom will reveal his anger either in manner or speech–but when he does let his temper fly, it can be devastating. It was said of the great Duke of Marborough, who had the Sun in Taurus, that the harshest message he sent was: “…Say ‘My Lord Duke is surprised’…”
Taureans are lovers of the human physical form, and prefer the society of human beings to all the scenic grandeurs of nature. They idolize children, and Taurean womenfolk are usually blessed with large families. As in to be expected from the controlling influence of the Moon and Venus, the sex urges, even in their most abnormal manifestations, seem to be pronounced in this constellation. Indeed, it is the persistent goading of these urges of the flesh that prompts many Taureans to search their own psyches deeply for causes. Perhaps this is the reason why so many philosophers, psychiatrists, educators and the like are born with the Sun in Taurus.
Rarely does the Taurean child top the form at school for their genius flowers late, but when it does flower, it is profound, ponderous and concentrated. They pursue the practical study of the facts of life for themselves, and are not prepared to accept knowledge on authority. But their best endeavors occur in the fields of applied psychology and allied subjects. It is said that each one of Wagner’s operas contain enough material for ten separate operas; and the composer was born when the Sun was in the constellation Taurus. With rare exceptions native of Taurus seldom succeed in the armed services or in those departments of government having to do with same. Omitting the case of John Churchill, Duke of Marborough, one of the most brilliant soldiers of all time, and who was born with the Sun in Taurus in conjunction with Mars and Pluto and in opposition to Uranus and Neptune, Taureans are rarely a success as soldiers, ministers of defense, or the like, as witness Sir Anthony Eden’s ill-fated Suez venture and President Kennedy’s debacle in Cuba.
Among those who were born with the Sun in the constellation Taurus, mention may be made of the following: William Lilly, Magnus Hirschfield, Addison, Alphonso Kill, Nicholas II, Marcus Aurelius, Honore de Balzac, Conan Doyle, Richard Wagner, Queen Victoria, Mesmer, Bulwer Lytton, Emerson, Peter Kuerten, Linneas, Queen Mary, President Kennedy, Marguerite de Valois, Walt Whitman, Bob Dylan, Brigham Young, Abbas Effendi, George V, Cagliostro, Marquis de Sade, Neville Heath, Beau Brummel, Edwin Arnold, Charles II, Anthony Eden. And Reg Parks of Leeds claimed by his admirers to be the most perfectly developed man of today, if not of all time, had the Sun in the 24th degree of Taurus at his birth. Bertrand Russell, Emerson, Frank Lloyd Wright, Cole Porter, Bob Hope, Laurence Olivier, Rosalind Russell, Marilyn Monroe. And Cyril Fagan
MOON IN TAURUS
Those who have the Moon in Taurus at birth, and when free from configurations with the planets, usually lead quiet, simple and wholesome lives. They settle down easily to a domestic existence, not being prone to ‘gad’ around or change their residence unless compelled to do so. Physiologically, they make ideal marriage partners, and are the most fertile of parents, delighting in large families. Having a pronounced degree of sex appeal, they make friends easily with the opposite sex.
Although neurotic types are rarely found among them, the desire for love and companionship is always uppermost in their minds, and if not happily mated, they will go to any lengths to satisfy their desires. In manner, they are gentle, humorous, placid, easy-going, rarely ruffled, a trifle lazy and inclined to seek comfort first and foremost. Being largely creatures of routine and habit, some Moon-in- Taurus folk have been known to abide in the same house all their lives, evincing little desire for change; they spend their days in serious study or other work. Indifferent to publicity, they have a penchant for the tranquility of a university or the academic life, where they can pursue their studies uninterrupted.
Rupert Gleadow, YOUR CHARACTER IN THE ZODIAC, 1968
…once again, the constellations were not named from fancied resemblances, except in a few cases. They were more often named from the seasonal labors which they indicated when the moon was full in them…. So people born under TAURUS are not said to be wild and fierce, especially as their ruling planet is Venus. This must mean…that they are ruled by their affections; they want to be on good terms with others and will go out of their way to avoid ill feeling, not as a rule by giving in but by simply ignoring the strife as long as possible. Being modest they do not hunt popularity….
Modern writers have solf-pedalled the rulership of Venus and emphasized the clodhopping earthy side of Taurus, which is unjustified. When Venus genuinely rules it is not surprising that the native should be, as Valens tells us, fond of pleasure and music, generous, and more than usually amorous. The keynote of Taurus is devotion, to a person, to an ideal, or simply to his work. Where Aries wants to be the boss, Taurus wants to be the workman; he likes to be on the job, so much so that he becomes impatient with the preliminary but necessary discussion whether the job shall be done at all and if so how. He is not a good foreman because too tender-hearted; sooner than sack a man he will make up his deficiency for him, and he hates to hurt people’s feelings. He does not excel in politics or the law because he detests rows and tries to render them futile by ignoring them, just as he ignores bossy people.
As Aries is ruled by…his energy, and must do whatever it wants however ill-judged, so Taurus is ruled by his affections. The whole course of his life can be altered by a casual word from a friend; for if he asks advice he intends to take it. His love is deep and lasting but very undemanding; he is naturally humble and does not feel that he has a right to ask anything for himself. There is nothing unimaginative or heavy about Taurus; how could there be, and it ruled by Venus? Many artists and writers are under this constellation. Though sensitive and keenwitted, they are not afraid of dirt, hard work or debauchery, all of which they accept as part of life. They intensely dislike hypocrisy and insincere relationships, because they like to be in touch with the real, and this is very important to them; in this they form a contrast to Gemini, but like Gemini they try to avoid ugliness.
Rather naturally the Bull is highly sexed, but its attitude to sex is the most direct, and uncomplicated of any constellation. It needs not frills, pretences or artificial glamour; it knows the facts and that is quite enough. This goes with two other qualities: Taurus is exceptionally truthful, and also does not mind exposing his skin, whether to the sun or to other people; so ‘the naked truth’ is a Taurean phrase. Though good-natured and often a good partner in marriage, Taurus is too much inclined to brood, and needs encouragement to speak of his supposed troubles. He is not every man’s friend, rather he is faithful to a few, but usually willing to play second fiddle and serve others, and extremely reliable. If religious, he will know the meaning of the words ‘Thy will be done’; but despite this submissiveness, which is a great help towards peace of mind, he is not always conventional in his religion, for he is interested in deep problems and likes his answers to them, when they appear, to be practical, rational and if possible simple; for though he may be strong in faith and devotion he can still distrust unfounded dogmas and assertions.
With its gift for profound study this sign makes philosophers, teachers, artists and psychiatrist, and succeeds in any calling that requires patience, beside liking trades connected with agriculture, the arts or beauty. Not for nothing, then, does our list of famous Taureans end with Beau Brummell and Norman Hartnell, although it begins with deep thinkers like Marcus Aurelius and Bertrand Russell. Of the painters under this constellation Constable, Corot, Cotman and Millet are known chiefly for their landscapes, and in literature Thomas Hardy is an admirable example, for he produced in Far From the Madding Crowd the perfect unsophisticated Taurean, Gabriel Oak. Daudet’s Lettres de Mon Moulin belongs on the same shelf, and Walt Whitman too showed the influence of Taurus very plainly, although in him it was combined with Sagittarius.
Sidereal Taurus In Depth
Throughout the ancient world the Bull or Taurus has long symbolized the power of generation, birth and the physical body. During the great age of Taurus, 4099. B.C.E.-1939 B.C.E, the Bull was revered as the symbol of the age of Egypt – Babylon – Chaldea, where astrology (as we now know) began. Hermes – Mercury is called the founder of Egypto-Chaldean-Babylonian civilization. Egyptians understood the divine principle to be threefold: The Sun – Osiris –spirit, Venus – Isis – soul, Mercury – Horus – body.
Horus – Mercury is the child of heaven and the first star house or ascendant. Determined as it is by the exact birth time, the first star house signifies the birth of the Individual. Birth is entry into the world of Earthly humanity. The universally human faculty of Thought characterizes mankind throughout all races and cultures. In the words of a Theosophical text:
“Manu the thinker is born”.
(Stanzas of Dzyan)
The beings, who are existentially manifest in the constellations of Taurus, emanate and focus the animating energy of the physical body or life force). The first impression – First House- is always an expression of the self of the other communicating its Quality as a human being. And many people insist that their first impression is always correct in the end. In fact, it has been determined that human beings come to a decision about each other within the first few minutes of meeting and speaking.
Mercury ‘rules the larynx’ and the ability to communicate the Quality of one’s Thinking Being. Mars in Aries in the 12th star house rules the Power and Force inherent in speech. Venus-Mercury, ruler of the first star house and the self’s ability to communicate the Quality of its Thinking, co-ordinates and regulates the power and force of Mars arising as it does out of largely unconscious depths. Indeed, Mercury-Venus co-ordinates and regulates the entire Personality and its Projection. This adds up to the immediate presence of a Self.
It is in the very nature of being a Self in communication with others that human beings Rationalize. We are constantly involved in the process of explaining the world to ourselves, and ourselves to others. We create a constantly shifting network of Rationalizations on a moment-to-moment basis as communicating beings who are all doing the same thing. We call the sum total of all of this Society, in its immediate everyday sense.
Mercury has always been understood to be a neutral planet in that it takes on the ambiance of whatever it is most immediately associated with. When Mercury is strong and well aspected in the birth chart, the individual is able, through a high level of ethical communication and co-ordination of the self, to penetrate deeply into the society of others in a creative and constructive manner.
Mercury has always been known as the messenger of the Gods. As co-ruler of Taurus and the larynx, the Mercury sphere holds the key to the inner secrets of Mantra or sacred sound. The spiritual faculty in the throat centre has sixteen fluid Facets, eight of which are active in the average human being. Eight, as is well known, is the number of infinity. When the other eight fluid Facets are activated by spiritual training, the acolyte attains twice infinity and becomes and Initiate.
This is what is meant also by the “Power of Speech”. The one who attains to the “Power of Speech” becomes a “messenger of the Gods” and is able to impart knowledge through speech and Mantra, and, of course, music. The twice born of the Gods ascends into the perfect co-ordination of all three higher states: body / soul / spirit – hence, the founder of ancient Egypt is called Hermes Trismegistos – thrice born Hermes-Mercury – who had attained the capacity to be present in all ages, past, present and future – hence, Hermes Trismegistos.
The Taurus ascending personality is prone to a certain amount of confusion if Mercury is badly placed and Afflicted, because instead of acquiring accurate information about the world, a process of self-serving rationalizing takes over. The result is a constant flitting from one idea to another, motivated by the desire to appear to be well informed and intelligent. Severe afflictions to Mercury by the combination of Mars, the Nodes of the Moon and Saturn, can result in stuttering, or other speech impediments such as a discordant voice or a squeaky voice. Under these circumstances the native may also be a liar.
The instrument which best reflects Mercury in all its states and moods is the piano – the instrument which has no definite fixed character of its own, but emulates the sounds of all other instruments. A positive emphasis of planets in Taurus in a good star house with Mercury well placed in good aspect to Saturn will give talent for the piano and a deep appreciation for music in general. Where Taurus is emphasized and Mercury is weak, the native may own a piano, which they are unable to play to any great extent, but still the appreciation for piano music is highly developed.
In a birth chart where Taurus is the actual ascendant and where Mercury is well placed, it reveals itself in the capacity to present a credible and intelligent Personality, to the world. The natives of this ascendant usually have very handsome faces. Their power of projection and communication gain them many friends and social standing. The Transcendentalism of Mercury gives the Taurus ascending personality the desire and capacity to rise above collective reality or society, with the result that they are often very creative. Yet, as a rule, they are not otherworldly unless other facets of the chart indicate conscious spirituality.
The enjoyment of life’s fleeting sensuous pleasures is to be noted along with a distinct attraction to luxury. An out-going, adventurous attitude towards the diversity of all social situations and rituals leads to associations with cosmopolitan friends drawn from many cultures and faiths.
The fixed Earth elemental nature of this ascendant gives a determination to accomplish things of lasting worth. They work hard and long once they get started on a project or career which can make an appeal to their sense of aesthetics and self worth. This concern with work is further emphasized by the fact that Venus-Mercury rules both the first and sixth star houses (see Libra/6th star house.)
In short, the ascendant determines the individual’s capacity to dwell in and feel at home in the world as a place and as a society of other individuals.
Well-being as a self is determined by the individual’s experience of themselves as one capable of “transcending” the world of others or society, in order to attain a higher quality of life experience. Thinking, in this respect, is the human activity which forever has for its context the state of awareness between the self “with” itself and the self “with” other selves. In this case the planet Venus-Mercury is the Significator of the chart.