Daniel has been a practicing astrologer for over twenty
years, devoting the last few years to furthering his studies at Avalon
School of Astrology in Gainesville, Florida.
Meanings of Zodiacal Signs:
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the theme of my last article, I’m reevaluating the core meanings
of the twelve Zodiacal signs through David
astrological lens. His view is that our natal charts represent
our deeper motivations, rather than compel us to particular action.
is the founder of Gainesville’s own Avalon School of Astrology,
and the originator/main programmer of both Kepler and Sirius Astrology programs. Being a Taurus himself, he has found the preponderance
of adjectival descriptions to be inaccurate when analyzing
chart and in describing what truly motivates him. So let’s
take another look at Taurus, the bull.
Some of the most
common words used to describe Taurus are stable, practical, stubborn,
affectionate and patient. Many of these
descriptors relate to Taurus being the fixed earth sign, but
in the Twentieth Century we’ve expanded to some other descriptions that
focus on Taurus’s Venusian potentials, so we might add elegant
tastes in food and valuables, a desire for plush surroundings in the
home with maybe a tendency to self-indulgence and laziness. It’s
some of these more modern descriptions that don’t sit as well
with David’s own view of his stellium in Taurus in the Second
House. As a specific example, David is not overweight, not self-indulgent,
and not that focused on money or expensive baubles. Yet he has a Taurus
stellium in the natural house of Taurus, being the Second, with Taurus
on the cusp of the Second House.
Our tendency as
astrologers is to then find some other factor in the chart that might
negate the overwhelming
Taurean potential, but maybe we’re missing the real point. Just
because these adjectives fit the majority of people with strong
Taurus energy in their chart, do they fit everybody? Is there
perhaps a deeper
motivation that all Taurus individuals share, even if not all
of the descriptions seem to fit them perfectly?
People with strong
Taurus would be people with Sun, Moon and Ascendant in Taurus, and
the Moon is exalted in Taurus, the Moon is more
classically dignified in this sign. That Taurean potential makes
Moon in Taurus more effective than Sun in Taurus, in the external.
with Venus in Taurus would also have a stronger than average
Taurus potential since Venus classically rules Taurus.
reveal when a sign’s most archetypal energies flow most purely,
hence becoming more effective concerning the actions of that
planet. The Taurean Age of human history corresponds to the
pre-Babylonian cultures in the fertile crescent of the Middle East,
cultures, and includes the height of ancient Egypt, and the
building of the pyramids, which could only occur after the coalescing
of great agricultural wealth. This is also the time of the
Minoan culture centered on Crete, when bull mythology permeated
the pre-Greco-Roman Mediterranean cultures.
David’s core meaning of Taurus can be summed up in the phrase, “go
with the flow.” Or as he states in his booklet, “Discover
a Person’s Unique Talents with Harmonic Charts” on page
A need to be in tune with an inner, organic process, to unfold naturally, and
follow an instinctive unfoldment of energies. The process is one common to
the plant kingdom so Taurus gives an affinity to plants. Others feel that the
person with strong Taurus energy is obstinate and stubborn because of the dependence
on inner guidance.
(David's exact words)
If the natural
flow of Taurean energy is blocked, then we get more stubborn tendencies,
or at the most extreme, that raging bull stereotype.
If you know anyone with strong Taurus, you know they are not
quick to anger but once angered they rage like a mad bull in
and it takes time for them to calm back down, to become again
the bull smelling flowers in the field.
The prime motivation
for Taurus is to be at one with the natural flow of one’s existence,
so gardening stands out as a typical Taurean interest. As an
there is a need for material stability that can reveal a symptomatic
desire for luxury, but the core need is to have the basics covered,
not necessarily to have self-indulgent accessories. Gardeners
like pretty flowers, but they are also practical in creating
a living environment
that lasts, and often garden for food or medicinal sources as
well. Growing in a natural, yet inexorable, manner fits all
Taureans at a
If Aries is the pioneer, then Taurus is the settler, which follows
Aries, but makes a stable existence in a new space. If Aries is inception,
then Taurus is germination, the process of building something stable
over time, like the pyramids. If there is a religious tendency that
resonates to the energies of Taurus, David feels it would be Taoism,
finding that natural flow with our lives and nature and the cosmos.
It may seem a little passive for Taurus, until you remember that they
arbitrate what that natural flow is for themselves, so their actions
are very self-motivated, yet at one with their connection to external
nature and the life force.