SYMBOL: The Bull


QUALITY: Fixed/Feminine or Negative ( Feminine signs are Negative; Masculine signs are Positive. )
As a negative fixed, TAURUS is interested in values and ideas.

Personality Level: Venus        Soul Level: Vulcan
Opposite or Polarity Energy: Scorpio

RULES: TAURUS rules the 2nd house; Scorpio rules the 8th house

RAYS: 4th RAY of Harmony through Conflict (Art & Beauty)

BASIC SOUL PURPOSES: To establish a sense of true meaning and value in life.


LESSON TO LEARN: Non-attachment

MOTIVATED BY: Desire for practical, useful results

EVOLUTIONARY SPIRAL: (According to Alan Oken, Soul-Centered Astrology) – as we grow holistically, we spiral upward from Personality-Centered >>> Awakening to Soul-Personality relationships >>> Soul-Centered Individual

1. Functioning on the totally Personality-Centered Level – beautiful material possessions and physical pleasures are the major focus on this level. There is an instinctive urge to acquire possessions and to experience emotional sensations. TAURUS is very stubbornly in pursuit of these pleasures. Any sense of lack experienced by TAURUS is based on the desire to have more of everything. There is a tendency to clutter one’s space and to gain weight. TAURUS’ cup is always half empty. TAURUS learns about desire through her direct physical plane experiences.

2. Awakening to the Soul-Personality Relationship – since desires and values determine the direction of the will, TAURUS’ primary test is the transformation of desires. At this level, TAURUS confronts the urge to release her attachment to the desire nature. TAURUS struggles with her aspirations to nourish, supply, and give of herself freely – and – the equally strong urge to possess. The TAURUS/SCORPIO polarity is at its most powerful. As TAURUS undergoes the death and resurrection process within Scorpio, she is endowed with great artistic and creative potency. TAURUS moves more into the creative expression of her 4th RAY of Harmony thru Conflict (Beauty and Art). Right speech and right livelihood become of paramount interest—leading to right use of the Will.

3. Soul-Centered Individual – Vulcan rules the soul-centered TAURUS. At this level, TAURUS is freed from attachments to matter and the chains of desire. Vulcan now leads TAURUS in creating tools (Vulcan’s symbol is the hammer) that allow one to forge Light into Matter and to transform matter back into Light. The soul-centered TAURUS is the white magician, the true healer. The “Eye of the Bull” radiates forth, clearly pointing the way to spiritual presence and Divine Will. The “art of living” assumes enhanced meaning. TAURUS’ professional/artistic experience is now—by its very nature—transformative. Freed from attachment, TAURUS now expresses in ways that are uplifting and healing to everything in her environment. TAURUS can infuse life into her creations. The Horn of Plenty is now present.

The I HAVE, THEREFORE I AM sign possesses strong physical magnetism that attracts sexual partners and material abundance. Much artistic/musical ability lies latent within—talent that parents need to encourage into expression during TAURUS’ childhood. Otherwise, TAURUS tends to struggle with its expression later in life. TAURUS is focused on comfort, security, harmony, and beauty. TAURUS is a good provider, but will tend to neglect her own personal development while providing for her family. TAURUS thrives on giving “roots to the rootless and love to the loveless.” (Oken) Hers is a talent for making others feel secure. TAURUS is steadfast, reliable, loyal, kind, affectionate, and compassionate. TAURUS rules music; often she possesses talent for singing and/or instrumental music. TAURUS can be very intuitive and needs to recognize and honor this gift. TAURUS needs to build and create with the use of tools. TAURUS is blessed with physical stamina and endurance.

NEGATIVE CHARACTERISTICS: (Remember that as you focus on developing your positive characteristics, the negative ones tend to disappear. Those who express in negative ways are frustrated, consciously or unconsciously, because they are not being who they truly are.)
TAURUS must learn to let go—of possessions and loved ones. Within relationships, she likes to possess and to be possessed. This is partly due to the inertia of TAURUS, the tendency to be dependent within relationships. TAURUS does not like to be pushed and needs time to assimilate new ideas. She can be stubborn, jealous, extravagant—all motivated by the fear of loss. Anger can be a long time erupting, but when it does its force is startling. No amount of arguing will lead her to change her mind. TAURUS will allow stubborn resentment to stifle her own creative unfoldment. She most often communicates displeasure indirectly and passively.

A TAUREAN INCARNATION offers the opportunity to develop an enlightened value system that transcends attachment to material possessions and persons. TAURUS learns through experiences with the physical. The ultimate goal is to infuse matter with Spirit. TAURUS is seeking a balance between being serious over responsibilities and allowing greed to overwhelm her. In TAURUS, the instincts and passions are confronted. There can be a great deal of inertia to overcome. This inertia can be beautifully transformed into the capacity for outstanding meditative concentration.

TAURUS AS YOUR ASCENDANT: Be sure to check your chart to see what your Ascendant is. The zodiac energy on the ASCENDANT is the energy that the public beholds. We also look at the world through our ASCENDANT. TAURUS ASCENDANT, on the mundane level, sees a world to be possessed. In esoteric (soul-centered) astrology, the ASCENDANT indicates the soul’s purpose in physical incarnation.

TAURUS ASCENDANT reveals that the soul is to be activated through the 4th RAY. Thus, the soul has incarnated to perfect the dynamics of creating harmony through conflict. TAURUS’ soul purpose involves the struggle between the instinctual, animal nature and the conscious life of the soul. The goal is balance. The rhythm of the 4th RAY flows from: a relative state of harmony >>> change appears >>> tensions of struggle >>> a battle >>> death to old form >>> construction of a new form >>> harmony. The 4th RAY is the RAY on which many of the most outstanding artists and musicians are found. Thus, 4th RAY people are highly attuned to color, sound, and form. TAURUS ASCENDANT is very likely to possess tremendous artistic/musical talent. TAURUS ASCENDANT can see beauty in all things. The soul purpose is to assist others to behold the beauty and harmony in nature through speech, song, and artistic creations.

THE HOUSE IN WHICH VENUS IS LOCATED will indicate the area of life’s experiences where the lessons of the 4th RAY OF HARMONY THROUGH CONFLICT will tend to manifest. Since VENUS CHANNELS THE 5TH RAY OF CONCRETE KNOWLEDGE, many of the lessons will involve learning to use the innate intuitive, psychic powers of TAURUS ASCENDANT to bring forth inspirational ideas and to create concrete forms of expression for them.

MOON IN TAURUS: Be sure to check your chart to see where your Moon is located. The MOON reveals the personality as it is displayed in our reactions to the events within our daily lives. It also reveals much that is hidden within our subconscious minds. On the soul-centered level, the MOON reveals habit patterns that must be overcome or transformed in order to advance toward spiritual maturity. This struggle to overcome the negative tendencies revealed by the MOON is the “cross” we bear (Oken). The MOON reminds us of the negative habit patterns formed in prior incarnations that created the karma we brought into this incarnation.

MOON IN TAURUS indicates that soul growth will occur as the individual re-evaluates her value system. In prior lifetimes, TAURUS MOON has focused on acquiring material possessions to the exclusion of seeking spiritual enlightenment. TAURUS MOON has been dependent on and possessive of others and failed to allow loved ones the freedom to explore life on their own terms. TAURUS MOON has neglected to develop her own creativity. Even in the present, she often sacrifices her own creative urges on the altar of serving the needs and schedules of her family members. As a result, there can be feelings—even resentment—that no one supported her. She can feel unappreciated by those whom TAURUS MOON loved and supported. TAURUS MOON reflects the qualities of the “I possess” nature so typical of Taurean energy.


The TAURUS/SCORPIO POLARITIES work together to bring about a positive regulation of energy flow within the physical body. Achieving a balance between the qualities of TAURUS & SCORPIO, thereby transforming negative habit patterns, will assist in maintaining good health. For examples, achieving a balance between: TAURUS’ social inclinations and SCORPIO’s need for solitude. TAURUS’ inertia and SCORPIO’s ambition. TAURUS’ creativity and SCORPIO’s resourcefulness. TAURUS’ materialistic values and SCORPIO’s interest in metaphysical studies/values.

Failure to recharge one’s Sun sign energy results in depletion, irritability, and increased vulnerability to physical and emotional dis-eases. The element of one’s Sun sign is the fuel needed to feel alive. It is the source of vitality and power, the resource for coping with stress and challenges.

TAURUS RECHARGES by: 1) Taking on activities that offer challenges for coping with the material world. TAURUS expressing self through practical accomplishments stimulates her best energies. 2) Close associations with other earthy types of people, especially Virgo and Capricorn. 3) Getting feet “in the mud,” being close to nature and tuning into the power of growth in trees and plants. Play in the mud.

CONFLICT RESOLUTION: TAURUS disdains conflict, preferring to absorb the brunt of the problems. However, if driven against the wall, TAURUS can react with stunning force. Repressed energy is never constructive and interferes with well-being. Creativity can be an excellent release for pent-up emotional energy.

VULCAN is the soul-centered ruler of TAURUS; however, sufficient research has not yet been published to be accurate in its location within your natal chart. VULCAN’s energy assists in detaching from identification with the material plane. It links humanity with the Divine Plane. VULCAN’s lessons of detachment can be painful as they often manifest as loss of people and things. The purpose is to break TAURUS’ fixation on the material plane.
VULCAN’s message is: “Store up treasures in heaven where moth nor rust can corrupt.”

Other Associations:
Color(s) -Green & Brown
The color green is the color of balance, harmony and growth. The color brown is the color of security, protection and material wealth.

Food: Grapes, wheat, berries, artichokes, and asparagus.
Grapes have been around for centuries. From their mention in the Bible, to our use for wine the grape is an important staple in our diet.

Gem: Emerald
The emerald is the sacred stone of the goddess Venus. It was thought to preserve love. The emerald has long been the symbol of hope. It is considered by many to be the stone of prophecy. For some the emerald acts as a tranquilizer for a troubled mind. The emerald is said to bring the wearer reason and wisdom. The strongest time for the powers of the emerald is said to be spring. In several cultures the emerald was the symbol for fertilizing rain. In the Christian faith it is the symbol of faith and hope.

Tree: Apple Tree
Apple trees symbolize magic, youth, beauty and happiness. The apple has long been associated with the symbolism of immortality. The mystical Isle of Avalon, famed place of eternal rest for Celtic heroes including King Arthur, is literally “the apple land” or “apple island.”

Flower: Daisy
Daisies represent purity, loyal love and are symbol of innocence. It also can symbolize new beginnings. The flower is also said to be the ultimate symbol of inner sanctity.

Compiled and written by: Katherine Mongiello
Balance for Life: Mind, Body & Soul Healing


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