When we seek to investigate the Taurus-Scorpio nodal axis, its ruling planets, Venus and Mars immediately come to mind. Venus rules Taurus and Mars rules Scorpio (Pluto also shares affinity with Scorpio.)
With this axis, the quest to integrate life’s pleasures with the mentality of a warrior and an investigator, steps out to the forefront. To use these nodes effectively (i.e. to advance one’s interests) an honest acknowledgement of how one’s physical and psychological needs require synthesis needs to happen. In other words, an exploration of life based on the premise that there’s more than meets the eye, is of paramount importance.
Although good, solid “common sense” is held dear, the shift must be made to incorporate all of the senses as informants when it comes to one’s internal and external world. This particular nodal axis seeks to merge the Venus and Mars ruled archetypes into a functional relationship, and this requires attention and concerted effort. With the Taurus South Node, one is well-versed and familiar with peace, creative comforts and the overall enjoyment of life. With Scorpio in the picture, the desire to penetrate mysteries, pierce veils and get below the surface is so thick it can be cut with a knife.
The education within these nodes is multidimensional. The first facet of instruction is that anything that’s worth digging for takes effort, and this includes the journey within ourselves. There’s a big question contained in this nodal axis, and it centers around complacency, which can be masked as serenity.
Picture yourself walking down the street and making eye contact with someone, and they don’t know what to really say or do, so they flash a half-hearted, plastic grin your way. This can pass as a “greeting”, but we all know it’s not authentic. Your job is to penetrate until you get to the truth, no matter what it is.
One of the most important things that one needs to learn where the Taurus/Scorpio nodes are concerned is that just because something is enjoyable doesn’t mean there’s more authenticity involved, and how you measure the amount of worth and value something or someone has in your life shouldn’t necessarily be based on how many good feelings emerge as a result of your association.
This is not to say that your life shouldn’t be enjoyed, However, the universe is asking you to achieve a more complete satisfaction at a different level. In fact, this is a shift, where you’re being asked to move from your “comfort” to being a leading value and restoring gut-level truth and authenticity as a priority.
Reading between the lines is a faculty that needs to be developed. This may not feel good, but it’s essential to understand that a certain amount of anxiety (while not in excessive form) can serve as an instrument to further investigation of people and phenomena which can yield sharper and more acute analysis.
The Taurus-Scorpio nodal axis is about the reclamation of your fighting spirit. In many cases, the Moon is the “go to” when security and safety is being discussed, but Venus, the ruler of Taurus makes a compelling case as well. If anything, it’s a branch of the same tree because it’s associated with all that we find pleasurable.
With this nodal arrangement in one’s birth chart, one must proceed in life with the correct definition of intimacy. It can’t be stressed enough that to be intimate with something or someone is to know that thing or person VERY WELL. However, this doesn’t necessarily suggest COMFORT with whatever or whomever is revealed.
While your accommodating tendencies can be a source of familiarity, your true growth centers around moving away from interpreting human behavior strictly through the lens of face value and integrating psychological and investigative savvy which will allow you to ferret out deeper motives than simply how someone presents a situation.
Taurus is associated with creating and adding value while Scorpio is related to penetrating and arriving at the core. If you’re successful at combining these two, you can embrace living a deeper and richer existence because you’ll ENJOY seeing through all of the bullshit that’s presented to all of us on a daily basis. You can find PLEASURE in being a person who has taken the time and effort to be well-informed and won’t be duped or lied to any longer.
Mars, the planetary ruler of Scorpio is about risk, among other things. While it’s easy to be captivated and attracted to appearances, the “simple” and the “natural” may also be devices which prey on your naivete. It’s important to take the severing of some relationships as par for the course when you attempt to shift from pleasure to depth penetration. That’s not for the faint of heart and those who don’t wish to upgrade their relationship with you based on your continued growth won’t be in your circle for very long.
Essentially, what you’re doing is re-framing your view of personal power, which is an important piece to your nodal puzzle. All of the things that we’re told are sinful and that we shouldn’t have our hands in, you’re being summoned to explore: SEX, power ( who has it, how it’s acquired, used and distributed), politics ( from the governmental level down to the corporate office), “deviance”, crime and the underworld. Your question to yourself needs to be: what am I learning about myself through this exploration?
You may find that instead of dividing the world into “saints and sinners” that you’re able to reconcile both dynamics within yourself, along with a host of others, so the need to project these potentials on others is eliminated. If this is the case, you’re on the right track.
Your nodal story discards the narrative of “goodness” and “badness” and honors wholeness.
References: North Node Astrology: Rediscovering Your Life Direction and Soul Purpose by Elizabeth Spring.
The Astrology of Self-Discovery by Tracy Marks