Planetary Portraits : Venus in Taurus

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Placement Strength & Applications: Love of stability can be used toward rock-solid and steadfast devotion to a partner. Capacity to enjoy the “here and now”; grounded in the senses. Potential to foster harmony and tranquility in personal relationships. A natural orientation which neutralizes pretentious exchange.

Developmental Challenges: To make the distinction between people and property. Understanding when “consistency” can be used to rationalize inertia or fear of fresh new approaches. To find the “sweet spot” in relationships where one balances the pleasurable and the practical while not using one as an excuse to overindulge in or minimize the other.

The Portrait: Beauty as simplicity. The natural. The potential to attract without seeking undue attention. A skillful blend of modesty and staunch inner confidence. The epitome of minding one’s own business and expecting others to do the same.

Relational Style:  Enduring, trustworthy. The keeper of her/his word. “In your corner” type of loyalty, and expects the same.

Sexual Style: PRESENT in all forms. Earthy, uncomplicated and unbothered.

You Value: The feminine, the sensual, the comfortable.

Taurus Sun, Libra Moon, Sagittarius Rising

Your vitality is fueled through the enjoyment of the senses and optimally, your life is experienced at an earthy and tangible level. What you can immediately and decidedly “put your hands on” serves as a reliable  barometer of authenticity.

In addition, you need to feel like everything is “right where it should be” in your life. Not so much of an exact equal balance, but like a recipe, in a proportion that pleases you and is agreeable to your life goals.  You’re nourished through an orientation to the “other”.  Rarely frightened by opposing points of view, you’re more likely to seek understanding as to use your newly discovered insights as a means to develop a more congruent self.

Your lens for processing experience is one of a teaching and learning orientation. Everything is approached in a manner which questions and seeks meaning with the goal of placing things into a larger context in order to soak up holistic understanding . You relish at the thought of life as an ever broadening  panorama. Your world is looked at telescopically and opportunities to incorporate eclecticism are frequently sought.

Establishing the type of grounding which will support a bold and fearless dive into the larger social arena is key.

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Leo Sun, Taurus Moon

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Earth and radiance.

Your “shine” is created through the recognition and harnessing of your inner value. Until you’re able to explore in all of its facets, what you’re worth, your personal projection ceases to generate the heat and light you aspire to.

Recognition, admiration and attention as a regal being ignites your spirit. Ideally this status is for the purposes of illuminating the potential in others as well as yourself, and allowing your expression to be a gift which emits rays of creativity than one that blinds with an inflated ego.

Building yourself up is essential, but the question remains as to how you’ll share what you’ve gathered with the larger collective.  Delving deeper into your feelings and curbing the impulse to accept them at face value is something which can benefit you.

The ability to burn away any material which causes inertia, rigidity or an one dimensional outlook is your friend. Understand that you can simultaneously maintain fixity of purpose and accept your ever changing, unfolding nature of becoming.

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Gemini Sun, Taurus Moon

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Your insatiable curiosity knows no bounds, but it’s important to you that you convert your clever ideas so that they add value to your life as well as the lives of others. The need to know vitalizes you to search for “real world” and material demonstrations of your immense adaptability.

While you require a solid and practical structure from which to operate, it most likely won’t dull your inclination to experiment with all of the diversity life has to offer. Your multi-faceted worldview along with a steady persistence can unfold as an uncanny ability to create wealth via the acuity of your mind.

Even if you’re not certain of where your thoughts or words may take you, you’re not one to give up once you decide to follow an idea trail.

To successfully navigate this sun/moon blend, understand your need to enjoy life through BOTH the intellect AND the senses. To simultaneously balance a healthy amount of stimulation and relaxation for both. If you fail to find a point of equilibrium, you might discover that alternate between an ultra powerful, elastic – yet UNFOCUSED stream of thought, and a body which comes addicted to comfort, and only wishes to operate under the umbrella of that which brings it pleasure.

In order to achieve the results you seek, which are connected to manifesting things materially, while eloquently explaining your sense perceptions, it’s important that you learn how to gain solidity of being; filtering out incessant external chatter in the name of grounded focus. With this solar/lunar combination, it’s meant for you to access and express your mental brilliance in a common sense way, where youthful exuberance and earthy wisdom meet.

 

Taurus Sun, Taurus Moon

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What you need learn is this: You can rock the boat, yet still preserve the basic foundation.

Your life aspirations and emotional fulfillment come through building steadiness and consistency in every facet of your life. The understanding of what’s valuable is something that’s second nature. There’s this uncanny knack of knowing how to throw “overboard” that which isn’t functional.

However, there’s a fine line between comfort and inertia and even a MORE fine one between tranquility and stifling immobility.

One of your tasks is to recognize psychological undercurrents which go deeper than just face value and diving below the surface to incorporate intensity as a means to fostering positive change.

While you may be able preserve your boat’s foundation, the entire entity may not continue to be in optimal condition to sail the ever-changing seas of life if you don’t consider the adjustments which need to be made according to the times.

Understand that enhancements aren’t necessarily a rejection of what you’ve always done. Adding TO doesn’t always mean taking FROM.

Astrological Archetypes By Zodiac Sign

Aries: The warrior. The “battering ram”. The Fighter. The time bomb. The pioneer. The athlete. The risk taker. The brave one. The adrenaline junkie. The champion.

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Taurus: The money maker. The couch potato. The sensualist. The aesthete. The voice. The “maxer & relaxer”. Laid back.. The builder. the pragmatist. The muse. The consistent one. The comfort junkie.

Gemini: The journalist. The scribe. The messenger. The quiz show participant. The crossword junkie. The talk radio addict. The student. The dilettante. The curious one. The youthful one. The gossip. The social butterfly. The Jill/Jack of all trades.

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Cancer: The listening heart. the comforter. The feminine goddess. The mother. The protector. The tenacious one. The safe haven. The mirror. The sensitive. the intuitive. The warm respondent. The nurturer. The loony one.

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Leo: The show stopper. The performer. The queen and king. The aristocrat. The celebrity. the hero. The romanticist. The light. the egomaniac. The attention seeker. The embodiment of self-expression.

Virgo: Ms./Mr. precision. The analyst. The “tweaker” . The troubleshooter. The efficiency expert. The purist. The six sigma specialist. The critic. The technician.

Libra: The artist. The host. The mediator. The relater. Ms/Mr. interested. The beauty. The love doctor. The diplomat. The smooth operator. The peacemaker. The fence- sitter. The judge. The refined one. The negotiator. The matchmaker.

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Scorpio: The deep well. Ms/Mr.intensity. The investigator. The powerhouse of passion. The secret agent. The shaman. the wizard. The healer. The stalker. The psychoanalyst. The villain. The underworld guide. The transformer.

Sagittarius: The professor. The wild stallion. The guru. The philosopher. Reverend “do good”. The know it all. The dogmatist. The loud mouth.The synthesizer. The promoter. The moralist. The bigot. The bookworm. Ms./Mr. opinionated. The library. The teacher.The guide. the coach.

 

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Capricorn: The executive. The CEO. The wise elder. The strategist. The master. Big poppa. The soul controller. the stuffed shirt. The dignified one. Ms./Mr. integrity. Battle tested. The achiever. the professional. The authority. The administrator. The worker. Ms./Mr. discipline.

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Aquarius: The rebel. The weirdo. The beatnik. The revolutionary. The futurist. The eccentric. The free spirit. The reformer. The activist. the humanitarian. The mad scientist. The non-conformist. The individualist. Ms./Mr. Socially conscious.

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Pisces: The mystic. The dreamer. The creative. The believer. The illusionist. The sponge. The Martyr. The victim. The savior. The deceiver.The addict. The poet. the avoidant. The medium. the channel. The empath.

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Taurus Sun, Leo Moon

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“Any real change implies the break up of the world as one has always known it, the loss of all that gave one identity, the end of safety. And at such a moment, unable to see and not daring to imagine what the future will now bring forth, one clings to what one knew, or thought one knew; to what one possessed or dreamed that one possessed. Yet it is only when man is able, without bitterness or self pity to surrender a dream he has long cherished, or a privilege he has long possessed,that he is set free-that he has set himself free- for higher dreams, for greater privileges.”

-James Baldwin, Nobody Knows My Name

The word change is defined in Webster’s dictionary as [1] To make different in some particular. [2] To make radically different: transform and [3] To give a position, course or direction to. It’s my contention  that in order to embrace our authenticity, we must become acquainted with change in some form and hone our ability to navigate those waters. This undoubtedly requires risk.

To truly be who we are and validate ourselves sans outside approval requires a tremendous amount of patience and intestinal fortitude. The combination of a Taurus Sun and Leo Moon serves as an accurate illustrator of the path of internal certification. On a general level, the combination of these two signs implies a relationship of dynamic or developmental tension. 

This means when they’re synthesized the most significant growth can  emerge via periods of crisis, upheaval or intense circumstances which demand that we make very clear progression or regression choices. In an individual birth chart, when the Sun is placed in Taurus and the Moon in Leo, the core life energy is geared toward safety and security; the maintenance of stability. Keeping things as they are with relatively few surprises is the prevailing order of the day.

The Venus ruled Taurean energy is also stimulated by pleasure and the enjoyment of creature comforts which awaken and stir the senses. As an earth sign, the bull wants something they can “grab a hold of”  to point to as a symbol of certainty, whether it’s a career, relationship or money in the bank. The Leo Moon uses the Taurus Sun’s light to reflect an individual whose personality needs consist of identity validation, approval,  and the recognition and fundamental appreciation of their uniqueness. All of these emotional needs are ingredients to the puzzle of self esteem:

“Self esteem is the disposition to experience oneself as competent to cope with the basic challenges of life and as worthy of happiness.”

In order to be emotionally fulfilled, the Moon in Leo person must feel as if they have the necessary tools to not only “cope” as an individual,  but to flourish. With Leo’s sense of self-importance, there’s no “just getting by”. If that were to be the case, they might be viewed as “ordinary”, and in their book, that’s something too be avoided at all costs:

Needing to live up to a big and rather dramatized image of themselves, the Leo Moon person can be rather a show off. But they do it with such innocence and high expectations that they are often forgiven for their tendency toward self absorption and dramatization.”

When these Sun/Moon energies are blended, the tension which exists vacillates from wanting to keep conditions the same to desiring a growth and advance in the personality. A balance is required to maximize this placement. Stability of the most basic sort is required in our lives. However, part of acquiring self-esteem is the ability to successfully adjust to changes. To drop the script, act or image of this “big” person that you’ve convinced yourself that you need to embody and get on with the business of being yourself. If this path of authenticity is sought with great effort, the individual has the potential to be warmly inspiring and supportive to others who are also on their quest for self-actualization. In Nathaniel Branden’s book “The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem”, there’s a rundown of some basic ways self-esteem manifests in ourselves and others, many of which I deem applicable to the optimum use of the Taurus Sun/Leo Moon combination:

“Self-esteem expresses itself in a face, manner and way of talking and moving that projects the pleasure one takes in being alive. It expresses itself in an ease in talking of accomplishments or shortcomings with directness and honesty, since one is in friendly relationship to facts. It expresses itself in the comfort one experiences in giving and receiving compliments, expressions of affection, appreciation and the like. It expresses itself in an openness to criticism and a comfort about acknowledging mistakes because one’s self esteem is not tied to an image of “being perfect.”

“It expresses itself in one’s comfort with assertive (not belligerent) behavior in oneself and others. It expresses itself in an ability to preserve a quality of harmony and dignity under conditions of stress.”

Stability does not have to be synonymous with sameness or inertia. The highest compliment the Sun-Moon blend of Taurus and Leo can bestow upon the universe is to embrace taking the risks which come with the pursuit of authenticity and to implement personal changes over time which will allow them to meet the demands of genuine self-esteem.

References: “The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem” by Nathaniel Branden; “Person To Person Astrology: Energy Factors in Love, Sex and Compatibility” by Stephen Arroyo

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