Your Sun, Moon and Rising Signs
The Sun in Taurus
The Sun in astrology symbolizes the core essence of who you are – your individuality and sense of self. It describes what is likely to motivate you, and why. The Sun Sign describes the prime focal point within the personality structure, and is of major importance. Understanding and developing these aspects of self will help develop and expand your sense of authenticity. Understanding the house in which your Sun is found will give even greater detail.
If you do not feel much like your Sun Sign, then consider – Are giving yourself permission to be who you truly need to be?
Taurus: Fixed Earth
Keywords: Stability, Structure, Security, Reliability, Sensuality
Positive Expression: Steadfast, loyal, composed, calm, affectionate, generous, practical, productive, fertile, graceful, warm.
Negative Expression: Stubborn, unreasonable, grasping, tight, aloof, overindulgent, stingy, rigid, inability to change, dull, thick, materialistic.
When the Sun is found in Taurus, the drive to establish and maintain a sense of security is often an important motivating force. Taureans are learning the nature of security, and what it means to be able to maintain a stable sense of self. Theirs is a journey to the centre of what it means to be stable and secure. This is not to say that Taurus is materialistic. On the contrary, a more correct understanding would be that there is a strong emotional connection between physical objects and a solid sense of self-worth for those born to this sign. Not necessarily concerned with pursuing objects for their own sake, Taureans are here to learn to find the usefulness of function and form. Taurus relates to all things physical, sensual and real. Accordingly Taureans will be most responsive to what they can see, hear, smell, taste and touch. That which is tangible, or ‘real’, generates feelings of material security or self-worth for Taurus that are hard to ignore.
This is an Earth sign, so lending stability, practicality and solidity to the personality structure. Taureans are known for dependability, loyalty and a realistic approach to life. In friendship, they display grace, charm and good humour. In love, they are reliable and constant. They tend to be characterized by expressions of warmth, kindness and generosity – seeking to share the good things in life they have found for themselves with others. They will look at a problem from a pragmatic point of view, and if no simple solution presents itself, may prefer to wait and watch for conditions to improve – rather than risk anything adverse.
Issues with Change
For such reasons, they can also be especially stubborn, and resistant to the new. Taureans tend to be peace-loving individuals, who would much rather graze in halcyon fields of lush, ever-green comfort than face the uncertainty of struggle or too much change. Some Taureans will focus solely on the things of this Earth, and will concern themselves with what is tangible over what is esoteric at almost every turn. This in itself is not problematic, unless the concern for what is in front of one’s nose turns into the famed Taurean stubbornness to admit any other reality than one’s own. Taurus has a reputation for laziness, and there are some born to this sign who will quite happily spend the whole day in bed. Whilst comfort and pleasure are indeed aspects of the physical which need to be met, overindulging in inactivity can make it hard for Taurus to stay motivated and on track.
Beneath the connection to the tangible which often characterizes this sign is a deep consideration for issues of self-worth. Taureans will often experience a strong connection between what is in front of them, and how they feel about themselves. Accordingly, this can manifest as a powerful need to accumulate money and possessions. Taureans of this type can be all about fixed-term accounts, home deposits and cash at hand. Money and ownership for the sake of security are key motivational factors, rather than the outward glamour or prestige that possessions can bring. Taureans of this type do not flourish with next to nothing in the bank, and should make sure that security needs are met in order to feel stable and at peace. Once security has been established, then learning to let go of one’s possessions by sharing with others will keep the flow of abundance open, allowing Taurus to benefit emotionally from what it is they own.
Learn by Letting Go
For other Taureans, life is a mystery to be explored by letting go. These Taureans appear to eschew the material, in favour of more “refined” or spiritually motivated pursuits. This is most common when Scorpio or other transpersonal influences are also strong in the birth chart. The experiences of the body and senses speak more strongly than any attachment to outer form. This type of Taurus is usually more concerned with aesthetic dimensions of experience. Yet finding selfhood through the material must nonetheless occur. Any apparent rejection of the purely material is still another way of finding a sense of self-worth based upon an emotional response to what is owned. A certain pride may form around ‘not being materialistic’ that masks hidden fears of not being able to generate or accumulate enough. A sense of self is still found in reaction to the physical, but this time through denying the denseness of too strong a focus on physical forms. Yet again care must be taken not to let stubborn or fixed opinions about the material world create a different kind of rut.
Learning to let go of dependence on material resources is a valuable lesson, yet achieving this ideal means doing so without denying the benefits that possessions will bring. Rare indeed is it to find a Taurus who is not profoundly enmeshed in ‘the material’, and all of its implications- whether they are busily accruing assets or resisting the pull toward doing so. The Buddha himself was born under this sign, and his life story sheds light on this conundrum through the teaching of non-attachment. To let go of the material means first understanding the nature of its forms. Ultimately, it may only be at such an elevated spiritual level of existence that Taurus can really transcend the material world. Finding a balance between physical needs and material attachment is the sense of this journey, and for some taureans this will mean seeking understanding of the physical through nonmaterial means.
This sign is Fixed in quality, which brings the capacity for endurance but also a tendency to resist change. Taurus represents principles of continuity, solidity and form. Taureans tend to cling to what is comfortable and familiar for as long as possible. Accordingly, some Taureans can feel deeply unsettled by change. Time and again they will choose comfort and security over the new and unknown. Over time this can become a distinct disadvantage. Taurus may have their heads down, happily grazing on the same patch of ground, and so be ignorant to the fact that an opportunity for change has come and already moved on. Taurus can become inwardly very distressed when they sense that the time to move is near, and may react by unconsciously ‘digging in their hooves’ – becoming inert to avoid unwanted change. In this case, other people tend to operate as the catalysts that Taurus needs, bringing necessary change in the form of sudden shocks which force the Taurean to incorporate change. Partners are often required to who can provide the impetus needed to keep Taurus moving. Stubbornness, and a certain rigidity about considering other points of view, may need to be examined. Such responses can be rooted in deep seated fears around what allowing change might mean.
Another important dimension of this sign is its affinity with creativity, beauty and form. Those born under this sign will often have a pronounced sense of the aesthetic – liking nothing better than using their practical know-how to bring something beautiful into form. For this reason, many Taureans display strong creative skills, and enjoy working at a leisurely pace to make something from available resources at hand. As a Fixed Earth sign, creativity can easily translate into garden, woodwork, floristry or working with stone. Anything tactile, natural and beautiful is a natural Taurean tool. They may excel in embodying beauty and finding practical ways to embellish form. The need to generate material security can just as easily be expressed by pursuing that which brings joy and comfort through the endless bounty of this world. An appreciation of beauty and comfort can be expressed in many ways, and a powerful way for Taureans to connect with a sense of self is taking time to create something beautiful that can also be used in its turn.
As mentioned, this is also a sign of great sensuality, and Taureans will often have a healthy interest in good food, good wine and good sheets. The physical appetites are usually strong, with an innate awareness of the body and its’ needs. Taurus is ruled by the planet Venus, the Goddess of Love. Accordingly, the gifts of Venus can be pronounced in this sign. Many Taureans have powerful sensual and sexual requirements that should ideally be met. Taking time for these sensual requirements is an important dimension of self-worth. The need for physical comfort and contact should not be underestimated or denied. Yet with everything, moderation is required, and Taurus can easily slide into gluttony, excess and ill-health if grazing at one’s chosen trough is not balanced by hard work, temperance and some form of regular physical exercise.
The Taurus Solar Journey
If you were born with the Sun in Taurus then you are likely to be gifted with a grounded practicality and ability to face life realistically that is both an asset and a source of comfort. In many ways, Taureans exemplify The Children of the Earth – those who pay homage to their natural birth right by honouring the bounty and gifts that Mother Nature brings. Perseverance, constancy and awareness of the beauty in life are the benefits you bestow. By allowing yourself the pleasure and comfort of experiencing your senses to their fullest, you can share your sense of wonder and delight with all who come your way. Your challenge is to give yourself permission to be stable and sensual, at the same time as remaining open to life-renewing change.