Taurus and Abundance

Taurus the Bull

Live Long and Prosper!

What Taurus Can Teach Us
About Creating Abundance

Abundance sparkles like a jewel! It sends its lofty scent on the breeze and entices us with promises of riches and plenty. It tastes like freshly baked bread with a dollop of homemade jam. It feels like soft fur warming us against the harsh cold, or supple suede protecting our skin from injury. Its sound is like wind chimes or rustling leaves that brings a presence on the breeze; or haunting harmonies that enrich our sacred chanting. It conjures visions of a cornucopia of succulent treasures. Such is the sumptuous, sensuous domain of Taurus the Bull and its ruling planet, Venus.

Now before you think “So much for this article, I’m not a Taurus,” think again! We all have a Taurus side to our nature. Taurus is somewhere in everyone’s birthchart, and everyone has its ruling planet Venus in their chart, and everyone has a 2nd House (calculated from your time and place of birth). All these areas of the birthchart contain Taurus energy.  Top of Page

 

Fixed Earth

The world of Taurus incorporates money, finances, possessions and all things of the material world. This includes our physical bodies, the five senses and sensual pleasures, like taste sensations, sweet fragrance, luxurious touch, visual splendour and delightful sound. To someone with a strong Taurus nature, sensory experiences are among the very essence of the Good Life, and a way to their heart can often be found through sensual pleasures like beautiful music, good food, a relaxing bath or massage, or soothing colours.

Every sign is associated with a unique combination of an element (Fire, Earth, Air or Water) and a modality (Cardinal, Fixed or Mutable), and Taurus is the Fixed Earth sign. As an Earth sign, Taurus brings us into the realm of physical reality and factual realism. Taurus-type people are typically down-to-earth and grounded, taking things one practical step at a time. Their aim is usually to live a simple life filled with the luxuries and conveniences that create a pleasurable, tranquil existence.

Taurus is also a Fixed sign, meaning that its energy operates similar to the principle of “inertia.” (Remember your high school physics? Neither do I.) When Fixed energy is in motion it tends to stay in motion, and when it is at rest it wants to stay at rest. Taurus-type people typically prefer to get into a routine where they can go on automatic pilot and coast along in a relaxed rhythm. They usually prefer to live in predictable, ordered surroundings (like all Earth signs), which can give them the ability to be reliable, steadfast people. On the other hand, once they are firmly rooted in a state of rest they often find it hard to get moving again, and their love of luxury, tranquility and ease can make them a bit lazy.  Top of Page

 

Tending The Garden

So what does Taurus have to teach us about abundance? For starters, its Earth nature tells us we must be prepared to work in down-to-earth, concrete reality. Like a good Taurus gardener, if we want to grow something, we have to be willing get down on the ground and get our hands dirty...and maybe even shovel some manure in the process.

Yet, for all of Taurus’ physical pragmatism, there is a certain meta-physical element that is also a necessary ingredient for success. We can till the soil, plant our seeds, and water and fertilise their growth until the zodiacal cows come home, but without the blessings of the Gods our seeds may only be providing food for worms. In order to maximize our chance of success, we need not only to provide the best ingredients and the right actions, but also a certain resonance with the object of our desire and sufficient patience to cultivate our goals into fruition.

Taurus also teaches that although the end result may be important, getting there is equally valuable. If you’re not finding pleasure in the journey to your destination, then you’ve lost an essential point of the exercise. Taurus and Venus are the custodians of the rose garden that we are encouraged to stop and enjoy on our way through life.

Although Taurus is associated particularly with money, it also governs general resources. Cold hard cash may be the most convenient and universal resource to meet our needs, but it is often possible to meet specific needs in a variety of equivalent ways. What we lack the cash to buy might be accessible through barter or other means. Taurus’ fixed persistence works best when applied toward the essential benefits we wish to gain, rather than expectations of how those benefits will manifest.

Taurus’ pattern of inertia teaches us that it helps to get into an on-going routine. Taurus is in it for the long haul, and seeks to build a perpetual-motion machine that will increasingly bring whatever we magnetise to us. Like the initial tree which seeds the forest that springs up around it, once we get some of what we want, it becomes easier to bring more of it into our lives. The seed must be planted before we can harvest the crop, and Taurus knows that it takes money to make money—we need that initial investment in our goal, in order to seed the growth process. Add some elbow grease and a methodical game plan, and that Taurus quality of positive inertia can become the compounding interest that keeps you moving toward your goal.  Top of Page

 

The Shadows of the Garden

As much as Taurus represents our material substance, it also embodies the substance of who we are—what is real about us at our most basic level. It holds the fundamental structure of our ego identity, which is essential to sustain and contain our fiery spirit that is housed by the physical body. As such, Taurus also reflects our sense of self-worth and self-value, as well as our material values. What is worth paying the price, literally and figuratively? How much are we willing to invest to attain peace, pleasure, stability and security? We may have to give up some excitement, freedom or potential in order to effectively manifest the actuality of prosperity. Our values will steer the choices and sacrifices we’re prepared to make in order to get the desired results.

Striving for material abundance brings us into a very personal encounter with the physical world. Our experience of the physical is powerful indeed, and how we feel about it can significantly affect what we encounter within it. Physical and sensory experiences imprint themselves on our psyche in deeply subjective and compelling ways. As infants we cannot survive without human touch, and our physical relationship with the world continues to impact us on a primal level throughout our lives. Our experience of the physical can bring intense pleasure or devastating pain, both physical and emotional, and our comfort level with the physical world can greatly influence how easily or effectively we are able to work within it.

The Taurus web can also become tangled when our sense of self gets knotted up with our “cents of wealth”—when our material worth becomes synonymous with our personal worth. The temptation in Taurus is to say “I have, therefore I am,” and then to conclude that if I “have not” I therefore “am not.” We invest so much of our time, our energy and ourselves in the acquisition of “things,” and western culture places such a high value on having those “things” that the line can become blurred between the possession and the possessed.

If we listen closely, Taurus teaches that while our state of abundance may reflect our material values and priorities, we risk losing ourselves in the pursuit if we don’t remember that we have value regardless of the “stuff” we have. The highest aim of Taurus is not the Ferengi Rules of Acquisition but the attainment of inner substance that fuels and gives form to our spirit. The aim of Taurus is to experience the simple joys and challenges of physical existence, and to cultivate a healthy sense of self that doesn’t require win-lose scenarios in order to feel whole.  Top of Page

 

Discovering Your Taurus Nature

How can you discover how Taurus operates in your life? By observing your life at times when Taurus energy is strong, you can learn how to cultivate and work with Taurus energy more effectively. Dates are listed below when Taurus energy is especially strong. (Dates are based on the Eastern Time zone, and may be one day before or after for other time zones.)

Moon in Taurus:

Your feelings and everyday experiences will be tinged with Taurus energy.

2005

2006

January 17-19
February 13-16
March 13-15
April 9-11
May 6-9
June 3-5
June 30 - July 2
July 27-29
August 23-26
September 20-22
October 17-19
November 14-16
December 11-13

January 7-9
February 2-6
March 3-5
March 30 - April 1
April 27-29
May 24-26
June 20-22
July 17-20
August 14-16
September 10-12
October 8-10
November 4-6
December 1-3

 

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Other Planets in Taurus:

During these periods, these planets will express themselves in a Taurus way — slow, methodical, grounded, practical, sensual, resourceful. For more about each planet, see the Glossary.

2005

2006

Sun in Taurus: April 19 - May 20
Venus in Taurus: April 15 - May 9
Mercury in Taurus: May 12 - June 11
Mars in Taurus: July 28 - Jan. 17/06

Sun in Taurus: April 20 - May 20
Venus in Taurus: May 29 - June 23

 

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Moon conjunct Venus:

On these dates, your everyday events, feelings and needs combine with your finances, resources, relationships, sensuality, and your ability to attract what you desire. Emphasised dates below indicate that Venus and the Moon are conjunct in Taurus — a double dose of Taurus energy!

2005 2006

January 8
February 7
March 9
April 8
May 9
June 8
July 8
August 7
September 7
October 7
November 5
December 4

January 1
January 27
February 24
March 25
April 24
May 24
June 22
July 22
August 22
September 21
October 21
November 21
December 21

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Venus in the Signs:

Venus, the planetary ruler of Taurus, expresses her energy in different ways, depending on what sign she's traveling in. To make the most of Venus energy, as it happens, try cultivating and investing your energy in the areas listed below during the indicated times. (Please let your good judgement have the final say in important things like finances.)

2005 2006

January 9 - February 2

Venus in Capricorn: Conservation, long-term investment, caution, budget.

February 2 - 26

Venus in Aquarius: Impulse buying, unexpected resources, networking, friendships.

February 26 - March 22

Venus in Pisces: Beauty, art, music, romance, unclear or intuitive resources.

March 22 - April 15

Venus in Aries: Quick income, impulse spending, desire, adventure, starting.

April 15 - May 9

Venus in Taurus: Budgeting, increase resources, grounded values, food, possessions.

May 9 - June 3

Venus in Gemini: Ideas, communication, (e)mail, books, socializing.

June 3 - 28

Venus in Cancer: Home, family, belonging, emotional needs, nurturing, protective.

June 28 - July 22

Venus in Leo: Creative self-expression, self-esteem, creative projects, children, fun.

July 22 - August 16

Venus in Virgo: Health, work, daily routines, the contribution you make to the world.

August 16 - September 11

Venus in Libra: Relationships, love, harmony, balance, negotiation, strategy.

September 11 - October 7

Venus in Scorpio: Deep psychology, transformation, renewal, magic, stealth.

October 7 - November 5

Venus in Sagittarius: Promotion, knowledge, spirituality, your place in the big picture.

November 5 - December 15

Venus in Capricorn: Conservation, long-term investment, caution, budget.

December 15 - January 1

Venus in Aquarius (retrograde): Impulse buying, unexpected resources, networking, friendships.

January 1 - March 5

Venus in Capricorn: Conservation, long-term investment, caution, budget.

March 5 - April 5

Venus in Aquarius: Impulse buying, unexpected resources, networking, friendships.

April 5 - May 3

Venus in Pisces: Beauty, art, music, romance, unclear or intuitive resources.

May 3 - 29

Venus in Aries: Quick income, impulse spending, desire, adventure, starting.

May 28 - June 23

Venus in Taurus: Budgeting, increase resources, grounded values, food, possessions.

June 23 - July 18

Venus in Gemini: Ideas, communication, (e)mail, books, socializing.

July 18 - August 12

Venus in Cancer: Home, family, belonging, emotional needs, nurturing, protective.

August 12 - September 6

Venus in Leo: Creative self-expression, self-esteem, creative projects, children, fun.

September 6 - 30

Venus in Virgo: Health, work, daily routines, the contribution you make to the world.

September 30 - October 24

Venus in Libra: Relationships, love, harmony, balance, negotiation, strategy.

October 24 - November 17

Venus in Scorpio: Deep psychology, transformation, renewal, magic, stealth.

November 17-December 11

Venus in Sagittarius: Promotion, knowledge, spirituality, your place in the big picture.

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For more about the meaning of the planets going through Taurus, check out The Low-Down on the Far-Out, both the current column and the archives. These columns contain dates and descriptions for when the planets travel through Taurus, as well as the planetary events of Taurus' ruler, Venus.

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