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Taurean is this basic conflict between the human, heroic side and the bestial side with its rampant appetites, product of more compulsive desire on the part of both his parents.  Desire is a dominant force in Taurus, whether it is desire for sexual satisfaction, food, drink, money, status, or anything else you can think of.  When Taurus becomes obsessed with the object of his desire, there's no withholding him from it.  He's like a fully wound up steamroller; it may take him a while to find out what he wants, and a while to get warmed up, but once he gets moving, nothing on God's green earth will stop him.  The trick is to harness the desires to work for the man, rather than the desires dragging the man behind them.  And to make sure that the desires, whatever they are, don't - as the picturesque mythological image suggests - devour human flesh. 

Notice that Theseus succeeds because of the ball of thread.  The ball of thread has to do with plan and purpose.  Ordinarily, Taurus would blunder into the labyrinth blind, because he didn't look forward far enough into the time he might want to leave again.  The Bull doesn't always possess foresight.  But armed with it, the task is made easy.  Also, the labyrinth is the tangle of human motives and emotions that so often defeats Taurus.  Because of his love of simplicity, and his intense dislike of inferences, convolutions, half-shaded and ambiguous suggestions, undercurrents and nuances, he often loses his way in the labyrinth of human relationships and of his own inner life.  He badly needs a ball of thread - that is, a clear path and an idea of the map of the place.  Given that, he's on his way. 

There's another myth which is pertinent to Taurus as well, and describes more the strengths and abilities of the sign.  Theseus and the Minotaur portray one of the basic life problems of Taurus.  Vulcan (Hephaistos, in Greek) is the god who represents a different side of Taurus' nature.  In mythology, Vulcan is the husband of Venus.  He is the divine artisan, the builder, the worker.  He works at his forge, which is at the heart of a volcano, and creates on his anvil all the tools and objects of beauty that provide the other Olympian deities with their powers.  Vulcan is responsible for making Zeus' thunderbolts, Mercury's winged helmet and sandals, Pluto's invisible helmet, Minerva's magic shield.  Every deity owes Vulcan something, for it is Vulcan who forges from the earth itself the attributes of power.  He is an alchemist:  from the raw substance of the earth itself he produces gold and precious things.  He is an indefatigable worker, with immense strength on his shoulders and arms.  He represents the qualities of creative power that Taurus possesses, unleashed and directed toward a useful and purposeful end.  If Taurus can only find his purpose, his meaning, some field of work which can occupy his tremendous drive and energy, he is a true artist - whether it is of a piece of sculpture, a symphony, a building, a government.  First, of course, he must get that bee sting which reminds him that he can't spend the whole of his life chewing grass contentedly, while chasing other bulls out of the pasture.  Deep in every Taurus is a need to be useful, to produce, to build something solid and permanent and tangible that stands as a testimony to his abilities and to his existence.  Taurus is seeking a symbol of his own value, his own worth.  To accomplish this, he must make something that lasts.  Until he settles into his life work, Taurus is often aimless, or lethargic, or passive, or dependent on the support of others.  But his real nature is as much Vulcan the earth-fire god, as it is Venus the beautiful, indolent one.  Put the two together - as the Greeks did in their myth - and you have some marvelous offspring. 

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