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From the book "Astrology for Lovers," written by Liz Green.

You just can't remove the sheen of the good earth on him. 

Ferdinand the Bull, in the famous children's story, is a lovable creature.  He amuses himself by smelling the flowers, listening to the birdsong, enjoying the summer breezes.  He doesn't do very much, our Ferdinand; but he's easily contented, and at home in his pasture.  Then one day he sits on a flower, and on the flower is a bee…  Well, you can work out the rest.  Ferdinand the Bull is a perfect Taurean.  And the story of many Taureans' lives run along those lines - the contentment of the field and the flowers; but there is always that damned bee. 

Taurus, the Bull, is ruled by the planet Venus.  In mythology, Venus is the goddess of love and beauty.  She's also the most indolent of all the Olympian deities, preferring her considerable pleasures to the nuisance of hard work.  All this describes very nicely one side of the Taurean nature.  A few words encapsulate it.  Peace, serenity, pleasure, calm, stability, placidity.  The famous patience of the Bull isn't so much patience built upon discipline and cynicism, as is Capricorn's.  It's the patience of nature, of the earth itself, serene and living each day for the pleasures it holds, while tomorrow - so long as it can be guaranteed that tomorrow will be the same as today - is forgotten. 

There are other sides to Taurus, of course.  In a sense, you can place Taureans at one of two phases in their lives:  before and after that most dreaded aspect of life to Taurus, the thing that goes innately against the grain - change. 

Among the traditional associations to Taurus is the realm of material stability and security.  And there's no doubt about it, Taurus likes his security in tangible, unchangeable forms - like gold bullion, or valuable antique furniture, or a really superb Ferrari.  Abstract wealth, tied up in investments, or wealth of a non-corporal kind (like knowledge, self-understanding, friends, and other less graspable commodities) is not really wealth to a Taurus.  Security is what you can trust.  What you can trust is what doesn't change, corrode, leave you, disappear, or depend upon others for its value.  Once he has it, he can relax.  Often he relaxes so much that he barely moves again. 

There's another aspect to this security-building impulse in Taurus.  This has to do with Taurus' way of looking at life.  When we discuss the element of earth in general, we mentioned that it had to do with dealing with reality - concrete, tangible reality.  Taurus, the first of the earthy signs, excels at this 'realistic' viewpoint.  Taurus is never foolishly idealistic.  Never naïve about the requirements and demands of ordinary life.  A true Taurus always has one eye cocked toward how he can sustain and preserve himself in life.  He's always realistic




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