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In the current era, the sun is set against the backdrop of the constellation of Taurus during May 15 and June 15.The sun sign is indicative of the manner in which the individual finds expression, for it is the source of the life force. The solar energies absorb and reflect the characteristics of the sign in which the sun finds itself: and the individual born at this time of the year will find that, at heart, he or she embodies Taurean traits. The other two most important personal factors within the birth chart are the Ascendant and moon. If either of these are positioned within the Taurus field of influence, then the individual will also find that he or she reflects Taurean traits, as would anyone with Venus significantly placed in their chart.

It is the bull that symbolises Taurus: and the first traits that can be drawn from this caricature are those of solidity and strength. This not only applies to the temperament but, quite frequently, to the physique. As a Taurus person, those born under this sign are firm in their convictions and beliefs, and it is impossible to alter the firm stance taken on any issue once the mind has been set. This steadfastness of nature has its advantages because the average Taurean can always be relied upon and trusted. This, in turn, provides a firm ground upon which to raise a family or children. Taurus is very much a family orientated individual, and they enjoy any leisure activity which is related to the home. Generally, they would rather entertain at home. Taurus also strives to secure a home because in their mind "a man's home is also his castle". Within the realm of this castle, Taurus finds the security which is fundamental to their nature. It is a place to which they can retreat in times of need and regain a sense of inner composure. It would never do to have someone see Taurus in their weaker moments, as they are very proud. When life becomes too hectic, solitude is very comforting.

It seems that adversity especially strengthens the Taurus individual through experience. Taurus has a tremendous inner reserve of strength that can be called forth in times of dire need. During such periods they can be relied upon to obstinately stand their ground. This solidity of character has its basis in a constructive and practical nature, as Taurus is an earth sign. They will not budge an inch: that is, of course, until someone causes them to see red. This situation is then corn- parable to the matador waving his red cloak in front of the bull. With this imagery, it is then possible to imagine the sort of damage Taurus can wreak under extreme provocation.

Whatever their ambitions, Taurus tends to move slowly and steadily towards them as they refuse to be rushed. Taurus realises the importance of money and, thus, will strive to achieve security in this direction. With money, Taurus is able to attain those items for which they have a great appreciation. With the influence of Venus as the ruling planet of Taurus, these objects of appreciation would be connected to the finer things in life such as good food, good wine and excellent company. This appreciation extends to cover art, literature, music and many other creature comforts. It is logical then that Taureans will strive for accomplishment and an authoritative position on their career path, a position where the income earned will form a secure base for life. Having accumulated funds, Taurus is then very wary about parting with hard earned cash. Taurus tends to make sure of the facts before taking a gamble on an investment, whether it be time or money.

As with any positive expression in nature, there must always be an opposite. Despite all of the good characteristics that are evident in the Taurus person, under certain circumstances the negative influences will arise as no one is perfect: and life certainly is not. The negativities are the excesses of the positive traits, which include wanton stubbornness, a domineering attitude, dogmatism, conceit, self-centredness, laziness and the ability to carry a grudge for a long time. Fortunately for the rest of the world, it is rare to find such a totally negative person.

In Taurean relationships, the natives of this sign are extremely loyal. There is a kind, sympathetic side to the nature and Taurus is at their happiest when they are able to express their emotions in a one-to-one relationship. Taurus has strong sexual needs as these are the obvious expressions of deep and meaningful love. As usual, Taurus is immovable in this area of their lives because they prefer the other person to come to them rather than taking the initiative. This seems to flatter their own measure of self worth. Not that this is a bad thing because , without a modest measure of self-esteem, the human race would not have made the amazing progress related to the triumph of human spirit and endeavour.

© Copyright, Alison Moroney, 1990