This is the second installment of a new series of interpretations of the astrological symbol set. For interpretations of Planets in Signs, Planets in Houses and Planets in Aspect, please see the Depth Astrology series at the Smashwords e-publishing site, https://www.smashwords.com/books/byseries/13223 .
The dynamics of sign-to-sign relationships can be useful not only in the interpretation of compatibility charts; they can also add information to the interpretation of planetary aspects. As with other symbol set interpretations, the juxtaposition of the essential energies of each sign is the starting off point for exploring their meanings.
This series continues with
Aries-Taurus and will end with Pisces-Pisces, working around the
zodiacal wheel factorially with a
new zodiacal combination presented each month. Past month’s articles
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Aries-Taurus, as with other contiguous sign combinations, potentially resonates with both the semi-sextile and semi-square aspects. Semi-sextiles are possible throughout the progression through the two signs. Semi-squares are possible from the first half of the preceding sign (in this case Aries) to the second half of the succeeding sign (in this case Taurus). Thus, the relationship between contiguous signs is complex, consisting of potential compatibilities and potential incompatibilities.
Interpreting the Aries-Taurus combination may also shed some light on a number of related symbol sets. These include Aries in the second house, Taurus in the first house and the Aries-Taurus cusp. Also related to the Aries-Taurus combination are Mars in the second house, Mars in Taurus, Venus in the first house, Venus in Aries and Mars-Venus aspects.
As a reminder, “container” is used here as a general term designating a planet whether in one’s own chart or another’s. When in another’s chart, “container” may practically be viewed to mean the other person. So that the analysis doesn’t wind up seeming too cold and depersonalized, I will sometimes use the personal pronoun (you) in lieu of the impersonal “container.” Recognize that either term can refer to a planetary energy within you or your relationship with another person.
With Aries-Taurus, we have the pairing of Cardinal Fire and Fixed Earth. Earth can smother fire but it can also contain fire, channeling its energy and enabling it to become useful. Similarly, Taurean caution and slowness (an attribute of its fixed nature) can thwart or hold back Aries’ fire and cardinal energies, frustrating Aries. However, caution can often be valuable to control Aries’ impulsiveness and tendency toward rash behavior. Thus, a container located in Taurus can exercise a moderating influence on a container located in Aries when the energies interact positively.
When the energies interact negatively, a container located in Taurus can be obstructive toward a container located in Aries. It should be borne in mind that, consistent with the principles of the duality that permeates the Creation, the negative manifestations of Taurus on Aries can lead to positive outcomes by challenging the Aries container to overcome the Taurean obstruction. Similarly, Taurean moderation may ultimately lead to negative outcomes if this moderation blunts and dulls Aries’ eagerness and enthusiasm or if the Aries energy is channeled by its Taurus container in directions that lead to a darkening of consciousness (e.g., too much attraction toward the material).
Another manifestation of the push-resist relationship characterizing Aries-Taurus can be found in the essential Aries quality of naïve will versus the Taurean quality of caution. It is this naïve will that prompts Aries to rush headlong into a situation, particularly to pursue a desire, an impulse or sudden interest. At its lower energy, naïve will can be expressed as egotistical willfulness. At its higher energy, this naïve will can become a spontaneous flow that is in harmony with a guiding Spirit or destiny.
At whatever level naïve will is manifested, however, there is a danger of catastrophic disaster when the consequences of acting without thinking finally rebound on the actor. For the ego-driven actor, the tragic denouement is often swift and obvious. However, even when naïve will is being expressed at higher levels of consciousness, it is easier than can be imagined to unknowingly slip from harmony with the Force and enter a sort of hubris state in which you follow your own will mistaking it for the Divine Will. This fall from Grace leads to disaster with the same inevitability as does the egotistic exercise of naïve will.
While Aries may be oblivious to the disaster of pursuing naïve will, Taurus has experienced the outcome (through its subconscious travel through the Aries experience) and clearly sees the danger, if not consciously perceiving the folly of “fools rush[ing] in,” then subconsciously fearing the result of willful action. The natural tendency of the Taurus container, therefore, is to react against Aries’ impulsiveness and blindness by throwing up road blocks and otherwise exhibiting behavior that is triggered by the fear instinct. If the Taurus container has overcome reactivity to an extent, your response will likely be to caution Aries or to otherwise try to protect the Aries container from the results of his/her willfulness.
We can also look to the glyphs of the two signs for insight into how their energies combine. Both the ram and the bull are capable of strong action but in different ways. The ram is capable of quick, forceful charges which carry considerable power to remove obstacles and clear a pathway forward. The action of the bull is steady and persistent but no less strong than that of the ram. Thus, Aries and Taurus containers working together are capable of forceful action sustained by persistent effort. However, if the Aries and Taurus containers are working against each other, then the inertia represented by the bull and its enduring capacity to resist will most likely cause the Aries ram to proverbially but his/her head up against a Taurean brick wall.
The capacity exhibited in the two animals for stubbornness makes the Aries-Taurus combination particularly intransigent. Headstrong opinions and an assumption that you are automatically correct are hallmarks of this combination. A challenge of Aries-Taurus is to transform egotistical stubbornness into unwavering devotion. Devotion is the transcendent level of desire (Mars-Aries) and devotion is directed toward the Divine through a clarification of values (Venus-Taurus). In order for this interaction to be fruitful, however, desires and values must be in harmony. If your desires are not consistent with your value system, then the Aries-Taurus energies will be in conflict. Your Aries energy will pull in one direction while your Taurus energy will resist and react against that pull.
The inherent Mars-Venus interaction of Aries-Taurus combination suggests a strong masculine-feminine dynamic. Aries is thrusting forward, initiating, and asserting. Taurus is the receptive vehicle, taking in what Aries offers, nurturing it and giving it energy. This can be conceptualized as the seeding or impregnating energy associated with Aries (and early springtime) resulting in growth and flowering through the organic energy associated with Taurus (the proverbial May flowers). Thus, a harmonious interaction of the Aries-Taurus connotes a process of beginning ventures, their cultivation and care, their blooming and eventual maturation.
However, if the Aries-Taurus energies are in conflict, the imbalance leads to poor results. If the Aries energy predominates too much, then there is much enthusiasm for planting the garden but it is then left to become weeds, or it is constantly turned over for new plantings without the previous plantings being given a chance to mature. If the Taurean energy predominates, then cultivation and care begins too soon. There is too much emphasis on protection, preservation and conservation and the vital energies of initial growth and vigor are not allowed to take their natural course. The result is stunted or weak growth or fruit that dies on the vine, trees and shrubs that die back from constant pruning, or plants that rot from overwatering.
Generally and through a variety of manifestations, Taurus takes in the Aries energy, shapes it, supports it and makes it useful and fruitful. In the process, the Taurus container is energized by Aries and finds purpose and value through bringing the promise of Aries to fruition. The impulses and desires associated with Aries mature into a value system and are given enduring strength by the Taurean energy. In turn, Aries keeps Taurus fresh and safe from stagnation and too much inertia. The transcendent manifestation of Aries-Taurus is a flow of energy, springing from an eternal well of spontaneous newness and innocent beginnings, being received, sheltered and shaped by Taurus to become a Garden of Eden, in constant bloom and ever refreshed by the entering Aries energy.
However, if either of the containers manifests at the level of ego, contention arises. Aries insists on its will and brooks no obstacles. The Taurean bull becomes nothing but a stubborn obstacle, a vehicle of inertia, a force whose sole purpose is to thwart the desires and actions of the Aries container. The Aries ram reacts with running and reckless charges combined with frustrating indignation and tantrums egoistically asserting your right to be free of oppressive obstruction. The Taurean bull, convinced of his/her position, digs in and resists. By brute force, you seek to impose your own will “for the good of” the Aries container. The result is an unwinnable battle of wills with both sides frustrated and nothing productive occurring.
course, all of the Aries-Taurus
dynamics can play out internally, as well as between two
people. The Aries-Taurus
energy will also be modulated by the planets involved, whether
in your own chart or someone else’s. The depositorships of Mars and
Venus may also come into play. -- Gargatholil
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