Depth Astrology





This is the twenty-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, . 

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 Taurus-Aquarius and will end with Pisces-Pisces, working around the zodiacal wheel factorially with a new zodiacal combination presented each month.  Past month’s articles are archived.  Upon completion, some 4 1/2 years from now, Insha’Allah, these articles will immediately be published as an e-book for sale.


Taurus-Aquarius resonates most frequently with the square aspect.  Out-of-sign sextiles and trines are also possible among planets in the early and late degrees of Taurus and Aquarius.  Squares occur throughout the progression through the two signs.   Out-of-sign sextile aspects may occur between planets in early Taurus and late Aquarius.  Trines may occur between planets in late Taurus and early Aquarius.    Thus, the  Taurus-Aquarius relationship, while tending to be challenging, contains the potential for harmonious and helpful dynamics

Interpreting the Taurus-Aquarius combination may also shed some light on a number of related symbol sets.  These include Taurus in the eleventh house, Aquarius in the second house, Venus in Aquarius, Venus in the eleventh house, Uranus in Taurus and Uranus in the second house, as well as aspects between Venus and Uranus. 

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 Taurus-Aquarius, we have two Fixed signs, one Earth and one Air.  As Earth and Air are generally seen as incompatible elements, the two containers tend to have conflicting natures, each one holding fast to his/her/its position.  The Fixed modality leans toward having little inclination to compromise or to be sympathetic to a point of view not in harmony with one's own.  Thus, since both signs are Fixed, the mutual disinclination to accommodate the other's nature and behaviors does not suggest an easy relationship.

If we look at the ways in which Earth and Air conflict, we are drawn to images of wind and rock or of rock entombing stagnant air.  In our first image, we have unrelenting wind striking an unmovable rock cliff-face.  The wind is stopped in its tracks.  It must either go up and around the stony obstacle or rebound in its fury.  Ever so painstakingly slowly, however, the wind will wear away the rocky surface through its sheer persistence and force.  Ultimately, rock is sculpted by wind, often into strange and contorted shapes.  Yet, the rock remains where it always was.

In our second image, Earth has its revenge.  Capturing Air in underground pockets, it traps the air so that it cannot move.  Air becomes cold and unproductive.  These images suggest potential dynamics between Taurus and Aquarius.

The Aquarian container may view his/her/its Taurean counterpart as a rock, in the same way as in the line from Jefferson Airplane's "Crown of Creation."  What is most likely to cause the Aquarian winds to blow is Taurus' contentment with the way things are, which often as not will turn into resistance to change when pressed.  This resistance to change is deeply rooted in Taurus' need for material security.  Prosperity seldom survives revolution, although successful revolution may bring greater good and prosperity in the long run.  Taurus, however, is generally inclined to look at history and look at the risks, counting successful revolutions as rare compared to those that fail.  Of course, this dynamic seldom plays out on such a grand scale but it is the same dynamic that plays out in smaller, mundane doses--even if it is staying at home versus going to see that new film. 

The conflict can take on moralistic tones when Aquarius sees Taurus as acting selfishly, possessively and self-indulgently.  You may see such traits as the only explanation for why your Taurean partner is not interested in aiding the poor and downtrodden, benefiting humanity, changing society for the better, or joining in whatever cause to which you have become attached through your mental constructs.  A Taurean response that this is the way the world is and always will be may be viewed as a cop-out or a cynical defense of the status quo.  Taurus, on his/her/its part, may perceive your Aquarian ideas as impractical, ivory tower solutions, or even arrogant and patronizing.  Again, this dynamic does not have to be about grand ideas or causes but can play out equally in ordinary circumstances.  If you come to see your Taurean partner as a fat, lazy slob, this value judgment is likely to have been made against the backdrop of some change in behavior you have unsuccessfully attempted to get him/her to adopt. 

Frequently, the Taurus-Aquarius relationship may descend into a battle of wills.  For each to claim about the other, "He/she always wants his/her own way" would not be uncommon, as would the reaction, "I'm certainly not going to be the one to give in."  Yet, because it is Aquarius that is most likely to be the one asking for change, for Taurus to do something, to move off his/her position, and because Taurus is the one most likely to take the path of least resistance in the face of conflict in order to return to his/her comfortable, unbothered state, if you are persistent enough, it is likely that Taurus will be the one to back down and give in more times than not.  If this becomes a repeated dynamic, what will often occur is the "Yes, Dear" syndrome.  This is not a positive response and it will frequently lead to a loss of self-respect and a contorted, misshapen
Taurean character--just like those eroded rocks blasted by the wind.

Of course, the Taurean Bull will not always give in, or even make it a habit.  Taurus can dig in his/her/its heels with the best of them.  When pressed, the Bull will charge.  Taurus' response may well be, "I will NOT do what you want me to do.  I will NOT change my ways.  You will NOT TELL ME WHAT TO DO!!!"  The wind has met the immovable rock and can push no further.

When Taurus is dominant in the relationship, the Aquarian container may chafe at being limited and confined by the strict limits that may be imposed by Taurus.  As an Aquarius, you are apt to want to express your ideas, to see your ideas come to life, to experience the new and different.  If your Taurean partner resists such changes and has confined you to his/her matter-bound world, you are likely to feel oppressed, stultified and hemmed in.  Your once fresh air then turns stagnant.  Your bloom fades and you are likely to turn to resentment, self-pity and hidden arrogance.  You may take every opportunity to dig at and belittle your Taurean partner--if only in your mind if you are afraid of the Bull's reaction to an open expression of your opposition.

Of course, these negative dynamics are not the only possibilities that may arise from the interplay of Fixed Earth and Fixed Air.  When you are able to convince Taurus to get on the same page, grounded and practical Taurus can be a great aid in implementing your Aquarian ideals, bringing them down to earth and finding ways in which real change can actually take place.  One way to get Taurus to accept change (a monumental task), is to convince him/her/it that change is necessary if material security is to be protected.  Implementing measures to ameliorate the effects of climate change is one example of the type of urgency that might motivate Taurus.  Fear may not be the only motivator--convincing Taurus that Aquarian ideas are good for material prosperity or enjoyment could also enlist Taurus' aid.  The dynamic can work in all sorts of ordinary situations, of course.

From Taurus' viewpoint, contact with Aquarius may provide a "breath of fresh air" when even Taurus realizes that his/her/its fixedness has become stagnation and that he/she/it is in need of some relief, some openness.  Aquarian new ideas, new approaches and unconventional attitudes can get Taurus going again--hopefully not in the direction of reaction and opposition.  Taurus' innate organic creativity can be inspired and leavened by contact with Aquarius.

Let's go back to the elemental conflict between Earth and Air, for this is likely to limit or at least shape any positive energy between Taurus and Aquarius and, if positive energy is to be maintained, the parties will need to learn how to negotiate this fundamental difference.  Generally speaking, Aquarian Air is the world of ideas and concepts, while Taurean Earth is the world of things and practical measures.  It is easy for each to disdain the other.  Aquarius is apt to believe that Taurus needs to raise his/her consciousness or to see Taurus as ignorant, intellectually passive and/or inconsequential to the great dramas of human existence which play out in the world of ideas.  Taurus is likely to view Aquarius as "head in the clouds" and someone who will never be able to get his/her ideas implemented, at best, and as threatening the status quo, raising expectations dangerously, or putting (often revolutionary) ideas into peoples' heads. 

If Taurus and Aquarius are to live in peace, each must learn to appreciate the qualities of the other.  Taurus must realize that ideas are necessary if things are to happen and that there is room for improvement in the world.  Furthermore, Taurus may learn to view ideas not only as necessary, with their own practicality, but as things to be enjoyed and savored.  Aquarius must learn to appreciate the things that Taurus values, to take seriously Taurus' concerns about material security and to show Taurus that innovative ways can actually improve his/her lot rather than be threatening.

Looking at the glyphs of the two signs, the Bull and the Water Bearer, we see what some would view as a clash between our animal instinct (the Bull, of course) and the height of human capacity for social compassion, abstraction and evolutionary (and revolutionary) progress--Enlightenment (as in the Age of) versus slavery to superstition and ignorance.  While there may be some elements resembling truth to this image (which I would say is decidedly from the Aquarian perspective), there are certainly deeper interpretations of conflicts that may be symbolized by these glyphs.  We can start by looking at what the Bull represented in the Age of Taurus.  The Bull was intimately connected with a nature-based religion--not what we may think of today as nature-worship or finding our spirituality in nature, but a religion in which the cycles of the agricultural seasons played a central role.  Thus, there is a fundamental connection with the land, the Earth, and, hence, with matter and the material world.  As this religious construct became solidified, there were great concentrations of wealth among the priesthood (and priestesshood) so that the Bull can be seen as associated with a status quo with a deep interest in self-perpetuation and resistance to change.  The image of the Golden Calf is apropos here.

The Water Bearer is the bringer of change and, though this change may be for the benefit of humanity, it is a threat to the world's vested interests.  As much as the Taurean Establishment fears and resists Aquarian change, Aquarius sees the Taurean status quo as the primary obstacle to change (and the betterment of all).  For the Aquarian confronted with this Taurean resistance, the stone temple must be pulled down.  In fact, the story of Samson and Delilah can be seen as classic Aquarius-Taurus conflict, illustrative also of the dangers (and fears) that can envelop Aquarius when he/she/it is seduced by Taurean comforts (or sells out to the Establishment). 

At another level, however, we can view the two glyphs as symbolizing a basic conflict between the sacred and the profane.  For, though it may have been corrupted through indulgence and greed, in its essence, the Bull represents the deep sacredness inherent in the material world.  It is a paradox that the world is Jezebel (I apologize but I'm just not aware of any good male cultural symbols that fit here) and at the same time Gaia.  The key to this paradox lies in what the 13th century Sufi mystic, Ibn al-`Arabi, called the theophany of God--the metaphysical fact that the Divine is Omnipresent and, thus, everything, including all matter, is Her/His/Its Manifestation or Revelation.  The Water Bearer, on the other hand, is a human-centered glyph and symbolizes the essential humanism of Aquarius.  For, at a certain level, the Aquarian urge for change and betterment is born of dissatisfaction with the way things are and fundamental to this dissatisfaction is an inherent belief in the separateness of human consciousness from the Divine.  It is only when we see ourselves as set apart from What Is that we can will to change what is. 

This conflict between the sacred and the profane mirrors the conflict between change and the status quo.  For, an essence of the Sacred is its imperishability, its grounding in the Eternal.  "God's in His Heaven and all's right with the world" is a Taurean perspective.  Aquarian revolution, from that perspective, is tantamount to irreligiocity and blasphemy.  The Aquarian perspective on the Taurean Sacred, perhaps at its extreme, is epitomized in the Elton John song, Burn Down the Mission.  In order to resolve this conflict, we need to turn to the Uranian roots of Aquarius in the Higher Mind.  Admitting the danger of arrogance that is always present for Aquarius, the Aquarian imperative must shift from the human-centered to the Cosmic-centered in its quest for a return to Eden.  It is in the Cosmic-centered state that Aquarian high-mindedness (in a consciously literal meaning) and Taurean Sacredness can meet.


We can now look at the relationship between Taurus and Aquarius through their rulers, Venus and Uranus.  This is, usually, not an easy relationship.  There are two dynamics that we may discuss here.  Perhaps the more obvious is the destabilizing role that Uranus often may play in relationships.  As we remarked in our discussion of Taurus-Capricorn, Saturn is exalted in Venus and rightly so, for stability and endurance are necessary qualities in Venusian relationships.  Uranus symbolizes (among its other associations) instability, change and separation.  It is the energy of detachment whereas Venus is the energy of attachment and attraction.  Of course, productively used and managed, change in a relationship is good and necessary in order to keep the relationship fresh and its partners growing.  The key is for Uranian change to be internalized by both partners in the relationship so that the Uranian imperative of transformation through change can work consciously within the relationship rather than destructively through unconscious processes against the relationship. 

The second dynamic involves the evaluative function associated with Venus.  The Taurean tendency is that your value system remain constant and unchanged.  To a certain extent, this is a good thing.  It promotes integrity and being true to oneself.  However, when our value system is too rooted in material attachments and possessions, change may be called for if we are to evolve in consciousness.  Also, if our value system has become stuck and has grown dissonant against the changing times or circumstances, change is also called for.  If we do not see the necessity for such change and initiate it on our own, then our subconscious may seek ways to goad us into change.  Such forced change is almost always viewed as painful or accompanied by events that cause us pain.  Uranus in this role is not a welcome guest in Venus' house.  The key, again, lies with the Higher Mind function associated with Uranus.  If revelations from the Higher Mind either cause you to see the necessity of change in your values and you begin working toward that, or if attunement to the Higher Mind helps you see the wisdom of core change, even when unpleasant events seem to be forcing the issue, Uranian change may become easier to take, if not be outright welcomed.

Thus, in terms of Taurus and Aquarius, these dynamics may operate internally through planets placed in those signs or externally through relationships.  In the latter case, the Aquarian may play the role of disruptor in a relationship.  There may also be conflict within the relationship between the Aquarian urge for freedom and the Taurean urge for stability and security.  The Aquarian may also be instrumental in challenging the value system of his/her Taurus counterpart.  Taurus, for his/her part, may actively try to suppress, contain or punish an Aquarian who is too flagrant or outspoken in pushing an agenda that Taurus views as too revolutionary and dangerous.  If such conflicts are to be avoided or defused, both parties must actively seek common ground, Taurus through being open to the enlightened revelations from his/her Higher Mind and Aquarius through using his/her greater awareness to deal compassionately with those Taurus individuals (or institutions) who are painfully attached to the status quo.

Of course, all of the Taurus-Aquarius dynamics can play out internally, as well as between two people.  The Taurus-Aquarius energy will also be modulated by the planets involved, whether in your own chart or someone else’s.  The depositorships of Venus and Uranus may also come into play.  --  Gargatholil