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, 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
This series continues with Taurus-Capricorn 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 5 years from now, Insha’Allah, these articles will immediately be published as an e-book for sale.
Taurus-Capricorn resonates most frequently with the trine aspect. Out-of-sign squares and quincunxes are also possible among planets in the early and late degrees of Taurus and Capricorn. Trines occur throughout the progression through the two signs. However, sesqui-square aspects occur between planets in the first half of Capricorn and the second half of Taurus and squares may occur between planets in early Taurus and late Capricorn. Quincunxes can even occur between planets in the last degrees of Taurus and the first degrees of Capricorn. Thus, the Taurus-Capricorn relationship, while tending to be harmonious, contains complexities. T
Interpreting the Taurus-Capricorn combination may also shed some light on a number of related symbol sets. These include Taurus in the tenth house, Capricorn in the second house, Venus in Capricorn, Venus in the tenth house, Saturn in Taurus and Saturn in the second house, as well as aspects between Venus and Saturn.
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.
Taurus-Capricorn, we have the two Earth and Fire signs, one
Fixed and one Cardinal. The
common Earth element suggests a fundamental compatibility
between the two signs and Taurus and Capricorn containers are
likely to find common ground in the qualities and interests
associated with the Earth element. You are likely to
share affinities with practical, "down to earth" approaches to
life. Both are likely to appreciate the cautious,
conservative (in the sense of preferring the well-worn path)
attitude of the other. Each, in your own way, is apt to
have an affinity for "things," for the concrete and the
sensate, though certainly not precluding development of this
foundational matter-orientation into the emotional,
intellectual or intuitive realms.
For Taurus, such development will usually be grounded in the experiential. For Capricorn, development into these realms ofen is shaped by constructs. Though experience and construct are two different forms of relating to the world, or could even be said to represent two different levels of engagement, both presuppose a material world and, in most cases, these two modes will be mutually appreciated by Taurus and Capricorn.
If the Taurus and Capricorn planets are in a disharmonious aspect, this natural affinity may be disrupted. Capricorn may perceive the Taurean container as "going nowhere," unmotivated to rise out of your hedonistic indulgence or your routine rut. You may be working from a presumption that simply experiencing the world is not enough; to "make something of yourself," you need to engage with what you experience and form it in accordance with your goals and ambitions. In extremity, success-driven Capricorn may perceive his/her Taurean counterpart as a loser.
On the other hand, Taurus' relaxed, contented, "smell the roses" approach may work to relieve some tof the stress and tension that may build up in Capricorn as you struggle to control and achieve. Taurus reminds you that there is more to life than the quest for recognition and "climbing the ladder of success." Energizing the Taurean container can sustain Capricorn, as well as benefit Taurus.
For Taurus' part, if your relationship with the Capricorn container is difficult, it may be because you feel the Capricorn energy as being too dominating and controlling. You may also see Capricorn as too driven--too persistent and strict a task-master either towards you or him/herself. You may experience Capricorn as laying down too many rules to suit your laid back attitude. You may sometimes feel the need to say, "You're not my father!" or, "You're not the boss of me!"
On the other hand, Capricorn can provide Taurus with some much needed structure and motivation. You are generally more than willing to follow the step-by-step instructions that are laid out for you by your Capricorn counterpart, dutifully accomplishing the task set out for you to perform. While content to graze all day, the Taurus Bull does not mind being yoked to the plow (if you have been domesticated and are not feeling ornery that day). With Capricorn planning and directing where and how to furrow the plot, the result should be a bountiful garden enjoyed by both.
The Fixed-Cardinal dynamic inherent in the Taurus-Capricorn relationship can play out in positive and challenging manifestations in other ways, as well. Positively, Taurus can provide the firm ground upon which Capricorn can build. Without a strong foundation (Taurus), a structure is vulnerable to collapse. Thus, Taurus contributes an element of security to Capricorn's endeavors. Similarly, the Taurus container may stand in ready support of the activities undertaken by Taurus.
Taurus also benefits from Capricorn's endeavors. Through the Capricornian container, Taurus is able to move forward, or toward, something. Capricorn can allow Taurus to become unstuck and to develop a sense of purpose.
When the Fixed and Cardinal modalities are placed in conflict or in a challenging relationship, the resulting dynamic is generally one of push and resistance. When this dynamic occurs, Taurus will resist any attempt by Capricorn to move you off your dime or engage in a Capricorn-directed activity. Your tendency to view Capricorn as dominating and controlling may intensify Taurus' resistance to Capricorn's urgings and promptings. Meeting with stubborn Taurean resistance, Capricorn's reaction is often to push harder. Sometimes, Capricorn may try to "encourage" Taurus to act by planning and organizing a path to action that appeals to Taurus' needs and sense of duty or to preference for the well-marked path. If Taurus refuses to go along with the plan, however, you may become indignant and otherwise try to force your Taurean counterpart into compliance. You may find that the only way to move Taurus toward your goal is to pick him/her up and carry them.
Looking at the glyphs of the two signs, the Bull and the Mountain Goat, we see that they are both large mammals but that they occupy different habitats. The Bull, whether domesticated or wild, is a denizen of the plains; the Goat of the mountains and high valleys. The dharma of the Bull is to graze upon the earth and, in doing so, to make the earth fecund, as he makes the cow fecund; and, when domesticated, he works the earth, so that it may yield its harvest. The Bull is, therefore, associated with agriculture, from which culture and civilization arise. It is noteworthy that it was the Age of Taurus, some six thousand years ago, i which the first civilizations of the present historical cycle arose.
The nature of the Mountain Goat, on the other hand, is to conquer thrust up rocky earth, to overcome the craggy obstacles and climb to reach the most succulent leaves. The Goat establishes itself on the heights, in the metaphorical position of dominance and achievement. Historically, from the hills and mountains have descended the conquerors onto the plains (and back to the mountains they have returned when civilization would constrain their independence and tame their fierceness).
Both Bull and Mountain Goat have their place in the order of the natural world and can be viewed as comprising parts of the natural order, each in its place. So, there is a place and a harmony in the co-existence of the plains people and the hill people, When tribes descend from the hills, it is often to seek dominance over the civilization of the plains, which has grown soft and complacent, reaping its bounties. So, does this represent a natural impulse of Capricorn to dominate and control a more docile and compliant Taurus?
Yet, history shows that, almost inevitably, the victor assimilates and adopts the ways of its subjects. Does this indicate a tendency for Taurus to lure Capricorn into a more comfortable way of life, stopping a while to enjoy the fruits of his/her/its success, recognizing that there is more to life than the next conquest? Yet, if Capricorn finds life with Taurus too limiting and constraining to your independent spirit, you, like the independent hill billy (goat), may retreat for a time back into the mountains to pursue new conquests or simply to reassert your ruggedness. For, when the Goat becomes domesticated, it becomes a penned-up, bleating animal. as can easily occur to Capricorn if you are captured by super-ego-dominated Taurean values (which may actually be a common occurrence leading to a natural, if rather uneventful, harmony and cooperation between Taurus and Capricorn).
We must also examine what the people of the Bull gain from coming under the domination of the conquerors from the hills, for it is not simply subjugation. Typically, a culture that is invaded from the hills is one in which civilized life has caused a weakening of will and spirit and the infusion of new blood reinvigorates the old civilization, providing it with new discipline and order, allowing it to make further advances. So, we must conjecture, when Capricorn appears to exert him/her/itself over Taurus, this can instill into Taurus the necessary structure and discipline that allow the Taurus partner to be true to his/her/its values. Alternatively, as noted above, we may find the Goat becoming domesticated, striving for successes that bring with them the material abundance in which Taurus can revel.
We can now look at the relationship between Taurus and Capricorn through their rulers, Venus and Saturn. While a Saturn relationship has the capacity to challenge the functions associated with any planet, Saturn and Venus actually have the potential for a harmonious relationship. After all, Saturn is exalted in Venus-ruled Libra.
With Taurus and Capricorn, the Venus-Saturn relationship is about the direction of values. Traditionally, Capricorn pursues the goals laid out before us by society--be practical, build a career, and achieve something in life, which oftener than not means use your successes in the world to achieve status, which is displayed by accumulating as many possessions ("toys") as we can before life ends. Under this standard scenario, with the values of both Taurus and Capricorn aligned to the super-ego's in the material world, there is much harmony between the two signs. In one dynamic, Taurean predisposition to hard work and patient, enduring effort is a good support to Capricornian drive and goal-orientedness. In another, though not mutually exclusive dynamic, the Taurean container reaps the fruit of Capricornian success, while Taurus' need for material security (bolstered by having lots of "things") provides Capricorn with a purpose to motivate his/her/its efforts.
What happens in this dynamic, though, when, karmicly, Capricorn's efforts are not met with success? One possible dynamic is that fixed Taurus' need for reassurance regarding material security intensifies, placing more pressure on the Capricorn container to achieve the desired results. Failure on the part of Capricorn can turn life into a Eugene O'Neill play, producing resentment and disdain, or, if the Taurean and Capricorn energies are operating within the same psyche, feelings of fear and self-doubt.
Sometimes, however, external events, such as failure to achieve your goals, are signs from the unconscious that something fundamental needs to change, that you may be going in the wrong direction, trying to achieve the wrong goals. Let us remember that Saturn's esoteric role, as so well explored by Liz Greene, is to deny entry to the next stage or level until the aspirant passes certain tests or achieves a certain level of purity or worthiness. Failure may be signalling a need to reconsider values in light of a determination of what is real. While we often assume that what is concrete is real, Saturn can also symbolize a higher level of Truth, or a higher standard for a definition of reality--encompassing what is permanent and unchanging, as opposed to the impermanent and constantly changing material world. If Taurean values are recast toward this higher and more permanent reality, one which provides real security, which is not dependent upon material accumulation, the Capricornian aptitudes for discipline and systematic, dedicated pursuit can easily be turned toward these new and higher goals.
course, all of the
dynamics can play out internally, as well as between two
people. The Taurus-Capricorn
energy will also be modulated by the planets involved, whether
in your own chart or someone else’s. The depositorships of Venus and Saturn may also come into