This is the fourteenth 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
Taurus-Gemini 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
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Taurus-Gemini, 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
Taurus) to the second half of the succeeding sign (in this
case Gemini). Thus,
the relationship between contiguous signs is complex,
consisting of potential compatibilities and potential
Interpreting the Taurus-Gemini combination may also shed some light on a number of related symbol sets. These include Taurus in the third house and Gemini in the second house. Also related to the Taurus-Gemini combination are Venus in the third house, Venus in Gemini, Mercury in the second house, Mercury in Taurus, and Mercury-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 Taurus-Gemini, we have the pairing
of Fixed Earth and Mutable Air. Earth and Air are not
viewed as compatibles, though they are not necessarily
inimicables. Earth can smother air, trapping and
confining it. Air can disturb the earth, blowing
soil away and even eroding rock. The wind may also
shape the earth and the earth may, through its contours,
direct the pattern of air movements. However, the
most common interaction of earth and air is that the air
simply lies on top of the ground. They co-exist,
each in their own domains.
So, Taurus and Gemini, while they have their points of contention (symbolized by the potential semi-squares between them), mostly co-exist, either appreciating each other's qualities or ignoring each other. At times, the qualities associated with each sign can be helpful to the other container. Taurus, rooted in the Earth element, can help to ground flightly Gemini. Gemini can often benefit from a steady hand and the Gemini butterfly occasionally needs someplace to land. The Taurean rock makes a good platform. Gemini can open fresh vistas when Taurus is stuck in the mud or dulled from ploughing the same rows over and over. There is nothing like fresh air to invigorate what has become stale. The key to Taurus and Gemini receiving mutual benefit from each other is that the appreciate each other's qualities that are lacking in themselves. In this sense, almost like opposites, the two containers can be complementary to each other, filling in the missing pieces and creating a bond of attraction.
Yet, there can be much cause for irritation and discontent between the two containers. Gemini may feel brought down by the heavy Taurus earth and may only want to escape his/her dull presence. Gemini can easily percieve the Taurus container as too slow, too serious, too dull and unadventurous--in short, a drag, a cramp upon his/her style. Taurus can easily perceive the Gemini container as being fickle, unsteady and undependable, never serious about anything--in short, an air head.
The Earth and Air elements inherent in Taurus and Gemini also make for divergent interests among the respective containers. The Taurean container is much more likely to be interested in the physical, material aspects of his/her environment. You will want to experience everything at the sensate level. To touch, smell, taste, hear and see what is around you brings a fulfillment that the Gemini container may find it difficult to understand or appreciate. Yet, Gemini can sometimes benefit by slowing down and noticing what actually is around him/her. The Gemini container, however, is apt to care little about experiencing on the sensate level and wants to experience the world on the mental level. This also reflects the ruling planets of the two signs--Venus and Mercury. Gemini is apt to find the abstract connections between the elements of his/her environment fascinating. He/she is likely to want to delve into everything that can be known about the world and you will likely want to communicate this to your Taurean partner, who couldn't care less. For the Taurean container, Geminian abstraction is to step away from the real world. Why try to analyze? Just experience and enjoy.
It is, perhaps, the Modalities of the two signs that may create the most tension and conflict between them. Mutability is, in a way, more the opposite to the Fixed than is the Cardinal modality. The Gemini container's constant motion and change is apt to make Taurus, which only wants to rest in place, irritable. Gemini can be like a pesky fly buzzing around the Bull's ears, out of reach of his tail. The Bull tries to shake the fly off, but it only returns with some new purpose. The Taurean container wants consistency and dependability but finds the Gemini container anything but consistent and dependable.
For the Gemini container, Taurus' fixity can be equally an irritant. Try as he/she might to bring his/her Taurus partner to a new way of seeing something, Taurus is likely to just stubbornly stick with his/her old ways. The two are apt not to make good traveling companions. Gemini will always want to go off and see the next new thing while Taurus is for having no new adventures. Taurus, on the other hand, cannot understand why the Gemini container will not stay still long enough to smell the flowers, especially when Taurus would like to smell, and gaze, and relish, and bask in their delight, endlessly. Gemini can get extremely impatient with this Taurean behavior.
When real conflict develops between Taurus and Gemini, the result is likely to be a stand off. Gemini can argue incessantly and Taurus can stubbornly hold to his/her position indefinitely. Gemini's attempts to pursuade by reason are likely to fall on deaf Taurean ears and the frustration of not being able to communicate could push Gemini to fits of screaming and frantic actions. Taurus is likely to just resist all this but, if pushed to far, the blast of anger unleashed against fragile Gemini could be devastating.
Taking a closer look at the two signs' ruling planets can shed additional light on their differences and potential points of connectedness. Psychologically, the functions symbolized by the two planets are intimately involved with each other. It is through Mercury's nervous system that the sense impressions are conveyed to the Venusian function of evaluation and discernment. The intellect, ruled by Mercury, then takes that information filtered through the Venusian value system, analyzes and categorizes it. Venus brings form and a sense of aesthetic to Mercury's intellectual construct and Mercury communicates the result to the world, wherein Venus manages the resulting social relationships. Mercury is of the mental realm while Venus resides in the emotional realm but there are constant points of contact between them From the basic cognitive level to the social level, both are operating together.
So, even though Taurus and Gemini occupy to differing worlds, they can feed each other and benefit each other, as long as they are willing to work together and to appreciate each other's qualities. Taurus can work in his/her garden and Gemini can tell him/her about the best gardening methods. The key is for one not to try to dominate or change the other but to happily co-exist, each in his world, giving and taking from each other as opportunities arise.
Examining the two glyphs can also shed light on how these two signs can cooperate and interact. The role of Gemini as tamer of animal instincts was discussed in the Aries-Gemini chapter and Taurus-Gemini contains a similar dynamic. However, the Bull is even more amenable to domestication than the Ram and, once domesticated, is the more useful. It is the intellect, the Buddhi, that must guide the Bull and subdue his impulses in order that his capacity for work becomes useful. Similarly, Gemini can perform an enlightening function, providing Taurus with new tools by which he/she may tread a better path. Gemini is likely to have to be persistent and, as persistency is not a natural Geminian trait, the act of training and guidance is itself a training for the Gemini. Taurus learns to turn his/her stubborness to dutifulness. Both must pay increasing attention to Right Value, Right Decision, and Right Dharma. The reward for both is the fruits of the field.
At the transcendent level, Taurus and Gemini rise to their natural relationship. This is best symbolized by the Earth and the Sky. They lie separated but connected. One does not exist without the other. Without the Sky, the Earth is hard and dark. Without the Earth, the Sky has no support. Both stand in reference to each other. The Earth gazes up into the Spiritual Sky and there finds liberation. The Sky rests upon the fruitful Earth and there finds meaning and purpose. Both, at this level, are boundless and infinite.
course, all of the Taurus-Gemini
dynamics can play out internally, as well as between two
people. The Taurus-Gemini
energy will also be modulated by the planets involved, whether
in your own chart or someone else’s. The depositorships of Venus and
Mercury may also come into play.
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