Depth Astrology





This is the sixteenth 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-Leo 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-Leo resonates most frequently with the square aspect, although out-of-sign sextiles and trines are also possible.  Squares occur throughout the progression through the two signs.  An out-of-sign sextile may occur between containers in very late Taurus and very early Leo, and out-of-sign trines may occur between containers in very early Taurus and very late Leo.  Quintiles are also possible from late Taurus to early Leo.  Thus, while the relationship between Taurus and Leo (and other signs in the same modalities) is often difficult, potential compatibilities can exist.  

Interpreting the Taurus-Leo combination may also shed some light on a number of related symbol sets.  These include Taurus in the fifth house and Leo in the second house.  Also related to the Taurus-Leo combination are Venus in the fifth house, Venus in Leo (although both Venus in the fifth house and in Leo can also resonate with the more harmonious Leo-Libra relationship), Sun in the second house, Sun in Taurus, and Sun-Venus aspects, particularly the square and other challenging 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-Leo, we have the pairing of two Fixed signs, one in Earth and the other in Fire.  The Earth and Fire energies were discussed with respect to Aries and the Earth signs, with Aries-Capricorn probably being the most relevant.  With two fixed signs, any conflict or incompatibility that erupts can be especially intense, since neither side is usually willing to back down from his/her/its position.  It is probably the case that, with Taurus and Leo, it takes more conscious effort to find and work with those areas of mutual support that Earth and Fire can be to each other.  Once those positive pathways are established, however, the fixed nature of the signs indicates that they are likely to be firm and long-lasting.

First, let's look a some possible points of conflict and contention between Taurus and Leo.  Let's start with the idea that Taurus is likely to view Leo as a threat to his/her/its own security and well-being, at some level at least.  We all know that Leo can be dominating.  The Fire energy that is constantly blazing in Leo can feel overwhelming and overbearing to Taurus.  On its face, Fire is dynamically much more powerful than Earth and when that Fire energy is fix(at)ed, it can seem even more powerful.  Earth's power lies in its resistance, its immovability, but this is a passive power, a defensive power.  Thus, Taurus' innate posture towards Leo is likely to be that you react to the perceived Leonine threat by erecting formidable defenses.

Looking at the two glyphs--the Bull and the Lion--is illuminating.  While one doesn't automatically think of bulls and lions living in the same habitat, both the aggressive African buffalo and domesticated cattle live in the same grasslands as do lions.  Furthermore, aforetime, lions roamed the grasslands and semi-desert regions of Egypt, Palestine and the Near East, and Mesopotamia, where bulls were prominent both in mythology and everyday life.  The lion is a natural predator of the bull but, in a head-to-head confrontation, the lion's predominance is by no means assured.  To successfully bring down a bull, the lion must jump on the bull's back and rip out its jugular. 

It is this attack from behind, exploiting the bull's most vulnerable position, that Taurus most fears from Leo.   In other words, a serious obstacle to Taurus-Leo compatability is often lack of trust.  Of course, Leo is not known for being deceptive or underhanded, so Taurus' lack of trust in Leo is generally not due to fear of duplicity.  Rather, it is likely to be a more existential distrust--a fear that Leo's purposes are at odds with the security and well-being that Taurus generally craves.  Taurus may be a sign that most readily sees the Leo container as being all about him/her/itself and may be the first to ask "What about me?"  If Taurus sees Leo's actions and motivations as being primarily for his/her/its own self-aggrandizement, then it would be natural for your first reaction to the call to follow Leo's leadership to be, "Wait.  Into what danger are you taking me?"

Viewed from Leo's perspective, Taurus' lack of trust and reluctance to follow your lead is an affront to your Leonine pride.  Leo's deep seated need, behind all the bravado and grabbing the limelight, is to be loved and appreciated.  To be seen as unlovable, ignored and disrespected is the insecurity of Sun-Fire-fifth house.  If Taurus reacts defensively to Leo's calls for attention and respect, this strikes to the heart of your insecurity.  You are like the king who, despite all the pomp and show of royalty, knows inwardly that his position on the throne depends upon being respected by the people, confronted by a peasant (Taurean Earth) who will not bow down upon his approach.  The king's (Leo's) reaction is likely to be fury--"Off with his head!"

Yet, it is just this demanding of loyalty and assertion of leadership on the part of Leo that Taurus is likely to react to by standing fast and unbending.  Why should you risk your own security, your own enjoyment and pleasure, to serve the king, to assuage your Leo counterpart's insecurity?  It is this battle of wills that is one of the most likely points of confrontation between Taurus and Leo, and, as when the lion and the bull square off head-to-head, the outcome is often bloody and unpredictable. 

Of course, this same standoff dynamic can also be reached when there is any disagreement between Taurus and Leo.  Taurus is not likely to pick the fight (you rarely see a bull choose to attack a lion) but will be ready to dig in and defend his/her/its position against the raging lion.  Of course, once engaged, Taurus cannot be expected to indefinitely fend off Leo's attacks.  At some point, the bull will charge (defensively, but intent on goring the lion in order to defend him/her/itself). 

Let's look now at the ruling planets of the two signs, Venus and the Sun.  As intimated above, the Venus-Sun relationship is not unambiguous, as the two planets are brought into a much more harmonious relationship through their rulerships of Libra and Leo.  However, when their relationship is characterized by the square aspect dominating Taurus-Leo, we can look primarily to potential friction causing differences between the two planets. 

Venus, while it rules an Air sign and an Earth sign and, thus, participates in qualities associated with those elements, can be viewed essentially as a Water planet.  We say this because Venus is part of the triumvirate of planets associated with emotional psychological functions, the other two being the Moon and Neptune (although a case can be made for Mars ruling the passions).  The dynamic between Fire and Water is, essentially, one of activity versus passivity/receptivity.  This dynamic certainly is expressed in the Taurus-Leo relationship. 

Sun, particularly through Leo, is self-expressive, insistent, ready to act and extroverted.  Venus, particularly through Taurus, is receptive, self-reflective, ready to enjoy (and thus remain stationary), and introverted in the sense of being content to be alone and relating to forms (which, concretized, become things).   In this respect, Taurus and Leo are not so much in conflict (for Sun and Venus are compatible planets) as coming from different lineages.  Therefore, we can begin to look here for ways in which Taurus and Leo might put aside their conflicts and find mutual benefit.  The key, however, for any rapprochement between Taurus and Leo is that there must be trust and mutual respect. 

One of Taurus' perceived weaknesses is your tendency to get stuck, overly complacent, and too wrapped in monotonous routine.  Leo, figuratively, can light a fire under Taurus and get the Bull moving again.  If Taurus will trust Leo to lead, and if Leo will respect Taurus' autonomy and not abuse his/her leadership role, you might even experience some excitement in your life.  Leo can inspire and provide a sense of purpose when life becomes too dull and centered around the daily tasks that lead to accumulating security.  Leo can show Taurus that things are not the only value in life (which strikes to a core mission for Taurus--finding what is truly of value in life, as opposed to what the super-ego says is valuable).  Thus, the Leo-Taurus square positively fulfills its role to challenge and spur on to transform. 

Leo can also engage Taurus to rise above the sensual level to appreciate and enjoy.  Of course, Leo loves to shine and seeks recognition and appreciation.  The Venusian quality of seeking out what is good and pleasurable can be turned toward an appreciation of Leo's finer qualities.  Devotion is an elevated Taurean quality and, through adoration of Leo, Taurus can develop that devotional quality.

One of Leo's perceived weaknesses is your tendency to be too self-focused, even to the point of narcissism.  If, in respecting his/her Taurean counterpart, Leo can gain an appreciation for another way, then he/she may learn from Taurus' ability to unself-consciously "smell the roses."  It is in recognizing that the Venusian passivity and receptivity can provide opportunities for slipping from the spotlight to recharge your energies that the Leo-Taurus relationship can prove valuable for Leo.  It is not so much a matter of slowing down as of loosening up, of taking your attention off yourself and following the Taurean lead to appreciate the abundance around you.

It is particularly important for Leo to practice humility when engaged with Taurus because one of the ways in which Taurus and Leo can cooperate is for Taurus to provide a platform for Leo.  Fire cannot burn and shine in a vacuum and a fire needs some sort of support, some ground beneath it, if it is not to be just a rapid explosion in the air.  Taurus, figuratively, can be that ground, allowing Leo to fully express him/her/itself and develop its many capacities.  However, if you do not respect your Taurus platform and treat Taurus "like dirt," the relationship will not be healthy and you can expect resentment and passive aggressiveness from Taurus. 

Taurus can gain a feeling of being useful from the relationship.  Looking back to Leo's capacity to provide an ideal to which Taurus can aspire, similarly Leo can shine a light and point the way for Taurus to employ his/her energies for a cause.  Leonine leadership has its limits with Taurus, however.  Another potential point of conflict between Taurus and Leo involves Leo's propensity to take and enjoy risk and Taurus' need for security and taking a cautions and conservative approach.  This difference also strikes at the issue of trust, or lack thereof.  If Leo tries to lead Taurus into situations with too much risk, Taurus will quickly feel uncomfortable, unsure of going forward and even betrayed by Leo.  On the other hand, Taurus' pulling back in caution and concern can easily be interpreted by Leo as disloyalty--the ultimate crime in Leo's eyes. 

To reiterate, if Taurus and Leo are to have a compatible relationship, both must cultivate trust, respect, humility, and devotion, and, especially, compassion towards and understanding of each other.  These are all qualities which, when developed to their highest potential, can lead toward transcendent consciousness.

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

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