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, 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.
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.
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
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?"
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.
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
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.