This is the eighteenth 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-Libra 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-Libra resonates most frequently with the quincunx, or inconjunct, aspect. Out-of-sign trines and oppositions are also possible. Quincunxes occur throughout the progression through the two signs. An out-of-sign trine may occur between containers in very late Taurus and very early Libra, and an out-of-sign opposition may occur between containers in early Taurus and late Libra. Thus, the relationship between Taurus and Libra is generally complex, although relationships that are predominantly harmonious do occur.
Interpreting the Taurus-Libra combination may also shed some light on a number of related symbol sets. These include Taurus in the seventh house and Libra in the second house. Because Venus rules both Taurus and Libra, an analysis of this combination adds little to our understanding of Venus’ placement in the two signs or the houses associated with those signs.
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-Libra, we have the pairing of Earth and Air signs, one Fixed and the other Cardinal. The fact that the two signs are ruled by the same planet seems incongruous with their natural quincunx relationship, which symbolizes uncommonality rather than commonality. We must, therefore, assume that the “parallel play” dynamics between the elements and modalities are highlighted through this combination, except when the containers are at opposite edges of their respective signs.
Taurean Earth, therefore, feels separated from Libran Air, though they are adjacent to each other on the horizon. Similarly, the Cardinal and Fixed dynamics associated with Libra and Taurus do not so much pull, push or compete against each other (except when the containers are in opposition) as they act independently of each other. At critical times, triggered by crisis, however, Air and Earth will be forced to recognize their common boundary and both Taurean and Libran containers will be called upon to extend themselves past their comfort horizons. Similarly, these containers will be forced by the crisis of forward motion meeting immovable resistance to negotiate an arrangement by which these two forces work together to resolve the crisis and move to their next developmental level.
The natural quincunx between the two signs also suggests looking at their ruling planet from the standpoint of their being a disconnect between the two psychological functions symbolized by Venus—evaluation and relationship. This highlights the oft little recognized state of duality inherent in Venus’ essential meaning. Venus’ essential duality manifests as dual psychological function associated with the planet—evaluation and relationship. Duality is also present in both of these functions. Duality is at the very root of Venus’ evaluative function--the polarization of reality into pleasant and unpleasant, attractive and repulsive and, ultimately, good and evil. The planet’s relational function also depends on a fundamental duality, for relationship cannot occur until the One has differentiated (the classic relationship, after all, is between two).
Normally, the dual functions associated with Venus operate in synch with each other. Evaluation and discrimination between the pleasing and the unpleasant, the attractive and repulsive, lead us into relationships through attraction (or, in the case of enemies, through repulsion). Our relationships then become vehicles for affirming our evaluative choices. When our values and our likes and dislikes cease to be validated by our partner, the relationship is in danger of becoming undone (and if we find common ground with our enemies, they may cease to be our enemies). This supportive and affirmative dynamic can be characteristic of Taurus-Libra when the trine aspect (late Taurus, early Libra) is in play.
In most Taurus-Libra relationships, however, it is the quincunx that is the predominant energy (this remains true even when containers in these signs are unaspected). A disconnect is likely to exist between the evaluative and relational functions associated with Venus. Symptoms or dynamics associated with this disconnect may include: relationships that exist without the partners holding a common set of values; relationships that are pursued indiscriminately (without regard for values); relationships that are emotionally neutral or exist without strong attraction between the partners; division of labor within the relationship with one party handling social engagements and relationships for the couple and the other making aesthetic and other value-based decisions with each partner being indifferent to the outcomes determined by the other; or partners making evaluative and relationship decisions, respectively, without regard for their effect on their partner.
The quality of disconnectedness represented in the Taurus-Libra relationship is not confined to matters associated with Venus, however, but also involves disconnects associated with Earth-Air and Fixed-Cardinal relationships. Earth and Air are traditionally viewed as elements in conflict. However, within the Taurus-Libra relationship, these elements are more inclined to dissociate from each other (unless containers are in early Taurus and late Libra, in which case the attract-repulse forces associated with the opposition are likely to predominate). Again, the modus operandi is parallel play. The Taurean container is likely to be concerned with and handle matters related to the physical while the Libran container is apt to be concerned with and handle matters related to social activities, as well as matters of fairness, justice and harmony. The two containers can function well in this division of labor but, when one or both get out of balance with their areas of focus, a crisis is likely to result.
Often, one will be trying to bring the other back into a state of balance. The Libran partner may have become too socially accommodating or too socially involved to the extent that the couple's/entity's material comfort, abundance or even physical security is placed in jeopardy. If this has occurred, you may need to be reminded that the physical is the platform upon which all else in this world stands and that it is necessary to attended to the body and its needs (and wants). While a gentle reminder may suffice, it is more often the case that you have resistance to being brought back down to the level of material concerns until the issue is forced. Then, you are likely to need to examine yourself to see why it was that you went off course so that these tendencies can be corrected.
If the Taurean partner has lost balance, it is likely to be because you have become too self indulgent (this may include indulging in fear and worry about your material situation). Your Libran partner may see your indulgence as jeopardizing his/her/your social relationships because you appear as a boor, as selfish and offensive, or as a downer. He/she (or the Libran side of your psyche) may also find this offensive from a standpoint of aesthetics of a sense of justice and may overreact by criticizing, meddling or freaking out. You are then forced to deal with this precipitated crisis by either examining your attitudes and behavior and rectifying yourself or by mollifying your Libran partner (in which case the complex will usually reassert itself as some future time).
Often, it is the case that one container becoming unbalanced prompts the other container to react and become unbalanced. An out of balance Libra may lead Taurus to deal with the situation by plunging into excess and indulgence. An out of balance Taurus may prompt Libra to react passive aggressively by engaging in irresponsible social behavior that undermines Taurus' world of material comfort and security. If the resulting crisis simply blows up, nothing is resolved and the Taurus and Libra containers remain unintegrated. The imbalance and unbalanced reactions inherent in the crisis are reflections of impurities within the psyches and characters of the two containers. In order for the crisis to truly be resolved, purification must occur, as symbolized by the Virgo wing of the quincunx.
We can also understand the Taurus-Libra relationship by looking at the inconjunct dynamic of the Fixed and Cardinal modalities. Under conditions of dissociation, the Taurean container operates in a fixed mode, providing stability and consistency in the area of life or the psyche with which the Taurean container is associated. The Libran container moves forward toward actualizing its goals associated with fostering relationships, standing up for justice, and achieving harmony. Both go on in parallel play until a situation arises in which their lack of integration causes a crisis to erupt. For the Libran container, the crisis may result from failure to pay attention to foundational prerequisites, insufficient commitment (including excessive indecisiveness), or a failure to consider the importance of stability and consistency. For the Taurean container, the crisis is likely to result from becoming stuck, inappropriately intransigent or overly contented so that necessary movement forward is not taken or ignored. As with the Elemental dissociation, imbalance in one container can stimulate a reactive imbalance in the other container.
Self-examination and purification is generally what is needed to correct the imbalance and integrate the two modalities so that they can work together in a supportive relationship.
the two glyphs of the signs Taurus and Libra--the Bull and the
Balance Scale-- we are struck by how unrelated they appear to be
compared to most other glyph combinations. This emphasizes
the quincunx-dominated nature of the Taurus-Libra
relationship. On the surface, the Bull and the
Scale seem to have nothing in common, no connecting
points. Digging a little deeper, however, we can
discover points of connection at both the disintegrative
crisis level and the purifying transcendent level. What
can the Scale have to do with the Bull? Other than to
weigh the dead flesh. It is when the bull is slain that
it comes in contact with the scale. At the dysfunctional
level, this combination symbolizes a relationship that, when
entering the crisis mode, becomes highly antagonistic.
The Scale also symbolizes judgment, which suggests that a
weapon of choice for the Libra container to slay the
monstrosity, as the bull is now perceived, is judgmentalism
and criticism. At the transcendent level, however, we
can see the slaying of the bull in a different context--the
eradication of the animal passions from the soul.
Judgment at the transcendent level is associated with
purification through an exact accounting and correction of all
of the impurities which have contaminated the soul. In
this way, Divine Balance is achieved.
When it is the Bull that is dominant over the Scale, the archetype brought to mind is that of the bull tipping over the scale, disrupting its balance and scattering the contents of its balances. This suggests that in the dysfunctional phase of a Taurus-Libra crisis, Taurus acts as a disruptive and destabilizing influence. This suggests Taurus' "weapon of choice" being confrontation (which Libra abhors and from which he/she/it tends to flee). At the transcendent level, however, disruption can be seen as a necessary prelude to purification through giving up your attachments to expectations--particularly the expectation that everything must occur in a self-defined state of harmony. In order for purification and perfection to occur, the Libra container must realize that the world, ultimately, does exist in Divine Harmony and that this is a harmony that is indifferent to your wishes and desires for how the world ought to be. To achieve this, Libra's sense of injustice (especially the injustice of your own situation) is replaced or informed by Taurean contentment.
Of course, all of the Taurus-Libra dynamics can play out internally, as well as between two people. The Taurus-Libra energy will also be modulated by the planets involved, whether in your own chart or someone else’s. The depositorship of Venus may also come into play. -- Gargatholil