Depth Astrology





This is the twenty-third 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-Pisces 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 4 1/2 years from now, Insha’Allah, these articles will immediately be published as an e-book for sale.


Taurus-Pisces resonates most frequently with the sextile aspect.  Semi-squares can also occur, however, and out-of-sign squares are possible as well.  Sextiles occur throughout the progression through the two signs and semi-squares can occur between planets in the latter half of Pisces and the first half of Taurus.   Out-of-sign squares may occur between planets in very late Taurus and very early Pisces.   Thus, the  Taurus-Pisces relationship, while generally marked by harmony and opportunities for containers to be mutually helpful, can be complex

Interpreting the Taurus-Pisces combination may also shed some light on a number of related symbol sets.  These include Taurus in the twelfth house, Pisces in the second house, Venus in Pisces, Venus in the twelfth house, Neptune in Taurus and Neptune in the second house, as well as aspects between Venus and Neptune. 

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-Pisces, we have an Earth and a Water sign, one Fixed and the other Mutable.  Water and Earth are viewed as compatible elements and the Fixed and Mutable modalities have the capacity to balance each other.  Water is formless (particularly in Pisces) without Earth.  Earth can give water shape, channel it and allow it to become useful (definitely an Earth value).  Pisces, perhaps more than any other sign, is often in need of some grounding and Taurus can provide this rather easily.  Like the shoreline to what would otherwise be an apparently limitless ocean, Taurus can set boundaries for the otherwise boundariless Pisces.  In doing this, the Piscean container can take advantage of Taurus' signals about when and where to stop.  Taurus can even be firm and fixed with Pisces, if necessary. 

For Pisces, Taurus can be a touchstone, an anchor or a safe harbor. 
When Pisces may seem lost, without direction, or moving in all directions at once, Taurus can provide a much needed reference point, even a guiding beacon, as a lighthouse upon the solid outcrop of dry land.  The ever shifting fluidity that characterizes Pisces can be contained.  When relativity becomes overwhelming or unproductive, or an excuse for negative behavior, Taurus can hold out the potential of an absolute, and may be able to reign in Piscean excess.  Taurus has the capability of confronting Piscean self-delusion or calling out any attempt to camouflage duplicity by firmly upholding a construct of reality that is grounded in solid values and uncompromising self-evidency.  In other words, Taurus may be uniquely qualified to call Pisces' bluff. 

While Pisces and its ruler, Neptune, are most frequently associated with the vast ocean, the formless and ever shape-shifting cloud is as apt a symbol of the water-nature of Pisces.  While Aquarius may be known as the water bearer, Pisces in this mode is the water deliverer.  And Taurean Earth is the thirsty recipient of this Piscean capacity.  The great natural water cycle is the perfect analog to Mutable Water--water ever changing in an eternal cycle.  Without this cycle of watery transmutation, Taurean Earth would be dry and barren.  Water softens earth, as well as imparting life-givingness to this element.  Taurus, more than any other Earth sign associated with fecundity culminating in abundance and the security of material provision, is able to make ideal use of the water element delivered to it by Pisces. 

This watering of the land, for Taurus and Pisces, is a watering by emotional outpouring and emotional care and compassion.  Without this emotional connection, Taurus is in danger of laboring for nothing but cold, dead objects.  Of course, it is a danger and not an inevitability, for Taurus is ruled by Venus which is a member planet of the emotional triad (with Moon and Neptune).  So, Taurus is naturally receptive to the emotional nature of Pisces (and this receptivity is also another form of the grounding of Pisces by Taurus, for the Taurean receptacle can magnetically attract and provide beneficial containment for Pisces' otherwise unformed and undirected emotions).  Thus, Pisces can provide Taurus with emotional purpose, as well as someone who actually cares for Taurus beyond the material possessions that Taurus can provide. 

The Piscean connection to Taurus can also provide the Taurean container with access to a sea of emotion, particularly at the empathetic level.  Taurus is sometimes constricted by fear, especially fear of loss or fear of scarcity.  Such fear can harden the heart or make the Taurean container unreceptive to the needs or sensitivities of others.  The Taurus connection to Pisces can open the Taurean container to feelings of Piscean compassion.  Taurus has the opportunity to learn empathetic sensitivity from Pisces and openness to Piscean energy can soften the Taurean heart. 

If the aspect between Taurus and Pisces containers is challenging, however, Taurus may feel overwhelmed by the unstructured and undescriminating Piscean ocean of emotion.  You may reject Piscean openness and compassion as inherently threatening to your primal need for
material security.  "How will there be anything left for me if I give it all away?," Taurus may ask.  The principle that the more we give, the more positive energy enters the Universe and that this energy ultimately returns to us, so obvious to Pisces, may seem foreign to Taurus or, if acknowledged, may be viewed as essentially manipulative.  In this dynamic, the Piscean container may react to Taurus' reserve by perceiving the Taurus container as stingy and miserly, selfish and insensitive to the needs of others. 

Pisces may feel compelled to overcome these "faults" in the Taurean container by reforming him/her/it.  For Pisces, this may be part of his/her/its dharma of compassion, adopting as your mission the reformation and improvement of the incorrigible and hopelessly beastly Taurus.  Taurus may feel this unwanted attention as smothering, interfering or as pushing past your boundaries.  Taurus may also view Pisces' attempts to change his/her/its nature as manipulative, often a correct perception as Pisces is apt to cloak his/her/its own agenda with pretects of helpfulness, concern or only acting in his/her/its partner's best interests.

Nevertheless, Taurus would benefit by opening up to the Piscean example of compassion and concern for others.  Remembering that Jupiter is the traditional co-ruler of Pisces, we can note an expansive influence of Pisces on Taurus.  Taurus can become narrowly focused and descend into a rut when consumed with the purpose of providing material security and stability for yourself and those around you.  By opening to Pisces, Taurus can grasp the opportunity to expand his/her/its horizons and engage at a more universal level.  The Fixed nature of Taurus may become more mutable through contact with Pisces and this flexibility and willingness to consider alternative positions can be much to Taurus' benefit.

Pisces, on the other hand,
often can find much needed emotional boundaries through its contact with Taurus.  Taurus can rather bluntly inform Pisces when he/she/it oversteps into inappropriate territory and, once Pisces gets over his/her/its hurt feelings, he/she/it would be well advised to take these remonstrances seriously. 

Looking at the glyphs of the two signs, the Bull and the Dual Fish, it may not be immediately obvious what these two have in common.  After all, they rarely meet in nature and, even if they do meet, there is apt to be little interaction.  For a connection between these two, we need to look beyond the ostensible representations of these glyphs to something more subtle.  The two fish swimming in opposite directions symbolizes not only Pisces' mutability but also the inherent duality contained in the sign.  Pisces is the Omega of the Zodiac and at the last second of its last degree exists the spark which begins the next cycle of existence.  Death and rebirth, illusion and Reality, entanglement and liberation are all themes and issues that run though this last sign of the Zodiac.  Neptune pulls the Piscean consciousness towards transcendence and drags it down into the depths of emotional Hell.  Spiritual detachment and addiction to base experience are both possibilities for the Piscean essence which diffusely covers the globe of possibilities and levels of consciousness.

In the Taurus glyph, we find the two horns of the Bull, representing a duality of its own and reminding us that Taurus' ruler, Venus, is the planet associated with choice, with discrimination between opposites, and with the forces of attraction and repulsion.  Being grounded in the Earth element, this level of duality typically functions at the material level, which at its atomic core is the product of the dynamics of opposite charges--the expression of fundamental duality.  Everywhere in the material world, everywhere in Nature, we see Duality in operation.  Taurus embraces Nature's cyclic duality and, in general, firmly grasps onto its more positive pole, preferring pleasure to pain, abundance to scarcity, comfort to discomfort and stability to chaos. 

Placing the essential Piscean duality of Being-Not Being (to which one may ask, which is the state of Being and which of Not-Being?, for this may not be as obvious as it seems on the surface) juxtaposed against the Taurean duality of matter (itself being located on one pole of the Piscean duality) triangulates the Taurean duality and provides an opportunity for a creative tension upon the realization that other levels of consciousness beyond the material are not only possible, but existent.  Thus, Pisces may open a path to the spiritualization of the Taurean material consciousness. 

Taurus, on the other hand, has the capacity to offer stability to the Piscean duality by casting matter in its most positive light, as the necessary ground upon which the spiritual edifice must be built.  Without a stable foundation, spirituality collapses for it has nothing to support it when it is inevitably faced with temptation and adverse circumstances.  Taurus can turn the "negative" Piscean pole into something wholesome and balanced.  When positively manifesting, Pisces does not have to descend into the mire (the "sinful body") whenever consciousness returns to matters of the world and Taurus can recast its natural world as sacred space. 

However, this interaction of Taurean and Piscean dualities is not automatically positive.  Particularly when containers are in challenging aspects, distortion and perversion of these energies can occur.  When faced with the opening of his/her/its world into the limitless, confusion and chaos can descend upon Taurus' normal stability and predictability.  Mental and emotional confusion and misunderstood relativity can turn Taurus' world into one of mud.  The normally secure and steady Bull may find him/her/itself stuck or sinking in a moral morass. 

For Pisces, the danger is that you attach yourself to the negative pole of the Taurean duality, and in the process become the object of projection, often perversely your own projection.  How easily Pisces gravitates to the world of suffering to become the martyr, or to the world of sordidness to become the hopeless sinner, berating him/her/itself and indulging in self-flagulation.  Set against the Taurean Bull's strength, Pisces may indulge in seeing yourself as the weak one, which is a prescription for excusing all kinds of negative behavior and emotional states.  In the worst of possible outcomes, Pisces and Taurus descend into the negativity of material existence together.  In the best of outcomes, they ascend together into the spiritual skies.
We can now look at the relationship between Taurus and Pisces through their rulers, Venus and Neptune.  Both planets represent different functional elements of the psyche's emotional complex.  With Moon as the emotional base, Venus is associated with emotion as it is directed toward people and objects of the exterior world--emotions associated with attraction and repulsion, encompassing likes and dislikes, romantic love, and attachment.  With Taurus, these emotions are focused on the material world--the world of things and possessions.  Neptune, on the other hand, is associated with more ethereal and generalized emotional states.  These include compassion, empathy and subtle emotions.  However, in its negative state, Neptune is also associated with fear, neuroses, and addiction/compulsiveness.  Related to these emotional states, Neptune is associated with various forms of diffusion--dissolution and disintegration at the "negative" pole and universal encompassment and transcendence at the "positive" pole. 

When aspects between Taurus and Pisces containers are challenging or the relationship exists in a negative environment, the combination of Neptunian dissolution and Taurus' concern with security and stability can result in neurotic fear and obsession, as the darker side of Neptune is fueled by Taurean insecurities.  Pisces' capacity for manipulation and self-delusion can also be aggravated as the Piscean container is drawn to Taurus' desire for comfort and pleasure but cannot admit to him/her/itself that he/she/it has anything more than others' interests at heart.

When positive energy is active, the finer Piscean emotions can bring Taurus to access an elevated emotional level.  This can result in opportunities for the Taurean container to experience greater empathy and compassion and to experience a greater universality emotionally.  For Pisces, the contact with Taurus can bring emotional clarity and focus, particularly regarding values or what is of value.  Taurus provides Pisces with opportunities to engage emotionally at the physical level (with the external world of consensual reality).  The Taurus container also can give emotional permission to Pisces to take care of his/her/its needs and to place him/her/itself ahead of others in a straightforward, nonmanipulative way. 

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

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