This is the twentieth 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-Sagittarius 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-Sagittarius resonates most frequently with the quincunx aspect. Out-of-sign oppositions and trines are also possible among planets in the early and late degrees of Taurus and Sagittarius. Quincunxes occur throughout the progression through the two signs. Oppositions occur between planets in late Taurus and early Sagittarius. Trines occur between planets in early Taurus and late Sagittarius. Thus, the relationship between Taurus and Sagittarius tends to be one that can seem disconnected but carries the potential for transformation and purification. There is also potential for cooperation and harmony, as well as for conflict and perplexity.
Interpreting the Taurus-Sagittarius combination may also shed some light on a number of related symbol sets. These include Taurus in the ninth house, Sagittarius in the second house, Venus in Sagittarius, Venus in the ninth house, Jupiter in Taurus and Jupiter in the second house, as well as aspects between Venus and Jupiter.
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.
Taurus-Sagittarius, we have the pairing of Earth and Fire
signs, and of Fixed and Mutable signs. Earth and Fire are
traditionally viewed as incompatible elements but, with
Taurus-Sagittarius, this incompatibility is less about
conflict than about distance and the need to bring the
respective containers together. With
Taurus-Sagittarius, the relationship between Earth and Fire is
one of having little in common or of co-existing but not
really integrating. An image that reflects this state is
a campfire, which is merely on the ground but not interacting
with it. The fire can warm the ground for a while but whether
the fire exists or not is immaterial to the earth. While
the fire rests on the earth, it takes and gives little to
The relationship between the Taurean and Sagittarian modalities is similar. Instead of pulling against each other or colliding in conflict, it is more likely that Taurean Fixity and Sagittarian Mutability coexist, keeping their distance and giving each other space. Again, the campfire image is apropos. The earth remains solid and unchanging while the fire flickers and dances above it. Neither is going to change the other and one can not even conceive that they could or should.
In one sense, this separation between containers in the two signs is conducive to the classic mutual overcompensation syndrome in which the lack of a quality in one partner reactively causes the other to overemphasize that quality. Or, another way of viewing this phenomenon is that, without the checks and balances that interactivity creates, each container is free to manifest his/her/its own quality excessively. Thus, Taurus in relationship to Sagittarius may exhibit even more earthiness and stubbornness than otherwise; and Sagittarius in relationship to Taurus may exhibit even more risk-taking or pomposity than otherwise. There is a real danger of both signs being thrown out of balance, with Taurus lacking the wisdom and perspective to be gained by integrating Sagittarian qualities and Sagittarius lacking the grounding and steadfastness to be gained by integrating Taurean qualities. Impervious to Sagittarius' influence, Taurus can become stuck in the ordinary, content in a stagnant, hedonistic present, with nothing or no one to draw him/her/it out of him/her/itself. Lacking any receptivity to Taurus' influence, Sagittarius can disengage from any need for practicality, oblivious to the consequences of his/her actions or opinions, and blind to the internal inconsistencies of his/her/its positions.
When such imbalances develop, they are likely to sooner or later trigger a crisis through which the imbalance must be confronted and addressed. Sometimes it is the partnering container that will be a catalyst to this crisis or the partner may be instrumental in resolving the crisis, or both. In any case, the resolution to the crisis will require an integration of the qualities of the two signs in order to restore the balance. Restoring the balance, however, is not merely a return to the status quo. Rather, the resolution of the Taurus-Sagittarius crisis requires that one or both parties undergo a transformation. In correcting the flaw that has been allowed to develop because the need to integrate Earth and Fire, Fixity and Mutability, has been ignored, one must rise to a higher level of consciousness or functioning.
For Taurus, that transformation is likely to be in the direction of greater self-awareness and self-understanding, as well as greater understanding of the world around him/her and his/her/its relationship to the greater whole. It will often as not be accompanied by breaking out of your routine and breaking out of your narrow worldview. It will usually involve taking risk. The risk may not be an external one; you are probably more likely to be challenged to risk your own self-satisfaction, move outside of your internal comfort zone, or put to the test the value system by which you have governed your life. For Sagittarius, the transformation is likely to be in the direction of more attunement and a greater appreciation for the world as it is. You may realize that there is beauty and wonder to be found in the ordinary, as well as in the grand and overarching scheme of things. You appreciate the role that the ordinary natural world and the routine patterns of life have in the Great Play of the Creation. You may come to accept the world and everything in it, ceasing to focus on what is wrong and reducing your level of judgmentalism. You may also be called upon to attune yourself to the greater rhythms of the world or to constructs that operate beyond yourself.
Of course, Taurus and Sagittarius may co-exist in parallel play for a long time without triggering crisis in each other or being lured out of balance through overcompensation. There may be a simple division of labor with each container not interfering in the affairs of the other and even tacitly benefiting from this arrangement. As a Sagittarian, you may enthusiastically pursue adventure in your life, understanding the big picture, and enjoying playing your larger-than-life persona on the stage of life, while being content to let your Taurus counterpart take care of more mundane matters and provide the support system that you take for granted but which allows you the freedom to pursue your interests. As a Taurean, you may absorb yourself in the routine of life, take on the tasks of providing a materially comfortable existence for yourself and those around you, and acquire and enjoy your many possessions, while leaving it to your Sagittarian partner to look at the big picture and try to understand the world, worry or plan for the future (beyond accumulating as much stuff as possible), and organize your outings and expeditions.
Crises may not occur until this system of tacit mutual dependence breaks down. For instance, Sagittarius may engage in a level of risk that threatens the material security that Taurus has built and needs. Sagittarius' demand for adventure may become too disruptive of Taurus' need for routine and stability. Dull Taurus may become too much of a drag on Sagittarius' playful lifestyle. Lulled by Taurean contentment with the way things are, you may fail to take or take seriously the steps urged by your Sagittarian counterpart to secure the future or to grasp opportunities that could (if things worked out) solve all your future problems. Sometimes the resolution to these crises is just learning how to work together and respect each others' styles and needs.
Another possible fault line in the Taurus-Sagittarius relationship may come about through a lack of connection and, thus, understanding by the two partners. Sagittarius generally has a deep need to understand and to be understood. Often, of course, as a Sagittarius, you want to be understood in the most favorable light. "Let me show my good side" is typically Sagittarian. Taurus, on the other hand, tends to see things as they are. The Bull is famous, or infamous, for bluntly calling a spade a spade. Taurus is also apt to not be too concerned about the deeper meaning of things or about grand systems, including politics and religion (not, of course, that Taurus lacks faith or fails to do his/her civic duty). These things are often important to Sagittarius and, so, seeing the scant regard with which Taurus seems to hold for such matters, you may be inclined to judge Taurus as dull-witted, an oaf, grasping, overly materialistic, and concerned only with his/her small world. On top of this, you may feel hurt that Taurus doesn't properly understand and appreciate you (and maybe your greatness). Taurus is not so insensitive that he/she may not feel that you are judging him/her unkindly and may develop counter-judgments about your less than flattering qualities--judgments that he/she is apt to blurt out or he/she/it may intentionally confront you with them. This dynamic may be more likely if the Taurus and Sagittarius planets are in or close to an out-of-sign opposition.
the glyphs of the two signs, we can see another line of possible
tension and crisis between the two signs. The Bull is all
animal, whereas the Centaur is famously half animal and half
human. The Sagittarian arrow points upwards toward the
skies, implying the goal of overcoming, or at least sublimating,
one's animal nature. Sagittarius can struggle with this
dual nature. He/she may realize, consciously or
unconsciously, that much of his/her energy, enthusiasm and drive
originates in the instinctual depths of the psyche. Thus,
appetite is not something to be shunned, lest its suppression
also suppress the fire at the core of the Sagittarian
spirit. Yet, the human element within Sagittarius is
driven to control, if not transcend, the animal impulse.
This dilemma is generally present within Sagittarius, whether it
is recognized or not. Thus, when Sagittarius confronts
Taurus, he/she is facing a part of him/herself that he/she may
not be embracing. This may naturally cause discomfort and
can be an impetus to shy away from any close connection to
It is well known that we often tend to judge or reject someone in whom we see something that we are not proud of within ourselves and we may even deny that we have the trait. Thus, Sagittarius' outlook on Taurus may go beyond avoidance to disdain. This can trigger classic Sagittarian judgmentalism directed against a sensate Taurus (perhaps even more strongly felt and expressed if Taurus is given to hedonism). If you are the recipient of this judging attitude, you may become resentful or even indignant. At any rate, this is not a good dynamic for a healthy relationship. Probably Taurus and Sagittarius will not come to blows over this. We are reminded of the deterrent of mutually assured destruction. The Bull should be wary of the archer Sagittarius, while Sagittarius may realize that his/her arrow may not be enough to stop being gorged by the Bull. Needless to say, if it does come down to blows, it is likely to be a bloody scene.
This is also a case, however, where a crisis may bring about transformative change in both parties. If Sagittarius is operating with his/her animal nature in the Shadow, in order to be wholly integrated, he/she must come to terms with this, face his/her Shadow, own it, bring it out into the light. Once in the light, this part of his/her psyche can be normalized. Only when normalized, can detachment occur. The Taurus-Sagittarius dynamic can become the vehicle through which the Sagittarian works through and transforms his/her relationship with his/her own instinctual side.
For Taurus, the transformation inherent in a crisis revolving around his/her instinctual nature can take the form of the sacredization of the sensate. The key to this transformation, when Taurus is engaged with Sagittarius, is likely to be a dawning understanding by the Taurean that the material world exists for something more than indulgence and possession. This understanding may come about through Taurus' receptivity to the example of a developed Sagittarian who is dealing with his/her own issues of relationship to the material world in a positive and transformative manner. Or, the inconsistencies that you see between Sagittarian high-mindedness and indulgence may prompt you to examine your own relationship with the instinctual and the sensate. You may come to understand that the experience of the natural world (and even the human-made component of material existence) can be a sacred experience, infused with awareness of the Divine in everything. This understanding depends on a shift and transformation of your basic values and attitudes away from dominance by possessiveness and toward an appreciation of the world.
Particularly if the Taurus and Sagittarius planets are in out-of-sign trine, the Taurean and Sagittarian containers can share their enthusiasm for the material. At an innocent level, Sagittarian and Taurean common appreciation of food, physical activity, and sensual enjoyment can form the basis for a bond between them. However, perhaps influenced by Sagittarius' tendency to excess (which is certainly not unknown in Taurus), this shared focus can degenerate into a camaraderie of self-indulgence. Taking this indulgence in the physical to excess can, itself, spark a transformative crisis but, if the path to indulgence is too easy, this may not occur.
We can also examine the relationship
between Taurus and Sagittarius by looking at their ruling planets,
Venus and Jupiter, and the dynamics that may arise between
them. Venus and Jupiter are generally viewed as harmonious
with each other. This is suggested by the natural sextile
between Venus-ruled Libra and Sagittarius. The natural
quincunx between Venus-ruled Taurus and Sagittarius suggests a
more complicated relationship between the energies and functions
symbolized by these planets. Areas of disengagement between
Venus and Jupiter ruled functions may include: a value system that
is not informed by a comprehensive understanding or worldview; a
worldview and value system that seem inconsistent; relationships
that function independently or disengaged from larger social
constructs and organizations; assimilation that fails to take into
account inter-personal relationships; expansive desires that are
too indiscriminate and not checked by proper and cautious
evaluation of reality; concerns about material security that are
blind to opportunities for material enhancement; and risks taken
without proper attention to the resources necessary to support
such actions or to the effect that such risks may have on material
security. These contradictions, inconsistencies and
obliviousness can be exhibited and exemplified by Taurus and
Sagittarius containers. They are likely, if not resolved, to
at some point result in crises requiring potentially