This is the nineteenth 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-Scorpio 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-Scorpio resonates most frequently with the opposition aspect. Out-of-sign quincunxes are also possible among planets on the extremities of Taurus and Scorpio but are rare. Oppositions occur throughout the progression through the two signs. Thus, the relationship between Taurus and Scorpio reflects the complexity of the opposition, both in conflict and attraction, projection and completion.
Interpreting the Taurus-Scorpio combination may also shed some light on a number of related symbol sets. These include Taurus in the eighth house, Scorpio in the second house, Venus in Scorpio, Venus in the eighth house and Pluto in the second house, as well as aspects between Venus and Pluto.
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.
we have the pairing of Earth and Water signs, both of which
are Fixed. Earth
and Water are traditionally viewed as compatible elements and
the common modality that they share may serve to reinforce
their compatibility or create the potential for conflict.
Earth and water often share an intimate relationship;
unless water is vaporized, earth is the vessel which contains
and channels water. With the fixed modality in place,
the emphasis in this relationship is on earth holding water,
allowing it to be still (and deep). Images that reflect
this relationship include water trapped deep beneath the
ground such as in aquifers, wells, and cavern pools; pools
formed by natural rock depressions or stone or metal basins,
such as the Mirror of Galadriel; or sealed clay or stone
containers filled with stored water. Water is also
capable of boring into the earth through constant dripping or
constant motion (in this case the emphasis is on constancy
rather than Cardinal motion). Water, through its
constant wear upon rock, will shape earth in ways that seem
This suggests a supportive role for the Taurean container with respect to his/her/its Scorpio counterpart. Taurus, after all, is quite good at being reliably supportive, always there, ready to hold and embrace. The Scorpio container, on the other hand, needs and yearns for that support and intimacy that Taurus can provide. Of course, the Scorpio energy must be properly receptive to the support that Taurus would provide and this requires relinquishing Scorpio's reflective tendency to control and always be in control. For when water allows itself to be contained by earth, it is giving up control over its shape and destiny to the earth. Taurus is inherently possessive, at one level, while Scorpio inherently resists being possessed (but can be equally possessive of his/her partner). Thus, particularly for Scorpio, this relationship based upon support received from Taurus sets up an inherent oppositional conflict. If Scorpio is not to reject Taurus' protective advances out of natural paranoia, Taurus must learn relax his/her/its hold and not take as firm and possessive an approach as he/she/it is inclined to do.
Part of Taurus' lesson here is one of receptivity. Taurus is inclined to be, let's say a little dense sometimes. However, your Scorpio counterpart's need for intimacy demands that you allow his/her/its energy to penetrate you, just as water, when still, will penetrate the ground and even hard rock. You cannot allow someone's energy to penetrate you if you are oblivious to that energy. Taurus, however, ruled by Venus, does have the capacity to absorb--after all, one of Venus' core functions involves receptivity. Taurus must allow Scorpio's (usually subtle) request for intimacy to awaken that receptivity and capacity for absorption within him/her.
These oppositional tendencies between Taurus and Scorpio involving trust and suspicion, sensate focus on the physical and emotional intimacy, and an indiscriminate inclination to possess and jealousy, are all expressions of a fundamental Taurus-Scorpio opposition that can be characterized as one between innocence and experience. The Taurean energy, developmentally, is still new to the world--not as innocent as Aries because Taurus knows that he/she/it bears the responsibility for providing for his/her/its needs in the world, but still relatively innocent and taking the world at face value. Scorpio sees all too well the hidden (maybe even imaginary) dangers lurking everywhere and has, indeed, experienced the power of the negative pole. Thus, the Scorpionic container may view Taurus as somewhat naive, maybe needing protection or maybe fair game for manipulation or being controlled for your own ends. The Taurean container is often vulnerable, often blithely following your lead, or into your trap. However, should the Taurean Bull become aware of how he/she is being duped, hurt and angry, he/she can unforgivingly stomp the offending Scorpion, turn away and not look back.
Looking at the glyphs of the two signs, it is difficult to see a scenario symbolized by the Bull and the Scorpion other than treachery pitted against brute strength. The image of the two suggests an unexpected attack or an attack from behind, although likely as not the result of a real or perceived threat. Scorpio, however, is the sign of the triple glyph and when you manifest your energies as the Eagle or the Phoenix, your relationship with the Bull fundamentally changes. When the Eagle, you can lead the Taurean Bull with your keen sight and integrity. Strong as you are, there are some things for which you will need to rely on your Taurus partner, who can bring your vision to earth and work to help achieve it. When you are the Phoenix, your relationship with the Eternal Bull takes on a spiritual quality. Sacrifice and rebirth are played out in the ancient ritual that symbolizes and facilitates inner growth and development, moving together from one level to the next, dying to one reality and being reborn into a higher awareness.
Thus, the oppositional energy suggested by the placement of the two signs, when elevated, can transcend conflict and express counter-balance, cooperation and communion, instead. Opposites attract and, like any other opposite pair of signs, Taurus and Scorpio can fill the void of what is lacking in the other, compensate for each others' weaknesses with their strengths, and mirror and fulfill the others deep longings and needs. Thus, Taurus' calm, placid and even dull experience of life can be enlivened and enriched when exposed to Scorpio's intense and emotionally charged energy, while a Scorpio container that has become too amped up with heightened emotions can rely on his/her/its Taurus partner to calm him/her/it down and/or absorb some of that intense energy and defuse the energetics of the situation. Taurus' expertise at negotiating the physical plane when combined with Scorpio's expertise at negotiating the emotional plane, when the two energies are balanced and positive, can create a complete and fulfilling experience or can masterfully manipulate (used in the positive sense) matter and energy to their benefit (and, ideally, to the benefit of those around them, as well). The Scorpio container can contribute his/her/its insight into the inner workings and motivations of people and systems, while Taurus practically deals with the physical realities of the material plane, Scorpio providing planning and guidance while Taurus provides the reality check and ensures that plans and visions are implemented practically and with due caution.
The quality of Fixedness inherent in both of these signs can also play out over a spectrum of consciousness. When both containers are in stubborn mode, there can be prolonged (very prolonged) simmering conflict with no one giving in to compromise. However, if the Taurus and Scorpio containers are aligned in their objective or desire, working together they present a formidable force that will relentlessly pursue their goal with no thought of stopping until success is achieved. Combined, the fixed energy expressed in Earth and Water can result in a relationship between containers that is marked by stability, predictability, constancy and perseverance. At higher levels of consciousness and development, the fixed modality transmutes into devotion, the quality of which is abiding, constant and focused loving attention and attraction to a higher state, energy or Being. Taurean devotion is unshakable, dedicated and persistent. Whatever the task, whatever it takes to please the Beloved, Taurus will dedicate him/her/itself to that without question and without any thought as to whether that task is possible to accomplish. Taurus becomes completely happy engaged in his/her/its discipline. He/She/It is the Bull joyfully yoked to the plow and almost ecstatic in his/her/its service to his/her/its Master. To Taurus' steady dedication, Scorpio adds intense devotion, intense love and longing. For Scorpio, the still depths of the Primordial Being pulls him/her/it into the Center, down (or up) deep to meet and merge into the Source of all Power. These two energies, one so intense and the other so steady and calm, may seem incompatible and, indeed, may pull at each other, causing emotional and spiritual confusion. However, when they are united, the force, the solidity, the depth of that devotion is unstoppable.
We can also examine the relationship
between Taurus and Scorpio by looking at their ruling planets,
Venus and Pluto, and the dynamics that may arise between
them. As we examined in our discussion of Taurus and Libra,
Venus is strongly associated with duality in both its evaluative
and relationship functions. Pluto, also, represents duality
but in a different form. With Venus, duality is operating in
the world. The functions with which Venus is associated use
the duality inherent in the created world as integral to the
processes that enable these functions--processes that interact
with the world, both externally and internally. With Pluto,
duality also serves as an instrument but it is an instrument used
to break down the fabric of the world and of our relationship to
the world. Pluto polarizes opposites--light and dark, good
and evil, developmentally useful and developmentally hindering--in
order to transform and transcend the current level of
consciousness. It deconstructs the world and then
reassembles it after having shaken out (or burned or pulverized)
the negativity contained therein.