The outward impulse to manifest and thrive that was present in Aries now gives way to the methodical and practical shaping of the new life thereby creating a secure foundation for future growth. The Taurus principle involves the practical shaping and formation of value. Their job is to define and codify their values; what they own, so that they can actualize their potential and leave an inspiring legacy for others. After Aries propelled us into the world of fiery energy and motivation, Taurus brings us back down to Earth and connects us with the material world. Archetypally, it is our first encounter with physical reality and everything contained within it, from material resources to our internal substance. In connecting to the world of reality, we must also start learning to assess, organize and prioritize what we find within it. In Taurus, it is our job to stabilize that Big Bang of exploding life force and secure its sure, steady growth. Without the grounding counter-balance of this Fixed Earth sign, the new Aries life energy would soon burn itself out after all that volatile, fiery exuberance. Like a flash in the pan, our new growth would light up the landscape momentarily and then fade into memory. Taurus is our basic sense of worth, in the broadest meaning of the word; our material worth, as well as our internal self-worth. It is our values: what we consider worth the price, both literally or/and figuratively.
Taurus is the second sign of the zodiac and is ruled by the planet Venus, which is located in its natural house. When a planet or house cusp is in Taurus, it will describe how and/or where you will seek stability and security. People with the Sun in Taurus are usually very practical and levelheaded; they won’t be easily led by idealism. Risks are taken only if it is absolutely necessary and only after much consideration. This is a sign that’s slow to change and would prefer a steady routine in life. They are not afraid of hard work because they value emotional and material security.
As the first of the ‘Earth’ signs, Taurus personalizes the expressions “solid as a rock” and “down to earth”. There is a true affinity with earth and being in the world of nature and surrounded by the products of the earth is a source of spiritual strength. Productivity and creativity are also appropriate keywords. Taureans are never happier than when putting physical form to their concept of harmony and beauty. For them, there is a real sense of relaxation in just doing without the need to overtax oneself emotionally or mentally. Once motivated to begin a project, they shine through their noticeable powers of endurance and resilience. More than any other sign, this is one of hidden reserves of power and strength, of solidity in form and character.
So, in Taurus we take that Aries seed and plant it. To the fiery Aries energy, this may feel like being buried alive, but it is absolutely essential to its longevity; it enables the impulse to become a sustained force.