Jupiter in Taurus

There is much harmony between Jupiter and Taurus, for their power and constructiveness are alike. The native is fixed in his religious beliefs, and in his opinions generally, is of devout and warm-hearted nature and clothed with much pride. But, unless the planet is well posited and dignified, there is danger of crassness and of extravagance. For example, Ludwig II of Bavaria, whose Jupiter is squared by Saturn, lacked wisdom; his extravagant enthusiasms cost him his throne and his life. One sees, too, in his religious ideas, the obstinacy of the earthy Taurus; the decorum of religion was all in all to him. Contrast his nativity with that of Dante, the central religious figure of the most religious age of mankind we speak here of the outward forms of religion, for ancient Egypt and even pagan Greece were really far more deeply spiritual. In Dante’s horoscope, Jupiter is powerfully placed just above the eastern horizon, with the Sun and Mercury in conjunction; semi-sextile to Saturn and Venus, and sextile to Mars. The figure of Alfred de Musset may well be contrasted with that of Baudelaire whose Jupiter was in Aries. Here Jupiter in Taurus and in the third house has a semi-sextile of the Moon, no other planet affecting these influences. This indicates a mind incapable of real religious thought, Jupiter here meaning only preoccupation with self-indulgence, a situation leading naturally to boredom and despair. A stronger Jupiter in a more spiritual sign could have saved him from this sad end. The Jupiter of Louis Pasteur is in the eighth house, the natural position of Scorpio, whose influence thus blends with the Taurus qualities to give an instinct for laborious inquiry into scientific matters, and additional energy is given by the trine of Mars to Jupiter. The religion of such a man must be material and practical; expressed in no emotional or sentimental manner, but none the less deep and sincere. He may also be assured of good fortune with such a disposition of Mars, that fortune depending on his own energy and will. Turner is another fine example of a good Jupiter in Taurus. Here Neptune is trine, Venus in conjunction, and Mars square. There is a mystical element in his work from the first planet, soft-ness ana richness and beauty of form from the second, and intense realistic power from the third. Jupiter on the cusp of the fourth house, the natural place of Cancer, may explain his great success in painting1 the sea, and indeed for his choice of canvas as the medium through which to express his religious emotion. Schumann, for example, has Mars semi-sextile to Jupiter in conjunction with the Sun. This is not nearly so strong a combination as Turner’s, though Jupiter is again in the fourth house, indicating the reflective method of expression. But the expansive part of his nature is not strong, and the conjunction of Saturn and Neptune in the Orient turns the strain into a minor key. Rosa Bonheur is a far more jovial figure. Mercury and Venus are sextile, the Sun semi-sextile ; and Uranus trine to her Jupiter, who is on the cusp of the house of her profession, and her predilection for painting bulls or stallions is indicated by Taurus. The whole figure is massive, strong, expansive, and genial. We might have contrasted with Pasteur another man of science, Alfred Russell Wallace. Here the Sun, Venus, and Mercury are fairly near the trine of Jupiter, though not very close ; the religious side of the nature is stimulated thereby, indeed, but the combination is not nearly so strong a motive as is the trine of Saturn to Uranus and Neptune. Hence the intellect ruled for a time, but, when old age came, the religious nature was more prominent, and this proved rather conventional a surprise to his friends and colleagues and disciples, for there was little harmony between the former and latter views. General Grant has a robust Jupiter, rising in Taurus, with the Sun and Saturn in conjunction, and with Neptune and Uranus close to the trine. The effect of Saturn in conjunction with the Sun appears to be contrary to any deep spirituality; this seems to bring all forces to work on the plane of normal life; and, though Grant had a hearty sort of faith, one is more impressed by the extreme good fortune which attended him, no doubt largely due to the position of Jupiter. Edward VI of England has a fine Jupiter, trined by Saturn. This may explain why, despite his early death, the causes of which are explained elsewhere in this volume, he remains famous as a monument of early piety, learning, and good disposition. The native with Jupiter in Taurus is fond of home and unlikely to travel much unless under the compulsion of business, or because of other planetary combinations. The position, unless Jupiter is badly afflicted, is fortunate for gain through agriculture, building and mining. Though generous, he may, in some cases, be over-fond of money for its own sake.

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