In Taurus, Mars is in his detriment, and his fiery energy is largely transformed into obstinacy. The heaviness of Taurus weighs him down, and, though he fights with desperate courage, there is not that elan which we found him to possess in Aries. Nor is the Venusian character of the sign favorable to his full development; since, Taurus being earthy, it sometimes occurs that he is degraded to be cruel and callous. Yet, at his best, he is steady and earnest; not so original, brilliant, nor lucky as when in Aries, nor so confident of the issue ; but dogged, and as the saying goes : “Dogged does it”. We have examples of this in two of the most patient and persevering of those noble men who have given their lives to extend the empire of knowledge; Sir Isaac Newton and Huxley. The latter, with the Sun in conjunction and Mercury very close, an exact trine of Uranus and a near one of Neptune, has an almost ideal Mars. He is in the eleventh house, showing the influence of the native working through friends and colleagues. Newton’s Mars has sextiles of Jupiter and the Moon and a trine of the Sun within seven degrees; and Uranus is very near the opposition. He was by no means a great fighter, like Huxley, as Mars is not so important in his nativity. Here we see only the patience and labor involved in his work, and the indomitable courage with which he attacked problems. The Mars of Annie Besant is formidable enough, with Jupiter and the Moon sextile and Uranus semi-sextile. Mars is rising just below Uranus, and Aries is on the Ascendant. This makes the whole personality militant and ambitious, but, in the absence of help from the Sun or Saturn or even Venus one cannot but regard the complex as unfortunate. Colonel Okott, on the contrary, has the Sun and Venus square on one side, Uranus square on the other, and Saturn trine. Mars is not the center of activity, but Venus, as Lady of the Ascendant; it is excellent, on the whole, making him an admirable and trustworthy subordinate. The horoscope of Houdini gives an excellent example of the extreme power of Mars on the material plane, even enabling him to overcome the strongest oppositions of such material objects as fetters, etc. Saturn and Uranus in opposition to each other are both squaring Mars, a most unusual development of occult powers. In the world of literature and art, we find a group deserving careful contrast with those who have Mars in Aries. Compare Reynolds with Diirer, the easy voluptuous style of the one with the austere sincerity of the other. Set Tchaikovsky against Strauss and Chopin; George Sand and Alphonse Daudet against Zola. It at once appears how the brilliancy of the Aries-Mars is weighed down and subdued in Taurus. Against Dickens we may put Dumas, and, though it would be possible to maintain that Dumas is a much more brilliant writer than Dickens, this is a matter of the higher planets; the technique of Dickens sparkles and fumes with brilliancies often ill-harmonized ; that of Dumas is infinitely smoother and more voluptuous. Among soldiers, compare Cromwell with Charles George Gordon. The latter, daring and courageous as he was, was yet “a Christian gentleman”. His Mars is toned down by Taurus; and, indeed, one may attribute his failure in the Soudan to a lack of grip in dealing with the fierce Mohammedan spirits that surrounded him. Worthy of our most careful consideration are two very strong examples of Mars corrupted, the one to the earth of Taurus, the other to its Venus; Jay Gould and Nero. The financier has Saturn in direct opposition, and Uranus sextile. The former aspect is here -abominably bad. Mars is in the house of friends and we can well understand how he sold out his colleagues. Nero has Jupiter in opposition, a presage of weakness, and Venus in conjunction makes Mars excitable and passionate without giving him strength. There is a trine of Saturn, which renders him effective, however; in this case with most unfortunate results.
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