In Taurus the heaviness of Saturn is accentuated by that of the sign, and so his obstinacy, pertinacity and dullness are accentuated. But as all this makes for steadiness, the moral character is firm and capable of overcoming obstacles by sheer determination; while, on the other hand, those obstacles themselves are not apt to be particularly violent. So we shall expect to find natives with the capacity to push steadfastly forward, and to conquer. One of the weakest examples of this position is given by Shelley, whose Saturn, being in only two degrees of Taurus, retains perhaps some portion of the Aries qualities. It is just at the Nadir, and has no support of any kind from any other planet, and is indeed in opposition to Neptune. Hence we see in Shelley, a moral instability, which is contrary to the general nature of Saturn in Taurus; fine aspirations given by the Sun, Venus and Uranus in conjunction without the power to fully coordinate them or cause them to cohere; impatience and frivolity indicated by Mars and Neptune in conjunction with Jupiter from the effects of which an iron and indomitable resistance would have saved him. The nativities of three great conquerors present an utterly different picture. It was the military genius of Grant that turned the fortunes of the Civil War, and Grant had Saturn rising on the cusp of Taurus in conjunction with the Sun and Jupiter and trined by a conjunction of Neptune and Uranus. An astrologer looking at this horoscope might easily have predicted the famous words, “I propose to fight it out on this line, if it takes all summer.” Similar doggedness is shown by Cecil Rhodes whose Saturn has the sextile of Venus and is only ten degrees from the conjunction of Mars. The figure is not so strong as Grant’s, and one cannot be surprised that he died saying “So much to do; so little done.” But the patience and moral force of the man are not in doubt; it was the inertia of the Sun and Moon in Cancer that hindered him from more complete success. The third example is Alexander the Great. Here Saturn is sextile to the Sun and trine to the Moon and Mars, an ideal disposition for a great conqueror. Only the most concentrated patience and steadiness of push could have carried him through into India; an expedition, by the way, which would appear hopeless for a modern army of any size, with all the advantages of railways. His name is still known and honored throughout Persia and North India; his is an example of Saturn in Taurus at his best. Nor must we forget the extraordinary case of Jeanne d’Arc, with her Saturn trined by Venus and Mars. Here we see a simple, ignorant peasant girl, in days when even a born queen was seldom more than a puppet, with the moral strength to shoulder the burdens of a great kingdom in the very hour of its collapse, and drive out the invader. And in her trial, how patiently and courteously she withstood the infamous Bishop of Meaux, battling long months with no armor but her virtue against every engine that the law of those tyrannous times could set in motion. This is a finer Saturn than even that of Alexander. Two of the most patient observers that science can claim are Alfred Russell Wallace and Louis Pasteur. The Saturn of the former is trined by Uranus and Neptune; but squared by Mars; without that detriment he might have been as great as Huxley or Darwin. Pasteur has no such trouble ; with the Sun, Uranus, Neptune, Mercury and Venus, all in conjunction, trine to Saturn, it is no wonder that he became the foremost of the men of science of France. There could be no doubt or wavering in a Saturn so brilliantly aspected. In mundane affairs Saturn in Taurus is not very good for financial matters ; unless extremely well aspected, money comes slowly or wastes away. The native, however, may somewhat counteract this danger, since the same influence that begrudges his financial success makes him careful and saving, sometimes indeed quite frugal. In all cases there is apt to be some selfishness.
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