Venus in Taurus

Venus in Taurus is in her own house and is therefore very strong; but the earthy quality of the sign has two effects which seem at first sight curiously incompatible. The action is drawn down to the physical plane we shall find but rare examples of “ideal love” or “platonic affection” in people with this position but also it is slow to start. People with Venus so placed, though they have enormous capacity for love, do not develop on the sex-plane until long after the average. Once the blossom flowers, it flowers magnificently. All the tenacity of the bull comes into play, and every hope may be entertained of settled happiness. At all times, however, the magnetism of the sign is manifest, and people with this position often present baffling mysteries to their admirers. They give all the physical signs of great passion and are perfectly aware of how well they are fitted both to inspire and to reciprocate devotion; yet they will not yield themselves until the right person arrives. When that happens, the surrender is often instant and the fidelity eternal. The same characteristics, transmuted to other planes, obtain there. There is often great amiability, though tact is rarely fine. Fortune in small matters is steady, but not sudden or capricious; and the artistic side of the native is likely to be solid, sensible, and free from erratic and hysterical manifestations. The word “domesticity” if it be extended to cover all the many qualities combined in Venus, gives a good idea of what is meant. Taurus is preeminently the sign of material form and tends to bring everything to operation on the physical plane. The sex instinct, when Venus is in this sign, is consequently very simple and natural, as direct and intelligible as the marriage service in the Church of England prayer-book. Selection is determined primarily by physical fitness ; other considerations hardly apply. The native is particularly fond of comfort, and strives actively and persistently to create this in his environment. While the sex instinct is direct and, as it were, plainly spoken, it in no way violates delicacy. The absence of shame is in itself a guarantee of modesty. Gentleness and kindliness go naturally with this position and contribute to the increase of its magnetism. Sense of sex, although somewhat animal, is perfectly clean and normal. There is no tendency to its perversion or degeneration, unless Venus should be afflicted by Saturn, or Uranus, or Neptune. Apart from actual sex relations, this position means a great deal of geniality in the temperament, which very often stands for great popularity. Other people are naturally sympathetic to this type. Much of the success of such people as Joseph Pulitzer, W. J. Bryan, W. T. Stead, Levi P. Morton, Chauncey M. Depew, David Hummel Green and Marconi may be attributed to this position. In art, we see Daniel Chester French, whose sculptures show a massive, majestic and somewhat florid style. Sometimes the sympathy becomes more nearly universal yet, embracing all nature, as we see in such people as Walt Whitman and Luther Burbank. The extraordinary feeling of the unity of nature possessed by both these men caused them to be looked upon at first with disfavor by their contemporaries, and as if there were something eccentric in their outlook; but a better understanding has shown this to be the very quintessence of sanity. It is not just, therefore, to speak of such ideas as unconventional. However, that in them which was original is not to be attributed to the position of Venus. Whitman, for example, has Neptune and Uranus in conjunction, square to Saturn, an admirable configuration for epoch-mating force. Unless there is something of this sort, one must not look to this position for originality, even of presentation. One may cite the point of view of Thomas Hardy and Thomas Moore in literature, or even that of Alphonse Daudet. There is a certain conventionality in the outlook which prevents extravagances, even those of genius. The sanity and glow of Turner and Diirer may be ascribed to this position of Venus. Wagner illustrates it even better ; and the steady correctness of Bachhaus as a pianist is very much in keeping. Wagner’s Venus is, however, rendered singularly brilliant by the conjunction of Sol within one degree. W. B. Yeats is rather a difficult case. His Venus qualities are decidedly nebulous and airy; the only explanation appears to be that she is attacked by Mars. With ordinary people not artists the effect is clear enough. We have such sincere and sober folk as George V, Bismarck, Cromwell, Alexander II and Lord Wolseley. The domestic affairs of these people never gave cause for anxiety ! But what about Nero? Well, his Venus is in the twelfth house with Mars conjoined and Jupiter in opposition and it appears likely that if we were to calculate the positions of Uranus and Neptune for that remote epoch, we should find further trouble.