ASTROLOGY

YOUR PLACE IN THE STARS

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. {258}

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 {259} attributed to the position of Venus. Whitman, for example, has Neptune and Uranus in conjunction, square to Saturn, an admirable configuration for epoch-making 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 Durer 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.

The following are the names of well known persons who have Venus in the sign Taurus:

"Bud" Fisher

Norma Talmadge

Luther Burbank

Clarence S. Darrow

Alan Dale

William H. Crane

Norman Hapgood

Chauncey M. Depew

Daniel Chester French

Charlie Chaplin

Artemus Ward {260}

For the benefit of those who are not in possession of Raphael’s Ephemeris, or who are not able to interpret the symbols contained therein, the years when Venus is in the sign Taurus are as follows:

From May 11th through June 3rd 1840

March 4th " April 12th 1841

May 4th " July 6th 1841

April 11th " May 4th 1842

May 26th " June 19th 1843

March 13th " April 7th 1844

April 26th " May 19th 1845

June 5th " July 1st 1846

March 27th " April 20th 1847

May 10th " June 3rd 1848

March 4th " April 18th 1849

April 23rd " July 6th 1849

April 11th " May 4th 1850

May 25th " June 18th 1851

March 12th " April 6th 1852

April 25th " May 19th 1853

June 5th " July 1st 1854

March 27th " April 19th 1855

May 10th " June 2nd 1856

March 4th " July 6th 1857

April 10th " May 3rd 1858

May 25th " June 18th 1859

March 12th " April 6th 1860

April 25th " May 18th 1861

June 5th " June 30th 1862

March 26th " April 19th 1863

May 9th " June 2nd 1864

March 4th " July 6th 1865

April 9th " May 3rd 1866

May 24th " June 17th 1867

March 12th " April 6th 1868

April 24th " May 18th 1869

June 4th " June 30th 1870

March 26th " April 18th 1871 {261}

From May 9th through June 1st 1872

March 4th " July 7th 1873

April 9th " May 2nd 1874

May 24th " June 17th 1875

March 11th " April 5th 1876

April 24th " May 17th 1877

June 4th " June 30th 1878

March 25th " April 18th 1879

May 8th " June 1st 1880

March 4th " July 7th 1881

April 8th " May 2nd 1882

May 23rd " June 16th 1883

March 11th " April 5th 1884

April 23rd " May 16th 1885

June 4th " June 29th 1886

March 25th " April 17th 1887

May 8th " May 31st 1888

March 5th " July 7th 1889

April 8th " May 1st 1890

May 23rd " June 16th 1891

March 10th " April 4th 1892

April 23rd " May 16th 1893

June 3rd " June 29th 1894

March 24th " April 17th 1895

May 7th " May 31st 1896

March 5th " July 7th 1897

April 7th " May 1th 1898

May 22nd " June 15th 1899

March 11th " April 5th 1900

April 23rd " May 16th 1901

June 4th " June 29th 1902

March 24th " April 17th 1903

May 8th " May 31st 1904

March 6th " May 8th 1905

May 28th " July 7th 1905

April 8th " May 1st 1906

May 23rd " June 16th 1907

March 10th " April 5th 1908 {262}

From April 22nd through May 16th 1909

June 4th " June 29th 1910

March 24th " April 17th 1911

May 7th " May 31st 1912

March 7th " May 1st 1913

May 31st " July 7th 1913

April 7th " May 1st 1914

May 22nd " June 15th 1915

March 10th " April 5th 1916

April 22nd " May 15th 1917

June 3rd " June 28th 1918

March 23rd " April 16th 1919

May 7th " May 30th 1920

March 7th " April 25th 1921

June 2nd " July 7th 1921

April 7th " April 30th 1922

May 22nd " June 14th 1923

March 9th " April 4th 1924

April 21st " May 15th 1925

June 3rd " June 28th 1926

March 23rd " April 16th 1927

May 6th " May 29th 1928

March 8th " April 19th 1929

June 3rd " July 7th 1929