The Moon in Taurus

THE Moon in Taurus is in her exaltation; the sign tends to bring out the quiet and reflective side of the Moon and at the same time to steady her changeful nature. It is one of the best signs in which she can be found.

People with the Moon in this sign hold to their impressions with extreme obstinacy; they react slowly, but with great vigor. They are almost as uncritical as the Moon in Aries type, but for totally different reasons. They remember accurately and tenaciously and they mould their actions for a long period on the original die. If any fact is communicated to them of a startling character, they manifest no excitement or distress. It sinks slowly into the mind, but instead of being held there for a long period without transmutation into motion, as we shall find happens when the Moon is in Cancer, a slow {161} but purposeful decision with regard to that fact is undertaken, and, unless executive power be entirely wanting, owing to some affliction of Mars, action follows, steady, purposeful, and relentless. It is very difficult to make such people change their minds. You cannot make a person with the Moon in Aries change his mind, because, before you speak to him, he has already acted on his impression and forgotten about it; but with Taurus the case is different. His action has been taken and, however foolish and wrong you may prove it to be, it is his action and he goes on with it.

When the Moon is in Aries, the best developed of the senses is usually sight; in Taurus, taste and touch are probably more important to the native. These people strongly resent interference with their ideas. They are so solidly impressed with what comes to them that they welcome only ideas which naturally cohere with the general temperament. This, of course, tends to make the nature rather conservative and conventional.

Shakespeare had this position of the Moon, and, in spite of his astounding genius, he gave little expression to new ideas; he expressed the accepted sentiments of his times with extreme power and beauty, but he seemed incapable of seeing anything wrong with the social system of his period. The same is true of Rossetti and Chatterton, each of whom, in his different way, gave mediaevalism a new dress, without changing its features. The same conventional attitude is found in Dumas, in Joseph Chamberlain, in Arthur Balfour, and in President Garfield. Although Joseph Chamberlain was at first a radical, radicalism was conventional in Brimingham, which he represented. In the House of Commons, he drifted to conservatism of a very steady kind. It is not likely that any man with the Moon in this sign will break away from the fundamental principles in which he was brought up. As an apparent exception we have the case of Swedenborg; but here Uranus is within one degree of a conjunction of the Moon, the most upsetting circumstance that could possibly occur, Uranus being preeminently the planet of explosion. Yet even Swedenborg was not much more revolutionary than Virgil or Dante with regard to his ideas of Heaven and Hell; it was merely that he took them rather more seriously, a point of view that would naturally arise from the trine of Jupiter to that conjunction. There {162} is no such breaking away from orthodoxy, if one considers the matter philosophically, as in the case of even such a reformer as John Wesley. Where the native is a woman, so that the Moon refers also to the life itself, her presence in this sign still further increases the obstinacy of the character as is evident in the case of Queen Elizabeth.

The women who influence the native will be domestic, faithful, and of strong, enduring passion. Even an artist like Rossetti had the love of a truly devoted wife. It does not follow, however, that the relations will always be fortunate. Rossetti's wife died early. The curse of Shakespeare's life was Mary Fitton, but here again obstinacy was in itself the cause of the trouble; she treated him badly, but she could not leave him alone. In the case of Queen Elizabeth, we also find this curious clinging tendency; and though Mary, Queen of Scots, had no Taurus in her disposition with regard to her male acquaintances, she had Taurus rising, and acted in an entirely Taurus manner toward her rival.

The dominion exercised upon the native by the women with whom he or she is associated will always be due to this characteristic; they will always apply steady pressure, though it may often be only that their fidelity appeals to the native and makes it impossible for him to get rid of them.

Mothers having children with the Moon in Taurus must not try to dominate their lives to such an extent as to rob them of their individuality, thus forcing them to turn to others for sympathy and understanding. Even though they may be most practical and devoted, they can easily arouse the stubbornness and antagonism of their children having the Moon in this sign.

The following well known persons were also born with the Moon in the sign Taurus.

Harrison Fisher

Norma Talmadge

Julia Marlowe

Clarence Mackey

Henry Ward Beecher {163}

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