2nd Sign of Zodiac
Keywords: persevering, down-to-earth, stable, stubborn, possessive, prosperous, dependable, physical, sensual
Comparison with its symbol, the Bull:
For centuries, the bull has been a symbol of strength, tenacity, virility, and power. Left alone, a bull will happily graze; but if it is bothered, it will charge! Similarly, the Taurus personality is thought to be calm and peaceful, but when their anger is aroused, their temper can be wicked. Taureans are often quite disturbed by sudden changes–they prefer their lives stable and secure.
Taureans are thought to be persevering, strong individuals, who can also be quite “bull-headed”. They can be dogged and determined when they have a goal in mind. Taureans are also quite sensual and, often, self-indulgent “beasts”.
The glyph for Taurus, quite simply, represents the bull’s head and horns.
Select individual icons in the image grid for more information about Taurus and Taurus associations.
Taurus: Ruling Planet
Venus is Taurus' planetary ruler. Through Venus, we learn about our tastes, pleasures, artistic inclinations, love life, money matters, and what makes us happy. Venus also rules the sign of Libra.
Taurus has the peace-loving, sensual, pleasure-seeking qualities of its ruler, Venus.
The Taurus glyph, depicted here, represents the bull's head and horns.
Flowers associated with Taurus are the rose (representing love, beauty, and passion) and the poppy (representing rest and imagination, depicted here).
The constellation of Taurus is depicted here.
Taurus: House Association
Taurus is the second sign of the zodiac and is also associated with the second house.
The second house rules the degree to which we are faithful to our values, money and personal finances, sense of self-worth and basic values, personal possessions, monetary prospects, speech, the throat, the nape of the neck, our ability to provide for ourselves, and more.
Colors associated with the sign of Taurus are green, yellow, and orange.
Taurus' element is Earth. There are three Earth signs: Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn.
Earth signs are reliable, practical, and sensual.
Taurus' mode is Fixed. There are four signs in the FIXED family: Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius.
Fixed signs are loyal, steadfast, and stubborn. They tend to resist change and they have excellent follow-through.
The symbol for Taurus is the Bull. The bull is a symbol of strength, tenacity, virility, and power. Left alone, a bull will happily graze; but if it is bothered, it will charge! Similarly, the Taurus personality is thought to be calm and peaceful, but when their anger is aroused, their temper can be wicked.
Taureans are persevering, strong individuals, who can also be quite "bull-headed." They can be dogged and determined when they have a goal in mind. Taureans are also quite sensual and, often, self-indulgent "beasts."
Taurus is associated with a number of gemstones, including the emerald (associated with Venus and thought to preserve love), the rose quartz (fertility, friendship, love), and the diamond (strength, commitment, and endurance).
The metal associated with Taurus is copper.
Copper is the metal of Venus. Copper has enhancing properties, much like the sign of Taurus, and is associated with beauty, love, artistry, and sensuality.
Taurus: Ruling Planet Glyph
Depicted here, the glyph or symbol used to represent Taurus' ruling planet, Venus.
The Venus glyph reveals spirit (circle) over matter (cross). It is similar to the glyph of Mercury, but minus a crescent, reflecting the evaluation of sensations and experiences through the feelings, as opposed to rational thought.
*Below are interpretations of the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, and the Ascendant in the sign of Taurus. Don’t know any of these signs? See Planetary Positions Tool.*
Sun in Taurus
(The Sun is in Taurus from approximately April 20 to May 20, depending on the year).
There is something very solid about Taurus natives, no matter what the rest of their charts say about them. Though they are dependable most of the time, this generally shows itself more in habit than in outright helpfulness.
Taurus natives are sensual folk–and this includes sex, but extends to pleasures in all areas: they delight in the sensual pleasures of food, a comfortable blanket, a richly colored aquarium to look at, the smell of flowers or spring rain, pleasing melodies coming from their stereos, and so forth. Some might even say they live through their senses more than most.
When Taurus natives work, they work hard. They do it with a steadiness that may rarely be considered quick–rather it’s a dependable, plodding, and steady effort that has its payoffs. Security is immensely important to Taurus–some of them actively seek wealth, while others are content to be “comfortable”. The Taurus definition of “comfortable” may not be exactly the same as the rest of the signs, but comfort is definitely a driving force.
Although hard-working, their fixed and comfort-loving nature sometimes makes them appear lazy. This is only because they separate work and leisure so well. When they work, they work hard, and when they play, they don’t really “play” as such…they relax. A Solar Taurus who has kicked his or her feet up is rooted there–you’d be hard-pressed to get them to move. On a mental level, you’ll likely have the same problem. Taureans stick with things and ideas, and therein lies one of the reasons why they are known for their stubbornness. Taurus is a fixed sign, and they have a fair measure of tradition and steadiness in their make-up that keeps them rooted.
The possessiveness associated with Taurus shows up in all areas of life in some way. Taurus likes to own things (and sometimes people). A nice home, a piece of land (this can be modest), a paid-off car, that aquarium mentioned earlier, a couple pets, maybe a solid business…In love and relationship, there is an earthy kind of possessiveness that may be considered jealousy by some, but there is actually quite a difference between being possessive and being jealous. Taurus natives are rarely jealous and petty. They do, however, think of the people they love as theirs–it adds to their sense of security.
Some Famous People with Sun in Taurus: Cher (Sun and Mercury in Taurus), George Clooney (Sun and Mercury in Taurus), Joe Cocker (Sun, Moon, Mercury, and Venus in Taurus), Adolf Hitler (Sun, Venus, and Mars in Taurus), George Lucas (Sun, Mercury, and Venus in Taurus), Rene Zellweger (Sun and Mercury in Taurus)
Moon in Taurus
Familiarity is important to Lunar Taureans. These people are earthy and strong-willed. They feel with their senses and they are pretty much rooted in their ways. They revel in material comforts–in fact, building a solid and comfortable home and foundation helps to keep them feeling safe and content.
It isn’t wise to try to push Lunar Taureans into doing anything, but once they have made a commitment, they’re persevering.
There’s a steadiness to this position of the Moon that is comforting to those close to them. But the conservative streak in these natives can be maddening to more progressive personalities. They tend to go out of their way to avoid “messy” or unpredictable situations, crises, and emotional displays. Instead, they focus on creating a reliable and secure life around them. In relationships, Lunar Taureans may not easily recognize their partner’s need for change, growth, or emotional stimulation.
Moon in Taurus natives are generally very romantic. Their affections are strong, deep, and unwavering. They are sentimental and warm. Since Taurus is a practical earth sign, the placement of the Moon in this sign suggests an ability to protect themselves and their own interests. They will rarely make a move without first determining that it is safe and that there’s something in it for them.
Generally, Taurus Moon people have reliable instincts. They are very much tied to the physical world, and they often have a particularly well-developed sense of smell.
Relationships with people born with this position of the Moon are often quite enduring. Many Moon in Taurus people hang onto their mates, even in the face of serious conflict. Taurus is a fixed sign, so break-ups don’t happen easily.
There is a serenity to them that is calming. In fact, it takes a lot to really get to them. However, they do get off-center every once in a while. They are not the most adaptable people when their own routine is interrupted, for example.
Though some Lunar Taureans might be considered anal, most simply have a stubborn streak that keeps them rather resistant to change. Rarely are they spontaneous sorts. Uncomfortable with surprises, these natives value stability. Their needs are strong but quite simple at the same time–they love the “good things” in life. The world of the five senses is all-important to these natives. Their love of stability and steadiness can make them slaves to routine. However, they are loyal and capable people.
Some Famous people with Moon in Taurus: Christina Aguilera, Ed Asner, Lisa Bonet, Joe Cocker (Sun, Moon, Mercury, and Venus in Taurus), Cameron Diaz, Matt Dillon, Robert Downey Jr., Brendan Frasier, Mick Jagger, Elton John
Mercury in Taurus
Mercury in Taurus natives are plodders. They may take their time to arrive at a decision, but they get there — they are actually quite decisive, even stubborn with their opinions. Some may mistake the time they take over decisions for laziness, but look a little deeper and you will find that these people do think.
Mercury in Taurus men and women may be slow to start a new project, but they see it through to the end. You may need to poke them to get them going, however. They have much common sense at their disposal.
These people rely on their senses when it comes to processing information. Smells, noises, and mood are all employed. Their communication style may, at times, be slow and measured. You may get a sense that these people are quite deliberate in what they do.
There is a placid quality to Mercury in Taurus natives–when they speak, they are generally not bubbling or scattered. As a result, others really listen to them. They take them seriously. The practicality of the sign often shows up in a rather sarcastic manner, although Mercury in Taurus people have an overall pleasing manner of communicating. In fact, they can be quite funny with their “say it like it is” style.
Many people with this placement of Mercury have especially pleasant voices. The down-to-earth quality of Taurus often shows up in the speech, so it’s unlikely that their expression will be flowery or affected. Instead, it’s infused with a realistic tone that can be rather authoritative.
When it comes to learning, Mercury in Taurus prefers demonstrations, concrete answers, and basic concepts. These natives learn best when they see real-world uses for the theories they’re trying to absorb. Not that they wouldn’t be able to comprehend the abstract–they simply process information better when they can personalize it (what use is it to me?) and attach it to the practical world. It’s interesting to note that Taurus is a sign that naturally assesses things in terms of what they can do for them. With Mercury placed in the sign, information is processed, and either accepted or discarded, with this kind of “screening” process.
Well-developed sense of color, smell, and touch are characteristic of this position of Mercury. These people have well-defined tastes, and these revolve very much around the world of the five senses.
If the Sun Sign is in Aries or Gemini, these people can come across as more bull-headed than they actually are. They have a no-nonsense approach to decision-making, and their ideas are often very practical and useful.
Some Famous People with Mercury in Taurus: Alec Baldwin, Cher (Sun and Mercury in Taurus), George Clooney (Sun and Mercury in Taurus), Joe Cocker (Sun, Moon, Mercury, and Venus in Taurus), Russell Crowe, Johnny Depp (Mercury and Venus in Taurus), Shannen Doherty, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Lenny Kravitz (Mercury and Mars in Taurus), George Lucas (Sun, Mercury, and Venus in Taurus), Brooke Shields, Rene Zellweger (Sun and Mercury in Taurus)
Venus in Taurus
Love for Venus in Taurus centers on the physical world and creature comforts — they revel in sensual surroundings. These people project themselves as solid and comfortable. In fact, something about their manner promises they will be satisfying lovers and partners. They need a certain measure of predictability and dependability in their relationships, even if their Sun is in the more spontaneous signs of Aries or Gemini.
Venus in Taurus men and women can be possessive in love, and they are threatened by fast-paced, high-energy situations in the context of relationships and love. These are sensual partners who require lots of “hands-on” expressions of love. Their lovers may complain that Venus in Taurus can get a little too comfortable and settled. It’s true that they resist change in their relationships, but even when they seem stuck in a groove, you can always reassure yourself by remembering that they are constant partners.
Pleasing Venus in Taurus involves emphasizing your loyalty, and their worth to you. You may need to give in to them in love matters, because they won’t readily give in to you! Get physical with them; do comfortable things. Avoid pushing them in love — give them plenty of time. You will probably need to cultivate patience if you are in a relationship with Venus in Taurus. Remember to be simple and natural — Taurus will appreciate it. Promise them a comfortable, cozy time.
Some Famous People with Venus in Taurus: Joe Cocker (Sun, Moon, Mercury, and Venus in Taurus), Johnny Depp (Mercury and Venus in Taurus), Stacy Ferguson “Fergie”, Steffi Graf, George Lucas (Sun, Mercury, and Venus in Taurus), Prince William, Princess Diana, Pete Wentz (Venus and Mars in Taurus).
Mars in Taurus
“Slow and steady wins the race” could easily be a motto for Mars in Taurus. These goal-oriented people are not known for their speed, but their staying power is tremendous.
Generally calm and easygoing people, Mars in Taurus natives can have powerful tempers when they’re overly provoked. They generally don’t fly off the handle as quickly as others, however (unless Aries is prominent in their chart).
Mars in Taurus people value strength and stability. They are driven by security and an especial fondness for personal possessions. Most are not afraid to work for what they want, and there is an overall patience to this position of Mars. If it takes a few years to achieve their goals, so be it.
People born under a Mars in Taurus are often rather sensual people. Some are slow to arousal, but theirs is an earthy and powerful sensuality.
Most have well-defined long-term goals and the determination to achieve them. They usually are not the type of people to take on too many projects at once. If they don’t think they can do it, they won’t! It is almost impossible to get these people moving once they’ve made up their minds on a matter. You want them to go shopping with you? Unfortunately for you, about half an hour back, they’ve kicked up their heels, changed into something comfortable, and they simply won’t budge. Immovable is the only way to describe Mars in Taurus people who have made up their minds. Adaptability is not their strong point.
In a similar vein, attempting to rush Mars in Taurus people is a lesson in frustration. They won’t alter their pace for most anything.
If you can get past these “quirks”, however, you’ll find that Mars in Taurus natives are often quite reliable and strong personalities. It may just be worth the wait!
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Some Famous People with Mars in Taurus: Courteney Cox, Tom Cruise, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ashley Judd, Lucy Lawless, Madonna, Rob Thomas, Pete Wentz (Venus and Mars in Taurus), Vanna White
Slow, steady, and capable are adjectives that we can safely attach to individuals born with a Taurus Ascendant. These natives have tremendous stamina and staying power. They’re often quite loyal to those they care about. Although they generally don’t come on strong, they have personal presence; and they fairly radiate stability.
The sign on the Ascendant generally reveals how people start anything new. Taurus, by nature, is resistant to change. It can be difficult to sway Taurus rising natives–they’re often rather stubborn and fixed in their ways. Their first responses are to feel things out, not in the way a Pisces might attune to their environment, but in the realm of the five senses. They have well-developed sense of smell and touch, and respond to the material world. Theirs is a practical approach to life. Security is one of their foremost considerations before undertaking anything new.
Taurus rising natives are often quite cautious and careful. With a fixed sign on the Ascendant, they are not known for their flexibility. Rather, they possess determined single-mindedness.
More than most, Taurus rising prefers the “good things” in life. Self-indulgence can be a weakness for many with this Ascendant. Often collectors in some way, Taurus rising natives place a lot of value on their material possessions.
Taurus rising individuals prefer to dress in quality clothes with a comfortable feel to them. They are rarely ostentatious in their presentation. Many have strong and sturdy physiques.
Often rather possessive in partnership, these natives won’t easily break up their relationships. Although they are not particularly jealous, they view their partners as their personal property. Intensity and loyalty are especially important to Taurus rising natives. These are highly sensual people who prefer the comforts that a one-to-one, stable partnership offers. Although Taurus rising individuals value harmony and calm, their partnerships may be on the passionate side.
Taurus rising natives are often very comforting to be around. They have a stability about them that is soothing, and an inner harmony that is attractive. More on
Celebrity examples of Taurus rising include Carlos Santana, George Lucas, Mia Farrow, Brendan Fraser and Nick Nolte.
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