“Oh, well, if you look at it that way. ….. ” “What other way is there to look at it?”
Anyone who wants to understand an association between Taurus and Libra (both presently ruled by Venus) should contemplate the elements. That’s the first step to knowing who’s on first and what’s on second in any kind of ball game involving two very different individuals.
Don’t jump to the hasty conclusion that the earthy Taurean is much stronger than the airy Libran, and that both of them could be burned to a cinder by a raging Fire Sign like Aries, Leo, or Sag. Both Earth and Fire may appear to be more dangerous than Air. Earth is certainly heavier. Fire is certainly more consuming. We all know what damage an earthquake, or a flaming volcano, can do. Surely a mass of Air (the essence of Libra), ethereal as it is, and constantly moving around – can’t do much harm, compared to a solid mountain of Earth, like Taurus.
You’ll have to tum to physics and chemistry for the truth. Air is the chief nourisher of life. We all need air to breathe, therefore it’s comforting, not to mention handy, to have around. But are you aware that, statistically, air kills more people every year, in one way or another, than all the other elements combined? Air may be invisible. It may have no definite shape, and it certainly doesn’t seem capable of affecting anything as material as Earth. However, if you’ve ever been lolling around among the coconuts in the South Sea islands when a typhoon struck, you’ll know that things aren’t always what they may seem. Especially Air. And especially Libra, the Cardinal of the three Air Signs (the other two being Gemini and Aquarius). Libra represents the astrological Air Element in its most active form. End oflesson. End of moral. End of warn- ing? Yes, that’s better – end of the warning to those Bulls who think they can plant a heavy foot on the Libra Scales and topple these pleasant people into submission.
In no way, dear Bulls, is Libra passive. Yet Libra may appear to be a pushover for a tougher personality. Here is this absolutely charming person (except when he or she is playing “cranky crocodile”), this dimpled, beautiful (or handsome) creature, with bright, intelligent eyes, a smile that warms the cockles of the heart, and the serenity of the spirit, a bland, innocent expression – and a voice that’s faintly reminiscent of church bells, ringing high in the Swiss Alps.
Surely a person of such obviously gentle amiability couldn’t possibly be a threat. Ah, but that Libra smoothness of manner is but a soft camouflage which enables the sharp spear of the Libran’s clever, logical mind to penetrate, with a minimum of resistance. Libra knows very well that the immature rashness of Aries, the rude frankness of Sagittarius, the arrogance of Leo – and the immovable obstinacy of Taurus – are nothing but obstacles to success. They’re detrimental to the carrying out of one’s real purpose – winning the controversy and getting one’s own way, which is all that counts in the final analysis, to Libra. And that sort of deduction, in itself, you must admit, is a clear and indisputable display of Libra logic.
If you don’t believe these insights, check with your Republican senator or congressman, regarding both their personal and group confrontations with Libran President Jimmy Carter – or with someone who served in the Armed Forces, under the immediate command of Libran Dwight Eisenhower – or perhaps with some of the former lovers and husbands of Libran Brigitte Bardot. Maybe someone who tried to move Libran Eleanor Roosevelt from her determined, but flower-strewn, path – or anyone who’s ever tangled with Libran author Truman Capote, verbally or otherwise. You will receive immediate confirmati on of the astrological facts. And never mind seductive Venus. Venus being the ruler of all Librans, it’s only logical that Librans of both sexes tend to operate in the traditional Venus (or feminine) way. And all you male chauvinists know how women manage to get their own way by sweetly charming the enemy into surrender. Libra lads are very much like Libra ladies in this respect.
You say that Taurus is also ruled by Venus? Yes, but with serious reservations. Venus is not the true or natural ruler of the Bulls. Taurus is only borrowing the guidance and influence of Venus from Libra, until the real Taurean ruling planet, Pan-Horus, * is telescopically discovered and once again identified. Therefore, although the Bulls also have the benefit of Venus sweetness, tenderness, and softness, she doesn’t bestow upon them quite all of her favors (such as her secret strategy) as she does with Librans. Rather like a woman doesn’t tell all her secrets to every man she guides and influences – only to her true lover, the one who possesses her heart. Pan-Horus will shower Taureans with other kinds of power. Wait. (The Bulls will. They’re patient.)
There’s a general inertia in the nature of the average Taurus man, woman, or child, that causes the Bulls to instinctively acquiesce to the customs of their community, office, classroom, or family circle – to the conventions of society and the laws of their government. If you cross-examine the Bulls, however, you’ll find that they don’t necessarily obey because they believe all these people and laws are right. It’s because the typical Taureans are convinced that ignoring convention or flaunting the law might bring trouble and disharmony, a state of affairs that Venus warns the Bulls to avoid, at whatever cost – the same tip she gives to Librans, you see. It’s just received and utilized in different ways by these two. Once a Taurean is driven too far, he or she doesn’t lack either strength or courage. Far from it. When it reaches push-to-pull, the Bulls of any age, and both sexes, will defend both their personal principles and their loved ones, fiercely. (You’d better believe it!) But Taurus sees absolutely no sense in stirring up muddy waters or risking violent agitation, just to win a minor point.
Libra does. Winning an intellectual point or decision, however minor, major – or in the middle – is the reason for the Libra person’s very existence, symbolized by the Libra Scales, balanced in perfect harmony and justice. If there’s any sort of controversial issue at stake, the typical Taureans will simply yawn, or shrug, and state calmly (in those rich, mellow voices that compete with the Libra buttery, whipped-cream voices for sheer appeal) that it doesn’t make the slightest difference to them what happens in a matter too small to interest them – or one too large to concern them. But nothing is too small or too large to need Libra’s careful weighing and balancing and judgment.
Should the bathroom be painted pink or green? Should we impeach the President? Does an electric toothbrush get your teeth cleaner? Should the police crack their clubs over the heads of youngsters who are only expressing their idealism and their disgust with hypocrisy? (The big Libra issue of the sixties.) On the other hand, should the young people insult the police by calling them “pigs,” when they’re only trying to do their duty and keep the peace? Is censorship to be tolerated in a land dedicated to freedom of speech and thought? To look at the other side, in all fairness, is the lack of basic censorship responsible for the moral degeneration of youth in this country? Will such permissive attitudes lead to America’s downfall, as it led to the extinguishing of other great civilizations, such as Babylon, Atlantis, and Rome? But then, to reconsider, how can there be liberty if there is censorship of any kind? Is jogging healthy or unhealthy? Should everyone be required to use solar heat (instead of nuclear power) and waterless toilets – for serious ecological reasons? Do the AMA and the FDA have the public’s – or their own – best interest at heart? Or is this century someday to be known as the “Dark Age” of healing? Ifthe bathroom is painted pink, instead of green, will it clash with the yellow towels? If it’s painted green, instead of pink, will it look like a hospital room?
You can understand why Librans have to rest a lot. It isn’t fair to call them lazy. When you engage in all that mental activity from the time you wake up in the morning, and can’t decide which side of the bed to get out on – until the time you go to sleep at night, and can’t decide whether to wear the top or the bottom of your nighty-nights – you’re bound to feel a little weary and exhausted once in a while. Not to mention a little edgy.
Most Taureans can get weary and exhausted just from listening to a Libra contemplating all those decisions. It sounds like insanity to the Bulls. Just do what you feel (and therefore know) is right, don’t let anyone budge you an inch from your position – and SHUT UP about it. That’s the average or typical Taurean’s philosophy about decisions, in a neat nutshell. To the Bulls, constant argument is the most futile, wasteful, and therefore the most sinful, occupation they can imagine. No one ever really wins an argument except the person who manages to fall asleep and snooze until it’s over. No one ever emerges victorious from a debate, right? Wrong. Librans do. They emerge victorious from all of them, except the ones with which they become quickly bored. It’s no wonder they win, when you think of the Libra weapons, smuggled to them by Venus. Charm. Tact. Dimples. (Somewhere on their bodies they have dimples. Every last one of them. Whether they show or not.) Where were we? Dimples. Intelligence. Flattery. Optimism. A serene and soothing manner. Those satiny voices. That incredible smile that bursts upon their features like an explosion of pure Sunlight. That gorgeous laugh. And besides all these powerhouse weapons, they have the sneakiness to use against you their spears of logical deduction when you least expect it. I can’t stress this danger often enough to the Bulls, who believe their own passive resistance will eventually wear down the Libra friend, relative, business associate, lover, or mate who’s trying to prod them, gently, into either verbal or physical action of some kind.
The arguments Libra initiates, manipulates, and finally wins with Taureans, can cover everything from politics to religion. As for the latter, I once overheard a conversation between a Libran Catholic priest (a Jesuit, naturally) and an obstinate young Taurean, who had stubbornly refused a scholarship to Notre Dame and was bullheadedly determined to become a professional football player. Notice that the subject of football is not even mentioned.
Beginning of Conflict:
Libra: (initiating) I suppose you claim to believe in God?
Taurus: I most certainly do.
Libra: Then, why don’t you pray to Him, regarding your vocation, if you aren’t sure or not you want to study law?
Taurus: I am sure I don’t want to study it. (Libra loses the first round. But no matter. The trick didn’t work. This time.)
Libra: (moving right along) But, just in case you might be mistaken, why don’t you pray?
Taurus: Because I’d feel silly, that’s why. Prayer isn’t scientific.
Libra: And yet, you say you believe in God
Taurus: (stubbornly) of course I do. I told you I do.
Libra: (speaking gently) Then how is it that you don’t believe He is wise enough and compassionate enough to guide you?
Taurus: Because I’ve never heard God talking. No one has. It isn’t scientific.
Libra: You don’t believe He can answer prayers? A God you believe in so strongly? How can God be so powerless
Taurus: I just told you. I never heard Him speak. Scientifically, there’s no way He could speak.
Libra: I see. You won’t be satisfied until God appears to you in solid flesh, and says, “Hey! Why don’t you become a scientist? You’d make a great one! Forget about law school, young man. Your destiny lies elsewhere,” as He spoke to Moses, behind the burning bush.
Taurus: (genuinely shocked) How did you know I’d rather be a scientist than a lawyer?
Libra: (flashing a heavenly Venus smile of victory) Because I prayed for you this morning, at mass – and suddenly, God revealed it to my subconscious. He answered my prayer, as you can see, without speaking a single word.
Taurus: Gee! Okay, Father. From now on, I’ll say a prayer every time I need to make a decision. Could you see about getting my scholarship changed from law school to biology? I wasn’t even sure what I wanted to do until you just made me see. Would you call it a divine revelation?
Libra: That’s exactly what it was, my young friend. That’s what happens when you pray. I’ll check with an associate of mine at Notre Dame tomorrow, and let you know before the day is over.
End of Conflict.
Librans use what is known as the “Socratic method” of discussion. You have to watch them closely. And listen carefully. A Taurean who is too busy resisting to pay attention to Libra logic can trip on his (or her) own obstinacy.
This is an association influenced by the 6-8 Sun Sign Pattern, which means that Taurus represents the eighth astrological house of intriguing mystery (among other matters) to Libra. Of course. Libra would adore to solve the mystery of how the Bulls manage to remain so tranquil, and untouched, by all the raging personal and public controversies around them, so untormented by mental traumas, so frustratingly able to sleep throughout the night, like peaceful babies, never suffering the insomnia of decision-making that tortures Librans, sometimes until dawn – when the Good Lord knows they need their beauty sleep, their rest, as much as Taurus, even more, to keep their equilibriums in balance.
Libra represents, to Taurus, the sixth astrological house of service, among other things. Of course. Didn’t our budding scientist Taurean somehow manage to persuade the Libra priest to provide the service of pulling a few strings for him at Notre Dame? Just by kidding around about wanting to play pro football? When this Bull was born, his natal Sun was in Taurus, but the Moon and Ascendent were both in Libra.
Love Signs by Linda Goodman