Observe how they pass over fallen twigs without making the slightest noise.
The only sound to be heard is their somewhat heavy breathing.
Somehow, an astrological rumor has gotten around that Taurus people are inclined to be overweight. This is false. Some of them tend to plumpness, true, but most of them do not.
They love to cook and they love to eat, but normally, the splendid physique of the Bull causes any excess calories to turn into solid muscle. With the female Taureans, good food only seems to give them a look of sturdy coordination, and a slow, sensual grace. (Taurean film star Audrey Hepburn is fat?) Of course, there are always the inevitable exceptions, but the truth of the matter is that it’s the Sun Signs of Cancer and Libra who are more susceptible to plumpness and extra curves than Taurus. (I said susceptible, that’s all, susceptible.) I just thought I’d mention it, to put the Taurus people reading this section into a contented frame of mind. That’s always the safest way to keep Cows and Bulls contented.
Another misconception about these people is that they’re lazy. Taureans are not lazy. They’re simply dedicated to the proposition that wasting energy is a sin, which is why you’ll seldom catch them in a quick movement. (Except for rare Bulls like Fred Astaire, who have heavy Gemini influences in their birth charts.) The reason Taurus people have so much strength is because the typical Bulls conserve it, the way they conserve their money. When you put two Taureans together, it’s difficult to get them to move into any sort of instant action (unless they’re angry, but we’ll discuss that later). In fact, moving two Bulls is twice as hard as moving one Bull (an example of uncomplicated, sensible, Taurus-type logic). Picture a couple of piles of rich earth, just sitting there, side by side. Isn’t it peaceful? Neither of them wishes to profane the peaceful stillness by chattering unduly. When they first meet, they’ll size each other up more or less silently. No Bull is ever overly anxious to impulsively jump into
an association with another Bull (or any other kind of astrological animal) until all the various possibilities have been carefully judged and seriously considered.
This brings us to the third unfair and fallacious astrological rumor – that Taureans are stubborn. They are not stubborn. They’re merely determined and firm in their convictions, not nervous flibbertigibbets who are continually changing their minds and losing their heads. The Bulls change their minds rarely, and lose their heads with even greater infrequency. It’s only reasonable, you see, after you’ve done all that careful judging and serious considering, to stick to what you know is right. When two Taurus people (of either sex) who hold conflicting opinions are brought into close proximity, they both become even more reasonable with each other than they are with others of contrary opinion.
One of the producers of a major television network where I was once a writer is a Taurus. I remember the time he was assigned by the network to build a prime time TV spectacular around a popular singing star, also a Taurus. One calm, peaceful morning, the Taurus star arrived at the Taurus producer’s office to discuss the format of the show, and these two Bulls were closeted together behind locked doors for nearly six hours, without so much as a coffee break. Each of them had his own ideas about the spectacular, the guest stars, the songs, the musical theme, the scenic background, lighting effects, and so on. When the famous Taurean finally left, the Taurus producer’s secretary and staff crowded around him to ask, “What’s he like?” The weary Bull considered the question carefully, as usual, and finally allowed as how the star was a nice, friendly person, intelligent and creative. Then he paused, and said, “But look how long it took him to approve of one simple TV format. He kept pushing some ridiculous ideas he had, over and over, before he realized that I was right in the first place. All that valuable time wasted. I’ve never met anyone so stubborn.” Everyone broke up. It took them several minutes to calm down, while the Taurus producer kept asking, “What did I say that was so funny?”
The last chapter of the foregoing story is that the agent for the Taurus singing star phoned the next day to proffer the singing Bull’s apologies. He had decided not to do the spectacular they discussed, and had signed with another network. Period. End of story.
You’ve probably heard lots of unfair rumors about female American singing star Barbra Streisand being difficult and unreasonable to work with, right? Barbra is a Taurus lady. Obviously, such rumors are false. As I’ve just pointed out, Taureans are completely reasonable. I refer the reader once again to the fourth paragraph of this chapter for a detailed explanation of the reasonable attitude of these unjustly maligned Taurus people. At least no one ever accuses them of not being musical. Every Taurus ever born either sings beautifully, as an amateur or professional – in the shower or tub – while shaving – or if nothing else, adores listening to music, and dreaming about singing.
An association between two Bulls, laboring under the double weight of a 1-1 Sun Sign influence, can be placid, stable and mutually comforting. These people are normally sweet, patient Teddy-Bear types, respectful of each other’s rights, quietly devoted, and unquestionably loyal. Still, life may become somewhat stagnant and uneventful for them, unless the birth chart of one or both contains planets in Air or Fire Signs. Taureans are suspicious of change, because the Bull is conservative, and that’s not a false rumor. If you know a Bull who actually enjoys change, especially abrupt change, he or she was either adopted or the Moon and/or Ascendent was in a sign like Aries, Gemini, or Aquarius at birth. Maybe Sag. The typical Taureans are on guard against quick reforms or sudden switches in the status quo, being very much like the Goats in this respect. They feel that, on the whole, things have been plodding along pretty well for a number of centuries, so why disturb things by changing the rules and regulations of life? To the average Taurean (always allowing for the rare exceptions who prove the rule) any sort of radical interference with Fixed Habit (Taurus is a Fixed Sign, you know) – is unwise. Fixed Habits have already been proven worthy by time, and a new, untested idea could be merely a hair-brained scheme, which might be the dangerous wedge that brings disaster. When a Bull does change his (or her) mind – which does occasionally occur – you can be jolly well certain the change of opinion has been methodically blocked out and measures up to all the necessary qualifications of practicality.
There were, of course, a fair number of double Taurus teams who participated in the “youth revolution” of the sixties, but an honest survey would show that an extremely low percentage of them were draft-card burners who escaped to Canada, or elsewhere, because of conscientious objection. Taurus may “conscientiously object” to many things, but facing physical danger is not one of them. The Sun Sign Taurus rules patriotism in astrology (as does Cancer). American television hero Archie Bunker is a Bull. (Not actor Carroll O’Connor. Archie Bunker. Only sissies avoid their patriotic duty.) Of those Bulls who did follow their consciences in this respect, they all suffered private guilt twinges later. Even now there are Taureans who are willing to demonstrate for new causes like Ecology, Solar Energy, Greenpeace, Women’s Rights and so on, just as some of them demonstrated for Civil Rights for the blacks. After all, it is the Aquarian Age, and even Bulls can’t help being swept up in the violent changes. But it will have taken them considerable time to decide to join any protests, and they will have done so only after due cautious reflection.
The currently Venus-ruled Bulls you may know who marched two-by-two in yesterday’s Peace Parades, sniffing posies, believed in “Peace” itself quite naturally. Yet only a handful of those who called the police “pigs,” threw trash on the White House lawn, set fires, and otherwise defied law and order – or streaked through towns and hamlets naked, to proclaim their pristine innocence – were Taureans. (In the latter instance, it’s a safe bet the Bulls, however, watched the streakers with interest and amusement. The slapstick aspect of “streaking” tickled their fancies.) But on the whole, the “revolutionary” Taurus protesters just stood there quietly, clutching their Peace signs, candles, flowers, incense, or whatever – and it’s quite possible some of them are still standing there.
Their defense of established mores and their respect for authority (when authority is sensible) is often what draws two Bulls together initially – and the glue that keeps them together. Taurus feels that, if change is needed, the only reasonable (there’s that word again!) way to bring it about is within the system. Actually, the rest of us should be properly grateful for these basically kindhearted, reliable souls, who are so dedicated to the reign of cool reason. We need the assorted viewpoints of all twelve Sun Signs for any sort of sane and lasting Peace on Earth. But a couple of Bulls, when they’re doubling up on their innate character traits, can freeze into a mold that’s just a touch fanatical. Both are deeply and sincerely concerned with protecting their investments, their possessions, their families and loved ones, and their country from wild-eyed radicals. Of course, you must realize that to Taurus, the definition of “wild-eyed radicals” can be an affectionate couple, who are embracing on the street, wearing twin stickers on their Levi’s reading: One-two-three-four, we’d rather – – – – than go to war. /I They’d rather kiss than defend their own country?! That sort of philosophy, to the typical Bull, borders on anarchy.
The most potentially damaging aspect of a Taurus-Taurus association is the great reluctance of either Bull to repent when one has seriously offended the other. Even when a Taurean is inwardly convinced that he (or she) has been mistaken, the tendency is to stubbornly stand by what’s been unwisely said or done, because to admit a mistake is uncomfortably close to being weak, and the very word “weakness” makes a Bull see red. Now and then, one Bull can coax the other to unbend and say “I’m sorry,” or make up, but not often. Sometimes, tickling them helps. They giggle, tum pink, then finally mumble, “Aw shucks, I didn’t mean it.” It’s always easier for Taureans to back down when the disgrace of being wrong is cozily blanketed in humor. It breaks the fall.
When a Bull finally comprehends that Taurus patience is a graceful, desirable virtue, but that turned upside down, it’s transformed into plain, cussed, bull-headedness, it will be easier to forgive the other half of the Taurus team his (or her) own spells of the same “virtue.” Two Bulls can work or play side by side, and behave beautifully. They’ll be mutually docile, dependable, and sweetly compliant – if one doesn’t push the other too far, or too hard. Nearly all Taureans have a sensational sense of humor, and if they can learn to laugh at themselves, their adjustment problems will be all over. There’s nothing like a funny bone to tickle the Bull into moving, or changing a Fixed position. Humor is one of the greatest qualities a human being can possess. Blended in generous amounts with the wonderful Taurean dependability, it can help to make these lovable and huggable men and women more reasonable – as well as a shade more flexible.
An afterthought for any two Taureans, who have lost sight of one another’s basic sweetness and cuddly qualities: Taurus Tom Snyder, of television fame and familiarity, has his very own (no joke) Teddy Bear, tucked tenderly somewhere behind the cameras during his program, sometimes clearly visible, at other times playing peek with the audience. Wouldn’t you just know?
Every Bull, male or female, clutches a symbolic Teddy Bear for emotional security. So you see, the two of you are really very lovable sorts, not nearly so stem and bull-headed as you both behave at times.
And you can also be certain that every Taurean has a funny bone hidden somewhere behind the silent facade. When they permit one another a glimpse of it, the rich humor shared by these two in their 1-1 Sun Sign association will burst forth like a refreshing rain of happiness, to wash clean those stubborn memories of mutually inflicted hurt ….. and allow the flowers of forgiveness to grow in their hearts.
Love Signs by Linda Goodman