the sphere of Venus, outward-bound solar power passes through the sphere of the
Earth. Here it develops as the life energy (prana or chi) which animates the
biosphere and its material organizations. The Earth is a pivotal planet in our
view of the solar system, for we see and interpret the solar system from earth.
picture of the solar system is thus an earthly picture, made possible by our
particular position and function in the solar system. The Earth is presumably
the only place in our solar system where organic life as we know it develops,
where a certain type of material organization is animated by spirit and develops
a certain type of consciousness. As life in human beings develops a sense of
self, this sense of self has to express itself through action.
action is what Mars symbolizes. It thus represents the mobilization of energy,
the capacity to do and to assert oneself. Mars has often been considered a
negative symbol in astrology, but the capacities Mars represents are in
themselves neither constructive nor destructive. Much depends on the value the
Venus function gives to experience, whether Mars is activated in reactionary
'fight or flight,' or if it operates positively to carry out the directives of a
Nevertheless, where Mars' capacity to do
is activated, so too may develop a tendency to force issues and overdo,
especially when doing compensates for insecurity or frustration. In such cases,
the negative aspects of Mars may operate as recklessness, argumentativeness,
vindictiveness, or even open hostility.
Keynote: Energy is utilized in practical persevering ways.
Symbol: A bulldozer razes a site for an industrial
Taurus is the bull and Mars is the color red, Mars in Taurus can be expected to
produce displays of temper or ‘seeing red’. Yet the word ‘temper’ means
more than a fiery outburst or sudden tantrum. A blade of steel is tempered by
fire into an effective cutting instrument. Justice is tempered by mercy to make
it psychologically equitable.
the individual whose disposition is tempered by Mars in Taurus may have to
decide whether they will smolder with resentment over real or imagined
injustices, or whether they will burn with zeal to right wrongs and to shape the
rude clay of Earth into more adequate forms.
the harshness of the impact of Mars upon the obdurate material of Taurus, this
is a felicitous combination for worldly achievement. It impels the subject to
plow through resistance and to test their strength against obstacles, even
though they may be forced to confront their antagonists by burning bridges
one may feel they have been compelled to fight for everything they gain, and in
moments of discouragement may wonder if their victories have been worth the
struggle. Nevertheless, they have the courage to endure, regardless of
The person with Mars in Taurus prefers practical tasks to
those of an abstract nature. They want to move mountains, to make money, and to
construct an impregnable bastion of security. Not for them are moralizing,
philosophizing, or rationalizing debates as to what to do or not do.
Once they see the need for action they will push with
bull-dozer like persistence toward a successful outcome to their endeavors. Yet
all too often, having obtained the desired objective, they unwittingly allow it
to slip from their grasp.
Even in their lowest moments, however, they find that, just as
there are fires smoldering deep in the heart of the earth which periodically
blaze into activity, this person too can summon up a resurgence of the
will-to-win which enables them to move resolutely forward again.
Mars/Venus combination is liable to produce a strongly sexed individual. In this
case, where the erotic energy of Mars is grounded in the earthy nature of
Venus-ruled Taurus, the instinctive drive of the planet can be subverted into
overbearing arrogance, unreasoning jealousy, and fierce possessiveness.
effect of Mars in Taurus can be like an underground explosion which, by turning
up the emotions, destroys the hope of attaining the most coveted rewards by
undermining the stable foundations upon which all accomplishment must rest.
compulsion to obtain and retain material things often betrays a power complex.
Such a person may be extremely generous, but only as long as the reins of
authority are in their hands and they are the disputed lord over that which they
consider to be their own.
Venus in Taurus inclines to cooperate with nature, Mars in Taurus determines to
conquer it. These people court challenges and have the rugged strength to meet
construction work, and enterprises which reshape the contours of the earth can
absorb their attention.
is a marvelous placing for those who participate in heavy team games or the
heavier sports in general - boxing, wrestling or weightlifting, for instance.
Thinking of the Venus influence on Taurus, this is a good, strong placing for a
dancer, since discipline and routine are essential for such a profession and,
for the men, a great deal of weightlifting is involved.
effect on health can be a tendency to feverishness and a vulnerability to throat
planets in detriment imply contradictory behavior. Mars in Taurus can be
alternately peaceful and aggressive, stoical and self-indulgent, generous and
grasping. Control is possible, however, if the person with this turn-about
temperament can remain steadfast in the conviction that the only really
worthwhile possession is their own mind and soul.
have the strength of character to achieve their basic objectives. Therefore, it
is especially important for this individual to understand the deeper desires
which motivate them to action, and to make sure that the goals they seek justify
the effort expended in reaching them.
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