Taurus in Tarot, The Hierophant
The Sign of Taurus is embodied in the Hierophant of Tarot – Magus of the Eternal Gods. The Hierophant, like the High Priestess, is seated between two pillars. The Hierophant is depicted as either a man or a woman but always represents the spiritual side of masculinity with a Taurus influence. The pillars represent masculine & feminine, day & night, balance between opposing forces or elements.. The Hierophant Tarot card corresponds to Wisdom, Spirituality, Harmony, Spirit, Ceremony & Patience.
Think about characteristics of a Bull other than the cliché that Taureans are bull-headed. Taureans (April 21 to May 21) are typically solid, steadfast, loyal, grounded. They are stable and considered in their approach to life. They are usually quietly intelligent without being overly intellectual. They are not likely to strike out for the unknown, but will prefer to build on tried & tested experience. Taureans are generally patient, reliable and loving.
In the workplace, Taureans are good technically, good with their hands & able to oversee situations. You can trust a Taurus; they make good managers and enthusiastic bosses. They are always good in careers that require patience and structure. These are fields in which you can be creative, but within a framework of stable practices and science. Taureans are good workers and not giving to goofing off. Because theyíre not big risk-takers, they can be trusted with the company finances and are completely reliable and trustworthy.
In the zodiac Great Year, the Age of Taurus took place approximately 4300-2150 BCE which witnessed the rise of Mesopotamian and Egyptian civilizations. This was the era of the Bronze age in Greece, rise of Minoan and Mycenaean cultures. This was a period characterized by the growth of agriculture, and the building of pyramids and megaliths. Bull cults were prevalent in Assyria, Egypt, Crete.
Famous Taureans have excelled in all walks of life. They include Socrates, George Lucas, George Carlin, Martha Graham and Margot Fonteyn, Audrey Hepburn and Jerry Seinfeld.
As a partner or lover, Taureans are faithful and home-loving, patient parents. Not given to sexual experimentation. Taureans are grounded in practicality. Taurus types are typically stable and like harmony. They love animals, children and being at one with nature. Taurus can be sporty, love adventure and enjoying nature in general.
Every positive character trait has another aspect, and in the Taurean, this reliability and steadfastness can sometimes negatively manifest as jealousy and obstinacy. Fortunately, Taurus are also highly intelligent and can soon reason their way out of the occasional dark mental space and depression.
The Taurus Personality
Taurus, the second sign of the Zodiac, is symbolised by the Bull. Built on security and stability, the Taurus is the most faithful of all the zodiac signs.
Usually strong, intense, the most introverted of all the signs, Taurus is likely to be cautious and controlled, especially around new acquaintances. Those born under Taurus are very practical and focused, well grounded and in touch with nature & the elements. They take things as they come, without unduly worrying or stressing. They have strong built in values, and tend to think long and hard about their decisions. Once they’ve made those decisions, it’s easier to move mountains than to change the mind of a Taurus.
Nothing personifies Taurus more than the Greek myth of the Minotaur, or bull-headed man, when it comes to stubbornness. Once those hooves are dug in, Taurus is just not going to move. But the Taurus will probably deny that they’re being stubborn; they prefer to call it “sensible.” Or “patient.”
Normally calm and reliable, Taurus is content to be left alone, with a very long fuse….but if that fuse ever burns, watch out. Taurus has a temper. Push him to his limits, and the phrase “bull in a china shop” takes on a whole new meaning. Taurus very seldom gets mad, but when they do, they don’t just get a little annoyed, they get furious. It may take weeks for the dust to clear after a Taurus tantrum.
Taurus likes to build his fortune, slowly and steadily; he loves money and material possessions, though he isn’t stingy. He can be very generous, especially to friends and family.
Strong, dependable, and peaceful,Taurus is like a rock in the Zodiac, with his patience and calm. He can be the most stable and trustworthy of all the signs…just don’t try to rush him into anything. Or ask him to change his mind.
People of the Element of Earth
Unlike the position of the Earth in our solar system, the element of earth lies dead centre in the Chinese astrological charts. This is probably because ancients believed the Earth was the centre of the universe and all celestial bodies circled our planet.
People born under the element of Earth seem to feel the universe revolves around them as well. Self centred, ambitious and grounded, earth people are used to getting what they want and achieving their goals. Failure is foreign to them.
Of course, being the centre of the universe brings on responsibility to those who serve you. And, the earth element handles this charge with grace and ease. Earth people are patient, and thoughtful. They take the time to care for those around them, and they are skilled at looking at a situation and evaluating what is needed.
Goals are achieved through hard work and determination. Earth people know how to plan for the long term and they are stable enough to stick with the plan to its success.
The stubbornness of the earth element is a double-edged sword, giving those born under its rule the determination to follow through when things are tough, and the audacity to defend their point, even when they are wrong.
Earth people understand that when you rule the universe you have an obligation to serve it as well. Those under this element enjoy service work and are likely to take on jobs where they are helping others. Good earth element jobs include teachers and therapists.
Those with the earth element tend to have difficulties with the stomach and spleen. Careful attention to diet is very important, as is chewing food carefully. Anything an earth person can do to enhance digestion will be a great aid to maintaining optimal health.
This general overview of Taurus & the earth signs should give you a good idea of what to expect in a typical Taurean, though of course each individual will have there own specific character traits dependent on their individual chart.
Taurus in Tarot, The Hierophant