The Constellation “Taurus” — the second sign of the Zodiac — exerts its influence from April 20 to May 19.
It endows the persons born during this period with a stubborn disposition; it makes them rebellious to advise, exaggeratedly proud, difficult of approach, and fond of opposItIon to the point of starting a controversy, of a fight for the sole purpose of coming out victorious. Slow to get excited and slow to calm down, the subjects of Taurus will harbor a grudge for a long time and will be hard to reconcile.
Of course, all these idiosyncrasies may be modified, even overcome by surroundings, education, etc. We are only enumerating here inborn tendencies or instincts that can always be fought against and triumphed over.
This sign gives the subject a mind straightforward, just, inquisitive and shrewd;
it makes him hard to fathom and endows him with the essential qualities of a diplomat.
The impressions, when received, are violent but changeable; the passions fiery,
but not persistent.
The subjects whom this sign influences are generally very much attached to their sentiments and their opinions; they are taciturn and tenacious; their will is steady, persevering and determined to reach its end at almost any cost.
They are fit to command, to govern; there is a great probability that their brain power will prove of so superior a kind that they will be carried up to celebrity almost unwittingly.
Sometimes the sign of Taurus gives the subject a taste for agriculture; it is certainly conducive to a liking for choice food, while it renders the subject patient in all his undertakings and fond of a well-earned repose of mind and body.
The subjects of Taurus are essentially conservative in their ideas, their actions, and even their ambition toward high offices.
In love matters, they are (with many exceptions) of a fickle, yet jealous, disposition.
This sign always brings about severe struggles, also illnesses caused either by excess of work or by a too great indulgence in good living.
There will be a gathering of an important amount of personal property; but it will be in some danger of being frittered away, either by lawsuits, or by loss of employment, or through intrigues out of wedlock.
However, unexpected gifts of valuable property are among the possibilities; they will be inspired by some devoted affection; certainly, the financial affairs of the subject will be improved by people who love him; thus, an inheritance from a dear friend is indicated as probable.
If the subject’s birth is “nocturnal,” i. e., has taken place between the hours of midnight and noon, the sign of Taurus foretells that his father will be a man of some importance, either by his rank, by his fortune, or by his talents in art, literature, etc.
Brothers and sisters will be the causes of much serious trouble; the subject will have to take a very long journey on account of one of these blood relations.
Many travels are to be expected; if the subject Is born between midnight and noon, one of these journeys will prove very dangerous, perhaps fatal.
This sign must induce the subject to take great care of his children, especially his first-born; if it is a boy, he runs great dangers in his boyhood. Otherwise, the children will give great satisfaction and distinguish themselves, in a scientific career, at the bar, or in industrial pursuits. Still, the subject will have periods of sad disappointment with them.
The greater part of the subject’s life will be peaceful and eventless; his main troubles will arise from difficulties the subject’s in-born stubbornness will cause him to create himself, or, at any rate, to magnify greatly.
This sign announces the following diseases as being in store for the subject: splenetic and plethoric troubles at 11, 23, 35 years of age. Besides, as the weak organs of the subject will be the kidneys and the liver, he must watch for the incipient symptoms of the stone and diseases of the spine. Let him beware of wounds from sharp instruments or from quadrupeds.
There is a sorrow or a death predicted, in relation with the subject’s marriage.
While his position will be very modest in his youth, he may reach great fortune and celebrity due to his talents in the line of the fine arts, or his discoveries in the realm of physics.
There will be many friends to brighten the life of the Taurus subject, but none of them of the steadfast kind, and most of them undesirable. Both the so-called friends and the subject’s relatives will cause him many disappointments. The enmities he will encounter will be, fortunately, of the open kind, not of the hidden and treacherous variety.
The constellation Taurus always promises a long life, provided excesses of all kinds be avoided. The many perils through which the subject will pass, he may escape the worst consequences of, since they will be, so to speak, in full sight and known in advance.
The physical temperament of the Taurus subject will be bilious-sanguine in a southern latitude and lymphatic-nervous in a northern clime.
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From Practical Astrology by Comte C. de Saint-Germain