Taurus Decan 1 ~ Apr 20 to 29 (0º-10º)

Taurus decan 1 is ruled by Mercury and Venus (Taurus triplicity). The Sun steamrolls through constellations Aries, Cassiopeia, the Triangle, the River and the Goldfish from April 20 – 30. These can be the raging bulls of Taurus, with less of the usually placid, laid-back energy that tropical Taurus is known for. Due to precession, this sector is totally dominated by the constellation of Aries which is why there are so many natural leaders here. At the same time, this is the most Taurus decan of tropical Taurus under the triplicity system. This makes them the most fixed and stubborn bulls with a tendency to steamroll.

Therefore Taurus decan 1 may take ages to start a project, but once they get the momentum going there is no stopping them and they will flatten everything in their path. The influence of Queen Cassiopeia is also very strong. The poor love was strapped upside down in her throne and hung far up in the poles for boasting that her daughter Andromeda was the fairest of them all. This has taken the haughty Queen down a few pegs, but her voice can still be heard, very loudly due to Mercury ruling this decan too.

Mercury’s influence makes Taurus decan 1 motor mouths, even if their bodies can be slow and plodding at times, the mouth, never! These people are gifted orators and fight their battles with words. They are supreme propagandists, so for them, the pen really is mightier than the sword. Taurus decan 1 likes dictating so they can make great teachers, but they can also be dictators in power too. However as this is a bestial sign, their directing style might lack grace or tact, and their expression is usually frank and to the point.

Raging Bulls & Ravenous Raconteurs

The tarot card associated with this decan is the 5 of pentacles. Karmically this card means that you may have had many lives addressing poverty and possibly greed. “The Five of Pentacles can be an indication that deep spiritual change is needed and an understanding that money is not everything and, most certainly, not a guarantee of happiness. Instead of being physically hungry, the hunger may be more on an emotional or spiritual level.  You need to evaluate your life to see where the true feeling of deprivation is coming from. You may need to take a look around you, and certainly further than your front door, to understand what true poverty means.” ~ teachmetarot

Taurus Decan 1 ~ Fixed Stars

Taurus 0º 24’ ~ Mirach in the girdle of Andromeda  2.4*
Taurus 1º 31′ ~ Mira in Cetus the sea monster. 3.0
Taurus 2º 38’ ~ Angetenar in Eridanus on the bend of the River. 4.8
Taurus 2º 42′ ~ Tyl in Draco the Dragon. 4.0
Taurus 3º 11’ ~ Mesarthim in the left horn of Aries the Ram. 4.8
Taurus 3º 58’ ~ Sheratan in the left horn of Aries the Ram. 2.7
Taurus 5º 07’ ~ Caph in the chair of Queen Cassiopeia.  2.4
Taurus 6º 52’ ~ Metallah in the Triangle. 3.6
Taurus 7º 40’ ~ Hamal on the forehead of Aries the Ram. 2.2
Taurus 7º 47’ ~ Schedir in the breast of Queen Cassiopeia. 2.5
Taurus 7º 79’ ~ Alpha Dorado in the Goldfish. 3.4
* Magnitude. Star positions are for the year 2000.

Ascendant Taurus 1

Mirach 0º (As Heliacal rising star) “Using rapport and consensus as a personal life philosophy. Believing that the increasing beauty or harmony in one’s world leads to greater fulfilment for all concerned. Enjoying a sensual life” [9] Hamal 9º (As Heliacal rising star) “ A personal philosophy of action rather than words, to automatically seek a physical solution to all problems, a lifestyle where one is willing to work hard to achieve one’s dreams” [13]

The ascendant gives the purest expression of the decans energy since no planets will colour its expression. The ascendant is also the relationship axis, so the influences above will play out mostly in how the subject relates to others. With Taurus decan 1 the raging and ravenous mouth behavior will be most notable in love relationships. It certainly is passionate, and at the very basic level a superb kisser, when they stop talking that is.. and, I would imagine *ahem* oral anything is well starred. Interestingly Bernadette Brady gives the example of Poppy King the cosmetic entrepreneur whose business grew from her idea of a better lipstick. So there’s that mouth again.

A glance at the fixed stars list reveals a girdle and a breast, so I think nobody sums up this placement better than curvy TV chef Nigella Lawson. Nigella is famous for her sensual presenting and is often parodied with close-ups of her lips as she samples her recipe while also zooming in on her ample bosom as she stirs yet another cream-laden cake mix. Nigella’s marriage to advertising mogul Charles Saatchi made the papers when he was seen grabbing her throat while dining out. Of course, Queen Cassiopeia was also punished for “mouthing off”.

It seems there is a certain amount of punishment here for just being too beautiful or too clever or both. Sometimes it can be from partners or other times, like in the case of Tesla or Rushdie it can come from “open enemies.” My feeling is that as much as these folk can present Brady’s “beauty or harmony” out to the world, and even be very successful, they still need to be aware of stirring up envious attacks and slander. Unfortunately, Taurus decan 1 often feels that they have to play down their talents if they are involved with a very insecure partner, at other times though it might actually be that they are acting too vain!

ASCENDANT TAURUS 1 Examples: Nikola Tesla, Charles Manson, Eva Peron, Robert Kennedy, Mary Queen of Scots, Helmut Khol, Ulysses S Grant, Salman Rushdie, Boy George, Sheryl Crow, Marianne Faithfull, Suzi Quatro, Gary Barlow, Dave Gahan, Snoop Dogg, Liza Minneli, Donatella Versace, Rowan Atkinson, Nigella Lawson, Sigourney Weaver, Claudia Cardinale, Dakota Fanning, Joan Sutherland, Vladimir Nabokov, David Letterman, Angela Davis, Andrew Cunanan, Rodney King, Maurice Utrillo, Lyle Menendez, Louise Brown, Amelia Earhart, Serena Williams.


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Sun Taurus 1

Mirach 0º “Trouble through opposite sex, disappointments in expectations but otherwise favorable.” [10] Hamal 6º “Dissipation, evil associates, loss and disgrace.” [12.]

We have some controversial figures in this section. With the Sun here the subject feels it is their mission to speak out on subjects that others might deem “politically incorrect”. These folk just don’t care what people make of them and are sometimes branded bigots. The Sun is not especially powerful here and the stars do not rescue the Sun’s lack of dignity either. But as you can see from the above, this is certainly not an obstacle to success in the world.

Just like stars Mirach and Mira, there is much admiration for these folk, even towards the bigots! At the same time, Mercury and Venus ruling this decan breeds very talented artists, screen idols and an endows these subjects with a certain roguish charm. Of course there is always the danger of boastfulness, vanity and the tendency to attract slander and gossip too. There can be sexual misadventure and scandal. A good example is Dominique Strauss-Khan experiencing his “trouble though the opposite sex” with a hotel maid.

I think the combination of the Mars/Saturn nature of the fixed stars come through very strongly in figures like Hitler and Hussein. These dictators, with their solar life-force shining through this very stubborn decan, will be very hard to shift once they have a taste of power. The Sun does not intrinsically feel genuinely potent here, so Taurus decan 1 will find it extremely hard to let go of the acquired veneer of superpower, if and when they have to step down.

These folk really need to work on their inner spiritual wealth, otherwise, without fame or status they will feel worthless in the world. Taurus decan 1 needs tangible proof of their influence on others, therefore they will tend to have a real weakness for winning shiny gold trophies, medals or awards.

SUN TAURUS 1 EXAMPLES: Saddam Hussein, Adolf Hitler, Leonardo Da Vinci, William Joseph Turner, Queen Elizabeth II of UK, Emperor Hirohito, Aaron Spelling, David Icke, Michael Moore, Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jack Nicholson, Uma Thurman, Barbra Streisand, Penélope Cruz, Renée Zellweger, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jessica Lange, Ryan O’Neal, Shirley MacLaine, Anthony Quinn, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Roy Orbison, Ella Fitzgerald, Willie Nelson, Iggy Pop, Yehudi Menuhin, Bettie Page, Paula Yates, Jay Leno, Lee Miller, Willem de Kooning, Timothy McVeigh, Vladimir Nabokov, Walter de la Mare, Ulysses S Grant, Ferrucio Lamorghini, Rudolf Hess, Dominique Strauss-Khan, Chernobyl disaster.

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