Taurus decan 2 is ruled by the Moon and Mercury (Virgo Triplicity). The Sun soldiers through the constellations of the River, the Queen, the Chained Princess, the Triangle, the Sea Monster and the Clock from May 1 to May 10. These bulls are tenacious and ambitious; they rise to the top through sheer determination, patience and stamina. Taurus decan 2 is mild-mannered, an ace seducer and extremely persuasive. Taurus rules the throat so these folk can be powerful orators or singers.
Their speech is a potent tool for propaganda and spin-doctoring thanks to the mercurial influence. Being ruled by the Moon makes them popular, and they appear to play the father or mother of the people. Politically these people give you the feeling they will take care of business and that your life is safe in their responsible hands.
Stage Mothers & Statesmen
Taurus decan 2 has a strong Ceres/Pluto undertone to it. These people can suffocate with love, literally smothering someone to death in the case of the most negative manifestation (Brady strangled his victims). The mix of charm and possessiveness can breed Svengali’s here. Their solid as a rock authority, status and respectability can attract naive and insecure Liza Doolittle’s who look up to them as a parent/mentor.
These bulls can make their protégées believe that they cannot succeed in the world without their Taurean guidance and support, so they will do everything in their power to be indispensable and ultra reliable. Taurus decan 2 make such a comfortable crutch/support that it becomes very difficult for their, by now very feeble-legged, companion to walk away….(Continued in eBook.)
The tarot card associated with this decan is the 6 of pentacles. “ It is a card of extremes. A card of having/not having, domination/submission, superiority/inferiority, generosity/meanness, supporting/not being supported, being appreciated/being used, teaching/learning, hiring/firing. The list could go on and on. However, one of its strong traditional associated meanings is charity or patronage. After experiencing difficulties or finding yourself in a bind, usually, financially, someone has stepped in to help out.” ~ teachmetarot.
You can see how this card fits into the position of being a Svengali or stage mother. Karmically one will have to use one’s material generosity genuinely and not as a means to control another. If you are not the receiving end you will have to be careful not to lose your artistic integrity in securing your benefactor. Selling yourself out can be very tempting…(Continued in eBook.)
Taurus Decan 2 ~ Fixed Stars
Taurus 11º 39’ ~ Beta Triangulam in the Triangle. 3.0*
Taurus 13º 07’ ~ Zibal in river Eradinus. 4.9
Taurus 13º 56’ ~ Cih in Queen Cassiopeia’s chair. 2.8
Taurus 14º 14’ ~ Almach in Princess Andromeda’s foot. 2.3
Taurus 14º 19’ ~ Menkar in the open jaw of the Sea Monster. 2.8
Taurus 15º 49’ ~ Alpha Horologium in the Pendulum Clock. 3.8
Taurus 17º 56’ ~ Rucha in Queen Cassiopeia’s knee. 2.8
*Magnitude. Star positions are for the year 2000
Ascendant Taurus 2
Menkar 14º ~ “Legacies and inheritances attended by much evil.” (As Heliacal Rising star) “The nihilist, or a person who goes with the flow. To be gullible, or empathic to the unexpressed feelings around one. To have one’s actions influence many.” 
The ascendant gives the purest expression of the decan’s 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 2 the stage mother and statesmen behaviour will be most notable in love relationships.
It will be very hard for these folk not to play the smothering parent with their beloved. As you can see from the celebrity examples, there does show some who have been touched by the unfortunate or even so-called ‘evil’ aspects of this decan, I’m thinking that there may be some inherited ancestral karma as well as the simple material inheritance that comes with the star Menkar.
The problem may just be the subject takes on too much of other peoples burdens and woes, if they absorb too much of other peoples negativity then I think that is how they can end up attracting the misfortune associated with the stars here. This is the Virgo decan of Taurus, therefore there can be the tendency to become everyone’s nursemaid. But since this decan is so stoic and has so much stamina, people just assume these folk can manage perfectly well.
The archetype of the matron or super-nanny fits well here, but they are certainly not pushovers or doormats because they really do love to take care and organise people. The problem is Ascendant Taurus 2 can relish a little too much in being so indispensable in a person’s life. These subjects can deliberately shoulder the weight of two in a relationship so that the partners own muscles wither away, making that partner even more dependent. Ascendant Taurus 2 must consciously work to pull themselves out of being their partner’s crutch, even if they are so darn good at it.
ASCENDANT TAURUS 2 Examples: Martin Luther-King, George Washington, George Lucas, Pedro Almodóvar, Cate Blanchett, Vivian Leigh, Mia Farrow, Joe Pesci, Elle McPherson, Humphrey Bogart, Steve Marriott, Mariah Carey, Queen Latifah, Antonio Salieri, Little Richard, Miriam Stoppard, Gloria Vanderbilt, Dorothy Parker, Barry Sheen, Angela Davis, Dodi Fayed, Ian Brady, Harold Shipman.
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Sun Taurus 2
Menkar 14º: “Great trouble, sickness, throat ailments, legacies and inheritances attended by much evil, loss of money, failure of crops.”  “Great success or loss; to be a pawn in the winds of change. To work with people who are victims, to be a victim oneself.” 
Despite the grim promise of Menkar, there is no denying the extremely strong ‘statesman’ potential of the Sun here, probably because if they take a shine to something or someone then they will not take no for an answer. There are some very charismatic speakers and seducers with this placement and we can see how some of the heartthrob actors use their voices to entice and persuade. I am thinking that this placement could give an extremely pleasant speaking voice, to sort you get as an advertising voiceover.
There is something comforting and rich in the subject’s voice (Lumley.) or they might just have a really annoying voice..(Beckham). The theme of Ceres comes up too with perhaps some sorrow connected with children, the subject could have too many children so that the offspring can feel like a burden at times or they could have none at all.
Even if these folk do end up with a massive family, Taurus decan 2 will always thoroughly look after them and would never shirk their responsibilities. Maybe this is why Taurus Sun 2 might put off having family because if they are not able to give their all for any reason they will avoid having children altogether. This is a fertile zone and the natal Sun here fuels its fecundity. “This decan is rife with procreative unions. The Sun’s rays penetrate and warm the earth, just as the plow divides the fields, making them ready to receive the seed. Accounts abound of the licentious pagan rituals practiced at this time” 
We celebrate the fertility festival of fire and revelry’ Beltane, at the cross-quarter date midway through Spring in this decan so it is apt that we find the lustful actor Valentino here. The Sun will be steadfast and very set in its ways here. Sun Taurus 2 has a driving force that will dig its heels in very deep when pushed. In order to avoid some of the more negative sides of this decan the subject must learn to adapt to changing circumstances before one is made a victim of them.