Taurus Decan 2 ~ May 1 to 10


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 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.

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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. Taurus decan 2 has a strong Ceres/Pluto undertone to it.

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

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.

Stage Mothers & Statesmen

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… Andromeda was chained to a rock by her father in an effort to appease Neptune and save his kingdom. In Taurus decan 2 we get the sacrifice of a child in order to get ahead. Bondage, pain and sorrow can play a part in this decan’s life lesson in a nod to Taurus’s opposite sign Scorpio.

In common with this parental-theme constellation, Triangle is also related to Ceres, who begged for this constellation to be placed in the sky, in commemoration of her homeland Sicily. It is said that Jupiter gave Sicily to Persephone as a wedding present on her marriage to Pluto. Triangulum could signify triangular relationships within the family such as Pluto/Persephone/Ceres or be about bringing peace or compromise between warring tribes. Maybe that’s why there are quite a few statesmen in the example list below.

6 of pentacles

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.

These folk will stubbornly stick to their principles no matter what. Maybe this stubbornness can also bring the tragedy, for this fixed decan will hold on firm to a deal even if it destroys those closest to them.Taurus decan 2 hate to break a promise and will not bale out even when the going gets tough. This fixed Taurean attribute is great when you really need a solid rock to rely on, but not so wonderful when the progress of life has moved things forward while the bull is defiantly stuck in the middle of the road like a monolithic old dinosaur.

The fruit tree blossoms that come out at this time are a visual symbol of the budding energy of the maiden who is coming into her fertile phase. Pluto’s abduction of young Persephone is supposed to represent the rites of Spring. The poppy field represents the stains of red blood as her virginity is taken. This is a fertile, sensual decan, but because the hymen of the Virgin has to be broken in order to be seeded, there is also the hint of violence also.

Going back to the theme of Ceres/Persephone again, we must also remember that the point of 15º Taurus is the cross-quarter festival of Beltane. This May festival celebrates the fertility of the earth and the midpoint of Spring. The earth is warm and wet now, ready for ploughing and seeding the spring wheat.

Taurus Decan 2 Fixed Star Meanings *

Zibal ~ 13º is one of many stars in this decan that fall in Eridanus the river. The constellation “gives a love of knowledge and science, much travel and many changes, a position of authority”  Beta Triangulum ~ 11º “is said to give a just, companionable, truthful, righteous and benevolent nature, with interest in architecture and Freemasonry.” 

Cih ~ 13º in Cassiopeia’s chair has no specific meaning, though the Chinese called it a ‘Whip’. I always think of Cassiopeia as a bit of a stage mum; proud, ambitious, boastful and a stickler for keeping up appearances. Heaven help the child who brings shame on the family by being, gasp.. overweight or plain. Negatively, this can be an obsession with surface beauty and self-righteousness. Positively this star is strong in family values and behaviour that is right and decent.


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Menkar 14º: “Great trouble, sickness, throat ailments, legacies and inheritances attended by much evil, loss of money, failure of crops.” [3] “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.” [4]

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” [5]

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.

SUN TAURUS 2 EXAMPLES: Tony Blair, Karl Marx, Eva Peron, Catherine the Great, Golda Meir (‘Iron Lady’ of Israel), Oliver Cromwell, Sigmund Freud, William Lilly, Orson Wells, George Clooney, Rudolph Valentino, Tyrone Power, Stewart Granger, Joanna Lumley, Audrey Hepburn, Christina Hendricks, Candice Bergen, David Beckham, Kirsten Dunst, Donatella Versace, Linda Evangelista, Sid Vicious, Lily Allen, Bono, Eric Burdon, Dave Gahan, Tammy Wynette, Johannes Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Robert Browning, J. M. Barrie, Theo Van Gogh, Francesco Smalto, David Mark Chapman, Madeleine McCann Abduction, Proserpina Discovery.


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1 Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation[, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1928, no.10, p.21,[under Alamak]
2 Manilius, Astronomica, book 5, 1st century AD, p.343.
3 Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923.
4 Star & Planet Combinations. Bernadette Brady. p. 179
5 The 36 Faces. The History, Astrology & Magic of the Decans. Austin Coppock. p.75

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