Taurus is the second sign of the zodiac. It is also known as the sign of the bull. If Taurus is your lunar sign, then this guide is for you.

The horoscope presented here is based on the ancient science of Vedic astrology, also known as the Sidereal or star-based system of astrology. It is a moon-based approach rather than the sun-based approach common to western astrology.

Basic Traits

Taurus is known as वृषभ (vrishabha) in Sanskrit, or “bull.” Each sign of the zodiac is characterized by certain basic traits. This includes Symbol, Planetary Ruler, Element, Nature, and Gender. The general make-up of the sign of Taurus is below:

Sign of the Bull. Taurus natives are hard-working, determined, and have a big heart. However, they tend to show partiality to their own group, and can be callous toward outsiders.

Ruled by Venus. Venus is the planet of sensuality, fine food, the arts, and affairs of the home. Venetian individuals are fond of luxury and living the good life.

An earth sign. Those with a Taurus moon are grounded, thoughtful, and calm.

A fixed sign. Persons born under this sign are steady, predictable, and slow to change.

A feminine sign. This makes the native receptive, sensitive, and empathetic.

Taurus’ Strengths

As the second sign of the zodiac, Taureans don’t mind letting others take the lead. They recognize that being in the spotlight isn’t always a good thing. They are dutiful and happy to help others, and they are one of the most patient and forbearing signs of the zodiac.

Patients born under the sign of the bull are light-hearted, easy-going, and open-minded. Don’t let their slow-moving nature fool you — they are clever souls capable of profound thinking. You are attracted to religion, philosophy, and the sciences, and can become vastly learned in any one of these domains. However, you may not be willing to acknowledge your own talents until you get sufficient prompting and encouragement from others.

Taureans are likeable and attractive. Your charitable heart makes you dear to friends and loved ones. Influenced by Venus, the ruler of your sign, you have a keen sense for beauty, decor, and anything sensual. You enjoy life, and for this reason others like being around you.

You are willing to endure great hardship for the sake of those who are dear to you. Just be careful not to let others take advantage of your giving nature.

Taurus’ Careers

Taureans are reliable and steady workers with an affinity for the arts. They are prized employees and team members. However, you may undervalue your own worth and toil away for years for the sake of another’s profits.

Recommended careers: Your trustworthiness makes you an excellent candidate for roles of responsibility. Taureans make wonderful teachers, financial advisors, accountants or bankers. Their connection to the earth lends strength to careers in farming, animal husbandry, construction, or vehicle maintenance. Your fine aesthetic sense can also help you succeed as an artist, baker, chef, or designer.

Careers to avoid: You may want to avoid careers that require quick decisions or constant travel. For example, Taureans may not make the best pilots, truck drivers, surgeons, paramedics, or police officers.

Taurus’ Weaknesses

Taurus-natives are known for their dedication and loyalty, but that same quality can also make them stubborn, and even dogmatic in their thinking. Once your mind has formulated an opinion, you generally refuse to budge.

Your obedient, easy-going nature makes you a valued ally, but you can sometimes be too trusting of others. Taureans can be gullible and vulnerable to exploitation by those who don’t actually have their best interest in mind. Although you generally work hard for others, you may be lazy or complacent when it comes to achieving personal goals.

Taureans possess a Venetian spirit, making them brilliant scholars and gifted artists. However, their sensuousness can become a weakness. Too much sexual passion or overeating can lead to mental disturbance or physical illness. The practice of moderation will help you avoid issues of excess, such as alcoholism and other addictions.

Growth Opportunities

You can balance your natural strengths and offset your weak tendencies by putting some effort into the following areas:

  • Keep an open mind. As a thoughtful and caring person, you will find great happiness in learning to appreciate the diverse perspectives and life experiences of others. Practice seeing value in opinions that differ from your own.
  • Practice moderation. Keeping regular habits of eating, sleeping, and the other basic elements of day-to-day life does wonders for physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. This will also help you avoid overworking yourself.
  • Exercise daily. Physical activity may not come as easily to you as it does for some, though you actually possess a lot of strength and endurance. Daily exercise keeps the mind and body fit, and helps ward off lethargy, depression, and physical illness.

Taurus’ Relationships

In all areas of life, Taureans are fortunate. This includes their relationships with friends and family.

Friends

Taurus-natives’ laid back and amiable nature makes it easy for them to attract good friends. While most will be genuine, a few may have hidden motives and wish to take advantage of your generosity.

Family

Your relations with your parents are strong, though your emotional connection with your mother is more predominant. Your children will be independent thinkers and may not adopt the same life outlook as yours. If you can give your children space to grow and develop into their own person without imposing too much on them, you’ll enjoy a loving and respectful relationship with them throughout life.

Romance

You are a loyal and committed partner, and your relationships tend to epitomize the saying “opposites attract.” Just don’t let your stubbornness come between you and your spouse. Focus instead on the common values and interests that brought the two of you together in the first place.

Compatibility

In Vedic astrology, compatibility in relationships is a complex science that takes many, many different factors into account. It’s always helpful to consult with an experienced astrologer who can carefully consider yours and your partner’s individual charts.

Nonetheless, there are general patterns of compatibility across signs. These signs are usually a good match for Taurus:

  • Taurus
  • Virgo

The Sexes at a Glance

The Taurus Man

  • Steady
  • Moral
  • Responsible
  • Thrifty
  • Stubborn
  • May be overweight

The Taurus Woman

  • Positive
  • Respectful
  • Motherly
  • Pleasure-loving
  • Sexy
  • Worldly

Saturn’s Grind

Each planet oversees different areas of life. Saturn is the slowest-moving of the planets, and his influence is often accompanied by hard lessons.

When Saturn passes through the native’s moon sign, as well as the one before and after it, this is known as sade sati, or “Saturn’s Grind.” During this period, one experiences heavy karmic reactions. However, by adopting the right attitude, this can be a period of tremendous personal growth.

For Taureans, the periods of sade sati are as follows:

  • June 16, 1968 — July 23, 1975
  • April 17, 1998 — September 5, 2004
  • June 2, 2027 — July 12, 2034
  • April 6, 2057 — August 23, 2063
  • May 21, 2086 — July 2, 2093

Famous Taureans

Politicians / Military Figures

Judy Chu
Robert E. Lee
Vladimir Putin
Hideki Tojo

Actors / Actresses

Diedrich Bader
Jeff Bridges
Jim Cummings
Groucho Marx
Jay Mohr
Eddie Redmayne
Constance Wu

Musicians

Joan Baez
Billy Corgan
Bonnie Raitt
Elliot Smith
M.S. Subbulakshmi

Spiritualists

C.S. Lewis

Writers / Directors

William S. Burroughs
Orson Scott Card
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Robert Lowell
Olivia Wilde

Philosophers / Scientists

Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Sigmund Freud

Entrepreneurs

Shahid Khan
Henry Kravis
Jared Polis
Mikhail Prokhorov

Athletes

Simone Biles
Rich Franklin

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