Friday, November 5, 2010


Every Taurus woman has an affinity for music. She has a rich, musical voice,
whether she's singing Carmen at the Met or simply saying, "I'll take two extra
pints of cream today" to the milkman. Some Taureans compose music, direct it,
or sing it - and all of them bask in it. Listening to its soothing sounds has a
tranquilizing effect on the Bulls.
So, how could there be friction when a Leo man, married to a Taurus woman,
wants to play music? There can be. And that's what astrology means by
stating that their natal Suns are squared. This is the difficult and tense 4-10
Sun Sign Pattern, which may be a challenge, but which is more richly rewarding
than all the others, if the challenges are courageously faced and conquered. Incidents
which could never become unpleasant between any two other people,
based on situations where harmony should naturally exist, can erupt into volcanos
between a Leo and a Taurus, unless there's an unusually favorable Sun-
Moon aspect between them.
A couple of years ago, I was visiting in the home of a Carmel, California couple,
who have been an unusually loyal and devoted pair for many years. She's a
Taurus. He's a Leo. She's a karate instructor. He's a poet, and an Oriental art
dealer. The evening I was there, after enjoying a delicious dinner cooked by the
Taurean wife, the three of us were discussing music, and the Lion and I discovered
we had a mutual love for a particular version of "Ave Maria." When he
placed an LP recording of the classic on the stereo, I leaned back in my chair,
prepared to enjoy the music bouncing around the rafters from the many speakers
the Lion had built and installed himself all over the house.
But as the opening chords swelled out to fill the room, I noticed the Taurus
wife had disappeared. Suddenly, I heard a door slam -
slightly abashed, explained: "Louise can't stand it when I play the stereo, so I
guess she's gone to bed." It shocked me so much I couldn't concentrate on the
recording. A normally gracious and hospitable Taurus woman being rude to a
guest? A Venus-ruled woman who hates
The next morning, at breakfast, she was her usual charming calm self, and
when I asked her why she hated music, she replied calmly, "Oh, I don't hate it. I
hard. Her husband,music? Astrologically impossible.
"Then why "I asked.
"You mean last night," she sniffed, icily. "I just can't bear to be around
when Larry plays his stereo. He insists on turning up the volume so high, it
drowns out all the tones, and hurts my ears. It's really a prostitution of music, I
think, to play it that loudly, but you can't reason with him about it, so that's
that." (The Taurus resignation to the inevitable.) "Tell me," she said, "since
you're an astrologer - does his horoscope indicate that he's deaf?" (The Taurean
humor, never subtle.)
No, he wasn't deaf. He was expressing his Leo urge to do everything on a
grand scale, even though this particular Lion is the Shy Pussycat type. Whatever
type he is, a Leo man can't bear to do things by half measures, and this
compulsion is completely unrelated to his manner (if he's one of the quieter, lessbecame the channelbetween them, and their Leo mates.his ruler, which is why he's so noble and generous, despite his occasionalLeo is the
giving, and this one can. Her sensual talents for eroticism certainly won't displease
him either. They'll make him "feel like a King," an expression many
Leos use to describe their sexual fulfillment with the right woman.
However, her quality of conserving words isn't quite as soothing to the
Lion, outside the bedroom. She may be less than ecstatic when he becomes
emotionally aroused, and desperately needs an attentive, approving audience.
She may even yawn in the middle of one of his dramatic speeches or lectures,
and nothing can so cruelly destroy this man's sensitive ego so much as an obvious
sign of boredom from a rebellious subject - especially from the woman he
loves. If she really wants to keep this man forever (and every Taurus woman
seeks the security of romantic permanence) she'd better drink pots of black coffee,
and make sure she remains wide awake when her Lion is on stage.
The most common complaint of the Lion against a Taurus girl is that she
lacks enthusiasm. He often feels like shaking her into action, and shouting,
something! Do something! Anything at all. But don't just sit there."
household words,
most common complaint against him can be summed up in four Shakespearean"Much ado about nothing."
He'll love the way she can turn a leaky tent into a cozy castle, her talent for
making a dollar stretch like Silly Putty, and her rich humor - though he won't
appreciate her jokes that ridicule his dignity, or puncture large holes in his ego.
She'll warm up to her Lion's bear hugs, and intensely admire his ability to organize
his dreams into the marble and alabaster of reality. She will not, of course,
be at all happy about his extravagant tendencies, or his need to go out and review
the troops when he feels the need for a little extra applause from the
crowd. They'll always have their periodic tugs of tension. After all, they are
both Fixed. Yet, the secret respect they feel for one another sometimes creates
an unexpectedly soft, soothing carpet beneath their differences of opinion.
This lady doesn't allow herself to display visible anger often. She's patient,
good humored, and willing to bear a great deal of silliness, along with Life's sadness,
without evidencing excessive emotion. But when she does become angry -
good and angry - it's best to get out of her way. Like, across town. Or maybe
even another city or state, until she cools off and calms down - which she'll never
fail to do eventually. A Taurus woman is always deeply ashamed of her own
weakness, after she's given in to an emotional tantrum (during which her
"creamy-smooth" Venus voice will more resemble that of a drill sergeant who
trained for the operatic stage in youth - loud and forceful), and so she may be
extra shy and affectionately loving later in trying to balance her act. But the
Lion shouldn't let her sweetness following a disagreement fool him. She remembers
what it was he did to arouse her Bull-like fury, and she'll remember it for
years . . . and years . . . and years. Taureans tear into a wild and furious rampage
of anger only very rarely - sometimes only once or twice during a lifetime.
But it isn't the quantity of Taurus anger that matters - it's the
A lady Bull shows her temper more frequently than just mentioned only if
she's constantly and continually goaded by the domineering ways of a Leo who
lectures her and scolds her periodically, and then, when she won't obey his every
whim, turns away from her and pouts for long periods. That sort of behavior
can rumble any Earth Sign into furious frustration, if it's prolonged over a long
period of time.
This woman is made of more than her Taurean temper and stubbornness.
She's also made of steadiness, courage, warmth, unswerving devotion, placidity,
calmness and deep, deep emotions. She's enormously affectionate and giving,
quality. Volcanic.
and her natural ability to laugh at herself is one of her most endearing qualities
(unless she has a Leo, Scorpio or Capricorn Moon Sign or Ascendent - in which
case she'll find it hard to chuckle when the joke's on her). There's no nonsense
about this lady. She's sensible, down-to-earth, and she never pretends to be
something she's not. She's real and genuine, honest and reliable - rather worth
As for him, he's made of more than his pride, vanity and self-centeredness.
He's also made of sunshine and hope and confidence. His wisdom and benevolence
are unmatched, when he feels he's really needed. The Lion will stand
bravely against an army, to defend what he believes in his heart is right and
true - just as he'll fight any force that threatens to harm the woman he loves,
however uneven the battle may seem, even when the odds seem to be hopelessly
against him. Whatever kind of pain she feels, whether it's physical or emotional,
her pain is Leo's sworn enemy - something he must defeat, to prove his worth
to his lady. Very much like the Knights who fought for King Arthur. Except
that Leo is both Knight
In his imagination, he lives in the Age of Chivalry, the Age of Romance. He
belongs to another century, another time . . . when there were still worlds left to
conquer, visions to follow, and dreams to dream. He tries hard to make the best
of being lost somewhere on the time track, in a strange country where his leadership
is not needed, and his ideals are not cheered. Even his white horse is gone.
And the Holy Grail is only a memory from long ago. Leo, the Lion-Hearted, is
therefore more wounded and lonely in spirit than those who see only his surface
armour of arrogance ever guess.
No matter how many obstacles this man and woman face in achieving emotional
harmony together, they'll stand by each other, against the whole world, if
necessary. When fate brings sorrow or tragedy, neither of them will fail the test
of loyalty. And that can be love's most enduring song - with or without the
background music.
and King. 

flamboyant Leos, in his outward personality). If it's a house, it must be large
and luxurious, with a private den for him (his royal throne room, in a manner of
speaking). If it's a woman, she must be both beautiful and intelligent. If it's a
ring, it must be glittery, and visible across the room. When the Lion weeps, he
sheds great torrents of tears. When he laughs, he laughs long and loudly. When
he listens to music, he needs to hear it soar gloriously, to fill his heart and soul
and ears. And when he's hurt, he either roars dramatically, or blushes furiously
in humiliated frustration - as my Leo host, Larry, did rather frequently during
my visit with him and his Bull wife, Louise.
Ordinarily, a Taurus female would never object to her husband's playing
music, whatever the volume. Yet, I know another Taurus woman who sighed in
ecstasy when her Lion courted her with a ukulele, in West Virginia, during their
college courting days - then became bored each time he played and sang for her
after they were married. You see, it's not a Taurean antipathy for music these
two lady Bulls were displaying. Music, in both cases, simply
for the square of tension
Whether or not any individual Leo male possesses the emotional poise to
deserve his astrological comparison to a King, this is nevertheless his private
ambition - to rule those around him, most definitely including the Lion's own
mate. A Taurus girl instinctively desires to submit to her man, to stick by his
side faithfully and loyally through all seasons. But being ruled sounds suspiciously
to her like being pushed, and no Bull will tolerate being pushed. Although
Taurus women are capable of deep, lasting devotion and a warm-hearted
love, they don't toss around careless compliments, they have no use at all for
flattery, and they think worship is for the weak-minded. Since all Lions require
and demand compliments, flattery and worship, you can see what's often missing
in the relationship.
Leos are fiercely proud, fiery people, who brandish their own batons and
refuse to play second fiddle to anyone. Even the Shy Pussycat Leo smolders
with resentment when he's denied his rightful place in the Sun, preferably a few
miles ahead and beyond anyone else who may be soaking up its rays. After all,
the Sun is
arrogance and freezing attitude of superiority. To him, the Sun is not the
center of the Universe, around which all the other planets revolve.
center of the Universe, around which his family (and hopefully, his friends) revolve
- or they'd better, if they don't want to be frozen and ignored for the sin
of not paying due respect at court.
Although this man's disposition is undeniably masterful, and therefore
sometimes a shade tyrannical, he's a gentle, magnanimous lover, after a quarrel.
His Leonine nobility of spirit makes it natural for him to want to kiss and make
up. Verbal apologies he can't handle gracefully. They destroy his vanity. But
he'll show he's sincerely sorry with a variety of romantic overtures. That's why
these two often sense more empathy and mutual harmony in their sexual relationship
than when they're trying to play the banjo together.
A physical and tangible display of affection is sometimes the only way to
reconcile an argument with a Taurus girl. She'll remain stone-faced and immune
to flowery words and persuasive arguments. Long conversations bore her,
because she feels only through her senses. Taurus wants action, not words. So
she'll respond beautifully to his passionate acts of love, and it all works out fine.
They often reconcile after a squabble without the proud Lion ever having to lose
his dignity. Making love is never beneath his dignity, no matter how violently
he's been fighting with the loved one - or how recently. He needs a woman who
can both accept and contain the depth of affection and passion he's capable of
music. I have, ever since I was a child."

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