Aries And The Shadow Taurus is a huge Sign full of many different qualities in persons who have planets there. Ruled by, which means having the same vibration as, Venus or Aphrodite, it is rich in matter and represents the most profound Earth-nature of the 12 Signs. It luxuriates in the pleasant things of life: sex, gardens, sweet and pungent smells of the soil and the body. Taurus actually craves these 2nd Chakra items to the point of collecting them by quantity, so we quickly run into the first bête noir, it’s possessiveness and even hording. It represents the energies of self grasping on to things as a baby does with its first rattle. Perhaps its Shadow here is from, and takes the shape of, insecurity; perhaps it is needful of owning all the good things of this Plane so that they don’t go away. Taurus is spontaneously a preserver, the sustainer, the builder, the artist, the giver of gifts, but the Shadow can reduce this to greed unless s/he’s willing to tackle qualities like self-value, self-esteem and knowing that wealth is within, rather than material things outside. Ours is a highly Taurean society, making it harder for the aspiring Shadow-bound Taurean to rise above the cloying nature of her or his Shadow. With any luck Taurus can bring to bear other personal abilities such as patience and steadfastness (the bright side of the often destructive stubbornness—one other black beast) to stay the course and integrate this menace to any spiritual hopes; however, even Spirituality can become a Shadow for this hapless materialist. With a hidden Aries within, Taurus can take on the dark garb of a fanatic, or at least a person who KNOWS the truth. Look at Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud. Among my friends I know one who’s into Oahspe adamantly, though can’t tell why—and another who tries to drive Isabel Hicks and Abraham down anybody’s throat like a Jehovah’s Witness, though she does it with a very charming voice. Obviously the emphasis on humility will again be a remedy and on other spiritual values that admit there’s more to the world than most scientists are willing to measure. Just breaking from the materialist viewpoint can expand the Taurean Shadows to integrating such hidden strengths to the person’s advantage, because, remember, there is power in Shadow parts, albeit the power of vanity and negation.