Taurus First Decan
First decan Taurus born between April 21 and April 30. For the ones born between these days, ruling planet is Venus. That is why they are sensual and passionate, and most of them are pleasure-seeking and possess a tremendous will-power. These people often blow hot and cold to bend others for getting things done. They are determined to get whatever they want. They also hold a great reverence for material wealth and tend to seek stability in all the aspects of their life. They are sensuous and love to employ the sense of their touch to experience various sensations and they gives you an overview of various aspects of your life. They are reliable.
They are determined to get the things they want from life. Material wealth is very important to them and the acquisition of beautiful yet practical things fuels their desire to do well for them. They seek stability in all aspects of life including career, relationships and family life.
In love relationships they are loyal and loving and faithful. In career they are very devoted. They set their mind to career path and seldom waiver from it, working their way to the top. Home life is very important to them; they strive to make home as comfortable and comforting as possible. The sense of touch is very important to them. They want to touch and be touched. They love to love and love to be loved.
Taurus First Decan - Physical Man of Moon and Venus
Treading clockwise on the Ordinary Wheel the sign of Taurus is entered from right to left via Moon/Venus in the first decan, Mercury in the central decan and Saturn in the third. In the first decan esoteric astrologers use both the Moon and Venus interchangeably. What is meant by this? Both planets express the energy of the active intelligence of matter itself in its higher and lower forms.
The co-rulership of the physical decan of Taurus by both the Moon and Venus constitutes a unique situation in the zodiac, being the only decan where such a dual rulership exists. Both planets are exceedingly potent here because the Moon is exalted in Taurus while Venus is the natural ruler. The Moon expresses the basic intelligence of matter and form while Venus is the expression of intelligent life. Here the intelligent life of the soul and the basic intelligence of matter itself meet, blend and fuse.
On the Involutionary cycle of material development their combined energies are experienced by the incarnated human soul as instinctual mind, selfish desire and personal affection. It is the feminine principle in Nature which binds the undeveloped soul to form through identification with matter.
In other words, at the first stage in Taurus the Egoic aspect of the human being identifies itself as the form. The early stage is the period of attachment to the seen, the known and the familiar external, objective forms. The influence of Moon and Venus combines to condition the entire material outlook on the primitive constitution, which is so solidified that it automatically creates a barrier to the entry of impulses and vibrations that are too high, and the etheric body is capable of little response, not yet susceptible to impact or sensitive to impression.
As a general rule, true to the combined influence of Moon and Venus, the figure is sturdy, stocky, thickset, often plump, with rather short limbs relative to the general size of the body. This dual rulership gives proportions of a generous scale usually of average to above-average height and stature.
As astrologers know, Taurus rules the throat, neck and shoulders so here one generally finds shoulders of great breadth and strength. The Bull appears capable of withstanding whatever strain may be placed upon him. The neck itself is characteristically short and wide, but the more feminine type is of slighter build and has more delicate sloping shoulders possessing a well-formed arched neck which is long rather than full. In these cases the voice is higher in pitch than the usual more full and round tones, although still sweet and musical. The voice is very sonorous, rich and pleasing to the ear both in speech and in song.
The blended influence of the Moon and Venus means that the average Taurean is an exceedingly pleasant person, often possessing a natural physical beauty and graciousness. The gifted physical type is bestowed with a wondrous beauty, seemingly perfect features, pleasantness and handsomeness beyond their fellows. Their voices are particularly melodic and sweet, possessing a very engaging address.
Great beauty and an almost perfect body can richly endow female Taureans. They appear as pure Aphrodites, harmoniously proportioned, symmetrical and graceful. Male Taureans have strong, thick, well-formed backs, wide shoulders and are slender in the hips. Well-shaped or beautiful noses which tend to be short, fleshy and sometimes appearing with a characteristic flair of the nostrils.
The Taurean forehead is typically broad and short rather than long, narrow or high. The general shape of the face is indicated by the combined influence of the Moon and Venus. Facial lines are square with flat planes indicating some force of character. The expression of the eyes is characteristically mild, Venusians being exceedingly gentle, soft and affectionate. This is not to say that they cannot be roused to anger on occasion.
Their color is often dark brown, jet or opal black, but we find many different eyeshades from topaz, hazel to the most beautiful emerald and forest greens. The mouth is generally large but shapely with the lips very Venusian, that is, full and voluptuous. Typically the chin is strong and the jaw rather square but not necessarily prominent. Rich masses of glossy brown, chestnut or black hair are typical although we also find very blond, albino or other exceedingly fair examples.
Whatever the color, the hair is generally straight, very thick or silky. The hair is often distinguished by waves, crinkles and ripples. Inconveniently placed cowlicks are not uncommon and the hair often has a projecting lock or tuft-like growth above the center of the forehead in curious correspondence to the tuft between the bull’s horns.
At the early physical stage the Bull is known for a dogged disinclination towards strenuous exertion of any kind. We can always count on the primitive Bull to take the path of least resistance. It is said that the glamour of illusion tempts us to the path of inertia.
Unevolved Taureans prefer to keep good things for themselves, so in the early stage this translates into an unwillingness to work hard or make the necessary sacrifices to move forward. The indolent cow, to speak in symbols, is well noted for a placid complacency which negates activity. Discretion is entirely lacking and is accompanied by a marked tendency to over-expression and ornamentation.
The Bull can be idle, slovenly, disrespectful and inattentive to hygiene, personal grooming and appearance. Given proper training, culture, class, education and environment they will eventually learn to adorn and clothe themselves with real taste in a symphony of refined colors, textures, colognes, perfumes and jewels. There is then nothing indiscreet in the appearance. Style and taste come to the forefront, while consideration and kindness towards others is expressed in lasting and loyal friendships.
The caricature of the recessive type is burlesque, thick-necked, gaudy and over-fed in appearance. The primitive Bull is known for a great deal of self-indulgence and a capacity for grotesque clowning, lurid facial expressions or crude joking which are clearly degenerate expressions of gross materialism, coarseness, greed, perverted pleasures and lust.
Commonly the Bull exhibits a love of inactivity, sloth, over-caution, laziness, mulish obstinacy and a pig-headed determination. The unevolved Taurean is by nature addicted to excess in all things and is well known for an ignorant and foolish dislike of change. Love of physical comfort is the rule. Naturally the plodding earth types are somewhat slow and heavy in their movements, exasperatingly deliberate and very much creatures of habit. Often there is an unrestrained physical appetite, with more concern for large quantity than for fine quality. A loose physical nature produces a natural tendency for depravity and debauchery.
The crescent Moon which is the astrological symbol of the Bull’s horns, testifies to the destructive nature of the physical life of the Bull. Physical desire is given its lowest material and sexual expression. In the early stages there is a period of subordination of life to the love impulse. During this period Bull-man is profligate with complete abandon and without shame. Love is the dominating drive in the creative physical life. Selfish physical desire is combined with an inability to see anyone’s point of view except their own. Speaking in symbols, seeing only the light of Earth, the Bull is blind to the light of Love and the light of Life. The soul quality of aspiration lies entirely dormant and latent.
At a slightly higher stage of development, fortunately the combined influence of the Moon and Venus softens somewhat the "beastliness", bestowing a certain purity, delicacy, charm and chastity. Venusians adore being spoiled in love and can be more opulent than any other planetary type and delight in receiving signs of endearment, gifts and presents. They especially love to receive material proof and demonstration of the affection, love and feelings of others. This type feels very strongly but has difficulty in verbal communication, speech or articulate expression.
Love and faithfulness plays a central role in the healthy physical development, and is directly or indirectly the source of happiness. The exoteric process of the first decan eventually produces the growth and expression of self-love, self-esteem, self-control, self-respect and selfish centralization. The developed Taurean personality is then faithful, warm-hearted, self-sufficient, calm, patient, loving, gentle and kind. These personality types evolve into progressive forces of change, ever constructive, planning and creative, noted for their steady measured progress upon the Way.