Taurus Second Decan
Second decan Taurus born between May 1 and May 10. If a person is born between these days, ruling planet is Mercury. They are extremely talented in the fields as varied as arts to chemicals. They also have an in-built sense of caution to push ahead, while still leaving a leeway for negotiation. They are tactful, charming and practical. They only speak their mind, when they have gathered all the facts regarding a particular person or situation. They have natural communicating skills and have a pleasant personality and are generally honest in nature. Most of them are happy to work behind the scenes.
The second Decan Taurus personality is characterized by tactfulness, charm and practicality and diplomacy. They take care to gather all the facts before taking action. They sense the feelings of others very deeply and take care not to unwittingly hurt anyone people or animals.
They possess a lot of charm and have a brilliant way of communicating. People listen to them very carefully. People find them very pleasant to be around. Although they connect well with many people they have only few friends but they are true and loyal friends. They are very practical and rather than thinking or dreaming about what they want from life, they go out and get it.
Taurus Second Decan - Emotional Man of Mercury
Mercury offers the key to understanding the essential nature of the innate abundance and the vital sentient or psychical aspect of the Taurean. In the central decan the dualistic stimulation of Mercury increases the conflict for control over material circumstances and the physical plane environment.
Blind, unintelligent desire impels the subjective man just beginning the second rung of the ladder. At this second step the emotional apparatus unfolds through response to purely sensory physical contacts. Every emotional impulse seeks a corresponding physical stimulus and tangible material expression through the sensory environment. Initially the immature Bull is socially awkward and lacking in any form of emotional responsiveness and magnetism. Being truly undeveloped and ignorant he is unprincipled, unscrupulous and not worthy of trust.
At the early stage of emotional growth material advantage and gain are the sole motivating considerations behind all actions. Mercury, as astrologers know, is classically regarded as the god of thieves and is the trickster in human affairs. On the negative side in the central decan, it stimulates the recessive personality traits that produce liars, cheats, swindlers, forgers and frauds.
The astral Bull exacts a special delight in taking advantage of the credulity of others. The recessive astral type is often unusually witty, but is also an unprincipled character devoid of any kind of useful knowledge or ability, definitely self-deceived and completely englamoured.
Immature emotional types demonstrate the Mercurial glamour and illusion of control over the material and form side of life, and in the early stages of sentient growth are open to every type of indolence, shame, abandonment lust and depravity. Little discretion is shown in the selection of intimates. The emotionally polarized Bull is pleasure-loving, completely superficial, lacks harmony of character and is a true dilettante dabbling in one thing after another.
Emotional balance, security and stability are attached to assets and possessions. Gross material goals and objectives resound with an emotional appeal. In other words the conventional Bull is emotionally unstable unless he believes himself to be physically secure. However the rulership of Mercury does foster the desire for active emotional growth and experience.
It is also Mercury which accounts for the irrational fury and emotional outbursts which the ordinarily placid Bull occasionally displays. These erupt in a most violent, disruptive and dangerous manner, thus shattering the illusion of control. A very small irritation may throw the emotional body into such a fury. The blind bull lost to reason, rushes dangerously, causing undue havoc and damage. The always-abundant natural emotional vitality of Taurus must be correctly guided into proper channels. To accomplish this goal however, necessitates the accumulation of a multitude of experiences garnered over the course of many lifetimes.
While the desire for experience is strong, the emotionally polarized Mercurial type is not inclined to wanderlust so will likely not have a love of travel and will be quite resistant to change. Naturally, in the early stages of emotional growth the belief systems imposed at birth and in early life are accepted and are unlikely to be altered.
The naturally restless tendency of Mercury asserts itself at a more advanced emotional point and the Taurean then becomes a world traveler or pilgrim drawn to historical relics and old monuments, longing to tread his feet on ancient soil. Impressions concerning the activities of the higher planes are aided by the stimuli of artifacts, physical objects and landmarks. In the undeveloped type this produces the degenerative adoration of idolatry, as represented by the Golden Calf.
In any case, the religious Bull of any faith has a special reverence for temples, shrines, icons, rupas, tombs and other relics and symbols. Looking forward to the heaven-world or nirvana with serene tranquility, the Taurean here is one who will believe in a future life and in other worlds; who likes to observe rites and ceremonies which honor those revered teachers, buddhas and saints who have gone before.
On the negative emotional side the Bull can be blind, distressed, bad tempered, illusion-prone, naturally war-like, morbidly depressed, spasmodic, profligate, self-indulgent, over-protective, materialistic, inflexible, repressed, smothering, moody, narcissistic, non-accepting, unforgiving, overbearing, isolated, fixed, stubborn, withdrawn, domineering, insensitive, self-involved, vain, over-serious, demanding, procrastinating, lethargic, blunt, intrusive, authoritarian, abrasive, hard-headed, resentful, unfulfilled, dogmatic, jealous, unstable, overly critical, erratic, disruptive, difficult, anxious, frustrated, indulgent, unrealistic, judgmental, unforgiving, puritanical, impulsive, self-absorbed, thoughtless, superficial, nervous, passive, abrasive, and condemning.
At its best, the characteristic Mercurial emotional temperament is exciting, inspirational, illuminating, tasteful, energetic, naturally magnetic, imaginative, colorful, uninhibited, expressive, caring, organized, pragmatic, careful, secure, nurturing, expressive, protective, vigorous, steadfast, dynamic, independent, self-sufficient, dedicated, centered, dependable, solid, self-possessed, resolute, calm, realistic, productive, observant, insightful, clever, charming, warm-hearted, peaceful, calm, convincing, enlightening, astute, imaginative, artistic, psychic, sensitive, dignified, devoted, aesthetic, prudent, moral, fair, righteous, active, intuitive, lucid, talented, natural, playful, unrestricted, dedicated, responsible, harmonious and just.
In the advanced stage of emotional development, even with lack of intuitive sensitivity and loaded down with doubt and skepticism or irreverence, the Taurean knows what they believe and disbelieve and have no objection in stating it. Repeated lifetimes of struggle and conflict are necessary to develop full sentient response to the spectrum of impressions coming from the environing conditions.
Mercury clearly indicates that the Taurean subject has the latent capacity to evidence a delicate sensitivity to every modulation in the atmosphere. When this potential is fully activated they evidence a keen inquisitiveness, intuition and ability to sense or feel what other people are about to say.
In both sexes, true to Mercury’s influence, there is the tendency to fall in love early. The emotions tend to be adolescent, over-amorous and strongly sensual. In the early stages of emotional development intellectual friendships or platonic companionships do not have enough "body" in them to satisfy. The Bull temperament craves strongly for the physical body and presence of those they love.
Emotional disappointments always occur because when the feelings come strongly into play sooner or later they will be betrayed. Promises are made without the realization that the other party is not loyal or worthy of trust. It is under Mercury that a concentrated emotional focus and persistency of feeling are fostered.
There can be a deliberate disregard for convention, and especially when the passions are involved this leads to excitement, danger or trouble. Every emotional impulse seeks a tangible material form, so in truly Mercurial fashion every opportunity of communication and meeting with the beloved will be zestfully seized and held with dogged tenacity. Any pretext will do to bestow a gift, lend a book or give a photograph and every chance for a private meeting, date, interview or personal audience will be snatched. Trouble, inconvenience or even absurdity is of no account and steady pursuit continues until it ends in victory or in defeat.
Interestingly, it is in defeat that we find the expression of the greatest asset of the Taurean emotional temperament: An admirable humility and a natural acceptance of disappointment without bitterness or resentment when a prize or sought-after love has proved to be out of reach. This lovable quality along with a natural sense of philosophy serves them well.
Marriage is always a challenge and often spells certain trouble, however a good sense of proportion prevents the Taurean from exacting too much and so the unions are generally satisfactory. Mercury bestows a natural kindliness and warmth of heart, so the emotional disposition like a spring flower in May, grows and blossoms. Displaying a natural instinct for parenthood, women and men take great delight and joy in personally nursing, attending and caring for their own children.
At times under the negative aspect of Mercury, listless feelings and lackadaisical attitudes make it abundantly apparent though that Taurean parents can have difficulty keeping up with simple household chores and related routine. A pleasant and leisurely stroll through the park, a work-out, a walk on the beach, or perhaps a quiet hour in the garden are the best cure for troubled emotions and will do much towards restoring equilibrium and balance.
The Bull’s task is exceedingly hard as they lack certain stability and needed experience. Constant concentration on frustrated desires remains a problem. This emotional type becomes easily confused and thus suffers more than the majority, and is at this stage too sensitive for comfort and too responsive to vibrations emanating from the environment and from other people.
The Taurean naturally carries much emotional weight upon his or her shoulders as a state of emotional attachment is the norm, but there are no insuperable difficulties even though sometimes they are temporarily overwhelmed by a sense of helplessness, bewilderment and a sense of futility. No other sign type in the zodiac can excel the Bull in demonstration of emotional tenderness, unmistakable talent, engaging address and adorable charm.
It is true that an excessive shyness and over-sensitive self-consciousness mark the basic Taurean emotional disposition but they are nevertheless adorable and lovable in a variety of ways. Love of drama, acting, singing, dancing, art, sports or gymnastics are all possibilities indicated by Mercury’s rulership. In fact it is the Mercurial enhancement of the central decan which fosters the production of perfect artistic or athletic performances.
The Mercurial stimulation and enhancement of the emotional body eventually produces the registration of fleeting impressions and ever-increasing light. These, though dimly sensed via the rudimentary sentient nature, are the nascent tremors of the latent or dormant intuition.
We see therefore that Mercury fosters the great work of emotional regeneration transmuting the base desires, emotions and feelings until completely purified, gentle, calm and loving. When no misshapen curves or confused outlines misguide or misdirect the naturally abundant and outgoing emotional vitality, it can be distributed freely and happily along proper channels for the benefit of both self and loved ones.
Mercury ultimately will reveal to struggling Taureans their true identity, thus enabling them to escape from personal delusions and enter into the light of intelligent activity.