I only know two of my zodiac signs: Taurus and the Pig/Boar (Chinese zodiac).
Taurus I have been familiar with since I was a kid; I would read my horoscopes at the back of the newspaper and magazines for fun and usually giggle at them. But I never prescribed any belief in them, truthfully. Doesn’t stop them from being fun, though.
For today’s writing topic, I reread a profile on Taurus, as well as one on the Pig/Boar. But, let’s deal with the bull first.
This profile notes that, unlike Aries who likes to play the game, Taurus are all about reward. “Taurus adores comfort and likes being surrounded by pleasing, soothing things. Along these lines, they also favor a good meal and a fine wine. The good life in all its guises, whether it’s the arts or art of their own making (yes, these folks are artistic as well), is heaven on Earth to the Taurus-born.” I like nice things, don’t get me wrong. I like a good meal…oh, who am I kidding? I just love good food! I have more than I need, that I will readily admit, but I am trying to be mindful of too much excess.
“It’s the Bull that serves as the Taurus’s mascot, and along with that comes the expectation that these folks are bull-headed and stubborn. Yes, they are.” Yes, I am. Let’s put it this way: the other day, I started my day waking from a nightmare and in an absolutely dogged determination NOT to sit and wallow all day long, I cleaned my house. I did laundry (LOTS of laundry), vacuumed, dusted, tidied, and scrubbed (including my child). I was tired, oh so tired! But I was determined to work the darkness away. And work I did. I overdid it, actually, and hurt my shoulder and hip in the process, because I refused to stop until I had finished (or at least made a sizable dent) in what I had begun.
“Beauty to the Bull also comes in the way of a happy home life, one that includes a partner and a stable relationship.” Yes. I had, once upon a time, pretty much resigned myself to being a spinster in a cottage or little flat with a cat for the rest of my life (yeah, I can have a pretty romanticized view of things sometimes). But I cannot tell you how happy I am in having met Ben and found someone who understood and liked me from a soul-level upward. Our little home is small, as is our family, but I am utterly happy in that.
A Taurus horoscope for 2015 notes: “You are not the kind of person who likes to take up the center stage as a rule. But you should remember the fact that unless you showcase your talents others would not be aware of them and as such appreciation is not something that is likely to come your way.” I found this interesting as a friend once advised me to leave myself more space at center stage in my own life.
The element most associated with Taurus is Earth. Grounded, rooted, stable, loyal, and determined. One of my favorite book series is Mercedes Lackey’s Elemental Masters. In this world are born people who can interact with or control one of the four elements: Air, Earth, Fire, and Water. I have often postulated which one I would most want to be a Master of but it’s very hard to choose. Earth appeals to me in its stability, heartiness, warmth, and the Masters’ preference for the rural and idyllic rather than cities. So it’s interesting to see Earth associated with Taurus, though it makes perfect sense on an intellectual level.
The Pig/Boar on the other hand is closely associated with element of Water. “Water is yin/feminine in character, its energy is downward and its motion is stillness and conserving. In Chinese Taoist thought, water is representative of intelligence and wisdom, flexibility, softness and pliancy; however, an over-abundance of the element is said to cause difficulty in choosing something and sticking to it. […] Water type people appear a bit reserved, yet are often very creative, sometimes even eccentric. They can appear cool and stoic, yet have the capacities to be still and deeply reflect.The negative emotion associated with water is fear, while the positive emotion is calmness.”
I don’t know how stoic I appear to people but, yes, I’ve been called reserved and consider myself rather eccentric at times. The term I came up with is “paradoxical simplistic”. I still deal with fears, yes, but I am working to recognize those and what I need to do to work through them.
“Warm-hearted, honest and tolerant to others, the people under the Pig sign are always full of friends as they are faithful to them and set a high value on friendship. Whenever a friend is in need, they will help without hesitation. Also, they dislike quarreling and are magnanimous to let bygones be bygones. So, they usually can get along very well with others. Although thought to be materialists, they are not stingy and would like to share what they have with others.” I would like to live up to this, truly. I have been taught forgiveness all my life and, even in my thirties now, I am still learning to let go and forgive. My friends and loved ones are indeed important to me and I want to do whatever I can to be of help, light, and love to them.
That was interesting and rather fun, I have to admit. Now I’m looking forward to eating out at Chinese restaurant with my family so we can all share our fortune cookies at the end of the meal. That is my favorite part.