Slow, steady, and capable are adjectives that we can safely attach to individuals born with a Taurus Ascendant. These natives have tremendous stamina and staying power. They’re often quite loyal to those they care about. Although they generally don’t come on strong, they have personal presence; and they fairly radiate stability.
The sign on the Ascendant generally reveals how people start anything new. Taurus, by nature, is resistant to change. It can be difficult to sway Taurus rising natives–they’re often rather stubborn and fixed in their ways. Their first responses are to feel things out, not in the way a Pisces might attune to their environment, but in the realm of the five senses. They have well-developed sense of smell and touch, and respond to the material world. Theirs is a practical approach to life. Security is one of their foremost considerations before undertaking anything new.
Taurus rising natives are often quite cautious and careful. With a fixed sign on the Ascendant, they are not known for their flexibility. Rather, they possess determined single-mindedness.
More than most, Taurus rising prefers the “good things” in life. Self-indulgence can be a weakness for many with this Ascendant. Often collectors in some way, Taurus rising natives place a lot of value on their material possessions.
Taurus rising individuals prefer to dress in quality clothes with a comfortable feel to them. They are rarely ostentatious in their presentation. Many have strong and sturdy physiques.
Often rather possessive in partnership, these natives won’t easily break up their relationships. Although they are not particularly jealous, they view their partners as their personal property. Intensity and loyalty are especially important to Taurus rising natives. These are highly sensual people who prefer the comforts that a one-to-one, stable partnership offers. Although Taurus rising individuals value harmony and calm, their partnerships may be on the passionate side.
Taurus rising natives are often very comforting to be around. They have a stability about them that is soothing, and an inner harmony that is attractive.
The Ascendant (or rising sign) is often considered the mask one wears when meeting others. Perhaps it is most aptly thought of as the automatic responses to one’s environment. The Ascendant shows our natural defenses and how we cope with day-to-day issues. The energies of the sign and condition of the Ascendant are most overt and obvious to others. The Ascendant shows an individual’s first, natural reaction to new people and situations.
The characteristics of Taurus Ascendant described above are modified by planets conjunct the Ascendant, planets that aspect the Ascendant, and the position of the ruling planet of the sign on the Ascendant. For example, a person with a Taurus Ascendant with its ruling planet, Venus, in Sagittarius will respond to the environment a little differently than another person, also with a Taurus Ascendant, but whose Venus is in Scorpio. Similarly, a person with a Taurus Ascendant who also has Saturn conjunct it will “behave” differently than someone with a Taurus Ascendant who does not have that aspect.
Taurus Rising with Venus (Ruler of Taurus) in the Signs
The following interpretations incorporate the position, by sign, of Venus, the ruling planet of Taurus. The sign position of Venus modifies your Taurus Ascendant characteristics. These interpretations are from the Karmic Insight Report, and are written from an esoteric viewpoint.
The point that was on the eastern horizon at the moment of your birth is called the ASCENDANT, or rising sign. While the Sun describes your conscious direction and current life focus, and the Moon your subconscious predisposition and past, the Ascendant indicates a way of being that transcends and embraces past, present, and future. It describes the way you engage and merge with the outer world and how you bring through into life the energies depicted by the Sun, the Moon, and the rest of your birth chart. Everything is filtered through the Ascendant from an esoteric point of view. It indicates your soul’s function and thus a key part of your destiny.
Taurus Rising – General
Your soul function is to patiently nurture into fruition your own and others’ talents, ideas, gifts, and creative impulses, to bring them to earth and give them a “body” or a tangible form. You are practical, a stabilizer, a grounding force, deliberate, methodical and steady. You prefer to be thorough rather than fast. When out of balance, you are immovable, and may feel heavy or stuck. Ruled by Venus, you work through the principles of pleasure and attraction. You do what you enjoy and want to enjoy what you do. You like to please your senses, to take your sweet time, to appreciate what you have. You may struggle with issues of appetites and consumption, or a lazy side of your nature. Unless other factors in your chart indicate otherwise, you do not go after what you want very aggressively. Rather, you attract what you need or wait for it to come to you at the right time, and this is a key to fulfilling your destiny, as long as you do not degenerate into lazy inertia. An attunement to nature and the earth is part of your soul function also.
Taurus Rising and Venus in Aries
Your Venus is in Aries, so contrary to what was implied above, you need quite a bit of action to feel fully alive. You are attracted to creative, driven, somewhat volatile people, to relationships full of drama and heat, to bold aesthetics. Conflicts in relationships due to selfishness (yours or theirs) are also part of the picture, through which you are intended to learn about love and your essential values.
Taurus Rising and Venus in Taurus
Your Venus is in Taurus as well. You respond strongly to physical charm and beauty, and are meant to bring it forth and express it in some way, perhaps through the arts or working with the beauty of the natural world (plants, flowers, gems). Unless there are some very strong, dynamic counterbalancing forces in your birth chart, you are peaceable and rather placid, slow to unfold or to respond. You move at your own unhurried pace, love the simple pleasures of life, and bring a quality of loving kindness into the world.
Taurus Rising and Venus in Gemini
Your Venus is in the light, airy, sociable and playful sign of Gemini. You are meant to circulate, meet and talk to people, promote communication and affection between people. Teaching children, raising children, or counseling children and parents is an important part of fulfilling your destiny.
Taurus Rising and Venus in Cancer
Your Venus is in the nurturing, devoted sign of Cancer giving you a great deal of motherly feeling or family feeling towards the people in your environment. Home comfort and sweet domesticity are important to you. You need to have a sense of permanence and continuity with the past to fulfill your destiny, so owning a home or a special piece of land may also be important. Whatever you do is done with a lot of tender loving care.
Taurus Rising and Venus in Leo
Your Venus is in the warm-hearted and self-dramatizing sign of Leo, so you are not content to simply be, or to passively enjoy what life brings. You are meant to radiate and actively express your love, creativity, sense of beauty and generosity. Wealth and largesse are also part of your life pattern. You must guard against self-indulgence, over attachment to luxury and confusing personal worth with material success. Too much pampering will spoil you.
Taurus Rising and Venus in Virgo
Your Venus is in the refined, meticulous, humble sign of Virgo. You do your work with quiet devotion and careful attention to those small details that make the difference between fine quality and mediocrity. You strive for perfection. What you do may not be very glamorous or even very visible, for you are meant to provide some sort of very practical, necessary, down-to-earth sort of service. Satisfaction in a job well done is a sign that you are truly fulfilling your function.
Taurus Rising and Venus in Libra
Your Venus is in the gracious and harmony-loving sign of Libra. Everything you do or are involved in must please your sense of aesthetics as well as conform to your ideals of cooperation, balance, harmony, and good form. You also have a gift for diplomacy, which is part of your soul function.
Taurus Rising and Venus in Scorpio
Your Venus is in Scorpio, a sign associated both with fate and karmic attraction in matters of the heart, and with the purification of your emotional nature. Compulsive desires, appetites, jealousy, possessive emotions and sexual or emotional manipulation of others for selfish ends are all part of the picture. Through the pain you feel you may learn to turn toward a more truly loving, refined way of being. Your emotional intensity can then be directed toward healing and deep empathy for others’ suffering.
Taurus Rising and Venus in Sagittarius
Your Venus is in the spirited and adventuresome sign of Sagittarius, so the above mentioned steadiness and immovability are much less so. This indicates a love of luxury and the finer things in life (which you attract rather easily) as well as a possible aversion for real work. Traveling for pleasure as well as for practical purposes is also part of your life pattern. You have a gift for entrepreneurship.
Taurus Rising and Venus in Capricorn
Your Venus is in the controlled, dignified, subtle sign of Capricorn. You value simple elegance, true quality, and things that endure. The urge to conserve and build up security and assets colors all that you do. You are not apt to act upon impulse where love or money is concerned. The love of pleasure mentioned above is moderated in your case by your sense of responsibility and industriousness.
Taurus Rising and Venus in Aquarius
Your Venus is in the idealistic, non-possessive, socially conscious sign of Aquarius, so while you do come across as a stable, reliable, substantial person, there is a definite streak of rebelliousness or unconventionality in you as well. You are very community minded and should function as an active participant and cohesive force in your community or group. Conveying and encouraging a spirit of brotherhood/sisterhood is part of your soul function. Beware of becoming extreme or fixed in dogma.
Taurus Rising and Venus in Pisces
Your Venus is in the romantic, imaginative, mystical sign of Pisces, so while you are practical, you are also a dreamer. Kind and tenderhearted, love rules you. It takes a great deal for you to turn against anyone. You are meant to bring the spirit of patient love, tolerance, and compassion into the world. When out of balance you become passive and slothful.
Famous People with Taurus Rising:
Art Carney (Taurus Ascendant, Venus in Scorpio), Jean Cocteau (Taurus Ascendant, Venus in Taurus), Billy Crystal (Taurus Ascendant, Venus in Taurus), Sam Donaldson (Taurus Ascendant, Venus in Aquarius), Mia Farrow (Taurus Ascendant, Venus in Aries), Bo Derek (Taurus Ascendant, Venus in Pisces), Brendan Fraser (Taurus Ascendant, Venus in Capricorn), Kato Kaelin (Taurus Ascendant, Venus in Aries), Queen Latifah (Taurus Ascendant, Venus in Aries), Lee Iacocca (Taurus Ascendant, Venus in Aquarius), George Lucas (Taurus Ascendant, Venus in Taurus), Liza Minnelli (Taurus Ascendant, Venus in Aries), Nick Nolte (Taurus Ascendant, Venus in Aquarius), O. Henry (Taurus Ascendant, Venus in Leo), Tom Paxton (Taurus Ascendant, Venus in Libra), Bonnie Raitt (Taurus Ascendant, Venus in Capricorn), Dan Rather (Taurus Ascendant, Venus in Scorpio), Carl Sagan (Taurus Ascendant, Venus in Scorpio), Carlos Santana (Taurus Ascendant, Venus in Cancer), Maria Shriver (Taurus Ascendant, Venus in Sagittarius), Randy Travis (Taurus Ascendant, Venus in Gemini), Dionne Warwick (Taurus Ascendant, Venus in Scorpio), Sigourney Weaver (Taurus Ascendant, Venus in Scorpio), Serena Williams (Taurus Ascendant, Venus in Scorpio)