(Image: Discovery Channel’s Moonshiners reality tv show, available for purchase via Amazon)
Symbolized as a beautiful bovine, Taurus is the sign of the Rancher and the Grower, the Landscaper and the Gardener, the Biodynamic Farmer and the Agricultural Biologist, the King of Top Shelf Liquor and the Queen of High Quality Chocolate, the Sous Chef of Slow Cooking and the Cuisinier-in-Chief of Sensual Delights. Taurus is the sign of resource accumulation so whether they’re driving a brand new Bentley with 22 inch rims through the streets of Beverly Hills or a used Chevy truck with mud flaps through through the backwoods of Georgia, Taureans usually find a way to materially provide for themselves and their families, whether in good times or bad. They’re also the sign most likely to have a garden, a green thumb, and be found romping around grass fields. (Source) To illustrate: singer Willie Nelson is a Taurus whose made a career out of singing about living life close to the earth through both good times and bad. He’s also well-known for his love of grass.
Sitting 270 degrees from Taurus is Aquarius, a radically different sign. Where Taurus Suns are identified with the conventional, Aquarius Moons are emotionally nourished by the radical. This the sign of the Genius and the Mad Scientist, the Rebel and the Revolutionary, the Exile and the Eccentric, the Antagonist and the Anti-Hero, the Social Heretic and the Sectarian Pagan, the Oddball Nonconformist and the Off-Beat Iconoclast, the Avant Garde Android and the Maverick Mini-Computer, the Splinter Cell of Scientific Dissent and the Professor Emeritus of Social Anarchy. When a person’s Moon (emotional needs) is in Aquarius (the future), they’re nourished by the the unpredictable, the unconventional, and the uncharted. They often have an instinctive (Moon) understanding of technology and are emotionally nourished by unusual hobbies such as UFO-watching or computer hacking. (Source) Symbolized as two lightning bolts, Aquarius can take the “30,000 foot view” of events so it has a tendency to view things before others can. Perceiving the Earth’s inhabitants from a vantage point analogous to outer space is why Aquarius Moons often resonate emotionally with the fringes of society, whether in matters technological or political. To illustrate: actor Steve McQueen is a representative Aquarius Moon. In addition to his numerous real-life run-ins with the law, he is best remembered for portraying rebellious anti-heroes, counterculture iconoclasts, and renegades wanted dead-or-alive. His most notable role came in 1963 when he portrayed Captain Virgil Hilts, an Allied prisoner of war escaped from a German concentration camp in The Great Escape, a film based on the real life escape from the Nazis’ infamous Stalag Luft III prison camp.
Combine a Taurus Sun’s orientation to food and farming with an Aquarius Moon’s need to rebel against the status quo and the result is a Sun/Moon pairing likely to succeed in business enterprises (Taurus) that are somewhat anarchist (Aquarius) in nature. In particular they’re likely to succeed at forms of agriculture (Taurus) which involve breaking with the status-quo (Aquarius). In her book Aspects, astrologer Sue Tompkins writes of the Taurus/Aquarius knack for expressing material values (Taurus) by way of avant-garde groups or enterprises (Aquarius):
This is also sometimes the combination of the person who seeks to live a simple, uncluttered life close to nature, sometimes in building a community life; the person who lives in an unconventional style but nevertheless in a way that is solid and secure. Thus it is the combination of the hippie, the “Good Lifer” concerned with self-sufficiency.
One manifestation of Taurus/Aquarius is surely ‘Friends of the Earth’. There is often an intuitive understanding of the earth, and the type may be practical and inventive. Perhaps this is also the combination of the organic farmer, the person who wants to revolutionize the way the masses might be fed.
In all sorts of different ways, feeding groups of people on a large scale is also often a theme with this mix. This is the individual who does all the catering for their friends to the club to which they belong.
To illustrate: using its operational start date as its date of birth, the seed library started by the Good-Life minded folks at the Joseph T. Simpson public library in Mechanisburg, Pennsylvania is a Taurus/Aquarius. (Chart) Launched on Earth Day 2014 by the Cumberland County Commission for Women, the Simpson Seed Library (SSL) was built around a converted card catalog turned seed lending repository that allowed patrons to “check out a packet of seeds, then grow fruits/vegetables, harvest the new seeds from the biggest and best, and return those seeds so the library can lend them out to others” according to NPR. (Source) The intent of the SSL was to help build up the local community by assisting people growing their own food but it was shut down by the real life “Boss Hogs” at the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture who said the library could be used by Al-Qaeda for purposes of spreading “agri-terrorism.” (Source)
That a community seed library could be shut down by the government for fostering “agri-terrorism” is hard to believe but not totally out of line with the sort of experiences many Taurus/Aquarians. In his book Moon Phases, Raven Kaldera says Taurus/Aquarius is the pairing of “The Heretic” who will eventually come face to face with such injustices:
The word heretic comes from a Greek root meaning free choice. In order of have free choice, one must paradoxically be able to give up anything or the choice isn’t real. The path of the Heretic is to bring his truth to the people he values, to be rejected, and to find the strength to walk away. There is always another group, another family of like minds, another place to call home . . . and if there isn’t, there is the strength to be alone with one’s convictions
To illustrate: Thomas Drake is a Taurus Sun, Aquarius Moon who was a senior executive at the National Security Agency in 2005 when he attempted to blow the whistle on severe illegalities surrounding the NSA mass surveillance programs. For his efforts he was subjected to criminal prosecution and threatened with 35 years in prison. Fellow NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has said that Drake’s efforts inspired him to leak a treasure trove of NSA documents to journalist Glenn Greenwald in June 2013.
Taurus is the sign of agriculture while Aquarius Moons are emotionally in tune with outcasts and outsiders. The combination is thus something of the “Black Sheep” of the zodiac. That phrase has historically been a perjorative term but in a world that is on the cusp of total tyranny we could certainly use a few more “Black Sheep” like Thomas Drake and the Simpson Seed Library, ones willing to traffic in the maverick moonshine that is community supported agriculture or the high tech hash that is evidence of high level criminality.
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