Going The Distance- Sun in Taurus

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Sydney doesn’t really have an Autumn as such- perversely it is one of the things I dislike about the city I live in. I love seasons, I love weather extremes and can’t abide sameness… and Sydney, as beautiful as she is, can really be sometimes just a tad too predictable with just a few short weeks of seasonal change between what is usually perfect weather.

In the Southern states and cooler Highland areas the leaves are changing into glorious but short lived colour- every shade of red through orange to brown. In Sydney the colour is all too fleeting before the cooler winds shake them from their trees to become the bane of garden proud householders.  The leaves seem to go straight from tree to brown on the ground and mulch in the lawnmower almost overnight.

From Easter the nights start to get cooler and damper, but the days are beautifully blue and still quite warm- the humidity has gone and for a few short weeks the weather is pretty close to perfect. Just a few short weeks later perceptible change is in the air and by Anzac Day Autumn has arrived, coinciding neatly with the Sun’s move into Taurus.

The pace is slowing. The 1st real sign that summer is over is here with the start of the Football Season and the appearance of footy tipping competitions in workplaces around the country. The sounds of summer have been replaced by the rustle of leaves crunching under foot and the curses of the unsuspecting walker who kicks that same pile of leaves only to find some hidden dog shit lurking beneath. The textures associated with warmer clothes, the feel of the cold on cheeks and hands first thing in the morning, the taste of autumn produce and spices and the warmth of earth tones. Of course, in the Northern hemisphere the opposite is happening- but you get the idea.

The Earth signs are vitalised by texture, taste and colour- the most physical of sensations. Taurus, being a Venus ruled sign, is inspired by beauty and anything that stimulates the senses. Autumn (and Spring, in the North) delivers this- in spades. Gardeners, that most earthly of occupations, are busy with routine seasonal tasks-putting the garden to bed for the winter (or waking it up to Spring colour). We know that the change is coming, but for now it is nice to slow down and find comfort in routine. Take the time to smell the roses, survey your space and settle back to enjoy it in relative peace.

Like the other Earth signs, Taurus needs to be recognised for her hard work and reliability. But where Capricorn needs to be seen by her position on the ladder and achievements and Virgo for her service, Taurus knows that you can’t spend either a Job Title or indispensability at the shops. But she does like to buy and accumulate things- what she possesses contributes greatly to her creative and emotional security, her pride and sense of safety.

Taken to extremes, Taurus can take to accumulation for its own sake- buying things she really doesn’t need. Generally speaking, this would indicate insecurity or emotional clutter- but given Taurus’ legendary self containment, it is often difficult to get to the bottom of the real problem.

Taurus is not one to take risks with that which is important to her. She is dependable and safe and takes her time to absorb what is happening around her. Slow to anger, she rarely over-reacts and is an absolute rock in a crisis. Scorpio Hubby has Taurus rising and his self control and ability to remain outwardly calm when I am falling apart is incredible.

In common with all fixed signs, Taurus is incredibly stubborn. Where Aquarius holds onto his ideas & opinions, Leo his pride and confidence and Scorpio her emotions, Taurus likes to hang onto…stuff. Taurus is attached to whatever she believes is hers- whether this is her home, her job, her partner, her status quo, her weight- even when the use by date has long gone. She doesn’t like change and will stamp those feet firmly into the mud until the quicksand threatens to pull her under.

Where her opposite Scorpio is suspicious of change, Taurus likes to hold onto the way things are simply because it is comfortable, requires less effort and is safe- why change something that isn’t irrevocably broken? And, being a Venus ruled sign, Taurus likes comfort and ease and is reluctant to needlessly waste energy. She will sit quietly and listen to advice, smile nicely, thank you and proceed to ignore your suggestions or guidance. Taurus generally needs to be dragged to the starting line and left until she is ready to take it on board.

Reluctantly crouched at the starting line,
Engines pumping and thumping in time.
The green light flashes, the flags goes up,
Churning and burning, they yearn for the cup.
Slow to start, Taurus energy is one of endurance and steadfastness. Once mobilised she is unstoppable and will see things through to the bitter end and beyond- whether this be a single task, a relationship, a goal, or a grievance- no matter how long it takes. This makes Taurus a formidable opponent, irreplaceable employee and loyal partner- she will keep going long after the race has been won and everyone else has gone home. The object is to finish the job- the accolades don’t mean much at all.
As they speed through the finish the flags go down.
The fans get up, and get out of town.
The arena is empty except for one man,
Still driving and striving as fast as he can
The sun has gone down and the moon has come up,
And long ago somebody left with the cup,
But he’s driving and striving and hugging the turns,
And thinking of someone for whom he still burns.
He’s going the distance.





No trophy, no flowers, no flash bulbs, no wine.
He’s haunted by something he cannot define.
Bowel shaking earthquakes of doubt and remorse,
Assail him, impale him with monster truck force.
In his mind he’s still driving, still making the grade.
She’s hoping time that her memories will fade,
Cause he’s racing and pacing and plotting the course,
He’s fighting and biting and riding on his horse.
The sun has gone down and the moon has come up,
And long ago somebody left with the cup.
But he’s striving and driving and hugging the turns,
And thinking of someone for whom he still burns.
Cause he’s going the distance. 



Lyrics are from “The Distance” by Cake… even the band name is Taurean.