“Patience and tenacity are worth more than twice their weight of cleverness.”
–Thomas Huxley, Sun-Mars-Mercury in Taurus
I was thinking today of one of Aesop’s fables, The North Wind and the Sun. The North Wind and the Sun had a contest to determine who was more powerful. They saw a traveler wearing a heavy cloak and decided that whomever could impel him to remove his cloak was the winner of the challenge. The North Wind blew with all his might and the traveler only pulled his cloak closer. The Sun shone on him with such intensity that he became warm and threw off his covering. The supposed moral of the story is that persuasion is more powerful than force.
The traveler is more an object than a character in the story. Why did the Sun win? In order to really see why we have to observe the traveler as a character with motivation. The traveler seems a perfect Taurean archetype in the context of the story. His will was fixed. Comfort and persistence on his path were paramount. The Sun won because it conformed to the will of the traveler, not the other way around. You can get Taurus to move in the direction you wish if that direction jibes with Taurus’ goal, and if you clear the the path. You can’t lead a bull to water or make him drink, but you can clear the path and make sure he’s thirsty when he gets there. Otherwise, forget about it.
Taurus is tenacious. Do you have planets in Taurus, planets that fall in the second house? Which house has Taurus on the cusp? Are you persistent and fixed in these areas?
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