Welcome. This is part of a series of articles on the Zodiac, written with tarot readers in mind. (I’ve also created a handy reference chart here to show the associations between the zodiac signs and the Major Arcana, which you can get here.)
In this next article we’re exploring the astrological pairing of Taurus and Scorpio…
In the last article we covered the first pair of Fire and Air signs. Today we’ll push on and meet our first Earth and Water pairing. Hope you’re ready to go deep :).
Taurus and Scorpio
As a fixed earth sign, Taurus represents endurance, stability and physical manifestation.
Taurus is about the importance of fully incarnating into the material realm of sensation. It’s also about wealth – including actual money.
This is the other style that’s Venus/Empress ruled. So, there’s a sensual quality and a desire to indulge in the good life. The joy of working with your hands and creating something of value. The artisan.
Empress ruled Libra related to beauty and aesthetic through a conceptual lens. But Taurus is the embodiment. The physical manifestation. Not just what looks pleasing but what’s truly decadent and feels sensational.
There’s a lesson about wealth not being just about gold, but how rich we are to have a physical body and live in a physical world. To be part of nature.
Taurus is known for dependability and persistence, so it’s not only the Golden Calf but also a true Sitting Bull. The immovable object, refusing to evolve even when it’s utterly necessary. Subscribing wholesale to a “what you see is what you get mentality”.
Scorpio is the unstoppable force in this equation.
We suddenly enter deep water and the realm of profound psychic transformation, confronted with the process of metamorphosis, evolution and the inevitability of change.
Scorpio is about nature too. But the darker aspects that we often have a habit of avoiding.
It’s the taboo areas of existence. Sex, Death and “other people’s money”. The shadows and the occult.
Scorpio actually has a few different associated animal symbols apart from the Scorpion itself – the eagle, the snake and the dove are all ones that I’ve heard of.
It turns out that with the two signs together we’ve got a whole menagerie of spirit animals on board with us now.
This says we’re connecting with instinct.
Working with both Taurus and Scorpio we’re exposed to ever deepening levels of physical and emotional intimacy.
Scorpio is ruled by two planets. Traditionally Mars and in modern times Pluto (the God of the Underworld, and astrologically the force of deep transformation).
With these two forces shaping the mask, Scorpio is compelled by dark passion, intense emotion and a need to evolve.
It can be a kinky obsession that pushes your boundaries; an esoteric exploration of the shadow that leads to psychological growth; or an indulgence in a toxic destructive vendetta.
They say fixed signs are prone to dogmatism and controlling behaviour.
Too much Taurus and we become stubbornly attached to the status quo. Reluctant to re-assess our value systems. Fearful of change. The world is black and white. And we have to make our mark on it in some physical way or we’ve failed.
Too much Scorpio and we can be violent, manipulative or just straight up nihilistic. We’re driven by intense emotions, but there’s an aversion to the physical world thanks to the deeper knowledge of the constancy of change and death. This is the occult obsessive darkside identi-magician, short-circuiting thanks to a lack of true connection with physical reality.
Scorpio needs earthy Taurus to provide somewhere in the real world to drop anchor.
Taurus needs Scorpio to provide depth of meaning beyond the material.
Theirs is the connection between sensation, sensuality and the deepest levels of the psyche.
It’s True Wealth.
We have to make space in our everyday life for the cumulative forces of change to work their magic. And have strategies for loving and stabilising the most volatile aspects of our consciousness.
When there is room for both the shadow incarnates, is integrated into the body and we manifest fearlessly – open to the total sensory experience of the creative life.
The Scorpionic Empress
When I was younger I was pretty sure Björk was from another planet. And I don’t think I was alone in this opinion!
She’s super weird and makes weird music and punched some guy in the paparazzi in the face, right? What a psycho!
But now that I have the context of her horoscope, and I’m older and listen to quite a lot of other super weird music, I’m kind of in awe of this fierce and majestic Scorpionic creature. Plus she has one of the most incredible birth charts I’ve ever seen.
And can you imagine how stoked I was to read Björk talking about her own birth chart in an interview? VERY is the answer to that question.
She’s a triple Scorpio with Uranus and Pluto conjunct the Midheaven.
You might be like whaat?? But trust me, it’s impressive.
Especially considering her audacious reputation
In her own words she’s “as much Scorpio as one can be”. But she’s also profoundly inspired by nature, examining the raw components and the most volatile aspects and shaping it into sonic art. Her work is ambitious. Like the Tesla coil she had built so she could harness electricity to use for the bass line in her song Thunderbolt.
She’s mentioned that she wants her music to be full-sensory.
Personally I have felt myself transformed by experiencing her music. And I use the word experience on purpose. With Björk you can’t just listen if you really want to perceive.
These pictures are links that will take you to witness some of what I’m talking about…
Big Time Sensuality:
“It’s a kind of a love story between a virus and a cell. And of course the virus loves the cell so much that it destroys it.”
“A song grows a bit like a crystal..” – When Björk Met Attenborough documentary trailer…
The Tesla Coil synth…
Make it real
The cards for Taurus and Scorpio are the Hierophant (modified by the Empress) and Death (modified by the Tower/Judgment – the cards for Mars and Pluto).
- The Hierophant
- The Empress
- Judgement/Aeon (Depending on your tarot deck)
- The Tower
Some thought experiments:
The Hierophant is often seen as a card that represents the established order, religious orthodoxy and the status quo. It’s power channeled through tradition. It can be a trusted guide or mentor. It can also be about challenging traditions. Think about the Empress as being the Hierophant’s trusted advisor. What kind of advice would she give about life? What kind of things do you think would be important for her? What kind of rules would they come up with together?
What messages do Death, Judgement and The Tower each have about the concept of re-incarnation? What about altogether?
What constructive lessons does the Hierophant have for those interested in the occult? What about the Empress?
I’ll leave it there :).
I hope you enjoyed this lesson. If you do, I’d be grateful if you shared it!
Love what you’re reading?
Sign up to my mailing list for updates. You’ll get my best posts, unpublished gold and various other freebies when they’re at their freshest.