What is Taurus’ Ruling Planet?
The ruling planet is the planet which has the most influence over a sign of the zodiac. The rulership of signs by planets is one of the most ancient and central parts of astrology. The powerful and unique properties of each planet have a direct influence on the characteristics of people born under the sign ruled by that planet. Since the planets are all named after Ancient Roman gods, the stories of these gods have a great influence on the signs that they rule.
Taurus is ruled by the planet Venus. Venus is the hottest planet in our solar system, and also the most similar to Earth, meaning that it has been a constant source of fascination for astrologers. This may be one of the reasons that it has been associated with something as important to human life as love and relationships. It burns brighter than any other star in the night sky because of its thick and reflective atmosphere of sulphuric acid – beautiful, but not exactly practical to live on!
Venus was named after the Ancient Roman goddess of love and beauty (called Aphrodite in Ancient Greece). Venus is probably the best-known ancient goddess in modern times. She is also one of the four gods whose domains are commonly said to have remained equally important from the ancient world until today (the other three are Mars, the god of war; Minerva, the goddess of wisdom; and Discordia, the goddess of chaos).
As would be expected of a love and beauty goddess, Venus rules over all your romantic and sensual ventures.You have a strong romantic side, but even more central to your personality than that, Taurus is very attached to everything beautiful and aesthetic in life. This is because of Venus’s strong influence over your love of the material world.
Despite common misconceptions (exacerbated by the much more traditionally “romantic” rulership of Venus over Libra), Venus does not just make everyone she rules into a hopeless romantic.
Read on for twelve facts about having Venus as your ruler that will help you understand yourself, the world around you, and how to get where you want to get in life.
Facets of Taurus’ Ruling Planet
Taurus is frequently criticized for being a materialistic sign. People roll their eyes at Taurus’s fondness for luxury But how can this be a surprise when it’s ruled by the goddess of beauty?
You aren’t surrounding yourself with beautiful things in order to compete in some race to be the fanciest. Your interest in luxury isn’t out of a desire to compete with celebrities, or with people you know in your daily life. It’s a genuine attachment to the beauty that expensive things are just much better at capturing than cheap things.
It’s pretty easy to see that status isn’t your motivation, because although you collect expensive and luxurious things, you don’t tend to show them off. That Chanel purse is its own reward; you don’t need to flash it on the street or snap a dozen pictures of it for Instagram in order to be happy about having it.
Of course, this isn’t to say that you hide your luxurious things. You use them just the way they were intended! As much as you love having pretty things, you also have a strong utilitarian side, and prefer to spend the most money on things that are both gorgeous and useful. (read: handbags and MacBooks over unwearable shoes or bedazzled hair)
Besides your love of luxury, you also have a love for anything that appeals to your aesthetic interests. You are a great patron of the arts, and probably spent a lot of time at museums, even as a young child. Now, you’re both a creator and consumer of art.
You love paintings, sculptures, and other forms of art that capture true beauty, especially the beauty of the natural world. Some Venus-ruled people are into abstract art, if they like the way it looks on a purely visual level, but most prefer realism.
Pre-Raphaelite-inspired paintings and beautiful photographs of the countryside might decorate your house in order to give it the feeling of the beautiful world.
To allow this to mesh with your utilitarian side, remember that bringing joy is a very valid and useful thing for something to do. If something makes you happy, and doesn’t actually impede getting things done, then it’s adding something useful to your world.
Taurus is a very determined and focussed sign, just like the other earth signs, Virgo and Capricorn. However, while both of these signs have a moderate tendency towards a slightly antisocial bent (Virgo from her incredible pickiness and Capricorn from her hyper-focus on success), Venus gives you a more sociable attitude. Although you’re still something of an introvert, you’re much better with people than your earthy sisters.
You are better than the other earth signs at reconciling your determination with the needs of others. You have mastered the fine art of not losing sight of your goals while also helping others to achieve their goals.
This is not a skill that should be underestimated! There aren’t many people out there who are as good at this as you are, and it is extremely valuable in our world. Don’t undersell its usefulness, and make an effort to consciously use it in situations where other earth signs might get themselves into trouble by neglecting the needs of others.
You have a very strong desire to feel useful in your environment. This goes along with your utilitarianism: you want to have a practical role in the world, and you don’t love the feeling of being useless. You always want to help others, bringing the greatest happiness to the greatest number of people around you.
For this reason, you are always seeking acts of service that you can perform in whatever circumstance you might be in. You’re not as drawn as Aquarius or Sagittarius to big humanitarian efforts, but are more concerned with helping people in your environment.
Whether that’s helping your children finish their homework, or showing the new employee how to use the filing system, you are always happy to lend a helping hand.
This can become a problem when too many people ask for your help, because you want to please all of them, and if that’s too much, then instead of taking on what you can and politely declining the rest, you’re prone to dropping all of them and then sulking and feeling bad because you couldn’t do what you wanted to.
You need to find a good way to balance this in your life. You can’t be everything to everyone, but that doesn’t mean you need to be nothing to anyone. There is a healthy medium, where you can help people without running yourself completely into the ground.
Taurus’ Ruling Planet in Love and Romance
Venus’s generous nature makes you a somewhat indulgent partner and parent. Gift-giving is your love language, and you especially love to bless the people around you with “just the right thing.” There’s nothing better than the grin on someone’s face when you give them the perfect gift!
If you are a parent, you run the risk of spoiling your children a little, if you don’t also consciously teach them about generosity. If you can turn your giving nature into a learning experience, then not to worry – you’ll teach them to be generous in return!
Similarly, you give with such constant enthusiasm that it’s easy for a partner to start taking that for granted. Don’t let this happen, or it’ll lead to disappointment for both of you – by all means, be generous, but if you sense that your generosity isn’t making an impact, it’s better to dial it back a little than to throw even more at them in the hopes that they’ll take notice.
You share your ruling planet with Libra, and are therefore highly compatible with Libras. Libras can be skeptical of Taurus’s earthiness (it’s a very airy sign, after all), and can find your down-to-earth-ness a little tiresome.
However, they are very drawn to your romantic personality, so if that is something that you value, a Libra is the type of person to find. You can cultivate a very strong relationship based on your shared aesthetics and love of the beautiful things in this world.
Don’t be surprised if they initially balk at your more practical side, but they can quickly be brought around to an appreciation for the way you balance the useful with the beautiful.
Because of your earthiness, you are highly compatible with the other earth signs, Virgo and Capricorn. Of these three signs, Venus has given you the most romantic side, so if you enter a relationship with one of these signs, be prepared to be the one making more sweeping romantic gestures.
You can encourage the earth signs to embrace a less purely utilitarian viewpoint, and use the power of Venus to bring a little more spontaneity and beauty into their at times sparse and rigid lifestyles.
At the same time, you can connect with them for your love of structure and routine, which makes you a better match-up than a Virgo or Capricorn with Venus’s other sign, Libra.
Although Venus makes you a quite sociable sign that can get along with almost everyone, you tend to be less compatible with Gemini and Pisces. You feel that both of these signs are very unfocused, and you have trouble getting on the same page as them about the type of life course that is ideal.
Gemini is very quick to change paths and switch interests from one thing to another, which doesn’t sit well with your dedication. If you enter a relationship with a Gemini, you may be plagued with a constant nagging concern that they’re going to get “bored” of you.
A Pisces isn’t as flighty as a Gemini, but they can drift very far from reality, which can make them a frustrating partner for an earth-bound Taurus. You may be initially drawn to each other because Pisceans are true hopeless romantics, but you will quickly find that they take things further than you’re comfortable with, and uphold standards of romance that you find frankly ridiculous.
As always, the factors affecting personal compatibility are highly varied, and cannot be distilled to just one astrological point. There are for more influences on romance than just your sun sign and primary planetary ruler, not to mention the undeniable “human factor” that makes every single person and relationship unique.
Astrology basic enough to be generalized in an article is not a suitable substitute for being observant and engaged with the people around you, so never use compatibility as the core reason for either entering or leaving a relationship. There are too many examples of successful relationships that do not follow these guidelines for that.
Using the Power of Taurus’ Ruling Planet in your Daily Life
Your love for luxury can sometimes be a problem when life just not able to provide you the funds necessary for it. Finding a way to balance our material desires with our practical reality is a struggle that every sign faces at some point, but it hits Taurus particularly hard.
Remind yourself that “expensive” is just a moderately accurate numerical value attached to “nice.” You can have a lot of very nice things that aren’t expensive at all, and I’m sure we’ve all had situations where we spend a lot of money on something that wasn’t even a little nice.
A better barometer for “niceness” is the joy that something brings us, and there are a lot of ways that something can bring us joy without being from a designer label. Maybe someone special gave it to you, it was around on a very important day, or it makes you think of a happy memory.
You’ve probably been given the advice to just stop worrying about material possessions, but it’s not that easy. Material possessions are important in human life. It’s a much better-rounded approach to stop worrying about the price tag and think more about the value that you, personally, have attached to each item in your life.
Coming to develop a good work-life balance can be a tricky task for a Taurus. On the one hand, your earth side is pulling you hard towards work. But on the other, Venus’s rulership drags you in the direction of romance, adventure, and social engagements. How do you choose which way to go?
Great news – you truly don’t have to choose just one! It is possible to have it all. Use some of that practical power to work out a rock-solid schedule that breaks your work into logical, easy-to-conceptualize chunks that you can work dedicatedly on, and that leaves lots of space around those chunks for periods of socialization and whatever you personally consider fun.
All work and no play makes Taurus a dull girl, and all play and no work makes Taurus broke.
If you’re having trouble implementing this work-life balance structure, because you feel like all that planning isn’t worth the time that you’d have to put into it, be aware that Tauruses are very susceptible to health problems when their Venus rulership isn’t properly placated.
If you try to work like a Capricorn, Venus will rebel, and make you edgy, lethargic, and impatient. (By the way, there are Capricorns who are like this too, and they also need to let a little Venus into their lives). Eventually, you put yourself at risk for high blood pressure from the stress, or, conversely, anemia from the lethargy.
Preserve your health by taking plenty of well-timed breaks that allow you to do things you love in between periods of work. High-impact fun (like spending time with friends, outdoor activities, or creative pastimes like drawing or writing) are also better for your overall mental and physical health than taking breaks to consume media like TV or video games.
One of the most annoying preconceptions that you will run into as an earth sign ruled by Venus is the persistent and completely inaccurate view that you are unimaginative.
People see your dedication, your loyalty, and your occasional stubbornness, and they get it into their heads, not that you’re a focussed person who cares about completing things, but that you somehow don’t have the creativity to change paths.
This is, of course, ridiculous. Geminis and Sagittarians may have fun jumping from one path to another, but that’s not everyone’s idea of a good time, and it’s certainly not inherently more imaginative than sticking the course with one project.
If you run into people who dismiss you as stubborn and boring, then grit your teeth and keep working on whatever you’re working on. Jumping ship will only prove them right. You can prove them wrong with the incredible success you can have completing a project, while they’ve started four new ones and have nothing to show for it.
With Venus as your ruling planet, you are always striking a balance between the pretty and the practical. This manifests in everything from your desire to spend money on luxurious items that are also useful, to your struggle to strike a healthy balance between work and play.
With Venus as your ruling planet, you are always and unwaveringly drawn towards the more beautiful things in life. You don’t do anyone any favours by trying to deny this part of yourself – least of all you! If someone tells you that beauty is skin-deep, they’re not wrong, but they’re not right either. Beauty is skin-deep, but the feelings it inspires can shake someone to their core.
Can you feel the power of Venus in your life? Do you see beauty everywhere, drawing you with incredible strength towards luxurious items, not for their status, but for their aesthetics? Do you struggle to reconcile that with your genuinely hardworking and dedicated personality? How will you harness Venus’s power to achieve the type of life that you are truly looking for?
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