Tuesday, May 29, 2007

2. Taurus

Southern Writer's comment on the earlier post below made me realise that I'd made an unintentional assumption in carrying out this experiment. I am assuming the author of the book knows what she's talking about. I've assumed that the book I have is written by an expert and not by some hack out to make a buck. I should know better than to make such an assumption, since several ghosthunting books have followed the trajectory between my chair and the window in the past.

This author, Jane Struthers, teaches at the London School of Astrology (or did, at the time of publication of her book) so I'll continue to assume she's the real thing. The outcome of my little experiment won't conclusively prove anything either way, because it's just a one-off, but I hope it will give some indication.

On with the next sign: Taurus.

As I said, this doesn’t count as a scientific investigation since there’s only one subject of this study—me—and I know which sign each set of questions fits. It is, all the same, an interesting little experiment.

The questions should be answered ‘yes’ or ‘no’, not in the somewhat flippant style I use here. When I’ve done them all, I’ll put up my scores for each one (based on the real yes/no scores) with the flippancy extracted.

Here are the questions, and my answers, for the Taurus test.

Do you think that strenuous exercise is overrated?

By ‘strenuous exercise’ I assume they mean ‘lifting heavy weights that aren’t in anyone’s way’ and ‘running when nobody is chasing you’. Definitely overrated.

Does food ease most of your ills?

Only if I’m hungry. That’s a no.

Do you save money on a regular basis?

Yes, but when it reaches a critical level I might well blow the lot. I’m going to call that a yes.

Do you enjoy tradition?

I’m not absolutely sure what this means. Festivals like Christmas? No. The UK’s obsession with ‘bank holidays’ where everyone clogs up the roads all weekend so they can stand in the rain at the beach for five minutes? No.

Are you scared of being abandoned?

No.

Does your family come first?

There are few of them left, I live a long way from them and I'm happy with that. So, no.

Do you like things that are built to last?

A definite yes. I hate things that fall to bits, or break down the day after the warranty expires.

Do people accuse you of being obstinate?

Obstinacy is a positive character trait. I don’t mind being complimented about it.

Does the prospect of change make you nervous?

Change is important, otherwise life just gets dull. That’s a no.

Do you love being surrounded by nature?

Hmm… I like the great outdoors, but I don’t think I can say I love it. Nature won’t do what it’s told, so on balance I’ll have to give that a no.


I didn’t fit the Taurus test too well. Next up is Gemini but I’m only doing it once.

4 comments:

Southern Writer said...

Ah, Taurus. It's all about emotional and financial security and well being. Ruled by Venus, Taurus loves beauty for its own sake. They get very attached to their things, not only because they're nice things, but because it's all sentimental to them. One of Taurus' mottos is "a loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and my own piece of land." Owning their own property gives them the sense of security they need. They tend to be self-indulgent, believing they deserve beautiful things. Exercise is a four-letter word. They are persistent, and sometimes stubborn, and when mad, they literally "see red." You can lead a bull to water, but you can never push him there. Taurus is a fixed sign, so they don't make changes easily. They do appreciate nature and traditions (like holidays and family gatherings - especially if food is involved -- they are usually excellent cooks). In the race of the tortoise and the hare, Taurus is the hare. They are not fast workers, but they plod along until the job is done - usually the one begun by Aries, and never completed. Whether or not Taurus saves any money will depend on the condition of their second house, the ruler of that house, and the condition of their Venus. They need a nest egg for emotional security, but damn, that piece of art is just too lovely to resist! And here's a little secret, in case it will help you sometime: they love being kissed on the neck or throat.

As you go along, notice how each sign has traits opposite of the sign before it. The theory is that in previous lives, each sign has already been the sign before. They've been there, done that, and now want to try a new way.

Anonymous said...

Taurus replies: 5-16-1941

Ah, Taurus. It's all about emotional and financial security and well being.
- - Yeah, I guess.
Ruled by Venus, Taurus loves beauty for its own sake.
- - Well, beauty is beautiful – don’t you think?
They get very attached to their things, not only because they're nice things, but because it's all sentimental to them.
- - Well to some extent but can have flurries of casting them off as well.
One of Taurus' mottos is "a loaf of bread,
- - Yes, if diet would only allow more of it
a jug of wine,
- - NO alcohol PLEASE!!!
and my own piece of land." Owning their own property gives them the sense of security they need.
- - NO!!! much rather rent and call on a landlord for any problems with the place.
They tend to be self-indulgent, believing they deserve beautiful things.
- - Well I worked for them!
Exercise is a four-letter word.
- - Necessary drudgery!!!
They are persistent, and sometimes stubborn, and when mad, they literally "see red."
- - Oh well, … yeah.
You can lead a bull to water, but you can never push him there. Taurus is a fixed sign, so they don't make changes easily.
- - Well, it depends on what you’re talking about. I know few other people who’ve lived in as many homes, around the world. Get there, dig in, stay for a while – then move on.
They do appreciate nature and traditions (like holidays and family gatherings - especially if food is involved -- they are usually excellent cooks).
- - Family or cultural traditions and celebrations – bring ‘em on! But let someone else do the cooking pleaseQ
In the race of the tortoise and the hare, Taurus is the hare.
- - I think you got this backwards the tortoise plods along. And finally gets there.
They are not fast workers, but they plod along until the job is done - usually the one begun by Aries, and never completed.
- - Grins!
Whether or not Taurus saves any money will depend…
- - Exactly – if you save for something then you buy it. Then start again for something else.
They need a nest egg for emotional security,
- - Well, yeah isn’t security a good base to function from?

Romulus Crowe said...

So... in the next life I'll be expected to finish all the things I started in this life? I don't like the sound of that.

It does sound as though I need a Taurus for an assistant though.

I wonder if that counts as discrimination? I expect it does.

Southern Writer said...

Oops, Anon, you're right. Taurus is the tortoise. Duh. What was I thinking? For your other objections, you should go read what I said in the Aries post - it all depends on the other planets, and the Ascendant and Midheaven signs.

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