When you’re in need of fortitude, try the totally Taurean Marcus Aurelius, Ancient Roman emperor, and comfort to many over the centuries.
You may remember him as ‘good’ emperor in Ridley Scott’s Gladiator or know some of his quotations because, well, everyone quotes him. He wrote his diaries through epic leadership challenges and a grueling schedule of running everything.
You don’t have to agree with the old Roman agenda to find his musings on handling pressure extremely useful. It’s like the bible for people who aspire to be that ‘calm in a maelstrom’ kind of a character. I think the term “taking things in your stride” IS from our good Emperor.
Stoic philosophy is very Taurean. The way I understand it is that you conserve energy by not railing against things you cannot control – human nature, corrupt politicians, mortality, etc.
The best-known Marcus Aurelius book is Meditations. You can read it all the way through and feel strength pouring into you or just open a page at random, oracle style. It’s like a fiercer, more Saturnine version of the I-Ching.
He was a triple Taurus: Sun, Mars, and Mercury conjunct in Taurus. His Capricorn Moon + Ascendant was square Pluto and trine Uranus. Now that’s an outer planet config.
He was also a devout Pagan (not that people in that era used the word “pagan”) who worshipped at the Temple of Jupiter. He had Jupiter in Scorpio/the 10th house – a classic signifier of enduring renown and a questing, restless philosophical kind of a brain.
“The obstacle is the way”? True Taurean grit. See some of his diary self-questioning & exhortations below.
“Operatics, combat and confusion. Sloth and servility. Every day they blot out those sacred principles of yours – which you day dream thoughtlessly about or just let slide. Your actions and perceptions need to aim:
– at accomplishing practical ends
– at the exercise of thought
– at maintaining a confidence founded on understanding. An unobtrusive confidence, hidden in plain sight.”
“Maintain constant awareness that everything is born from change. The knowledge that there is nothing nature loves more than to alter what exists and make new things like it. All that exists is the seed of what will emerge from it. You think the only seeds are the ones that makes plants or children? Go deeper.”