Taurus and Appetite—Find the Middle Road
The Taurus side of us needs to explore appetite, but in a balanced way. The temptation for Taurus is to glut oneself but Taurus does best when avoiding overindulgence and instead finding the middle road between excess and restraint.
Feed Your Senses, Yes . . .
To Taurus, sensory life is important and it’s good to feed your senses—all of them: sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch. The more you give all your senses good things to feed on, the better the Taurus side of you feels and the better it serves you instead of making you a slave to your own appetites.
Taurus says: enjoy, savor, let things simmer. When you taste, give it all your attention. Do not ignore what’s in your mouth. Life is rich and delicious and being in your body and senses in the moment is the best way you can show your appreciation to the gods for the gift of your life.
Taurus reminds us that we can use appetite as motivation by letting desire pull us toward the things we want in life. But this only works if you are willing and able to be satisfied. If you cannot be satisfied and experience contentment then no amount of pleasure (sensory or otherwise) will be enough.
. . . But Don’t Overdo It
As an object-lesson in how our senses can run away with us, here’s the story of Tantalus: Once upon a time, there was a king named Tantalus, who was loved and respected by the gods. Their affection for him was so great that they invited him to dine at their own table, in their grand hall on Mount Olympus. Tantalus went there and ate and drank the ambrosia and nectar of the gods. However, he became overly proud of the gods’ acceptance of him, and stole some of the food and drink of the gods, which he gave to his own mortal friends, to show off his divine connections.
In his superiority, Tantalus decided the gods were not greater than he was after all. He thought to himself that the gods would not know the difference between human and animal flesh and decided to test them. He then threw a feast for the gods at his own home and Tantalus was so corrupt that he served them his own son, killed and cooked, as the test.
The arrogance of this act was beyond belief (because of course, the gods did know the difference) and the gods grew angry and punished Tantalus in a most fitting way. To merely kill him and relegate him to the land of the dead was not enough. In addition, they tied him up and placed him in a great pool of water, with a bunch of grapes hanging above his head. They then caused him to be forever filled with hunger and thirst, but whenever Tantalus dipped his head to drink, the water receded. Whenever he reached upward for the grapes, they were pulled up out of reach. Tantalus remained there for the rest of eternity, consumed by appetite and unable to satisfy himself. It is from him we get the word ‘tantalize.’
In the beginning of the story, Tantalus had it good—he was beloved by the gods and the recipient of their special favors. But then he had to go and blow it out of arrogance and excessive appetite. It seems that divine food awakened in him a sense of his own greatness that then ran amok. Tantalus forgot to show appreciation to the gods for the gift of his life and instead took it for granted. His story serves as a reminder to the Taurus in all of us to enjoy appetite, be open to satisfaction of it, but not to habitually glut ourselves. Otherwise we face an endless existence of being forever tantalized and never satiated.
“Great,” You Say, “But What Do I Do With This Information?”
Elsewhere in my website I have talked about your astrology chart being, not just a description of yourself and your life, but a useful set of instructions on how to live your unique life in the most satisfying, powerful way. The location of any zodiac sign in your chart (and planets placed in that sign) will benefit from an approach that fits that sign. All parts of your chart that are connected with Taurus will benefit from this Taurean wisdom: Enjoy your senses, be physical, slow down and get into your body in this area of your life. But do not be a glutton.
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