Scorpio is sign of the Shaman and the Spy, the Hitman and the Detective, the Investment Banker and the Contract Killer, the Criminal Deviant and the Depth Psychologist, the Covert Op and the Deep Cover Cop. The sign most associated with secrets and mysteries, terror and intimidation, intense passion and ice-cold resolve, Scorpio can go from red-hot to cold-blooded as fast as the temperature can change in the desert.
Not coincidentally, the desert – with all of its climatic and ecological extremes – is where this sign’s three animal totems (the Scorpion, the Snake, and the Eagle) each happen to reside. This is why people with Scorpio emphasized in in their charts gravitate towards extreme environments where their survival – whether professional, physical, or psychological – will be at stake.
Taurus, the sign opposite to Scorpio, is the Farmer, the Chef, the Landscaper, the Builder, the Musician, the Artist. Scorpio feeds on crisis and thrives on intrigue, Taurus is sustained by simple pleasures and earthly delights. Symbolized as a bull, Taurus is happiest when it can feel the earth under its feet, has good food in its stomach, and holding serene thoughts in its head. Taurus Moons tend to be good hosts, good cooks, and often excel at tactile arts such as finger painting.
Just as Scorpio is not all crisis and catastrophe neither is Taurus all peace and serenity. Like all Moon placements, there are two sides to the Taurus Moon. Put a Taurus Moon in comfortable surroundings and you get the serene sow, the slow-moving bovine. Threaten them and you come face-to-face with the raging bull. Consider, for instance, the African Cape Buffalo. From the same family as the bull, the African Cape Buffalo is known as one of the “Big Five”, aka “The Black Death”, aka “The Widowmaker”. According to Wikipedia, it is “widely regarded as very dangerous, with wounded animals reported to ambush and attack pursuers.” (Source)
African Cape Buffalo are also known for being extremely strategic in their thinking, with great memories for both friend and foe. (Source) Watch this video of a group of Cape Buffalo launching a rescue operation of one of their calves and you’ll understand just how strategic.
Sun in Scorpio, Moon in Taurus: The Immovable Object Meets the Irresistible Force
The Taurus-Scorpio axis is the “survival axis” of the Zodiac. Taurus is concerned with physical aspects of survival while Scorpio is concerned with the psychological aspects. Taurus can be analogized to “the immovable object” while Scorpio is akin to “the irresistible force”. Astrologer Sue Tompkins tells us that when the Taurus-Scorpio axis is emphasized in a person’s chart, “confrontations are to be expected”. (Source) Astrologer Bill Tierney makes a similar observation in his book:
People with this combo emphasized are powerhouses who can control their emotions even in grueling situations in which others would crack up . . . these signs have a tremendous sense of resourcefulness and indomitable will that can help them overcome just about anything. (Source)
In astro-mythology, the Scorpio/Taurus axis is associated with Persephone’s trip to hell and back. (Source)
Unfortunately, not all individuals with this axis lit up in their charts make it back from their version of hell. NFL linebacker turned U.S. Army Ranger Pat Tillman, for instance, is a Scorpio Sun, Taurus Moon. (Chart)
In his 1978 book Sun Sign Moon Sign, astrologer Jefferson Anderson refers to Scorpio Sun, Taurus Moon as the Sun/Moon pairing of “The Leader”. Take a look at his description of this paring’s psychological profile and see if it doesn’t precisely characterize Pat Tillman:
Shrewd, practical, and determined, you are a very serious individual. A natural leader, you project an aura of authority and self-control. Your vision is broad and far-reaching, causing you to think and act on a grand scale. Like all people who have confidence and faith in themselves, you probably feel as though you have a mission in life; once you determine what that mission is, you will pursue it with unwavering intensity. (Source)
Prior to his death, Tillman had apparently arranged to meet with anti-war icon Noam Chomsky once his deployment to Afghanistan was over. (Source) Tillman had come to oppose the Bush administration, deeply resented their use of his service for propaganda purposes, and likely intended to speak his mind once he was back stateside. (Source)
That Tillman wised up real quick to the true motivations for the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan is no surprise given the particular aptitudes of the Scorpio Sun, Taurus Moon individual. According to astrologers Suzi and Charles Harvey, this pairing “looks beyond the bald facts to the challenge of the unknown, has a gift for any kind of research . . . and a real sense of the basic impulses that motivate people – love, devotion, hate, fear, and greed.” (Source)
Scorpio Sun, Taurus Moon Astro-Twins: Pat Tillman, Stan Goff, Erwin Rommel
In 2006 author and investigative reporter Stan Goff spearheaded the first independent investigation into the true causes of Tillman’s death. (Source) In the first part of a seven part series, Goff writes:
As different as Pat Tillman and I were in many respects, the more I have learned about him, the more I find myself identifying with him.
Tillman . . . asked questions like, how far? How high? How hard? How true? This is where I feel the most powerful identification with Pat, and even though I never knew him, I feel sure that over time he would have inevitably ended up as I did . . . on the other side of everything he knew. (Source)
From an astrological perspective it makes perfect sense that Goff would feel a deep sense of affinity with Tillman. Goff – himself a former member of the special forces unit Delta Force – is also a Scorpio Sun, Taurus Moon. (Chart) The Sun represents a person’s conscious mind while the Moon represents their unconscious. People with the same Sun/Moon pairing, like Tillman and Goff, are thus fundamentally cut from the same cloth even if the individual tailoring is a bit different.
Goff is now a pastor who advocates pacifism, re-localization, and organic farming. (Source)
Erwin Rommel, the universally respected commander of Germany’s Afrika Corps during World War II, was also a Scorpio Sun, Taurus Moon. (Chart) Not unlike Tillman and Goff, Rommel ended up on the other side of everything he had worked on behalf of. Winston Churchill later said of Rommel, “He deserves our respect, because, although a loyal German soldier, he came to hate Hitler and all his works . . .” (Source) In 1944 Rommel was implicated in the conspiracy to assassinate Hitler. When his involvement was uncovered he agreed to commit suicide in exchange for assurances his family would not be harmed.
I don’t know what, if anything, is inscribed on Rommel’s gravestone but I’d hazard to guess it translates as something akin to “Shit got real” which is modern day shorthand for “an extremely dangerous, high stakes situation requiring level headed leadership and an astute awareness of the environment”. (Source) That phrase could very well be the life motto for Scorpio Sun, Taurus Moon.
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