Loyal Taureans in the Seven Kingdoms
The Westerosi bulls are quite a pack. They are a bunch you can depend on and would probably want on your side. Taurus is a stable, earthy sign, but unlike the other ambitious Capricorn and efficient Virgo, those born under this sign seek to cultivate a comfortable environment where they can live out the rest of their days, collecting possessions and clinging to what is theirs.
Ned Stark is the perfect example of Taurean attitude. The Lord of Winterfell maintained one of the greatest castles in the north and never wanted to be bothered with Kings Landing. Being King Robert’s hand didn’t interest him, but he felt a duty to protect him. Taurus’ are fiercely loyal friends and are usually very keen about other’s inner characters. As seen on the show and the books, Ned is portrayed as quiet and at times even solemn, but when around those he trusts, he opens up and we see his warmth. Taurus recognizes real and, unlike other signs who can change face or play a certain part, they have difficulty pretending. It is little wonder poor Ned didn’t last long in the game of thrones.
Physically, Taureans are described as generally big people. Broad-backed/shouldered or tall. Brienne of Tarth is all of that and then some. She is certainly stubborn to a fault, another notorious fixed sign trait, but especially when we’re discussing bulls. People born under this sign are grounded (earth) and want to serve a specific purpose, but it is also a sign of extremities. Like the peaceful bull grazing who is provoked one too many times, she is capable of going from zero to sixty if the wrong button is pressed. Before Brienne was in service to Lady Catalyn, she fought loyally for Renly Baratheon. After being wrongly accused for his death, she owed her life to Cat, the only person who knew the truth. Even after Catalyn’s death, Brienne still fights in her honor. She is not interested and gold and glory, she is simply setting out what she came to do.
Ser Jorah Mormont is the archetypal Taurean, especially when reading the books. He is described as big, burly, and hairy. Daenerys even sweetly calls him her “bear” as he is strong, yet very loving and protective. Although originally sent to spy on the mother of dragons, Jorah had a change of heart, quite literally, as he fell in love and vowed to serve Dany. As mentioned before, it has been my experience that Taurus is a sign that has difficulty playing a role. They either are or they aren’t and they will stubbornly follow their hearts, while slowly pursuing their goals. Ser Jorah is the perfect example of this as he recognizes the good in Dany and her cause. He doesn’t have many selfish or ambitious thoughts. He only wants to win her trust back.
To me, Ser Davos is the definition of a best friend. Like a true Taurus, he quickly recognizes Stannis’ cause and sees that he is a just man. He has ultimately shed his past life as a smuggler and has become the king’s right-hand man. Davos may not be the most intellectual man, but he is wise beyond his years and will fight for Stannis till the death. Stannis knows this very well and makes sure to always have Davos by his side. I think this relationship is one of the best examples of true friendship in the realm. They are both earth signs, but while Stannis reaches for the sky, Davos’ main concern is for justice to be served. When reading his chapters or even watching the show, I often thought Davos a stubborn fool for being so loyal. I thought for sure the red priestess would advise Stannis to sacrifice him to R’ollor, but Davos is not afraid what others think. He sticks up for what he believes in no matter what and like the other Taureans, he is no pretender.
When compared with the rest of the bulls, the Hound isn’t really the kindest, but we learn he isn’t completely evil. True to Taurus nature, he sticks to his duty for a long time until it has just run its course . He made a name for himself with the Lannisters, building(Taurus) a fierce reputation. However, as soon as those wildfires crept across the Blackwater, Sandor Clegane was done. His service was no longer needed as far as he was concerned, but he still felt somewhat responsible for sweet Sansa and even tried to rescue the “little bird”. Similar to the other bulls’ possesive tendencies, the Hound clings to Arya and eventually develops a soft spot for her. Unlike his ruthless brother, Gregor, who pretty much never stops, Sandor is tired and just wants to live the rest of his life in peace and comfort.
So much for that.