Re: can you decipher this?
Hi Mister.e. You can decipher your chart, but you have to learn what the symbols mean and practise using them. We all had to start from being confused novices.
But anyway, your most important line of enquiry would seem to involve the Taurus Scorpio polarity, especially as the houses most influenced are the 2nd and 8th, and also since Pluto is involved. Understanding the differing needs, anxieties and values of these signs, as well as what they have in common, is pivotal to understanding this chart. The emphasis on earth and water goes beyond the Taurus Scorpio placement, as Cancer and Capricorn also contain planets. There is a sense that you need to feel a sense of containment as earth and water are both yin elements. But you may experience a conflict between the orderly, stable, tangible containment of earth, and the chaotic, subtle, fluctuating containment of water.
Sun in Taurus finds its vitality and sense of validity through creating something useful and/or beautiful which will endure and give comfort and pleasure to others. Taurus prefers to live on the surface of life, indulging the world of the senses, revelling in simplicity, and seeking a tranquil and steady existence.
Scorpio needs to reach beneath the surface and connect with all that is hidden - driven by a need for knowledge that cannot be satisfied by simply taking things at face value.
So on the level of blossoming into an individual you are Taurian, but on in your emotional and instinctual needs you are Scorpionic. A useful keyword to associate with this polarity is substance (I came across this word in a Liz Greene seminar transcript). From a Taurian perspective, this is the substance of the material world which is stable and well defined - you kind of know where you are with it and can arrange it into something that gives a sense of security. Through Scorpio's eyes, this substance is something that is shared with the rest of life and also something which can change from one form to another - so is out of control.
These signs can complement one another very well, and in fact need to incorporate one another's values in order to function in a healthy manner. (This is the case with all opposite signs.) We can never really feel secure (Taurus) until we have relinquished control (Scorpio) and discovered the part of our being which endures through changes of even the most traumatic and enormous kind. And we cannot successfully undergo deep transformation and form intimate bonds (Scorpio) unless we have a solid sense of ego and personal values to serve as an anchor (Taurus).
By nature we have no defect that could not become a strength,
no strength that could not become a defect
Every chart is a dog's dinner in terms of consistency of theme