April Astromusings – Happy Birthday Taureans, Wesak Full Moon in Scorpio

Taurus

Taurus

Taurus, golden eyed
bull of God
worshipped with song and dance
in ancient fertility rites
slow sure sensual
sow your seeds
ensuring Mother Nature’s bounty

by Anne Robertson 1987

Esoteric Keyword Phrases for Taurus
The Personality asserts: Let struggle be undismayed
The Soul sounds its note: I see, and when the eye is opened, all is illumined

Rulers for Taurus
Exoteric Ruler:
Venus under the Fifth Ray of Concrete Mind or Science
Esoteric Ruler: Vulcan under the First Ray of Will or Power
Hierarchical Ruler: Vulcan under the First Ray of Will or Power

Happy Birthday to all the Taureans who celebrate their birthdays between April 21 and May 21. Taurus forms part of the triplicity of Earth signs with Capricorn and Virgo. Taurus, the Bull, is the sign of fertility as traditionally in the Northern Hemisphere, it brings the regenerative life force of Spring. The glyph for which represents the full Moon with a crescent moon attached to it. The Full Moon can be seen as the Celestial Mother and the upturned crescent moon as the cow’s horns, another symbol of its fecundity. In the Age of Taurus (C.4220 BC-C.2160 B.C) the Egyptians established their vast agricultural empire through an economy based on slavery.

During the Age of Taurus the cult of the bull and cow was prevalent. The Ancient Egyptians worshipped Isis as the Crescent, crowned with the headdress of the cow horns, the Horned Goddess, the cow, and as such was identified with Hathor the Cow-Goddess who preceded her. Isis’s husband Osiris, was also worshipped as a horned deity, known as the bull god, Apis. The veneration of the Bull was also prevalent in other cultures, for example the Bull of Minos known as the Minotaur of the Cretan Labyrinth. At certain times of the year young boys and girls were sacrificed to the Bull God. During these festivals young people danced upon the bulls and jumped through their horns in the arenas, a custom which was the precursor of the modern practice of bullfighting. The glyph for Taurus also represents the parts of the body ruled by this sign: the neck, throat and the shoulders.

Venus and Vulcan, the Ruling Planets of Taurus
The ruling planet of Taurus is Venus, the Goddess of Love and Beauty and the patroness of the arts. When she is favourably placed in a horoscope she will bestow her bounty of charm, beauty, creativity, sociability and wealth on the recipient. Taurus rules the second house of the horoscope which governs finances, material possessions and values. In keeping with the Law of Attraction, Venus governs desire and sexuality. Because of the earthiness of their nature, Taureans are challenged to overcome their weaknesses on the physical plane i.e. the desire nature and stubbornness to transmute this into aspiration and goodwill. The esoteric ruler of Taurus is Vulcan, the god of the Hammer and the Forge. His role is to beat “base metal” into a more refined state for spiritual purposes which aids in this transmutation. Esoterically, Taurus is referred to as the golden eyed Bull of God, with its keynote being: “I see and when the Eye is opened, all is light”. This connotes that the goal of the aspirant in the second sign is illumination. The second Labour of Hercules sheds more light on the tests facing the hero in the sign of Taurus.

Taurean Hall of Fame

David Attenborough

Venus, the ruler of Taurus, has dominion over the arts, culinary activities, nature, money, and sensuality. Therefore Taureans are attracted to careers in fields such as music, massage, banking, real estate, farming, gardening, and hospitality. An example of the Taurean affinity with nature is evident in the books and documentaries on nature by the famous Taurean, David Attenborough.
Taureans are well represented in the field of music with such classical musicians as Brahams, Tchaikovsky and Yehudi Menuhin. The prima ballerina, Margot Fonteyn, and Fred Astaire were also born under the sign of the bull. Other famous musically gifted Taureans include, Irving Berlin, Burt Bacharach, Enya, Cher, Shirley Temple,

Barbra Streisand

Shirley MacLaine, Barbra Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Collins, Lesley Gore, Duke Ellington, Glen Campbell, Roy Orbison, Pete Seeger and  the crooners, Perry Como and Bing Crosby.
Actors of note include Rudolf Valentino, Lionel Barrymore, Gary Cooper, Henry Fonda, Orson Welles, Pierce Brosnan, Gerry Seinfeld, Al Pacino, Jack Nicholson, George Clooney, Audrey Hepburn, Katherine Hepburn, Glenda Jackson, Uma Thurman, Cate Blanchett, Penelope Cruz, Renee Zellwegger, Michelle Pfeiffer and Joanna Lumley.

Shakespeare's 400th anniversary

Writers of note include William Shakespeare -the 400 years’ anniversary of his death is currently being celebrated, Robert Browning, Anthony Trollope, Vladimir Nabokov, Sigmund Freud, Karl Marx, Daphne Du Maurier, Charlotte Bronte, and James Barrie who created the favourite children’s book Peter Pan.

Taurus is potentially a sign of power and it has had its share of rulers who have brought stability but it also has had its share of tyrants who have abused their power. Queen Elizabeth II who has her ascendant in steadfast Capricorn just celebrated her 90th birthday on 21 April 2016  epitomises the stable, pragmatic monarch.

Mary Robinson

Mary Robinson, the former president of the Irish Republic and current human rights commissioner for the United Nations, who also exudes this Earth Mother quality, has both her Sun and Moon in steady Taurus. A quality which has reassured many people in times of conflict, both on a national level and in the international arena. Other Taureans who have made their presence felt include Catherine the Great,  Golda Meir,  Eva Peron, Czar Nicholas II, Vladimir Lenin, Hitler, Robespierre, Oliver Cromwell, Ho Chi Minh, Emperor Hirohito, Harry S. Truman, Saddam Hussein. and Pope John Paul II. Some spiritually inclined Taureans include Gautama Buddha, Krishnamurti, and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, the Jesuit priest and mystic.

Thomas Piketty

Thomas Piketty

Another Taurean who has come to the fore in the last couple of years is the French academic and economist, Thomas Piketty whose book Capital in the Twenty First Century has taken the world by storm.

Overview for Taureans for 2016

Relationships
Venus graces your relationship sector with its presence from 24 September to 18 October bringing harmony and pleasure to your relationships. Mercury, the planet of communication, pays a visit to your relationship sector  from 25 September to 12 November encouraging communication and networking with your primary relationships.

Creativity, Children and Romance
Jupiter and the karmic north node are currently moving through this sector. Jupiter will be there from 11 August 2015 from 9 September 2016. Jupiter is the planet associated with good fortune and expansion. However, from 8 January until 8 May 2016 Jupiter will be retrograde rendering the normally out there ebullient Jupiterian energy more introspective. The nodal axis is from the 11 house of friends, groups and goals to the 5th house of creativity, children and romance. A solar eclipse will occur here on 1 September, highlighting this area of your life.

Home and Family
Two celestial visitors Venus and Mercury will activate your home and family sector. Venus visits first from 13 July to 5 August bringing harmony to your domestic sector and a desire to beautify your home. From 15 to 30 August  Mercury, the messenger of the gods will pay a visit there. This encourages communication within your family and any commercial transactions.

Work and Health
There will be solar eclipse in your career sector on 18 August highlighting this area of your life. Both Venus and Mercury will pay a visit to your work and health sector. Venus will grace this sector with her presence from 31 August to 23 September bringing harmony to this area of your life. Mercury, the planet of communication and commerce will follow closely on the heels of Venus remaining in your work and health sector from 8-24 September giving opportunities for networking.

Finances
Both Mars and Saturn are currently moving through your 8th house of other people’s money and debt. Both of these planets are currently in retrograde motion which may slow down transactions. Saturn will be retrograde from 24 March until 13 August. Saturn is known as the Lord of Karma and is sometimes a hard taskmaster causing us to face our limitations and shoulder our responsibilities. Mars will be retrograde from 17 April to 29 June. Mercury and Venus will pay a visit to your finance sector. Mercury, the planet of communication and commerce will be in your finance sector from 13 November to 2 December which could enhance your finances. Venus, the planet of love and money, will grace you with her presence here from  19 October to 12 November.

Travel and Education
Pluto, the planet of transformation, continues it sojourn in your ninth house of travel, publishing and higher education, guaranteeing that any travel, writing, publishing or study undertaken could prove life changing for you. Pluto will be retrograde from 18 April to 26 September. This sector of adventure, travel, study and publishing is also activated with a visit from both Mercury and Venus. Venus pays two visits here from 24 January to 17 February and then again from 13 November to 6 December 2016, stimulating your passion for study and travel. Mercury pays two visits to this sector from 11 December 2015 to 2 Jan 2016 and again from 3 -31 December, stimulating your desire to study write and travel.  Part of Mercury’s visit here will be during its retrograde phase from 19 – 31 December 2016.

Friendships, Groups and Goals
There will be a lot of activity in your friendship sector this year with not only Neptune, Chiron and the karmic south node present but also the occurrence of two eclipses here. Neptune, the planet of spirituality, continues its lengthy sojourn in your eleventh house of friends, groups and goals. Neptune’s lesson is non-attachment so you may find that you have to surrender some of your cherished goals or experience some losses or sacrifices in your friendships or group affiliations. Positively, you will gain a deeper spiritual awareness through your friendships, awakening your compassion and inspiring you to join groups which espouse altruistic goals. Chiron, the planet of wounding and healing, as well as the karmic south node are also moving through this sector so there may be some karmic dues for you to pay in this area of your life. There is a total solar eclipse occurring on 9 March and a lunar eclipse on 16 September highlighting your friendship sector. Mercury’s visit here from 5 – 22 March will give an opportunity to extend your social networks and communicate with your peer groups. Venus the planet of love and harmony visits your friendship sector from 13 March to 5 April bringing social harmony.

Spirituality
Unorthodox Uranus continues its journey through your twelfth house of the unconscious and karma which encourages you to experiment and investigate alternative spiritual dimensions. Uranus is not concerned with the herd mentality but rather with mapping out your own unique spiritual path. You may undertake psychotherapy or be inspired to keep a dream journal recording the messages from your unconscious, releasing untapped potential. Since the twelfth house is concerned with karma, people and circumstances from your past may reappear in unexpected and unusual ways where there is unfinished business to be resolved. Venus’s presence here from 6 – 30 April should bring harmony here. The lunar eclipse in Aries on 23 March highlights this area of your life.

Taurus Full Moon or Wesak Moon -22nd April 2016 3:25 pm AEST (Sydney, Australia)
Sun  02:31 degrees Taurus and Moon 02:31 degrees Scorpio.

Wesak Festival
Taurus is especially connected to the Buddha as Buddha is said to have been born, reached enlightenment and died in the sign of the Bull. The Buddha, a native of Nepal, taught that the path of detachment from the desire is the vehicle for the entrance of Light. These events are celebrated each year at the Wesak Festival, the time of the full Moon when the Sun is in Taurus. It is so called as the ceremony of Wesak is held in the actual Wesak Valley in the Himalayas at the time of the Full Moon of May which is actually the Full Moon in Scorpio. Wesak, the Sun in Taurus Full Moon, is the most powerful Full Moon of the year.

According to mystics the ceremony marks the return of the Buddha to help regenerate the Earth. He is said to return at this time each year to bring new light to the world. He appears above a flat rock on which a great crystal bowl filled with water rests. It is said that He and His great Brother, the World Teacher of Love, work in the closest cooperation for the spiritual benefit of humanity. Through the Buddha the wisdom of God is poured forth. Through the World Teacher of Love, the Love of God is poured forth. At the end of the ceremony the water in the bowl is distributed to all the participants who drink from their cups and share it with others. This beautiful water ceremony of communion is symbolic of the Age of Aquarius which we are entering, the Age of the Water Bearer.This full moon is the second of three powerful full moons.

As well as the full Moon in Scorpio, dynamic Mars and Pluto, the rulers of Scorpio have turned retrograde. On both a personal level and a collective level this focusses on issues of power. It is time where we need to face our shadow selves which will give us the opportunity to transform and heal ourselves. With this powerful energy there is no place to hide.

Sources
Taurus Greeting Card illustrated by Sue Robertson
Taurus Poem by Anne Robertson
Esoteric Astrology Volume 3 Treatise on the Seven Rays by Alice A. Bailey
Soul-Centred Astrology: A Key to your Expanding Self  by Alan Oken
Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology by Alan Oken
Astrological Keys to Self-actualization & Self-realization by Clara A. Weiss

 

 

 

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