April Astromusings – Full Moon Wesak Festival, Happy Birthday Taureans!

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

(c) 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.

Hercules Captures the Cretan Bull

The Second Labour of Hercules – The Capture of the Cretan Bull

In the book, ‘The Labours of Hercules’, Alice Bailey elucidates the test of Taurus. Hercules is told by his teacher to capture the sacred Bull of Minos to save it from being sacrificed, and ride it from Crete to the mainland where he is to deliver it to the three Cyclops, Brontes, Steropes and Arges, who dwell in the Holy Place. This, Hercules succeeds in doing by chasing the bull from one corner of the island to another, mounting it and riding it through the waves to the mainland. There is much symbolism involved in this apparently straightforward labour which Hercules has to complete. Minos, the King of Crete, who owned the sacred bull also possessed the maze which has ever been the symbol of the great illusion. The island of Crete with its maze and its bull is an outstanding symbol of the great illusion. It was separated from the mainland, and illusion and bewilderment are characteristics of the separated self. The bull represents animal desire which must be caught and mastered and chased from one point to another in the life of the separated self. Hercules must hand over the bull to the three Cyclops who represent the initiates, having the single eye which symbolises the third eye. It also refers to the Bull’s eye in the constellation of Taurus. In other words the task of Hercules is to overcome desire, transcending the personality self and aligning it with his Higher Self to achieve illumination.

The Constellation of Taurus

Alan Oken in his book Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology writes: ” The Bull has only half a body, its hindquarters seeming to disappear into the depth of space. Its legs are bent under its body. He then goes on to quote the poet Manilius who says:” The mighty bull is lame; his leg turns under; Taurus bends as if wearied by the Plough.” Even though the Bull has only his frontal segments, the constellation of Taurus is very rich in it stellar components. Oken observes that Manilius calls Taurus “dives puellis” – Latin for rich in maidens a reference to the fact that within its demibody are the Pleiades or Seven Sisters and the Hyades, the seven mythological daughters of Atlas and Aethra and half sisters of the Pleiades. The Hyades form the great V of the reddish star Aldebaran often called the “Eye of the Bull.” The Bull’s horns are very long and extend quite far from its body. The tip of the northern horn extends into the constellation of Auriga, the Charioteer. Near the tip of the southern horn is the beautiful Crab Nebula, a huge cloud of stardust and fragments, the remnants of a star which exploded centuries ago.

Under the title of The Theme of Illumination Alice Bailey explains the esoteric significance of the constellation of Taurus. Taurus is one of the most interesting of the zodiacal constellations, the Cross of the Disciple. The “eye of the bull” in Taurus, the magnificent fixed star, Aldebaran, is one of the reasons why this constellation is regarded as conferring illumination. In ancient days it was called the leading star of the heavens, and Taurus has always been connected with light and, therefore, with Christ, who proclaimed himself as the Light of the World. Light, illumination and sound, as expressed of the creative force: these are the three basic ideas connected with this constellation. The “interpreter of the divine voice”, as Taurus was called in ancient Egypt, can be paraphrased into Christian terminology and called “the Word made flesh.”

Bailey continues: ‘The following is of interest’ she includes an excerpt from The Zodiac – A Life Epitome by Walter Sampson: “The bull or the cow is the symbol of this sign, and in the celestial chart it will be observed that the little group of stars called Pleiades are represented just at the shoulder of the bull. Now, in Egyptian sculpture, or painting, the Pleiades are sometimes represented by the figure of the dove with wings outspread over the bull’s saddle. The dove as we remember, is the bird sacred to Venus, and as the Pleiades are part of the constellation Taurus and as we shall see, more Taurean in nature, if possible, than Taurus itself, the dove becomes a specially appropriate symbol for this little star-group.”

Bailey continues explaining the significance of the constellations connected with Taurus:
The three constellations connected with this sign are Orion, Eridanus and Auriga: and the nature of the work in Taurus is beautifully foretold by the three pictures in the heavens which they present to us. The ancient name of Orion was “the three Kings”, because of the three beautiful stars found in Orion’s Belt. The Three Kings represent the three divine aspects of Will, Love and Intelligence, and Orion, therefore, symbolises the spirit. The name Orion literally means “the breaking forth of light.”

Bailey makes the observation about the recurrence of the spiritual prototype: “Again and again, as we circle around the zodiac, shall we find appearing what might be called “the spiritual prototype” of Hercules; Perseus, the Coming Prince who slew the Medusa, symbol of great illusion. He is found in Aries: Orion whose name means “light”, is found in Taurus; in Scorpio, Hercules himself, triumphant and victorious, appears. Then we have Sagittarius the Archer on the Horse, going straight for his goal, and in Pisces we find the King. The more closely we study this heavenly picture book, the more we realise that ever before us is held the symbol of our divinity, the symbol of the soul in incarnation, and the story of matter, as it receives purification and glorification through the laborious work of the soul.

The second constellation connected with this sign is an immense river of stars, which stream forth from under the feet of Orion. It is called Eridanus, or the “River of the Judge”, and it is the symbol of the river of life, carrying souls into incarnation, where they learn the meaning of the words, “as a man sows, so shall he reap”, and where they undertake the stupendous task of working out their own salvation. Just as Orion symbolises the spirit aspect, so Eridanus concerns itself from the form-taking aspect and holds before us the thought of incarnation: whilst the third constellation, Auriga, is the charioteer, leading forth to new lands and so symbolising the soul.”

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

Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett, Penelope Cruz, Renee Zellwegger, Michelle Pfeiffer and Joanna Lumley. Writers of note include William Shakespeare, 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 and recently celebrated her 91st birthday

Mary Robinson

on April 21 2017, epitomises the stable, pragmatic monarch. 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

Krishnamurti

Krishnamurti, and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, the Jesuit priest and mystic.

Taurus Health and Anatomy

Taurus is represented in the human body by the cerebellum, or lower brain, and neck, ears, lower jaw, throat, liver and gall bladder. In her book ‘Astrology and Biochemistry’, Vanda Sawtell writes that the biochemic cell salt for Taurus is Nat. sulph. and is the first cell salt to become deficient where symptoms of disease in the Taurean native are observed. The chief work of Nat. sulph. is to eliminate excess water from the body. In the hot moist weather the atmosphere becomes heavily charged with water, and is breathed into the blood through the lungs. Blood becomes overcharged with water from an atmosphere overcharged with moist vapour, and not from the water we drink. One molecule of the Taurean salt has the chemical power to take up and eliminate from the system two molecules of water. Therefore, the more surplus water there is to be thrown out of the blood, the more sodium sulphate is required. Biliousness and malaria are the effects of a deficiency of this salt. Chills and fevers are Nature’s methods of getting rid of surplus water, through violent muscular, nervous, and vascular spasms and perspiration. There are some people who put on weight in spite of careful dieting. This is because the lymphatic system becomes slowly engorged with excess fluid derived from the atmosphere through the breath. These people need plenty of Nat. sulph. to carry away this excess fluid.

One of the weaknesses of Taureans is over indulgence, so moderation in eating and drinking needs to be cultivated. Because Nat. sulph. works with the fluids of the body it is one of the most important salts affecting the digestive organs. The bile of the liver, the pancreatic juices, and the secretions of the kidneys all depend for their normal functioning upon a proper supply of Nat. sulph. Bile disorders of which there are many, range from sluggish liver and tiredness in the early morning, to gall stones, jaundice, stoppage of the bile duct, and constipation. Diabetics need Nat. sulph. because it stimulates the secretions of the pancreas, liver, and kidneys. When the digestive organs are not functioning harmoniously, then sore throats and colds are frequent. The following are suggestions for liver and throat complaints. Balmony is good for jaundice conditions; Agrimony is good for both liver and kidney troubles and helps the assimilation of food; Centaury is also a good tonic for the liver; A combination of both Agrimony and Centaury is helpful for jaundice conditions, and corrects the kidneys at the same time. Golden Seal is very helpful for bilious subjects; Dandelion is excellent for the liver and as a dyspeptic remedy. Red Sage is helpful for Laryngitis and Raspberry leaves and Mulleins also make good remedies for sore throats.

Taurus rules the colours turquoise, brown and russet. The gemstone for Taurus is emerald and the metal is copper. An ideal homeopathic remedy for the sluggish Taurean digestive system is Belladonna. Aromatherapy oils suitable for the Taurean temperament include patchouli, rose and ylang-ylang. The healing musical note for Taurus is A# (A sharp). Taureans should avoid fattening, starchy foods or liquors because of their proneness to gout. Citrus fruits such as lemon and grapefruit, as well as bananas and melons are beneficial for Taureans. The Taurean diet should include carrots, celery, spinach, beans and peas.

Full Moon Festival in May– Wesak Festival –  12-14 May 2017

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 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.

Overview for Taureans for 2017

Communication and relationships with siblings, neighbours and short distance travel are highlighted by two eclipses. The first eclipse is an appulse lunar eclipse which occurs on 11 Feb 2017 and the second is a total solar eclipse which occurs on 21 August. The mover and shaker Pluto continues its sojourn through your travel and education sector facilitating major changes in this area of your life. Lucky Jupiter spends half the year in your work and health sector before moving into your relationhip and marriage sector

Relationships
Lucky Jupiter moves out of your work and health sector into your relationship and marriage sector on 11 October 2017 and will remain there until 7 November 2018. This should be a beneficial time for your most intimate relationships and business partnerships. Mercury, the planet of communication, pays a visit to your relationship sector from 18 October to 5 November.  Venus graces your relationship sector with her presence from 8 November to 1 December bringing harmony and pleasure to your relationships. Avoid conflicts with loved ones when feisty Mars makes a dramatic entrance here from 10 December 2017 until 26 January 2018.

Creativity, Children and Romance
The karmic north node is moving through your creativity and children sector. giving a certain fatedness to your family relationships. Both Mercury and Venus visit your 5th house of creativity, children and romance. Mercury pays two visits there firstly from 26 July to 31 August and then again from 11 – 30 September encouraging communication with your children and lovers and learning new hobbies. Venus graces this sector from  – 21 September to 14 October bringing harmony and inspiration in these areas of your life.

Home and Family
Two celestial visitors, and Mercury and Venus will activate your home and family sector. From 22 July to 31 August Mercury, the messenger of the gods will pay a visit there. This encourages communication within your family and any commercial transactions. Venus graces your domestic sector with her presence from 27 August to 20 September bringing harmony and opportunities to beautify your home.

Career
Your career sector is highlighted when a partial lunar eclipse occurs on 7 August. Mercury, the messenger of the gods, will pay a visit to your career and goals sector from 8 – 25 February facilitating communication and networking in your career.

Work and Health
Lucky Jupiter spends part of the year in your work and health sector until 10 October giving you opportunities for expansion. Mercury, the messenger of the gods pays a visit here from 1 – 17 October providing opportunities for communication and networking. Venus, the planet of love and finances will grace you with her presence here from 15 October to 7 November bringing harmony. Feisty Mars pays a visit here from 23 October to 9 December. This could cause conflict with colleagues and as far as health is concerned illness could involve fevers.

Finances
Pragmatic Saturn continues its passage through your debt and taxes sector so Mercury and Venus will pay a visit to your finance sector. From April to September Saturn will be retrograde making it an ideal time to review your taxes and finances clearing any debt.  Mercury, the planet of communication and commerce will be in your debt sector from 6 November 2017 until 11 January 2018 providing an opportunity to review your finances. Venus, the planet of love and money, will grace you with her presence here from 2 – 25 December which should enhance your finances. Dynamic Mars will be in your own money sector from 22 April until 4 June giving you the energy to deal with your finances.

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. This sector of adventure, travel, study and publishing is also activated with a visit from both Mercury and Venus. Venus pays a visit here from 26 December 2017 to 18 January 2018 stimulating your passion for study and travel. Mercury pays a visit to this sector from 3 December 2016 to 7 February 2017, stimulating your desire to study write and travel.

Friendships, Groups and Goals
Your friendship sector will be highlighted by a solar annular eclipse on 26 February. 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. Mercury’s visit here from 26 February to 13 March will give you 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 4 February to 3 March 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.

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
The Labours of Hercules by Alice A. Bailey
Astrological Keys to Self-actualization & Self-realization by Clara A. Weiss
Astrology and Biochemistry by Vanda Sawtell

 

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