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METAPHYSICAL TAURUS

by Gary Brand - written April 16, 2006,
published in the May 2006 edition of Echo* newspaper

Beautiful multi-colored, radio-thermal emissions image of a
volcano on Venus Isn't Venus beautiful?  This image of a volcano on Venus was taken by the Magellan spacecraft on August 11, 1992 and shows radio-thermal emissions.  Red and yellow represent high emmisions (very hot) but blue and green indicate low emissions (cooler but still hot).  Courtesy of NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute.

This is a 1491 woodcut of the classical representation
of Taurus as the front half of a bull. This is a 1491 woodcut of the classical representation of Taurus as the front half of a bull.  This depiction is significant because this is a feminine sign and the bull is masculine.  However, the sexual part of the bull (the phallus) is missing and it is in a submissive position, with one leg doubled under it - Manilius called this doubled leg a "disfigurement" (M.M., p. xl (c. 15 A.D./1977)).  From the 1491 edition of Bonatti
(G.B. (c. 1282/1491)).
his is one of a series of articles about the metaphysical meanings of the signs.  Metaphysical astrology is the study of first principles and the esoteric or hidden meanings of the signs and planets.  This article addresses the first principles of Taurus and Venus (ruler of Taurus), which we all have somewhere in our birth chart.  The meaning or energy of each sign of the zodiac manifests in some area of life symbolized in the birth chart of each of us, whether we have planets in a particular sign or not.  The entire visible Universe is based on the 12-fold manifestation of God we call the zodiac (E.H., p. 244 (1974)).

This sign more than any other is the symbol of Earth and the state of being grounded or rooted, for Taurus is the first of the earth signs and the first of the fixed signs.  It is also one of the four pillars of the zodiac or four Faces of God.  It is the Face of God depicted by the bull - symbolizing fertility and the infusion of spirit into flesh or matter (earth).  Without the grounding of our soul to our bodies (represented by the archetype of this sign), we would soon perish.  The four sides of a pyramid (the Egyptian pyramids at Giza) are emblematic of the four faces of God and, inherent is each pyramidal, triangular side is the divine principle of the threefold manifestation of God - the recognizer, the recognized and the recognition.  To paraphrase Elisabeth Haich (Id., p. 228), when we human beings seek to return to a state of reunion with God, we shift our consciousness from our personal "I" - deeper and deeper into ourselves - turning our consciousness to our true selves, to our Creator, until we consciously recognize ourselves in God.  In the process, we stop thinking about ourselves and instead become ourselves by recognizing the divine in ourselves.  In this state, the recognizer, the recognized and the recognition are one in the same because we recognize that our own true self has created us, is constantly creating us, and that our true self is the Creator of the entire Universe!  How appropriate that Haich described this metamorphosis as resurrection, since I wrote this article the day before Easter.  Through his resurrection, Jesus Christ demonstrated that we each have the capacity to recognize our own true nature as that of divine spirit, inextinguishable by death.

Each of the four Faces of God form the apex of a triangle, the triangle formed by each element of the zodiac.  Thus, Taurus is the apex of the triangle of the earthy element (or triplicity) with the other two signs of the earth element, Virgo and Capricorn, forming the base of this triangle.  The Taurean, west Face of God blows the east wind, a refreshing, gentle, mild wind, and has a motherly nature (Mother Earth).  The other Faces of God consist of the other fixed signs of Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius and these signs comprise the apexes of the fire, water and air element triangles respectively.  The triangles of the four elements can be pieced together to form a pyramid with their coinciding apexes at the pinnacle and, when viewing such a pyramid from above, the fire triangle is opposite the air triangle and the counterclockwise order of the sides of the pyramid is fire, earth, air, water, same as the order of the signs of the zodiac.  The signs at the corners of the pyramid are also opposite one another in the zodiac (e.g. the Aries corner is opposite the Libra corner) and the pairs of signs at each corner of the pyramid are square (90 degrees from) each other in the zodiac (e.g. Aries and Capricorn at one corner are square one another in the zodiac) to reflect the 90 degree angle formed at each corner of the pyramid (both between the sides and in the base)!  Additionally, the pairs of signs at the four corners of the pyramid (e.g. Gemini/Virgo, Cancer/Libra) are of the same quality (or quadruplicity), e.g. cardinal, fixed, mutable, and these pairs are opposite another pair of the same quality!

The four pillars of the zodiac (the fixed signs, not the cardinal signs) or Faces of God that form the pinnacle of the pyramid symbolize the aspiration that our souls have to "see the Face of God," to return to our true state - that of paradisiacal reunion with God.  However, the base of the pyramid is a square and this geometric form symbolizes (and contains) the cross or crucifixion of the material world, one beam of the cross representing space or substance (our soul being attached to our physical body) and time (our soul suffering and learning in our body for a period of time until our body dies).  When we die, we are released from this cross until our next incarnation because we no longer have a physical body and we have no way of measuring or marking time.

The Greek myth of Taurus is that of lust, deception, abduction and rape.  Europa, daughter of the king of Phoenicia, was playing and gathering flowers (both Taurus activities) on the seashore one day when a bull with a glistening, attractive hide and a gentle but majestic demeanor grazing among her father's herd captivated her attention.  She had no idea that the bull was none other than Jupiter (Zeus), king of the gods, in disguise because he lusted for her.  Europa innocently caressed the bull, which knelt before her so that she could climb onto his back.  The bull then sprang into the sea and abducted poor Europa, carrying her to Crete where he raped her and where she subsequently gave birth to three children.  Jupiter placed Taurus the bull in the sky to commemorate his conquest.  This myth warns the young (male and female) that the beauty of someone to whom we are attracted, though alluring, can hide a deceptive nature, the encounter can take away our innocence (the abduction), and it can wound or brutalize us (the rape).  Yet, this brutal act was procreative (Taurus) and was based on love/lust (Taurus), however brief on the part of Jupiter.

The sign of Taurus and the planet Venus both symbolize the principle of self-worth through discovering the emptiness of acquisition, accumulation and possession.  Not every person born with Sun in Taurus or with a strong Venus is a greedy capitalist, since there are Taureans who unselfishly share all that they have and who constantly devote their time and resources to benefit others.  Yet, Taurus and Venus are primal symbols of self-indulgence, for Venus was the Roman goddess of love, lust and pleasure.  In today's world, Venus represents the veneration (worship) by many people of: money and the possessions it buys, sex, and the hedonistic pursuit of earthly pleasures.  The metaphysical challenge posed by Venus is to turn acquisitiveness and selfish, conditional love into universal sharing of wealth and unconditional love for everyone and every situation - worthy goals for us all.
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See related article Metaphysical Venus.

*Echo is a monthly newspaper about community, the environment, health, cuisine, and spirituality that is distributed in central Virginia.
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Gary Brand, Traditional Astrologer
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