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Taurus: A Spiritual Dimension

topic posted Tue, April 20, 2004 - 9:14 AM by  Metaphysics
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Hello All,

As we move into the earth element Taurus, I thought this would be a great time to get a better understanding of this Archetype; how it operates in our life and it's highest potiential...The Buddha, the enlighten one : )

Chaz

by Moses Siregar III

This article originally appeared in The Mountain Astrologer, Oct/Nov 2001.

In the name of the One.

I offer the following meditation; for the fullest experience, you might read slowly, pausing after each sentence:

Imagine you are a cow in a field on a spring day. You feel the wind blowing across you. You hear the clear sound of birds chirping. You see colorful flowers all around. You smell the fragrant grass. You are simply being. Time does not exist. You are totally present, and are at home on the earth. Your mind is quiet and there is nothing to be done. You are fully at rest, yet fully alert. There is just the ordinary miracle of existence. You allow yourself to let go, relax, and accept life just as it is. Thus you uncover peace.

The astrological community is familiar with the material aspects of Taurus and the 2nd House (the two are naturally connected in astrology, so when I refer to Taurus I will also be referring to the 2nd House). The material purpose of Taurus is to be materially comfortable and secure, and to enjoy the physical world (including art and music).

There is also a crucially important spiritual dimension to the sign Taurus and the 2nd House. The complementary spiritual purpose of Taurus is to be present here and now, and to know the peace in realizing that you already have it all. Both dimensions of Taurus are vitally important. If we define Taurus only by its material dimension, we leave the sign fully dependent on external stimulation for its happiness, thereby creating a Hindu or Buddhist nightmare: an endless cycle of craving.

It is only because we live in a predominantly confused, wounded, and materialistic world that we think Taurus is mainly about money, possessions, and sensual indulgences. But Taurus is also a powerful symbol for enlightenment, and as we begin to wake up, it becomes more important to see Taurus and the 2nd House as referring to the potential for the truest inner peace, and therefore as well as to the obstacles to this real freedom.

Material and sensual compulsions are not the true nature of anyone. Addictive cravings come from an inner self that feels incomplete and unloved. The immoderate, materialistic aspect of Taurus is a just potential of Taurus when Taurus is in a wounded condition.

Taurus is actually about an inner feeling of wholeness that reaches for nothing external to feel better. In its deepest truth, Taurus is about Being, not having or craving. Remember the cow? She doesn't need to do anything. She doesn't need to have anything. She doesn't need anything. She isn't drawn to thinking or believing anything.

She is resting in pure existence, and experiencing a peace that is always present. The cow is the most still and contented animal associated with the astrological signs. I know many, many people with prominent Taurus and 2nd House placements who exemplify this enlightened quality. It is critical that modern astrology point to the conscious, higher possibility of Taurus and the 2nd House. Otherwise we support and promote ignorance.

Luckily, the material and spiritual facets of Taurus do not conflict--they naturally support one another. By establishing material and financial security, one can more easily relax and be present to the beauty of life. And by healing oneself through being present to oneself (and others), one can enjoy material possessions and sensual pleasures without a quality of grasping and clinging.

One of the best ways to recognize the spiritual dimension of Taurus is to look at the relationship between Taurus and its opposite sign, Scorpio. Opposite zodiac signs might seem totally different, because on a superficial level they are, but at their center, polar signs have the same core.

I call Taurus/Scorpio the Axis of "True Being." Technically, Taurus and Scorpio are feminine and fixed signs. One way to describe the purpose of this axis, then, is to go within (feminine) with determination and persistence (fixed), as deeply as one can go. Taurus and Scorpio can be about cutting out the distractions, and "just being" with ourselves and others; when we do this for ourselves we often discover aspects of ourselves that have been hidden, and which need our healing awareness.

One purpose of both Taurus and Scorpio, then, is to meet all aspects of oneself completely and compassionately, like a sitting bull (See note 1, below). A mutual shadow of Taurus and Scorpio (and therefore all of us, since the twelve signs are within us all) is the desire to run away from our deepest emotions by seeking to control things external to us, or to distract ourselves with various addictions. The 2nd House in Vedic astrology, for example, can actually be associated with food and drug addictions.

In addition to food, drink, and drug addictions, we also have addictions to spending money, making money, doing, TV, movies, computers, the internet, information, thinking, thrill-seeking, traveling, fame, external validation, romantic relationships, friendships, and sex. None of these things are bad; it is compulsively seeking these things, which distracts us from our deeper selves, which is bad. Taurus and Scorpio face the need to be with, in other words to love, all of oneself so that one can be loving and present for others.

Just as the axis of Virgo and Pisces, is a mystical and universal axis, the axis of Taurus and Scorpio is the other deep and esoteric axis. How could the sign opposite Scorpio, which is ruled by Pluto, not have a deep and esoteric element to it?

Until Taurus is seen as a fundamentally "spiritual" sign, the axis of Taurus and Scorpio will not be fully understood; it's not just "sex and money". Virgo/Pisces (6/12) and Taurus/Scorpio (2/8) are the two most complex, difficult, and transformative axes. Each of these four transformative signs has a planetary co-ruler of unique spiritual power. Scorpio has Pluto. Pisces has Neptune. Virgo has Chiron. Taurus has Earth.

Taurus is, at least symbolically, co-ruled by the Earth, in addition to its traditional and well-known ruler Venus. The overwhelming spiritual power of the Earth might be overlooked because you can't find the Earth out there or directly observe its movements over time since you are the Earth and (unless you're an astronaut) the Earth is always Here and Now. The Earth is closer than most of us think, because our bodies are (unless you're an astronaut) indivisible pieces of the Earth. And like the enlightened mind, the Earth is eternally present, though often overlooked.

The Earth, as the higher-octave ruler of Taurus (until a newer planet is integrated in our knowledge, which may happen with the recent discovery of a 'Plutino' about one fourth the size of Pluto. See note 2) has been so close that most astrologers have overlooked its significance all along. As Ken Wilber and the non-dualistic spiritual traditions suggest, we can end the great search, because the prize is always and already present. See the note at the end of this article for a discussion of each Sun/Earth sign combination.

That which integrates the material and spiritual dimension of Taurus is something else that has always been so present, yet also so frequently ignored: awareness of the body. The body enjoys sensual pleasures, and inhabiting the body is the only way to Be. One can only be present and mentally quiet to the degree that one inhabits the body. Most of us dwell primarily in our minds, which is why we are collectively insane.

Because our society does not emphasize meditation or body awareness, most of us do not know that restless, busy thinking is the very soil of suffering. All healing approaches that encourage presence in the body help us to move from mental insanity to consciousness, and into healing, loving presence. The current collective trend of spiritual understanding appears to be about, not transcendence or ascension, but embodiment or descension.

Taurus has very strong connections to the spiritual approaches which characterize the East (or any spirituality that encourages simplicity, silence, naturalness, and being peace), and to the enlightenment to which these traditions point. Think of the silence of Zen and Buddhism. Isn't Taurus one of the few signs that has the patience to "Just Sit?" I have also heard that the Buddha was born, became Enlightened, and also died during the month of May.

And what sign is most like Winnie the Pooh, the American poster bear of Taoism? Certainly Taurus, with its full-bellied innocence and simplicity. The most famous Taoist virtue is Wu Wei, usually translated as "non-action." Does non-action sound like an astrological sign that we know? And all of this talk about resting into reality certainly sounds like Advaita Vedanta (high-tech Hinduism).

A further illustration of the connection between the Taurus/Scorpio axis and Eastern wisdom comes in with the role of 'emptiness.' In Buddhism, for example, Ultimate Reality is not 'God,' or any word that denotes a thing. Instead it is no-thing, or shunyata, meaning nothingness, emptiness, transparency, void, or spaciousness. Emptiness is also very highly valued in Taoism.

Well, Taurus and Scorpio are the two most inherently silent signs (only Virgo comes close), and silence is just another facet of nothingness. A vipassana, or Buddhist meditation, retreat is a good illustration of the value of emptiness. At such a retreat, there is no T.V., no internet, no talking, little interpersonal interaction, no sex, no alcohol/drugs, no emotionally satisfying food--basically nothing.

Such a retreat involves a lot of sitting and--most importantly--meeting oneself, one's mind and one's emotions, because one has eliminated all the distractions. The silence of Taurus and Scorpio (and Virgo and Pisces) helps reveal that their spiritual dimension involves a process of emptying through non-activity and wakefulness. In such cultivation, we can compassionately witness and inquire into any thoughts, emotions, and cravings.

One of the reasons why we have been unable to see the spiritual reality of Taurus is because of the religious stupidity that characterized the Piscean Age (approximately the last 2000 years), an age in which we have fashioned the Piscean ethic of always putting others first, even to the detriment of ourselves, and have stressed the spirit over the flesh; and created an all-pervasive concept of a real duality between matter and spirit.

This religious residue has left us with guilt for being in a body, and a desire to escape the body for more lofty realms. We are just beginning to wake up and see how dangerous and unspiritual this negativity toward the body is.

In this article, i refer to the 'material' and 'spiritual,' not to further any kind of split or war between the two, but to refer to aspects of life which are different but not separate. It is helpful to remember that these terms are complements which form a unity, and are not actually distinct and separate from one another at all.

Perhaps because the man-made divide between body and soul has not yet been largely bridged, Taurus is generally seen as 100% material and 0% spiritual. The reality is 50% and 50%. We have not yet been ready to perceive an astrological sign which is a unified blend of materiality and spirituality, because we ourselves have not been living this truth.

In fact, Taurus is precisely the first and most significant sign that represents the unity of spirit and matter, inner peace and outer fullness, resting in the present moment and being active in the physical world, loving others yet taking care of ourselves first, valuing the ideal of peace but remaining grounded in practical reality. With our modern psyche so fundamentally divided, of course we have been blind to see Taurus as it really is, a union of heaven and earth.

But in this Age of Aquarius, we have the opportunity to take advantage of a higher logic, one which accepts rather than rejects apparent contradiction, and unites the opposites that our rational logic has told us were irreconcilable. This is the Age of Both, no longer the age of Either/Or. If we do not recognize that Taurus is the greatest astrological symbol of the union of the sacred and the secular, then our astrology also is preserving a dangerous split between the two.

What has the word 'spiritual' meant to us? Think of the signs which we have traditionally thought of as spiritual. Take Sagittarius, with its potential for thinking that others ought to believe in and practice the same things as oneself; this 'spiritual' archetype has created immense judgment of those of different lifestyles, and countless suffering in the form of religious wars.

Take Pisces, with its potential propensity for martyrdom, lack of personal boundaries, and self-sacrifice; this 'spiritual' archetype has resulted in enormous guilt, widespread dysfunctions in relationships and families, poor self-esteem, and a distorted notion of what real love is. Are we ready to accept that it is spiritual to be grounded, physical, and respectful of the earth?

Are we ready to accept that it is spiritual to be fully present to others, but to take care of ourselves first, and to insist on a life that is true to our own hearts' desires? Are we ready to accept that it is spiritual to enjoy the physical realm with all of our senses and with all of our sexuality? Are we ready to accept that it is spiritual to appreciate a simple life, uncluttered with endless desires? If we are ready to accept such a notion of spirituality, then we are ready to undo our conditioning and recognize Taurus as a fundamentally spiritual sign.

Taurus is about a holistic self-sufficiency that applies to all levels of a human being, including the material, bodily, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels.

Material self-sufficiency is being able to support oneself financially. Bodily self-sufficiency is knowing how to care for and heal one's body as much as possible by oneself, and through a healthy lifestyle. Emotional self-sufficiency is self-love, instead of leaning too much on others. Mental self-sufficiency is not being overly dependent on others for knowledge. And spiritual self-sufficiency is deriving our peace and happiness from within, not from without.

With the Jupiter/Saturn conjunction and planetary stellium of May 2000 having occurred in Taurus, i think it is now the time for this holistic self-sufficiency. I believe the deeper Truth that Taurus points towards is our key to the possibility of a New (or Now) Age. It's fitting that the planetary lineup in Taurus was the most significant astrological event of the first year of the new millennium.

Taurus is potentially an amazing and powerful conjunction of opposites. The paradox of Taurus is that it embodies the full enjoyment of the physical and sensual realms, as well as an inner freedom that is not dependent on external gratification. The fact that these two aspects of Taurus seem to exclude one another is what makes Taurus so fascinating.

The full realization of Taurus can be described as what Osho considered to be the whole person: Zorba the Buddha. Zorba is fully alive to the passions of physical existence, and the Buddha is fully awakened, possessing "inexhaustible [re]sources, available...from the cosmos itself." Combining these opposites within us is the wonderful opportunity of a lifetime. And such a freedom can only be realized through the gentle patience of Taurus.

A wonderful book which is becoming very popular is The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle, and it is fitting that such a body-oriented, present-oriented spiritual teaching is gaining such popularity around the time of the Jupiter/Saturn conjunction in Taurus. The spiritual teaching (Jupiter) which is based on grounded reality (Saturn) is that we can all calm our minds, enter our bodies, and discover the liberation of the present (Taurus).

Interpreting the Earth in astrology

When we look from a heliocentric, or Sun-centered perspective, we find that our Earth placement is exactly 180 degrees opposite our Sun placement. For example, someone with the Sun at 20 Scorpio would have the Earth at 20 Taurus.

The best way I know to work with the Earth as an astrological influence is to recognize that when we become totally present to ourselves and our bodies, and thereby contact the enlightened nature that we really are (which is what the Earth and Taurus is about), we access the qualities of our Earth sign. This allows us to moderate and balance our Sun sign excesses, and come from a deeper place within us.

In this sense, our Earth/Sun relationship is like the North Node/South Node relationship, but on a totally inward level. The Earth shows what we are here to discover within ourselves, our own enlightened nature (Earth) beneath ego (Sun). Including this perspective in chart analysis adds a clear and important spiritual direction to an individual's chart.

When the Sun in Aries is really at peace with itself, it can be more objective, and more balanced in its relationships (Earth in Libra). When the Sun in Taurus really contacts itself, it can be more intimate and more deeply involved with others (Earth in Scorpio).

When the Sun in Gemini knows its innermost, it can be more interested in natural simplicity and spiritual realization (Earth in Sagittarius). When the Sun in Cancer contacts its deepest self, it can be more self-sufficient and financially responsible (Earth in Capricorn). When the Sun in Leo knows its own core, it can be less concerned with others' approval and more truly altruistic (Earth in Aquarius). When the Sun in Virgo contacts its inner self, it can be more in touch with its feelings, and more relaxed with its self-imposed standards (Earth in Pisces).

When the Sun in Libra knows itself deeply, it can be more quick to release its irritation, and can communicate more directly (Earth in Aries). When the Sun in Scorpio relates to its own core, it can be more deeply at peace and content within itself (Earth in Taurus). When the Sun in Sagittarius finds its innermost, it can be more practical in integrating its passions into a practical livelihood, and be less rigid about its own convictions (Earth in Gemini).

When the Sun in Capricorn finds its deepest self, it can allow itself to receive love and share its deepest emotions (Earth in Cancer). When the Sun in Aquarius is honest with its own heart, it can be more warm in its relationships, and more compassionate in translating its wisdom for others (Earth in Leo). When the Sun in Pisces finds its deepest nature, it can be more moderate with its emotions, and more caring towards its body (Earth in Virgo).

Some Astrological Examples of this Approach to Taurus

Mars in Taurus or the 2nd House: Mars can represent intense desire, sexual or otherwise. Thus its connection with letter 2 can represent various intense desires which block a resting into one's deepest peace. This compulsive nature can result in a greater awareness of the need to simplify and go within.

Jupiter in Taurus or the 2nd House: Jupiter's main problem is always "too much of a good thing." So these are, in a way, some of the most dangerous placements for Jupiter, as Jupiter's tendency towards excess can find quite full expression here. Through moderation, though, all of the beautiful elements of Taurus can find fulfillment.

Saturn in Taurus or the 2nd House: Saturn, which represents, on one level, our deepest-seated sense of inadequacy, here shows a fundamental lack of self-love that tends to manifest in various compulsive, addictive, and materialistic behaviors. Simplifying, sobriety, and deep self-inquiry are initially difficult for this person, but total dedication to these virtues is possible and necessary for this individual to realize peace.

Uranus in Taurus or the 2nd House: This shows a spiritual intention of the soul or inner self to powerfully realize a holistic self-sufficiency, body awareness, and inner peace; this is also known as enlightenment. There is an unconscious motivation or inner guidance towards developing this real awareness, and obstructions to its development will be dealt with. Some people might 'sleep through' this placement to some extent, not tapping into its higher potential.

Neptune in the 2nd House: The clear danger is the intensification of many forms of addiction, including relationship drama and dependence, that would block the ability to be aware of one's deepest nature. The clear potential is enlightenment, but of course achieving clarity through real sobriety must come first.

Pluto in the 2nd House: One of the deepest motivations of this soul is to actualize a deeply integrated sense of self and self-worth, and thus true inner peace. It is important for this person to learn to relate deeply and intimately with others, but it is more important for this person to learn to relate deeply and intimately with him or herself.

(Note 1, from above):

This is a quote from the late Tibetan Buddhist teacher, Chogyam Trungpa:

" Another way to put it is to say that compassion is the earthy quality of meditation practice, the feeling of earth and solidity. The message of compassionate warmth is to not be hasty and to [just] relate to each situation as it is. The American Indian name "Sitting Bull" seems to be a perfect example of this. "Sitting Bull" is very solid and organic. You are really definitely present, resting."




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  • Re: Taurus: A Spiritual Dimension

    Thu, April 21, 2005 - 11:22 PM
    repost... I am Taurus I have Myself and I desire the Light ;)
    • Re: Taurus: A Spiritual Dimension

      Thu, April 21, 2005 - 11:40 PM
      I believe that the inherent major qualities of Taurus, as they have manifested in my own life; are loyalty, dependability and honesty... with a bull-ish perseverance (lol); they will 'deliver' Taurians to The Light. To no surprise, I've befriended quite a few of them throughout the years. They make great friends.

      From personal experience, I find that the enegry of Taurus connects closely with that of Capricorn, as well as that of Aries to a certain degree; all horned (stubborn?) creatures, heh heh. Incidentally, these represent my brother, mother and father ;-)~

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