Esoteric Meaning of Taurus

taurus esoteric   Taurus represents the material form of creation. It is the eleventh sign upon the ordinary wheel of life, preceding each new cycle of incarnated expression. Guarding the secret of light, Taurus confers illumination upon the initiate.    

   Taurus represents being in the body and feeling the sensations of the world. Under the potent impression of Taurus, man feeds his ardent desire for the many material advantages of physical incarnation and of constant worldly undertakings. The secret of Taurus is revealed as the second initiation by the sudden removal or disappearance of world glamour in the binding energy of light.        

   All souls emerge as emotional-desire entities in the sign of Taurus. This sign is concerned with the initial impact of energy upon form of energies upon the soul. Taurus symbolizes the dual relationship between energy/matter and mind/energy. The keynotes of Taurus are, as usual, clear in their implications. One states the note of the form aspect, “Let struggle be undismayed.” The word of the form is to take, grasp and go courageously after that which is desired. The word of the soul is, “I see and when the Eye is opened, all is light.” The eye of the cosmic Bull is open and from it light pours radiantly forth upon the sons of men. The eye of vision of the individual man must likewise open in response to this cosmic light.        

   Taurus governs desire and carries the test into the emotional or astral plane and carries desire-sensitivity up from the form side of life into that world of sensitive perception which we call the intuitional plane. Called “the sign of the major life incentive,” Taurus is the symbol of desire in all its phases. Desire in its lowest expression is linked with the form in Taurus. Desire is developed and focused in Taurus when man is progressing around the Zodiac. In Taurus, the mind expresses itself through intelligent desire, for that is the goal of knowledge for ordinary man. It is under the sign of Taurus that humanity learns the deeper spiritual lessons of desire and the transformation of the energy of desire. It is through desire that we take a physical incarnation and it is desire that also keeps us trapped in the cycle of death and rebirth. Taurus teaches us about the nature of desire, and what needs to happen so we can release our personal attachments and transform the energy of desire into spiritual realizations.        

   In Taurus, desire is transmuted into aspiration, and darkness gives place to light and illumination. In Taurus, we find the most materialistic impulses and desires ultimately transcend into the light of illumination and revelation. The enlightened mind is the gift acquired when one transforms desire into spiritual aspiration. Aspirational idealism in its highest possible expression is achieved in Taurus. The path of Taurus involves strong will, and strong choices, for desire has the habit of leading our attention outwards towards worldly concerns. The working out of the Plan on the fulfillment of desire is carried out upon the outer plane of living through Taurus.        

   Taurus is a sign which veils a certain divine mystery. Being the custodian of the light of knowledge, Taurus incites towards experience and towards the gaining of knowledge. In Taurus, man comes to the point wherein the real goal or the true vision appears. Taurus represents an idea’s need for physical form. With the form of an idea recognized, it can be created. The strength, determination and stability that supports the manifestation of an idea. Through Taurus is the uplifting of human awareness; of recognizing that determined and steadfast creativity is needed to support productive humanitarian growth. Taurus is a great transformer under the great creative plan.    

   Taurus represents self-sufficiency, which applies to all levels of the human being, including the material, bodily, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. The sign of Taurus forgets the instruments of constructive living or of destruction; it forges the chains which bind or creates the key which unlocks the mystery of life.         

   Cosmically related to the eye of the Bull, the conferrer of illumination. This is the sign that most completely represents desire. After space, desire and mind are the two most powerful forces in the universe. On the path, desire becomes aspiration and aspiration becomes will.

   Taurus has two planetary rulers, Venus and Vulcan. Venus is the personality or exoteric guardian and Vulcan is both the esoteric or Soul guardian and the hierarchical or conscious guardian.

   Venus is the goddess of Love: the powerful energy of desire, which translates as romantic love, when filtered through the human mind. In Taurus the loving energy of Venus has a more sensuous, earthy, influence. It works initially through the physical senses to eventually bring awareness of the bliss body.
   Vulcan is known as the blacksmith of the Gods. Its job is to shape and fashion substance: forging physical matter from light in the heat of its furnace. On a higher level of manifestation Vulcan’s establishes the link between humanity and the Plan. Vulcan stands for the soul, the individual, inner, spiritual man; in his activity we find the key to the soul’s task upon the eternal round of the wheel of life.

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