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Week of May 16th - May 22nd,  2003

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  Last week we examined some of the fundamental concepts of the Sun Sign Taurus. Astrology presupposes that the characteristics of the animal or image chosen to represent the sign are inherent in the person. As a result, like the bull, Taurus people are thought to be patient and strong, slow to anger, and people of the earth, for instance farmers.

Strength of the Bull

Strength of the Bull

  The twelve signs of the zodiac were a part of the high wisdom of pagan culture. Unlike the Aquarian themes of today, where knowledge and learning is felt to be everyone's birthright, in antiquity these disciplines were reserved for a select few, and their secrets were woven into the sacred scripts. The Bible is no exception. Hence, the opening books of the Bible were designed to demonstrate Heaven's will on Earth, and for those who were in on the 'secret', the evidence was easy. The second sign of the zodiac, Taurus, had it's themes woven into the second book of the Bible, Exodus. If we are looking to learn some of the basic fundamentals of this sign, we need look no further than the good book.

  Let's examine the opening lines of Exodus and slowly begin to work our way through scripture. Taurus is an earth sign that deals with strength. From Exodus 1:7,

Bulls

 

Herd of Bison

  "But the sons of Israel were fruitful and grew in numbers greatly, they increased and grew so immensely powerful that they filled the land."

  Instead of an individual, we are here seeing these Taurian qualities being bestowed upon a people. The practical qualities of this sign are introduced in the next lines. From Exodus 1:8-10,

  "Then there came to power in Egypt a new king who knew nothing of Joseph. 'Look,' he said to his subjects, 'these people, the sons of Israel, have become so numerous and strong that they are a threat to us. We must be prudent and take steps against their increasing any further... Accordingly they put slave drivers over the Israelites to wear them down under heavy loads. In this way they built the store cities (granaries) of Pithom and Rameses for Pharaoh... The Egyptians forced the sons of Israel into slavery, and made their lives unbearable with hard labor, work with clay and with brick, all kinds of work in the fields; they forced on them every kind of labor."

Mother and Son

 

  Like the Bull bending his back to the plough, we are seeing these qualities being represented in the strength of the people. The hard labor, the work in the fields, and even the earth itself, being used as clay and brick are appropriate to their celestial metaphors. Even under the oppression, the people are fruitful (Taurus is thought to be one of the most fertile signs of the zodiac), and continue to grow in individual and collective strength.

  When Pharaoh asks the midwives to kill the sons of Israel but to spare the daughters, the midwives refuse, but they make up an excuse as to why they do not follow his orders. From Exodus 1:20,

  "The Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women," they answered Pharaoh, "they are hardy, and they give birth before the midwife reaches them."... The people went on increasing and grew very powerful..."

  All of these images are introduced by Exodus 1:21, and this is just the opening of celestial illustration in 40 chapters of Taurian examples.




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