We have been examining the seasonal order of the zodiac, examining the fundamental energies of the signs. Last week we focused on Aries, our leap into Spring, while this week it will be Taurus, the heart and center of the three Spring time signs.
Spring is the season when nature's beauty is returning to the land. The Sun is climbing in the sky, the days are getting longer, and a loving warmth and light are coaxing the plants to yield their fragrant blossoms. It is a sensual time, when the colors, smells and fertility of the land are busily engaged in reestablishing the natural order, making the world new once again. The surge of Aries, expressed in the competition for survival, gives way to a more measured growth, slower and more patient, convinced of better days ahead.
Taurus is a fixed earth sign set in its ways. As people, they are practical and determined in their efforts and cannot be pushed, although they can be led through creature comforts. Ruled by Venus, the goddess of love, they enjoy the good life, of fine food and beautiful clothes, of perfumes and fragrances, of visual feasts and rhythmic music. These are the hedonists, par excellence. Fully committed to the material plane, they seek enjoyment in the realm of each of the five senses.
In Chapter 14 (12 plus 2, we're working our way through the signs again) of Homer's Iliad, an astrological primer written for those seeking to learn the ways of heaven, examples are provided of heaven on earth.
In order to divert the attention of Zeus from the battle and so aid the Greeks, Hera seeks Aphrodite's charms (the goddess of love, Venus to the Romans), to seduce the Storm Lord.
"Her best plan,
"She entered then "Then she hung
"Then she hung
These are the powers, and realm, of the goddess of love. Indeed, Aphrodite gives her charms to Hera,
'Now she unfastened from around her breast
And as we shall see, the amorous plan in this chapter devoted to the power of love succeeds, as Zeus is smitten with desire for his wife. Indeed, he remembers the days of his youth...
'He gazed at her, and as he gazed
And as he does so, the very forces of nature, our spring time images representative of Taurus, reach up from the earth to form their bed.
"At this he took his wife in his embrace,
What a beautiful image, from a chapter devoted to the Spring time earth sign ruled by Venus!
So says Taurus, our second sign of the zodiac.