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Week of Apr 15th - Apr 21st, 2005

Gathering of the Herd

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      This week, Venus and the Sun enter Taurus on Friday and Tuesday respectively. Taurus represents the heart of Spring, of nature dressed in her most beautiful pastoral garments, of life refreshed and eager to begin its year of craft, creation, and recreation. The hard grip of winter fades like a bad dream as we look ahead to the promises which the warming Sun, climbing higher in the sky, offers to us.

      In contemporary society, our focus is often on the individual and their particular perspective. Books which describe the astrological personalities of Sun signs often list both the patience and stubbornness of Taurus, which is simply two different ways of saying that they are into their mold. This is a fixed earth sign. Cut them a path, whatever it is, and there they will stay, repeating the same old formulas over and over again forever, or at least until death do us part. The Herd

If you like what they are doing, we call it determination and strength. If you don't like what they are doing, then these same characteristics are painted as uncompromising and stuck.

      Taurus is a sign which is into its securities, and this is measured in predictability and repetition. What worked yesterday is good enough for tomorrow, etc. But what we do not often see described is that as strong, powerful and determined as the Taurus is, it is in their collective strength that this power is most demonstrated. Both the second book of the Bible, as well as the second chapter of the Iliad pick up on this theme and describe it quite clearly. Exodus is a collective moving of a large group or mass of people, in this case out of Egypt in their first step toward the promised land, while in Homer it is the collective number of ships of the Greeks, and of who and how many are in each ship which comes sailing across the sea to fight at Troy. In each work it is evident that it is these groups, en masse which are the formidable force. We've all seen pictures of the bull fights of Mexico or Spain, but how many matadors would be willing to stand up and face the collective onslaught of a herd as opposed to that of an individual bull? Not many, I'll warrant. As individuals, Taurus people derive a security from being connected to a social community, neighborhood or even yoked in partnership. This can be anything from a farmer's coop to a social luncheon or picnic where the group gets together and collectively chews on its cud. Because this is an earth sign, they enjoy working with the soil as a gardening club or as part of a lady's social. Planting and arranging flowers or food (one appealing to the beauty of Venus's rulership over Taurus, the other appealing to its more practical nature) brings great satisfaction and delight. Landscaping is another avenue which Taurus enjoys, where the earth itself becomes the canvas upon which they shape their creation.

The Bull of Heaven       As individuals, Taurus people derive a security from being connected to a social community, neighborhood or even yoked in partnership. This can be anything from a farmer's coop to a social luncheon or picnic where the group gets together and collectively chews on its cud. Because this is an earth sign, they enjoy working with the soil as a gardening club or as part of a lady's social. Planting and arranging flowers or food (one appealing to the beauty of Venus's rulership over Taurus, the other appealing to its more practical nature) brings great satisfaction and delight. Landscaping is another avenue which Taurus enjoys, where the earth itself becomes the canvas upon which they shape their creation.

      Finally, because Taurus is a sign of personal security, they often look to another avenue of green blessings which greatly appeals to their down-to-earth material interests, and that's money. Having it is seen as a security, a hedge against need, and the more money they have in the bank, or the more their real estate has grown in value, the happier little calves they are. This helps to explain the smug smile on their faces at the end of the day as "The cows come home."

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