Power / Application / Authenticity / Commitment / Authority / Stillness
I feel the power of nature in every cell of my being yet I prefer simply to surrender into the serenity of silence
Seeing a bull in a field, we intuitively understand this sign on the psychological level: it reeks of power. Except for Scorpio, its need for security is the greatest in the whole circle – and to be secure Taurus feels it needs to be powerful. Without tangible involvement, we cannot express our fullest, empowered potential, and life would lack depth of meaning – yet no sign is more devoted to freedom than this one. The paradox is that we have to come to terms with the dichotomy between involvement and freedom. Seemingly they cannot co-exist, and yet, as the twin aspects of authenticity, both principles are deeply and meaningfully prized.
An extreme intensity of desire is embodied within this exceptionally sensual materialist, and such emotional drives can be felt within as profoundly destructive vulnerabilities, which the raging bull finds impossible to explain; it takes remarkable control and great self-discipline to restrain this force. The channelling and application of such energy explains its toil, hardiness, stability and stamina – and why it is the safe anchorage point for those who are easily overwhelmed by inflated dreams, strong feelings, or unworkable undertakings.
A truly great, watershed-level shift in civilization occurred with the domestication of the ox, enabling ownership of land, and other agricultural advantages that arose from the brute strength of a bull dragging a plough through the earth to establish rootedness, and the emotional and material security of food-abundance. Taurus is down-to-earth and rock solid in character, establishing firm principles, and with a steady, refined and totally realistic approach to life that is thoroughly appreciated for its steadiness. Indeed Taurus likes to own property and solid things that appreciate over time, offering steady returns on investment.
When Taureans adopt an objective or commit to a bond, they stick to their promises and loyalties, remaining unfailingly faithful to their allegiances. This is how to build that which lasts. It is one thing to build castles in the air, and it is quite another to dig deep foundations, and add the next level only when the one below is firmly and certainly safe. With a plodding, predictable, risk-free, long-term approach to any task, they cannot do anything except build that which is reliable and functional – and this applies as much to constructing a dependable personality as to amassing more securities and comforts. That which is safe and long-lasting needs to have a root structure that mirrors the branch system – and rooting is all to do with commitment.
Wise people trust those who do not seek position and yet have a steady pair of hands. Without the quality of moderation, authority can become tyranny, so power is best held by those whose involvement is moderated by their equal love of freedom. There are people who desire power for its own sake, but Taurus simply wants to be safe, and must be free. Of course the bull would rather govern than be governed, and yet really its preference is for neither. Power untested is not as powerful, yet the freedom of self-conquest, rather than dominance, is the intention, and the real preference and capacity is for stillness and inner grace.
Like a tumultuous hurricane, the centre is always at rest. Alone in a field it will munch contentedly for ages, impervious to boredom, and will activate its will only when desire takes over – yet it is placid, good-natured and very slow to be aroused in passion. Until then, Taurus is the exemplar of peacefulness and contentment, with the last word in strength – a resolve to do nothing at all, except refuse to budge.
The Expressions of Taurus
Taurus 1 – 5
The life-force that interpenetrates us is eternal and absolute, and there never has been, or will be, anything else in this or any other reality. To access its incomparable power, we have, at least for a while, to determine a specific unassailable course of action and stick to it at all costs. This mysteriously creates a state of being that inevitably brings about general foundation-level changes in the reality of our situation.
Such certainty of purpose registers even at a cellular level. We surrender fully to a compelling desire – and then we come to realize that we are in no way less than any other force of nature, co-creating the fruits of our imagination. We can easily make physical the wealth of spiritual awareness that we possess, and so become as rich materially as we are spiritually. Or we can rise above social constraints and encumbering attachments to emotional and physical comforts – satisfied entirely by the nourishing power of this high resonance with spirit.
Taurus 6 – 10
Having power, we expect to apply it, to resist imposition and to overcome obstacles in pursuit of our desires, and this expectation is a compelling motivating force that reaches out to find mountains to climb and oceans to cross. Inevitably, issues arise. Often, dark energies become quite dominant, and we have to come to terms with choices where we are absolutely challenged on matters of principle. It takes greatness of self-assurance to trust that the dark side will lead to the light, and indeed that there is no other path available to travel if one is to awaken at the deepest levels of self.
The supreme test – to master physical reality – requires the attitude of a magician, who applies powerful will, and a profound inner sense of spiritual heritage, in order to shift manifestation around. In all realms, whether higher or lower, the magician, with great aplomb and elegance, plays out the role of creator. Everything is seen on a symbolic level as a representation of the deeper hidden truth – and this way of seeing life becomes a path that supports continual self-renewal. Counter-intuitively, it is found by the wise that optimal personal influence arises through complete self-application in service to the needs of others.
Taurus 11 – 15
However absorbing and supportive of self-love, the developing of personal power through overcoming challenges is the lesser game. The soul’s magnificence is no dim light to be defined by such empty recreation; it is an aspect of Divine Light and has no limit. Its creative power can be better expressed by taking over the stewardship of growing things; it wants to build something new and lasting.
Authenticity of desire is known to be the seed-form of building, whose potency is magnified according to the degree of passion with which it is vibrated. The physical body is used as a tool to tune up the desire-nature to a high pitch of passion. Like an arrow quivering with maximized potential, vibrant desire is then released towards a specific well-defined future, which then simply must become real. This is no airy-fairy dreamer playing mind-games – it is an artisan whose purpose is to serve by working hard to make actual things happen.
Taurus 16 – 20
Things continue the way they are going, and become less energetic, unless impacted by a force equal to the mighty task of resisting this universal, cosmic entropy. To best serve the needs of a naturally-degenerative community, we must learn how to be such a force – to assert values, and yet be flexible according to what is practically possible, thus demonstrating mastery in management. An absolute full-on commitment is required, and it must never falter, always remaining faithful in its devotion to energize positive change.
There is no moderate way to cause to exist that which previously did not exist – because, symbolized on the deepest brute level, tectonic plates are crashing together to make new mountains. What we think of as originality is actually nothing less than the remodelling of the physical universe, rebuilding of reality into new forms, a substantial revolution of materiality itself. Learning how this all works bestows a lightness of being, vast and subtle. In this expanded state we can grasp a strange truth – that, although we must exert our personal power as an obvious imperative, it is ultimately futile to expect to shift collective realities very much.
Taurus 21 – 25
The right to shape reality is automatically conferred upon those who are able to tune into the wisdom of old – to understand the established operating processes of real life. Anyone with the acuity to read signs and interpret symbols meaningfully will know enough of the racial memory to influence the race. This is the functioning of the Spirit of Guidance, which offers not only guidance, but also protection, understanding and direction. The old is thus honoured and preserved by those who, by taking on a conservative role, keep alive that which still has merit.
We slow down our passage into the future, avoiding a helter-skelter recklessness, by drawing attention to the impeccable beauty and enduring value in our heritage. How else would authority take on the dignity accorded to an elder? This is no small matter. The power of command depends upon an atmosphere of gravitas backed up with all the symbols of position. By such means one takes on the crucial social responsibility of stewardship that binds the community into expressing proven group values and building lasting group projects.
Taurus 26 – 30
Following on from our mastery of material management, we seek the inner peace that enables us to listen to the soul’s quiet voice. Outer realities are given minimal attention as our focus turns within, to attend more sincerely to inner knowledge. There is a shift in perspective where time appears slower, age is appreciated more than youth, and experience more than prospect. Gentle cooperative involvement, both with natural forces and other people, is the natural fruit of such a sense of inner stillness.
The eternal promise of life is revealed. Why compete? Why even strain over much? Things need to be carefully weighed up – perhaps the status quo has its own value, so why move to change anything at all? Knowing already that we can move mountains, the test is to learn how to feel whether they actually need moving. Let superficial shows of aspirations have their place then – all is illusion, all is hoax – and despite all the comings and goings, successes and failures, nothing fundamental ever really changes. Perhaps all is unfolding just as it should.