You hear a lot of things about Taurus related to simplicity, earthiness, beauty, and peace. Sometimes maybe a few things about greed or lust or stubbornness or possessiveness. But it’s rare that we visit the dreamer in Taurus.
Imagine for a minute the most peaceful and relaxing day you’ve had recently, or maybe a day from an earlier point in your life. If you can’t think of one then imagine the perfect day. These days usually feel edenic. Like we’ve entered the perfect Japanese flower and rock garden, or we’ve wandered our way back into some golden age. And yet, we all know that these perfect slices of heaven are temporary. We blink our eyes and they are gone. Taurus’ polar opposite sign of Scorpio reminds us that everything is impermanent and that beneath every paradise rock there lies the dark secret of death, pain, suffering, chaos, and change. But while we’re in that paradise garden…while we’re there..it’s essential that we feel as though we’ve been there forever and will stay there forever. This permanent paradise imagination is the mythic offering of Taurus, and it isn’t just a naive or simple/animal love of beauty. Let’s be real..the animal body or the animal/instinctual body as it exists out in nature is often highly alert, hunting, protective, territorial and fierce. It’s not just “at ease” or “natural,” in some simple/idealistic way. But herein lies the secret of the Bull. We describe Taurus in these highly simplistic/natural ways because it’s part of the Bull’s heavy footed insistence on the paradise dream. It’s part of the Bull’s guardianship of paradise that makes its own descriptions of itself as simple and permanently pleasant as possible.
Here are some descriptions of the Bull that are secretly the Bull’s tenacious defense of the paradise dream:
* Taurus is about the natural/peaceful/animal body
* Taurus is about abundance and health
* Taurus is about sturdy, earthy, beauty
In each of these is also an omnipotent sky god whose face is a bull. If we want to dig deeper into the archetypal soil of Taurus, then the more we can step away from these “natural” sounding apple pie images, the better. Because paradise isn’t really “natural,” it’s imaginative. Or at least it’s not anymore natural than anything else. So what creates within us this Taurean perma-grin feeling that life is so simple and sweet? Let’s consider that it’s the sky bull, whose weighty control and omnipotence fantasies lull us to milky bare footed sleep in the middle of spring time. The bull is drunk on the dream of its own sweet and simple power trip. The dreamer of mid-spring is love sick with the illusion of forever at peaceness.
Why shouldn’t she be? Every sign of the zodiac intoxicates us with its own mythos. So why not the dream of natural, simple, sweet, and forever abundance?
The reason it’s important to “see through” the simplest of Taurean descriptions is because we miss that the simplicity of Taurus is also the result of a fiercely controlling, bull-headed, stubborn, muscle flexing, sky god in the shape of an earthly bull. If we don’t do recall the omnipotent god complex within the bull’s psychic landscape, then we forget that people like Hitler were born under the sign of the bull as well people like the plump and smiling Buddha.
Within every antique shop there is fascism
Within every yoga studio control freaks
Within every meditation cushion all powerful denial
Within every ounce of positivity a crusher
Within the mid-spring dream a muscular bull whose long and powerful penis we can’t take our eyes off..whispering words like joy, happiness, apple pie, and forever, forever, forever….
This isn’t about dismissing any of the joys of antique shops, yoga studios, meditation pads, positivity clinics, or mid spring happiness…it’s just a simple reminder that the “simplicity” of the bull can also be so much muscle pumping “bull shit,” as James Hillman liked to say. A sorority or fraternity house filled with the illusion that all this wealth and class has always and will always be….”natural.”
A good list of activities for Taurus season:
* Gratitude… for this paradise too shall pass
* Taking inventory in order to live more within our means
* Thanking and seeing the all powerful bull within these blissful days…recognizing his fierceness as well as his beauty, and staying on guard against his sharper than they appear horns
Prayer: all powerful sky bull…thank you for the bull of your sweaty sweetness…may we enjoy the muscular and fragrant imagination of paradise.