Tapestry of the Gods
by Michael D. Robbins
Venus in Taurus or Venus in Relation to Taurus
1. Venus in Taurus—Related to the Secret of Light:
“Through Saturn and Venus, therefore, Capricorn is connected with Libra and also with Gemini and Taurus, and these four constellations—Taurus, Gemini, Libra and Capricorn—constitute a potent quaternary of energies and between them produce those conditions and situations which will enable the initiate to demonstrate his readiness and capacity for initiation. They are called the ‘Guardians of the Four Secrets’.”
Taurus—Guards the secret of light and confers illumination upon the initiate.” (EA 164-165)
2. Venus in Taurus—Intelligent Desire:
“Venus rules in Taurus, Libra and Capricorn, and is the source of intelligent mind, acting either through desire (in the early stages) or love (in the later stages). In Taurus, this means the mind expressing itself through intelligent desire, for that is the goal of knowledge for ordinary man.” (EA 244)
3. Venus in Taurus—Natural Law:
“Law, natural law (the externalisation of the subjective spiritual law) will give the clue to the animal kingdom. Sex or the consciousness of affinity will reveal the mystery of the vegetable kingdom; money will unveil the secret of the mineral kingdom and all this will come about through the activity of Venus and when this activity is the three signs of Taurus, Libra and Capricorn is better understood.
Taurus—animal kingdom—law—natural law.” (EA 245)
4. Venus in Taurus—Stimulates Desire:
“Taurus pours the energy stimulating desire, via Venus, onto our Earth;…” (EA 362)
5. Venus in Taurus—the Exoteric Ruler:
“Venus is its exoteric ruler and Vulcan its esoteric and hierarchical ruler.” (EA 382)
6. Venus in Relation to Taurus—Linking Taurus and the Earth:
“Venus hold a unique relation to the Earth, different to that of any other planet and this, therefore, brings about a much closer relation between Taurus and Earth than perhaps exists in any other zodiacal relation where our planet is concerned.” (EA 383)
7. Venus in Relation to Taurus (and the Earth)—a Close Karmic Relation and Definite Dharma:
“Today…Taurus, Venus and the Earth have a very close karmic relation and a very definite dharma to work out together. Just what that karma and relationship may prove eventually to be lies beyond ordinary human understanding but some idea of it may be gained by relating in your mind the words: Will, Desire, Light and Plan.” (EA 383)
8. Venus and Taurus in Unison—Associated Thoughts:
“Venus connotes in our minds, even if we have only a glimmer of occult truth, that which is mental, that which concerns final sublimation, that which deals with sex and that which must work out into symbolic expression upon the physical plane. These are the major concepts which enter our minds when Venus and Taurus are considered in unison. These factors of expression have ever been related to these two since the night of time, because they are essentially basic and eternally cosmic in their implications.” (EA 384)
9. A Symbolic Writing Which Summarizes Venus in Relation to Taurus:
“For the sake of disciples in training, these four concepts [mind, sublimation, sex and symbolic expression on the physical plane] have been briefly summed up in an archaic writing of great significance.
“The holy Sons of Mind embraced the two. They saw and understood. Thus was sex born and thus the great mistake was made. The mind was outward turned. The form appears to view and not the life.’
‘Out of the dark, they cried aloud, the holy Sons of Mind. In pain, they cried aloud. They inward looked and knew the error they had made but knew not what to do…The Lord replied and gave to them the sign of resurrection.” (EA 384)
10. Venus in Taurus—to be Considered in Relation to Sex:
“Man discovers that sex (which has hitherto been a purely physical function, carried on sometimes under the impulse of love) is elevated into its rightful plane as the divine marriage, carried out and consummated upon the levels of soul awareness. It is this great truth which lies beyond the sordid story of sex expression, of sex magic and the distortions of modern Tantric magic. Humanity has stepped down the symbolic mystery. Men have sought through physical expression to produce the inner fusion and harmony which they crave and this cannot be done. Sex is but the symbol of an inner duality which must be itself transcended and wrought into a unity. It is not transcended by physical means or rituals. It is a transcendence in consciousness.” (EA 385)
11. Taurus Affected by the Fifth Ray through Venus:
“We have somewhat considered the rays and their effect and relationship as they, through Taurus and its rulers, pour their force and energy into individual man, or into humanity as a whole. The two rays which directly affect the sign are, as we have seen, the fifth (through Venus) and the first (through Vulcan).” (EA 393)
12. The Taurean Needs the Spiritual Aspect of Venus:
[The Taurean subject] “…needs to grasp the spiritual side of Venus which emphasises that the Son of God who is the Son of mind is the instruments of God’s love; he must learn therefore to transmute knowledge into wisdom.” (EA 394)
13. Venus in Relation to Taurus—to be Considered in Relation to the Lifting of the Sacral Energies to the Throat:
“Taurus, as you know, rules the neck and the thyroid gland. This is essentially the region whence must emanate the creative activity of the man who is upon the Path. The throat is a point to which the energy of the sacral centre must be lifted so that creation through love and by the will eventually will prove the sublimatory effect of the transference to higher use of the sex energy. The right use of the organs of speech gives the clue to the processes whereby the disciple must bring about certain basic changes.” (EA 397)
14. Venus and Taurus—Active in Relation to the Second House:
“It is interesting to note, for instance, in connection with the second house (and the same idea can be applied to all of them) that Taurus, the mother of illumination, and Venus, the endower of mind plus the embodied soul, are related and active in this house. The light of matter and the light of the soul are both involved in the use of energy and in the problem of what is desired, what is regarded as loss, and what shall be the gained objective. It is, therefore, the house of values—material or spiritual.” (EA 511)
15. Venus in Relation to Taurus—Connecting to the “Seed House of Illumination”:
“Capricorn.—Ruler: Venus, governing the second House, which is concerned with economics, the distribution of money and metals and which rules Taurus, the ‘seed house’ of illumination and the new emerging light.” (EA 538)
16. Venus in Taurus and the Lower Concrete Mind of the British Nation:
“Venus rules Taurus and Libra as well as Gemini and hence the well developed lower concrete mind of the British nation. The intuitive mind however needs development.”
Specific Expressions of Venus in Taurus
Venus in Taurus for the Undeveloped and Average Man
1. Venus in Taurus—Sensation, Earthiness, Pleasure:
Upon the Mutable Cross, Venus in Taurus induces a strong attraction is towards earthiness and sensation-oriented pleasures. On the lowest turn of the spiral, this will indicate sensuality, and as evolution proceeds, sensuousness.
2. Venus in Taurus—the Materialization of the Sex Impulse:
Spiritually and subjectively, sex is an expression of the relationship between two of the great pairs of opposites—soul and personality. It takes the human being a long time to realize this. Venus in Taurus is, in early evolutionary days, a combination contributing to the materialization and physicalization of this internal union. The sex impulse operates purely in relation to the physical pairs of opposites (male and female) and only within the world revealed by the five physical senses.
3. Venus in Taurus—the Love of Nature and Natural Living:
Taurus represents nature, natural law (EA 245), and the natural man. Venus is what one desires, loves and values. Here, then, is enjoyment in the pursuit of natural, instinctive living.
4. Venus in Taurus—the Glamor of the “Beauty of the Form”:
Taurus (with its exalted Moon) is associated with the physical form and, through Venus, with the beauty of that form. Upon the Mutable Cross, Venus in Taurus inclines the person to be attracted (Venus) more to the form and its beauty (Venus) than to the cause or spiritual pattern lying behind and within the form. We could call this ‘beguilement by superficial appearance’, or the ‘glamor of the beauty of the form’. The paintings of Dante Rossetti (in the Pre-Raphaelite movement) illustrate the beauty of form peculiarly characteristic of Venus in Taurus.
5. Venus in Taurus—Involvement in the Life of the Senses:
The senses reveal the “not-Self”. There are five senses; Venus has numerical affinity with the number five through the fifth ray which it transmits. Taurus represents the “not-Self” in a dyad with Aries—Aries representing pure being and the Self. Further Venus represents the forces of attraction and magnetism, and Taurus stimulates desire. With this combination, especially, in early days, there is a “going out” in desire towards the “not-Self” (the object), with which union is sought. The earliest example of this is the sex-instinct, and all the physical appetites.
6. Venus in Taurus—Engagement with what Appeals to the Eye, the Ear and the Sense of Touch:
The whole sensory realm is so engaged in this combination, but especially the three senses of seeing, hearing and touching. Venus rules the ajna center associated with sight, and Taurus is the “Mother of Illumination” (and is, thus, associated with the eye as the organ which is sensitive to illumination). Taurus rules the sense of hearing. Taurus is also a tactile sign, and Venus a planet inducing refined touch. The sense of touch is particularly associated with the astral body (with which both Venus and Taurus has strong associations). Venus (holding place in the “Logoic Quaternary”) may well be the center of astral focus for the Solar Logos, and, Venus (associated not only with manas but with kama-manas) is strongly related to the process of evaluation through touch.
7. Venus in Taurus—Musical Instinct:
Venus is the planet of art and beauty and Taurus (ruling the sense of hearing and the body’s one musical instrument—the voice) is one of the most musical of signs, with a pronounced sense of melody and rhythm. In early days, this can express simply as the love of song and dance, with no great sophistication involved.
8. Venus in Taurus—Beauty Expressed through the Voice:
Venus in Taurus confers the power to express beauty (Venus) through the voice (Taurus). The voice can also be used as a means of seduction, stimulating attraction to the things of the senses. This is the “honeyed (Venus) voice (Taurus)”.
Venus in Taurus for the Advanced Man
1. Venus in Taurus—the Mind Expresses itself Through Intelligent Desire:
Through a growing intelligence, the desire nature is elevated and oriented towards increasingly valuable “objects of desire”. The questions arise: “What is worth having?”; “What is worth desiring?” With this combination an increasingly intelligent mind serves, first, desire and then love.
2. Venus in Taurus—a Strengthening of the Concrete Mind:
Taurus is associated with the “not-Self”, with the embodied life, the “object”. Taurus (especially in pre-spiritual days) has a strong tendency to engage with the life of the senses. Venus transmits the fifth ray, which ray is especially related to the five senses. Therefore, the Venus mind expressing within the ‘atmosphere’ of Taurus will tend towards concretion, and will seek to know the object. (For the disciple/initiate, this tendency will be elevated, and the light behind and within the form will be pursued.)
3. Venus in Taurus—Stabilization of the Concrete Mind:
This position confers stability on the concrete mind, rendering focus and concentration easier.
4. Venus in Taurus—Refinement of Desire:
Venus is typically involved in the refinement of desire (especially in for the advanced individual). Venus, symbolizing soul-mind, is emblematic of higher desires, whereas Mars is typically involved with desires of the lower kind.
5. Venus in Taurus—Refinement of Taste:
Taurus transmits the fourth ray of Harmony, Beauty and Art; Venus is the Goddess of Love and Beauty. For man upon the later Mutable Cross, the aesthetic sensibilities are strong with this combination, resulting in cultured and refined taste. There will grow a conscious pursuit of the beautiful.
6. Venus in Taurus—a Growing Appreciation for the Beauty of Nature:
What emerges is not so much “natural, instinctual living”, but an appreciation (Venus) of the beauty (Venus) which the natural world reveals (Taurus). The art within nature is understood, and the energy system is harmonized by exposure to Nature and its processes.
7. Venus in Taurus—Appreciation (in Two Senses of the Term):
Appreciation is the growth of value. Within every form is a value, unrevealed, partially revealed, or more fully expressed. Venus in Taurus helps the advanced individual to assess the intrinsic worth or persons, places and things. Further, the value within experience is appreciated, extracted, and saved within the ‘treasury of consciousness’. Positively, “something of value” is found in all encounters.
8. Venus in Taurus—the Study of Nature:
“Taurus incites towards experience and towards the gaining of knowledge.” (EA 488). Venus, the planet of “intelligent mind” and “intellect”, and, as well, a planet of ‘magnetic acquisition’, strengthens the tendency to acquire knowledge. This combination (especially if the fifth ray is otherwise emphasized) may incline towards the study of Nature, and especially the study of the vegetable kingdom (botany) because Venus is associated with the plant kingdom and Taurus is related to the fertility and productivity of nature. In relation to the mineral kingdom, this influence may produce the jeweler—one who works with the beauty (Venus) inherent in this lowest kingdom (associated with Vulcan, the esoteric and hierarchical ruler of Taurus). Taurus rules “natural law” and the “animal kingdom” (EA 245), and Venus is associated with the elevation of intelligence. This combination, therefore, may indicate those who help to raise the intelligence of the animal kingdom, as (if this is done) the animal kingdom must come increasingly under the influence of the fifth ray.
9. Venus in Taurus—Naturalness:
Venus in Taurus is resonant with a certain kind of normality characteristic of the “Ways of Nature. There is an inherent conservatism which wants to see natural patterns preserved—rather than distorted and manipulated here rather than distorting them in some manner as done in other signs There is very little artificiality with this combination—unless aspects incline in that direction.
10. Venus in Taurus—Stabilized Evaluation:
With Venus in Taurus, one becomes more definite (under Taurus) about one’ values—one’s likes and dislikes. Criteria for these values is most often related to natural processes and based upon natural laws. There is a concentrated, stabilized ability to evaluate.
11. Venus in Taurus—Magnetic Acquisition:
Venus in Taurus increases personal magnetism, helping to attract magnetically (Venus) that which is most needed or desired (Taurus). This is different from the more assertive movement towards that which is desired—as found with Venus in Aries. At times, however, Taurus, too may charge forward under the impulse of instinct towards the object of desire. This is far more likely to occur, however, under Mars in Taurus.
12. Venus in Taurus—the Transmutation of the Sexual Impulse:
Taurus is related to the throat center and also to sexuality. Venus is a planet of transmutation, transformation and transfiguration. Individuals with this combination may awaken to the desirability of transmuting the sexual energy into the energy of the throat. This tendency continues in force on the Paths of Discipleship and Initiation.
Venus in Taurus for the Disciple/Initiate
1. Venus in Taurus—the Transmutation of Knowledge into Wisdom:
Venus in Taurus gives eagerness for the acquisition of knowledge, but Venus also represents “the power of mind, transmuted into wisdom through the instrumentality of love”. If Wisdom is right “relationship to form”, then Venus, the planet of the soul (in this sign so associated to the Buddha), renders the relationship to form wiser.
2. Venus in Taurus—Sublimation:
Venus in Taurus is an excellent position for the sublimation of the earthy, Taurean nature. At first, however, Venus is outward-turned, and is overcome by Taurean materiality.
3. Venus in Taurus—Emphasis upon the Powers of the Ajna Center and the Third Eye (the “Single Eye”):
Venus is the ruler of the ajna center, and Taurus is associated with the “eye of the bull”, which is the “third eye”, the “single eye”. Under this combination (at a relatively high level of evolution) the “light in the head” can become visible, and the ‘light value’ of various forms can be registered.
4. Venus in Taurus—Soul Illumination:
Venus is the planet directly conveying soul influence, and Taurus is associated with the principle of illumination. Together, they indicate (for the disciple/initiate) the likelihood of coming increasingly under the influence of soul light. The personality can be increasingly illuminated by the light of the soul.
5. Venus in Taurus—the Expression of Soul Values:
Under this combination, the value system has been steadily improved to the point where soul values may more easily express through the form.
6. Venus in Taurus—Venus in Taurus—the “Light-Bearer”:
The quality of Venus as “Light-bearer” will be accentuated in this illuminated sign.
7. Venus in Taurus—the Luminosity of Matter:
Matter is really light. The two rulers of Taurus (Vulcan and Venus) strengthen the light demonstration of matter (Vulcan) and reveal that light to consciousness (Venus).
Luminosity of matter to a degree
8. Venus in Taurus—Inner Vision:
This is one of those combinations which allows the increasingly illuminated personality to see as the soul sees.
9. Venus in Taurus—Building within the Light:
Venus is a planet which promotes all things related to sight—inner and outer. Thus, under Venus, the creative imagination will be strong. Taurus (governed by Vulcan) is a sign of the builder (and at times, of the destroyer). Combining the two influences, we have the illumined builder, the one who, through a cultivated creative imagination, can build within the light.
10. Venus in Taurus—the Beauty of the Internal Form:
In the “world of light” is found the pattern of things which exist in the world of form. Once Venus in Taurus recovers from its love-affair with superficial beauty, it begins to sense the beauty of the internal form or design, upon which the outer form is based. There is a degree more tangibility to such patterns than to the archetypes associated with Aries; nevertheless, they can be subtle. Further, since Taurus is associated with the energy of desire and aspiration, there is a powerful aspiration to manifest this sensed inner beauty.
11. Venus in Taurus—Symbolic Visualization:
The strongly visual nature of Venus when united to the fourth ray of Taurus makes this a combination which promotes the presentation of symbolic form for visual appreciation. The ajna center is strongly involved in the contemplation of symbolically embodied ideas which lead into the light of wisdom. All of form life is symbolic in nature, and Venus in Taurus (at a high level of individual development) helps the disciple/initiate extract the meaning of the symbol.
12. Venus in Taurus—Appreciation of the Soul of Nature:
An affinity for Nature and natural process abides no matter what the level of development of the person with Venus in Taurus. At the level of disciple/initiate, however, there is a recognition of and appreciation for the soul within the natural world. All the forms of Nature are understood as manifestations of the subtle, patterning soul. The natural is appreciated as super-natural. The light within the natural world is also sensed, and, as refinement continues, seen.
13. Venus in Taurus—Fusing Soul and Personality Naturally:
An appreciation of natural things and natural rhythms brings a greater fusion of soul and personality. Soul and personality fuse best in natural settings.
14. Venus in Taurus—Building from Design and not from Desire:
If Venus in Taurus governs intelligent desire, then there comes a time when the forms built are not desire forms, but forms constructed according to soul-design (based upon soul-love and illumination). The sense of values has been elevated, and the taste refined. The infusing soul now functions as the Builder, and the progress proceeds discriminatively, clearly, beautifully, and in the light.
15. Venus in Taurus—Clear Thought:
Venus governs the intellect and “intelligent mind”; Taurus brings the light. For the disciple or initiate, this is a combination promoting clear, illumined intelligence—the capacity to see in the light.
16. Venus in Taurus—Deglamorization:
Because Taurus and Venus are both active at the second initiation which uses the focussed light of the mind to dissipate the hold of glamor upon the consciousness of the disciple. Venus is both the light and the focusing ‘lens’. Taurus is the illumination which sees through desire. Together, they dissipate the clouds and mists which shroud the truth—with which both Venus and Taurus are also associated.
17. Venus in Taurus—Soul Expression through the Throat Center:
Venus in Taurus (for the disciple/initiate) indicates the possibility of expressing the love and light of the soul through the throat center, so that the word becomes the Word of the Soul (an aspect of the greater Word which forms the worlds.. The organs of speech are used to create the world of the soul within the worlds of form. This is soul-inspired speech.
18. Venus in Taurus—the Union of Vision, Sound and Design:
Venus in Taurus confers the possibility of creating beautiful designs through sound (the voice) while holding soul-vision through the ajna center. We have the fulfillment in beautify of the vision, by means of the sound (or word). The process is related to magic because the internal vision of that which is to be manifested is articulated through the voice; then the building devas are attracted appropriately in order to construct the form.
This process exemplifies the blending of the second and the third aspect. In this context, the ajna center will represent the second aspect and the throat center, the third. (Venus and Taurus are related to both these centers.) Venus will here be related principally to the second aspect, and Taurus, principally, to the third, not only because Taurus is the sign associated with the throat center, but because in the triplicity of teachers Hercules, Christ, and Buddha, associated respectively with Scorpio, Pisces and Taurus, the Buddha and Taurus represent the third aspect. Certainly, Taurus is connected with matter and the third aspect. The matter aspect has to be redeemed and purified—refined. Venus in Taurus is connected with that refinement; Vulcan seems to bring to matter to the high polish or burnish needed to yield the “blinding light”; Venus is not yet the blinding light; it is more the radiance of the soul within matter.
19. Venus in Taurus—Extraction of Value from Earthly Experience:
Upon the Fixed Cross, Venus in Taurus confers an ability to extract from normal earthly experience that which is of value to the soul. This combination contributes to the manifestation of causal consciousness—the utilization of energies from within the ‘causal treasury’ for expression within the personality field. From the experience within the field of the Earth (ruled by Taurus) the treasures of experience are gathered for ‘causal storage’. This combination, as well, contributes to the multi-colored beauty of the causal body, and no doubt to the beauty of its ‘sound’.
20. Venus in Taurus—the Ability to Transform Desire into the Loving Application of the Light:
Venus in Taurus presides over the refinement of desire, which, in other words, is the rendering of desire intelligent. Through the agency of Venus (in relation to Taurus) desire is refined by giving it ‘eyes’ (for, otherwise, “love is blind”—another way of describing “blind desire”). (Venus and Taurus are so much connected with vision.) When desire is been given ‘eyes’ and can ‘see’, an important step in its refinement and regulation has occurred. There begins the process of the intelligent evaluation and selection of desires; only certain desires are allowed, because light has been shed upon their consequences. Aries (with Mars) understands consequences poorly, but Venus in Taurus has a more intelligent, illumined understanding of where desire leads. The selectivity applied to desire, is a kind of magnetic selectivity, based upon the beauty of the desire—how well it fits into the larger pattern, and whether or not it leads to beauty of design.
21. Venus in Taurus—Bringing the Light to the Realm of Desire:
Venus in Taurus brings the light of the mind into the desire body—a process needed for the dissipation of glamor, and leading to the second degree. Venus (which has important associations with the sentient nature and with the sixth ray) has a very important refining and tranquilizing effect upon the desire body which has hitherto been ruled by Mars.
22. Venus in Taurus—Venus in Taurus in Relation to the “Highest Light”:
Venus is a planet of Vision, and Taurus is associated with the “Greatest Light”—the light of the Monad, and the “unfettered enlightenment” of Shamballa. This combination helps the human soul begin to receive this “Greatest Light”.
23. Venus in Taurus—Venus in Taurus Overcomes the Meaning of the Exalted Moon in Taurus:
The exalted Moon in Taurus represents the power of form in this sign. A powerful form can be opaque to soul light, but, later, can also become translucent and transparent. In Taurus, Venus (with Vulcan) redeems the Moon, and the form is no longer “exalted” over the light of the soul. The normal, darkened, lunar tendencies give way to a refinement which expresses beauty in and through the form—the ‘beauty-value’ of form. Then we will have the exaltation of the illumined form.
24. Venus in Taurus—Steps Towards the Resurrection of Venus:
Venus, symbol of the soul, is in need of resurrection. The “outward turned” soul needs first to turn inward upon itself (towards the fifth kingdom—which is fully accomplished in Capricorn) and then be resurrected “unto life”, during which process its usual expression is overcome by the power of the Sun. The lower aspect of Venus (manifesting through Taurus upon the Mutable Cross) has to be destroyed in order for the process which leads to resurrection to occur. The exalted Sun in Aries is destined to obliterate the usual Venusian soul function, but before this destruction occurs, Venus passes through its exaltation in Pisces, which symbolizes the liberation of the ‘imprisoned’ Solar Angels.