(i) Biblical Astrology of Taurus Introduction
In this article we look at interpreting the Biblical Astrology of Taurus as part of a complete series looking into the twelve zodiac signs and how they are represented in Biblical text.
The three decans of Taurus are:
1. Orion (Light)
2. Eridanus (The River)
3. Auriga (The Shepherd)
These are all part of the Bull constellation :
Bull = we have to plough through life with stubbornness and determination to reach our goals at times and yet the resistance of the Ego to dissolve in spirit is also a battle.
(ii) The Three Decans of Taurus
1. Orion The First Decan of Taurus
Orion Belt = formed from the 3 stars across the centre. The Light of Orion is the most brilliant of all the constellations.
Aratus = a Greek Poet is represented in the verse below:
Bull = your Ego, that which you have to conquer. Taurus is represented in the Book of Job:
Job 38 : 31 Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?
loose the bands of Orion = can you loosen the light (Spirit) of Orion that is in bondage by the lower nature ?
In the centre of the bull, as in the centre of our ego there is a light of the spirit and can be let this shine through our ego ?
In this way the restrictions of Taurus are overcome.
Christ said :
Matthew 6 : 22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
Once the light of the single eye shines through it leads us to ever greater states of consciousness.
Looking back at the decan ,Orion’s left foot is raised as if to crush his enemy :
What is the symbolism of the foot ?
Genesis 3 : 15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
enmity = hostility
woman = spirit
Orion (the light within) is ready to battle the lower self (serpent) by raising his left foot and remove enmity (hostility, separation) between man and spirit and so his consciousness is raised.
There is also the Golden Girdle which is evident in the Orion constellation.
Golden Girdle = around the abdomen of Orion seen in the image above and is spoken about in the verse below:
Revelation 1 : 13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.
7 candlesticks = 7 chakras
sword = also carried by Orion
Isaiah 27 : 1 In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea.
His sword can be seen more clearly in the image below :
The head of the sword is in the shape of a Lamb.
Revelation 17 : 14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them:
Lamb = higher mind, Goats = lower mind
Club = in the right hand of Orion = the spiritual right side, power of spirit. Garden of Eden within is in the East (right side of the brain)
Left hand = holds the head of a Lion (or lower consciousness). Peter talks about Satan as being a roaring Lion :
1st Peter 5 : 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
Betelgeuse = brightest star on Orion’s left shoulder means ‘the branch’ (Bullinger). The branch is mentioned in the verse below :
Zechariah 3 : 8 Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit before thee: for they are men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH.
BRANCH = in capital letters and so what does it mean ? Look at the following verse :
John 15 : 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
Branch = us, and so the brightest star in the sky within each of us and represents the spiritual potential shining through.
Regal = star in the left foot of Orion and means “that which crushes”.
2. Eridanus The Second Decan of Taurus
Called the River of the Judge
Achernar = the brightest star meaning mouth of the river
Zaurak = flowing
Cursa = bent down
(references : Astrology King)
This decan reflects the river of energy which flows from our higher consciousness down into the lower.
In the image below we see a claw on the right side trying to stop the river :
Claw = of Cetus the monster of the lower depths and represents the reaction of the lower nature to prevent the expression of the higher within us a full image can be seen below :
However the river still flows so he does not stop the highest essence shining through us. The ancients called Eridanus the river which flows from the great light
This is a river of Fire as seen in the verse below:
Daniel 7 : 10 A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgement was set, and the books were opened.
fiery stream = spirit
judgement = karma acts once written
books opened = wisdom streaming forth from spirit.
3. Auriga The Third Decan of Taurus
One large goat can be seen on his shoulder and 2 smaller goats underneath. The goat is trying to climb upwards (into the higher consciousness) and the smaller goats represents the newness of consciousness that results when one contacts spirit. This is read in the Bible as below :
Matthew 21 :
1 And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples,
Jerusalem = higher consciousness
2 Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me.
ass = lower nature and its stubbornness that finds change difficult.
colt = virgin consciousness within us.
The Shepherd = Taurus quality which protects the old (ass) and your new consciousness (colt) and protects/guides them.
Some Biblical verses that illustrate this are:
Ezekiel 34 : 22 Therefore will I save my flock, and they shall no more be a prey; and I will judge between cattle and cattle.
disciples will enter spiritual realms and will no longer be prey for the lower nature and will have freedom from bondage
23 And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd.
Spiritual teacher protecting disciples.
Alioth (she-goat) = brightest star in this third decan and represents the human spirit in the arms of the shepherd.
Elnath = bright star in his right foot meaning “wounded” which goes back to the Christ nature which is wounded as it touches the earth metaphorically, although in its highest sense remains untouched.
(iii) Biblical Astrology of Taurus Summary
Taurus represents our earthly nature and ego. In the Old Testament it talks about the sacrifice of the bull which relates to the sacrifice of the ego in man. This is another demonstration of Burnt Offerings as the ecliptic (sun, fire of God) passes through Taurus (ego) and dissolves it so that mans consciousness is raised.
In Summary we have the spiritual fire ( Eridanus River) which flows down from our spiritual source Orion(bright star) and the flocks go to the shepherd (Auriga) to be saved lower consciousness transmutes into the higher through inner spiritual guidance from God.
(iv) Biblical Astrology of Taurus Links
The video below is by Bill Donahue who explains the Biblical Astrology of Taurus in his YouTube presentation.
Light and Sound Meditation