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Vol. III: Astro-Rayology
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Tapestry of the Gods
Volume III
by Michael D. Robbins

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Mars in Taurus


Mars in Taurus or Mars in Relation to Taurus

(from Esoteric Astrology)


Specific Expression of Mars in Taurus

1. Mars (in Taurus) in Relation to the Dense Physical Vehicle:
The sheer strength of the dense physical nature is augmented by this position. There are to be found bull-like qualities to which the phrase, “strong as an ox” can easily apply. The application of physical force may be crude, clumsy or unwittingly destructive. Blood “rushes” to the throat; thus the vocal apparatus may be strengthened.

2. Mars (in Taurus) in Relation to the Etheric Vehicle:
Pranic vitality (especially “earth force”) is increased. Vitality (though not as easily aroused and accessible as when Mars is in Aries) is continuous and persistent (the addition of the Vulcan influence). There is plentiful vitality for sustained physical labor.

3. Mars (in Taurus) in Relation to the Astral Vehicle:
Desires, often of an “earthy”, sensuous, sensual nature, are strengthened considerably and tenacious. Excessive attachment due to powerful desire, and subsequent indulgence, can, therefore, become a definite problem. Because of the tamasic factor inherent in the Taurean energy, desires may build to full strength only relatively slowly, but once they have begun to impel action, they achieve a momentum difficult to deter.

Tempers (and even rages) may arise within the astral nature, and may be expressed through the vocal apparatus which Taurus rules. This can result in ‘bellowing’!

4. Mars (in Taurus) in Relation to the Concrete Mind:
The concrete mind is rendered more ‘realistic’, materialistic, sense-bound, stubborn and resistant to change, though there may develop a high degree of awareness within sensory realm.

5. Mars (in Taurus) in Relation to the Personality as a Whole:
The personality is powerfully motivated by desire, and later by aspiration (as Taurus, interestingly, is the sign in which “aspirational idealism” reaches its highest point of development—{cf. EA 393}). The push-forward of the personality is increased, though it may be slow, initially, to move. Eventually, Mars in Taurus contributes greatly to the “onward rush of the Bull of God”. This position increases willfulness, stubbornness and willful resistance to that which opposes desire or intention. On a more positive note, personality incentives are strongly stimulated by this position.

6. Mars (in Taurus) in Relation to Glamor: Glamors revolve around attachment to the life of the senses. Vibration is lowered by indulgence in various kinds of personality appetite. Materialism, sensuality, stubborn pride, excessive self-certainty, etc., and a host of glamors centering upon focused materially-oriented desire, are often to be found.

7. Mars (in Taurus) in Relation to Necessary Transmutations:
Taurus can be a rather inert during a great span of the evolutionary cycle. Tamas rules. Mars in Taurus, initially, strengthens the lower more material vibration, adding to the general ‘heaviness’ of the life experience. Transmutation seeks to elevate vibration, but Mars in Taurus, initially, drives downwards. Eventually, there is a ‘reversal’ of the Martian energy, which blends which the Taurean aspiration towards the Light (found upon the reversed wheel). Mars will then assist in the general elevation of matter in which aspiration is instrumental. Mars, then, ceases to fight against light-inducing Vulcan, and lends its focused energy to the general task of enlightenment.

8. Mars (in Taurus) in Relation to Sex:
Taurus (along with Libra and Scorpio) is a sign in which the sex-impulse is unusually strong. The Labor which Hercules had to undertake in Taurus, involved a relative mastery of the instinctual nature, and especially of sexual expression. Mars (a ruler of the sacral center {cf. EA 78}), and its presence in Taurus or in relation to Taurus, only increases the strength of the tendencies towards indulgent sexuality. Sexual appetites will be insistent and persistent. Mars aggravates the Taurean tendencies towards “wrathful satisfaction”. (EA 157). There is much to subdue and train in relation to this combination.

On the other hand, the fund of primal energy provided by Mars in Taurus can be used to empower the processes of aspiration, transmutation and elevation. Mars in Taurus gives plenty of “fuel” to drive the processes of transformation.

9. Mars (in Taurus) in Relation to the Management and Expenditure of Energy:
There is less incidental wastefulness here than when Mars is found in Aries, as the more stable ‘atmosphere’ of Taurus is resistant to random and wanton expenditure. But in the prolonged indulgence in appetite, energy is wrongly spent, and thus wasted. Time, also, may be wasted as, for some, Mars in Taurus brings procrastination and an initial difficulty in the mobilization of energy.

10. Mars (in Taurus) in Relation to Courage:
The courage conferred by Mars in Taurus may be late in showing, though it is definitely present. It is not the courage of “leaping into the fray”, but, rather, the courage of persistence and of right resistance to opposing forces. Taurus is willful and self-willed—for good or ill. Mars in Taurus will help the individual “stand his ground” and not “back down”.

11. Mars (in Taurus) in Relation to Aspiration:
At first, inertia prevails, and low desire holds the human soul (quite contentedly) in the world of matter and of form. Later, however, when material indulgences have been proven worthless (to the native of this sign—so aware of relative values), then the focused power of Mars is directed towards the Light. The sixth ray of Mars blends with the ‘lighted orientation’ of Taurus, and refusal to be trapped by desire while on the way to Light, supervenes.

12. Mars (in Taurus) in Relation to Idealism:
Taurus seeks value. Ideals are expressions of what the individual values most. Upon the reversed wheel, once low desire have been transmuted into aspiration, Taurus (which rules the “Eye of Light”) envisions what it values (i.e., ideals) most and pursues these ideals continuously. It does, however, require a relatively advanced stage of development before the war-like tendencies of Mars in Taurus can be transmuted into the pursuit of high ideals. At length there may come the forceful (Mars) enunciation (Taurus) of those words which express the ideal. Naturally, the ray equipment, will promote or retard the transmutation of a quite earthy position (Mars in Taurus) into a re-focalizing of energy which lifts the individual into the world of the Ideal.

13. Mars (in Taurus) in Relation to Life’s Battlefield and the Readiness and Willingness to Fight:
Mars in Taurus is a war-like indication. Lower substance is at war with higher substance—lower will with higher will. Powerful desire ever leads to the battleground. At first there is the fight for that which one wishes to acquire. Later, there is the fight against the forces of inertia and what might be called, ‘weighted-suppression’. Once aroused, (and this arousal is the key), Mars in Taurus gives the energy for a long, enduring battle—for the stamina which it contributes is great. Desire to fight for what one wants must be transmuted into the willingness to fight for that which the Higher Will wills. We must remember that Taurus has a strong connection to Shamballa—”the Center where the Will of God is known”.

14. Mars (in Taurus) in Relation to the Nature of Personality Rebellion:
Mars in Taurus can give what is called “passive-aggressive” behavior. Rebellion need not be active engagement in combat; it can be the stubborn refusal to follow the higher impulses. Strong desire carries its own conviction of correctness; the desire is so strong is must be correct. Mars in Taurus can impel towards preoccupation with the satisfaction of lower desire. The man is held down by the weight of materiality. Such an individual may not even know that there is a potential conflict between the pairs of opposites. If the situation worsens, there may be a stubborn and willful refusal to follow the impulses of the soul. The “maddened bull of desire” may arise in strength, tenaciously and insistently indulging a peremptory, primitive instinctual nature. The desire-driven bull cannot then be swerved and simply continues blindly and powerfully upon its way—until disaster eventuates.

15. Mars (in Taurus) in Relation to Personality Cooperation with the Soul:
On the Path of spiritual development, the ability to plod on is much to be desired. Upon the reversed wheel, there comes the “swerving of the bull in mid-career” (EA 107); a reorientation occurs, and the dogged stubbornness represented by Mars in Taurus, is committed to a stubbornly-enduring aspirational pursuit of the Light—the Light of Wisdom. This pursuit is a lengthy process, and the staying-power and relentless ongoingness are required. Towards these Mars in Taurus contributes, helping to Marshal all material energies to serve the achievement of a super-physical objective.


A Few Miscellaneous Meanings of Mars in Taurus

1. related to Pleiades as “Nursemaids of the God of War”
2. fighting for the light (of knowledge)
3. power arising from illumination; the single-eye expresses with undivided force; intent on the goal
4. struggle between will and desire
5. pushing, promoting, fighting for one’s values; forcing one’s values upon others
6. undeterred; moved out of the way only with difficulty
7. persistence and momentum once started
8. highly stimulated, insistent instinctual nature; the sex instinct
9. forces of “red desire”
10. earth mover; bulldozer; crashing forward
11. knocking others over
12. stubbornness; self will
13. materialism; engrossment in matter
14. material aggression
15. attachment through desire; strong desire for acquisition; insatiability
16. the “heavy hand”
17. rage; “seeing red”

Individuals with Mars in Taurus

Marcus Aurelius
Annie Besant
Robert Bly
Lucrezia Borgia
Catherine the Great
Galileo Galilei
Adolf Hitler
Thomas Hobbes
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Gottfried von Leibniz
Joseph Lister
Douglas MacArthur
Moses ben Maimon
Guglielmo Marconi
Christopher Marlowe
Abraham Maslow
Sir Isaac Newton
H. S. Olcott
Eva Peron
Bertrand Russell
George Sand
Cyril Scott
Konstantin Stanislavsky
Rudolf Steiner
Henry David Thoreau


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