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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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Interpretations of Famous People by Ray, Sign and Life Emphasis
With Explanations of All Astrological and Rayological Elements

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Saturn in Taurus

Saturn in Taurus or Saturn in Relation to Taurus

(from Esoteric Astrology)

Specific Expressions of Saturn in Taurus

1. Saturn (in Taurus) in Relation to the Three Personality Vehicles:
Congestion and insufficient vitalization may occur in relation to the throat and the throat center, as well as in the polar organ system—the organs of reproduction and elimination. Taurus is a sign associated much with the treasure of prana, the flow of which may be restricted under this combination—or, perhaps, saved under the Law of Economy (Saturn). There is much of tamas in both Taurus and Saturn, for they are related to the dense material element.

This is, therefore, a weighty combination, at times heavy and oppressive, restricting movement, with a tendency to sit and remain sitting. Of course, the tamasic aspect gives way to the rajasic as evolution proceeds; with respect to this combination, inactivity changes into careful, solid action.

From the perspective of rays and chakras, Saturn transmits the third ray and conditions the throat center of disciples; Taurus, for all degrees of individuals, also relates to the throat. For some, earlier in evolution, there may be the inhibition of speech; later in evolutionary development, there will be purposeful speech reflecting the building of solid thoughtforms.

Taurus (the sign of desire) is powerful in relation to the body of desire—the astral body. There may be suppression and inhibition of desire, or perhaps, a fixation with respect to certain desires, for Saturn crystallizes (a preferred method of destruction on the first ray), and Taurus (as well as Saturn) tend towards repetition and routinization. Habitual emotional responses may obstruct emotional freedom and spontaneity (for Saturn contrasts strongly with spontaneous Uranus, and Taurus squares Uranus, in which Uranus rules).

The free flow of feelings and emotions may be blocked, as brooding (a favorite Taurean activity) builds up energy which is released in the proverbial Taurean loss of temper. At first there may be much heaviness in the astral body; later in the cycle of lives, one carefully chooses (Saturn) one’s desires (Taurus) according to one’s values (Taurus). The value system may be conservative and stable—little given to change. One desires what one wills to desire; the desire body is regulated. This would be a useful combination to promote objectives which have to be achieved in the second initiation.

Saturn in Taurus eventually stabilizes the concrete mind, rendering it knowledgeable and realistic, but in early evolutionary days may contribute to unresponsiveness or dull stupidity—tamas again. The mind will be concrete, indeed, focussed on form, preferring to think about tangible things. Later in the evolutionary period, the disciple can carefully (Saturn) build (Taurus) thought-vehicles to contain the light and express the light. The ambition (Saturn) to acquire knowledge (Taurus) will be pronounced. One’s sense of security may be founded upon mental possessions, but the Saturn in Taurus person may feel inadequate in this regard, and continue living in a spirit of “mental acquisitiveness”.

2. Saturn (in Taurus) in Relation to the Personality as a Whole:
Crystallization, routinization and non-responsiveness are strong possibilities in early evolutionary days. Much will depend, of course, on how focal Saturn in Taurus may be in the astrological chart(s). The personality may labor under a sense of material and personal poverty. Taurus rules acquisition, and Saturn restrains. Personality life may be lived in the effort to acquire what seems to be lacking. Negatively, envy may rule—the other person will always seem to “have more”. Self-will and a general attitude of obstructiveness may be pronounced.

Later, desires (Taurus) are regulated (Saturn), the value system (Taurus) made to conform (Saturn) to higher purpose, and the personality is freed (by self-chosen restraint) from the bondage of indulgence. The disciple builds purposefully, and lives a regulated and constructive life. His desires (Taurus) are now in line (Saturn) with the Plan (Saturn).

3. Saturn (in Taurus) and the Presentation of Opportunity on the Path of Discipleship:
If opportunity is the presentation of difficulty, and if “obstacles are possibilities”, this combination is full of possibilities. Situations of insufficiency are presented, and these lead to resourcefulness. Obdurate circumstances are presented, and these lead to intelligent persistence and endurance. Vulcan, co-ruler of Taurus, rules the “will-to-persist”, and Saturn, used wisely, only strengthens this persistence. Opportunity is the presence of that which is “in the way”; its removal builds virtue and balances the karmic scales.

Saturn in Taurus can turn obstructive stubbornness and self-will into dogged determination and a rhythmically applied counter-force which wears down the resistant obstacle. One frequent message to the Saturn in Taurus person is, “You cannot easily have what you want. Struggle until you get it.” At length, through patience, regulated (Saturn) struggle (Taurus), and steady, persistent application, Saturn in Taurus enables the aspiring, idealistic disciple to prevail—converting insufficiency into acquisition.

4. Saturn (in Taurus) and the Choices to be Made and Destruction to be Endured in order to Promote a Freer Expression of the Soul:
The choices relate to desires and values. What is worth having? What is worth pursuing? Taurus is the sign of incentive. Does the promise of personal satisfaction offer incentive? Or are the inducements to self-expenditure presented from higher dimensions? Essentially, will desire lead ‘downwards’ into bondage and inertia, or ‘upwards’ (via aspiration) into freedom?

Saturn in Taurus works long and hard to acquire what is desired. Perhaps, however, if the acquisition have been of little value, they will not withstand Saturn’s first ray pressure, and will be destroyed or taken away. If one is deprived of what one wants sufficiently often, one begins to carefully examine what one wants, to determine if it is really what one needs.

5. As “the sacred planets endeavour to fuse the personality and make it the instrument of the soul and the non-sacred planets influence more specifically the form nature”, how does Saturn, a sacred planet, fuse the personality and make it a responsible instrument of the soul in this particular sign? How does it enforce the law(s) of the soul, and assist in the fulfillment of the Purpose, Plan and Dharma conceived by the soul?:
If the instincts are restrained and regulated; if proper food is eaten; if desires are evaluated according to a system of soul values; if thoughts are wisely constructed supporting soul life rather than feeding low desire, then the personality vehicles will fuse under the supervision of the soul (rather than cleave, one from the other). The soul lives in a world of “great light”, responsive to the “Greatest Light”. It knows the meaning of spiritual worth. It seeks to build the personality in such a way that infusing soul-presence can be supported without personality collapse. Saturn in Taurus contributes to the enforcement of soul values, helping the personality to undertake a cautious and wise program of edification. The indicated spiritual attitude might be summed up on the words, “choose desires wisely”—and “build your life accordingly”.

A Few Miscellaneous Meanings of Saturn in Taurus:

a. regulatory power Shamballic will
b. responsible use of matter
c. necessity to detach from matter
d. common sense
e. economy
f. material wisdom; respecting limitations of existing conditions
g. situations of insufficiency lead to resourcefulness
h. pursuit of practical knowledge; knowledge of the facts of matter
i. solid construction; “I build my house of bricks”
j. pressure upon existent conditions; breaking up obstructions
k. blockage of the light; blocked vision;
l. materialism; subject to the limitation of the senses
m. stuck; repetitive situations; “in a rut”
n. stubbornness
o. throat obstructions; blocked throat center; laconic

Individuals with Saturn in Taurus

John Adams
Alexander the Great
Elias Ashmole
Joan Baez
Rosa Bonheur
Eva Braun
Augustus Caesar
Teilhard de Chardin
Nicholas Culpeper
John Dee
Bob Dylan
Sir Alexander Fleming
Benjamin Franklin
Vincent van Gogh
Ulysses S. Grant
Stephen Hawking
Thomas Hobbes
Charles Jayne
Joan of Arc
Pope John XXIII
Bruce Lee
Gottfried von Leibniz
John Lennon
Bela Lugosi
Nicolo Machiavelli
A. A. Michelson
Richard M. Nixon
Louis Pasteur
Francis Rakoczy
Ronald Reagan
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Mother Teresa

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