1. Venus in Taurus—Sensation,
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
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
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
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)”.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.