May 09th, 2013

How to Conjure Chthonic Taurus Eclipse Magic

Today’s the big New Moon eclipse in Taurus. It’s a peculiar one. I’ve had a hard time wrapping my mind around it because with Taurus — the thickest, densest, weightiest  most substantial part of the Zodiac (imagine picking up a bull) — we have to see what the bull will offer us, rather than trying to peer into his bovine brain. So I took a zen approach to this eclipse and let it come to me (Cancer astrologers can do this better than, well, you can.)

Lying in the bathtub this morning I received a text message from a friend on his way to a big Kabbalah conference on the East Coast. He’d cut and pasted the entire Sabian Symbol reading for the eclipse degree, from grandaddy Dane Rudhyar, into the message. What a revelation! Look it up for yourself (20 degrees Taurus) because I’m going to talk about other stuff now. But his text completed the download that started several days ago, just as the eclipse point began to perturbate.

The first sputterings arrived when I encountered the above painting of the Bull of Zaandam. The painting’s flat earth tones are keenly complimented by its geometric beauty; and just staring at it opened a tiny doorway into my brain through which a baby bull entered. So I knew I was on to something. Gurdjieff would deem a painting like this an example of conscious art, a form of art designed to illicit a distinct, specific emotional or spiritual response. Most art does not do this.

The painting depicts the legend of an unfortunate meeting between a bull, some kites, a father and a pregnant mother. The outcome of the disaster is an airborne newborn. The story is hedged round with chthonic flavorings — death, birth and magic. New Moon eclipses have a similar confluence.

Something of the primordial realm is afoot during an eclipse, the stable door’s left open you could say. Our response to an eclipse stretches back to the origins of time —  alarm vibrates in our cells — our visceral response to the darkening of the Sun. At such times chiefs, kings, tribal elders — all were put on the spot to get the fucking Sun back on track. Something’s awry in the biosphere, set it right! But now the corrective measures must be our own. Mom and dad aren’t here for us. They got killed by a bull.

How do we do it?

Follow the snorting, feel the gravitas — give it a project worthy its potency. Like all of the fixed signs, access to Taurus’s power is protected, hidden deep — you must either burn, drown, suffocate or be buried alive to get to the gold of the fixed signs. Taurus is no exception. When you engage with the fixed signs you’re engaging with tantra. And this is why most folks do not understand the power of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio or Aquarius. Of all the zodiacal signs these four are shrouded with hackneyed keywords. All of the cliches protect the fixed sign’s esoteric nature. Power is rarely used for constructive purposes once encountered or unleashed. Google ‘Hiroshima’ someday.

Taurus marries virility to steadfastness. So you have a fount of rich loamy soil, still and brown black, allocated for fecundity. It’s stock still seed-shelter, the sort of thing that makes birds go wild with song and weeds appear en masse overnight. But this force needs a plow and driver. Harnessing.

Disengaged, Taurus involutes. Lethargy and indulgence bloom and empty Cheetos bags and porn site passwords litter the floor and computer desktop. It’s a slippery slope with Taurus because, again, people do not have a clear relationship with power — much can go awry. Which, as we’ll see, this eclipse will reveal in the coming six months as the degree point is set off by transits.

So engage now. Use alchemical mixing to optimize the staggering weight of the bull. How? Locate Neptune in your natal chart and marry the two.

Neptune’s vespers are completely antithetical to Taurus’ virility  I don’t even know if Neptune even exists per se. I mean, it might be the size of a tennis ball and the rest is all fog, smoke and haze. This same something-nothing translates over to the house Neptune occupies in your natal chart.

So, an example: If Neptune is in your 3rd you’ve a colorful imagination but no real feel for being able to do anything tangible with it, there’s a book in there, say, that no one will ever read. Neptune in the 7th conveys a longing for relationship that can open your heart to all of humanity — but this seems too lofty an aim — so you never engage this part of your life; all of your relationships feel incomplete; someone’s always missing.

Wildman astrologer Al H. Morrison said of Neptune: “Wherever you have Neptune” in your chart, “you have to grasp the opportunity. You have to establish an entity, you have got to organize the thrust of what you are going to do…” to give form to this area of life. We respond to each other’s Neptune, we sense a lure or charisma but often this remains vauge and nascent — far from manifestation. Always a deep longing, always something promised but missing — so fill it in, fill it up.

I’m not talking about magical thinking here, in fact the opposite: Something pragmatic and very Taurus. As Pluto continues to move through Capricorn and reality keeps rearranging and shifting with shadow inflation creeping and job numbers stagnating — the Neptune fuzziness needs to focus. It’s a tricky Catch 22. Neptune hints at the magic — what the world is longing for — but also there’s the madness. People can sense it, but can’t see it. Help yourself (and conversely them) to see it.

So rub the genies lamp during today’s eclipse. Out pops a baby bull. Put him to work for you.



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  • Garron B

    “Like all of the fixed signs, access to Taurus’s power is protected, hidden deep — you must either burn, drown, suffocate or be buried alive to get to the gold of the fixed signs.”

    This resonates with me because it is a major story of my life and I wish that some of my Taurus friends could really connect with their own sense of power, self worth, and talent because it truly is magic. Great read.

  • http://www.facebook.com/frederick.woodruff Frederick Woodruff

    Nice. Glad this came together for you Garron!

  • Cary

    I loved this interpretation. I have a t-sq, neptune opposite Jupiter, square moon in Leo.
    Reading anything on fixed signs, and neptune is so helpful. Your writing is beautiful.

  • Natalia

    beautiful beautiful writing. Going to share with my Aquarius Sun/Aquarius Rising parther/girlfriend. She is so powerful and amazing and I love how you talk about fixed signs being not so easily understood. Thank you thank you… Natalie in Philly (Pisces Sun, Cancer Moon, Cancer Rising with NEPTUNE IN PISCES [oy gut!!!])!

  • Brian

    This is certainly the most unique interpretation I have read on the bull (Taurus). I have thought of Capricorn has being he “heaviest” of the signs (imagine a granite rock, although climbing, as opposed to lifting, the rock is more of a Cappy symbol, I guess).

    I have Venus in Taurus natally in a T-square with Neptune (wide orb) and Saturn (tight orb). Have struggled with “reality” all of my life. On the physical plane Saturn is the reality. On the astral, Neptune gets the nod.

    I wasn’t sure how this eclipse would play out for me personally. It certainly has been a bit of a mind bender though. The last new moon eclipses in Taurus were in 1994 and 1995. Right about the time in my life when I ht rock bottom and decided to “check out” of Saturn’s version of reality. Standing on the “edge” of life or death can bring great clarity to ones perceptions.
    I perceived that I wasn’t ready to cross over yet, thus here I am. So to speak.

    One of the choices I made after coming back to the Saturn side was to pursue more Venusian pastimes. Getting back into the solitude of nature on a mountain bike and rediscovering “my bliss” was part of that plan. And its worked out pretty well. Nature, music, cycling and photography have been extremely rewarding experiences, psychologically and emotionally. As my relocated Venus is conjunct my MC I am now focusing on putting these experiences “out there” (public eye).

    Getting back to yesterdays eclipse, I have recently found myself returning to a passionate reconnection with mountain biking in more ruggedly ‘solitudal’ places and have discovered some new things (giant granite waterfalls) and places (local community garden and wildly fun new single track trails) in a place only minutes from where I live. This is the a remarkably similar experience to my first forays into rediscovery that I found myself in 19 years ago during the Taurus eclipses …

    Yesterday as I lay on a dock by the side of the lake, after a two hour bike ride discovery, I closed my eyes in the bliss of endorphins and infusion of the warm sun and began to see light blue and green wispy patterns. I see colors all the time but never of these hues. The ethereal light blue changed to a sky blue with wispy white clouds and I thought that maybe I had opened my eyes and was looking at the sky. I checked to “see” that my eye lids were still closed. I was seeing the sky with my minds eye. Looking right through my eyelids! A third eye experience. A powerful insurgence of confidence enveloped within and I felt connected to heaven and earth, power and peace, angels and sinew.

    To my accustomed delight, I came home to find this from the Sabian symbols for 20 degrees Taurus …

    “Wisps of winglike clouds streaming across the sky: The awareness of spiritual forces at work.”

    ” … The individual who has taken a new step in evolution should look for the “Signature” of divine Powers confirming that progress. It may reveal the meaning of what is to come next. The ‘winglike clouds’ may also symbolize the presence of celestial beings, blessing and subtly revealing the direction to take, the direction of ‘the wind’ of destiny.”

    It’s been a long road. Still is. But, whereas I used to look far, far ahead, and become discouraged, I now find contentment where I am. That sounds pretty Taurean to me!

  • Brian

    I would bet that the guy in the picture had it coming. Probably whipped the bull to it’s snapping point. The lady looks like crank too. Can’t comment on the baby, more of a bare (no pun) canvass.

  • http://www.facebook.com/frederick.woodruff Frederick Woodruff

    Natalia thank you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/frederick.woodruff Frederick Woodruff

    Cary, appreciate your feedback. That’s one hell of a creative t-square, hire an Saturnine business manager to help ground and harness it. :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/frederick.woodruff Frederick Woodruff

    (See you soon at NORWAC!)

  • Neptunerizing

    I’m a Scorpio with Neptune conjunct my Libra ASC. An astrology friend suggested I explore the Libran energy of my chart’s ruler, Venus, as a way to handle all the heavy Scorp. energy. Not really handle, just to take a break from it. So….I decided to try my hand at making some bracelets. It really confused me. How could I be feeling like crap and yet be able to produce something that’s beautiful, at least to my eye. Still doesn’t make sense. Guess that’s how “I fill it in, fill it up”. The thought of starting on a new “piece” (“establishing an entity”, “giving form”) feels so wonderful. It’s like an unopened pint of Ben and Jerry’s hidden in the freezer section of your frig. Something special, just for you. This is going to sound really weird, but these bits of beauty that I give form to somehow tell me that maybe I’m ok. With Pluto in Cap. ranging through my 4th House along with my Prog. Sun and Moon…I wasn’t so sure.

    Thanks, Frederick.

    Lynn

  • http://www.facebook.com/frederick.woodruff Frederick Woodruff

    Fabulous Lynn. Beauty Works.

  • third house

    I feel like a kid on Christmas morning when I get the email that you wrote something new. I open it right away but put it aside until I have the time to play with it. Taurus midheaven with Neptune five minutes away from my Sun in the third house. Not only is there a book no one will read but an entire world in here no one else sees. It’s like looking through the dreams to see what’s on the other side.

  • http://www.facebook.com/frederick.woodruff Frederick Woodruff

    Oh so you now the genie is out of the bottle for you ‘third house’ — your midheaven decrees gravitas from your chart’s ruler: the Sun. How much easier it would have been for you to have Pisces on the 10th. :-)

  • third house

    Since I need to move by end of month I did a relo chart. If I move to Vashon Pisces would be on the 10th. :-) Of course that would move Uranus out of the 12th and into the 1st while taking Jupiter Pluto off my Ascendant…it’s all a mess anyway (and I am no astrologer). Thanks for the Wabi-Sabi. It sounds delightful. More to read while I roam the earth.

  • Deborahjd

    This pic feels hauntingly deja vu-ish…related to my 16 degree Sun in Taurus 12th House, I’m guessing? Neptune in the 6th House Libra (square Uranus; sextile Pluto) feels significant (but why?) – as an astrology newbie I’m apologetically clueless…

  • Alicia

    So what would it mean if natal Neptune in Scorpio is in one’s second house? Do I need to focus more on my finances or self-worth?

  • Ann

    Interesting! Thank you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/frederick.woodruff Frederick Woodruff

    You’re welcome Ann. Come back again sometime.

    FW

  • http://www.facebook.com/frederick.woodruff Frederick Woodruff

    I book sessions with clients a week in advance Alicia. Happy to oblige you :-)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/frederick.woodruff Frederick Woodruff

    Hi Deborah

    I book sessions with clients a week in advance Alicia. Happy to oblige you :-)

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  • Jen

    As Mrs. Marcellus Wallace might say, “You really have something to say.” Now. What might that be… There’s that bull again!