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The Ascendant Sign in Esoteric Astrology


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The Soul purpose for a person who has Taurus rising in their chart has a great deal to do with the principle of illumination. His or her task is to irradiate the physical world with consciousness and by so doing, uplift the material plane. Quite a job! This is done by allowing the Light of the Divine Will (Aries) to penetrate all solidified forms.

The testing ground and the primary challenge for the person with a Taurus ascendant has to do with not becoming attached to and trapped within the very same physical plane that Taurus seeks to enlighten. Taurus is primarily a sign of desire, desire in form. We have to remember that on the personality level, Taurus’ motto is: “I have therefore I am”.

The life of a person attempting to walk the Path of Light is required to transform the desire for material things into spiritual aspiration. This often surfaces in the urge to liberate oneself as well as others from the attachment to matter.

One of the world’s greatest Teachers and Initiates was the Buddha. He is said to have been born, reached enlightenment, and died in the sign of Taurus. The Buddha taught that the path of detachment from desire is the vehicle for the entrance of Light, i.e. the entrance of Creative Will. This tension of transmutation is embodied in the Fourth Ray which is the Ray of the Bull. The Fourth Ray stands as the intermediary between the three higher Rays of Spirit and the three lesser Rays of form.

The Soul purpose of a Taurus ascendant not only involves freeing oneself from attachments to material forms. It also has to do with helping to break such attachments in other people’s lives so that the bounty of the Earth can be distributed fairly to all the world’s children. Taurus is helped in this task through its esoteric ruling planet, Vulcan. Vulcan is the “Blacksmith of the Gods” and through his fires he transforms and refines all forms so that they may be made more useful to the Soul. Vulcan is found within 8 degrees of the position of your Sun.

(Reference Alan Oken)

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