Tapestry of the Gods
by Michael D. Robbins (c)
Taurus & Cancer
Important Foundational Relationships
Important Foundational Relationships
Taurus In Comparison With Cancer 1. The Bull; the “Bull of God” 1. The Crab 2. Esoteric Mantram: I see, and when the eye is opened, all is illumined. 2. I build a lighted house and therein dwell. 3. Exoteric/Evolutionary Mantram: And the Word said: Let struggle be undismayed. 3. And the Word Said: Let isolation be the rule and yet the crowd exists. 4. Quality of Light: The penetrating Light of the Path 4. The Light within the form 5. Element: Earth Sign 5. Water Sign 6. Fixed Cross 6. Cardinal Cross 7. Transmits R4 constellationally 7. Transmits R3 and R7 constellationally. 8. Secondarily,(assuredly, but not exclusively), Taurus transmits R5 and R1 through Venus and Vulcan—its two planetary rulers on three levels—exoteric, esoteric and hierarchical. 8. Secondarily,(assuredly, but not exclusively), Cancer transmits R4 and R6 through the Moon and Neptune—its two planetary rulers on three levels—exoteric, esoteric and hierarchical. 9. Color: deep blue 9. Color: violet 10. Creative Hierarchy number III (unmanifested), characterized by “Light thro’ Knowledge” 10. Creative Hierarchy number V (unmanifested) Mass Life, Veiling the Christ 11. Associated with the de-glamorizing second initiation and the ‘ego-shattering’, shroud-splitting, intuition-invoking (EA 205-206) fourth initiation. The blinding light of the third initiation and the Vulcanian destruction of the first also suggest a Taurean relationship to these degrees. There is, as well, a possible relationship with the revelatory fifth—revelation in the blazing “light of day” (cf. R&I 644) 11. Cancer has no specific relation to the first three initiations. Since Neptune (inducing love and inclusive idealism) is so important at the second initiation (EA 71, 297-298), Cancer must be implicated. After the third initiation, the Cancerian can become “the Crab, who clears the ocean of matter which flows around the soul of man” (EA 62) In subtle ways Cancer must be related to the fourth (EA 218) and eighth initiations (relating to unmanifested Hierarchy V—eighth from below).
12. Associated with the form-building throat center and the form-envisioning and registering ajna center. A sacral center connection is also reasonable, as Taurus is one of the major signs of sex, and is related to the tangibility of the physical form—created through the instrumentality of the sacral center. As Vulcan is associated with the “heart of the sun” (the correspondence of which is the heart within the head) Taurus must be correlated, as it must with the solar plexus, because “aspirational idealism in its highest possible expression is also achieved in Taurus” (EA 391), and the solar plexus is the center of aspiration. For completion, fourth ray Taurus, is numerically related to the four-petalled base center and the heart chakra—the fourth!
12. Cancer can be reasonably associated with the protective and nourishment-giving centers in the breasts and, particularly, with the instinctual, bi-polar, emotionally sensitive solar plexus center. The disease, cancer, is strongly associated with a disturbed, congested solar plexus; the sign and the disease are, in fact, related. The sacral center (involved in form-building) cannot be ignored. The chakras in the ‘gripping’ hands are related. When Neptune (the esoteric and hierarchical ruler) functions buddhically, the sign Cancer can also be related to the compassionate, humanity-embracing heart center. 13. The zodiacal signs influence the Monad of every human being (EA 411, 637, TCF 1191); the influence from Taurus endows it with a portion of the “Greatest Light” which is resident within Shamballa—the place of unfettered enlightenment. Taurus endows the Monad with its inherent omniscience relative to the human energy system 13. The zodiacal signs influence the Monad of every human being (EA 411, 637, TCF 1191); the influence from Cancer influences the Monad to seek expression upon the lowest plane of manifestation, and to guard and preserve the fragment of itself sent forth, holding it in manifestation until the purpose of the pilgrimage is accomplished. 14. Within the Triad—Taurus is associated principally with buddhi as it bestows wisdom and the “clear cold light” of pure reason which is resonant to the “Greatest Light” of the monad. There is some association with atma as well, because Taurus and Vulcan are resonant to and expressive of Shamballa. 14. Within the Triad—Cancer is most associated with buddhi, as it expresses intuition, divine love and compassion. Neptune, a planet of intuition, love and compassion (and, the esoteric and hierarchical ruler of Cancer) reinforces the relationship to buddhi. The third ray of Cancer links it to higher manas, the third aspect of the Spiritual Triad. 15. In relation to the Solar Angel, and the soul-consciousness (and causal body) through which it expresses—Taurus governs the causal body considered as a ‘treasury of transpersonal quality’ garnered from personal experience in the three lower worlds. Taurus is associated with soul-light and, through Vulcan, with the Jewel in the Lotus and the light emanating from that Jewel. 15. In relation to the Solar Angel, and the soul-consciousness (and causal body) through which it expresses—Cancer can be understood as the protective guardianship and nurturing ‘mother-love’ which the Solar Angel has offered its personality for millions of years. Cancer rules the causal body as ‘home’ (when in deep meditation or out of incarnation). Cancer also rules the will of the Solar Angel to build a dense physical habitation, and to abide, for a term, within it. 16. Within the Personality—Taurus can be identified with the luminosity and determination of the mental nature, for Taurus facilitates the state called the “mind held stead in the light”; with the strong desires, passions, incentives, aspirations of the astral nature; with the pranic vitality of the etheric nature; and, often, with the tamasic inertia of the dense physical nature. Taurus is especially related to the astral vehicle. (cf. EA 92, 380) (The vehicular focus and its degree of prominence, depends upon the stage of evolutionary development.) 16. Within the Personality—Cancer can be identified with the memory and retentiveness of the lower mental nature; with the sensitivity and receptivity of the astral nature; with the de-vitalization or insufficient vitalization of the etheric nature; and, with the tenacity of the physical elemental as it seeks to perpetuate the integrity of its life. In general, Cancer (through the Moon) is especially associated with the dense physical form as a first solar system ‘residue’, and with the fourth or personality elemental (arising from the lesser three). (The vehicular focus and its degree of prominence, depends upon the stage of evolutionary development.) 17. Stage within a Preliminary Fourfold Meditative Process: Magnetization 17. Stage within a Preliminary Fourfold Meditative Process: Incarnation, Embodiment 18. The Choice of Values (Desires) 18. The Crisis of Incarnation characterized by the process/quality of Individualization
Wider Relationships: Cosmic and Systemic
Taurus In Comparison With Cancer 1. Expressive of the third aspect of divinity because of its identification with light, but of the second aspect through association with the principles of consciousness and of wisdom. The first aspect is distributed through its ruling planet Vulcan. 1. Expressive principally of the third or Intelligence aspect—in relation to matter. (EA 351)The incarnation process under the rulership of Cancer “is initiation into the creative third aspect, the matter aspect and the world of intelligent activity.” (EH 144) Since ruled by Neptune and related to the Pleiades, Cancer is correlated to buddhi (TCF 1162), and thus, also, is linked to the second aspect of divinity. 2. Cosmically, preeminently associated with the Pleiades. “…the constellation Taurus, the Bull, being found in the Pleiades.” (EA 111) “Aquarius relates humanity to the Pleiades and therefore to Taurus in an unusual manner.” (EA 200) “There is at this time, owing to the influx of the Shamballa force, the establishing of a peculiar relation or alignment between the constellation, Taurus (with its own specific alignment with the Pleiades and Great Bear) the planet, Pluto, and our Earth.” (EA 376) “A new light enters in. The Seven Sisters play their part (the Pleiades are in Taurus, the first sign of the Fixed Cross) and then three lights shine forth. And thus one radiant sun appears.” (EA 562) 2. Cosmically associated primarily with the Pleiades. “Pleiades—Cancer—Venus—Humanity” (EA 416) 3. Three Constellations Connected with Taurus: a) Orion—the Hunter; b) Eridanus—“The River of the Judge”; c) Auriga—the Charioteer (LOH 47-48) 3. Three Constellations Connected (symbolically) with Cancer: a) Ursa Major—the Great Bear; b) Ursa Minor—the Little Bear; c) Argo—the Ship. (LOH 90-92) Another constellation Connected with Cancer is Praesepe—the Beehive. There are eighty three stars to be found ‘within’ this constellation. (LOH 87-88) Tradition connects both Ursa Major and Minor with “flock(s) of sheep” and “sheepfold(s)”
Relationships Between Three Levels of Planetary Rulers,
and Planets in Exaltation, Fall and Detriment
Taurus In Comparison With Cancer 1. The Moon is exalted in Taurus. 1. The Moon is the exoteric ruler of Cancer. 2. Vulcan is the esoteric and hierarchical ruler of Taurus. 2. The Moon, exoteric ruler of Cancer, represents in this sign the density of the physical body, and can be considered a veil for the dense physicality of Vulcan. 3. Mars is in detriment in Taurus. 3. Mars falls in Cancer.
Subtle Relationships Between Rays,
Zodiacal and Planetary Energies
Taurus In Comparison With Cancer 1. Taurus transmits the fourth ray constellationally. 1. Cancer is the fourth sign of the zodiac on the reversed wheel and, hence, has numerical affinity with the fourth ray. The Moon, the exoteric ruler of Cancer, is a veil for the transmission of fourth ray energies from an undiscovered planet. Neptune is associated with the fourth plane, the buddhic plane, and with the energy of buddhi. “No man begins to coordinate the buddhic vehicle until he comes under the influence of Neptune.... When this happens, his personality horoscope will show this influence as dominant” (TCF 899) 2. Taurus is the second sign of the zodiac, and has, therefore, numerical affinity with the number two, and with the second ray. If numbering is begun with Pisces (which the Tibetan demonstrates as possible), then Taurus is the eleventh sign on the clockwise wheel, hence resonant with the second ray. 2. Jupiter is exalted in Cancer and transmits the second ray. Neptune, the esoteric and hierarchical ruler of Cancer, transmits the second ray monadically. (EPI 421) Even the feminine receptivity of the dualistic Moon has reasonable associations with the number two and, hence, with the second ray. 3. Taurus, the twelfth sign on the clockwise wheel, is numerologically resonant to the number three, and, hence, to the third ray. Further, counting by polarities (Aries-Libra-Taurus-Scorpio-Gemini-etc.), Taurus is third in order, hence resonant to the third ray. Further, within the three “cosmic decanates”, Taurus, Scorpio, Pisces—Taurus is associated with the Buddha and the “light”, and obviously upholds a connection with the third ray—Scorpio being related to the first, and Pisces to the second. (cf. EA 204, 487).. 3. Cancer transmits the third ray constellationally. The Moon, the exoteric ruler of Cancer, is closely related to the third ray. (EA 280), and to the third chain and the first solar system (the ray of which was the third). Neptune, the “God of the Waters” and the esoteric and hierarchical ruler of Cancer, is related to the third ray, because “water” is “matter”(third ray). . “Neptune is as you know, the God of the waters, and the term "water" covers many angles of the esoteric wisdom, such as: The whole concept of matter—universal and itemised….” (EA 275) Neptune’s trident shows this relation. “Neptune, Who rules the ocean, whose trident and astrological symbol signifies the Trinity in manifestation.” (EA 220) 4. Venus is the exoteric ruler of Taurus and transmits the fifth ray. 4. There are no fifth ray transmissions through Cancer. If the Moon is considered to veil Vulcan, in early, materialistic Cancer, then, Vulcan can be said to have an association with the concrete mineral kingdom (a kingdom to which the fifth ray is closely connected). 5. Venus is “pure love-wisdom” and, therefore, can be seen as transmitting the second ray (probably as the personality ray) (cf. EA 281) (TCF 369)“…the second ray is the ray at present of the planetary Logos” (DINA II 210) 5. See #2 above. 6. Venus is the “home of the planetary Logos of the sixth Ray” (EA 595) thus transmits the sixth ray, probably monadically, just as Uranus, with its first ray Monad, is the “home of fire electric” (TCF 1154) 6. Neptune, the esoteric and hierarchical ruler of Cancer, transmits the sixth ray. Jupiter (exalted in Cancer) through its enthusiasm and aspirational nature has defensible connections to the sixth ray. 7. Vulcan, the esoteric and hierarchical ruler of Taurus, transmits the first ray. 7. Cancer is the tenth sign of the zodiac on the clockwise wheel. Ten sums to one, hence Cancer is numerologically resonant to the first ray. First ray Spirit sleeps (with first-ray Vulcan, veiled by the Moon) in matter. For undeveloped man (in regressive Cancer), the Moon veils Vulcan, transmitter of the first ray (resistance) 8. Vulcan is associated with the “heart of the sun” (EA 393) and, hence, with the second ray. 8. See #2 above. 9. Vulcan may be involved in the direct transmission the fourth ray (DN 91—depending upon how this citation is understood), and, in any case, is connected strongly to the fourth kingdom (whether human or mineral, depending on the mode of counting); the fourth scheme (the Earth Scheme); and the fourth initiation within the Human Kingdom. 9. See #1 above. 10. Vulcan, “the synthesis of matter” (TCF 597) is ruler of the mineral kingdom, and, as the “fashioner”, is closely associated with the concretizing forces of the fifth ray. (R&I 597) 10. See #4 above. 11. Vulcan has resonance with the seventh ray through the principle of rhythm. Also, the rhythmic, cyclic Moon, veils Vulcan. 11. Cancer transmits the seventh ray constellationally. The Moon is closely related to the seventh ray, through its rulership of the seventh manifested Creative Hierarchy, and its general association with dense physical matter. The Moon is really a veiling transmitter of the seventh ray, due to its association with the seventh plane and its general veiling of seventh-ray Uranus Jupiter is exalted in Cancer and transmits the seventh ray through “ritualistic worship.” (EA 660). 12. The Moon, exalted in Taurus, is a veil for the transmission of the fourth ray. 12. See #1 above. 13. The Moon, exalted in Taurus, is closely associated with the third ray and the third aspect of divinity. 13. See #3 above. 14. The Moon, exalted in Taurus, is closely connected to the third ray. (EA 280) 14. See #3 above. 15. The Moon also is related to the seventh ray, through its (the Moon’s) rulership of the seventh manifested Creative Hierarchy, and, in general, through its association with the dense physical plane—the lowest part of the seventh plane. 15. See#11 above. General Qualitative Comparisons, Contrasts and Pragmatic Descriptors
General Qualitative Comparisons, Contrasts
and Pragmatic Descriptors
Taurus In Comparison With Cancer 1. FILL IN FROM UNTRANSCRIBED TAPE 1. FILL IN FROM UNTRANSCRIBED TAPE 2. The Compassionate Buddha 2. The Mother of Compassion; Kuan Yin 3. The “Greatest Light”—to be revealed in this, the second solar system 3. Light enshrouded in Matter—the product of the previous system and guarded by this, the oldest sign. “Another sign of the zodiac which is also closely related to the previous solar system is Cancer; it might be said that Cancer is an expression (in the stage of great advancement) of the first half of the life cycle in solar system one, whilst Virgo is an equally advanced expression of the second half. (EA 256) 4. Taurus is the second sign of the zodiac, indicating that it is part of the number four, thus linking it to Cancer, the fourth sign of the zodiac. (cf. EA 286) 4. Cancer is the fourth sign of the zodiac, indicating that it is the double of the number two, thus linking it so Taurus, the second sign of the zodiac. (cf. EA 286) 5. “Taurus—Desire—the incentive to evolutionary unfoldment in the human kingdom” (EA 495) 5. “Cancer—Incarnation—experience of realization” (EA 495) 6. Taurus—for the Undeveloped Man: “Selfish desire. The Light of Earth.” (EA 332) 6. Cancer—for Undeveloped Man: “The blind unit is lost. The mass.” (EA 332) 7. Taurus—for the Advanced Man: “Aspiration. The Light of Love.” (EA 332) 7. Cancer—for Advanced Man: “The unit awakens to that which is around. The House.” (EA 332) 8. Taurus—for the Disciple/Initiate: “Illumined living. The Light of Life.” (EA 332) 8. Cancer—for the Disciple/Initiate: “The Whole is seen as one. Humanity.” (EA 332) 9. Yearly Opportunity in Relation to Taurus: When the Sun is in Taurus, an individual may cultivate 9. Yearly Opportunity in Relation to Cancer: When the Sun is in Cancer the disciple may attempt to increase his power to manifest (to em-‘body’), his intuitive faculties, and cultivate the sense of wholeness. 10. The Life of the Christ from the Taurean perspective: “Christ said (as have all the Sons of God Who know the true significance of the Fixed Cross), ‘I am the Light of the world,’ and he added, ‘if thine eye be single thy whole body shall he full of light.’ Taurus is, as you have heard, the Mother of Illumination, and [Page 566] the "eye of the Bull" is the symbol of the eye to which Christ made reference.” (EA 565-566) 10. The life of the Christ from the Cancerian perspective: “The potency of this sign is expressed for us by Christ in the oft misinterpreted words: ‘Other sheep I have which are not of this fold, them also I must bring.’ This refers to the mass consciousness in contradistinction to the initiate consciousness of His disciples. Cancer is a mass sign. 11. Illumined matter—after Vulcan has done its work 11. Opaque matter 12. The Builder 12. The Protector 13. The Light 13. The Light Incarnate 14. “Consciousness” (EA 314) 14. “Outer manifestation” (EA 314) 15. The desire for incarnation 15. Incarnation itself 16. The human soul as an “emotional-desire entity” (EA 92) 16. The human soul as a threefold incarnated entity upon the physical plane 17. “…directed desire… producing manifestation” (EA 230) 17. “the processes of physical incarnation” (EA 230) 18. The illumined consciousness 18. The mass-consciousness 19. The “desire-to-know” (EA 320) 19. “Mass-awareness” (EA 320) 20. Willfulness 20. Often deficient in will—yet Julius Caesar and Alexander the Great were, it is thought, Cancerians! Thus, are the rays important, independently of the signs. 21. Delivering great impact—the “hammer” aspect of Vulcan 21. The sensitive receiver of impact 22. Fast-moving once in motion “Taurus rushes blindly…” (EA 332). “The onward rush of the Bull of God” (EA 376) 22. Slow-moving, possibly awkward or labored movement 23. Aspiration for the light. “Aspirational idealism in its highest possible expression is also achieved in Taurus.” (EA 391) 23. Desire for life in form Similarities and Points of Cooperation Between the Influences
Similarities and Points of Cooperation
Between the Zodiacal Influences
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