The 2000 Taurus Alignment
his Mountain Astrologer article, astrologer Greg Bogart reminded readers
that on an individual level: "It is not a question of 'What is
going to happen to me at this time?' but rather, 'What am I going to
make of this transit?' How do I choose to invent the meaning of the
how does one go about symbolically inventing the individual meaning
of this historic alignment in Taurus?
The ancient Roman poet, Ovid, informs us that once upon a time... the
gods were quite concerned that they were being ignored. So Jupiter (the
chief ruling god of thunder) and Mercury (the messenger god) visited
Earth disguised as poor, beggarly travelers. All the many people who
refused Jupiter and Mercury shelter were drowned in a great flood and
thus repaid for their godlessness. Conversely, those who openly welcomed
the unknown visitors into their home were then honored with the fulfillment
of their greatest desires and hopes.
archetypal motif of the gods visiting earth disguised as poor, unknown
visitors is quite common among differing cultural mythologies and religions.
In the Judeo Christian tradition (for example), the unknown visitors
are most often identified as being angels. In the New Testament Book
of Hebrews - believers are strictly cautioned to be kind to strangers
because you may be entertaining angels unaware.
astrology, the continually moving ("transiting") planets of
our solar system mysteriously serve as the "unknown visitors"
and "messengers" of the universe. Through their changing patterns
in the sky, the planets speak to humanity - using a symbolic language
- in regard to the purposeful, evolutionary cycles of growth and life
on planet Earth. The planetary movements contain valuable information
on the soul growth of our world when looked at as a whole, and they
also pass along important information for each of us on a very individual,
Or Not Called
There's an old Latin saying engraved on the gravestone of the great
archetypal, depth psychologist, C. G. Jung: Vocatus atque non vocatus
deus aderit. Translated, this means: "Called or not called, the
god will be there."
her book Archetypal Dimensions of the Psyche Jungian author
Marie-Louise von Franz tells us:
seems to me to be one of the greatest contributions of Jung and his
work that it taught us to keep our door open to the "unknown
(Jung) also tried to teach us an approach through which we can avoid
the wrath of this visitor, which every frivolous, haughty, or greedy
host in the folk tales brought down on himself. For it depends only
on ourselves whether this coming of the gods becomes a blessed visit
or a fell disaster."
or not called, the god will be there..... And so the question is: How
will you choose to greet the "unknown visitor" of Taurus?
Will you choose to keep your door open or will you turn the "unknown
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