Category Archives: Taurus

Taurus 30 ~ “The way we do what we do.”


“The way we do what we do.”

The Span of Enjoyment

Phase 60

Earth Element

Dr. Marc Edmund Jones provides the official meaning of this Sabian symbol in his work, Sabian Symbols in Astrology:

Taurus 30° A peacock parading on an ancient lawn

This is a symbol of the proper dignification which can be given to superficial excellencies, and of the momentary elevation of the individual beyond his capacity or worth as he is able to exhibit the various ideals of others in his own person. There is an insouciance of vulgar display that serves a purpose here, encouraging men to strive for outer ornament when they are as yet unquickened to inner or eternal values.

The keyword is ALOOFNESS

When positive, the degree is a special flair for dramatizing the heritage of the race or for capitalizing on the lessons of history in some special fashion, and when negative, a wholly unrewarding if not destructive self-contemplation.

The formula is: sustaining-ideal-efficient-generalizing-social-inspired.

A commanding performance!

Eden Espinosa – Once Upon A Time

Through all of the strutting about—the outer flair and ornamentation—can you hear the majesty of the voices of the past making their dignified arrival into the present moment? Why get all dressed up if you’ve got nowhere to go! It’s not about showing-off; it’s about showing up, fittingly, for a very, very special occasion and purpose! The Peacock, symbol of Venus herself, is on display! A thing of beauty to be appreciated. Stop! Look! Listen! As she now struts into our presence.

“The way we do what we do.” Saijin

Image: A Paphos mosaic in the House of Dionysos (God of Wine) dating back to the second century A.D. The house most probably belonged to a member of the ruling Roman class or to a wealthy citizen of Paphos.

Taurus 29 ~ “The things that we come up with.”

2017-05-19_15-25-14“The things that we come up with.”

The Span of Enjoyment

Phase 59

Earth Element

Dr. Marc Edmund Jones provides the official meaning of this Sabian symbol in his work, Sabian Symbols in Astrology:

Taurus 29° Two cobblers working at a table

This is a symbol of the cooperative wisdom by which men make their world their own, solving all its special problems through the simple communion of functions performed in a genuine division of labor. Here is emphasis on man’s discursive reason, or the balancing of the pros and cons in his mind as he works out his ideas with the general assistance of his fellows. There is high reward for the creative operations he is able to claim as peculiarly his own.

The keyword is CAPABILITY

When positive, the degree is a recognized integrity as an outer sign of exceptional talents, and when negative, a willingness to putter the years away at tasks devoid of all personal meaning.

The formula is: sustaining-ideal-efficient-generalizing-social-responsible.

Didjeridoo – An Australian Aboriginal Musical Instrument

Visualization precedes manifestation; function precedes form. And, most importantly, two heads are better than one!

Do it! Visualize until it becomes a real, living thing! Build it and it will come into being! Manifest! Start now! Don’t give up! Watch out! Here it comes!

1. Start with an incredibly small idea.

2. Allow your idea to expand through imaginative ways.

3. As you watch it coming to life, jot down the important “Aha!” moments of insight.

4. When the stream stops streaming, sit back and connect the dots. Who’s on first? What’s on second?

5. Be patient. Let the marionette marinate in the marinade of time and space.

6. Repeat as needed.

7. Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty.

Now, get to work—both of you!

“The things that we come up with.” Saijin

Image: Pinokkio & Gepetto by Patrick Elliott, Indie video-producer, filmmaker, culture addict, teacher,… Looking for new/forgotten ideas & ways to express in music, art, theatre, movies, theory…

Taurus 28 ~ “Matters that can make or break you.”


“Matters that can make or break you.”

The Span of Enjoyment

Phase 58

Earth Element

Dr. Marc Edmund Jones provides the official meaning of this Sabian symbol in his
work, Sabian Symbols in Astrology:

Taurus 28° A woman pursued by mature romance

This is a symbol of the eternal promise underlying all objective existence, since the fullness of life is ageless and the human spirit immortal in its functioning. Implicit in the symbolism is the danger of disappointment whenever any deprivation is taken as final, or when an individual no longer can be stimulated to the effort able to bring him his rewards. There is here the heightening of appreciation which comes with genuine maturity.

The keyword is PERSUASION

When positive, the degree is the soul’s effective capitalization on its more enduring potentials, and when negative, a tendency to lose heart and accept lesser things when greater ones lie at hand.

The formula is: sustaining-ideal-efficient-generalizing-social-receptive.

Imagine Dragons – On Top of the World

“Graven not on stone but in the hearts of men.” — Pericles

Dear Human:

You’ve got it all wrong.

You didn’t come here to master unconditional love.

That is where you came from and where you’ll return.

You came here to learn personal love.

Universal love. Messy love. Sweaty love.

Crazy love. Broken love. Whole love.

Infused with divinity. Lived through the grace of stumbling.

Demonstrated through the beauty of… messing up. Often.

You didn’t come here to be perfect. You already are.

You came here to be gorgeously human. Flawed and fabulous.

And then to rise again into remembering.

But unconditional love? Stop telling that story.

Love, in truth, doesn’t need ANY other adjectives.

It doesn’t require modifiers.

It doesn’t require the condition of perfection.

It only asks that you show up. And do your best.

That you stay present and feel fully.

That you shine and fly and laugh and cry

and hurt and heal and fall and get back up

and play and work and live and die as YOU.

It’s enough. It’s Plenty.

Courtney A. Walsh

“Matters that can make or break you.” Saijin

Image: Romancing the Stone.

Taurus 27 ~ “I invest all that I am.”


“I invest all that I am.”

The Span of Enjoyment

Phase 57

Earth Element

Dr. Marc Edmund Jones provides the official meaning of this Sabian symbol in his
work, Sabian Symbols in Astrology:

Taurus 27° A squaw selling beads

This is a symbol of the soul’s fundamental disinterest in everyday superficialities, and of its characteristic anchorage in an inner reality. The exterior squalor here indicates a great satiety of experience, with petty excellencies of person dismissed as inconsequential in comparison with the fruitage of skills. Individual existence is justified in a fidelity to the recognized tokens of the cultural heritage.

The keyword is DETACHMENT

When positive, the degree is creative aplomb or the ability of humankind to dramatize itself effectively in even the least of situations, and when negative, a retreat within and an acceptance of the sterilities of life as the manifestation of selfhood.

The formula is: sustaining-ideal-efficient-generalizing-social-sensitive.

The Heart of Life – John Mayer

A Small Token of Appreciation

A bead is such a small thing, but behind it lies rich heritage, most certainly born of pain, suffering, loss; yet, something more, something not written in the history that we are given to read.

But here she sits, offering her meager but finely-honed skill, crafted by her own war-torn hands, for a mere pittance of donation from those who see her but superficially. No utterances save a nod of the head and perhaps even a toothless smile. Where does such grace and refinement come from, and such dignity of character? That we might have traveled but a mile in her moccasins, we too might know how to receive from Mother Earth and manifest such tokens of gratitude and offering, and to detach from pride and become true and humble stewards.

The eyes, we proclaim, are windows to the soul. Here are some to reflect into: And, as I do just that, I consider impersonal love or the function of continuing on with honor when under pressure from injustice. It operates on a higher principle of love, sometimes referred to as unconditional love or agape. It requires the surrender of the personal ego—a release of pride.

There is, as always, the other side of the coin. The other perspective, i.e., that within the eyes is anger and resentment. The evil eye. Indeed this is the degree of Sedna, betrayed by her father, and of Algol, the eye of Medusa herself. What then do you behold as you look into the small bead?

Matthew 10:34-39 (KJV) “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.”

Retinal Detachment

I wonder about the possibility of a symbolic correlation between this great Agape, the unconditional, imperfect love, and retinal detachment, as symbolic form with hidden messages to now reveal:

1. Shadow Work: A dense shadow that starts in the peripheral vision and slowly progresses towards the central vision

2. Healing – The Veil: The impression that a veil or curtain was drawn over the field of vision, straight lines (scale, edge of the wall, road, etc.) that suddenly appear curved, and central visual loss.

Of course, we needn’t go blind to release pride, we must hope. However, detachment will further assist us to fix our vision upon more impersonal love for all mankind, as even this squaw is doing.

Take a Peak, Beady-Eyed-One

A peak in the mirror at your own windows-of-the-soul, may reveal your own divinely-crafted beads holding a view of the eternal you.

“I invest all that I am.” Saijin

Image: Detached Retina, photo by By National Eye Institute/National Institutes of Health – Public Domain,

Taurus 26 ~ “Not what you get, what you give.”


“Not what you get, what you give.”

The Span of Enjoyment

Phase 56

Earth Element

Dr. Marc Edmund Jones provides the official meaning of this Sabian symbol in his
work, Sabian Symbols in Astrology:

Taurus 26° A Spaniard serenading his senorita

This is a symbol of man’s unlimited capacity for self-establishment and for finding everything he desires immediately at hand, as here given emphasis on the ideal side. Reality is seen as the product of every least element the individual contributes to its overall effectiveness, rather than as the end result of whatever he may discover and pre-empt for himself privately. A poetry of living and a music of desire become the final touchstones for a true self-fulfillment.

The keyword is CONSTANCY

When positive, the degree is the continual reassurance by which the will of man coaxes the depths of his soul into his experience, and when negative, futile attempts to control life by emptying blandishment.

The formula is: sustaining-ideal-efficient-generalizing-spiritual-experimental.

Give a Little – Roger Hodgson

I don’t get it….

Some give more.
Some give less.
Some give in.
Some give way.
Some give a damn.
Some don’t.
Some give too much.
Some give too little.
Some give up.
Some give….

“Not what you get, what you give!” Saijin

Image credit: Cyrano de Bergerac serenades Roxanne

Taurus 25 ~ “Breaking down the barriers.”

Parrish Womble Park playground

“Breaking down the barriers.”

The Span of Enjoyment

Phase 55

Earth Element

Dr. Marc Edmund Jones provides the official meaning of this Sabian symbol in his
work, Sabian Symbols in Astrology:

Taurus 25° A large well-kept public park

This is a symbol of the everyday integrity of society at large, and of the community divisions of labor through which each person gains the resources for well-being and self-enjoyment which obviously he could never create for himself through his own isolated efforts. There is here an emphasis on the common experience of mankind as the setting for an individual’s worth and achievement in their more characteristic lineaments, and for his consequent self-discovery and self-realization.

The keyword is RECREATION

When positive, the degree is a high devotion to the practical welfare of all people collectively, and when negative, a complete surrender of personality to mass judgments and transient superficialities.

The formula is: sustaining-ideal-efficient-generalizing-social-inspired.

What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong

What does your well-kept public park look like? Is it an inside job only or is it one that you are manifesting out there? Do you get your ideas and cues from out there or from in here? It doesn’t matter! But “well-kept” is key! Color your world with love.

Of note is the interesting fact that on the original card which Dr. Jones wrote this Sabian symbol, the word “dignity” was written in parenthetically.

“Breaking down the barriers.” Saijin


Taurus 24 ~ “Third-eye sight shows I through eye.”


“Third-eye sight shows I through eye.”

The Span of Enjoyment

Phase 54

Earth Element

Dr. Marc Edmund Jones provides the official meaning of this Sabian symbol in his
work, Sabian Symbols in Astrology:

Taurus 24° A mounted Indian with scalp locks

This is a symbol of pride in personal prowess, and it suggests an exceptional capacity for gaining and administering authority among men. There is here an appreciation of the potentials in nature herself, and of the senses as they can be brought to the full service of an individual’s aspiration and ambition. The conquest of an enemy becomes not so much a momentary supremacy over him as an acquisition and subsequent use of his particular genius.

The keyword is COMMAND

When positive, the degree is an unimpeachable control over life through a discipline of the self and its powers, and when negative, a ruthlessness or complete inhumanity in dealing with others.

The formula is: sustaining-ideal-efficient-generalizing-social-responsible.

Casting Crowns – Does Anybody Hear Her

Take a controlled and measured approach in all matters of consequence. Please, no momentary lapse of reason and surrender not unto frustration or temptation! It takes time to bind a cord….hmmm…. Jesus cleared the temple with one…

Just remember that when you pick up one end of a stick, you are picking up the other end, too!

“Every time we witness an injustice and do not act, we train our character to be passive in its presence and thereby eventually lose all ability to defend ourselves and those we love.” Julian Assange

“Third-eye sight shows I through eye.” Saijin

Image: Hostage Negotiations Required! Elf on the Shelf by Crystal Merva, Pinterest

Taurus 23 ~ “Love’s Law: Subject/Verb are One.”


“Love’s Law: Subject/Verb are One.”

The Span of Enjoyment

Phase 53

Earth Element

Dr. Marc Edmund Jones provides the official meaning of this Sabian symbol in his
work, Sabian Symbols in Astrology:

Taurus 23° A jewelry shop

This is a symbol of the practical values of everyday living, and of the personal display by which man may cherish the rewards of his effort and so seek to give them an effective durability. Implicit in the symbolism is the kaleidoscopic capacity of the world at large for producing and reproducing whatever an individual may require in the way of immediate realities with which to deal. Here is the luxury which mirrors any marked achievement in character or skills.

The keyword is PRESERVATION

When positive, the degree is a happy gift for shaping all vision to larger dimensions and directing all aspiration to more than trivial ends, and when negative, a greediness which betrays the soul with trifles.

The formula is: sustaining-ideal-efficient-generalizing-social-receptive.

The 4 C’s in Diamonds are Color, Cut, Clarity and Carat.
The 4 C’s in Life are: Choice, Chance, Change and Character.

Diamonds by Rihanna

Refining the Philosopher’s Stone: Substance, Activity and Form

The Alchemy of Life

Substance: “The Philosopher’s Stone was an extraordinary stone that could be used in alchemy to transform base metals (e.g., lead, copper and iron) into precious metals (e.g., silver and gold). The theoretical roots outlining the stone’s creation can be traced to Greek philosophy. According to Plato, the four elements are derived from a common source or prima materia (first matter), associated with chaos.”

Activity: “How can we know we actually are refining a philosopher’s stone in our own personal lives? By our increasing distinterest in things that are of no value, and our continuing eagerness to center the self within itself as a laya center for the invisible fellowship.” The Sabian Manual

Form: 6 of Diamonds ~ Wonder ~ A large diamond with the power of a lodestone. She stared at the ring. It was very old, but the pure white fire of the stone flashed in the light, and prism-like it sent all colors sparkling as she moved her hand. She was reminded of the alchemist speaking of the lodestone and how it could attract whatever was needed or wanted. Did she have the key to the cosmic gravitation in this beautiful gem? Here was the symbol and reminder of the power that resides within each one of us to attract what is wanted through the power of expectation. The diamond took the light and focused it to where it spread out in every color of the rainbow just as we have the power to aggregate the outer to our inner pattern.

“Love’s Law: Subject/Verb are One.” Saijin


Taurus 22 ~ “Conquer self with inward aim.”

Our Lady of Sorrows

“Conquer self with inward aim.”

The Span of Enjoyment

Phase 52

Earth Element

Dr. Marc Edmund Jones provides the official meaning of this Sabian symbol in his
work, Sabian Symbols in Astrology:

Taurus 22° White dove over troubled waters

This is a symbol of the clear direction or absolute orientation which comes to man from birth as a consequence of his indwelling spirit or divine heritage, whether or not there is any conscious co-operation with it on his part. Here willy-nilly is freedom of understanding, and the strength which the possession of a real mission or a genuine reason for being will give to any individual. There is also a wholly practical protection, to the precise extent it is accepted.

The keyword is GUIDANCE

When positive, the degree is a skillful reconciliation of difficulties in the light of over-all potentials, and when negative, an ineffectiveness of mind through habitual woolgathering.

The formula is: sustaining-ideal-efficient-generalizing-social-sensitive.

Greatest Love of All ~ Whitney Houston ~

Mister God, This is Anna

“Mister God made everything, didn’t he?”

There was no point in saying I didn’t really know. I said “Yes.”

“Even the dirt and the stars and the animals and the people and the trees and everything, and the pollywogs?” The pollywogs were those little creatures we had seen under the microscope.

I said, “Yes, he made everything.”

She nodded her agreement. “Does Mister God love us truly?”

“Sure thing,” I said. “Mister God loves everything.”

“Oh,” she said. “well then, why does he let things get hurt and dead?” Her voice sounded as if she felt she had betrayed a sacred trust, but the question had been thought and it had to be spoken.

“I don’t know,” I replied. “There’re a great many things about Mister God, we don’t know about?”

“Well then,” she continued, “if we don’t know many things about Mister God, how do we know he loves us?”

I could see this was going to be one of those times, but thank goodness she didn’t expect an answer to her question, for she hurried on: “Them pollywogs, I could love them till I bust, but they wouldn’t know, would they? I’m million times bigger than they are and Mister God is million times bigger than me, so how do I know what Mister God does?”

She was silent for a little while. Later I thought that at this moment she was taking her last look at babyhood. Then she went on.

“Fynn, Mister God doesn’t love us.” She hesitated. “He doesn’t really, you know, only people can love. I love Bossy, but Bossy don’t love me. I love the pollywogs, but they don’t love me. I love you Fynn, and you love me, don’t you?”

I tightened my arm about her.

“You love me because you are people. I love Mister God truly but he don’t love me.”
It sounded to me like a death knell. “Damn and blast,” I thought. “Why does this have to happen to people? Now she’s lost everything.” But I was wrong.

She had got both feet planted firmly on the next stepping stone.

“No,” she went on, “no, he don’t love me, not like you do, its different, its millions of times bigger.”

I must have made some movement or noise, for she levered herself upright and sat on her haunches and giggled. The she launched herself at me and undid my little pang of hurt, cut from the useless spark of jealousy with the delicate sureness of a surgeon.

“Fynn, you can love better than any people that ever was, and so can I, cant I? But Mister God is different. You see, Fynn, people can only love outside, and can only kiss outside, but Mister God can love you right inside, and Mister God can kiss you right inside, so its different. Mister God ain’t like us; we are a little bit like Mister God, but not much yet.”

It seemed to me to reduce itself to the fact that we were like God because of the similarities, but God was not like us because of our differences. Her inner fires had refined her ideas, and like some alchemist she had turned lead into gold. Gone were all the human definitions of God, like Goodness, Mercy, Love, and Justice, for these were merely props to describe the indescribable.

“You see, Fynn, Mister God is different because he can finish things and we cant. I cant finish loving you because I shall be dead millions of years before I can finish, but Mister God can finish loving you, and so its not the same kind of love, is it?”

― Fynn, Mister God, This is Anna

“Conquer self with inward aim.” Saijin

Image: Mary, Woman of Sorrow, Woman of Joy

Taurus 21 ~ “Here behold the path unfold.”


“Here behold the path unfold.”

The Span of Enjoyment

Phase 51

Earth Element

Dr. Marc Edmund Jones provides the official meaning of this Sabian symbol in his
work, Sabian Symbols in Astrology:

Taurus 21° A finger pointing in an open book

This is a symbol of the rectification of experience on the side of ends and meanings, and of the fine discrimination of which man is capable. There is here a dramatization of the racial wisdom as this becomes incarnate in conscious individuality. Purpose and interest sharpen the attention, which in turn quickens the insight and permits an outreach into events which thereupon are ordered by the self’s potentials.

The keyword is CONFIRMATION

When positive, the degree is a sensitiveness to the enduring significance of each special complex in human affairs, and when negative, a loss of integrity through blind obedience to others and a tendency to do things by rote.

The formula is: sustaining-ideal-efficient-generalizing-social-experimental.

The Sword in the Stone “Higitus Figitus”

“Seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised or a little mistaken.” ― Jane Austen, Emma

“Here behold the path unfold.” Saijin

Image: Reading between the lines by AliceInWanakaland