the Ordinary Wheel
20th to May 20th
the word said:
Let struggle be undismayed
decan Moon & Venus April
20th to May 1st
decan Mercury May 1st
decan Saturn May
10th to 20th
Please read the prefatory
material before investigating your own Decanate Stage, as proper
assignment is required. i.e., your birth date does not
indicate the stage of development, rather, you must employ
a subjective recognition of the state of consciousness (point
of advance along the Path of Initiation) which you, or another,
this note on determining the decanate.
One: Physical Man
20th to May 1st
clockwise on the Ordinary Wheel the sign of Taurus is entered from
right to left via Moon/Venus in the first decan, Mercury
in the central decan and Saturn in the third.
the first decan esoteric astrologers use both the Moon and Venus
interchangeably. What is meant by this? Both planets express the
energy of the active intelligence of matter itself in its higher
and lower forms.
co-rulership of the physical decan of Taurus by both the Moon and
Venus constitutes a unique situation in the zodiac, being the only
decan where such a dual rulership exists. Both planets
are exceedingly potent here because the Moon is exalted in Taurus
while Venus is the natural ruler. The Moon expresses the basic intelligence
of matter and form while Venus is the expression of intelligent
life. Here the intelligent life of the soul and the basic intelligence
of matter itself meet, blend and fuse.
the Involutionary cycle of material development their combined energies
are experienced by the incarnated human soul as instinctual mind,
selfish desire and personal affection. It is the feminine principle
in Nature which binds the undeveloped soul to form through identification
other words, at the first stage in Taurus the Egoic aspect of the
human being identifies itself as the form. The early stage is the
period of attachment to the seen, the known and the familiar external,
objective forms. The influence of Moon and Venus combines to condition
the entire material outlook on the primitive constitution, which
is so solidified that it automatically creates a barrier to the
entry of impulses and vibrations that are too high, and the etheric
body is capable of little response, not yet susceptible to impact
or sensitive to impression.
a general rule, true to the combined influence of Moon and Venus,
the figure is sturdy, stocky, thickset, often plump, with rather
short limbs relative to the general size of the body. This dual
rulership gives proportions of a generous scale usually of average
to above-average height and stature.
astrologers know, Taurus rules the throat, neck and shoulders so
here one generally finds shoulders of great breadth and strength.
The Bull appears capable of withstanding whatever strain may be
placed upon him. The neck itself is characteristically short and
wide, but the more feminine type is of slighter build and has more
delicate sloping shoulders possessing a well-formed arched neck
which is long rather than full. In these cases the voice is higher
in pitch than the usual more full and round tones, although still
sweet and musical. The voice is very sonorous, rich and pleasing
to the ear both in speech and in song.
blended influence of the Moon and Venus means that the average Taurean
is an exceedingly pleasant person, often possessing a natural physical
beauty and graciousness. The gifted physical type is bestowed with
a wondrous beauty, seemingly perfect features, pleasantness and
handsomeness beyond their fellows. Their voices are particularly
melodic and sweet, possessing a very engaging address. Great beauty
and an almost perfect body can richly endow female Taureans. They
appear as pure Aphrodites, harmoniously proportioned, symmetrical
and graceful. Male Taureans have strong, thick, well-formed backs,
wide shoulders and are slender in the hips. Well-shaped or beautiful
noses which tend to be short, fleshy and sometimes appearing with
a characteristic flair of the nostrils.
Taurean forehead is typically broad and short rather than long,
narrow or high. The general shape of the face is indicated by the
combined influence of the Moon and Venus. Facial lines are square
with flat planes indicating some force of character. The expression
of the eyes is characteristically mild, Venusians being exceedingly
gentle, soft and affectionate. This is not to say that they cannot
be roused to anger on occasion. Their color is often dark brown,
jet or opal black, but we find many different eyeshades from topaz,
hazel to the most beautiful emerald and forest greens. The mouth
is generally large but shapely with the lips very Venusian, that
is, full and voluptuous. Typically the chin is strong and the jaw
rather square but not necessarily prominent. Rich masses of glossy
brown, chestnut or black hair are typical although we also find
very blond, albino or other exceedingly fair examples.
the color, the hair is generally straight, very thick or silky.
The hair is often distinguished by waves, crinkles and ripples.
Inconveniently placed cowlicks are not uncommon and the hair often
has a projecting lock or tuft-like growth above the center of the
forehead in curious correspondence to the tuft between the bull's
the early physical stage the Bull is known for a dogged disinclination
towards strenuous exertion of any kind. We can always count on the
primitive Bull to take the path of least resistance. It is said
that the glamour of illusion tempts us to the path of inertia.
Taureans prefer to keep good things for themselves, so in the early
stage this translates into an unwillingness to work hard or make
the necessary sacrifices to move forward. The indolent cow, to speak
in symbols, is well noted for a placid complacency which negates
activity. Discretion is entirely lacking and is accompanied by a
marked tendency to over-expression and ornamentation.
Bull can be idle, slovenly, disrespectful and inattentive to hygiene,
personal grooming and appearance. Given proper training, culture,
class, education and environment they will eventually learn to adorn
and clothe themselves with real taste in a symphony of refined colors,
textures, colognes, perfumes and jewels. There is then nothing indiscreet
in the appearance. Style and taste come to the forefront, while
consideration and kindness towards others is expressed in lasting
and loyal friendships.
caricature of the recessive type is burlesque, thick-necked, gaudy
and over-fed in appearance. The primitive Bull is known for a great
deal of self-indulgence and a capacity for grotesque clowning, lurid
facial expressions or crude joking which are clearly degenerate
expressions of gross materialism, coarseness, greed, perverted pleasures
the Bull exhibits a love of inactivity, sloth, over-caution, laziness,
mulish obstinacy and a pig-headed determination. The unevolved Taurean
is by nature addicted to excess in all things and is well known
for an ignorant and foolish dislike of change. Love of physical
comfort is the rule. Naturally the plodding earth types are somewhat
slow and heavy in their movements, exasperatingly deliberate and
very much creatures of habit. Often there is an unrestrained physical
appetite, with more concern for large quantity than for fine quality.
A loose physical nature produces a natural tendency for depravity
crescent Moon which is the astrological symbol of the Bull's horns,
testifies to the destructive nature of the physical life of the
Bull. Physical desire is given its lowest material and sexual expression.
In the early stages there is a period of subordination of life to
the sex impulse. During this period Bull-man is profligate with
complete abandon and without shame. Sex is the dominating drive
in the creative physical life. Selfish physical desire is combined
with an inability to see anyone's point of view except their own.
Speaking in symbols, seeing only the light of Earth, the Bull is
blind to the light of Love and the light of Life. The soul quality
of aspiration lies entirely dormant and latent.
a slightly higher stage of development, fortunately the combined
influence of the Moon and Venus softens somewhat the 'beastliness',
bestowing a certain purity, delicacy, charm and chastity. Venusians
adore being spoiled in love and can be more opulent than any other
planetary type and delight in receiving signs of endearment, gifts
and presents. They especially love to receive material proof and
demonstration of the affection, love and feelings of others. This
type feels very strongly but has difficulty in verbal communication,
speech or articulate expression.
and faithfulness plays a central role in the healthy physical development,
and is directly or indirectly the source of happiness. The exoteric
process of the first decan eventually produces the growth and expression
of self-love, self-esteem, self-control, self-respect and selfish
centralization. The developed Taurean personality is then faithful,
warm-hearted, self-sufficient, calm, patient, loving, gentle and
kind. These personality types evolve into progressive forces of
change, ever constructive, planning and creative, noted for their
steady measured progress upon the Way.
Two: Emotional Man
1st to 10th
offers the key to understanding the essential nature of the innate
abundance and the vital sentient or psychical aspect of the Taurean.
In the central decan the dualistic stimulation of Mercury increases
the conflict for control over material circumstances and the physical
unintelligent desire impels the subjective man just beginning the
second rung of the ladder. At this second step the emotional apparatus
unfolds through response to purely sensory physical contacts. Every
emotional impulse seeks a corresponding physical stimulus and tangible
material expression through the sensory environment. Initially the
immature Bull is socially awkward and lacking in any form of emotional
responsiveness and magnetism. Being truly undeveloped and ignorant
he is unprincipled, unscrupulous and not worthy of trust.
the early stage of emotional growth material advantage and gain
are the sole motivating considerations behind all actions. Mercury,
as astrologers know, is classically regarded as the god of thieves
and is the trickster in human affairs. On the negative side in the
central decan, it stimulates the recessive personality traits that
produce liars, cheats, swindlers, forgers and frauds.
astral Bull exacts a special delight in taking advantage of the
credulity of others. The recessive astral type is often unusually
witty, but is also an unprincipled character devoid of any kind
of useful knowledge or ability, definitely self-deceived and completely
emotional types demonstrate the Mercurial glamour and illusion of
control over the material and form side of life, and in the early
stages of sentient growth are open to every type of indolence, shame,
abandonment lust and depravity. Little discretion is shown in the
selection of intimates. The emotionally polarized Bull is pleasure-loving,
completely superficial, lacks harmony of character and is a true
dilettante dabbling in one thing after another.
balance, security and stability are attached to assets and possessions.
Gross material goals and objectives resound with an emotional appeal.
In other words the conventional Bull is emotionally unstable unless
he believes himself to be physically secure. However the rulership
of Mercury does foster the desire for active emotional growth and
is also Mercury which accounts for the irrational fury and emotional
outbursts which the ordinarily placid Bull occasionally displays.
These erupt in a most violent, disruptive and dangerous manner,
thus shattering the illusion of control. A very small irritation
may throw the emotional body into such a fury. The blind bull lost
to reason, rushes dangerously, causing undue havoc and damage. The
always-abundant natural emotional vitality of Taurus must be correctly
guided into proper channels. To accomplish this goal however, necessitates
the accumulation of a multitude of experiences garnered over the
course of many lifetimes.
the desire for experience is strong, the emotionally polarized Mercurial
type is not inclined to wanderlust so will likely not have a love
of travel and will be quite resistant to change. Naturally, in the
early stages of emotional growth the belief systems imposed at birth
and in early life are accepted and are unlikely to be altered.
naturally restless tendency of Mercury asserts itself at a more
advanced emotional point and the Taurean then becomes a world traveler
or pilgrim drawn to historical relics and old monuments, longing
to tread his feet on ancient soil. Impressions concerning the activities
of the higher planes are aided by the stimuli of artifacts, physical
objects and landmarks. In the undeveloped type this produces the
degenerative adoration of idolatry, as represented by the Golden
any case, the religious Bull of any faith has a special reverence
for temples, shrines, icons, rupas, tombs and other relics and symbols.
Looking forward to the heaven-world or nirvana with serene tranquility,
the Taurean here is one who will believe in a future life and in
other worlds; who likes to observe rites and ceremonies which honor
those revered teachers, buddhas and saints who have gone before.
the negative emotional side the Bull can be blind, distressed, bad
tempered, illusion-prone, naturally war-like, morbidly depressed,
spasmodic, profligate, self-indulgent, over-protective, materialistic,
inflexible, repressed, smothering, moody, narcissistic, non-accepting,
unforgiving, overbearing, isolated, fixed, stubborn, withdrawn,
domineering, insensitive, self-involved, vain, over-serious, demanding,
procrastinating, lethargic, blunt, intrusive, authoritarian, abrasive,
hard-headed, resentful, unfulfilled, dogmatic, jealous, unstable,
overly critical, erratic, disruptive, difficult, anxious, frustrated,
indulgent, unrealistic, judgmental, unforgiving, puritanical, impulsive,
self-absorbed, thoughtless, superficial, nervous, passive, abrasive,
its best, the characteristic Mercurial emotional temperament is
exciting, inspirational, illuminating, tasteful, energetic, naturally
magnetic, imaginative, colorful, uninhibited, expressive, caring,
organized, pragmatic, careful, secure, nurturing, expressive, protective,
vigorous, steadfast, dynamic, independent, self-sufficient, dedicated,
centered, dependable, solid, self-possessed, resolute, calm, realistic,
productive, observant, insightful, clever, charming, warm-hearted,
peaceful, calm, convincing, enlightening, astute, imaginative, artistic,
psychic, sensitive, dignified, devoted, aesthetic, prudent, moral,
fair, righteous, active, intuitive, lucid, talented, natural, playful,
unrestricted, dedicated, responsible, harmonious and just.
the advanced stage of emotional development, even with lack of intuitive
sensitivity and loaded down with doubt and skepticism or irreverence,
the Taurean knows what they believe and disbelieve and have no objection
in stating it. Repeated lifetimes of struggle and conflict are necessary
to develop full sentient response to the spectrum of impressions
coming from the environing conditions.
clearly indicates that the Taurean subject has the latent capacity
to evidence a delicate sensitivity to every modulation in the atmosphere.
When this potential is fully activated they evidence a keen inquisitiveness,
intuition and ability to sense or feel what other people are about
both sexes, true to Mercury's influence, there is the tendency to
fall in love early. The emotions tend to be adolescent, over-amorous
and strongly sensual. In the early stages of emotional development
intellectual friendships or platonic companionships do not have
enough 'body' in them to satisfy. The Bull temperament craves strongly
for the physical body and presence of those they love.
disappointments always occur because when the feelings come strongly
into play sooner or later they will be betrayed. Promises are made
without the realization that the other party is not loyal or worthy
of trust. It is under Mercury that a concentrated emotional focus
and persistency of feeling are fostered.
can be a deliberate disregard for convention, and especially when
the passions are involved this leads to excitement, danger or trouble.
Every emotional impulse seeks a tangible material form, so in truly
Mercurial fashion every opportunity of communication and meeting
with the beloved will be zestfully seized and held with dogged tenacity.
Any pretext will do to bestow a gift, lend a book or give a photograph
and every chance for a private meeting, date, interview or personal
audience will be snatched. Trouble, inconvenience or even absurdity
is of no account and steady pursuit continues until it ends in victory
or in defeat.
it is in defeat that we find the expression of the greatest asset
of the Taurean emotional temperament: An admirable humility and
a natural acceptance of disappointment without bitterness or resentment
when a prize or sought-after love has proved to be out of reach.
This lovable quality along with a natural sense of philosophy serves
is always a challenge and often spells certain trouble, however
a good sense of proportion prevents the Taurean from exacting too
much and so the unions are generally satisfactory.
bestows a natural kindliness and warmth of heart, so the emotional
disposition like a spring flower in May, grows and blossoms. Displaying
a natural instinct for parenthood, women and men take great delight
and joy in personally nursing, attending and caring for their own
times under the negative aspect of Mercury, listless feelings and
lackadaisical attitudes make it abundantly apparent though that
Taurean parents can have difficulty keeping up with simple household
chores and related routine. A pleasant and leisurely stroll through
the park, a work-out, a walk on the beach, or perhaps a quiet hour
in the garden are the best cure for troubled emotions and will do
much towards restoring equilibrium and balance.
Bull's task is exceedingly hard as they lack certain stability and
needed experience. Constant concentration on frustrated desires
remains a problem.
emotional type becomes easily confused and thus suffers more than
the majority, and is at this stage too sensitive for comfort and
too responsive to vibrations emanating from the environment and
from other people. The Taurean naturally carries much emotional
weight upon his or her shoulders as a state of emotional attachment
is the norm, but there are no insuperable difficulties even though
sometimes they are temporarily overwhelmed by a sense of helplessness,
bewilderment and a sense of futility.
other sign type in the zodiac can excel the Bull in demonstration
of emotional tenderness, unmistakable talent, engaging address and
is true that an excessive shyness and over-sensitive self-consciousness
mark the basic Taurean emotional disposition but they are nevertheless
adorable and lovable in a variety of ways. Love of drama, acting,
singing, dancing, art, sports or gymnastics are all possibilities
indicated by Mercury's rulership.
fact it is the Mercurial enhancement of the central decan which
fosters the production of perfect artistic or athletic performances.
Mercurial stimulation and enhancement of the emotional body eventually
produces the registration of fleeting impressions and ever-increasing
light. These, though dimly sensed via the rudimentary sentient nature,
are the nascent tremors of the latent or dormant intuition.
see therefore that Mercury fosters the great work of emotional regeneration
transmuting the base desires, emotions and feelings until completely
purified, gentle, calm and loving. When no misshapen curves or confused
outlines misguide or misdirect the naturally abundant and outgoing
emotional vitality, it can be distributed freely and happily along
proper channels for the benefit of both self and loved ones.
ultimately will reveal to struggling Taureans their true identity,
thus enabling them to escape from personal delusions and enter into
the light of intelligent activity.
Three: Mental Man
10th to 20th
the stimulation of Saturn in the third decan the incarnated soul
develops the concrete mind through an enforced process of intense
mental and material activity. This is necessary at this juncture
because the embryonic mental faculty is completely blind, in the
dark, submerged in maya, glamour and illusion.
the third stage, the mental body is simply the receiver of impressions
from the outer world via the five senses and the brain. This is
a negative condition with the modifications of mind being brought
about by the impacts of the external world and the emotional reactions.
time, the constructive or building faculty of mind becomes very
strong and the mental temperament, while tedious and slow in comprehension,
becomes certainly enduring if not endearing. Certainly Taurean mental
types have to struggle, sacrifice and work hard to master the practical
applications of any given form of knowledge.
mentally polarized Taurean suffers from great mental anxiety, deprivation,
distress and worry. Their modes of thought, conditioned by the exoteric
processes of Saturn, remain fraught with dangers and difficulties.
The destructive aspects of the mental process are easy to over-emphasize.
decan type is prone to excessive mentalism, self-destruction, self-will,
over-analysis, ultra-rationalism and expresses an unrelieved linearity.
Rigid thought patterns are the norm, along with a marked tendency
towards harsh criticism. They manipulate physical forces, circumstances
and people through limited forms of narrow, selfish desire.
recessive mental type can operate towards the imprisonment of other
minds, the curtailment of all free thought and free will. This headstrong,
stiff, separative type can be fully determined and capable of forcefully
imposing a manufactured state upon a nation, factory, business or
home, hindering the free expression of free people. They forge the
chains of destructive living which bind others to their will, imposing
upon others a rule of life and order of living. Separative and wrong
idealisms are the root cause. Under Saturn the pure mentalist gains
victory as the result of the powerful imposition of the will by
means of brute force.
third or mental decan does not generally produce gifted speakers
or original artists and thinkers. Inner feelings are difficult to
verbalize, demonstrate or express. Self-sufficient, the Saturnian
disposition appears both self-controlled and stolid. Criticism does
not sit well with this type, as they tend to underestimate or devalue
themselves. They require praise and admiration, otherwise they easily
become discouraged. A real mental inferiority complex must initially
be overcome. Self-indulgence and laziness must also be guarded against.
The exoteric Bull is not a reformist.
indicates that the Taurean mind is stable, logical and constructive
but exceedingly cautious. As a rule Saturn does not produce an adventurous
disposition, hence the Taurean does not gamble and dislikes taking
chances. The mind is not open and dislikes change or innovation.
The Bull's mental process is subject to constant pressure and the
daily routine is lived as a strict ritual or schedule. Stubborn
and obstinate, the mind lacks initiative and needs to undergo a
prolonged material training process focused in and identified solely
with form production. Never daring to jump or skip, progress occurs
ploddingly, step by step.
the advanced mental disposition is calm, steadfast, unimaginative
but purposeful. Although the thinking is ponderous, obstacles do
not seem to impede progress since Saturn bestows great mental endurance
in the Taurean personality.
the entire zodiac, perhaps this decanate type is the most persevering
of all. Come what may, fame or fortune, power or misfortune, favor
or disfavor, here the steadfast Bull continues with endurance, persistence
and patient manner.
polarized Taurean types excel in exoteric and conventional positions
of authority and power. They possess a lot of common sense and naturally
reject any form of 'non-sense'. Demonstrating great loyalty, deliberateness
and fidelity, the mind remains patient under oppression. Thoughts
are eventually controlled and expressed through intelligently focused
and concentrated desire.
type becomes quite intelligent but never really very wise. Advanced
types do however, under the Saturn decan become admired, truly respected
and even affectionately loved. In the best cases the Saturnian type
maintains a self-love, self-esteem and self-respect.
weaknesses characteristic of the mentalist include intellectual
pride, opportunism, amoral materialism, constant preoccupation and
busyness, deviousness, deceitfulness and untruth, absent mindedness,
excessive thinking, wrong conclusions, perplexity and confusion,
vague and overly complex thought and excessive criticism.
traits on the positive side include a capacity for rigorous analysis
and reasoning, an acute and powerful intellect, a great capacity
for abstract thought, an ability to theorize and speculate, an understanding
of relativity, great mental fertility and creativity, an ability
to modify and qualify, skillful communication, the power to vocalize
and render thought into action, a facility with language, and power
to control and manipulate people and circumstances.
mentally polarized Taurean maintains wide views on all questions,
can plan and strategize, comprehends right economy, has a facility
for understanding and handling money, is philanthropic, and demonstrates
aptitude in executive and business matters.
Saturn rulership ultimately offers the advanced Taurean personality
the opportunity of trial by suffering, and thus through painful
experience they learn to analyze material plane processes correctly.
the advanced third stage the Taurean has developed the inner ability
to consciously profit from varied experiences tragic, joyful or
otherwise. The Bull now shows great confidence in judgment, and
decisions are followed through with great energy, drive and determination.
Eventually after many lifetimes of great material obstacles and
losses, the Bull will choose less material goals, develop the wish
to escape from the incessant cycle of life and follow the path of
higher ethics, principles, virtues and spiritual values.
are now in process of being transmuted to aspiration. Out of blindness
he begins to see the light and the way at last to liberation. An
understanding of the synthesis and purpose for the interplay of
the polar opposites and the cyclic ebb and flow of eternal dualities
There is now a steady
shift of mental focus to an ever higher and wider appeal as a result
of the continuing processes of attraction and repulsion. It is at
this critical life-juncture that the real inner self begins the
process of reorientation which finally consummates in the actual
reversal of direction traveled upon the Wheel.
Now, treading the
way of the Reverse Wheel, the Bull prepares to become a proper and
fit vessel for spiritual study because he is now unbiased, intelligent
and willing to strive.
At the next step,
the fourth, new tasks will begin the process of pure renunciation,
developing the wish to achieve enlightenment for the sake of all
living beings. The net of every illusion or mistaken perception
must be cut asunder. Be reassured and thankful for now the real
goal or true vision appears.