Welcoming Taurus: The Will to See the Light
(The Sun moves into Taurus at 9:12 am pacific time today).
“I see and when the eye is open, all is illumined.”
Let me ask you something. Have you ever met someone who uyou initially dismissed as odd or rude or not worth your time only to discover later what a jewel stood before you? Have you ever been humbled by looking more deeply into someone or something, uncovering a wealth you never dreamed lay hidden within? In our arrogance, we often feel that what we SEE — at first sight– is all there is to see. We see that we are “not that.” We see the form and make judgments based on the form.
I don’t want to get too abstract here, but I think some of our greatest work in this life is to cultivate the WILL to look beyond the FORM of things and into the quality. Or — in other words — to see the light that is inherent in all things instead of what tends to block or obscure the light.
Simply put, I think we need to:
- Look at something or someone.
- Breathe. Deeply.
- Feel our hearts. Access our intelligence.
- Look deeper
- Breathe again.
- Be willing to SEE what we did not initially see.
The sign Taurus is connected to the Ajna Center. The Ajna Center is the seat of Intelligent Love. When we look through the ‘third eye’ or from the energy center seated at the brow, we regard the world through the eye of intuition and the eye of beauty. We see something more true than the initial presentation. When we cultivate the capacity to see with the mind and the heart, we see the world differently. Our minds may tell us about what we are viewing in a very concrete way, while the addition of the heart may allow us to feel our connection to what lies beneath.
When “the eye is open,” — or when we can perceive the physical world through the lens of intelligent love, the light in all things is apparent. And light is without boundary, so the one-ness of all things is apparent as well.
Taurus is a sign that rules BEAUTY and FORM and MANIFESTATION and WILL. It holds the capacity to firmly plant beauty on this earth. It is the sign of the garden and the bounty of the garden. It illumines the Path as we each proceed on our journey. And it has the endurance to walk the path steadfastly.
The less evolved aspects of Taurus lie hidden in its gift. It has the great gift of sight but often chooses to see only what is apparent. It loves the beauty of form and the beauty of the material world but can easily stop there without going deeper. It can get too comfortable and stuck in routine.
The invitation of Taurus is to see the light where others see darkness, to insist on the light where others turn their backs. Taurus has the WILL to see BEAUTY where others cannot and has the capacity to cultivate the LIGHT that lies hidden beneath. And Taurus is willing to move at a pace — a slower, more deliberate pace — where it becomes possible to stay with something or someone long enough to understand its essence.
This month, look again. Look deeper. Practice seeing. Don’t be fooled by appearance. Summon the will to experience VALUE in all you see. Magnetize beauty with your presence and attention. Grow still enough to hear the inner name and see the inner light of all things.
The Opening of Eyes
That day I saw beneath dark clouds
the passing light over the water
and I heard the voice of the world speak out,
I knew then, as I had before
life is no passing memory of what has been
nor the remaining pages in a great book
waiting to be read.
It is the opening of eyes long closed.
It is the vision of far off things
seen for the silence they hold.
It is the heart after years
of secret conversing
speaking out loud in the clear air.
It is Moses in the desert
fallen to his knees before the lit bush.
It is the man throwing away his shoes
as if to enter heaven
and finding himself astonished,
opened at last,
fallen in love with solid ground.
– David Whyte