decan Saturn April 20th to May 1st
decan Mercury May 1st to 10th
decan Venus May 10th to 20th
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,
Four: Man, the Aspirant
to May 1st
Upon the Way of
Initiation the sign Taurus is entered via Saturn in the first decan,
Mercury in the second and Venus
in the third.
Under Saturn's rulership
we count the cost of treading the Path. Saturn brings discipline,
pain, self-abnegation and abstinence. The Lord of Karma is a severe
taskmaster; but then the dematerialization of the heavily burdened
Taurean aspirant is not a light matter.
The fourth step
is characterized by physical crises and obstacles which create difficult
circumstances requiring free choice, wise response and discrimination.
Gradually, painfully and slowly, the material identifications which
limit and imprison your indwelling consciousness are removed, and
free expression of your soul will begin to manifest more abundantly
on the physical plane.
You have now accepted
the training necessary to achieve what has been called "unfettered
enlightenment" (R&I 370), voluntarily submitting yourself
to the necessary purificatory measures to remove all imperfections
of the lower vehicles. The caliber of your physical instrument must
be refined, fashioned anew and improved.
The urgent task
is the control of the physical nature until the lower pairs of opposites
are reconciled. The 'opposites' referred to here are the dense and
etheric forces upon the physical plane. These are most definitely
faced by the aspirant upon the Path of Purification.
It is during this
stage that emphasis is rightly laid upon physical disciplines involving
abstinence, vegetarianism, fasting, celibacy, physical hygiene and
exercise. It is through these disciplines that the control and mastery
of the soul over the physical body can be accomplished and the Taurean
be set free when active discipleship is attained, to begin the true
spiritual battle fought between the pairs of opposites on the emotional
or astral plane. When successful, all dualism will vanish and the
secret of right human relations will be revealed. In the interim
you have a tremendous amount of work to do.
The process of what
we term "etheric substitution" should now commence. (TEV
161) Special attention is to be placed upon your sensory apparatus
and vehicles of contact. The four higher etheric grades of atomic
substance are to be built into your etheric vehicle and the earlier
accumulation of grosser substances eliminated. Your physical body
is to become a pure instrument properly prepared to be an unpolluted
channel for the creative expression of your soul energy.
Thus you will find
it necessary to eradicate undesirable thoughtforms, old habits,
outworn vices, past desires, unworthy limitations, and any and all
undesirable constituents of your individual aura. Your main preoccupation
is to fit yourself for creative soul service along some specialized
line of selfless work and become equipped for useful cooperation
in group endeavor.
A steadfast investigation
into your limitations and disabilities should engross your attention.
Patient application of right habits and ways of work must be displayed.
To this end all forms of personal egotism, superiority and most
especially spiritual pride must be overcome. Here you must avoid
the rocks of potential fanaticism and the dangerous residual reefs
and shoals of superficial desire. All must be sublimated and your
aspiration oriented towards the good, the true and the beautiful
and their materialization in some form on Earth.
At this stage you
should have overcome all manner of personal insecurities, fears,
suspicions, worries; all indifference, carelessness, laziness, cowardice
and melancholy. Physical persistence and perseverance are unusually
strong and marked in your character, but selfish centralization
and force of personality must yet be overcome. Here you will pay
the full penalty for any incorrect views, non-virtuous activities
and wrong orientations. Persistent unenlightened subconscious patterns,
personality tendencies and desires create unfortunate and disturbing
Under Saturn personal
desire becomes fully transmuted into spiritual aspiration. You will
likely have to wrestle with sexual issues as you attempt to relate
your lower nature to your higher Self. A correct understanding of
sex, its true function and purpose, is necessary in order for you
to reach complete union with your divinity. Sex must be seen as
a symbol of an inner duality which must be transcended and brought
You may here rightly
ask yourself: In what way do I hinder my progress on the Path? The
major hindrance to the building work that you are intended to do
in your group, is the violence of your personality reactions when
you are emotionally upset, your furious self-assertion in the attempt
to justify such violence, and your dramatic self-pity. Cease visualizing
yourself as the center of your own world. Unless you can learn to
decentralize yourself, cease this constant self-thought and self-commiseration,
you undermine the constructive work towards your next step upon
the Path to Pledged Discipleship.
The path of meditation
and silence becomes the line of least resistance as you strive for
the inner assurance that the Will of your soul is rightly placed
within the seat of power, both in yourself and the Whole. Be prepared
to be fully tested until you truly know beyond all shadow of doubt
that blindness leads to sight, darkness to light and death to liberation.
Keep in mind that
the fourth rung of the ladder in Taurus is marked by a steady, measured
progress. Through hard work and concentrated focus, your task is
to practically apply the knowledge gained through life experience,
and no longer blunder blindly forward counter to spiritual interests.
Saturn offers immense opportunities for progress on the Path, but
a full and all-exacting price must be paid. Love of possession,
acquisitiveness based on the illusion of material need, prostitution
of spiritual love, and any and all forms of riotous living will
cost you dearly.
In connection with
your spiritual and meditative work, avoid becoming too abstract
and stay well-grounded because spiritual achievement for you in
this life will come through the blending of the highest possible
point of spiritual recognition with your enlightened mind and your
physical brain consciousness. The keynote is soul-mind-brain alignment.
As an advancing
aspirant your main task is to demonstrate the intelligent use of
force with right motive, free from submergence in all the myriad
forms of illusion, glamour and maya. All forms of force manipulation
must be completely motivated by unselfish desire with the aim of
furthering the life-plan of your soul. A number of key glamours
will have to be addressed, including the love of being busy without
real motive, active scheming, and acting from individual self-interest
contrary to the group good.
When you do stand
relatively free from glamour you fulfil a special function liberating
other people from glamour and illusion, sharpening their minds and
inspiring them. Skillfully, you can take ideas from elevated levels
of consciousness, make them attractive, adapt them to the immediate
need and render them vocal by the force of your intellect. Only
when you succeed in demonstrating your ability to manipulate energy
in order to reveal beauty and truth, is initiation taken.
Saturn will teach
you to become the epitome of isolation, concentration, diligence,
austerity and patience. Expect to cultivate a highly developed natural
antipathy to wastefulness and extravagance. Be patient with yourself.
The subjective tests of this decan are exceedingly difficult, slow
and painful to master, as acquiescence to the Greater Life involves
difficult personal sacrifices. Pain, glamour, illusion, misery and
misfortune may temporarily hold you back, delay or retard the life-plan
of the 'builder', your soul, but cannot prevent your ultimate spiritual
success. Although depression, darkness and the depths of despair
mark moments of your life-path, learning to overcome selfish focus
and to extend the hand of active comfort, love and sympathy to others
is the key to your release. All urges to take material advantage
or mental control of less fortunate, less intelligent or weaker
people must be overcome. These personality urges and tendencies
are to be replaced by the demonstration of true sharing, a focus
on the common good, goodwill, honesty, truthfulness and group loyalty.
Your service work
must be rendered with no thought of self but with spiritual intent,
in an effort to meet the needs of those who look to you for help.
In this manner you aid, heal, benefit, comfort, teach and render
service to many people.
Awakened to the
revelation of the inherent light of your divinity and under the
constant pressure of your overshadowing soul which is superimposing
itself upon you, do not be overwhelmed by the apparent evil and
the forces of darkness arraigned against you, but endeavor to stay
constantly in touch with the heart of love which beats behind the
world of outer seeming.
In the final analysis
Saturn presents new fields of spiritual opportunity and new forms
of powerful energy. When the mind is successfully in the position
of the "controller" and sufficiently animated by the "light
of reason" you will attain the fifth rung of the ladder and
the stage of Accepted Discipleship. (TWM 355) Then, and only then,
will you develop a correct understanding of the three-fold Path
and thus be fit to stand a worthy candidate for initiation.
Five: Man the Disciple
1st to 10th
have now reached a point where you are learning your spiritual lessons
in a group—a group of fellow disciples who are undergoing
the same experiences, who are oriented in the same direction, who
are occupied with the same problems, and who are motivated by the
same desire to serve.
recognize that you travel not alone but are supported, sustained
and strengthened by your group brothers. The results of your renewed
consecration have definitely produced a clearly defined service
and a love of your group. This constitutes a powerful aid and brings
a sense of life, joy and love that has served to negate your ancient
loneliness and offset the attitude of solitary suffering. Have in
the background of your consciousness at all times, the three Mercury
keywords: joy, stability and the Plan. (DINAI 667)
tests, trials and lessons of Mercury serve to teach you how to move
forward in spite of the activity of the pairs of opposites, saying
to yourself: I am not this; I am not that; eternally, I am the Self.
These lessons you are learning with rapidity.
you are paying less and less attention to the reactions of your
senses and successively standing free and unafraid whether the experience
being undergone is one of high import and of spiritual satisfaction,
or is one of the "dead-level" happenings in which nothing
brings joy and where only pain, fear and suspense are to be found.
in the central decan transmits the intuitive light of the soul to
the mind. As a Taurean disciple you will be tested on your ability
to correctly interpret the inner meaning and significance lying
behind material circumstances and physical events. The happenings,
the ideas, the life and knowledge of the soul realm are being registered
with increasing accuracy and from your soul-infused mind they are
being transferred to or imprinted upon your physical brain cells.
are now endowed with quick and sensitive feelings, capable of responding
to every subtle impression. You have a delicate sensitivity to every
change in the atmosphere, but you must ever strive to preserve a
necessary balance of peace, quiet, rest, rhythm and equilibrium.
desire for outer activity must be tempered by inner activity. Static
states of boredom and restlessness must be overcome. In the secluded
state of meditation you will reach harmony based upon right relationship
and rhythmic adjustment to the Whole. It must become impossible
for you to transgress your spiritual vows, oaths and pledges. Abandon
forever the meaningless actions undertaken out of ambition for eminence
in your personal life. Make your life and your practice one and
the same by firmly keeping your mind upon the spiritual. Never look
backwards, cut all unnecessary ties, and be happy if no-one wonders
where you are or knows where you can be found.
this point you should be content to allow the outer glory to pass
away because you have seen revealed the beauty of the inner light
of your own soul. You would just as likely choose a life in a lonely
mountain hermitage retreat without any regrets or attachments. But
can you yet say that all forms of self-grasping, self-cherishing
and self-referencing have been successfully eradicated?
strengths of the successful disciple include a facility for creating
harmony from conflict, the capacity to reconcile, compromise, mediate,
heal, bridge and make peace. A skillful life dedicated to creative
living and service should be your natural forté and spontaneous
expression. All creative efforts are focused upon the refinement
of your artistic and aesthetic sensibilities, your musical and literary
abilities, your intuitive powers and the fostering of spiritual
imagination. You act with creative spontaneity and the ability to
improvise, and as a personality exhibit a wonderful sense of drama,
a love of color, and the capacity to create, express and produce
are engaged in the bridging process, as one of your major talents
is the ability to harmonize the emerging new ideas with the old,
preventing any dangerous schism or cleavage. A true intuitive, you
have a facility for the art of synthesis and the ability to adapt
the old and the new so that the true pattern of right relationship
is preserved. Thus you have become a pillar of the Great Work. You
now have the ability to successfully ground and anchor some worldwide
movement in concert with like-minded souls. Your task in this regard
is exceptionally difficult and taxing.
you much depends, and your co-workers sorely need your strengths.
Nonetheless, although you spare yourself no pain, do not forget
to take care of your health, sanity and overall well-being. Do not
use your group work or spiritual service as an excuse for neglecting
your own needs.
Taurean disciple is gifted with a noble Mercurial fighting spirit
quick to incite. Through constant struggle and crisis, battle-by-battle
you grow in Spirit. Do not to allow yourself to become overly dramatic
or unnecessarily embroiled in constant conflict and turmoil—inner
or outer. Any of your unstable personality patterns, spasmodic actions
and tendencies toward unpredictability, unreliability, ambivalence,
indecisiveness and vacillation are to be eliminated. Unregulated
passions and non-virtuous actions must be overcome, as must any
inertia, indolence or procrastination.
and composure are to be maintained at all times free of any traces
of moodiness, agitation, worry or self-absorption in suffering.
As a struggling disciple you are being tested on your ability to
translate knowledge gained through experience and transmute it into
some definite forms of demonstrated wisdom. The illumination of
the synthesis which lies behind the duality of life and the correct
expression of proper human relationships is your goal.
the Fourth Ray and Mercury, your life as a disciple moves forward
through moments of crisis. This eventually leads towards a more
stabilized attitude of detachment based upon conscious personality
renunciation, upon a right orientation of personality to soul (the
one Master, the Light of Life) and to the Hierarchy of Servers.
is increasing power of control by the soul—the One who knows
no attachment and who stands at-one with all souls in all forms.
Your stability and steadfastness, which is the power to stand unmoving
in the center of your environment and in the midst of changing circumstance,
will be tested. When the need for quiet and poised strength arises,
or when protest is required, or powerful action, stand in steadfastness
and with patience and await right indication of the way to go. This
waiting will often change the direction of your intent and no action
will then be taken.
above all that steady vision that sees the inner side and not the
outer happening. The high water mark of the fifth step is the achievement
of complete liberation from the control of your own lower mind.
Reality and formlessness increasingly occupy the subjective consciousness
of the initiate-disciple.
your outstanding service is the dispelling of world glamour and
illusion. To the evolved Taurean there are no insuperable difficulties
or crises. You must ever remain a constructive, forward-moving force.
Creative work and the materialization of the spiritual vision are
paramount. The successful disciple works under inspiration, aspiration
and vision, bringing about transformation, transmutation and eventual
translation upon the mountaintop of Initiation.
of the truth and a steady unwavering maintenance of the spiritual
ideal is the key to spiritual success. Emergence into Light is the
keynote—a symbolic way of expressing the reverse of the immersion
in darkness and ignorance. Freedom from the desire to possess, freedom
from acquisitiveness, characterizes the life expression of one who
is truly desireless. You must establish a sense of Reality as the
ruling principle of your life. Your attachment is to the unseen,
the true, the subjective and the Real; likewise you must achieve
detachment from the seen, the false, the objective and the unreal.
In other words you must strive to master renunciation and cut at
the root of your cyclic life in the world of illusion enmeshed in
the successful evocation of your spiritual intuition unity and harmony
have prevailed, and likewise right judgment, pure reason and the
wisdom of the soul. Harmonizing of all that has been achieved through
the activity of the form life is your keynote. A complete realization
of the nature of the emptiness of non-existence awaits you at the
the sixth stage you will attain the realization that form is emptiness
and emptiness form. It is the attainment of this knowledge which
will keep you from the extremes of opposite polarities, and you
will henceforth make no errors in your efforts to develop correct
judgment. The attainment of the Ultimate Wish now awaits you. Go
in peace, my brother, and in the spirit of true comradeship upon
Six: Man the Initiate
10th to 20th
words are now written for those glorious Taurians who have attained
the sixth rung of the ladder. Subjectively speaking, it is now time
for you to complete your analysis of Profound View and attain the
Ultimate point or ‘pure view’.
now need to learn how to recognize when your analysis is complete
and you have fully understood the union of mutually exclusive ideas
and contradictory characteristics. This is attained through meditation
upon correct view and upon inherent interdependence and emptiness—the
fact that nothing exists naturally on its own in the universe. As
you proceed everything will come together, polarities will no longer
alternate, and you will never be unbalanced by extreme views of
any kind, having found the Middle Way.
rulership of Venus indicates that all lunar control has been superseded
by the triumph of your soul over the form side of life. Individual
self-centeredness has come to an end as you have demonstrated cooperation
with the Plan in the fullest sense. You beautifully express the
highest adoration and appreciation of both the form side of life
and the life of the soul.
final decan produces the perfected expression of a sublimated, fully
dedicated mind endowed with true solemnity. The art of illumined
living is practiced as the mind becomes the perfect instrument for
the revelation of the soul's love. Under Venus final sublimation
is achieved, and of this state the Buddha is the outstanding human
Taurean initiate becomes free from the desire to possess, free of
acquisitiveness and is therefore distinguished by a true state of
desirelessness. Motivated by the wish to appropriate nothing for
the separated self, the art and the science of relationship to others
and to the environment is now being mastered. A definite spiritual
sense of Reality has been established as the ruling principle of
your life. Attachment to the unseen, the subjective, the True and
the Real is possible because there has been detachment from the
seen, renunciation of the objective, the false and the unreal. In
a way that it is impossible for the uninitiated to comprehend, your
abstract mental polarization allows your higher mind to be continually
focused in Reality, Formlessness and Deity.
characteristic and carefully cultivated strengths include unmatched
kindness, unerring exposition, and abstract mental power to create
thoughtforms and render them distinct. You exhibit practical inventiveness,
highly developed powers of analysis and discrimination, a real detached
objectivity, accuracy and precision in thought and action, power
to discover through investigation and research, easy acquisition
of knowledge and fluent mastery of factual detail. You have an ability
to verify through experimentation, to discriminate truth from error,
and you possess technical expertise.
are the epitome of the forward-moving force and are on the verge
of mastering the final stages of the art of guiding and fashioning
the real inner man. You know that you must go down into the depths
to forge your own weapons for this all-consummating Herculean task.
Fortunately, the beneficent enhancement of Venus aids your skillful
ability to penetrate the veils of matter until its secrets are revealed,
causes known and natures disclosed. You have discovered that which
was buried and deeply hidden and succeeded in bring it up into the
light. Having achieved the Illumination of the radiant "eye
of the Bull" (EA, p.566), the keys to the solution of nature's
mysteries lie in your hands.
As a Custodian of
the Plan and a cooperative participant in the revelation of divinity,
you alone know the profound fullness of the joy which is experienced
as a result of bringing solace to a needy world, bringing light
to darkened souls and healing in some measure the open wounds of
the world's distress.
You have attained
the realization that the deepest joy of all lies in the gratitude
of salvaged souls, and truly rejoice when you have been instrumental
in lifting a brother or sister a little higher upon the ladder.
In the final analysis, the gift of Venus is spiritual joy and bliss.
This state of bliss is only reached when you have realized your
absolute Oneness with Life itself. You alone know the true bliss
of the ever-present Great Life about which, for us, speculation
is fruitless. You have succeeded in bending the will of your little
self to that of the greater Self, and at the end of that task there
is nothing else to be done. Having successfully translated your
highest ideals into words, acts and deeds you have brought about
transformation, transmutation, and translation upon the mountaintop
You, the accomplished
initiate, are a great Illuminator, a glorious "Holder of
the Diamond" having symbolically attained the peak of the
initiatory "Mountain of Blessings". What great
undertakings await you we cannot know, but they will certainly involve
some line of great creative work which will embody that special
aspect or attribute of the Will of God that it is your special task
and calling to appropriate and make possible of human expression.