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Symbolic Language and The Dream of the Taurus Full Moon

by Cathy Pagano November 11, 2008 03:48 PM EST

To understand dreams, we need to understand symbolic language. We can read symbols anywhere -- in the news, in nature, in our relationships, in the synchronicities of life. So I thought we'd play with the Sabian Symbols for this Taurus Full Moon and see what kind of dream we come up with.


Each degree of the zodiac has a symbol attached to it. The original Sabian Symbols were channeled in 1925 by a medium named Elsie Wheeler, who worked with the astrologer, Marc Edmund Jones. Jones later shared the symbols with Dane Rudhyar, who wrote two books about them. There are many versions now of the Sabian Symbols. The ones I am using are Steven Eardley's.


This Taurus Full Moon is exactly square to Neptune in Aquarius, so we have three images to work with. The Sun in Scorpio is opposite the Moon in Taurus. The opposition is an aspect that promotes awareness of the energies involved and an intention to consciously try to balance the two polarities. So the Scorpio Sun becomes aware of itself by casting light on the Taurus Moon. The Neptune square is an aspect that involves inner tension that demands change and turning points in consciousness. Neptune can delude us or else give us spiritual insights.


So let's look at the symbols for this full Moon 'dream'.


The Sabian Symbol for the Sun at 22 Scorpio is: A Gentleman wades through the belles at a garden party towards his love, who stands gazing over the lily pond.


If we take this as a dream image then we can say that the man is utterly focused on his lover. Nothing else is as important as she is. Is she waiting for him there by the lily pond or is she meditating on the beauty of nature or both? If this was a man's dream, this image says that his anima (his feminine side) is attuned to nature, contemplative and centered. This man is engaged in the flow of natural life and open to his emotions. If this image was from a woman's dreams, it would symbolize a moment of contemplation and centeredness which calls forth a masculine spirit, her animus, to do her bidding.


In either case, this is a moment when we can know what it is we really love and desire.


Now the lovers must deal with the Sabian Symbol for the Moon at 22 Taurus: Two tall trees frame the horizon, glowing with the premonition of dawn, a soft, peaceful wind blows toward the West.


So the lovers are given a choice. They can go back to the party or they can become aware of the horizon where a new day is dawning. Dawn brings with it a sense of awakening and possibilities. The wind blowing toward the West would be the East wind, the wind that comes with the sunrise. It symbolizes the spirit, which brings with it images of peace and love. The trees invoke a doorway for this couple to walk through. Will they do it?

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Now comes Neptune, forcing them to make a choice. The Sabian Symbol for Neptune at 22 Aquarius: A mountain man, in a multi-colored coat, running down a treacherous, zig-zagging mountain path.


A mountain man is someone who has chosen to move away from civilization, like the character in the movie Jeremiah Johnson. Someone who has learned to become self-sufficient in nature. He wears a multi-colored coat, perhaps symbolizing an open attitude to new approaches and different nuances of light. He's running down a steep mountain path that is treacherous. So perhaps whatever he's trying to do is important enough for him to risk his life and limbs. Perhaps he's seen something from his elevated view on the mountain. Perhaps he's had a revelation on that mountain.


Now he has to get to that couple and give them his message. His message will help them make their choice.


I would suggest that the 'dream' message of the Taurus full Moon is: to discover what we really love and value we need to let our natural instinctual wisdom give us a broad vision of what's really going on in the world. Are we all doomed by the financial crisis? Or can we believe the great vision of our times and see that what we are experiencing is the death of an old way of being and the birth of a new chapter in our lives and in the life of our world. If we can open ourselves to the Spirit of Life, even in the midst of what seems to be death, and if we center ourselves in love, we can behold the new day coming with joy and peace.


What a synchronistic 'dream' after the election we've had. Perhaps the universe is telling us that all will be well.


Until next time,


Sweet Dreams.




 
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Cathy Pagano, M.A. began working with her dreams as a teenager, which led her to train at the C. G. Jung-Institute, Zurich in the late '70s. While there, Carl Jung's daughter advised her to study astrology and since then, she has used astrology in... read more

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