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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Taurus Begins

Themes: Work; Patience; Strength; Courage
Symbol: Bull
Presiding Goddess: Tauropolos


About Tauropolos: No goddess could better represent this date other than Tauropolos, the Cretan bull goddess whose name literally means "Bull Lady" (and that's no bull). Teaching us the virtues of diligence and the rewards of hard work, Tauropolos also has a strong connection to the fields (the plow) and the hearth, where food from the fields is prepared.

To Do Today: The Cretans were well known for having bull-leaping festivals that honored this goddess, probably as a fertility rite and test of one's bravery. Oddly enough, this is how we come by the saying "seize the bull by the horns!" So, if there's an area of your life in which you want to really seize the day, try this simple symbolic spell:

Find any image of a bull (in a magazine, carved out of stone, or in some other form). Put it on the floor, and put a symbol of your aspiration on the side of the image across from you. Say:

Tauropolos, prepare the fields for success;
help me now to do my best.

Leap over the image and claim victory!

If you can't find bull images, any harvested item may represent Tauropolos instead. If you choose this option, be sure to consume the food later. This way you can internalize this goddess's tenacity, persistence, and fortitude, then apply them toward successfully achieving your goals.

From: 365 Goddess

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