**If you don’t want to cow-er in fear of Brad, not only will you read this article in its entirety, but hopefully this has cowed all of you into perusing through the steer-tacular slide show entitled “Jupiter Shines In The Sign Of The Bovine” as well!
Bovine Blessings: Jupiter Shines In Taurus
Part III – Bull Market, Bull Mindset
By: Brad Kronen
Bull Market. Cash Cow.
The association of the bovine with the bountiful is already an inherent part of our modern culture, as evidenced by the previously mentioned phrases.
From a biological perspective, the genus of bovine is endowed with a complex digestive system of 4 compartmentalized stomachs in order to process and derive nutrients from things which have a bare minimum of nutrietive essentials, such as grass. Thus cows need to eat, chew, and digest massive amounts of these barely rich in nutrietive things and to do this, the optimal environment for them are areas lush with flora and fauna.
These animals, in turn, provide we humans with foodstuffs considered to be rich in protein, fat, and, many times, price; be it their milk which is transformed to a plethora of dairy products laden with fat and cream, or their meat which we carnivores consume in every way imaginable – from the cheapest of hamburger meat to the priciest cut of prime rib.
But our association of the Bull with the good life extends beyond the sensual world, its foundation is astrological as well.
Taurus is the first of the earth signs. The earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) function best within and react from, the senses; what they can see, touch, taste, feel. They also derive security from the tangible – the possessions they own, their material assets, how much money is in their bank accounts, etc.
In Astrology, the signs which are the first representatives of each of the 4 elements display the inherent traits of that element in their most obvious or purest form. Thus of the 3 earth signs, Taurus gains the most security from their tangible “things”. This core sense of attachment to that which is material is reinforced with the House Rulership assigned to the sign of The Bull.
The 2nd House is The House of One’s Tangible Possessions or “Things” but most importantly, it’s better known as The House of One’s Money, or in Taurean, The House of Moooooo-lah.
Astrologically, The Moon represents one’s internal emotional Self and The Moon is exalted, or functions best in, Taurus. Taurus energy, for the most part, is steadfast and non-reactive – a perfect environment for the realm of human emotions but also the best of all worlds for the tangible domain of the stock market and banking.
Allow me to further support this theory of the grounded but thoroughly committed Taurean approach to finances:
– When the stock market ends a business day with a positive gain, it is referred to as a “bull” or “bullish” market.
– One of the world’s biggest and best known financial management and advisory companies, Merrill Lynch, has identified itself for decades in both logo and advertisement imagery with The Bull. The Merrill Lynch Bull is such a staple image of the New York Stock Exchange, there are various bull sculptures on Wall Street and in Lower Manhattan’s Financial District.
– April (The month in which Taurus commences) has historically been the best month of the year for the stock market. The Dow has averaged a gain of 1.94% in April over the last 50 years.
– According to The World Wealth Report, the majority of millionaires in the world were born under the sign of Taurus.
– Banking is a thoroughly Taurean activity. Not surprisingly, the country known throughout the world for its banks and discrete banking practices, Switzerland, is a country ruled by the sign of the Bull.
– Speaking of Yodleville, the Cow ruled, tiny sliver of a country ranked 8th in the world in the most recent 2009 ranking of countries containing the highest number of millionaires with 222,000 (preceeded by Canada with 251,000). The ranking system is based purely on amount. When considered against the overall population of each country, Switzerland wins hooves down with a bullish 2.8 % of their population being millionaires, versus the country with the most Richie Richs, the U.S., having a mere .9%.
Unevolved Taurean Energy – The Black Hole Of The Bull
Keeping in mind Taurus is earth energy in its purest form, when that same energy is projected from the negative spectrum, we find idolatry of all which is merely material as well as a bottomless Black Hole of Greed.
– In the Bible, Moses can’t leave his people alone for 10 minutes (one per Commandment) before they drop everything to make, build, and worship, a god of all that is material – The Golden Calf, whom Jehovah reduces to veal soon thereafter to emphasize the impermanence of mere “things”.
– On the day Pluto, the planet of death and transformation, entered the earth sign associated with the actual economy, Capricorn, on November 27th, 2008. Less than two weeks later, the FBI received a call from 2 sons reporting their father told them his entire wealth management investment securities firm was “one big lie”. Bernie Madoff single handedly robbed investors and the economies of the United States and Taurus ruled Switzerland a grand total that bulls me over every time I see it – 65 Billion (with a B, as in Bull gone very awry) dollars!
Can you guess what sign The Talented Mr. Madoff was born under? Not only is “the greediest man of the 21st century” a Taurus, he has a stellium of 4 planets placed in the sign of the Cash Cow – Sun, Moon, Uranus, and the Goddess of Greed herself at a highly karmic 29 degrees. As if that wasn’t materialisticly maniacal enough, Madoff’s karmic Venus is at an almost exact by 1 degree square to The King of Planets. When a person born with the Sun and Moon in Taurus also has that sign’s planetary ruler, Venus, placed in her ruling sign at the highly karmic 29th degree, along with that very karmic ruler of Taurus harshly squaring Jupiter, it can be likened to a Black Hole of Greed, where the more millions Madoff acquired, the bigger the Black Hole of Greed expanded, eventually reaching a point of no return where his unquenchable desire to acquire would never be satisfied, no matter the amount.
Interesting little Taurus tidbit, amongst Bernie Madoff’s numerous tangible treasures which were confiscated by the U.S. government was a luxury yacht valued at $8 million docked in the French Riviera christened “Bull.” I am so not bull-by producting you!
Bovine Blessings For The Benefit Of All – FINALLY!
“Brad told me the recession would be over by next Tuesday @ 4PM at the latest.”
Based on all the Bull talk with the stock market, along with that big gas ball blowing blessings in the sign that rules over Moo-lah at large, I’m betting many of you are starting to think, “The recession will finally be ending soon! Hurray!!!”
Lean in on this one, because I have an insider stock market tip about the economy as far as the EXACT date it’ll recover. (looking around nervously) And this has to stay just between us, OK!? This info is real cloak and dagger stuff, Ready?
(dramatically whispering) “The economy will never recover.”
The hysterical thing is how many people these days have actually talked themselves into believing that sometime soon, an announcement will be given stating a finite date as to when the global economic blues will finally go bye bye for good, as well as EXACTLY when the financial good times will return. How about I pre-test the Jupiterian risk factor by placing a little wager: I bet within a few days after clearly hearing my “insider tip”, at least 5 people will approach me within a 48 hour period adamantly informing me with absolute authority:
“You told my friend the economy will recover in September?” O, the games you economically self deluded jokesters play!
People, I would have to have a Jupiterian sized hole in my head if, during these financially stark times, to make even the slightest kind of predictive hint that yes, Virginia, there is an economy, or worse, “Hey everyone! Jupiter is in the sign of money, WE ALL WIN!!!”
A year ago at this time, I published my “Horoscopes of Karmic Refuge” for each sign. In my piece dedicated to the sign of the corporate and the economy, Capricorn, entitled “Domo Arigato, Mr. & Mrs. Capricorn” I discussed that as corporate culture dies off, so too, must our idea of the economy as we used to know it.
It’s up to the earth signs at large to commence rebuilding the economy from scratch. An economy that has at its core, the foundation of a global mindset or world mentality.
Repeat the question, Barry Bovine, this time with the nose ring AWAY from your word hole. What was that again? Where do you all start?
Hell if i know, I am an Air Sign, sir, and that is not my job.
Actually, saying the last 5 words in the previous sentence should be outlawed in public, how’s that for starters?
I may not be able to provide a diagrammed step by step blueprint on how to build a globally improved economy from the ground up, however, The King of Planets will be giving society a big benefic hand with what’s left of the current one as well as other money milking matters over the next year as it travels through the sign of material assets and dirty cash, Taurus. Here’s where I predict our current world should be bestowed with Jupiter’s bovine blessings:
Proof of Gradual Economic Recovery
The bovine representative in Chinese Astrology is not The Bull, but its cousin, The Ox. The most impressive feature of this particular bovine beast of burden is its tenacity. Even after having its body weight or more placed on its back to carry during a midsummer day in triple digit heat, the ox will perform its task undaunted with its slow but steadfast movement. Although the economy is being transformed and completely overhauled the hard way, Jupiter’s journey through the sign of the bovine will soon give proof the economy has not succumbed to its many near fatal blows.
Like the tenacious ox, The Great Benefic should soon show us that the economy not only has a pulse, but all of its core vitals are still in tact as well. Between this June and the next, expect to see gradual, steady improvement (emphasis on the word gradual, no spiked surprises) in the following economic vital signs:
– An unfaltered decline in the national Unemployment rate
– A steady rise in the number of new jobs created
– A gradual rise in construction – Building & Construction are Taurean activities
– Gradual profitable gains for the farming industries – especially those dealing with the staple ingredients of the bovine diet: Wheat, Grain, Corn, Soybean, & Canola to name a few.
**Note: Some Vital Aspects of the Economy NOT listed: Real Estate Values & Home Sales, along with Gas Prices and Health Care.
Although Architecture, Building, & Construction are under Taurus’ domain, Homes & Real Estate are Cancerian matters.
Gasoline & Fuel costs are fire sign oriented since they deal with action, movement, and heat, and nationalized Health Care is a Virgoan/Aquarian kind of thing.
Mr. Jones’ Activities Will Now Be Regulated Due To His Previously Numerous Near Fatal Cardiac Arrests
Since there may be a few “The Recession will be gone on this definite date, I just know it!” types still straggling around while smiling far too hard, I shall refrain from going into extensive detail, but did you know…..
The U.S. Dollar almost completely dissolved, very recently?
The U.S. Government almost completely shut down, just last month?
The Recession came close to being Double-Dipped, not once but twice over the last year?
The Ceiling for the U.S. to borrow money is on the verge of being reached?
These events are so overwhelmingly shocking, that I’ll admit, I wish I was living in Economy La-La land regarding these heavy hitters, since ignorance of how disastrously close we came to these near financial catastrophes would have been far easier than the agita caused by being aware of their near direct hits huzzing over all of our heads.
When heart stopping situations like these are looming in the distance, it’s a guarantee Mr. Jones will have some kind of physical reaction, Mr. Dow Jones. The stock market’s numbers spike like mini-heart attacks whenever even the hint of a rumor is made with mere sightings of these economic bad boys.
Jupiter will be personally escorting Mr. Jones in his daily activities for the year to come starting in June. The Great Benefic in the sign of gradual fiscal gain will make a concentrated effort that the Dow have nice, steady, promenades each day, with rollercoaster rides of the near heart failure kind being strictly prohibited.
Trimming The Fat Lined Within The Coffers Of The Banking Industry
Here’s a good one – has anyone noticed that even though the entire world is in a recession and everyone is being asked to tighten their bootstraps, sacrifice, do with less, etc., the banking industry as a whole has been faring fine and dandy this entire time? As a matter of fiscal fun fact, all of the major U.S. banks have consistently reported sizable profits every quarter, even though reports were recently released they were the ones who heavily borrowed from the government during the Fannie/Freddy bailout debacle.
Remember how I said in Part I that everything in the Universe has a good and bad side, even Jupiter, where The King of Planets can magnify something to a cartoon-like extreme if some bloated thing still exists that should have been fixed much earlier (case in point Jupiter in Pisces translating to the BP Oil Spill)?
Remember how I also talked about Taurus’ liking life to be sweet and the unevolved side to that trait can be gorging, greed, or in this case, both?
Being completely within Taurus’ domain, call me mad cow, I think The Great Benefic might be shining down on the banking industry this year, but in a more exposing, investigatory way. The tough part is, the light may be a little stronger than just basic shining – glaring might be a better choice of word; like when live cameras are rolling with glaring spotlights during investigatory summonings by the government, or when those lamps used by authorities glare really brightly in someone’s face whenever they want immediate answers regarding issues of extortion or money funnelling before they decide to incarcerate.
Just thought I’d throw that out there. It’s a good one right? The King of Planets just informed me He thinks so, too.
What Should Venus Wear Today, hmmmmm?
Titian-esque Taurus versus Libra’s Twiggy
Here’s another good one. Did you know there was a time when the standard of beauty was not the emaciated look? Swear to Venus! As a matter of fashionable fact, the Taurean version of Venusian traits was the standard of beauty for centuries. Up until the last 50 years, The goddess of good looks was associated with voluptuous Venusian curves, as seen on the cover of my slide show, “Venus Gazes Into The Mirror” by Renaissance great, Titian in 1555.
Most don’t realize the Goddess of Gorgeous rules over 2 signs in the Zodiac – Libra & Taurus. Whereas Libra’s air signed version is a mentally idealized twig who needs to move back and forth under a shower head just to get wet, the Taurean Venus is truly earthy; a goddess with female curves whose likeness a mortal woman could actually aspire to mirror here on Earth.
Even though the reign of the skin and bones waif whose diet consists of POW cuisine will not be untoppled nor completely eradicated anytime soon, with Jupiter sacheting in the Venus ruled sign of Taurus this upcoming year, I predict the next few fashion seasons will make earthy “in” – both in tone and in sign.
In other words, what the world of fashion rules to be hot in the near future, may actually be wearable!
Don’t Take Wooden Nickels From Massively White Flying Cows
Just so I don’t keep predicting til the cows come home, I’ll conclude my Bovine Blessings Series with – the myth of Europa.
While pondering all things Taurean last week, I drove past my bank and was stunned to see a sculptured statue on its front lawn which wrapped everything up in a big ole’ pastel blue prize bull bow (see final slide of Slide Show).***
The foundation of the naming of the European continent is mythological and the myth of Europa is a great moral for all of us to keep in mind as The Great Benefic prepares to shower bovine blessings upon society. In mythic times of old, Europa was a freaking hottie. So hot, she stopped a particular non-Roman, lecherous Greek version of the King of The Gods, dead in his perverse tracks. Europa was truly rare amongst mortals, since she was completely humble and at peace with herself. This inner peace was so evident, her beauty drew animals both large and small from the wild to gaze and sit beside her. Annoyed that he couldn’t do his usual act of abruptly raping and pillaging, Zeus chose to take the most glorious form of an animal and approached her as if totally enamored by her humble beauty – a large, massively white bull.
Upon doing so, Europa raised her hand to caress the head of the mighty bovine, which Zeus then used to his full duplicitous advantage by long horning the ravishing maiden up and onto his mighty back, flying straight up into the sky with his pretty prey. Instead of acquiesing and accepting the fact she would soon be sexually molested by a giant cow, Europa proceeded to scream her bloody head off – and kept screaming, over and over and over and over.
Various versions of the myth differ as to exactly what Zeus proceeded to do as well as even how the story concludes. What everyone does agree upon is the length of time Europa shrieked. Zeus “picked her up” as it were, at the geographical point where Asia Minor ends in modern day Turkey and Europa screamed bloody murder right until they flew over the eastern tip of Iceland – hence an entire continent was named after a pretty girl’s big mouth.
Europa & The Fate Of The Euro
Besides Switzerland, there are 2 other European nations that are Taurus ruled – both of which have been quite newsworthy as of late. Greece and Ireland are Taurean countries whose financial collapses generated front page headlines as well as required bailed out salvation from the rest of the Euro based European Union.
With Jupiter shining over them, let’s hope both countries get back on their financial feet over the course of this year resulting in their beleagured bail out brother countries exhaling in relief versus coming to the terrifying conclusion they are being dragged down in an annihilating whirlpool of non-productive nationalistic charity.
The core phrase for the sign of Taurus is “I Build.” Taurus’ polar opposite signed phrase is Scorpio’s “I Desire.” With The Great Benefic shining in the sign of The Bull over the course of this year, most of the blessings bestowed by The King of Planets should be used to expansively and constructively build, in order to benefit both ourselves and others. Being based in the tangible, it’s when these blessings are overlooked with appreciation and simply become the fuel for an overgrown sense of entitlement that they are detrimental for the soul and the myth of Europa must be kept in mind.
To end this stuff of bulls in an even more tangible,Taurean way, another recent unsavory tidbit in the news reinforces the moral of my bovine blessings. A man of blessed bounty who used to oversee the monies of the entire world at large, made global headlines as of late when he had not just his wealth taken from him, but his reputation and most importantly, his freedom as well. The former head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, was overruled by his sense of desire, and like Zeus,allowed his overblessed sense of entitlement to treat people as his possessions. To reinforce through karmicly cosmic example, the man who was once in charge of so much money is now imprisoned on Rikers Island for the sexual assault of a hotel maid, and is himself – a Taurus.
Over the next year as The Great Benefic travels through the sign of financial assets and material gain, may Jupiter’s bovine blessings result in all of us basking in thankful appreciation and may the benefits gained from a Bull Market generate a Societal Bull Mindset of generous benevolence.
***After noticing the statue of Europa positioned practically in my backyard in LA, I was stunned to see there are statues of the mythological damsel in distress flying through the air on the back of the Raging (& Raping) Bull adorning the entrances of both European Union Parliament HQ buildings in Brussells, Belgium and Strasbourg, France.