23-24 Taurus/Leo/Scorpio/Aquarius cross

  • Taurus: A Mounted Indian With Scalp Locks.
  • Leo: An Untidy, Unkempt Man.

  • Scorpio: Crowds Coming Down The Mountain To Listen To

                     One Man.

  • Aquarius: A Man Turning His Back On His Passions And

                       Teaching From His Experience.



The theme of the cross is the tension between ego and humility. 

Taurus’ Indian is a successful warrior—the horse represents power (dreammoods.com), scalp locks represent victory.  Society might judge a warrior as courageous, bloodthirsty, or psychopathic. Warriors, though comfortable in war, may find society difficult, feeling lost and lacking purpose and pride (Leo).  If the warrior role and the attendant trophies are taken away, is s/he left with nothing (homeless? Leo) but an ego-crisis and memories?  PTSD? Mental illness?  When Scorpio transmutes all these experiences into a relatable story fascinating to others, we find Aquarius’ teacher.

Aquarius’ passions could refer to addictions (to winning scalps, perhaps) that are anti-social (Leo).  To become a teacher, one must humbly see oneself as only having a small part in the development of a student as it is the student that must apply themselves to the teachings and learn.  Aquarius’ teacher therefore gives up both ego and passions to share his experiences with students.  Scorpio’s crowd and man down the mountain continue the sense of humility—the top of the mountain means exaltation and victory, but learning occurs when we are ‘lowered’ that is, acknowledging we are not complete and there is more learning to do.  Scorpio’s symbol also means that growth and achievement can occur at any place, not just the top.  Sometimes we need to take a step backwards or sideways rather than a relentless ascent, because there is reflection in rest and a deeper understanding to gain.

The loop closes into Taurus if Aquarius’ teacher sees students as ‘fans’, returning to Taurus’ energy of gathering devotees as scalps.  They conquer their students—"How many can I convert?"  "Who do I choose to be my disciple(s)?"—or the teacher collects ‘trophies’ (teaching awards, better job titles).  This cross warns of the narcissism some teachers have—so choose one who doesn’t want worship, you'll be safer!

 

Spiralling upward, Taurus’ warrior collects awareness of internal selves (each with their own desires and patterns) to master and claim each self's ‘powers’ (as per Voice Dialogue (http://voicedialogueinternational.com/FAQ/index.htm), a branch of Jungian psychology).

The cross describes how the stories of someone on the edge of society (Taurus’ victorious warrior versus Leo’s pariah) become valued for the wisdom (Scorpio’s crowds, Aquarius’ teacher).


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