Mercury Retrograde in Taurus
Rudhyar described 15° Taurus as the degree of “Character” & courage required to meet the “crisis” precipitated by social ambition.
Sabian symbols show this degree very vividly through image of a man in silk hat braving a storm. He has seen some of his ambitious efforts bring him social success but as Rudhyar described it — this man quickly realises that nothing fails like success. He faces this storm which represents an attack to his social status & it could also represent the upheaval within him. But in this state of crisis of ambition & possibly social status — this man gracefully accepts the crisis & shows willingness to go through it. “Great character — the soil upon which a higher kind of consciousness may develop”. I love this description by Rudhyar & this underpinning of Taurus Mercury retrograde. We remember food, we remember money, we remember physical comforts that Taurus represents & ofcourse Mercury retrograde in Taurus keeps our mind on it. But we forget it also represents grace — our self respect & character which is the biggest asset on which we would build what we are to build.
This degree is the threshold degree which represents a transition to a new level of matured mind. The symbol of mind — Mercury turning back at this degree refusing to moving forward till we learn that lesson to enter that new threshold is symbolic in my view of this being a key lesson of this mercury retrograde.
We all possibly face this challenge in one or other form — so do we hold our silk hats and bravely walk in grace — it’s a transition to higher character & matured mind cause adversity becomes part of equation with success. Nothing fails like success. What we do with it is upon us & is what builds character.