Brad Kronen presents the archived recordings from his “Welcome to the Zodiac“(WTZ) series, a group of 12 introductory lectures originally broadcasted on blogtalkradio.com, each dedicated to one of the 12 signs of the Zodiac. In each show, Brad explains everything you’d ever want or needed to know about those particular residents of that cosmic wheel of the Universe otherwise known as the signs of the Zodiac. Not only are the basic personality traits associated with each sign thoroughly discussed in easy to understand language, Brad also relays detailed aspects to each of the 12 signs of the Zodiac most never knew existed, such as their origin along with the variety of everyday things assigned to them such as a sign’s – tree, flower, spice, animal, foodstuff, dedicated cities throughout the globe, as well as famous personalities born beneath each sign and how their personas reflect the nature of the particular sign each celebrity was born under. Accompanying every WTZ show is a formal announcement which opens with three choice quotes said by three famous personalities born beneath that show’s highlighted sign. The series also has a “WTZ Icon” for every show, an image chosen by Brad which captures each sign’s overall essence, as well as a “WTZ Song”, a piece of music chosen by Brad which he considers to be that sign’s unofficial “anthem”.
So join the renowned astrologer and author of the 21st century guide to astrology and relationships “Love in the Stars” on a journey like no other, as Brad Kronen introduces the basic wonders which form the foundation of one of Mankind’s most ancient studies, better known as Astrology by welcoming you to the Zodiac.
WELCOME TO THE ZODIAC SERIES
Taurus – Placid Pleasantries or Sedentary Stagnation?
“The body is a sacred garment.” – Martha Graham, Taurus
“M’aam, Do you know how I got these? (displaying all 10 multi-carat diamond ringed fingers to a fan in the audience who can only shake her head in response) Practice. Practice. Practice.” – Liberace, Taurus
“I’m scared to death of being poor. It’s like a fat girl who loses 500 pounds but is always fat inside. I grew up poor and will always feel poor inside.” – Cher, Taurus
Before saying another word, let’s get this one out of the way: “Stubborn”
Taurus is the one sign that for some mysterious reason has all of its inherent characteristics, be they good or bad lumped together in a condensed summarized blob labeled with the aforementioned “S” word.
As we will repeatedly hear throughout my “Welcome to the Zodiac” Series, EVERY sign has its good and bad or evolved/unevolved traits, it’s what we choose to tap into that makes all the difference. Taurus’ Fixed energy and proclivity to be inflexible often can result with those born beneath this sign exhibiting the Bull’s unevolved trait of stubbornness, but how often do we hear the other dimensions which comprise the first of the Earth signs’ overall Zodiacal personality such as:
Congeniality, Undaunted Loyalty, Tireless Tenacity, or Naturally Good Taste
If we take a helicopter view of the cosmic cow pasture and look at this sign from a societal perspective, Taurus takes on a prominent position when considering the sign of the Bull represents Man’s primal need of deriving security from the tangible. Examples of such being the creation of shelter from the elements through the acts of building and architecture along with owning material possessions, concrete assets, and lest we not forget having a decent supply of MOOOOOO-lah, a cow colloquialism also known as Money.
With Taurus’ key phrase being “I HAVE” the steadfast and hearty Bull has long symbolized abundance and financial security: from the Biblical worship of the Golden Calf to the Bull in the china shop commercials of Merrill Lynch, even as a description when the stock market is on an upswing whenever we employ the word “Bullish”.
The Venusian themes of love, a peaceful environment, and “worth” be it romantic, aesthetic, or financial are prominent in the lives of every Taurean, but the Goddess of Beauty can be deceivingly dangerous whenever she weaves a web of comfort and pleasantries up and over the Bull’s Horns. Taurus’ attachment to being all nice and comfy can lead to their evolutionary demise. By never experiencing that which is new, untried, or different from their daily routine, as well as becoming too attached to their “things”, the soul of the Bull risks karmic damage by staying put in their stables of sedentary stagnation.
So Join Me, Won’t You? We’ll be having that long avoided “Our Thyroids, Our Selves” talk. – Taurus
Taurus Fun Fact:
As mentioned earlier , building construction and architecture are two areas of life which fall under the sign of the Bull’s domain. This astrological fun fact really hit the bull’s eye in Taurean triple time back in 2009, when Architecture’s most esteemed award, The Pritzger Prize was given to Swiss architect, Peter Zumthor.
To quote the May 29th, 2009 edition of The New Republic:
“Zumthor commands the highest accolades from architects worldwide…. His buildings make poetic use of architecture’s most fundamental materials: translucent and transparent glass, as in his Kunsthaus in Bregenz, Austria; locally quarried stone, as in his stupendous Thermal Baths in Vals, Switzerland; wood, laid in shingles as in his St. Benedict chapel; or used as planar siding, as in the house for his wife, Annalisa.”
Mr. Zumthor just happens to have a bovine birthday of April 26th and when all factors are reviewed through strictly Taurean terms, things get quite bullish to say the least:
Peter Zumthor (Taurus) from Switzerland (a Taurus ruled country) won the highest prize in the field of architecture (Taurus ruled area of life). And that’s no bull (Get it, BULL?)!
Because of its Venusian rulership, the sign of the Bull is associated with the concept of beauty in and throughout the tangible plane. With the Bull’s influence over the tangibly beautiful in mind, Brad created a photo album on his Facebook profile entitled “Taurus – Ancient and Modern Icons“. At the risk of the Taurean viewers going mad cow, Brad thought he would share his favorite image from that album, a Peter Zumthor building located within the celebrated architect’s home cow country of Switzerland.
Welcome to the Zodiac Icon for Taurus: Every sign of the Zodiac has its symbol. Brad has taken things an astrological step further by choosing images which capture each sign’s essence and making them their official “Icon” for his Welcome to the Zodiac series. The icon selected for each sign ranges from the obvious to the esoteric.
Say the word “Taurus”, and most people will conjure up a one-dimensional image as limited as a certain summarizing word of a stubborn nature mentioned earlier – that of a lumbering, slowly blinking bovine who moves so lethargically, one wonders if the animal is on cow queludes.
With that said, the icon I have chosen for the first of the Earth signs dramatically differs from its traditional Taurean trademark – the Pacific Northwest Ballet performing the “Waltz of the Snowflakes” from the holiday classic, “The Nutcracker“.*
Taurus is ruled by the planet named after the goddess of beauty, Venus, and beauty is something every Taurean strives for, be it through their looks, décor, or even choice of romantic partner.
The composer of the most popular ballet ever written, “The Nutcracker”, Petr Ilyich Tchaikowsky, was born a Taurus on May 7th**, 1840. Many aren’t aware of the fact Tchaikowsky was a homosexual and his self-loathing drove him to attempt suicide on more than one occasion. One of these attempts in particular literally embodied Tchaikowsky’s sense of inner vulnerability when during the harsh Russian winter the music genius submerged himself naked into the Arctic-like Volga River with the intent of freezing himself to death.
Considered one of the greatest composers of all time, Tchaikowsky would dismiss any artistic merit attributed to the score he wrote for “The Nutcracker”. But even with that said, it was while attending a recent performance of the holiday classic as the children’s chorus was singing during the “Waltz of the Snowflakes” that I couldn’t help but exclaim, “This music is so g*%&*n………PRETTY.”
And indeed it is.
Being Venus ruled, Tchaikowsky created music that in its entirety was sheer beauty, itself. His compositions were natural expressions of his Taurus artistry. If only the Maestro could have delighted in his work as each of us do every time we hear or see “The Nutcracker” performed year after year.
**Johannes Brahms, another classical composer known for his musical compositions of “sheer beauty” interestingly enough shares Tchaikowsky’s birthday of May 7th.
Welcome to the Zodiac Song for Taurus:
Despite being a classically trained opera singer, I’ll be the first to admit – I am not the biggest fan of Richard Wagner, the German guy from whose works all opera jokes involving fat ladies and winged head gear are based upon. Even with that said, there are many aspects to Wagner’s music that I completely relish and one Wagnerian piece in particular happens to be one of my all time favorite pieces of sung music. From his opera entitled “Tannhauser” pronounced “Tahn-HOY-zer”, Elisabeth’s salute, “Dich Teure Halle” in English “I Greet you dear Hall” is the quintessential Taurus theme song.
The first of the Earth signs’ planetary ruler is named after the ancient goddess of beauty and EVERYTHING about this piece is beautiful, especially the orchestral beginning. The piece sweeps you up with buoyant cheer as the female lead character, Elisabeth enters the great Hall of her ancestral home. Those born beneath the sign of the Bull derive the most security from their material possessions and the music reflects Elisabeth’s appreciative marvel as she enters the Hall which also serves as home to her and her family. She greets the Hall, acknowledging the structure as if it were an actual person.
Building construction and Architecture are activities both attributed to the sign of the Bull. A Taurean’s home and possessions give those born beneath this sign a sense of content satisfaction and like Elisabeth they’re ready to face the world upon knowing their things are secure and safe. Richard Wagner would have known this secure contentment first hand given the composer was born on the Taurus/Gemini cusp with his date of birth being May 22.
It was only after choosing this piece that I realized how Taurean this opera is in so many ways, right down to its cast of characters, given one of “Tannhauser”’s main roles is the Bull’s planetary ruler, the goddess Venus, herself.
My definitive interpreter of this Taurean tune is the late but very great Wagnerian soprano, Birgit Nilsson, who not only sings the bull crap out of this piece, her birthday also happens to be May 17th. Can anyone say Taurus?
“Dich Teure Halle”
Elisabeth’s Salute from the opera “Tannhauser” by Richard Wagner
Dich, teure Halle, gruss wieder,
Froh gruss ich dich, geliebter Raum!
In dir erwachen seine Lieder,
Und wecken mich aus dustrem Traum.
Da er aus dir geschieden,
Wie od’ ershienst du mir!
Aus mir entfloh der Friede,
Die Freude zog aus dir.
Wie jetzt mein busen hoch sich hebet,
So scheinst du jetzt mir stolz und hehr;
Der dich und mich so neu belebet,
Nicht langer weilt er ferne mehr.
Sei mir gegrusst! Sei mir gegrusst!
Du Teure Halle, Sei mir gegrusst!
“I Greet you, dear Hall” (English translation)
I greet you, dear Hall, once again,
Joyfully I greet you, beloved space!
His songs awake in you
And waken me from gloomy dreams.
When he departed from you
How desolate you appeared to me!
Peace flew out from me,
Joy took leave of you.
How strongly now my heart is leaping,
To me now you appear exalted and sublime.
He who thus revives both me and you
Tarries afar no more.
I greet you! I greet you!
Dear Hall, I greet you!
*Nutcracker Photo by Angela Sterling Photography
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