Please read the Magic Beans story ( in "the Esoteric Ruler") for the next discussion, and continue on through the progressions for Taurus Rising,pp. 35-43.
There is no astrology background required for this discussion. I'm hoping to hear from more participants. Here's some information about the story:
The underlying issue is fear of insuffiency, or financial survival. As one of my Taurus Rising clients put it, "I sure wouldn't want to be a bag lady in my old age. I'm afraid of outliving my money!"
This version of Magic Beans comes from Czarist Russia. It has a more religious overtone than other, more familiar versions of the tale.
One sub theme is: How much do we expect of God and how much is required of us?
At first appearance, a medieval story that took place in a village where everyone lived in a hut with a mud floor seems to have little relevance for Westerners in the 21st Century. We live in an entrepreneurial time, with a strong, sizeable middle class and room for upward mobility.
The couple in the story worked in their fields, few of us do that now.Our neighbors don't live in small huts. Many people feel they have to keep gilding the Mask, accumulating possessions to "keep up with the Joneses." The couple didn't have that issue.
So, our society is very different, yet there are parallels: this couple really needed the treasure. They were probably in debt to the local moneylender; today we have credit card debt, national debt and deficits. The future seems less secure, especially in old age. Clearly, we still need our survival instincts in the second half of life.
The Story is about the Taurus/ Second House Theme: Resources and Resourcefulnes, Aphrodite (the Treasure) and Vulcan (the process, or the second half of life quest.)
After reading the story you might ask yourself:
1) What was the couple's attitude toward the gift when they discovered the beans? Gratitude? Receptivity to the possibilities It might offer? Curiousity about who left the gift, in order to perhaps, find a generous neighbor and reciprocate?
2) Time went by before the beanstalk grew. When the beanstock had fully grow--ascended to Heaven-they thought they understood the gift. Were they right?
3) Do you think they saw their journey as a failed test in the end? Or might they have rested up and tried again, with a different attitude? (clue: Time goes on. See the Gemini and Cancer progressions.)
4) Is the treasure something we necessarily have to work hard and earn, or might it lie within us? What other kinds of resources do we have, besides effort and money, by the second half of life?
When you finish, please read the online discussion questions for the story. I hope more of your will join our discussion,it should be fun.
If anyone has a treasure dream you'd like to share, please do. It might help amplify our discussion. The structure of treasure dreams that people have spontaneously recounted during readings is surprisingly similar to that of the old tales.