The Solar Bull Origin

First off, Taurus the Bull is a constellation.* In its path through the elliptic, the Sun passes through Taurus. In particular, it passes between the "horns" of Taurus. This passage was considered a kind of birth canal for the rebirth of the Sun and depicted by the Egyptians as the Shuti, Amun or Double Feathers crown (made of ostrich or falcon feathers) with the Sun rising up between them (an ostrich is carved beneath the bull on the Gobekli Tepe pillar).

A central figure in this rebirth allegory is the planet Venus and associated goddesses, such as Isis, Ashtoreth, Aphrodite, Cybele, Vena/Shukra and many others. During a Venus Transit, like the one we saw in 2012, Venus appears to retrograde or reverse orbital course between the horns of Taurus just before crossing the face of the Sun. This conjunction has been a central fertility theme in Religion for millennia and described in various ways.

To the Hindus (as described in the Shavite glosses), Venus crossing the Sun and exiting was described as semen being spit out of the Sun. To the Egyptians, the retrograde loop of Venus was called a Ru and seen as a kind of celestial vulva through which the Sun was reborn. This idea was combined with the Tau-cross of the bull's horns to create the Tau-Ru or Ankh as a symbol of immortality. The Ankh is a composite symbol for the Sun sitting between the horns of Taurus the Bull. But, for the Canaanites, Hebrews and Christians, the Taurus bull symbolism became a new kind of resurrection symbol - the cross.

On the day of a Venus Transit, the planet Venus ascended into the sky before the sun, positioning itself between the horns of Taurus. As it makes it's Ru loop in the sky, it seems to be lassoing the Sun to pull it up between the horns of the bull. Metaphorically speaking, Venus is hanging the Sun on the Tau-cross to make it 'born again.' This astrotheological symbolism was combined with the sacrificial Vedic yupa pole (from the very ancient Vajapeya kunda-yajna soma sacrifice ceremony) to become the prime symbol of Christianity - the crucifix.

In the crucifix we see the birth canal of the Sun as he ascends upward between the horns of Taurus to be reborn, thus re-fertilizing the Earth. In this way, Christ becomes a composite, androgynous symbol for the Sun and Venus, hung together on the cross. Venus was often depicted as lions or horses who then pulled the Sun across the sky in a golden chariot and into the Underworld at night.

The Tau-cross was further blended with the symbolism of Christ as an entheogenic communion drink used to simulate death and enlighten the worshipper to the existence of consciousness beyond the body. Taking the plant-mushroom communion while contemplating the planetary crucifix was a way to re-ligion or re-link the soul with the gods, believed to live in the sky at the top of a transcendental mountain centered at the pole star.

The Biblical Marys can thus be interpreted as the two feminine aspects of Venus. Mother Mary was the Morning Star of Venus while Mary Magdalene was the Evening Star of Venus. The name Magdalene means "woman of the triple tower," thus referring to the transcendental Mount Meru of the Rig-Veda.** This tower was symbolic of the temple mount we know as the stupa, ziggurat, pagoda, temple, basilica, cathedral and pyramid. For instance, the Egyptians call the Great Pyramid "mera" after the Vedic Meru. For the Hebrews, the mountain was named Moriah. The corresponding name Miriam, Marianne or Mary then refers to the resurrecting light or torch of Venus (a.k.a. Lucifer in Latin) who lived at the top of Meru between the bull or Ba'al horns. It was she who gave birth to the Sun or Son in both the Upper World of life and the Underworld of the afterlife.

* The sacred cow may have originated in the discovery that psilocybin mushrooms grow in cow manure. The resulting religious visions would have made the cow a very special creature indeed, providing a likely Mother figure for the constellation through which the Sun traveled.

** There is a third Biblical Mary named Mary of Bethany. She is the daughter of Lazarus who lived in a town named Bethany (meaning misery). Since Jesus was said to have raised Lazarus from the dead and was buried and resurrected nearby after crucifixion, Bethany can be interpreted as the Bardo, or between life, and Mary of Bethany the goddess of the Bardo.

Note: Gobekli Tepe is located in the foothills of what are called the Taurus mountains.