Sunday, 18 June 2017

Matador killed in France bullfight

“If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.”
― Gospel of Thomas

A Spanish bullfighter has died after being gored during a festival in southwest France.Ivan Fandino, 36, caught his feet in his cloak and fell to the floor, where he was gored by the bull. He suffered a lung injury and died on his way to hospital from a heart attack on Saturday (June 17), French media say. Fandino, who was taking part in the Aire-sur-l'Adour bullfighting festival near Pau, is reportedly the first matador to die in France in a century.

The ancients believed that the whole heavens is the ultimate or "overall" pattern in the concept of "cosmic order". And that each constellation has its own unique clusters of symbolically  related concepts that express themselves through events on earth. Cosmic order relates to the Hermes Trismegistus' axiom "as above, so below"; the harmony between the heavens and the earth, the earthly order corresponding to the cosmic order.

For example, shown here is the chart for the Last Quarter Moon of June 17 drawn for Aire-sur-l'Adour, France where the tragic incident occurred.  Notice that the Sun-Mercury-Moon-Saturn form a T-square that straddles the meridian and the horizon axes making it very significant for the place.
The Sun and Mercury are conjunct the stars Al-Hecka, zeta Tauri and El Nath, beta Tauri, the Southern and Northern Horns of the Bull.  El Nath was referred to as the “butting or goring one”. Diana Rosenberg [1]  adds that there is also  a tradition that El Nath is called “Wounded” or “Slain”.
Opposite Sun and Mercury is Saturn which in turn is conjunct the star Lesath upsilon (υ) Scorpius, Lesath, along with Shaula, lambda (λ) Scorpius; are at the tip of the tail of the Scorpion and right on the sting. For this star Ebertin writes, “assaults from rabid or infuriated animals”.

The moral of this tragic story is summarized in the quotation above from the Gospel of Thomas. There is an animal inside us which we must take out as gently as possible, failing which we fall prey to animals outside.

The  ancient Chinese story [2] of the ox and oxherd, aims to help understand the dilemma better.  The ox symbolizes the ultimate, undivided reality, the Buddha-nature, which is the ground of all existence. The oxherd symbolizes the self, who initially identifies with the individuated ego, separate from the ox, and who intially fights it but who, with progressive enlightenment, comes to realize the fundamental identity with the ultimate reality which transcends all distinctions.

[1] Secrets of the Ancient Skies; Diana K. Rosenberg; (v.1, p.315-17)

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