According to Investopedia, “the actual origins of these expressions ( the bull and bear market ) are unclear.” If, however, you understand what Albert Pike referred to as the “Sacred Science of the Mysteries”, then it’s crystal clear.
“There was an intimate connection between the Sacred Science of the Mysteries, and ancient astronomy and physics; and the grand spectacle of the Sanctuaries was that of the order of the Known Universe, or the spectacle of Nature itself, surrounding the soul of the Initiate, as it surrounded it when it first descended through the planetary gates, and by the equinoctial and solstitial doors, along the Milky Way, to be for the first time immured in its prison-house of matter.” — Pike, Albert., Morales & Dogma, p. 415
To cut through the esotericism, the elite class are well-known to be subscribers of the Mysteries and many of their creations reflect its philosophy and teachings, especially in regard to astronomy.
The Bull Market
A bull market is defined as “a market in which share prices are rising, encouraging buying.” In other words, a bull market symbolizes prosperity. From a historical and astronomical perspective, this makes perfect sense because the bull as a symbol of the constellation of Taurus has long been a representative of growth and strength associated with the Sun.
“A religious reverence for the zodiacal Bull [TAURUS] appears, from a very early period, to have been pretty general, perhaps it was universal, throughout Asia; from that chain or region of Caucasus to which it gave name; and which is still known under the appellation of Mount Taurus, to the Southern extremities of the Indian Peninsula; extending itself also into Europe, and through the Eastern parts of Africa.
This evidently originated during those remote ages of the world, when the colure of the vernal equinox passed across the stars in the head of the sign Taurus [among which was Aldebarבn]; a period when, as the most ancient monuments of all the oriental nations attest, the light of arts and letters first shone forth.
The Arabian word AL-DE-BARֱN, means the foremost, or leading, star: and it could only have been so named, when it did precede, or lead, all others. The year then opened with the sun in Taurus; and the multitude of ancient sculptures, both in Assyria and Egypt, wherein the bull appears with lunette or crescent horns, and the disk of the sun between them, are direct allusions to the important festival of the first new moon of the year: and there was everywhere an annual celebration of the festival of the first new moon, when the year opened with Sol and Luna in Taurus.” — Pike, Albert., Morales & Dogma, p. 451-452
The Bear Market
A bear market is defined as “a market in which prices are falling, encouraging selling.” A bear market, therefore, symbolizes a lack of prosperity. This also makes sense from a historical and astronomical perspective, although it’s more difficult to trace the allegorical and astrological-astrotheological root. However, the Micmac Indians of southeast Canada and their “Celestial Bear” could shed some light in terms of simply understanding the market metaphor.
To the Micmac Indians in southeast Canada, a ‘Celestial Bear’ is our Big Dipper pattern, which comes down to our horizon signaling the beginning of hibernation season. It thus symbolizes the approaching winter and lack of growth and prosperity, which is in contrast to the symbology of Taurus the bull, which marked the growth of vegetation, renewal of life, and the approaching summer Sun.
The superficial explanation
The superficial explanation is that bears hibernate and that bulls are aggressive. However, that perfectly matches what’s being said here, as bears hibernate during the winter and bulls are most aggressive and fertile during the summer season.
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