Taurus (astrology)

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Taurus
Taurus by Johannes Hevelius.JPG
Taurus.svg
Zodiac symbolBull
Duration (tropical, western)April 20 – May 21 (2019, UT1)[1]
ConstellationTaurus
Zodiac elementEarth
Zodiac qualityFixed
Sign rulerVenus
DetrimentMars
ExaltationMoon
FallTraditional: No planet is fall or depressed here; Modern: Uranus
AriesTaurusGeminiCancerLeoVirgoLibraScorpioSagittariusCapricornAquariusPisces

Taurus (Latin for bull, derived from the Greek word Ταῦρος) is the second astrological sign in the present zodiac. It spans from 30° to 60° of the zodiac. This sign belongs to the Earth element or triplicity, and has a feminine or negative polarity, as well as a Fixed modality, quality, or quadruplicity. It is a Venus-ruled sign like Libra. The Moon has its exaltation here at exactly 3°. The Sun transits this sign from approximately April 20 until May 20 in western astrology. People born between these dates, depending on which system of astrology they subscribe to, may be called Taureans.[2]

History[edit]

Taurus was the first sign of the zodiac established among the ancient Mesopotamians, who called it as "The Great Bull of Heaven" as it was the constellation through which the Sun rose on the vernal equinox at that time. Cults centered around sacred bulls began to form in Assyria, Egypt, and Crete during The Age of Taurus, or "The Age of Earth, Agriculture, and the Bull".

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Works cited[edit]

  • Astronomical Applications Department (2011). Multiyear Computer Interactive Almanac. 2.2.2. Washington DC: US Naval Observatory. Longitude of Sun, apparent geocentric ecliptic of date, interpolated to find time of crossing 0°, 30°....
  • Astroroom (2012). "Opposing zodiac signs: themes of the six axes". astroroom.com.
  • Oxford Dictionaries. "Taurus, Gemini - definitions of Taurus and Gemini in English from the Oxford dictionary".

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