Taurus (astrology)

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Taurus
Taurus by Johannes Hevelius.JPG
Taurus.svg
Zodiac symbol Bull
Duration (tropical, western) April 20 – May 21 (2018, UT1)[1]
Constellation Taurus
Zodiac element Earth
Zodiac quality Fixed
Sign ruler Venus
Detriment Pluto, Mars
Exaltation Moon
Fall Uranus
AriesTaurusGeminiCancerLeoVirgoLibraScorpioSagittariusCapricornAquariusPisces

Taurus (Latin: Bull; symbol: Taurus.svg, Unicode: ♉) is the second astrological sign in the present zodiac. It spans from 30° to 60° of the zodiac. It is a an Earth sign with a Fixed modality. The Sun is in the sign of Taurus from about April 21 until May 21 in Western astrology. People born between these dates, depending on which system of astrology they subscribe to may be called Taureans.[2][3]

History and Myth[edit]

Taurus was the first sign of the zodiac established among the ancient Mesopotamians, who called it as the Bull of Heaven, because it was the constellation through which the sun rose on the vernal equinox at that time. Due to the precession of the equinox, it has since passed through the constellation Aries and into the constellation Pisces (hence our current era being known as the Age of Pisces). Cults centered around Sacred bulls began to form in Assyria, Egypt, and Crete during the Astrological age of Taurus, also known as "The Age of Earth, Agriculture, and the Bull".

In Greek mythology, Taurus was identified with Zeus, who assumed the form of a magnificent white bull to abduct Europa, a legendary Phoenician princess. Zeus later re-created the shape of the white bull in the stars, which is now known as the constellation of Taurus. In illustrations of Greek mythology, only the front portion of this constellation is depicted. This was sometimes explained as the bull being partly submerged as it carried Europa across the sea to the Greek island of Crete.

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