Taurus (astrology)

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Taurus
Taurus by Johannes Hevelius.JPG
Taurus.svg
Zodiac symbolBull
Duration (tropical, western)April 19 – May 20 (2020, 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 21 until May 21 in western astrology.[2]

History[edit]

Taurus was the first sign of the zodiac established among the ancient Mesopotamians, who called it "The Great Bull of Heaven" as it was the constellation through which the Sun rose on the vernal equinox at that time.[3] 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".

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Astronomical Applications Department 2011.
  2. ^ Oxford 2019.
  3. ^ Sołtysiak, Arkadiusz (2001). "The Bull of Heaven in Mesopotamian Sources" (PDF). Culture and Cosmos. 5: 3–21.

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