Taurus Sun Sign

Taurus

Around 21 April – around 20 May

Symbol: The Bull Quality: Fixed Element: Earth Ruler: Venus

Taurus once represented the beginning of the zodiac. In Egypt it was during the period of Taurus that the cattle and oxen ploughed the fields. As a result, it has always been associated with earthiness and practicality. It has also been a byword for steadfastness, something that was underlined by the star Aldebaran, ‘the bull’s eye’, which sat fixed in the middle of the section of the sky that was Taurus. The bull has also been long been associated with fertility, both in terms of agriculture and sex.

Its links with Venus and the goddesses of love go back to Babylon and the battle of Gilgamesh, when Ishtar, the goddess of love, sent a bull into battle on her behalf. It’s no mistake that when Jupiter wanted to ravish the nymph Europa he transformed himself into a bull. Venus remains Taurus’s ruler in modern astrology. Again, today it is the most fertile and fruitful of signs. Planets in Taurus reflect its nature by behaving in a way that is linked to the bull’s traditional qualities of stability and abundance.

KEY WORDS: Practical, possessive, stoic, faithful, artistic.

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