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. The bull is its zodiac symbol. This sign belongs to the Earth triplicty. It has a Fixed modality with a feminine polarity. It is ruled by Venus and it is the sign where the Moon is exalted. The Sun transits in the sign of Taurus from approximately April 21 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

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. Cults centered around Sacred bulls began to form in Assyria, Egypt, and Crete during the Age of Taurus, known as "The Age of Earth, Agriculture, and the Bull".

Notes

Works cited

  • 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".

External links

  • Warburg Institute Iconographic Database (over 300 medieval and early modern images of Taurus)
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