Practical and grounded, individuals born under this sign harvest the fruit of labor. The individuals have a strong sense of attraction to all tangible pleasures related to love and beauty. They are sensual and tactile and consider the ability to touch and taste the greatest blessings of all. Their stability and conservative nature make them one of the most reliable signs of the zodiac. Like the bull, Stubborn is willing to endure anything that comes their way to prove a point.
The Old Days
As a result of the precession of the equinox, the zodiacal sign of Taurus does not clash with the constellation of Taurus. It prolongs the zodiacal sign of the Ram, Aries, and represents the second 30 degrees of the zodiacal circle. Aries marks the dawn of spring and, along with it, the beginning of life, while the sign of Taurus is fixed that continues what Aries has begun. Life is in entire bloom in the sign of Taurus.
The stars in the Taurean constellation provide two open clusters, the Pleiades (also known as the Seven Sisters and Messier 45) and the Hyades. They are mainly located at the end of the sign of Taurus and the beginning of the zodiacal sign of Gemini. In the Early Bronze Age, it represented the Sun’s location during the spring equinox, similar to the constellation of Aries that marked the equinox over 2000 years ago. The constellation of Taurus was connected to it from 5000 to 1700 BC, before the precession of the equinox that shifted our perspective to the sign of Aries.
Taurus is an ancient known constellation. It is believed that Taurus was depicted in cave paintings, dating about 15000 BC, but it came to be represented as a bull only in Babylonian astronomy, where it was named “The Bull of Heaven” or “The Bull in Front.” Its profound impact on the agricultural calendar gave rise to various bull figures in the mythologies of ancient Egypt, Sumer, Assyria, Babylon, Akkad, and Greece and Rome.
The Myth of Taurus
In the Epic of Gilgamesh from ancient Mesopotamia, one of the earliest works of Literature, Goddess Ishtar sends Taurus to kill Gilgamesh for declining her advances. At the same time, in Mesopotamian art, the bull was closely linked with Innana, the Sumerian Goddess of sensual love, fertility, and warfare. Although many cultures have had their own stories that include the sign of Taurus, the most vivid myths are those from ancient Greece, mainly two of them, both associated with the King of all Gods, Zeus (his Roman equivalent was Jupiter).
The first myth connects Taurus to the abduction of Europa, a legendary Phoenician princess by Zeus. The story goes that while Europa was having a gala time with her friends on a seashore, Zeus became enchanted by her and fell in love. So he approached her in the disguise of a white bull. Europa was captivated by the beauty and the humility of the bull kneeling in front of her and climbed on his back to ride him. He swam across the water to Crete with her on his back, where Europa bore him three sons. Following this, she married Asterion, the King of Crete. He became the stepfather of her children by Zeus and from whom the boys inherited the island’s rule.
The second myth is about Zeus’ first infidelity to Hera, Goddess of marriage and birth, that too with Hera’s priestess, Io. At the realization of her husband’s betrayal, she boiled with rage and envy. So Zeus turned Io into a heifer (cow) to protect her from Hera’s anger, but Hera found out about this thanks to Argus, the all-seeing monster. Hera cursed Io to remain in the shape of a cow but one that is stung by a gadfly (a fly that bites livestock) ceaselessly, which would force Io to wander the world forever with no rest at all. As the beholder of this curse, when I finally managed to cross the Ionian Sea to Egypt with much difficulty, Zeus restored her to human form. She gave birth to his two children, a girl and a boy, who would go on to become the King of Egypt.
The Link between the Myth of Taurus and the Zodiacal Sign of Taurus
The first myth tells the tale of a powerful man pretending to be something he is not, for he has a motive to win the affections of a woman he has his eyes fixed on. It is a story of abduction, travel across waters, and the pretense of a man boasting his fragile masculinity.
The second myth is a lot more sinister, and this is usually manifested when planets in this sign or contact with the constellation are in significantly arduous positions. It marks adultery, sexual relations between a man and his wife’s close connection, or even her sister. It leads to the wife’s fury, who is willing to go to any lengths to hurt her husband’s mistress. The lover, in turn, is fated not to have any peace until she crosses to a great extent, moves to another country, or travels across the sea. It leads to unfortunate circumstances such as the pregnancy of a woman and birth of her son out of wedlock, which is to become influential later in life, and another woman’s marriage to a man who is not the father of her children.
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