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April 21 Through May 21

The second sign of the zodiac, Taurus is ruled by Venus. The glyph represents the Bull, Taurus's symbol. The sign is concerned with the manifestation of the self, with basic needs being foremost. Ruled by Venus, Taurus personalities tend to be driven by their affections.

Taurus is the direct opposite of the Aries character. Taurean people tend to be slow,methodical,practical and reserved.They are also stolid, tenacious and determined.Possessing tremendous willpower and self-discipline,they are inclined to stick to tried and traditional methods. Their greatest satisfaction derives from results produced directly by their personal efforts.

A palace wall mural at Knosos in Crete.
Bulls were revered as masculine counterparts
to goddesses in the ancient Mediterranean.

Where is the Planet Mercury in Your Birth Horoscope?

Of all the planets within our solar system, Mercury is nearest to the Sun. There is a direct correspondence to this fact in the mapping of an individual's birth chart. With the exception of the Moon, Mercury revolves through the zodiac faster than any other planet; yet its proximity to the Sun insures that its placement will always be near to or on par with the subject's Solar sign.

It is likely that you will be able to determine where Mercury was at the time of your birth without consulting an astrologer. By reading the three potential profiles, it is often uncanny how clearly one of them will fit to us. I thought you would enjoy trying this out. Links to the three positions are provided at the right.

Roots are important to the Taurean. A sense of permanence, a feeling of security is essential. Generally an easygoing person, slow to anger, but once roused is known for a ferocious temper. Very difficult to deal with when angry. Usually set off by jealousy due to a possessive nature. Loyalty is important to a Taurus, and a true friend of a Taurean will speak well of their great generosity.

Taureans are warm, loving, gentle and charming most of the time. Motivated by self preservation, the Taurean is not a risk taker and weighs every decision carefully, in a slow and methodical manner. To more impulsive people, Taurus is a bore. Opinionated, stubborn, once a Taurean makes a decision, it is written in stone. Don't expect original thinking and new ideas here. Basically physical people, they prefer the known to the unknown, the tried to the new. They love the earth, possessions, and generally treat those they love as possessions.

Allegorical rendering of the planet Venus.
Taurus is symbolized within the chariot wheel.
Engraving by Hans S. Beham from the 1530s.

Prosperous at developing and maintaining wealth, Taureans do well in banking and finance. In business, they shine in fields concerned with the earth and money. Architect, builder, gardener or accountant, financier, banker, auctioneer, real estate broker, are all professions which attract a Taurus.

Persistence, thoroughness and single-mindedness that can take on dogmatic qualities are the hallmarks of the Taurean personality. No detail will ever be overlooked by the eyes of a Taurus. Motivated by a desire to obtain and accumulate physical possessions, they can be compulsive in their intensity to secure an ample supply of everything they consider important.

Taurus and Orion of the Night Skies.
European Constellation Chart.

Origins in Mythology

Ere the heels of flying Capricorn
Have touched the western mountain's darkening rim,
I mark, stern Taurus, through the twilight gray,
The glinting of thy horn,
And sullen front, uprising large and dim,
Bent to the starry Hunter's sword at bay.

—Bayard Taylor, Hymn to Taurus

Taurus is one of the elder signs in the zodiac. In earlier ages the vernal equinox was located within the realm of the bull, roughly during 4,000-1,700 BCE, whereas today it is to found within Aries.To the Greeks, Taurus is associated with Zeus and his transformation into a snowy white Bull. This he did as a means to abduct Europa, whom he lusted for. Thus, the Minotaur of Crete, result of this union of God and mortal, is also recognized as being associated with the second sign of the zodiac.The Egyptians gave great significance to the sky cluster in both religion and astrology; the great starry bull of the Nile. Halfway around the globe, small tribes living along the Amazon river in South America, called this section of the night sky: Tapüra Rayoaba, the Jaw of the Ox. It is certainly a hard constellation to miss! As one of the densest groupings, there are, by varying accounts, between 120 and 190 stars within it, visible to the naked eye.

The Goddess Hathor of Egypt
was often associated with Taurus.

In the Mediterranean region, the Sun's entry into Taurus was celebrated as the Feast of Maya. We know it as May Day, the first of the month. The Sun was often represented by a white bull with a golden disc between his horns. This image was followed by a procession of virgins, exemplifying the fecundity of nature. This association of Taurus with the beginning of Spring, can be traced as far back as ancient Babylon. In Egypt, Taurus held an even greater importance, as it was believed that humanity was created while the sun was passing through its borders.

(April 21 Through May 21)
Taurus Associations
Rulling Planet
SymbolThe Bull
ColorsLight blue,Pink,Lemon
Body AreaThroat
Notable Taurus
Orson Welles

Martha Graham (May 11, 1894) American Dancer. Rudolph Valentino (May 6, 1895) Italian-American Actor. Vladimir Nabokov (April 23, 1899) Russian Poet, Novelist: Lolita. Gary Cooper (May 7, 1901) American Actor: High Noon. Bing Crosby (May 2, 1904) American Singer, Comedian. Salvador Dali (May 11, 1904) Spanish Surrealist Painter. John Wayne (April 26, 1907) American Actor: True Grit. Evita Perone (May 7, 1908) Argentine First Lady. Joe Lewis (May 13, 1914) American Boxing Champion. Orson Welles (May 6, 1915) American Actor, Film Director: Citizen Kane. Ella Fitzgerald (April 25, 1917) Legendary American Jazz Singer. Satyajit Ray (May 2, 1921) Indian Film Director. Elizabeth II (April 21, 1926) Queen of England. Hosni Mubarak (May 4, 1928) Egyptian President. Ernesto 'Che' Guevara (May 14, 1928) Argentine Revolutionary. Audry Hepburn (May 4, 1929) American Actress: My Fair Lady. Willie Mays (May 6, 1931) American Baseball Legend. James Brown (May 3, 1933) American Rhythm & Blues Singer. Madeleine Albright (May 15, 1937) American Secretary of State, First Woman to Hold the Office. Al Pacino (April 25, 1940) American Actor: The Godfather, Scent of a Woman. Barbara Streisand (April 24, 1942) American Singer, Actress, Director. Kolo Omotoso (April 21, 1943) Nigerian Novelist: Just Before Dawn. George Lucas (May 14, 1944) American Film Director; Star Wars; Indiana Jones. Cher (May 20, 1946) American Singer, Actress. Stevie Wonder (May 13, 1950) American Musician, Singer, Songwriter. Tony Blair (May 6, 1953) British Prime Minister. Randy Travis (May 4, 1959) American Country & Western Singer, Actor. Bono (May 10, 1960) Lead Singer of the Irish Rock band U2. George Clooney (May 6, 1961) American Actor. Janet Jackson (May 16, 1966) American Singer, Actress.