Taurus
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Stefan Stenudd

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Tarot Unfolded, by Stefan Stenudd.

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Cosmos of the Ancients, by Stefan Stenudd.

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Life Energy Encyclopedia, by Stefan Stenudd.

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Taurus Dates of Birth

Is Your Zodiac Sign Really Taurus?



Usually, people born between April 20 and May 21 have Taurus as their sun sign, because that is the Zodiac sign where the sun was at their birth. But it differs a little from year to year, because of the leap years.



The Leap Year Bump

In astrology, your Taurus Zodiac sign (also called sun sign or star sign) is decided by the position of the sun at the moment of your birth, as seen from Earth. The sun takes a year to travel through the twelve Zodiac signs, but it's not exactly a year of 365 days. The time it takes is closer to 365.25 days. That's why we have leap years.


Ephemeris - table of planet positions.
Ephemeris, table of planetary positions, from the Renaissance.


     Every fourth year we add a day to the calendar, the 29th of February, making that year 366 days. Actually, there's an additional rule, to make it more precise with the actual movement of earth and the sun: The starting year of a new century is not a leap year, unless it's evenly divisible by 400. So, 1900 was not a leap year, but 2000 was.

     The leap years make the dates of each Zodiac sign change slightly. Normally, Taurus starts on April 20 and ends on May 21, but that's just the mean. In reality it changes slightly in a four year period from one leap year to the next.

     Here are the leap years since the beginning of the 20th century:

1904
1908
1912
1916
1920
1924
1928
1932
1936
1940
1944
1948
1952
1956
1960
1964
1968
1972
1976
1980
1984
1988
1992
1996
2000
2004
2008
2012

     If you were born on the 20th of April or the 21st of May, you have to check if you're really a Taurus or not. It never differs more than a day in each direction. The start of Taurus must be within the 19th to 20th of April, and the end of it within the 20th or 21st of May. People born on other dates need not be concerned.


Cusp or not

If you were born on April 19th or 20th, your sun may be on the very cusp (the starting point) of Taurus, or right by the end of Aries. If you were born on the 20th or 21st of May, your sun might be at the very end of Taurus or at the cusp of Gemini.

     You need to check with the Zodiac Sign Calculator (see the link below) or your exact horoscope, because on those dates it depends on what time of day you were born - and in what place.

     It's particularly important with this check If you were born far away from Greenwich, England, since that's the base for the dates given for Taurus.

     You can get your exact complete horoscope computed for free on several websites. Go here to find instructions and links to them:

Your own complete horoscope.


Aries, Taurus, Gemini


Mixed Zodiac Signs

Now, If you were born on April 19th or 20th at a time when your sun is at the very end of Aries, you probably have a mixture of Aries and Taurus in your character. It's an Aries inclined to be more of a Taurus. If your sun is at the very start (cusp) of Taurus, though, you're definitely a Taurus - and a firm one at that.

     If your sun is at the very end of Taurus, you may show personality traits of both Taurus and Gemini, but If you were born at the very start of Gemini, no matter how early in it, you're most definitely a Gemini.

     That's because each sign is the most powerful at its beginning, its cusp.


Decans Make a Difference

The strongest is not equal to the most typical, though. A Zodiac sign is its most typical at the part of it (decan) corresponding to its quality: cardinal, fixed or mutable.

     Each Zodiac sign belongs to one of the four elements fire, earth, air, and water. It's also one of the three qualities. So, four elements and three qualities make twelve possible combinations - the twelve signs of the Zodiac.

     Taurus is the fixed earth sign. That means its most typical part is the middle one - the ten degrees making its second decan, 10-20 Taurus. That corresponds approximately to the dates May 1-10. If your birth date is within this range, you're likely to be a very typical Taurus.

     If you were born on late April, the 20th to 30th, you're still a Taurus, but with character traits comparable to those of Capricorn (the cardinal earth sign). If you were born on May 11th to 21st, you have some tendencies similar to those of Virgo (the mutable earth sign).


The Earth element Zodiac signs: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn.


     Astrology is rather complicated, when dealt with seriously.

     But the most important thing to decide is what sign you are. So, If you were born on April 19th-20th or May 20th-21st, please check with the Zodiac Sign Calculator (see the link below), or get your complete horoscope chart, to be sure of your star sign.


Zodiac Sign Calculator

Zodiac Sign Calculator

If you're unsure of your Zodiac sign, or if you want to know on what degree (between 0 and 30) of the sign the sun was at your birth, please visit the Zodiac sign calculator. It's very easy to use, and then you'll know for sure. Here it is:

Zodiac Sign Calculator


Zodiac Sign Dates of Birth

Here are all the twelve Zodiac signs and their dates of birth, i.e. the period when the sun passes through them. For more about the dates for a specific Zodiac sign, please click the link.

Aries dates


March 21 - April 19
Taurus dates


April 20 - May 21
Gemini dates


May 21 - June 21
Cancer dates


June 21 - July 22
Leo dates


July 23 - August 22
Virgo dates


August 23 - September 22
Libra dates


September 23 - October 23
Scorpio dates


October 23 - November 21
Sagittarius dates


November 22 - December 21
Capricorn dates


December 22 - January 20
Aquarius dates


January 20 - February 19
Pisces dates


February 19 - March 20


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Your Health in Your Horoscope, by Stefan Stenudd.

Your Health in Your Horoscope

This book explains what your horoscope says about your health, according to the old tradition of medical astrology. You learn what the Zodiac signs, the planets, and the other ingredients of the horoscope reveal about many health issues and different types of illnesses. Also, celebrity horoscope charts are used to show how a health reading is made. Click the image to see the book (and Kindle ebook) at Amazon.