Taurus Zodiac Sign

Stefan Stenudd

Stefan Stenudd

About Me

I'm a Swedish writer and astrologer. I'm also an historian of ideas, researching the thought patterns in creation myths. Here's my personal website:


Taurus
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Books by Stefan Stenudd:

Tarot Unfolded, by Stefan Stenudd.

Tarot Unfolded

This book presents an imaginative reading of the divination cards, which is the most appropriate for the Tarot, consisting of symbolic images. Several spreads are introduced, as well as the meanings of all the 78 cards and their pictures. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.


Cosmos of the Ancients, by Stefan Stenudd.

Cosmos of the Ancients

The philosophers of Ancient Greece and what they thought about cosmology, myth, religion and the gods. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.


Life Energy Encyclopedia, by Stefan Stenudd.

Life Energy Encyclopedia

Qi (chi), prana, spirit, and all the other life forces around the world explained and compared. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.



OTHER DIVINATION

Tarot Meaning
Tarot Meaning

Try the old deck of Tarot cards for free divination online. How to use the Tarot and what each card means.

I Ching Online
I Ching Online

Try the ancient Chinese divination online for free. The 64 hexagrams of I Ching, The Book of Change, and what they mean in divination.

The Taurus symbol.

The Taurus Symbol

Its meaning and origin


The above image is the established symbol (also called glyph) for the Zodiac sign Taurus, the Bull. It's a simple representation of the head of a bull, with its horns. Both the Zodiac sign and its symbol have been along for ages.



     The Zodiac division of the ecliptic into twelve parts, each assigned a Zodiac sign, is probably of Babylonian (Mesopotamia) origin. They were very early with astrology, mapping the sky and noting planetary movements thousands of years ago. The Zodiac very much like the one we know today, might have emerged in Mesopotamia around 1000 BC, but Babylonian astrology is probably far older than that.

     The Babylonians didn't connect this Zodiac sign to the Bull, though. They called the constellation The Steer of Heaven. But already in Classical Greece, the Bull was established as the name of the sign and the constellation.

     It's not that easy to see a bull in the constellation of Taurus. Most images of it mark the horns by connecting a couple of the stars, but that's about it. The rest is up to the imagination. Several of the Zodiac constellations are equally vague. Here's the constellation Taurus, with the image of the Bull added to it in a typical fashion:

The Taurus constellation.

     As you can see, the formation of the stars doesn't support the idea of a bull very convincingly. The reason for the choice is, as far as I know, buried in history.

     Below is an antique illustration of the same constellation, where the figure of the bull has also been added. It's from a 17th century book: Firmamentum sobiescianum, by Johannes Hevelius, 1690.

The Taurus constellation, 1690.

     Below is an ink version of the symbol for Taurus, which I did a number of years back in an experiment of using Japanese ink calligraphy (shodo) for old European astrology symbols. I've used these pictures on my astrology websites, mainly for fun and for the odd graphic effect, and I've seen them copied all over the Internet. I'm fine with that, although I think it wouldn't hurt if the source was mentioned. Well, what to do?

     Anyway, here's that ink again, this time in the original black and white (click on the image to see a bigger version):


The Taurus symbol in ink, by Stefan Stenudd.

Taurus the Sign

As for the picture commonly used to represent the Taurus Zodiac sign, it's been an image of a bull for as long as that has been its name - probably longer than the symbol described above has existed. Below is one typical example, where the stars of the constellation Taurus have also been marked. It's an illustration from Poeticon astronomicon, a 1482 book by Hyginus.

Taurus, illustration from a 1482 edition of a book by Hyginus.

     For the header of this website, I combined the symbol for Taurus with an image of a bull. Well, actually I think it's an African water buffalo, but the head and the horns are there. I also added the primary symbol of the Taurus traits: agriculture, in the form of crops on a field.

The Taurus symbol beside the head of a bull.

© Stefan Stenudd


My Astrology Book

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.