Taurus: April 21 - May 21
Taurus, ruled by Venus, is a fixed earth sign. A Taurus never tires of waiting, a sign with truly endless patience. Taurus is responsible, reliable, honest and practical. Taurus is sensual and loves luxury, they love to be spoiled, good food, wine, Renoir and peace and quiet. The polarity is Yin, feminine, negative.
Taurus is symbolized by the bull. Your ruling planet is Venus and your element is earth. If you are a Taurus, you have a great deal of passion and loyalty. You have a gift for being direct and have no trouble remaining grounded. While you are quick to anger, you are just as quick to forgive. You are extremely stubborn and determined, which makes it hard for you to understand viewpoints differ from your own. Your best romantic matches are Libra, Scorpio, and Capricorn.
Correspondences and Qualities
- RULER: Venus
- PHYSICAL CORRELATION: Neck, nape, shoulders, throat
- TAROT CORRESPONDENT: The Hierophant
- ELEMENT: Earth
- QUALITY: Fixed
- COLOR: Green
- NATURAL HOUSE: Second
- NATURAL HOUSE QUALITIES: Succedent and Substance
- KEYWORDS: practical, sensual
- PHRASE: "I have"
Taurus and Taureans - All About Your Sign
Taurus is an astrological sign, which is associated with the constellation of the same name. Under the tropical zodiac, Taurus is occupied by the Sun from April 20 to May 20, and under the sidereal zodiac, it is currently from May 14 to June 19. The opposite sign to Taurus is Scorpio and the two signs are widely considered to be the most sexually responsive of all zodiacal members.
Taurus is the second sign of the Zodiac and associated with material pleasure. Individuals born under this sign are thought to have a calm, practical, reliable, loyal, affectionate, sensuous, ambitious, and determined character, but one which is also prone to hedonism, laziness, inflexibility, jealousy, and antipathy. In terms of anatomy, Taurus is said to rule the vocal chords, tonsils, palate, throat, neck, ears, and lower jaw. In terms of geography Taurus is linked with Switzerland, Sweden, Cyprus, Ireland, Iran and Russia.
Physically, individuals born under the sign of Taurus supposedly tend to have a full and square face, small ears, a rounded and dimpled chin, a short and turned-up nose, large and expressive eyes, glowing and opaque skin, full and well-shaped lips, small and even teeth, and thick, often curly hair. Generally, there is something distinctly sensual about the appearance. They are thought to usually be of average height. According to astrology, those born in April are usually big-boned and those born in May are sometimes more slight-of-frame.
Taurus is traditionally thought to be ruled by the planet Venus. However, in more recent years a few astrologers have come to believe the true planet which governs Taurus is one named Pan-Horus, first discovered during the 1970s. Some astrologers have also speculated the dwarf planet 1 Ceres is the true ruler of Taurus. But since it has never been stated either 1 Ceres or Pan-Horus are actually planets the vast majority of astrologers still consider Venus to be the planetary ruler of the Sign of Taurus, as Venus has a much more archetypical representation in Taurus than the other Venus-ruled sign, Libra.
In mythology Taurus is often associated with the Greek myth of the bull-form taken by Zeus in order to win Europa, as well as the mythological figure of Midas, King of Phrygia, from the Greek myth of the Midas Touch. Taurus is also associated with the Greco-Roman goddess Aphrodite/Venus and sometimes also the goddesses Hera/Juno, Ishtar, Isis, Freyja, and Frigg and the gods Pan, Dionysus/Bacchus, Xolotl, and Quetzalcoatl.
More about Taurus and Taureans
The Taurean's characteristics are solidity, practicality, extreme determination and strength of will - no one will ever drive them, but they will willingly and loyally follow a leader they trust. They are stable, balanced, conservative good, law-abiding citizens and lovers of peace, possessing all the best qualities of the bourgeoisie. As they have a sense of material values and physical possessions, respect for property and a horror of falling into debt, they will do everything in their power to maintain the security of the status quo and be somewhat hostile to change.
Mentally, they are keen-witted and practical more often than intellectual, but apt to become fixed in their opinions through their preference for following accepted and reliable patterns of experience. Their character is generally dependable, steadfast, prudent, just, firm and unshaken in the face of difficulties. Their vices arise from their virtues, going to extremes on occasion,such as sometimes being too slavish to the conventions they admire.
On rare occasions a Taurean may be obstinately and exasperatingly self-righteous, unoriginal, rigid, ultraconservative, argumentative, querulous bores, stuck in a self-centered rut. They may develop a brooding resentment through nursing a series of injuries received and, whether their characters are positive or negative, they need someone to stroke their egos with a frequent, "Well Done!" Most Taureans are not this extreme though.
They are faithful and generous friends with a great capacity for affection, but rarely make friends with anyone outside their social rank, to which they are ordinarily excessively faithful. In the main, they are gentle, even tempered, good natured, modest and slow to anger, disliking quarreling and avoiding ill-feeling. If they are provoked, however, they can explode into violent outbursts of ferocious anger in which they seem to lose all self-control. Equally unexpected are their occasional sallies into humor and exhibitions of fun.
Although their physical appearance may belie it, they have a strong aesthetic taste, enjoying art, for which they may have a talent, beauty (recoiling from anything sordid or ugly) and music. They may have a strong, sometimes unconventional, religious faith. Allied to their taste for all things beautiful is a love for the good things of life pleasure, comfort, luxury and good food and wine and they may have to resist the temptation to over indulgence, leading to drunkenness, gross sensuality, and covetousness.
In their work, Taureans are industrious and good craftspeople, and are not afraid of getting their hands dirty. They are reliable, practical, methodical and ambitious, within a framework of obedience to superiors. They are at their best in routine positions of trust and responsibility, where there is little need of urgency and even less risk of change, and a pension at the end. Yet they are creative and good founders of enterprises where the rewards of their productiveness come from their own work and not of others. They can flourish in many different trades and professions: banking, architecture, building, almost any form of bureaucracy, auctioneering, farming, medicine, chemistry, industry Taureans make good managers and foremen surveying, insurance, education and, perhaps surprisingly, music and sculpture. They make an ideal trustee or guardian, and can attain eminence as a chef. Some Taureans are gifted enough in singing to become opera stars or to excel in more popular types of music.
They are more than averagely amorous and sensually self-conscious, but sexually straightforward and not given to experiment. They make constant, faithful, home loving spouses and thoughtful, kindly parents, demanding too much of neither their spouses nor children. They can be over possessive and may sometimes play the game of engineering family roles for the pleasure of making up the quarrel. If anyone offends their amour proper they can be a determined enemy, though magnanimous in forgiveness if their opponent makes an effort to meet them halfway.
No other sign in the zodiac is closer to earth then Taurus. The main objective in leading a Taurean life is primarily (though not entirely) to maintain stability and physical concerns. Your inner spiritual sense longs for earthly harmony and wholesomeness. When you fully understand this, and work toward this end, you will no longer need to blindly reassure yourself with external possessions and comforts. A realization finding this inner peace will cause all of the above mentioned positive things will overtake you and your life will be very full.
Ultimately the Taurean needs to discover their truest, deepest and highest values. When they know what is truly valuable, they are no longer chained to people and to things have to do with lesser values. The greatest indication of value to a Taurean is beauty, which cannot be owned, only appreciated.
Possible Health Concerns
Taurus governs the throat and neck and its subjects need to beware throat infections, goiter and respiratory ailments such as asthma. They are said to be at risk of diseases of the genitals, womb, liver and kidneys, and of abscesses and rheumatism. Because their body type has an inclination to physical laziness, Taureans can be overweight.