Being born as a Taureanean, the Age of Taurus remains near and dear to my heart. The zodiac has always fascinated me, but I had never fully understood what each constellation signified.
Recently, I have been reading through the Evolution of Goddess by Emma Mildon as a part of my path of self-discovery. One of the sections in her book, Time By The Stars, has piqued my interest in the formation of the zodiac constellations.
The Taurus Constellation
Taurus is Latin for bull. The Taurus constellation is one of the three earth signs within the sphere of the zodiac.
Signs and Qualities of the Zodiac
The zodiac is divided into four elements: air, water, fire, and earth. There are three qualities within each sign of the zodiac: cardinal, fixed, and mutable. Taurus is considered to be the fixed quality of the earth element. The age of Taurus is regarded as the time of “earth, agriculture, and the bull.”
The Time of Taurus
The age of Taurus was roughly between 4006 BC to 2006 BC. This was during the Iron Age of man. (Please note that the dates of the ages are approximate. Just like with the rise and fall of nations, there is no exact start or end date for the ages.)
The age of Taurus was a time of structure. Stonehenge, the pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx, even Atlantis were said to have been built during this time.
Taurus and Venus
Taurus is said to be ruled by Venus. Zodiacs ruled by Venus are worldly and place significant importance on material possession.
The most significant Taureanean influence at the time can be seen by the unification of Egypt and the subsequent pyramids and religious structures that popped up across the desert. Religion, societal structure, power, and wealth went hand in hand. This was the time when the Israelites were enslaved to Pharoah—the generation of Moses.
The Formation of the Taurus Constellation
There are many different myths about the formation of the Taurus constellation.
Zeus and Europa
In ancient times, Zeus was said to have fallen madly for a Phoenician princess named Europa. Europa was picking flowers near the sea with a group of friends where they encountered a beautiful white bull (Zeus in disguise). The bull laid down in front of Europa and enticed her to climb on its back. Once on the back of the bull, it took off into the sea.
Posideon and nereids escorted the white bull through the waters. Europa realized she had been abducted. She pleaded with the bull to release her. Zeus told her of his love and took her to Crete, the place of his birth. In Crete, she bore Zeus many sons. The most popular of their sons was Minos.
Hercules and The Cretan Bull
King Minos of Crete worshipped the god Poseidon. He asked Poseidon to give him a white bull as a sign of his right to rule. Poseidon sent him the white bull. It was to become a sacrifice to the gods. After seeing the sign, King Minos could not part with the bull and substituted a bull from his own flock.
Enraged, Poseidon and Aphrodite plotted against Minos. Aphrodite influenced Minos’s wife who later became impregnated by the white bull and bore a half bull-half human son, who would later become the Minotaur. The white bull plagued the land of Crete until Hercules came to capture it.
At the time, Hercules was on a path of repentance. Hera, the wife of Zeus, had cursed Hercules with insanity for a time during which he killed his own two children. After his sanity had been restored, Hercules’s remorse started him on his path of repentance (also known as the twelve labors of Hercules).
There are many other stories related to the constellation of Taurus. Among them is the Mesopotamian story of Gilgamesh and the Bull of Heaven.
Gilgamesh and the Bull of Heaven
The goddess Ishtar tries to seduce Gilgamesh but fails. In her rage, she released the Bull of Heaven upon the earth. With one breath of the bull, the ground opened up and swallowed two hundred men. For fear that the Bull of Heaven would destroy the earth, Gilgamesh sought to destroy it. After a fierce battle, Gilgamesh stabbed the bull in the throat and defeated the beast. Ishtar cursed Gilgamesh. She placed the Bull of Heaven among the stars to remind him of his gruesome fate to come.
Finding The Taurus Constellation Among The Stars
You can find the Taurus constellation by drawing an imaginary line from Orion’s belt in the direction of the sun’s path. This will point you in the direction of the Aldebaran and the Pleiades star cluster.
The Taurus constellation is easiest to spot in the night sky during the winter months. It is the radiant point for the Taurid meteor shower that occurs annually in mid-November.
Taurus: Structural Foundation in Relation To Social Status
The Age of Taurus signified the time of structural growth and divided social status. It was a time of great wealth. The bronze age had come to an end, and the iron age had just begun.
The introduction of iron changed the face of agriculture forever. Plows and sickles were improved. Tilling fields that were once considered unplantable were now able to be planted through the use of yoked bulls.
Subsequently, the people of the era had more time to divulge in the arts. Jewelry crafting and sewing skills improved. The world flourished, and the people became prosperous.
This was the time when bulls were regarded as religious animals. The worship of the bull can be seen in many different ancient civilizations around the world. The image of the bull related directly to the earth and agriculture.
In nearly all cultures, the Taurus constellation is related to new life and prosperity. The constellation of Taurus crosses the sun’s path during the spring equinox. Spring is when new life sprouts up from the ground, the animals birth their young, and the world seems to be reborn.
Being feminine, Taurus is often depicted by a moon goddess with horns. Ancient Egyptians worshipped “bull goddesses” throughout history. The goddess Hathor was found on throughout Minoan structures and was said to have been worshipped by the people of Atlantis.
The age of Taurus was a time when magnificent structures were built. It signified an increase in agriculture and societal stability. People reaped the fruits of their labor.
My encounter with Taurus was when I realized I needed to prepare for the future. Life was more than living in the moment. There was more to life than living pay check to pay check and being able to provide for the “now”. I needed to build a structure for the future.
Taurus Inspires Stability and Structural Growth
Taurus signifies the preparation for a better future. The You of today will not be the same as the You of tomorrow. You never know what the future will bring or the challenges you will face. How you prepare is essential to what the outcome will be. What does Taurus mean to you? What happened when you encountered Taurus and started to prepare for your own future? Tell me in the comments below. I would love to hear your story. Or maybe you have started to feel the age of Taurus in your life but don’t know where to start.
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