Taurus in the Ancient Zodiac

Taurus is an image of a fierce, charging bull with powerful horns. In today’s horoscope, anyone born between April 21 and May 21 is a Taurus.  In this modern horoscope interpretation of the astrological zodiac, you follow the horoscope’s advice for Taurus to find love, good luck, wealth, health, and insight on your personality.

Where did the Bull come from? What does it mean?

Be Warned! Answering this will open up your horoscope in unexpected ways – embarking you on a different journey then you intended when just checking your horoscope sign…

In the ancient Zodiac, Taurus was the ninth of twelve astrology constellations that together formed a Great Story. Virgo to Sagittarius formed an astrological unit about the Great Redeemer and his mortal conflict with His Enemy. Capricorn to Aries formed another unit which focused on the work of this Redeemer for us. Taurus opens the third and final astrological unit focusing on the Return of the Redeemer and his complete Victory.  This unit opens with a Bull and closes with a Lion (Leo) so it concerns power and authority.

In the ancient Zodiac, Taurus was for all people since it predicts events affecting everyone.  So even if you are not a Taurus in the modern horoscope sense, the ancient astrology story embedded in the stars of Taurus is worth understanding.

Taurus Constellation in Astrology

Taurus is a constellation of stars forming a bull with prominent horns.  Here are the stars of Taurus.  Can you see anything resembling a bull with horns in this image? 

Stars of Taurus

Here is the National Geographic image of Taurus along with the other astrological images of the Zodiac. Does the Bull come in any clearer?

Taurus in National Geographic

Here the stars forming Taurus are connected with lines. Can you make out the bull with horns any better? It looks more like a cosmic letter K.

Taurus constellation with stars connected by lines

But this sign goes back as far as we know in human history.  Here is the zodiac in the Dendera Temple of Egypt, more than 2000 years old.  The image of the Bull Taurus in this zodiac is circled in red.

Taurus in Dendera Zodiac

As with the previous zodiac constellations, the Taurus image of the Bull is not obvious from the constellation itself.  It is not innate from the stars.  Rather, the Bull was thought of beforehand, from something other than the stars, and then in astrology it was superimposed onto the constellation.  But why?  What did it mean to the ancients?

Taurus the Bull

The astrological image of Taurus shows the Bull with prominent horns, head lowered, charging. It is as if the Bull is shown in intense rage – ready to gore anyone in its path, dashing forward with swift and boundless energy. 

Taurus as astrological image – with Pleiades circled

Circled in red is the star group known as the Pleiades (or Seven Sisters) in the middle of the neck of Taurus. The earliest direct reference to the Pleiades comes from the Book of Job in the Bible. Job lived around the time of Abraham, about 4000 years ago. There we read:

He is the Maker of the Bear and Orion, the Pleiades and the constellations of the south.

Job 9:9

The constellations, including the Pleiades (and so also Taurus) were made by the Creator himself. Originally the zodiac was His story given to the ancients before revelation was written down. Central to this Story was the coming (Virgo – from the Virgin) of Jesus. Taurus continues the story, but expands the scope. The horns of Taurus and the Psalms are the keys to understand. The Christ had to come from the line of David (The title ‘Anointed one’ = ‘Christ’). Among the images describing the coming Christ was that of ‘horn’.

“Here I will make a horn grow for David and set up a lamp for my anointed one.

Psalm 132:17

You have exalted my horn like that of a wild ox; fine oils have been poured on me.

Psalm 92:10

The ‘horn’ represented power and authority. The Anointed One (Christ) was the horn of David. In his First Coming he did not wield his horn because he came as a Servant. But consider what his Second Coming will be like.

Come near, you nations, and listen;
    pay attention, you peoples!
Let the earth hear, and all that is in it,
    the world, and all that comes out of it!
The Lord is angry with all nations;
    his wrath is on all their armies.
He will totally destroy them,
    he will give them over to slaughter.
Their slain will be thrown out,
    their dead bodies will stink;
    the mountains will be soaked with their blood.
All the stars in the sky will be dissolved
    and the heavens rolled up like a scroll;
all the starry host will fall
    like withered leaves from the vine,
    like shriveled figs from the fig tree.
My sword has drunk its fill in the heavens;
    see, it descends in judgment on Edom,
    the people I have totally destroyed.
The sword of the Lord is bathed in blood,
    it is covered with fat—
the blood of lambs and goats,
    fat from the kidneys of rams.
For the Lord has a sacrifice in Bozrah
    and a great slaughter in the land of Edom.
And the wild oxen will fall with them,
    the bull calves and the great bulls.
Their land will be drenched with blood,
    and the dust will be soaked with fat.
For the Lord has a day of vengeance,
    a year of retribution, to uphold Zion’s cause.

Isaiah 34:1-8

The dissolving of the stars is exactly what Jesus said would be the Sign of his return. The prophet Isaiah (700 BC) here is predicting the same event. It describes the hour of the Christ’s coming to judge the world in righteousness – the hour of a coming Judgment. It is pictured in the heavens with Taurus, and it is written in the Book. He is coming as Judge.

Your Taurus Horoscope Reading from the Ancient Zodiac

The Prophetic writings mark the Taurus ‘horo’ like this.

Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth—to every nation, tribe, language and people. He said in a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water.”

Revelation 14: 6-7

The Greek word for the hour of judgment is horo, the same as the root in ‘horoscope’.  The prophetic reading says that this hour will come and it is the hour that marks Taurus in the ancient astrological horoscope.

You and I can apply the Taurus horoscope reading today. 

Taurus tells you that the end will come with such a big bang that all the lights in the sky will go out.  There won’t even be any planets around to align with any star. So best to make good use of your time while the lights are still on. A good place to start is working on your humility trait because God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. In other words, there is no compatibility between Him and pride in you. And by the sounds of it, you will be looking for much mercy in that Hour. A characteristic He will test for in that Hour is whether you love him or not. How do you know if you love him? According to him, if you guard his commands then you love him. At the very least, guarding his commands means knowing them and doing them. Loving one another is another trait that He values highly. Of course His idea of what love is may be different than yours so you will want to know what He says true love is. His idea of love will carry you far in any relationship, whether at work, at home or in romance. He talked less about how love makes you feel, and more about what love makes you do and not do. He said that love is patient and kind and does not envy, does not boast, and is not proud. Practicing to put these characteristics into your life will go along way to prepare you for the Taurus hour. As a final thought, it may open things up to learn what ‘the eternal gospel’ is which the angel was to proclaim to all nations.

Further in the Zodiac and deeper into Taurus

In Taurus judgment is pictured.  Gemini will picture what happens to those passing this Judgment. For the beginning of the Zodiac Story see Virgo.

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