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. Hazrat Job lived around the time of Ibrahim, 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 Isa al Masih PBUH. Taurus continues the story, but expands the scope. The horns of Taurus and the Zabur’s predictions are the keys to understand. The Masih had to come from the line of David (The title ‘Masih’ = ‘Anointed one’ = ‘Christ’). Among the images describing the coming Masih 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 (Masih) 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 Isa al Masih 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 Masih’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. Practising 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.

To go deeper in the Written Story of Taurus see:

Aries in the Ancient Zodiac

Aries is the eighth constellation of the Zodiac and concludes the Zodiac Unit revealing the results for us from the Coming One’s victory.  Aries is the image of a ram alive and well with its head held high. In today’s horoscope if you are born between March 21 and April 20 you are an Aries.  In this modern astrology horoscope reading of the ancient zodiac, you follow the horoscope advice for Aries to find love, good luck, wealth, health, and gain insight on your personality.

But what did Aries mean at first?

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 Virgo we saw that the Quran and the Bible state that zodiac constellations were Signs made by Allah from the beginning of mankind.  In this ancient story from the stars each chapter was for all people. So even if you are not an Aries in the modern horoscope sense, the ancient astrology story of Aries is worth knowing.

Constellation Aries in the Stars

Here are the stars forming Aries.  Can you see anything resembling a ram (male sheep) with its head held high in this photo?  

Aries Star Constellation in sky

Even connecting the stars in Aries with lines does not make the ram obvious.  How did early astrologers think up a living Ram from these stars? 

Aries 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.  Aries is circled in red.

Aries in the Ancient Egyptian Dendera Temple Zodiac

Below are traditional images of Aries that astrology has used as far back as we know.

What is the meaning of the Ram?

What is the significance for you & me?

Aries Astrology Constellation Image
Classic Aries Zodiac Image

Original Meaning of Aries

With Capricorn the Goat-front had died so Fishes could live. But the Band of Pisces still held the fishes. There remains a bondage to physical decay and death. We live through many troubles, grow old and die! Yet we have a great hope for a physical resurrection. It is Aries whose front leg extends to the band of Pisces that reveals how this will be achieved. An amazing thing happened to that Goat (Capricorn) which died. The Injil describes it like this:

Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. He went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne. And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people. And they sang a new song, saying:
“You are worthy to take the scroll
    and to open its seals,
because you were slain,
    and with your blood you purchased for God
    persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.
10 You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God,
    and they will reign on the earth.”
11 Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. 12 In a loud voice they were saying:
“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,
    to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength
    and honor and glory and praise!”
13 Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying:
“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
    be praise and honor and glory and power,
for ever and ever!”
14 The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped.

Revelation 5:6-14

Aries – The Lamb Alive!

The marvelous news, planned from the beginning of human history, is that the Lamb, though slain, has come alive again.  Who was the lamb slain?  The Prophet Yahya, thinking back to the sacrifice of Ibrahim, said of Isa al Masih

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! (John 1:29)

The Prophet Isa al Masih PBUH rose from the dead three days after his crucifixion.  Forty days later, after being with his disciples, the Injil says he ascended into heaven.  The Lamb is alive and in heaven – just as Aries reveals.

Later in this same vision John saw:

After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. 10 And they cried out in a loud voice:

“Salvation belongs to our God,
who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb.” (Revelation 7:9-10)

These are the multitudes, symbolized with the fishes of Pisces, that have come to the Lamb.  But now the bands of decay and death have been broken.  Aries has broken the bands holding the fishes of Pisces.  They have received the fullness of salvation and eternal life. 

Your Aries Horoscope Reading from the Ancient Zodiac

‘Horoscope’ is based on the Greek word ‘Horo’ (hour) and the Prophetic writings mark many important hours. We have been reading the crucial Virgo to Pisces ‘hours’ in the writings.  But it is the other Greek word in Horoscope – skopus (σκοπός) – which brings out the Aries reading.  Skopus means to look at, think about or consider.  Aries is the Zodiac Sign of the eternal Lamb of God so there is no definitive time period to focus on, but it is the Ram himself we are urged to consider.

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking (Skopus) to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature God,
    did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
    by taking the very nature of a servant,
    being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
    he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:3-11)

There is no hour de-limiting Aries the Ram.  But the Ram has gone through distinct degrees of glory.  We first see him in the very nature (or form) of God.  He planned even from the beginning to be a servant by becoming a human and to die.  This descent to ‘human likeness’ was announced with Virgo and Capricorn expressed his obedience to death.  But death was not the end – it could not hold him and now the Ram is exalted in heaven, alive and in charge.  It is from this high authority and power that the Ram executes the final unit of the Zodiac, beginning with Taurus.  No longer the servant, He is preparing to come in Judgment to vanquish his enemy, as Sagittarius of the ancient Zodiac story predicts.

You and I can apply the Aries horoscope reading in this way:

Aries declares that the brightness of morning comes after the dark night.  Life has a way of bringing the dark night to you.  You might be tempted to give up, quit or settle for something less than what you were made for.  To find the resilience to keep on going you need to look past your circumstances and situation.  You need to see your ultimate destiny.  You do so by scoping out Aries.  If you belong to Aries you will ride on his coattails and he is at the highest place and he will take you there with him.  For if, while you were God’s enemy, your relationship with him was restored through the Capricorn sacrifice, how much more, now being compatible with Him, will you be saved through Aries’ life?  It is just that you have to follow his path, and his path went down before it went up – so yours will have to as well. How to keep going? Rejoice in Aries’ life always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident in all your relationships. Aries is near.  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, bring your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which goes beyond your understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in The Ram.   Finally, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 

The Return of the Lamb

This closes the second unit of the ancient zodiac story which focused on the benefits given to those who receive the fruits of the victory of Isa al Masih (The Lamb).  Why not receive his gift of life?

The final unit, chapters 9-12 of the Zodiac Story, focus on what happens when Aries the Ram returns – as he promised.  This is declared in that same vision of the Lamb when John saw:

They called to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! (Revelation 6:16)

In the ancient zodiac this is shown in Taurus.  See Virgo to begin that Zodiac Story.  For the written words corresponding to Aries see:

Pisces in the Ancient Zodiac

Pisces is the seventh constellation of the Zodiac, and in the Zodiac Unit revealing the results for us of the Coming One’s victory.  Pisces is the image of two fishes bound together by a long band. In today’s horoscope if you are born between February 20 and March 20 you are a Pisces.  In this modern astrology horoscope reading of the ancient zodiac, you follow the horoscope advice for Pisces to find love, good luck, wealth, health, and insight on your personality.

But what did it mean to the ancients?

Why has Pisces from ancient times been two fishes connected by a long band?

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 Virgo we saw that the Quran and Bible state that zodiac constellations were Signs made by Allah himself going back to the beginning of mankind.  In this ancient astrology of the stars each chapter was for all people. So even if you are ‘not’ a Pisces in the modern horoscope sense, the ancient story in the stars of Pisces is worth knowing.

Constellation Pisces in the Stars

Here are the stars forming Pisces.  Can you see anything resembling two fishes held together by a long band in this photo?  

Photo of the Stars that make up Pisces

Even connecting the stars in ‘Pisces’ with lines do not make the fishes obvious.  How did early astrologers think up two fishes from these stars? 

Pisces 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 two Pisces fishes in this zodiac is circled in red. You can also see in the sketch on the side that the band binds them together.

Ancient Egyptian Zodiac of Denderah with Pisces circled

Below is a traditional image of Pisces that astrology has used as far back as we know.

Astrological Pisces Image

What is the meaning of the two fishes?

And the band fastened to their two tails?

What is the significance for you & me?

Original Meaning of Pisces

We saw in Capricorn that the fish tail received life from the dieing head of the goat. In Aquarius we saw that water was poured out to the Fish – Piscis Austrinus. The fish represented the multitudes who would receive the Living Water. This was foreseen back in the time of the Prophet Ibrahim PBUH when Allah promised him

all peoples on earth
    will be blessed through you.

Genesis 12:3

and through your seed all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me

Genesis 22:18

This vision of multitudes redeemed through the Coming Servant was divided into two groups

he says:
“It is too small a thing for you to be my servant
    to restore the tribes of Jacob
    and bring back those of Israel I have kept.
I will also make you a light for the Gentiles,
    that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.”

Isaiah 49:6

Here the prophet spoke of the ‘tribes of Jacob’ as well as the ‘Gentiles’. These are the two fishes of Pisces. When Isa al Masih PHUH called his disciples he told them

“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”

Matthew 4:19

The very first followers of Isa al Masih used the symbol of the fish to show they belonged to him. Here are photos from ancient catacombs.

Fish symbol with Greek letters on ancient tomb
Fish symbol on ancient Roman tombs
Two fish engraved in rock

The two fishes of Pisces, the tribes of Jacob and those of other nations following Isa al Masih have equal life given to them by him. They are also equally held by the band.

The Band – Passing Bondage

The two fishes of Pisces, though given new spiritual life, are bound together by the constellation The Band. The Band holds the two fishes captive. But we see the hoof of Aries the Ram coming towards the band. It speaks of the day when the fishes will be freed by Aries.

Pisces with Aries in the Zodiac. Aries’ hoof is coming to break the Band

This is the experience of all followers of Isa al Masih today. The Injil describes our present bondage to suffering, decay and death – but still in hope looking forward to the Day when we are freed from this bondage (represented in Pisces by the band).

I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19 For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.

22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

Romans 8:18-25

We wait for the redemption of our bodies from death. As it explains further

50 I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— 52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. 54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”

55 “Where, O death, is your victory?
    Where, O death, is your sting?”

56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 15: 50-57

The Band around the fishes of Pisces pictures our present-day situation. But we wait expectantly for the coming of Aries to set us free. This freedom from bondage to death is offered to all. In the original zodiac, Pisces was not intended to guide your daily decisions to good fortune, love and better health, based on your birth date. It was a Sign that not only would the victory of Isa al Masih grant us Living Water, but also that one day we will be released from the bondage to decay, trouble and death that hold us captive now.

Your Pisces Horoscope Reading from the Ancient Zodiac

Since Horoscope comes from the Greek ‘Horo’ (hour) and the Prophetic writings mark important hours for us, we note their Pisces ‘hour’. The Pisces horo reading is marked by the fishes alive in the water, but still bound by the bands.  True life but waiting for complete freedom. 

They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, the hour is coming when anyone who kills you will think they are offering a service to God. They will do such things because they have not known the Father or me. I have told you this, so that when their hour comes you will remember that I warned you about them. I did not tell you this from the beginning because I was with you,

John 16:2-4

“When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, 12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that hour what you should say

Luke 12:11-12

We live in the hour of Aquarius and also in the hour of Pisces.  Aquarius brought the water (Spirit of God) to bring life to the fishes.  But we are only in the middle of the Zodiac Story and the final Sagittarius victory is still in the future.  We now face trouble, hardship, persecution and physical death in this hour, as Isa al Masih PBUH warned us.  The bands holding the fish are real.  But even as we are held by the bands we still have life.  The Holy Spirit indwells, teaches and guides us – even in the face of death.  Welcome to the hour of Pisces.

You and I can apply the Pisces horoscope reading today with the following. 

Pisces horoscope declares you must go through many hardships to enter the Kingdom. In fact some common traits of your journey to that Kingdom are troubles, hardships, distresses and even death.  Don’t let this get you down.  It is actually to your benefit as it can develop three characteristics in you: faith, hope and love.  The bands of Pisces can do this in you – if you do not lose heart. Though outwardly you may be wasting away, yet inwardly you are being renewed day by day.  This is because you have the firstfruits of the Spirit in you.  So even as you groan inwardly as you wait eagerly for the redemption of your body, recognize that these real problems are working for your good if they make you compatible with the King and His Kingdom. Keep yourself going with this Truth: In his great mercy The King has given you new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Isa al Masih from the dead,and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you,who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when The King is revealed.

Deeper into Pisces & on through the Ancient Zodiac Story

The beginning of the Ancient Zodiac story starts with Virgo. To continue the Ancient Zodiac Story see Aries. Further writings corresponding to Pisces are: