Taurus in the Ancient Zodiac

In today’s horoscope if you are born between April 21 and May 21 you are 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.

But Taurus is an image of a powerful, charging bull with fierce horns. Where did the Bull come from and what does it mean?

In the ancient Zodiac, Taurus is the ninth of twelve astrology constellations that together form a Great Story. Virgo to Sagittarius formed an astrological unit that concerned the person of a Great Redeemer and his mortal conflict with His Enemy. Capricorn to Aries formed a second astrological which focused on the work of this Redeemer as it affects 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 we know it will address power and might.

In the ancient Zodiac, Taurus was for all people since it predicts events that will affect 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 that form the image of a bull with prominent horns.  Here are the stars that form Taurus.  Can you see anything resembling a bull with horns in this image?  As with the previous constellations it is not readily seen.

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 that form the astrological 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 we have looked at, the Taurus image of the Bull is not obvious from the constellation itself.  It is not innate within the star constellation.  Rather, the Bull was thought of beforehand, from something other than the stars, and then in astrology it has been 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 put into writing. We saw that the central theme of this Story was the coming (Virgo – from the Virgin) of Isa al Masih PBUH. Taurus continues the story, but what does the Bull mean? The horns of Taurus and the predictions in the Zabur are the keys to understand. The Masih had to come from the line of David (The title ‘Masih’ = ‘Anointed one’ = ‘Christ’). Among the different images used to describe 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 image of ‘horn’ represented power and might. The Anointed One (Masih) was a horn of David. But in his First Coming he did not wield his horn because he came as a Servant. But read what the prophets wrote 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 forth to judge the world in righteousness – the hour of a coming Judge and of a coming Judgment. It is pictured in the heavens in Taurus, and it is written in the Book.

Your Taurus Horoscope Reading from the Ancient Zodiac

Horoscope comes from the Greek ‘Horo’ (hour) and thus carries the meaning of marking special hours. The Prophetic writings mark the Taurus ‘horo’ this manner.

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 us that the end will come with such a big bang that all the lights in the sky will go out.  Then 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 the pride in you. And by the sounds of it, you will be looking for alot of grace on that Day. A characteristic He will be testing for on that Day 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 would entail knowing them and doing them. Loving one another is also a 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 real love is. His idea of love will carry you far in any relationship, whether at work, at home or in romantic love. 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 that Taurus hour. As a final thought, it may open things up if you learn what ‘the eternal gospel’ is which the angel was to proclaim to all nations.

Further in the Zodiac and deeper into Taurus

In the Taurus we have Judgment pictured.  Gemini next will picture what happens to those who pass this Judgment. To start at the beginning of the Zodiac Story see Virgo.

To go deeper in the Written Story of Taurus see: