Taurus

(April 21 – May 21)

Element: Earth

Colors: pink and pale blue

Ruling Planet: Venus

Symbol:Taurus

Taurus is the second sign of the Zodiac. Covers our calendar year from April 21 to May 21. The symbol represents the horns and head of the bull.

The bull comes from the story of Jupiter and Europa. Jupiter prided himself on his sexual abilities, and he loved to woo young ladies. Jupiter had many, many children by human women, Hercules just to mention one of the more famous. Europa was the daughter of a King who lead a sheltered life in her fathers court. Europa was told by a strange woman in her dream to go pick flowers in the meadow by the sea. She and her handmaidens went to the meadow. Jupiter saw her and decided he would have her. He transformed himself into a bull, to get close enough to her, as his own God like figure would scare away any innocent maiden. Europa was taken with this magnificent bull, white with jeweled horns and a moon crescent on his forehead. So tranquil and tame, climbed onto his back. Jupiter had her, and he sprang into the air, carrying her away to Crete. There he took her as his lover.

The strange woman appeared to her soon after, telling her she was Venus, and admitting to be the woman in her dream. Venus told her that the continent that Jupiter took her to would be know by her name, Europe. Europa gave Jupiter three children. And Jupiter placed his likeness of the bull in the constellation Taurus in the heavens.