Definition: [Sun Signs - Solar Zodiac] [See also:
Age of Taurus] Taurus, the sign of the Bull, is the 3rd sign of the
Real Solar Zodiac.
Below can be found the fundamentals of the astrology of
Gemini. The quotations are from the Magnum Opus of astrology, Tetrabiblos,
composed by Claudius Ptolemy [c 130 - 170 AD] - the father of Classical
|The Power of the
|| "Of those in Taurus, the stars
along the line where it is cut off have a temperature like that of Venus and in
a measure like that of Saturn; those in the Pleiades, like those of the moon
and Jupiter; of the stars in the head, the one of the Hyades that is bright and
somewhat reddish, called the Torch, has a temperature like that of Mars; the
others, like that of Saturn and moderately , like that of Mercury ; those in
the tips of the horns, like that of Mars. "
|Character of the Sign:
|| "Solid" [now Bicorporeal
(Mutable) - see below]
||"Venus; Feminine Aspect." [now the
Sun - see below]
|| Second Triangle - Taurus, Virgo,
and Capricornus: Feminine. Ruled by the Venus in day and Moon at night.
|| "Sun exalts in Gemini. Saturn is
depressed in Gemini."
|| "Venus = 8; Merkur = 6; Jupiter =
8; Saturn = 5; Mars = 3"
|| "Venus = 8; Merkur = 7; Jupiter =
7; Saturn = 2; Mars = 6"
|| "Parthia, Media, Persia; in the
centre, the Cyclades, Cyprus, the coastal region of Asia
upon the Weather:
|| "The sign of Taurus as a whole is
indicative of both temperatures and is somewhat hot; but taken part by part,
its leading portion, particularly near the Pleiades, is marked by earthquakes,
winds, and mists; its middle moist and cold, and its following portion, near
the Hyades, fiery and productive of thunder and lightning. Its northern parts
are temperate, its southern unstable and irregular "
Movement of the Ages :
Ptolemy's astrology described the heavens in the Age of
Aries. However, nearly two thousand years later we are now in the Age of
Pisces. Therefore, some of the astrological features noted above are no longer
accurate. Taurus is no longer a Solid sign, but is now a
Bicorporeal sign. In modern terminology this makes it a mutable
sign. [See Tetrabiblos
i Chapter 11]
Which planet makes its 'house' in
Taurus [in modern terms the planetary ruler] is even more complex. In
the Age of Taurus, 4000 years ago, Leo was the Summer Solstice sign in the
northern hemisphere and hence the Sun made its 'house' in Leo and the rest of
the signs followed from this starting point. But by the time of Ptolemy, in the
Age of Aries, Cancer was the Solstice sign and should have been assigned the
Sun. However Ptolemy assigns Leo the Sun. Even Ptolemy kept out-dated
astrology, as we do today. [See Tetrabiblos
i Chapter 17] In our time at the end of the Age of Pisces, Gemini is the
Solstice sign and so should be assigned the Sun. Hence in the Age of Pisces the
Moon makes its 'house' in Taurus.
The Real Solar Zodiac Sun
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