This is the most common sign
for the bull,
Taurus. Taurus is the
part of the ecliptic (see in this group) that
begins where the sun is seen around April 20, and ends where it is
around May 20. Like all the zodiac signs Taurus also represents the
time period when the sun can be seen against the part of the ecliptic
Taurus belongs, together with , , and , to the fixed quadruplicity, symbolized by the sign . See this sign in Group 30 for more information about the quadruplicities.
Together with and Taurus belongs to the earth element, drawn . This means, according to astrologers, that individuals strongly influenced by for instance by having , , and other planets in this sign are characterized by deliberateness, slowness, relentlessness, perseverance, sensuality, and a general tendency toward things and relationships that are palpably material rather than abstract like ideas and thoughts. For more details on the triplicities, i.e. elements, turn to in Group 28.
The planet Venus, (see in Group 29), is the planetary ruler of . The moon, , and Jupiter, , are considered well placed in , whereas and do not function well in the sign of Taurus.
According to esoteric astrology is thought to have been the zodiac sign that coloured the cultural development on the earth from about 4500 B.C. until 2350 B.C. It was during that period that the humankind began to root itself in fixed dwelling places and to develop farming techniques. Before this era humankind had mainly made its living by fishing and hunting.
In alchemy was sometimes used to signify the metal bismuth. Filled, i.e. as , it has been used as a sign for mosque on some maps.