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Books by Stefan Stenudd:

Your 2013 Horoscope

Your 2013 Horoscope

Astrological 2013 Predictions for the World and the Zodiac Signs. This book explains how forecasting with the horoscope is done, and includes extensive predictions for the coming year. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.

Your Health in Your Horoscope, by Stefan Stenudd.

Your Health in Your Horoscope

This book shows you what your horoscope says about your health, according to the old tradition of medical astrology. You learn what the planets, the Zodiac signs and the other ingredients of the horoscope reveal about many health issues. Click the image to see the book (and Kindle ebook) at Amazon.

Tarot Unfolded, by Stefan Stenudd.

Tarot Unfolded

This book presents an imaginative reading of the divination cards, which is the most appropriate for the Tarot, consisting of symbolic images. Several spreads are introduced, as well as the meanings of all the 78 cards and their pictures. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.

Tao Te Ching, translated and explained by Stefan Stenudd.

Tao Te Ching

This book is the translated, richly commented and explained Taoist classic by Lao Tzu, who was the first and foremost of the Taoists. In 81 chapters, he presented Tao, the Way, and its calm philosophy of life. The book was written around the 5th century BC and has been a world classic ever since. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.

The Taurus symbol.

The Taurus Symbol

Its meaning and origin

The above image is the established symbol for the Zodiac sign Taurus, the Bull. It's a simple representation of the head of a bull, with its horns. Both the Zodiac sign and its symbol have been along for ages.

     The Zodiac division of the ecliptic into twelve parts, each assigned a Zodiac sign, is probably of Babylonian (Mesopotamia) origin. They were very early with astrology, mapping the sky and noting planetary movements thousands of years ago. The Zodiac very much like the one we know today, might have emerged in Mesopotamia around 1000 BC, but Babylonian astrology is probably far older than that.

     The Babylonians didn't connect this Zodiac sign to the Bull, though. They called the constellation The Steer of Heaven. But already in Classical Greece, the Bull was established as the name of the sign and the constellation.

     It's not that easy to see a bull in the constellation of Taurus. Most images of it mark the horns by connecting a couple of the stars, but that's about it. The rest is up to the imagination. Several of the Zodiac constellations are equally vague. Here's the constellation Taurus, with the image of the Bull added to it in a typical fashion:

The Taurus constellation.

     As you can see, the formation of the stars doesn't support the idea of a bull very convincingly. The reason for the choice is, as far as I know, buried in history.

     Below is an antique illustration of the same constellation, where the figure of the bull has also been added. It's from a 17th century book: Firmamentum sobiescianum, by Johannes Hevelius, 1690.

The Taurus constellation, 1690.

     Below is an ink version of the symbol for Taurus, which I did a number of years back in an experiment of using Japanese ink calligraphy (shodo) for old European astrology symbols. I've used these pictures on my astrology websites, mainly for fun and for the odd graphic effect, and I've seen them copied all over the Internet. I'm fine with that, although I think it wouldn't hurt if the source was mentioned. Well, what to do?

     Anyway, here's that ink again, this time in the original black and white (click on the image to see a bigger version):

The Taurus symbol in ink, by Stefan Stenudd.

Taurus the Sign

As for the picture commonly used to represent the Taurus Zodiac sign, it's been an image of a bull for as long as that has been its name - probably longer than the symbol described above has existed. Below is one typical example, where the stars of the constellation Taurus have also been marked. It's an illustration from Poeticon astronomicon, a 1482 book by Hyginus.

Taurus, the Bull. Illustration from a 1482 edition of a book by Hyginus.

     For the header of this website, I combined the symbol for Taurus with an image of an actual bull. Well, actually I think it's an African water buffalo, but the head and the horns are there.

The Taurus symbol beside the head of a bull.

© Stefan Stenudd

Stefan Stenudd

Stefan Stenudd

About Me

I'm a Swedish writer and astrologer. I've written several books about astrology. I'm also a historian of ideas, researching the thought patterns in creation myths. Google Profile. Here's my personal website: stenudd.com

Classical Astrology

By classical Zodiac sign astrology I mean the proper traditional reading of what can be deduced from only your star sign (where the sun was at your birth). That's but one of the many components in your birth chart horoscope. For a full presentation of astrology, please visit: Complete Horoscope.

Other Websites:

Tarot Meaning

Tarot Meaning

Try the old Tarot deck of cards for divination online. How to use the Tarot and what each card means. Click the image to visit.

I Ching Online

I Ching Online

Try the ancient Chinese divination online. The 64 hexagrams of I Ching, The Book of Change, and what they mean in divination. Click the image to visit.

Creation Myths

Creation Myths

Creation stories from around the world, and the old beliefs about cosmol­ogy they reveal. Click the image to visit.



Taoism, the ancient wisdom of the Taoists Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu, and the classic Tao Te Ching translated and explained. Click the image to visit.
See also Tao Quotes and Tao Themes.

The Life Energy

The Life Energy

The many ancient and modern life force beliefs all over the world, presented and explained. Click the image to visit.

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