The Myth of the Sign

Toro127.jpgDepth psychology has linked some of the ancient myths and archetypes to the signs of the Zodiac and the fundamental planets. The sign of Taurus takes us to the island of Crete, governed by the cruel and despotic patriarchal sovereign Minos, husband of Pasiphae. One day, Neptune-Poseidon, god of the sea, asked the king to sacrifice a beautiful white bull, the pride of the royal herd. The reflected all night on the god's request (giving things up is very difficult for Taurus) and in the end he decided to sacrifice another white bull, but Neptune immediately noticed his deceit and as a punishment he made his wife Pasiphae sexually desire the bull, who had a wooden bull made so she could mate with it. The result of this union was the terrible Minotaur, a living symbol of the king's offence and the excesses of the queen. The king called the royal architect Daedalus to build a labyrinth to restrain it.

Each year a number of virgin youths and maidens were sacrificed to it, causing the population great pain and distress. Later, the fearless Theseus, guided by the thread of Ariadne slew it and thus eliminated this danger for the people of Crete.
The psychology of this sign is therefore not as simple and serene as it would at first appear. On the contrary it is complex and contains within it a true labyrinth, a reason for feeling blue and thoughtful which often involves their amorous relationships. These can be conceived as possessing their loved one, being deeply jealous and needing security regarding economic questions and the future. Under this Venusian aspect hides a nature which is at times suspicious and carefully observant, not taking decisions until they have carefully weighed up the question and thought it over.