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Taurus

Picture of the Constellation of Taurus

Looking east on the 12th October 2008 at 10.00pm

The constellation Taurus has two very long horns, a large eye and two skinny legs.

The large eye is the old star Aldebaran, an orange giant about forty times the size of the sun. For billions of years it has burned its supply of hydrogen until little is left. Eventually it will gradually dim into a white star. The stars that appear clustered around Aldebaran are The Hyades.

There are many stories in mythology about Taurus � the bull. One such Greek story is about Europa, daughter of King Agenor, who was by the seashore gathering flowers. Zeus, who had fallen in love with her beauty, changed himself into a beautiful white bull and joined King Agenor�s herd which was grazing near Europa. He seemed so mild that Europa placed flowers around his neck and jumped on his back. Suddenly he plunged into the sea and carried her to the island of Crete. Whilst in Crete she had three sons, the first of whom was Minos. It was Minos who introduced the Cretans to the bull cult. He had Daedalus build the famous labyrinth at Knossos, which became the home of his son the Minotaur.
The Minotaur was eventually killed by Theseus.

Minos was the title of the ancient rulers of Crete.

Our resident astrologer JG