Curious about Taurus the Bull? The Story of Taurus and how to Spot this Constellation in the Night Sky

shutterstock_191992697

Taurus Characteristics:  Taurus represents those born from April 20—May 20.  It’ spring in our calendar year, but Taurus is the second Zodiac sign of the year, right after Aries!

 Good Things about Taurus: Responsible, patient, stable, practical, romantic.  So Taureans can be a little dull at times, but that romantic trait comes in and saves the day for you!

Bad Things about Taurus: Stubborn, lazy, materialistic and possessive.  Wow, you are like a bull aren’t you?  A bull that likes shopping!

Myth and Legend: Zeus, leader of the Greek Gods (Jupiter in Roman mythology) fell for a young lady called Europa, a princess of Phoenicia.  In order to attract her attention, he changed form into that of a beautiful, gentle white bull.  Europa petted and played with the kind bull.  Eventually she got on his back and the bull swam into the sea, all the way to Crete (a Greek island).

Once there he revealed his true identity to Europa as Zeus, king of the Gods.  Later to commemorate their story, Zeus recreated the shape of the bull and cast it into the night sky as a constellation—the Taurus constellation!

Element Sign: This star-sign is an earth sign!  The other earth signs are Virgo and Capricorn. Earth signs are practical and rooted to the earth and their surroundings.  They also love shopping! But Taureans can be a bit like King Midas—there’s never enough gold—and we all know how that tale ended!

 Glyph:  The symbol for Taurus is the head of the bull.  And actually it does sort of look like the head of a bull…well if a five year old drew it!  But it’s still a step up from the Pisces glyph!

taurus-glyph

Constellation:  Taurus as a constellation is one of the better ones.  For one thing it’s a huge constellation and like the bull it represents, it charges through the night sky!  It also actually looks like the creature that it represents, that of a bull’s head—although a very skinny bull—making a change from the squinting and active imagination you have to use with most of the other constellations!  If you want to look for the Taurus constellation, it’s best viewed in December and January (between latitudes 40° degrees and longitude 95° degrees west)in the northern hemisphere and early spring in the southern hemisphere. A star map is useful, as well as the help of a knowledgeable star gazer.

taurus-constellation

 Extra Fun Fact: Taurus is Latin for bull.

Next Post—Curious about Gemini, the Twins (May 21 – June 21)?  The Story of Gemini and How to spot this Constellation in the Night Sky.

Evonne Blanchard is the author of, ‘Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace and ‘Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage.  These are the first two books in, ‘Amelia’s Amazing Space Adventures,’ an exciting series of ten books set in outer space (for children ages 5-9).

Ever wondered if aliens exist? What if one needed your help? Would you travel to outer space?  For the adventures… of a lifetime!

New Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage:  Book Two

Uglesnoo needs Amelia’s help.  His sister is very sick.  The only cure is a repelling crystal from Neptune.  With his Earthling friend, Amelia, they must continue their quest.  More items are needed to buy the crystal.  But Venus is full of danger and angry aliens.  Are Uglesnoo and Amelia in over their heads?

Amelia the Venutons cover with text

“A lively sequel offers a sure-handed blend of fantasy, humor, adventure, and an ingenious heroine.” Kirkus Reviews

5/5 star rating!  “Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage is a wonderful children’s book that will allow your kids to get started in the Sci-Fi genre… The story is intriguing and well thought out. All in all, the author did a great job of creating an engaging story that kept my kids interested. We are definitely looking forward to the next book!”- Examiner.com

Click below for a preview:

Amazon.com

or

Amazon.co.uk

 Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace:  Book One

When is a present not a present?  When it’s a friendly purple alien called Uglesnoo, from the planet Pluto!  Uglesnoo needs to leave right away for the Moon.  Uglesnoo also desperately needs Amelia’s help.  Should Amelia venture into outer Space?

kindle cover for upload

Click below for a preview:

Amazon.com

or

Amazon.co.uk

 “Appealing Illustrations combine with lots of text to make this a great read for children transitioning from picture books to chapter books.” – Kirkus Reviews

The story is imaginative and fun…and a perfect book to stretch my oldest in his independent reading with something fun to keep his attention.”Beautiful Books for Children

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s