13 May 2012

Hero and Beast: Happy Birthday Taurus

The astrological sign of Taurus, is associated with the shape shifter Zeus. The Greek god took the form of a bull to carry off the Phoenician princess Europa. Taureans are also identified with the myth of the Minotaur, the creature who had the head of a bull and the body of a man. For the Taurean there is always the conflict between the beast and the hero. As a hero, people born under this sign are strong, tenacious and dependable. Their beast side makes them sensuous; they delight in visual beauty, an exquisite meal, the laughter of friends, the scent of a memory, the touch of a lover's hand.

Happy Birthday to a beloved Taurean, Billy Bragg!

Images:
Valentin Serov; The Rape of Europa, 1910
William Blake; Dante Hell XII, 1826
Franz Marc; Lying Bull, 1913

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