Taurus (♉) is the second of the astrological signs in the Zodiac, originating from the constellation of Taurus. In astrology, Taurus is considered a negative (introvert) sign. It is also considered an earth sign and one of the four fixed signs. Taurus is ruled by the planet Venus (which also rules Libra). Being the second sign of the zodiac, Taurus has been associated with the astrological second house.
Individuals born within the period when the Sun was in this sign are considered Taurus individuals. Under the tropical zodiac, the Sun is in Taurus roughly from April 21 to May 21. In western astrology, this sign is no longer aligned with the constellation as a result of the precession of the equinoxes.
Zodiac Symbol: Bull
Duration (Tropical, Western): 20 April – 21 May (2011, UTC)
Duration (Sidereal, Hindu): 14 May – 1 June (2011, UTC)
Zodiac Element: Earth
Zodiac Quality: Fixed
In Greek mythology, Taurus was identified with Zeus, who assumed the form of a magnificent white bull in order to seduce Europa, a legendary Phoenician princess. In illustrations, only the front portion of this constellation are depicted; in Greek mythology this was sometimes explained as Taurus being partly submerged as he carried Europa out to sea. Greek mythographer Acusilaus marks the bull Taurus as the same that formed the myth of the Cretan Bull, one of The Twelve Labors of Hercules.
Generally, the natives of Taurus are considered to be compatible with the natives of the other earth signs Virgo and Capricorn, and the natives of the water signs Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces. Leo and Aquarius are signs of the other nature (masculine/extroverted), but are considered semi-compatible with Taurus due to them having the same fixed quality.
There are many variables in the astrology chart that determine compatibility of individuals. The position of the Sun, the Moon, the planets and the aspects they form with each other are assessed by astrologers before judgment on compatibility is made. The signs listed as compatible with Taurus do not reflect an individual profile or individual reading as interpreted within astrology, but rather reflect a general guideline and reference to compatibility as dictated by variables such as Qualities and Elements within the Zodiac. The branch of astrology dealing with interpersonal compatibilities is called Synastry.
Definition courtesy Wikipedia.