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The Zodiac is an imaginary belt in the sky which represents the orbit of the Sun around the Earth. This system was devised by Claudius Ptolemy, a Roman astrologer, who deemed that the Earth was stationary and all the planets and stars revolved around it. Known as the Ptolemaic System, this system is still used today by astrologers, even though we know now that Earth and all the other planets in our Solar System orbit the Sun. The zodiac belt is divided into 12 sections, of 30° each, with each section named after a constellation - these are the Signs of the Zodiac - known as Sun Signs (not Star Signs!).

Your Sun Sign indicates the sign of the Zodiac the Sun occupied at the time of your birth. The Sun rules your willpower and ego and it is the core of your potential and uniqueness as an individual - who you are and what makes you tick.

Your Sun Sign represents the direction and focus of your life and your determination to achieve your aims and ambitions. It also represents your integrity, your ability to command respect and your ability to impress and influence others. It represents the outer you - how others see you.


Taurus Glyph Taurus is the second sign of the zodiac, symbolised by the Bull. It is a feminine, Earth sign, ruled by the planet Venus. People whose birthdays occur between April 21 and May 20 are said to be born under the sign of Taurus. However if you were born on the day when the Sun moved signs you will need to know your time of birth to determine which Sun sign you really are. The Tarot card associated with Taurus is The Hierophant.

You are patient and determined, with a lusty physical appetite. You value stability and possessions and dislike upheaval and being rushed. You need to learn to be more adaptable. You like to build a home in which you feel secure, and you prefer to work in a stable environment. Ruled by Venus, you have strong aesthetic tastes and like to create beautiful surroundings. You have a methodical, decisive mind, but can be inflexible and reluctant to change.

You are a considerate lover who enjoys sensual pleasure, but you can regard a lover as a possession, and jealousy can threaten the most secure partnership. Your ambition for a comfortable home can be so strong that you may neglect your partner or children in your eagerness to earn a sufficient income. As a child you were usually happy and content, but needed routine.

You are ambitious but do not like risks - a regular income is very important to you. Your interest in money is not emotional, but highly practical too. Taureans are commonly found in careers connected with money such as banking and insurance. You also enjoy horticulture and agriculture, or any work that takes you out into the open air. Often interested in music, Taureans make excellent musicians, especially singers. You enjoy your leisure and often pursue outdoor interests such as gardening or golf. You love food and wine but tend to put on weight. Aerobics, dancing or jogging can help keep you trim.

Although everyone born under the same Sun-sign shares some basic traits, the date you were born determines which type of Taurus you really are.

Each sign of the Zodiac comprises thirty degrees and thus each Zodiac Sign can be divided into three subsections called Decans. Each Decan corresponds to 10 degrees or roughly 10 days of a Zodiac Sign's time period. Every sign will have three Decans and each Decan has a planetary ruler which becomes the co-ruler of that particular sign. Decans can provide a more detailed account of an individual's personality traits and character and reveal how people born under the same Zodiac Sign can be very different.

Find the date you were born below to discover the traits of your particular Sun-sign Decan!

1st Decan 21st - 30th April: Ruled by Venus, you are a rock-solid Taurus - patient, persevering, the truest of friends and most constant of lovers. The beauties of nature and comforts of home nourish your soul. You are deeply centred with a rare devotion - to loved-ones, work, interests and beliefs.
2nd Decan 1st - 10th May: Influenced by Mercury, you are blessed with a rare artistic sensibility. To typical Taurus earthiness is added a perfectionist streak, the highest ideals and finely tuned perceptions. You are a patient and caring but complex lover, at once dependable and slightly enigmatic. Imagination and money sense can make you a top tycoon.
3rd Decan 11th - 20th May: Influenced by Saturn, you are endowed with super-staying-power and self-discipline to take you wherever you want to go, and you naturally command respect. You enjoy success in the home, too, forming close and happy relationships that can last for a lifetime.

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