Constellation Scorpius & Taurus

Barham, Cole

Where did the name come from?

Sorpius: The name Scorpius is the Latin word scorpion, literally translated as "the creature with the burning sting".


Taurus: The name Taurus comes from the Latin word Taurus, meaning head of a bull.

What is the myth behind Scorpius? (Greek)

Orion and Scorpius are in Greek mythology and according to one myth, Orion boasted that he would kill every animal on the earth. The goddess-hunter Artemis and her mother, Leto, dispatched a scorpion to kill Orion. Zeus put the scorpion in the heavens after it won the battle.

What is the myth behind Taurus (Greek)

Taurus is identified with the disguise adopted by Zeus in yet another of his amorous adventures. On this occasion, the god had fallen in love with the beautiful Europa, daughter of King Agenor, as she strolled with her companions on the seashore. He suddenly appeared amongst them as a magnificent white bull, but one which was so gentle that they felt no fear. Europa and her maidens gathered flowers and made garlands which they hung around the animal's neck and, such was their trust in his docility, that Europa climbed upon his back. However, at this moment, the bull plunged into the sea and swam away furiously with the terrified girl. When they reached Crete, Zeus revealed his true identity and ravished her. She was to bear him three sons, the first of which, Minos, introduced the bull cult to Crete.

What is the myth behind Scorpius? (Other)

In another myth, the god Apollo, Artemis's twin brother, grew angry and sent a scorpion to attack Orion because he claimed to be a better hunter than Artemis. Zeus put Orion and Scorpius in the sky, but they are visible at different times of the year.

What is the myth behind Taurus? (Other)

the mythology of Taurus begins with a wandering bull known as Cerus. Cerus was a large and powerful bull who villagers were terrified of because of his tendency to trample their villages to pieces on a whim. He was owned by no one, and none of the farmers knew where he came from. Though he was not immortal, most people assumed him to be because of his sheer size and strength and the fact that despite all of the destruction he caused nobody was ever able to stop him.

How to find Taurus?

The constellation Taurus occupies an area of 797 square degrees and contains three stars with known planets. It can be seen at latitudes between +90° and -65° and is best visible at 9 p.m. during the month of January. In tropical astrology, the Sun is said to be in Taurus between April 20 and May 21, while in sidereal astrology it passes through the sign from May 16 to June 15.

How to find Scorpius?

The constellation Scorpius occupies an area of 497 square degrees and contains ten stars with known planets. It can be seen at latitudes between +40° and -90° and is best visible at 9 p.m. during the month of July. Astronomically, the Sun lingers in Scorpius only for a week, from November 23 to November 30, but most astrologers consider it to be in the sign of Scorpio from October 23 to November 23. In sidereal astrology, the Sun passes through Scorpio from November 16 to December 16.