To the Egyptians TAURUS, The Bull, symbolised both Osiris and his sister Isis who
were represented as a bull-god and cow-goddess respectively.
In Greek legend, 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.