From The Alpha and the Omega - Chapter Four
by Jim A. Cornwell, Copyright © 1995, all rights reserved
" Taurus, Unicorns, Aurochs, Wisent and Bull Worship for the Ninth Day"
TAURUS and opposite SCORPIUS
Ninth Day Circle

   Taurus is an Earthy sign and a symbol of servitude. Taurus has no Hebrew word but the words calf, ox, bullock are prevalent throughout the Scriptures. There is a Hebrew word Rheem which represented a one-horned wild ox, possibly the extinct auroch; derived from the transliteration of the word unicorn used in Scripture frequently.

   The constellation of Monoceros which is below Gemini is referred to as "The Unicorn."

   Aurochs also urus and wisent [Obsolete German, variant of German Auerochs, from Middle High German urohse, from Old High German urohso: uro, aurochs + ohso, ox]. Urus is an extinct wild ox (Bos primigenius) of Europe, northern Africa, and western Asia, believed to be the ancestor of domestic cattle [Latin urus, of Germanic origin]. Wisent is the European bison (Bison bonasus) having a smaller and higher head than the North American bison [German, from Middle High German, from Old High German wisunt].

   Pleiades and Orion have biblical references and are associated with Taurus.

   In the New Testament the Greek word for Bull is Ox (‘Bous’); Oxen (‘Tauros’); and Calf (‘Moschos’) which denotes anything young, whether plants or the offspring of men or animals, thus the idea of being tender or delicate, hence a calf, young bull, heifer.

   In the May/June 1994 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review, archaeologist have found a humped Bronze Bull on a ridge in northern Samaria which marked what may be the oldest known Israelite sacred site. It is identified with a Zebu bull a domesticated ox (Bos indicus) of Asia and eastern Africa, having a prominent hump on the back and a large dewlap [French zébu]. Some believe it to have originated in India and reached the Near East by the fourth millennium B.C. Extremely common in the Near East mythology, the bull motif sometimes represents the West Semitic (Syria) storm god Hadad (Assyrian air-god Ramman, Rimmon), known in the Bible as Baal. The site of its discovery was in an Iron Age I settlement (c. 1200 B.C.E.), suggesting an open-air cult site that might be called a bamah "high places." Many of these bull figurines have been found in the Early Israelite (Iron) period (c. 1200-1000 B.C.).

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