Taurus the Bull: April 19–May 20
Favorable Colors: Greens and Βrowns
Lucky Gem: Emerald
Part of the Body: Neck and throat
Ruling Planet: Venus
Key Phrase: I build
Opposite Sign: Scorpio
Possitive traits: Persevering, enduring, patient, practically inclined. Is able to concentrate on concrete tasks. Productive. Strong; always wants to proceed step-by-step. Protects that which he has. Realistic.
Negative traits: Stubborn. Obstinate. A materialistic attitude blocks spiritual perception. Far too dependent on material security. Developmental inhibitions due to a lack of ability to adapt to the circumstances of the moment with ease.
In the cycle of the zodiac, Aries, the pioneer, arrives first, spewing energy in every direction. Taurus, the second sign, brings that energy down to earth and uses it to build something solid. As a fixed earth sign, you’re cautious, grounded in reality, steady on your feet, and utterly reliable. Because you have an intense need for security, both emotional and financial, you make conservative choices and try to avoid change. You hold on tightly, only giving up when there’s no other option. But once you’ve made a decision, nothing can convince you to change your mind. Concrete goals make the most sense to you. You pursue them quietly and with single-minded determination. It’s true that you may not reach your destination quickly — but like the legendary tortoise to whom you’re often compared, you do get there.
As an earth sign, you’re at home in your body and attuned to your environment. Romantic and sensuous, kind and gentle, you’re responsive to comforts of every kind, and your senses are wide open. You love slow, languid sex; the textures of silk and velvet (and corduroy); freshly baked bread; full- bodied red wine; nature in all its seasons; and handcrafted objects, which you acquire with ease and never cease to enjoy. Taurus is also creatively gifted. Chances are you have talent in at least one of the arts, including music, dance, sculpture, painting, design, architecture, cooking, gardening, and the fine art of relaxing.
Although your dedication is impressive, your leisurely pace can drive other people to distraction. You start slowly, tend to plod, and refuse to be rushed. You can be stodgy at an early age, and you can easily fall into a rut. Plus, you’re incredibly stubborn. Your well-known tenacity is a positive trait when it means sticking up for moral principles. Too often, though, it means refusing to change, no matter what the circumstances. Taureans tend to cling to outmoded, self-destructive patterns for years just because they didn’t want to risk trying a new approach or making amends. That’s what being bull-headed can mean.
As long as we’re discussing your negative traits, let me add that you can be greedy, status conscious, acquisitive, gluttonous, self-indulgent, and self-pitying. Normally, you’re hard-working and persevering, but when you’re down, you become apathetic. You can also be possessive, dependent, jealous, insensitive and, at your worst, a user. You don’t intend to exploit other people. But — you know — things happen.
One more thing: Taurus, unlike Aries, doesn’t get angry easily, for which the rest of the world is grateful. But when you do blow up . . . let’s just say that some of the worst mass murderers and dictators in history — men like Hitler, Lenin, and Saddam Hussein — were born under the sign of the Bull.