Taurus: April 20 - May 20

Taurus Characteristics

Taurus are known for being stubborn, loyal, steadfast, relaxed, idealistic, and persevering. Taurus is an Earth sign and ruled by the planet Venus; which relates to pleasure. As a result, some Taurus characteristics are rooted in the desire for pleasure of the five senses...

Taureans delight in all the pleasures of the senses: fine dining, a sensuous massage with scented oils, beautiful music and an enchanting view.

The love of good food means some Taurus are susceptible to gaining weight, especially as they grow. Their love of music may lend them a dancer's grace and/or melodious voices.Depending on the individual and their circumstances, the Taurus ability to revel in the physical world can result either in a deep connection to nature or involvement with material possessions. John Muir, John Audubon, William Randolph Hearst, Eva Peron and Barbra Streisand were all born between April 20 and May 20.


One well known Taurus characteristic is for being very stubborn. The degree of stubbornness and the areas in which they refuse to yield vary with individuals, but most of them are capable of being an immovable object on at least some subjects. In some cases, this can translate as an inability to accept and adapt to change. Some Taurus become well-known for their fierce adherence to and expression of their beliefs.

Controversial filmmaker Michael Moore; Malcolm X; 1960s war protestor- priest Daniel Berrigan; John Wilkes Booth, who shot Abraham Lincoln out of a sense of loyalty to the defeated South, and Maxmilien Robespierre, a leader of the French Revolution responsible for the subsequent Reign of Terror, were all born with the Sun in Taurus.


In the personal realm, Taurus' stubborn qualities often translate as loyalty. They tend to form strong friendships. Most of them are also very faithful spouses (although in some cases they may be overly possessive or a bit rigid in their expectations). In personal relationships, most Taurus are eminently reliable and practical; they tend to be the kind of friends you can call on when you need assistance.


Another stereotype about this sign is that all Taureans are conservative. Although some famous Taureans certainly exemplify all that is old-fashioned, such as Queen Elizabeth II, in most cases this is simply a misreading of their resistance to the efforts of others to change them.

Even if their self-presentation is mocked, another taurus characteristic is that they will remain true to themselves: think of Cher and Liberace, for example. Some Taureans, like Florence Nightingale, are pioneers who work from within the system to effect important changes. Others are known for their blunt speaking style, such as Harry Truman (born May 8).


Taureans may use the mask of conservatism to puncture pomposity, a prime example being Stephen Colbert. Popular astrological stereotypes may not attribute the characteristic of humor to the bull, but beneath their calm exterior there often lurks a sense of mischief as they use down-to-earth observations to expose absurd conventions. Jerry Seinfeld, Tina Fey and George Carlin all exemplify this lesser-known characteristic of the Taurus personality.


Taurus has a reputation for laziness but most Taurus will tell you this is not true. It is simply that they have an enjoyment ethic as well as a work ethic. Most Taurus don't need to be reminded to stop and smell the flowers; they tend to be born with an innate appreciation of the art of relaxation. Johannes Brahms, composer of one of the world's most famous lullabies, was a Taurus.


A strong system of values and beliefs may motivate Taurus individuals in other ways besides the political. Many successful people with a Taurus Sun use their wealth and influence to promote humanitarian causes. Bono of U2 and Audrey Hepburn both exemplify this trait.


The reputation for laziness may derive not only from their love of pleasure but their tendency to move slowly. Once they get started on a project, however, they exhibit the taurus characteristics of great patience, stamina and determination. Some people see this as flip side of another of their well-known faults.