Nevertheless, she persisted! Taurus season takes root as the Sun grounds in this sensible-but-sensual astrological realm from April 19 to May 20. No matter your zodiac sign, you can tap into the tenacious Toro to evoke more practical magic in your life. While the world may move at a slower speed for the coming four weeks, this plodding pace can be a relief from the speak-first-think-later outbursts we’ve weathered during Aries season (March 19 to April 19).
1. Embrace earthy sensuality
It’s no coincidence that Earth Day falls right at the beginning of this verdant season, but the zodiac’s Bull delivers an interesting paradox. Although Taurus is one of the three earth signs (along with Virgo and Capricorn), it’s governed by Venus, the planet of beauty, romance and all things luxe. Kale planting or nail art? It’s a difficult choice. The gardening urge is real between April 19 and May 20 as Taurus (the first of the earth signs) inspires us to put down roots. Dig around in the dirt; then book yourself a spa manicure. Or bring the outdoors in by adopting a Fiddle Leaf Fig or low-main philodendron. Studies have shown that living with plants boosts our moods and our creativity—ideal for artsy Taurus Season. And green-ing your space will make you happier at home—a good thing, since bonding and nesting is de riguer during this family-friendly zodiac cycle.
2. Remove some “extra”
You may be familiar with this pro tip from Coco Chanel, who legendarily advised the style cognoscenti to remove one accessory before leaving the house so as to avoid over-blinging. While Chanel herself was a Leo (a sign that knows a little something about “extra”), this dressing-room wisdom rings too true during Taurus Season. Simple elegance is the name of the game with a serious nod to quality. Use Taurus Season to build a wardrobe with classic and versatile items; maybe drop some coin on an investment piece with a lifetime guarantee. (You can scoop up all the Coachella clearance items on May 20, when trendy Gemini takes the wheel.) Then, apply the “less is more” maxim to all areas of life. Prune your friend list and enjoy more quality time with the people who really matter. Scale back your schedule so you have time to stop and smell a few roses instead of rushing through an overbooked day.
3. Test for sustainability
Taurus is an industrious “fixed” sign (along with Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius). These are the stabilizers of the zodiac, whose energy helps us set up a solid foundation upon which to build our dreams. The wild hares came fast and furious during “anything goes” Aries season. Now, with the pragmatic Bull at the helm, we must run them all through a series of rigorous reality checks. This four-week cycle is prime time for crafting a tangible project plan. Budgets, spreadsheets, and timelines: Yes, please! Keep those bright red capes out of sight for a minute. Can your dream go the distance? Before charging after a target (and funneling valuable time and resources), make sure your mission is sustainable!
4. Be. Here. Now.
Ah, the power of now. The present moment provides the real magic during slow and sensual Taurus Season. Become a mindfulness maven between April 19 and May 20. Chew your food instead of inhaling it. When you’re stressed or confused, concentrate on your breath for ten inhales and exhales. Yoga 101? Sure. But Taurus Season reminds us to take it back to basics, a much-needed PSA in our ever-complex world. Need help getting present? Make daily gratitude lists—and don’t overlook the obvious! Give thanks to worker-bees who operate in the quiet spirit of service, like the lady who makes your coffee “light and sweet” in record time as you dash from subway to office or the low-key relative who can always be counted on to take care of the family elders. If a more formal gesture is called for, do it the old-fashioned way by treating for lunch or sending a handwritten card.
Taurus rules the neck, throat and jaw, and this zodiac season can inspire us to voice—or sing(!)—our truths. Many a legendary crooner and chanteuse was born under this sign, from Stevie Wonder to Adele. Even if you can’t carry a tune, you can free your throat chakra in other ways, like yogic chanting or driving somewhere secluded to unleash a primal scream. Or hell, just belt out those ballads in your car or shamelessly rock the karaoke mic. Does that very idea rattle your nerves? Sign up for singing lessons or join a public speaking group, like Toastmasters, that can help you gain confidence vocalizing in front of your fellow humans. Pay attention to your thyroid health and get yours checked if you’ve been colder or low-energy. (Acupuncture can also do wonders for thyroid wellness.) Spa treatments, and even quick chair massages that focus on the shoulders, can be a powerful form of preventative medicine while bringing a Taurus-approved excuse to luxuriate.
5. Dig your heels in, but don’t become immobile
She who stands for nothing falls for everything. Thankfully, there’s no room for fence-sitting when the value-driven Bull is queen. Situations may arise that test our tenacity and force us stand up for our beliefs. (Here’s where that “use your voice” thing comes in handy again.) This resilient “fixed sign” energy can help us remain firm in the face of opposition. And like the charging Toro, we can break down barriers when seriously provoked. If you’ve been clinging to old-fashioned values, run them through the 2018 filter. Do they truly apply to modern life or could they use as tweak? The shadow of Taurus season is that it can leave people stuck in the mud. For best results, find a cause you feel is worth fighting for and put your energy behind it, like electing candidates with a pro-woman platform in the 2018 midterms or legalizing weed. While you’re at it, make like Gucci, Maison Margiela, and (Taurus) Donatella Versace, who are on the list of fashion houses embracing ethical fashion in 2018-19. That said, there is a fine line between being principled and being, well, bullheaded. (Or worse, trampling over anyone who dares to disagree with us). Stay aware of each situation: Does it call for a dialogue or a diatribe? Know the difference.
This article originally appeared on elle.com
BY THE ASTROTWINS, TALI AND OPHIRA EDUT