Literary Astrology: Taurus


Taurus: They are strong like bull. I know, because I am one. Born between April 20 and May 20, Tauruses (Tauri?) are known as stubborn, practical, reliable, and loyal people. The epicureans of the Zodiac, they find comfort in the finer things in life (sometimes to the point of excess). This love of beauty makes them artistic creatures and romantic lovers. Don’t poke the bull, though, because a Taurus can have a short temper and a strong build to match. Here are four literary characters we think were born under this Earth sign.

Oliver Ward (Angle of Repose, by Wallace Stegner)
It took an iron-willed, bull-headed man to make his way in the old West, and that’s exactly the kind of character Stegner created in Oliver Ward. He’s an honest man, hell-bent on taking care of the family he loves—while doing the job he loves (mining and hydrology engineering) in the place he loves (the West). Oliver moves his unenthusiastic wife, who pines for the cultivated East, from mining camp to mining camp and shack to shack. Consequences must be paid, but this never concerns a Taurus.

Boromir (The Lord of the Rings trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien)
Noble, loyal, strong, and stubborn do a commander in Gondor’s army make. After Boromir loses his horse, he humps the rest of the way to Rivendell for the Council of Elrond on foot, a 110-day journey that is a classic example of Taurean persistence: put your head down and get it done, son. He persistently argues for the Ring to be used in the realm’s defense rather than destroyed, and yet, his last act is one of loyalty to the Fellowship: saving Merry and Pippin.

Anne Shirley (Anne of Green Gables, by L. M. Montgomery)
According to the prequel published in 2009, Anne Shirley was born on March 5, 1865, but we think L.M. Montgomery would have confirmed Anne’s a Taurus in spirit because ooooh, that girl gives Marilla Cuthbert one heck of a hard time. What Anne might call pluck and dogged determination, some (first name Gilbert, last name Blythe) might say is old-fashioned obstinacy. Though Anne is not a materialist, she luxuriates in the beauty of literature, and she does love those puffed sleeves. She also knows a thing or two about being a “bosom friend.”

Jay Gatsby (The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald)
James Gatz changes his identity in order to build, over a period of years, a massive fortune and gigantic mansion within EYESHOT of the DOCK of his former lover. You say stalker, I say stubborn, romantic, and loyal. Practical to no one else but himself, the rechristened Jay Gatsby nonetheless identifies a goal and goes for it with tenacity. And you can’t argue that he doesn’t have a taste for the finer things.

Who’s your favorite fictional Taurus?

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