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TAURUS (April 20-May 20): "Life would be a lot less boring if there was a fight to pick." So mused the narrator of a show about rival monkey groups on cable TV's "Animal Planet." The moment I heard this, my psychic sensors went on red alert and the image of a lethargic bull popped into my mind's eye. "Uh-oh," I thought. "I bet this is a theme I should warn my Taurus readers about." Checking the astrological aspects, I had my hunch confirmed. And so I am asking you not to seek an exit from your doldrums by throwing your weight around in a china store or in a crowded room full of sensitive egos. Have a little patience, and your healthy, lusty appetites will soon return, rescuing you from the need to spark an entertaining ruckus.


Mr. Brezsny, your timing, as always, is vastly entertaining..
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TAURUS (April 20-May 20): I predict that you will soon hook up with the
"wrong" helpers. They will nudge you down an unexpected path that
results in you getting tests you didn't even know you needed. I also
suspect that without much assistance from anyone, you will make one of
your best "mistakes" of 2005. Congratulations in advance, Taurus, for
being receptive to the blessings in disguise.


Great - my friends are all about the helpin'....
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TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You have the potential to be a great wizard in
the coming week. Here's how to fulfill that promise: (1) Renounce
grandiose fantasies of transforming lead into gold or frogs into soul
mates. (2) Think small, be specific, get extremely pragmatic, and don't
make up stories based on inconclusive evidence. (3) Take everything
that's dreamy and hard-to-pin-down and bring it down to earth. (4) Don't
bitch about the limitations; *love* them and use them to your advantage.
(5) Treat idealism as a distraction unless it can be translated into
concrete acts that do some good for actual human beings.


Thinking.
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TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Surveys show that many parents in England
cut away the crusts before serving bread to their children. Responding to
this need, a baking company has begun marketing bread without crusts. I
mention this, Taurus, because pre-made crustless bread is a good
metaphor for the experiences you'll soon be offered in abundance: soft,
spongy sweetness that you can freely access without having to break
through any hard outer layers. I won't be surprised if you get tired of it
after a while, though, and start seeking out adventures with more crunch.
But in the short run you might find it very relaxing.


Relaxing is good.
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TAURUS (April 20-May 20): There was a personalized California license plate on the yellow Hummer I saw today. It said "U Move." I took this to be the driver's announcement that he was king of the road and had no obligation to watch where he was going. He seemed to be saying that if you had a problem with him, you should get the hell out of his way. In the moment, I took this to be an idiotic communication from a belligerent jerk, but when I studied your astrological aspects for the coming week I realized it was actually a good motto for you to adopt. For a limited time only, you have the right to proclaim the following to anyone who thinks you should be anywhere else besides where you are: "No, *you* move."


Considering all the things I have to get done in the next week and a half, yah - "you move" sounds like a good idea.
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TAURUS (April 20-May 20): As Deputy Defense Secretary, Paul Wolfowitz was a key part of the team that planned America's invasion of Iraq in 2003. These days he's got a new gig, President of the World Bank, and prefers not to be distracted by the Downing Street memo and other ever-growing evidence that the war was built on faulty and deceitful assumptions. "There will be a time and place to talk about history," he has said, "but I really don't believe it's now." Wolfowitz should be your anti-role model in the coming week, Taurus. This is the time and this is the place for you to talk and think about your own personal history in exhaustive detail.


Anyone who's ever been around me knows that I contemplate (and periodically bore, amuse and generally inform everyone else of) my personal history a lot.

More backwards gazing, Mr. Brezsney? It thought the point of living was to look forward?
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TAURUS (April 20-May 20): "People who do not break things first will
never learn to create anything," says a Tagalog proverb. I'd like you to
remember that in the coming days, Taurus. It may be quite important for
you to make mistakes. Your path to the next stage of mastery might
even require you to take some detours into mediocrity. In fact, I bet that
one of the keys you stumble on while you're off-track will eventually allow
you to unlock a higher expression of your unique genius.


Umm...i'm really good at breaking things.

I'm not so good at deliberately sliding into mediocrity - something about the perfectionist in me...

we see...
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TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You really need a new 7,000-square-foot home with 15 bedrooms, three jacuzzis, a state-of-the-art kitchen, expansive views, terraced gardens, and a swimming pool. If you can't afford that right now, you should at least spruce up and renovate your inner environment. I suggest you throw out a bunch of old psychic furniture, repaint the walls of your imagination, and plant some make believe fruit trees in your conscience.
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TAURUS (April 20-May 20): When my Taurus daughter Zoe was seven years old, I detected signs that her natural inclination to be kind and gentle was beginning to slip into passive docility. I wondered whether I could or should do anything to nurture what astrologers call the Mars energy--the forceful, willful aspect of her psyche. As an experiment, I had her throw baseballs as hard as she could against the side of the house. I bought her a punching bag and encouraged her to smash it. Seven years later, she's as kind and gentle as ever, but also has an indomitable strength and forceful grace. Her Mars force is fully awake. Did my experiments have anything to do with it? Just in case they did, try something similar, Taurus. In the most constructive way possible, feed your aggressiveness.


"Feed my agressiveness"??

I know we've never met, Mr. Brezsny, but I suspect many of those who know me will not thank you for this tidbit....
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Because I've been using "trust me" a lot lately..

Mr. Brezsny's comments for me this week )
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TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Taurus musician Willie Nelson is a premier talent. Though described as a country artist, he's really a genre unto himself. During his 50-year career, he has written and recorded many great songs, collaborated with Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, and founded Farm Aid, an organization that raises funds to support family farms. Recently, however, he suffered a disappointment. Republican state senators in Texas shot down a bill that would have named a 49-mile patch of highway after him. They had a problem with the fact that Nelson smokes pot, is an exuberant consumer of alcohol, and supports Democratic candidates. Sound familiar, Taurus? You, too, are in danger of being cheated out of your rightful rewards because of some minor problems. Nelson didn't protest his deprivation, but I think you should fight yours.


So freedom isn't the only thing that requires eternal vigilance - peer respect too, hmm?

Figures.

Ah well - more work for the pile.
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TAURUS (April 20-May 20): The only work that will have lasting value in
the coming week is work that you do in the spirit of fun. If you approach
any task with nothing more than a desire to get it over with, it will
ultimately be useless. If you perform a good deed merely out of a sense
of duty, it won't bestow any of its intended benefits. These directions
apply to the effort you put into your relationship, hobby, or art as well as
to your actions on the job. Success depends on you playing hard with
your spontaneity fully engaged.


Oy - so I have to be enthusiastic.

Enthusiasm on demand - yah, that'll work...
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Taurus Horoscope for week of October 28, 2004

In his book How's Your AQ Today?, ex-business executive Ed Rychkun says that our culture is so twisted that most bosses and leaders are jerks. In fact, it's often necessary "to be an asshole in order to succeed." (The "AQ" in his title stands for "Asshole Quotient.") I doubt that you're an arrogant tyrant, insensitive egotist, or deceitful bully, Taurus, so I can't imagine that you have a high AQ. That may also mean you've never been in a position to manipulate and exploit lots of people. According to my reading of the astrological omens, however, you need to temporarily experience what corrupt power is like. It will fill a gap in your education. That's why I suggest you disguise yourself as a domineering, hyper-ambitious honcho this Halloween.

*laughter*

I've been a director. I've been all those things and more. I love it when the universe tells me I have to experience corrupt power.

Thanks for the giggles, PTBs...gods knows I wanted them...
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"Beginner's mind" was originally a Zen practice. Many artists and thinkers now use it to stimulate their creativity. To achieve this blessed state, you dispense with all your preconceptions and enter each situation as if you're seeing it for the first time. "In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities," wrote Shunryu Suzuki in his book, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, "but in the expert's there are few." As much as I love beginner's mind, though, I have an even more important assignment for you this week, Taurus: Cultivate a beginner's heart. Approach every encounter with love as if you're feeling it for the first time.

Sure - ask the born cynic-paranoid to wash the slate clean & start new each time. Especially when she's overtired, so the cynic & the paranoid are both in the forefront...
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Taurus Horoscope for week of August 19, 2004

There are no longer enough Catholic priests in North America to fulfill all the requests for divine intervention that are received from parishioners. The requests are therefore outsourced to churches in India, where up-and-coming young clergy pray over them at $5 a pop. It's too bad the powers-that-be apparently don't know about me and my team of Prayer Warriors, because we perform the same service absolutely free. To demonstrate our effectiveness, we plan to unleash a series of powerful prayers on your behalf. Specifically, we will beseech God to bless you in the coming weeks with cathartic pleasures that will permanently expand your capacity for happiness.

Dear gods, no - I spend all this time avoiding the PTB's notice specifically because they like "helping" me...it never goes well.
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Taurus Horoscope for week of July 29, 2004

Since 1977, 40 percent of U.S. elementary schools have done away with recess. Meanwhile, among adults at work, the time allotted to lunch is steadily shrinking. Executives spend an average of just 42 minutes with their midday meals. This dangerous trend hits you Tauruses the hardest: You need spaciousness. You shouldn't and can't be rushed to do anything. That's why I'm calling on all Bulls to launch a Mass Slowdown in the coming week. Take all the time you need to do whatever has to be done, whether it's enjoying your sandwich or preparing an important report. From an astrological perspective, it's a pivotal moment for you to be faithful to your own internal rhythms. If anyone complains, tell them your astrologer made you do it.


Right - in a week where I'm busy as hell at home and struggling learning the thought behind a new program, I finally get "permission" to be laid back & lazy.

Timing is the essence of comedy.
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It's a perfect time to reinvent the past. You'll unearth interesting discoveries if you explore the old days with a critical, objective eye. Look for discrepancies between how you remember things and what really happened. Consider the possibility that some of your memories aren't really your own, but other people's interpretations that you've unconsciously absorbed. By August 15, I hope you'll be ready to correct the story you tell yourself about your history.

Considering that right now I'm near constantly trying to play catch up with my memories due to lack of sleep, I'm pretty much already started - just not sure I'll be done in 4 weeks...
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Taurus Horoscope for week of July 8, 2004

Your word of power this week is yua. It's a term the Yupiit people of Alaska use for the spirit that inhabits all things, both animate and inanimate. A rock, for instance, has as much yua as a caribou, spruce tree, or human being, and therefore merits the same measure of compassion. If a Yupiit goes out for a hike and spies a chunk of wood lying on a frozen river bank, she might pick it up and put it in a new position, allowing its previously hidden side to get fresh air and sun. In this way, she would bestow a blessing on the wood's yua. Try living your life like this in the coming days, Taurus: as if absolutely everything is alive, has a soul, and deserves your loving kindness. (Thanks to Earl Shorris, "The Last Word," Harper's, August 2000.)

All right, already - I get the hint - I've been a little self-absorbed...I get it, I get it....
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Taurus Horoscope for week of July 1, 2004

You need to laugh more this week than you've ever laughed before. I'm not exaggerating, Taurus. Mirth is not just food but also medicine for your soul. It's an absolute necessity, not a luxury. I'm talking about amusement as a way of life, not a pleasant diversion; as the attitude that underlies everything you do, not just an occasional escape into frivolity. You probably have some ideas about where to begin: which funny friends you should hang out with and which comedians you should expose yourself to. But in order to fulfil your assignment, you'll also have to track down new laugh-inducing stimuli; you'll have to expand your capacity to be delighted.


Geeze, you'd think I never smiled or something...
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Taurus Horoscope for week of June 10, 2004

One of my readers, Elizabeth Whitsage, told me a story of when she was working at Disneyland selling mouse-eared balloons. Every so often a mother, father, and young son would come up to her, the parents asking in enthusiastic voices "What colour do you want?" and the son answering "Pink!" One parent, usually the father, would recoil in horror and say something like, "No, son, don't you want red or blue?" But before the child could reply, Elizabeth would whip a pink balloon out of the bunch and wrap its string around his wrist. Then she'd smile and say to the dad, "That'll be one dollar, please." Keep this story uppermost in mind during the week ahead, Taurus. Make sure that you always get and always give your personal equivalent of the pink balloon.
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