As we continue to settle into this new world under quarantine and practice social distancing in all public spaces, the sun moves into the sign of steadfast Taurus. Taurus is symbolically represented by the Bull, and the determined nature of this animal teaches us to stay the course.
Taureans, born between April 20 and May 20, can be typically thought of as stubborn or “bull-headed,” but it’s this trait that makes them the true kings and queens of the idiom “slow and steady wins the race.” And trust when they cross that finish line, they’ll be draped in something luxurious. Think furs and diamonds, because their ruling planet Venus loves to indulge. Yes, Venus is the love planet, but it’s also the planet of beautiful things. While Taureans are often thought of as stubborn (and sorry, Bulls, sometimes a bit lazy), this is the earth sign you call when you want a tough job carried through no matter what.
And speaking of tough jobs, leading our country from 2009 to 2017 was no easy feat for former president Barack Obama. Therefore, the book I chose to embody this month’s Taurus energy is The Obama Portraits (Princeton University Press), co-authored by Taína Caragol, Dorothy Moss, Richard J. Powell, and Kim Sajet.
The Obama Portraits was published this February, during Black History Month, one day before Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. (This is probably a nod to Mr. Obama considering he has often discussed his admiration for the 16th president of the US, who signed the Emancipation Proclamation into effect.) This volume focuses on the portraits of our former president and first lady, Barack and Michelle Obama, painted by Kehinde Wiley and former Baltimorean Amy Sherald. The book includes four stellar essays as well as the official transcript from the portraits’ 2018 unveiling ceremony at the National Portrait Gallery with photos by Pete Souza.