Swoonscopes: 'Tis the (Taurus) Season for Life's Little Pleasures
Aries season is glorious in its own way, but between you and me, I've never been more ready for a season than I have for Taurus season. There are times and places for passion, for burning beautifully and brightly, for big ideas and fantastical dreams. But there's also a time for steadiness, for remaining grounded and focused despite any chaos around you. There's a time for gratefulness, for not just recognizing what gifts you have, but enjoying the fruits of your steadfast labor, of your beautiful life. That's the vibe of a Taurus, and especially in times like these, I can't think of another sign who is better equipped than they are to show us the way—and from April 19th through May 20th, they will.
Think of the bull, aka the representation of Taurus. Think of it in regards to it being yoked and used in heavy farm labor. It is steady and solid, connected to the earth and all of its tangible things—what it can see directly ahead, what it can focus on, what it can feel beneath its feet, the work it accomplishes in a slow, methodical way. That's the way of a Taurus, and that's something we can all focus on. Sure, they can also be incredibly stubborn, can stand still and not move, no matter if it's even in their best interests to do so. But despite that, and more commonly, a Taurus is who you want on your side. They're practical, do what needs to be done, even if they get no accolades and it's not flashy. Taurus season wants you to know that it's not the time for wild ideas, for pushing and stretching ourselves thin. Now is the time to focus on what we can see, what we can control. Step by step, one day at a time, until it's all done.
That's not to say that Tauruses are all work and no play. An earth sign, they are ruled by Venus and are deeply attuned to the body and pleasure. They enjoy life in a visceral, sometimes sensual way. They understand the need for balance. And they love to do it at home, their happiest, safest place. No one can nest like a Taurus can, slowly building the space of their dreams, and then staying in most nights to thoroughly enjoy it.
So do yourself a favor this season: while at home, do as a Taurus does, and take some small pleasures for yourself that engage and delight your senses. Soak in a warm bath with your favorite fragrances. Open a window to feel the spring breeze and light a candle to let the scents intermingle. Brew a cup of tea or coffee and close your eyes when you take the first sip: savor it. Try yoga or meditation, focusing on your breath, on the steady rise and fall of your lungs. Find the comfiest spot in your home, the one that makes you feel the safest, and, perhaps, curl up with one of the books below? Life is hard, can frequently feel unfair, but it is not without beauty, without joy. And Tauruses want you to remember that.
Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale
Freshly graduated Babe Vogel should be thrilled to have the whole summer at her fingertips. Maybe other kids her age are itching to leave their small Maine hometown of Oar's Rest but not her: she loves it. She loves her sleepy beach town; she loves working at the local coffee shop, Busy Bean. But she is freaking out about how her life will change (ugh) when her two best friends leave to go to college in the fall. And when a reckless kiss causes all three of them to break up, she may lose them a lot sooner. On top of that, her ex-girlfriend is back in town.
And then there’s Levi Keller, the cute artist who’s spending all his free time at the coffee shop where she works. Levi’s from out of town, and even though Babe knows better than to fall for a tourist who will leave when summer ends, she can’t stop herself from wanting to know him. Can Babe keep her distance, or will she break the one rule she’s always had—to never fall for a summer boy?
Babe's Taurus vibes combined with a small-town, coffee shop romance make this the perfect book to get cozy with at home, curled under your covers.
Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore
Based on Hans Christian Anderson’s story “The Red Shoes” and the true medieval events that may have inspired it, the story begins in Strasbourg in 1518, when a strange sickness sweeps through the town, causing women to dance uncontrollably in the streets, some until they fall down dead. Suspicion falls on Lavinia and her family, who are hiding their Romani heritage, for fear that they will be seen as witches. They have also taken in a young boy, Alifair, who is hiding his transgender identity, for fear of persecution. Five centuries later, we are introduced to Rosella, whose family is known for creating beautiful red shoes that one day bind to her feet, forcing her to dance. They draw her into the arms of a boy, her childhood friend Emil, whose ancestors were originally blamed for the dancing sickness all those years ago.
Together, they will have to uncover what happened in the past to save Rosella’s life. In two different timelines, both Lavinia and Emil are stubborn and steadfast in their convictions, deeply loyal to the ones they love, determined to save them all, even if it is at great cost to themselves.
Anna-Marie seamlessly weaves together these two storylines with a thread of magic and enchanting descriptions, crafting a compelling story about the power of love, the power in defying those who persecute what they do not understand, and above all, the power in claiming your own identity without fear.
Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi
Penny expects for college to go about the same as high school went: fine, but a stage in her life that was basically a nonevent, a blip on the radar of her life, a pit stop into becoming a Writer. (Think of Anna Kendrick's character from Pitch Perfect.)
Sam's entire life is a pit stop. He's stuck at that pit stop, in every way. He's essentially homeless, working at a cafe and sleeping in the upstairs space. He has dreams of becoming a film director but the future seems like a wasteland and his hopes are smaller than his bank account.
When Penny randomly comes across a hurt Sam, she jokes about becoming his emergency contact, and as they stay in touch via text and email, they soon become inseparable, becoming entangled in each other's lives to the point where they're more than emergency contacts, they're the other's person.
This story is quiet—there's not a ton of plot. But the characters shine as they navigate their lives, navigate what it means to be a friend, what it means to be family, what it means to find a home.
That's it from me! I'll see you next month for Gemini season.