![alternative text](/content/images/2016/04/Cher-.jpg)The second sign of the Zodiac, and ruled by Venus, the phrase most associated with these natives born between April 21 and May 20 is, “I have, therefore, I am.” Consequently, the more a Taurus has, the more they think they are. Which is probably what drove [Cher](http://www.rhapsody.com/artist/cher) to collect neo-Gothic art and furniture, Egyptian arcana, iconography, jewelry, artwork, a 2003 Hummer and all those glam costumes for more than 35 years — finally auctioning off 700 of them in 2006. “The amount of costumes I have is staggering, so this doesn’t even make a dent,” she [said](http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/07/31/AR2006073100820.html).
Fellow bull Barbra Streisand has collected so much stuff over the years that she turned the first floor of her house into a shopping mall, complete with a row of fake shops, including one devoted to an antique doll collection. Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan is a devotee of contemporary art and has a healthy art collection, including a Marilyn Minter he bought 15 years ago. Luckily, Tauruses have a good head for business and make enough money to pay for their love of possessions.
![alternative text](/content/images/2016/04/Marilyn-Minter.jpg)This Zodiac sign loves possessions and Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan likes to collect contemporary art, like the work of Marilyn Minter.While Pisces is usually thought to be the zodiac sign of musicians, there is an over abundance of performers under the sign of Taurus. Perhaps because it rules the throat and neck — and therefore produces many fine singers like [Adele](http://www.rhapsody.com/artist/adele), Judy Collins, Kelly Clarkson, Janet Jackson, Enya and [Stevie Wonder](http://www.rhapsody.com/artist/stevie-wonder), to only name a few. It also is the sign of idiosyncratic singers like Jonathan Richman, Captain Sensible, Roy Orbison, Donovan, [David Byrne](http://www.rhapsody.com/artist/david-byrne), Joe Cocker, Willie Nelson and James Brown.
It’s not that Taurus are odd — they can be very traditional in many things (and definitely are not sexually experimental) — but they have an unshakeable confidence of the rightness of their path: once they’ve set their mind to it, there is no stopping them.
A fixed earth sign, they never second guess themselves — look at the great leaps in creativity Taurean Dan Auerbach has made without a moment’s hesitation, producing Lana Del Ray and Dr. John — and they can get downright nasty if you attempt to challenge them. Once they make their mind up, they are in it for the duration, no matter what anyone else thinks. In fact, they don’t care what anyone else thinks.
“Tenacity is the one characteristic that is responsible for my success,” Iggy Pop said. “What is an oak tree, but a chestnut that held its ground?”
Famous astrologer Sidney Omarr once said that all jazz musicians were either Taurus or Sagittarius — and we can attest to the validity of his claim concerning these natives: Charles Mingus, Billy Cobham, Lionel Hampton, Keith Jarrett and Ella Fitzgerald are all Taurean.
![alternative text](/content/images/2016/04/Oblique-Strategies-blog.productivist.com_.jpg)Taurus babies can be still, contemplative, patient; they are able to tune in and listen to themselves and only then do they come up with something that feels right and, very often, revolutionary. Take [Robert Johnson](http://www.rhapsody.com/artist/robert-johnson): Born May 8, 1911 he released 29 landmark recordings in 1936 and 1937 that influenced generations of musicians for decades after his death. Or [Brian Eno](http://www.rhapsody.com/artist/brian-eno), who not only was a co-founder of Roxy Music and the father of ambient music, he also created the Oblique Strategies cards — a deck of cards that help you break through creative blocks. Or Kim Gordon’s No-Wave death-of-art proclivities that served the disjointed, dissonant and discordant aesthetic of [Sonic Youth](http://www.rhapsody.com/artist/sonic-youth), the band she co-founded.
While urban legend might hold out that Johnson received his astonishing talent from a pact he made with the devil at the crossroads, Taurus are rarely involved in anything blatantly metaphysical or supernatural. They are pragmatic, practical and veer more toward the scientific or what can be proved with the five senses. And they generally do not believe in astrology!
Genuine and authentic, they have little tolerance for pretense and preciousness. You especially find this in Taurus women like Cher, Kelly Clarkson, Adele, who put the earthy in the earth sign, while Joey Ramone was probably the most unfamous famous person you would ever meet.
![alternative text](/content/images/2016/04/Adele.jpg)Adele displays a typical Taurus trait, being completely comfortable in their own skin.Being an earth sign, Taurus are very comfortable in their bodies and are often shun wearing clothes. They are rarely hindered by a bad body imagine and don’t understand anyone who has the problem. For instance, Adele’s insistence that she won’t conform to the Hollywood standard of beauty and is content to be herself.
“I do have body image problems, but I don’t let them rule my life at all,” she said. “And there’s bigger issues going on in the world than how I might feel about myself and stuff like that.” Also logical, and slightly rule bound, she named her albums, *19,*21, and 25, after the age she was when she released them. Very Taurean.
![alternative text](/content/images/2016/04/Ace-Frehley.jpg)More sensorial than intellectual, they are very rhythmic and as a rule very good dancers. Physically strong, they are particularly gifted as drummers, although some have claimed that’s just because they like to beat on things. And we’re not talking about Taurus native Chris Brown. Drummer Alex [Van Halen](http://www.rhapsody.com/artist/van-halen), Talking Heads drummer Chris Franz, [The Replacements](http://www.rhapsody.com/artist/the-replacements) drummer Chris Mars, Neil Young and Bob Dylan drummer Jim Keltner, Rammstein drummer Christoph Schneider and Tool drummer Danny Carey are all Taurean.
Intensely private people, they often hide that behind a flamboyance that obscures more than it reveals. Think of James Brown’s capes, Ace Frehley’s kabuki KISS make-up, Iggy’s early mime face, Cher’s butterfly eyelashes, Eno’s hollowed-eye Vampirian make up, and ostrich feathered shrug and Black Veil Bride’s Christian Coma’s face paint. Keenly sensitive, and very quick mentally, they are suspicious of flattery and believe actions speak louder than words. And their music speaks even louder.