May 4th - Taurus
Few children have grown up without hearing the intriguing tale of Alice and her many adventures in Wonderland. Indeed, the children's story, written by Lewis Carroll, is still referenced in popular culture frequently, from the Matrix to singer/songwriter Jewel's album entitled, Goodbye Alice in Wonderland.
Carroll admittedly based his well loved protagonist on a young woman of his acquaintance named Alice Liddell. Carroll gave his character Alice the same birthday as Alice Liddell, thus making the famous Alice of Wonderland a Taurus.
The Taurus is an Earth sign. This renders those born under the sign of the Taurus to be very practical, solid, stable and reliable people. Though the Taurus shares the element of Earth with the Virgo and the Capricorn, the Taurus is the strongest and most stable of all the Earth signs.
Perhaps the most striking Taurean trait in Alice is her practicality. Though the adventures she has in Wonderland are of her own making, she spends most of her time trying to talk herself out of what is clearly nonsense, argues with the Caterpillar over the answers to riddles, and tries to convince the Mad Hatter that he is just silly.
Independence, though not as important to the Taurus as it is to signs such as Aquarius and Aries, is still a trait of the Taurus. Taureans, being very practical, are aware that they are quite capable of taking care of themselves, and will therefore do so without a fuss because to them it simply makes sense. Therefore, their independence is not so much a statement they insist on making, like those born under Aries tend to do, but rather a natural byproduct of their downright common sense.
The symbol of the Taurus is the bull, which illustrates nicely one of the faults in the Taurus; that of bullheadedness. Though they are practical, a Taurus can stubbornly hold a position for stubbornness sake and not back down for anything. When they decide to dig in their heels, there is no reasoning with a Taurus. The best way to deal with them is simply not to argue or attempt to change their mind. In the end, either they will have come around to your way of thinking by their own matter-of-fact logic, or they will be happy to agree to disagree, still holding their original position.
Taurus - April 21st - May 21st