Many of the characters in romantic historical fiction appear to be Taureans. The strong, silent hero - a sort of cross between Clint Eastwood and Hercules - is a Taurean figure. He's usually terribly handsome (and Taurus usually is - if not in the conventional, regular-featured way, then in a pleasing, earthy, sensual quality) and also beautifully dressed. That last is one of Taurus men's frequent traits: sometimes known as vanity, other times known as good taste. Taurus likes elegance, and many Taurus men - although not necessarily 'foppish' - spend an awfully long time with hair, shoes, fingernails, aftershave. These are all physical pleasures, signs of physical beauty and physical style. It's a rare Taurus man who hasn't got that streak of vanity tucked away somewhere. After all, Venus rules them - and Venus was perpetually before her mirror.
The powerful passions are another fictional hero's trait apparent in many Taurean men. If you like strong sensuality, Taurus possesses it in abundance. Many Taurus men also pride themselves on their sexual prowess; physical love, like physical beauty, is important to them, and not something to be either hurried or done badly.
On the other hand, you may not like strong, silent heroes. You may like a lot of chatter now and again, or a little ambiguity. In that case stay away from Taurus. He's not good at games. And even when you find him in the worst possible situation, somehow he seems wholesome. You just can't remove that sheen of the good earth itself from him. D.H. Lawrence 'natural man' (you can find him in Lady Chatterley's Lover and other novels), must have been a Taurus. The explicit sexuality, the complete absence of embarrassment over any aspect of the human body, are typically Taurus.
You may, however, like a little more flair, or something a little shadier. Try a Libran, a Scorpio or a Pisces. Taurus men can be infuriatingly simple. When they don't wish to understand something, they block it out. They tell you you're being unreasonable, irrational or silly. And they patronize. This is one of the more irritating qualities about the Taurean man: he can be smug. Because he's not easily ruffled himself, he often has contempt or a blank response to someone else's anxiety, fear or nervousness. Then you get the pat on the head and the suggestion to take an aspirin and get a good night's sleep. Or a good night in alternative ways, a great cure-all in Taurus' health handbook.
When you're a mess, he can be a rock of strength and calmness. On the other hand, he probably won't understand your mess, so don't bother attempting to explain it unless you can explain it simply. He has no patience for 'female hysterics'. Everything should have a simple solution. Some things unfortunately have no solution. In these cases Taurus refuses to see the dilemma.
And be careful not to betray him. Expecting understanding for convoluted games gets you nowhere. Taurus is terribly vulnerable where his more romantic feelings are concerned; if he's invested in you with his romantic ideal, he will simply be wounded and bewildered if you give double messages. It's possible to string a Taurus along for a long time, because he tends to love with fixity; but once you've pushed too far, he's equally capable of throwing you and all your belongings out of the house and never speaking to you again. Fixed is fixed, in love or hate. And Taurus isn't terribly good at forgiving. Forgetting, perhaps, or simply not discussing. But forgiving, no. He'll remember, for a long, long time.
You also may have heard of the famous laziness of the Taurus male. Yes, it's true. Taurus can be incredibly, overwhelmingly indolent. His idea of relaxation may be a can of beer in front of the TV watching Match of the Day, while you have more glamorous things in mind. He also has a tendency to sit with feet up on the table waiting for dinner to be served: not an attitude calculated to win the