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How To Criticize A Taurus’ Art Without Getting Into A Fight + More Advice From A Professional Witch

Welcome to the season of Taurus, both luxury and idleness! The second sign of the zodiac calendar, Taurus, is represented by the celestial bull, a majestic yet stubborn creature that mirrors the temperament of Taurus. Those born under the sign (April 20 – May 20) are lovers of indulgence and are known to want the best of the best.

Taurus is an earth sign, which means they stay focused on the pleasures of the world. Taurus season embodies the “work hard, play hard” mentality. Although fiercely loyal and hardworking, no sign appreciates relaxation, sensuality and lavish parties more. It’s perhaps no surprise that Salvador Dalí was a Taurus – the prolific surrealist was famous for his elaborate parties and extravagant wardrobe. The French Romantic painter Eugène Delacroix was also a Taurus, known for his sensual approach to painting and his loving personal life. Other Taurus include Albrecht Dürer, Tamara de Lempicka and Cy Twombly.

Bri Luna, the Hood Witch. Courtesy of Bri Luna.

This zodiac season, we reached out to Seattle-based mystic Bri Luna, known as Hoodwitch, who is a leading voice in the American witchcraft community. Luna fuses aspects of tarot, astrology, and mysticism with spiritual traditions rooted in her Mexican and African American heritage. As the founder and creative director of Hoodwitch, Luna aims to create a more inclusive and socially conscious mystical community, but as a Taurus herself, she also likes to relax and indulge. Right now, Bri Luna is working on a book with Harper Collins that will be out in 2023 (check her out website for updates).

We spoke to the Eye of Taurus Hoodwitch for more details, why those born under this sign shouldn’t have just any old job, and why we should all avoid gossip this Taurus season.

What are Taureans’ strongest qualities as artists?

Since Taurus are ruled by Venus and Venus rules all art and sensuality, Taurus love texture and color and just have a keen eye for detail and luxury. These are things that bleed into our aesthetic as artists. People mistakenly think Taurus are crunchy granola when they are some of the most luxurious people. Particularly when it comes to art, we prioritize quality over quantity, so in terms of investment, that means a beautiful piece of clothing, a beautiful piece of jewelry, or the best work of art money can afford. As artists, this means an eye for detail and unparalleled visual aesthetics.

What about art traps?

In the creative sense, we don’t like to be rushed. If you work in the art world or are a born artist, we like to make sure we have the time to do our job properly. We don’t work well with people who order us around and thrive with a lot of creative freedom. I also think that we tend to be a little lazy when we are demotivated or not inspired by the project. And if we’re not really in love with what we’re doing, Taurus can procrastinate or get complacent. As entertainers of all kinds, Taureans need to be sure to step out of their comfort zone and not just repeat what has worked. If something works for us, we tend to come back to it over and over again, so I think a big challenge for Taurus artists is to take more risks and get out of the comfort bubble.

In which work environment are Taurus ideal? What should Taurus keep in their studios or homes to stay inspired?

Lots of plants, fresh air, sunshine, crystals, minerals and nature in all its forms: the beach, the forest, the desert. Taurus should keep as many natural elements as possible in their creative space. They should also keep items that bring a sense of sensuality: lush patterns and pops of color.

How should a Taurus artist start the day?

Waking up in a beautiful living space! I would say waking up in a really comfortable bed with luxury linens and the lovely scents of candles or flowers. Start the day with a delicious breakfast. I like to drink my mimosas. For Taurus, art and pleasure go hand in hand. Personally, I like to start my day with sex. Sexual energy is creative energy and its transmutation into art is very inspiring for Taurus.

How do you give Taurus feedback on their art in a way that makes them receptive?

Taurus don’t appreciate harsh criticism. We will literally fight back—think of a bull in a china shop. Feedback should come from a place of love; honest reviews that aren’t meant to be hurtful should ideally be showered with praise. Bulls are tough, but also sensitive. We will also only hear criticism from someone at the top of their field. We certainly don’t want a review from someone who has never created anything. Overall, it should be done in a loving and genuine way. Give us all the good feedback first, then make suggestions, but don’t just tell us, “You know what, this is terrible!” Taurus are stubborn, so you don’t want to get into a battle of wills.

If a Taurus falls into a creative rut, what should they do to get back on track?

Go do something in nature, go for a walk. If it’s a larger creative block, go on a retirement or vacation. Bulls need to make sure they feed themselves and take good care of their bodies. Taurus are very physical and embodied people, so whenever we are stressed or depressed, we need to be treated by the body, be it a massage or a soothing bath. Lots of personal care.

If an artistic career isn’t taking off right now, what would be the best day job for a tourist?

God, Taurus hate day jobs. Become a sugar baby! No Taurus wants to work at a job that doesn’t align with their vision.

What should we all be looking out for this Taurus season? What should we do or not do?

We have a lot of energy ahead for this Taurus season. May is going to be a busy month. We have Jupiter entering Aries. We have Mercury retrograde. We have a lunar eclipse. We have the Mars Jupiter conjunction.

Lots of secrets, lots of revisions, lots of planning. We should go inward on our own spiritual journeys and avoid drama. A lot of information from the past is going to be brought up and it is important for us to learn how to navigate spiritually. Stay away from gossip. It’s really important for us to stay as aligned, authentic, and true to ourselves and our core beliefs as possible right now.

Wondering which artists Taurus are? Here are some of the best in art history.

Carrie Mae Weems: April 20, 1953

Artist Carrie Mae Weems, 2001. Photograph by Jack Mitchell/Getty Images.

Artist Carrie Mae Weems, 2001. Photograph by Jack Mitchell/Getty Images.

Bridget Riley: April 24, 1931

Portrait of British op artist Bridget Riley with some of her work, 1975. Photograph by Jack Mitchell/Getty Images.

Portrait of British op artist Bridget Riley with some of her work, 1975. Photograph by Jack Mitchell/Getty Images.

Eugene Delacroix: April 25, 1928

Eugene Delacroix, Self-Portrait (1837).  Image in the public domain.

Eugene Delacroix, Self-Portrait (1837). Image in the public domain.

Cy Twombly: April 25, 1928

Cy Twombly.  Photograph by David Lees/Getty Images.

Cy Twombly. Photograph by David Lees/Getty Images.

Yves Klein: April 28, 1928

French artist Yves Klein in a bowler hat as he stands in front of one of his blue sponge sculptures, France, late 1950s. The first public exhibition of these sculptures, which were made from sponges of different sizes that had been dyed blue, took place on June 15, 1959 at the Galerie Iris Clert in Paris, France.  Photography by Express Newspapers/Getty Images.

French artist Yves Klein in a bowler hat. Photography by Express Newspapers/Getty Images.

Salvador Dali: May 11, 1904

Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dali (1904–1989).  He wears a pinstripe suit and his characteristic mustache.  Photograph by Hulton Archive/Getty Images.

Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dali (1904–89). Photograph by Hulton Archive/Getty Images.

Jasper Johns: May 15, 1930

Artist Jasper Johns pictured at an exhibition of his work at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1977. Photo by Jack Mitchell/Getty Images.

Artist Jasper Johns pictured at an exhibition of his work at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1977. Photo by Jack Mitchell/Getty Images.

Tamara de Lempicka: May 16, 1898

Tamara de Lempicka, Franco-Polish painter with a hat designed by Rose Descat, Paris.  Photograph 1932. Photo by Imagnol/Getty Images.

Tamara de Lempicka with a hat designed by Rose Descat, Paris. Photograph 1932. Photo by Imagnol/Getty Images.

Graciela Iturbide: May 16, 1942

Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide poses for a photo in her studio designed by Mexican architect Mauricio Rocha in Mexico City on October 22, 2021. Photo by PEDRO PARDO/AFP via Getty Images.

Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide on October 22, 2021. Photo by PEDRO PARDO/AFP via Getty Images.

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