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did April Fools Day start?
|It used to be that New
Year's Day fell during Easter week, which in turn was celebrated in
relation to the Vernal Equinox. Thus, in many places around the world,
New Years Day was celebrated beginning with the Vernal Equinox, which
fell around March 21. At one time, France celebrated the New Year
with a week-long party event which ended on April1. With the adoption
of the Gregorian calendar, the king of France decreed in 1582 that
New Year's Day was now to be observed on January 1. Those who forgot,
or refused to observe this, were ridiculed by being the butt of jokes
(referred to as "poisson d'avril" - April Fish) and being
sent invitations to non-exisitant parties. Napoleon
I also acquired the nickname "poisson d'avril" when he married
Marie-Louise of Austria on April 1st of 1810. Over a period of nearly
two hundred years, the practice of playing such jokes spread from
France to England to the US.
- Bull in a china shop?
The immediate association is "stubbornness" -
and boy, can you ever dig in your hooves, er...heels, and refuse to budge! This
quality can be a blessing or a curse; it can make you cautious enough not to be
foolhardy, or it can make you remain in a rut for your entire life, never trying
Fixed Earth - think of dried-up or frozen mud and you get an idea
of Taurus energy: one that is extremely hard to mold or shape. The
greatest fault (and lesson) of Taurus is possessiveness and stubbornness.
As natural ruler of the 2nd house of "things"and "possessions",
you may over-emphasize their importance or even confuse your identity
with what you own. Ruled by Venus,
there may be a lazy streak, for you do like the finer pleasures of
But the evolved Taurean turns his stubborness into determination and persistance.
It is hard to beat the stamina of a focused Taurean! The possessiveness and materialism
become an attraction principle, for you will attract material things, but regard
them as being yours for the purpose of benefitting others.
Taurus colors are the strong blues,
deep oranges, and yellows; their gem is the emerald; their metal is
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