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Lifestyle column: The Garden Zodiac

The Garden Zodiac: with astrology, it is possible to decipher our behaviour or to get a glimpse of the future. This is a theory which cannot be systematically tested. On the other hand, one may wish to follow an easier path, which puts into practice the principles listed in astrology textbooks. In a way, this is precisely the type of practical exercises that we suggest in this Lifestyle column.

We recommend that you follow our advice with both a light and observing mind. Beyond entertainment, the aim is to understand how each of us behaves in various fields; thus, we can better define and fathom, by deduction, how we have developed our natal predispositions. In addition, why wouldn't we be able to guess the talent(s) which we could harness in the future, according to our astrological profile.

The following information is given for signs in their purest form. Depending on the case, it is advisable that you check your planetary dominant or the sign of your Ascendant, the position, quality and aspects of the significators of the area involved, and if applicable, the position of the planets associated with it. For instance, for family affairs, examine the 4th House and its ruler, as well the Moon; for romance, examine the 5th House and its ruler, as well as Venus, etc.

The large number of books we have read, and more particularly, the experience we have drawn from the study of thousands of charts, urge us to be cautious. However, we thought that it may be interesting to provide a few concrete indications, which will turn out to be accurate, quite often.

Aries, Aries rising, Mars dominant, or strong 1st House

Here as well as elsewhere, when you feel the need to do some gardening, you don't go half-way. What you enjoy above all is obviously to undertake things in the most spontaneous manner. You fall for a gorgeous plant? You purchase it straight away, impulsively. If it is a bulbous variety, it will be perfect, although you should enquire about what your choice entails: give up, if the care required is painstaking, because it's not your cup of tea.

The Garden Zodiac: the garden for Aries, Aries rising, Mars dominant, or strong 1st House

Visually speaking, a garden, or plants with shimmering hues, red, ideally, like the favourite colour of the sign, attract you irresistibly. It is worth noting that, to you, a garden does not evoke a resting place, but rather an outdoor field for your activities. Besides, you don't fear thorny shrubs. On the contrary, they arouse your taste for challenges!

In a similar vein, an Aries gardener feels like being surrounded by trees, may be with the vague idea of climbing on them, just like when you were a break-neck child.

As for flowers, the spring exuberance of hawthorn and honeysuckle appeals to you. You are fond of anything simple, and aromatic herbs are likely to give your senses a wonderful treat. But the best choice remains chilli, easy to grow, aesthetic, and fit to fulfil your passionate nature.

You will find on Astrotheme thousands of natal charts of celebrities who have the Sun in Aries, Aries rising, or Mars dominant. The former are sorted in popularity order, whereas the latter are sorted according to the strongest dominant. Since each planet also rules a House – sometimes two houses – you may want to also look at charts having a strong 1st House.

Taurus, Taurus rising, Venus dominant, or strong 2nd House

No flattering intended, you gather all the qualities which earn you the title of Best Gardener of the Zodiac. It is your favourite activity because it suits your personality. Wonderment starts with the prospect of plunging your hands deep in the soil. You never tire of sensual pleasures related to gardening: scents, colours, shades and brightness.

The Garden Zodiac: the garden for Taurus, Taurus rising, Venus dominant, or strong 2nd House

In your imagination, you view any patch of green as a spot suitable to recharge your batteries. Therefore, it ought to radiate both strength and calm. Ideally, you want everything: lawn, wildflowers, majestic roses, knotty-trunk trees. Nothing makes you happier than to harvest your own fruits and vegetables. Indeed, you quickly harbour the prospect of concocting tasty jams or delicious crispy salads, in a word, everything needed to fill the cellar and the stomach.

Therefore, without hesitating, you choose apple trees, pear trees, and cherry trees, though white ashes may appeal to you too.

This is the case also for the most common flowers, provided they are in plenty: you jump for joy at the sight of a daisy flowerbed, or of digitalis which combines charm and pink colours. They will look impressive in your typical garden, but as soon as there are hues of green and brown, you immediately feel in your element.

You will find on Astrotheme thousands of natal charts of celebrities who have the Sun in Taurus, Taurus rising, or Venus dominant. The former are sorted in popularity order, whereas the latter are sorted according to the strongest dominant. Since each planet also rules a House – sometimes two houses – you may want to also look at charts having a strong 2nd House.

Gemini, Gemini rising, Mercury dominant, or strong 3rd House

Owing to your restless temperament, the prospect of gardening stirs up your curiosity above all else. However, one must not expect you to earnestly tend your plants on a daily basis, for you are quite scatterbrained.

The Garden Zodiac: the garden for Gemini, Gemini rising, Mercury dominant, or strong 3rd House

Visually speaking, you need space, and nothing must block your vision: your ideal garden must not be luxuriant, but on the contrary, it should give priority to streamlined styles. Besides, your tastes prompt you to seek light cultures, and you appreciate elongated shapes such as the silhouettes by Giacometti.

However, you don't like unornamented decors, make no mistake! Gardens conjure up in your mind an adolescent universe, the blitheness of sunny days, and the possibility to be playful... whatever your age! As you enjoy moving, if you could install a swing, it will be perfect.

What about plants? You don't want them to be tidy. The thought of watching butterflies fluttering in wild grass, or of wallowing in it, gives you a ready-made pretext to avoid using the lawnmower too often. Regarding colours, as a typical Gemini, you are fond of pastel hues, Nile green, and silvery tints. You also appreciate lilies of the valley and lavender, mainly because you enjoy discussing about their symbolism.

You will find on Astrotheme thousands of natal charts of celebrities who have the Sun in Gemini, Gemini rising, or Mercury dominant. The former are sorted in popularity order, whereas the latter are sorted according to the strongest dominant. Since each planet also rules a House – sometimes two houses – you may want to also look at charts having a strong 3rd House.

Cancer, Cancer rising, the Moon dominant, or strong 4th House

In your case, the garden is an extension of your home, a principle which is dear to your heart. This is why you need to lovingly take care of your piece of paradise, whatever its size may be.

The Garden Zodiac: the garden for Cancer, Cancer rising, the Moon dominant, or strong 4th House

An incorrigible and often romantic dreamer, you relish the idea of spending time lying on a deckchair, caressed by a sweet ray of sun or protected by a nice shade, should the light be too strong. Therefore, it is easier to imagine that you are enjoying your plants instead of tending them! A bit lazy, you? Come on!

You could make an exception for the cultivation of roses, which you prefer white, if possible. Lilies and geraniums appeal to you too, and the thought of arranging bouquets to decorate your house may be a strong incentive. Along the same lines, you feel like growing small summer fruits such as strawberries, redcurrants, or blackcurrants. To you, thinking of making jams is quite akin to Proust's madeleine.

As far as trees are concerned, weeping willows, with their branches drooping nonchalantly, suit your universe, especially since they have to be planted near water. In this regard, in addition to tender colours, it would be good to emphasise this element and to include a pond or a fountain.

You will find on Astrotheme thousands of natal charts of celebrities who have the Sun in Cancer, Cancer rising, or the Moon dominant. The former are sorted in popularity order, whereas the latter are sorted according to the strongest dominant. Since each planet also rules a House – sometimes two houses – you may want to also look at charts having a strong 4th House.

Leo, Leo rising, the Sun dominant, or strong 5th House

You agree to invest in a garden, but under the condition that it is the most beautiful in the area! As with any other leisure activity, you wish to assert yourself through your regal qualities, but if possible, without having to say so aloud. As a result, you need space in order to unleash your bubbling creativity. And let's acknowledge it, you also need resources.

The Garden Zodiac: the garden for Leo, Leo rising, the Sun dominant, or strong 5th House

If you are given free rein in a garden centre, you go straight away towards the most breathtaking flowers, and also, the most sumptuous trees. Nothing can stop you. You are active, like all Fire signs, and you are prepared to commit yourself. However, you will give of your best when supervising the work of professional people, particularly because your enthusiasm is contagious.

If you are endowed with Leo's extreme traits, you are most likely to choose the gardens of Versailles, with wide alleys, flowerbeds of red and pink roses, and French-style groves.

Although you cannot go this far, you want at least a space which enchants your eyes, and you can divert some of your sign symbols by planting sunflowers or orange trees.

You will find on Astrotheme thousands of natal charts of celebrities who have the Sun in Leo, Leo rising, or the Sun dominant. The former are sorted in popularity order, whereas the latter are sorted according to the strongest dominant. Since each planet also rules a House – sometimes two houses – you may want to also look at charts having a strong 5th House.

Virgo, Virgo rising, Mercury dominant, or strong 6th House

With your deft hands and your capacity to work hard, you gather many qualities which turn you into an excellent gardener.

The Garden Zodiac: the garden for Virgo, Virgo rising, Mercury dominant, or strong 6th House

Before you start, actually, you thoroughly devise your project, and you polish your strategy. You are most unlikely to be swayed by unscrupulous salesmen trying to peddle their glitzy… but flimsy products. Once the main axes are set, you stick to them.

Everything is planted along straight lines, and you are the hedge-trimming champion. Even though it means using a measuring-tape to check that everything is correct! Moreover, neither weeds, nor diseases will slip through because of you. In other words, you are more than efficient, and you know how to achieve the best results with very little.

Besides, your natural inclinations prompt you to seek small flowers as well as lilies of the valley and lavender. The ideal colours for your space are bright, with a special mention for blue. Finally, don't forget that you are the sign associated with harvests: trees yielding fruits to be dried, such as walnuts or hazelnuts, are very suitable.

You will find on Astrotheme thousands of natal charts of celebrities who have the Sun in Virgo, Virgo rising, or Mercury dominant. The former are sorted in popularity order, whereas the latter are sorted according to the strongest dominant. Since each planet also rules a House – sometimes two houses – you may want to also look at charts having a strong 6th House.

Libra, Libra rising, Venus dominant, or strong 7th House

You are fond of calm and balance, and you are able to appreciate any gardening activity, provided however that it is not too physically testing. You are a delicate person, and it is out of the question that you wield a pitchfork or a spade! No. On the contrary, one easily imagines that you are clipping your roses, an unavoidable flower for your sign.

The Garden Zodiac: the garden for Libra, Libra rising, Venus dominant, or strong 7th House

Since you are ruled by Venus, the planet of beauty, you are attracted to the queen of flowers, whose subtle fragrances charm you. Another facet of your very sociable personality drives you to create a green spot where you can entertain your friends. The best solution would be to find a nook where to rest outdoors and to enjoy the pleasures of conversation.

To suit Libras, outdoors must be civilised, and therefore, it is out of the question to be dominated by the elements. Thus, it would be good that you consider delegating the most menial tasks to someone else, which will enable you to start a conversation with people who have the advantage over you of doing it with pleasure.

As to colours, you enjoy subtle and soft hues, blue, and mauve. Besides, hydrangea flowerbeds are among the plants recommended, as well as fig trees and trees bearing fruits in autumn.

You will find on Astrotheme thousands of natal charts of celebrities who have the Sun in Libra, Libra rising, or Venus dominant. The former are sorted in popularity order, whereas the latter are sorted according to the strongest dominant. Since each planet also rules a House – sometimes two houses – you may want to also look at charts having a strong 7th House.

Scorpio, Scorpio rising, Pluto dominant, or strong 8th House

Since you don't like to behave the way other people do, it is logical that your garden must be anything but an ordinary place. You are fond of mysterious nooks and recesses, and shadows do not annoy you at all. Likewise, you are not interested in following rules or in taming your plants.

The Garden Zodiac: the garden for Scorpio, Scorpio rising, Pluto dominant, or strong 8th House

You feel like letting Mother Nature invade you, and the more spontaneously wild plants thrive, the more you are satisfied. On the other hand, you may also have a passion for certain cultivations. As always, you get into them completely and without concession.

In their category, geraniums, but also rhododendrons, which are not so easy to grow properly, are a real challenge. You may be tempted to astonish your entourage by planting mandrakes, which are believed to possess mysterious properties. Indeed, one guesses that beneath the gardener, there is an alchemist, of course. Be careful, however, and don't get carried away by experiments which might be dangerous.

As to colours, your garden will be at the same time green and dark, and why not, with a forest to extend it further and to fulfil your most secret fantasies. Who knows, it might shelter some elves or evil spirits?

You will find on Astrotheme thousands of natal charts of celebrities who have the Sun in Scorpio, Scorpio rising, or Pluto dominant. The former are sorted in popularity order, whereas the latter are sorted according to the strongest dominant. Since each planet also rules a House – sometimes two houses – you may want to also look at charts having a strong 8th House.

Sagittarius, Sagittarius rising, Jupiter dominant, or strong 9th House

To have a garden is akin to bring a piece of nature into one's home. This is a principle that suits your temperament very well. You enjoy outdoors and sports. With the energy which characterises you, you do not shun physical works. One may even mention audacity when referring to your understanding of gardens.

The Garden Zodiac: the garden for Sagittarius, Sagittarius rising, Jupiter dominant, or strong 9th House

The trees you like are majestic. Oak trees are ideal, for their strength, their longevity, and their symbolism. Indeed, they have often been chosen by political regimes or by kings because they embody those qualities, which might appeal to you too, since you are sensitive to idealistic causes.

A taste for exoticism is another trait of your character. If you have the possibility to acclimate plants which conjure up far-off horizons, you will be profoundly happy. You are tempted by cacti as well as palm-trees, bamboos, or orchids, provided that the climate agrees!

As to colours, deep purple perfectly suits your spiritual aspirations, and carmine encourages the expression of your inner fire. You prefer aromatic plants to classical flowers, particularly if they take you elsewhere, once again, like coriander or exotic fruits.

You will find on Astrotheme thousands of natal charts of celebrities who have the Sun in Sagittarius, Sagittarius rising, or Jupiter dominant. The former are sorted in popularity order, whereas the latter are sorted according to the strongest dominant. Since each planet also rules a House – sometimes two houses – you may want to also look at charts having a strong 9th House.

Capricorn, Capricorn rising, Saturn dominant, or strong 10th House

Although gardening is a leisure activity, it is difficult for you to think of it as if you were a mere amateur. You take it seriously, and no one can blame you for being lazy.

The Garden Zodiac: the garden for Capricorn, Capricorn rising, Saturn dominant, or strong 10th House

Since you loathe pulling the wool over people's eyes, you start by getting information about the soil, so that you don't make mistakes. You want to get the most suitable one in order to ensure that your plantations will endure and that their roots will have everything they need to develop. Therefore, it is out of the question to come back with a dozen different varieties which are meant only for marketing purposes and are quite expensive. As an informed customer, you are aware that multi-purpose compost will perfectly do, but that heather requires acid soil.

Once this first key step is completed, you can tackle the main task. According to your tastes, a garden ought to be sober with simple shapes. You are quite tempted by some sort of Japanese style reproducing calligraphic rules.

You are fond of hardy species, often thorny ones, such as elongated pines, or poplars that can stand cold weather. And you rather prefer monochromatic surroundings...

You will find on Astrotheme thousands of natal charts of celebrities who have the Sun in Capricorn, Capricorn rising, or Saturn dominant. The former are sorted in popularity order, whereas the latter are sorted according to the strongest dominant. Since each planet also rules a House – sometimes two houses – you may want to also look at charts having a strong 10th House.

Aquarius, Aquarius rising, Uranus dominant, or strong 11th House

With your shrewd sorcerer's apprentice manners, your approach of gardening is quite personal. You don't pay attention to instructions for use, and you heed your inspiration. After all, nothing is serious, and if the plant grows a bit askew, it will give a little eccentric side to your garden, which won't displease you.

The Garden Zodiac: the garden for Aquarius, Aquarius rising, Uranus dominant, or strong 11th House

Secretly, you even dream of shocking conventional people who follow the same trends and strive to outdo each other. Your concern for originality is reflected in the way you select your plants. Those which are disregarded by everybody can find a buyer in you. For instance, those with thorns, or with strange scents.

Since you are also open to spiritual development, you are attracted by the principle of Zen garden. You think of it as a place where you can rejuvenate, meditate, and nurture your humanistic and pacifist tendency.

As far as trees are concerned, you are fond of the species which are not sensitive to the winter cold, winter being the season of your sign, such as rowan or elderberry, a beautiful bush which yields those medicinal berries. Along the same lines, you like the concept of snowdrops and their white, almost angelic colour.

You will find on Astrotheme thousands of natal charts of celebrities who have the Sun in Aquarius, Aquarius rising, or Uranus dominant. The former are sorted in popularity order, whereas the latter are sorted according to the strongest dominant. Since each planet also rules a House – sometimes two houses – you may want to also look at charts having a strong 11th House.

Pisces, Pisces rising, Neptune dominant, or strong 12th House

You are an empirical gardener, ready to let your intuitions lead you. And more often than not, it works out fine! Since you are endowed with some sort of sixth sense, it seems that Mother Nature listens to you.

The Garden Zodiac: the garden for Pisces, Pisces rising, Neptune dominant, or strong 12th House

Having said this, it is preferable not to undertake works requiring strength or discipline. Actually, you want to be surprised by spontaneous cuttings, because you feel that your garden should be allowed to develop freely.

You need greenery that grows by itself, and if it bears flowers, this is even better. Wisterias or climbing plants such as ivy, suit your aesthetic tastes as well as your nonchalant tendencies. And even though your windows are invaded by foliage, it does not disturb you, on the contrary, because it enables you to hide as if you were in a cave. Furthermore, you prefer shades to raw lights, or you want to enjoy your garden at night under the stars, when the weather is fine.

Don't forget that you are a Water sign, a dreamer as expected. Therefore, you need a pond, may be with a few fishes, but also with water lilies, like a painting. Indeed, beneath the gardener, the artist is never very far! One word to sum up your garden? Impressionist, of course.

You will find on Astrotheme thousands of natal charts of celebrities who have the Sun in Pisces, Pisces rising, or Neptune dominant. The former are sorted in popularity order, whereas the latter are sorted according to the strongest dominant. Since each planet also rules a House – sometimes two houses – you may want to also look at charts having a strong 12th House.

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