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Lifestyle column: the Zodiac and Museums

The Zodiac and museums: 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

The museums for Aries, Aries rising, Mars dominant, or strong 1st House

Going to museums? Why not, provided you do not have to stand in line, of course. Otherwise, it is certain that you will manage to find a way to jump the queue. Regarding your favourite area, it must be noted that you clearly prefer the modern period.

The genius of a Picasso, who explored new territories until his death, or the power of the colours and the treatment of a Van Gogh, actually an Aries, impress you. A visit to the MoMA in New York, or the Tate Modern in London, will probably delight you, particularly because their thematic exhibitions strongly highlight contemporary artists.

In a more popular style, you enjoy the museums which celebrate sports: some are located in Paris, in Brussels, or in the United Stated. The IOC (International Olympic Committee in Lausanne, in Switzerland) is not to be overlooked. These museums help you to better understand what goes on behind the scenes in the world of sports.

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

The museums for Taurus, Taurus rising, Venus dominant, or strong 2nd House

Arts? You love them, under various forms, it goes without saying, but you have a predilection for classical works or those of Antiquity.

You nurture vivid memories of the Knossos Palace in Crete, because it evokes the Minotaur legend, a bull-headed monster, and the famous Ariadne's thread. You are also fond of Villa Casale's mosaics in the very heart of Sicily. You scour Italian museums abounding with works from various periods, from Roman days to the Renaissance. Sensual sculptures evoke a lifestyle which still interests you.

You are captivated by the Flemish period, as well as by the entire 19th century, because they are synonymous with daily life. You feel inspired when visiting the Prado, in Madrid, for it offers everything you like in this kind of register.

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

The museums for Gemini, Gemini rising, Mercury dominant, or strong 3rd House

Owing to your matchless intellectual curiosity, you are usually ready for visiting a museum. You do not focus only on big institutions, because you find any theme exciting if it is presented in a lively way.

Of course, you appreciate contemporary cultural contributions more than other people. You are a fan of the advertisement and graphism museum, at the Paris of Decorative Arts Museum. You also go to Belgium for the sole purpose of stepping into the Hergé Museum; indeed, the character of Tintin, a young reporter, certainly has the Sun in the same sign as you.

Owing to your sense of humour, you enjoy going to Madame Tussauds Museum, preferably in London. The wax creations give you the impression that you are browsing through a magazine, and that you are rubbing shoulder with celebrities.

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

The museums for Cancer, Cancer rising, the Moon dominant, or strong 4th House

A museum is par excellence an entirely Cancer concept, since you love to dive in the past to your heart's content. You are fond of ancient institutions, the reputation of which goes far beyond their borders.

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and the Peggy Guggenheim collection in Venice, two cities by the water have everything to please you. The former highlights the Dutch golden age with its sailors and its merchants. As for the American patron of the arts, she had to struggle to settle above the Grand Canal. Once she succeeded, she permanently established residence and organised her apartments in the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni. She received there many friends bearing a famous name, and she experienced artistic immersion in the most intimate way possible.

Regardless of the reputation of the museum you visit, you are always sensitive to anything special prepared for children so that they can appreciate these pleasures very early.

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

The museums for Leo, Leo rising, the Sun dominant, or strong 5th House

Like in other areas of life, you focus on beauty, grandeur, and excellence. You love the Louvre, still the most visited museum in the world. There is not much to say about this temple of the arts, except to underline that it shelters the most mythical works, from the Mona Lisa to the Victory of Samothrace.

Under different skies, you cannot do without the Metropolitan, one of the biggest museums, with its prestigious permanent collections. Its peculiarity is that it is doing extremely well in the financial area: 1.7 billion dollars of stock investment supports its big operating budget.

In a totally different though stunning style, the Hermitage in Saint-Petersburg is worth your visit. Located on the banks of the Neva, it has the highest number of items exhibited. Its baroque style, its gilding, and its pillars are awesome.

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

The museums for Virgo, Virgo rising, Mercury dominant, or strong 6th House

You deem that the premises do not have to bear the signature of a star architect. What matters most is what is found inside a museum. When it is very comprehensive, detailed, and documented, you feel a great sense of elation.

The American Museum of Natural History in New York, near Central Park, appeals to you. Like in the film Night at the Museum, where the action takes place, its halls are huge and provide a wealth of information on various faunas and their environment, organised by region. One can definitely become an expert! In a different style, you are interested in impressionism since you are a detail-oriented person. This movement is meant for you because its painters focused on the verity of daily life, and of the moment, in order to make them as sharp-cut as possible.

The Musée d'Orsay in Paris, which dedicates a large space to this style, is worth a thorough visit. The premises alone, a former railway station, take you to the period of the Company of Railways and of the 1900 Universal Exhibition.

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

The museums for Libra, Libra rising, Venus dominant, or strong 7th House

Since you are naturally elegant, it is not necessary to underline that sophisticated museums send you into raptures.

Let us begin with the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris and its great emphasis on ornaments. You dream as you stare at the finery, the jewels, and the glass objects bearing the signature of Gallé, Lalique, or Tiffany. These collections take you into the world in which you would like to live full time. You also enjoy the Fashion Museum because it recounts History in a more personal way for you. You believe that clothes are not superficial and speak volumes about the person wearing them.

You could also be an orientalist. The Topkapi Palace in Istanbul stirs your imagination. The splendour of the Ottoman Empire evokes the quite peculiar social organisation of harems. Actually, if you are a female, you readily picture yourself as an odalisque leaning on a balcony overlooking the Bosphorus! Rococo and neoclassicism are for you too.

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

The museums for Scorpio, Scorpio rising, Pluto dominant, or strong 8th House

You have a passion for Egyptian civilisation and its deeply mysterious death rituals. Luckily, excellent museums highlight it. The must is the museum in Cairo, of course, but that in Turin in Italy also enjoys a very good reputation.

The greatest museums in the world, such as for instance the British Museum, have an Egyptology department worth a visit. In general, your need to go deeper can be fulfilled by private collections, if their theme is exciting.

And when you give free rein to your hidden impulses, you do not hesitate to venture onto the eroticism museum or to pay a visit to one of those places dedicated to torture! Just to be less stupid afterwards, and above all, to find out the standpoint of scholars regarding two taboos: sex and evil.

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

The museums for Sagittarius, Sagittarius rising, Jupiter dominant, or strong 9th House

An amateur of remote lands and of adventures, you are fond of artefacts found at the other end of the world. Primitive arts are one of your favourites. They speak volumes about African or Oceanian civilisations and the customs that you find both exotic and fascinating.

The Quai Branly Museum in Paris is delightful. Furthermore, in the same travel register, Greenwich royal museums in London may widen in a more concrete manner your knowledge about this famous meridian which is the reference point for the Earth's coordinate system (longitudes and latitudes). It also provides an idea of the lifestyles of sailors who, in those days, opened the routes to the Indies or to America.

In any case, you will love to be able to think that you have pushed the doors of faraway museums, that of gold in Bogota, the Taj Mahal near New Delhi, or the Villa Majorelle in Marrakech.

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

The museums for Capricorn, Capricorn rising, Saturn dominant, or strong 10th House

You have a taste for the past and for architecture, two good reasons to go to museums.

You are fond of those which have become real institutions: the British Museum in London is a must, with its collections coming from the entire world and offering a glance on human history. You can lose yourself for hours in the department of European prehistory, since you need to take the time to dive in an ambiance. You are certainly not the type of person practicing flying visits or zapping.

The other field which attracts you is that of sciences. You are most likely to enjoy museums focusing on these topics or on industry. San Francisco's Exploratorium, Paris' Cité des Sciences, Seattle's Pacific Science are certainly places you should explore.

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

The museums for Aquarius, Aquarius rising, Uranus dominant, or strong 11th House

You have always found that traditional museums are fairly dusty and disconnected from your world. Regardless of the objects, paintings, or sculptures exhibited, if the place has no interactivity with its visitors, you think unworthy to go there.

For this reason, you appreciate very much modernisation efforts, like at the Pompidou Centre in Paris, even though they are already several years old. You love the cultural meetings, the performances, or the workshops which enable artists and the public to exchange views. This is actually what you are expecting everywhere, looking for establishments dealing with the most unusual themes when you are travelling.

Do not forget to pay attention to museums dedicated to the 7th Art, the area related to your sign, for instance the Cinema Museum of Torino.

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

The museums for Pisces, Pisces rising, Neptune dominant, or strong 12th House

You seek aestheticism, and you prefer visuals to words. Therefore, museums can bring about nice moments of dreamy immersion. You are glad to stroll through the halls and to lose all sense of time.

The Uffizi Gallery in Florence has delightful wonders, especially those of the Renaissance with Botticelli's diaphanous personages. You who are a romantic person, you cannot miss the Orangerie Museum and Monet's Nympheas, the concept of which seems to have been tailored for you.

In a different register, your humanism is most likely to be revived by places dedicated to collective memory, often after tragedies: the Shoah Museum or the 11 September Memorial strikes a sensitive chord. Owing to Neptune's influence, you do not forget photo museums, wherever they are located.

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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