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Lifestyle column: the Zodiac in the Countryside

Disclaimer: 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 The countryside, 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

In the countryside with Aries, Aries rising, Mars dominant, or strong 1st House

You are not deterred by hard and healthy farm works! Your approach of the countryside is anything but contemplative. On the contrary, you may find bucolic sceneries slightly boring if there were no physical exercise involved. However, your tastes are plain, and you are certainly not the type to jump in the air if you discover a spider or any insect creeping in your environment. You crush them with a flick of the finger. You do not hesitate to grab a pit fork to pile up haystacks, although you equally enjoy driving a tractor, if you can push it as if it were a Ferrari. Your companions, not always as reckless as you, appreciate you. You are fond of lands with a certain harshness, for instance sun-burnt Andalusia.

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

In the countryside with Taurus, Taurus rising, Venus dominant, or strong 2nd House

The countryside strikes a chord with you… As soon as you hear this word, you visualise a scenery of green and meandering hills. Nature's soothing effect, birds' songs, evenings' quietness, all this attracts you like a magnet. You feel the physical need to get closer to nature, and you perceive the rhythm of the seasons more deeply than when you are in a city. The tempo is slower. Time passes without the urban and modern stress, and contacts with people are more genuine. This may seem a cliché to the most sceptical ones, but you stick to it. If you can afford to do so, living in the countryside is the culmination of your life. In that case, you would have all the time required to grow your vegetables, to cook the produce of your soil, and to walk with your dogs. Ideally, the region of Bordeaux suits you, because you are interested in viticulture and its rewards...

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

In the countryside with Gemini, Gemini rising, Mercury dominant, or strong 3rd House

A priori, it is with a dash of anxiety that you think of the countryside, synonymous with calm and remoteness. With a quite urban soul, your need for communication is such that dialoguing with farm animals, or meditating amid a wheatfield may not be enough for you. If you must take the plunge, opt for a hamlet, where you will find a village life as people imagine it to be, with peasants taking the time to talk to each other, would it be only about the weather or the crops. You should also check that shops are not too far from your abode, otherwise you may be depressed. What you would like? A fashionable place, such as Upstate New York, two hours from Manhattan and simply a hotspot for culture. There, one can enjoy a life far from the city; but there are also artists who exhibit, and intellectuals who play at returning to their roots.

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

Do you remember the cult series The Little House on the Prairie? This is probably your idea of rural life, simple and based on sharing principles: family closeness seems to be a soothing refuge against the modern world's dangers. In other words, you love to stay there, and you would be able to settle there. In your cottage, you can at leisure daydream and admire the season changes, even though you may not be among the most motivated ones for DIY or harder works. On the other hand, you often have an excellent contact with animals, because you are naturally gentle, and you emit nice waves. Pagnol-like Provence, with its crickets, cicadas, and lavender fields, not too wild, often represents the ideal countryside.

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

In the countryside with Leo, Leo rising, the Sun dominant, or strong 5th House

Rural life is too unsophisticated to suit your taste, and is not part of your dreams of grandeur and flamboyance. However, you may give in to its beauty, provided you choose a region which is well-known and which attracts people from the whole world. Tuscany, for instance, would be a must, with its sceneries immortalised in the Renaissance paintings. Cypress trees harmoniously planted here and there emphasise the panorama's high relief as exclamation marks. Fields burnt by intense sunrays are at the same time tamed and endowed with bewitching beauty. Then you may decide to find there a stately residence that you would have restored by the book. You would enjoy inviting your friends so as to impress them and to pass on your new enthusiasm to them.

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

In the countryside with Virgo, Virgo rising, Mercury dominant, or strong 6th House

Your sign is in harmony with the harvest time. This is a good point for trying to make you appreciate the countryside. Your mind and your eyes are immediately drawn to lands under cultivation. You notice the height of tobacco stems, and you appreciate more than anything else watching people gathering wheat crops. Something in you is stirred by the ritual which reminds human beings how they improved their status by stocking up and by getting organised for the cold months. Therefore, it is not surprising that you prefer exemplary rural areas which fulfil their social and economic purposes. Farms in Jura or in the Bern region, in Switzerland, suit you owing to their well-managed environment and to their modest yet sincere inhabitants. Because of your active and clever temperament, you are able to be an excellent cultivator. You agree with the philosophy advocating the necessity to put in more efforts so as to reap their fruits.

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

In the countryside with Libra, Libra rising, Venus dominant, or strong 7th House

Your sophisticated tastes prompt you to fear the inconveniences of the countryside. Trudging through the mud, struggling against insects, and ruining your clothes, not for you! In addition, the prospect of being isolated, having only down-to-earth conversations with few potential neighbours, if any, is not very exciting. Choose a quite spacious construction offering all amenities, so that you can receive your guests. Ensure that the minimal level of comfort is available, such as nice armchairs, a fireplace, and newspapers. Your hidden dream may be in Kent or in Devon, in England, with their cosy cottages and their thatched roofs, and where going to a pub or to the market are as many golden pretexts to socialise. It is even very fashionable!

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

In the countryside with Scorpio, Scorpio rising, Pluto dominant, or strong 8th House

If the countryside is similar to a Greek tragedy stage, then there is a chance that you appreciate it. Not wimpy, and often quite courageous, you like to deserve the reward of your investment, whether the outcome of agricultural works, or of constant renovation of old walls. You are so secretive that you may not disclose the location on which you have set your heart. If it is not easily accessible, quite mysterious and well hidden in the depths of a wood, it is even better. Over there, you dare to be your true self, natural and wearing no mask, and you can spend as much time as you want, indulging in the most private hobbies. Or not. You may try a hand at pig breeding – you have no prejudice in this regard – or perform exercises of introspection or of reconnection with nature. No one will come to contradict you, and you appreciate it.

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

In the countryside with Sagittarius, Sagittarius rising, Jupiter dominant, or strong 9th House

"I had a farm in South Africa at the foot of the Ngong hills". When you read the first sentence of Karen Blixen's most famous novel, you felt entranced. This is how you imagine an ideal experience reconnecting to the earth. You find it more interesting to grow coffee than common grains, or than breeding milk cows typical of your country. Although a dash of exoticism undeniably motivates you, outdoor life is very attractive by itself. You need to exert yourself endlessly, you think big, and you are always enthusiastic. You possess the qualities which make this lifestyle perfectly conceivable. If in addition you are intellectual or philosophical, you may indulge in your pantheistic penchants. In the evening, when the sun sets, you can meditate on nature's cycles, and this will make you happy.

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

In the countryside with Capricorn, Capricorn rising, Saturn dominant, or strong 10th House

Since you are not deterred by harshness, you are often drawn to places which are more barren than bucolic. What you appreciate is to succeed to plough a furrow in a frozen soil, to see your little seed sprout and face the vagaries of weather. It is the Russian countryside that you need! And a dacha! With your taste for marathon efforts, your hardworking capacity, and your renown endurance, you are well-equipped to live in dire conditions. You do not mind lack of comfort. There are not pipes, and therefore no running water? No problem. A well or a cistern will do. The heating is rudimentary? Well, you gladly chop wood for the stove. You are also capable of growing the most difficult plants if... you see that there is a good challenge in doing so.

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

In the countryside with Aquarius, Aquarius rising, Uranus dominant, or strong 11th House

Do you know the fashionable trend consisting in bringing the countryside to the city? As an intelligent and avant-gardist zodiacal sign, you may be detached from the ancestral link to the soil. On the other hand, you are open to these new sociological movements banking on vertical farms. Why wouldn't you grow vegetables on the roof of a skyscraper, or use plants to air condition a glass wall? In a way, your idea of land, it is Gotham City served with a green-style sauce. You know everything – theoretically – about cutting edge technologies promising agricultural miracles such as for example using drones to improve performances. In other words, you may as well be a hickster farmer who believes on the return of communitarian values... though with a wi-fi connection if possible.

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

In the countryside with Pisces, Pisces rising, Neptune dominant, or strong 12th House

Owing to your contemplative and romantic nature, you appreciate the countryside, provided it is under the form of a verdant meadow watered by marine rains. Normandy, where Proust was born and found his inspiration, is one of your ideal visions, as well as the imaginary village of Combray in Proust's monumental work, In Search of Lost Time. Not too interested in physical exercises, you prefer to lounge in the shade of orchards which have produced apple juice since the 16th century. From time to time, you lift your head to stare further and watch the flight of migratory birds. You read, your back leant against a tree, soothed by the sweet bells of the grazing cows. You enjoy the sensual and lazy sides of bucolic life. You do not hesitate to take a nap beside a haystack, at the end of a barn, or to go fishing during long hours by the bank of a clear lake or a whispering river.

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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