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Lifestyle column: zodiacal barbecues

The Zodiac and barbecue: 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 barbecue for Aries, Aries rising, Mars dominant, or strong 1st House

Light the fire, light the fire ! No, you are not parodying a Johnny Hallyday song. Nevertheless, being near a grill makes you restless like a wasp or a hornet. It is out of the question to leave this task to anyone! This is how you relive the best emotions of your camps when you were adolescent, when you had to handle things efficiently. People can rely on you when it comes to spotting the right glade, and particularly, to quickly launch the operations! Indeed, you enjoy starting a nice big wood fire much more than turning on the gas stove flame... Seriously, you love the barbecue ambiance in summertime. Enjoyable barbecue parties necessarily include meat, because you are an inveterate carnivore! Prime ribs flambéed with Armagnac, spit-roasted chicken, and fresh vegetables make you happy.

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

Do you like barbecues? Yes, of course, what a question! You appreciate them under all forms. First, those which are improvised in the nature, because they enable you to mix two pleasures matching your astrological inclinations. To recharge your batteries outdoors, and to have a feast! If you have a garden or a balcony, it is certain that you have already chosen a perfect device to take advantage of sunny days. That is, a most efficient, and above all, powerful grill. You focus on the provisions: you are very fond of large hunks of meat. If there is a sign that considers having a whole mutton roasted, it is you! But owing to Venus' influence, you also give a special place to seasonal vegetables: slices of eggplant, courgettes, mushrooms, sweet peppers. Everything is available, and beautiful garnishes of salad are not forgotten.

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

It is possible to imagine anything more sociable than gathering around delicious grilled food on sunny days? During these periods, when everything seems to run at a slower pace, you know how to attract people: by inviting everybody to a barbecue party! Ideally, it should look like an improvised camp at a beach. You grill whatever is close at hand: small sausages or brochettes of tandoori chicken for exoticism, preferably from the delicatessen shop, because you have other things to do. You have to prepare many festivities, for instance the soundtrack to dance on the sand, or the guitar, to play hit songs under the stars. The most important thing to you is getting together in a casual and cheerful ambiance, as somehow the food is of secondary importance.

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

Barbecue parties offer wonderful pretexts to improvise get-togethers with your friends and relatives. As soon as summer begins, no one will catch you off guard. You have stocks of chutneys or of home-made sauces to serve with all your grilled food. You gladly succumb to the very special smell of cooking on fire wood. Because, of course, you are more tradition that performance! In addition, you are fond of fine food, such as white meat and fish, but also shrimps and king prawns. Because anything coming from the sea excites your taste buds! However, you never end a meal without a sweet dish. You are among the people who demand marshmallows jabbed on a stick. The sole fact that you hand them out to the fire to caramelise them constitutes a simple and joyful game. You are parachuted back into your childhood, getting the best part of summer.

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

Sublime, this is how a barbecue party ought to be for the Leo in you. What else? Whether in the open air or at home, it is out of the question to think of sausages, chipolatas, or fatty mutton sausages. How disgusting! No, you immediately imagine the most memorable feast of the summer. You carefully focus on the decoration, which must be classy, obviously, placing torches or Chinese lanterns everywhere, at the entrance and around the tables. You also exclude plastic plates, and you provide cocktails and champagne galore. Food-wise, premium cuts are plentiful: high quality poultry lacquered with maple syrup, brochettes of scallop with lime, beefsteak or rib steak with Béarnaise sauce. All this, whether you made it yourself or you ordered it from a delicatessen shop, enables you to maintain your reputation as a lavish and generous host. Besides, you sincerely enjoy pampering your guests, and you manage to satisfy all tastes.

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

You pay attention to noble causes and to morality, and you set aside your self-control reflexes to enjoy barbecue parties. Otherwise, you would be the first one to recall the harm done by charcoal cooking, or you would take a dim view of these meat eaters... In a word, fortunately, you put a little water in the wine, and by chance, the latest nutrition trends show that you are right. Therefore, you can give people your recipes of tofu hamburgers, you can delight them with vegetable meatballs with Cheddar and soya served with grilled corn, the most symbolic food of your sign, which corresponds to harvest time. However, you ought to think of pleasure, so as not to be too severe, such as melted camembert with honey and with Espelette pepper, followed by peaches simply warmed up on the fire. And you will see that among your guests, you will find adepts of wholesome and organic cuisine.

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

A barbecue, and straight away, your spirits soar. Prepare a big gathering in a huge garden, similar to the opening scenes of Gone with the wind. Wearing a light dress or linen trousers, you carefully select your attire, and you certainly exclude tongs. There you are, nonchalantly seated, exchanging the last holiday rumours. You nibble at your meal, very attentive to the atmosphere, to the children's laughs or to the overall well-being. If you must really focus on food, you go for delicate dishes. Small brochettes of chicken marinated in orange juice, sea bream grilled with herbs, vegetables Italian style. Sometimes, just reading or hearing the names of culinary specialities satiates your appetite. And to be exhaustive, a barbecue party must also end with a board game or with music. To sum up the main concept: refined conviviality!

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

Marinades are your secret weapon with regard to barbecue. You love to amaze your guests by adding an unusual touch, although it means that you must start several hours in advance, or even the day before. Scorpios love preparations! Especially combining cleverly selected ingredients, preferably mysterious ones. Strong and tasty for red meats, subtle and refined for white meats. You are fond of long-lasting and powerful savours such as pepper, mustard, or even whisky for rib steaks. But you also like the salted-sweet contrasts mixing honey, lavender, or tarragon. And you take pleasure in watching the cooking phases. Suffice it to say that, like your ruler Pluto, you appreciate incandescent embers. You need well-done or even... hellish grilled food!

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

Once again, your taste for exoticism does not fail to express itself during the barbecue season. You are already unstoppable on the topic: you are among the first people who try the brochettes of chicken hearts in Brazil, and you even have close at hand, if you are requested to provide them, the best addresses of churrascarias, over there. You eagerly recount how you saw sumptuous cuts of meat exhibited on spits by waiters dressed up like gauchos, who cut very thin, crispy, and hot strips of meat. Indeed, you are a gourmet who appreciates the quality of the food as much as the originality of its sauces. Therefore, whether it is Lebanese style, teriyaki fashion, or concocted with passion fruits, you are willing to try everything. Since you are both enthusiastic and adaptable, you are the indispensable host or guest of all barbecue parties.

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

Very versed in barbecue, as in everything actually, you learned how you make a fire in scout camps. You are not at risk of being taken in owing to a lack of experience! So, you perfectly control the flames; you do not burn the food, and you do not choke your guests with fumes. It is most likely that you invested in a very nice device which gives you the opportunity to show your skills. Indeed, you consider barbecues quite seriously, in summer and in all seasons. You have tried and tested recipes, and you prefer tradition to new cuisine. You opt for a blend which optimises expenses, variety, and premium quality cuts. You do appreciate lamb chops, cleverly dressed by your favourite butcher, and served with tomatoes simply seasoned with Provence herbs and the unavoidable corncobs. All this being perfectly prepared, of course. Conviviality is a must, though of secondary importance.

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

Is barbecue the epitome of banality in summer? Not with you! You pricked up your ears when you heard about a new type of 1,150°C cooking technique using artificial lava instead of embers! The process, consisting in placing basalt rocks in a furnace, was devised by an American university. Of course, it is still at the experimental stage, but it makes you dream, for you are always on the look-out for the latest technologies. Meanwhile, you do not hesitate to put on the grill sweet-and-sour brochettes, such as fillets of duck breast with peaches, or crispy bouchées of Brioche bread with mozzarella. Like the other Air signs, you pay more attention to the ambiance of these gatherings than to whatever is in your plate and to the high-performance of your equipment. In terms of conviviality, you select very unusual friends so as to ensure that everyone will remember the evening for a long time.

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

Although you are neither the most organised nor the most efficient person for this type of activity, you are excited by the idea of inviting friends to a barbecue party. To begin with, the initiative has the merit of being informal. People may come whenever they want, and as they want, casually! You have a real knack for making them feel comfortable immediately by welcoming them with delicious refreshing drinks made of seasonal fruits, and served with tinkling ice cubes. As for comestibles, you prefer fishes and seafood, in honour of your sign of course. This is perfect, because there are many easy but impressive recipes: tepid salad of grilled squids, trout with herbs cooked in paper parcels, beautiful sea bass stuffed with fennel seeds, and roasted on a vine shoot fire, which gives such a peculiar, slightly smoky, flavour. But above all, finally, you intend to finish the evening in style, especially with music, preferably with rhythmic tunes.

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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