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Festivals and the Zodiac

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 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

If you do not appreciate mingling with crowds, you can definitely enjoy festivals, provided they are improvised. Indeed, you are so spontaneous that you need to have the possibility to make last-minute decisions regarding your desires. Thus, you become very resourceful or bold in order to find a ticket at the eleventh hour.

The Zodiac and the festivals for Aries, Aries rising, Mars dominant, or strong 1st House

It is out of the question for you to follow the movement. Therefore, you use your own transportation so as to be certain that you can slip away whenever you feel like it. As far as music is concerned, groups that stir you are your favourites. You always like good rock, even heavy metal for the most extreme ones. Think of tours by great artists such as Springsteen, Johnny Hallyday, or even Metallica.

In addition, do not forget that Aries, symbolically associated with the head, is a creative sign. So, yes to jazz or to stand-ups in the vein of Jamel Debbouze, as well as all sorts of performances which challenge the artist's courage.

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

It is mainly music, which catches your attention. Classical music in all its forms, of course. Thus, Bregenz festival in Austria may suit you, with its gorgeous lake scenery and its quiet atmosphere, where the show starts before the conductor brandishes his baton. The arena of Verona will enchant your ears, with Verdi in the seat of honour, and the powerful voice of Placido Domingo.

The Zodiac and the festivals for Taurus, Taurus rising, Venus dominant, or strong 2nd House

Since your sign is associated with voice, you are also fond of artists that are more popular. The Vieilles Charrues festival always relies on classical artists who mean a lot to you such as Elton John or Neil Young. There is another important aspect that must not be overlooked for your sign: on-site catering! More often than not, such outings become a pretext to taste local culinary specialities.

Food lovers ought to rush to the Tomato Festival – there are a few – or the "cheese rolling", in the United Kingdom. As its name suggests, the exercise consists in hurtling down a hill with a seven-pound cheese! Taurus, a pretty hefty sign.

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 natural poise, you slip into the shoes of the festivalgoer at the drop of a hat. The prospect makes you quiver: discovering artists, satisfying your exacerbated curiosity, and even simply chatting and having a drink with you innumerable old friends, acquaintances or new faces.

The Zodiac and the festivals for Gemini, Gemini rising, Mercury dominant, or strong 3rd House

What should you choose? Quite a complex question because, a priori, you are interested in a very eclectic range of events. Try a big festival, or increase the number of your meetings. It is true that the latest trends appeal to you. You will not fail to attend the concert of the year, or the electro parties with most sought after DJs. David Guetta, of course, or Daft Punk, for the disco side.

As far as venues are concerned, Ibiza, or Coachella in California, perfectly matches your idea of happiness. Or even the Summer Stage, with its huge stage set in the middle of Central Park, in New York City, as well as groups performing at Hyde Park, in London. Indeed, if you have the possibility to extend the festival experience to shopping or other simple pleasures such as discovering a city on foot, it is even more... perfect.

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 good thing with festivals is the democratization of culture. Your tender little heart appreciates the idea that crowds are moved in unison, like a huge family. Besides, you prefer to share these pleasures with people who know you well. In this respect, you prefer to attend events that cannot be ignored, and to avoid excesses.

The Zodiac and the festivals for Cancer, Cancer rising, the Moon dominant, or strong 4th House

You are particularly fond of small regional events, as well as those from your youth, because you feel safer and in known territory. Regarding your tastes, anything that arouses your propensity for poetry or nostalgia will delight you. An open-air theatre festival or lyric art will also gladden you.

In general, you experience the moods of the heroes on the stage, especially female singers dying of love, and you feel their emotions in unison. You like popular songs that revisit past decades such as Irish folk songs. This does not mean that you believe that it was better in former days, the good old time, but almost. Besides, medieval shows also have the power to send you into raptures. Spot them!

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

Attending a festival in the summer, but it is your duty! What you still have to do is to get the lion's share by choosing the right target among all the numerous options available. You are naturally drawn to the event that must not be missed, such as a mega-star's tour, preferably with VIP access in order to have the nice feeling that you are pampered according to your own personal importance.

The Zodiac and the festivals for Leo, Leo rising, the Sun dominant, or strong 5th House

The venue also must be prestigious: the Stade de France, for instance, or the Avignon festival, of course, because the “City of the Popes” enjoys international repute. You are enthralled by the transformation of this city-theatre, which really gives the killer punch. For you, a Fire sign, this open-air festival strengthens your feeling that you are having extraordinary artistic experiences. Lastly, you may want to end on a high note with a touch of glamour at the Mostra of Venice.

As far as music is concerned, you need at least Beyoncé, Prince, or bling-bling rappers such as Jay-Z, who will inspire you or gladden you. One last point: you are not the type of person who will dress in shorts and wear flat sandals. You carefully select your attire, because you know that, actually, you are the real star!

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

Festival, which festival? With you, it is out of the question to be caught off guard. You elaborated your programme a long time ago, you spotted the major artists performing in your region, you prepared your means of transport if necessary, and above all, you calculated the costs.

The Zodiac and the festivals for Virgo, Virgo rising, Mercury dominant, or strong 6th House

However, let's talk about pleasure: in general, you are interested in both eclectic and highly specialised events, and the fact that they take place in open-air. Jazz, because it is an intellectual music, may appeal to you. It is also the case of theatre plays, which revisit classics. In general, you like committed singers such as Bénabar or Keren Ann. Or those with a soft voice like Jane Birkin or Lou Doillon.

Usually, you appreciate cleanliness and organisational skills, regardless of the importance of the event. Therefore, you will choose a performance which offers easy access to it and a well-thought out programming. Lastly, it is very likely that you have ecological concerns: waste recycling or “green” exhibitions are always welcome.

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

Since you are interested in artistic creations, it is obvious that you are up for a festival! But préferably without noise, sweat, or excessive decibels. It is all about striking a balance, of course. Whenever possible, you prefer experiences blending aestheticism and classicism.

The Zodiac and the festivals for Libra, Libra rising, Venus dominant, or strong 7th House

Dance festivals, such as the Choreographies of Orange, are perfect, because your sign is constantly seeking grace and equilibrium. You are also fond of operas, preferably in open-air. The celebration of Verdi or Wagner's bicentennial matches your target.

You are often influenced by fashion: therefore, you will not snub the events that must be seen, electro, accomplished stars, or mythical gatherings, in the moonlight preferably. Leonard Cohen or Alex Hepburn, in different styles, will send you into raptures, for you remain romantic above all.

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

As always, if a festival offers the possibility to go through extraordinary experiences, then you are up for it! At first, however, you shun the idea of being in the middle of the crowd, stupidly following the last trend. You rather prefer unusual things, and the more disturbing, the better.

The Zodiac and the festivals for Scorpio, Scorpio rising, Pluto dominant, or strong 8th House

Some of you travel throughout France to attend the Hellfest, a big metal gathering, which has its aficionados. Provocation is also part of the picture. Roughly, you shift from Mylène Farmer to Marilyn Manson, including the rock that hits. Wherever you go, circus tents must become chapels, because you nurture a sort of devotion to the artists who appeal to you or who fascinate you.

Of course, all the events which cultivate mystery or arouse curiosity, as well that those which let you become familiar with death, are meant for you. Therefore, you may go around these themes in various ways. For instance, think of performances such as that of Calacas, imagined by Zingaro, merrily macabre, and you would have grasped the concept!

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

Here is a concept which suits the spirit of your sign! In “festival”, you hear mainly the word “feast”. And your lust for life expresses itself marvellously well in these events which bring together huge crowds willing to celebrate something. In the summer, it is even better, of course, because you can move from one place to another and make the most thrilling discoveries.

The Zodiac and the festivals for Sagittarius, Sagittarius rising, Jupiter dominant, or strong 9th House

Since you enjoy movement, you are up for exploring festivals without worrying about borders. If you have the time and the means, the Holi Festival, in India, may be worth the trip, with its peculiar celebration of colours.

Besides, during your numerous travels, you are on the lookout for anything occurring on your way. This is how you are able to tell your dumbstruck entourage how you tested the Sonar festival in Barcelona, or how you experimented one of the 500 festivals of New Orleans, the city holding the record for this field! Without going so far away, you may like to try out world music, a genre invented for you: reggae, folk, ethno-jazz make you travel in your head at least.

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

If you are not the typical customer of festivals, there is nothing surprising! You are not a fervent adept of crowds of people converging on the same spot and getting in delirious states, which you do not share. But if you look closely, you will find.

The Zodiac and the festivals for Capricorn, Capricorn rising, Saturn dominant, or strong 10th House

The most traditional ones will opt for lyric art festivals, particularly if they are taking place in a mountainous area. For instance, Verbier, which celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2013, and displays headliners who are similar to you, i.e. determined and solitary. Think of Barbara Hendricks or Hélène Grimaud, the pianist so fascinated by wolves that she sometimes had them participate in her shows.

Getting back to you, it is not difficult to lead you into off-road experiences. You are hardy, sober, and Spartan, and you are prepared to camp or to do without the basic amenities, provided it is worth it. But when you enjoy it, you become loyal: no doubt that you will come back each year to enjoy the event very discreetly.

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

Open-air festivals are meant for you! Every aspect of the concept delights you. Discoveries, to begin with. In other words, it is most likely that you will attend underground stages or the most peculiar festivals.

The Zodiac and the festivals for Aquarius, Aquarius rising, Uranus dominant, or strong 11th House

In order to excite your revolutionary streak, you like to listen to or watch artists who want to change the world, straight out, those who take advantage of crowds in order to defend their causes. However, all this must remain light and festive, because you don't really take yourself very seriously! Manu Chao, Arctic Monkeys, or Benjamin Biolay will captivate you.

Another option, electronic music, of course, for your fashionable side. Besides, one can rely on you for unearthing the last trendy gadgets: Pac-Man's tippet, fluorescent bracelets visible in the dark, the craziest sneakers, and T-shirts displaying specialised messages are for you. Since you are hyper sociable, you are the first one who makes hosts of friends on the spot and who gets them to follow you in your most exotic activities.

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

Well, let's not hide it. Your reference remains Woodstock. Or in any case, these good old festivals dating back to the 60-70's which advocated community life and Peace and Love slogans.

The Zodiac and the festivals for Pisces, Pisces rising, Neptune dominant, or strong 12th House

Neil Young, Ben Harper, here are artists on tour for you. You are feeling nostalgic for beatniks, and what remains of the hippie spirit attracts you like a magnet. You like the islands and festivals that foster these values, such as Ibiza or Croatia, with its Electric Elephant Festival and the dances of its boat parties.

To your view, a festival is therefore an opportunity to express your attachment to nature and various spiritualities. You have nothing against mind-blowing experiences which enable you to feel that Man is an integral part of the Cosmos. You are as meek as a lamb, and you revel in the pleasure of large communions, particularly through music, which send you into raptures.

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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