The Zodiac and Empathy

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.

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Aries' empathy

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

The least that one can say is that empathy is not among your natural qualities. By analogy with a new-born, Aries is rather self-centred. Therefore, it is hard to learn to put yourself in people's shoes, to feel their fears or their desires.

Although you intellectually understand the concept, owing to your basic reflex, you often lose sight of such considerations. Besides, you almost mistake empathy for the will to inspire people; this is something you excel at. Setting an example, leading the pack, this is how you show that you are selfless. You do not feel like imitating anybody.

Advice for Aries

Heed your emotions, and try to share them with someone who functions a little like you.

Some Aries Examples

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.

These texts about the sign of Aries and Mars might interest you.

Taurus' empathy

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

You are kind-hearted, provided no one pricks a fight with you. You possess the qualities needed to be considerate with people. For you, empathy does not mean to tap on a shoulder; it should bring about concrete actions.

For example, when you want to lavish people with attention, your first reflex is to invite them for a coffee, or even better, for a good meal. When you are sitting at the table, you create a friendly ambiance. You take your time, you are accommodating and deeply attentive. You are lucky to be one the few zodiacal signs able to combine a big heart with pragmatism.

Advice for Taurus

Just learn to be more reactive, so that your willpower and your capacity for empathy become more efficient.

Some Taurus Examples

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.

These texts about the sign of Taurus and Venus might interest you.

Gemini's empathy

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

You are slightly ahead, because you know instinctively how to induce people to confide in you. One thing leading to another, they tell you their little daily problems as they take a trip by train or wait at the bus stop. Should someone ask you the time, or a cigarette, you start a conversation straight away.

The truth is that you are a good listener and that people feel they can communicate with simple words. Sometimes, owing to a mirroring effect, since you are a real chameleon, you have the impression that you are becoming your interlocutor.

Advice for Gemini

Be careful not to react with your brain only. You may come across as a rather cold person who has more intellectual than emotional qualities.

Some Gemini Examples

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.

These texts about the sign of Gemini and Mercury might interest you.

Cancer's empathy

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

You are undeniably gifted for empathy. It is part of your very personality, so gentle and so tender. As soon as people open their heart to you, you feel caught up in their story, because it strikes a chord with you and conjures up a host of emotions and memories.

Since your solar sign is ruled by the Moon, you instinctively connect to the same frequency, and you understand people's need. Yes, you could give empathy lessons.

Advice for Cancer

The only drawback is that, precisely owing to an excess of compassion, you must not let yourself be overwhelmed by problems which have nothing to do with you. This may happen in any context, because you are sensitive, and you love to listen to little stories.

Some Cancer Examples

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.

These texts about the sign of Cancer and the Moon might interest you.

Leo's empathy

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

Since you are a Fire sign, empathy is not necessarily your best quality, even though you are known to be generous. You are mainly centred on your greatness, and you are driven by your enthusiasm, which means that you do not always worry about people. It is true that you take advantage of your psychological ascendant to play the role of mentor. You listen to your interlocutors, and you try to inspire them.

Whereas it is rewarding for you to guide them and hold their hand, you do not mind sharing your science in all areas. You are a narcissist, and this is why you feel flattered when you think that you can suddenly change people's life. Then, you spend a great deal of energy convincing them that you are an example equal to the task.

Advice for Leo

Learn to be more accessible when dealing with the most vulnerable or the shyest ones.

Some Leo Examples

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.

These texts about the sign of Leo and the Sun might interest you.

Virgo's empathy

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

At first glance, you are not particularly gifted when it comes to empathy. Imagine the picture: a friend is telling you his personal tragedy, mixing chronology or events because he is overcome by emotion, and even worse, he starts to cry. Another more responsive sign would hug him, perhaps make him feel that he is not alone, and bring some solace. You do not. You think that empathy consists in focusing on the problem as if it were a kind a rebus to be solved. You forget to give a handkerchief. You interrupt your friend to ask about a trivial detail of his story that is not clear enough.

Having said this, you provide very efficient and practical support. It may not be compassion, but it also works well, in a different way finally.

Advice for Virgo

Tell yourself that people are much more emotional than you, and try to be less rational.

Some Virgo Examples

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.

These texts about the sign of Virgo and Mercury might interest you.

Libra's empathy

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

Gosh! You are empathy mounted on feet. You are so fond of people, and you want so much to please them sometimes, this is what it is about that you go out of your way to listen to them. Those who look for a good and long psychotherapy session can rely on you. You ask a host of questions, you are obliging, you offer a cup coffee, and you give an endless debriefing.

In the end, you are exhausted by this torrent of emotions, and you do not know any more whether they are yours or people's, or if you have become your feelings, as therapists say.

Advice for Libra

One cannot recommend strongly enough that you maintain a certain distance in general. What seems exceptional at a given moment will be replaced the day after by an utterly interesting case to be solved or shared, the latter wiping away the former.

Some Libra Examples

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.

These texts about the sign of Libra and Venus might interest you.

Scorpio's empathy

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

Empathy is definitely not your strong point. It is not that you feel no emotions, on the contrary, but you want to tame and control them. Therefore, people's feelings may seem threatening to you. Without admitting this so plainly although you could you are not too fond of weak people who pour out lamentations and wear their heart on their sleeve.

To become a trusted confidant who offers valuable support, you need time and privacy. Once these conditions are met, you are able to excel yourself. People are not surprised by the energy you spend to understand them, to dissect with acumen the tiniest aspects of the issue, because you are a skilled strategist as well as a great expert on the human psyche.

Advice for Scorpio

Learn to relax, and avoid judging too quickly the people seeking a sympathetic listener.

Some Scorpio Examples

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.

These texts about the sign of Scorpio and Pluto might interest you.

Sagittarius' empathy

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

It is odd that the more the person asking for empathy is different from you, the more you can deliver. You have a special liking for anything foreign, and you believe that all human beings have in common the fact that they feel emotions. You are particularly apt at guessing them, regardless of the populations concerned, including when you do not understand their language.

Nevertheless, your interest tends to shift to another case. You are sensitive, yes, but you rapidly review the whole topic, and you often grow tired of it. A die-hard optimist, you are not the type to let people's existential questions overwhelm you. You maintain some distance, a great deal of distance, that of the horse leaving at full speed, or that of the traveller already seated in his plane, on the lookout for a new adventure.

Advice for Sagittarius

Practice your capacity for empathy as if it were an apprenticeship, forcing yourself with curiosity and optimism.

Some Sagittarius Examples

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.

These texts about the sign of Sagittarius and Jupiter might interest you.

Capricorn's empathy

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

Let's admit it. You are not an extrovert. When you are with a person who is losing his composure, or who needs attention, you tend to become immediately paralysed. In fact, you are embarrassed for him, and, because you are careful not be pushy, you come across as totally chilling. In addition, you do not talk a lot. One cannot count on you for long exchanges allowing to look at problems thoroughly.

Moreover, you have few examples to put forward, because you are not too curious about people's concerns. You focus so entirely on your mission and your duties that you are prone to remain impervious to people's emotions.

Advice for Capricorn

Learn to cheer up and to let go. Once you feel at ease, you can be very helpful thanks to your righteousness and your steadfastness.

Some Capricorn Examples

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.

These texts about the sign of Capricorn and Saturn might interest you.

Aquarius' empathy

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

Given your intuition, you feel quite well what is troubling the person seeking your assistance. You have so many friends that this type of scenario occurs quite often. They all come to you looking for an unusual view of their situation, a very uninhibited way to consider various possible paths.

However, you do not like to go around in circles, and even less to dwell on the past. You want things to improve and to change. Otherwise, you feel that there is no progress, and that you have not achieved what you are meant for.

Advice for Aquarius

At times, you are overly cerebral and too quickly drawn in new topics. You should try to organise the sufferings you see into a hierarchy, so that a stranger has less chances to benefit from your empathy than your close friends, who deserve to be given high priority.

Some Aquarius Examples

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.

These texts about the sign of Aquarius and Uranus might interest you.

Pisces' empathy

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

As you swim in the Great Whole, you feel that you stand in solidarity with the human race in general. Even better, plants as well as stones deserve your attention. In addition, your empathy is multifaceted. You cry with people, and you can hug trees in the forest, both to feel better and to express your gratitude to them.

In short, your sign is the zodiacal sign which best embodies this quality. Moreover, you do not only listen or offer a helping hand. You want to take care of people, and you go the extra mile to help them, sometimes forgetful or neglectful of your own life.

Advice for Pisces

Keep these wonderful dispositions and cultivate them, but respect some boundaries, otherwise, you may find yourself overwhelmed by too may problems and emotions.

Some Pisces Examples

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.

These texts about the sign of Pisces and Neptune might interest you.

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