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The Zodiac and its Pets

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

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

You are not against having a four-legged companion, especially because it is mainly a pretext for getting some exercise. Ideally, it would be a hunting dog who runs with you, or a greyhound you admire for his speed, of course. You get easily irritated by certain clingy dogs. Although you cannot have rams in your house, you are fond of them, to some extent owing to the mirror effect. Their wide forehead, their beautiful horns – well, those of the leader of the flock, naturally – are a feast for your eyes. You may also have a weakness for cats because they are as independent as you, and creative also. But again, avoid too sophisticated breeds. When you were a child, you may have been influenced by Thomas O'Malley, the ginger cat in The Aristocats, diving in a river to rescue an Aristocat kitten-girl.

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 favourite animals for Taurus, Taurus rising, Venus dominant, or strong 2nd House

When it comes to pets, you need either a hefty or a cuddly one... or both. You may appreciate big dogs for their main quality, a total fidelity towards their master. A Labrador, easy-going and, above all, having a strong appetite, will be your best friend. You will tolerate that he gives you slimy licks, and even that he knocks off a few items, though to a certain extent only. Since you are fond of the countryside, a farm dog or a Belgian Shepherd may be a good choice. To you, nature equates to love, and you are fond of cows, particularly because they produce good milk. And you love cats too, as you tremendously enjoy caressing them. You want your animal to be calm like you, and pretty, for you are definitely a Venusian. A Norwegian or a Maine Coon will make you happy with their thick fur and their rustic character.

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 favourite animals for Gemini, Gemini rising, Mercury dominant, or strong 3rd House

Would you be interested in getting an animal? Certainly yes, if you can communicate with him, what a silly question! Even though he cannot speak, you will manage to exchange on everything and nothing. It is obvious that a parrot will amuse you. Yourself, you tend to be quite creative in terms of vocabulary, and you may have fun hearing your own words repeated by your pet. Since you are influenced by the Air element, you are fond of birds. You understand lovebirds, those parakeets who need to live in couple. But you also like blackbirds and sparrows singing at your windows. This is not all. With dogs and cats, you mainly go along with them. Regarding dogs, you need cheerful and lively species of dogs such as Jack Russells, who are restless, or cockers, who are good actors. As for cats, their acrobatic skills amaze you. Therefore, an alley cat or a Siamese will delight you!

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

You believe that an animal is meant to be caressed. Therefore, you fall for furry pets you can pamper, like rabbits or certain guinea pigs. Cats are your great favourites, because you understand them without using any word. Just watching them sleep or licking themselves by the fireplace or in a ray of sunlight gives you the urge to spend the day with them lazing around or reading. Your temperament is compatible with calm or even fearful breeds, such as Ragdolls with gorgeous blue eyes. As for dogs, your stand is less clear-cut. You do not like ferocious barking mastiffs, because they may be frightening, or because they disturb your quietness. However, you appreciate the reassuring protection of a gentle dog guard for your home. If he is fond of children, like the Golden Retriever, it is even better. Or why not, a Yorkshire you can carry like a baby.

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

To catch your eye, animals must have an air of gentility and the power to attract attention. If in addition they are able to win prizes, they will stroke your ego. It is not surprising that dogs and cats with a long pedigree appeal to you. In this regard, you keep abreast of the latest trends and the selection criteria. A tiny wild beast such as the splendid Bengal, with his dappled coat and his strong muscles, may give you the impression that you have a real panther at home! It is not necessary to underline that your innermost instincts will be satisfied. However, you are not interested in smoke and mirrors only. You enjoy animals as such as well as their indomitable reflexes. They are a challenge, since you must make them obey you, but at the same time, you respect their nature. As far as dogs are concerned, you like them big and strong. You may choose an Afghan Hound for his fascinating beauty and also for the prestigious image attached to his breed. You may also be drawn to the beauty of horses, especially Arabian horses produced by careful and sophisticated breeders.

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 favourite animals for Virgo, Virgo rising, Mercury dominant, or strong 6th House

Since you may be a tidiness and cleanliness maniac, a domesticated animal suits you. In order to ensure smooth cohabitation right from the start, you carefully prepare it. You collect information on the temperament and the specificities of the dog or the cat you consider adopting, you purchase a few reasonable items at Cats and Dogs, but it is out of the question to go on a shopping spree stupidly. Then you focus on his training and take him to a professional dog trainer, if your pet is a Canidae. You will command everyone's respect, because your dog will behave most obediently. To make life easier for yourself, opt for a breed with good dispositions in this regard. A Doberman may be easier to deal with than expected and works with great zeal. A beagle, smaller, may also suits you. As for cats, there is obviously no possibility of training. If you live in a flat, his calm yet curious nature and his independence are perfect for you. As you are not snobbish, you may go for a simple European Shorthair.

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 favourite animals for Libra, Libra rising, Venus dominant, or strong 7th House

Because you are above all an emotional person, you find animals, with which you are going to create a unique bond, highly inspiring. You need to ensure that the adventure unfolds nicely, for you want to avoid pitfalls. You may appreciate the beauty of a Chartreux cat with his irresistible smoky grey fur, or the noble Egyptian elegance of an Abyssinian. You can spend hours admiring him licking himself, and you recognise your own concern about refinement. As a projection of your needs, you also pay utmost attention to his comfort, and you find a nice place with satin cushion for him. Nothing is too beautiful for your four-legged companion. But it is out of the question to accept pet hair everywhere in your house, and you readily find a way to remove it. As for dogs, you may fall for a Dalmatian, and you may want to experience nice strolls, as wonderful and promising as those in Walt Disney's films. It is most likely that your dog has the most beautiful lead of the town, and perhaps a branded collar.

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 favourite animals for Scorpio, Scorpio rising, Pluto dominant, or strong 8th House

All your connections with living beings, including with animals, are intense. Between you and your favourite pet, – this may involve some degree of fetishism – there is a unique passionate bond. Therefore, you are most likely to appreciate impressive companions. Of all the zodiacal signs, you are among the few ones able to live without problem with reptiles for instance. In their company, you enjoy being able to keep under control dread-inspiring creatures. A royal python or an iguana suits you well, because you know what you are doing. As for dogs, you are fond of breeds with great strength such as a German Sheperd or even a mastiff. You can be understood and obeyed owing to your natural authority, which sometimes has mesmerising powers. You are also fascinated by cats, because you constantly wonder how you could sound out their soul. You are drawn to black cats, Siamese cats, and even Sphinxes of course.

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 favourite animals for Sagittarius, Sagittarius rising, Jupiter dominant, or strong 9th House

To keep it simple, you often feel drawn to horses. You are fascinated by their beauty, their proud figure, and you stand for them with ardour. You consider that they are man's best allies. You enjoy going for a ride in the forest as much as participating in wild competitions during which you can display your temerity. Dogs also match your innate impetuosity. Here again, the symbolism of your sign is revealing. Indeed, you like the breeds meant for hunting such as for instance setters, or spaniels, or pointers, all sprightly pedigree dogs. What you appreciate tremendously is that they enable you to reconnect with nature and to give an outlet for your instincts. You may be daring enough to try to bring back exotic animals, for instance a serval or an ocelot. But you must ensure that your provider fully respects the code of ethics in force.

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 favourite animals for Capricorn, Capricorn rising, Saturn dominant, or strong 10th House

Although you are a loner at heart, you happen to appreciate the silent and calm company of an animal. You need time to build a relationship, and your never commit yourself on a whim. It is easy to imagine you selecting a Husky, one of those splendid dogs of the Arctic regions. Indeed, as a winter sign, you enjoy making efforts. Sled dogs are endowed with a natural endurance which is ideal, because you will walk them a great deal, and they will not get bored with you. However, since you devote long hours of work to your career, to have a feline sleeping near you or guarding your home may be a good alternative. The Chartreux's reserved character as well as his refined beauty is perfect for you. In any case, all animals, regardless of their breed, can be assured that you will not get tired of them and abandon them in the middle of nowhere. Over time, they will earn your respect, and you will value their unfailing loyalty.

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 favourite animals for Aquarius, Aquarius rising, Uranus dominant, or strong 11th House

With you penchant for originality, you secretly hope that you will find a Gremlin on your way. Be cautious, for should the case occur, you must neither expose him to sunlight, nor get him wet, nor feed him past midnight. The exercise may be exhilarating but finally a bit exacting. Since you can hardly bear constraints in your real life, it may be wise to control your desire for weird things and to get a relatively independent animal. If you are extremely individualistic yourself, you ought to content yourself with feeding birds at your window. Besides, you envy them because they can fly. Stork, owls, and blue tits are most likely to please you. Provided they have a sufficient vast territory to explore, felines also have the free temperament you appreciate. Alley cats suit you perfectly well if they have a strong character and, preferably, a few distinctive features setting them apart from their fellow creatures. Or you may fall for a Shar-pei with weird wrinkles.

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 favourite animals for Pisces, Pisces rising, Neptune dominant, or strong 12th House

Owing to your contemplative nature, you are able to spend long hours admiring the graceful dance of fishes in an aquarium. They share a few points in common with you, with their glimmering coloured fins and their capacity to endlessly stay hidden in a grotto – no matter how tiny – and, when necessary, to slip away at full speed. Although having fishes at home may be a good choice, there are other alternatives. All animals belonging to the aquatic world, such as turtles for instance, may suit you. And you love dolphins! In a different style, cats, of course, are perfect for you. You like their well-know propensity to laze away the whole day and to avoid all efforts. You are the type of person who understands what they are telling you at first glance. However, you need a refined cat with a precious fur, white or silvery. A tortoise shell Persian is fine also.

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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