Zodiac, Gastronomy And You – Le Zodiaque, La Gastronomie Et Vous

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Les Signes Du Zodiaque Et La Gastronomie

Il existe des analogies symboliques entre chaque signe du zodiaque et la nourriture. Elles doivent être vues comme une approche épicurienne plus qu’une méthode de recherche. Chaque personne est évidemment bien plus que son signe solaire et à chacun selon ses goûts. Il n’y a pas mieux que la cuisine française pour illustrer ces correspondances. L’histoire d’amour de la France avec la nourriture repose sur une longue tradition. Que ce soit dans les restaurants, les marchés ou les épiceries, la cuisine française est toujours créative et d’un goût recherché. Plus que d’assembler des ingrédients de bonne qualité, les chefs français veulent avant tout que vous vous régaliez avec un repas délicieux. Les assiettes sont décorées avec art pour plaire à vos yeux autant qu’à vos papilles. Plus important que tout, la différence culinaire française vient de deux ingrédients absents des livres de cuisine: la joie de vivre et l’amour. Alors, que vous soyez attiré ou pas par le plat de votre signe, profitez de la beauté des images.

Zodiac Signs and Gastronomy

There are symbolic analogies between each zodiac sign and food. They must be seen more as an epicurean approach than as a research method. Each person is obviously much more than their sun sign and to each their own tastes. There is none better than French cooking to illustrate those correspondences. France’s love affair with food rests upon a long tradition. Whether in restaurants, farmers markets or grocery stores, French food is always creative and refined. More than assembling quality ingredients, French chefs want to treat you with a delicious meal experience. Dishes are artfully decorated to please your eyes as much as your tastebuds. More important than everything, the French culinary difference comes from two ingredients absent from cookbooks: the joie de vivre and love. So, whether you are attracted or not by the dish of your sign, enjoy the beauty of the images.

Aries: The Warrior – Bélier: Le Guerrier  (03/21 – 04/19)
Le gigot d’agneau ail et romarin – Leg of lamb garlic and rosemary

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Aries the first fire sign loves grilled meat –  Le Bélier premier signe de feu aime les grillades

Taurus: The Lover – Taureau: La Maîtresse  (04/20 – 05/20)
Le tagine de faisan aux légumes et raisins secs – Tajine of pheasant with vegetables and raisins

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Taurus associates good cuisine with pleasure – Le taureau associe la bonne cuisine avec le plaisir

Gemini: The Mediator – Gémeaux: Le Médiateur  (05/21 – 06/20)
La salade César – Caesar Salad

Gemini: The Mediator - Gémeaux: Le Médiateur - Click to enlarge
Gemini loves sweet and salty  flavors combined – Le Gémeaux aime les goûts sucrés et salés réunis

Cancer: The Mother – Cancer: La Mère  (06/21 – 07/22)
Le gratin dauphinois – The Potato Gratin

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Cancer loves homemade comfort dishes – Le Cancer aime la cuisine réconfortante faite à la maison

Leo: The Ego – Lion: L’Ego  (07/23 – 08/22)
La fricassée aux morilles – Fricassee with morels

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Leo love rich and sumptuous meals – Le Lion aime les repas riches et somptueux

Virgo: The Servant – Vierge: La Servante  (08/23 – 09/22)
Les cailles aux coings – Quail with quince

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Virgo is health conscious about food ingredients – La Vierge est consciente de la santé des aliments

Libra: The Partner – Balance: Le Partenaire  (09/23 – 10/22)
La pêche Melba – The Peach Melba

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Libra has a sweet tooth for refined desserts – La Balance a une prédilection pour les desserts raffinés

Scorpio: The Seducer – Scorpion: Le Séducteur  (10/23 – 11/21)
Le crumble de saumon flambé au champagne – Salmon crumble flamed with champagne

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Scorpio is a lover of flambé dishes – Le Scorpion est un amoureux des plats flambés

Sagittarius: The Preacher – Sagittaire: Le Prêtre  (11/22 – 12/21)
Le homard grillé et salade de mangue au gingembre – Grilled lobster and ginger mango salad

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Sagittarius is jovial and likes good food – Le Sagittaire est un bon vivant qui aime bien manger

Capricorn: The Master – Capricorne: Le Maître  (12/22 – 01/19)
Le cassoulet – Cassoulet

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Capricorn is a fan of homemade local cuisine – Le Capricorne est un amateur de la cuisine du terroir

Aquarius: The Jester – Verseau: Le Joker  (01/20 – 02/18)
Le bavarois à la mangue et au chocolat blanc – Bavarian with mango and white chocolate

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Aquarius loves original and exotic food – Le Verseau aime la cuisine originale et exotique

Pisces: The Angel – Poissons: L’Ange  (02/19 – 03/20)
Le baba au rhum – Rum baba

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Pisces loves the slightly alcoholic desserts – Le Poisson aime les desserts légèrement alcoolisés

Sources: Symbolon Cards and “Femmes Actuelles”

The Zodiac & You In One Single Image

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Astro Tarology, Zodiac Signs and Archetypal Cards

The following image includes (1) the 12 zodiac signs and their respective ruling planets, (2) the 12 corresponding archetypal cards and their respective names as well as (3) the 12 life houses in the center. Find your sun sign and focus on the corresponding card. Enjoy !!

The Warrior, Mars, Aries The Lover, Venus, Taurus The Mediator, Mercury, Gemini The Mother, Moon, Cancer The Ego, Sun, Leo The Servant, Mercury, Virgo The Partner, Venus, Libra The Seducer, Pluto, Scorpio The Preacher, Jupiter, Sagittarius The Master, Saturn, Capricorn The Jester, Uranus, Aquarius The Angel, Neptune, Pisces
The zodiac and you. Cards by Symbolon. Click to enlarge

The Zodiac Signs, Extraversion, Introversion and You

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

ARIES: Begining, Impulse, Creation Personality: Energetic, enterprising, impulsive, full of enthusiasm and impulses Extravert: Look outward, conqueror of the material and spacial world Introvert: Look inward, conqueror of the spiritual and intellectual world

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

TAURUS: Receptivity, Flair, Creativity Personality: Enormous capacity for work, perseverance, stubborness, slow starter Extravert: The fighting bull, expansive, confident, hypermotivated, active, optimistic Introvert: The peaceful bull, someone slow who thinks things over, phlegmatic, taciturn

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

GEMINI: Duality, Mobility, Instinct Personality: Impulsive, spontaneous, quick in response, immediate and unstudied actions Extravert: Pollux-type, overactive, soulless, under-emotional, animated, curious, ironic Introvert: Castor-type, under-active, unstable feelings, emotional, excitable, endless moves

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

CANCER: Birth, Mother, Past Personality: Importance of heredity, family, childhood, native country, religious tradition Extravert: Excitable, moody, capricious, emotional vagrant, unfaithful, humorous Introvert: Sentimental, moral considerations, self-torture, deep meditation, remembrances

Leo (July 23 – August 22)

LEO: Ego, Radiance, Sex Personality: Desire for material things, selfish, basic instincts, single light source Extravert: Helios-type, realistic, combative, materialist, seeks to exert great influence Introvert: Apollo-type, idealist, champion of honor, seeks beauty, perfection, inner sun

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

VIRGO: Virgin, Feminine, Servant Personality: Power of understanding, Virgin Mother, servant of universal knowledge Extravert: Anal-expulsive, instinctive, undisciplined,rebel, disorganised, sadistic Introvert: Anal-retentive, retract within oneself, reserved, shy, mania for details

Libra (September 23 – October 22)

LIBRA: Balance, Sentiment, Taste Personality: Weighs, measures, compares like a scale, balance the yin and yang, pre-rational Extravert: Sentimental-type, radiates warmth, pleasant, makes friends easily, congenial Introvert: Inner sentimental-type, withdrawn into oneself, reserved, silent, calm, anxious

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

SCORPIO: Death, Rebirth, Mystery Personality: Explorers of the occult, feels strongly energies from the invisible world Extravert: Investigate and reveal the unseen mysteries, lucidity and critical judgment Introvert: Master of his inner demons, becomes the wise man, alchemist, clairvoyant, medium

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)

SAGITTARIUS: Link, Attachment, Aspiration Personality: Relationships, aims at the level of absolute, to reach the greatest heights Extravert: Conformist, loves the good life, expansive, euphoric, loves prestige and honors Introvert: Rebellious,fiercely independent, audacious, lives through series of crises

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)

CAPRICORN: Ascension, Infinite, Purification Personality: Perpetual reflection, ascension towards infinite goals and pure evolution Extravert: The ambitious, seeks to attain power and dominance, lucid, yearns to succeed Introvert: The detached, takes the road of privation, moral ambition, spiritual ascension

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)

AQUARIUS: Expanse, Knowledge, Freedom Personality: Feels as if he is a stranger on Earth, in exile he wonders about his mission Extravert: The adventurer, misfit, original, eccentric, very independent, likes revolution Introvert: The wise, disengages from material things, frees himself towards spiritual goals

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

PISCES: Eternity, Synthesis, Cosmos Personality: Enlightened consciousness, fusion with the universal, feels the cosmic divinity Extravert: Outer-type, oblative, generous, goodness, humaneness, self-forgetfulness Introvert: Inner-type, mystical, metaphysical, seeks a communication with the divine spirit

Astro Tarology & Head-Heart Dilemmas

 Head and Heart Dilemmas

In our dilemmas, one part of us says one thing while another part says something else. Number of our inner dualities happen between our heart and our head. For instance on the issue of freedom and security, our heart may be moved by compassion (more freedom) while at the same time our head be moved by self-protection (more security).

Anyone who was not a liberal at 20 years of age had no heart, while anyone who was still a liberal at 40 had no head.
– Winston Churchill

One Personality Has Multiple Facets

Our inner life is a stage with a great number of characters in the play. Each characters has its own acting role and individual identity. Our personality has multiple facets. It is normal to show a different personality facet when we are talking to a love one (i.e. your mother) than to a stranger (i.e. a tax auditor). One should not confuse a personality multiple facets with a multiple personality disorder. The first is normal while the second is pathologic. Sun the ego, Mercury the head and Venus the heart are the three leading characters among our personality facets. Only the latter two will be analyzed in this post.

Mercury and Venus Complex Relations

Mercury and Venus are the only two planets orbiting between the sun and the earth. As a result, they are also the solar system fastest two planets. As closest to the sun, quick Mercury correlates to our fast mental abilities. As closest to the earth, magnetic Venus correlates to our attractive connecting abilities. This explains why Mercury and Venus are respectively associated with our head and our heart. Understanding Mercury and Venus roles in our psyche will help us understanding dilemmas between our head and our heart.

If acting as leading characters wasn’t enough for Mercury and Venus, they also happen to play two roles each: one terrestrial (earth) and one celestial (air). Venus and Mercury four archetypal roles are associated with the four zodiac signs they are ruling upon. They are (1) Venus earth = Taurus, (2) Mercury air = Gemini, (3) Mercury earth = Virgo and (4) Venus air = Libra. All theater characters interact with each other, and our inner play is not different. Leading characters have complex interactions and so do Venus and Mercury in our inner life.

As the plot builds on harmonious and tense relationships between characters, conflicts develop. Dilemmas intensity produce engaging scripts and so it does in our inner lives. The good news is that Mercury and Venus never reach the 90 and 180 degrees hard angles. As a result, it is possible to hold them both without having to necessarily make a choice. Not having to choose between our head and our heart may lead to find a third way, a growing step in our personal identity that Carl Jung calls the road to individuation.

By analogy, the cast of characters relates to all planets, signs, houses and aspects in a natal chart. Their relations can become complicated. For now, only Venus and Mercury leading roles will be analyzed. An image being worth 1000 words, visual illustrations of those inner characters would help. This is where the Symbolon deck of cards is becoming in. It includes 78 astrologically related cards. All are associated with our inner characters and designed in scenes with people. Their historic settings draw our unconscious to the past and help some old memories to surface. Not only the cards artworks are superb, but each one will resonate deeply in the forgotten, repressed or hidden unconscious part of our psyche.

Relations between Venus the heart and Mercury the head can be linked to no less than ten correlations represented by ten Symbolon cards as organized in the following spread.

Head-Heart-Mercury-Venus-Symbolon
Head-Heart – Mercury-Venus – Symbolon – Click to enlarge

Let’s imagine an horizontal and a vertical line crossing in the center, they will divide the spread in four quadrants. Above the horizontal line (horizon) is the sky and below the earth. To the left of the vertical line is the side dominated by Venus and to the right by Mercury.

The four zodiac signs ruled by Venus and Mercury

The rulers of the 12 zodiac signs represent the 12 basic archetypal characters and to each correspond one Symbolon card. Then each of the remaining cards (78-12=66) will be associated with all possible 66 different pairs of signs (12×11/2=66). Below are the four Venus and Mercury corresponding zodiac signs and cards.

(1) TAURUS (Earth sign ruled by Venus) – Card “The Lover”
      Love – SENSUAL LIFE –Sensation
(2) GEMINI (Air sign ruled by Mercury) – Card “The Mediator”
      Intelligence – SPIRITUAL LIFE – Thinking
(3) VIRGO (Earth sign ruled by Mercury) – Card “The Assistant”
      Help – PRACTICAL LIFE –Feeling
(4) LIBRA (Air sign ruled by Venus) – Card “The Partner”
      Beauty – SENTIMENTAL LIFE – Intuition

Note that those four signs correspond also to Carl Jung four functions: two Venus “Perception” (Sensation and Intuition) and two Mercury “Judgment” (Thinking and Feeling).

The two pairs of Venus and Mercury with themselves

Yes, there is only one planet Venus and one planet Mercury in the solar system, but as rulers of the zodiac signs, Venus and Mercury are appearing twice.

(5) TAURUS-LIBRA (Venus Earth-Venus Air) – Card “The Gilded Cage”
      Jealousy – CONJUGAL LIFE
(6) GEMINI-VIRGO (Mercury Air-Mercury Earth) – Card “The Strategist”
      Strategy – MENTAL LIFE

The two pairs of Venus and Mercury with the same elements

(7) TAURUS-VIRGO (Venus Earth-Mercury Earth) – Card “Clinging”
      Greed – MATERIAL LIFE
(8) LIBRA-GEMINI (Venus Air-Mercury Air) – Card “Vanity fair”
      Appearance – SOCIAL LIFE

The two pairs of Venus and Mercury with opposite elements

(9) TAURUS-GEMINI (Venus earth-Mercury Air) – Card “The Golden Girl”
Insecurity – PERSONAL LIFE
(10) LIBRA-VIRGO (Venus Air-Mercury Earth) – Card “Everyday in the Relationship”- Dullness – REAL LIFE

Would we not be limited by this post scope, each card would receive an in-depth analysis. Nevertheless, there may already be one card or more which is questioning your inner self. Observe that card in all its details, keep it in the back of your mind and wait for old memories to surface. Sometimes they may come as painful revelations, but the character role awareness will always bring some relief. The corresponding unconscious blocking will no longer affect your conscious actions.

Astro Tarology “Flower of Life” and Symbolon Cards

On one end, the Astro tarology “Flower of Life” is an original organization of the Tarot 22 Major Arcana. On the other, the Symbolon deck 78 cards is an astrological imagery representing the 12 zodiac signs rulers and 66 planets pairs. There is a predictable imperfect correlation between the Tarot 22 Major Arcana and the 22 selected Symbolon cards. The following illustration results from overlaying the 22 Symbolon cards over the Astro Tarology “Flower of Life” 22 Tarot Arcana. As they are based on totally different sets of assumptions, trying to force the two systems to coincide would have required one or both system mutilations, which would have been inappropriate. The mechanically created illustration though, produced a meaningful self-contained new representation. By analogy, it is like taking a song (A) and then assembling a newly created music (A1) and newly created lyrics (A2) of that song (A) into a new song (B=A1+A2) !!

Astro Tarology "Flower of Life" - Major Tarot Arcana - Symbolon Cards - Click to enlarge
Astro Tarology “Flower of Life” – Major Tarot Arcana – Symbolon Cards – Click to enlarge