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

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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”

Le Zodiaque et Vous En Une Seule Image

English Version

Astro Tarology, Signes du Zodiaque and Cartes Symbolon

L’image ci-après inclut (1) les 12 signes du zodiaque avec (2) leurs planètes maîtresses associées et (3) les 12 cartes Symbolon avec leurs noms respectifs. Basé sur votre signe solaire, focalisez sur la carte Symbolon qui lui correspond et (a) découvrez les mots-clé de votre personnalité ainsi que (b) savoir si votre type est plutôt extraverti ou plutôt introverti. Amusez-vous bien !!

Le Guerrier, Mars, Bélier La Maîtresse, Vénus, Taureau Le Médiateur, Mercure, Gémeaux La Mère, Lune, Cancer L’Ego, Soleil, Lion La Servante, Mercure, Vierge Le Partenaire, Vénus, Balance Le Séducteur, Pluton, Scorpion Le Prêtre, Jupiter, Sagittaire Le Maître, Saturne, Capricorne Le Joker, Uranus, Verseau L’Ange, Neptune, Poissons

Signes du Zodiaque, Extraversion, Introversion et Vous

Bélier (21 mars – 19 avril)

BÉLIER: Commencement, Impulsion, Création Personnalité: Énergétique, entreprenant, impulsif, plein d’enthousiasme et d’impulsions Extraverti: Regarde à l’extérieur, conquérant du monde matériel et spatial Introverti: Regarde à l’intérieur, conquérant du monde spirituel et intellectuel

Taureau (20 avril – 20 mai)

TAUREAU: Réceptivité, Talent, Créativité Personnalité: Énorme capacité de travail, persévérance, entêtement, lent au démarrage Extraverti: Le taureau combatif, expansif, confiant, hypermotivé, actif, optimiste Introverti: Le taureau pacifique, personne lente qui anticipe, phlegmatique, taciturne

Gémeaux (21 mai – 20 juin)

GÉMEAUX: Dualité, Mobilité, Instinct Personnalité: Impulsif, spontané, réponses rapides, immédiat, actions irréfléchies Extraverti: Type Pollux, suractif, sans âme, sous émotif, animé, curieux, ironique Introverti: Type Castor, sous actif, instable, émotionnel, excitable, mobilité sans fin

Cancer (21 juin – 22 juillet)

CANCER: Naissance, Mère, Passé Personnalité: Importance de l’hérédité, de la famille, enfance, pays, tradition religieuse Extraverti: Excitable, lunatique, capricieux, nomade émotionnel, infidèle, sens de l’humour Introverti: Sentimental, réflexions morales, auto-torture, méditation profonde, souvenirs

Lion (23 juillet – 22 août)

LION: Ego, Rayonnement, Sexe Personnalité: Désir des choses matérielles, égoïste, instincts primaires, lumière unique Extraverti: Type Helios, réaliste, combatif, matérialiste, recherche une grande influence Introverti: Type Apollon, idéaliste, champion de l’honneur, recherche beauté et perfection

Vierge (23 août – 22 septembre)

VIERGE: Vierge, Féminine, Servante Personnalité: Pouvoir de compréhension, Vierge Marie, servante de la connaissance universelle Extraverti: Anal-expulsif, instinctif, indiscipliné, rebelle, désorganisé, sadique Introverti: Anal-rétentif, rétracté en soi, réservé, timide, obsédé par les détails

Balance (23 septembre – 22 octobre)

BALANCE: Équilibre, Sentiment, Bon goût Personnalité: Pèse, mesure, compare comme une balance, équilibre yin et yang, pré-rationnel Extraverti: Type sentimental, rayonne de la chaleur, agréable, fait facilement des amis Introverti: Type sentimental intérieur, renfermé, réservé, silencieux, calme, anxieux

Scorpion (23 octobre – 21 novembre)

SCORPION: Mort, Renaissance, Mystère Personnalité: Explorateurs de l’occulte, fort ressenti des énergies du monde invisible Extraverti: Investigue et révèle les mystères de l’invisible, lucidité et jugement critique Introverti: Maître de ses démons intérieurs,il devient alchimiste, clairvoyant, medium, sage

Sagittaire (22 novembre – 21 décembre)

SAGITTAIRE: Lien, Attachement, Aspiration Personnalité: Relations, vise le niveau de l’ absolu, pour atteindre les plus hautes cibles Extraverti: Conformiste, aime la bonne vie, euphorique, aime le prestige et les honneurs Introverti: Rebelle, profondément indépendant, audacieux, vit à travers de multiples crises

Capricorne (22 décembre – 19 janvier)

CAPRICORNE: Ascension, Infini, Purification Personnalité: Constante réflection, ascension vers des buts infinis et en pure évolution Extraverti: L’ambitieux, cherche à atteindre pouvoir et domination,lucide, aspire au succès Introverti: Le détaché, choisit la voie de la privation, ascension morale et spirituelle

Verseau (20 janvier – 18 février)

VERSEAU: Expansion, Connaissance, Liberté Personnalité: Ressent être un étranger sur la terre, en exil il s’interroge sur sa mission Extraverti: L’aventurier, marginal, original, excentrique, indépendant, aime la révolution Introverti: Le sage, détaché des choses matérielles, libre pour des buts spirituels

Poissons (19 février – 20 mars)

POISSONS: Eternité, Synthèse, Cosmos Personnalité: Conscience éclairée, fusion avec l’universel, ressent la divinité cosmique Extraverti: Type extérieur, oblatif, généreux, bonté, humanité, oubli de soi Introverti: Type intérieur, métaphysique, mystique, communication avec l’esprit divin

04 The Commanding EMPEROR

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If I had to choose a religion, the sun as the universal giver of life would be my god.
– Napoleon Bonaparte

PART 1 – THE EMPEROR SYMBOLISM

800x1200-napoleon-bonaparte-crowningIn 1804, Napoleon crowned himself Emperor of the French by grabbing the crown out of the Pope’s hands, signifying his power over the Catholic Church. Soon after, he crowned his wife Josephine as Empress as well.

The Emperor archetype is always associated with a strong ego. As we will see further, the Emperor is marked by the zodiac sign of Leo (the lion is the animals king) of which the Sun is the ruler. For Napoleon Bonaparte, whose sun sign is Leo (he was born on August 15, 1769), the Sun is above all humans and religions. His quote above says it all about the Emperor archetype.

While showing little resemblance with Napoleon himself, Ingres painting above shows his crowning with abundant imperial symbols. (1) The Emperor is seated in a sumptuous, elevated, wide throne (stable and maximum power), (2) Of which each armrest ends with an ivory (purity) ball (courage, “to have the balls”), (3) He holds Charles V (Emperor) scepter (regal authority) with his right (active) hand, (4) And the hand of justice (legal power, code Napoleon) with his left (receptive) hand, (5) Charlemagne (Emperor) coronation sword (warrior, conquests) stands on his left side, (6) A laurel wreath (Caesar Emperor) covers his head, (7) He wears the great collar of the “Legion d’Honneur” (highest French merit award), (8) Over an ermine hood (royal attribute), (9) He wears a gold-embroidered satin tunic and an ermine-lined purple velvet cloak decorated with gold bees (kings pageantry), (10) He also wears white (purity) shoes (materiality) embroidered in gold (royal color) resting on a cushion (comfortable connection with the material world), (11) The carpet under the throne displays a huge imperial eagle (the birds king) (12) And some zodiac signs (cosmic power).

The Emperor arcana and Astro Tarology “Flower of Life”

Before detailing the Emperor symbols in the four previously selected tarot decks, let’s look at the Fool (#0), the Magician (#1), the High Priestess (#2), the Empress (#3) and the Emperor positions in the Astro Tarology “Flower of Life”. That structure works for almost all tarot decks major arcana. We selected the Tarot de Marseille (TDM) where the Traveling Fool is called “Le Mat”,  the Initiating Magician “Le Bateleur”, the Incubating High Priestess “La Papesse”, the Seducing Empress “L’Impératrice” and the Commanding Emperor “L’Empereur”. All five can be seen at the image bottom.

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The Emperor represents the link between Jupiter (abundance and success) and the Moon (imaginary world). Jupiter gives the Emperor his imperial aura and the Moon the illusion of invincibility.

Let’s now observe the four different Emperor arcana

Tarot de Marseille (TDM)

320x660-emperor-jodoUnlike the static Napoleon comfortably seated on his overwhelmingly consecrated authority, the TDM Emperor has a more dynamic demeanor. He is half seated (established authority) half standing (ready to move), seen side-on (not seeking any viewer’s ego validation, self-confidence, like the kings in a standard playing deck of cards) holding firmly (determination) his scepter (ready to act) with his right (active) hand in the air (no need for body support, secured strength). His seat is more an armchair than a throne (ready for grounded activities). The TDM Emperor represents a powerful father figure, that in some cases could be associated with a deity.

(1) The Emperor is marked by the number four (IIII), which in numerology symbolizes stability (like a table four legs), (2) Attached to his yellow (gold) laurel necklace (winner), the yellow oval pendant (his own ruled world) is divided in four quadrants (the four life functions: material, emotional, creative and intellectual) meaning that he is in full authority of his own universe, (3) The number four appears also in the square shape (material grounding) between his legs, (4) His head is crowned with a yellow helmet (intelligence) bordered with red (life) triangles (sun rays) and surmounted by a compass (the four cardinal directions, stability, order), (5) A red curvy shape (life flow) links his yellow helmet (intellectual knowledge) with his sky blue hair and beard (spiritual wisdom), (6) His left (receptive) hand is smaller than his right (active).

To reach a higher awareness level, the TDM Emperor needs to be ready to act in the world with strength, authority and self-confidence.

Empresses are from Venus and Emperors are from Mars

Each arcana is a letter of the tarot alphabet. By combining two letters we will get a syllable. Let’s illustrate with the couple Empress – Emperor.

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(1) While the TDM Empress holds her scepter leaning on her pubis with her left (receptive) hand, the TDM Emperor holds his in the air with his right (active) hand, (2) The cross at her scepter’s end is orange (intellectual) while his is red (life), (3) While the eagle in her shield is unfinished (see its right wing), his eagle is completed, (4) His eagle sits on a  white egg indicating that it is a female (the small receptive yin part in a strongly active yang personality = Jung anima) and her Adam’s apple symbolizes the reverse (a male eagle = small yang part in a strongly yin personality = Jung animus). More about Astro Tarology and Yin-Yang.

In the above sequence III-IIII (as opposed to IIII-III), the couple looks at each other offering them a greater completeness. While the Empress without Emperor would be very active and idealist, the Emperor without Empress would become too realist and might lack actions. Combining her receptivity (yin, Venus) and his activity (yang, Mars) will complement each other and help them reach a higher level of united consciousness.

Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot (RWS)

350x600-emperor-waiteSitting on a square (four) stone (stability) throne, the RWS Emperor is also a symbol of the father archetype. His beard shows his mature wisdom while the armor (strength) under his red  (life, energy, action) robe indicates his physical vitality ready to fight to protect his realm. Astrologically, the Emperor in his palace is marked by the glorious sign of Leo (ruled by the Sun), but when he is outside battling the warrior is marked by the sign of Aries (ruled by planet Mars, the Roman god of war = Greek Ares). The RWS Emperor arcanum shows four (again) ram’s heads (like Khnum an aspect of Ra, the Egyptian Sun god).

(1) In his right (active and giving) hand, the RWS Emperor holds a solid yellow (gold power) Ankh scepter (Egyptian symbol of virility), (2) And in his left (receptive and receiving) hand a golden apple (feminine goodness), (3) His multi-faceted crown (power) is associated with self-reliance and higher self, (4) The rocky mountainous background symbolizes security, (5) His throne is higher than the mountains (domination), (6) A small river in the bottom indicates that there is life and room for growth under his leadership and (7) the sky is color orange and yellow (fire and spiritual quest).

To reach a higher awareness level, the RWS Emperor needs to be a leader who provides his realm with protection, stability and security.

Mythic Tarot (MT)

358x600-emperor-mythicThe MT Emperor is associated with no other than Zeus, the Greek god of all gods and humans. Zeus was born from Titans Rhea and Cronos. After a prophet had told Cronos that one of his children would overthrown him, he decided to kill all his offsprings at birth. And so he did by swallowing the first five children. When she was bearing her sixth child, Rhea fled secretly to a cave and gave birth to Zeus. She then tricked Cronos by wrapping a stone in lieu of the baby, which he swallowed like the others. Zeus now a grownup tricked his father to drink a sickening potion which made him throw up the five unharmed children and the stone. Zeus then lead his siblings to overthrow Cronos, fulfilling the initial prophecy and establishing his unconditional power on Mount Olympus.

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(1) The MT Emperor sits on and fills a squared (stable number four) golden throne (regal) on the top of a mountain (material and spiritual heights), (2) The background shows snow-topped mountains (aloneness at the top) emerging above a soft blue (light of the day) sky itself over a navy blue (darkness of the night) sky, (3) His right (active) hand holds thunderbolts (power, sudden light, vision), (4) And his left (receptive) hand a world globe (imperial ruling), (5) An eagle stands on his left (receptive) shoulder (neck level = link between physical body and intellectual head) looks to the right (future). Because it can fly higher than all other birds and is the only animal able to look at the sun, the eagle rules the flying birds (air) as the lion the mammals (earth). Both are emblems of ultimate leadership.

To reach a higher awareness level, the MT Emperor needs to embody the father figure of legal, moral, ethical and spiritual integrity.

Symbolon Tarot (ST)

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(1) The ST Emperor sits on a stable square-shaped (number four) gold throne (regal), (2) In front of a huge sun (power, ideal, ego), (3) backed by a yellow sky (consciousness). (4) His right (active) hand holds a golden scepter (regal power), (5) And his left (receptive) hand holds a blue sphere (sky) with golden ornaments (spirituality) surmounted by a cross (deity), (6) He receives his power from above (sky, left hand) and gives the benefits to below (earth, right hand), (7) The arcanum left side (past) shows a community living in tents (transient and temporary homes), the right (future) is showing a solidly build village (stable and permanent homes), (8) The throne legs (stability) are made of sphinx-like faces (Egyptian sphinx is a solar symbol, body = lion, strength, protection), (9) A red and orange (solar fire) carpet leads to the elevated throne (superpower).

In the corners we see the astrological symbols of the Leo (king, sex, ego) zodiac sign and its ruling Sun (power, creativity, ideal). Those celestial analogies appeared all along from Napoleon to each of the four tarot Emperor arcanum.

To reach a higher awareness level, the ST Emperor needs to express his identity and live his own life regardless of others’ opinion.

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In a summary, we can say that to reach a higher awareness level, the Emperor needs to (1) be ready to act in the world with strength, authority and self-confidence, (2) be a leader who provides his realm with protection, stability and security, (3) embody the father figure of legal, moral, ethical and spiritual integrity and (4) express his identity and live his own life regardless of others’ opinion.

As a practical simple advice, your inner Emperor recommends that you show strength and integrity in your commanding leadership.

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