Earthy pleasures

french bread

What do farmers in northern France do when the Sun is in Virgo and the harvest is in?

They hold a local agricultural fair to show off the fruits of their labours and the produce of the land, demonstrate their skills and celebrate the bounty of the earth.

Spending some the Virgo month of September in France most years, we often visit daughter-in-law’s family in Picardie. We’ve been taken to the local agricultural fair to see an interesting range of aspects of country life. On one occasion daughter-in-law’s farming brother Hubert was taking part in a ploughing competition. The whole event was very earthy, reflecting the earth element of Virgo, the astrological practical sign of precision, nurturing and attention to detail. I went along to this event and viewed it through an astrological lens.

Arriving by car at the venue  – a very large field in the middle of nowhere –  we were directed to park in another large field nearby. This was ploughed with Virgoan precision into sets of long earthy furrows, with enough space between each to park 2 rows of cars.  We headed off towards the ploughing match area. Way in the distance the tractors on their allocated plots could be seen ploughing and turning up and down as they created precise furrows.

Hubert had already spoken of how difficult it was to meet the exact requirements in this competition – each furrow has to be of a certain depth and width, each competitor has a judge watching and checking every furrow ploughed.

The contrast between modern farm machinery and traditional methods was marked. Hubert was driving a large tractor and ploughing 6 furrows at a time, but a demonstration of old style ploughing with 2 horses attracted a lot of attention too, as did the sheepdog rounding up the flock in a Virgoan way, keeping things nice and tidy!

There were produce stalls of all kinds, with tasting and sampling included. And there really is more to French bread than baguettes; one stall had a line up of locally produced organic flour and the many varieties and flavours of bread that was made from it.

IMG_2047There were farm animals on show, and although I didn’t see a Capricornian goat, I did touch Taurus when I stroked a beautiful creamy-white Charolais bull named Velours (Velvet).

Astrology is vibrant, living and all around if we know where and how to look for it.

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