Sun Sign Survey: Family Dinners

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Let’s do this thus: You have to say “I Am A Pisces…” Or whatever your sign is…”And I think family dinners are…”

Eg; “I am a Leo and I think family dinners are the ideal opportunity for me to show off my grasp of gourmet trends and fine wines.”

Or “I am an Aquarius and I think family dinners are hell on earth because they usually get in the way of my current regime.”

Or “I am a Taurus and I think family dinners are the common ground of decency and nourishment upon which our civilisation is based.”

Or “I am a Pisces and I think family dinners are fine if i can drink because I still haven’t gotten over the Festen style farce that were family dinners in my childhood.”

Or “I am a Libra and I think family dinners need a divine, radiant and inspirational table setting. Can there be candles? It’s all about the lighting.”

I am mostly just thinking of this because i keep reading articles (from the Pluto in Leo baby boomers?) linking the decline in families eating together at home to all sorts of dysfunction but barely anyone I know actually does it on a regular basis.

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Wish Upon a Star
Wish Upon a Star

I’m a Gemini and I remember our Sunday Roasts. Even though mum was Maltese she loved cooking Aussie food.
But her culinary skills got lost in translation.
Over cooked dried vegies. My Leo boyfriend taught me how to cook vegies nicely.

But I lived those peas in a tin, mushy and salty.

If sound Taurean, because that’s where my moon is.

Jokerman
Jokerman

The only way to cook vegies is with ghee. Every other way the water is scavenged out thru the degrading hydrolysis process. Retention of water in vegetables is paramount for flavour and nutritional integrity.

Tones
Tones

I am a Scorpio and I think family dinners are: A special kind of torture where the other members of my family give me a 1000 tiny psychic cuts that bleed out my self esteem/self worth/ morale and dignity.

Only a slight exaggeration, lol!

Chloe
Chloe

I am a Virgo and our family dinners have always been fun. Mostly because they are full of sarcasm and making fun of my drama queen brother. (Mum is a Capricorn, Dad is a Gemini, my brother is a Leo)

Tempermental Taurus
Tempermental Taurus

I’m a Taurus and I think family dinners are the best way to show my family and friends how much I love them, by stuffing them full of a 3 course dinner I’ve spent hours making.

Tones
Tones

I am a scorpio and I think family dinners are the perfect setting for divining the secret buttons of your nearest and dearest.
Mommy has angst regarding the inherited depression? Daddy has angst regarding the way he treated the female offspring in their adolescent years? All the better to GUILT THEM SILLY when we have family get-togethers, ahahahaaaaar!

loopy
loopy

I am a sagittarian and I enjoy family dinners because I like to share food with other people, I enjoy the sociable side of talking with food with other people, but I also find the strain between family members sometimes uncomfortable, though a fact of life. I am not sure how much good they did though.

crabby crab
crabby crab

I am a cancer and family dinners are a seething underbelly of anger and resentment but if it means a free feed im in!!

The Aqua moon usually kicks in for me at these events. A total lifesaver!!

davidl
davidl

I am an aries, and family dinners as a child were everything. My mum is from the middle east and after they and a few hundred friends and relatives were thrown out of their beloved country in the earlty fifties they would gather at any of a number of places to eat speak a variety of languages and feast. My youth was full of meals for 30 or 40 in parks, the beach, at homes etc. full of laughter, fun and so much food you wouldn’t believe. Now most of those people are old or have passed and the next… Read more »

Nate
Nate

I’m a Capricorn, and have no idea what family dinners could be like becasue I work and can never make them

shell
shell

I’m a gemini, and I didn’t get round to commenting on this on friday cause I was making dinner for a friend. It was great. We always ate dinner together as a family when I was a kid. I don’t remember them being anything particularly traumatic/bonding etc. Although or family of five went to one of two over the period of four years, toward the end it was often the only time remaining family members where in the same place at the same time. Family dinners now are very rare, because we are scattered to the wind, and I think… Read more »

shell
shell

that made me remember, we used to have ‘feasts’, either curry (which would be laboured over for days) or chinese. Lots of dishes, lots of effort. They were fab. My parents also loved throwing BBQ’s with all sorts of trimmings, satay chicken wings, sausages stuffed with prunes and if it was mud crab season, chilli crab. When we went to the beach there was always prawns purchased on the way home, for lunch. And we’d do champagne breakies at the beach (where my father would always pose the rhetorical question ‘i wonder what the poor people are doing?’). Taurean dad,… Read more »

shell
shell

no chicken masks though, unfortunately.

Pegasus
Pegasus

Sagittaire here with no family at all, only child from Flower Power generation. My 2 best friends, CowGirl & Aquaman and their 2 kelpies are my family. Friday & Saturday dinners every 6 weeks when i visit the beach house, a 2 hour trip. As CowGirl is a brilliant chef (& CEO of mineral corp) & he a media chief, the invitation by text or email goes like this: ‘You coming this weekend? Champers, hugs & licks await, try & make it by sunset’. Am greeted with a glass of French bubbles & then told ‘all is well in the… Read more »

Sweetpea
Sweetpea

That does sound very lovely and warms Pegs. x

2Natured
2Natured

I’m a pisces and when I was a kid we never had a family dinner. If we ate we had to cook it ourselves. When I grew up and had kids of my own I always made a family dinner. No rules – except they had to hold their fork correctly! Kids are grown now and out of the house, but they still show up on Sunday for dinner. It is my way of getting to see my kids on a regular basis.

hummingbirdfire
hummingbirdfire

Scorpio. We do ‘high, low, funny’ with the kids at our dinner table. What was your high point, low point of the day and funny..and if you can’t think of something funny you have to tell a joke. It’s a great way to glean information out of your kids without receiving the monosyllabic grunt of …how was your day scenario. Work well to process the day…

Sweetpea
Sweetpea

Oh my goodness AAC,

I, like you, Aries, Cappy Moon, was a mannequin a few times. How fun is that? When a young teen, this Western Wear shop owner let us sit on the saddles he had on show in the window and we would wear cowboy hats and pose….

Fabulous fun as you say….I’ve always gotten a chuckle out of what appears to be Mystic’s Aqua mannequin vibe, but maybe it’s Aries, Cappy Moon which I have absolutely no explanation for ๐Ÿ™‚

Sweetpea
Sweetpea

Some might say the Cappy “freeze”….but nah….. never… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Lexicorn
Lexicorn

I am a Capricorn and tonight I’m eating dinner at my office desk (again).

Sweetpea
Sweetpea

Well, even though not at work (but with Cappy Moon do understand), I often eat here at my desk, at home.

Gemmy rising needs all manner of techy info. at fingertips, you know. TV on, computer on….munching….but, did meditate today!

FireTrine
FireTrine

How come so many people feel that family dinners are described by phrases and words like ‘grin and bear it’, ‘revolting’, ‘rage’?

It makes me sad more of us don’t have giggle infested feastings with our supposedly nearest and dearest… Is it because of the type of people who would contribute to the blog? Is it representative of most families? Are we negative or over sensitive?

It definitely makes me want to think carefully about how important it is to be kind and civil and want to try harder with my loved ones. Interesting!

Sweetpea
Sweetpea

I think in part, it’s due to the kind of environment our own parents were brought up in. For example my Mom could not reach across the table without her dad’s knife to the knuckles….That sort of thing. So even though the sibs and me sought to exert some light heartedness into the mix, often times the tension was so thick that one could indeed “cut it with knife”. I certainly did not raise my girls that way but there was a dinner hour sort of thing. Think probably some parents felt/feel it was/is the only way to have a… Read more »

FireTrine
FireTrine

Your poor mum! I know what you mean though. In my fam, my mother’s mother was brought up during the depression when they were heavy on the strap. My grandparents were migrants due to the 2nd world war with all the attendent anxieties. Odd attitudes and fears all filter down the generations, though I think things have improved with each generation.

I remember watch Phil Donahue Show in the 80’s and being shocked by the emotionality and the way of communicating – something commonplace now among people.

Communication has changed in the last 100 years even if love hasn’t!

Sweetpea
Sweetpea

Both my girls were born in the 80’s and when I was married, dinner was on the table every night. If not by me then my ex Cancerian hubby. He was good at getting dinner started when we both worked. He often would not let them be excused if they had not eaten their dinner..

“HOW CAN YOU HAVE ANY PUDDING IF YOU HAVEN’T EATIN YER MEAT?”

Pink Floyd sang…

When I got divored, still did the dinner thing even if it meant surviving The Simpson’s and sitting on the floor with the girls in front of the tv.

scorpalicious robot
scorpalicious robot

hahaha love that line from Pink Floyd. ๐Ÿ™‚

Sweetpea
Sweetpea

Me too….x

Taurean Girl
Taurean Girl

โ€œI am a Taurus and I think family dinners are the common ground of decency and nourishment upon which our civilisation is based.โ€ They don’t always work out, though …

Sweetpea
Sweetpea

Mystic, so love the Beak family.

Jennifer
Jennifer

I am a Taurus and dinnertime was for yelling at the dinner table. Fuck family dinners, I say.

Sweetpea
Sweetpea

Me and the sibs… Sis another Aries, bro Libra….Dad an Aries, Mom a Leo..

Rolls were thrown at the dinner table….In a fun sort of way. And then there were my braces and corn on the cob and a smile or two… ๐Ÿ™‚

But double Leo Mom and Aries dad…. About the time he’d piss her off, a sauce pan of mashed potatoes had sashayed across the dining room floor and hit the wall, tsunami like…

You wouldn’t have wanted to be there, I guarantee…. ๐Ÿ˜•

Pegasus
Pegasus

Jennifer, sounds like you have Italian family dinners…a total
free for all.
Sharing food is sharing emotions,and they come hard & fast.
Although never trust anyone you can’t eat with.

Eternal*Voyageur @ Venusian*Glow
Eternal*Voyageur @ Venusian*Glow

I am a Virgo and I think Mystic should have made it clear if the question is about immediate family (spouse & kids) or extended family.

The first is a pleasure, so long as my Taurus cooks.
The second one is a duty, to be done from time to time.

Mary
Mary

haha Great idea.
I am a Capricorn, and I think family dinners are delicious and comforting but also sometimes tainted with too many family inside jokes or pretentious conversations or posturing. I enjoy it the most when people are relaxed and can just enjoy the meal without trying too hard to be clever.

Aeris
Aeris

I’m a Gemini and, what’s a family dinner? Those are a distant thing of my childhood which I remember reeking of barely-suppressed rage and tension, bland food, and holding onto a barely credible farce of normalcy. My family has broken up and been scattered to the four winds for about 20 years now, and I don’t want kids or even a husband necessarily (but a partner, yes, which I do have), so I don’t see ever really having one again. Dinner parties with friends though? Love ’em and hope to have more of ’em!

Scraps
Scraps

I am a Taurus and I think big family dinners are a wonderful opportunity to buy new table linens, serving ware and fancy ingredients and show my very casual family what they’ve been missing all those years we did ultra-casual affairs at our Gemini Mom’s.

crabapple
crabapple

I am a Cancer and I think family dinners are absolutely necessary to maintain some sort of family bond & keep up with everyone else… but only when the Piscean males are not sulking at each other from opposite ends of the table, and/or the Gemini is grumpy/tired/sarky. Also, are Pisceans and Geminis ever on time?? I find it excruciating to watch food getting cold with no-one there to eat it!

Bullish Cassie
Bullish Cassie

I am a Taurus and I think family dinners need more of everything but conversation.

scorpiontailedtongue
scorpiontailedtongue

I am a Virgo and I think family dinners are annoying. I like to eat alone, read and write at the read at the table at cafes.
I wish I liked big family meals, but I feel uncomfortable.
I like informal picnics instead, or bbqs.

Camila Spรณsito
Camila Spรณsito

I’m cancerian and I think family dinners at my house are too much “party time”: my family always bring the beer and the barbecue (every weekend almost 20 people from my family get together), always loud music or tv soccer-games. I wish it was just like my boyfriends-house, a few people around a medium-size table, talking about they’re desires, some jokes, some complement to each other, touching hands and nees. It’s not that I don’t like family dinners, i just wish my family could bring out deep emotions, or let then flow around at the moment in silence, more eye… Read more »

scorpalicious robot
scorpalicious robot

*wave* welcome Camila. ๐Ÿ™‚

Sweetpea
Sweetpea

Yes, welcome darling. You might have noticed we’re relatively harmless….

(Mostly….. ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

Pegasus
Pegasus

Camila, i shall welcome you then ๐Ÿ™‚
Now tell me…do all Brazillians have a ‘Brazillian’ or is that just in Rio?
And do you know what they are?

Lioness
Lioness

I totally agree with stress princess! Therefore, I avoid family dinners at all costs.

And to the parents of others, please teach your children to chew with their mouth closed.

aquaphobe
aquaphobe

i am an aquarian and i think family dinners are ok as long as there is an escape plan and i’m near the exit. food part is great. sorting through the disfunction. not so much.

Ariel
Ariel

I am a Gemini & I think family dinners are ‘grin and bear it’ occasions only lightened by plenty of alcohol and the possibility of dessert. No one you know does it? Really? My Gemini father/Libra mother/ plus both have s***loads of planets in Cancer/ Pluto in Leo gen parents would probably disown us. My sister & I were allowed to eat separately on a Saturday night so they could have a candlelit dinner, but apart from that we ate together every night for 18 years. In fact, my parents called last night to invite me to two dinners two… Read more »

Stress Princess
Stress Princess

I am a Cap and I think family dinners are… well, rare THANK GAWD!!! But when they do happen (when my bro is back in the country and an unfortunate event like a b’day/ Christmas takes place), they’re amazing wormholes. Everyone is transported back to their prior characters in the “ooh this family is sooo not meant to be on the same planet” story that is from sooo lonnnnng ago – and yet sit us around a table with food and hey presto, TIME TRAVEL!! Take that, physicists! As was mentioned in a previous post- the food might be cheap… Read more »

Lemonlovinlibran
Lemonlovinlibran

My family dinners were nearly always revolting – we consisted of four cardinal signs
Libran Mum with cancer moon
Aries Dad with capricorn moon
Cancer Girl with taurus moon,
Capricorn Girl with taurus moon – it was hell until just recently when they all left home we seem to get on better now at ‘visit’ meals. Most of the time I sat there just wanting to implode. We always seemed to work better when there was just three of us – didn’t matter what combination – four for some reason was too too tense.

ScorpioBeth
ScorpioBeth

I am a Scorpio and I can’t stand family dinners at my house because it’s really just a great opportunity for my Virgo mother to “organise” us all in one go. I do enjoy being part of my other half’s family dinners though.

pisceannn
pisceannn

LOVE the aquarius one. Even though I’m not.

gem
gem

I am a Taurus and before I read your summation of family dinners for Taurus Mystic. I’d come up with the same thing almost word for word for my answer. It made me laugh. I even used the word nourishment. Funny.

ladysaggicrab
ladysaggicrab

I am a cancerian and if I find all family dinners are fine so long as the wine is flowing and all wealthy judgemental rightwing d!ckhead relatives are left off the invite list.

Lilly
Lilly

I am a Taurus and I think family dinners are not only truly beneficial, but also a great way to laugh until you cry. I’m twenty years old and I’ve grown up having family dinners nearly every night. I’ve moved away now and feel a bit sadder without the communication between the people I live with. Family dinners are a great way to touch base with everyone as well as crack corny jokes. My father (a gemini) is notorious for his bad jokes and my sister (an aquarius) always has a snappy reply. My mom (a cancer) just rolls her… Read more »

serenscorp
serenscorp

Thanks Lily, you have reminded me of some of the giggle fests we used to have when we all ate together every night as kids. Nothing like giggling til you cry, or as a small child perhaps pee a little? I revise my earlier post – Family dinners can be fun ๐Ÿ˜€

crab tiger
crab tiger

I am a Cancer and I think family dinners are kind of fun as long as the food is really good ! Sagg rising ๐Ÿ™‚

Sweetpea
Sweetpea

Yes, when the food is good, who the fux cares… ๐Ÿ™‚

Right now, eating sans family mems………Shredded coconut and it hits a certain kinda native spot, ya know doll?

Aqua Fey
Aqua Fey

I am an Aqua with Taurus rising and have inherited my crab mum’s belief of the value of everyone sitting down to dinner together at night – no tv, music and fine food. I love cooking for my family (scorpman and aquaboy) and together we laugh and talk our way through the day and our food. Actually I love cooking for everyone; dinner parties are a firm favourite, especially since the open plan kitchen. Extended family has always come together for big meals since I can remember (birthdays / Chrissy / Easter / grand finals whatever) and we take turns… Read more »

Kiki
Kiki

I am a Virgo and I only agree to family dinners if I can be sure of a steady liquor supply.

another bloody aries
another bloody aries

OMG my gemini BFF w moon in pisces does family dinner every sunday night incl extended fam and even her sister’s stepchildren (sister doesn’t live in the same city anymore) me, i’m lucky, said family live in another city for very good reasons

taurean alchemist
taurean alchemist

I’m a taurus and I think family dinners are for keeping the family together (unless they’re with fam of origin in which case they are for causing fights), talking through the day, laughing, listening and enjoying each other, not for the food, which should be taken for granted lol.

serenscorp
serenscorp

I am a Scorpio and I think family dinners of the ‘nightly eat with who you live with’ variety are the best way to eat, debrief on days events and enjoy each other’s company.
Compulsory family event dinners with siblings and parents on the other hand are matters of anxiety and sure fire opportunities for me to get mad because ‘everyone else’ in my family is so socially inadept. Ha ha. Hmmm hmmm.

serenscorp
serenscorp

inadept – not a real word (yet) – but you get the general idea (^_~)

Seabird
Seabird

I am a Gemini and I hate family dinners because no-one in my family can cook except for me and nobody has anything to say to each other. When I lived at home i used to eat in my room. Nuff said

saggigal
saggigal

I am a sagittarian and I think family dinners are wonderful. It’s a time of actually all being in the same place at the same tine, sharing copious amounts of food and drink, and trying to loudly outdo one another with jokes, funny anecdotes and plans for future travel. Was just at one last night with mum and siblings and haven’t laughed that hard in weeks. Talking, food, laughter and people you love- what’s not to like? ๐Ÿ™‚ but I *am* blessed with a very cool family.

postmodscorp
postmodscorp

Me too!

sagsunpiscasctaumoon
sagsunpiscasctaumoon

I am a Sagittarian and family dinners:
– (with immediate family) can never start too soon and are over in a flash;
– (with in-laws) are drawn out awkward reminders of how good things are/were for me
– (at home with partner) are decadent delightful encounters ๐Ÿ™‚

Champagne Bearing Aquarian
Champagne Bearing Aquarian

I am an Aquarian and family dinners usually involve me excusing myself at some point mid-meal to go and do my own thing briefly (make phone call, procure book, watch something on tv) before returning to the table. Unless there’s some kind of intellectual debate going on ๐Ÿ˜‰

ganeshaganesha
ganeshaganesha

that’s a great technique, although in some families it wouldn’t go over so well. my brother could get away with this, as he is the only male left in my italian estrogen-saturated fam, and can do very little wrong. a healthy alternative to going quietly crazy/brawling.

FireTrine
FireTrine

I am a Leo and family dinners are a chance for the women to break a sweat and the men I know to act stupider than they actually are (except for my husband who is a great cook ๐Ÿ™‚ ) meanwhile 2/3’s of the table scream or over-witticise in attempts for centre stage and the other 1/3 (the brothers-in-law, mother) look on in horror.

There are some great moments and usually some deeply shameful behaviour from my dad. Happily everyone is drinking less and arguing less as they age.

FireTrine
FireTrine

I have to note that my parents are born just before Pluto hit Leo, we always ate every meal together growing up and it didn’t stop various forms of dysfunction in the least. We just ate together, we didn’t do any deep analysis and my parent’s don’t seem to have been aware enough to pick up on a lot of problems we had. So!
Good topic though, interesting!

FishusCostume
FishusCostume

I’m a Pisces and family dinners usually require me to facilitate friendly light dialogue and keep the peace between SagMum, CrabDad and LibraBigSista.

My dad used to sit down and decree authoritatively ‘This is family time and we should all enjoy ourselves and have good conversation or ELSE’. LoL

It was hilarious because then we’d yell and bicker about how we were ‘already bloody enjoying ourselves until we were commanded too’. It would backfire in the worst way. It took him years to break the habit. Makes me laugh now though.
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