Greetings and salutations, star children. If the new year has felt more like a stubborn hangover than a fresh start, fear not. Aquarius season is here to baptize us in the water of its weirdness. Aquarius energy is all about shifting structures, questioning norms and moving in a humanist direction. We all want better, but Aquarius season reminds us that better rarely comes easily. The danger of its energy lies in prioritizing global change over immediate intimacy, or believing one can exist without the other. We are all the sum of our daily interactions and exchanges, so what are yours communicating to and for the world at large?
Jan. 20 to Feb. 18
The work of Nobel Prize-winning writer and fellow Aquarius, Olga Tokarczuk, is described as “inspired by maps and a perspective from above, which tends to make her microcosmos a mirror of macrocosmos.” The same vantage should feel familiar to you, water bearer. In the coming weeks, I hope the space between what you see and what you feel grows closer and you are able to see the map and mechanisms of your own heart with distanced clarity.
Notable Aquarius: Flo Kennedy / Feb. 11, 1916
Feb. 19 to March 20
A prize Pisces in my life recently passed on the following relationship wisdom: “There is no one-way liberation. If you are trapped or feeling trapped, so too is the person you perceive as your captor.” Get free, baby, and by liberating yourself, you’ll double your dividends by emancipating whoever has been sharing your emotional prison. You’re the key and the cage.
Notable Pisces: Alan Rickman / Feb. 21, 1946
March 21 to April 19
The sun’s movement into Aquarius activates your 11th house of friendship and teamwork. This is an excellent time to collaborate with others for the common goal of the common good. On a separate but related note, the illumination of the 11th house asks you to consider what kind of friend you are and how generous of a collaborator you are capable of being. Remember, winning is not nearly as important as evolving.
Notable Aries: Dorothy Allison / April 11, 1949
April 20 to May 20
Play the long game, not the quick war, Taurus. Current planetary placements favor acting rashly rather than rationally. Spite may well be your favorite spice but pause, please, to consider whom you are punishing by allowing emotion to overrule you. Don’t poison the well while you are still drinking from it.
Notable Taurus: Stevie Wonder / May 13, 1950
May 21 to June 20
It’s the season of strange shores and outrageous schemes for you, Gemini. You will be drawn toward places and people you’ve never thought attainable, and opportunities you’ve never thought possible. Jupiter, benevolent celestial body that it is, has arrived to convince you that you can have everything you’ve ever dreamed. A word of caution: Perhaps you’re failing to dream to the degree that you need to. If you think small, you will fail to fit in the vastness that awaits you.
Notable Gemini: William Butler Yeats / June 13, 1865
June 21 to July 22
Your energy intensifies in the last two weeks of this month, Cancer. Your claws feel less like emotional tuning forks and more like lightning rods. You’ll likely feel emboldened, as if you can’t quite keep what you have inside. I wholly support your freedom of speech and expression of self, but I caution you to think twice before speaking and thrice before acting in any and all group situations. You want to be seen and heard as a collected human not a raging bull(y).
Notable Cancer: M.I.A. / July 18, 1975
July 23 to Aug. 22
Poet T.S. Eliot wrote, “What we know of other people is only our memory of the moments during which we knew them. And they have changed since then. We must remember that at every meeting we are meeting a stranger.” Consider this wisdom in the weeks ahead, forgive what you can and greet everyone you meet, stranger or otherwise, with the grace of a clean slate and new possibility.
Notable Leo: Jackie Kennedy / July 28, 1929
Aug. 23 to Sept. 22
An unforeseen opportunity will soon present itself. To claim it, you will have to act fast and throw a generous amount of caution to the wind. I can’t tell you to jump or to stand still, I only ask you to consider this question when making your choice: Are you escaping or are you expanding?
Notable Virgo: Iris Apfel / Aug. 29, 1921
Sept. 23 to Oct. 22
It’s been said that we are all composed of four rooms: physical, emotional, spiritual and mental. To live fully and know ourselves wholly we have to visit each room every day. Imagine you were asked to give a home tour of your own interior, Libra. Is there an empty room, a cluttered room, a locked room? Take stock, tent for termites, sage for the soul and clean the windows so you might see yourself and let yourself be seen.
Notable Libra: Elmore Leonard / Oct. 11, 1925
Oct. 23 to Nov. 21
The feminine is at the forefront for you in the weeks ahead, Scorpio. Your mother or mother figure could play a role in how your life is developing. Alternatively, this may be a crucial life moment when you are finally able to mother yourself in a way you’ve always needed. Tend to your vulnerabilities, starve your fears and nourish your self.
Notable Scorpio: Grace Slick / Oct. 30, 1939
Nov. 22 to Dec. 21
Action planet Mars is joining forces with Uranus, the planet of sudden, profound change. This union takes up residence in your sixth house of self-improvement and service. You can do it all, Sagittarius, but at what cost to your physical and mental health? Practice pacing yourself and delegating responsibility to people willing to help. As the resident gambler of the zodiac, what could be more thrilling than a trust fall?
Notable Sagittarius: Yolandi Visser / Dec. 1, 1984
Dec. 22 to Jan. 19
Are your finances in need of course correction, Capricorn? Are you overspending and under saving? Consider the stern Swedish adage, “He who buys what he does not need steals from himself.” Putting a stop to this karmic thievery might require, gulp, help. Reach out to a trusted friend or professional. It may be accountability more than advice that irons your dollars and sets you straight.
Notable Capricorn: Aristotle Onassis / Jan. 15, 1906