“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” And so goes the first line from the opening chapter of Charles Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities. And while we seem to be living out the worst of these times, the stars in the sky remain a constant reminder that everything, in the end, will be alright.
Whether you’re the solitary Aquarius enjoying your pajama-taco parties for one, or the enterprising Gemini working on the next app to solve the current global crisis or the altruistic Pisces, grocery shopping for your old neighbor in need – this is your time to slow down and reflect on what’s within and what really matters…
You are known to dive headfirst into the most challenging situations; don’t let the quarantine dull your spirit. Use this month to reclaim your fire – that unyielding courage that’s uniquely yours. Like a fiery ram in captivity, you might be getting impatient by the passing day, but don’t let your temper get the better of you, even if it means reassuring your mother every day that you are in fact, washing your hands 17 times an hour.
Cosmic book tip: Ikigai – The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life by Albert Liebermann and Hector Garcia
An earth sign and a creature of habit, you’re still trying to get used to the ways things have suddenly shifted all around you. But remember to trust the process and know that change is sometimes a good thing. Unless, of course, it’s the menu at your favorite Japanese restaurant – then you must go forth and demand your loyal Miso soup back on the menu!
Cosmic book tip: Tiny Beautiful Things by Sheryl Strayed.
You’re the social butterfly of the Zodiac and while the social distancing might be hitting you especially hard, you don’t have to give anything up. Use this time to host flamboyant online parties on Zoom and reconnect with old friends. Your playful and curious nature is perfect for spreading that positivity on social media the world needs right now.
Cosmic book tip: The Book With No Pictures by B.J Novak.
A cardinal water sign and one of the most intuitive of the Zodiac – you can use this time to tune in to the needs of your loved ones. Reach out to that friend that needs a little pick me up, practice empathy and use your psychic abilities for a good cause. Above all, be generous at a time when the world is encouraging you to be selfish and look out for yourself. Go that extra mile for someone who might really need it.
Cosmic book tip: The Missing Piece Meets the Big O By Shel Silverstein
A fire sign, ruled by the Sun, you’re a natural leader. Your spirit is always striving to be better and do better – as long as the spotlight’s on you. Just because your usual entourage isn’t around you, doesn’t mean you cannot still lead and accomplish great things – from a distance. This month is for mobilizing your resources, slowing down and taking stock of future goals that need planning.
Cosmic book tip: Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven.
Sincere and hardworking, you have dived into these uncertain times with the kind of pragmatism only a Virgo can conjure up. But have some fun while you’re at it. And don’t forget to breathe. This is the perfect time to pick up a new hobby – learn to play the Ukulele perhaps or a new language. You never know when either might come handy.
Cosmic book tip: The Consolations of the Forest: Alone in a Cabin on the Siberian Taiga by Sylvain Tessa.
The only sign on the zodiac represented by an inanimate object – the weighing scale – it’s no surprise that you are forever trying to strike that perfect equilibrium in life. Guided by principles of harmony and balance, you can’t help but feel the pressure when one part of your life is swiveling out of control in these uncertain times. But it’s okay to let go and let life take its course. Take your hands off the wheel, enjoy the scenery.
Cosmic book tip: Goodbye, Things by Fumio Sasaki.
Your brave and resourceful nature is looking for ways to help the situation we all find ourselves in. And while you may feel overwhelmed sometimes, it’s important to remember that this too shall pass. Ruled by Pluto, the planet of destruction and transformation, you are great at transcending difficult times and coming out a stronger person. This month is for shedding those heavy layers, becoming free.
Cosmic book tip: Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine de Saint Exupery.
Sagittarius – Do A Social Media Cleanse
Ruled by Jupiter, the planet of abundance, growth and spirituality, Sagittarius is always on the quest for knowledge. Beware of over consuming the news – especially in these dark times. It’s important for you to do a social media cleanse every few days so as to not let the despair get in the way of your spiritual adventures.
Cosmic book tip: Basho: The Complete Haiku by Matsuo Basho
Steadfast and unwavering, those in this sun sign are resolute with their goals and are known to climb the highest mountains. Ruled by the stoic planet of Saturn, Capricorn is used to learning the tough lessons in life – owing to Saturn’s occasional transit. Working from home can be challenging as the lines get blurred, but remember to maintain a healthy work-life balance, tune into the people around you.
Cosmic book tip: How To Love by Thich Nhat Hanh
Original and eccentric, you are making the most of staying home already. You have picked up that new magic trick from that trip to South America last summer, and you are busy playing rounds of Backgammon with your flat mate instead of watching movies on Netflix every night. But remember to stay connected with your friends and family who might need you now more than ever.
Cosmic book tip: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
A water sign represented by two fish swimming in opposite directions – you are always at loggerheads with yourself. Let this month of slowing down and introspection help you bring clarity to your thoughts and peace to your soul. Practice some mindful meditation to help reach that goal.
Cosmic book tip: A Thousand Mornings by Mary Oliver