February Horoscopes

"It's important to do things that seemingly have no significance whatsoever other than the pleasure of doing them."

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AQUARIUS

(January 20 to February 18)

Happy birthday, boo. This year I hope you continue to get free. There is a myth about Aquarians, likely due to the show Hair (my fave tbh), that you are all a hippie lot, unconcerned with what others think, unafraid of losing control, draped in ugly beads. But it's a lot of pressure to be that laissez-faire, especially when you are a human being with an active mind, people you care about, and a desire to succeed. So how does one "get free" while tethered to a human body, living in a system of currency, and caring about others? That's a question for you to start to answer for yourself: not as an Aquarian but as a human being.

PISCES

(February 19 to March 20)

If you don't particularly believe in yourself right now, I would suggest not adding another layer to the napoleon of self-doubt by beating yourself up for feeling this way. Like, have your feelings, have your thoughts and insecurities, but no need to judge any of them. Let them move like clouds or some shit.

ARIES

(March 21 to April 19)

OK, Aries, I'll tell it to you straight: I used to be your hater. This is because I had one or two or four negative experiences with Aries people who were dicks, and so assumed you were all the same. Luckily, I've come to believe that astrology is bullshit in terms of grouping large swaths of the population together and writing them off. Don't we spend enough time in our reductive minds? So now that I'm open to you, Aries, I want you to do the same this month with other "types" of people you've written off. Stay open to questioning what you think is what.

TAURUS

(April 20 to May 20)

Not to get too woo-woo, but pay attention to coincidences this month — especially if you've been looking for direction in terms of what to do next on a particular issue. Even if you don't believe in a universe-driven synchronicity, the patterns you perceive are your instincts telling you what you already deep down know you should do.

GEMINI

(May 21 to June 20)

There is a difference between asking for help and neediness. Sometimes we are scared to reach out for help because we fear we are "too much" and risk what we perceive as rejection. But on the whole, human beings like doing service for one another, because it gives us a sense of purpose on a sometimes seemingly meaningless planet.

CANCER

(June 21 to July 22)

If you don't take hot baths, start taking them this month. If you already take them, take more of them. If you don't have a bathtub, literally just sit your sweet ass down on the shower floor and let the water pour over you. If you live in California, don't feel guilty about the water shortage. It's not your fault. It's the almond corporations' fault or something. Not everything is your fault.

LEO

(July 23 to August 22)

Remember that spring is coming, because spring always comes. Nothing doesn't change: inside us and externally. Can you find anything to love about the cold, internally or externally, knowing that it is impermanent? Can you just hang out with it like a temporary guest?

VIRGO

(August 23 to September 22)

It's important to do things that seemingly have no significance whatsoever other than the pleasure of doing them. This is one of the great challenges for Virgo: to cease questioning the meaning behind everything and just live. This month, I encourage you to engage in at least three activities that benefit your life in no other way other than their deliciousness.

LIBRA

(September 23 to October 22)

Be mindful of groupthink right now and the way it makes you feel. When you speak, does it feel true? Is it something you came up with? If not, then who does the idea come from? What are their motivations in teaching you to think this way? Where did they get the idea from?

SCORPIO

(October 23 to November 21)

Being in control of everything would be a lot of fucking work, so it's a good thing that's not your job on earth (or anyone's). This month, when you feel like you are really pushing to make something happen and you are coming up against resistance, that's the time to back off and focus on something else. It would be like when you can't remember a word and then later in the middle of the night it comes to you.

SAGITTARIUS

(November 22 to December 21)

If you've been feeling uninspired, this month it would be good to hang out with a living thing that does not belong to you. It could be OPP (other people's pets), a friend's kid, even a friend of a friend who you were never close to. You may find that you don't have to travel far away or change everything to get a little lightning, but that there is plenty of spark right in your orbit.

CAPRICORN

(December 22 to January 19)

This month, it's important to remember that some of the people, places, and things you love the most are things you felt neutral toward or even disliked in the beginning. You just don't know where anything is ever going to end up, which might seem annoying — but could perhaps be perceived as exciting.

Melissa Broder is the author of four collections of poems, including Last Sext (Tin House 2016), as well as So Sad Today, a book of essays from Grand Central.