Acting on impulse can be fun. This month, that lure toward temptation will seem irresistible. Forbidden fruit will always entice us, but ultimately each of us must choose to take that bite. We could blame our actions on impulse. Yet even when we act on impulse, choice remains at the heart of it. When we give in to impulse, we ignore the protective boundaries we’ve build for ourselves and others. We’ve created these limits for a purpose—not to hold us back, but to help us grow. Like a garden thriving in a vast field, we are best when we cultivate small sections of ourselves. This month we will strive to remember the importance of boundaries, even as we skip back and forth across them.
Zodiac illustrations by Katie Maasik
(March 21-April 19)
This month I am going to move. I am going to move across space, yes—but I’m also going to move the ones around me. My voice will exhilarate and inspire those who need to hear it. My bold style will cause a stir. I am finding my confidence again, and important people are taking notice. But I won’t let myself be roped into their fickle judgements. I’ve learned that with movement comes freedom. The less restrictions I put on myself, the freer I am to explore. I won’t let others bring me down. Instead, I will make this month all about transporting myself and others from one powerful experience to the next.
(April 20-May 20)
Making friends has become easy for me. Everywhere I go, other people follow me! They’re attracted to me like moths to a flame. Yet if I slow down, I recognize that my inner fire is fed by silence. I love the energy others bring into my life, but too much outside activity disrupts my rhythm. To make sense of my experiences, I need time for contemplation. This month will bring me avenues toward that silence. I can choose to race past these opportunities, or I can take a risk and wander the long, meandering paths toward peace.
(May 21-June 21)
My family has created many things for me. Opportunities yes, but also boundaries to break down. I feel myself drifting from the weight of my past, but I miss the burden. It comforts me like a heavy blanket. Generations of women before me had to reconcile their futures with my family’s colourful past. I can learn from their successes and failures. I can turn to family members who are not related to me through blood. Partners. Their bonds are made by choice. How do these people navigate my family history? How do they find a place for themselves? I will trace the lines of their histories to draw my own. I will own that limb on the family tree that belongs to me, or I will start my own tree.
(June 21-July 22)
Animals will show me the way this month. The animals in my life possess a quiet understanding of the world. They can teach me many things. Together we communicate without words, and savour each moment. We share joy over the smallest surprises. Animals remind me to breathe in the smell of earth and dirt and rain. They show me how to laugh off embarrassment. How to move on from my failures. They show me that life is easier when I don’t take things personally. When I loosen up. When I am able to fill myself to the brim with pleasure. This month I will release my guilt and enjoy a few beastly indulgences.
(July 23-August 22)
I may feel like I’m crawling through a tunnel this month. I won’t know why I decided to duck inside this lonely underground, but I’ll know that it feels like a big mistake. Others warned me not to go, but I saw something special down there. I thought everyone else was afraid of the unknown. I was proud to venture places others wouldn’t dare! Now I’m confused and miss the world above me. I miss the sun on my face. I miss my friends. I miss the sounds of life. But the silence of this tunnel has felt good. I’ve cleared my head. Now I can head toward the hatch, open it up, and look outside once more.
(August 23-September 22)
This month I will hunger for recognition. I’m not asking for a parade or a standing ovation. What I seek is a quiet respect from those around me. An acknowledgement. A smile. A tip of the hat. Something to keep me going. I am strong, I’ve always been strong. But it’s my turn to slow down. Someone close to me will help me. If I ask, they will grant me the gift of time. This person will shoulder my heaviest responsibility. I will be able to close my eyes, calm my restless mind, and breathe. But if I want this break, I will need to ask for help. I think I project assurance, but my loved ones see through my confident exterior. They know I struggle alone. They want to help me—I just need to tell them how they can.
(September 23-October 22)
It’s funny how music only has so many notes—yet we’ve been able to create so many beautiful songs. This is how I feel about my own abilities. I have a small box of talents. I hone them every day, so that I may create beautiful things. The more I examine my talents, the more hidden features I uncover. My talents are multi-faced. When I use my talent in an unexpected forum, I am surprised by my new capabilities. But perhaps these skills are not new. Maybe they were always there, but I didn’t know where to look. This month I will look at my talents in a new way. I will consider an alternate way of using them. A way that makes them sing.
(October 23-November 21)
I get frustrated with routine. When I feel forced into ritual, I lash out. I berate people. I scoff at what brings others joy. I refuse to “celebrate the small things” because I’ve got my sights set on something much bigger. I want my life to be fantastic. I want to fill it with interesting people and memorable experiences. I want the things that others can’t have. I’m pretty good at getting those things. But when I chase after the shiny, I don’t see the grey. And the grey is where the good stuff is! It’s in the margins. In the hyphen. It’s the nuance between black and white. But it takes patience and discipline to tolerate all that grey. Grey is confusing! Understanding the grey requires solitude and contemplation. I can get that quiet when I want it—I just have to want it. Maybe I’ll try it this month. Just set aside a few minutes, nothing extreme. I am curious. Let's see what happens...
(November 22-December 21)
This month I will find myself in the centre of some lively parties. Booze will be a big player in my own personal drama too. Good or bad, its presence will make itself felt. I like the dull blur that alcohol brings to my sharp edges. It’s true, I thirst for something more. But instead of figuring out what that could be, I prefer to focus on feeling good. People think I don’t know that, but I do. Everyone is so quick to judge. I won’t let it get to me. Instead I’ll focus on these parties. I love my people, and I love my place beside them. My way doesn’t have to be their way. I think I’m finally getting to be okay with that.
(December 22-January 19)
This month I will create something beautiful—and useless. I’ll need to fight every urge in my body to assign purpose to my creation. I just can’t help it. I feel passionately about utility. I am someone who makes myself useful. I expect the same of the objects around me. My tolerance for unproductive things (and people!) is low. I despise wasted time and energy. I want everything to come together and do its part. But somehow, this month, I will accidentally create this useless, yet beautiful thing. It won’t make sense to me at first. I am going to hate it. But if I leave it out for others to see, my opinion may change. When others appreciate its beauty, suddenly it has a purpose—to be seen, to be remarked upon, to be considered. Perhaps I will be able to see the usefulness of such an object. It could be art.
(January 19-February 18)
I sometimes believe I have more than one soul mate. I mean right now there’s a handful of people with whom I feel an intense connection. Sometimes that connection is physical, sometimes it’s mental. What I take away from it is the feeling. After all, that connection may be a rush that only lasts a few days. Or it may be a deep understanding that leads to a lifetime partnership. No matter the duration of our relationship, I know my connection to these people is real. There are only so many times a person is overwhelmed by love. I’m going to enjoy every single, tiny manifestations of that love.
(February 19-March 20)
This month is going to feel like a blessing. I will feel rested, and able to access the silence I’ve been craving. A peaceful reprieve like this has the power to illuminate a new side of myself. I will gain access to a deeper knowledge. My body has been busy storing this knowledge inside. My body has been waiting for the right moment to share it with me. Now is that time. I am going to feel fully alive for a long stretch. I will travel far. I will swim upstream with newfound purpose. I will use my wisdom to teach others. I will show them a new way of looking. I will look at the world in a new way. I will look at myself in a new way.