How To Survive This Year’s V-Day Astro-pocalypsen by Jake Register

Skip the greeting card aisle and head straight to an underground bunker.


If you’re anything like me (aka single and tooootally fine with it, why do you ask?), then this time of the year is always a big headache. But 2020 is gonna be a little different. Because it’s everyone else’s – as in couples’ – turn to freak out, thanks to some crazy astro weather.

Venus is in Aries, its weakest position, making commitment sound boring and arguments more common. And since Aries’ egocentricity rivals Leo’s level of self-centeredness (love you, Leos!), compromising with bae will be *very* hard. So if you’re in a relationship that has any ~issues~ at all, things are just going to get more volatile.

There’s more! Mercury Retrograde starts on February 16th, but it will be craaawling its way out of its pre-shadow phase (the sometimes equally dark period before an actual Retrograde) on V-Day. Meaning: It might feel like all your probs are piling up out of nowhere in a single day.

Mercury Retrograde is also infamous for bringing old flames back around, and it goes without saying that this is the absolute worst time of the year for that one ex your partner absolutely cannot stand to show up.

So, yeah, if you’re boo’d up, this Valentine’s could be a tough one. Make your reservations way in advance, set as many reminders as you can to pick up those flowers, block who needs to be blocked, try to keep calm, and cross your fingers. You’ll be fine… if you’re lucky.

(And now I need to take this moment to say that for singles, Valentine’s Day might be… finally kind of great? All the planetary action spells a perfect time for flings – and some of the best sex you’ll ever have. So if you’re looking for a little fun, calling up an ex or having an exhilarating one-night stand is not a bad idea. In fact, it’s a good idea. And also a little something called justice. Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! *evil laugh*)

P.S.: in case you wanted a little more insight into this wild V-Day, here is your hyper-specific February 14th ‘scope.

  • Aries: A romantic night in or wild night out – either way, your V-Day looks great.
  • Taurus: Trust me: Book a relaxing spa appointment, just in case.
  • Gemini: You’re totes getting ~lucky~ this year.
  • Cancer: This holiday catches you right in the feels. Sorry, bb.
  • Leo: You’ll go big for bae, even if they don’t do the same for you. (They won’t.)
  • Virgo: Don’t count on getting the rom-com energy you deserve. Sorry to you too, bb.
  • Libra: Your night will be action packed, if ya know what I mean. *wiggles eyebrows*
  • Scorpio: Fire up the sexy Snaps – you’ll be stuck at work.
  • Sagittarius: Mood: cozy night at home. Aka cancel that spensy dinner.
  • Capricorn: Some whips and chains as stress relief? It’s that kind of night.
  • Aquarius: Your bedroom’ll be as lit up as your birthday cake.
  • Pisces: Boo is definitely thinking about you rn. Expect gifts.

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How to Make the Best of Mercury Retrograde by Kari Samuels

I stumbled upon this article today and I LOVED it! Very sage, and true, advice. Thus, I’m sharing. Calleen

Mercury is teaching you a mighty lesson.

Every now and then, YOU need to slow down. Because Mercury rules our thoughts and governs communication, during its retrograde cycles, it’s an opportunity for you to SLOW DOWN and process your intuition, before you speed ahead with your plans. There are subtle intuitive messages you have missed that are vital for your soul’s purpose. Without taking the time to regroup, you would have overlooked them.

If it ain’t broke, it wouldn’t break

One of the biggest frustrations of Mercury Retrograde is when things break down. This is certainly frustrating at the time, however it wouldn’t happen if there wasn’t something already wrong with it. Most likely, whatever has broken has needed your attention for a LONG TIME. It usually breaks during Mercury Retrograde if it wasn’t something that hasn’t needed your attention previously. Since the retrograde is your chance to catch up on whatever needs attention. That’s when it breaks.

You can thank your lucky stars you fixed it now, before it became dangerous.

The Universe is on your side.

Things that you fix now (communication, computers, systems, appliances, etc.) will save you a LOT of time and money in the long run. If you have that in mind, you can be grateful and keep your sense of humor when it happens.


Mercury retrograde is a time to go back and REVISIT all of your communications. Keep these RE words in mind during these transits:



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How Mercury Retroshade Winter 2020 & Valentine’s Day Will Affect Each Zodiac Sign By NINA KAHN

Whether you’re single or have a partner, deciding what to do on Valentine’s Day can be slightly stressful, because there’s all this pressure to have a fun, sexy, romantic time with your significant otheror hit the town with your single friends. Leaving your plans to chance and not over-obsessing is one approach, but astrology might give you some clues as to what vibes you’ll be working with (or against) when it comes to mapping out your Valentine’s Day plans. Turns out, astrology happenings are both good and not so good this Valentine’s Day.

Firstly, love and romance planet Venus will have recently moved into headstrong Aries after spending the last few weeks in gentle Pisces.The influence of fire sign Aries adds impatience to our romantic affairs and is likely to put a greater emphasis on maximizing our own pleasure rather than our partner’s.

We’ll also experience some planetary connections that have the potential to make ourValentine’s Day plans super deep and passionate. “The Moon will be in intense Scorpio on Valentine’s Day, which will make us want to connect on a deep level and express our truest feelings,” says astrologer Lisa Stardust. “Expect for hearts to flutter and to feel extreme in your feelings with your Valentine.” This passion-filled lunar placement is definitely intense, but when it comes to romance, that can be a good thing — and super sexy, too.

But then, of course, there’s also Mercury retroshade’s highly shady influence to deal with. The retroshade, which begins on Feb. 2 and precedes the retrograde itself (which starts Feb. 16), will make it difficult to communicate our feelings, pin down solid plans, and not show up late to every date. Prepare yourself by leaving wiggle room in your schedule for both communication-based arguments and logistical snags in your Valentine’s Dayplans.

Valentine’s Day will be hitting each zodiac sign differently this year — so Bustle spoke with Stardust, as well as astrologer Stephanie Powell of and to see how it’ll affect your sign.

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

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Venus is in your sign this Valentine’s Day, Aries, and you’re feeling like a social butterfly. “You’re always outgoing, but this year you’ll be feeling extra social,” Powell says. “A group date could easily be the way to go. If you’re single, participating in a group activity, cause or organization that has meaning to you could lead you to a potential partner.” Get out there!

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

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“You’re craving the PDA this Valentine’s Day as your area of public recognition is activated,” Powell says. “Flaunting your [partner] with a gushy Instagram post is right up your alley.” Don’t be shy about showing off your partner — they’ll love the attention. “Single and looking for love? You’re on a mission for serious contenders only,” Powell says.Be discerning, Taurus.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

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Time for a romantic getaway, Gemini. “Romance arrives in the form a trip this year — if you’re single and planning to travel over V-Day, your chances are high of meeting a partner of interest … a change of scenery can do wonders,” Powell says. “Coupled Gems can reignite the flames by taking a mini-vacation together.” Just remember to leave room in your schedule for Mercury retroshade’s travel snags, too.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

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This Valentine’s Day is forcing you to get real with your emotions.”It’s time to spill all the feels, Cancer. Connecting deeply with your partner or a new date on Valentine’s Day is what will melt your heart,” Powell says. “You’re not interested in entertaining surface-level interactions. You’re craving someone with substance, who isn’t scared to be vulnerable.” Don’t settle for anything less than the depths that your emotional waters require.

Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22)

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You’re kind of trying to put a ring on it this Valentine’s Day. “This Valentine’s Day activates an area of your chart that rules long-term partnerships and marriage,” says Powell. “You’re looking for someone who is willing to go the distance and dote on you, well, forever.” Forever is a long time, but you’re not afraid to step into it. Express your feelings.

Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22)

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With your ruling planet, Mercury, about to go retrograde, you’re extra focused on organization. “In true Virgo fashion, Valentine’s Day will have you prioritizing your health and routines,” Powell says. “This is an excellent time to find a like-minded partner with similar interests.” Powell suggests keeping your eyes peeled at your next workout class. Dating someone with similar interests is going to be a huge turn-on.

Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22)

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You’re a true romantic, Libra — so even though you’ve been burning the candle at both ends with your professional duties, make time in your schedule for a cute and sexy Valentine’s Day celebration. “Work matters may keep you late at the office,” says Stardust. “Plan for a late night rendezvous with your crush at a bar for fun.”So long as you’re willing to be flexible in your plans, you’ll have a dreamy date to look forward to.

Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21)

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The emotional moon is your sign this Valentine’s Day, Scorpio, so it’s the perfect time to up the intimacy factor in your relationship or dating life. “Plan a romantic getaway for Valentine’s Day — or even stay local but in a hotel,” says Stardust. “Having a change of scenery will do you and your [partner] some good.” So long as you can secure some quality one-on-one time with your partner, you’ll feel satisfied.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21)

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Money might be stressing you out at the moment, and the messy vibes of the retroshade certainly aren’t helping. But you can still have a fun and romantic Valentine’s Day if you’re willing to get creative. “Don’t let your looming financial situation stand in the way of having fun on Valentine’s Day,” says Stardust. “You can always plan for a low key and inexpensive evening out.” Keep things chill and you’ll be golden, Sag.

Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19)

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Your Valentine’s Day forecast looks dreamy, Capricorn! Unfortunately, the chances of you getting overly caught up in a fantasy of feelings is high — and it could distract from focusing on other priorities. “Get your head out of the clouds and focus on work,” says Stardust. “Leave the daydreaming about your evening plans for after-hours.” Getting swept off your feet is fun and all, but for now, it’s best to keep them planted firmly on the ground.

Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18)

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Aquarians definitely aren’t known for being hopeless romantics, but the Valentine’s Day vibes are getting you into the spirit of puppy love — so don’t be afraid to put yourself out there! “Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to take a leap of faith and jump into your crush’s arms,” says Stardust. “Chances are, they feel the same way.” Being vulnerable with your feelings is scary, but it’s likely that the reward will outweigh any risk of rejection. Take the leap!

Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20)

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Despite the drama in the stars with Mercury retroshade in your sign, you’ve got a potentially chill and relaxing Valentine’s Day on tap this year, Pisces. Take advantage of the laid-back energy and use it to emotionally bond with your partner. “It’s been a while since you spent time connecting with your significant other,” says Stardust. “Use this Valentine’s Day to reignite the passion between you both.” Plan something quiet and romantic where you can be your true selves.


Even with the drama of an impending Mercury retroshade, every zodiac sign has the potential to experience a sweet and romantic Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re in a relationship, spending the day with friends, or flying totally solo, taking the stars’ advice ensures that you’ll have a smooth ride this year.

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The Bad Habit You’re Having a Hard Time Kicking in 2020, According To Your Zodiac Sign byELOCIN ROSE

Hey, we’re only human. Whatever your zodiac sign, bad habits come for us all, similar to death and taxes (unless you are super wealthy, in which case: congrats!). I know most people set new year’s resolutions as a way to confront and counter their vices and shortcomings, and later give up on them entirely. I feel that. Long-term planning can only be so wise, before reality sets in and we all just want to melt into flatness on our preferred comfortable furniture.

But hey—it’s a new year, a new decade, and I have officially finished my first ever start-to-finish Chapstick at the ripe and nubile age of 27. I’m locked and loaded for 2020, babies. Regardless of how you feel about your sign’s worst habits, I think we can all agree that are some small, meaningful changes we could partake in to make our lives more joyful.

I think it’s funny that as a general rule—humans hate rules. We bristle up like steel wool the minute we feel that our liberties or choices are limited by some omniscient parent on high, telling us that it’s time for bed, no arguments. And yet!!! We also like being told what to do—just look around you. For the most part, people of the same age/culture tend to dress eerily similar. We get our humor in a feedback loop from TikTok and copy the speech patterns of people we admire.

We lament when dating that everyone is too similar, and then complain when someone acts outside of those reliable, somewhat-boring behaviors. We call those people weird. We want the results of hard labor without actually, you know—doing it.

So that’s why I like resolutions, even if we fail at ’em. Partly because I’m contrary, and everybody hates them—and partly because a good many are doomed to failure by design. And failure, I’m learning—is really effing good for me.

Failure is an opportunity to be nicer to myself, to make my own safety-net of patterns and behaviors that don’t make me emotionally spin out and hate my life. Failure is inevitable, and resolutions are a low-stakes way to get comfortable with it. It makes it easier for me to try new things, and move on when they don’t pan out the way I expected them to.

Working on your worst tendencies isn’t about perfection or hitting the high score. At least, not for me. It’s about adapting to my circumstances, making tough decisions. Like, is it worth it to workout if I’m sick and haven’t eaten and would rather just call my mother? Sometimes, no.

Humans are not machines, and failure is, at least a little bit, in our DNA. But it’s also what makes us compassionate, strong, and creative. It’s what gives us drive to do better, and try again in more interesting and resilient ways. All these habits below? I’ve failed at each of them spectacularly, over and over.

So let’s kind be kind to ourselves and others, and wear our failure until it’s as comfortable as yoga pants.

Below, the bad habit you’re having a hard time kicking in 2020, based on your zodiac sign.

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Aries – Still beats themself up over what happened in 2019 

Engaging in more positive self-talk is hugely important and also—it’s almost impossible. At least, when you’re just starting out. Because our thoughts are sneaky. While we can start each day fresh and positive, it’s shockingly easy to fall back into old patterns of our minds chanting: not good enough! not good enough! Thinking about changing your thought patterns is a lot like meditation. It takes daily practice, and really, I always learn more from yanking myself out of a negative thought-spiral than executing a perfect ‘ommm’ after a zen-like trance.

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Taurus – Not eating a healthy meal five times a week and letting guilt consume them

It’s like Pinterest—the idea of eating “clean” is fine in isolation, but ultimately, it serves to remind me what an undomestic goddess I am and how deeply unfair society’s expectations of a Renaissance woman run. Cooking is great, eating healthy is great, etc. But if you eat a bagel or fall short of your (possibly unrealistic) food goals, just make a better plan for next time. Because guilt does not burn calories, and neither does regret.

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Gemini – Quitting the 30-Day yoga challenge 

I’m allowed to talk shit about Gemini’s because I am one, first of all. Second—doing ANYTHING other than basic needs for 30 days in a row is basically an Olympic challenge. At least, it is for flighty Gemini who is very much an air sign and quickly loses interest in things. My best advice is to go ahead and keep trying, even when you miss days. It doesn’t have to be all-or-nothing. You can settle for ‘good enough’ here, it is plenty.

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Cancer – Still entertaining that long-term toxic friendship

Friendship can be a deeply moving emotional connection to another being—or it can be gritted-teeth coffee dates and forced socializing that makes you cry alllll the way home and reenact what you WISHED you would’ve said during a passive-aggressive conversation that skirted around all your worst insecurities! Listen, losing long-term friends can be gutting. Ending a friendship (or relationship of any kind, really) is not a one-time decision. It’s one you have to make over and over, with the same and new people. Forgive yourself your missteps, and stay strong.

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Leo – Setting a Screen Time reminder, then ignoring it every.single.time.

You know, for someone who doesn’t have social media—I sure do manage to waste entire eons on my phone doing god-knows-what. Phones (and devices) have turned into our emotional security blankets, ensuring that we never have to sit in a waiting room and face our own reckoning. It’s really hard to abstain from mindless scrolling when it’s become so ingrained in our reflexes. But! We all have an obligation to do so, to protect our sanity and our deteriorating neck muscles.

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Virgo – Saying ‘yes’ to obligations and engagements that make you want to scream into the void for eternity

Ah, my nemesis. The knee-jerk YES that shoots out of my mouth when all I want to do is moo a long and mournful ‘noooooooooooooooooo’ until they slowly back away, forever scarred. This fear of saying no can be really prevalent with Virgos, who set high standards for themselves. While it’s possible that this may remain a life-long struggle, you absolutely can train yourself to say no without guilt or shame. It’s just uncomfortable, and the first few times can be anxiety-inducing. Don’t beat yourself up for mistakes. Make this your mantra: Can I get back to you on that?

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Libra – Opting for animal videos instead of reading every night before bed

Books are one of the best things humanity has done for the world, yet instead of reading we look at pictures of small animals and fall asleep feeling like we swallowed battery acid and loneliness. Lame! But reading every night isn’t sustainable if you have any type of job or obligation. If you want to read more this year, my advice is to find books that you really like, not what’s on the bestseller list or sounds important and literary. The right book demands attention, while the wrong one can feel like a slog through spoiled milk. Make reading enjoyable, and you’ll do more of it.

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Scorpio – Hitting da snooze

If I watch one more YouTube video where they wake up at 5 a.m. and then do an exhaustive list of self-care activities, I will bury my body so far underground that no one will find me for one hundred years. Jesus. I get that it works for some people, but honestly, if waking up earlier just causes you stress and guilt (like it does with me!)—then forget it. Yes, you have to make it to work/school on time. But find what works for you. If waking up is super hard, then maybe just get everything ready the night before and reap similar benefits of being prepared for the day. Waking up early is not a sign of superiority, and our bodies/brains work differently.

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Sagittarius – Skipping the 10-step skincare routine

Half the stuff you put on your face doesn’t do much of anything, amirite? For healthy skin, you need a cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen. If you wanna get nuts, you can use retinol products or undergo cosmetic procedures. But everything else? Serums and face masks and creams and snail goop and whatever? It’s just time and money, sweet Sagittarius. Of course, if you like it—carry on. But otherwise, let yourself be free of the tyranny that is exhaustive skincare.

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Capricorn – Failing to go zero waste

I love the idea of zero waste. And I think there’s so much that we, as consumers, can do to reduce waste and ecological harm to our planet! But! It’s not all on us. Corporations and the legislature need to do their part, too. Do the best you can, and try not to burn yourself out. Build up habits over time, and be encouraging and forgiving to yourself and others as we all try a little harder to be kind to our world.  (Also: reusable coffee filters mold like a mother. So gross, do NOT recommend.)

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Aquarius – Blowing their budget

This topic is incredibly loaded. And with so many people struggling, a budget can be incredibly difficult (read: impossible) to stick to. Case in point: car repairs, health issues—you know, all of those things that we can’t really plan for, and that seem to come at the worst times. For a budget to be successful, an emergency fund is crucial. So is a healthy dose of realism, and having attainable goals (ie: I will pay off X amount of debt by January 2021, etc.) All I can say is, you’re not alone. Budgeting and financial literacy are always hard to get into, but once you do, it will really change your life.

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Pisces – Cheating on a Paleo/ketogenic/some radically different and/or strict diet

Look, different diets and lifestyles work for different folks. But it follows common sense that the more restrictions and rules you have for yourself and eating, the harder it is to maintain. That’s just basic human psychology. All I’m saying is that you don’t have to choose a hard life. You can eat healthily, and find what works. These diets will (most likely) not save your life, or finally make you happy. They will not heal your relationships, make you nicer or more photogenic, or somehow whiten your teeth. Being ten pounds skinnier won’t make you ten points happier. It’ll just mean you gotta buy new pants. So fail a little, eat the cookies, and lean into 2020.

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Planning a big change in the Year of the Rat? Chinese zodiac expert reveals what you can expect in the next 12 months (including why the Horse should wear red for protection) by Stephanie Linning

  • Today is Chinese New Year and welcomes the start of the Year of the Rat
  • Chinese horoscope master reveals what each zodiac sign can expect this year
  • Also offers advice on which signs need to lay low and require more protection

Today is Chinese New Year and heralds the start of the Year of the Rat – one of the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac.

Unlike Western astrology, each sign of the Chinese zodiac ‘rules’ over an entire year, bringing with it particular energy to everything that occurs over the next 12 months.

As might be expected, the Year of the Rat signals good fortune for those born in the ‘Rat’ years of 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996 and 2008. It also influences the fortunes of the other 11 animal signs, depending on their relationship with the Rat.

The Horse, for example, will need extra protection this year, while the Ox, an ally of the Rat, will feel like it is being heard this year.

Here, Kay Tom, a Leicester-based master in feng shui and horoscopes at The Energy Specialist, reveals exactly what the next 12 months holds in store for each of the 12 signs of the zodiac.

Today marks the start of the Year of the Pig - one of the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac. Pictured, images representing all 12 signs: the Rat, the Ox, the Tiger, the Rabbit, the Dragon, the Snake, the Horse, the Sheep (or Goat), the Monkey, the Rooster, the Dog and the Pig

Today marks the start of the Year of the Rat – one of the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac. Pictured, images representing all 12 signs: the Rat, the Ox, the Tiger, the Rabbit, the Dragon, the Snake, the Horse, the Sheep (or Goat), the Monkey, the Rooster, the Dog and the Pig

THE RAT: 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020 

The Rat is a very independent character that knows his own mind and has a preference to working alone and on his own initiative. For this reason someone born in the year of the Rat will be the one to come up with the ideas this year and one to be keen to action them. The Rat is very comfortable with the responsibility 2020 places on his shoulders and his confidence gains as a consequence. This therefore is a good year to seek promotion for the Rat.

When he does work in a team the Rat prefers the company of the Monkey, a light hearted and very social fellow and the Dragon who is known for his entrepreneurial skills. The Rat also likes the company of the Ox, who tends to help him to stay grounded and to stay focussed when the pace increases. The Pig too sings from the same song sheet as the Rat to some degree but together they can be too irrational necessitating the presence of the Ox on this occasion to stabilise and control the pace.

The thorn in the side for the Rat is the Horse who he has no time for at all.


Today marks the start of the Year of the Pig - one of the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac. Pictured, images representing all 12 signs: the Rat, the Ox, the Tiger, the Rabbit, the Dragon, the Snake, the Horse, the Sheep (or Goat), the Monkey, the Rooster, the Dog and the Pig

Today marks the start of the Year of the Pig – one of the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac. Pictured, images representing all 12 signs: the Rat, the Ox, the Tiger, the Rabbit, the Dragon, the Snake, the Horse, the Sheep (or Goat), the Monkey, the Rooster, the Dog and the Pig

The Ox is on trend this year as he is a valuable ally to the Rat, offering guidance and stability. In the Cycle of the 12 Animals these two are neighbours, a fact that also enhances their closeness and immediate connection. 

The Ox will have the ability to offer advice that is respected and that brings value to the table so his is a voice to be heard and acknowledged this year as he is moving in high places. This is a year for growth for the Ox.


The Tiger had a stronger connection to the leader of 2019 and as such will find the pace of 2020 a little less demanding. The Tiger is not one to shy away from responsibility, he is a player, and will continue to thrive in his position of authority as he takes inspiration from the Rat. 

It is simply that he is not on the leader’s immediate team but on one that is close by and that listens carefully, taking the lead and example of the Rat to further his own ambitions. 

2020 is a year for the Tiger to be motivated and enthusiastic in attaining the goals of his own team. He works very well with the Horse and the Dog as well as with the Rabbit, the Dragon and the Pig. Team up with these players and he will achieve success.


The Rabbit: Should join forces with the Tiger and the Dragon for maximum success this year

The Rabbit: Should join forces with the Tiger and the Dragon for maximum success this year

The Rabbit has a respect for the Rat even though they are not directly associated. They are both characters that understand responsibility so the Rabbit will recognise and admire the Rat’s commitment and dedication to duty. 

There is a strong chance for the Rabbit to follow in the footsteps of his neighbour, the Tiger, and follow the Rat’s lead. This will be particularly beneficial if these two join forces with the Dragon and utilise the energy of the Rat. It will be a wise Rabbit that forms this union and utilises the energy of the leader for their personal gain.


Known as the entrepreneur of the 12 Animals the Dragon commands huge respect in his own right. He is wise and level headed and knows exactly how to close a deal. The Rat may well be the instigator and the greatest enthusiast for a project but it’s the Dragon that keeps it on time and on budget, not resting until the money is in the bank. The Dragon will find himself with extra responsibilities that are of benefit to him this year.


The Snake: This year will bring unexpected opportunities with well-earned respect

The Snake: This year will bring unexpected opportunities with well-earned respect

In general the Rat represents a cold energy that the Snake is comfortable with as he not only likes to bask in the sunshine but also can be found buried under a rock in the shade. 

For this reason, the Snake is a natural diplomat with the ability to see both sides of a given situation having the gift of negotiation. The Rat can have a tendency to be rigid and stubborn in his thinking but the snake will bring a degree of warmth and understanding to the table that clears the path and presents a better perspective. 

2020 can bring unexpected opportunities for the Snake with added responsibility and well-earned respect. That said caution is needed not to over emphasise his presence but to play a more diplomatic role in his own right. For the Snake to team up with his natural allies of the Horse and Sheep would in this case be far too strong and create adversity. Moderation is the key this year for the Snake.


The Horse is the animal that needs to air on the side of caution in 2020. His energy is totally opposed to the Rat so the best course of action is to take a back seat and a leisurely ride this year. This is not a year for major decisions, substantial purchases such as a new house, or for changing jobs. It is a year for accepting the status quo and for simply keeping your head down and doing a good job. As long as you take heed 2020 does not bring adversity so don’t be concerned. It is a question of not trying to drive your ship on any precarious paths but more to steer a safe course and avoid turbulent waters.

It is advisable to wear a red string round your waist for protection this year, or to wear red underwear or red socks.


The Sheep: Remains humble, modest and adaptable with a gift to turn his hand to most things

 The Sheep: Remains humble, modest and adaptable with a gift to turn his hand to most things

The sheep is one to keep his head down, mind his own business and get on with his own duties. He is hardworking whilst somewhat impartial to leadership of any kind. The sheep is a very humble and modest fellow. He is an achiever and adaptable with the gift of being able to turn his hand to most things. 

For all of the above reasons the Sheep will continue to thrive in his own way in 2020. He will respect the Rat but will not be intimidated by his authority. The Sheep knows everyone has their own role in life and that the Rat has his place, all be it not a position the Sheep would choose for himself. 

There are many players on a team, all with different abilities yet with a collective desire to achieve their goal. The Sheep is a player that likes to be on the team but he is more one that leads from the back having plenty to say and plenty to bring to the table. Respect him and he will respect you.


Although the Monkey lives at distance from the Rat he nevertheless knows how to communicate with him and together they share a common goal and mutual respect. The Rat likes the Monkey’s Joi de Vie, his social graces and his commitment to the practical. When they work as a team, especially when the Dragon is involved too, they are formidable. To really make a difference this year the Monkey will be wise to work with the Rat and the Dragon to become a driving force to be reckoned with.


The Rooster: The Rooster is best advised this year to take a moderate stance and lay low

The Rooster: The Rooster is best advised this year to take a moderate stance and lay low

Although the Rooster and the Rat have a common interest in taking the lead and the responsibility in a project they do not sit on the same team. The Rooster offers support to the Rat but this can be somewhat overbearing at times, as the Rooster’s word is strong and confident and sometimes overpowering. 

The Rooster is best advised this year to take a moderate stance and to think before he speaks as his words have the potential of being misunderstood. If at all possible it is best to proceed cautiously with his projects to avoid unnecessary delays.


The Dog is very important to the Rat as he has the ability to offer direction and to keep him on track. The Rat sits in a very cold position in the Cycle of the 12 Animals and will therefore enjoy the warmth that the Dog can generate. This is not a prominent role in the life of the Rat of 2020 but one that will help to keep the balance and equilibrium for the leader of the year. The best course of action for the Dog is to keep a watchful eye on any given circumstance as it evolves, to keep his distance and bide his time until progress seems slow or halted when his advice will then be well received, well respected and duly acknowledged.


The Pig held the responsibility baton in 2019 and as such is ready to take a quieter role in 2020. That is not to suggest retirement from any on going projects in any way, as he is still very much involved in current affairs. The Pig is an ally of the Rat and they do share common goals, however as previously mentioned they do need the presence of the Ox on their team if they are to achieve success. The Pig has made a major contribution in 2019 and will have earned plenty of respect in doing so. The challenge is to let the Rat take the helm and not to interfere unnecessarily. The Pig can continue to enjoy his status in 2020 and needs to embrace that and enjoy that rather than trying to continue his position of authority that he finds hard to let go of.

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3 Personality Traits Of Each Of The Element Types In Astrology by Leah Flavell

The astrological signs in the zodiac are categorized within four different elements: earth, air, fire, and water. These symbols reflect key personality traits within our behavior and are important to consider when analyzing a birth chart as it determines many characteristics in our horoscopes.

The earth signs are Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn, the air signs are Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius, the fire signs are Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius and the water signs are Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces. Astrology states that these elements fuel many of our mannerisms. Here are 3 personality traits of each of the element types in astrology.

People with a lot of earth signs in their chart are often grounded and experiencing life physically through their senses. They are affectionate in relationships and enjoy intimacy as touch is one of their preferred methods of communication.

Earth signs are associated with the material world. They are usually comfortable in their body and are seeking security within their external environment. Earth signs often excel in careers that involve creating and building as they are good at manually crafting things with their hands.

People with heavy air emphasis in their astrological birth charts are usually excellent talkers who thrive in conversation. Air signs excel in communication because they need to understand the world. They enjoy relationships where they can bounce their ideas off their partner’s.

Air signs often experience the world objectively. They enjoy mental stimulation and usually prefer discussing feelings as concepts rather than experiencing them as emotions.

People with heavy fire signs in their birth charts are often visionaries. They are active and initiating, often searching for meaning and inspiration as they travel throughout life. Air signs conceptualize the world but fire signs usually prefer to learn through experience.

Fire signs are usually creative and artistic. This urge usually stems from wanting to bring new things into existence. Fire signs are usually purposeful and the active component in the process of creation.

People with a lot of water signs in their birth charts experience life subjectively and are usually sensitive to their environments. They are receptive to other people’s emotions and often empathic. Water flows in different directions changing according to its environment and water signs usually reflect this, becoming easily disrupted by changes in the atmosphere.

Water signs are often wary of threats and respond emotionally to situations. They need firm boundaries to separate other people’s feelings from their own.

As earth signs are so grounded in the material world, they are often very practical too. They seek security in their surroundings and can weigh up decisions methodically, usually having rational responses to their environment.

Earth signs are driven by their need for security. They usually establish stability through material possessions such as a house, car, stable career, etc. Their practicality helps them excel in physical jobs that require manual crafting but also to navigate life as safely as possible.

Air is the mental element and, because of their love of discussion, air signs are intellectuals who love to debate and theorize with others. They enjoy creating possibilities and can often see the bigger picture in arguments, coming up with creative compromises to reach conclusions.

Air signs often seek intellectual rapport in relationships rather than emotional connection. They are attracted to people who stimulate them mentally and often excel in education where they can theorize with like-minded people.

Fire signs feel every emotion intensely and often dedicate all of their energy into their life endeavors. They are fiery and passionate and usually seek to experience as much as they can in life. Fire is a spiritual element and the energy of fire signs can either be illuminating or destructive.

Fire signs are enthusiastic and, because of this, can clash with water signs who can dampen their enthusiasm or air signs who can extinguish their fire. The intense passion of a fire sign can be charismatic to others, however, attracting people like a moth to a flame.

As water signs are so receptive to the emotions of other people, they are usually highly protective of themselves and their loved ones as well. Cancer, a cardinal water sign, is symbolized by the crab which has a hard shell covering its soft and vulnerable interior and reflects the need for self-preservation.

Water signs are good at protecting themselves instinctually and their protection often extends to their home, family, and friends. They enjoy being in relationships and often immerse themselves in their loved ones emotionally, making them compatible with grounded earth signs.

Earth signs are grounded, practical and often self-sufficient. They are adept at living in the physical world and have an understanding of how it works and how to function within it. They are good at looking out for themselves and rarely need to be told how to fit in with society.

Earth signs reflect the strength and stability of the earth and, because of this, often have incredible endurance. They can be persistent as they are highly driven and logical in their approach to life.

People with heavy air sign emphasis in their birth charts are often called wise by other people as they have great insight. They are imaginative and can create ideas and theories out of nothing, as well as having answers to situations that other people might not have necessarily considered.

Air is associated with ideas and thinking and, whereas fire signs represent the action of creation, air signs reflect the theoretical aspects. Air signs are often accused of daydreaming and being impractical due to their unique ideas.

Fire symbolizes strength and fire signs are often incredibly strong-willed. People can sometimes be in awe of their power or be intimidated by their seemingly brazen attitude. Fire signs are dynamic and reflect the active spark that can create an inferno.

Fire signs are full of vitality and direction action. They enjoy expressing themselves, having developed a strong sense of self, but can sometimes find more sensitive water signs frustrating. Earth signs ground fire’s strength and passion, making them compatible in friendships and relationships.

In astrology, water is often associated with the psychic realm and people with a strong emphasis on water signs in their birth charts are intuitive and in touch with their spiritual selves. Their empathy can make them more perceptive than other people and they usually have a reliable ‘gut instinct.’

The water signs each have a strong connection to spirit. Their ability to absorb other people’s feelings as well as their protective urge often lends them the ability to predict people’s behavior and anticipate situations that may have been otherwise overlooked.

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Positively identifying with Team Introvert has helped me make peace with the fact that many of my personality traits do not match those of the idealized American— outgoing, bold, popular. In other words, I feel better understanding I’m not so much an antisocial weirdo as I am part of a significant demographic of people who just happen to be somewhat othered in modern life. Imagine my surprise, then, when I discovered that my sun sign, Aries, is actually an extroverted sign.

We break signs down by three distinct categories: polarities, triplicities, and quadruplicities. “These relate to the consciousness and general expression of each sign,” says intuitive astrologer and healer Rachel Lang. Triplicities are fire, earth, air, and water; quadruplicities are cardinal, fixed, and mutable. (More on that another time.) Polarities, meanwhile, more simply describe two categories: positive and negative.

“Astrologers may use different terms, including active/receptive, yang/yin, or masculine/feminine, but this in no way implies gender, and many are moving away from that as our own gender constructs are being reframed and as we move toward embracing a more non-binary understanding of gender,” says Lang.

You can think of positive and negative signs as being somewhat akin to opposite magnet poles; they both have different charges, but neither is good or bad. Positive, or yang, polarities are fire and air signs: Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius, and Aquarius. Negative, or yin, are water and earth signs: Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn, and Pisces.

“Positive signs tend to focus [energy] outward and be more self-expressive, while negative signs tend to focus their energy inward and be more receptive.” —Rachel Lang, intuitive healer and astrologer

Understanding the characteristics of each polarity can help you to better understand the unique aspects of your sign as well as how signs relate to one other, Lang explains. Broadly, polarities describe how each sign is wired to focus their energy. “Positive signs tend to focus [energy] outward and be more self-expressive, while negative signs tend to focus their energy inward and be more receptive,” she says. Hence, the extroverted/introverted analogy.

To illustrate the idea behind the former, Lang tells me to think of how the elements air and fire spread outward and catch on. “Air carries sound, and a simple spark of fire can spread quickly,” she says. These signs tend to externalize their experiences. “An air sign will need to talk things through or express their ideas outwardly, for example,” she says. So, if you have a positive polarity predominant in your chart, you may be more extroverted; however, this isn’t necessarily the case. “Even our introverts born under this sign will find some way to express their energy outward,” she says.

Lang goes on to explain that positive energy needs purpose and to be in constant motion. “A fire sign needs to move, and if they don’t, they can feel tight or stuck,” she says. Negative energy, on the other hand, may be less proactive. “[It’s] more relational, receptive, and reactive to life’s events,” she says.

To determine which polarity is dominant for you, you can simply look to your sun sign, the defining point in your chart. If you’re a more advanced chart reader, however, Lang advises adding up your planets in earth and water signs and those in fire and air signs to see which number is higher.

“If you have more planets in positive signs, you may need more recognition and appreciation for what you offer to the world.”

“If you have more planets in positive signs, you may need more recognition and appreciation for what you offer to the world,” she says. “You could have a stronger need to express yourself.” If you have more planets in negative signs, on the other hand, Lang says you may be sensitive to the energies of other people and prize emotional connection in relationships. “You need to feel heard and connected,” she says.

Positive signs may also, she adds, be able to process—or at least, brush off—emotional experiences more quickly in order to move on from them expediently, whereas negative signs may have a harder time letting go. “You may need more time to process emotional experiences, especially if you’ve been hurt,” Lang explains.

In light of all of this info, my initial bafflement has given way to a lightbulb moment. Yes, I am a die-hard introvert, but my extroverted polarity may explain how I can be such a quiet, pensive homebody who powers down quickly in social situations and yet simultaneously be an attention whore broadcasting my every thought to millions of the people on the internet (from the comfort of my anxiety blanket at home). I guess you could say I’m sort of like an introvert, with an extrovert rising?

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All the Chinese Zodiac animals but they are little figurines. They are cute and on a pink background.

Chinese Astrology is a fascinating branch of astrology that has been around since ancient times and focuses on twelve different animals, each of which corresponds to a person’s year of birth. In Chinese Astrology, it is believed that you will take on the qualities of that animal and this will represent the core of who you are. So if you were born in the Year of the Dragon, your innermost self is someone who is powerful, driven and determined to succeed; if born in the Year of the Tiger, you will likely be brave, sensitive and drawn to humanitarian causes; if born in the Year of the Snake, you are wise and philosophical, keeping your innermost thoughts close to your chest.

Most people are aware of what Chinese Astrology is to some degree, but what most people don’t know is that, just like in Western Astrology, Chinese Astrology also has Rising Signs. In Western Astrology, the sign that was rising at the time of your birth is your Rising Sign, or the Ascendant, and it is no different with Chinese Astrology.

The Chinese Zodiac & Rising Signs

In the Lunar Calendar, the day begins at 11pm. The twenty-four hours are divided into two hours each and each of these two hours is ruled by one of the animal signs.

Just as with Western Astrology, the Chinese Zodiac Rising Sign strongly shapes the personality and heavily influences how you are seen by others and how you go about your daily life.

The Rabbit, for example, is a thoroughly non-aggressive and peaceful individual. But if you have a Rabbit that was born in the Hours of the Tiger, this person may come across as fiery and even aggressive, especially when provoked.

Similarly, Horse people are typically free-spirited and colourful individuals who are here one minute and gone the next; but if you have a Horse that was born in the Hours of the Rat, this Horse may come across as uncharacteristically rigid and possessing extraordinary amounts of self-discipline.

Below is a list of the twelve Chinese Zodiac animal signs and the hours they rule:

  • Rat: 11pm to 1am
  • Ox: 1am to 3am
  • Tiger: 3am to 5am
  • Rabbit: 5am to 7am
  • Dragon: 7am to 9am
  • Snake: 9am to 11am
  • Horse: 11am to 1pm
  • Goat: 1pm to 3pm
  • Monkey: 3pm to 5pm
  • Rooster: 5pm to 7pm
  • Dog: 7pm to 9pm
  • Pig: 9pm to 11pm

Your Ascendant Sign can give you just as much insight into yourself as your Year of Birth zodiac sign. Once you’ve discovered your own Rising Sign, read on to find out what each one means for you!

Rat Rising

If your Chinese Ascendant is the Rat, you will come across as intelligent and quick-witted to others. There is a methodical approach in all you do and you will think carefully – look before you leap is one of your slogans. You will come across as a realist and are not afraid of hard work in order to achieve your goals.

Ox Rising

If your Chinese Ascendant is the Ox, others will see you reliable, slow and steady. You may have quite a strong-looking and powerful physique. There is an air about you that gives the impression that you can get anything done and will stick to the task at hand, no matter how long it takes you to achieve it.

Tiger Rising

If your Rising Sign is the Tiger, you will come across as bold and confident, regardless of whether you are introverted, extroverted or somewhere in-between. Others may see you as quite emotional and ready to take on whatever challenge comes your way. You may have a funky sort of dress sense or you have your own unique, individual look.

Rabbit Rising

If your Rising Sign is the Rabbit, you will come across as a gentle, introverted soul. You may be soft-spoken and have impeccable dress sense. Others will be instantly charmed by your hosting abilities and will enjoy the discussions you have to offer. You may give off a homely or welcoming vibe.

Dragon Rising

If your Rising Sign is the Dragon, you will exude an aura of authority. Others may be wary of you or deeply admiring – it is often one of the two. Your conversation may mostly revolve around yourself, but people listening don’t mind – they consider you to be a fascinating individual!

Snake Rising

If your Rising Sign is the Snake, you may come across as quiet and thoughtful. You may also be particularly blessed in the looks department. Others will admire you for your wise, philosophical discussion. When someone has hurt you, you may not show your emotions immediately. Instead, you may silently seethe; you are not the type to forget a slight easily.

Horse Rising

If your Rising Sign is the Horse, you may appear to others as constantly being on the move. Others may see you as a bit of a mystery; there is a powerful individuality about you and other people can’t help but what to know more. While you come across as intriguing to people, you can also be a very private individual and require your alone time. You are fiercely independent.

Goat Rising

If your Rising Sign is the Goat, you may come across as dreamy and romantic. You may give off an aura of being a sympathetic ear and shoulder to cry on. Others will think you are a creative type and you will often approach things in a metaphorical fashion, preferring to look at the big picture as opposed to the minor details.

Monkey Rising

If your Rising sign is the Monkey, then you will seem sociable and witty to others. You may be acutely aware of how you present yourself in public and you are very good at becoming a chameleon, able to shift your personality and appearance in accordance with your surroundings. You are a quick-thinker with an idea for everything.

Rooster Rising

If your Rising Sign is a Rooster, others will see you as honest, opinionated and confident. You may come across as being over-critical of others, even if you don’t mean to be. You may be quite a colourful dresser and rarely do you mince your words. Others may admire you for your energy and drive.

Dog Rising

If your Rising Sign is the Dog, then others will admire you for being a loyal and dependable friend. You may have a ‘warrior’ look about you and you may also have penetrating eyes. You will often come across as an intuitive character and people trust you as they know you are genuine and honest in your intentions.

Pig Rising

If your Rising Sign is the Pig, others will see you as a cheerful and jolly individual. You put people at ease because you come across as open and honest. You may have a liking for restaurants and one thing you enjoy is having your favourite meal with your friends and loved ones. Others appreciate you for always being there for them and going out of your way to make sure they are OK.

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