Welcome to Taurus season, lovers! It is safe to say 2020 has not been what anyone could have anticipated. The global pandemic has stopped us all in our tracks, and while this is scary, frustrating, and stressful, it is also an invitation to let go of the tight grip we have on our expectations and singular thinking. Discomfort is the greatest catalyst for change, and although it may be difficult to see when we’re in the throes of chaos, this is a temporary part of the path forward.
Staying present will help calm the nervous system, as grounded earth sign, Taurus, reminds us to slow down and be fully in our bodies. Celebrate your sensuality this month by creating pleasure rituals to connect with yourself.
Venus, our planet of beauty, love, creativity and money, stations retrograde on May 12 in inquisitive Gemini, where it remains through early August. This is significant: As we learn about dating and romance in quarantine, we have time to turn within to re-evaluate these themes in our lives. If you’ve been struggling to find solutions, relax and allow the answers to flow to you, as Venus helps shift your focus to see new opportunities while changing your perspective on relationships and finances. We may be social distancing for longer than anticipated, creating the space needed to work with this energy effectively.
Listen to your body this month, without judgment. Eat when you feel like it, sleep when you’re tired, masturbate as often as you want. Once the sun joins Venus in curious Gemini, on the 21st, we will have had the adequate rest required to meet the season of communication with more clarity and enthusiasm.
Taurus & Taurus Rising (April 20-May 20)
Happy solar return, Taurus! Live deliciously this month. Even if you can’t leave the house, you can turn your space into a full-blown Bacchanalia and still manage to get your work done. Change is not your strong suit, and the upheaval of your routine may be more difficult for you than others. Try to see the cosmic clearing of your schedule and obligations as an opportunity to sort through what is most meaningful and where you need to tend to the spaces that have been overlooked. Life, love, and self-care are being reset to suit the pace most resonant for you, and that is the greatest gift we never seem to give ourselves. Use this time to control what you can by leaning in to your gifts of grounded sensuality by creating more of it for yourself.
Gemini & Gemini Rising (May 21-June 20)
Try to relax this month, Gemini. What activities soothe you? Spend some time sorting through what gets you excited and what calms you down, making you feel most nurtured, and direct your restless energy there. You need some quiet time before the sun returns to your sign, lighting up your personal new year. There is no need to worry about missing out on the action, as right now there is none to be had. With Venus moving through your sign for the next few months, you’ll have plenty of time to engage in playful creativity in and outside of the bedroom. This is the time to escape into your fantasies, solo or with a partner. New ways of turning yourself on present themselves when you allow your mind to wander, uninhibited.
Cancer & Cancer Rising (June 21-July 22)
Reconnect with your hopes and dreams this month, Cancer. When things fall apart, they are clearing the way for something new to come together. Holding a hopeful view of the future helps the universe assemble the right pieces. Delays are merely part of divine timing; everything is happening exactly as it should, and the uncomfortable parts are only temporary. Reach out to those you care about this month, and surround yourself with people that can hold your vision with you. Focus on creating moments of bliss by tuning into your body: What makes you feel sexy and desired? How can you tap into those feelings on your own? What you want is on its way. Make sure you’re ready to receive it.
Leo & Leo Rising (July 23-August 22)
You’re hitting your stride this month, Leo, when it comes to balancing work and prioritizing self-care. It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you are not obligated to cater to an audience. The significance of recognition and validation are shifting in the new age of work from home vs. unemployment vs. essential employment. Who have you been performing for? Does it matter anymore? The only person who needs to be pleased with your accomplishments is you, and you are doing amazingly! Give yourself the praise you deserve without waiting for someone else to recognize how special you are. Trust that your energy is the golden thread that shines throughout all that you do.
Virgo & Virgo Rising (August 23-September 22)
Expand your horizons, Virgo, even if you can’t leave the house. Consider this pause a gift for you to take a deep dive into a subject you’ve been wanting to learn more about but haven’t had the time, or begin that writing project you’ve been putting off. Lose yourself in what fascinates you: Time doesn’t matter right now. Immersing yourself in this way helps you to grow confidence as you cultivate your own unique worldview, and ultimately how you share it with others. When your mind is turned on, your body can relax and allow you to tap into your pleasure centers. Take advantage of this sexy combination and flow with it. You may surprise yourself with what you discover.
Libra & Libra Rising (September 23-October 22)
This month brings transformation, particularly around relationships and intimacy, Libra. You may be experiencing this within an existing partnership, or going through the necessary changes to heal and prepare you for the next phase of relationships. Wherever you find yourself, go there fully. Own your desires when it comes to partnership. Accept the duality of wanting connection and needing freedom—and know they can exist at the same time. Aligning with what you want happens when you clarify your truth, especially to yourself. Get curious about the “why” behind your wants, not to justify them, but to understand the motivations that inform your decisions. This is where transformation and your power lie.
Scorpio & Scorpio Rising (October 23-November 21)
Don’t let quarantines and social distancing make you doubt your ability to draw your desires to you, Scorpio. You can attract what you want at any time, but right now the emphasis is on getting clear about the qualities you’re looking for in your relationships. Even if you are already in a partnership, notice what is working, what needs improvement, and begin with yourself. Our energy is more powerful than any dating profile, and we always attract the same energy we emit. This area of your life is getting a reset. Harness the potential to transform and grow as Venus offers assistance to release the past and clear space for new beginnings in romance, intimacy, and love. Embrace the unknown.
Sagittarius & Sagittarius Rising (November 22-December 21)
You’re motivated to make changes to your routine this month, Sagittarius. Your enthusiastic outlook benefits your ability to welcome your circumstances rather than feel trapped by them. Any change is temporary, as it brings a change of pace that allows you to have more control of your time and explore new methods of self-care while you work from home. Even if your self-care is facemasks and snacks during virtual meetings, no one is judging. Remember that sex is a huge part of mental and physical wellbeing, and does not require a partner. Take this time to explore and discover your sensual side. Experiment with sensations and breathing techniques to channel your high energy into explosive orgasms.
Capricorn & Capricorn Rising (Dec 22-Jan 20)
This year can catapult you far, despite what may be happening around you, Capricorn. You understand that success is a long game, and you’re always willing to put in the work to get there. This month, part of the process involves lightening up and having more fun as you go. Creativity and pleasure are heightened for you, so make sure you’re building time into your schedule to indulge your desires, and express your sensual side. Romance is favored right now, so think outside the box for alternative ways of experiencing it—especially if you don’t have direct access to your play partners.
Aquarius & Aquarius Rising (January 21-February 18)
Home is where your heart is, Aquarius. You won’t mind staying inside this month, as it offers you the opportunity to recharge your batteries and get away from the world for a while. Your futuristic outlook and innovative ideas are needed, but that doesn’t come through without a chance to go into your private space where you can detach and analyze your environment. It is ok to put your needs first, and give yourself some much-deserved rest. Escape into your memories and indulge in the activities that brought you joy when you were young. Remember how much fun it was to flirt with your crushes and fantasize about hooking up? Bring that energy into your dating life now, whether it fuels your solo acts or a roleplay scenario with your current partner.
Pisces & Pisces Rising (February 19-March 20)
Express your feelings, Pisces. Write love notes, especially to yourself! Use your free time to create playlists that will help you connect with the emotions you want to feel, that will help pull you out of tendencies to spiral. Reach out and connect: Communicating with those you care about is so important this month. This can be an excellent time of new ideas and talking them over with the people who inspire you. It’s a great time to flirt lightheartedly and also have deep conversations. Experiencing the broad spectrum of sharing strengthens your existing bonds. This time of uncertainty is helping you come home to yourself, as you build long-lasting security based on self-love that creates the stability that is always within you.
Aries & Aries Rising (March 21-April 19)
Watch out for overspending this month, Aries. With nowhere to go and not enough action, it’s easy to venture into online shopping as a way of self-soothing, especially when every company is offering bargain basement prices. Instead of adding more items to your home, look within for ways to add value to your life. Get creative about working with the resources you already have. The key to the energy of 2020 is getting on board with the idea that less is more, and we don’t always get to decide what that is. Being flexible about what is “essential” and how clutter adds to chaos will bring you tremendous peace of mind. Put your energy into loving your body, with workouts in and outside of the bedroom. Being naked is the best accessory, anyway.
Stefanie Caponi is a Brooklyn-based artist, astrologer, tarot reader, and creator of The Moon Void Tarot. Follow Stefanie on Instagram for more astrology and tarot insights.