The Best Evening Ritual for Your Zodiac Sign
Capricorns are incapable of relaxing on the couch, but that's all Cancers really want to do. Astrologer Anne Ortelee weighs in on what each sign needs to do to end the day right.
Aries (March 21 to April 19)
Your sign: You're a go-getter—you charge through the day and thrive on taking on challenges and projects. But you tend to get distracted and don't always finish what you start. You're also action-oriented, preferring to work than to rest.
Your ideal evening ritual: Focus on two things: wrapping up anything you didn't finish that day but should have, to set your mind at ease, and getting some exercise (like going for a run, a bike ride or doing a quick circuit workout—something intense enough to help you burn off some energy) before bed. Unlike a lot of other signs, you find physical activity relaxing rather than stimulating, so it's a great way to wind down.
Taurus (April 20 to May 20)
Your sign: Being active is not your idea of a rejuvenating time. Instead, you're drawn to beautiful things and cozy, relaxing activities, especially those that help foster a physical connection with your loved ones. Out of all the signs, it's most important for you to mentally and physically separate from the day, since you tend to carry the weight of whatever happened with you once you get home.
Your ideal evening ritual: Snuggle up with your partner, kids or pets (cozy blankets encouraged!). Enjoy something delicious before you head to bed, watch the sun set or the moon rise, or play some of your favorite music while you get ready for bed.
Gemini (May 21 to June 20)
Your sign: "Talkative" doesn't quite do you justice. You genuinely love connecting with others and tending to your relationships. You avoid monotony as much as possible, preferring to mix things up rather than fall into a set routine.
Your ideal evening ritual: Check in with family, friends, old coworkers, fellow PTA members—really anyone you haven't spoken to in a minute. And call instead of texting or messaging on social media. You'll feed your need for social connection, and reaching out to a different person (or people) each night ensures that you'll never get bored.
Cancer (June 21 to July 22)
Your sign: You like your alone time, preferring to recharge in private instead of surrounded by people. You're a caretaker, both of yourself and others. You're also highly sensitive, and you tend to absorb the energy of whatever happened that day, for better or for worse.
Your ideal evening ritual: You need to retreat from the world. Before bed, head to the bathroom and take a nice, long soak in the tub (or shower, if the tub's not an option). We're talking 30 to 40 minutes, not a five-minute dip. It'll help you mentally wash the day away so you're ready to wake and repeat tomorrow. You could also spend some time preparing meals for your family, since it connects to your desire to take care of others.
Leo (July 23 to August 22)
Your sign: You're high-energy, and nothing fuels your fire more than socializing, whether that means heading out for drinks with friends or staying in for a family dinner. When your flame burns out, you're done for the day, making it fairly easy to run on all cylinders until bedtime without having any trouble nodding off.
Your ideal evening ritual: Combine your creativity, playfulness and social nature by spending time with the people you love over dinner or games. That could mean a standing family dinner every night followed by a quick card game, FaceTiming with friends or logging into your favorite online game for a round or two.
Virgo (August 23 to September 22)
Your sign: You enjoy being busy and you're highly task-oriented, always looking at what's on your to-do list now and what should be on it tomorrow. You enjoy exploring new ways to improve yourself, and you're a bit of a neat freak.
Your ideal evening ritual: It's all about wrapping up your to-do's for today and preparing for tomorrow. Cross off whatever tasks (professional or personal) are still lingering, then think ahead to what you'd like to accomplish tomorrow. If you're into cooking, that could also include prepping tomorrow's lunch or dinner tonight. Tidy up a bit before you climb into bed, and once you're there, read the latest self-help book, journal or watch an inspiring TED Talk.
Libra (September 23 to October 22)
Your sign: You value one-on-one connections and prefer real conversations to social media posts and messages. Your appearance matters to you, and you enjoy putting time and attention into how you look. You're also a voracious reader, especially books and magazines that make you feel transported to another place.
Your ideal evening ritual: Skip the never-ending social media scroll and have an in-person conversation with your partner or roommate, or FaceTime with a friend. Evenings are also a great time for you to catch up on your correspondence—write a letter, send a birthday or anniversary card, etc. Lay out your outfit for the next day, then grab something escapist to read before bed, like the latest fiction best-seller or a travel magazine.
Scorpio (October 23 to November 21)
Your sign: You're a passionate person. You enjoy intense emotional experiences and like Cancers, you tend to absorb the energy and emotions you encounter through the day. And you have a tendency to mull those encounters over...and over and over.
Your ideal evening ritual: A soak in the tub can help you leave the day behind you, but don't do it right before bed—that's too stimulating for you. Instead, rinse the day off when you get home. While you do that, think about the emotional baggage you brought home today and try to discard anything unnecessary, like a coworker's bad mood that rubbed off on you, or an angry fellow commuter who got you riled up too. Then, because you like thrilling or emotional experiences, cue up a favorite show or movie guaranteed to make you laugh, cry, scream, what have you, before bed.
Sagittarius (November 22 to December 21)
Your sign: You're drawn to beauty, inspiration and contemplation. You love to learn and enjoy experiences that help you put the world into perspective. Socializing and collaborative activities bring you joy, and your adventurous energy means you enjoy getting physical.
Your ideal evening ritual: Feed your need for beauty and movement by taking an evening walk or run under the stars, taking time to look up and appreciate the night sky. You could also invite a friend along to make it a social event. When you get home, try lighting some candles and journaling or turning on the next episode of the documentary series you've been watching. Right before bed, take a moment to meditate or do any other spiritual practice that helps you feel peaceful before lights-out.
Capricorn (December 22 to January 19)
Your sign: You're never without a project, whether you're at work or at home. You enjoy feeling useful and you're an expert multitasker, carrying on involved conversations while you're also plowing through your inbox. Relaxing on the couch is torturous for you—you'd rather be up and active, getting things done.
Your ideal evening ritual: Unfinished projects or tasks drive you nuts, so if you've got lingering work to take care of, tackle that so you can feel relaxed when bedtime rolls around. Then you can turn your attention to your personal projects, whether it's planning a trip or something handy around the house.
Aquarius (January 20 to February 18)
Your sign: You enjoy a mix of social time and alone time, and you're an expert people-watcher. You don't like monotony, so you tend to change up your daily routine pretty regularly. Out of all the zodiac signs, you're the binge-watcher of the bunch, and you tend to watch your favorite shows over and over, often returning to specific ones to produce specific emotions (the show you watch when you want to laugh, to cry, etc.).
Your ideal evening ritual: Begin the social media scroll! Looking through your Instagram feed lets you feel social without actually having to socialize, and you find the process of checking your favorite accounts soothing. Watching a couple of episodes of a show (whether it's a regular from your rotation or a new one you just read about) can also help you feel calm before bed.
Pisces (February 19 to March 20)
Your sign: You absorb what happens around you and you're deeply sensitive. You love routine and relaxation—tackling to-dos around the house before bed is not your ideal way to end the day. You love comfort, including your clothes, and generally can't wait to get out of your work-wear. As a water sign, you feel your best when you're drinking plenty of fluids.
Your ideal evening ritual: Once you walk in the front door, make yourself a cup of tea and change into your softest, coziest clothes. Your sensitive nature also means you like to retreat from the world—draw yourself a bath, relax alone in a den or the bedroom, listen to some music, whatever helps you disconnect.