School may end, but the planets never stop moving; things will be changing in the astrological sphere all summer to keep things interesting. Summer signs like Leo and Cancer may have felt neglected this winter as the planets stayed largely on the other side of the sky, but that will change soon. Mercury, Venus and Mars will be traveling from bold Aries, through stabilizing Taurus, polarizing Gemini, comfort-loving Cancer and ostentatious Leo to end the summer months in conscientious Virgo. The paths of these planets draw out the roadmap for your summer.
Aries (March 21 - April 19): Your summer will go one of two ways: Either you’ll end the school year on a high note and then plummet into a contrasting lull of boredom and restlessness that will frustrate you through June, July and August OR you’ll end the year on a high note, put some effort into making plans, reaching out to friends, finding things you care about and your summer can be the dynamic duo of fun and productivity.
Taurus (April 20 - May 20): Sometimes you’re wrong. Sometimes you get knocked down. Sometimes you’re only second best. Early this summer, you won’t get something you want, no matter how hard you try and it may come as a surprise. Rather than let yourself get stuck on this one thing, whether it’s a job, a trophy, a title, a win, a word, let it go and take a lesson instead. Sometimes you have to give in and move on.
Gemini (May 21 - June 20): This is the summer to expand your network. You’ll be getting a lot of attention as the days warm, and if you capitalize on it, you can make some long-lasting friendships, valuable connections, maybe a fun enemy or two and, if it’s what you’re looking for, a summer fling doesn’t seem out of the question.
Cancer (June 21 - July 22): Cancers are kind of like the ultimate middle child. Sandwiched between argumentative Gemini and attention-seeking Leo, ruling over the doldrums of the summer, subscribing to loyalty and agreeableness, it’s easy to feel ignored and underappreciated. However, this summer something big is going to change for you in mid-July. It may be good or bad, a friendly stranger or a threatening returning player, a lucky strike or a disastrous accident. No matter which side of the coin lands face up, it will be big, you will take notice and it will take you from the middle and shove you to the front.
Leo (July 23 - August 22): This is your summer for second chances. Apologizing doesn’t come easy to you, and neither does forgiveness. Maybe you’ve already messed up or maybe your screw-up will come in May or June. Either way, the sun will shed light on the issue, the water will wash it away and the salt and sand of the summer will give you the grit you need to move on.
Virgo (August 23 - September 22): The end of anything can be the hardest part. Conclusions are hard to write, finales have high standards, running the last mile of a race you can barely breathe. You will have to create an ending this summer. You can’t just stand on the sidelines and watch this bittersweet conclusion, rather you will take the wheel for the final leg of some journey; hopefully you will have what it takes to steer safely.
Libra (September 23 - October 22): By the end of the summer, you’ll be in a very different place from where you started, and you’ll have been a lot of places along the way. You’ll see challenge after challenge and reap reward after reward. You may start to think you have everything figured out, but in a month the world will have shifted beneath you once again. You may be going from job to job, or place to place, or goal to goal; all three may change. And along the way, you may change as well.
Scorpio (October 23 - November 21): This is your romance-novel summer. You may not fall in love, you may not even meet anyone cute, but just like every good summer romance takes place in the beach, surrounded by people you can only possibly know during the summer, you’ll spend these months similarly isolated from the rest of the year. It may be you don’t see your school friends, maybe you’re in an intense internship or traveling to Europe. Whatever it is, when you’re 40, looking back on the summer of 2019, you’ll know exactly which summer it was and what you did and who you met.
Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21): Just as the summer starts to wind down in August, you’ll reach abrupt new levels of clarity. Maybe you’ll realize the lifeguard you’ve been flirting with all month is actually a huge douchebag, or that the sound your car has been making for weeks isn’t something rattling around in the trunk, but rather a thousand-dollar repair waiting to happen. Maybe you’ll realize you’re wasting your time in a job you hate, the people you surround yourself with are toxic, the world isn’t against you, you’re against yourself. Enjoy that clarity, and use it.
Capricorn (December 22 - January 19): Somebody will want to understand you this summer; they will try to break through your stoic shell, they will convince you to rely on them, they will not tamper your ambition, they will complement it. Your instinct might be to push them away, to maintain your cool head, to stand on the edge of the water and take a step back when the foamy waves approach. This time, consider dipping a toe in, or even throwing caution to the wind and diving.
Aquarius (January 20 - February 18): In August, you’re going to lose something you really care about. It may be something sentimental, like your grandmother’s antique earrings, or something more embarrassing, like your dignity. There’s nothing you can do to prevent this loss, but you can control how you react to it.
Pisces (February 19 - March 20): Normally it’s really easy for you to get on everyone else’s level; you understand, you relate, you communicate, you listen. Mid-way through the summer, you’ll be forced to reconsider all this. As you get into a funk, it’ll be harder for you to empathize like normal, and you’ll need to turn to other methods of understanding. Read books, listen to music, seek out art and expression and try to look at people in ways that you never have before. You may think you know everything about people, or everything about a person, but there’s always more.
Alex Houdeshell is a staff writer for The Daily Campus. She can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.