The Hobby You Should Pick Up This Winter, Based On Your Zodiac Sign

published Oct 16, 2020
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The days are getting shorter, which means you’re probably hunting around your home for things to do on your downtime. And while it’s always a good idea to riff through easy DIY ideas or small decluttering projects, sometimes you just want to spend time recharging on your own. Enter: The hobby.

From working out to knitting, there are plenty of ways to pass the time that don’t require turning on the TV (though there’s no shame in that—it’s the nation’s most popular quarantine pastime). If you’re looking for a new project to pick up, your zodiac sign can be a helpful way to whittle down your options. Pick the hobby corresponding with your sun sign or rising sign, or opt for the choice that most closely aligns to your moon sign, which informs your inner mood. Either way, you’re likely to end up with a habit that benefits both yourself and your home.

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Aries: Take on a workout challenge

The first sign in the zodiac loves to be number one—and while a little friendly competition never hurt anyone, the best kind of one-up is when you beat your last personal best. Whether it’s working your way up to 10 consecutive pushups, shaving a few seconds off your mile time, or simply keeping a fitness streak going for 30 days, there are plenty of at-home fitness apps ready to help you crush your next goal, Aries. The Couch to 5K app—which boasts over 105 thousand reviews—is easy to follow for running novices, those looking to strengthen their basics, and anyone looking to get back into the habit alike (and it only takes 8 weeks to achieve that final goal!)

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Taurus: Plant an indoor herb garden

A fixed Earth sign, Taurus loves to get and stay grounded, and what better way to get in touch with nature than to grow and eat your own bounty? Starting an indoor herb garden is easy, and because some grow quickly in winter as well as summer, you’ll see results within a few weeks. You can also grow greens, sprouts and onions from seeds and plant ends—remember the scallion craze of early spring?—and source a delicious salad right from your windowsill.

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Gemini: Go ahead—write that novel!

The social butterflies of the zodiac, Gemini always has something to say—which is why getting involved in a program like National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) couldn’t come at a better time. Whether you’ve always had a “what if?” story idea brewing in the back of your mind, or you’re more interested in joining the organization’s volunteer program, there are plenty of ways to explore and support the written word. Bringing your own story to life? Treat yourself to a luxe notebook if you like to sketch your many ideas out on paper, or simply open a word processor and get to typing, Gemini!

Cancer: Shine a light on DIY candle-making

Cancers are great at picking up on and influencing the vibes in whichever space they inhabit, which means creating custom, cozy candles is a perfect winter activity for the water sign. For a foolproof DIY session, try a microwave-friendly kit from Siblings—Scent No.5, which features notes of clove, cedar, and vanilla, will immediately invoke a warm, wintry feeling. Looking to customize your creations? Many candle-making kits on Etsy let you mix and match essential oils—experiment with unexpectedly soothing scent combinations, or create a signature blend for all your holiday gifts.

Leo: Get ready for your close-up with a storytelling class

Though most schools and classes have gone virtual due to social-distancing guidelines, there are plenty of ways to get involved in your local comedy or theater scene—and even brush up on your storytelling skills in the process. Spring for a MasterClass membership to learn TV writing from icon Shonda Rhimes or try a sketch-writing class through the legendary Groundlings Theatre and School. The best part? Because so many classes are currently being taught via Zoom, you can learn from storied pros without uprooting your entire life and moving to a new city (unless that’s on your to-do list, too!)

Virgo: Take a stab at needle-point

Ever the perfectionist, Virgo isn’t afraid to take on an exacting challenge or follow complex instructions to make something right. What better project to fulfill these needs than an old-fashioned needlepoint hoop? Whether you’re starting with a beginner-friendly design printed on your muslin, or reaching for a more complex pillow design, one kit will provide hours of handiwork—and you’ll end your endeavor with a new piece of handmade decor to gift or keep.

Libra: Set up (virtual) shop with clothes you no longer wear

Libra is all about equilibrium and balance—which means that for everything coming in, another should go. Tackle that closet decluttering project you’ve been putting off, and set aside items that are still in great shape. Next, sort through those items to decide what you’d like to donate and what can find a new home through a platform like Poshmark or Depop. They make listing and selling your once-loved pieces easy, and even help with shipping labels and connecting with customers. Want someone to handle the process for you? Simply send your things to ThredUp, who will handle everything for you… but as a people-pleaser, you might find that striking a deal yourself is part of the fun.

Scorpio: Practice your checkmate by building a card and board game collection

Cunning Scorpios are always thinking three moves ahead, which means they’ll be right at home working on their game skills. If you’re sheltering in place with competitive roommates or family members, stock up on retro-look board games like Clue and Candy Land. Living solo? Make a small investment in a luxe set of cards like this monochrome deck from CB2 in Scorpio-approved black. (If you’d rather keep things digital, you can always download the app versions of beloved board games for hours of nonstop fun.)

Sagittarius: Learn a new language

There are probably a thousand places on your to-visit list, dear Sagittarius—why not use this time to prep for your next trip? Apps like DuoLingo are just waiting to help you with everything from vocabulary to conjugations, and you can learn at your own pace. If you have the basics down and want to practice before you pack your bags, turn on a movie or two in the language of your choice. Your library card will unlock access to Kanopy, and the Criterion Channel starts at $10.99 a month.

Capricorn: Pick up painting

The natural-born leaders of the zodiac, Capricorns can benefit from unplugging from time to time. What’s more analog than picking up a canvas, a few paints, and seeing what magic you come up with? Whether you start with a paint-by-numbers kit that results in a beautiful still-life or DIY a textured canvas with out-of-the-box items like drywall mud, you’ll wind up with a one-of-a-kind piece. (Keep or gift it accordingly!)

Aquarius: Knit your own TikTok-famous sweater

Free-spirited Aquarians aren’t afraid of a challenge, nor do they like to conform. If this is you, take a cue from TikTok and try your hand at knitting your own version of the J.W. Anderson sweater worn by Harry Styles during a recent “Today” show appearance. The challenge was so popular that the designer released detailed instructions to making your own version of his $1,560 knit. A novice with needles? Don’t worry: The stitches are relatively simple and give you ample room to practice as you go.

Pisces: Tap into the spiritual with a Tarot deck

Ever the dreamer, Pisces will feel right at home interpreting a deck of Tarot cards. Whether you download an app like Golden Thread or invest in a deck whose artwork resonates with you, there’s plenty of benefit to be gained from meditating on the cards you pull. Light a candle or two before you begin your practice, and take your time interpreting the symbols and the corresponding explanations (most books come with guides to help you along). What matters isn’t getting the interpretation “right”—it’s all about the vibe you feel that guides your way.