Here’s Which Candle You Should Burn Next, According to Your Zodiac Sign

published Feb 20, 2021
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Unless you’re the kind of person with a signature candle for your home, picking which candle to light next can be stressful. How do you decide between fruity, floral, woodsy, and spicy scents? Do you want to create a mix of those notes? What vibes do you want to create in each area of your home, at different times of day?

Are these only questions I ask myself? Possibly! But if you’re like me, there are ways to narrow down your options from the multitudes of candles on the market. A favorite approach? Using the zodiac to inform and motivate your next move. Rather than round up astrology-themed candles, I sourced candles that nod to each sign’s traits in a subtle way. Simply light, and enjoy.

Aries (March 21 – April 19): Anecdote Candles Forest Bathing Candle

As the first sign of the Zodiac, Aries usher in springtime and optimism wherever they go. This bright scent from Anecdote Candles features green tea, lemongrass, orange, and musk for a zippy, energizing result. It’s the perfect complement for an upbeat sign like the ram.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20): Voluspa Blackberry Rose Oud Candle

If Taurus had a middle name, it would be “pleasure.” They are ruled by Venus, and delight in luxury like no other. Try this candle from Voluspa, which features a pretty glass vessel that matches the bright scent of blackberries and roses. Don’t worry: The woodsy oud levels the decadence out, so the hardworking earth sign will feel right at home.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20): Boy Smells LES Candle

Geminis know a thing or two about duality — they know how to talk to anyone, feel at home in any room, and scale their intensity up and down as each situation needs it. They have range, and this candle by Boy Smells will match them beat for beat. It features notes like black currant, cardamom, jasmine rice, and peach blossom for that first-hint-of-summer sweetness that ushers in Gemini season.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22): Nest Fragrances Cedar Leaf & Lavender

Intuitive and generous, Cancers are all about supporting those they love. (Think of them more as gentle waves lapping at a shore, rather than the bite of a crab’s claw.) Apartment Therapy commerce writer Sarah Vazquez received this Nest Fragrances candle from a friend and said it captures her essence perfectly. “Lavender, eucalyptus, and sage are all calming notes, and being the peacekeeping Cancer that I am, I thought it was a sweet way to say we’re a calming force,” she said.

Leo (July 23 – August 22): Otherland Chandelier Candle

A fire sign to the core, Leos are bright and decadent. (Would you expect anything less from a sign ruled by the sun?) Try the appropriately-named Chandelier candle from Otherland on for size: It features honey-like saffron, rich leather, and (of course) champagne, to create plenty of drama in your home.

Virgo (August 23 – September 22): Apotheke Tomato Tarragon Candle

Virgo season falls during the hazy last days of summer, so it makes sense that this practical sign is closely aligned with harvest and bounty. Virgos are as practical as they are perfectionists, and what is a more perfect summer find than a perfectly ripe tomato? This candle by Apotheke also features notes of musk and gardenia, for a mix that is equal parts earthy and joyous.

Libra (September 23 – October 22): P.F. Candle Co. Patchouli Sweetgrass Candle

Libras are all about balance, and this candle by P.F. Candle Co. delivers that in a surprising way. Underneath scents like patchouli, smoke, and sandalwood, is a grounding and calming cream base, which offsets the smoke the way a glass of milk counterbalances a hot pepper. The result is a candle that is softer and earthy than other patchouli-inspired scents, which is sure to please anyone — a trait that Libras value above all.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21): HausWitch The Furies Candle

Take it from a quadruple Scorpio: There’s nothing this mysterious sign loves more than to get in touch with their moody, mystical selves. This wood-wick candle from HausWitch will conjure up spooky season vibes all year round, with an earthy combo of cedar, pine, and tobacco — think of it as a portable fire, for spells and incantations alike.

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21): 228 Grant Street Candle Co. Ginger + Lime Candle

Perceptive and bright, Sagittarians are always trying to learn and explore as much as they can. Use this invigorating candle from 228 Grant Street Candle Co. to light the way. It features a balance of scents that are as energizing as they are soothing — it’s just the combo you need in an adventure buddy, which is Sagittarius’s calling.

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19): Byredo Altar Candle

Capricorns know what they’re worth — and they’ll be the first to send you an itemized invoice if you ever forget it. Splurge on this moody, confident candle by fashion-favorite Byredo. A mix of cloves, ylang-ylang, and bay leaves, it evokes a wintery (you guessed it) altar, perfect for the grounded yet capable earth sign.

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18): Vancouver Candle Co. Gastown Candle

Ever the free spirits, Aquarians need a candle that isn’t afraid to think outside the box. Try this candle from Vancouver Candle Co., named after the city’s eclectic neighborhood. A combination of tobacco and black pepper seems like a lot on paper, but what results is an almost woodsy scent that is as bright as it is spicy. Perfect for the nonconformist air sign that is full of contradictions.

Pisces (February 19 – March 20): Ryan Porter Candle in Make Waves

Pisces is ruled by the planet Neptune, making them the most water-driven sign of all. As the last sign in the Zodiac, Pisces can often feel everything swirling around — which is why they need a candle to help them chill. Try this breezy option from Ryan Porter, which smells like sea salt and ocean air, as well as a hint of sunny citrus to offset the crisp mineral scent. It’s basically an ocean in a jar — perfect for tempest-in-a-teapot types like Pisces.