It’s pisces season. Illustrations by Bryce Chan.
As the signs enter the final winter months, they may feel optimism’s temptations. The sky is bluer, the trees just a bit greener; squirrels and birds chase each other once again. And everywhere, it seems, there are couples holding hands or canoodling in the warm sun on the grass.
But the signs would do good to resist that temptation. Relationships that froze over the holidays are liable to thaw and, like winter, end. If January is the break up month, February is your month to recover. March, your month to bounce back.
What does the end of winter have in store for you? •
You might be wrong and your partner might know it too, but is it more trouble than it’s worth to admit it? Don’t let your stubbornness get in the way of moving forward. Winning an argument isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be — save it for reenactments in the shower.
You have strong opinions, especially about art. And you’re not afraid to make these opinions heard, especially over text. Yet when it comes to your family, you falter. Soon, you’ll find yourself in a familial dispute over household decor. Maintain your decorum, but stick to your guns. You are right, the picture is ugly.
Your partner is your mirror image, and you’re certain it’s not projection. But beware of alienation: One day, the light may strike them differently, and reality will be illuminated. You’ll never be the couple you’ve fantasized about. Learn to live with it.
You go with your partner to the store because you fear they’ll forget who you are in the ten minutes they’re gone and that, when they get back home, they’ll be like “Who the hell is this freak?” and make you leave. The solution is you should always go grocery shopping together.
Your friends remember what you were yelling about the other night at the party. It’s not the liquor’s problem, it’s yours, so be prepared to own it when you’re confronted. Next time, take the time to consider your jokes carefully. In the meantime, all you can do is overanalyze them while you’re trying to fall asleep.
Emotions don’t always make sense. It’s okay to feel, even if it’s just feeling for feeling’s sake. Don’t be afraid to confront the memories of them that you’ve been pushing away. Drive around aimlessly and cry to the songs you listened to together.
You’ve got your eyes on someone behind a screen or between the pages of some saucy visual novel, ignoring what’s right in front of you. Maybe don’t do that — reality could pleasantly surprise you.
After years curled up in your shell, you’ve gotten used to the echo of your carefully constructed life. There’s no need to break out in the next few months — after all, it’s warm in there — but consider letting someone new in. It’s okay to hear a changing tune.
Take some deep breaths and put the phone down. They’ll get back to you when they’re ready. In the meantime, go look in a mirror and remind yourself how awesome you are — you don’t do that enough.
You’re not that hard to get along with, but you might change your mind about people at any moment, and they have to be prepared for that. Your past will give them the clues but they’ll have to figure it out by trial and error, and if they fail you’ll never want to sleep with them again. Good luck!
There’s no need to cry about them, but if you want to, go ahead and cry it all out. Cry yourself a river, or an ocean. Drown them in your tears.
You made Aquarius cry, didn’t you? Good thing you have gills. If you really want people to stick around, though, you need to learn to dive a little deeper.