Everything You Need To Know About Your Zodiac Sign

Everything You Need To Know About Your Zodiac Sign

It's all written in the stars.

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Do you always hear people talking about Mercury in retrograde? or see Cosmo's weekly horoscopes? and you have no idea what they mean??

Astrological signs have everything to do with the universe by your birthday, and there are certain strengths, weaknesses, and tendencies that apply more to certain signs than others. It may seem far-fetched at some points, and some people are avid anti-astrology people, but what's the fun in that?!

Whether you believe in it or not, it's a great way to start the path of learning more about yourself and maybe even your friends and family. It's an intriguing subject, and personally, I love reading my horoscope every morning. It's a relaxing start to the day that helps me think about my goals and things I want to get done that day.

So, to learn more about yourself or your friend or that person you've got your eye on, keep reading!

Aries (March 21 - April 20)

The first sign of the zodiac! Aries is a fire sign, which means they channel the high energy of the sign. Sometimes they can be forceful or aggressive to get their way and typically want to win. Although they are open for the most part, they can be hard to understand on an emotional level, and they may find it difficult to explain their emotions. If you have an Aries friend, you may find that they stick by your side, care for you, and are thoughtful. However, they can also be gossipy and unfocused, so be careful around them when it's finals time so you won't get distracted! If you have an Aries partner, you'll definitely be impressed by their confidence and decisive nature. Though they can also be opinionated and dominant, perhaps you're a Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, or Pisces (which are most compatible!).

Taurus (April 21 - May 21)

This is me! Taurus is an earth sign, and it comes out in the stubborn and sensual quality that we have. We are obsessed with all things beautiful and aesthetic and appreciate forms of physical expression, which includes working out all the way to art and design. Though Tauruses can be productive once they being work, we have no problem taking our time and being lazy, which contributes to our easy going nature and preference towards relaxing. However, this can often lead to procrastination. If you have a Taurus friend, you'll find that we can be generous and helpful, but also sometimes overbearing and controlling. If you have a Taurus partner, you may have noticed that we are confident and thoughtful, but we are susceptible to procrastinating and not responding right away. We are most compatible with Cancers, Virgos, and Pisces.

Gemini (May 22 - June 21)

Gemini is an air sign, which means they are well adapted to work with change and have a tendency to prefer change, whether it's from hobby to hobby or relationship to relationship. Geminis are lively people and often times interesting, but sometimes can get easily distracted or give the vibe that they're superficial. They are forward-thinking and logical individuals who look to change for improvement. Gemini friends are great because they like to have fun and nonserious, but are prone to getting nervous or worried about situations. Gemini partners always bring adventure and excitement to a relationship but may be unaware that they are acting selfish sometimes. They are most compatible with Aries, Leos, Libras, and Aquarius.

Cancer (June 22 - July 22)

My water sign! Cancers are ruled by the moon and their sign is a crab, which represents their emotional and sometimes reclusive nature. They feel a need to hide from the world occasionally. However, like a crab, they can be aggressive and persuasive when it comes to living space, food, and loved ones. Some of their best qualities include being low-key, harmonious with others, and modest. Cancers are curious and personal, which contributes to their patient and dedicated nature towards friends, but can sometimes overstep and seem nosy and needy. Cancers are ~domestic~ partners, show their affection, and have a naturally giving nature, but may also seem clingy and possessive towards their loved one. Cancers are most compatible with Tauruses, Virgos, Scorpios, and Pisces.

Leo (July 23 - August 23)

Leos are symbolized by the radiant sun, and as a fire sign, they spread their creative energy to their people. Like the symbol of a lion, Leos are proud and commanding individuals who keep their fire sign under control and making decisions that can benefit the rest of the group. Leos are fighting individuals who will do what they can to get what they want. However, if unchecked, that commanding personality can turn into egotistical and self-centered individuals. As a friend, Leos are loyal and supportive individuals, but don't hold it against them if they get distracted or are forgetful. As a partner, Leos are confident, enthusiastic, and supportive individuals. They can get caught up in their career and may seem too ambitious to serve their natural strive for achievement. Leos are most compatible with Aries, Gemini, and Sagittarius individuals.

Virgo (August 24 - September 22)

Virgo, like Taurus, is an earth sign and they are grounded and practical thinkers. They help bring structure to those in their lives and are very matter-of-fact. They look for realistic and pragmatic solutions to issues. However, they can become their own woe, stressing over details and getting caught in being a perfectionist. They are supportive and helpful friends but can come across as needy and judgemental. As partners in a relationship, their strengths include reliability and they typically have domestic qualities. They can sometimes be bossy and seem unemotional, but if they're with a Taurus, Cancer, Scorpio, or Capricorn, their best qualities will shine.

Libra (September 22 - October 22)

Libras are extremely social people with their strong charismatic and likeable personality. They make friends easily and work well the complexities that come with being human. Their natural ability to get along with people helps in their professions and many use their people skills in dealing with others. Despite their natural relationship with people, Libras appreciate their alone time. Like their sign the scales, Libras are challenged with maintaining balance between their sometimes needy nature and their natural people skills. Libra friends can be intense and involved, but also have a tendency to be harsh and withdrawn when not tapping into their social side. As a romantic partner, Libras are affectionate and loving but have to balance the side of them that can come across as selfish or needy. They are most compatible with Gemini, Leo, Sagittarius, and Aquarius signs.

Scorpio (October 23 - November 21)

Scorpio is a water sign, and like their symbol of the scorpion, they are powerful and protective individuals. They have charming qualities, but can also be aggressive when they feel the need to. They lean on the more mysterious side in terms of personality. Attracted to powerful mediums like money and power, Scorpios sometimes also have qualities of inflexibility and can seem unforgiving and harsh on others. As a friend, they have no problem having fun and celebrating, but that can change to moodiness if things go awry. Scorpios are known for their interest in sexual ~fun~ and are passionate and protective romantic partners. On the other hand, Scorpios are susceptible to jealousy and being too protective to the point of possessive. They are most compatible with Cancer, Virgo, Capricorn and Pisces signs.

Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21)

Happy Birthday to my Sagittarius guys and gals!! It's your time to shine. As a fire sign, Sagittarius individuals are positive and optimistic individuals. They have a strong belief in the future and their own abilities to make anything possible. They are ethical and pure souls and judge people by their intentions rather than results. They are blessed with the strength of quick intuition, but can also be unclear in their communication. Sagittarius individuals are fun and upbeat. They are self-sufficient individuals, but their optimism can sometimes lead to unrealistic goals. As a romantic partner, Sagittarius individuals are charming and humorous, but can overstep the line and be too teasing, which can push their partner's boundaries. They are most compatible with Aries, Leo, Libra and Aquarius signs.

Capricorn (December 22 - January 20)

Capricorns are serious and quiet individuals. They are ambitious, determined, and have a strong sense of self when going about life. They can be dominant figures in a group setting. Their weaknesses include falling victim to their own stubborn nature and seriousness. They find that they can only enjoy moments and have fun when they can relax. They are reliable individuals and have a giving nature. As a romantic partner, they show their appreciation and take a straightforward approach to relationships, so you don't have to worry about them playing mind games! But this can also make it seem like they are unenthusiastic and reserved. Capricorns are most compatible with Taurus, Scorpio, Virgo, and Pisces individuals.

Aquarius (January 21 - February 19)

Modernity is the perfect time for Aquarius signs to thrive. They do best in forward-thinking settings and think about the future. They are bright and open individuals with idealistic qualities. They're the friends with spontaneous and bizarre personalities. They can almost be too easy going and nonchalant in nature, so keeping relationships strong and going can be difficult. But they have naturally enjoyable personalities and are committed individuals and keep relationships interesting as long as they don't flee from the relationship before it can grow. They pair best with Geminis and Libras.

Pisces (February 20 - March 20)

Pisces, a water sign, is symbolized by the fish. Like the deep wavering waves of water, Pisces feel emotions on deep levels and prefer serious and profound relationships. They feel life on a deeper level and believe that there is more to the meaning of life than the physical and visual aspects of the world. Because of their strong emotional nature, they can be easily affected by rejection. This gives way to their fluid and empathetic strengths. As a friend, they are typically the mom or grandma of the group with naturally caring and loving qualities. On the flip side, they can also become possessive and overemotional. In a romantic relationship, Pisces individuals are romantic and passionate partners. They are most compatible with Taurus, Cancer, Scorpio and Capricorn individuals.

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To High School Seniors In Their Last Semester

Senior year moves pretty fast; if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.
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Dammit, you made it. The final semester of your senior year. You’re at the top of the food chain of high school, and it feels so good. You’re probably praying this last semester flies by, that you get out of town as soon as possible.

At this point, you’re calling teachers by their first names, the entire staff knows you by name, and you’re walking around school standing tall, owning those hallways. You’re convinced you’re ready to leave and move on to the next chapter in your life.

You’ve already experienced your last football game, standing in the cold in the front row of the student section all season long, decked out in your school colors and cheering loud and proud. That is, until they lost, and you realized you will never have that experience again. Never again.

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You already had your last winter break. Preparing and celebrating the holidays with your family, ice skating and sledding with your best friends. Those quiet nights alone in your room watching Netflix, taking for granted your loved ones just a few rooms away. Never again.

If you’re an athlete, you may have already played in your last game or ran your last race. The crowd cheering, proudly wearing your school’s name across your chest, giving it your all. For some, it may be the end of your athletic career. Before you knew it, you were standing in an empty gym, staring up at the banners and thinking about the mark you left on your school, wondering where on earth the time went. Never again.

I’m telling you right now, you’re going to miss it all. Everything you’ve ever known. Those early mornings when you debate going to first hour because you really need those McDonald’s hash browns. The late nights driving home from practice, stopping for ice cream of course, ready for a late night of homework. Getting food on a whim with your friends. Endless fights with your siblings. Your favorite chips in the pantry. A fridge full of food. Coming home to and getting tackled by your dog. Driving around your hometown, passing the same sights you’ve seen every day for as long as you can remember. Hugs from your mom after a long day. Laughs with your dad. And that best friend of yours? You’re going to miss them more than anything. I’m telling you right now, nothing will ever be the same. Never again.

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Before you start packing your bags, slow down, take a deep breath, and look around. You’ve got it pretty good here. The end of your senior year can be the time of your life; it’s truly amazing. So go to the winter dance, go to Prom, spend Senior Skip Day with your classmates, go to every sporting event you can, while you still can. College is pretty great, but it’s the little things you’re gonna miss the most. Don’t take it for granted because soon, you’ll be standing in a packed gym in your cap and gown, wondering where the heck the time went. You’ve got a long, beautiful life ahead of you, full of joy but also full of challenges. You’re going to meet so many wonderful people, people who will treat you right and people who won’t.


So, take it all in. Be excited for the future and look forward to it, but be mindful of the present. You’ve got this.
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A Little Glimpse Into What It's Like To Grieve In Your 20s

Debunking the stigma behind grief in the everyday young adult

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A few days before last semester my little brother, Ethan, took his life. After years of him struggling to find his place in the world, he put his troubles and sorrows to rest. I had just moved into my sorority house to begin my Junior year, and a few days later I awakened late at night with several missed calls and messages. My dad texted me saying, "Ethan passed away Blair, dad is so sorry." When I first read the text, I had to keep reminding myself that it was real. Shortly after receiving that, my parents and family friends came to bring me home from school.

The next few days were filled with a roller coaster of emotions. I was reuniting with old friends and community members for days on end while we were all trying to understand the immense pain that my brother had felt. Soon, I went back to school because I knew that even in times of tragedy, life goes on. Above all else, I knew it's what my brother would have wanted. Being back at school is/was interesting. I felt like I was being judged by everyone for returning to school so early. I was in no way ready to discuss my family's recent tragedy, and I am still not ready to discuss it, yet people insist on asking for information regarding my brother's death. Despite this, the people around me continuously promised to support me when I was feeling sad or hopeless. The weeks after Ethan's death had me in a complete fog, making it hard to focus even to this day.

Fortunately, not many people have to deal with the death of a sibling at such a young age. Subsequently, many are not sure how to handle such a thing. I am often at a loss for words for what this experience feels like. Often times I feel bad that people don't know how to respond to me. Grief is something I would never wish upon someone.

Even on the days I feel alone, I know that there are people here to support me.

It means the world to me when people reach out and ask how I am doing, or to meet up with me for something as simple as ice cream. I appreciate this more than one knows.

On top of dealing with my brother's death I was dealing with rejection from a boy for the first time. Rejection of any kind is difficult, and is something everyone experiences in their life. Although I have felt rejection in many forms, especially being an aspiring actress, this was the first from a potential suiter. The loss of any friendship has been so hard after losing my brother. It has been hard to process other aspects of my life, and especially the crazy life of dating and being a 20-year-old in college. Moving on, and separating my grief from that rejection has been no easy feat.

As my semester was coming to a close, I ran into the boy I was interested in at a holiday party. This time of year had proven to be hard for me when I thought of the happy times spent with my brother during the holidays. That night was the first time I was unable to compose myself and put my best face forward being the actress I am. I couldn't hide my emotions anymore and I was overcome with grief. I had hit rock bottom. This journey has consisted of immeasurable self-doubt and soul searching.

Soon after the holiday party, I was told by someone who has been an authoritative figure to me, that "I was grieving weirdly" and that I "should go home for the rest of semester and take an incomplete". There were only two weeks left of the semester and my grades were great. I was so deeply offended by this notion, and that they had the audacity to judge the way I was grieving. I have been trying my best, and that is all that I can do. Despite this toxic conversation, I finished out the semester strong and took my well-deserved three-week break. My break was filled with much needed respite, creative inspiration, and time to collect my thoughts.

Coming back to school, I had an open conversation with my community on the reasonable steps they could take to support me in my journey for the rest of the school year. All someone that is grieving asks, is for you to sympathize with them. Thankfully, it was received well and I look forward to my upcoming semester.

There is often a stigma behind people who are actively grieving. Yes, I am going through a lot, yes, I am sad. But that doesn't mean I am incapable of loving life and experiencing things going on around me at school or in my life. This especially includes dating. I have learned that it is okay to embrace my feelings and express them in whatever way I deem fit. Grieving the loss of my brother has also made me stronger than ever. I can handle anything and I am ready to make my impact on the world.

Everyone experiences pain, struggle, grief, etc. What matters most, is how they come out of it. I want to continue the message of kindness. I am so grateful for my newfound bravery and at the end of the day, I will always miss my brother's unique perspective and outstanding sense of humor. If he were here today, first he'd probably roast me and then I know he would only want the best for me. In the end I plan to live my happiest life.

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