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Swoonscopes: Channel Pisces and Prioritize Self-Care

You know what can be draining? Fighting institutions and the systems that have them in place. Revolutions are hard, y'all. Trying to take care of everyone else can certainly be very rewarding, but don't forget to take care of yourself! Self-care isn't just a phrase that began with pure intentions that was then taken up and convoluted by capitalism (ahem. I digress. I learned a lot during Aquarius season) but something that each individual should figure out what that means to them and be mindful of it, especially after using a lot of energy helping others. The astrological calendar ebbs and flows between the external and the internal, the world and ourselves, and Pisces season? It's coming back around to us.

That's what Pisces season is all about: As the very end of the astrological calendar, Pisces season encourages us to take stock of what we've learned, how we feel, and who we are now. Get in touch with the softness, the core of who you are, and listen to what it tells you. Deeds are wonderful, but constant action can leave people feeling detached. By connecting back to yourself, you can connect to the world in which you've spent so much time trying to explore, to better.

"All of my kindness," Rihanna (a Pisces) once sang, "is taken for weakness." Some foolish people might say that softness of Pisces make them weak, but why beat around the bush? Those people are Dead. Wrong. If each astrological sign is supposed to teach you a lesson, then Pisces is the culmination of all those lessons, all of those emotions and actions and focuses. Both a burden and a blessing, Pisces holds them all within themselves, and encourages us to find a way forward with everything we've learned. The last of the water signs (the other two being Cancer and Scorpio,) Pisces season runs from the middle of February to the middle of March, bringing winter to a close as well.

Feeling and living with a spectrum of emotions is the strongest thing anyone can do, and that's why Pisces is at the very end, the strong finish, the dynamic closer. Emulate that energy, that care, of a Pisces. Write in your journal, read some poetry, do things that delight and revive you—and get ready to start again. These books can also help get you there:

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The Shortest Distance Between Love & Hate by Sandy Hall

Paisley is really pumped to start college (big mood, high school sucks.) She's ready to be independent and try new things, like go to a college party and make out with a hot guy. Too bad said hot guy actually is her old middle school bully.

Well, it's too late to take back that kiss, but she can certainly make sure that no more kisses happen! Avoidance here is key. Or, well, it would be, anyway, if Carter weren't in three of her classes and the same work study. Rethinking this whole college thing seems preferable to actually giving this guy a chance.

You know what they say—there's a thin line between love and hate, and that line is as thin as tightrope for Paisley and Carter. Who can resist enemies to lovers? Not me! And you shouldn't, either.

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Bloom by Kevin Panetta and Savanna Ganucheau

This sweet graphic novel follows Ari, a newly graduated high schooler who desperately wants to escape his small beach town and overbearing parents and live in the city with his friends and bandmates. When interviewing for his replacement he meets the older, sweet, culinary student Hector who loves baking as much as Ari hates it. As Ari shows Hector the ropes around the bakery, an attraction blooms between them, but will these two people, who are at different places in life with different goals, be able to make it work?

This adorable coming of age story, with its gorgeous artwork and fun characters, will have you falling in love right alongside Hector and Ari. *dreamy sigh* Oh, Bloom, how I love you. If you like gays in space, then you'll love gays who bake! (If you know, you know.)

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The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Natasha is all about science and cold, hard facts. She doesn't believe in fate, destiny, or dreams that don't come true, especially not when her family is about to be deported to Jamaica. And nothing, not even a sweet boy who she has the cutest of meet-cutes with on the subway, will change that, no matter what he might think about it.

Daniel is the dreamer, the poet, the soft, tender boy who sees Natasha and falls head over heels. When Daniel tags along to spend the day with Natasha, each moment—each small destiny—is spread out before them. Which will they take? And does that mean they belong together?

This book wrecked me in every way. Like a Pisces, I truly felt every emotion while reading it: joy, sadness, anger, and everything in between. It's smart, it's adorable, and if you haven't read it, you should!

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Melissa C.

School & Library marketer by day. Hockey fan & tarot card reader by night. Scorpio all the time.

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