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Swoonscopes: Make Like a Sagittarius and Leave the Comfort Zone Behind

I don't know about you, but I am done with being deep in my feelings. Quite frankly over them and over myself! I know it's counterintuitive because we're about to enter the dreary, dark winter season (except in the southern hemisphere, shout out to you folks) but Sagittarius season is about getting out of your house, and—even better—if you're able to, get out of your neighborhood, your town, even your country! Represented by the archer, if a Sagittarius had their way, they would string themselves up on their own bow and launch themselves far, far away from rules, restrictions, and the mundane.

Running from the third week of November to right before Christmas, Sagittarius season is all about interacting with the world (sorry, introverts—adjust as needed.) If Scorpio season was about looking inward, then Sagittarius season is all about facing outward. A fire sign, nevertheless Sags are downright thirsty for the unknown and to learn everything they can, ideally through travel. They're at their best when they're both mentally and physically stimulated, and can charm new people very easily with their breadth of knowledge and general joie de vivre vibes.

But just know that the love and friendship of a Sagittarius tends to be fleeting: Nothing scares them more than commitment and settling down. They don't mean to be flighty, though, and more importantly never pretend to be anything they're not (they value blunt honesty, sometimes to a tactless degree,) so they'll be upfront about their restless natures. The best advice to dealing with Sags can also, surprisingly, be found in the personal quotes section of a high school yearbook: Don't cry because it's over; smile because it happened!

So ask yourself this season, WWASD: What Would a Sagittarius Do? And the answer is: Push your boundaries and beyond them. Do something you've always wanted to do but haven't due to your own fears and comforts. Or if "doing" isn't your thing, learn something new! Whether it's a new subject or hobby, this is the time to take it up. So channel your inner Jane Austen, Nicki Minaj, or Britney Spears (all spectacular Sags) and get to it!

Below are some books with characters who may inspire you to harness that fiery energy.

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Rogue Princess by B.R. Myers

Princess Delia knows her duty: She's supposed to marry a fellow royal, and thus, secure the future of her failing planet. But she secretly longs to be free, to find love and live on her own terms. She then takes "jet-setting" to a completely different level when she throws caution and duty to the wind, and steals a spaceship to avoid her impending marriage. Things get complicated when she finds out that she's not alone on said spaceship, and has instead picked up a handsome stowaway, who has motives of his own for being there.

The two couldn't be more different, but they have to find a way to work together when they accidentally uncover a plot that could destroy their struggling planet for good. Delia is strong-willed and independent, and prefers to do things on her own terms—a Sag through-and-through! Make sure you catch this epic space-romance when it comes out January 21st.

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All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace

Unlike Delia, Princess Amora of Visidia is obsessed with her duty. Raised from a young age to train in the most dangerous type of magic, Amora finds herself bewildered and bereft when everything at an important magical ceremony goes terribly wrong. She unwillingly becomes a royal on the run, and with the help of new friends—including her fiancé, a roguish pirate, and a vicious mermaid—must figure out how to reclaim her throne. Amora must also come to terms with the belief systems upon which her kingdom is based, and if she is going to continue in the old ways, or create a kingdom of her own.

The world of Visidia is based upon a world of choice—different types of magic correspond with different parts of the kingdom, and people are able to choose their own path and move freely to where they feel they belong. Throughout this thrilling fantasy, Amora, who perhaps is the only person in Visidia with the least amount of control over her own life, must figure out how to balance what she needs to do for her kingdom, versus what she wants as a person. Check it out when it publishes on February 4th!

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The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett

In 1937, Theodora is not considered to be your typical lady. She's read every book in her father's extensive library, has impressive historic and archaeological knowledge, and her dream is to travel the world with her treasure-hunting father. Unfortunately, her father won't let her, and instead his treasure-hunting-partner-in-crime is Huck, a young man (ugh) who also happens to be Theodora's ex (UGH!).

But when Theodora's father goes missing, Huck needs her help, and armed with her father's journal and her wits, the duo embark on a cross-continental adventure from Istanbul to Romania to find him and uncover the truth behind what he was seeking—a ring rumored to have belonged to Vlad the Impaler (better known as The OG vampire, Dracula.) They're not the only ones looking for the supposedly-magical treasure, however, and will have to find the ring, and her father, before their sinister rivals do.

Follow ambitious, adventurous Theodora on her adventure of a lifetime, as she uses her love of knowledge to help save the day!

Have your fun now, because before you know it I'll be back to discuss the ambitious, workhorse Capricorn season!

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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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