August 23 – September 22: “A year older, a year wiser” is your mantra this birthday season. Things are looking up in at least one area of your life, so keep your chin up and mind open. Words of wisdom from a more mature companion may come to you too. Growth can be less stressful than it currently is. Move with the current to get to where you want to be and seek out watery locales—how about visiting the Naka River in Fukuoka?
September 23 – October 22: Move away from stagnant energy this month. Draw from your inner resolution to let things go. Clarity is a key part of the process — spend time in expansive spaces to find your groove. A visit to Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures outside of Sydney could do the trick.
October 23 – November 21: Abundance is on the horizon—move forward with clarity and patience. Self-moderation may be quite important at this time, and getting grounded is the way to go. You can even do that afloat in Ha Long Bay outside of Hanoi, via an overnight, private boat stay.
November 22 – December 21: Confused by a situation? Lean on your intuition. You can also bounce ideas with a companion, who can be honest and objective. Perhaps it’s time for a trip with the best friend to inspiring spaces. Shanghai, with its new art hubs like Tank Shanghai, is the place to be.
December 22 – January 19: You might be mentally tired over an inner issue or romantic relationship. The way out of the slump is through reflection, release and pragmatism. Seek the structure you like in all that you do. If you need a reboot, make plans to go someplace you’ve never been before.
January 20 – February 18: The month sees you moving on quickly from a difficult situation. Feel through the hurt and then get yourself together. Seek out kindred spirits—people who can chat with you about everything from existentialism to humanitarian efforts—to keep things light.
February 19 – March 20: You’re entering the month on a high note—some things may seem to be moving fast, in a positive way. You could find this period to be extra captivating or inspiring, as you flow where the tides take you. Now’s the time to take those travel options off the back burner.
March 21 – April 19: There’s excitement and optimism in the air—you’re coming upon great news or a fresh start. Ride this wave of positivity—your instincts and impulses may be one and the same. Tick something big off your bucket list!
April 20 – May 20: There’s just one word to describe your month ahead: harmonious. You’re standing solidly in joy and stability and this could rub off on people. Run with this and go on a celebratory trip with your closest companions.
May 21 – June 20: It should be clear by now that you have all the tools you need to achieve your goals. If this isn’t the case, you will be reminded to reflect on your abilities and limitations before forging ahead. Connect with your inner self through a meditative task.
June 21 – July 22: Your methodical efforts are about to pay off. Your faith in a desired outcome is leading you to more personal fulfillment. It’s important now to stay calm and on track. Retreat into your own space for a while and take a solo trip to a big city like Seoul.
July 23 – August 22: There seems to be an expansion in your emotional bandwidth, and this could apply to at least one relationship in your life. Exercise self-love and patience with yourself while you evolve, and know that these positive changes may be keenly felt by those around you.
Illustrations by Jovan de Ocampo. // For entertainment purposes only—take what resonates! Hop on IG or extended versions of these readings: @sophiaanddirk
This article first appeared in the August 2019 issue of Smile magazine.