Your essential guide to the week ahead from Citizen Femme’s resident astrologer, Zana Wilberforce.
Make way for healing and closure this week as the sun slinks into Sagittarius this Saturday, 21 November. Mars continues to march forward and procrastination is pushed to the wayside, ensuring a slow and steady dose of clarity along the way.
Stuck in the city? As lockdown measures and social distancing roll on, where better to channel this newfound sense of headspace than a local park. Endless urban adventures abound among the tranquil meadows just a short walk from your WFH set-up. Enjoy a faux commute, the pleasurable act of looping around the River Seine just for the sake of it – or log off with a slow saunter amid the natural bounty of these much-loved metropolises.
Capricorn: Phoenix Park, Dublin
December 22 – January 19
Hibernation mode on as of this week, Cap. Your productive nature has a lot to do with a yearning to switch off from the world from time to time, far from civilisation if anyone’s asking. Phoenix Park in Dublin has a way of transporting visitors in this way, mainly from its vast size and scale across a 700-hectare patch of greenery. It’s enormous—bigger than all of London’s parks combined. Steeped in history, soulful solitude awaits among the glittering wetlands and 18th-century houses in this beautiful urban escape.
Aquarius: Hibiya Park, Tokyo
January 20 – February 18
Pay attention to balance and stress levels this Tuesday as communicator Mercury and disruptor Uranus oppose each other in your zones of work and play. Are you working just a tinge too much, Aquarius? Time to set work-life boundaries as Sagittarius season rolls in this Saturday. We can picture you amid the skyscrapers in Hibiya Park, Tokyo, bopping along the leafy pathways and seeking freedom in the great outdoors. Simultaneously fuel your fervency for mental stimulation wherever you are in the world with a podcast as company—the lengthier, the better.
Pisces: Mount Royal Park, Montreal
February 19 – March 20
Work is on the mind as the sun marches into Sagittarius and your ambitious tenth house on Saturday, 21 November. Mix up your WFH schedule with a fake commute in the early hours, any park-ish nook will do. For inspiration, Montreal’s Mount Royal Park has all the ingredients for a slow-paced morning jaunt. A tranquil meander with deliberate slowness might do the trick, cup of coffee in hand. Based elsewhere? Replicate Mount Royal’s spectacular views where possible and bookmark this one for a later date.
Aries: Regent’s Park, London
March 21 – April 19
The sun illuminates your adventurous ninth house for a month as from Saturday 21 November. As travel remains tricky for the moment, an urban adventure closer to home is the ticket. Hit up Regent’s Park for a pre- or post-work energy release in central London. It’s hard to believe that this 19th-century city park is just a short walk from the roaring traffic of Great Portland Street. Getting lost in the lofty grounds is all part of the adventure and is easily done amid the towering oaks and hidden pockets.
Taurus: Keukenhof, Lisse
April 20 – May 20
The sun slinks into Sagittarius and your eighth house of intimacy this Saturday, 21 November. You’re 100% already living in cashmere co-ords, aren’t you? For wellbeing purposes, setting aside time for a jolly loop around your local park has a way of resetting the mind. Seek out somewhere as striking as Keukenhof park in the Netherlands swathed in a sweeping display of flowerbeds. Come winter, carpets of snow contribute to the park’s silvery glow and that woodsy fragrance that comes with the scent of fallen snow on trees.
Gemini: Park Guell, Barcelona
May 21 – June 20
After a break in the realm of social activity, you’re seeking company as the sun soars into Sagittarius, shining a light on partnerships. Schedule a coffee catch-up and embark on an urban escape as animated as Park Güell, a colourful playground of distinct architecture and acres of tiled sculptures. Walkways and benches are dappled with mosaic formations designed by Antonio Gaudi, adding an artistic lilt to the start of your day.
Cancer: Iberapuera, Sao Paulo
June 21 – July 22
Time to kick unhealthy habits to the curb as the sun soars into Sagittarius and your sixth house of well-being on 21 November. As a homebody, this includes habitually sitting for hours on end while WFH and hibernating as winter sets sail. For a dose of armchair escapism, picture Ibirapuera park in São Paulo, an urban retreat in the heart of a buzzy metropolis. Take note of Burle Marx’s artful landscaping and follow unnamed streams to nowhere in particular. Now apply all of this to an urban escape closer to home.
Leo: Chapultepec, Mexico City
July 23 – August 22
The sun marches into Sagittarius and your playful fifth house for a month starting 21 November. Let all that energy run wild and free in a park as eclectic as Chapultepec. Once used as a recreational space for the Aztec emperors as far back as the 15th century, Chapultepec is Mexico city’s largest park now home to a roster of culture-rich activities. Anything could happen when a Leo’s involved—a jog could lead to a sporadic exhibition viewing or an accidental, elongated coffee break marvelling at one of the park’s outdoor art installations.
Virgo: Boboli Gardens, Florence
August 23 – September 22
You’re in holiday mode as the sun marches into Sagittarius this week and your domestic fourth house for a month. Instead of getting slumped, think to the rolling hills and meadows of your favourite park. As a sign that favours detail and organisation, you’re one to purposefully seek out the ancient sculptures and analyse them with deep intent, making Boboli Gardens in Florence an exemplar escape. The garden’s pristine lawns and neat hedges have a way of pacifying your ever-busy mind.
Libra: Fairmount Park, Philadelphia
September 23 – October 22
Chatty Mercury and innovator Uranus oppose each other this Tuesday, 17 November. Socialising would be your go-to fix under this duress, or a sultry staycation, but current lockdown procedures point to alternative fun: parks! Stuck in the city? A socially distanced mingle in a pleasant public space such as Fairmount Park has daycation energy all over it. There’s no getting bored with an eclectic mix of forested hiking trails that go on for miles upon miles, passing meandering meadows on the way.
Scorpio: Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris
October 23 – November 21
Located in the 6th arrondissement, Jardin du Luxembourg park was made for the flâneur-ing Scorpio deep in thought, marvelling at sculptures nestled in banks of hedges and mentally preparing poems in solitude. The greenery stretches some 55 acres between Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Latin Quarter. Scoot along the leafy promenades far removed from the surrounding urban landscape with a purposeful slowness. Take a meditative pit stop by the Medici Fountain in the northeast corner on a loop around the Palais du Luxembourg previously resided by the Royal Family.
Sagittarius: Englischer Garten, Munich
November 22 – December 21
Time to get proactive this week as the sun slinks into your sign this Saturday. With rigid lockdown parameters still in place, it’s also time to get creative in the realm of adventure. Eternally on the move, freedom-seeking Sag requires the outdoors on a philosophical level. Englischer in Munich offers beer gardens and beautifully manicured lawns for active strolls along the Schönfeld meadow. Standout features include a Japanese teahouse and a Chinese pagoda for riding out the wanderlust one park at a time.