The astrological calendar sets its new year on the northern hemisphere’s spring equinox (March 21), when the sun crosses the equator and inches north. For the occasion, we speak to Pia Lehmann, who boasts arguably one of the coolest jobs in travel as the staff astrologer at the boutique (and astrology-themed) Ultimo Hotel in Sydney’s Chinatown neighborhood.
With more than 25 years of professional experience as an astrologer, Lehmann also played travel agent at American Way’s request, offering a unique destination-based horoscope for each of the 12 star signs. From lavish Caribbean cruises to a quiet Shinto temple walk in Japan, Lehmann suggests travel ideas for every sun sign (which is determined by the day you were born and said to represent the core of a person’s personality).
For a more in-depth reading of one’s planetary placements, expectant travelers can schedule a reading with Lehmann online and at the Ultimo Hotel.
Aries (March 21–April 19)
Go whitewater rafting in the Grand Canyon
The first sign of the zodiac, Aries are “competitive and want to be first,” Lehmann says. For the rambunctious rams’ next trip, she suggests choosing a location that will elevate adrenaline levels. “It’s not so much about the destination but the action: mountain climbing, sky diving or even a hot-air balloon ride—depending on the age and ability of the person,” she says. “They also like nature and being in the wild.” For those reasons, Lehmann believes a thrilling whitewater rafting trip to the Grand Canyon is in order. “Aries want to pioneer!” she exclaims. “They want to do things!”
Taurus (April 20–May 20)
Cruise the Caribbean
Taurus is ruled by the sensual planet Venus, which Lehmann explains accounts for their appreciation of “comfort and good food.” While social distancing guidelines might have crimped the bull’s flamboyant style, Lehmann says “after this past year [Taurus] are going to feel they need a well-deserved rest and to indulge.” For this, she suggests a cruise across the Caribbean with heaping plates of food and many rounds of piña coladas. Whereas Aries is seeking an action-packed trip, Taurus is looking to relax—but also new experiences. “Based on a conjunction with Uranus in the next few years, I’d tell [Taurus] to be open to adopting change and do something they never tried before—something out of their comfort zone.”
Gemini (May 21–June 20)
This quick-witted air sign cringes at routine and repetition. “Geminis are curious and want to know many things but do not dwell on anything for too long,” Lehmann says. “They like variety.” Ruled by Mercury, Geminis are intellectual, inquisitive and communicative. “Typically, I’d recommend [Geminis] visit a bustling city like New York for a weekend: museums by day, cocktail bars by night,” Lehmann says. However, she also thinks visiting a multifaceted natural destination could be interesting and grounding for the twin sign. “Patagonia offers a lot of interesting natural wonders,” she says. “Mountains, glaciers, fjords, forests—there’s so much to do and see, [Geminis] won’t ever have to do the same thing twice.”
Cancer (June 21–July 22)
Stay at a cozy family-run inn in the Swiss Alps
The sign of the Crab is known for being intuitive, sentimental and tending to their home. The latter can make leaving to travel somewhere new seem daunting. But Lehmann explains that Cancers “want to go somewhere cozy, where there is atmosphere.” She recommends “idyllic quarters for resting, somewhere rustic and homey: think cushions, pillows, fireplaces, flowers, gardens.” Lehmann recommends a quaint town in the Swiss Alps. “I envision [Cancers] at a mountain village in Europe and staying in a family-run inn, where the food is delicious.”
Leo (July 23–August 22)
Party in Ibiza
Represented by the lion and ruled by the sun, Leos are passionate, dramatic and thrive in the spotlight. “They like to party—they’re the life of the party,” Lehmann says. “It’s less about seeing others, but having others see them.” Lehmann thinks “Ibiza would be perfect” for the spirited fire sign, and that they’d especially enjoy the clubbing scene and boho-glam style of the island.
Virgo (August 23–September 22)
Stay at a yoga retreat in Costa Rica
This earth sign is represented by the goddess of agriculture, and is known for being diligent, consistent and, at times, a perfectionist. They’re practical and organized and don’t like leaving anything up to chance, which can make traveling somewhat stressful for this mercurial sign. “Virgo is all about health,” Lehmann says, suggesting a visit to “a health resort, or better yet, a yoga retreat.” According to Lehmann, a yoga retreat in a beautiful location like Costa Rica will pander to Virgo’s perfectionism and love of healthy, sustainable foods.
Libra (September 23–October 22)
Take a friends’ trip to Napa Valley
This sign is all about cooperation, balance and intellect. “Libra is very interested in art and being social,” Lehmann explains. “Libra likes to make connections with many people.” It’s less about indulgence and more about the sharing of thoughts and ideas. Lehmann suggests Libra take a trip to Napa Valley with friends, having meaningful conversations over glasses of wine and losing track of time.
Scorpio (October 23–November 21)
Go on a Shinto temple pilgrimage in Japan
Known for being intense yet somewhat mysterious, Scorpios “want to dig deep, don’t take things at surface value and are desperate to know why, why, why,” Lehmann says. She recommends a longer trip for this truth-seeking water sign. “Scorpio will also be touched with all these planets in Aquarius at some point this year or next to form a square,” explains Lehmann of some of the upcoming planetary tension in the sign. She recommends a spiritual trip, such as the Shikoku Pilgrimage to visit 88 temples associated with the Buddhist monk Kūkai. “It’s not about the buildings,” Lehmann says. “For Scorpios, it’s about the philosophy and the religion.”
Sagittarius (November 22–December 21)
Traverse the Silk Road
This enthusiastic fire sign is all about “travel, travel, travel,” says Lehmann. Ruled by Jupiter (the planet of luck), Sagittarius are curious and want to learn about the world. “They’re interested in cultures and other ways of life,” Lehmann says. “I recommend they take a trip following the Silk Road where they can encounter many cultures and different kinds of people.” This sign doesn’t scare easily, so Lehmann says she wouldn’t be surprised if Sagittarius takes this multi-destination journey solo. “They’re very exaggerated, do everything over the top, and are optimistic and don’t see danger,” she says. “They wouldn’t be afraid to go on a solo trip.”
Capricorn (December 22–January 19)
Stay in a Scottish castle
Known for their professionalism and self-control, this earth sign values tradition and an established way of doing things—which made social distancing recommendations especially difficult to endure. “They were also hammered with all the Capricorn planets going over, so they deserve a bit of a break,” Lehmann says. She suggests rattled Capricorns stay in a Scottish castle. “Capricorn likes old tradition, but it’s not about staying in the most expensive castle. [It’s about] the legacy and history of the place,” Lehmann explains.
Aquarius (January 20–February 18)
Explore Seoul, South Korea
This progressive air sign is known for its independent streak and desire to improve society as a whole. Whereas Capricorn appreciates tradition, Lehmann says “Aquarius is all about the future—they don’t want the status quo, they want to throw it all out!” She suggests a visit to the neon-hued technology epicenter that is Seoul, South Korea. “All the gadgets and technology there will activate [Aquarius'] senses,” Lehmann says. “They need to get in contact with the latest technology.”
Pisces (February 19–March 20)
Romantic getaway to Hawaii
For this dreamy and romantic water sign, Lehmann recommends an equally dreamy and romantic vacation. “At the moment, we have two or three planets in Pisces so it’s a very romantic time,” Lehmann says. She suggests an intimate getaway. “Any honeymoon destination will do,” she says. “But I don’t want them anywhere too crowded. It should also be a romantic setting.” Think palm-lined beaches and the white-capped waves of Hawaii. “Definitely bring someone with you,” Lehmann says, “If you travel alone, [Pisces] will meet someone there.”