An Aquarius’ perfect morning would drive a Scorpio mad. Astrologer Anne Ortelee has tips on how to create an a.m. routine that fits perfectly with your sign.
Aries – March 21 to April 19
Your sign in the morning: You leap out of bed ready to take on the day. You’re speedy and like to fit as much into the a.m. hours as you can. You also like to do something invigorating first thing in the morning that signals the day has begun.
Your ideal routine: High-energy and deliberate. Pick an activity that gets your blood flowing—many Aries prefer a morning workout (find the best workout for your sign here) to be perfect. Sex isn’t a bad choice, either. A grab-and-go breakfast is best—taking the time to sit down and eat it isn’t your thing. You don’t take long to get dressed, so there’s no need to pad your morning with extra time. Once you’re showered, it’s off to the races (aka work).
taurus morning routine
Taurus – April 20 to May 20
Your sign in the morning: You don’t want to talk to anyone—at least not until you’ve had some coffee. You need space, you don’t like to be rushed and you’re not exactly fast-moving in the morning. Too much stimuli can feel overwhelming before you’re fully awake and ready for it.
Your ideal routine: Slow, easy and mellow. Taurus feel their best when they know they look good walking out the door, so don’t rush that process. Listening to instrumental music (rather than to top 40s or watching a morning TV program) while you’re getting ready can be soothing. Morning exercise is not for you—fit it in after work instead.
Gemini – May 21 to June 20
Your sign in the morning: A Chatty Cathy. You’re the quintessential morning person—you want to talk and be talked to. You also want to know what’s happening on social media as soon as you wake up.
Your ideal routine: Super-social. Morning is your best time to check in with family and friends, whether it’s a phone call or a Facebook message. (Be sure to check Twitter and Instagram, too). You could also make a standing a.m. commitment with an exercise buddy (social creature plus morning person equals unlikely to miss an early workout date).
Cancer – June 21 to July 22
Your sign in the morning: You don’t relish getting out of bed, but once you’re up, you’re focused on others (Cancer is a nurturing sign). You like to spend time on self-care, too, and you enjoy the process of getting ready. Cancers also like quiet in the morning.
Your ideal routine: One that includes caring for yourself and for others. Start with a long shower or bath (you’re a water sign, after all) before shifting your focus to those around you. Make the family breakfast, bring your significant other some coffee or send a text to see if that friend who’s planning a housewarming party needs any help.
leo morning routine
Leo – July 23 to August 22
Your sign in the morning: Let’s just say that morning is not your time to shine. It’s hard for you to wake up, and once you do, you can be a bit grumpy. You’re pretty set in your ways, but once you get through your routine and start to feel human, shades of Leos’ fun, creative side start to emerge.
Your ideal routine: Quiet and controlled. You get thrown off by unexpected snafus; so, if you, say, share a bathroom with someone whose own routine is inconsistent, set a morning schedule so you don’t wake up to find they’re in the shower at the time you usually brush your teeth. Since you’re not a fast mover in the morning, make sure you allow yourself time to get up and out the door.
Virgo – August 23 to September 22
Your sign in the morning: You’re a creature of habit, so your mornings are likely pretty similar, day in and day out. You wake up ready to get to work, whether it’s on actual office work or on a project around the house.
Your ideal routine: Goal-oriented. Scheduling morning workouts fits with your motivated morning persona, as does checking off household tasks like taking out the garbage or chipping away at an organizational project. Try not to hurry, but be deliberate with your time. And leave plenty of it for showering—Virgos love a long shower.
Libra – September 23 to October 22
Your sign in the morning: You’re all about the people in your life from the moment you wake up. Libras don’t do anything in a scramble, even in the morning, and like to look their best.
Your ideal routine: Equal parts self- and others-oriented. You like to spend time putting together an outfit and getting your hair and makeup right, so you’re unlikely to bury your head under the pillow when the alarm chirps. Because Libras also enjoy putting a lot of energy into their relationships, do something nice for your partner or a friend in the morning, whether it’s making them coffee or writing a sweet note. You’re energized by other people, so scheduling a quick catch-up call with a faraway friend or family member is also a great idea.
Scorpio – October 23 to November 21
Your sign in the morning: You’re an information seeker and love digging into the day’s news first thing. You’re also not one to dilly-dally.
Your ideal routine: All about bettering your mind and your body. You’re built for morning exercise (the sweatier the better), but since you prefer not to talk to people in the morning, make it a solo gym date. Afterward, spend time not just checking the headlines but actually reading the newspapers that, as a news junkie, we know you subscribe to.
Sagittarius – November 22 to December 21
Your sign in the morning: You’ve never used the snooze button and you tend to wake up with a vision of what you want to accomplish. Work proposal looming over you, or a novel you’re writing on the side? You’ll get up at four a.m. to do it. You’re also the type to get multiple things checked off your to-do list before work.
Your ideal routine: Purposeful. Wake up early, exercise (another benefit of being a morning person is that a.m. workouts aren’t a struggle), then spend time working on well, work, or a personal project. You’re mission-driven, so we’re not talking about putting away dishes or balancing your checkbook. Think bigger than that. Learn a new language, plan a far-flung trip—something that you’ll wake up excited to dive into.
Capricorn – December 22 to January 19
Your sign in the morning: You’re not bounding out of bed, but you also don’t hit snooze. Capricorns will get up at the same time very single day and have a specific order to their actions that they don’t deviate from. They’re also a fan of the work “uniform,” wearing similar outfits every day.
Your ideal routine: Orderly with a side of chores. Your disciplined nature means you like accomplishing things before you leave the house for the day, and because you’ve got a formula for dressing, you have plenty of time to get things done.
Aquarius – January 20 to February 18
Your sign in the morning: Unpredictable. Aquarians don’t like being told what to do and have difficulty sticking to routines, so it’s rare that two mornings are alike. You do, however, always like to know what’s going on in the world, so you enjoy talking to people and catching up on what happened while you were sleeping.
Your ideal routine: Whatever feels right. You might criticize yourself for not being able to stick to a consistent plan, but the reality is it’s probably not going to happen. If you want to get up early and work out, great. If today feels like a morning to sleep as long as you can without being late for work, do that. Either way, make time for activities like checking your favorite news sites and texting friends about making plans for the evening.
Pisces – February 19 to March 20
Your sign in the morning: Wishing you were still asleep. Pisces is the dream sign, and you’d stay in bed all day if you could. Once you do get up, you don’t like to be rushed. You need to feel comfortable to start your day on a good foot.
Your ideal routine: Cozy and calm. If times allows, take your coffee and breakfast back to bed, and read while you eat (the more blankets the better—you like to be comfy). Once you’re done, take a long shower and get ready for the day. The key here is getting up early enough to do all of this.