Contributed by Lisa Stardust
If you’ve ever wondered what your dog might be thinking and feeling, the stars can help guide us to understand our canine friends on a deeper level.
I’ve studied the zodiac for over a decade as an astrologer and cosmic writer, and have contributed to publications and websites such as Teen Vogue, The Hoodwitch, Cosmopolitan, and O, Oprah Magazine, offering readers a closer look at what the stars have in store for them.
But astrology isn’t just for humans; the same celestial rules apply to animals and our pets, and over the years I’ve read star and birth charts for dogs and cats to help nurture a better cosmic conversation between pets and their owners.
I wrote these horoscopes for Rover‘s dog-loving community to discover more celestial clarity about their pup, and to provide insight into the role pet parents play in their dogs’ lives. But broadly speaking, they’re really written for your dog; so while they can’t read them, they’re written in “dog person,” to reflect their point of view.
I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them, and embrace a new year full of renewed purpose and adventure with your pup.
Aries (March 21-April 19)
This year you’re thinking of letting loose and being more social; the fact is, you need the socialization and activity as much as your mom/dad does. It’ll boost your self-esteem and get your mom/dad off their iPhone, because they need to remember you’re the real, best distraction (and unlike a device, you can’t be replaced). With your dogged but gentle insistence to get outside more, you’ll be playing frisbee like the good old days.
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
You aren’t crazy about your owner’s new flame which is adding stress to how you communicate with them both. To be honest, you think your owner can do better, and have an idea to make a match, Parent Trap-style, with a more suitable partner (at least, in your opinion). The caveat is that your best intentions may cause drama at home that could cause you even more distress. So, while all’s fair in love and war, when it comes to the happiness of your mom or dad, be cautious and remember to keep your friends close and your enemies closer.
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
Geminis are prone to anxiety, which is even worse for dogs with all your senses on high alert all the time. This year is an opportunity to zen out. After all, last year you really went for it chasing wildlife and barking at strangers, and you could stand to refocus and restore. Try meditating at home, or insist that your owner take you to one of those dog or cat yoga classes. This year, you really need to focus on you. With the right attitude and focus, you’ll soon see the results of your “no stress, no mess” mantra this year.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
The roles have reversed at home and you’re quickly learning that you run the household. While this awareness would make any other dog more high maintenance, you’re more level-headed. As long as mom or dad remembers your favorite jerky at the store and takes you for long, regular walks, your needs are covered. You have to good sense to know there’s no need to be unreasonably demanding when things are going your way just fine.
Leo (July 23-August 22)
You have energy to burn and are feeling extra rambunctious this year. The problem is, while you’re in the mood to play fetch 24/7, your owner wants to order pizza and veg out with Netflix. Relationships take compromise and this one isn’t any different. While the art of subtlety can be hard for dogs, you should work at it this year; it’s easier and more effective to get the point across with a heavy sigh and vacant stare out the window than obvious hint-dropping, like chewing mom’s slippers or barking at the door.
Virgo (August 23-September 22)
Virgo, you’re on the brink of a creative breakthrough. You may accidentally create a masterpiece after giving your favorite chew toy a gnaw, which will encourage you to make more as a result. Experiment with your artistic style (chewing, gnawing, nibbling) to make a sculpture that your owner will show off to all their friends—as well as the owners of your dog pack. This will heighten your confidence and allow your talents to be truly seen by others, which may result in more opportunities for you to express your vivid personality.
Libra (September 23-October 22)
You’ve been through a lot with your owner—every heartbreak, let down, promotion, and crush—which is why you’re extra protective of them. While you may disagree with some of their life choices in 2020 (like a certain reunion with a certain ex you cannot stand), it’s important that you remain faithfully by their side (it’s your job, after all). Yet even through it all, it’s important to establish boundaries. Instead of sleeping at the foot of the bed, stretch out in the living room from time to time. Everyone needs space, and Libra dog, this means you, too.
Scorpio (October 23-November 21)
Yes, it’s true, you don’t hold it in, barking your mind and heart out for all to hear instead of bottling it up. The good news is that these emotional outbursts may yield positive results, because if your mom or dad is paying any attention, they’ll see they need to be paying more of it to you, and less to the extraneous drama in their personal life. And if speaking your mind can help encourage your parents to change their theatrical ways (and pay more attention to you), then you are barking up the right tree.
Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)
You’re a real wild one, aren’t ya? You enjoy running off-leash and doggy paddling through the waves of the ocean, which is why you may feel as though your free-loving spirit is being compromised this year when your owner starts a relationship with a human who threatens to cramp your style. But before you engage in sabotage, chewing through shoes and peeing on stuff, try to make nice with everybody. You’ll find that you can eat more Greenies and get more pets with honey than vinegar.
Capricorn (December 22-January 19)
2019 wasn’t the best year for you. In fact, it crushed your ego and made you feel unseen and ignored by your fellow canines. This year, no more sniffing leaves on the sidelines and hiding under park benches: it’s time for you to get your confidence back. If that means standing up for yourself and being barky or insistent, that’s OK. You should never compromise your true spirit, especially when yours is illuminated with kindness and sensitivity, which the world needs now more than ever. By the end of 2020, you’ll feel full of life and more self-assured, the biggest promise of the new year for you, and a boon for everyone around you, too.
Aquarius (January 20-February 18)
It’s been a long time since you’ve let your walker take you to the park where the “incident” occurred that one time. You’ve been hiding out and rebuilding your confidence, considering future moves. This year, you’re ready to reclaim your position as top pup of the pack at the dog park. You’re stronger now, wiser, more self-assured, and ready to rejoin the party. Take your place at the table, and watch how everyone welcomes you back.
Pisces (February 19-March 20)
Moving homes is hard for humans, which is why your owner will sympathize with your uncertainties of acclimating to a new ‘hood and show you a lot of patience. So take your time and get used to your new surroundings. Before long, you’ll meet some cool pooches who’ll show you around and welcome you to the pack. Show your gratitude for all the kindness and be a mirror of that to others buy letting your humor and good nature shine.