The word obsession comes from the Latin observe “besieging,” and appropriate as a real obsession, can feel like you’re surrounded with no way to escape.
It wasn’t until the early 20th century that obsession was given the psychological definition of “an idea or image that creeps into a person’s mind against their will.”
For many of us, that idea or image takes the form of another person, whom we want to sleep with or kill or both, as was the case for the Sagittarius poet Rainer Maria Rilke who wrote, if not the book, the poem par excellence on obsession:
“Turn off my eyes, I will continue to see you.
Close my ears, I will continue to hear you.
And without feet, I can make my way to you,
without a mouth, I can swear your name.
Break my arms, I’ll grab you
with my heart as with a hand.
Stop my heart and my brain will start beating.
And if you consume my brain with fire,
I will feel you burning in every drop of my blood.
Whoosh, RMR, intense stuff but I’ll take hot blood and gooey eyes from a ‘WYD’ text any day.
Beyond people, our obsessions can range from the mundane (dental health) to the maniacal (popularity). Read on to find out which obsession besieges each zodiac sign.
Discounted/self-appeasement adornments with shopping
Taurus rules the second house of values and self-esteem, and therefore Taurus people often confuse the two. Ruled by Venus, planet of pleasure and possessions, they get the first of the second and can’t pass up a flash sale or discount on high-end products. I don’t know a single Taurus who doesn’t scroll through a sales section when they’re feeling down. What they buy varies from bull to bull, but the act of appeasement through buying or intent to buy extends to everyone who belongs to those pastures.
Like food poisoning and orgasms, Gemini type obsessions are brief but intense. Always connected to information of all kinds (state secrets or dirty gossip), they are obsessed with the exchange of ideas, the possibility of connection and the luminous beacon of their mobile phone.
Cancer, who rules the fourth house of hearth and ancestry, is predisposed to an obsession with the past. The most nostalgic sign of the zodiac, they feel called to places they’ve never been, people they’ve never met, and times before they were born. There’s a masochistic melancholy to it all, stitched together with the belief that things were better back then or that they would have felt more comfortable in centurion armor or Victorian lace. According to her story, Indiana Jones is a Cancer sun.
Sometimes this appeal to the past is closer to the present, as Cancers are known to look longingly at their childhoods or romantic histories with an obsessive, obscuring lens. The particular era in which their obsession culminates depends on the cancer in question, but there will be an unequivocal longing for lost love, analog modalities, quality craftsmanship, and bygone eras.
To be hypemen
Leo gets the lion’s share of shadow for being self-obsessed and sometimes the derogatory turns out to be true, but these mane shakers have infatuations beyond them. Notably, Leos are obsessed with being hype men to the people around them, inspiring them to believe in their own greatness and act in accordance with it. Leos are also obsessed with karaoke, sporting events, choreographed dance routines, piñatas, bouncy houses, frozen ice cream, and anything that oxygenates the carnival heart of their inner child.
Virgo rules the guts and the sixth house of service. Meticulous by nature, these mutable earth signs are low-key, obsessed with fine-tuning and keeping their bodily forms working smoothly. Again, the type of obsession depends on Virgo but I’ve known one who spends the sum of a mid-range sedan on sound therapy and Mercury amalgam removal, one who dedicates herself to intermittent fasting , vaginal steam and cryotherapy and another who swears by a combination of antiparasitic cleansings, saunas and tobacco grown in compost and her own menstrual blood.
Libra is the sign of partnership, and they like to try out that perspective with almost everyone they meet. Ruled by Venus, that obscene slut with loose dresses and a honey tongue, non-committal flirting is a Libra’s birthright. Obsessed with both likability and making others feel special/comfortable, Libras are more flat and tawny as a way to indulge themselves and keep their charm honed.
Scorpio rules the eighth house of sex, death, and secrets and scorpios love to dig into the dark matter of this trinity. This sign is closely associated with psychology and investigative research and Scorpios are driven by an obsessive need to discover and understand the motivations of others and to shed light on what has been buried; body, lies and others.
Youth/Stay young at heart
Sagittarius is big big kid energy, ruled by drunken Uncle Jupiter, they’re pie in the sky, buy the ticket, get the ride, Peter Pan types. As such, they have an obsession with looking and feeling young. We see this expressed in Jane Fonda, a workaholic and octogenarian smoke show.
Their obsession with youth extends to how they approach ideologies and causes; including embracing and going strong like an inflexible teenager with a poster of Che Guevara on his wall. Another hallmark of their youthful spirit is Sagittarians’ need to feel free, and they will often put themselves in unusual, even dangerous, circumstances in order to experience the thrill of the unknown and the tingles of recklessness.
To be the best
Capricorn is represented by the tough scrabble sea goat, always trying to fight their way to the top of the mountain and as any Cape will tell you, there is only enough space for a solo act at the top. Virgos are often the sign most associated with punitive perfectionism, but it’s truly Capricorn who is obsessed with being the best. Due to their intense trust issues, Capricorns do not seek this validation outside of themselves but rather use their internal barometer of excellence to determine if and when they have reached their own peak.
Aquarius is a fixed air sign that makes their obsessions vast and deep-rooted. Ruled by lightning in a bottle, structured Uranus and Saturn, their obsession is to create or be what has never been before. We all benefit from the obsessive inventiveness of water carriers, looking at you Galileo Galilei, Robert Boyle, Thomas Edison, Charles Darwin, Henry M. Leland and Clyde Tombaugh. Without their strange fascinations, we would be without electricity, without knowledge of the planet Pluto, without the theory of evolution and without the gift of heavy metal that is the V8 engine.
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Pisces is ruled by Neptune, planet of the invisible, the fantastic and the illusion. It is the sign associated with the liminal spaces and the unconscious. Consequently, the natives are obsessed with esotericism; ghosts, aliens, secret societies, divination, etc. Pisces are predisposed to suspend reality and belief, making them prime supplicants of mysticism, magic, and the unexplained. These qualities also predispose them to a rich fantasy life which, when applied to a mediocre or unrequited romantic partner, can quickly turn into a love obsession.
Aries is the first sign of the zodiac and emerges from the womb with an ax in hand and a trail to ignite. They are obsessed with novelty in its myriad forms; technology, a crush’s first flush, a full tank of gas, the smell of fresh blood and daffodils just popping up. They exist to move on, to move through the world drinking in experiences and spitting out joy and newness, that’s what makes their nips hard and their boots on.
Astrologer Reda Wigle irreverently researches and reports on planetary configurations and their effects on each sign of the zodiac. His horoscopes incorporate history, poetry, pop culture and personal experience. She is also an accomplished writer who has profiled a variety of artists and performers, and chronicled her experiences extensively while traveling. Among the many fascinating topics she’s covered are graveyard etiquette, her love for neighborhood bars, Cuban Airbnbs, a ‘girls guide’ to strip clubs and the ‘weirdest’ foods. available abroad.
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