Who doesn't love a little alone time? It's perfect for indulging in a guilty pleasure -- so what's yours? Some guilty pleasures are universal -- eating an entire pint of ice cream, or spending a few idle minutes popping bubble
wrap. But for every horoscope sign, there is a tailor-made time
waster designed to give you peace of mind:
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
As a Fire sign, you need constant action. Often, your momentum can give the impression that you couldn't care less what others think of you. Secretly, though, you want everyone to notice your warrior-like sass, and you are the center of your own universe, after all. A guilty little indulgence would be to get quick, real-world feedback on your favorite topic -- you -- by posting your photo to the social networking site Hot or Not, and allowing others to judge your gorgeous visage on a 10-point rating system -- then checking back regularly for constant validation of your attractiveness!
Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
You are solid and steady, and you dislike being the center of attention. But there is a contrarian streak in you, Taurus, and a love of mixing things up without drawing attention to yourself. Your guilty pleasure might be to play devil's advocate on a controversial issue. Seek out a prominent political website or blog and jump in the discussion -- anonymously -- as you take an unpopular standpoint. Then watch as the world wide web responds and the conversation gets fiery! This is surely a nice escape for your Earth sign self, and you'll delight in rocking the boat without taking center stage yourself.
Gemini (May 21 - June 20)
Ruled by Mercury, you are all about constant communication and absorbing your immediate environment, Gemini. But as an Air sign, you're also constantly on the move. This makes you the perfect party guest, keeping things interesting and perfecting the art of mingling. So your guilty pleasure is to free yourself of your connectedness -- turn the phone off and leave it at home; close the laptop and tuck it away. Then go for a long drive to somewhere new and exciting, and rejoice in the simple pleasure of being unreachable.
Cancer (June 21 - July 22)
Watery Cancer, you are often home-bound. That's not to say you're simply a homebody; you are devoted to all things familial, and often play the part of mother to those in your life. So give yourself a night off. Hire a babysitter for the kids, or put off returning that phone call to Ma until tomorrow morning. Then hit the town with a good friend, and let them be in charge of the itinerary for once!
Leo (July 23 - August 22)
Not only are you the diva of the zodiac, Leo, but under the sign of the lion, you are very regal. You like to be the center of glittering social events, but to take a night off, why not slum it a little? Find a dive bar -- extra points if it offers line dancing! -- and revel in the smoky new atmosphere. You might not be able to find your favorite vineyard's Cabernet on offer, but won't it be exciting to try a new brew? And you don't have to give up the limelight completely. After all, many such places offer you the chance to show off your center stage talents by wrangling a mechanical bull.
Virgo (August 23 - September 22)
If you work full-time -- and, as the service-centered sign of the zodiac, you probably do -- then you'll have a few sick days coming to you. So why not call in well for once? Take a mental health day. Don't do errands, don't be productive, simply be. And because you're also the frugal sign, be extravagant for once! Embrace your health-conscious side by treating yourself to a Wednesday at a spa, getting pampered and not crossing a single thing off your to-do list.
Libra (September 23 - October 22)
In your eternal quest for balance, Libra, you're also constantly to make sure everyone else is in balance. You care a lot for others, so take some time to do something totally self-indulgent and contrary to your peace-loving nature. First, Google yourself and spend a few minutes thinking of you. Then cap off the afternoon with a war movie, something intense and gory and politically-charged to stir that pacifist nature of yours.
Scorpio (October 23 - November 21)
As a Water sign most closely associated with sex and death, you are all about depth, Scorpio. So go shallow for a day! Nestle up with sugary foods and take in some viewing that similarly offers absolutely no nutritional content -- watch The Hills on TV, relive the early '90s with a little Beverly Hills 90210, or pop in a National Lampoon flick. Enjoy superficial drama and mindless laughs for once!
Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21)
As the of-the-moment jetsetter of the zodiac, Sag, it really isn't in your character to stay in one place long. Your weekends are generally booked solid with camping or road trips. Guilty pleasure? Stay home. Not only that, but avoid trendy interests and high-minded ideas by indulging in something oh-so-passé: pop in an old Neil Diamond eight track and travel back in time!
Capricorn (December 22 - January 19)
Like fellow Earth sign Virgo, you are a workhorse. And you're loathe to take time off when you don't need to, but a little frivolous fun in the middle of your workweek could do wonders! During your usual 9-to-5 shift, opt for playing hooky and doing something nurturing for yourself. Go to a movie, get a pedicure or schedule a midday session with your therapist. Better yet, disconnect completely and go for a hike! It'll do your systems-obsessed self a world of good.
Aquarius (January 20 - February 18)
You're all about community and communal interests, Aquarius, and are very focused on the future. So why not take a step back and do something frivolous and childlike? Recapture that youthful sense of wonder by spending the afternoon at an amusement park and indulging in a little nostalgia. You might not be furthering any great humanitarian causes or fighting for social justice, but taking a step back in time will definitely ease your heavy, focused mind.
Pisces (February 19 - March 20)
As the sign of compassion, you often put others' needs before yours. Lighten up your calendar and give yourself a holiday by purposely breaking a social call. Instead of taking a friend out for a happy hour drink and listening to her complain about her job, do something self-indulgent by yourself. Or -- to go totally counter to your nature -- put your artistic urges to good use and create a snarky online photo album of your friends looking silly after having a few too many drinks. You're not normally petty or critical -- enjoy it for once!