“What’s your sign?” It’s one of the cheesiest and most gag-inducing pickup lines, and chances are you’ve either used it on someone (hopefully jokingly) or been asked the question yourself—and the encounter probably happened at a bar.
There’s something to the question, though. But not in the way you think. If you put your zodiac sign to the test, you may find that the universe is telling you to try something unexpected, like that you should try a gin cocktail instead of whiskey? Beginning this month, Liquor.com is joining the ranks of women’s magazines around the globe, telling you how to live your life a little bit better with the help of celestial bodies.
This month, Mercury is in retrograde until October 9, so it’s a good time for reflecting on recent decisions and conversation—and maybe even learning something new. Then Jupiter meets Pluto on the 11th, causing the scales to tip (got that, Libra?), and the tiniest planet has a run-in with Mars on the 15th.
So … what is your sign?
Libra: September 23 to October 22
You should be drinking a Manhattan this month.
When a new moon goes head-to-head with Uranus on the 12th, it may be time to shake things up. Though you aren’t used to flying solo, try treating yourself to a nice solo dinner. A classic Manhattan and quiet night of treating yo’ self will help you avoid conflict and set your mind straight.
Scorpio: October 23 to November 21
You should be drinking an Aviation this month.
Not sure what to do with yourself on the 15th? Get your business cards ready: It’s time to network. Mars and Pluto are having a pow-wow, which gives you the opportunity to make a positive change in your work life. What to drink while networking? The violet-hued Aviation will do. It’s an excellent conversation starter.
Sagittarius: November 22 to December 21
You should be drinking a Kamikaze this month.
In need of a monetary boost? Your optimism will finally pay off this month. The 11th, when Jupiter and Pluto situate themselves for a winning combination of ambition and change, is your lucky day. Throw back a Kamikaze for liquid courage and get started on that project you’ve been thinking about for years now. You may even be able to quit your day job.
Capricorn: December 22 to January 19
You should be drinking a Piña Colada this month.
Your journeys sector is on fire this month. Throw on “Vacation” by The Go-Go’s and buy a plane ticket: This month is the perfect time for you to take a vacation—and don’t forget that round of Piña Coladas.
Aquarius: January 20 to February 18
You should be drinking a Kiss this month.
This month, Venus and Mars will take your love life to a new high. Don’t be afraid to give your phone number to that hot bartender and order a gin-laced Kiss. But don’t let yourself fall out of touch with friends. A night with your buds is exactly what you’ll need on the 10th.
Pisces: February 19 to March 20
You should be drinking a Scotch this month.
Thanks to Neptune, you’ll be feeling extra-sensitive on the 6th and 16th, Pisces. So pour a glass of Scotch—neat, of course—and buck up. It’ll be worth it to avoid conflicts with family and friends.
Aries: March 21 to April 19
You should be drinking a Painkiller this month.
If you’ve been falling behind on your monstrous to-do list, get ready: This is the month all that changes. Fuel up with a boozy Painkiller and power through all the projects both big and small that you’ve been putting off.
Taurus: April 20 to May 20
You should be drinking a Between the Sheets this month.
Your ultra-loving nature will pay off this month when Pluto and Jupiter hook up from the 23rd to the 25th, giving you a little astrological romance. Be sure to drink your Between the Sheets… you know, between the sheets.
Gemini: May 21 to June 20
You should be drinking an Andean Dusk this month.
Feeling creative? Now’s the time to start a new project—with the pisco-and-Champagne Andean Dusk in hand. Mercury takes the plunge into your artistic sector on the 9th, so get going on that book you’re always talking about.
Cancer: June 21 to July 22
You should be drinking a Liberation Libation this month.
Oh, you loving and protective Cancer. On the 12th, you’ll be tempted to comfort a coworker or a loved one who’s upset, but step back: This is a good time for you to take yourself out of others’ problems and enjoy the company of an autumnal Liberation Libation.
Leo: July 23 to August 22
You should be drinking a Sherry Cobbler this month.
When you go out with your friends on the 8th and are tempted to try every top-shelf Champagne at your local liquor store, don’t. It’s just want-hungry Venus tempting your budget. Instead, sit back with a simple Sherry Cobbler and enjoy. Responsibly.
Virgo: August 23 to September 22
You should be drinking a French 75 this month.
Confidence is the name of the game this month, Virgo. Though you usually tend to be shy, Mars will give you an extra dose of self-assurance. But try not to be too pushy. It’s the perfect time to share your brilliant ideas and celebrate that raise at work with a fizzy French 75.
Illustrations: Ariel Dunitz-Johnson