Though astrology is a very, very old practice, it has seemingly never been quite as popular (or as accessible) as it is right now. Going over a friend’s birth chart has become a mainstay of dinner-party conversation, almost as commonplace as talking about the weather. Co-Star has more than five million registered users, and astrology meme accounts like @trashbag_astrology and @notallgeminis have hundreds of thousands of followers each. To find out what to get the astrology enthusiast in your life, we asked nine professional astrologers about what’s on their personal wish lists. Read on for their picks, which include essential oil diffusers, crystal singing bowls, and the latest astrology books.
Astrologer Jessica Lanyadoo, the host of Ghost of a Podcast and author of the forthcoming Astrology for Real Relationships: Understanding You, Me, and How We All Get Along!, told us that while she has already bought this book by Astro Guide senior astrologer Annabel Gat (twice), her friends keep stealing it when they come over. So, “all I want for Chanukah is for someone to give me a copy that I can keep for my very own,” she told us. The book is broken up into 12 chapters, with each detailing how every Zodiac sign is (or isn’t) compatible with the others. Lanyadoo says it’s a good bet for beginner astrologers — and is inclusive of all identities and sexual preferences, which sets it apart from more traditional astrology tomes.
With Gat’s book on Lanyadoo’s list, it only seems fitting to hear that Gat herself has Lanyadoo’s new book on hers. “It will be released on December 31, so my new year must start with this book in my hands,” Gat says. In addition to romantic relationships, this book tackles familial, professional, and platonic ones, too. And it has a bright, interesting cover you’d be happy to display on a coffee table (making it even more giftable).
“I would love to receive the Archetype Cards by Caroline Myss,” says astrologer Danielle Arias. They “encourage self-reflection” and help you get “in touch with parts of yourself that linger below conscious awareness.” The cards are divided into 80 different Jungian archetypes, which are meant to help you discover the archetypes that are most present in your psyche. At the very least, they will make for a fun party game to break out if things get a little stale at your holiday get-togethers.
Another gift that Arias told us she loves to receive (and give) is an essential-oil diffuser. “They not only make your space smell fresh, but they help elevate the energy in any room,” she explains. “If you are suffering from a broken heart, a cold, or sleep deprivation, there is a fragrance that can assist.” She particularly loves this tiny, portable diffuser that plugs into a USB port. It would make any desk or cubicle feel homier and, because of that, seems like an ideal office Secret Santa gift.
Astrologer Rose Theodora has her eye on this candle from Fornasetti, which she says she loves for “the smell, the design, and the story.” While she does note the candle is a splurge, once the wax has been burned away, you are left with an M.C. Escher-esque “art piece” to display in your home. (The ceramic vase features an image of Italian opera singer and Fornasetti muse Lina Cavalieri.) The candle has a woodsy, herby scent with notes of thyme, lavender, cedarwood, incense, birch, and labdanum.
Astrologer Katie Sweetman says she’s “been eyeing these gorgeous, on-brand salad plates from West Elm for a while.” The celestial plates are currently on sale for only $9, which means you could buy a set of them without breaking the bank.
I need coffee to power all the writing I need to do, and, in true Scorpio fashion, I’m a little obsessed with getting things perfect,” says Sweetman. “In search of the perfect cup of coffee, I realized that I need to grind my own beans,” which is why she’s hoping to get this coffee grinder, which also has a built-in scale. The machine grinds beans based on weight, rather than time, and can grind them by the cup or the gram, eliminating any guesswork or extra steps.
“Turmeric teas are good for both the body and soul,” says astrologer Kim Allen. “My friends keep recommending this turmeric tea — which also happens to be one of Oprah’s favorite things this year — and I am longing to try it.” The six vials of tea come in a highly giftable set that would make an excellent present for any homebodies on your list.
“At the top of my holiday wish list is the Amethyst Quartz Crystal Elixir Water Bottle,” says Arias. Amethyst is a healing crystal that naturally alleviates stress, she claims. Plus, the BPA-free glass bottle should keep your water nice and cool all day.
Sweetman is looking for a durable work bag that is big enough to carry her laptop, but also stylish enough to double as a purse. This easy, everyday leather tote — which can be monogrammed — should do the trick. While Sweetman loves the classic camel color, it also comes in forest green, ivory, and navy. For more sturdy-but-stylish women’s work bags, allow us to direct you to former Strategist writer Lori Keong’s deep dive.
“There will be victories for social justice again in 2020, as uncompromising Saturn shifts into humanitarian Aquarius,” the Astro Twins told us. Next year marks the ringed planet’s first return since Ruth Bader Ginsberg was sworn into the Supreme Court in 1993, so the twins want to get these leopard-spotted blouses in honor of her.
A State of Energy provides crystal blends meant to bring love, money, or happiness into your life, as well as custom blends for new moms. Allen personally loves them, saying any one would make a thoughtful gift for a crystal collector because “the combination of crystal blends create the type of energy that might not be apparent with just one crystal stone.” She adds: “If you’re undergoing a crisis of some sort, you might need a few stones put together to bring the harmony you need in your situation.”
“I love lockets, they’re so cloyingly poetic,” says Gat, who told us she prefers “mushy sentiment with my gifts” when she’s not asking for practical things like sparkling water. This sweet locket, which is fashioned to look like a tiny book, is made by hand by Montreal-based designer Sofia Zakia and can be customized with an interior engraving.
In 2020, “with Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto all convening in Capricorn for the first time since 1518, decisions must be made from a place of higher truth and intuition — balanced against logic and facts,” the twins told us. Tigers eye is known for bringing clarity and perspective, according to them, so “a simple ‘yes or no’ from this Pound pendulum could help us avoid decision fatigue. We’ll take two, please.”
The Luxa Skin Organic Fruit Enzyme Mask is the gift that keeps on giving, according to Lanyadoo. “I use it for every skin concern I have and it has never let me down,” she says, adding that the lightweight mask both “brightens and clarifies” due to its enzymatic exfoliants.
Rose also has this — very expensive — singing bowl set on her wish list this year. (Presumably, because it costs more than anything she might buy for herself.) She compares the sound the bowls produce to “a meditative symphony,” adding that “I would play them each morning and just get lost in their current.” Plus, the bowls are made of morganite crystal, which Rose claims has healing properties.
The L.A.-based LOOM is a reproductive and sexual-health center that offers classes on everything from pregnancy and parenting to periods and sex, with a focus on providing support to female-identifying, gender-nonconforming, and LGBTQ+ clients. Lanyadoo says that while she can’t decide if she wants to take their sex or period class, she does know that she wants to learn more from LOOM co-founder and doula Erica Chidi Cohen, so she’s “put a LOOM gift certificate on [her] wishlist this year.” If the astrology fan in your life doesn’t live in Los Angeles, the LOOM does allow people to livestream some of its events for a reduced fee, according to the company.
Astrologer Dena DeCastro is also hoping for a more experiential gift this year — namely, a reading with either a tarot or intuitive reader that she hopes will provide some perspective on the year ahead. “As I’ve learned, we in the oracular arts rarely do well at reading ourselves. Fortunately, I have plenty of readers in my community from which to choose,” like Teresa Reed or Adam Albert. Both do readings over the phone, making them accessible to anyone on your list, wherever they may live.
For a third experiential gift, Allen suggests yoga classes, “to get rid of the stress of daily living and also the exhaustion of sharing psychic energy from giving astrology readings.” She specifically wants to practice with New York City–based teacher Melini Jesudason, “who has a fabulous reputation of being a great Yoga teacher.” You can book a private class via Jesudason’s website, and for those not in New York, Allen notes that she also has her classes on YouTube — which are just as helpful (and free).
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