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Even people who don’t check their horoscope on a daily basis still curse Mercury when it’s in retrograde. Whether you buy into the whole star sign thing or not, there is some value in a tool that helps you make decisions (especially today, when the number of choices we face in a single week can be overwhelming). That said, there’s definitely some big life stuff that you might not want to leave up to astrology. Here’s our guide to figuring out which decisions fit into which category.

Do pick a vacation destination

As travel gets easier (thanks to a million smartphone apps), places that seemed un-navigable are suddenly way more accessible. There are so many incredible places to see that it’s become impossible to choose, so why not leave it up to your star sign? Comfort-craving Taurus: try hygge-ing in Copenhagen. Adventurous Aries: how about a sailing tour of Sri Lanka?

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Don’t pick a candidate (like, for any level of government)

While you and Canada’s dreamy Prime Minister may have astrological chemistry courtesy of the stars (he’s a Capricorn Sun, Virgo rising with an Aries Moon, btw), it doesn’t mean your political interests are part of his platform. A lot more reading is required to find out whether or not that’s actually true.

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Do buy a new phone case

The stakes are pretty low here, so why not express some part of your personality by dressing up your phone to fit your sign? For the oh-so-artistic (and, let’s be honest, slightly vain) Libra, this Valfre Selfie Control case is perfect. And there’s no need to work yourself up to Scorpio levels of jealousy, they’ve got a case to suit every sign.

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Don’t choose a career

While it’s true that Scorpios, Leos, Cancers, and Taureans are the top money-makers among the constellations, that doesn’t mean they’re happy or fulfilled in doing what they do. When it comes to your work, talent and passion count for a lot more.

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Do pick a workout regimen

Hey Gemini, ever wonder what that terrifying shrieking noise you keep hearing in your yoga/meditation class is? It’s you, screaming with boredom. You’ve got psychic energy and anxiety to burn (thanks, Mercury) so get it all out in a spin class instead.

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Don’t decide whether or not to have kids

Do we actually need to explain this one?

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Do choose a colour scheme

If you’re gearing up to nest this winter with a little bit of redecorating, consider choosing a palette that soothes your sign. Cancers will do well in violet-hued rooms while Capricorns prefer blue.

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Don’t design a nutritional plan

Why? Because no matter how many diet books on Amazon tell you otherwise, there is no scientific evidence that your star sign has any bearing on your iron, vitamin, and mineral levels.

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Do shop for gifts

The joyful, stressful holiday season is almost upon us and the overwhelming task of picking out the perfect gift for everyone on your list is probably looming large in your mind. Confused about what to buy for your Pisces pal? Look for something that speaks to their creativity and DIY vibe.

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Don’t pick a partner

We know, we know. This goes against all common astrology wisdom. Like, what is the Zodiac even FOR if not to find you true love? While lots of people rely on astrology to predict a certain level of initial chemistry, the alignment of the planets isn’t going to keep your partner from irritating the hell out of you long-term if you make a commitment based solely on star signs.

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Do select a celebrity crush

This small-talk question is bound to come up at an office function or friendly dinner party in the near future, so be ready with an informed answer backed up by sound astrological reasoning. Virgos are best matched with people like Leonardo DiCaprio and Kendall Jenner, so don’t go saying that you swoon over Brad Pitt just because you like his haircut. That would be silly.

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