While addictions are something we all deal with, every addiction is a symptom of a larger problem.
Whether what we seek is connection, approval or inner peace, every sign in the zodiac comes with its own set of problems. The addictions listed below are really just symptoms of those problems.
Obviously addiction is a serious topic, and hopefully no one ever has to deal with a serious problem with substances. But even if they never take a puff or a snort, these are the drugs that I believe best represent the struggle that each sign in the zodiac has to overcome.
Aries (March 21 – April 19): Cocaine
If you asked an Aries what frustrates them most about life, they'd tell you that it doesn't go fast enough. They're the babies of the zodiac, the youngest sign, and like toddlers, their personalities are a confusing mix of over-confidence and neediness.
Cocaine works to exacerbate their already inflated sense of self-importance and gives an Aries the illusory sense of moving faster than everyone else. The paradox is, of course, that it isn't until an Aries is willing to slow down and face problems with determination and patience that they ever get anything done.
Taurus (April 20 – May 20): Food or Weed (Or Both)
Remember that patience and determination that Aries lacked? Taurus has plenty of it, almost to a fault. Taurus is ruled by the planet Venus, which endows them with a great deal of patience (sometimes translating to laziness), as well as an appreciation for all things sensory -- taste, touch, smell, etc.
You might think MDMA would be the easiest drug for a Taurus to get addicted to, but because of how lazy they are, it's unlikely they would go to the trouble of finding it. The most fitting addiction for a Taurus is food -- simply because of it's accessibility.
They are slow-movers who do not appreciate being put out of their way. They don't have the kind of ambition that a crack or meth habit would require, because you can't get those delivered to your front door.
Gemini (May 21 – June 20): Social Media
When Geminis want to avoid their feelings or the present moment, the most characteristic way for them to do so is through some form of compulsive communication. I'm not talking deep-digging intellectual conversation that plumbs the depths of the soul; they need a conversational jungle gym.
They need to be able to roam from one topic to another -- maybe circling back to their original point, maybe not. Social media works in coordination with this feature of a Gemini's personality all too well, and some studies show that Facebook can be more addictive than booze.
Social media also supports Gemini's tendency toward a dilettante lifestyle: doing many things, but never really diving too deep into any of them. Gemini would benefit from cultivating self-discipline by taking breaks from the Internet entirely and channelling their pursuit of mental stimulation by doing something that promotes concentration, like reading.
Cancer (June 21 – July 22): Heroin
Cancer is a sign associated with the mother and the home. Cancers are an extremely moody sign, and like any water sign, when they are in distress, they will retreat from the outside world.
Cancers' favorite place to retreat happens to be their homes, where they derive most of their comfort, like crabs to a hole in the ground.
From what I understand/from what it looks like, heroin makes you feel like you're a baby breastfeeding again, so characteristically speaking, heroin would be just perfect for a Cancer.
Leo (July 23 – August 22): Shopping
Leo can be a very materialistic sign, and vanity is one of their number one character traits. Hand a Leo a credit card, and you've got a vice just waiting to happen. They're attracted to excess, and they enjoy splurging on themselves with gusto.
Women with their sun in Leo may have a penchant for buying expensive shoes/jewelry/lingerie, and the men may make purchases in the form of nice cars or the latest gadgets. The flashier the purchase, the better.
While every addiction is a symptom of a larger issue, the thing Leo truly seeks is to be in the spotlight. To be seen. To be witnessed. Not until they truly begin to see themselves as the powerful beings that they are will they cultivate the kind of unshakeable confidence they seek to gain from the material world.
Virgo (August 23 – September 22): Codependency
Virgo is a sign associated with service. They are naturally very gifted caretakers, with a keen ability to problem-solve. The shadow side of this talent for helping others is that it draws Virgo to try to gain a sense of purpose in their own lives by devoting themselves entirely to someone else and forgetting about their own well-being.
A Virgo may, on a subconscious level, seek out relationships with addicts or those struggling with mental illness, people who don't seem capable of caring for themselves. By doing so, a Virgo can avoid their own lives by consistently having to put out fires in the lives of others.
The more dependent that person becomes, the more resentful Virgo is, feeling just as powerless to stop themselves from helping as an alcoholic does when he/she tries to stop drinking. One thing for Virgos to take note of: You cannot allow someone else to cross your boundary, and then get mad at them for it.
Libra (September 23 – October 22): Love
Libra is the sign of fairness and equality. But for a sign symbolized by the scales of justice, they're not very balanced people. The problem for Libra is two-fold.
First, they believe that everything should be fair. This already rose-colored view of the world sets them up for disappointment, and when things don't go the way they planned, they tend to retaliate by trying to drown everyone with their tears.
Second, many Librans don't see themselves as being complete without someone else to balance them out. Libra will make the mistake of inviting someone to sleep with them and then kindly inviting them to move into their homes.
What Librans ultimately need to seek is to balance themselves (and their unrealistic expectations of others) from within and to stop seeking partnership like they're looking for shelter during the apocalypse.
Scorpio: (October 23 – November 21): Sex/Porn
Sex is a likely addiction for Scorpio, but for a sign who cherishes their solitude as much as Scorpios do, porn is really ideal. Not only does porn appeal to Scorpios because of their voyeuristic nature, but it also appeals to them because they can indulge in it without having to bother with another person. They are an incredibly complex sign in that what they want (true intimacy and passion with another person) is what they fear the most.
Scorpios have a sexual appetite that goes unrivaled by anyone else in the zodiac, so it takes a special person to keep up. A friend of mine who is a Scorpio bought a brand new iPad. He was so excited to jerk off when he got home that he shattered the screen with his belt buckle before he even got his dick in his hand. So.
Scorpio would benefit from really diving into the negative beliefs that fuel their fears with the help of a very skilled therapist or counselor. Turning their fears into a wish list (i.e., “I hope I stay alone forever because then I will always be in control of my emotions”) is especially helpful in uncovering these beliefs.
Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21): Gambling/Drinking
Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter, the planetary giver of gifts and luck. This makes people with their sun in Sagittarius a lucky bunch who are expansive in their approach to life, forever reaching for knowledge, understanding and answers.
They have an unflinching optimism in their belief in themselves, making them quick to take a gamble on anything from a game of poker to a drunken drive down the freeway. Gambling and drinking also appeals to a Sagittarius because of their very sociable natures.
Capricorn (December 22 – January 19): Pills/Eating Disorders
Being highly concerned with their status in society, Capricorns are more likely to get addicted to something that can be hidden easily or at least disguised as socially acceptable. They are fiercely protective of their reputations and work very hard to rise to the top of the ladder of their chosen field.
Therefore, pills, which can always be passed off as being doctor-prescribed, or eating disorders, which often have the effect of being met first by compliments (and concern only if/when you're caught) are the most likely vices for a Capricorn.
Most Capricorns would benefit greatly by relieving some of the pressure they put on themselves by shifting their focus from the outside world to the world within themselves, and by separating the values of society from the values of their higher selves.
Aquarius (January 20 – February 18): Video Games/Cutting
Aquarius is a sign that has a tendency to intellectualize their emotions rather than deal with them at a gut level, and their choice of vice will reflect that tendency.
Video games allow an Aquarius the opportunity to channel their emotions into a fantasy, and cutting provides an emotional bloodletting that doesn't involve actual human tears. Both are a compartmentalized way of dealing with unpleasant feelings, which suits the Aquarian mindset.
The reason Aquarians tend to intellectualize their emotions is they feel so acutely tuned into human kind that they lose their connection to themselves as human beings. They forget that they are individuals, that they must give themselves the same compassion they offer to others.
The benefit of being an Aquarian is that they have an innately meditative mind, and if they take the time to voice their emotions, they will eventually begin to embody as individuals the kind of unity that they seek to create in the world.
Pisces (February 19 – March 20): Alcohol
Pisces are the most sensitive, empathic sign in the zodiac. Pisceans already make their decisions based on their emotions, and they'll cry at a sudden gust of wind, so they're basically drunk already. Whatever the chemical compound is for alcohol, it must run through the Pisces bloodstream.
Being so empathic makes the world an exhausting place for them. They often attract people whose personalities are essentially black holes. To save themselves the trouble of creating healthy boundaries (which might hurt the feelings of others), Pisces seek a place to run and hide. More often than not, the bottle provides the perfect psychic shield.
Pisces are lucky, however, in that they happen to be older souls, and many of them are more naturally tuned into their higher selves. The likelihood of them picking themselves up and finding a healthier way of functioning is higher than average.
They benefit most by putting down the bottle entirely, abstaining from drugs and alcohol while working to create better boundaries and choosing more carefully who they surround themselves with.