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Times are weird right now, there’s no doubt about it. On top of zoom meetings, virtual friend hangs and happy hours, there are a lot of new challenges to overcome when it comes to dating and having a social life in general. Think touch boundaries, few to no creative ways to meet a lover IRL, and the increased anxiety that comes from leaving your bubble these days. Don’t worry, bear with me and my little rant about the unknown because I’m about to be your fairy godmother in the “how to date during a worldwide pandemic” department.
astrology + Pandemic = match made in heaven
There is a lot of change, shift, and evolution happening rn. Part of that is working through the discomfort of the unknown. But you know what’s comforting? Especially to a virgo like myself? A little dose of known. Honestly, I think that’s why astrology is having such a moment right now. In all the craziness of the world, we can look to the stars to find some semblance of solace. And while yes, we’re more than just our sun sign (more on that coming soon because you’re about to be hearing a lot more from me around these parts of the interwebs)—our sun sign does reveal a lot of our basic nature as beings and the characteristics that tend to stay at a constant through the the weirdness of life aka throughout a pandemic.
using the stars to your advantage
So, you ask, how do we use this cosmic knowledge to spice up our love life? Craft a date that’s perfectly suited to ourselves or lovers, duh! Yes, you can be your own lover if you’re currently a singleton, like me. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that and even if you are in partnership, I highly encourage a self-date every once in a while. Self-love is equally as important as finding love with a partner. Don’t stress if dating yourself feels funny at first, it takes time and energy to cultivate the desire and ability to treat yourself as your own lover, but you will get there. I know it.
With that! Here are some dating in quarantine ideas for each sun sign because I get it, the options are slim and you still want to woo a partner (or yourself), live life, and have some fun along the way:
Morning coffee date (and a walk to the best breakfast spot in town if you hit it off). If you don’t, or are self dating, most definitely still get the pancakes.
A luxuriously slow and totally magnificent hike in nature. Don’t forget the snacks.
A relay race of activities. Explore a new neighbourhood, then another, find food along the way, and end the date with an outdoor drink. No opting out of any of it.
A romantic stroll along a body of water. Bonus points for timing it during sunset to sit in the glory of this magnificent world.
Two words, okay maybe 4. Socially distanced silent disco. Moves are important. If you’re self dating you can totally just craft a moody playlist and have yourself a dance party at home.
Wine tasting with a side of stimulating conversation and no messy snacks (or loud chewing noises for that matter!).
A potluck style picnic. Bring your favourite snack to share (if you’re solo pick up one forever favorite and one new snack you’ve never, but always wanted to try).
Park happy hour with a predetermined “if we’re vibing” make out included. Note: chat through touch comfort levels pre-date and if you’re self dating sit with yourself and tell yourself just how amazing you are.
Road trip! Buckle up.
A cozy evening fire pit hang with a warm drink…and blankets, of course!
Slow walk in the sun, followed by a bench sit in a lesser known, but totally cool space. Think by some outdoor art, a view, etc.
Someone’s (or your own, if self-dating) tried and true favourite restaurant meal to-go, picnic style with a post-dinner stroll.
Before I sign off here, let’s take a moment to recognise that life is different now and new questions regarding boundaries and comfort need to be brought up before any IRL social interaction takes place. Some important questions to ask during this time:
How are you feeling about the situation right now?
How is your body feeling (aka what’s your health like)?
What does your current social bubble look like?
Are you dating anyone else IRL?
Do you want me to wear a mask when we’re with each other?
Can we hold hands if we sanitise?
If we do hit it off, how do you feel about touch?
And with that, happy dating! Remember communication is everything and if it’s not reciprocated press the eject button, they’re not worth it.