If you haven't already heard, some folks decided to mess with the astrological calendar. Scientists have factored in the tilt of the earth's axis since the Babylonians determined the dates of the Zodiac (um, or something like that), so now some Virgos are Leos, some Scorpios are Virgos, and some Sagittarians are...Ophiuchus.
Here's the supposedly accurate new zodiac:
Capricorn - Jan 20 to Feb 16
Aquarius - Feb 16 to Mar 11
Pisces - Mar 11 to Apr 18
Aries - Apr 18 to May 13
Taurus - May 13 to Jun 21
Gemini - Jun 21 to Jul 20
Cancer - Jul 20 to Aug 10
Leo - Aug 10 to Sep 16
Virgo - Sep 16 to Oct 30
Libra - Oct 30 to Nov 23
Scorpius - Nov 23 to Nov 29
Ophiuchus - Nov 29 to Dec 17
Sagittarius - Dec 17 to Jan 20
I'm still a Leo, so as far as I'm concerned, it's all good. This most pressing matter just gave me an an excuse to think about astrological signs, each sign's (supposed) personality, and which vintage perfume I think goes with which sign.
Basically, the following is about as scientific as astrology — Babylonian or otherwise — but just as fun! I'll let you decide which sign you identify with on your own. So without further ado...
ASTROLOGICAL SIGNS AND THEIR COMPLEMENTARY VINTAGE PERFUMES
Aquarius is known for being a cerebral humanitarian, so I chose the lovely but remote Chanel No. 19 as her match. No. 19 manages to be earthy and otherworldly at the same time, just like Aquarius.
Every Pisces I've ever known has been emotional, creative, and ...kooky. I choose the dreamy Fidji perfume for her.
Aries is a fiery, go-getting ball of crazy energy. Fracas is a perfect punk floral for her — girlish on the outside, anarchist on the inside.
Taurus is stubborn, sentimental, and a lover of hearth and home. She needs a down-to-earth but chic comfort fragrance like Givenchy III.
Gemini: Talkative, inventive, and mercurial, Gemini needs a perfume with a kaleidescopic personality. How about Diorella, with its Dr. Jekyll-Mr. Hyde clean-dirty quality?
Cancers tend to be emotional, dreamy, sensitive (over-sensitive?), and romantic. I think Shalimar, with its comforting vanilla, sexy civet, and historical longevity (Cancers hate change) makes it perfect for the crab ladies.
Libra. A diplomatic peacenik, the balanced and beautiful Ivoire is right up her alley.
Scorpio Strong-willed, secretive, a little pervy and very power-hungry, Scorpio still manages to be as cute as a bug as long as you don't disturb her pincers. This sign needs a strong, even repellent perfume: how about the medicinal Aromatics Elixir or the civet-drenched Jicky? Scorpio needs to make sure you don't scare easily...
Sagittarius. Sporty, goofy, and sexy, Sagittarius is known for speaking before thinking and generally being outrageous. How about the weird and wonderful Azurée?
Capricorn is usually conservative and/or understated, so I would choose Femme by Rochas. It's sexy in a quiet way.
An Ophiucus never feels like she quite belongs. For her, I choose Must de Cartier, the perfume for those who let their freak flags fly. (Thanks to Anna of Edinburgh for wondering why this overlooked sign didn't get her own signature scent.)