Whether you’re aiming to check all those must-dos off your list for your internship or crank through a final exam, ensuring that your environment is just right can boost your productivity. Perhaps you’ve always been a homebody who enjoys hitting the books from your couch, or maybe you’re super social and prefer the buzz of a collaborative space, like WeWork. Either way, chances are your zodiac sign—as well as the element under which it falls (meaning fire, earth, air, or water)—influences what you see as the best space for success.
Here is what you need to know about the ultimate study space for you, based on your zodiac sign and element.
Fire signs (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius)
As a dynamic, adventure-seeking, and action-oriented fire sign, you’re always on the go. Staying in one place, tethered to a desk, is your idea of a snoozefest. You’d much prefer to get out and engage with the world around you. This might mean that you’re the queen of stowing your laptop in a backpack and diving into your studies at your nearest WeWork location after a grueling bootcamp workout. Or you’re cramming for that upcoming exam while taking a spontaneous road trip. The more you can bridge the gap between your super-active lifestyle and your study routine, the more content you’ll be.
If you’re an impulsive, competitive Aries, ruled by go-getter Mars, you’re more likely to prefer to switch up your routine based on your mood of the day—or the timing of your workout or that must-watch baseball game.
Are you a luxury-loving Leo? Ruled by the bright, confident sun, you do best in a comfortable, lively environment (think working while grazing on a gourmet picnic at a favorite park).
And if you were born under wanderlustful Sagittarius, ruled by expansive Jupiter, you need to be able to travel and work simultaneously, so you’ll be happiest when typing away wherever your free spirit takes you.
Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn)
As an analytical, pragmatic, goal-oriented earth sign, you find comfort in order and well-laid plans. Disorganization feels like the kind of chaos that sets you up for trouble when you go to put your nose to the grindstone. For that reason, you’ll prefer to have a neat, tidy, dedicated space. A workspace like WeWork is designed with your goals in mind, built to improve focus and inspire greater creativity. Though chances are you’re a serious bookworm, and all those titles need to be shelved in a sensible way, so having systems, like a filing cabinet or a desk planner, is key to your peace of mind—and productivity.
If you’re a grounded Taurus, your ruling planet, sensual, artistic Venus, influences your desire to be surrounded by comfortable, pretty accessories and details. Be sure to have that go-to cozy blanket to snuggle up in, that sweet herbal tea you love, and your favorite art hanging on the walls.
Born under sensitive, service-oriented Virgo? Ruled by communicator Mercury, you’re a super communicator whose mind is always buzzing. Being surrounded by not only the tech you need to take care of your to-dos but lots of your favorite books and other go-to resources will keep you firing on all cylinders.
If you’re an industrious Capricorn, ruled by taskmaster Saturn, you’re likely all about those spreadsheets and whiteboards. Any kind of visual aid that helps you get clear on and keep track of aspirations and accomplishments will feel especially helpful for you.
Air signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius)
As a social, inquisitive, individualistic air sign, you benefit from a communal, collaborative workspace. Being around other people is basically your lifeblood, so being cooped up in your dorm or apartment solo might very well take a toll on your energy. Although you’re happy to jump on Zoom calls as needed or take classes online, you would prefer to collaborate and trade ideas (masked) face-to-face. And because you tend to be spontaneous, you like switching up your surroundings based on your mood or task. WeWork has a variety of workspace types that can help you check all those boxes.
If you’re a communicative Gemini, whose ruling planet is information-gathering Mercury, you’re happiest and most effective when you’re able to strike up a conversation with others and be a lively, active part of idea-generating meetings. And because you’re so often on the go, a WeWork All-Access membership could be a smart bet.
If you’re a social butterfly Libra, whose ruling planet is relationship-oriented Venus, you feel most centered when you’re connecting one-on-one with a colleague or study partner. That said, you’re no doubt on a mission to identify smart, safe ways to socially distance and talk through your big picture ideas, which quite often emphasize bringing people together and bolstering harmony.
Born under community-oriented Aquarius? Working as part of a team is your forte. You want to feel like you’re contributing to the greater good of a group—or the world as a whole. You would thrive if given the opportunity to connect with colleagues or classmates in videoconference-equipped meeting rooms.
Water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces)
As an empathic, slightly psychic, and absolutely family-oriented water sign, you likely find that you work best when you’re comfy and cozy in a space that feels familiar and supportive. In other words, you’re the queen of WFH. Whether you set up shop in your bedroom, living room, or the kitchen (because oh, do you adore the opportunity to cook luscious meals—or at least dig into yummy Postmate eats), you’ll feel grounded and ready to dive into your to-dos when you’re close to loved ones, your BFF roomie, or a beloved pet.
If you were born under sentimental Cancer, ruled by the intuitive moon, sharing space with loved ones makes you feel happy and secure. You’re also a born foodie, so making sure you have all your favorite eats and snacks nearby is key.
Are you an intense, driven Scorpio, co-ruled by action-oriented Mars and transformative Pluto? Having a dedicated space in your home, which no one else is allowed to touch or tinker with, is integral to your efficiency. Hey, you know what you need to get the job done, so by all means, embrace it.
Born under dreamy, artistic Pisces, ruled by spiritual Neptune? You’re especially sensitive to other people’s psychic energy, so making sure that you set good boundaries (that “do not disturb” feature on your devices is your friend!) and create a space that feels spiritually nurturing (think candles, soothing colors, ocean sounds) is crucial for you.
What every sign needs to know
No matter what element you fall under, you’ll benefit from identifying a setup that supports your goals. And WeWork offers a space and amenities that speak to every sign. After considering some insight from the sky, you’ll do your best to trust your personal preferences and intuition to guide you toward the arrangement that’s right for you.
Please note, depending on your state or city laws and ordinances, indoor activities may be resuming in your area. However, this article should not be taken as an endorsement of outdoor or indoor group activities, as there are still safety concerns and risks involved. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to COVID-19. For updated information on coronavirus prevention and safety protocols, please visit the CDC website.
Maressa Brown is a journalist, content strategist, and astrologer based in Los Angeles. She has more than a decade of experience covering lifestyle, parenting, pop culture, and astrology for a variety of digital and print publications including Parents, InStyle, Shape, The Washington Post, Cosmopolitan, and Women’s Health, among many others.