There are, of course, infinite ways to explore the wonderful cosmos that is Los Angeles. From food tours to architectural journeys to those legendary “Maps of the (Movie and TV) Stars,” people have been charting their courses through our sprawling jewel of a town following the most varied interests, landmarks and stories. You could also, to paraphrase the great bohemian and jazzman Chet Baker, “get lost,” letting your feet (or your wheels, more likely) take you where they may, finding secret paths like an old-timey flâneur or flâneuse sauntering about in search of the unknown.
But you could actually split the difference between predetermined tours and rambling meanderings, and this is where Astrology (yes, Astrology) comes in handy. Whether you believe “our fate is written in the stars” or you just like to add a little pop-wisdom structure (and small talk fodder) to your decision making, check out our series of Los Angeles activities to please every sign of the Zodiac.
You can choose your own sign, take a date or a friend to the place most suitable to theirs, or get really ambitious and sample each experience on this star-struck baker’s dozen every month when the sign changes. Here at the Mystical Division of Discover Los Angeles (not an actual Division), we prophecy a stellar time will be had regardless!
Libra: The Huntington
Sophistication is the name of the game for Libra (September 23 - October 22), a sign that demands the best in art, culture and objects. An ideal experience for Libra would be one of SoCal's premier cultural institutions, The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens (1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino 91108). Celebrating its centennial this year, The Huntington offers all of the old school wealth, renowned art and lavish furnishings a Libra could desire.
Fascinated by balance and harmony, a Libra is sure to enjoy strolling the Garden of Flowing Fragrance (Liu Fang Yuan), one of the largest Chinese-style gardens outside of China. Designed to promote the rich traditions of Chinese culture, the 12-acre garden combines the botanical with the artistic and scholarly, featuring lakes, pavilions and bridges.
Libra: Sheraton Los Angeles San Gabriel
After exploring The Huntington, status-conscious Libra will love being pampered at the luxurious Sheraton Los Angeles San Gabriel (303 E Valley Blvd, San Gabriel 91776). Balance restored from a relaxing session at the Sheraton Spa, your Libra is sure to enjoy the dining experience at EST. Prime Steakhouse. Executive Chef Jonathan Solis showcases the finest local, organic and sustainable ingredients in globally-influenced dishes ranging from the 35-day dry aged Kansas City steak to the Japanese Kobe beef filet to the decadent Ultimate Seafood Tower.
Bonus Astrological Location for All Signs: If you want to learn more (or pretty much anything) about astrological or any other mystical matter, the library of the Philosophical Research Society/University of Philosophical Research (3910 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles 90027) in Los Feliz is open on Fridays and contains one of the most important collections of esoteric books in the world. Collected by Los Angeles scholar and mystic Manly P. Hall in the mid-20th century, the library contains many interesting and unusual volumes that will reveal everything you ever wanted to know about astrology (but maybe didn’t know where to ask).