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!
Virgo: Tomoko Japanese Spa
Some may call those born under Virgo (August 23 - September 22) “perfectionists” (or, in a less charitable mood, “fussy”). We prefer to think of them as Zen scientists, lovers of all things analyzed and pared down to its minimal, essential qualities. Thus, Virgos will love the quiet joys of Tomoko Japanese Spa (
141 S Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills 90212, (310) 205-7300), a minimalist oasis of pampering and relaxation in Beverly Hills. The uniquely Japanese penchant for order and tradition means that at Tomoko “everything. is. in. its. place,” which, as we know, thrills your Virgo something special. And if Virgo is peaceful and content, then everyone can relax too.
Virgo: Schindler House
Virgos are sure to enjoy one of L.A.'s architectural masterpieces. The Schindler House (835 North Kings Rd, West Hollywood 90069, (323) 651-1510) is a 1920s jewel of modernism designed by architect Rudolph Schindler as an experiment in communal living and clean, soul-soothing lines.
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).