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!
Aries: Cold War Bunker
Aries (March 21 - April 19) is a fiery sign of go-getters who thrive on adrenaline, competition and “activities.” Aries is the perfect sign to begin this astrological survey, as those born under it love “doing stuff.” We could have suggested one of Los Angeles’ many wonderful hikes, but then thought it over and realized that given your average Aries’ penchant for danger and daredevilry, maybe we should try instead something more manageable for his or her companions. The Cold War Bunker at RoomEscape Los Angeles (8255 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood 90046), an experience designed by Escape Room boutique Fox in a Box, features “a secret bunker that has been infiltrated by a rogue agent who has activated a nuclear launch sequence.” You or your adventurous Aries will relish the high stakes and the competitive nature of this assignment, especially since RoomEscape features two identical Bunker rooms where two teams can attempt to solve the puzzle at the same time.
Aries: Highland Park Bowl
If you feel like engaging in a rather more traditional form of competition with your Aries, try Highland Park Bowl (5621 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles 90042), the 1927 bowling alley that has been renovated in a steampunk-ish style and has become the hub of the astonishing ongoing revival of Figueroa Street in Highland Park (recently named by Time Out as the 9th coolest neighborhood—in the world!).
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).