Few things beat a day or night out—or in—with a friend. But as much as you may love hanging out with someone, the wrong setting can make it feel hard to connect. The ideal friend date is one where everyone feels like they can let down their guard, be themselves, and have fun. One way to identify a context where a particular friendship can thrive? Looking to the stars—or more specifically, your and your friend’s zodiac signs, which can shed light on friend date ideas you’ll both love.
For an astrological refresher, a person’s sun sign (or the zodiac sign for which you’d typically read a horoscope) provides a broad overview of their personality and core values. You can look at your own sun sign to gain a deeper understanding of your social preferences, or consider a friend’s sun sign when planning a hangout to ensure it aligns with their key traits. (To find your sun sign, plug your birth time, place, and location into a free online birth chart generator like this one.)
“When the experiences we have with friends are also in alignment with our sun sign, we’re going to feel like more of who we are.” —Juliana McCarthy, astrologer
“Our sun is what brings us sanity, vitality, and joy,” says astrologer Juliana McCarthy, author of