BY JOANNA C. VALENTE
Editor's Note: This essay was originally published at The Berry.
Now that everyone’s new obsession is the TV show “Stranger Things” starring none other than our favorite ’90s badass Winona Ryder, I couldn’t help but think about all the mysterious things happening around us. There are so many aspects of our lives that we don’t understand — just like in “Stranger Things” with the existence of a different dimension. Astrology is like that — a part of the universe we don’t understand, but one that guides us to greater self-awareness and happiness.
Here are all the best Winona Ryder films — and their corresponding zodiac signs.
You’re outgoing, full of life and ambition, and often passionate about what you want. In some ways you are tempestuous. Like Jo in “Little Women,” you’re not afraid to put yourself out there.
You can be stubborn and afraid to express your emotions, since you often strive to be levelheaded and pragmatic. You are deeply caring and want the best for those around you, similar to Kim in “Edward Scissorhands,” who loved and cared for Edward, despite wanting to stick to the social norms around her.
You feel your emotions very intensely, and some say you’re moody because you often change your mind or seem indecisive, but it’s more that you want to explore all of your options before you settle down to any choice. You make impulsive choices, but it’s better than not choosing anything at all. You’re Lelaina from “Reality Bites,” having to choose between two men you love.
You’re the creative type, which also means you feel your emotions very deeply. This can cause you to be a jealous person, which is not your best trait. You’re kind of like a less extreme Veronica from “Heathers.”
Mina may symbolize the pure Victorian woman who remains a dutiful wife and woman, but she’s also strong, determined and stubborn. At first, she denies Dracula’s advances, but do not let her quiet purity fool you. She wants what she wants, and she knows — deep down — that she is meant to be with Dracula. While she’s not a “look at me!” Leo, she has the determination and grit to follow and fight for the man she loves, whether that means Dracula or Jonathan Harker. Leo, you are Mina from “Dracula,” because you stand by your role and your gut.
Virgos are organized and practical, sometimes to a point where they hide their emotions, or repress them out of duty or convention. However, that doesn’t mean Virgos don’t feel deeply, it can just take a lot for them to open up. You are May from “The Age of Innocence.”
Libras are social, gentle and friendly people, so you are the person others confide in, because they feel comfortable around you. You’re a great listener, hence why you are Corky from “Night on Earth,” a conversational and down-to-earth cabbie.
Scorpios always get a bad rap for being “crazy” and emotional, but it’s more that they are intense and crave intimacy. Sometimes they can be impulsive because of this, but they also live honestly. Scorpio, you’re Susanna from “Girl Interrupted.” You’re not afraid to shy away from your deepest, darkest, truest emotions.
While the Sag is vivacious, curious, and has a big heart, Sags are also philosophers and creative types. Because of this, they aren’t always as cheerful or happy go lucky as they are often portrayed. They love asking the hard, deeper questions in life, which can make them outsiders, like Lydia from “Beetlejuice.”
Capricorns seek stability and comfort, sometimes at the risk of being conventional, as opposed to being spontaneous. Because of this, you can often feel unsure of what to do;on the bright side, it makes you study all of your options. You are like Abigail Williams in “The Crucible,” as you are insightful and a tad cunning.
You’re definitely a free-spirited person — someoone full of unique ideas, and you often seem as strong-willed and wild. You don’t want to be tied down to anything because you want to make a path for yourself. You are the mysterious Patty from “Boys.”
Pisces are all about their connections with other people; they love being in secure relationships, and can trust pretty easily. This makes them compassionate, but also vulnerable, and easy to hurt. Which means you are Joyce from "Stranger Things."
Joanna C. Valente is a ghost who lives in Brooklyn, New York, and is the author of Sirs & Madams (Aldrich Press, 2014), The Gods Are Dead (Deadly Chaps Press, 2015), Marys of the Sea (The Operating System, 2017), Xenos (Agape Editions, 2016), and Sexting Ghosts (Unknown Press, 2018). They are the editor of A Shadow Map: An Anthology by Survivors of Sexual Assault (CCM, 2017), and received a MFA in writing at Sarah Lawrence College. Joanna is also the founder of Yes, Poetry, a managing editor for Luna Luna Magazine and CCM, as well as an instructor at Brooklyn Poets. Some of their writing has appeared in Brooklyn Magazine, BUST, Them, Prelude, Apogee, Spork, The Feminist Wire, and elsewhere.