It’s been nearly two months since we first heard that toilet paper was disappearing off the shelves. Other staples too—hand sanitizer, disinfectants, canned goods, even baking supplies have been near impossible to find ever since. And while we can understand that desire to keep your house stocked with the essentials, things quickly got out of hand. Someone started all of this. And we bet we know who.
No judgment here, but if we can get down to the root of what’s causing this panic buying/stockpiling mentality, maybe we can all be more mindful of how to navigate these uncertain times together, and ensure that there’s enough to go around for everyone.
Read on to see why these six signs might feel like they need to hoard food and supplies.
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
You thrive on stability and security, Taurus. Not many people love change, but it can feel like it turns your world upside down. So to combat your fear of scarcity, you stockpile the essentials. That way you know beyond a shadow of a doubt where your next meal (or roll of toilet paper) will come from.
And seriously, are people expecting you to live without your tried and true staples and your creature comforts? (You’re totally the one who bought up all the bread-making supplies, aren’t you?)
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
In times of stress, your first reaction is to withdraw inside that crabby little shell of yours, Cancer. At a time when people are telling us to stay home if we can, there’s no way you’re venturing out unless it’s absolutely necessary.
The way to do that is to create your own store inside your home, right? That way you can stay inside and pretend none of this is happening. You’re like Ariel, holed up with your thingamabobs and dinglehoppers. Only now they’re hand sanitizer and Vitamin C.
Virgo (August 23-September 22)
If there’s one thing you can’t handle, Virgo, it’s to feel like you’re not in control of your own destiny. And we’ve found ourselves smack dab in the middle of Uncertainty. You combat those feelings of fear and helplessness by controlling what you can—and if you get to the store early enough you can control the number of supplies in your home.
We wouldn’t be surprised if you’ve got a list (or be honest, a spreadsheet) of local store hours and inventories.
Scorpio (October 23-November 21)
There’s a chance you might be stuck in your own head right now, Scorpio. (Right now? LOLz, try always, amirite?) But being separated from friends and loved ones is likely to leave you in a darker place than normal at the moment, and running through worst-case scenarios in your own head is a serious hazard.
Keeping food, supplies, and other protective necessities on hand doesn’t make you feel lighter, per se, but it probably gives you a bit more peace of mind.
Capricorn (December 22-January 20)
Capricorn, if you had a motto, it might be “If you want something done right, do it yourself.” You’re not one to wait around for someone to provide for you, and you’re certainly not one to let someone else take care of the details.
That’s your superpower, and they’ll likely mess everything up. So in efforts to keep on providing for yourself and your loved ones around you, you’ve cornered the market on all the essentials. No one’s going hungry (or TP-less) on your watch.
Pisces (February 21-March 20)
These are scary times, Pisces, and you’ve always worn your heart (and your fear) on your sleeve. Because of your high emotional quotient, you might be the most susceptible to the urge to panic buy. You might be the most susceptible to panic in general than the rest of the zodiac.
And because you’ve got some impulsive tendencies, you might not think through how much you actually need—you just grab everything you can and run. You could also be using retail therapy to try to quell those uneasy feelings inside.