horoscopes nov 2018

New moon in scorpio

We have a moody start to the week with a Dark Moon against a backdrop of Venus still squaring Pluto for the rest of the month, and Mercury Retrograde in its shadow zone. On the 6th, Uranus Retrograde moves from Taurus to Aries, and the next day we have a New Moon in Scorpio. The weekend closes on a considerably lighter note, with Jupiter, Mercury, and the Moon in Sagittarius through Saturday.

Nov. 4-7: Dark Moon phase

Nov. 6: Uranus reverses into Aries

Nov. 7: New Moon in Scorpio

Nov. 8: Jupiter into Sagittarius

Nov. 9-10: Jupiter, Mercury, and Moon in Sagittarius

Venus Square Pluto through November

November’s square between Venus in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn is all about power dynamics in the relationships that structure our lives, as well as transforming and balancing our own relationship to ourselves, to society, and to our assets.

Other themes of this transit include financial empowerment, finances and power in our relationships, paying and collecting on debts owed, national debts, wealth redistribution, and political reparations.

Make sure to check last week’s horoscope for more on Venus square Pluto.

Mercury Retrograde Protocol

Mercury goes retrograde on November 16th through Sagittarius and Scorpio, and we’re well into the shadow zone till then. If you have strong placements in either of these signs or strong Jupiter or Mars placements, you’re probably already feeling the effects of the shadow zone especially intensely.

Take care of business now. Sign your contracts, buy your tech upgrades and other expensive purchases, and back up your data definitely before November 16th and ideally before the shadowzone starts on November 1st. Here are more details about Mercury Retrograde.

Uranus Reverses Into Aries

On November 6th, Uranus reverses from Taurus into Aries until finally going direct next January 6th.

This retrograde has been about revolutionizing your relationship to your physical self and your belongings. In Taurus, Uranus teaches us how to get radically grounded. Once Uranus returns to Aries (where he’s been since 2011), Uranus applies these lessons in groundedness to supporting our individual self-expression.

How has the role of the individual shifted in society since 2011? We have definitely seen the status of individuals in society thanks to Uranus-ruled technology – first through television and movies, and more recently through the internet.

Do you follow or idolize influencers to your own detriment? If so, Uranus in Aries can create opportunities for you to develop a healthier sense of self.

Dark Moon Protocol

The Dark Moon is the period of a few days before a New Moon. As the light of the moon waxes and wanes, our own energies wax and wane accordingly.

It’s the perfect time to align with a “yin” rather than “yang” vibe. Stay hydrated, take naps, cancel unnecessary plans, and release rather than taking on more.

This Dark Moon lasts until November 7th, the beautiful Scorpio New Moon.

New Moon in Scorpio Ritual

As close as possible to the exact time or just after the New Moon, clear space for a ritual. Affirm what you are calling into your life regarding the Scorpionic themes of endings, shared resources, the occult, and taboos.

On the surface, it’s a paradoxical New Moon because Scorpio is about loss and endings, and New Moons are about birth. This New Moon in Scorpio understands that all things must die for new life to come into being.

Meditate on where in your life you feel “at war,” in your relationships, politically, spiritually, and with yourself. Which of these wars are worth fighting? Are you fighting other people’s battles for them?

Where could you actually stand to be more combative, more assertive, more ruthless? What do you need to manifest for your inner warrior to thrive on the spiritual battlefield?

Do you fight with the intention of creating love and justice, or do you fight for the comfort of it, because you’re addicted to the cortisol?

On one hand, fighting can be a waste of energy – feeding our precious resources of attention and time to entities we wish to see weakened can actually reinforce them. On the other hand, denying the evils we see in our world and attempting to bask in “love and light” 24/7 is spiritual bypassing and a form of complicity.

Evil teaches many spiritual lessons. One is learning to discern the difference between which forces will die off naturally if starved of attention and energy, versus which require direct confrontation. Another spiritual lesson is learning to face all of life even when we are fearful.

And yet another lesson is to cultivate our personal power fully in order to create the world that we wish to inhabit. That we wish for others. That we wish to pass onto our children. That we would’ve wished for our ancestors. Tune into the wisdom of Mars, god of war, and Pluto, god of death, both co-rulers of Scorpio, for guidance on what you wish to create with this New Moon.

 Jupiter, Mercury, and Moon in Sagittarius

After every moody, cozy Scorpio moon comes a Sagittarius moon to lighten things up. And on Friday and Saturday, Jupiter, Mercury, and the Moon will be in Sagittarius.

For the past year in Scorpio, Jupiter magnified the Scorpionic issues of taboos and secrets, for example by blowing the lid off sexual harassment scandals in Hollywood.

Jupiter moving into his sign of rulership, Sagittarius, is a huge vibe shift, especially for us Sagittarius folk. Expect expansion, growth, and adventure in whatever house you have Sagittarius in. So for example, if you have Sagittarius in the 2nd house, Jupiter is going to bring financial growth. In the 7th? A big romantic adventure!

And with the conjunction to Mercury and the Moon over the weekend, we can expect intuitive nudges, omens and synchronicities regarding what bounty this Jupiter trip will provide over the next year. Enjoy this optimistic, free-spirited, adventurous vibe and think BIG regarding what you want to see magnified in the year to come.

Horoscopes

Please read for your sun sign and your rising sign (check out How to Read Your Birth Chart for info on finding out your rising sign).

Scorpio

Yes to visualization, money altars, and applying a metaphysical lens to your personal finances. No to compulsive spending and lending large amounts of money in an attempt to soothe your own discomforts or irrational guilt about a loved one’s financial situation. At least till late December.

This week, drop the overthinking and commit to your creative practice for just 10 minutes. Once your 10 minutes is up, either keep going if you’re in the flow, or lovingly reward yourself for taking that small but important step for your spiritual health. It will be a surprisingly grounding move for any erratic relationship scenarios as well.

Sagittarius

We know you love to wing it, but this week truly requires a solid gameplan. It will be easy to over-extend yourself – give yourself a lot of time between appointments for the rest of the YEAR. Jupiter conjunct Mercury in your sign has you thinking big, which is excellent as long as you remember to undersell and overdeliver –  not the other way around.

If you feel like your daily grind is interfering with your romantic or social life, quit brooding and let your loved ones know you’re still thinking about them! Even a FaceTime on your lunch break will get the heart connections flowing again.

Capricorn

Your guides may try to get your attention through a weird miscommunication with family or roommate – maybe to do with your literal home. Rather than getting caught up in petty details, ask yourself what this situation is showing you about your need for emotional security and healthy boundaries.

Asking for guidance explicitly from your guides/angels/ancestors/Higher Self rather than trying to muscle through it alone will have massive benefits, even if they’re not obvious immediately.

You’re on track to achieve a major career milestone. Celebrate yourself this weekend!

Aquarius

Jupiter moving into your friend zone ramps your social life all the way up for the next year – but this week he’s squaring Mars, so be selective with your social commitments and give your plans lots of cushion on either side to avoid burnout.

Seek out a trusted friend this week to talk out a romantic situation that’s on your mind. Or perhaps a trusted friend is the romantic situation. Keep the focus on big-picture visualization of where you want things to go. Speak what’s in your heart!

Pisces

Whatever moves or negotiations you need to make on the career front this week, get it in writing. If you can avoid signing contracts or making commitments till late December, please do.

This week, the Moon brings up lots of feelings – maybe secrets – regarding taboos, shared resources, work, and where you want to go next. Maybe your boss finds out you’re a witch and doesn’t like it. Maybe your lover owes you money and it’s time to agree on a payment plan. If you need to have a talk, let things percolate till Saturday afternoon.

Aries

This Uranus Retrograde trip has refined how you express your independent streak, both in the world at large and especially within relationships. You move less from a place of, “love me on my terms or else I will bolt or throw a tantrum” and more, “all my relationships benefit when I love myself beautifully first.”

This weekend: say no to preaching to the choir or proselytizing to those who are already entrenched in an opposing position. Say yes to creating equity for your existing under-resourced allies so they can have their voices amplified.

Taurus

As Uranus retreats into Aries, the personal revolution/existential crisis you’ve been undergoing seems to quiet down for a few months.

From now till Uranus officially moves into your sign next May, say no to projecting your own needs for change and independence onto others in the form of judgment or rigidity; say YES to any kind of grounding practice, journaling, meditating, nature magic, and connecting with your guides to help anchor the evolution.

Gemini

Distract yourself from anything that can be described as “toxic but hot.” Especially at work. Channel any extra, um, fervor into a creative practice, at least for the rest of this year. Mercury is square Neptune, muddling your perception and making a big mess of boundaries, and about to go retrograde in your relationship zone.

Retreat from complex situations and dive into a self-defined vortex of excellence. Attend to your personal wellness and creative needs like clockwork, nourish your friendships, curate your music collection. Religiously take space from everything that doesn’t qualify as mutually rewarding, balanced, and empowering.

Cancer

The week starts off with a possibly morose Dark Moon in Libra square Saturn in your relationship zone. Rather than letting fleeting insecurities dampen an otherwise solid bond, trust that the partnership that you have built can withstand a totally human emotional blip. If single, spare yourself the brooding.

Focus on what’s working, don’t take things personally, and follow the breadcrumbs of synchronicity. You may feel tempted to distract yourself by overscheduling – try taking a spontaneous afternoon off instead. You’ll feel way lighter by the weekend.

Leo

The only thing to watch out for in the coming weeks is any imbalanced sex-money scenarios. For example, lending money to someone you’re sleeping with would be ill advised.

Otherwise, your New Moon looks really sweet, generating cozy, harmonious vibes between your home, family, and romantic commitments. There could also be building sexual tension moving toward the weekend. If there’s nothing romantic on the horizon, enjoy riding the waves of pure creative mojo.

Virgo

 

The New Moon marks an epiphany, thought style, or dialogue, especially regarding creative and romantic commitments. The only thing that could block the good mojo of this alignment would be inherited dysfunctional beliefs or ancestral wounds that limit your sense of what’s possible for you in love.

The antidote? From now through the end of the year, try any of the following: learn to speak to yourself in your own love language. Integrate ritual journaling or regular talk therapy into your routine. Whatever it takes to identify the blocks and articulate what values and desires are real to you now.

Libra

With this New Moon, you initiate a change regarding personal finances or your own values, especially as they relate to the routine maintenance of your life. For example, maybe you’re finally ready to invest in a new wellness strategy. Integrate any changes mindfully – start making positive changes but wait till late December to make any serious financial investments.

Meanwhile, there’s tension simmering in your love life, as Uranus prepares to reverse into your commitment zone. Between now and January, expect the unexpected regarding your own romantic desires. Is your mind up to date with what you want on a soul level?

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Horoscopes for the Week of October 28, 2018

It’s a progressive vibe this week, with a Mystic Rectangle followed by Venus’s reversal into Libra and opposition to Taurus, Mercury entering the shadow zone of its Retrograde, and ending with a square between Venus in Libra square Pluto in Capricorn.

Oct. 28/29: Mystic Rectangle

Oct. 31: Venus reverses into Libra, Venus opposite Uranus

Nov. 1: Mercury Retrograde shadow zone

Nov. 2: Venus square Pluto

Mystic Rectangle

The week starts with a 4-planet aspect pattern known as a Mystic Rectangle. It consists of Saturn trine Uranus which is sextile the Moon, which is in a trine to Venus conjunct the Sun, all in Water and Earth signs.

Water and Earth brings flow and fertility. It can also create mud.

The Mystic Rectangle brings a lot of movement, drive and stamina to our endeavors, so long as we don’t throw the energy off balance by digging our heels in the mud or succumbing to stubbornness or paranoia. Stay results-oriented, in tune with your emotional reality, and keep your wide-angle vision in mind for best results.

Venus Reverses into Libra

Venus is still retrograde, and on Halloween she moves from Scorpio back into Libra. In Scorpio we’ve been deep-diving into our most intense emotions and attachments and encountering where we are willing to go to extremes – even to the point of destruction – for what and who we love. In Libra, we do the work to rebalance our own relationship to love, money, and attraction.

Contrary to popular belief, Libra isn’t necessarily an inherently “balanced” sign. Librans in practice may have a tendency to swing from one extreme to another, requiring balance themselves. Their soul purpose can be exploring the meaning of balance – and learning to embody it.

Balance is achieved through mastering the nature of both yin and yang: action and inaction, creation and destruction.

Yet in our action- and productivity-oriented culture, it is easy to get addicted to being in go mode all the time. One manifestation of overly “yang” expressions of Venus is going into debt –  spiritually, emotionally, or financially – trying to maintain the illusion of control. Of being perfect. Of having it all together.

So during this Libran phase of Venus Retrograde, ask yourself: Does yang come more easily to you than yin? Is it easier for you to go in hot pursuit – even if all signs point to no – because the activity gives you the illusion of control? Is it time to release excesses, dysfunctional habits, or even declare energetic bankruptcy and if so, how does that actually play out in your daily life?

Make sure to read What Is The Meaning of Venus Retrograde for more details on how to thrive during this year’s Venusian backspin.

Venus Opposite Uranus

The same day that Venus reverses into Libra, she forms an opposition to Uranus in Taurus.

This is a great period for re-foundationing your value system and considering how to revolutionize your relationship with the Taurus themes of your own body, personal space, and belongings.

For example if you have a mountain of debt or a storage unit filled to the brim with stuff you don’t use anymore, channel Venus opposite Uranus to set a stick of dynamite in that block of stagnant energy and let her rip.

If you’re feeling bored or uninspired by your daily eating habits, go to a grocery store and figure out what foods you’re actually attracted to and use these cues as guidance for what kind of changes you can make on the culinary front.

If you’ve been putting in long hours over a computer to try to make that money, get outside and give your body some energizing new experiences. Show yourself – in your own love language-  that you are committed to loving your True Self too much to let your self-worth be defined by the artificial computer systems that rule our collective financial accounts.

Money is just an energy. And abundance is more than money. Apply a metaphysical lens to the meaning of money in your life.

Listen to what your soul, body and bank account are practically shouting at you and start making changes. If you’ve been ignoring your bodily wisdom, it will be impossible not to heed the call with this transit – a planet in opposition to Uranus is not subtle. Go with the flow of it and expect big results!

Mercury Retrograde Shadow Zone

We officially enter the shadow zone of Mercury Retrograde on the 1st. We’ll cover more of Mercury Retrograde protocol in next week’s post, but for now, here’s how to prepare:

Back up your data as soon as possible. Try to postpone any major purchases, especially of the tech and automotive variety, till after the Retrograde period. Change your passwords.

Get your transportation issues squared away – subway card filled, car oil changed, the bike tuned up. Book a nice fat cushion of time between appointments. If you absolutely have to sign any contracts during the Retrograde, make sure to read the fine print first.

And remember, as the inimitable Mystic Medusa always says during Mercury Retrograde, delays work in your favor.

Mercury Retrograde is not the demonic entity pop culture astrology can make it out to be. It is when we learn how to relinquish control over those aspects of our lives that have us running around trying to act like little productivity machines when we are, in fact, only human – multidimensional energy bodies in 3D form. This retrograde is a time for reconnecting with the Cosmic Flow and embracing the magical realism that Mercury rules.

Nov. 1: Mercury Retrograde shadow zone starts

Nov. 16: Mercury goes retrograde at 29° Sagittarius

Dec. 6: Mercury stations direct at 27° Scorpio

Dec. 24: Mercury Retrograde shadow period ends

Venus Square Pluto

When Venus in Libra squares Pluto in Capricorn on the 2nd for the entire month of November, expect to unearth some deep wisdom regarding power dynamics in your relationships – including your own relationship to yourself, to society, money, and your belongings.

Do you feel disempowered financially? Do you give your power away in relationships? Do you give your belongings – or the pursuit of material things – more power than they are worth? On the flip side, is it time to collect on the debts that are owed you? This may play out politically as well, in conversations around wealth distribution, abuses of power, national debts, and reparations.

Pluto rules the underworld, and underground riches. How do you replenish your stores of personal power? When we avoid our own depths – our repressed pain, our secret suffering – we miss the gems that lay hidden there as well.

These gems of your soul are waiting for you to excavate them – and in the coming weeks, ready or not (you are), Pluto will be suiting you up for your own personal spelunking/gold mining mission. We’ll explore these themes more in the coming weeks.

Horoscopes

Please read for your sun sign and your rising sign (check out How to Read Your Birth Chart for info on finding out your rising sign).

Scorpio

The week starts out with a harmonious and stabilizing array of planets that can bring healing conversations around your most important relationships and where you want to go next. You’re entering a period of healing, closure, and release of ancient heart wounds. The only way out is straight through, so dive in and trust the process – and yourself.

Sagittarius

No way around it: Mercury squares Mars, bringing communication clashes. Mercury is in your 12th house, making any messages trying to come through difficult to understand clearly – it’ll be very easy to project and blame others. Take a good hard look at yourself first before choosing to speak. The upside is if you focus on the love underlying your strong reactions, any confrontations will lead to growth and deeper bonding.

Capricorn

Everything you’ve been planning for the new era of your life is finally starting to feel real this week. The planets are very supportive of your creative flow. The only sticking point can be the Moon in your relationship house, stirring up some deep feels regarding how you maintain your own identity in the midst of commitment. Remember that consent is a spiritual law, not just a sexual one: your guides want to help you, but first you have to ask and allow.

Aquarius

Things feel aligned in the work-life balanced front – don’t throw it off by overly focusing on a weird communique or confrontation at work. Exchange the facts, acknowledge and process the root feelings involved, and keep it moving. If you can remain diplomatic, it will start to resolve itself by the end of the week. Consider what your early parental figures taught you about love for a flash of helpful insight.

Pisces

The beginning of the week is playful and fun, as a Grand Water Trine stimulates your creativity and has you visualizing where you want to go next. Chiron is still retrograde in your sign until December, providing deep and possibly painful healing opportunities especially regarding your identity and purpose. Late in the weekend, raw or vulnerable emotions around a relationship offers a clue as to what Chiron may be trying to help you heal.

Aries

You’re enjoying some productive strides on the work-life-money front, especially if you can make time to tune into your subconscious or a spiritual practice. If something trips up your daily routine, even something as mundane as a head cold, feel whatever you need to feel but remember to find meaning in the madness. What is your Higher Self trying to tell you through this situation?

Taurus

Your week starts off strong, especially where relationships and conversations about the future are involved. If anything is likely to give you a headache, it’s figuring out how to manage your work life with romance. Don’t dig your heels in! Get in touch with the emotional reality – yours and others’ – of the situation and be proactively vulnerable.

Gemini

You’re making steady gains in the work-money realm. Your daily routine feels flowing and guided by synchronicity. If you get triggered around financial or security concerns, extend some compassion to yourself! Making progress will inevitably bring up fear of the unknown, or bring up expired fears for processing. Breathe through them – you’re clearing space for a new financial paradigm and deepening (possibly romantic) commitment.

Cancer

If you find yourself swimming in feelings, seek community – healthy attention from friends, lovers, and children is grounding and nourishing to you, especially early in the week. A friend dynamic can bring up some old childhood patterns. Are you recreating dysfunctional “origin family” patterns within your adult “chosen family” relationships? How can you create a new paradigm of familial support in a way that best aligns with your modern value system?

Leo

Enjoy some quiet time at home early in the week to help process some subconscious emotions that want to surface. A relationship spat is a wake up call to examine any expired beliefs inherited from childhood. What are you ready to release? An odd possibility: disempowering joint, tooth, or mobility issues carry a potent message about a change you need to make in your work life.

Virgo

 The week starts with a beautiful Grand Water Trine involving your friends and your relationship houses. Expect flowing conversation and inspired connections. A health obstacle bears an important message that you cannot ignore. The Venus-Uranus opposition brings in some forced innovation around how you make your money. You may feel vulnerable or afraid but take a concrete proactive step anyway!

Libra

Venus steps out of your financial realm and into your own sign – what have you learned about your own values and relationship to money in the last few weeks, and how will these lessons inform how you take better care of yourself? Re-organize your daily routines around upholding the best possible self-care, in prep for Uranus’s reversal into your relationship house next week. Self-care is more than bubblebaths and face masks. It’s about loving yourself in all aspects, including your demons, shadow self, and inner child.

That’s all for this week. Make sure to subscribe to receive your weekly horoscopes in your inbox! Have a beautiful week everyone.

 

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Horoscopes for the Week of October 21, 2018

Welcome to Scorpio Season!

This week we enter Scorpio season, enjoy a sensual Full Moon in Taurus, followed by a beautiful heart-opening conjunction of the Sun and Venus in Scorpio.

Oct. 22: Last day of Libra season

Oct. 23: Beginning of Scorpio season

Oct. 24/25: Full Moon in Taurus

Oct. 26: Sun conjunct Venus

Happy Scorpio Season!

On the 22nd we close Libra season, the sign of partnership, balance, and harmony. The spotlight moves from our collective relationship realm into the depths of Scorpio.

This month’s vibe is all about merging, power dynamics, emotional intensity – and discord. What are you obsessed with, even on a subconscious level? It’s the perfect time to dive into the compulsions that drive you.

Taurus Full Moon Ritual

The Full Moon is in Taurus, the complement to Scorpio. These two signs rule the spectrum of personal belongings versus shared resources, respectively. Taurus also rules the physical body, while Scorpio rules death and the unknown.

And with this Full Moon opposing the Sun in Scorpio, we can expect a flashpoint around our subconscious beliefs regarding our values, our belongings, our sense of self-preservation – and what we need to release in order to make space for the new, in all senses of the word.

A perfect ritual for a Full Moon is to write down everything you are ready to release on a piece of paper, burn the paper, and scatter the ashes. Consider the following affirmations for this Taurus Full Moon:

I release all obstacles that block my awareness of how I really feel, even if the depth of it frightens or bewilders me.

 I release ingrained patterns from ancestors and parental and authority figures that no longer serve my soul’s growth.

 I release all self-limiting beliefs around what I deserve.

 

Sun Conjunct Venus

We close the week with a beautiful conjunction of the Sun and Venus in Scorpio bringing light to our emotions, our most emotionally charged relationships, and creative mojo. The 26th is a great day to go on a date or dive into a creative project. Watch out for vanity, laziness, or overspending. All forms of self-love and self-care are excellent today.

Mercury Retrograde Prep:

This is our last week before we enter the Mercury Retrograde shadow period. Take care of as much business now as possible. Sign your contracts, buy your tech upgrades and other expensive purchases, and back up your data definitely before November 16th and ideally before the shadowzone starts on November 1st.

Nov. 1: Mercury Retrograde shadow period starts

Nov. 16: Mercury goes retrograde at 29° Sagittarius

Dec. 6: Mercury stations direct at 27° Scorpio

Dec. 24: Mercury Retrograde shadow period ends

Horoscopes

Please read for your sun sign and your rising sign (check out How to Read Your Birth Chart for info on finding out your rising sign).

Libra

If you’re due for a big talk around money, your values, or any secrets surrounding these topics, this week is the perfect time. It might feel vulnerable but the raw energy that gets released via this conversation will be especially beneficial for your career or sense of authority in the world.

Scorpio

The Taurus Full Moon brings a simmering tensions around a relationship scenario to a boil. Don’t try to be flippant or play yourself down in any important conversations this week – get grounded, keep it real, and shine your light.

Sagittarius

The Full Moon brings a consciousness-expanding memo from your guides this week, and it’s most likely to hit while you’re in the flow of your routine – commuting to work, in the shower, cooking dinner. Stay ultra lucid and pencil in some freeform playtime at home to help download the message.

Capricorn

This is a great week to work hard, play hard, hit the town with friends, and get indulgent. Or go all in on a creative project, enjoy slow, lavish meals, have a spa night, or book some bodywork. Decide on your boundaries and budget in advance and stick to it, especially where friends are involved.

Aquarius

Be the adult you needed when you were younger this week. For guidance on any power struggles at work, or tricky work-life balance issues, think back to authority figures of your formative years. Whose energies are you ready to release? Hint: if you need permission to have more fun, give it to yourself.

Pisces

Nurture your time-tested friendships this week, ideally entertaining at home. A super healthy and grounded friendship might be an unexpected source of inspiration for a career dilemma. If you’ve been trying to solve a mystery, this Full Moon provides a not-so-subtle hint.

Aries

If there’s an imbalance in what you’re investing financially or emotionally versus what you get back, you know it this week. And you gain insight into where you learned the pattern to begin with. Stay lucid and flexible in all of your conversations to help right the scales.

Taurus

Scorpio season shines a spotlight on your beliefs surrounding love and what you feel you deserve. Sort your belongings and give away anything you don’t totally love, don’t need, or holds the energies of expired relationships. The Full Moon reminds you of what you’re truly worth.

Gemini

The entire next month is a great time for you to assess what aspects of your lifestyle to invest in and expand versus which habits and routines are just draining your life force. The Full Moon lights up a corner of your psyche that contains a sudden jolt of insight into what direction to go towards.

Cancer

Venus Retrograde is the perfect time for you to reconnect with your creative mojo. And the Full Moon this week highlights your friendships and social circles – are they in alignment with your most creatively fulfilled lifestyle? The answers may come via a mind-expanding dream or waking-life dialogue.

Leo

Tensions between home and work have been simmering for weeks, and the Full Moon marks a turning point. Stay steady through a stoic commitment to your healthiest routines. Apply a metaphysical lens to your finances and love life – in what ways do they reflect each other?

Virgo

The Full Moon is a harbinger of consciousness-expanding communications. If you’re feeling restless on the home front but unable to break free in the near future, try vision boarding your next vacation. Expect a victory or lucky surprise at work by the weekend.

That’s all for this week. Make sure to subscribe to receive your weekly horoscopes in your inbox! Happy Full Moon everyone.

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Aspects are angles describing the location of planets relative to each other. Major aspect patterns are relationships formed between three or more planets, and each pattern represents a unique energetic archetype.

In The Meaning of Planetary Aspects in Astrology, we looked at the main aspects or two-planet relationships, from conjunction through the opposition, and what each aspect implies. In this post we’ll look at the following three-planet aspect patterns: the stellium, Grand Trine, Triangle of Potential, Yod, Thor’s Hammer, and T-square.

These are not the only three-planet aspect patterns but they are some of the most popular. In the future we’ll look at four- through six-planet aspects as well.

Aspects are described as soft or hard depending on the energetic challenge they represent, and aspect patterns are described as soft, hard, or some combination of the two. In this post we’ll describe each major aspect pattern on a spectrum of soft to hard.

3-Planet Major Aspect Patterns:

  • Stellium: Focus (3 conjunctions)
  • Grand Trine: Harmony (3 trines)
  • Triangle of Potential: Growth (1 trine, 1 sextile, 1 opposition)
  • Yod: Karmic Mission (1 sextile, 2 quincunxes)
  • Thor’s Hammer: Rebellion (1 square, 2 sesiquadrates)
  • T-Square: Challenge (2 squares, 1 opposition)
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Horoscopes October 2018

The Astro Landscape

This week starts off with a slow simmer, building toward a t-square over the weekend with the Sun, Venus, and Mercury in opposition to Taurus, both square the North Node in Leo.

For context, Mercury went into Scorpio on October 9th, conjunct Venus and in an opposition to Uranus in Taurus. The opposition was exact on October 10th but the energy is still active this week. Scorpio and Taurus are both prone to stubbornly holding onto the energy of a conflict long after it’s served its purpose. Speak your heart but mind your words.

We’re still deep in the Venusian vibe, a week into Venus Retrograde with the Sun still in Libra, ruled by Venus. We have Uranus in Taurus, the other sign ruled by Venus, opposing both the Sun and Venus. Make sure to brush up on the meaning of Venus Retrograde, which will hit Libra on October 31st and remain there till November 15th.

Which brings us to this week:

Oct. 15: Moon conjunct Saturn trine Uranus

Oct. 18: Moon conjunct Mars-Lilith square Mercury & Venus

Oct. 20: Sun-Venus-Mercury opposite Uranus square North Node

The Moon moves through Sagittarius to Pisces over the course of the week, starting with a conjunction to Saturn trine Uranus. This brings a welcome sense of stability and resolve regarding any big changes occurring in whatever area of your life is occupied by Uranus.

Uranus is still retrograde in Taurus and preparing to move back into Aries on November 6th before going direct next January 6th. This retrograde is all about revolutionizing your relationship to your physical self – namely your body and your belongings. For example, since Uranus went retrograde in May, I’ve completely leveled up my diet and physical lifestyle.

The emotional grounding we receive with the Moon-Saturn alliance will serve us well as the week progresses toward a Sun/Venus t-square to Uranus and the North Node.

On the 18th, the Moon conjuncts Mars and Lilith in Aquarius, which square Mercury and Venus in Scorpio. If you need to have a  heart to heart or take a fierce stance regarding attachment issues that are being brought to light this Venus Retrograde, today’s the day.

By the end of the week, Venus in Scorpio, to be conjoined by the Sun on the 26th, squares the North Node, forming the t-square with Uranus.

If you’ve been avoiding accepting the lessons of your Venus Retrograde trip, expect to be pushed into the ring anytime from this week till Halloween to face your demons, skeletons, and ghosts squarely. But remember they are not your enemies, but fragmented aspects of your own self. These shadow selves don’t need to be fought or destroyed – they need to be loved.

 

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How to Interpret Venus Retrograde Transits & What Each Zodiac Sign Can Expect in 2018

Venus is the goddess of love, attraction, and values. She goes retrograde on October 6th, 2018, and goes direct on November 15th. This year’s Venus Retrograde is about  where we go to extremes to get what we want – and how to balance it.

In this post we’ll break down the Venus Retrograde Protocol so you can maximize this transit any time the love goddess retreats into her lair. Then we’ll discuss the unique flavor of this year’s transit through Scorpio and Libra and the implications for your zodiac sign.

Venus Retrograde 2018 Key Dates

Sept. 2: Venus Retrograde shadow period starts

Oct. 5: Venus goes retrograde at 10° Scorpio

Oct. 31: Venus reverses into Libra

Nov. 15: Venus goes direct at 25° Libra

Dec. 17: Venus Retrograde shadow period ends

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Venus Retrograde Protocol

The following applies to any Venus Retrograde, including 2018.

Love & Romance: Embody what you find most magnetic in others and in yourself. No chasing. Give to yourself that which you seek from others. Fall in love with your shadow.

Money: Pay off debts. Ask yourself: Where did my beliefs about my self-worth come from? Are they even my beliefs, or did I absorb them from a loved one in an attempt to protect them from themselves – or to stay artificially close to them?

Beauty: Do not make any irreversible cosmetic changes, especially surgical ones. Throw out expired beauty products and recommit to your core self-care rituals.

Creativity: Finish up old projects and experiment behind the scenes till Venus goes direct. If possible don’t release anything new until then.

Venus Retrograde Protocol by Zodiac Sign

For 2018, read for your sun sign. You can also read the following according to house transit – find out how to pull your chart in the post Astrology 101.

Aries / 7th & 8th House

Pay down debts, metaphysical or otherwise. Re-integrate any soul fragments shattered via past trauma and heartbreak. Each piece is in a separate piece of baggage – empty them all and burn them in the fire of your well-aerated soul.

Be careful with any old flames who pop back up. Fierce self-love first.

Taurus / 6th & 7th House

Mirror work: what do your relationships reflect about how you treat yourself? Consider that what you’re attracted to in others is actually a quality you personally want to develop.

Revamp your daily rituals, especially around sensuality and aesthetic. Invest in your personal healing.

Gemini / 5th & 6th House

What repressed emotions trigger you to deny yourself what you need? 30-day challenge: nourish your emotional body on a daily basis and observe what comes up.

As an air sign, you thrive when you travel light. And by November, you’ve lightened your load considerably and are ready to focus on your projects. Experiment with new creative concepts but save the big reveals for mid-December.

Cancer / 4th & 5th House

“There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”

  • Leonard Cohen

Pain can fuel great art but it can also drain our creativity and passion. In October you dive deep into your own shadow and break the dam on your life force.

Declutter your home. Immerse yourself in sensory pleasures. Scent, lighting, comforting textures, herbal tea, feng shui, healing tones will all ground your emotional body in the now.

Leo / 3rd & 4th House

Release buried emotions around your origin story. Create a container where you can wallow a bit. Key word is container: it has four sides, and you’re either in it or you’re out.

Ponder the subjective reality of your own belief systems. Are some of your thoughts actually an invasive species? Which beliefs do you consciously want to keep and cultivate?

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Virgo / 2nd & 3rd House

Lay off the sarcasm and Devil’s advocacy. Apply your penetrating intellect to articulating your emotional truths rather than witty deflections.

By December, you’ve disassembled the destructive thought patterns that created dissonance in relationships. You can bond from a place of clarity, authenticity, and mutual appreciation.

Libra / 1st & 2nd House

Commit to unflinchingly identifying where the hell these obstacles to self-love even came from. There’s no judgment here. Just pure alchemy, from lead to gold.

By the time Venus moves back into Libra, you’re in classic Venus Retrograde mode: re-commit to your ideals and polish your aesthetic. Create a goddess altar to yourself.

Scorpio / 12th & 1st House

You have a tendency to idealize others as a way to make your own intense attachments feel safer. Practice honoring the humanity in yourself and others by not putting anyone on a pedestal.

Notice what qualities in others are beautiful to you. Love and nurture those same qualities in yourself.

Sagittarius / 11th & 12th House

Your Venus Retrograde quest is to turn and face your shadow squarely. Befriend it. Literal debts and emotional baggage show you the way and teach you that you don’t release karma by denying or demonizing it but by forgiving it.

Through this self-acceptance, you deepen the friendship you have with your lover and form a more authentic, unconditional bond with your friends.

Capricorn / 10th & 11th House

Your Venus Retrograde theme is to hold yourself accountable to your own Higher Self – not just rotely accomplishing your to-do list, no matter the cost to you.

Ask yourself what you value most about existing on Earth as a member of humanity. How can you be more structured about enjoying it? Your bonds are as deep as your bond with yourself.

Aquarius / 9th & 10th House

You may have been going to extremes with work lately. Why? You find your compass this Venus Retrograde.

You may think you’re trying to achieve a career goal, but you’re actually motivated by emotional depth. Let yourself be guided by love and appreciation of others – and yourself, regardless of your achievements.

Pisces / 8th & 9th House

You’re craving growth and depth in your relationships but it’s time to take a step back.

Where have you gotten out of alignment with your own values around love and self-worth? Any imbalance may be rooted in fear of your own beauty, in every sense of the word.

A transcendent relationship first requires harmony within yourself.

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Horoscopes October 2018

The Astro Landscape:

This week belongs to Venus, who just retreated into her 40 day retrograde trip through Scorpio and Libra. The Dark Moon is the perfect time to settle into this new Venusian groove as we approach the New Moon in Libra. On the 10th, Venus squares Mars, and on the 11th we gain fresh perspective with the Moon-Jupiter conjunction in Venus’s Scorpionic lair.

Oct. 6: Venus Retrograde

Oct. 7: Dark Moon

Oct. 8/9: New Moon in Libra

Oct. 10: Venus in Scorpio squares Mars in Aquarius

Oct. 11/12: Moon-Jupiter conjunction in Scorpio

Venus Retrograde

Venus rules love, beauty, and abundance – specifically the kind that you magnetize, rather than going out to pursue, which is ruled by Mars.

As she backtracks through Scorpio, we examine where we have gone too far in her name. Are your emotional investments giving to you as much as you put into them?

Stay tuned for an upcoming post dedicated just to the meaning of Venus Retrograde and how she’ll guide you for the rest of the year, sign by sign.

Dark Moon

The Dark Moon is the period of a few days before a New Moon. As the light of the moon wanes, our own energies wane along with it.

Get extra rest, stay hydrated, and steer clear of anyone who is resisting the yin vibe by acting out.

The Dark Moon lasts until Monday or Tuesday, depending on where you are in the world, when we have a beautiful…

Libra New Moon

As close as possible to the exact time or just after the New Moon, clear space for a ritual. Affirm to Venus what you are calling into your life regarding attraction, love, beauty (inner and outer), creativity and money.

My favorite formula for intention-setting is the following:

I’m thankful for + [desired feeling] + [(optional) the physical manifestation]

Speaking & writing the words “I’m thankful for” brings your mind & body in alignment with the energy of fulfillment. Check your horoscopes below for examples – each one comes with a unique New Moon affirmation prompt.

Relish your gratitude and your desires this New Moon, and look to the events of the following 72 hours for hints of what you can expect in the next few weeks of Venus Retrograde.

Venus Square Mars

This square creates conflict or creative tension between Venus and Mars. Expect anything from tension in a relationship to forced growth around what you want versus how you attain it.

Regardless of relationship status, this aspect might manifest as opening up emotionally through sexual exploration or healing attachment wounds.

It’s also a powerful time to channel insights from shadow work into creating new relationship paradigms, with implications for individuals, partnerships and society at large.

Moon Conjunct Jupiter

On the 11th or 12th, depending on your timezone, the moon enters Scorpio and conjoins Jupiter. This brings levity to any heavy feelings dredged up as Venus stations retrograde. Use the wide-angle lens to gain insight into your own emotional origin stories.

Please read for your sun sign and your rising sign (check out How to Read Your Birth Chart for info on finding out your rising sign).

Libra

Be radically honest with yourself and give yourself a break. It’s time to tell a new story around your emotional reality, and it starts by forgiving yourself for being gripped by the past.

New Moon ritual prompt: I am thankful for my ever-growing ability to perceive the depths of my beauty with crystal clarity.

Scorpio

Release karmic guilt or self-imposed limitations around how you express your most powerful emotions. How? Actually enjoy the mystery that arises between desiring and having, when your anticipation is building and anything can happen next.

New Moon ritual prompt: I am thankful for the intensity of my passion, my truest internal compass.

Sagittarius

You tend to take care of everything on your own, but right now, you need support in order to keep growing. Level up your modus operandi by initiating inspired dialogues within your community.

New Moon ritual prompt: I am thankful for friendships that reflect, uplift, and keep up with the growth of my highest self.

Capricorn

 When it comes to a cherished goal, speak, write, and vision board it into existence. Imagine your childhood self – share with them how far you’ve come, speaking in the unique love language you needed to hear back then.

New Moon ritual prompt: I am thankful for the healthy boundaries in my life that create the safe space I need to express myself fully.

Aquarius

If you’re juggling a work expansion but craving adventure, remember you can always expand your horizons from home. A learning bender generates the zest you and your relationships need.

New Moon ritual prompt: I am thankful for an intuitive radar so finely wired that I easily make the right moves without always knowing why.

Pisces

Whether it’s a conversation with a loved one or with your own higher self, now is the time to share the truth in your heart. Especially around emotional labor allocation and the resources you need.

New Moon ritual prompt: I am thankful for the beauty and power of my ancestors completely distilled into my current form.

Aries

Expect an important conversation or negotiation with a romantic or business partner. Magical realism, solo mysticism, and asking for feedback from loved ones are all power moves this week.

New Moon ritual prompt: I am thankful for mutually supportive relationships with those who honor and adore my independence.

Taurus

You may gain sudden insight into your current work-love balance (or lack thereof). Work out complex emotions and regain perspective through some kind of grounding physical or ritualistic activity.

New Moon ritual prompt: I am thankful for healthy habits that cultivate the peace and stability of my personal sphere.

Gemini

If you’ve been waiting for a sign to initiate a big project, this New Moon is it. Wait till December to release it with the world, but set the foundation and intention now.

New Moon ritual prompt: I am thankful for the infinite creative ways I can love myself via regular self-care.

Cancer

This is a great week to nest, creatively beautify and reorganize your home sanctuary as a way to process emotions and realizations to do with your roots. Sensual pleasures are healing.

New Moon ritual prompt: I am thankful for the humor and wisdom my intimate relationships bring me.

Leo

If you’ve been energetically over-investing in a relationship or work, this New Moon is the messenger. Enjoy quiet R&R at home or with family later in the week – it will give you emotional perspective.

New Moon ritual prompt: I am thankful for my bright and well ancestors and chosen family.

Virgo

A high pressure situation requires your integrity and fast problem-solving skills. Blow off steam and regain perspective by revolutionizing your health and wellness paradigm.

New Moon ritual prompt: I am thankful for co-creative relationships where I can express my most nuanced and vulnerable truths.

That’s all for this week. Make sure to subscribe to receive your weekly horoscopes in your inbox! Happy Venus Retrograde and New Moon everyone.

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The Best Crystals for Your Zodiac Sign
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Crystals are a powerfully attractive entry into studying the mystic arts. Beautiful, ancient, and of infinite variety, these energetic fruits of the Earth inspire every facet of human creative and spiritual life. While crystals are sometimes dismissed as a New Age “woo,” the fact is that they have been used for everything from healing to ritual to religion to interior decor to jewelry for millennia.

Take mainstream birthstones, for example. As early as the 1st century Jewish historian Josephus thought that there was a relationship between the twelve stones worn in the breastplate of Moses’s brother Aaron, the High Priest of the Israelites, and the zodiac signs. The breastplate featured four rows of three stones each, possibly including:

  • Carnelian
  • Peridot
  • Emerald
  • Carbuncle
  • Lapis lazuli
  • Citrine
  • Amber
  • Agate
  • Amethyst
  • Topaz
  • Beryl
  • Sardonyx

The Best Crystals For Your Sign

In the 8th and 9th centuries, religious scholars correlated the twelve apostles to these twelve stones, and this influenced the practice of wearing a different stone for each month of the year.

Precious stones have also been appreciated widely in the East. For example, in Vedic astrology, planets and the nodes of the moon are correlated with nine stones known as the Navaratna, and specific gems are assigned at birth according to ones astrology chart to support the wearer’s health. They are:

  • Ruby for the Sun
  • Pearl for the Moon
  • Red Coral for Mars
  • Emerald for Mercury
  • Yellow sapphire for Jupiter
  • Diamond for Venus
  • Blue sapphire for Saturn
  • Hessonite for the ascending lunar node
  • Cat’s Eye for the descending lunar node

And in 1912, Jewelers of America standardized the monthly birthstones, probably to increase their popular market appeal. While the apparently random assignment of stones to birth months may or may not energetically resonate with you as a modern day mystic, healer, or enthusiast, you might enjoy working with crystals according to their unique energy signature, based on your own zodiac sign.

And so we present to you a list of recommended crystals according to zodiac sign. Each zodiac sign includes at least one crystal to amplify your innate energies and another to heal and balance.

If you’re looking for a crystal for healing purposes, divination, or altarwork, consider selecting one according to your sun sign. If you’re looking for one to wear or for decorative purposes, select one according to your rising sign. If you’re looking for a crystal to help heal a relationship, or to provide energy work, work with crystals that correspond with both of your signs to help you attune to each others’ energy.

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

Carnelian enhances your innate creativity, passion, life force, warmth, happiness, and courage.

Citrine provides happiness, courage, hope and warmth. It contains the energy of the sun and facilitates abundance, success, and prosperity.

Bloodstone increases energy and strength, removes energy blockages, reduces anxiety, and acts as an energy cleanser especially for the lower chakras.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

Peridot is a compassionate stone that activates the heart chakra. It brings abundance and provides a healing energy for relationships, especially marriages.

Pyrite, also known as fool’s gold, is a protective stone that relieves anxiety, frustration, and heals energetic leaks and repairs tears in the aura.

Smokey quartz is a powerful grounding stone and is excellent for releasing grudges, emotional baggage and energy blocks. Use this stone to purify the energy field of a being or a space.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

Blue lace agate is a great crystal for communication and clarity of thought. It is a calming stone that can bring peace and soothe the nerves.

Blue chalcedony is a grounding gem that can balance the mind and body and improve communication.

Clear quartz clarifies the thought process, reduces fear, and enhances the qualities of meditation.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

Moonstone is perfect for your moon-ruled sign because it enhances your natural intuition and psychic abilities and calms emotional reactions.

Ametrine is a beautiful purple stone that generates optimism, soothes stress, and harmonizes the emotions.

Citrine is a mood-boosting stone that can enhance self-expression and creativity.

Leo (July 23 – August 22)

Hematite is a magnetizing stone that energizes and grounds the body and helps you bring your visions into reality.

Bridge crystals are a crystal structure, not a specific type of crystal, where a smaller crystal penetrates a larger crystal. They can form a bridge between worlds, such as between the present and the past, and are often used to heal inner child wounds.

Tiger’s eye is another grounding stone that amplifies personal power and confidence, and brings good luck.

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

Tibetan quartz is a very powerful stone that purifies energy, boosts the energy of other crystals, soothes mental overstimulation and balances the chakras.

Red jasper is a grounding and protective stone that enhances stability and releases stress.

Tiger iron is another grounding stone that strengthens the immune system and heals the nervous system.

Libra (September 23 – October 22)

Pink tourmaline, also called the electric stone, is a crystal that increases happiness and inner peace by helping to release extreme or polarized energies.

Lapis lazuli boosts personal power, organization skills, and improves your ability to make solid decisions.

Labradorite is another stone that aids in decision making, except it does so by reducing the mental chatter that can occur due to information overload, clarifying your intuition and psychic abilties.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

Merlinite, named after Merlin the wizard, encourages spiritual growth and helps you tune into your mystical abilities.

Onyx is a powerful stone that purifies energy and transmutes negative energies such as stress, grief, and trauma.

Shiva Lingam balances the masculine and feminine polarities and activates kundalini energy.

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)

Aragonite is a grounding, energy-boosting stone that helps to transmute and released suppressed stress and emotions.

Turquoise is a semi-precious stone that provides spiritual attunement, balance, and offers protection, especially during physical activities and travel.

Malachite is a stone of transformation that enhances spiritual growth. It is helpful during periods of change.

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)

Garnet is a sensual, grounding stone that increases passion, creativity, and abundance.

Black tourmaline is a highly protective stone that assists in purifying energy and setting clear boundaries.

Azurite is a wonderful stone for opening the third eye and connecting to your multidimensional energy body. It can help to cut through illusion and attain wisdom.

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)

Amethyst is a calming, peaceful crystal that enhances mental clarity, intuition and psychic abilities.

Aquamarine is another stone that calms the nervous system. It aligns the throat chakra, brings clarity, and helps to release the past.

Yellow jasper stimulates the solar plexus and gives the courage and vision needed for channeling healing on a societal level.

Pisces (February 19 – March 19)

Rose quartz facilitates unconditional love, peace, and harmony in relationships.

Obsidian is a grounding stone that helps to activate the root chakra, transmute negative energies, and integrate and heal soul fragments.

Howlite is an “attunement stone” that facilitates a connection with alternate dimensions and higher consciousness while helping to relieve and release stress and pain.

Many crystals require special cleansing and programming, so always do your own research. On that note, this list isn’t …set in stone (yes, I had to). If you feel attracted to a stone, regardless of what this resource or any other says, it probably has something to teach you. Follow your own intuition first.

 

 

If you enjoyed this article, check out our introductory posts to astrology, including Astrology 101 and The Zodiac Wheel.

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Horoscopes Week of September 30 2018

The Astro Landscape:

This week starts off with a seismic shift with Pluto Direct and a fresh gust of inspiration with a Grand Air Trine. The rest of the week feels like a retreat into our collective lairs as we close the week with a grounding Grand Earth Trine and Venus Retrograde during a waning moon.

  • September 30th: Pluto Direct, Grand Air Trine
  • October 5th: Dark Moon en route to New Moon in Libra on Oct 8/9
  • October 6th: Venus Retrograde, Grand Earth Trine

Sunday is off to a very potent start with underworld Pluto emerging direct after a 5-month retrograde trip through authoritative Capricorn. We’ve been asked to examine our own relationship to power, and we can expect our findings to result in a tectonic reckoning, shaking the very structures of our society to the core. This energy can bring repressed trauma to the surface, so let’s be gentle with ourselves and each other.

At the same time we have a lovely Grand Air Trine between the Sun and Mercury in Libra, Mars in Aquarius, and the Moon in Gemini. These air signs may be known for being indecisive, aloof, or fickle, respectively, but their true power lies in their powers of objectivity and championing for social change by upholding truth and justice.

I’m reminded of artist Jenny Holzer’s famous piece:

“Abuse of power comes as no surprise.”

Art as activism and catharsis is a crucial counter-balance to everything that gets stirred up this week.

The Sun-Mercury conjunction in Libra speaks truth – the kind that brings justice – to power. Mars in Aquarius wants to fight for a better future. And the Moon in Gemini brings an intuitive lucidity while considering all sides of a story. With these three in balance, everyone knows the truth of the situation, even if not everyone wants to acknowledge it.

The rest of the week is devoted to processing all of the above feels as we enter a Dark Moon phase before the New Moon in Libra on October 8th or 9th, depending on where you are in the world.

The Dark Moon is when the light of the moon wanes, until it goes totally dark on the New Moon. It’s perfect for getting extra sleep and staying extra hydrated. Steer clear of anyone who tries to siphon your energy. It’s the perfect time to declutter, clean everything, lay low, and mind your own business.

The Venus-Mars square is exact on October 10th but we’re already feeling the buildup of tensions, especially as we prepare to enter the Venus Retrograde phase on October 6th. This square creates frustration, conflict, or creative tension between Venus and Mars. This can look like anything from sexual tension to internal conflict between what you want versus how you feel comfortable getting it.

Venus in Scorpio wants to seduce, bond, and merge with intensity. Mars in Aquarius is too detached, independent, and intellectual for anything sentimental.

If you’re already attached and it’s authentic, this vibe can be pretty hot. If not … it’s not. It can be uncomfortable and possibly bring up attachment issues. Be mindful during conflict that just because you want someone – or you’re committed to a relationship – doesn’t mean you actually owe each other anything except consent and respect.

Plus the Sun squares Saturn. Boundaries will come up. And the Sun-Mercury conjunction will help you to articulate yours.

Especially once Venus goes retrograde, channel your emotional intensity into re-evaluating what you personally find magnetic in others and in yourself. Imagine the goddess Venus retreating into her lair and basking in her own glory. Cultivate that energy, and review last week’s horoscope for more about how to max out Venus Retrograde.

We end the week with a Grand Earth Trine, which makes the insights and communications from earlier this week available for practical application. Saturn in Capricorn trines Uranus in Taurus trines the Moon in Virgo. The structures of our life provide a solid container for experimenting with improvements to our physical day-to-day lifestyle. It’s an efficient, organized, grounded energy.

Some Do’s and Don’ts that are pretty much always relevant, but especially this week.

Write this list down somewhere and keep it where you can read it:

Don’t power trip or let anyone siphon off you.

Do reconnect to your own power source and recharge.

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Don’t get stuck in analysis paralysis.

Do write everything down as it comes up.

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Don’t feed the trolls.

Do mind your own business, rest up, and stay hydrated.

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Don’t demand what isn’t willingly given.

Do give to yourself that which you seek from others.

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Aspects in Astrology

How to Interpret the Aspects: Conjunction, Semisextile, Sextile, Square, Trine, Quincunx, and Opposition

If you’ve ever looked at an astrology chart, you’ve noticed that it consists of a circle with lines connecting the various glyphs. These lines are called aspects. In this post we’ll discuss what aspects mean symbolically and how to apply their wisdom to your soul’s evolution.

Aspects in AstrologyAspects are technically angles describing the location of planets and other elements in the twelve sections, by zodiac or house, of the chart relative to each other. We’ll focus on planets throughout this post for simplicity’s sake, but just keep in mind that anything on the chart can aspect another, from planets, asteroids, or special angles like the Vertex point.

(If you’re already lost, you can review our posts Astrology 101 and How to Read Your Birth Chart to get up to speed.)

Just like two people can experience a relationship with each other that ranges from harmony to discord, planets relate to each other along the exact same spectrum. Each aspect symbolizes a stage in the evolution of relationships between the various elements of your chart.

Aspects start with the conjunction, meaning that the planets are in the same sign or house and symbolize unity, and progress all the way to the opposition, meaning the planets are six signs apart, on opposite sides of the chart, representing polarity and balance.

Aspects are described as “soft” and “hard” depending on the quality they represent, and aspects alternate from soft to hard before culminating in the opposition.

Here are seven important aspects in astrology and what each represents:

Conjunct (Same sign): Union
Semisextile (1 sign apart): Growing Pains
Sextile (2 signs apart): Ease
Square (3 signs apart): Tension
Trine (4 signs apart): Harmony
Quincunx (5 signs apart): Discord
Opposite (6 signs apart): Balance

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