The Hoodwitch: Witch Tips & Weekly Horoscopes 5/17-23/2017

Collage by Jolene Casko

Collage by Jolene Casko

Written by Jessica Lanyadoo

Witch Tips


If you’re reading this, that means you survived last week’s Full Moon madness. There was hard knocks going around, and you whether felt like things were falling apart, getting stuck, or finally coming together, the potential for growth was huge. Schedule some me-time with your Dear Diary to reflect. Seek insights about yourself, your world, and the people in it, in three distinct parts. When life gets hectic it’s easy to go on auto pilot, and lose track of your self. Luckily, this week should give you some relief, so make sure to use it. Remember that what you consent to is on you; don’t focus so much on what other people are or aren’t doing that you miss out on the one thing you have control over: your choices.


This week we have a bit of a break. That will mean for some people that the stress they’ve been holding back will rise to the surface, and for others that you get some real life relief. Be kind to yourself, whatever camp you’re in. From the 17th-19th the ongoing Saturn trine to Uranus will be exact. Saturn wants stability, structure, and rules that bind, while Uranus wants freedom, expansion, and to break all the rules. This transit indicates that the old school (Saturn) and the new school (Uranus) are in a harmonious relationship, which can be great news for you and me and the whole damn world. This energy supports creating reform to old and outdated structures, and innovating new ways of doing things. This is an excellent time to release stale habits and invite in new ways. This transit, like most other celestial butterfly kisses (aka Trines) is gentle; if you don’t choose to make use of this energy nothing much will happen, but with clarity of intention and a little elbow grease, this marks a time when you can get more done with less stress.


On the 18th-20th security oriented Venus will sit opposite freedom loving Jupiter. This could mark a time when you blow a bunch of money shopping, eat rich and delightful foods, or profess your undying love to someone you barely know. The lesson with all of this is the same – practice moderation with delicious things so that you have no regrets later on. This transit has a strong posi side; it’s an awesome time for feeling yourself, connecting with people you adore, and flirting to completion (if ya know what I mean). Skip the Netflix and get out there and mix it up, lovers!





March 21-April 19

Take a minute to count your blessings, Aries. You’ve been working hard, and as a result, you’ve changed your life in meaningful ways. There’s no point in all that effort if you’re not going to stop and enjoy it, so take a break and honor your accomplishments this week, my love. This is an excellent time to take some risks, start something new, and to improve upon your foundations. Honor the things that most inspire you by heeding their call.




April 20-May 20

You don’t have to do a whole lot of external work this week because yours is an inside job, Taurus. Things have been hard in recent weeks, and whether you feel like you’ve come out on the other end or not, this is a moment for you to feel good about your efforts. The most effective way for you to make magic in your life is to trust yourself. You don’t need for things to be perfect as proof that you’ve tried your best. Self-love is the missing ingredient to all your best recipes.




May 21-June 21

As your world expands, you can grow along with it, or you can contract in efforts to keep things the same. This week will bring lots of action into your relationship life, and while that’s not good or bad, it will for sure be exciting. If you’re going to start something new, you might as well put your best foot forward, Twin Star. Don’t define yourself by how others see you; you can’t control how others perceive you, and it’s unwise to even try. Just be yourself, whoever that may be today.





June 22-July 22

This is an excellent week for introspection and self-care, Moonchild. You’re in a transitional place that is fertile but only if you make use of it. It’s not enough to live in a tumult of emotion; you need to make sense of your feels in order to create the change you want to see in your life. Fear is (on it’s own) not enough of an indicator of danger; learn to decode your inner language so you can act in integrity, even when you’d rather hide out with your worries.




July 23-Aug. 22

You can say what’s on your mind, but there’ll be consequences, sweet one. This week you’re on call to stand up for what you believe and deal with consequences. If you feel insecure, that’s OK; just don’t act from that emotion. You’re ready to see things as they really are and move TF on. Just because you can’t see what’s around the bend doesn’t mean that it’s something to fear. Put one foot in front of the other, and make it happen, Leo.




Aug. 23-Sept. 22

Transformation and healing is messy business. You’re totally on the right track and doing the right things, but that doesn’t mean everything is going smoothly. Don’t confuse appearances with substantive truth, Virgo. The problems you’re encountering this week are exactly what you need to deal with in order to be your best self. Not all upsets are here to torture you; be willing to learn from your situation and your reaction to it. Don’t fight the flow; ride the waves, my love.





Sept. 23-Oct. 22

Loving others doesn’t mean you have to take on their issues. This week you will have to decide to have some boundaries or deal with the repercussions. I know it’s unpleasant, but sometimes you have to fight with the people you’re closest to. Disappointing others is part of everyone’s life, so instead of beating yourself up about your limits, try a different tact: be direct, honest, and humble. You don’t have to be perfect, but if you can be emotionally generous, you’re doing alright, Libra.




Oct. 23-Nov. 21

Your relationships are a reflection of your values. Do you like what you see? This week you’re on call to honor the people in your life and your connections to them. If you aren’t happy with your relations, take a minute to see whether it’s time to adjust your attitudes and approach or your relationships themselves. If you’re in a solid interpersonal place, celebrate your fam with tiny avalanches of tender, loving kindness.





Nov. 22-Dec. 21

If you’ve invested your energy into things that you most care about, this week will bring you opportunities to strengthen your connections to them. If you’ve instead been projecting fantasies while mismanaging your time, you’d better get ready for a reality check, my love. Deal with reality even if it’s not super fun, Sagittarius. You’re ready to move into the next phase of development, just don’t get distracted by bright and shiny distractions along the way.





Dec. 22-Jan. 19

You don’t have to know exactly what you want in order to keep on progressing. This week you’re going to have to answer for your actions, and that may be no big deal or a kinda emo drama, depending on how you’ve been conducting yourself, Cappy. Instead of rushing to find answers, try and pace yourself through your options. If you’re asking the right questions, the answers have a funny way of revealing themselves.




Jan. 20-Feb. 18

If you’re in too big of a rush, you will get there frazzled and exhausted. Try to slow down and check in with yourself, Aquarius. You’re going in the direction, but you may be making things harder than they need to be. Can you ask for help? Can you better prioritize tasks so that you’re not doing everything all at once? The people who’ve got your back can only show up for you if you let them. Take a chance, and make yourself vulnerable in the name of progress this week.




Feb. 19-March 20

Your fear of change is only natural, but that doesn’t make it wise. The best things in life are exciting and terrible and risky and divine. Be here for all it, Pisces! Take chances whenever you can this week, in particular if they promise you more freedom and challenge you beyond your comfort zone. Don’t shrink from power if you have a chance to grab it, my love. You’re ready to rise to the occasion and experience more of what you’re capable of.