Written by Jessica Lanyadoo
On the 5th Venus goes Retrograde in Scorpio until November 16th. This transit is a call to reassess how you relate to and prioritize aspects of your security. This is a time for asking questions and allowing for the discomfort of not knowing the answers. Instead of buying new clothes, save your money and focus on your relationship to your body, your style, and the price of beauty itself.
A powerful New Moon in Libra on the 8th is especially relevant as Libra is ruled by our dear lady Venus, now Retrograde. New Moons happen when the Sun (your identity) and the Moon (your feels) are exactly aligned. This marks a time for openness, beginnings, and clarity. This New Moon is in relationship-oriented Libra. The astrology of this New Moon wants you to confront some difficult truth. You are being pointed towards the things in need of transformation; don’t allow yourself to get distracted by either niceties or fights with people who are unwilling to grow. This can mark a time of profound change, or there can also be potential to get caught up in power struggles. Libra is super indecisive and can be quite passive, so it may be hard to determine what to do.
The questions to ask yourself this New Moon are:
- What do I need to let go of in order to become the person I want to be?
- What is the part that I’ve been playing in the relationship patterns that I don’t like or that I know are not working?
- How can I bring gentleness to the hard parts of the work in front of me?
Personally, socially, and politically, the saying “what you resist shall persist” comes to mind. It’s time to transition from resistance against what you don’t like and to start building an intentional plan for what you want to see. It's time to move from a place of defensiveness and reactiveness into a space of clear and strategic response. This will require choice and personal responsibility to
whatever it is you align yourself with. Because the details are so loud right now, you’re unlikely to be able to see the big picture, so here’s a Pro Tip to help you on your way: when your actions reflect your values, you cannot fail.
It can’t be said enough: you matter. We are all connected, and every single one of us is a valuable part of the whole that is the world we live in. What you do (or don’t do) infuses your part, and no matter how tiny your part is, it’s yours to shepherd. Challenge yourself to move beyond your fears and to step into your potential. If doing what’s safe comes at the expense of doing what you believe is right, it simply isn’t going to work. It’s time to cultivate vision, put yourself on the line, and transmute your sh$t into compost, my love.
March 21-April 19
This week it’s wise to take a pause and sit with your ideas and feelings. You’re seeing things clearly, but you’re not quite ready to use the information that you’ve got; what you need is perspective, so give it time, Aries. You’re very close to knowing what should stay in your life and what needs to go, but there’s no need to rush. Let matters develop and people reveal themselves to you this week, even if slowing down is uncomfortable, my love.
April 20-May 20
Be honest about the state of your intimacies, Taurus. Your relationships are in a major state of flux this week, and as you look around you, you may not be totally pleased with what you see. Instead of going on the defensive, clarify your goals. If you want to burn bridges, you better have a fire extinguisher handy because you’re not the only one with hurt feelings. You can decide to change your expectations, or you may need a more radical approach. Choose wisely.
May 21-June 21
When you want a thing, you can hold on too tight and end up bringing more stress and pressure to a situation that is actually going your way. Look at how you hold your desires this week, Twin Star. Your particular brand of crushing tends to be scattered or distracted thinking or way too detailed attention. Take a deep breath and look around you; are you doing all you can? If yes, relax. If not, make a list and tackle up to three things a day. How you do is as important as what you do, my love.
June 22-July 22
There is so much that you don’t know that it would be easy to fill in the blanks with your fears. Don’t fight the feels, Moonchild. If you’re trying to figure out where you stand or what you want to do, this is an excellent time for you to lean in. While you can’t please everybody – even yourself – all the time, you can strive to be honest. Find the truth before you try to figure out what you should do about it. Put one step in front of the other, Moonchild, and you’ll get there, by and by.
July 23-Aug. 22
Listen to that nagging feeling inside of you, Leo. It’s saying that you’re on the right path, yet something needs to change for you to be ready for the abundance that you want to attract. When trying to grow the circumstances of your life, it’s essential that you change too. Move intentionally through your days this week so that you are able to see your reactions more clearly. This will empower you to make the choices that you need to.
Aug. 23-Sept. 22
This week may kick up some unpleasant feels as you struggle to make sense of things. Make an effort to be present for your process
without judgment, Virgo. When you don’t know the answers, or worse, aren’t sure what questions to ask, it’s easy to feel demoralized and want to give up, but that’s the last thing you should do. Strive to make things simple; get to the root of where you’re at so you can tend to what you need. Start with your foundation.
Sept. 23-Oct. 22
Don’t hide from your feels, my love. No matter how much you wring your hands and fret, it won’t help you. It’s time to confront your fears, Libra. Understanding doesn’t have to immediately give way to action, and doing something doesn’t mean doing everything. Find actions you can pursue that challenge and engage you without totally destabilizing you. The New Moon in your sign on the 8th is a chance for you to embody heartfelt change.
Oct. 23-Nov. 21
The exhaustion and overwhelm you feel is an invitation, Scorpio. Instead of trying to shut down your feels or isolate yourself from others, try a new approach this week: pace yourself. Strive to be more authentic about where you’re at with the people in your personal life. If you’re open to help, ask for it, but if you just want to vent, that’s OK too. Take authority over what you do with your feelings so that you can make different choices around old stumbling blocks.
Nov. 22-Dec. 21
This week you’re likely to need to confront a truth that upsets someone. You can’t please everyone, so even though you may be confronted with difficult situations, this isn’t the time to placate others or to fib to keep the peace. Be honest, Sagittarius, and deliver it with kindness and tact. Where you’re headed is going to require your full presence, so don’t distract yourself with half-truths that dilute your focus and your integrity.
Dec. 22-Jan. 19
Its time for a little experiment, Capricorn. Consider all of the times that you have been most stressed and worried over your future. What actually happened? Were your concerns prophetic? If they turned out to be right, was it possible to make use of their wisdom? You’re changing and you're in a fertile time to reshape your relationship to your fear. Strive to approach things differently in efforts to get new and improved outcomes this week.
Jan. 20-Feb. 18
You’re allowed to take a break when you need one, and right about now is the perfect time for a reaffirming time out, Aquarius. You’re overwhelmed, and it risks making you stressed and irritable if you don’t find better tools for self-care. Do your best to implement more intentional pauses in your day; try turning away from screens, taking a walk, or whatever else affirms who you are and the way you want to live. You can’t do it all at once; just try to do it well right now.
Feb. 19-March 20
The mind is a powerful thing, so guard your thoughts kindly, Pisces. You may be dealing with a major stress overload this week, and the last thing you need is to make it worse by indulging negative thought patterns. When you catch yourself looping through the things that you cannot change, take a deep breath and redirect yourself. There is much that you can do, and there are so many applications of your wisdom that will actually bear fruit. Focus your attention there, my love.