THE HOODWITCH: WITCHTIPS & HOROSCOPES

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Written by Jessica Lanyadoo

The upcoming week is intense. Pace yourself through your feels, and don't divert your focus from what matters toward distractions you just can't change.

 Mercury is still Retrograde (until April 15th to be exact). You can use miscommunications during this time as a call to clarify your message, tech problems as a reminder to slow down, or you can just be inconvenienced and annoyed a bunch. You’ve got a fertile opportunity to introspect if you choose to take it, lovers.

 From the 27th through the 29th, compromising Venus will be sitting on top of rebellious Uranus in Aries. This is an excellent time to look at your finances and see if there isn’t a better, more effective way of organizing them. It’s kind of a terrible time for impulse shopping, so sit on your urge to splurge on something random. Venus is the planet of compromise and relating, while Uranus teaches us impermanence and the potential inherent in change. Love isn’t meant to stay the same; it ebbs and flows. When you're living in the past or obsessing on the future, you’re not here now for your own experience or for your relationships with others. Venus urges us to love more, to show up and to be kind, while Uranus wants us to go our own way, no matter the cost. While you can expect a tension between these themes this week, the best thing you can do about it is just be here for whatever comes. Love with your whole heart, without attachments to what you hope or fear will happen next. Show up for the present moment, and let tomorrow come tomorrow.

 From the 28th through the 30th, the Sun in Aries will form a dynamic square to hard-assed Saturn. You may feel stymied or bummed around these dates, and as unpleasant as that is, it’s also an opportunity to confront what isn’t working. Seek authenticity instead of quick fixes – trust me, you won’t regret it. What might seem like the easy way out is likely to come back to haunt you later, so do the work now.

Witch Tips

 On the 31st at 4:37amPST, we have a tense Full Moon in Libra. Diplomacy is a good thing, but lying isn’t. Check in with the ways that you justify changing the truth to protect others feelings, or more accurately, to protect others’ feelings about you. Sometimes you have to play the role of the ‘bad guy’ or do things that people don’t like or understand. Accept what you know to be true, and sit with your options. You’re likely to have lots of options, even if very few of them are great. When you catch yourself in ‘all or nothing’ thinking, when it seems like you only have one of two choices, you know you’re not seeing the whole picture. You may need to break down to open up and that’s OK, even if it isn’t fun. Sometimes the best possible path is also the hardest one, sometimes it’s not.

 The rest of this week it may feel like time isn’t your friend. There’s a Saturnian heaviness at play that makes progress feel slow, while life’s demands feel like they keep coming at you fast. When you’re overwhelmed, try to remember why you’re doing what you’re choosing to do. In the eternal words of Kahlil Gibran, “Work is love made visible. For if you bake bread with indifference, you bake a bitter bread that feeds but half <a person's> hunger”. Seek meaning in your difficulties, and let it guide your actions with a sense of purpose.

 

ARIES

March 21-April 19

When life is not as you want it to be, it’s easy to assume the worst. This week you’re on call to look deeper within at the very moments when you most want to give up or tune out. If you can understand what’s really got you upset, you won’t jump to conclusions and make things more complicated than they need to be. Own your part before you go tearing down anyone else’s, Aries. It won’t make your problems magically disappear, but it will help you move on.

 

TAURUS

April 20-May 20

You can’t have progress without instability. If you were in control, you would probably get yourself all the things that you want. The trouble with this is that what you want is not necessarily what you need. It’s okay for your successes to manifest in stages, Taurus. If you’re not emotionally ready to greet your progress with grace, you’re likely to mishandle it. Take the time to catch up with yourself, and make sure that you haven’t had a change of mind or a change of heart.

 

GEMINI

May 21-June 21

Don’t lose track of your goals and ambitions, Twin Star. It’s not a show of loyalty to take on your loved ones' problems. Show up for others without losing track of yourself or taking on their troubles. You’ve got your own mountains to climb, and this week is a particularly abundant time to try. Keep you eyes and actions focused on the things that you know you want because this is a time when you can make serious inroads to your best life.

 

CANCER

June 22-July 22

You don’t need to choose between your personal life and your professional life, but you may need to prioritize one over the other in the short term in order to have the balance you desire in the long term. You can expect emotions to be running high this week, and that means you’re likely to be activated, Moonchild. Decide how you wish to conduct yourself, and don’t let circumstances destabilize you. Be true to yourself, and let the chips fall from there.

 

LEO

July 23-Aug. 22

Your head wants to run, but your heart needs to take a seat. Moving slowly allows you time to really assess what you’re going through and what’s in your best interest versus your most insistent drives. Be brave enough to sit with your feels this Full Moon week, Leo. You may need to change, or you may need to change your life. Either way, there’s no use evading the truth; seek it and make choices that nurture your life in the direction you need it to go.

 

VIRGO

Aug. 23-Sept. 22

It’s hard to sit in your feels when you’re overwhelmed. Resist the urge to fix your problems before you’re actually ready to, Virgo. Jumping in too soon will only make them bigger. Take the time to get really grounded this week: clean your room, empty your inbox, do whatever it is that you’ve been avoiding even though it needs to get done. It’s time to get out of your own way so that you can work smarter instead of harder. Get rid of your distractions and get your flow back.

 

LIBRA

Sept. 23-Oct. 22

You’re not in control, so don’t even try. This week is going to come with its fair share of intensity, so here’s some advice: you don’t need to judge yourself or others, but you do need to discern what’s right for you. You don’t need to make anyone feel any kind of way; you only need to treat them in ways that honor both your values and also your word. Don’t try to manage others in an attempt to feel better, Libra. Everyone gets to have their own experience, my love.

 

SCORPIO

Oct. 23-Nov. 21

This week’s Full Moon is going to kick up some serious feels for you. Pay attention to the people who are consuming your thoughts, and ask yourself why that's happening. This can be a transformational time for your relationship to your relationships; dig into your own emotional motivations, and seek greater self-understanding. If you feel that you’ve been focused on people who don’t bring value to your life, or worse, who hurt you, this is a great time to make a change.

 

SAGITTARIUS

Nov. 22-Dec. 21

How you respond to fear or insecurity is a powerful thing. If you recoil from unpleasant feels, you run the risk of creating distractions from your problems while they fester unattended to. Do your best to confront the stuff that has you feeling upended. This will require you to believe in yourself, Sagittarius. When it seems easiest to check out, show up for yourself as an act of self-love, and it'll have the pleasant consequence of making your whole life better, my love.

 

CAPRICORN

Dec. 22-Jan. 19

You need work/life balance, but what else is new, right Capricorn? This week is going to offer you lots of things to get riled up about, but it’s important that you choose your battles wisely. Your life is made up of the things that you invest in with your time and attention; make sure that you’re not devoting yours to people, tasks, and situations that don’t have true meaning to you. You have nothing to prove and a world of options to chose from. Lighten your grip and explore.

 

 

AQUARIUS

Jan. 20-Feb. 18

Be patient with yourself, or you’ll find it increasingly hard to be patient with others. The resentments and frustrations that you’ve been keeping at bay are likely to turn a corner for you this week, and that’s not the best news in town. Instead of soldiering through it, I encourage you to get really honest about your feels. Whatever you’re going through internally is perfectly valid, but that doesn’t entitle you to act in any way you want. Deal with your inner self, and you’ll have better resources to cope with everyone else.

 

PISCES

Feb. 19-March 20

This week you’re on call to look at what you’ve been holding onto and why. It’s easy to get caught up in the busyness of life and to stop asking yourself questions, but it isn’t wise. Your relationships have been changing for some time and whether you want to put a value judgment on it or not, that won't change the facts. If you’ve not been happy, it’s on you to try to make a change, or to make a call. When you know that something isn’t working, there’s no value in pretending that it does. It’s time, Pisces.