WITCHTIPS & HOROSCOPES 07-13.2018

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 Written by Jessica Lanyadoo 

 

On the 7th there is a powerful New Moon in Scorpio that delivers deep healing potential. This New Moon brings with it a powerful intensity that can shine new light on old problems or simply bring something to the surface that you’ve been avoiding. Don’t shy away from intensity; it’s exactly what you need to feel in order to heal. New Moons happen when the Moon and Sun meet in the sky at the exact same degree, and they happen once per year in each sign. When it comes to the Moon, the only way out is in, so stay with whatever comes up for you this week instead of trying to explain it away or ignore it. Scorpio is a deeply emotional sign. Expect to be confronted with feels that you’ve had shame around or on topics that are somewhat taboo. It’s good to look at your shadow, even if it feels bad. Your shadow is a part of you, and only by accepting and owning it can you transform it. That’s exactly what this lunar shift is here to help you do.

Be willing to use your feelings as information. Here are some questions to explore, as honestly as you can. Now is the time to heal your wounds.

New Moon Homework:

- What have I been avoiding?

- What people, situations, or attitudes am I holding on to that I know aren’t working?

- What am I willing to release in efforts to be more whole?

- Where have I held others or myself to excessively harsh standards?

- Can I give myself permission to make mistakes? Furthermore, can I commit to a living amends?

As Jupiter, the planet of luck and benevolence leaves Scorpio on the 7th and enters Sagittarius, we have the potential to let go of some of the pain that the past year has unearthed. Beginnings and endings are irrevocably linked up with each other. The healing that Jupiter provokes tends to be quick, but it may not be thorough.

Jupiter is in its native placement in Sagittarius, and it’s here for the first time in twelve years. This shift is a powerful one. It opens the door to strangers, it opens minds, and it yields an increased potential for understanding others, especially those who have cross-cultural experiences. This transit will last about a year, and it marks a time of increased growth. The only trouble is that not all things should grow. The downside of this energy is that it can compel you to jump to conclusions, to sacrifice common sense to your impulses, and to err on the side of extremes. While this can help us to better understand each other, it can also lead to cross-gendered mansplaining, aka soapboxing. If you’re in a rush to convince others of your views, you may not be doing a great job of listening. This is a period where we can find new ways of communicating and learn a ton, but this will require listening at least as much as you speak. If you feel called to teach or travel over the next year, it’s likely to be an expansive experience.  We are moving into a time when you get to rewrite your story. If you do this at the expense of the truth, justice, or fairness, you will find that you are restless and hungry. You are not better than anyone else, and you are not worse. When your version of the truth justifies cruelty or condemnation of others, you’ve veered off a dangerous edge. We still have the heavy hitters of Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn, and Uranus in Taurus, so it’s not sunshine and rainbows quite yet, my friends. Beware of the pitfalls of extremism; if your version of utopia is at the expense of other people’s wellness, then that vision is at the expense of both the collective and your own Soul. Confront your shadow with kindness. Shine light into the darkness, and don’t recoil from what you see. Embrace yourself so that you may heal, and then use the resiliency of your own healing as a resource that you can share with others. Good intentions, thoughts, and prayers are only the first in the many steps needed from each and every one of us.

Xo

ARIES

March 21-April 19

You can find your best self, inner peace, or the path forward, but it won’t happen by avoiding your stresses or by overwhelming yourself to the point of paralysis. It’s time to take stock of the big picture: look at your goals, and look at how far you’ve come. Don’t be in such a rush to fill in the details that you do so before you're clear about your modus operandi. Believe it or not, you can put some things down now in order to more effectively deal with them later.

TAURUS

April 20-May 20

You’ve got all of the tools you need to get up and make it happen, but right now that’s not the best course forward. This week’s New Moon in your relationship house is a great opportunity to slow down and get grounded, Taurus. Things are changing, and it won’t do you well to have knee-jerk reactions. Take the time you need to consider your past. Commit to learning from your experiences rather than dooming yourself to repeat them, dear Taurus.

GEMINI

May 21-June 21

When things slow down is when you start to stress out. Don’t confuse the space in which to create infrastructure with being stuck. Sometimes the movement in your life is meant to be internal, and sometimes it’s about productivity and action. Slow down and regroup this week, Twin Star. Realign your plans with your circumstances. Be willing to make carefully considered changes based on the information that you have now, my love.

CANCER

June 22-July 22

This week’s New Moon is likely to put you right in your element, sweet Moonchild. Show up emotionally for yourself and the people in your life. Allow the wisdom of your heart, including all that you’ve learned and lost, to inspire you to hold space for others and for yourself. You’re in a unique position to honor your feels and to support others too. Align yourself with the generosity of spirit that helps you to not only have peace within yourself but to also generate it in the world around you.

LEO

July 23-Aug. 22

Letting go is hard work, even when that letting go is absolutely the right thing to do. This week is likely to kick up some seriously sad feels, but that doesn’t mean that they’re bad feels or an indication that you’re off track. Don’t confuse what you’re feeling with a green light or a red light. Your feelings are a response to your situation right now in tandem with the baggage you came here with. Be patient and kind as you work through them, Leo.

VIRGO

Aug. 23-Sept. 22

You don’t need to know what’s coming next in order to be safe. This week you’re likely to feel your control issues are triggered. Instead of taking those feelings at face value, try to investigate them. Why do you want control? And truly – of what? Dig deeper into your reactions so that you don’t end up relocating messes instead of cleaning them up. Even better, try not creating them in the first place. Change yourself before you go trying to change others, Virgo.

LIBRA

Sept. 23-Oct. 22

Embrace what you have with both arms, Libra. This week, the power of gratitude will help buoy you along. Take pains to appreciate the air you breathe, the food that nourishes you, and all the other little things that are so easy to take for granted. Finding balance isn’t like finding the perfect pair of jeans. It isn’t waiting somewhere for you; you have to make it happen. Counterbalance the tough stuff by paying greater mind to the abundance in your life.

SCORPIO

Oct. 23-Nov. 21

The New Moon in your sign on the 7th marks a powerful shift for you, Scorpio. This can be a time when you feel overwhelmed and shut down, or you rise to the occasion by using the tools and inner resources at your disposal. Be your own best ally, my love. Show up for yourself, wherever you’re at, and put into practice your hard-earned wisdom, even if your feels would have you regress back into old habits. You’ve got this.

SAGITTARIUS

Nov. 22-Dec. 21

Don’t get so caught up looking around for excuses that you check out from the story as it unfolds. You are here now, and you have a part to play in the events of your life. Don’t forget why you’re in it, Sagittarius. Reconnect with your sense of purpose, and let that guide you – not being right, not rushing to the part where you understand the big picture. Get accustomed to uncertainty, and strive to pair it with faith and patience this week.

CAPRICORN

Dec. 22-Jan. 19

Your fears are likely to catch up with you this week if you’re not careful, my salty friend. Instead of losing yourself in a soup of what ifs, start with accepting where you’re at, including the parts that are yet unknown. You can only make plans based on the information you have, so start there. Don’t overwhelm yourself by taking on too much. Dont' try to cultivate a long-view when so many details are blocking your view. Do only what you can today, and handle tomorrow when it comes, Cappy.

AQUARIUS

Jan. 20-Feb. 18

The New Moon on the 7th may fill you with a sense of purpose, or it may highlight that you’ve strayed from having one. You may have to take a slow road forward, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t get there. Find strength in your vulnerability and a purpose that can propel you to whatever comes next. This week is bound to reveal something that you’ve been trying to avoid dealing with, and while it’s not fun, it was really a matter of time, Aquarius.

PISCES

Feb. 19-March 20

You seriously need a break, Pisces. You are likely to have people around you with lots of demands this week, and it’s on you to articulate and honor your own limits. It’s not true generosity when you don’t give it with an open heart. Saying no to a person is not the same as denouncing them; give yourself the same latitude as you would offer to others. You get to do what works for you in a healthy way, even when it’s a bit complicated. Prioritize self-care, my love.


WITCHTIPS & HOROSCOPES ~6-20-26/2018

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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: there is no separation between the political and the spiritual. None. What you do unto others, the injustices you’re able to justify, and the tragedies you’re comfortable regarding as “other people’s problems” are all true reflections of your Soul – the one and only thing that get to take with you when you leave this life. Don’t allow apathy or overwhelm to stop you from caring about others. You have a voice, and no matter how tiny it is, if you use it to resist hatred and oppression, you will be joining a chorus of others. Together we can direct the course of history and avoid making the grotesque mistakes we made the last time that Uranus was in Taurus (1934-1942).

Children are being ripped from their parents and guardians; parents are not being told where their children are. These children are being incarcerated in tent cities, buildings with no windows, and in metal cages. If you don’t know what concentration camps are, now’s the time to do a simple Internet search, because these camps are terrifyingly similar. It’s time to educate yourself and to do something. History can (and often does) repeat itself, but it doesn’t have to. If you think that all of this is separate from astrology, I assure you that it’s not. We have some dangerous transits reiterating now that we also saw during WW2, so let’s not make the same mistakes. I promise that your horoscope is below, but know this: you, your liberty, and your wellness do not exist in a vacuum. Your liberty is interwoven with that of others. When your money, good mood, safety, etc is won at someone else’s expense, your good fortune is simply not in alignment with your Soul – regardless of your Sun sign or this week’s horoscope.

Let me share with you this poem by Pastor Niemöller, written after World War 2*, that truly says it all.

“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”

The demographics may be different, but the meaning is clear. As a family of humans, we must protect each other from powers that seek to do us harm. There are no more excuses; the time is now to make your voice heard.

Things are moving fast, and this week the astrology comes at us quick. This week starts off with a lovely Mercury trine to mystic Neptune on the 20th. This transit will bring with it a spike in empathy, and it’s exactly what you need if you’ve got conflicts to reconcile or have been creatively stuck. Expect your ideas to flow, even though this won’t give you any motivation to get things done. If you try you can make inspired headway.

This energy follows us into day one of Cancer Season, which starts on the 21st, with a dynamic Venus opposition to Mars. This shift brings us to a greater concern for family and a time for tending house. Look to your foundational relationships and the people you call home; these transits give you the energy you need to tend to who and what you care about. This week is a big emo shift, so if you find yourself irritable, don’t freak out! Your best bet is to strive to understand the source of your upset so that you can nurture yourself effectively.

Luckily, on the 22nd we have a Sun sextile to Saturn that will help you do just that. This transit is excellent for getting to work. If you need to practically understand something, make a plan, or even just get to the gym, this shift will help you achieve it. Saturn can help you reach some much needed perspective in order to make wise choices. It can also help you to generally follow through with your plans and commitments, so do try to make use of this energy.

Finally we have the belly-puncher of the week; on the 23rd Mercury in Cancer forms a contentious opposition to Pluto in Capricorn. This combination is likely to intensify your thinking and can lead you down some thorny pathways if you’re not careful. Pluto governs paranoia and obsessions, and its energies can be quite vengeful. Pick your battles wisely as you may need to stand up or sit TF down this week. When you catch yourself running over the same self-defenses in your mind, it’s a sign that you don’t totally believe what you’re saying. Pluto can also signify a time of breakthroughs, healing, and resolution. If it can’t be chill, just make sure that it’s healing, my loves.  

PS: On the 26th Mars goes Retrograde for the first time since 2016, and it will stay that way until August 27th. This is a really big deal, and I’ll tell you all about it in next week’s forecast, I promise. xo

 

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: there is no separation between the political and the spiritual. None. What you do unto others, the injustices you’re able to justify, and the tragedies you’re comfortable regarding as “other people’s problems” are all true reflections of your Soul – the one and only thing that get to take with you when you leave this life. Don’t allow apathy or overwhelm to stop you from caring about others. You have a voice, and no matter how tiny it is, if you use it to resist hatred and oppression, you will be joining a chorus of others. Together we can direct the course of history and avoid making the grotesque mistakes we made the last time that Uranus was in Taurus (1934-1942).

Children are being ripped from their parents and guardians; parents are not being told where their children are. These children are being incarcerated in tent cities, buildings with no windows, and in metal cages. If you don’t know what concentration camps are, now’s the time to do a simple Internet search, because these camps are terrifyingly similar. It’s time to educate yourself and to do something. History can (and often does) repeat itself, but it doesn’t have to. If you think that all of this is separate from astrology, I assure you that it’s not. We have some dangerous transits reiterating now that we also saw during WW2, so let’s not make the same mistakes. I promise that your horoscope is below, but know this: you, your liberty, and your wellness do not exist in a vacuum. Your liberty is interwoven with that of others. When your money, good mood, safety, etc is won at someone else’s expense, your good fortune is simply not in alignment with your Soul – regardless of your Sun sign or this week’s horoscope.

Let me share with you this poem by Pastor Niemöller, written after World War 2, that truly says it all.

“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”

The demographics may be different, but the meaning is clear. As a family of humans, we must protect each other from powers that seek to do any of us us harm. There are no more excuses; the time is now to make your voice heard.

Things are moving fast, and this week the astrology comes at us quick. This week starts off with a lovely Mercury trine to mystic Neptune on the 20th. This transit will bring with it a spike in empathy, and it’s exactly what you need if you’ve got conflicts to reconcile or have been creatively stuck. Expect your ideas to flow, even though this won’t give you any motivation to get things done. If you try you can make inspired headway.

This energy follows us into day one of Cancer Season, which starts on the 21st, with a dynamic Venus opposition to Mars. This shift brings us to a greater concern for family and a time for tending house. Look to your foundational relationships and the people you call home; these transits give you the energy you need to tend to who and what you care about. This week is a big emo shift, so if you find yourself irritable, don’t freak out! Your best bet is to strive to understand the source of your upset so that you can nurture yourself effectively.

Luckily, on the 22nd we have a Sun sextile to Saturn that will help you do just that. This transit is excellent for getting to work. If you need to practically understand something, make a plan, or even just get to the gym, this shift will help you achieve it. Saturn can help you reach some much needed perspective in order to make wise choices. It can also help you to generally follow through with your plans and commitments, so do try to make use of this energy.

Finally we have the belly-puncher of the week; on the 23rd Mercury in Cancer forms a contentious opposition to Pluto in Capricorn. This combination is likely to intensify your thinking and can lead you down some thorny pathways if you’re not careful. Pluto governs paranoia and obsessions, and its energies can be quite vengeful. Pick your battles wisely as you may need to stand up or sit TF down this week. When you catch yourself running over the same self-defenses in your mind, it’s a sign that you don’t totally believe what you’re saying. Pluto can also signify a time of breakthroughs, healing, and resolution. If it can’t be chill, just make sure that it’s healing, my loves.  

PS: On the 26th Mars goes Retrograde for the first time since 2016, and it will stay that way until August 27th. This is a really big deal, and I’ll tell you all about it in next week’s forecast, I promise. xo

* To clarify: human rights atrocities are not in any way isolated to the internment or concentration camps of WW2, or the oppression that thrived in that period. Some major astrology of that period is reoccurring currently, and this is specifically why I am referring to that period. 

 

 

 

ARIES 

March 21-April 19 

If you allow your anxieties or feelings of overwhelm to direct your actions, you’ll only succeed in generating more things to be upset by. Take a step back so that you can assess what needs attention versus what needs soothing, Aries. What you don’t know could end up becoming a liability or a wonderful surprise; the point is that you don’t yet know, so why assume the worst? Find ways of seeking the best in situations that trigger you this week. 

 

TAURUS 

April 20-May 20 

In order to have something you really want, you may have to give up something you cherish. The most important thing you can do this week is make sure that you’re making choices from a place of self-knowledge. Don’t make your moves with the motive of keeping up with the Jones’s or pleasing others. Nothing is totally free – including freedom. Make compromises, but only bend on things that won’t make you break. Don’t compromise what you believe in, Taurus. 

 

GEMINI 

May 21-June 21 

Uncertainty is part of life. The important thing is that you resist the temptation to fill in the blanks with stories just because you’re uncomfortable not knowing what’s up. This week may involve some waiting or feeling stymied. Instead of fighting it, try taking this as an opportunity to be interested in your own responses. How you feel in reaction to the people and things around you says just as much about you as it does them. Take the time to listen, Twin Star. 

 

CANCER 

June 22-July 22 

This is the start of Cancer Season – it’s your time, Moonchild! Too much of a good thing is still too much. Support your emotions solidly and in ways that don’t demand you leave the house or spend a bunch of money. Eat conscientiously, drink lots of water, practice breathing through upsets, and try to get enough sleep this week. How you treat your body will set the stage for your ability to pair intention with your responses during this very emo week. 

 

LEO 

July 23-Aug. 22 

Things may not be as you wish they were, but that doesn’t mean you’re stuck. You have options, and if you’re willing to look creatively at them, you may be pleasantly surprised at what you find is possible. Leverage the resources you already have at your disposal to help you without taking on any new debts this week. If you can work with what you have, you’ll find that you generate abundance in your life and in the lives of others, Leo. 

 

VIRGO 

Aug. 23-Sept. 22 

Letting go is hard and scary and painful, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it. This week will confront you with the need for change. You can convince yourself that everyone around you needs to change, but it’s not true. Either you need to shift something within you or it’s time to change your actions. If something isn’t working for you, it’s your job to advocate for your needs. If what you’re doing isn’t working, try something new, sweet one. 

 

LIBRA 

Sept. 23-Oct. 22 

Use what isn’t working as motivation, Libra. You’re so capable and full of love to share, but certain things are weighing you down. If you try to evade them, you’ll end up feeling off-kilter and then eventually confused. Instead, try to acknowledge whatever is stuck or broken, and strive to make it right 

again. You have what you need, but there is no perfect moment. Now is as good a time as any to take care of business. 

 

SCORPIO 

Oct. 23-Nov. 21 

Something’s going on within you, and it’s confusing. It’s like you know yourself better than ever before, and at the same time, you’re totally uncertain. Regardless of your age, you’re growing up. This week is a good one to spend some time catching up with all the changes – the setbacks, the advantages, and all that’s yet TBD. As you plot your next moves, remember that things are not always as they at first appear to be, Scorpio. 

 

SAGITTARIUS 

Nov. 22-Dec. 21 

Follow through, Sagittarius. It’s time to transform your ideas into actions and to streamline your actions into something you can sustain. You have a special gift that the world needs. You’re ready to confront your own limitations, even if it kicks up a case of the sads. Embrace both the light and the shadow that it casts. Stop wasting your time wishing you were somewhere else. Accept where you’re starting from, pick yourself up, and get to work, my love. 

 

CAPRICORN 

Dec. 22-Jan. 19 

You don’t have to take on other people’s BS. You don’t have to fight, and you don’t need to stick around if you feel that someone is trying to pick one. How you respond to other people is likely to be a bit tricky this week as tensions flare. Take stock of what you’re willing to participate in and how because that stuff is all you, Cappy. When in doubt, consider more viewpoints than your own, and take the most compassionate approach available to you. 

 

AQUARIUS 

Jan. 20-Feb. 18 

Your sign is excellent at figuring out creative solutions to big problems. What you’re not as naturally great at is tolerating the feels that come up while you’re unpacking those problems though. Strive to hit a sweet spot between repressing your feels and drowning in them, Aquarius. This isn’t the right time to add a great deal more to your plate or to take anything new on. For best results, deal directly with the things that are bothering you this week. 

 

PISCES 

Feb. 19-March 20 

You can’t stop the world from turning, and you can’t make totally safe choices that are free from consequence. Your ‘what ifs’ may be getting the better of you this week, but there’s an opportunity in that mess. When you catch yourself spinning into chaotic ideas, it means you’ve lost track of your breath. Prioritize getting grounded in your body – even if it’s uncomfortable to do – before you chase your anxious thoughts down any rabbit holes, Pisces.