WITCH TIPS & HOROSCOPES 5/1~5-7/2019

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Astrology by Lisa Stardust

Happy Beltane! This year’s midpoint between Spring and Summer will be remembered in years to come, as the the sparks will continue going off throughout the day, due to Mercury’s many aspects.

We kick off this week, on May 1st, which is also the holiday of Beltane, with a seemingly harmonious aspect between Mercury, who is transiting impulsive speaking Aries, and Mars, who is in chatty Gemini. Both planets are currently in mutual reception with each other, and in exact orb. Mutual reception occurs when two planets are transiting signs of the other’s rulership. In this case, Mercury is in the sign of Aries and Mars is in the sign of Gemini. Mars rules Aries and Gemini is ruled by Mercury. Both signs are being controlled by the other’s planetary ruler. This is called mutual reception. Although, they do make a lovely connection in the cosmos, what happens on earth is that Mars will push Mercury to say regrettable things and Mercury will make Mars take swift action. Usually, this tends to become an argumentative energy, as both planets are feeding off of the other’s energy. However, the flip side is that we may be motivated to make plans for the future and pushed to complete tasks. The only caveat, is to think before speaking, as we may put our foot in our mouths. Later in the day, Mercury squares off with Saturn, who is retrograde in steady Capricorn on the South Node of Destiny, and the Nodes of Destiny, making us feel somber about the past. We may receive news that will alter our current decisions and change the course of events in our lives. May 2nd brings another tense Mercurial aspect our way. Pluto retrograde back steps it’s way into Mercury, causing inner tensions to flair up. Pluto is moonwalking in the pragmatic sign of Capricorn, pushing Mercury to uncover and discover new facts about ourselves. These are two planets who like each other. Remember, Mercury was the only god that Pluto allowed to enter and exit the Underworld. When these planets collide, we can expect to experience psychological barriers within and with others to be broken. The truth can set us all free and help us to gain a deeper understanding of our subconscious desires. Unfortunately, there are negative side effects, which may include power struggles and false gossip (expect major pot stirring on May 2nd). If we try to evoke the positive traits, such as curiosity and personal development—we will reap the benefits of the transit. Try to stay open minded and rational, even when provoked. The same day, Mercury and Jupiter, who is gliding backwards in retrograde motion in Sagittarius, cross paths. Mercury and Jupiter retrograde will push us to take the higher minded philosophical perspective on the Plutonian energy. Therefore, we can either evolve our desires, or keep arguments with others going throughout the day. The choice is ours. The Taurus New Moon on May 4th synchronizes our bodies and minds with the earth, alchemizing us to the spiritual world. May 5th (Cinco de Mayo) brings an opposition between Mars and Jupiter retrograde, bringing us courage and determination to move forward and carry on with our dreams. Venus, who is in fiery Aries, is busy making decisions around love and money on the 6th, by squaring the Nodes of Destiny. We will be cosmically pushed to think clearly and carefully about ALL the partnerships in our lives (as well as our relationship with money). Mercury enters earthy Taurus later in the day, on May 6th, blending poetry with our words and meaning to our actions. The week ends with Venus and Saturn retrograde making serious noise around investments and relationships. How we spend our time  will be a crucial matter, as well as who and what we give our energy to. Psychic and energetic vampires will be kicked to the curb on the 7th. Try to add extra TLC to the 7th, in order to feel confident and positive. The asteroids Pallas and Vesta clash throughout the week, while adding stress to Venus. Pallas, is currently backpedaling in fair minded Libra, the goddess of  wisdom and strength. Vesta, who is moving full steam ahead in tempestuous Aries, represents the home (or the heart of the home) and family. These asteroids are making us uncouple and disconnect from unhealthy relationships and situations. Others may fight to keep us enslaved to the past, or we may find ourselves chained to toxic affairs. It’s up to us to shut the door on that which is causing us pain and frustration. Lilith is another asteroid making waves this week, by entering the sign of mystical Pisces on May 3rd, which will add vigor and enlightenment to our magical practices. Lilith was the first wife of Adam in the Garden of Eden. She was cast away because she was more powerful than Adam. In mythology and astrology, she is the voice within us that has silenced and yearns to break free. Through willful independent acts, Lilith brings out our truest desires. Lilith will link up with Mercury on the 6th, allowing us to assert ourselves and create new enticing spells.


Aries 

March 21-April 19


Your words are powerful, and certainly not meaningless this week. While you may go back and forth deciding the best way to express yourself, the New Moon offers you the chance to assert your views without drama. Owning and standing in your truth will prove challenging throughout the week, as you are pushed to make many karmic choices around professional goals. Deciding which venture is worth your energy is dependent on how valued you feel. Don’t be afraid to ask for more than your regular rate—you may be surprised by what you are offered. The same advice proves fruitful in personal relationships. Asking for more will yield high rewards, as long as you communicate honestly and effectively about your needs, leaving the subject open for negotiation. Listen to others and they will meet you half way.



Taurus 

April 20-May 20


After a mini hibernation, you are coming back in the limelight stronger and wiser than ever. The New Moon pushes you to get back into the swing of things. However, there still is a fine line you must cross this week between working and nurturing yourself. Finding a balance between what you give to others and what you take for yourself will be challenging in the beginning of the week.  Obligations consume your schedule, yet you want to enjoy the merriments of life away from the office enjoying the springtime air. Divide your time 3 ways—split between “you” time, work time, and time with others. This will allow you to find the equilibrium you need and rest before your anxieties take control. A hot calming bath with CBD oil, rose petals, and Himalayan salt will elevate you toward tranquility. 



Gemini 

May 21-June 20
No other zodiac sign knows better than you that words can hurt. While you may be tempted to get one last definitive statement out there to others who have offended you this week, you may want to take a step back and think your feelings through before cutting others down to size. What may feel good in the moment, will wind up eventually hurting you down the road. Before asserting your opinions and hurts on others, write down your feelings on a piece of paper, or send an email to yourself expressing your sentiments. This will help you understand your emotions better and allow you to release the built up frustrations and anxieties from within. If you still desire one-on-one communication, it’s advisable to call upon a mutual acquaintance to act as the buffer to minimize collateral damage.  



Cancer 

June 21-July 22


After weeks of focusing on others, you are finally reclaiming your personal power. The caveat, is that you still may be struggling to loosen your claws away those who do not serve your best interests, as the ups and downs of these relationships have proven to be exhilarating. Unfortunately, this is a false security. While you may enjoy the highs and lows of such partnerships, as they keep you on your toes, it will prove mentally and emotionally exhausting by the weekend. The New Moon asks you to place all that pent up energy on healing yourself, not others. Reevaluating your role in such circumstances and relationships will give you much food for thought, allowing you to rethink your past behavior. While you may be inclined to work out issues with others, put your needs first. Take time for yourself this week, then decide your next move. 



Leo 

July 23-August 22

Life has been a tad monotonous lately. The same old routines are making you lustful for excitement. Whether it’s your fiery thirst for adventure, or your desire for higher minded pursuits—you are in the mood to battle on all fronts (physically, emotionally, and mentally) this week. However, you are also feeling emotionally fierce and protective, which may inspire arguments to occur. Rather than battle with others, challenge yourself to grow within and use your gusto to break down the restraints of your subconscious mind through mindful breathing. Mindful meditation will help you connect on a deeper level with the self (body, heart, and mind), as well as understanding your feelings on a soulful level. Adding this healing technique to your day-to-day activities (even for two minutes a day) will prove beneficial in the long run. 


Virgo 

August 23-Sept. 22


This week you are cosmically called upon to take a leap of faith—within others and yourself. While you may feel as though you are standing by the edge alone, you must believe in the higher good of those you hold dear. Even if people seem uninterested and busy, you can rely on their support. More importantly, learn to listen to the voice inside your head. Trusting your sentiments may be challenging, as past events have made you weary of your intuition. Don’t ignore your inner-voice. More often than not, it can be a savior from mistakes. Also, make sure to connect with like-minded people who can sympathize with your issues within your community. It’s hard to take risks alone. If your friends are busy,  then it’s important for you to meet others (who are going through similar situations) which can be a solid soundboard. 


Libra 

Sept. 23-Oct. 22


Life has been moving at an accelerated pace for you, throwing your scales off-balance. This week calls for you to take steps to reorganize and revise all sectors of your life. Making lists may be beneficial. However, you need to change your strategy in how you implement tasks. Compartmentalizing and prioritizing will allow you to focus on that which is urgent. Blocking out distractions and vampirism will add more vitality to your day. Your time will free up and your vibe will be high, as a result of disconnecting from those who drain your energy. Also, don’t be afraid to say “no.” Creating boundaries, setting limits, and turning down work can feel freeing. The final and missing piece of the puzzle, to maintain your balance, is to allot more time toward self-care. Indulge yourself as a reward for your hard work. 



Scorpio 

Oct. 23-Nov. 21

This week forces you to evoke your strategic mind, in order to win big against those who aim to hold you down. In the past, you have lost your temper and fought hard for others to see your views. This week, you are using your mind to allow others to take notice of your splendor. Manipulative games and hurtful words will seem like a waste of time, as you are realizing that you are spending more time engaging in drama than evolving your situation towards greatness. This may result in you draining your energy on nonsense, rather than the endgame. Take strategic steps and alliances that will ensure success. Most importantly, don’t be afraid. No one can hold you back from achieving your goals. Remember, you are a born fighter—don’t be scared to reclaim your throne.


Sagittarius 

Nov. 22-Dec. 21


As the cosmic doer of the zodiac, you love to manifest new projects and activities. This week, you are inclined to create something tangible, which you can touch and feel in the material world. This may result in a new partnership of artistic or romantic nature (also,, the desire to start implementing grounding exercises into your daily vibe). Awakening your senses will make you feel more alive in the moment. Connecting to earthy delights (whether it be by meditating with your feet firmly planted in the ground or ASMR) will awaken your soul and brighten your spirit—even activating the pleasure center of your chart. The tingling feeling within, will clear out your head and motivate you to feel freer than usual, evoking your passions that have been dormant over the past seasons, in time for your spring awakening. 


Capricorn 


Dec. 22-Jan. 19

Insecurities may flair up this week, pushing you to take a deep hard look at yourself in the mirror. Squashing childhood trauma can be a life long objective, but this week you are letting go of some pain from the past. Looking your fears straight in the eye, will kill any negative thinking and resentments you have with felt within, lessening the burden you have been carrying. You will feel reborn and renewed by week’s end. Change starts within. Becoming the ultimate version of yourself is a lifelong process. You have the power to transform yourself, as long as you commit to doing the work. What you may find along your path of self-discovery, is that you are already the person of your desires and dreams—you just got lost along the way and couldn’t see yourself clearly. 


Aquarius 


Jan. 20-Feb. 18

This week is pushing you to evolve your core beliefs, which may involve you implementing alone time under the New Moon to help revolutionize your life. The veil that once blindfolded your eyes is falling off, giving you the opportunity to see situations and people clearly. Recently, you may have been manipulated into conflicts and unscrupulous activities that have proven to hurt your ego, rather than elevate your spirit. This week, you are dropping the facade and allowing others to see the “real” you. Your feelings may be unfiltered and raw, but they are your sentiments and should always be honored by others. Being honest about personal setbacks and triumphs will move you past the fake tough exterior you’ve created, giving others and yourself the chance to connect with the purest part of your soul. 



Pisces 


Feb. 19-March 20

This week serves as your cosmic wake-up call. You may feel as though you have been in a deep slumber for months, as you start to clearly see who you can and cannot trust. Also, you will come to see who will stand by your side through thick and thin. Your friends may not actually be as true blue as you had once thought, allowing you to consciously disconnect and cut the cord from their energy. Letting go is always hard, but in your case essential for your personal health. Toxic connections will consume your energy, cause exhaustion, and anxiety. While you may decide not to confront others (although you will fantasize endlessly about this all week), make sure to cut the energy you give to the situation—only then can you live in accordance with your highest self. 







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 9-12~9-18/2018

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Written by Jessica Lanyadoo

This is a week for change, growth, and the unexpected. Don’t jump to conclusions or rush to complete matters that are still developing.

On the 12TH Venus will form a disruptive opposition to rule-breaking Uranus and a creative sextile to law-building Saturn. The potential here for growth (positively) or distraction (negatively) is huge. This combination can inspire you to expand beyond self-imposed limitations or even the limitations of your circumstances. Think about new ways of relating to the people and things that you value. Venus governs your finances and relationships, so especially look at those areas of your life for both surprises and innovative solutions. You will be able to create new structures that better serve you, but none of this will happen on its own. The key here is not to get caught off guard (by the upsets that Uranus will inevitably bring) and lose sight of the bigger picture. You’ll have the chance to see things differently or to obsess on how others are seeing things. Choose wisely.

From the 12th-17th, Mercury will first oppose Neptune, then trine Pluto and sextile Jupiter, and friends, that’s a whole lot of Mercury. The best-case scenario here is that you find new, more effective ways of coping with anxiety, indecision, and uncertainty. This will require you to stay with your unpleasant feels when they come up and to earnestly seek new responses. The risk, however, is that you hit a wall of anxiety and then create a story about it. Watch out for reactive feelings that you confuse for reliable information. No matter how intuitive you are, this week is likely to muddy the waters a bit. Slow down, reflect on your intentions, and evaluate your instincts, feelings, and cold hard facts. This will help you to fortify your insights and make use of your logic; most of us are more fluent in one form of processing than the other, so if you think of this period as your chance to strengthen your internal resources, you’ll get the most from it.

Finally, on the 18th ambitious Mars will form a challenging square to freedom-obsessed Uranus. The energy around this date is going to be frenetic, as both of these planets are individualistic, impulsive, and quick to fight. In fact, you’re more likely to be irritable or

agitated as restrictions chafe and people with power trigger you. Life is not an ad for Las Vegas. What you do now can’t be undone and will not stay confined. What you do now will either create more freedom or create more problems, so tread lightly, my loves.

The theme for you to grapple with this week is intention. You don’t need to know all the details or feel at ease all the time, but you do need some clarity of intent. Find the goals that motivate you – to be kind, to be at peace in your own skin, to make a certain dollar amount, whatever – and orient your actions to reflect them. Practice being present with your thoughts and feelings as they race in circles, but don't chase them down dead-end rabbit holes or self-destructive alleyways.


ARIES

March 21-April 19

You’re ready to make it happen, Aries, but the trick is to pace yourself. Your inner voice is trying to get your attention, but intuition doesn’t necessarily come with an instruction manual. Slow down, get centered, and remember why you set out to do what you’re doing. You’re capable, and you’ve even got the inspiration. Strive to cultivate the kind of abundance that you can share. Whether you’re up or you’re down, you don’t have to do it alone, my love.


TAURUS

April 20-May 20

It feels so good to have it all figured out, but all things change. You may be holding on to what worked for you last year (or even last week) when it clearly isn’t working for you anymore. Don’t worry so much over what you “should” do. All you need to concern yourself with is what’s true and real for you. Find your center, and sit with it, Taurus. You’re growing, and that is likely to kick off some earthquakes in your world. Pay attention to what’s shaking loose this week.


GEMINI

May 21-June 21

Without being emotionally centered, it’s hard to figure out where you’re going and how to get there. This week you’re meant to be in motion, but if you’re not moving towards a clear goal, how will you know what choices to make along the way? People and situations around you aren’t exactly stable right now, and that’s an opportunity. Prioritize finding what’s right for you and making changes that reflect that. You’re almost there, Twin Star.


CANCER

June 22-July 22

Sometimes you have to let go in order to hold on. This isn’t the time for making assumptions or being glib. Look carefully at yourself and the people around you. Pay attention to the gap between what you say and what you do, and then do the same when looking at others. No one is perfect and that’s okay, but a person’s intention means a lot. Tighten up your relationships by looking at the truth, even if that means acknowledging some uncomfortable stuff, Moonchild.


LEO

July 23-Aug. 22

Your patterns will follow you anywhere you go, so wherever you end up finding yourself time and again is on you. Your greatest challenge this week will be to avoid making decisions from an agitated place. Yes, you need change, and yes, it may need to be somewhat dramatic, but anything worth doing is worth doing right. Instead of making change to create new problems, strive to solve the old ones first. Find the potential for joy and then act to expand it, Leo.


VIRGO

Aug. 23-Sept. 22

The thing about trust is that it’s earned; over the course of time, you prove yourself to be reliable or not. When you don’t trust yourself, it’s really hard to move forward with any kind of confidence. This week it’s wise for you to look at your proven track record. If you have kept your word and protected yourself in the face of danger, it’s time to cultivate more faith. If you’ve abandoned yourself in your own times of need, then it’s time to get real and get to changing, sweet Virgo.


LIBRA

Sept. 23-Oct. 22

Your growth is in your own hands, Libra. You’re ready for change, but it’s important that you don’t push yourself to be somewhere that you’re not. Create your life from the inside out and not the other way around. In other words, identify your needs, adopt healthier boundaries, and follow through with your stated intent. If you can be reliable to yourself, it doesn’t matter what anyone else is doing. Step up and do you, my love.


SCORPIO

Oct. 23-Nov. 21

Sometimes your fears are useful, sometimes, not so much. If you indulge your knee-jerk reactions, you can’t extrapolate the wisdom from your worries, Scorpio. Take a moment to consider your patterns this week. Consider the times you were freaked out by things for no real reason, and other times that your fears turned out to be correct. Seek wisdom from your experiences with yourself, and build your confidence from there.


SAGITTARIUS

Nov. 22-Dec. 21

In real life most stories don’t have a tidy beginning, middle, and end. Our stories loop in surprising ways and directions, and there’s no point in trying to fight them. There is a bigger picture to what you’re going through, even if you can’t quite see it now. Feel your feels, take care of your here and now, and keep on moving, Sagittarius. You won’t get further by trying to tell yourself a tidy narrative about what you’re going through before it’s ready to be told.


CAPRICORN

Dec. 22-Jan. 19

Happiness – like fear or angst – is a fleeting emotion. When you seize upon your feelings, you’re not present; when you try to escape or hold on, you’re not in a state of flow. You can’t figure this out, Capricorn. It’s not your job to know what happens next or to be right all of the time. Retrain your vision inward this week. Where are you now? Try to stay with that. Take the steps

that are immediately in front of you, and let the future unfold in its own time.



AQUARIUS

Jan. 20-Feb. 18

When things are going your way, it’s easy to be magnanimous. It’s when you feel scared that the true test of your character emerges. Explore the limits of your generosity this week by giving freely of yourself, but only as much as you can give without resentments. If you’re expecting more compassion or support than you’re willing to offer, you’re in trouble, my love. Seek balance by adjusting either your expectations or your output this week.



PISCES

Feb. 19-March 20

You can’t please everyone, Pisces. This week notice how, before you check in with yourself, you try to accommodate others. Investigate the tension you create within yourself as you rush to tend to other people’s desires. Compromise is fantastic as long as you don’t have to abandon yourself to get there. Seek balance and patience as you navigate the space between your needs and the needs of others, my love.


WITCH TIPS & HOROSCOPES 6/6-12/2018

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Written by Jessica Lanyadoo

WITCH TIPS & HOROSCOPES:

It’s all about boundaries this week. On the 6th both the planet of your thoughts and attitudes, Mercury, and the planet of identity, the Sun, form a challenging square to spiritualizing Neptune. When you see the potential in a person or a situation, it can feel like love, kindness, or faith, but what about when the other person doesn’t want that same potential for themselves? It’s important that you listen to what others are telling you about themselves. Whether it’s their actions or their words, people are always revealing themselves to you, and it’s your job to listen. Trying to change others, even if you truly believe it’s for their own good, will not go well for anyone. The key is acceptance. Only when you can accept what you’re being shown can you determine if you want to consent to it. It’s time to take stock of your boundaries and stop looking to others to manage your needs. At the end of the day, you can’t control people – and that includes trying to show people, unsolicited, how to be what you want them to be. What you can control is what you’re willing to participate in and for how long. This is a rough time for assumptions and projections, so put the tarot cards down, and use your common sense. If you have questions, ask, and if you don’t have enough comfort or trust to have honest conversations, take ownership of what that really means.

 

On the 12th Mercury moves into emo Cancer, which may result in you feeling more self-protective. Crabs move sideways, and these Cancerian energies can inspire you to go about things in a roundabout way, even when the truth is right in front of you. This transit may coincide with a greater concern for your family (chosen or otherwise). It may also increase your sensitivities and find you feeling more introspective. Just remember that you're likely to find evidence for what you seek; if you focus on the negative, you’ll see lots to be negative about. Keep it constructive, lovers.

 

 ARIES

March 21-April 19

You're going in a fantastic direction, but it’s different and change can be hard. How you handle your own attitude is really important. It may be too easy to convince yourself that you’re entitled to acting in ways you wouldn’t want others to. It’s okay to take a seat, Aries. You don’t always have to be on, and you don’t always have to be in the right place. Let things develop in their own time, even if that makes you a little crazy this week.

 ­TAURUS

April 20-May 20

You’re being guided, Taurus, and the only way to get it wrong is by ignoring your own truth. Events are testing your ability to stay strong without slipping into egotistical behavior. The difference really has to do with empathy. Are you considering your needs and the needs of others in concert with each other? Are you allowing others to have their own perspective, even when it’s different from your own? Consider your wants and needs within the broader context of your life this week.

 

GEMINI

May 21-June 21

Resistance is futile, Twin Star. You’re at a kinda magical place where you can heal and be healed. Or not. This week is all about the choices you make when no one is forcing you to do anything. You can show up and do your utmost; you may alternatively find yourself really checked out. There’s no doubt that real stuff is going on for you. How you handle it is a reflection of your willingness and ability to be present in your life. Do your very best, even when you feel your worst.

 CANCER

June 22-July 22

Instead of pushing yourself to go harder, take a minute to slow down, Moonchild. You need to be able to rely on yourself when the going gets tough. If you don’t, you’ll end up creating insecurities that run deeper than just the situation you’re in. Sometimes the kindest thing you can do for yourself is take a nap, drink a tall glass of water, and then follow through on your most annoying commitments. With kindness, do what needs to be done this week.

 

LEO

July 23-Aug. 22

Life is like an organism; it grows and changes, and as it does, so should you. If you get too fixated on your version of who and what you are, you’ll stop exploring, asking questions, and growing. It demonstrates strength to be able to change your mind and explore your options. Nothing is meant to stay the same forever, Leo. Look into possibilities, even the ones that would require you to make sweeping changes. You’re ready to see things as they really are and from that place, to better envision how they could be.

 

VIRGO

Aug. 23-Sept. 22

Your intuition is an invaluable resource, but you need to be willing to clear your mind in order to access it. It’s time to make a change, Virgo. Your instincts are more reliable than you give them credit for, and troubles arise when you don’t actually listen to them. It’s time to honor your feelings and use them as a resource for better understanding yourself and the world around you. Be receptive, even if it’s awkward or uncomfortable this week.

 

LIBRA

Sept. 23-Oct. 22

There’s no time like the present, and there’s no force like love. You don’t need to be anyone but yourself, and you don’t need to be anywhere but here. This is not a stable time. It’s hard to grow and keep your balance all at once. Learn from the past without tethering yourself to it. Be daring enough to grow into the person you want to be – not the one you think you “should” be or the one you think others want you to be. This is your life to live; get to it, Libra.

 

SCORPIO

Oct. 23-Nov. 21

It may seem like you’re dealing with setbacks, but they’re more like disappointments than material problems, Scorpio. Just because you don’t know why something is happening or where it’s taking you doesn’t mean you won’t be happy with it in the end. When you’re emotionally exhausted, it inclines you to look for the worst in things. Take care of your feels before you set out to manage your situation. It’s time for a massive shift, my love.

 

SAGITTARIUS

Nov. 22-Dec. 21

When things don’t go how you want them to, it’s easy to get demoralized. If you are looking for answers to the burning question why me?!, you’re looking in the wrong direction, ‘Tarius. Instead of lamenting what isn’t, try to be interested in what is. It may not be clear where you’re going, but the place you’re at on your path right now is what needs your attention. There’s a great deal to be earned from the very things that pain you this week. Don’t allow your ego to throw you off track.

 

CAPRICORN

Dec. 22-Jan. 19

Worry does nothing more than strip you of energy and deplete you for dealing with real life in real time. It’s time for you to step up and take some risks, Captain Capricorn. Your relationships are shifting around you, and this isn’t the time to hide from how that feels or what it means. Have the difficult conversations; show up, even when it’s uncomfortable. If you’re willing to fight for what you believe in and who you love, then it’ll all be worth it in the end, my love.

 

 

AQUARIUS

Jan. 20-Feb. 18

You’ve got to believe in yourself, Aquarius. If you want true success, it’s not enough to go through the motions. You’ve got to actually be a friend to you. Take stock of the ways that you’ve been phoning it in, and ask yourself why. You may need to make some adjustments, or you may just need a pep talk. Either way, it’s time for you to take active steps to advance yourself and not just your interests. Value your true self this week.

 

 

 

PISCES

Feb. 19-March 20

It’s not selfish to like what you like, to use what’s yours, or to go your own way. This week you’ll be wise to really consider the difference between taking away from others versus taking what you need for yourself. No matter which side you’re erring on, this is the time to try to come to balance. You can’t always please others or yourself, so if you can let go of that goal, you can get to your real work: strive to be the best, most authentic version of who you are.

 

 


WITCHTIPS & HOROSCOPES 4/4-10/2018

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Written by Jessica Lanyadoo

Witch Tips

Mercury Gatorade got you down? Don’t worry – this is the last full week of it! The planet of communications goes direct on the 15th, but not before it wreaks a little havoc, of course.

From the 4th through the 6th, Mercury will form an upsetting square to the master of Daddy issues himself, Saturn. This combination of planets can have you feeling depressed, pessimistic, or acutely aware of your aloneness. If you can keep in mind that you (and everyone else) are seeing the glass half empty, it may be easier to cope. The trick is to not be so “reasonable” that you reason yourself into a scared and sad hole. Reach out to people you trust, and don’t reject connection. This isn’t a great moment for serious introspection because you’re likely to be lacking in perspective, and for the same reason, it’s not wise to hang out with your most critical friends. If you’re feeling worked up, tend to your feels before you go seeking fixes. This is a great time to deal with your taxes, sort through your inbox, or any other annoying but finite task that requires attention to detail and concentration.

 

From the 6th through the 8th, we get a well-deserved break. Diplomatic Venus will form a harmonious trine to long-term planner, Saturn. Relationships or projects started at this time may carry a feeling of being fated, and they may very well be. Just wait until Mercury goes direct next week before signing papers or jumping to conclusions. This is the perfect time to tend to the folks that hold you up, to manage your finances, or to clean out your closet; basically this transit helps you to organize and prioritize the things that you value (but also just cute stuff).

From the 9th through the 11th, we have two events: romantic Venus is forming a trine to passionate Mars, and the planet that governs your sense of self, the Sun, will be square to creator/destroyer Pluto. The combination of these two transits is a mixed bag. You’re likely to feel compulsive, obsessive, and have your survival mechanisms kicked up, and there’ll be plenty of fodder for you to feel paranoid about. Pluto triggers issues of abandonment, feelings of resentment, or the drive for vengeance. The Venus transit suggests that this is likely to play out in your relationships (yay!), but don’t fear – there’s much to be gained here. Practice letting go. If there’s a dynamic at play in your life that you don’t want to deal with, recuse yourself. If you can’t walk away, you certainly don’t have to play games or take the bait when someone isn’t acting right. Moderate your behavior and what you give your attention to so that you can make the most of this time. Pluto brings intense growth or intense break downs; the only thing it never does is chill. Seek the best possible good in the situations you find yourself in, and as always, act in ways that reflect your integrity, not your situation, my love.

 

 

 

ARIES

March 21-April 19

When you obsess on things that bring you pain, all you succeed in doing is making yourself feel awful. If you don’t like something, fix it. If you don’t know what direction to point your efforts, you simply haven’t sat with the problem long enough. Picking at your wounds will result in slowed healing and nothing more, Aries. Let go of your version of who did what and why, and focus on your part. In this way the answers will organically present themselves to you this week.

 

­TAURUS

April 20-May 20

You don’t have all the facts, and it’s got you feeling off-kilter. Whether you’ve been mislead, you’ve misunderstood, or things simply haven’t played out enough yet, you can’t rush certainty. Instead of trying to collect data so you can plan your next moves, take a durn break, Taurus. If life is allowing you to pause and catch up, it’s on you to receive the gift. There will be more than enough time to plot your course once things change. Take a break, my love.

 

GEMINI

May 21-June 21

Fritz Perls famously said that “fear is just excitement without breath.” Fear doesn’t always make sense; sometimes it’s when you’re doing your best that you find you can’t shake negative thoughts. When something powerful moves through your life, it’s easy to mistake the accompanying exhilaration with anxiety, and then when you go looking for what’s got you freaking out, it’s easy enough to pinpoint what might go wrong. Make a decision and stick with it – just remember to breathe, Twin Star.

 

CANCER

June 22-July 22

It’s not always necessary to assert your opinions, even if they’re objectively the best ones in town. Being right is fun! But it won’t always win you popularity contests, and more importantly, being right doesn’t make you right. Be weary of shoving your views down someone’s throat this week because no matter how high the ground you’re standing on seems, you’re not immune to consequences. Pick your battles with reason and integrity, Moonchild.

 

LEO

July 23-Aug. 22

When you don’t resist it, heartache can be baptismal. The only things you mourn are those that you’ve loved, gotten value from, or have become attached to. This week you may need to grieve something or someone, and while it’s not pleasant, it’s not a bad thing either. Determine what’s driving you – love or attachment – and whether you need to let go or fight with all your heart. You’re a person with a great capacity for love; pour your heart’s energy into what feeds your soul, not just your habits, Leo.

 

VIRGO

Aug. 23-Sept. 22

There are creative solutions to your problems, but you won’t find them when you’re tapped. Rest is an essential part of self-care, and when you forgo it for too long, you stop thinking clearly. Take a break – not watching videos, not scrolling through your phone, and not taking care of anyone else; take an actual break, Virgo. Carve out some time this week to act like a cat that has nothing better to do than recline and enjoy a bit of sunlight. It’s just what you need.

 

LIBRA

Sept. 23-Oct. 22

Can you accept what you don’t like? This week is going to kick up how you cope with interpersonal annoyances. Before you get worried, there’s a bigger picture to consider: you’re not naturally great at this and could use the practice! Think of this time as a chance for you to be more honest, diplomatic, assertive – whatever it is that the situation calls for. Don’t protect others from the truth of who you are and how you feel, Libra. There’s no long game in that.

 

SCORPIO

Oct. 23-Nov. 21

When you’ve spread yourself too thin is when you start feeling overwhelmed and dramatic. It’s important that you keep your self-care game on point this week, or you’ll find yourself overreacting to people and jumping to conclusions about situations. Tend to the basic needs of your body (that’s water, food, rest, and breath), and this will set the foundation for managing your life wisely. What you do now will boomerang back to you, so make sure you believe in what you’re selling, Scorpio. 

 

SAGITTARIUS

Nov. 22-Dec. 21

If you’ve taken on too much, this week is gonna be extra stressful for you, my love. How you engage with your responsibilities is a huge deal. Whether you tend to get rebellious, resistant, or go full-throttle on getting things done, you’re in the same boat now. No strategy is sustainable when it’s your only one. You need support because you need to change, ‘Tarius, and the place to start is by letting go of your drive to be in control. You can do it all, but not all at once.

 

CAPRICORN

Dec. 22-Jan. 19

The bad news is that you’re not in control, and in fact you may find that things are progressing in such a frustrating way that you want to fast forward to find out how the show ends. The good news is that you can’t do that (obvi), and life wouldn’t be better if you could. Have faith, Capricorn. There’s a bigger picture playing out in your life, and what you do now is not as important as how you do it. Pace yourself, honor your values, and keep on showing up.

 

 

AQUARIUS

Jan. 20-Feb. 18

Pacing yourself is not an Aquarian trait, as your sign prefers to focus on the future. Feeling like you’ve arrived is not as important as having confidence that you’re solidly on your way. Likewise, you don’t have to have all the answers. You’ll get them sooner or later. Staying in the here and now has its advantages though. The goal is to work smarter, not harder, and that requires not trying to forge plans based on predictions. Keep it simple and put one foot in front of the other this week. You’ve totally got this, my love.

 

 

PISCES

Feb. 19-March 20

This week will test your clarity. What you want can get clouded by what you think is possible, your hopes, fears, and of course, other people’s projections onto you. When you get caught off guard by your reactions, take a moment to center yourself. If you’re not careful, you may catch yourself defending something you actually don’t want to protect, or busting your hump trying to achieve something that you don’t actually care about, Pisces.

 

 


THE HOODWITCH: WITCHTIPS AND HOROSCOPES 01.17-23.2018

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Written by Jessica Lanyadoo

 

Witch Tips

As we take a step into weird and wonderful Aquarius Season (both the Sun and Venus enter air sign Aquarius this week), the thing to remember is this very moment. Aquarius is a sign that concerns us with the future, which is an excellent thing as long as you’re not avoiding the present. These vibes can get really theoretical; prioritizing ideals of humanity without all the messiness of dealing with actual humans is the downside of Aquarius. Make sure you aren’t weaving ideas about the world that you aren’t willing to test out in the world. This is an excellent time for collaboration for common goals; where Leo wants to shine all on her own, the light of Aquarius burns brightest when it falls on everyone. Aquarius season is a great time to investigate your beliefs by actually living them out. Connect with people you don’t usually meet with, and be open to difference. You don’t have to be in agreement with others in order to be on the same team. Explore the potential of your ego by deemphasizing it. Look outside of your personal concerns to explore the needs of your community, whatever that looks like for you.

 

The 23rd is day one of Mercury meeting Pluto in rigid Capricorn. This transit will last until the 25th, and it’s one to watch out for; Mercury governs your mind, friendships, and communication in general, while Pluto is compulsive, intense, and has serious abandonment issues. You may find that you’re caught up in an obsessive line of thought, feeling paranoid, or that your abandonment issues are extra sensitive, or you may have to deal with someone else who's going through it. This is a great time to seek insight and healing, but there are some pitfalls to avoid. If you find yourself seeking to blame yourself or others, you’re on the wrong track. Negative thinking will only lead to more negativity, so if you’re feeling really down and you can’t get up, seek neutral ground. This isn’t the time to try to control situations, feelings, or people; all you need to do is find the truth of your feelings about them, not to make them something different. Seek to improve the relationship you have with yourself today (and every day), my love.

 

 

 

ARIES

March 21-April 19

It’s important that you communicate, Aries. You’re likely to be stuck on some pretty frustrating feelings, and if you neglect to share what’s happening for you with others, they’re bound to take it personally. You don’t need to get into details or get too involved, but what you omit is communicating more than you might intend it to this week. Share yourself, even when it’s difficult. You may be surprised at the amount of support you have available to you, my love.

 

TAURUS

April 20-May 20

Letting go is hard to do, but it’s absolutely worth it. We move into Aquarius season this week, and this can be an uncomfortable time for you, Taurus. Don’t try to hold on tight in the face of change, but try not to abandon yourself when your feels get complicated either. Strive to find a way to flow with your circumstances by being kind to yourself, wherever you’re at in your process. You can for sure get where you want to go; just make sure that when you get there, you feel good in your own skin.

 

GEMINI

May 21-June 21

There are always more than two options, but when you’re blocked, it’s hardest to see that. You may be tempted to give up and walk away this week, but that’s not your best move. You need to pace yourself, creating balance between your obligations and your passions, your personal life and your goals. Don’t worry so much about the future; all you can make sure of is that you are acting in ways that support you and your life in the present moment, Twin Star.

 

CANCER

June 22-July 22

Don’t rush into the future so much that you abandon the present. Likewise, don't resist the truth of how things are because you wish they were different. Struggle against adversity, repression, and dead-end pathways, but don’t struggle against the truth, Moonchild. Acceptance is not consent; it’s awareness. Be present for how things are in the here and now so that you can act in the most constructive ways possible this week.

 

LEO

July 23-Aug. 22

Let’s talk about courage, Leo. According to Brene Brown, “Courage is a heart word. The root of the word courage is cor - the Latin word for heart. In one of its earliest forms, the word courage meant ‘To speak one's mind by telling all one's heart.’” Now is the time for you to act on the contents of your heart, even if your fears are telling you otherwise. Make choices that allow you to feel right in your own skin so that you can gracefully grow into the person you intend to be, my love.

 

 

VIRGO

Aug. 23-Sept. 22

There is no perfection, no immaculate idea, and no infallible plan. There’s just life, messy, complicated, unpredictable life. Instead of seeking someone or thing that can tell you all the answers, try to find willingness to just be where you’re at, Virgo. Being in the middle of things doesn’t mean that there’s no end in sight – only that you can’t see it yet. This is a bad time to drop connection to your vision to focus on obstacles. Stay aligned with your plans, and you’ll do great, this week.

 

LIBRA

Sept. 23-Oct. 22

When it all feels like too much, you don’t need to force yourself to put on a brave face, Libra. How you care for yourself is foundational to the options you see, the choices you make, and the attitudes you hold towards life in general. This is not a time to crumble in the face of adversity, but you don’t have to power through, either. Make adjustments that reflect the needs of your heart as well as your commitments. You don’t have to be anywhere but where you’re at, my love.

 

SCORPIO

Oct. 23-Nov. 21

Don’t be a bully, Scorpio. If you can’t be a good friend to yourself, you’re missing out on one of the greatest relationships of your life. Spend some time in a little place called me this week. Honor your gifts and hard work, show up with gratitude, and do it all without checking over your shoulder to see if something bad is coming for you. Handle fear and stress with the love and patience that you deserve; be the very friend you need this week, my love.

 

SAGITTARIUS

Nov. 22-Dec. 21

This week is an excellent time for confronting problems, but if you’re not careful, you’ll create more by evading them. FOMO will get you if you let it, ‘Tarius. Beware of the impulse to add a bunch more stuff to your plate when what you really need to do is manage what you already have going on. If you get a chance to take on something new, make sure that it won’t come at the expense of what you’ve already initiated, even if that thing is a pain to deal with.

 

CAPRICORN

Dec. 22-Jan. 19

You’re so capable that you could easily create your fears and worst-case scenarios without breaking a sweat, Capricorn. Obsession and repetitive thought or action is pretty much like prayer; make sure that you’re not praying at the altar of your fears and investing your precious energy into what you don’t want. Avoid looking for how things are likely to go wrong. Commit to seeking the creative potential in your life, and you’re much more likely to find it.

 

 

AQUARIUS

Jan. 20-Feb. 18

Think of this week as your chance to work on integration, Aquarius. Your feelings can’t be ignored, but they shouldn’t overshadow your plans. If you’re struggling with indecision or acceptance, it’s time to clarify what you’re doing and why. If you slip into your scattered and reactive behavior, you’ll find yourself seeking validation in the eyes of others instead of yourself. The whole truth can’t hurt you – it’ll only help you to move on, my love.

 

 

PISCES

Feb. 19-March 20

You don’t need to convince anyone that what you’re doing is valid. You don’t need permission, and you don’t need an audience. All you need is you, Pisces. When you’re going through deep healing or meaningful change, loneliness and fear are a part of the process. It’s healthy and normal to feel bad, you just don’t want to make decisions from that place. Stay aligned with the truth of what you’re doing, no matter how compelling your distractions are this week.