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What are the Best Stones for Love?

What are the Best Stones for Love?

The experience of love is one of the most profound feelings we have as human beings. The energy of love is woven into the fabric of our universe and helps bring us to places of peace, acceptance, joy, passion, and bliss. Crystals, gemstones, and metals have a significant place in helping us heal and have a more mindful experience of love in our lives. 

Love can wear many masks and is often felt on an emotional level at the heart-center in the body. If you are seeking to open up to love more fully, heal from a past relationship, or get in touch with your inner passion then working with the crystals on this list are for you!

Identifying Stones for Love: Look to the Color

The color family of a stone often helps us understand its energetic imprint and purpose in a healing context. Crystals and gemstones that are associated with the heart-chakra are frequently also associated with love, self-love, and acceptance and tend to pink or green in color with a gentle vibration. Crystals for passion and intimacy are often associated with the sacral and root chakras frequently being deeper in color with a potent energy vibration.

6 of the Best Stones for Increasing Love in Your Life 

Of course, there are many crystals and gemstones that can help us out in love. Here we have narrowed it down to 6 of the most dynamic stones for helping bring love and relationship healing into our lives! 

1. Tourmaline - Healing Broken Heart

Tourmaline, both green and pink, can have amazing effects on helping us heal from a broken heart. It softens the energy around our heart-center and opens us up to being able to love again. It can invite new love and relationship possibilities into your life. Tourmaline helps us get in touch with our vulnerability while also helping us feel secure in the process.

2. Copper - Romantic Love + Affection

Copper is associated with the Goddesses of Love Venus and Aphrodite. Wearing copper jewelry helps bring balance to experiences of love and affection. Copper also helps with having body positivity and acceptance. It helps deepen our experiences with the divine feminine and goddess energy. This powerful metal has been known throughout history for its romance inducing vibration. 

3. Rose Quartz - Self Love

Developing a healthy relationship to self can be a life long process. Learning to love ourselves for who we are without shame or regret is something many of us are challenged by. Rose Quartz is one of the best crystals for helping ease these feelings. This stone is soft and carries an extremely gentle vibration. It goes easy on us so we can remember to go easy on ourselves while embarking on the journey to self-love and wholeness. 

4. Rhodonite - Compassion + Forgiveness 

Rhodonite is a very potent stone for love. It carries a vibration of compassion and forgiveness. If we are having trouble getting over a past relationship or difficult time moving on this stone can help. Rhodonite helps us be patient with ourselves, feel a deeper sense of empathy, and widens our heart-center vibration. 

5. Ruby - Passion

The deep red of the ruby gemstone helps us experience our inner passion and opens us to love and intimacy. This stone carries an energy of creativity that helps us be more spontaneous and free in our expression of love. It can help with body issues and bring us into closer alignment with our sexuality. 

 6. Emerald - Relationship Success 

Emerald is a very lucky stone for love. Associated with success in all forms it can help bring this energy into your most important relationships. This gemstone brings us more in touch with our intuition and helps us access our inner-wisdom so we can approach our relationships with depth and heart. 

How to Use Your Stones for Love

Now that you have a list of gemstones that can help deepen your experiences of love and relating, how should you use them? Here are some suggestions!

  • Carry them with you in your purse or pocket
  • Sleep with the stones under your pillow or next to your bed
  • Meditate while holding the stones or with mala beads repeating a love mantra
  • Use your stones in ritual 
  • Wear them as jewelry 

Combining the energy of several stones is also a great way to get the most out of the healing properties! Which gemstones do you associate with love?

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August Horoscopes 2019: Kindness as Service

August Horoscopes 2019: Kindness as Service
From about the middle of August, we head from fiery Leo energy into a quiet and restful Virgo season. It’s time to simmer down, to come home, to tend to our roots, especially as Eclipse season has now ended, and all the drama with it! The emphasis on Virgo will ask us to reflect and take stock, and go ahead with the decisions we may have been sitting with and holding back on whilst Mercury was Retrograde. As Mercury goes Direct at the beginning of the month, we can feel more confident in our choices, and willing to speak our truth without censoring ourselves.

There is a bright and brilliant Full Moon mid-month in clever Aquarius, complimenting the analytical side of Virgo – and adding to the feeling that we need to be of service in a useful way to the ones we love and the planet at large. Virgo and Aquarius are the leaders in the “green movement”, and when in partnership, these signs can truly change the world, with Aquarian vision and Virgo practicality!

This service can start as a feeling -a feeling of kindness. Kindness to ourselves – our bodies, our minds and our feelings – and kindness extended to our communities and neighborhood, our families, friends and colleagues and further out, to the cities we live in and the countries we call home. Kindness can be a smile, a greeting, an acknowledgment of someone else’s presence, a charitable act, running an errand for someone unable to, or helping out at an animal shelter or old age home. This month, let kindness be your service, and watch the magical ripple effect take place and inspire those around you!

Aries ♈︎ March 20-April 20

It’s still a delightfully self-expressive month for you, Aries, as the planets linger in Leo and in your romance and play zone, making you feel silly and inclined to have a bit of fun – whether with or without a romantic partner! Halfway through the month, things shift as the planets move into Virgo and into your work zone, and you’ll find yourself balancing out a little more. It’s a productive period for you from mid-August, and you’ll find yourself ticking boxes off faster than you thought possible, which will give you an immense sense of satisfaction. You’ll also get back to a great routine, and it’ll be a fantastic time to detox and get healthy!

Gemstone: Rose Quartz

Taurus ♉︎ April 20-May 21

Things may have felt quite challenging in the homespace lately, Taurus, and you may have even picked up and placed your much-loved roots down elsewhere. Change is always scary for you, and with Uranus, planet of chaos, in your sign for some years to come, it’s a good idea to develop as much adaptability as possible – eventually, you’ll love the feeling of freedom that this planet is teaching you. Fortunately, the planets are now all moving into Virgo, a compatible earth sign, and into your zone of fun and romance – single Taureans may find new love on the horizon, and those of you who are attached can enjoy a refreshing burst of new energy in your current relationship!

Gemstone:Clear Quartz

Gemini ♊︎ May 21-June 21

You’re doing a little dance of joy as your ruler, Mercury, goes direct once again at the beginning of the month. There’s nothing quite as infuriating as Mercury Retrograde for you brainy signs, and you’ll be able to move forward again with a fresh perspective! Mercury also moves from sensitive Cancer into warm Leo, which is also a nice change for you, and it becomes that much easier for you to say what’s on your heart. This may be a month to take some time out as the planets move into Virgo, making you feel like withdrawing from the world a little. This is a wonderful opportunity to recoup your energy, to do some DIY and snuggle up with a few good books.

Gemstone: Ruby

Cancer ♋︎ June 21-July 23

It’s always important for you to watch the Moon cycles, dear Cancer, as the Moon rules your sensitive and tender zodiac sign. The Full Moon on the 15th falls in the area of your chart that speaks to transformative change. And so, it becomes important for you to look back at the last 6 months and see what changes you have wrought in your life, and how far you have come! The New Moon in Virgo at the end of August joins up with the rest of the planets in this earthy sign, making communication very important for you – it’s a good time to have those conversations that you’ve been wanting to, and to speak and listen with the greatest of kindness, as only you know-how.

Gemstone: Amazonite

Leo ♌︎ July 23-August 23

Up until the middle of the month, you’re fully enjoying your time in the spotlight, Leo! With the Sun, Mercury, Venus, and Mars here until mid-August, you’re practically on fire, and there’s nothing you cannot manifest! Make the most of it, as things do shift into a new zone of your chart - your money and self-worth sector - which shifts the emphasis to how you value yourself, your skills and your talents. Are you selling yourself short, and could there be a way to increase your worth, Leo? Be kind to yourself, and remember to be realistic and practical about your spending and saving habits – with the planets in Virgo, it’s a time to streamline and get organized when it comes to your resources.

Gemstone: Labradorite

Virgo ♍︎ August 23-September 23

It’s almost your time to shine, Virgo, and although you don’t exactly enjoy having all the attention on you, it is your Birthday month after all, and a time to celebrate your achievements so far! Things have come full circle for you, and it’s time to start new things, especially with the New Moon in your sign at the end of the month. Adopt a new routine, a new health regime or simply Marie Kondo your home and office space to make space for new things to come in for the year! With the rest of the planets also moving into your sign, it’s a time to attract more of what you want, and to put yourself out there to receive what the universe has to gift you!

Gemstone:Moonstone

Libra ♎︎ September 23-October 23

It’s an extremely social time for you up until the middle of the month, Libra - with the planets in Leo and in your friendship zone, you’re living it up and feeling extra-loved! The goals you have been setting recently have been met with great success, and although there have been a few setbacks with the recent Eclipses, you still have a smile on your face! It’s only natural to go from an outward, extraverted period into a more introverted, private one as the planets reflect a shift into a quieter time after the middle of August. Fun can still be had, as the Full Moon lights up your pleasure sector, but it’s more of a romantic, private nature, just between you and your beloved.

Gemstone: Turquoise

Scorpio ♏︎ October 23-November 22

You’ve been enjoying a powerful career boost, and still will be until mid-August, Scorpio. The planets in your professional zone have been handing you some great opportunities to take control and get into a position of power! It’s a time to enjoy your successes – if you have worked hard of course - and feel the love coming your way as the planets move into Virgo and your achievement zone. It’s a wonderful period to take some time out for a bit of fun, to let your hair down and enjoy your tribe! Things feel like they’ve come full circle at home, too, as the Full Moon lights up this area and sheds light on what the next step is.

Gemstone:Opal

Sagittarius ♐︎ November 22-December 22

Hooray for you, Sagittarius – Jupiter, your ruler, is finally going direct in your own sign, after a 4-month Retrograde period! What does this mean for you? Well, it means that plans that have been put on hold, delayed, or have been slow to materialize, can finally start coming together, and you may start feeling as if the universe is finally back on your side. Not that it’s been too tough, as Jupiter traveling through Sagittarius this year has handed you many golden opportunities, and with this planet moving ahead once more, you can see these opportunities begin to take shape – fast! The only catch is that you may find yourself with an armful of exciting developments, and be unsure what to choose – but what a lucky position to be in!

Gemstone: Jade

Capricorn ♑︎ December 22-January 20

It’s been an intense year so far for you, Capricorn, most especially with the recent Eclipses in your sign, along with taskmasters Saturn and Capricorn! Many of you are feeling rather exhausted, and it’s a good time to take some rest this month, to slow down and be kind and gentle to yourself. You’ll find that things become lighter as the planets shift from Leo, in an intense zone of your astrology chart, into compatible Virgo and into your spiritual growth area. And along with a New Moon here, you may find the world offering you some exciting opportunities to grow through travel or study, to expand your knowledge and invite more wisdom into your life.

Gemstone:Amethyst

Aquarius ♒︎ January 20-February 18

There’s a lovely New Moon in your sign this month, Aquarius, and you may find that a dearly-held dream, something you’ve been working on for the last several months, comes into fruition around the middle of the month. It’s a personal vision you’ve held, and you’ll be amazed at how much you have grown this year - the spotlight is on you, and you’re feeling an enormous sense of accomplishment! The energy shifts from your relationships now into a more financially-focused time and you may find that people are more willing to help you than ever before with the resources you need. Relax into a responsive energy, and allow yourself to receive as much as you give, for once!

Gemstone: Garnet

Pisces ♓︎ February 18-March 20

With all the planets moving into Virgo and into your commitment and partnership zone, it’s a time to get close and cozy with your beloved, Pisces. Enjoy a renewed sense of care and kindness when it comes to both love and friendship, and with a sparkling New Moon here at the end of the month, you may find a wonderful new beginning in a particular relationship, or a renewal, lying ahead of you. Communication gets stronger and you feel a greater sense of great safety and security with those close to you. Behind the scenes, a Full Moon lights up your spiritual zone, and you may realize how much you have flourished in the last few months – there can be a wonderful sense of personal culmination over the month of August.

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Connecting deeply and finding balance

Connecting deeply and finding balance

 

Adding to the theme of nurturing Cancer, Venus, Lady of Love and Mistress of Beauty, will be making a comfy home in this water sign over July. Relationships take on this sensitive, tender energy, and we can feel more naturally pulled towards making a nest with our beloved.

This can also apply to our friendships, where we may become much closer and more in touch with our relational needs. It’s a wonderful time to connect with creative groups, to explore the world of art with the people we care about.

As Venus moves ever more deeply into this sign, she will connect with Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn, the opposite sign to Cancer.

What does this mean for us?

Well, when Venus and Saturn have an aspect, the theme that comes into play is commitment, and the universe may throw us a few situations in which we have to decide whether we can or can’t commit to a person, job or another situation.

The Eclipses may speed this decision up and create a little extra pressure, and following our gut is absolutely key!

Take some time this month to step back and ask yourself what commitment looks like to you, reflect on your needs and then take action come August.

If your relationships are strong, and you are true to yourself, you will come out on top, and if the situation or relationship is not built on the foundations you choose, then it can be a time of release. Either way, it’s a period of coming into your own, authentic desires and owning your values and what’s important to you.

As Venus lines up with Pluto, around the same time mid-July, we can experience powerful transformations in these relationships and situations, a sense of rebirth. It will take some bravery and courage to own up to a few shadow aspects, and to allow our loved ones a bit of room to have the same process.

It’ll be essential to keep the word “team” in mind, as Pluto can, at times, want to take control and have all the power. Finding a wonderful balance in which you can feel empowered and allow the other to as well is the sweet spot this month, and will make you feel as if you’ve both come out with something won. Here are some tips to make the best of this period:

  • Always choose the relationship rather than “winning” – this will help you retain what’s really important!
  • Explore your relationship to commitment and find a way of honoring yourself and your partner/family or friends
  • Create structure within your relationships, and fill them with love and tender care
  • Compromise, compromise, compromise! Find a way where everybody gets a little of what they want

Make this a season of deeper love, commitment, care and valuing those closest to you. You may find yourself pleasantly surprised come month-end when you’ve done the work and come out the other side triumphant!

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Dive deep with the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn

Dive deep with the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn

Eclipses are essentially super-charged New or Full Moons, and this powerful Full Moon can help us to completely let go of structures that just no longer work for us anymore. (It's happening on July 16)

Capricorn is the sign associated with work, duty and responsibility, and the energy around this time asks us for self-mastery and mindfulness around what duties are important to us, and what no longer serves us.

For example, if we are in a job that doesn’t line up with our heart’s desire, or find ourselves in a position in which we feel as if we are not mastering the skills we really want to, then this Full Moon can open a door for a different way of being.

Eclipses always feel a little intense, especially a Lunar Eclipse. Whereas the Solar Eclipse at the beginning of the month was more about new beginnings, and initiated certain things for us, this Lunar Eclipse asks us to re-visit where we were at in July 2018 and Jan 2019, and consider the themes at play around this time, and release unwanted baggage from our lives.

These are the same themes that may arise for us now, and the Universe may be giving us a nudge to resolve these core issues so that we can step into a space in which we feel fully cared for, nurtured and safe. Whilst the Moon is in Capricorn, the Sun resides in Cancer, and the balance will be to find safety within the structures of our life, and to give equal importance to both ideas. We need to fill our space with tenderness, to color our foundations in with love.

Some of us may experience family matters arising to be resolved – old things come up, and this offers us an opportunity for putting aside old baggage and healing from the ground up.

Over this Full Moon, let us find moments of getting our feet onto the ground, placing our hands over our hearts and listening very deeply to what our inner self is saying to us. We will know the right thing to do, though it can take time to actually take action, as Mercury Retrograde advises caution until the beginning of August.

There is a lovely alignment that will help us with our intuition – the Sun and Moon both connect to compassionate Neptune, and we can feel unconditional love arising amidst the intensity of the Eclipse.

The universe wants to guide us, and all we have to do is surrender to her and follow the flow. If we avoid jumping to conclusions or making hasty decisions, we will find that this Eclipse may be one of the best and most profound events of the year! 

 

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Navigating a sensitive Mercury Retrograde in Leo & Cancer

Navigating a sensitive Mercury Retrograde in Leo & Cancer

There’s a great deal of focus on the sign of Cancer over the month of July, and along with the New & Full Moon’s associations with this sign, we can be in much more of a “feeling” state than a “thinking” state. Mercury, as the planet of communication, will be diving deep into the intuitive waters of Cancer, and stimulating our imagination in this dreamy sign. The upcoming retrograde is an excellent time, therefore, to stimulate our minds through story, drawing, painting, or any other kind of creative activity. 

It’s important over this Retrograde period not to attach too much to the world of logic, and to sense the emotions beneath the words we communicate to others, and take note of what feelings are being communicated to us. If we try and logically figure out our own thoughts, or others’, this is where the problems of Mercury Retrograde will set in, when we will feel confused or befuddled. If we continue to look beneath the surface, we will find a wealth of connection and understanding and avoid the communication disasters that often cloud this time. 

Mercury Retrograde in Cancer will ask us to take a step back, to think on what family and home means to us, and how to create that. It’s not a time to make any decisions, but rather to bathe in the waters of our minds and float on the surface until the time is right to take action – once Mercury moves fully into Leo at the beginning of August, we will have a much clearer idea of how to go about creating these nurturing spaces for ourselves. 

We will also need to take note of any defensive behaviors or habits and make a pointed effort to not scuttle to the side when directly confronted – when we say what is in our hearts, directly and openly, we have a much better chance of being heard in the way that we need to be! This will be especially true when it comes to communicating with family, as well as with our closest partners and friends. 

Expect the usual mayhem with technology, cars and travel – this is a time that the universe asks us not to rush, to take a pause, a breath, and resume our normal mental pace at a later stage. If we are conscious, we can see this is simply an opportunity to stand back and see the bigger picture before moving ahead! Here are a few useful tips for this Mercury Retrograde: 

  • Get creative – whether it’s cooking, art or music you are into, find a way of enjoying these soul- nurturing activities 
  • Listen with your heart – put logic aside for a moment and let your heart tune into your needs and your closest people’s needs
  • Don’t make any decisions – use this time for reflection, and move ahead in August, once the eclipses are over and you feel more clear-headed
  • Back up! As always, back up your precious music, photos, documents and other tech-y things to avoid any heartache and frustration. 

 

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Expect Surprises with the New Moon Total Eclipse in Cancer

Expect Surprises with the New Moon Total Eclipse in Cancer

This New Moon offers something different; with it being a Total Solar Eclipse, it’s as if the new beginnings we initiate now have some extra “oomph” behind them, and we may feel very powered up indeed! When it comes to Eclipses, we often have to release something to make way for something new, even with a New Moon.

These periods of time may feel a little tough as doors are opened to our core wounds, and the universe asks us to speed up the healing process. So, with our powerful new beginnings, we may have some baggage we need to release to be able to step into a brand-new space. This New Moon asks us to fill our lives with the energy of creativity and to connect to our inner needs as deeply as possible.

Cancer is the sign of family and home, and perhaps many of us will feel the call to create a home that feels safe and secure for us, to create a family of our own choosing or to heal the breaches in our own families.

Though we may feel as if we are moving without much of a compass, this New Moon asks us to truly connect with our intuition and allow that to guide the way. Listening to your gut is absolutely essential over this New Moon period, as anything we set in motion now will bloom and blossom over the next 6 months – until the Full Moon in Cancer in Jan, 2020.

There will be some unexpected surprises with this New Moon in Cancer – with both Mercury and Mars being offered a challenging square aspect from erratic Uranus, we may leap before we look, or get sprung with something we never saw coming. This is when our intuition is going to serve us, as we will be asked to deal with a situation quickly!

We may also need to keep a close eye on our own promises, as we may, in the moment, commit to something that we won’t be able to honor, or act in a way that is completely spontaneous, though it could yield problematic results.

 

So, whilst this all may feel extremely exciting, let us go slowly and with caution, always checking in with what feels safe, what feels right, what feels like home for us. Cancer is a sign that calls us back, calls us to our heart’s desires, calls us to our authentic needs.

There is no need to rush!

Many of us will feel a call to creativity over this New Moon, and it can be an excellent time to initiate projects that helps us to re-connect with our creative center.

We may want to fill our homes and spaces with things that feel nourishing, the works of our own hands, so take this time to see where you can pour your heart and feelings into. This will help us move through powerful emotion, and re-orientate us towards a new beginning.

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July Horoscopes - Prioritizing the Heart

July Horoscopes - Prioritizing the Heart
July offers a few intense moments in which we will be faced with important turning points and choices to make – it’s a time in which we will have to choose between what our hearts desire, versus what society or others expect of us.

This is not always going to be easy, as we are conditioned to throw our energies into more achievement, more success, more ambition. It’s hard at times to just “take rest” and find our way back to home and hearth, back to family, back to what really matters – connection. The tense aspects between the signs of Cancer and Capricorn reflect this inner conflict, and we may see this in our external worlds, specifically when it comes to family and career.

The eclipse mid-July highlights our need to choose our hearts, choose to nurture ourselves and choose home, and with Mercury Retrograde in Cancer for much of the month, we will be asked to learn to communicate our needs in a creative, empathetic and reflective way to make decisions ever so mindfully.

Aries ♈︎ March 20-April 20

This is a powerful month for you, Aries, and the tension in the area of your career and your home ask you to find a balance between these two very important personal topics in your life. You won’t be immune to pressure, and it’ll be ever so important for you to mindfully check and double-check the messages you’re putting across, lest you appear unclear. There may be a few moments of feeling as if the world is on your shoulders, so when you sense this, make time to retreat a little to gather your energies – this will help you to keep rising in spite of the challenges that arise and empower you to conquer each and every one!

Gemstone: Clear Quartz

Taurus ♉︎ April 20-May 21

With the planets lining up in compatible earth and water signs for you this month, Taurus, you may feel as if you’re on top of things, more so than most of the people around you. Use this boost as a way to support your nearest and dearest and lend them some of that calm that you naturally carry. Mercury retrogrades in your communication zone, asking you to find some time for creativity and imagination, to rest and reflect, and with both a New and Full Moon here too, there could be the chance to begin something quite exciting that you’ve been passionate about for a while!

Gemstone: Prehnite

Gemini ♊︎ May 21-June 21

The focus for you this month is on finances, Gemini. Your choices and decisions will very much be focused on what nurtures you personally when it comes to money, and what structures you have to put in place when it comes to your business or shared resources with your partner. It could be a bit of a dance for you financially, and things come to a head around the eclipse mid-July, which could hopefully help you resolve the tension that’s been building. Your ruler, Mercury, retrogrades in this same zone, so do expect delays and try your best to be as patient as possible.

Gemstone: Pearl

Cancer ♋︎ June 21-July 23

For you, Cancer, this month is a major turning point, especially when it comes to your primary relationships – romance or otherwise. Many of you will have a brand new, personal start with the New Moon on the 2nd of July, as well as have to release something in your relationship with the eclipse on the 16th . It could feel a touch overwhelming at times, and with Mercury going Retrograde in your sign too, you’ll need to take a moment to ponder your way forward before leaping into anything. The best things always require a little sacrifice, and you may find that this could make space for something newer and sweeter.

Gemstone: Moonstone

Leo ♌︎ July 23-August 23

Things rumble deeply under the surface for you this month, Leo, and it may feel as if a spotlight is shining into your deepest subconscious, bringing out those things in you that need love, nurturing and tender care. It’s a time in which you take a step back from the rat race and perhaps have a break, spending some valuable time alone to recuperate and recalibrate. This can be a particularly spiritual time for you, and you may find yourself needing to explore some inspiring meditative practices that can clear some of the confusion floating around this month.

Gemstone: Ruby

Virgo ♍︎ August 23-September 23

With your ruler going retrograde over the month of July, you’ll need to take a moment to just breath and try not to overanalyze things. This is especially true when it comes to balancing personal pleasure with social needs, and there can be some wonderful opportunity for you to encounter new communities that make you feel nurtured and cared for, perhaps releasing a hereunto creative block. This is a time to form deeper connections with others and soak up the love available to you. If there are some friendships you need to release, let them go gently and with gratitude for what they have brought you.

Gemstone: Opal

Libra ♎︎ September 23-October 23

There are some tough challenges to navigate this month when it comes to both your career and your relationships, Libra, and the trick will be to find the ever-present and available compromise, which you are so good at. It won’t always be easy as you feel the pressure grow and have to precariously balance work, love and career, but you can do it – the New Moon may help you by opening a door of opportunity work-wise, which can help focus your energies. Try your best not to get too involved in power plays, and to stay away from drama, as that may just add too much to an already-full plate.

Gemstone: Lapis Lazuli

Scorpio ♏︎ October 23-November 22

Eclipses are less challenging for a Scorpio type, simply because you tend to thrive in an intense situation and are always able to jump to a crisis and use it to transform yourself and your world, to evolve. This New Moon and Eclipse offer you the chance to expand your horizons wider, to explore your self-development and to find ways of growing. You may find yourself returning to old ideas and beliefs, and finding some truth there. On a more practical level, travelling Scorpios could expect a couple of delays with Mercury Retrograde in this area, so it’s best to cultivate patience.

Gemstone: Onyx

Sagittarius ♐︎ November 22-December 22

This month offers you an opportunity for an investment on a material level – with the new Moon in a money zone, you and your partner – business or love – may dive into something exciting and inspiring. There’ll be some decisions to make and you’ll have to find a balance between what makes you feel financially secure, and how much you’re willing to share. The eclipse mid-month highlights this tension, and may bring a few things to a crisis point, where you’ll have to sit with a sacrifice to make. It’s important to keep things in perspective and to perhaps hold off on any major contractual decisions until after Mercury Retrograde.

Gemstone: Turquoise

Capricorn ♑︎ December 22-January 20

The New and Full Moon Eclipse this month fall in your committed relationship area, Capricorn, and there could be some exciting developments at the beginning of the month for you with someone you love dearly. However, the eclipse mid-month may throw things into disarray and bring some old wounds to the surface to be dealt with. Mercury retrograde in this same area asks you to review and reflect on what has been said and to try not make any hasty decisions until the end of the month when your mind is clearer. Be sure to be kind to yourself and create opportunities for compassion and nurturing.

Gemstone: Garnet

Aquarius ♈︎ January 20-February 18

It looks as if there are many new and wonderful work opportunities coming your way, Aquarius, though you’ll have to be extra-careful of signing anything prematurely with Mercury Retrograde in this zone. Be sure to find the balance between rest and routine and time to be a little unstructured so that you don’t become overwhelmed. It will also be highly important to take good care of your emotional and mental health over the month as the eclipse builds in your health area. This Eclipse will also ask that you release something work related, perhaps to make space for something new, though it may initially feel like a crisis.

Gemstone: Amethyst

Pisces ♓︎ February 18-March 20

Single Pisceans out there have some wonderful opportunities for a new romance developing with the New Moon early in the month – there is a lovely lineup of planets in this area which help you to feel very loving indeed! The Eclipse may bring a bit of a shakeup and you may be forced to make a decision between friends and love, though it’s very possible to strike a balance between the two. Go slowly with your decisions as Mercury is Retrograde in this selfsame relationship area, which could make communication a little sticky if you’re not mindful and sensitive to the undercurrents. Communicate with your heart rather than your mind, and you’ll find things are easier as the month rolls on!

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How to Celebrate the Solstice

How to Celebrate the Solstice

Solstice is always a special time of the year – in the Northern Hemisphere, Summer is in full swing, and there is a sense of ripeness and celebration in the air. The weather is warm, the days are long, and we can enjoy all the pleasures of our hard work.

In the Southern Hemisphere, the nights are long and cozy, and there is a sense of deep rest and waiting for the warmth to return – delicious cocoa and warm fires crackle whilst we wrap ourselves in fluffy blankets and allow ourselves to withdraw a little.

Both these times mark a juncture in the seasons, and herald the real “start” of Summer and Winter. The days begin to equalize after this point, and we will either start saying a slow goodbye or a joyful hello to the Sun – although it’ll take some time still!

Neptune, planet of spirituality, compassion and creativity, slowly turns retrograde at 18 degrees of gentle Pisces, at the very same time – and so, 21 June, can be a time to celebrate the Sun and to tap into our own inner sense of spirituality and divinity. Here are some tips to make the most of the Solstice:

Summer Solstice (Northern Hemisphere):

  • Spend this day out in the Sun, if you can – watch the sun rise or the sun set with a sense of mindfulness and awe for this life-giving energy
  • Try welcoming the day with a Yoga Sun Salutation first thing in the morning
  • Purchase some lovely sunflowers to decorate your home and remind you of the longest day of the year
  • Perhaps do a Solar Plexus Chakra meditation: taking your focus to the area between your ribs, picture a small ball of golden light becoming bigger and bigger, and at the same time, imagine this is your sense of personal confidence and power!
  • A small ritual can be to light a candle to symbolize the Sun, and write down a few things you wish to release and let go of as the Sun very slowly begins his downward descent over the next few months.

Winter Solstice (Southern Hemisphere):

  • Light a fire indoors or outdoors, if you have the space for it, and burn a special “Yule Log” to symbolize the bright Sun returning and making the earth warm once again
  • Light a candle and write down a few intentions you wish to welcome and bring in over the next few months as the Sun returns once more
  • Take a long, warm bath with plenty of candles to symbolize cleansing and preparing for the new season coming. As the bath drains, allow any old, stale energy to wash away.
  • Have Christmas in June! Cook a feast and celebrate with your loved ones with delicious wine and the sharing of gifts.
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Roam Free with the Sagittarius “Honey” Full Moon

Roam Free with the Sagittarius “Honey” Full Moon

Following the positive and buoyant theme of Jupiter in Sagittarius, the upcoming Full “Honey” Moon in Sagittarius on 17 June, is one in which we can feel the powerful urge of freedom and a collective surge of positive faith! We may all tap into this Traveler Archetype and experience immense personal growth when we choose to expand our horizons just a little – or a lot!

Full Moons are all about culmination and fulfilment, and whatever plans we may have laid 6 months ago with the New Moon in Sagittarius (around December of 2018) can now be “seen”, coming to fruition. This promises to be a Full Moon in which we can embrace the exotic and open to new truths and philosophies. Some of us may even be going on a vacation or trip that we have been planning for months, and it could be the trip of a lifetime!

Like the New Moon at the beginning of the month in Gemini, this Full Moon is aspected by the dreamy planet Neptune, which does caution us not to throw too much up in the air or be overly invested in a potential fantasy, warns us not to delude ourselves too much. We could feel a profound spiritual awareness around this time, yet we will need to practice discernment to make sure that we are not losing ourselves in the mists of imagination. Neptune can be a little tricky and we could be weaving webs of delusion if we don’t keep our eyes peeled for the truth – being very aware and conscious of what is going on around us will be key at this time.

This Full Moon is also a Moon that we could be rather tempted to make an escape from reality – and as long as it is a “healthy escape”, we can by all means go ahead! Yoga, meditation, nature, dancing and travelling consciously are all wonderful ways of relieving the stress of everyday life. We may also need to ensure that we take care of all the little details as well as balance these with the “bigger picture” – for example, if we are inspired to travel to India, let us double and triple-check our tickets and the fine print, as much as that may pop a little bubble in our dreams – a reality check is the most important thing we can do at this Full Moon!

With Jupiter so close to the Full Moon, emotions will be running high and hot – we could be rather impulsive, leaping int the unknown without looking back. We could collectively feel this sense of optimism that all will turn out well – and it will – just as long as we take a moment to look before we leap and make sure that we are not leaping into the mist with nothing to catch us. As the saying goes “trust in God, but lock your car” – as long as we do this, we will be just fine!

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Let your Adventurous Spirit soar with Jupiter in Sagittarius

Let your Adventurous Spirit soar with Jupiter in Sagittarius

Jupiter, planet of growth and expansion, is in the fiery sign of Sagittarius this year – this is a very fantastic place for this planet to be, as Sagittarius is the “home” sign of Jupiter. Jupiter is a planet that is a bit of a lucky charm and is always jolly and generous. We can all feel the benefits when Jupiter is well placed, and we can certainly sense that 2019 can be a lucky year indeed!

Jupiter is also the planet of travel and many of us – especially those with Sagittarius Sun, Rising or Moon – will feel an immense sense of adventure and excitement. Broadening our horizons right now will be extremely beneficial – there is never a better time to seek new experiences, to get on a plane and taste other cultures!

Sagittarius is also, of course, the archetype of the Traveler – always eager for growth, Sagittarius often finds their soul-home in exotic places, and there is no end to wanting to experience new cultures. If you have been at all hesitant about booking that plane ticket, put that doubt away, pop your laptop open and get clicking! Everyone can enjoy a holiday this year and be open to trying out things you may have never done before!

Our travels can take on two or three different themes this year – let’s explore which of these may apply to you:

  • A Spiritual Theme: Jupiter in Sagittarius is a profoundly philosophical and deep energy. Sagittarius, as a sign, loves to know the whys and wherefores of life, and is always seeking truth, having a very special talent for being able to “feel” what is right, and what is wrong. We may head off to a yoga course, or do an angel retreat, learn astrology abroad or make a pilgrimage to a holy place such as Machu Picchu. This can fulfil our soul’s desire and satisfy burning questions about life, death and everything between.
  • A Party Theme: There is no sign that knows quite how to party like a Sagittarius! They’re often the last ones on a dance floor and the first ones to throw a bash! Booking a holiday to dance the night away in sexy Barcelona or check out a Full Moon party in Thailand might be just what you need!
  • An Athletic Theme: Sagittarius is one of the healthiest signs in the zodiac, and those who have this sign prominent can be very sporty indeed, loving horse-riding, running, hiking and any other activity that hones their bodies and gets them sweaty! An adventure holiday based around activities you can do in famous national parks like Yosemite or doing the Inca Trail can be an amazing way to tap into this powerful Sagittarius Jupiter energy.

So why wait? Put on our boots, grab your yoga mat and a bottle of tequila and get onto that plane!  Wave goodbye to the world for a while – your next adventure is just around the corner!

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