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2020 Fall Equinox: Being in relationship

2020 Fall Equinox: Being in relationship

September 22nd, 2020 marks the Fall Equinox, a time when we finish harvesting and collecting in preparation for a more restful time of year. We have an opportunity to delve into our relationships now; loving and connecting more deeply with those we share our lives with. Using the energy of the Equinox, set your intentions for the season ahead. Ground into your desire for love, peace, and patience—symbolic of the balancing energy the Equinox is steeped in.

Intention for Love

To feel love is inherent and natural to us; but the experience of love can grow deeper when we are intentional and mindful of how it moves us into belonging. This time of year tends to bring our relationships into focus, helps us understand how we love, connect, and relate. How we make space for others and how we care for ourselves.

Let yourself feel the power of connection by simply doing daily mindfulness practices or working with specific crystal allies on your journey. Some excellent gemstone combinations for love include: rose quartz, rhodonite, and pink opal.

Intention for Peace

The Fall Equinox is a time symbolic of balancing and centering in order to create a sense of peace and wellbeing. This season, set an intention for inner peace that can radiate from within and be shared in relationship with others. What you feel on the inside is reflected on the outside.

Be kind and gentle with yourself on your journey towards peace and balance. Mindfulness meditation or practices bring you deeper into a trusting relationship with the Universal energy that exists all around you. Gemstones to work with for peace are tourmaline, Botswana Agate, and lepidolite.

Intention for Patience

Remember to be patient with yourself. You are enough. Your journey is unique and unfolding just as you are and where you are. The patience you apply to yourself extends out in a network of belonging and compassion for everyone around you. Gemstones especially helpful for an intention of patience needed on a healing journey include; howlite, rudraksha, and sesame jasper.

Conclusion

Remember, you are a part of the ever unfolding journey of being, there is nothing that needs to be done. Slow down this Fall Equinox and notice the pause between breaths, go easy on yourself and others. Focus your intention on what your spirit needs for nourishment at this time. Rest and find peace in the intentions your inner self longs for.

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September 2020 Monthly Horoscope - Mystical Refining

September 2020 Monthly Horoscope -  Mystical Refining

There is a subtle energy to this month, that is almost out of reach and just slightly out of our grasp. The allure of the current celestial vibrations is pulling us inward and delicately making a shift in how we approach the world. A refined attitude towards spirituality and expanded visions for meeting each other where we are at will be the current theme. As we surrender to a true sense of what is means to be human we are better able to meet people on the road towards our collective spiritual embodiment.

Aries

Being truthful is the only approach right now, including with yourself, work, life, and everything in-between. This month allows for an opening into your inner self. A bright light is present when you look within. Meditations that focus on concentration help clear the way for messages to come through. Synschonritcity will be all around you, notice the signs as they are present and calling to you at this time.

Gemstone: Labradorite

Taurus

Many areas of your life are calling for your attention right now, asking for a discerning eye and intuitive awareness. You know there is something that is holding you back from fully knowing all parts of self. Break through this month by investing your time in spiritual development. Daily or regular practices, even small ones, can add up and help break down barriers that keep you from fully walking your path.

Gemstone: Lava

Gemini

At your heart lies something magical, an openness and sweet sense of playful knowing. This month provides opportunities for greater access to your creative and artistic abilities. You approach with caution at first, maybe not wanting to make a mistake, when you realize there are no mistakes to be made in actuality. Your own philosophy on life is evolving, what it means to create, make, and connect. Things are really coming together for you.

Gemstone: Howlite

Cancer

As you believe and think, you see things manifest in your reality. Your world is expanding into what you have always dreamed it to be. There is no shortage of hard work, however, and you are dedicated to seeing something through to the end. Daily investment in staying in the present moment cultivates openness within you. It becomes easy to have healthy relationships with others and your community this month.

Gemstone: Turquoise

Leo

It comes as no surprise that your shifting awareness brings you more into the present moment this month. You are having profound periods of insight and relate more closely to your body and soul as one. There is a need to understand yourself in detail and you could go on a deep dive this month into discovering sides of Self you haven’t met yet. Engaging with knowledge and information helps you put things into spiritual context.

Gemstone: Moonstone

Virgo

Your hard work continues to pay off and what you have learned serves to further your life path and purpose. The month is marked by immense efforts and self-reflection. Things will feel like they are coming together for the better and a culmination of all you have been searching for seems to enter into your life right now. The month will be spent learning to integrate all that you have uncovered.

Gemstone: Rose Quartz

Libra

Taken to new levels of knowing, your solar consciousness is expanded and made more aware of the light you carry within you. As you embrace your gifts and talents in this life, you are better able to be of service to yourself and others. There is a need to help right now and a gentle heart energy you are wanting to embrace. Things are going to slow down this month and give you the space you need to recharge and get centered. Use mindfulness if you feel frustrated by the slowed energy.

Gemstone: Amazonite

Scorpio

Working through your shadows helps you embrace all sides of you. As you see yourself as an amalgam of experiences, both past and present you know which way is the path forward. Poetically observe your life and the transformations that take you within and without. You are likely to be more internally focused this month, cultivating a quiet inner narrative that allows you to listen and know. The end of the month brings you expanded understanding about yourself.

Gemstone: Rhodonite

Sagittarius

You are doing your work in the world, which could possibly be different from how you make a living. There is more energy this month around purpose and service to the whole. You are more invested in understanding what others need and deeply tuned into the finer points of what it means to be of service. Mindfully attune your thoughts towards the body, wellness, and spiritual truth. Everything aligns when you walk your path.

Gemstone: Amethyst

Capricorn

Your heart is opening towards greater dedication on your life path. This month’s energy tends to be more turned inward for you and you could require more rest than usual to feel recharged. In your interactions with others, you notice the finer points and details of communication. Focus on what is real, material, and the specific actions that have specific effects on the body. Spiritual wellness right now begins with feeling physically strong and well.

Gemstone: Obsidian

Aquarius

Your detailed perspectives, ideas, and thoughts are able to shared with others at this time. This month is full of profound discussions and insights into the unseen or unknown. You are being called to uncover the mysteries of your own being. Deeply meaningful transformations or changes could come up right now. A need to rest the body and mind or pause from regular activities can help you settle into this subtle inward energy current.

Gemstone: Tourmaline

Pisces

Looking into the mirror back at yourself lends you all kinds of insights into the core of who you are. The same goes for when looking into the eyes of another person. This month is all about the reflection of yourself in others and how you interact and play with the energy available around you. Subtle shifts in emotional undercurrents help you understand yourself and others in a new light. Mindfully embody what you are sensing and knowing to be true at this time.

Gemstone: Jade

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Mantras for Your Zodiac Sign

Mantras for Your Zodiac Sign

Aries —  My fiery spirit is welcome

Often a sign of impulsivity, you need your space to fully express who you are. Whereas you don’t need the permission, it can certainly help you feel more accepted and free to show yourself.

Taurus — I love all of who I am

You like some aspects of yourself more than others. Give yourself the room to love all parts of you deeply, compassionately, and fiercely.

Gemini — It’s okay to change my mind

Your mind is magical and always shifting. Give yourself permission to change when the feeling is right, because that is what Gemini is here to do!

Cancer — My confidence is always growing

Feeling comfortable in your own skin comes with time. See this as part of the unfolding journey, self-consciousness falls away and confidence takes its place.

Leo — I seek out what my soul needs

Asking for what you need comes naturally to you. You are in touch with the part inside of yourself that knows fulfillment comes when everything is aligned within.

Virgo — I honor the hidden parts of me

Your thought processes that operate behind the scenes are an extension of you. Pull what is hidden into the forefront of your mind and embrace everything as it is within you.

Libra — Vulnerability is my strength

Your love, emotion, and intuition allow you to make much needed space for others to heal. Give yourself this same curtesy you provide to others. 

Scorpio — I find freedom in being seen

Many types of mirrors exist to help you see yourself. This mindset is a practice that gets you closer in touch with your higher self.

Sagittarius — I am learning to trust myself

Self-doubt has no place in your decision making right now. The intuitive power of your heart and soul is the guide you need to follow.

Capricorn — My inner light is breaking through

What grows in the cracks is strong and resilient. Keep pushing through until you reach your fullest potential.

Aquarius — My relationships help me see the unseen

Your interactions with the world and others are you deepest strength at this time. What you seek outside is really what you need within.

Pisces — Each day is open and new

When you wake up each morning you have a blank canvas to fill. Be mindful of the beauty in each moment, fully present to what is happening now.

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August New & Full Moon

August New & Full Moon

This month we have a full and a new moon to welcome. Each will bring different energies that you should be aware of. Keep reading to see what to expect.

Full Moon in Aquarius August 3rd

The precise dance of the celestial bodies is energy humans are naturally attuned to. During the Full Moon there is an astral tightrope we can walk to better harness this power. The Moon is in one sign and the Sun is in another—and we are at the heart of this dynamic. The Full Moon is in Aquarius this month, helping us plug into the brainwaves of those around us. Giving room for us to connect— telepathically, emotionally, and spiritually with everything in existence. We are manifesting and fully in our power at this time.

 New Moon in Leo August 18th

When the Sun and Moon find each other in the same sign, no light is reflected off of the lunar surface. The night sky becomes dark and the stars become bright. This is a mirror for the cycles of time and constant change. Moments of being need to wax and wane and each setting and rising of the Sun is further proof of this energy. The New Moon this month is in Leo, a sign of gifted creativity and courage. Channel your spiritual talents, set mindful intentions, and tap into the potential of what you are here to do.

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August Monthly Horoscopes: Mindful Individuality

August Monthly Horoscopes: Mindful Individuality

The astro energy of this month is working with an interplay between individuality and the collective. Each of us can objectively know we are our own Self, but also sense the interconnection with others. As the planetary cycles move within their orbits we too move in and around each other in multiple layers of meaning and experience. This month, we can cultivate a sense of mindful individuality, becoming as close to our divine self for the benefit of all beings.

Aries ♈︎

You are learning what your spiritual gifts are, specifically how to apply them, harvest them, and let them fully manifest into your life. This month, it may show up especially in your career and what you are doing in the external world. You are powerfully able to direct your energy if you can collect and focus long enough to generate the momentum that you need. Stay mindful of how much strength is behind the actions you are taking. When directed properly, you will see results.

Gemstone: Amethyst 

Taurus ♉︎

Wisdom around your hidden gifts and talents is ready to be explored. This month is about working through any self-conscious feelings or deeply rooted doubts you have about yourself. What you fear most is what you need to pursue at this time. The Universe is assisting you in fully finding your unique abilities. As you mindfully develop your skills, you are able to be an example to others and a pillar of truth for possibly, growth, and expansion.

Gemstone: Tourmaline

Gemini ♊︎

You are able to speak from a place of symbolism and meaning at this time, especially drawing from collective archetypes and themes that you are picking up on. There is something playful, highly communicative, and imaginative in how you are presenting yourself right now. Leading a group, class, or discussion among friends is an excellent use of your current vibration. Gather information, explore things in detail, and fully develop your inner-working thought processes and intellect right now.

Gemstone: Labradorite

Cancer ♋︎

A need for grounding is cropping up for you as you have taken in a lot of energy from your surroundings recently. Alchemizing what you have absorbed is necessary and this may include giving some of it back to the earth through solid, mindful action. Consider what helps you stay most tethered to the here and now, then do that! This may be planting, reading, cooking, helping, or a myriad of other things. One of your gifts is moving the energy where it needs to go next. 

Gemstone: Amazonite

Leo ♌︎

Becoming yourself is a natural process for you and one you were made for. This month allows you to embrace these energies within. Releasing shame or blocks or fear; everything is able to become more clear, solid, and tangible in your life. You are full of solar energy and mindfully awaken to your true path of Self. The People in your life will be highly supportive of what you are working on. The encouragement you need will be there when you need it. By the end of the month a new set of details deepens your self work even further.

Gemstone: Rose Quartz

Virgo ♍︎

The spiritual connection between body and mind is revealed to you in unique lessons and visions this month. Your ability to see things from a vantage point of others helps inspire change where it is needed. As you move through the month, the energy that surrounds you is absorbed into you. Energetically tune in and sense what this feels like. If you need to create boundaries, whether that is physical or spiritual, consider the why, how, and where exactly you are needing this separation.

Gemstone: African Turquoise

Libra ♎︎

Gifts are opening up to you that provide you with a larger vision and new intuitive skills. An ability to remain neutral and completely centered keeps your mind extremely clear and your insights potent. As people seek you out this month for your individual wisdom and advice, you feel empowered to trust yourself on a deeper level. Consider engaging with the public more and involving yourself in something that is important to you at this time.

Gemstone: Tiger's Eye

Scorpio ♏︎

The need to create definition in your life comes up this month. You want to know the boundaries, especially related to your own self and spiritual development. There is energy behind discovering your individual path or journey and what this means for you specifically. The need to seek out your life purpose grows stronger at this time. Separating money from the spiritual work you do is an important step in your process. Seeing things as connected but separate brings you a greater sense of awareness.

Gemstone: Autumn Jasper

Sagittarius ♐︎

You feel the need to gather around other life long learners like you this month. There is hardly ever a time when you want to stop growing, understanding, or gaining in knowledge. You are gaining more insight into your own wisdom, specifically what topics, information, or subjects you excel at as an individual. This potent sense of self-perception helps you be more mindful in how you share what you know. An opportunity to spread your knowledge is likely to come up at this time in the form of something tangible.

Gemstone: Rudraksha

Capricorn ♑︎

Constantly shifting energies, is forcing you to adapt and change. As the cycles of transformation and lessons of the past seem to keep coming up for you. There is still more to understand and even deeper layers of relationship you can reach with yourself. The layers to you are endless, rooted yet untethered. By the end of the month, you will be seeking out answers. Look to your dreams for guidance and wisdom—this is how you will learn to define what you need to do.

Gemstone: Jade

Aquarius ♒︎

Your mind aligns with how you feel and this is channeled into how you relate to others. There is additional energy being put towards helping, building, and creating deeper more meaningful community. As the person with the focus and precision, you will help execute and direct whatever is being made at this time. You know that harmony is necessary as well as mindful intention behind the actions you are taking. Direction and focus is in line with the heart.

Gemstone: Obsidian

Pisces ♓︎

Healing and balancing keep you relatively occupied this month and you are discovering how to define what this healing energy means for you. Explore different wellness modalities this month—both for yourself and for others. The intention is to spread the energy that is needed. You mindfully attempt to operate within the flux of being. Your daily work will likely take on new meaning and you will meet people that are here to guide, uplift, and support you in the self-work that you are doing.

Gemstone: Howlite

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July 2020 Horoscopes - Unfolding Self with Others

July 2020 Horoscopes - Unfolding Self with Others

Life will start to move forward in July, this movement will be marked by a reworking of energy. In general, people will be more empathic, sensitive, and intuitive—the emotional side of self will be more prominent and the feelings nature of being human is what we are calling in. When you step outside each day, the individual side of you will seem to merge with the world around you. This means your inner self-work from the previous months is ready to be shared with others, fiercely and compassionately.

Aries ♈︎

Your fearless and bold energy comes in with the force of a storm this month, you are intense, passionate, and motivated. As you feel a shift in how things move, work, and function you will also start to feel things shift within your own self. Attitudes are likely to change, morph, or evolve this month. Prepare yourself for integrating these new aspects of your world-view into who you really are. The work starts from within and unfolds outward.

Gemstone: Ruby

Taurus ♉︎

What does your voice sound like? Do you know the sound of who you are? This month allows you to stand out and truly share the inner emotional world of self with others. You pause from seeing yourself as an individual that needs to be cultivated and actualized and start to see yourself more as an individual that needs to actualize in relation to others. As shyness drips away, confidence grows.

Gemstone: Howlite

Gemini ♊︎

Gentleness in the face of hardship helps you manage an influx of changing emotions and changing landscapes. The inner psychology and layers you are moving through is happening quickly. At times you will want to break and move away from working so hard on things. Remember, you are capable of being many different things to many different people, and even different things to your own self. This energy is potent and has a place at this time.

Gemstone: Lava

Cancer ♋︎

You stand strong on ground that feels like it is moving beneath your feet. You are flexible in your moods, and this is your strength right now. The conversations you engage in will have meaning and impact. As you articulate important facts, you also lace your message with sweetness, emotions, and feelings. Leadership qualities emerge at this time, consider leading a meditation group or starting a spirituality themed class, workshop, or meeting.

Gemstone: Labradorite

Leo ♌︎

Even when you think your mind is set there is still room for change. You are met with this theme this month, and where something seemed solid, you will notice the lack of edges that actually exist in certain situations. You gather around others for inspiration. There is a sense of hope in finding comrade with the people in your community. Lean on those who will be supportive of your journey, where you are at, and won’t push you to be someone you are not. 

Gemstone: Obsidian

Virgo ♍︎

Something hidden or unexpected will be dropped into your conscious awareness this month and become a part of your deeper truths about life and who you are. This is a great month to focus on consciousness expanding work through different meditations. It is also a great time to try out different spiritual practices in order for you to see what has shifted and what may fit better with your current worldview. You have a much more global feeling at this time.

Gemstone: Smokey Quartz

Libra ♎︎

Your work and career have an impact on your local community in some way. You plug into what is happening around you and find allies, support, and nurturing from new people entering into your life. You are really looking for community this month and to self-actualize within these spaces. A sweetness opens you up to befriending more people. The quality of your relationships is likely to improve with your intention.

Gemstone: Rose Quartz

Scorpio ♏︎

You are feeling a mix of the elemental energies of fire and water. You feel the waves of emotions but the intense passion just as much. This can be worked into your day to day life, routines, and habits. Consider each moment, no matter how small it may seem, as a space where meaning can be created. You showing up, with presence is what matters. You can hold space, be strong, and compassionate all at the same time.

Gemstone: Amazonite

Sagittarius ♐︎

You are learning to understand yourself on an entirely new level. As self-awareness unfolds you  also are confronted with parts of yourself that had been living in shadow or mystery. This awakening will feel really exciting and invigorating, sparking creativity and a fierce pursuit of the things that you love. You are also activated by the current energy in the world, you have a strong voice with very important things to vocalize and share.

Gemstone: Rhodonite

Capricorn ♑︎

It happens that you are wanting to take your spiritual journey in a potentially new direction. This may include integrating the stuff you were already doing or going fully in on something new. There will be a period of deciding what to share with someone else and what to keep to yourself. As you move through this energy, remember to communicate and give space to all parts of self that need to be seen, heard, and understood.

 Gemstone: Jade

Aquarius ♒︎

Some relief is coming your way from the current pressure you have been feeling. Allow this month to be one where you seek out moments of rest between intense moments of passionately working in the world. You tend to be more sensitive right now and have a greater intuitive ability for understanding the collective. Digest this information for others, then write, speak, or share on it, if that is what you are feeling called to do at this time!

Gemstone: African Turquoise

Pisces ♓︎

Your routines related to wellness this month are important aspects for taking care of self and others. There are things happening that keep pressing you forward mixed with moments when the gravity of what is real takes up more space in your mind. Mindfulness practices will be essential, especially those related to self-awareness and exchange of emotions. Identifying what specifically you feel or are going through can take courage and bravery. The planetary influences are on your side for this work.

Gemstone: Moonstone

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June 2020 Monthly Horoscopes - Looking Back

June 2020 Monthly Horoscopes - Looking Back

One of the most prominent aspects of the astrological sky is the Venus retrograde taking place in Gemini this month. This energy pulls us back and almost creates a sense of nostalgia for things since passed. We should be aware of the human mind’s ability to ‘re-write’ our stories and use these energies as a reframing tool to explore in-depth how we view and why we view the past in the way that we do. Once we have gathered this information it becomes easier to understand where we are coming from in this present moment, helping us stay mindful to our ever-present unfolding.

Aries ♈︎

Old friends or relationships can resurface at this time, past relationships or people you considered not a part of your life anymore may come back into your physical or mental spaces. This can be a great time to re-work some aspects of your local community through leadership and similar qualities you naturally possess! Stay mindful of the deeper emotions, stresses, and unforeseen obstacles that might be affecting others right now. Your awareness of these energies allows you to make the best decisions for everyone involved.

Gemstone: Ruby

Taurus ♉︎

Someone may be calling into question your personal value system or ethics. You know who you are and who you want to be, stand strong and true in the knowledge. This is a great month for inviting another person into your personal spaces. Maybe sharing your thoughts, belief system, or spiritual practices with a close friend. The comrade created can feel holistic and healing, it will also provide a sense of validation in uncertain times. 

Gemstone: Amethyst

Gemini ♊︎

Spiritual and soul exploration are available to you at this time, especially in regard to how you relate to others. Love is medicine for you right now; community and being together help you maintain a sense of warmth and presence. A harmonizing of the left and right sides of the brain bring you into perfect center. Meditate on this idea and see how you feel when you focus on one hemisphere of the brain versus the other!

Gemstone: Pyrite

 

Cancer ♋︎

You are not necessarily a fighter, but neither will you take things lying down. You are a very strong zodiac sign that is able to accept and work through rather than suppress how you really feel. This type of authentic living is very strong with you this month. You will feel it in your heart, you will feel it in the way you learn, study, and mentor others. Just by being yourself you are a teacher to others and a spiritual warrior of authenticity.

Gemstone: Jade

 

Leo ♌︎

A craving for socialization is very strong this month! You want to be in the same physical presence as those you love. This may or may not be an option at the moment depending on where you live in the world. Work through this tension by meditating and exercising. Sit with the uncomfortable energy rather than denying it exists. This will help you integrate and gain mindful mastery over your emotions.

Gemstone: Opal

Virgo ♍︎

Passion is growing in your approach to relationships. You are much more vocal this month and openly intense in your partnerships, especially romantic ones. This passion and desire to live the life you want is easily communicated. Taking physical action steps towards your interests, goals, and dreams in life is recommended, especially if they are career related in some way. Good things are happening for you!

Gemstone: Rudraksha

Libra ♎︎

You invite in an expanded sense of consciousness right now and are becoming more and more comfortable with your own personal belief system. When you look at how you organize your world, you may decide there are some changes you want to make. Go with this! Restructuring a worldview can be a great challenge, but can yield incredible results that align with your inner self.

Gemstone: Rhodonite

Scorpio ♏︎

When you decide on something your mind is pretty set, unless you are presented with pretty strong facts to convince you otherwise. This month, you will be presented with some new information that illuminates an area of thinking you haven’t really given your full attention. Meditate on these new ideas, let them wash over you. Try not to overthink but instead absorb on a cellular level what is being shown to you.

Gemstone: Autumn Jasper

Sagittarius ♐︎

A soulful journey is likely beginning at this time. You are questioning things, life, how you are living and might even be motivated to make some important changes. Some inner dissatisfaction can be used to help you discover what you really want to be doing with your life. Consider and visualize being in the moment. If you don’t like circumstances as they, remember you have the power to change them!

Gemstone: Garnet

Capricorn ♑︎

Healthy living and grounding are where your attention will focus this month. You are discovering what does and does not work with your body. Spend as much time as you can grounding and practicing mindfulness. This will help you root into what you actually need to initiate change instead of just accepting things the way they are. Learning about yourself intensifies this month.

Gemstone: Tiger's Eye

Aquarius ♒︎

A close examination of your relationships is likely this month, including commitments and close ties you share with others. You might be feeling restless which gets translated into complicated created projects and interesting activities. A new person is likely to enter your life this month. Be mindful of who resonates with you and why. This is the key to unlocking that connection!

Gemstone: Chrysocolla

Pisces ♓︎

The spirit of the musician is strong with you at this time. As you find your voice, you notice it comes from that deep place within at the center, up from the root and the belly. You have more passion right now and higher expectations for yourself and others. Expect this time to be intensely productive for you! Ensure you balance the increased activity with adequate rest.

Gemstone: African Turquoise

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Meet Mala's Astrologer, Emma!

Meet Mala's Astrologer, Emma!

If you're part of our Mala Collective community, you know that at the end of each month we create and send out monthly horoscopes. These horoscopes have become a company ritual that we all look forward to each and every month. 

With that being said, we wanted to let you know that we have an actual Astrologer write and create these horoscopes each month. She is amazing and today we want to share her with you. Get ready to meet the incredible, Emma!

Who is Emma?

Emma is an astrologer that has been studying and practicing astrology for the past 10 years. She attended Portland School of Astrology in 2013 shortly after moving to Portland, Oregon which gave her a solid foundation of astrological training. Emma loves to attend astrology conferences and workshops in order to connect with other astrologers in the community. She would describe her astrological style as casual, earthy, and intuitive.

Emma began freelance writing in 2016, finding her niche on websites related to spirituality, astrology, and the occult. Her horoscopes, articles, and other work can be found across different platforms on applications, blogs, and websites. She also has her own online home at mysticaastrology.com—where she offers readings, articles, and learning.

Emma has a mostly animist worldview and sees herself, others, and nature as an interweaving of divine, spiritual energy. She is inspired by art, soulful music, deep study, looking at the night sky, seeking personal gnosis, beauty, herbalism, hospice work, being in the woods, and all the experiential and sensuous aspects of being human.

We decided to get to know Emma a little more, so here's a short + sweet Q&A we did with her:

How do you practice mindfulness?

Mindfulness is something I need to constantly remind myself to practice, it doesn’t come easily to me. Often times, I feel my mind running far ahead of me and I have to gently bring myself back into the present moment. If I start my day off with a mindfulness meditation, I notice it is much easier to access that energy later in the day when I encounter something that feels off or uncomfortable. I also like to get to places or events early, so I can kind of mindfully tune in with myself, breath, relax, or whatever is needed prior to engaging with others.

What is your daily meditation practice?

I wake up early, around 5 or 6 in the morning every day to make time for my daily spiritual practice. I realize this very quiet space in the morning is when I get the most out of my meditations. My daily practice is a sort of sitting practice. I take long deep breaths until I feel myself as a sort of receiver for the energy around me. I don’t tend to do a lot of visualizations or prompts for myself, but settle into the silence and receptivity; listening to what I consider my soul.

What are your favorite gemstones?

Moldavite is by far my favorite gemstone, it feels like an old friend and I wear a big chunk of it on a ring that I rarely ever take off. I also really enjoy the gentle energies of emerald and selenite, but prefer the slightly more intense feelings I get from azurite, kyanite, and black tourmaline—at least for me this is how it feels!

How do you ground yourself?

Grounding is so, so important to me. I like to lay on the actual ground, in the grass, or outside somewhere. I am a floor dweller for sure. Other things I do to stay centered are carry snacks, water, and a small chunk of black tourmaline in my bag. If needed, I also do a meditation visualizing myself as roots that reach deep into the earth. I have tried a lot of things over the years, but these tend to be the ones that have stayed the most constant for me.

What led you to astrology?

I was always drawn towards the expansive beauty of the night sky. I am also a painter and discovered my passion for painting images of the Sun, Moon, and stars when I was young, always kind of attracted to the cyclical nature of the world and the changing seasons—which the practice of astrology easily roots into. 

As a teenager I really just began structuring my world view around people’s signs, To be honest I became pretty obsessive about it, like so many of us astrology enthusiasts tend to do! It was hard even to interact with people without knowing their sign for a while. I have become much more realistic about the limits of astrology or any system really if we get to narrowly focused in one lane.

My brain took a while to get into the nitty gritty details of astrology. Once I started attending the school in Portland, I kind of “accelerated” my learning and consumed as much information as I could. I didn’t really discover that I wanted to write or that I could even write about astrology until I started my blog in 2015. I practice an earth-based spirituality and have started plans for a book that explores the Earth within the context of astrology.

What is your sign?

I am a Capricorn Sun, Aries Moon, and Taurus Rising.

The Sun in my chart is right between Saturn and Neptune, which could be interpreted as a constant tension to find the center within the dreamy, mystical and the earthy, practical. Which from the outside, describes me pretty accurately!

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Mala Collective - May 2020 Monthly Horoscopes - Healing Earth & Body

Mala Collective - May 2020 Monthly Horoscopes - Healing Earth & Body

A shift has taken place in our world, on a macrocosmic and microcosmic level. We can feel this change in our communities but also in our own bodies and minds. This is not an easy time to be human upon the earth, but that tension also gives us room to address our psychological complexes, explore the wisdom in connection, and ultimately discover a pathway towards greater wholeness. This is a great time to learn what healing means to you and where it begins within you. Body, mind, and spirit are malleable, receptive, and vulnerable to these truths at this time. Astrologically this month, we are in touch with what is physical and how we are affected by the spiritual. Remember to pause, breath, and center.

Aries ♈︎

Your earthy nature and desire claws out from inside of you and settles on the surface of your very being. Each and every base need will be addressed right now. Every action you take has a purpose towards you feeling more secure, happy, and whole. Exercise is your best friend right now. You need this time spent in your body to truly feel aligned in each part of your being. Focus on the belly area, this is your center and willpower. Breath deeply into this area of self to fully experience a sense of independence, self-reliance, and ultimate belonging.

Gemstone: Tiger’s Eye

Taurus ♉︎

At times this month, you will feel your mind is completely made up, not a thing could possibly change it. Then, surprisingly, something does. What are these forces in the Universe that cause you to shift and move on your life path? These major shifts in perspective come as quite a shock, as you often rely on the grounding energy of staying in a steady mindset. You will learn this month that you can withstand change. That transformation is something you can hold in your body, experience, and even find ecstatic joy in. This is a month of many firsts. Embrace the wild ride!

Gemstone: Amethyst

Gemini ♊︎

This month pulls you up and out of a funk and into a place of brighter spiritual wellness. The first half of the month you might feel you are slogging through but the second half of the month you will see things start to shake loose and blocks start to unbind. A great area to place your focus on this month is on energetic healing with the mind. Consider doing a meditation that scans your body for knots or breaks in the auric field. You can work on these areas, cleansing, and healing what is normally hidden. Answers to long held mysteries have a way of being revealed right now and the insights that come through are profound.

Gemstone: Obsidian

Cancer ♋︎

You desire warmth, physical comfort, and wellness at this time. Over the course of the month you seek to make subtle changes that gently guide you to a greater sense of healing and wholeness. Light a candle each day in dedication to your spiritual path. The heat of the flame represents the heat that is flowing through you. Find your courage, located at the heart of yourself, to be as big as you want to be. Let yourself reveal to others who is the true you striving to be expressed. Lightness, sweetness, and dreaminess let you step forward without fear.

Gemstone: Tourmaline

Leo ♌︎

While many people are having a decrease in work, you seem to be having an increase in workload. This means your self-care routine is of the utmost importance. Your physical body well happens in tandem with your mental body also being well. If possible, give yourself at least 5 minutes a day for breath work or mindfulness meditation. This will be an invaluable practice for you this month in order to reduce tension, anxiety, and manage heavy workloads. Another great way for you to stay centered throughout this month is to talk about how you feel. Having openness about your feelings and experiences keeps life grounded and ensures you get the support you might need at this time.

Gemstone: Howlite

Virgo ♍︎

Language, words, and wisdom. You want these things and are willing to expend energy to get them. The powerful tool that is your brain is experiencing a thirst for knowledge. You want a teacher that will show you how to ground and be present. You also want a teacher that will show you what it means to be human in this physical experience. Of course, you already know, the teacher is within. This doesn’t mean outside support, mentors, and guides cannot be of immense value on your life path. Read up, research, and gather this month.

Gemstone: Labradorite

Libra ♎︎

Self-love, self-worth, and value…what do these things really mean to you? You are looking at these themes now with your deepest most radical truth and it can be a lot! But nothing you cannot handle. You are living in the realest of realities within your mind and experiencing life from a more vivid, meaningful, and purposeful existence. Channel this burst in spiritual energy into long meditation sessions, deep breathing exercises, and dreamy visualizations. Your mind is more open and expanded and ready to let more in.

Gemstone: Moonstone

Scorpio ♏︎

The way in which you relate to others has opened up all of your empathic senses and intuition this month. Each emotion, feeling, and thought seems to be permeating through your tough exterior and melding itself within you. Learning to filter these energies is great work, but work you are wholly prepared for. Meditation is an excellent area for mastering your mind, emotions, and thoughts. You have ultimate authority on what gets passed to you, how you transmute these energies is a gateway to functioning more fully in this physical world.

Gemstone: Amazonite

Sagittarius ♐︎

A deliberate physical wellness routine is exactly what you are craving this month. Something you set out to do each day is healing, fulfilling, and life-affirming. While your mind is busy running far down the road, your body is requesting you put in action to maintain stability day to day. Work on your morning routine, this is where you will find the most solace. Carve out a chunk of time for a nice cup of tea, look at nature, meditate, journal, or any other activity that brings your mind into the physical moment. Starting your day with a routine anchors you and prepares you to operate with more mindfulness overall. 

Gemstone: Lava

Capricorn ♑︎

Although, not your conscious preference, you tend to learn lessons the hard way. This month your mind is blown by a confronting experience with the subconscious mind. When these truths become conscious you now have a chance to work, integrate, and ultimately unify all of yourself together. Spend time journeying with the self through meditation to these parts of hidden shadow and unexplained realities. Your imagination is the vehicle that starts you on these paths, and your Higher Spirit will guide you towards center.

Gemstone: Rose Quartz

Aquarius ♒︎

A re-organization of what it means to be at home and in your home is present this month. You express what you want to see restructured and take action towards these visions. Sleep health is where you should place your focus right now. An overactive body and mind might be keeping you up at night. There are ways in which you can explore sleep and meditation as one. Use this month to research and try out different versions of sleep hygiene. Routine setting is actually very healing for you. Consider the practices of sleep yoga.

Gemstone: Smokey Quartz

Pisces ♓︎

A stable mindset leads to a stable routine, and that is exactly what you need this month. Your mind is scattered in seemingly a hundred different directions or intensely focused on just one. What you need is to find a balance between input and output. There is sensory information constantly being exchanged between your mind and the environment. Routine, especially one that includes a daily meditation or spiritual practice, roots the different experiences of reality to a single time and place. This helps your creative explorations find solid expression in each moment.

Gemstone: Rhodonite

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April 2020 Monthly Horoscopes - New Visions

April 2020 Monthly Horoscopes - New Visions

April’s planetary energy is nothing short of intense as the month starts off with some major astrological transits. This powerful elemental energy can be felt through the natural world, our bodies, and souls. Everyone around you will be feeling it, an overwhelming need for change will help carry us through. New visions are possible, new ideas can be imagined—rooted in mindful self and social awareness can manifest during this time of restructuring.

 Aries ♈︎

You are more aware of your presence in the world at this time and a new role or task is going to be given to you soon. Ensure you are ready for the quest that will be presented to you. Preparation will meet opportunity, stay grounded, mindful, and truly focused. This is a time for becoming an active participant in the world, not an innocent bystander. Your leadership abilities can be expressed in full this month.

Gemstone: Smokey Quartz

Taurus ♉︎

Shifts in your public persona are taking place right now, due to an intense internal pressure. The energy may have been building for a while as Taurus is a sign that burns slow and steady. Your passions are expressed right now through words and you are likely to be reaching out to others through use of direct communication. Your confidence is sky rocketing, be mindful that your intensity levels may be higher than those around you.

Gemstone: Garnet

Gemini ♊︎

You are a seeker searching for answers right now and hold within you a visionary light that is masked in playfulness and mystery. The seemingly light-hearted energy you are operating with is part of initiation into a greater understanding of life and existence. Mindfully love yourself and others right now. A boldly manifested dream is about to come true for you, be prepared for the foundations to change socially.

Gemstone: Howlite

Cancer ♋︎

Waking up to your true nature can feel very dramatic for you but ultimately exactly what you are after. The emotional appeal of connecting with others makes your empathy stronger as you recognize the superhuman ability of knowing this aspect of Self. This month is about drive and passion. Nothing will stop you, only you can get in your own way, therefore be mindful of your inner forces and powers stirring.

Gemstone: Labradorite

Leo ♌︎

This month can be a motivating time for you. There is increased passion and love for the people, friends, and partners in your life. You are much more playful and are learning how to take yourself a little less seriously overall. When you decide to go for something right now, it has a way of working out in your favor! There is also an opportunity for an exploration of the deeper wounds you have experienced in life and a sense of relief and healing surrounding difficult emotions.

Gemstone: Rhodonite

Virgo ♍︎

Close ties with someone you care about are bound to go through some shifts right now. A reworking of energies is likely and a release of someone or something is in order. You will find the courage you need to see this thing through. When life or events seem tough or are hard to face it is recommended that you spend time in deep contemplation, meditation, or mindfulness. Bringing yourself into the present moment will help quiet and ground a stressful mind.

Gemstone: Obsidian

Libra ♎︎

You choose to find the beauty in everything, even in challenges or difficult moments. Right now is no different. As you approach life this month, you are a beacon of hope, love, and understanding for the people who need it most. Your ability to help charm and make others feel okay will come in handy right now. A deep sense of justice is stirring up in you—making you ready to rise as the timing is right.

Gemstone: Lava

Scorpio ♏︎

Fluctuations in scheduling and the structure of your life is likely right now. A re-evaluation is in order as you come to understand that something new is trying to enter your life. You need to declutter something outworn or old. A new routine that leaves a bad habit behind, will bring you nearer to your full nature. A beautiful sense of intensity helps you carve a new path for yourself in the way your higher self envisions everything to be.

Gemstone: Opal

Sagittarius ♐︎

There is a high chance right now that you are trying to keep something secret or under wraps from the people in your life. Ask yourself if being open and honest would help smooth things over a bit or decrease tension in your life? There is nothing like the sound of the truth. Communication is your theme right now and it is time to get creative with your approach! Let the words you weave be the magic you want to make.

Gemstone: Amethyst

Capricorn ♑︎

Your life is seeing some radical shifts and changes right now. You are doing everything in your power to keep up! Some very private matters around personal identity are likely to break free this month. The loosening up of these tightly structured approaches you have been taken will actually be a great relief. Mindfully settle into the pace of this present moment. You are able to take added pressure from the outside world while standing strong in your center.

Gemstone: African Turquoise

Aquarius ♒︎

A strange combination of movement and restriction seems to be at odds within you. Find the energy and strength within this tension. One of the best ways to work with this energy is to create or make something. You can dance, sing, paint, write, or a number of other beautiful outlets for your talents. Revealing your vulnerabilities to a close friend or partner will help strengthen your bond and deepen your life experience at this time.

Gemstone: Tiger’s Eye

Pisces ♓︎

Notice what you need and set yourself up to work towards that. For you, things start in the mind and imagination right now, honor this part of self. There is motivation to make moves on something that you have been dreaming about for quite some time. You have the gifts to see things manifest, but you need to take that first step. This is the month to take one action towards a major life goal of yours.

Gemstone: Pyrite

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