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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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New Moon in Gemini

New Moon in Gemini

This month sees a playful, light New Moon in Gemini gracing us with its witty and curious energies. Gemini, the sign of the twins, is endlessly adaptable and forever inquisitive, wanting to learn everything that they can, and always on the lookout for something new to fill their lives with variety.

This New Moon, therefore, is an opportunity to embrace change and allow more lightness and playfulness into our lives. We can set intentions around picking up a new skill, finishing that book we have been placing to the side or even studying something quick and easy. Gemini doesn’t do long–haul or too much commitment, and like the social butterfly they are, they flit from person to person, topic to topic, always tasting something a little different. This is a wonderful time to make connections with people we have always wanted to, and to venture out and explore different crowds and places.

Mercury, the communication planet in charge of this New Moon, is also in the sign of witty Gemini, making this an extra- talkative and chatty period. We may feel tempted to sow as many seeds as we can, as our minds could be spilling over with fresh new ideas – and we should not hold ourselves back! The result of the seeds we plant now can be very exciting indeed as we watch the growth unfold over the next several months. New Moon intentions often last for at least 6 months until the Full Moon in the same sign, and hence whatever we do now can have a rather long-lasting effect.

One thing to be aware of over this New Moon is the sometimes-confusing influence of the planet Neptune – we will need to be quite sure of our intentions and of others’, and ensure we check all the facts and details before heading off on our new ventures. If we don’t, we may come up short or be a bit disappointed that we missed something really important.

For example, if we decide to move home or buy a property now, we should definitely check, and double-check that our new landlords, roommates or tenants are the “real deal” and that the home itself is in proper shape! Gemini is often a sign that gets easily confused and scattered, or does too much at once, so slowing down over this New Moon is essential for stability and success. We will also need to ensure that the promises we make over this time are promises that we can keep – it may be easy to say that we can take on all the things, but harder to keep up with them! Hence, becoming aware of our limits and being responsible for our words and actions is essential.

All in all, this new Moon promises a fun, lighter energies than most New Moons, and we could feel quite restless over these few days. Picking up a new skill over this time or finding ways to channel busy mental energies could be very beneficial in the long run!

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June Horoscopes 2019: Finding Strength in Limitations

June Horoscopes 2019:  Finding Strength in Limitations

June is a month in which we may find that situations change constantly, and a time in which we may be asked to rise to the challenge, finding unique ways of working within the limitations presented to us. As nebulous Neptune turns retrograde over the month and makes an aspect to generous Jupiter, the energy may be somewhat confusing and we could be tempted to delusions of grandeur. It will become ever so important to keep one foot on the ground in order to avoid the temptation of escapism over this period. The light and breezy Gemini energy will help immensely with finding the humor in our everyday situations and remind us to take ourselves a little less seriously!  

 

Aries ♈︎ March 20-April 20

This month sees a big emphasis on making yourself clear when it comes to dealing with authority – whether you are the authority or someone else is! With the communication ruling planet Mercury, as well as action orientated Mars creating some tense aspects in the area of your profession, you will be asked to tread ever so carefully in terms of what you say and how to act on what you say. It can be all too easy to get frustrated at the apparent lack of clear communication, yet the New Moon early in the month in this exact area asks you to plant seeds of awareness here which will lead to great personal growth later on.

Gemstone: Moonstone

 

Taurus ♉︎ April 20-May 21

When it comes to money this month, Taurus, you may feel rather tempted to spend more than usual, and perhaps even enter a positive new financial period – if you’re wanting a raise, now may be the time to ask for it as the New Moon activates the financial zone of your chart. With Venus also moving in here, luxuriating feels so very good, so get out there and go shopping! A word of caution this month is to tread carefully where siblings and close family is concerned, as you may come up against some intense provocation, and although it’s not usual for you to explode, the chances are very likely you will if you are pushed too far. 

Gemstone: Jade

 

Gemini ♊︎ May 21-June 21

It’s a great, bubbly month for you, as the New Moon blossoms in your sign early in the month, coinciding with Venus also moving into Gemini. You’ll enjoy the shifting energies at play and some of you may even decide on an image overhaul. Whatever you decide, you’ll be looking and feeling good, ready for a new beginning! Relationships take center stage this month as you find the balance between looking out for your own interests as well as balance it with another’s – look out for the Full Moon mid-month where an opportunity arises for compromise and negotiation between you and your beloved.

Gemstone: Opal

 

Cancer ♋︎ June 21-July 23

This month is a rather big one for you, Cancer, as both action orientated Mars and talkative Mercury sit in your sign. You could hence be a bit provocative, especially with your nearest and dearest, and feeling a touch more sensitive and crabby than usual! Opportunities arise for you to have those much needed, serious conversations, finding both a sense of assertion as well as diplomacy - this will ensure that everyone wins! You’re so connected to the Moon that both the New and Full Moon at the beginning and middle of the month impact you when it comes to sharing your private, inner, well-defended world. Vulnerability is a must this month for you to grow.

Gemstone: Prehnite

 

Leo ♌︎ July 23-August 23

New friendships can be pursued this month, Leo, as long as you’re sure that they don’t interfere with or stifle your creative self-expression. Your friends will need to match your lifestyle, and the New Moon as well as the Full Moon mid-month will shed some light on the path forward when it comes to the people you spend time with and what gives you personal pleasure. There may be some things that should not be left unsaid, yet it’ll be very important how you say these things, and what action you follow it up with. This especially applies to your work environment, where you’ll be finding a bit of extra pressure on you.  

Gemstone: Amazonite

 

Virgo ♍︎ August 23-September 23

This month sees some potentially very positive new seeds being sown in the area of your career, particularly with the New Moon in this zone at the beginning of the month. Do have your ears and eyes peeled, and your thinking cap firmly on, as there may be a few things that you'll miss in the excitement, which may disappoint further down the line. This especially relates to any partnerships or agreements you undertake in June. Things may become a touch nebulous when it comes to your relationships in general, as Neptune goes retrograde in your love sector - taking the time to communicate clearly and create healthy, loving boundaries is your key to success and growth.

Gemstone: Smokey Quartz

 

Libra ♎︎ September 23-October 23

This month sees a great deal of focus on home and family matters, Libra, and some of you may even be thinking of moving home or, at the very least, making some much needed changes here. It’ll be important to balance your career and home priorities ever so carefully, as you may feel rather torn, and there seems to be some extra pressure to make informed decisions. Your best tool this month is being sure to be as assertive as possible without letting things become needlessly intense or dramatic – your excellent negotiation skills should be put to good use as you navigate keeping yourself satisfied as well as everyone else!

Gemstone: Wooden Jasper

 

Scorpio ♏︎ October 23-November 22

June will be a month in which your finances will be highlighted, Scorpio, and you could find yourself excited to make some new investments come the start of the month. The New Moon supports this, yet cautions you against making decisions for the sake of pure pleasure seeking, as Jupiter in your money area urges you to spend, spend, spend! Your children or partner may unintentionally take financial advantage of you if you are not putting up strong, loving boundaries, and it’ll all come down to how skillfully you negotiate without letting anything become a struggle for supremacy, as well as how well you work with your limitations.

Gemstone: Lava

 

Sagittarius ♐︎ November 22-December 22

It’s a time of great personal growth and expansion for you, Sagittarius, and you’re feeling lucky! Do be careful, however, as tricky Neptune goes retrograde in the area of home and family for you, making things seem unclear and even creating unrealistic fantasies– avoid decision making until the end of the month when things are more certain. The Full Moon in your sign mid-month highlights your closest relationships, encouraging you to find the sweet balance between togetherness and independence, supporting the seeds of intention planted at the New Moon regarding increasing the love and romance in your life.

Gemstone: Garnet

 

Capricorn ♑︎ December 22-January 20

This month is a very important one when it comes to your relationships, Capricorn. There may be a little extra pressure when it comes to commitment and it’ll be important to find a place in which you are each being open with your needs as well as meeting one another’s. Some limitations and frustrations may arise between you, and you’ll be asked to find unique ways of dealing with them - the rewards will be long-term success and finding a deeper sense of longevity, if you face the challenge. On another note, many of you will be looking forward to a new working environment with the New Moon early in the month, ending an old, stale situation.

Gemstone: Labradorite

 

Aquarius ♒︎ January 20-February 18

Love and romance feature strongly this month for you, Aquarius, and many of you may start a new relationship entirely with the New Moon at the beginning of June. Just make sure that you are seeing things clearly, as Neptune, planet of confusion, may place very strong, rose-colored glasses on the situation, especially when it comes to money. Some lucky Aquarians may even fall pregnant over the month, and some of you may reach an important decision when it comes to your friendships and finding balance there with the Full Moon mid-month.

Gemstone: Rose Quartz

 

Pisces ♓︎ February 18-March 20

Your ruler, Neptune, will be going retrograde in your sign around the Summer Solstice, which indicates that certain things – especially when it comes to your relationships – will slow down and may even become a touch confusing. It’ll be ever so important to set clear boundaries, especially when it comes to professional topics, and to keep your feet firmly planted on the ground. Passions run high this month and you’ll find yourself wanting to move forward quickly, although obstacles may present themselves, asking you to find creative ways of working around them.

Gemstone: Obsidian

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10 Tips for Self-Care

10 Tips for Self-Care

The Moon leaves Gemini square with Neptune on the 9th May, and with this many of us will feel we have to be responsible for others. Caring for others does create positive energy within ourselves, but we must make sure we are also caring for ourselves.

To help you maintain a good level of self care here’s our ten tips:

  1. Take five minutes out of your day to re-group. Just a simple five minutes here and there to breathe and gather your thoughts can be like a mental hug.
  2. Write down 5 things at the end of the day that were positive. Reminding yourself at the end of every day of the things that were good will help to keep positive energy flowing.
  3. Make a weekly menu. Healthy eating is essential for your physical, mental and emotional well-being. Plan out your week’s menu with some new and exciting recipes.
  4. Drink a glass of water every morning. We often wake up dehydrated after our sleep and drinking a glass of water in the morning can help us to feel energized.
  5. Keep moving. Whatever your job entails, it’s important to move your body about at regular intervals. Get up and walk about or do some stretches.
  6. Get plenty of sleep. Lots of us aren’t getting enough sleep and this is disastrous for our performance and our health. This is perhaps the most important self-care you can do. Snooze away and do all you can to get a full night’s sleep so you are alert in the day.
  7. Get a potted plant. Caring for other things promotes happy hormones and reduces stress, but you might not be in a position for a pet. A potted plant is a fantastic way to nurture and also to gain healthy benefits from having greenery in your home.
  8. Be in the moment, just for a moment. Many of us have busy days and it’s important to stop every now and then and appreciate where you are. Take a moment to be fully present, breathe in deeply and see the wonder all around you.
  9. Watch your posture. Your mom always told you to sit up straight, right? Well, she was right. Good posture helps your body and stops you getting aches and pains and it’s also good for your mental attitude. Posture brings positivity.
  10. Don’t be afraid to say no. Socializing can be great for uplifting your mood, but if you really can’t face going out and all you want to do is curl up under a blanket at home, don’t be afraid to tell your friends no. Put you first, they’ll understand.
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New Moon in Taurus

New Moon in Taurus

The new moon in Taurus brings a burst of manifesting energy, a seed point for tangible growth. As the sign of fixed earth, Taurus encourages us to connect to our physical senses and to honor the gifts and energies of our bodies. Taurus reminds us that we are embodied beings, able to make and build and create.

The new moon is always a good time to set our intentions for the coming lunation, to mindfully consider how to align ourselves with the moon's energy as she waxes to full, increasing the energy available to us. A new moon in Taurus is a good time to set intentions around physical practices such as eating more mindfully and paying attention to how we move our bodies. This is also a good time to begin creative projects, especially those which allow us to express our inner selves using the gifts of our hands, minds and senses.

Taurus is the builder of the zodiac and it's said that projects started under a Taurus new moon will be enduring. This sign of the zodiac is concerned with manifesting material security and building a solid foundation for our growth. Our homes and our work are highlighted under this sign and we can draw on new moon in Taurus energy to help us if we are seeking a new job or making improvements to our home. This is a very practical sign, reminding us that spirituality is not just about transcending everyday reality but about living it more fully.

Taurus is also the gardener of the zodiac and we are called to pay attention to what we are cultivating at this time. Whether we are literally planting seeds and growing our own food, or nourishing a creative project or a phase of personal growth, the Taurus new moon asks us to focus on slow steady progress. Taurus is one of the most patient signs of the zodiac and teaches us the importance of taking time, especially in today's fast paced world.

Taking a mindful walk in the woods or by the sea is a wonderful way to celebrate the new moon in Taurus and align ourselves with her energies. As we walk, we can focus on how our body is moving, the sensations of our feet touching the earth, the feel of the wind in our hair. Opening our senses to the sounds and scents around us allows us to connect more deeply, so that the pressures of daily life fall away and our minds begin to clear, returning us to a sense of oneness with the world around us. Spending time out of doors and opening ourselves to the healing powers of nature restores our inner calm and reminds that humans are a part of the earth, not separate from it.

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May 2019 Horoscopes: Flowing with Flexibility

May 2019 Horoscopes: Flowing with Flexibility

May is a month of dealing with the material world around us, a month in which our relationships and sense of physical security are highlighted - it is a period in which we can expect sudden surprises and changes in these realms. This will invite us all to be a little more flexible and adaptable, and to find mindful balance both with Self and with the Other. This is also a month to to truly get in touch with our senses, to indulge a little, to revel in our wonderful physicality, and to perhaps live on the more delicious side of life.

Aries ♈︎ March 20-April 20

Much of the emphasis for the month ahead for you lies in the area of your career and finances, Aries. With the upcoming New Moon on the 5th, you face a brand new start financially - this can be a very positive beginning, and you could look forward to a raise, or even a promotion. Be prepared to be open to change, as there can be unexpected surprises coming your way. Later on in the month, a big financial or career decision will be made, which can place you exactly where you are meant to be - the invitation here is to believe in yourself, and keep the faith.

Gemstone: Clear Quartz

Taurus ♉︎ April 20-May 21

This is your month, Taurus. The New and Full Moon falls in your sign over May, which means new beginnings for you, as well as important releases. The spotlight is on how you present yourself to the world, and what it is you truly wish to bring and manifest into your life. Wishes do come true, if you believe in them, so make this a time of re-imagining who you want to be, and set that into action. Early on, you may be in for a surprise when it comes to your material resources, where you will be asked to adapt as flexibly as you can.

Gemstone: Labradorite

Gemini ♊︎ May 21-June 21

Things calm down a little for you as Mars leaves your sign mid-month, and heads into the watery realm of Cancer. This will loosely coincide with the Sun and Mercury moving into your sign towards the end of May, which sets the spotlight on you - you’ll feel more ready to be “seen”, allowing your ideas and skills you have recently learned to be appreciated and acknowledged. However, before that can happen, there may be a profound inner change that happens, getting you ready for this emergence. Go gently, allowing things to unfurl in their own time.

Gemstone: Prehnite

Cancer ♋︎ June 21-July 23

As Mars glides into your sign around the middle of May, you may feel a strong sense of drive, and you may pour more of your heart and soul into your efforts. It’s a fantastic time to accomplish things independently, giving you a great sense of achievement. Your emotions pull you to act, and you will feel a greater sense of wanting to care for those around you - new friendships can be made over the month, and you may encounter interesting and unusual groups or communities. Open mindedness towards your goals will be key, and allowing room for change will bring you great new horizons to look forward to.

Gemstone: Moonstone

Leo ♌︎ July 23-August 23

This is a month in which you can make great strides in your career, if you choose to allow for innovation and progress - and most especially, if you take a bit of a (mindful) risk! Quite early in the month, you face a positive new opportunity, whose effects can last a long time. Your special power this month is being adaptable to change, as this can open doors for you. Be ready to release and let go when it comes to a professional or personal area later on in the month, and your reward can be long term security and personal success.

Gemstone: Ruby

Virgo ♍︎ August 23-September 23

As a Virgo, you are the most flexible of the Earth signs, and this month will allow you to show off how adaptable you really are. Beautiful alignments arise for you over May, giving you spiritual insight blended with passion and playfulness. This period invites you to soak in adventure, to stretch yourself and spread your wings a little. There will be ground beneath your feet even as you take flight, and you can develop powerful guiding philosophies to light your way ahead. Embrace a change in plan, as all will unfold just the way it should.

Gemstone: Opal

Libra ♎︎ September 23-October 23

This is a month of deep transformation, and the potential is for you to truly change the way in which you approach intimacy and relating as well as material habits. New beginnings can happen in these areas, and you can become much closer to the one you love, if you allow for adaptability. May asks you to shed any fears, especially those that are financial or material in nature, allowing room for growth. Being mindful of how you deal with your resources and how you share those, and being open to change, will be your tool for growing personally and romantically.

Gemstone: Lapis Lazuli

Scorpio ♏︎ October 23-November 22

This month throws the limelight onto your closest relationships. You may be pleasantly surprised at the turn of events when it comes to Love, so be prepared for a bit of positive change! This is especially strong at the beginning of the month, where you will be feeling very loved-up and new experiences may open for you. Consciousness around your desire for deeper commitment is a powerful tool to navigate you through this period, and by the end of the month, you should have what you desire most, balanced with a sense of independence and autonomy.

Gemstone: Onyx

Sagittarius ♐︎ November 22-December 22

It’s a tempting time for you to indulge and spoil yourself, and well you should! This is very much your year, which allows for that extra personal attention just for you. May sees the opportunity for you to create great new routines that allow for greater flexibility in your day to day life. You may enjoy some pleasant, if unexpected, changes in your work environment, as well as growth in your personal romantic relationships. Smooth communication ensures an easy flow of ideas with your partner, which allows for excellent relating this month.

Gemstone: Turquoise

Capricorn ♑︎ December 22-January 20

This is profound personal period of change for you, and can be a time in which the reflections of the previous month can be the key to stepping into the path that you know you should be on. May sees you being led more by your heart than your head, and that emotional approach can be an excellent compass in defining your goals. Love promises to be birthed anew, and a deeper commitment can be made - although only after some much needed change happens in order to allow for this.

Gemstone: Garnet

Aquarius ♒︎ January 20-February 18

You’ll be feeling a strong desire for a change of environment this month - and with you being such a powerful manifestor, becoming mindful of what you really need and desire is imperative for your future happiness. You may suddenly decide to move home, change your housemate or renovate, which may be initially chaotic but will calm down later in the month. Making a wishlist of your ideal situation will be an excellent way to create more of what you want.

Gemstone: Amethyst

Pisces ♓︎ February 18-March 20

This month offers a shift in the way you both think and communicate - it’s as if a blast of fresh ideas come your way, and you’ll be feeling extra inspired to put those ideas to paper. May can be a time of great learning and great enjoyment of exploring the world around you. In fact, you can be so inspired that you may need to slow down and mindfully prioritise all your ideas so that you can get around to them, one by one.

Gemstone: Amazonite

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