Month: July 2019

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It’s a Full Moon week, friends!

We have one more intense week from the Universe before the dust begins to settle down for the Summer. This week’s intensity is a little more strenuous on your emotional workout than others have been.

We’ve been forecasting an intensely emotional July due to it being eclipse season. And that means that big changes are ahead. But once those eclipses pass, you can feel centered with the changes that are entering your life. You may already have started seeing some of those changes with the New Moon in Cancer and the solar eclipse from two weeks ago. This Moon event planted the seeds of new beginnings, and came with some exciting information for you to exact change in your life. If you haven’t received that eclipsed information yet, worry not. The Full Moon in Capricorn and lunar eclipse happening on Tuesday are going to bring that chapter full circle.

A lunar eclipse is exactly what it sounds like. The Moon is eclipsed from the Earth’s view. And in astrology, the Moon is the luminary body that rules and governs our emotions. When it is eclipsed, emotional information is not available to us. For some zodiac signs, this stresses us out. For others, not so much. Not everyone is going to feel the eclipse effects as intensely as others.

This lunar eclipse is happening in the Cardinal sign of Capricorn. That means you are going to be taking the lead on the changes that are in play. Initiate something. Initiate something that feels good. But because this is a Full Moon, a chapter is coming to a close. That’s where you need to think about taking the lead.

Really think about what is bugging you the most in your life. Then, take some steps to put this emotional baggage behind you. What do you want eclipsed from your life right now so that your emotional workout can help heal, nurture, and strengthen you?

We also have Mercury making a move this week, and remember that Mercury is still retrograde. Mercury will be moving backwards from Leo into Cancer later in the week and will add to your emotional workout this week. But that’s a good thing! The week is ripe with loving emotional energy from the Sun and Venus in Cancer. So Mercury retrograde will be welcomed by loving energy.

It’s an emotional week, Earthlings! But that doesn’t mean it’s going to be a bad one. Take the lead on those feelings, and close the chapters that will bring emotional relief when you do.

What is that? What are the changes you need? Make those Full Moon eclipse wishes count!

Planetary Locations During July 15-21, 2019:

Sun: Cancer (June 20 – July 23, 2019)

Mercury: Retrograde in Leo (July 7–19, 2019); Retrograde in Cancer (July 19 – August 1, 2019)

Venus: Cancer (July 3 – 28, 2019)

Mars: Leo (July 1, 2019 – August 18, 2019)

Jupiter: Sagittarius (Until December 2, 2019)

Saturn: Capricorn (Until March 22, 2020); Retrograde: April 29, 2019 – September 17, 2019

Uranus: Taurus (March 6, 2019 – August 19, 2021)

Neptune: Pisces (Until January 2026)

Pluto: Capricorn (Until October 12, 2024); Retrograde: April 24, 2019 – October 2, 2019

Daily Snapshots for July 15-21, 2019:

Monday, July 15

Sun: Cancer – Take the lead on nurturing love at home, and success follows everywhere else

Moon: Capricorn – Take the lead on a thing that you want to last.

Tuesday, July 16

Sun: Cancer

Moon: Full Moon in Capricorn Lunar Eclipse

Wednesday, July 17

Sun: Cancer

Moon: Aquarius – Follow the feelings, and the Einstein ideas you are having today.

Transit:

  • Venus in Cancer opposite Saturn in Capricorn – This is an opposition, and this always happens in opposite signs. So we have Cancer and Capricorn bringing some tension into the mix today. This is the lover Venus opposite serious Saturn, and you may see some relationship wrinkles come into play today. A big talk could be on the horizon, or even an argument. And remember, this transit is happening in the Full Moon zone. You are going to attract opportunities today that may close a chapter. Do you want a chapter closed? Maybe you do. And maybe you don’t. Or maybe you just want to resolve an issue in your primary partnership. Resolve it. And you will have the serious energy in play from Saturn to do so, where all parties are feeling this sobering energy. With two Cardinal Signs in play here, you are taking the lead. But someone else may be as well. All you need to do to win in this serious transit is to ensure that your karmic responsibilities are met. And that also means being true to you. What change do you want? Take the lead. Karma is high here under Saturn’s influence, so take the lead, but do so responsibly. And remember, this too shall pass.

Thursday, July 18

Sun: Cancer – Take the lead on nurturing love at home, and success follows everywhere else.

Moon: Moon in Aquarius—Follow the feelings, and the Einstein ideas you are having today.

Transits:

  • Venus in Cancer trine Neptune in Pisces – After an intensely emotional Full Moon and lunar eclipse week, we have a loving trine in the forecast to soothe over any unsettled emotions. This is love and money planet working with dreamy Neptune. Although the Full Moon event is over, because it appeared with a lunar eclipse, some changes in our lives are still in the works. This loving trine is going to smooth over any changes emotionally, but it can also help you to attract opportunities that will incite change for you. Facts are not in abundance here, as Neptune does have a tendency to cloud reality. But, if you just need an escape with someone special, this trine will help you to find that escape. It may be just what you need to galvanize the emotional workout that you’ve been working towards under this year’s July eclipse cycle. Embrace change. Venus and Neptune want to help you do that today with love.

Friday, July 19

Sun: Cancer

Moon: Pisces—New beginnings that are based in love are favored.

Transits:

  • Mercury Retrograde in Cancer – Mercury started its retrograde cycle in Leo. Today, Mercury retrograde enters Cancer, as Mercury moves backwards from the Fixed Fire sign of Leo into the Cardinal Water sign of Cancer. All of the themes that Mercury retrograde effects are still in play. Mercury rules travel, communication, and short journeys, and when retrograde in Leo, delays and wrinkles in those areas were fiery and short-lived. Now, in Cancer, you may see delays and wrinkles in those areas in a slower and smoother and more emotional way. You may feel more emotional about the wrinkles that crop up. Try not to be. Try to work with any emotions as this retrograde cycle continues as opposed to working against them. Take the lead on changes, but don’t barge into them. Use feelings words in all wrinkly situation, lead with love, and you win. Period. And remember, this retrograde is over August 1, so you are in the home stretch now!

Saturday, July 20

Sun: Cancer

Moon: Pisces

Sunday, July 21

Sun: Cancer

Moon: Pisces

Transits:

  • Sun in Cancer conjunct Mercury in Cancer – Brilliant ideas are on the horizon today! A Sun and Mercury conjunction is always a day for ripe opportunities. You have the Sun in Cancer working with Mercury in Cancer to shine a light on those inspirations, intuitions, and ideas. Mercury is still retrograde, but this conjunction is happening in the Water signs, meaning love is high on the agenda today. Your best ideas will shine when you lead with love. Listen to that inner voice and follow the intuitions that make your soul sing. Those are the ones that the Universe knows will help you reach your personal best.

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July 16th brings a partial lunar eclipse during a Full Moon in Capricorn, which will complete the change cycle we began during the last eclipse season in January.

While many people may feel their life spinning like a tornado during an eclipse, you can harness the winds of change to point your life towards your greatest desires. When the Universe promises change, we help you get in front of that change energy to propel you in a direction you actually want to launch.

This can be a very exciting time for those who are in the know. You’ll witness tremendous changes taking place in the lives of those around you and you’ll feel pressure to change yourself as well. Being clear with ‘why’ you make decisions will help you channel the energy without driving your emotions in the wrong direction.

Set your sights on your highest ideals and let the Universe guide you through your intuition. It’s time to cut the chords that hold you back so you can fulfill your soul’s destiny. Essentially, throwing out the stale food in your pantry of life will be easier now, so get out your metaphorical trash bags and get ready to purge!

What to Expect on a Lunar Eclipse

A lunar eclipse is one part of two cycles you need to be aware of.

First is the monthly cycle, which includes the solar eclipse that preceded it. That’s when you likely got clear with starting something new in your life and kicked off a new project.

The good news is, we will likely see those seeds start to come to life by the time of the Full Moon lunar eclipse which helps us manifest. If you have been diligently tending to the garden of your dreams, things may seem to ‘magically’ show up now.

The second cycle is the six-month cycle which fulfills the projects or ideas you have been incubating since the last eclipse season. The way our psyche responds to these eclipses is predictable in that we will have a feeling of ‘now or never.’ We may decide to cut the goals that didn’t stick with us and find the ones we are still in love with taking wings and fly.

Because a lunar eclipse makes the emotional Moon’s energy extra heightened, you can expect people to be making major life declarations and shifting directions.

We always see people go through their biggest changes during these eclipses so look at what changes you want to make in love, career, home, or spirituality.

Capricorn’s Earthly Influence

Being that this Full Moon occurs in the Earth sign of Capricorn, we can expect our minds to fixate on things that a Capricorn would value such as work, home, and long term stability.

Because Capricorns are often leaders, business owners, and tend to be focused on financial gain, you may find that issues that come to a head at this time have to do with jobs, promotions and personal advancement.

However, because eclipses change things on a personal and global level, you may also see large businesses and corporations going through major changes as well. Perhaps big decisions will finally be made that seem to change everything or you can expect news to arrive in some fashion about hires or resignations.

Additionally, you may now see how you are spinning your wheels financially in your life. You may make some moves that line you up with a more sound career path or work on budgeting your life in a more practical way.

Letting go of drains on the economy in the global and personal sense may seem like a purge of excessive spending or even cutting back on frivolous decisions. People may feel safer going with something that they can see will offer a return on their investment.

A Full Moon Ritual to Help You Release

Full Moon energy can feel really intense, especially if you’ve never tuned into it before. Once you start tracking the New Moons and Full Moons each month, you will be more familiar with the strange energy on these two auspicious days each month. You’ll also start to get to know the energy of the eclipse seasons each year as well. You’ll sense the building up of energy and work with using that energy in an empowering way.

As we sit in this partial lunar eclipse Full Moon energy, let’s allow ourselves to do a special ceremony to release old behaviors that are no longer serving us as well as old thoughts that are keeping us from being joyful and confident.

Take a few minutes at least and sit quietly with a journal, write down the patterns you have developed in your life that you’ve gotten used to but are ready to release. Perhaps its a way of thinking about yourself, a way you have been using your time that isn’t helping you achieve your goals, or even a negative attitude that you want to shake for good.

Ask the Universe to help you see what to release and then write down your intention to release it from your life completely. Writing is a powerful way to solidify your intention and a great act of self-love.

Finish your meditation by thanking the Universe for the blessings that have shown up on this day. Plan to use the resources that have materialized and take action by walking through the doors that open with this astrological event. You’re ready to transform and you are walking in the positive direction of your soul.

Closing Thoughts…

To really understand the storm, you have to know all the major weather patterns that will affect it. The Sun is in emotional Cancer right now, making us even more sensitive than usual. Additionally, we have a huge amount of planetary retrogrades going on right now, including Pluto, Saturn, Chiron, and Mercury. Old wounds could be triggered to reopen and resurface for healing. We are shedding our past all at once during this time, and frankly, we all need to work harder now to avoid saying things we will regret out of emotional reactivity.

Our best advice is to prepare yourself with your survival kit of calming remedies like soothing music, incense, essential oils, and crystals. If memories or people start to trigger you, welcome the emotional tides and journal about where the feelings are truly stemming from so you can release them once and for all.

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We live in a pretty technologically obsessed world. But this is not necessarily a bad thing.

Technology has improved lives for years, and while the sentiment may seem silly at first blush, one of the most fun ways that we can now express ourselves is through emojis.

Emojis act as creative representations of our emotions – no words required! And World Emoji Day is officially on July 17th!

This can be a wonderfully freeing feeling for anyone who is not particularly fond of expressing their feelings.

So, which emoji best represents you and your sign?

Keep reading to find out!

Aries

Smiling Face with Horns Emoji

Aries are fiery and self-assured. The best emoji to represent your unique personality is, therefore, a little devilish! While you are certainly no devil, you do possess a certain flair to your personality that can be quite mischievous. Use this emoji to convey your more playful side.

Taurus

Winking Face Emoji

The winking face is the best emoji to represent earthy Taurus. You appreciate the finer things in life, and you aren’t afraid to express that appreciation in your own unique way. This emoji will let others know that you are enjoying yourself.

Gemini

Nerd Face Emoji

Geminis are an intellectual air sign and are best characterized by the nerd emoji. While you may not consider yourself a nerd per se, your intelligence is hard to ignore. Others may feel intimidated by your intelligence, and this emoji will hint at your more down-to-earth side.

Cancer

Kissing Face with Smiling Eyes Emoji

Cancers are emotionally deep and concerned with their domestic relationships and friendships. The best emoji to represent your loving nature is the smiling kissing emoji, which highlights your natural reserve of affection. This emoji will let others know that you feel loving and want to comfort them.

Leo

Smiling Face with Heart Eyes Emoji

Almost everyone knows about the optimistic, expressive Leo personality, which is best expressed with this emoji. Leos are loving, friendly and kind. Using this emoji will signal to others that you feel playful and content.

Virgo

Sleeping Face Emoji

Virgos are hardworking and serious, which makes this their optimal emoji. Take a break, Virgo! Relaxation is just as necessary as hard work. This emoji can let others know when you need a bit of a break, emotionally or physically.

Libra

Neutral Face Emoji

Libras love beauty and balance, which makes this their ideal emoji. You keep your emotions on an even keel, but don’t be afraid to express yourself. Use this emoji when you aren’t sure how to express which side you’re on.

Scorpio

Face Screaming in Fear Emoji

The sign of the Scorpion runs deep with emotions, and you have a lot of them. This is the best emoji for your sign, representing your depth and range of emotions. This emoji will let others know when you’re having feelings that you aren’t keen to express.

Sagittarius

Face with Stuck Out Tongue Emoji

Sags are known for their optimistic, positive personality which can be physically manifested as this emoji. You know how to have fun, and you don’t let others forget that. Use the emoji when making jokes or otherwise trying to lighten the mood.

Capricorn

Expressionless Face Emoji

Capricorns are notoriously hard workers, best represented by this emoji. You keep your feelings close to your chest and rarely share them. This emoji will let others know that you are feeling exhausted or in need of emotional uplifting.

Aquarius

Smiling Face with Sunglasses Emoji

Aquarians are known for their innovative energy, which relates to this emoji. You keep your cool, no matter what. Using this emoji lets others know that you are calm and collected, even during more stressful times.

Pisces

Pensive Face Emoji

Pisces are sensitive and emotional, closely related to this emoji. Try to turn your feelings into creativity. This emoji highlights your sensitive demeanour and lets others know how you’re feeling.

Emoji Magic

While it may seem like a shortcut, emojis are an amazing and easy way to express yourself – especially when you don’t feel like actually talking about your feelings.

Emojis are no substitute for deep conversations, yet they act as a way for us to talk about what we’re going through without having to find and articulate the words.

You might feel like using emojis is a way to avoid your own emotions, but it’s quite the opposite. Using emojis in everyday chats and conversations is an excellent way to express yourself without feeling emotionally hijacked or on display.

People are quite capable of recognizing the emotions of the face and using emojis is a simple way to express your facial and physical emotions without having to feel completely exposed.

So, if you’re feeling stuck or wondering how best to express yourself, it might be worth it to try incorporating emojis into your daily texting life. You might discover an easy, effective way of communicating.

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​There are few things more exciting or nerve-wracking than getting a tattoo, whether it’s your first or fifteenth. The energy that goes into conceptualizing a design, picking, and artists, and finalizing the piece is tied deeply to who we are as people. For many, the tattoos they share with the world are a tiny slice of their personality that tells their story without saying a word.

In honor of National Tattoo Day on July 17th, we’ve compiled a few ideas based on your zodiac signs to help guide your next inked adventure. After all, astrology influences all other facets of our lives- why not the beautiful art on our bodies?

Read on for the best tattoo trends, placements and meanings to get etched into your skin!

Best Tattoo for Aquarius – 90’s Ignorant Styling

Originally a post-ironic style influenced by street art, 90’s Ignorant tattoos are not as offensive as their name implies. They’re usually quite tongue in cheek, with a hidden message. This sly intellectualism is a trademark Aquarius trait, as this Air sign loves a statement or commentary that makes people think.

Best Tattoo for Pisces – Dainty Realism

Dainty realism is a trend that focuses on capturing the ethereal beauty of fragile things; think realistic tattoos of a dandelion puff or a butterfly’s wings. All this delicate but genuine imagery is perfect for Pisces. Soft and sweet, tattoos like these would be a great ink addition for this dreamy Water sign.

Best Tattoo for Aries – Longline Graphics

This style of tattoo is only for the confident; after all, there’s nothing timid about a continuous design that runs the length of your spine or leg. Their attention-grabbing nature is what makes them a great choice for Aries since this Fire sign is a bold trendsetter that never shies away from the spotlight.

Best Tattoo for Taurus – Vintage Illustrations

The trend of vintage illustration stems from the recent obsession with everything retro- let’s be clear, we’re not talking pinups. Think more like the drawings in a botanist’s notebook or a beloved childhood story. Taurus has a traditional approach to life, but they also have a refined sense of whimsy that fits this trend.

Best Tattoo for Gemini – Watercolor Edges

A watercolor tattoo is one that doesn’t use traditional black outlines and allows the design to have soft, indistinct edges. While Geminis aren’t necessarily known for being soft, they have broad, colorful personalities – like this style of art. The flexibility of the borders also appeals to this Air sign’s mercurial side.

Best Tattoo for Cancer – Memorialization

Cancers are emotional and nostalgic, so the only tattoos that matter to them are ones that memorialize what they love most- their people. Whether they get inked with their best friend or choose something that pays tribute to a beloved family member, tattoos for this Water sign should hold deep meaning.

Best Tattoo for Leo – Gold Lines

Gaining popularity, gold lines are bold, trendy, and rare- all of which makes them desirable to this Fire sign. Using special ink that is hyperpigmented to give a golden (not yellow) sheen will allow Leo to finally live their dreams of shining brighter than the sun. Just verify the ink is right before firing up the needle!

Best Tattoo for Virgo – Single Line Designs

This style best described as “elevated doodles” is gaining popularity among tattoo artists and fans alike, due to its clean and simple aesthetic- which makes it perfect for practical Virgo. Single line designs are usually simple and rely on the calibre of the artist’s precision, something that appeals to this Earth sign.

Best Tattoo for Libra – Pointillism

The duality of this tattoo style is sure to appeal to Libra’s balanced aesthetic. Pointillism is precise, yet delicate. It can look industrial while still being soft. Tattoos in this vein are complex yet the designs are usually very simple. All this adds up to the perfect tattoo for an Air sign that thrives on harmony.

Best Tattoo for Scorpio – Hidden Tattoos

The least likely of all the signs to want to explain their tattoos to a stranger, it’s best if Scorpio keeps their body art private. Whether this means choosing a sneaky location, like the arch of the foot, or using the fast-growing trend of white ink tattoos, Scorpio can keep their secrets while still rocking some ink.

Best Tattoo for Sagittarius – A Destination Tattoo

One of the most well-traveled and adventurous signs of the zodiac, this Fire sign should use their body art as a living passport! Getting a tattoo in a traditional local style while on vacation is very Sagittarius, and is a permanent reminder of the full life they’ve lived. Just be sure to check health ratings for shops.

Best Tattoo for Capricorn – Micro Tattoos

Another sign that might not want to share their tattoos with the world, Capricorns should lean towards the ever-growing trend of micro tattoos. These designs are often complex and intricate- but tiny, usually barely bigger than a coin. This allows this Earth sign to have something beautiful but just for themselves.

Concluding Thoughts…

If this article inspired you to start thinking about your next tattoo design, it might be time to book a session at your favorite local shop. Perhaps you can even ask people to guess your zodiac sign based on your finished artwork!

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The power of crystals is something that more and more people are beginning to turn to as a method of healing, de-stressing and finding their true purpose. The emergence of the New Age has brought with it an array of ancient methods that are slowly working their way into mainstream society and among the most prominent of them are our glittering, shiny friends – crystals!

Crystals can certainly be appealing to look at, but they are far more than just pretty stones. But how do crystals work?

Each crystal possesses its own unique energy, designed to help and guide us so we can become the very best of ourselves and live a life of happiness and well-being. The energy inside the crystal is the same energy that exists in each of us (and animals and plants too). When we are able to tap into this energy, we are able to work with the hidden, energetic forces that can help improve our lives and heal us on a number of levels.

But how to use crystals? This can be quite daunting for some people. After all, there is no button to press on the crystal to make it work, nor – usually – a booklet of instructions that come with choosing a crystal from the colorful selection in store. Instead, harnessing crystals is very much about using the powerful instinct and intuition that lies within each of us, as well as a little knowledge to help us along the way.

Read on to find out different methods on how to use crystal energy!

Setting Intention

The most important thing to remember about crystals is that they work with intent. If you are a bit befuddled by what this means, it simply means that the crystal works for you based on your thought process and what you want it to do for you.

Let’s say I have a labradorite crystal in my hands. I close my eyes and project my thoughts onto the crystal. Labradorite is particularly good at helping to open the Third-Eye chakra and connect to the subconscious, so I would think very hard, directing my thoughts into the Labradorite with the following:

Labradorite, help me open my Third-Eye and access information from my subconscious mind so I can improve my world and the world of those around me.

A short sentence such as this is enough to activate the crystal’s power. Imagining what it is you want and allowing your mind to be clear enough to let the crystal’s energy in is the best way to harness it.

Wearing Your Crystal

Crystal jewellery is extremely popular and not just for the aesthetic effects. When you wear a crystal, you are able to tap into its energy through the touching sensation. Wearing them around the neck as pendants or necklaces, around the wrist as bracelets or even as earrings are good ways to have the crystal energy with you everywhere you go.

Note: It is said that protective crystals such as black tourmaline and amethyst are particularly good for wearing around the neck, able to protect the Heart chakra from psychic attacks.

Under the Pillow

Placing crystals under your pillow can be highly beneficial. When we sleep, our subconscious mind is more powerful than ever as the conscious mind takes a break. It’s during sleep that we experience dreams, odd experiences at times and ‘messages’ that need to be told to us. Crystals can help enhance the subconscious so the messages and dreams are clearer.

For example, the lepidolite crystal is particularly good for revealing trauma that is hidden in the subconscious. Placing a piece under your pillow can help drive out the trauma, making it clear to you what the problem is and what needs healing in your waking life.

Crystal Grid

This is the act of lying down and placing various crystals in a particular arrangement on a surface like an altar, or on your body.

You could have an amethyst on your forehead, a rose quartz on your chest near the heart, a couple of selenites on your thighs. Tumblestones are particularly good for this type of work.

Once comfortable with your crystals on you, close your eyes and breathe deeply several times. Visualize what you want each crystal to do and send yourself into a deep, meditative state. This method is particularly powerful because several crystals are working at once and this can result in a deep cleansing session, removing negative energies from the mind and body.

Crystal Rituals

The ritual method is particularly helpful for those looking to heal themselves. This requires the use of a quiet, darkened room with candles preferably present and perhaps even some background meditation music softly on in the background. A few selenite wands or pieces would be beneficial for have on the floor surrounding you. Here you can whisper or chant your intent with the crystal of your choice, focusing on the aspects of you that you feel need healing.

Note: Opalite is particularly good for rituals. It is a man-made stone but opalite has the special ability to delve deep into you and possesses a rather unique tactic in regard to exposing your vulnerabilities and recognize what needs healing. Lepidolite is the same, but the lepidolite crystal is far more straightforward in exposing the issues. The opalite crystal will usually do it in a much more abstract way. For example, there may be no obvious results during the ritual, but a couple of days later an experience may occur that gives you a sudden “Aha!” moment.

Concluding Thoughts…

Crystals can be incredibly helpful in healing, helping and guiding us. Learning to harness their powers correctly can make life easier on the whole and help us feel more fulfilled and invigorated. There are crystals out there for everyone and for every issue you could possibly imagine.

And remember, when choosing a crystal, the crystal usually chooses you!

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​It’s retrograde season, friends!

We hear the most about Mercury retrograde, but right now we have multiple planets in retrograde. Mercury is currently retrograde in Cancer until August 1 of this year, but we also have Jupiter retrograde until August 11, Pluto retrograde until October, and Neptune retrograde until November. What retrogrades do is pull us back in time in their own special way. But most importantly, one of the reasons they do that is because retrogrades lead us into internal reflection.

There are many forms of internal reflection. They can include yoga, meditation, chakra cleansing, and even a massage can lead us into internal reflection. But one of the most common ways that happens is through dreams and our dream world. It happens to every human, every day, whether we realize it or not. With Mercury retrograde in Cancer, those internal reflections in our dreams are more potent than usual.

Today we are going to look at 5 common dream symbols that you can expect during Mercury retrograde and explore those dreams and their meanings.

Why are Dreams More Powerful During Mercury Retrograde?

A lot of us associate travel wrinkles, computer crashes, and car problems with Mercury retrograde. That’s why we worry about it before it even happens. But other areas that Mercury rules are our mind, intellect, and even our neural pathways. Mercury is responsible for our wit, our conversation, and how we communicate, as well as those amazing ideas.

This is the number one reason why dreams are more powerful during Mercury retrograde. Mercury retrograde can even cause us to have less sleep, disrupted sleep, or dreams that really confuse us. Even if you are en pointe with your dream world, Mercury can muddy up those wires and have you waking up going… huh? What just happened there?

That’s why today we are exploring some of those dream symbols that will crop up during Mercury retrograde. You not only deserve to have a good sleep, but you need it. Without it, you will struggle in your daily job, your daily chores, and in your relationships with everyone from your mother to your spouse to the coffee girl.

You don’t want that. That could cause problems that take weeks to resolve long after Mercury retrograde. When you add that the planet that rules our dreams, Neptune, is also retrograde and putting us in this internal reflection mode, then this Mercury retrograde is going to really going to dial up your dream content.

Let’s have a look at the top 5 weirdest things you are likely to see in your dreams over the next few weeks, or even months. We’ll also explore these dreams and their meanings.

Grab your dream journal or notepad, settle yourself beside our Dream Dictionary, and prepare yourself for some Ah-Hah! moments. These dreams and their meanings are arriving in no specific order, just like they do in your life!

1. Babies & Pregnancy Mean New Beginnings

Babies and pregnancies are very common dream meanings. There are two possibilities here. One, of course, is an actual pregnancy. This in your life is very easy to rule out. It could be you that is pregnant, or it could be someone in your life. You may even already know, or have a suspicion! Take note of when you have this dream.

As this is a retrograde period, you also want to look into past pregnancies and other symbols in the dream. There may be something there that you learn from.

But ruling out actual pregnancies, babies or a pregnancy dream almost always means a new beginning. It will be a big one because a baby is always a major game-changer in life. There could be a past connection here, or you may already be in the process.

Look for a new beginning soon, or consider this a sign from your dreams that you are on the right path if you are embarking on a new beginning.

2. Superheroes & Celebrities Indicate Success Potential

I’m not going to lie, there is a little bit of a superhero addiction in my home. The night after I went to go see a Marvel movie, I had this insane dream that I was a superhero in a superhero adventure. Who doesn’t want to spin webs from their hands just to explore New York and Paris with? Okay, so maybe just some people. But in my house, the dream is real.

In this case, we call this a “day residue.” It is a term coined by dream workers Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud. A day residue dream is a dream that arrives to remind you and reboot your brain from the day.

It puts you in that position in unique ways. I woke up that morning and made coffee out of the Captain Marvel mug my son bought me once on a school trip and decided my life was going to be Captain Marvelous that day. Because isn’t that what happens when you drink from a superhero mug?

This story illustrates the power of a day residue dream. We all have them and in this society we are exposed to celebrities and superheroes in so many ways every single day, so we are going to see them crop up in our dreams.

Who hasn’t dreamed of a George Clooney wedding? Okay, maybe not everybody. Did Captain Marvel marry George Clooney for you? How awesome would that be, especially if you were Captain Marvel? Not for everybody. But these are all signs of something you are thinking about, even if you don’t know it.

It’s important to remember that this day residue isn’t just about trickling energy from your day into your dreams. It is telling you what is important to you, and reminding you through your dreams who you admire and what inspires you.

The meaning of this kind of dream is the pointer to your success potential. Go ahead and be the Captain Marvel of your day, squashing bullies and naysayers as you move along. Choose the best possible mate for yourself when you dream of marrying that celebrity.

It’s okay if it happens to you. It means you are inspired by awesome. So choose awesome today.

3. Authority Figures Point to Karma & Integrity

It is not unusual to dream of authority figures either. This can include anyone, and may alarm you if you are dreaming about them. You may dream about an employer, a police officer or anyone in the justice system, a lawyer, or even your father.

Many times authority figures in astrology are connected to the planet Saturn and the Tarot card The Emperor.

This dream is telling you that there is an area of integrity and karma in your life you need to be aware of. It could even be someone in your life that isn’t being completely clean with you.

The Emperor card is about taking control of a situation, or listening to advice that is sound and in the rule of law of ethics and even basic humanity.

Do you need to take control of something? Or do you need to look around you and see if someone is not what they seem to you?

Look for wolves in sheep’s clothing, and also look for areas of your own life that may need a clean-up. The dream may tell you more or make more sense when you see it that way.

4. People You Know Reveal Relationship Matters

This is a no-brainer. Sometimes dreams are just plain obvious. When you see people in your dream, your subconscious is pointing you to someone important. This is an issue or person you can’t ignore.

If you do, they will pop up in your dream again. They are trying to tell you something. Sometimes when you dream of someone they want to tell you something, and your subconscious has picked this up.

This may be a relationship issue you need to address and resolve. Or it may be a relationship issue that you need to begin.

When this happens during Mercury retrograde, soul mate potential is high. There may be someone very special that you haven’t even considered loving in that special way.

Tell them. This is the time to do it. When you dream of this, you have to deal with this relationship issue. You will know who what it is when it happens.

Look for other clues and symbols in the dreams and then compare them to our Dream Dictionary and you will get closer to solving this relationship dream mystery.

5. Nudity & Naked Dreams Signal Exposure

Nudity in dreams will mean one of three things. Fun dreams, secrets exposed, or, there’s someone you need to be with romantically.

If George Clooney is nude in your dream then you are simply having a fun dream that you can enjoy when staring out your window the next workday. May not happen to everyone. But it happens to a lot.

Don’t overthink these. Enjoy them. If there is a person that is not a celebrity with you, that is also a clue that you may need to explore this relationship.

It always helps in love to tell someone you dreamt about them in this fashion, if they aren’t George Clooney. That would be awkward.

But tell whoever else it may be that made you feel that way. Few people on this planet would dislike that from someone they know, even if they don’t want to or can’t be with them. They will spend the day thinking, wow, that’s so cool!

Never be embarrassed to have this dream or discuss it, even if it goes nowhere. You plant a seed.

The third thing this dream means is a secret is exposed or someone feels exposed. Or you may be the nude one in the dream and feel you are putting yourself out there for someone or something and feel weird about it. You may be applying for a job, investing in a house for the first time, testifying for something or someone, or just putting yourself out there in love.

You or someone else is exposed in some way for some reason, in your actual life. Take as many notes as you can on this dream and explore the other clues in this dream through our Dream Dictionary. A secret could be around you as well if you aren’t the nude one in your life. Pay attention to those cues as well, and never forget to listen to what your intuition tells you.

The first person or thing that you think of when trying to decipher this dream is what you need to explore when it comes to the matter of exposure.

Concluding Thoughts…

Mr. Mercury, bring me a dream. Make it the sweetest that I’ve ever seen…

This is the song you need to be singing during Mercury retrograde. Past lives and past loves are all influencing your innermost reflections right now. Not everybody wants to or can meditate, that’s okay. But you can dream! Even day residues are significant, especially during Mercury retrograde.

Before you go to sleep at night, try to ask your angels or the Universe to send you the messages that you need to make the best decisions in your life. Then, use our Dream Dictionary to get further clues on what those dreams mean. And don’t forget to bookmark your Daily Horoscopes so you can see what the stars have in store for you with those nightly clues.

Sweet dreams, friends! What do you hope to dream about tonight?

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​Ooh la la, it’s love horoscopes time! My favorite time of the month!

This month we have some special love horoscopes, because Mercury is retrograde in the Cardinal sign of the Water signs, Cancer. Mercury retrograde is a special time for love. It’s a time when you should expect blasts from the past, soul mate experiences, and signs and synchronicities from a backstroking Mercury to help you in your love game.

Cancer is getting their say in as well, and that means emotions are going to be high. And that also means that leading with love, kindness, and compassion, is the way to rule in love and romance this Summer as Mercury works through this retrograde in Cancer until August 1.

Mercury is doing well while retrograde in Cancer. Quick-witted Mercury struggles in some signs, but Cancer is a loving and happy place for the travel and chatty planet. And since Mercury retrograde wants to connect you with soul mates and twin flames, love and romance potential is high.

Let’s have a look at exactly where Mercury retrograde in Cancer is going to touch your zodiac sign.

Here we go!

Aries – Stroke those Domestic Centers

With Mercury retrograde in Cancer, Aries, your domestic center is being stroked. This Mercury retrograde is touching your fourth house of roots and foundations, and you are thinking about your home life, your family life, and your roots. This is an ideal time for you to see changes in where you live or additions to the family. You may focus more on family-centred communication, or you may start having big talks about moving in with someone, moving into a bigger home, or even adding to the family. If these things are on the mind, start talking with someone special about it. The stars are on your side here.

Taurus – Feeling Words Matter

Mercury retrograde in Cancer is occurring in your third house of communication, Taurus. That means now is the time to start talking. It almost doesn’t even matter what you have to say to those special lovers in your life. Say it. Do it. Broach the big talk. Don’t shy away from those texts, emails, and whatever that come out of nowhere from people that you haven’t spoken to in years. Blasts from the past are happening now, and so are big channels of communication in love. Lead with those feelings words, and you are the winner in everyone.

Gemini – Show Them the Money, Honey

Mercury retrograde in Cancer is happening in your second house of earned income, Gemini. So you are going to see a lot of family time crossing boundaries with your financial affairs. There is only one way to deal with that. Show them the money. In this case, investing financially in love pays off, especially when it comes to family matters. Pay the bills, work a little harder, save a little more. Show them the money, honey. If you are single, these tactics may just help you get a little closer with the one you want to love. If you are attached, financial security creates family security that keeps the love flowing.

Cancer – To Thine Own Self Be True

You have Mercury retrograde working your first house of self, Cancer. This means that you may undergo a period or two where you are questioning who you are in a relationship. And that’s okay. Pay attention to those feelings, and communicate them if you are attached. At the same time, you may be a little more interested in expressing who you are to the world. You may feel this whether you are single or attached. And so you should! This is your time to shine! Mercury retrograde happens in your sign every seven years. Look back to your love life seven years ago and see what went well. Then repeat. Lead with who you are, and “I” statements. “I feel like” and “I want this” and “I need this” and, “Look at me!” Then watch some Mercury retrograde love magic happen.

Leo – Downtime Works Wonders

You may be the only zodiac sign that wants some downtime away from everything, love included, Leo. This is unusual for you., but a big change is in the works and you want to be sure that you are doing the right thing. Mercury retrograde in Cancer is working your twelfth house of endings and spirituality, and you are maybe thinking of some closures or some endings. This could be an ending to a current status to elevate yourself and your love to a new status. It could be time to focus more on your spiritual center. When you do, you may find the enlightenment you need to take your love game to the next level. Do this whether you are single or attached.

Virgo – Up Your Social Game

Mercury retrograde is going to do some fun things in the social department for you, Virgo, as it is happening in your eleventh house of groups and friendships. This can take your love game in so many directions. If you are single, you can work out that online profile, start tweaking it, or launch one if you don’t have one! Dating apps will work wonders for you, and you want to pay attention to the messages that come a little slower. This is a slow-moving transit in your social house, so have the patience, friends. And, speaking of friends, this is a time when you can see friends turn into something more important. Or, friends can help you improve your current relationship, or even set you up with a new one! You’ve got to have friends, Virgo, and they are there for you right now no matter what your love game is doing.

Libra – Your Star is Rising

You are probably going to be more focused on your work game than love right now, Libra, with Mercury retrograde working your tenth house of career and public image. This is a destined transit that is going to have your star catapulting to places that you never even expected. This could interfere with your love game. Or, it could help it! Putting yourself out there a little more in the public spotlight could have you noticed in love more. Or you may experience an office romance. At the same time, you may cross paths with a celebrity or even see something happen with a crush that is in the spotlight as well. No matter what you are working on right now, always put your best face and best foot forward. Wrinkles may crop up along the way, it is Mercury retrograde after all. When you smile through them, you are the winner.

Scorpio – Adventure Time!

Mercury retrograde is working in your ninth house of foreign affairs, Scorpio, and you are experiencing some adventurous moments right now. Got the travel bug? Hop on that bus, that train, that plane, or that automobile. If you are single you may well meet someone special while you are on that plane or car, or you may find yourself in an exotic romantic adventure. Attached Scorpio should plan some spontaneous fun as well with your partner, and you will find the giddy energy attached to that is very exciting. At the same time, you want to think big and think far. This transit in this ninth house is ruled by Sagittarius, who has a natural lucky streak. Luck is around the corner. So don’t let Mercury retrograde wrinkles get you down, because they may be happening for a Destined and Fated cause.

Sagittarius – Sharing is Caring

It’s time to get into the stream of consciousness where sharing is caring, Sag. And that is for every aspect of your life right now. When you do, love happens. Mercury retrograde is working in your eighth house of shared resources, and this is also your house of saucy secrets. This is a wonderful time to start opening up with someone special, whether you are single or attached. It’s also a good time to get involved in financial sharing, such as a mortgage, life insurance, or any kind of financial venture with a partner. But also use your sharing words. If you are single and trying to get closer to someone, share a story. Bond with them. Relate with them. If you are trying to dial up a current love connection, take it to the next level and ask them to share their life with you. You just never know what will happen.

Capricorn – Be a Lover, Not a Fighter

Mercury retrograde is working your opposite sign of Cancer, Capricorn, and this is touching on your house of true love. This is both good and bad. But to get to the good, you’ll have to iron out a few wrinkles first. This is an opposition of sorts, so expect to see a lot of things happening at odds with how you want them to happen. That’s okay. Just handle them with kid gloves and by being the bigger person. Be empathetic with your lover, and use love to send clues and signals to someone if you are single. This is one of those pick your battles kind of times in love. Be a lover, not a fighter, and this true love transit for you could be one for the books.

Aquarius – It’s the Little Things

You have Mercury retrograde happening in your sixth house of details and health, Aquarius. This is also a work house for you. You may find love, work, and health to intermingle at this time. You may have a health issue that someone special is supporting you with. You may also have some budding office romance happening right now. But you also have the chance to see a friendship bloom into something even more beautiful than it is right now. If you are attached, you want to focus on the little things in your communication style with love. Use little feelings words at unique and unexpected times. When your lover is stressed about a work problem, tell them something sexy and saucy like, “You look so pretty when you are charged up over this; sorry, but I just had to say that!” Something little like that breaks the energy barrier that a person is feeling and dials them down to a place where they forget everything but you. Find those little moments and shine, baby, shine. You’re good at this stuff, Aquarius! Because the people that know you know you mean it.

Pisces – Oh, the Possibilities!

This is a fun and exciting time in romance for you, Pisces, and this is true whether you are single or attached. You are one of the zodiac signs that will really enjoy this Mercury retrograde period, and you have some pleasure zones that will enjoy it too. This retrograde is occurring in your fifth house of pleasures and entertainment, which is also your house of true love. Past loves, past lives, soulmates, and did we say past loves? It’s a great time for correcting past mistakes. Make the old new again. Just get excited about love in general. No matter what your relationship status is right now, this is not the time to say no. You will be more retrospective about this than usual. The heart wants what the heart wants, Pisces. Whatever you are questioning right now, the answer is most definitely yes. Go for it.

Concluding Thoughts…

Knowing where Mercury retrograde in Cancer is working in your chart is going to amp up your love game. Now you know. Just remember that this is a slower moving transit, made slow by Mercury retrograde, and made even slower by working in the Cardinal sign of the Water signs, Cancer. So patience, Kemosabe. Love is in the air. Soul mate love. Twin flame love. Past life loves. All kinds of love.

Cancer likes to hide out in the shell a little bit sometimes before they come out and give you that big heart of theirs. So give them time. And let them give you time too. This could really work out when you focus on the area of your chart that Mercury retrograde in Cancer is working. Use this guide, and our Daily Horoscopes, to light that beautiful spark of love.

Where are you hoping to find love this Summer?

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Have you been in a bit of a career tail-spin? Maybe you have had a pattern of dealing with difficult bosses or jobs that bore you? Well, whatever your career woes may be today, June 18th has some promising energy to help elevate your career to become something you enjoy and thrive in. We are going to give you some of the cosmic secrets our planet is about to get blasted with on this Saturn sextile Neptune aspect so you can use the energy to align yourself with the best possible career path.

A sextile occurs when two planets align in a way that creates harmonious energy from the combination of the energies of both planets. Depending on the areas of our life the planets in question affect, we will see those two areas working well together like a circuit that has just been completed so the light-bulb can turn on. In this case, we have spiritual Neptune aligning with work-oriented Saturn. We will have three of these sextiles in 2019. We had one January 31st, and the last one of the year will be on November 8th.

Often we don’t feel like we really fit a job until our soul can shine through in our work. We will be at odds with our pay, our commute, our coworkers, or the reason we do what we do until we get clear with our soul’s purpose. We have a chance to do that right before the summer kicks off, and all the astrology signs are ripe to find happiness and success through this interesting harmonization of energies. We have some straightforward tips to help you transition from the swamp of negative career woes to the oasis of career growth and fulfillment.

Align With Your Soul – Neptune’s Influence

Neptune is an outer planet, named for the Greek god of the sea. It influences our ability to connect to our soul and to the Universe at large. That means we can see things from a more intuitive perspective when this energy is strong. Our imagination is switched on as is our mystical Third-Eye.

Basically, on the day of the sextile, we will have an easier time seeing through the illusions of the ego that may create false gods for our hearts so we can see the energy that will really keep our passion alive and help us attract even more success. After all, when we are truly happy inside, we attract happy experiences in our life.

Take a moment to sit and listen to the message that comes from within you today. What do you feel called to do? What images or ideas are impressed upon you on this day? This will help you feel your true purpose and true soul imprint. Journal about these two questions.

Align Your Career – Saturn’s Influence

Saturn governs time and the more practical aspects of life that give us stability such as work. As the planetary ‘taskmaster,’ Saturn helps us apply our ideas and make things happen in the physical world. Being the second biggest planet in the solar system, you can bet this sextile will really open your career to new ideas.

Astrologers predict we will have an easier time seeing how to make a living in our own spiritual pursuits. For some that may mean working for the environment, for others, it may mean working for animal rights or human rights. For each of us, the soul will speak its desire to help the world. You have an opportunity to see and sense how to actually make money and a living doing what you truly feel called to do. You may see a creative solution that you never thought of today! You may suddenly realize something you want to do and ‘feel the calling’ to a more meaningful job or see how you can make your current job more meaningful.

Take a moment to sit still and write down careers that come to mind on this day. They may surprise you and they may be what is so familiar to your inner thoughts that they finally reveal themselves as the truth that has always been there. For extra help, read about your life path number as well as look into your 2nd and 10th houses in your birth chart which reveal your talents and opportunities for a really successful career.

Closing Thoughts

Saturn is retrograde until September 18th and Jupiter is retrograde until August 11. That means now is the time to see your own blocks to success clearly and make a plan so you’ll be ready to move forward as the year moves forward.

You also want to keep abreast of the other main astrological happenings at this time. We actually have a really interesting line-up, with three planets in retrograde (Pluto, Jupiter, Saturn). Jupiter squares Neptune on June 16th, which brings forward ways we can expand our careers in a more spiritual way. There is a Full Moon in the evolved Fire sign of Sagittarius on June 17th, followed by the Summer Solstice on June 21st in Cancer season.

It’s going to be a time of elevated consciousness no doubt, and it will bring new awareness that precedes changes that will take place during eclipse season in July and August. You’ll also see changes you started in the first eclipse season of the year in January and February really take hold during this window. Watch as people shed their skins of the ego and fear and step into their light.

We can solidly say that all the zodiac signs will transform now if they ride the cosmic tides and follow their inner desires to spread their unique ideas into the world. For each person, the energy will hit a little differently, so be sure to ask yourself, what’s my horoscope for today? so you can navigate each day skillfully. You will also benefit from knowing the key themes in your sign’s weekly horoscopes as we launch into summer and success!

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Aventurine is a magical stone that comes in hues of green, grey and orange with speckles of orange and shimmer. This stone looks as mystical as its properties are. Aventurine hails from the quartz family of crystals, and the shimmer that it emits is called “aventurescence.”

This magical crystal was discovered first in the 18th century, and its name is derived from the Italian phrase, “a ventura,” which means “by chance.”

The name for this crystal was also created by chance, when a glass worker made a small mistake in the 1700s. While working with melting glass, an Italian worker accidentally let metal shavings fall into the vat. When the glass cooled and hardened, the worker noticed a beautiful, shimmering quality. This gorgeous glass, made by chance, was used to make jewelry and given the name aventurine.

Later, when the natural stone was discovered the name was passed down, as the green, shimmering stone shared similar qualities with the accidentally-made-glass. The meaning, “by chance,” is coincidentally perfect for this stone, due to its ability to attract luck and opportunity.

Aventurine is also called “adventurine,” “aventurine,” and “aventurine quartz.”

The iridescent qualities of aventurine are caused by inclusions of Mica – nature’s glitter. The grey and orange varieties of aventurine are found in Chile, Russia and Spain, while green varieties are found in India – it is sometimes referred to as Indian Jade.

The Physical Side of Aventurine

Physically, aventurine is associated with the heart and supports those with circulatory issues and cardiac problems. It also opens and aligns the Heart chakra.

Aventurine can assist in recovery from illness and surgical procedures and has an overall healing effect on the body. It can assist with fertility issues and is even said to improve eyesight.

Healing Properties of Aventurine

The many healing properties of aventurine include good fortune, creativity, confidence, self-esteem and the ability to break bad habits.

This crystal is sometimes referred to as the “Stone of Opportunity,” as it brings good fortune and is useful for manifesting desires. Some even say that no crystal is luckier than aventurine, whose energy attracts opportunity and blessings. This is a popular and useful crystal for those who gamble.

Crystal healing with aventurine is sure to surprise you in pleasant ways, either by providing financial success, luck in new relationships or career opportunities, or manifesting the situations you have longed for. Aventurine is particularly useful for older folks who are single and seeking love.

According to legend, aventurine is a healer-of-all-ailments. This stone was said to help one develop and maintain confidence and self-esteem, boost creativity and vivid imagination, promote relaxation and reduce anxiety and even improve one’s sense of humor.

Aventurine is powerfully optimistic and can restore one’s faith in and love for life. This crystal is uplifting and infuses a passionate spirit within those who work with it. It is a grounding stone, as it is deeply connected to the Earth. Aventurine will help you feel more grounded, balanced and grateful for your life.

The connection that aventurine shares with the Earth – especially in green varieties – makes it effective at dispersing electromagnetic smog, something that we deal with on a daily basis in our technologically-driven society. Surrounding your home with green aventurine will form a shield and repel geopathic stress. Working with aventurine rids the body of electromagnetic smog and clears the aura. Over-exposure to the energy radiating from electronics can zap our own energy, making aventurine a staple in crystal healing.

Aventurine promotes physical and mental growth within babies and children, and even works to soothe hyperactive behaviors. This is an excellent stone to use when working with younger people and children. It reduces anger and frustration, which is especially useful during hormonal teenage years.

Aventurine can mellow the attitude and help one see the positive rather than focus on negative experiences or circumstances. Because the emotions and mental state of teenagers can be fragile at times, this is the perfect stone for promoting youthful balance and hormonal harmony.

This stone’s ability to soothe emotions also makes it the perfect crystal for fostering connection and peace within relationships. Aventurine can decrease anger between two people and improve their communication. Keep a piece of aventurine in a shared bedroom to increase harmony and connection in relationships.

With all of the benefits that working with aventurine offers, it’s no wonder that this stone is so highly regarded. Whether you are experienced in the art of crystal healing or just beginning, aventurine is the must-have stone to add to your collection.

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​Welcome to your next Mercury retrograde! From July 8th to August 1st, communication planet Mercury will go retrograde in the Fire sign of Leo.

We are over the Moon to report that this cosmic rendezvous will be really great for your career. Mercury is the planet that rules communication, and Leo is confident outgoing energy that will allow us to speak our minds without fear.

You may hear people dreading Mercury retrograde and wonder, is Mercury retrograde bad? The simple answer is that it just changes the energy and some people are prepared to use it, while others are caught off guard. We will help you understand these subtle energies so you can see them and capitalize on how they can help you step into your dream career.

You’ll still see all the tricky jokes Mercury retrograde tends to play on electronics, travel plans and the mail. When people show up at the wrong time, when your internet is wonky, and when words come out backwards making you want to hit rewind, just laugh it off as Mercury retrograde. Those more petty occurrences don’t have to throw you off because you can focus on the positive ways to propel yourself towards success with this astrological insight.

5 Ways to Use Mercury Retrograde Energy

Mercurial energy can revive your work life. Our job is to show you some of the practical ways this Mercury retrograde can help you come out of your shell and take center stage in your career. Astrology can help us in the most important areas of life and it doesn’t have to be complicated.

1. Get Real With What Excites You

They say when you do what you’re most passionate about, you excel. Make a list of things that fire up your passion and brainstorm how you can follow that passion in your work life.

Do you need to speak with your boss about a new role or maybe apply to work in a new field? You can step out of the shadows at work and move into a role that lights you up with enthusiasm if you just let charismatic Leo energy lead you.

Bring your ideas and passion forward in your life and make it who you are and what you are. State your goals, write them down and speak to people about them. As you build energy around your passion, it starts to generate positive energy to help you step into alignment with your soul. When you’re excited about what you do, success will find you. New ideas will stream into your mind that connect you to the right people and places.

2. How Are You Holding Yourself Back?

Mercury allows you to reassess your approach to using the power of communication to help you find lasting success at work. Get ready to finally be able to stick up for yourself and share the things you’ve been holding back. This is actually a time when you can unravel your insecurities around speaking up and better understand how being timid hasn’t served you in the past.

Mercury rules the mind, and when it goes retrograde, we get to reflect on how we think. Mercury also rules how we speak to others which of course affects our dynamics at work. If we have fallen into patterns of dodging our boss because we don’t like confrontation or pushing your big ideas for the company aside because you don’t feel they are good enough, well it’s time to shift those habits and make room for using words and positive approaches to speaking that will serve you best. Words are powerful or destructive and we can now see if we’ve been building a bridge to our future with them or perhaps paving a winding road.

3. Let Your Emotions Talk to You

Because the Sun is in the Cardinal Water sign of Cancer, represented by the Crab, you’ll be feeling all the feels and it will not be easy to ignore your emotions. The good news is, you can now actually see how you avoid saying how you feel and get over that. Whether it’s at work, at home or to yourself, what is keeping you from stepping forward in your work life to pursue your greatest passion? Sometimes we are shy about making a move because we are nervous about failing or being criticized. Let the fire of Leo burn those doubts so you can shine like a star on your terms.

Let others live the life they want in their own time. It’s time to state what you want, bring your creative ideas to the table and tell yourself to accept those deepest truths that want to come out and change your life. Sit with your emotions, the really deep ones, and listen to what they are telling you. The proof is in the pudding, which means only when you eat the pudding do you clearly know how it tastes. Similarly, when we actually allow ourselves to feel, we can see what the emotions are there to show us.

4. Say Sayonara to Negativity

Because we are in the middle of eclipse season, what you say now during Mercury retrograde in Leo can help you change some of the major pillars of your life. While they say it’s not best to start new things during Mercury retrograde because our minds are in the past and there is some wisdom to that, don’t be afraid to put an end to the things that no longer serve you. If you feel there is a negative group or environment, say what you need to say in order to distance yourself from it.

Additionally, if you’re the one creating a negative environment, set some affirmations around your desk and at home that will shift your own attitude. Perhaps get some inspiring artwork that will remind you that your own attitude will attract like experiences. Sit with the deeper patterns in your mind and see if they are expecting positive experiences or have been more doom and gloom. Taking even a minute each morning to set your own positive intention can redirect your energy to help you find success in your career and allow you to attract amazing things.

5. Make a Detailed Plan

Because we are better able to see how our perceptions and actions around communication are shaped by our past during a Mercury retrograde, we also may be reacting to things based in the past. This is why most Astrologers warn not to jump into a new relationship or mortgage too swiftly during Mercury retrograde so you don’t repeat an old pattern. However, because you can see your own behaviors under a microscope, decide what persona you will take on at work and what direct communication you want to take to step into the life you want.

Prepare and plan to bring your ideas forward and then when the time is right, you’ll have worked out the details and be able to really spell it all out. Mercury retrograde is a great time to go back to the drawing board and see what’s working and what’s just taking up time and making you spin your wheels in your career.

Closing Thoughts…

Keep an eye out for the other major happenings during this Mercury retrograde. As we mentioned, we are smack dab in the middle of an eclipse season which means everyone around us will be changing in major ways and likely we will be too. Hold onto astrology to help you see why it’s all happening and which days are likely to bring about the biggest shifts for everyone. July 17th brings a Full Moon partial lunar eclipse in the fire sign of Sagittarius which is adventurous and risk-taking so you can certainly expect people to be saying how they feel on this day. Not only is Sagittarius one of the most direct in communication but with Mercury in Leo, declarations will certainly be made and they will be loud.

Finally, if you feel like a stranger to your own mind or you feel like you’re really experiencing some major tectonic shifts in your life, it’s partially because so many planets are retrograde at the same time. We are learning a lot about ourselves, our past, and how we can take action to solve our biggest life mysteries. Neptune, Pluto, Chiron, Saturn and Jupiter retrogrades may make you feel overwhelmed, dear friends, so please turn to the power of nature to calm and soothe yourself instead of to escape through other less gentle means. Take a walk, a salt bath, or use calming essential oils. Be gentle as you shed the caterpillar cocoon so you can become that free butterfly.

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From July 8 to December 13, the asteroid Chiron will be retrograde in the Fire sign Aries, which will bring to light identity issues that we have still carry buried from our past. This is a great opportunity to get clear with who you truly are and stop acting like everyone else.

It will reveal how you people please to avoid stepping into your true identity and it will allow you to finally turn directly into the path of your soul. In more practical terms, you’re not going to believe your own excuses anymore and you’re going to feel the fire underneath you that will compel you to accept your true passion in life.

This is an exciting time when we get to see how our past experiences and environments have shaped our present life behaviors and how we are sitting on the sidelines of our own life because of them.

Get ready for some spiritual growth and reflection on who you truly are and why you’re here. We have five actions you can take to use this Chiron retrograde in Aries energy instead of just finding yourself swimming in emotional memories of the past.

Recognize & Write Down Patterns

Although only an asteroid, Chiron, the cosmic wounded healer, helps us heal and it often brings to mind past experiences that are affecting us now. Pay attention to things that stand out to you or trigger you to react or feel hurt. Those patterns are revealing a past wound that can now be recognized and healed. Chiron can even help us heal past life experiences as well.

Set your intention in meditation to see the root cause of your biggest triggers and ask the Universe to help you heal from that experience instead of block the pain.

Healing means seeing that you can learn something from the experience so ask what the experience can still teach you in order to shift the energy. For example, an abusive home may have been a lesson to always speak kindly to others.

Acknowledge Who You Blame

When Chiron is retrograde, it often feels like our old wounds are just as fresh as when we first experienced them. You may have a conversation that resurfaces the same feelings from a breakup or a difficult time with your parents where you were trying to get them to accept you.

The feelings could come flooding back in just from something that reminds you of that time. When the feelings come up and you feel that anger or that resentment towards someone, sit with it and welcome the feeling so that you can learn from it.

When we blame others for our feelings, we give away our power and we allow ourselves to be broken into pieces instead of whole. Chiron helps us become whole again by taking responsibility for our feelings and no longer making others the cause of our pain.

If you notice you often think about something from your past or talk about it in anger, this is a great time to allow yourself to have the feelings that come up but release them once and for all so they do not have control over you.

When we are free from blame, we are able to decide how to react and not play the victim in our own life. It allows us to take the driver’s seat and decide which direction we truly want to go instead of feeling pushed around. Write down who you feel you blame and how it may be keeping you from being yourself.

Get Clear With Your Passions

Chiron also governs the synchronicities and signs that show up in our lives to help us heal. The healing inevitably leads us towards a more clear picture of who we are and what we came to earth to do. The layers of fear that can develop over the years can shed now that the brave Aries energy is helping us move forward and face down the ghosts of our past that keep us running away from our true desire. Notice what you feel drawn to do the most by sitting down and writing where your thoughts go when you daydream.

Write down what makes you the most excited in life and what past experience or experiences may have made you feel that your dream wasn’t valid or wasn’t worthy of your time. Often those who are afraid to trust their heart will scare others into living in fear. What does your soul truly want and what makes your spirit dance? Take some time to journal about this and you’ll see the moments you may have had false starts where you started to shine and feel free but allowed something to shut you down.

What Would You Do if You Didn’t Care What Others Thought?

It’s easier to see whose opinions matter to you now and it’s also easier to see how that affects your decision making. Take inventory of who is affecting the way you live your life and if that is in alignment with who you feel you want to be and what purpose you want to take on in this life. You are taking back your power by taking time to see this deeper truth. The things that people have said that made you shy away from being a more pure version of you may come to light. You may see how you have dimmed your light out of fear of being judged.

Widen your lens to see that there are people like you who live their life joyfully. You do not have to conform because people may criticize you. Write down the actions you want to take now that you’re ready not to care what people think. Often the people we grew up with or the people that have known us the longest are the opinions that we fear the most. You don’t have to live in fear. When you live the purest version of you, you show other people how to be free as well.

Release Wounds of the Past

Wounds related to your identity are likely to resurface now. Perhaps embarrassing moments or bullying memories may come to life. Maybe you will remember a past life where you were condemned for speaking freely. When something in your current life seems to bring up strong emotions, take that as a cue to sit and find what wound was just reopened. What insults or failures made you stop believing in yourself or made you feel like you weren’t actually capable of accomplishing what you truly dream of?

Mars, the planetary god of passion and war, is the planet that rules Aries, so you can expect to feel some real changes happening in terms of your life goals during this 6-month phase. With Chiron in Aries from 2018 until 2027, this theme of uncovering the identity we hide from the world will continue to play out. The sooner you start to welcome your feelings to the table to deal with them, the sooner you will free yourself from the shackles of the mind.

Wear your scars proudly. Remember, some of the people that go on to help the world the most also failed the most before doing so. Just think of how many incarcerated criminals go on to help people make better choices for example.

Closing Thoughts…

We also have some other retrogrades occurring during this time, which makes it a time of reflection and healing on many levels. If you feel like you’re moving forward with less speed, it’s because we are now being asked to look backward to learn in order to move forward with more wisdom when the time is right. Surrender to the process and you’ll reap the most rewards.

Mercury retrograde in Leo will begin on July 7th and last until the 31st, so it may feel like you’re having to kick start your engine multiple times to get anything done. You can expect some miscommunications and stalled plans to occur but look for opportunities to rejuvenate yourself with some rest and relaxation this summer.

We also have Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto in retrograde! This means we are able to see how we block our success, how our own actions come back to us and how our subconscious mind either attracts positive or negative situations into our lives. We may feel a bit out-of-body since many of the planetary influences are digging up the past so we can find a deeper sense of freedom in our lives. Don’t think of this is a negative time but, a time of true liberation that is like a parade for your soul, creating an empowering revolution in your life for the rest of the year!

If you have felt a bit wonky, chances are your friends are too. Give them a heads up about what’s going on with the planets by sharing this article with them!

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Greetings, Earthlings!

We don’t have too many transits or big shakeups on the docket this week, and you can thank the Universe for that. If you made it through last week’s multiple transits, including a New Moon, Mars and Venus changing signs, and a solar eclipse, then you are in good shape as you enjoy this week.

New beginnings are on the docket after last week’s New Moon eclipse. This week you are still feeling that energy, and will for some time. Keep working that karma energy, as it is still high for a few more weeks.

We have just a few transits in the works this week, but they could be big ones. Uranus and Pluto are both getting their say in, so expect all kinds of outbursts, power plays, and conversations that may feel bigger than they actually are. At the same time, as we are in the middle of eclipse energy, conversations may feel as big as they need to be. You are trying to move to the next level in some area of your life, or maybe in all areas. That means you can use this week’s Pluto and Uranus energy to bring those shockwaves into your life. Then when you do, the eclipse energy works in your favor.

Eclipse energy is going to impact everybody differently. We are also in the middle of a Mercury retrograde to boot! So don’t fear big changes, because they may not even come. But if they do, that’s the Universe saying your abundance is just around the corner.

Enjoy this quiet week. And, as we wrap up this week we enter another Full Moon zone, and one that will be an eclipse with the Full Moon in Capricorn and lunar eclipse next week. Work on tying up loose ends this week, so that when that eclipse arrives next week, you are saying, “Ready or not wishes, here we come.”

Are you ready? What wishes do you have during this eclipse cycle?

Hang in there, it’s almost over.

Enjoy July, Earthlings!

Planetary Locations During July 8-14, 2019:

  • Sun: Cancer (June 20 – July 23, 2019)
  • Mercury: Retrograde in Leo (July 7 – July 19, 2019)
  • Venus: Cancer (July 3, 2019 – July 28, 2019)
  • Mars: Leo (July 1, 2019 – August 18, 2019)
  • Jupiter: Sagittarius (Until December 2, 2019)
  • Saturn: Capricorn (Until March 22, 2020; Retrograde April 29, 2019 –September 17, 2019)
  • Uranus: Taurus (March 6, 2019 – August 19, 2021)
  • Neptune: Pisces (Until January 2026)
  • Pluto: Capricorn (Until October 12, 2024; Retrograde April 24, 2019 – October 2, 2019)

Daily Snapshots for July 8-14, 2019:

Monday, July 8

Sun: Cancer – Take the lead on nurturing love at home, and success follows everywhere else

Moon: Libra – When you serve as the gracious diplomat in all situations, you win.

Tuesday, July 9

Sun: Cancer

Moon: Libra

Wednesday, July 10

Sun: Cancer

Moon: Scorpio – Time for your rebirth and personal transformation!

Thursday, July 11

Sun: Cancer

Moon: Scorpio

Transits:

  • Mars in Leo square Uranus in Taurus – Here we have warrior Mars working with shock planet Uranus, in signs that aren’t so compatible. Fiery Leo doesn’t like the slow and plodding efforts of Earth-bound Taurus, but nonetheless, the two shall meet at any rate today. This is a contentious square, and this means that you are going to see some unexpected heat coming out of the blue today. It could be a temper tantrum, someone may say something out of turn, or a shock value component could come into your day, whether you like it or not. It’s up to you how you make this work in your day. Lay low until it passes, or engage like a warrior. Either way, you choose the consequences. Laying low is advised – this too shall pass.

Friday, July 12

Sun: Cancer

Moon: Sagittarius – See the Big Picture in all things today.

Saturday, July 13

Sun: Cancer

Moon: Sagittarius

Sunday, July 14

Sun: Cancer

Moon: Capricorn – Take the lead on a thing that you want to last.

Transits:

  • Sun in Cancer opposite Pluto in Capricorn – A big change is in the works when the Sun is working with Pluto. This is the Sun shining on that which you need to change. A power play may come into play today under this energy as the Sun exposes something major. But you may also be inclined to tear down some walls. We have two opposite signs working in this opposition, so expect the energy to be intense. But this energy doesn’t last forever. Be on the lookout for secrets exposed, or big change-making energy arriving that gives you a new perspective.

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While there are thousands of languages all over the world, the language of numbers is one that remains a constant globally.

You might already be familiar with the concept of numerology – the study of numbers and their Universal meaning in our lives – but did you know that there are several forms of numerology?

Numerology looks at the meaning behind numbers, and using calculations, determines what the core numbers in our lives are trying to tell us. The earliest systems of numerology where created by mathematicians, however, the practice is now considered far more mystical and spiritual.

Learning more about the varying systems of numerology can help you determine which branch resonates most with you and speaks to your spirit.

The 5 most common branches of numerology – and the forms we will be discussing in this guide – are Chaldean, Kabbalah, Pythagorean, New Kabbalah and Abracadabra.

Chaldean Numerology

This form of numerology is also called “Mystic Numerology,” and it is likely the oldest of form of numerology there is. Chaldean numerology hails from ancient Babylonia and is closely related to astrological teachings and Kabbalistic numerology.

Chaldean numerology assigned numbers to letters of the alphabet based on their individual energy, rather than alphabetical order.

Additionally, this form of numerology neglects to assign the number 9 to any letters, although this number can exist as the final sum of a calculation. The reason for this is the spiritual nature thought to be associated with this number – it is held in a higher regard than other numbers in Chaldean numerology, and therefore is set apart from other numbers.

In other forms of numerology, the name analyzed to find core numbers is your birth name – the exact name given to you at birth. However, Chaldean numerology utilizes the name you prefer to go by most frequently, suggesting that you yourself play a part in determining your fate.

This system is thought to be more accurate than the more popular Pythagorean system, however it is harder to fully comprehend and therefore remains more mysterious.

Pythagorean (Western) Numerology

Pythagorean or Western numerology is named after Pythagoras, the Greek philosopher who is considered to be the father of numerology himself. This system might be the most popular form of numerology because it is easy to master and fun to use.

Pythagoras did not separate mathematics from spirituality and was fascinated by metaphysics.

Pythagorean numerology conducts its analysis using the numbers 1-9, while the numbers 11 and 12 are considered “Master Vibrations,” and are not reduced like they are in other systems. This system looks at the name and date of birth to find core numbers.

You can calculate your Pythagorean numerology Life Path number right here!

Abracadabra Numerology

This is one of the lesser used forms of numerology which looks at the subject’s name to discover core numbers using a series of pyramids, or triangles. The letters involved in Abracadabra numerology add up to 365, suggesting its connection with the days of the year.

This form of numerology is less straightforward and easy to use than other practices – and therefore less approachable.

Kabbalah Numerology

Kabbalah numerology is based on Judaic mysticism and posits that the world and its contents are all comprised of energy. This energy is thought to be the ultimate source of life and strength.

Like the energy that resides within people, this system proposes that our names contain energy. In fact, Kabbalah numerology is more interested in the power of names rather than numbers, such as dates. It was created utilizing the Hebrew alphabet and analyses an individual using their birth name to discover core numbers.

It is thought that, through the analysis of the birth name, certain information about an individual’s future and life path can be revealed.

New Kabbalah Numerology

New Kabbalah numerology is similar to Kabbalah numerology; however, it was changed to utilize the Roman rather than the Hebrew alphabet. This system is also based on an individual’s name and uses the Pythagorean system to determine the meaning behind numbers and dates.

New Kabbalah is concerned with enhancing the previously held philosophical and psychological ideas of Kabbalah numerology and Hebrew mysticism, while introducing the mystical teachings of such schools of thought as Hinduism, Buddhism and Gnosticism.

Which System Is Right for Me?

Like many systems of divination and mystical practice, numerology analysis is an extremely personal process. No one could tell you with any certainty what Tarot deck you should use, and no one other than you can understand what form of numerology speaks to your spirit.

The Pythagorean method of numerology might be the easiest to start with, as it is understandable and popular – leading to many sources of information on how to use the system. However, the best way to find out which system you prefer is to experiment.

No matter which branch you choose to dive into, you’ll soon find that numerology is yet another exciting way to learn more about yourself and the world around you.

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Emotional, intelligent and warm, Cancer is one of the most nurturing signs of the zodiac. While they are known to be homebodies at the best of times, during their season, the urge to nest is irresistible for this Water sign – which makes it a perfect time for them to update their living space!

In this recurring monthly series, we’ll discuss ways for the various signs to get inspired and make some changes around their most important spaces within the home. Regardless of budget or skill level, there are always small ways we can adapt our living spaces to bring about renewed inspiration, harmony, and energies to the places we occupy.

Being a Cardinal sign, Cancers can recognize the importance of change, though their sentimental nature can sometimes make it hard to detach their feelings from logic. As long as they’re prepared to separate their nostalgia from their needs, Cancer makes a great home decorator. Read on for some Crab-friendly home updates!

What’s In for Cancer?

Pale Grey

Cancers are prone to taking on the moods of the surrounding environment, so constantly being overstimulated by bright colors while at home is not really ideal. In lieu of having vivid textiles and bold paint, this Water sign should focus on incorporating shades of pale grey in their abodes.

Using this versatile neutral as an anchor in their rooms allows them to relax but still achieve a polished look, and since its coordinates so easily with every other color it’s easy to incorporate into an already existing scheme. Just keep the shades light, to avoid being overly somber, and you’re good to grey… err, go.

Natural Elements

When Cancer feels burned out or stressed, it’s easy for them to get overwhelmed and want to retreat from the world – they aren’t called the Crab for nothing! When they’re in this fragile state, nothing revives a Water sign like a strong connection to something pure and simple. Ensuring that they incorporate as much natural material and living objects into their space is key for a Cancer sanctuary.

Materials like bamboo, linen, and wool all invoke a feeling of comfort, and the act of caring for a beautiful array of plants feeds their desire to nurture. It’s like a little slice of paradise in your bedroom.

Art Deco

Though there are many classical art movements to choose from, Art Deco is a perfect match for Cancer.

Their natural inclination towards items with history combined with their love of aesthetically pleasing design means this Water sign will find beauty in Art Deco pieces. While genuine artifacts from this era are difficult to find (not to mention pricey), there are budget-friendly options like prints of well-known paintings, and Deco-inspired pieces like sculptures, lamps and more.

Go get your Gatsby on!

What’s Out for Cancer?

Unpolished Details

Of the three Water signs, Cancer is the most outgoing and social; they’re not as shy as Pisces, or as secretive as Scorpio, so they feel pretty comfortable displaying the treasures of their home.

However, it may not always come off as polished or presentable – Cancer is more likely to just tack up a poster from the musical they loved, rather than framing it properly. While their enthusiasm for the things they love is one of their best qualities, when it comes to décor, this level of dishabille looks a little sloppy. Taking the time to frame photos and pot plants elevate a living space and bring it all together.

Old Textiles

There’s no denying the happy feeling of a hand-quilted blanket or a squishy throw pillow. In fact, this love of personal luxury is a cornerstone of the Cancer vibe. However, regardless of their attached memories and emotional ties, once textiles start looking ratty & worn, it’s game over.

Throwing down a pilled shawl or shedding pillow is hardly going to invite your guests to settle in. Having layered textures, such as loosely knit blankets with velvet throw pillows in a sitting area, still keeps everything soothing without sacrificing style.

Harsh Lines

While every sign has their exceptions to the rule, for the most part, Cancers are an easy-going bunch; they’re naturally charming and find it easy to relate to people. With that in mind, harsh and rigid lines within furniture and décor don’t really give off the inviting attitude a Cancer has.

Minimalist and industrial design feel too unyielding for their domains, so replacing austere pieces with more soft and fluid design is key for this Water sign. Abstract paintings, rounded bowls, and vases, and slightly overstuffed chairs help lend a mellow vibe. A Papasan would be a key piece to work with here.

Once they’re ready to leave behind the things that no longer serve them, Cancer will feel invigorated and at peace in their newly decorated digs. Comfort is key for this Water sign, so enjoy your beautiful new haven – you’ve earned it!

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Summer is upon us! Are you feeling the heat?

Summer brings the promise of longer days, tans, beaches, holidays and general feel-good moments as we ditch the heavy coats and earmuffs; but it also has a tendency to bring an ample amount of stress with it. First, there’s the planning for vacations themselves – then there are things that (inevitably!) tend to go wrong during the vacations or the stressful, hectic plane flights – then there’s the heat! Heat can do funny things to people and, at times, it can even be fatal. In Europe right now, temperatures are soaring to 44 degrees Celcius!

Minimizing the stressful aspect of summer is just as crucial as enjoying the fun and enjoyable times that come along with it. One of the best ways to do this is through the use of crystals. Remember, crystals come from the earth. Some of them are more than well-equipped to deal with other aspects of the Earth’s energy, such as the weather, and one of the best crystals to do this is the amethyst crystal.

Read on to see how amethyst can help you this summer!

Managing Emotions

As previously mentioned, the heat tends to do funny things to people. Unless you live in the tropics where intense heat is a way of life, you, and others around you, may be hit with a sudden flurry of topsy-turvy emotions. The blazing Sun, like the Full Moon, has a powerful way of affecting that which lies deep within us, albeit they use different methods to do so.

Hence, some form of natural mood stabilizer may be needed. Amethyst has a magnificent way of easing intensity and erratic moods.

It has the ability to balance emotions which may be thrown out of control due to stress. It also has the phenomenal power to help us let go of negative emotions, such as fear, anger or grief, all of which are contributors to stress, as well as improve our moods so that we can feel happiness and joy in abundance, washing away the negative feelings that threaten to bring us down.

Assisting the Mind

Feelings and thoughts are intertwined with stress. Amethyst has a unique ability to improve clarity and help us defeat any negative thoughts we have about ourselves and others.

When our minds are racked with thoughts that focus on the negative as opposed to the positive, our stress levels shoot up. The amethyst stone can help dissolve such thoughts, encouraging us to have patience with ourselves and others, while promoting love in every form.

On a physical level, amethyst is able to assist with headaches and migraines, both of which can be amplified by the blazing Sun. The stone works to gently ease these pains and it is beneficial to place a small piece of amethyst directly onto your forehead when you are suffering from headaches.

Transmutation

One of the most brilliant gifts the amethyst possesses is the ability to transform negative energy into positive energy and love.

Amethyst can indeed get rid of negative emotions and thoughts, but when harnessed correctly, it also has the power to actually turn the negative into positive. This can be especially helpful when you are struggling with a hectic schedule and an array of negativity comes shooting at you. Transform it with amethyst.

Insomnia Reduction

The summer can bring a lot of sleepless nights for some people, particularly if the heat becomes a little overwhelming. Once again, stress is a major factor when it comes to insomnia and can also lead to a rise in cortisol levels which promotes unhealthy fat around the mid-section.

Amethyst can help to settle a mind which is too active. Sleeping with one under or next to your pillow is the best way to get the full benefits when tackling an unruly mind.

Electromagnetic Stress

This one pretty much applies to all year round, but it is certainly well worth including here!

We don’t see it, we don’t smell it, we don’t hear it, but electromagnetic stress is all around us whenever we are surrounded by electronics and power lines. It can make us cranky, irritable, tired and, above all, stressed out.

Combat this invisible foe by placing amethyst crystals around your own electronic devices or anywhere close by when you use your computers, phones or tablets.

Aura Cleansing

This is an important one as the weaker our auras, the easier it is for stress to dominate us. The amethyst crystal is particularly potent in cleansing our auras so we don’t have any ‘holes’ through which stressful, negative energies can penetrate us.

An amethyst wand is particularly good for cleansing yourself, where you slowly move the wand up and down your body, envisioning negative energies to remove themselves from you and for your aura to cleanse.

How to Use the Amethyst Crystal

Amethyst is best worn in the form of a bracelet or pendant as then it can sit on your body, working its magic on you to keep stressful vibes away. Alternatively, it is good to have an amethyst stone in your pocket or purse, or next to your bed/desk.

Meditating with the crystal is highly recommended; areas where the crystal should be placed on your body include the head and heart, to manage stress when it tries to penetrate emotions and thoughts. You can even place little pieces of amethyst with you in the bath while you cool off to help soak the stress away!

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