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We live on a planet full of mystical treasures that assist us each day; herbs are one of the most useful of those treasures, and their enchanting properties may surprise you.

Beyond the emotionally and physically healing properties of herbs, herbs are also associated with astrology. Each zodiac sign has its own unique herbs that are even more powerful when used in conjunction with the energy of that sign.

Keep reading if you want to find out…

Your Most Powerful Herb, Based on Your Zodiac Sign:

Aries

It may come as no surprise that one of the most potent herbs for this Fire sign is spicy: the chili pepper.

The chili pepper works in healing and improving sexuality, dispelling negative energy, breaking curses, and increasing the power of manifestation. Combined with the powerful energy of the Aries, this herb becomes even more dynamic.

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Taurus

Taurus is an Earth sign with refined taste. Your connection to Mother Earth is always present, and Myrrh will bring the feeling of divine nature to your home.

Myrrh protects your aura from negative energies that others may try to direct your way. It also purifies the space around it, making it the perfect herb to keep within your favorite sacred space.

Gemini

Geminis are thoughtful and airy, with a buoyant spirit that resembles the juicy fragrance of bergamot. Bergamot is known for attracting wealth and abundance, as well as luck in general.

Perhaps the best benefit for Gemini is bergamot’s ability to lift the spirit, helping you get out of those deep wells of thought that you often enter. This herb balances the mood and restores confidence.

Cancer

A sensitive Water sign, Cancers could use some protection when it comes to their feelings. You’re strong but gentle, like the subtle aroma of Jasmine.

Jasmine increases the powers of attraction, helping you draw compassionate energies and people into your life. Jasmine also has sensual properties, reviving the spark in an existing romance or working to attract new romantic partners.

Leo

Fiery Leos are known for their passion, but that passion can turn to jealousy or anger if not contained.

Calendula is an excellent soothing herb that also provides protection and enhances dreams. Associated with the Sun, this herb is perfect when combined with your energy, Leo. Calendula represents love and can be used as an incense to purify a space.

Virgo

Virgos are a responsible, independent Earth sign. Like delicate but powerful mint, Virgos are intuitive—and mint works to increase your intuition.

It helps you connect to your internal wisdom and hear the answers to your questions that you’ve subconsciously known all along. Mint strengthens psychic abilities in addition to improving communication between people.

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Libra

The social, balanced Libra loves to be surrounded by beauty, making the rose their ideal herb.

Roses not only look beautiful they smell fantastic, and they attract platonic and romantic love. While roses may have a long-standing association with romance, they can also provide healing within friendships. Roses also provide protection in addition to providing your space with beauty.

Scorpio

Mysterious Scorpios are ruled by Water and concerned with the deeper aspects of life. Your most powerful herb is sage—wise, shamanic, and immortal.

Sage is associated with longevity and it can also alleviate the grief encountered with the loss of a loved one. The deep, mystical nature of sage brings out your desire to connect with the mysteries of Earth.

Sagittarius

Sagittarians are an optimistic Fire sign with long-reaching goals.

Dandelions are happy, bright herbs that represent wishes—perfect for the Sag with the lofty goals. Dandelions are associated with Jupiter, the expansive, benevolent planet that rules Sagittarius. Use dandelions to increase your powers of manifestation and unexpected opportunities.

Capricorn

Earthy Capricorns have the ability to keep their focus on their responsibilities and goals. Comfrey is an herb associated with Saturn, the very same focused planet that rules over Capricorn.

Comfrey is thought to be a powerful guardian of travelers, especially useful for the Capricorn who has to get around to accomplish their goals. Comfrey also brings good luck and protects against evil.

Aquarius

Aquarians are an inventive, social Air sign that’s always exploring learning new things. Rosemary is a great herb to use for fostering new ideas and helping you focus on the work that needs to get done.

It is particularly useful for students or those who are learning a new skill. Carrying a sprig of rosemary can help you concentrate during stressful situations, like an exam.

Pisces

Pisces are the dreamers of the zodiac. Ruled by water, Pisces can get carried away by emotion, making lavender the perfect herb for their toolkit.

Lavender soothes emotions and reduces anxiety, depression and stress. It is also a gentle sleep aid, promoting peaceful dreams. Lavender can remove negative energy from your aura, as well as your home.

The Whole Spice Rack

Just because certain herbs may be more powerful when used in conjunction with your sign is certainly no reason to ignore the rest of the herbs. All herbs are useful and should be explored. If you haven’t worked with herbs previously, start by collecting the best herb for your sign and getting to know it. Once you’re comfortable using it for teas, incense, and other rituals, you’ll probably start itching for more herbal goodness.

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Greetings, Earthlings!

It’s our second week of October and our first full 7-day week of the month. So already we are starting October feeling a little bit behind the magic 8 ball. And, as energy picks up for Fall, the energy feels a little more intense as well. This week we have Venus changing signs and a Full Moon on the calendar. You are feeling a lot of things this week!

That is due to the combined energies of Libra and Scorpio, some of which we will see this week. This week we have the Sun in the Air sign Libra, and are starting the third full week of Fall. When the Sun entered Libra a few weeks ago, the Autumn Equinox arrived. With this season change, our energy turned towards one of leaving lazy summer days to say hello to the more industrious energy of Fall.

Review: Your 2019 Autumn Equinox Horoscopes – Your Transformation Awaits

We also had Mars change signs last week and this will change where you are putting your energy. Be sure that you have our Daily Horoscopes bookmarked and review them daily. With Mars in Libra now, we have a multitude of offers of Fall available to us, we just need to recognize them, and then go out and get them.

On Tuesday, we have the love and money planet Venus entering Scorpio, and this is going to put a Fixed sign spin on things. You will now have the inspiration and intuitive vibes you need to make some gains in both money and love. This will be an intense feelings transit. So under this energy you want to try and weed out the emotions that aren’t working for you, and work with the ones that are.

Need help with that? Use our Free Tarot Reading tool for directions in your day by day. That will also come in handy during our Full Moon in Aries this week, that will arrive in all of its glory on Sunday. The week wraps up in a pretty Full Moon, which means from Thursday onwards, you have some lovely wishing energy to work with.

Make those Full Moon wishes count! What are you wishing for this week? Enjoy every second.

Planetary Locations During October 7–13, 2019:

Sun: Libra (September 23, 2019 – October 23, 2019)

Mercury: Scorpio (October 3 – October 31, 2019)

Venus: Libra (September 14, 2019 – October 8, 2019); Scorpio (October 9 – November 1, 2019)

Mars: Libra (October 4 – November 18, 2019)

Jupiter: Sagittarius (Until December 2, 2019)

Saturn: Capricorn (September 17, 2019 – March 22, 2020)

Uranus: Taurus (March 6 – August 19, 2021); Retrograde: August 19, 2019 – January 10, 2020

Neptune: Pisces (Until January 2026)

Pluto: Capricorn (Until October 12, 2024)

Daily Snapshots for October 7–13, 2019:

Monday, October 7

Sun: Libra – To win, let the Sun shine in on the most peaceful and gracious situation.

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

Tuesday, October 8

Sun: Libra

Moon: Aquarius

Transit:

  • Venus enters Scorpio – This is the love and money planet linking up with the intense Fixed sign of the Water signs, Scorpio. You have a few weeks until the end of October to get your ducks in order when it comes to your intuitive center. And when you follow the good vibrations here, you get good in return. This is an intense feelings transit, and you may be inclined to move away from the feelings, but under this one Venus transit, you are encouraged to follow them. When you do, Venus as the planet of attraction has some wonderful things in store for you.

Check Your Luck: Venus Sextile Jupiter – Love, Luck, & Destiny Roadmap

Wednesday, October 9

Sun: Libra

Moon: Pisces – Signals from your dreams signal opportunities for new beginnings.

Thursday, October 10

Sun: Libra – To win, let the Sun shine in on the most peaceful and gracious situation.

Moon: Pisces – Signals from your dreams signal opportunities for new beginnings.

Friday, October 11

Sun: Libra

Moon: Pisces

Saturday, October 12

Sun: Libra

Moon: Aries – Bring a little spark of passion full circle.

Sunday, October 13

Sun: Libra

Moon: Full Moon in Aries

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October 13 brings the Full Moon Blood Moon in Aries of 2019. Of all the astrology signs, the Fire sign of Aries is the most hotheaded. So, first and foremost, you must keep your cool. That being said, this Moon has some real magic to it and you can expect to be receiving some good news related to wealth and your personal success with the planet of fortune, Jupiter, sextile to the Full Moon.

Don’t let that term throw you. A sextile means it makes a harmonious aspect to the other planet meaning this Full Moon is putting a spotlight on our luck with the charmed and self-assured Aries energy we will be sporting as well. We also aren’t experiencing the running in the sand feeling anymore with Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto now out of retrograde.

This Full Moon, also known as the Hunter’s Moon, is called so because it was a time to hunt the game for the winter. The warrior energy of Aries can help us do that metaphorically in our lives so we too can store our proverbial sustenance and live comfortably through the end of the year.

Go for the Gold

The Full Moon always brings to fruition what we have been actively manifesting (if the Universe deems it to be the right time). When we’ve done the work of visualizing, putting energy into our goals, and trusting that the Universe has our back, we often see more than we expected to show up during the four-day window before and after the actual Full Moon. Whatever projects you initiated on the New Moon on September 28 will likely bear fruit now. You’ll see change happening all around you and emotions running high as the Moon charges us up with energy when fully illuminated.

As we enter this lunar event, you can avoid the blowout fights that many will unwittingly get swept up in and salvage your relationships if you focus on letting the fire burning inside you shine a light on your personal expansion and goals. Aries helps you with independence, making declarations, standing out from the crowd, and leading the charge into uncharted territory. This bold energy can help you finally make a decision to step into the fun and exciting life you dream of.

On this Full Moon, when that door of opportunity opens, strut through it with Aries-inspired style.

Catch the Big Fish

Take a moment on the Full Moon to sit down and get really clear with what you want. This can help you see clearly what is keeping you from moving forward. Grab your journal, put that ‘do not disturb’ sign on your door and silence your smartphone. Relax and center yourself by breathing deeply and slowly. If you turn down the volume on your five senses by closing your eyes, the knob on your inner wisdom will turn up so you can strike gold and get a clear vision of the future that is truly your highest excitement.

This can help you actually seize an opportunity that is right in front of you or spend that money to get the training you really want. Ask yourself what your biggest desire is, ask yourself to clearly see a vision of the most empowered version of you.

When you take this time to get on board with your soul, the ship can set sail. Otherwise, it just putters about in the harbor with no real direction. There are so many reasons to trust that you can change and to really listen to the vision given to you by your intuition.

The creative insights the intuition gives you are divinely inspired, they come from a higher place, and even when you can’t see how it all is going to work, the urge to do it is all we need. Be that bold and beautiful person that is waiting to be seen by the world and let your light shine doing exactly what is in your heart.

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Disengage With Drama

On this Full Moon, imagine you’re wearing a Hazmat suit like they wear in the movies after a potential radiation leak or outbreak. But this suit is going to be your guard against anyone who is looking for a fight. People who don’t deal with their emotions are going to explode with toxic energy today so you must not engage. Let them throw their tantrums without taking it personally or getting into a battle of the egos. Aries energy can make people anxious on a Full Moon, especially if they don’t know it’s happening (which is most of the population!).

When you feel smoke coming out of your ears or you notice your blood boiling on this Blood Moon, take a deep breath, don’t do anything, and wait until you calm down to then think things through. Many couples break up on the Aries Full Moon because they are completely caught off-guard by the energy and they end up letting their emotions run amok. Focus on your goals and your success today instead of on drama or what upsets you about someone else.

Don’t let coworkers, family members, or partners get under your skin today and keep that mental protection gear on so you can make the most of this powerful and potentially life-changing good luck available to you.

Closing Thoughts…

It’s important to not limit your cosmic telescope to only see one planet. Every day we have a chorus of planets singing the emotional and psychological song of group consciousness so we can live our best life when we know all the members of the band and keep up with its changing melodies. It’s not controlling us, it’s offering us different energies we can align ourselves with.

So at this Full Moon, you’re positioning yourself to ignite success and accept the blessings that are bestowed on you, running with ideas that show up, and stepping into your confidence. The other planets are supporting your unreserved self-promotion right now too. The Sun is in outgoing Libra until October 23 and this Full Moon squeezes in before the Mercury retrograde which begins on Halloween so things can actually change and move forward now.

Looking forward to the changes on the horizon, we will go through Scorpio season with that Mercury retrograde soon which can feel a bit emotional but then the energy lifts when the Sun moves into Sagittarius and marks the official beginning of the fun and light-hearted Holiday season.

Knowing when these changes occur helps you prepare and navigate life. Use our Astrology calendar to stay up to speed on these things and continue learning. Keep working on your intuition with our resources and make this journey of life fun with a Free 3-Card Reading. When you see the dance of the Universe, you get to join the party!

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The final round of Mercury madness (AKA Mercury retrograde) for 2019 is knocking at the door, and the retrograde officially kicks off October 31, lasting until November 20. Occurring entirely in Water sign Scorpio, intense emotional energy is the name of the game for this retrograde. This period when Mercury appears to be moving backward can throw you for a loop (and then some!), and you have to be extra careful with managing the energy so you can make it through without a retrograde horror story.

The retrograde begins to impact long before the actual date Mercury turns retrograde though. There is a little phenomenon called Mercury shadow (which has more recently been dubbedretroshade). While Mercury retrograde only lasts for about 3 weeks, Mercury shadow lasts for almost 2 months. The next shadow period begins on October 11 and ends on December 7.

What is Mercury Retrograde Shadow?

Let’s get technical for a sec. Mercury starts and ends its retrograde period at specific points in the zodiac. There are 12 signs in the zodiac, and each sign is made up of 30 degrees to pinpoint exact locations in each sign. Mercury shadow begins BEFORE Mercury retrograde starts when Mercury first comes to the position it will end the retrograde at. Mercury shadow ends AFTER Mercury retrograde ends when Mercury comes again to the position it began the retrograde at.

So, this Mercury retrograde starts at 27 degrees of Scorpio and ends at 11 degrees of Scorpio. Mercury first arrives at 11 degrees of Scorpio October 11 and comes to 27 degrees of Scorpio after the retrograde on December 7.

Will I Feel Mercury Shadow?

Not everyone feels Mercury shadow. This is essentially when the retrograde is first casting its rays, but this isn’t on everyone. There are a few instances where you’ll be impacted by Mercury shadow. Let’s go through them:

1. You have a prominent natal Mercury or strong Gemini or Virgo energy in the natal chart.

When a planet is strong in your birth chart, this makes you sensitive to whatever that planet is doing, so if you have a strong natal Mercury, you can feel any and every Mercury shadow period (sorry!). Mercury is the natural ruling planet for Gemini and Virgo, so if you have many planets (like 3 or more, or the Sun and/or Moon and one or more planets), you can also be extra sensitive to what Mercury is doing.

2. The retrograde occurs in your 1st house, Rising sign, or Sun sign.

The 1st house, Rising sign, and Sun all rule you, so they are very personal positions in your birth chart, and if Mercury retrogrades in your Sun or Rising sign or in the 1st house, this makes the retrograde energy super strong for you, so you can feel it during the entire shadow period. It often feels like a million little things require your attention, and you can be extra stressed out and in need of lots of breaks. Yet it’s also one of the best periods of all for second chances and do-overs!

3. The retrograde makes lots of hard aspects to your natal chart, or starts or ends making hard aspects.

An aspect is when two points are at certain distances to one another, and can be classified as easy (positive) or hard (challenging). The conjunction, square, and opposition are considered hard aspects by Mercury retrograde. If the retrograde will make 3 or more hard aspects to your birth chart, or starts or ends making a hard aspect, this can be felt throughout Mercury shadow. If the retrograde only makes easy aspects (sextiles and trines), then you may actually have a positive period!

For this upcoming retrograde, if you have planets or points in your birth chart at 11 – 27 degrees of these signs, the retrograde makes these aspects:

  • Scorpio – conjunction
  • Taurus – opposition
  • Leo, Aquarius – square
  • Virgo, Capricorn – sextile
  • Cancer, Pisces – trine

If your planet or point in your birth chart is at 9 or 10 degrees of these signs, you’ll feel some impact at the end of the retrograde and at the start of the Mercury shadow period.

How to Manage Mercury Retroshade:

Managing the Mercury shadow period basically falls in line with how to manage Mercury retrograde. It just lasts for a longer period of time! The first step is to get prepared. It always helps with Mercury retrograde to be prepared! Know the dates to look out for (when the shadow period is starting and ending, and when Mercury is making aspects for you) and try to plan your schedule accordingly.

Mercury retrograde can drain energy, so the entire shadow period is excellent for taking time to slow down, reflect, and get in tune with your deeper self (even more true with this retrograde in Scorpio!). Retrogrades in Water signs like Scorpio can be great for strengthening intuition, and paying attention to dreams can be helpful for interpreting messages from the Universe. Keep a dream journal and make use of the Dream Dictionary!

With Scorpio, emotions can run high, and they may run on the darker side. Scorpio is an emotional Water sign and governs that which lurks beneath the surface, so Mercury retrograde in this sign can be pessimistic and gloomy. Try to bring some levity into your life, and make time for enjoyment. Try using a high-vibe crystal like Selenite to help keep you on a positive wavelength.

Mercury is a ruler of communication and technology, so those gadgets you love may be prone to not working properly or breaking down entirely, and miscommunications can run rampant. Think before you speak and listen to others carefully, and if you have to replace a gadget, make sure you understand the return policy and opt for the protection plan!

The re-’s are excellent for retrograde periods: redo, revise, revisit, revamp. Make the most of the shadow period and check out this article on how to use the re-’s during a Scorpio Mercury retrograde to increase wealth!

One Last Note for Mercury Retrograde Natives:

If you were born while Mercury was retrograde, you have Mercury retrograde in your natal chart. What does that mean for you during Mercury retrograde? Since you were born under this energy, it’s the most natural energy to you, so while everyone else is scrambling to try and manage as best as they can, you’re likely the one zipping through like a champ! You may find you can accomplish a lot more while Mercury is retrograde than you normally can, and you can feel this throughout the shadow period.

For everyone else, get prepared, follow the re-’s, and breathe!

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Grab your Tarot cards and your umbrella, we’re in for a wild watery ride this month!

The Full Blood Moon in Aries on October 13th, 2019, may be a challenging time for some. Emotional and watery Moon can be quite uncomfortable and vulnerable in fiery, hot-headed Aries! We may feel more emotional than usual and there is a chance that emotions, both negative and positive, can come to the forefront with striking intensity.

So, if you notice your otherwise mild-mannered friend suddenly exploding with anger about something, don’t be surprised; if you find a usually calm and serene colleague appears to be stressed and anxious, this could be the influence of Aries Full Moon. If you find yourself feeling anxious or irritable for no apparent reason, bear in mind that the Full Moon in Aries may be having an effect on you. The Full Moon in general tends to have a powerful effect on us, so when it is in Aries, we must keep a close eye on our emotions.

But caution aside, there is a wonderful positive here too. Aries is an energetic sign that encompasses the phrase “Just do it!” When combined with the powerfully intuitive Moon, it’s time to harness our talents and make the best of them. Hobbies or interests that may have lain dormant can suddenly experience rebirth with renewed vigor and vitality; an exercise regime that had become dull can spring to life once more; a passion or interest can be delved into with enthusiasm, planning and subsequent bright ideas.

So, we have a choice: we can let the Blood Moon rule us, come what may, or we can channel all this energy into something productive. This is where Tarot cards and a Tarot card reading come in handy!

3-Card Tarot Reading for the Blood Moon in Aries:

Checking your daily Tarot online can certainly help you prepare for this exciting upcoming Full Moon, but a personal Tarot spread can further enhance your insight into the best way to make it work in your interest.

So which reading is best for the Blood Mood in Aries? As this is all about energy and the best way to direct it, the following three-card spread will be very helpful in assisting you with harnessing your powers!

Question: How Can I Direct My Energy During the Full Blood Moon in Aries?

  • Card 1: What should I direct my energy towards?
  • Card 2: How can I direct my energy?
  • Card 3: What is holding me back?

Below is an example spread so you can gain an idea of how this spread can relate to you.

Card 1: Ace of Wands

The Ace of Wands is all about new energy. A new interest, a new hobby, perhaps even a new relationship! This card indicates that the Full Moon energy should be directed towards something new – perhaps things have become old or stagnant lately? It’s time to spice things up! Maybe there is something you have been looking into and intrigued by, but hesitant to get involved with for whatever reason. This card indicates that the energy prevalent at this time can thrive in a new endeavor.

Card 2: 8 of Pentacles

It looks like this is something that will require quite a bit of study and focus. Possibly, it could hint towards reading material such as books and articles. It may require a lot of concentration, so it would be a good idea to set yourself up for this with added aides such as some calming herbal tea and some crystals to help you tap into your inner wisdom.

Card 3: The Moon

The Moon, just like the Moon in the sky, is beautiful, enchanting and mysterious, and this is a meaning it has in Tarot. But the Moon card is in the negative here as it represents a blockage and obstacle; here we experience the dark side of the Moon, which is one of fear and confusion. What appears to be holding you back from jumping into this new endeavor is fear – perhaps fear of stepping outside your comfort zone or fear of the unknown. Remember, the Full Moon is in Aries – this is a time to “just do it!”

Conclusion…

Remember to keep an eye on our Instagram today to check out a live reading using this Tarot spread to see how it works in action!

Every Full Moon is a wonderful time for reflection and manifestation. This upcoming Full Moon in conjunction with Tarot card meanings can open up a portal of opportunity for you. The energy of the ram gives us the zest, vitality and vigor to go forth in our goals and embark on new horizons.

Tarot can do incredible things for us, whether it’s using a daily Tarot spread to see how our day will pan out, or in other areas of life, such as finding our dream partner. Working with the Universal energies at this time of the Full Moon is a great way of harnessing your inner passions, so give it a go and let the Tarot be your guide!

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Have you ever celebrated the Full Moon with a Moon ritual? A Full Moon ritual is an activity that embraces the Full phase of the Moon, and it can include dancing, drum circles, candles, incense, a ritual bath, crystal cleansing, meditation, making music, or even yoga. The sky is the limit when it comes to the Moon.

While Full Moon rituals may currently be growing in popularity, people have long understood what the Moon represents and celebrated its role in our life. The Moon is connected to our intuitive nature, life’s mysteries, the realm of emotions, and the cycles inherent within life.

Moon rituals may be more popular within pagan or metaphysical circles, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t meant for everyone. Anyone can create or practice a Moon ritual, regardless of their religious, spiritual, or philosophical beliefs. Working with the Moon doesn’t require any special skill or affiliation; it only requires an interest in and connection to the lunar cycles that guide our lives.

We can’t help but be affected by the Moon’s cycles: lunar cycles guide the ocean’s tides, the farmer’s crops, and our collective emotions. The Moon is ever-present in not only our lives but our psyche and working with her energies can help us build a better connection to our own spiritual nature.

Your Unique Connection

Think of the Moon almost as a shared, global mother. While we each have a connection to the Moon, your own connection is unique. It is personal, and as such, your Moon rituals should be personalized. One walk through your local New Age shop or a quick Google search will render many, many books and articles highlighting certain Full Moon rituals and traditions. These are an excellent place to start, and they can encourage you to begin building and improving upon your relationship with the Moon.

But within the realm of Moon rituals, finding your own method is key. You want to create a space that speaks to you, that resonates with your spirit. While you may be able to follow someone else’s guide for Moon rituals without issue, you’ll find the process more rewarding if you put your own spin on it.

The Meaning of the Full Moon

The Moon goes through a 28-day cycle wherein it moves from New, when we cannot see the Moon in the sky, to Full, when it is at its biggest and brightest. When the Moon is full, our emotions are heightened, our dreams may be more vivid, and there can be palpable tension in the atmosphere.

Anecdotally, it is thought that people act more erratic or nutty during the Full Moon. In fact, the word lunatic is derived from the Latin word luna, which means Moon. So, if your emotions go a little haywire during a Full Moon, you can give yourself a break and blame a bit of that energy on the spilling Moon.

What’s the Point of a Ritual?

A Moon ritual helps you solidify your relationship with lunar energies, as well as yourself. Moon rituals are a spiritual practice that brings you closer to your center, and they’re totally optional. You don’t necessarily have to do anything differently during a Full Moon, but if you find yourself drawn toward the idea of practicing mystical and spiritual traditions in honor of the lunar cycles, do yourself a favor and explore that desire. After all, if you don’t find that the ritual resonates with your spirit, you never have to do it again.

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Creating Your Own Full Moon Ritual:

The first step is finding out when the next Full Moon will occur. Once you’ve marked it in your calendar, it’s time to plan your ritual.

It’s easy to find myriad variations of hundreds of Moon rituals on the internet and within the magical pages of a spellbook, but the personalization of a Moon ritual is half the fun. You may think you’ll need a bevy of new metaphysical tools, but you don’t—chances are, you have more than what you would need for a spiritual, engaging ritual around your house already.

Some people choose to share their rituals on social media, which can be a fun way to engage with others and let them in on your ritual. While there is nothing inherently wrong with this, try to keep yourself unplugged at least for your first experience with lunar traditional practices. Part of the magic of a Moon ritual is engaging your uninterrupted spirit and soaking in the fragrance of your willpower and intention. While social media can be an easy way to share your life with others, these moments that ask you to embrace your truest center flourish best when you aren’t distracted by the flash of a camera or the buzz of a phone.

You may want to start by looking through existing Moon rituals and picking out the pieces that speak to you most clearly—perhaps you’re drawn to candles over incense, a ritual bath over a drum circle, or you may prefer to burn a scroll of your intentions rather than burying it in the Earth. As you’re reading, ask yourself which portions of a Moon ritual make your heart flutter and write them down. Use your favorite tasks to create your own unique tradition.

Ask yourself what areas of your life need clarification.

The Full Moon is physically and metaphorically bright, shining light on the shadowed aspects of ourselves and our lives. Think about the situations or events you’d like to manifest in your life. Ask yourself who you want to become and how. You may choose to create a journal for your Moon rituals, and you can keep track of your questions and desires this way. This can also be a fun way to track the Moon’s cycles and your own emotions that accompany each phase.

Choose your sacred space.

If the weather is nice, you may choose to perform your ritual under the light of the Moon. Outdoor rituals have the added benefit of being in nature and allowing it to become part of your ritual. However, there are benefits to being indoors, in your own safe and familiar space. The point is, it doesn’t matter where you perform your ritual, as long as you’re comfortable.

Gather your tools.

Grab your favorite crystals, incense, sage, candles, notebooks, pens, or Tarot cards. Whatever tools you have that speak to you will work fabulously. The point of a Moon ritual is opening your own heart to the subconscious energies of the Moon, and only you know which metaphysical tools speak the loudest to you.

Perform your ritual.

Once you’ve decided which ideas you like most—whether you choose to take a ritual Moon bath, dance under the Moonlight, journal your intentions and desires, or burn incense and meditate with crystals—it’s time to perform your ritual. Follow your intuition and go with the lunar flow. And, if you really like the vibe of the ritual you’ve created, write down the steps and tools included in your Moon ritual journal!

Creating your own Moon ritual should be an exhilarating, engaging process. Try not to worry about the “right” or “wrong” way to do it, and instead focus on following your heart, your bliss, and the light of the Moon.

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​It’s time for a little peace on the romantic front, no? As Mars enters Air sign Libra this week, we are given the perfect opportunity to do just that. This is the planet of drive and ambition entering the zodiac sign of peace and harmony. But both of these elements offer us up some energy for our love lives, if we want to give peace a chance.

Mars is one of the love planets, and Libra rules the seventh house in astrology, which is our relationship house. Libra is also the peacemaker of the zodiac, while Mars is the warrior of the planets. So from October 4 to November 19, we have war and peace when we combine warrior Mars with peacekeeping Libra. How is this going to impact your love life? That’s exactly what we are talking about today. So let’s get to it!

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What is Mars in Libra?

The key to success in this transit is to follow your personal ambitions, and take the lead on the big changes in your lives over the next few weeks. Mars is all about your ambition and what drives you, while Venus-ruled Libra is all about the opposite energy to Mars. So this is the literal definition of war meets peace.

But it could be peace meets war as well.

You have big goals in your love life, and Mars in Libra can help you get exactly what you want. The key to getting it without too big a cost to your life is to do so with a peace-filled intention that leads with love. The more you can be the bigger person in every situation, the more you will win in love.

Where Mars sits in your chart under this transit will determine where your head is at when it comes to your goals. So let’s have a look. Use this map and also your Daily Horoscopes to get through Mars in Libra with your relationship intact, or at least loving in the right direction.

Aries – Love Gets Steamy

Mars in Libra is touching your seventh house of true love, Aries, and this is going to bring some fire and steam into relationships. This can be exciting! But you also may be seeing a few too many quarrels under this energy. Keep the energy passion-fueled and leave the temper at home. Then, love wins.

Taurus – It’s the Little Things

With Mars in Libra in your sixth house of details, Taurus, you are going to be paying attention to the details in love. The little things become the big things. You may find yourself a little more critical than usual, of the toilet seat left up, dishes in the sink, and on and on. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to let all these things go. You’ll become the boss or lover from hell if you don’t just roll with the tides now. Blessed are the peacemakers.

Gemini – Fun, Fun, & Fun

You are channeling the energy of Robert Redford and George Clooney, or even Pamela Anderson, Gemini. You’ve got Mars in Libra in your fifth house of pleasures, and love is all about fun times now. It’s time to bring out that inner child and just enjoy the fun things in life and love.

Don’t take it so seriously, and when we say inner child, we do not mean inner toddlers. Have fun, but keep it real, or karma comes calling when Mars moves into intense Fixed sign Scorpio next month.

Cancer – Home is Where the Heart Is

Mars is entering Libra and your fourth house of roots and foundations, Cancer. You‘re going to need to work a little harder to keep love at home, and put the squabbles away for a little while. With so much Cardinal sign energy in play here, there’s a tendency for you to want to be the bossy boss at all times.

That is only going to make everybody uncomfortable, including you, Cancer. So try finding ways to keep the domestic fires stoked and burning in positive and loving ways.

Leo – Flirting Gets You Everywhere

You have Mars in Libra in your third house of communication, Leo, and that means that words are your superpower in love right now. There is a tendency to shoot from the hip too much, and that critical side can come out. You may think you are helping, when you aren’t. It’s always best to keep your intentions and words kind, Leo, even when you aren’t feeling kind.

Channel the sweet soothing energies of Paul Newman and Miley Cyrus who all have Mars in Libra in their charts. You can have the best of all possible words by communicating what you need to communicate and communicating it well. Lead with love. Lots of flirting sends it right back to you.

Virgo – Shake What Your Mama Gave Ya

Mars in Air sign Libra is going to be working your second house of earned income, Virgo. And this is also your house of creative expression and self-confidence. This transit suggests for you that you may find a combination of money and romance over the next few weeks. A glamorous love affair perhaps? Or maybe you are in business with someone smart AND saucy?

Elizabeth Taylor had this transit in her birth chart, and so you know there’s some self-confidence in there somewhere. Time to shake what your Mama gave ya, Virgo! You have so much to win when you do.

Libra – You Are the Captain of Your Destiny

This is a very exciting transit for you, Libra, and you have the opportunities to be the master of your own fate right now. You have warrior Mars energy working your first house of self, and you are the one calling all the shots. Just the way you like it. It’s important to remember that being too bossy is going to work against you. A great way to lead is by letting others lead. Show your passion, and take the initiative. You do have some problems with follow-through.

So focus on only starting what you know you can finish. Have a plan before you launch any destined moments. They are only exciting if you are able to finish them. Treat yourself to something from our Libra collection, and show them who’s the boss.

Scorpio – Your Best Work is Under Covers

There’s a lot of secrecy and downtime for you when it comes to Mars in Libra, Scorpio. This transit is working your twelfth house of endings, and this is also your house of secrecy and karma. You may be doing a little undercover detective work to learn more about your amour. Or, you may be just working undercover more! Single or attached, you are going to enjoy some cycles coming to completion over the next few weeks. At the same time, if you are perplexed about love, then some downtime is good for you now.

Don’t be afraid to be alone right now. Some of your best answers about long-term answers are right there in front of you. You also have the secret advantage of having your twelfth house angel on call for you when you need answers during this time. All you have to do is ask. It’s a good time to have that Free 3-Card Tarot reading to help you get through the day-by-day.

Sagittarius – Come From a Place of Yes

When it comes to your love life, Sagittarius, it’s time for you to get your social on. Come from a place of yes in all social matters. Mars in Libra is working your eleventh house of social circles, and this is also your house of friendships. Social settings work out very well for you in love right now. Lean on your friends. You may see an office romance crop up, or a platonic relationship deepen. But you also may meet someone at any one of those events you are invited to by your friends.

You have the magic sparkle of Taylor Swift right now, who also has this special glow in her chart. Follow that! Tweak that online profile and come from a place of yes in all invitations.

Capricorn – Ask for the Whole Loaf

With Mars in Libra, Capricorn, you have love energy in your tenth house of career destiny and public image. This may mean that you are more focused on work than love right now, but it may mean office romance as well. At the same time, it could simply mean that you are raising your standards in love. And maybe it’s time that you did just that. You may have been settling in love lately, on any number of issues.

Think of Kanye West and Beyonce, who both have Mars in Libra in their love lives. Think they are settling? No. Stop asking for half a loaf. You deserve a whole one. Time to bring out the Bey, bey.

Aquarius – Think Big Picture

When Mars works fellow Air sign Libra, Aquarius, you are going to have your ninth house of foreign affairs activated. This is also your house of big-picture visions, the house that lets your mind wander when you are planning your future. You want some real commitments to come in love now, and you see the bigger picture of it all now. The goal then for you under this transit is to allow your Self to take the lead on these big issues. Have a vision.

Celebrities like Hillary Clinton and Angelina Jolie have this placement in their charts. They win in love because they are able to see the bigger part of things. Travelling is also favored in this transit. Maybe a weekend getaway with a lover is all you need to reboot that vision. But sometimes a solo road trip does exactly the same thing.

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Pisces – Your Transformation Awaits

It’s a new day for you in love, Pisces, and you are so excited by that. You have warrior Mars in Airy Libra and working your eighth house of transformations and rebirth. You are ready for a brand new page, no matter what your relationship status is right now. Whether you want something new with your favorite someone, or just something new, you are ready to take the steps you need to get there.

An important thing to remember with your eighth house is the level of karma that you will find here. Keep your communications and your intentions clear at all times and you are the winner. Channel that sexy Marilyn Monroe that is deep down inside your soul, or your debonair John F. Kennedy. Your new day awaits.

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Whoever said brains can’t be sexy definitely wasn’t talking about the Virgo zodiac sign.

With an excellent work ethic and meticulous attention to detail, Virgos are more action than talk, and they’re happy to let their work speak for itself than to boast or go fishing for compliments. Deeply creative and passionately cerebral, a Virgo woman shines when working with her mind or her hands, and she’s always on the lookout for inspiration or ways to overcome obstacles in work and life.

Because they’re so singularly focused, Virgo women may seem shy, aloof or standoffish, particularly when they’re consumed by a large project or problem that they’re working their way through. But behind the scenes, they could be closing in on a big breakthrough and are just looking for a way to reduce the clutter. Whether it’s in business or the arts, Virgos tend to have many ongoing projects, micromanaging their time and focus down to a “T,” even if their relationships or other aspects of their life are relegated to the back seat.

But if you catch a glimpse of her desk or her calendar, everything has a place. She’s not one to easily forget about an important meeting or appointment, even with dozens of tasks and projects all clamoring for her attention.

Female Virgo Traits:

A natural critic, a Virgo woman is a hyper-analyzer of herself, others, and the world around her. While she can codify her always-critical mind into a plan of action, those in her orbit may feel unneeded or even unwanted by Virgo’s incessant planning and desire to properly complete the work at hand. Especially if she decides to do it all herself.

Indeed, Virgos are highly motivated self-starters that never stop thinking or working. Eschewing imaginative dreams that lack a basis in reality, Virgo women are highly tuned to the future and the here and now. After all, the future can be planned, and what better way to spend the day than working on something creative and fulfilling? But having your feet firmly planted on the ground every step of the way can be tiring. Virgos can easily find themselves in a sour mood if they feel unproductive or if they believe themselves to be falling short of their potential.

But the great thing about Virgos is that they’re master planners and very detail-oriented, which enables them to save the day when our heroic Virgo shows up with plates, utensils, and a bottle opener to your next picnic on the beach. They’ll think of everything—literally—and as long as your Virgo feels supported and loved, they’re happy to take on the responsibility and pick up some of the slack of the more forgetful signs.

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Positive Female Virgo Characteristics:

Commonly seen as analytical and driven, a Virgo woman is first and foremost a perfectionist. They can easily spend hours, days, weeks, or months on details that others would find infuriating, but when she completes her work, it’s hard to find fault in what she’s done. And because she’s always hard at work on her next big project or idea, Virgos rarely spend their time relaxing and will almost never throw in the towel; unless that is, she feels taken advantage of or that her work is unappreciated.

Practical, loving and intelligent, Virgo women are known for the stability and order they bring to their lives and the lives of those around them. And because of their active minds, Virgos can be charming and witty with a level of sophistication that can disarm even the most gregarious signs, particularly with quick, one-lined retorts that no one saw coming. What’s more, their excellent analytical skills and memory allow them to soak up all the important details and arrive at a reasoned, measured decision, no matter how complex the problem.

Negative Virgo Woman Personality Traits:

But for all the attention a Virgo woman gives to the minutia of life, she can easily lose sight of the bigger picture as she obsesses about the exact things that others may see as meaningless. At her worst, this means that Virgos can easily overtax their attention spans and overextend themselves amongst the many things that they set out to do—or even things they didn’t plan on taking on. And while Virgos may excel in fields that require a high level of meticulousness, she can at times find herself paralyzed by choice or perennially lost in the details of something overly complex.

For this reason, Virgo women are often known for being reserved and calculating, which is really more a function of their overactive mind than an inability to engage in small talk or to get to know someone new. Without the right kind of stimulation, however, Virgos quickly become restless, cranky and nervous, and what was once a strong-minded, confident demeanor can quickly devolve into a bitter ball of resentment as their more basic needs go unmet.

Virgo Women in Love:

While Virgo women may initially seem cold and distant, that’s just their protective social armor at work. A Virgo woman doesn’t take matters of the heart lightly, and she’ll agonize over decisions that others may find themselves easily making or falling into. But that’s because once she makes up her mind and gives you her heart, it’s yours forever—not one to engage in one-night stands or casual flings, Virgos are bastions of chivalry in today’s modern dating world of bite-sized, fleeting love.

This makes Virgos ideal for long-distance relationships and taking it slow. After all, a Virgo’s heart follows her mind, and the mind knows no boundaries in our always-on, always-connected world. But if a Virgo woman hasn’t found the partner of her dreams yet, she’s happy to stay independent and self-reliant for long stretches of time. She’s not being obtuse, but she knows what she wants and isn’t willing to settle. A Virgo’s love horoscope can tell her that.

Once she does settle, she’s in it for the long haul. She’ll give her heart, her mind, and her attention, but you’ll still have to contend with her “me” time, which she needs lots of to organize her thoughts, feelings, and emotions, so don’t pry when she wants a moment to herself. But as long as you respect and treat your Virgo woman with dignity and a chivalrousness that she expects, she’ll open her heart to you and do everything in her power to show you what you mean to this complicated and bewitching zodiac sign.

For more about Virgo women and the Virgo zodiac sign, including today’s Virgo horoscope and the Virgo love horoscope, keep it right here on Astrology Answers.

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