Day: January 24, 2020


Chinese Astrology is a fascinating branch of astrology that has been around since ancient times and focuses on twelve different animals, each of which corresponds to a person’s year of birth. In Chinese Astrology, it is believed that you will take on the qualities of that animal and this will represent the core of who you are. So if you were born in the Year of the Dragon, your innermost self is someone who is powerful, driven and determined to succeed; if born in the Year of the Tiger, you will likely be brave, sensitive and drawn to humanitarian causes; if born in the Year of the Snake, you are wise and philosophical, keeping your innermost thoughts close to your chest.

Most people are aware of what Chinese Astrology is to some degree, but what most people don’t know is that, just like in Western Astrology, Chinese Astrology also has Rising Signs. In Western Astrology, the sign that was rising at the time of your birth is your Rising Sign, or the Ascendant, and it is no different with Chinese Astrology.

The Chinese Zodiac & Rising Signs

In the Lunar Calendar, the day begins at 11pm. The twenty-four hours are divided into two hours each and each of these two hours is ruled by one of the animal signs.

Just as with Western Astrology, the Chinese Zodiac Rising Sign strongly shapes the personality and heavily influences how you are seen by others and how you go about your daily life.

The Rabbit, for example, is a thoroughly non-aggressive and peaceful individual. But if you have a Rabbit that was born in the Hours of the Tiger, this person may come across as fiery and even aggressive, especially when provoked.

Similarly, Horse people are typically free-spirited and colourful individuals who are here one minute and gone the next; but if you have a Horse that was born in the Hours of the Rat, this Horse may come across as uncharacteristically rigid and possessing extraordinary amounts of self-discipline.

Below is a list of the twelve Chinese Zodiac animal signs and the hours they rule:

  • Rat: 11pm to 1am
  • Ox: 1am to 3am
  • Tiger: 3am to 5am
  • Rabbit: 5am to 7am
  • Dragon: 7am to 9am
  • Snake: 9am to 11am
  • Horse: 11am to 1pm
  • Goat: 1pm to 3pm
  • Monkey: 3pm to 5pm
  • Rooster: 5pm to 7pm
  • Dog: 7pm to 9pm
  • Pig: 9pm to 11pm

Your Ascendant Sign can give you just as much insight into yourself as your Year of Birth zodiac sign. Once you’ve discovered your own Rising Sign, read on to find out what each one means for you!

Rat Rising

If your Chinese Ascendant is the Rat, you will come across as intelligent and quick-witted to others. There is a methodical approach in all you do and you will think carefully – look before you leap is one of your slogans. You will come across as a realist and are not afraid of hard work in order to achieve your goals.

Ox Rising

If your Chinese Ascendant is the Ox, others will see you reliable, slow and steady. You may have quite a strong-looking and powerful physique. There is an air about you that gives the impression that you can get anything done and will stick to the task at hand, no matter how long it takes you to achieve it.

Tiger Rising

If your Rising Sign is the Tiger, you will come across as bold and confident, regardless of whether you are introverted, extroverted or somewhere in-between. Others may see you as quite emotional and ready to take on whatever challenge comes your way. You may have a funky sort of dress sense or you have your own unique, individual look.

Rabbit Rising

If your Rising Sign is the Rabbit, you will come across as a gentle, introverted soul. You may be soft-spoken and have impeccable dress sense. Others will be instantly charmed by your hosting abilities and will enjoy the discussions you have to offer. You may give off a homely or welcoming vibe.

Dragon Rising

If your Rising Sign is the Dragon, you will exude an aura of authority. Others may be wary of you or deeply admiring – it is often one of the two. Your conversation may mostly revolve around yourself, but people listening don’t mind – they consider you to be a fascinating individual!

Snake Rising

If your Rising Sign is the Snake, you may come across as quiet and thoughtful. You may also be particularly blessed in the looks department. Others will admire you for your wise, philosophical discussion. When someone has hurt you, you may not show your emotions immediately. Instead, you may silently seethe; you are not the type to forget a slight easily.

Horse Rising

If your Rising Sign is the Horse, you may appear to others as constantly being on the move. Others may see you as a bit of a mystery; there is a powerful individuality about you and other people can’t help but what to know more. While you come across as intriguing to people, you can also be a very private individual and require your alone time. You are fiercely independent.

Goat Rising

If your Rising Sign is the Goat, you may come across as dreamy and romantic. You may give off an aura of being a sympathetic ear and shoulder to cry on. Others will think you are a creative type and you will often approach things in a metaphorical fashion, preferring to look at the big picture as opposed to the minor details.

Monkey Rising

If your Rising sign is the Monkey, then you will seem sociable and witty to others. You may be acutely aware of how you present yourself in public and you are very good at becoming a chameleon, able to shift your personality and appearance in accordance with your surroundings. You are a quick-thinker with an idea for everything.

Rooster Rising

If your Rising Sign is a Rooster, others will see you as honest, opinionated and confident. You may come across as being over-critical of others, even if you don’t mean to be. You may be quite a colourful dresser and rarely do you mince your words. Others may admire you for your energy and drive.

Dog Rising

If your Rising Sign is the Dog, then others will admire you for being a loyal and dependable friend. You may have a ‘warrior’ look about you and you may also have penetrating eyes. You will often come across as an intuitive character and people trust you as they know you are genuine and honest in your intentions.

Pig Rising

If your Rising Sign is the Pig, others will see you as a cheerful and jolly individual. You put people at ease because you come across as open and honest. You may have a liking for restaurants and one thing you enjoy is having your favourite meal with your friends and loved ones. Others appreciate you for always being there for them and going out of your way to make sure they are OK.

Which Chinese Zodiac Animal Are You, Really? Take the quiz to find out!

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It’s not Tarot, it’s not oracle, but it is a deeply intuition-based, “fortune-telling,” and age-old system — Lenormand!

If you love Tarot, chances are you’ll love Lenormand cards — but, unfortunately, it’s possible you’ve never heard of them before. Both are age-old systems used to read futures, present situations, and delve right into the heart of any circumstance, yet one seems to be significantly more well-known than the other, making Lenormand a fairly underrated system of card reading.

If you’re interested in learning cards, but haven’t quite yet taken the plunge or perhaps still have a thirst for even another deck or two, it may be time to learn about Lenormand to consider all your options.

Let’s discuss the similarities and differences between Tarot and Lenormand, and see which system, or both, might be better suited for you.

How are Tarot & Lenormand Similar?

Although Tarot has more age than Lenormand, both have been around for at least over a century, and are widely used by many cartomancers throughout the globe.

Both systems have some form of structure, and you are likely going to want to familiarize yourself with each card meaning before jumping right into slinging cards. If you enjoyed learning Tarot and cracking down to study each card, you’ll also enjoy a similar experience with Lenormand.

Like Tarot, Lenormand also has many spreads associated with the card system that can be used to lay some organization and structure into your reading, like 5-7 card spreads, or a technique called the “Grand Tableau” — which uses all 36 of its cards!

How are Tarot & Lenormand Different?

Despite the initial similarities, as well as the fact that both systems are often used by many card readers, there are arguably more differences between the deck systems than there are similarities.

Unlike oracle decks, Lenormand and Tarot both tend to abide by a particular system, order, and structure, but they do differ in what structures are used and for what purpose.

A traditional Tarot deck will often boast 78 cards, while a traditional Lenormand deck will tend to have 36 cards. In a Tarot deck, cards are split between the Major and Minor Arcana as well as four different suits, whilst a Lenormand deck does not split its symbols into separate categories or suits and presents each of its 36 cards and symbols as solo entities. And, as mentioned before, Tarot and Lenormand thus also often differ in how they are used by card practitioners.

Tarot Cards or Lenormand Cards: Which is Ideal for You?

While this is ultimately a matter of preference, and neither system is truly mutually exclusive, it can be ideal to understand what kind of system is often used for what purpose.

A Tarot deck tends to address the “how” or “why” in a situation — Why did an event happen the way that it did? How should you plan your next course of action? For example, the card 9 of Swords will depict internal battles, nightmares, and anxieties, which often can address a more emotional or spiritual aspect of a situation.

A Lenormand deck, more focused on everyday occurrences and events, will tend to address the “what” or “where” — What can you expect to see coming up for you soon? Where might you end up in a month or so? Cards like the Dog can point out someone like a friend, or a card like the Birds signifying gossip or chatter. Lenormand tends to display situations events as they are, rather than delve into why they are happening like Tarot. So, where Lenormand would read this situation simply as friends gossiping, Tarot might explain why your friends are gossiping, and point to a more internal struggle that they’re dealing with.

With that in mind, when deciding whether or not Lenormand or Tarot is for you, you might want to consider the following questions:

1. Are you interested in seeing future and present events in detail, or would you prefer to view things generally and through larger themes, emotions, and ideas?

If you’re interested in the former, Lenormand may be more for you!

2. When faced with a dilemma, would you prefer to be eased into some guidance, or shown the outcome of your choices directly?

If you’re interested in the former, Tarot may be the best option for you in this scenario!

    Keep in Mind…

    As mentioned earlier, Tarot and Lenormand aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive — feel free to pick up both systems if your heart so desires! But keep in mind the ways in which they differ when making any deck purchase decisions, especially so that you know what you’re getting yourself into when you pick up that deck of cards for the first time!

    If you find yourself leaning towards Tarot so far, check out a free Tarot reading here if you want to try your hand at a small reading online first, or perhaps even check out a deck of cards if you’re already feeling like you’d like to take the plunge!

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    Greetings, Earthlings,

    Happy Birthday, Aquarius! All Air signs will see a little boost this week, and all zodiac signs are going to be seeing some fresh energy breathing into their lives. That is due to the Fixed sign of the Air signs getting some love, and that energy picks up this week. We are now in a period of enlightenment, as we get closer to the dawn of the Aquarius era this year.

    This week the Sun will enter Aquarius for the Aquarius solar return, and that is going to light up your life in a number of ways. This begins on Monday, and will last for a few weeks. During that time frame, other planets will join the Sun in Aquarius and give other areas of your life that little breath of fresh air to enjoy some enlightening free thinking. So that starts this Monday.

    If you are unsure how to navigate this section of 2020 under Air sign energy, use playing cards in a similar way to Tarot cards to navigate any part of your life, any time of day, any day of the week.

    Check this out: You Can Tell Your Future With Playing Cards

    And when you aren’t doing that, you can tune into our Daily Horoscopes or Daily Numerology reading to get a read on your forecast for the day.

    Overall, it is a nice and quiet week to report, folks. Do enjoy!


    Planetary Locations During January 20-26, 2020:

    Sun: Capricorn (December 22, 2019 – January 20, 2020); Aquarius (January 20, 2019 – February 18, 2020)

    Mercury: Aquarius (January 16, 2020 – February 3, 2020)

    Venus: Pisces (January 13, 2020 – February 7, 2020)

    Mars: Sagittarius (January 3, 2020 – February 16, 2020)

    Jupiter: Capricorn (December 2, 2019 – December 19, 2020)

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

    Uranus: Taurus (January 10, 2020 – August 14, 2020)

    Neptune: Pisces (Until January 2026)

    Pluto: Capricorn (Until October 12, 2024)

    Daily Snapshots for January 20-26, 2020:

    Monday, January 20

    Sun: Capricorn – The Sun is shining on the opportunities where you need to lead to create abundance.

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

    Tuesday, January 21

    Sun: Capricorn

    Moon: Sagittarius

    Wednesday, January 22

    Sun: Capricorn

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

    Thursday, January 23

    Sun: Capricorn

    Moon: Capricorn

    Review: The Year of the Rat: Pros & Cons

    Friday, January 24

    Sun: Capricorn

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

    Saturday, January 25

    Sun: Capricorn

    Moon: Aquarius

    Sunday, January 26

    Sun: Capricorn

    Moon: Pisces —Seeking opportunities that are based in love is favored.

    What’s up in the stars today? Check your free Daily Horoscope – here on Astrology Answers!

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    The Chinese Zodiac is made up of 12 animals, each of which corresponds to a certain year. In Chinese Astrology, it is believed that you have the same characteristics and personality as the animal that rules the year you were born in. So if you were born in the Year of the Snake, you are believed to share Snake qualities, such as wisdom, patience, and attractiveness.

    What are the Chinese Zodiac Trines?

    Within these 12 animals are four ‘trines’. Each trine consists of three animals each. The three animals are typically known as ‘friends’ in the zodiac, as they share common characteristics and belief systems.

    In this article, we’ll be looking at the third trine, which consists of the Tiger, Horse, and Dog, and examining how it correlates with the ancient art of palmistry.

    This ancient practice has roots in both India and Ancient China. In Ancient China, it was very popular. There are three major lines to read on the palm in palmistry and these are the Life line, Head line, and the Heart line. Reading these lines can give someone an idea of which direction their life is going in, as well as greater insight into their own unique character.

    The third trine in the Chinese Zodiac is known as the Humanitarian Trine. The Tiger, Horse, and Dog are a group of loyal, courageous and sensitive animals that believe in protecting the underdog and making change for the better in the world. They are often gifted with great energy and drive. These animals are ruled more by their feelings (as opposed to the animals of the second trine – the Ox, Snake, and Rooster – who are ruled mainly by their head). While they are brave, empathetic and warm-hearted, they can also be reckless, struggle with anxieties and have frequent mood swings.

    So what kind of palms do these individuals typically have? Read on to find out!

    Chinese Zodiac Palmistry for the 3rd Trine: Tiger, Horse, Dog


    Tigers often have hands that are shaped like ‘paws,’ so regardless of whether they themselves are petite or bulky, their hands will likely be quite sturdy and square-shaped. Their hands are usually strong and they often have a powerful Life line, which indicates a desire to take care of the world at large and those around them. They will often have long index fingers, which is also a sign of power and sometimes aggression. But because their domineering element is Wood, this brings them a strong emotional nature and creativity. It also indicates stubbornness and independence, which are two common features of the third trine.


    The hand of the Horse often has a long palm with a strong Heart line. This indicates emotional and charming people who are easily swept away by their feelings, throwing all caution to the wind. It indicates an adventurous streak. Horses governing element is Fire, and Fire Hands are people with plenty of emotional energy who are dedicated to their passions. Fire burns bright in the Horse for all to see (unlike the Snake individual, who is also governed by Fire but keeps it well-hidden); their Life lines can appear scattered, which is indicative of an unpredictable nature and lifestyle.


    Dogs tend to have strong Head lines and this individual will have a greater hold over their rational mind than the Tiger and Horse. Dogs are loyal and steadfast individuals and they often have thick palms and large wrists. The Dog’s governing element is Earth, which bestows them with a practical and down to earth nature; the earth element gives them self-sacrificing qualities and an ability to see things through to the end. The Life line will often be strong, which indicates good health and a cautious attitude that enables them to prepare for any eventuality. While the Head line is strong, they need to be careful of letting worry consume them.

    Concluding Thoughts…

    Palmistry and the Chinese Zodiac is a fascinating subject and can help us understand ourselves and others better. When we combine the two, we are able to take a look at the wealth of depth both of these subjects possess and bring them together as one. Of course, no two people are the same and everyone is on their own unique and individual journey. But your own personal trine can give you insight into the shared characteristics you have with others, even if they manifest in different ways. There may be questions you have about yourself, your life and the world around you, and palmistry and Chinese Astrology may be able to help you find these answers.

    Tune in next time for the final article exploring the Chinese Zodiac and palmistry – the fourth trine! And, don’t forget to check out our articles on palmistry for the first and second trines:

    • Chinese Zodiac Palmistry for the 1st Trine
    • Chinese Zodiac Palmistry for the 2nd Trine

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    Astrology is so unique and magical as a practice because it connects to many aspects of our lives, including our physical health and the health of our chakras.

    The sign of Aquarius, like each zodiac sign, is connected to one of the major seven chakras, which means that there is a specific chakra that might require more attention for Aquarians than those with different Sun signs. This guide will teach you everything you need to know about your astrologically charged chakra, including methods for balancing and clearing it.

    The Third Eye: The Aquarian Chakra

    Ajna, also known as the Third Eye chakra, is connected to the sign of Aquarius through the Titan, Prometheus. Some legends claim that Prometheus took fire from the gods and granted it to humans, connecting to the insightful and visionary personality of the Aquarius. The same rebellion held by Prometheus is shared in the spirit of the revolutionary Aquarius.

    Prometheus is associated with Uranus, the futuristic planet that rules over Aquarius. Uranus represents spontaneity, eccentricity, and spiritual awakening. Uranus calls on us to transform through the surprises that it sends our way – and Uranus is often the beacon of unexpected news or events. It is no wonder that Aquarians are often at the forefront of change and humanitarian efforts.

    The Third Eye chakra, which connects to Aquarian energy, is similarly transformative. This chakra is concerned with our connection to that which is outside of ourselves. The Third Eye represents enlightenment, transformation, and spirituality. It asks us to consider the Universe beyond us and find a way to move beyond physical limitations or stuck patterns and flow towards enlightenment.

    When the Third Eye chakra is blocked, the Aquarius has a difficult time thinking clearly, focusing, feeling spiritually connected, moving towards transformation. While it’s important to maintain balanced chakras, it’s crucial that an Aquarian focuses extra energy on the Third Eye chakra – specifically when they find themselves stuck in a rut or feeling uninspired.

    Other symptoms of a blocked Third Eye chakra include:

    • Inability to focus
    • Overanalyzing
    • Obsessive thoughts or behavior
    • Paranoia
    • Self-righteousness
    • Delusions
    • Lack of self-discipline
    • Nightmares

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    Balancing the Third Eye Chakra

    There are fortunately many ways to unblock and balance this chakra, which will lead to an increase in the flow of intellectual thoughts and innovative ideas.


    Meditation is an excellent way to balance any chakra; by focusing your energy on a specific chakra, you are allowing the flow of open, positive energy in its sphere. The best place to practice a Third Eye meditation is under natural lighting in the outdoors; however, this step is not necessary. You can meditate in any space wherein you feel comfortable.

    Find a comfortable, seated position and begin by closing your eyes. It is often helpful to lick the tip of your finger or dip it in water and press your finger directly onto your Third Eye. The moisture and cool air will help you focus on this location.

    Focus on your breathing, and imagine a golden light flowing to your Third Eye with every breath you take in. When you release your breath, imagine all negative energy flowing out of your being. You may choose to incorporate crystals into your meditation, which can amplify the healing energy.


    Working with crystals is a wonderful way to address many emotional, physical, and mental ailments. Most crystals are inexpensive, easy to find, and very beneficial.

    The crystals associated with the Third Eye chakra include:

    • Labradorite
    • Moonstone
    • Amethyst
    • Sodalite
    • Lapis Lazuli
    • Clear Quartz
    • Shungite
    • Fluorite

    As you can see, there are many crystals to choose from – some of which you may already have at your disposal. You can try carrying these stones throughout the day, incorporating them into your meditation practices, creating crystal elixirs, or simply holding a stone to your Third Eye chakra and breathing deeply.

    Third Eye Chakra Foods

    In addition to crystals, there are certain types of food that are associated with this chakra, and eating them will help provide balanced, open energy to the Third Eye.

    These foods include:

    • Curly kale
    • Grapes
    • Blueberries
    • Blackberries
    • Eggplant
    • Sweet potatoes
    • Salmon
    • Seaweed
    • Spinach

    Try including these foods into your diet anytime you feel that your Third Eye chakra is blocked or overactive.

    Additionally, there are many herbs associated with this chakra.Working with or consuming dill, rosemary, thyme, mugwort, mint, juniper, valerian, or poppy seeds can help restore and heal the Third Eye chakra.

    Maintaining Third Eye Balance

    Once you have opened the Third Eye chakra, it is important to work to maintain the balance you’ve created. Simply incorporate one or more of the practices listed above into your weekly routine to keep your Third Eye chakra balanced and healthy.

    When this chakra is open and functioning properly, your inventive, Aquarius energy will be amplified and harmonious.

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    With the Sun and New Moon both in Aquarius this coming January 24th, we have a double whammy of Aquarius energy which will undoubtedly be felt by all on some level or another. If Aquarius is a dominating sign in your chart or if you are a Tiger in the Chinese Zodiac (Aquarius is the Tiger’s corresponding Western sign) then you may feel it even more potently.

    Firstly, what does Sun in Aquarius mean?

    Aquarius is the sign of innovation and originality. It’s also about freeing ourselves from restriction. Freedom is a big theme with Aquarius and one thing we can be sure of is that, during this transit, our hunger for new experiences and knowledge shall be at its peak. So we may find ourselves feeling more adventurous, open to trying new things and also experience life on a transformational level as we attempt to break free of the bondage holding us back.

    As for the New Moon in Aquarius, this type of New Moon has a powerful desire for emotional freedom. The Moon is linked to our emotions and subconscious and Aquarius brings a greater ability to connect with what is holding us back on an emotional level. We might find emotions rising to the surface which had previously been buried. New Moon in Aquarius also brings the benefit of freeing oneself of restrictive emotions while being in a group, which is why spending time with others in order to understand yourself better is recommended at this time.

    So what kind of Tarot reading can we do with the Sun and New Moon both in Aquarius? New Moons are also powerful times for manifestation, so this is a period of action as well as analysis. Emotional release is hot on the agenda and so is breaking free from restrictions. Ideally, this is what we’d like to focus on with our Tarot reading.

    Below is a reading designed to help you during this transit. This is a Tarot reading that centres around emotions, so bear in mind that each card will be interpreted on an emotional level, regardless of the suit it is in.

    The Sun & New Moon in Aquarius 5-Card Tarot Spread

    Question: What emotional issues do I need to deal with at this time?

    • Card 1: A situation that is holding me back
    • Card 2: The emotions I am struggling with
    • Card 3: What I need to nurture
    • Card 4: How I can improve my situation
    • Card 5: What will happen once I deal with what’s holding me back

    Below is an example reading of the spread:

    Card 1: The Emperor

    The Emperor as a situation that is holding me back can indicate two things. Either there is a person in my life who has ‘Emperor’ qualities or I myself am being the Emperor – in the negative, the Emperor is overly-proud and controlling. If I am being too controlling or rigid, or if someone is being too controlling over me, then this card indicates I am being stunted emotionally somehow which is resulting in restriction.

    Card 2: The Moon

    This is a powerful card in the ‘emotions I am struggling with’ section. The Moon is a card of hidden subconsciousness and feelings. It also represents confusion and not knowing which way to turn. It would see that because of this particular aspect of control in my life, it has left me feeling lost and confused.

    Card 3: Knight of Wands

    The Knight of Wands is a card of great energy and drive – what’s more, the Knight of Wands is someone who never lets restrictions hold him back. In the ‘What I need to nurture’ position, it can indicate that, in order for me to deal with the feelings of confusion demonstrated by The Moon, I should nurture my own inner passions. The control aspect may even be zapping me of my passions and energy and it may be time to reconnect with the passionate side of my nature. If the control is coming from an external force, then nurturing my own passions can help me break free of that. If the control is internal, then my passions may be able to loosen the chains I have bound to myself. This card speaks strongly of pursuing creative pursuits, which is an excellent outlet for passion.

    Card 4: The World

    This is another card from the Major Arcana and I would interpret this simply as travel! The World is about expansion and fulfilment. I may need a holiday or to get away for a few days in order to improve my situation. A change of scenery may be necessary so I can break the stagnation that I am currently in.

    Card 5: Queen of Wands

    This is the outcome card and it is a positive one in this position. The Queen of Wands shows that if I choose to address this issue of control which is holding me back, that if I take the advice of the World and nurture my inner Knight of Wands, then the Queen of Wands awaits. The Queen of Wands indicates someone who is self-confident, bold and adventurous. This is someone who does not allow restrictions to hold her back, yet she knows when to place restrictions on her for her own benefit and in a healthy way.


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

    The Sun and New Moon in Aquarius provide us with the opportunities to break free from restrictive situations or emotions that are hindering us in our overall well-being and development. Use this Tarot card spread to help you gain greater insight into yourself. Enjoy the benefits that this Aquarius energy brings and enjoy the freedom that comes with being yourself!

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    Crystal healing is a practice that can help anyone heal physical, emotional, or mental ailments, attract abundance, and dispel negativity; and today, the spotlight is on the metaphysical, healing powers of beautiful topaz.

    A silicate mineral, topaz comes in just about every color of the rainbow, and its properties are nothing to ignore. If you haven’t yet encountered the power of topaz, or simply want to know more about this gorgeous crystal, this is the ultimate topaz guide for you.

    The History of Topaz

    Authorities seem to concur that the name topaz is most likely derived from Topazios, the Greek island off of the red sea, now referred to as Zabargard. The name may also stem from the Greek word tapas, which means ‘fire.’ It is also possible that topaz gets its name from the Greek topazos, meaning ‘to seek.’

    Ancient Greeks believed that they derived strength and courage from topaz, and topaz was thought to break spells and reduce anger during the Renaissance era.

    A 1,680 carat topaz was discovered in Brazil in 1740, containing so much clarity that it was believed to be the largest diamond to have ever been discovered. Topaz is so brilliant that it is not easily distinguishable from diamonds to the naked eye.

    Ancient Egyptians respected and used topaz for its healing powers, and believed that the rays of the sun god, Ra, created yellow topaz and infused it with his light. Topaz actually gets its varying colors from different minerals contained within its structure.

    It’s easy to see why topaz is still so highly regarded within crystal healing circles today.

    Healing Properties of Topaz

    Topaz is associated with the Sacral and Solar Plexus chakras, meaning that working with topaz will help unblock and balance these chakras. If these chakras feel misaligned, try picking up a piece of topaz and holding it in your left hand, focusing on sending positive energy to these areas.

    Connected to the element of Air, topaz is correlated with our mental faculties and can assist in mental stimulation and focus. It can provide the mental energy necessary to carry out draining or complicated tasks.

    All varieties of topaz are excellent for smoothing communication, helping you find your voice, and promoting honesty. Topaz allows us to let go of grudges and practice forgiveness, learning to see the best in everyone. Topaz also helps us become more honest with ourselves, allowing us to recognize habits and patterns that are no longer serving us.

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    Blue Topaz

    Blue topaz is perhaps one of the most popular variations of topaz, and it has a peaceful energy.

    Blue topaz is useful for soothing frazzled nerves, as it promotes a sense of calm and peace. It can reduce feelings of anxiety, as this type of topaz is great for healing emotional wounds and lessening sensitivity to others’ opinions.

    This variety of topaz is very inspirational and is a great stone for artists of all kinds. Writers, poets, musicians, and painters benefit from the creativity that blue topaz encourages.

    Imperial Topaz

    Imperial topaz comes in warm shades, from soft pinks to deep, burnt oranges.

    Imperial topaz is often recommended for use by people with Alzheimer’s or dementia. It has been known to help those departing their mortal body transition easily to the next realm, making it an excellent stone for the elderly to work with.

    This variety of topaz increases confidence, courage, and self-acceptance. It helps you recognize, accept, and embrace who you are at the core. It helps with the transitions and changes of life, easing us from one stage of life to the next and helping us keep the faith in ourselves.

    Imperial topaz also assists in setting boundaries and recognizing your self-worth, making it a great stone for those who may be involved in a toxic relationship or friendship. It can help you let go of relationships that aren’t good for you.

    White Topaz

    White topaz is the variety that resembles a diamond, and its lack of color renders its energy rather neutral, which can be a great thing if neutrality is what you need. It works to amplify the energy of crystals around it, so be careful about the crystals you place near white topaz.

    Physically, this crystal increases effective communication by soothing the Throat chakra.

    If you struggle with speaking your truth, white topaz can help eradicate the fear or anxiety preventing you from speaking up. Like other varieties, it increases self-esteem and helps you live honestly and according to your own boundaries and desires.

    Utilizing the Power of Topaz

    Regardless of which variety of topaz you find yourself drawn to, it will no doubt help you with physical and emotional healing. Use this stone when you need a boost of courage and a gentle reminder to stick up for yourself and speak your truth.

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    Hello Earthlings! Today’s New Moon is in Aquarius, zodiac sign of the future, change, and independence. It’s a fitting New Moon as we’re in a new year, so it’s the perfect time to work some manifestation magic. New Moons are times of beginnings, high energy, and enthusiasm, and Aquarius is a sign that naturally ties to manifestation.

    What does a New Moon in Aquarius mean?

    A New Moon occurs when the Sun and Moon come together at the same position in the same sign. New Moons correspond to new beginnings and have lots of energy and excitement to help you take initiative, pursue opportunities, and make great things happen.

    Aquarius is an Air sign, so it’s a sign of the mind (and very mind over matter), and it’s a Fixed sign, so it’s not so scattered and can stick to whatever it’s interested in. Aquarius is one of the experts in astrology and knows how to make the most of its brainpower.

    When there’s a New Moon in Aquarius, this gives you the opportunity to be independent, innovative, and true to your individuality. You can focus on the changes you want to make, and you can go about them in your own way. You can feel inspired by the possibilities of your future, and want to create the best future that you can. Enter manifestation!

    Law of Attraction & Astrology

    Aquarius is one of the signs that naturally connects to manifesting. It rules your hopes and dreams for the future. As you’re feeling hopeful and dreaming about what you want your future to be like, you can use manifestation to push it along and make it happen in reality.

    Manifestation is a way for you to use your mind to create the reality you want. It’s mind over matter – just like Aquarius! So of course, it’s a perfect fit. The more you can visualize something, the more you believe in it, the more you focus intently and with purpose, the better your chances of manifesting your goals and dreams.

    Using astrology to go along with manifestation just helps you to make things happen quicker and more easily. When you know what the planets are doing at any given time, you know the conditions you have to work with (or that are working against you).

    New Moons are generally great times for practicing manifestation because of their connection to new beginnings. They’re fresh and ready for action. Positions in Aquarius are primed for hope, change, and the future. Put them together, and some of the best manifesting energy of the year comes when the New Moon in Aquarius occurs.

    3 Easy Ways to Manifest With the New Moon in Aquarius 2020

    There are lots of different manifestation techniques you can use out there, but I’ll outline 3 of the easiest and simplest that you can use right away if you’re new to manifesting or don’t want to do anything too complex:

    1. Write it out.

    Writing down what it is that you want to manifest is the most basic form of manifesting you can use. Writing it out keeps you focused on what it is you want, which helps in manifesting. Read what you’ve written daily to keep bringing you back to it.

    A few tips:

    1. Write about it as if it has already happened;
    2. Express gratitude for it happening (gratitude gives a big boost to manifestation, so write, I’m so grateful for whatever it is you’re trying to manifest); and,
    3. Be detailed (otherwise, you may end up manifesting in a way that you’re not very happy about!).

    2. Make a vision board.

    You have probably heard of vision boards before, and it might seem a little silly, but it can be powerful. Create a collage of pictures, images, and words that represent what you want to manifest (you can cut them out of magazines, or create a collage on your computer and print it out). Once done, keep your vision board somewhere you’ll see it regularly.

    One of the great things about vision boards is you can use them to successfully manifest more than one thing at a time (which can sometimes be a challenge with other forms of manifesting), so if you have, say, more than 2 specific things to manifest, a vision board is probably going to be the way to go.

    3. Use mirrors.

    There’s something called the mirror technique, and it’s considered an advanced technique because it’s so powerful, but it’s actually really simple to do. Basically all you have to do is stand in front of a mirror (it’s said you should be able to see your full torso; I haven’t tried using only my face so I can’t say if that’s true, but the full torso is what I’ve used), and you talk to yourself about what it is you want to manifest.

    Talk to yourself as positively, optimistically, and pleasantly as possible (nothing negative!), and again, as if it’s already happening. This is something that a lot of successful athletes use (though I don’t think they realize it’s manifestation).

    Mirrors are great for manifesting because they double energy. Whatever you say in front of a mirror is doubled, which helps make what you want happen. And with barely any extra effort!

    • Bonus tip #1: It can help to do a little cleansing before you start your manifestation ritual. Eliminating some of the energetic sludge makes room for positive energy for manifesting. It can be as simple as visualizing white energy flowing in and out of your body, taking some of the sludge with it, or doing a little meditating. This article on New Moon cleansing rituals for the signs may be helpful!
    • Bonus tip #2: Using aids can be really helpful with manifesting, and they don’t need to be complicated. Do a little space clearing (essentially, clean and tidy up) for some good feng shui, burn some candles or incense (make sure it’s a smell you love), or use some crystals.
    • Bonus tip #3: Affirmations! An affirmation is basically just a sentence or two that is incredibly positive and directly tied to whatever you want to manifest. It’s essentially positive reinforcement for your manifestation goal and keeps you and your energy positively focused.


    The Aquarius New Moon is your time to manifest your dreams. The power is in your hands, so don’t let it go to waste. Make it happen!

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