Day: October 23, 2020
The holidays are exciting and busy times for most people, but even the happiest of times can come with stress.
We all know the feeling. Will something go wrong during dinner? Did I buy presents for everyone on my list? Did I buy the right decorations? Did I even remember to buy decorations at all?
The list of questions, and the worries, seem truly endless during this time of year. It’s important to engage in a little bit of self-care so that you can tackle these stressors with confidence and ease!
Here’s exactly how to tackle your holiday stress, based on your zodiac sign.
How to Defeat Holiday Stress, Based on Your Zodiac Sign
A certain amount of stress can be good for you, because it keeps you on your toes, Aries.
Aries is ruled by Mars, and like the keywords of your planet, you’re full of action and energy most of the time, even if it is just mental stimulation or emotional energy. What some people find relaxing, you probably find boring.
You can beat the holiday stress by keeping busy, and by staying organized. Make plans so that you don’t have to spend idle time, and always have something in reserve should your original plans fall through. Make sure you are creating lists and schedules so that you have something to reference when you feel like you are falling off track.
Mind your temper, though. When you’re stressed it can get the better of you. As you enjoy being busy, find an enjoyable activity to pursue when things start to get too overwhelming.
As a Taurus you’re a hard worker. In fact, you are often a bit of a paradox, because although you’ve got a great work ethic, you can be prone to laziness, too.
The problem is, when you get stressed, you start to get critical. You’re ruled by Venus, (with its refined tastes and love of harmony), and when that harmony is threatened, you can uncharacteristically lash out.
As an Earth sign, you may find that venturing outside can help you to relax. Take a walk, or indulge in something like a delicious gingerbread cookie. You’ll get far more out of the holidays when you find ways to be at ease with yourself.
You tend to live your life on the edge, and for you, Gemini, anxiety is often a way of life. Even when you’re relaxing, your mind is usually racing, making it hard for you to completely unwind.
You’re great at multi-tasking, but when you do reach your limits, you may say things that you don’t mean. Your tongue can be very sharp when you feel pressured because you’re ruled by Mercury, the planet of communication and intellect.
It is important that you communicate your own needs to your loved ones when you start to feel the holiday stress hit—and remember, not all communication is verbal. Don’t wait for someone to notice that you are feeling “off.” You will feel a million times better by simply letting out your worries.
You may also find that making time for an intellectual pursuit, such as reading or a game that uses your gray matter, may help you keep your stress levels under control.
Ruled by the Moon, you’re likely to wear your heart on your sleeve, because the Moon is associated with your emotions. You love nothing more than to see that everyone else’s needs are met, often to the detriment of your own interests, Cancer.
As a natural caregiver, you can handle a lot, but you do have your breaking point. Make sure that you don’t reach it by taking care of yourself. If you are not the best “you” that you can be, then you can’t be the best to others, either.
The main thing you can do to help keep holiday stress at bay is to recognize that you’re naturally emotional, and work on ways to stay in control of situations that are adversely affecting you. Above all, don’t let others impose on you. The word “no” is in your vocabulary, and you’re allowed to use it.
You’re generally optimistic and gregarious, and you never want to let anyone down, or make them feel unhappy. Your ruling planet is, in fact, the Sun!
The issue for you, dear Leo, is that you are a great actor, and you will be the life and soul of the party even though you are struggling inside. That doesn’t bode well for keeping your stress levels in check.
There are going to be times when you need to let down that masquerade, and be who you truly are. When that point comes, try to find a way to pamper yourself a bit. A massage, a trip to the hair stylist, or a night out watching stand-up comedy can help you unwind and find your joy again.
Much like Gemini, you’re going to be “on the go” in some way during most of your day. This is because you are both ruled by Mercury, Virgo.
While you have an active mind, you are an Earth sign, so that “nervous” energy may manifest in a very different way for you. You may comfort eat when you’re stressed, and that can add more stress, both to your body and your mood.
One of the things you can do to try to relax under pressure is to learn to delegate. You don’t have to control every little detail of every situation—even though you’d like to! The world won’t fall apart if you ask Aunt Sally to cook the turkey this year so you have some extra time to do other things on your holiday list.
Make time for yourself, and indulge yourself in whatever your mind appreciates as a means of staying on top of the holiday season.
Indecision is likely to be your main nemesis when it comes to keeping your cool over the festivities, Libra.
If anything is going to stress you out more than not being able to make up your mind, it will be people trying to make up your mind for you. When it comes to this holiday season, stand your ground and don’t let others boss you around. Like Taurus, you are ruled by Venus, and you like to keep the peace. Just make sure that in doing so, you’re not sacrificing your own happiness.
One of your skills is that of a mediator. Don’t hesitate to bring that into situations where friction may start to develop. Speaking your mind (like saying no to that fifth holiday party you were invited to) is one of the ways where you can feel both productive and resolved during the hustle and bustle of this season.
Your feelings naturally run high, and you are passionate in every sense of the word, Scorpio.
When you start to feel overwhelmed, that passion can become heated, and angry. It’s one thing to take make sure that everyone has a good time, but it’s another thing to let this rule your life and your moods. The best way that you can stay centered is not to overstretch or over-commit yourself.
Take on a few tasks that you really want to do, and throw yourself into them wholeheartedly. Like your ruling planet, Pluto, yours is the realm of depth and profundity. When you stay in your depth, you can do great things. Should you find that you have overstretched yourself, then a quick change of scene should help you to recharge your batteries.
If anything is going to stress you out, it is a threat to your personal freedom, Sagittarius.
You hate feeling restricted or confined in any way. Like your ruling planet Jupiter, you are expansive and expressive, and you start to bristle when you’re not allowed to be who you are. Compromise is going to be to your advantage when it comes to surviving the holidays.
You cannot always have your way, nor all of the attention, so resign yourself to this and don’t pout. Should you start to feel penned in—either by too many people or too many events—get away from it all and enjoy your own company.
As much as you like your freedom, you may find somewhere lofty or expansive where you can relax and put things back into perspective would serve you well.
No one can play a better Scrooge than a Capricorn, but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing! Someone has to put things into perspective, like telling others to eat their vegetables or to wear their winter coats, and it may as well be you.
Ruled by Saturn, you’re naturally disciplined, and cautious, but that doesn’t mean that you have to let that control your holiday. Abrupt changes of plans are likely to be the things that stress you the most, but try to go with the flow.
When you can find adaptability, and not take things so seriously, then you stand a better chance of enjoying yourself—and we know that Capricorns do have a wicked sense of humor once they feel secure enough to let it show. Try to loosen your grip on things so that you can take everything in your stride.
You often come off as cold and aloof, but it’s because you are trying to hide how very restless you are, Aquarius.
Ruled by Uranus, you’ve gotten used to changing your mind and your interests frequently. As an Air sign, you live very much in your thoughts, and it can be hard for you to switch them off. To keep your cool, you need to learn how to quiet your mind, and to do that, you may have to downsize and prioritize a bit.
Only commit yourself to things that are important, and plan ahead so that you have time to do what calms you, rather than what everyone wants you to do this holiday season. You might find a meditative activity, such as yoga or Tai Chi, beneficial for your relaxation.
You feel things very deeply, and frequently take things to heart, Pisces. It would be too easy for you to play the martyr when things go wrong, and you need to guard against this if you want to enjoy yourself.
Neptune is your ruling planet; yours is the realm of dreams, illusions, wishes, and fantasies. You repeatedly imagine things as worse than they are.
For you to cope with everything, make sure that you have some time for escapism with a book, a movie, or some other means of “getting away from it all.”
Have Fun this Holiday Season
Of course, your Sun sign is only part of who you are, and if you know your Rising sign or your Moon sign, you should take those into consideration when figuring out how to de-stress as well.
There’s a way of coping for everyone. Once you know where your trigger factors are, it is easier to learn how to deal with them, and feel more relaxed during this busy time. Make sure that you are putting energy into taking care of yourself.
Happy holidays to you all! What is your favorite way to unwind from the holiday frazzle?
Related article: How to Relieve Stress, Based on Your Moon Sign
*Editors’ Note: This article was originally published in 2014, and has since been updated for better accuracy.
New Year’s Eve is just around the corner! Are you celebrating by throwing a party or planning an event to ring in the new year?
Your zodiac sign can actually influence quite a few different things in you life, even a favorite cocktail. Why not captivate your guests by guessing what type of drink might appeal to their senses (if you don’t know their zodiac sign, just ask!), or whip something new and creative up for yourself to try at home?
Toast to the new year by trying something deliciously unique based on astrological influences. Here’s your ultimate mixology guide for your next New Year’s Eve event.
Your New Years’ Eve Cocktail, Based on Your Zodiac Sign
Aries: Moscow Mule
Aries is a Fire sign which means anyone who falls under this sign is active, dynamic, and bursting full of energy. An Aries will do everything with gusto, and to the absolute best of their ability. Aries would love a drink that matches their feisty energy levels.
Why not mix them a Moscow Mule? It’s bracing, refreshing, and with a bit of a kick to appeal to the Aries in your life.
How to Make a Moscow Mule
- 2 oz. vodka
- 3 oz. ginger beer (not ginger ale)
- Half of a fresh lime, juiced
- Pour all ingredients over ice into a highball glass and garnish with a lime wheel
Taurus: Hot Toddy
Taureans are loyal, dependable, and don’t do anything in a hurry. They love the finer things in life and enjoy that bit of luxury when they can.
A slow and luxurious cocktail is the way to warm their heart. Mulled wine, a good brandy, or perhaps a good old-fashioned Hot Toddy would do the trick to tempt Taurus’s heart.
How to Make a Hot Toddy
- 8 oz. hot water
- 1 oz. honey
- 2 oz. good bourbon
- Pinch of ginger
- Melt the honey into the hot water then add the bourbon and ginger
- Garnish with a lemon wheel
Gemini: Sicilian Kiss
The sign of the Twins is likely to get into mischief with their merriment. Gemini may be a bit impulsive when it comes to beverages, and something new and unusual is liable to pique their curiosity.
Go for the really unique with a Sicilian Kiss. With only two ingredients, it will surely appeal to the nature of a Gemini.
How to Make a Sicilian Kiss
- 1 oz. shot Amaretto
- 1 oz. shot Southern Comfort
- Pour over ice
Cancer: South Shore Sangria
Cancers are quite emotional when it comes to the zodiac signs. Ruled by the Moon, they are intuitive and will absorb the mood of the room like a sponge.
They might feel at home with a traditional mint julep, a Tropical Blue Hawaii, or a more adventurous South Shore Sangria?
How to Make a South Shore Sangria
- 2 oz. champagne or sparkling white wine
- ½ oz. red wine
- 1 oz. Amaretto
- 1 oz. Triple Sec or Cointreau
- 1 oz. orange juice
- 1 oz. pineapple juice
- Slices of lemon, lime, and orange
- Place a wheel of lemon, lime, and orange in the bottom of a highball glass and add ice
- Add the liqueurs and then the fruit juices and stir
- Fill the glass ¾ with sparkling wine and then top up with red wine
- Garnish with a slice of citrus
Leo: 57 Chevy
Leos are known for their sociability and charm. They’re generous, gregarious, and charming, even if they do get a touch egotistical now and again.
Ruled by the Sun, they need a warm and glowing drink to match their engaging personality. Choose something colorful that demands attention, like a Tequila Sunrise, Harvey Wallbanger, or the unusual 57 Chevy.
How to Make a 57 Chevy
- 1 oz. Southern Comfort
- 1 oz. gin
- 1 oz. orange juice
- 1 oz. pineapple juice
- Dash of grenadine
- Blend all the ingredients and pour over ice
- Garnish with a sprig mint
Virgo: El Presidente
Virgos is an Earth sign.They are known both for their interests in health and their fondness of convention. It may be hard for them to break out of the vodka and cranberry juice or cosmopolitan niche.
Allow them to loosen their collected and polished exterior a bit. Look for cocktails that are fruity and interesting, such as an El Presidente.
How to Make an El Presidente
- 1 ½ oz. white rum
- ¾ oz. Vermouth
- ¾ oz. Orange Curacao
- Splash of grenadine
- Shake all ingredients and pour over ice
- Garnish with a cherry or orange wheel
Libra: Green Ghost
Librans are Air signs and quite peaceful as they keep things balanced and harmonious. This same energy applies to their New Year’s cocktail, too. Look for a mix of sweet and sour to bring out intrigue and delight in the drink.
A cocktail like a Whiskey Sour or Tom Collins could be a great choice. We recommend a Green Ghost. It’s a little sweet, a little spicy, and the color! It’s nearly perfect.
How to Make a Green Ghost
- 2 oz. gin
- 2 oz. Chartreuse
- ½ oz. of freshly squeezed lime juice
- Mix ingredients in a shaker with crushed ice
- Strain into a martini glass
Scorpio: Purple Rain
Deep and mysterious, Scorpio is the passionate observer of the zodiac signs. Scorpio may not be the life and soul of the party, but they’re not going to miss a trick.
Drinks that are as dark and enigmatic as they are will certainly enhance the mood. Try something made with a black vodka or dark rum. A Purple Rain cocktail appeals to a Scorpio’s depth and magic.
How to Make a Purple Rain
- 1 oz. vodka
- 1 oz. Blue Curacao
- 1 oz. cranberry juice
- Moisten the rim of the glass and dip in sugar
- Pour drink into the glass
- Decorate with a lemon curl
Sagittarius: 12 Mile Limit
Sagittarians are known for their outgoing personality and sense of adventure. They may have tried all the cocktails on the menu, including the Screaming Orgasm and B52 shots.
Why not be impulsive and give them something different this New Year? Forget the Long Island tea, go for a 12 Mile Limit.
How to Make a 12 Mile Limit
- ½ oz. white rum
- ½ oz. rye whiskey
- ½ oz. Brandy
- ½ oz. Grenadine
- ½ oz. fresh lemon juice
- Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice
- Strain and serve with the lemon garnish
Capricorn: Electric Lemonade
Capricorns are known for their love of security and the familiar. It’s hard to get them to break out of the mold and let them try something different for a change.
Forget the rum and coke and be a bit more outgoing for this drink choice. Be daring and mix them up Electric Lemonade. It’s more down-to-earth than it sounds!
How to Make an Electric Lemonade
- 1 ½ oz. vodka
- 1 ½ oz. orange juice
- ¾ oz. Blue Curacao
- Shake over crushed ice in a cocktail shaker
- Garnish with a slice of lime
Aquarius: Blue Mist
Restless and cerebral, Aquarians aren’t likely to stick with one thing for too long. Aquarius is witty and rebellious, and you may find that this applies to their drinks as well as their outlook on life.
This sign needs something stimulating and unusual. Try a cocktail that is quirky, such as a Vancouver, an Atlantic, or perhaps something enigmatic and cool like a Blue Mist.
How to Make a Blue Mist
- 1 oz. vodka
- 1 oz. Cointreau
- 1 oz. lemon / lime soda, such as 7-up or Sprite
- Pour all ingredients over ice and give a gentle stir
- Garnish the glass with a slice of lime
Pisces: Sea Mist
Ruled by Neptune and the sea, Pisces is a Water sign. Pisces is drawn to wishes and fantasies. Why should their drinks be any different? The more fanciful and romantic, the more they are likely to appeal to them.
Try highballs, fizzes, or perhaps the beautifully hazy Sea Mist.
How to Make a Sea Mist
- 1 oz. coconut rum
- 1 oz. Triple Sec
- A splash of Blue Curacao
- Pour over plenty of ice
- Add a cocktail cherry for garnish
The world of cocktails is a multitude of mixtures, with new ones being tried and tested every day. Never be afraid to experiment and try something a bit different. Especially now that you know an astrological guide to cosmic cocktails does have a foundation in the stars.
Related article: Your Personality Secrets, Based on Your Zodiac Sign
*Editors’ Note: This article was originally published in 2016, and has been updated.
Go into any metaphysical shop and you’ll see crystals everywhere! Small or large, tumbled, raw or carved, and so many different colors! They’re very pretty to look at, but what do they actually do?
With all the vast selection of stones on the market, what ones do you truly need? Here’s our shortlist of the 7 must-have healing crystals to add to your collection. If you’ve got these stones at hand, you should be able to focus on any area of your body, and work with it to create a healing environment.
Crystals are far more than just pretty things to gaze at! They have immense healing powers and, when used correctly, can help transform our lives in ways we may never have dreamed.
What Are the Benefits of Crystals?
There are so many benefits of crystals for everyday life and for your life purpose. They enhance your dream life, enabling you to remember and analyze your dreams effectively, even controlling them to a degree.
They heighten your psychic abilities.
We all have psychic ability, but whether these abilities are activated is another story. Crystals can help open your Third Eye chakra and enhance gifts such as clairvoyance, clairsentience and many more. People are usually especially gifted in one or two types of psychic ability in particular – crystals can help you realize which are yours!
They are fabulous at increasing your work productivity.
When you feel in a slump due to work, just wear a crystal or carry one around with you and it’ll be like having your own Santa’s Little helper to help you get the job done.
They are also wonderful for protection.
Crystals such as black tourmaline and black obsidian (in fact, most of the black crystals) can protect you from negative energies and harmful thoughts that others direct towards you. They can also keep you grounded, which is especially important if you do a lot of spiritual work.
Crystals can help you attract more money…
…which is one of their most useful attributes for the physical world! Green crystals such as jade and aventurine are especially good for this and they are particularly good to use during manifestation rituals between the New Moon and Full Moon.
Read this next: How to Manifest Between the New & Full Moon
What About Healing Crystals?
While crystals can be used for a variety of things, one of their most potent uses is their ability to heal. This can be spiritual healing, emotional healing, physical healing or mental healing. A healing crystal is especially powerful because it is working with your energy at several different levels, identifying the issue and using its magic to help heal you.
Read this next: Tense Situation? These Crystals Can Help!
But there are so many crystals! How do you know which ones are right for you?
Below is a list of 7 crystals which are known as the ‘essentials’. They’re a bit like the hand sanitizer you keep in your bag or the emergency $20 bill in your purse. They’re the ones that are a must-have among the crystal world because their healing abilities work for the 7 chakras in the body, they are not difficult to find in any crystal store and they are easy to work with.
Hematite – Root Chakra
Hematite is an amazing stone for grounding energies and allowing you to repel negative energy that might cause disease in the body. It’s a very earthy stone, made from iron—and of course, you’ve got iron in your body, too.
Hematite’s energy is calming and protective. It helps you to stay in control of situations in your life, while at the same time removing obstacles that are preventing you from improving your circumstances. It’s a great stone to carry if you work in an environment where there’s a lot of electronic technology.
Hematite is associated with the Root chakra, the energy center located at the base of your spine. It rules what you need to survive.
When your Root chakra is out of balance, you’ll feel out of harmony with your life. It’s easy to panic and find things to fear. You hold grudges from the past. Your temper may be short.
When your Root chakra is balanced, the harmony and the joy in your life are restored. Your vitality is strong, and you don’t fear what might happen. You find it easy to let go of the past and enjoy the present. Overall you’re contented.
To use hematite to tune up your Root chakra, hold it in your non-dominant hand and hum or chant the musical note of C. Don’t take your good health for granted. Look after your body’s physical needs, and hematite will help your energy to stay positive and productive.
Carnelian – Sacral Chakra
Carnelian is a translucent form of quartz, and comes in every shade of fire from the palest peach to the deepest scarlet. It’s a stone of life and vitality. It’s energy is bold and brings courage and determination.
Carnelian is a great motivator. It adds an energy boost to your plans so you’re more dedicated to making them happen, and are more alert and focused when it comes to attaining your goals. It enables you to see what is realistic and what is far-fetched, and helps you fend off naysayers who would try to deter you from your success.
Carnelian is associated with the Sacral chakra, the energy center located just below your belly button. It relates to your emotions and your moods.
When your Sacral chakra isn’t aligned, you’ll feel out of sorts, perhaps with nervous energy. Intimacy with others becomes a problem. You lose interest in your physical well being.
When your Sacral chakra is balanced, you have a healthy attitude towards sex. You neither avoid nor demand attention. Your confidence is high, but not arrogant. You’re happy with your life.
To use carnelian to bring your Sacral chakra back into balance, hold it in your non-dominant hand, and sing or chant the music note of D. You might even want to chant what you truly want in life, so that it resonates with your energy on a soul level. Then go play or do something spontaneous. Let your creativity bring you your heart’s desires.
Citrine – Solar Plexus Chakra
Citrine is another form of quartz, resonating with your inner child. Neglecting your inner child and taking life too seriously opens the door for stress and illness.
Citrine is best when it is a natural stone, rather than citrine that has been created by heating quartz to high temperatures. This stone promotes creativity and imagination, and encourages new beginnings.
Citrine resonates with the Solar Plexus chakra. This is sometimes called the navel chakra, and it is located between your belly button and your rib cage. It aligns with your spiritual growth, tenets, and opinions.
When this chakra is out of balance, it’s easy to feel self-conscious. You’ll judge others, and criticize yourself, becoming bitter and frustrated with your life and where it’s going.
When your Solar Plexus chakra is aligned, you’re happy. You are able to reflect on and rejoice in what you have achieved. You don’t let the opinions of others control your happiness. There’s no need for you to criticize others.
It’s very easy to use citrine—particularly a natural citrine point—as a healing stone. Simply hold it over your navel, and sing or chant the music note of E. Eat lots of fresh healthy yellow foods, and get out in the sunlight and enjoy yourself.
Rose Quartz – Heart Chakra
Obviously, this is another form of quartz, this time in a beautiful pink. It comes in hues from the palest pastel to the deepest rose, and is either translucent or opaque. It’s called ‘the heart stone,’ or ‘the love stone,’ and has been given as a token of affection for more than 2,000 years.
Rose quartz is one of the gentlest stones, but don’t take that for it not being important. It’s a powerful nurturing stone. It’s also a protective stone, said to safeguard someone who carries it against gossip and slander.
Rose quartz is associated with the Heart chakra. This is located in the center of your chest, next to your physical heart. It helps you to learn understanding, compassion, and forgiveness.
When the Heart chakra is out of balance, it’s easy to feel heartbroken, to hold grudges, and to become a doormat to other people. You’re discontent with your life, becoming indifferent to the needs of others, and perhaps selfish or preoccupied.
When this chakra is functioning optimally, you’ll be satisfied with how things are unfolding. You’ll have time for people and be able to help them without compromising your own needs and desires. You take responsibility for your words and deeds.
It’s possible to use any rose quartz as a healing stone. Hold it in your non-dominant hand, over your chest, and envision its pure pink energy filling you with unconditional love. Hum or chant the music note F. Allow yourself to let go of the past. Forgive your own faults, as well as others who have made mistakes.
Sodalite – Throat Chakra
Sodalite’s name comes because of the high amount of sodium it contains. Richly blue in color, with flecks of white calcite, it is considered a lucky stone, and is helpful when dealing with business negotiations, or relationship issues.
Sodalite is a wonderfully cleansing stone, too. Use it when there are obstacles in your life that need removing, so that you can get going forward once again. Some people call this ‘the poet’s stone,’ because it is associated with self-expression.
It’s no surprise, then, that this stone is associated with the Throat chakra, the energy center located right where you’d think, in your throat. It governs all means of communication and exchanges with other people—listening, as well as speaking.
When the Throat chakra is out of balance, you’ll have trouble being heard. Maybe you think no one is paying attention to you. You feel overlooked, or maybe you’re overlooking others. Your self-expression is weak.
When this chakra is functioning well, you know when to speak and when to listen. Your body language is open and honest, and your creativity is strong. You’re confident in what you want to express, and you get your point across easily.
To use sodalite as a healing stone, place it over your throat around your larynx. Practice speaking clearly and concisely, so that you don’t waste your words. Sing, hum or chant on the music note G. Take time to really listen to what others have to say.
Amethyst – Third Eye Chakra
Amethyst is another member of the quartz family, its color range starts with the palest lilac and goes to the deepest and darkest of purples. In its raw state, it forms in points, from tiny clusters in the druse, to huge natural termination. Sometimes it even forms amethyst and citrine in the same point, to be called ‘ametrine,’ but be careful; many such stones on the market have been artificially heat-treated.
This is one of the most gentle healing stones out there, but don’t let its soothing properties fool you. Its strength lies in its tenderness. It’s known as the ‘all healer,’ and encourages healing in a multitude of ways. It is known to enhance wisdom and promote greater awareness.
Amethyst—particularly the darker stones—is a Third Eye chakra crystal. It’s easy to tell when this chakra is imbalanced. You jump to all kinds of conclusions. You’re gullible, believing what you want to hear, whether it’s the truth or not. Narcissism and unrealistic expectations are not uncommon.
When this chakra is balanced, you feel balanced. Your goals are realistic and you know the truth between fantasy and illusion. You don’t form unhealthy attachments to situations or people. You’re content with how things are unfolding.
This is possibly the most difficult chakra to keep aligned, and amethyst is a fantastic stone to assist you. Hold it in your non-dominant hand, and point it between your eyes, right at the bridge of your nose. Hum the music note A, and learn to discern the difference between fact and fantasy.
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Lepidolite – Crown Chakra
Lepidolite may not be the most popular healing crystal, but don’t let that deter you from using it. It’s a beautiful lavender form of mica. It’s a soft stone—as opposed to the hardness of diamonds, for instance—and that softness is what makes it such a useful healing stone.
Lepidolite helps to clear away the stress that modern life brings. It encourages self-expression and creativity. When you’re seeking to write the book of your life, to find your heart’s desires and manifest your bliss, call on lepidolite as an ally.
Lepidolite is a Crown chakra crystal, which, when imbalanced, can make you feel separated from the rest of your life. You don’t find any joy in leisure pursuits or spiritual practices and take things far too seriously, feeling that you’re elite or above everyone else in some way.
When this chakra is functioning at its optimum, you’ll see clearly where you want to go and the best route to reach your goals. You have a strong sense of self identity, and don’t worry about the opinions of others. You are optimistic, and not worried about your life.
To use Lepidolite as a healing stone, hold it at the top of your head. Focus on clearing your thoughts, and hum or chant the music note of B. Lepidolite is amazing for helping you find your purpose in life, the place where you resonate on a positive vibration with your surroundings. It is also a strong stone for healing through loss or grief.
Make It Happen!
It’s easy to do an overall tune-up using crystal healing, and you don’t have to spend a lot of time doing it, either. First, hum or chant the music scale. Think of the ‘do-re-mi’ song, if you like, or chant your own words.
Next, pick up your 7 healing stones, and gently toss them onto a soft surface. Did any particular stone stick out from the others? Where is your attention drawn? That is the stone that is showing you where you need an extra boost of healing.
Pick up that stone, and hold it over the relevant chakra. You can chant again, if you wish. Focus on that area being healthy and balanced. Trust the stone to do its work.
Finally, pick up all the stones, starting with hematite and ending with lepidolite, and put them away one by one. As you do, envision the healing energy from each stone pouring into your body and resonating through your life.
If you practice this every day, you’ll find that your life becomes more organized, you feel more content and in harmony with your environment and the people in it, and you’ll have more energy and interest to reach out and achieve your goals.
Use Crystals to Enhance Your Daily Routine – and to Create New Ones!
These are some of the best crystals for positive energy and the best crystals to wear every day, helping to raise your vibrations and attract positivity into your life. Life is for living, and crystal healing most certainly enhances it!
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Welcome to your astrology forecast for the week of August 10 – August 16 spiritual warriors!
Uranus Goes Retrograde
The main event to be aware of in this week’s astrology overview is the planet Uranus turning retrograde in the Earth sign of Taurus on Saturday. Uranus helps awaken us to the truth, truths that are deep within us, and those we are ignoring about the role we should be playing to be a responsible citizen.
If you’ve felt like your mind has been a broken record, this shift will help change the tune.
Usually, this energy will compel you to get out of a rut by helping you see innovative ideas, and awakening you to where you have been sitting on the sidelines in your own life. This will help you take action, change your long-term trajectory towards something exciting, and finally feel the electricity in your feet to move as you see the old patterns that have been playing over and over in your mind.
Leo Energy is Heightened!
August astrology 2020 may be the most transforming month of the retrograde season because we are confident with the Leo Sun, and with Mercury moving through confident Leo helping us speak our minds.
You’ll notice yourself stepping into a new chapter, likely based on changes or realizations you made last week during the Full Moon.
We also have a waning Moon this week, making it a great time to follow up on details and get organized as we move away from the highly energetic Full Moon in brave Aquarius.
Love Is In the Stars…
When it comes to love, you can bet people will be finally going for what they want. Uranus retrograde allows us to get clear with what we truly want, and with Venus having transitioned into Cancer last week, we are going to see lots of people opening up to love and new relationships.
When we finally decide to be the most authentic version of ourselves, we allow ourselves to feel better and attract positive relationships as well. This new energy will help us do just that.
The Moon starts out in flirtatious Aries, moves into romantic Taurus, spends a few days in chatty Gemini, and then finishing the week in loving Cancer making it an excellent few days for love!
What else can you expect this week from the stars?
The theme this week is that you feel like you’re getting a wake-up call from Uranus retrograde. You’re feeling ready to really make this new vision happen.
We can expect the global arena to still be going through some changes this month, and the months to come. When Uranus stations retrograde, we will likely see people having to confront how their actions are affecting others, which ultimately presents the opportunity for change.
This can happen individually and collectively. We might see some odd declarations in the news as a result as if things aren’t already odd enough!
Planetary Locations During August 10 – August 16, 2020
• Sun: Leo (July 22 – August 22)
• Mercury: Leo (August 4, 2020 – August 19, 2020)
• Venus: Cancer (August 7, 2020 – September 6, 2020)
• Mars: Aries (June 27, 2020 – January 6, 2021)
• Jupiter: Capricorn (December 2, 2019 – December 19, 2020)
• Saturn: Capricorn (July 1, 2020 – December 17, 2020)
• Uranus: Taurus (Until April 25, 2026)
• Neptune: Pisces (Until March 30, 2025)
• Pluto: Capricorn (Until October 12, 2024)
Daily Astrology Snapshots for August 10 – August 16, 2020
Monday, August 10
Sun: Leo – Big and bold are the themes under this influence, which means people are wearing bright colors, like a bird showing its feathers in a mating ritual.
We are also feeling more energetic, which allows us to do more things that bring us joy, instead of just barely getting through our responsibilities.
Moon: Aries – Please think before you speak! You might just put your foot in your mouth when both the Sun and Moon are in a Fire sign.
We may feel like we need everything to happen right away, so give yourself a chance to take a few deep breaths. Channel this energy into one simple step you can take to get closer to your goal.
Tuesday, August 11
Moon: Taurus – This energy helps you stop and smell the roses, literally and metaphorically. If you’ve been pushing towards your goals, allow this energy to help you take a break and enjoy things as they unfold.
Taurus helps us to remember to enjoy the journey.
Wednesday, August 12
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Thursday, August 13
Transit: Mars in Aries (square) Pluto in Capricorn. Oof. This can feel like heavy energy when it comes to people who don’t support our passions, or obstacles in our own minds we need to face. But when we do face it head-on to move forward, we will find that peace comes from trusting our heart’s guidance.
Don’t let people try to pick a fight over beliefs with you unless you’re looking for a dual.
Friday, August 14
Moon: Gemini – You could find yourself having conversations everywhere you go today, which is a nice break from the isolation we may have been feeling due to the global situation. Even if you’re home social distancing, you’ll likely connect with people online or on the phone.
Saturday, August 15
Transit: Uranus stations retrograde in Taurus. This transit lasts until January 14, 2021. We may wake up to the way we want to live our life when something unexpectedly calls our attention to it.
The truth will be revealed, and our ego will not be able to rule our subconscious under this influence. We will likely evolve spiritually over the next four to five months.
Sunday, August 16
Moon: Cancer – Be careful not to start blaming people for the way you’re feeling today. Take time to meditate, and set your intention to fill yourself with loving positive energy.
Detach from any negative thoughts that might feel strong because of a Cancer Moon.
Transit: Sun in Leo (trine) Mars in Aries. This is a fun, harmonious energy bringing more focus on our deepest passions. If you had placed your passion project on the back-burner, you’ll probably want to make it more of a priority under this influence.
People will likely be really outgoing, friendly, and looking for love as well.
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Good omens from the Universe come in many forms. Maybe you’ve just seen a rainbow, a dove, or a $20 bill lying at your feet on the sidewalk — but have you considered what good omens may be a little less obvious, and yet are still foretelling your good fortune?
The number 8 in the Tarot is like this kind of omen; it is often a diamond in the rough, even if it appears to be dull and unpleasant at first glance. While you may not have initially seen the light at the end of the tunnel when an 8 appears in your Tarot spread, it may be time to take another glance to find its good fortune.
Explore the 8’s of the Tarot with us today below, and pick up a fresh perspective on what your 8’s of your Tarot deck are trying to tell you!
What Does an 8 Represent in the Tarot?
Right before the mysterious 8 comes the tumultuous 7 of the Tarot, which we know to explore themes like obstacles and challenges. It is only fitting that following this difficult number, we come across themes of mastery, accomplishment, and the final challenges before we reach the gold at the end of the rainbow.
This is why in the Major Arcana of the Tarot, the 8 is often represented by Strength, a card of hope, inner and outer willpower, grit, and balance. The card represents what it will take for you to get to your destination, but assures you that the resources you will need are already very much inside you.
And so, while each 8 of the Minor Arcana at first glance may appear to offer more challenges, seeing these cards is really an indication that you’re ready to take the next big step towards greatness. Consider it a blessing in disguise!
Life Path 8
The ideas of mastery, responsibility, and completion aren’t just seen among the Tarot, but are additionally relevant to those who fall under Life Path 8. They are practical visionaries — people with a plan who know how to put it into action, and often come into great financial success because of it!
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As true workhorses and dedicated souls, people who resonate with the calling of Life Path 8 understand how to put everything that they’ve learned from the past into practical usage for the present and future. This lines up perfectly well with the challenge that the 8 in the Tarot demands, as the stakes are high when we know blessings are on the horizon for us.
Keep this calling in mind as we explore the Minor Arcana of the Tarot, as all is connected!
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The 8’s of Tarot Through Each Suit
You know now that your Tarot deck is secretly offering you a blessing in disguise when it presents you an 8. Now it’s time to break down how this can manifest differently from suit to suit, and what exact themes and challenges you are meant to be mastering.
8 of Wands
The suit of Wands is one of power, passion, and the fiery energy that is often well-encapsulated by fellow Fire signs of the zodiac (Leo, Aries, and Sagittarius). So far, it is a suit that has wrestled with problems of willpower, speed, and creative self-expression.
The 8 of Wands itself is a card of quick communication and speedy surprises. Perhaps someone is reaching out to you, or you are considering reaching out to others. Perhaps everything is coming together so fast that you’re afraid to blink.
As it falls under such a fiery and dramatic suit, it is no surprise that the 8 of Wands is a challenge of haste, and how you assert yourself to others.
8 of Swords
We know that the suit of Swords explores some intense themes of tragedy, loss, mental battles, and heartbreak — thus, it is only fitting that the ultimate challenge for this suit is primarily an internal one.
The 8 of Swords indicates that you may feel restricted, blind, and confused by your present situation. Whatever the issue, however, many of these ties and binds are typically created from within. With a clear head, open mind, and your wit and smarts that carried you through the rest of this difficult suit, this is a battle that can be easily won.
8 of Pentacles
The suit of Pentacles is the suit of practical matters, logic, finance, and material and monetary values. Thus far, it has explored the difficulties of sharing, keeping, and acquiring resources, and portrayed the journey that it can take in order to achieve the material comforts and abundance we often desire.
By the time that you reach the 8 of Pentacles, much of the hard work has actually already been done!
The planning, obstacles, and complications of give and take are already behind you in the previous numbers of the suit, and now all that is left is to put your plan into action and do the work that you’ve been waiting to do.
No excuses! The path has been paved, and all that is needed now with this card is your work ethic. Abundance soon follows!
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8 of Cups
As a result, meeting the 8 of Cups is a challenge of your own independence, inner voice and intuition, and the ability to move forward from situations that emotionally wounded you — and sometimes even blindsided you completely. This card is a true leap of faith in believing that by moving on blindly, you will find love and happiness in whatever path you choose.
It is the ultimate act of self-love, but also the act of belief in yourself and the Universe’s power to bring you the love you need as your trudge on.
It might be hard to see where the Universe, or even just a simple 8 in your Tarot spread, is trying to pave the path to positivity and happiness. But the 8 reminds us that not only is there a light at the end of the tunnel, but that we also have all of the resources needed in order to find it.
The blessing is the reminder that you are capable of achieving whatever you put your mind to, as well as the fact that you’re almost done with the suit at hand!
Need a reminder on what you’ve learned leading up to the 8?
Catch up on the other numerology-themed Tarot articles in the series below!
- Aces of the Tarot
- 2’s of the Tarot
- 3’s of the Tarot
- 4’s of the Tarot
- 5’s of the Tarot
- 6’s of the Tarot
- 7’s of the Tarot
When we talk about why people have pets, a number of things come up. Companionship is usually the first. Others may feel it is their duty to save a stray, or have a pet for protection. The reasons are truly endless, but for the most part, anyone with a pet is indeed an animal lover.
In today’s article, we will be looking into which pet suits each zodiac sign. While we can look to our Sun sign to figure out which pet might be ideal, we can get an even more accurate read on pet compatibility by looking to the 11th house. This is the astrological house of friendship! This house looks into where we belong, what we surround ourselves with, and even how how we choose to interact socially – all of which line up with pet ownership.
Let’s dive into the best pet for your zodiac sign!
The Best Pet For Your Zodiac Sign
For an Aries, they need a pet that is fun-loving and easy to train. When choosing a dog an Aries would likely prefer one that is independent, a dog that likes to go on lots of walks and adventures.
That being said, any trainable pet will bring a lot of satisfaction to your life if you have other influences in your chart that foster patience and leadership.
It is for this reason, dogs like Beagles or Italian Greyhounds are usually the ultimate pet for an Aries: clever, independent, brave, but eager to learn. They offer everything an Aries needs.
Pigs are both intelligent and independent in a way to goes really well with the Taurus lifestyle. Taurus is grounded and the ultimate homebody, which means they enjoy talking to their pets even more than people. A fantastic potential pet owner indeed!
You have a natural ability with animals, so almost anything you choose will likely be satisfying. This is why Taurus is an absolute natural with animals like livestock, particularly, cows. Of course, a cow isn’t exactly everyone’s cup of tea.
A small pig will do just fine as a halfway point between a cat and a dog (you’ll thank us later!).
For Gemini, a pet is part of the family and as such, you might prefer pets that act and feel the same way. Dogs are what many would assume is an obvious choice, but rabbits are actually much more in tune with Gemini energy.
Rabbits are highly intelligent, social, and affectionate with a slight tendency to be a little bratty and vengeful. They also require someone who can work to understand their complex personalities, something that chatty, charismatic Gemini is up to the task for.
In this environment filled with Gemini love, a rabbit would be fulfilled in all the ways they need, and Gemini would get someone to talk to about their dreams. It’s a win-win.
Cancer: Siamese Cat
Since Sagittarius is the dominant influence in a Cancer’s zone of pets, some people believe that the love of freedom doesn’t lend itself well to pet ownership – but this could not be further from the truth.
Instead, this zodiac sign loves to have pets roam around the house freely, and is also very much of the mindset that pets are family and should be treated as such. Siamese cats are a fantastic pet for Cancer natives.
Leo: Persian Cat
You know that Leo is going to want an animal that they can show off! Leo will typically opt for pets that you can not only spoil, but also pets that they can be proud of when taking them around the town.
A Leo wants nothing but the best for their pet. So, a pet they can pamper makes the most sense. A real princess of a Persian cat, or even the hairless sphinx would do the trick.
Virgo: Turtle or Tortoise
Aquarius influences the pet zone for Virgos, and this means you may prefer more exotic “out there” pets. You’d probably also prefer very independent pets that are a little bit more your speed.
For neat-freak Virgo, a turtle or tortoise is small, quiet, clean, and easy to care for. With a tidy, proper environment the love between a Virgo and their little shelled friend will be an unbreakable bond.
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Pisces rules Libra’s pet zone, and you probably know what that means: Fish. You may enjoy a big koi garden outside with beautiful, flashy orange fish and loads of plant life, or a big saltwater aquarium in your living room.
If you did want to go for something with a bit more fur, you would likely not care about status or lineage: no pedigrees needed for you. You would simply fall in love with your pet, and form a bond that would last a lifetime.
More than likely, just as you do with people, you would have a home full of strays that you could save.
Aries is a big influence on with Scorpio here, and that means you can take on pets that really are challenging. You generally prefer pets that are very independent, and you’re not inclined to go for something “usual.”
Ferrets and gerbils would appeal to you a great deal and offer you quite a bit of satisfaction. Additionally, hand-rearing larger birds, such as parrots, would hold a great deal of appeal to you.
You would accept any animal as they are, without any conditions.
A free-spirited Sagittarius needs a pet that is cute, fun, and thrives individually. That’s why a hedgehog is a perfect pet for a Sagittarius. This is the perfect-sized pet for you, as you can bring it on all of your daring adventures.
Both of these nocturnal beings will bring the best sides of each other out.
Capricorn: Golden Retriever
When it comes to animals, they make you feel younger and happier, Capricorn. You have always had a way with them and you are tremendously good with any animal you encounter. For you, though, one would never be enough.
You like to have a houseful of pets, and likely, you prefer that they come from the shelter or otherwise rescued.
That being said, you would pair well with a Golden Retriever, who would be just as loyal as you are.
Aquarius: Labrador Retriever
Since the ruler of Aquarius pet influences is Cancer, you have a genuine warmth when it comes to animals, and you tend to like them more than humans. You usually opt for pets that are soft, pets that are warm, caring, and sensitive.
While you may still adore independent animals such as cats, a loving and loyal dog is always going to be the animal that gives you the most pleasure and keeps you happy.
The very best breed for you would be in the retriever class, owing to their vast beauty.
Pisces: Hairless Cat
Pisces is always interested in the strange and mysterious. Often times, their mind is in a dreamworld, rather than here on earth.
That being said, an interesting pet would bod well with the interesting Pisces. A hairless cat would make a great companion for you.
Do any of these pet choices match up for you? As always, we each have a unique birth chart that bring in a host of other influences. Whatever pet you might be interested in, it is sure to be a beautiful match!
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*Editors’ Note: This article was originally published on October 11, 2014, and has been updated.
Fellow Earthlings, welcome to Scorpio season! Get ready for your Scorpio season horoscopes.
The Sun entered Scorpio on October 21st, and we are now officially in Scorpio season. If you’re wondering, when is Scorpio season exactly, the Scorpio season dates are October 21st to November 20th.
When it comes to what Scorpio season means, Scorpio season is when we’re more intense, passionate, and want to get below the surface. We know that there is more than meets the eye, and we can keep digging until we find it.
This is a season for transformation, and this transformation can last. What we start now this can be worked on for the next month, up to the next year.
This Scorpio season does come with two challenges: Mercury and Mars retrogrades.
While Mercury retrograde is in the same sign, Scorpio, Mars actually used to rule Scorpio (before Pluto came along), so there’s an abundance of retrograde energy this season.
This can be used to evaluate and assess, which is great use of the passionate, researching energy of Scorpio.
Scorpio Zodiac Sign Traits
Scorpio is a Water sign, and the Water signs are linked to emotion. With Scorpio, that emotion is intense and passionate. This sign is very all-or-nothing, and takes everything to heart, not letting things go.
Scorpio is also a Fixed sign, which is why it doesn’t let things go. Fixed signs are fixed in nature, and this is part of what allows Scorpio to dig below the surface and get to the core of anything.
The natural ruling planet for Scorpio is Pluto (formerly Mars), which gives Scorpio its great strength of will and determination. This is the sign of the phoenix rising from the ashes, and there isn’t much that can hold Scorpio back from whatever it sets its mind to. Scorpio is quite the powerful sign.
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Positive Scorpio Traits
Negative Scorpio Traits
With the basics of Scorpio out of the way, now we can get to the horoscopes for Scorpio season for your zodiac sign!
Your Scorpio Season Horoscopes
Scorpio season gives you an opportunity to find what has been eluding you, Aries. This is especially the case if it’s been a mystery for a while! Take some time to figure out a different approach, and then start looking in a new way.
Passions run high, and that can be true for you personally, so having something to focus the passionate energy on can be highly beneficial for you in many ways.
The people in your life can get a lot of attention from you during Scorpio season, Taurus. There may be issues that need to be addressed, and they may not even be your own, but someone else’s that you’re helping with. This can be frustrating, but likely what is needed.
Try to balance this out with some time to focus on yourself. Self-care is a good thing, and you can feel better equipped to handle whatever you have to manage.
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There may be plenty to do this Scorpio season, Gemini. Part of you may be overwhelmed by it all, but you just need to slow down for a second and get organized. Make a list, make a schedule, create some structure, and you’ll be better able to move on it.
Taking on too much may be tempting, but it only serves to stress you out more, and that’s not something you need right now. Take little breaks when you can.
Scorpio season can bring out your heart, Cancer. You can focus on reconnecting with your heart, with your loved ones, and with the things you love most in the world. A heart-centric life is a happy life, after all.
Creative energy may be strong as well, and you can be more passionate about creative projects and ventures. Choose wisely and let your emotions flow into what you can create.
Focus on your emotions this Scorpio season, Leo. Your emotions may be much stronger right now, and it may be a little much at times. If that’s the case, you’re likely not giving yourself the emotional support that you need, so work on that first.
Once you feel supported, this makes it easier for you to sort through what you’re feeling and use your emotions to motivate you or guide you.
Make use of your ideas and mental energy this Scorpio season, Virgo. You may have plenty on your mind, and you’ll need to use that mental energy up if you want to avoid getting anxious and stressed out. Fill up your schedule, and keep busy.
Old ideas and plans may come back, and you can give them another try, make tweaks, or understand what went wrong and how to do better going forward.
With your season coming to an end, Scorpio season is a time for you to slow down, Libra. Take a beat and look around you. What do you see?
If there’s anything chaotic, tackle that and work on bringing stability. If you’re feeling aimless or restless, work on grounding yourself so you can have better focus. If you lack clarity, be present and let information flow in its own time.
It’s time for your season, Scorpio! Traditionally, this is your time to start anew and work on something that can be a project for the next year of your life, but with the retrograde energy, that changes things a little bit.
Take a second chance with something you’d like to do over again, and see how it shapes up this time. If you want to start something truly new, make sure you gather all of the information you need first and have a solid plan, but are also open to adjusting on the fly as needed.
Scorpio season may be a time for you to take a step back and not deal with too much in the spotlight, Sagittarius. You may work better on your own, behind closed doors, and not want any pressure put on you. Think quiet and soothing environments.
Your intuition can be crazy strong right now, so think about ways you can strengthen your connection to it so it lasts long after this season is over.
Changes may be on your mind this Scorpio season, Capricorn. Think about changes you’ve tried to make before and would like to try again, or changes that require you to be more determined and to dig around for information first.
You may question your future right now, but this is just a temporary lapse in confidence. Trust in your abilities and wait until this energy passes before you do anything drastic.
This is a time for progress with what you’ve done right, Aquarius. Long-time goals can see some payoffs, though it may come in ways you hadn’t thought of, or after you’ve made some adjustments. Hit your stride and keep going.
Part of you may feel a bit restricted now thanks to some extra responsibilities, so make sure you’re giving yourself enough room to breathe without completely abandoning them.
Scorpio season can bring a desire to get some space, Pisces. You may feel like pursuing a new experience in some way, and can be frustrated when you don’t have as much space as you want to do whatever you want. Don’t give in to impulse and push everything out of your life.
Take time to expand your mind, and take in new information, dream new dreams, and let your mind give you the room to roam you need.
Make Use of Passion this Scorpio Season!
Intense, passionate energy is likely to be big, and this can be put to productive, beneficial use. Focus on something that requires you to have some strength and determination to see it through all the way.
Powered by a sense of purpose, you can keep going through it all and take control to make things happen. Good luck!
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