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Are you wondering if your special someone is compatible with you? Do you wonder if your relationship has what it takes to last for the long haul? if you are looking into relationship compatibility and focusing only on Sun signs, you’re going to find the information and answers pretty lacking. There’s more to discerning relationship compatibility on all levels than just the Sun sign. For the novice, this is a great place to begin.

You’re treading new ground here by starting a relationship with somebody. You may not have experience in relationships with people who have his/her zodiac sign. Of course, learning from direct experience with your partner will teach you the most about how to be in a successful relationship with him/her. But reading your love compatibility chart is a great way to get to know the “hidden” aspects of your partner so you can avoid some of the trial and error.

So if you’ve met a person that you think might be the one, and you checked your love and relationship compatibility with your zodiac signs. Now what? There’s more to love than your zodiac sign! In this article, we will explore what a birth chart synastry reading can mean for your relationships, where to look for certain signs (for love, sex, and magic), and what the different planets mean in regards to love.

The planets are aligning, earthlings! Let’s look beyond. Here’s everything you need to know about your love compatibility check, and how to build relationships that last and thrive.

Haven’t had your synastry reading yet?

Look to Their Birth Chart

When you want the real skinny, you’re going to need some information first before you can form a full picture of the potential of a union. In order to pull your natal chart, or anyone else’s, you will need to determine the location of all the planets and the Moon when they were born. You the following information:

  • Date of birth. (This includes day, month, and year)
  • Time of birth. (“Um, sometime in the morning, I think.” doesn’t count. It needs to be as accurate as possible)
  • Place of birth (Community and country)

Related Article: Are You With Your Soulmate: Check Your Love Compatibility

Isn’t Asking For That Weird?

It may sound like an awkward conversation, but honestly is key in any surviving relationship, so tell them about it and even offer to show them what you find.

If you want to be a bit more round-about about it “I’ve got a friend who’s an astrologer, you’ll get a kick out of this. If you give me your date of birth, time of birth, and place of birth, we can see what she says!” This is often received with curiosity. It might be less creepy than my habit of saying, “I’m going to stalk you on a celestial level.”

Generally, that’s how you get the information. You simply ask. All that a sun sign and birth chart information is going to tell you are about a certain level of basic chemistry and energy between you two.

So The Results Are In…

You’ve received some important news and need to know how to make sense of it before moving forward. Will this be the love of your life?

A number of things could happen next. Well, really we can narrow it down to 3 main options.

#1 A Perfect Match You got the great news that you two are meant to be together and you’re wondering how it ever took you so long to find each other.

#2 Oh no! You found out that the two of you will likely crash and burn – ouch. Or, more likely…

#3 Reality Check! You two are a potential love compatibility match… but like all relationships worth their salt, you’ll need to grow through working through some issues.

Now, regardless of whether you opened door # 1, 2, or 3, your love compatibility test has revealed insights that you can use – or lose – to create the best romantic relationship possible.

What happens next is your choice, the planets will never tell you no but they will tell you to proceed with caution. Using your chart can help you act in informed ways and anticipate your partner’s wants and desires, making your relationship stronger. Just make sure to not excuse bad behavior as “that’s just what a Virgo does,” because you deserve true and respecting love.

Common Compatibility Chart Questions

So now you know whether you are compatible or not, let’s look deeper into what to look for in their chart.

What is This Person Like in Bed?

If you’re looking in someone’s chart to discover what they are like in the bedroom, there are a few places you can analyze. You need to look at their Sun sign, Moon sign, the position of Mars, and where Venus falls in their birth chart and take that information to interpret compatibility.

What About Passion?

If you want the nitty-gritty on the primal aspect of someone’s sexuality, you want to look at Mars. Many people would gussy this up with adding in Venus and other things, and they aren’t wrong. However, if it’s just the purely physical side of a relationship, Mars is the planet to look at. Mars rules the sex drive. You could have the two most compatible sun signs together, your Moons could be in perfect harmony, but if Mars isn’t syncing up, it could be a real dud in the bedroom.

Whether or not the potential heat in the bedroom is a major consideration for your relationship is a strictly personal thing. The position of Mars in a woman’s chart can indicate the qualities she will be attracted to in a mate. For example, a woman with Mars in her Aries house would want a man who takes charge, brings home the bacon, and controls the dynamics in their relationship. While a woman with her Mars in Sagittarius could be looking for a free-spirit and a friendly personality. She might want a man as more of a travel companion, she doesn’t want to get tied down by him.

What About Love?

Venus is where we are going to find the kind of qualities that someone seeks in a mate that develops a deeper affection and lays the groundwork for long-term love. When it contacts somewhere between Mars and the Sun, we’ve got a high probability of a winner. If I’m just checking things out, I will usually look at the interaction of the Sun and Mars as well as Mars and Venus and the different ways those three interplay.

The position of Venus in a man’s chart can give some clues as to what he wants in a woman. For example, a guy with his Venus in Cancer would be looking for the ultimate mother figure; a gal that likes to stay at home and tend to the kids. A man with Venus in Libra wants a driven woman that is elegant and tactful. He wants a woman who is classy and practical.

Related Article: Relationship Compatibility Check by Life Path Number

Breakdown of the Planets

When it comes to the science of love astrology, all you need to know are how the elements involved in your own specific chemical equation work together, or, in an opposite manner. It all starts with information you can obtain from your birth chart, and the birth chart or natal chart of the one you want to create a spark with.

Planets are the basic elements in every love equation that you can start using right now to create relationship chemistry that keeps the sparks alive. Let’s explore:

The Sun & Elemental Love

We all use zodiac signs to find out where our relationship compatibility lies. The Sun is the planet, or star, that represents how an individual is seen in the world, and what their own unique outlook on the world is. So your Sun placement, or, your zodiac sign, illustrates your overall personality and how you approach matters in love and in life. So of course we need to know what the Sun is doing in our charts, these are our zodiac signs and rising signs. This is important because life as-we-know-it on this planet would not survive without the Sun. Your relationships won’t either.

A common thing astrologers look for when considering Sun sign compatibility or star sign compatibility is the element pairings. So Earth and Water signs do very well together, as water feeds the earth. Fire signs and water signs might have some problems because water puts out fire. These are some ways you want to start thinking if you are considering the grand picture of love compatibility.

Where is the Sun in BOTH of your charts? Have you found a match that isn’t compatible? That’s okay. There is more to your love story than what the Sun is doing.

You definitely want a zodiac sign that is Sun compatible, which helps with your relationship chemistry. But this is only one component of your relationship chemistry. In other words, don’t count someone out just because they don’t have a compatible Sun sign. Maybe their sign is your perfect Venus or your ideal Mars? You will never know if you limit your relationship compatibility to Sun signs alone.

The Moon & Compatibility

Moon signs are another thing astrologers look at when looking at love compatibility. Are your Moon signs compatible? Your chart will determine what your Moon sign is, and your partner’s chart as well. For compatibility, you consider similar factors like you would with the Sun. The Moon side of us, however, and our Moon sign, is the marker for our emotional needs.

A discussion on relationship compatibility is incomplete without a talk about the role the Moon plays. Like your Sun sign or your zodiac sign, you also have a Moon Sign. This information is also found in your birth chart, and in your crush or partner’s as well. Moon Sign placement rules your inner world. Where the Sun rules all of the things about you that the world sees, the Moon rules the opposite, all of the things about you that the world does NOT see….right away.

This is your emotional center and your partner’s emotional center. All of the undercurrents in your Moon Sign will help you to create relationship chemistry that creates sparks that last. And this is exactly why having incompatible Sun signs is irrelevant in love. You may get along well with someone who has an incompatible Sun Sign, but, has a compatible Moon Sign.

If your Moon is in Aries for example, and your partner’s is in Libra, this will be an exciting connection of Fire and Air creating sparks yet again. Regardless of your zodiac signs! So if you are hoping to create relationship chemistry that lasts, shoot for the Moon!

Mars & Sexual Drive

And then of course we have Mars. The Mars placement in anyone chart suggests what kind of male partner that they would most likely be attracted to. So for example, if you are a person with Mars in Aries in your chart, then you will be attracted to a man who is a go-getter, an initiator, a leader, a real take-charge kind of guy in your life, and in your karmic destiny.

A look at your birth chart or the natal chart of your partner can give you a lot of information about sex appeal. Zodiac sign compatibility is wonderful of course, but we know there is so much more to a powerful love connection than that. Mars placement for both partners is very critical. That’s because Mars is known as the manly man of the planets. Mars rules attraction, drive, sexual energy, and is a magnetic force in every love match.

Mars placement in birth charts can reveal problems with sexual chemistry, and can also reveal where sexual chemistry can really take off. Mars is also about action and making moves. Your Mars placement will tell you exactly what you need to do, what moves you need to make, in order to experience the most outstanding sexual chemistry. If you are seeking a man in love, your Mars placement will also tell you what kind of man you need to feel fulfilled. So Mars in Aries position for example will hint that a fire sign or an Aries is your ideal match that will meet all of your chemistry needs.

Venus & Love Magic

A discussion on love compatibility would be incomplete without a discussion on Venus, of course, the goddess of love and beauty. Since Venus is traditionally known as female, Venus in a woman’s chart indicates how she relates to people and how she exudes her passion in life.

But Venus is even more important than that, she is also the goddess and planet of relating. Where Venus is in a person’s chart is an indication of the kind of woman that they will be attracted to. So, if a person has Venus in Scorpio, they are going to look for someone emotional, intense, and not shy in the bedroom. When you know where a person’s Venus is, and yours, then you can very simply learn how to tap into that exciting, pleasurable, and relationship-driven energy that makes you absolutely magnetic to your crush or main squeeze.

Where Mars is the planet of drive, sexual allure, and appeal, Venus is the softer and more loving side. Also, where Mars represents the ideal male for those seeking men in love, Venus represents the ideal female mate for those seeking women in love. So if you are looking to meet the perfect girl for you, find out where your Venus placement is in your birth chart or natal chart. Whatever zodiac sign Venus is in, will show you the qualities you are inherently looking for in love.

Your Venus placement in your natal chart also shows you what you need when it comes to meeting your love needs. Chemistry is great, but if there is no love or romance in the picture, those sparks will die fast. So, let’s say your Venus is in Libra. That means an Air Sign or a Libra will be a good mate, as they will have the intellectual and harmonious qualities you seek in love.

Learn more: How Venus Placements Affect The Way We Love.

Mercury & Relationships

You hear time and time again that if you can’t communicate in a relationship, the relationship will not succeed. Without communication, relationships can not exist. So how would you like to know how to unlock the secrets to communicating with your partner? Who wouldn’t! Mercury is the planet of communication. Knowing where Mercury is in your partner’s chart will be able to help you communicate with them precisely the way they need you to.

For example, if they have Mercury in Virgo they will like very rational logical, and ordered communications, not emotional ones. If they have Mercury in Cancer they will want you to be very emotional. Again, you could have two Sun signs that are terrible matches from a compatibility perspective. BUT, if one of those two in the match knows how to unlock the communication secrets the other person needs, then both in the match benefit and you have a wonderful compatibility picture here.

For those who do not identify with male or female genders, Mercury is where you should look when finding love in your chart. Mercury is not traditionally masculine or feminine in Astrology because it is the agent of exchange between the two, representing the spectrum of gender identities. So if you are looking to find your non-binary love match or are looking to find out more about how you represent in your relationships as a gender-fluid human, Mercury is your planet.

All The Other Stuff

Pay special attention to any places that your horoscope compatibility test has revealed areas of potential conflict between the two of you. Talk with your partner about what your expectations and boundaries are – especially in these areas that you now know could cause problems. This lays the foundation for a healthy relationship – one you’ll both be happier in.

When we look into charts and love and gender, it’s important to understand that how we identify and who we love is more important than who we were at birth. While your chart began then, you are at a certain part of your journey that is who you truly are, which all falls under your astrological journey. Use these planets as a guide, and go find love!

No matter how good or bad your relationship compatibility forecast may be, if you focus on growing together (which is what relationships are all about) love can thrive. A poor love compatibility reading almost always has positive aspects. And if you focus on the positive, you may just find you two are a better fit than particular astrological aspects might suggest. So if you’ve been told the two of you aren’t a good match but feel strongly about the relationship – follow your heart!

Discover your love compatibility today.

* Editor’s note: This article was previously published November 13th, 2014 and has been updated for astrological accuracy.

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The season of the lion is finally here! That’s right, it’s Leo’s time to shine once again – their favorite time of the year!

Many astrologers consider Leo season to be the most fun and exciting time of the year. And while the Sun is burning bright in this sign, we can also look forward to a glowing New Moon in the feisty sign of Leo.

With all this fiery energy, it’s the perfect time to embrace the beauty and charm of the Leo personality, as well as the energy that flows to us from a New Moon in warm and sunny Leo.

To make the most of any New Moon, it’s important to embrace the characteristics of the sign that the New Moon falls under. When the New Moon occurs in Leo, you can expect:

  • Social energy
  • Self-confidence
  • Creativity
  • Passion
  • And as the New Moon is the time for manifestation, this is the perfect time to put those dreams into place and start attracting those things that the Full Moon will bring to a head.

    Leo encourages you to let your inner child come out and play, to allow yourself to explore the world with a fresh set of eyes. And with both the Sun and the New Moon transiting Leo, you can bet your bottom dollar that this energy will be amplified, intensified, and just as passionate as the lion of the zodiac is.

    It’s time to reclaim your power and remind yourself who you are. This guide to the New Moon in Leo will tell you everything you should except from this transit, as well as how to make the most of it!

    New Moon in Leo Meaning

    The Moon is a cyclical creature, moving through each phase of its cycle for roughly 28 days at a time.

    When the New Moon occurs, you see only a tiny sliver of its silvery body in the sky, the night nearly black as pitch. And while the Full Moon offers the opportunity to close certain chapters in our lives, the New Moon does just the opposite – it opens our hearts and our minds to the possibilities of the Universe.

    The New Moon represents the beginning of a new lunar cycle, and it brings with it a desire to start fresh. Think about how excited you feel when a new year approaches, with all the possibilities that lie ahead. The New Moon offers us a miniature experience, a chance to find a clean slate in the middle of the year.

    Each New Moon occurs in a different sign, and the energy the New Moon brings will depend upon the sign that it’s in.

    Leo is ruled by the Sun, the planet of self. With both the Sun and the New Moon in Leo, you may feel more concerned with finding yourself than ever before – discovering your passions and desires that may have rested beneath the surface until now.

    This New Moon brings an awakening, a deeper understanding of yourself and what you want out of life. This is the time to re-evaluate your goals and dreams, to determine whether you are staying true to yourself and following your heart. Leo’s heart is massive, and it wants to make sure that your heart has room to grow as well.

    The key to harnessing the playful, curious, childlike energy of the New Moon in Leo is to invite your inner child out to play. Forget about work for a moment, and don’t even think about touching those dishes in the sink. This is the time to play with the world around you.

    What endless possibilities will you create during this transit? The choice is yours!

    When Will the New Moon in Leo Occur?

    The upcoming New Moon in Leo will occur on August 19th of this year. That gives you plenty of time to prepare, gather items for a New Moon ritual, and decide what you want to start manifesting!

    What to Expect During the New Moon in Leo

    To understand what we can expect from this New Moon, we need to understand a little bit more about Leo in general. Symbolized as a lion, Leo is a strong and powerful sign with feisty energy. Think about a lion in the wild – often playful, sometimes napping, and very ferocious when they need to be.

    Leo rules 5th house, the House of Pleasure. This is why Leo is so concerned with having a good time. They want to enjoy themselves and their limited time on the planet rather than wasting energy on things that don’t excite them. However, this can also make it more difficult for Leo to focus on hard work or tedious tasks.

    Let’s take a deeper look at the sign of Leo and what you can expect from this New Moon in Leo.

    Fun, Fun, Fun

    The first thing you should know about Leo is that their desire for fun is second to none.

    Leos want to experience all of the pleasurable sensations that life has to offer. Their childlike energy urges them to gravitate towards the center of the party – they can feel joyous energy calling them from miles away.

    When the New Moon occurs in Leo, you’ll also experience this need for a good time, especially regarding your emotions. This is not a lunar transit that asks you to reflect and become introspective, but rather to step outside of your comfort zone and do something just for the fun of it!

    Your inner child is dying to come out and play for a while, and you’ll feel more confident and self-assured if you allow this play to happen. Don’t try to force yourself into work mode during this transit or you’ll end up feeling cranky and overworked.

    Outgoing Energy

    Leo has perfected the balance between confident and arrogance. Leo is proud of who they are, and they won’t take things lying down – but they know when they need to back off, too. It’s time for you to find this balance, to embrace who you are fully in a manner that makes others feel comfortable and delighted to be near you.

    Maintain humility, but don’t forget to share your warmth and charm with the world.

    The New Moon in Leo asks you to appreciate yourself, to find your center of self-love, while lifting the vibrations of those around you.

    Flattery is Everything

    When the New Moon is in Leo, we all want compliments; and it’s an excellent way to get to our hearts! You will feel more expressive with your words than ever, sprinkling compliments like fairy dust on anyone willing to listen. And they will listen!

    Flattery will get you everywhere during this transit, because we’re all experiencing that same desire to both appreciate ourselves, and show love for those around us. But only sincere flattery will do the trick. Don’t say anything that you don’t truly mean under this New Moon, or it may come back around to bite you later.

    Loyalty in Love

    Leos have massive hearts that they wear on their sleeves, and you can expect this energy to transfer into your own spirit as well. You will feel a deeper desire to not only share your affection for you loved ones, but also to protect them at all costs.

    Leos are deeply loyal to their friends, families, and partners. This is not the time to shy away from sharing your love, but to shout it from the rooftops. And if you aren’t particularly affectionate during most times, your loved ones will appreciate the effort even more.

    Use the word “love” as often as you can while the New Moon is in Leo. Share it with the world. Let your love shine through you and onto those around you.

    Think about the image of a child who has just received their favorite type of candy, the glow, the excitement, the surprise. This is the gift you’re giving to others when you share your love openly.

    Read this next: Lunar Compatibility: What the Moon Says About Your Relationship

    Being Wholly & Fully Yourself

    Leo is certainly not a shy member of the zodiac, and they aren’t afraid to show the world who they are. This is the energy you need to embrace while the New Moon is in Leo. Be yourself without shame, wear your heart on your sleeve, and cry in public if the mood strikes.

    There is no room for embarrassment in this transit – we only have room for radical self-acceptance here.

    Don’t worry about how you look, what you sound like, or whether your message will be well-received. Be yourself. Uncompromisingly, without apology, wholly and fully yourself.

    Intense Passion

    Leos are passionate about what they love, and even more passionate about the things they don’t. Expect a surge of intense energy to wash over you at some point during the New Moon in Leo, regardless of where that energy is directed.

    You might suddenly discover a passion for knitting, painting, or even documentaries. It may flow in like a surprise wind that you weren’t expecting, and carry you towards your future.

    What Does the New Moon in Leo Mean for Your Zodiac Sign?

    Each sign may have different experiences with this New Moon, so let’s dive in and see what this transit means for you.

    Aries

    Creative impulses wash over you during this New Moon. This is the time to embrace your creativity and follow these impulses. Let your heart guide you towards your newest brilliant creation.

    Taurus

    You may feel the need to focus on your surroundings, particularly your home. Your home is a source of security, and maintaining it brings you joy. Take some time to redecorate or organize your sacred space.

    Read this next: Living Space Updates for Leo Season

    Gemini

    This New Moon in Leo encourages you to take a look at your existing relationships. Are they bringing you joy, or leaving you exhausted? Don’t be afraid to re-evaluate the types of connections you want in your life right now.

    Cancer

    You may feel a strong focus on your career right now, so remind yourself how successful you are now. Make a list of everything you’ve accomplished and why these things make you proud. Celebrating yourself and your successes will bring even more abundance.

    Leo

    It’s your time to shine, Leo! With both the Sun and the New Moon in Leo, you are on fire right now! Take time to do what brings you joy in the moment. Bring your inner child out to play and let them run free. Don’t waste a moment of this special time for yourself.

    Virgo

    The New Moon in Leo brings hidden thoughts or feelings to the surface, Virgo. It’s time to confront these notions rather than stuffing them away for a later date. Grab a notebook and a pen and let your feelings flow through and out of you.

    Libra

    As a social butterfly, this energy makes you feel even more connected to the people you love. Any kind of conversation takes on a deep and meaningful tone. Dig deep within yourself to determine which connections bring you the most joy right now.

    Scorpio

    You appreciate a flair for drama during this transit, and your energy takes on an intensity that may overwhelm others. But embracing yourself is more important than making others feel comfortable with who you are.

    Sagittarius

    You’re dying for adventure and new experiences right now, and looking for ways to change things up, and take new directions. Digging into your intuitive center and following the wisdom you find will take you where you want to be.

    Capricorn

    Your private affairs are brought into focus and you may have to deal with emotional situations that you’d rather brush under the rug. Don’t shy away from these experiences because facing them will bring peace and understanding.

    Aquarius

    With the New Moon in Leo, it’s easier than ever for you to be affectionate with your loved ones, Aquarius. Embrace this unusual energy and let the love flow from your heart to the world around you. You’d be surprised at how much joy this will bring to others.

    Pisces

    Creativity is the name of the game for you, Pisces. You can expect a surge of artistic energy that encourages you to find new and exciting ways to express yourself. Try new things, experiment with new mediums, and let your creativity flow.

    A Leo New Moon Ritual

    Did you think we were going to let you leave without giving you ideas for the perfect New Moon in Leo ritual? No way!

    Because this is a New Moon, you’ll benefit from manifestation work and setting your intentions. Here is what you will need for your ritual:

  • Notebook
  • Pen
  • Piece of citrine
  • Jar of purified water
  • Step 1

    Take your supplies outside, somewhere where you can feel the energy of the New Moon – even if you don’t see it. Seated comfortably, light a candle or turn on a light so that you can see comfortably. Take a moment to breathe deeply and allow your energy to settle.

    Step 2

    Meditation under the New Moon can increase your intuition and help you connect to the energy of the Universe. Close your eyes and breathe in and out until you feel harmonized with the world around you.

    Step 3

    Once you’ve reached a relaxed state of being, open your notebook, grab your pen, and hold your citrine in your left hand. While gathering the abundant energy of citrine, write down all of the things you want to manifest and attract into your life.

    Leave no stone unturned, no detail left out. Be as specific as possible when considering what you want to manifest, because you will attract exactly what you imagine.

    Step 4

    Once you’ve created your list, find a spot in the Earth where you can bury it. Once the list is buried, pour a small amount of your jarred water over the area. Then place your jar on top of the fresh soil and allow it to sit under the Moon’s energy overnight.

    Step 5

    In the morning, collect your Moon water and take sips throughout the day, each time imagining your manifestations coming to fruition. Try to feel the gratitude and appreciation before it has even made its way into your life. Imagine how wonderful you’ll feel when your dream finally comes true.

    This is not the time to overthink things; the New Moon in Leo encourages a connection to your internal wisdom, a union with your intuition. It’s an easy, breezy, beautiful transit of love and light that encourages you to appreciate both yourself and others.

    It’s time to have fun, to share love, to be yourself. It’s time to let your inner child come out and play.

    What are your New Moon wishes?

    Related article: Mercury in Leo: Communication is Heating Up!

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    In astrology, your birth chart is divided into 12 houses. The 1st house reveals the initial impressions you make on others. You might show more of your Sun sign traits to those who are closer to you and who know you better, but your 1st house is what you let the world see.

    You’ll find out a lot about your personality and your ego by studying what’s going on in your 1st house. Traditionally, the ruling sign of this house is Aries, and the ruling planet is Mars. It’s a Cardinal quality house and it belongs to the element of Fire.

    The 1st House Holds the Rising Sign

    The sign on the cusp of the 1st house is called your Rising sign, or Ascendant. This sign probably has more significance regarding your appearance and how you conduct yourself than your Sun sign does.

    When you’re trying to make a good impression on someone – for romance, or maybe a job – you’ll unconsciously play up the good points of your Rising sign. If you have a planet conjunct to your Rising sign, it will have a major impact on your personality.

    To calculate your Rising sign accurately, you need to know not just your date and place of birth, but also the time.

    What sign do you have in your 1st house? Try our free Birth Chart Generator now to find out!

    The 1st House Points to Your Family Environment

    The 1st house represents not just your outward personality, but also the environment that you grew up in, the nurturing that you got to go with your inherent nature.

    Do you ever hear other people describe you, and their characterization of you doesn’t match the way that you see yourself?

    This discrepancy is because they’re seeing your Rising sign and what you’re projecting, rather than your core self as represented by your Sun sign. Studying the 1st house also helps you to understand your role in your family and perhaps even in your community.

    For example, if you have an Aries Rising sign, you are likely an impulsive family member with all the ideas, always up for some fun and never afraid to speak your mind.




    Read this next! The Secrets Revealed by Your Birth Chart

    The 1st House Gives Insight on Your Personality

    The effects of the 1st house indicate not just who you are, but also who you’ll grow to be. Remember, this is the house of self – your inner or hidden self, as well as the face you present to others. The 1st house is the foundation of your individuality, as well as being the starting point on your journey around your natal chart.

    In the 1st house of your chart, you’ll find clues to your expression, your mannerisms, your disposition, and your general approach to life.

    Understanding your 1st house will definitely provide some insight into how you are perceived by others a lot better!

    For example, if you are a Taurus Sun sign with a Pisces Rising sign, people will most likely see your outward compassion, your sensitivity and your creativity, which are all Pisces traits. But on the inside, this may conflict with how you feel more reserved, your distaste for drama and your practicality – all Taurus traits.

    What you feel your ‘real’ personality is inside may not be coming through, because you are more Pisces-like when you are dealing with people in the day to day.

    You can use this to your advantage to counteract the more negative traits you might project.

    For more examples of how your Rising sign affects your relationships, read What Your Rising Sign Means for Your Communication.

    The 1st House Reveals the Mask You Wear

    Even though the 1st house gets to the core of your being, it’s not the whole you.

    When you understand your 1st house, your Ascendant, and any planets that are active in that area of your chart, you can use that information to put on a front. Your outer ‘mask’ doesn’t have to be a bad thing.

    Everyone wears some kind of a mask at one time or another. There are parts of yourself that you don’t want everyone else to see, parts that you keep reserved for those closest to you. The persona that you create from your 1st house will serve you well. It helps you on your journey towards your authentic self and your true empowerment.

    Do you resonate more with your Sun sign or your Rising sign? Should You Read Your Rising Sign’s Horoscope?

    Conclusion

    If you want to know more about yourself and how you are seen by the world, turn to your birth chart. The 1st house can reveal your Ascendant sign and some of the personality traits you will allow the outside world to see. The personality revealed by the 1st house can act as your ‘mask’ you put on when you are with strangers and acquaintances.

    People don’t have to know you well to be able to pick up on these characteristics about you. If you are made aware of some of your behaviors and perceptions of other about you, it could be to your advantage to adjust any approach that isn’t serving you well to have a more successful, happy life.





    * Editor’s note: This article was previously published April 9th, 2017 and has been updated for astrological accuracy.

    Related Article: The 12 Astrological Houses: 2nd House of Wealth

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    It’s Leo season which happens once per year while the Sun transits this Fire sign and brightens our perspectives!

    Leo season is a great time to ride the waves of positivity that the cosmos are offering us to make some much-needed changes in our lives. If you’ve been mulling over going for something big, you are probably now ready to actually do it.

    With the powerful fusion of Leo season and these Leo season affirmations, you’ll be able to direct the most powerful tool you have in your life, (the power of your intention), to launch into the life you’ve been dreaming of.

    But first, let’s get into some details about the Leo zodiac sign so you know just how potent this season’s energy is. Then, we’ll review some go-to summer affirmations!

    The Leo Energy Low-Down

    Ruled by the Sun, symbolized by the courageous Lion, Leo gives us an energy that helps us take the stage.

    Leo manifestation power is strong because the element of fire is both extroverted and creative. When we feel positive, the Law of Attraction works in our favour, attracting positive things to us.

    These healing affirmations will work with your energy to help you feel those optimistic and charismatic parts of yourself. We can also use these healing affirmations for Leo season to help break through fears that have been holding us back.

    Leo isn’t afraid to take a risk and try something new.

    Before you read ahead, choose to make these affirmations the theme of your summer. Really give them a chance to amplify your energy and take your life to the next level emotionally, physically, and spiritually.

    Get up close and personal with the Leo zodiac sign.

    10 Feisty Affirmations to Bring Out Your Leo Fire

    1. I Follow My Bliss

    This affirmation awakens you to the voice inside, and will make you feel alive. It will help you crack open your creativity and see new opportunities that you can more easily pursue during Leo season.

    This affirmation can also help you break out of a routine that feels like a drag, and get you feeling really excited about life again.

    Use this affirmation when you feel like you want to spice things up in your life, and need to infuse your day with energy.

    2. I Channel My Energy to Inspire Others

    For those of you who really look for purpose and are fuelled by making the world a better place, Leo energy can tap you into the inspiration you have innately within you. Now is the perfect time to let the Fire of Leo help you uplift those who need inspiration.

    When you feel overwhelmed by the setbacks in the lives of people you care about, or about what the world is currently going through, direct your energy to be a part of the solution by using this affirmation.

    3. I Go for My Biggest Dreams & That Makes Me Happy

    We love this Leo season affirmation because it captures bravery (a key Leo theme), and helps you focus it into making your dreams a reality. This month you can use this affirmation to make the major strides you’ve been wanting to make.

    If you are unhappy with your job, use this affirmation to help you step into something you love.

    4. I Take My Own Needs & Wants as Seriously as Others

    Leo energy can indeed be self-centered, but for some of you, you need to learn to recognize what you want, and seize it.

    This affirmation will help you honour what you want and need in life. It will allow you to ensure that life does not pass you by without giving to yourself as much as you would give to your best friend.

    Use this affirmation if you have felt you could use more joy in your life. This can help you find the things that make you laugh and gives you butterflies.

    5. I am Willing to Fail for the Chance to Succeed

    If you feel like you’re often thinking about all the things that could go wrong, and thus frozen in a state of indecision, this affirmation will help you break that cycle. This will help you get in tune with the excitement of what can go right to move past fear.

    This healing affirmation echoes the sentiments of many famous and successful people who have Leo-like mindsets, and you too can use it to get in touch with your untapped potential.

    Read this next: Fuel Your Fire with these Crystals for Leo Season

    6. I’m Getting Out of My Box & Into the World

    Have you felt like you’re hiding, or perhaps like you have become less and less able to be adventurous? This affirmation will awaken your inner-child and sense of curiosity to see all the amazing and wonderful parts of life you’ve yet to discover.

    If you’ve been feeling like the best parts of your life are in the past, this will help you stop that negative thought, and give you a taste for something new.

    7. Positive Energy & Strong Vision Help Me Manifest

    If you feel like you’ve been pessimistic, or having trouble feeling like your energy can actually “make things happen,” this will help override those thoughts. Manifesting is a very real thing that you can activate at any time, but first, you have to get your mind out of the way.

    Let this healing affirmation help you awaken your manifesting ability with the Leo fire.

    8. I’m Making Changes & Telling the Story of My Life on My Own Terms

    If you’ve been on the fence about something, or not allowing yourself to really trust that you can do what is in your heart, this affirmation will help move forward in a direction that brings a smile to your face.

    Let your inner leader out with this affirmation, and step away from the things you don’t want in your life starting today.

    9. I Choose to See Positive Outcomes

    When we start to envision a future that we want to see, we start to see the steps necessary to create that future. The optimism of Leo season is the perfect energy to help you create a vision that really makes you want to spring out of bed in the morning.

    If you find yourself without a clear goal, this will help you get in touch with what your soul already knows is waiting for you.

    10. I Feel Amazing & Things are Going Great Right Now!

    If you just focus on bringing more positive energy into your life, it can help you in mind, body, and spirit. This can change your life in infinite ways, and if you aren’t sure which affirmation to choose, this one fantastic, and will transform this Leo season into something magical for you.

    Just give this affirmation a shot even if you don’t know how it might help you by saying as frequently as possible!

    Using Your Leo Season Affirmations

    However you choose to use these affirmations is up to you.

    Maybe try writing one down twenty times each morning, or saying it five times in the mirror each day. You can write it on a post-it note and put it next to your bed, or you can even record yourself saying an affirmation, and listen to it in the car.

    The most effective way to use an affirmation is to use it frequently and really believe it will work.

    Reading your free daily horoscope can help you decide which of these affirmations you might use each day. Some days are better for focusing on your health, and some days are better for focusing on your future. Even if you’re Sun sign isn’t Leo, you may find the sign shows up in your birth chart to help you expand in different areas of life.

    We know the world is going through changes, and these times can be stressful because of uncertainty.

    These affirmations can help you stay out of a worried state of mind, and allow you to use your creative energy to find positive solutions for yourself and for others. You have great potential, and when you consistently direct the mind, you can be happy, successful, and free.

    No sign helps you get in touch with that more than the natural leader Leo.

    Related article: Leo Season Horoscopes for The Zodiac Signs

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    The Full Moon is high in the sky and something is mystical in the air. It’s that time again for the monthly gift of the Full Moon. Each Full Moon has different manifesting tricks or themes based on the sign it is in, but one thing stays constant: growth and endings.

    The New Moon gives us the opportunity to set our goals and manifestations, meaning that if you want something the beginning of the cycle is when you should send it into the universe. The Full Moon is when, if we have been actively manifesting, we can act on our goals and make our dreams come true.

    A lot of people think that they can only use the Full Moon energy on the actual date of the Full Moon, but that’s just not true! You can enjoy it for almost a full week. The Full Moon energy begins 48 hours before the day of the Full Moon, peaks on the day of the Full Moon, and continues to trickle down 48 hours after the Full Moon. That’s five days of awesome Full Moon energy! The potential is limitless if you know how to harness it.

    What You Need To Do During The Full Moon

    We are going to lay it all out for you and show you what you have to do every month when the Full Moon rises.

    1. Get Rid of Toxicity

    Toxicity and negativity will weigh you down during a Full Moon and it will cloud your judgment. The Full Moon wants to illuminate the blessings available to you, but even the light of the Full Moon will not be able to penetrate your soul if you are clinging to negative issues. This can be an issue within your mental and physical space.

    So let’s say you have five negative thoughts, each one gets their own separate piece of paper. If you set intentions to find mental or spiritual positivity or light in this Moon cycle, it’s time to acknowledge your blocks, write them down individually on slips of paper, and then get rid of them. If you’re looking to cleanse your space, this would be the time to clean and get rid of what is holding you back.

    By doing either of these rituals, you are deciding what is bad, what needs to be cut out by physically and then acting on it. Be honest with yourself and allow your inner growth to expand.

    2. Act on Your Desires

    If there is any energy from astrology for you to use to act on your own desires, the Full Moon energy is the most intense. This means that if you act on your desires in this period, chances are, they will manifest miracles. This is not the time to behave in the manner that you think you should.

    Instead, do what you want to do for a change! What are your deepest desires? Pursue them during this time and you might find that things fall into place. This energy is the best you will get all month, every month, to truly unbury those passions you have been stifling for so long.

    You can be the change you want to see: Make Your New and Full Moon Wishes Come True

    3. Start Something New

    The Moon is at its fullest point when it is a Full Moon and that means that as the next few days and weeks go by, the Moon will get smaller, it wanes. This is a great time for you to start getting smaller too! Remember that the Full Moon is about endings, but these are endings of toxic ways of life.

    This time around, you can end the cycle of unhealthy habits and begin rituals of diminishing any bad habits that are hindering your success. If you manifested wanting something new in your life, now is the time to act. Don’t rush into this new thing, but take the steps to get the ball rolling.

    4. Reroute Your Important Paths

    This is not unlike the mentality you follow by starting a new diet plan. The Full Moon is the biggest and brightest right now, which means as the days pass on, it will get smaller, and smaller. If you were wanting to try a new way of doing something, like your budget or schedule, this is the time to begin this reroute.

    Want that mountain of bills to deplete without depleting your resources? Sit down with them during this five day period and make a plan to make it smaller. Take small bites at a time so you are not overwhelmed.

    5. Keep Yourself Level-Headed

    During a time where we are told to act and get our goals moving, it might be tempting to let your emotions and actions get away from you. Aim to embrace the logic and rational thinking of an Earth sign, instead of falling into the overwhelming feelings of the emotional Moon.

    There are calmness and peace that the Full Moon brings, aim to take time to thrive in the stillness of the moment.

    6. Write Stuff Down

    This is a time where you’re dreams are realized, make sure you write down your thoughts and aspirations of this period. What do you want to work on next? What didn’t go well? What would you change?

    Basically, if you want your powerful intentions to manifest, write it down and stow them away for a later day. Writing your thoughts down has a powerful effect that makes your intentions sink into your brain a little deeper. It becomes more real and meaningful for you.

    Are you heartbroken? Agonizing over work pressures? Step away from the problem, and set the intention to have that area of your life blessed with abundance. Visualize how it feels and looks to be loved, imagine your work pile getting smaller every moment. All it takes is 30 seconds and your authentic intentions have been set.

    7. Slow Down, Meditate & Reflect

    The Full Moon is the time to truly be honest with yourself about where you want your life to go next. Meditation is the best way to slow down, reflect, and figure this out. Take a little quiet time, as much as you want, from 30 seconds to 30 minutes. Clear your mind to the point where you are not distracted by any particular thought.

    Contemplation and quiet may not feel like you are accomplishing anything at first, especially if you are new to this practice. When you are done you will feel better, more refreshed, and even invigorated. If you practice meditation, not only do you feel better, but you find yourself more informed because you will receive clarity and information that you can use in your daily life.

    8. Charge Your Crystals & Divination Tools

    The light of the Full Moon is the perfect time to charge your crystals and cleanse their energies. Depending on what sign the Moon is in, this act may be stronger for some crystals and weaker for others. If you’ve set your New Moon intentions surrounding or using your crystals, charging them directly in the light of the Full Moon will give energy to those desires.

    Your Tarot cards and pendulums also benefit from cleansing and charging in the Full Moon, often people who practice divination will place these elements in the direct moonlight to give them an extra boost.

    Learn more about cleansing your Tarot cards and crystals here.

    9. Accept Endings

    The Full Moon is a time of endings, whether we are ready for them or not. When you see the end of a story, goal, or path in your life, try releasing it or allowing it to naturally flow. It’s easy to hold onto what is familiar

    When we fight it, this can cause unnecessary stress and tension within us and in our relationships, leaving us to pick up the pieces in the Full Moon’s shadow. Just like the Death card states, not all endings are bad… some are necessary and healthy.

    Discover the Full Moon in Each Sign

    The Full Moon in Each sign brings new energies…

    • The Full Moon in Aries brings tension, fiery energy, and an amazing opportunity for personal growth.
    • The Full Moon in Taurus connects us to our inner wants and desires. If we embrace this time we will develop our inner love and beauty.
    • The Full Moon in Gemini connects us to others, allowing us to grow within our relationships and outward intellect.
    • The Full Moon in Cancer allows us to connect to our emotions and let free our reservations about our physical bodies. This is very powerful, as the Moon is ruled by the sign cancer, so when the natal Full Moon is in our skies, opportunity is everywhere. We can grow in many ways throughout this time but no matter what, the focus on love, both self-love and love of others, will carry us to new places.
    • The Full Moon in Leo brings us a time of full confidence and exuberance: Take chances and embrace your best traits. This is a time to grow the skills that we already possess but what to make bigger, bolder, and more successful. This is the time to take on a new day and never look back.
    • The Full Moon in Virgo means it’s time to get our lives in order. While this doesn’t feel like growth initially, this will allow you to spread your wings into the next moon cycle. Virgo’s think ahead like that.
    • The Full Moon in Libra is light and airy, this growth period looks to charging our energies through others. Sometimes we can expand our horizons by listening and evaluating the people around us. When the Libra Full Moon is in the sky, it’s an interpersonal recycling day.
    • The Full Moon in Scorpio is a period of symbolic growth, while it may feel that you want to spend time focusing on your closest friends, during a Scorpio Full Moon we need to look inside. When we look at what we are holding onto and send it down the astrological river, we free ourselves for compassion and success.
    • The Full Moon in Sagittarius influences light and fun expansion. This is the perfect time to break free of your restrictions and grow beyond the box you are giving yourself. What is something you’ve always wanted to try? Sign up for that class now or, in true Sagittarius style, just do it now!
    • The Full Moon in Capricorn means it’s time to get back to basics. While most Full Moon’s flip the script and cause unrest, a Capricorn Full Moon allows us to focus. This is the perfect time to focus on financial, career, or personal success as there is an extended emotional maturity that we can tap into during this Moon.
    • The Full Moon in Aquarius puts our personality and individualism in the spotlight. This is the perfect time to make personal changes like a new haircut, a new room layout, or even a new creative adventure. Just like the Air sign the Moon is in, there are only worries if we don’t look at the world around us rationally, the rest is up in the air.
    • The Full Moon in Pisces presents us with a time for spiritual growth. In this time we will want to search for love, closure, and anything else that fulfills your soul. When you feel complete under the Pisces Full Moon we grow as a person, use self-care and rituals to harness this energy best.

    Conclusion

    The Full Moon happens every month, and so you have frequent opportunities to use its energy to manifest luck and good fortune in your life. If you use the rituals outlined above, it will help you to refocus and recommit to the life you want to live every single month.

    If life isn’t going the way you want it to, the Full Moon is a time to reflect on why, make a correction, and get it back on track. The Full Moon wants your life to be full of joy, love, and provide everything you need. All you have to do is work with the energy and it will come to you.

    Want to know more about the planetary phenomenon? The Ultimate Guide To Full Moons

    * Editor’s note: This article was previously published April 9th, 2017 and has been updated for astrological accuracy.

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    You may know your zodiac sign, your Moon sign, and your representative Tarot card, but we all know that so much more goes into forging you into “you” than we may first anticipate. For example, in numerology, your Life Path Number is one additional tool that can further illustrate your calling in life, what purpose you feel drawn to, and your general direction in the world.

    The life path numbers’s claim to fame has grown in the past few years, and you may already be aware of how important one little number can be to you and your life’s calling. However, it’s actually not the only number that is significant in contributing to who you are today…

    Introducing: your birth number — an equally important piece of the numerology puzzle in teaching you more about you! Find out more about how to find your birth number and what it means for you below.

    Want even more numerology insights? Make sure to check out your daily numerology reading!

    How to Calculate Your Birth Number

    Unlike your life path number, there are no grand calculations involved with accessing your birth number. It’s very simple: the actual day of birth is your birth number. There’s no math, no addition! You just work with the number of the day you were born.

    Knowing what this number means can take you deeper into realizing how numerology can help you make the most out of your life.

    The Importance of Your Birth Number

    Your birth number is one piece of the puzzle in calculating your life path number, so it’s not surprising that it holds a certain importance in creating who you are today. That being said, it has significance of its own, even aside from contributing to the grand life path numerology equation.

    Whereas your life path number totals all of the important numerological pieces in foretelling your life’s mission, your birth number stands alone to illustrate your unique skills, talents, and particular characteristics. As these are present within us from the get-go, they are easily identifiable from our childhood.

    The Main Traits of Each Birth Number

    Here’s a quick look at the meanings of each birth number for easy reference. What day of the month were you born?

    Birth Number 1

    If you were born on the first of the month, you’re an instigator, creative, and a go-getter. You’re very independent, but you may get a little egotistical, as you prefer for things to be done in your unique way.

    Watch for selfishness, and make a conscious effort to consider others. Overall, however, you make a great leader and independent worker, and can easily command the center of attention.

    Birth Number 2

    This date of birth brings you balance and diplomacy. You’re very sensitive when it comes to the feelings of others, and have a strong desire to help.

    Just make sure that you don’t lose your own self-confidence along the way, for self-doubt could lead to prolonged periods of sadness.

    Birth Number 3

    You’re very communicative if you were born on the third day of the month. As you can be equally productive in nonverbal, physical, and artistic forms of expression, you are blessed with the gift of sharing your wisdom with others.

    Thus, 3’s are naturally drawn to careers like education and writing.

    Birth Number 4

    Fours are very often the pillar of strength. You’re a hard worker, possess plenty of drive, and are often very practical. Just don’t get too set in your ways, for there’s a bit of stubbornness associated with this birth number.

    Sometimes individualism and strength can make being a team player an obstacle for 4’s.

    Birth Number 5

    The 5th brings you inherent luck and an inquisitive mind, but also at times an unwillingness to compromise. You know what you want and you can charm your way towards getting it, and have a way of getting information out of others.

    You live life large and can be incredibly devoted to important causes, but make sure that you don’t overindulge in the things that bring you pleasure.

    Birth Number 6

    If you were born on the 6th, you will lean towards traditions, relationships, and family values. You’re conscious of your surroundings, but you may have a tendency to be too critical of others as you want the best for them.

    Part of your life’s lesson is to learn to lighten up and enjoy the present moment.

    Birth Number 7

    A life path number of 7 is considered to be lucky, and so is the birth number. You’re intuitive and maybe a bit psychic, but you have trouble fitting into a crowd with a naturally eccentric disposition. It can be hard for you to find a place — and a partner — where you feel truly comfortable.

    As you genuinely desire to help, you may be drawn to the healing arts or the fields of medicine and health.

    Birth Number 8

    You have infinite powers of motivation and leadership — but you can also be a bit bossy. This is the number for great potential, but your arrogance may let you down. As a natural organizer and leader, however, you usually know what you’re doing.

    Just additionally learn to cultivate patience with others — it will actually work in your favor.

    Birth Number 9

    This is the number of the artist and the dreamer. If this is your birth number, you’re probably very romantic. You just have to make sure that you’re not using your dreams and fantasies to escape reality.

    As independent thinkers, 9’s are innovative and can likewise be drawn to innovative fields like technology or science.

    Birth Number 10

    All of the energies of the number 1 are amplified here. You’re a trailblazer, and not afraid to stand alone. Just don’t try to do it all, though, for it will be easy for you to stress yourself out if you over-commit yourself.

    Overall, you can accomplish just about any goal you fully put your mind to, and maintain a very strong passion, drive, and zest for life.

    Birth Number 11

    As one of the master numbers, 11’s are highly sensitive and in-tune with the world around them. You may have felt called to be of assistance to others from a very young age.

    Additionally, you can easily be drawn to careers like counseling or customer service where your interactions with others are one-on-one.

    Birth Number 12

    A birth number of 12 brings you the independence of the 1 and the sensitivity of the 2. You’re artistic and communicative, but you need to pay attention to your feelings. You’re naturally prone to mood swings, and one of your life’s lessons is to keep your emotions balanced.

    When you keep your cool, however, you can be one of the strongest allies and friends that a person could ask for!

    Birth Number 13

    Don’t let people tell you that it’s unlucky to be born on the 13th, because it’s not! What it does do, though, is bring you a penchant for hard work. Others might try to take advantage of you, so don’t let them.

    Express yourself more easily and through a creative pursuit, as you have a strong communicative bone that pushes you to share your ideas with the world.

    Birth Number 14

    If this is your birth number, then you may struggle with commitment. You’re gregarious and likeable, and you hunger for a sense of adventure in order to feel alive.

    Despite your capability to manage teams and lead others to success, your sense of independence can lead to a lone wolf kind of lifestyle.

    Birth Number 15

    You’ve got a real flair for the creative arts. It doesn’t matter what field; whether it’s words, or music or painting, or something else. You easily attract others of differing cultural backgrounds than yours, and embrace diversity in your life.

    You’re a great friend, but you have to be careful of giving too much, as you sometimes pay more attention to the needs of others than you do your own.

    Read this next: Are You in Sync With Your Numerological Destiny?

    Birth Number 16

    Pursuing something detailed and involved will appeal to you if you were born on the 16th, for this is the number of intellect and understanding. You delve deep into what interests you, but you’ll have to apply yourself to finish what you start.

    Just don’t get so absorbed in your pursuits that you shut others out!

    Birth Number 17

    You can be a bit of a perfectionist, because you’ve got high standards and an ambition to live up to them. One of your life’s lessons is to learn to delegate. Your way is not the only way of doing things; let someone else explore their skills and talents, too!

    Aside from this, you have a keen eye for detail and know how to truly put a plan into action.

    Birth Number 18

    A birth number of 18 indicates that you can communicate with people from many different backgrounds and belief systems. You’ve got superior leadership abilities and a great intuition when it comes to working with other people.

    Just watch out for jealous eyes, as not everyone is going to be a fan of how easily you can attract success with others.

    Birth Number 19

    You like to live life on the cutting edge, being active, and being in the middle of things in order to feel alive. You’re fiercely independent, and that can make it difficult for you to form emotional relationships with others. You need to find a balance between independence and companionship.

    You otherwise possess a lighthearted sense of adventure and are able to share a wonderful and optimistic perspective of the world with others.

    Birth Number 20

    You’ve all the energies of the 2 birth number, amplified and then some! You’re so involved with your surroundings and easily influenced by them that you should take extra care that they’re harmonious and soothing.

    It’s easy for your emotions to get the better of you, but you can easily work with others in environments like childcare and teaching where your empathy and kindness are valued.

    Birth Number 21

    You’re charming and talented — but not all is meant to come to you as if you’re a magnet for success! You have everything that it takes to create a very successful life, but you may not always have the motivation to make that happen.

    Your charisma can open many doors for you, but will you do the work that will lead you to your highest rewards?

    Birth Number 22

    As this is one of the life path master numbers, you have the intuition and inspiration that goes with it. However, as a birth number, it brings some challenges. You’ve got big dreams, and you’re not afraid of failing.

    As your own biggest critic and a major perfectionist, you’re sometimes afraid of succeeding — and you can unconsciously box yourself out of achieving your goals.

    Birth Number 23

    With the frequency of personable 2 and the communicative skills of chatty 3, being born with number 23 makes you the true life of the party. You might find yourself ensnared in gossip and quarrels often, caught in the middle of things, and left to mediate for everyone else. However, it’s only because your interpersonal skills are so desperately needed!

    Lend an ear, speak up, and lead a conversation — you are literally born for it!

    Birth Number 24

    You’re a great listener, but you seem to get effortlessly drawn into the drama that other people create. Remember that listening and counseling is one thing, but you can’t let their problems become your problems.

    Others will take advantage of you if you let them. With a more assertive nature, you can easily take up careers within law, and lend your people skills there.

    Birth Number 25

    You’re intelligent, but are you using that to your advantage, or are you using it to shut others out? It’s not hard for you to get absorbed in your studies and pursuits.

    Just don’t use that dedication as an excuse for avoiding emotional connections, as there is a softer, more spiritual side to you that many more people would love to see from you.

    Birth Number 26

    It’s easy for you to see the entirety of a situation, but harder for you to focus on the details that are needed to make that bigger picture manifest. From an early age, 26’s often take up more responsibility than most and thus can have a hard time enjoying themselves later in life.

    In this life, you will have to learn to let others help you and lighten the load.

    Birth Number 27

    Being born on the 27th, you have a very mutable and changeable personality and disposition. This is in part due to your natural thirst for knowledge and desire to experience and understand every corner of the world, thus making you very versatile and adaptable.

    However, this can also make you feel “ungrounded” and lack a sense of home or comfort. This life will challenge you to strike a balance between the two extremes.

    Birth Number 28

    Yours is the path of originality and innovation. You’re not one to conform, and you’re better at starting things than you are at finishing them.

    Use that entrepreneurial charm to instigate things, and then leave them to others to get completed — just don’t lose your cool when things don’t go your way!

    Birth Number 29

    It may take you awhile to find your niche in the world, but once you do, you’ll fill it with creativity. You’re intuitive yet practical, and have a knack for getting your work recognized by the public when you finally choose to put your all into one place.

    You just need to have patience with yourself, and find out who you truly are — not who someone else says you need to be!

    Birth Number 30

    You’re so creative that an artistic profession could come naturally to you. If you’re not doing this for a living, then at least find a creative hobby into which you can pour yourself!

    You’ll feel incomplete without some kind of imaginative activity, as your internal wheels are constantly turning and yearn for the right kind of outlet to share its unique voice.

    Birth Number 31

    Reliability and dependability are just two of your strengths. With birth number 31, you’re very hardworking, and others rely on you. As such, it’s likely that you attract a larger social circle.

    However, because you don’t want to let anyone down, there’s the potential that you could overstretch yourself, so make sure you have at least some time alone to relax.

    Love Your Birth Number!

    Each of us are divinely given our own skills, traits, and characteristics that make us uniquely us, and our birth number is just one piece of that larger pie. Understanding how it fits into the wider picture can help you better understand yourself and how you relate to the world!

    Keep your birth number, along with the other many significant tools and numbers that the Universe has offered you, in your back pocket as an always-relevant tool to help you on your journey through life.

    Related article: Your Name & Your Destiny: The Numerology of Names

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    Welcome to your astrology forecast for the week of August 17 – August 23 beautiful souls!

    This week’s astrology overview has some big and exciting events. If you’ve felt like the energy this month has been a little too intense, this is the week in August 2020 astrology where you’ll start to feel more grounded.

    We’ve had a lot of Fire this month with the Sun and Mercury having spent time in Leo. That fire was made even more intense because of Uranus moving retrograde. Uranus joined many other planets that were already in retrograde when this happened!

    Sun in Virgo Calms Us Down

    Now we can start to see where everything might be going, and be able to plan for the future in a more steady and practical way. The Sun moves into Virgo this week on Saturday, bringing some much needed Earth energy to our psyche. We will feel like we have a more firm grasp on things.

    This week, it’s as if the Universe is letting us breathe a sigh of relief as the pressure starts to ease up. We aren’t completely out of the weeds yet though, as Mars will be moving retrograde next month, but as we enter into the fall, more planets will move direct, and things will start to even out.

    Read this next: August 2020 Taroscopes for The Zodiac Signs

    Capture the New Moon Magic

    Tuesday is a New Moon in the Fire sign of Leo, and this day will have you feeling optimistic about starting new things. This could instigate big life changes as the confident and expansive Leo energy pushes us to see new possibilities, and really feel our full potential.

    This is a great time to check in with how you’re using your personal passions in your career, or to ask the Universe to reveal how you could do that more. Perhaps you’ll come up with a creative new approach or try something completely new in this cycle. Write down what you want to work towards and you’ll likely see developments at the time of the Full Moon on September 2, 2020.

    Time to Plan With Mercury

    On Wednesday, Mercury, the planet that rules thinking and communication, moves into Virgo, helping us start to feel more organized and grounded. All those big ideas you had while Mercury was in Leo can now be put into action with the busy-body Virgo energy.

    This week is a great time to pull out your calendar and map out your plan of attack to get where your fearless heart wants to go the most.

    Overall, you’ll feel more optimistic and sure of yourself. You may want to use the Virgo vibes to take a look at self-care and make some minor adjustments to help give you the best possible energy. Be careful not to try to solve every single problem all once as Virgo likes to fixate on fixing! Let Virgo season be a time of steady progress and healthy habits.

    Planetary Locations During August 17 – August 23, 2020

    Sun: Leo (July 22, 2020 – August 22, 2020), Virgo (August 22, 2020 – September 22, 2020)

    Mercury: Leo (August 4, 2020 – August 19, 2020), Virgo (August 19, 2020 – September 2, 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 17 – August 23, 2020

    Monday, August 17

    Sun: Leo – You are trying new things and looking to socialize under the Leo Sun. You are ready to mingle, network, and expand into new territory. The Leo Sun helps you realize that you still got it, and can still grow and find new passions at any age.

    Moon: Leo – You’re more outgoing than usual which you can use to mend some of the relationships in your life that just needed to be infused with some good old positive energy. Be sure to listen as much as you share.

    Tuesday, August 18

    Sun: Leo

    Moon: Leo

    Event: New Moon in Leo. You may feel a flood of new inspiration and ideas today. Capture them and choose which one or two will be your focus for the next two weeks. Maybe you get a really big idea that you can break down into smaller goals. Either way, you’re looking through the portal of your potential. Remember, “you don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”

    Wednesday, August 19

    Sun: Leo

    Moon: Leo

    Ingress: Mercury enters Virgo. This transit lasts until September 2, 2020. We are thinking in terms of organizing our lives. We may feel more at ease once we literally clean out our closet, or get on top of all of our bills.

    You’ll probably find people more helpful and look for small ways you can make a difference to help fill the gaps, and make a cohesive whole.

    Review: Your Monthly Astrology Transits August 2020

    Thursday, August 20

    Sun: Leo

    Moon: Virgo – Today is a great day to get things done around the house, and creativity may not be as high. Try to tie up loose ends or use this productive energy to do stuff now, and give yourself a chance to relax more this weekend.

    Friday, August 21

    Sun: Leo

    Moon: Libra – People are very chatty today. You will have to watch out for people trying to prove they are right because they will be in the mood to debate. You probably feel like being with friends or connecting with them, so give yourself time to catch up with someone.

    Saturday, August 22

    Sun: Virgo

    Moon: Libra

    Ingress: Sun enters Virgo. All those things you’ve been putting off while having fun during Leo season will finally be easier to do, and more satisfying to accomplish. Cleaning up projects, renovations, and studying are easier during this time. You may be in danger of burning out, so be sure you channel some of your planning energy into your own health.

    Sunday, August 23

    Sun: Virgo

    Moon: Scorpio – You’re likely trying to investigate under the surface of things today, whether it’s about how someone feels about you, or the truth about global events. You can also have deeper conversations today without feeling overwhelmed by them.

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    When the Moon enters Leo, it’s already typically time to take advantage of this fiery, prosperous, and creative transit. Emotion can be heightened, our zest for life can be much more prominent, and suddenly the drama, color, and spark of the world seems to have been multiplied by tens!

    But as the fortuitous New Moon in Leo approaches on August 19th, there is an even larger need to seize the moment and use this bold energy to benefit you in the best way possible.

    Thanks to the confidence of passionate Leo, this New Moon may highlight any lingering inner feelings of self-doubt, giving you the opportunity to identify and rid yourself of these ideas once and for all.

    You won’t want to miss out on an incredible opportunity to step into your more authentic, courageous self, thereby granting yourself the key to a multitude of blessings and opportunities.

    Aside from whatever New Moon ritual you may have planned for the day, it is always a great idea to consult the Tarot for its input as well. We have crafted a Tarot spread for this New Moon in Leo so that you can learn how to best seize this beautiful day for yourself and your own unique needs!

    New Moon in Leo 4-Card Tarot Spread

    1. What is the energy of the New Moon in Leo for me?
    2. What will it shed light on?
    3. What blessings will it provide in the long-term?
    4. How can I use it to step into a more authentic version of myself?

    Below you can find an example of what the Tarot spread might look like in practice.

    1. What is the energy of the New Moon in Leo for me?

    4 of Swords

    With the energy of the 4 of Swords at play, it may be a time for rest and rejuvenation more so than play and pizzazz. Perhaps this New Moon will allow you the time for beauty rest, self-care, and much needed “me time” in order to step into the confidence you’re looking for.

    2. What will it shed light on?

    7 of Swords

    This is the ultimate representative of foul play. For many of us, it can be us at our lowest — tempted to lie, cheat, or steal our way to the top. At the end of the day, you don’t want to be involved in whatever antics are unfolding in the tricky and sneaky 7 of Swords.

    This card may be indicating that the New Moon in Leo will help you identify any feelings of jealousy or ill will that you or others are holding onto, and let them go fully so that you can get your spotlight with only the best intentions.

    Read this next: What it Means When the Moon Is In Your Sign

    3. What blessings will it provide in the long-term?

    9 of Cups

    The 9 of Cups is the wish card itself — the full manifestation of our deepest hopes and desires. To see this card in this spread position would be very fortuitous indeed! It shows that you may very literally be getting your goals, dreams, and desires come to full fruition in the long-term.

    This card additionally highlights the importance of believing in yourself and your dreams. Therefore, consider the New Moon in Leo as a cleansing of your negative beliefs or harmful self-talk that would get in the way of this positive outlook.

    4. How can I use it to step into a more authentic version of myself?

    The High Priestess

    As an intuitive, honest, and highly spiritual figure, The High Priestess sheds light on all that can be really seen in a situation. She reminds you that the answers are always within, and that you know yourself better than anyone else.

    At the end of the day, though, she is also a reminder that it is okay not to know everything right away. You are constantly in the process of creating and stepping into who you are every single day, so you don’t need to feel “complete” or “finished” in order to feel confident in who you are!

    Keep in Mind…

    At the end of the day, the Universe and all of its wild transits and Moon phases will never bring out anything that you are unable to handle at the moment. If you feel overwhelmed or confused by past insecurities resurfacing during the New Moon in Leo, take a few moments to recenter with your Tarot cards and know that all is being brought to light as it should be.

    And, as always, you are only one card pull away from some extra clarity and guidance — your Tarot deck will be right there to walk you through it all!

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    Esoteric Astrology is a fascinating branch of astrology. Not as much is known about it compared to Exoteric Astrology (which is personality-centered or traditional astrology) but for anyone who wants to take astrology to a deeper, more spiritual level, Esoteric Astrology may be for you.

    Today, we’re exploring this topic that is unknown to many. Let’s dive a bit deeper into what exactly Esoteric Astrology is, and how it can work to transform the way you look at your own life.

    What is Esoteric Astrology?

    Simply put, Esoteric Astrology is the astrology of the Soul.

    While traditional astrology focuses on the personality and aspects of our lives such as relationships, money, career, character traits, and more, Esoteric Astrology focuses on the reason we come to earth, and the important spiritual lessons we are here to learn. It is mysterious and complex, but the more you delve into it, the more fascinating it becomes.

    Explaining Esoteric Astrology

    In this branch of astrology, the Rising sign is actually the most important sign of a person because, it is the sign that represents the Soul’s purpose on earth. It tells us the reason that the individual incarnated in this body, in this time, and in the situation they find themselves in.

    In short, the Rising sign represents the Soul’s intention of coming to earth. It is the Higher Self of the individual.

    Do you know what your Rising sign is? Try our free Birth Chart Generator to find out!

    The Sun sign is also important, just as it is in traditional astrology. The Sun sign represents the personality of the individual. It is worth noting that in Esoteric Astrology, the Sun sign must be tamed so that it can submit to the Rising sign.

    Meanwhile, the Moon sign is considered the nemesis of the Rising Sign.

    This means that the Moon sign represents obstacles and blockages that prevent the Rising sign from expressing itself fully. The Moon sign is also associated with past lives where these obstacles have been picked up, and moved into the current incarnation.

    The challenge of the Moon sign is to understand it fully, and find a way to overcome the obstacles so that the Soul can fully express itself. This involves facing the negative aspects of the Moon Sign and strengthening the positive aspects to assist the Soul in spiritual growth.

    All three signs play a key role in the development of the Soul.

    The Sun sign’s negative qualities must be tamed, and its positive qualities nurtured so that it can assist the Rising sign in its full expression. Meanwhile, the Moon sign must be understood and analyzed so it can be fully directed towards the betterment of others.

    Read this next: Sun, Moon & Rising: Understanding the Primal Triad

    The Planetary Rulers of the Zodiac Signs

    In Esoteric Astrology, the planets that rule each sign differ slightly from traditional astrology, and are listed below:

    • Aries – Mercury
    • Taurus – Vulcan
    • Gemini – Venus
    • Cancer – Neptune
    • Leo – Sun
    • Virgo – Moon
    • Libra – Uranus
    • Scorpio – Mars
    • Sagittarius – Earth
    • Capricorn – Saturn
    • Aquarius – Jupiter
    • Pisces – Pluto

    The Seven Rays of Divine Manifestation

    In Esoteric Astrology, there is a principle that all creation is based on seven streams of energy. These are known as the Seven Rays of Divine Manifestation, and their energy pours into all life on the planet, and the solar system.

    Each ray has its own unique and individual purpose and they enter the planet through the twelve signs of the zodiac. Some signs transmit just one ray, while others may transmit two or three. Below is a list of the seven rays, and the signs that channel them.

    Ray 1: The Ray of Divine Will & Power

    Aries, Leo, Capricorn

    Ray 2: The Ray of Love & Wisdom

    Gemini, Virgo, Pisces

    Ray 3: The Ray of Abstract Intelligence & Activity

    Cancer, Libra, Capricorn

    Ray 4: The Ray of Harmony through Conflict

    Taurus, Scorpio, Sagittarius

    Ray 5: The Ray of Concrete Knowledge & Science

    Leo, Sagittarius, Aquarius

    Ray 6: The Ray of Idealism & Devotion

    Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces

    Ray 7: The Ray of Ceremonial Order & Magic

    Aries, Cancer, Capricorn

    Your Soul Purpose Based on Your Rising Sign

    You may have found yourself asking a number of times throughout your life: “What is my purpose?”

    Esoteric Astrology can provide clues to that. Below is a list of each Rising sign, and its primary purpose here on earth. This can help to inspire you in your own life, and potentially guide you on a path that you can feel satisfied and fulfilled with.

    Aries Rising

    If you are an Aries Rising, your soul purpose is to inspire others with ideas and develop a strong sense of independence within the Self.

    Taurus Rising

    If you are a Taurus Rising, your soul purpose is to learn how to bring the spiritual into the physical world.

    Gemini Rising

    If you are a Gemini Rising, your soul purpose is to communicate with truth and bring all sides together in harmony.

    Cancer Rising

    If you are a Cancer Rising, your soul purpose is to love and nurture others responsibly.

    Leo Rising

    If you are a Leo Rising, your soul purpose is to learn to love yourself without needing the approval of others.

    Virgo Rising

    If you are a Virgo Rising, your soul purpose is to learn to improve the Self and heal others without being over-critical.

    Libra Rising

    If you are a Libra Rising, your soul purpose is to learn balance in your relationships without losing your sense of Self.

    Scorpio Rising

    If you are a Scorpio Rising, your soul purpose is to transform darkness into light and submit the Lower Self to the Higher Self.

    Sagittarius Rising

    If you are a Sagittarius Rising, your soul purpose is to uplift humanity through teaching and spiritual growth.

    Capricorn Rising

    If you are a Capricorn Rising, your soul purpose is to direct your ambitions towards the highest good.

    Aquarius Rising

    If you are an Aquarius Rising, your soul purpose is to use your personal energies to serve humanity.

    Pisces Rising

    If you are a Pisces Rising, your soul purpose is to sacrifice the Self through compassion and service to humanity.

    If any of this has resonated with you, then Esoteric Astrology is definitely something for you to delve deeper into!

    Understanding your soul purpose can be extremely helpful, especially when you are going through challenging and difficult times. It helps to remember why we are here and to view things from a higher perspective, especially when we feel overwhelmed by everything that is happening in the world.

    With Soul Astrology, we are able to analyze ourselves from a deeper perspective and remind ourselves of what lies within us. We are able to connect the dots and realize why certain things happen to us, and the lessons we are supposed to learn from them.

    Understanding ourselves at a soul level can be transformative in more ways than one. What does your Rising sign tell you about you?

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    Virgos are some of the most caring people you’ll ever meet – which is why we want to bust some of these myths about Virgo that just aren’t true!

    When you really understand the Virgo zodiac sign beyond what people throw around as generalizations, you’ll see the truth about Virgo, which is that they are one of the best signs to have on your team in life. Maybe you’re even a Virgo yourself who is seeking to understand more about your unique Sun sign.

    Ultimately, the Virgo “facts” astrology provides us (based on their element and ruling planet), aren’t always well explained. Learning a little bit more about Virgo helps us understand their energy, which directs their core motivations, preferences, and emotions.

    When you start to unravel these myths about Virgos, you’ll be able to dive beyond the surface, and see just how loving and awesome they really are.

    The Real Virgo Zodiac Sign

    One of the easiest ways to understand the core nature of Virgo is by connecting to this sign’s element.

    As an Earth sign, Virgos are dependable, value practicality, and want to be a loyal friend. They are more concerned with what they can see and touch than fantasizing about the future, or living in the world of messy feelings.

    They enjoy thinking and solving problems because the Virgo sign is ruled by the mental planet, Mercury. Mercury is the planet that influences our thoughts, and a Virgo’s mind is always going. They can use their mental power to be very thorough, and need lots of tasks to do to keep themselves busy.

    Where is Virgo in your chart? Get your free birth chart today to find out!

    The Truth Behind These 8 Virgo Myths

    1. They Can’t Finish Things

    One of the most common myths about Virgo is that they are such perfectionists that they will never finish anything because they never feel it’s good enough.

    This is far from the truth. Virgos actually love to check things off their list and feel productive when they’ve accomplished tasks and projects. They just are also patient enough to do things right the first time, and don’t need to rush things in order to feel productive.

    2. They Don’t Know How to Set Healthy Boundaries

    While a Virgo is great at creating order, they often take on too much. However, just because they like to have many fires burning at once, this doesn’t mean that they can’t handle all of them!

    Virgos are very intelligent and like to challenge their mind by seeing how well they can multitask. So while you think they need to slow down, they are just learning the extent to which they can expand. Try not to judge them for enjoying having a lot on the go.

    3. They Are Judgmental

    A Virgo is not the type of person that sees the world through rose-colored glasses, but that doesn’t mean they are condescending.

    If you really pay attention to the feedback they give people, it’s usually practical advice, and not insults. They want people to have what they need to be safe and comfortable so they are often playing a parenting role to help guide others. This is only really because they want the people they care about to make good decisions. This is how a Virgo shows their love!

    4. They Have Intimacy Issues

    Virgos have a reputation for being a little uptight. Just because they like to have comprehensive collision insurance and a detailed itinerary, doesn’t mean they lack the ability to have romance!

    Their love language is actions more than anything else, so while you may not hear them constantly expressing their undying-love to you, watch how what they do clearly shows how deep their love really is.

    Read this next: Your Guide to Earth Signs

    5. They Need Everything to Be Perfect

    Some people feel nervous having a Virgo over since a Virgo’s house is often so “put together.” This can make it hard to have comfortable friendships with them. However, a Virgo keeps their things immaculate and ordered because it keeps their anxiety down.

    They need order because their mind is so active! If they do come over and start organizing your sock drawer or alphabetizing your spice rack, just know that it gives them joy, and they are simply trying to help.

    6. They Give too Much of Themselves

    Another common misconception about the nurturing Virgo sign is that they give to others until they have nothing left.

    People often talk about how the Virgo doesn’t know when to stop giving, but Virgos are actually just much better “givers” than many of the other signs. They are fulfilled when they give. When others judge them for always going out of their way to help someone, they don’t understand that having the opportunity to be there for someone gives them so much joy.

    7. They Always Have to Be Busy

    Virgos are notorious busy-bodies, and are usually fixing things, cleaning, or working on a big project.

    Just because they may spend less time than most people smelling the roses, this doesn’t mean that they don’t enjoy down-time. They are just wired to need less down-time than other people. Virgos feel more at ease if they have every detail taken care of before they sit down to watch their favorite show at the end of the day.

    8. They Are Controlling

    A Virgo often puts themselves in the position of guide or planner because they want people to be able to relax and enjoy themselves by making things extra special.

    They know they have the energy and focus to go to great lengths to do this, and they enjoy doing extra things to make a situation enjoyable for others. Don’t think of them as controlling, but more as a person who wants to serve a purpose, making sure that everyone is having a good time.

    Learn More About Virgo

    There are more fun things you can learn about the Virgo sign. The more you learn, the better you will understand how to get along with Virgos, and how to understand the sign wherever it shows up in your own birth chart.

    If you are a Virgo yourself, reading your daily Virgo horoscope will help understand how you might be feeling on any given day, and even help you to understand your own personality better.

    Never forget that astrology is a lens that you can look through to connect with people through the natural personality traits that are imprinted on our soul at birth!

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    Welcome to your astrology forecast for the week of August 31 – September 6 our fellow astrology buffs!

    This week’s astrology overview has three big events, which means we are going to have some fun, and get some much-needed new energy. The first big event on the docket is always a popular one, a Full Moon!

    This Full Moon occurs Tuesday in the Earth sign of Virgo, which means we will likely see the cogs and spokes of our personal lives adjusted to better suit our personal needs. That might mean a new schedule, new tasks, or even a new project that will help you feel really purposeful.

    Next up are two planetary ingresses, which means that two planets will be switching signs.

    When this happens, the areas of our lives that those planets influence will be amplified through the lens of the sign they are in. It’s like changing the place you have your Christmas dinner. You might be getting savory Italian fish instead of spicy Mexican tamales.

    Words Become More Beautiful

    The first planet ingress happens Saturday, and we become a bit more sophisticated in how we communicate.

    The words we speak are literally vibrations moving through the force fields that create the Universe. When the planet of communication, Mercury, shifts into beauty-minded Libra, we can speak more poetically and create what we want through that expression.

    Libra can have us out and about talking to everyone, and this can be a really fun time to meet people (safely of course)! Mercury changes signs often, so take advantage of this energy while it’s here until September 27, 2020.

    Love Shifts & Changes

    Venus, the planet that influences the way we love, is also switching signs on Sunday, and it’s moving into the confident and extroverted Leo! When our love life has the bright fire of Leo influencing it, we can be sure sparks will fly.

    Put on something that makes you feel like you can really be yourself and give yourself permission to take more risks in love. You can attract someone with these positive vibrations.

    Manifesting Tips for August 31 – September 6, 2020

    Keep an eye out for opportunities to come knocking Monday through Thursday, and when they do, use the rest of the week to incorporate these blessings into your life. This is a week where the Universe can really surprise us and reveal that our magic works. Allow yourself to walk through the door when it opens.

    Remind yourself what you have been working towards and visualizing so that you’re ready for it when it does show up. Keep your vibration high and positive, and this Full Moon manifesting window of opportunity will be life-changing!

    Read up on: How to Manifest Between the Full Moon & New Moon

    Planetary Locations During August 31 – September 6, 2020

    Sun: Virgo (August 22, 2020 – September 22, 2020)

    Mercury: Virgo (August 19, 2020 – September 5, 2020), Libra (September 5, 2020 – September 27, 2020)

    Venus: Cancer (August 7, 2020 – September 6, 2020), Leo (September 6, 2020 – October 2, 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 31 – September 6, 2020

    Monday, August 31

    Sun: Virgo – The Virgo Sun allows us to see where we can improve our processes in our daily routine whether it’s food, exercise, or our approach to tasks. We enjoy being helpful and need a way to contribute.

    Moon: Aquarius – We just can’t quiet the inner voice that calls us today. We want to cut ties with fear-based thinking and step into our more courageous identities. The hero mentality is strong.

    Tuesday, September 1

    Sun: Virgo

    Moon: Pisces – Fun beckons us from every angle, and there’s no denying the inner child under this influence. Indulge in music, food, and friends today.

    Event: Full Moon in Pisces. This can bring some of the best times all year because Pisces helps us let loose and enjoy the moment. This burst of positive energy will have us engaging in loving ways and can really bring the things we have been wishing for the most. Capture the insights that arrive with this creative energy.

    Aspect: Moon in Pisces (sextile) Uranus in Taurus. With spontaneous Pisces influencing our emotions, we are inclined to wander. Plus, the emotional Moon is harmonizing with rebellious Uranus in stubborn Taurus. With these two energies, unexpected and fun opportunities are likely to arise.

    Aspect: Mercury in Virgo (trine) Pluto in Capricorn. We will be able to really get to the root of things in our conversations. This is a time to plant seeds that will help you in the long run, or resolve issues to help you move forward.

    Read up on: Navigating Uranus Retrograde 2020: Restless Rebellions

    Wednesday, September 2

    Sun: Virgo

    Moon: Pisces

    Thursday, September 3

    Sun: Virgo

    Moon: Pisces

    Friday, September 4

    Sun: Virgo

    Moon: Aries – The Aries Moon gives us the impulse to get up and go. Just make sure you consider your intention before acting so you arrive where you actually want to be.

    Saturday, September 5

    Sun: Virgo

    Moon: Aries

    Ingress: Mercury enters Libra. This transit lasts until September 27, 2020. Our thoughts and conversations turn toward justice, art, and social good. We are outgoing and friendly.

    Sunday, September 6

    Sun: Virgo

    Moon: Taurus – Slow and steady wins the race under a Taurus Moon, and with the Sun and Moon in Earth signs, you won’t want to rush things today. Be thorough and think things through, and you’ll feel less stress.

    Ingress: Venus enters Leo. This transit lasts until October 2, 2020. We want to find new playful ways of enjoying life and relationships. This is a great time to explore new activities with people so you can discover things together. The theme of sharing positive experiences will be easy to fall in line with.

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    How does she feel about me? What does he think of me? Is he still mad at me? What does she like best about me?

    These are just some of the questions we ask the Tarot when we’re asking about a love interest.

    Tarot is a very popular tool when it comes to love and relationship questions. In fact, love and relationships are so synonymous with the Tarot that there are entire decks dedicated purely to this topic!

    It stands to reason. Who doesn’t want to know how their love interest feels about them or what their other half really thinks of them? Someone might say, “Well, why don’t you just ask him/her?” but as we all know, it’s never that easy.

    Tarot can be a useful tool when asking about love and relationships because it provides invaluable guidance and really helps us make some good decisions.

    Tarot Cards With Symbolic Love Connections

    2 of Cups

    The twos are very important in the Tarot (more on this later), and although they won’t often be the only indicator of a soul mate relationship, they can certainly help to validate things.

    High Priestess

    The High Priestess energy is telling you there is more to the story than you are seeing right now and you need to use your intuition; acting is not recommended at this time.

    Knight of Cups

    This is always a welcome card in a love reading. It indicates someone has fallen head over heels in love with you or you have an admirer from afar. The Knight of Cups is very romantic and it indicates that a time of powerful romance is upon you.

    The Lovers

    The Lovers can indicate a soul mate connection. Someone’s feelings for you run strong and deep, but The Lovers is also about choice, and you may choose not to be together, for whatever reason.

    6 of Cups

    The 6 of Cups in particular, especially paired with The Lovers, has a strong soul mate connotation. The 6 of Cups is about nostalgia and often nostalgic love.

    10 of Pentacles

    You always want some Pentacles in a love reading! The 10 of Pentacles indicates someone sees permanence with you. They can envision themselves growing old with you and maybe starting a family.

    Looking for answers right now? Try our free Love Tarot Reading!

    What to Look for in the Cards

    Remember that the Tarot is never a “one size fits all,” and a good reader will not just use the images on the cards, but also psychic insight. Upright court cards mean someone could be helpful; inverted court cards indicate that they have the potential to create delays or obstacles. Let’s explore all Tarot cards, and what they are trying to tell you in a love reading.

    Tarot Card Meanings In Love Readings

    The Major Arcana

    The more Major Arcana cards there are in your reading, the more life-changing and profound this situation is going to be, and the more importance it has for you.

    The Fool

    The Fool, the first card of the Major Arcana, represents one of two things: a leap into the unknown or breaking away. This is where your intuition needs to come into play.

    The Magician

    The Magician assures you that you have everything you need to have love in your life. If it’s inverted, check that you’re not trying to manipulate someone. True love is never forced or deceptive.

    The Magician can also represent someone who is very attractive to others. If you’re asking how a love interest sees you, they think you’ve got the whole package!

    The High Priestess

    Here’s a card that echoes your allure and your sense of mystery. If this card is upside down, then you probably need to do some things differently to find your true self before you’re ready for true love.

    The High Priestess also indicates a deep connection between two people. You may dream of this person, or they of you, and it can indicate a soulmate connection, as well as a karmic one.

    The Empress

    This is a happy card and indicates that love is around you. If it’s reversed, then you’re putting up some kind of blocks to the fulfillment that true love has to offer. You might be depending on others to make you happy—and only you can do that!

    The Empress is also known as the “perfect woman” so it’s a very welcome card to get in a love reading if you want to know how someone feels about you.

    The Emperor

    The Emperor shows you that you’ve got a solid foundation here. Your romantic interest may be older than you as well. If this card is upside down, you may be a bit of a control freak when it comes to your relationship.

    This card also indicates that someone wants to protect and take care of you. It is a symbol of strength.

    The Hierophant

    Your ideas about love and intimacy are very traditional, secure, and you might need to loosen up a bit to feel really fulfilled.

    If The Hierophant is inverted, it’s a sure sign that some of your beliefs about romance are being challenged and you might need to adapt.

    The Lovers

    This is one of the most welcome cards in a love reading because it represents intense and powerful feelings. This is a soul mate card and the feelings run deep and true.

    At the same time, The Lovers represents a choice. Often, the person in question needs to choose between their head or their heart.

    The Chariot

    Things are moving forward with The Chariot!

    It’s reassuring you that whatever you desire from intimacy and love, you’ll be able to find it if you persevere. Watch out if it’s reversed, though, because that’s often an indication that you’re too pushy in your love life.

    Strength

    Your relationships, or your ideas about them, are strong when Strength appears. You’re able to take control when necessary, but you’re not bombastic or arrogant about it. Of course, that changes when this card is inverted. If that’s the case, then you need to work on your self-discipline.

    This card also commonly comes up when there is something someone is dying to say to you, but something is stopping them from doing it.

    The Hermit

    This card usually indicates that you need to spend some time in your own company focusing on introspection, not romance. When it’s upside down, it’s a sure sign that you’ve got some issues you need to work on before you’re ready for someone else.

    The Hermit can also mean that someone is contemplating a relationship with you. There may be a spiritual connection.

    The Wheel of Fortune

    Relationships are changing when this card appears! This can be in a good way, or in a challenging way, depending on your outlook. When it’s reversed, you’re going to fight that change. Make sure that you don’t hold onto what’s just satisfactory and miss out on what’s even better!

    The Wheel of Fortune is also a card of destiny. It can represent a karmic connection where two souls are destined to meet.

    Read this next: The Wheel of Fortune in Tarot – Hidden Messages

    Justice

    This card is all about balance. It often appears when you’re uncertain whether to make the plunge and commit yourself to someone, or whether to break off the relationship.

    Justice indicates that you may be choosing your head over your heart.

    The Hanged Man

    The Hanged Man is indicative that there are some sacrifices you need to make. You might need to give up your relationship altogether. When it’s upside down, you’re dragging your heels about these decisions.

    This card can also represent stagnation in love readings. Someone is in a state of limbo and unsure whether to make a move.

    Death

    Death is actually a good card when it comes to finding true love and being content with your level of intimacy.

    It shows that there are new beginnings on the way, and things are evolving. If the card is inverted, then that evolution is being stifled in some way, and you need to find out why.

    Temperance

    You need to look at the way you’re balancing love and intimacy in your relationships when this card appears. Do you have a healthy appetite, or is there a discord? This particularly applies if the card is reversed, and you need to pay attention to what’s out of balance.

    Temperance also indicates a harmonious relationship between two people. There is Yin and Yang – these two people complete each other.

    The Devil

    This card is a good indication that something’s off. You may feel trapped in a relationship, or you could be thinking that you’re going to be alone forever. When it’s inverted, there’s even more urgency to change, and you need to be the one to instigate it.

    The Devil is also a strong sexual card. If you are asking about someone’s feelings for you, it could indicate they have powerful lustful thoughts about you, usually forbidden.

    The Tower

    This is a bit of a scary looking card, and its meaning is unsettling. You have to change, or those changes are going to be forced upon you. Someone may be hiding something from you when it’s upside down. Though The Tower may seem unwelcome, these changes are necessary to get to a better place in your relationships.

    It’s not all bad though. If in the position of how someone feels about you, this card can mean you rock their world!

    The Star

    There’s a lot of hope on the horizon when this card is in your reading. It’s the light at the end of the tunnel, and a promise that love and intimacy are about to get a lot better! Even when this card is reversed, it’s still a very good sign that things are improving, although it may happen slower than if the card was right side up.

    The Star indicates that someone’s feelings for you are pure and beautiful. You are a light in this person’s life and they feel a strong desire to be close to you.

    The Moon

    Your emotions are running high, and that may not always work in your favor. It’s too easy for you to jump to conclusions and think the worst when The Moon card is involved. When it’s upside down, your hunches are probably right, but get the facts first and at least try to employ some logic. Don’t do something that you’ll regret later.

    As feelings, The Moon can represent magic and mystery – the person excites them and they can connect to them at a subconscious level.

    The Sun

    Your independence is important to you, and you need to make sure that your ideas when it comes to intimacy and love aren’t forcing you to compromise other areas of your life. It’s still a good omen for happiness, though. When The Sun is inverted, it could be you who is cramping someone else’s style.

    As feelings, this is a terrific card – someone thinks you’re smoking hot! They can also find you bright, bubbly, cheerful, and optimistic. You are like a ray of sunshine in their life.

    Judgement

    If you’re in a relationship, this could be where it all comes together, or where it all falls apart. More than a bit of karma is involved, here, so make sure that you’re taking responsibility for your part in things. When this card is upside down, you’re jumping to conclusions and need to rethink the situation.

    Judgement is a card that comes up in the feelings position when someone has had an “A-ha!” moment and is ready to take action on it. They may have realized you are the one they want to marry – or, if surrounded by cards that suggest otherwise, that they’re ready to break it off.

    The World

    If you’re looking for love, you’re probably well on the way to finding it. If you’re already with someone, then expect things to improve. Either way, this is a good card—unless of course it’s reversed. Then, you may feel like you’ve got the weight of the world on your shoulders.

    The World is a wonderful card for feelings. It indicates that you are everything this person wants. You literally mean the world to them!

    Make sure to read: 7-Card Tarot Spread to Reveal Relationship Secrets

    The Minor Arcana

    The Minor Arcana is made up of four suits, each of them representing a different quality.

    • The suit of Wands indicates the Fire signs of Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius.
    • The suit of Swords points to the Air signs of Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius.
    • The suit of Cups reflects the Water signs of Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces.
    • The suit of Pentacles resonates with the Earth signs of Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn.

    The Minor Arcana is made up of four suits, each of them representing a different quality. Cups are the ones that deal mainly with love and matters of the heart, but the other suits also have their place in readings about intimacy and love. The suit of Swords will help you understand what you or the other person is thinking.

    Wands assist you in determining what action to take, while Pentacles help you to take ideas and thoughts and make them manifest, make them real. To interpret the cards, simply apply the suit to the numerical value.

    Aces

    A new window of opportunity is opening. Pay attention so that you don’t miss anything! All Aces are good news.

    When the card is reversed, make sure that you’re not throwing obstacles in your own way.

    Twos

    Twos represent a choice. It’s not a selection of choices; there’s usually one clear way or another.

    The 2 of Cups is an excellent omen for partnerships of any kind. Upside down, twos show that you’re dithering, or procrastinating about your decision.

    Threes

    There’s a definite coming together where threes are involved.

    These can be intangible things such as love and sensuality and intimacy; or they can be tangible things, you meeting your partner’s friends and family for example. The 3 of Swords is the only card that has a negative connotation. It often points to infidelity and heartbreak.

    Fours

    Fours indicate stability. When a four appears, you’ll know that things are going well.

    The 4 of Wands indicates a celebration! Make sure you’re not holding onto things so tightly that they can’t evolve, though.

    Fives

    Fives show you where things are out of balance—in fact, the 5 of Pentacles looks absolutely dismal!

    They appear when your relationship might need a tuneup. Inverted or upright, pay attention, because it will be easy to get caught up in unnecessary drama when fives appear.

    Sixes

    Sixes show that you’re making progress towards finding what you want.

    Intimacy, love and more are coming to meet you, so don’t give up. There’s a lot of energy in these cards, but it will be harder to access if the cards are reversed.

    Check out: How to Use the Tarot to Get Through a Breakup

    Sevens

    These cards represent what you want, and also your feelings towards getting it.

    Perhaps you’ve got too many choices when it comes to who to be with, such as depicted in the 7 of Cups. When the sevens are inverted, then it’s a sure sign that you need to pause and rethink.

    Eights

    The eights are all about boundaries and focus. Eights show you where there’s still work to do, and inverted eights indicate that you may have to work even harder towards your chosen goals.

    Nines

    Nine is nearly to ten, but not quite, and that’s what these cards show you.

    You’re so close to your goals, so don’t give up. When the cards are upside down, it’s a sure sign that you’re your own worst enemy.

    Tens

    Tens are all about completion. You’re at the end. The question is, is it the happily-ever-after end, or are you at the end of your tether, with no choice but to finish your current relationship and start over with a completely different person?

    When the cards are inverted, it’s still the end, although it may take a bit more time in coming.

    The Court Cards

    There are four court cards per suit, and they are usually named Page, Knight, Queen, and King. They can represent actual people, but they also represent a mirror into your own thoughts and feelings.

    Court cards often mean that the timing of finding love will depend on someone else and isn’t completely within your control.

    Pages

    These cards are the youngest of the court cards. They indicate newness, and also messages coming your way. If the card is inverted, make sure you’re not missing any of the subtle messages that the Universe is sending you.

    Knights

    Knights represent young maturity of either gender. They show you where the action is, and what to do about it. They’re motivated and vivacious. If they’re reversed, then you could be coming on too strong.

    Queens

    The Queen is the penultimate court card. She may point to an actual person, and in this case, it’s a mature woman who knows who she is and how to use her assets to get what she wants from life.

    When the Queen is upside down, there’s an imbalance between give and take, and that has to be corrected for the relationship to get back on a firm foundation.

    Kings

    Kings represent maturity, wisdom, control, and authority. They point to male energy—living or dead—that’s had a profound influence on you.

    When the King is inverted, perhaps you’re being a bit too authoritarian, either over yourself, or your partners.

    Embrace Tarot & Love

    As with anything, Tarot takes practice. The more you practice, the better you become. You can try different love and relationship spreads – and even make up your own to get insights on your love life!

    When it comes to relationships they can be very tricky to navigate and of course we do not always know what is going to happen. The Tarot is an excellent tool for helping to guide us in the right direction.

    Love and relationships prompt powerful emotions in us and when these emotions turn negative, it can be very difficult to cope. In the Tarot, we have a helping friend who is always on call to help us and offer assistance when needed!

    Related article: Here’s How to Get Accurate Love Tarot Readings

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    Welcome to your astrology forecast for the week of September 21 – September 27 beautiful souls!

    This weekly astrology review has two planetary ingresses, which means that two planets will be changing signs, so you can expect the energy to shift. The Sun and Mercury are changing signs, so this will likely be a quite noticeable change.

    We officially kick off the autumn season on Tuesday with the Fall Equinox! This represents starting to slow down and prepare for the winter where we are spiritually reborn after a period of entering into the void.

    This natural cycle is a time where we start to gather what we will need in order to go into that void. Gather your meditation items and healing herbal teas, and allow yourself to start to surrender to the process of nature.

    Moon Energy is Coming

    The Moon is moving towards Full on October 1st, 2020 and we have the first quarter Moon on Thursday, September 24th, 2020. You will either experience the first obstacle or green light to whatever you’re working on manifesting.

    This can feel a little tense because you need to show the Universe and yourself that you’re really willing to hold onto your vision even if you get a temporary setback. You may also get to show the Universe you’re brave enough to accept a blessing if offered it.

    This week, keep taking action and planting seeds for your goals. If you feel yourself wobble or become impatient, be consistent and power through and you will likely see your efforts bear fruit next week with the Full Moon on October 1st.

    Get Ready for Libra Season

    September astrology 2020 makes a major turn this week when the Sun starts its transit of loving and sociable Libra on Tuesday.

    Libra is an Air sign that likes to chat, loves to make people happy, really enjoys art, and social justice. You may find that people get new wind in their sails for the human rights’ movement, and start doing the work to make sure all people are treated equal.

    Be aware that it’s easier to lose track of taking care of yourself when the Libra Sun has us focused so much on creating harmony between other people. Make yourself a note of three things you want to make sure you do each day to feel good. This ensures you are keeping your vibes high while you are doing good for the world.

    Read this next: How Will Expressive Mercury in Libra Affect You?

    Venus in Leo Sparks Flames

    We still have the planet of love, Venus, transiting the Fire sign of Leo so sparks can definitely fly.

    If you keep putting in effort, whether it’s wearing some perfume, dressing like you mean it, or just going on dates (even if they are virtual), next week’s Full Moon window could spell the “L” word for you!

    We still have a lot of retrograde energy and we are healing our psyches, so allow yourself to be gentle with your own emotions during this time. It’s a good time to love yourself and accept whatever emotions come up. We are all learning that our moments of crisis are just that – moments that will pass.

    Diving Deep with Scorpio

    The planets always keep things interesting and this week is no different.

    The planet of the mind and communication, Mercury, is moving into Scorpio on Sunday. This marks a change in our collective psyche from a need to plan and order, to a need to discover and find truth.

    You’ll see more of this in the news and people will likely be starting to get into the fall spirit! Use the retrograde energy while Scorpio is in Mercury to do some spiritual healing this week. Read a book, do some meditation, or get a spiritual reading to help harness this planetary alignment.

    Planetary Locations During September 21 – September 27, 2020

    Sun: Virgo (August 22, 2020 – September 21, 2020), Libra (September 22, 2020 – October 22, 2020)

    Mercury: Libra (September 5, 2020 – September 26, 2020), Scorpio (September 27, 2020 – October 27, 2020)

    Venus: Leo (September 6, 2020 – October 2, 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 September 21 – September 27, 2020

    Monday, September 21

    Sun: Virgo – Finish up any final little tasks on your to-do list today as the Sun prepares to shift from the Earth sign of Virgo to the less organized sign of Scorpio.

    Moon: Scorpio – Welcome a new string of thoughts that lead you towards a subject you want to start to study. This is a time of heightened intuition.

    Tuesday, September 22

    Sun: Libra – We enter Libra season today, which is a time of love, connection, uplifting gatherings, and the beginning of the time of harvest where we see how much the planet gives us.

    Moon: Sagittarius – Hold onto to your hat because you will likely send yourself on an adventure today. You’re looking for that feeling where your stomach flips because you’ve found a thrilling ride. Ideas can be just as satisfying as trying something new.

    Ingress: Sun enters Libra. This transit lasts until October 22nd, 2020.

    People are ready to debate, mingle, and find beauty in new experiences. This is a good time to find love as Libra is ruled by Venus. You may find yourself attracted to those who have both style and a true character of integrity as you make new friends.

    Event: Fall Equinox. The nights begin to grow longer than the days marking a shift in our spiritual journey.

    We begin to surrender instead of constantly being in creative mode. We can enjoy the relationships in our lives and start to let things come to us instead of having to hustle and go after everything. We can observe and take inventory.

    Wednesday, September 23

    Sun: Libra

    Moon: Sagittarius

    Review: Venus in Leo: Exploring Abundance & Love

    Thursday, September 24

    Sun: Libra

    Moon: Capricorn – You may feel a burst of energy to get your work done and then some today. It’s a good day to do your budget and pay your bills.

    Friday, September 25

    Sun: Libra

    Moon: Capricorn

    Saturday, September 26

    Sun: Libra

    Moon: Aquarius – Today you feel playful and witty. You are ready to expand your mind and find something to jump into for the greater good.

    Sunday, September 27

    Sun: Libra

    Moon: Aquarius

    Ingress: Mercury enters Scorpio. This transit lasts until October 27. We are more interested in uncovering the truth and seeing people’s hidden emotions.

    The sensual side of Scorpio may help you spice up your love life with some more intimacy. Get in touch with your desires and passions, and you’ll find this time can help you expand in your career as well.

    Don’t forget to read your Mars Retrograde Survival Guide!

    Did this overview resonate with you? Get another astrologer’s take on this week’s astrology forecast.

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    There’s a good chance that you’ve heard the phrase, “Mercury is in retrograde,” or “When Mercury goes retrograde…”

    If you’re familiar with astrology, you may already know that when a planet is retrograde, it appears to be moving backwards and its energy shifts. When Mercury is in retrograde, many things feel more difficult or challenging than usual.

    That’s why we often joke about Mercury being in retrograde. Car broke down? It’s probably just Mercury in retrograde again. Communication feels impossible? It’s got to be Mercury in retrograde, right?

    But what does “Mercury in retrograde” really mean?

    Does it affect certain signs more than others? Is it really all bad, or is there a chance that this transit is misunderstood? Today, we’re going to explore the ins and outs of Mercury retrograde to help you better understand what this transit means, how it affects us, and how you can make the most of it.

    So, keep reading if you’re ready to learn more than ever about the dreaded Mercury retrograde, period!

    What Does “Retrograde” Mean?

    When a planet is about to move retrograde or is currently in a retrograde cycle, it means that the planet appears to be moving backwards – which is an optical illusion.

    What’s actually happening during this time is that the planet slows down so much that it seems to be moving backwards when compared to the speed of our own planet’s movement. In astrology, this is called a “station.”

    Think about being in the fast line on the highway; as you move swiftly by cars that are going slower than your own, they appear to be moving backwards. Those cars, however, are not stopped or going backwards, but rather, they’re simply moving more slowly than you are. This is what happens when any planet moves retrograde.

    Mercury appears to move backwards while it’s in retrograde – but in reality, it’s simply moving more slowly.

    Catch up on all the 2020 retrogrades: The Complete Guide to 2020 Retrogrades

    What Is Mercury Retrograde?

    Each planet rules over a different aspect of our lives, and when they go retrograde, they affect these areas. Mercury is the planet of communication, transportation, intellect, and short-distance travel. And when Mercury is in retrograde, these aspects of our lives may feel more challenging than usual.

    Does Mercury retrograde ruin our lives? Not at all – it simply slows things down a bit.

    When we experience this transit, communication, transportation, short-travel journeys, and mental matters may feel more challenging than usual.

    So… Is Mercury Retrograde a Negative Transit?

    This is a loaded question with a complicated answer. This transit is not inherently bad, but it can make life feel more difficult, which is why it’s often associated with negative experiences.

    Many people feel a sense of dread when they learn that Mercury will be going retrograde, as they begin to anticipate the cancelled flights, issues with technology, lost emails, and poor communication that often accompanies this transit.

    However, like any other potentially frustrating transit, learning more about this astrological period can help you face Mercury retrograde with grace and poise, allowing you to sail through this transit with ease.

    Assuming that Mercury retrograde will be maddening results in a self-fulfilling prophecy that ensures that you’ll feel agitated during this time. The Law of Attraction is always working in our lives, so it’s important that you attract positivity and growth during this transit.

    General Themes of Mercury Retrograde

    While many people talk about the negativity associated with this transit, it can actually help you learn and grow if you know how to work with this energy. A Mercury retrograde period can encourage reflection, allowing you to reevaluate certain circumstances in your life.

    This is the time to reconsider the situations, relationships, and experiences in your life to determine what you want to attract more of. It’s the perfect time to rethink your priorities and discover if you’re on the right path.

    Other themes associated with this transit include reorganizing your sacred space, resetting your intentions, redirecting your energy, and releasing relationships and circumstances that are no longer serving you.

    Mercury is a deeply personal planet, so we can expect our personal lives to be challenged or tested. However, these are often the experiences that bring us closer to our center, that place us on the right path towards our goals and dreams.




    How Does Mercury Retrograde Affect the Signs?

    Aries

    You’re all about action, and when Mercury goes retrograde, you’re forced to slow down and embrace the pit stops. Try not to let your anger and impatience get the best of you during this time.

    Taurus

    You’re usually calm and peaceful, but this transit can shake things up and cause frustrations. Remember to engage with Mother Nature and focus on exercises like yoga and meditation to help you maintain your sense of harmony.

    Gemini

    Mercury is your sign’s ruling planet, so this transit has a particularly strong effect on your communication skills. You may want to hold off on having any deep conversations until you’re feeling clearer and more aligned.

    Cancer

    This transit may encourage you to retreat into your shell, but try not to hide from this planetary influence. After all, it can bring clarity to certain areas of your life. Embrace the uncertainty to make the most of this transit.

    Leo

    Your connections with others are very important to you, and they make take a strange turn during this transit. Try to remember that this is temporary and your friendships and romances will resume as usual once it’s over.

    Virgo

    As a sign ruled by Mercury, this transit can have an unusually unpleasant effect on you. You feel out of control in the presence of the chaos created by Mercury retrograde. Organizing your immediate surroundings will give you a sense of control.

    Libra

    You deeply value your relationships, which feel less comforting than usual during this transit. Try not to put too much stock into strange or unpleasant conversations, as things will feel more peaceful and normal when Mercury begins to move direct once more.

    Scorpio

    Your patience helps you move gracefully through this transit, but you may feel chaotic or uncomfortable. Writing about your feelings and experiences will help you heal and get the most from this transit.

    Sagittarius

    You’re always on the move, but your movement is halted by Mercury retrograde. Remind yourself that you’ll soon be able to resume your normal speed, and try to embrace this sense of stillness.

    Capricorn

    Your big plans and hard work may take a hit during this time. It’s important to remind yourself that some things exist beyond your control. Try letting go of your need for control to sail through this transit with ease.

    Aquarius

    You have a strong connection with technology and gadgets, which may be difficult to work with during this transit. Try to focus on the simpler things in life, like spending time in nature, to move through this transit unfazed.

    Pisces

    Your feelings and intuition may feel “off” right now, making it harder for you to trust yourself while Mercury is retrograde. Working with tools like astrology and tarot cards will help you bridge the gap between yourself and your intuition.

    Where is Mercury in your birth chart? Find out with our free birth chart generator!

    Mercury Retrograde Through the Zodiac Signs

    Mercury Retrograde in Aries

    When Mercury goes retrograde in the sign of Aries, we feel more impulsive than usual. However, it’s important to try to remain patient and hold off on making big decisions until this transit is over.

    Mercury Retrograde in Taurus

    This transit has a heavy effect on our finances, encouraging us to spend money and throw caution to the wind. Try to hold off on buying luxurious items until Mercury begins moving direct again, allowing you to think these things through.

    Mercury Retrograde in Gemini

    Communication is more difficult for all of us when Mercury goes retrograde in Gemini, a sign that this planet rules over. It would be difficult to reach an agreement during this time, so it’s best to save heavy conversations for later.

    Mercury Retrograde in Cancer

    When Mercury goes retrograde in Cancer, we’re all more likely to want to spend time in the safety and comfort of our homes. This may be a good time to follow your intuition and allow yourself to retreat until Mercury moves direct once more.

    Mercury Retrograde in Leo

    We feel like expressing ourselves with passion while Mercury moves retrograde through Leo. However, difficulties with communication can cause conflicts. It’s best to wait to express these emotions after this transit is over.

    Mercury Retrograde in Virgo

    When Mercury is retrograde in Virgo, we feel the need to help and service others. However, people may not be as receptive to help as usual. Try not to take offense if it seems that you can’t get through to those you care for.

    Mercury Retrograde in Libra

    This transit disturbs the harmony in our relationships, causing conflict and misunderstandings. Just remember not to give up on connections during a retrograde period; revisit these relationships when the energy is more stable.

    Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio

    This particular transit helps you focus in on any problems or power struggles, but you may not get clarity until the transit is over. Try not to make any big decisions about relationships until you have a better idea of what’s going on.

    Mercury Retrograde in Sagittarius

    When Mercury moves retrograde in Sagittarius, we feel more impulsive than usual – especially when it comes to expressing ourselves. But, it’s important to try to maintain patience until Mercury begins to move direct again.

    Mercury Retrograde in Capricorn

    We don’t feel particularly inspired when Mercury goes retrograde in Capricorn in the areas of hopes and dreams. Don’t give up on your goals, however, because the inspiration will return once this transit ends.

    Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius

    This transit can feel especially frustrating because technology takes a confusing turn. This is a great time to get back in touch with Mother Nature and avoid spending too much time or focus on computers and smart devices.

    Mercury Retrograde in Pisces

    When Mercury moves retrograde in Pisces, it’s harder than ever for us to connect to our emotions. Furthermore, it’s more difficult to connect to logic and reason. Try to be gentle on yourself during this time.

    Mercury Retrograde Through the Houses

    Mercury Retrograde Transitioning in the 1st House

    The 1st house relates to the self and our self-image. You may feel like switching up your image, but it’s important that you try to find happiness in the mirror. Make a list of everything you love about yourself during this transit to encourage self-acceptance.

    Mercury Retrograde Transitioning in the 2nd House

    The 2nd house connects to finances, asking you to question your spending habits and financial decisions. Are you happy with how you make money? Take a look at your finances and make decisions that will bring you closer to your goals.

    Mercury Retrograde Transitioning in the 3rd House

    Your mind feels busier when Mercury goes retrograde in the 3rd house. You may experience racing thoughts during this transit, so try to focus on physical exercise that will allow you to release negative thoughts during this transit.

    Mercury Retrograde Transitioning in the 4th House

    The 4th house represents home and family – two areas that may feel more tension than usual while Mercury goes retrograde in this house. Remind yourself that these feelings are temporary and that your family loves and adores you.

    Mercury Retrograde Transitioning in the 5th House

    The 5th house is the house of pleasure, and you may feel less than pleased while Mercury retrogrades in this house. Creativity is stalled during this time, so try not to force yourself to create things or follow your artistic instincts.

    Mercury Retrograde Transitioning in the 6th House

    This position encourages you to focus on your home and your manner of organization. When Mercury is retrograde in the 6th house, it’s an excellent time to focus on reorganizing your home and clearing space for new energy.

    Mercury Retrograde Transitioning in the 7th House

    The 7th house focuses on relationships, making this a difficult time for getting along with others. Try to maintain harmony and concentrate on patience; waiting to bring certain frustrations up until the energy clears will make your conversations run more smoothly.

    Mercury Retrograde Transitioning in the 8th House

    The 8th house rules over money, death, and investments, forcing you to focus on these areas of your life. When Mercury goes retrograde in the 8th house, it’s time to look at the areas of your life that you’ve given the most energy to and decide whether this energy still suits you.

    Mercury Retrograde Transitioning in the 9th House

    When Mercury moves retrograde in the 9th house, you may feel like spending more time and energy on education and learning new things. Let this transit wash over you and point you in the right direction.

    Mercury Retrograde Transitioning in the 10th House

    The 10th house revolves around your public persona, and when Mercury goes retrograde in this house you may be more focused on your reputation. Just try to remember that you view yourself more harshly than nearly anyone around you; remind yourself that you’re beautiful and capable.

    Mercury Retrograde Transitioning in the 11th House

    The 11th house is the traditional house of friends and friendships, which may feel some tension when Mercury goes retrograde in this house. Try to remind yourself of the things you love most about your friends to maintain momentum and peace until Mercury moves direct once more.

    Mercury Retrograde Transitioning in the 12th House

    The 12th house is known as the house of endings, and you may feel like retreating into your own safe space while Mercury transits a retrograde period through this house. Your unconscious mind and your dream states are particularly affected during this time. Remind yourself that you are the only person you need to rely on right now.

    Read this next: The Pre-Shadow & Post-Shadow Periods of Mercury Retrograde

    How to Survive Mercury Retrograde

    Roll with the Punches

    It’s hard to feel like you’re in control when Mercury goes retrograde – we often feel frazzled and undone. However, there will always be situations you cannot control in life, and this transit gives you the opportunity to address these areas of insecurity.

    There is little you can do when technology becomes frustrating or stops working correctly, just as there is little to do when traffic becomes unbearable. This is a transit that helps you work through your issues and focus on patience. So, try to embrace the punches you know are coming your way and allow yourself to find different ways to cope.

    Be patient, be mindful with your words, and try to remember that you are compassionate, loving, and giving!

    Work with Mercury, Not Against it

    Mercury is quite the trickster – and if you’ve ever had a trickster personality in your life, you know that they gather energy by making you uncomfortable. And while, yes, Mercury will make you feel uncomfortable, it will also help you move forward to a different position in life that suits you more harmoniously.

    One of the best ways to focus on and make the most of this energy is to think of the word “retrograde,” which starts with the prefix re.

    Mercury retrograde asks you to focus on reorganizing, relearning, releasing, and reconnecting. Incorporating these concepts and values into your life while Mercury is in retrograde is one of the best ways to learn and grow from this energy.

    A 6-Point Checklist for Mercury Retrograde

    1. Try Not to Take Things Personally

    We all feel a bit more sensitive and tender when Mercury is retrograde. So, while your friend or partner may have made a remark that seemed to cut you to the core, it’s important that you remember that they’re struggling too.

    Try not to take things personally at this time, especially from those who you know love and adore you. Communication is naturally jumbled right now, so let the little things go.

    2. Back-Up Your Data

    It’s well-known that Mercury retrograde periods cause some trouble with technology, which can lead to unfortunate losses of data. When Mercury is retrograde, it’s always a good idea to back-up your data and create a sense of security with your information. Get yourself an external drive and copy the work you want to have on-hand for later.

    3. Look at the Fine Print

    Because a Mercury retrograde period makes it harder to concentrate, there’s a good chance that we will overlook certain pieces of information that may feel crucial later. If you must sign a contract or start a new project, make sure you take the time to read the fine print, so that you don’t miss anything.

    4. Finish Something You Started

    While you may feel less-than-motivated during a Mercury rx period, this is the perfect time to finish a project that you’ve already started. Getting it over and done with will not only help you relax, it will also encourage feelings of self-assurance and pride for your hard work.

    5. Double-Check Your Travel Plans

    It’s clear that a Mercury retrograde period makes travel more difficult, so it’s important that you look over your itinerary more than once if you have travel plans during this transit. Make sure you get to the airport or train station early and prepare for unexpected delays.

    6. Look for New Opportunities

    While Mercury rx can create conflict and difficulties in relationships, it can also help you see new opportunities forming on the horizon. Even if you feel frustrated, keep your eyes, heart, and mind open for new opportunities that the Universe may be bringing into your life.

    Things to do During Mercury Retrograde

    • Focus on nostalgia
    • Reconnect with old friends
    • Be gentle with yourself and others
    • Reorganize your home
    • Reevaluate your goals
    • Look for objects you’ve lost

    Things to Avoid Doing During Mercury Retrograde

    • Starting new projects
    • Signing contracts
    • Big purchases
    • Focusing on relationship imbalances
    • Ignoring your instincts
    • Buying electronics
    • Planning big trips

    7 Crystals for Mercury Retrograde

    There are many crystals that can make this difficult transit feel more peaceful and harmonious!

    1. Black Tourmaline

    Black tourmaline is known as a protective stone that rids bad energy from those who work with it. It encourages grounding, centering, and shielding the user from negative external energies. Carry a piece of black tourmaline with you throughout this transit to provide peace and harmony.

    2. Chrysocolla

    Mercury retrograde may bring some challenging energies and emotions your way, which is what makes chrysocolla such a perfect stone to work with during this time. It helps to open your Heart chakra without allowing yourself to be too vulnerable.

    3. Citrine

    Citrine is a stone of opportunity that helps you see the brighter side of any situation. Keep a piece of citrine in your left pocket to open the doors of opportunity and help you find new ways to express yourself. Citrine also makes it easier than ever to attract the things you want from life.

    4. Clear Quartz

    Known as a master healer, clear quartz is a crystal that not only encourages emotional but physical cleansing. Working with this stone will help you go with the flow of Mercury’s retrograde energy, helping you make the most of it.

    This is a versatile stone that can be used to clear your spirit of negativity while infusing your body with positive energy.

    5. Fluorite

    Fluorite is a beautiful stone that clears the mind of negative or distracting thoughts. Working with this stone during a Mercury retrograde transit will allow you to see any situation for what it actually is, rather than allowing you to create the truth for yourself.

    6. Hematite

    A shiny, protective stone, hematite brings feelings of grounding and harmony to those who work with it. Keep a piece of hematite in your left pocket or your left hand while meditating to encourage understanding and balance.

    7. Rose Quartz

    This is a stone that helps you love and accept yourself more than ever. While Mercury is retrograde, keep a piece of rose quartz in your left pocket or you purse to encourage loving, compassionate energy. Working with rose quartz makes it easier to get along with others.

    Mercury Retrograde 2020-2021

    Mercury next goes retrograde on October 14th, 2020, where it will remain until November 3rd of this year. After which, it moves into retrograde on January 30 of 2021.

    While we may collectively consider Mercury retrograde to be an inherently negative transit, there is much we can learn from these moments. Keep your heart and mind open to allow yourself to sink into and make the most of these feelings brought on by a Mercury retrograde period.

    Remind yourself that you are loved, loving, curious, and smart. Telling yourself positive facts will help you flow through a Mercury retrograde transit with poise and grace.

    Stay tuned! We’re publishing an ultimate guide to Mercury retrograde and love soon!

    Related article: The Ultimate Guide to Retrogrades

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    As we venture into the autumn season, Mars takes a turn on center stage in the sky!

    Mars recently went retrograde on September 9, and will be in Aries until January 6, 2021. Mars will also square Saturn three times during this journey. What do these transits mean, and how can you harness this new energy coming through? We’re breaking all of this down for you today.

    Mars relates with action, impulses, the physical body, anger, assertiveness, and sexual energy. He is a temperamental, competitive, defensive, dynamic, sexual and self-centered fellow.

    When he is direct, he operates before there is consciousness, meaning he is impulsive and purely instinctual. This is a raw energy which allows us to learn that every action creates a reaction.

    Let’s dive into Mars retrograde, Aries, and how this energy will affect us moving forward.

    The Planet Mars & Retrograde

    September 9 – November 13, 2020

    When Mars is retrograde, there is a consciousness monitoring the nature and intention behind any desire and action, and this can create some issues. When someone has Mars retrograde in their natal chart, he or she acknowledges consciously his or her desires, so what happens when there is consciousness in a process that is usually instinctual?

    It can create frustration as it interrupts the natural instinctual flow. For example, Mars retrograde in Gemini in a chart would naturally interact with all kinds of arguments related to conflicts between wills.

    A person with Mars retrograde in the natal chart has the intention to only manifest experiences which are fundamental to their evolutionary purpose. When Mars is retrograde, there’s a necessity to determine the reasons of any given desire, including sexual ones.

    As such, this introspection will lead to the elimination of anything that does not contribute to personal growth and evolution. This process of elimination is where the person reflects on what they exactly want and need to move forward, thus creating new desires, and Mars demands the freedom to act upon such desires.

    This all happens within us during a Mars retrograde period. It is usually a period of renewal.

    Where is Mars in your birth chart? Find out with our free birth chart generator and read Mars in Your Birth Chart – What Drives You?

    Mars in Aries

    Until January 6, 2021

    Mars will be in Aries during the full retrograde and until next year. This long journey brings its own lesson.

    Mars in Aries is the instinctive resistance to anything which limits or tries to limit him in any way; he needs freedom to explore any experiences he desires and to walk his own path independently. During the retrograde, impatience and aggression run high if the natural defensive impulse is acted upon.

    It’s a period of transmutation, to reflect on what is truly important for us, and to then stand up for it.

    Mars in Aries Square to Saturn in Capricorn

    There is a square to Saturn happening three times during this Martial journey. The first one was at the end of August, the second one is at the end of September and the third one happens in January.

    When Mars in Aries squares Saturn in Capricorn there is a lot to learn.

    We are being asked to use our energy in more constructive and conscious ways. Mars in Aries wants to go, he will push forward only to hit his head against Saturn’s steady wall. Saturn wants to show it’s not time yet to have what we want, that there is work to do before having it.

    The actual Saturnian work here is self discovery, to recognize what you really need to pay attention to, to have a clear idea of what we are creating, and to claim responsibility for our own choices and life.

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    The square is a challenging dynamic which creates inner frustration, anger, and even sadness as Mars continues to try moving forward, only to be stopped by Saturn challenges. This originates feelings of uneasiness and unworthiness. There is a need to plan, to set a foundation, to learn to stand on our own two feet, and to work constructively with what we have before getting ahead.

    A conflict between society’s conditioned beliefs about what’s right and wrong and our own is also being shown. Within the square, the Martian need for freedom brings a sense that we are stuck, that we cannot do anything and are not allowed to do anything, but is this really true?

    Saturn in Capricorn can project those dynamics to other people, so any shame, guilt, or anger arising can be projected toward others. Negative consequences could emerge during the retrograde, especially when this square is felt strongly.

    What Can You Do With this Energy?

    During these next months, introspection is essential. Grab the good old pen and paper and write down:

    • What you really want to accomplish.
    • What is really important to you.
    • What you really want to create for your life.
    • What world you wish to live in.
    • What is arising within.
    • What’s the source of these impulses.
    • What’s the source of anger.
    • How can you express that energy in constructive ways without causing further pain to you or others.

    It’s time to start planning, strategizing, visualizing, letting your guard down, and getting ready to stand up for what you believe in with this energy.

    This Mars retrograde asks us to deal with what is arising in the moment, to be mindful of your desires, choices, actions, to reflect if you are acting truly in alignment with what you wish to create, to claim full responsibility for your life, to stop being defensive, and to be constructive instead of destructive. Remember Gandhi’s old saying: “An eye for an eye only makes the world blind.”

    Move with purpose and mindfulness. There is something beginning, a completely new phase awaits after the retrograde on the 13th of November 2020, and after Mars leaves Aries in the 6th of January 2021.

    Don’t forget to read: What Mars in Aries Means for Your Zodiac Sign’s Love Life

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