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What Are Angel Numbers?

What Are Angel Numbers?

By Nina Kahn

On November 12, 2021

In Astrology, Spirit

What Are Angel Numbers?

Angel numbers are a sequence of numbers that you see over and over. Whether it’s on shopping receipts, license plates, or the digital clock on your cell phone, seeing the same series of digits feels like a weird coincidence. But they may be sending a message. According to spiritualists, such as Mystic Michaela, angel numbers represent mystical messages from the universe. 

Angel Numbers and Numerology

According to numerology, every number vibrates at a unique frequency. And when a number is repeated—like angel numbers 111, 222, or 333—its power and meaning is amplified. Certain repeating numbers, like 11, 22, and 33, have an extra significance. They are known as “master numbers.”

Perhaps this is why it’s so common for people to make a wish when they see 11:11 on the clock, or why receiving a message at exactly 2:22, 3:33, or 4:44 might be considered a lucky sign—even by someone who’s never studied numerology or heard of an angel number.

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What Is My Angel Number?

If you tend to see a certain sequence of numbers over and over again, you can consider that a message—and a personal number for you.

But you can also determine your own angel number. To calculate your personal angel number, you will need to use your birth date. This is called a life path number. Add together all the digits of your birth date. Then pair it down to a single digit. For example, if your birthday was January 1, 2000, then you would add 1 + 1 + 2,000 = 2,011. Add those digits together to get 4, and voila, 4 is your number.

Angel Number Meanings

Whether you believe it’s the work of your angels, spirit guides, or just the magical synchronicity of the universe, it’s up to you. Here are some of the most common angel numbers and their messages so you can decode them next time they appear.

1111 Angel Number Meaning

Let’s start with the most popular and well-known angel number, which is 1111—or, as we recognize it on a clock, 11:11. When we see 1111, it’s the universe asking us to trust our intuition and embrace our spiritual power. 11 is a master number in numerology, and it represents things like psychic intuition and spiritual awakenings. That’s why it’s common for people to notice 11:11 more frequently as they connect more deeply with their mystical side. The manifestation power of this number is strong, too, which is why it’s customary to make a wish at exactly 11:11.

111 Angel Number Meaning

When we see 111, it’s a reminder from the universe to believe in ourselves. In numerology, one is the number of independence, initiative, and new beginnings (which makes sense, given that it’s the first of all numbers). Seeing sequences of “ones” is a sign to own your power, take advantage of new opportunities, and confidently charge forward into uncharted territory.

222 Angel Number Meaning

When we see 222, it’s a sign from the universe that we’re on the right path. It’s a very affirming number, as “twos” represent balance and things being in a state of harmony. Because twos in numerology also relate to partnership and cooperation, seeing sequences of twos is also a beautiful reminder that we’re not alone in our personal quests, even when we fear we are.

333 Angel Number Meaning

When we see 333, the universe is encouraging us to express our visions to the world. The number three in numerology is all about creativity, growth, and communication. It’s a lucky and optimistic number, so if you’re regularly seeing repeating sequences of “threes,” take it as a sign to connect with the world around you and embrace your free-thinking creative side.

444 Angel Number Meaning

The number 444 is a reminder from the universe that we’re being supported. In numerology, four is the number of stability and strength, and seeing sequences of “fours” reminds us that we have a solid foundation beneath us that will offer us protection. This hardworking and down-to-earth energy offers us a deep-rooted sense of safety and confidence.

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555 Angel Number Meaning

When we see 555, the universe is letting us know that changes are on the way. The number five in numerology relates to challenges, changes, and turning points in our paths, so it asks us to be adaptable and open to new things. Seeing repeating sequences of fives portends fresh opportunities, exciting shifts, and new adventures.

Remember: While we can decode the potential meanings of angel numbers using numerology, it’s also important to trust ourselvesto interpret the messages that the universe is trying to communicate to us. If you have a personal relationship or association with a particular number that’s continually catching your eye, trust your instincts! As is true of all mystical arts, it’s important to build your own symbolic bond with angel numbers and the magical messages they’re trying to send you.

Angel Numbers Cheat Sheet

  • 111: Believe in yourself
  • 222: You’re on the right path
  • 333: Express your creativity
  • 444: Support is here
  • 555: Changes are on the way
  • 1111: You’re spiritually aligned

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Is a Soul Mate Real and Do You Have One?

Is a Soul Mate Real and Do You Have One?

By Shereen Campbell

On October 13, 2021

In Spirit

Is a Soul Mate Real and Do You Have One?

As far back as I can remember, I’ve pondered the meaning of this elusive word, “soul mate.” A soul mate is person who is perfectly suited to you; your ideal mate, with you to the end. Sounds so romantic, right? Or maybe a little too romantic — like the ending of a fairy tale: Prince Charming had finally found his one true love, for no other lady was as perfectly suited to him as Cinderella. And they lived happily ever after.

But do they soul mates really exist?

I think not. In fact, I’m calling bullshit on this definition of soul mate and advocating for us to let it go and embrace a new definition! I yearn for a day when we look at two people and see all the hard work, dedication, perseverance, love, and compassion it took for them to complement each other so nicely. The current definition over simplifies the emotional growth and development these two people took to stay together. Of course, they probably had a ton in common and many similarities, but their union most definitely took some work. And this isn’t just true of romantic pairings — familial relationships and even friendships require attention. In the end, relationships that are long lasting and fulfilling take a great deal of energy, compassion, and love.

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As we jump into this, let’s take a look at the word soul mate. It is made up of two words, “soul” and “mate.” First, what’s a soul? It’s hard to define, but loosely, it’s a spiritual or immaterial part of a human being or animal, regarded as immortal. And a mate, of course, is one half of a pair. Both words have no inherent judgment, but soul mate is most definitely a loaded term. I believe that’s because, as humans, we have a tendency to categorize and label things, and we might have added in the perfectly suited portion of the definition in an attempt to glamorize the coming together of two individuals. I suppose to some extent this makes sense, because that’s generally how it starts. Fast forward to Prince Charming and Cinderella two years later, and I’m sure even they had to make some compromises. Let’s be real: Soul mate shouldn’t mean, “the only person in the whole wide world who’s totally and completely a match for you,” but rather, simply two individuals coming together to make it work.

If we took this a little bit further and dug into what a soul is actually doing down here on earth, it would bring this sense of learning and growing into view more. Astrology, in itself, is more or less the study and cycles of human growth and evolution. Furthermore, most religions and spiritual beliefs in one way or another share the thought that we are here to become a better version of ourselves. What better way to do this than to interact with other souls that share the same unconscious goal? Moreover, since we know that I’m not perfect, you’re not perfect, and actually no one on the planet is perfect, wouldn’t it make sense that any two imperfect individuals who come together are soul mates? And, in the end, maybe a soul mate is just the folks that you enjoy being around while you all work on yourself? It’s something we should really think about deeply. Perhaps anyone could be your soul mate and maybe we could use a break from trying to force this whole idea of perfect on each other.

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As much as it’s fun to glamorize the idea of a soul mate, I think we should all just keep it real and know that when two individuals come together to put in the energy to create a relationship they’re proud of, that should be called a soul mate relationship. They helped each other heal, grow, and flourish. And the best part is, there are lots of folks and types of relationships that could help you do just that. There’s not need to look for just one special one. Keep working on being your best self in all your relationships, and you might find yourself with a bunch of soul mates. That’s a definition that can make everyone happy. — By Shereen Campbell

Shereen Campbell is a 30-something New Yorker striving to create the life of her dreams. She’s an astrologer, ecommerce manager, and the founder of My Little Magic Shop. She loves sailing, southern Italian food, and all things magical.

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I Did Everything Tarot Cards Told Me for a Week and Here’s What Happened

I Did Everything Tarot Cards Told Me for a Week and Here’s What Happened

By Horoscope.com

On February 18, 2021

In Astrology, Spirit, Tarot

I Did Everything Tarot Cards Told Me for a Week and Here’s What Happened

Everyone who has ever worked with Tarot deck knows they have personalities. Some Tarot decks are sweet, some are direct, and some are vague. I’ve worked with tarot for a few years now and my cards have to be the BOSSIEST cards out there. In-your-face blunt honest. Do I listen to my cards? No. Should I? Probably.

After a series of questionable life choices, I thought it might be helpful to call upon some otherworldly sources for guidance: my Tarot cards. So, I decided to listen to my Tarot cards for a whole week, following the advice without argument or reshuffling. Hey, they can’t do any worse!

The Rules: For this, I used my sassiest deck: The Kawaii Tarot by Diana Lopez. Do NOT be fooled dear readers, these cards may look sweet and innocent but are highly skilled at throwing shade.

I started my day with a one-card reading, asking for a piece of advice for the day. I also consulted my tarot whenever I had any decisions that I wanted a second opinion on.

Here’s what happened.

Day 1
Daily Card: The Star

the star tarot card

Interpretation: The Star means faith, hope, and positivity. I took it to mean: be still, things will get better. It’s the “hang in there, baby” of Tarot. I was very stressed before my reading so this comforted me. It’s also a card of patience, which is so not me.

How I took this advice: First, I took it to mean I should play “Faith” by George Michael as I got ready for the day, so it was already helping me make good choices. During the day when I got stressed about work, I meditated for a few minutes, visualizing what I wanted, knowing the universe wanted me to have it. It really boosted my mood and changed my mindset the rest of the day.

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Day 2
Daily Card: 5 of Swords

Interpretation: I was wondering when I would get swords. I hate swords; swords mean conflict which I do not do well with; the 5 means change, which is something I also don’t do well with. This foreshadows conflict/change in a relationship. Don’t keep things bottled up. Be assertive! Take a stand!

Oh dear.

How I took this advice: I actually had a lot of unresolved issues with many people so narrowing down the list was a struggle. First, I thought of my ex who I had a nasty breakup with almost two years ago. Maybe it was time for healing?
Nope! Because when I asked if I should reach out to my ex I pulled two cards: The Devil, and The Tower (Reversed), which are the worst cards. The Devil is vice, addiction, and the Reversed Tower means holding onto a bad situation. Well played, Tarot.

So I thought about confronting a friend I was having issues with. I got the Emperor which is the bossy authority figure. That’s the one! I called him and we had a long conversation where I told him how I was feeling. Our relationship is different, but I’m healing.

Day 3
Daily Card: Page of Wands

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Interpretation: This card means learning about power, inspiration, or passion. Clearly my Tarot is telling me I needed to learn something new that day.

How I took the advice: I spent the day getting organized, career-wise. I read a few career-related articles, and learned how to write a decent cover letter. Knowledge is power!

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Day 4
Daily Card: 6 of Cups

Interpretation: This card means nostalgia, old friendships, and connecting with the past. Cups and the number six are creative, so maybe I should look at things from a new angle?

How I took the advice: I decided to look at things from a different perspective and did creative work I didn’t normally do. I even wrote a poem. I treated myself with old childhood throwback: Coloring, to de-stress.

Day 5
Daily Card: 9 of Cups

nine of cups

Interpretation: This is one of my favorite cards in Tarot, not only because I connect to it (I’m a 9 life path) but it always gives the best news. 9 of cups means satisfaction, accomplishment, and indulgence; all things I enjoy.

How I took the advice: I did a LOT of online shopping. Hey, it’s the “Treat Yo Self” card. Plus, I asked my deck before I checked out if I can buy it, and I got yes after yes. So Tarot is the reason I shop (she lies to herself).

If you think I was being overdramatic in the beginning when I said my deck was sassy because it’s letting me color and buy clothes, don’t be fooled. Later I asked about the future of my relationship with this guy I’ve been talking to and drew the 7 of cups, which means illusion and fantasy. Please get me some Aloe, because I just got burned.

Day 6
Daily Card: Knight of Pentacles

Interpretation: This was a spooky experience. As I was shuffling my cards to do my morning reading my hands suddenly started shaking and my heart rate spiked as I rapidly shuffled my deck until I pulled out a card from the middle of the deck. It was the Knight of Pentacles, which is the responsibility card. Honestly, that was a really dramatic way to tell me to be more responsible. Chill, Tarot.

How I took the advice: Pentacles represent everyday actions, and since this is a card of patience and responsibility, it means I should get prepared for something coming in the next few weeks and months. So I got my finances in order (after my shopping “spree”), double checked that all my bills were paid, and finished most of my assignments for the week. I don’t know what’s coming, but I’m ready.

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Day 7
Daily Card: 5 of Cups (Reverse)

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Interpretation: I felt it was sort of fitting that on the last day of the challenge, I got the “acceptance” card. 5 of Cups is also about moving on and letting go.

How I took the advice: As much as I hate confronting the past, I have a hard time letting go. It’s something I need to work on. I took the day to reflect on my goals, tried to center myself, and let go of negative energy.

When I started this project I didn’t think I was going to get much out of this, but I was wrong. This project made me reflect on emotions I hadn’t acknowledged. The deck was both comforting and honest. This was a great opportunity to analyze things and look from a different perspective. I enjoyed getting back into Tarot and plan to consult my cards more often. It might not predict the future, but it gives me the power to shape my mindset.

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'Are Horoscopes Real?': All Your Astrology Questions, Answered

‘Are Horoscopes Real?’: All Your Astrology Questions, Answered

By Horoscope.com

On January 21, 2021

In Astrology, Horoscope, Spirit

'Are Horoscopes Real?': All Your Astrology Questions, Answered

Some of us giggle over our daily horoscopes on the way to work, while others continuously read them just to see if they “come true.” And then there are those who get a full natal chart reading and faithfully check their horoscopes on the daily. Based on this, they might also check compatibility reports for potential friends and lovers, and even plan major life events according to how the planets are aligned.

Whatever type of horoscope-checker you are, you’ve probably wondered how exactly a horoscope is even made and whether there’s any truth to it. Well sit tight, because we’re about to answer all your questions.

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Is There Any Truth in Horoscopes?

The word “horoscope” comes from the Greek word “horoskopos,” which literally means “a look at the hours.” Early astrologers in ancient Babylonia based their predictions on the movement of the planets, which at that time were thought to represent the activity of their five gods—Marduk representing Jupiter, Ishtar representing Venus, Ninurta representing Saturn, Nabu representing Mercury, and Nergel representing Mars—in combination with the Moon-god Sin and the Sun-god Shamash, whose movements were believed to affect what was happening on Earth.

Can Horoscopes Predict the Future?

As knowledge of astronomy and the world has evolved, the art of astrology has evolved as well; these days, the charting of planets is very thorough if done by any professional astrologer. Because of that, using astrology to interpret potential life events is very real indeed.

How Do Horoscopes Work?

Surely you know your sun sign (hint: it’s the typical answer to that “What’s your sign?” question.) But to learn about your other signs (and yes, you have more), astrologers will need to know more than just your birthday.

To write the most in-depth horoscope possible, astrologers require the date, time, and location of your birth. When we have this information, we are able to place your sun sign on the first house of an astrological chart, then follow the signs in order for each house thereafter, thereby determining what types of issues may affect you at any given time. By looking at the position of the planets, we can study your chart’s aspects and determine whether or not you will have a challenging day, month, year, or if the aspects are lining up in your favor.

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What Are Planetary Aspects?

The detailed theory of planetary aspects is quite complex, but in a nutshell, when there is a connection formed between planets that are associated by some degree in the zodiac, they are referred to as “aspects.”

When the planets occupy the same degree of different signs in a chart, they have a connection that is referred to as either harmonious or challenging, depending on the signs involved or the number of degrees separating the planets.

The major aspects commonly referred to are the “conjunction,” which is zero degrees and is considered the strongest blend of two energies; the “opposition,” which is 180 degrees and considered a very challenging aspect; the “square,” which is 90 degrees and largely represents conflicting energies; and the “trine,” which is 120 degrees and considered to be an easy and beneficial connection.

Do Planetary Aspects Affect Signs the Same Way?

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When it comes to astrology, nothing affects any two individual people in the exact same way. The planetary aspects have different effects in general, and as we apply these to peoples’ sun signs, the aspects affect each sign differently.

For example, in the Sun square Mars aspect, Mars is the planet of drive and determination, and the square aspect denotes difficulty in this area, so in general, people with this aspect in their chart may have problems with others getting in their way, so the lesson in their life may be to face challenges head-on and be willing to jump hurdles to get what they want.

So, does this aspect affect a naturally headstrong Aries differently than a more introverted, sensitive Cancer? Absolutely! We can see a lot less frustration ahead for the Ram than for the Crab, as overcoming obstacles comes much more naturally to an Aries than it does a Cancer.

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Okay, But Sometimes My Horoscopes Don’t Come True—What Gives?

Horoscopes are great tools to use as general guidelines for living, not predictions to be followed to a T. In order to write the most detailed and in-depth horoscope possible, an astrologer needs to have a person’s birth date, time, and location. Because it isn’t possible to have all of that information for every person, most horoscopes are written with a more general audience in mind. Most daily horoscopes are written by using sun signs based on the position and effect of the Moon.

The Moon changes signs every two to three days, which in turn affects our moods and emotions, so daily horoscopes are written based on where the Moon is, and how that will generally affect each sun sign on that day. Monthly horoscopes can add sun signs crossed-referenced with planets that change every month or the course of several months, namely Mercury, Venus, Mars, and the Sun. Yearly horoscopes include slower moving planets such as Saturn and Jupiter, and longer-term horoscopes are based on the movements of Pluto, Neptune, and Uranus, which can take many years to move through one sign.

How Can I Use My Horoscopes in My Life?

When you have a decision to make, do you only listen to one person, or consult one source? Probably not.

By reading your horoscope, whether it’s daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly, you can get a glimpse into what your world will be like from a planetary perspective, and you can use this information as a tool to help guide and motivate you.

Horoscopes can help you open up your mind to new possibilities, as well as options that you may not have considered, and as long as you approach reading your horoscope with an open mind, you can let the planets be your guide to all that is possible.

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Embrace Your Power—5 Types of Witches and Witchcraft

Embrace Your Power—5 Types of Witches and Witchcraft

By Ellen Ricks

On January 6, 2021

In Astrology, Magic, Spirit

Embrace Your Power—5 Types of Witches and Witchcraft

Witchcraft seems like a particularly buzzy topic these days, with books, blogs, and more delivering ancient magic to a modern audience. But while stylized Tarot cards and light-catching crystals have their place, the shift from intrigued observer to practicing pagan can be a daunting one. So why not start the process by determining which brand of witchery resonates with you?

Read on to learn about five specialized takes on witchcraft, where the variants came from, and which type of witchcraft resonates most with you.

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Astrology

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What is an astrologer? An astrologer, or cosmic witch, is a witch who uses planetary and celestial energy in their practice. They study and feel a personal and spiritual connection with not only the main planets in our solar system, but with asteroids, meteors, supernovas, stars, constellations, galaxies, and black holes. Cosmic witches pay particular attention to astrology, horoscopes, and zodiac signs—but that only gives us a picture of how the cosmic forces influence the individual. Cosmic witches are focused on how celestial energy influences the inner self, but also the world.

History: Cosmic witches have been around since the study of planets. According to the American Federation of Astrologers, the Babylonians are credited with the birth of astrology. They used their astrological charts to predict the “recurrence of seasons and certain celestial events.” Around 2000 B.C., Babylonian astrologers believed that the sun, moon, and the five known planets (Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto had yet to be discovered) all had distinct character traits (Mercury representing communication, Venus representing affection, and so on). Cosmic witches use these planetary traits to call upon their energy. For example, many witches choose to perform spells on a full moon because the full illumination can create an extra magical boost and enchantment—and the rock itself is said to align with emotions and the soul.

Modern cosmic witches: A present-day cosmic witch may not be using astrology to predict the weather, but rather to predict future events or influences. For example, it’s beneficial for a cosmic witch to know when Mercury is in retrograde, and in which sign, because it will allow them to determine where communication breakdowns will occur, and in what guise. If a cosmic which was planning to perform a love spell, their best chance of having it being successful during a new moon which corresponds with new beginnings and relationships.

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Divination

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What is a divination witch? A divination witch uses their magic to try to predict the future, often employing a variety of tools—or one that resonates. There are so many mediums with which to connect into the magic of the world: think Tarot cards, oracle cards, a pendulum, the I Ching, palmistry, and tasseography, and more.

History: Divination and divination witches have existed in just about every time period in history. In ancient Greece, divination witches were known as Oracles, and it was believed that deities spoke through them. A famous oracle was high priestess Pythia—known as the Oracle of Delphi—who was thought to be the mouthpiece of the god, Apollo. Every culture has its own form of divination. In ancient China, the diviner would carve out their question onto an ox bone until it cracked, and then the cracks were analyzed.

Modern divination witches: Today, divination witches don’t claim to be the mouthpiece of the gods; instead they use divination to predict likely answers to simple queries like, “Am I on the right career path?” or “Does this relationship stand a chance?” And in true modern fashion, divination methods like Tarot can even be found on our phones.

Herbalism

green witch

What is a green witch? A green witch works with magical properties found in the natural world. Their craft is based on respecting nature and all living things. Green witches focus on the magical correspondence of herbs, plants, and flowers. This incorporates herbalism, which is the study of botany and use of plants intended for medicinal purposes.

History: Herbalism is found in many cultures, but Chinese herbal medicine is one of the ancient variations still practiced today. Chinese herbology is based on the concepts of yin, yang, and Qi energy, where the herbs can either cool (yin) or stimulate (yang) certain parts of the body, the concept used for ritual and spiritual practices as well as medicinal. In parts of Africa, an herb known as purslane was used for purification during and after ritual ceremonies, while in some Scandinavian countries, clover was once used to ward off evils spirits and help develop psychic ability. In folk magic tradition, chamomile is said known to bring luck.

Modern green witches: Today, green witches still take herbal magic very seriously, using essential oils and creating small physic gardens in their own apartment. (You can find plenty of green witches on Instagram for inspo!) Be aware that this is a learned art: it’s extremely important to know the health effects of the herbs you plan to use or ingest as well as the magical benefits.

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Kitchen Witch

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What is a kitchen witch? A kitchen witch practices magic within their own home. Their magic is not based on any divine power or spiritual guidance, but that magic that can be found in the everyday routine. Their craft comes out while cooking, baking, and nesting while tapping into the power of their own intention.

History: Witchcraft and cooking have always gone hand-in-hand. During the late 15th and mid-18th century many of the 200,000 witches (mostly women) were tortured, hanged, or burned at the stake were accused of poisoning food. Even now, our classic image of a witch persists as a woman stirring her cauldron. There has always been a magical and ritualistic nature surrounding food. Like green witchcraft, kitchen witches use herbalism in their food-based magic—but kitchen witchery isn’t just about food. It can also be making a homemade offering to a deity, cleansing and protection your home, and so on.

Water Witch

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What is a water witch? A sea witch, also known as a water witch, works with the element water in order to tap into their magic. They feel a deep, powerful connection to the water—whether it is the ocean, sea, or lake. This powerful pull leads them to be more aware of their own mystical energies.

History: Sea witches have been found in many cultures throughout history. From the sea nymph Calypso of The Odyssey; Sycorax of Shakespeare’s play The Tempest; even Ursula in Disney’s The Little Mermaid. However, sea witches have a deeper history in mythology. In Norse mythology, sea witches were magical, malevolent feminine spirits who often took the form of mermaids. These witches believed that their power and bond over the sea and tides was born of their worship for the moon. The triple goddess symbol holds particularly deep meaning for sea witches, as it represents the three phases of the monthly lunar cycle: waxing, full, and waning.

Along with praying to the moon, sea witches have had a long history with practicing dowsing, a method of divination for finding water, metals, even gravesites underground by using a Y-shaped stick made of hazel. Dowsing has been around since the Middle Ages, used frequently in Europe until its association with witchcraft caused the practice to be shunned; its legitimacy as a science is still up for debate. 

Modern sea witches: Contemporary sea witches may not be luring sailors to their deaths, but they are still incorporating water, weather, and the moon into their practices, finding their own magical connection with the sea.

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6 Things to Do During Your Saturn Return

6 Things to Do During Your Saturn Return

By Virginia Mason

On December 25, 2020

In Astrology, Saturn return, Spirit

6 Things to Do During Your Saturn Return

Once every 29.4 years, you experience a Saturn return. When Saturn makes a complete trip around the zodiac and finally enters the same sign it was in when you were born, that’s when your Saturn return begins. This happens around ages 27, 57, and 87 and lasts for two and a half to three years. And during this time, you’ll feel a whole lot like a gigantic storm is ripping through your entire life. (Exciting, right?)

The planet Saturn—the planet that rules Capricorn—governs over law, order, time, and structure. It encompasses all the stable things in our lives. So in terms of what it can affect, Saturn can cause incredible upheaval in many areas of your life from work to relationships to family.

So as you enter a Saturn return, the experience is both deeply painful and beautifully empowering. The lessons you learn during a return are designed to protect you by keeping you on your karmic path.

That said, there’s also no escaping Saturn’s lessons! If you spend your return hiding under your covers and crossing your fingers, Saturn will just come back and kick your ass even harder on the next go ‘round.

So to make the most of every return, follow these steps, and Saturn will reward you for your hard work.

1) Take stock of your life

Slow down and reflect. Ask yourself the hard questions because they’re coming either way. Are you where you want to be? Are you with the person you want to be with? Are you spending your days how you want to spend your days? It’s okay to not have the answers. Saturn will help you find them, but by asking the questions, you’ll be working with Saturn and nudging its lessons along.

2) Ask for help

Saturn can leave you feeling like you have nothing left to give. It can also isolate you from your relationships and support system. If this happens, know that it’s working to connect you with the support you truly need and the relationships that will benefit you in the long run. When you feel lost, depressed, and helpless, go find the people who can help you. Go to healers. Go to counseling. Go get a massage. Whatever happens, don’t be afraid to ask for help.

3) Don’t skip your checkup

Saturn hits you on every level—both psychological and physical. You are not invincible. Take care of your body with a nourishing diet. Keep your body moving with whatever activity excites you. Monitor your health carefully, and check in with your health care providers at the recommended intervals. If a health scare happens – breathe. It is all part of the growth Saturn is pushing. Reach out to your support system, and remember, stress can make the heart stronger if you let it.

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4) Celebrate yourself

It’s easy to beat yourself up when it feels like life isn’t going your way. And that’s exactly how Saturn can make you feel, but if you pay attention, you’ll begin to see the ways that all of the chaos is actually helping you. So don’t lose sight of the wonderful things about you and the wonderful things happening in your life. Keep a gratitude journal and write down something you’re grateful for every day. And pat yourself on the back for all that you’re doing, how strong you’re being, and for every little accomplishment.

5) Stay open to complete and total change

At the end of your Saturn return, you’ll likely find yourself looking back at the old you—the you from three years ago —and thinking, “Wow! I don’t even recognize that person!” Your return puts personal evolution on hyperspeed. At the start, you may feel like you’re walking a plank toward eternal doom, but by the end, you’ll realize there was a much happier existence waiting for you at the bottom. So stay open and let yourself fall into the unknown and into a stronger, more powerful version of yourself.

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6) Use intention jewelry to manifest what you want

During your return, you can keep yourself on track by practicing this Saturn return ritual once every three months. By remembering the advice above and regularly practicing this ritual, you can easily find your way through Saturn’s storm, so you’re able to welcome all its disguised blessings.

Ingredients

  • A piece of jewelry or a small crystal
  • An orange-colored candle
  • A notebook
  • A pen or pencil

 

Instructions

Turn off all your electronics and find a quiet, clean space where you can be alone. Place your intention piece (jewelry or crystal) next to your orange candle.

Settle into position and close your eyes. Then place your left hand on your heart and your right hand on your stomach. Take three, deep, slow breaths. Keep your eyes closed as you say the following aloud: Please grant me the clarity to live my highest purpose.

Slowly open your eyes and light your candle. Then pick up your notebook and write (for at least 10 minutes) about your life, your deepest desires, and what you need to do to satisfy them. When you’re finished, write at least one thing you are grateful for from the last three months.

Close your notebook and place it to the side. Pick up your jewelry or crystal and hold it in your hands. Face the candle, close your eyes, and say the following out loud: I am unique. I am powerful. I have the strength to live my highest purpose.

Blow out the candle, and open your eyes. Thank the universe. Carry your jewelry or crystal with you until the next ritual.

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5 Rituals to Celebrate the Winter Solstice

5 Rituals to Celebrate the Winter Solstice

By Shereen Campbell

On December 21, 2020

In Spirit

5 Rituals to Celebrate the Winter Solstice

As we approach the shortest and darkest day of the year, winter solstice, it’s a good idea to spend some time addressing the items that are cluttering our psyches. Never fear, as this process is necessary. Just as the trees and flowers go through the cycles of death and rebirth throughout the year, we go through more psychological versions of these cycles. In astrology, the seasons, equinoxes and solstices represent this psychological process. An equinox represents when day and night are equal length, while a solstice represents the point in time when the sun reaches its most northerly or southerly point in the sky.

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The cycle starts with the spring equinox in the sign of Aries. Aries represents birth, the start of a new cycle. In spring, we see the physical evidence of this with animals coming out of hibernation and the seeds of plants being planted. Wherever you see Aries in your chart, this is where you are meant to initiate, to take bold and new steps into the unknown.

This trend continues through Taurus, where we are anticipate the seeds we planted starting to manifest and start to tend to those seeds. As we move through Gemini, we start to adjust however necessary to ensure those seeds bloom, thinking creatively to battle whatever comes our way. When the summer solstice arrives in the sign of Cancer, the need to protect all that has been given to us comes up. The seeds have manifested into things more magical than anticipated and it is our duty to tend and nurture them. We then proudly display the fruits of our labor (Leo) and then meticulously organize and prepare for the future, busy ourselves for the upcoming darkness (Virgo).

Soon enough, the sun enters Libra, where we arrive at the fall equinox to make our journey through the darkness. Daylight becomes shorter and we begin to venture more deeply into ourselves. Just like the plants begin to die, their bodies gracefully returning to the earth, we go through a time period of our egos receding, attempting to make room for others. We go through transformation, first understanding our relationships with others (Libra), then exploring the murky water of our shadows (Scorpio) prohibiting us to merge fully and finally starting to explore the beliefs that drive us (Sagittarius). A short time later, when we arrive at Capricorn and the winter solstice, we are encouraged to celebrate the rebirth of life. This marks the shortest day of the year and from this point forward, daylight will grow in length, we will finally march towards warmth.

This is the time of letting go of all that holds us back, integrating all that we learned in the dark while we explored our shadows. We look at our fears with determination to surpass them (Capricorn), we push boundaries looking to revolutionize our world (Aquarius) and then commune with all that is, realizing fully that we are an intricate part of everything (Pisces). We can now have hope for the new cycle coming our way. With that said, for the winter solstice or Yule, there are some fun rituals to explore to help you celebrate your own rebirth and these are a couple of my favorites.

 

winter solstice

Winter Cleaning

Similar to spring cleaning, winter cleaning helps you to let go of the old in order to make room for the new to enter your life. If you have a bunch of junk around the house, this is the optimum time to clear it away! Pagans refer to this as a Yule Cleansing Ritual. Remove items that you feel no longer serve your higher purpose or items that are distracting you from focusing on the things most important to you.

Cleanse Your Space

Bust out the sage for this ritual! I like to walk around my home with a white smudge sage bundle requesting energies that do not belong to me away. You’ll find me smudging my doorways and windows for extra benefit while quietly asking anything in my home that is not of my higher purpose to leave. I love to use holidays like this one as a reminder that it needs to be done.

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Donate Your Stuff

Now that you’ve cleansed and cleared out your space, the winter solstice is a perfect time to donate your gently used goods to those less fortunate than you. Among many traditions, including paganism, Christianity, Islam, etc, donating to others is an important part of service. If you no longer have use for something, what better way to show the Universe you are happy to create room for sharing with others.

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Cleanse Your Bod

Taking a salt bath infused with some of the herbs associated with Yule makes for a great way to celebrate the solstice! Some herbs you can use are pine, evergreens, ivy, holly, mistletoe, birch, oak, yew, frankincense and myrrh. As you soak or scrub, imagine that all your troubles are being absorbed by the water and salt, being scrubbed away from you.

Light a Candle 

Once your space and body has been cleansed, and you’ve given away some of your gifts to others, one way to commence your celebrating is with a little candle ritual. Try lighting some gold and green candles, and spend some time reflecting on the past year. Feel free to write whatever comes up down, as this helps you to process, let go and invite some newness into your life. Did you accomplish all of the things you had hoped? What was missing? What turned out better than you anticipated? Are you feeling connected with your higher purpose? What are some ways you strengthened your connection this year? What are some ways you diminished this connection? What do you want to let go? What are some things you want to create in the upcoming cycle? Finally, as always express your gratitude for what’s to come, as all you have goaled is already yours.

Happy Yule!

Shereen Campbell is an astrologer, ecommerce manager, and the founder of My Little Magic Shop. She loves sailing, southern Italian food, and all things magical.

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3 Rituals That Immediately Send Good Vibes Your Way

3 Rituals That Immediately Send Good Vibes Your Way

By Gala Darling

On December 7, 2020

In Astrology, Magic, Spirit

3 Rituals That Immediately Send Good Vibes Your Way

One of the most wonderful things about magic is that it can be done anywhere, at any time. You don’t need to be wearing a special cloak, dancing around a bubbling cauldron … even though that image is very evocative! You can harness your power with your back pressed against a bathroom stall, as you rock gently within a subway car, or before you drift off to sleep.

While we all want to manifest big love, plenty of cash, and a life full of adventure, sometimes we just need a little hit of magic: Something to make us feel better on a day-to-day basis. Here are three simple rituals that I practice every week to stay positive, confident, and centered. Try them, and watch magic happen in your life!

Energy Protection Ritual

How to do it: It’s all about creating a vision! There are many variations, but here are two of my favorite ways to do it. The first technique is calling “zipping up,” where you imagine a huge zipper that starts at your pelvis and runs all the way up to the top of your head. All you need to do is visualize closing that zipper, and thereby sealing in all your goodness!

What it does: Protecting your energy is a way of keeping other people’s psychic gunk off you. You know how sometimes you walk into a room and feel like you’re absorbing someone else’s bad vibes? You’re not imagining that! When you protect your energy, it means you get to contain all positivity… and you won’t pick up anyone else’s unhappy mood.

When to do it: It’s best before you leave the house for the day, although you can repeat it throughout the day, whenever you’re feeling drained.

The second technique involves seeing yourself inside a sphere. Some people like to visualize themselves inside a big pink bubble, but I like to see myself in a huge disco ball, through which only positive energy can penetrate (and all negativity, jealousy, and bad vibes get bounced back out!).

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Confidence-Boosting Ritual

How to do it: Take a piece of carnelian and charge it under the light of the full moon. As you place it on your windowsill, set the intention that this stone reawakens your power to move confidently in any situation, fires up your vitality, and fills you with positive energy. After you let it charge up for a night, you can use it whenever you want to! Keep it in your pocket during interviews, place it on your desk, and rub it whenever you need a little extra boost!

What it does: Infusing the crystal carnelian with intention will keep you focused and confident, no matter who you come up against. It’s so easy to lose your nerve when you’re in a high-stakes moment, but with the help of this stone, you can move ahead confidently, no matter what.

When to do it: Initially on a full moon. Then, any time you’re heading into a situation where you want to be your best self.

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Meditation Ritual

How to do it: Go outside! If you can find a grassy area and take your shoes off, so much the better, but this isn’t essential. Find a quiet spot and stand with your feet apart, tip your head back and close your eyes. Imagine a huge cord dropping down from your root chakra and going into the ground, going down so deeply that it hits the core of the earth. I like to envision my cord wrapping around the core a few times so I know it’s really secure. Then, visualize expanding the cord and widening it so that it becomes like a beautiful cosmic garbage chute, and watch as all the anger, sadness, rage, and confused energy flows down it and into the core of the earth. When you feel like you’ve let it go, you can blow up the cord (in your mind, of course!) and then visualize the sun filling your body with golden light. You can take as long as you want to do this—sometimes it’s lovely to take a couple of minutes, but it can also be done in a pinch if you’ve got somewhere to be!

What it does: This super-simple meditation technique is one of the best ways I know to truly chill out. Instead of stewing in your own head or feeling gripped by anxiety, you instead, choose to connect with the earth and allow your negative energy to drain down into it.

When to do it: Any time you’re feeling stressed, overworked, frustrated, angry, or overwhelmed.

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A Spell for The New Moon in Libra: This Can Make Dreams Come True!

A Spell for The New Moon in Libra: This Can Make Dreams Come True!

By Shereen Campbell

On October 17, 2017

In Moon, Spell, Spirit

A Spell for The New Moon in Libra: This Can Make Dreams Come True!

As we approach the new moon in Libra, energy is in the air, and it’s the perfect time to manifest that energy to turn your dreams into reality. Just as farmers used the phases of the moon  to guide their farm chores, astrologers believe this is an optimum time to do the same for your goals.  Ancient farmers believed that when they followed the cycles of the moon, they would produce the best crops, so they planted during a new moon. This is because the moon governs moisture (including tides) on earth and during a new moon, the ground becomes wet and fertile.  It is the optimum time to plant ensuring their seeds had moisture and support it needed. Astrologers today still utilize this same thought process, except it is applied to life. A new moon in astrology is the time for planting seeds for the future (otherwise known as intentions). The moments and days following the new moon are regarded as the optimum time period for sharing any desires, needs or changes you want to unfold in your life with the universe.  It is also common that new people, events or opportunities will arise around this time for you. This is why it is especially important that you must not only hold an image or vision of what you want to manifest in your life, you must also make it known, holding steadfast to the knowing it will come. The energy of the new moon will nourish this goal of yours.

Here is a simple new moon exercise to help you manifest your own new moon energy. 

Materials Required:
Notepad
Pen/Pencil
White Candle

Instructions:

1. Sit or lay in a quiet place where you won’t be disurbed for at least 15 minutes. 

2. Take 5 deep breaths, inhaling to the count of 3 and exhaling to the count of 3.

3. If you feel relaxed, move to the next step.  If not, repeat step 2 until you feel calm.

4. Close your eyes and recall an area of life that is causing you stress or that you feel like there is a lot of focus in your life right now.

5. Once you have settled on an area of life, start to think about what your life would look like if that issue were spontaneously solved. How would you feel? What changes would have been made in your life?

6. Translate those changes into affirmations and write them down. An example of this would be: Your lease is up, you have been looking for places for a while, but have yet to find one. The clock is ticking, this makes you anxious. If the issue were solved, you would be signing a lease to fabulous new place and packing your furniture up. The affirmations you would write are:  I will find the perfect apartment for me before my lease is up. I can comfortably afford this new apartment.  I will enjoy the process of finding this apartment.

7. Hold your white candle while concentrating on the how you would feel when your issue is settled. If feelings of frustration or anxiety come up, gently push them aside and refocus to how happy you will be when everything is sorted out.

8.  Still holding the candle, read the affirmations you wrote down out loud. 

9.  Light your candle and repeat these affirmations again, out loud.

10.  Blow out the candle and express gratitude for the universe for delivering these intentions.

11. Put these affirmations somewhere handy. Anytime you feel anxious, read them aloud. Repeat this ritual, too, if you’d like! 

12. Believe.  You desires will be granted.

Slay this New Moon, beauty. You’ve got this! 

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Shereen Campbell is an astrologer, ecommerce manager, and the founder of My Little Magic Shop. She loves sailing, southern Italian food, and all things magical.

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Your Horoscope for Tuesday October 17: Mercury Shifts and Things Get Intense!

Your Horoscope for Tuesday October 17: Mercury Shifts and Things Get Intense!

By Horoscope.com

On October 17, 2017

In Aspect, Horoscope, Spirit

Your Horoscope for Tuesday October 17: Mercury Shifts and Things Get Intense!

Feeling crazy? It’s not you, it’s the stars. With the moon shifting to Libra, an unsettling Mars-Uranus quinox, and a shift from Mercury to Scorpio, you may feel restless, unchallenged, and second guessing the motives and goals of other people around you. Instead of burying your feelings, dig deep and get to the route of your dissatisfaction. Mercury in Scorpio demands precise, honest communication—sidestepping an issue or speaking in euphemisms won’t work. It may feel hard at first, but the more you get comfortable with stating your desires and bringing up conflicts with the people whom they concern, the better. Today is all about direct action. Are you ready to take it? 

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Aries Daily Horoscope
A Mercury-Jupiter alingment opens up opportunity. This is exciting, but keep any potential moves close to your chest. While you tend to share whatever happens to cross your mind, holding back a bit—at least until you know the full story or situation—will pay off. 

Taurus Daily Horoscope   
With Jupiter and Mercury in your partnership sector, relationships take center stage. Here’s the thing: Don’t mistake quantity for quality. While you may be spending plenty of one on one time (or locking down a ton of dates) this planetary alignment wants you to bringup the big questions and talk uncomfortable issues. You know they’re there. 

Gemini Daily Horoscope      
Mercury is helping you get sh*t done, Gemini! You may be tempted to shirk off a big project, but don’t. With Mercury cranking up your productivity, this is the best day (and week) to hunker down and tend to work. Yes, you may have to blow off a happy hour plan, but it will definitely pay off in the long run, and trust us that your boss is noticing—in the best way.

Cancer Daily Horoscope
Crabs are coming out of their shells today and all signs are celebrating! With Jupiter in your sector of self-expression, it’s a great time to make your voice heard and your wishes known. Single? Make the first move today, Crabs (a swipe counts!) The more you put yourself out there, the more you’ll get back. 

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Leo Daily Horoscope
Family driving you crazy? We hear you, Lions. Jupiter in your home sector is shifting your focus to family and home. Remember, you can suggest but you can’t force anyone to do anything. The more you’re able to realize that, the more sane you’ll feel. 

Virgo Daily Horoscope
Hey Virgo, did you know there are only 24 hours in the day? Mercury and Jupiter keep throwing opportunities your way, which is clutch—but before you take them on, make sure you have the time and resources to do so—after all, you still need to eat, sleep, and play! And saying no will only make you more in demand. Trust us. 

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Libra Daily Horoscope
It’s all about the money today, Libra! With Mercury shifting to your resources sector, you’re all about shoring up your income and making sure your income flow is healhty. You love the finer things, but the finer things are so much nicer once the credit card bill has been paid in full. 

Scorpio Daily Horoscope
You’ve been keeping things on the DL for the last few weeks, but Mercury is now asking you to speak out, connect, and share what’s going on in your mind. You may realize that by collaborating, you can get even deeper, or reach crucial next steps on a project or idea you want to make reality. 

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Sagittarius Daily Horoscope
Mercury and Jupiter are combining forces to make you think deeply about your past—and how it connects to your present. Follow your mind where it leads; you may be digging up old emails or letters, but you’re not living in the past, you’re gathering info to go forward into the future. Trust the process. 

Capricorn Daily Horoscope
It’s all about socializing, Caps, and you’ll be surprised at how information gleaned from a casual conversation will be key in a work or romantic situation. You tend to like having firm plans, but go with the flow, and consider saying yes to a last minute social invite—it may matter more than you think. 

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Aquarius Daily Horoscope 
With Mercury in your house of career and reputation, you’re ready for anything, Aquarians! Focus on your career, make a bold move, and take ownership of the fact that you’re really, really good at your job. Today is all about making big moves. Start with confidence and go from there. 

Pisces Daily Horoscope
Mercury is inspiring you to dream big and speak out. It’s a good day for your imagination to fly free, and the more you allow your mind to wander, the more you’ll be rewarded. Journal, read a book, listen to a new podcast, draw or doodle … the more you engage with the creative part of your brain, the happier and more free you’ll feel!

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