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Your August 18-21 Solar Eclipse Love Horoscope: No More Settling!

Your August 18-21 Solar Eclipse Love Horoscope: No More Settling!

By Virginia Mason

On August 18, 2017

In Love, Romance, Spirit

Your August 18-21 Solar Eclipse Love Horoscope: No More Settling!

August has been a major shake-out of anything that isn’t supporting where we’re meant to go. No more settling. It’s time to go after everything you want, and the universe is there to give you that push you need. Monday’s total solar eclipse on the Leo new moon is harnessing the power of the sun, moon, karmic nodes, Mars, Jupiter, Uranus, and Pluto to get you on track. And this weekend, the moon is passing over Venus on its way to totally blocking out the sun, so before the eclipse, we’re very directly being asked to look at our love lives. You will no longer be able to stay in something that doesn’t support who you are and what you want. As this cycle closes, you may feel like you were thrown through a loop. Know that this isn’t really the end. It’s just the end for now. This concludes the first year of a two-year Leo/Aquarius eclipse cycle. Expect whatever came up for you during this eclipse season to continue playing out through January, 2019. Life is long. The big picture often escapes us in the moment, so wherever you are, stay open, stay open, stay open.

Find out how the planets’ positions at your precise birth day, time, and place influence your personality and life circumstances.

Aries Weekend Love Horoscope
The saga of you versus love continues. Friday—as Uranus challenges the moon and Venus—you’re feeling the tension between personal freedom and romance. And that’s okay. Maybe you need to be free right now. Maybe you need to sit with your relationship and just let the tension be until you’re clear on what you want. Maybe you don’t have all the answers, and good because if you did, life would be boring as hell. During this time when love and partnership is bringing up a lot and not fully satisfying you, turn to yourself. Lean on yourself. Love yourself. Do what you need to do and don’t feel bad about it. You’ll be feeling the strength in that on Sunday and through the eclipse.

Love Lesson: No one else’s love will ever be everything you need all the time. Fill yourself with love from within.

Passion Prediction: 
Taurus Weekend Love Horoscope
This period leading up to the eclipse hasn’t been as rocky for you as most, but you’ve still been feeling the pinch of Uranus in retrograde. What you’re learning is that no love is perfect. Sure, love can infringe upon your sense of personal freedom because in every partnership, you have someone else to consider, but this weekend, you’ll want nothing more than to consider that person. Spend time with them Friday, or if you’re single, go out into the world and meet someone new. Love is especially pleasurable and healing right now. And you don’t have to work on anything in you or in your partner in order to heal. Being together is enough.

Love Lesson: When you open up and let love just do its thing without trying to control it, it heals you. Through that healing, you’ll find freedom.

Passion Prediction: 
Gemini Weekend Love Horoscope
If you want to feel heard, say what you have to say on Friday as Mercury sextiles the moon and Venus. If you haven’t said it by Saturday, then save your words. Avoid any important conversations on Saturday AM.That’s a time for relaxation before the eclipse. Anything you say then won’t have the impact you desire. And as the weekend progresses, beware of your tendency to put words in people’s mouths. Trust that what people tell you is what they mean. Don’t rearrange it in your mind to mean what you want it to mean or what you’re afraid it means. Just accept people’s words and accept them. If you can’t, then let them go.

Love Lesson: Your mind can play tricks on you, especially if you let it analyze every little thing, again and again. Take people for who they are.

Passion Prediction: 
Cancer Weekend Love Horoscope
The moon conjuncts Venus in Cancer on Friday. I can’t imagine an aspect that makes Cancer happier than this. Seriously! This aspect—which blends nurturing, love, and contentment—is basically the epitome of who you are. You may be feeling all the feelings this weekend and even moodier than usual, but that’s just your nature being emphasized. With that, there’s also an immense feeling of bliss surrounding you. Stay in your crab shell Friday night and enjoy this complete immersion into your true self. Spend the rest of the weekend basking in the post Cancer moon and share it with any committed partner or someone who could become that. No time for casual love right now, it’s all about deep connection on every single level—including the physical, which is pretty damn great this weekend. 

Love Lesson: No one will ever know you as well as you do. To truly see yourself, remove the gaze of someone else’s eyes.

Passion Prediction: 
Leo Weekend Love Horoscope
Get ready for your life, emotions, and, yeah, relationship, to be struck hard. It could feel like striking gold, or it could be a heavy hit. Leo is where all the eclipse action is happening. This weekend, the anticipatory energy of the looming eclipse has you feeling antsy. Prepare your partner or lover for the fact that you may be a little weird right now, and prepare yourself for the fact that you may not even want that relationship by this time next week. But if you’re single, go out on Saturday or Sunday. You may just meet the person you’ve been waiting for.

Love Lesson: It’s not so much that there’s a purpose as there’s a path. Our lovers are a part of this, and there comes a time when we all have to face where we are and decide who we want to be and who we want to be with.

Passion Prediction: 
Virgo Weekend Love Horoscope
Monday’s eclipse is smack dab on the Leo/Virgo cusp. This means that you’re going to be feeling it all weekend. Between that and Mercury still in retrograde, prepare to feel generally unsteady in all things—including love. Friday offers some relief from this as Mercury sextiles the moon. Make the most of this by opening yourself up to your feelings. Allow yourself to experience the world outside of the thoughts in your head and the sensations in your body. Let yourself really feel your emotions. Friday is also the best time of the weekend to enjoy the company of a partner or lover. Your neuroses will dominate the rest of the weekend, and whoever you’re with won’t necessarily be able to handle it well right now. After all, they’re also feeling the pre-eclipse effects.

Love Lesson: Sometimes it really is best to be alone while you process challenging energies.

Passion Prediction: 
Libra Weekend Love Horoscope
What role does love play in bringing you joy and fulfillment? How does it support your growth? Ask yourself these questions Friday. Even better, journal your answers. I know sometimes it feels like you’re doing everything right yet somehow love alludes you, but after you wrestle with these questions Friday, the Leo moon and eclipse come to remind you that while everyone else has been finding love, you’ve been getting shit done. Feel proud of all you’ve accomplished. You’re a rockstar when it comes to maintaining balance. Whatever balance you want is what you will have. If you don’t have what you think you should have, consider that maybe it’s because you don’t really want it. 

Love Lesson: Timing is real. Things come together when they’re going to come together. Your job is to decide what you want, set the intention, and make it happen.

Passion Prediction:   
Scorpio Weekend Love Horoscope
You’re an expert at growing through relationships, but right now, love feels like it’s holding you back. This feeling’s been percolating since last week, and it’s emphasized Friday when the moon conjuncts Venus. Breathe through it, The moon moves on to Leo by Saturday afternoon, allowing growth to continue through your favorite blend of soul-deep connection and passionate sex. With this, you are given an opportunity to heal your insecurities and remember to have fun. Your spidey senses will be tingling as the eclipse approaches. Both of your ruling planets aspect the eclipse cluster—one comfortably and one uncomfortably. By connecting with your sexy, fiery, playful self, you’ll be able to ride the eclipse energy with greater ease.

Love Lesson: There are many ways to grow and expand. Don’t get too hung up on how it’s happened in the past. Stay open to how it’s happening now.

Passion Prediction: 
Sagittarius Weekend Love Horoscope
After two-and-a-half years, Saturn only has a few months left in Sagittarius. This eclipse is ensuring that Saturn’s time has been well spent and you’ve learned all it has to teach you. This weekend, you’ll see that you aren’t where you were three years ago. Change sets in gradually. Sometimes we fail to recognize it along the way. But look back now, and you’ll appreciate just how far you’ve come. You’ll feel empowered and ready to go after everything you want, including love. If you’ve been settling for a romantic arrangement that doesn’t meet your long-term goals, you’ll likely realize you’re ready to move on. No hurt feelings. You’ve enjoyed your time, but you’re ready now. Nothing and no one is going to hold you back.

Love Lesson: You know everything you need to know right now.

Passion Prediction: 
Capricorn Weekend Love Horoscope 
This playful, fiery, expansive eclipse energy is foreign to you, and you’re not in the mood to try something new. It’s not that you don’t love your partner, but you’re feeling you’re struggling to get on the same page when it comes to expressing love. If you’re single, you’re probably perfectly content with that this weekend. You have all the time you want and need for yourself. Awesome. Despite this tension surrounding romance, you’ll be feeling lucky and more sexual than usual on Saturday and Sunday as Saturn trines the eclipse planets. Let your love and partnership questions chill and enjoy the passion you can share with someone right now.

Love Lesson: Sometimes love and sex come together. Sometimes they don’t, and in a long term, committed partnership, you’re likely to experience both at different times. Let there be room for all of this.

Passion Prediction: 
Aquarius Weekend Love Horoscope 
The moon, Venus, and your ruling planet are all talking to each other. They’re working to find common ground so everyone wins, but they’re at a stalemate. In a relationship? You’re left wondering if there isn’t room for your independent ways. Single? You’re hesitating to take the next step, because you’re worried you’re going to lose yourself. But you see, it isn’t about winning. That’s the key part you’re missing. It’s about being and growing, and by Sunday, you’ll have figured this out. You’ll be feeling lighter and freer. Maybe this is because you’ve chosen to let your relationship go, or maybe you’ve decided that when it comes to love, you’re ready to stay the course despite your perpetual, nagging wanderlust. Or maybe you’re just glowing from that excellent make-up sex.

Love Lesson: Even if you know intellectually what it is that you need to do, you can’t rush your heart. It’ll meet up with your head if and when it’s ready.

Passion Prediction: 
Pisces  Weekend Love Horoscope 
Your Piscean energy is not jibing with the planets lining up for the Leo eclipse. Your sex drive plummets, and you’re feeling less social. The part of you that has always felt like you’re different than everyone else is emphasized now. You worry that maybe there isn’t a place for you. You worry that maybe your perspective isn’t even valid. But it is. Of course it is. No one can take that from you. If you want people to see you clearly, try some grounding exercises to keep yourself here on Earth. Meditate, practice yoga, hold some smoky quartz in your hands. Do whatever you can to take care of yourself through this eclipse, and remember, it’s just passing through.

Love Lesson: Even when you’re in an unconditionally loving partnership, there may be times when you feel lonely. That’s okay. That’s human.

Passion Prediction: 


Virginia is a Brooklyn-based Reiki Master and psychic healer dedicated to expanding people’s understanding of what’s possible. She offers private readings, coaching, healing, and more through her company, FleetingConnections.com.

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What You Need to Know About Daily Crystal Use

What You Need to Know About Daily Crystal Use

By Horoscope.com

On August 26, 2020

In Style

What You Need to Know About Daily Crystal Use

Crystal expert Margaux Perrier shares how she incorporates the magical stones into everyday use.

“So, what do you do with crystals? And how do you use them?” I get these questions all the time, and they are some of my favorites. Simply put, aside from meditating with my stones and keeping them all throughout my environment, I see crystals used in fun ways like in candles, makeup production processes (I’m looking at you, Glossier Haloscope!), and in home décor like bookends or coasters. I’ve compiled my all-time preferred ways to use crystals daily in simple, beautiful, modern ways that make it easy to take positive vibes with you through every step of your day.

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With a love that runs deep for how empowering, striking and energetically inspiring crystals are, I decided to marry my desire to create with the sheer adoration for the metaphysical into wearable, delicate crystal pieces. My jewelry line is, like me, forever evolving. I embrace the hunt for balance and personal growth while maintaining a strong vision of self-expression. Since the beginning, designing jewelry has brought me nothing but joy, and I absolutely love designing pieces that can stand on their own, mix well with each other, and work with unique pieces from your own collection.

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Photo: Margaux Perrier Jewelry; Crown Works Crystal Comb; Spellbound Sky Essential Oil Potion; Jade Beauty Roller

There has been a whole lot of hype buzzing around the beauty industry for Jade face rollers. Jade has long been treasured throughout Chinese tradition as maintaining the ability to draw out negative energy, embodying overall physical vitality and emotional well-being. Jade is also ideal for heart chakra opening, boosting prosperity and bringing good luck. Ever since I spotted them gracing the headlines of all my favorite beauty blogs, I had to add one to my crystal kit. These bad boys are beneficial for smoothing fine lines and wrinkles, reducing puffiness and inflammation, and generally makes your face looks bright, awake and relaxed (all while getting in that feel good face massage). I keep mine in the refrigerator for an added morning wake-up boost and use it just after I moisturize in the morning.  

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crystal comb

Photo: Crown Works Crystal Comb in Rose Quartz

While scrolling through social media, I recently discovered the most stunning comb I’ve ever seen. I literally gasped — was that Rose Quartz? Anyone who knows me knows I can never have get enough of this dreamy pink stone. I expressed zero self-control and knew I needed to take my self-care to the next level. With my very own crystal comb, I found an entirely new way to work on releasing heart chakra tensions by connecting truly to my highest Self. The process of meditating with this stone not only allowed me to relax further and enjoy my end-of-day routine but wholly opened my crown chakra so that I could physically feel the strands of my tangled heartstrings to find another release. The comb kit contained so many personal, extraordinary little details, including the accompaniment of a key affirmation stating: “The past is healed. I open myself to love and light. I am love.”  After using it several times, I feel a centered flow of energy, I can focus on self-love and regularly refill my Thank Bank.

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diamond life potion

Photo: Spellbound Sky Essential Oil Potion in Diamond Life

One of my favorite places on the planet is the magical realm of Spellbound SkyLocated in this hip neighborhood of Silverlake in Los Angeles, the retail space is decorated with disco balls accented by a six-foot unicorn. From crystals, candles, jewelry and the forever essential oil potions, it has always been my primary source for everything ritualistic. Made in-store using an unscented coconut oil base, each specific potion is thoughtfully created using a layer of well-composed oils with a handful of specific crystals to further raise the vibration of each fragrance. My personal favorites are the Diamond Life, infused with clove, frankincense and Quartz crystals to amplify intentions, and because, let’s be honest, who doesn’t want a diamond life? My other favorite choice is Love Force (obviously), filled with Rose Quartz, ylang-ylang, rose and sandalwood essential oils.

stone crystal bracelets

Photo: Wax & Wane Bracelets; Garnet, Herkimer Diamond and Ruby

The quickest, most natural, and the most glamorous way I’ve found to bring crystals into everyday life is by wearing them. My arm candy is always evolving and changing based on my mood, where I am in life, what I want on a particular day, or just by what makes me feel most inspired. My go-to bracelet brand is Wax & Wane Jewelry, as the quality, variety, and styles are utterly unparalleled. They have hundreds of styles, shapes, and sizes literally, sourcing the best beads from all over the world. I have adopted countless pieces for my collection over the past several years and am always finding new ways to mix-and-match according to my energy each day not to mention, gifting them regularly. The stack I am currently crushing on has a Ruby centerpiece embodying passion, confidence, goal setting and encouraging the visualization process. I paired that with two Herkimer Diamond bracelets, each an extremely high vibrational stone used for gaining guidance from spirit guides, spiritual evolution and accessing the true purpose of your soul. These three are sandwiched between two garnet bracelets, one of my all-time favorite energies to work with, embracing a passionate, motivated mindset to spark a flame to kick down goals while keeping you grounded so you don’t burn out. This combo also has a little bit of a sexy vibe, to keep confidence levels high and the productivity train moving!

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With so many ways to introduce crystals into your life, the most important thing to remember is you must choose the path that inspires you, noting there is no way to do it wrong. Wear and use as many or as few crystals as you want. It is beneficial to have a directed stream of focus or a colorful array of energies — whichever route feels most harmonious to you in the moment. Embrace the energies that feel right whether it’s encouraging, comforting, energizing, protecting, and any others which speak to you. Trust your intuition, and let unlimited possibilities be your guide.Margaux Perrier 

Margaux Perrier is a writer, jewelry designer, and creative. Find her on Instagram.

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The Most Healing Jewelry for Your Zodiac Sign

The Most Healing Jewelry for Your Zodiac Sign

By Horoscope.com

On July 13, 2020

In Aspect, Fashion, Style

The Most Healing Jewelry for Your Zodiac Sign

As the warm seasons emerge, buying yourself a new piece of jewelry is a great way to elevate both your style and spirit. However, not all stones have the same influence on every sign. If you think this means you should look for your birthstone, it’s time to take a different approach. It turns our birthstones have been traditionally aligned to the zodiac commercially more so than spiritually, according to Dr. Eve Allen aka Dr. Eve. A Doctor of Alternative Healing Practices and an expert in gemstone energy medicine, I asked her what stones are best for each sign this season.

In addition to her recommendations, she reminded me that gems are tools to help us reach the highest vibration of our mind, body and spirit. Can you think of a better excuse to treat yourself?

However, if you aren’t drawn to any of Dr. Eve’s suggestions, don’t worry. Whether you are shopping online or in person, she says the most powerful tool for choosing jewelry isn’t another person, but rather our own intuition. “We are connected to jewelry. Our gems are our tools. Our higher self pulls us towards choosing jewelry.”

Jewelry is all about investing in your best self, according to Dr. Eve. “The right piece can help us reach our highest vibration of mind, body and spirit. Things shift. This is what [each sign] should wear now.” So approach the new season with a fresh mind and some brand new accessories. Also, the crystals themselves may speak to you—becoming familiar with the crystals associated with your sign can help you choose the best look for the months ahead. — by Amanda Lauren

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 Aries 
Dr. Eve says Aries should look for red stones such as garnet to harness “the energy from [the air].” Anna Beck’s Semiprecious Stone Round Drop Pendant Necklace is a sophisticated way to both to look and feel more powerful.  


Raw garnet crystal, $4.50

Taurus 
Taurus tends to be strong and have a stubborn disposition. So a necklace they can customize to their exact liking such as Kendra Scott’s Teo Semiprecious Pendant  will truly allow them to connect. A turquoise or sapphire stone can open up Taurus to new possibilities.


raw turquoise stone, $12


Gemini 
Dr. Eve believes Gemini needs a bright stone such as citrine or agate to “enhance their sunshine.” What is a better way to enhance sunshine than to help others? $1 from each purchase of Stoned Studs’ handmade blue lace agate earrings is donated to the non-profit organization RAINN.

Raw citrine stone, $5.50

Cancer
“Cancers are moonchildren,” says Dr. Eve. So what stone could be more appropriate than moonstone? Isabelle Grace Jewelry’s Gem Slice collection features a striking moonstone piece that takes a combination of style and spirit to the next level.


Raw moonstone crystal, $1.50

Leo 
Leos will look and feel their most ravishing in ruby. Maya Studio’s Ruby Gemstone Ring is a vintage-looking, handmade piece that really catches the eye. It features a large center stone to attract Leo to that positive energy.


Raw ruby crystal wand, $19

Virgo
Virgo is tied to Mercury, which represents communication. Like Capricorn, Dr. Eve suggests green stones for this sign. Monica Vinader’s Linear Semi Precious Stone Friendship bracelet features an amazonite bar on an adjustable gold rope chain, keeping the gem close and directly connected to any sized wrist.


Raw Amazonite crystal, $5

Libra 
Dr. Eve explained that Libras are always searching for balance. So, choosing a water stone such as lapis or aquamarine can help them achieve equilibrium. Symmetrically designed, Alex and Ani’s aquamarine bracelet has a bright Swarovski stone flanked by trendy charms.  


Raw lapis crystal, $5

Scorpio 
A natural stone like coral that mirrors the heat of a scorpion’s sting will suit this sign best, according to Dr. Eve. LOVEthirteen’s Red Coral Bracelet With Druzy Heart Pendant is a unique handmade piece that will keep this sign equally centered and stylish.


Sagittarius
 

Sagittarius needs a protective purple stone such as sugilite or amethyst. J. Weber Jewelry’s Amethyst Dew Drop is a simple but timeless piece that can protect the wearer during any occasion or circumstance.


Raw sugilite, $11


Capricorn 
Capricorns should wear heart-centered stones such as emeralds or aventurine. This aventurine bracelet from Rainbow Crystal Craft isn’t simply beautiful. It’s also designed so the crystals lay on your bare skin. A direct physical connection with crystals is like having an Easy Pass on the on express lane to your heart chakra.


Aventurine crystal, $8 

Aquarius  
Dr. Eve’s deepest intuition told her opal was the right stone for Aquarius this season. That is why Ali Levine’s Hearts on Fire Collection for Sterling Forever will resonate so well with this sign. Designed when she pregnant with her daughter Amelia, she has several pieces featuring this stone, but the Embers of Emotion Cuff Set keeps the stones closest to the skin.  

Pisces 
Rose quartz can help Pieces nurture themselves and uncover a deeper self-love. Juicy Couture’s Rose Quartz Rainbow Luxe Wishes Necklace is a fun piece that represents the bright skies of the season.


Rose quartz crystal

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6 Easy Ways to Make Your Home More Magical

6 Easy Ways to Make Your Home More Magical

By Ellen Ricks

On June 3, 2020

In Home, Style

6 Easy Ways to Make Your Home More Magical

Magic is all around us, so why wouldn’t we add some to our home and garden—our most sacred spaces. However, creating a “witchy” home is more than just keeping your Halloween decorations up all year long. It’s about creating a space filled with intention, hope, and things unique to your spiritual needs.

If you want to add a dash of magic to your home and garden, follow these tips.    

Decorate Your Walls With Flowers 

Everyone loves getting flowers but hate seeing them them die—but what if we could preserve them? With this little witchy tip, you can! Just wrap your bouquet up with twine and hang them upside down. This will dry out the flowers without wilting and losing their shape. It also makes for a very cool wall decoration. If you want to get flowers with a little magical correspondence, try these:  

      • Daffodil: luck 
      • Daisy: innocence 
      • Gardenia: healing 
      • Hyacinth: love & happiness  
      • Jasmine: feminine energy & meditation 
      • Lilac: banishing negative energy &protection  
      • Pansy: communication 
      • Poppy: fertility & sleep 
      • Rose: psychic ability 
      • Sunflower: health & success  
      • Tulip: prosperity & abundance 
      • Violet:  harmony  

Use Lavender Water For Protection  

If you’re ready to open your windows again after this cold winter, spray your curtains with lavender water first. When the wind blows, it sends protection and peace into your home—plus it smells great!

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Use Tarot Cards For Art  

If you’re anything like me, you lust after the best Tarot decks and buy way more than you could ever possibly use. Or maybe you bought a tarot deck that you don’t like working with? Don’t waste those cards, make them into art instead! Frame and hang up some of your favorite Tarot cards—especially ones that capture the energy you want to attract into your home. For example, hang the “The Sun” card for happiness. A Tarot reading is easy enough to get (and sometimes free!), but when you set up those cards front and center, magic can happen.

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You can also get really crafty and use your Tarot cards to create a vision board of all the things you want to attract in your life. Whatever you do with them, it’s sure to be a witchy conversation starter.  

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Use Your Element Sign As a Color Scheme 

We use elements to determine compatible romantic matches, can’t we do the same for compatible color schemes? Looking to paint and redecorate your place, but can’t decide on a color palette? Your star sun could help you decide. Each sun sign is ruled by one of the four elements: earth, water, fire, and air. Each of these elements has their own colors that correspond with them. By decorating your home in your elements, you become more contented to both your sign and your element. 

      • Air (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius): light blues, white, yellow, and gray 
      • Earth (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) greens and browns  
      • Fire (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius): reds and oranges 
      • Water (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces): deep blues and green.  

 

If you want to bring your zodiac sign into your home, add your zodiac’s symbol into your decorating. For example, if you’re a Leo, frame a some Leo constellation art on your wall, get some Leo wine glasses, or put a lion pillow on your couch.

Keep A Small Garden In Your Kitchen 

Do you love fresh herbs but don’t have the space or the means to grow themselves yourself? Luckily, some herbs can be easily grown indoors, right in your very own kitchen window. These herbs can be used for spells, or just have magical property to them. Here are some easy-to-grow herbs:  

      • Chives: courage 
      • Mint: peace 
      • Parsley: wisdom  
      • Basil: keeps your space safe and free of negative energy  
      • Aloe Vera: brings good luck and soothe burns  

 

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Remember, the best time to plant is when the moon is in Cancer, Libra, Scorpio, and Pisces, that will give it the best chance at successful growth.  

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Create a Fairy Garden  

A fairy garden can be a fun craft project and a beautiful addition your home. A fairy garden is a small, decorative miniature garden made up of plants, rocks, crystals, and little furniture or charms, used to attract fairies or “fae” into your home. It can also be used for a small altar or just a great-looking decorative piece to add to your home.

You can create your own fairy garden in a terrarium, a small garden pot, or even a mason jar! (I used a decorated birdcage.)

Here are some basic supplies you’ll need to to get started:  

    • Fake or fresh moss or dirt (if you are planting things) 
    • Plants (succulents, herbs, or small flowers are popular options)  
    • Rocks or crystals (some popular ones for gardens are: moonstone, moss agate, green aventurine, citrine, and tiger’s eyes)  
    • Trinkets such as magical charms, miniature fairy or unicorn statuettes, and fairy houses. (These usually can be found at the dollar store.)  

 

Unleash your creativity and truly make this fairy garden your own. This is a great craft project to do with kids, at fairy school, or even just a fun activity to do with your friends.  

Enjoy your magical home!  

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Your August 2017 Horoscope: How Will the Solar Eclipse Affect You?

Your August 2017 Horoscope: How Will the Solar Eclipse Affect You?

By Horoscope.com

On August 1, 2017

In Eclipse, Prediction, Spirit

Your August 2017 Horoscope: How Will the Solar Eclipse Affect You?

This month, a lunar and solar eclipse promise to shake things up across the zodiac. Even signs that can sometimes be resistant to change (looking at you, Taurus and Virgo!) will find that these eclipses have the power to brush away stale energy, infuse optimism into future plans, and generally pave the way for a very satisfying fall. In order to maximize the power of the planets, all signs are encouraged to trust in their intuition and be as honest as possible with themselves and others. What you say becomes your destiny, so pay attention to your words, your actions, and who you spend time with. This month has the power to manifest lasting change—make it count!

Aries August Horoscope
Always a natural leader, all eyes are you on in the week leading up to the August 7 full moon and lunar eclipse. People will do your bidding—just be careful not to ask too much and risk taking advantage of them. On August 12, when the moon trines Mars and Mercury goes retrograde, it’s a good time to recalibrate, lay low, and rest up for the rest of the summer. Be careful when accepting newish dates or meetings—rescheduling them for September could help you avoid some major headaches. On August 21, the new moon and solar eclipse infuse you with potent energy—use it for good and come up with a way to be of service to the world.

Standout Days: 19, 20, 26
Challenging Days: 14, 28

 

Taurus August Horoscope
Career concerns have been on your mind this past few months, and they’re even more intense around the August 7 full moon and lunar eclipse. A new job opportunity may appear these next few weeks, but before you pounce, make sure it’s what you want. A Venus/Neptune trine on August 11 cranks up your passion—be honest with yourself and the object of your affection to make the day a positive one—otherwise, tears, misunderstandings, and tantrums may ensue. The new moon and solar eclipse on August 21 shines on your family and home sector—time to do some mental and physical cleaning up, including having that conversation you’ve been pushing aside. You want a fresh page—big things are about to happen, and you’re ready, Bulls!

Standout Days: 9, 10, 19
Challenging Days: 1, 16

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Gemini August Horoscope   
You’ve been feeling restless and dissatisfied, and those ugh feelings intensify in the week leading up to the August 7 full moon and lunar eclipse. Instead of trying to do everything, focus and commit to one or two projects. Even a low-key challenge, like a situp challenge, or committing to reading for 15 minutes a day, will get you out of your rut. (Want some inspiration? Read the best workouts for your Zodiac sign!) Also do some pre-prep before Mercury turns retrograde on August 12. Getting as much as you can crossed off your to-do list will allow you to focus on friends and fun in the middle of the month. As the August 21 new moon and solar eclipse approaches, consider rekindling a relationship (friendship or romance); the planets say you may need each other more than you once thought.

Standout Days: 4, 11, 26
Challenging Days: 28, 30

 

Cancer August Horoscope
As the full moon and lunar eclipse of August 7 approache, you’re feeling some tensions swirl around you. Take a deep breath and focus on you and what you can control. Chances are, you’re being held to an unfair standard, which is not your fault and may be something you have to let ride out. By focusing on your own projects and making sure you do everything to the best of your ability, you’re protecting your back. As the moon conjoins Venus in Cancer on August 18, things start to feel more normal. Enjoy the reset. Then, as the new moon and total solar eclipse light up your world of money and material possessions on August 21, big things may happen with your bank account. Be smart with your newfound cashflow and think about the best way to use it for the future (but if you want to buy something fun and meaningful now, go for it!)

Standout Days: 9, 11, 25
Challenging Days: 4, 13

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Leo August Horoscope
Love swirls all around you, but the full moon and lunar eclipse on August 7 make it tough to cut through the noise and figure out next steps in romance. The person in your life may not be telling you the full truth, not because they want to lie, but because they don’t want to disappoint you. Sincerity and honesty pave the way to what you need. The Moon/Mars trine on August 12 gives you an energy boost. Use it to jumpstart a pet project. Mercury turns retrograde later that day, which may curb your enthusiasm. On August 21, the new moon and total solar eclipse give you an opportunity to evolve into an even better version of yourself. Let things unfold without trying to control the narrative.

Standout Days: 10, 13, 21
Challenging Days: 5, 20

 

Virgo August Horoscope
You’ve been focusing on everyone but yourself this summer, and it’s leaving you frazzled. That all stops this month, when the full moon and lunar eclipse on August 7 entreat you to put yourself first. Turn down invites, add one inspiring thing a day to your to-do list, and revel in checking it off. Other signs may experience confusion during Mercury in retrograde on August 12, but because that unruly planet is in your sign, Virgo, you thrive. Manifest that energy and go after what you want in love, in your career, and in life! The new moon and total solar eclipse on August 21 strengthen your resolve. Now’s the time to live life in a big, bold way and trust that a karmic breakthrough will reveal itself.

Standout Days: 4, 11, 31
Challenging Days: 5, 28

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Libra August Horoscope
On August 7, the full moon and lunar eclipse are asking you to use your intelligence. Read a book, engage in a debate with a friend, or take an online class. Right now, you’re focused on yourself, and the best way to enjoy the month is to follow your gut, even if that leads you to a Friday night snuggled under the covers with a book. As the new moon and total solar eclipse accent your social sector on August 21, it’s time to ask yourself what you want out of life, and who you want surrounding you. On August 25, when Venus enters Leo, you may find an unexpected (but not unwelcome) end to the month. Whether it’s a spontaneous trip or a unique job opportunity, you’re in the perfect position to say yes, yes, yes.

Standout Days: 11, 24, 27
Challenging Days: 15, 17

 

Scorpio August Horoscope
On August 7, the full Moon and lunar eclipse light up your home sector—just as work and other pressures get intense. Don’t get overemotional, and prioritize what’s best for you. Remember: No is a full sentence. During the leadup to the new moon and solar eclipse on August 21, you’re thrust into a leadership position at work. This will have long-lasting repercussions, so make a strategic plan. Take responsibility where needed, but make sure to notice and talk up other colleagues as well. The Moon/Mars trine on August 30 helps you along, so go for what you want!

Standout Days: 12, 20, 22
Challenging Days: 4, 28

 

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Sagittarius August Horoscope
A far-flung adventure may present itself in the days leading up to the full moon and lunar eclipse on August 7. Before you say yes, make sure your finances are in order and everything is shored up at work. Travel and adventure is in your sector in the days leading up to the new moon and solar eclipse on August 21, keep an open mind and engage in conversation with strangers—dots will be connected if you do some legwork. As the moon conjoins Jupiter on August 25, when Saturn turns direct in Sagittarius, luck is on your side. Take a chance—you’ll be very happy with how things turn out.

Standout Days: 3, 13, 25
Challenging Days: 9, 18



Capricorn August Horoscope
On August 7, the full moon and lunar eclipse energize your finances—finally. Now’s the time to make some smart longterm decisions. Enjoy the extra infusion of cash, but thinking investments and five-year-plans is smart, since the groundwork you lay this month will have longterm repercussions. On August 12, before Mercury turns retrograde, the moon squares Pluto—a great time to act fast to get what you want. On August 21, the new moon and total solar eclipse will highlight an issue that’s been plaguing you for awhile. Now’s the time to actually take action. You can do it.

Standout Days: 3, 5, 27
Challenging Days: 12, 20

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Aquarius August Horoscope 
On the August 7 full moon and lunar eclipse, it’s fireworks. Emotions and tensions both run high, and being honest is key. If you do realize you’re in a rocky patch, pause and listen before you speak. As the new moon rises on August 21, love is on your mind—follow and speak your heart. On August 30, the Moon/Uranus trine amplifies your inner voice. Listen to it—you may be surprised at where it leads.

Standout Days: 2, 8, 19
Challenging Days: 6, 30

 

Pisces August Horoscope
Emotions are running extra high near the full moon and lunar eclipse on August 7, making you feel even more sensitive than usual. Taking some time to give yourself TLC at the beginning of the month is your best strategy to avoid feeling overwhelmed. On August 11, a Venus/Neptune trine brings a message from the Universe. It’s coming from a friend, and it may not be what you want to hear. Listen and don’t react—everything will make itself clear by the end of the month.

Standout Days: 4, 9, 18
Challenging Days: 2, 24

 

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How to Attract Love and Abundance with a Good Luck Talisman

How to Attract Love and Abundance with a Good Luck Talisman

By Ruby Warrington

On March 11, 2020

In Fashion, Luck, Style

How to Attract Love and Abundance with a Good Luck Talisman

According to my friend Luke Simon, an astrologer and energy worker, it was realizing he needed some juju to wear on his body that brought him to the world of crystals and crystal healing. Having recently moved to NYC from his hometown of Santa Fe, the intense atmosphere of the city that never sleeps often left him feeling drained and confused, as his own energy mingled with the chaos of the city streets. 

To help protect his energy reserves, he invested in protective black tourmaline and quartz crystals, worn in a little leather pouch around his neck. They weren’t jewelry; they were talismans.

In the dictionary, a talisman is defined as: “An object, typically an inscribed ring or stone, that is thought to have magic powers and to bring good luck.” And couldn’t we all use a little bit of that? Common examples of talismans from everyday life might be a classic diamond engagement ring, or a friendship necklace or bracelet. In both cases, a simple piece of jewelry takes on additional meaning, and is thought to safeguard the relationship it symbolizes in some way.

But a talisman can be any object that holds a deeper meaning for us. Even our phones! After all, our smartphones are shiny objects we keep on or about our person at all times and often decorate to make more beautiful. They’re where we store photos of the people we love and the apps that help connect us. As for offering protection? I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels less “safe” if I accidentally leave the house without my phone!

I even know one woman who would get a regular manicure with lucky symbols painted on each nail, like a hamsa, or an evil eye. Every time my friend looked down at her hands, she was activating the talisman’s true purpose—which is to serve as a reminder of a positive intention. For her, it was:  I’m okay, the Universe has got my back.

Here’s how to find and activate your talisman:
 
Get your rocks on.
Yes, some stones are said to offer more protection than others (like Luke’s black tourmaline, for example), but the best way to choose a specific crystal as your talisman is to be open to whichever stone just “speaks” to you. Even better, there’s some pretty fab and protective crystal jewelry around these days.

Raid the family jewels.
Ask your mom or grandma if there’s a special piece of jewelry somewhere in your family history that you could inherit (read: breathe new life into and start wearing, stat). Ask about the person it originally belonged to, and use it as a way to connect to the energy of your ancestors.

Work your wallpaper.
I recently updated the background image on my iPhone home screen to an image of the Goddess Lakshmi, the Hindu deity who rules abundance. Lakshmi reminds us that we can only get as much as we give, and that the flow of abundance relies on this cosmic code—as I am reminded every time I look at my phone.

Pick a card, any card.
A tarot or other kind of oracle card can also become a talisman if you choose to work with it more deeply. Pick a card at random or select one that resonates strongly with you, and then find ways to incorporate it into your life. Maybe you make a special place for it in your wallet, or keep it somewhere you can see on your desk and allow it to trigger positive intentions every time you look at it.

No matter what you choose to be your talisman, I have not doubt that it bring you health, wealth, and abundant love.


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12 Light and Bright Cocktails to Celebrate the Summer Solstice

12 Light and Bright Cocktails to Celebrate the Summer Solstice

By Amanda Lauren

On June 14, 2019

In Astrology, Style, Summer solstice

12 Light and Bright Cocktails to Celebrate the Summer Solstice

Is it even summer without a floral, fruity, or spritz cocktail to enjoy? Get ready, because June 21 marks the summer solstice—the one day a year where the sun hits the Earth an extra long time. This is the day when one of the Earth’s poles reaches the maximum tilt towards the sun. It’s the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, meaning the sunset occurs later in the evening.

After this, summer season officially begins! If that weren’t reason enough to celebrate, this year the solstice falls on a Friday. So, say cheers to the end of the workweek, the arrival of a new season, and a day absolutely abundant with sunshine! Here are eleven cocktails perfect for the occasion.

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Summer Solstice Sparkling Chamomile Sangria

Natalie Jacob of Arsenic Lace creates a cocktail that strikes the perfect balance with calming chamomile and peppy prosecco. It tastes as sweet as a summer’s day.

chamomile sangria

Courtesy of @arseniclace

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G
  • 2 cups chamomile tea
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup gin
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup elderflower liqueur
  • Lemon wheels
  • Strawberries

Instructions

First, bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a saucepan. Add 2 chamomile tea bags and let steep 5 minutes. Remove bags and discard. While tea is still hot add your 1/2 cup of sugar and stir until fully dissolved.

Next, cut up the fruit and then add it to your pitcher or large serving vessel. Pour tea, lemon juice, gin, and elderflower liqueur into the vessel and let sit in the refrigerator for at least 3-4 hours. The longer you let the fruit steep the better!

Just before serving your Sparkling Chamomile Sangria, add ice and finally top with a bottle of Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G. To make a boozier sangria I suggest using 2 bottles instead.

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Lime Balm Cocktail

Influencer Adaleta Avdić shares one of her favorite summer treats—a cocktail that’s both tasty and healthy. Did you know tequila has a naturally occurring prebiotic, which is a food source for the healthy bacteria that populate the gut? This drink is also 100% gluten and guilt free!

lime cocktail

Courtesy of Twenty20

Ingredients

  • Sparkling water
  • Squeeze of organic blue agave sweetener
  • Squeeze of lime juice
  • 2 shots El Padrino tequila
  • Ice

 

Instructions

Place 4-5 ice cubes in the crystal whiskey glass. Drop 2 full shots of tequila into the ice, a squeeze of agave, squeeze a little lime juice into the mix, and then fill the rest of the glass with the sparkling water. Stir everything together. Cut a piece of the lime as a garnish, and then drop a few leaves of the lemon balm plant into the drink. Add 1-2 more ice cubes.

Dirty Banana

What says summer more than a frozen drink? We love this one from The Weekend Mixologist because it’s easy to make and delightfully creamy. A Dirty Banana is basically like drinking dessert!

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Ingredients

  • 1½ oz White Rum
  • 1 oz Banana Liqueur
  • 1 oz Coffee Liqueur
  • 2 oz Half and Half
  • 1 Whole Banana

 

Instructions

Add all ingredients into a blender and then add 1 large scoop of crushed ice. Blend until smooth and pour into a highball. Garnish with banana.

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Jalisco Sunrise

Summer solstice is the perfect day to celebrate until sunrise. So, why not enjoy a spicier take on the classic cocktail created by Sipping With Stella?

jalisco

Courtesy of Sipping With Stella

Ingredients

  • 2 oz YaVeTequila Jalapeño Reposado
  • 1/2 oz Campari
  • 1/2 oz Velvet Falernum
  • 1 oz fresh tangerine juice (approx 1 small tangerine)
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice – 1/2 oz for rimming, 1/2 oz for drink (approx 1 lime)
  • 5 jalapeño pepper slices (seeds removed) – 2 for muddling, 3 for garnish
  • 1 tbsp Trader Joe’s Chili Lime Seasoning Blend for rimming

 

Instructions

Squeeze & pour 1/2 oz or 1 tbsp fresh lime juice (or a little more if you need it) on one small plate and tip lip of highball glass at 45-degree angle. Rotate the glass through juice to wet approx 1/4”-1/2” of the outside of rim. Pour 1 tbsp of chili lime seasoning blend on other plate and coat top of outer rim in the same fashion. Tap the glass with your hand over your plate or sink to get rid of any excess seasoning.

Muddle 2 slices of jalapeño pepper in 1/2 oz of fresh lime juice for about 15 seconds in shaker. Add tequila, Campari, Velvet Falernum, and freshly squeezed tangerine juice to shaker & fill with ice. Shake until frosty, double strain into highball glass filled three-quarters of the way with ice, and garnish with 3 jalapeño slices.

Our/Los Angeles Vodka Kombucha Spritz

There’s nothing more summer solstice apropos than a cocktail that has refreshing kombucha. Easy to make, it’s a sensible spritz that isn’t too dehydrating. While you can choose your favorite flavor, may we suggest mango, guava or watermelon?

LA kombucha

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Our/Los Angeles Vodka
  • 1/4 oz lemon juice
  • 1/4 oz simple syrup
  • Splash of your favorite kombucha
  • Edible flower

 

Instructions

In a mixing shaker add Our/Los Angeles vodka, lemon juice and simple syrup. Add ice and shake. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and top off with cold kombucha. Garnish with an edible flower. Enjoy!

The Blueberry Gin Solstice

Named for the celebration, this cocktail was created by The Bitter Fairy. It uses blueberries, which are more than pretty and tasty, they’re also perfectly in season.

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Ingredients

  • 2 oz Hendricks Midsummer Solstice gin⁣
  • 1/2 oz Cappelletti aperitivo⁣
  • 1/2 oz Luxardo Bitter Bianco⁣
  • 1/2 cup blueberries, muddled⁣
  • Elderflower tonic to top⁣
  • Blueberries, Campanula, and mint garnish⁣

 

Instructions

Combine ingredients and serve!

Mango Sunrise Pina Colada

No blender? No problem! This cocktail combines classic pina colada flavors and mango for a yummy treat on the rocks.

pineapple cocktail

Courtesy of @coctailrecipes

Ingredients

  • 2 oz coconut rum
  • 2 oz mango juice
  • 2 oz pineapple juice
  • 1 tablespoon coconut cream
  • 1 tablespoon grenadine
  • Pineapple slice garnish

 

Instructions

Add juices, cream, and grenadine in a shaker. Shake to mix. Add in the coconut rum, shake, and garnish with a pineapple slice.

Summer Solstice Sparkling Sangria

This inspired drink from The Sweetest Occasion is served in a pitcher. So, it’s just right for a party. Luckily, this fresh, fruity recipe serves 12!

summer sangria

Courtesy of The Sweetest Occasion

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mango, fresh
  • 1 cup raspberries, fresh
  • 3 cups ginger ale
  • 1 cup raspberry vodka
  • 1 bottle sauvignon blanc wine

 

Instructions

Add raspberries and mango chunks to a large pitcher. Pour in the wine and vodka, then stir well. Refrigerate for 2 – 3 hours, or longer. Just before serving, top off with ginger ale then stir gently again.

Blood Orange Mezcal-Rita

Mezcal is smoky like the sun setting in the solstice sky. It’s easy to sip on this citrusy drink created by Sara Lehman of Somm In The City.

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Ingredients

  • 1 Limoneira blood orange
  • 3.5 oz Alacrán Mezcal
  • 1.5oz lime juice
  • TT salt (for rim if desired)
  • Dried orange slice (for garnish)

 

Instructions

In a shaker, juice the blood orange completely. Next, measure out your mezcal and lime juice. The blood orange juice is sweet enough, you do not need simple syrup, however if you feel you do, add in some agave. Add ice to the shaker and shake well. Pour into a cocktail glass, garnish with a dried orange, and enjoy!

Loose Skrew

This cocktail is like a summer solstice sunset with lots of different colors. The dark shades come from Skrewball, which is a delicious peanut butter whiskey. The light colors come from the fruit juices and coconut cream. If you thought a pina colada couldn’t get better, cheers to this cocktail proving you wrong!

screwball cocktail

Courtesy of Screwball

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz Skrewball
  • 1/2 oz coconut rum
  • 1/2 oz orange juice
  • 1/2 oz pineapple juice
  • 1/4 oz lime juice
  • 1/2 oz coconut cream

 

Instructions

Mix together and garnish with nutmeg and pineapple leaf!

Classy Vodka Martini

Influencer Elizabeth Deo knows that you can’t go wrong with a reinvented version of an old school cocktail. It’s a little sour, a little sweet and entirely delicious.

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Ingredients

  • 2 oz Absolut Elyx
  • 1/2 oz elderflower liquor
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • Garnish with a lemon twist

Instructions

Shake or stir ingredients together, and don’t forget the garnish!

Summer Watermelon Ginger Spritzer

This deliciously refreshing cocktail was created by Mike Prasad specifically for the summer solstice. Serve this drink in a long glass to commemorate the longest day of the year. It’s also fun to share with friends. Just multiply the ingredient portions and serve in a punch bowl with ice!

summer watermelon drink

Courtesy of Mike Prasad

Ingredients

  • 1 oz lime juice (1–2 limes)
  • 1 oz St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
  • 1 oz rum (white/silver/light)
  • 4 oz watermelon juice
  • 2 oz ginger ale

 

Instructions

Add lime juice, St. Germain, rum, and watermelon juice in a shaker with a single large piece of ice or only 2-3 smaller pieces of ice (to minimize dilution). Shake briefly. Pour into a tall glass over ice.Top with ginger ale and serve.

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Your Weekend Love Horoscope for July 28-31: Listen to Your Heart!

Your Weekend Love Horoscope for July 28-31: Listen to Your Heart!

By Horoscope.com

On July 28, 2017

In Aspect, Romance, Spirit

Your Weekend Love Horoscope for July 28-31: Listen to Your Heart!

On Friday, when the emotional Moon conjoins generous Jupiter, all that you want is within your grasp—if you truly want it. Spend some time making sure you know what your heart wants before making any moves, especially on Saturday, as the moon enters serious Scorpio and a relationship heats up. In all encounters, be true to yourself, and be honest and generous with others. The more you open your heart, the more love you’ll allow in.
 

Aries Weekend Love Horoscope
On Friday, you’re getting tons of invites, but tune into your intuition to figure out what speaks to you—Netflix and the couch might be the ideal option. On Saturday, a Moon-Venus trine makes everything feel effortless. Enjoy, and go with the flow. Single? Don’t be surprised if a last minute invite pops up—absolutely say yes. On Sunday, the stars suggest a drama-filled day where conversations are taken the wrong way and annoyances fester, but luckily, the evening ends smoothly. Who said a kiss can’t make everything better?

Taurus Weekend Love Horoscope
You’ve had an intense week, so of course you want to blow off steam on Friday night. Just try to avoid blowups or misunderstandings. Give yourself a curfew, and don’t get pulled into other people’s drama. A late-night Venus-Uranus sextile on Saturday cranks up desire—don’t be surprised if what was meant to be a low key afternoon turns into something much more intense. On Sunday, things may not go the way you expect. Before you lash out, take a deep breath and think longterm. It’s not a blowoff until you have more evidence to the contrary.

Gemini Weekend Love Horoscope
The stars are nudging you to go out on your own on Friday night. Whether you’re single or attached, your day-dreamy sign needs some solo time to revitalize its energy and inspiration. On Saturday, the Moon-Mercury sextile demands that you have that tough conversation you’ve been trying to avoid for awhile. Even if it’s with a newish date, if you don’t bring up an issue that’s been nagging you, it’ll only come back to haunt you later. The heat cranks up on Sunday. Get into bed with your partner and spend some time there, or indulge in a solo fantasy session.

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Cancer Weekend Love Horoscope
Always emotional, Crabs are extra vulnerable to others’ emotions on Friday. Surround yourself with positive people. Saturday, your mood may get intense. If you’re not up for conversation, spend time on your own, learning something new. Changing up your regular routine will open your mind and your heart. On Sunday, a Moon-Neptune trine brings you to a more stable (and connected) emotional spot. Staying close to home is exactly what you need. Let someone take care of you for once.

Leo Weekend Love Horoscope
All you want to do is relax on Friday, but a Moon-Pluto square suggests complications. So annoying. Instead of ignoring things, be direct and say what you need to in order to nip any misunderstandings in the bud. It’s your month, and the planets say you’ve got to roar to get what you want. On Saturday, manifest good things by making the first move. Single? Start a flirtation, don’t wait for someone to come to you. On Sunday, single and attached Lions can be flirtatious and open—but also a bit guarded. Things aren’t exactly as they may seem. But everything will become clearer later in the week.

Virgo Weekend Love Horoscope
The stars say Friday night is a great night to go out with a new person or crowd. On Saturday, a Moon-Chiron inconjunct ups your flirting game. Even if you’ve been together forever, sending a flirty Snap could bring your romance to the next level. You encounter some stubborn issues on Sunday. Don’t want to face them head on? Ignore and gloss over with some PDA. You’re not turning a blind eye, you’re simply choosing to dwell on the positive.

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Libra Weekend Love Horoscope
It’s the weekend and life is good, Libra! A Moon-Pluto square makes it feel like the world was made for you and your crush. Enjoy the mood and don’t wait for the other shoe to drop. Things are great, so revel in the moment. Saturday is all about connecting with your crew at large. If you’re single, let friends know you’re willing to be set up, which might lead to some sweet surprises. On Sunday, passions clash for coupled-up Libras—but know a fight will lead to a very good makeup session.

Scorpio Weekend Love Horoscope
You’ve been turning inward a lot, lately, Scorpios. While that introspection is valuable, too much of it can leave you feeling vulnerable. Head out on Friday night and get your flirt on. On Saturday, do something you want to do. Exploring crystals or other power jewelry could be a great option this weekend; you may need a talisman to help anchor you to who you truly are. On Sunday, a Moon-Neptune trine amps up your fantasies, and you’re itching to make them a reality. Go for it. Getting intense in bed is the perfect outlet for a very up-and-down week.

Sagittarius Weekend Love Horoscope
To-do list? Forget about it! Friday is all about socializing. Say yes to a lunch invite, or hit up happy hour, and enjoy where the evening may lead. Expect adventure on Saturday, whether somewhere far-flung—or right in your own backyard. If you’re in the right mindset, anything can happen. A Moon-Mars tie on Sunday can crank up tensions; tame them by getting extra physical, either in bed or at the gym. And Sunday evening, plan to snuggle: Getting your touch on (even with a platonic pal) can make you feel a lot calmer. 

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Capricorn Weekend Love Horoscope 
Friday is a major emotional roller coaster; spend the evening with someone you trust. Singles may be surprised that a seemingly platonic friendship has the potential for so, so much more. Saturday is social—go out with a group, whether you’re single or with your partner. Seeing your significant other interact with others can remind you just what drew you to them in the first place. Sunday is all about stability; hunker down at home, and come up with a plan (or a happiness board!) for how you’ll dominate August.

Aquarius Weekend Love Horoscope 
Friday is an ideal date night. The only catch is that, thanks to some planetary turbulence, the date you planned may not be the one you end up on. It’ll all work out, just go with the flow. On Saturday, an afternoon Moon-Uranus opposition makes you super sensitive. Embrace the tears; being vulnerable is part of your charm. Sunday is all about turning inward. Taking stock of what you want and what you have is key to moving forward.

Pisces  Weekend Love Horoscope 
On Friday, the stars suggest a surprise is in store for you. Check your texts, answer your phone, and open your mail—it may be easy to miss if your eyes aren’t wide open. On Saturday, the real world keeps getting in the way of romantic plans. Pick a block of time and get through your to-do list, so you can focus on love without distractions once the evening rolls around. A Moon-Neptune trine makes you feel like everything’s under control on Sunday. It is, but you’ve got to be proactive. For the next week, taking control and making the first move is key for manifesting the things you want.

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One Candle CAN Change Your Life. Here’s How.

One Candle CAN Change Your Life. Here’s How.

By Shereen Campbell

On November 27, 2017

In Love, Luck, Sun

One Candle CAN Change Your Life. Here’s How.

Make 2018 your year! Here’s how!

Over the last 13 years, candles have played a huge role in aiding me to manifest major changes in my life. I have used them to bring love, healing, cleansing and blessings. I’ve bought ritual kits, had custom candles made and now create my own. I even find myself using candle magic for intentions large and small; new jobs, business goals, boys, positivity, even for just a little inner peace. It seems candles have just resonated with me and kept finding their way back into my life. What’s more, I recently found out my grandmother was incredibly fond of candle magic. She passed away when I was only 6, much before I tried candles for the first time (outside of birthday cakes), but I like to think she is in the afterlife guiding me into through this very ancient practice.

Before I knew of my grandmom’s extracurricular magical experiences, when folks would ask me why I used candles. I would always tell them that it wasn’t so much the candle itself that I loved, it was more about the entire ritual. I use the word ritual to signify the process I have created for myself before I light a candle. It involves cleansing (of myself and the candle), writing my intentions, visualizing my intentions, tapping into the feeling I want to have when my intention manifests and focusing on gratitude. Nothing too spooky about that right? Either way, it is the ritual I love when doing candle magic. It is one of the few times I am able to push all of the troubles of the world to the background and completely immerse myself in a moment of reflection and intention setting. I am able to explicitly consider what I want to bring into my life, in as much detail as I can muster, and push that energy out into the universe. I believe that in itself is what creates the magic. The candle is a great physical representation of this manifestation process occurring. Light from the candle is intended to chase away darkness and lead one to treasures that they could not access before. I like to think of this physically and metaphorically. We use candles to bring light to a room and in candle magic, we use candles to bring light to an intention we are working to manifest.

Being one of the simplest of magical arts, candle magic doesn’t require too much other than a candle, an intention and a lighter. We can see throughout history that candles have been used for many religious, spiritual and ancient rituals. The exact origin of candles is not really known although there has been evidence in Egypt concerning the use of beeswax candles around 3000 BCE. At the time, tapers candles made of fibrous materials were also in use. Candlelight was used by ancient people for lighting and they believed that if they stare into a flame for a long period of time, they could see gods and spirits. The early Egyptians used lamps or preferably candles in a magic ritual of obtaining answers for dreams. One would go into a dark cave facing south, and sit down as they stared into a flame until they saw a god. They would then fall asleep with the hope that the god would appear to them again and offer answers to their questions. Pagans, in the past used candles and lamps to perform religious functions. By the fourth century, many churches were using candles for religious purposes and since the twelfth century, candles have been placed in church altars. The Catholic church uses consecrated candles in blessing rituals, to exorcise demons and believe that the light absolves sins. That is why, even in the modern Catholic Churches, candles are always lit in the church and at the altars. In the church, it is believed that once you make a wish and light a candle, your wishes will eventually come true.

So that you know all about candle magic, we thought it the perfect time to give you five ways you can bring a little light and candle magic to your everyday life.

Without further ado, here are my top five ways to use candle magic in everyday life:

1. Fight the Funk Morning Rituals
I’ve leaned on this candle spell when I felt myself slipping into a funk. Normally by day two I’m back to normal.

Requires: 1 small white candle, pencil & Post-It
Directions: On the first day, wake up a 10 minutes earlier than your normal time. Begin with a short visualization exercise where you imagine your day going extremely well. You see yourself moving throughout the day without any insecurity, fear or anxiety. Imagine yourself feeling happy and grateful for another day. Write down 3 affirmations that are indicative of how magical your day will go. Recite these affirmations aloud and light your candle. Say them two more times. Feel free to put your candle out with a snuffer once you have expressed gratitude. Place your post it somewhere you can easily see throughout the week. Put your candle up somewhere safe, so that you are able to get to it the next morning. Repeat the visualization exercise, reciting of the affirmations on your post it and lighting your candle every morning for a week (or however long you need to) as soon as you wake up. Don’t forget to put your candle out with a snuffer or your fingers after you’ve expressed gratitude for the day. And whatever you do, don’t blow it out; the lore is that you will blow away your intentions away.

2.   Sweet Dreams Bedtime Ritual
This is helpful for when you are having trouble going to bed.

Requires: 1 small purple candle, notepad and pencil (bonus: an amethyst crystal could bring a little extra boost)
Directions: After a shower and right before bed do a quick meditation exercise to calm your nerves. Take 5 big breaths in and 5 big breaths out. Allow the extra air to calm you. Once you feel all good and relaxed, light your candle. Now, while your candle is burning, spend a few moments asking for insight into how you can build stronger trust in the universe. Ask for the answers to these issues to come during a peaceful, happy sleep. Close with gratitude for the answers to help you let go of your anxiety. Using a snuffer, put your candle out and get some rest. When you wake up in the morning, record any dreams you have. Repeat this nightly ritual until you feel your trust in the universe returning and your anxiety gone.

3.   New Moon Magic
One my most favorite candle rituals, a New Moon Ritual, can be performed right after every new moon to set intentions dependent on the house the current new moon is in..

Requires: 1 small White Candle, notepad and pencil
Directions: This one is pretty simple. Do a quick meditation focusing on the feelings you want to pull to yourself when you manifest this New Moon intention you are thinking of. It’s great to find out beforehand what house the New Moon is in your chart so that you can focus on that house. Write down one wish you want to manifest during this New Moon. Light your candle, while reciting this wish aloud, as an affirmation. Express your gratitude. I recommend letting this candle burn down on its own, as you will not be repeating this one, so you do not need to snuff it out. All that’s left for you to do is expect that you desire will manifest.

4.   Monday Intentions
This is a great ritual to use to kick off your work week. It helps to focus on what you want to accomplish in the upcoming week.

Requires: 1 small White Candle, notepad and pencil
Directions: On Monday, do a short meditation focusing on the last time you felt really productive. Try to invoke the feeling of accomplishment and excitement about being on track to whatever long term goals you have laid out for yourself. Once you are summoned this feeling, write down a list of the things that are of most importance for you this upcoming week. They can be mundane to personal to work or love, whatever is on your mind. Once you are finished, light your candle. Tell it that you are committed to completing these tasks and would love the aid of the universe to guide you through doing so as long as it is in the interest and well-being of your higher self and those it may affect. Express your gratitude. You can let this candle also burn down as you will not be repeating this exact intention again. Even if you do it every Monday forever, the weekly intention might change, so I recommend getting a different candle per ritual.

5. Friday Self Loving
Before you can fill the cups of others you must fill your own cup. This ritual is invoke more self-love in your life and to remind you of treating yourself with care.

Requires: 1 small Pink Candle, notepad and pencil
Directions: Since Venus rules Friday, this is a great day to an increase my self-love spell. Start by writing down 5 things you absolutely adore about yourself. They can be the silliest or most serious things you’ve ever written. The point is to remind yourself how awesome you are. Once you are feeling all warm from your awesomeness, then go ahead and light your candle. Ask the candle to show you more ways that you can be loving and kind to yourself, to remind you of the times when it’s time to be gentle and to help you love your shadows. You can do so aloud or in your mind. As usual, express your gratitude for the reminders you will see every day and for the strength to be kind to yourself. Let the candle burn down or repeat the ritual again the following Friday. If you repeat, just keep adding to your list.

Have fun making your own damn magic!

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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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6 Style Tips for a #HellaWitchy Wardrobe

6 Style Tips for a #HellaWitchy Wardrobe

By Horoscope.com

On August 1, 2018

In Style

6 Style Tips for a #HellaWitchy Wardrobe

When we think of “witches” some might think of childhood Halloween costumes with pointy hats and broomsticks, or Hogwarts uniforms: nothing we would wear in everyday life. But that’s as old as Salem.

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Today, witchcraft is not just a craft, but a fashion movement. Millions of millennials are getting into the witchy aesthetic, which is similar to goth but with a more stylistic, earthy vibe. If you are just stepping into the bewitching style, you might feel a tad intimidated, but this guide will help you create a spellbinding wardrobe that will take you from mundane to magical.

#1 Paint It Black

?? Garden Goth ?? Sorry I’ve been a bit MIA lately! I started school and my marine biology internship the same week so I’ve been crazy busy ??? {DETAILS: Lipstick -> @katvondbeauty #nosferatu Hat -> @spirithalloween / Jacket & Top -> @houseofwidow & @dollskill / Skirt & Shoes -> @dollskill / Purse -> @disneyland / Necklace -> @openthecellardoor ??????} #dollskill #gothicfashion #plaidskirt #hauntedmansion #platformboots #veganleather #katvondbeauty

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Black is a staple to a witch’s closet, the quote “I’ll stop wearing black when they make a darker color” is an understatement. Black is powerful, intimidating and allows you to blend in or stand out from the crowd—physical options that all witches love to have at their fingertips. It also goes with legit everything, making it the most versatile color in your closet.

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Now, if you don’t want to wear all black every day, pair it with other magical colors like blood red, dark blues, purples and silver; basically any color that makes you think of the night sky. Kaitlyn Renee at @noctis.moth nails this look. She is wearing an strong and dramatic black leather jacket, black accessories but gets all the attention with her dark-colored plaid skirt. The look is both tough and flirty.

#2 Play With Fabrics

In the ruins ⛪

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If you do head for the all-black look, don’t forget to change up the fabric and texture. Classic witchy fabrics include faux leather, lace and velvet. Some fun combinations include a black velvet dress with leather boots or a lace bralette under silky sheer blouse.

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@moonchildhel plays with texture and fabrics in her outfits by mixing a faux fur coat with a black sparkly dress and leather lace-up boots. The effect? Totally enchanting. Magic is all about experimenting, so play with the fabrics and looks that feel good to you.

#3 Find Your Talisman

Happy Monday from your favorite Glamour Ghoul! 😀 Contacts: @honeycolor_official Horns: @shopsteamwolf Necklace: @wonderlandmc98

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A talisman is an object that brings out magical benefits like luck or protection to the wearer. A talisman is wickedly important for creating the witch look and can be anything from crystal jewelry and witchy symbols to Zodiac signs or favorite animal (real or mythical). Not only can it be a cool statement piece, but it’s a physical object you can wear to give you confidence and security. Just by touching it, it reminds you that you are a boss witch.

Zoie Campbell @theblackmetalbarbie plays a lot with necklaces and different jewelry, especially crosses like the one pictured above. All symbols have meaning, so do your research. For example, if you want to attract good luck, where a jade necklace.

#4 Chokers

“Never put your faith in a Prince. When you require a miracle, trust in a witch ?” Burn baby burn dress by @killstarco . . . . #altgirl #gothgoth #alternativefashion #nugoth #gothgirl #grungegirl #grungestyle #grungefashion #pale #paleskin #palegrunge #softgrunge #tumblrpost #tumblrgirl #goth #darkgrunge #darkfashion #gothgirl #outfitinspo #outfitideas #witch #gothic #witchesofinstagram #witchy #allblack #allblackeverything #killstar #wearekillstar #tights #choker

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After the French Revolution, it’s reported that high society women would wear thin red ribbons around their neck, crossing over into an “X” on their back as a nod to those who had died at the guillotine—proof that chokers have always been an edgy statement. Thankfully the choker has become popular again but this time, with a gothic twist.

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Blogger @vanillasyndrone is the choker queen and maintains the edgy look by layering chokers with necklaces, mixing spikes and gems. Of course you can go go the minimalist route with just a simple lace or a thin leather one.

#5 Makeup

Flew to Sacramento to receive the #LatinoSpiritAward from the California Latino Legislative Caucus [@latinocaucus] this morning, then drove to SF to play a show with @IAMX on not much sleep. Flying home in the AM to work on the upcoming 10th Anniversary party for @katvondbeauty. And all I can say is, who needs sleep when you have the support of a loving man like @prayers ??

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In Medieval times, religious groups condemn makeup for “challenging God and his workmanship.” Since then, makeup has had a bad rap for “tricking men” about the wearer’s appearance.

Forget the patriarchy! Makeup is about transforming your appearance into anything you want it to be. Go bold with dark red lipstick, smoky eyes, bold nail polish colors, and eyeliner wings sharp enough to slay anyone within striking distance. Makeup is supposed to be fun and empowering, like witchcraft, so experiment with different looks that make you feel powerful. And if you need makeup inspiration, check out the goth queen of makeup: Kat Von D.

#6 Find Your Level of Witchy

Mischief managed ✨?? Dress from @hellbunnyofficial Shoes from @tuk_footwear Glasses from @foxbloodshop PC @chrisvillain

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While you may love aspects of of the witchy aesthetic, you might not be into all of it, and that’s okay. You don’t have to dress like a coven queen every day of your life to still feel magical. Find your level of comfortable when creating a witchy wardrobe. If you wanna go all out, go all out. If you want to infuse different styles together (like vintage witch), that’s cool too. Even just using a subtle touch of magic in your daily style like a crystal necklace, or trying an all-black outfit is great. Just as long as you feel powerful and downright enchanting, then you’re creating the most magical closet.

The Ultimate Witchy Wardrobe Shopping List:

• Black dress (look for a dress with a Peter Pan collar, flowy maxi dresses, or velvet dresses)

• Black cardigan

• Black faux leather skirt

• Combat boots

• Bold lipstick (blood red, deep purple, black)

• Black eyeliner

• Crystal pendulum necklace

• Black velvet choker

• Spiky high heels

• Crop tops

• Faux leather jacket

• Lace bralette

• Floppy black sunhat

• Demin jacket with witchy patches and pins

• Stacked rings

—By Ellen Ricks

Ellen Ricks is a writer and fashion blogger who loves leopard print. Follow her on Instagram.  

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