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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

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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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Your January Horoscope: Starting 2019 Off With a Big, Beautiful Bang!

Your January Horoscope: Starting 2019 Off With a Big, Beautiful Bang!

By Horoscope.com

On January 1, 2019

In Astrology, Sun

Your January Horoscope: Starting 2019 Off With a Big, Beautiful Bang!

Your January 2019 horoscopes have arrived and it’s gonna be great! Read up, and when you’re done, check out your January 2019 sex and love horoscope! Happy New Year!

Aries Monthly Horoscope

You might’ve felt a little lost the last few weeks of 2018, but 2019 is here to deliver the goods! Your ruler Mars is home in Aries and you’re ready to hit the ground running. However, before you dive in head first, take a minute to assess where you’ve been and where you want to go. The Capricorn new moon and eclipse align on January 5, which means you can move ahead with a renewed sense of purpose and direction. Read your entire monthly horoscope here.

Taurus Monthly Horoscope

What are your long-term goals, Taurus? It’s time to figure them out and reprioritize around them. When the Capricorn new moon and eclipse align on January 5, you can make solid progress toward them. It’s time! You’re doing well professionally, and the Leo full moon and lunar eclipse on the twentieth mark the end of an 18-month phase of regaining inner confidence, so you can let your brilliance shine. Shine, Taurus, shine! Read your entire monthly horoscope here.

Gemini Monthly Horoscope

It’s time to let go of the past and embrace the future. Your relationships have a lot to offer you creatively, emotionally, sexually, and financially — but you need to dig past surface material attachments to get to the good stuff. What will matter at the end of you life? Figure it out and then invest in making it happen. The Leo full moon and lunar eclipse align in your house of communication on the twentieth, and they’re bringing information, light, and new perspective to get you unstuck. Read your entire monthly horoscope here.

Cancer Monthly Horoscope

Where do you need better boundaries? And where do you need to let down your guard? January is the perfect time to figure this out, Cancer. And with a new moon and solar eclipse in Capricorn on the fifth, you’ll begin an 18-month phase of transformation, allowing you to deepen mutually supportive, loving, respectful, and healthy relationships that have your back. It’s gonna be a big month. Read your entire monthly horoscope here.

Leo Monthly Horoscope

You’re ready for a new adventure, Leo! But first, you need to take stock of where you’ve been, and what you want moving forward. The Capricorn new moon and solar eclipse on the fifth mark the beginning of an 18-month phase of building the life of your dreams—it’s time to work hard, play hard, and take care of yourself. You can do it. Read your entire monthly horoscope here.

Virgo Monthly Horoscope

It’s time to get out of your comfort zone, Virgo! What’s holding you back? Be brutally honest with yourself about what you want, not what you think is expected of you. With January 5’s Capricorn new moon and solar eclipse, it’s the start of an 18-month phase of getting rid of pretense and rediscovering your inner child. She’s always been wise beyond her years, and she’s there for you. And with the Leo full moon and lunar eclipse align on the twentieth, find the time to be alone, meditate, go inward, and pay attention to a dream birthing with you. Read your entire monthly horoscope here.

Libra Monthly Horoscope

You’re focused on matters of security, home, family, and domestic relationships—it’ll help if you honestly confront your past so you can have a more hopeful future. The Capricorn new moon and solar eclipse on the fifth mark the beginning of an 18-month phase of closing old chapters, planting seeds, and laying the foundation for a new life. It’s time. And with the Leo full moon and lunar eclipse align on the twentieth, a social situation is coming to light, and you might be surprised by your feelings and desires. Read your entire monthly horoscope here.

Scorpio Monthly Horoscope

You’ve got a lot weighing on your mind, dear Scorpio—maybe a hard choice to make or a difficult time to make it through. You can do it and come out the other side stronger than ever. January 5ths Capricorn new moon and solar eclipse mark the beginning of an 18-month phase of releasing false (or your father’s) beliefs, and make your own standards of success. What’s important to you? And with the Leo full moon and lunar eclipse on the twentieth, you’re ending a professional chapter and moving to a new level. Follow your passion. Read your entire monthly horoscope here.

Sagittarius Monthly Horoscope

Your ruler Jupiter is in your sign, and you’re on a journey of self-discovery this year. Mars is firing up your house of love as you enter January, and romance, creativity, children, and inner child all encourage you to take a risk. Sit in your integrity, and you’ll do great things. January 5th’s a new moon and eclipse in Capricorn usher in an 18-month phase of you growing in emotional and financial security. Dig deep and reap the rewards. Read your entire monthly horoscope here.

Capricorn Monthly Horoscope

A small dream come true last year, and you might be wondering what’s next. As you enter January, you’re coming face to face with difficult realities asking you to confront the past honestly—it’s time to shed skin and reveal your true self. Keep asking yourself, “Who am I?” and you’ll be guided to an answer. And as the Leo full moon and eclipse align on the twentieth, you’re seeing a partnership in a new light and realizing your true worth and what you value in your commitments. Don’t get sucked into the drama. Read your entire monthly horoscope here.

Aquarius Monthly Horoscope

You saw some big changes professionally in 2018, and now it’s time to dig deeper and manifest your dreams. The Capricorn new moon and solar eclipse align on January 5 will see you entering a soul search, a journey into the caverns of your psyche discovering the histories of mankind, decaying materialistic values that imprison – like King Midas – as well as spiritual treasures that reveal your raison d’etre. It’s an exciting time. Read your entire monthly horoscope here.

Pisces Monthly Horoscope

You enter January with an old dream dying—but that’s OK, because new doors are opening. What do you want, Pisces? It’s time to figure that out—both professionally and personally. Dig deep. A Capricorn new moon and solar eclipse on January 5th asks you to align with a greater vision and altruistic ambition. Stay true to your talents and abilities, and you will simply shine. You’ve been on a long journey, and you’re turning the corner on some past difficulties. This is about your legacy—have faith in yourself and remember that only humility precedes true greatness. Read your entire monthly horoscope here. —By Priya Kale and the Horoscope.com staff

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Why Your Life Needs a Crystal In It, Right Now

Why Your Life Needs a Crystal In It, Right Now

By Horoscope.com

On November 10, 2017

In Aspect, Element, Style

Why Your Life Needs a Crystal In It, Right Now

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Whether you use crystals as part of your everyday life, are just beginning to explore them, or are curious to know why people make such a big deal about sparkly rocks, you have to agree: Crystals are everywhere. Interest in crystals have surged, in part because of one thing: They work. 

Want to add one to your own life, but don’t know where to start? Start at the crystal shop. Not knowing anything about crystals is the best place to begin looking for crystals. And while it can be helpful to know what properties certain crystals have—for example, citrine can help promote optimism, rose quartz can strengthen connection between others—just walking around a crystal shop and seeing what catches your eye, then reading about it’s powers can be illuminating. Often, the crystal chooses you, and the one that seems a little sparklier, a little more visually interesting, a little bit harder to put down—is exactly the crystal you need.

Crystals can help ground you, connect you, and give you a dose of confidence or ambition when you most need it. They work their magic in small, subtle ways, but trust us, they work. Here, Devi Brown, author of Crystal Bliss: Attract Love. Feed Your Spirit. Manifest Your Dreams shares what she knows about crystals—and why they’re worth adding to your own life.

How did you get into crystals?
Ever since I was a kid I was drawn to crystals for their beauty but it wasn’t until I started practicing meditation as an adult that I really got into them and began purposely using their energy. My first was a necklace made of Citrine gifted to me by a girlfriend. From the moment I put it on I felt an energetic shift which led to many years of studying them, using them and collecting them.

What’s the best way for a crystal newbie to start creating her own crystal collection? 
First think of what energy you want to shift or amplify in your life. Then as you browse crystals pay attention to which ones catch your eye more than others. Pick them up and feel them in your hands. Go with the ones that you feel a connection to and then look into their attributes. Some great starter crystals you can use to begin a collection are Clear Quartz, Amethyst, Black Tourmaline and Aventurine.

Any tips for gifting a crystal?
When looking for a gift for someone else, use the same steps as above but imagine the kind of energy you’d like to gift to the person you are shopping for. What do you want to help them experience or manifest? Let your thoughts and desires for them guide you in your crystal selection.

Can crystals ever do anything negative, in your experience?
From what I know there are no “bad” crystals and it is not possible for them to be harmful to you. I always recommend that people cleanse and recharge their crystals often to be sure non are holding onto any negative energy it may have come in contact with.

What are some great crystals to work with now, in Scorpio season?
The sign of Scorpio has some very powerful stones that can resonate with their energy. Crystals like Black Onyx (grounding), Citrine (energizing), Malachite (leadership & loyalty), Topaz (calming and soothing).

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Are You a Princess or Queen?

Are You a Princess or Queen?

By Horoscope.com

On January 19, 2017

In Spirit

Are You a Princess or Queen?

Every girl wants to be a princess – but is this actually an unhealthy status to desire? Turns out, YES.

We all know the story of Cinderella… she lived with her evil stepmother and because she was “nice” she allowed her stepsisters to talk to her in a condescending tone and be complete disrespected. It’s clearly wrong. Yet it’s romanticized. Why?

If a naïve child reads this story or watches this movie, they could logically think: “If I am nice, even to people who are mean to me, some prince will show up, make me a princess, and everyone will know I was the good girl.”

Nice thought, but most victims aren’t so lucky… in women do not need to be rescued. Cinderella should have told her stepsisters to not talk to her like that, gotten a day job and moved out of her stepmother’s house, and created her own empire. That would have been the best revenge- not just marrying some rich guy – ruling her own domain as a QUEEN.

There’s a saying that goes “you can either be a princess in her tower or a queen on your throne.” Women (and men, too) all face daily scenarios in which we decide what role we are going to play (a big reason we reach our horoscopes or get Tarot readings). Sometimes we are a “princess in a tower” when a restaurant gets our order wrong and we decide to just “deal with it” and then never go back there again… but then we are a queen when we demand a raise from our boss, knowing that our needs deserve to be met.

The point is, you should take the time to ask yourself when you’re going through a tough time or making a decision who you are being – the princess, victim to her consequences, or the queen, who is accepting her consequences but using them as an opportunity to shine.

Be the queen! Recognize your value. Recognize your worth. Once you do that, the rest will follow.