Day of the Dead (or El Dia de los Muertos) is a Mexican holiday that occurs on November 1-2, when families celebrate their deceased ancestors. The gates between the physical and spiritual world open on the evening of October 31, unlocking the realms that allow families to be reunited.
Ancient indigenous cultures of Mexico have celebrated the lives of those who’ve passed away for over 3,000 years. The holiday originally lasted the entire ninth month of the Aztec calendar year.
November 1 honors deceased children, the innocent souls lost. Offerings are made in the form of toys and dolls for the children to play with and enjoy on the holiday. November 2 celebrates the deceased adults. For them, we bring libations and earthly gifts that they’d find amusing and adore.
Many people do altar work to attract their ancestors in spiritual form. This requires them to make offerings to the spirits. Usually, marigold flowers, foods (the favorite foods and libations of the deceased are made and placed on the altar), fruit, and water are left on the altar with photos of ancestors and candles burning brightly throughout the day. These offerings are used to attract ancestors and alert them to come towards the loving space that we have created in their honor and memory.
Dressing up in skull masks or face makeup is common. This is a contemporary way to celebrate the holiday. The more traditional approach is to eat sugar skull cookies known as pan de muerto and to drink atole, which is a spicy dark chocolate liquor, and greet neighbors with “Feliz Dia de los Muertos,” which translates to “Happy Day of the Dead.”
Having a lovely and lush meal with living family members while holding an empty seat with a place setting the spirits is a welcoming way to evoke them to come out and enjoy the fun. Families hold feasts with wine and food that the deceased love. The family raises a glass and gives a toast to the family members they are honoring. Everyone reflects and shares stories about their ancestors. Tears, laughs, and a wide range of emotions are felt throughout the course of the meal. After all, it’s a celebration of the circle of life and those who we miss dearly.
Festivals continue in the parks and cemeteries, where the spirits are remembered and revered. All generations of families gather together and unite in paying tribute to their deceased loved ones. Music is played. Dancing under the sun lasts until moonlight. Additionally, flowers, photos, and personal trinkets are left on the graves of those who’ve departed to let them know that their presence is not forgotten and always felt. People also make crafts, art, and jewelry that have personal significance to the departed and allow them to feel the tender love and kindness their family has for them.
Cleansing the home and energy is important as well. It’s always a good idea to refresh and reset one’s personal energy when doing altar work and connecting with spirits to keep the energy clean. Also, to ensure that you’re aligning with the right spirits — the ones who are only giving you love and respect.
The Day of the Dead is not a one-off holiday, meaning that it’s not just celebrated one time throughout the year. Plans and offerings are made throughout the year, not just on this one day. This is the time when the bell between the spiritual and physical world is the nerve and normal, which is why it is a time that the spirits come to visit. However, this is a time-honored tradition that spans decades and generations and requires consistent devotion and love.
The magic of the Day of the Dead is one that has stood the test of time and brought families together. It is the most magical and inspirational time of the year for all who celebrate. Knowing that your ancestors are present and showing you the love that you feel for them is the most wonderful sentiment one could possibly feel. All of these reasons and more are why Dia de los Muertos is an amazing time for those who celebrate — and why it should be honored throughout the year.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the witchy stuff out there. Between all the crystals, Tarot decks, moon journals (plus having an astrologer on speed-dial), there are so many sexy spiritual accessories that sometimes it’s hard to know where to begin. What do you really need—and which items are more of an unnecessary luxury?
While a fully decked-out altar looks lovely on Instagram, it won’t necessarily make you happy. And she who dies with the most crystals still, well, dies. So, as much as I love “stuff,” I’m happiest spending my money on experiences, or things that connect me to something greater. Scroll below to see the ordinary objects that I find the most magical, but also most practical.
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A bunch of roses or tulips is not a luxury! They cost about the same as an oversized drink from your favorite caffeine corporation, and they will give you much more joy. I always have pink roses on my altar, a purple orchid on my coffee table, and—often—a bunch of tulips in my living room. They remind me of the beauty that is all around us (if we will just open our eyes and look), connect me to the earth, andbring a beautiful spark to my home. They are worth every penny and more.
An Aura Photo
If you don’t know what your aura looks like, how can you live with yourself? Get thee to an aura photographer stat! If you’re in New York City, get down to Chinatown and visit Magic Jewelry for a quick photo and a reading that will blow your mind.
The shot, which shows your aura—a rainbow of colors that can help decode what you’re projecting in your everyday interactions—is a great visual example of how there’ssomuch more to you than meets the eye. Not in NYC? One of my dear friends Christina runs a traveling aura photography studio called Radiant Human, and her photos are to die for. Beloved by the fashion set, her aura portraits are so beautiful they’re worth framing.
A Magical Manicure
Our hands are the very tips of our body: They are what we use to create, to touch, and to receive information. They are the primary way we send energyfrom our body into the universe. We communicate with our hands all day—typing messages on our phones and computers, gesticulating, and adding flourishes to our body language.
So here’s the deal: A sparkly, gem-encrusted, or otherwise fabulous manicure actually emphasizes the energy you’re putting out. When you honor your hands, you are honoring yourself and your expression. A magical manicure makes you more mindful of what you’re about to make manifest. And I am convinced that I am a better writer when my manicure is on point!
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A Bright Wallet
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Comme Des Garçons Women’s Leather Pink Wallet, $137
Your wallet is yourultimate symbol of abundance. So what is it saying? If your wallet is old, ripped, overstuffed, or (even worse) nonexistent, how does that vibe translate to your life? And in what way is that manifesting in your finances? Yeah, I see you there, gulping nervously as you think about the stained wallet you’ve been using for the last five years! It’s time to clear it out and get a swift upgrade. Don’t worry, it doesn’t have to cost your weekly paycheck, like the gorgeous GG Blooms number below. I have an iridescent pink faux-reptile skin wallet from Georgia Mae that I adore. In addition to bringing me untold amounts of happiness, it also send out great money vibes!
A Self-Love Routine That Works
I left the most important one for last. It’s essential to figure outwhat you need to make you happy. If I skip my meditation practice, don’t work out (or at least stretch), ignore calls from my friends, and refuse to do something creative, I’ll sink into a deep slump. We need to top up our emotional tank every single day: The effect is cumulative.
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Once every 29.4 years, you experience a Saturn return. When Saturn makes a complete trip around the zodiac and finally enters the same sign it was in when you were born, that’s when your Saturn return begins. This happens around ages 27, 57, and 87 and lasts for two and a half to three years. And during this time, you’ll feel a whole lot like a gigantic storm is ripping through your entire life. (Exciting, right?)
The planet Saturn—the planet that rules Capricorn—governs over law, order, time, and structure. It encompasses all the stable things in our lives. So in terms of what it can affect, Saturn can cause incredible upheaval in many areas of your life from work to relationships to family.
So as you enter a Saturn return, the experience is both deeply painful and beautifully empowering. The lessons you learn during a return are designed to protect you by keeping you on your karmic path.
That said, there’s also no escaping Saturn’s lessons! If you spend your return hiding under your covers and crossing your fingers, Saturn will just come back and kick your ass even harder on the next go ‘round.
So to make the most of every return, follow these steps, and Saturn will reward you for your hard work.
1) Take stock of your life
Slow down and reflect. Ask yourself the hard questions because they’re coming either way. Are you where you want to be? Are you with the person you want to be with? Are you spending your days how you want to spend your days? It’s okay to not have the answers. Saturn will help you find them, but by asking the questions, you’ll be working with Saturn and nudging its lessons along.
2) Ask for help
Saturn can leave you feeling like you have nothing left to give. It can also isolate you from your relationships and support system. If this happens, know that it’s working to connect you with the support you truly need and the relationships that will benefit you in the long run. When you feel lost, depressed, and helpless, go find the people who can help you. Go to healers. Go to counseling. Go get a massage. Whatever happens, don’t be afraid to ask for help.
3) Don’t skip your checkup
Saturn hits you on every level—both psychological and physical. You are not invincible. Take care of your body with a nourishing diet. Keep your body moving with whatever activity excites you. Monitor your health carefully, and check in with your health care providers at the recommended intervals. If a health scare happens – breathe. It is all part of the growth Saturn is pushing. Reach out to your support system, and remember, stress can make the heart stronger if you let it.
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4) Celebrate yourself
It’s easy to beat yourself up when it feels like life isn’t going your way. And that’s exactly how Saturn can make you feel, but if you pay attention, you’ll begin to see the ways that all of the chaos is actually helping you. So don’t lose sight of the wonderful things about you and the wonderful things happening in your life. Keep a gratitude journal and write down something you’re grateful for every day. And pat yourself on the back for all that you’re doing, how strong you’re being, and for every little accomplishment.
5) Stay open to complete and total change
At the end of your Saturn return, you’ll likely find yourself looking back at the old you—the you from three years ago —and thinking, “Wow! I don’t even recognize that person!” Your return puts personal evolution on hyperspeed. At the start, you may feel like you’re walking a plank toward eternal doom, but by the end, you’ll realize there was a much happier existence waiting for you at the bottom. So stay open and let yourself fall into the unknown and into a stronger, more powerful version of yourself.
6) Use intention jewelry to manifest what you want
During your return, you can keep yourself on track by practicing this Saturn return ritual once every three months. By remembering the advice above and regularly practicing this ritual, you can easily find your way through Saturn’s storm, so you’re able to welcome all its disguised blessings.
A piece of jewelry or a small crystal
An orange-colored candle
A pen or pencil
Turn off all your electronics and find a quiet, clean space where you can be alone. Place your intention piece (jewelry or crystal) next to your orange candle.
Settle into position and close your eyes. Then place your left hand on your heart and your right hand on your stomach. Take three, deep, slow breaths. Keep your eyes closed as you say the following aloud: Please grant me the clarity to live my highest purpose.
Slowly open your eyes and light your candle. Then pick up your notebook and write (for at least 10 minutes) about your life, your deepest desires, and what you need to do to satisfy them. When you’re finished, write at least one thing you are grateful for from the last three months.
Close your notebook and place it to the side. Pick up your jewelry or crystal and hold it in your hands. Face the candle, close your eyes, and say the following out loud: I am unique. I am powerful. I have the strength to live my highest purpose.
Blow out the candle, and open your eyes. Thank the universe. Carry your jewelry or crystal with you until the next ritual.
Whew, eclipse season! Plus, Mercury in retrograde! For me, this August has been a TRIP, and the backdrop to a profound shift in one particular area of my life: my relationship to alcohol. I’ve written a lot about my “sober curious” journey, which has seen me go from committed habitual drinker (some may use the term “alcoholic,” I have never identified with that label) to drinking a handful of times a year. And not in a “counting down the days until my next blowout” kind of a way. Rather, over the past seven years, I have gradually reduced the amount I drink to almost nothing. And my desire to drink has shrunk along with my consumption. In fact, wine that used to taste like nectar to me, now tastes like just another drink. And even when I think I’d like a glass, I usually change my mind again, mid-glass.
Not that alcohol, in moderation, is “bad,” but it is a powerful substance, and taking some time to tap into your relationship with it can be key for both tuning into yourself and, believe it or not, having more fun.
The latest research shows that drinking—regular old drinking as well as high-risk drinking—is up across the board in the United States. Why? Drinking to excess has become more and more acceptable, especially for women, and I believe it’s also a reaction to the rapid pace of change in the world. As the future becomes less and less certain, the numbing comfort of a cocktail (not to mention the short-lived illusion of joy this provides) looks more and more appealing.
My sober curious path has involved confronting, and ultimately accepting, many of the more painful and less fabulous aspects of my life. But there has been one place where alcohol remained a trusty companion: on the dance floor. Like many of us, my extreme self-consciousness about dancing means I’ve held onto booze as a crutch at weddings, parties, and anywhere else there may be booty-shaking on the menu. The only place I’ve been able to dance without a cocktail in my system in my own living room (when only my cat is watching).
But everything changed on the August 7 Aquarius full moon eclipse, which I celebrated by hosting a sober dance party as part of my Club SÖDA NYC event series. Taking over the rooftop bar of a hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, we had dancefloor reiki and tarot readings, and I made Unicorn Shots (almond milk, cacao, kava, banana, maca and honey, with rainbow sprinkles on top!) To my surprise, two hours into the proceedings, I found myself dancing like a banshee—and completely alcohol-free. The euphoria in my body was palpable, in a way it never has been while drunk dancing—and it lingered for hours after the music had stopped.
It was the most liberating experience I’ve had in a long time. And with the timing of the lunar eclipse, it felt as if a cosmic switch had been flicked: The seven years I’d spent slowly but steadily teaching my mind, body, and soul that I don’t need alcohol had finally brought me to this light-filled moment. After all, full moon eclipses often prompt sudden “endings” in life, helping us to shed limiting beliefs that have overstayed their welcome.
The deal was sealed two weeks later, at the corresponding Leo new moon eclipse, when I found myself leading a sober new moon ceremony with my new friend Shaman Durek on Obonjan Island in Croatia. Following a guided self-love meditation, Durek chanted and sang a series of tribal songs over a pumping deep house soundtrack, and the crowd went WILD.
We danced for hours with the wind in our hair, earth below our feet, water all around, and fire in our hearts. The vibe was electric, and countless people came to tell me how amazing it was that we were all sober! It was so perfect that the new moon eclipse was in Leo—the sign of pure, childlike creativity and self-expression. Dancing that night, I was reminded of how, at the age of three, I’d told my mom: “Ruby is truly a dancer!” And mini me certainly didn’t need a shot of tequila (or three) to know it.
Having been reminded that I can dance like only my cat is watching without alcohol, I don’t know when I’ll drink again. Like I said, I don’t identify with the label “alcoholic,” and I’m essentially an advocate of conscious drinking—what I define as questioning the alcohol you do decide to imbibe.
Want to try conscious drinking for yourself? Here’s how to start:
Instead of automatically pouring a glass of wine at the end of a long day, or grabbing a glass a party hostess offers, or giving the server your order the second you step into happy hour, consider stalling with a water while you ask yourself these questions:
Why am I drinking this?
How will it make me feel, in five minutes, in five hours, and tomorrow morning?
Am I drinking for me, or somebody else?
Answering these honestly may mean making very different choices. Sometimes, you may be making the choice to drink because you’re celebrating, or because there’s a wine or cocktail on the menu that’s one of your favorites. But other times, you’re making the choice because you’re stressed, exhausted, or imbibing some liquid courage because you feel insecure. Knowing why you’re drinking can help you suss out whether or not you should be drinking. And “should” is subjective—only you know the answer. Another way to get a holistic view of the role alcohol plays in your life: Make a pros/cons list. Pros could be the socialization factor or the taste, and cons could be feeling sluggish the next morning, or regretting the 30 dollars gone from your wallet. The pros/cons could change every few months, or years, so doing a list whenever you wonder how alcohol plays a part in your life is key.
Another “conscious drinking” technique: Skip alcohol during an event where you’d usually have a cocktail or two. My own journey has shown me that with dedication and integrity, it’s possible for even the most committed cocktail girl to unlearn deeply ingrained beliefs about booze. The first step? Don’t drink! It sounds so simple, but we all know how hard it can be to say “no thanks” when the social pressure is on. But you’ll likely be surprised at how little people care what’s in your glass. If you want, order a seltzer with lime, and let people think you’re holding a vodka soda. Going sober curious will mean a lot of sober “firsts” (first sober party, date, wedding, etc.), and the only way to move beyond them is to just dive in. Discovering that you can have just as much fun without a drink in your hand (trust me, you absolutely will!) is an empowering revelation in and of itself.
Want more “sober curious” tips? I’m in London, hosting an event called High Sobriety: How To Have a Fabulous Sober (Curious) Life on September 7—and I’ll also be posting the discussion on my Instagram, @the_numinous. Your journey to the ultimate high vibe life could very well start here.
Ruby Warrington is the founder of the modern spirituality site The Numinous; the co-founder of Moon Club, a monthly mentoring program; and the author of Material Girl, Mystical World.
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A Solar Eclipse Self-Care Ritual for Every Zodiac Sign
By Gala Darling
On August 21, 2017
In Aspect, Eclipse, Spirit
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It doesn’t take a genius to realize that we are living in interesting—if not downright preposterous—times. It’s not just that we’re smack-bang in the middle of eclipse season, either. The insanity going on nationally and internationally is unprecedented in recent history. While a lot of it is a stomach-churning horror show, we have to resist the temptation to freak out that the sky is falling.
What we have to do instead is show compassion and love to others; speak to people who are different from us, especially if it’s uncomfortable; adopt a zero tolerance policy for bigotry and white supremacy; and—at the same time—take care of ourselves and our emotional health.
The good news: Today’s solar eclipse offers a powerful opportunity to make change, from the inside out. Your actions and attitude today will ripple outward, more powerfully than you know.
Here, How Every Zodiac Sign Can Channel the Power of the Eclipse to Bring Some Goodness Into the World:
Aries Go out dancing. Nothing will feel better than a night out where you grab some friends and trip the light fantastic! Wear something fabulous, don’t start any fights (I know you, Aries!), and flirt with strangers. You have so much energy that it’s essential for you to point it in a productive direction. Shimmying around a club or a bar with your BFFs is one of the safest ways for you to do precisely that!
Taurus Cover yourself in jewelry! Yes, my sweet, remind yourself of all the earthly delights and bask in their sparkly glow. Dig your fingers deep into your jewelry and trinket boxes, and pile it on. Rings upon rings, chokers and rosaries, bracelets stacked to the elbow…. I know you’ve got plenty of baubles to do this up right. Wear them to the grocery store, or wherever. Because life is too short not to be fabulous today—and always.
Gemini Send little love notes to all of your friends. Now, as a gregarious Gemini, you might already be doing this. In fact, this tip was inspired by an extremely high-vibe Gemini male I know, who has a wonderful propensity for sending beautiful, thoughtful, short-but-sweet texts of acknowledgment to his nearest and dearest. They always say that if you want to feel good, make someone else feel good… And then everybody wins.
Cancer Buy yourself new clothes that bring you comfort today. Oooh, girl! You might think I’m crazy, but one of my favourite things to do when I’m feeling overwhelmed is hit up Victoria’s Secret Pink for a brand new pair of sweatpants. I cannot lie: I am literally wearing a pink pair of VS sweatpants right now. I purchased them today, and it feels amazing. You should feel amazing on eclipse day, don’t you think?
Leo Hang mirrors in your space! They will serve three beautiful purposes: firstly, they’ll make your home seem bigger. Secondly, they’ll bring in even more light (and that’s always welcome). And thirdly, they’ll present you with more opportunities to admire yourself from new angles! (We all know how much you like your own reflection, Leo.) If you’re feeling saucy, you could even install one on the ceiling… although you may never get out of bed!
Virgo Go for a really long walk to clear your head. I did precisely this a couple of days ago: I laced up my Nikes, grabbed my tiny silver backpack, and headed to the East River. By the time I’d walked down to the bottom of Manhattan, I’d gotten plenty of fresh air, seen new things that inspired me, and gained new perspective on my current challenges. Walking meditation is one of the best—and easiest!—ways to jolt you out of a funk.
Libra Spend some time in nature. One of my Libra girlfriends just flew out to California to hang out in the forest for a week, before heading to one of nature’s biggest challenges: the playa (aka Burning Man). Libras are always thinking about something, so giving yourself the gift of wide open space can really give your ideas room to breathe. If you can’t head to the woods, go lie on the grass for an afternoon! It will reset your whole vibe.
Scorpio Add plants and flowers into your space. I walked into my Scorpio friend’s bedroom last week and was so inspired by the way she had used greenery to warm it up as well as create designated “areas” within the one room! It didn’t hurt that she also had eucalyptus oil in a diffuser, making the entire place smell fresh and clean. Plants will boost your mood, and taking care of them will calm you down and bring you peace.
Sagittarius Start documenting your life. We all know Sagittarians have more fun, so why not use your natural laissez-faire attitude to inspire others to go with the flow too? Don’t overthink it, just grab your phone, flick the camera to ‘video’ mode, and start spreading your love—and recording. When the world feels like it’s going up in flames, inspiring other people to choose joy is a revolutionary act. Your optimism can influence others in huge and beautiful ways.
Capricorn Hang fairy lights all over your bedroom to create the ultimate cozy retreat from the world. Back when I lived in New Zealand, one of my favorite things to do was go to my best friend’s house—she is a Capricorn named Lena—and lounge with her in her fairy-lit room. We would listen to music, watch movies, drink tea, and laugh uproariously. There’s something about little twinkly lights that make every space more magical… and Capricorn, you could use some magic!
Aquarius Strike up a conversation with someone new. Sometimes Aquarians can feel isolated and alone, like they’re the only ones who think or feel a certain way. That’s not actually true, but you won’t know it until you prove it to yourself! My eclipse prescription for you is to get out of that hyper-individualistic bubble you (sometimes) segregate yourself in, and immerse yourself in a deep chat with a stranger. It’ll be easy—you’re so charming!—and it might just give you hope.
Pisces Bust out your paints—or preferred artistic medium—and let your imagination take over. You can be so watery sometimes that you get lost in your own head, so throwing down on canvas and expressing your feelings in a tangible way can move you through your own blocks. Collage yourself a vision board, paint a self portrait, or sew yourself a sparkly kimono. The options are limitless, and creating something with your hands will make you feel so good.
Feature illustration by Ruben Ireland.
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Love, By Virginia: Your Weekend Love Horoscope for August 11-13
By Virginia Mason
On August 11, 2017
In Aspect, Sign, Spirit
August isn’t slowing down, and this month’s eclipses aren’t the only big changes happening in the sky. This weekend, Mercury goes retrograde, and it’s staying there until September 5th. Mercury in retrograde gets a bad rap, but it happens four times a year for a reason—we need it. It’s easy to grow rigid in how we think about the world, our lives, and our relationships. These quarterly shake-ups help us check in and reevaluate. What thoughts are keeping you from having the fulfilling relationship you want? This weekend will help you begin to answer this.
Find out how the planets’ positions at your precise birth day, time, and place influence your personality and life circumstances.
Aries Weekend Love Horoscope This Friday and Saturday, the Aries moon might have you feeling good … but not when it comes to love. The moon squares Venus, making you want love, but somehow it isn’t able to give you what you need and want. Why? You’re being asked to confront differences in how you and your partner—or potential partners—communicate. You may jump to believing that you simply are not and cannot be loved or that the way you love isn’t appreciated. Resist this impulse. Instead, look at the ways people do express their love and appreciation for you. Maybe it’s not in the way you fantasize about, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t there. This energy moves through by Sunday, but you’ll likely still be wanting alone time as the weekend wraps up.
Love Lesson:People may express love differently than you, but that doesn’t mean they love you any less.
Passion Prediction: Taurus Weekend Love Horoscope At the start of this weekend, simply let love lie wherever it is. Your ruling planet of Venus squares the moon, making you feel uneasy and hermit-like. Stay in. Garden. Cook yourself a tasty meal. Then breathe a well-rested sigh of relief on Sunday as the moon moves into Taurus. Sunday is for you, Bulls! You’ll be feeling free and strong within yourself. You won’t depend on anyone else’s opinion of you to feel good and aren’t about to compromise on what you want. Your confidence will show. Enjoy a day date or simply relish more time with yourself, and keep riding this feel-good wave through Monday.
Love Lesson:You need time alone to enjoy yourself and remember all there is to love about you. Then take that reminder out into the world!
Passion Prediction: Gemini Weekend Love Horoscope Because Mercury rules Gemini, you’ll be feeling its retrograde movement more than most. You’ll find yourself exploring and reconsidering all your many ideas over and over again. This can lead to major indecision and internal paralysis. Your spinning mind may make you feel stuck, but luckily—because Mercury sextiles Venus—any lovers are going to enjoy your curiosity. The trick is that you have to let them know what’s going on inside your head. Share with them not just what you’re thinking but how it makes you feel. You’re processing the way you communicate and the conclusions you’ve recently drawn. By sharing your open-mindedness with your partner, you’ll find yet another thing that you two can connect over.
Love Lesson:It’s okay to not have it all figured out. No one does. Let your confusion create connection.
Passion Prediction: CancerWeekend Love Horoscope Venus has released its connection to Chiron—the wounded healer. For the time being, the intense period of healing through love and growing pains has passed and left you with an open heart. So this weekend, focus on enjoying the dreamy, hyperconnected feeling and free-flowing communication you have with anyone you’re with. You’re taking love less seriously because you understand that whatever happens is—like all other things—simply flowing and moving through time. You aren’t feeling the need to control your circumstances in order to feel comfortable. Instead, you find comfort in unconditionally loving. People feel free to be themselves around you, allowing for deep, true connection. The love and acceptance you feel this weekend is what we’re all striving for.
Love Lesson:The highest form of love is all-embracing, accepting, and wildly unconditional.
Passion Prediction: LeoWeekend Love Horoscope Prepare to feel light and happy and exactly where you’re meant to be. The moon trines the sun, Mars, and North Node all in Leo. Who you are, how you behave, and where you’re headed will feel seamlessly aligned with your inner self. You’ll radiate that classic Leo confidence while feeling genuinely fulfilled. If you’re single, now is a great time to meet someone, as you’re sure to attract only those who can truly handle all you have to offer. If you’re partnered, your joy is sure to rub off on and be appreciated by whomever you’re with. Enjoy this time, just make sure not to let your pride take over, or your confidence will turn into arrogance, and instead of attracting love, you’ll repel it!
Love Lesson:Confidence and fulfillment are two of the biggest turn ons.
Passion Prediction: VirgoWeekend Love Horoscope You racked your brain. You worked it out. But now all that thinking you did isn’t making much sense. Your ruling planet of Mercury turns retrograde on Saturday in Virgo while trining Pluto. Between the eclipses and this, you’re feeling intense waves of transformation, but they aren’t hitting your relationship. They’re hitting you. The transformation comes in the form of anxiety, paranoia, and confusion. It’s easy to want to isolate yourself from others and sit these feelings out alone, but what you’ll learn this weekend is that love can and will stick by you even through tough times. It’s okay to lean on your partner right now, and if you’re single, it’s okay to experience comfort through romance and affection. Love can and will support you through this. Let it.
Love Lesson:Even your messiest self is worthy of love.
Passion Prediction: Libra Weekend Love Horoscope You’re currently undergoing a four-week cycle of expanding joy and fulfillment in your love life. Last weekend was all about integrating the moon and your emotional self. This weekend, as Jupiter squares Venus, you’re learning to expand your understanding of love. You may be experiencing sexual fireworks, but you’re also learning that that is not enough. Emotionally, you’re dissatisfied. Love feels restrictive, and you’re not getting what you want. How can you have one but not the other? Will you ever be able to truly find both? Relax with all the questioning and doubting. Let the cycle unfold. There’s more to learn next weekend…and the next…and in September! Stay tuned.
Love Lesson:Sexual love is a kind of love, but sex alone doesn’t satisfy your deepest desires for love and affection.
Passion Prediction: ScorpioWeekend Love Horoscope You don’t just want someone’s body. You want their soul, too. Transformative sex—it’s the Scorpio way, and this weekend, your ruling planets of Mars and Pluto are all about it. Mars trines an Aries moon Friday and Saturday night, allowing for some particularly emotionally fulfilling sex. In fact, you may just want to find a partner Friday night, close the bedroom door, and stay there until Sunday morning. And while you’re enjoying yourself, know that Pluto is working its transformation magic on Venus and Jupiter, bringing about a big change in the enjoyment of your love life. Perhaps with this person you’re holed up with? Is that person just yourself? That’s cool too. Have fun!
Love Lesson:Sometimes sex is just sex. Other times it opens you to a truly emotionally satisfying connection and helps transform how you experience love.
Passion Prediction: Sagittarius Weekend Love Horoscope Expect more fiery sex and fun this weekend! Freedom feels good to you. Freedom is your happy place. You’re not worried about where your romantic connection is going. You know it’s all part of enjoying life and that enjoying yourself now doesn’t mean you won’t want to settle down later—though maybe you never will, and that’s okay too! This Saturday and Sunday, the moon meets up with Uranus and joins a grand trine between all three fire signs. I’m not sure who you’re spending your time with, but I bet everyone is pretty envious about all the fun you’re having. Enjoy this respite from Saturn’s transit through Sagittarius. It’s made the past two years pretty hard for you, and you deserve this break.
Love Lesson:Enjoy your lovers! Regardless of your long-term goals, every partner is part of your love journey.
Passion Prediction: CapricornWeekend Love Horoscope Pluto is still hanging out in Capricorn and will be for years to come. It won’t always be the focal point of your experience, but right now, it’s dominating things and opposing Venus. Expect tension with any partner. The way you express your love may be misunderstood, but know that Mercury—even with its retrograde motion—is actually your way around this friction. Open up to any partner and share why you do the things you do and what it means coming from you. Explain your actions—not because you need to defend yourself but because wires are getting crossed and old wounds are being triggered. Maybe they’ve seen something similar from someone in the past. Maybe they’re scared. Help them understand that you’re actually just a big loyal lover at heart.
Love Lesson:Folks can’t read your mind. Use your words to help people understand and foster love.
Passion Prediction: Aquarius Weekend Love Horoscope This Saturday, express your wild independence sexually. What does that mean for you? You’re a unique innovator, and your way is your own. How do you feel sexy? Is it dancing? Cooking? A bubble bath? This weekend, get in touch with your sensuality. Your airy nature often keeps you in your mind, but this weekend, as Uranus conjuncts the moon and the moon trines Mars, you’re being asked to get out of your head and into your body. Play with what makes your body feel good. This is about pleasure. Have fun discovering new ways to experience it.
Love Lesson:Sex is more than just a physical act. It’s sensuality. It’s an energy, and how you express it is your own.
Passion Prediction: Pisces Weekend Love Horoscope Neptune trines Venus, allowing you to simply let love flow, but Mercury makes you question if the love you’re feeling is real. Maybe you’re giving too much? Maybe it’s all an illusion and you’ve been tricked? Have you just been kidding yourself?! Relax. It’s fine. The love is real. And you’re freaking out a bit about it. And that’s fine! You love so unconditionally and easily that you’re prone to putting yourself in situations where you are giving too much and aren’t taking care of yourself, so it’s actually good to ask yourself these questions. Let the questions flow like everything else. Trust the answers will come. In the meantime, try not to absorb Virgo’s anxious paranoia, okay?
Love Lesson:Don’t let the fear that maybe you’re repeating old patterns consume all the love you have to give.
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. To find out more, visit her at FleetingConnections.com.
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Love, by Virginia: Your Weekend Love Horoscope for August 4-6
By Virginia Mason
On August 4, 2017
In Future, Romance, Spirit
Get ready. Summer eclipse season is upon us. It starts with Monday’s full moon lunar eclipse and lasts for two weeks, ending with a total solar eclipse on the 21st. But before the eclipses come, this weekend’s moon is passing over Pluto—the planet of death and rebirth—and that’s exactly what this eclipse season is all about. This weekend is preparing you for the start of a deep, transformative cycle. Your relationships will not be left untouched, and whatever shape they’re in on Monday doesn’t tell you how they’ll look in the end. So whatever happens, know that this is just the beginning.
Aries Weekend Love Horoscope You want freedom. You want intimacy and security. You can’t have it all. Or can you? This weekend marks the end of a two week cycle full of love and affection. But have you been putting yourself out there to enjoy it? Love isn’t going to just come to you. Make time Friday to connect with someone special (new or known) because come Saturday, as the moon passes Pluto and squares Uranus in Aries, you’ll be feeling all sorts of confused about what you want and how you can get it. Insecurities and conflicting desires run high. Give yourself alone time to rest and reflect before Monday’s eclipse. You don’t need to blow everything up in order to be free.
Love Lesson:You can feel free to be yourself and do what you want while still feeling secure and nourished in a relationship.
Taurus Weekend Love Horoscope Change is coming. You freaked out when you read that, right? Luckily, the universe knows you don’t like change, so this weekend, it’s giving you plenty of time to enjoy whatever stability you’ve created. There are no major planetary influences rocking you right now, but when it comes to love, it isn’t all about you. You may like your calm, peaceful, controlled space, but if you want that peaceful calm in love, don’t forget to take other people’s thoughts and feelings into consideration. Whether you’re single or with someone, know that they’re probably going through something—or about to go through something—so share your sturdy calm. This Saturday, invite them over for a chill night in. With your ruling planet of Venus in Cancer, you’ll also enjoy staying home. Win-win.
Love Lesson:Make space for other people within your comfortable patterns and routines.
Gemini Weekend Love Horoscope You know how you like to talk about every little thing and sometimes the person you’re with is like, Hey, can we please just stop talking? Well, no need to worry about that this weekend! With your ruling planet of Mercury connecting freely with Venus and the moon, your talkative nature will serve your love life well. Single? You’re better off meeting someone where you can actually talk to them. Avoid noisy, crowded bars. Go for house parties and real live dates. Partnered? If you’ve been biting your tongue, now is the time let it loose and explain exactly what’s on your mind. This Friday and Saturday, communication fuels affection and will support your emotional wellbeing. You’ve got this.
Love Lesson:Sometimes it’s better not to talk through everything, but holding back can do even more damage. Feel free to express yourself.
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CancerWeekend Love Horoscope With Venus in Cancer aspecting multiple planets, you’re even more focused than usual on love and partnership. Whether you’re single or partnered, you’re in a great place to enjoy your love life right now. Communication flows freely between you and any love interest, and through romantic love, you feel free—both free as an individual human and free as a spiritual being. Love can teach you a lot this weekend. Expect to grow. Remember though, growing pains are real, so you may feel some uneasiness. But this is because you’re growing! And you’re growing through love. Very cool.
Love Lesson:Your partners are here to teach you things, and you’re teaching them, and we’re all teaching each other and growing and loving, and while it isn’t always easy, it is beautiful.
LeoWeekend Love Horoscope This weekend is all about having fun. Because how else would you prepare for an intense eclipse season that happens to land smack in the middle of your sun sign? With the sun and Mars in Leo sextiling Jupiter, now is the time to get out and play. Relax with chores and to-dos. Just grab your person (with their permission of course) and take a road trip or go on an adventure date. Really, just do whatever you want, because I have no doubt it’s going to be fun. And with no major shifts in your stars over the course of the weekend, the fun is going to last from Friday through Sunday. Seriously, this really is a great weekend to get away. Just go to the beach or something, okay?
Love Lesson:The people we play with are the people we stay with.
VirgoWeekend Love Horoscope Your ruling planet of Mercury is in your sign, and you’re in your head with all your thoughts. This may be a comfort zone for you, but it isn’t necessarily a happy one. While you’re excellent at thinking through just about anything, too many swirling thoughts and what-ifs can make you super anxious. If you can stop the internal monologue for long enough to connect with someone else (which I highly recommend), then this weekend is great for love. Stimulating intellectual conversation will be a turn on, and your analytical mind will be appreciated by whomever you’re with. So open up, and let them enjoy your interesting thoughts rather than collapsing in on yourself. You’re racing mind will enjoy having somewhere new to go.
Love Lesson:Look outside yourself to experience connection and soothe a busy mind.
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Libra Weekend Love Horoscope Even in the best relationships, there are times when things just don’t feel right. This Saturday, you’ll be feeling all sorts of confusion surrounding your partnership, even if things seem great on paper. If you’re single, you might feel like you’ll never meet anyone and what’s the point in even trying. If you’re partnered, you may find yourself unexpectedly irritated by your relationship. Jupiter has been giving you a lot of romance to ponder and enjoy, but this weekend, as it squares the moon, you might wonder where all that good fortune has gone. In order to restore balance and feel better, you may push your feelings aside and forgive too easily. Instead, trust that balance will be restored. Get your body moving and have some fun. You’ll be feeling better come Sunday.
Love Lesson:Let discomfort pass on its own rather than trying to fix it and keep the peace no matter what.
ScorpioWeekend Love Horoscope Remember Earth? That thing you live on? This weekend’s Capricorn moon conjuncts your ruling planet of Pluto and works to ground you. And you need that grounding right now because you’re already feeling the intensity of the pending eclipses. As a result, you’re likely going to be moody this weekend for no apparent reason. And sure, your partner is used to this, but give them a break by giving yourself a break and time alone. If you’re single, you’re probably going to want to stay home or spend time with friends rather than go looking for romance. Go for a walk outside. See some green. Smell some flowers. These things will help remind you that Earth is a pretty great place to be.
Love Lesson:When things feel intense, don’t accidentally unleash that intensity on those closest to you. Find your calm.
Sagittarius Weekend Love Horoscope Your fiery nature is, well, on fire right now. A grand trine between all three fire signs is amplifying the heat, and you’re going to feel extra wild and crazy this weekend. Pay no mind to the practical Capricorn moon. There’s fun to be had, and you’re going to have it. Lean into your independence and enjoy any partners or lovers in your life. Not only will spending time with them bring you joy and excitement, but it will also help ease any nagging thoughts telling you that you’re not enough or you don’t have enough. So go dancing. Go rafting. Go for a hike. Adventure and play. No need to worry about wanting more right now. You have everything you need, including Monday’s full moon, which, btw, totally has your back.
Love Lesson:Love the one you’re with!
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CapricornWeekend Love Horoscope This weekend’s emotional energy is aligned with your sense of self. And both of these are aligned with your communication. Feel free to speak your mind this Friday or Saturday, as anything you have to say will be a reflection of your authentic self. And with the Capricorn moon sextiling Neptune, your usual cool, detached emotional expression will be balanced by Neptune’s romantic, compassionate nature. If you’re single, now is a great time to go out and meet someone. If you’re partnered, hold your person close and tell them how you feel. I know words aren’t really your style, but this weekend, you’ll find the right ones.
Love Lesson:We may not always have the best words, but we say it the best we can. Even if it’s without using words at all.
Aquarius Weekend Love Horoscope Slow down. Your ruling planet of Uranus just went retrograde, and Monday’s eclipse is in Aquarius. The universe is asking you to reflect and reconsider how you express your independence. Is your fierce desire for autonomy getting you what you want? And what is that exactly? You won’t know yet, but clarity is coming. Friday and Saturday—before the moon enters Aquarius—make use of Capricorn’s practical traditional ways to ground any relationship you’re in, and let Sunday be a time for rest and self care. Draw yourself a salt bath. Journal through your unusually intense emotions. Visualize whatever pain and discomfort you want released on Monday’s full moon. And be okay giving your love life some space this weekend.
Love Lesson:Sometimes the best decision is no decision and to simply give your love life space to breathe.
Pisces Weekend Love Horoscope This weekend is all about healing through love. Your ruling planet of Neptune is in Pisces and connecting beautifully with Venus and the moon. You’ll be feeling emotionally nourished and fulfilled. Allow yourself the chance to truly connect with someone you love or could love. Let the weekend’s supportive energy teach you whatever it has to share. Don’t assume you know what this will look like. It may not come in the form of holding hands at sunset while gazing lovingly into each other’s eyes. Embrace however it unfolds. Trust that whatever happens Friday and Saturday is preparing you for even deeper healing on Sunday, but you have to let it in. The healing will only happen through acceptance and ease. Just go with the flow. It’s what you do best anyway.
Love Lesson:You are being held and supported and guided. Trust the flow.
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.
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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.
There has been a whole lot of hype buzzing around the beauty industry forJade 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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While scrolling through social media, I recently discovered the most stunning comb I’ve ever seen. I literally gasped —was thatRose 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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Photo: Spellbound Sky Essential Oil Potion in Diamond Life
One of my favorite places on the planet is the magical realm of Spellbound Sky. Located 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.
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.
Your August Love Horoscope: Are You Ready to Get Real?
On August 2, 2017
In Future, Love, Spirit
This month, a lunar and solar eclipse shake up everything you thought you knew about love. This can be a good thing. Stale relationships will get an infusion of energy, and you will get clarity on what you want (and what you don’t) from a partner. All zodiac signs will find themselves listening to their hearts and finding a more honest and true version of themselves to bring to their relationship—no matter what stage it’s at. Remember: The road to love is sometimes rocky, but so, so worth it.
Aries August Love Horoscope On August 4, a Jupiter/Pluto square throws your finances into the spotlight. Single? While “investing” in dating is smart, think time and energy, not an outfit and a pricy bar tab. Attached? Time to chat about shared finances, because issues won’t go away if you ignore them. On August 13, a Sun/Saturn trine makes romance fun—plan a date, enjoy, and don’t get too caught up in heavy conversation. On August 22, a Mars/Saturn trine amplifies any relationship goals—now’s the time to set an intention to make things happen.
Taurus August Love Horoscope The lunar eclipse on August 7 suggests social activism will take center stage in your romantic life. Committing to a cause together can enhance your relationship, as can getting out of your comfort zone and volunteering for a political candidate or chatting up someone who shares your idealogy. Conflicts arise around the Venus/Pluto opposition on August 15—don’t get caught up in the drama; lying low could be your best course of action. When the sun shifts into earthy Virgo on August 22, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and do some work on your relationship (or work on finding a relationship). Things will go your way, but you have to show the Universe that you’re willing to pull your weight.
Gemini August Love Horoscope A Venus/Neptune trine on August 12 cranks up your confidence in your romance sector. It’s the perfect time to take a risk. Whether it’s heading out of town for a date, trying something new in bed, or even being the one to make a first move, the stars say that your partner will respond favorably. If you’ve been frustrated by the state of your relationship (or lack thereof), be patient. The end of Saturn in retrograde on August 25 means things will finally move forward. But you have to do some self-reflection: A Sun/Mercury conjunction on August 26 asks you to look at the past and seek closure, especially in the form of self-forgiveness.
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CancerAugust Love Horoscope When Mercury goes retrograde on August 12, you may get bogged down by details, and misunderstandings may occur. Just think big picture, and forge ahead. On August 17, you send out a seductive vibe, thanks to a Venus/Jupiter square. You’re in a prime position to manifest a fantasy mid-month, so make sure you know what you want—otherwise, things will get complicated. When Venus leaves your sign on August 25, drama increases (if that’s even possible!). Do what you can to stay above it all—your partner or crush will be duly impressed.
LeoAugust Love Horoscope A Venus/Neptune trine on August 12 adds romance into your relationship sector—candles, late-night confessions, and whispered seductionsare all going to happen, so enjoy. Later in the month, a Mars/Saturn trine on August 22 gives you renewed confidence and focus in your relationship. If you’ve been busy focusing on everything else but love this summer, now’s the time to, well, get busy. On August 31, retrograde Mercury reverses into your sign for a second time. What this means? It’s re-do time. Whether it’s rekindling a romance from the past, bringing up a stubborn issue to try to get your partner to see your POV, or taking a chance to propel your relationship forward, now’s your time. Don’t waste it, Lions!
Virgo August Love Horoscope The August 7 lunar eclipse casts a caring shadow over your romantic sector. Instead of focusing solely on your bond, the Universe asks you to expand outward—the more you care for the world, the more an intimate bond will grow. A Venus/Jupiter square on August 17 may cause some tension; just stay honest and true to yourself. The more you try to mold yourself into what the other person wants, the unhappier you’ll be. When the Sun enters your sign on August 22, you want physical, sweaty, delicious love. Go out there and get it. Single? Stay connected to your desires by spending quality time alone with yourself, fantasizing about exactly what you want.
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LibraAugust Love Horoscope When Mercury turns retrograde on August 12, tensions rise. Stay cool, breathe, and don’t try to “fix” anything. Things will settle and become clear in the ensuing days. On August 20, a sizzling Sun/Uranus trine asks you to venture outside your comfort zone. Before you act, make sure your partner and you are both on the same page. A talk about exactly what you want in bed will take things over the top for you, lucky one! On August 25, Venus floats into confident Leo. Ask for what you want and you will get it.
ScorpioAugust Love Horoscope A Venus/Neptune trine on August 12 injects some interesting possibilities into your romantic life. Before you commit, think through the pros and cons; looking before you leap will pay off in the long run. A Sun/Saturn fire trine on August 13 cranks up your passion even more (if that’s even possible!) Indulging in PDA, getting loud and sweaty between the sheets, or even outside, is exactly what you need. On August 26, a Sun/Mercury conjunction advises you to pay attention to the moment. A phone-free evening with your partner is what you both crave toward the end of the month.
Sagittarius August Love Horoscope When Uranus turns retrograde on August 3, you have a fresh and different perspective on your relationship, or relationship prospects. Follow your intuition—your gut knows what to do, and it may have a different idea than your brain. Mid month, a Venus/Pluto opposition makes conversations confusing. Resist the urge to manipulate, lie, or play mind games, which will lead you down a rocky path. Stay honest and direct, even if it’s not easy. As retrograde Mercury reverses into headstrong Leo on August 31, your temper rises. Before you start a fight, ask yourself: Is it worth it?
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CapricornAugust Love Horoscope At the beginning of the month, a Jupiter/Pluto square creates conflict in your relationship, mostly related to money. Spreadsheets, conversation, and maybe even outside counsel from an expert, like an accountant, can help. Single? Feeling in control of your finances can help you feel in control of your love life. Toward the end of the month, a Sun/Uranus fire trine urges you to get out of your comfort zone. Try something new with your partner, or, if you’re single, try a new way to meet someone. As the Sun enters Virgo on August 22, you’re feeling hypercritical—don’t voice your complaints before you’ve slept on them.
Aquarius August Love Horoscope On August 7, the full moon in Aquarius is rocking your world—and not necessarily in a good way. Avoid any major decisions or actions; it’s a good time to lay low and spend time with friends as a buffer. On August 13, a Sun/Saturn trine urges you to be spontaneous with your partner or date—plan an overnight, go to a new spot, or just share a fantasy. On August 21, the solar eclipse leads to some intense feelings. Resist the urge to act on them for now. Next steps will be much clearer by the beginning of September.
PiscesAugust Love Horoscope The Venus/Neptune trine on August 12 infuses your romantic sector with positive energy. All the planets ask is that you be honest and vulnerable. You can keep your emotions close to the chest, but the more you share with your significant other, the better it will get. A Mars/Saturn trine toward the end of the month helps you get over a stumbling block in your relationship (or your pursuit of a relationship). As the month closes, the Sun/Mercury conjunction 26 asks you to look at the past to help find current answers to a current relationship dilemma.
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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.
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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.
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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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