We have an abundance of new energy flowing in this week, but its up to us to decide what to do with it. We are holding on to the same old patterns, behaviors, attitudes, and thought forms, even as the cosmic clock announces the time to let these things go. Though we know our world can be new, we stubbornly cling to the habits we denounce and rail against. We need a little push and the universe is nothing if not accommodating. The terrifying and chaotic energy surrounding us now is here to shake us free of our bullshit. If we won't change willingly, we will be forced to change. We will be made to face our own creations so that we learn to create more carefully.
Both/and season is over. While the Cancer and Leo months were times of integration, this Mercury retrograde in Virgo is a time of separation. This is a time for discernment. This is a time to sort the seeds, to decide what you will nurture in the soil of your mind and what you will toss in the fire.
Moving forward is inevitable, but the universe provides a pause now, to decide how we will remember the past. The same lens we use to view our history provides a glimpse into our future. We create what we experience. The good news is, we don't need a time machine to change our past, we merely need a radical shift in perception. Can it have been beautiful in its ugliness? Did it make you who you are? Can you embrace that which has made you YOU, because of how much you adore yourself?
And of course we don't to deal with any of this, LOL. Growth means imbalance. We've just learned to integrate these lessons, and its already time for the test. We want to skip the exam and go straight to the head of the class, but where they do that at? The University of Life does not give Kmart diplomas. You can't phone this shit in.
This is time of being blessed and being a blessing. We are all being pushed to the next level. We are all feeling off balance and off kilter. Nonetheless, the universe provides the tools we need to get through, as usual. Do you know what those tools are?
Do you know God's medium? God's toolbox? God's conduit of creation and creativity?
Let life use you. Surrender. As you surrender, choose.
Will you stand alone, alienated in your passions and desires, feeling the need to self-protect; or will you be vulnerable enough to reveal your soul and your struggles, willing to love and let your lovers love you?
Will you sit isolated with your feelings, certain of solitude in your watery depths; or will you cry with your friends, celebrate your woefulness, acknowledge the fact that, no matter how painful, a cycle is ending, and no matter how startling, a new beginning is here?
Hey Aries, with your big beautiful brain! This week, the universe asks you to choose between your signature communication style, or a more subtle, yet equally as effective option. You can either clap back at these fools or bathe in a sea of self love that leaves you too satisfied to retort. The choice is yours, and there is no wrong answer. The ability to do both are necessary, depending on the circumstance.
SN: Can you teach me how to clap back? Have you ever thought about teaching a class called, "This what we NOT gon' do?" I would totes take that class.
Heyyy Taurus! This week, you're being asked to choose between going within for some one-on-one time, or externalizing your inner light to shine brightly on the world. Are you going to be all about you, or all about the world? Selfish or other-ish? Both states have their benefits but which one will make you happy? Hint: Usually happiness is on the other side of risk, awkwardness and fear.
Hi Gemmie! Over the next seven days, you'll be faced with doing some new shit right quick, or or staying the course and being patient, persistent, consistent and steady. There is no wrong answer, you can do whichever you like. I will say though -- Mercury is retrograde, and since Mercury is your ruler and the one with the sweet feet, you might want to wait until the wind is back at your back before you get to flitting around again. Slow and steady ain't never hurt nobody.
Hey Cancer! Like all the other signs, this week you'll be faced with a choice. You can either communicate precisely what you think you want, down to the footnotes and references, or you can follow your feelings toward a new level of satisfaction you've never experienced before. There is no right or wrong answer; just keep in mind that what you THINK you want may be at odds with the new emotions brewing within you.
Hey my beautiful Leos! Are you enjoying your birthday season? This week you can do one of two things. One one hand, you can perform mental Olympics to eliminate hurtful self-talk, re-calibrate outdated attitudes and chin check and possible shade coming from other people. On the other hand, you could just follow your spirit, be the boss of your own lane, and decide happily to give nan fuck 'bout what anyone else thinks. There is no wrong answer. If you need to pop shit because of reckless shit poppers, you absolutely can, and they will cry. But if you want to just not give a fuck about haters and bask in the warmth of your own wonderfulness, that's an option too.
You did it Virgo! This week, you have the choice between letting people bless and provide for you, or waiting patiently with complete assurance that all your hard work is now paying off. Very soon, you will have tangible rewards for all your efforts. You can either ask and receive, or wait and expect. Either way, your blessings shall quickly arrive. Congratulations!
Sweet Libra, this week you might be a little tender. You will choose between addressing your pain and your thoughts about the past, or finally moving away from the whole damn thing. You can either sit with your ideas about what happened and dissect the scenarios over and over to gain understanding (which is hella necessary sometimes), or you can choose to recognize the futility of living backwards, gather yourself and move on. Both methods have their place in the map of life. You will know when to do which.
Scorpio, you're really in a groove, huh? But is it a groove or a rut? This week, you're being asked to choose between being persistent, meticulous, working hard and churning it out -- or stopping the whole damn thing. You can either go all in or take a giant step back and look at the entire situation differently. You can either master the game or flip the table and start over. There is no wrong answer.
Hey Sagittarius! What you thinking about? Whatever it is, you sure do think about it alot. Spirit is asking you to decide between rushing forward with an important message, or continuing to contemplate the pros and cons and categorize your fears until infinity. Again, there is no wrong answer. Thinking things to death is paralyzing af, but sometimes necessary so that you don't move forward into some bullshit. And sometimes rushing in is necessary too, because experience is the best teacher. The choice is yours.
Capricorn, this week asks you to choose between resting and dreaming. There is a difference, you know. When you rest, you heal and regenerate with conscious intent. When you dream, you unconsciously expend a ton of energy. Even though you won't arise as refreshed, dreaming can result in more clarity than resting. Dreams shock us out of our guarded, rational minds, so our subconscious can have its say. What do you think - should you rejuvenate while protecting the gates of your depths, or work at dreaming long and hard enough to get out of your own way?
Hey Aquarius! You have some really cool energy flowing through you this week! Spirit wants you to choose between being a boss and setting clear rules and boundaries in your life, or feeling overrun, overwhelmed and ready to fight any fool who challenges you. Let me tell you -- if you fight, you will win. However, if you swallow your fear and set firm boundaries, you will also win. Do you want to argue your perspective, or just tell it like it is? You don't have to battle for respect, you know. Respect is your birthright.
Beloved Pisces, this week you're being asked to choose between being balanced in two dimensions or three. Do you want harmony in your inner world, or stability in your outer world? Sometimes inner peace looks like chaos on the outside, and sometimes outer calm masks a tsunami in your soul. Either shake or be shaken. Both are okay, its just - which do you prefer?
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The potential this week is so fucking powerful. We are surrounded by all the energies required for money, magic and miracles. We have passed nearly all the tests of master level manifestation -- nurturing the seeds of inspiration, watering them with emotion, sustaining focus through how we speak and think -- and now we head into our final feat -- becoming that which we desire.
The person who goes away seeking is not the same one who returns. We are changed by the journey, molded in the shape of our quest. It's time to reintroduce ourselves to ourselves, and to the world. Our words and thoughts are so potent now, but what are our decrees? Are we speaking the same old script into existence because we lack the discipline to rewrite new lines for our new minds? As we head into Mercury retrograde on Saturday and the momentum we've been gaining slows way, way down, know this is the love language of our Creator. Retrogrades are necessary cosmic reviews before new beginnings, to keep us from polluting a fresh start with the same old shit. The bible says, "Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it?" Even if Goddess herself removed the veil from your eyes, she cannot make you SEE.
You cannot have what you ask for while still identifying with the version of yourself who doesn't yet have it. So as you go forth into the land of answered prayers, who are YOU?
This week carries the energy of marriage, of the joining of the divine masculine with the divine feminine, of faith with action, of intuition and execution, of within as without, as above as below. We need both ends of pole so that the center holds. The joining together of opposites, the meeting of heaven and earth, creates the portal through which our new selves and new future are birthed.
We are being asked to review the parts of ourselves that seem to be at odds, to respect the angles that appear to be opposites but fit together in perfect symmetry to call forward our dreams. We are both midwife and baby; we must use the tension of our personal paradox to push and pull ourselves through.
Aries, you're feeling the contradiction between how much to rest and how much to work. On one hand you love your work; its abundant, your money is good, your quality of work is excellent, you're persistent and things are just humming and flowing along. And that would be awesome if sometimes you didn't want to just lie down and be still because old heartache rises up occasionally and makes it hard to function. You wish it would just be one or the other -- that you could have less ambition or a harder heart -- but that isn't in the cards. Is there any way you could put your stellar work ethic to use healing and handling (shout out to Olivia Pope) old pains? Just a suggestion...
In the bible Jesus says we can move mountains if we only have the faith of a mustard seed. I've never seen a mustard seed but I've heard they're really tiny. We only need a little bit of faith. A dab. A dollop. That's not really your style though, Taurus. You could move seven mountains with your secret stash of mustard seeds, because you are always prepared and your access and resources are unparalleled. In fact, who needs to even wait for mustard seeds or faith or any of that foolishness when we could just round up a team of giants and superheroes and rig harnesses to their waists and get some alien technology to pull the...
What was I saying? I got so caught up in that fantasy of just doing it my damn self. I'm with you Taurus! Who needs to trust the universe when we can just upset the foundation of heaven and earth? Now if only there were some way to turn your supernatural ability to force your fortune into a tool that creates patience. If anyone can figure it out, you can.
Its quite the paradox Gemini; if I asked your advice on the actions I should take to get what I want, you wouldn't hesitate to lay out a six point plan with with infographics, addendums and a resource list for further reading. But if I asked you what you were going to do to get what YOU want, you'd stare at me blankly and crack a joke to deflect the wave of panic threatening to carry you away. Its time for you to be your own know-it-all, Gemini. Your instincts are rarely wrong. You KNOW what to do. Lay out the plan and trust yourself.
Yours is the classic dichotomy between the feminine and masculine, intellect and intuition, giving and receiving. On one hand you want to be clear and bright with your magical light, announcing to all who come near your plans for growth and radiance in your life and the lives of your loved ones. #TeamKissyFace
On the other hand, you want to be the cosmic gardener behind the scenes, blessing the inner realms with your nurturing vibes, quietly fertilizing your tribe with love. #TeamTextFirst
You don't have to choose! Not either/or. Both/and, remember? You're so good at gauging your what-I-can-give-today meter, at knowing when to emerge and when to retreat, when to back light and when to highlight. You got this.
You're very clever Leo, but I'm on to you. You're so blessed, abundant, powerful and creative. A modern day Midas with great hair, everything you touch turns to gold. You give so much of your time and energy to others, and why not? You want to do good in your hood since you're (hashtag) blessed. That's what's up.
You ain't fooling me though. When was the last time you let someone give YOU something? Energy flows both ways. How can blessings keep flowing out if you don't let any in? Asking for a (Leo) friend...
During your birthday season, GIVE someone the pleasure of knowing how good it feels to give to YOU. Give the gift of being able to RECEIVE.
Hey Virgo boos, can I talk to you for a second? Come here. I need to spill some tea about our tribe but Imma whisper because you know we don't like folks in our business. *deep breath*
Here goes: We don't know everything. Sometimes we're wrong. We might know the facts but facts don't always equal truth. Sometimes we get so confident in what we THINK we know that we mess around and lie to ourselves and our loved ones. Sometimes our over active imagination runs away with us. Far away. (Swear to God Virgos are Ally McBeal -- if you don't know who that is, either look it up or get your young ass out my horoscopes.) We have to shut up for a bit and figure out what our new truth, our new reality is. Only a blend of facts and fantasy will do. In the meantime, we have to learn to say (gasp! eek!) I don't know.
Hey Libra! Look at you, all beautiful, peaceful, balanced. Look at you, transmuting the energy of your lower nature into a higher vibration, turning your disgust to compassion and your hatred to illumination. Everyone loves you, and in return you ruffle no feathers and make no scenes. Team serene, Mr. and Mrs. Okay With Everything, from the kingdom of In It But Not Of It, Always Rise Above It.
Oh, so y'all don't be wanting to fuck people up out here? Y'all don't be wanting to balance these scales of justice all over your enemies ass? Oh Libra. Stop hiding your other face. Some of these fools deserve to see it. Its okay to fight back. You'll win.
Quite a contradiction we're looking at here, Scorpio. On the one hand, you worry yourself to death daily. You categorize and prioritize your concerns ranking from least to most likely, from sickliest to deadliest, from daily inconvenience to life-changing emergency. People don't understand your fears but they haven't survived what you've survived. They don't get it and you don't have to explain.
On the other hand, you have the love and compassion of 94 simultaneous hearts thinking about baby kittens. You feel everybody's feelings, and you're one of the few signs who can hold space for all that emotion without being overwhelmed by it. Your experiences haven't made you bitter at all, they've made you the most compassionate person on earth.
So. You know how when people tell you their sad stories, and you know just what to say because you've been there? Learn to turn that superpower inward and give your own compassion and empathy to YOU. The world needs you to give yourself the version of yourself that you give freely away. We need you to love you like you love us. Make sense?
Hey Sag! Did I catch you at the wrong time? Were you just headed out to a party/ baby-shower / quick weekend trip / work meeting / barbecue / poker night / movie night / Taco & Tequila Tuesday? Got a second? No? Okay can I just walk with you then? I'll be quick.
When you gon' sit your ass down somewhere? Don't look at me like that, it ain't a trick question. You know you need to sit your ass down somewhere and rest and meditate and get grounded in your body and get out of your head.
There is nothing wrong with kicking it, nothing at all. You are the life of the party, and everyone loves to see you coming and hates to see you go. But don't use your friends to avoid yourself. Don't use fun as a distraction from the inner work that HAS to happen. Can you maybe (don't get mad), just maybe... talk to your friends about what's going on with you? Isn't that what they're there for?
Feel free to dismiss everything I'm saying as ridiculous lies, as I am a Virgo and a few paragraphs ago I fully admitted that sometimes we don't know what the hell we're talking about.
Am I wrong though?
Oh Capricorn, I feel you. You want it how you want it and ain't nothing wrong with that. You want to be in charge, and you should! Look how hard you work to provide for yourself and your loved ones. Look how much you sacrificed to get where you are, so that everyone can be set up. You don't do it just for you. Do you?
Don't you? Let's be honest for a second. You try to keep your finances in such excellent shape and your responsibilities in order because that's how YOU want it. You've learned that happiness is an inside job and the team can only be as good as its leader, and nothing makes you happier than having your shit together. Except sometimes you want to run away from your own kingdom because the more moving parts you provide for, the less you can control, and sometimes -- due to no fault of your own -- shit falls apart. If its anything you hate its chaos and complications, even if it brings laughter and joy.
Luckily its the season of Both/And, not Either/Or. You don't have to choose between yourself and your tribe. You just have to take turns. Balance. Take better care of you so you can take better care of them.
You're caught between moving on and staying put, Aquarius, and that's a tough place to be. At best its uncomfortable; at worst, it defies the laws of physics. Some hard shit went down, and you can't change it or fix it, all you can do is gather your hurt feelings and move toward healing.
Is that really all you can do though? Can't you stay? Can't you wallow in it a little bit? Have you ever heard of healing pain? If you believed your agony had a purpose, could you stand it a little longer? Often its not so much what happens that hurts, but what we tell ourselves about it. Instead of changing your life, can you maybe just change your story?
So much energy, Pisces! So much spirit! So much fire! So much perseverance and stick-to-it-tive-ness! You can accomplish anything you want. Literally, anything. For a water sign, you certainly have all magic and internal firepower required to claim what you desire.
You know, when you get out of bed. When you can stop over thinking and obsessing and worrying about what to to do, why to do, how to do, when to do, what could go wrong, how it could go wrong, when it could go wrong, why it could wrong, when you could fail, how you could fail, why you might fail, where you could fail...
Oh you want me to stop. Cool. Can YOU stop though? Seriously. You're amazing. YOU'RE AMAZING. You can't fail at being amazing, no matter what happens. In no scenario, in no outcome, will you look up and realize you've failed at being awesome, inspirational, beautiful, creative and blessed.
Tell your thoughts to fuck themselves because you have some wonderful-ing to do.
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