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Music To Cast Love Spells By

A sensual and seductive playlist curated for The Hoodwitch by Alia Mohamed to get you in the mood for casting love spells, or to simply indulge yourself in a romantic evening of self-care rituals. Whatever your plans are this Valentine's Day, these tracks are sure to get you in the mood for some love and enchantment!  

TRACKLIST:

Nancy Holloway - Sand and Rain
Norman Connors - Butterfly Dreams
Patrice Rushen - Where There Is Love
Minnie Riperton - Every Time He Comes Around
Flowers - For Real
Intimate Strangers - Love Sounds
Dorothy Ashby - Alone Together
Gene Rains And His Group - Tangi Tahiti
Julie London with The Spencer-Hagen Orchestra - Dark
Sonny Lester - Jasmine
Dom Boga - Mattino de Fuoco
Googoosh - Gahi Khandeh Gahi Geryeh
Bhairvi - The Panthers
The Roger Webb Sound - Moon Bird
Bobby Bland - I'll Take Care of You
Vagif Mustafa Zadeh - Gelmedi
Sun Ra - Love Is For Always
Piero Umiliani - Approdo Lunare
Mica Levi - Love

 

 

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 Witch Tips

You all know what time it is! Get ready to be overwhelmed by corporate-sponsored romance while we all feel pressure to get proof that we’re loved. If you’re trying to figure out what to do on February 14th, I’ve got some good news for you. From the 14th-16th, there will be a Sun sextile to Uranus and a Mercury square to Jupiter, making this a great time to meet new people and clarify what you want. The emphasis here is on friendship, so get deep with yourself, make sure you’re treating yourself right, give serious love to your fam, or focus on the foundation of friendship that you have with your paramour.

On the 15th is when things get weird. At 1.05pm PST there will be Solar Eclipse in revolutionary Aquarius. A Solar Eclipse happens during a New Moon, and this one provides an excellent time to get free. Expect some serious upheaval in your life, but don’t worry – it’s happening to help point you in the right direction, not to knock you off course. Pay close attention to the themes in your life this week, and also remember what was going on around January 31st because you’ll be integrating these themes until the next Solar Eclipse on July 12, 2018. 

Aquarius is a sign that is concerned with humanity, even if it finds actual humans low key annoying. Pay particular attention to the gap between what you theoretically believe and what you can emotionally handle at this time. New Moons are openings – they’re beginnings of a new cycle – and the Moon is always concerned with the flow of your heart. Aquarius can be really heady, which is great for so many things, but not so much for feels. Don’t run after false ideas that only work for you in theory. If you can’t back your ideas up with emotional presence and material action, they’re just ideas and nothing more. This Eclipse is a chance for you to start fresh, but this can’t be done from up in the clouds or without clear intention. Show up. Be here for the uncomfortable bits, especially for your own feels and the emotions of the people you care about.

From the 16th-18th, irritable Mars will square escapist Neptune, and the self-centered Sun will sit on top of analytic Mercury. These transits are a big part of the Eclipse and are likely to muddle things quite a bit, so here’s a Pro Tip to help you through: you don’t have to do anything except for take care of your side of the street. It’s not your job to call out the wrong in others; all you need to do is what’s right for you. If you’re seeing things in people that you don’t like, try to sit with it for 72hrs before making a call or taking action.

If you haven’t yet caught this week’s episode of the Self Service Podcast with The Hoodwitch’s own Bri Luna and me, you’ve got to check it out! Hear us set you up for having a magical week, and try out my eclipse-timed Forgiveness Ritual. The best way to open yourself up to love in the here and now is to first let go of the past. It’s time to let a new era begin, my love.

ARIES

March 21-April 19

Slow down and be here now. This week is likely to have you feeling jumpy and for good cause – it’s catch-up time. Feelings that you’ve allowed to remain unchecked are going to feel like they’re dragging you down, and issues that have been allowed to stay unresolved will start to bug you again. Make sure you’re not projecting your issues out as a coping mechanism. It’s hard to sit with your feels, but that’s exactly what you should try to do. Healing starts with you, Aries.

 

­TAURUS

April 20-May 20

The very real differences between you and the people you care about aren’t meant to be an affront to you, Taurus. Getting along is wonderful, but part of true intimacy is how you weather storms together. Instead of rushing to answers and explanations, seek patience this week. There’s no need to know what’s going to happen next or even the contents of another person’s heart. Be kind to yourself and others as your relationships unveil themselves to you.

 

GEMINI

May 21-June 21

You have a tendency to get too in your head, and this week it may get you in trouble. The answers that you seek lie in the relationships that bring you happiness. If you keep taking yourself out of dynamics in efforts to understand them, you’ll feel like you’re treading water. Sometimes the best parts of life come from the messiness. This week is an excellent time to take chances, Twin Star. Put yourself in the mix of emo human interaction. If you don’t like what you learn, you can finally go about changing it.

 

CANCER

June 22-July 22

Life is complicated; your best friend in the world can also be a total bug; your greatest successes can keep you up at night. If you can stop expecting things to be black and white, you’ll have an easier time laying off of yourself. Give yourself some slack, Moonchild. You’re having feels, and that doesn’t mean that you’ve taken a wrong turn or made a serious error. Allow your emotions to ebb and flow without making serious changes this week.

 

LEO

July 23-Aug. 22

If you have people that you’re compatible with in your life, this week’s Solar Eclipse in your relationship house can bring really beautiful shifts in your close connections. If your relationships don’t reflect who you really are, this may be a time of reckoning. Confront the truth, even if it brings you to a place of hard choices; in the words of Nayyirah Waheed, “if someone does not want me it’s not the end of the world. But if I don’t want me the world is nothing but endings.”

 VIRGO

Aug. 23-Sept. 22

Sometimes a feeling is just a feeling. You’re rewiring your relationship to anxiety, and this week will offer you solid opportunities to test it out. Instead of reacting to your emotions, practice responding to them, Virgo. Explore the contents of your heart, seeking only the truth. You are habituated to believe some compelling but untrue stories about yourself. Challenge them. Be brave enough to tolerate your unpleasant feels and figure out what they’re truly comprised of, my love.

 

LIBRA

Sept. 23-Oct. 22

The pain of becoming is not to be avoided, Libra. You’ve been working hard to overcome some old patterns that have you stuck in a loop. This week you can expect some breakthroughs, but they won’t come for free. Confront your fears boldly. You are ready for change, and you’re ready to outgrow your stuck parts. You may not be ready to do it all at once, but that doesn’t mean you’re not doing it. Be patient with your process, wherever you’re currently at with it.

 

SCORPIO

Oct. 23-Nov. 21

If you catch yourself overwhelmed by anxiety this week, it means that you’re fixating on things that you don’t get to control. There’s so much that you can impact in the world, in your personal life, and in your inner landscape; devote your care and attention to those instead of the crazy-making machinations of others. Strive to close the gap between your intention and your actions, and you’ll find it’s easier to have peace with the inevitable problems that others bring you.

 

SAGITTARIUS

Nov. 22-Dec. 21

If there’s a nagging voice in your head saying not to do it, maybe it’s smart to listen. Your heart and head are not always in agreement with each other; that’s just life. Now’s the time to heed your intuition, even if it contradicts your plans or your heart’s desires. This week’s Solar Eclipse is likely to yield sudden sparks of insight, and they may just be gold for you if you can be present enough to heed their wisdom.

 

CAPRICORN

Dec. 22-Jan. 19

When your actions reflect your values, you really can’t go wrong, Cappy mon Capitan. If you’re overwhelmed and shut down or phoning it in, it’s really hard to parse out your inner wisdom from your inner chatter. This week you need to practice self-care so that you create a solid foundation upon which everything else in your life can flourish. You’re on the right path, but you need to stay connected to yourself as you traverse it. Take time-outs when you need them, and remember to breathe this week.

 

 

AQUARIUS

Jan. 20-Feb. 18

The Solar Eclipse in your sign on the 15th is a doorway for you to walk through, Aquarius. This is an excellent time to kick off a new project, start a new habit, or just try something new. You are in an incredibly fertile place, and the best way to take advantage of it is by being emotionally present. Fixate your energy on what you want, and let all that other stuff that you’ve been fighting or stressing over go. What you feed will grow, so make sure that you’re acting from your best self; start from the inside out.

 

 

PISCES

Feb. 19-March 20

When chaos comes (and who’re we kidding, it always does), it’s important to focus on how it effects your energy instead of how to be diplomatic. When you place diplomacy in front of self-care, you end up acting in ways that are disingenuous and creating false expectations with others. It doesn’t matter what your motivations are, it’s essential that you honor the truth, Pisces. If you don’t know what that is, spend downtime getting present in your body, and seek the wisdom that only comes from presence, my love.

 

 

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Written by Michael Cardenas

 

You will need:
  • Pen
  • Paper
  • Envelope
  • Rose Quartz
  • Flowers (your choice)
  • Honey (agave for vegans)
  • Pink, gold, or white candle (in a fire safe holder)

Ground and center yourself by taking three deep breathes in through your nose and exhale through your mouth, sending your focus and attention to the earth beneath you.

Visualize yourself surrounded by a bright golden sphere of light pulsating and cleansing your space and aura. Hold the flowers to your heart and set your intention to reclaim your personal power and increase self-love.

Carefully carve the candle with your name, birthdate, and anoint it with your favorite aroma and saliva (or bodily fluid of your choice). Light, it up. Mediate on the flame, focus, and set your intention. Hold on the rose quartz until it begins to pulsate.

Take some time to reflect and write down everything you love and appreciate about yourself. Focus on your strengths, your skills, your abilities, your compassion, your creativity, your humor, your cooking, your touch, your body, your love making, all of it! When complete fold the paper towards yourself and put it in the envelope.

 

Slowly taste the honey and say:

 

I call back my energy

I call back my essence

I call back my power

I call back my trust

I call back my ability to love fully

I love myself

I am worthy

I am safe

I am in alignment

I am loved

For the highest good, so be it.

 

Repeat the affirmations as many times you need to feel it and believe it. Keep the letter somewhere safe and refer to it anytime you need to remind yourself that you’re that witch!

 

 

 

 

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Written by Jessica Lanyadoo

Witch Tips

Feelings are not facts, and facts don’t necessarily change your feels. We humans are not machines – we’re animals, and we’re not meant to always be reasonable. Feelings and emotions are like tinted lenses – they color what you see. Here’s the kicker, my love: your perceptions are not the center of the Universe; they’re the center of your Universe

Feeling chill isn't equal to being on the right path, and suffering doesn’t mean you're off track.

This week, it’s time for an internal check-in and some deep emotional integration. That will mean different things to different folks, but what’s Universal about it is that we’re all feeling extra caught up in our own perspective right about now. Remember that your feels, no matter how compelling they are, should not replace data. And when making personal choices, remember that the data, no matter how comprehensive it is, shouldn’t completely override your feelings. It’s about balance.

2017 was an insane ride, and the astrology of ’18 doesn’t promise much of a break. Commit to rooting out the ways that you are unkind to yourself and others. Confront your double standards, your apathy, and the ways that you submit to fear. This is a time when you can align yourself with your greatest potential, but as the maxim goes, “you need to feel it to heal it,” my love. Don’t recoil from the pain of healing. Own it when you’re languishing in a rut, and try to do small things to pull yourself out of it every day that you can. Be generous with your kindness, your care, and your resources.

Hate is like glue – it binds you to the object of your disgust.

Love is the agent of transformation that you need. It’s not enough to hate Nazis; you have to love humans. It’s not enough to despise your abusive ex; you must love yourself enough to move on. The power of feeling is so great that it shouldn’t go unchecked. This is the perfect time to get honest with yourself about where you’re at and infuse it with kindness, patience, and love, and commit to acting from that place.

 

WITCH TOOLS: HUMMINGBIRD SAGE

Space clearing is an essential component to maintaining spiritual health and energetic boundaries. Hummingbird Sage (also known as the true black sage) pulls your consciousness towards other realms. It is also a wonderful  for purification. This is a great tool for journeying, Path-working, and Dream Work.  The smell of hummingbird sage is less pungent than that of white sage, but you will want to use the White Sage to bring you back.

  • Spiritual Journeying
  • Dream work

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ARIES

March 21-April 19

It’s time to do what you do best and get ‘er done, Aries. If you’ve been putting things off, this week you’re on call to step up and finish it off. The only caveat is that this isn’t a great time for taking on new projects, unless you have literally nothing outstanding on your to-do list. Clear your inbox, make good on your debts, and clean out your closet. It’s time to wrap it up so you can make room for something new, even if you aren’t sure what’s next, my love.

 

TAURUS

April 20-May 20

This week, you're at risk of weaving such an idealistic situation in your mind that you’ll be disappointed by the perfectly chill reality in front of you. Your desire to be happy and secure in your life is healthy and inspired. Your impulse to rush to the part where you’re there is more driven by fear than it is by faith in your own success. Be where you’re at, Taurus, without jumping to conclusions or rushing your progress. If you allow yourself to be surprised by your life, you just may like what you see.

 

 

GEMINI

May 21-June 21

Don’t confuse “it’s hard” with “I can’t,” Twin Star. Freedom is not just about your material circumstances. True freedom has to start within. This week, your task is to manage where you let your thoughts roam. When you feed ideas that keep you stuck, it’s like you’re sitting in a cage with no lock. Just because you’re able to change the flow of your attention, that doesn’t make it easy to execute, but this is the time to really try. Make sure that your actions reflect the wisdom you’ve accumulated over time, my love.

 

CANCER

June 22-July 22

You’re moving through some deep terrain, but the hardest work is behind you, my love. You’ve got the information you need, and as long as you’re willing to do the work, the runway is clear for takeoff, Pilot. If you’ve been going through a rough time, this week may offer you a break; if things have been going your way, it’s likely to look more like a breakthrough. You don’t need for things to feel perfect for them to be going in the perfect direction, Moonchild.

 

LEO

July 23-Aug. 22

When your head is full of too much, you can no longer have real perspective. This week is all about returning to center and realigning with your sense of purpose, Leo. You can get far if you prioritize finding your heart’s will and temper that info with a grounded assessment of your situations. This is not the time to act in a vacuum; you need people, so try not tot alienate yourself from them. If you need some space, take it with kindness, my love.

 

VIRGO

Aug. 23-Sept. 22

There’s no “right answer,” Virgo. There’s just action and consequence. When you are willing to honor your truth, you can refer back to your insides and assess whether a thing is right for you, but that doesn’t make it black and white. This is the wrong time to look outside of yourself for answers, Virgo. The pain that you’re coping with now is trying to nudge you to deepen your relationship to yourself. You may have to let go of something that’s not working for you this week. Be willing to do that if it allows you to better hold on to yourself.

 

LIBRA

Sept. 23-Oct. 22

You officially don’t need to take on anyone else’s drama this week, Libra. To paraphrase Ricky Gervais, just because a person is offended doesn’t mean that they’re right. It’s not important that you take sides or invest in people’s versions of the story. If you’re trying to be a source of support, you can simply be a witness without getting involved. If you're the one with the commotion going on, try to process it without requiring others to pick teams.

 

SCORPIO

Oct. 23-Nov. 21

Instead of changing other people, it’s time to change yourself. You don’t need to shift everything at once, Scorpio, but you do need to start with your attitudes. Try walking a different way to work, carrying your bag on a different shoulder, or holding your phone in a different hand. The point is to interrupt your habits to see what new pathways organically emerge. You’re growing; don’t let routine or the status quo get in the way of your potential.

 

SAGITTARIUS

Nov. 22-Dec. 21

Whatever you do, it’s important that you change. If you’re ready to let go but it can’t be of just of anything – be honest with yourself about what you’ve outgrown. You don’t need to know what comes next in order to be doing the right thing in the here and now. Don’t let yourself get caught up in what you presume other people are thinking about you or in what they’re doing with their life. Everyone develops at their own rate, and feeling bad about your progress will only slow you down. In a game of rock-paper-scissors, gratitude always beats fear, my love.

 

CAPRICORN

Dec. 22-Jan. 19

If you don’t take a balanced approach to self-care, you’re likely to end up so overwhelmed this week that you’ll feel disempowered to even cope. You’re changing, Capricorn, and while it’s not clear yet if it’s all unicorns and rainbows, what is clear is that you want to be happy and aren’t always sure about how to get there. Be gentle with yourself as you parse it out; you may need to let some things go in order to make room for something bigger and better. Go with the flow of your life, sweet one.

 

 

AQUARIUS

Jan. 20-Feb. 18

You’re moving through some very intense emotions these days, and that’s no Aquarius’s favorite thing to do. The good news is that you’ve started to see some progress, and this week you’re likely to build a supportive foundation of hope. The fun thing about life is that you have free will (not to be confused with control); use it to maintain a grateful and motivated attitude in the face of your greatest hopes and fears, my love.

 

 

PISCES

Feb. 19-March 20

Too much of even the best of things still ends up feeling like too much, Pisces. This week you would do best to moderate yourself. It’s important that you get down time so that you can identify how you actually feel about the progress you’re making as well as avoid getting caught up in your petty reactions and more fearful thoughts. You’re on the right path, and now your job is to take care of yourself and the things you value. Don’t second guess yourself, Puppy.

 

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written by Lisa Stardust

During today’s powerful Super Blue Blood Lunar Eclipse in Leo, you have the opportunity to work with two polarities of energy: releasing the past and bringing in the new! You might be asking why this potent Eclipse in Leo is so exceptional? Leo, by nature, has a large enthusiasm for frivolity and joy. We are given the naturally warm heart vibes associated with Leo to help propel us toward creating the happiness we’ve been dreaming of for months.

Using the four elements (Fire, Earth, Air, and Water), and the herbs associated with them, we have the prospect of manifesting new dreams and love that we care about, while simultaneously, releasing the old. Anything that no longer serves us won’t have room in the Leo “Lion’s Heart” of bravery and creation of our uninhibited ideas. Pro tip: as always, be sure to set your intentions straight by writing them down. Be honest with yourself and the Universe, and the Leo Full Moon Eclipse will surprise you by paving the way for the life you’ve always dreamed of.

 

 

Fire

Use the yang energy of the vibrant Leo Moon to bring in love, light, and truth to your world. Rosemary is a powerful herb associated with the astrological sign Leo. This magical herb aids protection to the soul and works overtime to pull in a new sparky romance. Placing rosemary under your mattress, while you sleep, will help bring your dream lover to life. Expect to experience a whirlwind romance, unlike nothing before, through the creative use of thyme. 

 Earth 

We're going back to basics here, by using practical everyday magic found in the most basic of grocery stores. Let your bellies do the work and pull in sexy vibes through ingesting oatmeal. Did you know oats can draw love toward us? Not only does the hearty cereal nourish our bones, it also strengthens our sensual side. Adding a teaspoon of honey to your breakfast will awaken Venus, Goddess of Love, who will work extra hard to bring your earthy pleasures to fruition. With your erotic, animalistic prana spirit fed, you will have the confidence you previously lacked to pursue your new beau. 

 Air 

Nothing is more heavenly than the smell of lavender in fresh air. This fragrant plant does more than just warm the senses! Lavender is a plant traditionally used to evoke Gods and Goddesses during rituals. Using lavender as an aid to relax the mind, tap into your divine self. Meditate and visualize the new object of your desires as you burn lavender in the air.

As you inhale, visualize the partner you want to pull in. While exhaling, purge the energy of old lovers past. Journal the new red hot Manifestation as you enter the psychic realm. 

 

 

Water

Heal your heart with bath magic. Sprinkle thyme in the bath tub, along with sea salt and rose petals. While you lay in the tub, close your eyes and let the herbs do their magic. Soaking in the natural oils of thyme will not only purify your heart, mind, and soul--but, it will release past emotional upsets. By releasing, you are able to pull in new love, cleansing yourself from past hurt and trauma, giving you the strength to move forward. Be forewarned, the smell of thyme in the hair is simply irresistible. Even the friendliest of Lions will pleasantly roar at you as you strut down the street. 

 

 

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Written by Jessica Lanyadoo

And. Away. We. Go!

This week kicks off with the much anticipated Full Lunar Eclipse in always-extra Leo on the 31st. Leave it to Leo to bring us an Eclipse that’s also a Blue Moon and a Supermoon!

 The major themes of this Eclipse are identity, relationships, value, and choice. Take a moment to think back to what was happening in August of 2017 because much of what was at play in your life at that time is just unwinding now. This Eclipse will usher in endings that may bring clarity, or alternatively, if you’ve been trying to evade the truth, further drama. Whatever gets kicked up now should play itself out over the next approximately six months. This means that there is more happening than meets the eye, my love. Don’t just confront your situation – look deep within yourself, and find the patterns that are triggered now so you can do some real healing. This is the time to be brave and act from the fullness of your heart. If you place your ego or your desire to check out and avoid complicated feels above your higher wisdom, you’re likely to start a pretty painful cycle into motion in your life.

We are seeing this in the world at large as well; old wounds are rising to the surface so that we acknowledge them and then hopefully bring them into the light and transform them. Much of your trash can be composted into the most fertile soil if you’re willing to do the work, and when it comes to Eclipse Season, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and dig in.

This Full Moon is about finding the truth of what you are and making sure that your allegiances reflect what gives you life. If you’re caught up in disingenuous situations and phoning it in, you’re likely to be pretty unhappy about now. Love is a powerful tool for transformation and healing, and its counterpart is not actually hate as many people think; it’s indifference. This is not a time that you are likely to feel meh about things. Expect passionate reactions and dramatic feels. You are free to do whatever you choose, but know that you are not free from consequences. In fact, this is a time when you are meant to align your heart with your soul, even if it’s at the cost of your identity. Full Moons are meant to be a time when we let go, and what you need to let go of is personal to you. What’s Universal is the need to do what honors your humanity right now. We’re all cousins, all part of one race – the human race. We all want the same thing – to be happy. That said, not everyone’s ideas about how to be happy are compatible. You don’t need to abandon discretion in order to act from a place of love any more than you need to play games in order to be powerful.

Seek security, but not at the expense of your joy, and seek creativity, but not at the expense of genuineness, lovers.

 

WITCH TOOLS: 

BLACK KYANITE BLADE

Black Kyanite works with all Chakras, focusing most on the Root Chakra. Many crystal healers like it because it can be at once grounding and energizing. Meditating with Black Kyanite can help one to come up with important insights resulting from exploration of the subconscious mind. It is often used to also explore past lives, and also to anticipate how current actions affect future lives.

Black Kyanite is a favorite among energy healers, and is especially helpful in body layouts. Black Kyanite can be placed on any chakra to send healing energy to any tears or holes in the chakras and the aura. Black Kyanite can also help to open the lines of communication between people, and keeping a piece with you can help out in situations of conflict or misunderstanding. Kyanite transmits and amplifies high-frequency energies, making it a great stone for attunements, meditation, and dream-work. Kyanite brings a calming, tranquilizing energy to the body, centers you in preparation for meditation, and assists in receiving intuitive and psychic thoughts, as well as dream recall. Kyanite restores Qi (or Ki) to the physical body, and balances yin/yang energies.

 

 

ARIES

March 21-April 19

There’s literally no value in resisting change this week. It’s far better to fail in pursuit of what you truly want than to take the safe and easy route. It’s time to grow, and it’s likely to be scary, even if you’re growing in the exact direction that you want. Take responsibility for the choices you’ve made and the consequences that they bore. If you can track how you got here, you’ll be perfectly equipped to point yourself towards what you value and not just what you want.

 

­TAURUS

April 20-May 20

Growth and success aren’t meant to be directionless any more than they’re meant to be consistent. Don’t begrudge the shadow that your light casts, Taurus. Embrace the ebbs in your flow as the valuable teachers that they are. When you need a break, take one. When it’s time to giddy up, then you need to get up and go. Everything has it’s season, and this week you are meant to be present enough that you can gauge where your life is at and what it is requiring of you.

 

GEMINI

May 21-June 21

You deserve love, and happiness, and good things, and this is your time to point yourself in the direction of them, Twin Star. Having the best of the good doesn’t mean that you’ll never have to struggle or suffer. This week, your resistance to the work in front of you is doing you no favors. Life is full of compromises, but that doesn’t mean that you’re going in the wrong direction, or worse, nowhere. Clarify what you need to do, and then go ahead and do it, my love.

 

CANCER

June 22-July 22

Good intentions are lovely, but they don’t speak louder than actions. This week’s Eclipse is going to kick up everyone’s feels and create a golden opportunity for you. Enact your limits and your needs instead of reflecting on them. Show people how you want to be treated by not playing when they behave in ways that feel bad to you. It’s time to lead by example, Moonchild, even if it’s scary or you don’t know exactly where you want to end up.

 

LEO

July 23-Aug. 22

There’s so much that’s out of your control. Why bother obsessing on it when you can actually impact so many other parts of your life? This week is all about you getting grounded and getting to work. Instead of worrying over what others are or aren’t feeling or doing, stay centered in your own experience. In this way, you can determine what needs to be said versus what’s better suited to your Dear Diary. Let love transform your relationship to yourself and radiate outward, touching all of your connections too.

 

VIRGO

Aug. 23-Sept. 22

There’s strength in yielding. You don’t always have to be actively forging ahead in order to be growing, Virgo. The more time you spend checking in with Number One this week, the better you’ll be able to respond to what life throws your way. You can succumb to your fears, but you’d do so much better if you would focus on the truth. Get grounded in your body, your physical environment, and this moment in time, and let the answers present themselves in their own time.

 

LIBRA

Sept. 23-Oct. 22

Slow down and show up, Libra. You can’t direct what comes next, but you can keep your side of the road clean. Practice the act of love; be strong and whole in the face of what you fear. Show up when you’d rather hide. Be kind to yourself when you can’t do more than phone it in. Your instincts are trying to talk to you, but restless thinking and relentless worry are getting in your way. Let the resiliency and power of what you care about fill you up and guide you this week.

 

SCORPIO

Oct. 23-Nov. 21

You need emo clarity about the conditions you want to manifest in your life. It’s not necessary to know every detail of what you want and how you’re going to get it. Illuminate your vision of the life you want to have, Scorpio, and you’ll be giving yourself a huge leg up. Where you’re at is not evidence of where you’ll be in the future – it’s evidence of your past. You have agency; the best way to use it this week is by working on your emotional intelligence, my love.

 

SAGITTARIUS

Nov. 22-Dec. 21

Looking for who to blame to make yourself feel better is like taking a long stroll off a short pier – foolish. This week, it doesn’t matter how you got here as much as it does what you’re going to do about it. Anything worth having is a risk, and all you need to do is take on the right kinds of risks. Extra points if you attempt to set goals that are rooted in a realistic assessment of who you are and where you’re at rather than those spun from a fantasy.

 

CAPRICORN

Dec. 22-Jan. 19

It’s time to take some damn risks, Capricorn. You’re just about ready to open up and let in a new adventure. There’s only one thing standing in your way; it’s you. Release your attachments to the past. That doesn’t mean that you should ignore it and pretend it doesn’t exist, but it’s time to stop seeking evidence of back-in-the-day you, and focus instead on you in the here and now. You’ve done the work and you’re ready for something new, so lay your burden down, my love.

 

 AQUARIUS

Jan. 20-Feb. 18

People don’t make sense, and it’s time for you to stop trying to figure them out. Cognitive understanding will not necessarily lead to emotional acceptance; sometimes you will do better to accept that you don’t understand where the other person is coming from so that you can determine how to best respond. This isn’t the time for convincing others of your point of view or fighting for points. Seek authentic solutions that help you heal hearts, and the mind will follow.

 

 PISCES

Feb. 19-March 20

When it’s disingenuous, it’s not actually kind to yield to others, Pisces. Let go of needing to be the ‘good guy,’ and try to be the realest person you can be instead. It’s scary to show up raw and vulnerable to your relationships, but it also clarifies pretty quickly who you can trust and who’s not suited to your inner circle. Don’t edit yourself to find the truth. Let the reality of your relationships sink in so you can collect the data now and figure out what you’re really dealing with, my love.

 

 

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Strap yourselves in, Puppies, this week is gonna be quite a ride! It kicks off with an exact conjunction from Mercury to trans-formative Pluto on the 24th through the 25th. This transit intensifies (Pluto) the tempo of your thinking (Mercury). Mercury rules over your thoughts, communication in general, your friendships and work relationships. Your thoughts are likely to be deep, intense, and compulsive, which is great if you have to do a research project or some other task that requires serious concentration, but it’s pretty rough if you’re just trolling social media or dealing with the complexities of other people. What you say now is important because you run the risk of speaking out of pettiness, but once it’s out there, you can’t take it back. If you have a serious need to defend yourself, get to it, but chose your battles wisely. Your petty parts want blame, but your soul wants peace, and that never comes from acting out. This can be a transformational time, but you need to be willing to sit with the intensity of your mind. Watch your compulsions run themselves ragged without trying to convert them into wisdom by justifying their presence.

 

From the 24th-26th, Mercury will form a dynamic sextile to foot-in-the-mouth Jupiter. The upside of this is that it will help you to make connections and see the whole picture. These are the days for making sense of what happened during that Pluto/Mercury transit. The downside is that it can extend the impulse to cyber stalk, compare your progress to others, view things from an all or nothing lens, and jump to conclusions. The key here is to seek the truth but not just your truth. We all exist in our own reality, each with our own point of view. Make space for all of it so that you can objectively decide what you’re wiling to work with and what’s out of alignment for you. When all you do is focus on what others are or aren’t doing, you’re evading your responsibility to yourself. Everyone makes mistakes. If you make a habit of calling people out and don’t also spread love and appreciation around, you’re participating in the worst of call-out culture. It takes takes less spiritual energy to applaud than it does to boo; comes from the well of your soul, so chose your actions with care.

 

Finally, from the 26th-28th, Mercury will form a square to reactive Uranus. If you haven’t been doing your homework all week, you’re likely to fly off the handle or make rash judgment calls. This is a time for new information being revealed but not so much for making sense of it. Expect to feel dogmatic, restless and nervous, or to deal with someone else who's acting from that place. This energy is likely to make you accident prone because it’s reactive and distractible. This energy is inventive, dynamic, and progressive too – as long as you can stay present without attachments to what happens next. We are at the precipice of a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on the 31st, so you can expect emotions to be running high, making the goal of patience and presence a hard one to achieve. Here’s a Pro Tip for this week as a whole: instead of seeking the cracks, seek the light pouring through them. Letting go of what doesn’t serve you is an act of self-healing. Forgiveness will set you free, and we all need to get free of our own b$llsh$t so we can do what we came here to do.

 

 

ARIES

March 21-April 19

Peace isn’t a single point of perfection; it’s a state of mind. If you can make subtle adjustments that allow you to flow with your situation without losing your center, you can maintain inner calm, even in stressful situations. It’s when you allow other people or situations to determine your wellness that you lose track of what’s real and what’s of value to you. Don’t figure out what to do before you figure out what your truth is this week, my love.

 

­TAURUS

April 20-May 20

There’s never enough to make you feel safe if you’re fixated on what you don’t have. What you chose to believe in will either bolster or negate your sense of self this week. Do your very best to see the potential in your limitations, the lessons in your failures, and the joy in the little things. This isn’t so that you’ll magically no longer have problems but so that you’ll have the inner resources you need to deal with them gracefully. You’ve got this, Taurus.

 

GEMINI

May 21-June 21

Stay here in the present, Twin Star. You run the risk of losing precious energy by obsessing on things past or trying to figure out what others are thinking or feeling. You don’t need a psychic – just ask people questions! You don’t need to time travel – just let go of what happened in the past. Take control of this moment by focusing your attention on what you can improve, my love.

 

CANCER

June 22-July 22

Be careful what you say, Moonchild, because once it’s out there, you can’t take it back. There’s a lot of tension in your relationships, and while it would be easy to assume the worst of others, it’s not wise. Give the same grace and compassion to others when they make mistakes as you wish to receive, but you shouldn’t lie down and take poor behavior, either. Take the time you need to decide which of your feels to respond from and which are better suited for your Dear Diary.

 

LEO

July 23-Aug. 22

You set the wheels in motion some time ago, and now it’s time to reap some of what you’ve sewn, Leo. This is an excellent time to get grounded by first getting present, and then from that place, review the past several months. You’re likely to now be feeling the consequences of what you initiated in the past four or so months, so look back to that time to see what was going on. You can’t change the past, but you can shift your attitudes towards it and let it inform your understanding of what’s happening now.

 

VIRGO

Aug. 23-Sept. 22

If you make decisions in a moment of panic, you’re going to be acting from a shaky foundation. You don’t have to take on anything new, my love, and if you do, you can have boundaries with how you do it. It’s important that you give yourself permission to focus on the things that bring you life instead of only things that make you feel like you’re proving yourself. It’s not enough to just get there, Virgo. Get there full and whole as well.

 

LIBRA

Sept. 23-Oct. 22

Placating people is fine in the short term, but if you want true intimacy, you’ve got to be honest, Libra. Show up as your full self this week, even if that makes things more complicated. It’s time to figure out the art of having hard conversations; this will require you to have kindness for yourself and others in equal parts and to treat people with the trust that they’ve earned. If you don’t know what to say, you’re always entitled to say just that. Try your best, my love.

 

SCORPIO

Oct. 23-Nov. 21

You can shake in your booties, or you can get to work. Once you determine what the problem is, it’s time to get practical, Scorpio. What actions can you take to best support yourself when you get stressed? What expectations are you holding that get in the way of allowing something greater to flow into your life? This is your life, your road to travel; don’t let your fears and projections compel you to miss out on all the beauty along the way.

 

SAGITTARIUS

Nov. 22-Dec. 21

Things are changing, and it’s unclear what you want from it all. Instead of jumping to conclusions as a way to take shortcuts, try slowing it down, Sagittarius. This week you’re likely to have things revealed to you in pieces; try not to make any heavy commitments or sweeping judgments quite yet. Tune into your heart, and make sure that what you’re doing is in alignment with what you find there.

 

CAPRICORN

Dec. 22-Jan. 19

Where you allow your attention to go is what you’re feeding, Capricorn. You can do your best and even be the best, and that doesn’t mean that you’ll get what you want. In truth, you may not even want the right things. If you choose to pour your heart into your disappointments, they will grow before your very eyes. The trick this week is to seek the opportunities in your troubles and to manage your pessimistic thinking with gentle but persistent TLC.

 

 

AQUARIUS

Jan. 20-Feb. 18

I’ll let you in on a little secret: gratitude is an anxiety buster. You can make your worst fears come true if you persist in looking for them. The trick is to commit to seeking at least as much good as you seek bad in the world, Aquarius. You don’t need to be a Pollyanna; just try to find a balanced approach to the truth. You stand to gain far more by allowing yourself to celebrate your successes and those of the people around you than by disparaging yourself or anyone else.

 

 

PISCES

Feb. 19-March 20

When people are weird to you or awkward around you, it’s tempting to take it personally – but it’s only personal some of the time. This week, it’s a bad idea to take things at face value because everyone is going through it. the good news is that it’s an excellent time to practice embodying the emotional boundaries that you’ve been working so hard to perfect! You don’t have to be perfect, but when you feel off, try naming it and watching it instead of shrinking or advancing in self-defense, my love.

 

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As we take a step into weird and wonderful Aquarius Season (both the Sun and Venus enter air sign Aquarius this week), the thing to remember is this very moment. Aquarius is a sign that concerns us with the future, which is an excellent thing as long as you’re not avoiding the present. These vibes can get really theoretical; prioritizing ideals of humanity without all the messiness of dealing with actual humans is the downside of Aquarius. Make sure you aren’t weaving ideas about the world that you aren’t willing to test out in the world. This is an excellent time for collaboration for common goals; where Leo wants to shine all on her own, the light of Aquarius burns brightest when it falls on everyone. Aquarius season is a great time to investigate your beliefs by actually living them out. Connect with people you don’t usually meet with, and be open to difference. You don’t have to be in agreement with others in order to be on the same team. Explore the potential of your ego by deemphasizing it. Look outside of your personal concerns to explore the needs of your community, whatever that looks like for you.

 

The 23rd is day one of Mercury meeting Pluto in rigid Capricorn. This transit will last until the 25th, and it’s one to watch out for; Mercury governs your mind, friendships, and communication in general, while Pluto is compulsive, intense, and has serious abandonment issues. You may find that you’re caught up in an obsessive line of thought, feeling paranoid, or that your abandonment issues are extra sensitive, or you may have to deal with someone else who's going through it. This is a great time to seek insight and healing, but there are some pitfalls to avoid. If you find yourself seeking to blame yourself or others, you’re on the wrong track. Negative thinking will only lead to more negativity, so if you’re feeling really down and you can’t get up, seek neutral ground. This isn’t the time to try to control situations, feelings, or people; all you need to do is find the truth of your feelings about them, not to make them something different. Seek to improve the relationship you have with yourself today (and every day), my love.

 

 

 

ARIES

March 21-April 19

It’s important that you communicate, Aries. You’re likely to be stuck on some pretty frustrating feelings, and if you neglect to share what’s happening for you with others, they’re bound to take it personally. You don’t need to get into details or get too involved, but what you omit is communicating more than you might intend it to this week. Share yourself, even when it’s difficult. You may be surprised at the amount of support you have available to you, my love.

 

TAURUS

April 20-May 20

Letting go is hard to do, but it’s absolutely worth it. We move into Aquarius season this week, and this can be an uncomfortable time for you, Taurus. Don’t try to hold on tight in the face of change, but try not to abandon yourself when your feels get complicated either. Strive to find a way to flow with your circumstances by being kind to yourself, wherever you’re at in your process. You can for sure get where you want to go; just make sure that when you get there, you feel good in your own skin.

 

GEMINI

May 21-June 21

There are always more than two options, but when you’re blocked, it’s hardest to see that. You may be tempted to give up and walk away this week, but that’s not your best move. You need to pace yourself, creating balance between your obligations and your passions, your personal life and your goals. Don’t worry so much about the future; all you can make sure of is that you are acting in ways that support you and your life in the present moment, Twin Star.

 

CANCER

June 22-July 22

Don’t rush into the future so much that you abandon the present. Likewise, don't resist the truth of how things are because you wish they were different. Struggle against adversity, repression, and dead-end pathways, but don’t struggle against the truth, Moonchild. Acceptance is not consent; it’s awareness. Be present for how things are in the here and now so that you can act in the most constructive ways possible this week.

 

LEO

July 23-Aug. 22

Let’s talk about courage, Leo. According to Brene Brown, “Courage is a heart word. The root of the word courage is cor - the Latin word for heart. In one of its earliest forms, the word courage meant ‘To speak one's mind by telling all one's heart.’” Now is the time for you to act on the contents of your heart, even if your fears are telling you otherwise. Make choices that allow you to feel right in your own skin so that you can gracefully grow into the person you intend to be, my love.

 

 

VIRGO

Aug. 23-Sept. 22

There is no perfection, no immaculate idea, and no infallible plan. There’s just life, messy, complicated, unpredictable life. Instead of seeking someone or thing that can tell you all the answers, try to find willingness to just be where you’re at, Virgo. Being in the middle of things doesn’t mean that there’s no end in sight – only that you can’t see it yet. This is a bad time to drop connection to your vision to focus on obstacles. Stay aligned with your plans, and you’ll do great, this week.

 

LIBRA

Sept. 23-Oct. 22

When it all feels like too much, you don’t need to force yourself to put on a brave face, Libra. How you care for yourself is foundational to the options you see, the choices you make, and the attitudes you hold towards life in general. This is not a time to crumble in the face of adversity, but you don’t have to power through, either. Make adjustments that reflect the needs of your heart as well as your commitments. You don’t have to be anywhere but where you’re at, my love.

 

SCORPIO

Oct. 23-Nov. 21

Don’t be a bully, Scorpio. If you can’t be a good friend to yourself, you’re missing out on one of the greatest relationships of your life. Spend some time in a little place called me this week. Honor your gifts and hard work, show up with gratitude, and do it all without checking over your shoulder to see if something bad is coming for you. Handle fear and stress with the love and patience that you deserve; be the very friend you need this week, my love.

 

SAGITTARIUS

Nov. 22-Dec. 21

This week is an excellent time for confronting problems, but if you’re not careful, you’ll create more by evading them. FOMO will get you if you let it, ‘Tarius. Beware of the impulse to add a bunch more stuff to your plate when what you really need to do is manage what you already have going on. If you get a chance to take on something new, make sure that it won’t come at the expense of what you’ve already initiated, even if that thing is a pain to deal with.

 

CAPRICORN

Dec. 22-Jan. 19

You’re so capable that you could easily create your fears and worst-case scenarios without breaking a sweat, Capricorn. Obsession and repetitive thought or action is pretty much like prayer; make sure that you’re not praying at the altar of your fears and investing your precious energy into what you don’t want. Avoid looking for how things are likely to go wrong. Commit to seeking the creative potential in your life, and you’re much more likely to find it.

 

 

AQUARIUS

Jan. 20-Feb. 18

Think of this week as your chance to work on integration, Aquarius. Your feelings can’t be ignored, but they shouldn’t overshadow your plans. If you’re struggling with indecision or acceptance, it’s time to clarify what you’re doing and why. If you slip into your scattered and reactive behavior, you’ll find yourself seeking validation in the eyes of others instead of yourself. The whole truth can’t hurt you – it’ll only help you to move on, my love.

 

 

PISCES

Feb. 19-March 20

You don’t need to convince anyone that what you’re doing is valid. You don’t need permission, and you don’t need an audience. All you need is you, Pisces. When you’re going through deep healing or meaningful change, loneliness and fear are a part of the process. It’s healthy and normal to feel bad, you just don’t want to make decisions from that place. Stay aligned with the truth of what you’re doing, no matter how compelling your distractions are this week.

 

 

 

 

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“WHEN THE WILL IS READY THE FEET ARE LIGHT.”- PROVEB

Our New Moon is in the Earthy cardinal sign of Capricorn the goat.  New Moon's magick is beneficial in helping to plant the "seeds" (intentions + goals) so to speak. Watch your "seeds" sown at the dark moon grow by asking to be supported in getting your new projects off the ground. From now until the time of the full moon is the time for culmination. Use the energy of Capricorn moon to stabilize your foundation materially. Capricorn New Moon concerns leadership, issues of security, and responsibility, it's time to take care of business! 

The new Moon in Capricorn is also excellent for using alternative healing methods. This not only helps to bring balance within our physical bodies but will also assist in intensifying our powers of concentration (mentally.

We can use the moon's energy to pay full attention to our needs for security, our duties, our drives and also our obligations. What are your ambitions? Take time for yourself to relax, set these goals, and  go for them. Capricorn moon energy ask us to be persistent and ambitious while remaining sensitive to others and staying out of negative or pessimistic mind states that may drag us down. 

 

MANIFESTING WITH THE MOON

Written by Lisa Stardust for The Hoodwitch.com

photography by Christto Andrew

Crisp Capricorn New Moon Spells for Abundance and Career

Experiencing a financial lull as bills arrive in the mail from this past holiday season? Is there a dream job you've fantasized about and think it is out of reach?  With some quick magic, you can obtain the impossible and have a reversal of fortune. Under this Capricorn New Moon, January 17th, ask the universe for abundance. Push yourself professionally to bring in new opportunities—ask for more cha-ching to your bank account, by giving your life a much needed occupational and fiscal face lift. In true earthy fashion, where less is more, we’re gonna keep the Capricorn New Moon spell work simple, babes. By only using natural herbs which are easily accessible. Just be clear in your intention as you do your spell work. Stand in your truth  and your power to manifest your most authentic dream. Here’s your manifestation guide to cosmic bling.

 

Money Manifestation

More Money, More Bling$

Add a splash of bergamot to your wallet, wrists, or even rub on your hands to attract monetary gifts from the universe during this New Moon. This citrus flavored oil attracts abundance and love from the heavens, and will make it rain with gold in  your bank account. People will want to give you money with no strings attached. Nothing is easier than free money being given to you, simply because you are awesome!

 

Cast Off Debts

Snakeroot, a magical name for black cohosh, casts off creditors. While you manifest abundance during this New Moon, you may need some time to work your magic. Use snakeroot around your home to cast off debt collectors and bills from arriving in the mail as you create your new financial foundation. Snakeroot will buy you some time to attract prosperity.

   

Change Your Money Luck

Using soaps or lotions containing pennyroyal, aka mint, will cleanse you of bad money luck during this New Moon, clearing financial  roadblocks. Not only will your body quiver from the menthol  buzz, but, your bank account will start to tingle from the increase of funds available.  

 

Bring In New Money

During these blistery winter days, we all love a good cup of chamomile tea. However, did you know loose leaf chamomile can bring money and abundance toward you? Not only will this tea calm your stress levels, it will bring an end to your financial woes. Brew a fresh pot of tea, sprinkle some chamomile around you, and meditate on gaining more bounty to your wallet. Simply drinking a cup of chamomile tea during this New Moon can revive your finances.

 Organic New Moon Spells for Career

 

New Moon Interview 

Frankincense is an ancient herb used to bring in good fortune. Before emailing your resume out, or, having your job interview during the Capricorn New Moon, purchase some frankincense to expedite landing your dream job. By sprinkling  some resin on your computer screen before sending off your resume, your skills will be swiftly noticed. Add a dash of frankincense behind your ear--and your interviewer will be enamored by your skill-set.

 

Get Your Career Goals Started

Sandalwood is great to manifest your career goals. Simply burn some sandalwood and cover your caldron with your handwritten letter of intention. Let the smoke set in to the paper, as it burns through into the air, your dreams will be sent off into the universe. Your spirit guides will help bring your plans to life under the watchful eye of Moon Goddess Luna.

 

Manifest Chill Work Vibes

Hawthorn, a herb associated with magical protection, can protect you against cruel conditions at work. Tired of having small talk with your annoying office mate, or, being nagged by your boss 24/7? Try adding some hawthorn berries to your office as décor to cast off the negative work vibes. You can make a tasty liquor from the berries to serve at the weekly office happy hour under this New Moon to create a chill work environment and bring in fresh energy.

 

Promotion Manifestation

Lusting after the new job opportunity available at your company? Want your boss to take notice of your hard work? Write your New Moon wish on a bay leaf and place in each of your shoes during this luminary. Bay leaf can be found at your local grocery store and is a herb used for gain. As you walk through your office, stand tall and proud. Your recent work efforts will be noticed by all, as well as your strength and drive. Bay leaf will bring the promotion and ambitions you desire to a head. And, don't worry, you won't smell like a salad!  

 

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