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by The Mystical Sister

We are still coming off of a powerful full moon in Scorpio that could have shaken things up for you last Thursday. Passions and tensions were all running high, so I hope everyone was able to sort themselves and their loved ones out amidst the volatility.

That full moon, combined with Mars and Pluto both retrograde and Mercury in the shadow phase of moving retrograde itself, offers a powerful statement about opening up and looking within. This time is a calling to really understand the reasoning and thought process behind your actions and words.

This “backward” slow motion retrograde vibe will be with us for several more weeks at least, so please keep taking care to listen to your own internal dialogue. Without judging, try to understand where you’re coming from in all the things you say and do and how they may affect other people.

We’re still pinging off the lessons that Chiron was guiding us through a month or so ago, when we were all beckoned to take an honest look at how our family backgrounds have shaped us, for better or worse, and how we can take negative habits and turn them positive. Keep following this thread, and use the current astrology to dig deeper.

Traumas that have befallen us are able to be released physically and emotionally at this time if you stay gentle with yourself, open and honest. Use positive affirmations such as, “I am safe and whole in my body” and, “I am now living the life I want to live” can be more helpful than you would even imagine! One sentence can pack a lot of power and hold a lasting and positive effect on your daily life!


Aries: Mars is still retrograde, but Venus is entering the part of your chart that affects finances, so think about slowing down to re-brand, reformat, or re-synchronize yourself to calibrate your professional and artistic career to be more in alignment with who you really are and what you really want. This will start to really formulate at the end of the summer, but for right now, think long-term goals and strategy.

Taurus: The sun is still in your sign. As you may have experienced last week and over the weekend, this is a very beautiful and helpful aspect. If you felt like things have been going well as far as people finally beginning to really recognize who you are and appreciate you, well, hold on to your chair because it’s going to get even better. Venus enters your sign on Friday, which spells happiness, romance and easier cash flow. Venus is your ruler, so with the Sun and Venus in your sign, now is a great time to date, ask for favors or socialize.

Gemini: Your ruler, Mercury, is in shadow phase of going retrograde in your 12th house, which the realm of the unconscious mind. If you have been secretly wanting to dabble in magick, ritual, witchcraft, tarot, deep meditation or anything else with an occult edge, this would be the time to do it. Read and do some community outreach until you find what feels right for you!

Cancer: The moon is moving from fire on Sunday to Earth Tuesday, and then air and water Friday and Saturday, respectively. Use this wide range of feelings to find hidden resources and tools under each element that can help you. Fire can bring healthy boundaries. Earth can bring connection with nature and eating right. Air can be intellectual stimulation and water can mean getting back in touch with your feelings.

Leo: The sun in Taurus will continue to bring you closer to thoughts around who you truly are, what kind of person you are and how accurately you portray that to the world. Are you being heard the way you want to be heard and seen, Leo? Use this Mercury retrograde period to really sit back and think about who you want to be and how you would like to be seen by those around you.

Virgo: Please remember to stay patient and calm as we move into Mercury retrograde this Saturday. Have all your paperwork in order if you need to move through technical or professional issues. Make sure you leave lots of extra time and room in your schedule to relax and decompress. Massages, manicures/pedicures, baths, hot tubs, guided meditations on your morning commute — whatever works best for you, make sure you include it in your daily routine. You will be glad you did.

Libra: Venus moves into Taurus late Friday night Pacific time; this will be really artistically and romantically generating for you. It will bring new ideas and creative strategies around art and romance. Remember to stay flexible and go where the rhythm takes you over the next few weeks. The creative mojo of Venus in Taurus will also distract you from the upcoming retrograde! Yay!

Scorpio: Your ruler, Pluto, is still retrograde, so expect non-stop internal churn as far as emotions, thoughts and artistic creativity go. Use this as a powerful tool to create or revive your current mindset. For you, this is a great time to continue to banish negative thought patterns, people and/or things you no longer need. Be brave and use the waning moon in Pisces on Sunday for serious self-reflection.

Sagittarius: Saturn and Mars are both retrograde in your sign. This may leave you feeling tired, cranky, irritated and like “nothing’s going right.” These more challenging aspects are here to illuminate whatever is not working. Where you feel you are being shaken or stirred up, this is probably where you need to do some self-reflection and make serious changes. It may feel intense, but if you align with the vibe it will work out better for you in the end.

Capricorn: The moon is in your sign Tuesday at 4:54 PDT! This is a friendly aspect for you and a great time to do some check in with yourself. Capricorns can be all go-go-go sometimes and they are known for working extremely hard. Are you taking care of yourself, though? Have you connected with your inner child or self lately? If you had an inner child, what would they say or want? How would giving yourself the things they request help you? These are some things to meditate on this week for you.

Aquarius: The moon is in your sign Friday! This is always a really awesome time to go out and socialize for you, Aquarius. I know that you love to be introverted and cloister yourself off at times, but at other times you light up the stage brilliantly with conversation and dialogue. This Friday would be the night to plan a grand entrance, cocktail party, book club or soirée.

Pisces: The moon is in your sign Sunday! Give yourself and others plenty of space and don’t forget to bring the tissues. You might have serious moments of sentiment, in a positive way. Feel all the feels, Pisces! Mars is also retrograde in the part of your chart that highlights career, so this is a great time to reflect on your long-term goals and what you want and need in your professional future.

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The Mystical Sister is Darla Downing, and is committed to delivering safe horoscopes to women and feminine-of-center identities. The Mystical Sister has identified as a Witch since age 16, and has been practicing the metaphysical arts ever since. She is currently on a mission to spread powerful, fun and transformative healing work to women and feminine-of-center identities through tarot, astrology, yoga and energy work.

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