It’s challenging to find any clear direction today because there are so many planets forming noisy aspects now. We start looking for ways to have more fun when the Moon enters playful Leo at 11:03 am EDT, shifting the energy outward. We’re ready to move on and leave old emotional issues in the past. Nevertheless, they may resurface in a more active manner of expression as Mercury, Venus and Mars create tense aspects with Saturn, Uranus and Pluto.
Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19)
Your unsettled feelings might drive you to the edge today, yet the adrenaline rush lets you know that you are alive. Relationship drama weighs heavily on your mind now, but once you express your intentions, you’ll feel revitalized. Don’t bother trying to figure out what’s going on; all you need is a positive attitude as you reinvent your future.
Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20)
You may be self-critical today as strict Saturn leans on sweet Venus. If you fall short of fulfilling your desires, you will probably believe that it was your own fault, no matter how much effort you put forth. Although you might not receive the approval you want now, recognition could still come later. Don’t keep everyone at a distance so you can appear invincible. Others will be more likely to support you if you have the courage to reveal your vulnerability and just be yourself.
Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20)
Your restlessness may be enjoyable now because your current activity level matches the speed at which your thoughts are unfolding. Although you might actually feel quite productive, you won’t likely accomplish as much as you think you will. Ultimately, the choice is yours: fritter your time away doing one trivial thing after another or consciously concentrate on getting the results you want.
Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – Jul 22)
You’re ready to swing into motion today, but you may not want to do anything too quickly. It’s wise to spend the morning in contemplation, going over your ideas and analyzing the possible outcomes to each of your ambitious strategies. However, making careful plans isn’t enough to propel you to your desired destination, so use the fiery Leo Moon’s confidence to initiate action that will bring tangible results.
Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22)
The Moon’s return to your sign today helps you get your intentions out into the open. Even if you’ve been trying to keep your emotions secret, it may be time to take a risk and share them with others. But you cannot just express every single whim that crosses your mind to whomever you happen to be talking to at the moment. Setting healthy boundaries is crucial now. Your inner life is your business alone, unless you choose to discuss your feelings with someone you trust.
Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22)
The Moon’s shift into your 12th House of Privacy today raises issues, for you’re pulled between telling others what you feel and revealing nothing at all. You will probably be happier if you share some of your secrets with a close friend, but it’s not wise to ramble on. Stay conscious of your message and stop talking before you diffuse what you need to say.
Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22)
The Moon enters your 11th House of Social Networking today, inviting you to be a more active participant in your group of friends and associates. Your desire to belong to a community motivates you to get involved with others. However, you must draw a firm line to establish your limits now or you’ll be dragged into a drama that needn’t impact you otherwise. Remember, hold your ground in a way that allows you to still join in the fun.
Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21)
You could be expected to do something at work today that requires you to set aside your personal agenda. Even if you’re committed to excelling at your job, you don’t like it when others assume that you’ll say yes, even before you do. Instead of immediately rearranging your previous schedule to jump into a new assignment, take a risk and share your concerns. Once your position is out on the table, you’ll be able to negotiate a solution that is comfortable for everyone involved.
Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21)
You may be even more outspoken than normal, stating your opinion on everything and everyone. Others may be confused by your responses because one moment you’re uplifting and inspirational, and just a few minutes later you’re overly pragmatic and resistant to new ideas. Instead of reacting by saying the first thing that crosses your mind, let everyone know that you need to clarify your conflicting thoughts before you draw any conclusions. No one will fault you for this kind of honesty; a little discretion goes a long way.
Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19)
You may be struggling today as you try to decide whether to share your desires with someone you admire. You want your feelings to be acknowledged, but you might be afraid of being rejected. If you go ahead and take a risk, at least reveal your emotions consciously, without expecting any particular response. The smartest way to minimize potential emotional discomfort is to stay unattached from the outcome. The real magic now is found in embarking on the journey, and not arriving at the destination.
Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18)
It’s all too easy for you to slip back into an old, familiar relationship pattern as the Moon enters your 7th House of Companions. Although the Moon connects you to the past, there’s no guarantee that a tried and true method will work today because active Mars is aspecting unruly Uranus. Instead of reacting impulsively, consider the consequences before doing something you might quickly regret.
Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20)
The Moon’s shift into your 6th House of Health today reminds you of the relationship between diet, exercise and your overall well-being. Even if you’re already eating organically and practicing yoga, it may be time to make minor improvements to your daily regimen. It’s always wise to cultivate more awareness and enhance your lifestyle; even the littlest adjustments now can have significant positive ramifications.
Charged waters are charged with magickal powers and intentions.
Not all charged waters are really waters. Some are actually alcohol-based formulas, recalling that the roots of perfumery and liqueurs lie entangled in magick potions, brews, and philters. (Philters are drinks; although some potions are consumed, many formulas are for external use only.) “Water” must be understood in the context of perfume designations, such as eau de Cologne (‘water of Cologne’) or of alcoholic beverages like aquavit or whiskey (whose name derives from the Gaelic for “water of life”).
The alcohol typically recommended as a base is vodka, not because it may be consumed but because of its minimal scent. Avoid what is commonly called “rubbing alcohol”: the typically strong, unpleasant aroma will interfere with that of the formula.
Sweetgrass smells delicious, and when you burn it, you can immediately sense its sweet and earthy-yer-otherworldly personality. Rather than removing negative vibes, sweet grass summons positive ones in the form of beneficient deceased loved ones, angels, guides, animal guides, gods/goddesses, and ascended masters, all of whom are great to have around for a number of reasons, including protection, happiness, and receiving messages from beyond. You might like to cleanse the space with sage before you invite in helpers with sweetgrass. Then, as you light it and you burn it, mentally or aloud invite sweet and helpful spirits to enter your home.
Desert sage also clears energy but in a different way. While white sage purifies by lifting vibrations and dissolving negativity, desert sage moves the vibrations around in a happy way so that bad vibes just naturally don’t feel like hanging out. For this reason, it has been used as a magickal “road-opener.” If you’ve been feeling stuck in your life, and you’d like to clear the way for new opportunities and unexpected avenues, burning desert sage in your home and around your aura is a good idea. Concentrate especially at thresholds and doors, in order to open new doors in your life. Its smoke has a very sweet personality and can create feelings of safety, coziness, and playfulness. Desert sage is good to burn in a new place to help you feel relaxed and at ease in the new environment, and to help make it your own. It can also call spirits of ancestors and deceased loved ones into your space.
If you only have one magickal housekeeping tool or ingredient, a white sage bundle should be it. This is because burning white sage lifts vibrations, releases stuck energy protects from negativity, and creates sacred space. If any sort of negative events takes place in your space, you can burn white sage to quickly and effectively purify the residual energy from the event. It is also just a good practice to burn it periodically for general purification. After you burn it, you’ll definitely notice a positive difference in the feeling and atmosphere of a room.
To burn it, just light the bundle and carefully shake it over a dish or the sink until the flame goes out but it is still smoking. Carry the a dish under the burning up tip to catch any falling ash, and move around the perimeter of each room you’d like to purify, taking as much time with each area as your intuition guides you to. You can also burn it around your body to purify your energetic body and aura.
Smudge sticks are tied-up or braided bundles of dried herbs that care carried and burned like incense around a room or area in order to create energetic shifts with the magickal power of the smoke.
You can purchase smudge stick online or at many health and metaphysical stores, or you can make your own. To make your own sage smudge stick simply cut fresh sage and tie firmly into a wand like bundle with hemp twine or cotton . Then hang it up to dry. For sweetgrass braids you’re on your own–I’ve never made on of the ssweetgrass braids, but I would imagine it’s pretty easy if you know where and how to find fresh sweetgrass.
Personal note: I prefer to use sage. I know most spells that use sage call for the use of white sage. But I have found that every type of sage works. I planted a garden full of sage. In my opinion, you can never have enough sage. You use it to cleanse and you also use it in your spells. So the more sage you have, the better off you are.