The Hoodwitch: Weekly horoscopes 5/2-8/2018

by Hoodwitch
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Written by Jessica Lanyadoo

Witch Tips:

Astrology is awesome because it allows us to have a greater sense of why things are happening and what we’re meant to do about it. That said, it doesn’t do the work for you. Part of being a person is making choices, and even when it feels like you don’t have many options or all of them are crappy, you always have a choice. What you allow yourself to focus on, the language that you use for self-talk, and the care you give to your body's most basic needs are all invisible parts of well being. These take up huge amounts of real estate in our lives, but we somehow underestimate their impact. Develop awareness of how you treat yourself when no one is looking. When you’re a good friend to yourself, even the most upsetting parts of life get easier to bear. This friendship, which includes your relationship to your body, is the longest relationship you’ll have in your life and is the central place that you greet the world from. Prioritize it, now and always.

From the 5 through the 7th, the Sun will form a creative sextile to generous Neptune. This is a perfect time to channel empathy and kindness into what you do. Part of being a good leader is listening, and this transit will help you hear your inner voice, other people, and the world around you if you decide to try.

From the 6th through the 8th is when things get heavy. Chatty Mercury will form an upsetting square to petty Pluto, while diplomatic Venus forms a square to idealistic Neptune. The combination of these transits can feel pretty dramatic, especially if you haven’t been honest with yourself or others, lately. These days can kick up some serious anxiety as your impulses come quick and sharp (especially if your clarity doesn’t). If you’ve decided to do the Gossip Cleanse <insert link> with me this month, these days are likely to be trying. You may be tempted to evade your bad feels by projecting them at others by projecting or by picking them apart. Sh$t talk may be very tempting, but it’s a diversion that will only make you feel worse this week. Tolerate your feelings without needing to put anyone down, and remember that you’re not more or less than anyone else. This is a great time to watch your reactions and to show yourself kindness as you make sense of what’s happening and determine the best ways to cope. Be gentle with what you let motivate your actions, my loves.

ARIES

March 21-April 19

In your heart of hearts you know that you’re okay, but you might be having a hard time reconciling that with your thoughts this week. Thriving isn’t the same as winning, Aries. You can lose some, and as long as you learn from those experiences, they’re not real setbacks. Life may not be playing out as you wish it to be, but you’re exactly where you need to be. Lean in, and make the most of what you’ve got by focusing on what it can be instead of what it isn’t.

­TAURUS

April 20-May 20

You’re capable of so much! The worst thing you can do now is to squander your potential by doing things you don’t really care about, and being burnt out for what holds true value to you, Taurus. Warren Buffett said “The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say ‘No’ to almost everything.” While I don’t know if this holds true in all circumstances, this bit of wisdom is the perfect guide for you this week.

GEMINI

May 21-June 21

You’re just about at the end of a cycle of development that’s had you figuring out what you want and why. You may have figured everything out, or you may still be unpacking your options, but either way it’s time to slow down and get on the road you have to traverse to get where you want to be. Don’t let the easiest route lull you into thinking it’s the best. You may need to work really hard for the next little while, but it’s totally worth it. Honor your needs over your wants, Twin Star.

CANCER

June 22-July 22

Individual failures, just like the successes, aren’t meant to define you. This week is all about power. Seeking the best possible approach requires being able to stay present with the yuckiness of your fears, and it’s totally worth it, Moonchild. You’re on your way to some beautiful changes, don’t let fear of failure block your flow. If you were willing to own the abundance and resources that you have both internally and externally, how would your struggles seem different?

LEO

July 23-Aug. 22

Showing yourself compassion doesn’t mean giving yourself a pass, it means staying present with kindness in the face of suffering. It’s important that you give yourself and others space to sort through the fast moving feels that are in the air this week. Everything comes and goes, so don’t get too attached to whatever you’re going through right now. Find the creative potential in even the most stuck feeling things, and keep on keepin’ on, Leo.

VIRGO

Aug. 23-Sept. 22

You may want to forge ahead, but the truth is you need to slow down and focus before you do something rash. Find a healthy outlet for your pent up energies this week so that you can act with intention, Virgo. The key is to stop fighting ghosts and projections and to just move forward. Lay foundations for the future that you want to live in without unduly looking over your shoulder. All you gotta do is keep your side of the road clean, and place one step in front of the other, my love.

LIBRA

Sept. 23-Oct. 22

Fear is a tricky monster. We need it to alert us to danger, but it often goes rogue and is anything but helpful. This week you run the risk of allowing your fears to create the very problems you’re trying to avoid. Don’t focus so much attention on the things that you never want to have happen, Libra. Take a chance on the positive potential in your life by giving it at the very least as much attention as you give your worries, or if you’re ambitious, make it your primary focus for now.

SCORPIO

Oct. 23-Nov. 21

Someone once said that “to set a boundary you must be willing to lose something: the other person’s approval.” And no truer words have been spoken. This week is all about be brave enough to confront the needs you’ve been ignoring because you’re scared of the consequences. Find the truth and honor it, even if its scary. If you don’t like the game, you don’t have to play; choose your battles and your investments with an open heart, Scorpio.

SAGITTARIUS

Nov. 22-Dec. 21

There’s so much that is unknown and unknowable, and sometimes that’s exciting while at others it’s downright intimidating. This week is testing your ability to stay present when you feel upset, ‘Tarius. This doesn’t mean that you’re going to have a bad week, but it does mean that your ability to stay present is being tested. Strive to not take upsets at face value, and stay open to what they have to tell you about yourself and the world around you, my love.

CAPRICORN

Dec. 22-Jan. 19

You’re coming out of a hard time, and while it may be tempting to look over your shoulder and keep on expecting the worst, your best move is to move onwards and upwards. Try to become more mindful of your fears and the energy that you give to them this week. It’s OK to have concerns, but what gets you into trouble is when you let them dominate your thinking. Pursue balance in all things as you move to the next playing level, Capricorn.

AQUARIUS

Jan. 20-Feb. 18

You need to take better care of yourself, Aquarius. You’ve been burning the candle at both ends of the wick, and it’s taking its toll on you. Take a break from life’s demands, and turn to the things that give you life. You’re likely to have a million items demanding your attention, but if you’re frayed at the edges, you can’t really handle any of them. Give yourself permission to take a much needed breather and rejuvenate your spirit so you can get back to business with renewed energy.

PISCES

Feb. 19-March 20

You’ve got one job, Pisces, and that’s to follow through with your commitments. There’s a peace to be had from simplifying your life and while that’s not possible all of the time, this week it’s wise to stick to the basics.  If you can, try and commit to the present and only the present this week. Don’t make plans or try to divine your future. Just work on what’s in front of you and tend to the feels that you have – even the unpleasant ones.

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