by Hoodwitch
Artwork by Indigo

Artwork by Indigo

Written by Jessica Lanyadoo

Witch Tips

These are powerful times, my friends. What we are currently living through is the result or reflection of some powerful astrology, including having several planets Retrograde (including aggressive Mars, restrictive Saturn, idealistic Neptune and transformative Pluto, with Mercury soon to be added to the list), plus another couple of Eclipses upcoming (on the 27th of July and August 11th). The key is to have tools for treating the stress and striving that you’re living through as though you are in a marathon, and not a sprint. What you’re living through now, how you emotionally handle it, and what you actually do in response to it will have long-term impact on your life. This isn’t the time to give up, even if you really want to check out. Take much-needed breaks to fortify yourself, but don’t stick your head in the sand. Things are growing quickly now. We step into Leo Season on the 22nd and it is a time for light. You’re likely to find that everything is lit up now – the good, the bad, and the confusing. Investigate what you don’t understand. Retrogrades are always a time to review, reassess, regroup, and reorganize.  You don’t have to have it all together, but the process of unpacking in efforts to put things back together in better ways is wise at this time.

On the 24th Venus will sit exactly opposite to Neptune. This combination is idealistic, highly romantic, and escapist. The highest potential of this energy is true acceptance, and the greatest danger is losing yourself in fantasy. Don’t make any big purchases or proclamations of love around this date. Pay attention to your feelings and weigh them out against what’s happening real-time. The stakes are too high to go running off a cliff without checking to see how steep the fall is these days.  




White Sage & Eucalyptus

White sage or Grandfather sage IS for  protection and cleansing while Eucalyptus brings fresh energy to a situation, and to heal regrets and worries. Eucalyptus is an excellent aid  to relieve mental exhaustion. Available HERE



March 21-April 19

When you’re overstepping your own boundaries there’s no way that you can feel comfortable in your own skin. Your fears are worth considering, but when you give them too much energy you end up doing yourself a disservice. Parse through your thoughts and feels so you can better understand what you’re reacting to. Own your perspective without defensiveness or insecurity; you don’t need to convince anyone that you’re right in order to trust yourself, Aries.




April 20-May 20

If you come to things from an unbalanced perspective, everything will continue to look skewed. Stress has a way of making things seem much worse than they are. When you are at your limit, everything looks dire, but that doesn’t mean that it is. While you deal with too many details you may find that you are slipping into a bad cycle of mental highs and lows that leave you exhausted. Decide what deserves your energy, this week, and how much of it.




May 21-June 21

Even if you don’t like where things are at, you can’t quite claim ignorance, Twin Star. It’s time for you to accept the truth – even if it’s a painful truth – so that you can pull yourself up and move on. You're on call to believe in yourself, and to act in ways that promote your bets interests, even if that means doing things that a short while ago you wouldn’t have dreamed of. In a life well lived, change is an inevitability. Be an active part of progressing yours, my love.



June 22-July 22

Everybody’s going through it these days. You may find that your main sources of support are not as available to you as you wish, this week, but don’t despair, Moonchild. There’s no need to take other people’s limitations personally; if you find that you’re on your own, see it as a chance for you to find the answers you seek within. Create time to get grounded so that you can better hear your inner voice. If you’re having a real hard time, strive to clarify your questions before you look for answers.



July 23-Aug. 22

Life is confusing; you can at once feel small and at the top of your game. You can be happy and in also in the throws of grief. When you allow room for the complexity of things, the messiness that you feel is just more information about where you’re at, and ultimately, what you’re needing. Try not to allow the very necessary growing pains that you’re going through to get you down. In order to grow into the person you want to be, you have to be kind to the person you are.



Aug. 23-Sept. 22

Having an ego is part of being a human person. The important thing is to have a healthy and balanced ego, so that you can call on it when you need it, and have it take a back seat when that’s appropriate. This week you’re likely to be struggling to figure out how much space to take up in a situation, and how exactly to do so. Know your value and own it. You’re growing in big ways; don’t underestimate your potential, Virgo. You’re ready to glow up.



Sept. 23-Oct. 22

When there are too many cooks in the kitchen it’s easy to lose your own voice and your perspective. If you’ve been overwhelmed by other people’s ideas about the “right” or “wrong” way for you to be living your life, it’s time to take matters into your own hands. Take a break, Libra. Allow space for your own ideas to percolate and for clarity (even just clarity about what questions to be asking!) to evolve.  Don’t be scared of evolving, my love.



Oct. 23-Nov. 21

If you can’t allow yourself to visualize your dreams, you will have to work that much harder to actualize them. This week is an excellent time to revisit your hopes, and to pay a little less attention to your fears. The decisions that you make, the attitudes you value, and the approach you take to it all is vastly important to your quality of life, and the quality of the results you’re gonna get. Be daring, but not dumb. Well-considered risks will take you where you want to go, Scorpio.



Nov. 22-Dec. 21

The process of achieving any goal must start at the beginning. Not knowing what you want can be maddening, but trying to force the answer or to rush the process won’t help you much. It’s time to get clearer about what you actually want, Sagittarius. If you’re confused, don’t concern yourself too much with what it needs to “be”, and instead focus on what you want it to feel like. Gather the bits of clarity that you do have so you can fit them all together when you're ready.



Dec. 22-Jan. 19

Because things are moving slow that doesn’t mean that they’re not moving at all. This week you are meant to gather your strength and let go of the non-essentials that have been holding you back. It’s time for you to rely on your inner resources and to trust in yourself. You’ve been working hard, and now it’s time to refine your vision for the future, or to take a much-needed pit stop, because this is a marathon and you’re not yet even halfway through, my love.



Jan. 20-Feb. 18

Don’t forget what you’re in it for, Aquarius. This week you’re likely to be pushed and pulled in too many directions, so here’s a Pro Tip to get you through: you don’t need to react to every provocation you encounter. You can breathe before you speak, tell people that you're not ready to engage, or you can say no to opportunities. When you’re not sure what’s right that’s not a sign to say yes, or to let others decide for you. Honor your process and take your time.




Feb. 19-March 20

You’ve gotta let go, Pisces. You can’t please everyone, and if you try, you will for sure succeed in not pleasing yourself. It’s OK to sit with the discomfort you feel when you do something that others don’t prefer, or don’t understand. Try to do what you need to in order to advance your objectives, treating your feels with care, but not confusing them with facts. Even if it feels funky, you have all the tools to get where you want to go; just don’t allow fear to stop you, this week.