Mars Is In Virgo, So It’s Time To Get Logical ERIKA W. SMITH

Mars has officially entered Virgo, and will stay there until October 3. In astrology, Mars is associated with attraction, energy, and courage, while Virgo is known for intelligence, organization, and a perfectionist nature. Over the following weeks, we’ll all be feeling the effects of this transit.

Mars’ position in “analytical Virgo will make us all a little neurotic,” astrologer Lisa Stardusttells Refinery29. We’ll all be putting a lot of energy into self-improvement — which can be both beneficial and stressful. (Just think about all the work Beyoncé, a Virgo, put into preparing for Coachella.)

“Our emotions may be a bit on the austere side as we try to perfect our lives. We’ll be drawn to finding the root of the problem with logic,” Stardust explains. “We will all want to examine evidence and asses situations with a clear mind.”

We can use this logic to suss out others’ motivations, too. “Mars’s trip in Virgo will make us natural detectives and investigators, always one step ahead of others’ mind games,” Stardust says.Although Mars is the God of War, “our tempers will be more passive than ever, as this transit tends to force us all to be lovers, not fighters,” Stardust says. “Fight fair and embrace the gift of patience. We mustn’t let emotions build up inside and pop off when triggered.”

“Lovers, not fighters” is absolutely right. Mars is the planet of war, but also the planet of sex. So we’ll definitely notice the effects of Virgo in our sex lives. Virgo’s symbol is the virgin, but despite this, Virgo is also associated with sensuality. It’s an earth sign, after all.Virgo’s analytical nature will show up in our sex lives — so it’s time to start scheduling sex, and even masturbation. “While Mars in in this earthy sigh, we will find it essential to have sex or masturbate the same time every day, as it becomes a bodily need, like water,” Stardust says.

This transit might be the perfect time to finally organize your sex toys. And maybe try a few new ones out, too. That’s because during this transit, “We will all be freaks in the sheets,” Stardust says. “The only problem is that we will need sex to function.”

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What Each Planet Means, According To Astrology


1. SUN

The Sun rules Leo.

The Sun is the most popular planet in astrology. It tells you what your dominating, overall personality traits are.

It describes your core essence; it’s what makes you, you! 


The Moon rules Cancer.

The Moon in astrology is very similar to its role in tangible life. It is the reflection of your core essence.

The Moon represents our unconscious selves. It is the underlying traits that always shown on the surface.

It tells us about our feelings, moods, and desires. 


Mercury rules Gemini and Virgo.

Mercury rules communication and technology. It has everything to do with logical reasoning and language.

This is often why we experience issues in communication when Mercury is in retrograde. Mercury remains in a sign from 14-40 days and can be in one particular zodiac sign longer than another due to rx season.


Venus rules Taurus and Libra.

Venus is in charge of all things love, relationship, and beauty. Think about ancient mythology.

Venus is the Goddess of love. Your Venus sign will show what you find attractive and interesting. 


Mars rules Aries and is the ancient ruler of Scorpio. 

Mars is responsible for our instinctual, animalistic reactions.

It is centered on the topics of passion, sex, aggression, and competitiveness. It also describes our motivation to fulfill our desires. 



This planet rules our optimism and sense of hope. It tells us where we will find happiness and how we will find satisfaction in fulfilling our higher purpose.

It can tell you when you will find your self lucky along your walk with life. It rules Sagittarius.


Saturn brings us back down to reality because it dictates discipline, responsibility, and obligation.

With Saturn, we can see our limitations and be reminded to stay practical when chasing our wilder dreams.

It tells us where we may run into obstacles and how we can overcome them. Saturn rules Capricorn.


Uranus is the inverse of Saturn. It tells us about the spontaneity, unpredictability, and openness we will express in our lives.

Your birth chart can tell you under which circumstances you may feel Uranus present in your life. It rules Aquarius. 


Neptune completes its cycle every 10-12 years, so it is the first of the generational planetary descriptors.

It represents the more metaphysical desires and dreams we have. It deals with our imagination and our concept of reality.

It also has a lot to do with where we find creative inspiration in life. It rules Pisces.


Pluto is the last of the astrological planets. It is also a generational descriptor because its cycle takes 12-15 years to complete.

Pluto is the symbol of evolution, death, and rebirth. It dictates our power and our adaptability. Pluto rules Scorpio.

Madison Kerth is a writer who covers astrology, pop culture and relationship topics.

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What It Really Means If You’re A Cusp Sign In Astrology

For starters, you might be a bit of a know-it-all. – by Lindsay Gellar

If you’ve always felt like you have a little bit of emo Cancer in you despite being a hard-core Gemini, no need for an identity crisis—you may just be a cusp sign.

A whatta sign? A cusp sign is someone who is born toward the end of a zodiac sign—you know, “on the cusp” between your Sun sign and the one that follows it—and it can leave you feeling slightly unheard when you read your horoscope each month.

Trust me, I know: Born on January 20, I’m on the cusp of Capricorn and Aquarius. But I didn’t know this was even a ~thing~ until an astro-obsessed friend filled me in, explaining why I may not always agree with how I’m described. (Btw, I spent the first twelve years of my life thinking I was a Capricorn, not an Aquarius, because my mum got the dates of the signs wrong. Not cool, Mum, not cool.)

So if you’re similarly mind-boggled, don’t sweat it. Being a cusp sign is nbd (you’re still special, tho). Here’s exactly what it means and everything you need to know about it.

Let’s set the record straight: If you’re a cusp, can you be two zodiac signs at once?

Nope, so you can put down that second horoscope (wish someone had told me that years ago). “Your Sun sign is your Sun sign,” says Linda Joyce, professional astrologer and author of The Day You Were Born: A Journey to Wholeness Through Astrology and Numerology. That holds true even if you were born in the very last degree of that sign, like 11:55 p.m. on April 20, for instance. You’re still an Aries, not a Taurus.

FYI: Each sign is divided into 30 degrees (the Sun moves one degree each day, so each degree correlates with a different day). Anyone with their Sun at 27, 28, or 29 degrees of a sign—basically the last three days—is born on the cusp, explains Joyce.

Some astrologers consider people born in the first three days of a new sign as being on the cusp, too, but Joyce believes coming into the world at the beginning of a sign is different than the end.

“When you are in a new sign, you are looking ahead. You are occupied with what you need to learn in order to advance,” she explains. “The difficulty of being on the cusp or end of a sign is that you can feel stuck. You don’t know what to expect.” That can either lead to confusion or taking charge of the moment—the choice is yours, fellow cuspies.

But either way, you’re not some hip, new zodiac-sign hybrid (sorry). Turns out, just because you’re close to another sign doesn’t automatically mean it has a powerful influence on your personality. “The planets resonate with where they are. Yes, they influence each other, but it doesn’t take away from their own position,” says Joyce.

In other words, your actual Sun sign is your main identity; the sign next to you is more like a little salt and pepper on your original flavor.

You can also think of it like sitting next to a stranger at a dinner party—you might direct the conversation toward your shared interests, but it won’t fundamentally change who you are when you get home. (Unless, of course, that stranger is Oprah.)

So, what the heck does it mean to be on the cusp?

For starters, you might be a bit of a know-it-all, but that’s not necessarily a negative trait. (So don’t @ the messenger, okay?) “Cusp souls feel they know more than others—and often, they do,” says Joyce, noting that some are even geniuses.

Because cusp signs are born during a time of transition, it’s up to you to either lead the way, running toward change or jog in place, staying where it’s comfortable. Not so surprisingly, the first path “requires courage and risk,” says Joyce, but hey, isn’t that what life is all about?

“You won’t get help taking the first step. That has to come from you…Take the risk for what you believe in—own your talent, beliefs, and genius,” she advises. “The world will pay attention.” (Solid advice for anyone, amirite?)

If you don’t see being a cuspie as an advantage, you might feel a little lost because your position in your Sun sign doesn’t speak to all of you. But take heart in knowing that you’re not the only person who feels that way about their astrological fate: Few of us are spitting images of what our Sun sign indicates.

“The Sun is the most important planet in your chart, but its power can be diminished by other factors,” Joyce explains. Namely: Mercury and Venus.

Let’s say your Sun sign is on the cusp of Taurus, but your Mercury and Venus signs are in Gemini. Your personality will still resonate with Gemini on some level because you have two planets there.

What else should you know about being a cusp sign?

As much as you might love your Sun sign, here’s the tea: It’s not nearly as important as you think—cusp or not. Whether you’re on the hunt for a romantic match, figuring out your life purpose, or just trying to get through Monday, astrology is complex, and you need to see the “whole picture,” says Joyce. That means looking at your birth chart as a whole.

With that in mind, she encourages you not to get discouraged by your sign’s reputation (looking at you, Scorpios) or the challenges of your chart. Instead, she says, “It’s how you use them that makes you special, strong, or noticed.”

In fact, some of the most successful people have the most challenging charts because they’re not afraid of difficulties. They might even seek those challenges out, knowing that it’s the struggle—not the success—that actually makes you strong, hones your wisdom, and can give you an edge in life.

Bottom line: “If you’re a cusp soul, own it.”

This article originally appeared on Women’s Health US.

What You Should & Shouldn’t Do In Love During Uranus Retrograde 2019, According To An Astrologer By BRITTANY BENNETT

We are officially clear of Mercury retrograde. But as one planet stations direct, another turns retrograde — and this time it’s Uranus. That said, Uranus retrograde happens once a year, and it really isn’t all that bad: in fact, it might be good for us. In 2019, thanks to planetary alignments, it seems as though ~love~ will be a main theme. With that in mind, you’ll want to have clarity on what you should and shouldn’t do in love during Uranus retrograde 2019.

First things first: the details. Uranus Retrograde will start on Aug. 11, 2019 and last until Jan. 10, 2020. Yes, that’s a whole five months. But the transit isn’t as on-the-surface intense as Mercury’s notorious retrograde. While Mercury is all about tedious technological and communication upsets, Uranus looks at the larger picture. “This is a time of inner change in response to external changes in your life,” Astrology King shared on its site. It’s kind of like spring cleaning for the soul. Behaviors and attitudes that need adjustment in order to make necessary and wanted change possible will have their opportunity to do so.

Because of the particular planetary line up with 2019’s Uranus retrograde, your love life may experience necessary tune ups. According to Astrology King, “Uranus is trine the Moon,” which is positive influence on anything regarding interpersonal relationships. Likewise, according to Astrology King, the Sun is conjunct Venus, which “brings love, peace, harmony, and beauty, with a focus on your love relationships.”

To get more deets on how Uranus retrograde will affect our love lives for the rest of 2019, Bustle spoke with New York City-based astrologer Lisa Stardust to get clued into what we all should and shouldn’t do in romance during this time.

Do: Find Your Value In A Relationship

Beautiful couple in love dating outdoors and smiling

This Uranus retrograde is a time to reflect. Because love will be under the spotlight of this transit, it’s a perfect time to think upon your relationships. Forever Conscious shared on its site, “under this energy we will be guided to reflect on where we need to become more independent and where we need to be more open.” It’s a positive time for looking within.

Similarly, Stardust tells Bustle that this a good time to “find your value within relationships. If someone doesn’t respect or value you, let the relationship go.”

Don’t: Overreact

It’s easy to get overwhelmed with drama especially as it relates to romance. But this isn’t the time to get overworked and overreact. Instead, sit with information you get from “drama” and reflect on it as it pertains to where a relationship is. “If others throw shade your way, rationally assess the situation,” Stardust advises.

Do: Be Kind!

Cheerful couple. Kind calm man kindly looking at his happy girlfriend and seeing her smiling happily while leaning to him

It’s always worth it to be kind, but during this transit, Stardust notes “you give what you get.” In other words, the energy you put out will be returned, so think about how you’d like to be treated in a relationship and give that to your loved ones. Pick up a bouquet of flowers for the person you love, at random! Surprise someone you love with a candle lit dinner!

Don’t: Be Distant

   woman alone in an abandoned house

While this is a good time to reflect on your independence, it’s also a beneficial time to reflect on areas where you can ask for a little assistance, especially from the ones you love. “Don’t distance yourself from those you care about. Keep an open mind and talk things out,” Stardust tells Bustle. If things surface during this transit, use it as leverage to polish your ability to communicate in a relationship.

Do: Tune Into Your Heart

Happy couple spending morning together

Don’t: Overthink Matters Of The Heart

Portrait of beautiful thoughtful woman relaxing on window sill

It’s so easy to analyze every small detail of every date that you’re soon drowning in what-ifs and could-a, would-a, should-as. “Don’t overthink matters of the heart. Trust your intuition. Listen to your gut,” Stardust says. While it’s OK — and encouraged — to reflect on love and romance, overanalyzing could be a waste of time and energy. If you don’t want to go out on a date, listen to your gut and don’t go. You have the knowledge from the last time you disregarded your gut and endured a night out with a not-so-great person.

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What Is Black Moon Lilith In Astrology? This Point On Your Birth Chart Can Reveal Your Sexual Desires By NINA KAHN

If you’re into astrology, it’s a ton of fun to learn about your moon zodiac signrising zodiac sign, and explore the ins and outs of your birth chart. But one of the most fascinating and mysterious placements in our zodiac charts is a bit lesser known and more enigmatic: it’s called Black Moon Lilith. Lilith isn’t a planet in your chart, but rather a mathematical point in space (similar to the way the north and south nodes don’t represent actual celestial bodies, either). Wherever Lilith is in your chart signifies the point exactly between the moon and the Earth at the time you were born.

But symbolically, what is Black Moon Lilith in astrology? Simply put, the point’s placement on our birth chart represents the power and desire that’s hidden within us but wants (or maybe needs) to be released — our deep arousals, deep instincts, and deep truths. “In an astrology chart, Black Moon Lilith represents a person’s primitive impulses and behavior in their rawest form,” wrote astrologer Valerie Mesa for VICE. “It reveals our repressed sexuality, together with what makes us feel most vulnerable; it expresses the dark side of one’s personality, buried deep in the subconscious realms of our psyche.”

But, before we dive further into the astro significance of Black Moon Lilith, let’s chat about Lilith the mythical figure, who the astrological point was named for — as she’s truly an icon and can tell us a lot about what this point represents in our birth charts. As you may know, many of the planets and points in astrology are named after gods, goddesses, and other mythical figures — and Lilith is no exception. “Lilith was Adam’s first wife,” astrologer Lisa Stardust tells Bustle. And yep, we’re talkin’ about Garden of Eden’s Adam. According to the myth, both Adam and Lilith were created from the soil (in contrast to Adam’s future wife, Eve, who was made from one of Adam’s ribs.)

Shadow image of a woman wearing a witch’s hat and holding a glass of drink with orange and purple light in the background. Halloween.

But there was trouble in paradise, quite literally. As the story goes, when it was time to get down to business, Lilith wanted to take on a more dominant role sexually — in other words, she didn’t want to have sex in the missionary position. “Lilith refuses to lie underneath Adam during sex, but he insists that the bottom is her rightful place,” explained author Janet Howe Gaines on the Biblical Archaeology Society. “He apparently believes that Lilith should submissively perform wifely duties. Lilith, on the other hand, is attempting to rule over no one. She is simply asserting her personal freedom.”

And for that, Lilith was cast away. “She was exiled from the Garden of Eden because she wouldn’t be subservient to Adam,” explains Stardust to Bustle. “She was the OG feminist.” That she was. And while now we see Lilith’s refusal to submit to male dominance as powerful, historically Lilith has actually been viewed as a seductive-yet-demonic figure. Thankfully now, we can appreciate her feminine power and raw sexuality instead of fearing it.

So given that Lilith herself is such a badass, you can assume that the astrological point named for her has a similar dark n’ mysterious intrigue. “In astrology, [Black Moon Lilith] represents the part of ourselves that we cannot repress. The part of us that is yearning to be released. The part that doesn’t take B.S. from anyone,” Stardust tells Bustle. We have have dark sides to our personalities — this doesn’t mean bad,just dark. Lilith represents the pieces within that darkness. Just as the point itself is simply a black spot in the void of outer space, floating near the moon, our Lilith-ruled qualities are also hidden in the darkness, only occasionally lit by the light of the night, still shrouded in shadows but waiting to be seen. These qualities are deep in our subconscious selves, and likely longing to be acknowledged.

Moon in the purple sky

This point’s meaning is also sexual in nature — it can represent fetishes, kinks, and our deepest (and perhaps most repressed) desires. “Lilith is best known for her role as the sexual liberator,” wrote Amelia Quint for The Hoodwitch. For most people, Lilith may show up when you’re tapping into your wiles, your visionary creativity, and your raw power — in other words, when you’re embracing the darker sides of yourself and being unafraid to upset the status quo, speak your truths, and own your sexual power.

And, just as we love to track the movement of the moon and other planets in astrology to gauge how it might affect our lives, Lilith’s movement through the skies affects all of us, too. “Currently, Black Moon Lilith is in Pisces,” shares Stardust, “which explains the power currently associated with mysticism and understanding the unknown.” If you’ve found yourself reading this article, I’m sure you’ve noticed that astrology, crystal healing, witchcraft, and other mystical and spiritual practices have become much more mainstream and popular recently. Lilith’s current placement in ethereal, dreamy, spiritual-seeking Pisces may offer some astrological explanations.

If you want to find out where in your natal chart your Black Moon Lilith resides, grab your birth date, time, and location and pop it into an online calculator like this one — or hit up your nearest professional astrologer and have them give you the full lowdown on how your Black Moon Lilith might manifest.


Dr. Oz Show: Do You Have A Life Number? By Linda Pena

People love analyzing the details of who they are. Daily horoscopes and Enneagrams are a fun way to learn more about yourself, but now there’s a new test that will answer the questions, “What’s my personality?” and more importantly, “What’s my life path?” The answer may lie in the numbers of your birth date, which leads to your life path number. So what is a life path number and what can it teach you about yourself? Well, just like we have a numerical date of birth that connects us to a specific zodiac sign, we also have a life path number that’s based on our birthday.

The life path number you receive based on your birthday tells you about the gifts you were blessed with and the challenges you will need to overcome. According to psychic medium Kim Russo, author of Your Soul Purpose: Learn How to Access the Light Within, “In numerology, your life path number is typically reflective of who you are and describes your traits and personality,” she says. “It is akin to your sun sign in astrology.”

Russo believes that numbers create harmony, balance, and pattern to help make sense of your life. Figuring out your life path number can provide you with a way to make sense of the chaos. Find out how to figure out your number and what it means by following Russo’s instructions below.

How to calculate your life path number

All you need is your full birthday — month, day, and year — in order to figure out your life path number.  Here is how to do calculate:

1. Condense each number to a single digit.

Let’s take the date May 11, 1960.

Since May is the fifth month of the year, your first number is 5. Note: If your birthday is double digits you should reduce with the calculations below.

Since the day of the month is 11. Reduce the numbers into a single digit by adding them (1+1). Your second number is 2.

Your final number is based on your birth year, 1960. You will reduce them again by adding. 1+9+6+0 = 16

You will again need to reduce them 1+6. Your third number is 7.

2. Add up all of your reduced numbers.

Next, add up the three final numbers after reducing them.  in Step 1. In this example, the final numbers are 5, 2, and 7, equaling 14. Reduced, the life path number is 5 (1 + 4).

3. Keep Master Numbers in Mind

In numerology, Russo notes that there are three “magical” numerology numbers: 11, 22, and 33. These numbers — the “Triangle of Enlightenment” — ultimately makes it more difficult to fit one spiritual mold. If your three final numbers result in a master number, it means that you steer the ship and may even be able to master a myriad of spiritual truths. “It can be both a blessing and a curse,” Russo adds. “It requires great time and effort to understand how to incorporate the power of a master number into one’s life and personality. But it definitely worth the effort!”

I got my number. Now, what does it mean?

This is the fun part. Here is what your number actually means according to Russo.

Number 1

Just like being number one suggests, you lead the pack. You are independent and tend to love new beginnings and projects. In fact, according to Russo, if you repeatedly see the number 1 in your life, the universe is telling you to start something new.Despite your self-assured, I’ve-got-this personality, you also value alone time. If you are a number one, you are an innovative leader who teaches others great lessons.

Number 2

Have you ever seen a great duo, like a loving couple or inseparable friends? Situations like these are where you thrive! You are comfortable with your identity and love sharing ideas and thoughts to make the world a better place.Since you are a people-person,you work best in environments where you can humbly serve others.

Number 3

According to Russo, “The number three represents this very dimension in which we live (the third dimension).” A lot of natural things come in threes, for example, Russo says, the stars, sun, and moon or gas, liquid, and solid. Number threes are strong, optimistic, and aren’t afraid to challenge the status quo by being “movers and shakers,” according to Russo. It is because of their contagious energy and passionate nature that they excel best at teaching. They are happy-go-lucky and sometimes unfocused, causing them to be insecure and quite emotional if things don’t go their way. If you are a three, you are an inspiration for those who lack a full appreciation of the beautiful third dimension that we are a part of.

Number 4

Simply put, fours do not like change nor compromise. This doesn’t mean that they are complacent — these people are ambitious and when they are passionate, it shows tenfold. Due to their goal-chasing nature, they tend to choose logic over creativity, simply because they are their biggest critics. Russo says fours are “grounded, reliable, and trustworthy.” She also adds that with fours, “what you see is what you get.”

Number 5

In her book, Russo summed up “Fives need to be careful not to be the jack-of-all-trades, but master of none.” Fives are risk-takers, change-seekers, and growth-lovers. There is always a constant battle between their heads and their hearts. Because they like to have options, they do not like being pigeonholed into any commitment that will jeopardize their freedom. Fives are always doing something, so they may find it difficult to regroup and find one thing to focus on. So, they must train themselves to be balanced. Despite this struggle, they are intelligent and extremely analytical.

Number 6

“S” does not just stand for “six” — it also stands for “selfless”, which is what number six is! These are the mediators of the group and always give more than they take. Their true purpose in life is to serve others and to share their divine gifts with the world. This explains why they are great nurses, therapists, and community volunteers. Be careful if you are a six, though — a failure to achieve a balance of helping yourself and helping others can feel like a jumbled mess. This aside, sixes are gracious lovers that fill others’ hearts with joy.

Number 7

Lucky number sevens are pretty consistent with the laws of the universe. Superstitious analysts, they are confident seekers of faith and have psychic abilities, according to Russo. Because of this they often find it difficult to achieve a middle-ground of both the spiritual and physical worlds. They are essentially introverted extroverts — they are great thinkers but they love to express their joy for all things (this is why sevens make excellent researchers and philosophers!).

Number 8

When flipped to its side, eight is the infinity symbol, representing infinite strength when number eights seek improvement (which is often!). They are hardly satisfied with what they have and rarely live in the moment. However, that does not mean they are complacent with their work ethic. Eights are some of the best workers and love being promoted up the ladder of success, or, as Russo puts it — people who “oversee the construction of skyscrapers or running high-tech companies in Silicon Valley.”

Number 9

Russo considers nines to be the “Mother Teresa’s of the world.” In other words, they are relentless servers who want to share their light with everyone and everything. They are silently wise and they may make a large sum of money, but that does not fill their hearts with joy. They are very content and often donate and help charity efforts. If your number is nine, you are wholeheartedly compassionate!

Information submitted by Victoria Giardina for and is not necessarily the opinion of Dr. Oz.

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Mercury isn’t the only planet in retrograde during summer 2019, and for those who follow astrology closely, the number of retrogrades happening in the coming weeks may be intimidating. Six planets are, or will be, in retrograde before the summer ends, and each can have a unique impact on individuals, depending on their astrological chart. Here’s what you can expect from each of the planets in terms of your personal life, according to astrologers.

In this handout digital illustration released on September 15, 2011, by NASA, the newly-discovered gaseous planet Kepler-16b orbits it’s two stars.NASA/JPL-CALTECH/T. PYLE/GETTY


In Retrograde: July 7 to August 1

What It Means: Mercury is the most common planet to go into retrograde, and it does so a few times each year as its orbit passes earth. During Mercury retrograde, some people may find themselves unable to effectively communicate. Astrologers also generally recommend putting off big purchases or legal matters until after the planet’s orbit returns to normal.

Mercury’s retrogrades are considered particularly volatile because of how quickly the planet moves and its proximity to the Earth. This seems to mean that the planet’s manic energy can widely affect day to day life and amp up stress levels. The other planets on this list are not typically as strong in retrograde, though they do have their own effects.


In Retrograde: April 10 to August 11

What It Means: Jupiter retrograde doesn’t tend to cause too much harm. Instead, it ushers in a period of quiet reflection on events that have transpired throughout Jupiter’s normal orbit, according to astrologer Annabel Gat in conversation with Refinery29. This may be difficult while Mercury generates chaotic energy, but after the smallest planet leaves retrograde, people may experience a greater sense of peace and reflection through the start of August, according to Gat.


In Retrograde: April 30 to Sept 18

What It Means: Saturn retrograde tends to compliment Jupiter retrograde, according to During Saturn’s reverse orbit, people may experience a sense of moving forward and evaluating the best next moves.


In Retrograde: August 21 to Jan 1

What It Means: Uranus isn’t in retrograde just yet, but can offer an atmosphere conducive to self-reflection, specifically in regard to relationships and life choices. If you are not able to face the music, however, Uranus retrograde has the potential to set you back in all areas and kill your creative drive, according to


In Retrograde: June 21 to November 27

What It Means: Like the other retrogrades, Neptune retrograde offers the chance to reflect, this time on one’s spirituality. It’s a big trigger for psychic intuition, dreams and confusion, according to Hello Giggles. It can be difficult to break out of the Neptune retrograde fog, which some describe as muddling true feelings with confusing illusions. For some astrology-minded folks, Neptune retrograde may demand spending time to sort out your true feelings.RELATED STORIES


In Retrograde: April 24 to October 3

What It Means: Pluto may be one of the eeriest retrogrades, as it shines a light on the “shadow self,” or the side of ourselves we try to hide, according to Bustle. This means the things may reveal themselves against our will during the five months Pluto is in retrograde. Naturally, this also inspires a lot of reality checks and self-realization, astrologers say.

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You Know Mercury Retrograde. Now, Meet Chiron Retrograde ERIKA W. SMITH

Chiron Retrograde

If you follow astrology at all, you probably know that Mercury is retrograde right now. But another retrograde has just arrived. As of July 8, the comet Chiron is retrograde in Aries, and stays there until in goes direct on December 12. Known in astrology as “the Wounded Healer,” Chiron affects all aspects of wellness — our physical health, mental health, emotions, and spirituality.

Chiron was first discovered in November 1977, orbiting the Sun between Saturn and Uranus. Scientists originally classified it as an asteroid. “Named after centaur Chiron of Greek mythology, Chiron was a healer and a teacher who, ironically, could never heal himself after being hurt over and over for no reason,” explains Narayana Montúfar, Senior Astrologer for and

The comt’s name is appropriate. “After all these years of studying and documenting the effects of Chiron in the natal chart, astrologers have come to the realization that Chiron represents the internal wounds we will have to heal during this lifetime,” Montúfar says. “Chiron shows us where our soul has been deeply hurt before, and ironically, its placement by sign, house, and aspect points out to the healing powers we hold as a result of these deep spiritual wounds.”

If you’re thinking that the “Wounded Healer” going retrograde sounds like it could be bad news, well, you’re right. “When Chiron goes retrograde, the wounds that have been buried deep in our subconscious come to light. It’s like a window of opportunity that allows us to fully glance at our soul’s past journey,” Montúfar says. “Sounds like fun? Of course not. Some of these wounds relate to karma, abandonment, and physical trauma. But in what can be a very dark place, there’s gold to be mined.”

There are some actions we can take to make the most out of this difficult time. “During Chiron’s retrograde transit, pay attention to the signs and synchronicities you encounter, as they are your tools for self-empowerment,” Montúfar says. “Pay even closer attention to people who bring out these uncomfortable truths, as they have come to show you the path to healing and transformation. And in true Aries fashion (Chiron is currently in Aries), face them head-on! Because when the Wounded Healer retrogrades, the fuller the embracement, and the deeper the enlightenment we will all experience.”

Astrologer Lisa Stardust adds that Chiron retrograde can be a time for healing. “During Chiron retrograde, we will be accessing our subconscious needs and wounds,” she says. “We will be cosmically tasked to re-evaluate old relationships and decisions. Through understanding the past, we can be more diligent and understanding of the future.”

During these months, focus on self-care and self-love. “It’s a great time to head to therapy, or reconnect with inner childhood wounds,” Stardust says. “Being that Chiron is retrograde in the sign of Aries, we can reconcile our sentiments only if we take back our power. While we may not forgive others, we can forgive ourselves. We can mend our minds and hearts through self-love.”

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Where You Experience The Most Luck In Your Life, According To Your Jupiter Placement BY ROYA BACKLUND

Each planet in astrology has a personality and a power. When it comes to Jupiter — planet of adventure, philosophy, and expansion — there’s no way you’ll miss it. When Jupiter enters the building, the world can’t help but notice. Jupiter’s personality is larger than life, overly enthusiastic, indulgent, and optimistic. This planet arrives with flying colors and never fails to get the party started. In fact, you can even discover where you experience the most luck in your life, according to your Jupiter placement. Just input your time, date, and place of birth into a birth chart calculator to discover which of the 12 astrological houses your Jupiter falls into.

Now, not every astrologer considers Jupiter lucky, and it’s totally understandable why. Whatever Jupiter touches, it inevitably makes bigger. This is why Jupiter is also known for potentially being gluttonous, over the top, and a little too “extra,” if you know what I mean. However, because Jupiter is all about growth, embellishment, and forward-thinking, it can’t help but sprinkle a little fairy dust onto your birth chart and grace you with some cosmic gifts. Jupiter is a teacher and an endless source of positive reinforcement. This planet wants you to know you can always go the distance.

If you’re wondering what aspect of your life tends to flow with abundance and ease, study the nature of Jupiter in your birth chart.

Jupiter Luck


You light up a room the moment you enter it. Your bright and lively aura is infectious to all who surround you. You see yourself in a positive light and personal improvement comes so naturally to you. Living in the moment is what you do best and you see the good in everyone. People may refer to you as someone who has a “big personality.”


You attract wealth and luxury with ease. People marvel at how easily money flows your way. You’re excellent at forming a financial safety net for yourself and establishing stability throughout all facets of your life. Maintaining self-respect comes naturally to you and it’s difficult for someone to take advantage of you.


You’re a natural brainiac and an effortless intellect. Solving problems and puzzles is beyond easy for you. You’re an incredibly fast learner, someone who has a genius way with words, and you’re always thinking a few steps ahead. You can talk your way out of anything and people become entranced with you whenever you speak.


You have an incredibly rich home life. In fact, people may constantly tell you how amazing your family is. You attract love, care, and hospitality wherever you go. Creating a home that is beautiful, safe, and happy comes naturally to you. You tend to overcome familial challenges with ease and your bond is stronger than anything.


You have a natural artistic talent and self-expression is at the core of who you are. You tend to be lucky in love and friendship. Embracing joy is easy for you, even through difficult circumstances. Creativity leads you through life and children tend to love being around you. In fact, you’ll probably have a great relationship with your own kids.


You get lots of work done and people are always so impressed by how productive you are. Your daily routine is marked by organization and efficiency. No task is too daunting for you to accomplish and you’re one of the first people to lend a helping hand. You also tend to have an easy time maintaining your health and fitness.


It’s easy for you to have excellent and fulfilling one-on-one relationships. The people you meet and become close to tend to have a seriously positive impact on your life. Whether your relationship is a business partnership, a friendship, or a marriage, you’re great at working through problems and learning from each other.


It’s highly likely that you may come into large amounts of unexpected money throughout your life. You’re lucky when it comes to paying off debts. You’re also naturally intuitive and capable of forming close emotional bonds with others. Passion is your strong suit and you feel very deeply about things you care about.


Travel opportunities may be abundant during your lifetime. Being able to visit exotic locations all over the world comes naturally to you. You likely have many friends from lots of different cultural backgrounds and you always have a strong sense of faith. You’re talented when it comes to academic pursuit and you’re an excellent teacher.


You’re a go-getter and accomplishment comes naturally to you. There’s a higher chance you’ll receive great praise in this lifetime, possibly even fame. If you have your sights set on something, you manifest your dreams into reality with ease. You’re rarely ever on the losing side and you know how to turn lemons into lemonade.


You came into this world with a sparkling social life. It’s beyond easy for you to make friends and your networking abilities will bring amazing opportunities into your life. You have a natural leadership ability and it’s easy for you to care about philanthropy and spearhead great causes. You can truly make the world a better place.


It’s highly likely that you have psychic abilities. Your intuition is incredibly fine-tuned and your imagination is always bursting with color. It’s easy for you to connect with your spiritual side through solitude, meditation, and ritual. There’s something magical about you, and luck finds you in the most unexpected situations.

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