NUMINOUS WEEKLY HOROSCOPES OCTOBER 1-7 2018

Get this week’s astro symbol for your sign with Sandy Sitron’s Numinous Weekly Horoscopes …

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Libra // Libra Rising
Releasing doves. Let a part of your spirit fly. Journey to discover what riches are available. Lift up your thoughts and your words to a higher standard. Lift up your mind. The doves return home having received a message of inspiration. If you calibrate your mindset toward positivity you’ll become inspired too. And it will help you feel more alive and creative.

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Scorpio // Scorpio Rising
A sponge in the sea. You can’t possibly clean up all of this emotion. You need to let it overflow. Swim in the feelings. Don’t try to stop them. Soon you’ll understand exactly what brought you here. Soon you’ll know how to navigate. In the meanwhile, pray and serve your spirit by spending sweet time with yourself. There’s no need to worry. Wonder instead.

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Sagittarius // Sagittarius Rising
A drawing of wheels etched into the sand. You are ready to travel, but remember that everything is changing. You can’t use up all of your energy by trying to plan. You must go with the flow and let the plans change around you. The urge to get into motion is strong. Follow the urge and come up with the plan after the fact. Trust in your ability to innovate.

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Capricorn // Capricorn Rising
A polar bear stands on hind legs. You shout it out to the rooftops … I am here! I am ready! I know what I need to do. Don’t let fear of success or fear of failure stop you now. You actually are ready. Examine resistance and discover that it can be squashed. Your habits are important. Notice which ones are muffling your war cry.

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Aquarius // Aquarius Rising
A blade carves a pumpkin. Carve out this new identity. Your dream can become your reality. Your brand is malleable and ready to undergo renovation. Make a new face for your jack o’ lantern. Make a new face for yourself. Let it be carved by inspiration. Your highest truth can be your visage.

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Pisces // Pisces Rising
The jack hammer makes a hole in concrete. You’re ready to drill down. Anything that brought you pain in the past can be understood by digging deeper. Hold steady, hold true, and go further into the past than you want to go. Look at old pictures. Let yourself cry. Soon you’ll reach a a layer of gold. You’ll understand why the excavation had to be done.

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Aries // Aries Rising
A racing sled. You speed down the hill and physics takes over. Most of life is a physics experiment. How much control do you have over your momentum? How much of your direction is determined by past decisions? To change direction you must factor in the inertia that’s built up. If you need a new beginning, start with honesty. Tell yourself the truth and be bravely honest in your relationships. That’ll help you know where you really stand.

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Taurus // Taurus Rising
A hippopotamus runs. The sheer force of the hippo’s feet clobbering the ground is impressive. Are you the hippo? This symbol says that there’s a force coming— you’ll either be the power or you will need to react to the power. Which would you choose, if you had fair warning? How do you harness your power? What gives you energy? Build up your stores of energy, drive, and determination. It’s time to make things happen.

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Gemini // Gemini Rising
A golden ticket. Jackpot! This is your moment to believe in yourself. Set goals that are your very own. These are the things that you want for yourself, they aren’t what anyone else would have you do. Goals that bring you joy and spark your heart fire. A golden ticket is the license to realize your dream. What concrete steps can you take to tell the universe you’re ready?

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Cancer // Cancer Rising
Houndstooth pattern. Patterns are real. They guide us, they drive us. Our subconscious minds use thought patterns to keep us safe and conserve energy. But it’s easy to stay stuck in limiting beliefs. There are times when you need to break free of the patterns. This is a moment to bring consciousness to your emotions. Feel and release. Get familiar with the old metal habits and let them go. Start by noticing where you feel stuck and dig into the story that keeps you there.

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Leo // Leo Rising
The keys, hammers, and strings of a piano. It’s time to fire up your mind. Start hitting the keys and activate the hammers and strings of your mental piano. Maybe that means that you read more, talk more, listen more. Engage and start firing on all circuits. When you’re learning, there’s no time for self-criticism. That’s why it’s so much fun. Nurture a fertile mind.

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Virgo // Virgo Rising
A beehive. You’ll get to start fresh. You’ll get to discover a new part of yourself. All you have to do is share. Share your resources and trust in security. Then you’ll truly believe in abundance. Just like a bee, you’re an integral part of your ecosystem. Don’t separate yourself because of fear. Participate, give, promote your skills and flourish.

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THE 2018 CANCER WANING MOON WANTS YOU TO FIGHT FOR YOUR FEELINGS

As Venus prepares to travel retrograde, the 2018 Cancer Waning Moon marks a powerful moment to integrate our feminine and masculine, and embrace the fierceness in putting our feelings first, says Jennifer Racioppi
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Waning Quarter Moon / October 2 2018 / 5:45am EST / 9 degrees Cancer

The 2018 Cancer Waning Moon invites a poignant pause. With Venus moving towards her retrograde station and descent into the darkness, the Cancer Waning Moon asks everyone, regardless of their gender orientation, to adopt the feminine qualities within.

This can be an aggressive position for Venus when she embraces her warrior aspects, and this Moon’s relationship to Venus profoundly amplifies our powers of intuition, empathy, and feminine moxy. As we prepare for her retrograde journey by surrendering what is no longer aligned, feminine values and voices will rise … 

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//The Cycle//
The Waning Quarter Moon falls at the halfway point between the recent Harvest Aries Full Moon and the upcoming Libra New Moon. This halfway point asks us to actively release our blocks to success. What’s standing between you and the fruition of your most heartfelt intentions and goals? Consider what you can let go of, and burn it, baby.

From a long-term perspective, this Waning Quarter Moon brings intentions set with the Cancer New Moon on July 4, 2016, to fruition. What are you cultivating in your life now that relates to what you hoped and prayed for on the New Moon in July 2016?

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//The Transits//
This Moon occurs just three days before Venus, the planet of love and beauty, stations retrograde. Venus will travel retrograde from October 5th- November 16th. Unlike Mercury, who goes retrograde 2-4 times per year, Venus only travels retrograde once every 18 months. As one of the most potent transits of 2018, this brings with it strong and necessary medicine. Her retrograde periods support realignment with feminine values.

This Waning Cancer Moon forms a perfect manifestation trine to Venus at the degree of her station, 10 degrees of Scorpio. The water trine deepens emotional introspection, and supports inner alignment in preparation for the upcoming retrograde cycle. And with Mars simultaneously clearing his retrograde shadow (finally) at 6 degrees of Aquarius, he makes an air trine to the Libra Sun.

This combination offers us profound resources that we can use to harmonize the masculine and feminine, both within ourselves and for the collective. 

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//The Square//
This cardinal square between the Libra Sun and Cancer Moon instigates an in-depth look at personal values. Fairness (Libra) squares safety and security (Cancer). As you prep for both the Venus retrograde station, and October 8th’s Libra New Moon, let the cardinal focus empower you to stand strong in your values. Now is not the time to let old limiting beliefs and insecurities stand in your way.

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//The Opportunity//
This Waning Quarter Moon amplifies feminine prowess. The Sun in Libra, who is ruled by Venus, prepares us for Venus’ descent into her underworld. Venus, who represents love and beauty has two sides— she the goddess of love and the goddess of war. The feminine, after all, protects what she loves.

We can expect this lunar moment to elicit deep emotional connection. Use it to your advantage. Prepare yourself for the upcoming Venus station and Libra New Moon by standing up and fighting for what YOU believe!

For more Moon wisdom, or to book a coaching session with Jennifer visit Jenniferracioppi.com.

USE YOUR BIRTH CHART TO MEET YOUR SHADOW SELF

With Pluto stationing direct on September 30th, it’s time to meet your shadow self—and you can use your birth chart to come face-to-face with the skeletons in your own closet, say Ruby Warrington and Bess Matassa

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Ruler of Scorpio, the planet Pluto urges us to dive deep into the more Numinous realms of being—which can feel downright scary, depending on how comfortable we are with our more primal urges and shadowy desires.

Pluto governs the parts of ourselves we tend to keep buried under layers of social conditioning, but which are aching to be witnessed in all their gory glory.

But there’s no need to be afraid of these less fragrant parts of ourselves. And in fact, the more time we can spend acknowledging, loving, and socializing them, the less likely they are to leap out of the shadows and bite somebody’s head off. And our birth charts are a great place to begin.

There are several key placements in each and every chart that give clues to the more shadowy parts of our beings, giving us the opportunity to unlock our own secret basement rooms and hidden passages. Read on for 7 ways to use your birth chart to go behind the veil …

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The 7th House: Hello, shadow self
Known as the house of relationships and sitting opposite the 1st House of self and personal expression, the 7th House can also represent the parts of our nature where we’re in denial. Planets here can show aspects of ourselves that we’d rather not “see,” and which we project onto our life partners (in marriage, friendship, and business) instead. We may also seek relationships with people who embody these traits in order to “complete” us. For example, Mars in the 7th House could represent suppressed or unacknowledged anger, meaning we seek partners who either express their anger easily—or know how to push the right buttons to help us to express ours!

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The 8th House: How we dance with our demons
Ruled by Scorpio herself, the wicked witch of the zodiac, the 8th House is where we walk the tightrope between the two worlds. In our earthly lives, planets in the 8th House can show how we access our psychic powers (for example, the Moon here suggests strong gut feelings, while an 8th House Mercury may mean we actually “hear” voices from the other side). The sign ruling the 8th House meanwhile (look for the sign it intersects at the bottom), shows our relationship to our shadow self. For example, Leo ruling the 8th House has no problem expressing its demons—while Cancer here may need to find a safe place to let it all hang out.

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The 12th House: Let go and let God
Representing the most profound depths of the chart, this house is often described in vague terms such as “the house of self-undoing,” or “secret enemies,” and you can think of this zone as the underground cellar of your chart. Any planets living down there are sometimes kept under lock and key—while they may rise up and “possess” you from time to time. For example, Pluto or Mars here can lead to repressed anger and control impulses that suddenly break out of the cellar and threaten to smash all the china. Meanwhile, Venus here marks an invitation to notice where you deny yourself pleasure. If you’re a 12 house astro babe, your work is to embrace whatever planets hang in this basement, and invite them into the main house for a midnight snack.

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Neptune: Your inner spiritual guru
Neptune is the planet ruling mystical Pisces, representing our spirituality and our connection to the higher realms of existence. The sign and house containing Neptune in our birth charts shows how and in what areas of life we experience this connection most strongly, and also where we may seek to “merge” with the Universal oneness—or lose our sense of “self.” The biggest emo of the zodiac, Neptune also shows our sensitivity, and where we may try to escape from the “real” world in search of something altogether softer and more forgiving. Any kind of mystical or dreamlike experience, from being guided into a Shamanic trance, to losing ourselves in music at a concert, will have Neptune at its helm.

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South Node: Your soul’s old clothing
Have you ever slipped into some threads that feel oh so comfortable but just a little bit stretched out? Think of your South Node placement as your house clothes. Whatever sign and house its in represents an old way of being from another lifetime. This time around, channel your North Node placement for a soul upgrade. The North Node may feel itchy and challenging and take some breaking in. At first, you may not even recognize yourself when you embrace this behavioral pattern. But you’ve got to risk slipping into this new party frock and and heading out on the town to really fulfill your mission.

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Chiron: Your secret superpower
Often called the “wounded healer,” you can think about this placement in your chart as a deeply painful spot that needs you to apply the energy of allowing. Dress that wound, love up on it, and let it break you open towards the human experience of tenderized acceptance. Along with Saturn, Chiron is all about something we think we never received and/or don’t deserve. By element it shows us what we perceive as our weakness (ex/Chiron in Earth, connection to the pragmatic, material realm; Chiron in water, fears around surrendering to our emotional tides). But unlike Saturn’s hard work energy, which compels us to apply effort to overcome this placement, Chiron doesn’t respond to “work.” Instead, we must move alongside and with this energy, and use it as a gateway to connecting with others. Sweetly attending to this touchy-feely place lets us tap into our empathetic superpowers.

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Pluto: Where you glow in the dark
This planet of hardcore soul collisions and amped-up intensity, which rules the badass energy of Scorpio, shows us where we can practice grip and release. It gives the house it inhabits a glow-in-the-dark kind of light, where we illuminate our life and death battles, and what we’re willing to protect at all costs. Its gift is to reveal to us where we’re most carnal, and to help us mine this intensity for juicy gemstones. Can we learn to live with what lives inside of us, even the inkiest dark matter we’d rather discard? Harness this energy to fight for exactly what you desire, while noticing when your primal beasties can be slightly softened.

HEALING FROM TRAUMA WITH PSYCHEDELICS

Psychiatrist Will Siu, MD, is an advocate for healing from trauma from psychedelics. Currently a therapist on clinical trials using MDMA-assisted psychotherapy to treat PTSD, he shares his insights into a very human way to heal …

When we think about trauma, we often go straight to war, physical, or sexual abuse. But as important, are the traumas of neglect, of feeling un-safe, of feeling un-loved. People think: “I don’t deserve to say, ‘I’ve suffered trauma’. But that’s BS. All of us have suffered numerous traumas in our lives.

When this trauma is unhealed and unresolved, this manifests as suffering—in our bodies and in our beings. And so we find strategies to cope. Depending on our genetic make-up, our family history, and our place in society, this might look like a cluster of symptoms that we call OCD, PTSD, or addiction. I don’t think about these as disorders. They are simply what our body and mind are doing to try to protect us. There’s nothing wrong with us—these symptoms just show us that there is a trauma to be healed.

We’ve been throwing medication at this for years, and it doesn’t work. When it comes to mental health, Western medicine has seen most success with SSRIs like Prozac for treating depression, for example. But they only work slightly better than a placebo. It’s silly when physicians say this is the answer.

In contrast, the data from trials on MDMA for PTSD, psilocybin for alcoholism, psilocybin for end of life anxiety, and MDMA for social anxiety, is better than anything else we’ve seen for mental health. But there’s still a lot of resistance to integrating these therapies, which I believe stems from a fear of these being dangerous or addictive drugs.

I also want to emphasize that the studies being done are using these substances to facilitate the psychotherapy process. It’s not the molecules themselves that are doing the healing. Rather, they are assisting the interpersonal healing process that we call “psychotherapy.”

When it comes to healing trauma, I think of the concept of “catharsis”—and old psychology term for the process of releasing, and thereby providing relief from, strong or repressed emotions. And three things need to happen for our bodies and our minds to release us from our traumas. There is a need for the intellectual memory of the trauma to be coupled with the emotional memory of it, and for this to happen in an empathic setting. Empathy is different from sympathy, when we might hear: “oh, that must have been hard for you.” It’s about really feeling that the person in front of you understands your experience. In many cases with empathy, there isn’t even a need for words.

What you’ll notice in my recipe for catharsis is that psychedelics are not in the equation. That a therapist is not in the equation. That a shaman in white linen a warehouse in Brooklyn is not in the equation. This is because we’re capable of doing this work by nature of us being human. Not that these things can’t be helpful, but thinking that one or more of these modalities themselves is going to heal you, is a mistake.

I believe that because of the way that Western culture has developed—with the breakdown of community, the breakdown of family—we’ve created the need for mental health professionals. It is possible to do this work on our own. When people are trained, there is a higher chance of healing the deepest wounds, but I don’t think it’s necessary. There are people who’ve been doing underground therapy for a long time—not that everybody does it well, including people who are trained to do psychedelic therapy. The key is to trust yourself and the way you feel when you are working with someone.

A psychiatrist named Stan Grof, who was friends with Albert Hoffman, who discovered LSD, has said: “The full experience of a negative emotion is the funeral pyre of that emotion.” This is an important way to think about healing from trauma. With psychedelic therapy, we’re talking about enhancing “negative” emotions and memories, whereas the Western approach has focused on suppressive therapies. Look at the categories of medications we use: anti-depressants. Anti-anxiety meds. We’re really doing the opposite of trying to feel every emotion through to its “funeral pyre.”

Western medicine and psychiatry are not to blame for this. It’s also an approach that represents our culture and where we are as a society. The emotions that we tend to suppress are sadness and fear. Interpersonally, and in self-help memes on social media, they’re thought of as signs of weakness. Something to be ashamed of, as if there’s something wrong with us for feeling or expressing them. I think the way we treat them medically is a result of this cultural treatment of them. Emotions like joy and anger, meanwhile, are very, very acceptable. We need to shift this if we’re going to do any real healing.

Using psychedelics as part of the Western medicine approach in doing this work is also going to take a change in society. These are evocative therapies. They’re the opposite of suppressive therapies. They evoke emotions, they evoke memories, they evoke physical symptoms. Hopefully in an environment that is conducive to healing. The term “set and setting,” coined by Timothy Leary in 1961, speaks to where you’re at personally, who are you with, and what is the physical space like. All of these elements have an impact on your overall experience.

Of course, some of these consciousness altering molecules can also be used to escape from our problems, including ketamine, marijuana, alcohol, MDMA, and nicotine. Again, it comes back to set and setting as to whether these things can be helpful or harmful. I’m also not saying these substances can’t be used for recreation, for fun, for creativity. We just need to not be fooling ourselves when we’re trying to do healing work with them.

The final piece I want to mention is integration. People aren’t focusing enough on this part of psychedelic healing, which I think of as the work that is done in the days, weeks, and months after the experience itself. In my opinion, the majority of the long-term benefits of psychedelic therapy is in the sober work that follows.

Real bravery doesn’t come from taking a third of fourth cup of ayahuasca, or five or six tabs of acid. It’s really about going back to work the following week and seeking to make peace with the coworker that irritates you. It could be calling a sibling you haven’t spoken to in nine months because you felt they aren’t as “enlightened” as you, and choosing to love them anyway. These healing interactions are truly where we find the long-term benefits of this work.

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Will Siu, MD , DPhil, studied medicine at UCLA, the National Institute of Health in Washington DC, and Oxford University. In addition ton addition to his private practice in NYC, he is a therapist on clinical trials using MDMA-assisted psychotherapy to treat PTSD. Learn more about Will and his work HERE and follow him on Instagram.

NUMINOUS TAROTSCOPE SEPTEMBER 27 2018: 4 OF WANDS

As we begin to harvest the fruits of the year so far, the 4 of Wands invites us to spark unbridled joy and celebrate our precious life force, says this month’s reader-in-residence, Alisha Cigalotti

LIBRA SEASON BEAUTY: APPLY IN TWOS

Ruled by pleasure-seeker Venus, Libra energy invites us to connect with both our inner and outer allure. Let Eunice Lucero‘s top beauty duos for Libra Season kick-off a month of perfectly-paired pampering …

Province Apothecary Jade Facial Roller

With the Sun now in the beautiful, billowy sign of Libra, the astrological weather forecast is for more diplomatic, harmonious times (side-eyeing you, retrograde season).

Ruled by Venus, Libra Season activates our urge to indulge and treat ourselves, and with the recent Fall Equinox marking the official reaping of the past year’s harvest, we’re invited to take a pause and celebrate how far we’ve come with some well-deserved pampering.

Let this roundup of luxurious duos help you lean into the beauty gods and goddesses within …

**We’ve listed beauty duos for each Libra placement, but these pairings are for everyone. Curious about what planet and /or house Libra rules in your chart? You can do your birth chart HERE for free.

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1// Sun in Libra / Libra Ruling the 5th house: Province Apothecary Dual-Action Jade Facial Roller, $44; Rejuvenating + Hydrating Face Serum, $26. Little luxuries that offer sophisticated upgrades are what feed your soul—particularly if they look as good as they feel. This two-step, on-trend facial roller helmed in jade, the ancient stone of beauty and money, helps reduce fine lines, promote circulation and aid lymphatic detox. Supplement it with a pure botanical antioxidant serum either before or after your mini-rolling ritual, just in time for your birthday celebrations.

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2// Moon in Libra / Libra Ruling the 4th house: Lenajapon LJ Moist Shimmer Clear CC Day Serum, $55; LJ Pearly Powder Moisturizing Beauty Face Powder, $55. You put the social in social justice, seeking fair-mindedness in all forms. Your diplomatic nature will resonate with products that mirror a sweet, emotional spark that’s always shimmering below the surface, like this shimmer serum and powder duo that both imparts moisture and a natural, goddess-like glow.

Lenajapon Duo

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3// Ascendant in Libra / Libra Ruling the 1st house: When Rose Coconut Gentle Exfoliating Scrub Mask, $14; When Glamour Base Mask, $28 for a set of 5. Looking the part is half the battle; for your charming, and yes, appearance-conscious approach to facing the world, it’s never just a frivolity. You move through life with a tasteful, refined eye, and making sure your look is on point is a daily priority. A luxurious facial scrub made with natural coconut powder and French rosewater helps gently slough off impurities, while a bio-cellulose, all-natural, collagen sheet mask gives a smooth, flawless makeup base.

When Rose Coconut Gentle Exfoliating Scrub Mask

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4// Mercury in Libra / Libra Ruling the 3rd or 6th house: Alder New York Texture Powder, $27; All Purpose Comb, $10. You have the gift of gab—making you a facile communicator who loves a two-sided, good-natured debate. You can easily see both sides to a story and love witty repartee that doesn’t take away from the topic at hand. Clean, uncomplicated, and genderless beauty touches on this appreciation for inclusivity; a dry shampoo and travel-friendly comb also give you some glam on the go for your mercurial travels.

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5// Venus in Libra / Libra Ruling the 2nd house or 7th house: Amaranthum Gentle Hydrating Set, $187. Elegant, cultured, and sensual, your penchant for artfully crafted experiences extends to everything you can see, feel, hear, taste, and touch. This cleanser-and-essence power duo honors your love of all things feminine and romantic, while upholding your need for integrity—it also effectively clears pores and locks in hydration.

Amaranthum Set

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6// Mars in Libra / Libra Ruling the 1st house: Elate Essential Mascara, $28; Elate Liquid Eyeline in Origin, $25. Making a point without ruffling feathers is your calling card, even when things get heated! A sense of diplomacy serves as your baseline when getting things done, even as you’re girlbossing your way to the top. Punctuate your eyes-on-the-prize mentality with a crisp, sexy cat-eye, from a line that delivers awesome pigments, but which also has a heartwarming credo: They’re currently 75% waste-free, with goals for 100% in the next 4 years.

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7// Jupiter in Libra / Libra Ruling the 9th house: Everyday Resting Beach Face SPF30 Anti-Pollution Sunscreen Serum, $30; Club BFF Natural Rescue Balm, $15. Your gracious, warm-hearted persona will appreciate paraben-free beauty that also packs a punch, and this anti-aging sunscreen serum is the Holy Grail. A blend of beloved superfoods (kale, spinach) is mixed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, all while shielding against UV rays (it also has anti-blue light technology, for protection against your iPhone and laptop glare!) Compliment with a petroleum-free, all-purpose balm.

Everyday Club BFF Duo

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8// Saturn in Libra / Libra Ruling the 10th house: Amour New York Hemp & Gold Hand Cream, $39; Hemp & Gold Foot Cream, $28.50. A polished, dignified, earthy sense of beauty and a knack for tact are the gifts you bring to the table. Your hardworking, exacting manner finds the perfect outlet in the realm of intellect and relationships, giving you an edge in both business and love—a cohesiveness you thrive on. A premium hemp-infused, non-greasy foot cream cares for your peds, as you (diplomatically) climb the corporate ladder, while its matching hand moisturizer makes sure deals you shake on are good.

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9// Uranus in Libra / Libra Ruling the 11th house: Ethique Tip-to-Toe Shampoo & Shaving Bar, $15.50; Bombshell Gradual Tanning Bar, $32. Breaking free from traditional habits, especially in favor of innovation, is your loudest battle cry; revolutionizing old relationships (whether with people, things or the world in general), a close second. A completely no-nasty, Certified B-Corp, sustainable, Leaping Bunny-certified offering that urges you to #giveupthebottle by using bar products instead tugs at your environmental heartstrings, while satisfying your need for being on the new new.

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10// Neptune in Libra / Libra Ruling the 12th house: Lacfin Composited Revive Facial Sheet Mask, $34.99 for pack of 5; Anti-Aging One Step Revive Cream, $39.99. Blessed with an artist’s soul, you’re the sensitive flower child whose poetic, idealistic touch becomes obvious when caring for partners or other people. Tuning inwards to tend to your practical needs first—you can’t draw from an empty well—is the karmic lesson on your plate this lifetime. Small acts of self-love, like pampering your skin with the world’s only cream with Micro Collagen Technology, and using a safe, EWG-verified (!) mask, can keep your hippie heart happy as well.

Lacfin Anti-Aging One Step Revive Cream

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11// Pluto in Libra / Libra Ruling the 8th house: bāsd Indulgent Crème Brûlée Coffee Scrub, $19.99; Indulgent Crème Brûlée Body Lotion, $24.99. Lie your tendency to nitpick at perceived flaws to rest with a decadent body duo that invites you to make nice with your complexion. The natural, organic coffee scrub exfoliates to reveal fresher, smoother skin, while also improving microcirculation. And its follow-up body lotion, which boasts five hard-hitting moisturizers, seals in nourishment to satisfy the over-thinker in you.

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12// *Bonus placement—Chiron in Libra: Way of Will 01 Natural Deodorant Spray in Peppermint + Lavender, $12.75; 27 Cool Fix Energizing Spray Clear Your Mind in Peppermint + Lemon, $19. Free your mind … and your relationship insecurities will follow! Well, a high-vibe practice like yoga, meditation or reiki and crystal work can help temper these love demons, at least, and help you realize a codependent attitude only serves to hold you back from your highest potential. Amp up the serenity in your practice with athletic sprays that have your best intentions in mind, for a truly synergistic flow.

Way of Will 27 Cool Fix Energizing Spray

NUMINOUS WEEKLY HOROSCOPES SEPTEMBER 24-30 2018

Get this week’s astro symbol for your sign with Sandy Sitron’s Numinous Weekly Horoscopes …

Photo: Henry Lim

Libra // Libra Rising 
Tetris. All the blocks are falling, can you help put them into place? It’s a master feat of organization. You need to be on your toes and you need to survey the whole scene. Don’t leave anyone out and don’t take anything for granted. Orchestrate a powerful sequence of events that magnifies your relationships and galvanizes your own goals.

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Scorpio // Scorpio Rising 
On your knees. Look to spiritual texts for resolution and understanding. You don’t have to believe everything you read. But find something that inspires you and reminds you that there’s a big unknown universe. Surrender. When you’ve released control, then you can begin to get things organized on the micro level of your life. There are arenas where smart systems will help you feel grounded amidst the awe of the unknown.

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Sagittarius // Sagittarius Rising
A needle and thread. Start small. To make a quilt start with two pieces, then connect three, four and so on until there are hundreds of interlocking designs. The small, powerful connections you make create a network of love and memories that will expand far beyond your lifetime. As you give of your own spirit through action and charity, so you receive the gift of community. Take nothing for granted. Start with a tiny stitch and discover where the action takes you.

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Capricorn // Capricorn Rising 
A monkey eats fruit at the top of the tree. To get to the top of the tree you need to be playful. To get to the top of the tree, there needs to be stability at the roots. You are so close to your goals. Stay playful and stay deep. Emotions may run high, feel them fully. Sit with them and wait for the tides to ebb. Hold onto all of these reminders because this is a time for centering yourself before the focus turns to productivity.

Want more wisdom? Book a reading with Sandy here or follow her on Instagram.

Aquarius // Aquarius Rising
Pulling carrots out of the ground. Unearth the thing that will spark your interest. A carrot is a treat that keeps the donkey curious, driven and engaged. What’s your “carrot?” What do you turn to when you’re stuck? Illuminate your mind with travel, knowledge, and connection. It’s time to challenge yourself so that you can comprehend the promise of your future.

Want more wisdom? Book a reading with Sandy here or follow her on Instagram.

Pisces // Pisces Rising
A beacon of light. This time you’re not looking for your why. You already know why. You are looking for your how. How will you stand? Will it be gracefully? How will you reflect your deepest values? Will it be honestly? How do you want to move through the world? And do you feel secure enough to make it happen? If not, have a heart-to-heart talk with your ego. It’s the only thing standing in the way of grace.

Want more wisdom? Book a reading with Sandy here or follow her on Instagram.

Aries // Aries Rising
Texas hold ‘em. You’re playing the game. You’ve been dealt an exciting hand. There’s a need for risk and a need for strategy. Meld both together. Spontaneity will drive your game, so have fun and be yourself. Stay positive, but don’t forget what you’ve got riding on this. And remember, your own agenda is exciting, but your relationships are important too, so tread gently while living your life to the fullest.

Want more wisdom? Book a reading with Sandy here or follow her on Instagram.

Taurus // Taurus Rising
A diamond necklace. The stone is of high value. But more than anything else, a diamond represents strength. Is your strength in unexpected places? Do you convince yourself that you are weak? Or do you coach yourself toward strength? Your concept of your own strength is only a habit. Build it up however you want.

Want more wisdom? Book a reading with Sandy here or follow her on Instagram.

Gemini // Gemini Rising
A tiny window. It doesn’t matter how small the window is, if you can fit one eye in it, you can get a grand view. Work with what you’ve got. You may not understand the whole picture yet, but if you keep searching you are soon to learn more. Ask everyone for help. Send emails, make calls, put yourself out there. This is how you’ll receive the scope of information that you need.

Want more wisdom? Book a reading with Sandy here or follow her on Instagram.

Cancer // Cancer Rising
A toothpick sticking out of a sandwich. You can’t stack the sandwich up without a little infrastructure. Nothing works without structure, not even lunch. Hold yourself up to a higher standard and success will come out of nowhere. Don’t forget about the foundation. If you feel solid emotionally, what you create in your career will be solid too. Nurture yourself.

Want more wisdom? Book a reading with Sandy here or follow her on Instagram.

Leo // Leo Rising
A piercing whistle. Will you heed the call? It’s so visceral you can’t ignore it. The call is to follow your inspiration. Stop the game and take a timeout. Remember why you’re playing to begin with. What inspires you? What fascinates you? What’s your mission statement? Now get back into motion and feel your energy flow easily.

Want more wisdom? Book a reading with Sandy here or follow her on Instagram.

Virgo // Virgo Rising
A branch cracks in the forest. There’s a mystery to be discovered. Become a tracker. Look for clues. You’re looking for the thing that will help you love yourself fully. Watch out for any thought or feeling that pushes you away from love. Stay on the trail. Keep digging until you forgive yourself and forgive others. This is deep work and now is the time for resolution.

Want more wisdom? Book a reading with Sandy here or follow her on Instagram.

LIBRA SEASON 2018: EMBRACE THE BEAUTIFUL MESS

Libra Season 2018 brings an opportunity to embody our contradictions and make peace with the parts of ourselves we may prefer to disavow. Bess Matassa shares the key astro happenings for the month to come.

Photo: Matheus Ferrero

Unleash your lightsabers and clarify your castles in the sky. Libra Season 2018 marks a potent moment for reconciling our contradictions, so we can learn to dance a new and delicious tango with our wildest dreams.

Represented by the zodiac’s only inanimate object, the scales, Libra gifts us with a mirrorball perspective that can see for miles. This sign is sometimes positioned as a romantic dreamer, but the energy we move through collectively during Libra Season is about letting the air move freely around us, testing the temperature and humidity before we attempt to alter a single thing.

With Pluto stationing direct in Capricorn on September 30, and Venus starting her retrograde roll through Scorpio October 8, the temptation might be to quickly “tidy-up” any messiness. But this is actually a season for deeply integrating whatever you see as your contradictions, and for remembering, that even when we feel most estranged we’re all in this human experience together.

So sidle up to what’s true for you, right here, right now, as if it were your most adored lover. And then ask what seems farthest from you to cuddle up closer, too. In the words of Friday Night Lights’ Coach Taylor, “clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.” We can dream this dream together when we first dare to stand completely, and unashamedly, face-to-face …

Listen to the full Libra Season 2018 report from Numi resident astrologers Bess + Sandy HERE and use the below dates from Bess to get the quick and dirty on the season’s 4 key astro events …

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Sun in Libra (9.22-10.22) // Pairs Figure Skating  

Libra Season teaches us to embrace what we think of as our polar opposite, and to delve into the dynamism of blending shades of grey to meet our very own middle. Celebrate complimentary combos with everything from peanut butter and jelly, to jeans and white tees, to the catch and release of Olympics pairs figure skating. The latter matches brute force with high-artistry, and sends us reeling for the winners podium based on our ability to both follow and lead.

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Photo: Vincent Anderson

Chiron Retrograde Enters Pisces (9.25) // Mermaid Chic

Chiron is the zodiac’s neverending wellspring of emotional tenderness, reminding us that our secret shames are actually our superpowers. With Chiron in Pisces, the feels are all too real, and we may find ourselves perpetually poised to dissolve into saltwater tears. But the cosmic siren ultimately reveals that when we commit to diving deep with both our pain and pleasure, we can hold more than we ever imagined. Loosen your grip on a buttoned-up self-concept with ombré locks and iridescence, as you fluidly navigating every last deep-sea feeling.

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Photo: Joe Gardner

Pluto direct in Capricorn (9.30) // Plate Tectonics  

Pluto is the zodiac’s most potent transformer, while Capricorn represents the glacially-paced mountains of competence and self-sufficiency. Together, these forces are asking us to consider the macro-level shifts we’re ready to affect in our emotional patterning. This is way bigger than our individual lives, and connecting to this karmic consciousness can actually come as a source of major relief. What patterns are you ready to rupture that can help to liberate your entire soul lineage? What have you inherited that you know in your blood and bones is not yours to carry? Connect to these megawatt rock movements with a little dip into middle school geology class.

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Photo: Larm Rmah

Venus retrograde in Scorpio (10.5-10.31) // Pat Benatar’s Shadows of the Night

Whenever a planet travels retro, we’re asked to invite it to an overnight slumber party that brings us into more intimate communion with it. As Venus governs pleasure, beauty, and all forms of relationship, use this time to explore any tender spots around issues of self-worth. And while Scorpio is usually thought of as go deep or go home, full-throttle lava flow, Venus’s slow roll through this sign in October re-acquaints us with the sweet refuge of our inner dark places. Tread softly through what scares you, and support yourself the same way you would a beloved.

THE 2018 ARIES FULL MOON WANTS YOU TO TAKE A STAND

The fired-up 2018 Aries Full Moon wants you to balance honesty with grace, banish victim consciousness, and take a clear, conscious stand for what’s real, says Sandy Sitron

Photo: Greg Kantra

Full Moon :: September 24 2018 :: 10:54 pm ET :: 2 degrees Aries

A chariot is pulled by a team of horses. The horses are driving forward at breakneck speed. The momentum builds. The pounding of hooves could start an avalanche.

The horses signify your spirit. You are here to make your mark. Drive forward. Do something. Make decisions. Take action. The question is, are you driving or are you getting carried away?

When emotions kick in, who’s in the driver’s seat? Will your feelings prod you to react with the power and speed of ten horses? Fast reactions often end with saying the wrong thing or burning a bridge.

If instead you can combine speed and drive with gracefulness and balance, you’ll be able to reach higher heights in you relationships, work, and your understanding of yourself.

On every Full Moon we are given the challenge of working with two opposites. Our goal is to create awareness of the whole. Aries teaches self-fulfillment, drive, and action. Libra teaches of the relationship between self and others, deliberation, and balance.

There are challenging aspects at this Full Moon. It’s time to stand up for yourself and, if it’s appropriate, others. Say the things that need to be said and set those healthy boundaries. Take an inventory. What has been left unsaid? What needs resolution?

Be honest, loving and kind. And be firm. The Moon represents the emotional reaction. Since the Moon is in Aries you might find your reactions are fired up, quick, and hot. The goal is to strike the balance and find diplomacy. Don’t let those horses run away with you. Be wary of getting carried away.

The horses halt in a field of blossoming flowers. This is a moment to celebrate the things that are blossoming in your life. Celebration is a ritual for honoring the emotion happiness. Happiness doesn’t always get noticed, so its important to take time out for it. Celebrate yourself and give gratitude.

And take action today! (That’s an Aries thing). Do something glorious that helps you feel alive. The horses eat only the blossoms and leave the rest.

Ingest beauty. Find your inner harmony and pay attention to the things that you consume. Center yourself from within. This will take time and attention and luckily, you have all of Libra season to steady the scales. This Full Moon in Aries may push you to emotional extremes, so it’s especially important to take the time to center yourself.

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Sun and Moon in a T-square with Saturn
A rosebush with thorns.
With serious Saturn having a tough conversation with the Sun and the Moon, you’re reminded to take responsibility. Only you are responsible for your choices. The things that are challenging can make you stronger, if you show up for the challenge. Keep picking yourself up and looking for a better way. You are not a victim. If you don’t learn how to deal with the thorns, you’ll never get to smell the sweetness of the rose.

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Full Moon conjunct Chiron
A wilting violet.
There is a note of sadness. The wounds are your best teacher. Give yourself the best hug you’ve ever had. You deserve to know that you are beloved. There is a lot of tenderness at this Full Moon. Slow down long enough to feel it.

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Full Moon sextile Mars
A beach ball bounces down the beach.
An easy place to find resolution is through movement. With the Moon in the sign of Aries gleaming a luminous beam to Aries’ ruling planet Mars, we know that we get in motion, and that it will help. Find the most natural place to put your energy and move. Not as a reaction, but as an action. An intuitive action that helps you know yourself better. Just bounce along quickly like the beach ball.

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Full Moon opposite Mercury
Naming every grain of sand.
The name of the game at this Full Moon is relationships. How do you communicate in your important partnerships? How do you talk to yourself? What are your boundaries?

Define yourself and define what you want from another person. Say the things. Name what needs to be named. Communicate fully. With all of the aspects of this Full Moon. It might be hard and it might hurt a little, but you’ll find that you truly learn what needs to be learned. You have an opportunity to stretch your mind into a whole new dimension. It’s a rewarding place to be.

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Full Moons are a time to gather. Use the conversation starters below to journey deeper into how the 2018 Aries Full Moon is impacting your world. Look for the house containing 2 degrees Aries in your chart for the most accurate insights. Don’t know your chart? You can enter your birth details HERE to calculate it for free.

Aries // Aries Rising // Full Moon in the 1st house
“I am fulfilling my ambition of …”

Taurus // Taurus Rising // Full Moon in the 12th house
“I am ready to forgive …”

Gemini // Gemini Rising // Full Moon in the 11th house
“I am being super inspired by …”

Cancer // Cancer Rising // Full Moon in the 10th house
“I am taking more responsibility by …”

Leo // Leo Rising // Full Moon in the 9th house
“The adventure I am on is …”

Virgo // Virgo Rising // Full Moon in the 8th house
“I am no longer obsessing over …”

Libra // Libra Rising // Full Moon in the 7th house
“I am falling in love with …”

Scorpio // Scorpio Rising // Full Moon in the 6th house
“My healthiest new habit is …”

Sagittarius // Sagittarius Rising // Full Moon in the 5th house
“I am excited to be creating …”

Capricorn // Capricorn Rising // Full Moon in the 4th house
“I feel most nurtured when I …”

Aquarius // Aquarius Rising // Full Moon in the 3rd house
“The coolest thing I learned lately was …”

Pisces // Pisces Rising // Full Moon in the 2nd house
“I am investing more of myself in …”

NUMINOUS TAROTSCOPE SEPTEMBER 20 2018: 10 OF WANDS

As we prepare for Libra Season’s major cosmic shifts, the 10 of Wands asks us to keep our goals front of mind in moments of difficulty, says this month’s reader-in-residence, Mademoiselle DanielleCast using the Dark Days Tarot by Wren McCurdo

HOW TO WORK WITH YOUR LILITH SIGN

In astrology, our Lilith sign connects us deeply to our primal instincts and natural impulses. As she travels through revolutionary Aquarius until 2019, Rebecca Farrar reveals how to use your Lilith sign to awaken your inner wildness …

Photo: Maxine Caron

Both revered and feared, the goddess Lilith has long been associated with the more shadowy aspects of spirituality. Stemming from the Hebrew word laylah, meaning “night,” her symbols include creepy crawlers such as serpents and the screeching owl, as well as the dark/crescent moon.

The first wife of Adam, Lilith refused to submit to his sexual domination and fled Eden to mate with the Angel of Death, giving birth to hundreds of demon babies per day. After realizing his mistake (how could he not miss a woman like that!), Adam asked God to bring Lilith back—but she refused. And God created docile Eve as his new mate.

While Eve represents the patriarchal, acceptable version of womanhood, closely associated with Venus, Lilith represents the primal, instinctual feminine that puts her needs first and seeks approval from no-one. A feminine that is rising in 2018, and which we each embody—irrespective of biology, gender expression, or sexual preferences. In astrology, it’s little surprise that Lilith in Capricorn from November 2017 through August 2018 (the sign ruling the patriarchy), has been the backdrop to the #metoo movement.

There are four astrological points representing different aspects of Lilith’s dual role as both devouring mother and enlightened goddess. But the most talked about is Dark Moon Lilith—an alignment position rather than a physical planet, indicating the point in the Moon’s orbit farthest from Earth.

Last month Lilith moved into Aquarius, where it will remain until May 2019, awakening consciousness around Lilith’s unpredictable and earthly instincts, and pioneering a new vision of empowered femininity. Currently, Lilith squares Uranus in Taurus and is in exact conjunction with the South Node, calling on us to birth something radically new as a collective.

On a personal level, our Lilith sign and house placement shows us how we can uncover a deeper connection with our own primal instincts. To find Lilith in your chart click HERE, enter your birth information, choose “Extended Chart Selection,” scroll down to “Additional Objects,” and select “Lilith.” *Make sure to read for both your Lilith sign AND the house that holds Lilith in your chart.

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LILITH IN ARIES // LILITH IN THE 1st HOUSE
With this placement, Lilith craves expression that matches a strong identity, and is asked to explore how personal passion fuels instinct.
Journal Prompt: How does my sexuality inform an aspect of how I or others see me? In what situations do I use my intuitive gut-instincts and where am I afraid to?

LILITH IN TAURUS // LILITH IN THE 2nd HOUSE
Related to self-worth and values, with this placement Lilith wants to own her power without relying on others. Cultivating magnetism beyond seduction and in service of love itself may be a part of your Lilith mission.
Journal Prompt: What skills of sustainability or survival do I practice? How can I cultivate more of my own self-acceptance (who cares what God or Adam thinks)?

LILITH IN GEMINI // LILITH IN THE 3rd HOUSE
Here, Lilith wants to create a healthy dynamic with receiving and giving information, and its important to learn to own wisdom for yourself.
Journal Prompt: Where can I open up my sense of wonder about myself and the world around me? Am I afraid that learning new things from people means they are dominating me in some way?

LILITH IN CANCER // LILITH IN THE 4th HOUSE
Emotions or home life may be where Lilith in Cancer reveals her raw side the most (though 100 babies a day may be out of the question). The relationship to the family may also be a catalyst for expressing and harnessing the goddess’ power.
Journal Prompt: Am I willing to express my feelings to the fullest extent or do I keep them quieted down? How can my emotions offer a gateway into my connection with the natural world?

LILITH IN LEO // LILITH IN THE 5th house
With this placement, Lilith may manifest through more private sexual and creative acts of self-expression. Take pride in the many ways artistic potential moves through you.
Journal Prompt: Do I hide my creativity or art for fear of rejection or isolation? Can I integrate Lilith through story, visual art, another form of expression?

LILITH IN VIRGO // LILITH IN THE 6th house
With this placement there can be a sense of duty or responsibility that takes over Lilith’s needs. Pay attention to when you may be afraid to leave “Eden” because of an agreement.
Journal Prompt: How can I become less rigid of my day-to-day routines and allow more creative chaos? Do I feel tied to what I should do rather than doing what is best for me?

LILITH IN LIBRA // LILITH IN THE 7th HOUSE
There can be a tendency to project Lilith qualities onto others with this placement, and it’s important to reclaim her within so that she doesn’t show up through external domination.
Journal Prompt: How can I own more qualities of Lilith for myself? If I’m befriending or connecting with people who hold this energy, how can I reclaim it for myself?

LILITH IN SCORPIO // LILITH IN THE 8th HOUSE
Here, Lilith becomes a powerhouse for personal transformation and awakens depth through intimacy (though it may be necessary to have sex with the Angel of Death to do so!)
Journal Prompt: Do I hide my desire for power and domination? How can I honor Lilith’s wildness and primal power as a part of my internal process?

LILITH IN SAGITTARIUS // LILITH IN THE 9th HOUSE
Aspects of Lilith may consciously or unconsciously be a guiding force for ideals or religion. Here, Lilith leads with the heart and seeks truth. Above all else, utilize this placement to be guided by instinctive wisdom.
Journal Prompt: What is my relationship to religion and to the feminine in my spiritual seeking? Is my instinctive self expressed in my spiritual practices?

LILITH IN CAPRICORN // LILITH IN THE 10th HOUSE
With this placement, Lilith may be reflected in how you’re seen publicly but not how you feel internally. Claim your natural self-authority and allow it to inform your own version of feminine legacy (who knows, maybe you too can have four astrological points named after you?)
Journal Prompt: Can I use Lilith’s power in my career or work? Do I take responsibility for themes of authority, or fear them?

LILITH IN AQUARIUS // LILITH IN THE 11th HOUSE
As Lilith nears your natal placement, you may feel called to bring more of Lilith into modern consciousness. Your ability to tap into the collective means you are able to help create a future vision of how this goddess serves the whole.
Journal Prompt: Is my community full of Liliths or wild feminine figures? Or do I play that role of going against the grain in groups?

LILITH IN PISCES // LILITH IN THE 12th HOUSE
In the placement of spirituality and unity, Lilith craves connection to the whole. Gifts of this Lilith position include opening up to visionary abilities and intuition.
Journal Prompt: Do I fear Lilith and my own unpredictable nature? Can I integrate more of Lilith through connecting with the spiritual dimension of nature?

NUMINOUS WEEKLY HOROSCOPES SEPTEMBER 17-23 2018

Get this week’s astro symbol for your sign with Sandy Sitron’s Numinous Weekly Horoscopes …

Photo: Marcus Cramer

Virgo // Virgo Rising
Feathers falling from the sky. Lighten up. Discover how you can drift more gently through the situation at hand. Dip in and dip out. Don’t take anything too seriously, but get a good overview of what’s going on. You could think of yourself as a channel surfer when you are considering the important issues you are working with. Check out everything, without getting too attached. Float on by.

Want more wisdom? Book a reading with Sandy here or follow her on Instagram.

Libra // Libra Rising
Plug in the extension cord. You need more power. The source of power is hidden, but it doesn’t matter because you can reach it by extension. Go off into a quiet room and rejuvenate. Charge your batteries. When you step back into the center of activity you’ll be making powerful decisions.

Want more wisdom? Book a reading with Sandy here or follow her on Instagram.

Scorpio // Scorpio Rising
A herd of galloping horses. If you move with the herd, you’ll save yourself time and energy. This symbol evokes the power of the group. Cherish your community and find ways to connect. Move in unison so that you can make a big impact. There are moments to be great leader and there are moments to make yourself of service. Find the right balance for now.

Want more wisdom? Book a reading with Sandy here or follow her on Instagram.

Sagittarius // Sagittarius Rising
Walking across a wide open field. There’s nothing you can’t handle. There’s no need to look back. When you move forward you let go of the past and you trust in your potential. No matter where you are in life, you must trust in your potential to rejuvenate and start again. Now is a moment to gather inner peace and inner trust. Through meditation you’ll know exactly how to meet your goals and stride forward.

Want more wisdom? Book a reading with Sandy here or follow her on Instagram.

Capricorn // Capricorn Rising 
A star forms a window into another universe. A little light peeks through from unknown dimensions. What will you do to reach a fresh way of thinking? Can you see the world around you in a new way? Use your imagination and play with different perspectives. Maybe that sewage grate leads somewhere magical. Maybe that tired old conversation can lead to an exciting realization. Nothing is as it seems.

Want more wisdom? Book a reading with Sandy here or follow her on Instagram.

Aquarius // Aquarius Rising
Cup your hands. Your hands are an extension of your heart. When you hold hands, you share love. When you reach out your hands you reach for connection. Cupping your hands creates an emotional container that can be filled. Pause and feel your emotions. Hold onto the feelings instead of pushing them away. Before you can let go and move on, you need to feel fully. Take the time to do so.

Want more wisdom? Book a reading with Sandy here or follow her on Instagram.

Pisces // Pisces Rising
X marks the spot. Get clear about the focus, the goal, the treasure. It’s so easy to miss the mark. To dig in the wrong places. To ride out bad communication patterns and be aggressive or defensive. You know you’ve found irreplaceable treasure when you know how to diffuse defensiveness through clear communication and healthy boundaries. The hidden treasure is your ability to create interpersonal connection. Find it.

Want more wisdom? Book a reading with Sandy here or follow her on Instagram.

Aries // Aries Rising 
A squirrel leaps to a new tree. Small woodland animals represent the daily work that you do to survive. A squirrel fills her day with chores and she is constantly organizing. Pay attention to your workflows and systems. Get grounded. But, it may also be time to leap to a new tree. There is something big that must change. Maybe that means a new habit, a new challenge. The trick is to stay grounded and organized through this busy process.

Want more wisdom? Book a reading with Sandy here or follow her on Instagram.

Taurus // Taurus Rising 
A heart shaped hole in the ground. Let’s unpack this symbol: love is a big focus for you at this time. The ground is your foundation. A hole usually ends up being filled— some action must be taken. Fill your foundation with love. Love for yourself will be the soil that fertilizes all the seeds of your life. Love for yourself is your foundation and from there you can share your most creative and vibrant self. The way to love yourself more is by taking action. Do something positive that helps you believe in yourself.

Want more wisdom? Book a reading with Sandy here or follow her on Instagram.

Gemini // Gemini Rising
A spider rests in her web. People often get creeped out by spiders. If that’s you, look closer. What are you afraid to look at directly? What do you need to see that you aren’t seeing? Whatever it is will help you come home to yourself. You can unlock the thing that must be acknowledged through meditation, journaling, art, or music. The spider is a weaver— she creates. Create something that helps you feel.

Want more wisdom? Book a reading with Sandy here or follow her on Instagram.

Cancer // Cancer Rising
A butterfly is reflected in a clear pool. You learn and change and grow. You transform from the caterpillar into the butterfly. Now you continue to find yourself reflected in new ways. You are still changing. There are so many different ways that can live. The goal is to be limitless. The joy is to find the fun in variety. Don’t box yourself in. Let yourself continue to change. Nothing is finite.

Want more wisdom? Book a reading with Sandy here or follow her on Instagram.

Leo // Leo Rising
A field of warm coals. There is so much warmth, so much heat, so much energy. You’ve got the fire of life as your foundation. The hot coals mean that the potential is there. Now you just have to decide where you’ll start the bonfires. Don’t worry about how you’ll do your most important work. Just decide where to stack the wood right now. You have everything you need.

Want more wisdom? Book a reading with Sandy here or follow her on Instagram.

THE 2018 SAGITTARIUS WAXING MOON WANTS YOU TO FOLLOW YOUR SOUL GOALS

The 2018 Sagittarius Waxing Moon marks a powerful moment for reflecting on our truth and realigning ourselves with soul-centered growth, says Jennifer Racioppi

Photo: Sydney Altschuler

Waxing Quarter Moon / September 16 2018 / 7:14pm EST / 24 degrees Sagittarius 

As we quickly approach September 22nd’s Fall Equinox, the 2018 Sagittarius Waxing Moon asks us to explore our freedom and truth (without throwing in the towel on our goals).

This Waxing Quarter Moon boasts a mix between super friendly transits and those that midwife deep soul level truth. This halfway point between the Virgo New Moon and the upcoming Full Moon marks a potent moment to check in with ourselves.

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//The Cycle//
This Waxing Quarter Moon brings our attention to intentions set with the Sagittarius New Moon back in December 18, 2017. Think back to the end of 2017; what heartfelt prayers did you solicit the divine to support you with? What soul-driven goals did you set for yourself? This Waxing Quarter Moon shines a light on the growth and progress you intended for yourself since the close of 2017. As we quickly approach the Autumnal Equinox, and the Sun’s entrance into Libra, let this Waxing Quarter moon support you in reflecting on how far you’ve come this year.

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// The Transits //
At the time of the Waxing Quarter Moon, Jupiter, the ruling planet of Sagittarius, makes a sextile to both Mercury and Pluto. The bestower of good luck and growth, Jupiter imbues our minds and deeper psyches with illuminated thought— should we choose to listen. Score!

However, on the challenging side of things, Mars at 1 degree of Aquarius squares both Venus and Uranus who find themselves in a massive tug of war! Ouch. With Mars approaching an exact conjunction to the South Node of fate and destiny, old patterns get activated that attempt to derail your growth and progress. Be aware. Do not fall for fools’ goals. Watch out for digressions and backward slips, and keep evolving forward.

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// The Square // 
With the Virgo Sun at 24 degrees squaring the Sagittarius Moon, the need to break free battles a sincere desire for order. Virgo season, after all, asks us to get our ducks in a row, and to imbue our life with a deep devotion to our dreams and deep sense of discipline. Yet with the lunar energy, which connects with our core emotional needs, traveling through the sign of freedom, it’s kind of like we want to give the middle finger to discipline and structure in the name of fun and freedom.

Remember, with Mars quickly approaching the South Node of past karmas, old patterns and behaviors reach out like an ex wanting to rekindle a romance in service of a good f*ck. Don’t get sucked in! 

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// The Opportunity //
Use this Waxing Quarter Moon as a point of reflection. Look back to the December 2017 Sagittarius New Moon and check in on goals set then. How are you doing thus far in 2018? With the Equinox right around the corner, let this Waxing Quarter Moon support you to ready yourself for Fall. With Mars quickly approaching the South Node of past karma while squaring Venus (in her retrograde shadow) and Uranus in Taurus, now’s not the time to regress. Be free but don’t sabotage. Let your evolution lead you forward.

For more Moon wisdom, or to book a coaching session with Jennifer visit Jenniferracioppi.com.

LUNAR FENG SHUI: ORGANIZE YOUR LIFE WITH THE CYCLES

In keeping with the vibes of Virgo season, Meghan Wallace James’ guide to Lunar Feng Shui reveals how powerful intention setting starts at home …

Photo: Jacob Dowis

The New Moon offers us the chance to use darkness to initiate insightful alignment in both our inner and outer worlds (especially true during Virgo Season, the zodiac’s queen of divine detail!)

Let’s start by bringing back the concept of boudoir—a French term that includes the master bedroom, closet, and bathroom, and designed for deep withdrawal and privacy. For this lunar cycle, we’ll start with the master bathroom. In its most romanticized context, a bathroom is a place to leisurely commune with Higher Self: a space to practice self care while contemplating the mysteries of The Universe …

Follow the steps below for each moon phase and sync your space with the cosmos! And if you want more time to prepare, you can plan to begin your Lunar Feng Shui experiment with the October 8 Libra New Moon …

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// NEW MOON// Embrace the mess & purge the past. 
1// During the New Moon phase, sit in quiet contemplation in the heart center of your boudoir. Feel into this space and internally inquire: How would an infusion of elegant minimalism and cleanliness bolster my energy? How would a streamlined bathroom positively influence my energetic imprint within my home and beyond?How does the lunar cycle provide an inherent rhythm to a beautifully powerful reset? Answers will come. Give gratitude. Then, in the name of Beauty, enter your bathroom…

2// Turn on the lights, and your ‘energy detective’ eyes. What do you see? Which metaphors are visible? Embrace the mess – yes, your mess. In divine right timing, dedicate the time to move out of your bathroom before moving back into your bathroom. Take an old sheet and lay it in the hallway to protect the floor. Empty everything out of the bathroom, placing all toiletries, cosmetics, towels, you name it, on the sheet. Allow the sheer bulk to resonate.  Your bathroom was holding all this energy for you. Energy that is likely somewhat damp, moldy, grungy, or expired.  “Thank you dear bathroom.”

3// Now it is time to deep clean. Even if you are blessed with a cleaning service, today this is your job. Play chants, or eclectic world music to lift the stagnation from every nook and cranny. Scrub: scrub the sink, scrub the shower, scrub the bath, scrub the toilet. Clean inside the medicine cabinet and any drawers. Get on your hands and knees and do not miss a spot. Here’s the kicker: you are not just cleaning your space, you are cleaning your subconscious as well. So, clean until it becomes a graceful moving meditation. When you are done, open the window(s) and apply smoke medicine: Smudge your bathroom. Smudge your body. Heck, smudge your whole home.

4// Next, head back to the sheet holding all of your items. Let go of what no longer serves you, no longer captivates you. If you would not use the product on or in your body, rinse and recycle the container.  If something carries a negative emotional trigger – no matter what you paid for it, or who gave it to you – donate it. Keep the toilet brush and plunger out of your bathroom; these are unsightly, unsanitary and should live with the other cleaning supplies in your home, for like items prefer to live together.

5// Wipe down your remaining products. Wash the towels in a hot water cycle, take the hair out of your hairbrush, wash the cup holding your toothbrush, rinse the trash can, rinse and fill the soap dispenser … you get the idea. Place what remains back into your bathroom, with thoughtful consideration of your self care routine. Perhaps a fresh placement makes more sense? Remember, like items do best together. Aim to cultivate some empty space, which is a place for fresh energy to land, particularly if you are calling in Love & Abundance.

6// Finish with a shower, and then ideally an Epsom salt soak. You will sleep well tonight and likely have vivid dreams. Keep a notepad and pen on your bedside table, to capture any downloaded jewels.

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// WAXING MOON// Get ready for an upgrade 
Whew, with your bathroom purged, cleaned and realigned, what special touches could you now add? What ‘daily gems’ could be upgraded? ‘Daily gems’ are the household items we interact with on an everyday basis – the pretty hand towels and dry brushes of the world. They should inspire and uplift us, subliminally reinforcing: “I have a beautiful home; ease and grace surround me.” Easy, affordable upgrades in your bathroom can make a huge impact on your mood, such as a new shower curtain, a vibrant bathmat, or a bud vase with a single clipping from your yard.

Please do not overlook your cosmetics kit. Consider fewer products, all natural and high quality. Consider a signature scent for the upcoming crispness of Fall. Consider a new candle, to add a fire element to a very watery part of your home.

Photo: Grace Madeline

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// FULL MOON// Celebrate the spatial shift 
This is the easy part: revel in the Oasis you have created. Reflect on your morning and evening beauty routines … do they feel more luxurious? Has anything shifted in your life since revamping your bathroom? Do you feel lighter and brighter perhaps? Hopefully you find yourself lounging in your tub even longer, dropping in some essential oils, lighting your new candle and using this time for decadent insight.  Marvelous ideas are birthed when we are inspired by what we see and sense.

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// WANING MOON// Revise & refine
You are sensing the correlation between visual metaphor and lived experience. With that in mind, is there another layer of purging that could happen? Do you truly need seventeen face creams? Do you really require that storage unit, adding bulk and taking up precious floor space? Make one final pass of your bathroom before moving onto a new spatial aspect of your Boudoir, or your home at large, with the next New Moon. Just wait and see… This work is addictive and effective. Your home will soon be completely activated and in tune with Luna!

**BONUS: Where does your boudoir fall on The Bagua? Use the chart below to discover! A Bagua is a Westernized Feng Shui energy map of a space, using the front door as a point of orientation, dividing the area into nine equal sized zones – or ‘guas’. Each gua has a name and energetic correlation, material element, color family, as well as a variety of other associations. … 

Graphic: Meghan Wallace James & Sam Haskins

Meghan Wallace Jamesis a mother, manufacturing engineer, Parsons-trained fashion designer, stylist, and healer – bringing it all together with her bicoastal Modern Feng Shui Consultancy. Meghan is honored to offer The Numinous readers a 10% discount with code NUMINOUS, for this lunar cycle ending October 7, 2018. Ready to Begin Again? Connect with her at meghanwallacejames.com and follow her on Instagram.