Astrology for beginners: What’s it all mean? By Joanna C. Valente

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Most of us read our horoscopes at some point, skeptic or not. Most of us also only read our Sun sign horoscope, when in reality, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Our Sun sign is only one facet of our personalities (according to astrology). So, while I’m a Sagittarius, for instance, it’s just as important that my Moon is in Scorpio, and my Rising sign is in Virgo. (Yes, I’m hella intense and complicated.)

The point is, your Sun, Moon, and Rising signs are the trifecta you’ve always been looking for. While you should utilize and study your entire birth chart, along with where the planets align each month, to give a full picture, the trifecta (as I like to call it) is a good way to read your horoscope every month without short-changing yourself.

So, the right way to read your horoscope is simple – it just takes some basic knowledge of how astrology all works. Because there’s also more to astrology and horoscopes besides signs, like planets and houses. Read on to figure it all out.

1. check your moon, sun, and rising signs to get a more specific reading and analysis.

If you don’t know them, you can easily find out for free yourself online. So, for instance, even if you’re an Aries, which is a fire sign, you might actually be super chill because you have a lot of earth and water in your chart.

Here’s the breakdown:

Sun sign tells you the general themes in your life and how you are positioned to react (to things like break ups, for example).

Rising sign focuses on the timing of when things will happen (like a new job, relationship, etc).

Moon sign is all about your emotional inner self—your true self.

Clearly, you need all of these things to be a fuller version of you.

2. get with the elements and how they affect you.

There are four elements in the zodiac, which are split between the 12 signs.

What are they?

Fire Signs (Aries, Leo and Sagittarius) are known for being passionate, opinionated, and bold.

Water Signs (Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces) are sensitive and deeply intuitive, idealistic, and altruistic.

Air Signs (Gemini, Aquarius and Libra) are all about expression, being extroverted and fluid.

Earth Signs (Taurus, Capricorn and Virgo) are pragmatic, stubborn, logical, and practical.

3. know your houses.

What are houses, exactly? Well, it depends on the time of your birth. The house system is divided into 12 sections, and each tells you something different about yourself and your life. Your first house is determined by which constellation was rising on the eastern horizon at the moment you were born, and the rest follow suit. Where the signs fall in each house illustrates why you might be super ambitious or not, why you have a temper, why religion is important to you.

Here they are:

1. The First House = self-image

2. The Second House

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What Are the Basic Principles of Feng Shui By Anjie Cho

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    The philosophy of feng shui is a practice looking at our built environments and how to live in harmony with the principles of the natural world. Feng means “wind” and shui translates to “water” in Chinese. This comes from an ancient poem and reflects upon how human life can be ideal if we connect and live in flow with the environment around us.

    In Asian cultures, this is called the Tao, which translates to “the way”. The Tao is the way of nature. Hence, the basic principles of feng shui come from observations of nature. The most important principles are the commanding position, the bagua, and the five elements.

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    The Commanding Position

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    We’ll start with the commanding position because it’s the easiest to implement and understand. The commanding position governs the best way to locate yourself and furniture in your spaces for feng shui. It’s most important to apply to the bed, desk, and stove. The bed represents you, the desk is your career, and the stove is your wealth and how you nourish yourself in the world.

    The basics of the commanding position is that you want to be facing the door without being directly in line with the door. It is most important to be in the

    READ MORE HERE:  https://www.thespruce.com/what-is-feng-shui-1275060

10 Proven Health Benefits of Turmeric and Curcumin

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by Kris Gunnars, BSc

Turmeric is the spice that gives curry its yellow color.

It has been used in India for thousands of years as a spice and medicinal herb.

Recently, science has started to back up what Indians have known for a long time — it really does contain compounds with medicinal properties (1Trusted Source).

These compounds are called curcuminoids, the most important of which is curcumin.

Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant.

However, the curcumin

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https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-turmeric#section1

Benefits Of Lavender Oil: 8 Uses For This Essential Oil

If you’re looking to calm both the body and the mind (and let’s face it—we could all benefit from a little R&R), look no further than the classic essential oil: lavender oil. While the pretty purple plant itself is a sight to see, its versatile essential oil is where the healing powers are at. From your head to your toes, lavender oil can help you de-stress, decompress, and develop your healthiest routines yet.

What exactly is lavender oil?

Lavender oil, also known by its scientific name Lavandula angustifolia, is a type of essential oil derived from—you guessed it—the lavender flower. Although it’s now grown globally, lavender is native to the Mediterranean, the Arabian Peninsula, and Russia.

The oil is extracted by a steam distillation process, in which the flowers are steamed, the steam is captured, and the oil is separated and collected from the water. You can usually find

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https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-7769/13-uses-for-lavender-oil-the-only-essential-oil-youll-need.html

Everything you need to know about healing crystals and how to use them By Callie Ahlgrim

You may still associate healing crystals with niche meditation communities and your cool aunt who travels the world for yoga retreats, but there’s no denying their newfound and widespread popularity.

In the last few years, crystals have become a staple at Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen’s fashion shows, popped up on Kylie Jenner’s Instagram feed, and lined the shelves at every trendy retail store. Their powers are praised by everyone from Wall Street millionaires to Victoria’s Secret models. Kim Kardashian West has even harnessed their appeal to sell fragrances.

Healing crystals can help give you power and clarity.

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As a crystal healer, Lee sees herself as a spiritual, emotional guide. She uses crystals as tools to draw out weaknesses and facilitate opportunities for growth.

“[My clients and I] begin by talking about what is bothering them,

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Lemongrass: Mood Enhancing Stimulator | By EVERYTHiNG SOULFuL

Lemongrass Is highly recommended for times when the emotions are embedded in misery and in need to overcome it. It’s strong anti-depressant properties can always be relied upon to improve your mood. This herb helps increase, clarify, and sweeten communication between people. It’s antiseptic freshness makes it ideal for helping you to overcome illness.

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Lemongrass is ruled by Mercury and thus is helpful for developing magical skills. It is commonly used to increase the power of amulets, to purify divination tools and spiritual preparations like baths. It can be added to water to cleanse a sacred space. It is a good anointing oil for meditation as it clears the mind, opens psychic channels and aids concentration. Sprinkle Lemongrass Essential oil throughout the home, or use in aroma lamps scattered throughout the home, to repel any negativity from entering the home.

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Lemongrass is a cheerful, light hearted oil that serves as a reminder to keep things in perspective and not take them too seriously. It can be used to get in touch with the inner child. As a stimulating aphrodisiac it can be included in love potions and philtres. It is said to have powers to encourage lust, protect one from infidelity and bring about honesty in a relationship. Flavoring your

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https://everythingsoulful.com/lemongrass-mood-enhancing-stimulator/

nefaeria: Wortcunning: Common Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare) By Laurel

Tansy is one of my favourite herbs, and was facsinated by it since I was a young girl. I think that was largely due to the fact that I associated it with Faeries after seeing the Tansy Fairy (pictured above) by Cicely Mary Barker.

This is a first of what I hope to be many posts profiling various herbs, focusing on lore, magical and medicinal properties, as well as other practical information.

Please keep in mind that this is for information only, and if you do decide to ingest any herbs for medical reasons, I highly suggest that you gather as much information as possible, and do so under the guidance of a qualified healer.

I have decided to lay this out in a way that it is hopefully easy to read. If there are any herbs that you would like me to profile in particular, please leave suggestions in the comments section, or email me.

Sláinte!

Laurel

Other Names: Bitter Buttons, FaeryButtons, Buttons.

Description: Tansy is a very attractive perennial with groupings of small yellow button-like flowers and feathery leaves, and it grows to about 2 to 3 feet tall. It is native to Europe, but has become naturalized very successfully to North America.

Warnings: Is

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http://nefaeriaofetsy.blogspot.com/2008/08/herb-profile-common-tansy-tanacetum.html?m=1

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