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MonthJanuary 2021

The Limitless World Beyoncé Built For Blue Ivy


This is the thesis statement of Homecoming. As Blue sings “Lift Every Voice,” Beyoncé is persuading her, slowly bringing out what’s already there. She’s passing the torch, but not in the bootcamp, dance-all-day-in-a-basement Matthew Knowles way, she’s giving Blue Ivy the space to receive her birthright in her own time. Sure, it may seem unfair of me to put that much pressure on a seven-year-old, and to expect her to live up to her mother’s incomparable career, but that’s the point. Through these carefully placed peeks we get of Blue Ivy in the film or on social media, we can see that Blue Ivy is carving out her own path. In her seven years, Blue Ivy’s name has already become as identifiable as her mother’s. She’s growing up in the time of #BlackGirlMagic and when representation, while not perfect, is getting better every day. Structurally, the ceilings Beyoncé has had to break through still very much exist, but for Blue Ivy, the path is clearer and the potential is endless.


Your Horoscope This Week


The start of the week has an edge to it. On Tuesday, the ego-ruling Sun forms a square against change-making Uranus. We’ll be itching to move on to the next big thing. Navigating this nervous energy will require patience — with ourselves and others. Keeping our schedules simple and carefully taking small steps can help us maintain a positive mindset. 

Thursday is a good day to meditate on how we’d like to create more satisfaction from your relationships, as charming Venus forms a conjunction with powerful Pluto. This transit offers a double whammy of emotional energy: We’re able to attract others with ease, and we’re especially sensitive to each other’s feelings. We should act and speak with honesty to build strong relationships during this transit, and not be afraid to create healthy boundaries. We’re craving the spotlight on Thursday as well, as the emotion-ruling Moon waxes full in proud Leo at 2:16 P.M. EST. Feelings will run high as the Moon creates a square against innovative Uranus and fiery Mars, so we’ll have to do our best to manage any drama that arises with grace. The Moon will also oppose lucky Jupiter and rule-making Saturn, making it a day of jumping through hoops to make others happy. Here’s where those boundaries come in handy again: We can’t please everyone, and that’s okay. Later on in the day, we’ll be feeling more optimistic about our goals as the ego-ruling Sun forms a conjunction with bountiful Jupiter. It’s a beautiful transit to reach out to someone who needs a helping hand and encourage others. But we’ll have to try to be mindful of our words, lest we come off as boastful or braggy.

On Saturday, it’s time to begin conserving our energy and slow down as messenger Mercury stations retrograde in independent Aquarius. When the communication planet moves in reverse, he puts more responsibility on getting back to friends, family, and colleagues. We’ll want to make sure to check our texts, inboxes, draft folders, and junk mail to ensure that we’re on top of our correspondence. Getting ghosted hurts, even if it’s not on purpose. Life might be looking a little different as we navigate this transit, but it’s a great time to be extra-cautious about how we come across, find lost things, and reminisce. We can think of it as an opportunity to reconnect with our inner voice, and rediscover our rebellious side. 

March 21 to April 19

Does your space need some added flair, Aries? You could be in the mood to spice up your home decor on Thursday afternoon, when your domestic-ruling Moon waxes full in luxurious Leo. The moon creates a square against ruling Mars (so be prepared to negotiate design decisions if you share your space) and opposes career-minded Saturn and intellectual Jupiter (so consider your professional image while making decorating choices; place a plant where it’ll spruce up your Zoom screen, for instance). On Thursday, the creative-governing Sun in your 11th house of groups, friendships, and goals forms a conjunction with philosophical Jupiter, encouraging you to get social. If you’ve been thinking about kicking off a group project, this is a good day to organize a brainstorming session with your besties. Prepare to accept little speed bumps in your day on Saturday, as routine-ruling Mercury stations retrograde in easy-going Aquarius. Be flexible and figure out solutions as you go. 

April 20 to May 20

Feeling constrained by your space, Taurus? Consider carving out a new place to get your work done on Tuesday, as the domestic-ruling Sun in your 10th house of career, structure, and public image forms a square against status-minded Uranus. This transit can be tense, so research simple solutions that help you to create tranquility and nurture your mind and if you notice yourself getting frustrated, take action to create harmony ASAP. On Thursday, ruling Venus creates a conjunction with passionate Pluto. If you’re in a relationship, take advantage by blowing off some steam in the bedroom. Single? Your powers of attraction are growing, and you’re able to capture the attention of both friends and possible romantic interests. Make sure you use your powers for good, as this transit can go off the rails when used to manipulate. Money-ruling Mercury stations retrograde in independent Aquarius on Saturday, encouraging you to be extra-cautious with your cash. It’s best to use this transit to analyze your spending and get a little thrifty. Work to understand your spending habits better so that you can save for an exciting future goal. 

May 21 to June 20

Is it time to treat yourself, Gemini? You may want to keep your spending on the smaller side on Thursday, when your money-ruling Moon waxes full in royal Leo. This Moon opposes love-minded Jupiter, encouraging you to keep your relationships in mind before you break out your wallet. You may need a reality check before deciding to buy something — talk to your partner about the purchase, or ask yourself if you’d be better off tucking the money away for a big-ticket splurge down the road. Like travel: Also on Thursday, the Sun in your 9th house of exploration, adventure, and belief forms a conjunction with love-ruling Jupiter, putting you in the mood to hit the road. Start planning now, and when it’s safe to travel again, you could embark on a once-in-a-lifetime journey. Learn to love yourself more fully starting on Saturday, as ruling Mercury stations retrograde in eccentric Aquarius. Find a hobby that allows you to explore new talent and encourages your creative side. 

June 21 to July 22

Are you ready for a change, Cancer? You could be struck with inspiration to bring more joy to your home on Thursday, when domestic-minded Venus creates a conjunction with pleasure-seeking Pluto. If you share a space with roommates or loved ones, you’ll be excited to dust off some board games and make your fun as these planets complement each other. If you live alone, you might want to ring up your friends for a virtual night together. You’re ready to try out a new way of getting things done on Thursday, as the money-ruling Sun in your 8th house of transformation, mystery, and dramatic change forms a conjunction with routine-ruling Jupiter. Use this optimistic transit to change up your schedule with an eye on saving money, so that you can further other goals on your to-do list. Be extra kind to yourself beginning on Saturday, and get ready to slow down as inner growth-governing Mercury stations retrograde in independent Aquarius. Check in with your spirit, and decide if you need to spend more time in mindfulness as you navigate this transit. Consider what you can do now to reconnect with your hidden self as the messenger planet moves in reverse. 

July 23 to August 22

Be careful with how you present yourself to others, Leo. It’s crucial to preserve and protect your professional relationships on Tuesday, when the ruling Sun in your 7th house of partnerships, contracts, and business forms a square against passionate Uranus. Keep a cool head if tensions rise, as it’s easier for everyone to become more excitable as these heavenly bodies clash. Do your best to see both sides of an argument, and stay flexible. On Thursday, as career-ruling Venus creates a conjunction with domestic-ruling Pluto. If you’re working from home, this transit gives you a chance to revamp your setup and even make the backdrop of your Zoom calls look a little more creative. Get serious about your finances starting on Saturday, as money-minded Mercury stations retrograde in assertive Aquarius. Use this transit to exercise your ability to say “no” and save towards something special. See how you can do more with less as the messenger planet moves in reverse. 

August 23 to September 22

How do you handle unexpected challenges, Virgo? Your patience may be put to the test on Tuesday, when the ego-ruling Sun in your 6th house of health, order, and service forms a square against schedule-savvy Uranus. Before you start your day, begin with a mindfulness practice that helps you to combat stressful situations. Today, you’ll likely encounter people who may not have the same outlook, and you’ll want to be ready to defuse tense situations. Thursday’s potential shines brighter, as the Sun in your 6th house forms a conjunction with domestic-ruling Jupiter. It’s time to make progress on your task list so that you can fit in more exciting projects. Get ready to reassess your goals starting on Saturday, as career-ruling Mercury stations retrograde in analytical Aquarius. The messenger planet moves in reverse, helping you to be more conservative with your energy. You can do anything, but you can’t do everything. 

September 23 to October 22

If you could do anything, what would you do, Libra? You’ve got the tools to bring your dreams to reality on Thursday, as ruling Venus creates a conjunction with money-minded Pluto. Get started on your financial planning as these planets work together. Career-ruling Moon waxes full in warmhearted Leo on Thursday as well, putting you in the limelight. Don’t be afraid to take credit where it’s due — but with the Moon creating a square with affection-ruling Mars and opposes communication-ruling Jupiter as well, make sure that you share the love and accept your praise with modesty. On Saturday, inner growth-ruling Mercury stations retrograde in independent Aquarius. This transit brings a magical energy that can supercharge a daily affirmation habit. Don’t have one? Get started: Write up a few affirmations that help you to empower yourself, and observe thankfulness.

October 23 to November 21

Tap into your stoic side, Scorpio. On Tuesday, the status-minded Sun in your 4th house of family, instincts, and foundations forms a square against domestic-ruling Uranus. You’ll need to remove emotion from the equation to help manage feelings of confusion. You’ll be feeling pretty powerful on Thursday, as passionate Venus creates a conjunction with ruling Pluto. If you’ve been working to convince someone to see things your way, you may be able to use your influence as these planets complement each other. Thinking about how to attack your long-term goals? You’ll have an opportunity to put the pieces together on Thursday, as the career-ruling Sun in your 4th house forms a conjunction with financial-minded Jupiter. Start spitballing ideas, and predict what will work best for you — with feedback from friends and family.

November 22 to December 21

Set aside time to nurture your hidden self, Sagittarius. You may be surprised by the impact a simple change to your schedule can have. Start on Thursday, when routine-ruling Venus creates a conjunction with inner-growth ruling Pluto. Whether it’s meditation or a daily tarot card pull, taking the time to reflect on your spiritual side can change your perspective. Voice these new learnings with your loved ones on Thursday, as the Sun in your 3rd house of communication, thought, and community forms a conjunction with ruling Jupiter. This transit’s positive energy can help guide you towards creating a regular practice from your newfound habits. Have you tried doing less, Sagittarius? It’s okay to slow down your output starting on Saturday, as career-ruling Mercury stations retrograde in analytical Aquarius. See how it feels to concentrate your attention on one task at a time as the messenger planet moves in reverse. Use this transit to get focused and dream up new ways of doing things that make sense with your schedule. 

December 22 to January 19

If you could convince people to support your cause, how would you prepare? It’s time to put plans into action on Thursday, as career-ruling Venus creates a conjunction with influential Pluto. Do your homework before you hit the virtual pavement, and schedule a time to discuss potential collaborations as these planets work together. You may feel called towards supporting a humanitarian cause on Thursday, as the Sun in your 2nd house of finances, values, and possessions forms a conjunction with inner growth-ruling Jupiter. Try not to oversell yourself, and stick to what you can commit to during this transit. Learn to reduce your output and take things slowly beginning on Saturday, as routine-ruling Mercury stations retrograde in easy-going Aquarius. See how taking a more relaxed approach to your schedule improves your outlook as the messenger planet moves in reverse.

January 20 to February 18

Do you ever feel as though you’re fighting against yourself, Aquarius? You could feel a little uncomfortable in your skin on Tuesday, as the love-ruling Sun in your 1st house of self, first impressions, and appearance forms a square against ruling Uranus. The key to finding reconciliation with your inner and outer selves is practicing self-love. Try to forgive yourself for any perceived imperfections and allow yourself to heal. Ground yourself at home on Thursday, and approach work with an optimistic attitude as domestic-minded Venus creates a conjunction with career-governing Pluto. You may find yourself inspired by exciting new thoughts, so make sure to write them down and collaborate with colleagues as you build new projects together. The same day, the routine-ruling Moon waxing full in proud Leo gives you a chance to pat yourself on the back for taking care of yourself. Treat yourself like royalty, and enjoy the fruits of your labor. 

February 19 to March 20

You’re on top of the world, Pisces. On Thursday, your creative-ruling Moon waxes full in enthusiastic Leo, gifting you with a beatific energy. Make sure that you’re giving credit where it’s due as this full Moon opposes career-ruling Jupiter. It’s also essential that your bills are paid as this Moon creates a square against money-ruling Mars. Have you been rethinking your concept of what success looks like? You could have an “ah ha!” moment on Thursday, as the routine-ruling Sun in your 12th house of inner growth, vulnerability, and conclusion forms a conjunction with status-minded Jupiter. Explore your options before you jump ship, and research new opportunities. Be extra kind to yourself starting Saturday, as affection-ruling Mercury stations retrograde in independent Aquarius. You may need more time to process your emotions as the messenger planet moves in reverse. Ask for support from trusted loved ones, and remember that you’re not alone. 

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Who Is Amanda Gorman? The 22-Year-Old Inauguration Poet


At the heels of President Joe Biden’s inauguration, many are commemorating one of the most notable changing of the guards in history. Though former President Donald Trump was (thankfully) absent from Wednesday’s events, several key speakers and celebrities kicked off celebrations. After Lady Gaga slayed the National Anthem (holding a matching gold microphone, no less), Jennifer Lopez sang a medley of patriotic classics, and Garth Brooks also took the stage — as tradition entails. But the performer whose words moved people the most was Amanda Gorman, the youngest inauguration poet in U.S. history.


The Best MLK Weekend Sales And Promo Codes


Similar to Labor Day, this long weekend is packed with discounts on most wanted buys — including, but not limited to, currently trending Cocoon by Sealy mattresses, snazzy fitness gadgets like Mirror, Cole Haan’s cult-favorite kicks, Ulta Beauty gems, and more. Even Nordstrom jumped into the mix with new markdowns on its bestselling brands, plus an extra 25% off of clearance. Go on and have a gander at the limited-time super scores ahead.


The 2021 Winter Coat Trends All Over Instagram


While monochrome, minimal dressing has been trending for the past year, coats and jackets are anything but classic in 2021, with printed, can’t-miss styles dominating this cold-weather dressing season. Textured quilted and leather-like fabrics are also getting more popular with shoppers looking to upgrade their outerwear without making too much of a style statement. And, as the pandemic’s hold continues, prompting many to spend more time outdoors in the winter, designers are responding with longer and more winter-proof silhouettes that are as fashion-forward as they are practical.


Face Mask Acne Dermatologist Tips


Fortunately, the answer doesn’t have to cost you the price of a Zoom call with a dermatologist: We’ve spoken to the beauty industry’s top skin experts, and they’ve spilled their top-shelf products for maskne prevention. From face wash and mineral sunscreen for sensitive skin to a classic drugstore rash guard and non-toxic laundry detergent, find your seven-piece maskne-fighting toolkit, ahead.

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Chrissy Teigen Shows Nose Ring Piercing On Instagram


The star’s first attempt at a nose piercing didn’t quite turn out as planned. On December 28, while on vacation with her family in St. Barts, Teigen shared a photo to Twitter explaining how her stud “immediately fell out and healed” shortly after the piercer left. So for this go-around, the model and author turned to celebrity piercer Brian Keith Thompson, founder of L.A.’s Body Electric Tattoo studio. “Second time’s a charm,” said Teigen, showing fans the petite diamond stud in her nose, which looks as though it’s been expertly placed and won’t be going anywhere.


Does Pickle Juice Work For A Hangover? The Cure, Tested


The expert answer is: Probably not. Pickle juice contains both sodium and potassium, two important electrolytes that may be depleted after we enjoy one too many glasses of pinot grigio or shots of whiskey, according to Abisola Olulade, MD, a family medicine physician based in San Diego. But that doesn’t mean drinking pickle juice in the hopes of replenishing those electrolytes actually gets the job done. “Essentially, there is no significant evidence that increasing electrolyte intake will lead to a faster recovery from your hangover,” Dr. Olulade explains. She points out that reaching for electrolyte-rich liquids, such as Gatorade, after a night of drinking might “work” for hangovers, but not because of those electrolytes — it’s because they’re actually hydrating you.