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Your Horoscope This Week: October 10, 2021

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It’s the second week of October and another week of Mercury retrograde, a fairly common transit that’s not afraid to make a name for itself this Libra season. Saturn stations direct in Aquarius on October 10th, offering a kind of stern relief in the face of exhaustive efforts to get the bare minimum done. “Here,” Saturn says, pulling out a sturdy cushion-less chair that wobbles just a little. “Rest.” 

Take it where you can get it, friends, and as often as you can, even when Oct 12th ushers in a restless first quarter moon in Capricorn. You can put work in (as necessary), but you’ll find that the more you over-extend yourself, the more signals you’ll get that the work is doing you in rather than doing anything for you. 

Never a bad time to tune into Venus in Sagittarius, an influence not unlike that kooky high school language teacher who just wants to remind you that learning can be fun even if what you’re learning is how to live. On the 13th, Venus in Sagittarius makes a sextile to Saturn in Aquarius echoing these sentiments, and on the 16th Mercury Rx in Libra sextiles Venus in Sag asking us to take that and rewind it back, possibly find some beats that make our booties go (clap). With the Sun in Libra applying a tense square to Pluto in Capricorn the next day, discipline is always on the table. But, whether you apply a disciplined approach to cultivating joy or nursing your sorrow, feasting or fasting, it’s your choice to make, and no choice is wrong. Some are just more difficult to live within.

Aries Sun & Aries Rising

You don’t have to choose, you know, between having a personal life and a professional one. You don’t have to choose between an image you’ve cultivated in order to feel powerful and the very powerful feeling of being seen by someone you care for. You don’t have to choose, but this world will do its damndest to test your balance as you tightrope between the private and public world. Faith is where the magic lives, not in some higher power (although, sure, that too), but in yourself. Faith that you always already deserve the love you give others. Faith that you can steady yourself when the wind shakes the rope. Faith in your ability to land gracefully in the net you’ve secured for yourself. Faith in your ability to bounce back. Illustration by Stefhany Lozano

Taurus Sun & Taurus Rising

Sometimes changing your tactic means admitting you’ve changed. Sometimes, your ducks won’t get in a row until you spend some time figuring out what ducks are and how they mean to be in the world. Of course, you’re no stranger to taking your time, dear Taurus, but what most don’t recognize is just how much of that time is spent adjusting and evaluating your every move in the hopes that you might produce something that pleases everyone involved (even those who initially refuse your offering). It’s exhausting and often invisible labor so why keep doing it? Focus on what works for you. Imagine the work you want to be doing, imagine yourself in your element. Who are you? And how do you mean to be in the world? Illustration by Stefhany Lozano

Gemini Sun & Gemini Rising

This week can be a really creative time for you, if you let it. And, as usual, how you define creative is entirely up to you… which is truly an open door since you have a gift for generating meaning. The trick here is to focus on the process, the making of the thing and how it can alter you, and redefine your parameters. Perfection has no place here and neither does a neat ending or crisp packaging. If you’ve been part of a project that’s a little difficult to get off the ground, figure out what creative work-arounds would renew your commitment and enliven it. Let burnout lead you toward creation the way a fire cleanses a field. Trust that you have other methods within you that bring about both a sense of purpose and space to play.Illustration by Stefhany Lozano

Cancer Sun & Cancer Rising

Libra season tends to bring up your relationship issues and aspirations, especially when it comes to your understanding of home and whether it’s possible to feel at home with others. We’re encouraged to be strategic about our futures, to build nests and choose our partners wisely. So much of our focus is trained outside ourselves, measuring others to see if they measure up. It rarely feels good and it often results in a feeling of distance when intimacy is what we crave. This week, try to step to the side of comparisons and stay present in the home you’ve been building within yourself. It’s a good home, already whole as it is. And, when you’re ready, it can be part of a constellation of homes that work perfectly in their own way.Illustration by Stefhany Lozano

Leo Sun & Leo Rising

There’s something about Leo’s passionate disposition that can really fuel an all or nothing approach. It’s true that some things in life are worth giving your all. But, since your all is quite a bit more than most people’s, it’s worth considering if that kind of out-pour might be more strategically employed in the case of once in a lifetime opportunities rather than… say… a contracted position you’re expected to honor for a series of months. Plus, you’re unlikely to dial down the effort as time goes on since you’re not one to be shown up, not even by yourself. This week’s stars offer you the opportunity to create a measured approach to your schedule that takes your well-being into account while doing work you can be proud of.Illustration by Stefhany Lozano

Virgo Sun & Virgo Rising

When you choose your own path, it’s not unusual to doubt yourself. And it’s tempting to respond to doubt with proof. If you’re someone who has chosen to *do what you love* it’s not unlikely that you’ve also chosen to work yourself to the bone just to prove that you deserve to spend your days doing what you love. In this world where you can, with some chutzpah, commodify just about everything and everyone, there’s value in figuring out just what the trade-offs actually are. While this may not be your predicament exactly, these considerations are just as applicable in situations where you’re negotiating what it takes for you to feel secure and what allows you to create and participate in meaningful experiences. Working on ways to affirm your own efforts and award them with rest will dispel your doubt quicker than impossible bench marks and overtime.Illustration by Stefhany Lozano

Libra Sun & Libra Rising

Libras are often called indecisive but most Libras-lovers know that once a Libra makes a choice, that choice is pretty much set in stone. When it comes to what matters to them, you’ll rarely hear a Libra defer to someone else’s judgement. What some people mistake for indecision is more likely cautiousness. Libras resent having to choose the “lesser of two evils” for instance, preferring to wait until there’s no choice left to make and they can simply claim to be along for the ride. This week, if you find yourself pressured to choose between different extremes that don’t reflect your desires, try to remember that while some people resent your resistance to peer pressure, more people admire it. The key to keeping the peace is saying no out loud rather than waiting for your descent to become obvious through your actions.Illustration by Stefhany Lozano

Scorpio Sun & Scorpio Rising

Well, it might not be Scorpio season yet, but it’s definitely spooky season. While the Northern Hemisphere revels in the death of the natural world, the Southern hemisphere revels in the resurgence of it. The wheel is turning and if there’s anything Scorpio understands it’s a sacred circle. Holding that ouroboros in your mind will serve you well as your ruling planet Mars continues under the stars of Libra. While the transit might have some Martians (ahem, Aries, ahem) feeling tied up, poets and Scorpios alike know that there’s a lot to be gained in a little restraint. Sometimes, limitations give way to a different kind of limitlessness. Sometimes you have to learn the contours of a container to know just where to break it and do so beautifully.Illustration by Stefhany Lozano

Sagittarius Sun & Sagittarius Rising

Of course it’s lovely to have Venus under your stars, but it’s worth remembering that Venus rarely makes a promise. Like love, Venus arrives on her own schedule. Better, then, to get clear on what it is you’re calling into your orbit, make the call and leave a message. No use in sitting by the telephone or getting upset when someone else’s timeline doesn’t line up with your own. Venus in Sagittarius makes a sextile to Saturn in Aquarius on the 13th, encouraging you to reach out to those who have reached out to you and nurture some new connections. The Sun in Libra makes a trine to Jupiter on the 15th, echoing what’s already on your mind: There’s better ways to waste your time and better ways to spend it, too. It’s up to you to show Venus how you’d like to live and how you’d like to be loved, too.Illustration by Stefhany Lozano

Capricorn Sun & Capricorn Rising

Good news! Saturn finally stations direct on Oct 10th! But wait! The Saturn Rx shadow period is significant, so it’s a good time to apply this transit’s (which began on May 23rd) lessons, but not advisable to make big commitments to new projects. While this Tuesday’s quarter moon in Capricorn might have you itching to get something off the ground, a square to Mars in Libra is here to remind you of the limitations that Saturn has set. Mercury Rx doesn’t exactly help the cause. What to do when all lights are yellow but you’re ready to put your hoof to the gas pedal? Yes to inner work, yes to building an audience and anticipation for your future endeavors. But what about some play? What about taking Oct 13th’s trine from Venus in Sagittarius to Saturn as a signal to have a lil fun while you wait for the light to change?Illustration by Stefhany Lozano

Aquarius Sun & Aquarius Rising

Did you know that, traditionally, Aquarius answers to Saturn? Would you believe that, with Venus now in Sagittarius, most of the planets we look to for guidance are looking to Saturn this week? Which, thankfully, stationed direct on the night of October 10th in Aquarius. The power that that has, the intelligence that that has, the clearance that that has, the access that that has, the influence that that has… You get it. What if you regarded Tuesday’s first quarter moon in Capricorn as an invitation to launch something new into the world, something that is rooted in your relationship to power as you understand it — not scarce energy maintained through violence, but an ever-shifting sacred wellspring born between people coming together.Illustration by Stefhany Lozano

Pisces Sun & Pisces Rising

Libra season can get pretty intense for Pisces babes, especially Pisces risings whose eighth  house is ruled by Libra. This time of year feels both charged with potential and difficult to access, like a locked door with a combination you’re desperately trying to recall. It can feel tempting to obsess about it, to convince yourself that once you figure out this One Thing, you’ll know peace. But Amerie was lying to herself when she sang that it’s just “1 thing.” There’s always another. Try your best to redirect your attention and let the answers come to you on their own time. Ceres in Gemini trines Mercury Rx in Libra, reminding you that transformation is also possible through a harvest of your past experiences rather than via access to whatever is still behind closed doors.Illustration by Stefhany Lozano

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Your Horoscope This Week: September 26, 2021

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It’s the last week of September and the first week of Mercury’s retrograde transit through Libra. But, with Mercury not only stationing retrograde just two days after Mars in Libra makes a trine to Saturn in Aquarius, but also just one day after the Sun in Libra makes a trine to true node in Gemini, it’s a two-steps forward, one-step back kind of dance — and a decidedly Libran one at that. 

The dance continues both when our last quarter moon in Cancer applies a square to the Sun in Libra, as well as on the 29th when the Sun in Libra makes a trine to Saturn in Aquarius. There’s a sense here that in order to collaborate — to work things out and to keep building together — we’re going to have to give each other emotional respect. Of course, honoring the emotional experience of others shouldn’t preclude our ability to advocate for ourselves and for what we believe in. If we’re going to move forward, we have to take a few steps back and do maintenance on the foundation. Trust is integral here, but — no matter how much some Libra and Cancerian babes might wish it otherwise — trust is not a tacit exchange based on implied expectations. It’s a contextual dialogue and a dialectic, too, an emotional contract that changes shape with each new endeavor.

But, like any dialectic, what we feel and what we believe to be true and what we expect from others is informed by our larger cultural experience, by systemic privilege and systemic violence. When our retrograde Mercury squares off with Pluto in Capricorn on October 1, we’re reminded that there’s room in every relationship for those conversations too, and there’s a palpable shadow when that room feels locked or inaccessible, like a weighted silence, like a ghost. Venus in Scorpio makes a sextile to Pluto in Capricorn the next day, in mutual reception with Libra, reminding us that even when we feel like we can’t move forward, we can, at least, go deeper.

Aries Sun & Aries Rising

Ask not what Libra season can do for you, Aries, but what you can do for Libra season. With your ruling planet, Mars, in Libra and Venus languishing in Scorpio (who is also ruled by Mars) you’re primed to witness a little thing called mutual reception. Straight-shooting Mars practices restraint under the stars of Libra, called to consider the experience of the other before moving ahead. Venus’s harmonic nature catches on the barbed wire fence that surrounds Scorpio, a reminder that what we’re attracted to isn’t always easily accessible. That pain is a part of beauty too. Alone, these transits are stultifying and discouraging. But, when you tune into both, when you allow the depth of your desire to guide you through collaboration and conflict, you touch a secret link between heavenly bodies — between planets, yes, but also between yourself and other people.Illustration by Stefhany Lozano

Taurus Sun & Taurus Rising

In this economy, doing the kin-work and the money-work, the emotional labor and the self-maintenance, really adds up. To get it right, we’re encouraged to commit ourselves to all of it. And, while there may be some truth to the holistic approach, it’s also true that the modern work-week was not designed with our mental health and relational wealth in mind. In this economy, resisting comparison can be a challenge. Comparing yourself to others who seem to have it all in balance, comparing your own strides to the lack of effort that others you care about seem to be making — why don’t they care more, why don’t I care less? Much of what feels known is decidedly not. Instead of using what you feel against yourself or against others, focus on the space created by this period of unknowing. Questions create an intimacy that statements rarely do.Illustration by Stefhany Lozano

Gemini Sun & Gemini Rising

It’s true that Mercury retrograde has a big reputation for causing trouble but not everyone is affected the same way. Of course, Geminis are ruled by Mercury, so it’s often the case that they find themselves especially sensitive to this transit and all its repercussions. Yet sensitivity isn’t inherently a bad thing. The state of being sensitive, of being receptive to stimuli and aware of others, makes for a heightened reality, one that provides for much of the beauty created in this world. To create art, after all, one must be sensitive. To revolt, one must be sensitive. This week, try to tune in to the ways your sensitivity informs your relationship to the world. Try to step to the side of the pressure to produce meaning, or to produce in general. The beauty is in the work of creating, the joy and difficulty of giving public form to a private world.Illustration by Stefhany Lozano

Cancer Sun & Cancer Rising

When heavy moods linger for too long, it’s time to get curious about their origin and their meaning.There’s something to be said for tuning into the world, for accepting the malaise that arises whenever we stick our heads out of our crab shells and witness the wreck. It’s your right to grieve, not just for what’s transpired but the futures that seem increasingly foreclosed. It’s your right to grieve, but grief is not a place to live, nor is it a destination. It’s only natural that we hold tightest to old patterns, to what we imagine as “knowns,” when everything around us appears to be changing rapidly. Try to remember that resisting change is a heck of a lot harder than surrendering to it.  Our Sun’s transit through Libra invites you to look at the places where you can stand to loosen your grip and still feel secure. Illustration by Stefhany Lozano

Leo Sun & Leo Rising

When Mercury stations retrograde, we’re advised to delay negotiations and stay wary of miscommunications. While that advice might work generally, it certainly doesn’t apply to everyone. A little nuance, for the folks in the back. Yes, it’s in your best interest to practice a little bit of discernment when it comes to setting things in stone but it’s also in your best interest to renegotiate old agreements and clarify the terms of your relationships. Try to remember that when it comes to the important conversations, a few blunders are bound to occur, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait on the “right words” or the “right time.” Coming to an understanding is a collaborative work and collaboration is rarely smooth at first. It takes time to get into the groove of a shared rhythm, to dance together.Illustration by Stefhany Lozano

Virgo Sun & Virgo Rising

Just because Virgo season is over doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fun. In fact, there’s a good chance that the less attention is on you, the more fun you’re likely to let yourself have. For Virgo risings this can be especially true, what with Venus transiting your secretive, Scorpionic, house of communication and flirtations, too. But, with Mercury stationing retrograde come the 27th and a square to Pluto in effect, be mindful of writing checks you can’t cash, whether that applies to your spending or your dance card. If you’re in the mood to go big, double down on what provides you with returns. Don’t simply ask, “How long will this last?” But rather: “Will this add to my well-being exponentially? Or just temporarily?”Illustration by Stefhany Lozano

Libra Sun & Libra Rising

No matter how even-handed you try to be, there’s always something that arrives to remind you that the true nature of the world is far from fair. Take, for instance, Mercury in Libra stationing retrograde just a week after the Sun shifts beneath your stars. The Sun in Libra applies a trine to Saturn in Aquarius, and you’re more passionate than ever about what you’re creating. But, Mercury’s square to Pluto in Capricorn has a way of getting you hung up on past mistakes, applying old reasoning to new opportunities. “Opportunities” is a key word here, and aside from your own doubts, there’s no amount of red tape that can stand in the way of your drive. Don’t waste your time preparing for the unknown. Instead, imagine balance as a physical practice. Focus on what’s certain and move forward one sure step at a time.Illustration by Stefhany Lozano

Scorpio Sun & Scorpio Rising

Another week, another chance to tune into Venus in Scorpio tuning into Mars in Libra. So, pray to whatever it is you pray to, and make it happen. What is “it,” exactly? Good question. Venus in Scorpio isn’t exactly the best at disclosing her intentions, and neither is Mars in Libra for that matter. It’s true that Venus in Scorpio is rarely satisfied; there’s a gravitational force to this transit, a pulling inward like quicksand, a suck. With Mercury in both Libra and retrograde, what’s unsaid and underneath can start to take on a power all its own. Like a lie that runs away from us or a dream that we confuse for a memory, the line between realities is a thin one and open to interpretation. Perhaps then, the issue of making things known can be set aside for a later date. Focus on protecting your energy and your psychic space: Sleep more.Illustration by Stefhany Lozano

Sagittarius Sun & Sagittarius Rising

What if alienation is a precursor to community-building? What if all those months of floating around untethered, unsure of what you had to offer to the collectives you were once a part of, unclear on whether you were open to receiving from the sources you once trusted, was part of a cycle? You spin the wheel, you find your place, you contribute as you are able until what was once novel becomes routine and then the wheel spins again. It can be difficult to admit that no matter how independent you might be, no matter how good you are at being alone, routines are habit-forming. To go from seeing someone(s) all the time to not at all is not only painful, it is disorienting. But, trying to avoid that feeling by resisting association is unrealistic. Alone, you fortified your boundaries, but putting yourself out there is the best way to put them to use. Illustration by Stefhany Lozano

Capricorn Sun & Capricorn Rising

They say that sometimes you choose a path and sometimes that path chooses you. Bu thent, this saying sorta cedes responsibility to a greater power like, “hey, this career happened upon me.” Of course, most of what we spend our lives doing is a combination of intention and happenstance. While you might spend years making yourself a valid applicant, the hands that application falls on has very little to do with free will (and this includes the privileges one is born with and doesn’t earn). Which is all to say that while we spend a lot of time, effort, and resources getting to where we are, there’s no guarantee that we’ll like where we end up, that we won’t be changed by the journey. Time is revelatory, but so is getting what you want. Sometimes, all it teaches you is what you don’t and maybe that was the big plan all along.Illustration by Stefhany Lozano

Aquarius Sun & Aquarius Rising

Could it really be true that the more faith you have in yourself, the more proof you receive that you have everything you need to build the life you want? Could it be true that traveling, reading more, changing your seat to change your perspective, offers you a greater sense of what’s possible? Yeah, it really could. If that’s the case, if you’ve had to learn these lessons over and over, then why does it feel so hard to move through the world as if your lessons are done? There’s the structural inequity issue, yes, the many ways human beings are taught to relinquish power, the many violences beyond our control. But, there’s also the fact that fear is its own god, and serving it creates worlds just like faith does. It’s the old lesson wearing a new face, asking you whether what’s familiar is secure like a home — or secure like a cage.Illustration by Stefhany Lozano

Pisces Sun & Pisces Rising

It only makes sense that as we change, so do our relationships to others. And, while we’re inundated with the idea that successful relationships keep expanding to take more and more space in our lives, there are other natural ways for our relationships to change. It’s natural to be drawn to people who work on us and leave us transformed, even if the only lasting part of that intimacy is the transformation. It’s natural to feel unmoored when collaborations and partnerships we were once a part of seem to get on well without us, to use the adaptability of others as proof of our own inconsequence. You can feel longing — and even loss — when you recognize that the story you wrote can’t be the story you live. But, you can pick up wherever the story left off, knowing what you know now about the beauty of an ending.Illustration by Stefhany Lozano

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What Off-Label Use Of The COVID Vaccine Means For Kids

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While Dr. Pottinger suggests that parents of children with compromised health, or who are members of a family with medical considerations talk to their pediatrician about their options, there’s likely not much their doctors will be able to do. Although off-label use of the Pfizer vaccine may be “legally permissible,” providers who use the vaccine off-label will effectively be censured by the CDC. “Clinicians who administer COVID-19 vaccines off-label to children under 12 years would be violating their provider agreement, risking liability for adverse events, and potentially forfeiting payment,” the American Academy of Pediatrics noted. A doctor who prescribes off-label is leaving themselves at risk for being sued, and could lose their eligibility to be in the CDC’s COVID-19 vaccination program, meaning they may no longer be able to administer vaccinations to anyone, The Wall Street Journal reports. Dr. Pottinger adds that although the system and regulations can be frustrating to some parents, the process is safe, it works, and rules are there for a reason. 

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Civil Rights Legend Lucille Times Dies At 100

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Times and her husband Charlie had a long history in the Montgomery civil rights scene. Aside from being members of the NAACP, they both took part in the 1965 Selma to Montgomery Marches. It’s reported that after one of the marches, the couple provided shelter to 18 people from around the country in their home. The pair also owned the Times Café, a cafe in Montgomery where local Montgomery legend has it that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his colleagues would often gather as they planned the Montgomery Bus Boycotts.

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Established in Boston nearly a century ago, the American footwear and apparel brand has always focused on activewear, be it running, skateboarding, dribbling, sliding, or simply walking. Over the past decade or so, however, the brand has garnered certain style clout that it never really set out to attain. New Balance’s signature styles, such as its classic 574 series, have become emblematic of the brand over the years. Designed for function, not necessarily style, they have become a symbol of the fashionably unfashionable movement. Add to that much-talked-about collabs with labels like Staud, Reformation, and J.Crew, and New Balance has officially made its way onto the hearts and soles of the fashion world. So it’s not a question of if you should get a pair, but rather, which one?

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Your Horoscope This Week: August 8, 2021

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The second week of August begins with a new moon in Leo on August 8th. The effects of this lunation and the aspects that inform it are sure to follow us all the way to the second Aquarius full moon on August 22nd. This new moon makes a square to Uranus in Taurus, an aspect that promises at least a little chaos. Both Leo and Taurus are proud forces, and both can be stubborn when it comes to getting their way. 

But, while squares can point to a conflicting approach rather than a clash, whether the chaos that’s possible is a sudden unexpected change or an intense upending, not unlike the Tower card in the Tarot, remains up in the air — literally. Whether you bear witness to the tensions of the stars or not, this week is a great time to think about the lessons our fixed signs offer us and each other. 

As we move forward, empowered by Leo’s passionate desire to create something meaningful, we leave our sense of collective identity, only to return to it again soon. Once Venus in Virgo makes a trine to Pluto in Capricorn midweek, what we value and what we want for ourselves aches to be reflected in what we do for others. It’s up to us to rebuild the world we need, to recognize the systems built against us and how they’ve come to live inside us. 

Here, the words of Toni Morrison come to mind: “If you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game.”

Aries Sun & Aries Rising

Leo season usually treats you right, and this one should be no exception. Not that living’s easy, exactly. After all, easy never lasts long when you’re around —not when chasing a challenge offers up that fleeting feeling of being fully alive. With Mars under the stars of Virgo, it’ll serve you well to scale those challenges down and get your thrills checking off long-lingering items on the list rather than adding new ones. Surely there’s some thrill in the lightness of taking care and clearing your agenda. If not, then perhaps the thrill will come with the promise of what that clearing provides: space for you to think less about what you owe others and more about what you owe yourself.Illustration by Stefhany Lozano

Taurus Sun & Taurus Rising

It’s hard not to fall into a capitalist mentality, even if you were raised differently. So many of the things we consume position production as a kind of proof of our worthiness and our commitment. Who are you if you don’t create something of use? And yet, we don’t look at or question other living things this way. Many avocado trees have been grown from a pit knowing they’ll never flower and fruit. When the shadow of self-doubt falls on you, tune into what plants and animals have taught you about purpose, about production, and about pleasure, too. The living world creates when it’s ready, when it’s needs are met — and not a moment sooner.Illustration by Stefhany Lozano

Gemini Sun & Gemini Rising

Sometimes there are no obvious rewards. Sometimes the effort you put into understanding the world and the people in it — the time you take to see others as they are and not as you want them to be — can’t and won’t be accounted for or acknowledged. And, in times like these, it’s in your best interest to remember that your attention is a form of love. In that way, it’s a sacred offering. The new moon in Leo rejoiced in your third house, initiating a ritual and a prayer, that serves not as a plea to fully know anyone or anything, but to take part in the life cycles of ideas and identities — to celebrate them. Your bearing witness is proof of their realness, and your witness requires no proof.Illustration by Stefhany Lozano

Cancer Sun & Cancer Rising

There’s lots of hustles out there, Cancer. Most of the hustles that make us hard are inherited ones. Most of the hustles that get us down also teach us who we are and what we value in others. Sometimes, the agreements we make in relationships can feel like a kind of hustle, and sometimes these agreements are the only kind we know how to make. But, it’s important to recognize when the hustle is holding you back rather than acting as a stepping stone to your next big move. While this warning is especially applicable when it comes to how you line your nest, it’s no less applicable to the relationships you rely on for security. Power, especially in money form, degrades bonds when it is not seen as a mutual resource.
Illustration by Stefhany Lozano

Leo Sun & Leo Rising

There’s a good chance that the new moon in Leo has a lot to say to you. There’s a good chance that the days following it will be full of its echoes. There’s nothing wrong with being passionate, with making big plans and big statements. But, it might be worthwhile to consider the new moon’s position between two full moons in Aquarius. Aquarius is a fixed sign, just like Leo, and Aquarian energy is no less intense. Whereas Leos can mistake themselves for the Sun, though, Aquarians know that every star in the sky is bright, beloved, and destined to die. Let the lessons you’ve learned in relationships guide what you speak into the world and what you stand for. Not just the ones you’ve weathered, but the ones you’ve witnessed, too.Illustration by Stefhany Lozano

Virgo Sun & Virgo Rising

With both Venus and Mars transiting Virgo, your ardent efforts might feel like the natural approach to getting what you want, but opposing forces outside your control could leave you feeling thwarted. Perhaps it’s best to imagine an upcoming aspect and how it might work for you. Venus in Virgo makes a trine to Pluto in Capricorn on August 11th. A trine reminds us how different aspects of our lives exist in relationship to each other. What can Venus in Virgo teach you about what you value in yourself and who you wish to attract? How can those teachings clarify how you express yourself? How can they transform the boundaries you’ve built to protect the child in you?Illustration by Stefhany Lozano

Libra Sun & Libra Rising

Although August has just begun, there’s a good chance you’ve already got September on your mind. It’s hard to hold your horses when you’re a cardinal sign associated with the part of the year many of us associate with new beginnings — not just the people who observe Jewish High Holy days, but also school children, and those of us who remember being one. While it’s great to give yourself something to look forward to, it’s also important to stay in the present and tend to the small stuff. Do your best to pay attention to moments of daydreaming and avoidance that seem to crop up just when the to-do-list list most needs to-doing. Is there a way to work the big stuff into the little stuff? To make your big dream a part of your little life?Illustration by Stefhany Lozano

Scorpio Sun & Scorpio Rising

As a sign known for great feats of transformation, it can feel stultifying to attend to the smaller feat of being a responsible human being. However, underneath the ennui, there often lurks a general fear of letting yourself down by letting others down. Following Sunday’s new moon in Leo, you might find yourself in a position that requires more of you. Not just your time and your attention, but your passion. Disappointing others is a story. It keeps you from claiming your own expectations for yourself. Try to remember all the work you’ve done to recognize your strengths and what you bring to the table. Remind yourself how good a challenge feels.
Illustration by Stefhany Lozano

Sagittarius Sun & Sagittarius Rising

Jupiter might have felt right at home transiting Pisces, one of the Zodiac’s least direct signs. But, surely, it had you giving more than a few mixed signals. With Jupiter’s return under the stars of Aquarius, you can look forward to feeling a little steadier and a lot more sure. For Sagittarius risings, whose third house is ruled by Aquarius, this is especially true when it comes to expressing your truth. When Mercury in Leo makes an opposition to Jupiter in Aquarius on the 10th, tensions around differing beliefs can lead to difficult conversations. Try to remember that being accountable to yourself is an act of self-love, not ego. Illustration by Stefhany Lozano

Capricorn Sun & Capricorn Rising

Surely you’ve noticed it by now, dear Sea-Goat, a sea change in you, a transformation of your sense of self. Perhaps you’ve noticed it the way it comes, in waves, pulling back a little and then gaining momentum as it rushes rhythmically forward. This week, as Pluto in your sign makes a flowing trine to Venus in Virgo, it would serve you well to reflect on the beliefs, teachings, and value systems you once used to chart your future goals. Which of these are applicable to who you are now? Which of these are still compatible with your understanding of the world? It’s time to apply what still works with intention, and leave the rest in the past.Illustration by Stefhany Lozano

Aquarius Sun & Aquarius Rising

Maybe putting yourself first isn’t supposed to feel good. Maybe it’s not all “treat yourself” and sweet plans with people who help you feel adored. Maybe putting yourself first, this time around, is less about the nectar of present-day pleasures and more about the daily scheduled maintenance of the foundation you are building for yourself. And yes, it might feel like rolling an unruly rock up a never-ending hill. And yes, it might have less to do with paperwork and more to do with reinforcing your personal boundaries. There are some things, some practices, that take time to feel good. But, when they do, they expand what feeling good is and can be.Illustration by Stefhany Lozano

Pisces Sun & Pisces Rising

Of course you value the relationships you nurture. How could you not? In the presence of others, you are attentive and accommodating, adept at perceiving what those closest to you might need to feel seen and cared for. But, what you value about yourself in relationships is not all that you value about yourself, nor should it be. In the solitude of your own becoming, the river within you should have space to flow freely just as often as it moves over the emotional topography of others. The more space you give yourself to wander, to move to your own rhythm, the lovelier it will feel to show up for others, because you’ll recognize the pace you take with them is temporary and just a small part of your own trajectory.Illustration by Stefhany Lozano

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Jennifer Aniston Reveals She Eats Only One Chip Or M&M

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There is snacking in moderation; there is savoring food. And then, there is whatever Jennifer Aniston likes to do with chips and M&Ms. In a new InStyle cover story, Aniston revealed that whenever she’s stressed, she likes to eat “a chip.” Now, if you’re anything like me (or InStyle editor Laura Brown), you might be wondering: Just one chip? To that, Aniston replied: “Usually. I’m good at that. I can have one M&M, one chip.” (One M&M? Like, a microdose of M&Ms?) “I know, that’s so annoying,” Aniston concluded, leaving readers stunned.

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August 2021 Monthly Horoscopes By Zodiac Sign

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We’re sinking deeper into ourselves this summer. The Leo New Moon on August 8 gives us a chance to align our lives with goals that speak to our hearts. Meanwhile, inquisitive Mercury is making movies: It enters analytical Virgo on August 11, then shifts into Libra on August 30. These two Mercurial transits will allow us to understand social and personal matters on a deeper level. On August 16, sensual Venus sashays into Libra, which is one of its favorite signs, giving your love life a happy glow. Relationships and money will take a spin when revolutionary Uranus starts its retrograde journey in Taurus on August 19. This  planetary moonwalk will last until January 18, 2022, and during this time, we’ll seek adventure and change in different parts of our lives. The seasonal Blue Moon occurs on August 22 in Aquarius. We will be cosmically urged to break free from the status quo and situations that have lost their luster. The Sun also runs into Virgo on August 22, ending the month on a reasonable, practical, and logical note that will carry into September. 

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$250 Vitamix ONE versus $100 NutriBullet Pro Review

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The Vitamix ONE features a 32-ounce BPA-free container, simple one-dial mechanics, a somewhat less powerful 750-watt motor as opposed to its predecessors’ normal 1400-watts, and comes with a free mini-tamper. The dial allows you to adjust how fast it blends. A lower speed, for example, is better for chunky salsa. But even if you want a smoothie, the variable speed has advantages. When blending up ingredients, it’s ideal to start slow and crescendo your way up to the highest setting with a few changes in speed to really mix things up.

After flipping through other reviews and comparing the ONE to more popular Vitamix models, people’s main concerns are the missing pulse function and extra control notches. The pulse function modulates the speed automatically for smoother blending, something you have to do manually with the ONE. The additional controls on other Vitamixes let you switch between variable and high blending and include an on/off switch. With the ONE, however, you run the risk of accidentally placing the container on without the lid and sending your smoothie flying.

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Why Paul Verhoeven’s Benedetta Is Problematic

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As the 74th Cannes Film Festival drew to a close last week, one film in particular remained the subject of wild debate and curious conversation: Benedetta, the latest creation by provocative Showgirls and Basic Instinct director Paul Verhoeven. The film, centring around a 17th century nunnery, features all the characteristics of a Verhoeven production: bloody violence, religious blasphemy and sex. A lot of sex. Unlike his other movies, however, the sex in Benedetta is between two women; more specifically, two nuns, whose ‘love’ story is less about their queer self-discovery than it is a collection of graphic sexual encounters for which they constantly and intensely punish themselves. It’s definitely for the kink-inclined, the actors preened and toned like they were born out of a lesbian porn fantasy (even their pubic hair is impeccably shaped into tidy triangles). In one scene, they perform oral sex on each other as if they’ve been practicing for years. In another, they use a statue of the Virgin Mary as a dildo.

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