By Aluna Michaels, M.A.
Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22)
Happy birthday Virgo! There’s so much power right now to take action on your deepest desires. You can take steps and land a new job. You can begin a healthy and long-lasting relationship. You can gain new information that improves your health, both emotionally and physically. You’ll have the enthusiasm to follow through on actions and also to be consistent. You’re more confident in the fact that your sense of reality is valid, which helps heal co-dependence. Trust yourself!
Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22)
Mercury turns retrograde in your sign and helps deepen your thinking about yourself, especially in terms of relationships. How do you sell yourself short in order to please others? It’s hard to remain authentic when you want to be loved and you can sense disapproval or subtle shaming messages! Empowering Mars is also in your sign this month and next, giving you the courage to stand in your truth while maintaining graceful boundaries. You won’t be mean and you’ll have more emotional and physical vitality!
Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21)
Mercury goes retrograde and helps supercharge your meditations and dreams! You can create a new life by getting in touch with your heart’s desires. It’s also an important time to release resentments and old frustrations that could block your optimism of a happy future. Open up to spiritually-minded friends who can support and encourage you. Read biographies of people you admire for further inspiration. Also, Venus in your sign brings harmony to relationships and can also start a new one!
Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21)
It’s a great work month! You can get a promotion, raise, or a new job offer. It can even be something you heard about a while ago, which you thought might never happen. Reconnect with old friends who share your zest for life. Make time for hobbies and activities you enjoy. Having fun is the best spiritual discipline for a Sagittarius! Use affirmations regarding health, money, and self-esteem and you'll have fast breakthroughs.
Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19)
It’s a powerful career month and so much can happen that you’d given up on! In general, keep having faith. Continue to use affirmations. When you meditate, try to really feel how it will be in that new reality. Also, write out your goals and ask yourself honestly if your thoughts and actions align with the life you want. Dare to make changes within yourself that lead to your dreams. Make these shifts with self-compassion rather than criticism, shaming, or meanness! Your own compassion changes your brain, body chemistry, and even your karma so life flows better!
Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18)
Mercury turns retrograde, and that’s a good thing! Make more time for meditation. Reconnect with your spiritual side in a deeper way. That can mean walks in nature, attending yoga, or reading inspirational books. Find the ways you feel “tuned in” and make those things part of your routine. You’ll also have emotional breakthroughs that help you bond with a partner in a more intimate way. If you’ve been wanting to go back to school, it’s a great time to look into that!
Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20)
It’s a powerful relationship month. It’s vital to trust your partner. You need to be able to reveal all of yourself in order for intimacy to proceed. This month’s full moon and Mercury retrograde ask you to be bold and to delve deep to release inner shame. Find ways to build confidence in clearly and gently expressing conflict or voicing differences. You’ll be amazed at how bonding that can be. Widen your social circle by connecting with friends, both old and new.
Aries (March 21 – April 19)
This month’s full moon asks you to take care of your health. You can get overly busy and forget about wholesome meals and enough rest! Mercury retrograde can cause quite a bit of misunderstanding and confusion in relationships. Try to take deep breaths before responding because you’ll be easily triggered, and probably feel like a jerk later! At the same time, issues need to be cleared out in partnerships right now so things can deepen. Work will be awesome, with maybe an exciting promotion!
Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
Relationships can go to a new profound level when you blend spirituality into the mix. Perhaps you can meditate or practice yoga together. Being in nature can also attune your hearts and souls in a different way. If single, nurture your own spirit in these ways and you’ll be surprised who is magnetized into your world! With Mercury retrograde, ponder health practices that have fallen away and get started again. Try organic foods, daily quiet time, and other forms of self-care.
Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
The full moon can make you feel unsettled but remember to draw upon inner strength. When you feel scattered, anxious, or in your head, practice forms of grounding. You can go outside and walk on the grass with bare feet. Lay belly down on the floor or the ground to soothe your nervous system and to feel more present. Practice yoga or deep breathing. Take a bath with sea salt. Once your mind is clear and steady, your intuition will supply answers. Because of Mercury retrograde, you might also rekindle with an old flame — or find a renewed spark with your current partner!
Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
Don’t be shy to fully express yourself in your partnership. You’ll be amazed how much closer you get as you reveal your full authentic self! If single, living bravely from your heart can attract a powerful new bond! You can also do quite a bit of healing about childhood or family issues during this Mercury retrograde. Try journal writing, dreamwork, forgiveness meditations, or even trauma therapy if issues are that deep. You’ll be filled with a deep sense of empowerment.
Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22)
You can have amazing financial breakthroughs this month! Follow your instincts and see where they lead. Since Mercury is retrograde, you can remember great ideas that lead to major prosperity. It’s the right time! You can also open new doors to intimacy and sexuality. You’ll have a deep sense of sacredness within your body. It’s a good time to redecorate your home, or at least make sure you’re surrounded by beauty!
Aluna Michaels is a second-generation astrologer. She also holds a Masters in Spiritual Counseling and has been teaching and consulting for more than three decades. Her book, Spiritual Gifts of the 12 Astrological Signs, is now on Amazon in Kindle version and as an E-book on her website. Aluna is available for appointments in her home, by phone or Skype. Call or text (248) 583-1663 or visit www.alunamichaels.com