This month's horoscopes were written in collaboration with Andi Astre (aka Mystic Sandwich) of The Good Spirit—a curated metaphysical boutique in Vancouver that aims to provide clarity in your spiritual path by way of introspection, intuition, and inspiration.
August is about aligning with our true nature. Whether we initiate changes or whether they happen to us, this is a time of transition as the universe nudges us along toward our destiny. August is the most significant month of the year, astrologically speaking: with two eclipses and a mercury retrograde, there are bound to be significant shifts, big news, and opportunities to grow. The Lunar eclipse in Aquarius on August 7th is an opportunity for release, in particular letting go of any outdated hangups about feeling like an outsider or feeling lonely. The Solar eclipse in Leo on August 21st is visible from most of North America, making it extra potent in those locations. This eclipse urges us to follow our bliss, to let go of negativity, doubt, and group-think, and step in the light and shine.
Zodiac illustrations by Katie Maasik
(March 21-April 19)
This month I consider carefully my friend groups and social life. I release the friendships that no longer serve me. I make a commitment to surround myself with people who inspire my growth, who cheer me along on my journey, who share in my joy. This is a very powerful and potent time, when my decisions will have significant impacts that may be felt years from now, that may influence the direction of my life. I stay focused, I stay true to my path, I stay true to my dreams. I don’t allow others distract or lure me from my destiny. I double down on my commitment to myself, my journey, my creativity, my voice. I am clear in my direction—I harness my will and hold fast.
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(April 20-May 20)
When one chapter ends, another begins. This month I allow transitions in my career life to unfold. Whether a project is finished, I decide to alter my approach to career, or I set out on a new path altogether—this is a time of change I will welcome. The universe is organizing around me to help me fulfil my destiny. I allow changes also to my home life, whether a change of address, new roommates, or a new commitment to manifest the home life I desire. On a deeper level, this focuses my commitment to my roots, to connecting with my ancestry, the Earth, and the deep unconscious. To aid this process I feel my feet on the ground, and send my awareness to the centre of the Earth.
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(May 21-June 21)
I am feeling more assertive and empowered in my communication than ever. I channel this energy for good use: to clearly state what I want and need, to express my deepest desires and insights, to assert myself and my creative vision. I wield this power wisely: I’m aware of how much fire I hold and am careful in how I use it. With the flicker of anger, fire turns into aggression, so I hold love and forgiveness in my heart. I release outdated beliefs once and for all. I let go of my attachment to world I thought I knew. It’s time to fully step into my magical life, to see symbolic truth, to allow my life to be an expression of the divine.
Feel the renewing energy of a trial by fire: ignite the power of Cinder.
(June 21-July 22)
Whatever loss I face, I allow it to carry me into a sacred temple; this loss finds me naked in front of life and death, a beautiful and precious place. It is here that I understand surrender. This is an initiation; I must face myself and my shadow, knowing I will reemerge with new life, vitality, and blessings. This is a moment of powerful transformation as I’m propelled to the next level. I open to the luck with money, property, and resources that the Leo solar eclipse offers. I reaffirm my sense of self-worth. I allow abundance.
(July 23-August 22)
I am on fire! It will feel like I’m getting a total upgrade this month, graduating to a new level. The lunar eclipse in Aquarius urges me to release relationships and ways of relating that no longer serve me. The solar eclipse in my sign, with Mars close by, supercharges me. I seize the reins of my life. I have more clarity and purpose now; I can see where I want to go, and I have the energy, motivation, and drive to get there. I set my sights on my highest dreams and know that I will achieve them. I harness the freedom and joy that were always on offer, but are more easily grasped now.
If you're feeling open to a new ritual, try the cleansing fire of Palo Santo.
(August 23-September 22)
This month, I make changes, release habits, and overcome addictions. I may have struggled to make some change in the past, but this month, all of a sudden, it is easy. The energy is with me to let go, to make changes that will support my health and vitality. I am not always aware of the aspect of myself that is deeply creative and playful. The Leo solar eclipse shines a light on this part of myself. I own up to my creative and playful side, I rediscover it, and identify with it. I allow more joy into my life. I take on a new creative project or practice, and commit to taking the time to play and enjoy life.
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(September 23-October 22)
I feel extra confident when it comes to my social life this month. An influx of new energy revitalizes my friendships, and gives me the impetus to connect with organizations or new groups of people who really support me, and who get me on a deep level. The lunar eclipse offers an opportunity to release any blocks to my creative flow—I let go of the idea that I’m not creative. We are all creative. Creativity is the unimpeded flow of divine energy through us. I remove what blocks the flow, and discover where my creativity takes me.
(October 23-November 21)
The Aquarius Lunar Eclipse is a powerful release, opening a portal to my deep unconscious and ancestral roots. I’ve been holding on to something for lifetimes, I’ve been carrying the pain of my family, and now I’m ready to let it go. My journey will be infinitely lighter. There’s little I have to do but allow the process, as it’s already underway deep inside of me. At the same time, my career life is getting a total upgrade. I am more motivated than ever when it comes the work I do. I have the charisma and drive right now to manifest the career of my dreams.
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(November 22-December 21)
This month’s lunar eclipse urges me to release the stubborn patterns of thought that have been holding me back. This self-defeating narrative that circles my mind has been bringing me down. But I have gained in awareness. Now I can see this pattern for what it is—now I am ready to let go. When I notice it taking hold, I simply name it, and exhale it into the Earth. I may have to repeat this practice many times, but with each exhale, I am closer to freedom. I welcome in new, positive, supportive beliefs with the Leo Solar Eclipse. I commit to my intuition, I hold fast to my vision, I stay true to my own, hard-won worldview.
When you're ready—step up and embrace your essence as a true Original.
(December 22-January 19)
I accept the solar eclipse’s call to initiation. The mundane transitions of daily life correspond with deeper transitions inside me. I accept intimacy. I allow my relationships to progress to the next level. I accept a deeper commitment, and allow a more intimate connection. Intimacy spurs personal transformation as we are pushed to confront ourselves, and release parts of ourselves that stand in the way of connectedness. I am on the threshold of a new world—one in which I know magic and experience the divine. I release attachment to the world I once knew.
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(January 19-February 18)
I have an opportunity this month to envision and commit to the kinds of relationships I desire. I have the motivation to go out and make it happen. I am feeling extra brazen and confident. I find it easier now to introduce myself to people, to take the initiative and make connections. The lunar eclipse in my sign is an opportunity to let go of any unnecessary feelings of loneliness or isolation. I no longer feel like an outsider. In moments of loneliness or feeling like I don’t belong, I remember and psychically connect with all the other many people on the earth who also feel lonely or different. We are never truly alone.
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(February 19-March 20)
I welcome new opportunities for work, and for restructuring routines and schedules. Such transitions offer opportunities to carve out more space for creativity. I use the initiative and drive I feel this month to make positive changes in my daily life that will carry me through the next year. It’s easier now than ever to overcome addictions, to release deep-seated patterns and habits that keep me from being free. I set the intention to release, and the universe will do the rest. Mercury retrograde asks me to reconsider my relationships: what do I need and want from my relationships? Am I receiving what I desire? It may be time to let some relationships go.
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