Free People Horoscope by Tracy Allen, Week of August 21-28

Free People Horoscope by Tracy Allen, Week of August 21-28

What does Monday’s solar eclipse mean for your week? Keep yourself in the know…

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VirgoVIRGO

August 23–September 22

This week’s total solar eclipse can point out what you need to let go of, as it happens to fall in the last house of your chart that governs release. Your year is winding down, and the planets are cueing you to loosen your grip and surrender to the divine perfection of the universe rather than trying to impose perfection on your world. It’s the perfect time to begin a new spiritual practice because this turbo-charged new moon has everything to do with your inner life. Measurable productivity means a lot to you, but putting your finger on subtler things about yourself and your past may be the ticket to progress now. So put psychotherapy, dream journaling, yoga, meditation, prayer, Reiki or your healing modality of choice on your famous to-do list. With Saturn moving forward in your foundation angle after his months-long retrograde phase, your private emotions are crystallizing, and self-care should be a priority. Most of this week’s planetary action is taking place in the parts of your chart that concern the soul and psyche, feelings, secrets, imagination, privacy, trust, memories, family, intimacy, compassion — very interior stuff. In other words, you don’t need to jump into action; observe, ponder, feel your feelings. You have a chance to leave something in the past, and once you truly let go, you’ll be more emotionally secure and psychologically liberated. Living by your highest values and aspiring to grow your finances will strengthen your emotional security, thanks to a Jupiter-Saturn hookup. With the sun sailing into your sign on Tuesday, your energy and drive will surge in the weeks to come—and his rendezvous with your ruling planet on Saturday gives you a great excuse to rethink a personal choice. Happy solar return!

LibraLIBRA

September 23–October 22

Relationships are ultra important to you, and this week’s total solar eclipse puts them in the spotlight. Since it lands in your network zone, you might soon be joining an organization that shares your interests or ideals. If you’re formulating a new goal, that could lead you to people who will support you in achieving it. New individuals and groups are bound to enter your life in the weeks and months to come, particularly since this lunation is clicking with Uranus, who’s a big fan of novelty. Social media, technology, philanthropy and professional networking are other potential areas that are ripe for change. Plus friendships could get a push forward—and with Saturn in your communication sector getting involved, it’s possible that a serious talk will get one back on track. A concerted effort to widen your circle will be so worth it, and Saturn provides these new connections with staying power. Proactive Mars is also in cahoots with Saturn, giving you an extra nudge to circulate and team up with others — especially when it comes to manifesting your ideas or improving your community. Saturn’s direct turn this week will gradually restore clarity to your thinking, and if you’ve been mulling over anything that doesn’t hold water, you’ll be able to sort out what’s doable from what’s not as the no-nonsense planet picks up speed. A Jupiter-Saturn rendezvous marries optimism and pragmatism, and your winning combination of courage and prudence will help you make smart choices that further your growth. Although the sun is sneaking into your solitude corner, tamping down your energy before the upswing of your birthday season, Venus is sashaying into your humanity house, suggesting you’ll be taking turns socializing and chilling over the next few weeks.

ScorpioSCORPIO

October 23–November 21

Although you already experienced a new moon in your ambition angle on July 23, this week brings a rare repeat, and the second new moon is a total solar eclipse! The fresh-start energy of this sun-moon conjunction could usher in a leadership opportunity or promotion, so be prepared to step up. You might receive recognition and acclaim, but it’s best if you take the initiative and launch the next chapter in your career or your overall life path. Uranus in your productivity corner is cheering you on, which means the changes you’ve made in your day-to-day life, job description, skillset or work ethic will enable you to get to the next level in the months to come. Saturn in your worth zone is also in the mix, suggesting that the next big professional step will slowly but surely build up your income. Money’s been tight, but your finances should become more stable after Saturn wraps up his lengthy retrograde phase this week. If your self-esteem has also been low, take inventory of everything you have going for you and build yourself back up. You’re stronger than you realize! Even though mental Mercury is still in backspin mode, you could make a very savvy move to achieve a goal when Mars makes music with calculating Saturn. Focusing on the exact gains you’re aiming for will help you take spot-on action. You’re willing to work hard, and now it’s time to prove yourself on the big stage. Jupiter’s dialogue with Saturn offers you a subtle opportunity to incorporate your spiritual values into your priorities, apply honest intuition to financial strategy and overcome your fear of not having enough—or being enough. Believe in yourself, and have faith that the universe will provide for you.

SagittariusSAGITTARIUS

November 22–December 21

This week’s total solar eclipse lands in the house of your chart that’s naturally associated with Sagittarian stuff like travel, adventure and exploration. It’s a mandate to broaden your horizons, and even though your intrepid sign doesn’t need to be told twice, the eclipse is actually the second new moon in this house. The first one occurred on July 23, and if that didn’t push you out of your comfort zone, the universe will be sure to do so now. You’re not meant to play it safe in the weeks and months to come, particularly because the sun and moon are joining forces with Saturn in Sag. An overseas trip, a publishing venture, a fresh chapter in your education, an entrepreneurial enterprise, an influx of interesting people who are very different from you—however it happens, this eclipse wants you to branch out big-time! And Saturn’s involvement ensures that the work you’ve done in the last few years will offset the risks you’re called to take now. Uranus is also getting in on the action, bringing a pleasant surprise into the picture. Maybe you’ll fall in love while you’re abroad or attending a different school, or you’ll discover a new interest when you delve into an unfamiliar topic, belief system or culture. Mars is collaborating quite nicely with Saturn, giving you tons of motivation to study hard, fight for what’s right in a systematic manner or plan your next bold move. And a Jupiter-Saturn partnership encourages you to organize a charitable or justice-seeking mission or simply come together with a wide range of people who share a common vision. With Saturn coming out of reverse, your priorities will begin to fall back into place, and you’ll gradually feel like a path is opening up in front of you.

CapricornCAPRICORN

December 22–January 19

Because the solar eclipse that everyone’s talking about will take place in a very subtle, secret part of your chart this week, the effects of it could be rather nuanced and private for you Goats. On an external level, a new source of money (excluding earned income) could be forthcoming — for instance, a loan, grant, tax refund, investment dividends or inheritance. Since this lunation is linked with Uranus in your domestic angle, your family might provide financial support, or you might borrow for a renovation or get a mortgage on a new home. You might also grow much closer to someone, move in together or enter into a new sexual relationship. Saturn is cooperating with the eclipse, so any work you’ve been doing to wrap up old business, release regrets and put the past behind you will be hugely beneficial. A powerful psychological transformation is definitely favored now. You can heal a wound, bounce back from a crisis, recover from a loss and turn pain into strength. Dig down into hidden matters, taboo topics and dark feelings instead of burying them deeper. The eclipse wants you to face this stuff one way or another. Intense intimacy is another theme, and it’s likely to be very memorable. But you might need personal space when Venus and Uranus quarrel, so ask for it. With your ruling planet moving forward after several months of backpedaling, you could get your spiritual practice back on track or start to feel more at peace after unpacking emotional baggage. If you’ve been playing a victim or martyr role, work on maintaining firmer boundaries. Last, take advantage of a Jupiter-Saturn negotiation by putting the finishing touches on past endeavors or cutting your losses. You’re clearing the decks to achieve bigger and better things!

AquariusAQUARIUS

January 20–February 18

Aquarius hosted the lunar eclipse a couple of weeks ago, and this week’s total solar eclipse lands in your opposite sign — which puts it in the one-on-one angle of your chart. Lunar eclipses are tied to endings, while solar eclipses represent a new beginning. So in the weeks and months to come, you’re likely to meet more people you click with, secure a business partner, find someone with serious S.O. potential or kick things up a notch with your current love interest by exchanging house keys, getting engaged or committing to a monogamous relationship. Your co-ruling planets, Uranus and Saturn, are both vibing with the eclipse, offering tons of support for this next chapter in your relationships. Uranus encourages you to connect with an eclectic range of people and make good use of technology while you’re at it. Saturn wants you to continue to build a strong network of people in your life, and you might find a mentor, join a professional group or make a lifelong friend. Your open-mindedness and loyalty to your squad will both work in your favor. Plus you’ll get more done if you recruit others to join you, since active Mars in your partnership zone is gelling with Saturn in your teamwork house. Saturn has been retrograde since early April and is finally moving back into first gear. Rallying the troops won’t be such a struggle anymore, and group projects will come out of limbo. And with Jupiter and Saturn putting their heads together this week, your best shot at learning, traveling, actualizing your vision, living up to your principles, raising your consciousness and having new adventures is to band together with other people. Seek out those who share your beliefs or aspirations, and support each other.

PiscesPISCES

February 19–March 20

This week’s Venus-Pluto faceoff could spell peer pressure for you, since these planets are generating friction between personal pleasure and group interests. Your inclination to enjoy life on your terms is at odds with other people in some way. Maybe your friends aren’t fans of the person you’re dating; social obligations conflict with your current whims; or changes in a friendship are darkening your mood. It’s also possible that you’ll be very attracted to someone in your circle under this influence. Since Venus is clashing with Jupiter in your intimacy sector as well, romance and sex could snowball, with heightened expectations probably playing a role. You might rush into something enthusiastically, but your positivity is apt to rub off on someone and you’re able to have fun in the moment. Mars is in sync with Jupiter, and if you’re already in a serious relationship, working to improve it will be totally worth it now. Single? You might spark with someone on the job or work very productively with another person.

AriesARIES

March 21–April 19

This week’s total solar eclipse is a relatively friendly one, mostly because it’s getting along swimmingly with two heavyweight planets, Saturn and Uranus. And since Uranus is in your sign, you won’t have much trouble getting onboard with the fresh start that a new moon always calls for. You might find a different way to express your creativity in the weeks — or possibly months — to come. A new love affair is another possibility for single Rams. A fresh source of pleasure could involve learning or travel, or it might require a calculated leap of faith. A new baby may also be on the way, since the house that’s hosting the eclipse governs procreation, among other things. With Uranus in the mix, exploring new ways to enjoy life and express your feelings and individuality will be liberating. You’re changing, and the routes you take to love and happiness are due for a change as well. Combining your pioneering spirit and what you’ve learned about life will enable you to make the most of this next chapter. Your ruling planet is in sync with steady Saturn, so if you take risks now, they’re likely to be smart ones. Your pursuit of personal fulfillment isn’t frivolous; it’s teaching you that striving to make your mark in the world is a life’s work. After Saturn resumes forward motion, you’ll find it easier to plan for the future and turn your vision into reality. Problems related to travel or education may subside, but Mercury is still retrograde, so trips, tech, communication and details could continue to cause some headaches. With Venus and Uranus at odds this week, family relations may require patience, and you might be too antsy to enjoy the comforts of home.

TaurusTAURUS

April 20–May 20

A change in the status quo at home or in your family is in the works, with a total solar eclipse rocking your foundation angle this week. You might relocate, launch a major renovation, change roommates, redecorate, get help from your parents, or take a big step forward emotionally. This last one especially could be connected with the eclipse’s harmony with Saturn in your depth house and Uranus in your subliminal corner. If you’ve gained insight into your psyche or your backstory and are working to overcome a personal challenge such as a fear of intense intimacy, you could finally have a breakthrough that allows you to lay the past to rest and take a big step such as getting your own place or committing to a serious relationship. Although the eclipse can spark external events, you should pay attention to your feelings, memories, imagination, dreams, private thoughts, psychological hurdles and personal pain to pick up on clues about exactly how it wants you to grow. Hint: What will it take for you to feel more comfortable in your own skin, more settled in your space and more secure overall? Thanks to a Mars-Saturn encounter, confronting what’s inside you is bound to be worth the effort, although this planetary pairing might also help you concentrate intently on a domestic project or a relationship issue. Jupiter is gelling with Saturn, repeating the theme of working through a problem with another person. That’s also a nice transit for getting tons done by working with a partner, so if you’ve got a lot on your plate, ask for help. With Saturn wrapping up his retrograde period, you’ll feel more capable of resolving a matter related to sharing, trust, intimacy, finances or transformation

GeminiGEMINI

May 21–June 20

The house in your chart where this week’s solar eclipse occurs happens to be the one that governs Gemini-related matters such as siblings, information, learning, thoughts, ideas, neighborhood and communication. Because of this coincidence, figuring out how to work with its nascent energy shouldn’t be an uphill battle for you Twins. What might be coming down the pike in the weeks and months to come? Exciting news that affects your relationships. A surprising development with a brother or sister. An opportunity to get involved in your community. An upsurge of daily interactions or short-distance travel. A new contract. An exciting writing project. The eclipse is joining forces with Saturn in your one-on-one angle and Uranus in your humanity zone, implying that this fresh start will be fortified by the people in your life. Commitment in a partnership and positive change in your friendships and affiliations with groups are likely to tie in with the progress the eclipse is meant to trigger. For instance, you might come up with a brilliant concept for an app, find a partner to work with and get help from your network of contacts. Although Mercury is in backspin mode all month, since planets in your communication house are vibing with Saturn and Uranus, measured self-assertion is totally appropriate. You’re likely to be taken seriously, and people can help you brainstorm, so bounce ideas off them. If you’ve learned an important lesson about your close relationships since Saturn went retrograde in early April, after he resumes forward motion this week, you’d be wise to start implementing this knowledge. Jupiter’s current confab with Saturn hints at a solid romantic bond or creative collaboration. And if you’re not making each other happy, the universe is nudging you to do what’s best for both of you.

CancerCANCER

June 21–July 22

Your worth sector is hosting a total solar eclipse this week, and that house rules not only your financial worth and your sense of self-worth, but also your possessions, innate talents, income potential, resources, self-sufficiency, personal values and priorities and your experience of the world through the five senses. A solar eclipse is like an extra-high-voltage new moon that compels you to move forward in an area of your life. Although eclipses are often jarring, this one is teaming up with Saturn in your productivity corner and Uranus in your ambition angle. So a new source of income could be tied to career progress and hard work that pays off in the weeks or months to come. Look for opportunities, because the triangle that the planets are forming represents a flow of energy that you need to take advantage of. If you have to spend money now, chances are you’ll be able to work to pay off bills, thanks to Saturn’s grounding influence. This is a time to recognize all of the assets you have at your disposal and be intelligent and innovative about using them to succeed. And with Saturn coming out of reverse now, you’ll have incentive to get back on track with your wellness goals, resume a project you put on hold or implement a more streamlined schedule. Saturn is teaching you how to run your day-to-day life like a well-oiled machine. Given Jupiter’s harmony with Saturn, it’s clear that efficiency and organization can give you an underlying feeling of peace and security. Venus in Cancer is going up against Uranus this week, reminding you that you need stimulation (think creative expression and new challenges) or you might inadvertently provoke higher-ups!

Leo

LEO

July 23–August 22

Although you already had a new moon in your sign on July 23 to kick off your new year, there’s a second new moon in Leo this week — and this one happens to be a total solar eclipse! If the last one didn’t light a fire under you, this one certainly will. Think of it as your second chance to reboot. The closer your birthday is to August 21, the more life-changing this eclipse is likely to be. Eclipses insist that we move forward in our lives, often in ways that we may not feel ready for. Since this one is befriending stabilizing Saturn and revolutionizing Uranus, all signs point to sustainable progress. You’re becoming a more well-rounded individual with a strong sense of purpose, and you’re also evolving into a more aware, enlightened being. Your worldview may have changed radically in the past few years, and you’re open to new experiences that will continue to shape you. Look for opportunities to reinvent yourself now, particularly ones that involve creativity, romance, children, travel, education and faith. If you take action, remember that Mercury is retrograde and any bold moves should be given a solid reality-check — especially if they require you to spend money. (Merc is retro in your finance zone this month.) It’s usually best to wait for the dust to settle during eclipse season, but with go-getter Mars in Leo, you’re chomping at the bit. A beauty or image makeover is one way to reinvent yourself, but again, postpone major decisions like a pixie cut. With aesthetic Venus dancing into Leo, you’ll naturally look your best and be your most charming, flirty, sociable self. Plus a creative block, stalled love affair or fertility issue can gradually get sorted after Saturn wraps up his retrograde phase this week.

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ENTER TO WIN Our August BEAUTY GIVEAWAY

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Free People Horoscope by Tracy Allen, Week of August 14–20

Free People Horoscope by Tracy Allen, Week of August 14–20

It’s written in the stars, as they say…what have they written about you this week?

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LeoLEO

July 23–August 22

If you’re in the mood for hanging out by yourself and enjoying some solitude, that may seem difficult to pull off this week. Pressing responsibilities or health issues could keep you from relaxing, or there might be too much going on in your environment. When you’re stressed, it often seems like the logical solution is to be productive so you can cross things off your list. But take stock of your spiritual and physical wellness, and if you’re feeling burnt out, contemplate how you might replenish your body and soul. With Jupiter in your cognition-and-communication zone this year, you’ve been thinking big and speaking more expansively. Venus is pushing Jupiter’s buttons now, so if you’re enthusiastic about doing something to help others, your feelings could become contagious. Plus Mars is syncing with Jupiter, which should help you to walk your talk. Use your energy for increasing your contacts, acting on your beliefs, doing things you’ll learn from and taking a well-calculated risk.

VirgoVIRGO

August 23–September 22

You feel like socializing and hanging out with your friends, but your ruling planet’s faceoff with Pluto this week messes with your desire to get along effortlessly with people. A compulsion to express yourself can put you out of step with others, or you might be intensely attracted to someone you have a platonic relationship with. Or maybe juggling your social life and your love life seems extra tricky now. Since Venus is also challenging Jupiter in your worth sector, getting carried away with your own needs or priorities can complicate your relations with a group; but on the flipside, your friends might boost your confidence and give you a needed push to demand more for yourself. With Mars hiding out in your subliminal corner and gelling with Jupiter in a subtle way that’s easy to miss, you’ll find that working behind the scenes without expecting accolades will make you feel good about yourself — and might even improve your finances!

LibraLIBRA

September 23–October 22

Tension between your parents, between you and an authority figure or between your public/professional life and your home life could get to you this week when Venus goes head-to-head with Pluto. Another strong possibility is that your turbulent emotional state will hurt your PR. So if you’re sweeping unpleasant feelings under the rug in order to keep up appearances, it’s time to try a different tactic. Face the not-so-pretty stuff going on inside you — or in your private life — and see if you can transform it into fuel. A creative passion project may be just what the doctor ordered. Venus is also skirmishing with Jupiter, increasing the chances of going overboard in your efforts to make a good impression. Use your gift for diplomacy if you seem to be stepping on toes. A Mars-Jupiter alliance means group experiences will promote your growth, so don’t go it alone! Teamwork, career networking and even group sports are all good for you under this influence.

 

ScorpioSCORPIO

October 23–November 21

This week, you’re liable to get fixated when Venus faces off against your ruling planet, who’s been lurking in your cognition-and-communication house for eons. You might be drawn to someone outside your comfort zone and intensify the situation by obsessing or overthinking. It won’t be easy, but see if you can find a happy medium between ascribing loads of meaning to something and just taking life as it comes (which isn’t really Scorpio’s style). Enjoy a pleasant, unfamiliar experience, and allow yourself to chew it over a bit — but not too much! A Venus-Jupiter dustup adds another layer: Your subconscious hopes can lure you to expect a lot and not take things at face value. But on the other hand, this planetary combo also favors a spiritually rewarding experience. When Mars joins forces with Jupiter, take advantage of any opportunity you see to act on your empathy and compassion or to engage with a spiritual mentor who can guide you.

SagittariusSAGITTARIUS

November 22–December 21

A relationship could be overpowered by your needs when Venus opposes Pluto this week. Whether you’re trying to share your life with a significant other or feel close to a friend, financial pressures, shifting self-esteem or an intense concern with having what you want or require can make that more difficult. A disagreement over money, possessions, values or priorities is possible. Try to balance your own self-interest with your desire to have a strong bond with people who are important to you. Venus’s squabble with Jupiter in your network house might pit intimacy against group expectations or make sex and friendship a risky mix. But it can also mean the more the merrier when it comes to spending time with people. Fortunately, Mars is vibing with your ruling planet, giving you the go-ahead to enjoy an adventure with your friends or to go out on a limb in order to learn, help people, expand your contacts or pursue your latest dream.

CapricornCAPRICORN

December 22–January 19

With Venus in your one-on-one angle, you’re able to get along well with others, but her opposition with Pluto in Capricorn this week could tempt you to try to control certain individuals. It may seem like you’re coming on too strong, and you might feel like you’re too much for people — both are common phenomena when this powerful planet inhabits your sign. Aim for healthy compromises, and if possible, find a way to channel your passion into your relationships without dominating anyone. Venus is also squaring off with Jupiter in your achievement zone, hinting that big aspirations could pull you away from spending time with those who are important to you. But there’s also a chance that the good feelings that come from partnership can inspire you to soar even higher. You may be especially concerned with where a relationship is heading; avoid calling the shots, though. A Mars-Jupiter confab emphasizes that you’re better off working in tandem with someone than flying solo or being the boss.

AquariusAQUARIUS

January 20–February 18

Your enjoyment of everyday life could be affected by subconscious rumblings this week when Venus goes toe-to-toe with Pluto. It’s not easy to take pleasure in what you’re doing if your emotions are dragging you down. There’s a lot going on beneath the surface with you Aquarians! The more you acknowledge psychological turmoil, the less power it holds over you. The best way to prevent subversive compulsions from controlling you is to bring them out of hiding and confront them. Integrating the hidden side of your nature into your whole self is a long-term process, so cut yourself some slack. A Venus-Jupiter encounter hints that the urge to escape your job or usual routine can lure you out of the moment as well. But you can definitely use a burst of inspiration to do what needs doing with more gusto. Plus Mars is vibing with Jupiter, signaling that a partner in crime will feed your hunger for adventure, and shared activities will be your best learning experiences.

PiscesPISCES

February 19–March 20

This week’s Venus-Pluto faceoff could spell peer pressure for you, since these planets are generating friction between personal pleasure and group interests. Your inclination to enjoy life on your terms is at odds with other people in some way. Maybe your friends aren’t fans of the person you’re dating; social obligations conflict with your current whims; or changes in a friendship are darkening your mood. It’s also possible that you’ll be very attracted to someone in your circle under this influence. Since Venus is clashing with Jupiter in your intimacy sector as well, romance and sex could snowball, with heightened expectations probably playing a role. You might rush into something enthusiastically, but your positivity is apt to rub off on someone and you’re able to have fun in the moment. Mars is in sync with Jupiter, and if you’re already in a serious relationship, working to improve it will be totally worth it now. Single? You might spark with someone on the job or work very productively with another person.

AriesARIES

March 21–April 19

You’re enjoying the pleasures of home, but the pressure to accomplish something could get to you this week when Venus opposes Pluto. Part of you wants to relax in familiar surroundings, while part of you feels compelled to prove yourself out in the world. Discord between your parents or between you and higher-ups is another possibility, or you could get into a power struggle with someone you live with. Oppositions feel like an either/or, but they endorse a both/and. So aim to have it both ways. Unwind a bit — and also let your angst propel you to achieve something (in whichever order you choose). A Venus-Jupiter tussle suggests the company of other individuals will multiply the pleasure of indulging in creature comforts like a delicious meal. If you need someone to talk you out of lazing about, that’s not going to happen now! In fact, a Mars-Jupiter convo nudges you to grab your s.o. or friend and have a slightly over-the-top good time. Romance and creative collaboration are both highly favored now.

 

TaurusTAURUS

April 20–May 20

You could be overcome with FOMO this week when Venus opposes powerful Pluto in your outlook zone, planting the idea in your head that the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. Venus wants you to have pleasant interactions with the people you cross paths with and delight in what’s right in front of you. But Pluto is making you preoccupied with the deeper meaning behind everything and the need to change your current reality. So this planetary faceoff challenges you to balance a breezy mindset with heavier thoughts and not to let the pull of difference keep you from appreciating the here and now. A Venus-Jupiter tangle implies that a full schedule, heavy workload or long to-do list might get in the way of enjoying a nice day, but you can turn that around by applying your upbeat mindset to the tasks at hand. Mars is in cahoots with Jupiter, signaling that working from home or working on your home are two great ways to be productive.

GeminiGEMINI

May 21–June 20

You’re focused on what you need and want, thanks to Venus’s transit through your resources house, and her run-in with Pluto points to a possible conflict over your desires this week. You might experience pressure around sharing, jealousy, possessiveness or trust or feel a sexual attraction that unsettles you. Avoid manipulation, and be careful not to foster a destructive dynamic. Instead, work to bring about constructive change in a relationship or in your own psyche. Venus is also sparring with Jupiter, putting you in danger of spending too much money on things you hope will give you pleasure. You might put your confidence on the line and take a risk for the sake of love or happiness. If you try not to be too impulsive, you can still use this energy to enjoy life. Plus Mars is syncing with Jupiter, coaxing you to proactively pursue what you believe will fulfill you. This transit might inspire you to boldly share your true feelings with someone — and you have luck on your side!

CancerCANCER

June 21–July 22

You’re in a friendly mood with Venus cruising through Cancer, but when she runs into trouble with Pluto in your one-on-one angle this week, relationships could get complicated. In search of an intense connection, you might be drawn to someone who’s not good for you. Even in an existing relationship, tension may crop up and unhealthy compulsions can escalate an argument. If you maintain a lot of self-awareness, you can translate all this heat into passion and/or change. Venus’s disagreement with Jupiter might indicate a conflict between socializing and enjoying the comforts of home, but you can turn this into a positive by socializing at home or by relishing simple pleasures such as good food, a cozy bed or bingewatching your favorite show. Mars is gelling with Jupiter, prompting you to use your resources well in a quest for peace and security. That could mean anything from making a smart financial move to rearranging furniture using feng shui principles to improve your space.

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Soho Pop-Up: Ruby Warrington’s Full Moon Ritual + Workshop

Soho Pop-Up: Ruby Warrington’s Full Moon Ritual + Workshop

The Numinous’ own Ruby Warrington exposes the power of this week’s full moon…

On Monday, August 7 at 2:12pm EST, we experienced a Full Moon in Aquarius. Not just any old Full Moon — this astro event was a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse, and the first of two eclipses shaking up the cosmos in August 2017.

Each and every Full Moon brings with it an ending of sorts. A cycle is completing, and it’s a time to celebrate what we’ve manifested. To get together with friends and share what we’ve learned. And when this coincides with a lunar eclipse, this energy is ramped-up tenfold. The energy is fast and furious. With the Aquarius Full Moon Lunar Eclipse, something was ready to be “eclipsed” out of your life — seemingly overnight — to make room for what will be eclipsed in at the corresponding Leo New Moon Solar Eclipse on August 21.

Factor in Mercury stationing retrograde on August 12 through September 5, and we could be in for a wild ride in the coming weeks.

The best way to navigate eclipse season is to park expectations, loosen your grip on control, and opt to just roll with it. This could feel a little scary at first, as you may find yourself being asked to just trust that whatever is unfolding is absolutely, 100%, for the highest good of all concerned.

And be aware: the biggest shifts will likely be occurring behind the scenes, deep in your subconscious. Yes, this may be reflected by events in the outside world, but pay extra attention now to changes in how you see the world — and your role as a global citizen.

The Aquarius Full Moon Lunar Eclipse (8/7) rules the needs of the collective, while the Leo New Moon Solar Eclipse (8/21) governs our need to be recognized for our personal contribution. The big question this eclipse season? What needs to go, to make room for you to shine brighter and bolder than ever before, and all in service of a better tomorrow?

Use the below journal prompts to dive deeper into the lessons of the Aquarius Full Moon Lunar Eclipse for your sign, reading for both your Sun and Rising sign. If you don’t know your Rising sign, you can calculate it here (look for “AC”) — but you will need your time of birth to the nearest hour.

ARIES :: ARIES RISING

My ideal future life looks like …

The people I see myself creating this with are …

TAURUS :: TAURUS RISING

The next big thing I want for my career is …

My biggest block to achieving this is …

GEMINI :: GEMINI RISING  

I am most excited to begin learning about …

The first place I can begin to do this is …

CANCER :: CANCER RISING

When I think about real intimacy I feel …

To allow intimacy into my life I need to …

LEO :: LEO RISING

The partnership that most allows me to shine is …

I can give this relationship more energy if I …

VIRGO :: VIRGO RISING

True vitality to me means …

The new wellness practice I am ready to commit to is …

LIBRA :: LIBRA RISING

My creativity flows every time I …

I can prioritize my creative life by …

SCORPIO :: SCORPIO RISING

My emotional security lies in …

I can provide this for myself by …

SAGITTARIUS :: SAGITTARIUS RISING

The story I am ready to tell is …

The world needs to hear it because …

CAPRICORN :: CAPRICORN RISING

I value myself most when I …

I can show my body how much I treasure it by …

AQUARIUS :: AQUARIUS RISING

When I am fully self-expressed I feel …

I can boost my confidence daily by …

PISCES :: PISCES RISING

The personal story I am ready to re-write is …

This will help heal the part of me which …

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Free People Horoscope by Tracy Allen, Week of August 7–13

Free People Horoscope by Tracy Allen, Week of August 7–13

It’s written in the stars, as they say…what have they written about you this week?

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LeoLEO

July 23–August 22

The sun and Mars in Leo face off against this week’s full moon (which happens to be a lunar eclipse), tempting you to react when emotions heat up. Be sensitive to what your significant other or bff feels now, even if they’re grabbing the spotlight that should be on you during your birthday month. A major shift is in the works in a close relationship, whether that means breaking up, taking things to the next level and committing or somehow changing the terms of your connection. Whatever happens is for the best — don’t fight it! Jupiter and Saturn are in cahoots with this eclipse, so there’s a good chance that the following will help you get through it: an open mind, honest communication, a readiness to learn, respecting yourself, taking what you have to offer seriously and being real with yourself about what makes you happy. This week’s Venus-Neptune trine hints that selflessness and empathy can lead to a soul-to-soul connection, while releasing a desire can facilitate spiritual healing. The sun-Saturn trine will help you to pour a great deal of yourself into a solid creative effort or romantic bond. With Mercury turning retrograde in your worth zone, here are some questions to ask yourself in the next few weeks: What is most important to me? Should I shuffle my priorities? What do I base my self-esteem on? Am I satisfied with how I earn a living? Could I make better use of my talents? Am I living by my core personal values? How can I strengthen my security? When you’re tempted to splurge on something, pause to consider whether you actually need it or simply want it — and if you want it, what deeper desire do you expect it to fulfill?

VirgoVIRGO

August 23–September 22

When a lunar eclipse lands in your efficiency corner this week, it may try to get your attention by triggering a health or work crisis or disrupting your everyday life in some other way. If your schedule is too jam-packed or your to-do list is too long, it may be time to drop something. Lightening your load can improve your productivity and your sense of wellbeing. This lunation gives you an ideal opportunity to kick a bad habit to the curb once and for all, so think about the ways you might be wasting valuable time and energy. Is there something you routinely do that doesn’t contribute to your quality of life and may even detract from it? Are you ready to quit? The eclipse could also mean that a job change is on the horizon or a work project is coming to fruition. Whatever it brings, with the sun and Mars hiding out in your subliminal house, you could unconsciously act in a way that undermines the shift that’s meant to occur in your everyday circumstances. Recognize that perfectionism often produces more worry than perfection, and sometimes you need to stop doing, doing, doing and just be. Take inventory of your skills and talents; making the most of them will bring you closer to the success you covet. Real self-knowledge — which requires you to reflect meaningfully on the past — will give you a secure base from which to operate. However, a Venus-Neptune vibe encourages you to also get out and see people and perhaps do something kind for a friend. As your ruler goes retrograde in your sign, you’ll begin to rethink personal matters and may feel somewhat tongue-tied. Don’t fret over feeling misunderstood by others. Focus on understanding yourself better.

LibraLIBRA

September 23–October 22

You’ll be in the mood to have a good time when a lunar eclipse hits your joy sector this week and connects with larger-than-life Jupiter, who’s still making its way through Libra. You won’t be able to hold back when it comes to expressing your creativity, individualism and feelings—nor should you try. Go out and have fun, wear your heart on your sleeve, show your passion and humor. This lunation wants you to take a big bite out of life! Since full moons are often associated with endings, you might complete a pleasurable project (not a work one) or break up with someone you’ve been dating. Or it could be the end of a particular chapter in a relationship, meaning you’re ready to get more serious. Regardless, the moon’s link with Jupiter tells you that whatever crescendo you reach now will promote your personal growth and possibly give you more freedom. And its link with Saturn reminds you to speak thoughtfully and maturely and ground your exuberance with realism. Saturn can also help you to get your message across with a group, plan as a team or collaborate effectively. This is a great transit for firming up your network of support. And thanks to Venus’s harmony with Neptune, you could gain favor for creative work or service to others, so keep a high profile. Plus an office romance might be in the stars when these two planets hook up! Mercury is beginning its backtracking phase in the last house of your chart, and you’re bound to become more circumspect as a result. Pay close attention to your dreams and hunches in the coming weeks. Rediscover a spiritual practice, reread old journals, reflect on the past and peer into your fantasies for clues about yourself.

 

ScorpioSCORPIO

October 23–November 21

Your private feelings will probably bubble to the surface when a lunar eclipse rocks your foundation angle this week. You may be busy trying to accomplish your goals in the outer world, but your inner life will get your attention in one way or another. There might be some drama in your home or among your family members, in which case you should try to understand, rather than take command. A change in your living situation could be coming, you might finish a project around the house or there might be something big going on with your parents. Whatever comes up for you now, you’ll benefit from spending time by yourself trying to understand your past and present and the emotions they’re evoking. There’s a lot churning inside you, and processing it will put you in a better place — spiritually, emotionally and maybe even literally. Some kind of fundamental shift in your feelings or your space can ultimately improve your comfort and security. Venus and Neptune are teaming up, inspiring you to enjoy an adventure that promises transcendent pleasure. Breaking boundaries and getting out of your routine will do you a world of good now, and an attraction to someone different will be especially fulfilling, so set aside your usual list of criteria if you’re looking for love and open your heart to the idea of someone new. A sun-Saturn collaboration suggests that making savvy use of your talents will help you to shine — and in turn, strengthen your security. With Mercury beginning to backpedal in your network house, you might reconnect with old friends and contacts in the weeks to come or rethink a new goal. Avoid group gossip, as misunderstandings are par for the course with Merc retro.

SagittariusSAGITTARIUS

November 22–December 21

You might experience information overload this week, thanks to a lunar eclipse in your thinking-and-talking corner. A development with a sibling or in your community is another possibility, or a flurry of busyness in your everyday life could overwhelm you. Communication will probably be emotionally loaded, and because Mars is aligned with the sun and opposing the moon, disagreements are likely to get heated. But changing your mind about something or shifting your mindset entirely will work in your favor, as the eclipse is clicking with both Saturn in Sagittarius and your ruling planet, Jupiter. You’re meant to learn now, and being wedded to one point of view won’t allow you to do that. If you’re flooded with thoughts and feelings, Saturn can help you organize them and make sense of them. Since Venus is vibing with Neptune in your foundation angle, one-on-one time with a loved one in the privacy of your home will be romantic or cathartic, while alone time can center you and facilitate self-acceptance. Mercury is turning retrograde at the top of your chart, making career planning, communication with authority figures and articulating your objectives more challenging in the next few weeks. But it’s a great time to rethink a goal, revise a business plan, contemplate your professional or public image and research a career path. And given the sun’s collaboration with Saturn in your sign, you’ll be able to blend your characteristic optimism about the future with a perhaps-relatively-newfound predilection for planning. Learning, travel and other horizon-broadening experiences will give you a sense that your life is on track. This is a good time to test yourself by doing something courageous and proving what you’re capable of.

CapricornCAPRICORN

December 22–January 19

Overspending could be a problem this week when a dramatic lunar eclipse lands in your worth house, linking strong emotions to material needs. Splurges are common with this lunation, as it’s difficult to apply cool-headed logic to your financial decisions. You’ll be so focused on what you want and require that it could lead to conflict in a close relationship. A full moon always spans opposite houses—in this case, calling for you to balance your needs, values and priorities with those of someone else. Compromise and cooperation are essential skills if you want to share your life with another person. Since Jupiter in your ambition angle is in the mix, achieving lofty goals can definitely boost your income and self-esteem, but just be careful not to become too boastful. Saturn in your spirit corner is allied with both the sun and moon, so wrapping up old business and putting the past to rest will give you an advantage. You’re in an extended phase of clearing away anything that’s lingering in your life and preventing you from feeling ready for the next chapter. You might want to focus intently on understanding the emotional component of this process; putting the finishing touches on a passion project; or confiding in someone close to you about your private fears. A Venus-Neptune confab nudges you to relate to other individuals with compassion and empathy, although it can also lure you to see them through rose-colored glasses. With Mercury going into reverse in your exploration corner, you might review a subject you already studied, edit something for publication, reconsider your opinions and beliefs and try to regain perspective. Be patient with delays and detours in the next few weeks; revisiting a place may be the most glitch-free form of travel.

AquariusAQUARIUS

January 20–February 18

This week’s lunar eclipse is in Aquarius, so it will inevitably bring out strong emotions, especially if your half-birthday just passed or is coming up very soon. You have permission to put yourself first, as long as you try not to infringe on anyone else’s needs. If it feels like life is just too much right now, do your best to pick up on what’s pushing you over the edge. This lunation gives you an ideal excuse to let go of something or someone and move on. Endings are a natural part of full moons, even if we don’t feel ready for them. And since this moon is collaborating with Jupiter in your expansion house, there’s an implication that a bigger, brighter vision of the future can fuel you to turn a corner. So recognize this personal watershed moment, and let go of whatever is no longer serving your growth. You might need to blow off steam and will find that friends are willing to support you through this temperamental time. The sun in your one-on-one angle is gelling with Saturn in your network zone, reinforcing the fact that building solid relationships and aligning your interests and goals with those of others will keep you going. Although you’re primarily concerned with your own emotions this week, strong personal connections are still vital to you. In fact, you might put aside your own needs at some point and let your spiritual values guide you to be of service to others. As Mercury begins its retrograde phase, turn some of your attention to a research project, a sticky financial issue or a psychological hurdle such as a loss or obsession. Your mind could drift to a past lover, but heads-up: Reconnecting might get complicated!

PiscesPISCES

February 19–March 20

A lunar eclipse in the last house of your chart can push subconscious matters to the surface this week and possibly bring secrets to light. You’re doing your best to stay on top of everyday duties, but this moon reminds you that work isn’t everything; your spirituality, imagination and private emotions need to be honored as well. If you’ve been sweeping something under the rug, you may be compelled to deal with it now. Face your demons and find out how strong you are. Pay close attention to your dreams and try to decipher their deeper meaning. You may need extra sleep, peace and quiet and alone time. Take the needs of your body and the needs of your spirit seriously. Your intuition and empathy are heightened, but keep good boundaries and resist falling into the martyr/victim trap. Venus is gelling with Neptune, favoring romance, creativity, play and other forms of self-expression, so give yourself permission to enjoy life and let people see the real you. During this transit, your feelings and personality can shine through the smokescreen that Neptune often puts up. If you’re attracted to someone, you may see what you want to see in each other, so wait awhile before trying to figure out the real nature of this connection. Love and creativity are more dreamy and imaginative than literal and concrete at the moment, but they can transport you and fill you with bliss. On a very different note, the sun-Saturn meeting implies your hard work is paying off and earning you the recognition you deserve. Don’t make assumptions in the next few weeks while Mercury travels retrograde. Misunderstandings are common, and you might revisit an old conflict. Use this time to examine your relationships and perhaps renegotiate the terms of one.

AriesARIES

March 21–April 19

With a lunar eclipse hitting your humanity house this week, emotions may run high in your circle of friends. Group interests are highlighted, and you should do your best to honor the role you play in the lives of others. But if you no longer feel a natural affiliation with a particular group, this is a good time to cut ties. A friendship may have also run its course, and there’s nothing wrong with admitting that you’ve grown apart from someone who used to play a bigger part in your life. On the other hand, a collaboration might blossom now, or an acquaintance might become a closer friend. Since the moon is vibing with Jupiter, it’s evident that you can learn a lot from the people in your life and may benefit in other ways from them too. For instance, a professional contact can have a very positive influence on your life at this time. The sun and Mars are motivating you to do your own thing, but this lunation pushes you to balance personal fulfillment with being there for others. But a sun-Saturn link can tilt that balance, as it gives you incentive to be yourself and work on discovering your true place in the world. You don’t simply want to have a good time; you also want to live life with a sense of purpose. A Venus-Neptune alliance encourages you to indulge in escapist comforts at home. You’re an action-oriented sign, but you need days like this to unwind from time to time. As Mercury starts to backtrack, scheduling snafus and mix-ups at work are to be expected, and details may be overlooked. Reorganize your workspace, revise your to-do list, research jobs, rethink your habits, take stock of your health and consider alternative approaches.

TaurusTAURUS

April 20–May 20

You may not be able to avoid the spotlight this week when a lunar eclipse activates the peak of your chart, so be ready to put your best foot forward. Drama with a boss or other authority figure is possible, or a goal could come to fruition. This lunation may also indicate a shift in your career path or life direction in the next few months. Since Jupiter is involved, if you’ve been working hard and taking on more responsibilities, you could start to see positive results. The sun and Mars are opposing the moon, so your family or home life may be competing with your ambition in some way. Do your best to balance your private life with your professional or public life, and don’t let an old pattern of behavior hold you back. A solid partnership or hard-earned understanding of your strengths and weaknesses will serve you well now. Since the sun and Saturn are working together, you could be focused on resolving an emotional issue, making headway on a passion project or getting to the bottom of a relationship matter. Psychotherapy or talking to a family member about the past will likely be of help to you now. Harmony between Venus and Neptune coaxes you to share your feelings with friends and see the best in people, and you’re likely to enjoy socializing with a group, so don’t spend too much time alone. A positive mindset and warm communication will make you feel more in sync with those around you. Now that Mercury is going retrograde, though, it might start to seem like expressing your feelings, personality and humor is a gamble. The next few weeks are good for rediscovering a hobby, rereading for pleasure, reconnecting with your inner child and reminiscing about a past love.

GeminiGEMINI

May 21–June 20

Thanks to this week’s lunar eclipse in your exploration corner, you may feel an urge to break out of a rut and have an adventure. A big shift in your outlook is in the cards — and that could involve travel or other experiences that expose you to more of what the world has to offer. A change of scene offers a fresh perspective, and this is an excellent time to let go of an old belief that’s been limiting who you’ll become in your life and how far you’ll go, literally and figuratively. With a close connection between this lunation and Jupiter in your fulfillment zone, there’s a definite theme of exploring your full potential, broadening your view of the world and pushing past old boundaries as you ride a wave of freedom and faith. An exhilarating new experience could also solidify a relationship, since the full moon is clicking with Saturn in your one-on-one angle. The sun is joining forces with Saturn, facilitating honest communication and substantive dialogue. If you make an effort to reach out to people, you could secure a mentor under this influence. Venus in your worth sector is vibing with Neptune in your ambition house, so you can likely draw in more income through creative or service-oriented work. The better use you make of your talents now, the more likely you are to achieve a dream. When Mercury turns retrograde at the base of your chart, your mind may drift to the past, and you could start to rethink your décor or living situation. Misunderstandings with a family member or housemate may crop up, but it’s a good time to reflect on the past in search of new insights or reconnect with a relative you’ve lost touch with.

CancerCANCER

June 21–July 22

The effects of this week’s lunar eclipse could be somewhat subtle for you, since it takes place in the part of your chart that governs hidden matters. But there’s a lot of potential for deep transformation with this lunation, so it’s worth it to tune into your psyche and be willing to let go and heal. Issues around intimacy, trust, sharing, control, jealousy, mortality or financial support may come up, and a sexual relationship could get more intense or come to an end. As a sensitive water sign, you shouldn’t have too much trouble picking up on the emotional ripples of the eclipse, and you stand to learn more about yourself when you dig into the feelings that are triggered within you. Since the sun and Mars are opposing the moon, there might be tension between going after what you need and accommodating someone else’s needs or the needs of a partnership. Saturn’s link with the eclipse tells you that meaningful change is going to take work, but again, it will be worth it. The sun-Saturn alliance implies that your diligence can also pay off financially or help you feel good about yourself. You’ve probably been toiling away these past couple of years; be proud of your productivity! Thankfully, Venus in Cancer is making music with Neptune in your expansion corner, green-lighting escapist pleasures. Romance, creativity, travel, spirituality and simply enjoying life will inspire you and allow you to transcend daily life. Unselfish, soulful love is favored, and you might feel an ethereal connection with someone different from you or experience divine, compassionate love for all living beings. After Mercury goes retrograde, be patient with miscommunication and travel difficulties. You might opt to rewrite something, reconnect with a sibling or neighbor, review information or revisit a nearby place.

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Good News to Make You Feel Good

Good News to Make You Feel Good

Your healthy dose of feel-good current events in pop culture, fashion, travel, science, and everything in between…

Another round of carefree current events is in order, another fresh opportuuuunity to catch up on the grin-worthy updates meant to chill you out (rather than rile you up).

Consider this is your summer reading, relaxed — a chance to unapologetically recline, perhaps in a petal-soft robe, and lounge worry-free with some harmless (yet fascinating) stories that have been selected to give you some clickable, likeable news that’s finally worth sharing with friends.

Peruse, ponder, audibly “aww,” lol a little, and enjoy the ride:

Thank you, precious buttercup Canadians!

When a newborn otter pup was seen swimming alone in open water off of Vancouver’s coast this summer, the city’s Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre took him in for protective 24-hour care. Now, he’s swimming pretty and made-in-the-shade, posing through all of the luxuriously tiny baths he can take and naps he can sleep.

There is such a thing as a “Rainbow Star,” and its name is Sirius.

When its twinkling spectrum of light was caught in soft focus, amateur astrophotographer Steve Brown managed to encapsulate every color in one kaleidoscopic image.

Philly’s ever-revered LOVE skate park is captured by Jonathan Rentschler in this three-year saga of gritty street photos.

Honoring the (FP) neighborhood haven, Rentschler reflects on its larger purpose: “The park itself had an aura about it, which attracted eccentric personalities… this diversity promoted creativity and led to the appreciation of different ideas, cultures, and ways of life.”

This twelve-year-old’s submission to Lego’s “Kid Creations” display is an adorable reminder that there’s no need to overcomplicate a good thing.

Open your eyes to the simple genius of this pre-teen’s why-not? attitude.

Like the romantic dream held in your ocean heart since hearing the first notes of Titanic’s soundtrack, Leonardo Dicaprio and Kate Winslet are finally ready for one hot date with a superfan.

The pair is auctioning themselves off as the season’s most desirable NYC dinner guests, at long last laying out the opportunity to hear Leo’s supersoaker secrets.

Finally, the proof you’ve been waiting for that habitually ordering Seamless, calling out your laundry, and (for the truly lucky) hiring a maid is actually good for you.

Saving time in your day by skipping the chores you don’t enjoy can help bliss you out (when your budget allows).

Any excuse to look at old school snaps of Jane Birkin is the right one—

like boarding a virtual sailboat to an island you can only attempt to pronounce. This tiny breakdown of classic French babe styling confirms that a touch of insouciance and the perfect pair of jeans will never be the cliché to regret.

Spend time in nature! Sleep more! Don’t feel the need to rush!

Call your best friend and don’t talk about yourself at all! This list of life secrets is gleaned from the truly successful party of people that consider themselves “happy.”

Many thanks to the ever-innovative Petra Collins for opening up a conversation about fashion’s need to include new talent in coveted cover shoots and editorial campaigns.

And this list of 16 up-and-coming photographers to follow is just the kind of fresh perspective worth working into your daily feed. Take a spin through former American Apparel model Ysa Pérez’s candidly cool images, then wrap it all in a bow with Olivia Locher’s signature marshmallow pants.

No spoilers for this gem other than:

Quite possibly the best Taylor Swift tweet of all time.

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FP How We: Eat Pretty

FP How We: Eat Pretty

Our monthly home office wellness series turns within, as we talk all things Eat Pretty with Jolene Hart …

This post comes to you from Certified Health and Wellness Coach, Jolene Hart.

As a health coach and author, I help my readers and clients look and feel their best via the beautifying powers of food and self-care. Together we look beyond the surface of the skin, into the various ways we nourish our beauty — beginning with our meals and extending to mindset, movement, energy, sleep, and all of the unique needs of our individual bodies in each season. Beauty, as you’ve heard before, is so much more than skin deep, and I love watching my clients build a dynamic and very personal lifestyle of beauty that reflects that, supporting their lifelong beauty and wellbeing in the process.

I shared my approach to beauty with the Free People Home Office this month, amidst vases of wildflowers, linens hand-dyed to match the covers of my Eat Pretty book series, and an abundance of fresh lemons (one of my absolute favorite skin foods) for beauty food inspiration. A sunlit space, the glow of a summer afternoon, and a room filled with the magical creative energy of FP employees made this event so special!

Whenever I share my work, I also tell my personal story, almost a decade’s worth of skin issues, and my exhaustive search for a product, prescription, or treatment that would heal them. Not only did I make it my job to figure out why chronic eczema and cystic acne were taking over my skin, it actually was my job to give beauty advice, as I was working as a magazine beauty editor at the time. After several years spent seeking and testing promising skin treatments and services, my skin was unchanged. Desperate, I left my magazine post and used my journalist role to search for answers — delving into various fields of study including Ayurveda, Chinese medicine, genomics, aesthetics, dermatology, and integrative nutrition to learn more about our bodies and our skin. My own frustrating experience inspired my second career as a coach and my beauty nutrition-focused coaching practice Beauty Is Wellness, and that personal journey has kept me passionate about eating for beauty every day of my own life.

During my visit, I challenged the Free People staff to rethink their own approach to beauty, beginning with their meals and extending to the sources of energy in their lives that influence their own mindset, stress, and emotions. We named some of the qualities that describe a universally ‘beautiful’ person — vibrant, energetic, fresh, glowing — and I asked the group to use those qualities as a guide when choosing their own meals. The foods we eat break down to become our bodies on a molecular level, so choosing foods naturally high in energy, vibrancy, and freshness strongly adds to the visible beauty of our bodies, even as it supports optimal physical function.

I shared other qualities that are essential to keep in mind when choosing foods for beauty — qualities like seasonality, anti-inflammatory value, and color — and explained the vital role that blood sugar balance plays in achieving radiant, youthful skin, balanced hormones, good moods and your healthiest weight. One simple strategy that I believe all women should know to support their blood sugar balance is to eat a meal that satiates the body and provides slow-digesting energy. To achieve this, it’s ideal to include a combination of protein, healthy fats, and abundant vegetables on your plate every time you sit down to a meal. This illustration of an Eat Pretty plate, taken from my book Eat Pretty, Live Well, helps visualize what those foods might look like together.

 

 

Above all, I encouraged the FP team to listen closely to their bodies, by watching their skin as well as their energy, digestion, hormone balance, and stress levels, to find the foods and the habits that best support their beauty and body. We’re all uniquely made, so it’s important to recognize our own needs by seeing and feeling those telling manifestations in our bodies. I’ve found, as have so many of my readers and clients, that building a lifestyle that supports your beauty from the inside out not only helps you look and feel your best, it teaches you so much about your body in the process.

So many thanks to the amazing FP staff for inviting me to share this message, and for providing so much creative inspiration as always!

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Photo by Magdalena Fountoukidis.

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August FP x PAWS 2017 Calendar Download

August FP x PAWS 2017 Calendar Download

Soaking in the last bits of summer with the help of some lovable friends…

Throughout 2017, we’ll be featuring the beautiful dogs from this year’s FP x PAWS calendar, created in partnership with award-winning photographer and animal advocate Sophie Gamand!

All proceeds from the sale of our print calendars benefitted PAWS, Philadelphia’s largest no-kill shelter, which serves pet owners and rescue organizations that lack access to affordable basic veterinary care.

Right-click to download!

 

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Free People Horoscope by Tracy Allen, Week of July 31–August 6

Free People Horoscope by Tracy Allen, Week of July 31–August 6

Read on to see what the stars have in store for you this week…

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LeoLEO

July 23–August 22

Although the sun and Mars are firing you up with exuberance and initiative, your sociability may take a nosedive after Venus slips into your spirit corner. Rather than hanging out with a lot of people, you might prefer to take care of someone you love or get involved in a charitable activity. Self-sacrifice could veer into playing martyr, so only help others when you’re sure your intentions are pure. With Jupiter and Pluto at odds again, your optimism is clashing with the reality of a health or work situation. It’s tempting to bite off more than you can chew when a hopeful mindset is doing you so much good, but you don’t need to transform your life overnight. Respect the signals your body sends you, as stress can take a toll. Try not to gloss over details or obsess over the right way of doing things. Making the connection between your mind and body empowers you to transform your health, while an eagerness to learn enables you to revamp your skillset and job prospects.

VirgoVIRGO

August 23–September 22

Your social life will probably pick up in the next few weeks while lovely Venus traipses through your network house. This is a great time of year for you to go to parties and other big gatherings because you’ll thrive on being around plenty of people. Friendship should be a high priority this month, so make a point of spending time with your squad. Since Jupiter in your worth sector is tangling with Pluto in your fulfillment zone, you’re in danger of blowing your budget to satisfy a strong desire. You might be obsessed with a person rather than an object and experience a mixture of confidence and pleasure. But you’re likely to get overwhelmed if it seems like you can’t control this fixation — and pushing for the love and happiness you crave will get you into very deep water. Your quest to have what you need and want can serve you well but might become a problem if you feel like you can’t stop. Stay true to yourself, and let your highest values guide you.

LibraLIBRA

September 23–October 22

After Venus climbs to the top of your chart, you’ll find it easier to be seen in a positive light and draw raves for your work. You won’t have trouble getting along with people in authority and should be able to make a good impression on your boss this month. But keep in mind that Jupiter in Libra is sparring with Pluto once again this week, so the feeling of being torn between your future and your past is likely to return. You’re galvanized to take a bigger bite out of life, but it may seem like your family or your personal history is making it harder to soar to new heights. The people who’ve known you the longest might resist the idea of a new you, and your own ambivalence about change can also lead you to clip your wings unconsciously. Processing the turbulence inside you may not feel very freeing in the moment, but ultimately, unpacking your emotional baggage will allow you to grow. Sometimes you need to take apart the past in order to build the future.

 

ScorpioSCORPIO

October 23–November 21

The appeal of difference gets stronger after Venus sails into your exploration sector, coaxing you to branch out and enjoy more of what life has to offer. Spend time with a wide range of humanity, visit a new place and seek out unfamiliar cultural experiences. If you can’t take a vacation, even hanging out with people who open up new worlds to you will be extra gratifying. Jupiter is squabbling with Pluto this week, picking up where they left off four months ago. You may be trying to expand the spiritual sphere of your life and become obsessed with particular teachings or revelations — and then perhaps speak with unintended force. Or your lively imagination could plant suspicions in your head. It’s challenging to convert your inner growth into a way of thinking and communicating in everyday life. Your subconscious hopes are repeatedly being subjected to powerful self-questioning, sometimes to the point where you don’t know what to think anymore. Becoming a more conscious being is often a painful process. It takes strength to dig as deep as you do for real understanding. You have that strength.

SagittariusSAGITTARIUS

November 22–December 21

You’ll be craving closeness in August, thanks to Venus’s presence in your sharing sector. If you’re already in a serious relationship, it’s likely to feel extra intense, and those of you who are dating will be more into powerful chemistry than fun flirtation. It’s a good time to seek support from other individuals or deal with subtle issues in an important relationship. However, with your ruler, Jupiter, still hanging out in your network zone and squaring off with Pluto in your worth house this week, friendships may feel more complicated than you’d like. You’re making an effort to connect with plenty of people, but financial strain might curtail socializing. It’s also quite possible that your values and priorities are evolving, making it somewhat harder for you to align them with group interests. The pressure of ensuring that you have what you need in life might seem to clash with your aspiration to be a part of something beyond yourself. Taking care of yourself and making the world a better place aren’t mutually exclusive!

CapricornCAPRICORN

December 22–January 19

After Venus crosses your one-on-one angle this week, you’ll be more in tune with other individuals and find it relatively easy to get along with people. If you want to make peace with someone, this is an ideal period to extend the olive branch. Since Jupiter in your goals zone is clashing with Pluto in Capricorn for the third time in the last eight months, your ambition could nudge you into control-freak mode. Keep an eye on your behavior, and try to find the medium switch. People in authority are likely to balk at a power grab, so do your best not to fixate on a oversized objective or to operate in a domineering manner. You can’t maintain a firm grip on everything and everyone, and if you try to, you’re likely to create a volatile atmosphere around you. It’s not easy to reconcile your enthusiastic quest for worldly success with the slower, darker transformation process going on inside you. You want to project confidence in public, but your private struggles influence your interactions. This is an opportune time to remind yourself that control is an illusion.

AquariusAQUARIUS

January 20–February 18

It’s easier to put your nose to the grindstone when you’re inspired, and beautifying your workspace would be a good start, especially with lovely Venus dancing into your productivity corner this week. This transit also favors working on relationship problems and handling practical matters with your significant other. Regardless of your relationship status, the next few weeks are also great for maintaining healthy habits that include another person. So recruit a running buddy, swap nutritious recipes with a friend or motivate each other with Fitbit challenges. The feud between Jupiter and Pluto that began last November and recurred in March is heating up once again, pitting your hopes for the future against psychological turmoil that you’re working to put behind you. Address what’s going on inside you, and accept that some change takes the form of a slow, rather painful death-and-rebirth process, while some is more along the lines of exhilarating learning and expansion. Make your peace with the fact that letting go of the past will lighten your load, empowering you to fly into a bigger and brighter future.

PiscesPISCES

February 19–March 20

Despite the fact that the sun and Mars are mobilizing you to work hard, with Venus sashaying into your fulfillment house this week, you’ve also got a green light to enjoy life. Make time for hobbies, dates, fun with friends, creative projects and other leisurely pursuits in the next few weeks. The sun’s awkward encounter with Neptune in Pisces hints that you’ll have trouble concentrating at some point and may need to take a daydreaming break. Another strategy: Try tweaking your modus operandi if your ideals mess with your efficiency. With Jupiter and Pluto fighting again, friendship and sex continue to be a tricky mix, and jealousy, possessiveness, mistrust, sharing or control could be core issues. Be honest, and try your best not to obsess. You may need to put others’ interests first to avoid a crisis. The truth is your relationships are changing. While you should put your faith in worthwhile individuals and invest in mutually supportive connections, you should also be willing to let some people leave your life if you’ve outgrown each other.

AriesARIES

March 21–April 19

When Venus descends to your foundation angle, the pleasures of home and family become more apparent. In the next few weeks, you might entertain, decorate and overindulge in food, as homey comforts seem irresistible. Uranus will be retrograde for the rest of 2017, slowing the pace of change and easing feelings of anticipation and anxiety. Consider which of the many possibilities you’re weighing have lasting value. Look at the areas of dissatisfaction Uranus has pointed out to you, and test out options in your head. Hopefully you won’t feel a pressing need to take action, as this is a period for catching your breath. Jupiter is battling Pluto again, making relationships and ambition a complicated combo. It might seem like your partnership and career are going in different directions or like personal connections and goals are incompatible. If you’re hoping for more support than you’re getting, ask yourself if you’re leaning on someone because you feel pressure to figure out your life path. We don’t all grow at exactly the same pace, but you and the people closest to you can encourage each other to keep making progress.

TaurusTAURUS

April 20–May 20

Thanks to Venus’s move into your thinking-and-talking corner this week, your daily interactions will seem warmer, you’ll notice the beauty in your environment, you’ll be more inclined to verbalize your feelings and you’ll enjoy socializing with neighbors and siblings. As Jupiter and Pluto renew their disagreement, you could feel the stress of having a lot on your plate. Maybe you’ve taken on a full workload, believing you had the power to do everything, and now you feel pressure to have it all figured out. Or perhaps you’re looking for more freedom in your daily life or your job and are straining to picture where all this hard work is going to get you. A rather dark view of the future can make it more difficult to maintain a positive work ethic. Or your challenge could be that you’re fixated on learning, growing and changing your life but have so much to do right now and can’t focus on the details — especially when the vision of bigger and better things consumes you. Have faith that your current productivity will pay off slowly but surely.

GeminiGEMINI

May 21–June 20

You may start to spend more money and/or bring in more money after Venus moves into your worth house this week. The law-of-attraction planet can draw things to you and also draw you to things, so money and possessions are sort of easy-come-easy-go over the next few weeks. Take advantage of any financial opportunities that come up, and curb extravagance if you’re trying to stick to a budget. Since Jupiter in your fulfillment zone and Pluto in your sharing sector are quarreling for the third time in the last eight months, matters of the heart could become more complicated. Intimacy feels especially heavy and intense, but you might be inspired to take a risk and express your emotions. You could be having fun dating a wide range of people and then find it difficult to make differences work if you get into a relationship. Your desire to pursue love (or someone you’re attracted to) may get you into deep water, and you might wish you had more control over what another person is offering you. Don’t force matters; you’re likely to hit an impasse if you do.

CancerCANCER

June 21–July 22

Lovely Venus will be gracing your sign with her presence for the next few weeks, making you feel extra agreeable and attractive. You’ll exude warmth and charm and will have the ability to draw in what — and whom — you desire. Spend time with people you like, and give yourself permission to put pleasure above work whenever possible. As Jupiter and Pluto take up arms again, your private expectations or underlying confidence could instigate change in a relationship. You may be harboring hopes for security and comfort but are unable to control another individual and get them onto the same page with you. And you might have a desire for peace that contrasts starkly with an intense connection. So turbulence in that relationship is bound to shake the stable foundation you aspire to build. It’s also possible that your home life or family will in some way disrupt your rapport with another individual. Be careful not to project a wellspring of emotion onto someone else. Strive to understand yourself instead of obsessing over where another person is coming from.

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