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Yes, summertime JOMO is a thing—and this is the perfect week for it, astrologically


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Last week’s lunar eclipse was the longest in a century—and it ended a 19-year cycle. So some me-time is in order to digest all of that, says rockstar astrologer Jennifer Racioppi. Basically, forget FOMO: The joy of missing out is seriously joyful this week, no matter what your sun sign is. 

Monday, July 30

With the moon waning in the sign of spiritual Pisces, Monday may potentially feel a wee bit weepy. If emotions arise, allow them to be there. Remember, self-mastery requires permitting yourself to experience the range of your feelings while staying in a place of patience (or balance) regardless. Meaning feel deeply; pain and messiness included, yet hold space for the beauty too. Developing the capacity to freely experience the range of human emotions with resilience and compassion gives way to magic.

The total lunar eclipse last week marked the end of a 19-year cycle. Create space to digest and acclimate to the changes afoot.

The total lunar eclipse last week marked the end of a 19-year cycle. Create space to digest and acclimate to the changes afoot. Doing so supports your growth now. Take time today for reflection. Journaling, meditating, and stretching support you to feel centered now.

Tuesday, July 31

With the moon continuing to wane in the sign of Pisces, music proves exceptionally healing now. So don’t forget your headphones when you leave the house this morning. Nada yoga, a branch of yoga that honors the practice of listening as a form of medicine, teaches that sound and vibration connect us to our inner cosmos as well as the cosmos of the solar system. Listening to music as a spiritual practice offers medicinal and harmonizing benefits. Whether soothing or invigorating, while the moon travels in Pisces, music proves extra beneficial. So crank up your favorite tunes and create the space in your day to absorb sound like it’s medicine—because it is! Bonus points: Listen to your favorite music while exercising.

Wednesday, August 1

Retrograde Mars makes a sharp angle today to Uranus, the planet of revolution and breakthrough. Ouch. Due to the disharmony of this aspect, today is not the day to push your workout. Instead, take it easy and prioritize form over intensity. Alignment, breath, and appropriate pacing assure that you can practice safely with minimal risk of injury. On a personal level, things might feel extra feisty, so stay mindful not to take the bait. With Mercury retrograde, disengage from unnecessary drama. You may even want to carry a crystal or two for extra support. Lean on essential oils to help you stay grounded. Stay centered and trust.

Thursday, August 2

With the waning gibbous moon traveling in Aries, life may feel like you have one foot on the gas pedal and another on the brake. After all, Aries emphasizes action. With abundant retrograde energy afoot, the cosmos requires prudence and patience. Now’s not the time to force things but instead relax into the divine timing of the universe. Conjure faith and trust by remembering that you can’t miss out on what’s meant to be.

Remember that productivity and accomplishment do not define your existence.

Rather than executing a heavy-handed approach to getting things done, take this time to focus on yin-nourishing activities instead. Create space for deep rest, time outdoors, and community. Remember that productivity and accomplishment do not define your existence. Honor the moment by accepting what is— even if that means feeling a bit uncomfortable in the process.

Friday, August 3

The first Friday of August arrives with Chiron, an asteroid that facilitates deep soul healing, making a supportive angle to Mars. Yes! This connection suggests that today might bring some healing vibes. Stay open to receiving. The waning moon moves from Aries to Taurus at 3:50 p.m. EDT, and as the moon shifts into Venus-ruled Taurus, focus on relaxation and having a low-key weekend. When it comes to fitness, try taking your workout outdoors. Bring your yoga mat to a park, take a long hike or jog outside, go paddle-boarding, or swim if you can. Breathing fresh air helps you maximize the benefits of the summer. Enjoy!

Saturday, August 4

Today is the halfway point between last Friday’s lunar eclipse and the upcoming solar eclipse on August 11. Summer of 2018 is a time of challenging astrological aspects, as three eclipses expedite change and healing. Last week’s total lunar blood moon eclipse brought an ending to old patterns and relationships.

Right now we find ourselves in “the space between no longer and not yet.”

The upcoming solar eclipse in Leo ushers in new opportunities and beginnings. Right now we find ourselves in what personal development expert Nancy Levin calls “the space between no longer and not yet.” Very different than a state of limbo, this moment facilitates a shedding process, the ability to surrender and release that which you no longer need to make space for what’s percolating. Consciously make space for what is yet to arrive.

Sunday, August 5

Permit yourself to experience the pleasures of a Sunday Funday. With the waning moon continuing to travel through sensual Taurus for the majority of the day, it’s time to get your pleasure on. Eating delicious food and mindfully consuming a cocktail or mocktail aligns well with the energy of the day. Taste. Savor. Enjoy. With the sun traveling in joyful Leo, prioritize what feels light and free. Self-care doesn’t always have to feel like work. It can be enjoying the simple things too. Breathe in joy!

Jennifer Racioppi is the creator of Lunar Logic—a philosophy that integrates the deep wisdom of both science and spirituality, and blends her expertise in astrology, positive psychology, and women’s health—to coach high-achieving female entrepreneurs to reach their next level of success. 

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