If this month's full moon was chock-full of realizations, you're not alone. And rockstar astrologer Jennifer Racioppi is here to give you some advice on how to make the most of those insights, with a collective celestial reading that goes beyond your daily sun sign info (and gets *way* into your daily food, fitness, and self-care habits). Here's her best advice—with a wellness twist.
Monday, April 30
As the week kicks off and the full moon wanes, pay attention to what life is illuminating for you to see. Last night’s potent full moon at 9 degrees of Scorpio may have revealed a secret (or two). What did the full moon illuminate that you need to integrate into your journey now? In addition to secrets, Scorpio highlights ambition and drive to do your best. So get after what you know you want. Then drop in and ask yourself, what truth is emerging for you to acknowledge now? Stay focused on your inner world and call ’em like you see ’em. Trust your intuition.
Tuesday, May 1
Happy May Day! Whether you see this day as merely the first day of the month, a pagan holiday, or a day to celebrate workers' rights, May 1 falls smack dab between the spring equinox and summer solstice. Known as a cross-quarter day, May Day emphasizes blossoming—albeit in a literal sense via flora and fauna of nature or metaphorically in your life. Tune into uplifting aromas via essential oils or flowers. Buy yourself fresh flowers and consider diffusing an uplifting fragrance. Lemongrass suits this day, as this astringent oil acts as an antiseptic providing a clean, cleansing, and uplifting aroma to the atmosphere.
Wednesday, May 2
With the moon waning in Sagittarius, now’s the time to take your workout outside. Release that which you no longer need, including toxins in your body. So let the sweat pour out, and expel carbon dioxide from your lungs. Complete exhales help to release stale air (and energy) in the body. No need to invest lots of money in your well-being today. Take profound letting-go breaths, and expel old air at the bottom of your lungs. Maintain a longer exhale than inhale, consciously, and let go of the past. It’s time. With strong waning gibbous moon vibes, consider a long power walk, or run outdoors, preferably somewhere with trees.
Thursday, May 3
Venus in Gemini makes a productive and harmonious connection to the north node of fate and destiny today, meaning the universe might open a door for you. (Or at the very least give you a wink that you’re on the right path.) Not feeling aligned with your path? Don’t fret. With the moon moving into Capricorn late in the day at 10:05 p.m. Eastern, lunar support may infuse you with the mojo to explore what’s holding you back. Remember it’s possible to be on the right path and make a few wrong turns, too. Don’t give up!
Friday, May 4
Central to well-being and happiness is the concept of flow. You know the feeling of being in “the zone”—where you're absorbed in your work, time goes by without notice, and your creativity feels like it's on fire. According to positive psychology expert Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, PhD, (whose renowned book Flow made the idea of "flow state" a thing): “The best moments in our lives are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times…The best moments usually occur if a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.” So use this waning gibbous moon in hardworking stalwart Capricorn to excel into the freedom of focus. Go for flow (and don’t settle for anything less!). Reaching and maintaining these states are as helpful to your health and happiness as meditation is.
Saturday, May 5
Before potentially imbibing today for Cinco De Mayo (healthy margarita, anyone?) take time to review your to-do list. What’s pressing? Mercury, the planet of communication, is forming a 150-degree angle to good luck Jupiter (this angle, known as an inconjunct, indicates a need to realign before forging ahead). So, first: Stay in integrity with your commitments, then consider celebrating. It’s the first Saturday of May, and with your to-do list in check, enjoy the freedom to kick back and enjoy the budding summer vibes. Socializing and developing genuine relationships adds to your well-being.
Sunday, May 6
With the sun in Taurus forming a perfect sextile (an angle of support) to mystical Neptune, make certain to indulge self-care Sunday. Take time for a healing arts treatment, prioritize your meditation practice, or consider an excellent slow-flow yoga class. (Restorative or yin yoga work perfectly, too.) Your ajna chakra (AKA sixth chakra or third eye) has the potential to open widely today, so nourish your intuition. Not feeling like you want to go woo-woo this Sunday? No worries. Indulge in art instead. Check out that movie you've meant to see, or hit up the gallery exhibit you want to check out. Let in the inspiration—the stars are aligned!
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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