Getting married? Try this wedding bath ritual the night before

Getting married is one of the most exciting things that can happen in life. Declaring your love and commitment to that special someone is like nothing else and humans have been doing it for as long as we can remember.

Over the years certain wedding traditions have become ingrained into our culture and we treat them as the norm. Things like the bride wearing white, the groom not seeing the bride in the dress before the ceremony, having bridesmaids and groomsmen and the “something borrowed, something blue..” tradition.

But there are other symbolic wedding rituals that are less common and have not yet ingrained themselves into what we perceive as “normal.” And one of them is the pre-wedding bath ritual.

Benefits of a wedding bath ritual

A wedding bath ritual is a way to cleanse your spirit and foster an aura of love before the big day! A wedding is the beginning of a new journey with a life partner by your side, so it’s important to start the new journey with balance and harmony in your soul.

Baths are rejuvenating and restoring, relieving you of anxious thoughts or nervous energy – perfect for getting rid of any last minute jitters before the big day! A wedding bath ritual cleanses you of everything that came before so you can start anew.

What should I include in my wedding bath ritual?

Flowers are a big part of weddings, they are used in the bride’s bouquet and often as decorations, and that’s because they are seen as a gift from Mother Nature. Having flowers as part of your wedding bath ritual brings Mother Nature into your inner circle and can promote calmness within your spirit.

The flowers you choose are up to you but there are some that are more suited to the wedding bath ritual. Peonies are great for a happy marriage as they are thought to promote wealth and honor. Jasmine promotes grace, elegance and joy. Red Roses symbolise romantic love (watch the thorns!). Myrtle symbolises unity and togetherness. Stargazer Lily for purity. And finally, a sprig of Heather to make wishes come true.

Crystals are important healing tools and can be incorporated into your wedding bath ritual. Placing crystals around your tub, harnesses their healing energy will do wonders for your wedding day and your subsequent marriage. Rose quartz opens up your heart to every kind of love that you need and provides you with a rush of compassion, happiness and forgiveness to assist you in letting go of negative emotions. As well as rose quartz you can use crystals that are significant to you, crystals that promote love or are compatible with your star sign.

What do I do during the wedding bath ritual?

  • Run yourself a bath as normal, before placing the flowers you have chosen into the water. Fill your bathroom with candles and music to set the mood. It’s important that you feel comfortable and relaxed in the room so do whatever you have to do to achieve this.
  • Place your chosen crystals around the tub and in the bathroom. You can draw out their healing qualities whilst you are in the bath.
  • Let the flowers infuse the water before you get in. Immerse yourself in the water and relax, letting the flowers swirl around you.
  • Think of your partner and your wedding day. Visualise your perfect day and reaffirm to yourself that this is what you want to do. Feel the love you have for your partner fill your soul and heart.
  • Set your intentions for you wedding and marriage.
  • Soak for as long as you want!

Monthly Tarotscopes: July 2018

To mark the start of July, one of our psychics has chosen a different tarot card for each star sign to represent how the month could unfold. We believe Tarotscopes are a simple way to create a life of peace, meaning and prosperity, plus it’s an opportunity for people to learn more about the definitions of tarot decks. Below are all of the cards that are chosen for the month of July 2018.

*All cards pictured in this blog post are from the famous Rider-Waite Tarot Card deck.*

ARIES (MARCH 21ST – APRIL 19TH

Wheel of Fortune (reversed)

Keywords: Bad luck, negativity, lack of control

A month of mayhem could be on the cards, Aries. Be careful not to lose your cool the moment you face your first crisis, as you’re in for a rollercoaster of a ride.

Stay calm and try to take things day by day. You may struggle to retain control over the situation, but by taking lots of deep breaths and thinking carefully before making any big decisions, you can minimise the impact and prevent things escalating into a full blown war.

TAURUS (APRIL 20TH- MAY 20TH)

Death
death card

KeywordsNew beginnings, transformation, end of an era

It’s your turn to get the dreaded Death card this month, Taurus. But fear not, because it’s far more likely to bring you positive blessings than devastating curses.

In fact, we’d even go as far as saying that the Death card can be one of the most positive cards in the whole deck.

Although you may reach the end of an era in the days and weeks ahead, remember that every cloud has a silver lining and as one door closes, another one opens. Who knows what exciting opportunities the future may hold.

Make the most of every second this month, Taurus, because your actions – good or bad – have the potential to make a lasting impact on your life ahead.

GEMINI (MAY 21ST- JUNE 20TH)

The Lovers

Keywords: Perfection, harmony, trust

If you’re single, love could be just around the corner this month, Gemini. The person you’ve been looking for may land at your feet in a way you only thought possible in the movies. Cherish every moment of this whirlwind romance as you’re likely to look back on it for years to come.

Already coupled up? Things may blossom in ways you never imagined this month. But in order to reap the full benefits, you’ll both need to put your trust in one another and be willing to step outside of your comfort zone.

CANCER (JUNE 21ST- JULY 22ND

Five of Wands (reversed)
five of wands

Keywords: Avoiding confrontation, deceit, lies

If your intuition is screaming at you and telling you not to trust a certain someone, pay close attention to it. You may not be able to identify the reasons you feel this way about the person in question, but your inner voice is way smarter than you think.

All this time, it’s been quietly working away in the background, taking in as much information as possible and silently analysing every second. When it tells you something, have faith and trust in it.

LEO (JULY 23RD- AUGUST 22ND)

Page of Cups  

Keywords: Creativity, optimism, hope

Lucky you, Leo! You’ve got one of the most optimistic cards in the entire tarot deck this month. The Page of Cups tends to suggest an exciting project or dream-worthy adventure is just on the horizon.

Could a promotion or pay rise be in the pipeline?

Perhaps a friend will break some exciting news to you.

Or maybe you’ll meet someone new who changes your life in unimaginable ways.

Be open to spontaneous activities and don’t get too wrapped up in plans you’ve already set for yourself.

VIRGO (AUGUST 23RD- SEPTEMBER 22ND)

The Hanged Man

Keywords: Suspension, restriction, letting go

Avoid making any big decision this month, Virgo. Whether you’ve been contemplating a career change or you’ve been wondering whether to move house, delaying these huge life milestones a little longer could reap better results. However, be sure to do plenty of research and planning in the coming weeks. This is the perfect time for preparation and assessment. When you’re finally ready to take the leap in August, you’ll be impressed by the results.  

LIBRA (SEPTEMBER 23RD- OCTOBER 22ND)

Judgement

Keywords: Refresh, forgiveness, reflection

Is it time to hit the refresh button, Libra? The Judgement card certainly suggests that’s the case. This is an ideal month to start all over again with a fresh perspective and new found outlook on life.

Whether you’ve been battling a bad habit for a considerable amount of time or you keep procrastinating when it comes to reaching for your dreams, bite the bullet and just do the work!

SCORPIO (OCTOBER 23RD- NOVEMBER 21ST)

The Moon

Keywords: Illusion, anxiety, insecurity

Don’t get bogged down with unnecessary worries this month, Scorpio. Sure, that may be easier said than done, but could it be the case that you’re sweating the small stuff?

Life isn’t meant to be smooth sailing 24/7 and the occasional hurdle is inevitable. Try to ride the waves with a smile on your face. Save your worrisome energy for significant life changes that catch you off guard, rather than wasting it on insignificant stresses that you’ll forget all about within a matter of weeks.

SAGITTARIUS (NOVEMBER 22ND- DECEMBER 21ST)

Nine of Pentacles
page wands

Keywords: Happiness, harmony, family

The Nine of Pentacles brings beautiful news, Sagittarius. July is sure to be a happy month filled with harmony and joy.

Someone may step into your life and take all your cares away, lifting weights off your shoulders and helping you to laugh away your worries. Your relationship with this person won’t necessarily be romantic, but it will be life changing. Even if they’re not in your life for very long, their impact will be one to remember for years to come.

CAPRICORN (DECEMBER 22ND- JANUARY 19TH)

The Chariot

Keywords: Journey, determination, departure

The Chariot card suggests that an exciting expedition of wonder and joy is just moments away. If you don’t already have a holiday booked, now’s the time to set the wheels in motion and make some plans. If your purse is a little empty, you don’t have to book anything right away. Instead, spend the coming weeks creating an adventure action plan with the people you’re most eager to travel with. You’ll be surprised at how effortlessly things fall into place after that.

AQUARIUS (JANUARY 20TH- FEBRUARY 18TH)

Death

Keywords: Dishonesty, betrayal, deception

Are you worried that someone’s lying to you, Aquarius? Whatever you do, don’t brush these feelings under the carpet. It’s time to pay attention to your concerns and address the situation head on. We’re not suggesting you go in all-guns-blazing, nor should you throw any accusations around. Instead, keep a watchful eye on the situation from afar. Once you have all the information you need, that’s when you can make a move.

PISCES (FEBRUARY 19TH- MARCH 20TH)

Six of Pentacles (reversed)
six pentacles

Keywords: Money problems, dishonesty, responsibility

This month someone may expect you to take responsibility for their own mistakes, Pisces. They might not even give you any warning. They may spring this burden on you with nothing more than a moment’s notice. Although their behaviour may leave you reeling, try to keep your cool. You can’t control other people’s behaviour, but you can control how you respond to it. By acting with dignity and composure, you can minimise the impact this person’s dishonesty has on you and walk away from the situation with your head held high.

Astrology For The Week Of 2nd July 2018

ARIES (MARCH 21ST- APRIL 19TH)

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Rather than waiting for someone to spur you into action, beat them to the punch and get yourself motivated instead. It’s always better to stay a step ahead of the pack and lead by example. That way, you can set your own path for yourself, rather than following someone else’s course.

Also this week, there is a chance of conflict surrounding a subject you feel particularly strongly about. You have to remember that others also have the same tenacity about their feelings, even if they don’t match up with yours.


TAURUS (APRIL 20TH- MAY 20THtaurus

You could experience great inner turmoil this week Taurus, as you try and settle a debate within yourself that has been brewing for some time. It may lead to a large about of emotional confusion as you sway back and forth trying to weigh up your options. Do you stay practical and carry on as you have been doing? Or do you finally take that leap and go in another direction? Only you can decide. Sure, you can go to others for advice and guidance but ultimately you are the one that has to make the decision.


GEMINI (MAY 21ST- JUNE 20TH)gemini

Life is about balance but this week it may be a little tough for you to juggle everything so harmoniously. If you can’t find the perfect solution that’s okay – don’t force it. You can always pick things back up next week when things have calmed down. There’s no harm in sticking your head in the clouds for a little while, especially when there’s nothing for you to do at the moment. If you keep trying to find a fix, it will just feel like banging your head against a brick wall.


CANCER (JUNE 21ST- JULY 22ND)cancer

This week other people’s stubbornness and rigidness could cause some conflict and tension. You’re going to have to be the one to adapt and make some compromises to resolve the situation before it drags on and does some permanent damage. Not everyone is going to agree on everything all the time and this week is the perfect example of that. Try and find a balance, and come up with a situation that will at least partly satisfy everyone. It’s time to put on your peacekeeping hat Cancer!


LEO (JULY 23RD- AUGUST 22ND)leo

Don’t let your emotions run away from you this week Leo. You may find it is really easy to get pulled off course by distractions so it’s important to focus on where you want to go and what you want to do. Keeping a level head will be the way to do this rather than letting your emotions steer you. Your feelings can be fleeting and are often affected by little things day-to-day so you can’t always rely on them. Stay grounded and focused on the task at hand.


VIRGO (AUGUST 23RD- SEPTEMBER 22ND)VIRGO

Physical activity is going to be your friend this week Virgo. Getting the blood pumping will do you wonders and will ensure you’re heading in the right direction. It’s also really good for your mental state. If you find that something is trying to pull you off track, clearing your head with some exercise is a great way to ensure you stay on course and can think practically about decisions you have to make. Whether you go for a walk with you friend or you head out on a solo run – just keep moving!


LIBRA (SEPTEMBER 23RD- OCTOBER 22ND)

If you get the urge to escape this week Libra, make sure you do it in a healthy way. Yes we all need to break away from life every now and then but it’s important not to fall foul of dangerous pursuits that will make matters worse in the long run. Remember, you can push away your problems temporarily but until you face them head on, there always going to come back around. So if you do want to escape for a little while, head to the countryside for a day or two, huddle inside with a good book or have a day of total pamper bliss. These are all healthy ways of getting away from it all without doing any lasting damage.


SCORPIO (OCTOBER 23RD- NOVEMBER 21ST)scorpio

You’ve been pushing away your artistic side for too long Scorpio and this week it is time to shine! Creative pursuits are a fantastic outlet for showcasing your emotions, dreams and talents. Once you’ve completed something you can stand back and be proud of what you’ve achieved. And a lot of the time, the process is just as important as the end product. Not only is it beneficial for you, but you can also inspire others to do the same. Whatever it is that’s been burning inside you, let it out in whichever way you see fit.


SAGITTARIUS (NOVEMBER 22ND- DECEMBER 21ST)sagittarius

This week seems to have done a complete 180 compared to last week. What was easy and positive last week now seems difficult and negative. What progress you were making now seems to have moved backwards. Although it may seem like you’re trying to swim your way through tar instead of water, you can use this time to reassess your options and think of new ideas. Sometimes we just have weeks like this! It’s only temporary and is all part of the balance of life. Roadblocks are common, what’s important is how we try and overcome them.


CAPRICORN (DECEMBER 22ND- JANUARY 19TH)

Slow and steady wins the race Capricorn and this week you’re going at a leisurely pace. Enjoy it! Just because things are going full steam ahead doesn’t mean they aren’t going ahead. It’s nice to be able to take your time with things, assessing them as you go. It makes a change from life being a complete whirlwind! This week is all about being patient and letting things happen naturally. By the end of the week you’ll be glad with how things have gone.


AQUARIUS (JANUARY 20TH- FEBRUARY 18TH)aquarius new

If you’re distracted this week Aquarius that’s okay. Your dreams are going to get the better of you and it may mean you’re unable to focus on the task at hand. But who said dreams were bad? It’s just something else to focus on! We should all make time to follow our dreams so what’s wrong with starting it this week? By incorporating your dreams into your reality you may find you’re a much happier person. If others aren’t quite sure what to make of it, let them be confused. You may even inspire them to follow their own dreams!


PISCES (FEBRUARY 19TH- MARCH 20TH)pisces

There’s a disconnect between your heart and your head this week Pisces and it could lead to a lot of confusion. Especially as other people may start whispering in your ear. You can’t listen to what everyone is saying, especially when they are all saying different things! Besides you’ve got to resolve your own inner conflict first. Trying to compromise between your head and your heart could leave you with little energy to make hard decisions. Use this week to contemplate and reflect, you can make your commitments and decisions next week.,

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What is a Kindred Spirit?

You’ve probably heard of the term ‘kindred spirit’ many times in your life, but how familiar are you with its meaning? Let’s take a look at the wonderful meaning behind the phrase and explore how you can find yours.

How can I identify a kindred spirit?

Whether you’re on a first date, chatting to a new colleague, or talking to a friend of a friend at a party, there have probably been times where you’ve felt an instant connection to someone. This connection doesn’t have to be romantic. Instead, it may simply feel like you’ve known one another for years and can really relate to one another. When this happens, there’s a good chance you could be kindred spirits.

Kindred spirits often share similar personality traits. They can also share values, interests and hobbies. You may feel intensely drawn to this person for reasons you can’t explain. Talking to them should feel somewhat effortless and you’ll instantly be at ease.

How should I make the most of my relationship with my kindred spirit?

If you find someone who you share a strong connection with and you suspect you may be kindred spirits, be sure to invest in this relationship.

This isn’t to say you should automatically explore a romantic relationship with this person. Kindred spirits don’t have to be romantically involved with one another and there can be times when a platonic relationship is much more powerful and fulfilling.

However, by spending time with this person you can learn a tremendous amount about yourself and tap into parts of yourself that you may have never noticed before. Chances are, your kindred spirit will bring out the best in you and you’ll do the same for them too.

What’s so magical about kindred spirits?

One of the things that makes kindred spirits so special is the fact that they’re incredibly rare and hard to find. When you find a kindred spirit, hold onto them because they’re worth their weight in gold.

What is The Strawberry Moon?

So far this year we’ve celebrated the Pink Moon, the Flower Moon and countless other beautifully-named moons. This time it’s the Strawberry Moon, which is honoured every June.

Just as the Pink Moon didn’t turn pink, the Strawberry Moon isn’t going to turn bright red or cover itself in seeds, so why is it named the way it is?

Why is it called the Strawberry Moon?

June’s full moon is named after the wild strawberries that start to ripen during this month.

In ancient times, it was common to track the seasons by following the behaviour of the moon and the changes in nature. After all, with no clocks and calendars to refer to, nature and the changes in the sky were all people had to go off.

Native American tribes in particular were known for their creative names for the different moons.

Are there any other names for this moon?

This moon is also often referred to as the Rose Moon and the Hot Moon. The Rose Moon has European origins, the Hot Moon is believed to refer to the heat at the start of the summer, and the Mead Moon is an Anglo-Saxon name that references the perfect time for mowing the meadows.

What is the Strawberry Moon’s symbolic meaning?

The Strawberry Moon is all about new beginnings and fresh starts. If you’ve been looking for a reason to turn over a new leaf and start again, this is an ideal time as the universe will be right there with you, encouraging you and equipping you with everything you need.

If you’ve been searching for closure in an area of your life, it may finally reveal itself to you during the Strawberry Moon. You’ll feel so much better for it too!

The History of The Cancer Sign

People born between June 21st and July 22nd fall under the fourth zodiac sign of Cancer. Cancer is ruled by the moon, which affected the tides of the ocean. The name comes from the Latin word for crab, and as you’ll see later, it’s very much connected to the creature.

The constellation

In ancient times, the Cancer constellation was positioned in the same place as the most northern location of the sun, representing the summer solstice.

Cancer is a medium-sized constellation with an area of 506 square degrees. Its stars are rather faint, but its brightest is known as the Beta Cancri.

The myth

The myth of Cancer centres around the destruction caused by one of Zeus’ infidelities. In this case, it was the infidelity that resulted in the birth of Heracles (aka Hercules). Hera, the wife of Zeus, hated Heracles out of jealousy and resentment. She’d do everything she could to make his life difficult. This included using her powers to make him go insane and commit murder. After the murder, he regained his sanity and roamed the countryside seeking purification.

Eventually, he came across the Pythian priestess and was directed towards the king of Mycene, Eurystheus. Eurystheus demanded that Heracles perform 12 labours in order to redeem himself.

One of the labours involved killing the Lernaean hydra – a monster with the body of a snake and nine heads. As Heracles battled the snake, Hera decided to throw him off course once again. This time, she sent in a crab to nip at his feet. After a fight in which the crab refused to let go, Heracles was eventually able to stamp on it, freeing himself.

Although the crab certainly lost the fight, Hera was so impressed with its perseverance that she exalted it into the heavens as the Cancer star sign.

How are the Cancer myth and the Cancer star sign connected?

The myth of Cancer suggests that those with the corresponding star sign are unaware of their true strength. They’re often forced to deal with friends’ and family drama and get roped into cleaning up other people’s mess. Although this can be frustrating, it’s a sign that they’re well trusted. Those around them believe they can be counted on to get a job done.

Cancers are also known as one of the most resilient and determined of all the star signs. They’re fiercely loyal until the end and wouldn’t dream of letting someone down.

Astrology For The Week Of 25th June 2018

ARIES (MARCH 21ST- APRIL 19TH)

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Oooh! Your judgemental side may rear its ugly head this week, Aries. You may find yourself acting out of character and saying things you don’t really mean about someone who doesn’t really deserve it. Be careful not to say or do anything you may later regret, particularly if there’s a chance you’re guilty of the very behaviour that you’re knocking this other person for.


TAURUS (APRIL 20TH- MAY 20THtaurus

You’ve been biding your time and waiting patiently for your moment to shine, Taurus. After such a long wait, you’ll be glad to know that your magical moment is just on the horizon! Try to play it cool though and avoid coming on too strong. Whether you’re applying for a job or trying to win over the object of your affections, your desperation will be easy to spot from a mile off, and it could cause those around you to question why.


GEMINI (MAY 21ST- JUNE 20TH)gemini

They’re smitten with you, Gemini! Whether they’ve been open about their feelings or not, this special someone only has eyes for you and would do anything to make you happy. The question is… do you feel the same?

If you’re in a relationship, it’s time for some secret reflection. If you’re happy, be sure to wear your heart on your sleeve. If you believe changes could be made to the relationship, don’t wait for your partner to make the first move. Be proactive and take the leap yourself!


CANCER (JUNE 21ST- JULY 22ND)cancer

This week you’re likely to feel stronger about your hobbies and interests than ever before, but there’s a risk that those around you might not feel the same way. Try not to force your passions onto them, no matter how sure you are that they’ll love what you have to say if only they listen!

The more you push, the further they’ll move away.

You may be more successful if you back off and focus on living your best life, surrounded by all the things you love. Your friends will soon start asking you questions once they see the positive affect your loves have on you.


LEO (JULY 23RD- AUGUST 22ND)leo

Some self-reflection is crucial this week, Leo. Are you treating those around you the way you’d like to be treated in return? If not, it’s time to take a long hard look at yourself and confide in those who love and care about you. It’s clear for all to see that you’re a good person who cares about others, but could it be that you’re so wrapped up in your own problems that you completely overlook other people’s.


VIRGO (AUGUST 23RD- SEPTEMBER 22ND)VIRGO

Trust your instincts, Virgo. Your intuition is yelling at you and trying to warn you that something’s not right, but unless you listen to it, you’re going to make the very mistakes it’s trying to warn you about.

Someone close to you might not be as honest as they initially seem. Stand up for yourself and don’t let them take advantage of your kind and trusting nature.


LIBRA (SEPTEMBER 23RD- OCTOBER 22ND)

You’re certainly wearing your heart on your sleeve, that’s for sure, Libra. You just can’t keep your feelings to yourself and while this tends to mostly be a good thing, there’s a risk you could wind up getting hurt. Some people will see your willingness to be vulnerable as a sign that you’re genuine and honest, but others may try to take advantage of your good nature.

Use your sense of humour to your advantage this week, Libra. Your ability to make people laugh is sure to get you far.


SCORPIO (OCTOBER 23RD- NOVEMBER 21ST)scorpio

This week you’re likely to be guilty of saying one thing and doing something else entirely. You may try to reassure someone close to you that they can count on you, only for your actions to completely contradict your promises.

Set some time aside to think about what it is you really want, Scorpio. Once you identify your dreams, you’re less likely to give off mixed messages.


SAGITTARIUS (NOVEMBER 22ND- DECEMBER 21ST)sagittarius

No matter what you do this week, there’s a risk you’ll rub people up the wrong way. It may feel as though there’s no pleasing those around you, especially when you’re trying to do your best.

This is an ideal time to remind yourself that you can’t possibly please everyone. The more you try to keep everyone happy, the harder it’ll become to stay true to yourself. You can’t keep bending and moulding yourself to fit other people’s expectations.


CAPRICORN (DECEMBER 22ND- JANUARY 19TH)

This week you might find yourself lumped with someone you can’t stand. Whether you’re stuck next to your worst frenemy at a wedding or your boss asks you to help a colleague you can’t stand, you’re just going to have to suck it up and try your best. Be the bigger person and use your kindness and maturity to soften the blow. Who knows, the person you’re anxious about spending time with may change their ways when faced with your positivity.


AQUARIUS (JANUARY 20TH- FEBRUARY 18TH)aquarius new

Have you let your guard down only for it to come back to haunt you? Whether you placed your trust in a colleague only for them to let you down or you fell for someone who’d already shown you their true colours, you may start kicking yourself this week. Don’t beat yourself up too much, Aquarius. Instead of dwelling on what’s been and gone, focus your attention to the lessons you’ve learned. How can you learn from this and put your new knowledge into action?


PISCES (FEBRUARY 19TH- MARCH 20TH)pisces

Someone may question your motives this week, but if their curiosity turns into an interrogation, don’t be afraid to step away. Be careful not to overthink things in the coming days. Everything will turn out exactly as it’s supposed to as long as you take things in your stride.

Solitude could do you wonders this week, particularly if it feels as though those around you are on a quest for drama.

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The Spiritual Meaning Behind The Summer Solstice

In scientific terms, the summer solstice is when a planet’s rotational axis or geographical pole on either its northern or southern hemisphere is most greatly inclined towards the star that it orbits.

To you and me, that’s the longest day of the year, with the shortest night. It could be considered the ‘tipping point’ as from then onwards, the days get shorter and the nights get longer.

In the northern hemisphere, the summer solstice takes place around the 21st June and in the southern hemisphere that’s around the 22nd December.

However, the summer solstice has some spiritual significance too.

Celebration

The summer solstice is a time for celebration and joy. It’s a time to celebrate the seasons and honour the people and things that matter to you.

Nature lovers often celebrate the summer solstice with a bonfire, staying up to greet the dawn. There are often large communal events held around the world, though it can be equally satisfying to celebrate alone.

Belonging

Getting up early in the morning and watching this special sunrise can make you feel like you’re a part of something really amazing. Some people say that the summer solstice shapes the rest of their year, blessing them with a profound sense of belonging and purpose.

Healing

For many, the summer solstice is a time of healing. It can be an opportunity to realign the mind, body and spirit. Not only is it ideal for personal healing, it’s also widely considered an ideal time to discuss environmental issues and look for ways to take better care of nature and the planet.

Gratitude

Honouring the solstice can serve as a great reminder how precious each day is, encouraging us to cherish every moment and make the most of the benefits of each season.

Whether you’re attending an organised event this year or you’re simply spending the summer solstice in your garden, be sure to practise gratitude. Be thankful for all the good things in your life and take some time to think about how lucky you are to experience this moment.

ASTROLOGY FOR THE WEEK OF 18TH JUNE 2018

ARIES (MARCH 21ST- APRIL 19TH)

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You could feel some tension this week Aries as sensitive feelings cause some upset within your inner circle. However, by the end of the week you’ll have an upbeat and playful spirit to end the week on a high!

If people are irritating you this week you’re best to try and take a step back and not take it personally. You don’t know what they’ve got on their plate and they may have good reason for being this way. It would be best to try and avoid any unnecessary drama this week as it will tie up so much of your time and be a completely fruitless endeavour.


TAURUS (APRIL 20TH- MAY 20THtaurus

This week it’s important to focus on your health and wellbeing. Have you been slacking on that front recently Taurus? Putting junk food in your body and skipping the gym really does make you feel terrible but sometime you just can’t help yourself. Everyone deserves a little relaxation in their health regime every now and then but it’s time to get back to it. And you know you’ll feel all the better for it!

Your social life is booming too this week Taurus – and you may find it harder than usual to get the necessary downtime to recharge your batteries.


GEMINI (MAY 21ST- JUNE 20TH)gemini

This week could bring an important career realisation for you Gemini. A vital part of your plan may finally emerge or you may even find a flaw that you never saw before. Either way, it will change your perspective slightly. It’s important to remember that things don’t usually happen overnight and it’s best to stick to the “slow and steady” philosophy if you want things to succeed in the long term.

You’ll find comfort in spending time with friends this week as it will keep you from reflecting too much on your worries. However, if someone tried to push you into a corner over the weekend it’s important to stand up for yourself. You know what’s best for you and you always have!


CANCER (JUNE 21ST- JULY 22ND)cancer

A few occasions could crop up this week Cancer which will see you having to hold your tongue to avoid upsetting anyone. Of course, you’re not usually one to go out of your way to hurt someone but if you find yourself in a situation where someone needs to hear some home truths, either find a more delicate way of expressing it or keep it inside for another time. Getting into a petty argument is not on your agenda for this week.

Someone else’s behaviour may lead you to gain some understanding of your own actions and you’d be wise to do something about it.

 


LEO (JULY 23RD- AUGUST 22ND)leo

Positivity and happiness is fuelling your week Leo as you’re practically bursting with good vibes both on the inside and the outside. Whilst it’s great that you feel this way be mindful of other people’s feelings and moods. It’s nice that you want everyone to be on your level but others may not be so upbeat – and with good reason. At work especially, you could rub someone up the wrong way.Honest communication will serve you well this week Leo and it could really strengthen an important relationship.


VIRGO (AUGUST 23RD- SEPTEMBER 22ND)VIRGO

Take stock this week Virgo and assess what’s really working for you. Are you really enjoying that hobby? Is that friendship group giving you the fulfilment you crave? Is your love life on the right track? Now is the time to get rid of the things that aren’t contributing anything positive to your life and make any changes you feel necessary.

Some criticism may come your way over the weekend and it could sting a little bit. But does it hurt so much because you know deep down that it’s true?


LIBRA (SEPTEMBER 23RD- OCTOBER 22ND)

You’ll get the opportunity this week to showcase some of your best skills Libra. Whilst you may not be entirely comfortable with the spotlight shining directly on you, embrace it. It’s not often you get to show people just exactly what you’re capable of and it’s the perfect chance to make some real progress.

A certain situation requires thorough investigation before you dive right in. Otherwise, you could really make a fool of yourself and end up on the wrong side of an argument.


SCORPIO (OCTOBER 23RD- NOVEMBER 21ST)scorpio

If there was ever a week to trust your intuition Scorpio it would be this week. It may mean you end up travelling out of your comfort zone, either physically or metaphorically, but it will all be worth it as long as you listen to your gut.

A romantic encounter could boost your confidence levels this week Scorpio. For those who are single a brief fling could be just the thing you need to to put some swagger in your step. For those already in a relationship a passion is reignited that gives you some assurance.


SAGITTARIUS (NOVEMBER 22ND- DECEMBER 21ST)sagittarius

If you feel drawn to meditation and reflexion this week Sagittarius just go with the flow. Getting in touch with your spiritual side could bring you much needed peace and tranquility. You may even unleash some powerful emotions that you didn’t even realise you were harbouring. During this time it may be a good idea to process some important experiences in your past that you’ve been ignoring. Once you start to delve into it all you’ll realise it’s been holding you back and you’ll come out of the other side feeling reinvigorated.

Ignoring your intuition could lead you to miss out on an important opportunity!


CAPRICORN (DECEMBER 22ND- JANUARY 19TH)

Listening to someone else’s problems might be a little trying for you this week Capricorn but this person really needs a shoulder to cry on. Whilst you may not be able to offer much advice just being there for them is enough! They will really appreciate your time.

Towards the end of the week you’ll actually find yourself listening to someone else’s advice. Whilst your stubbornness may tempt you to completely disregard what they’re saying, you’d be wise to take their advice on board.


AQUARIUS (JANUARY 20TH- FEBRUARY 18TH)aquarius new

A work problem could leave you feeling frustrated this week Aquarius. You might feel like you’re banging your head against a brick wall but you just need to preserve a little longer before the grey clouds disappear and you feel like you’re making progress again. And don’t forget that you have colleagues you can rely on to help you through. You’re not in it alone!

Over the weekend you could find yourself analysing your habits and routines to see if you can make any positive changes to any of them. Even a few minor tweaks can leave you feeling happier and healthier.


PISCES (FEBRUARY 19TH- MARCH 20TH)pisces

If you feel like keeping your head down this week Pisces that’s fine! Sometimes you just want to retreat in your own little sanctuary and shield yourself from the outside world. Turn off your phone, get under a blanket and get lost in either a book or a good Netflix series. We all need a form of escapism every now and then – it’s good for our mental health. Just keep in mind that you do have to come back to reality at some point! But for now, just relax and enjoy your downtime.

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What Is Inner Knowing?

What is inner knowing?

Inner knowing goes by many different terms. Higher self, innate wisdom,  claircognizance or intuition. Whatever you want to call it, inner knowing is the ability to tap into the power of the universe to guide you through life; gaining knowledge and information about things without explicitly being told. Inner knowing is so much more powerful than our conscious mind.

Those who have strong inner knowing “know” certain things through their own psychic feelings, They are often referred to as strong intuitions that appear out of nowhere but that the person knows to be absolutely true.

Why do we have inner knowing?

The belief behind inner knowing is that the power of the universe created everything, including us. Connecting with this power is where inner knowing comes from. Once this power is harnessed your understanding of things becomes deeper and almost effortless. Inner knowing quickly becomes an innate part of us, working constantly in the background without us really ever realising. Every image we see, sound we hear, thing we touch and thought we think is tracked by our inner knowing, helping it to grow and evolve.

How do you know whether your inner knowing is accurate?

If you are relatively new to inner knowing then you may not have the utmost confidence in your intuition. However, there are a few things that you can look out for that should confirm your inner knowing is accurate.

You feel good about your conclusion

If you have peace and contentment around whatever you’re feeling and you feel good about the conclusion you have arrived at then there must be some truth to it.

You had insight whilst you slept

Receiving psychic messages whilst you sleep is common as our defences are somewhat down. We can (inadvertently) block spiritual and psychic messages whilst we are awake and so they can tend to manifest themselves in dreams.

The message came unexpectedly

Insight arrived out of the blue? If there is no rhyme or reason for it then it’s most likely to be true.

You’ve received the same insight again and again via different mediums

The universe is really trying to tell you something – as is your inner knowing! If you keep receiving the same message then you should pay attention.

Developing your inner knowing

If you’d like to develop your inner knowing ability there are a couple of ways to do so. Automatic writing is a good way to increase and promote the flow of knowledge from the spiritual world to yourself. Regular meditation and positive affirmations can also help you get more in tune with yourself and the spiritual world.

But the main thing is to truly believe in yourself. Once you trust your own instincts you’ll find inner knowing easy!