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The Rumblr’s in-house astrologer, Madame Clairevoyant, presents her latest dispatch from the stars:
Aries: It’s okay if you don’t know what you’re doing yet, this week. It’s okay if you don’t know where you’re going. It’s okay if you don’t know the shortest path to the life that you’re trying to find. Look at yourself in the mirror and think of all the different haircuts you’ve had, think of all the different faces you’ve worn. Float on your back in a lake, in a pool, in the sea, and think of all the time you have to keep learning how to live.
 Taurus: This is a week for stoking the fire inside of you. This is a week for turning up the music in your heart. This is a week for practicing and working and trying as hard as you can to live as the best version of yourself. You don’t ever have to feel like you aren’t enough, and you don’t ever have to feel like you’re too much. Just try to recognize the warmth inside of you, try to recognize the glow, try to recognize the funny bright magic that can fill your whole house.
 Gemini: This can be a week to feel like you’re floating, this can be a week to feel like you’re flying, this can be a week to have total faith in your own self. The sun can light up your kitchen just right, and the sounds floating up from the street can be gentle and sweet, and the people in your life can love you just the way you need. Good things can happen and good things can keep happening, just doing whatever you can to be kind.
 Cancer: The world is going to move fast and bright and wild around you this week; the world is going to be full of sound and motion. The world is going to throw so many questions your way this week. This can be exciting and it can fill you with life and it can keep you up at night. Try not to worry. All you have to do is keep living, all you have to do is keep breathing, all you have to do is keep trying as hard as you can.
 Leo: You might feel a little tired this week, you might feel stretched so thin, you might feel a little emptied out. Spend your time alone, if you need to. Take long baths, take long walks if you need to. If you can’t figure out what you need, try to rely on the deepest strongest kindness you can find inside you. Try to rely on generosity. Try to give everything you can of yourself and watch all your goodness come back to you, watch it carry you.
 Virgo: This week is for getting out from underneath the clouds that have been hanging over you, this week is for breaking the curses that have stuck to you, this week is for tapping into the best magic you have. Some things take energy and some things take time and some things take magic, and this week you can find whichever of these things you most need. You can practice fearlessness this week. You can practice loving yourself just so much. Listen to songs sung by witches and songs sung by ghosts. Listen to Kate Bush.
 Libra: The night sky might sing to you this week; the moon might call your name. This is a week for tapping into some deep true wildness inside yourself. This is a week for trusting your beating heart, it’s a week for trusting your pumping blood, it’s a week for letting yourself be moved by love. Try to stay open; try to wait and see where love can take you. See what it can show you. See how it can shift and bend and guide you home.
 Scorpio: This week you might find yourself just bursting with feeling, bursting with energy, bursting with more of your own essence than you even know what to do with. This is a week to let yourself be full and expansive and wild. This is a week for avoiding, as much as you can, the places and the people who make you shrink. It’s a week for climbing mountains, it’s a week for swimming in the ocean, it’s a week for walking down crowded streets, it’s a week for remembering your own true name.
 Sagittarius: You might feel tired this week and you might feel drained, you might feel like you’ve used up all your stockpiles of energy and love. You might feel like you’ve used up all the bravery in your body, but you have things inside yourself that even you don’t know about. You have hidden reserves of wildness and joy waiting to be uncovered. This is a week for resting, and this is a week for remembering your own best energy. Drink enough water. Listen to songs you’ve never heard before.
 Capricorn: Your body might react so strongly, so strangely, to the shifting seasons this week. You might feel the change in your blood, in your brain, in your bones. You might feel the change in your stomach, in the tips of your fingers, in your voice. Try to let it sink in. Try to let yourself settle. It’s okay to take everything a little slow while you readjust to your own body, while you readjust to the length of your days, while you get used to this new season’s air on your skin.
 Aquarius: This week it might feel like you’re finally waking up from long weird sleep, it might feel like you’re coming out of a deep and strange trance, it might feel like you’re just snapping out of something, like you’re breaking free, like you’re coming back to yourself. Try not to let this week go to waste. Try not to let this magic awakening slip past you unnoticed. You can celebrate your waking brain. You can celebrate the bounds of your body. You can dance, you can shout, you can do anything.
 Pisces: This is a week for asking questions; it’s a week for getting stranger answers than you expected. This is a week for fitting the pieces of your life together and finding something different than you were waiting for. It’s a week for looking at your world with clear eyes and an open heart and a weird bright curiosity. You might be surprised, this week. You might be overcome by joy. You might not yet know what to do with the answers that you find, and that’s okay.
Today’s image was made specially for Madame Clairevoyant by Jen May.

Feeling this Virgo ‘scope very muchly.

therumpus:

The Rumblr’s in-house astrologer, Madame Clairevoyant, presents her latest dispatch from the stars:

Aries: It’s okay if you don’t know what you’re doing yet, this week. It’s okay if you don’t know where you’re going. It’s okay if you don’t know the shortest path to the life that you’re trying to find. Look at yourself in the mirror and think of all the different haircuts you’ve had, think of all the different faces you’ve worn. Float on your back in a lake, in a pool, in the sea, and think of all the time you have to keep learning how to live.

Taurus: This is a week for stoking the fire inside of you. This is a week for turning up the music in your heart. This is a week for practicing and working and trying as hard as you can to live as the best version of yourself. You don’t ever have to feel like you aren’t enough, and you don’t ever have to feel like you’re too much. Just try to recognize the warmth inside of you, try to recognize the glow, try to recognize the funny bright magic that can fill your whole house.

Gemini: This can be a week to feel like you’re floating, this can be a week to feel like you’re flying, this can be a week to have total faith in your own self. The sun can light up your kitchen just right, and the sounds floating up from the street can be gentle and sweet, and the people in your life can love you just the way you need. Good things can happen and good things can keep happening, just doing whatever you can to be kind.

Cancer: The world is going to move fast and bright and wild around you this week; the world is going to be full of sound and motion. The world is going to throw so many questions your way this week. This can be exciting and it can fill you with life and it can keep you up at night. Try not to worry. All you have to do is keep living, all you have to do is keep breathing, all you have to do is keep trying as hard as you can.

Leo: You might feel a little tired this week, you might feel stretched so thin, you might feel a little emptied out. Spend your time alone, if you need to. Take long baths, take long walks if you need to. If you can’t figure out what you need, try to rely on the deepest strongest kindness you can find inside you. Try to rely on generosity. Try to give everything you can of yourself and watch all your goodness come back to you, watch it carry you.

Virgo: This week is for getting out from underneath the clouds that have been hanging over you, this week is for breaking the curses that have stuck to you, this week is for tapping into the best magic you have. Some things take energy and some things take time and some things take magic, and this week you can find whichever of these things you most need. You can practice fearlessness this week. You can practice loving yourself just so much. Listen to songs sung by witches and songs sung by ghosts. Listen to Kate Bush.

Libra: The night sky might sing to you this week; the moon might call your name. This is a week for tapping into some deep true wildness inside yourself. This is a week for trusting your beating heart, it’s a week for trusting your pumping blood, it’s a week for letting yourself be moved by love. Try to stay open; try to wait and see where love can take you. See what it can show you. See how it can shift and bend and guide you home.

Scorpio: This week you might find yourself just bursting with feeling, bursting with energy, bursting with more of your own essence than you even know what to do with. This is a week to let yourself be full and expansive and wild. This is a week for avoiding, as much as you can, the places and the people who make you shrink. It’s a week for climbing mountains, it’s a week for swimming in the ocean, it’s a week for walking down crowded streets, it’s a week for remembering your own true name.

Sagittarius: You might feel tired this week and you might feel drained, you might feel like you’ve used up all your stockpiles of energy and love. You might feel like you’ve used up all the bravery in your body, but you have things inside yourself that even you don’t know about. You have hidden reserves of wildness and joy waiting to be uncovered. This is a week for resting, and this is a week for remembering your own best energy. Drink enough water. Listen to songs you’ve never heard before.

Capricorn: Your body might react so strongly, so strangely, to the shifting seasons this week. You might feel the change in your blood, in your brain, in your bones. You might feel the change in your stomach, in the tips of your fingers, in your voice. Try to let it sink in. Try to let yourself settle. It’s okay to take everything a little slow while you readjust to your own body, while you readjust to the length of your days, while you get used to this new season’s air on your skin.

Aquarius: This week it might feel like you’re finally waking up from long weird sleep, it might feel like you’re coming out of a deep and strange trance, it might feel like you’re just snapping out of something, like you’re breaking free, like you’re coming back to yourself. Try not to let this week go to waste. Try not to let this magic awakening slip past you unnoticed. You can celebrate your waking brain. You can celebrate the bounds of your body. You can dance, you can shout, you can do anything.

Pisces: This is a week for asking questions; it’s a week for getting stranger answers than you expected. This is a week for fitting the pieces of your life together and finding something different than you were waiting for. It’s a week for looking at your world with clear eyes and an open heart and a weird bright curiosity. You might be surprised, this week. You might be overcome by joy. You might not yet know what to do with the answers that you find, and that’s okay.

Today’s image was made specially for Madame Clairevoyant by Jen May.

Feeling this Virgo ‘scope very muchly.

It’s always a good day when I get to put this on. Go Queens! #ggrd #ggrdjeerleaders *\o/*

It’s always a good day when I get to put this on. Go Queens! #ggrd #ggrdjeerleaders *\o/*

“Students who acquire large debts putting themselves through school are unlikely to think about changing society. When you trap people in a system of debt, they can’t afford the time to think.”

– Noam Chomsky (via suddenlyalive)