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Super Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse in Leo | Mini Readings for Each Zodiac Sign

This is a time of activation - fiery and passionate! It’s a spark, an ignition. An explosion of creative possibility. A time of powerful and yet, unpredictable magick. Take advantage of this energy but be sure to work with caution. You don’t want your cauldron to bubble over and blow up in your face! Here are some cards to help you determine where should you be putting your magickal focus this Super Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse in Leo according to your zodiac sign. Don’t forget to read for your moon and rising signs as well!

Want a personal look as to how this eclipse will impact you specifically? Book an Eclipse Reading with me!

Featuring cards from The Magick And Mediums Oracle by Anielle Reid. You can find a link to my unboxing of this incredible deck here: https://youtu.be/zQrpqe13DAg

Aries | Taboo

It’s time to get a little kinky. Take a risk and embrace the things that you may feel are a little bit out there, even for you daring Aries! Sex magick seems like it may be an optimal place to start. Be fearless and ferocious!

Taurus | Guardian

Whom do you wish to protect, to shelter? Focusing your magick on that which you wish to keep safe this year whether that be your finances, career, home, or family may be to your advantage this eclipse sweet and grounded Taurus.

Gemini | Rest

Allow your mind to cool it this eclipse and take a break. Instead of repeating words of affirmation or chanting mantras, this eclipse is encouraging you to take a breather. If you feel you have no choice but to work some magick with this eclipse, perhaps choose workings that use visualization instead of verbalization.

Cancer | Abundance

Kitchen witchery relating to works of abundance will be to your advantage with this eclipse. Work with different foods and herbs to symbolize wealth or to invite in an increase of monetary energy. What kind of prosperous longevity to you wish to manifest?

Leo | Release

This is the ultimate time for you to release and let go Leo! Let the tears flow if its needed. Do not be ashamed of them. Let go of your pride and ego. Open your heart. Cleanse and purge your energy to create space for the new.

Virgo | Believe

What do you see when you look in the mirror? Let go of the need for everything to be perfect Virgo. If you don’t believe in yourself or the best possible outcome of the working you’re performing, what are the chances of it actually coming to fruition?

Libra | Healing

Get your energy healing on this eclipse! Have a healing session done for yourself. Perform workings focused on physical, emotional, energetic, and spiritual healing. Get out your healing tools - sage, palo, drums, singing bowls, reiki symbols, crystals and all!

Scorpio | Glamour Magick

What qualities do you wish to highlight in yourself via your attitude, the way you dress, how you speak or carry yourself? Now is the time for a little method acting magick. A bit of fake it til you make it. Act like you already have all your heart desires this eclipse.

Sagittarius | Persuasion

You have the power of magnetic persuasion with this eclipse. An undeniable, hypnotic energy surrounds you and your workings. Be sure to keep this energy in check by asking yourself is this really for your best and highest good without harming those around you.

Capricorn | Learn

What have you learned, what wisdom have you gained since this series of eclipses began back in 2016? Uncover those lessons with this moon. Focus your magick and what you wish to learn in the next cycle. Take up a new spiritual course of study, work with what you’ve learned to use magickally, and consult with your ancestors.

Aquarius | Nature

Work with natural elements in your magick this eclipse. What gifts has nature given to you - holly berries, acorns, leaves, rain water? You can even perform your magick outdoors. Incorporate these elements into your practice for optimal results.

Pisces | Conjure

Conjure Queen you are Pisces. Are you unsure of which direction to take next in your magick or in your life? Perhaps a trip to the crossroads can help you find the clarity you seek. Ask for your ancestors guidance with any thing you wish to conjure up with this eclipse. Sigils may prove helpful as well.

Xo Ariel

The WHY of What I Do

As I reflect…

What masks have you been wearing this year? 2018 has been a hard year for me personally. Challenging doesn’t even begin to describe it. On the eve of my Saturn return and some major changes in my life, I have begun to question so much. What no longer feels good to me and my spirit? Who no longer resonates with me even though we shared so much or began this journey together? Am I participating out of love and enthusiasm or out of pride and obligation? Has comparison suffocated the joy in my heart? Has compassion fatigue overwhelmed my sense of empathy?

All of these thoughts have been running through my head this year. Anger, guilt, and resentment have been present as well. The apathy of the Four of Cups has lingered in my aura all year long. Old demons from my past, the ghosts of who I once was, have been whispering to me with a twisted sense of nostalgia and the sadness of knowing that things will never be the same. As I grow and change so too does the world around me. Nothing stands still. What is there left for me to hold on to?

I have been silent for a few months, retreating into hermitage and battling back and forth with depression. My soul, my spirit,  has needed rest in order to come back to my why. What is my reason, my soul’s purpose in this work? Love and light isn’t always the answer my friends. Some deep shadow work has called to me so that I can see myself for who I am and not who the world wants me to be. How can I find more peace within?

On the eve of a new year, a fresh start, a new beginning, my desire is to focus on my why. What is my purpose behind every step I take? What is most important to me? How can I stay authentically true to myself?

Here is my soul’s response to me when I ask her why it is that I do what I do. 

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  • For Healing

  • For Hope

  • For Darkness

  • For Freedom from Depression

  • For Love

  • For the Knowledge that You can Overcome Anything

  • For Strength

  • For Encouragement

  • For Faith

  • For Growth

Because I've been lost and alone too…

Because I've been through hardship - trauma, abuse, and addiction…

Because I want to help others help themselves in order to free their spirits, just like how Spirit helped me to find the courage to free my own.

Because I am called to help others hear the voice of Spirit and that of their own souls.

I choose to do this work because of the calling in my own soul that wants to let others know that they don't have to stay stuck, or be a victim, or continue to feel marginalized, alone, and out of touch.

I do this to let others know that prayer works and intuition is real. Magick is real. Spirit, God, the Universe, the angels, your spirit guides, your soul, your higher self all hear you - even when it seems like no one is listening. Even when it feels like your outcry is futile.

Do not give in or hold on to the darkness my loves. Do not let your light go out, but let it shine through you - even if it has yet to fully reach your eyes.

I do this to let you know that you are loved. To hold the same sacred space that was held for me when I couldn’t hold it for myself.

I'm not a psychologist or a doctor. Just an intuitive woman who has been through some shit that has a love of spirituality, tarot, and mediumship. These are the channels I have found to impart love and healing upon the world. I have always been called to do it from my soul and this is how Spirit chose it to manifest.

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Don't regret your past or your darkness. They are gifts. Learn from them. Grow from them. Stay humble and don't forget who you were and how these experiences are molding you into the person you’re becoming. Just know you don't have to continue to be that person anymore - lost, alone, and struggling in the dark. You are not that person any longer although they will forever be a part of you.

Grieve for them and their losses and move on. Grieve the remnants of yourself that have been left out on the streets, buried underneath yourself or someone else. Suffocated by guilt from past actions. Grieve what you feel has been stolen from you through yourself or other means. Ask for those parts of yourself to find peace and healing.

If it weren't for my past losses and grief, I wouldn't be the resilient and loving woman I am today. I wouldn't be doing this work. It probably wouldn't even be on my radar. I wouldn't be able to go to the deep dark trenches with my clients. I wouldn't know how to hold that space for them. I honor and give thanks to my former self. I love her and she loves me too. She's happy we made it out alive, to be here, to share the gifts of Spirit and unconditional love.

Now ask yourself my loves, what is your why?

xo Ariel

The Zodiac Signs As Witches & Their Magickal Practice

What does your zodiac sign have to say about your witchy style and magickal practice?! 

*Please know that I am not into labeling your practice or believe that your witchcraft has to fall into one particular category. I do however, think that this is a fun blog post to see how your Sun, Moon, and Rising signs can impact your magickal workings and the way you work your witchy woo! 

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Aries  

May have a tendency to work with fire or perform candle magick. Short spells are best as Aries may not have the attention span or energy to complete a working that may take several weeks or months. It is impulsive and headstrong magick, with not a lot of planning or practice involved. Their magick may focus on who they wish to become and may center around identity, independence, and soul purpose. There may also be an emphasis on their physical health and stamina as well. Loves protective, defensive, and even vengeful magick. Don’t get on this witches bad side! Remember, Ares is the God of War. 

 

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Taurus

Loves to work with earth and the elements - especially out in nature. The Green Witch. Drawn to shamanism and works with the birds, the grass, the flowers, the trees, the fae, an array of animals, etc. Fond of working with the ancestors, bones, stones, feathers, and furs in their practice. Works their magick in the kitchen with food as well as love magick and space clearing. Fond of any type of working to help conserve energy and long term goals although impatient with results.  

 

Gemini

Loves affirmations, writing and reciting spells, and creating sigils. Has lots of magickal ideas, but may not put many of them into practice. May incorporate pop culture into their practice or blog about it on social media. Loves to communicate with deity, angels, and other high vibe beings. May be fond of burning petitions and allowing the smoke to carry their petitions to the Universe. Gemini also loves to read about the practice itself and may even enjoy doing witchy work with their BFF. 

 

Cancer

The empathic healer. Loves to work with the moon and goddess energy. May be particularly good at fertility magick. Works on a level of emotional healing as well as with the inner child, the mother wound, and abandonment issues. Many prefer to do their workings in private or in the comfort of their own home. Cancerian magick is all about the environment it is worked in - feeling comfortable and safe in the space is key. As a water sign (and a crab), they may also be quite fond of ocean magick. 

 

Leo

What can I say other than big, bold, loud, colorful magick?! The rockstar bruja who takes pride in their magick and may see it deeply as a part of their identity. They aren't afraid to show off their witchy charm and looks. They are their magick. Their magick revolves around loyalty, beauty, and matters of the heart thus they may do spells for family and close friends. May be a big fan of glamour magick and love spells. They also may enjoy working with the Sun and for increased confidence, power, and success. 

 

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Virgo

This orderly and organized witch takes a holistic and regimented approach to magick. This witches Book of Shadows is in tip-top shape. All herbs and tools are labeled and regularly cleansed. Virgo likes purification magick, working with light energy, and bringing energy back into divine order and alignment. Virgo may also like to work with animals and herbs in their practice. May be fond of numerology and takes a more scientific approach in their practice. 

 

Libra

May enjoy working with the energetic body, the aura, and the chakras. Very concerned with energy and using their magick in decision making or weighing options. May have a hard time in determining if their intentions are from their heart or their head. Focuses on bringing harmony, balance, and the unification of energy. Libra may also work magick for injustices done to others or for the enforcement of laws, morals, and values. Love, romance, partnership, and relationship magick are extremely important to them as well. They may enjoy working with a partner quite a bit. 

 

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Scorpio

Working with the dead, ancestral work, divination, psychic ability - if it goes there, Scorpio is into it. Sex, lust, passion, and blood magick - keep it hot and keep it coming. Scorpio is into the ancient side of magick that isn't always talked about. They also work with the shadow and to help heal deep trauma. Scorpio is also fond of protective, defensive, and yes, even vengeful magick. Can obsess over their work, but loves the commitment and challenge of magick. Likes to keep the inner workings of their practice secret. 

 

Sagittarius

They enjoy the magick of possibility. Loves to learn the magickal wisdom of other cultures to have a deeper understanding of witchcraft and magick as a whole. May work magick for travel, expansion, and advancement opportunities. Brings back exotic items and art from their travels to incorporate into their practice. Loves to do ritual outside and in different places. Likes to tap into higher consciousness and wisdom to add new inspiration to their practice.  

 

Capricorn

Can you say money magick? Capricorn loves to work their magick on their business, self improvement, and money making potential. I can also see Capricorn working with sigils a bit. Capricorn uses magick to increase potential and for steady fuel to fire the work they’re already doing. Capricorn is very down to earth, particular, and practical in their magick and take their practice extremely seriously. May also be into a few darker aspects that they don't care to share with others.

 

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Aquarius

This Starseed may be fond of working with light-beings and star-beings. Works their magick to create tolerance, fight injustices, and to discover new innovative ways to benefit their community and the world at large. They are likely to somehow incorporate technology or the internet into their practice. Their work may be very concerned with future goals and aspirations. May like to work in a coven or with a group of other practitioners. They may also be a fan of chaos magick or walk a more eclectic path. Loves to visualize in their manifesting process. 

 

Pisces

Works magick to be more in the flow and bring a deeper sense of peace and happiness to themselves and others. Their work is about compassion, understanding, and healing. They are the most likely to be Hedgewitches performing dream work such as astral traveling, past life work, and working on the other energetic planes. As an escapist, Pisces may feel the need to use substances like marijuana, mugwort (an herb), ayahuasca, or peyote to help them achieve different levels of consciousness (even though it’s not necessary). They may enjoy trance work as well and visualization could be of benefit in their work as they are great dreamers. Pisces (the fish) is also likely to be fond of ocean magick. 

 

How do you think your zodiac sign impacts your witchy style? Leave a comment below! 

 

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Happy Witching!

xo Ariel

SUMMER 2018 TAROTSCOPES | Tarot Readings for Each Zodiac Sign

The Summer Solstice is finally upon us and so are your Summer 2018 Tarotscopes! Step fully and completely with open heart into the season of sun with a tarot and oracle reading for each of the zodiac signs. 

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As Summer begins, we are gifted with the longest day of the year as the Sun moves into the sensitive and receptive sign of Cancer on June 21st. Neptune went into retrograde in the sign of Pisces of the 18th of June and will remain so until the end of November. This transit asks us to take a look at how we are developing both spiritually and emotionally. How do your emotions impact your sense of spirituality? What truths are you being asked to look at, even if they may be painful? How has escapism whether it be through sex, drugs, alcohol, over-eating, social media, etc., had an effect on your life or the lives of those around you? This transit asks you to strip away illusions and step into reality. Focus on optimism and remain hopeful.

Shortly thereafter on June 26th, Mars will go retrograde in the sign of Aquarius (and Capricorn) until August 27th. This will have us thinking about how we deal with injustices, how we can shake things up to take a new and innovative approach, and determining our role in the community at large. How do we think about our independence? Are we really free? Where are we feeling backed into a corner? Jupiter which has been retrograde in Scorpio since March will finally go direct on July 10th! Yay! This will be the breath of fresh air you've been waiting for.

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As we enter eclipse season, we will have a partial solar eclipse on July 12th in the sign of Cancer which will be followed up by a total lunar eclipse in the sign of Aquarius on July 27th, and another partial solar eclipse in the sign of Leo on August 11th - whew! If you are looking for guidance on how to best navigate these eclipses, my Lunar & Solar Eclipse Reading will be available for purchase in the shop from July 9th to August 15th. The second full Mercury Retrograde of 2018 will be in the sign of Leo and last from July 26th to August 19th. Prepare yourself for Mercury Rx with my Making the Most of Mercury Retrograde, Don't Fear the Retrograde article. 

Saturn, a planet of structure and responsibility which has been retrograde in the sign of Capricorn since April, will finally go direct on September 6th. Saturn in Capricorn is about hard lessons, practicality, and hard work. It asks us to think about how responsible and disciplined we are when it comes to our work and money. What needs to be restructured, is old, or outdated? This can possibly be of aid to you if you've been struggling in your work or financial sector a bit. 

For your Summer 2018 Tarotscopes, I will be using the the Temptress Tarot and the My Quality Time Self-Care Activity Deck. Please be sure to also read the Tarotscopes for your Moon and Rising Signs as well for a more complete picture as to the energy surrounding you personally this summer from June 21st to September 21st 2018. In addition, you can also stay tuned to the Maven Unmasked YouTube Channel for more great info!

For my readers in the Southern Hemisphere, these cards will still apply to you, even though you are entering the Winter Solstice. You can also check out my Winter 2017 Tarotscopes.

Learn How to Read Oracle Cards with me online this summer! Class starts July 11th.

Want a deeper look into your personal situation? Book a Tarot or Mediumship Reading with me this Summer! 

 

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OVERALL ENERGY | THE DEVIL

SELF-CARE ACTIVITY: TAKE YOURSELF ON A DATE

Be mindful of your sense of safety and security as well as any co-dependency issues this summer loves! Are you in any relationships that feel controlling or restrictive? Have you been overindulging in risky behavior or unhealthy habits? In what areas of your life are you afraid to voice your thoughts and opinions? Now is the time to break free! Don't let fear or good sex keep you stuck in a toxic situation or relationship. There are other fish in the sea. 

Take yourself on a date. Show yourself some appreciation! Pick a venue, date, time, and place. Mark it on your calendar. Then GO. You won't pressure yourself for something you're not ready for, you don't have to get all dressed up (unless you want to of course), and you know that you can count on yourself at the end of the night. Free yourself from the need for someone else to do it for you, when you can do bad all by yourself. 

Love Message: If you're single and on the dating scene this summer, do your research so you won't wind up on a date with the devil in disguise. Listen to your gut instincts and be sure to let a trusted friend know where you'll be and who you'll be with. You don't want to be catfished or with having drinks with someone who doesn't have your best interests at heart.

 

 

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ARIES | FOUR OF CUPS

SELF-CARE ACTIVITY: LEARN SOMETHING NEW

You may find yourself feeling bored, unsatisfied, or apathetic this summer Aries. You are yearning for more and tired of what exists in front of you. Did you see that flash out of the corner of your light? New light is breaking through to illuminate a new option that has been there for quite some time and yet, you have been too busy focused on the lack to even notice it, let alone appreciate it. If you've been doing the same thing over and over and you're still getting the same results, beating your head against a wall, maybe now is the time to do things differently. Step out of your comfort zone this summer and focus on trying to learn something new to bring you a deeper sense of fulfillment and the joy you long for. 

 

 

 

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TAURUS | THE TOWER

SELF-CARE ACTIVITY: PLAY MORE, STRESS LESS

You've got a LOT on your mind this summer Taurus! It's weighing heavily on you and may be causing you to stress out a bit. Are you making something bigger than it is? The more you worry, the deeper the roots the travel into your subconscious. Don't let it grow any further! Big changes are in store for you! What seeds of positivity and loving calm can you plant in your mind? Water those thoughts. Let go of the need for control. Let loose and have a little fun! Play is a great way to destress. What does play mean to you? It could be as simple as singing a silly song, building a sandcastle at the beach, going to an amusement park, or playing with children. 

 

 

 

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GEMINI | SEVEN OF PENTACLES

SELF-CARE ACTIVITY: RECONNECT QUIETLY WITH NATURE (SANS PHONE)

You've been patiently waiting for the growth to happen, for the rose to blossom, for the gates to open and this summer will be no different Gemini. You've let it all hang out and now what? Know that not all flowers bloom in summer. All rose buds don't unfold at the same time. They all are on their own unqiue and individual time frame that has been gifted to them by the divine. This is a lesson in patience for you - BIG TIME. Take advantage of this moment of pause. Connect more with yourself and with nature. Take a break from social media and hanging with friends, and go to a local park or nature reserve to reflect quietly with self. 

 

 

 

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CANCER | EIGHT OF PENTACLES

SELF-CARE ACTIVITY: TREAT YO' SELF

This summer may have you burning the midnight oil Cancer! This could manifest itself in a variety of ways from taking a new class, starting a new career or business, or even hitting the gym and making healthier lifestyle choices. Your momentum is off the charts! Just make sure to take time and treat yourself regularly! If you keep plugging away, depriving yourself, and don't have a cheat day every now and then, you may become resentful or just give up all together! What is a fresh, sweet, colorful, and healthy way that you can treat yourself for all of your hard work, dedication, and effort?

 

 

 

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LEO | FOUR OF PENTACLES

SELF-CARE ACTIVITY: GET A NEW HAIRDO

You may find yourself saving for something special this summer Leo, just don't be greedy or miserly. Take stock of your relationship with money. How is your spending and your saving ratio looking? Do you need to adjust your budget to better suit your lifestyle? Do you feel that you don't have or aren't making enough? Are there material items that you're lusting for and that money could be better spent elsewhere? I feel this month is really about personal willpower and solar plexus chakra work for you. Respect your money and your money will respect you. To help you feel like a million bucks even if your bank account says otherwise, take a trip to the salon, dye your hair, or get a new do!

 

 

 

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VIRGO | KNIGHT OF SWORDS

SELF-CARE ACTIVITY: SWITCH UP YOUR MAKE-UP ROUTINE

Expression and attitude. Watch your words this summer Virgo for they have the power to cut like a knife. Be mindful of how you are communicating with others - are you truly hearing their words and taking them in or are you already on to your next point before they can get a word in edgewise? Passion is great! Just try not to dominate the conversation and be respectful of others who wish to voice their opinions as well. How can you express yourself through your make-up this summer? Sharpen up your brows and eyeliner instead of your tongue. Switch up your make-up routine or try a new color or product. There are so many ways to show other aspects of your personality through your make-up. 

 

 

 

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LIBRA | THE STAR

SELF-CARE ACTIVITY: LIBRARY BINGE

This summer will really be a show of hope, faith, and belief for you Libra. How strong are these sacred three in your life, in your world? Do you still dare to dream and wish upon a star? Do you look up at the night sky full of curiosity and wonder? Paint the night sky with your prayers this summer Libra. What do you truly believe? Not just in terms of spirituality but in terms of life, the galaxy, the infinite stars in the sky? Now is a great time to explore that on a deeper level. Hit the library! Take a day where you can immerse yourself in the smell of old books as you leisurely stroll the aisles and scan the titles on the shelves. Whatever sparks your fancy, pull it out and just start reading - you may surprise yourself. 

 

 

 

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SCORPIO | TWO OF SWORDS

SELF-CARE ACTIVITY: VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME

Looks like you've got some ideas caught in the pipeline this summer Scorpio. Where do you go next? What do you wish to do? Due to your uncertainty, you may find yourself frozen in place, too sacred to make a move for fear of making the wrong one. There are so many unknowns and you aren't sure if you have the knowledge to press on any further. Take time away from wrestling these ideas and take off the blindfold. What are you not seeing clearly? You don't have all the information yet and that's totally okay. Spend some time this summer volunteering to help take you out of your head and your immediate environment. This can help to clear your mind and give you fresh perspective as well as a deeper sense of gratitude.  

 

 

 

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SAGITTARIUS | ACE OF SWORDS

SELF-CARE ACTIVITY: SHARE YOUR GIFT

A new idea or fresh way of thinking is available to you this summer Sagittarius. Clarity and expression of truth on a whole new level are on your mind. Know that this is again, a "new" idea or belief. It is not fully developed yet, so be open to change and constructive guidance. Now is also a good time for you to focus on cutting cords, beliefs, and old ways of thinking that no longer serve you out of your life. Taking a stand for what you believe is right and staking your claim will be paramount for you. This will help to feel more comfortable sharing your gifts and may even encourage others to share theirs. What a beautiful gift that is!

 

 

 

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CAPRICORN | PAGE OF CUPS

SELF-CARE ACTIVITY: CLEANSE & DETOXIFY

You are soaking up energy like a sponge this summer Capricorn! Your heart is open and you are feeling all the feels. Can you say empath? There may even be a few childhood issues resurfacing to be healed. Take care of your heart chakra and allow yourself to be purged of any toxic or impure energy. Be sure to cleanse and detoxify your energy regularly this season. Activated charcoal anyone? There are tons of ways to clear your energy from burning sage and palo santo to salt baths, selenite wands, and egg cleansing (limpia). Bring a fresh face to the game! You can even do a detoxifying face mask or cut out sugar and caffeine. 

 

 

 

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AQUARIUS | THE EMPEROR

SELF-CARE ACTIVITY: PAY IT FORWARD

You've learned discipline, respect, and self-restraint, now is the time to step up and show it this summer Aquarius! Step up and be a leader. Lead by example through your structure, practicality, and good works. Let your knowledge and wisdom shine through in your actions, words, and how you carry yourself. Who in your life has been a mentor to you? What tools did they use? This summer, begin to pay it forward and take them out for coffee. Give guidance to those who were once in your shoes - lost or looking for a teacher. You have the intuitive foresight that they may lack for your skills have been refined through time and challenge. Pay it forward by using this to help them grow. 

 

 

 

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PISCES | ACE OF PENTACLES

SELF-CARE ACTIVITY: SEE A MOVIE

This summer is about all planting seeds for new career and financial opportunities for you Pisces! Abundance and good health are also available to you. You may even start a new physical care routine whether that be dieting, exercising, or just taking better care of your physical health overall. The ball is in your court. Plant the seed and watch it grow, just remember that you must nurture it. Don't give up if it doesn't sprout overnight. Get your self-care on this summer by laying back and curling up to a new movie or a flick that's a tried and true fave! Romance? Action? Comedy? Netflix or Hulu? Think of what new money making ideas can be generated through watching film or just relaxing your mind enough to think outside of the box! 

 

What is blossoming for you this Summer? Any adventures you're excited for? How does the reading for your sign resonate with you? Leave a comment below and let me know! If you enjoyed your reading, please be sure to like and share this post on social media :)

XO ARIEL

The Healing Journey Tarot + Oracle Spread

There is such a need for healing in this world today! As a soul, healer, and Reiki practitioner - I have seen it first hand. I have created The Healing Journey Tarot + Oracle Spread to be a support for those on their own journey of healing, whether it be mental, physical, spiritual, or emotional. I hope you find this spread to be of use to you or to your loved ones while on the healing journey, grappling with a diagnosis, and looking toward recovery. 

 

The Healing Journey Tarot + Oracle Spread

 

The Healing Journey Tarot/Oracle Spread by Maven Unmasked
  1. Where am I right now in my processing of this (diagnosis)?

  2. What do I need to know about sharing this information and my feelings with others?

  3. How can I best deal with any depression or exhaustion?

  4. What am I projecting unconsciously that I should be aware of?

  5. Advice for when I'm feeling alone or like an outsider?

  6. Where does my strength lie at this time?

  7. The Healing Journey 

  8. How can I best be a participant in my recovery?

  9. Guidance from the Universe - What does the Universe want me to know most right now? 

 

Give the spread a try and be sure to let me know how it works for you! Don't forget to pay it forward and share it with someone who you feel would benefit from it.

Much love and continued healing to all of you,

xo Ariel

Spring 2018 Tarotscopes - Tarot Readings for Each of the Zodiac Signs

The Vernal Equinox is finally upon us and so are your Spring 2018 Tarotscopes! Shake free the sleepy cold and hibernation of Winter with a tarot reading for each of the zodiac signs. 

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As Spring begins, we herald the astrological new year as the Sun returns to the sign of Aries. Jupiter will be retrograde in Scorpio for all of Spring. The first full Mercury Retrograde of 2018 will be in the sign of Aries and last from March 22nd to April 15th. Prepare yourself for Mercury Rx with my Making the Most of Mercury Retrograde, Don't Fear the Retrograde article. 

Venus will enter the sign of Taurus on March 31st. Venus is happy and feels at home here. It is the perfect time to enjoy a sense of luxury - beautify yourself, redecorate your home, eat good food, or be swept up in a new romance. 

We will also have a Blue Full Moon in Libra on March 31st - balancing and harmonizing relationships anyone? All of this just in the first month! I feel like this Spring, Spirit wants a spectacle of deep rooted change. We are coming into the season reborn, awakened, and ready to ascend - even if that means some shifts still need to take place. 

For your Spring 2018 Tarotscopes, I will be using the Naked Heart Tarot by Jillian C. Wilde. Please be sure to also read the Tarotscopes for your Moon and Rising Signs as well for a more complete picture as to the energy surrounding you personally this Spring from March 20th to June 21st 2018. In addition, you can also watch your March 2018 Lightworker Evolution Reading for more great info!

For my readers in the Southern Hemisphere, these cards will still apply to you, even though you are entering the Autumnal Equinox. You can also check out my Fall 2017 Tarotscopes.

Want a deeper look into your personal situation? Book a Tarot or Mediumship Reading with me this Spring! 

 

Overall Energy | The Moon

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Fantasy defies reality. Keep in mind that not all is as it seems. Be wary of illusions, traps, and tricks of the mind this Spring. Everything is not black and white. Can you learn to interpret and navigate the grey in between? If you find yourself reacting negatively or feeling upset or angry, is the initial emotion the truth of the matter? Are you really angry or when you peel back the layers, do you find sadness, apprehension, fear, or trepidation lying there in wait? This Spring will be very much about cutting through illusions and finding truth. Your fears are not bigger than you. Don't allow your nightmares to run your waking life, lead you astray, or keep you paralyzed. Where can you find a pinprick of light despite the darkness? Have you tried searching in your soul? 

 

 

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Aries | Nine of Cups

Wish upon a star. Seriously, Aries! Manifest, hope, dream! Just be clear about what you want as Mercury is retrograde in your sign for the first few weeks of Spring. The energy is on your side to make your dreams a reality season. You believe your willpower will push you through, and it has many times in your life. This time, divine intervention wants you to open your heart to the help it wants to provide to push your wishes along. Dream big Aries! Put in the effort and the Universe will provide. 

 

 

 

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Taurus | Sky Father

Your strong and determined actions and mindset as of late are saying to the Universe that you are sturdy, have built strong foundations, and are self-disciplined enough to receive the blessings you've asked for from Spirit. Where can you lead? How can you be more forthcoming or courageous? Who or what are you called to help build and protect? This Spring, your calling is written in the stars. What are you calling to you? There may also be some healing that needs to take place between yourself and a father figure in your life. 

 

 

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Gemini | Five of Cups

In the words of Keith Urban, "Blue Ain't your Color" Gemini! If you find that your heart is heavy this Spring, focus on healing. Find your smile. Do not stay trapped in sadness and grief. Realize that this too shall pass. Cry if you need to, pick up the pieces, and keep it moving. Don't allow your tears to suffocate you and your expression my beauty. Use this time for healing and release. Be gentle with yourself. The pain must first be acknowledged before true deep healing can begin. 

 

 

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Cancer | The Star

In what direction are you heading, Cancer? What is your true North? Ask not only your mind, but your body and spirit as well. Find inspiration this Spring to fuel your dreams, goals, and ambitions. Trust in Spirit. Have faith that you are exactly where you are supposed to be at this point of your journey. Talk to the night sky and the stars! Tell them your secrets and desires. They are listening. 

 

 

 

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Leo | Ten of Swords

The turbulence that has been peskily sneaking and scurrying through your mind will come to an end this Spring. No more rooting around with those who do not have your best interests at heart! Someone or something may be exposed for what they truly are. Keep your eyes open. When this happens, be grateful that you are able to see the truth - even if it hurts. Use this as an opportunity to release dead weight and recover. 

 

 

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Virgo | Six of Wands

Victorious energy is available to you in abundance this Spring. You've really stepped up your game! Keep moving forward with your goals and ambitions. They are strong and solid. Celebrate your accomplishments. You have made it through to the other side - not unscathed, but glorious in your determination and stamina. It is that energy that pushes you through. Stay humble and remember to give thanks to those who helped you along the way!

 

 

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Libra | The Hierophant

What have you learned from the personal growth you've made in the last few months? What new wisdom have you gleaned from these lessons? These tidbits of wisdom are fuel for you in assimilating higher knowledge, spiritual wisdom, and truth. How can you continue your spiritual education? Look for mentors, commune with your guides, read, watch videos. Soak up all the knowledge that you can, just remember - take what resonates and leave the rest. Your truth does not have to be the same as someone else's.  

 

 

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Scorpio | Ten of Cups

After a rough few months, Spring looks to be colorfully juicy! Yay! Things have finally settled for you in a harmonious fashion. Go get your happy - it is grounded in the earth! There is much joy to be had this season for you Scorp. It wants you as much as you desire it. If you're having trouble embracing this mentality, get out your favorite crystals and manifest it! Family and relationships should be going well. There is a sense of positive and loving completion. A maturity. Take a deep breath and enjoy. 

 

 

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Sagittarius | The Devil

Free yourself from bondage! Don't let spring fever or your impulsive desires enslave you. Stay strong in your resolve. Be mindful of mind traps and addictions this Spring. What are you obsessing over or is oppressing you? Are you over-doing it? What lies do you tell yourself to excuse your behavior? Are the urges of your physical body stronger than the quiet resolve of your Spirit? You may be called to confront your shadow self. Work to see through illusion and to release your conditioning. 

 

 

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Capricorn | Child of Wands

Be curious, wild, adventurous, and free! Honor your sense of ingenuity. What would you like to create this Spring? Where is your wide eyed wonder? Take charge and go for it! Be mindful of impulsiveness and or being naive of what may be required of you. Continue to be open to guidance from mentors, elders, and Spirit. With the Sun at your back, you are facing your future with wide eyes and a brave heart. 

 

 

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Aquarius | Six of Cups

Gather up your tears, put them in your pocket, and embrace a sense of play and magic this Spring. Connect to your inner child this season. Take a trip down memory lane and invite loving or funny memories into your awareness. Work with the energy of childlike joy. Toys"R"Us may be going out of business, but your childhood doesn't have to. Spend time around children, go to a theme park, or watch movies/tv shows that bring a sense of nostalgia from days gone by. 

 

 

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Pisces | Justice

Fairness, equality, and divine balance are at the forefront for you this Spring - especially when it comes to relationships. The sign of Libra is associated with the Justice card in tarot. With the Full Moon in Libra on March 31st, you may have some powerful manifesting ability at your disposal. Before manifesting, think about the light and dark, the positive and negative. Weigh the pros and cons before making a decision or getting your creatively potent and dreamy magic on! Remember that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. 

What has you sprung this Spring? How does the reading for your sign resonate with you? Leave a comment below and let me know! If you enjoyed your reading, please be sure to like and share this post on social media :)

xo Ariel

Crystals & Cards, A Perfect Pairing | How To Match Crystals with Tarot & Oracle Readings

I get asked all the time about how to pair crystals with tarot and oracle readings. They really are a perfect pairing! I love to use crystals in my readings to aid me in connecting more clearly to the energy of a reading as well as my client. They definitely help to set the mood and raise the vibration for a session!

The first step is to pairing crystals and cards is knowing what kind of reading you're working on. Here are some different types of readings and the crystals you might consider pairing with them. 

 

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Love Readings

Pink Opal, Rose Quartz 

The Lovers & Two of Cups

Why would you use these? 

These stones are attuned to the vibration of love, joy, and compassion. By helping to us to connect to the energy of the heart chakra, these crystals are perfect for awakening our sense of love and deepening your emotional awareness when it comes to matters of the heart.

Other stones: Opalite, Rhodonite

 

 

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Healing Readings

Emerald, Malachite 

Five of Cups & The Star

Why would you use these?

These stones connect to the heart chakra as well, but for the purposes of healing deep emotional wounds. When doing release work or healing through trauma and grief I pull out these babies. They're loving and pack a powerful punch!

Other stones: Apache Tear

 

 

 

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Spiritual, Angelic, High Vibrational Readings

Celestite, Amethyst, Selenite

The High Priestess & The Hermit

Why would you use these? 

These gems are in perfect alignment with the vibration of the crown chakra and aid us in connecting with the angels and ascended masters. They are great for finding clarity, guidance, and insight on your spiritual path. 

Other stones: Apophylite, Moldavite

 

 

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Career/Money Readings

Green Aventurine, Citrine 

Ace of Pentacles & King of Pentacles

Why would you use these?

These crystals vibrate to the energy of success, abundance, and manifesting which are perfect for career or financial readings. Citrine in particular corresponds to the solar plexus chakra which is where much of this energy is focused and expressed.

Other stones: Pyrite

 

 

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Health Readings  

Mookaite, Carnelian

Temperance & Four of Swords

Why would you use these?

These stones are connected to the physical body - our health, blood, bones, and organs. They are also attuned with the the energy of the root chakra and may help you intuitively connect to the physicality of your querent. 

Other stones: Red Jasper, Bloodstone

 

 

 

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Past Life Readings

Petrified Wood, Orthoceras

Judgement & The Moon

Why would you use these?

These stones are seemingly as old as time itself. They help to attune you to the energy to access the Akashic records thereby opening doors to the past, past lives, and ancestors. There is so much wisdom from days of old contained within these fossils. 

Other stones: Ammonite

 

 

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Amp it up! You can also use Clear Quartz with any reading to help amplify the energy!

For an extra boost, you can charge the crystal with your intent for the reading. Make sure you clear your crystals after each session. Be sure to thank your crystal helpers for their aid in your work! 

What are some of your favorite crystal companions to have by your side when performing readings?

 

xo Ariel

Featured deck: Everyday Witch Tarot

Dragon as a Spirit Animal | Animal Totems

Dragons are not creatures I have worked with much in my practice however, I do have an awareness of them. After my blog on Unicorn as a Spirit Animal, I had a friend ask me if I could focus one of my Animal Totem blogs on Dragon as a Spirit Animal, and I am happy to oblige him. Please note that the information contained within this blog has been channeled from Spirit, my guides, and of course Dragon himself.

There are many different types of Dragons from what I've been told.

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Elemental Dragons 

 

Fire - Dragons of Fire

They may dwell in volcanoes or the belly of the earth. They are flame dancers. Full of powerful, creative, and sexual energy. Work with them for stamina, drive, passion, creativity, or sexual pursuits as well as energetic protection.

Earth - Dragons of Earth

They may be cave, forest, or mountain dwellers. They are stable and wise. They understand resources and tend to work harmoniously in accordance with natural law. Work with them in earthly and physical matters ranging from health to abundance as well as energetic protection. A cave dwelling dragon may be particularly helpful in shadow work!

Air - Dragons of Sky

These creatures are of the wind. They bring to mind tornadoes - a tameless energy. Work with them for speed or matters of the mind, intellect, and communication. They are great strategizers and have a sort of military precision to them in my opinion.

Water - Dragons of Water

These creatures reside in bodies of water ranging from oceans and lakes to rivers and waterfalls. They are gentle beasts full of mystical majesty and secrets. They are helpful when in transitions and cycles. Work with them in healing, matters of the heart, energy work, and intuitive endeavors. Ice Dragons also wanted to be mentioned here.

 

Luminary Dragons

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Solar Dragons - The Divine Masculine

Like a fire dragon on steroids, to me Solar Dragons embody the Divine Masculine. They are born of the fiery sun's rays. There is a golden light energy about them. They are of great aid in matters of personal power and assertiveness.

Lunar Dragons - The Divine Feminine

To me, Lunar Dragons are almost like a more evolved Water Dragon. They embody the graceful energy of the Divine Feminine and the Moon. They have the silvery blue glow of moonlight about them. They are of great aid in matters of intuition and spiritual development.

 

Extra Special Dragons

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Image from the Sacred Power Reading Cards by Anna Stark (Rockpool Publishing, 2017)

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Rainbow Dragons

I feel that Rainbow Dragons are extremely rare. They are a mix of Air, Water, and Solar Dragons in one and are made of pure light. As a prism of color surrounds them, I have been told that their purpose is joy, peace, and the upliftment of human consciousness. Plain and simple. They look for the ascension of humanity and want to assist in this process. They work mostly with children or those of a childlike energy.

Crystal Dragons

These Dragons of Earth reside in crystals and work with crystal energy. Each one has a purpose or personality that corresponds directly to the traits of the crystal that they inhabit. 

 

Now here is what it may mean for you if Dragon has come into your awareness or if Dragon is your Spirit Animal.

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Fight for your Goals

Dragon has amazing manifesting ability and stamina! They have a deep warrior spirit. The only way you get to be millennia old is to have stamina, foresight, skill, and perseverance to overcome obstacles. Dragon comes to you to let you know that this capability is within you too!

The Wisdom Keepers

Use the wisdom contained in your past experiences. Learn from your elders. Talk to your ancestors and family members. Incorporate their wisdom. Hear their stories. Dragons are holders of secrets and keepers of wisdom. You too are a wisdom keeper. Ask Dragon for aid in accessing this higher knowledge.

Defend your Fortress

Protect what you've built. Shield the energy of yourself and your home. Defend to the end the worthwhile - your truth and those you love. Protect yourself and your assets.

Watch your Words

You have a fierce power of words. You can inspire or hurt with them without a moments notice. Use this power wisely. Speak with honesty and integrity, all while being mindful of the fragileness and feelings of others.

Feisty, Wild, & Untamed

There is great strength and power behind you! You exude it. There is an air of mystery and seduction about you. You may have a magnetic energy and people are attracted to you. You may be the life of the party and love to be the center of attention. Be mindful of ego, being manipulative, and extreme overindulgences.

Self-Loyalty

Dragons are extremely self-reliant and so too are you. You are loyal to self above all else. True to you. Dragon is asking you to be secure in who you are, your dreams, goals, and abilities. Know your worth.

Luck and Abundance

Dragons are often seen as symbols of wealth, luck, fortune, or status. If Dragon has approached you, the tides may be turning for you. Focus on the fullness and abundance currently in your life and have gratitude because there may be more on it's way to you!

Slaying the Dragon

Don't let others steal your shine! Some may be jealous of you and your achievements. Knights make long journeys to destroy the infamous Dragon, win the girl, and make a name for themselves in the kingdom. Don't allow their negativity or mind games to "slay your dragon" or snuff out your flames as it were.

 

Has Dragon come into your awareness? Do you work with Dragon energy? What has been your experience connecting to them? Leave a comment below! 

xo Ariel 

 

Images from pixabay.com unless otherwise stated. 

Octopus as a Spirit Animal | Animal Totems

Under the sea in an Octopuses garden...

Has Octopus crawled across the ocean floor and swam into your mind's eye? Octopus as a Spirit Animal is akin to the call of the siren. Octopus is a magical creature of the sea who is often feared, revered, and unseen. This master of disguise and sea legend has something to say to us about how we live our lives and the mysteries it holds. Octopus is also a great model for working with the energy of Mercury Retrograde. Here is what it may mean for you if the spirit of Octopus has grasped you in its tentacles. 

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Multi-tasking & Focus  

Octopus has multiple arms which are great for having your hands in many pots. If you find yourself constantly busy multi-tasking, call upon Octopus to help you do your tasks effectively with equal attention. Balance and time management is key. Know your strengths. Octopus also reminds us to 'Get a grip!' as the suckers on their tentacles encourage us to get a firm grip on something before going at it full force. 

Abundance

With 8 appendages, Octopus definitely has something to share with us about prosperity as 8 is the universal number of abundance and cycles. The infinity symbol, or lemniscate as it is also known, tell us that there is no beginning and no end, just an endless cycle of energy flow. Connect with Octopus when working with you sense of self-worth and prosperity, or when manifesting abundance. 

Flexibility & Fluidity

Be flexible and have an escape plan. Octopus can fit through incredibly tight places which look seemingly impossible to squeeze through. They are also great problem solvers due to their high functioning intellectual abilities. The Octopus knows it's limits and can understand obstacles from many perspectives, thereby allowing them to do the impossible - find a way out, down, or around. If you are struggling to find a solution to a problem, ask Octopus to teach you flexibility and to think outside of the box. They also have phenomenal strength and a fierce beak to devour prey. Octopus also encourages you to work on your strength and flexibility in your physical body.

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Shadow work, Creativity, & Inuition

Explore the depths of the ocean floor. Octopus is a great companion in shadow work as it is not afraid to go to the unexplored depths with you, for it lives and breathes naturally here. When emotions creep up from hidden chambers and wrangle your mind, Octopus asks for you to explore them. Pick them up with your many tentacles and analyze them with reason. Are the monsters that lie within your depths really as scary as you think? The unseen darkness, the sea creature with abnormally long tentacles that stretch out of the sea and into your imagination, tickling your cranium with it's ideas - Octopus also reminds us to work with our creativity and intuition. Get your creative juices flowing! The sea monster of lore and fantasy asks for your fear to spark your intuition, increase your awareness, and allow your creative energy to flow.

Illusion & Confusion

Are you really seeing what you think you're seeing? Octopus is great at camouflage as it can readily change it's appearance through playing with the colors, spots, and textures in it's environment. A creature that can truly hide in plain sight. Is all really as it seems in your world? For the Octopus, black ink is yet another defense mechanism to confuse predators and allow for a quick escape from danger. Be mindful that what you are experiencing may just be an illusion caused by your own projections or what someone else wants you to see. What is the truth of the matter? Again, be flexible and fluid. Look out for predators. Have a plan or a trick up your sleeve, if you need to make a great escape from an unhealthy, dangerous, or toxic situation.

xo ariel

Unicorn as a Spirit Animal | Animal Totems

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Has Unicorn come trotting across your mind's eye with glitter hoof and silky mane? Unicorn is special - a star in it's own right. As a mythical creature, it is connected to both the heavens and the earth. A creature of magic on the physical plane. Fantasy given flesh and bone. A beauty of both land and sky. Here is what it may mean if you have Unicorn as a Spirit Animal.

Sparkle + Shine 

Shimmer and shake! Prance and dance! Be magical, mystical, and majestic. Make them stop and stare from the twinkling of your aura. You are something special! A body of light. Created from magick dust, glitter bombs, and angel feathers. Unicorn animal totem asks you to know this in your heart. Be confident in the magic of your own soul. Express it.

Be YOU-nique

The Unicorn is one of a kind. It accepts itself for who it is - sparkles, rainbow glitter, horn, and all. Each is unique and beautiful in it's own way. Unicorn asks you to release comparison and jealousy. See the elegant magic of your individuality. Don't be afraid to stand out in the crowd!

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Be Imaginative, Playful, and Dreamy

Don't close out them realm of possibilities. Fantasize. Dream BIG! Embrace your purity and innocence. Unicorn invites you to play with your inner child. Allow them to run wild and laugh freely. See with new waking eyes that view the world with awe and adventure. Imagine. Open and meditate on your Crown Chakra. Journey. Reawaken your sense of discovery and expedition.

Love Freely with an Open Heart and Mind!

See the good in all living things. Feel the connectedness and wonder of everything. The wisdom of the cosmos. Share love and kindness wherever you go. Be empathic and understanding. The spirit of Unicorn encourages you to open, heal, balance, and strengthen your heart chakra. Greet everyone you encounter with love and light straight from the heart.

Fight for your Dreams

Charge forward. Pierce through obstacles. The horn of the Unicorn does all these things. It leads the way and will navigate you to your true north. Believe in your own power. You are capable and worthy of all you dream. Even in the most challenging of circumstances, the love and support that Unicorn gives is undying. They are loyal to the end. Unicorn gives you strength to help pierce through challenges and clear a path to your goals. Do not give up hope - BELIEVE!

 

xo Ariel