Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn will all be visible in the night sky this week — no telescope required.
Roll out a blanket and settle in for a gorgeous cosmic show.
Mercury is entering the fiery sign of Leo, and as a result, we can expect our words to get a lot more passionate. “After spending almost two months in the emotional sign of Cancer, due to its second retrograde cycle of the year, the planet that rules communication will enter Leo for a short, two-week stay — from August 4 to 19,” says Narayana Montúfar, senior astrologer at Horoscope.com.We know, we know — anything relating to Mercury can make people feel a little wary. But there’s nothing to worry about with this transit. In fact, according to Montúfar, Mercury’s journey through Leo will feel like a breath of fresh air. “In this fire sign, the communication planet behaves fast and boldly, loving all sorts of unabashed forms of displays, helping us feel happier and behave more exuberantly,” she explains. “During this short time, we get the chance to express what we firmly believe in, without fear of being judged.”Adds astrologer Lisa Stardust: “When Mercury is in fiery Leo, we will be cosmically pushed to express our sentiments with passion and charisma.” We’ll feel pulled to speak our minds about what lights the fire within us. And whether that’s racial inequality, police brutality, healthcare for all, self-love, or all of the above, now is truly the time to let our voices be heard. After all, a Leo-inspired confident communication style may inspire others to view the world as we do. August 10 may offer an especially powerful push. On that day, Mercury will square rebellious Uranus, who’s in Taurus, “allowing us to view matters and relationships through a new lens,” Stardust says. “We will be pushed to assert our political beliefs and fight against the patriarchy.”Shortly after Mercury squares Uranus, the speedy planet will form a trine with warrior planet Mars. “This is by far the best week of this entire transit to be active when it comes to our ideals and fighting for social change,” Montúfar says. When our communication is influenced by energetic Mars and fiery Leo, our words could help us become unstoppable. It’s also an especially powerful time to recruit others to fight for the causes we’re passionate about along with us.But if we’re really hoping to change minds, we’ll have to be somewhat conscious of our tone. “We may use boastful words when talking to others and exaggerate facts to make us look better,” Stardust cautions. She explains that when Mercury is in obstinate Leo, we can expect to feel stubborn about our beliefs. And that can cause some friction.“At worst, communication can be too dramatic in nature and lean toward emotional outbursts rather than a creative expression of what we want,” Leslie Hale, psychic astrologer at Keen.com, tells Refinery29. “Take care not to let your conversation become too overbearing, demanding, or provocative toward others.” Hale recommends thinking about what you really wish to convey before expressing it. “As Leo is a fire sign it may be hard to tone things down and come across in a manner that doesn’t overwhelm others.”Still, you should speak from the heart, Stardust says. That’s how you’ll create the biggest impact. It’s not all so dire either: Communication during this transit often tends to be positive, upbeat, and even playful. And during this heavy time, everyone could use a little lightness.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?How Uranus, Planet Of Rebels, Rules A GenerationNetflix's Indian Matchmaking, Astrology, & LoveThe 2020 Revolution Was Written In The Stars
Although wearing a face mask in public is the responsible decision during a global pandemic, let's not allow the need for such a precaution to overshadow our eco-conscious judgments when deciding what type of non-medical covering to buy. As discarded single-use face masks pile up on beaches and nature trails, the environmental threat posed by these COVID-19 essentials is a fast-growing concern. Luckily, there are sustainable-style alternatives to help curb the impact of this issue — and if your current face covering (fashion-forward or otherwise) is washable and reusable, then you're already on the right track. Things like breathability and personal expression matter when picking out a mask that's best suited to our particular lifestyles (and faces) — but it's also important to consider how a mask is made, what materials it's crafted from, and, ultimately, what impact that has on the environment. By paying attention to the fabrics and production methods used to create these masks, we can make more eco-friendly choices when it comes to protecting ourselves, others, and the planet. A handful of top sustainable-retailer favorites (like Nisolo and Collina Strada) are already a step ahead of us; offering durable options made from up-cycled materials, deadstock fabrics, and/or natural fibers that are designed to last longer. Even a quick Etsy search will direct you towards an impressive selection of handmade face masks from smaller vendors — which translates to less energy and resources wasted. We've rounded up 11 such sustainable styles ahead that are ready to get the germ-shielding job done — without harming the planet in the process. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. The product details reflect the price and availability at the time of publication. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?The Most Breathable Face Masks For Hot Summer DaysHere's Where To Shop Fashion-Forward Face MasksHere's Where To Buy Non-Medical Face Masks Online
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Venus, the planet of love, social awareness, and money, is finally exiting its extended four-month stay in Gemini. Its next stop is emotional Cancer on August 7, where it will stay until September 5, says Narayana Montúfar, senior astrologer at Astrology.com. “During the time Venus was retrograde in intellectual Gemini, we experienced an overload of information regarding our society’s overall value system, as well as many of the injustices that have been taking place for way too long,” Montúfar reminds Refinery29. And she’s right — for the past few months, the U.S. has been reckoning with our history of racial oppression and injustice, police brutality, and disparities in healthcare made apparent by the coronavirus pandemic. Now it’s time for a change, as Venus enters the sign of the Crab.“As the goddess of love and pleasure enters Cancer, we will approach the subject of social justice from another perspective,” Montúfar says. “As Venus moves from air to water, we will be able to really feel the injustices we see around us at a much deeper level.” This may be painful, she warns, due to Cancer being one of the most emotional and sensitive signs. “However, from this emotional depth that only a water sign can provide, we are also able to pull the strength to keep on fighting for justice and equality, a theme that is highlighted by the astrology of 2020,” she says.While we have the power to harness our strengths and move forward in our fight for justice while Venus is in Cancer, there will also be a few setbacks we should be ready for.“During this time, we can expect to have emotional meltdowns and breakdowns, as the watery sign will bring on the tears amidst our emotional frustrations,” astrologer Lisa Stardust tells Refinery29. But that doesn’t mean you won’t achieve your goals now. “The good news is that we will be able to move on, as water signs like to go with the flow and embrace new creative ventures openly,” Stardust continues. “We will of course remember the past with an open heart and kindness.”There are a few dates to look at while Venus is in Cancer, too. On August 25, Venus and Jupiter, one of the most positive planets in astrology, will oppose each other — which Stardust says will expand our hearts and generosity. “Don’t expect to have a lot of drive on this day, which is the nature of the transit,” Leslie Hale, psychic astrologer at Keen.com, tells Refinery29. “It is generally considered positive but can in fact be indicative of laziness and sloppiness, and some things can become blown out of proportion or confused.”Another date to look out for, according to Stardust, is August 27. Our emotions will be heightened that day, when Neptune aspects Venus. Hale calls this, “a whimsical day indicative of fantasy, creativity and compassion on many different levels.”Finally, Venus and Pluto’s opposition on August 30 will bring along some power struggles — especially in money. “Look out for a story about the next stimulus check or loans at this time,” Stardust says. “This news will pop on September 2 when Saturn (the government) opposes Venus.”As the planetary ruler of Libra, Venus is the goddess of fairness and justice. Entering into resilient Cancer might be just what 2020 needs. “Like its animal symbol, Cancer has a soft interior, but also a very hard shell that ultimately is there to fiercely protect,” Montúfar says. When necessary, she says, this sign is not afraid to use its claws to protect its home and its people.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?How Uranus, Planet Of Rebels, Rules A GenerationI Used Tarot & Astrology To Catch My Ex CheatingShould You Get A Virtual Psychic Reading?
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