Your Horoscope This Week

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We’re ready to make positive new strides towards our future on Sunday, as Mercury retrograde’s shadow period — its retro-shade — ends. The messenger planet is finally ready to shed any slowness that has held us back. It’s safe to begin expressing ourselves, making new agreements, and beginning partnerships. On Monday, the Moon waxes into her first quarter in strategic Scorpio at 8:32 a.m. EST. This Moon phase tempts us to act fast when it’s best to gather our thoughts. The same day, lucky Jupiter in retrograde creates a sextile with dreamy Neptune in retrograde, making it a good day to consider how the past has shaped our journeys, and to thank those who’ve helped us by molding our perspectives. This beautiful transit could also help to bring an old dream back to life, or to help you visualize a new dream life for yourself . Charming Venus also forms a square against dreamy Neptune retrograde on Monday. It’s easy to get down on ourselves as these planets clash against each other. So we'll have to build up our self-esteems, forgiving ourselves for past mistakes and focusing on healing and moving forward. Finally, chatty Mercury forms a square against warrior Mars on Monday too. We'll want to be mindful of our reactions to others, and take a moment to understand where people are coming from before we lash out. We’re bursting with big ideas on Thursday, when speedy Mercury opposes lucky Jupiter retrograde. It’s advised to work on self-editing during this transit, as not everyone will be swayed. We'll want to make sure that we've got a solid concept or plan forward created before sharing our dreams with the world to avoid appearing half-baked. Mercury also forms a trine with imaginative Neptune retrograde on Thursday. It's time to turn towards artistic pursuits and seeking out knowledge, as this transit will help us to absorb new influences and mold our ideas with flair. 

<strong>Aries</strong> <br><strong>March 21 to April 19</strong><br><br><br>Are you ready to get back on track, Aries? Routine-ruling Mercury completes his shadow period on Sunday, helping to bring a bit of normalcy back into your schedule. You may be interested in creating more harmony in your space on Monday, when the domestic <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/moon-phases-meaning-astrology" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Moon waxes into her first quarter" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Moon waxes into her first quarter</a> in determined Scorpio. Make sure that you’re not biting off more than you can chew during this impatient transit. Focus on creating a bridge between your physical and spiritual selves on Thursday, when wellness-minded Mercury forms a trine with inner growth-governing Neptune in retrograde. Use this transit to meditate and quiet your thoughts. <br><br><br><br><br>
Aries
March 21 to April 19


Are you ready to get back on track, Aries? Routine-ruling Mercury completes his shadow period on Sunday, helping to bring a bit of normalcy back into your schedule. You may be interested in creating more harmony in your space on Monday, when the domestic Moon waxes into her first quarter in determined Scorpio. Make sure that you’re not biting off more than you can chew during this impatient transit. Focus on creating a bridge between your physical and spiritual selves on Thursday, when wellness-minded Mercury forms a trine with inner growth-governing Neptune in retrograde. Use this transit to meditate and quiet your thoughts.




<strong>Taurus</strong> <br><strong>April 20 to May 20</strong><br><br><br>Your intuition for money matters is sharpened, Taurus. On Sunday, materialistic Mercury finishes his retrograde shadow period, helping you make positive strides towards <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-gb/money-diary-two-jobs-living-with-ex" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:a stable financial future" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">a stable financial future</a>. If you feel conflicted about where you’ve spent your cash, make sure to research the businesses you support on Monday. Money-ruling Mercury creates a square against spiritual Mars, bringing new information to light. Be careful with your words when discussing cash, as this transit can inflame miscommunications. Open yourself to new understandings of value on Thursday, when Mercury forms a trine with imaginative Neptune in retrograde. An old lesson may become more relevant than ever.<br><br><br><br><br>
Taurus
April 20 to May 20


Your intuition for money matters is sharpened, Taurus. On Sunday, materialistic Mercury finishes his retrograde shadow period, helping you make positive strides towards a stable financial future. If you feel conflicted about where you’ve spent your cash, make sure to research the businesses you support on Monday. Money-ruling Mercury creates a square against spiritual Mars, bringing new information to light. Be careful with your words when discussing cash, as this transit can inflame miscommunications. Open yourself to new understandings of value on Thursday, when Mercury forms a trine with imaginative Neptune in retrograde. An old lesson may become more relevant than ever.




<strong>Gemini</strong> <br><strong>May 21 to June 20</strong><br><br><br>You’re feeling right as rain, Gemini. Enjoy moving things forward starting Sunday as ruling Mercury completes his retrograde shadow period. You’re able to express your desires easily on Monday, when the materialistic Moon waxes into her first quarter in decisive Scorpio. Use this transit to make a list, and figure out your priorities. Reclaim your power at work on Thursday, when ruling Mercury creates a trine with career-conscious Neptune in retrograde. You’ve got a lot of knowledge and inspiration to share with your team — take time to nurture your ideas during this transit.<br><br><br><br><br>
Gemini
May 21 to June 20


You’re feeling right as rain, Gemini. Enjoy moving things forward starting Sunday as ruling Mercury completes his retrograde shadow period. You’re able to express your desires easily on Monday, when the materialistic Moon waxes into her first quarter in decisive Scorpio. Use this transit to make a list, and figure out your priorities. Reclaim your power at work on Thursday, when ruling Mercury creates a trine with career-conscious Neptune in retrograde. You’ve got a lot of knowledge and inspiration to share with your team — take time to nurture your ideas during this transit.




<strong>Cancer</strong> <br><strong>June 21 to July 22</strong><br><br><br>It’s time to center yourself, Cancer. Take time to reflect on how you’ve re-stabilized on Sunday, as <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2020/07/9903579/is-mercury-retrograde-bad" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:inner growth-governing Mercury ends his retrograde" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">inner growth-governing Mercury ends his retrograde</a> shadow period. Get ready to trust your intuition again, and employ your courageous side. Make sure that you’re prepared to harness exciting thoughts on Monday when the ruling Moon waxes into her first quarter in intelligent Scorpio. When wellness-minded Jupiter in retrograde creates a sextile with lucky Neptune in retrograde on Monday, refocus your attention towards joyful movement. You may be inspired to visit a hiking path you've always dreamed of traversing, for instance. Whatever you choose, make sure that this activity supports both mind and body. <br><br><br><br><br>
Cancer
June 21 to July 22


It’s time to center yourself, Cancer. Take time to reflect on how you’ve re-stabilized on Sunday, as inner growth-governing Mercury ends his retrograde shadow period. Get ready to trust your intuition again, and employ your courageous side. Make sure that you’re prepared to harness exciting thoughts on Monday when the ruling Moon waxes into her first quarter in intelligent Scorpio. When wellness-minded Jupiter in retrograde creates a sextile with lucky Neptune in retrograde on Monday, refocus your attention towards joyful movement. You may be inspired to visit a hiking path you've always dreamed of traversing, for instance. Whatever you choose, make sure that this activity supports both mind and body.




<strong>Leo</strong> <br><strong>July 23 to August 22</strong><br><br><br>You’re feeling more comfortable with your finances, Leo. Mercury, which oversees money, completes his retrograde shadow period on Sunday, helping to clear up misunderstandings and complications with cash. Make sure that you learn from past mistakes, and take them on as essential lessons. It could be challenging to have your ideas at work understood on Monday when career-ruling Venus forms a square against dreamy Neptune. If you’re feeling frustrated with feedback, take some time to yourself to collect your thoughts and go back to the drawing board — failure helps us to grow. You could be inspired to take on a new passion project on Thursday when materialistic Mercury creates a trine with imaginative Neptune. Open yourself to the unexpected as these planets complement each other.<br><br><br><br><br>
Leo
July 23 to August 22


You’re feeling more comfortable with your finances, Leo. Mercury, which oversees money, completes his retrograde shadow period on Sunday, helping to clear up misunderstandings and complications with cash. Make sure that you learn from past mistakes, and take them on as essential lessons. It could be challenging to have your ideas at work understood on Monday when career-ruling Venus forms a square against dreamy Neptune. If you’re feeling frustrated with feedback, take some time to yourself to collect your thoughts and go back to the drawing board — failure helps us to grow. You could be inspired to take on a new passion project on Thursday when materialistic Mercury creates a trine with imaginative Neptune. Open yourself to the unexpected as these planets complement each other.




<strong>Virgo</strong> <br><strong>August 23 to September 22</strong><br><br><br>You’re headed in the right direction, Virgo. Status-minded Mercury finishes his retrograde shadow period on Sunday, helping you to lean on your intuition when it comes to professional matters. Use this transit to educate yourself, network, and take a risk. Enjoy getting cozy with loved ones at home on Monday, as domestic-ruling Jupiter in retrograde creates a sextile with affectionate Neptune in retrograde. <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/best-board-games-for-adults" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Pull out a game" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Pull out a game</a>, or take the lead on making a delicious dish for your family. You could be inspired to bring attention to your ideas at work on Thursday, as career-minded Mercury forms a trine with passionate Neptune in retrograde. Invite your colleagues to collaborate with you during this creative transit. <br><br><br><br><br>
Virgo
August 23 to September 22


You’re headed in the right direction, Virgo. Status-minded Mercury finishes his retrograde shadow period on Sunday, helping you to lean on your intuition when it comes to professional matters. Use this transit to educate yourself, network, and take a risk. Enjoy getting cozy with loved ones at home on Monday, as domestic-ruling Jupiter in retrograde creates a sextile with affectionate Neptune in retrograde. Pull out a game, or take the lead on making a delicious dish for your family. You could be inspired to bring attention to your ideas at work on Thursday, as career-minded Mercury forms a trine with passionate Neptune in retrograde. Invite your colleagues to collaborate with you during this creative transit.




<strong>Libra</strong> <br><strong>September 23 to October 22</strong><br><br><br>Are you ready to trust your gut, Libra? Inner growth-governing Mercury completes his retrograde shadow period on Sunday, helping you to listen to your instinctual side. It’s easier for you to make sound decisions while the messenger planet moves direct. Your mind is full of exciting ideas for new projects or dream goals on Monday, as the career-conscious Moon waxes into her first quarter in strategic Scorpio. Make sure that you write these concepts down and bake a little before sharing them with the world. <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/30-day-meditation-challenge" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Invest time in a mindfulness practice" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Invest time in a mindfulness practice</a> on Thursday, as spiritual Mercury creates a trine with routine-ruling Neptune in retrograde. Let yourself slow down and listen carefully to your body and spirit.<br><br><br><br><br>
Libra
September 23 to October 22


Are you ready to trust your gut, Libra? Inner growth-governing Mercury completes his retrograde shadow period on Sunday, helping you to listen to your instinctual side. It’s easier for you to make sound decisions while the messenger planet moves direct. Your mind is full of exciting ideas for new projects or dream goals on Monday, as the career-conscious Moon waxes into her first quarter in strategic Scorpio. Make sure that you write these concepts down and bake a little before sharing them with the world. Invest time in a mindfulness practice on Thursday, as spiritual Mercury creates a trine with routine-ruling Neptune in retrograde. Let yourself slow down and listen carefully to your body and spirit.




<strong>Scorpio</strong> <br><strong>October 23 to November 21</strong><br><br><br>Gather your thoughts, Scorpio. Your mind is abuzz with exciting plans on Monday when the Moon waxes into her first quarter in determined Scorpio. Use this transit to focus on strategy and be ready to edit your ideas. It could be tempting to share these thoughts with the world, but you should let them marinate longer. You could be inspired to <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2020/04/9634270/work-from-home-outfits-to-try-inspiration-april-2020" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:try out a new look" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">try out a new look</a> on Monday, when materialistic Jupiter in retrograde creates a sextile with imaginative Neptune in retrograde. Have fun, and be creative as these planets support each other. Strengthen your patience on Monday, when chatty Mercury creates a square against routine-ruling Mars. It’s okay to make mistakes. <br><br><br><br><br>
Scorpio
October 23 to November 21


Gather your thoughts, Scorpio. Your mind is abuzz with exciting plans on Monday when the Moon waxes into her first quarter in determined Scorpio. Use this transit to focus on strategy and be ready to edit your ideas. It could be tempting to share these thoughts with the world, but you should let them marinate longer. You could be inspired to try out a new look on Monday, when materialistic Jupiter in retrograde creates a sextile with imaginative Neptune in retrograde. Have fun, and be creative as these planets support each other. Strengthen your patience on Monday, when chatty Mercury creates a square against routine-ruling Mars. It’s okay to make mistakes.




<strong>Sagittarius</strong> <br><strong>November 22 to December 21</strong><br><br><br>You’ve got an added pep in your step, Sagittarius. Passionate Mercury ends his retrograde shadow period on Sunday, encouraging you to let your light shine brightly. The messenger planet rules both your romantic and professional zones and when he moves direct, he helps you to <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/how-to-practice-self-love-yourself" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:love yourself more fully" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">love yourself more fully</a>. Enjoy reconnecting with your loved ones on Monday, as ruling Jupiter in retrograde creates a sextile with domestic-minded Neptune in retrograde. You’ll be excited to share your plans for the future with family on Thursday when affectionate Mercury forms a trine with domestic Neptune in retrograde.<br><br><br><br><br>
Sagittarius
November 22 to December 21


You’ve got an added pep in your step, Sagittarius. Passionate Mercury ends his retrograde shadow period on Sunday, encouraging you to let your light shine brightly. The messenger planet rules both your romantic and professional zones and when he moves direct, he helps you to love yourself more fully. Enjoy reconnecting with your loved ones on Monday, as ruling Jupiter in retrograde creates a sextile with domestic-minded Neptune in retrograde. You’ll be excited to share your plans for the future with family on Thursday when affectionate Mercury forms a trine with domestic Neptune in retrograde.




<strong>Capricorn</strong> <br><strong>December 22 to January 19</strong><br><br><br>It’s time to get back into the swing of things, Capricorn. Routine-oriented Mercury finishes his retrograde shadow period on Sunday, helping you to blaze through your to-do list. Enjoy finding your flow during this favorable transit. If you’re in a relationship, it could be tempting to unload a large number of ideas on your partner on Monday, when the Moon waxes into her first quarter in <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/scorpio-zodiac-sign-characteristics-personality-traits#:~:text=They're%20more%20open%20and,ll%20find%20that%20it's%20unshakeable." rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:decisive Scorpio" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">decisive Scorpio</a>. Make sure that you’re listening actively to your loved one, instead of steam-rolling them. Single? You may be lining up your next date during this transit. Take time to evaluate if these new people are a good fit for you during this moon phase — it’s okay to take things slowly. Give a voice to your needs on Thursday, as wellness-minded Mercury creates a trine with communication-ruling Neptune in retrograde. You may come up with a new solution.<br><br><br><br><br>
Capricorn
December 22 to January 19


It’s time to get back into the swing of things, Capricorn. Routine-oriented Mercury finishes his retrograde shadow period on Sunday, helping you to blaze through your to-do list. Enjoy finding your flow during this favorable transit. If you’re in a relationship, it could be tempting to unload a large number of ideas on your partner on Monday, when the Moon waxes into her first quarter in decisive Scorpio. Make sure that you’re listening actively to your loved one, instead of steam-rolling them. Single? You may be lining up your next date during this transit. Take time to evaluate if these new people are a good fit for you during this moon phase — it’s okay to take things slowly. Give a voice to your needs on Thursday, as wellness-minded Mercury creates a trine with communication-ruling Neptune in retrograde. You may come up with a new solution.




<strong>Aquarius</strong> <br><strong>January 20 to February 18</strong><br><br><br>Try not to bite off more than you can chew, Aquarius. You could have a very long task list on Monday when the routine-ruling Moon waxes into her first quarter in determined Scorpio. Not loving your space right now? Try not to sweat small details on Monday, when homey Venus forms a square against materialistic Neptune in retrograde. This transit tends to create a fun house mirror effect that projects false images— avoid tossing out anything important during this transit. You may be inspired<a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/how-to-talk-finances-in-relationship" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:to discuss finances with friends" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"> to discuss finances with friends</a> on Thursday when chatty Mercury creates a trine with money-minded Neptune retrograde. Take mental notes of hot tips that come your way.<br><br><br><br><br>
Aquarius
January 20 to February 18


Try not to bite off more than you can chew, Aquarius. You could have a very long task list on Monday when the routine-ruling Moon waxes into her first quarter in determined Scorpio. Not loving your space right now? Try not to sweat small details on Monday, when homey Venus forms a square against materialistic Neptune in retrograde. This transit tends to create a fun house mirror effect that projects false images— avoid tossing out anything important during this transit. You may be inspired to discuss finances with friends on Thursday when chatty Mercury creates a trine with money-minded Neptune retrograde. Take mental notes of hot tips that come your way.




<strong>Pisces</strong> <br><strong>February 19 to March 20</strong><br><br><br>Don’t be afraid to hold back, Pisces. You’re encouraged to express yourself starting Sunday when affectionate Mercury completes his retrograde shadow period. The communication planet has helped you heal and grow so that you can share your love with those closest to you. <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/how-to-be-more-creative" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Let your mind flourish" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Let your mind flourish</a> while the creative Moon waxes into her first quarter in Scorpio on Monday. Protect these ideas for a little while longer, as quarter Moons are best for brainstorming. Enjoy a confident new spirit at work on Monday, when career-governing Jupiter in retrograde creates a sextile with ruling Neptune in retrograde. Take a moment to revisit your accomplishments and see how you can improve on them, or reformulate the plan that'll bring you closer to your professional dreams.<br><br><br><br><br>
Pisces
February 19 to March 20


Don’t be afraid to hold back, Pisces. You’re encouraged to express yourself starting Sunday when affectionate Mercury completes his retrograde shadow period. The communication planet has helped you heal and grow so that you can share your love with those closest to you. Let your mind flourish while the creative Moon waxes into her first quarter in Scorpio on Monday. Protect these ideas for a little while longer, as quarter Moons are best for brainstorming. Enjoy a confident new spirit at work on Monday, when career-governing Jupiter in retrograde creates a sextile with ruling Neptune in retrograde. Take a moment to revisit your accomplishments and see how you can improve on them, or reformulate the plan that'll bring you closer to your professional dreams.




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Sunburns disrupt sleep in a couple different ways, says Ted Lain, MD, a dermatologist and Chief Medical Officer at Sanova Dermatology. “There is inflammation in the skin that causes the heat, as well as the pain from nerve irritation,” he explains. “The skin feels tight and uncomfortable because it has lost its barrier function, or its ability to retain hydration and protect itself from the environment.” Even worse, you might feel extra-exhausted after being in the sun. That’s because the body is sending fluid to your burnt skin’s surface, dehydrating you, which can tire you out, says Marisa Garshick, M.D., an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Cornell-New York Presbyterian Medical Center. Plus, your body is working hard at regulating your core temp, draining your energy even more. And yet, you’re unable to nod off and stay asleep.Luckily, there are things you can do to rest a little easier, even when your skin feels like it’s smoldering. The doctors gave me their best tips in exchange for the promise that I’d reapply my SPF more frequently next time.  Take an ibuprofen or acetaminophenThese two meds (which can be found in the brands Tylenol and Advil, respectively) will help with the symptoms of a sunburn, as they reduce swelling and inflammation, says Dr. Lain. He adds that ibuprofen has been shown to increase sun sensitivity, though. So if you’re planning on getting any more sun, you may want to stick with Tylenol so you don’t do more damage. Side note: Although there was a brief point in March when health authorities were warning against taking ibuprofen due to concerns regarding COVID-19, the research did not bear out, Dr. Garshick notes. The World Health Organization agreed in April.  Use aloe My instinct was correct! “Aloe vera gel is cooling and helps temporarily with discomfort, as do numbing sprays and gels,” Dr. Lain says. “These may be most appropriate if the sunburn is causing nighttime awakenings. But just be careful to follow manufacturer’s directions on how and when to apply the numbing sprays, since overdoing it may lead to a dangerous absorption.”  Moisturize This is an important one, says Dr. Garshick. Not only will it help the skin repair itself, it can help with hydration and overall comfort. She recommends a lighter-weight cream in the first 24 hours after a burn, then something heavier after a few days, when this skin is starting to peel. But she advises against exfoliating to accelerate the peeling, or picking at blisters.  Pick the right PJsLight cotton PJs or silks are the best fabrics, since they’ll cause less friction against the skin, Dr. Lain says. “Certainly not wearing pajamas is also an alternative,” he adds, which brings us to… And the right sheetsIf you’re going to sleep au naturale, go for cotton or silk bedsheets. Bamboo works too. Dr. Garshick recommends avoiding flannel, wool, and most synthetic fabrics, unless they’re moisture-wicking. Only sleep in the buff when the sheets are clean, she adds. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrateRemember when we mentioned burns are dehydrating? Dr. Garshick recommends keeping a glass of water by the bed, and drinking a little more than you usually would before you nod off. It can also help to take a cold shower right before you head to bed to cool down your body, as it can be hard to fall asleep when you’re too warm. Turn on the A/C before bedYes, it’s not great for your electric bill, but Dr. Lain recommends anything that will cool the skin. A fan works too. When in doubt, go to the doctor If your burn is causing extreme blistering, or is accompanied by symptoms such as severe pain, a high fever, or nausea, it’s worth having a doctor or dermatologist take a look to rule out sun poisoning or heat stroke. “I usually will tell people to have a low threshold for going to the doctor,” Dr. Garshick says. “If you’re in enough pain it’s really noticeable, it’s reasonable to contact a dermatologist. Some people might be taking medicines that are making them more sensitive to the sun, and they might not be aware of it.” If a burn is really severe, your doc might prescribe a short course of steroids, a corticosteroid cream, or a prescription grade moisturizer. Dr. Garshick says she also might give patients a friendly reminder to keep slathering on the sunscreen. “People sometimes think, ‘okay, I’ve done my damage,’ after a burn,” she says. “But when the skin is somewhat injured, it’s more susceptible to further damage.” Lain adds: “Sunburns cause lasting damage to the DNA in the skin cells… This is why sunburns cause so much inflammation and discomfort — it’s the body’s mechanism to persuade you to avoid doing this again!” I certainly found my sleepless night convincing. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Who Needs Bikinis? One-Pieces To Buy InsteadHow To Heal Your Scorched Skin — FastThe Aloe Vera Products That Will Heal Your Sunburn