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Wellness
Published Friday Oct 11, 2019 by Ashley Tracey

Astrology 101: Understanding What Your Horoscope *Actually* Means

Personal Growth
Expert Advice

Have you ever read a horoscope and thought to yourself: how do they come up with this stuff? Horoscopes are general interpretations of the movement of the stars based on how we see them from Earth. The foundation of all horoscopes comes from Astrology. 

Astrology is a language that dates back about 2,000 years ago to the Babylonians. It was used by ancient civilizations to interpret celestial events and develop some of the same tools we use today—including the calendar. As civilizations began to evolve, so did the language of astrology. 

The language of modern astrology can be broken down into three main parts: planets, signs, and houses. This makes up how astrologers—or even you— can interpret the planetary placements at the time of your birth (aka your birth chart) and what is currently happening in the sky (aka horoscopes). 

The typical sentence of astrology goes like this: the planets show what is happening, the signs show how it's happening, and the houses show where it's happening.

 

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The What: Planets 

There are 10 planetary bodies in astrology, each of them representing different aspects of your mind, body, and soul. 

Sun: identity, vitality, creativity, radiant self, ego, purpose.
Moon: soul, inner world, subconscious, sensitivity, emotional reactions
Mercury: thinking process, conscious mind, communication
Mars: will to take action, drive, passion, physical energy, assertiveness
Venus: core values, desire for beauty, peace, harmony, and connection
Jupiter: growth, truth, travel, philosophy, learning by experience, teaching
Saturn: discipline, structure, authority, limits, responsibility, maturity, lessons
Uranus:  individualistic freedom, innovation, awakening, revolution, rebellion 
Neptune: intuition, spirituality, dream state, transcendent freedom
Pluto: transformation, personal power, shared resources, karma

 

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The How: Signs 

There are 12 zodiac signs in astrology based on the zodiac constellations that planets orbit around. Each zodiac constellation is associated with particular archetypal energy which forms the basis of the characteristics of each zodiac sign. 

Aries: the warrior, energetic, assertive, independent, pioneer
Taurus: the grower, stable, steadfast, patient, fixated, earth spirit
Gemini: the storyteller, curious, communicative, adaptable
Cancer: the nurturer, empath, sensitive, seeks security, emotional
Leo: the performer, creative, dramatic, playful, leader, loyal 
Virgo: the editor, logical, efficient, service-oriented, analytical
Libra: the lover, peace-maker, social, diplomatic, refined, indecisive
Scorpio: the detective, intense, powerful, magnetic, preserving 
Sagittarius: the philosopher, truth-seeker, exploratory, optimistic
Capricorn: the planner, ambitious, responsible, disciplined 
Aquarius: the revolutionary, unique, rebellious, humanitarian 
Pisces: the dreamer, caring, sentimental, spiritual, escapist

 

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The Where: Houses 

There are 12 houses represented in the zodiac wheel, which provide a down-to-earth perspective of the planetary orbits around the zodiac constellations as each house describes a different area of experience. 

House 1: self-awareness, the physical body, appearance, self-identity, new beginnings
House 2: money and possessions, what you value, your hidden talents, sense of self-worth
House 3: communication, your thought process, siblings, short journeys, and transportation 
House 4:  home, family, relationship with your parents, and your emotional foundation
House 5: children, creativity, love affairs, hobbies, risk-taking, and creative self-expression
House 6: daily work and routines, how you are of service, health, and wellness
House 7: all types of partnerships and how you relate to others
House 8: joint resources, karmic connections, and transformation 
House 9: philosophy, higher mind, travel, understanding, teaching, and publishing
House 10: status, honor, public image, prestige, reputation, and professional career
House 11: community, large groups, friends, hopes, goals, and ambitions
House 12: the hidden self, the unconscious mind, karma, and spiritual realization


To learn more about astrology, check out my online workshop The Fundamentals of Astrology or go to your local library and grab an astrology book that is calling your name! 

Ashley Tracey
Written by
Ashley Tracey
Astrologer | Empowerment Coach
About the author
An all-around spiritual badass based in Denver, Colorado, Ashley Tracey is a passionate and empathetic soul whose life purpose is to help others live at their highest potential. Working with clients around the world to empower wholistic well-being, she helps to expand their consciousness and activate soul-centered living.
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Beauty
Published Thursday Oct 08, 2020 by Sara Lesher

Gratuity Guide: How to Tip a Hair Stylist (and Show You Care)

Beauty

Tipping. While it can be a taboo topic that no one really wants to talk about publicly, the fact is, it’s a very important one that shouldn’t (and can’t) be avoided. This is all too true, especially now, when it comes to beauty services. Even before, “all of this” happened, there appeared to be some ambiguity about exactly how much to tip, when, what’s a respectable amount, and why. Now that we’ve tried our best at #homebeauty, it’s time to head back to the salons, spas, and other boutique beauty businesses (if you haven’t already). We’re here to guide you through gratuity in the new normal and why tipping a little extra to show your stylists and service providers you care during this tough time is the right thing to do.  

To make sure we get you all the right answers, we asked around about it (so you don’t have to). Turns out, our Instagram followers had a lot to say about how to tip your stylists and show them some extra love right now. 

Here’s what you think: 


You’ve already been tipping more 

79% of you said you’ve been tipping more for beauty services recently. We’re all so grateful for our stylists—with split ends, grown-out roots, out-of-control brows, and terrible home-cut bangs to prove it. And now that many of us can return to our salons and spas, we’re appreciating the ones who help us feel beautiful even more right now. 


But, how much more? 

We got a range of responses to this question. Some said they tip 5% more than they previously did, and many said 25%-35% total! Not only are these stylists actual artists, but they’re providing services we just can’t do ourselves. On top of that, many had to close their doors for several months, many were displaced as their salons shut down for good, and all of them are trying their best to get back to a sense of normalcy and do what they do best—help us look and feel beautiful. So, take this as a guide. Tip what you can but remember how much these wonderful people do for us.

New services are not top priority (yet) 

When it comes to trying new services, 69% of you gave it a big fat NO, while 31% remain intrigued. It makes sense that many would stick to their go-tos right now, as salons are just starting to reopen in some areas or may not be open yet at all.  

Depending on where you live and your overall health, you might be sticking with the bare minimum for now. But if your city has put in place safe reopening guidelines and measures, and you feel ready to head back out there, you can do so safely at a Mindbody salon. And you may be interested in trying out some new services right now as a way to show your local salons some extra support. If that’s you, browse beauty on the Mindbody app—and filter your categories to find out what’s out there.

Why retail therapy is important

Another way you can support your stylists right now? Shopping. It’s the safest way to show them some love without actually going in for a treatment. Many salons offer pre-payment on the Mindbody app and curbside pickup or a plethora of shipping methods, so you can keep contact to a minimum as much as possible. Plus, they have some pretty great stuff. If you need to invest in a good shampoo—especially because you haven’t gotten your hair done in months—so why not buy it from your stylist?  According to our poll, it’s a pretty even split. 55% of you haven’t bought any products yet, while the other 45% have been shopping away. If you’re part of that 55, consider checking out your salon’s product offerings (you might see something you like)

Anything else? 

Finally, we asked you all open-endedly how else you’re supporting your stylists right now. We got a lot of great answers. There was a lot of overlap, but we thought you might like to see some of the ones that stood out. So, if we didn’t cover it all so far, we’re about to—because you all are awesome and you did it for us. Here are some of the great ideas you had: 
    •    “Paying in advance!” 

    •    “Being more diligent about scheduling appointments versus letting my hair grow out” 

    •    “Referring friends!” 

    •    “Being flexible” (this is a good one—check out the 5 things your stylist wants you to know before you book) 

    •    “Scheduling my next cut before I leave!” 

    •    “Sharing their photos on Instagram and telling friends!” 

 

So, if you’re a stylist reading this, thank you. We all want to continue showing you support during this time and beyond. And if you’re a regular person like me who really needs her highlights done, just schedule the damn appointment already (if you feel comfortable) or buy some purple shampoo from your favorite salon.

Sara Lesher
Written by
Sara Lesher
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Spoiled by the San Diego sunshine, Sara’s hobbies include beaching, hiking, concert-going, and brewery-hopping. As Mindbody’s marketing content associate, she naturally loves reading and writing… so if you have any book recommendations, let her know. And just between us: she’s committed to health and wellness but loves a good taco (shoutout TJ Tacos in Escondido).