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You say: “I don’t have time for this!” But Spirit begs to differ! The two of pentacles hints at an imbalance in how you manage your time and energy. This week calls for self-investigation: “What am I doing too much of? What am I doing not enough of?”

Accept that you might’ve bitten off more than you can chew. Be realistic with what you’re able to take on, and create a balance in your life that feels good to your mind, body, and spirit while maintaining productivity.

The energy for the week draws our attention to our daily commitments, tasks…

May kicks off with us still reeling from the revelations of the Scorpio full moon while also seeking fresh definitions of stability. These horoscopes are written with you in mind. Short on time? Think about the below three things to keep in mind for the month. Sitting down with your coffee or tea? Peep the detailed astrological summary of the month. Scroll beyond that to find specific thoughts for your sign.

Three things to keep in mind

  • How do you nurture the people/possessions/knowledge you value?
  • The Saturn retrograde could feel like your mind is being blown. Let it.
  • The Mercury retrograde in Gemini approaches at the…

9 of Cowrie. Image: Akamara Tarot

As Aries season ignited the fire within, birthing new opportunities and constant activity, Taurus season swoops in to save you from burning out. The earth-ruled energy of the 9 of Cowrie gives us permission to finally enjoy the fruits of our labor by caring for ourselves and our environment.

You’ve invested so much time into your career, education, philanthropy, and relationships, now it’s time to enjoy all that you’ve worked for. If no one else has told you, you did that and are doing that! Self-celebration is in order and you cannot keep prolonging it. Last week, you may have…

A woman throws money in the air. / Getty Images

When Oprah Winfrey first introduced self-help guru Rhonda Byrne’s book The Secret, the Law of Attraction (LOA) and its guiding philosophies quickly spread like wildfire in the pop culture space. Before long, almost everyone I knew was making plans to manifest into their lives everything from luxury cars to dream homes to their future soul mates. Currently, you would be hard-pressed not to see at least one social media post a day about drinking water, securing the bag, and manifesting your best life. But while some are quick to begin down their yellow brick road to positive thinking, a collection…

Spirit Medicine

Mirror: Awakened Soul Oracle Deck.

Triggers are emotional reactions that transport you to traumatic experiences where you’ve felt unseen, unheard, or unsafe. They can be sharp reminders of where you’ve been, but also provide the opportunity to face the wound and initiate healing. Are you ready to climb up that mountain this week? The Five of Cowrie, whose image is below, shows up in this week’s pull and reveals that you may be challenged by a material loss, a scarcity mindset, or a lack of support.

When lack of support or financial resources is all that you’ve known, those deficiencies tend to pop up during…

Spirit Medicine

Revelation: Akamara Tarot

There is a power within you that has been bubbling beneath the surface, waiting to combust. As the card above — Revelation — illustrates, this week greets you with a call that you can not ignore; you are being challenged to rise to the occasion. What’s on the horizon? Making life changing decisions, choosing a new spiritual path, deciding to walk in your purpose or eliminating the things that have steered you off your path.

Photo Illustration: Save As/Medium; Source: Akamara Tarot, Getty Images

Dear Zora Reader,

Have we got a Spring surprise for you. Starting this Sunday, none other than mystic podcaster and all-around spiritual savant Amber the Alchemist will pen the new Spirit Medicine column. Amber will pull a card or two — some Oracle and some Tarot — and will break down what the Collective needs to know. This Sunday spiritual tip will both affirm and protect us as we go about our days. And because she is using the Akamara Tarot deck and The Awakened Soul oracle deck by Ethony, you can follow along weekly to learn more about the…


Photo by Mohit Sharma on Unsplash

Whatever you do, wait until after the New Moon — or the Dark Moon — to set your next intentions. And know that endings always mean beginnings. This is all written in the sky, according to resident ZORA astrologer Ashleigh D. Jay in the April monthly ZORAscope. The New Moon happens when the light of the moon is nearly completely hidden from view for a day or two. After that? It begins to slowly gain a growing sliver of light.

Once you’ve gathered yourself a bit, the Aries new moon on April 11 will help you take the necessary steps…

Photo: Brandy Kennedy on Unsplash

I’ve long thought about the intersection of work and spirituality. Every Sunday at church, in addition to gospel music, we would solemnly sing all four verses of a hymn. Usually those hymns were about work. This one in particular stems from a Bible verse. The hymn’s name is “Work, for the Night Is Coming.”

“Work, for the night is coming,
Work through the sunny noon;
Fill brightest hours with labor—
Rest comes sure and soon.
Give every flying minute
Something to keep in store;
Work, for the night is coming,
When man works no more.

I sang joyfully. Work! Work…

As you’ve noticed, I took a bit of a break. This column began at the onset of the pandemic, and now that we’re a year in (whew!), I needed to switch it up by going from weekly to monthly. I hope you continue to enjoy the ’scopes!

Word for the month

Immerse yourself in the bounty and beauty of what currently exists.

Moons of the month

Don’t forget to record how you feel as the moon changes signs. In a month or two, you will see a pattern. Take note!

April 11: Aries new moon

April 26: Scorpio full moon

Summary of the month

As April begins, we’re on the edge of discovering what we’re really holding onto and why.

Stay alert on April 1, as people will…

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