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Every month we have a full moon in one of the 12 zodiac signs (Aries through Pisces). A full moon carries a specific energy and theme based on the planetary arrangement in the sky at the exact moment it is fully illuminated. Did you know it's the perfect time to focus on your wellness?
The moon represents your emotional body and subconscious. The part of yourself that you typically keep hidden or buried under your social personality. During the time of a full moon, all of that comes to the surface, asking to be seen. This is why many of you feel extra emotional, or as some say, the crazy comes out. It’s not that you are crazy, but it can be uncomfortable to feel all the feels.
On April 19th, we have a full moon at the last degree (29°) of Libra. Having a full moon at the last degree of a sign means that you will feel a strong urge to finish something, to release the old, and illuminate a new path forward. The sign of Libra, ruled by the planet Venus, is all about creating balance, harmony, and keeping the peace. Whatever is asking to be released is the thing that creates disharmony in your life and makes you feel off-balance.
When you feel off-balance, your wellness suffers. Your ability to make self-care a priority diminishes and your mind and body become disconnected. So, how can you bring harmony back into your life? Below is a guide for each sign on how to best use the energy of this full moon in Libra.
*If you know your exact birth time, please read for both your Sun and Rising sign. Take what resonates with you and applies to your current life situation. If you don’t know your Rising sign, here is a blog post to help you find it for free online.
This full moon illuminates your 7th house of partnership and will focus on how you balance yourself with others. Your business or personal relationships may be feeling a little off-balance or restricting your ability to focus on your wellness. How can you make peace with what is and focus on accepting, not only yourself but others as well? Then get out of the house and release some of that fiery energy you’ve got building up inside with a HIIT workout.
This full moon illuminates your 6th house of health and daily routines. This house has wellness written all over it! Your daily life may feel a little unsettled, and as a Taurus, that is not your comfort zone. You like consistency and surrounding yourself with a beautiful environment. Being out of your comfort zone can really affect your self-care. So, your focus will be on creating daily routines and rituals that bring balance back into your life, regardless of where you are. Release the thought pattern of needing to be home to feel at peace. Find it within yourself. Think nature hikes/walks, impromptu hotel room yoga sesh, or creating on-the-go meditation spaces.
This full moon illuminates your 5th house of creative self-expression and pleasure. As the communicators of the zodiac, you have the talent to speak your mind. Where you may get uncomfortable is speaking from the creative power of your inner child. Connect with what brings you joy and share that with others. Don’t overthink; just find pleasure in your ability to be you. Your focus will be to balance your mind and body through creativity, through play, and through movement. Try a workout that focuses on having fun with your body, like a 90’s hip-hop dance class.
This full moon illuminates your 4th house of childhood memories and your emotional foundation. This is the house that is ruled by your sign and your ruler, the moon. You will feel deeply connected to your emotions at this time (even more so than normal). The focus of this full moon will be on finding balance between feeling and being. How can you create peace with the past in order to build your future? Try a yoga class that focuses on deeply rooting into the postures with long holds and slow flow.
This full moon illuminates your 3rd house of learning and communication. Your fiery nature often has you focus your passion on a single activity, giving it your all with unwavering devotion. The full moon is asking you to open your mind to something new so that you may share your experience with others. Is there something you have always wanted to learn more about? This would be the time to take a class and expand your passions. Try a public speaking or writing course to flex those self-expression muscles you’ve got!
This full moon illuminates your 2nd house of values and physical possessions. This house is deeply connected to your environment and physical body as it is ruled by your fellow earth sign, Taurus. The full moon will put the focus on how you nourish your body and your surroundings. Where do you seek security and comfort? Are there possessions or habits that you are holding onto that may need to be released in order to feel balanced? This would be a great time to Marie Kondo your home or office.
This full moon illuminates your 1st house of self-identity and appearance. As the perpetual people pleasers of the zodiac, you often do not take the time to pamper yourself. This full moon is all about you! You are being called to focus on some self-love. Devote time to what makes you feel beautiful and full of life. Schedule a massage, facial, or maybe a hair appointment to change things up a bit.
This full moon illuminates your 12th house of intuition and spirituality. As a water sign, you are naturally connected to your inner world, but often it can be so intense that you choose to distract from it. This full moon is calling for you to explore your subconscious programming and surrender to what comes up for you. To release your fears, you must connect with them. Use this time to dive deeper into your spirituality and learn to trust your intuition. Meditation practice or energy healing would be a great way to start.
This full moon illuminates your 11th house of community and friendship. As a sign that often goes with the flow, this full moon is asking you to find a community or tribe that you want to stick with. Focus on quality, not quantity. Reassess your friendship style so you can attract those connections that you share common hopes and dreams with. This would be a great time to attend more social activities that align with your interests. Let go of those that no longer bring you joy so you can open up to authentic connections.
This full moon illuminates your 10th house of reputation and career. This is the house ruled by your sign and your ruler, Saturn. The focus for you during this full moon will be on how you share your knowledge with the world. As a strong Earth sign, you often take the lead and create highly structured means of accomplishing tasks. This Libra energy will be asking you to step out of your comfort zone and see what it feels like to collaborate. Try something different in your work life so that you can alleviate the stress of doing it all. This would be a good time to collaborate on an event or social media campaign.
This full moon illuminates your 9th house of expansion and growth. The focus will be to seek out impactful experiences. Often times this house is related to long-distance travel and cultural experiences, but I am not saying you need to pull an Elizabeth Gilbert move. Instead, maybe just read her book "Eat. Pray. Love" or any other book that encourages you to expand your horizons. This would also be a good time to try a new restaurant that offers food you have never been exposed to before or start learning a new language.
This full moon illuminates your 8th house of transformation. Ruled by your fellow water sign, Scorpio, this house is emotionally intense. You will feel the desire to transform different aspects of your life, from your resources, to your emotional habits, and even your intimate relationships. Your focus will be on strengthening the bonds you have by connecting on a deeper level. This would be a great time to explore tantric practices or kundalini yoga.
Happy Full Moon vibes everyone!
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:
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.