Sometimes, trends come about for a reason – self-care may be a buzzword, but it’s actually an essential part of any spiritual or wellness practice. Of course, self-care is also much more than just bubble baths and pedicures, and it’s important to know what kinds of self-care practices are right for you. Physical pampering is perfect and very much needed for some people, while others might prefer a hike in nature or a meaningful conversation with someone about whom they care.
A well-rounded self-care practice should fulfill your spiritual, physical, mental, and emotional needs, and support and sustain you – no matter what’s going on in your life. Oftentimes our self-care is the first thing to go out the window when life gets busy, emotions are heightened or, say, a global pandemic sets in, but when things are difficult, that’s when we need it most of all.
Understanding your unique self-care needs can help set you up for success, so that when the universe throws you a curveball, you can sustain yourself through it with ease.
I find that witchcraft and self-care actually go hand in hand, because both are about developing a practice that uniquely fulfills your own needs. There are no rules in witchcraft, and there is nothing that dictates how or when or why you should practice your magick. Similarly, there are also no rules in self-care, and nothing that says your self-care has to look like anyone else’s. In fact, witchcraft and self-care are most effective at nourishing us when we take the time to create practices that are totally bespoke and customized to our needs and desires – not just copied wholesale from someone else’s idea of what it means to be a witch or to practice self-care.
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The Magick of the Moon Sign
If you’ve ever wondered what’s missing from your self-care practice, what your own needs actually even are, or why “traditional” self-care activities fall flat for you, then taking a look at your astrological chart is a great place to get the insight you need!
Your astrological chart, also known as your natal or birth chart, is a map of the stars at the moment of your birth. I like to think of it as a map to your highest potential. It’s not there to judge you, or something to which you have to “measure up” – rather, it’s there to guide and support you on your journey in this lifetime.
There are a number of areas in the chart that can lend insight and inspiration around your self-care practice, including your sun and rising signs, the fourth house, and the asteroid, Ceres, but my favorite place to start is the moon.
The moon rules your emotional and intuitive self. It’s the soft, sensitive part of you that you probably don’t always share with others. The moon rules your need to be nurtured and to nurture others, which is why it’s perfect for understanding your self-care needs.
Find your moon sign and house below, (I recommend using Whole Sign Houses), to learn more about the self-care activities that might feel especially fun and fulfilling for you!
[Editors note: you can find out your birth chart here.]
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Self-Care by Astrological Moon Sign
MOON IN ARIES OR 1ST HOUSE: Exercise (especially cardio), anything that gets your heart rate up or that ignites your passions, positive self-talk and affirmations
MOON IN TAURUS OR 2ND HOUSE: Exploring your sensuality such as working with a yoni egg, self-massage, eating a decadent and delicious meal
MOON IN GEMINI OR 3RD HOUSE: Chatting with a close friend, journaling or talking about your needs and feelings, reading a fun escapist book
MOON IN CANCER OR 4TH HOUSE: Talking about or processing your emotions (so important not to bottle them up for you!), deep luxurious sleep, curling up under a cozy blanket
MOON IN LEO OR 5TH HOUSE: Getting your hair or nails done, expressing your creativity through art or music, laughing until it hurts
MOON IN VIRGO OR 6TH HOUSE: Cleaning or organizing your sacred spaces, spending time in the garden, eating a healthy meal
MOON IN LIBRA OR 7TH HOUSE: Spending time with loved ones, pampering yourself and making yourself feel beautiful, creating beauty around you through art, fashion, or design
MOON IN SCORPIO OR 8TH HOUSE: Healing shadow work, practicing witchy and magickal rituals, exploring your sexuality
MOON IN SAGITTARIUS OR 9TH HOUSE: Yoga or other spiritual exercise, going for a hike especially out in the wilderness, learning something new
MOON IN CAPRICORN OR 10TH HOUSE: Setting up structures and systems in your practice or other areas of your life that will make them more sustainable, aligning your work with your passions, taking a well-deserved break for rest
MOON IN AQUARIUS OR 11TH HOUSE: Activism or supporting causes that matter to you, having fun with friends and your community, learning about quirky subjects
MOON IN PISCES OR 12TH HOUSE: Bubble baths and pedicures (the classics are perfect for water-loving and feet-ruling Pisces!), practicing divination, keeping a dream journal
About the Author: Tenae Stewart is a practicing cottage witch, an astrologer, a self-love and empowerment coach, and a published author. She is on a mission to embody simplicity in magick, ritual, self-love and self-care and to empower modern witches to create rituals that fit effortlessly into their real, daily lives. Tenae’s first book, The Modern Witch’s Guide to Magickal Self-Care, will be released in October 2020!