Fall 2017 Fashion for each Zodiac Sign

*All descriptions of the collections taken from VogueRunway.com

The Names of the Collections are my own.

 

Aries- Alexander McQueen- Warrior Witch

This season, she took her team to Cornwall, the southernmost county of the United Kingdom. It’s a landscape which inspired the sculptor Barbara Hepworth, and has ancient stone circles, medieval churches and—if you look hard enough—a surviving subculture of paganism and healing witchcraft.

Discovering a Cloutie tree, on which people tie rags and ribbons as wishes and mementoes, triggered the beginning of the collection. Back in London, where Burton works in seclusion with the couture-level team which made Kate Middleton’s wedding dress, imagination took flight. Evolving ideas with the incredible hand-embroidery and textiles teams, they wove ideas from the memento ribbons into tweeds, and thought about self-determining women, women who sewed messages into samplers centuries ago.

The result was a show which staggered the audience with its dense imagery—dresses beaded with silvery trees; white lace figured with kissing doves, medieval tapestries of flora and fauna, trailing threads, witchy symbols of stars and suns traced in jet. Still, the thing which really made it was the believable youthfulness: long, tendrilly “undone” hair by Guido Palau, and flat studded bootees or McQueen trainers.

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Taurus- Miu Miu- Mad Bull

Bringing down the curtain on Fall 2017 (the fashion shows have been running through the weirdest, most conflict-ridden political four weeks since the late 1960s), Miuccia Prada knew exactly what advice to offer the Miu Miu girls of the world: “It’s about the madness of glamour, in front of an uncertain future,” she said, and then added, “and I am getting really interested in so many kinds of beauty.” In other words? Face it down, glam it out, and represent!

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Gemini- Giambattista Valli- Cafe Society

There’s no denying the beauty of Paris, even in the pouring rain—and there’s been plenty of miserable weather to go around these past few days. Giambattista Valli appreciates the melancholic allure of the city, and more importantly, the women who inhabit it. His latest collection was, in essence, a love letter to French girl style of the most romantic and soigné kind. La petite robe noire, or the little black dress in English, has been a linchpin of a Parisian wardrobe for more than half a century, and it’s one that’s close to Valli’s heart. He reimagined that look with his trademark, ultra-feminine flair and most of the dresses came with buoyant, peplum ruffles that either swished at the knee or swept the floor.

*The French cafe society vibe is perfect for intellectual Gemini.

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Cancer- Elisabetta Franchi- Femme Selene

The collection was a hyper-feminine ode to throwback glamour. There were high-waisted, Hepburn-esque pants and embroidered blouses; a pajama/smoking jacket jumpsuit with a fur collar; embroidered tie-neck blouses with tight pencil skirts under glammed-up furs; lots of Chinoiserie references, as well as campy hats, leather opera gloves and fur stoles that looked like opera gloves. Styled to the nines, the look came across as costumey, but judging from Franchi’s front row, there’s clearly a market for her over-the-top drama.

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Leo- Alberta Ferretti- Leolines

On the first day of Milan Fashion Week, Alberta Ferretti took us on a side trip to Venice, complete with Grand Canal–print chiffon dresses, gondolier stripes on everything from sweaters to an astrakhan jacket, velvets embroidered with the Piazza San Marco’s famous lion, and hooded capes and masks out of Carnival via Eyes Wide ShutThe Young Pope’s saturno hats got a nod, too.

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Virgo-  Red Valentino- Purity

Amish country is home to, well, the Amish, who generally reject alcohol, driving vehicles with motors, even cell phones. “There’s something that fascinates me about the Amish community,” said Piccioli is who he is, a dressmaker, and so in the end, this collection didn’t differ as much from the last as its origin story suggested it might. Red Valentino has all the hallmarks of its big-sister line—the embroideries, the floral prints, the demure, covered-up silhouettes—only at a nicer price. This time, scrolling black embroidery looked like it could’ve been lifted from the hex signs painted on barns; other dresses were stitched with hand and eye motifs, symbolizing charity and protection. Quilting techniques associated with the Amish culture were reproduced on a tweed A-line skirt a little on the rigid side, and wool sweaters were designed to look homespun. The brand codes and Amish codes came together best on smock-shouldered, ribbon-belted silk dresses with delicate floral prints that looked painted on.

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Libra- Alice & Olivia- I’m Your Venus

Last year on her birthday, Stacey Bendet received a very special gift. Salman Rushdie gave her a miniature copy of his novel The Enchantress of Florence and, in turn, inspired her to create a Fall collection filled with nods to Indian emperors and the Italian Renaissance. The story is about a woman forging her own way in a man’s world, a theme that’s been underscored at nearly every show this week. Bendet, however put her own peppy, funky spin on the topic, showing cute and colorful wares that would befit a modern-day maharani or Botticelli chick. She also offered up a slogan tee with the phrase Be the change you want to see in the world.

Bendet made it clear that this wasn’t about forcing a political conversation. “It’s about taking everything you’re seeing and hearing and interpreting it as your own,” the designer said. That’s precisely what she did with Rushdie’s vibrant tale, turning her covetable party dresses and evening gowns into glittering versions of the author’s Akbar empire. Bendet created a special print based on the artwork mentioned in Rushdie’s novel and borrowed from Botticelli’s Primavera painting. Aside from the literal artistic references to The Enchantress of Florence, the rest of the collection linked back to the narrative only in the colors and embellishment of the separates. To wit, camo print pants expressed the battles that took place in the book, while bright pinks washed over suits and silver sequined miniskirts alluded to the richness of India’s royal palaces and lush landscapes.

See the complete Alice + Olivia Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear collection.

Scorpio- Reem Acra- Gothic Gorgeous

With this collection, she says she closed her eyes and asked herself, “Who am I?” The answer: a strong, modern, global nomad, with a lashing of Edwardiana for good measure. No stranger to embroidery, the designer offered up lavish “tattoo” tops with heart, eye, and Fatima hand motifs. Asymmetrical peplums, a bronze bomber, and a black sweatshirt embroidered with hearts made a case for fusing evening and day. A transparent black bodice sewn with green crystals evoked the Pre-Fall gown Jennifer Lopez wore to the People’s Choice Awards in January, but with a lighter touch.

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Sagittarius- Elie Saab-  Purple Reign

“dark, romantic stuff,”  is what Mr. Saab calls it.

The collection was inspired by Giselle and did indeed contain many looks highly suitable for dancing and entrancing errant males to their doubtlessly richly deserved demise. Layers of tulle and ruffle were heaped to whirl dervish-ly around their wearers as they walked. Marabou danced down necklines. Lily-etched lace bled into lily-embroidered velvets. A one-armed opera cloak swooshed above a lily-print chiffon skirt with velvet detail on the bodice. Full tulle skirts patterned with polka dots were worn below bikers etched in gold-studded lily silhouettes. There were some non-dresses here, including a fitted black pant-and-jacket, whose outlines were traced by stitches of thick silk ribbon, but they were asides rather than points of focus.

Purple is ruled by Sag……perfect don’t cha think?

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Capricorn-  Antonio Marras- Practical ‘N’ Pretty

The clothes for men and women shared the same fabrications, prints, and brocades. Both men and women wore new-condition vintage tailored herringbone and tweed jackets that Marras said he had sourced from Prato and then Marras-ized by cutting them up and rebuilding them again with extra panels of fabric and added bolsters of embroidery. There was a little bit of contemporary streetwear—parkas and tracksuits—and some wonderfully ruched yet angular velvet dresses in yellow and teal (in which one could imagine Katharine Hepburn leaning on a piano and singing bewitchingly). Out on the runway, the looks unfolded as usual—until a couple started dramatically throwing each other this way and that. Throughout the show, performers from Milan’s Teatro della Danza exercised anguished and passionate articulations of human emotion and desire. One dancer was not a professional, gallerist Pasquale Leccese, who (along with critic Cristina Morozzi) was one of the more mature members of this inspiring ensemble. At the finale, the cast, designer, and the designer’s dog, Pierivo, raced around the runway—great, joyful stuff.

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Aquarius- Chanel- Space Gang

Lagerfeld is never one for gloom and despondency, and he resolutely hates looking back. Logical, then, to go forward—to the Chanel universe and beyond! The starship Chanel crew will be wearing glittery lunar boots with co-respondent black tips, tweed tunics with standaway collars, Bermuda shorts, “insulated” silver leather suits, and metallic padded space stoles. When the craft navigates to the dark side of the moon (perhaps), eveningwear will consist of black-and-white chiffon “space person” prints and garments embroidered in constellations of Chanel pearls. Satellite bags will be carried.

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Pisces- Dior- Blue Skies

Chirui’s deeper overarching theme was a meditation on the color blue. She’d started in the Dior archive with a navy belted skirt suit from 1951 and gone from there. A version of it appeared in silk taffeta with a hooded top, surprisingly contemporary-looking in translation. Blue in all its nuances formed a link between her thoughts about World War II women’s uniforms, factory-worker utilitywear, the blue paintings of Picasso and Chagall, jazz blues and the spiritual meanings humanity finds in contemplating the universe. It allowed her to explore the feminine nature of Dior with a continuation of the pretty tulle bustier dresses and astrology-embroideries she’d begun with her haute couture collection, adding midnight blue velvet minidresses to the constellation of the house eveningwear.

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Growing a Moon Garden

Whether you’re a witch, pagan, mystic, selenophile, or horticulturist, everyone should grow a moon garden. Moon gardens are gardens that bloom at night, where they cast a silvery glow in the darkness and release a fragrant aroma in your garden.

You can plant them in the shape of a crescent moon or circular like the full moon so as to mimic the luminary in the sky. You could also plant a few different gardens in the shape of the entire moon phase…….as above so below.

To enjoy these plants during the day, it’s best to plant some silver or white flowers throughout your garden as well, which will create a lunar effect during the day. Your moon flowers can be used for talismans, teas, baths, and incense.

Here are some common night blooming plants:

Moonflower

Evening Primrose

Night Phlox

Evening Stock

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Night Gladiolus

Lunar Herbs:

Dusty Millers

Silver Thyme

Lamb’s Ears

Mugwort

Silver Sage

 

 

 

 

The Magickal Family by Monica Crosson- REVIEW

The Magickal Family by Monica Crosson is THE manual to use if you want to raise magickal children and imbue your life with a bit of practical magick. The author told the story of how she raised her own magical family successfully while providing many tips and advice on how to incorporate modern day witchery and paganism into your life. Her approach was not forceful and did not come across as preachy or intimidating, rather, her tips on how to add magic into children’s lives were more covert and disguised as fun little games or child friendly crafts. While many people will not feel comfortable going to the extreme the author did by making every single aspect of their child’s lives paganistic, tips such as following the Wheel of the Year, or honouring Mother Nature, or grounding exercises accompanied by cutesy songs were much more realistic ,as opposed to running naked under the full moon. What I especially loved about this book was the underlying message- that honouring your child’s individuality and uniqueness is what magic is all about. I appreciated the author’s encouragement throughout the book to nurture your inner child, as it is the innocence and joy of believing in magic that truly makes any life extra ordinary.  I would highly recommend this book for anybody who wants to fill their family’s lives with wonder and appreciation of the simple things in life such as the changing of the seasons, the lunar cycle, and handmade soaps among other things. It is these simple practices offered in this book that gets back to the basics on what magic truly is. The appreciation of the time, and beauty of all the little things in life……much like raising a family is all about treasuring those little moments that whizz by in the blink of an eye……and that is what the magic of life is all about.

Fir Tree Transit & Personality- July 5-14 & Jan 2-11

A Fir Tree is a tree of mysticism and people born under the protection of this tree are surrounded by art, mysticism, and music. Women like to wear jewellery, and men are attracted to antiques. You have stable health and can expect to live a long life. The danger is that you could become an egoist that appreciates your belongings as opposed to people. It is important for you to have children and live a family life. Aware of your weaknesses, you try to transform them into virtues. Very intelligent, completely conscientious and very persistent you can overtake any obstacle. You have strong willpower and you are very patient. If you turn towards opening up your heart you can appreciate your partner more. There is a strong urge to be very self-sacrificing, however in order to overcome this, you must honour your individuality and stand tall and proud like the Fir Tree. These are the ultimate Tree Witches.

This is the transit of the homebody. Spending more time at home with your loved ones while delving deep into spiritual studies is favourable. Just be careful you don’t get too carried away with all of your spiritual information, as you can idealize your reality making it nearly impossible to function in the real world once this transit is over. This transit is also a very inspiring time, as Fir Tree Cones are raised up like candles- indicating that you need to reach up to the starry skies for enlightenment. Caterpillars eat Fir Trees, so any insight gained now aids a transformation later on, most likely during the January transit of this tree. As the common Christmas tree- Firs are a celebration of light and awakening- if you were born during this transit, you will undergo many spiritual transformations in your lifetime. Christians viewed the Fir Tree as the Tree of Life, gifting everyone with life force. During these few days your energies will increase. The solid and straight trunk of the tree is a constant reminder to be your own unique self, as the path that is illuminated, is the path for you.

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New Moon in Cancer June 23, 2017: The Sandcastle

Time- 3:31 am UT- June 24

10:31pm ET

7:31 PDT

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The mermaid came ashore and directed the architects of the ocean to sculpt her sandcastle. The waves moulded and shaped her home into the home of her dreams. The supermoon heartbeat pulled the tides higher and higher, while Jupiter in Libra put down her anchor. If Cancer rules the past, then the sepia toned sand became the sands of time, reminding the mermaid that every second counts. Her sandcastle was her art of memory. Every room was filled with objects of importance, feelings of love, and fantasies of grandeur. Walking through each room pulled her deeper into herself, into the cavern of her soul. She defended her decision to create this gaudy granular mansion on the shore, because it was her creation. She had birthed it using the waters of the ocean of her consciousness. It was home.

The New Moon in Cancer features a stellium in Cancer- Sun, Moon, Mercury, and Mars. We are birthing something new, something from deep within ourselves. The stellium in Cancer is trine Neptune in Pisces- signifying dreams becoming reality. A square to Jupiter in Libra is asking us to practice non-attachment- to not fixate on our dreams, and to not get hardened by the truth of our reality. Coming into alignment with both, is the essence of creation. When a woman gives birth, both her and her child and working in tandem to ensure the safe and successful arrival of the baby. Manifestation works the same way, like the tides of the ocean, there is always a push and a pull, and with this New Moon being a Supermoon, we will feel extra passionate about creating something new for ourselves. The waters of our consciousness will be sculpting the new reality, and we can aid this process through our creativity and meditation. Cancer rules the passage of time and we are being called to utilize every precious moment to its full advantage. Forgiving those who may have wronged us, letting go of things that are interfering with our self trust, and dreaming big so as to co-create something wonderful. A new cycle is beginning, and the gestation period is starting today and will complete at the Spring Equinox of 2018. We are most comfortable when we are at home, wherever that may be, and like a mermaid who creates a sandcastle of her dreams, we too are creating our own sandcastles, with every wish, dream, and hope being a grain of sand. And it is that combination that makes it withstand the crashing waves of uncertainty.

Summer Soulstice 2017

The June 21st Solstice marks the official start of Summer in the Northern Hemisphere and the longest day of the year, while the Winter Solstice occurs in the Southern Hemisphere and marks the shortest day of the year. Even though this is more of an astronomical event, the planetary energies on this day actually foretells what will occur for the next 3 months on a collective scale up until the end of September and even up until the Fall Equinox . Looking at your planetary transits that day can also act as a mini Solar Return chart- letting you know about the energies you will be working with or against until the end of September. 

Sun in Cancer Conjunct Mercury in Cancer- Communication will be important, so focus on improving the way you speak and get your point across, this include body language. It’s a great time to network on social media, and to write from the comfort of your home. Lightworking through your writing will naturally come through. Emotional instability will serve as inspiration for creative works. Feeling is healing. The Sun and Mercury will both be opposite Saturn showing a restlessness and need and huge desire to move on.

Moon in Taurus- Light bulbs will go off in our minds about our future and what we need to work on in order to bring it into reality. The Moon will also be in its Balsamic phase at the Scorpio degree, indicating a heavy occultic overtone to this solstice. With both the Sun and Moon being in their dark phase it’s a time for focusing on our future and releasing the past. Our future is the light at the end of the tunnel.

Venus Trine Pluto- Your intuition will be heightened so you will be able to analyze your current situation with a magnifying glass. Do not sacrifice your morals and values for anyone. Use your powers for good and not evil.

Moon to Pluto- The Moon is the ruler of the our Solstice Sun so take note of where you are not being honest with yourself. What are you hiding from? If you’re hiding from change or are afraid to put yourself out there, Pluto is going to reveal this to you.

Considering this is the time of light in the NH, there is a darkness that is pervading this Solstice with a heavy Plutonian and Scorpionic energy. We are being called to retreat into our womb consciousness- to surrender and extend our optimism out into the world like the rays of sunshine. There is always a balance in the universe and we have to thank the cosmos for giving us this day of light, but balancing it with the darkness of introspection. If I could sum up this solstice, it would be to to dream big, have strong values, and to remember that YOU are the light in the darkness.

“In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.”– Francis Bacon

Lana Del Rey’s song ‘Summertime Sadness’ captures the essence of this Solstice with its melancholy lyrics and sepia toned video which screams Cancer.

 

Birch Tree June 21- Personality & Transit

If you were born on the longest day of the year  (Summer Solstice) you are beautiful, elegant, and refined. You are energetic and your optimism is contagious. Friendly, you are good natured and charming. You could be a writer or a leader because you are not afraid of big projects. You could do a lot for the benefit of others and be involved in some type of charity work. Your good looks, creativity and charisma open the door for other endevors. You are not oblivious to your life lessons and your memory is great. In love you follow both your intuition and intelligence, and work to have a passionate relationship. You have the quality of a Divine trailblazer but you also appreciate your family and home. Often times, Birch Tree people discover their life purpose early on in life.

During the Birch Tree transit, tempers can come and go in a flash. You can commit to too many projects at once during this time. Opportunities can also present themselves at this time, so it’s important to be flexible. The Summer Solstice marks a time for new beginnings, so expect a lot to transpire over these next 3 months. The word ‘Birch’ came from the Sanskrit word Bhurga- meaning tree whose bark is used for writing upon. This is an excellent time for writing, poetry, fiction etc… Birch is used in many pagan celebrations and rituals- Imbolc- white bark is used to symbolise the return of light along with candles. Beltane- maypole was made of Birch bark. The dark and white colours of the tree indicates rebirth and new beginnings. The notchings in the tree look like eyes- so ESP will be heightened during this transit.  Overall a very busy, psychic, and communicative time!

Ruling Planet- Venus

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