Expressing Mars in Pisces at India’s Holy River

From 16th November, Mars will be in Pisces, giving us extra motivation towards creative, empathetic and spiritual expression. This coincides perfectly with my trip to the River Ganges in Rishikesh, India, where people flock from all over the world to pursue their deeper drives.
 
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About Rishikesh and the River Ganges

 
The River Ganges is India’s holy river and Rishikesh is a pilgrimage place famous for its sprawling ashrams and colourful temples. Here you can find spirituality in abundance, from the many yoga centres to the chants of mantras around every corner.

This hub of spirituality draws people seeking something more from life, a deeper meaning or a bit of clarity or relief from their usual everyday chaos, and this fits with the theme of Mars in Pisces, which will drive us towards activities that soothe our soul, just like the cleansing waters of the famous holy river.
 

Rishikesh is a city in Dehradun, within the district of Uttarakhand state, in Northern India. It is known as the Yoga Capital of the World. Mars in Pisces
Rishikesh is a city in Dehradun district of the Uttarakhand state in Northern India.

 

How Can I Express Mars in Pisces at Home?

 
But you don’t have to be in India to experience the energies of Mars in Pisces – you’ll feel it at home too! While this isn’t a great time to be pursuing external things, in fact, work, finances and exercise might start to feel a little clouded, like you’re not sure exactly what you should be doing, Mars in Pisces is encouraging you to see things from a different perspective – one that’s both creative and spiritual.
 

View from a temple under a huge bell on the River Ganga and Lakshman Jhula bridge at sunset. Rishikesh. India. Mars in Pisces
View from the temple under huge bell on the River Ganga.

 

So How Can We Balance the Two?

 
Of course, we all have to work, even if the planets are hindering us somewhat, so instead of fighting the tides, go with the flow and add some watery vibes to your everyday life.

You could try meditating while doing your housework – this works particularly well while washing dishes. Just focus on your breath instead of letting your mind wander and you might find that some issue that’s been evading your recently becomes clearer when you apply your intuition instead of your logical mind.
 

River Ganges in India. Mars in Pisces
River Ganges in India.

 
Activate your empathy, just as I’m doing here in India by feeding cows and stray dogs. You can do this simply by making someone a cup of tea, listening to a friend who needs an ear or if you’re really driven, get out there and do some charity work – you’ll find doing things for others will give you more energy and self-confidence while Mars is in Pisces.

If your work has felt a bit stuffy recently, try adding some creative flair to the mix, even if it’s just doodling on your coffee break, trying something completely different to your usual style or taking a walk in the park at lunch. If you have time, a session of swimming can work wonders for your body, mind and soul at this time – make like a fish and go diving for inner wisdom!
 

Rishikesh aerial view, India. It is known as the Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas and the Yoga Capital of the World. Mars in Pisces
Rishikesh aerial view, India. It is known as the Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas.

 

Mars in Pisces – Tips from India

 
If you want to add some Indian flair to your Mars in Pisces experience, why not try one of these famous mantras. You can search them on YouTube and listen while you work, exercise or travel, or you can memorise them and repeat them to yourself, in your head is fine too!
 

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Ellie Rose by the River Ganges.

 

Ganesha Mantra:

 
“Om Gan Ganpataye Namo Namah” – (YouTube link)
 
This one is great for unblocking stuck energy, whether that’s emotional – as in you’ve got a problem that just can’t be solved and is making you feel tired or blue, or even a physical block like you want to earn more money but can’t find a way. Ganesha is the remover of obstacles, so perfect for Mars in Pisces when we need to let life flow like a river.
 

Shiva Mantra:

 
“Om namah shivaya” – (YouTube link)

This mantra is for Lord Shiva, one of Hinduism’s main deities and is designed to get us focussing on our inner world so we can learn more about ourselves and increase our feelings of oneness with divine love. It’s a powerful mantra for seeing the truth in all experiences, so a great way to shift any confusion that Mars in Pisces might bring.
 

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Banks of the Holy River Ganga.

 
But whatever you do, let your creative, spiritual side flow freely and Mars in Pisces will be a very enlightening time!
 
 
Much love from the Banks of the River Ganges,

Ellie Rose xx
 
 

Astrology + Tarot: Cards for Your Zodiac Sign

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Astrology + Tarot

 

Astrology and Tarot go hand in hand, both helping us to see into the world of intuition so that we can better know ourselves and the world around us, but did you know that each zodiac sign has its own matching tarot card? Knowing these astrological tarot correspondences can really help us to learn the energies of each sign!

 

Aries — The Emperor

 

Emperor Tarot card Aries
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The Emperor is all fire and strength. He is a natural born leader and does things with passion and ambition. Just like an Aries, the Emperor is very good at getting things started, planning goals and giving others that much needed encouragement to get going – he’s a powerful energy and loyal too, but sometimes he needs to learn to rely on help from others to balance out that stubborn independence!
 

Taurus — The Hierophant

 

Hierophant Tarot card Taurus
Source: https://labyrinthos.co

 

The Hierophant is about tradition, doing things the “right” way and delving into the heart of each issue, person and activity. This fits a Taurus perfectly, who likes things to be done in certain ways; slowly, methodically and taking into consideration how others have done it before. With this energy, they can penetrate to the spiritual core of an issue and help to lift others up with their guidance and unconditional love, however, you’ll have to be patient before getting there as neither the Hierophant or Taurus are known to be speedy!
 

Gemini — Lovers

 

 Lovers Tarot card Gemini
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The Lovers is a somewhat misunderstood card as it is more often about a choice, communication, or the union of opposites, than of strictly romantic endeavours. Gemini is all about choices and opposites, making them great communicators but sometimes a little erratic – constantly seeking to cover all bases and connect all the dots,
  but when they do this with passion and commitment, beautiful things will arise!
 

Cancer — The Chariot

 

Chariot Tarot Card Cancer Zodiac Sign
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The Chariot may seem like an odd card to represent watery Cancer, but when you look at the yin and yang sphinxes, the moons on the shoulders of the driver and the opulent castles in the background, this card speaks of having the courage to leave the stability of home, forging a path forwards using our intuition and being able to balance our soft feminine inner with our masculine outer shell – all very Cancerian things indeed!
 

Leo — Strength

 

Strength Tarot card Leo Zodiac Sign
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Now this one is a little more obvious, or is it? At first we may see the lion and assume courage, confidence and outward displays of strength – like a Leo on first glance, yet this card is more about how love and compassion are the strongest of all, and encourages us to use higher means to get what we want; to trust ourselves and thus become a loyal and trustworthy person to all around us – and here we have the Leo’s soft underbelly!
 

Virgo — The Hermit

 

Hermit Tarot card Virgo Zodiac Sign
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The Hermit is a solitary and wise character. When he gets tired of the superficial and busy world around him, he goes within to find answers, peace and a higher purpose, returning once he is ready to serve the world again. A Virgo is the same – both introspective and independent yet ready to do their duty, and once they’ve filled up their inner tank, they’ll work until it’s done, but not before they’ve got everything else in place.
 

Libra — Justice

 

Justice Tarot Card Libra Zodiac Sign
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The scales of the Justice card tip back and forth, seeking fairness and equality and judging those who don’t abide by the same principles. You won’t find a fairer person than a Libra, though sometimes their idea of fairness comes from their own conclusions! However, they are deeply concerned with others – what they think, need and how they behave, and they’ll always address you with poise and attentive understanding.
 

Scorpio — Death

 

Death Tarot card Scorpio Zodiac Sign
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All you Scorpios out there are probably sighing with your cliché Death card here, but you should be pleased to know that, despite first opinions, this is one of the most powerful and spiritual cards in the tarot deck. It represents the ability to transform, to find the inner strength to release what is no longer serving us, let go and start anew elsewhere, to look death in the face and say “let’s do it” – plus it’s pretty darn cool looking right? Just like a Scorpio! 😉
 

Sagittarius — Temperance

 

Temperance Tarot card Sagittarius Zodiac sign
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Temperance and Sagittarius are both dedicated to higher purposes, whether that be philosophical thinking, travel or finding themselves. Learning what makes people tick, how to grow and improve and how to direct their energy towards something solid and balanced is the path of a Sag – but it’s not an easy one! Caution and self-control are required to ensure that the path flows ahead rather than in a confusing swirl!
 

Capricorn — The Devil

 

Devil Tarot Card Capricorn Zodiac sign
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Before you judge this card Cappy, remember it’s not all bad! The Devil is about releasing self-imposed earthly restrictions (which come in many forms – food, drink, work, status, other people), and a Capricorn can sometimes be held back by these things because they care too deeply about them over their own needs. HOWEVER! This card (and sign!) has a huge ability to break free and succeed, powered on by the self-knowledge that comes of overcoming something, making them conscientious, confident and highly capable beings of light.
 

Aquarius — The Star

 

Star Tarot card Aquarius Zodiac sign
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The Star is about hope and shining bright in individual ways. It is the light at the end of the tunnel and the spiritual progress needed to get there. Just like an Aquarius, the Star is concerned with the evolution of humanity and it signals a breakthrough in the old ways that may not be serving you. While both the sign and the card can sometimes be overly optimistic or detached – sitting in the heavens instead of getting down there and doing something, this is the energy of someone who will bring great change and positivity to others when they believe in themselves.

Pisces — The Moon

 

Moon Tarot card Pisces Zodiac sign
Source: http://mothertarot.com

 

The Moon represents our unconscious – the hidden place where dreams and visions rule – things that a Pisces tends to be naturally very receptive to. While sometimes this can get a little foggy in places or change with the tides, the Moon indicates deep compassion and, just like a Pisces, an ability to get in touch with our spiritual, emotional, feminine side so that we can bring a light of spiritual understanding and love to the world.

So, did you resonate with your tarot card at all? I’d love to hear what it brought up for you!

And if you want some more personalised tarot/astrology help, check out this week’s horoscope videos where I pick a card for the week for each sign.
 
Ellie Rose x
 

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Venus Retrograde – Lessons on Self-Love

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Venus Retrograde is happening from 6th October to 15th November and within this time we’ve got a lot of lessons to learn about love, in particular, the love we have for ourselves! This may manifest in some uncomfortable relationship issues, but this is just Venus trying to get you to see a better way of relating to yourself and others.

So, what’s in store for us during this Venus Retrograde season?
 
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A New Grasp on Self-Love during Venus Retrograde

 
There’s a common misconception that self-love looks like bubble baths and getting your hair done, but it’s so much more than that and Venus is gonna try and show us!

Self-love is more about knowing who you are and where you’ve come from and allowing yourself to make mistakes along the way.

So often, we beat ourselves up for not being everything we want to be or not being good at the things we try so hard to achieve, but we forget that we’re only human, just like everyone else!

If one of your friends or family were trying their best at something, you wouldn’t keep on at them telling them they weren’t good enough, would you? So why do it to yourself?!
 

Venus Retrograde Tip:

 
By all means take a bubble bath and get your hair done – that stuff feels good! But also take some time out to make a list of all the things that make you awesome. If you make a mistake during Venus Retrograde, try and treat yourself with the same patience you would give someone else.
 
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Shiny New Boundaries

 
Venus Retrograde will be trying to teach us to put ourselves first. If you’re the kind of person that attends to everyone’s needs before your own, you’ll no doubt feel this one quite strongly! Venus might throw extra responsibilities your way, pushing you to your limit of how much you will do for others – if you even have a limit?!

If this is the case and you find yourself swamped in other people’s expectations, just take a step back and think about your own needs as a priority that is equal if not more important than everything else.

Ask yourself how much you can realistically take on? And whether or not you could turn some other stuff down if you need to?

Venus Retrograde will be trying to show us how to establish better boundaries and not let other people disrespect those boundaries – whether that’s by expecting you to do something for them or treating you badly. A lot of us assume that having healthy boundaries and self-love is selfish, and in a way, it is, but only when we’ve filled up our own cup can we pour for others!
 

Venus Retrograde Tip:

 
Try to write down some personal boundaries for yourself about the way you want to be treated. These can be as simple as: “I will not accept phone calls after 9pm” or “if someone is rude to me I will walk away” then recognise when people are taking advantage or expecting too much from you. Practice saying no in a mirror if you have to!
 
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While Venus Retrograde might throw some relationship curveballs in your path, if you can master these two tips: self-love and healthy boundaries, you’ll find yourself coming out the other end of this retrograde period feeling empowered and loved – by yourself – and that’s the most important kind of love.

 
Ellie Rose xx
 

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Why Others Find You Hot Based on Your Venus Sign

Venus has just moved into Libra, one of the two signs she rules over, so to celebrate this lovely romantic shift let’s take a little look at how our Venus signs affect how people see us and what they find hottest about us – oooh!

For this, you might need to check what sign your Venus is in, rather than your Sun sign. You can do that very easily here – just enter your birth details, scroll down to the chart, find Venus, and off you go!
 

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Venus in Aries

 
You’re passionate about life and love trying new things – trips to a theme park, go-kart racing or to try the latest ice cream parlour that’s opened up in town – hanging out with you is always a fun and energetic experience, if sometimes a little competitive, making you someone that plenty of people want to date long-term!
 
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However, not everyone can keep up! Most of your enthusiasm tends to go into the chase of new romance, and once you’ve got it you can lose interest, which only makes them want you more! The special someone who eventually wins your heart will have to be just as exciting, active and full of life as you, but when they do win you over, they’ll find that you’re actually a big romantic softie at heart and you’ve just been waiting for the right person to dedicate your generous and passionate heart to.

 

Venus in Taurus

 
Appearances mean a lot to Venus in Taurus – their own and the people they’re dating, so if your Venus is here, you likely take great pride in your presentation and expect others to do the same – no scruffiness welcome here! You carry yourself with poise and grace, and this, coupled with your natural attractiveness, no doubt wins you many admirers!
 
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But it’s not all surface level stuff with Venus in Taurus, and those who stick around long enough to see beyond the impeccable style and sweet persona will find a dependable and loyal companion capable of huge generosity, an indulgent nature when it comes to food, drink and affection, plus plenty of sensuality behind closed doors!
 

Venus in Gemini

 
Talking to a Venus in Gemini is always an interesting affair! You’re a keen learner and you absorb information like a sponge, ready to retell it in fascinating and inspiring ways, and you’re also a master flirt, making you the life and soul of a party. People are attracted to your intelligence and wit, and you have a fun and light-hearted approach to the world, making you a charming and lively date – there’s never an awkward pause with you!
 
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Underneath this bubbly and bright demeanour is someone who is really seeking love, but just very good at hiding it under a cheery and carefree persona, but the lucky person that manages to hold a Venus in Gemini’s attentions for long enough will find a sweet-natured and loyal soul who will always be at their side cheering them on with a smile and a motivational quote or two!
 

Venus in Cancer

 
At first you may seem a little shy, taking a while to come out of your shell and get to know someone, yet you know yourself ever so well. This gives you a confident yet quiet poise that select people will think is just fascinating. Female Venus in Cancers tend to have a very feminine ‘girl next door’ quality that masculine types will desire to take care of, and male Venus in Cancers are often your typical nice guy, attracting other well-meaning people who want a traditional fairy-tale love story.
 
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When in love, you’ll happily give your all to someone and will support and nurture them so they feel the safety that you also yearn for. Since you’re so intuitive, your gentle demeanour can confuse those who think they can take advantage – but you can smell someone messing with you a mile off! While your sense of self-protection is strong, beneath your shell you’re a warm-hearted and sensitive soul with a desire to look after those you love and a fantastic sense of humour too!
 

Venus in Leo

 
You want to be wined and dined, brought flowers and told you’re beautiful, and why shouldn’t you? You are beautiful indeed! You take care of your appearance, are confident in yourself, and no doubt have an admirable mane of hair that you take great pride in. While you expect lavish acts of romance and chivalry, you’re more than happy to return the favour and love planning surprises, vacations or extravagant gifts that your loved one can’t help but be excited by.
 
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Once you’ve been suitably pinned down by a suitor, you like things done your way, but you do it with a kind heart and your loyalty is perhaps the strongest of all signs. You’ll go to the ends of the earth for the one you love and do it with an abundance of affection – so long as they play their part too!
 

Venus in Virgo

 
You take great care of yourself, in body mind and spirit, and because of that you know yourself very well and are a great conversationalist. Even shy Venus in Virgos tend to know more about the world than they let on, and the whole “Virgin” association with this sign is less to do with naivety, and more to do with your modest demeanour and easy approach to the truth, in all its forms. Because of this, you tend to attract those who’ve been hurt before and need someone to trust – in you they will find exactly that.
 
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While a Venus in Virgo is cautious to give their heart away, when they do, it will be with huge dedication and devotion to their partner. You can be sweet or strong, active or passive, thinking and feeling – whenever the need arises, making you an irresistible paradox with far more personal power than you let on.
 

Venus in Libra

 
You have impeccable manners and are well-liked by most – you’re the kind that can be confidently shown off to the parents and win over everyone with your wit and charm. You take a lot of care in your appearance and even if you don’t consider yourself conventionally beautiful you tend to attract many potential lovers who find you incredibly alluring.
 
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Underneath this near-on perfect exterior is someone who values fairness and equality above all, and you expect your partner to be the same. This love of harmony extends to your aesthetic nature and you are likely to have an artistic streak, enjoying the finer things in life, whether that be a dinner and dancing or watching the sun set over an ocean scene. This makes you an interesting, fair and communicative partner who will always try to bring beauty and grace to their relationships.
 

Venus in Scorpio

 
Many of us will know the stereotypical badboy/badgirl that Venus in Scorpio is known for, but you’re not all mystery and sex appeal, as your lovers know all too well. Beneath the attitude and charm or disarming sense of humour lives someone who is deeper than most, with an emotional well that runs far beyond what it appears at the surface.
 
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No matter what the aesthetics, if you’re a Venus in Scorpio, you need to be able to trust someone, and once you do, they’re yours forever. This may come as a surprise to some of your past suitors, who no doubt still pine for your romantic intensity and sizzling personal power, but there’s only one person out there for you, and you don’t give your heart easily!
 

Venus in Sagittarius

 
Your fun-loving, carefree and adventurous nature means that regardless of looks, many people are attracted to you, and you’re happy to meet all of them, though not all of them will win your affections long-term. You’re a natural storyteller and can captivate those around you with endless stories, jokes and opinions, but once the evening is over, you’re happy to return to your own comfort zone without the need to oblige anyone too long.
 
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You’re not an easy one to pin down, and often Venus in Sag will marry or partner up later in life, as they have so much to do and see first! However, when you do, you’ll become their best friend as well as their lover and bring a cheery joy to that person’s life, making up for your occasional lack of direction with a warmth that most would delight in.
 

Venus in Capricorn

 
You think things through very carefully: in your impeccable dress sense, charming demeanour and the types of people you go for. You like your loves to be in control of their own lives, someone who is dependable – this to you spells stability, which is what you desire most in your relationships. Because of this, you can sometimes start off a little aloof, but once you know that person is worth it, you’ll climb mountains to be with them and show them that you adore them. These high standards will surely have people trying to prove that they’re worthy of your attentions.
 
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A Venus in Capricorn gives out a mature air when it comes to romance, as in, you seem to know what you’re doing, and this can make people feel protected and attracted to your confidence, or better yet, it can win you a partner of equal emotional strength. When in love, you are happy to give all you’ve got and will always work at a relationship and commit tremendous loyalty and dedication.
 

Venus in Aquarius

 
A Venus in Aquarius may start off as your friend, then build up to a relationship. If this is you, you like to know a person before you give your heart to them, if only to make sure that you’re truly compatible past the romance and fireworks stage. Connecting intellectually is important to you and you’re a quirky, innovative and progressive thinker with many fascinating and creative ideas that others will love to engage with.
 
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While you may seem a little cool at first, and you fiercely value your independence, when in love, you’ll often find creative and exciting ways to show your beloved how awesome you think they are, and while you’re sometimes a little put off by overly emotional types, you love far more than you let on and there’s never a dull moment when you’re around!
 

Venus in Pisces

 
Venus in Pisces is ethereal and empathetic, giving support to those who need it and offering caring and understanding shelter, making everyone feel comfortable and nurtured around you. You may seem a little shy at first, but you have an air of kindness about you that attracts people who perhaps need a little guidance, and you’re all too happy to give it. Your romantic, sensitive and idealistic way helps you to connect spiritually with those around you, attracting other spiritually-minded people to you.
 
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When you love, you love unconditionally, and perhaps sometimes to your detriment, people may take advantage of this. You are easily hurt, but would never hurt others, making you a loyal and sensitive partner that would give the world to see those around them happy. You yearn for a fairy-tale happy ending and many would be lucky to receive your giving and eternal love.
 
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Leave a comment below if any of this resonated with you! But remember, Venus is just one puzzle piece in your birth chart, so if it didn’t seem like you, there’s likely some other parts of your chart that are overshadowing this part of you – we can help you find out what! Speak to one of our expert psychic readers today to find out what the planets and stars hold in store for you.