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Everything You Need To Know About The New Moon And The Virgo Solar Eclipse

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Don’t let Neptune and Saturn’s smokescreen blur your ethical boundaries

September charges into the present with a potent and somewhat harsh solar eclipse and new moon in supercritical Virgo, and we may start this month with the feeling that we’re going into battle. But this isn’t just some regular ol’ bad day that feels like warfare; this is a cosmic conflict between doing the right thing and taking advantage of shady situations for selfish interests. Boundaries are blurred straight off the bat on a physical, mental, and psychic level. When light and dark dance this close, it’s bound to get dirty.

This is all thanks to Saturn, dealer of tough love and learning the hard way, tangling with idealistic, fantasy-prone Neptune, inspiring internal conflicts between Neptunian idealism and empathy and Saturn’s harsh, sometimes hateful outpouring of energy. Playing the martyr or setting up interpersonal situations with a “sinner versus saint” mentality is likely, so be wary of swinging between cartoonish polarities and neglecting the existence of nuanced motives. Stereotypes come into play now, and it’s easy to demonize and scapegoat others instead of rationally sorting out whatever tangled interpersonal web you’ve fallen into.

The Virgo new moon, though modest, holds extremely agile energy powerful enough to bring the forces of manifestation to our fingertips, especially for Taurus, Scorpio, Pisces, Capricorn, and of course, Virgo. As the moon waxes out of this phase, those who’ve successfully harnessed Luna’s power might be left with an overblown sense of supernatural, even magical ability. Our hands are powerful, so if you work in healthcare, massage therapy, or the like, you’ll probably experience heightened stamina when it comes to healing others. Likewise, writers and artists who use their hands (think: sculpture, ceramics, drawing, musicians and players of instruments) will be extra-dexterous and prolific in creating healing, even spiritual works now.

Creative work is likely to awaken some dormant demons in our psyches, and the effects of this lunation will demand that the toxins of our life come to the surface and be purged over the next two weeks. This will certainly not be pretty or pleasant, and may downright scare the shit out of some. The more intense signs, like Virgo, Scorpio, Aries, Capricorn, and Cancer, are more poised to deal with these ugly realities, and may even find themselves unwittingly playing a super-villain for bringing attention to these nasty little dark spots. But facing these truths is essential to healing; you can’t just put a Band-Aid over a gangrened, rotting wound.

Virgo’s harsher aspects are heightened in these weeks, as well, specifically in the form of intense judgement and self-criticism. There’s a self-destructive, punishing streak here we all need to be aware of. Re-invention—destruction before rebuilding, the force of fierce destroyer mother goddess Kali Ma—is essential for moving forward, but you don’t need to hurt yourself in the process.

Some may feel so strong and justice-oriented as the Virgo moon squares off with unforgiving Saturn that they take on many “projects” in the form of people. Be judicious with exerting your energy on healing others, lest you begin a vicious cycle of unhealthy enabling with energy vampires, adult children, and false “wounded bird” types. In relationships, one partner may play the responsible parent while the other flits off as the irresponsible, rebellious child. Don’t fall for this trap—the aspects are just right to drain not only your energy on a lost cause but your bank account, too.

At the same time, the Virgo sun will be squaring off with tough love-oriented Saturn, bringing on the theme of an overly strict or punishing, fatherly authority figure. Those in seats of power may feel drunk with power and abuse their positions, striking fear and anxiety into gentle hearts. This is an oppressive aspect, leaving signs like Libra, Aquarius, Gemini, and Sagittarius grappling with inferiority complexes. Fear-mongering and control are powerful weapons now, but there’s a wise, old side of this cosmic dance that can teach certain signs valuable lessons about weathering the intense storm.

Neptune, ruling planet of mystery, fantasy, and spiritualism, will oppose the super-grounded Virgo moon, sparking some unconsciously negative motivations and even deceptive, dishonest tendencies. Most of the time, offenders during these aspects don’t actually set out to screw people over from a purely mean, evil place, as hard to believe as that is in these tense times. There’s an otherworldly, hypnotic quality here, which can make the super-sensitive, psychically gifted signs (Pisces, Scorpio, Cancer, Libra, and Taurus) sponges for negative energy. Corruption is easily disguised by spiritualism and “experts,” so be alert when it comes to fraud and film-flammers. Self-medication through drugs and excessive alcoholism is a very likely response to this overblown energetic sensitivity in harsh, unsupportive environments. It’s best to feel the pain soberly and work through its unpleasantness rather than numbing yourself completely.

Meanwhile, the sun’s opposition to Neptune brings on an imaginative momentum that drives us to dive headlong into making the fantasy of our goals a reality. It seems as though people are effortlessly coming together to champion artistic efforts, and great creative works can be produced now. We may also be overly idealistic about love now, and again, the savior and wounded orphan dynamic can be an easy, fantasy-driven mantle to bear. Be careful of putting too much pressure on an otherwise healthy relationship by deifying your partner. Finally, realist Saturn, which will be squaring off with idealistic Neptune, remind those “rescuers” in relationships to enforce and respect their boundaries to preserve their dignity. It’s time to draw the line in permanent marker—be extremely careful and considerate of what and who you invite into your life in the next two weeks.  

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Well, actually it's crocodile, but she looks out of this world so...

Winnie Harlow walked the Cannes red carpet on Wednesday on her way to a screening of Oh Mercy!, wearing a showstopping gown.

The sheer black dress featured green embroidery on the front and back, which Ralph and Russo confirmed was in the shape of a crocodile. She belted the dress with a black crocodile skin-like belt and finished the look off with some strappy heels. She didn't leave it at just that. For beauty, Harlow packed on full lids of sparkly purple eyeshadow. She kept her hair sleek and simple.

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Though the brand says otherwise, as Game of Thrones fans, we'd like to think the embroidery is reminiscent of a dragon's skin. Not to mention, Harlow looks out-of-this-world beautiful in it.

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That denim kimono!!

Marion Cotillard shut down the Cannes red carpet on Wednesday at a screening for Matthias Et Maxime. Instead of an extravagant gown that's expected of the event, Cotillard wore a matching black crop top and shorts. Despite wearing an outfit I typically don to a hot yoga class, she looks incredible. She completed the look with an oversized denim kimono, a statement necklace, and heeled booties.

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At first, I was drawn in by the crop top and hotpants duo, but, after looking closer at the kimono, it's clear that it's the real scene-stealer. The floor-length Balmain piece was decorated with artful rips and dragon motifs. I would like to live in it.

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Let's all bow down to the Khaleesi of Cannes.

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"It doesn't make you weak to ask for help"

Singer Billie Eilish is continuing to open up about mental health, this time in a new PSA video in partnership with the Ad Council and Seize the Awkward.

In the video, Eilish insists that "it doesn't make you weak to ask for help." She doubles down on the importance of asking for help, and stresses the importance of friends and family being there when their close ones reach out and checking in on them as well. "You should be able to ask anyone for help, everyone has to help someone if they need it." According to Eilish, there have been times when someone reached out to her at the exact moment she needed it, and it helped.

It was particularly refreshing to see Eilish acknowledge that there are things she still doesn't know and has to learn about her mental health. At the very beginning of the video, the interviewer asks her to reflect on her mental health journey, and all Eilish can do is let out chortle. "I think when people hear, 'Remember to take care of your mental health,' they think that everyone else is, and that is not at all accurate," she admitted. "You know, for me I'm trying to learn still to make sure that I stay okay."

Check out the PSA below.

Billie Eilish On Mental Health & Friendship | Ad Council www.youtube.com

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"#NotOnMyMoodBoard"

Kim Kardashian has definitely been accused of borrowing a design now and then. But when Instagram influencer and Kardashian look-alike Kamilla Osman claimed the entrepreneur copied her birthday look for a Met Gala after-party, Kardashian was not going to let it fly—and shared plenty of photo evidence to shut down the claim.

Fashion industry watchdog Diet Prada first noticed Osman's claims on Instagram and shared side-by-side images of Kardashian's Cher-inspired outfit designed by Mugler and Osman's dress. "Never get confused with who 'inspires' who. They won't give you credit but they will copy," Osman wrote on her IG story. "I designed this dress for my birthday last year. Nobody had a dress like this was an original design."

Kardashian responded by posting the true inspiration behind her look: images of Cher, in similarly sparkly, plunging-neckline dresses and wigs, and of model Yasmeen Ghauri walking a Mugler show in the '90s. In fact, the only similarity between Osman's and Kardashian's looks is the bodycon mini-dress style, which the two are not the first to wear. Among the images, Kardashian included a blank slide with the hashtag "NotOnMyMoodBoard," making it clear that this was in response to Osman's claims.

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Screenshot via @KimKardashian Instagram Stories

Though I am with Kim on this one, Kardashian does have a history of co-opting other people's work. From being sued over her Kimoji app, to claims she copied makeup palettes and perfume bottle designs, to being accused of copying Naomi Campbell's entire style, it's far from the first (and probably, far from the last) time Kardashian's name will be mentioned like this.

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After delivered the perfect pep talk

When Lena Waithe took over as a guest host on Jimmy Kimmel Live, her first time ever as a late-night host, actress and friend Halle Berry knew exactly how to pump her up. After Kimmel's security guard Guillermo Rodriguez hit the "Berry Button" (a large button on the wall that says just that), Berry came running out in a backless tee and boyfriend jeans to give Waithe a pep talk... and plant one on her.

Berry rolled in as if she'd just jogged from hanging out with her friends to come to Waithe's immediate aid, joking she wasn't dressed for the occasion; but, let's be real, she could wear a paper bag, and we wouldn't complain. Waithe requested the "Halle Berry juice," similar to her 2002 Oscars speech, and Berry immediately had the lights turned down low and jumped into inspirational speech mode.

"I know that you are a force of nature. You are a beautiful African-American queen going after everything that is hers," Berry said before going on to list Waithe's many titles and accomplishments. She jokingly concluded, "And you already winning, girl, 'cause you are dressed way better than Jimmy ever will," before asking if Waithe needed anything else. Clearly, Waithe thought that was all Berry was there to do, because she said no, but Berry insisted she needed one more thing before grabbing Waithe's face and surprising her with a kiss. "Wow," Waithe reacted after Berry pulled away, and honestly same!

Watch the video, below.

Lena Waithe's Guest Host Monologue on Jimmy Kimmel Live youtu.be

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