Ask Mystic: Psycho-Shoe Karma

Dear Mystic, 

I have a question about shoes not fitting

So, for the last three months, I have been trying to replenish my shoe wardrobe/everyday collection as I have thrown out two pairs of stalwarts recently and am lacking enough footwear with comfort and versatility.  

I have never had such a strenuous exercise in shoe shopping, although I am quite particular about my style and comfort is a must.  It has turned into an ongoing saga/rotating door for shoes; I have for the first time had to resort to online shopping which I rarely do for clothes, and had never done for shoes. I think I am at my wit’s end thinking the next pair will be right and I can get on with more important projects!  

I’ve started asking myself ‘what is the symbolism here, of shoes not fitting right, not being comfortable enough in a style I like?’ But I’m stumped (pardon that pun) for anything that resonates. I do very much need to feel I am myself in my attire (Mercury/Mars in Leo in 1st?),  I remember that Pisces rules the feet, but I am not particularly Piscean in my chart (other than the Moon in Cancer in 12th/Neptune in Sagittarius in 5th?)… I just looked, and Neptune is currently transiting my 8th house. 

I feel like the Princess and the Pea.


Dear Moonglow,

Shoes are psyched. Think of Cinderella, the Red Shoes and the winged sandals of Mercury – the Talaria. Astrologically, feet are Pisces, Neptune (the ruler of Pisces) is IN Pisces until 2027 and so feet are some kind of a weird psycho-somatic zone for sure.

As I am writing this, I am wearing Yoga Toes, and though I don’t think this is a claim that they make, they alter your consciousness. Having the toes which usually curl in being gently stretched outward instead does something to the brain. Is it fascial? Psychic? Think about how the toes got that way!  Guaranteed it was from them being forced into narrow shoes or high heels to play a particular role.

I was on Skype this morning with someone who is going through her closet this Venus Retrograde to donate a whole pile of “Louboutins and Pradas” from her trophy wife days. Maybe radical foot comfort will evolve into a sideline of the neo-feminism/Age of Queens?

And recently I re-read the Clarissa Pinkola Estes’s The Red Shoes: On Torment And The Recovery Of Soul Life:

Using an ancient tale deeply rooted in our collective psyches, Dr. Estes illuminates how people fall prey to destructive impulses while seeking to balance their inner lives. In our culture, she begins, we may travel life’s path in one of two ways: in handmade shoes, crafted with love and care according to the unique needs of the individual soul; or in Red Shoes, which promise instant fulfillment, but ultimately lead to a painful, hollow, and split existence.

It’s stunning. She gives a whole new deeper resonance to that old saying of “if the shoe fits…”  Also, how many of us have worn hideously uncomfortable shoes, that caused real pain and strange posture, while aspiring to a particular identity?

So to answer your question, I think that you could productively listen to The Red Shoes, Jung out on this a bit and then go back to the shoe shop when Venus is Direct. Think also of the symbology of feet; that they are how you stand on the ground, your connection to Gaia, symbolic of stability, strength, and momentum.

What does everyone else think?

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I have wide feet because I’ve insisted on barefoot whenever possible my whole life. I also bought biker boots back in the 80s when they didn’t make ’em for chicks and with both the harness and engineer boots, I have to wear three–even four-pairs of socks so the boots will fit right. My feets are usually comfy, I think, as a result of the cushioning. And warm. My engineers are 20+ years old and look it; however, due to a story too long to get into here, I have taken to wearing them as fuqed up as they are because… Read more »


Boots n all for booty redemption.


There is a French saying that i love that goes something like this; je marche d’or mon souliers’ translates as : i am marching/walking outside my shoes. In other words not being in ones ‘comfort’ zone, not feeling quite right. Was about to write that every woman should have one pair of red shoes, then read what Clarissa said…lol. Many cobblers have gone out of business since rubber soles hit the mainstream market for everyday wear! Finding a good shoe repairer is gold. Mine said to me ‘the thinner the sole-the more expensive the shoe’. Mimco keep him in business!… Read more »


I absolutely love shoes. Always have. I’d my budget would allow, Im sure I’d be over-run with them. I’ve never been fussed with clothes or bags or anything else, and I’m not materialistic in general, but there’s something about shoes I just can’t resist. I love the look of heels but I rarely wear anything other than a sturdy heel more than 6cm high. My inner feminist also rages at the idea of heels in general. But something thats changed for me recently is that I’ve finally committed to never buying leather (or other animal derived clothing) again. I’ve been… Read more »


My only problem with non-leather shoes is that they just die after a few years or less, and I am a buy and hold girl (hate throwing shoes in the bin, another environmental problem). Vinyl will peel, plastic (let’s not go there #tinea), replacing worn soles, maintaining textile, etc. Is there something out there that overcomes this stuff? interested. I do appreciate Birkenstock who have stores where you can bring in your not-quite-dead birko’s and have them repaired for a small $.

Eclipse Tripper

Good on you Kat, I have also struggled with the leather issue and shoes for a long time, as a vego. I have tried a few times to go synthetic and I just can’t stand (!) wearing synthetics on my body, I feel suffocated and weird…The shoes were particularly unbearable to me, and I have resigned myself to leather, so I try to keep the shoe collection minimal. And I am with Pi on it, leather -v- synthetic stuff that is bad for the environment etc. and fabric shoes don’t last very long. And, I really feel the cold, especially… Read more »


Well I was waiting with baited breath for this Pluto new moon and a big kick in the whatnots but I have come home and its raining and I just feel a bit bleurgh. I have no drive either way. To leap into action and find another boat…or to leap into action and set up my new practice come therapist persona. I am sort of in a zen limbo. Happy to be with my very chill aqua after the super manic captain. Knowing that every other single person I worked with utterly loved me but the male senior staff (captains)… Read more »


And Dorothy’s red ruby slippers ….. iconic.


Oh I am waiting for the astral DNA as if it was Xmas. Hope it comes soon 🙂

Redlipstick Virgo

Me too only just checked for it!


Me too! I predict the server will crash within an hour of it becoming available. Mystic, your work is That Good and Highly Valued. xox

Actually, on that topic, my sister in law, who is not at all interested in astrology, hired a costume for a fancy dress function recently. I asked her what she was going as and she replied “Mystic Medusa” and sent me a photo of a woman wearing a Grecian gown with a snake headpiece. Lol… Household name, Mystic. Household name.


I had noticed. Actually, when I checked my daily horoscope this morning I was reflecting on all the changes and upgrades you’ve made just in the last year! Finessed and efficient. Very inspiring.

Violet Virgo

Oh YES to caring for your precious feet. They carry you through life and I regard them as one of my most important features. Great fitting shoes are a must. I get my feet and gait measured for the best runners I can afford. Well worn leather docs or steel caps for working in the studio. Barefoot beach walks strengthen my arcs, I could go on and on. Feet are precious and hold the reflexology points that respond to other parts of the body. Feet are to be pampered, not totured in shoes that strangle and disfigure……. a bit passionate… Read more »


Oh my goodness, I thought it was just me. So much resonance here… Pisces looking for a career change, Capricorn ascendant wants shoes to be practical and chic, Sag moon wants to fly… I did find a pair of blood red 3 quarter length boots last week which I’ve been complimented on multiple times, they don’t tick all of the boxes but they will definitely get me through the winter while my next steps become clear to me. I also spend half of my time bare footed to think… When I shop, shoes have to ‘speak’ to me to be… Read more »


The best shoes I’ve had since retiring the doc Martens are a pair of $15 Kmart school shoe style lace ups that I bought to tide me over in new job a year ago. Theyre so comfy and breathable and hard wearing- even though they’re just el Cheapo”faux leather”- i still haven’t replaced them. They’re challenging all my previous notions about quality, sustainability, that a uranian vibe?

Eclipse Tripper

Loving the comments. As a Cancerian, Sun/Moon/Ascendant, I definitely get attached to my things, emotionally/nostalgically, and have trouble letting them go from my crab-claws. Most new clothes (and shoes) take a while to actually get worn, they can honestly sit in my wardrobe for a year as I warm to them before starting to wear. And the comfy, familiar ones I love really need to have holes in them or be falling to pieces before they go, undies included. I remembered a story my mum told me about a pair of blue clogs I loved as a child. She bought… Read more »


I had some magic boots, I decorated them myself in my 2nd year of art school. I bought black plastic/rubber lace up boots with comfy thick soles and spray painted them pink, silver and gold (because I don’t like to wear plain black). Got so many compliments and felt powerful wearing them (also felt like they could kick some heads if necessary)… Sad when they finally got holes in them and fell apart.

I’ve been keeping my eye out for a similar pair, but haven’t found the right boots yet.


p.s. HATE stilettos, but love platforms

Eclipse Tripper

Ah, shoe feng shui – I LOVE THE GIF!!! I have been absolutely hankering for a pair of red shoes, but, telling myself that is an unnecessary extravagance on my budget . I really suit (ROCK) the colour red but don’t wear it too often due to its flamboyant, ‘hello, I’m here’ quality. (I have made myself small, even my posture since a child… being seen/attracting attention has negative psycho-emotional stuff attached to it for me.). I just listed to Pinkola-Estes’s audiobook, Women Who Run with Wolves, so will definitely read the Red Shoes! Thanks for your insights Mystic, bring… Read more »


Small thought reading your post…..step into your ultra self with some red footwear, deeply red (not so loud) or red embellished shoes. Fab for winter (colder, now or later wherever you are) in a rich velvet or suede — not as loud as leather or patent and very luxe and luscious…..

Eclipse Tripper

Yes, thank you – red shoe encouragement appreciated, although I wonder what Pinkola-Estes is going to say on the matter!

dark star

As a triple pisces I’ve cycled through many shoe iterations. However, this fall I’ve finally landed on shoe gold. One pair black Nike’s for my knock knee stance, and one pair black (stacked heel but doesn’t feel it at all) blondo brand black ankle boots. They are water and salt proof which is a must in my climate. I’m obsessed. And yes yoga toes are the everything 🙂
I inherited my Scorpio grandmothers long narrow feet- she mostly wore chic Ferragamo flats.


Blondo still exists?!! Aahhh I have a vintage (70s ish) pair of sheepskin lined knee high boots that I adore


My shoe fetish has really kicked in this year. I think I’m onto my 6th pair of Frankie4’s. Designed by podiatrists, in modern styles. Afterpay makes purchasing manageable (for me)… they are addictive though.


I am a Pisces and I have a shoe room, not a closet. Yes , shoes have become less comfortable and supportive. Sizes have changed. I have a normal foot but everything is too wide. Narrows are sometimes too narrow. I wonder who are these d width people ? Ridiculous. I just bought a pair of red cowgirl ankle boots and I am wearing them now.


I have a pair of red cowboy boots, purchased from Camden market (UK) that are possessed. I cannot wear them, they were me and will go out come hell or, high water. They are in a safety bag for now! I am someone not often bothered by le shoe but the last fortnight, I have become a little obsessed by having more than one pair, to align my desires and personality; my needs, wants and wishes etc. so I feel there is a wing and wish associated with the feet and wanting them to take us in the right direction.… Read more »


Don’t get me started on ‘shoes’, this could have been written by me, I have 2 black toenails and endless withdrawals from my bank account after months of trying to buy comfortable, stylish, suitable shoes over the past couple of years unsuccessfully. Finally have given up or so I thought until I read this and now there is a deeply felt stirring happening and I fear it means I will have to return to my quest……I wish you good luck.


My lovely Pilates teacher told me that curled in toes weren’t necessarily a product of scrunchy shoes but actually a reflection of your posture and how you use those toes to balance yourself on the earth – kissing lightly or clinging on…


Pisces South Node here, with wide feet and high arches. Finding comfy shoes is a must. If my feet aren’t ok, I am curmudgeonly AF. Ex boyfriend bought me 2 pairs of Louboutin peep toes platform heels that I only wore for sex, and promptly sold after we split, because I prefer kitten heels. I just threw Venus Rx to the wind, and purchased a new pair of running shoes online because it’s been so difficult to find the exact same style/size/color I like. So far, so good. On the long term lust list: a pair of winged sandals that… Read more »


I have always wondered about louboutins.


ok they’re not sandals at ALL and the sole is completely wrong, but these in theory


When Louboutins first came out, I thought the red sole was amazing in a hetaira/courtesan kinda way. Now it just looks like straight trash to me. The quality is also not the best, especially at that price tag.

There is a photo on IG that I wish I could upload here…it’s the exact pair of winged sandals I crave, but I don’t know who made them.

I’m a 90s kid. Doc Martens never went out of style for me. I also love Birkenstocks, even though I’ve never met a man – gay or straight – who likes them.


Yes, definitely read the red shoes! I love that part of Estés’ book. In my opinion, shoes need to be comfortable and you need to be able to run in them. Maybe it’s the Sag in me, making sure I have appropriate footwear for escape.


Yes! Multi Sagg here and I agree! Have shelves full of sexy heels that are purely decoration .. footwear must allow for galloping off in any direction without danger of broken ankle

Redlipstick Virgo

This is amazing! Over the weekend I was obsessed with – straightening my shoes at bottom of wardrobe and getting some clean/deodorised, also washed my trainers and laces and got others ready to be fixed by the cobbler or thrown out. Normally I don’t really care about shoes at all. Also watched doco about Manolo. That shoe thing is happening for sure.


I’ve just been bare foot for 7 weeks Yachts mean no shoes. As a child I didn’t wear shoes until school forced me and then holidays I was bare foot again. To come back to the cold uk and don shoes has been a trial. Nothing fits and my runners have to go as they are way too narrow now for me. Maybe that is the metaphor here. My life is too narrow ?!?!?


Your feet are wide!
Spread and gripping the Earth
Why should your feet and arches conform?
You don’t! Lol
I hate shoes too
And everything is always too narrow
Did gymnastics as a child and still walk on the balls of my feet


My aqua man says I’ve got monkey feet as I can splay all my toes and pick things up! Maybe I should try hanging from branches with them !! Barefoot or just bare It’s been me from day one !


I love picking up things with my toes!
Bare and bare lol


Definitely read VikingWoman’s first up comment at page’s end. It is good advice for the feel and fit. You go for gold, Moonglow. Me, i’m waiting for the pea to stop manifesting in even the most tried and true. Your feet change, and your gait and bod change, so beware the “expensive shoe” just because it promises and embrace the expensive shoe, if it is, because it feels right…now.


Shoes are not a metaphor, they are METONYM. 12th house anything, Pisces anything, Moon especially in any of those, you FEEL discomfort all day, every day. It is seasonal changeover, thus a great time to discard the hygienically, comfortably and aesthetically unfit to carry you though the future. You do not even need to replace just yet every one of them. Just discard, and wait through the real and the shopping seasons 🙂 SAYS my 12th house triple conjunct Ascendant in Walkabout Sag trine Piscean 5th Sun. There’s a Moon in there too. Get rid of all the ones that… Read more »


Yes usually Pisces = feet but you are not talking about pedicure but about shoes. And shoes – and bags – are accessories i.e. a deeply Libra thing. I find it apt that you are looking to change your shoes wardrobe now that Venus (the ruler of Libra) is going retro. I would be using this time to actually scout for solutions but not to do the actual purchase; like put the shoes you like in the e-commerce tray but then do some further research, seek and compare and then when Venus goes direct you can slowly start purchasing your… Read more »


How weird that this question has come up. I may have a solution to the vagaries of snapping up cute bargains in EU/US rather than AU sizes online and/or finding that for more metaphysical reasons, you just don’t fit. I have mangled toes from squeezing my wide feet into point shoes (bloch, off the rack, we could barely afford that when I was an adolescent), while of course never letting the pain/blood ruin the sylph-like glamour/illusion as I swanned around in the chorus of Gisele or whatever. (Scorp Venus/Neptune 12th near Asc and Jupiter/Chiron in Pisces opp Pluto Uranus in… Read more »


This has been the story of my life. I have super wide feet so am on a constant quest for shoes that fit but aren’t trainers or hideous. I’ve tried everything, including paying through the nose for custom made ones that were beautiful but ultimately still painful.

I can only interpret this as a sign that I have to make my own shoes. Light a candle rather than curse the darkness, or manifest what the universe won’t provide.


Not dipping your toe in?


Wait, some kind of Saturn or mars square? A tricky progression? Are you … Trying to find your feet in some new endeavour? How about you go Super Tao and just wear flip flops (or lady sandal equivalent if the idea leaves you aghast) for the whole Venus retro? Barefoot when possible? UGG boots? Trendy Japanese webbing sandals? Dunno.


I like the idea that it could relate literally to”finding your feet”! Good advice re Venus retro shoe choice, I’m going to give it a go


What shoe size is your friend, Mystic? I’m evolving from neon high-tops and Birkenstock sandals into Statement Shoes. (Ok, the high tops are going nowhere but I’m finally wondering if I should dress like an Adult) Louboutin and Prada are my shoe heaven, naturally I own none as I am materially unfamiliar with the concept of trophy wife or whatever, Nevertheless if someone’s ex(?) husband’s largesse means the glorious spikes of Pigalle can live on in another shoe closet elsewhere, I am all ears. As for the OP… Ouch, sounds tricky! What styles are you looking at? What’s your budget?… Read more »

Unicorn Sparkles

You just haven’t found the current you yet.

100 pairs of shoes in my closet but I mostly only wear the same two pairs on rotation. You’re doing the same thing minus the expensive outlay for the pairs that only look good on the shelf.


Steve Martin understands these things


I’ve always loved shoes and can often feel a very real connection and feeling to particular shoes. All of my shoes have some type of metallic or statement finish to them… whether they are my super comfy gold metallic Supergas in which I’m into my 3rd pair, silary, my blue/silver lager trainers with a fish scale effect, or a pair of rose gold metallic ankle boots that I can run in or a rose gold pair of slides and thongs… I’ve just realised that these are all probably reminiscent of being a multiple Pisces


On the more Virgo side of things, I’m crazy about foot health, which most shoes actively undermine (not to mention literally cutting you off electrically from the earth). I recommend Katy Bowman for more on this topic.


Yes…my experience is that shoes need to possess a magical quality, however that can be perceived. For that reason, the it can be helpful if the experience of purchasing them is somewhat ‘charmed’ or at least has a super positive vibe consciously attached. Shoes are awesome when they ‘elevate’ the soul : ) : ) : )


Venus direct definitely. I am a former dancer whose feet had to be fitted my pros for pointe shoe purchases. (Every dancer who dances pointe has to be fitted properly). While i love beautiful shoes, they must fit well and last long and support my whole body…allignment beginning with the feet changes one’s whole body, alters posture, and incorporates one’ s costume for the day. A power platform boot makes me feel like a superhero in waiting while my tennies tell me “practical mom”. I wear indoor sherpa lined boots for winter…its about comfort and support. I get a strong… Read more »

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