GrannyMoon’s Weekly Feast 14-20 Sept 2020 – Thanks for reading my blog!

Autumn Kitty

Blessed be my little witch. To those who came before and those who will come after, know that the Goddess is with you always. Thank you all my dear readers…be blessed. ~GrannyMoon

Remember dear humans, fresh air, sunshine, and communing with nature is the best medicine. It is good for our immune system. It also lifts the spirits and it breaks up the monotony of “social distancing!” How are you doing?

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The NEW MOON always rises at sunrise
And the FIRST QUARTER at noon.
The FULL MOON always rises at sunset
And the LAST QUARTER at midnight.
~The New Orleans Mistic

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Dark Moon – Time to Rest
New Moon – Time to Begin New Projects; Birth; Attraction
Waxing Moon – Time to Grow; Increase
Full Moon – Time to be Fulfilled; Abundance
Waning Moon – Time to Banish; Decrease
Last Sliver of Moon – Time to Die; Letting Go
Dark Moon – Time to Rest Again
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Light A Candle Today!

In many different traditions lighting a candle is a sacred action. It expresses more than words can express. It has to do with gratefulness. From time immemorial, people have lit candles in sacred places. You may want to begin or end your day by the sacred ritual of lighting a candle on this gratefulness. Or you may want to light a birthday candle for a friend. One single guideline is all you need: Slow down and do it with full attention.

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Dates of this calendar were devised by Robert Graves, 1895 – 1985

Goddess Month of of Mala begins 9/6 – 10/2
Celtic Tree Month of Muin (Vine) September 2 to September 29

September

The Wheel of the Year in the Northern Hemisphere. Pagans in the Southern Hemisphere advance these dates six months to coincide with their own seasons.

The First Days of the Seasons
Astronomical Start                              Meteorological Start
FALL Tuesday, Sept 22, 9:31 A.M.       Tuesday, September 1
WINTER Monday, Dec 21, 5:02 A.M.  Tuesday, December 1

2020 Seasons
Autumnal Equinox: September 22, 13:31
Winter Solstice: December 21, 10:02

SEP. 9 – 11: Feast of Mother Earth (Greek, etc)
SEP. 9 – 18: Greater Eleusinian Mysteries (Greek)
SEP. 13: National Grandparents Day
SEP. 13: Phillip IV of France draws up the order for the arrest of the Knights Templars 1306. The Ceremony of Lighting the Fire, dedicated to Nepthys, the Egyptian Goddess of Darkness. Banquet of Venus, Roman.

SEP. 17: New Moon (5:00 AM, MST)
SEP. 18: Wetnose Day
SEP. 14: Birthday of Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa, author of Three Books on Occult Philopsopy, in 1486
SEP. 14: Birthday of author Ellen Dugan
SEP. 21: International Day of Peace
SEP. 22: Mabon, the Autumn Equinox
SEP. 22: Ostara (Southern Hemisphere), the Spring Equinox

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September

Golden days begin. Now
heavy heads of ripened grain
await their threshing.

Summer days fruit into fall
dwindle into longer nights.
Apples hang ripening.

Corn calls out for harvest,
abundant to the very end.
Wildflowers drink the sun.

Poignant insect singing
echoes with desire
Urgent lightning flashes.

Gather in the gold before
It is too late; grasshopper
now must give way to ant.

by Tasha Halpert

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Current Moon Phase: Waning Moon:

Waning Moon Magick: From three-and-a-half to ten-and-a-half days after the Full Moon. From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity.

Time: From Full Moon To Dark Moon (approx.14 days)

Goddess Aspect: Crone

Associated Goddesses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Kali, Morrigan

Magickal Attributes: BANISHING Releasing the old, removing unwanted negative energies, wisdom, psychic ability, scrying, reversing circumstances. Workings on this day are for banishing magick, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity, physical and psychic cleansings.

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CoventryCreations.com
New Moon in Virgo, September 17, 2020
Living with Moon Magic Patty Shaw

The Virgo New Moon is on September 17th and forms a lovely trine to Saturn in Capricorn. This will bring your focus to strengthening work relationships and building better rapport with your supervisors. The energy is also great for seeking a new job or a promotion.

Plus, Virgo is all about evaluating what exists and making improvements on it so your future is much brighter. This includes taking a good look at what you are responsible for. Did you screw up and hope no one was paying attention? Did you promise something and didn’t deliver? All of these circumstances want to be balanced and accounted for. You can use this New Moon to start the process of improving your current situation or moving on and looking for a better one. This is why our theme this month is stillness in action. To really dig deep, you need to stop doing and start reflecting. Let’s bring in some Coventry Magic to support you in your quest.
Find time to let the world fall away. Place a Blessed Herbal Truth and Justice candle in a candle holder and light it while silently requesting your guides and your own higher self to help you reflect honestly about your job. Allow yourself to become grounded, centered, and objective. Ask the truth to be revealed, even though it might sting at first. If you are feeling stuck, here are some helpful questions. Have I been doing my best at work? Where have I fallen short of my potential? What circumstances blocked me? Was there anything I could have done to handle them differently? Did I let my circumstances be an excuse for poor performance? Was I negative or closed-minded about my supervisor or co-workers in any way? In what way did that keep me from being helpful? Who or what am I blaming for things that didn’t go well? Is this a fair assessment? What am I missing or not understanding about the situation?

If you feel triggered or see some repeating negative thoughts, allow them to flow into the candle flame to be consumed. That will help you clear your head and hear your guidance more easily.

After you are done reflecting on your side of the situation, write down all your thoughts.

Your next meditation will be about the job in general. You can do this on another day or right after the first meditation. When ready, turn your attention to the job in general. Ask again that the truth be shown to you, even if you may not like it or it triggers a reaction. If you lose focus or don’t understand, use questions to help you. What do I like about my job? What don’t I like about it? Does this job energize me or de-energize me? Do I believe in the work, the company, their vision? If the work de-energized me, is there anything in my own attitude that is contributing to that? Is this work also my purpose or is this job meant to lead me to my next job that is more aligned with my purpose?

If you feel triggered or see some repeating negative thoughts, allow them to flow into the candle flame to be consumed. That will help you clear your head and hear the truth more easily. Again, after you feel complete, write down what you learn.

You may need to do this meditation more than once. The first go-around may have brought up biases and resistance or fear or anger. The next time you may be more calm and objective. Use this information to help you improve your situation at work or motivate you to find the next opportunity to fulfill your purpose. Other Candle Recommendations for this New Moon are, Querent Caller (Steady Work) / Road Opener / Crown of Glory / Healing. They will help you find a new job, get a promotion, or raise.

Lighten up your life with help from products from Coventry Creations, where magic happens, http://www.coventrycreations.com, and advice from Storm Cestavani, Astrological Life Coach, http://www.stormcestavani.com. Discover your potential with a trip to your Akashic records with Patty Shaw, http://www.healingwithpattyshaw.com.

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http://www.biddytarot.com
Tarot Card Of The Week

The card drawn for this week is the The Magician Reversed.

In reverse, the Magician shows you that you’re exploring what you wish to manifest, but you’re not taking action yet.

You are uncertain if you have everything you need and are unsure about how to make it happen. If you take care of what you intend to manifest, the Universe will work out how. Stay attuned to your intuition and pay attention to opportunities as they arise. These are like little breadcrumbs that will take you closer to your goal.

If you’re already acting on your goal, this can be a sign that you are struggling to see progress or success. You might have an idea but don’t know what actions to take to manifest it, or you are unclear on the desired outcome so your efforts are misdirected or unfocused.

This could also be a sign that your end goal is out of alignment with your Highest Good and the Universe is sending you a sign to stop, and go back.

Ask the Tarot: What needs to change so that I can achieve my goal?

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Llewellyn’s Spell-A-Day

Finding Balance
By Susan Pesznecker

Do you spend more time on daily chores than on your spiritual life? Do you feel a need for less work and more family? You need a balancing spell.

Gather these items:
* 2 three-foot-long ribbons (½ to 1-inch wide), one black and one white
* Paper and pen

Reflect on those parts of your life that feel out of balance. Write down eight that seem to take up too much time and eight that aren’t taking up enough, or perhaps eight qualities or behaviors you’d like to do more or less of. Write the “positives” on one colored ribbon and the “negatives” on the other ribbon.

Tie the two ribbons together with a square knot (a balanced knot) and then repeat until you have tied a total of eight knots. For each knot, say:

Black and white and dark and light,
I search for balance, day and night.
Bring an ordered life to me,
That I may feel more harmony.

Carry the knotted cords with you as a reminder until your goals are reached.
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Autumnal Altar Reset
By Raven Digitalis

Spring cleaning was great six months ago, but now it’s time to get our house in order for the colder tides of autumn and winter.

Approach the altar(s) or shrine(s) in your home. Meditate on the physical items on each, considering how each one serves as a focal point or catalyst for your magickal work, ancestor worship, or other esoteric work.

One by one, remove each object from the altar or shrine and reset the space. Cleanse each item, tablecloth, and nearby sacred object with incense (a natural resin if possible) and wash it with soap and water (if appropriate). You may consider going throughout your home and doing the same with other sacred pieces.

As you reset the altar or shrine, use your intuition to put some of the items back in the same place and others in a different place. You may find that some objects “want” to leave the altar and others “want” to be honored in their place. Once it feels complete, declare:

Autumnal tides and powers
that be, this altar is enchanted
by fire, earth, air, and sea!

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Lost Loved One Remembrance Spell
By Ari Mankey

Many Witches associate Samhain/Halloween with ancestors and lost loved ones, but such rites can be practiced at any time of year. Most years on September 11, I think a great deal about my family and those I’ve lost over the years. Reaching out to loved ones who have moved beyond the veil is not complicated and can be done whenever you need their guidance or presence.

Place a picture of your deceased loved one on your altar (or write their name on a piece of paper), and place something they loved in this life next to it. Follow this by repeating their name several times and then saying:

I love and miss you and
long for your voice.
Come to this place now
if it be your choice.
So mote it be.

Feel their presence around you and speak to them as you did when they were in this world.
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Sweet Love Spell for the Sweetest Day
By Thuri Calafia

What do you have to offer to love? Make a list, however long you like, of all the blessings and gifts that go with having a romance with you. Next, list the qualities you seek in a partner. Be honest with yourself, but remember that if all you seek are superficial qualities, you will draw a superficial relationship.

Take a scrap of cotton cloth of a color you associate with romance, and cut it into a heart shape. Pile some dried rose petals, lavender, cinnamon chips, and barley in the center of the heart. Then concentrate on all the things on both lists while fluffing the herbs and chanting:

I know what I bring to the party,
And I choose love, so love chooses me.
I accept and deserve the best of the best,
By the gods, so mote it be!

Repeat the chant thirteen times, then tie up the charm with a bright ribbon and keep it on your person whenever you go out.
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The Free Exercise of Will
By Michael Furie

There are times when we may feel blocked or stifled or shy and unable to fully express ourselves. The element of fire is linked to willpower and strength, so it helps to reconnect to this element in order to rekindle our inner fire and confidence.

For this spell, you will need a red candle and a hand mirror. Light the candle safely and gaze into the flame. Remember that as warm-blooded creatures, we all have a genuine direct inner connection to the element of fire. Look into the mirror and feel your confidence, drive, and willpower flare up, and say:

Strength and passion, personal
power; inner fire emerge this hour.
Return to me my confident will,
that my true self be fulfilled.

Extinguish the candle. Repeat the ritual as often as needed.

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Back to School Success Spell
By Melissa Tipton

Back-to-school energy is in the air, making it a wonderful time to embark on a new course of study. If there’s a topic you feel drawn to explore or an area in which you’d like to hone your skills, be it magical or mundane, use this incantation to marshal support for your studies. Fill in the blank with your topic of choice (for example, tarot, baking, etc).

I call upon the spirit of
(fill in the blank)!
As I embark upon this path of
study, new learning, and growth,
ignite my curiosity; help my
thoughts and actions flow.
May all I learn expand my view
and hone my talents true.

Optional: Make a vial of carrier oil, like almond or jojoba, with a few drops each of rosemary and lemon essential oils, which aid in concentration. Hold the vial as you say the incantation, charging it with your intention. Dab the oil on pulse points before studying.
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Magickal Workings
By Charlynn Walls

Today in the United States, we recognize the labor movement and the contributions and achievements of American workers. It is a great time to recognize and honor the deities that you partner with on a regular basis.

Think about the deities you work with and determine what a fitting offering would be for them. Gather those items together and write a small note of thanks, then put them all in a small bowl that can stay outside overnight. The bowl can be placed on a porch, balcony, or windowsill or at the base of a tree. Simply say thank you. You’ll be surprised at how much this simple recognition can improve your relationship with those deities.

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9 Things to Keep On Your Ancestor Altar
By Patti Wigington Read

Family Memories

Setting up an ancestor altar is often the cornerstone, the very foundation, of working with your extended network of kin and clan for spiritual empowerment and personal growth. Much like a garden, with some regular tending—and a bit of occasional weeding—it can become a place where your spiritual work blooms and flourishes. By putting an ancestor altar in place in your home, and giving your people a space of their own, you’re carrying on a tradition found around the world, going back thousands of years.

The presence of an altar in your home—ideally, a permanent one—has plenty of benefits. First, it provides a degree of protection upon your house and everyone who lives in it, because now your home is also your ancestors’ home. They’ll look after it, and keep an eye on the goings-on around them. Second, having an altar —particularly one in a spot that you pass by daily—gives you regular access to the wisdom and knowledge of your people. Placing it in the living room or some common area puts it right in the center of your routine where you can’t overlook it. Get into the habit of speaking to your ancestors each time you walk by, even if you’re not doing a full-on ritual or meditation.

When you’re setting up your ancestor altar, especially for the first time, be sure to clean the space, both physically and metaphysically. Once you’ve done that, there are a few things you’ll want to consider having on hand. Obviously, if your spiritual tradition includes the keeping of other, more specific, items on your altar, do it—but these are some of the basics. If you begin with these nine things on your altar, you’ll be well on your way to a rich and thriving ancestral spiritual practice.

Altar cloth: It’s customary in many ancestrally focused traditions to include an altar cloth. Why? Well, it’s pretty simple—it makes the space special. After all, if you were inviting your grandmother over for dinner, you’d want the place to look nice, wouldn’t you? Of course you would! A cloth covering can make your ancestor altar feel magical. In some traditions, including many African Traditional Religions, the cloth is always plain and white.

However, if you’re not bound by the constraints of a particular tradition’s guidelines, consider using culturally appropriate fabrics. If your people are from Scotland, add some tartan plaid, or use a bright sari cloth to honor your ancestors from India. Do you have pioneer ancestors who traveled in a wagon train? Try using a simple calico or wool. If you’re not a fan of patterns, or don’t have access to relevant fabrics from around the world, plain black or white is just fine.

Photos: If you’re fortunate enough to have photos of your people, or the places in which they lived, add them to your altar. They can be framed or simply lie loose. If you don’t have a photo, that’s okay—was one of your ancestors well-off enough to have a portrait painted? If you’ve got famous (or infamous) kinfolk, you may be able to find images online to print out. Be sure to only use photos of deceased family members though—your ancestor altar is for the dead, not the living.

Family heirlooms: Tangible items that were physically handled by our ancestors can help establish a connection. Maybe you have a wooden bowl carved by a pioneer ancestor on a wagon train, or a pocket watch carried by your great-something grandfather, or a sewing kit that came through Ellis Island a century and a half ago. Physical objects bring our kinfolk closer. Keep in mind that what matters most is how relevant these items are to your ancestors, not to you&3151;you might not be Christian, but that doesn’t mean Grandma’s cherished rosary or a great-uncle’s Bible can’t have a place on your altar.

Artwork and symbols: Not everyone has access to photos and heirlooms. Is there some sort of artwork that represents your family heritage? Perhaps you found a sketch of the old family homestead, or you have a piece of jewelry that represents the country your grandmother came from. Did your ancestors inhabit a place that has a national flower, or can you hang a flag to symbolize their homeland? What about a musical instrument?

Perhaps you’ve found a painting of the castle where your great-something grandmother worked as a servant, or a wood carving showing a tradition or custom that was popular in the land they occupied long ago. Think outside the box, and come up with ways to decorate the area around your altar space in a way that’s welcoming to your kinfolk who have crossed over.

Food and beverage: In many ancestral traditions, of both today and the past, it’s customary to present your ancestors with a regular option for food and drink. Some spiritual systems encourage practitioners to keep a glass of fresh water on the altar at all times, changing it out on the same day each week. If your ancestors prefer something other than water, give it to them! Wine, whiskey, coffee, and tea are all perfectly acceptable alternatives—if you think they’re something your kinfolk might enjoy. Keep it in a special glass or cup that you only use on your altar; don’t keep your altar beverage cup in the cabinet with the rest of your kitchenware.

Have you ever thought about sharing a meal with your kinfolk? For many people, food is a love language, so why not cook a special dish just for your ancestors? If you don’t have the time or resources to do that, you can fix them a plate from your own table and add a serving to the altar space. Leave it in place overnight, and then dispose of it respectfully by taking it outside—don’t just dump it in the trash can.

Offerings: When you make offerings to your people, think about what’s appropriate, both culturally and individually. You can’t go wrong with items you’ve made yourself, whether it’s a home-cooked dish or something you’ve sewn, painted, or crafted. If you’re handy with wordsmithing, consider a prayer or even a song in your ancestors’ honor.

The more you get to know your people, the easier it will be to figure out what sorts of offerings they want and expect from you. Offerings can be as simple as a plant, stone, or a pretty seashell you’ve picked up. It should be something that they would be honored to receive as a gift, but it doesn’t have to be expensive or fancy.

Candles: Plan on including candles on your ancestor altar—and there’s a lot of room for different styles and needs here. In some magical traditions, white is the only color used, and unscented at that, but it’s okay to branch out. Ask yourself what your people would appreciate the most and take it from there. If your great-great-aunt loved the smell of jasmine, you can certainly use a jasmine-scented candle to welcome her into your space!

You can incorporate different sizes and styles of candles, although tealights and votives are great if you want to do a working that honors many ancestors at once. Designate each candle to represent a specific ancestor or split them into family groups. Jar candles are a fantastic option as well, because you can designate them to represent individual people&151;you can even attach pictures to them!

Handmade items: Are there craft items you can make to honor your people? If one of your ancestors was skilled in fiber arts, why not learn to sew or knit, and present them with a gift made by your own hands? Perhaps you paint, or woodcraft, or do metalwork. Maybe you’ve learned how to throw clay—can you make a small statue representing your heritage, or even a simple offering dish? If you’ve ever thought about learning a new skill, especially one that relates to your heritage, this is a great opportunity to do it.

If you don’t think you’re crafty or skilled, don’t worry—you can write a letter speaking to your people, or even create something as simple as a thank-you note, expressing your gratitude for the blessings they’ve already provided you.

Divination tools: Your ancestors are a valuable resource for divination workings; they have plenty of insight and guidance to share with you! Keep your favorite divination tools on your altar so that you can communicate with family members who might have some wisdom to pass your way. Whether you use tarot cards, a pendulum, runes, or some other form of divination, keeping your tools on your altar will help charge them with your ancestors’ power and energy.

You may also want to create a set of oracle cards with your ancestors’ photos and other family-related images. Select a word or phrase for each card that represents what that particular ancestor symbolizes to you. Perhaps your immigrant grandfather represents perseverance and hard work, or that long-distant great-aunt makes you think of wisdom and knowledge. Assign each card a meaning and select one or two each day to tap into the insights your people have to offer you.
Whatever you decide to do, make your ancestor altar deeply and uniquely personal. Designate it as a place that speaks to you and also to your kinfolk. Welcome them into your home, give them a space of their own, and you’ll find that they’re going to bless you with abundance, wisdom, guidance, and protection—all because you took the time to get to know them and invite them into your life. Your ancestors ready to speak with you, if you’ll just take the time to listen to them. What are you waiting for?

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Heartwings Love Notes 948 Always and Never

Heartwings says, “Being mindful of old habits of speech helps you to be kinder.”

I try to avoid the use of “always” and “never, as in “you always,” or “You never.” in discussions. These words are often used when someone is either complaining or scolding: “You always forget to shut off the light,” for instance, or “you never let me know when you’re coming.” Using these words is counterproductive, and unnecessarily critical. They do little to no good to communicate what a person is trying to get across. Furthermore, they are probably not accurate, but actually are an expression of feelings rather than being a fact.

I certainly heard these words from my mother over and over again. For most, especially parents, they are simply a habit of speech. What is important to remember is that they do not help. They often make things worse. They usually make the person addressed feel defensive, and then they are apt to deny doing or neglecting the act in question all the time. Too, the words will usually perpetuate the negativity of the conversation instead of helping to resolve the situation being discussed.

How often growing up did one or both of your parents use the words “always” and “never” to describe some act they hoped to correct. How did it make you feel? Did you feel criticized, perhaps unjustly? When another adult uses the same words, it is even worse. I try hard not to speak them because I don’t like how I feel when someone says them to me. They feel like a judgement of my character or my efforts. They feel unjust, and arouse a sense of protest, making things worse for me and for the other, as well. If I make an effort to be conscious of what I say when I am speaking, it is easier to stop unhelpful but habitual words and phrases from being spoken aloud.

Too, these words can cause hurt. There is no need for them. Instead of being an honest statement of how someone feels, they are an apparent criticism, pushing the argument along. What might be better and more effective would be to say, “When you forget to lock the door, it makes me feel …” or “When you forget to turn out the light, I get upset because it is a waste of energy-or drives up the electric bill.” This approach helps to heal the situation, not make it worse. When we become aware of this habit if speech, we can communicate more effectively, and everyone benefits.

May you be able to hear yourself when you avoid honestly expressing feelings.

Blessings and best regards, Tasha Halpert

PS Dear Readers, if you have comments or even suggestions, I would be so happy to hear them. Do write me and tell me your thoughts. Your emails make my day. You can reach me at tashhal@gmail.com, or by hitting reply. For more Love notes, look for them at http://www.heartwingsandfriends.com.

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The Gift of a Positive Image
By Madisyn Taylor

It is important that we all find people that believe in us, just as we believe in others.

There are times in our lives when we may find ourselves facing challenges that can seem overwhelming. The situation or task we are struggling with seems hopeless, and it is easy to stop believing in ourselves, our goals, and our dreams. It is during these moments that it can be reassuring and reaffirming to turn to the people in our lives who do believe in us, especially when we are finding it hard to believe in ourselves. An encouraging word, a reassuring look, or hearing the words “I believe in you” from someone who matters can help us turn our situations around in an instant.

Everybody has someone who believes in them, whether this person is a teacher, parent, friend, loved one, or an employer. Often their belief can wrap us in warmth, bolster us, and offer us a supportive hand to grab onto until we can regain our own support. Having that special person who believes in our abilities and our worth is a wonderful gift. But when we are feeling unworthy, it may be difficult to take in something so precious. We may even feel like we need to do it all on our own and that we shouldn’t be asking for help. However, in letting their belief and support impact you, you are acknowledging the part of yourself that knows you are worthy of trust and esteem. By allowing them to believe in you, your own belief in yourself and your abilities will start to emerge again. Borrow their vision, and you can make it your own.

If your special someone is not there to spur you on, you also can lift yourself up with the gift of a positive image. When you feel uncertain, you can create a vision of the future you desire that will serve as a beacon of light. To do so, simply imagine a future that is exactly as you’d like it to be. Imagine in detail how you feel, what you are doing, and how others are responding to you. Make your vision as real as possible, and allow your doubts to recede so you can focus solely on the goal you seek. The more intently you focus on the image of what you want, your belief in yourself will step to the forefront, making it easier for the universe to open up a path and guide you.

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How do Cats Communicate?
by Andrew McGregor

Cats, tigers, panthers, leopards, lions and cheetahs all communicate
in similar ways. When you own a cat it is very important to understand
how it communicates. By reading this short article you will learn the
basics of cat communication. You will learn how to tell what mood your
cat is in and if anything, what it wants. Your cat will communicate
differently with you than other cats and animals. They use a range of
different ways to communicate including noises, body language etc. If
you spend some time observing your cat, sometimes it can be easy to
understand what type of mood they are in and other times it can be
impossible. This section will give you the right information to
understand your cat’s communication.

Noises and sounds

Cats can make a great number of noises and sounds; some scientists
think they can produce up to 81 different sounds and pitches. All of
these have different meanings. The amount of noise your cat makes
depends on its personality; some cats don’t make any noise. The most
common out of all the sounds that cats make is ‘meow’; it can mean
that your cat is hungry, curious, angry, happy or welcoming you home.
The second most common sound is purring, scientists don’t know much
about it, most of the time it is a sign of happiness and content but
on rare occasions it can mean your cat has a serious illness. Other
sounds such as growling and hissing mean that your cat is angry, upset
or scared.

Body language

Cats use a variety of body language, some examples are the movement of
its tail, the position of its ears and even how it is standing. The
most obvious body language your cat uses is the movement of its tail.
In general, the higher your cat’s tail, the happier it is. When your
cat is in an extremely happy mood it will point its tail directly up
and when it is scared and afraid it will tuck it between its legs.
When your cat is angry or annoyed it will throw its tail from side to
side. Short quick movement’s and twitching indicates restlessness and
excitement.

In conclusion, when a cat is happy or excited it raises its tail to a
vertical angle and rubs against you and may possibly lick you when you
put your hand out, an example of this is when you are about to feed
it. On the other hand when your cat is angry it puffs up its hair, its
eyes become big, it growls, flattens its ears and spits. When a cat is
happy and content, it lies on its stomach with its paws tucked under
its body. When your cat wants to play it lies on its side with its
paws and feed outstretched.

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Energy Of A Home
By Madisyn Taylor

Everything and everybody that enters your home creates an energy and leaves a footprint.

Our homes are filled with energy that we create and allow to flourish. In many cases, our relationship with the pulse of our homes is passive rather than active because we do not pay particular heed to the energy that has been established. It is only when we regard these spaces as unique entities that we begin to understand why it is necessary to take charge of the energy that fills our homes. Stagnant, inharmonious energy can find its way into our dwellings through many avenues. Previous occupants, builders, visitors, and the individuals who maintain a home leave a strong energy imprint behind. Objects and symbols can also have an effect on the energy of a residence. When we are aware of all that can influence the energy of our spaces, we are empowered to create harmonious homes that do more than meet our need for shelter.

Exercising care with regard to who and what we invite into our homes is one of the easiest ways we can ensure that the energy within remains loving and supportive. It is not always possible to keep potentially harmful people and possessions from entering our homes, but we can take precautions. Individuals can be kept from private spaces like bedrooms and meditation areas, while property can be purified through cleansing or smudging. During periods of remodeling or construction, Reiki symbols and other positive imagery can be printed on surfaces that will later be covered by walls or flooring. Though hidden, these will continue to attract good energy and cleanse the existent energy. Blessings can also be drawn in plain sight, where they remind us of how potently our home’s energy can affect our own.

A home can appear beautiful, comfortable, and stable while still serving as a dwelling place for negative or otherwise offensive energy. If you care for your home conscientiously and with great care, you will instinctively look beyond the surface qualities of your home when assessing how it feels. Since you actively guard your home against the intrusion of unwelcome energy, you will have the time and vigor necessary to cope with it constructively when should it appear in your midst. The spirit of your spaces will respond to your thoughtful ministrations, nurturing and supporting you for as long as you choose to reside within her walls.

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Michaelmas: The Day the Devil Spit on Your Blackberries
By Mary Beth Albright

It’s time to eat as many blackberries as you can find and stuff in a pie. After September 29, those celebrating the feast of Michaelmas warn you not to eat them.

On the list of forgotten holidays, Michaelmas falls somewhere below Arbor Day and the winter solstice. But just as American Popemania is rousing hoardes of non-Catholics, Michaelmas affects the secular world. A religious holiday celebrated by some Christian churches, it is a centuries-old event with a peculiar food history.

In medieval England, farmers used Michaelmas as a way to delineate the changing of the seasons—made sense, as it fell around the change of seasons. Michaelmas was a time to finish the reaping and start preparing for winter.

But the rule against eating blackberries after September 29 comes not from seasonality but from the story of the Archangel Michael, for whom the day is named. Michael, the greatest of all angels, defeated the angel Lucifer in a huge battle and banished him from heaven, the lore goes. At that point Lucifer became the devil. When Lucifer bounced onto the floor of hell, he landed in a thorny blackberry bush. (Naturally when you land in hell, you land end-first in a bunch of thorns.) This made him so mad that he spit on the bush and cursed its fruit.

So it is ill advised to eat blackberries after Michaelmas, a date better known in the United States as National Poisoned Blackberry Day. No word on why it’s OK to eat the fruit the rest of the year, after Satan stamped, spit, breathed fire, and possibly urinated on it. I’ll stick with fall fruits.

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Look For The Hunter’s Blue Moon On Halloween Night!
By Bob Berman

The Hunter’s Blue Moon will occur on October 31, 2020—Halloween night! What is a Blue Moon, exactly? To prepare you for the Blue Moon on Halloween night this year, we’ve got all the details.

A Hunter’S Blue Moon On Halloween Night
In October 2020, we’re in for a special lunar event: a Blue Moon on October 31—Halloween night!

But that’s not the only thing that makes this October special. The month will contain both the Harvest Moon and the Hunter’s Moon, which are unique as far as full Moon names go.

October’s Two Full Moons

Why these names are unique has to do with the fact that the Harvest Moon and the Hunter’s Moon are the only two full Moon names associated with an astronomical event rather than a particular calendar month, which means that the names aren’t tied to a specific month’s full Moon.

Instead, the Harvest Moon is defined as the full Moon that happens nearest to the Autumnal Equinox (September 22, 2020), while the Hunter’s Moon is the full Moon that directly follows the Harvest Moon.

Typically, this means that the Harvest Moon occurs in September, followed by the Hunter’s Moon in October. This year, however, October will contain two full Moons—on the 1st and 31st—which means that both the Harvest Moon AND the Hunter’s Moon will occur in October, and that the Hunter’s Moon will also be a Blue Moon!

So what happens to September’s full Moon name if it’s not called the Harvest Moon? It takes on one of its alternate names: the Full Corn Moon.

When to See the Blue Moon

Venture outdoors on the night of October 31, 2020, to catch a glimpse of a bewitching full Moon—the Hunter’s Blue Moon! This full Moon will reach peak illumination at 10:51 A.M. EDT on Halloween morning, but will appear full that night, too.

What Is A Blue Moon?
Need a refresher on what a Blue Moon actually is? We get a lot of questions about the term, including:

Is “Blue Moon” a scientific term used in astronomy?
Did this term originate with Native American folklore, like a number of the other full Moon names?
Does a Blue Moon really look blue?
In truth, the answer to all of these questions is “no.”

The modern understanding of “Blue Moon” only took off in the 1980s. It was a result of a much earlier mistake printed in a 1946 issue of Sky & Telescope magazine, and since then, the term has gone viral in the media.

Two Types of Blue Moons

There are two definitions of the term that are commonly used today:

Seasonal Blue Moon: The extra full Moon that occurs within an astronomical season. One season—defined by the dates of the solstices and equinoxes—typically has three full moons occur within it. If a season instead has four full moons, then the third full moon (not the fourth) in the season may be called a Blue Moon.
Calendrical Blue Moon: The second full moon to occur in a calendar month. It takes our Moon about 29.5 days to complete one cycle of phases (from new Moon to new Moon), so if a full Moon occurs on the first of a month, there will be a second full Moon—a Blue Moon—at the end of the month, too (except in February).
Although the latter definition is the one more commonly followed today, the former actually came first. As mentioned above, a misinterpretation of the seasonal definition in the 1940s gave way to the calendrical definition, which was later popularized in the 80s and has stuck around to today.

When Is The Next Blue Moon?
As of this writing, the next Blue Moon according to either definition will occur on October 31, 2020, as described in detail above.

After that, we won’t actually have to wait too long for another Blue Moon:

The next seasonal Blue Moon will occur on August 22, 2021, as the third full Moon in a series of four within that season.

The next calendrical Blue Moon will happen on August 30, 2023, as the second full Moon in that month.

How Often Does A Blue Moon Occur?
Most months have one full Moon, not two.

Since the Moon’s period of phases is 29 ½ days, while months usually have 30 or 31 days, it’s obvious that if a full Moon lands on the first day of any month except February, it will repeat again at the end.

Turns out, calendrical Blue Moons happen every 30 months on average. Two and a half years. Seasonal Blue Moons happen at a similar rate: about once every two to three years. So maybe “once in a Blue Moon” isn’t so rare after all!

Two Blue Moons in a Single Year
But how often do we have two Blue Moons in a single year? (As in 2018, when there were Blue Moons in both January and March, and no full Moon in February.)

This won’t happen again until 2037, when we’ll again have another Blue Moon in both January and March.

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Planting by the Moon’s Phases

According to this age-old practice, cycles of the Moon affect plant growth.

Call us old-fashioned, but all of these newfangled ways of figuring out when to plant your corn or your kale or your cucumbers seem to be making old wisdom sound like a new thing. We love a good app as much as the next person, but planting by the phases of the Moon isn’t anything new. Gardeners and farmers have been doing it for ages. Best of all, it’s a fairly simple process.

Plant your annual flowers and vegetables that bear crops above ground during the light, or waxing of the Moon … from the day the Moon is new to the day it is full.

Plant flowering bulbs, biennial and perennial flowers, and vegetables that bear crops below ground during the dark, or waning, of the Moon … from the day after it is full to the day before it is new again.

For more specific dates, there is a Planting Table in the 2021 Old Farmer’s Almanac that gives you the best planting days based on the Moon’s phases and your location. Going back to the kale, for instance, if you live in Area 1 (the southern U.S.), you can plant kale between February 11 and March 20.

If you live in Area 3 (southern Canada and most of the northern U.S. except for the western half of Washington and Oregon), you can plant kale from May 15–31, but your most favorable days are from May 15-26.

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How to Clean Your Home with Reiki!
by Kristina Smith

One of the things that I love the most about Reiki is its adaptability. Reiki is a healing modality which can be used in multiple situations, and in multiple ways. It seems as if there is an endless number of ways that I can integrate Reiki into my daily life. I heal myself, my partner, and my children with Reiki. I heal our animal companions with Reiki. I have used Reiki to heal the Earth, the past, current situations, and I have even sent Reiki into the future to help myself and others in situations that have yet to occur. I have used Reiki to heal people all over the world, as I am sure most practitioners have as well. However, one of my favorite ways to use Reiki is to clean my home with it. Yes, you read that correctly…I clean my home with Reiki! Let me explain how.

Years ago, in an effort to reduce the amount of chemicals that I expose myself, my family, and my animal companions to, I started making my own household cleaners. It is incredibly inexpensive and easy to do. Baking soda (also called Sodium Bicarbonate) and white vinegar will clean just about everything in your home. I used these two ingredients for months before I began learning about the cleansing and purifying abilities of essential oils. Tea Tree, Lemon, Clove, and Orange essential oils are all very useful and widely used in commercial cleaning products, so I began adding a few drops into my homemade cleaners. The wonderful aroma from these oils is an added bonus to their powerful cleaning abilities.

As I began learning about Reiki, I wanted to use it as much as possible to acclimate myself to the energies I had been attuned to. I began sending Reiki to my cleaning sprays. Now, when I make my cleaners, I also infuse each ingredient I use with Reiki, as well as sending Reiki to the completed product.
I will share with you today a recipe that I created for an all around cleaner. Feel free to adapt this to suit your own purposes, based on your own intuition and knowledge of essential oils. Vinegar and water alone, in a 50/50 ratio, is a wonderful cleaning solution on its own.

Reiki Infused All Purpose Cleaner

” 16 oz. spray bottle (Glass is preferred, as essential oils may damage plastic bottles. However, I personally have used plastic spray bottles with no problems.)
” White Vinegar
” Water (Filtered is preferred, but tap water may be used)
” Essential oils of choice (Lemon, Orange, Pine, Clove, Tea Tree, and Peppermint are all great choices)
” Pinch of Sea Salt (optional)
” Clear Quartz crystal chips (optional)

Infuse the white vinegar with Reiki. You may use any symbols you like. I use the CKR and DKM. Add vinegar to bottle until half full. Infuse Reiki into the water, using any symbols you like. (Again, I use CKR and DKM). Add the water until the bottle is almost full, leaving space to shake the bottle before each use. If you wish to stop here, you may. However, if you would like to add essential oils, infuse them with Reiki as well. (I infuse all of my essential oils separately as I receive them, again from time to time as I am intuitively guided, and once more before using them in aromatherapy or cleaning products.) If you would like to add sea salt (which purifies negativity) or clear quartz crystals (which dispels negativity and amplifies the energy around it) infuse these with Reiki as well. Add the remaining ingredients and close the spray bottle. Infuse the entire solution and shake to combine. I also send more Reiki into the cleaning solution and shake well before each use. This is a POWERFUL cleaner which will clean your home physically and metaphysically. It can be used on countertops, appliances, floors (do not use on hardwood floors or surfaces), sinks, glass, and windows.

If you do not wish to make your own household cleaners, be assured that you can infuse any commercially purchased cleaner with Reiki!
The healing, restorative, and purifying powers of Reiki will now flow into your home every time you clean. You may even find that you enjoy cleaning your house more. May your home be filled with love and light.

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Gilberto’s Dream
by Stephen Halpert

Gilberto yawned and grinned at Maria. “I think the party went well.”
She smiled. “Ramon’s daughters are adorable.” She sighed. “I fear Joey ate most of the shrimp.” She snuggled against him, gently kissed him. “Let’s get into bed.”
He grinned back and shrugged out of his tux jacket. The envelope from Atlas fell on the floor.
“That’s from your work,” Maria said. “Better pick it up and see what is says.” She started undressing.
“Jack gave it to me at the party. Probably inventory projections. We get them every month, still…” He opened it, and took out the piece of paper.
What unfolded was indeed a letter. It was on Atlas executive stationary, welcoming him to Senior Management, affirming his promotion to Vice President together with the mention of a salary increase and options.
Tears filled his eyes. “I’m a vice president!” He cried aloud. His body shook. “The biggest dream of my life has come true.” He took hold of Maria’s hands and gazed into her eyes. “This is my dream come true! It wasn’t easy when I left soccer. After my rehab from the hip operation I still had responsibilities. I knew I had to find a real job fast.”
She moved into his arms and held him. “And you did. But what does being promoted to vice president really mean to you?”
He breathed faster gulping on his words. “Way more money. We can do things; go anywhere we want.”
They hugged each other. Then he said. “Being a VP makes me feel like I’ve made it.”
She kissed him. You didn’t feel that way before. Like you were in charge–after all, you were.?””
“Not like now. Being a VP seals the deal.”
“I’m glad you can feel your power.” Her voice softened to barely above a whisper. “In which case may I be the first to reward the newly minted vice president?” Then she giggled, and tried pulling him toward the bed. “Let’s celebrate.”
He didn’t respond to her. His mind drifted, thinking of how long he had had this dream.
“Gilberto,” she said, her fingers toying with his buttons, I want to congratulate you in my way. I am the wild woman of your dreams. And I won’t take no for an answer.” She moved closer, still hopeful of seducing him away from his current captivity with his thoughts.
But he sighed happily, still envisioning his future. Maybe he’d buy a boat, maybe he’d invest in real estate, he was a regent in the court of conspicuous consumption.
Maria shook her head. “Come back to me, Gilberto.”
He laughed. “I’ll be in the papers again. This time on the business page. Big announcement that I’m a VP. Believe me with promotions like this Atlas does it up right. I wonder should I have publicity pictures taken?”
She sighed. “Ok, handsome if you’re too far gone to be with me the way I’d like to celebrate, I’ll just go to sleep.” Reluctantly she started away from him and began to take down the bedspread.
Seeing her do that brought him to his senses. “No!” He reached for her. “Just excited. Always been dreaming of this. A dream I never thought would come true.”
She kissed him, held him. Then no more words. They lost themselves in each other. It was way past three before they finally fell asleep.
The phone rang at ten thirty. Karibe’s booming voice: “How are the lovebirds this morning?”
“Hi,” Gilberto laughed, not quite awake. “You had fun?”
“Oh, did we ever,” the giant roared with laughter and approval “Guess what Gilberto, I’m going to book Lola and me a cruise down the Nile the way Cleopatra did.”
“Nice,” Gilberto said.
“Just calling to get you and Maria, Ramon and Rosa for dinner with us Monday at the hotel before we ship out.”
“Sure,” Gilberto wondered how Lola would like being seated on a wooden barge floating up the Nile followed by snapping crocodiles. He grinned. “Okay, see you Monday night.
Maria came into the bedroom. Joey’s fed and taking Oscar for his walk. And what does my newly minted vice president have in mind this morning?”
He stretched. “I guess I’m up and maybe now, breakfast?”
She sighed and frowned “Ok Gilberto,” she said slowly, “if it’s breakfast you want your girlfriend will get dressed and fry you some eggs.”
“That sounds a little grumpy
“I’m not grumpy,” she said softly. “Sooner or later these visions of corporate sugar plums will stop dancing in your head, then I’ll be here waiting.”
He laughed and reached out for her, but she jumped away. “Oh, no sir, I must wait until all your gaseous corporate yearning pass and it’s just us.”
He nodded. “OK. I hear you.” He smiled fondly. “Now what did you tell your father when he pushed about us getting married? I overheard some of what was said.”
“I told him we would. I just didn’t say when.”
`”You really mean that?” Momentarily he felt hopeful.
“I always mean what I say?” She smiled and stretched like a Siamese cat. “And someday no doubt we will. Right now, we’re still young and living our romance.”
“You’re teasing me, stringing me along. OK someday when?”
She sighed wishing he’d just leave well enough alone.
“Maybe someday when Joey gets married, we’ll have a nice double wedding.”
Despite how hearing that made him feel, he laughed. “You know Maria in your own quiet way you can be very, very bossy.”
She raised her eyebrows, grinned. “And considering I’m the offspring of Alicia and Edwardo how could I ever be otherwise?”

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Weekly Horoscope: Sunday, September 13, 2020
by Georgia Nicols
https://www.georgianicols.com

All Signs
These are difficult times. Saturn, Pluto and Jupiter are in Capricorn – the sign representing structures, the government and the law courts. Next year, two of these planets will leave Capricorn and move into rebellious and innovative Aquarius. Not until 2023, will Pluto make a brief two-month appearance in Aquarius; then finally enter Aquarius for good in 2024 to stay until 2044. (Twenty years! That’s a stretch.) Aquarius is ruled by Uranus, which was discovered in 1781when they were toppling the heads of the European ruling class, before the French revolution in 1789. Scary stuff. (Of course, that was before anyone could buy a decent neck brace.) Bottom line? Rebellious change awaits us all. Oh yeah, that bell? “It tolls for thee.”

Aries (March 21-April 19)
This is a productive week. Admittedly, because your ruler Mars is in your sign and it is retrograde, you might feel that you are wading through sand at times. But motivation is everything and you are motivated! You want to be efficient and productive! Furthermore, you are taking pleasure now at making long-range plans that will change or revolutionize or improve your situation. When I say situation, this includes your health. The big thing to keep in mind right now is to guard against self-doubt. Don’t take the bait. If that little voice on your shoulder is questioning your self-worth – flick that character off immediately. “Be gone! And never darken my towels again!” (Thanks Groucho.)

Taurus (April 20-May 20)
So here’s the thing. Fiery Mars is actually hiding in your chart right now. By hiding, I mean it might subtly affect your subconscious. Meanwhile, Mars is actually retrograde, which further complicates things. The bottom line is your self-confidence is being tested. It’s easy for you to doubt yourself and doubt your abilities and doubt how lovable you are. (“I’m navel lint.”) Resist these little, fleeting thoughts that self-sabotage you! Instead, focus on making fun vacation plans for now or in the future. Focus on teaching kids or doing something that will solidify their future in a secure way. Enjoy redecorating where you live because this will please you. (Sorry — those psychedelic pillows have to go.)

Gemini (May 21-June 20)
Your focus continues to be on home, family and your private life. However, now you are making some serious plans. You want to solidify your home base and solidify your family dynamic so that it is reliable and supportive. You want the real deal. You don’t want to be cast off in some lifeboat. Therefore, line your ducks up in a row so that you can count on where you live. Fortunately, Venus will guarantee that you can smooth talk anyone this week. Stay clear of any kind of competition with a friend or a group because this will only backfire. Meanwhile, take time to relax with some mental, pleasure-loving games. Read a mystery. Try a few challenging puzzles.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Your fast-paced continues; however, this week you will do some serious thinking and planning for the future. You might do this with a partner or a close friend or you might do it alone. Your ambitious schemes are temporarily halted. Please note the word temporary because by mid-Nov., things will start to pick up and by Jan. they’ll be all systems go! That might not be as soon as you would hope – but at least, you know that the light at the end of the tunnel is not a train! Fortunately, you can attract money to you this week; and many of you will spend it on pretty things for yourself and loved ones. Yay!

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
You are still focused on money, cash flow and your assets; and you are concerned also with your personal sense of worth. Don’t worry you’ve got what it takes and you always will because despite your flash and dazzle, you are one of the strongest, most stoic signs in the zodiac. That’s why people rely on you. This is an excellent week to buy wardrobe treasures. (Get something because it will give you a boost.) It’s also a good week to teach, read, speak and influence others because you’re more chatty than usual and keen to learn. If you feel nervous to travel or you want to stay closer to home –that’s just fine. Stock the fridge.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
You are blessed because the Sun is in your sign! (This happens only once a year for four weeks, giving you a chance to rejuvenate yourself!) Plus, the Sun in your sign inexplicably draws people and favourable situations to you. Admittedly, something to do with shared property, banking and the wealth of others might be stalled in the water. Nevertheless, you are full of moneymaking ideas! You might even have a little something going on the side? (Hmmm, this could also mean you are indulging in a secret love. Naughty pleasures!) Whatever happens, Jupiter will bless you now. Your health is good and you have a strong sense of well-being. Jupiter also will protect your finances. Relax.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
Things are unsettled this week. The Sun is “hiding” in your chart, which is tricky. You have that feeling you’re waiting for something but you’re not sure what. “I’m all dressed up with nowhere to go!” Furthermore, retrograde Mars is opposite your sign, which could create confusion in partnerships and close friendships. Fortunately, this confusion is not aggressive. It’s closer to “How did I get here?” “Am I in this movie?” Don’t worry. Jupiter has you covered because things at home are solid and in fact, you are fortunate! You have a good home base. Accept that will be a bit “touch and go” until Jan. And you are not alone. Many people feel this way. Get comfortable.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
This is still a popular time, which is a good thing because you need the support of your friends right now. This support might come through a group or a member of a group. Either way, your interactions with others will benefit you now, which is why it’s wise to be friendly and open with others. Certainly, people in power see you in a positive way. They admire you! Someone might offer you increased responsibilities or a promotion because they think so highly of you. Admittedly, you feel like you’re caught in slow mo at work. “I can’t make things happen!” Don’t get hung up on this. Go with what works, and focus on what is stalled in the water. Do what you can. Slowly, slowly.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
“We love you!” Oh yes, you are in a flattering spotlight that makes everyone admire you (even if you don’t do anything special). This is excellent! Smile and receive all these compliments. If someone asks you to do something – do it. You’ll look great. If you can travel for pleasure (unlikely but possible) by all means, do it because you’re keen to expand your world right now either literally or at least, through ideas. Younger people are a source of pleasure right now. (Especially if they kiss the hem of your cape.) If you have the ability to inspire someone, take this seriously. It’s a special opportunity, and certainly, an opportunity not to be missed. Don’t get hung up on difficulties with kids because this will get sorted out by Jan. Count on it.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
By nature, you are cautious. You like a sure thing. Who doesn’t like a predictable outcome? It’s the smart way to be. This is a good week to make long-range travel plans for the future, especially about publishing, the media, medicine, the law, and perhaps plans about further education or going back to school. It’s all good. Meanwhile, gifts and goodies from others will come your way. (Keep your pockets open.) Even your sex life is sweet and affectionate, and dare we say memorable? (We did.) The nebulous uncertainty of things at home or within the family will not be fully crystallized until Jan. Just accept this. Next year is a whole new deal! And a happier one!

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Interactions with others are delightful. Relations with close friends and partners are warm and supportive. Younger people want to learn from you. (You might travel somewhere with someone younger?) Your modern ideas excite people, and this pleases you. Take advantage of this time to secure loose ends regarding shared property, debt, taxes, inheritances and estates. Ultimately, this will give you security in the future and perhaps even increased wealth. However, on a day-to-day basis, you might start to question everything? It’s as if you have lost your centre? But you have not. It just feels that way. You’re fine.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
You will need more sleep this week because the Sun is opposite your sign. Symbolically, this means the Sun (which is your source of energy) is as far away from you as it gets all year. If you are tired, situations will feel overwhelming! Fortunately, job-related matters look good. Coworkers and bosses admire you. You might even work to improve your work space or make it more attractive. (This is important.) Discussions about shared property, taxes, debt and inheritances will be productive. But your energy and enthusiasm to earn money are wobbly. This is just a temporary speedbump. Don’t worry. By Jan., you’ll be leader of the pack!

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Weekly Horoscopes Beginning Sunday, 13 September 2020

If you`re born within cusp period (16 to 26 of any month); you`re advised to read horoscopes of both signs covered by that period. You`re in the border; you may have influences from houses within those signs.

Outlines are longer versions; consists of every possible detail of everyday and based on three parts of each sign: 1st, 2nd & 3rd Decan; that is, any of three divisions of 10° within a sign of the zodiac. Even if you know or don`t know your Decan; I recommend, please read all three Decan.

Aries
Personal theme: I am!!
Fire & cardinal sign: March 21 — April 19

Your horoscope for this week:

Ordinarily, you`d regard problems as setbacks, whether in existing arrangements or future plans. While during other periods that`s exactly what they`d be, with your ruler Mars in Aries but retrograde, or moving backwards, it`s about you pausing to analyse arrangements, including those you`ve regarded as unchanging. Once they were; but with your circumstances in transition, a review, if not massive rethink, would be timely.

Trust your instincts when it comes to anything connected with your world of work or other important responsibilities. Don`t hold back from making suggestions because other people seem to disagree with you. Your thoughts and ideas are valid. You may have to acquire new skills to move forward but this isn`t an impossibility. A loved one`s plans are making you uncertain. That`s because your mind is on your own concerns rather than on domestic and family matters.

It will be over a decade before Jupiter makes its next direct station in the career zone of your solar chart. You could view this as a booster moment when you make significant progress in your aims and objectives. True, Mars is now retrograde in your sign and yes, you may need to give way in a few areas. In the interests of achieving a long-term goal, that might not daunt you too much. Your ability to think creatively should also get you noticed. True, you will need to keep that combative streak reined in and yes, by Friday give a little away with grace. All that said, this week should bring a career vantage point which you can use to define a constructive business plan that you launch at the end of the month.

Taurus
Personal theme: I have!!
Earth & fixed sign: April 20 — May 20

Your horoscope for this week:

Sometimes obstacles are no more than that. However, those you`re currently facing are forcing you to adopt a fresh perspective, about both what you`re currently doing and your priorities for the future. This is about thinking beyond what you currently have in mind. Initially, it may seem you`ve few options.. However, sudden ideas or offers will broaden your horizons, primarily in terms of future possibilities.

If your marriage or a romantic relationship seems to have lost its sparkle, why not be the one to take the initiative? Make an effort to add a dash of excitement into your partnership. If you can`t arrange a weekend away, which you probably can`t, there are plenty other ways to surprise the one you love. Find new ways to thrill your partner and romance will once again flourish. A friend or relative may repeat a request for a loan. If you still can`t afford it, don`t give in.

Don`t underestimate your ability to absorb information. Your expertise will doubtless be required and should get you noticed. Indeed, as of Tuesday you could surprise a few people by displaying a combination of enthusiasm and leadership and yes, perhaps audacity. This in turn might lead to you being invited to join a new team. Yes, you may have doubts about the way in which they present information and yes, initially your input might not find full favour. It should be obvious by Friday however that you are mastering the art of planting ideas that others then think are theirs. It`s not at all impossible that more than one person will soon see you as a quiet but steely voice of authority and be grateful to have you on their side.

Gemini
Personal theme: I think!!
Air sign: May 21 — June 20

Your horoscope for this week:

When organising certain plans or promises recently, the path ahead seemed clear. While events over the coming week will slow progress and raise questions about even seemingly simple arrangements, they`re worth investigating. Be patient, because things probably won`t come together until you benefit from the insights that accompany Thursday`s New Moon. However, the more you learn, the clearer it will be they`re well worth waiting for.

If you want to impress someone, you should volunteer for the tasks and challenges you do well and are familiar with. It isn`t the time to experiment with anything new. New ideas that don`t work won`t reflect well on your overall performance. Energy levels quickly start to wane. Work and pastimes that keep you out of the limelight will suit you best. A change of pace would be just what the doctor ordered and a short break with routine will be relaxing and rejuvenating.

It should be all systems go after Jupiter stations on Sunday. Others, notably those born under Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn may be anxious to get matters under way. They might also be vaguely exasperated that things are not quite as well prepared as they might have been. All that said, significant progress could be made by Thursday. The art may be not to deflect those who have a very definite schedule to adhere to. In short, don`t ask too many questions and focus on the task in hand. Your enquires will be more valuable as of Friday. Indeed, at that point, you could negotiate better deals, come up with good copywriting and generally oil the wheels. Frustrating as it may be to work within a system, questioning it too much could delay progress.

Cancer
Personal theme: I feel!!
Water & cardinal sign: June 21 — July 22

Your horoscope for this week:

If you reflect on the past few months, you`ll realise what seemed unsettling if not seriously worrying situations turned out to be breakthroughs, although often in completely unexpected ways. Keep this in mind, since with a similar planetary setup, you`re in for yet more unsettling but ultimately welcome changes. The trick? Consider this an adventure, one from which you`ll profit, but probably in unlikely ways.

Plans and projects, you thought were non-starters because others weren`t totally sold on them as the month began will get the green light soon. It will come as some relief to have people`s support even if you would have gone ahead without it. Mid-week will bring a chance to clear up any past misunderstandings with a friend or neighbour. The key to happy relationships lies in your willingness to be truthful and open in all your dealings.

Jupiter at last moves forward in your opposite sign. It will be over a decade before a similar station takes place. View this as a super-boost to all working partnerships. True, Mars is retrograde at the apex of your solar chart and career-wise (at least until the end of November) you could experience `stop- start`. That said, strong aspects suggest that the new schedule will get underway. It`s likely inevitable that this will bring with it challenges – possibly financial or it could be that there are ethical concerns. By Thursday however, progress is probable. The process might require you to move around office furniture or predesignate space. Another very strong possibility is involvement with a creative duo who appreciate your assistance to husband resources and ensure that quality and style is not compromised.

Leo
Personal theme: I will!!
Fire & fixed sign: July 23 — August 22

Your horoscope for this week:

You`ve been manoeuvring to get certain ideas from the planning stage into reality. However, your success has been limited. While, obviously, that`s been annoying, this week`s twists and turns reveal that what seemed unwelcome if not disastrous changes were actually doing you a favour. Now that you`re being forced to rethink those plans, you`re discovering better options or, perhaps, an entirely new approach to it all.

Someone close will reveal that they have arranged something that should bring greater financial security to your shared lives. By rights, they should have consulted you first, but at least try to show some appreciation. They weren`t being secretive. They just wanted to surprise you by taking the initiative. You should not hesitate to go it alone where issues outside the home are concerned. In fact, your independence may be the only way you will be satisfied with your efforts.

This could prove a week of high drama. Jupiter has now turned direct. In a few weeks` time it will arrive in your opposite sign. You could view this as `troops massing at your border`. It may be that these are armies ready to assist with your revised goals. It might be wise to observe the movements of those around you and to ensure that communications are kept in good order. If you`re not used to keeping a diary, this may be the moment to begin. Mars is now retrograde in another of the Fire signs and many people will surely be irritated that they haven`t made the progress they hoped for. More than one person may feel their banging their head against a brick wall. Another task that might fall to you is to `keep home fires burning` and to encourage even when all seems lost. In particular, someone who is most definitely breaking out of their usual comforts zone likely needs to have their confidence bolstered.

Virgo
Personal theme: I analyse!!
Earth sign: August 23 — September 22

Your horoscope for this week:

By no means are you adverse to change. It`s just that with so much in transition, decision-making has been nearly impossible. For now, wait, watch and learn. True, the resulting insights won`t make sense immediately. However, with Thursday`s Virgo New Moon bringing exactly the fresh perspective you need, even complex matters will suddenly make sense. For now, focus on discussions with others and exploring your options.

A friend or colleague`s tendency to leap before they look is starting to annoy you. Not only will they land in a whole load of trouble but you and others too will suffer from their impetuous foolishness. If you`re in a regular job, a more lucrative position could become vacant. Don`t be surprised if you are given first refusal and don`t hesitate about taking someone up on their offer. This is your chance to improve your career and financial standing.

Jupiter turns direct in another of the Earth signs. It won`t reach this area of the zodiac again for over a decade. You could view this as a booster rocket being put in your creative tank. Yes, this will also likely have repercussions in personal relationships. Career-wise this promises a change of pace. True, Mars is retrograde and you may find the funding for capital projects difficult to access. Yet with support and most likely from those born under either Leo or Capricorn you could still make progress. True, you might also need to rethink working patterns or even actual working environment. A review of how you use working space is probable. Advertising or making clear your particular expertise will likely have your attention too. Don`t be surprised if this has the interesting side effect of alteration to your usual handwriting style.

Libra
Personal theme: I balance!!
Air & cardinal sign: September 23 — October 22

Your horoscope for this week:

You`re contending irritating, if not unsettling, last minute changes. Still, trust instincts that say arrangements are being delayed until something better comes along. The trick? It`s to experiment, and learn from what works or doesn`t. Also, despite urgent feelings, wait, watch and learn. While your image of what`s next may not come together until the mid-October`s Libra New Moon, it will be worth waiting for.

If you don`t manage it early on in the week, by Wednesday it should be possible to catch up on what you have been forced to bypass, postpone or neglect in recent weeks. An industrious mood will give you the edge on others if you are competing for the attention of anyone who can help you climb the ladder of success. A partner will make a strange decision but before you start questioning and criticising, think about it. Your happiness was very much a major consideration.

For the last time in more than a decade, Jupiter stations at the very base of your solar chart. If you haven`t already cleared space at home, the push to do so should get underway. True, Mars is now retrograde in your opposite sign and you may not have all the physical or even mental support you feel is necessary. Yet it may be important for you to close a chapter and prepare for the next. Note that by the end of the year that making space to pursue new interests and revive latent talents and yes, possibly hereditary ones will assume greater importance. This week may be about showing others that you are preparing to move on. That said, it is always important the Libra is to maintain relationship balance. So, it will be unsettling if you don`t feel you`re being given sufficient and real organisational support. You may need to state that this is a must have for your continued well-being.

Scorpio & Ophiuchus
Personal theme: I desire!!
Water & fixed signs: October 23 — November 21

Your horoscope for this week:

Theoretically, organising plans with individuals you`re looking forward to seeing shouldn`t be difficult; but everybody has developed their own way of doing things and, worse, has forgotten how to compromise or accommodate others` needs. This includes you. Facing this isn`t easy, and getting things organised may be a struggle. Still, it`s a small price to pay for restoring that familiar, and longed-for, togetherness.

Someone you live with is concerned about financing jobs about the house. In home related projects it won`t so much be how you can afford to buy in extra supplies for the job but how to use the little you have left to your best advantage. You`re feeling on top of the world and your high spirits will be contagious. You might put this to good use by working to gain the support of a partner to bring about some much-needed changes.

Your ruling planet, Mars, is now retrograde and at one level it would be understandable if you were drawing back into yourself. It is perhaps only now that you understand exactly the reserves you have at your disposal. Jupiter however, – and for the last time in over a decade, – stations in Capricorn. Thirst for good, quality information is set to increase.. You may know the specific objective you want to achieve by December. Ensuring you have access to appropriate support systems might mean confronting those whose organisational abilities you have sometimes doubted. Yet it is possible that in recent times attitudes have altered. You may find you`ve come to the attention of those who sense your considerable talents and abilities and who even now are working out ways to offer assistance – even whilst themselves challenged to find new operating pathways.

Sagittarius
Personal theme: I see!!
Fire sign: November 22 — December 21

Your horoscope for this week:

Usually, you`ve a knack for putting even seriously uptight individuals at ease. Yet certain situations are so sensitive that you`re anxious about upsetting anybody. That`s wise. Difficult as it may be, adopt an uncharacteristically slow pace and cautious manner. What`s more, make a point of chatting with those you`re dealing with. Do that, and not only will things go smoothly, you`ll be amazed what you learn.

Joint matters look set to be resolved with the minimum of effort. In addition to this, agreements and arrangements made are likely to bring maximum satisfaction. Financial and material rewards will come through a partnership. Remember the need for balance and this means you should balance work and other responsibilities with relaxation and pleasure.. A medical consultation will be helpful if you`re having a few aches and pains. Follow the advice of a professional.

For the last time in over a decade your ruling planet, Jupiter, reaches its direct station in neighbouring Capricorn. Until the end of the year, the need to stabilise your finances and resources will surely be great. Much of this could be brought to your attention by experts (or close partners) who have concerns about your savings and liabilities. A safety net might be suggested. Note that Mars is now retrograde in the research and development area of your solar chart. It may be that there are items or ideas that can now be released to secure your position within a team. Involvement with education or the passing on of knowledge seems highly likely. As is likely to be the case for most signs, alteration to working practices seems more likely than not. This presumably now needs to take into greater consideration your health and welfare.

Capricorn
Personal theme: I use!!
Earth & cardinal sign: December 22 — January 19

Your horoscope for this week:

Ordinarily, obstacles are no more than something to be overcome. However, those you`ve faced recently and will this week be actually introducing you to ideas, offers or opportunities that, otherwise, you wouldn`t have spotted or decided to ignore. True, you must still take that first step; but once you`re involved, you`ll be so thrilled that you`ll wonder why you hesitated for even a moment.

Avoid making hasty financial decisions just to get someone off your back. If a salesperson is trying to push you into signing a contract, refuse. There is misrepresentation and deceit in the air so be cautious. Your social life is almost non-existent these days and in a work project just when you think everything is starting to go your way, someone will drop a spanner in the works. Be patient and keep your nose to the grindstone.

It will be another decade before Jupiter reaches direct station in your sign again. This then is an important time. You likely won`t be the only person negotiating new working practices. At least two important meetings will likely require your presence. It`s probable that others now see you – if not as the answer to all their difficulties, at least as someone they need to have on their team. Your profile could be significantly enhanced. It is interesting that you might also have contact with a group you worked with once in the past and who perhaps regret that they no longer have easy access to your expertise. That time may yet come again so it may be good to keep lines of communication open.

Aquarius
Personal theme: I know!!
Air & fixed sign: January 20 — February 18

Your horoscope for this week:

Initially, you may regard sudden events as disruptive, and nothing more; but once you begin asking a few questions, you`ll recognise them as breakthroughs, some so thrilling that you`ll waste no time on debate but will, instead, plunge in and let experience be your guide. That`s the best way to approach these, especially because seemingly uncertain changes will be as thrilling as they are unexpected.

You might suddenly remember you haven`t been in touch with someone after you promised you would contact them. You have also forgotten about a favour you had promised to do for a friend. It`s not too late to make amends. Minor financial problems within the family will interfere with your hopes to put some money aside for a future holiday when things get back to normal. Think about selling your handiwork to make a little extra cash.

This Sunday, Jupiter reaches its last direct station in neighbouring Capricorn for over a decade. You will likely find that colleagues don`t mask their need to push things forward. Yet Mars is retrograde and will be for some weeks. You might correctly deduce that real progress will come later. Working on the basis of first things first, it may be important for foundations to be made secure. Revised objectives need to be discussed. It is also likely that you`ll be involved in a major archiving project. Whilst this might not be something that is particularly appealing, it is perhaps a necessary steppingstone. Included within this, could be review of your qualifications and determining where you are lacking. As of next weekend making improvements here should be top priority.

Pisces
Personal theme: I believe!!
Water sign: February 19 — March 20

Your horoscope for this week:

Once you recognise that, no matter what happens, certain grumpy individuals will complain about otherwise welcome events, you`ll stop worrying about upsetting others and enjoy this rare period of exciting if unsettling twists and turns. With so much of the world around you having changed, your own plans need a rethink. However, it seems destiny has done it on your behalf. You need only say `yes`.

Emotions are up and down. Your health is governed by your emotions. Activities you choose to get involved in will be largely dictated by your mood of the moment. If you`re feeling low, it makes sense to relax and revive your energy. Relationship differences seem to be the bane of your life. The more someone presses you to get on with a boring household chore, the more you will dig in your heels and refuse to comply.

One of your ruling planets, Jupiter, reaches its last direct station in Capricorn for over a decade. Clearly this will affect all signs with some tuning into this more than others. Having possibly languished in recent months, you might now be in the mood to move forward. It`s likely that your particular talents and expertise are much needed. True, with Mars retrograde, others might not yet have the wherewithal to reward you as would be appropriate. Nevertheless, it could be that useful contacts are made. Particularly significant may be catching up with those you`ve worked with in the past. It may be that your understanding of a system and its history is invaluable. Though by the end of the year new approaches might be necessary, for now, you could bring the magic touch and save the day.

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Dark Moon – Time to Rest
New Moon – Time to Begin New Projects; Birth; Attraction
Waxing Moon – Time to Grow; Increase
Full Moon – Time to be Fulfilled; Abundance
Waning Moon – Time to Banish; Decrease
Last Sliver of Moon – Time to Die; Letting Go
Dark Moon – Time to Rest Again
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Light A Candle Today!

In many different traditions lighting a candle is a sacred action. It expresses more than words can express. It has to do with gratefulness. From time immemorial, people have lit candles in sacred places. You may want to begin or end your day by the sacred ritual of lighting a candle on this gratefulness. Or you may want to light a birthday candle for a friend. One single guideline is all you need: Slow down and do it with full attention.

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Goddess Month of Hesperus begins 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Muin (Vine) September 2 to September 29

September

1: Celtic Tree Month of Hazel ends
1: World Peace Day (Germany)
2: Celtic Tree Month of Vine begins
2: Full Moon–Harvest Moon at 1:23 am. This a season to celebrate hearth and home. Brew up some comfort food, begin storing your harvest for the winter, and settle in for a month of thanksgiving.
2: Spirit Festival (China)
2: Ghost Festival (Taiwan
2: National Blueberry Popsicle Day
3: The Feast of St Marinus and Republic Day
4: World Sexual Health Day
4: National Wildlife Day
4: National Newspaper Carrier Day
4: National Macadamia Nut Day
4: National College Colors Day
4: National Lazy Mom’s Day (we totally deserve this!)
4: National Food Bank Day
5: Cheese Pizza Day
5: International Day of Charity
5: World Beard Day
6: World Goddess Day

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The Moon Phase: Waxing Moon

Time: From New Moon To Full (Approx. 14 Days)

Goddess Aspect: Maiden

Associated Goddesses: Artemis, Branwen, Eriu, Nymph, Epona

Magickal Attributes: Invoking Beginnings, New Projects, Ideas, Inspiration, Energy, Vitality, Freedom. Workings On This Day Are For “Constructive” Magick (Love, Wealth, Success, Courage, Friendship, Luck Or Health.)

Perform magic on waxing moons to attract a new quality or behavior, to increase the light within, to attain personal and spiritual growth and greater awareness. The quarter moon suggests a period of overcoming obstacles and continuing on the path to growth.

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August 31 – September 6, 2020

We’ve got a Full Moon with a side of Virgo Sun trine Uranus influencing us so expect the unexpected. This includes sudden insights along with unplanned changes. Self-improvement happens only when we go within to find our answers. Conversations will be deep, intense, and soulful but by the end of the week, we shift to being super nice and diplomatic. This is only because Mercury aligns with Libra. Take advantage of this alignment and jump on for excellent bargaining and negotiation skills. Taking a step back, on Wednesday Venus is in a bad mood because of her relationship with Saturn and Mars. You’ll feel it in your pocketbook and in your relationships. This is not the time to make forever plans. Be patient because on Sunday Venus dances with Leo and is more agreeable. Joy and generosity is the moon of the day. Coventry candles for this week are Blessed Herbal Inner Balance and Emotional Balance.

Full Moon in Pisces September 2, 2020

If ever the moon was aligned for deep introspection it is this Pisces Full Moon. Not only is the Pisces moon calling us to induce a trance-like state of mind, but she also wants us to escape harsh realities and take a break. Unfortunately, this makes our emotions vulnerable to manipulation and gaslighting.

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TAROT CARD OF THE WEEK
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FIVE OF CUPS

The card drawn for this week is the Five of Cups.

Did things not go as expected?

The Five of Cups often appears when a situation hasn’t turned out the way you expected, and you are sad, regretful, and disappointed.

Instead of moving on, you are choosing to wallow in your self-pity. All you can focus on right now is what went wrong and how you failed.

This is a gentle nudge that it’s time to get over it! Allow yourself to feel the feels, but set a time limit for your self-pity and then pull yourself together and move on.

The negative emotions you feel are holding you back from your fullest potential. Release them so you can move on and create positive change.

Forgiveness is vital now for yourself and others. If someone has disappointed you, find it within your heart to forgive that person, releasing yourself from the disappointment.

Shift your mindset and focus on what can go right from this point onwards.

Ask the Tarot: What can I learn from my mistakes?

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Heartwings Love Notes 946: Letting Go Can Be Hard

Heartwings says, “The past remains in memory, not in reality.”

Since we can only be alive in the present, dwelling on or in the past takes away from our present moments and keep us from fully living them. One way we do that is when we argue about behavior and say, “You always do such-and-such when…” Doing so is dragging the past into the present. Furthermore, an argument that dwells on or in the past will not get anywhere, but will keep going around in circles. It is better to say something more direct and to the point concerning whatever is under discussion.

As a wise person once said, we cannot change the past, only our attitude toward it. When we accept the past as it is, we can move on from it. It is also true that when the memory is a sad or cruel on, we may well need to comfort and reassure ourselves that we came through it all right. I remember reading a story in one of Laurens Van Der Post’s books in which speaking of his experiences in a Japanese prison camp, he said, “Sometimes you have to go back and pat the memory on the head and say, ‘How are you doing, old fellow?'” Then we can turn our minds from the past hurt and focus on present happiness.

Often too, we need to forgive ourselves for something we feel guilty for having done. Doing that makes it easier to move on from any piece of the past we may have clung to. Perhaps there is something we can do for someone to make up for whatever we might have done that we feel guilty or sad about. We may need to be sure we feel good about ourselves to move on. Once we do, it is easier to remain focused in the present moment. If necessary, speaking with a therapist may be of help.

There are rituals that can be used to generate forgiveness. Hawaiian Huna has one called ho’oponopono. It can be found on the internet. Stephen and I have used this with good results. Even consciously focusing on forgiveness, repeating the words, “I forgive…” can do the trick. Moving on means letting go of the past. As we do that to the best of our ability, we generate a happier more fulfilling present and a future that promises to be filled with joy. Working on our own happiness can also result in more happiness for those around us, making for a win-win situation for all.

May you find ways to make your present happier as you allow past hurt to fade.

Blessings and best regards, Tasha Halpert

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A Japa mala or mala beads are a string of prayer beads commonly used by Hindus, Buddhists, and Jains for the spiritual practice known in Sanskrit as Japa. It is usually made from 108 beads, relating to this sacred number. Malas are used for keeping count while reciting, chanting, or mentally repeating a mantra or the name or names of God.

The Chakra Rainbow Japa Mala Prayer Beads feature all seven rainbow spectrum colors which correspond to each Chakra and feature Jasper, Carnelian, Citrine, Aventurine, Sodalite, Lapis Lazuli, Amethyst.

The Flower of Life symbol is believed to represent the cycle of creation. It depicts how all life comes from one singular source – represented by the circle in the middle of the pattern. There is believed to be a secret symbol hidden within the Flower of Life symbol, which is said to hold the most significant and sacred patterns of the universe.

It is believed to be a sort of blueprint for all life, with the fundamental patterns for everything from atoms to planets and everything in between.

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Llewellyn’s Spell-A-Day

A Wish Bracelet Spell
By Thuri Calafia

Just for fun and whimsy, it’s great to make wish bracelets. But lest you think they can’t be powerful, think again! Magic is all about what you put into it; both clarity of intention and follow-through count.

For this spell, all you’ll need is some cotton embroidery thread in the three colors that best represent your wish. As you braid the threads together, visualize your wish as already manifested. Once the braid is finished, tie a knot at one-quarter the length, visualizing the first thing you will do to achieve your wish. Tie another knot at the halfway point, visualizing the second thing you will do. Repeat with a third knot at three-quarters the length, then tie the bracelet on your wrist (or ankle) with three more knots. Say:

By all the power of three times three,
my wish now manifests. So mote it be!

By the time the bracelet wears off naturally, your wish should be true.
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Alchemical Mercury, Sulfur, And Salt
By Raven Digitalis

Western hermetic alchemical science has long acknowledged the elements of mercury, sulfur, and salt as the building blocks of life. Whether viewed physically or energetically, these elements are said to uphold all physical reality in varying degrees and combinations.

Light a black candle, a red candle, and a white candle in holders in front of you at dusk. Place the black one on your left, red in the middle, and white on your right.

On a small piece of paper, use red marker to write, I alchemize _ into _ , or one perceived negative into a perceived positive. For example, I alchemize fear into acceptance or I alchemize fatigue into alertness. Feel free to write as many affirmations as you wish.

Having cast your circle or called the powers that be, carefully burn the paper with a lick of each candle’s flame. Place its ashes on top of a small piece of tinfoil (representing mercury), and top it with a match (sulfur) and a sprinkle of salt. Crumple this all together. Declare your intentions and store the spell in a special secret place.
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A Commitment Spell
By Charlie Rainbow Wolf

You don’t have to commit to another person to work this spell, although if you’re in a relationship and want to take it to the next level, it will strengthen your bond. This is a spell to work when you want to pledge yourself to a person, a project, or even just some new-school-year selfdiscipline. You’ll need a white candle in a holder, something to light it with, and a cabbage leaf.

As you light the candle, say:
By candlelight my work begins,
I’ll see it through until the end.
And by my soul I will not quit,
I’ll work hard and make the best of it.

Pinch out the candle and wrap it in the cabbage leaf. Repeat this spell nightly until the cabbage leaf becomes too decayed to use, then put the leaf outside to disintegrate or blow away or whatever the leaf wants to do. It doesn’t matter where you put it as long as it’s out in the elements (as opposed to throwing it away). Keep the candle safe until you need it for your next commitment spell.
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Create Abundance
By Charlynn Walls

At this time of year, we see some of the first harvests coming in, including grains that were planted early in the spring. You can take some of that wheat and bake it into bread. There are many good recipes for quick breads that can be made by hand or with a bread machine. As you are baking the bread, think about bringing the blessings of abundance into your life. Vocalize the following:

As this bread rises throughout the
day, abundance shall come my way.

Share the bread with family and friends and spare a little as an offering to Thor on this Thursday. This will increase the spell’s impact, as it is a sympathetic gesture of creating abundance for others.
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Goldenrod Bouquet
By Kate Freuler

Goldenrod is a common weed that is easily found along roadsides and in fields in late summer. Its bright golden top makes it perfect for money and luck spells, and it looks pretty too.

Gather a bundle of goldenrod, anywhere from five to ten stalks. Get a vase of an appropriate size and fill it with water. Find a sunny spot to sit in, and lay the goldenrod pieces in front of you.

Pick up one stalk of goldenrod and hold it in the sunlight. The sun is like a golden coin beaming prosperous energy down onto the stalk. State something you wish to obtain, then place the plant in the vase.

Keep your intentions specific and simple, such as “money for dance lessons” or “new school clothes.” Repeat this process for all your stalks of goldenrod, then place the bouquet near your front door. Once the flowers wither, dispose of them outside, sending your wishes into the universe.
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To Gain Control of a Situation
By Devin Hunter

Life gets chaotic sometimes, but we don’t have to surrender to the chaos. In fact, sometimes to do so would be disastrous. Today, with the moon in Scorpio, we can use the astrological influences available to seize control in these moments.

To cast this spell, you will need a blue candle in a holder. Light the candle and gaze into the flame. Focus on your breathing and the moment of stillness and silence at the end of each breath. Visualize the light from the candle expanding to reach every aspect of your life, leaving nothing untouched. Say:

Light of Scorpio, hear my claim.
I take control with this flame!
Chaos and confusion no longer to
reign, control is mine to obtain!

When you feel a sense of peace wash over you, your job is done. Blow out the candle and repeat as necessary.
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Harvest Something From Nature
By Michael Furie

From Lughnasadh at the beginning of the month, we have reached harvest time. Not all of us have gardens or seasonal crops that are dependent upon our ability to harvest the food they create. However, we can usually find something to harvest in a spot out in nature, even if only a public park.

Go to an area with plants and grass and find something to harvest. It could be something as simple as a clover and should not be anything that would be illegal to take. Whatever you are able to harvest, take it home and let it dry, perhaps pressing it in a book. Keep it for the rest of the year as a symbol of the great cycle of growth and decline and as a charm against famine.

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Habitual Anger
By Madisyn Taylor

Anger can easily become our go-to emotion; to remedy, start noticing when and why you get angry.

Sometimes when we feel anger, it is coming from a deep place that demands acknowledgment and expression. At these times, it is important that we find healthy ways to honor our anger, remembering how dangerous it is to repress it. However, anger can also become a habit, our go-to emotion whenever things go wrong. Often this is because, for whatever reason, we feel more comfortable expressing anger than we do other emotions, like sadness. It can also be that getting angry gives us the impression that we’ve done something about our problem. In these cases, our habitual anger is inhibiting both our ability to express our other emotions and to take action in our lives.

If it’s true that anger is functioning this way in your life, the first thing you might want to try is to notice when you get angry. You might begin to see a pattern of some kind. For example, you could notice that it is always your first response or that it comes up a lot in one particular situation. If the pattern doesn’t become clear right away, you could try keeping a journal about when you get angry and see if you can find any underlying meaning. The good thing about keeping a journal is that you can explore your anger more deeply in it–from examining who in your family of origin expressed a lot of anger to how you feel when you encounter anger in others. This kind of awareness can be a formidable agent of transformation.

Anger can be a powerful ally, since it is filled with energy that we can harness and use to create change in the world. It is one of the most cathartic emotions, and it can also be a very effective cleanser of the emotional system. However, when it becomes a habit, it actually loses its power to transform and becomes an obstacle to growth. Identifying the role anger plays in your life and restoring it to its proper function can bring new energy and expansiveness to your emotional life.

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Beware of Fake Lavender Essential Oils!

Ever since I made the commitment to really research essential oils, I’ve learned there’s a lot of information out there… and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. I’m feeling more confident about using essential oils in my life and so happy with my decision (after a LOT of digging) to use Young Living oils. But I now get a lot of questions from readers and friends who want to know: Does it really matter what essential oils you use?

You better believe it.

Let’s look at just one example to show WHY it matters.

Friends, meet the “Swiss army knife” of essential oils: Lavender. It’s one of the most commonly used oils… and with good reason. Lavender has a lot of uses.

Is your lavender essential oil fake? Learn why that could be really dangerous.

But did you know that Lavender essential oil is one of the most adulterated essential oils on the market? The healing benefits are lost when an oil is adulterated and sometimes can even be dangerous. Any time I make a recommendation for the use of lavender it is always and only for the Young Living brand! Rest assured when you purchase and use Young Living Lavender you are getting 100% pure, therapeutic grade oil.

Look for Lavandula
True Lavender ( Lavandula angustifolia) oil is obtained by steam distillation of the flowers. A burgeoning demand for lavender oil has created supply problems for many essential oil suppliers, and this has led to the widespread presence of adulterated and mislabeled lavender products in the marketplace.

The three types of adulteration most often seen: 1) lavender and lavandin oil spiked with synthetics, 2) lavandin sold as lavender oil and 3) lavender oil stretched with solvents. Lavandin ( L. x intermedia ), also known as Dutch lavender, is a sterile hybrid of L. angustifolia and L. latifolia (spike lavender). Lavandin oil is chemically different from lavender oil and is used in perfumery, crafting and in aromatherapy (although its aromatherapy benefits are different than lavender).

And did you know…
Adulterated or mislabeled essential oils present dangers for consumers:

“One woman purchased from a local health food store when she spilled boiling water on her arm. But the pain intensified and the burn worsened, so she later complained that lavender oil was worthless for healing burns. When her “lavender” oil was analyzed, it was found to be lavandin, the hybrid lavender that is chemically very different from pure Lavandula angustifolia.” – Life Science Essential Oil Pocket References, 5th Ed.

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Faking Your Way To Happiness
~Andrew Weil, M.D.

Seeking happiness? All you may have to do is smile. Even a contrived smile will work, according to researchers at the University of South Australia. Lead investigator Fernando Marolejo-Ramos explains that “when your muscles say you’re happy, you’re more likely to see the world around you in a positive way.” He wrote that the muscle movements leading to a smile stimulate the amygdala – the part of our brain that allows us to feel emotions – by releasing neurotransmitters “to encourage an emotionally positive state.” He added that “if we can trick the brain into perceiving stimuli as ‘happy,’ then we can potentially use this mechanism to help boost mental health.” Other research has shown that smiling can increase levels of both dopamine, a hormone that enhances feelings of happiness, as well as serotonin, which is linked to reduced levels of stress.

Source:
Fernando Marmolejo-Ramos et al, “Your face and moves seem happier when I smile: Facial action influences the perception of emotional faces and biological motion stimuli.” Experimental Psychology, doi.org/10.1027/1618-3169/a000470

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Disapproving Faces
By Madisyn Taylor

Not everybody we meet will like us, and it is ok to move into acceptance rather than trying to make somebody like you.

It is not necessarily a pleasant experience, but there will be times in our lives when we come across people who do not like us. As we know, like attracts like, so usually when they don’t like us it is because they are not like us. Rather than taking it personally, we can let them be who they are, accepting that each of us is allowed to have different perspectives and opinions. When we give others that freedom, we claim it for ourselves as well, releasing ourselves from the need for their approval so we can devote our energy toward more rewarding pursuits.

While approval from others is a nice feeling, when we come to depend on it we may lose our way on our own path. There are those who will not like us no matter what we do, but that doesn’t mean that there is anything wrong with us. Each of us has our own filters built from our experiences over time. They may see in us something that is merely a projection of their understanding, but we have no control over the interpretations of others. The best we can do is to hope that the role we play in the script of their lives is helpful to them, and follow our own inner guidance with integrity.

As we reap the benefits of walking our perfect paths, we grow to appreciate the feeling of fully being ourselves. The need to have everyone like us will be replaced by the exhilaration of discovering that we are attracting like-minded individuals into our lives–people who like us because they understand and appreciate the truth of who we are. We free ourselves from trying to twist into shapes that will fit the spaces provided by others’ limited understanding and gain a new sense of freedom, allowing us to expand into becoming exactly who we’re meant to be. And in doing what we know to be right for us, we show others that they can do it too. Co-creating our lives with the universe and its energy of pure potential, we transcend limitations and empower ourselves to shine our unique light, fully and freely.

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Dandelion – Benefits and Uses
The Herbal Resource

Dandelion was first mentioned for its medicinal qualities in the works of Arabian physicians of the tenth and eleventh centuries.

Dandelion is traditionally used as a general tonic, for constipation, for inflammatory skin conditions such as acne, and eczema, and as an herbal remedy for diseases like psoriasis.

Traditional herbalists use dandelion as a treatment for arthritic conditions, including severe conditions such as osteoarthritis, disorders such as gout, and chronic joint pain.

Dandelion has been used for centuries as an herbal treatment for jaundice and the yellowing of the skin that is associated with liver dysfunction, cirrhosis, hepatitis and liver disease.

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Gilberto’s Family Follies
by Stephen Halpert

He sighed. It seemed his future mother-in-law was far from pleased. He nodded and sighed again. “That’s my friend Ramon’s sister-in-law, Lola Cortez. She’s an interior decorator recently back from Switzerland. Before I met Maria, Lola and I had chatted about her redecorating the condo.”
Alicia pursed her lips. “She certainly seemed overly familiar.”
Gilberto nodded. “Oh, I guess. From what I’ve heard interior decorators are that way. They say it enables them to come up with the right color scheme.”
Alicia tossed her head. “Believe me I’ve known decorators, but I’ve never heard of anything like that before in my life.” She eyed Gilberto closely. I hope you aren’t going to employ her services.”
“No, of course not. Maria will be my interior decorator, and a very good one I am sure.”
Alicia sniffed. “I certainly hope so.”
Edwardo patted his future son-in-law on his shoulder. “Sometimes women who decorate can be insistently effusive,” he agreed. “I remember the one who ultimately redecorated my office.” He chuckled.
“Yes,” Gilberto nodded giving Edwardo his best man to man grin. They walked from the dining room to the hotel lobby chatting amiably.
Maria kissed Gilberto as they climbed into his car. “So, she’s the one who got away.”
Gilberto grinned. “She’s the one I got away from. The one who ran off to her dentist appointment on her way to Switzerland. It was over before it even began.” He waved to Joey who was talking with his grandparents. “Come on son, into the car. Later that night was when I saved Joey.”
“It was smart of you to say that to my mother,” Maria whispered, buckling up. “She would never have understood. I’m sure my father has had God knows how many affairs. But seemingly none ever devolved into scandal.”
Joey hugged his grandparents, waved goodnight and climbed into the back seat. He beamed at Gilberto and Maria. “Grandpa gave me ten dollars,” he boasted. “And that steak was so tender. And I had three Shirley Temples. Can we make them at home?” He yawned. “I’m so tired.”
“Not to forget to walk Oscar,” Gilberto said. “By now he must really need to go outside.”
Inside the condo a reluctantly Joey hitched up Oscar and they went out with the doorman watching.
“I feel so concerned,” Maria said. “I’m sorry I never told you about my brother Joe.” She tried to smile. “But you never told me about your first wife, so maybe that makes us even.”
Gilberto kissed her. “It was annulled the day after she eloped with me. Her parents had better plans for her than to be with what they called a soccer bum.”
“Is that what they thought of you?”
Gilberto nodded and half smiled. “She and her sister picked me up after practice and the three of us went to the beach. They both wanted to elope and marry me. Finally, Catrina said she would because she was the oldest. We found a Justice of the Peace, drank a lot a beer and went to sleep. The next morning her parents along with troopers took them both away. They had me sign a paper agreeing to stay away or else. That was that.”
“Maybe you were lucky.”
He nodded. “I never saw either sister again. Yes, I was lucky. I could have lost my soccer scholarship.”
Maria held him close, tears filled her eyes. “I wasn’t so lucky. Joe and I grew up together. As children we were inseparable. He was always physically very close to me, too close sometimes. When he told me, he was leaving for Miami he insisted I go with him.”
She sighed. “I said no. We had never argued that intensely, but I knew not give in. He got very drunk, pushed me around, tried to hit me. It was storming out, hurricane winds. He cursed me and ran down to the beach. That night he never came back. The next afternoon the police found his body and brought him home. They said he had drowned.”
Tears from long hidden memories dampened her cheeks. “I’m sorry I didn’t tell you. There’s always been a deep hurt in my heart. I feel so responsible.”
He embraced her and held her softly. “You did the right thing.”
“I know,” she said.
He stroked her shoulders and gently kissed her forehead.
“You are so kind and tender. I never want to hurt you or ever let go of you.”
“Even if decorators want my attention.”
She couldn’t help but grin. “Especially if decorators…” She pressed against him and stroked his cheek.
“By the way, I meant to ask you, does your mother work?”
“Oh yes, she knits and crochets. Makes everything and even teaches classes. Maybe sometime she’ll make you a sweater, they’re her specialty.”
Joey came back in with Oscar. Obviously, Oscar wanted to play. He wagged his stub of a tail and made soft, needy sounds.
Gilberto shook his finger and looked stern. “Quiet Oscar, playing is for tomorrow, for now, good night to you both. Get some sleep. Big party, and you’ll need rest if you want more Shirley Temples.”
“Can I have more? They taste so good.”
“We’ll see. Just remember drinking that much sugar can rot your teeth.”
Joey’s expression changed. He looked shocked. “It can?”
Gilberto hugged him. “Oh yes! Just remember moderation is always the best path to good health.”
“What else did grandpa say to you,” Maria asked. “I saw the two of you talking.”
“Oh, he said he and Grandma want me to visit them in Florida over Christmas. He said he’d fly me first class and meet me at the airport as soon as the plane landed.”
Hearing that, Gilberto sensed Maria’s tension, but refrained from saying anything.
“Someday when you’re older,” she smiled. “But I think you’re a little young to travel alone that way.”
“But not this Christmas?” Joey looked terribly disappointed as though his entire world were falling apart. “He said he and Grandma would take me to Disney. He said it would be a vacation I’ll never forget.”
“And then he gave you the ten dollars?” Gilberto said.
“”Yes, he said for me to save it and spend it there with them and he’d give me more if I needed it.”
“Sounds like my dad,” Maria said softly. “Always the soft sell, then moving in for the big close.”
Joey seemed confused. Tears filled his eyes. “What if they ask me? I already promised I would.”
“They won’t ask you, not this soon,” Maria said. “Besides we may go to Florida and you’ll see them then.”
Gilberto wrinkled his nose. “Florida?”
Maria kissed him turned and hugged Joey. “Now go to bed Joey,” she said. “Tomorrow’s a big day for us all.”

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Weekly Horoscope
by Georgia Nicols
Sunday, August 30, 2020

This week Mercury and Venus change signs: Mercury moves into Libra for three weeks, while Venus moves into Leo for four weeks. Take note: Midweek, many of us will have a nasty moment because just before Venus enters Leo, it has a duel with two aggressive planets. “‘Take that, you cad!” (Oh yeah, expect a squeeze play with someone on Wed. and Thur.) However, the most intriguing detail about this week is the Sun dancing with wild Uranus making everyone feel liberated in an exciting way! That’s why this is the perfect week for new discoveries about yourself and the world around you. Speaking of discoveries, there’s something I often wondered about the Periodic Table. We have O for oxygen, H for hydrogen, Li for Lithium and Ti for titanium – but where is the element of surprise?

Aries (March 21-April 19)
That nasty moment midweek that I mentioned in All Signs above might manifest through sports for your sign. Be careful. It might also be a tough exchange with your kids, and it definitely could be a lover’s quarrel. Go gently. Leave your big guns at the door. Meanwhile, something exciting will take place that could relate to your health. Or it might be something utterly delightful related to a pet. (Having said that because of the surprise element – be vigilant about your pet. Guard their safety.) This breakthrough also might relate to your job or your work, especially if it involves the introduction of new technology or something scientific. Not a boring week!

Taurus (April 20-May 20)
Upsets in your domestic world or squabbles related to home and family might take place midweek. Perhaps someone disagrees with your decorating ideas or your approach to making your home more beautiful? You might even have a nasty little moment with a guest, if you are entertaining? (Hopefully, not.) Meanwhile, a surprise invitation might come your way. Yay! Something unexpected related to sports or the arts might delight you. Love at first sight might also occur. “Boris!” “Natasha!” Your social plans might change suddenly. Please note: This could be an accident-prone time for your kids so be vigilant.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)
Be mindful and aware of how you talk to others this week because that nasty little moment mentioned in All Signs above will likely manifest as a not-so- pleasant exchange between you and siblings, relatives or neighbours. Resist the urge to respond with sarcasm if provoked. Don’t go looking for trouble. (It will find you.) You might have a blow up with a friend or a member of a group. (You don’t need this.) Meanwhile, something unexpected will occur at home or within your family. This could be a delightful surprise! It might be a new high-tech purchase for your home. Or it could be something to do with modern art. Or maybe your brother-in-law Art is back couch surfing? (Groan.)

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
This continues to be a fast-paced time for you – no question. The difficulty in relating to others that occurs midweek (mentioned in All Signs above) might have something to do with money, cash flow and earnings for you. You might have a dispute with someone about money. You might be angry that someone spends too much money or owes you money? You might also be unhappy about something to do with a possession or something that you own. Someone close to you might be critical about how you handle your money? Bummer. However, this week something unexpected and exciting might occur. New people, new places, new faces, new ideas? You might suddenly need to travel? You might have a brilliant idea? You might see the world through new eyes. Admittedly, this surprise element could be accident prone. Be careful.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
Thankfully, Venus in your sign helps you to be charming and diplomatic with everyone; plus, you’re taking more care with your appearance. (Incidentally this is a good week to buy wardrobe items.) Nevertheless, arguments with others might occur midweek. A quick flareup. Something nasty. It could relate to religion, politics or racial issues. You might have difficulty with someone older or someone in power about issues related to your job or your health. Grrr. But in the bigger picture, something surprising might impact your earnings. Hopefully, this is good news! It might be a way to boost your earnings. You might get a new job. You might make an unusual purchase, especially something high tech.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Something going on behind the scenes might irk you midweek. You might be annoyed with someone but decide not to show it. (You will suffer in silence.) Issues related to kids, the arts, sports and vacation travel might also get under your skin. Patience will be your best ally. Meanwhile, something exciting will occur this week. You might be involved in new activities, making new discoveries in the world around you? More likely, you will be open and very frank about who you are when talking to others. Whatever you do, you will be free from your daily routine doing something fresh and different! A big change!

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
You like to get along with others. (Your default mode is you’re a people pleaser.) Nevertheless, midweek around Wednesday, you will have difficulties dealing with partners and close friends. You might have a brief fallout with someone. You might be at odds with an older family member. It could be anything. Do your best to minimize this because you don’t like fighting with others. (It disturbs your wah.) Meanwhile, this week, something completely different will energize you and make you feel alive and excited! It could be hidden news or something behind the scenes. Whatever it is will liberate you in some way, and give you more freedom!

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
Don’t get your belly in a rash midweek because of difficulties with bosses, parents, teachers and VIPs. It could happen. If so, think about your long-range objectives. You want to get along with these people, because when you get along with people in authority it makes your life easier. (Obviously.) You might also have a flareup with someone related to your work or your job. Remember that patience is the antidote to anger. Meanwhile, something unusual will happen regarding a friend or a group to which you belong. You might meet someone new who is exciting and unusual? Perhaps someone you already know will do something that is a bit mind blowing? News from a group might amaze you. Should be interesting!

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
Ever the philosopher about far-ranging topics, you might find yourself in an argument with someone midweek. It could be about politics, religion or racial issues. It might be about a foreign country or travel plans? An authority figure might squash your financial ideas or create obstacles for you. Be patient with kids and romantic partners this week. Meanwhile, something unexpected will impact your reputation among your peers. You might be in the limelight! (People notice you for some reason.) Or you might receive unexpected news from a parent, boss or an authority figure. (This could include the police.) Stay tuned!

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
You like to plan for a secure future ahead. Therefore, you might have a squabble with someone about shared property, inheritances, debt, taxes or something to do with your partner’s wealth. It might relate to something going on at home or within the family. Stay chill because no one thinks better when they’re angry. (Don’t leave home without your wits. Keep them with you at all times.) Meanwhile you might have a sudden opportunity to travel? You might also have a surprise opportunity related to medicine, the law, publishing or the media? You might learn something through the media that amazes you about someone far away. Whatever happens will be liberating for you and give you more freedom of choice.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Relations with others will be testy midweek. Venus is opposite your sign and it will be challenged! Squabbles with daily contacts, siblings or relatives might erupt. You might also be at odds with someone older or someone in authority. You can contain this nasty influence because Venus is opposite your sign and Venus will ameliorate any problems you encounter. Meanwhile, a surprise about joint finances or resources that you hold with someone else might occur? News about an inheritance or insurance might surprise you. Privately, new thoughts, even an epiphany, will cause you to experience life at a deeper, more exciting level. This could be a wake-up call for you!

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
At this time, because the Sun is opposite your sign, you are thinking more about partnerships and close friendships. It’s logical. Furthermore, this opposition allows you to be more detached and objective about observing your own needs and wants in a relationship and how you relate to others. This is a good thing. Meanwhile, midweek you might have a squabble with someone related to work or your health or even something to do with your pet. Maintain your cool. The most exciting thing this week is that a partner or close friend will surprise you! They might say or do something that amazes you. Or possibly, you will meet someone new? Someone in some way will enlighten you or expand your world in a thrilling way. “Take me to your leader.”

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Weekly Horoscopes Beginning Sunday, 30 August 2020

Outlines are longer versions; consists of every possible detail of everyday and based on three parts of each sign: 1st, 2nd & 3rd Decan; that is, any of three divisions of 10° within a sign of the zodiac. Even if you know or don`t know your Decan; I recommend, please read all three Decan.

Aries
Personal theme: I am!!
Fire & cardinal sign: March 21 — April 19

Your horoscope for this week:

Detailed work may be boring but it has to be done. If you are to secure your long-term position, then reading through small print and ensuring that safety nets are in place would surely be wise. However, you may find that you are dealing with someone who is at best cantankerous and at worst downright obstreperous. Take note that there is a Full Moon on Wednesday and at this stage of the lunar cycle emotions can run high. Its entirely possible that youll want decisions to be made quickly when in fact they might be made more equitably once details are fully addressed. In all this, the advice and counsel of Cancer and Virgo and friends should prove invaluable.

Taurus
Personal theme: I have!!
Earth & fixed sign: April 20 — May 20

Your horoscope for this week:

It seems likely that your role within a group or team will soon be much altered. Coinciding with Wednesday`s Full Moon, the Sun makes positive aspect to Uranus travelling through your sign. It may be around this time that you announce an altered course that would see you improve your expertise. Educational matters will surely have your full attention with considerable accent now on subjects for which you have natural talent. Yet your chosen path may be unsettling to others and yes, by the time your ruling planet, Venus, arrives at its right angle aspect to Mars on Friday, you could be on collision course with someone who is still getting to grips with your determination and persistence: qualities they may soon come to respect.

Gemini
Personal theme: I think!!
Air sign: May 21 — June 20

Your horoscope for this week:

Pleasing people by giving in to them will make it easier for them to order you about in the future. Now is the time to stay true to your own interests. Bending to the will of a manipulative friend or partner puts them in a stronger position. Don`t give your power away. Are you single? You will have no shortage of admirers. Take this opportunity to build a friendship with someone from a distant shore. Facebook will keep you connected while you are apart.

Cancer
Personal theme: I feel!!
Water & cardinal sign: June 21 — July 22

Your horoscope for this week:

You sense there is more to someone`s attentiveness than they are letting on. You are grateful for their helpfulness but a kind offer will have many strings attached. This situation is being stage managed to their benefit. Dare to approach them with your own stipulations the moment they turn around and call in a favour. The end of the week is great for sharing, being creative and having fun. You will soon be mixing with some unusual and exceptional people.

Leo
Personal theme: I will!!
Fire & fixed sign: July 23 — August 22

Your horoscope for this week:

Someone you work with or who lives near you is getting too familiar. Their questions and comments are too personal for comfort. They may have done you a favour or two but that doesn`t give them permission to intrude. If there are topics you would prefer not to discuss, change the subject. Be patient with a relative who is going through some personal problems. Whether they are overwhelmed with financial or job-related difficulties, a little kindness and patience will go a long way.

Virgo
Personal theme: I analyse!!
Earth sign: August 23 — September 22

Your horoscope for this week:

Libra
Personal theme: I balance!!
Air & cardinal sign: September 23 — October 22

Your horoscope for this week:

You could find yourself working with people you don`t know very well. It will be a struggle to get on the same wavelength. If you disagree with anyone, it might be a good idea to hold back and say little. Leave it to others to do the talking until you establish yourself as one of the team. Plans being discussed in the family are likely to result in a major upheaval. Pour your creativity into decorating schemes and delegate chores where you can.

By Friday Venus, your ruling planet will be at right angles to Mars in your opposite sign. This could bring to a head tensions in a working relationship. It may be that you want to pull in a particular direction and the other person is holding you back. Clearly these are not ideal situations. Given that there is a Full Moon to negotiate on Wednesday, it could be that on this occasion health concerns also have to be taken into account. You may need to make boundaries clear. All that said, it appears that demand for your expertise is growing. It should prove a useful exercise to make notes of all you`ve accomplished so far this year and how these facts could be conveyed in your CV. Next week your social and career worlds could yet expand considerably.

Scorpio & Ophiuchus
Personal theme: I desire!!
Water & fixed signs: October 23 — November 21

Your horoscope for this week:

A task is completed to everyone`s satisfaction. This is no small accomplishment. Be proud of the part you played in bringing this about. Experiences you go through now will make you more confident. You are more certain about your decisions and more determined about what you are doing. You and a partner have a lot to think and talk about and you will take a sensible approach to important matters.

Sagittarius
Personal theme: I see!!
Fire sign: November 22 — December 21

Your horoscope for this week:

Capricorn
Personal theme: I use!!
Earth & cardinal sign: December 22 — January 19

Your horoscope for this week:

You might find it hard to take in all that happens as the week begins. You will be getting on really well with someone youve only recently met. Something wonderful is developing between you and if youre single, this could be your chance to land a romantic interest. Your day to day activities feel more fulfilling and give you a gentle, comfortable pleasure. When you are doing what you love you might find that it could bring in a little extra cash in times to come.

Aquarius
Personal theme: I know!!
Air & fixed sign: January 20 — February 18

Your horoscope for this week:

If you took advantage of recent unexpected but intriguing ideas or offers and are now benefitting from them, its unlikely youll struggle with the current crop of equally intriguing developments. While some are about broadening your horizons, in terms of encounters or experiences, one or two are pointing you in a new direction. This is a period of discovery. Decisions? They can and should wait.

The better the planning and the more prepared you are, the more you will fit into your days. Set a goal and share your intentions with people who may be interested. Once friends hear what you are planning, you will get many offers of support. This would be a great time to buy a house or make some home improvements but it might just not be possible right now so turn your attention to how you can make your domestic arrangements even more attractive and appealing.

Pisces
Personal theme: I believe!!
Water sign: February 19 — March 20

Your horoscope for this week:

For ages youve known youd have to discuss, deal with and, in certain situations, confront others about unfair arrangements. While you`ve dealt with some, those that remain are likely to come to a head around the pivotal, and emotionally intense, Pisces Full Moon on Wednesday. That being the case, discuss and deal with whatever you can, before the minor issues in question turn into major dramas.

A friend lets you down. You will try to forget it but it will seem to have started a chain reaction. People will forget promises made. Appointments are cancelled and anything that can go wrong will seem to go wrong. This will be temporary and the phase will end as abruptly as it began.. Relationships and situations will improve later in the week. A senior colleague will hint that some form of advancement is on the cards for you and life won`t seem so bad, after all.

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GrannyMoon’s Weekly Feast 24 -30 Aug 2020! Thanks for Reading!

Blessed Be!

Blessed be my little witch. To those who came before and those who will come after, know that the Goddess is with you always. Thank you all my dear readers…be blessed. ~GrannyMoon

Remember dear humans, fresh air, sunshine, and communing with nature is the best medicine. It is good for our immune system. It also lifts the spirits and it breaks up the monotony of “social distancing!” How are you doing?

The NEW MOON always rises at sunrise
And the FIRST QUARTER at noon.
The FULL MOON always rises at sunset
And the LAST QUARTER at midnight.
~The New Orleans Mistic

Dark Moon – Time to Rest
New Moon – Time to Begin New Projects; Birth; Attraction
Waxing Moon – Time to Grow; Increase
Full Moon – Time to be Fulfilled; Abundance
Waning Moon – Time to Banish; Decrease
Last Sliver of Moon – Time to Die; Letting Go
Dark Moon – Time to Rest Again
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Light A Candle Today!

In many different traditions lighting a candle is a sacred action. It expresses more than words can express. It has to do with gratefulness. From time immemorial, people have lit candles in sacred places. You may want to begin or end your day by the sacred ritual of lighting a candle on this gratefulness. Or you may want to light a birthday candle for a friend. One single guideline is all you need: Slow down and do it with full attention.

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Dates of this calendar were devised by Robert Graves, 1895 – 1985

Goddess Month of Hesperus begins 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Coll (Hazel) August 5 to September 1

August
Herb of the Year for 2020: Blackberries, raspberries, and their cousins (Rubus ssp.)
Flower of the Month for August: Gladiolus
August is National Watermelon Month

August 22: National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day – Cat2Vet Campaign
August 23: National Ride The Wind Day
August 23: National Sponge Cake Day
August 24: National Waffle Day
August 24: National Peach Pie Day
August 25: National Whiskey Sour Day
August 25: National Kiss and Make Up Day
August 25: National Secondhand Wardrobe Day
August 25: National Banana Split Day
August 26: National Dog Day
August 26: National WebMistress Day
August 26: National Women’s Equality Day
August 26: National Cherry Popsicle Day
August 27: National Just Because Day
August 28: National Power Rangers Day
August 28: National Bow Tie Day
August 28: National Cherry Turnovers Day
August 28: Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day
August 30: National Toasted Marshmallow Day
August 30: National Grief Awareness Day

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The Moon Phase: Waxing Moon

Time: From New Moon To Full (Approx. 14 Days)

Goddess Aspect: Maiden

Associated Goddesses: Artemis, Branwen, Eriu, Nymph, Epona

Magickal Attributes: Invoking Beginnings, New Projects, Ideas, Inspiration, Energy, Vitality, Freedom. Workings On This Day Are For “Constructive” Magick (Love, Wealth, Success, Courage, Friendship, Luck Or Health.)

Perform magic on waxing moons to attract a new quality or behavior, to increase the light within, to attain personal and spiritual growth and greater awareness. The quarter moon suggests a period of overcoming obstacles and continuing on the path to growth.

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August 24, 2020 – August 30, 2020

Oh boy, this could be a confusing week energy-wise. The planets are throwing a lot at us all at once. Monday and Tuesday, Mars square Saturn is like driving with the brakes on and this experience can lead to frustration, irritation, and possibly anger. Outside influences get in your way and you’ll see your hands are quite tied. Mercury, Uranus, Venus, and Jupiter make us want to escape reality altogether to avoid the seriousness of the situation. Don’t make any major financial decisions or purchases. Midweek Romantic encounters can feel magical and intoxicating and can lead to idealisms because Venus is dancing with Neptune, a total romance novel move. Reality check, this ‘feeling’ is temporary so do not invest too seriously in it or it could lead to future problems. Right behind this tête-à-tête, the hammer falls. Venus, Pluto, Mercury, Neptune mix it up again. This combination causes difficulties in relationships by inserting power plays. So, any attempts to manipulate your partner will have a serious boomerang effect. This is not the time to make decisions or choices, especially in relationship matters. Coventry candles for this week are Wicked Witch Mojo Outta’ My Way, Blessed Herbal Protection, Heart, Healing, and Truth and Justice

Here’s what you missed on CoventryCreations.com this week…
You are so amazing you deserve a hype man.
When you are this good, it’s time to sing your praises.

Everyone has their specialty, their superpower as it were. Especially right now with how much the world is catawampus, we have all tapped in inner power and honed it to forward our survival in body, mind, and spirit.

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We seek her healing. We honor Her. She calls us.

People draw together to dance to this music and to break bread. Some of these people of like mind make communities or covens, where they can Feast and be together in song and ritual. But there are the others…the natural witches, those that find and use their own natural powers and knowledge. They seek only their own countenance. There is no dogma, no rules, only your own, however, there is training from those that have gone before.

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TAROT CARD OF THE WEEKThe King of Pentacles

The King of Pentacles is all about material wealth, financial abundance, and worldly success.

When he shows up it indicates that you are feeling confident and successful at attracting and managing wealth. Not only do you identify opportunities for growth and success, but you also are able to manage your wealth, investing wisely for the long-term.

You can translate your vision into something tangible, practical, and often very lucrative. This isn’t about coming up with ideas and hoping for the best. You are doing the work to map out your plan of attack, gather your resources and manifest your goals.

You have the Midas touch! Everything you touch turns to gold.

When you apply yourself to your vision, you create huge success, particularly on a financial level.

The King of Pentacles is a reminder that you have created a rich life, not just financially but also spiritually, which will set you up well for the future.

Ask the Tarot: How can I not only attract wealth but also maintain it in the long-term?

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Heartwings Love Notes 945 Keeping the Sabbath

Heartwings says, “A day of rest is a healthy and happy day.”

The early New England settlers took their Sundays seriously. People could be punished for doing any sort of work not permitted by necessity—cows, after all don’t stop producing milk nor animals go without feeding just because it’s the seventh day of the week, or the first, depending on your interpretation or your religion. While the Sabbath originated in Hebrew culture as a day of rest, it became a universal practice for the Christian world at large, migrating from Saturday to Sunday in 400 AD.

When I was growing up nothing commercial was open on Sundays except the drugstore. Church, of course offered services which we attended. Few gas stations served the public, and it was important to plan the Sunday drive on a full tank if possible. There was no running out for groceries if you didn’t already have them, and the Sunday roast beef, leg of lamb or chicken was part of the day in ours as in many households. My father would stop at the drugstore on his way home from church to pick up a couple of quarts of ice cream, packed tight by hand into round cardboard containers at the soda counter. To this day Stephen and I enjoy ice cream on Sundays.

The idea of the Sabbath was that a day to rest, a vacation from chores and duties, was good for human beings. For myself, I have for many years taken Sundays off. What that means is that I don’t do any unnecessary tasks that day: no laundry, cleaning, or other housework or similar duties. I try to do only pleasant activities like writing, and of course sending out my column and Stephen’s. Resting for me is more about taking my time to do what I wish to do than sitting down or taking a nap. It could mean baking something or trying a special recipe just for fun, or even going somewhere nice for a walk and to take photos.

I was inspired to write this column by one of my daughters who phoned us up on a Sunday morning we had taken to sleep in. When I said the reason we were sleeping in was that it was Sunday, she said “Oh, but when you’re retired, every day is Sunday.” I told her we took Sundays as special days, and explained briefly. Being retired for me doesn’t mean a rocking chair, it means I have the privilege of choosing what I want to do when I want to do it as long as I am mindful of deadlines, of course. I do love Sundays, and cherish the guilt free duty-less hours they hold.

May you take and enjoy a day of rest when you can.

Blessings and best regards, Tasha Halpert

PS How do you feel about Sundays? Do you take a day of rest? Love to hear your comments or stories, and I always will answer as soon as I can. Please write me at tashahal@gmail.com and check out my website for more love notes at http://www.heartwingsandfriends.com.

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Llewellyn’s Spell-A-Day

Back to School Spell
By James Kambos

School has started or will soon. This spell will help you focus on clarity, balance, and wisdom. It will help you achieve your academic goals.

You’ll need an amethyst gem or crystal or a smooth amethyst stone. These are available at gem shops and are inexpensive. Amethyst helps you attract wisdom and achieve clarity. You’ll also need a violet-colored candle (for balance) in a holder and a piece of paper. Light the candle. Then write your academic goal on the paper. Wrap the paper around the amethyst. Ground and center. Holding the paper and stone, say:

My goal in school I will achieve.
Amethyst, give me the clarity
and wisdom to succeed.

Hide the paper and amethyst and extinguish the candle. When you notice the spell is working, discard the paper. Keep the amethyst and candle for other spells. Perform this same spell separately for each of your academic goals.
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Harvest Thanks
By Laura Tempest Zakroff

In many places, gardens are in full production mode at this time of year. If you’re growing your own garden, don’t forget to give back to the land spirits as you enjoy the fruits of the earth (and your own labor). Whether your harvest is bountiful or slim, you should remember and acknowledge those spirits.

Gather together a selection of your harvest, be it food or herbs, and make a small biodegradable (all-natural) bundle. At the edge of your garden or land, place it carefully, saying:

To the spirits of land, I offer my
gratitude for this harvest. May it
please and nourish you, as it has
nourished me. I honor our connection.
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Safe Travels!
By Susan Pesznecker

For this spell, you’ll need the following items:

  • 2 candles (and holders)
  • A bowl
  • A small object
  • 2 pinches of dirt from outside your home
  • Salt
  • Water
  • A feather
  • A clover

Place the candles on your altar, several inches apart. Put the bowl between them, and place the small object in the bowl.

Light one candle and say:
This is my home.

Light the other candle and say:
This is my destination.

Sprinkle the object with a pinch of dirt and say:
My home is my sanctuary.

Sprinkle the object with salt and say:
May I be protected as I
travel over earth.

Sprinkle the object with water and say:
May I be protected as I
travel over water.

Pass the feather over the object and say:
May I be protected as I
travel through the air.

Place the clover on the object and say:
May I find luck throughout my travels.

Sprinkle another pinch of dirt on the object and say:
May I return safely home.

Extinguish the candles and carry the object with you on your travels.
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Money Meditation Mini-Boot Camp
By Melissa Tipton

Choose a seven-day period to perform the following meditation each morning, holding your wallet or purse in your hands or lap while you meditate. Begin with this:

The flow of money in my life is
increasing in a way that is correct
and good for me. Higher self,
what can I do today to support
this healthy flow of money?

Sit in meditation for a few minutes or as long as you’d like, remaining open to guidance. Remember, you don’t need an elaborate plan; you’re simply looking for your next action step. Write it down and carry out your higher self ’s guidance throughout the day. Repeat this process each morning for a week.

This practice is a powerful commitment to co-creating prosperity, and it may challenge you to step beyond your comfort zone as you break out of the ego’s narrow perceptions of what is possible and embrace the ever-expanding reality of your higher self.
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A Walk in the Sun
By Barbara Ardinger

Take a summer walk today. But remember to protect yourself; don’t walk when the summer sun is high. (One of the sun’s least welcome gifts is melanoma.) Go out close to dawn or dusk for your walk. Can you discern any changes in the light? How is the sunlight today different from what it was in February or May? One of the gifts of light is shadow. As you walk, look at the shadows around you. What do they reveal? Look at the shadow you cast. Do you cast a long shadow, either literally or metaphorically?

As you walk, greet the people you meet with a cheerful smile. Whisper blessings to the trees and plants. Notice that plants that seemed strong in June may be dry in August. Is there a lesson for us humans in the fact that some of Gaia’s green children thrive in full sun while others prefer the shade?
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Get Your Mojo Back Spell
By Thuri Calafia

Sometimes life and love can really shake our confidence. We know we’re awesome. If only the people around us would figure that out!

For this spell, take a dark blue candle and use a small blade or wooden pick to inscribe it with symbols and words describing all the things you like about yourself. Enhance these markings with silver ink to make these qualities shine! Then take small pieces of paper and write “labels” of all the things specific people—or our culture in general—have said about you that you know aren’t true. Place these labels all around the candle on your altar.

Finally, place a fire-proof dish on your altar and focus deeply on your strengths. Light the candle. Take each label in turn and read it aloud and laugh at the absurdity of it. With passion, state:

I reject this label!

Then carefully touch the label to the candle’s flame. Set it in the fireproof dish and watch it burn, knowing that this untruth no longer applies to you. Repeat with all the other labels, and then, as the candle burns down, focus on how wonderful you know yourself to be.
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Morning Commute Charm
By Ari Mankey

Draw or buy a small picture of a five-pointed star (pentagram) and place it on an easily accessible part of your car’s dashboard, with the single point facing upward. After it’s in place, trace your finger along the star and visualize yourself driving free of distractions, accidents, and heavy traffic.

When you encounter horrible traffic, dangerous weather conditions, road construction, or delays, touch the pentacle and say:

Safe and quick this trip shall be,
Clear and pleasant roads I see!

The charm will activate when you speak the couplet, and your driving condition will improve momentarily. Using this charm can also help you increase your patience, concentration, and attentiveness while driving.

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September is Yoga Month: Crystals for a Yoga Practice

Any gemstone can help you connect with your practice! Crystals can “speak” to us in different ways and it is usually due to the fact that we instinctually need something from it. It may be that we are attracted to its shape, color or sheen. It could be its size, weight or properties, but whatever it is that draws us in, there is a reason behind it. When this happens at first glance, I often like to look up it’s metaphysical properties and color meanings. This often explains immediately why I was drawn to it. Below is a list of my favorite stones I use in my yoga practice. I hope you find a stone or two that calls to you!

Amber:
This ancient petrified resin has electromagnetic properties. It is excellent at detoxification and protection from other people’s energies. Due to its strong connection to nature and the earth, amber is a great stone for grounding our higher energies. Amber can add stability to your life and your yoga practice. Helpful in clearing up depression and therefore, bringing about a positive mental state in your practice.

Amethyst:
The stone of transformation and spirituality. It is used for contentment and meditation. Provides common sense and flexibility in decisions. Strengthens and enhances psychic abilities, imagery and mind quieting. This soothing stone is in tune with your Brow and Crown”Chakra. Amethyst takes you on this transition from the magic time of dusk to a conscious shift into a different place. Crossing this threshold is the lesson of humility, which Amethyst can teach us to flow with peace. The perfect yoga tool.

Coral:
Coral is a rich blend of calcium and calcite. It resonates with our body and beneficial in your yoga practice as it is used to quiet our emotions and brings peace to our inner self and offer the lesson of diplomacy and concurrence. Coral facilitates intuition, imagination, visualization and expedites and accelerates the transfer of knowledge from teacher to student. This “sea stone” strengthens both circulatory and bone structure in the body therefore, it is good for us on and off the mat. Coral can be used alone or in combination with other stones. Coral has a true link with the past and can pass knowledge along.

Emerald:
Emerald is a symbol of love and good fortune. This stone is used for abundance, growth, peace, harmony, patience, love, fidelity and honesty. What better benefits to give to a yogic practice. Most effective on the Heart Chakra perhaps because it access desires held deep within. Emerald provides inspiration and helps those in need of balance, healing, and infinite patience. Helps the wearer gain physical, emotional and mental equilibrium. Valuable in meditative work, as well as healing.

Hematite:
This crystal is the most recommended stone for grounding and is associated with the Root Chakra, by encourages one’s survival instincts and is centering. Hematite condenses scattered feelings and turns fuzziness into mental clarity. It enhances concentration, memory, and practicality. Considered the symbol of life energy, hematite allows for more confidence, will power and boldness. Helps us adjust to being physical. Protective stone hematite is known to deflect negativity. It restores equilibrium, stability and brings our awareness back to the body. It helps one maintain their sense of self on and off the yoga mat!

Herkimer Diamonds:
These clear crystals closely resemble diamonds but are really quartz. Considered a “Dream stone”, they are used in for yoga meditation or under your pillow to enhance visualization, astral travel and dream recall. Most effective on the Brow and Crown Chakra, this stone shifts the brain powerfully into alpha/deep stillness. Amplifies and stores thoughts, energy; and can be used as a bridge to stimulate energy flow (kundalini) up through the Chakra centers, opening the Brow and Crown Chakra for a strong, clear channel for psychic awareness, intuitive insight, and yogic practice.

Himalayan Sea Salt:
Pure Himalayan Pink Salt is hand-mined in the Himalayan Mountains. This salt is known for its unique healing properties. According to the Global Healing Center, “this salt’s unique cellular structure allows it to store vibrational energy. Its minerals exist in a colloidal form, meaning that they are tiny enough for our cells to easily absorb them.” Himalayan pink salt naturally generates beautiful ions, which improve air quality and health. Place a few chunks in a bowl and place the bowl in your yoga room, meditation space or studio. Heat magnifies the natural healing properties of the salt, which makes them a must for any Hot Yoga practice. Click here to learn all about the healing remedies with sea salt.

Jasper:
This stone is a methodical and meticulous worker of practical, down to earth solutions. It has the ability to foster and nurture and its energy is used for grounding and protection. This makes it an exceptional stone for your yoga practice. Each color of Jasper has additional, specific qualities when used alone. Jasper is very effective when use on the Root Chakra. Jasper is a general tissue regeneration; mineral assimilation; and general healing.

Pearl:
In tune with emotions, water, and women, especially pregnant women, pearls are a symbol of pure heart and mind; innocence and faith. Because it is from the sea, it has watery and lunar elements, therefore it is used for balancing emotions, especially for water signs. Wonderful for pregnant mommies who do yoga. Pearl is the result of layer upon layer of substance produced to combat irritation, which in turn, makes it cooling, soothing and very nurturing.

Phenacite:
This angelic crystal is considered a powerful, loving, healing, spiritual stone. It is believed to be one of the highest vibrational crystals yet discovered. The clearer the stone, the more intensely it opens the Third Eye, Crown Chakra, and Transpersonal Chakra as a white light channel. Hence, its aura clearing abilities are phenomenal! This stone ignites clairvoyance/spiritual communication, meditation, astral travel, as well as life journeys. Energizes meridians and the healing of other stones. It helps one to go further in a trance state and gives a deeper awareness of one’s inner structures. Phenacite can be used to amplify the energies of other stones used for healing and to balance energy within one. The perfect stone for a yoga practice.

Quartz: “Rock Crystal”:
Quartz is the Master Healer and the “stone of power”! The natural tendency for quartz is for harmony. Quartz can both draw and send energy therefore it is effective for sending/receiving guidance within your yoga practice. Quartz is used for transformation in healing and in all levels of change (mentally/emotionally, physically and spiritually). Quartz stimulates the natural crystal in body tissues and fluids to resonate at the highest healing frequency. Quartz works with All Chakra and is the perfect stone for complete Aura balancing.

Clear Quartz:
This is thought to amplify both body energy and thoughts. It can assist in the creation of power, clarity of thinking, meditation, cleansing, clearing the aura, spiritual development and healing. Pure white light passes through it easily, leaving all the colors of the spectrum unaltered and giving substance to the argument that clear quartz crystals can help balance all the elements needed to make us whole and fulfilled. Amplify whatever influences are present in an individual or location. Acts as a purifier and tunes into the frequency of each individual. Will unblock specific areas or organs blocked from transmitting or receiving the flow of energy throughout the body. Helpful in guiding our search for the meaning and importance of existence. A must-have for any yogi!

Rose Quartz:
Rose Quartz represents love, beauty, peacefulness, forgiving, lovingness, self-love and emotional balance! There is no better crystal to help nourish your yoga practice. It helps us with issues of self-love and self-nurturing. As humans and as life students of yoga, it’s soothing influence helps diffuse negative stimuli and uncomfortable memories. Helps us discover the ability to love ourselves and makes us more open to others. It is of particular value in helping us to forgive ourselves, hastening self-acceptance. Helps us realize that all change is important, even difficult change. One of the best stones to bring honor and compassion into your practice!

Shiva Lingham:
Lingham is the sacred Sanskrit word for phallus. In Tantra, the shape embodies the masculine energy; dynamic expression and knowledge. The markings or Yoni depicts female energy; wisdom and intuition. The Tantric Shiva Lingham unifies the dualistic female/male world into harmonious balance. This Sacred Stone relates to the Heart Chakra, and represents the harmony and balance of the soul that is maintained within the hearts of all of us. Shiva Lingham stones are used for spiritual detox, allowing us to see the higher knowledge within ourselves. The stone gives us the capacity for hanging on to the beliefs which work the best for us and letting go of those beliefs which no longer serve us. When used during meditation, Lingham shows us how to connect with our physical and spiritual energies and therefore, our higher selves. The goal of any yoga practice.

Smoky Quartz:
Smoky Quartz is a grounding stone. It is used most often to overcome depression, nightmares, and stress. Quartz stimulates the natural crystal in body tissues and fluids to resonate at the highest healing frequency. Attune to the Root Chakra, it is good for inducing Alpha/deep meditation. It benefits also include channeling higher guidance, deep connection and helping with unconditional love. Heightens your understanding of nature and concerns for the environment. Because it is associated with the Root Chakra, it helps to alleviate fear, anxiety and associated emotional depression. When placed opposite other smokies in a crystal grid these stone vibrate at a high energy level. Wonderful for your yoga space.

Crystal Clusters
I love using crystal clusters in my practice. I have often used a quartz, amethyst or selenite tower in the middle of the yoga studio and have my students circled around facing the stone throughout the practice. Another idea is placing the stone(s) on my yoga mat as I practice, to remind me why I am here on the mat this day. Clusters of crystals bring a “group” energy to its surrounding area. They are used to foster protection, cooperation, purification, harmony, friendship, intimacy and to break up negative energy in the environment. Clusters help to keep all life forms energized and clear of heavy or unproductive energy.

~Andrew Pacholyk MS L.Ac
http://www.peacefulmind.com/yoga-therapy
Therapies for healing
mind, body, spirit

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This Is Why You Often Wake Up At 3 AM!
~Author Unknown to Me

You know the scene. You wake up in the middle of the night and roll over to check your phone, but you don’t really need to. You already know it’s 3am.

Most people wake up several times during the night. This is often accompanied by the body shifting its position. These nightly awakenings usually coincide with transitions from one sleep stage to another and are so brief, we often don’t remember them in the morning.

“The average adult awakens seven to 15 times each night, and this is normal,” says Michael Perlis, director of the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. But the 3am wake up is one that can bring us out of a deep sleep and may make it hard for us to doze off again.
Historical reason

The reason for this 3am wake up can be traced back to before the Industrial Revolution, when people in Europe and North America broke their sleep into two segments: first sleep and second sleep. Due to the advent of artificial light, people were able to work (and play) much later into the evening. This meant bedtimes were pushed back later and later, disrupting our circadian rhythms and reordering our sense of time.

In this new Capitalist age, sleep become something one needed in order to do one’s job and was lumped together into a single interval of sleep, rather than the two we were used to.

You wake up at 3am because this is the time you shift from a deep sleep into a lighter sleep. If you turn in at 11pm, by three in the morning you’re mostly out of deep sleep and shifting into longer periods of lighter sleep, known as REM. Your brain is more active in the REM stage, so it’s more likely that you’ll awaken.

In the world of religion and spirituality, the 3am wake-up has great significance. Wayne Dwyer, who was a famed American self-help author whose first book sold 100 million copies, urged people to embrace the 3am moment. “Put your feet on the floor, get out of bed, feel the morning breeze, and listen to your inner thoughts,” he said.
Sleep restriction

If you are struggling with the 3am wake up, you may benefit from the sleep restriction method. It’s perfectly normal to experience this pattern of waking, so try to acknowledge it and wait for sleep to come again. If it doesn’t, you don’t have to just lie there feeling anxious. Get up and read or listen to music and try again once you feel drowsy.
Sleep hygiene

Avoiding stimulants such as caffeine and nicotine in the afternoon and evening.
Avoiding alcohol. Even though a glass of wine can help you fall asleep fast, it can disrupt your sleep in the second part of the night as the body begins to process the alcohol.
Exercise. As little as 10 minutes of aerobic exercise a day can drastically improve your quality of sleep. Aim to hit the gym earlier in the day though, as exercise can increase energy post-workout.
Avoid spicy or rich foods before bed. No more late night curry or ice-cream parties — these can trigger indigestion and heartburn which is uncomfortable and can wake you up.

Practicing what is known as good “sleep hygiene” can significantly increase your chances of having a good night’s sleep. Sleep hygiene practices include:

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Hearing Your Angels Through Nutrition ~6 Foods and Drinks that Block Your Intuition
by Jaclyn Webb

I’m doing everything I can to live a spiritually based life right now. I meditate daily, pray, say my affirmations, count my blessings, and have finally settled into a career that’s on track with my life purpose. Through experience, I’ve found that in order for me to live a spiritually based life, I MUST be able to hear my angels, aka my intuition. When I don’t have my intuition guiding me throughout the day, my decisions are made from my head, not my heart. I start living like I used to – from my head and not my heart. And everything in my life seems to get off track and get a little messy. I find it harder to connect with my friends and family, because I’m connecting from ego, not my higher self.

My goal is to be living out of my heart, as much as possible. This is when I’m aligned with the universe, and things start to work in my favor. I feel like I’m living my higher purpose. Because of this, I want to do anything I can to hear my intuition! What I’ve found on this journey, is that you can’t ignore the effects of nutrition for hearing your angels. Whenever I eat some of these common foods, my clairaudience goes away. I feel disconnected from others. It’s like my radio frequency to my angels changes, and I CAN’T. GET. THROUGH. TO. THEM!

When I’m giving a Reiki session, I am guided by my intuition. My guides tell me areas to treat, as well as transmit important messages during the healing. My sessions are most powerful and healing when I’m clearly connected to my intuition.

Here are common foods and drinks that block your intuition

  1. Coffee (or any type of caffeine) – Yes, this is not what I wanted to hear either. I wanted to be in denial. However, the countless times I’ve experimented with caffeine and tried to truly connect with my intuition, it was extremely difficult. Even if cutting down on caffeine isn’t a step you choose to make right now, the awareness here will help you in the long run.
  2. Kombucha – Even the small amounts of caffeine found in kombucha is enough to cloud your intuition. I’m a self-reformed kombucha addict, so I share the true love many of you have with kombucha. However, this is one to keep in mind, as the small amounts of caffeine found in kombucha will energetically affect you. Same goes for decaf coffee.
  3. Processed Foods and Artificial Colors – So, I once ate a 5 calorie Jello. Yes, times were desperate. Afterwards, I tried to do an intuitive reading with my sister and I couldn’t hear anything from my guides! Artificial colors and processed foods throw your body off balance. The more your body is energetically aligned, the more you can hear your angels.
  4. Cheese (or dairy foods) – Yes, another unfortunate one! Dairy has a chemical mechanism in it that is similar to an opioid, which blocks your pain receptors. So it is essentially dulling your senses. When you dull your senses, you can’t as easily key into the senses necessary to hear your angels.
  5. Sugar – Particularly the sugar found in baked goods, candy, and processed foods; but not so much the natural sugars found in fruit. Sugar overexcites your brain. It gives you a “high”. The “high” takes you away from the necessary state you need to be in to hear your angels, which is being “grounded” and in touch with your body.
  6. Food Allergies and Sensitivities – This category applies to anything that you have trouble digesting, or creates an immune response in the body. If your nervous system is on overdrive from something you ate and cannot properly digest, you are out of balance. Your energy is going towards reestablishing balance in the body from the food offender, not hearing your angels. Your senses are in overdrive, not balanced, which is the state where you can best hear your angles.

In summary, anything that “numbs” you or alters your state of mind, is going to affect your intuition. It’s important to be balanced and grounded to key into your intuition. This is why water and natural foods, such as organic fruits, vegetables, and proteins are going to be your best bet for living a full life from your heart!

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Appreciating Suggestions
By Madisyn Taylor

People will always have an idea about how you should live your life, but your idea is the only one that matters.

As children, our parents had dreams for us. They wanted us to do well in school, and to do whatever was necessary to reach our highest potential. Later in life, friends may try to set us up with their idea of the perfect partner or the perfect job. Spouses may have agendas for us, too. People close to us may have ideas about how we should live our lives, ideas that usually come from love and the desire for us to be happy. Other times, they come from a place of need within them–whether it is the parent who wants us to live out his or her dreams or the friend or spouse who wants us to play an already-defined role. Whatever the case, we can appreciate and consider those people’s input, but ultimately we must follow our own inner guidance.

There may come a time when all the suggestions can become overbearing. We may feel that the people we love don’t approve of our judgment, which can hurt our feelings. It can interfere with the choices we make for our lives by making us doubt ourselves, or filling a void with their wishes before we’ve had a chance to decide what we want. It can affect us energetically as well. We may have to deal with feelings of resistance or the need to shut ourselves off from them. But we can take some time to rid ourselves of any unnecessary doubts and go within to become clear on what we desire for ourselves.

We can tell our loved ones how much we appreciate their thoughts and ideas, but that we need to live our own lives and make our own decisions. We can explain that they need to let us learn from our own experiences rather than rob us of wonderful life lessons and the opportunity to fine-tune our own judgment. When they see that we are happy with our lives and the path we are taking to reach our goals, they can rest assured that all we need them to do is to share in our joy.

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The Purpose of an Altar
By Madisyn Taylor

The purpose of having an altar in your home can be as simple as reminding you to take time for serenity each day.

If you didn’t grow up with an altar in your home, having an altar now may seem like an exotic and unattainable idea. Yet having an altar does not have to be complicated or difficult, nor does it need to be based on a religion or a set of ideas that don’t seem to relate to you. An altar can be a simple, personal expression of what you want to focus on right now. You do not have to build anything or take up a lot of space. You do not have to buy anything new or follow a complex set of instructions to create your altar. All you have to do is have a general understanding of what an altar is and the willingness to allow yourself access to this wonderful, ancient tool of transformation.

At its most essential, an altar is simply a raised structure that serves as a resting place for meaningful objects. It focuses the eye and provides a place for contemplation and, if so desired, ritual. All of these elements can be quite simple. One idea for a simple altar is a pot with a bulb planted in it, set on a box. This altar to growth can act as a reminder to you that all living things bloom in their time. A simple ritual might be to write down dreams you would like to see come to fruition on scraps of paper. You might place these scraps of paper in the box, or under the flowerpot, or in an envelope you prop against the pot. As the flower grows, so will your dreams.

If you look around your home, you may find that you have already created altarlike arrangements without even really thinking about it; this is something we humans do quite naturally. A candle, a decorative box, and a vase of flowers are just a few of the common household objects that lend themselves naturally to the creation of an altar. Simply add intention and intuition, and you have created your first altar. Remember that it isn’t necessarily about the objects you place at your altar–it is the time you spend with it daily, taking the time to be with it for your sacred time.

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The ‘Sixth Sense’ of Animals — An Earthquake Warning System?
Analysis by Dr. Karen Shaw Becker
August 20, 2020

Anecdotal reports are quite common detailing animals’ unusual behaviors prior to earthquakes, which suggests they have a ‘sixth sense’ that alerts them to the coming natural disaster
To find out whether animals really do alter their behaviors prior to an earthquake, researchers studied the movements of cows, sheep and dogs living in an earthquake-prone area in Northern Italy
Unusual behavioral patterns emerged in the animals up to 20 hours before an earthquake, with the strange behavior starting sooner the closer the animals were to the epicenter
To serve as an early earthquake warning system, animals could have a chip on their collar that sends movement data to a central computer every three minutes, which triggers a warning if increased activity is observed for at least 45 minutes
Since December 2019, the researchers have measured real-time data from the animals, which did trigger one warning; a small earthquake occurred three hours later
The researchers are using the International Cooperation for Animal Research Using Space (ICARUS), a global animal observation system on the International Space Station, to potentially create an animal early warning system for natural disasters
In 373 B.C. in Greece, it’s said that rats, weasels, snakes and even centipedes fled their dwellings in search of a safer environment days before a significant earthquake struck the area.1 It’s the earliest known reference to animals sensing earthquakes before they occur, but it’s far from the last.

More recently, the 1975 Haicheng earthquake in China was reportedly anticipated after people observed snakes and rats leaving their burrows during the winter.2

Anecdotal reports are quite common detailing animals’ unusual behaviors prior to earthquakes. Such behavioral changes have been observed from moments to weeks before an earthquake, and has been observed among a wide range of species, including animals, fish, birds, reptiles and insects.3

There’s currently no reliable way to forecast for earthquakes, so researchers have been looking into whether animals could give clues to coming earthquakes, allowing warnings to be sent prior to their occurrence.

Scientists from the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior in Konstanz/Radolfzell and the Cluster of Excellence Centre for the Advanced Study of Collective Behaviour at the University of Konstanz are among them, and they’ve revealed that animals really do appear to have a sixth sense when it comes to predicting earthquakes.

Observing Animals’ Motions May Help Predict Earthquakes
To find out whether animals really do alter their behaviors prior to an earthquake, the researchers studied the movements of cows, sheep and dogs living in an earthquake-prone area in Northern Italy. Accelerometers were attached to the animals’ collars, providing continuous 3D motion data.

Because some evidence suggests that collectives of animals may better sense impending earthquakes than individuals, the study involved a group of animals living at the same farm, which is located near the hypocenter (the underground epicenter of an earthquake) of the powerful Norcia, Italy earthquake that struck in 2016.

The six cows, five sheep and two dogs in the study had previously demonstrated unusual behavior prior to earthquakes.4 Data was collected from three different periods spanning October 2016 to April 2017, and included times when the animals were in a stable or on pasture. During this time, 18,000 earthquakes were officially reported in the region, including 12 that had a strength of 4 or higher on the Richter scale.

After evaluating the body accelerations of the farm animals, which acted as a measure of activity level, and using statistical models, the study found that unusual behavioral patterns emerged in the animals up to 20 hours before an earthquake, with the strange behavior starting sooner the closer the animals were to the epicenter.

“The closer the animals were to the epicentre of the impending shock, the earlier they changed their behaviour.

This is exactly what you would expect when physical changes occur more frequently at the epicentre of the impending earthquake and become weaker with increasing distance,” Martin Wikelski, director at the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior and Principal Investigator at the Centre for the Advanced Study of Collective Behaviour, said in a news release.

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Gilberto’s In-laws by Stephen Halpert

Gilberto drummed his fingers on the steering wheel as he, Maria and Joey drove to the hotel to meet Maria’s parents for dinner. It was the night before the engagement party.
“You ok?” Maria said.
He nodded. ” This is new for me. I don’t know what to say.”
She smiled. “That’s how I always felt around them. Then I realized it was easier to just listen and agree and let them do the talking. Talk comes easy to mom. She has opinions for everything.”
“How about your dad?”
“Oh, you’ll like Edwardo. Everyone does. And he’s got lots of opinions too.”
Gilberto laughed. “Is that why you left home when you did, too many opinions?”

“Who knows,” she smiled. ” I left because I had to. Mom was not well, and having me around wasn’t helpful. Even though it might seem a little unorthodox, I’m glad I lived my life the way I did.” She looked back at Joey, engrossed in cartoons on the tablet Gilberto had given him for his seventh birthday.
“You’ll meet them shortly,” she said. “Unless of course you want to skip it, and we’ll go have pizza.”
“Of course, I want to meet them. They’re your parents, my new in- laws. I mean, they flew up from Florida.”
Maria chuckled. “Well don’t say I didn’t warn you.”
When they reached the hotel, Alicia and Edwardo Sanchez were already seated in the dining room. Alicia was a tall, somewhat stern looking, woman wearing enough thick gold jewelry to warrant a Brinks detail. As they approached, she waved her long, painted, beringed fingers and smiled.
Edwardo was short, stout and built like a professional athlete. His thick combed mustache dominated his face. Gilberto noticed he had the same soft eyes as Maria. He hugged his daughter. “It’s been too long,” he said. Quietly he took an envelope from his inside jacket pocket. “For your nuptials.” He hugged her again, then sat back down.
“Thanks daddy.” She kissed him and tucked it away in her bag.
Alicia shook her head. “You’ve always spoiled her.” She told Edwardo. Looking at Gilberto she said, “Be careful when you tangle with a woman spoiled by her father.”
Gilberto smiled. “Pleased to meet you,” he said, extending his hand.
Tears of joy filled Edwardo’s eyes. “My daughter the revolutionary.” He shook hands with Gilberto. “Joey,” he said. “You’ve grown so much.”
“Hi grandpa,” Joey smiled and hugged him. “Gilberto saved my life. It was on TV and in the newspapers.”
Alicia eyed Gilberto. “I assume you do some sort of work?”
“Gilberto is the Director of shipping for Atlas,” Maria said proudly.” But Alicia paid no attention. “In our family we don’t believe in divorce.” She fixed him with a steely stare. “I’m sure you’ll both be very happy but if not stick with it anyway. In marriage there’s no turning back.”
“Thank you,” Gilberto said. “I love Maria.”
“And please don’t listen to what my daughter has to say about me. Sometimes a mother can do nothing right.” She sniffed and shook her head slightly.
“Oh Grandma,” Joey chimed in. “Mom always says what a great mom you were when she was little like me. She told me once you took her to the circus and a monkey peed on your hat.”
Alicia’s face reddened. “You remember that of all things.”
“But at least you were wearing a hat,” Edwardo said. “It could have been worse.”
She tapped her long greenish blue fingernails and softly said “thank God it wasn’t worse than it was. All a mother can do is worry and dwell. But that’s a mother’s prerogative.”
The waiter interrupted with their drink orders. They toasted the future nuptials.
Observing Alicia, Gilberto wondered if she had ever really been happy, and if not, why not.
Alicia sighed. “If only Joe could be here to celebrate with us,” she said.
Edwardo grimaced, Gilberto looked from one to the other, and Maria’s lips formed a thin line.
Joey broke the silence. “I hope you can be happy, Grandma.”
Alicia turned, a sad smile on her face. “Of course I’m happy. What a terrible thing to insinuate.” She looked at Eduardo.
“Now Alicia, this is a special, joyous occasion. What’s past is past, and we must move on,”
“Please mom, Maria said.”
Alicia shook her head. “Your brother rests in heaven in the arms of Jesus.”
Maria looked at Gilberto. He blinked. She had never mentioned a brother. “How did he pass?” he asked.
“In the hurricane,” Maria said. He was on the beach and must have been swept out by the undertow. They found him eventually and brought him home.”
Edwardo shook his head and sighed. “We wanted him to stay indoors. But my children are headstrong.”
Maria took Gilberto’s hand. “Do you think I’m headstrong?”
He held her hand and saw sorrow deep in her eyes. “I think you’re strong in every way you can be.”
“It’s ok, Grandma,’ Joey said. ” I say my prayers. I pray for you and Grandpa every night, and for my uncle Joe I was named for.”
Alicia reached over and patted his shoulder. “You’re a good boy.”
The waiter had been hovering nearby and now he served their plates. “I took the liberty of ordering for us all,” Edwardo said. He unfolded his napkin with a flourish and tucked it under his chin. “Filet mignon all around,” he said proudly. I just sold a big commercial building and made a bundle.”
Alicia looked at him, and Gilberto saw the fondness in her smile. “That’s my Edwardo,” she said. “Sparing no expense for those he loves.”
For a time, everyone devoted themselves to their food. Finally, pushing back his empty plate, Edwardo looked at Maria. I wish you were closer to us,” he said. “I must admit I miss my daughter but I know she must find her own way, even if she’s far from us.”
Maria smiled back. “Thanks Dad. You are wonderful. You both are. I know I’ve disappointed you Mom, but I had to go. You were so depressed after Joe’s passing and I couldn’t be helpful.” She sighed and looked at her mother with a sad expression. “It’s like sometimes I felt you wished I was gone and he was still with you.”
A tear glistened in Alicia’s eye and she dabbed at it with her napkin. Edwardo spoke: “All past and done, now we have something to celebrate.”
Gilberto picked up his glass. “To a glorious future for us all,” he said.
They all clinked glasses and drank. The waiter arrived, notebook in hand to take dessert orders. “Cake,” said Joey looking to Gilberto who nodded.
“With some hot fudge sauce and maybe a scoop of ice cream,” Gilberto added.
“I’m glad for you and Gilberto,” Alicia said. “He’s a fine man. I can tell.”
Maria smiled. “He’s my hero,” she said softly. “Now without Gilberto, I would be lost.”
After thanking Edwardo, Gilberto, Joey and Maria finished their desserts and got up from the table. Suddenly a tall dark-haired woman rushed up to Gilberto and threw her arms around him.
“I’m back,” she said gleefully. ” What I thought would be three months turned into over a year.” She grinned at him fetchingly. “Now we can make some plans.”
Gilberto’s face was solemn, and his arms stayed at his sides. He stepped back and turned to Maria. “This is Lola Cortez, my friend Ramon’s wife’s sister, and this,” he gestured, to them is my fiancée, Maria Sanchez, her son Joey, and Maria’s parents. Tomorrow’s our engagement party.”

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Cooking with Herbs!
Lavender Irish Cream Ice Cream {No Churn}

From Living The Gourmet

Ingredients

2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 (14 oz) can of sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
4 tablespoons Baileys Irish Cream
1 teaspoon lavender, crushed
Pinch of salt
Instructions

In a large bowl whip cream until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
In another bowl whisk together condensed milk, vanilla, Irish cream, lavender and salt. Fold into the whipped cream until smooth.
Pour the mixture into an airtight container and store in the freeze for 6-8 hours or overnight.
Notes

*Prep Time does NOT include Inactive Prep Time
390 Calories

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Weekly Horoscope
by Georgia Nicols
https://www.georgianicols.com

This is a strong time for the Earth Signs – Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn. Not only is the Sun in an Earth Sign for the next four weeks, (along with Mercury for the next two weeks); Saturn, Pluto and Jupiter are also in Earth signs. Even Neptune and Venus in Water Signs are favourable to Earth Signs. “Elementary, my dear Watson.” Actually, this makes it a copasetic week for all signs. Kinda like – “What’s good for the bee is good for the swarm.” (This has little to do with, “What’s good for the goose is good for the gander” and nothing to do with “Your goose is cooked!”

Aries (March 21-April 19)
Despite this emphasis on Earth signs, fiery Mars, your ruler, continues to be in your sign (as it will be for the rest of the year) pumping you with energy and making you aggressive, proactive and confident! This will be particularly obvious in the next four weeks, as you begin to work harder than ever to accomplish what you want to get done. In the month ahead, not only do you want to work hard you want to work smarter. In other words, you want to get better organized in every aspect of your life. Your focus will be on efficiency and effectiveness, and you will strive to make every action count. Because you’re setting the bar so high, you want to improve your health as well! “I want it all!” (And why not?)

Taurus (April 20-May 20)
You’ll be going gangbusters in the next four weeks because you are an Earth sign, and there is a huge beneficial energy for the Earth Signs right now. Specifically, the Sun will urge you to play and have fun! You will want the freedom to express yourself and do your own thing. This is why you will focus on amusing diversions and recreational pursuits! You will be free-spirited and your relationships will feel lighter than usual. Relations with children will improve. Romance will be fun and pleasurable. You will be more inclined to use your mind for amusing past times like reading, writing, playing games and doing puzzles. You won’t feel you have to justify whatever you do with a practical reason.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)
You will prefer to hide and cocoon at home during the next four weeks. You might also be more involved with a parent than usual. You will feel happy to be in familiar surroundings. You will enjoy private time for contemplation. Many of you will be reminded of past memories from your youth. In fact, you might find it reassuring to talk to a counsellor or good friend at this time because you will tend to want to do some psychological self-evaluation. Family discussions and a focus on home repairs will also be likely. Fortunately, you will attract money to you in the next few weeks. And you will also want to spend money on beautiful things for yourself and loved ones.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
In the next four weeks, your daily pace will accelerate with a busy schedule: Short trips, appointments, errands plus increased reading, writing and studying are on the menu. You’ll be dancing as fast as you can! Many of you will be involved in group discussions and conversations with others. This is not the time to settle down and relax. Get out and make things happen! Fortunately, fair Venus is in your sign now, which makes you charming and diplomatic with everyone you meet. Meanwhile, Mars continues to be at the top of your chart revving your ambitions and making you very bold about going after what you want. Use the next four weeks to clarify important issues with others.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
The next four weeks are the perfect time for you to reflect upon your values and whatever it is that you think is most important in life. Curious how we often do not take the time to define what matters most to us? It’s important to know what matters most because then you know how to make the correct decisions. You also know what to encourage in your life and what to discourage. Many of you will be focused on money, earnings and your possessions. You might want to take a critical look at what you own and get rid of what you no longer need. It takes up space and you have to take care of it. Get rid of it!

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Dear Virgo, the Sun is in your sign for the next four weeks, which happens only once a year. This gives you a major boost! Plus, it attracts people and favourable situations to you. Therefore, make the most of this window of time! Mercury is also in your sign for the next few weeks, which is why you’re chatty and eager to share your ideas with others. Mercury excites your mind, making it jump even faster from issue to issue. Don’t get carried away. Stay calm. This is a great time to get out and travel or take short trips if you can. It’s okay to put yourself first because this is your time in the Sun! It’s all about you!

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
Your personal year is drawing to an end. Therefore, use the next four weeks to ponder important questions. For example, what do you want for your new year ahead? I suggest that you define some goals because goals help you achieve what you want. They focus your mind and they make future decision-making easier. Goals also give you a sense of purpose. They clarify things and keep you on track. Relations with bosses and authority figures are excellent now. In fact, some of you might even begin a flirtation or a romance with a boss. Continue to look for ways to improve your home or to benefit from real estate speculation. (It’s possible!)

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
As a Water Sign, you will benefit from this heavy emphasis in the Earth Signs. For the next four weeks, you will be more popular! You will also be more involved in clubs, groups and organizations. Many of you will hang out with younger people more than usual. Note: It’s important to know that you will benefit from inter-reacting with others. Therefore, friendly! Reach out. Engage with others. Not only will you enjoy their company, you will learn something and also benefit from new contacts and introductions. Grab every chance to travel for pleasure because this will delight you. Furthermore, you deserve some time off because you are busting your buns hard working, working, working!

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
Ta da! For the next four weeks, the Sun is at 12 o’clock high in your chart, which symbolizes that you are in a flattering limelight! Others will admire you, especially bosses, parents and teachers — and you don’t have to do anything special! (It’s smoke and mirrors.) Obviously, this is the time to make your move. Ask for approval or permission. Doors will open for you. Mercury high in your chart will boost your ability to communicate with bosses and authority figures, while Venus will attract money and financial support to you from financial institutions or your partner. Ah yes, it’s your year to get richer!

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Expect to get chances to travel or to expand your horizons in the next four weeks. You also might get further training or education or be able to explore new avenues in publishing, the media, medicine, the law and higher education. You might also be more involved with people from other countries and different cultures. Relations with everyone will be smooth because with Venus opposite your sign, for the next few weeks, you will find it easy to create a proper balance between yourself and others. You will also find it easy to express your affection for others. If you are in conflict with someone, you can make the peace. Nice!

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
In a curious way, your feelings will become more intense and passionate in the next four weeks. This increased intensity will apply to a wide range of your emotional spectrum – anger, love, joy, fear, laughter and romance. Your desire to improve yourself might be stronger than usual, as well. Certainly, you are more willing to take a deeper look at who you are. In fact, some of you will do some soul-searching. Others might feel that their value structure is challenged. Most of you will spend some time on finances and dealing with jointly held property. Fortunately, relations with coworkers are excellent; and your ability to communicate to others is tops! (Clever you.)

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
For the next four weeks, the Sun will be directly opposite your sign, which will draw your attention to partners, spouses and close friends. Because of this polarized position, you will have more objectivity, which will allow you to view your own style of relating with t more honesty. (Yeah, it will be tougher to kid yourself.) Obviously, this offers you an excellent chance to learn more about how you relate to others, hence, how you might improve. Romance will flourish and be playful, lighthearted and fun! Likewise, relations with kids will be positive. Nevertheless, you are working hard to earn money – and also working hard to spend it. It was ever thus.

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Weekly Horoscopes Beginning Sunday, 23 August 2020

If youre born within cusp period (16 to 26 of any month); youre advised to read horoscopes of both signs covered by that period. You`re in the border; you may have influences from houses within those signs.

Outlines are longer versions; consists of every possible detail of everyday and based on three parts of each sign: 1st, 2nd & 3rd Decan; that is, any of three divisions of 10° within a sign of the zodiac. Even if you know or don`t know your Decan; I recommend, please read all three Decan..

Aries
Personal theme: I am!!
Fire & cardinal sign: March 21 — April 19

Your horoscope for this week:

Most of the time, youve a knack for sidestepping tedious situations or, if that isnt possible, dealing with them swiftly. However, judging by the influence of Mondays clash between your ruler Mars and the painstaking Saturn, theres no escaping certain demanding matters. Some will be simple and informative but others will be both complex and pressing. In every case, the more swiftly you tackle them, the better.

Events constantly challenge you. People keep you busy as demands from your family and friends seem to be increasing. This leaves you feeling strangely powerless. You prefer to be in charge and you will be finding a way to take back control of your life. It isn`t a good time to do anything impulsive. For that reason, tone down any desire for something new. Add liberal amounts of common sense into your days. You need to know you are making good decisions.

Let your inner worker bee come out to play. Its often forgotten that Aries can be super fussy. You can behave methodically and efficiently and get quite a charge out of doing so. Until both Jupiter and Saturn change signs at the end of the year there is much concentration on your career and life goals.. You could make a considerable mark between now and early September by showing someone who thinks they hold all the aces that they likely couldnt play any of them without you. Delegation seems the key word too. You will need to take care though that having done so you don`t take on the role of backstreet driver and interfere while someone is getting a task off the ground.. Putting the reins on your fussy side could prove challenging!

Taurus
Personal theme: I have!!
Earth & fixed sign: April 20 — May 20

Your horoscope for this week:

While this weeks major planetary focus is lifes pleasures, on occasion tricky issues will spring up. Although your initial impulse might be to sidestep them, for fear of spoiling the mood, actually its the reverse. If you respond immediately and frankly to the matters in question, and several are likely, youll not only resolve them, the resulting discussions could bring you closer to the individuals involved.

Finances are running low. Since you cant make basic economies in your social area as this side of your life hasnt been costing a lot lately, you may have to think about how to save money on household bills. Quitting a leisure club, you`ve not been to recently might also be a temporary measure that saves you some cash. Someone wants to involve you in some confidential plans. A part of you wants to share this with the world but you can be relied on to keep a secret.

Like a general in an army, once an objective has been identified, you are good at working out the practicalities, who should do what, and determining a comfortable pace for all. You could achieve all that and more this week. Yet we should also recall that Uranus is now moving through your sign. It is perhaps the case that you no longer want to work for others and need freedom and latitude to choose the goals. A wise employer would give you free rein. It could be argued that you will be at your creative best between now and early September and that left to your own devices you could determine a winning strategy.

Gemini
Personal theme: I think!!
Air sign: May 21 — June 20

Your horoscope for this week:

As you begin this week, youll already be discussing and dealing with certain practical matters and, better yet, will be amazed how much youre getting done. Some are nothing new, but you were either lacking facts or others werent in a cooperative mood. Finally, things are falling into place. This continues until early September, when youll be able to turn some of those ideas into more lasting arrangements.

Youre trying your best to please a perfectionist partner. You respect their attention to detail and how they like to get everything right. Now it is starting to feel restricting and currently theyre expecting too much from you. You cant live your life on their terms even if you would love to make them happy. Frustrating setbacks and delays intensify the lingering after effects of recent troubles.. You cant wait for life to get back to normal.

With so much planetary attention at the very base of your solar chart, you will likely be like a cat on a hot tin roof. It might seem to others that you are popping up everywhere. This week you could be at your butterfly best, darting here there and everywhere – and even where that is not possible, still managing to plant ideas all over the place. Incubating and developing these though will probably require working in partnership – most likely with someone born under one of the Cardinal signs (probably Libra or Capricorn). Moving items from place to place seems likely too. There is also strong possibility of discussing property and its management; and then there are family affairs that could also be demanding. Anticipate then this will be a super busy week when your multitasking talents are put to the test.

Cancer
Personal theme: I feel!!
Water & cardinal sign: June 21 — July 22

Your horoscope for this week:

In early August, Venus, which accents what you earn and own, as well as close alliances of every variety, moved into Cancer for a long stay, until 6 September. Although youve already convinced others to go along with your ideas and potential plans, a few still need attention. Tackle these now. Youll charm even those who`re usually impossible into doing things your way.

It is not yet time to reveal your future plans to your friends and family. There is still some uncertainty hovering over travel arrangements. Wait until the clouds of uncertainty and possible health hazards have cleared and everything has been booked and you know it will go ahead before letting others know what you will be doing. Mid-week is a good time to tie up loose ends. If you owe anyone an apology, get it out of the way before August ends.

Following on from last week`s New Moon and with Venus still moving through your sign, it would be understandable if you were marginally fretful. You may not be sure that others are doing the right thing. It might appear that they are rushing around without giving thought to consequences. Much as you wish to be supportive to feed, nourish, and help out, you perhaps also need to understand better their grand plan. It might seem – especially where those born under the Air signs of Gemini, Libra and Aquarius are concerned – that they are throwing ideas around without having thought through practicalities. The art may be to be clear about what is your responsibility and what is theirs. When it comes to your own career, an older person could have valuable advice to offer – and a suggestion as to how you could make better use of existing qualifications.

Leo
Personal theme: I will!!
Fire & fixed sign: July 23 — August 22

Your horoscope for this week:

Its not so much that youve been putting off certain practical or business matters as youve been short of facts, time or the necessary support. Suddenly, everything appears, and often in ways better than youve dared imagine possible. While, in certain cases, this means rethinking elements of your plans, the benefits you gain more than outweigh the inconvenience or reorganisation those changes cause.

Theres a fragile feel to a romantic relationship. Harmony is tentative at best. A number of problems have built up over the past few months. Feeling restricted and uncertain about so many aspects of life hasnt helped. You are starting to feel unloved and unappreciated. Even so, its not a good idea to complain too loudly. Circumstances will improve. Decisions made on Friday will be based on instinct. Being rational means nothing when its how you feel that matters most.

Dont underestimate your desire to experience something different. True, the cosmos has thrown much in your way since the start 2020 and of course, much depends on your actual birthday. Yet there is high probability that both working and domestic passions are overdue for overhaul. Practicalities have to be considered. You might also benefit from analysis and critical assessment. Dont take this too personally. You may need to suppress the Leo desire for applause and praise. What you perhaps need more is to review of how you dealt with the challenges of the last six months and, with enthusiasm building again from midweek, formulate plans as to how best to capitalise on what you`ve learned.

Virgo
Personal theme: I analyse!!
Earth sign: August 23 — September 22

Your horoscope for this week:

Things arent just going well, judging by the links between your ruler Mercury and several of the planetary heavyweights this week, even seemingly complicated arrangements will fall into place. However, youll either be short of guarantees or unclear about your own long-term objectives. Thats fine. Youve until the Virgo New Moon, on 17 September, to explore your options and figure out how you`ll organise these.

A relationship has had its up and downs. The highs it takes you to are too high, the lows, too low. You need to talk and find a balance. You cant continue to live this way. Work on a compromise. You are starting to feel youve ceased to be a part of the professional landscape. Its as if no one is interested in what you have to say. Even when you reach out to those might be able to help, they dont hear your anxiety. Youre tired of being told it will be alright when it isnt.

With both the Sun and Mercury passing through your sign it could be argued that you should be on top form. However, this year, Mercurys Virgo transit coincides with Venus moving through Cancer. There is a side of Virgo thatover-thinks- resulting in high levels of anxiety. You will need to take care this week that youre not over worrying. You might also benefit from the company of those who have ridden cosmic storms in the past and yet are still smiling. It seems too, that a partnership with someone whose first language is not your own, will develop. Though again, you may have concerns about their plans, rather than worry about the difficulties they might be facing, you could perhaps instead focus on potentially positive outcomes using an existing network.

Libra
Personal theme: I balance!!
Air & cardinal sign: September 23 — October 22

Your horoscope for this week:

Of the twelve signs, youre superbly equipped to deal with tricky matters and difficult individuals, which is exactly what youre facing. However, in this case the actual situations in question are so exciting or hold so much potential, that youre being cautious about aiming too high. If ever there was a time to take a chance, its now. Go for it. You`ll be glad you did.

You are going through some anxious moments and you self-analyse a lot. Its hard for you to get your head around some things you are going through. You might trust the advice of someone you know really well. Theyve never got it wrong before and they wont let you down this time either. Dont be so hard on yourself and give yourself a break. Listening to soothing music or doing some art can help relax you.

Its possible youll go into imagination overdrive. The negative aspect is that this could escalate leaving you totally confused. Its arguably important that you reduce contact with those known for their apparently infinite capacity to upset your scales. Instead, you might do well to mix with those whose practical abilities seem second to none and who importantly, share your desire to look after resources and make fundamental improvements to a project. In this, it might be suggested that you renew contact with someone you havent worked with for some years. This could be a Virgo or Aquarius whose quirky ways might have irritated you in the past, but who you now see brought benefits and sparkle to your plans.

Scorpio & Ophiuchus
Personal theme: I desire!!
Water & fixed signs: October 23 — November 21

Your horoscope for this week:

Ordinarily when you care a lot about one particular individual or arrangement, or both, your approach to achieving your goals will be as discreet as it is focused. However, the current mood is more about extensive discussions regarding both your plans and feelings. Risky as this frankness seems, the way others respond makes it clear this is the ideal approach.

Avoid getting into a tangle with an irritable colleague. Keep a respectful distance. You can understand their frustration when for every step forward taken, you are being forced to take two steps back. New rules and regulations are getting you all down. Dont give up in trying to create positive change.. Focus in the many blessings around you. Small things can take your mind off the bigger picture thats going on right now.

This weeks challenge is to be organised. Put everything in its place. You might actually be in the mood to do precisely that as the Moon moves through your sign between Sunday and Tuesday. It may be a case ofenough is enough. It would be good if youd get this done as from midweek you are likely to be super busy with much communication headed your way. Expect a torrent of papers and facts, much filing to do but yes, also considerable excitement. Though you may have doubts as to whether or not certain plans are realistic, it should also be clear that unless a team works together, then nothing can be achieved. Your input may be invaluable. Perhaps because others now see you as a source of energy however, you will need to take care that someone (most likely a Cancer or Pisces) doesn`t drain your battery.

Sagittarius
Personal theme: I see!!
Fire sign: November 22 — December 21

Your horoscope for this week:

The good news is that several promising plans or ideas, probably in a range of situations, will come together this week; but in many cases, this will require either that you compromise or relinquish decisions you feel are yours to make to somebody else. However, their ideas will be so inspiring and their company such fun that you`ll wonder why you hesitated for even a moment.

Everyone is being so helpful these days. All you have to do is ask and there is someone who will be there for you. Your partners contributions to a joint project are amazing. You may not have realised the scope of their talents. Youre taking more interest in community affairs and genuinely want to help sort out neighbourhood issues and concerns. Getting involved in a campaign will make you feel like you are helping to make your corner of the world a better place.

Sagittarius is known for forward thinking, so it should be unsurprising when others come to you for direction. Thats probable from Tuesday as the Moon moves into your sign. Having identified their goal, the art though may be to see if this can be fused with your own. True, this could lead to negotiations that – for you anyway- border on the emotional. That said, it is necessary to understand motivations. There is high probability that whoever does approach you doesnt know precisely where you are going within your relationship: perhaps wondering if youre about to ride off on your horse into the sunset. This applies at every level -particularly in the working environment. It might seem to some that youre less than focused on their needs and instead craving new adventure.

Capricorn
Personal theme: I use!!
Earth & cardinal sign: December 22 — January 19

Your horoscope for this week:

Once you understand that what seem to be battles over whos right or wrong about certain matters are only passionate discussions, youll listen and learn. Gradually your focus will shift, and youll gain powerful insights. Its the same with power struggles. Focus on shared views and you`ll soon be exploring together. Better yet, the results in the long run will more than justify the patience required.

A friend or colleagues fairly broad hints will leave you in no doubt they dont intend to devote all their time to responsibility. People are tired of being practical all the time and they just want to take a break. Keep calm, don`t put yourself in potential danger just because of fleeting frustrations. Are you single? A message from an old flame means an old love affair will be rekindled. You never expected it to happen this way but this puts a happier slant on your plans for the future.

Your knowledge and expertise are about to be put to the test and in a big way. Expect to be high profile by Friday but before then, to have encountered considerable resistance. Its probable that at least one person feels you are treading on their patch. They may need reassurance that you have no intention of taking over. That said, it would be understandable if you were quietly irritated both by their approach and how little they seem to have got done in recent times. Recall that Mars is presently passing over the base of your solar chart and being irritated is a common side effect. Tempering this and showing understanding for someone who is clearly out of their depth may be this weeks cosmic challenge.

Aquarius
Personal theme: I know!!
Air & fixed sign: January 20 — February 18

Your horoscope for this week:

Few things are more annoying than those who withhold vital facts, then explain they thought them unimportant. Yet, you could be doing that yourself, if unintentionally. With so much exciting going on, and changes as extensive as they promising, the more open you are about your own knowledge, ideas or connexions, the better. What`s more, this will inspire others to be just as forthcoming.

A colleague who has always thought themselves as better than everyone else is trying to undermine your confidence. Be ready to stand up for yourself when they challenge your abilities. Let them know they can`t make you feel small. Your creative ideas are charged with originality and very soon you will reach a special goal. Family and friends will be so proud of the progress you are making. This should be cause for a small celebration and it will be in times to come.

You could experience a values crisis. This may be less about whether other people have more than you and more about what they stand for and whats important to them. As you may know, three times every year Mercury appears to be retrograde. Its not retrograded presently and has completed what is known as its shadow period. Having caught up that planet seems to be moving quickly. That would go some way towards explaining why so many people will feel the urge to get active and get things done. Yes, you may be understandably irked that they didn`t get on with certain tasks long before now; and yes, you might wonder about their motivation.. You might do better to pour your energy into developing a new support network ready for the new business cycle that begins in your sign in December. At the very least, pay close attention to data management.

Pisces
Personal theme: I believe!!
Water sign: February 19 — March 20

Your horoscope for this week:

Change is in the air. While youll be happy with much of whats taking place, youre likely to feel restless. Thats no surprise, because however worthwhile various arrangements and encounters are, theyre only part of the story. Whats most important are the breakthroughs, personally and in close alliances, promised by the Pisces Full Moon, on 2 September. Its those youre building up to.

Joining an online group or forum that caters to your interests and hobbies is a great way to be sociable. It will feel good to chat with like-minded enthusiasts even if just online. Take this chance to make new friends who you can mix with, travel with and party with in the future. You are starting to come out of your shell in romance and friendship and you won`t hold back from taking the lead. What an amazing transformation.

With both the Sun and Mercury in your opposite sign, it might seem that others are doing all the talking and experiencing all the busyness. You dont need to be clearing up after them. True, you may have real interest in the products and services they provide; and yes, you might want to accomplish various deals before the end of August. Its arguably important though that you understand precisely what is on offer and any other time limitations. The reorganisation of schedules and timetables, whilst challenging, could also bring you into contact with those who are similarly challenged. Arriving at amicable arrangements will presumably require attention to detail and understanding of travel times. Yet it is possible, that you will come up with a satisfactory solution that can at least be tried out.

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The NEW MOON always rises at sunrise
And the FIRST QUARTER at noon.
The FULL MOON always rises at sunset
And the LAST QUARTER at midnight.
~The New Orleans Mistic

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Dark Moon – Time to Rest
New Moon – Time to Begin New Projects; Birth; Attraction
Waxing Moon – Time to Grow; Increase
Full Moon – Time to be Fulfilled; Abundance
Waning Moon – Time to Banish; Decrease
Last Sliver of Moon – Time to Die; Letting Go
Dark Moon – Time to Rest Again
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Light A Candle Today!

In many different traditions lighting a candle is a sacred action. It expresses more than words can express. It has to do with gratefulness. From time immemorial, people have lit candles in sacred places. You may want to begin or end your day by the sacred ritual of lighting a candle on this gratefulness. Or you may want to light a birthday candle for a friend. One single guideline is all you need: Slow down and do it with full attention.

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Dates of this calendar were devised by Robert Graves, 1895 – 1985

Goddess Month of Hesperus begins 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Hazel (Coll) August 5 to September 1

August

Herb of the Year for 2020: Blackberries, raspberries, and their cousins (Rubus ssp.)
Flower of the Month for August: Gladiolus
August is National Watermelon Month

Goddess of August: Diana Goddess of Animals and the Hunt, identified with the Greek Goddess Artemis.

This Week is Friendship Week (Rosemary is the friendship herb)

August 17: National Black Cat Appreciation Day
August 17: National Vanilla Custard Day
August 18: New Moon at 10h. 42m. evening
August 19: National Potato Day

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The Moon Phase: WANING MOON

Time: From Full Moon to Dark Moon (approx.14 days)Goddess Aspect: CroneAssociated Goddesses: Cailleach, Banshee, Hecate, Kali, MorriganMagickal Attributes: Banishing Releasing the old, removing unwanted negative energies, wisdom, psychic ability, scrying, reversing circumstances. Workings on this day are for banishing magick, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity, physical and psychic cleansings.

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The beginning of the week is all about interesting conversations, being together, and romance. Venus is in the mood for something different and exciting and so is your loved one. Adding some spice into your relationship will be well received. By midweek we move into Virgo season and our focus will change from self-improvement activities to organization and efficiency. Your To-Do list just got sexy. Mercury also plays a big role here. You will be able to see details easily, identify problems, and make constructive changes. Renewed interest in an exercise regime and eating to strengthen your immune system will blossom. This will help you re-attune to your body and increase your energy level. The perfect way to enter into the fall and the flu season.

Coventry candles for this week are Wicked Witch Mojo Everything and then Some, Blessed Herbal Love’s Enchantment, Inner Balance, and Stability.

New Moon in Leo August 19, 2020
Every month the new moon sets the stage for a new beginning. Not the “ta-da” part of new beginnings, but the part where we find ourselves underground in the dark, and following our instincts to the light. Even though there’s no evidence yet that we will be successful we are driven to continue.

You are so amazing you deserve a hype man.
When you are this good, it’s time to sing your praises.

Everyone has their specialty, their superpower as it were. Especially right now with how much the world is catawampus, we have all tapped in inner power and honed it to forward our survival in body, mind, and spirit.

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The Five of Wands

Are you dealing with tension right now?

The Five of Wands indicates that you are in the midst of battle, tension, and competition with others and it is impacting your ability to move forward with your goals.

Rather than being able to work towards a common goal, you are running up against constant opposition.

With the Five of Wands, everyone is fighting to be heard, but no one is listening. When everybody has a different opinion, but no-one is stopping to hear each other out, conflict and misunderstandings will run rampant.

If you find yourself in this situation, see it as an opportunity to rise above the chaos and disorder. Take a moment to listen to what others have to say – even if you agree to disagree. The key is to tune in to one another and allow each person to make their case.

Ask the Tarot: How can you take an enthusiastic approach to change?

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Heartwings Love Notes 944
Mirror, Mirror What Do You Say?

Heartwings says, “What you see in the mirror depends on how you see yourself.”

By employing self-discipline and restraining his appetite, recently Stephen lost fifteen pounds, and it shows. I told him he was my skinny husband, and he replied, “When I look in the mirror that’s not what I see.” I know what he means. No matter how thin I have ever been in my life, I could never see it for myself. I was a well-rounded child who wore clothes that were labeled “chubby.” I was conditioned from my youth to see myself as being overweight. Perhaps my mother thought if I were satisfied with my appearance I’d gain weight. I believe her mother had been merciless when it came to what constituted being even slightly overweight.

My experience is that as a result of our conditioning, what we see in the mirror is not necessarily accurate. What we see is governed by what we think. If we believe ourselves to be overweight that is what we will see, regardless what the truth may be. Sometimes I see old photos of myself and marvel at how slender I appear, yet I remember that at the time I thought I needed to lose weight. Women who suffer from eating disorders like anorexia or bulimia have a distorted view of themselves and their appearance that leads to the perpetuation of these disorders. They have no idea what they actually look like and persist in seeing themselves as in some way less than what they wish they were. Although I don’t have to deal with that, I do sympathize.

I once had a graphic experience that showed me the truth of what I’m describing. I was walking through a clothing store where I was meeting a friend. I noticed an attractive sweater lying on a sale table, picked it up, and put it on. When I stood in front of the mirror, I thought it looked rather nice. Then I realized I had one at home that was very similar, as well as the same color. I was still looking into the mirror when right before my eyes I saw the sweater change radically. It went from attractive to ill-fitting and unattractive. When I had thought I wanted it, it appeared nice. When I realized I didn’t, it no longer looked desirable.

To be sure I hadn’t moved any part of my body or changed my position between the two thoughts. I was still looking at myself when my image altered. Magically, wrinkles appeared where there had been none before. Clearly the sweater no longer fit properly! The whole garment looked quite different from the way it had when I first put it on. What a wonderful lesson that was. I never forgot it. Now, although when I look in the mirror, I attempt to see what is before me truthfully, I realize I must be content to accept that what I see is my personal vision of me, not how others may see me.

May you see clearly and not fall prey to fears or expectations.

Blessings and Best Regards, Tasha Halpert

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Familiar
by Sue Vincent

“Shhh…” He glared at his sister. “Honestly, girls are useless.” The cat turned and looked straight at the children. It hissed, crouched low like a panther. They froze as the old woman turned and looked at the bush where they were hiding. Lank grey hair hid her face. All they could see was the curious brilliance of her eyes.

They barely dared to breathe.

A branch snapped and they ran, diving through the undergrowth towards the fallen stones of the wall. The world seemed to change as they jumped that final hurdle and landed breathless on the tarmac. Neither sunlight nor traffic noise had penetrated the green shadows that separated the old house from the neat gardens of the street.

“She’s just a lonely old woman,” their mother had said, her hands deep in the flour of the baking bowl. “A bit eccentric.” They had waited, eager faces lit with the fire of mystery. “She was old when I was a girl. Had a flea-bitten cat that followed her everywhere. Samael or Samuel. Something like that. Must have died years ago.” It had looked as if she might say more, but she had pursed her lips and frowned in a way they knew was final. “Just stay away. Right away.”

There was no chance of that. They had crept over the wall again and seen her picking herbs in the forested garden. They had heard her muttering to herself and seen the tattered raven perched on the branch by her shoulder. It looked ancient; its eyes gleamed with knowledge, yet its feathers were torn and dusty. Beside it was the moth-eaten cat… black, with great yellow eyes. Listening, both of them. They had watched the old woman hobble back to the house, the long black skirts caught up to carry their harvest, the raven fluttering ahead, the cat at her heels and they had followed, creeping up to peer through the dirt-encrusted windows…

“I’m sorry I couldn’t be of more help, officer. I hope you find them.” The policeman smiled back, fascinated by the curiously brilliant eyes and lustrous white hair. Unusual in one so young. “I seldom get visitors…” She laughed and gestured at the glossy feathered raven in its cage and the sleek black cat that wound itself insistently around his ankles. “Perhaps the locals think I am some kind of witch.”

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“The Goddess Companion”

Anchises, seeing the Goddess, thought:
how marvelous she is, how astonishingly large,
how beautiful! And how well dressed!
She wore a robe so bright it flashed like fire,
and spiral bracelets and around her fair neck
necklaces so lovely they shone like to Moon
against her fair breasts – her breasts! How astonishing!
~ Greek Hymn to Aphrodite

The broad sweep of the earth, full with grain, is a beautiful sight. The grand vista of mountains, protecting the fruited plains, is a beautiful sight. Yet a large woman is, today, considered unsightly rather than beautiful.

In ages past, however, the Goddess was depicted in tremendously various ways. Sometimes she was a slight girl, sometimes a wrinkles matron; sometimes she was slender, sometimes robust. Women’s bodies, in their endless variation, deserve to be accepted and revered for their unique and individual beauty. Such an acceptance is extraordinarily hard to maintain in our culture, but until we can accept our bodies, we can not accept ourselves.

We are marvelous, we are astonishing, we are beautiful, just as we are.

By Patricia Monaghan ~ From “The Goddess Companion”

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Llewellyn’s Spell-A-Day

Dragon Protection Spell
By Cerridwen Iris Shea

Late summer is a good time to do a protection spell or to renew previous protection spells. This simple spell can be layered over existing wards to reinforce them.

Gather these supplies:
* A black candle in a holder
* A small statue or picture of a dragon

Sit where you won’t be disturbed for thirty minutes. Light the candle, saying:

I ignite the dragon’s protection
for my home, inside and out.

Hold the statue or picture of the dragon. Close your eyes. Imagine protective energy originating in your ritual space and expanding outward, filling a sphere encompassing your home and grounds, above and below. Now imagine your dragon perched on top of the sphere, protecting it. Focus and hold the image as long as possible, then let it go.

Place the statue or picture in a prominent place in your home. This is where the protective energy is stored. You can tap into additional protective energy when necessary by looking or touching the dragon, or (if away from home) closing your eyes and visualizing the dragon extending protective energy to you wherever you are.
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Planting Dimes for the Fae
By Raven Digitalis

Legend has it that faeries and other wee folk have a penchant for shiny things—especially dimes! Depending on the country in which you live, gather dimes or the smallest silver coins offered in your local currency. Shine up thirteen of these dimes (or other coins) with soap and water. Put these in your right-hand pocket and carry a small packet of honey with you to your favorite natural spot where you expect the wee folk to have a presence— ideally in your own garden, backyard, or neighborhood!

Legend also has it that we should offer gratitude to the fae in order to gain their protection or—at the very least—keep them from tricking us too severely. “Plant” the dimes in the earth by simply pushing them into the soil, and say this prayer:

Faeries true and faeries bright, I
thank you now with love and light.

Drip some honey on each planting, knowing that you are spreading a little astral light to inhabitants of a realm that can always benefit from a bit more respectful acknowledgment.
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A Crystal Energy Drink
By Charlie Rainbow Wolf

No, this isn’t your morning smoothie! This is a gem elixir to help you get the most out of your day. You’ll need a small, clear drinking glass and a larger one; you’re going to put one inside the other. You’ll also need a gemstone. Select from the following list, or (if you’re experienced) use a stone you already work with.

* Carnelian: Energy and vitality
* Citrine: New beginnings
* Rose quartz: Universal love
* Sodalite: Cleansing and purification
* Amethyst: Peace and spirituality
* Tektite: Grounding and discipline

Place the stone in the smaller glass. Place the smaller glass in the larger one, and put some purified drinking water around it, but not too much— you don’t want the glass to float away!

Let this bathe in the sunlight for a day, then remove the smaller glass and drink the energy of the crystal and the life force of the sun.
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Tie Up a Ribbon
By Charlynn Walls

The Festival of Diana began on this day in Rome. She was the goddess of the moon, animals, and the hunt. During this time, festival-goers would write their petitions and wishes on ribbons and tie them to trees. You can connect to those ancient energies and with Diana on this day.

Take your own piece of ribbon and write your petition or wish on it. Hold the ribbon in your hands and say:

Diana, goddess of the moon, take
my petition and give me a boon.

Now clear your mind and take a deep breath. While exhaling, feel your energy connecting to the ribbon. Tie the ribbon to a branch of a tree that you will pass by often, placing your intention into the universe.
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Magical Honey
By Kate Freuler

Honey bees are associated with industriousness, productivity, teamwork, and business. Ethically collected honey is a perfect addition to spells for career advancement, finding employment, or just getting a lot of work done.

Place your jar of honey in the sun, and see how it glows with its own golden light. Imagine the sun beaming successful, industrious energy straight into the honey, heating it up with motivation and inspiration. With this strong, vibrant feeling in mind, use a permanent marker to write the words It is done! on the jar. You may choose different words to suit your specific situation, but this phrase covers the general sense of accomplishing work-related goals.

Set aside the jar of honey for days when you need an extra push to be productive at work, before a job interview, or when you are overwhelmed. Add it to your morning coffee, cereal, toast, or tea to fortify you for the day.
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Pop-Up Protection
By Michael Furie

A quick and delicious means for gaining a bit of magical protection is to empower some popcorn kernels with protection energy and then pop them and eat the snack. Air-popped corn is preferred, but in a pinch, microwave popcorn will do.

To empower the kernels, hold them in your hands (or hold the microwave packet) and say:

To all who consume, your gift will be
sent, kernels of corn, protection imbue.
Magical energy freely lent, bursting
with power to protect and renew.

Pop the corn and enjoy it perhaps with a light sprinkle of salt, which will also lend protective qualities.
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Technology Protection Spell
By Devin Hunter

With the sun and Mercury both in Leo now, it’s an excellent time to do magic that protects items of technology from mishaps such as viruses, theft, and damage. Cast this spell on your cell phone, tablet, and/or computer to harness the power of Leo to do just that.

You will need a piece of technology to enchant and four white candles in holders. Make a square with the candles, place the item of technology inside the square, then light the candles. Envision the astrological glyph for Leo (e) hovering above the technology and then slowly descending until it is finally absorbed by the item. As this happens, say:

In Leo, both now stand, the sun
and Mercury, hand in hand.
Aligned with the current astrology,
I command you to protect my technology!

Remove the item from the candles, but let them burn out safely on their own.

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Rain
By Madisyn Taylor

On the next rainy day, imagine the rain washing away and cleansing your emotional body.

There are times when we might feel the need to wash away all of our troubles and call forth freshness into our lives. Since perhaps the most cleansing substance on this earth is water, we can think of the joy rain brings as an energetic bath, rejuvenating our minds, bodies and souls. Just being able to spend a few moments every time it rains to become aware of the healing powers water brings to us can renew us in so many ways. As we do this we will find that the more we appreciate the universe’s gift to us in the form of rain, the more we can see that a gentle rain shower is a strong reflective tool that has the ability to cleanse our entire being.

The next time it rains might be a good chance to experience the rain through all of your senses, allowing you to truly understand just how truly important each and every drop of water is. First, take a few minutes to look outside and notice how each individual raindrop seems to come down in a continual stream. By noticing this you can contemplate how it takes many small accomplishments to create the whole of your existence, for nothing exists in isolation. Then you might wish to focus your attention on the sound of the rainfall, letting the sounds of drops penetrate into the innermost recesses of your self. Listening in this way may bring you a greater sense of connection with nature and the world around you, knowing that the sounds you hear are an integral part of not just the physical sustenance you require but also nourish your spirit as well.

Consciously using our senses to feel nature’s healing energy as it comes to us in the form of rain is an act of internal cleansing. Just as the rain physically washes over the earth and rinses out any impurities and imperfections, so it also bathes our spirit in the joy that comes from knowing that we are in fact one with the world around us.

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Kyanite
by Peacefulmind.com

Properties: Kyanite is considered the “Earth Stone” due to its soothing earth tone colors, as well as its grounding and tranquil nature. The healing benefits depend on the color it comes in. Blue Kyanite is most effective when placed on the Throat Chakra in order to open the throat for communication and self expression. On the Brow (Third Eye) Chakra, it enhances psychic images, foresight, consciousness and meditation. Kyanite is used to answer questions, especially in imagery, such as in vision, dreams or written interpretations. It brings out our natural ability to manifest things into reality via thoughts and visualization.

Folk Remedies: This stone is know for restoring energy balance and quickly creating tranquility due to the fact that it is an energy conduit.

Feng Shui: This stone is most often found in light blue and black, which are both the colors representing Winter, as well as water. Used in the Center direction, according to its “Mother Earth” reputation, it is ideal for grounding, balance and spiritual growth. It is also used in the North to create success. If you wish to effect change in your life, use this in the direction you need it most.

Crystal Cleansing: method 1 – 3 and method 5 – 7

History: Kyanite (Al2SiO5) is formed from Andalusite, (aluminosilicate family), which re-crystallizes when either a decrease in the temperature or increase in the pressure occurs during its creation. Its name comes from the same origin as that of the color cyan, being derived from the Ancient Greek word ??a???. This is generally rendered into English as kyanos or kuanos and means “dark blue”. This splintery stone is most often found in light blue and black and is a variety of the mineral, Disthene.

Kyanite is used primarily in refractory and ceramic products, including porcelain plumbing and dishware. It is also used in electronics, electrical insulators and abrasives.

Kyanite has been used as a semiprecious gemstone, which may display cat’s eye chatoyancy, though this use is limited by its anisotropism and perfect cleavage. Color varieties include recently discovered orange kyanite from Tanzania. The orange color is due to inclusion of small amounts of manganese (Mn3+) in the structure.

Special Note: these particular tumblestones were used by Andrew in a solemn spiritual ceremony in Paris. They were divined at a burial mandala for the infamous spiritist, Allan Kardec. You can read more about Andrew’s Lunch with Allan Kardec!

Black Kyanite
Properties: Black Kyanite is best used for grounding and balance at the Root Chakra. This is where it gets its “Mother Earth” reputation. Black Kyanite has the distinct priveledge of working to initiate kundalini energy from the root of the spine to the top of the crown. It is often found in a natural display resembling the coccyx, which is the triangular arrangement of bone that makes up the very bottom portion of the spine below the sacrum. It represents a vestigial tail, hence the common term tailbone. The root of kundalini energy starts in the lower sacrum and is encouraged by your mind and spirit to rise up and stimulate the energies of the major Chakra centers.

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6 Reasons You Should Be Sipping Green Tea
by Dr. Weil

Looking for an easy-to-keep resolution to improve your overall health? Start drinking green tea. Green tea is a potent source of catechins – healthy antioxidants that can inhibit cancer cell activity and help boost immunity. Need more reasons to drink green tea? It can also:

~Lower cholesterol levels and risk of heart disease
~Help protect against bacterial infections
~Promote joint health and stronger bones
~Reduce inflammation
~Provide mild stimulation and mental focusing effects without the “jitters” that many people experience when drinking caffeinated coffee.
~Serve as a metabolism support and aid in maintaining or losing weight

Green tea is available in a wide range of varieties – read this article for more information on nine varieties of green tea. You can introduce yourself by substituting a cup of green tea for a cup of coffee and you will soon be enjoying the health benefits of this delicious beverage!

Learn to appreciate the subtle fragrance of quality green tea and use tea-time to unwind, meditate, and take respite from your stress du jour. Always opt for organic and fair-trade varieties when given the option.

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Action and Effect
By Madisyn Taylor

The principle of cause and effect is the truth that allows us to better ourselves and the world around us.

All motive and action affects the cosmos in some way. The principle of cause and effect is the truth that allows us to change ourselves and the world around us for the better. However, this same universal law is also at work when change is not at the forefront of our minds. Our intentions flow forever outward in the form of energy, affecting both the people closest to us and billions of individuals we will likely never meet. For that reason, we should strive always to speak, think, and behave with great thoughtfulness and compassion. The virtues we choose to embody can inspire joy and integrity in the lives of countless people, whether we touch their existence directly or not.

The influence we wield is infinite. In an effort to internalize our conscious understanding of the nature of cause and effect, we can never truly know how our thoughts, emotions, words, or actions will manifest themselves on the larger universal stage because it is likely that the farthest-reaching effects will fall outside the range of our perception. We can only look to the guidance of our conscience, which will help us determine whether each of our choices is contributing to humanity’s illumination or setting the stage for unintended troubles. When we are in doubt, we need only remember that the cultivation of altruism inevitably leads to a harvest of goodwill and grace. Motivated by a sincere desire to spread goodness, we will be naturally drawn to those choices that will help us express our commitment to universal well-being.

Nothing you do, however minor or mundane, is ever exempt from the rules of cause and effect. From the moment of your birth, you have served as an agent of change, setting forces beyond your comprehension into motion across the surface of the earth and beyond. You can exert conscious control over this transformative energy simply by examining your intentions and endeavoring always to promote peace, positive energy, and passion in your ideas and actions. While you may never fully comprehend the extent of your purposefully heartfelt influence, you can rest assured that it will be universally felt.

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Gilberto’s Bed
Stephen Halpert

It was the morning after the night before. Gilberto awoke slowly, his bedside alarm clock read six-thirty. His body was coiled around Maria. She fit so well beside him. Her hips pressed against him; sunlight played across her face. She snuggled closer.
“Hi,” she whispered.
” You’re up too?” He wrapped himself around her.
“I think,” she smiled. I’m never really sure this early.”
She turned facing him. Very slowly her hand stroked his cheek.
He sighed. “I feel like a little kid.”
“Me too,”
“It’s six-thirty.”
She snuggled next to him and kissed him tenderly. She looked into his eyes. Then she said. “I’m sorry to tell you that you have one of the most uncomfortable mattresses I’ve ever slept on. It sags in the middle.”
No one had ever told him that about his bed. It bothered him and his mind started working. “Ok, we need a new bed. Sky’s the limit. I’d like one that comes with a media package–speakers, the whole deal.
Maria frowned. “Huh? What are you talking about?”
“The new bed we’ll get. Ultra-modern. The head and feet lift …”
She smiled; ever-practical she said, “You don’t have to do that. I’ll sleep on your other side.”
Gilberto huffed. “No,” he said abruptly. “We’re getting a new bed.”
She laughed. “It sounds like it comes with its own amusement park.”
“It could,” he smiled. “I know some have hot plates and mini-fridge units so we’d never have to get out of bed unless we want to.”
She kissed him. “You’re always thinking. Let’s not think, just let ourselves be.”
He propped himself up on one elbow and smiled down at her. “Aren’t we?”
She shook her head. “What’s wonderful about you Gilberto is that you’re always turned on. I think having that fire is so cool. I don’t like thinking much this early.”
“Why so? Thinking pushes me into action. Now I know that after one night together you don’t like my bed. Is that something an engaged woman tells her man?”
“Yes, if she were being honest and wanted to avoid trips to the chiropractor.”
He stroked her back. “Show me where it hurts.”
“All over. What you’re doing feels nice.”
He loved stroking her. Her skin was so soft. “We may as well buy new bedroom furniture to go with our new bed. But first, we should probably have the room painted.”
She giggled. “You’re funny.”
“How come?”
“From a new bed to a newly painted bedroom and new furniture even before breakfast.”
He kissed the small of her back and pulled her closer. “Something contemporary that will match the bed.” Then as an afterthought, he said, “I guess we could hang Zorro and Cisco in Joey’s room.”
She giggled. “He’d love them. Then I won’t have some masked Latino Robin Hood staring at me. Maybe a pretty painting of flowers instead?” She squirmed closer to him, giggled again. “Do you always talk about new furniture when you’re feeling romantic?”
He looked puzzled. “Hadn’t thought about that. All I really want is to make you happy. Simple as that.”
“You are, you do.”
At that moment Joey and Oscar opened the door and came into the bedroom. “Where’s mom,” Joey asked. “She’s not in her bed.”
Oscar jumped on the bed licking kisses at Gilberto.
“No,” Gilberto said. “Off, now.”
Oscar seemed to understand. He whimpered. “Come on Oscar,” Joey said. “I think they’re still sleeping.
“Close the door, please,” Gilberto said. “We’ll be up soon. You can walk Oscar. I told the doorman you’d be down and he’ll keep an eye on you.”
Joey nodded. Oscar followed him out the door, tail wagging.
“I hope we can do this again,” Gilberto said softly kissing her.
She smiled. “You know we can. That’s what’s being engaged is all about.
“So, if we weren’t engaged,” he started to say.
She touched his hand. “Sometimes the most passionate people are the shyest.”
“Yes,” he nodded. “But I haven’t felt shy like this before. With you everything’s different. Trying to figure all that out.”
“Maybe that macho about you is melting. Maybe you don’t need it anymore, like taking off a wooly sweater when it’s warm. You and I have the fire. I can feel it so distinctly when you’re beside me.”
He nodded. “You think I’m macho?”
She laughed. “Once you let it be natural and don’t have to be the big macho seducer then your innocence comes out. So much to discover,” she said. ” The greater our intimacy, then the wilder and freer our abandon.”
He smiled. “So much I don’t understand. But I like the way I feel with you.”
She propped herself on her elbow and looked at the sun rising over the Charles. So much history in that river,” she said. ”
He smiled “We’ll throw an engagement party, rent a room at a hotel.”
She sighed. “I’ll invite my parents.”
Gilberto noticed a faraway distance in her voice. “No rush”, he said. “And only if you want to. When it comes to this whole social thing, you’re in charge.”
She pursed her lips and tilted her head. “I am, why?”
He grinned. “Because if I do it, I’ll invite five to six hundred guests.”
Her eyes widened. “You know that many?”
He nodded. “Old soccer league buddies, that’s over a hundred right there, plus those at Atlas.”
She put her head on his chest and curled closer beside him. “Morning kisses are the best,” she said.
“Mmm, yes.”
She raised her eyebrows. “What are you thinking?”
“It’s nice to know you don’t have to go do your hair or wear any makeup. I fear I’m allergic to something in makeup. It makes me sneeze.”
She laughed. “Just soap and water.” She stretched. “How about breakfast? Pancakes?”
Tears filled his eyes. “‘it’s just so wonderful, everything. Oh, Maria, I love you so.”
“I suppose you’re right,” Maria said. “It’s only fair that we acknowledge our bonding.
Gilberto laughed. Marriage is just a word.”
Bit a bony word,” she said. Like having fish stuck in your throat.”
He laughed. If it was really that bad people would stop it altogether. Bit many many go to church and share vows.”
She nodded. Please don’t think I’m one of those radi8cal feminists, really I’m not.”
I don’t think that. I don’t see the point in getting all tripped up by words. Maria A man sees a woman and sees him and their souls bond and they have babies and that’s how the human rack kicked off. How long since we’d been creatures I’m not so sure.
She laughed. Oh Gilbertto you simplify everything. How can you be so at peace with the world?”
He grinned Soccer camp.”
She laughed more than that I’m sure. Oh yes, my parents are coming for a visit.”
My inlaws he thought. His last father in law was a fisherman whose daughter enticed Gioberrto until she ran off with the navy. This must be some sort of improvement. When
I’m not sure.  The engagement party. I guess we could do lunch with them
Brave he smiled.
Joey came in
Grandma and Grandpa are coming,” Maria said.
His eyes lit up and he hugged his dog.
I think they’re as afraid of me as I’ve become of them. And I guess they’re good people. might be hard if their only daughter goes and has a kid liker buying a rosebush.
That’s what I mean about the demanding patricracy. But I must realize that it goes back in time so nobody knows what’s really going on.I’ve always tried to speak my truths
Maybe Grampa will give us cake. Gilberto laughed. Cake, it would be so simple if people ate cake making peace

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Weekly Horoscope: Sunday, August 16, 2020
by Georgia Nicols
https://www.georgianicols.com

Good news! This week is more mellow than last week. The Moon will move through Cancer, Leo, Virgo and Libra. (The Moon changes signs every two and a half days; and when the Moon is in your own sign. your luck improves; however, your emotions are amped!) There are no grinding aspects between planets, which means we can choose what we want to do because we won’t be “reacting” to things. Incidentally, for those who have plans to begin something new and adventurous, please note the New Moon on Thurs. Sept 17 is a fabulous time to begin anything! Of course, each New Moon is good for beginnings, but this one is especially excellent. On that day, I will begin a new exercise regime. Every day, and counting to 50… I will do didley squats.

Aries (March 21-April 19)
This continues to be a fabulous, playful week for you! Enjoy romantic interludes, fun activities with kids, vacations, picnics, barbecues, camping adventures and socializing with others – in person or online. (Do stay healthy.) You can be in touch with your creative vibes through music, writing, singing or creating anything with your hands. Grab every opportunity to express your talents! Midweek, a surprise might impact your home or your family. Very likely it will be pleasant. “What? For me?” For some, it might be a spontaneous get together at home. For others, it could be a real-estate opportunity. It’s a fun week and you are gung-ho for whatever comes your way!

Taurus (April 20-May 20)
Family discussions are lively this week! Definitely. Someone, and it could be a parent, has ideas! You might also tackle major repairs or home improvements, especially at the beginning of the week. This is a fine time to examine your personal and family life and make plans. You also might want to evaluate whether things are meeting your needs? Don’t let pressures build up within you. Speak up if you want to say something. Meanwhile, midweek, a delightful surprise will please you. Your social life might also pick up. Perhaps you will receive a fun invitation? Or it might be a gift from someone? Whatever happens makes you realize that you are loved. (Gosh.) We all want to be loved.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)
This continues to be a fast-paced time because you’re eager to get out and talk to others. You will love a short trip, especially for pleasure. You will also enjoy hanging out with younger people. It’s a great week for intellectual activities and sharing ideas. This is not the time to settle down and relax. Au contraire! Use this time to gather information and learn new things! Meanwhile, midweek, you might receive a gift or an unexpected goodie? You might get a raise or a job offer? Something unexpected will enhance your wealth or your assets. It could be minor or it could be major. Hey, everyone likes a gift, especially when they’re not expecting it. Meanwhile, competition with others will take place. “Go team!”

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
You have money, earnings, cash flow and your belongings on your mind this week. For starters, you might have some wonderful, moneymaking ideas! If so, you won’t hesitate to express them to someone. Let us not forget that fiery Mars is at the top of your chart for the rest of the year arousing your ambition! (Oh yeah. You’re not sitting around getting dusty.) It’s possible that you are excited about a big purchase. Meanwhile, midweek, something will totally please you! It might be a spontaneous get together with friends, or a little vacation. It will be something to do with pleasure and fun and it will come right out of the blue! (This is still a great time to shop for wardrobe items for yourself.)

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
At the beginning of this week, the Sun and Mercury are lined up in your sign, which means you want to talk to others! You will take the initiative! You might also be more involved with social media, writing notes and letters – as well as doing routine paperwork because your mind is so clear! Many will make lists and plans for the future because you’re pumped about life. (“Arriba!”) You have a strong desire to travel and get away. (Sadly, not easy during these times.) Nevertheless, find ways to shake up your routine and create some new stimulation in your life! Meanwhile, midweek, something unexpected and “hidden” will please you. It will be your own special secret.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Your research skills are fabulous, especially at the beginning of the week. If you’re looking for answers to old questions or solutions to old problems, you just might discover them. On Wednesday, your ruler Mercury enters your sign to stay for the next two weeks. This will make you more talkative than usual! You will want to express your ideas to everyone. In fact, this two-week interval will be excellent for teachers, salespeople and writers. Meanwhile, expect a lovely surprise from a friend or a member of a group midweek. You might meet someone, possibly a new romance? Someone might do you a favour or you might have a delightful time with someone. Cool!

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
Your popularity continues! Enjoy meeting new faces and talking to friends, especially younger people. (These discussions might influence your long-range goals.) With Mars still opposite your sign, you have to demonstrate patience when you feel annoyed with others. (This year is a great opportunity to cultivate patience.) Midweek, something delightful will happen. It could involve a parent or a boss. Someone might bestow honours or praise on you. It’s also possible you will develop a crush on a boss or someone in a position of power. You might be flattered because someone wants your advice about how to make something look better. It’s a pleasant, solid week!

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
You are high viz. for a number of reasons and people admire you! They’re impressed with your accomplishments and they respect you. (Do let this go to your head.) At the beginning of the week, your ability to talk to people in power is excellent. Monday and Tuesday are good days to ask for what you want or to get approval for something you want to do. Midweek, a sudden opportunity to travel for pleasure will fall in your lap. If you can do so – say yes! You might take advantage of a new opportunity in publishing, the media, the law or medicine and something to do with further training or education. Because you’re working hard – your chickens are coming home to roost!

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
Let’s face it, you’re restless! You want something to happen. Ideally, you want to jet off somewhere thrilling and discover new ideas, meet new people and learn new things. Quite possibly, for some, this will be a reality. But most of you will have to generate your own enthusiasm for something new by shaking up your world a little and breaking free from your routine. Study, learning and writing will be solid choices. You might explore a new sport or physical activity because the placement of Mars for the rest of the year strongly supports this. It might competitive? Perhaps the martial arts? Midweek, expect a gift or a favour from someone that will delight you and arrive right out of the blue!

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Issues on the home front or in your family are stalled and a bit perplexing. Just cope as best you can. Fortunately, when it comes to shared property, inheritances and insurance, you’ll have no trouble speaking up to defend your best interests. In fact, it will please you to do so! Others will be receptive to what you have to say because fair Venus is opposite your sign paving the way for all your communications. This is why discussions with others will be successful! (And of course, lucky Jupiter is still in your sign, which is a fabulous blessing!) Look for ways to hammer out favourable deals and wait for delays at home to ultimately manifest as you hope they will.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
With the Sun opposite your sign, you need more rest. However, this polarized position of the Sun also draws your attention to your closest relationships. Because you have more detachment, you can view these relationships with more objectivity. Because you see your style of relating to those who are closest to you, you can look for ways to improve how you relate. Meanwhile, midweek, a pleasant surprise related to your health, your job or a pet might materialize. Don’t worry if you have to go over something again or rethink something about siblings, relatives and neighbours. It might benefit you to have a sober, second thought.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
You’re still in work mode, and keen to get as much done as possible. Actually, you’re interested in how you work. You want to work smart. You want to be effective, efficient and productive! You want to get the most bang for your buck. Something related to earnings seems sluggish or stuck in the mud right now. Fortunately, your hard work will bring you rewards! Parties, fun activities with kids, vacations and the arts will please you. Romance might sizzle! This is encouraging. For the next two weeks, with Mercury opposite your sign you will enjoy opportunity to clarify and explain important things to others. Yada, yada, yada.

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Weekly Horoscopes beginning Sunday, 16 August 2020

If you`re born within cusp period (16 to 26 of any month); you`re advised to read horoscopes of both signs covered by that period. You`re in the border; you may have influences from houses within those signs.

Outlines are longer versions; consists of every possible detail of everyday and based on three parts of each sign: 1st, 2nd & 3rd Decan; that is, any of three divisions of 10° within a sign of the zodiac. Even if you know or don`t know your Decan; I recommend, please read all three Decan..

Aries
Personal theme: I am!!
Fire & cardinal sign: March 21 — April 19

Your horoscope for this week:

However clever you`ve been, it`s unlikely you`ll have escaped the events triggered by clashes between your ruler Mars and several of the planetary powerhouses. If any issues remain, deal with them right away, even if it means making compromises. Why? So, you`ll be free to shift your focus to the far more appealing, and potentially profitable ideas, events and offers currently coming your way.

Someone`s behaviour is puzzling you. You detect some negativity in a friendship or working relationship that has never been there before. Rather than trying to imagine what has caused it, ask what is wrong. If you ignore the problem, the tension between you could increase. Mid-August should not be an all work and no play time for you. If you have felt obliged recently to take on more commitments, find a way to reduce the load. Being assertive will make a difference to your future.

It might be as well to imagine yourself as a rally driver negotiating unexpected challenges. This could be super exciting. True, on at least one occasion it could feel as though you`ve driven down a cul-de-sac and have to reverse at speed. Yet if what you`re trying to show is just how fast your reactions are, you could excel. With Mars now moving through your sign, it`s as though you have a tiger in your tank. Showing others that you mean business, that you have the necessary prowess and courage brings out the best in you – though true, it might also put you on potential collision course with someone sharing the same aims (another Aries?).

Taurus
Personal theme: I have!!
Earth & fixed sign: April 20 — May 20

Your horoscope for this week:

If ever there was a time to be open-minded, both to ideas you`ve previously dismissed but, as much to what`s as sudden as it is puzzling, it`s now. The trick is to explore absolutely everything, including what makes no sense in practical terms. The reason? You`ll learn from everything, so when you`re juggling actual offers, next week, you`ll be well informed and able to move swiftly.

Love is all around you. Bonds in a partnership are strengthened through the commitment you make to each other now. Friends make you feel special. Family let you know how much they love and need you. You feel like one of the most popular people in your social circle. You have been blessed with a vivid imagination. Putting your creative stamp on your work is a great way to utilise your imaginative powers.

Uranus, now moving through your sign, appears to stand still this weekend. To others it might seem as though you`ve done a complete U-turn. That may be made necessary – most likely because you feel your energy is not being put to best use. Recall that this year is unusual in that Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto were all grouped together at the very start of the year in another of the Earth signs. This signalled a goodbye to the past. By year-end, when Jupiter and Saturn align at the apex of your solar chart, embracing the future is imperative. These months are about negotiating the change. This week – as the Sun passes over the base of your solar chart, determining how best to use your assets: mental, physical and financial is likely necessary and yes, you may need to call a halt to certain proceedings that are costing you too much and at every level.

Gemini
Personal theme: I think!!
Air sign: May 21 — June 20

Your horoscope for this week:

Judging by the current brilliant planetary setup, you`re discussing if not organising arrangements as exciting as they`ll be worthwhile. However, you could be taking it slowly, anxious about the nature or extent of those commitments. This once, think fast and focus on any details later. By mid-week, sudden developments will draw everybody`s attention elsewhere. Move swiftly and with conviction. You`ll be glad you did.

Everyday responsibilities are starting to get on top of you. It`s hard to be organised when you have so much to do. Delegate domestic chores to reduce household tasks. Ask for help from colleagues or let your boss know you are overworked. There`s a strong need for some caring companionship. When you feel lonely, reach out to friends. Take this opportunity to catch up with people in your social network even if you haven`t spoken to each other recently.

By next weekend, your ruling planet, Mercury, will have crossed into Virgo (another of the Mutable signs). It`s after that date that you are likely to be at your absolute best; happily multitasking. A strong possibility is moving items from one place to another – possibly preparing for a property move. Note that at this period in its cycle, Mercury is moving very fast. No doubt you`ll need to be quick on your feet as well. For the first half of the week, finding support ought not to be a difficulty. Those born under the Cardinal signs of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn may be particularly willing to help. Let them – but be prepared that they may have other challenges to face as of Thursday. It`s then that you will likely need to be truly versatile – at the same time showing others that you are a skilled negotiator and disseminator of information.

Cancer
Personal theme: I feel!!
Water & cardinal sign: June 21 — July 22

Your horoscope for this week:

For ages you`ve been debating what to do about certain potentially rewarding matters. These could involve anything from literal investments to decisions regarding your skills, and either developing or promoting them – and anything in between. Although you`d probably like advice as wise as it`s reassuring, judging by the rapid pace, you`d be better off making a commitment, if tentative, then refining those arrangements later.

You need to strike a better balance between your home and professional commitments. If you`re working at home, create an office that is separate from your living area. The fewer the disruptions the more productive you will be. Your ability to switch off from work at specific times is vital for your emotional well-being. Outstanding problems within the family can be resolved. There is plenty goodwill on all sides and this will encourage a pleasing resolution.

The theme this week concerns the written word. Take your time: you can afford to be careful. Fact is that others want to know the ideas you have been incubating in recent months and yes, you likely have been `incubating` and nourishing these. Presently, Mercury is moving quickly through neighbouring Leo, and just after Wednesday`s New Moon reaches Virgo. It`s then that you could dot the i`s and cross the t`s. Yes, editing should work well over Thursday and Friday. Career wise, this could yet prove a key week where you show just how carefully you husband resources of all kinds whilst showing just how determined you are to see a project that`s close to your heart realised before the end of the year. It`s entirely possible, that you are already tuning in to a new frequency and could yet be ahead of the game.

Leo
Personal theme: I will!!
Fire & fixed sign: July 23 — August 22

Your horoscope for this week:

Even at your cleverest, it`s unlikely you`ll anticipate the breakthroughs triggered by Wednesday`s Leo New Moon. That`s because, mostly, it`s about the unexpected. What you can do, however, is focus on disentangling yourself from certain burdensome alliances or future plans. The more flexible both your perspective and your arrangements are, the more swiftly you can respond to the offers or ideas coming your way.

It doesn`t matter how skilful someone is at deceiving others, they aren`t going to find it easy to fool you. When someone implies you said one thing but you know you said another, you will not back down. Refusing to bow to peer pressure makes you highly respected. Your income is about to receive a boost. This could come as a bonus for some past hard work or a rise in salary you hadn`t been expecting. Either way, it will be a welcome surprise.

It`s easy to draw the conclusion that a New Moon is the perfect time for a fresh start. We know though, that it takes a little while for the energy to build. So perhaps you shouldn`t expect too much from Wednesday`s New Moon in your sign. Plans and ideas aired before then probably do have mileage but could take a couple of months to develop. For now, it may be imperative to `finish up the past` and tidy up a few loose ends. Yes, tedious as that may be, 2020 is the year for accepting conclusions and then building on strengths that have been hidden. What`s most interesting, is that at least one of these may been identified by a teacher (or Sagittarius) who is convinced that you have much to offer and is happy to T the pathway to gaining more expertise.

Virgo
Personal theme: I analyse!!
Earth sign: August 23 — September 22

Your horoscope for this week:

You don`t think of yourself as a control freak and, mostly, your obsession is more on quality and getting things right than ensuring what`s being organised is done the way you want; but now, you`re being forced to rely on others or, possibly, existing arrangements, or risk certain appealing options vanishing, possibly overnight. This approach isn`t your style but, this once, it`s your best bet.

A senior colleague is on a power trip. They will issue orders you find unfair and unreasonable and they`re treating you very unprofessionally. Complaining isn`t likely to make much of a difference and will only make them even more overbearing. It might be better to channel your frustration into searching for another job. Your social is livelier than usual. Someone who was once a big part of your life will contact you via Facebook or Twitter.

It might seem that others are determined that your sole role in life is to clean up their mess. That may be particularly true after Wednesday`s New Moon. It`s likely imperative then that if you do have plans of your own to follow through, that you get these kickstarted very early in the week. True, this is at the end of the lunar cycle but, if you don`t put down some kind of marker, then these dreams will likely never develop. It`s just possible that with so much being thrown at you, – and from every possible direction, – that your nervous system will be overstretched by the weekend (and your birthday month). It would be wise therefore to ensure that you take adequate time out to relax and yes, perhaps renew contact with an Aries whose behaviour at times might baffle you, but who might yet have the energy to give you support.

Libra
Personal theme: I balance!!
Air & cardinal sign: September 23 — October 22

Your horoscope for this week:

Since early August you`ve been discussing arrangements as exciting as they are promising; and, judging by the planetary setup, there are several. Typically, you`d debate at length, discussing options with those whose advice you trust and working out your own priorities. This once, move swiftly, making it clear you expect to refine arrangements once you know more. You`ll soon realise how wise this strategy was.

You are tired of going with the flow and agreeing to other people`s suggestions. Ideas someone makes to sound like fun often turn out to be the opposite. It won`t suit you to go along with the crowd now. You have your own plans and you aren`t going to let anyone talk you out of them. Your body cries out for pampering. Make time for a little self-indulgence. Luxuriate in a scented bath or make your favourite meals and desserts.

Every so often there are sharp reminders that Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto all aligned at the base of your solar chart at the beginning of the year. Though these planets are separated by some degrees, every so often there is an echo of the need to restructure. Expect to hear that echo following Wednesday`s New Moon. Anticipate too, that you may be self-critical about what you haven`t yet managed to achieve – both in terms of space clearing and preparing and adapting to new ways of working and living. It might help to take time out in the first half of the week to stock-take. Then, following the New Moon and, most likely by partnering with someone who also wants to clear the decks, conclude the week having made significant progress.

Scorpio & Ophiuchus
Personal theme: I desire!!
Water & fixed signs: October 23 — November 21

Your horoscope for this week:

During much of August`s first half, you`ve been faced with situations as complex as, often, they were puzzling. The real problem was, you had little time to gather facts, so often had to rely on others` guidance or simply trust your instincts. Even now, you`re recognising things are working out far better than you imagined possible. Be as courageous this week. You won`t regret it.

You need more excitement. Life lacks in variety, fun and entertainment. You`re starting to wonder whether there are better avenues to explore. You won`t change the status quo without putting thought into what you are doing but you are ready for a change. A colleague is constantly talking down at you. You`ve had enough of the way they keep ordering you about and you`re ready to tell them where to go.

Until Thursday, Mercury is moving relatively quickly and across the apex of your solar chart. If you need to get your message across; as to what it is that you want to now achieve and plans you want to build on, this should be your moment. True, at this stage of the lunar phase, you may hard to find the window of opportunity to make your case. Yet those who have been discomfited by events might now be ready to listen and explore possibilities of working with you. You too may be ready to think slightly `out of the box` and, before the weekend, accept that one project simply has to be concluded, but that there are yet ways in which another could be initiated.

Sagittarius
Personal theme: I see!!
Fire sign: November 22 — December 21

Your horoscope for this week:

Usually you`re easy-going about changes, in your way of living, working or ongoing arrangements. Recently, however, destiny has taken over and, in an unsettling, if not heavy-handed manner. While, initially, you weren`t happy about these developments, you`re now recognising how good they are. That`s fortunate, because more of the same is coming, except these are about taking that leap of courage you`re always talking about.

It is time to reconnect with your inner self. You`re doing some deep thinking. Out of this the real you will eventually emerge. To find out who you are, you don`t have to reduce family or social commitments or turn anyone away. Just put some time aside to sit quietly and reflect on where you are and where you want to go. If there are problems in a partnership, you aren`t talking enough to each other. Have a heart to heart with your amour.

It`s probable that others need your energy, enthusiasm, advice and yes, perhaps even practical support. Initially it`s all about you talking through plans. Grounding these is unlikely to happen until after Wednesday`s New Moon. There is also the issue of how to preserve assets and preserving precious working contacts. Those you haven`t seen or heard from some time could renew contact; but yes, you`re right, they probably want something. It is perhaps your understanding of the background of a situation that is now even more valuable than it once was. In fact, your input would surely assist someone greatly in negotiations. It`s probable that your input will affect their decision-making process.

Capricorn
Personal theme: I use!!
Earth & cardinal sign: December 22 — January 19

Your horoscope for this week:

Although the recent powerful series of eclipses took place well over a month ago, you`re still exploring both the unsettling changes and new ideas they triggered. However, it`s time to move on from considering various possibilities, which has become an excuse for doing nothing. Deep down, you know these options, and there are several, are in your best interests. You need only go for it.

You`re stuck in a rut and unless you make an effort to break out of it, this pattern will go on into the foreseeable future. Changes made this week will bring improvements into your life. Since this will also bring increased security and job satisfaction, let others see you are happy to go with the flow. An older relative`s behaviour is becoming oppressive. Stand up for yourself and don`t be reluctant to use the `no` word it will work wonders.

Until Wednesday`s New Moon, and although many ideas a be banded about, progress is unlikely. In fact, it could be early next week before you feel that there`s been progress. In part this could be down to the fact that a task that began over a year ago is still not completed. Whilst it might seem preferable to you to start afresh, it may be that you need to make the best of a bad job. Throughout all this, you could impress someone who underestimated the task in the first place or who miss directed it believing someone to be more competent that they are. Before the weekend you may need to access any latent diplomatic skills.

Aquarius
Personal theme: I know!!
Air & fixed sign: January 20 — February 18

Your horoscope for this week:

Usually, you make decisions swiftly. However, you`re still wrestling with the ideas, offers or potential changes triggered by the Aquarius Full Moon in early August. Your concern isn`t the actual situations but that you sense you`re moving into a new, and somewhat unsettling, chapter of your life. That`s true. The real problem is, you won`t know how fantastic it is until you`re actually involved.

Even if you have known someone for years, experiences you now share will make you feel you are getting to know them all over again. New joint responsibilities will keep the pair of you motivated. It will be a pleasure to work with someone you can trust. Let your zest for action go to your head during activities with lively friends. Don`t be surprised if someone starts watching you with a romantic twinkle in their eye.

This week`s New Moon is in your opposite sign and at one level it might feel as though everyone else is headed off in fresh direction and you will be left behind. That`s unlikely to be the reality. It may be that you need to put your own house in order – health included, – before you can join in on a mission. You won`t be the only sign of the zodiac involved in clearing things up and yes, perhaps even being involved in a patch and mend project. This though, may be necessary as you determine what space: physical, mental, energy and financial is available before launching another project next month.

Pisces
Personal theme: I believe!!
Water sign: February 19 — March 20

Your horoscope for this week:

The coming weeks won`t be easy. That may not sound like good news, however, things moving swiftly and, often, events not being in your hands, you could worry. While that`s understandable, think of times when you`ve moved into a new home, endured the chaos, then settled in happily. Now, it`s about elements of your life, and that glorious settled feeling will come with early September Pisces Full Moon.

Stop cleaning up after everyone. Both at work and in the home, get others to tidy up after themselves. When you start on the housework, ask for help to clean, cook and do the laundry. If anyone implies, they don`t know what to do, make them a list of chores. This will make the job faster and more enjoyable. A younger friend or colleague is looking to you for guidance. Having you as their mentor fills them with a sense of certainty and security.

Don`t underestimate your incredible sensitivity. You could easily tune into dramas that are brewing but not yet obvious to all. This week`s New Moon is in Leo. You may find individuals born under that sign or its opposite, Aquarius, prickly and difficult to deal with. It`s entirely possible that they feel overwhelmed. It may be that they`re brimming with ideas but lack the resources (energy especially), to carry these through. This is where your wonderful gift for play comes in. You could ensure that a tiresome task becomes a pleasurable activity. The creative way in which you use space, – or even suggest how unwanted items can be recycled – should bring you many compliments and perhaps yes, an invitation to be involved in a new venture.

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Remember dear humans, fresh air, sunshine, and communing with nature is the best medicine. It is good for our immune system. It also lifts the spirits and it breaks up the monotony of “social distancing!” How are you doing?

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The NEW MOON always rises at sunrise
And the FIRST QUARTER at noon.
The FULL MOON always rises at sunset
And the LAST QUARTER at midnight.
~The New Orleans Mistic

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Dark Moon – Time to Rest
New Moon – Time to Begin New Projects; Birth; Attraction
Waxing Moon – Time to Grow; Increase
Full Moon – Time to be Fulfilled; Abundance
Waning Moon – Time to Banish; Decrease
Last Sliver of Moon – Time to Die; Letting Go
Dark Moon – Time to Rest Again
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Light A Candle Today!

In many different traditions lighting a candle is a sacred action. It expresses more than words can express. It has to do with gratefulness. From time immemorial, people have lit candles in sacred places. You may want to begin or end your day by the sacred ritual of lighting a candle on this gratefulness. Or you may want to light a birthday candle for a friend. One single guideline is all you need: Slow down and do it with full attention.

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Dates of this calendar were devised by Robert Graves, 1895 – 1985

Goddess Month of Hesperus begins 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Hazel

August
Lily trumpets of summer give way
to queen’s lace edging early harvest,
no carrots here, but hay and clover.

Peaches and corn beckon from farm stands
baskets of blueberries glisten midnight blue
next to squash and early apples.

The gnarled tree in my great grandfather’s
orchard drops its sweet yellow apples,
first of many varieties he planted.

August shines from spiderwebs stretched
between spikes of goldenrod.
September croons in the wind.

Its time is coming sooner than we know.

~Tasha Halpert

August
Herb of the Year for 2020: Blackberries, raspberries, and their cousins (Rubus ssp.)
Flower of the Month for August: Gladiolus
August is National Watermelon Month
National Smile Week

August 11, 12 and 13: The annual Perseid Meteor Shower peaks
August 15: Today is the birthday of Julia Child (1912-2004), also known as Our Lady of the Ladle, who introduced Americans to the art of French cuisine.
August 17: National Vanilla Custard Day.

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The Moon Phase: WANING MOON

Time: From Full Moon to Dark Moon (approx.14 days)

Goddess Aspect: Crone

Associated Goddesses: Cailleach, Banshee, Hecate, Kali, Morrigan

Magickal Attributes: Banishing Releasing the old, removing unwanted negative energies, wisdom, psychic ability, scrying, reversing circumstances. Workings on this day are for banishing magick, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity, physical and psychic cleansings.

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August 10, 2020 – August 16, 2020

We get a little break from 2020 but not until a couple of difficult aspects are done with us. A square between Mercury and Uranus proves to be dicy. These guys bring extremely impulsive and scattered energy. Intense thoughts that are difficult to control pollute your mind. Stay ‘rooted’ in the now to minimize the mental anxiety they trigger. Also, keep your mouth shut. Impulsive bursts lead to regret later. During the middle of the week, Mars forms a nasty square to Pluto. Power struggles, especially on the career front pop up. You may also feel at odds with others and this could easily cause conflict. Avoid shady and manipulative people!

Now for the good news. After the darkness comes the light. The Sun and Mercury form a lovely trine to Mars in Aries. It’s a great weekend to just be yourself and enjoy living. If obstacles do arise, you should be able to handle them easily. Coventry candles for the week are Blessed Herbal Protection, Hoo Doo Uncrossing, Reversal, and Wicked Witch Everything and Then Some.

You are so amazing you deserve a hype man.
When you are this good, it’s time to sing your praises.

Everyone has their specialty, their superpower as it were. Especially right now with how much the world is catawampus, we have all tapped in inner power and honed it to forward our survival in body, mind, and spirit.

I gotta be me!

It’s Leo Season now and although the first part of the month will continue the difficult trend of the last two months, relief is on the way! We don’t want you to miss the real opportunity of Leo just because it’s been one of the most misunderstood signs of the zodiac.

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Perseid Meteors 2020
All you need to know

The annual Perseid meteor shower is one of the most beloved meteor showers of the year. It’s rising to its peak now and will probably produce the greatest number of meteors on the mornings of August 11, 12 and 13. On the peak mornings in 2020, the moon will be at or slightly past its last quarter phase, casting its light in the sky after midnight, the best time for watching meteors. But Perseid meteors tend to be bright. Many will overcome the moonlight.

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Tarot Card Of The Week
Four Of Pentacles Reversed

What’s most important to you?

The reversed Four of Pentacles can show up when you are evaluating what’s important to you, especially in money and wealth.

You may have placed too much value on material possessions and are realizing that money and ‘things’ won’t make you happy.

Loosen your grip on the need to surround yourself with ‘things’, and seek out more love and happiness in your life.

You might feel compelled to de-clutter your home or opt for a minimalist lifestyle. Money is no longer your number one priority, and you are redefining your relationship with material possessions and money.

This might also signify that money is slipping through your fingers, and your spending habits exceed your savings. You may be spending unconsciously, hoping it will bring happiness, but all it does is bring you more stress and anxiety as your bank balance declines.

Check-in with yourself and your spending habits. Find some balance here.

Ask the Tarot: What am I clinging to, and how might I loosen my grip?

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Heartwings 943 
The Value of Everyday Tasks

Heartwings says, “Paying attention to what needs doing keeps us focused.

Stephen does his part in keeping up with the daily chores, however, I never mind doing them. They help me cope. The news these days is so terrifying that it does not bear thinking about. The future is cloudy at best. As I get older each tweak of an ache or pain could mean some kind of incipient illness. Life is fraught with pitfalls holding deep despair. When I focus on the feeling of the hot water on my hands as I scrub the egg from our breakfast plates, I am greatly comforted.

It’s such a little thing to make sure I get all of the egg off each plate, yet it needs my full attention. There are other things that function the same way. For instance, doing the laundry or watering the plants. Though I no longer have a garden to tend, I still have plants, and they require my full attention. Actually, my email is sort of like a garden these days. There are plenty of weeds to be removed: ads for goods I might have bought at one time; people urging me to vote for or contribute to a candidate; notices from organizations seeking my support-the list is endless and so are these weeds.

Then there are the garden plants to be watered and sometimes fertilized: my friends far and near need to be emailed and responded to. There are helpful articles or other information to be forwarded for friends’ edification and/or enjoyment. There is news to be shared of each other’s activities, and of course, doctor’s notices to be reviewed. Once again, the list goes on. A garden of any sort needs daily attention. If I leave it for long, it piles up to an impossible extent and I can’t tend it properly.

As I move through my day, I keep my focus on these humble chores. They act as a kind of shield against all that I cannot control or do anything about, or that which has not happened and indeed may not. Again and again, rather than think about an unknown, possibly dire future, I return my thoughts to what comes next on my list of tasks. And from time to time I gaze out a window at the lovely sunlight filtering through the green leaves and the pretty blue sky above, or even the rain, and I give thanks that in this present moment, all is well.

May you find ways to remain focused in the midst o all that happens, and see beauty to comfort your heart.

Blessing and best regards, Tasha Halpert

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Llewellyn’s Spell-A-Day

A Serenity Spell
By James Kambos

In the country, where you can truly experience the season, a sweet serenity settles over the land now. The harvest is underway, and nature begins to relax. This is also a good time for you to experience a little serenity.

Perform this spell outside in the evening. If that’s not possible, perform it at your altar. You’ll need a calming herb, such as lavender, fresh or dried. Sit on the ground or floor. Inhale the herb’s scent and say:

Earth spirit, serenity has
settled over you.
Earth spirit, share your calming
energy with me too.

Feel the earth’s energy flow into you. Feel it enter your spine, your arms, your neck, etc. Do shoulder rolls. Allow your neck to go limp. Stay in this state for as long as it’s comfortable.

Return to your normal state. Leave the herb as an offering. You should now feel a sense of peace and calm.

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Sacred Waters, Charged Waters
By Susan Pesznecker

Water is essential to all life and has a regular use in every kind of spellcraft. Collecting sacred or special waters from various locations and charging them before use just adds to their oomph.

Begin by keeping a couple of small bottles or vials tucked into your purse, glove box, backpack, etc., so you’ll always be ready to collect. Take samples of waters that have meaning to you: for instance, water from wells or springs, samples of rivers and oceans visited, rainwater that falls during powerful storms, or melt from the first snow. I collected a piece of ice from a glacier during a trip to Iceland!

To charge your waters, let the jars sit out under the desired conditions (direct sunlight, full moonlight, lightning storm, etc.), particularly on significant dates or during specific astronomical alignments.

Bottle each water and label carefully (because they all look alike). Use them to add strength to your spells and potions.
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Cool Head Spell
By Laura Tempest Zakroff

There is something about August that makes tempers and troubles rise. Whether because of hot, strong winds or high temperatures, or the gaze of Leo the Lion, August seems to bring an uptick in violence and disagreements. To keep your cool, head to your freezer and grab an ice cube. (You may wish to wrap it up in some cloth or use tongs when you do this spell.)

With the ice cube, draw the shape of a pentagram at each part of the body as named here, saying:

When violence threatens, may
my hands work for peace.
When rage consumes, let my
heart soothe the burns.
When tempers flare, may my
lips speak healing words.
When the heat rises, my mind
shall be cool and calm.

If any of the ice remains, allow it to melt in a cup. Then pour it as an offering to a nearby plant.
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Fire Up Your Will
By Melissa Tipton

Fire is symbolic of our will: the ability to direct our energy to create desired change. The more focused this energy is, the more potent our efforts will be. This spell will illuminate obstructions to your will and help you transform them with fire.

Light a red candle in a holder and focus on the flame. Hold your hands near the warmth and feel the energy travel up your arms and into your body, suffusing your entire being. Say:

Fire, fire, show me true,
Where my will is thrown askew.
Obstructions I now see most clear,
And the highest good comes into view.

Spend time in meditation, open to thoughts, feelings, and guidance. When you identify an obstacle or distraction, draw in more fire energy and infuse the obstacle, seeing and/or feeling it transform. You might receive guidance for practical changes needed to back up this energetic transformation, so be sure to take appropriate action following the meditation.
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Break a Habit
By Tess Whitehurst

The Aquarius full moon is perfect for setting in motion positive changes that require a fresh perspective and an improved frame of mind, which includes breaking habits that no longer serve us.

Ideally under the light of the full moon, stand on the earth barefoot. Hold a glass bottle of water in both hands. Relax and center your mind. Get in touch with the energy of the habit you want to break. Feel or sense it as roots, cobwebs, or cords in your aura, attached to the habit. Mentally send this energy out of your body and into the water through your hands. When this feels complete, pour the water out onto the soil, feeling lighter and freer as you do so. Then safely light a stick of palo santo wood, and smudge your body. Feel and sense the smoke balancing, repairing, and recalibrating your energy field. Give thanks to the full moon.
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Deep, Bright, Healing Spell
By Thuri Calafia

Sometimes life gives us more than we can handle and we need to take some time to ourselves to relax and heal. Sometimes we can aggravate the situation by doing things that aren’t in our best interest (such as sugar bingeing or smoking too much when we’re hurting emotionally), and it can be difficult to find the strength to break those bad habits. For this spell, take a simple clear quartz crystal and program it to help give you strength by reminding you of your self-love and care. Program the crystal by holding it in your left (or most receptive) hand, then focus deeply, visualizing energy flowing from your right hand into the crystal in your left hand. While doing so, say:

Great goddess, make me strong now.
Great god, please make me brave.
Lord and Lady, help me remember
Whose life and love I save.

For I am worth the effort,
For the gods have made me, so
I know that we can heal my life
And together, make me whole!

Keep the crystal on your person and visualize yourself healed and thriving, repeating the chant as necessary.

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Creating a Nightly Ritual
By Madisyn Taylor

Bedtime can be a perfect time for a nighttime ritual of sending love to the world and finding gratitude for your day.

At the end of the day, as the sweet, dark stillness of night beckons us to lay down our bones and rest, we find ourselves at a clear transition point: Behind us lies the previous day and all that has come before; ahead of us, dawn heralds the unfolding of all that is yet to be. While many of us have morning rituals that connect us with our center and help us to set intentions, we may want to explore the magic and power of nighttime ritual as well. It holds for us a beautiful chance for self-appreciation and blessing. Before you go to bed each night, you can send gratitude, compassion, and healing to the being you have been up until this moment. And you can send lightness and love into the future for the one you are in the process of becoming.

Though simple, this action honors the journey you have taken thus far, while opening you to the wonderful possibilities still ahead. When you consciously engage with your own evolution this way, you may find that your sleep gets sweeter, filling your night with a deeper sense of trust and relaxation. As you rest, you can surrender to these peaceful hours, knowing that the road behind you has been seen and acknowledged with respect and kindness, while the path ahead now holds your own benevolence and well wishes.

This bedtime ritual empowers you as the only one who can determine the meaning of your own past and the hopefulness of your future. By setting this special time aside each night, you can begin to orient yourself on your path of growing. It allows you to let the past have its place, to trust that the future is taken care of, and to simply rest yourself in the graceful arms of the present moment.

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Don’t Get Petfished! Vets and Celebrities Lead Public Warnings Against ‘Cruel and Opportunist’ Lockdown Pet Sellers
BY MARC-ANDRÉ

Share your love for cats!

Vets, charities and animal-loving celebrities including Kirsty Gallacher, Amanda Holden, Paul O’Grady and David Gandy call for public to ‘research pet sellers thoroughly online before buying’
Prospective puppy and kitten owners warned of risks of being ‘Petfished’ when buying a pet online following lockdown demand surge
Concerns over anticipated spike in online pet listings now restrictions have easedVets, charities and animal-loving celebrities have joined forces with a government campaign to warn prospective pet owners against unknowingly buying puppies, kittens, cats and dogs from unscrupulous sellers amid a rise in demand for pets since lockdown.
An open letter, signed by celebrities including Kirsty Gallacher, Paul O’Grady, Amanda Holden and David Gandy, and supported by charities including Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, the Blue Cross, Cats Protection, Dogs Trust and the RSPCA, is calling on the public to research sellers thoroughly online before buying.

These warnings follow continued demand for pets since lockdown eased, with online marketplace Preloved reporting that the number of pet listing has increased by nearly 50 per cent since March. They are anticipating a further boom in adverts throughout the summer.

Pets4Homes has also said that they are experiencing not only a six-fold increase in new user accounts, but an average of 155 views per new pet advert. Both Preloved and Pets4Homes are supporting the government’s Petfished campaign, which urges people to stop and ask: ‘Who’s the person behind the pet?’.

Despite a huge 125% increase in adverts posted across online marketplaces during lockdown for puppies, kittens, dogs and cats, demand continues to outstrip supply.

However, the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) has advised that vets are dealing with ongoing cases where owners have been sold sick puppies and kittens by unscrupulous dealers as a result of new owners not researching sellers before buying their new pet.

Chief Veterinary Officer Christine Middlemiss said:

“Prospective pet owners must beware of sinister sellers out there who breed animals purely for profit with zero concern for their welfare. The devastating consequences include crippling vet bills and, in the worst cases, animals having to be put down.

“It’s vitally important that people not only research the breed of animal they want but also the person selling it to them.”

Animal Welfare Minister Lord Goldsmith said:

“At this time when more people are looking for pets it is more important than ever that buyers do their research and ensure they go to a reputable seller.

Following the introduction of Lucy’s Law earlier this year, everyone must now buy directly from breeders or consider adopting from rescue centres. So please look out for the warning signs and report any suspicious activity.”

TV presenter Kirsty Gallacher, who has two dogs, British bull dog Betsy and French bull dog Bertie, said:

“My dogs mean the world to me and pets bring joy to so many. It’s shocking to hear the lengths deceitful sellers go to when selling pets and sadly this can mean animals come from low-welfare conditions with distressing consequences.”

“As pet lovers, we should take responsibility by always researching the seller before buying a new pet to ensure our four legged friends live happy and healthy lives.

The letter, also signed by former international rugby players Chris Robshaw and Sam Warburton, is part of the government’s ‘Petfished’ campaign – a play on ‘catfishing’, where a stranger creates a fictional online persona to lure someone into a relationship – deceitful pet sellers use a similar tactic to ‘Petfish’ unsuspecting buyers.

Following Lucy’s Law – meaning it is now illegal to sell a kitten or puppy you haven’t bred – the Petfished campaign calls for consumers to remain vigilant, always researching the seller before visiting, reporting suspicious adverts and crucially be prepared to walk away and report suspected cases of animal abuse to the RSCPA or, if witnesses, the police.

British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) President Ian Ramsey said:

“Vets are continuing to see many owners who have been sold very sick puppies by unscrupulous dealers simply because new owners have not researched the seller before buying their pet.

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Taste-Tempting Fruit Vinegar
~Author Unknown To Me

An addiction to gardening is not all bad when you consider the other choices in life.—Cora Lea Bell

The peaches are ripe and luscious, the market is displaying beautiful raspberries, blueberries, and cherries, and your garden is full of fresh herbs. Use them, along with a variety of spices, to make flavored vinegars that will spark salads and fruit dishes in months to come. Start now, and you’ll have a shelf of wonderful taste-tempters (and delightfully unique gifts) all winter.

Make Fruit-Flavored Vinegar with Fresh Herbs

You’ll need fruit and herbs (suggestions below), vinegar, and lidded containers.
Select jars and lids (pint, quart, half-gallon: size depends on the amount of fruit you’re working with). Wash and scald.
Pit the fruit if necessary, cut it up, or mash it lightly. Wash the fresh herbs and bruise lightly.
Heat the vinegar to just below boiling.
Put fruit and herbs into jars and cover completely with hot vinegar. Leave 1/4? head space.
Put on the lid and set the container in a dark, cool place, shaking or stirring every day and making sure that the vinegar covers the fruit and herbs. Steep as long as a month, checking for flavor.
When the flavor suits you, remove fruit and strain through a coffee filter until vinegar is clear.
Rebottle in washed, scalded jars. Label. Best to store in refrigerator (up to 6 months).

Suggested Combinations

Use apple cider vinegar with these fruits and herbs:

Raspberries, lemon thyme, and rosemary
Cherries, tarragon, and anise hyssop
Cranberries, mint, orange peel, cinnamon stick
Use white wine or champagne vinegar with these combinations:

Peaches, opal basil, cinnamon stick
Raspberries, fragrant rose petals, rose geranium
Strawberries, mint, candied ginger
Strawberries, peaches, opal basil, candied ginger

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Disarming the Know-It-All
By Madisyn Taylor

People that are know-it-alls are simply stuck in a pattern and may actually have feelings of low self worth.

Most of us have encountered a person in our lives who can accurately be referred to as a know-it-all. This person seems to know everything about anything that gets brought up and tends to dominate the conversation. They don’t take well to being questioned, and they have a hard time ever admitting that they were wrong.

Being around a know-it-all is inevitably tiring because there is no shared energy between the two of you. Rather, you become an audience member to this person’s need to be the center of attention. Attention and respect are probably the two things this person most longs for, and at some point in their lives, they learned that knowing it all was the way to get those needs met. Over time, they have become stuck in this pattern, regardless of the fact that it is no longer working. They may feel afraid of the experience of listening, being receptive, or learning something new, because it’s so unfamiliar.

On the one hand, when we see the childlike need underneath the know-it-all’s mask of confidence, we feel compassion for the person, and we may tolerate their one-sided approach to conversation out of a desire not to hurt their feelings. On the other hand, we may be feeling drained and tempted to avoid this person altogether. In the middle of these two possible ways of feeling, we may actually like this person and wish for a closer relationship. If we come from a place of kindness, we might attempt to bridge the gap that this person’s habitual way of relating creates. Simply expressing a desire to be closer may open their heart, and give you a chance to ask for what you need in the relationship–a chance to contribute.

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Gilberto’s Way
by Stephen Halpert

Several months had passed since the night of Gilberto’s accident and subsequence convalescence. He felt healthier, stronger and more energetic. The intermittence headaches, however, remained. As he and Maria sat in her office, his therapist urged more rest.
“That’s all you ever say, more rest, more rest” Gilberto said indignantly.
Maria looked concerned. “But ultimately he’ll be all right?”
“Let’s hope,” his therapist said. “Healing takes its time, especially with the brain. I keep telling him that rest is essential.”
Maria frowned. “Getting him to rest is like holding back the ocean.”
When they returned home, the TV was on, Rosa was knitting and Joey was in his usual place stretched out on the puffy sectional before the wide screen.
“Did you finish your chores,” Gilberto said?
Joey nodded. “I collected all the trash and took it outside to the waste bin.”
Gilberto nodded. He took Maria aside. “I think we need to do something revolutionary.”
Her eyes widened.
“A boy his age needs someone to care for. He needs a dog.”
She looked horrified. “There goes the carpeting and the furniture.”
Gilberto shrugged. “We can always buy new furniture. But it’s important he do more than take out the trash and help pick up the place.”
Maria sighed. “Its such lovely furniture.”
“But that’s all it is, furniture. A child needs to be active. Caring for his dog might be the answer.”
She sighed again. “If you say so.” She didn’t seem convinced.
That Saturday they visited a kennel in Newton. “Ramon says they have the finest pedigreed breeds,” Gilberto said.
Maria tugged at his arm. “We could go to the pound. Mixed breeds are generally quite intelligent, loyal and very loving; plus, a lot less expensive than those little snobs.”
Gilberto shook his head. “But you never know who the parents are?”
“They strike me as persnickety,” she said peering at the different dogs. Let’s let Joey decide. After all it will be his dog.”
Gilberto grinned. “Unless we want a pair to breed.”
She gasped. “You’re out of your mind.” Her tone reminded him of the way Rosa talked to Ramon. “What happens when the honeymoon’s over and he begins to lose interest?” she asked. “Who do you suppose gets stuck with feeding and caring for two or more?”
Gilberto raised his eyebrows. “You think something like that could happen?”
“I know it would. But before we finalize anything let’s take him to the pound and let him at least look around.”
Gilberto sighed. “Okay.”
“Good,” Maria said. Let’s go pick him up from school.”
“See if you see one you’d like as your pet,” Gilberto told Joey as they climbed out of his car.
Maria had feared that Joey would be drawn to some gigantic, oversized creature who would eat them out of house and home. “Wonderful,” she said, when he was drawn to a small, sniveling, brown and black colored Silky Terrier named Oscar, that jumped all over Joey as if he were his long-lost friend.
Joey squealed delightedly when Oscar wagged his stub of a tail and covered him in doggie kisses. Oscar was checked by the vet; Gilberto made a donation; and they drove home.
“He’s yours,” Gilberto said emphatically as he opened the door. “Remember now every day, rain or shine he’ll need to be walked at least two or three times, brushed, fed and always given water. He’s yours and yours alone.”
Joey nodded eagerly. Maria’s eyebrows went up at how responsible her son was behaving. Maybe Gilberto was right. Maybe this was exactly what was needed to awaken something deep within him. She prayed this new found devotion would last.
On their way home Gilberto had stopped at Pet Heaven and bought some toys and a dog bed for Oscar. “I think you’re being extravagant,” Maria said. Little did she know.
“And you can sleep with me in my bed,” Joey told Oscar who made little sounds and wagged his tail.
“Now just one minute,” Maria said.
Instead of arguing, Joey looked pleadingly at Gilberto.
Gilberto smiled. “Give it a try. Let’s just hope Oscar doesn’t snore. We bought a bed just in case.”
“Snore?” Joey sounded surprised. “Do dogs snore, Gilberto?”
“That we’ll have to find out. But yes, most dogs do which is why they usually have their own bed and sleep in the kitchen.”
Several days later two packages arrived in the mail. One was big, bulky and heavy. The other was small and Gilberto tucked it away in his top bureau drawer.
Excitedly Joey opened what turned out to be a professional soccer ball.
Joey’s eyes bulged. “Can I kick it?”
Gilberto smiled and nodded. “Yes, when we go outside and run around on the esplanade.” Oscar sniffed the ball, wagged his tail and looked expectantly to see what was next.
Maria spoke up. “No kicking the ball in the condo.” She shook her finger. “You could break a window.” Gilberto looked like he wanted to interrupt her, but she went on. “I don’t want him kicking a ball in the condo.”
Gilberto grinned. “I always did,” he said. “How do you think…”
Marria frowned. “No,” she said. “Please. It’s uncivilized.”
Oscar began to whine, and Joey knew it was time for his walk. “Please don’t fight,” he said. “It really bothers Oscar.”
“I’ll go with you,” Maria said. We’ll decide where it’s safe to walk him.”
Later that night after Joey and Oscar were asleep. Gilberto joined Maria on the couch. “You haven’t said if I’ve won you yet.”
She smiled. “You remember everything.”
“I have to. It’s the way my mind works.” He handed her the small box that had come in the mail. “For you. Assuming you want it.”
Carefully, she opened it. Her eyes widened. She turned and looked at him. “Is that really a diamond?”
He nodded. “Isn’t that what a man gives a woman when they get engaged?”
“It’s so big.”
“Not compared to what I could have bought you.”
She sighed. “Any bigger than this and I’d need a bodyguard.”
He took it from the box and slid it onto the third finger of her left hand. “I’m your bodyguard.”
“It fits me perfectly. How did you know that?”
“Remember when I put a rubber band around your finger?”
She laughed. “Oh Gilberto…” Then she burst into tears. “Oh, Gilberto, I love you so. You’re so impetuous. I love that about you.”
“Good,” he said. “That’s my way, the way I am.” His eyes dampened. He choked up. Handing her a tissue, he took one for himself.
He looked deep into her eyes. “So now all we have to do is announce we’re engaged.”Then they embraced and kissed and stayed that way until the morning light first dawned.

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Weekly Horoscope
by Georgia Nicols
https://www.georgianicols.com

Challenging aspects make the next four weeks a time to protect and be cautious about relationships, finances, home and loved ones. On Thursday this week, we have the first of three bombshells involving Mars and Pluto. Oy! Avoid threatening situations or potential violence. (Seriously.) At the end of the week, Uranus goes retrograde for the rest of the year. (Note; When any planet is retrograde it’s time for a review.) The five-month retrograde of Uranus is our chance to sort out the surprises and changes that we experienced this year. Meanwhile, Mars in Aries strengthens this Leo Sun and boosts our energy, self-confidence and sex drive! (Come on… sex is after five and before seven.)

Aries (March 21-April 19)
You’ve got a lot of energy with your ruler Mars in your sign – no question. (In fact, you might want to get some physical exercise to blow off any pent-up steam building within you.) Meanwhile, this is a positive week! Social get-togethers, sports events, playful activities with kids and everything to do with the arts and the entertainment world will delight you. You’re up for some fun! Enjoy entertaining at home as well as redecorating projects. However, on Wednesday and definitely Thursday you might have a tough time with authority figures. Cool your jets. Be considerate to others. Bite your tongue if you feel angry. Avoid fights and confrontations with others. (It’s a brief but tough window.)

Taurus (April 20-May 20)
Home, family and domestic matters continue to be your prime concern. Many of you are rolling up your sleeves and tackling hands-on work at home or within the family. Fortunately, Venus will sweeten your words making you diplomatic and charming with everyone you meet. Yay! This is a solid productive time for you, and you will get a lot done, primarily at home or with real estate or family members. Midweek on Wednesday and especially Thursday, quarrels with others might erupt. They could be nasty. Try not to let this get out of hand because you will only regret it later. Your impulse will be to say or do something that is beneath you. Forewarned is forearmed!

Gemini (May 21-June 20)
For the most part, this is a fabulous week because it’s busy, and stimulating and full of chances to meet new faces, see new places and learn new things! (All favourite choices!) You might also attract money to you, and enjoy buying beautiful things for yourself and loved ones. Well, that was the good news. Here’s the bad stuff: On Wednesday and certainly Thursday, difficulties with a friend or a group, club or organization might be untenable. You will hit a brick wall. The harder you fight, the more they will fight back. It’s not good. Avoid this if you can. And also, avoid dangerous neighbourhoods or potentially violent situations. Be smart.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
This is a charming week because fair Venus is in your sign paving the way for all your relations with everyone. Because you have such excellent people skills this week, it’s the perfect time to make peace with enemies or friends who are tough to deal with. This is also an excellent week to buy wardrobe goodies. However, nothing is ever perfect, right? Midweek on Wednesday and especially Thursday, you might have a serious power struggle with a boss, parent, teacher, VIP or member the police. It could be about money, earnings or something that you own. And yes, it could be nasty and ruthless. During this window of time – avoid dangerous places. Avoid crime-ridden areas. Avoid potentially violent situations. Serious arguments about belongings and money are not be worth it. (Think about this.)

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
You are energized because the Sun and Mercury are in your sign, getting a boost from fiery Mars! This means you have physical energy as well as intellectual drive! Oh yeah – you’re PowerPoint on steroids! Obviously, you will accomplish a lot this week, especially dealing with foreign countries as well as doing work in publishing, the media, medicine and the law. You will make yourself proud! However, there is one serious glitch: On Wednesday and definitely Thursday, serious disagreements about politics, religion or racial issues might erupt. They could be nasty and ruthless. No matter what your views or how passionate you feel about something, this is not the time to get involved. Avoid these disagreements. Also, avoid dangerous places and people. Be smart.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
You are still playing things low-key and choosing to work alone or behind the scenes before your birthday arrives. (Smart.) Furthermore, relations with friends and groups are positive. This is good. You can make great headway doing research. However, a challenging astrological influence occurs midweek on Wednesday and Thursday, when you might have serious confrontations or arguments about inheritances, shared property or insurance issues. These disputes are basically about the wealth of your partner or someone else (including the government). These disputes will be nasty. They could be aggressive, even dangerous. Therefore, stay chill and don’t get involved. Do what you can to remain calm and stay safe. Avoid dangerous people.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
This is a lovely popular week for you! You will enjoy the company of others, especially younger people whether in person or on-line. In fact, people want to hear what you have to say, and with Venus at the top of your chart, you are admired! This is why someone will ask for your advice about how to make something more attractive. Oh yeah, you’re the expert! Having said that, midweek there is a stressful time, possibly Wednesday and definitely Thursday when disputes with partners and close friends will be nasty and potentially violent. Avoid this like the plague. Hide somewhere. Don’t get involved.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
You continue to make a fabulous impression on others because the Sun is still at the top of your chart thrusting you in a flattering spotlight. (You’ve never looked better. Well, maybe.) Obviously, this is the time to make your pitch and ask your boss for permission or approval for whatever you want. Travel for pleasure will appeal. In fact, romance with someone “different” might begin. However, serious confrontations with someone at work or possibly related to your health or a pet might take place on Wednesday or Thursday this week. This is something you do not need. For a few of you, these confrontations will be violent. Therefore, step aside. Do not get involved.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
This is a positive time for you because both the Sun and Mercury are in your “home” stirring your desire to travel and experience new things and new ideas. You will love meeting new people, especially from different backgrounds and other countries. Study and writing will be productive and enriching. This is a wonderful time to broaden your knowledge! A word of warning: Midweek on Wednesday and definitely Thursday, difficulties with your kids or with a romantic partner or a social occasion might take place. These difficulties will be nasty. Serious power struggles! In a few cases, they will be violent. Therefore, avoid taking a stand about anything during this window of time. Avoid dangerous neighbourhoods or potentially dangerous situations. Seriously. Just those two days.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
This week, you’re on top of your game! You have great ideas about how to secure your future in a solid way. Furthermore, you feel passionately about your approach to doing this. Meanwhile, partners and close friends are supportive and with you all the way. However, midweek on Wednesday and especially Thursday, serious disputes might take place within the family or at home. They could be terrible. In a few instances, they will be violent. Obviously, you want to avoid this. If you see this storm beginning to brew – run away! Don’t put fuel on this fire. Avoid this tension and be strong and resolute by yourself.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Despite the fact that you need more sleep, relations with partners and close friends are delightful. You’re eager to discuss important issues and others are just as eager to share their ideas with you. Relations with coworkers are positive. In fact, praise will come your way and for some of you, perhaps a raise! Nevertheless, there is a dangerous window midweek on Wednesday and especially Thursday when aggressive negotiations could get nasty. These negotiations will include discussions, arguments and physical confrontations – even driving. (This is the classic time when you could encounter road rage.) It will be dangerous. Some people will get hurt. Do what you can to be calm, peaceful and safe midweek for your own welfare.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
Suddenly, you are all systems go! You’ve got an agenda and you want to get things done. You feel good about yourself, which is why you will be productive. (It’s a pleasant vicious circle.) Make lists and set the bar high. Fear not because all is not work and no play! Venus will attract fun, social times and hot romance! Having said this, midweek on Wednesday and especially Thursday, nasty discussions about money, earnings, possessions or even values might take place. They could become nasty. They could be horrible power struggles. In a few cases, they will be violent. You don’t need this. Obviously, do what you can to remove yourself from dangerous situations, people or neighbourhoods. Stay safe!

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Weekly Horoscopes beginning Sunday, 09 August 2020

If you`re born within cusp period (16 to 26 of any month); you`re advised to read horoscopes of both signs covered by that period. You`re in the border; you may have influences from houses within those signs.

Outlines are longer versions; consists of every possible detail of everyday and based on three parts of each sign: 1st, 2nd & 3rd Decan; that is, any of three divisions of 10° within a sign of the zodiac. Even if you know or don`t know your Decan; I recommend, please read all three Decan.

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Aries
Personal theme: I am!!
Fire & cardinal sign: March 21 — April 19

Your horoscope for this week:

Frustrating as setbacks are, you`ll learn from each. Once you understand that, instead of fuming, you`ll investigate what`s arisen. While, in some cases, events are forcing you to ask serious questions and update your facts, others are prompting you to explore ideas or offers you wouldn`t otherwise have noticed; but, also, it`s about learning all you can about what`s coming your way, and with an unaccustomed patience.

Impulsive behaviour could get you into trouble. You might put your foot in your mouth. Save yourself having to make an apology and think before you speak. Relationships are more likely to thrive if you curb your impetuous behaviour. Accept there are issues you will never agree on and agree to differ. Events later in the week will bring back memories of a situation you never came to terms with. A sensitive friend will help you face this, deal with it and put it behind you.

Mars is moving through your sign and this week arrives at its right angle to Pluto. If others weren`t aware of just how driven you were, they are about this find out. Fighting your corner and fiercely is this week`s huge theme. In combative spirit, you are likely taking on more than one `war`. Of course, there`s no saying who`s going to win (note that Mars will be in your sign all the way through to early next year) and that this may be just the first skirmish. Bear that in mind and perhaps don`t use all your energy up immediately. Recall too that Venus is moving through another of the Cardinal signs, Cancer, and that for the moment, it`s extremely important how you `fuel`. Food plays an even more important role than usual -though it could be that over a meal that you agree a deal that leaves you empowered.

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Taurus
Personal theme: I have!!
Earth & fixed sign: April 20 — May 20

Your horoscope for this week:

Being forced to allow others or, perhaps, an unsympathetic destiny to make decisions that are influencing your life now, and could shape your future, is infuriating. Still things aren`t as bad as they seem. Those unwelcome events are encouraging new ways of thinking, living or, which is very likely, unexpectedly profitable encounters. The problem? Discerning what, or who, holds the greatest promise. For now, explore absolutely everything.

A neighbour is pointing fingers. You can`t be blamed for something you didn`t do and you will find it easy to prove your innocence. This person should look at themselves before throwing accusations at others. You`re ready to exercise initiative in the workplace. This will impress a senior colleague who has been urging you to be more assertive. You`re ready to accept a job offer that was recently put to you, if it still stands.

Mercury appears to be moving very quickly across the base of your solar chart. No doubt this is coinciding with many ideas bubbling away. Developing creative ways of working from home or indeed, making domestic change of all kinds could be high on your agenda. Uranus has been passing through your sign for over a year now. It may be that you now need a different window on the world and that this will require gaining better qualifications. For some, it might also be the time to consider launching a course of your own.. By next weekend those plans could be firmly in place. Indeed, by Saturday you may be laying a cornerstone. What`s likely to take others by surprise from Thursday is the near volcanic level of energy you display.

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Gemini
Personal theme: I think!!
Air sign: May 21 — June 20

Your horoscope for this week:

Usually you`re the first to find new ways of dealing with outdated arrangements or, often, alternatives as revolutionary as they are exciting. While you`ve a range of ideas in mind, certain individuals are raising questions for which you`ve no answers. For now, say nothing. Within days those who were unsure will have thought matters through, and will be eager to proceed. After that, there`ll be no problem.

You keep analysing a situation you cannot change and this is leaving you mentally exhausted. You may not be able to switch off your thoughts but you might veer them in a different direction. A peaceful mind is needed for inner harmony. You could do with having some fun but your options for having a good time are limited. Building furniture, baking bread and doing woodwork are activities worth exploring. Surprise your family by concocting a five-course meal.

If there is a `juggling` sign of the Zodiac, it must surely be yours. You work well when dealing with multiple tasks. That said, even you could be confused midweek when it seems that so much has started but there`s so little direction as to time line or in fact who will take final responsibility. At one level, it might seem as though you`re being asked to clear a space without being given a heads-up as to what that will eventually be used for. Yet as you clear – and at every level, your imagination could run riot. Take care that you don`t fall into the gossiping trap before the weekend only to discover later that you have built an idea on fantasy not reality.

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Cancer
Personal theme: I feel!!
Water & cardinal sign: June 21 — July 22

Your horoscope for this week:

Exciting and, in many ways, reassuring as progress in certain areas of your life may be, not everything is proceeding as you hoped. While this might worry others, your instincts are correctly telling you that even unsettling twists and turns are taking you in the right direction. For now, explore absolutely everything, even if only to learn from what or who you encounter. Decisions? Be patient.

You`re putting a lot of effort into your friendships, family relationships and other commitments. Keeping some relationships harmonious has been a challenge but you are starting to see a difference. You feel closer to some people than ever before. You are able to help others keep their problems in perspective. No issue will be too hard to resolve because you`re willing to accept the help and advice of experts. Patience and perseverance get results.

Take a deep breath and get ready to re-engage with people you haven`t worked with for a while. All this could feel both exciting but uncomfortable. You might also be unsure as to what the final objective is. Unknowns abound – especially around the Last Quarter Moon on Tuesday. Then, on Thursday the wind could be taken out of your sails when, having agreed one course of action you are asked to take another. Anticipate feeling irritated at the very least. You might also wonder about understandably revised long-term objectives and whether there`s enough flexibility in a new system to allow for further developments. Despite all this, you could also be happily busy and engaged on a project you care about passionately.

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Leo
Personal theme: I will!!
Fire & fixed sign: July 23 — August 22

Your horoscope for this week:

Ordinarily you`d already have dealt with certain tricky if not worrying situations, some of a personal nature. The problem? Things don`t make sense and, worse, you`re puzzlingly short of facts. This isn`t anybody being secretive but, rather, due to changes taking place around you and in your own life. While you`re aware of some, others are behind the scenes. Despite those concerns, all is well.

A partner who has always been loving and attentive is keeping their distance. This has nothing to do with health issues. You`ve noticed the lack of hand holding, hugging and eye contact. Reading too much into someone`s behaviour could cause further problems. It will soon pass. You will find pleasure in passing your skills onto others. Some will be willing to pay good money for your expertise. If you`ve ever wanted to write a `How To` book, this would be a good time to start.

Until 20th, Mercury moves through your sign. Its transit this year is super-fast: just two weeks. This week is all about preparing the ground ready to declare real interests probably over a property matter at the start of next week. Yes, this will need you to access both resilience and determination. You might also need to deal with a larger-than-usual financial matter. Whilst you might be confused by small print midweek, you could yet surprise an expert with your knowledge of the background of the situation. Note that the second half of this week will bring milestones for many people and that you will likely witness a power struggle that is compelling to watch but which demands that you consider your next move if a `pruning` operation goes ahead as planned.

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Virgo
Personal theme: I analyse!!
Earth sign: August 23 — September 22

Your horoscope for this week:

Watching arrangements, you worked hard to organise come undone is frustrating. However, with the actual foundation on which they`re based shifting, neither these nor other plans can remain as they were first conceived. For now, wait and watch; and, even more, explore your options. Once you begin asking questions, you`ll realise that what was impractical or was out of reach only recently could soon be ideal.

You`re nervous about taking on a big challenge. This is something you have never done before and it will mean adapting to new situations. It`s surprising what you can get used to and once everything is under way, you will soon establish new routines. You could strike a powerful rapport with someone you have to engage with in a formal or official setting. A talented friend or colleague`s appreciative comments will do a lot to boost your confidence.

Your ruling planet Mercury, doesn`t reach your sign until Thursday 20th. This week is all about setting the stage for conversations that really must happen next week. True, you are likely waiting for others to make their move. The fact that they seem so disorganised would of course be distressing. Yet this may be the moment when you take the lead – particularly where creative project is concerned. Yes, and especially in the second half of the week – you could feel up against it and have serious doubts as to how much time and effort someone is willing to invest. Interesting that tensions don`t seem to be around financial matters but more about energy levels and planning. It won`t be surprising if you are asked to join a new team and that you spend much of this weekend determining if you have time and space to do so.

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Libra
Personal theme: I balance!!
Air & cardinal sign: September 23 — October 22

Your horoscope for this week:

While the move by your ruler Venus to accent the structure of your life in general, and practical or professional matters, in particular, indicates the need to begin making decisions, by no means will these be lasting. Regard them as a trial run, arrangements from which you`ll learn important facts. Explore these now, and by the end of the month you`ll be ready to commit.

A relationship has passed its sell-by date. You can`t see any point in dragging it on any further. You no longer enjoy a partner`s company and this partnership is keeping you from pursuing your own aims. It might be better to go your separate ways. Someone at home will tie you to a recently made promise over a small matter of redecoration or another domestic project. This will be more complicated than it sounds and you could take on more than you bargained for.

Major aspects involving planets grouped at the very base of your chart suggests that once again you will need to give careful thought as to how you balance your life. It may be that the work-play issue is still not right. True, this is part of a lifelong quest. Presently though it seems the balance is absolutely not right. With Venus now moving over the apex of your solar chart, focusing on what you enjoy doing most and what brings greatest appreciation from others should be helpful. There is strong possibility of you arriving at a conclusion midweek. Whilst the decision may be mentally pleasing, it would be as well to consider whether you have the physical fitness to carry out your plans. It may be that between now your birthday health matters will require extra attention.

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Scorpio & Ophiuchus
Personal theme: I desire!!
Water & fixed signs: October 23 — November 21

Your horoscope for this week:

This period, with its frequent and, often, sudden twists and turns is unsettling but, also, informative. Once that`s clear, you`ll stop worrying about getting things right. This may be out of character, but it also gives you a chance to explore options that, once, you`d never have considered. While you won`t necessarily pursue these, the resulting insights will be helpful now and in the future.

Your priorities are changing and with this comes a need to establish new routines. One at a time, others around you will offer their assistance. With their support you can bring about positive change. Useful contacts will be made through online group and social activities. Trust your instincts about romance and friendships. It will be fun to experiment with new ideas with a team of talented people. This will also be a valuable learning experience.

On Thursday, your two ruling planets, Mars and Pluto, will appear at right angle to one another. That this coincides with a major aspect between Jupiter and Pluto suggests this will be a decisive time for Scorpios. Events don`t have to happen on the day itself, but awareness (as of Monday -that you need to give greater attention to routine and yes, perhaps take charge of a schedule, may be necessary. It would be exasperating midweek if you felt others were less than clear about plans; but it`s perhaps this awareness will prompt you to take charge and effectively `direct traffic`. With Uranus stationing in your opposite sign next weekend, it`s likely that you`ll experience resistance – which you could use as fuel to keep you focused.

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Sagittarius
Personal theme: I see!!
Fire sign: November 22 — December 21

Your horoscope for this week:

Even at your most inventive, it`s unlikely you`ll sidestep the obstacles currently complicating your life and plans. Even seemingly simple arrangements are either delayed or will need a top to bottom rethink. This is frustrating but timely, because with the foundation on which plans are based being transformed, you`ll be reviewing your objectives. The more you learn, the more thankful you be for those changes.

You`re determined to complete a task you started some months ago. Leaving it half-finished is not an option. You will find a way to get this job done even if it means having to seek the advice of an old friend who has been through it all before. A close friend or partner is envious of your success and popularity. Don`t do anything stupid like pulling out of group commitments to please a jealous lover.

Oh, to be able to stretch your wings and fly. This hasn`t been the easiest of years for Sagittarius. Denied the option of adventure and travel, it would be understandable if you were discomforted. Yet no situation lasts forever and a break in the clouds could come this week; but yes, may be driven by someone born under one of the Cardinal signs of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn who feels they can`t wait any longer and yes, their risk assessment may be wanting. Unusually, you might need to be the one who suggests caution. Uranus reaches its retrograde station at the weekend. This could bring yet another bout of cosmic turbulence that correlates with extra ordinary activity on Earth. Expressing your feelings and commitment to a cause might be irresistible but not necessarily wise.

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Capricorn
Personal theme: I use!!
Earth & cardinal sign: December 22 — January 19

Your horoscope for this week:

Your world, life and plans, for the present and the future, are all in flux. While, ordinarily, you`ve a knack for dealing with such twists and turns, these raise questions about your priorities. They should. With this year`s two Capricorn eclipses shifting the foundation on which your priorities and, therefore, plans are based, you`ll find that you`ve far more questions than you do answers.

A friend needs you more than they are saying. They don`t want to admit feeling so needy. Look beyond their words and consider their situation. If you sense someone needs a shoulder to lean on, be the first to offer yours. Money matters and anything affecting your work situation comes under favourable influences. A change in roles as some colleagues take over responsibilities normally carried out by more experienced ones will work out well in the long run.

Midweek, Mars forms right-angle with Pluto in your sign just as Jupiter (also in your sign) arrives in parallel with Pluto. Together, this is a powerful force. You will likely find yourself in the spotlight. If you don`t like drama, this might not be the easiest of times. What you may need to do is to prepare someone for complete overhaul. Of course, that someone could actually be a project. Either way, before the weekend it may be necessary to make clear that unless a major `root and branch treatment` takes place, that progress will not only be slow but desired aim become unachievable. Amidst all this, don`t be surprised if you get drawn into a political brouha-ha. It may be that at least one person wants you on their side but not for the reasons they say.

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Aquarius
Personal theme: I know!!
Air & fixed sign: January 20 — February 18

Your horoscope for this week:

Ordinarily the Full Moon brings matters to a head, then things calm down. However, last Monday`s Aquarius Full Moon triggered discussions about potential changes and, better yet, new ideas as exciting as they are unexpected. For the moment, focus on exploring what`s arisen. However, tempting as it is turn ideas into a lasting plan, continue the process of exploration. You won`t regret it.

You are considering the need, necessity or likely benefit of possible changes in your career. There are a number of options to choose from and you will need to discuss this further with people who can offer practical advice. Be sure your health does not suffer from neglect. Regular meals, fresh air and exercise are a must as it is all too easy to forget this when your mind is elsewhere. Your intention should be to live a life that supports good health.

It might be as well to be prepared for hot headedness. A major challenge could be trying to get through to those who are determined to push forward with a plan but who haven`t as yet haven`t considered the potential fallout from their actions. You could find yourself on collision course with someone who is clearly enjoying the drama of the moment. With the Moon making passage over the base of your solar chart property and other assets could demand particular attention. In this, you could yet form a curious alliance. Though this may be temporary of nature, it may be that you can not only solve the problem that effectively plug a financial leak.

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Pisces
Personal theme: I believe!!
Water sign: February 19 — March 20

Your horoscope for this week:

Recent events and what arises over the coming weeks are testing the idealistic side of your nature. That, in part, means questioning who and what you can trust; but, also, you`ve always felt that if you planned carefully and your intentions were good, things would work out. They may not. However, what`s coming your way promises to be far better than even you have imagined possible.

A friend wants to share all the details of their most intimate relationship with you. You prefer not to know but they cannot take a hint. One secret in particular that they insist on telling you could weigh heavily on your conscience. It will be hard not to let this change your opinion about this friendship. A long-term partnership matter will be finally agreed on. You are making a daring decision but if there is a risk involved, you will agree to accept this together.

Some weeks provide more drama than others. As Mars arrives at right angle to Pluto, tempers should flare. You may find those born under the Fixed signs of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio or Aquarius particularly temperamental and yes, potentially difficult to deal with. Whilst it should never fall to you to have to smooth everything out, it`s probable that others will look to you to act as go-between and perhaps yes, act as delegator. Your instincts as to who would tackle which task best should be in excellent order. It`s probable that in tackling this task, that next week, after Mercury moves into your opposite sign, that others will be talking about you in a complimentary way and considering ways to involve you more closely.

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Monthly Horoscopes For August 2020

If you`re born within cusp period (16 to 26 of any month); you`re advised to read horoscopes of both signs covered by that period. You`re in the border; you may have influences from houses within those signs.

Outlines are longer versions; consists of every possible detail of everyday and based on three parts of each sign: 1st, 2nd & 3rd Decan; that is, any of three divisions of 10° within a sign of the zodiac. Even if you know or don`t know your Decan; I recommend, please read all three Decan.

Aries
Personal theme: I am!!
Fire & cardinal sign: March 21 — April 19

Your horoscope for this month:

In early July, your ruler Mars moved into Aries, kick-starting a cycle of questioning, exploration and discovery. Some of what`s arisen wasn`t new; but demanded you rethink existing arrangements. During August, surprise encounters bring unexpectedly liberating insights. These lead to exploration, especially of activities or, possibly, alliances that didn`t work in the past or, alternatively, are so new you`re unsure what to do. The solution? Regard events an adventurous tour, not only of new places but also of exciting experiences and enriching encounters.

Keep your thoughts to yourself at the start of August as tempers could be running high. It`s better to maintain a diplomatic silence than challenge an easily irritated authority figure. On the 3rd, the Full Moon will bring an end to a troubled group affiliation; you`ll feel much happier after breaking away from this particular gaggle of gossips. Asserting yourself on the 4th could quickly backfire on the 4th so you would be wise to wait until later in the month to put forward any far-reaching plans or ideas. Your relationship with people in power continues to be tense during the middle of the month when your action-oriented style clashes with their more cautious approach. Expressing your creative side attracts attention and praise on the 16th. Your chances of winning a type of competition are extremely high on the 19th, thanks to a supportive New Moon. Don`t speak out of turn at an important professional or official gathering on the 24th or you will regret it. A job interview will go extremely well as August makes way for September.

2020 has already been described as the `Year of the Great Financial Reset`. Whilst this affects all signs` it affects different areas dependent on the actual sign involved. Though property matters have no doubt been important up until now, as of August 8 through to early next month, it appears these will require even greater attention. By August 20th it would be understandable if you were pouring over facts and figures and working out yet more ways to trim costs. It`s probable that if you listen to your inner voice around Monday 17th, you`d agree that it may be better to take a new page and start afresh. Needs have no doubt altered substantially. Though you could meet considerable resistance after the Sun moves into Virgo on Sunday 23rd, provided you`ve done your homework and can show you`ve attended to detail, you could soon address many of the challenges that have dogged you in recent months and make preparations for the new business cycle that begins in December.

Taurus
Personal theme: I have!!
Earth & fixed sign: April 20 — May 20

Your horoscope for this month:

The past several months have brought shakeups in many areas of your life, most unexpected, some unsettling, at least initially, while others were thrilling. Looking back, you`re recognising each as a breakthrough. Remember this now, when yet more seemingly unwelcome events disrupt existing arrangements or future plans. The trick? It`s to recognise that, despite the resulting disarray, something better is on its way. Similarly, be ready to exchange increasingly burdensome arrangements for the new and unexpected. The more you explore, the richer your choices.

Beware of venting your anger on an innocent bystander as July makes way for August; practising a little compassion and understanding will make a difficult situation much more tolerable. The Full Moon on the 3rd brings a tense career matter to a head; you may decide to sever links and become a free agent. Connexions are the key to your professional success on the 7th; don`t hesitate to ask a friend to spread the word about your expertise and experience. After an exciting rollercoaster ride, your personal life will settle down starting on the 15th. Having friends in high places pays off handsomely on the 18th, when a personal connexion brings some exciting news. On the 19th, the New Moon brings an unexpected opportunity to buy or sell some property. This deal will put you in a much stronger financial position. Resist the temptation to post a nasty review of a local business on social media at the end of the month or your sarcasm could come back to haunt you.

As of the Full Moon on August 3rd you may be ready to draw a financial line in the sand. It should then be apparent where and how you need to invest. Making good use of promising aspects between 5th and 19th and flexing your financial muscle in ways you perhaps haven`t done before, could yield real reward by the time Uranus stations in your sign on Saturday 15th. You won`t be the only sign thinking about how best to work and earn from home; and yes, this likely requires reorganisation of space which might in itself be expensive. Yet after the Sun moves into Virgo on Sunday 23rd, ideas as to how best to maximise resources should come thick and fast. Indeed, what`s incubated between 27th and 29th could yet mark the start of a second revenue stream that takes off before year end.

Gemini
Personal theme: I think!!
Air sign: May 21 — June 20

Your horoscope for this month:

Because you`re expert at making life interesting, for yourself and, equally for everybody from family and friends to colleagues, you deftly ride out the unexpected dramas that so worry others. Yet now the obstacles you`re facing demand the variety of detailed, practical focus you dislike, so often ignore. Instead, make a point of exploring these. What you learn will be helpful now but also revolutionise your attitude towards similar matters in the future. In fact, you`ll soon discover you actually enjoy dealing with them.

The opening days of August are not a good time to negotiate a financial deal; wait until you are less emotional to discuss money. On the 3rd, the Full Moon will bring an unpleasant official issue to your attention. In future, you will have to adopt a more straightforward way of conducting business. An entertaining article, novel or screenplay will get lots of positive publicity on the 5th. This is a good time to send you own submissions to agents and editors. Collaborating on a creative project will be rewarding on the 17th, when you`ll work with some stimulating and exciting people. The New Moon on the 19th is perfect for planning to do something exciting and unusual. Dealing with family matters will be much easier on the 20th, when people are willing to listen to each other`s point of view. A better paid job that allows you to use your skills and talents will be offered to at the end of the month but it may be some time before you can make the most of this offer.

This month can be divided into six unequal financial parts. Until the 5th and over the Full Moon on 3rd, the endless question of whether you are spending or investing will likely result in you determining that a different strategy is required but which could be adopted between 5th and 8th. Between 8th and 16th the accent is on securing assets, obtaining valuations where necessary plus learning more about how new systems work. This will likely include learning something about crypto currencies between 20th and 21st. You might also cautiously exploring new areas for investment (including waste management?). It may be necessary though by 24th to agree new budget arrangements. Having negotiated potentially traumatic financial rocks, from then until the end of the month whilst focus is again on plugging leaks and securing assets, there is also the high probability of determining how best to invest in good data sources – that covers everything from news supplies to companies protecting information.

Cancer
Personal theme: I feel!!
Water & cardinal sign: June 21 — July 22

Your horoscope for this month:

The events of the past few months have been as unsettling as they were exciting, which means you`re in the process of reorganising elements of your life and rethinking your priorities. Tempting as it is to rush this process, mostly because of pressure to from others, your instincts say that other options are about to appear. Not only is this correct, what you learn in the process of exploration could lead to rethinking everything. For now, focus on exploration. Long term decisions can wait.

Don`t let your best friend or romantic partner influence an important decision about your personal life at the start of August; it`s important to follow your instincts at this critical time. The Full Moon on the 3rd creates tension with a romantic partner; your amour doesn`t approve of some of your friends. You will have to decide who is more important to you. A pushy employer gets on your nerves on the 4th; you`re tired of being asked to compromise your personal life, maybe even your well-being for the sake of their profits and productivity. By the 13th, you might decide to leave a job that is putting too many demands on you. A much better work opportunity will arrive shortly after, allowing you to make more money while devoting more time to your favourite hobbies and pastimes. The New Moon on the 19th is ideal for marketing an entertaining app, service or product. This innovation will significantly boost your income. Don`t seek anyone`s approval on the 30th; do your own thing.

At the Full Moon on August 3rd, Mercury in your sign opposes Saturn. This for you could be the proverbial line in the sand. It may be necessary to make clear that a new budget has to be put in place. This could be done satisfactorily over the weekend of 8th/9th. With Venus then moving through your sign, you might even enjoy applying financial brakes but also – between 13th and 15th – making major investment. This is likely done in partnership with an Aries, Libra or Capricorn. It`s midmonth too when you might take a greater interest in precious metals and jewels and perhaps by 21st make an investment in this area. No doubt as soon as that`s done, you`ll worry as to whether or not you have done right thing. It seems though, that likely in partnership this time with someone born under Taurus, Virgo or Capricorn, that in the last days of August you`ll make commitment to a schedule or budget that effectively steadies your financial boat.

Leo
Personal theme: I will!!
Fire & fixed sign: July 23 — August 22

Your horoscope for this month:

Usually, planning ahead is a virtue. But during most of July and the first half of August, you`ll be both short of vital facts and lacking the clarity necessary to make certain pivotal decisions. Once you`ve acknowledged that, you can kick back, relax and enjoy life, including who and what you love, in a way you rarely have time for. Better yet, when you`re facing the pivotal situations triggered by the Leo New Moon, on 19 August, you`ll be ready to make wise decisions.

An unpredictable personality wreaks havoc on your personal life on the 1st. You might be expected to cancel plans to cater to your employer`s whims. Be ready to set some healthy boundaries and make them clear to all concerned. On the 3rd, the Full Moon prompts you to make a final decision about a relationship. Whether you make up or break up, life will be much different after making this choice. People will be more receptive to your ideas starting on the 5th; seize this opportunity to make a sales pitch or professional presentation. Excitement will die down on the career front starting on the 15th, when your employer takes an extended break. The 16th is perfect for scheduling an adventurous trip; head for an unconventional vacation destination. The New Moon on the 19th is ideal for getting a DIY top-to-toe makeover; enjoy some online retail therapy and splash out on fashionable clothes, and an updated image. Your moneymaking ability will begin to improve as August makes room for September.

The Full Moon on Monday 3rd will likely find financial matters dominating news stories. This may well involve crypto currencies. It would be unsurprising if you were attracted to learning more about these. Between 5th and 20th, Mercury moves through your sign. This is an annual transit and usually coincides with a thirst for new information sources. You may be almost greedy for business information between 10th and 15th. It`s on 16th though, and as Uranus stations at the apex of your solar chart, that once again property and asset management will likely require specific focus.. You won`t be the only sign determined to protect interests but could perhaps be one of the few openly discussing both difficulties and belt tightening measures. With the Sun`s move into neighbouring Virgo on 20th, you could feel financially disheartened. View this as temporary. True, you may feel that you`re robbing Peter to pay Paul through to the end of the month. Yet it may be that in the process you learn much about how to take advantage of special offers.

Virgo
Personal theme: I analyse!!
Earth sign: August 23 — September 22

Your horoscope for this month:

Few things annoy you more than being forced to make commitments or future plans while short of facts. It may be out of character; but regard whatever you organise as a trial run, something to be learnt from and, equally, ensure arrangements are flexible. That way, you`ll be ready to take advantage of the insights triggered by the powerful ideas and offers promised by links between your ruler Mercury and both inventive Uranus and fortunate Jupiter, during the final week of August.

Don`t let a romantic partner put you down or pour scorn on your interests at the start of the month; you are quite right to be proud of your hobbies and intellectual pursuits. The Full Moon on the 3rd brings an end to a set of unpleasant circumstances, allowing you to pursue your solo goals away from the input or interference of others. Keep plans to yourself starting on the 5th; there`s no reason to give rivals a peek at a creative strategy. An official issue could go against you on the 10th; this news will come as a shock but you are resilient enough to bounce back. Let a loving partner guide and advise you on the 17th; you`ll welcome the chance to approach life from a different direction. On the 19th, the New Moon inspires you to take a relaxing break, kick back, put your feet up and pass some time in your favourite armchair or garden. Your bright ideas will get an enthusiastic reception on the 20th; take this opportunity to make a sales pitch. A flirtatious conversation on the 29th will put a twinkle in your eye.

By month-end both the Sun and Mercury will be in your sign as two major planet cycles come to their opposition. This could find you in something of a panic. To avoid that condition it is arguably imperative that you stay as grounded as possible. Certain dates lend themselves to sound financial planning. These include 1st, 4th, 13th, 16th and 24th. On each of these dates applying financial brakes or making considered investment could work well. Around 17th you may be in the mood to consider long-term savings arrangements. Indeed, it is these that may be the source of the fretfulness at the end of the month. It would be understandable if you were alarmed by market volatility. As we now recognise, 2020 is indeed proving to be the year of `The Great Financial Reset`. In such turbulent times focusing on companies providing goods and essential services may be wise.

Libra
Personal theme: I balance!!
Air & cardinal sign: September 23 — October 22

Your horoscope for this month:

As an air sign, you`re inquisitive, eager to learn about others` activities. But, often, the resulting insights enable you to refine existing plans and fuels ideas for the future. True, the shakeups in the lives of those closest, personally or out in the world, are unsettling if not a source of concern. Listen when they discuss these matters and be supportive but no more. Tempting as it is giving advice, during this period, and in these situations, your roles to listen, nothing more.

A manipulative relative will try to undermine your confidence at the start of August; turn a deaf ear to their backhanded compliments and don`t let them get to you. On the 3rd, the Full Moon will prompt you to break away from an activity that is no longer fun for you. It`s no good flogging this particular dead horse and it certainly won`t bring you any satisfaction. Your best friend or romantic partner may tease you about your family ties on the 4th; don`t let them make you ashamed of heart-warming traditions. You`ll make a wonderful impression on everyone you talk with starting on the 7th. Seize this opportunity to attend online job interviews, auditions and dates. Signing a contract will work to your advantage on the 17th; you`ll enjoy collaborating with an innovative, inventive individual. The New Moon on the 19th is perfect for joining a team, organisation or club. You`ll make some great friends from this association. Don`t let your employer flatter you into accepting more work responsibilities on the 25th.

Of all signs of the Zodiac, yours is the one most focused on balance in every possible respect. Yet it`s also true that there are occasions when you tip the balance – possibly because you`ve just wanted to see if you can create it again. You will then need to take special care this month that you don`t go overboard with spending either at the Full Moon on 3rd or between 14th and 16th to avoid even more serious belt tightening from 20th. It`s useful to recall that as the Sun moves through Virgo every year, your nerves can fray – especially where long-term investments and pension arrangements are concerned. There may be little you can do about this other than to preserve your sanity by knowing that you`ve kept as much as possible in good repair. That`s not to say that you can`t realise a new revenue stream in August. It might though be necessary to learn more about tech companies and investments or, at the very simple level, how you can make better use of existing telecoms and even trim costs.

Scorpio & Ophiuchus
Personal theme: I desire!!
Water & fixed signs: October 23 — November 21

Your horoscope for this month:

The events triggered by eclipses in June and July were unsettling; but looking back, it`s clear what seemed most disruptive were breakthroughs, often as exciting as they were unexpected. It`s the same now, except you`ve no choice but to go along with the decisions of others. You question many of these because of worrying past experiences. Despite that, listen to their suggestions. While challenging at the time, you`ll soon realise this is opening up a new world of enriching encounters and activities.

Avoid heaping criticism on someone at work or in your social circle at the start of August and if you`re thinking of challenging an expert`s theories you should think again. Work demands will interfere with your personal life on the 2nd; it may be necessary to cancel a romantic outing for the sake of your job. The Full Moon on the 3rd brings an end to a stressful family situation; you may suddenly decide to move in with your best friend or romantic partner. Don`t get drawn into an argument with a colleague on the 13th; professional plotting and in-fighting will make it impossible to work effectively together. A business or romantic partner from the past will contact you unexpectedly on the 15th; it`s probably best to keep your distance. A new opportunity could come your way on the 17th, which will make work seem more like play. The New Moon on the 19th is ideal for embarking on a fresh career path or applying for and accepting another job.

If history repeats, then the August Full Moon (3rd) could find alarm bells ringing in the financial sectors. Just how loudly these are heard will, of course, depend on your interest. Yet Scorpios have a reputation for financial acumen. Even if not playing the market, you could be affected by the impact news has on others. This though may be you moment for learning more about areas which appear slightly `cloak and dagger`. High priority could be crypto currencies and block chain generally. Mid-month Uranus stations in your opposite sign which might well coincide with altered behaviour in those closest to you. This too could be unsettling. By the time the Sun changes signs on 20th, both reviewing your position and assessing new opportunities will likely have your rapt attention. Amongst these, determining products and services that both improve productivity and communications appear deserving of your investment. Of course, as always, it is essential to do research. This month though you may have a mind to do precisely that.

Sagittarius
Personal theme: I see!!
Fire sign: November 22 — December 21

Your horoscope for this month:

As a fire sign, you`re both enthusiastic and interested in others, so are good company. Yet you have a stubborn side, and will battle changes in existing arrangements or plans of importance to you. Recently, however, you`ve been forced to make changes, and while you fought them at the time, you`ve since learnt how wise they were. It`s the same now. This time, the sooner you explore changes, the better. Each day brings insights, and by August`s close, you`re relieved you went with the flow.

Trying to control people with money at the start of August will only lead to resentment and disappointment; show respect for people, value them and they will return the compliment. On the 3rd, the Full Moon prompts you to repair faulty machinery; it will cost more than expected to fix a car, computer or a domestic appliance so you may need to cut back on extravagant purchases on the 4th; it`s important to conserve your resources. A stress-related health issue could come back to plague you during the middle of the month.. Practicing relaxation techniques can ease headaches, back pain and stomach upsets. An impromptu trip for pleasure on the 16th brings out the best in you. If you`re single, you will meet someone exciting on this vacation. The New Moon on the 19th is perfect for any ventures connected with the media or communications in general; put your ideas before the public and you will be pleased with the results. Love and money should be kept strictly separate on the 25th; don`t lend cash to a boy or girlfriend. A public presentation will go extremely well on the 29th and will lead to an upswing in your career prospects.

It`s normal for Sagittarius to find August a challenging month. That`s perhaps partly due to this normally being a holiday time but also a period of the year when review of investment in your career seems appropriate. This could be particularly true around the Full Moon on Monday 3rd. That though could coincide with the desire to put your affairs in order. Knowing where you stand will likely be super important this year. It may be that there are now routine and even health considerations that require extra funding. Reviewing your budget will no doubt be necessary. True, many signs could be thinking similarly. What`s different in your case is acceptance that 2020 really is the year of the `Great Financial Reset` and that before the new business cycle begins on December 20 that there will have to be acceptance of new rules and regulations at both the personal and societal levels. Knowing where you stand before making several key decisions between 24th and 31st would be wise. These key decisions will likely require review of long-term investments and an altered approach to these.

Capricorn
Personal theme: I use!!
Earth & cardinal sign: December 22 — January 19

Your horoscope for this month:

Between the recent eclipses and the brief visit by your ruling planet, cautious Saturn, to Aquarius, the sign of breakthroughs, you`ve lots of questions but not many answers. Tempting as it is to gather facts swiftly, instead regard this as a period of exploration, both of possibilities in the world around you but, as much, of new ways of living, working and even of new joys. That may seem extreme until you find yourself feeling so restless you realise changes aren`t just of interest, they`re necessary.

Don`t try to impose your views and values on a friend, relative or loved one as July makes way for August. The Full Moon on the 3rd causes you to reassess your financial situation and create a tighter, more efficient budget.. You will decide to cut down on impulse purchases after reviewing your spending habits. Don`t put your faith in an unreliable relative on the 4th; it`s better to do an important job yourself than wait for them to keep a promise. You`ll have to override one of the family`s decisions on the 13th for the sake of the clan as a whole. Choosing stability over excitement is the safest way forward for the time being. On the 19th, the New Moon will bring a financial windfall, allowing you to take an expensive course that has caught your eye. This will be lots of fun. Resist the temptation to pull a troublemaker`s fat out of the fire on the 24th; it`s time to they accepted the consequences of their actions. Be kind, compassionate and gentle toward a good friend or romantic partner on the 30th, even if they do push your buttons from time to time.

August could be divided into six unequal financial parts with focus moving rapidly. It all starts around the Full Moon (3rd) when there could be general hiatus in the markets attracting your attention. By Wednesday 5th it may be necessary to adopt fresh strategy. Between 8th and 16th the needs of a business partner require particular care. Their concern -especially around 13th -on how best to make investment could be both bewildering and exciting. Uranus then arrives at its retrograde station and review, especially over 17th, could actually charge you with the desire to make significant improvement and yes, to discuss your financial position with experts. It may be necessary by 24th to make clear boundaries. Perhaps you could think about putting penalty clauses in place if budgets are not adhered to. Day-to-day management, though complicated between 25th and end of the month, could find you feeling as though you`re in the process of regaining control and assured that in as far as safety nets are possible, that these are in place.

Aquarius
Personal theme: I know!!
Air & fixed sign: January 20 — February 18

Your horoscope for this month:

It would be easy to mistake the twists and turns in existing plans and sudden changes, in the attitude of others and your own mood, as an indication something has gone wrong. What`s more, while the Aquarius Full Moon on 3 August heightens your emotions, it`s about breakthroughs, for you and others. Initially, abandoning longstanding plans, often suddenly, may worry you. However, others` lives and, in fact, your world isn`t just changing, it`s about breakthroughs. For now, focus on exploration. Decisions can wait.

Domestic upheavals could take a toll on a close relationship at the start of August; sit down with a relative or romantic partner and find an easier and more productive way to organise your household. Remember, you`re on the same team. On the 3rd, the Full Moon will sorely tempt you to abandon a family matter for the sake of independence; resist this impulse and fulfill your promises. It will be easier to collaborate with friends and colleagues starting on the 5th, when you`ll be willing to find a consensus that will please all concerned. Be willing to compromise for the sake of someone important on the 10th. Your home life will become more peaceful and less challenging around the 15th, much to the relief of everyone involved. A romantic encounter on the 16th will erase all doubts about a relationship while an engagement or marriage could be announced on the 19th, when the New Moon renews your belief in the power of love.

This month`s Full Moon is in your sign. That in itself is not unusual. The fact that this coincides with the opposition of Mercury and Saturn is. This could represent a full stop moment. At the very least it may be necessary to review your financial position. You likely won`t be alone in this as global markets could experience marked turbulence. Note that the new business cycle begins on December 20 – and in your sign. Preparing for the opportunities that this presents starts now. You may find that as Uranus arrives its station on 16th, that you consider once again the valuation of an item. Property of all kinds likely requires recalibration. By the time the Sun moves into Virgo on 20th, discussing legacies and long-term financial plans – both with those working in that industry and with close family members takes on new momentum. Whilst nothing may be decided for a short time yet, the important thing may be to put in place safety nets so that where possible, losses are averted.

Pisces
Personal theme: I believe!!
Water sign: February 19 — March 20

Your horoscope for this month:

No sign has a better understanding that while you can plan some arrangements, others defy even the simplest efforts to organise them. The problem? Certain individuals who want lasting plans in situations where that simply isn`t possible. Instead of arguing, handover the responsibility to them. They`ll soon experience those challenges and will return, humbled. Take this forceful stance wherever you encounter similar difficulties. Initially, it may be challenging. Still, by early September`s powerful Pisces Full Moon, you`ll have control in several once-troublesome relationships.

The Full Moon on the 3rd will bring some unpleasant secrets to light; you`ll look at a relative or neighbour in an entirely different light. Putting too much emphasis on material matters could alienate friends on the 4th; look beyond wealth when assessing people`s views and virtues. If you`re looking for work, launch an extensive job search starting on the 5th; you`ll get several interesting responses. You`ll attract admirers on the 7th like a flower draws bees. Within reason and considering the well-being of yourself and others this will be a great time to get out and about and socialise. A moneymaking opportunity is worth checking out on the 16th, even if the competition is stiff. A dream job could be offered to you on the 19th, courtesy of an enriching New Moon. Listen to a romantic or business partner`s advice on the 22nd; their insights have lots of merit. Resist the temptation to steer a friendship into romantic waters on the 25th; it`s best to keep this relationship platonic.

Long before the Sun moves into your opposite sign on 22nd, others will surely advise that it`s time to review your financial affairs. You could be aware around the Full Moon on 3rd, that all is not as it should be. By 5th, financial dramas may no longer be below the surface: very much obvious and requiring attention. 2020 is indeed proving to be the `Year of the Great Financial Reset`. Obviously, there is much beyond your control. That said, you could pay closer attention to detail and certainly not assume that all be will be well without attention. As Uranus arrives at its station on 16th, you could take time out to assess precisely where you stand and what strategies have effectively blown holes in your safety net. Repairing these could be done by 22nd. Then, in the last nine days of the month and with assistance (most likely from a Virgo or someone whose husbandry is with without question excellent), you could do much to stabilise ending August feeling as though you`ve navigated the more obvious rocks.

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GrannyMoon’s Weekly Feast 12-19 July 2020! Thanks for reading!

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                                                            The Waning Moon

Blessed be my little witch. To those who came before and those who will come after, know that the Goddess is with you always. Thank you all my dear readers…be blessed. ~GrannyMoon
Remember dear humans, fresh air, sunshine, and communing with nature is the best medicine. It is good for our immune system. It also lifts the spirits and it breaks up the monotony of “social distancing!” How are you doing?

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The NEW MOON always rises at sunrise
And the FIRST QUARTER at noon.
The FULL MOON always rises at sunset
And the LAST QUARTER at midnight.
~The New Orleans Mistic

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Dark Moon – Time to Rest
New Moon – Time to Begin New Projects; Birth; Attraction
Waxing Moon – Time to Grow; Increase
Full Moon – Time to be Fulfilled; Abundance
Waning Moon – Time to Banish; Decrease
Last Sliver of Moon – Time to Die; Letting Go
Dark Moon – Time to Rest Again
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Light A Candle Today! In many different traditions lighting a candle is a sacred action. It expresses more than words can express. It has to do with gratefulness. From time immemorial, people have lit candles in sacred places. You may want to begin or end your day by the sacred ritual of lighting a candle on this gratefulness. Or you may want to light a birthday candle for a friend. One single guideline is all you need: Slow down and do it with full attention.

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Dates of this calendar were devised by Robert Graves, 1895 – 1985

Goddess Month of Kerea begins 7/11 – 8/8
Celtic Tree Calendar Month of Tinne (Holly) July 8 to August 4

July
12th Mercury becomes Progressive
14th Bastille Day, the National French holiday.
15th St. Swithin’s Day. Is it raining where you are?
17th National Peach Ice Cream Day
20th New Moon
22nd Zodiac Period of Cancer ends
23rd Zodiac Period of Leo begins

Flower of the Month Larkspur: Each blossom color has a different meaning: pink means fickleness, white conveys a happy nature, and purple represents a first love.

July is National Blueberry Month, National Ice Cream Month

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The Moon Phase: WANING MOON

Time: From Full Moon to Dark Moon (approx.14 days)

Goddess Aspect: Crone

Associated Goddesses: Cailleach, Banshee, Hecate, Kali, Morrigan

Magickal Attributes: Banishing Releasing the old, removing unwanted negative energies, wisdom, psychic ability, scrying, reversing circumstances. Workings on this day are for banishing magick, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity, physical and psychic cleansings.

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Remain Flexible and Master Improvement
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In typical type A behavior, the cosmos is packing all the energy this week into two days. On Tuesday, the Sun will oppose Jupiter and on Wednesday, the Sun will oppose Pluto. To play Jupiter correctly, avoid going overboard or act in ways that offend other people. Then you can count on Jupiter to be a protective father figure. When the Sun opposes Pluto, power struggles, especially in your professional relationships start surfacing. Difficulties with authority figures happen like spontaneous combustion. For your own safety avoid problematic situations. Peaceful protests will be stretched beyond their limit. You can count on Jupiter to amplify the energy. Any areas of your life that have become a ‘hot mess’ need to be repaired sooner rather than later. Code Red.

Coventry Candles to the rescue are, Blessed Herbal Inner Balance, Protection, and Needed Change, Wicked Witch Out of My Way.

Can you make friends with the new normal?
Ordinarily, Cancer season is the time of the year where our focus is on emotional security, and can be the balm we need, especially pertinent during the COVID-19 pandemic. As we begin to understand what our ‘new normal’ is for the short-term future, our need to feel connected to others on the emotional level is going to be important.

Plan + action = magic
Work the plan…

Work the plan and trust the process. We will be riding the rollercoaster ride of retrogrades, eclipses, and cultural disruption all summer long. It will be easy to get distracted by the changing crisis of the day, but if you stay focused on your plan and the actions it involves you will create needed stability.

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BIDDY TAROT CARD OF THE WEEK
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The card drawn for this week is The Emperor.

You have the knowledge and experience that you’ve gained throughout your life, and can use that to lead and guide others.

The Emperor represents a powerful leader who demands respect and authority. Status, power, and recognition are essential to you.

You are most comfortable in a leadership role where you can command and direct others. Claim your authority as a leader and influencer and don’t let others put you down.

If things seem a bit chaotic, consider how you can create calm out of it. Break down any challenges or problems into its parts and then map out the actions you need to take to resolve it.

This is the time to be systematic, strategic, and highly organized in your approach. Be sure to stick to your plans and see them through until the end.

Ask the Tarot: How can I step into my power?

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Mercury Retrograde Is Over — But Retroshade Is Here
by Elizabeth Gulino

The second Mercury retrograde of 2020 comes to a close on July 12 — phew. And the next one doesn’t start until October 13. While having a break from the miscommunications and travel mishaps, and other mayhem a Mercury retrograde can bring is surely a relief, astrologers are warning that it’s not time to totally relax just yet.
This past Mercury retrograde was in the emotional sign of Cancer, and it may feel like you’ve been put through a rollercoaster of feelings. “During this transit, our intuition and feelings have been amplified, driving us to act first and think later,” explains Narayana Montúfar, senior astrologer at Astrology.com and Horoscope.com. “Once Mercury ends its retrograde transit in Cancer, this overall feeling of nostalgia will begin to mellow out a bit as interactions become more fluid.”

But we’re not totally free and clear until July 26. “The phase after retrograde is called retroshade,” astrologer Lisa Stardust tells Refinery29. “During this time communications and information starts to move forward again. But it’s still a bit wonky because Mercury isn’t moving around the same speed as usual.”

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Heartwings Love Notes 939
How Is Everyone Doing?

Heartwings says, “As the old normal dissolves, what will the new normal look like?”

Some are eager to get back to “normal,” as they think of pre Covid19 times. What that means for some is one thing, for another, something different. Yet whatever the old normal was, it’s definitely different from whatever is happening now. Perhaps we have been given an opportunity to look more closely at what has been and make a decision as to whether or not we want to return—assuming we can, or whether we wish to create something new and different with our lives.

The old normal for Stephen and me held trips to the library, now of course closed. It held occasional visits to a movie theater, Dinners, or other meals at a variety of restaurants, checking out discount stores, time spent in a favorite thrift store, and Saturday yard sales. Most likely we will resume some if not all of these activities, but it may be that we will not do so with the same frequency. For us, it has been rather nice just being home. It’s peaceful. In addition, we have saved a lot of money on gas, as well as on restaurant meals and the acquisition of fun but superfluous items.

Staying out of stores unless we are buying necessities does not seem to me to be difficult to continue doing. If I really wanted to, I could shop online although I don’t. Shopping has never been important for me unless it is for something I really need or want. For many people, it is a form of entertainment. I’d rather read a book or watch a funny DVD from our collection. Too, creative writing—poetry and prose forms an important part of how Stephen and I like to spend our time. That is not going to change, nor is the fun we have cooking together.

As everyone knows, how we as a people spend our time has changed as a result of COVID 19. Many will have discovered the joy of hobbies, of passing time together as a family, and of course, being outdoors in nature. These are healthier pursuits than shopping. Sedentary activities like watching sports are not as good for us as playing them. It is said that it takes forty days to change a habit. We’ve had more time than that to make changes in our daily lives. May that have been enough.

May you find new inspiration and change old bad habits in your daily life.

Blessings and best regards, Tasha Halpert

PS How has COVID 19 affected your habits? Have you made any discoveries about your preferences? I’d love to hear what you have learned. Write to tashahal@gmail.com and for more love notes and other tidbits, visit http://www.heartwingsandfriends.com    @tashahal

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Llewellyn’s Spell-A-Day

Shielding Spell During Sun in Cancer
July 12, 2020 By Devin Hunter

With both Mercury and the sun in Cancer now, you may be feeling a little emotional. Cast this spell to strengthen your empathic shields and to help keep your energy stable and grounded during this time. All you need is a small piece of black tourmaline (or your favorite protection stone).

Hold the tourmaline in your dominant hand and make a fist. Lift your fist to your third eye, then move it down to your chest, your belly, and finally both feet. As you do this, imagine a line of white light connecting each of the points on your body, and say:

Stone of strength, lend your might,
shield me from all but light.
Fortify me as I block and defend,
and when I crack, my energy mend!

Keep the stone in your pocket for as long as you need it.
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Seventh Wave Spell
July 11, 2020 By Laura Tempest Zakroff

There is much maritime lore about the seventh wave, particularly about it being the largest wave in a group, and the one that hits the shore directly. The next time you find yourself by a body of water, watch the waves as they come in, and you’ll start to see the seventh-wave pattern.

Use the power and directness of the wave to call something to you as you watch it come in. Visualizing your goal, say to the waves:

One and two, three and four,
waves crashing upon the shore.
Five and six and seventh wave,
to my door bring what I crave.

Leave a token or drawn symbol of thanks at the shoreline before you go.
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Invisibility Spell
July 10, 2020 By Thuri Calafia

Sometimes we just don’t want to be seen! While this spell won’t work like Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak, it can serve well to divert attention away so the person you’re avoiding will be, well, avoidable!

For this spell, gather together a pinch of amaranth ( love-lies-bleeding), lemon peel, mugwort, and mistletoe. Mix well while chanting:

I am a whisper, like the wind.
I am a spark in earth so deep.
I am flowing, sliding, gossamer silent,
Never to be seen!

When the power peaks, visualize yourself completely invisible wherever you go. Cover the herbs with olive oil and simmer in a double boiler for three and a half hours or in a slow cooker for thirteen hours. Strain off the oil and anoint yourself whenever you wish to be hidden, repeating the chant as needed.
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To Banish What Is No Longer Useful
July 09, 2020 By Charlie Rainbow Wolf

It doesn’t matter whether this is clutter that’s messing up your home, emotional baggage that’s messing up your life, or a belief system you’ve outgrown: if it has outlived its purpose, it has to go. You can’t open the doors to abundance if they’re cluttered with things that are in the way! You’ll need a pen and paper, a black candle on a heatproof surface, something to light the candle with, and tweezers.

Write down what you want to be rid of on the paper. Light the candle, and carefully set fire to the paper in the flame. When it has burned down so that it’s hard to hold, grab the end of the paper with the tweezers. You have to burn every last scrap of the paper. Pinch out the candle. Sweep up the remains of the paper, and dispose of them off your property.
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Magnetic Travel Spell
July 08, 2020 By Ari Mankey

Take two magnets and bless them, saying:

These two magnets together are bound,
May all return to me safe and sound.

Keep one magnet in your pocket and place the other one in your travel bag. They will continually attract each other and ensure that your luggage won’t be lost or stolen and will return safely to you while traveling. Alternatively, you can travel with one magnet and leave the other at home, ensuring a safe return.
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Salt of the Earth
July 07, 2020 By Melissa Tipton

For this spell, you’ll need two tablespoons of Epsom salt and a gallon of water. Place your hands over the salt and say:

I call on the spirit of salt to bring
nourishment and balance to my
garden. Thank you, salt!

Keep your hands over the salt, allowing energy to flow for a few moments. Then place your hands over the water and say:

I call on the element of water to
bring health and blessings to my
garden. Thank you, water!

Allow energy to flow from your hands for a few moments, then add the salt to the water and shake or stir to dissolve.

Use the mixture to water your plants. It’s especially good for flowering plants, such as roses and rhododendrons, and fruits and vegetables, such as tomatoes, peppers, and citrus trees, boosting flavor, output, and overall plant health.
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Seashell Secrets
July 06, 2020 By Kate Freuler

There’s a superstition that if you hold a conch shell to your ear, you will hear the ocean. Some even say it can help you hear the voice of divinity or receive guidance from water spirits.

Make this charm if you feel lost and in need of direction. This spell can be done with any fresh or saltwater shell that appeals to you. It doesn’t have to be an actual conch shell. It just needs to be small enough to carry with you.

After dark, place your shell in a jar of water. Water represents intuition and psychic awareness. Let the shell absorb the intuitive energy of the water overnight. In the morning, gaze at the shell in the water and say:

Intuition in my ear,
Tell me what I need to hear.

Carry the shell with you until you receive the guidance or omen you desire. Keep your ears, eyes, and other senses open

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Chronic Lateness
By Madisyn Taylor

When people are chronically late, they are in essence saying that their time is more important than yours.

Being late for an appointment or a date can seem like a small thing that really doesn’t matter, but it communicates volumes, whether we mean it to or not. Being kept waiting is an experience that almost no one enjoys, because at best, it wastes their time, and at worst, it indicates a lack of regard. It’s as if we’re saying that our time is more important than their time, so we don’t need to honor them by showing up when we said we would. When we are running late, it means a lot if we call and let the person know, especially if it’s going to be more than ten minutes. However, if we are chronically late, it may take more than a phone call to properly address the issue.

If it’s become a habit of ours not to be on time, we may want to look inside ourselves and see what’s going on. It’s easy enough to make excuses about our behavior, or to project responsibility on the other person, perceiving them to be uptight if they are irritated by our tardiness. What’s more difficult, and more meaningful, is looking at ourselves and asking why it is that we always, or often, show up late. Sometimes this happens out of a lack of self-regard, as if we aren’t really important anyway, so why will anyone care if we’re late, or don’t show up at all. Chronic lateness can also stem from being disorganized, or simply trying to do too much in one day. Another possible reason for being late to a particular appointment, or date, is that we don’t really want to be there. We communicate our disinterest or boredom by not showing up on time.

Whatever our reasons, if we raise them to the conscious level, we have an opportunity to live a more conscious life. As we begin to understand the deeper reasons behind our inability to show up on time, we have the option to communicate clearly and consciously about how we really feel, rather than communicating unconsciously by being late.

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Why Catnip Drives Cats Wild
Analysis by Dr. Karen Shaw Becker

Catnip is a somewhat mysterious plant in terms of its attractiveness to cats; a substance called nepetalactone in catnip is what drives kitties wild
Researchers have recently learned that catmint evolved to make nepetalactone not once, but twice; ancestors of the catmint plant stopped making nepetalactone at some point, then evolved to create the substance a second time
Nepetalactone is produced in a unique two-step process from microscopic glands on the underside of catnip leaves
Nepetalactone seems to act on regions of the feline brain related to play, hunger, and predatory and sexual behavior, triggering the uninhibited behaviors characteristic of kitties under the influence of catnip
Not all cats are affected by catnip; for non-responders, there are other herbs to consider, including silver vine
Catnip, aka catmint, has a rather remarkable effect on many cats, and now scientists may have unlocked the mystery of what causes catnip to drive kitties crazy.1 The catmint plant contains a substance called nepetalactone, a volatile iridoid. Unlike other types of plants in the mint family, including basil, oregano, rosemary, lemon balm and mint, which over time have lost the ability to produce iridoids, catnip still does.2 According to ScienceDaily:

“An international team of researchers has now found through genome analysis that the ability to produce iridoids had already been lost in ancestors of catmint in the course of evolution. Hence, nepetalactone biosynthesis is the result of ‘repeated evolution.’

Nevertheless, this particular iridoid differs considerably from other compounds in this group of natural products with regards to its chemical structure and properties, and most likely its ecological functions.”3

A Case of ‘Double Evolution’
The research team set out to learn how and why catnip makes nepetalactone and how the biosynthetic pathways for the formation of this unique chemical molecule have evolved. To do this, they sequenced the genome of catmint.

“We discovered a suite of unusual enzymes which generate nepetalactone molecules,” lead study author Benjamin Lichman from the University of York said in a news release. “These enzymes are not found in any related plant species and have evolved uniquely in catmint.

When we first saw the genome sequence of catmint we realized that the important genes that we hypothesized were active in the formation of nepetalactone were next to each other in the genome. This allowed us to solve the problem more easily.”4

So, what’s the deal with cats and catnip? According to online publication Inverse, it has something to do with the plant’s “double evolution.”5 Catmint evolved to make nepetalactone not once, but twice. The ancestors of the plant stopped making nepetalactone at some point, then evolved to create the substance a second time.

Nepetalactone is Produced in an Unusual Two-Step Process
Nepetalactone is a type of chemical called a terpene, and in 2018, researchers at the John Innes Centre in the U.K. learned how catnip plants produce it:

“This simple, small molecule is part of an unusual chain of events, not previously seen by chemists,” according to a John Innes Centre press release.

“Usually in plants, for example peppermint, terpenes are formed by a single enzyme. … [T]he researchers report that in catnip terpenes are formed in a two-step process; an enzyme activates a precursor compound which is then grabbed by a second enzyme to produce the substance of interest.

This two-step process has previously never been observed, and the researchers also expect something similar is occurring in the synthesis of anti-cancer drugs vincristine and vinblastine from Madagascan periwinkle, Catharanthus roseus, and elsewhere in olive and snapdragon.”6

In their 2018 study, published in the journal Nature Chemical Biology, the researchers describe how nepetalactone is produced in microscopic glands on the underside of the leaves of catnip plants.7 In addition, the study identified three newly discovered enzymes with unusual activity. The researchers hope a better understanding of how nepetalactones are produced can help them learn how plants synthesize other chemicals as well.

Behaviors people have witnessed after offering catnip to kitties include nosing, chewing, and batting the catnip container while drooling buckets; shaking their heads; rolling around and rubbing their bodies on the floor; losing their balance, falling and stumbling around; repetitively kicking their hind legs; and showing excitement and chasing behavior.

Dodman offers a few possible explanations for all this exaggerated feline activity. He believes that since some of the behaviors are playful in nature, catnip puts kitties in the mood to have fun. Chewing and drooling seem to be associated with getting food, while rolling and rubbing appear to be sexual behaviors. Tandem hind leg kicking could be a predatory behavior, along with chasing.

Ultimately, it seems catnip may inspire overt expressions of several natural feline behaviors, almost as if it allows kitties to temporarily let go of their inhibitions.

“This implies a general excitatory effect on areas of the brain, particularly those centered in and around the hypothalamus, the region that controls appetitive, predatory and sexual behavior,” Dodman writes.

Research suggests nepetalactone has an opium-like action — it stimulates opioid receptors in the brain in the same way morphine does. When a susceptible kitty gets hold of catnip and absorbs the nepetalactone, his pleasure centers (opioid receptors) in the brain are activated. But although catnip appears to make some cats “high,” it is an entirely harmless and non-addictive herb.

It may even help smooth the way in multi-cat households, for example, with feuding felines. Kitties who don’t get along may view each other in a friendlier light while under the influence of catnip — and the cease-fire has been known to hold after the effects of the nepetalactone wear off.

In addition, catnip has pain-relieving properties that may be helpful for some kitties, similar to the effects of marijuana in some people.

An Alternative to Catnip: Silver Vine
In a recent study, researchers exposed 100 domestic cats to powdered or ground silver vine, Tatarian honeysuckle, valerian root, and catnip to observe their reaction.

The plants were presented to the cats in their own living environment a minimum of five times in random order. There was at least a 5-minute washout period between scents to allow the kitties to clear each scent from their noses before moving on to the next.

The researchers were looking for reactions similar to those seen in cats susceptible to catnip, and found that the cats responded positively to all four plants:

79% responded to silver vine
68% responded to catnip
53% responded to Tatarian honeysuckle
47% responded to valerian root

There was no difference in response rates between male and female cats, but younger kitties had more intense reactions. The four plants were also analyzed to determine levels of five known or suspected active compounds that cause the behaviors and were found to have significantly varying levels of the five tested compounds. Additional observations:

It was the fruit galls of the silver vine plant that drew the most intense response, though some of the cats also responded to the wood of the plant
Almost 75 percent of the catnip non-responders responded to silver vine, and about 33 percent responded to Tatarian honeysuckle
The level of nepetalactone was highest in the catnip and only present at negligible levels in the other plants
Silver vine contained the highest concentrations of all other compounds tested
The researchers concluded that olfactory enrichment for cats may have great potential. They noted that silver vine powder from dried fruit galls and catnip were most appealing, and silver vine and Tatarian honeysuckle appear to be good alternatives for kitties who don’t respond to catnip.

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23 Items Under $5 That Can Save Your Life!
by Jill Nystul, July 22, 2016

I grew up in sunny California, and even though I have now lived in Utah for nearly 20 years, I still get this unsettled feeling whenever winter starts to settle in. When I think of how COLD it gets and the things that could potentially go wrong while on the road, or even at home should the power go out, I am reminded of how woefully UNprepared I am for such emergencies.

I recently came across this article on OutdoorLife.com about $2 items that can save your life and it was just the nudge I needed to at least get SOMETHING together for an emergency kit. Whether it’s a winter survival kit, or just a survival kit in general….you don’t have to spend a fortune to get started. When you think about it, sometimes the most valuable things in an emergency are also the cheapest things you can buy.

Iodine Tincture
This can be used to disinfect wounds, gear and even drinking water! Just add 5-10 drops of 2% iodine to 1 quart of suspect drinking water. Use 5 drops if the water is warm and clear, use 10 drops of the water is ice cold or cloudy. Shake it up for a moment and wait one hour before drinking.

Candle Can
Seasoned wilderness travelers always carry an empty soup can and a supply of at least a dozen long-burning votive candles. Put the candle into the can, light it, and it will supply just enough heat to keep you from freezing to death in a closed vehicle after you’ve run out of gas.

Small Bottle Of Bleach
In an emergency, you can use tiny amounts of bleach to purify water. A small bottle of bleach can disinfect hundreds of gallons of drinking water. It can also be used to sterilize equipment and food preparation areas, as well as for general cleaning. For drinking water, add 2 to 4 drops of plain Clorox per quart of water (2 drops if clear, 4 drops if cold or muddy).

A Lighter
A $1.39 lighter is worth its weight in gold, no matter how injured you are – if you have a working thumb and a lighter, you have fire. And at that low price, you can afford to stock up.

Stick Matches
Lighters should be carried as well for redundancy, but don’t forget about matches for a real emergency kit. A case of 10 or a dozen boxes of stick match will usually run you less than $2, and provide you with 300 or more matches.

Fire Starter
A mini fire log could be used in its entirety to start one fire in horrible condition, or cut into pieces to start many fires under other conditions.

Duct Tape
Make emergency repairs on, tents, gear, bags, tarps, packs, sleeping bags, clothing, rain gear, etc. It can also be used for wrapping sprained ankles in an emergency.

Super Glue
It is essentially liquid duct tape and can fix many things you’ll inevitably break that you won’t be able to easily purchase again.

Bandanas
There are literally dozens of uses for these versatile pieces of cloth. Bandage for a wound, fire starter (soak it in oil or Vaseline), trail marker (rip pieces to show where you’ve been), neck and head covering to prevent heatstroke or sunburn, sling for an injured arm, tourniquet for snake bites or wounds where you need to cut circulation.

Box of Bandages
If you can keep the dirt out of all your wounds, you can keep infections minimized. You can even use the bandages to “tape” things together in a pinch.

Bread In A Can
This rodent-proof, bug-proof, waterproof metal can of bread with a three-year shelf life might not be the most delicious carbs you’ll ever eat, but it only costs about $2.50 and packs 1,040 calories per loaf/can!

Hand Sanitizer
When you don’t have easy access to soap and water, you can fight infection by using an alcohol-based sanitizer to clean your hands before and after treating injuries. In addition to its normal use, hand sanitizer can also be used as a flame accelerant thanks to its high alcohol content.

Sports Tape
This first-aid box staple is great at keeping your dressings and bandages in place. It’s also strong and sticky enough to be used to hold things together, or to make improvised butterfly sutures.

Pencil Sharpener
Take a twig roughly the diameter of a pencil and use the sharpener to make shavings (or tinder) to get a fire started! Simple and SUPER cheap!

Activated Charcoal
If your digestive system is turned upside-down while stranded, without access to a store, pharmacy or medical facility, activated charcoal can be your best friend. Activated charcoal is used in hospitals worldwide for patients who ingest drugs or chemicals and has saved countless lives.

Mini Flashlights
Little lightweight LED flashlights are super long-lasting, surprisingly bright for their size, and frequently on sale. They’re a great value for the money and you can stash them in all the different places you might need them.

A Compass
If you know how to use a compass, it is an invaluable tool. It is a good idea for everyone to learn at least the basics of using a compass, and to have a good idea of basic directional orientation.

A Mirror
A signaling mirror is great for signaling at long distances or to passing ships or aircraft. It can also be used for checking wounds, rashes, etc in places you would not otherwise be able to see.

Survival Blanket
A reflective emergency blanket could be the best $2 you ever spend if you’re lost in the wild. It will help keep you warm (if reflects body heat back to you,) and it’s also great for signaling, as it will reflect a lot of sunlight. This can also be used to waterproof your shelter, and to collect rainwater.

Loud Whistle
When you are lost, injured or stranded, your ability to signal for help is the number one factor in being rescued. Carrying a rescue whistle on your person is an inexpensive and easy way to identify yourself as being in need of rescue. While you’re waiting to be rescued, make lots of noise.

Heavy Cord or Light Rope
Use it for shelter, whether for tying frame pieces together, or for stringing up a tarp between trees. Also use it for splints, traps, etc.

Dental Floss
Aside from dental hygiene, it is incredibly strong and can be used to sew buttons or any material. It is sterile so you can stitch a wound. You can tie down a tent or tarp as long as you don’t wrap it over a sharp edge. You can even fish with it.

Drop Cloth
Plastic drop cloths can be used for sealing windows and doors when there is concern of pandemics, and they also have a myriad of camping uses. You can make a hole in it and use it as a Poncho, it also makes a good tent to sleep under. Avoid the very thin plastic drop cloths, they should be at least a couple mils thickness.

Of course these are just a few of the myriad of supplies that might be necessary should you find yourself in a true emergency, but at least it’s a START! Which is much more than I had going on previously! Now I just need to work on stockpiling insulin and pump supplies for my son. THEN I will REALLY feel prepared. 🙂

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Summer is for Healthy-ish Margaritas! Alcohol is Optional!

This post was provided by our friends at NuNaturals.

These margaritas are exactly what you need this summer (or any time of year!). Nutritionist Alix Turoff created these delicious margaritas to be guilt-free. Not only are they sugar-free, but each margarita is only around 160 calories!

Spicy Grapefruit Margarita

INGREDIENTS:
For spicy salt: 1/2 tablespoon kosher salt, ½ tablespoon chili powder
Lime wedge
Ice
4 ounces tequila
3 ounces fresh squeezed lime juice
2 ounces freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
1 jalapeño pepper, cut into thin slices
½ teaspoon NuStevia simple syrup
2 ounces seltzer
Optional garnish: lime wedges, jalapeño slices

INSTRUCTIONS:

To make your salt, combine kosher salt and chili powder in a small bowl (choose a bowl that will fit the rim of your glass).
To salt the rim of your glass, take a lime wedge and coat the rim. Dip in spicy salt and rotate glass until coated.
Fill your glass with ice and set aside.
Fill a cocktail shaker with additional ice and add tequila, lime juice, grapefruit juice, jalapeño and simple syrup.
Close shaker and shake for about 30 seconds. Strain into rimmed glass with ice.
Top with seltzer.
Garnish with lime wedges and jalapeño slices.

Strawberry Basil Margarita

INGREDIENTS:
½ tablespoon kosher salt
Lime wedge
Ice
1 cup fresh strawberries
5 basil leaves
1 teaspoon NuStevia simple syrup
2 ounces tequila
2.5 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
2 ounces freshly squeezed orange juice
Optional garnish: Fresh strawberry or lime wedge

INSTRUCTIONS:

Put kosher salt in a small bowl (choose a bowl that will fit the rim of your glass).
To salt the rim of your glass, take a lime wedge and coat the rim. Dip in salt mixture and rotate glass until coated.
Fill your glass with ice and set aside.
Remove the stems from your strawberries and place in a blender with fresh basil leaves and simple syrup. Pulse the blender until you have a liquid with small bits of strawberries.
Add strawberry mixture to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Add tequila, lime juice and orange juice.
Close shaker and shake for about 30 seconds. Strain into rimmed glass with ice.
Garnish with a fresh strawberry and/or lime wedge.

Ginger Margarita

INGREDIENTS:

For salt: ½ tablespoon kosher salt, ¼ teaspoon freshly grated ginger
Lime wedge
Ice
4 ounces tequila
3 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
2 ounces freshly squeezed orange juice
1 teaspoon NuStevia ginger syrup
1 ounce seltzer
Optional garnish: Lime wedges and/or candied ginger

INSTRUCTIONS:

To make your salt, combine kosher salt and freshly grated ginger in a small bowl (choose a bowl that will fit the rim of your glass).
To salt the rim of your glass, take a lime wedge and coat the rim. Dip in salt mixture and rotate glass until coated.
Fill your glass with ice and set aside.
Fill a cocktail shaker with additional ice and add tequila, lime juice, orange juice and ginger syrup.
Close shaker and shake for about seconds. Strain into rimmed glass with ice.
Top with seltzer.
Garnish with lime wedges and/or candied ginger.

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Weekly Horoscope: Sunday, July 12, 2020
by Georgia Nicols
https://www.georgianicols.com

Pluto, Jupiter and Saturn are still lined up in Capricorn, the sign that represents the status quo — anything from a government that “has always done things this way” to a Norman Rockwell idea of family: mom, dad, a white picket fence, 2.5 kids, dog and cat. Starting now and for the rest of the year, Mars will challenge these planets and create static. What is certain however, is by the end of this year, Jupiter and Saturn will move into Aquarius, the sign of revolution and change! Aquarius will unite like-minded individuals who want to make the world a better place. The power of “group” movements will grow! Hmmm, this reminds me of Grouch Marx, a man with standards. “I refuse to join any club that will have me as a member!” He also said, “Who are you going to believe, me or your own eyes?”

Aries (March 21-April 19)
This week you continue to be focused on home, family and DIY projects or repairs. You might also be involved with a parent more than usual. Be careful about ego battles midweek. After all, you are coming on super strong now because your ruler fiery Mars is in your own sign where it will stay for the rest of year! The way you see it is you’re just acting normal. But from the point of view of others, you’re coming on like gangbusters! Time to eat a little humble pie. Admit that you might be a tad aggressive. You might even apologize or ask for forgiveness? (Wait a minute. You’re right, that’s going too far, especially with their attitude?)

Taurus (April 20-May 20)
Be careful because this is an accident-prone week for your sign. Of course, an accident doesn’t have to happen but what can easily happen is arguments and conflicts with siblings, relatives and neighbours (or anyone else) about political, racial and religious issues are enough to throw off your good judgment. All it takes is an emotional distraction – three seconds – and you might be in a situation that you regret. Therefore, be mindful and aware. Be conscious of trying to keep your cool. Having said that, you have something to announce and to tell the world because you want to enlighten others about something. (Caution against someone in the background who does not have your best interests at heart.)

Gemini (May 21-June 20)
This is a lovely week to buy wardrobe treasures for yourself. Timing is everything! Meanwhile, you are focused on cash flow, earnings and moneymaking ideas. You might also want to move forward with plans for something that you own because Mercury retrograde was taking place in your Money House and now that is over! Nevertheless, midweek you might be in a power struggle with someone about shared property, wills, inheritances, taxes, debt or even about shared responsibilities. Be cool. Don’t have a knee-jerk reaction. Give yourself a chance to give this situation some sober reflection. A competition or even an argument with a friend or a group could happen.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Both the Sun and Mercury are still in your sign; and fiery Mars is still at the top of your chart arousing your ambition! However, they are fighting each other, which means your ideas and plans might be thwarted by a boss, teacher, parent or someone in a position of authority, including the government. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, you will have power struggles with someone close to you midweek. Yikes! (This is obviously the time to send out for dark chocolate.) Fear not, this is still a strong, powerful time for you because the Sun is in your sign – and this happens only once a year. Be gracious. Show noblesse oblige.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
It is still totally appropriate for you to play things low-key and stay behind the scenes. You are not yet ready to step out centre stage! (That won’t happen until Wed., July 22. Make a note of that.) Until then, contemplate profundity. Enjoy schmoozing with friends and groups, because you will like this, especially if they are creative, artistic people. You will also welcome any chance to break free from your daily routine and do something different, perhaps travel or explore new places, especially places that offer you an experience of learning something new. Midweek might bring a clash with someone at work or about something that is health related.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
This continues to be a popular time for you! Not only are you enjoying seeing others, especially younger people, this is the perfect time for you to set some goals for the future because that will keep you on track. (Who makes lists more than you?) Eisenhower said, “Plans are worthless but planning is indispensable.” (You get that.) Parents might have difficulty with their kids this week, especially midweek. Patience is your best friend to deal with this because anger serves no purpose except to make everyone miserable. Fortunately, your relations with parents, bosses and people in authority are excellent this week. Caution about going overboard at a social occasion. (You know who you are.)

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
Because the Sun is still at high noon in your chart, you look fabulous to others, especially bosses, parents and VIPs. While you have this advantage, make your pitch! Ask and ye shall receive. Nevertheless, midweek you might find yourself at odds with a parent or boss or someone at home because you’re trying to make major changes. Expect resistance! And of course, now and for the rest of the year, Mars is opposite your sign, which will tend to encourage tension with those who are closest to you. Consider this a fabulous opportunity to learn how to practice patience – daily.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
This is an accident-prone week for you so slow down and take it easy. Pay attention to everything you say and do. Guard against hasty impulses. Steer clear of arguments with others, especially about controversial subjects because you are better off with a calmer mind. You can get more done with a calmer mind. You will be happier with a calmer mind. You will be more effective with a calmer mind. (You get the picture.) Fortunately, you have lots of energy to work, and others are generous to you. Favours from others plus gifts as well as the necessary equipment for a job will come your way. Major bonus!

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
Disputes about money, property or shared assets, banking, debt, wills or insurance issues might arise this week. It might even just be a showy argument that is a clash of wills? (You need this like a fish needs a bicycle.) Fortunately, you will handle this with grace and aplomb because fair Venus is opposite your sign. Not only that, fiery Mars is energizing you to work hard with vigour! Your energy will be high! Whatever you do, you will be more effective and more competent than usual! Not only is this an increased physical energy, it is an increased mental energy as well. This lovely blessing is yours for the rest of the year! (Admittedly it gets a bit complicated when Mars is retrograde for 10 weeks from Sept. to mid-Nov.)

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
This week the Sun and Mercury are still opposite your sign, which means certain things are coming to a climax now or reaching a point of culmination. And yes, you will encounter opposition from others, which makes it tougher to make everything work out right. Sometimes this kind of opposition can feel like a failure because things didn’t work out as you had planned. Instead, look at it as a “life experiment” that will allow you to launch a whole new enterprise and avoid the pitfalls that you just experienced. You have built structures and organized your life in certain ways — and now you are experiencing the consequences of these structures. How will they re-create you?

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
You’re still thinking about how you should manage your life. What duties and responsibilities are most important to you? You want to be organized. You want to be efficient. You want to be effective. In fact, you want to strive to make every action count so that you get the most bang for your buck! Having said that, you cannot deny that you have to work on behalf of someone else right now. Not exclusively — but you do have to do something according to somebody else’s wishes or needs. This is where you might have a clash of wills this week. Fortunately, romance, the arts and socializing are promising! Kiss, kiss; hug, hug.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
It’s play city for you! Accept all invitations to party. Enjoy romance, games, schmoozing, sports and fun activities with kids. Admittedly, lovers’ quarrels and problems with kids might take place midweek but your sensitive patience and finesse will help you do some damage control. Many of you will enjoy redecorating your digs and making where you live look more attractive. Some might even make money from their home or from a real-estate situation. (This makes sense because you’re pro-active about boosting your earnings now and will be for the rest of the year.) Ka-ching! This is a good time for you! Your energy level is high. Examine what is not working and cut your losses. Prepare for a new start!

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Weekly Horoscopes Beginning Sunday, 12 July 2020

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If you`re born within cusp period (16 to 26 of any month); you`re advised to read horoscopes of both signs covered by that period. You`re in the border; you may have influences from houses within those signs.

Outlines are longer versions; consists of every possible detail of everyday and based on three parts of each sign: 1st, 2nd & 3rd Decan; that is, any of three divisions of 10° within a sign of the zodiac. Even if you know or don`t know your Decan; I recommend, please read all three Decan.

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Aries
Personal theme: I am!!
Fire & cardinal sign: March 21 — April 19

Your horoscope for this week:

True, your ruler Mars has just begun a lengthy stay in Aries, making you bold and even more impatient than usual. However, you`re facing a range of obstacles, many frustrating. Tempting as it is to try to figure out the fastest way around them, each is about learning something, from an idea to a skill. Once you begin, you`ll not only learn a lot, you`ll enjoy it enormously.

Someone close is making mountains out of molehills. Although you will try to calm them, they will only become tetchy and may even misunderstand everything you do and say. Tension will be eased but only if you are able to keep your cool. You have an important business decision to make. If anyone starts grumbling about the time you are taking to make up your mind, tell them to take themselves off elsewhere and leave you alone. Don`t let others rush you and avoid extravagant impulses.

Imagine a major tug-of-war with your ruling planet Mars, acting as referee. These aren`t easy times for anyone. We have one group of planets in Capricorn, the Sun and Mercury at the other side of the Zodiac, and Mars in the middle. The pressure on you to ensure everyone plays safely and fairly looks considerable. Yours is arguably one of the most competitive signs of the Zodiac too. Fighting for what is right, fair and proper whilst making decisions about property and asset management will surely prove exhausting. Yet it`s probable that steps need to be taken and that you will be faced with negotiating closure.. Given how pressured things could be at work, it might be as well to arrange something special for next Sunday when you relax, are fed, and feel the warmth and support of friends.

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Taurus
Personal theme: I have!!
Earth & fixed sign: April 20 — May 20

Your horoscope for this week:

Ordinarily you`d focus on finding ways to remedy the range of irritating issues, major and minor, currently complicating your life. However, there`s a faster solution, one that will seem strange if not pointless; and that`s to ignore them. Don`t discuss them or even complain. Slowly, but gradually, they`ll bother you less; and next, miraculously, a solution will pop up. Illogical? Yes. Still, it`s worth trying.

Be sure to show plenty of affection and attention to someone special.. Recently your mind has been on other things and you haven`t spent a lot of time together. They`ve been wondering whether they have done something to upset you. If they have, be honest about it. If they haven`t let them see the more easy-going side of your nature. You`re starting to realise you`re going to have to move with the times if you are to conquer those nagging doubts about your ability to succeed.

2020 has proved a challenging year – and it`s not finished. This week the Sun and Mercury are at one end of the sky whilst Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto are at the other. Between the two groups Mars is in your neighbouring sign of Aries. It would be understandable if you were preoccupied by what you think might be going on in the background (and so beyond your control). There is a danger however that you might succumb to an over-active imagination. The questions you ask over 14th and 15th are important however. It may be that you become involved in moving a business away from the rocks. Don`t underestimate your ability here. True, you might wonder if you`ve been grounded by rules and regulations and that the cost of implementing plans will be considerable. Nevertheless, it should be clear by next weekend that there is no going back and that even if your career ship is `holed`, that there are those around with the expertise and willingness to help you achieve `ea worthiness` once more.

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Gemini
Personal theme: I think!!
Air sign: May 21 — June 20

Your horoscope for this week:

No sign is better equipped to deal with the twists and turns triggered by your ruler Mercury`s retrograde cycle, which ends today. However, you`ll probably spend the next week or so untangling errors and the resulting misunderstandings. Ironically, what you learn in the process won`t just help clear up that confusion, certain intriguing insights will launch you onto your next project or, possibly, personal passion.

Anything connected with your world of work might seem dull. A study course isn`t as inspiring or motivational as you expected. Resist the temptation to allow a restless spirit to lead you away from tried and tested methods. It`s important to keep your mind on what you are doing. Don`t be rushed and pushed into making financial decisions and if you`re upgrading your appliances don`t let anyone persuade you into accepting the first item or price that`s on offer.

Yours is one of the Air signs: the implication being that you enjoy discussion. Developing contacts and options is your style. So, in one sense, cosmic activity this week should suit you: several planets are grouped at one end of the sky with another grouped at the other as Mars `referee` between the two groups. Recall too, that your ruling planet, Mercury, has now turned direct; and yes, this is arguably `make your mind up` time. The choices are to stay with what`s familiar or to move to what looks as though it would offer more security. You might also feel you are stuck between a rock and a hard place. One way or another courage (Mars action) will be required; but yes, either way you might need to adjust to rules and regulations and yes, adopting thrift management techniques that at first seem both threatening and limiting. Don`t underestimate your ability to be flexible and negotiate.

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Cancer
Personal theme: I feel!!
Water & cardinal sign: June 21 — July 22

Your horoscope for this week:

The changes you`re facing can`t be dealt with swiftly. These began with the shake-ups triggered by the Cancer eclipsed New Moon on 21 June. Since then, you`ve been exploring your options. However, the ideas and offers ushered in the rare, second Cancer New Moon, on 20 July, introduce a new excitement and, a timely fresh perspective on both existing plans and your rapidly changing priorities.

Sometimes life feels overwhelming and the pressure of it all makes you anxious. When you feel this way, you withdraw from the crowd. You could do with some time alone. Those who care about you understand what you need and they will go out of their way to make certain you get a little peace and quiet. A difficult work assignment will become increasingly easier thanks to the help of a talented newcomer. As the week ends there will be a greater amount of cooperation in the workplace.

Mercury has now turned direct in your sign. Hopefully within days you will feel stronger. Yet there is a difficulty: the Sun and Mercury are at one end of the sky as Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto are grouped at the other, whilst Mars takes up position between. Think of Mars as the referee. The fact that Mars is passing over your solar-career point, suggests decisions will need to be taken if you`re to push forward with your aims and objectives; but yet, at one level you could be disappointed: restraints could appear daunting; but if anyone can do this, you can. The danger however, is that colleagues and those working close to you (indicated by all that activity in your opposite sign), could wear you down – demanding more than you are able to give. Take care that you don`t accept too much responsibility. For now, the focus must be on pushing ahead with some of the ideas you`ve been incubating. Now that the nodal axis has moved out of your sign, it`s time to explore the many options available.

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Leo
Personal theme: I will!!
Fire & fixed sign: July 23 — August 22

Your horoscope for this week:

Leaving pivotal decisions up to others may be out of character, but with your ruler the Sun in the most strategic portion of your chart, for now, you`re better off keeping a low profile. What`s more, this gives you time to rethink certain longstanding but increasingly unworkable arrangements. The timing is perfect, because you`ll be ready to act swiftly when the Sun moves into Leo on 22 July.

An unpredictable schedule at the start of the week will be challenging but ultimately good for you. Be flexible when there is a need to make some adjustments. You should find it easier to get into the swing of things around Wednesday, no matter what chores or tasks might await you. You will continue to enjoy strong links with those around you at home and at work and new group or online networks will widen your social circle in a most unexpected way.

You won`t be the only sign to feel torn in two this week. Fact is that there is one group of planets at one end of the sky, another opposing them and Mars, moving through another of the Fire signs, halfway between the two. Tensions are likely to run high. Yet Mars is in a sign in which said to work well. It should bring courage to those who need it. For those who`ve felt trapped and super concerned about the future, pointers to new possibilities should soon appear. First though it may be necessary to do a major audit and determine exactly where you stand and what support you have. This applies at every possible level. This though, might also be the time to remind others of your expertise and your contacts. Though aggressive networking might soon be required, it`s quite possible that you could yet pick up loose ends and move these in satisfactory direction.

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Virgo
Personal theme: I analyse!!
Earth sign: August 23 — September 22

Your horoscope for this week:

As a Virgo, you`re not only expert at planning, others seek your advice and, often, you turn your skills into a profession. Yet even you will have struggled with the confusion triggered by your ruler Mercury`s retrograde cycle, which ends today. However, while untangling that confusion will take time, what you learn from the process will justify the patience required, enough you can take things slowly.

It can sometimes seem as if you`re doing all the work while other people get away with doing nothing. If people are being inconsiderate, you need to let them know it. Feeling sorry for yourself is not the answer. It is time to let everyone in on your feelings. Resist any desire to lock yourself away in isolation unless this cannot be avoided. At the moment, your own company just doesn`t seem to be a very good idea. When making decisions, trust your head over your heart.

You could view this as a week for lay foundations; but yes, this is likely to be demanding and require working with someone (most likely born under one of the Fire signs of Aries, Leo or Sagittarius) who might not yet see the value of what you propose. Fact is that there is considerable tension in the sky with two groups of planets opposing one another and Mars acting as referee between the two. In your case, the need to ally with someone who appears to have great energy and enthusiasm but has as yet unproven expertise, might leave you apprehensive. Yet you may be right in determining that this is the only practical way forward. Note too that with considerable emphasis on the research and development area of your solar chart, that building on latent talents will surely not be time wasted. Indeed, before your birthday, you could be set on fresh career path.

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Libra
Personal theme: I balance!!
Air & cardinal sign: September 23 — October 22

Your horoscope for this week:

Ordinarily you`d already have dealt with recent complex issues involving your way of living, working or, possibly, both; but you wisely decided to wait and watch. What you learn, both about the actual circumstances and, as much, the intentions of others will enable you to make sound decisions, but probably not until early August. By then, circumstances and your priorities will be much clearer.

You are tempted to take time out for the sake of having some fun. This may not be wise and you will be letting other people down. If you are meant to be working, studying or carrying out other obligations, be sure to put these first. Once you`ve dealt with duty, you will enjoy company and pastimes that mean leaving familiar pursuits and pastimes behind for a short while. A change of pace will inspire you to take up a spiritual practice that will remind you of your life`s purpose.

Libras are supposed to seek harmony yet often set themselves up in situations where competition is involved. There is high probability of a close colleague wanting to fire off in fresh direction This is no time for your lazy Libra sub-personality to come to the fore. You will need to be on your marks, steady, and ready to go and could advance your career -especially if you`re contemplating increasing how much more work you do from home. It may be necessary to review yet again, how you create space within your domestic environment to build cash reserves. It`s quite possible too that you are now seen as someone with considerable experience; if not an authority in a specific area. It might also be that you are asked to work in partnership with someone who seems very `pushy` to you (and so has an apparently inelegant way of working) but whose support is essential.

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Scorpio & Ophiuchus
Personal theme: I desire!!
Water & fixed signs: October 23 — November 21

Your horoscope for this week:

Between recent intriguing but unsettling ideas and offers, and tensions involving those closest, at home or at work, you`re unsure what`s next. Obviously, life would be easier if decisions could be made once and for all. However, events as unexpected as they are promising could alter your thinking and plans, possibly overnight. Knowing that, for now, focus on letting go of burdensome elements of the past.

Much to your surprise and disappointment, a journey that had been carefully planned may need rearranging due to circumstances beyond your control. You thought you had covered for every possible outcome and you feel annoyed with yourself for not having been prepared for what does occur. If you`re looking for work, a job involving publishing, property or education will fall into your lap. If you`re offered a flat salary or commission, choose the former.

The presence of Uranus in your opposite sign has no doubt be felt. It doesn`t leave the partnership (all kinds) area for some years yet so learning to live with constant and fast-moving developments is necessary. Yet this week, with others making announcements about their future plans and how much they are prepared to invest either in time or energy, might be highly disturbing and your nervous system put under considerable stress. However, Mars, one of your ruling planets, acts as `referee between two groups of planets opposing one another, and it could be that you are in the right place and at the right time. Not only might you take the lead, you could show others how to improve their efficiency and, in the process, illustrate how crisis management techniques can be enjoyed even when used on a daily basis.

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Sagittarius
Personal theme: I see!!
Fire sign: November 22 — December 21

Your horoscope for this week:

Over the past several weeks, you`ve been juggling intriguing ideas of your own and opportunities that appeared from out of the blue. While they`re thrilling, they`re also taking you into territory so new and unfamiliar that you`ve lots of questions and few answers. While, ordinarily, you`d tackle these immediately, with things moving so swiftly, you`re better off plunging in, and letting experience be your teacher.

You won`t mind helping out a colleague or neighbour even if it means putting your own plans and projects on a back burner for a wee while. Once you return to your own concerns, you could be surprised by the amount you have to do. In your haste to catch up you might not realise how this is taking you away from those who care about you. Your best friend or a partner is starting to feel unimportant or left out. Reassure them this is not the case.

The patterns in the sky this week are simply extraordinary: Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto are grouped together at one end of the zodiac with the Sun and Mercury at the other end. Meanwhile, Mars, travelling through another of the Fire signs lies between the two groups. Obviously, this affects all signs. How each sign uses Mars energy differs however. Your approach to challenges may be to find humour but also creative and useful ways around these. As a result, you are likely to be much in demand.. If there is a difficulty, it`s that others may think you`re being cavalier about costs. With a major aspect involving Saturn (the cosmic headmaster), it might be as well to anticipate the cold chill of austerity and/or family pressures. Yet career wise, your exuberance will likely be noticed and yes, in a few weeks` time rewarded.

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Capricorn
Personal theme: I use!!
Earth & cardinal sign: December 22 — January 19

Your horoscope for this week:

Once you understand that, whatever you do or say, events are unlikely to proceed as planned, you`ll relax, stop worrying about details, and focus on learning from what each day offers. Combine this with exploring events with those who`re better informed about the matters in question than you are, and you`ll not only have companionship, you`ll learn from both their knowledge and experience as you proceed.

Close relationships and partnerships will bring you plenty to be happy about. Even those awkward situations you`ve been trying to avoid for fear of causing upset, can be approached now. Do this in a way that encourages everyone to speak their mind. An open and honest discussion is the best way forward. You`ve been waiting to hear from someone hoping they will have some good news but you won`t be too amused by what they have to tell you.

It could be argued that the last similar planetary alignments to the present time occurred back in the 13th century. Clearly you have no memory of that. Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto are all together in your sign and this week the Sun (and Mercury) opposes all of them. Meanwhile Mars, acting almost as referee, lies between the two groups. The pressure of so many of the outer planets in your sign could be depressive and you might feel the weight of the world on your shoulders. Note though that these times will pass. It`s probable that you already have the support and confidence of those born under the other Cardinal signs of Aries, Cancer and Libra. More than others, they will surely understand what you`re grappling with. The really good news, – and especially if you`re willing to work from a new base – is that more than one team will want your services. Indeed, your expertise could be much in demand.

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Aquarius
Personal theme: I know!!
Air & fixed sign: January 20 — February 18

Your horoscope for this week:

The current powerful planetary focus on the most strategic portion of your chart indicates, after the exciting but often unsettling past several months, you`re in a period of retreat and reflection. This is as much about which elements of your life or future plans can go, as what`s next. Still, you`re urged to take it slowly, because you`re just beginning to learn about your options for the future.

Allow the practical side of your nature to guide you when it comes to spending. Some people in your circle just want to have fun and this will include throwing away their cash on madcap ideas. Make sure your cash isn`t involved in any way. No matter what type of circumstances you find yourself in, few will be able to fault your powers of communication. Indeed, you will argue both sides of a situation so well that you may end up not knowing which way to turn yourself.

Before next weekend, the Sun opposes one of your ruling planets, Saturn. This is an annual event but rarely does it follow a complicated planetary picture that includes the Sun`s opposition to both Jupiter and Pluto. Obviously, this affects all signs. You may think others are taking unnecessary risks. Respect for tradition is part of your make up. On this occasion, and arguably disappointed with those who you think should have taken responsibility earlier, you might agree that they were out of their depth and that far from heaping more blame their way, the optimum way forward is to give extra support. For now, anticipate being challenged and quite probably, asked to take on greater responsibility within a group.

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Pisces
Personal theme: I believe!!
Water sign: February 19 — March 20

Your horoscope for this week:

As an intuitive Pisces, usually, you`re open to unexpected offers than most. Still, some of what`s arisen is so exciting yet far out, even you are unsure about pursing it. The obvious is to at least explore what`s arisen, knowing that, at minimum, you`ll learn something. Your real concern is you`ll discover these are as good as they seem, and find yourself exploring a new life.

You wish you could find a way to tell your favourite person how much they really mean to you. You feel lost for a way to express all those loving feelings. Talk to a friend who has always given you good advice. A partnership will be the source of emotional strength so don`t hold back. Also, if you`re seeking inspiration in order to complete a creative venture you could find it via a message from afar. Good news will soon arrive to confirm your bank balance looks a lot healthier.

You surely won`t be the only sign to feel overstretched. Fact is that there is a huge `tug-of-war` going on in the sky: imagine one hefty group of planets group at one end of the zodiac and another opposing whilst Mars takes up the `referee` position in the middle. At this point in the Mars cycle, it is going through one of the key financial areas of your solar chart; and yes, you could feel pulled this way and that. The heavy-duty planets are likely to win this particular tug-of-war and yes, you may need to face unpleasant and unpalatable truths before next weekend. Yet nothing is ever all bad, and presumably once you`ve done some reassessment, and with a fresh page then waiting next week, all could soon look very different indeed. Over the seven days however it may not be possible to avoid uncomfortable truths and yes, square up to those in authority.

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You were born;
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Your realm is of pleasure and
the moment —ephemeral;
Your anger quick as a
summer storm and as quickly spent.
In loveliness of spirit all may
share in Your delight—
the Mystery is the ever loving Self—
fathomless, transient…
Your flame burns bright in those
who love You—
Your rituals endure.
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In many different traditions lighting a candle is a sacred action. It expresses more than words can express. It has to do with gratefulness. From time immemorial, people have lit candles in sacred places. You may want to begin or end your day by the sacred ritual of lighting a candle on this gratefulness. Or you may want to light a birthday candle for a friend. One single guideline is all you need: Slow down and do it with full attention.

GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Tiu’s Day – the day of Mars…also Ares, Tiwaz, Tiw (from whom it is named), Tuisco, and Tyr.
Tuesday is ruled by Mars, whose Magickal  influences are: Passion, courage, aggression, and protection. Tuesday comes under the influence of Mars, the planet associated with vitality, passion, ambition, and raw, unabashed power.
Tiw was a God of Athletics, Combat, and Law. Consider meals to improve physical well-being, encourage justice, or increase strength and strategy.
Mars energy makes the mind acute, and the body restless; therefore, on Tuesday we are likely to exert ourselves physically and take action to achieve goals. This day is dynamic and high-spirited, and the prevailing energies may include carelessness and destructiveness as well, so it is good to be cautious—-especially while traveling.
Tuesday is the proper day of the week to perform rituals involving courage, physical strength, revenge, surgery, and the breaking of negative spells.
Today’s Magickal Influences ~ Destination, War, Courage, Surgery, Physical Strength
Today’s Goddesses: Aset [Isis], Soorejnaree, Pingalla, Anna, Aine, Danu, Yngona, Bellona, Aida Wedo, Sun Woman
Perfumes: Hellebore, Carnation, Patchouli
Incense:   Lignum Aloes, Plantain
Color of The Day:  Red
Colors for Tomorrow: Yellow
Lucky Sign: Tuesday Is The Lucky Day For Aries and Scorpio
Candle: Red

Lunabar Moon Almanack for Tuesday, 20 January, 2015
New Moon, at 8h. 14m. morning.
Ascending Node is at 13° Libra.
Moon in 7th degree of the Sign Aquarius, the Waterman;
also in 8th deg. of the Constellation Capricornus, the Goat.
Moonrise: 6:57 morn.  Souths: 12:21 eve.  Moonset: 5:46 eve.
Spells and rituals involving the Air element should be performed when the Moon is in the Air sign: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius.
Aspects of the Fixed Air Sign of Aquarius: Yang, Masculine, Solar, Positive, Diurnal, Airy, Fixed, Barren, Horary Western, Wintery, Austral, Obeying, Human, Moist, Vocal, Sweet, Warm, Mental, Nervous, Hot.

Current Moon PhaseThe New Moon
The beginning of a new cycle.
Keywords for the New phase are: Beginning, Birth, Emergence, Projection, Clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone.
Goddess Aspect: Maiden
Associated Goddesses: Artemis, Branwen, Eriu, Nymph, Epona
New Moon Magick: Invoking. Workings On This Day Are For Starting New Ventures,  New Beginnings, Love, Romance, Health Or Job Hunting.
New Moon workings can be done from the day of the New Moon to three- and-a-half days after. The New Moon is for starting new ventures, new
beginnings. Visualize your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead.  Also love and romance, health or job hunting.
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Moon Moon, Mother Moon
Lunar Lore
Pale moon doth rain,
Red moon doth blow,
White moon doth neither rain nor snow.
– From the Latin proverb (Clarke, 1639).
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As when the moon, refulgent lamp of night,
O’er heaven’s clear azure spreads her sacred light,
When not a breath disturbs the deep serene,
And not a cloud o’ercasts the solemn scene;
– Homer, “Iliad”, Bk. viii. (Pope’s trans.)
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O Moon! the oldest shades ’mong oldest trees
Feel palpitations when thou lookest in:
O Moon! old boughs lisp forth a holier din
~ John Keats, “Endymion.”
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The moon appearing larger at sunset, and not dim but
luminous, portends fair weather for several days.
~ Francis Bacon, “Historia Ventorum”.

The Lunar Mansion
Sa’d-Aldahbih, The Lucky One of the Slaughterers,
also known as Pastor et Aries, The Shepherd and the Ram.
Marked by the fix’d Star: Algedi, in Capricornus.
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Thence down amain
As deep as Capricorn.
~Milton, “Paradise Lost.”

Lunabar Sun Almanack for Tuesday, 20 January, 2015
Sunrise: 7:23 morn.    Sunset: 5:15 eve.
Length of Day: 9h. 52m.
Dawn: 6:54 morn.    Dusk: 5:44 eve.
Length of Twilight: 0h. 28m.
Sun in 0th degree of the Sign Aquarius, the Waterman;
also in 1st degree of the Constellation Capricornus, the Goat;
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Solar Lore
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But yonder comes the powerful king of day,
Rejoicing in the east. The lessening cloud,
The kindling azure, and the mountain’s brow,
Illumed with fluid gold, his near approach
Betoken glad.
~Thomson.

The Sun in the Fixed Sign of Air: Yang, Masculine, Solar, Positive, Diurnal, Airy, Fixed, Barren, Horary Western, Wintery, Austral, Obeying, Human, Moist, Vocal, Sweet, Warm, Mental, Nervous, Hot.

Seasons of the Witch – Ancient Holidays
Remember The Ancient Ways and Keep Them Holy!
Goddess Month of Hestia begins 12/26 – 1/22
Goddess Month of Bridhe, begins 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree Month of Beth Ends
Celtic Tree Month of Rowen Begins: January 21 – February 17
The Rowan Moon is associated with Brighid, the Celtic Goddess of Hearth and Home. Honored on February 1, at Imbolc, Brighid is a fire goddess who offers protection to mothers and families, as well as watching over the hearthfires. This is a good time of year to perform initiations (or, if you’re not part of a group, do a self-dedication). Known by the Celts as Luis (pronounced loush), the Rowan is associated with astral travel, personal power, and success.
 A charm carved into a bit of a Rowan twig will protect the wearer from harm. The Norsemen were known to have used Rowan branches as rune staves of protection. In some countries, Rowan is planted in graveyards to prevent the dead from lingering around too long.
January ~ Moon Phase
New Moon falls on Tuesday, 20 January, 2015 at 8:14 AM
First Quarter falls on Monday, 26 January, 2015 at 11:49 PM
February ~ Moon Phases
Full “Snow” Moon falls on Tuesday, 03 February, 2015 at 6:10 PM
Last Quarter falls on Wednesday, 11 February, 2015 at 10:52 PM
New Moon falls on Wednesday, 18 February, 2015 at 6:49 PM
First Quarter falls on Wednesday, 25 February, 2015 at 12:15 PM
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The Year Is Divided Into Four Seasons:
The first season is of a frigid complexion, and this is “Winter”;
The second is of the complexion of Air, and this is “Spring”;
Then follows the third, which is “Summer”, and is of the complexion of Fire;
Lastly, there is the fourth, wherein fruits are matured, which is “Autumn”.
~The Turba Philosophorum, ca. 12 century
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Our Weekly Affirmation
If you repeat an affirmation three times a day three times each time you do it for 28 days it will
become a part of your being and whenever you feel like life is going out of control you will be able
to just find that safe place.
Affirmation Of The Week!
Treat each day as a new journey.
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Tasha’s Day by Day Planner for January 2015
Tue. 1/20 Altruistic  Aquarius New Moon promotes brotherly/sisterly love. Sun into Aquarius brings originality to our days.
Wed. 1/21 Quirky Aquarius Moon adds to the confusion as Mercury turns retrograde and all things “re” are featured for 3 weeks.
Thu. 1/22 Compassionate Pisces Moon turns eyes and hearts to those in need.
Fri. 1/23 Psychic Pisces Moon suggests we can know more than we think we do.
Sat. 1/24 Aggressive Ares Moon gets us up and moving early.
Sun. 1/25 Athletic Aries Moon seeks out competition for fun.
Mon. 1/26 Bouncy Aries Moon starts us off, midday steady Taurus Moon quiets us down.

As The Wheel Turns ~ Legends and Lore
Today Is …
Aquarius zodiac sign begins
Babin Den (Grandmother’s Day; Bulgaria)
Basketball Day
Birthday of Ruth St. Denis 1879 – Great American modernist dancer, breaker of social taboos.
Celtic tree month of Beth ends
Egyptian: Procession of Anubis
Feast Of The Kitchen God: Offerings made, beans tossed over roof
Hat Day
Heads Up Seattle, Washington: First of the month of PLURIOSE (rain) in the French revolutionary calendar.
Heroes Day (Cape Verde)
Heroes Day (Guinea-Bissau)
Lesotho Army Day
Mali Army Day
National Buttercrunch Day
Roman: St. Agnes
St. Euthymius’ Day
St. Fabian’s Day (patron of lead founders, potters)
St. Paula’s Day, celebrates a young girl saved from the passions of a pursuer by running into a church, where she grew a beard.
St. Sebastian’s Day (patron of archers, soldiers, athletes, Rio De Janeiro)
St. Sebastian’s Day (patron of Rio de Janeiro, archers, athletes, hardware, lace makers, the military, pin makers, potters, police officers; against plague)
Take A Walk Outdoors Day
US Presidential Inauguration Day (every 4 years)
Day of Baba Yaga – A Russian Crone Goddess later reduced to the status of Witch, She was a Goddess of the Cycle itself. Meditate on your own ability to take life as well as birth and nurture it
Remember the ancient ways and keep them sacred!
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Live each Season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each.
~Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862)
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NOTE: Because of the large number of ancient calendars, many in simultaneous use, as well as different ways of computing holy days (marked by the annual inundation, the solar year, the lunar month, the rising of key stars, and other celestial and terrestrial events), you may find these holy days celebrated a few days earlier or later at your local temple.

GrannyMoon’s Reading for Today ~ Chariot 
Keywords: Control, will power, victory, assertion, determination
The Winner! Groundedness and the ability to accomplish a task on the physical plane. It traditionally symbolizes a victory of self-discipline. You may find that your mind has achieved greater control over the unconscious parts of yourself. This control is not prohibited or stiff, but does involve bringing unconscious contents to the surface.
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Today’s Goddess: Oya 
Aquarius Begins (Various Locations)
Themes: Justice; Tradition; Zeal; Femininity
Symbols: Fire; Water; the Number Nine
About Oya: A Yoruban Mother Goddess and spirit of the river Niger, Oya flows with us through the last day of January, strengthening our passion for and appreciation of life. She is wild and irrepressible, like the fire she’s said to have created, yet Oya presides over matters of fairness and custom, using that fire as the light of truth. Artistic depictions of Oya show a nine-headed woman whose bosom speaks of fertile femininity.
To Do Today : Enjoy a glass of water when you get up to begin generating Oya’s zest for life in your body and soul. This is also very suited to the energies of the day. Aquarius represents the Water Bearer who continually pours inspiring, creative waters from celestial spheres into our lives.
Get out and do something daring today. Invoke Oya through your pleasure and pure excitement. Dare to dream; then try to make that dream come true somehow.
If there’s some area of your life that needs more equity, try making this Oya charm: Take any small candle and carve Oya’s name into it. Have a glass of water nearby. Light the candle to invoke the Goddess. Hold the water over the candle, saying,
“What injustice consumes, Oya’s waters quell.”
Drop a little water on the candle, then trim off the taper, carrying it with you to draw justice to you
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Healing Arts and Pagan Studies ~ Grounding Spell
During this Capricorn Moon in the middle of winter, you can warm your bones and set strong foundations for your good intentions in the coming year. To prepare for this spell, find a special rock and cleanse and prepare it for magical work. Make a fire, or light a few candles on your altar. Get in touch with your body by stretching out on the floor. When you feel grounded, go to your altar, and place the rock in a spot facing north. Visualize yourself with roots going down into the earth, and say:
Sacred rock, ground me.
Help me set a course for the year ahead.
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Healing Arts and Pagan Studies ~ AQUARIUS, Jan 20 – Feb 18 
ELEMENT: Air
RULER: Uranus
SYMBOL: The Water Bearer
ATTRACTED TO: Gemini, Libra
LUCKY NUMBERS: 17, 11, 30
TAROT CARD: Queen of Pentacles
You are a charitable and public minded person who is ambitious, energetic, determined, dedicated, but can be opinionated and strongly affected by outside events that are unexpected or out of their hands. You are usually very honest and forthright. Your word is your bond. Once given, you stand by your word and your decisions. You do not have a problem with other people’s right to their own beliefs and you think everyone is entitled to their own approach in life.
You are very considerate of others. You are very independent. You are an individualist. You find it hard to team up with others and tend to go your own way. You have an active imagination, sometimes letting it run away with you. You are usually 50 years ahead of your time. You have high Morals and values, and are compassionate and friendly. You are happiest in work like teaching, writing, painting, inventing.
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Healing Arts and Pagan Studies ~ Peppermint in the Car
Try this on your way to work. To stay alert during a long car ride try essential oil of Peppermint.
Known for it’s stimulating and head clearing properties it is excellent for mental fatigue. Use in
a dash board diffuser, hanging terra cotta pot or place a drop on a cotton ball. You don’t need much
so use sparingly.
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Healing Arts and Pagan Studies ~ Moon Gardening
BY PHASE
Sow, transplant, bud and graft: From New Moon through First Quarter to Full Moon.
Plow, cultivate, weed and reap: From Full Moon through Last Quarter to New Moon.
Plant above-ground crops with outside seeds, flowering annuals: Between New Moon and First Quarter.
Plant above-ground crops with inside seeds: Between First Quarter and Full Moon.
Plant root crops, bulbs, biennials, perennials: Between Full Moon and Last Quarter.
Do not plant: Between Last Quarter and New Moon.
BY PLACE IN THE ZODIAC – FRUITFUL SIGNS
Cancer – Most favorable planting time for all leafy crops bearing fruit above ground. Prune to encourage growth in Cancer.
Scorpio – Second only to Cancer, a Scorpion Moon promises good germination and swift growth. In Scorpio, prune for bud development.
Pisces – Planting in the last of the Watery Triad is especially effective for root growth.
Taurus – The best time to plant root crops is when the Moon is in the sign of the Bull.
Capricorn – The Earthy Goat Moon promotes the growth of rhizomes, bulbs, roots, tubers and stalks. Prune now to strengthen branches.
Libra – Airy Libra may be the least beneficial of the Fruitful Signs, but is excellent for planting flowers and vines.
BARREN SIGNS
Leo – Foremost of the Barren Signs, the Lion Moon is the best time to effectively destroy weeds and pests. Cultivate and till the soil.
Gemini – Harvest in the Airy Twins; gather herbs and roots. Reap when the Moon is in a sign of Air or Fire to assure best storage.
Virgo – Plow, cultivate, and control weeds and pests when the moon is in Virgo.
Sagittarius – Plow and cultivate the soil or harvest under the Archer Moon. Prune now to discourage growth.
Aquarius – This dry sign of Air is perfect for ground cultivation, reaping crops, gathering roots and herbs. It is a good time to destroy weeds and pests.
Aries – Cultivate, weed and prune to lessen growth. Gather herbs and roots for storage.
Excerpted From Elizabeth Pepper, The Witches’ Almanac, Ltd.
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The Goddess Companion
Free
in the glad greenwood,
leaping like a deer
who fears no hunter.
There I will dance
with no man watching,
there I will find wisdom
written in the forest shadows.
Is there any gift greater
than feeling such joy?
~Maenad song, Greek Dramatist Euripides
On this night in ancient Greece, the Lenaia was celebrated. It was the festival of the Maenads, women who followed a now-mysterious cult of the God of Ecstasy, Dionysus. Little is known about the celebrations of these women, who for more than 200 years practiced a religion apparently based upon union with the divine. Yet even, 2,000 years after their societies were disbanded, the Maenads still hold a powerful place in our imagination. What were they like, these seekers of ecstasy? How did they find the divinity within themselves? We may never know, but we can celebrate the instinct for transformation within ourselves, however it may manifest itself.
By Patricia Monaghan ~ From “The Goddess Companion” and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives

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Holy Mother!
Your chalice is full—
lucid, inviolate.
Your ancient eyes reflect eternity’s
blue roses and
mirror the mysteries
hidden within my heart—
like a song unremembered;
a breath of thought.
Head high You dance the circle;
dance and reawaken longing.
Satisfied, complete yet untouched,
Your smile proclaims the dawn.
So Mote It Be!
“The Book Of Hours”
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The Candle of Love, Hope and Friendship
“There is not enough darkness in the world to put out the light of one candle.”
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GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Thor’s Day
Energy: Male
Ruler:  Jupiter – Rules growth, expansion, generosity – Use for magick involving growth, expansion, prosperity, money, business, attracting more of what you have.
Today’s Magickal Influences ~ Luck, Religion, Healing, Trade And Employment, Treasure, Honors, Riches, Legal Matters
Today’s Goddesses: Juno, Hera, Kwan Yin, Mary, Cybele, Tara, Mawu, Mlaba Mwana Waresa, Ishtar, Nuit
Perfumes: Stock, Lilac, Storax, Aloes
Incense:   Nutmeg, Henbane
Color of The Day:  Purple, Indigo, Blue
Colors for Tomorrow: Light Blue, Pale Green
Lucky Sign: Thursday Is The Lucky Day For Sagittarius And Pisces
Candle: Blue
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In many different traditions lighting a candle is a sacred action. It expresses more than words can express. It has to do with gratefulness. From time immemorial, people have lit candles in sacred places. You may want to begin or end your day by the sacred ritual of lighting a candle on this gratefulness. Or you may want to light a birthday candle for a friend. One single guideline is all you need: Slow down and do it with full attention.


Lunabar Moon Almanack for Thursday, 08 January, 2015
Waning, Gibbous Moon          Age: 18 days.
Ascending Node is at 14° Libra.
Moon in 1st degree of the Sign Virgo, the Virgin;
also in 14th deg. of the Constellation Leo, the Lion.
Souths: 2:29 morn.  Moonset: 9:13 morn.
Moonrise: 8:35 eve.
Spells and rituals involving the Earth Element should be performed when the Moon is in an Earth sign: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
Aspect of the Sign of Virgo: Yang, Masculine, Solar, Positive, Diurnal, Fiery, Fixed, Barren, Horary Eastern, Summery, Boreal, Commanding, Feral, Bestial,
Animal, Four-footed, Dry, Bitter, Hot.
Current Moon Phase: Waning
Time: From Full Moon to Dark Moon (approx.14 days)
Goddess Aspect: Crone
Associated Goddesses: Cailleach, Banshee, Hecate, Kali, Morrigan
Magickal Attributes: Releasing the old, removing unwanted negative energies, wisdom, psychic ability, scrying, reversing circumstances. Workings on this day are for banishing magick, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity, physical and  psychic cleansings.
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Moon Moon, Mother Moon
Lunar Lore
The Egyptians worshipped the cat as a symbol of the moon,
not only because it is more active after sunset,
but from the dilation and contraction of its pupil,
symbolical of the waxing and waning of the night-goddess.
~Brewer, “Dictionary of Phrase & Fable”
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“Alilat” – the name by which the Arabs adore nature,
which they represent by a crescent moon.
~Brewer, “Dictionary of Phrase & Fable”.
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The month is divided into three periods,
the waxing, the mid-month, and the waning,
which answer to the phases of the moon.
~Endnotes to Evelyn-White’s trans. of Hesiod’s “Works and Days.”
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The Lunar Mansion
Aljabha, The Forehead of the Lion,
also known as Frons Leonis, The Face of the Lion.
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Marked by the fix’d Stars: Regulus & the Sickle, in Leo.
In pride the Lion lifts his mane
To see his British brothers reign
As stars below.
~Edward Young, “Imperium Pelagi.”
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Lunabar Sun Almanack for Thursday, 08 January, 2015
Sunrise: 7:27 morn.    Sunset: 5:03 eve.
Length of Day: 9h. 35m.
Dawn: 6:57 morn.    Dusk: 5:32 eve.
Length of Twilight: 0h. 29m.
Sun in 17th degree of the Sign Capricorn, the Goat;
also in 21st degree of the Constellation Sagittarius, the Archer
Solar Lore
The sun pale and (as we call it) watery at its rising
denotes rain; if it set pale, wind.
Francis Bacon, “Historia Ventorum”
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The Sun in the Fixed Sign of Earth: Yin, Feminine, Lunar, Negative, Nocturnal, Earthy, Cardinal, Semi-fruitful, Horary Southern, Wintery, Austral, Obeying, Solsitial, Tropical, Dry, Cold, Changeable, Hoarse.
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Seasons of the Witch – Ancient Holidays
Remember The Ancient Ways and Keep Them Holy!
Goddess Month of Hestia begins 12/26 – 1/22
Celtic Tree Calendar: Birch Moon December 24 – January 20:
January ~ Moon Phases
Last Quarter falls on Tuesday, 13 January, 2015 at 4:48 AM
New Moon falls on Tuesday, 20 January, 2015 at 8:14 AM
First Quarter falls on Monday, 26 January, 2015 at 11:49 PM
The Seasons, 2014
Winter Solstice (Winter began) December 21st at 6:01 evening.
Sun Rides Low, at Southern tropic (turn), entered the sign of Capricorn
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The Year Is Divided Into Four Seasons:
The first season is of a frigid complexion, and this is “Winter”;
The second is of the complexion of Air, and this is “Spring”;
Then follows the third, which is “Summer”, and is of the complexion of Fire;
Lastly, there is the fourth, wherein fruits are matured, which is “Autumn”.
~The Turba Philosophorum, ca. 12 century
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Our Weekly Affirmation
If you repeat an affirmation three times a day three times each time you do it for 28 days it will
become a part of your being and whenever you feel like life is going out of control you will be able
to just find that safe place.
Affirmation Of The Week!
“I embrace the possibility of each day.”
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Tasha’s Day by Day Planner for January 2015
Thu. 1/8 Playful Leo Moon helps us to be entertaining. Later PM organized Virgo Moon brings tidiness to the day.
Fri. 1/9 Particular Virgo Moon energy suggests minding the details.
Sat. 1/10 Efficient Virgo Moon vibrations helps us catch up on chores.
Sun. 1/11 Artistic Libra Moon energy provides a fine day for art.
Mon. 1/12 Balance loving Libra Moon helps make everything come out even. Mars into Pisces brings a focus on helping the unfortunate.

As The Wheel Turns ~ Legends and Lore
Today Is …
January 8 
Old Druid’s New Year
World Literacy Day
Redistribution of Wealth Day
Man Watcher’s Day
Justitia Day (Roman Goddess of Justice)
Kassada (Indonesia)
Midwife’s Day (aka Women’s Day; Greece)
National Joygerm Day
Old Hickory Day
Feast of St. Gudula (patron of Brussels; against toothaches)
St. Severinus’ Day
Rock ‘n’ Roll Day
Postal Day
Jackson Day (Louisiana)
St. Amalburga’s Day (patron against bruises)
National English Toffee Day
St. Atticus’ Day
Pennsylvania Farm Show
Greek: Midwife’s Day. Send a card to any midwifes or dulas you may know. Invoke Artemis, Goddess of midwives and a midwife Herself. Ask Her to midwife to things into your life.
Once a celebration honoring the Goddess Babbo, now honoring midwives and birth. Men stay inside while the village midwife is adorned with fertility symbols such as flowers, onion, garlic, dried figs, currants, and carob-beans and receives gifts from all the women of child-bearing age. A ceremony is performed when they pour out water for her and kiss the ‘schema’ (meaning shape), a large phallic symbol made from a leek or sausage. Afterwards women feast and drink, lead the midwife in a procession while dancing and telling lewd jokes, and sprinkle her with water from the fountain.
Norse: Dedicated to the Goddess Freya (Freyja), Goddess of Love and Fertility. In ancient times, this day was dedicated to the Norse Goddess Freya (or Freyja), who presided over both love and fertility.
Justica’s Day was celebrated by the early Romans
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Remember the ancient ways and keep them sacred!
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Live each Season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each.
~Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862)
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NOTE: Because of the large number of ancient calendars, many in simultaneous use, as well as different ways of computing holy days (marked by the annual inundation, the solar year, the lunar month, the rising of key stars, and other celestial and terrestrial events), you may find these holy days celebrated a few days earlier or later at your local temple.

GrannyMoon’s Reading for Today ~ 9 of Cups
Keywords for today: Knowing – Success – Pleasure – Satisfaction – Confidence
A culmination of your energies. Traditionally known as the wishing card, it is time to receive the object of your desires.
If you can trust your wants and desires, you will achieve your goals.

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Today’s Goddess: Eleithyia 
Midwife’s Day (Greek Macedonia)
Themes: Birth; Children; Creativity; Fertility
Symbols: A Torch; White Flowers
About Eleithyia: As the Aegean Goddess of Birth, Eleithyia acts as the midwife to your new year, filling it with creative power. Eleithyia’s name translates as “Fluid of Generation,” giving her strong fertile aspects, and she also has a hand in personal fate.
According to myth, Eleithyia was the midwife of the gods and even birthed Eos, the creative force behind all things. When Eleithyia’s hands were closed, birth was delayed. When Eleithyia opened her body, a child arrives effortlessly.
To Do Today: The ancients honored their midwives today as the Goddess’s assistants by giving them gifts. In modern times, this might equate to sending a thank-you note to your physician or pediatrician.
If you bring Eleithyia’s fertility to any area of your life this year, try this spell: Gather a handful of white flower petals. Work in an area that somehow represents your goal. If you want a fertile garden, for example, cast this spell in your garden; for fertile ideas, perform it in your study. Visualize your goal as you release all but one petal, turning clockwise to the winds saying:
The wish of my heart, Eleithyia see,
and bring back to me fertility.
Carry the last petal to help the magick manifest.
From: “365 Goddess” by Patricia Telesco
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Healing Arts and Pagan Studies ~ Connecting with the Goddess
The month of January is often a time of low energy for many. The hustle of the holidays is over, and another year, full of unknowns, had begun. Even with the slowly lengthening days, we can still feel the effects of limited sunshine on our bodies. When we honor the Goddess during this current Full Moon, we can reunite our energies with the divine source. For this reunion, you will need a while or silver candle, jasmine or another herb to represent your spiritual connection, an herb to represent you, charcoal, and a fire-proof container. Begin by standing in the Goddess salute. State these or similar words:
Lady of the Moon
Mother of night,
Our energies are one
within your light.
Light the candle, visualizing your energy blending with the goddess’s. Mix the two herbs in your hands, continuing the visualization. Sprinkle the herbs onto the lighted charcoal.
As the smoke rises, visualize your energies intertwining with hers. Meditate and listen for her messages of guidance. Thank her, and extinguish the candle.
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Healing Arts and Pagan Studies ~ Create an Enchanted Space
The energy in your home can effect the kind of day you have. Using essential oils it’s possible to create the atmosphere that you need that day or even that hour. Enhance positive energy and eliminate negativity. Use the powers of scent tocreate a soothing evening at home with family or a sultry evening with a special someone.
Create an atmosphere for studying or perhaps a special dinner party with friends. From the Bedroom
to the Living Room, Dining Room, Bath etc. you can instantly affect the space in your home.
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Healing Arts and Pagan Studies ~ A Witch’s Bottle
Gather Rosemary, needles and pins and red wine. Fill a small jar with these
first three ingredients saying the following as you work:
“Pins, needles, rosemary and wine.
In this Witch’s Bottle of mine;
Guard against harm and enmity;
This is my will, So mote it be!”
Visualize these herbs doing just that. When the jar is full, pour in red
wine. Then cap or cork the jar and drip wax from a black or red candle
around the seal.
Bury the jar at the farthest corner of your property or place it in an
inconspicuous spot in the house.
The Witch’s bottle destroys negativity and evil; The pins and needles impale
evil, the wine drowns it and the rosemary sends it far from your property.
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The Goddess Companion
Her beauty shines forth: Kokyanwhuti,
she who gives light and nourishes life,
the Mother of all that lives and shall live.
There she stands, dressed in soft wool,
white and blue, woven with the symbols
of womanhood, the butterfly and the blossom.
Turquoise and shell and coral: these are
her jewels. Fair and warm and tender:
these are her expressions. Gleaming white:
this is the color of her soft skin boots.
Look how she smiles at us as she dances
on the shifting sands of time. Look
how she smiles at us before she disappears.
~Hopi Creation Myth
The beginning of each year reminds us of all beginnings. It is a fertile and creative period when anything seems possible. Like the Goddess Kokyanwhuti, the Hopi Spider Woman, everything seems lovely, magnificent, abundant. Hope swells in our hearts. we expect nothing but beauty before us, behind us, above us.
Yet in the ancient myth of creation, as soon as the Goddess appears, she disappears again. So too in our lives, the brief enthusiasm of beginnings comes all too soon to an end. All too soon, harsh reality sets in. Great plans seem foolish and unattainable, our lives seem pinched and small, hope seems to disappear from our reach.
That same ancient myth tells us an important secret, however: that the goddess did not disappear, but submerged herself into the very reality that challenges us. Our great dreams are not dead, only dispersed among the daily efforts it takes to achieve them. Our great hopes are not dead, only hidden within our hearts.  Remembering the presence of the Goddess, even on dark and wintry days of the spirit, we can go forward to a greater future.
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By Patricia Monaghan ~ From “The Goddess Companion” and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives

GrannyMoon is Founder and Mother High Priestess of GoddessSchool, Sisters of the Burning Branch, dedicated to the Feminine Divine, which is celebrating it’s 14th year! Former staff member and student of the Esoteric Theological Seminary, LDS Seminary and is an ordained Metaphysical Interfaith minister with doctoral degrees in Theology and Divinity. Doula, Reiki Master and Lifetime Member of Herbal Healer Academy, Inc. Former VA State Representative A.R.E.N. (Alternative Religions Educational Network.) We offer an on-line and off-line community for women, including workshops and retreats.
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#Omens&Symbols . . . Dragonflies

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Dragonflies are the keepers of dreams, the energy within that sees all of our true potential and ability.
Dragonflies inspire spirituality and creativity, they help us on the path of discovery and enlightenment.
They remind us that anything is possible .. ❤️☀🧚✨🌙

Text and image source: Mitra Shahidi https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2727329664201637&id=100007738899262

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