GrannyMoon*s Morning Feast ~ 20 Jan 2015

 
 
Honoring The Goddess Oya!
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Holy Mother!
Upon the ferment of restless seas
You were born;
motherless, fatherless,
primordial as the sea.
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.
So Mote It Be!
By Galen Gillotte
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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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“Freedom: Appreciate It, Cherish It, Protect It.”
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All We Are Saying Is…Give Peace A Chance ~John Lennon
So mote it be!!
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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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If you repeat an affirmation three times a day three times each time you do it for 28 days it will
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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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By: Jonathan Keyes
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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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GrannyMoon*s Morning Feast ~ 8 Jan 2015

 
 
 
Honoring The Goddess!
Keep Warm Everyone!!!!
Happy Birthday, Jesse, Pat (RIP) and Elvis (RIP)!!!
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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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“Freedom: Appreciate It, Cherish It, Protect It.”
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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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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

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Goddess Month of Month of Rosea begins 6/13 – 7/10

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Celtic Tree Calendar: Duir (Oak) June 10 to July 7

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Current Moon Phase: Waxing Moon: Time: From New Moon To Full (Approx. 14 Days Symbolic of growth, manifestation, attainment, gravidity (heavy with child – both philosophical and literal).

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.)

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GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Moon Day
Energy: Female Ruler: The Moon – Rules emotions, protection, healing, and
women’s mysteries – Use for magick involving the subconscious, healing,
emotions, love, spirituality, healing wounds, children, small animals,
women’s mysteries, the female side of men, mothers, sisters, female
partners, wives, instincts
Today’s Magickal Influences: Agriculture, Domestic, Long Life, Medicine,
Travels, Visions, Theft
Today’s Goddesses: Luna, Selene, Diana, Re, Gaeleach, Ida, Artemis [Whom The
Greeks Associated With Bast], The Witches, Yemaya, Erzulie, Bast
Incense: Myrtle
Perfumes: White Poppy, White Rose, Wallflower
Monday – Wear pearl, moonstone, or crystal. Use an emerald for amulets.
Color of The Day: Silver, Grey, White
Colors for Tomorrow: Red
Candle: White
Lucky Sign: Monday Is The Lucky Day For The Sign of Cancer
Cooking on Monday will improve magics for creativity, insight, maternal
nature, and Goddess-related efforts. ~Quote from Magickal Martha
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Hail Tyr! GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Tyr’s or 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.
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 – Wear a ruby, star sapphire, or emerald. Use topaz for amulets.
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
Candle: Red
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Hail Odin! GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Woden or Odin’s Day
Energy: Male Ruler: Mercury – Rules healings, the mind – Use for magick
involving mental issues, learning, higher education, addictions,
communications, travel, young people, messages, perception, self-expression,
artists, poets, and writers
Today’s Magickal Influences: Conjurations, Predictions, Knowledge, Writing,
Eloquence
Wednesday – Wear amethyst, star ruby, or lodestone. Use turquoise in amulets.
Today’s Goddesses: Aset [Isis], Demeter, Ceres, Spider Woman, Bona Dea, Oya,
Devi-Kali, Hella, Rhiannon, Coatlique, Maman Brigette, Sekhmet, Het Heret
[Hathor]
Incense: Cinnamon, Cinquefoil
Perfumes: Sweetpea, Lavender, Mastic, Frankincense, Cloves
Color of The Day: Yellow, Grey
Colors for Tomorrow: Purple, Indigo, Blue
Lucky Sign: Wednesday Is The Lucky Day For Gemini And Virgo
Candle: Purple
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GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Thor’s Day Hail Thor!
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
Thursday – Wear sapphire, cat’s eye, or carnelian. Use sapphire in
rituals.
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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Hail Freya! GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Freya’s Day
Energy: Female Ruler: Venus – Rules lovers and pleasure, affairs of the
heart – Use for magick involving love, peace, beauty, gentleness, women’s
problems, healing, protection, lovers, ease, pleasure, affairs. Resolve
quarrels today!
Friday – Cast love spells on Fridays. Wear blue robes and use turquoise and ruby. Wear emerald or cat’s eye.
Today’s Magickal Influences: All Love Matters, Friendships, Affection,
Partnerships, Money, Sex
Today’s Goddesses: Astarte, Aphrodite, Erzulie, Aida Wedo, Eve, Venus,
Freya, Frigg, Diana, Aset [Isis], The Witch Of Gaeta, Chalchiuhtlique
Incense: Saffron, Verbena
Perfumes: Stephanotis, Apple Blossom, Musk, Ambergris
Color of The Day: Light Blue, Pale Green
Colors for Tomorrow: Black
Lucky Sign: Friday Is The Lucky Day For Taurus And Libra
Candle: Green
Saint Jegudiel represents Friday
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GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Saturn’s Day
Day of Seatere, Seater, and Saturn and of Loki, the Norse god of tricks and
revelry. Saturday is ruled by Saturn, whose Magickal influences are:
longevity, endings, and homes. Saturday comes under the influence of Saturn.
Saturn’s influence directs our attention toward routine chores, customs, and
conventional traditions. Saturday is a good day for furthering our ambitions
through perseverance, patience, responsible action, and a sense of purpose .
Saturday – Wear turquoise, labradorite, or diamond. Use amethyst.
Saturday is a good day of the week to perform spells and rituals involving
spirit communication, meditation, psychic self-defense, binding, and
locating lost things or missing persons.
Today’s Goddesses: Ops, Rhea, Tellus Mater, Gaia, Eartha, Ge, Tonantzin,
Asherah, Anath, The Shekinah, The Matronit, Mary, Gula, Herodias, Oddudua,
Demeter
Today’s Magickal Influences: Duties, Responsibilities, Finding Families,
Works Of Magic, Buildings, Meditation, Life, Doctrines
Today’s Energies: Female – Rules obstacles, overcoming blockages – Use for
magick involving overcoming limitations, the elderly, endings, deaths,
blocks, constrictions, and those restricting you.
Incense: Pepperwort, Assodilious, Black Poppy Seeds, Henbane, Lodestone,
Myrrh
Perfumes: Hyacinth, Pansy
Color of The Day: Black
Colors for Tomorrow: Orange, Gold and Yellow
Lucky Sign: Saturday Is The Lucky Day For Capricorn And Aquarius
Candle: Black
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GrannyMoon Says Today is: Sun Day Hail Sunna!
Energy: Male
Ruler: The Sun
Rule health, prosperity, leadership, joy, and protection – Use for magick involving happiness, prosperity, joy, healing, protection, power,
leadership, ego, authority figures, fathers, husbands
Today’s Goddesses: Sunna, Frau Sonne, Aditi, Igaehindvo, Amaterasu, Arinna,
Izanami, Ochumare
Sunday’s Magickal Influences: Health, Healing, Confidence And Hope, Prosperity
Incense: Mastic, Palaginia
Perfumes: Heliotrope, Orange Blossom, Cloves, Frankincense, Ambergris, Musk,
Myrrh
Sunday – wear topaz, sunstone, or diamond. Use pearl in crafting talismans.
Color of The Day: Orange, Gold
Colors for Tomorrow: Silver, Gray, White
Lucky Sign: Sunday Is The Lucky Day For Leo
Candle: Yellow

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Llewellyn’s Spell a Day

Honoring Divine Guidance on Father’s Day
Spell Date: Sunday, June 17, 2018

Today is Father’s Day in the United States. For many people, it is a joyous celebration of either their father or their own fatherhood. However, for many who have a strained or nonexistent relationship with their father, it can be a rather difficult reminder.

Our divine connections are always available, and we can honor the guidance we receive from those sources on this day. This is an excellent day to honor a deity or spirit who has given you the type of guidance, assistance, and reassurance fitting of a father figure. If you have not already done so, create a small altar to the divine entity and make a few simple offerings. Something of your own creation is an excellent choice. The more personal it is, the better. A craft, a food you’ve made, or an offering of poetry or song performed by you are all top-notch choices. Remember, you are supported!
This post was written by Blake Octavian Blair on June 17, 2018
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Don’t Blame Me!
Spell Date: Saturday, June 16, 2018

On this day in 1567, Mary, Queen of Scots, was imprisoned for supposedly plotting to murder Queen Elizabeth I of England. It’s a difficult life when you feel you’re entitled to something only to have it snatched out from under your nose. Have you ever been wrongly accused of something? There’s a simple way to free yourself so that you’re not imprisoned like Mary!

Using a red pen, write the name of your accuser backwards nine times on a piece of paper. Roll up the paper as tightly as it will go, then set fire to it in a heat-proof container. As the paper burns, so will your perceived guilt. Dispose of the ashes somewhere not on your property, like a public trash can, or even flush them down a gas station toilet. This spell works only if you’re innocent, though, so think twice before doing it!
This post was written by Charlie Rainbow Wolf on June 16, 2018
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Mermaid Love Altar
Spell Date: Friday, June 15, 2018

To draw a new romance or to get your love life flowing in the most ideal direction, make a mermaid altar today and petition your mermaid for the desires of your heart. Choose an image of a beautiful mermaid and place it on a flat surface over a pretty cloth. Add an apple or peach and a small offering of chocolate. Light a pink candle.

Close your eyes and center yourself in front of the altar. Then swim down to visit the mermaid in your mind’s eye. Take a moment to honor her and to just enjoy being in her presence. When it feels right, speak from your heart and tell her what you’d like to experience in your love life. Then feel and sense her directing rushing water toward you. Feel it flowing around you and know that you are receiving a powerful attunement to the frequencies of that which you desire.
This post was written by Tess Whitehurst on June 15, 2018
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Hag Stone Protection Cord
Spell Date: Thursday, June 14, 2018

Hag stones are stones that have a natural hole running through them created by water erosion. They can be found on ocean beaches and in river or creek beds. Finding them can be difficult, so feel blessed if you happen upon one by accident—for those are the luckiest of all.

Thought of as a protective stone, hag stones were hung to protect against night terrors and Witches. When a hag stone was used as a seeing stone, it was said, one could look through the hole in the stone and see into the faerie realm.

To make a hag stone protection cord, you will need three feet of black cord and a hag stone.

Slip the cording through the hag stone and tie the cord off at the end. This will be your first knot. You will tie eight more knots, for a total of nine. As you tie each knot, focus on your intention.

When finished, hang your protection cord near your threshold.
This post was written by Monica Crosson on June 14, 2018
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New Moon Fasting Spell
Spell Date: Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Fasting on the new moon is believed to be very beneficial because the body’s powers of detoxification are at their most powerful. Our physical vitality is very apparent at both new and full moons, so both days are perfect for paying close attention to how we treat our bodies.

On this day, eat lightly and consume only nourishing foods. Fresh fruit and vegetable juices, whole fruits, or raw salads are ideal, with maybe a few raw nuts for protein. Drink plenty of water.

When evening falls, look at the stars, made brighter by the moon’s absence, and picture them illuminating your whole being from afar. Picture yourself glowing with health. Put some fresh fruit juice in a goblet, lift it to the sky, and drink, saying:

“I drink to my health. I drink in the
new moon’s energy. I allow this energy
to strengthen my will. I allow my
body to release what I do not need.”

Do this spell as a reminder on each new moon.
This post was written by Peg Aloi on June 13, 2018
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Increasing Harmony in All Relationships
Spell Date: Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Human communication is complex. While mystical folks understand the reality of oneness, paradoxically everyone has their own unique personality and modes of communication. Life is built upon relationships—not just romantic ones but also familial bonds, friendships, acquaintances, pets, daily interactions with strangers, online exchanges, and so on.

To increase ease and grace in all manner of communication, procure eight orange-colored chime candles (the small birthday candles) and anoint them with an essential oil of your choice. Use whichever oil feels right to you, even if it’s plain old olive oil! Beneath the candle holder, place cinnamon, catnip, and/or Valerian (make sure the flames won’t actually touch the herbs).

Safely burn one candle a day as you go about your communicative business at home. If you are not socializing in person or technologically, try singing, chanting, or reading out loud while the candle burns. Express yourself. Smell the herbs and feel the candle’s subtle heat. Repeatedly declare:

“My relationships are graced!
I am at ease through time and space.”
This post was written by Raven Digitalis on June 12, 2018
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Saint Barnabas’ Fire Bundle
Spell Date: Monday, June 11, 2018

Back when we still kept track of the days with the Julian calendar, June 11 was the summer solstice and also the start of the hay-making season, both presided over by peacemaker Saint Barnabas. Make a fire bundle with some straw and the other traditional plants carried by folks on Saint Barnabas’s day: rose (love), lavender (peace), and woodruff (protection and plenty). Tie the herbs in a bundle with a red cord. Let them dry out, then burn them in a bonfire or your cauldron to ensure a pleasant summer blessed with abundance and sunshine. As you set the bundle alight, invoke Saint Barnabas’s support with an incantation based on a traditional song:

“Barnabas bright, Barnabas bright,
The longest day and the shortest night.
I’ll make my hay while the sun doth shine,
And the bounty of summer shall truly be mine!”
This post was written by Natalie Zaman on June 11, 2018

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The Many ways of Cherishing, Part One

Heartwings says, “Cherishing is rooted in the heart and can take many forms.”

The dictionary definitions of “cherish” tell us it comes from words that imply caring and holding dear. The French word “cher,” or “cherie” meaning dear one is often used as a term of endearment. That and those we cherish are what and whom we hold in our hearts as precious. Keeping, implying more than just a momentary affection, is another dictionary definition of cherishing. I was thinking of this on Father’s Day and of the memories I cherish of my late dad.

I fondly remember the sand castles we would build on the beach. We would go to my Great Aunt Alice’s beach cottage so he could get away from the incessant telephone calls from clients who thought they were having horticultural emergencies. No cell phones disturbed our peace, nor was there even a landline to the simple, somewhat primitive beach shack our family slept in. Our daylight hours were spent on the sand, in the water or weeding the beach grass from the path to it. He considered that his way of repaying his aunt for her kindness in lending us the cottage.

This and other cherished memories from my young years are fun to dwell on. I keep them in my heart, along with memories of other dear ones, some of who have departed this life and others of whom live at a distance. I also think about and spend time caring for friends and family nearby. I do my best to keep in touch and make sure we stay current with one another’s lives. I do this with email or phone calls, or even texts nowadays. The many forms of communication are a great help to me in my efforts

However, in my attempts to cherish I have learned that not everyone looks at life in the same way. For instance as in the tale of the monkey who fearing it would drown, so kindly put a fish into a tree, I try not offer help just because I think it is needed. I also must be mindful not to impose my values on a loved one who may have a perspective differing from mine. Most important, I must make sure think before I speak to hear what I am about to say and make sure that my words come across as loving. Sarcasm has never served me well, nor have clever comments or observations that may unintentionally wound. Cherishing takes many forms, and being mindful is an important one.

May you find many ways to cherish those you love.

Blessings and Best Regards, Tasha Halpert

PS If you would like to share ways you enjoy cherishing yourself or others, I’d love to hear them. I cherish responses from my readers.

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Fathers
By Madisyn Taylor

In a time when mothers and female energy are being honored, it is important not to forget the importance of fathers
The idea of fatherhood is both personal and universal. We all have ideal concepts surrounding fatherhood, and we also have our real fathers. Fathers who were there or not there for us, fathers who provided financial support for our families or failed to do so, fathers who loved or neglected us, fathers who were our role models or gave us someone to rebel against. Our father may have been there for us sometimes and not there for us at other times. The process of reconciling the ideal father that resides in our minds with the father that we actually have is a fertile one that can teach us a great deal about ourselves.

Our relationship with our father will often affect our relationships with the other men who will come into our lives. You may have learned to behave and think in certain ways because those were the ways that your father acted and thought. Certain talents that you possess may have been passed down to you by your father. There also may be personal issues that you inherited by virtue of who your father is. Understanding how your relationship with your father has influenced you can help you better understand yourself and the life that you have created.

In a time when mothers, the sacred feminine, and female energy are being honored, it is important not to forget the importance of fathers. Father energy and mother energy are the two complementary energies necessary to bring a healthy human being to fruition in the world. Many of the ideas surrounding fathers are changing in the wake of more modern parenting styles and the more egalitarian roles that are evolving between the sexes. More men are embodying the mother energy these days, and a woman can provide father energy for her children. Either way, we can all benefit from thinking about our fathers and how they have influenced who we’ve become and the ways that we walk through this world. Let us remember to honor our fathers.

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Creating A Stress-Free Home
by Servant of Hestia

…Or maybe it should say: “Less Stressful Home.”

We all have stress in our lives, but sometimes it’s the little things that eliminate – or at least scale down — that stress. I came across a lovely article on Daily Om a few months back that really resonated with me.
For the past several months (as you saw in my December post when I wrapped up the year) I’ve been diving into areas I never thought I would. My Goddess whispered in my ear…and I’ve definitely listened.

But for today let’s look at this piece by Madisyn Taylor (you can also check out the site for it here):

“Your home will be infused with supportive energy if you take the time to create a stress-free home.
“Sometimes our lives are so busy that we treat our homes as if they were impersonal places that we merely pass through. But we can make certain that our homes truly feel like our sanctuaries by taking the time to tend to them like gardens, which need care in order to offer us the beauty of their blooms. When we take the time to treat our homes like beloved treasures, we can shift their energy from being merely places to being wellsprings for the replenishment of our energy.
“Consider that homes are the outer reflections of those who live within. If we feel that the current appearance clashes with how we’d like to see ourselves, it can keep us from fully allowing our light to shine. Updating our homes to reflect our inner landscape need not involve massive redecorating or a large outlay of money. Small things can make a big difference, like simply moving items so that we constantly gaze upon the things we love the most, liberating the treasures we’ve hidden in our closets, using our best dishes and making small repairs. Organizing and cleaning is a no-cost way to remove chaos from our homes and introduce more calm. Lovingly rejuvenating our personal space can become a creative project that increases the flow of good throughout all aspects of our lives and increases our feeling of connection. We can give old things new life by donating them to charity, opening space for newness to enter. Removing stress from our homes can be as simple as putting our bills into pretty boxes and choosing a specific time to deal with them, or removing clutter so that we and our energy can move freely throughout our space.
“Simplifying our space lets our imagination and energy roam free. We can choose to prioritize our homes, making them the true heart of our family’s activities. Then we are free to focus on what really matters–time to ourselves, to share with loved ones, and to replenish our energy so that we have more to share with each other and with the world.”
Blessings from the Hearth.

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Litha Ritual for One

Solar Potion Recipe for Fortune, Success and Prosperity
by Heron

This Litha ritual for the solitary witch creates a solar potion. A potion is a liquid preparation of herbs, fruits and spirits that is blended for a specific magickal purpose. Through it’s creation, we provide a conduit through which the attributes of several spiritual allies may be physically imbibed – meaning, you can drink this delicious brew, and let it nourish you and the Great Work of Magick, on all levels.

Solar Potion for Fortune, Success and Prosperity
Litha is the sabbat of the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, which falls on June 21, 2017. Just as the Sun is at its most powerful in the Northern Hemisphere, witches also celebrate the masculine side of Deity, at his most fiery, potent and powerful. He is Father Sky, the Sun God, the Lord of the Greenwood, and his vitality aids the Great Goddess, our Mother Earth, who emerges as burgeoning life all around us. The fruit of their union sustains us. At Litha, we celebrate life and our power to live abundantly!
Our coven first enacted this potion ritual together at our Litha sabbat last year. It was created by our High Priest, Preston Craddock, and I share this slightly Heron-ified version with his permission. I’ve adapted it here to be a solitary rite, but it worked wonderfully well with a group, with each ingredient passed around the circle to be charged before adding it to the chalice.

Materials Needed – Makes 7 cups (56 ounces)
” 3 cups of a light, fruity white Wine – Abundance and Prosperity
” 1 cup Orange Blossom Water – Solar vitality and Good Fortune (Or substitute freshly squeezed juice of one large orange, strained of pulp blended with enough water to make 1 cup), God, Sun, Fire
” 1 cup Pomegranate Juice – Wishes and Wealth, Goddess, Earth
” 1 cup infusion of Cinnamon Bark – Power and Success, Love and Money, Fire, Sun
Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1 cinnamon stick in a glass jar, cover and allow to steep for a few hours while sitting in the summer sun. Remove stick. Alternatively, a single shot of Goldschläger cinnamon schnapps has edible gold flakes, which is as solar a potion as ever there was one, but beware the additional alcohol content.
” 1 cup infusion of Fresh Ginger Root – Success, Fruition, potency, Passion, Fire, Mars
Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 2 tablespoons of diced fresh Ginger root, in a glass jar, cover and allow to steep for a few hours while sitting in the summer sun. Strain out roots.
o After the cinnamon and ginger infusions are done, I like to re-bottle them in witchy-looking, food-safe glass bottles in fiery colors of yellow, orange and red. I think it makes a difference psychologically, especially in group work, when things have that dramatic aesthetic flare, but that part is totally optional.

Altar Tools
Chalice – the larger the better. We have a very large coven chalice that holds a whole bottle of wine, and we can mix directly into it.
Alternatively, a larger bowl, or pitcher, and a spoon to blend ingredients prior to pouring into a smaller ritual chalice…choose something special, perhaps that family heirloom crystal punch-bowl, or that glass margarita pitcher you pull out for the good parties.
Athame – ritual knife
Yellow or Gold candle lit to represent the sun.
Altar cakes of your choosing: orange, ginger or cinnamon favored treats are a good choice!

Litha Ritual for One
Prepare your altar and create sacred space in the way you normally would for your Litha Sabbat – I always have lots of yellow and orange, sunflowers, and sun images. Give your chalice (and/or mixing bowl/pitcher) and athame a central place on the altar, and lay out the bottles of potion ingredients so they are easy at hand.
Call to be present any Solar God(s) and Earth Goddess(es) you work with.
Take up the Wine, holding it aloft over the altar:
Awaken wine, fruit of the vine! Lend your spirit of abundance and prosperity!
Pour slowly into the mixing vessel, chanting: abundance and prosperity!
(If you are working with others, this is where they can chant along with you.)
Take up the Orange Blossom Water:
Awaken Orange, Great God of the Sun! Lend your Spirit of good fortune and vitality!
Pour slowly into the mixing vessel, chanting: good fortune and vitality!
Take up the Pomegranate Juice:
Awaken Pomegranate, Great Goddess of Earth! Lend your Spirit of wealth and fertility!
Pour slowly into the mixing vessel, chanting: Wealth and fertility!
Take up the Cinnamon Infusion:
Awaken Cinnamon, of Fire and Sun! Lend your Spirit of success and energy!
Pour slowly into the mixing vessel, chanting: Success and Energy!
Take up the Ginger Infusion:
Awaken Ginger, of Fire and Mars! Lend your Spirit of passion and potency!
Pour slowly into the mixing vessel, chanting: Passion and Potency!

Stir that Cauldron
Stirring the potion now in the pattern of the invoking pentagram, then circling deosil 13 times, chanting to build power: Prosperity, vitality, fertility, energy, potency! (repeat with vigor until you feel it is well charged.) Pour some solar potion into your chalice, if it isn’t there already.
Blessing the Cup and Cakes for the Simple Feast
Holding the athame now high over the chalice, visualizing the bright sun shining down, and the dark nutrients of the earth rising up. Where they intersect, see the growing bounty of the plants grow lush and green, full of flowers. Lowering the knife slowly to dip into the potion, say:
As the Athame is the God, so the Chalice is to the Goddess, and when conjoined, all blessèdness flows.
Once more, draw the invoking pentagram in the potion with the athame, and see all the raised power filling the cup.
Bless your altar cakes with gratitude for the promise of sustenance they fulfill. Touch a drop of potion onto each cake.
Offer a libation of cake and potion to the powers who’ve aided your work.
Drink up!
Hold the chalice in both hands, in a powerful stance raising your glass to the high sun. Say:
Powers of the Sun, shine through me! In fortune, success and prosperity! As I will, so mote it be!
Now, drain that cup of every delicious drop of liquid sunshine. Enjoy your cake, and meditate while visualizing yourself glowing yellow, warm, full of good cheer, fortune, shining brightly. Just like the massive ball of burning gas that is our actual star, you have the gravity to attract all the resources and opportunities you need so that you are fulfilled on all levels. See that the outcome of your Great Work of magick, that you’ve been striving toward all year, is being achieved.
Release your temple as is your custom, and enjoy a very happy and healthy summer!

Happy Litha!
~Heron

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Bayberry And A New Moon
by hocuspocus13

Legendary fragrance of Bayberry will bring to you good fortune
Bayberry Candles are very easily found in most of your local shops
Burn 1 Bayberry Candle in your home or place of business during every New Moon for 1 full year
Never skipping a month
The lighting of the Bayberry Candle is based on the promise made in this Ancient Rhyme
Say it while you are lighting your Candle
Bayberry candles
Burned to the socket
Bring health to the home
And wealth to the pocket

Do this faithfully for 1 full year during the New Moon health and fortune shall find its way to you!

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Stephen Halpert
Harry and Bessie Meet Groucho Marx

During the TV studio tour in Hollywood Harry and Bessie were selected to
appear as guests on Groucho Marx’s You Bet Your Life. George Feniman led them onto the set saying, “Folks come in and meet Groucho Marx. Groucho meet Harry and Bessie Silva from Pawtucket, Rhode Island.” George grinned. “Harry’s the reputed mattress tsar of Pawtucket, Rhode Island.”
“Mattress tsar?” Groucho turned to Bessie and winked. “Welcome you two. Say the secret word and win a hundred dollars.” He puffed his cigar and grinned at Bessie. “How do you feel about Harry being so involved with mattresses?”
“Oh I don’t mind,” Bessie smiled. “I’m glad Harry knows his way around the bedroom.”
“Really.” He tapped his cigar in an ashtray. “You must be a very open minded wife to feel that way.”
Bessie smiled. “I don’t know about that. But I do like the bedroom window open when we go to sleep.”
Groucho blinked. “What’s that got to do with mattresses?”
Bessie smiled. “A better night’s sleep and Harry’s less likely to snore,” she nodded.
He turned to Harry. “What brings you two to Los Angeles? You’re a long way from Pawtucket, Rhode Island.”
Harry smiled. “We’re here for the furniture show at the Mayflower.”
“I thought the Mayflower’s was in Plymouth.” He turned to Bessie and winked. “And what are you doing while Harry’s at the show?”
“Oh I love going shopping on Sunset Strip.”
Groucho wagged his eyebrows. “You like the strip?”
“Oh I prefer the fox trot but I’m old fashioned that way.”
“But it’s ok for your husband to sell mattresses to attractive women?”
“Oh, of course,” Bessie said. “That’s Harry’s livelihood. He can just look at a woman know what kind of mattress she needs.”
Groucho turned to Harry. “Is that true. “All you do is sell is mattresses?”
“Sometimes I like to go to the track, and I do also sell bedroom sets.”
A flurry of chords and a duck flew down.
“You’ve said the secret word,” Groucho grinned. “Track.” He took the hundred-dollar bill from the duck’s beak and handed it to Harry. ”
‘Oh wow,” Bessie kissed Harry. “Now we can take one of those hundred dollar bus tours to see the homes of movie stars.”
“See what kind of mattresses they sleep on.” Groucho added. “So why do you like to go to the track?”
“We have a big display in the clubhouse and I like to check up on it once in a while.”
“I didn’t know the ponies liked mattresses,” Groucho grinned. “Ok enough of this pillow talk. Let’s play You Bet Your Life. You two chose Legends as your category. Here’s your first question for one hundred dollars: Who’s buried in Grants tomb?”
Bessie looked at Harry. “I hope you know,” she said. “I haven’t a clue. I always thought it was empty.”
Harry creased his brow. “General Grant?”
“Right,” Groucho smiled. “And you’ve just won a hundred dollars. Here’s your next question for two hundred dollars: What’s between heaven and earth?”
“Oh that’s a hard one,” Bessie smiled. “Lots of thing, I guess.”
Groucho turned to Harry. “Is that your answer?
“No,” Harry said. “And.”
“And what?” Groucho asked.
“And is between Heaven and Earth,” Harry smiled. “You just said so yourself.”
“I guess I did. You’ve just won two hundred dollars bringing your total to three hundred dollars.”
“Oh,” Bessie said. “This is fun. Now we can afford dinner tonight at the Mayflower.”
“Is it that expensive?” Groucho asked.
“Well Harry usually has to pick up the tab.”
“I won’t go there,” Groucho said. “Now for three hundred dollars, “What’s black and white and red all over?”
“Oh I know the answer to that,” Bessie said excitedly. “A newspaper.”
“That’s right,” Groucho said. “See how easy it is making money on television? And now for four hundred dollars. Get this one right and you’ll be able to join the other contestants at the end of the show and play “You Bet your Life for another thousand dollars.” He looked at them. “What did Columbus do in 1492? And don’t say he sailed the ocean blue,” he chuckled.
“Didn’t Columbus discover America?” Bessie said. “But did he really? I thought it was the Italian.”
“Your right,” Groucho said, “and here a thousand dollars. Now come back and join the other contestants and if you win you’ll go home with two thousand dollars.”
“And if we don’t win?” Harry asked.
Groucho winked. “A years supply of frozen broccoli.”
“Oh Harry just take the money,” Bessie said. “Frozen broccoli isn’t something I’d want a years supply of. Besides our freezer isn’t big enough to hold all that. We’d have no room for the frozen spinach you like.”
“Are you sure,” Groucho said. “Most winning couples want to come back for more.”
“Oh I think we’ve done just fine,” Bessie said. “Why would we want more when what we have now is plenty?”
“You’re a very practical woman,” Groucho said. “Most contestants want as much as they can get. But they don’t like going to sleep with the bedroom window always open.”
“Probably,” Bessie said. “But that’s not me.”
“Groucho looked at Harry. “How do you feel about that?”
“Whatever Bessie says,” Harry said wisely. “She’s the boss.”
“Really,” Groucho said. “I hope you like the bedroom window open too. Otherwise what kind of a marriage would you two have?”
Harry smiled.
“Well when Harry’s away I usually keep it locked,” Bessie said. “That way there’ll be no surprises in the morning.”
“I’ve never met a couple in the mattress business,” Groucho said. “And I’m not trying to give you the business either. But what kind of a bed does the Mattress Tsar of Pawtucket and his wife sleep in?”
“Oh for years we had a water bed,” Bessie said. “Until it started to leak.”
“I hope it was the mattress and not either of you,” Groucho quipped.
“Of course,” Bessie blushed.
“So what kind of a mattress do you two sleep on now?”
“It’s a king sized that vibrates,” Bessie said proudly.’
I hope you’re talking about your mattress and not about Harry.” Groucho winked.
Bessie blushed and took Harry’s hand. “Don’t worry Harry, your snoring doesn’t really bother me.
“That’s a good thing,” Groucho said. “A very good thing. Thanks for being our guests on today’s show.”
George Feniman ushered them off stage. Groucho grinned. “Next time I need a new mattress I’ll give you a call.”
Bessie smiled. “You do that and Harry will give you a really good deal.”
“We were on television,” Bessie said excitedly as they left the studio. “I wonder if anyone back in Rhode Island was watching?”
“And they’ll all know I snore,” Harry grumbled.
Bessie giggled. “Don’t worry Harry. No one will remember that.”
He took her hand. “You’re probably right. But what worries me Bessie is your sister Lucile might try to hit you up for some of our winnings.”
“Oh don’t worry Harry. It will all be spent before we fly home. I’ve always wanted to shop at the fancy stores on Rodeo Drive.”

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Weekly Horoscopes beginning: Sunday, 17 June 2018

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:

Much as you`d like to turn exciting plans into action, things just aren`t proceeding as swiftly as you`d anticipated. While, obviously, this is frustrating, it`s also for the best. With three powerful eclipses from mid-July to mid-August shaking up the foundation on which those plans are based, you`re better off making tentative arrangements, then putting off lasting decisions until everything is clear, in two months` time.

The number of people who abuse their role in a group situation is very small but inevitably, there is always the rotten egg. No one wants this to happen, but someone`s behaviour goes against the values a group stands for. This needs to be nipped in the bud and new rules put in place to ensure this kind of situation does not happen again. Romance and friendship activities will be fun. If you are half of a couple, your amour will be doing something special on your behalf.

You probably know that the four most powerful days of the year are marked by a solstice or equinox. This week`s solstice is given extra emphasis in that it coincides with Venus` opposition to Mars. Venus is travelling through the research and development – or affairs of the heart – area of your solar chart. It`s probable then that you will experience some kind of creative crisis. It may be that you choose to do more work from home or that work that has been done at home needs now to move to where it can be given greater space and attention. If there is a difficulty, it`s that you might fear others are about to run off with your work. Ensuring that you retain intellectual copyright or credit is important. In this respect, and given that the Moon will be passing through your opposite sign at the solstice, it might be as well to take time out early in the week to ensure that you have an advocate in place should a `war` situation arise.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

As you`ve been delighted to acknowledge over the past week or so, your efforts to maintain cordial relationships with even very difficult individuals have paid off handsomely, especially during tricky periods. While nothing`s seriously wrong, progress on vital plans is frustratingly slow. For now, achieve whatever you`re able to, then focus on strengthening those crucial alliances. This is always important but, at the moment, it`s crucial.

Travel for business or pleasure could make quite a hole in your pocket. You will be mixing with some innovative people and because you`re getting a lot out of the experience, you won`t be counting the cost. While you are away, you might also gain perspective on matters that have been causing trouble at home. Are you single? Someone you meet in a faraway location could turn a romantic dream from idealism to realism within the space of just a few days.

You may recall that Venus recently entered another of the Fixed signs, Leo. On Thursday, and coinciding with the solstice, Venus opposes Mars across the very backbone of your solar chart. All this suggests a turning point in your career. True, you may be given a simple heads up of what`s to happen and that real developments won`t take place until the Full Moon at the end of the month. Even so, it may be important presently to tune in to potential developments and determine what would be in your best and most creative interests. It`s said that those of your sign dislike change. Note though, that with Uranus` recent entry into your sign, as shakeup in your affairs might not feel at all uncomfortable. Indeed, what looks to be a bad situation could yet turn to your advantage.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Most Geminis have a well-earned reputation for being easy-going about even disruptive changes. Yet certain rather tricky individuals and, equally, the developments you`re dealing with all demand you handle matters with a firm hand. This will be easier for everybody. First, many are unsure what`s best; but, even more, as you`re now recognising, you`re far better informed than most of those around you.

You have a confession to make to someone. You need to get this off your chest but choose your moment very carefully. Take some time to discuss this matter thoroughly and don`t get defensive with all the questions being asked of you. Others have a right to quiz you further. If there`s work to be done, leave it for another time. Concentrate instead on building supportive relationships. When you`re out with friends, your mood is indulgent, but can you really afford it?

It may be necessary to dig deep into your resources in the coming days; and yes, at one level, this could be an expensive time. If you`ve been at all careless with words, these could come back to haunt you. Tension – especially with those who either don`t speak your native language or who live some distance away – is probable (especially around the solstice on Thursday). It will surely be necessary for you to access any latent diplomatic skills and work these to the full. It`s often said that those of your sign are better at talking than listening. This week, it`s likely imperative that you listen to experienced advice – especially around the solstice when actions taken could quickly gather momentum and be difficult to bring to a halt. On the considerable upside however, and if you can focus, you could put forward a strong and compelling argument: drawing together team that would fight with you should that become necessary.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Although you`re entering an expansive cycle, for now, your time is best invested in dealing with certain as yet unsettled issues. Some are recent, others go back for ages, many seem minor; but left unresolved, each could distract you when you need to focus on the amazing events promised by the coming months` powerful planetary activity. Regard dealing with these as an investment in your future.

Getting to know someone intimately will help diffuse the tension that has been building up between you. This is your chance to develop closer bonds. Ask about their interests, beliefs and accomplishments and let them know more about you. Try not to let small, unimportant things cause contention in the family. Housemates may want you to spend more time with them, but you need an outlet outside your own four walls. Taking a short break will restore your sense of self.

Just as the Sun reaches your sign on Thursday, Venus and Mars come to their opposition. It`s probable then, that this birthday month will find you challenged in relationships perhaps as never before. To some extent held back by old obligations, it may be hard for you to focus on what could be. Yet by the Full Moon at the end of the month, it should be clear that one phase has come to an end and that there is no going back. It`s normal for those born under your sign to retreat into their shell to regroup and re-energise. That may be something you need to do over these next seven days. It might also be necessary for you to become involved in a serious archiving project. In bundling together memories or even, for some, sitting examinations, you could wrestle demons successfully and, by next weekend feel more confident about moving forward though true, that may be dome more easily after the July solar eclipse in your sign.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Obviously, you`re frustrated, both by the inattentiveness of those you rely on, and the slow progress in certain projects; but, bizarrely, these delays are in your best interests. While the facts won`t be clear until after mid-August`s Leo eclipsed New Moon, you already sense existing plans will need to be rethought; and that you`ll benefit. Knowing that, the current slow pace won`t bother you nearly as much.

Someone in the family is getting away with not paying their way but this can be handled with discretion. If a partner is taking more than their fair share of joint resources, it`s a good idea to have a separate bank account and keep a joint account for joint expenses. Be sure you both contribute as agreed and keep to this arrangement. There`s a lot going on that you won`t want to discuss with anyone. It`s not the right time to bring secrets out into the open.

Coincident with the solstice on Thursday, Venus, in your sign opposes Mars. This could once again bring to a head any imbalance in key relationships. True, this might affect your private more than your business life. The two though may be intertwined. Decisions might need to be made – and before the Full Moon on June 28th. For now, the important thing may be to know where others are coming from and what their long-term plans are. It`s probable that they too are rethinking their position. Recall that Mars is presently travelling through your opposite sign. It`s likely that it won`t be difficult for you to view others as opposing your wishes rather than supporting you. Turning down the volume control on this disquiet might not be easy. A frank exchange – most likely around the solstice – could prove therapeutic. Yet it needs to be accepted that each side needs time to process what`s said. You might also like to know that through this period Mercury opposes Saturn and then Pluto. Accessing and retrieving information will likely not be hard.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

After seemingly endless discussions and your explanations about the reasoning behind certain plans, you assumed everybody was happy; but between the somewhat uptight attitude of certain individuals and changes in circumstances, there`ll need to be yet more explanation and, possibly, a serious rethink. Tedious as this is, it`s giving you an opportunity to review your own plans and priorities, and while changes can be easily made.

It`s easy to lose yourself in the sociable spirit around you. Your charm and wonderful sense of humour will attract a number of invitations your way. Make the most of this chance to circulate and have fun with friends. A restless neighbour or relative will bring a touch of drama into your family life. Someone is making unrealistic demands that are both irritating and amusing. Be patient with a youngster who has no sense of time.

The working week begins with the Moon passing through your sign; and yes, it`s possible that others will turn to you for advice and direction. It might be as well though not to give others too many options. Coincident with Thursday`s solstice, Venus and Mars oppose one another. It will suit many people to arrive at quick decisions. The more options they are given, the greater the chance of them choosing something inappropriate or unworkable. Note that throughout this summer – dominated by two solar eclipses and lunar eclipse that much is set to change. Ensuring that there is flexibility within any arrangement is surely imperative. It is though probable that you will pull off an exceptional deal or show others your high level of expertise mid-week and further possible that someone, (possibly born under either Aries or Libra), will suggest that you formalise your partnership. Exciting as this may be, it would be as well to take time to consider carefully if you would feel entrapped by this development.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Recent misunderstandings were unsettling but at least they forced you to address persistent, if seemingly minor, issues.. These involve those closest, personally or at work. While problems have never been so bad you`ve felt the need to address them, they`ve been on your mind. Take this opportunity to speak frankly about these and, to your delight, you`ll discover you`re able to address future issues as well.

You`re feeling nostalgic and spending a lot of your time in the past. Fond memories keep popping into your head, distracting you from what you should be doing. You can`t ignore your emotions, but you can control your thoughts and living in days gone by could cause you to miss new opportunities unless you give yourself a stern talking to. Disagreements over money could be tearing your family apart. The smartest thing to do may be to keep your thoughts to yourself.

On Thursday, and coinciding with the solstice when the Sun accents the apex of your solar chart, your ruling planet, Venus, opposes Mars. Though this is likely to bring a turning point for all signs, you could feel the change of energy acutely. True, it may be that an even greater eventful period is at the end of June when the Full Moon accents this same axis and suggests something of a `full stop moment`. It may be of course that you are long overdue for career appraisal. You perhaps need not just a holiday but a break from routine. You likely won`t be the only sign of the zodiac approaching this mission to determine a better working schedule. The good news however, is that it seems that several people are aware of your unique abilities and are ready to offer partnership opportunities. Take your time to assess these. There is no hurry. Indeed, given the potential of one of these (possibly involving a Leo), it would be as well to move slowly at first and allow this alliance to develop at controlled pace.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Understandably, when the facts you hear differ considerably from those you`ve been told previously, you`ll be wary. Actually, it`s just that with the current swift pace, it simply isn`t possible to keep up to date. This, then, raises questions about the trustworthiness of certain individuals or, alternatively, relying on your usually superb intuition more than usual. Either way, the more flexible your attitude is, the better.

There is more to life than trying to please people who expect a lot from you. Friends and colleagues who often turn to you for help will be doing the same again this week, too. Has this become too much of a habit? It is time to let them know how exhausting it is to be the one who is always fixing other people`s problems. A friend you`ve not seen in a while will want to meet up and this could be the boost your social life is in need of.

With Venus opposing your ruling planet, Mars, at Thursday`s solstice and accenting the very backbone of your solar chart, it`s reasonable to anticipate a major turning point. Note that by then Venus will be in one of the career sectors of this same chart. One possibility is being headhunted. Another is arriving at the decision to move away from an existing position and taking time to find one that suits your many talents rather better. Note however that Venus will turn retrograde in your sign in October. The period between now and December 10th should be viewed as transitional. In other words, it could take until then to find a working rhythm that suits. Noting that there are two solar eclipses and one lunar – together with Mars retrograde period due to take place between now and September, – it would be as well to anticipate a degree of chaos and that being too rigid in your demands would be unhelpful. Scheduling a regular meeting with a career mentor might be your best investment.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Being a Sagittarius and a fire sign, you try to fit as much as possible into each day, which means often plans are made at the last minute. For you, this is normal; but certain individuals are complaining this gives them little time for reflection. Gently but firmly explain you simply don`t work that way, apologise, then go back to doing things as you always have.

Sagittarius is a Fire sign and sometimes you get over excited when things mean a lot to you or when you are up against a stimulating challenge.. The key to your success is to approach new activities without getting too emotional. Stay calm when you discuss your views even if you`re struggling to inspire people who seem to have no imagination. Expect possible clashes within the home. Whatever is causing this conflict, try not to let it tear family relationships apart.

It would be wholly understandable if you felt to be under singular pressure. In fact, that feeling is unlikely to dissipate until after the Full Moon at the end of June. Concern as to someone`s well-being could be your top priority. There`s also the issue of property management and how best it can be maintained. The period around the solstice on Thursday – when Venus opposes Mars – looks to be important for all signs. By then, it may be hugely important to focus on assisting a colleague through what is clearly a tortuous period for them. This will likely throw any of your own difficulties into perspective. Contact with those who live and work far away should act as significant balm. Indeed, through these, a trip for later in the year could be planned. Though not necessarily part of your career portfolio, having this to look forward to should help you deal with mundane and demanding matters.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Usually, when planning, you think things through in depth. Then you proceed, confident changes are unlikely. However, with the Sun challenging your ruler Saturn and the unsettling Capricorn Full Moon taking place, both in late June, shakeups are inevitable. That may seem worrying but, ironically, by then you might need to rethink things anyway. Knowing that, ensure whatever you organise now is flexible.

Make some time, early on, for a friend or neighbour who could do with some advice or support. You can see how improvements can be made to their life and you have the power to influence someone with your carefully chosen words. It will feel good to know you can make a difference and help people who need it. If you are involved in a charity venture, expect to take on new duties when another volunteer drops out due to work or family obligations.

It seems likely that many matters are coming to a head. True, you could feel this most acutely at the Full Moon in your sign at the end of June. It should though be apparent by the solstice on Thursday that a working relationship has reached a turning point. A review of everything from travel arrangements to time management may be made necessary given the demands being made on a significant other. The impact this has on your working life might be considerable. With both Saturn and Pluto passing through your sign, it would be understandable if you wanted to make clear boundaries and red lines. Being too fixed however could lead to the kind of drama you find unacceptable. On a very positive note you could show your considerable expertise by achieving in a few hours on Friday what`s taken someone weeks to even understand.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

When you`ve serious differences, whether it`s family, friends or at work, you`ll ask those involved to sum up the issue. This works brilliantly, mostly because it forces the individual in question to actually think things through. This is especially vital now, since you`ll be dealing with all sorts of issues, major and minor. This vital first step could help everyone deal with most of them.

You won`t be slow to detect a loved one or housemate is feeling bored or miserable. Keep trying and your attempts to cheer them up will work wonders. You`ve got tremendous creative vision and you will find it fun to take a break from routine to pursue unconventional pastimes. This could lead you to revising personal projects that have lost their appeal to make them more creative, innovative and fun. Keeping a commitment to a relative draws you closer together.

You may recall that Mars is passing through your sign. Even if you`re not feeling that energy, it`s probable that those around you are doing! It might seem to some that you are super-charged and yes, at some level very demanding. Venus, in your opposite sign opposes Mars at Thursday`s solstice. This could prove a key period with regard to commercial relationships. Developments in the domestic scene are probable. You may be involved with property management. A further and strong possibility is the need to do some in-depth research. Being told that certain papers are no longer available is unlikely to stop you; and yes, by next weekend you could retrieve what others thought was lost. What irks others at the beginning of the week i.e. your apparent stubbornness and resistance to change, by next weekend could turn to admiration for your persistence and strategic thinking.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Somebody`s trying to make you feel guilty, and they`re succeeding. While you needn`t confront them about this manipulative behaviour now, be wary about allowing this to become a substitute for a more forthright discussion of the issues in question. Tempting as it is to tiptoe around these, they`ll only become more complicated. True, being frank can be challenging but, in the long run, it`s easier.

A fascinating person could enter your life if you are single. Even though you weren`t looking to start a new relationship, you might find yourself dreaming of new romantic possibilities for the future. You`re investing a lot of energy into your home. Redecorating your least favourite room or turning old pieces of furniture into something beautiful will be a good use of your energy and creativity. You feel happy, relaxed and at ease in comfortable surroundings.

It`s an extraordinary coincidence that this week`s solstice coincides with the opposition between Venus and Mars. There`s high probability of this being a key turning point in many relationships. This applies as much to business partnerships as it does to romantic liaisons. Given that bracketing this event Mercury, moving through another of the Water signs opposes Saturn and then Pluto, it may be that you`re involved in a major archiving or clearing out process. Retrieving an old contract could be important. Aware now that certain people will be unable to fulfil obligations, it could be that you could step in to the breach and in some way pull off a hat-trick. Accessing parts of your brain that have, – at least from your point of view, -been dormant for some time should prove exciting. It`s probable too that those born under the Cardinal signs of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn will be particularly appreciative of your ability to take the reins when they feel unable to cope.

Posted by: arif uk <pepper.buoy@yahoo.co.uk>
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