GrannyMoon’s Weekly Feast 30 Nov – 6 Dec 2020! Thanks for reading my blog!

Full Moon30 Nov 2020

Be Impeccable With Your Word.
Speak with integrity.
Say only what you mean.
Avoid using your word to speak against yourself
or to gossip about others.
Use the power of your word
in the direction of truth and love. ~don Miguel Ruiz

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

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

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Light A Candle Today!

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

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The First Days of the Seasons
WINTER Monday, December 21, 5:02 A.M. EST

November 2020
30: Full Beaver Moon (2:32 AM, MST) AKA: Oak Moon, Frost Moon, Freezing Moon, Digging (or Scratching) Moon
30: Hecate at the Crossroads

December 2020
05: Krampusnacht, celebrating Krampus, a Bavarian figure who is the opposite of Santa Claus
06: Dion Fortune (Violet Mary Firth) born, 1890
11: Feast of the Celtic Goddess Arianrhod
13-14: Geminids meteor shower
14: Solar eclipse visible in Chile and Argentina
15: Eleanor Bone born, 1911
17: Beginning of Saturnalia, a Roman celebration honoring the god Saturn.
21: Yule, the winter solstice
21: Litha (Southern Hemisphere), the Summer Solstice
22: Celtic Tree Month of Elder ends
23: Celtic Tree Month of Birch begins
25: Feast of Frau Holle, Germanic goddess
25: Christmas Day
29: Full Moon–Long Nights Moon at 10:30 pm. Now is a good season for spiritual alchemy. It’s time to evaluate your life, and know that you’ll survive the dark times. If you’ve already put the darkness behind you, take your good fortune and share it with others.
31: Festival of Hogmanay
31: New Year’s Eve

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Current Moon Phase: Full Moon

Goddess Aspect: Mother

Associated Goddesses: Aphrodite, Arianrhod, Asherah, Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Isis,, Selene, Sisters of the Wyrrd, and the Norns

Magickal Attributes: Fruition – Manifesting goals, Nurturing, Passion, Healing, Strength, Power.

From fourteen to seventeen-and-a-half days after the new moon. Prime time for rituals for prophecy. From seven to fourteen days after the New Moon.

Full Moon: Symbolic of the height of power, the peak of clarity, fullness and obtainment of desire.

Full Moon energy is used for banishing unwanted influences in your life, protection magick, and divination.
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High Priestess Training
http://GoddessSchool.com

The entire course takes 15 months to complete (four levels). Tuition covers lessons, assignments and instructor feedback. In addition, students may download guided meditation exercises and be eligible for Sabbats, Esbats and retreats with the Sisterhood. The entire fee for each level is $120 (payment plan available), sixteen lessons in each level, except the last.

Ceremonial Cords and frame-able Completion Certificates are awarded as membersvcomplete each level.

Level I – Initiate of the Sisters of the Burning Branch – White cord
Level II – Adept of the the Sisters of the Burning Branch- Red cord
Level III – Priestess of the Sisters of the Burning Branch- Black cord
Level IV – High Priestess of the Sisters of the Burning Branch – Green cord

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http://goddessschool.com/Paganstudies/index.html
http://www.goddessschool.com/courses/natural/naturalwitch.html
http://goddessschool.com/Paganstudies/healingarts.html

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Learn About Herbs!

There is so much to learn about herbs! In Herbalism 101, we cover 21 herbs, and you will start your own personal Materia Medica, that we will build throughout the next levels. We will cover the basic aspects of herbs. From culinary to magickal, medicinal to ornamental. As well as the many modalities of herbs!

During this course, in addition to the on-line lessons and hands-on projects that you do at home, I will be sending you articles, and information, as well as questions about your own personal use and research.

I look forward to walking this green journey with you! I love herbs and I hope that you do to or will learn to!

There are 10 lessons in each level and there is no time limit for completion. You may study at your own pace! There are no texts to purchase.

For more info or to join my class, click here!
http://goddessschool.com/Paganstudies/healingarts.html

The cost for Level 1 is $50.00 or the entire Healing Arts Course (1-3)for $150.00, which includes a free Reiki certification course when all three are ordered!

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The Magic of Crystals

Quartz crystals are a gift from the earth. They have the ability to amplify or strengthen the things in you that are positive.

Quartz can strengthen your ability to be a loving person, and can enhance your abilities to enjoy life and accomplish the things you want in life.
Quartz can reduce stress, help with centering, strengthen, have wonderful healing properties and surround you with protection!

If you love crystals like I do, join me in this 4 Week Mini – Course for a fun and interesting time!
No books or supplies needed! $25.00

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Full Beaver Moon ~ November 30, 2020

The Gemini Full Moon on Monday, November 30, 2020, is a lunar eclipse..

As if this year has not had enough problems now we get this incredible charge of the energy that will create much tension, anxiety, uncertainty, and insecurity. But with flexibility, you can adapt to changing conditions and take advantage of opportunities to improve your Life.

The spiritual meaning of the full moon November 2020 relates to change and uncertainty in love relationships and also with money.

The full moon in Gemini delivers the goods in terms of versatility. That’s because this lunation is ruled by none other than Mercury—the messenger of the gods himself. This full Moon is all about action and change. Will you choose remaining stagnant in the cycles of your past or will you be consciously moving forward by enriching your spiritual blessings? As we move in step with the coming end of our calendar year, we choose enrichment of spiritual blessings or remain stagnant in our past.

Suddenly life is moving at an accelerated rate and be prepared to keep up with it during this full Moon until the next full Moon in December. Be flexible and not so rigid with your thoughts or actions. This full Moon is about leaving behind the noose of old habits, patterns and broken dreams.

Here is an appropriate quotation from President John Kennedy. “For time and the world do not stand still. Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future.” Think on this quotation.

What has been cannot be changed and it is time to let it go, while we lean forward to embrace all that lies ahead.

The lesson, energy and influences of this full Moon helps us to create a new legacy and to finally free ourselves from all obstacles, barriers and blocks that prevent our individual prophecy and birthright.

This full moon has been traditionally called the Beaver Moon because it was the time to set traps, before the waters froze over. This Moon was also called the Full Frost Moon.

According to Native American folklore, the Beaver Moon gets its name for one of a few different reasons, both having to do with the dam-building, nocturnal rodents with the oar-shaped tails. The Old Farmer’s Almanac postulates that it is called the Beaver Moon because this month was just the right moment to set beaver traps before the winter freeze. But according to National Geographic, it could also be attributed to the “heavy activity of beavers building their winter dams.”

This Full Moon is a time for you to start building up your spiritual muscles to be strong throughout the rest of this year.

What are you allowing to emotionally drain out of your spiritual reserves? Now is the time to build your dam like the beaver and stop the energy drain.

The message that beaver brings us this full moon is to prepare you for the cold winter and do not be caught without spiritual fortification. Practice spiritual protection. Learn to work with God’s White Light to seal yourself in protection. Spiritual protection is needed daily and this is part of your spiritual work out.

It is a time to nurture yourself and do things that bring warmth and comfort to your soul.

The Full Moon is a time of culmination and the promise of fulfillment of that which was started at the New Moon. It is an emotional time-a time of romance, fertilization, and relationships. With the Moon full and bright in the sky, symbolic “illumination” occurs in our own lives. However, these feelings and revelations are emotional ones, as there is a sense of emotions bursting forth into our consciousness. It’s time to express ourselves, and to let things out of our systems. Of course, we might want to exercise some care while doing so, knowing that what is coming out of us is not particularly rational as yet.

Enjoy all of the celestial blessings that are coming our way in November. Make sure you take time to thank The Creator, the angels, your guides, and ancestors for all of their help bringing you through this year.

My clairvoyant readings can provide valuable information that can assist you in making decisions and choices that lead to a successful end of the year. Knowing how to work with the cycles, and your own inner timing can give you that extra edge you need with both your career and personal matters. My thanks to those of you who have been getting readings. I am grateful that they have helped you and I appreciate your business. Be sure and check out my different services, eBooks, and other products at my website.

Full Moon Blessings,
Cherokee Billie
https://cherokeebilliespiritualadvisor.com/

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CoventryCreations.com
BHC Newsletter Reta

November 28-December 5.

This week is a bit more mellow and a welcome change of pace. On Monday we have an eclipsed Full moon in Gemini. Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday are not the days to make important changes because of the intensity of the lunar eclipse. Tuesday brings on some mental fog as Mercury enters Sagittarius and the multi-tasking overwhelms our nervous systems. Communication will be a little more difficult too. Saturday is the last Venus Neptune trine. We will be in love with love and the rose-colored glasses make it harder to sort out fantasy from reality.

Best Coventry candles for the week are Hoo Doo High John, Blessed Herbal Stability.
Here’s what you missed on CoventryCreations.com this week…

Full Moon in Gemini November 30, 2020
On Monday, November 30th our Full Moon is also experiencing a lunar eclipse. This can seem like the truth is hiding from us. Alas, it’s still there, just masked and we need to dig deeper. The sign of the twins is about ideas and communication, so this is the perfect time to do verbal spells, affirmations, incantations, prayers, and petitions.

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Biddy Tarot
http://www.biddytarot.com

Card of the Week: Ten of Pentacles reversed

With the Ten of Pentacles reversed, you may find that you are re-evaluating your life, questioning if this is the way you want to live.

Be ready to question your need for stability, security and commitment in your life. It may sound good on paper or might be what is expected of you – but is it what YOU want?

The reversed Ten of Pentacles also comes as a reminder that sometimes, wealth can be a trap. When you surround yourself with expensive things, you may continue to want more, never feeling satisfied with what you have.

Your feelings of self-worth may be wrapped up in your wealth. If so, it’s time to unravel that connection and see that you can still live a happy and fulfilling life, without the luxuries.
Re-evaluate your position and choose a course of action that will help you regain your sense of security and self-worth.

Ask the Tarot: How do I desire to live my life?

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Queen of Wands
Pearls of Wisdom Tarot

This card shows a strong independent woman. She brings light to all situations and to all that know her. She says “You know what you want and how to get it. Just believe in yourself.”

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Heartwings Love Notes 959: Gratitude is Important

Heartwings says, “Expression of of gratitude is more than politeness.”

Most parents train their children to say “thank you.” This is good manners. Yet expressing gratitude goes beyond simple courtesy. It helps turn the focus of our thoughts, and can direct the mind toward a positive view of life. This is true most especially when considering circumstances that appear to have nothing good about them, like the current pandemic.

I’m not saying the virus is “good.” It is some of the results that can be seen as positive. For example, while school children may not be learning at the same rate they could in classrooms, they can spend more time outdoors or even having fun. While people may not be filling the stores, they are shopping on line, and the delivery services that didn’t even exist before the pandemic have burgeoned. People with handicaps now have many more buying choices open to them via home delivery.

Because of Zoom and other developing internet options, People who once only had telephones can now regularly view far away loved ones. People in far apart countries can take classes together, meet in person virtually, or join interest groups and communicate. Rather than take a long arduous journey, grandparents can see a new grandchild born in another part of the country or even the world! It is said the Chinese characters for crisis spell opportunity. With the correct attitude that’s how it can be seen.

When I practice gratitude for all things bad or good, I am able to see what opportunities are provided by even the most uncomfortable experiences. Recently I stumbled and bruised myself because I was carrying too much as I came in the door. A few days ago, I did the same thing under different circumstances, only worse because I hadn’t learned from the first time. I am thankful for this second, though more painful stumble. Now I will remember. When I take things as a lesson, I can be grateful. When regardless of circumstances I see my life as blessed, I do not complain but instead give thanks for every blessing, even those in disguise.

May you feel grateful for all your experiences and learn what they have to offer.

Blessings and best regards, Tasha Halpert

PS If you would like to share any of your experiences along these lines, please do write to me. Comments and stories can be sent to Tashahal@gmail.com or Tashahal@aol.com. For more Love Notes, please check my web site at http://www.heartwingsandfriends.

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The Healing Message of the Tower Card
by Elliot Adam, author of the new Fearless Tarot.

For many, the appearance of the Tower is often looked at as a disappointment. However, this card also holds the promise of a major psychological breakthrough. The Tower sweeps away any rationalizations based on artifice. It can remove the protective walls we’ve built around a sensitive vulnerability—which we may have trouble facing.

In this excerpt from my book, Fearless Tarot: How to Give a Positive Reading in Any Situation, I offer a constructive approach to viewing the tarot‘s most volatile card.

The people falling from the Tower were prisoners of their own making. They built walls around themselves that grew taller and taller. These walls separated them from feeling reality. The Tower gained in size and made them numb. Being numb kept them “safe” from being hurt by the past and the present. In the Tower, they could pretend there was no loss, change, or death happening outside. They would say things like, “I’m great! No sad things ever happened; what are you talking about?” The lightning on the card represents the inevitable crisis the Universe always sends to cause those in denial to wake up and to heal what needs healing.

Are there unresolved hurts from the past that you need to heal, surrender, and clear? What would you rather not deal with right now? Do you zone out to deny reality? Is there a fear that, if you open yourself to feeling, it will hurt too much and won’t stop hurting?

Despite the destructive imagery, the Tower is one of the most healing cards in the tarot. The Tower snaps us out of pretending we are not hurting. It is a cathartic card where old pains are finally felt and released for healing. In that way, the old pains no longer keep us a prisoner escaping reality. When you reflect on your life, you’ll realize the moments that made you strongest are often the hard times. Avoiding challenges doesn’t make us strong—dealing with them does.

Denial of truth is unsustainable. The Universe always sends along a proverbial lightning bolt to snap us out of delusion. The breakdown moment is surprisingly a blessing. Lightning bolts symbolize flashes of divine magic and epiphanies at play in your life. Once reality is accepted, it can then be healed. The people falling from the Tower are returning to Earth. Not only are they returning to reality, but they are returning to their true nature as well. The crowned roof of the Tower is also being ejected, symbolizing a need to get out of the rationalizations of your head and get back to reality.

When the Tower appears, it’s time to stop avoiding something that you know needs to be felt. It’s time to be honest with yourself and feel your real feelings. The Tower represents freedom from feeling trapped.

Let go.

Hope is returning.

Our thanks to Elliot for his guest post! For more from Elliot Adam, read his article, “How to Read Scary Tarot Cards without Fear or Despair.”

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Being Thankful Is Good For Mental Health
Being Thankful For Your Family And Friends Is Healthy For You!

When you thank your friends and family this holiday season, the reasons to do so may extend beyond good wishes, and actually benefit you and your health. Study after study has shown that social connections – through family, friends or with companion animals – seem to pay off in terms of good health, longevity and even prolonged survival among patients with very serious diseases. Some evidence linking good health from strong ties to family and friends includes:

The immune system’s natural killer cell activity is negatively affected by three “distress indicators” – one of which is lack of social support.

One study of 75 medical students found that those who were lonely had more sluggish natural killer cells, the ones that help destroy cells infected with viruses and cancer cells, than students who were social.
Research has shown that people who care for companion animals have less illness than people who do not. Companion animals’ owners also recover from serious illness faster.

Susceptibility to heart attacks appears to correlate with how often people use the words “I,” “me” and “mine” in casual speech.

Believe it or not, studies show that people who get out and spend more time with others during cold and flu season actually get fewer episodes of colds or flu than those who choose to be alone.
Being grateful – and expressing that gratitude – for what you have is associated with both physical and emotional health.
Obviously, this year will be different in the face of a global pandemic. While social connection is still a top recommendation, be certain to work with your loved ones to create an environment that allows for some social distancing and outside gathering time if the weather allows.

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An Experiment in Gratitude

Awareness of gratitude will allow you to savor and, above all, appreciate your life with renewed grace.

Sometimes we forget to take the time to recognize the richness that defines our lives. This may be because many of the messages we encounter as we go about our affairs prompt us to think about what we don’t have rather than all the abundance we do enjoy. Consequently, our gratitude exists in perpetual conflict with our desire for more, whether we crave time, convenience, wealth, or enlightenment. Yet understanding and truly appreciating our blessings can be as simple as walking a mile in another’s shoes for a short period of time. Because many of us lead comparatively insular lives, we may not comprehend the full scope of our prosperity that is relative to our sisters and brothers in humanity.

If you find taking an inventory of your life’s blessings difficult, consider the ease with which you nourish your body and mind, feed your family, move from place to place, and attend to tasks at hand. For a great number of people, activities you may take for granted, such as attaining an education, buying healthy food, commuting to work, or keeping a clean house, represent great challenges. To experience firsthand the complex tests others face as a matter of course in their daily lives, try living without the amenities you most often take for granted. This can be a great experiment to undertake with your entire family or a classroom. Understanding working poverty can be as easy as endeavoring to buy nutritious foods with a budget of $100 for the week. If you own a car, relying on public transportation for even just a day can help you see the true value of the comfort and conveniences others do without. As you explore a life without things you may normally take for granted, ask yourself for how long you could endure.

The compassionate gratitude that floods your heart when you come to fully realize your abundance may awaken pangs of guilt in your heart. Be aware, however, that the purpose of such an experiment is to open your heart further in gratitude and compassion. This awareness can help you attain a deeper level of gratitude that will allow you to savor and, above all, appreciate your life with renewed grace.

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Indonesian Maligano Jasper!

Maligano Jasper is the name given to a recently discovered brecciated Jasper variety that was found in Indonesia around 2011-2012. The name comes from the small village it was found in on the island of Sulawesi. In fact, many people in the geology and crystal community have never even heard of this new Jasper. We believe it is due to the inaccessibility of the deposit, as well as the limited amount that is usually pulled out of the ground.

Maligano Jasper helps one shed layers within themselves that no longer serve them. These unnecessary attributes add additional weight whether it’s emotional, mental or psychological. Maligano Jasper transforms our spirit from within and provides an aura that can closely resemble a “rebirth” effect. This pushes one to not only continue shedding layers of themselves, but also to begin questioning their surroundings and interactions daily. Ask yourself, “what benefit do I get by being around these people”. Most of the time one will come to the realization that the intentions of others provide no actual benefit. This mischaracterization was most likely hidden due to one’s lack of judgement regarding others.

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Choose Love

Make all decisions from pure love and the world will change.

Love is often presented as the opposite of fear, but true love is not opposite anything. True love is far more powerful than any negative emotions, as it is the environment in which all things arise. Negative emotions are like sharks swimming in the ocean of love. All things beautiful and fearful, ugly and kind, powerful and small, come into existence, do their thing, and disappear within the context of this great ocean. At the same time, they are made of the very love in which they swim and can never be separated. We are made of this love and live our whole lives at one with it, whether we know it or not.

It is only the illusion that we are separate from this great love that causes us to believe that choosing anything other than love makes sense or is even possible. In the relative, dualistic world of positive and negative, darkness and light, male and female, we make choices and we learn from them. This is exactly what we are meant to be doing here on earth. Underlying these relative choices, though, is the choice to be conscious of what we are, which is love, or to be unconscious of it. When we choose to be conscious of it, we choose love. We will still exist in the relative world of opposites and choices and cause and effect, and we will need to make our way here, but doing so with an awareness that we are all made of this love will enable us to be more playful, more joyful, more loving and wise, as we make our way. Ultimately, the choices we make will shed light on the love that makes us all one, enabling those who have forgotten to return to the source.

This world makes it easy to forget this great love, which is part of why we are here. We are here to remember and, when we forget to remember again, to choose love.

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Folk Magick for the Home Office
BY A.C. FISHER ALDAG

Protecting Home Office
Over the past year, due to the pandemic, many people have transitioned to working at home, and to home-schooling their children. This hearkens back to the days when most folks lived on their small homesteads, or kept an apartment above their workplace. The butcher, baker, candlestick maker, as well as farmers, weavers, potters, and yes, folk healers and other “witches” did much of their work at home-based businesses. Children were taught how to manage a household, and how to help their parents with a profession, right alongside their reading, writing, and arithmetic. Thus, people came up with ways to spiritually protect their homes, workspaces, and their families. People shielded themselves, and did protective rites for their workplace, to prevent malicious beings and negative energies from entering their buildings. This type of folk magick can help to promote a calm, pleasant work environment—especially helpful when your business is also your home!

Our forebearers also used folk magick to help them get their work done. In the past, craftspeople would bless the tools of their trade. Workers would perform rituals to help their tasks to go smoothly and to earn a good income. Homemakers sang chants to make butter from cream, and blacksmiths did rites to pound out a horseshoe from iron. In the present day, we can easily adapt these traditional folkways to our computer or smartphone.

While the internet is the gateway to the world, it can also be a portal for unpleasant energies. People may still have to deal with difficult tasks, disgruntled clients, and crabby bosses, while communicating online. Businesses still need to attract customers, and make money, while their employees are laboring at home. Simple folk magick, which has been performed over the centuries, can help working witches to cope with online commerce.

First, start with a clean slate. The home office should be smoke-cleansed with an incense of protection, such as dragon’s blood. Use a feather, hand fan, or small broom (besom) to waft the smoke through the air and across the furnishings. Open windows and doors to release any harmful energies. Walk counter-clockwise (widdershins) around the perimeter of the workspace, fanning the smoke, paying special attention to windows, doors, electrical outlets, heating ducts, vents, wifi cables and connectors, and yes, your computer itself. Speak words of intent, such as, “I cast out any harmful influences, I banish any disturbing emotions.” Ancestors, deities, or other beings can be called upon to help.

Follow this rite by washing floors and walls with water that has a bay leaf or pine oil in it—yes, ordinary pine cleaners will do. Lemon water can attract the sweet smell of success. Spiritually cleanse the area by aspurgating with a mixture of water and witch hazel tincture, available in most pharmacy stores. Sprinkle the liquid with a green branch or your fingers, again stating your intent… and not getting your electronics or paperwork wet. Soak cotton balls in the witch hazel mix, wring them out, and leave them in corners, on windowsills, above doors, and hidden on shelves. Finally walk wraingates (counter-clockwise) again around the space, scattering salt crystals, while voicing intent.

Next, bless the workplace, this time walking clockwise. Use an essential oil, plain cooking oil, moon water, chalk, or a marker to inscribe sigils on door frames, windowsills, and the computer case. If others share equipment or the space, plain water will work, and not be visible when dried. Symbols such as pentagrams, runes, daisy wheels, or mazy crosses have historic significance as apotropaic marks, which repelled harmful forces in buildings throughout the British Isles. However, any sigil that has personal significance will work. Speak words of power that are helpful to a business atmosphere, such as “Productivity! Success! Cooperation!” or for a child’s educational space, “Learning!” Remember to anoint the bottom of the keyboard and your phone—especially your phone. Again, deities or spirit beings can be called upon for assistance.

Next, place some talismans around your workspace that help to repel baleful entities and forces, and attract positive energies and beings. Talismans are items that contain magickal power, which is released over time for a specific purpose. These objects can be “charged” during a magickal ceremony on full or new moons, during any of the seasonal holidays, or on days that correspond to commerce and work, such as Thursday and Saturday. Wednesday is a great day to do magick for schools and knowledge. Bless or consecrate talismans as you would any other magickal tool, speaking intent into being, such as, “May this crystal protect my workplace.”

Some of the oldest folk-magick talismans are made of metal, such as bent pins, placed in window frames and the outer trim around a doorway. A small pair of scissors, left open and hidden under a rug or doormat, keeps baleful spirits at bay. Pretty colored bottles on the windowsill collect sunlight and moonlight, and can bring a pleasant feeling to the office. Crystals can be displayed on the desktop, such as labradorite and amethyst for creative energy; Scots cairngorm (smoky quartz) to nullify the grumpiness of online clients; British jet and black tourmaline for banishing harmful entities; and rose quartz, agates, moonstones, and aventurine to bring about positive interaction with supervisors and co-workers. Copper pennies, a greenstone, and buckeyes can attract prosperity. Houseplants like philodendrons, spider plants, jade plants, and ferns can “clear the air,” literally and magickally. Crystals and other talismanic objects can be hidden in the soil of a plant.

Home-based workers can wear amulets to help them keep focus, to stabilize emotions and reduce stress, and to protect them from unsavory energies. (For my purposes, an amulet is a talisman worn as jewelry or carried on one’s person.) A religious symbol, such as a pentacle, mjeulnir (Thor’s hammer) or triquetra can be worn beneath under the business suit—silver works well as a protective metal. Items for psychic self-defense to put in an amulet pouch can include a jasper or tiger-eye stone, a hematite crystal, an iron nail, hazel or rowan twigs in an X shape bound with red thread, cats’ shed claws, pennyroyal, gingerroot, or rue herbs, a thorn from a hawthorn or whitethorn tree, or a tiny sliver of oak wood. Prickly things like a chestnut burr, dried thistle flower, or burdock seed, wrapped carefully in thick red felt fabric, repel harmful intentions. A rhodochrosite stone can be kept in the pocket to reduce feelings of anxiety. To attract success, carry acorns, clover flowers, a malachite crystal, a piece of a deer’s shed antler, pumpkin seeds, and/or the image of an animal that represents prosperity, like a bull or a pig.

Other animal representations are useful in a workplace, as well. Badgers can dig out the root of a problem, the beaver is known for industrious work, and a woodpecker gathers wealth to store for later (as does a squirrel). A hedgehog curls into a ball to repel predators, while a black dog is protective and loyal. These animal likenesses can be anything from a stuffed toy, a drawing, or an actual part of an animal that has been shed naturally, such as a snakeskin, feather, or hair. My office has a lot of butterfly imagery, which I associate with creativity. Of course, now that so many people are working at home, their pets often join them in the office, which can reduce stress and bring a smile.

Old-line Pagans used their common, everyday work tools for magick, such as a pitchfork, a distaff for spinning yarn, or the ubiquitous witches’ cauldrons and broomsticks. Some objects that represent productivity include a hand-mill for grinding wheat or coffee, a whetstone for sharpening knives and the intellect, and an ordinary pair of knitting needles. A small hand-scythe for cutting grain is used for deflecting harmful forces. Analog pendulum clocks or pocket watches, an abacus, or a set of scales can serve as talismans for using time and money wisely. Keys can be “bespelled” to open the door of success. While some of these items are not readily available in the average modern household, they can be found at antique stores, and of course, a facsimile image can always take the place of an actual old-fashioned tool.

Although really cool antiques can be a great conversation starter, none of these objects or images need to be viewed by customers or employers during your online meetings. Magickal items can be hidden under the desk or placed behind the computer camera. Yet you’ll know they’re there, and so will the etherial powers.

For children’s homeschool areas, the oil of sandalwood can increase concentration and facilitate knowledge. Fluorite, amazonite, tiger eye, aquamarine, jade, and lapis lazuli are good for studying; in addition, lapis lazuli can help level out emotions, fluorite increases motivation, and jade attracts calm. Plain quartz crystals on top of the hard drive or on the laptop can help prevent computer “gremlins” from causing problems. A mobile of the solar system is not only useful for learning science, it can also bring planetary energies to the home-based school. A rosemary plant increases concentration and focus. Lemon balm scent or tea can improve alertness.

Your homeschool student may require grounding, as well, and might benefit from an onyx or obsidian “touchstone,” a wooden footstool beneath the table, or a plushy in the shape of an animal who represents tranquility, such as a dolphin, a groundhog, a turtle or a dove.

If your youngster is aware of your magickal practice, you might wish to include them in ritually preparing their own study area. Children enjoy learning about deities and spirit beings, animal folklore, and myths and legends of various cultures. As an art project, a child may enjoy drawing protective sigils, decorating their homeschool “office” with stickers or pictures, and making a pouch to hold protective talismans. They can voice words of power, such as, “Today I am going to learn all the fives in multiplication, so be it!”

Since I have been doing magick, and working from home for a long time, I have learned some of the things NOT to do in a home office… for example, the smoke from candles and continuously-burning incense can be detrimental to computers. Spray bottles work as well for aspurgating as fancy silver chalices, but watch where the water droplets are squirting—keep them away from the only copy of a printout or your electronics. Keyboards don’t like fine salt, glitter, or sand inside of them. Houseplants and herbal sachets must be kept out of pets’ reach, kitties like to play with dangly talismanic objects, and some essential oils and scents can be harmful to birds and cats. Many talismans and amulets only last so long, before they must be ritually cleaned—leave them outdoors in the light of a full moon, cover them in salt or bury them in clean sand, sprinkle them with witch hazel water, or let the sun shine on them in a windowsill. Then they can be recharged with words of intent during a ceremony. Some talismanic items must be discarded after a time, especially herbs. Ritual cleansings and blessings of a workspace may also have to be periodically renewed. And unless you are very open about your practice, mind the placement of your computer camera… be sure your entire office staff isn’t seeing your bookshelf full of witchcraft titles displayed on their screens.

Before beginning the work day, magickal practitioners might wish to mindfully ground and center themselves. Place your feet on the floor, reach upward with both hands, and visualize the fruitful work of an ancestor, such as a farmer plowing a field, or a homemaker baking bread. Connect with a deity or spirit who represents labor, such as Gofannon, the Welsh God of smithcraft, or Athena, in her role as Goddess of spinning and weaving. Speak the will into manifestation, for example, “Today will be rewarding.” Have a soothing cup of herbal tea, make contact with talismanic objects, smell the invigorating scent of an orange, and tie three knots in a short length of green yarn while imagining the tasks you intend to get done.

May the work of your hands be ever blessed!

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Make a Blessing Bag
November 29, 2020
by @paganwiccan

Does your group or coven ever do a service project to help others? Each year during the Yule season — or at least, when we’re not in the middle of a global pandemic — my group comes up with a community-based project to work on. We’ve adopted needy families, done a hat drive for underprivileged schools, and sent toys to kids who might not have had any otherwise. We’ve given new clothes, diaper packs, feminine hygiene supplies, grocery store gift cards, turkey dinners, you name it. And each year, this simple contribution makes a huge difference in the lives of someone in our community.

A few years back, however, my group had doubled in size rather suddenly, which meant there were more of us involved, and so I started thinking about ways we could help more than just one family, but still not break the bank accounts of any of us during the holiday season.

Where I live, we have a fairly large population of homeless people. Now, being homeless has got to be hard enough — but imagine how hard it gets during the winter, when temperatures in our area get way below freezing. In fact, in February 2014, we had several days that were below zero. It was brutal — and I live in a house with heating and a fireplace, and a warm bed and blankets.

I stumbled across what I thought was a really nifty idea, after watching a video about a young man who got together with friends and put together something really cool. A local church group near me took the idea and ran with it, so I thought this was a service project that my own group could do, although on a slightly smaller scale.

Imagine being a person in need, and having someone just walk up to you and hand you a backpack full of things that could help you. The church group that does these locally calls their project Blessing Bags, but you can call them anything you like. I sort of like the idea of a bag full of blessings, myself, whether they come from a Christian church or a group of friendly Pagans.

So what we did was this. There are ten people in my group, myself included. Each of us was responsible for bringing ten of one item that might be helpful to someone living on the streets. Then, each of us filled a backpack with one each of the ten items we’ve collected. Once the backpacks were filled, we each kept one in our car — and when we eventually saw that person standing at the intersection with a sign that says “Need Help,” we would know we’d found someone to gift with our backpack. That’s it. It’s pretty simple, and it’s not expensive when you have several people contributing. In the years since, I’ve put together a few blessing bags each year, usually four or five, and hand them out as needed — and they’re always needed.

The year my group did this together, I went ahead and built a bag in advance, because I had a little extra cash, and I wanted to see what kinds of things we could donate. This is where dollar stores and other discount retailers really can be your friend.

Here’s my list of what I put into the bag I assembled — call it a Blessing Bag, or anything else you like:

Backpack: Each person should plan on bringing a backpack in good condition to fill. Many of us have backpacks in usable condition lying somewhere around the house being ignored – if it’s clean, sturdy and doesn’t have any tears, go ahead and use it. Buying them new can be expensive, so if you don’t have a spare one you’re not using, check the thrift stores. Also, try to avoid those nylon drawstring bags. While they’re inexpensive, they also don’t hold a lot, they tend to tear easily, and they’re not going to keep anything dry for long.

Travel-size personal hygiene items: toothpaste, cotton swabs, a three-pack of Kleenex, Gold Bond powder (which is good for foot care), deodorant, a bar of soap and a plastic box to keep it in, and shampoo, all at .97 each, and a toothbrush for $1.50, for a total of $9.27.

Cold-weather stuff: a knit cap and a two-pack of knit gloves at $1.50 each, two packs of hand-warmers (found in the hunting and outdoors department) for .74 apiece, a six-pack of crew socks for $5.00, a rain poncho that cost $3.97, and an emergency blanket (also from the hunting department) for $2.97. These came to a total of $16.42.

Finally, a friend who’s into extreme couponing donated a package of wet-wipes, so those cost me nothing.

This means that for less than the cost of two pizzas, you can make a difference in someone’s life this winter.

Do you have ten friends that you normally swap Yule gifts with each year? This year, instead of buying each other presents, why not take the money you would have spent on gifts and put it towards helping a total stranger? You never know who that person might be, or why they might need it, but you could change their life for just a few bucks apiece. Consider hosting a get-together to fill a few bags — and you may even want to ask other people to help out by donating. Would your local dentist contribute toothpaste or toothbrushes? Do you have a pal who loves to knit who could make a few hats? Maybe you have a friend like mine who gets a ton of great stuff at discounted prices because of their mad coupon-clipping skills?

Once you’ve filled your bags, before you take them with you to distribute, you may want to do a simple ritual to bless the donations and contributions.

Also, just a quick point here: please, for the love of dog, don’t feel the need to film or photograph yourself giving your bags away to post it on social media. Giving to needy people is an act of selflessness — using it for Likes and Shares and congratulatory comments is not.

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The Cat Headbutt: What Does It Mean, and Why Do Cats Do It?
~Jane A Kelley

Ah, the cat headbutt, a most curious form of cat affection and trust. So, why do some cats headbutt? Is cat headbutting the same as head pressing?

I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite feline gestures is the cat headbutt. My own cat, Tara, headbutts me constantly when she’s sitting on top of me, and half the time she knocks my glasses off my face when she does it. I don’t mind the temporary inconvenience, because I know what the cat headbutt means.

First, what does a cat headbutt look like?
The cat headbutt is not when cats stick their heads into another cat’s butt, although that could be another amusing definition. When a cat headbutts, she taps her head against you and rubs her cheeks along whatever body part she’s near. Cats also headbutt objects like walls, chairs and furniture.

What does cat headbutting mean?

Cats have scent glands all over their bodies, and they use them to leave marks on objects, including you. According to cat behaviorist Pam Johnson-Bennett, cat headbutting is typically used for bonding and social purposes. “For the cat to place his face so close to yours and engage in this bonding behavior is quite an act of trust,” she says. Johnson-Bennett also explains that this behavior is more properly called cat bunting.

People often inaccurately think that the cat headbutt is just a means of marking territory, but it’s a lot more than that. Scent communication is complex, and while cats do use scent to mark their territory, cat bunting can also be used to create familiarity and show respect.

Johnson-Bennett also says that cat headbutting may be attention-seeking behavior, particularly if your cat butts his head against you and then tucks it down or turns it to the side.

Do cats headbutt other cats as well as people?

Yes. In fact, you’ll often see feline friends rub one another with their heads. Not only does it create the “colony scent,” it helps with bonding as well. It’s a measure of deep trust for another cat to put her head so close to one of her feline companions. So, if you see your cat headbutt another cat, know that it means that they’re buddies.

Cat bunting is also seen in wild cats, so it’s something that comes to cats naturally through millennia of evolution.

Why do some cats headbutt and others don’t?

Every cat is different, so don’t worry if your cat doesn’t headbutt you or her fellow felines. There’s a lot of variation in the frequency and intensity of the cat headbutt. And there are tons of other ways that cats show affection.

Don’t confuse head pressing for headbutting

Head pressing is when a cat presses her head against a wall or a piece of furniture relentlessly. Often accompanied by abnormal vocalization or other odd behaviors like circling and disorientation, cat head pressing is a manifestation of a neurological disorder. “Specifically, head pressing and the symptoms that go along with it usually are caused by problems with the central nervous system,” writes Dr. Eric Barchas. “In other words, head pressing occurs when something goes wrong with the brain.”

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Georgia’s Weekly Horoscope: Sunday, November 29, 2020

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All Signs
Here’s the line-up for this week: The Sun and Mercury are in Sagittarius (described last week). Venus is in Scorpio, and Mars is still in Aries. You might recall that Mars is normally in Aries only once every two years for just six weeks. This year, Mars is in Aries for six months! (Whaaat?) It was retrograde from Sept. to Nov. 13, which was hellish for everyone. (Those who are reading this have survived.) At last, Mars now moves forward now and will finally leave Aries on Jan. 6. Meanwhile, our fated Capricorn trio of Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto will soon end. In mid-Dec, both Jupiter and Saturn line up in Aquarius! (It’s a big deal.) In about six weeks, we begin a whole new ballgame. Right now, it’s the bottom of the ninth and the bases are loaded.

Aries (March 21-April 19)
This is a good week to make future plans about education, publishing, manuscripts, important writing projects, the media and anything to do with medicine and the law. Some of you will make future travel plans. Financially, it’s a good week to ask for a loan or mortgage. Doors will open for you because people are inclined to give you gifts or do favours for you. Now that Mars is no longer retrograde in your sign (since Sept.) you will feel energy building up with you, which is why you are all systems go! You’re excited to go after what you want. In fact, you’re determined. (A determined Aries is a marvel to watch.)

Taurus (April 20-May 20)
As I always say, you are the financial wizard of the zodiac. It’s true! In fact, many of you work in financial institutions. All of you like financial security and mortgage-free land. This week you might make long-range plans about shared property, shared income, and even shared responsibilities. It’s a good time to do this because with Venus opposite your sign, relations with others will be mutually beneficial and conciliatory. Meanwhile, behind-the-scenes confusion and delays will begin to settle down and things will move forward, perhaps even to your surprise. (Finally!) Get as much settled as possible because next year is subject to a few surprises.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)
You still need more sleep this week because the Sun is still opposite your sign. This also gives you an opportunity to more objectively see your style of relating in your closest relationships. Learn what you can so that you can make things easier for yourself and others. However, this week, is a good time to talk to close friends and partners to make long-range plans that might affect shared finances, inheritances, insurance issues and shared responsibilities. Coworkers are supportive. You might do something to make your work station more attractive. Some of you will get praise maybe a raise? Meanwhile, competition with a group or a friend is getting serious. You’re going to do what you can to win!

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
For some time now, you have been ambitious; however, since Sept., obstacles have thwarted you and made things difficult. Starting now, these obstacles will diminish, which means your ambitious plans might begin to take fruition. Oh yes, you can start to achieve what you really want to do, especially if it will lead to important achievements about five years from now. (This is possible.) Continue to work to get better organized this week because you want to be performance ready – on top of your game. Work to improve your health. Don’t worry it’s not all work and no play because fair Venus will insist that you socialize, explore romance and enjoy good times and the arts.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
This continues to be a playful, fun-loving time, which is why you’re enjoying warm relations with kids and a greater appreciation of the arts. This week you might make long-range plans that affect your kids or your work, especially in a creative way. You will enjoy relaxing at home and entertaining family if they are in your safe orbit. (Many families are but many families are not.) In either case, you will enjoy redecorating your digs and making them more regal – something to enjoy and be proud of. Quietly, plans for future travel or exploring opportunities in publishing, the media, the law or medicine are taking form in your mind. Clever you.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Home, family and your private life continue to be your primary focus this week. Serious, practical discussions with someone, perhaps someone older, will take place. They could relate to home repairs or a family business. Disputes about inheritances, shared property or insurance issues are possible at this time and these might require family discussions, as well. Fortunately, with Venus in your House of Communications you will be diplomatic and charming with everyone. You will also enjoy your daily surroundings more and you also will feel more loved than usual. (Probably because you are!) When life gives you flowers – enjoy the bouquet.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
This is an excellent week to talk to others, via Zoom, email or phone because both the Sun and Mercury are in your House of communications. Yada, yada, yada. Furthermore, this week, you will have a critical eye and will be quick to see what needs to be done, changed or corrected in your immediate environment. (You know how much your surroundings affect you.) You might also be a teacher for someone this week even in an informal discussion. Because of your increased focus on your environment, you will buy beautiful things for yourself and loved ones. Fortunately, Mars is now moving forward. (This has been a trial for you and your closest relationships.) In six weeks, this ongoing stress to your relationships will be over. At last!

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
“Show me the money!” This is an excellent week to make plans about how to earn money or boost your current earnings. You might devise a budget or a long-range plan to more skilfully handle your assets – i.e. money plus the possessions you own. This would be wise. Possibly, someone older or more experienced than you will give you some advice. Meanwhile, this is a great week to buy wardrobe treasures for yourself. Go crazy! Scorpios love exciting underwear. Sexy, colourful, comfortable and perhaps a bit of lace? In line with your desire to boost your earnings, you are ready now to go forward at work with more serious ambition. “Let’s get this done!”

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
You continue to be empowered because the Sun and Mercury are both in your sign. This makes you charismatic, magnetic and chatty! However, this week, you are more inclined to discuss serious topics and practical matters. You will look around you and see what needs to be done. Admittedly, you will be quick to see flaws but this will help you to see how to make things better. You might have excellent advice for someone, and alternatively, you might learn something from someone who is older or more experienced. Secret love affairs are taking place for some of you – definitely. Meanwhile, sports, and competitive physical activities will appeal.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
This continues to be low-key, private time for you because your personal year is ending, but your new year has not yet begun. Some of you might feel a bit lonely this week. If so, reach out to someone by phone or email or have a Zoom connection with a friend. Watch a webinar. Do what you can to feel connected with others because it will lift your energy. Humans are such social creatures! Fortunately, Venus in your House of Friendships will promote warmer relations with others, especially creative, artistic people. The confusion that has affected your home and family life is beginning to settle down. In fact, everything to do with your private life will have more clarity by February.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
This is a special time of year for you because friendships are important for all Aquarians and at this time of year, the Sun and Mercury are in your House of Friendships. That’s why discussions with a friend will be serious and focus on practical matters. You might teach someone something or vice a versa they might teach you. You might feel lonely or cut off from someone. Fortunately, Venus at the top of your chart makes you look attractive to others, especially parents, bosses and someone older or in a position of power. Certainly, now that Mars is moving forward, you are mentally energized and more confident about stating your opinions. (All generalizations are false including this one.)

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
You continue to look wonderful to everyone because the Sun is at the top of your chart casting you in a flattering spotlight. This means it’s the perfect time for you to ask for what you want. Demand the advantage! In fact, discussions with bosses, parents, teachers and VIPs will be solid and serious. You might ask for practical demands and solutions to something. You might educate and inform others about something important. You’re ready to work to earn money (admittedly, you’re spending freely as well). Relations with someone different might appeal to you at this time. In fact, any kind of travel or an opportunity to learn new things, especially through exotic, heady discussions will appeal! (Socrates taught Plato who taught Aristotle.)

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GrannyMoon’s Weekly Feast 22-29 Nov 2020! Thanks for reading my blog!

“What if our religion was each other. If prayer, our words. What if the temple was Earth. If forests our church. If holy waters rivers and ocean. If the teacher was life. If wisdom was self-knowledge. If love was the center of our being.” ~Ganga White

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But die with all their music in them! ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

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

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Light A Candle Today!

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

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The First Days of the Seasons
WINTER Monday, December 21, 5:02 A.M. EST

NOVEMBER
Month of Cailleach/Samhain begins 10/31 – 11/27

21st National Stuffing Day
21st Zodiac Period of Scorpio ends
22nd Zodiac Period of Sagittarius begins
23rd Celtic Tree Month of Reed ends
24th Celtic Tree Month of Elder begins
30th Full Beaver Moon (2:32 AM, MST)
30th Hecate at the Crossroads

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Current Moon Phase: Waxing Moon

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

Goddess Aspect: Maiden

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

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

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

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Quartz can strengthen your ability to be a loving person, and can enhance your abilities to enjoy life and accomplish the things you want in life.
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November 23, 2020 – November 29, 2020.

The last week of November starts off with a creative trine between Mercury and Neptune. Monday and Tuesday are great days to work on creative projects or whatever inspires you. Seek out people and activities that uplift you and fill your spirit. Midweek brings us the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States. Tensions will easily spark as the Moon moves through combative Aries and forms a nasty square to Pluto, Saturn, and Mars. Try to avoid dinner table arguments and dodge political conversations. Have a ‘to go’ conversation starter in your back pocket. Thanksgiving weekend is rather intense. On Friday, Venus opposes Uranus in Taurus. Relationships will be in the crosshairs and arguments and disagreements may easily occur. However, let’s hope that cooler heads prevail when Mercury sextiles jovial Jupiter on Saturday.

Best Coventry candles for the week are Blessed Herbal Spiritual Cleansing, Happy Home, Protection, Hoo Doo Adam and Eve.

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Become present and feel the power in your words. The way you turn a phrase can turn your world topsy turvy or set it to rights. This is most notable in magic and intention work. Wishing for a good outcome is not even close to the same league as declaring your success at a specific date and tim

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Card of the Week: Queen of Wands reversed

Are you feeling a bit withdrawn?

The Queen of Wands reversed shows you have reached a place of self-respect and confidence. You know yourself on a deep level, and you are clear on your personal truth and belief systems.

You know what you stand for you and you are not easily moved by the opinions of others. You have also defined what success means to you, even if it differs from others’ definitions.

You may find that you are more introverted than usual. Instead of being the social butterfly and center of attention, you prefer to linger on the sidelines and watch what is going on.

That’s perfectly okay! Honor your needs and feelings and don’t push yourself to be extroverted and ‘out there’ when you don’t want to be.

You may also feel called to spend more time alone so you can connect with your inner self and hear your inner voice.

Ask the Tarot: How can I honor my needs?

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Pearls of Wisdom Deck

I am Intuition, a bridge between the material world of Earth and the invisible world of Spirit.

You have inherent good judgement and intuition. Trust your heart and accept success. Find a spiritual guide to help you find what you need.

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Venus In Scorpio
by Rubys Readings

Venus enters Scorpio
Nov 21st – December 15th 2020

It’s a time of intensity, passion, and deeper commitment to our relationships and financial affairs.

With the headmistress Scorpio in sultry Venus, any skeletons in our romantic closets can fall right out. So we tend to be more secretive about love and money. This influence can bring an intimate encounter with someone sexy, magnetic, and maybe even irresistible. It can tie the bonds between lovers and friends on a deeper soul level. It’s a time of healing and transformation in our relationships. Still, if we want to get to a recovery point, we must first pull out our deeper emotional stuff and do some serious analysis.

Venus in seductive Scorpio has the power to draw out what’s superficial in our love lives and our financial affairs. Secrets are often exposed as cheating lovers, or partners are discovered. This energy brings out the truth and wants us to deal with the jealousy, secrets, abuse, or misguided behavior in our lives.

With Venus in Scorpio, we want to get to the bottom of our problems and go below the surface to examine our issues more deeply. Especially in situations involving power, fear, and sex. Venus is in determinet while in Scorpio, so it’s not concerned with superficiality and prefers the chase in love, so it wants to transform us.

Venus rules over our relationships, so it is a more affectionate and social energy kind of energy. Scorpio is about passion and likes to go into the depths of love. This means we might crave more meaningful and intense emotional experiences. It takes us into something deeper, as love and intimacy become equally important. This idea of dating isn’t as comfortable because we’re searching for long-lasting romantic encounters instead. This energy can help us build on our committed relationships as well.

The shadow side of Venus’s energy is more wild and lusty. Take into consideration what people will do in the name of love, as it can get dark. People can become obsessive and paranoid. This influence is mysterious and secretive, so we are not in the mood to play nice. We want to dig deeper into our emotional wounds to spark some change.

Our inner detective is on high alert and wants to figure out what’s lurking in the Shadows.

Paranoia can set in as suspicions start to play in our minds, we may start looking for signs of betrayal in our relationships and closer circle. This transit can help us discover what we are intuitively picking up on and help us get to the bottom of our relationship problems. This energy shines a light on the truth and what’s really happening. Even though we usually are more willing to stick things out, and find common ground in our relationships, reality checks are strong and can break or strengthen existing bonds.

“Scorpio energy wants to transform us, which means it can get rough as we enter into a time of deep analysis and psychotherapy in our relationships, under the Venus is in Scorpio transit!”

Venus in Scorpio also brings out concerns involving money and business, including power struggles and power plays. Private issues we tend to ignore suddenly become more obvious during this time and are often exposed! How we spend our money is important, especially in partnerships
where financial resources are shared. It’s an interesting time for financial investments, as we can make effective decisions concerning things like loans, insurance, or banking.

Venus, in Scorpio’s intense energy, can feel emotionally burdening, but it also can transform us and help our relationships evolve. And this can lead to strengthening bonds if we take on the challenges of this transit, even if it’s rough at times. It’s a sexy time that can bring our partners closer or help us even meet a soulmate. Try to keep your compulsive thoughts in check and enjoy this energy!

~Ruby

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Llewellyn’s Spell-A-Day

A Gratitude Spell
BY CHARLIE RAINBOW WOLF

In many areas, this is the season when the last of the harvest is gathered, and feasting on the produce takes place. The quickest path to abundance is one of gratitude. For this spell, you’ll need a plate full of your favorite foods.

Take a bite of food, and speak out loud what you’re thankful for. Keep doing this until you’ve eaten a sufficient amount. Leave a bit of extra food on your plate, and take it outside to offer it to the universe. Like energy always attracts like energy.

If you feast with others in a celebration of thanksgiving, you can take turns expressing your thanks and gratitude. Writing your thoughts down so you can reflect on them when the going gets tough is a good idea too.
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Change as a Blessing
BY MICHAEL FURIE

Here’s a way to spread some cheer. You’ll need some coins, a bowl of salt water, and some time.

If possible, buy a roll of quarters for this spell, although any coins or paper money will do. If using coins, soak them overnight in the bowl of salt water, then rinse and dry them. This step cleanses them psychically and physically. If using paper money, dab salt water on the corners of each bill, then allow them to dry. Once the coins or bills are cleansed and dried, hold your hands over them and visualize pure light pouring into the money, charging it with the magic of blessing. When you’re ready, say:

Valuable money I cleanse and
release, to those who need
blessings and joy and peace.
Whoever shall find these
gifts I share, good luck and
happiness will then be theirs.

Leave the money on shelves in stores or just about anywhere for people to find.
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Happy Holidays
BY TESS WHITEHURST

With Thanksgiving less than a week away, the holiday season is well and truly upon us. The conditions are perfect today for working magic for a happy holiday season, particularly for fostering respect amid varying viewpoints and promoting the paradigm of forgiveness, acceptance, and love.

Brew a small pot of Earl Grey tea. Sweeten a cup with honey and place it on your altar for Concordia, the Roman goddess who was traditionally invoked to heal family and marital discord. Sweeten another cup of tea with honey for yourself. Sit before your altar and petition Concordia by saying:

Great Goddess Concordia, may
this holiday season be filled with
sweetness, friendship, and love.
Please open my heart and the hearts
of my friends and family. Please
protect us from drama. Please bless
all our gatherings with harmony,
respect, and happiness. Thank you.

Enjoy your tea, then take the offering outside and pour it upon the earth.
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A Servant’s Hands
BY SUSAN PESZNECKER

At this time of year, as we move into what many celebrate as a season of giving, it’s a good time to work magic over ideals of service and altruism.

Wash your hands before you begin, using a favorite soap and drying with a clean towel. Admire your hands, envisioning their strength, experience, and wisdom.

Using a piece of white paper, write down the great works your hands have done. Perhaps they’ve knit sweaters to keep people warm, cooked meals to nourish others, played music, nursed people back to health, tilled gardens, or even built houses. Now list the volunteer efforts you’ll carry out in the coming year.

Fold this paper and tuck it into a journal or a corner of your altar space so it’s available to review. Anoint your hands with a favorite lotion or a dab of oil, repeating:

May these hands, so able and
strong, give help to others,
through seasons long.
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Underwater Bathtime Balancing
BY RAVEN DIGITALIS

To connect more deeply with the essence of water, thereby connecting to your own emotional healing and awareness, draw a bath. Sit with the water in dark silence, listening to the sounds of the flowing fountain filling the tub with life-giving water. The sound may put you into a sort of trance; allow this to happen.

Next, add essential oils, bath salts, etc. Slip into the tub and rock your body slightly to feel the tides of the water coming and going. Again, allow yourself to become entranced by the mystical nature of this element. Bring to mind the qualities of water; consider how precious this resource truly is. Offer your gratitude.

When you’re ready, totally submerge your head in the water. When you do this, “shout” various terms underwater that link you to the element in positive ways, for example, purified, cleansed, nourished, rejuvenated, or empathetic. Use your creativity to enchant the water and yourself by yelling underwater. Quite appropriately, you will be the only one able to hear these sacred shouts.
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True Friend Spell
BY THURI CALAFIA

Sometimes the approaching holidays can make us feel a little lonely, particularly if our friends are busy or if they aren’t meeting our needs as well as we’d like. It might be time to add some more people to our circle of friends.

For this spell, take a medium-size clear quartz crystal and hold it in your right hand. Think about what a great friend you are—be honest with yourself about all your good qualities. When you feel that the crystal is full of your authenticity and promise, hold it up above your head and visualize a bright spotlight of energy bursting forth from it into the night sky, beckoning to those who would be the best friends for you. Chant:

I’m sending up a beacon
To pierce the darkest night.
Come see how awesome I can be!
Behold my shining light!

When the power peaks, open yourself to the feeling of having many friends who all love you truly and wish to spend time with you.
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Celebrate Romance Spell
BY LAURA TEMPEST ZAKROFF

Taking a moment to acknowledge a relationship that is going strong can be a wonderful way to honor that partnership.

For this spell, gather these items:

  • A bowl of rose petals (dry or fresh)
  • 2 white tealight candles in holders
  • A lighter or matches

Sitting with your partner, hold the bowl of rose petals out to them so they can dip their hands in and rub the petals between their fingers. Then have them hold the bowl for you as you do the same. Set the bowl down, and smell the aroma on each other.

Next, each of you hold a candle and have the other light it for you. Place the candles on the table (or floor) between you, with about four to six feet of space in between. Together, take petals from the bowl and sprinkle them around the candles, forming a figure eight. Then look into each other’s eyes for a count of six breaths.

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MY THANKSGIVING MESSAGE
~Cherokee Billie

I am honored and blessed to have you as part of my life. May this holiday season bring love to your life, health to your body, and peace to your home now and always.

Thanksgiving isn’t just a holiday that comes once a year. It’s an everyday thing, giving thanks daily for the gifts of clean air, food, water and loving healthy relationships. Peace, love and a true thanksgiving!

Have you stopped to think about it?

What DO you have to be thankful for?

Having the Gratitude Attitude

Yes, it might feel great to win the lottery. Money, houses, travel – these are wonderful, but not enough by themselves. You need the right frame of mind to fully enjoy life. You need the attitude of gratitude.

Be Grateful

Be thankful that you are able to breathe on your own without the use of a machine. Be thankful that you can get out of bed without assistance. Be thankful that you can walk, talk, and see. There’s so much to be grateful for every day of your life, it’s just changing your attitude.

Life is better when you feel blessed, when you can look around and say “Thank you, Creator.” Religious or not, when you see life as a wonderful gift, your experience is a richer one than any amount of money can provide. Imagine going through life like you’re a child, and every morning is Christmas.

It’s tempting to think gratitude comes from having what you want. You see yourself giving thanks if you had money, a loving family, and maybe a house on the beach. Still, you know there are ungrateful, unhappy people with these things, and poor people full of gratitude for what little they have. Where does this feeling come from?

Creating Gratitude

Gratitude arises from how you look at things. It is the natural feeling that comes from truly appreciating the people and things in your life. It is also something you can learn.

You’re never too old to start learning how to be grateful.

First, you have to stop and smell the roses. You can’t be thankful for something you don’t notice or enjoy. Roses really do smell great, by the way.

Then, you need to make this appreciative approach to roses and life a habit. There’s no need to ignore the ugliness in the world, but you have to habitually see the beautiful things.

Start writing down every positive thing that happens to you, and all the things you like. I recommend buying a journal just for writing about gratitude. Do this until you start automatically seeing the good things in life. If you’ve ever bought a white car, and started seeing white cars all over, you know how awareness can alter your perception of reality.

To see wonderful things all over, train yourself to look for them.

When you are in the habit of “counting your blessings,” gratitude, and a much richer experience of life is the natural result. The Great Spirit Honors you when you count your blessings. You will find you are receiving more out of life then you ever did before once you develop a gratitude attitude.

Be thankful for what you have and have had.

May you feel the true blessing of being thankful this Thanksgiving.

I am grateful that you took the time to read this message. If you have been blessed by my teachings and inspiration please consider a donation to my spiritual ministry so that I can continue providing these messages for free. Remember no donation is too small as long as it comes from the heart.

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Help — Still Relevant
~HUMORINGTHEGODDESS

Heard this song/these lyrics today as I was folding laundry. Usually hits of the past don’t stick to me, but these did. Maybe it’s the times. Maybe its the atmosphere. Maybe its the truth.

When I was younger, so much younger than today
I never needed anybody’s help in any way
But now these days are gone, I’m not so self assured
Now I find I’ve changed my mind and opened up the doors

Help me if you can, I’m feeling down
And I do appreciate you being round
Help me get my feet back on the ground
Won’t you please, please help me?

And now my life has changed in oh so many ways
My independence seems to vanish in the haze
But every now and then I feel so insecure
I know that I just need you like I’ve never done before

Help me if you can, I’m feeling down
And I do appreciate you being round
Help me get my feet back on the ground
Won’t you please, please help me?

Lennon– McCartney, 1965

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How To Use Tumbled Crystals

Dear Magic Makers,
One of the most commonly used shapes of crystals for crystal healing are tumbled crystal stones. Tiny, but mighty, they are an excellent choice whether you have just started your crystal healing adventures, or you have been creating your own magic with the help of crystals for a while.

However, you must have noticed that there are a lot of other shapes of crystals everywhere you turn.

And you begin to wonder whether you have chosen well with the tumbled crystals, or you made a major mistake and should have invested a couple of more bucks in bigger shapes.

The truth is, it all depends on what you use your crystals for. Here is what you should know about Tumbled Crystals and for what to use them:

Stepping Stones Into Crystal Healing

There are so many crystals out there, that it’s simply impossible to learn everything about crystal healing by just reading about the crystals.

The easiest way to start your crystal healing journey is to get to know your crystals and work with them, feel their vibes, and program them with your intentions.

After all, even though crystals always help enhance high-frequency vibes, there will always be some crystals that you connect best with. And tumbled stones will help you get to know the crystal healing world, the best, because they are excellent beginner stones.

Affordable Yet Effective

Speaking of finding the stones you vibe with most, there are a lot of crystals out there.

Imagine if you bought the bigger, more expensive shapes of crystals without knowing what you need, or whether that crystal will work for you.

Tumbled stones are excellent and affordable way to test out all of the crystals in the crystal healing world, before you use the bigger shapes to become a crystal healing goddess.

Building Crystal Grids

Although you can use each crystal from the crystal healing world individually, sometimes you need a bigger boost.

After all, we are all such amazing unique people, that we all have different goals, sometimes never before heard of.

So, how can one crystal help you achieve something that has never been done before? It can’t. That’s where Crystal Grids come into play.

When you use the power of sacred geometry combined with the right crystals frequencies – there isn’t anything in the world that you can’t achieve! And tumbled stones are excellent for building crystal grids.

Tiny But Mighty

Who said that the blissful energy of the high-frequency vibes you share with you crystals is reserved for your crystal healing sessions only?

Tumbled stones are tiny enough to bring them with you – in your pocket, bra, as a necklace, keychain, anything that you can imagine.

And you are not only bringing the tumbled stones, you are also bringing the vibes with you!

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Heartwings Love Notes 958 Giving Thanks for What Is

Heartwings says, “The hole of the donut has no taste.”

This Thanksgiving many may be wondering what there is to be thankful for. This year’s celebration will be one like no other in recent history. No doubt some people will gather, with or without masks, and some will shop the same way, but far fewer. Those that do, run the risk of becoming ill from a virus that seems to have a vicious aftermath as well as a difficult passage through our systems.

Being in the high-risk sector, Stephen and I will celebrate with our own dear daughter and husband who we are fortunate in seeing regularly, without fear. Like us they practice safety precautions, are healthy and do not mingle with anyone for work or activities. I am thankful for their risk free behavior. In so doing, like many they avoid many activities they once took for granted The onslaught of Covid19 is a reminder of this tendency, and of how much we really do have to be grateful for.

I know I have much to be grateful for beginning with my many recent birthday congratulations and gifts from dear friends and family. My gratitude list is long and filled with as much that I am grateful did not happen as with that which did. I am also grateful to whoever invented Zoom so that I can smile from a safe distance at my loved ones, and for the telephone that allows me to speak to them even without seeing them.

Most of all I am grateful for my dear companion, Stephen, who is ever supportive of my efforts to learn and grow as he does the same. I am always grateful for the love of my dear children and their partners and children. For many years I have worked to acknowledge with gratitude every gift I receive, however it is given.

Moreover, I am always grateful not to have to make pie crust. Therefore, with gratitude to my readers, I am sharing my recipe for pecan pie bars. They are easy, tasty, and best of all, a great substitute for an actual pecan pie. Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Brown Sugar Pecan Pie Bars
Preheat oven to 350, grease an 8X8 baking pan.
1st Layer
½ cup soft butter
½ cup brown sugar
1 cup flour

2nd Layer
2 eggs
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
¼ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
1 cup whole or chopped pecans
1 Tbs flour

Cream butter and sugar well. Add flour and mix well for first layer. Pat into greased pan. Bake at 350 degrees 10 to 12 minutes or until golden. (325 for glass pan) Remove. Raise oven temperature to 375 (350 for glass pan). While first layer is baking, beat eggs. Add remaining ingredients and stir well. Take pan out of oven and pour mixture over crust. Spread evenly and bake for 20 minutes more or until brown and firm. Cool and cut into bars.

Please enjoy your celebration however it happens for you and rejoice.

Blessings and best regards, Tasha Halpert

PS If you try my recipe, let me know how it turns out. You can easily get in touch with me at either email: tashahal@gmail.com or tashahal@Aol.com. Also for more love notes and other fun, check out my web pages at http://www.heartwingsandfriends.com

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Balancing Self with Family Life

Taking time for daily self-care is vital and necessary and should not be seen as a luxury.

Many of us have a hard time balancing taking care of ourselves with taking care of our family responsibilities. For people with young children, this can be especially challenging, but even people without children have obligations to care for extended family, partners, pets, and the home in which they live. It’s easy to lose track of our own needs as we give ourselves to the people, pets, and places we love. However, it is essential to their well-being that we take care of ourselves, filling our own wells with water so that we have something to offer when we return home each day.

It is easy to get caught up in the demands of home life because they never stop. There is always one more thing you can do, another dish in the sink, a counter that needs wiping, or a person who needs a ride somewhere. If you don’t set some boundaries, you will find yourself on an endless journey of housework and doing for others. Eventually, you will probably feel drained and out of touch with your inner life force. Instead of waiting for this to happen, integrate self-care into your daily schedule. Even Buddha insisted that he have one hour completely to himself every day. There are times when even that will not be possible — for example, with a new baby or a sick relative. At times like this, retreating inward energetically can be a lifesaver. You can always find five minutes to close your eyes and breathe consciously. You may even be able to meditate.

Most of the time, though, it is possible to set aside a full hour for yourself each day. In addition, scheduling a longer interval of time, perhaps on a weekly basis, can really help to restore your energy. Get a massage or go to a movie or out with a friend. Taking time to experience the world outside of your home makes returning home all the more wonderful. In the same way, taking care of yourself is a natural complement to taking care of your home and family.

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Less Thinking and More Feeling

When we begin to listen with our hearts rather than our heads, our whole world changes and becomes softer.

Most of us were born and raised in cultures that value the head over the heart and, as a result, we place our own hearts below our heads in a sort of inner hierarchy of which we may not be conscious. What this means is that we tend to listen and respond from the neck up, often leaving the rest of our bodies with little or no say in most matters. This is a physical habit, which sometimes feels as ingrained as the way we breathe or walk. However, with effort and awareness, we can shift the energy into our hearts, listening and responding from this much deeper, more resonant place.

The brain has a masterful way of imposing structure and order on the world, creating divisions and categories, devising plans and strategies. In many ways, we have our brains to thank for our survival on this planet. However, as is so clear at this time, we also need the wisdom of our hearts if we wish to continue surviving in a viable way.

When we listen from our heart, the logical grid of the brain tends to soften and melt, which enables us to perceive the interconnectedness beneath the divisions and categories we use to organize the world. We begin to understand that just as the heart underlies the brain, this interconnectedness underlies everything.

Many agree that this is the most important work we can do at this time in history, and there are many practices at our disposal. For a simple start, try sitting with a friend and asking him to tell you about his life at this moment. For 10 minutes or more, try to listen without responding verbally, offering suggestions, or brainstorming solutions. Instead, breathe into your heart and your belly, listening and feeling instead of thinking.

When you do this, you may find that it’s much more difficult to offer advice and much easier to identify with the feelings your friend is sharing. You may also find that your friend opens up more, goes deeper, and feels he has really been heard. If you also feel great warmth and compassion, almost as if you are seeing your friend for the first time, then you will know that you have begun to tap the power of listening with your heart.

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A Thanksgiving Fable by Stephen Halpert

Once upon a time there was a turkey considerably too thin and bony to measure up to those stringent requirements enabling him to be served at the town’s annual Thanksgiving feast. Try as they might to fatten him up with a special diet created by the best nutritionists the farmers of the town eventually threw up their hands and admitted defeat.

“Be done with him,” cried one antagonistic farmer. |”For all I care that turkey can be ignored and taken off the rolls.”

“I agree,” said another farmer. “Who needs a skinny turkey? Downright embarrassing!”

“For sure,” cried the third farmer. “Serving that bird at our Thanksgiving feast would only give our town a bad name.”
One might think that a turkey said to be too thin to be presented at a feast might feel lucky or in some way gifted by Divine Providence; but this turkey, who went by the name of Horace, felt anything but special. Not only did the fatter, plumper more delectable turkeys ostracize him, they made up terrible gossip about him and called him every low and demeaning name possible under the sun.

Furthermore, whenever Horace tried to drum up conversation with the plump female turkeys whose gentle affection admittedly, he desired he was scorned, laughed at, and rudely ostracized.

Horace was sad. Down in the beak, lonely, and feeling dreadfully sorry for himself when on Thanksgiving morning he strayed from the barnyard and eventually found his way to the river. “Maybe I should just jump in and drown,” Horace contemplated aloud. “Who cares about me anyway? It’s no fun facing such total rejection just because I’m,” a tear fell from his eye, “just because I’m too thin to be served.”

A duck swimming by heard his litany of sorrowful cries. “I’d consider myself lucky if I were you,” he quacked. “Be glad the farmers have no need for your services in the kitchen this morning. In fact, I’d be especially thankful for not measuring up to their expectations.”
“It’s easy for you to say that,” Horace snapped.

“You’re a duck. What’s your barnyard status? You just laze about the water and lead a pretty useless life.”

“You think?” The duck looked at Horace and wondered about the size of this turkey’s brain.

“Besides, see if you’d like it year after year–everyone ignoring you, and calling you uncomplimentary names.”

“But don’t you understand?” cried the duck feeling intently frustrated. “Right now those fat ones are in the oven, stuffed with bread and onions, waiting to be devoured by the farmers and their friends. You’re alive, free, out of harm’s way. What more could you wish for, for heavens sake?”

To tell the truth, the duck’s assessment of Horace’s situation provided new thought for him to ponder. Certainly those puffy butterballs whose affections he sought always disappeared at that Thanksgiving feast they all aspired to attend.

“You could think that way,” Horace said reluctantly. “But when you’re born to serve, and you don’t fit in, it’s hard to turn things around in your mind.”
“Pay no attention to the workings of your mind,” warned the duck. “Probably it’s been made up for you without you ever having an original thought to change things around. What sort of turkey in his or her right mind wants to end up drenched in gravy and smeared on a platter with cranberry sauce, yams and whipped potatoes?”

Thinking about it, Horace realized the duck was right. He smiled, took a deep breath, and for the first time was able to appreciate the sweet scent of the fall foliage.

Just then a spry wild female turkey with outstanding feathers appeared before him. She clucked several times then winked. Without thinking about it, Horace knew to follow her wherever she might choose to go. He turned and winked back. As they walked together down the woodland path, he knew in his heart that come Spring, when the new buds appeared, together they’d watch the flowers bloom, and best of all he would never again feel sad or lonely.

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4 Benefits Of Using CBD Oil With Your Pets
BY MARC-ANDRÉ

Share your love for cats!

Having pets can improve your life in many ways. When you have one, you’ll get to exercise more, and learn how to be more patient. Being a pet owner may also help you ward off allergies because spending more time with pets may boost your immune system.

If you want to become one of the best pet owners in the world, you should prioritize keeping your pets happy and healthy. You may fulfill this role by incorporating CBD oil into your pet’s daily routine.

CBD (cannabidiol) is a natural compound extracted from hemp plants. It’s also known to bind with the receptors found in your pet’s body to provide these benefits:

  1. Alleviate Pain

Pets, especially when young, are naturally playful. When you choose to adopt a kitten, for example, expect that you’ll have to run around to keep up with your feline friend. While this behavior is normal, being energetic may also become the reason why your pets will be more susceptible to injuries that can cause body pain.

One of the biggest benefits of CBD for your pets, especially cats, is its ability to alleviate body pain. CBD oil can bind with the receptors found in your pet’s brain, creating an anti-inflammatory response that helps to manage pain. If your pet cat regularly suffers from chronic body pain and symptoms of arthritis, then they may greatly benefit from the pain-killing abilities of CBD oil.

  1. May Reduce Anxiety And Stress

Just like human beings, your pet’s mental health is also as important as their physical health. To ensure that they continue to live healthily and happily, as a pet owner, you need to make sure that your pet is free from any kind of stress or other mental health problems.

If your pet cat, for instance, usually experiences symptoms of separation anxiety when you leave them alone at home, consider adding a few drops of CBD oil to their meals or drinks. CBD oil may help reduce anxiety and stress among cats because it may encourage their brains to produce more serotonin. This neurotransmitter controls your pet’s social behavior and regulates their mood. Having regular levels of serotonin will make it easy for your pets to ward off stress and prevent any mental health problems in the long run.

Even though experiencing anxiety and stress is common among pets, it should never be left unaddressed. Anxiety and stress may have detrimental effects on your pet’s health and can become the reason why they’ll have shorter lifespans and increased susceptibility to illnesses and diseases.

  1. May Help Battle Cancer

According to statistics, cancer is the leading cause of death among pets. For the past ten years, more than 50% of senior pets develop cancer and eventually die from it. Aside from being chronic, the inability of the pet owner to determine the symptoms of cancer in their pets is also one of the reasons why more cats and dogs are dying due to cancer annually.

Fortunately, you can keep your pet safe from cancer by letting them use CBD oil. According to studies, CBD oil may have the ability to block off the energy source of cancer cells in the body, preventing them to spread and multiply. CBD oil may also provoke the death of cancer cells in your pet’s body without harming their healthy cells.

  1. May Increase Appetite

All of your efforts to provide the right nutrition to your pets will be useless if they don’t have the interest to eat or even touch their bowls. While missing one meal a day isn’t a cause for concern, missing too many for a couple of days can be alarming. Loss of appetite among pets, especially cats, can lead to malnutrition, and in worse cases, death.

If your pet is no longer eating as frequently as usual, it might be time to consider giving CBD oil to them since it’s known to increase appetite among pets. This works because CBD oil may reduce the symptoms of an upset stomach, encouraging your pets to eat again.

Small cat smelling a cannabis leaf on pink background, marijuana for pets concept

See Your Vet First

Letting your pets use CBD oil will make it very easy for you to better take care of their health. This product provides benefits that you can’t find from any other over-the-counter medicine available today.

But regardless of how beneficial you think CBD oils are, it’s still important to consult a vet before letting your pets use them. Your vet can help you pick a CBD oil in the market that suits the needs of your pet, ensuring that they remain safe when using the product.

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4 Simple and Easy Cocktails to Celebrate Thanksgiving!
What are you grateful for this year? This may very well be the question of the year!

Sugar Free Brown Sugar Cinnamon Hot Toddy

Ingredients
2 Tbsp. (1 oz.) Torani Sugar Free Brown Sugar Cinnamon Syrup

4 Tbsp. (2 oz.) bourbon
4 Tbsp (2 oz.) hot water
2 Tbsp (1 oz.) lemon Juice
Dash of Angostura Bitters

INSTRUCTIONS

In a mug add the bourbon, Torani Syrup, lemon juice and hot water and stir. Add a dash of the bitters. Garnish with a cinnamon stick if desired

Tequila Pomegranate Cocktail

Ingredients
4 tbsp (2 oz) Reposado tequila
3 tbsp (1 ½ oz) Torani Pomegranate Syrup
3 tbsp (1 ½ oz) fresh lime juice
3 dashes Angostura bitters

INSTRUCTIONS
Shake all Ingredients with ice and pour into a tumbler.

Apple Pie Martini

Ingredients
1 Tbsp (1/2 oz) Torani Apple Syrup
1/2 Tbsp (1/4 oz) Torani Shortbread Syrup
3 oz vodka
apple slice for garnish, optional

INSTRUCTIONS
Add Ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and serve in a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a thin slice of apple, if desired.

Hazelnut Espresso Martini

Ingredients
1 Tbsp (1/2 oz) Torani Hazelnut Syrup

1 shot espresso
1 oz. vodka
1 oz. coffee liqueur
1 oz. heavy cream

INSTRUCTIONS

Add Ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously Strain into a chilled martini glass.

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Georgia’s Weekly Horoseekly Horoscope: Weekly Horoscope: Sunday, November 22, 2020

The 2021 Annual Forecasts are available for pre-order. Annual Forecasts will be sent via e-mail on January 1st.

All Signs
As our time with passionate, intense Scorpio ends, we now move into a four-week dance with the Sun in optimistic, adventurous Sagittarius. Quelle difference! Sagittarius boosts our desire to travel and makes us want to push the boundaries of our world! We’ll be eager to learn and explore other cultures. The study of ancient civilizations or futuristic trends will appeal, along with outdoor sports. This is a lovely “pick-me-up” window because Mars in Aries will energize this Sagittarian Sun making everyone feel vigourous and enthusiastic! Samuel Ullman said, “Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.”

Aries (March 21-April 19)
Mars is your ruling planet; and it is in your sign only once every two years for about six weeks. In a weird celestial fluke, this year it is in your sign for six months! The only way this can happen is it has to go retrograde in your sign (back-and-forth), which is challenging for you. Don’t you love that euphemism? Finally, Mars has finished being retrograde, so now things will get easier for you. Furthermore, the Sun in Sagittarius, for the next four weeks, will give you a fantastic boost! You will want to travel and explore new ideas and meet people from different backgrounds because you want to expand your world! And you will.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)
For the next four weeks, your focus on shared property, taxes, debt, loans, mortgages, inheritances and the responsibilities you have for others will be stronger. Because both Mercury and Venus will be opposite your sign, you will have successful discussions with everyone. This placement of Mercury will help you clarify and explain issues to others. It will also promote cheerful banter and spirited debate, while Venus opposite your sign, beautifully smooths your relations with everyone. Nice! You will express your affection to others more easily. In fact, Venus will even improve your relations with enemies or anyone with whom you are in conflict. It’s a good thing.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)
Once a year for four weeks, the Sun sits opposite your sign; and that time has arrived! In your chart, the Sun represents your energy, and because the Sun is as far away from your sign as it can get all year, your energy will be flagging in the next four weeks. This means you need more sleep. In addition, this polarized position of the Sun (to your own Sun) means it’s time to bring your affairs to a culmination. Because you might encounter opposition from others, be careful about dealing with authority figures. (You could create more opposition!) If you have a sense of failure about something, accept this and move on. You can start over. Fortunately, Venus will boost your health and sweeten your relations with others.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Many of you have been more involved with kids, romantic adventures and fun times recently. For the next four weeks, because the Sun is now in a different sign, your own focus will shift. You will want to get better organized and figure out how to work efficiently so that you can be razor-sharp effective! Yes, you want to work smart! Because the Sun will be travelling through a part of your chart that is concerned with service, even if you are your own boss, your actions will be dictated by others at this time. Nevertheless, Mercury and Venus are still in a playful part of your chart urging you to explore sports, social activities and romantic dreams.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
Lucky you! The next four weeks are promising because they will be more playful, more lighthearted and more fun-loving! Enjoy happier relations with kids and warmer relationships with your main squeeze. (New romance might blossom?) You have a strong urge to express yourself in an open and honest way because you’re ready to be exactly who you are. Mercury encourages attention to home repairs and family discussions, while Venus makes you want to entertain at home and redecorate. Expect to enjoy warmer relations with family. Meanwhile, Mars urges you to explore new ideas and finish major writing projects as well as explore further education. Good stuff!

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
You will welcome this chance to cocoon at home for the next four weeks and focus on your private life, home and family. You also might be more involved with a parent. Childhood memories and discussions about the past will bubble to the surface of your mind. However, you won’t be super reclusive because Mercury and Venus encourage discussion with others. Mercury will attract group interactions on line because you want to be part of what’s going on. Meanwhile, Venus will make you appreciate your daily surroundings and the people with whom you are involved. A lovely combination! (Mercury is your ruler. Don’t hesitate to cooperate with its urge to interact with others by phone, internet or snail mail to learn something new!)

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
The pace of your life will accelerate in the next four weeks because you will have a busy schedule of appointments, errands, discussions with others, increased involvement with relatives and siblings as well as being more active reading, writing and studying. Yes, you’re busy! It’s been a struggle for you while Mars has been opposite your sign for almost 6 months this year. (It stays until the end of the year.) The last time this happened was in 1988. It creates challenges with those who are closest to you. (Exhausting.) Things are already improving because Mars is no longer retrograde, but they will get even better by the end of December! “Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus.”

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
Both fair Venus and Mercury are in your sign now. Venus makes you diplomatic and charming and at the same time, increases your desire to relate to others. It’s a lovely blessing! Enjoy good times with friends via Zoom or your phone. It’s also an excellent time to buy wardrobe items for yourself. Meanwhile, with Mercury in your sign, you will have a busy mind and be keen to communicate. Furthermore, because you more objectivity than usual, you will examine yourself with scrutiny. Meanwhile, this Sagittarian Sun will help you reflect on your values. It’s important to know what really matters to you because if you don’t know what matters, how will you know how to make important decisions?

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
Look at you! The Sun is in your sign for the next four weeks, which makes you energized, sassy, and keen to express yourself. This happens only once a year, and when it does, it’s your turn to recharge your batteries. The Sun will also attract favourable situations and people to you. Indeed, some of you are exploring secret love affairs now while others are busy on research projects and digging up solutions to old problems. Now that Mars is no longer retrograde, relations with romantic partners will improve, as well as relations with your kids. It’s a happening month and it’s all about you!

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Every year before your birthday, you experience a four-week window when the Sun is actually hiding in your chart waiting to burst into your sign. That window of time has arrived. This means many of you will choose to be more reclusive and perhaps work alone or behind the scenes. However, two influences will counter this impulse — Mercury and Venus are both travelling through your House of Friendship! Mercury will definitely encourage discussions with friends, especially groups. You might want to discuss problems with others or your future goals? You might also be more involved with younger people. Meanwhile Venus will encourage cozy relations and perhaps turn a platonic friendship into a romance. (Interesting.)

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
You are entering a lovely four-week window because the Sun is now travelling through your Aquarian “home”, which is the 11th House of Friendships. This means friendships will be more important than ever during this next month. You might also question your role in a group. (Are these my people?) One thing is certain, although you want to work with a friend or a team, it’s important for you to establish who you are. You need to maintain your own integrity. You might also want to scrutinize your friends because in large measure, they are a reflection of who you are. Relations with parents and authority figures will be excellent because both Mercury and Venus are at the top of your chart encouraging lively discussions as well as mutual admiration. Sounds good!

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
The Sun will be at the top of your chart for the next four weeks, something that can occur only once a year. When this happens, it symbolizes that you are in a spotlight – and this spotlight is flattering! This means others (especially bosses, parents and VIPs) admire you and think you are super capable even if you don’t do anything special. Because you have all this going for you, now is the time to advance your agenda! Ask for what you want! While this is happening, Mercury and Venus are in a different part of your chart encouraging travel and a desire to study and get further education or acquire knowledge and new experiences. Venus will make you attracted to people who are different and exotic. (This is not boring.)

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Weekly Horoscopes beginning Sunday, 22 November 2020

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

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

Aries

Personal theme: I am!!

Fire & cardinal sign: March 21 — April 19

Your horoscope for this week: You`ve been feeling restless for weeks. However, a range of crucial yet dull practical, business or financial matters has demanded your time and attention. It hasn`t been easy, but happily, they`re nearly dealt with. Still, get them finished first. That ensures you`ll be free to focus on the far more exciting activities triggered by the Sun`s move to accent new ideas, encounters, people and places.

You aren`t the type of person who likes to feel restrained or restricted. Someone close is showing a more possessive or clinging side to their nature. This makes you uncomfortable and your natural reaction will be to gradually withdraw your affection and commitment. You`re about to start a new health journey. The first steps are the hardest but you will make improvements very quickly. This will be the incentive that will keep you going in the right direction.

In just a few weeks` time, – actually at the winter solstice, – the tempo changes.. Jupiter and Saturn at last move out of Capricorn into Aquarius where they mark the start of a new business cycle. This period could then be something of a mopping up period. It may be necessary to draw a line, – most likely midweek. Tough as this might initially appear to be, and yes, the financial fallout could be considerable, taking this apparently drastic step might then move you on to a new path. There might even be something to celebrate by the weekend. Don`t underestimate the value of your network – especially with those who live and work long distance from you. It`s these connections that could develop fast in 2021 and brighten your career prospects.

Taurus

Personal theme: I have!!

Earth & fixed sign: April 20 — May 20

Your horoscope for this week: Inevitably, constant changes in both existing plans and their foundation are annoying. Despite your irritation, you`re finally recognising these as breakthroughs. Some involve existing arrangements. However, a few are more forward-looking, and could take you into new territory, in terms of your thinking or possibly matters that involve how you live or where you work. For now, focus on exploring everything. You won`t regret it.

Relationships are unpredictable. Some people are being so awkward, you don`t know where you stand. If anyone starts demanding that you pull strings on their behalf, refuse their request outright. Toxic people are draining your energy. Being a good friend does not mean you have to constantly put yourself out for others. Someone close shares a hard luck story and you`ve heard this one before. They won`t be fooling you now. You will reap the reward of showing restraint in chats about cash.

As you may know, Uranus is passing through your sign. This almost seven-year transit began last year. Uranus is the planet of `doing things differently`. If you have entrepreneurial flair it will surely surface. It is likely that already you`re discovering that going it alone or being selective about your working relationships is the only way forward. Whilst you might regret not having sufficient expertise in one area, you could, before next weekend, unite with someone who does. The potential for job sharing or forming commercial alliance looks strong. Hold the thought too, that in just a few weeks` time, at the winter solstice, Jupiter and Saturn arrive at the apex of your solar chart and your career should then move off tangentially.

Gemini

Personal theme: I think!!

Air sign: May 21 — June 20

Your horoscope for this week: You haven`t put off discussing certain tricky issues, as much you`ve been unclear about your own feelings, so sidestepped them and those involved. The secret? Keep in touch, but explain you need time. Actually, others are equally unsure. What`s more, you`ll be able to adjust to the shifts in feelings or even circumstance triggered by the powerful Gemini eclipsed Full Moon, on the 30th.

You are determined to get a job done and out of the way. Others are about to see there is a more efficient and no-nonsense side to your nature. If they`ve never seen this before, expect to receive some complimentary remarks and some good-natured teasing, too.. Social plans arranged for the end of the week may not go as expected. You haven`t given a lot of attention to what`s happening in the world around you and this could be the cause of a major muddle.

It might seem that certain tasks involving clearing up, archiving and pruning are never ending. By mid-week it would be understandable if you were exhausted and frazzled. Yet this may be a necessary exercise before you can move forward with revised career plans. Transport may well be an issue. Determining how you`re going to get round certain restrictions could dominate much discussion. Yet getting around these you presumably will. You might also discover a network – presumably online, – of people facing similar challenges. It might be advisable to at least consider joining forces. This week`s keyword is cooperation. Don`t be surprised if others encourage you to write a diary or be their wordsmith. Talents here could get you noticed in 2021.

Cancer

Personal theme: I feel!!

Water & cardinal sign: June 21 — July 22

Your horoscope for this week: While you take a practical approach to certain areas of your life, in others you rely almost entirely on your intuition. Currently, perplexing events demand you blend these two. This is easy for you, but annoys those who want hard facts and nothing else. The secret? It`s to say the minimum. With circumstances shifting frequently, at the moment your instincts are more accurate than those hard facts.

Some people are hard to understand. One moment a friend is laughing and joking, the next they will be serious and sullen. You`re finding their moodiness annoying and you will only be able to put up with it in small doses. A colleague or neighbour is trying to get your attention. In the past they have learned to rely on you for your advice. Without your guidance, they feel confused and uncertain about what to do next. It won`t be a problem for you to give some suggestions.

You could so easily fall into the trap of helping others improve their career working opportunities and ignoring what`s happening to you. Recall though, that just a week ago, Mars turned direct at the apex of your solar chart. It will leave that area at the beginning of 2021. It`s arguably imperative that you make the most of this time. Your creativity is surging. There is no need for you to hide `light under a bushel` and instead should be doing all you can to self-promote. Renewed contact with those you haven`t seen in recent weeks or months could yet prove productive. True, revised business relationships might not take off until after the new Jupiter-Saturn cycle begins at the winter solstice next month. For now, you could yet discover the value of a network and teamwork and have something to celebrate by the weekend.

Leo

Personal theme: I will!!

Fire & fixed sign: July 23 — August 22

Your horoscope for this week: Recent shake-ups in elements of your way of living or working weren`t just annoying, some were disruptive. However, now that you`ve had time to get things organised, you`re recognising these as much-needed breakthroughs. Regard this as yet another round of unexpected events, demanding yet more changes. These may seem a nuisance; but the more you explore, the clearer it will be how timely they are.

You feel restless and uncertain about decisions recently made. Someone you recently met is cagey and will not reveal a lot about their life. You suspect they have something to hide. Don`t ignore your hunches. Intuitively, you will have a good idea about whether someone can or cannot be trusted. You`re hoping to organise joint responsibilities in a better way. Talk to your partner about this and they will be more cooperative than you expected.

Though it would be understandable if you experienced `doom, gloom, frustration, disappointment and general unsettledness` as the week begins, know that by the time the Moon reaches another of the Fire signs midweek, and having dealt with an administrative obstacle, that you could yet set out on a new path. In just a few weeks` time, Jupiter and Saturn conjoin in your opposite sign – marking the beginning of the 20-year cycle that offers much in terms of business partnership. You could view this week as preparing for that alliance. This should at least make the process of archiving and reassessment more enjoyable.

Virgo

Personal theme: I analyse!!

Earth sign: August 23 — September 22

Your horoscope for this week: As much as you enjoy exchanging ideas with those more knowledgeable than you about certain matters, recent events required fast action. While you were anxious, you moved swiftly, and things worked out. However, with changes continuing, you`re urged to revisit those topics and any others in transition. Discuss what worked and what didn`t and then focus on exploring more far-reaching options. You won`t regret it.

A new partner is moving away for business or family reasons. Seeing each other occasionally may not be enough to build a romantic relationship. You might get the feeling you don`t know each other well enough for this relationship to survive if distance is going to keep you apart. Your head is filled with ideas and inspirations. It only takes the smallest of thoughts to sow the seeds of something big. You could be taken aback by the way a small idea grows once other people get to hear your thoughts.

At the winter solstice next month, Jupiter and Saturn align in Aquarius. Having left the `research and development` area of your solar chart, it is then time to capitalise on ideas that have been incubating since the start of 2020. True, they`ve been doing so under extra ordinary circumstances. True too, others might not display the kind of energy and support you require – at least initially. Yet the cosmic weather will change midweek and by Friday, it`s entirely possible that you will have marshalled the troops and have an agreed schedule in place. It`s likely too, that the expertise you`ve acquired since the solar eclipse back in June, will be acknowledged – possibly leading to an invitation to be part of a new group or team.

Libra

Personal theme: I balance!!

Air & cardinal sign: September 23 — October 22

Your horoscope for this week: Not only was November`s first half tricky, during the past week you`ve encountered one obstacle after another. However, the more you focused on the practical side of things, the more you got done and, better yet, learnt. Now, sudden developments are forcing similar changes in future arrangements. Here, too, it`s about making decisions, then moving on. Be bold.. You won`t regret a thing.

Your ideas are inspirational. You might not take them seriously at first but the dreams and schemes you come up with now could have far greater consequences than you imagine. Check times of meetings and appointments before you set off. Check too that others involved have remembered. Calling them once you get there to find out whether or not they`re on their way could be leaving it too late especially if they have double booked themselves.

Exhausted as you may be, hold the thought that in just a few weeks` time both Jupiter and Saturn will have left the very base of your solar chart and that some of the dark days will be behind you. Yes, you likely will need to dig deep into reserves – especially midweek – and particularly if working with those born under the Fire signs of Aries, Leo or Sagittarius. Don`t be fooled by their demeanour in the first half of the week. Their energy levels might then be low. That should alter midweek and yes, with your encouragement they could really `fire`. Though you might wish to avoid confrontation or upset, you might need to deal with this – especially where the value of archived material is concerned. It may be necessary to access your inner financial negotiating skills. Yet you could make excellent progress and achieve positive result.

Scorpio & Ophiuchus

Personal theme: I desire!!

Water & fixed signs: October 23 — November 21

Your horoscope for this week: The events and insights triggered by the Scorpio New Moon on 15 November weren`t just powerful, they triggered a timely shift in perspective. However, circumstances are shifting. Between now and the end of the month you`ll be facing twists and turns. Worrying as that sounds, they`re forcing you to face and overcome doubts about major, and timely, changes. Plunge in, and the sooner, the better.

New starts are likely. Even if you`re uncertain about how a project is going to go, you have plenty time to sort out any teething problems. Promotion is a possibility but don`t be too sure of yourself. Just relax and let things happen. You don`t need to do anything to receive the rewards coming to you at this time. A colleague has come to depend on you a lot. Give this relationship some careful thought. You may want to start encouraging them to stand on their own two feet.

Venus joins Mercury in your sign and your ability to charm and persuade should surface. It may be obvious in the first half of the week that others lack energy and determination. The realities that have been faced since the start of the year could be brought home and yes, you might not need to look far to see obvious signs of depression. Yet there is a likely mood change midweek. Yes, it might be necessary to make clear an obligation or responsibility, and yes, you might need to stand your ground. Know though that you could initiate a charm offensive that brings others round to your way of thinking, secures a deal, and gives rise to celebration over the weekend.

Sagittarius

Personal theme: I see!!

Fire sign: November 22 — December 21

Your horoscope for this week: Sagittarius is the most quick-thinking and fast-moving sign of the zodiac. Still, even you could struggle to deal with the thrilling events promised by the rare and powerful planetary activity between now and the end of the year. While you rarely need encouragement to explore, certain commitments could seem overwhelming. Heed the stars` guidance. They say go for it now, and ask questions later.

Sometimes it feels as if some people rely on you too heavily. Deep down, you secretly enjoy it. You like to be at the front of whatever`s going on and if given the choice between taking orders and dishing them out, you would rather be the one who makes the decisions. While your approach may be different, this could be a good thing in a partnership. If, after giving it some thought, you realise your home is making you miserable, either make some changes, redecorate or move out.

Think of it this way; would you back your horse? Fact is that you`ve been racing for the last couple of years and must surely be exhausted. Yet there are still a few hurdles to cross before Jupiter and Saturn leave neighbouring Capricorn next month; and yes, there`s also a solar eclipse in your sign on December 14. Can you make it to the finishing line? A solar Eclipse is a sophisticated New Moon and promises fresh energy. With these thoughts in mind perhaps you`ll negotiate this week`s challenge more easily. Having done that, and received reward and applause and yes, possibly have something to celebrate at the weekend, you could then assess the last few hurdles and access the required energy to see you over the finishing line at the winter solstice.

Capricorn

Personal theme: I use!!

Earth & cardinal sign: December 22 — January 19

Your horoscope for this week: Issues with certain individuals go back a long way, so far you can`t really recall their origin. What is clear, however, is that these relatively simple tensions have become an excuse for them turning what are little more than minor difficulties into dramas. As a conscientious Capricorn, obviously you want to remedy these. Don`t bother. The individuals in question would only find something else to complain about.

Close ties or a work relationship has had its fair share of ups and downs lately. Small differences of opinions have got in the way of an otherwise harmonious friendship. There`s a breach between you that you might want to mend before it develops into a yawning chasm. Now is the time to do something about this. Turn down an offer that is made that feels like an insult to your intelligence. Better opportunities will come your way.

In so many ways this has seemed such a brutal year. Challenges have been huge and brought SO much responsibility. Yet Saturn will leave your sign. In fact, it leaves accompanied by Jupiter at the winter solstice. Hold the thought that improvement will come. For now, however, and not for the first time, the burden of duty and care for others and that feeling of entrapment will likely continue. True, others might commend you for your resilience and professionalism. You perhaps also need to see that rewarded in tangible form! At the very least, you surely need others to acknowledge your expertise and give assurance that your efforts will not be forgotten. Just in case however, you might consider improving your qualifications; in the process making clear to others that you intend to stay on top of your game.

Aquarius

Personal theme: I know!!

Air & fixed sign: January 20 — February 18

Your horoscope for this week: No sign better understands and, in fact, enjoys observing even dramatic changes in others` lives or in your world more than Aquarius. More personal changes, especially if they`d reorganise things on your behalf, are another matter. Yet that`s what you and the rest of the world are facing between now and the new year. Unsettling as events seem, they were custom-designed to begin the next chapter of your life.

Plans you had been looking forward to may not turn out as everyone was expecting. Only a small number of people will turn up and this will make it disappointing or in general, due to restrictive rules and regulations, things won`t go smoothly. People will understand if you decide to leave early. Friends are looking to you to instigate a group project. You won`t want to let your side down but there are important personal matters you need to get out of the way beforehand.

The Sun might have moved into fiery Sagittarius, but you might not yet be feeling any heat. The presence of so many planets at the top of your chart and in one of the Water signs, could leave you feeling heavy and weighted down – at least until after the Sun makes crucial aspect to Saturn midweek. Yet yours is one of the Air signs. You don`t `do` waterlogged for long. True, you may have very good reason for feeling despondent. Air though moves. New currents are likely to carry you to new vistas. By the time that Venus opposes one of your ruling planets, Uranus, at the end of the week, the mood should be significantly altered. A partnership or shared job opportunity could present. There are probably many ideas for you to play with before the great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn in your sign next month.

Pisces

Personal theme: I believe!!

Water sign: February 19 — March 20

Your horoscope for this week: With two eclipses shaking up the world around you and elements of your life between now and early 2021, chaos is unavoidable. However, as an intuitive Pisces, you`ll not only understand these twists and turns, you thrive on the resulting changes. Your biggest problem? Others` anxieties. The solution? Reassure them. Then, together, stand back, wait and watch. Miracles are coming, if in an unexpected form.

You want to work more on your friendships. Keeping in touch with friends through text messages, social networking sites and phone calls has worked until now but ultimately, spending time together regularly is a necessity. One of you is starting to feel lonely. Be extra careful in all communications. Wait a few days before responding to a text message that makes you angry. A quick response could cause a heated exchange of words and later regrets.

The Sun is now passing over the apex of your solar chart; shining a light on aims and objectives and just how much these have changed. What you thought you wanted just a few years ago will now be so very, very different. True, Covid-19 and related effects of the pandemic will have left their mark. Yet, it is likely more than that and you now need to tune into new frequencies. As yet, you might not yet feel inspired or know exactly you which route to take. Consider this as a time for weighing up options. En-route, anticipate that others will attempt to charm and tease you; and yes, some of their ideas likely have merit. What`s probable is that you need to improve qualifications and experience. For now, a short course might suit you well – preferably one that can be completed by the lunar eclipse on the last day of November.

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Card of the Week: Two of Swords

What decision are you trying to make?

This week the Two of Swords indicates that you are facing a challenging decision, but you are unclear about which option to take.

Both possibilities may seem equally good or bad – and you are stumped about which will lead you to the best outcome.

You must be able to weigh up the pros and cons of each choice and then make a conscious judgment.

Use both your head and your heart to choose the path that is most in alignment with your Higher Self.

You may find that you lack the information you need to make the right decisions. You may be missing critical pieces of information that would help guide you in a particular direction.

Research your options more, seek outside opinions and feedback, and ask yourself what you might be missing.

Make your choices with your best intentions, fully aware of the possible consequences. Avoidance will lead to greater conflict and stagnation.

Ask the Tarot: What do I consider as I make this decision?

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2 of Wands
Pearls of Wisdom Tarot

Take the time to evaluate the details before making your decision. Explore all of your options. Always allow your intuition to take the lead. Remember to breathe!

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November 16, 2020 – November 22, 2020.

The third week of November is the most challenging week of the month. Of course, this will be amplified by the Thanksgiving holiday prep. It’s often a source of anxiety for many and this year could be intensified if we’re not flexible with our plans. We start on Monday with Venus square Jupiter. Venus helps us feel good and she is at home in her own sign of Libra. The good news is that Jupiter expands any planet it gets involved with so Jupiter is an extra helping of the good stuff but tries not to get too carried away or do things excessively. The trouble begins on Tuesday when Mercury opposes Uranus. You may find your mind in overdrive and anxious thoughts and feelings may easily surface. Take a pause and remember to be gentle in your speech. We are all feeling sensitive these days. Midweek brings us a mixed bag of tricks with the Sun forming a sextile to Saturn, and Venus forming a nasty square to the ringed planet. Keep things simplistic and methodical, focusing on essential tasks and duties. This is the best way to play the day because if you play footloose and fancy-free, feelings of self-doubt, rejection, and limitations may easily override anything you could possibly accomplish. This weekend we have two sign changes as Venus moves into emotionally intense Scorpio and the Sun moves into fiery Sagittarius. Relationships may be problematic over the next month, so you should focus on future potentials and possibilities.

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New Moon in Scorpio November 15, 2020
The New Moon is in Scorpio on November 15, 2020. As always this is your opportunity for creating new beginnings. The sign of Scorpio makes it a perfect time for magic focusing on shared resources, loans, and reinventing yourself. This New Moon also forms a lovely sextile to Pluto, Jupiter, and Saturn, which sets the stage for letting go of the old and starting a new cycle.

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November New Moon
by Rubys Readings
Nov. 14/15-New Moon

For All Zodiac Signs

The New Moon is in the sign of Scorpio on November 14th or 15th, depending on your Time Zone, but is felt now and throughout the weekend. With both the Sun and Moon in the sign of Scorpio, it is super strong and potent. And can be a powerful time to work on yourself.

Think about doing some New Moon energy work. Simply, make out a Wish List or write down what you want to start or begin under this New Moon energy! Set Intentions! New Moons always bring New Beginnings, but this particular New Moon is all wrapped up nice and tight in the sign of endings, Scorpio, the sign of the Zodiac that represents resurrection. We may have to fall or fail, or let something end in our lives, only to rebuild ourselves anew! We then can rise like the stories of the Pheonix and create a new better life for ourselves in one way or another.

It is also Eclipse Season, so our Moon work can involve releasing and letting go, perhaps finish or close something in your life. Make wishes and wish-lists, write about whatever you want! Release a situation, person, or what you should let-go, this also can include worn-out old beliefs and behaviors. This New Moon energy is transformational and can be life-changing.

In the weeks ahead, we’ll be working on our self-mastery skills. It’s a good time to discover what parts of our lives feel out of control. We can release our inner demons with things like addiction or debts and free ourselves from emotional burdens. This energy produces an opportunity to get rid of any excess “stuff” we have been holding on to in our lives, be it material or spiritual. We may feel moved to dig much deeper when it comes to life’s mysteries rather than staying content with the status quo. So it’s important to get in touch with what motivates you, and what will enhance your feelings for intimacy, forgiveness, and meaning. We have a deeper need to feel a sense of purpose and depth in our lives and within our souls. We can truly move forward by doing things during this cycle to develop a new idea, project, or relationship.

Look for ways to release any fears of confrontation or emotionally heavy situations. This New Moon energy can help us learn by taking us out of our comfort zone and making us uncomfortable. So even if a situation is tense it can lead us into psychological healing.

This New Moon is harmonizing with Jupiter, Neptune, and Pluto as well. We can quickly discover support and motivation from within to accomplish our goals, as this energy has our back and can help us set goals. It gives us the drive and imagination to make things work.

Still, during the New Moon loving Venus is forming a tense Square to Pluto, the planet of transformation and lord of the underworld. Goddess, Venus also squares off with over the top Jupiter! These influences can cause major disruptions, which can lead us into exploring our true motivations. What makes us tick! With the TRUTH out of the bag, we can understand the deeper meanings of any challenging situation that comes our way.

It’s important to keep ourselves in check when it comes to exaggeration, so we shouldn’t go out of our way to seek approval, love, or more meaning in our lives, or we can blow things way out of proportion. We can overstate, boost, and brag. As we express ourselves and our feelings in a big way. Watch for doing things in excess and stirring up drama just to get attention, as we can give certain situations much more time and energy than their worth. We might think we can get noticed through exaggerating, but this will surely backfire.

These Cosmic transits can also magnify or boost our insecurities, which means we can feel suspicious, jealous, or paranoid. Socially the interactions we have can be intense and can provoke tense feelings with those involved. Any relationship drama that comes up can get in the way of our goals with our lovers or partners. Our financial affairs can also have major highs and lows, big wins, or big losses, so choose wisely!

Warning Possible Triggers: You May Need to Skip this Part if you are Sensitive!

The Covid19 Virus is surging strongly right now, as Astrologically it’s peaking from the long-term Saturn/Pluto and Jupiter/Pluto Conjunctions that have been occurring all year long! Now with somany planets in Scorpio, and Eclipse Seasonunderway things are out of control! The energy of the Zodiac Sign Scorpio and Eclipse Season, both are about Endings! However, it also helps us to rebuild and manifest a new way of handling the Virus.

As we figure out how to get vaccinations out to the masses, we need to be extremely careful! Protect the younger, older, and vulnerable folks! Please take the necessary precautions we’ve been warned about repeatedly to help bring this surge down. And please just wear your mask around other people! The good news is the Cosmic influences that helped bring the Virus in are now finally over! So once we get past Eclipse Season, we will start to see a major shift and even more so into the New Year. As we get through the final dramatic months of 2020, do your best to be extra careful and work together.

Happy New Moon

Stay Safe & Be Well ~Ruby

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Dark Moon in Scorpio
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November 14th, 2020 9:07 pm PST / November 15th, 2020 5:07 am UTC

As the Moon disappears from the autumn night sky, we now experience the Dark Moon. The Dark Moon in Scorpio restores the mysteries of life that intrigue us. It invites us to delve a little deeper. A little darker. A little more raw and real. Expect the next 48 hours to be highly emotional and quite confrontational. Remember to react to unpleasant, unmotivated, and/or ungrateful people with civility. Keep interaction to a minimum and simply close the door behind you. Focus on your own personal growth and wellbeing. This Dark Moon will be exceptionally powerful for divination work, as well as all forms of banishing. Allow the darkness of the Dark Moon to reveal your inner blockages and banish all that no longer serves you.

If fear around financial matters is afoot, the Financial Roadblock Banishing Ritual can eliminate negative thinking – and subsequent destructive energies, while opening new pathways. If someone (living or not) has thrown something nasty your way, a Break & Reverse Ritual will take care of that! Additionally, the Scorpio lunar energies can assist with cutting ties (or eliminating) in all manners of relationships – whether romantic or otherwise.

Please note, the Dark Moon is never a good time to begin a new venture. Wait for the Witch’s New Moon, which is the night you can see the very first sliver of Moon. Depending on where you are in the world, the Witch’s New Moon falls in the early morning hours of November 16th or 17th. As soon as you see the very first sliver of Moon, know that is the Witch’s New Moon is upon you. That will be the ideal time for beginning new ventures, planting new seeds of manifestation, and drawing new love into your life.

Now is the time we walk away from the past. We say goodbye. We bid farewell. Tonight, we banish.

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TRIPLE DARK CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE: AN OFFERING FOR HEKATE’S NIGHT

by Danielle Prohom Olson

Early this morning while it was still dark, my kitchen was perfumed with the scent of warm chocolate, coffee and fennel. In the oven was a Triple Chocolate Cheesecake with a buttery chocolate graham cracker and almond crust, a culinary offering to the ancient Goddess Hekate or Hecate. Tonight, November 16th is popularly known as Hekate’s Night and in many parts of the world food offerings of bread, grains, garlic, eggs, and cheese, fish, fruits, almonds, and a kind of ceremonial cheesecake lit by candles are left by modern devotees at crossroads to obtain her favours. This sacramental meal has ancient origins and was traditionally offered in Greece on the night of the dark moon (the end of the month). And if Hekate was pleased, she would grant you and your loved one’s good fortune and protection from harm – in this world and the next!

I wanted to bake an offering that would not only feature her favourite foods and spices but honour November, the month of the ever-deepening dark. So I thought a dense, luscious cheesecake, perfumed with coffee, cardamom, wild fennel seeds and liquorice fern root (for an appropriate touch of the wild) just might do the trick. If you can’t find licorice fern root, a tsp of ground anise seeds will work just fine.

While Hekate has become known as Queen of the Witches, renowned for her knowledge of the dark arts, for the Ancient Greeks, Hekate was a Titaness with a share of the earth, sky and sea and Hesiod describes her “honoured most of all by the immortal gods”. One suggestion for the origin of her name comes from the Greek root “willing” -“she who works her will”. She guided the city-state, gave rulers wisdom in their judgments and provided protection, family harmony and wealth to the common people.

On the night of the dark moon, Hekate emerged from the underworld with her retinue of baying hounds, owls and toads. She gathered the souls of the recently departed, guiding them safely to the land of the dead. And it was the duty of every private citizen to light lanterns and leave offerings for Hekate either at the city gates or at home shrines just outside the front door. These offerings of food were not only meant to nourish the dearly departed on their journey to the Underworld- but to entreat their future favours & blessings for the benefit of the living left behind.

These foods offerings were laid out and one would leave – without looking back. And while Hekate’s Supper was not traditionally meant to be consumed, these offerings likely also functioned on the material realm to feed the poor. In a play by Aristophanes, Plutus says to Poverty – “Ask Hecate whether it is better to be rich or starving; she will tell you that the rich send her a meal every month and that the poor make it disappear before it is even served.”

The dark moon is the night the moon disappears from the sky closing the month’s lunar cycle – an important time for cleansing the household of any bad and stagnant energy (called miasma) before the new moon appeared and the new month began. Like many ancient goddesses, Hekate approved of domestic order and so the ritual of Hekate’s Deipnon began with cleaning and purifying the home. One would sweep the entire house, keep the dust and debris and take it to the crossroads to be disposed of by Hekate. And if Hekate found your home well-kept and tidy and your food offerings suitable she would protect your doorway, guard your threshold from harm and grant many happy blessings of happiness and good fortune to the household in the coming month.

Scholars generally agree her “cult” was likely imported to the Greco-Roman world from Thrace (modern-day Northern Greece and Bulgaria) or Anatolia (modern Turkey) and date back as far as the 8th century BCE. One possible origin for Hekate is from the cult of the Anatolian great mother goddess Kybele, with whom she shared many symbols such as keys, dogs, lions, serpents, torches and caves. References to Hekate found in the Orphic Hymns and The Chaldean Oracles describe her as “irresistible”, as the “Keeper of the Keys of the Whole Universe” “the source of all virtues”. She is Nature herself, “she who ensouls all things”.

Her many depictions on stone pillars or statues show her as Lady of the Crossroads, the place where the worlds meet. Her three heads are said to represent her dominion over the underworld, the earthly world and celestial realm. And because there is no light without darkness, Hekate’s torch casts away shadows, brings the light of psychic vision, and illuminates the soul. This light is thought to symbolize the light of the moon and morning star, Venus, the bringer or bearer of light, and so Hecate’s symbols include the star and the moon.

By late antiquity, Hekate begins to take on her darker aspect. The playwright Aristophanes wrote, “Hekate’s magic was that of death and the underworld, but also of love, oracles, of herbs, poisons, protection and guidance.” To the Romans, Hecate was also known as Trivia, Three-Ways who stands at crossroads, attended by the Restless Dead and hounds. Many historians believe the worship of Hekate was absorbed into the cult of the Roman Goddess Diana who was also associated with the moon and the night, attended by a pack of hounds and left offerings at crossroads.

Diana’s worship persisted well into the medieval period across Europe and was associated with gatherings of women, the moon and witchcraft. For the medieval church, the practise of leaving offerings at crossroads is on the record as one of the hardest pagans practices to stamp out. And if we are uncertain about what women were really up to on these nocturnal rites, this question from a German Bishop in 1015 reveals much. “Hast thou come to any other place to pray other than a church or other religious place which thy bishop or priest showed thee: to springs or stones or trees or crossroads, and there in reverence for the place lighted a candle or torch, or carried there bread or any offerings, or eaten there, or sought there any healing of body or mind?”

So on Hekate’s Night, in honour of She who Ensouls All, I will offer this Triple Chocolate Cheesecake. Made with a blend of dark, milk and white chocolate, ricotta cheese and featuring a dark chocolate almond crust, it is lightly spiced with cardamom and lavender (some of her traditional offerings) and the not so traditional addition of wild fennel seeds and (just a touch) of the earthy, loamy flavour of freshly ground Licorice Fern Root. And of course, it’s adorned with the bright crimson jewels of barberries – commonly known as “Witches Sweets”. I think its a pretty witchy offering for the Queen of the Witches – and I hope it curries her favour.

Of course, you can make any kind of offering you like, many foods like cheese, garlic, almonds, lavender, myrrh, mugwort, cardamom, mint, dandelion, apples and pomegranates are said to be some of her favourites. I also made a Triple Chocolate Bark (using the same blend of dark, milk and white chocolate) and loaded with crunchy almonds, chewy raisins, dried cranberries, wild fennel seeds, a few sprinkles of lavender and cardamom and a generous topping of barberries. (This Chocolate Bark Recipe is the Winter Edition of The Gather E-Cookbook for Gather Patrons)

“O night, faithful friend of mysteries; and you, golden stars and moon, who follow the fiery star of day; and you, Hecate, goddess with threefold head, you know my designs and come to strengthen my spells and magic arts; and you, earth, who offer your potent herbs to magic; and airs, winds, mountains, streams, and lakes, and all you woodland gods, and all you gods of the night: Be present now.”~Prayer of Medea to Hecate, Ovid, The Metamorphoses

Hekate’s Triple Chocolate Cheesecake

Ingredients for crust

1/2 cup melted butter
3/4 cup dark graham cracker crumbs
3/4 cup of ground almonds
Ingredients for filling

1 & 1/2 cups ricotta cheese
3 tablespoons cornstarch
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup dark cocoa powder
4 eggs, at room temperature
1 cup of mixed chocolate wafers or chips (white, dark and milk chocolate)
1 tsp. cardamom powder
1 -2 tsp. dried lavender buds
2 tsp. ground fennel seeds
2 tsp finely ground coffee bean powder
2 tsp. very finely minced or ground fresh liquorice fern root (or one teaspoon of ground star anise)
a handful of candied almond slices (for garnish)
Directions

Preheat your oven to 350 F. Butter an 8 inch round pan, preferably springform. Dust well with cocoa powder. Mix ground graham crackers and ground almonds with melted butter. Press firmly into bottom of springboard pan. Bake for 10 minutes.
Melt the chocolate in a double boiler (or microwave oven). Put aside.
Separate yolks from whites.
Whip up whites with one tablespoon of the sugar to firm peaks.
Beat the rest of the sugar and yolks until fluffy.
Add the ricotta, melted chocolate, cornstarch lavender, cardamom, fennel seeds, coffee beans and liquorice fern root. Beat until smooth. Fold in the egg whites into this mixture.
Pour batter into the prepared tin, tap against counter to release air bubbles and bake for 40-45 minutes.
Turn off the oven, open the door slightly and let the cake remain in the oven for 30 minutes to set.
Unmold when cool. Dust with cocoa powder or icing sugar and sprinkle with candied almonds. Very nice with whipped cream.

More Hekate’s Supper Recipes in the Gather Victoria E-Cookery book at Gather Patreon
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Heartwings Love Notes 957: Motivation, Resistance and Distraction

Heartwings says, “It’s not easy to do what you need to do, when other tasks beckon.”

I’ve been pondering a dilemma, and decided to share with my readers because I believe I am not alone in what troubles me: There is my to do list, there are my deadlines, and there is my voluminous computer email; and then there are the many not necessarily immediate tasks I never seem to get to. This is a source of great frustration. I remember from long ago a line from a Christian prayer: “I do those things which I would not do, and I do not do those things which I would do, and there is no health in me.” I feel that way more than I would like to, and lately, because immediate circumstances have gobbled up my time, even more so.

The issue seems to revolve around resistance-not wanting to do whatever it is and thus putting it off, and the need for more or better motivation. Take exercise for instance. The necessity for it is paramount. Everything I have read lately about maintaining good health and longevity stresses it. So why don’t I eagerly embrace it? Perhaps because it is boring, or perhaps not as easy as it used to be, or whatever comes to mind? Sadly, I can think of reasons, however that doesn’t get me up and moving. There are many things I would rather do.

There can be rewards for doing it, or punishment for not doing it-deterioration being one–after all what you don’t use you lose. Yet the chair, the couch or even the bed beckon and they feel so nice-nicer than huffing and puffing. Resistance has reared its ugly head and won’t go away. To be sure, resistance has its virtues when applied judiciously-no, I won’t eat those cookies because they have way too much sugar, but not when applied to exercise. To overcome it I plan to on focus on motivation, and on seeking ways to encourage exercise on a more regular basis. I do now have at my disposal a pedaling device that sits under my desk, and I plan to spend some time each day working on it. I can at least watch something on my computer while pedaling.

There is another difficulty that must be overcome: distraction. I may sit down to do a task on my list and then decide to just check my email. Two hours later the task is not done, the time allotted is gone and I have something else to do. Or else I go to do a task, get pulled way by a request or a phone call and again, nothing gets done. I am working to focus better, say “later” and stay with my original direction. Life is a constant learning process and I do my best to keep up. I trust my readers are doing the same.

May you find the time and energy to do what you need to do when you need to do i.

Blessings and best regards, Tasha Halpert

PS What’s your experience? I’d love to hear about it and I’ll thoroughly enjoy whatever you ay choose to share. Your emails always make my day. Thanks for writing me at either Tashahal@ gmail.com or Tashahal@aol.com and please check out my webpages at Heartwingsandfriends.com

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Llewellyn’s Spell-A-Day

New Moon Stone
BY KATE FREULER

It’s a new moon! Time for fresh beginnings and starting projects. Make a new moon stone to absorb this refreshing energy and boost your activities. This is also a good way to shake off procrastination and get an endeavor off the ground.

Find a dark-colored stone that fits in the palm of your hand. It can be a fancy crystal or just a smooth rock you find. Take it outdoors on the night of the new moon and hold it up to the sky. Imagine the energy of the new moon beaming into the stone, filling it up with hopeful, energetic light. Leave it outdoors for the night and then collect it in the morning.

Keep your new moon stone with the materials for any burgeoning projects that need a kickoff. If you’re an artist, keep it with your paints. If you want to build something, keep it with your tools. Then get to work!

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The Gift of Giving
BY CHARLYNN WALLS

The Roman festival of Feronia is recognized today. Feronia was a goddess of fertility, abundance, and prosperity. She was also known to take on a disguise and ask for help from others. Those who did so were well rewarded, but those who did not … well, they didn’t fare so well.

To tap into the spirit of abundance and prosperity on this day, find a small way to give back to others. Take a much-loved object and donate it or give it to someone you feel would treasure it. Before you gift the item, hold it in your hands and say:

May you be blessed,
May all you hope for be addressed.

Once the item is charged, give it away and know you will also be blessed by your actions.
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A Thursday to Relax
BY BARBARA ARDINGER

In many places, November is gloomy and chilly. Today’s a good day to stay indoors and cozy up with your beloveds, both human and feline or canine. Read a good book to them.

Le Petit Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, is supposed to be a children’s story. Le renard, the fox, asks the little prince to “tame” (make friends with) him. The fox gives the little prince (and us) an important life lesson when he says, On ne voit bien qu’avec le coeur. L’essentiel est invisible pour les yeux. [“It is only with our hearts that we can truly see. What is essential is invisible to the eyes.”]

Set figures or drawings of people and animals that have tamed you on your altar. See them with your heart. See the essence of each relationship and draw a picture of it or set a symbol of it on your altar. Do a ritual whose intention is gratitude.
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Spirit Guide Spell
BY DEVIN HUNTER

Happy Veterans Day! If you’re in the US, be sure to thank a veteran for their service and sacrifice today. Today also happens to be 11/11, an auspicious day for those who work with the magic of synchronicity. Working with our spirit guides is a powerful way to discern synchronicity, and today is the perfect day to make a pact with them to check in daily. Today at 11:11 a.m. or p.m., reach out to your spirit guides and recite:

Better angel or spirit guide,
from you I will not hide.
At 11:11, let us meet,
a daily check-in to complete.
From this, our bond shall grow,
and your better I shall know!

Every day after, when the clock strikes 11:11, reach out to your spirit guides. When you see 11/11 on your own, see that as a reminder from them to check in.
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Headache Release Spell
BY CERRIDWEN IRIS SHEA

Today honors Áed mac Bricc, an Irish saint who died in 589 CE. He is the patron saint of headache sufferers. There’s a story from the sixth century that says he healed Brigit of her headache—because even a goddess of smithing, healing, and poetry should have someone to ease her headache.

Today, safely burn lavender-scented candles, put rosemary oil on your temples, and soak in a lavender-scented bath. Carve time out of your day to relax, release your tense muscles, and call on Áed mac Bricc to remove your headache. Then extinguish the candles.

If you’re lucky enough to be headache-free today, soak and light candles and ask him to remove a future headache, banking the healing to draw on when you need it.
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Blowing Leaves Spell
BY ARI MANKEY

Gather some fallen leaves from a nearby tree and set them aside somewhere to dry. Once they are dry, take some paint and a small paintbrush (a pen will most likely break the leaf ) and write on the leaves anything you’d like to get rid of in your life. This could be a bad habit, a toxic relationship, or an unwanted guest.

On a blustery day, take your leaves outside to a local park and throw them up in the air, saying:

Winds of the east, take this
burden away from me.
Spirits of air, let me be
truly and happily free.
As I weave my spell,
I say so mote it be!

The wind should take your leaves, and with them, the burdens you are trying to get rid of in your life. If the leaves don’t blow away immediately, don’t worry. They will eventually.

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How to Enchant a Scarf
by thiscrookedcrown

A super simple way to add magic to your wardrobe.

Enchanting can be one of the easiest ways of adding magic to anything. It’s super low key, can be done in public in front of people, and only requires a few moments of sitting quietly or murmuring to yourself to make it work. My style of enchanting does lean heavily on energy manipulation. If you’re new to energy manipulation, you should be able to follow along with this fairly easily, but skilled manipulators will have an easier time with it.

This enchantment is for warmth and health. The same technique can be adapted to any kind of enchantment and this enchantment can be added to just about anything. It’s great on coats, socks, favorite hoodies, and bath towels.

01 Clean and Cleanse
Whether you’ve dug your scarf out of the back of a drawer or you’ve purchased it new, you’ll need to wash the scarf and cleanse it.

Make sure to look at the washing instructions of the scarf’s material. Some materials really shouldn’t be washed in a machine. If it needs spot cleaning, then VERY lightly mist it with some cleansing water or flick the water at it using your fingertips.

If you’re washing it in a machine, add a bit of cleansing ingredients such as a bit of salt or an herbal potion. Or you can enchant your laundry soap to cleanse. If you don’t have cleansing ingredients like that, you can use moon water as well. Why? Well, if it’s a new scarf or hasn’t been recently washed, it simply needs to be washed. That scarf probably has dust on it and scarfs tend to be by your mouth. Now-a-days with masks, this is less true, but it’s still something to be concerned about.

As for cleansing, I like to have things lightly cleansed while cleaning them and lightly cleansed while working in a new enchantment. It also helps shake up the stagnate energy in an old scarf and breaks up the energy from a store / warehouse and anyone who might have potentially been touching the scarf.

The aforementioned cleansing water works well, but you can also do smoke cleansing (which has the bonus of aroma), sounds such as bells, or even letting the scarf soak in a few hours of sunlight.

02 Enchant it
Take the scarf in your hands. I like to lay it across my palms so my fingers can run across it, but whatever feels best for you. Feel free to move your hands around. You want to cover the whole length of the scarf.

Spend a few minutes centering yourself and gathering your energy. When it feels like you have excess energy in your core, push it towards your hands (or it may gather there naturally). Slowly drag or wave your hand over the scarf, letting the energy seep into the weave of the fabric or to coat the material, like liquid seeping into the fabric.

Now either speak, say, or think of how warm you’ll want to feel, how safe, how healthy. Envision the happiness you’ll feel when you wrap this warm scarf around your neck or a loved ones’ neck.

When you think you’ve done enough, then you’re done! It really is that simple. When you hold it, it might not feel any warmer instantly, but the warmth should seep into your bones over time.

I like to go the extra step and repeat the warming thoughts when putting the scarf on.

Ideally, you should renew the enchantment every so often. At least every year, but you can do it as often as you like. The more you do it, the stronger the enchantment becomes.

Stay warm and safe everyone!

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Mood-Boosting Helpers to Stress Less This Holiday
Posted: 09 Nov 2020 10:00 PM PST

This time of year is meant to be full of holiday cheer, but sometimes the festivities can cause a great deal of stress instead. Between monitoring spending, staying healthy and navigating time spent with family, “ho ho ho” can easily become “no no no.”

These healthy hacks and nutrients may help you find a little more peace of mind to keep your holiday season merry and bright.

Rock Around the Christmas Tree
Whether it’s dancing, a walk around the neighborhood or even getting a quick workout in, squeezing some physical activity into your day is a fun and healthy way to relieve stress. Exercise helps your body produce more neurotransmitters called endorphins, which promote a positive attitude.1

Not only does moving more physiologically help you reduce stress, it can also just simply take your mind off things for a bit. Along with a mood boost, regular exercise can also support immune function—win-win, right?

Loosen Up
If you’re feeling tense emotionally, chances are your muscles and joints may feel the same way. Try a relaxing warm bath or hot shower, or even try a hot compress on your neck, shoulders or wherever you may “hold” your stress.

You can also try progressive muscle relaxation and pair this practice with some mood and joint support for some added wellness benefits. Yoga is another method to gain some flexibility while stretching out trouble areas. A little less stress on the joints may go a long way for the mind and overall stress levels.

Try Aromatherapy
Many of us have holiday traditions or memories that just feel like home. Most of the time those memories can be triggered by familiar scents which may help calm the mind. Whether it’s home-baked goods that make your space smell like home or diffusing some of your favorite essential oils, aromatherapy may help you feel more at home and at ease.

Make Self-Care a Priority
It’s usually tradition to give back regardless of which holiday you celebrate but be sure to also do something nice for yourself. If you need a break from the crowd, take a 15-minute break and find a quiet spot to collect your thoughts.

Take opportunities to buy yourself something you enjoy or pair a mood-booster with a spa day or meditation session. If you’ve been doing holiday shopping and just feel drained, nourish and replenish your body with B vitamins and try recharging with a 20-minute nap. Checking in with yourself and taking some “me time” is just as important as giving back to others.

If you don’t own a pet, you can always try new hobbies or do something that helps you find your center. Some love fishing, others like to read—whatever your preference is, do what makes you feel calm. Adult coloring books are one of the easiest ways to slow down and decrease stress levels, especially patterns like a mandala.5 For an extra-festive touch, throw on some of your favorite holiday tunes or light a candle for some hygge ambiance.

Throw the Ball or Get Creative
Spending time with a furry friend is both an enjoyable and rewarding way to promote emotional wellbeing, plus who doesn’t love a game of fetch? Animals have been human companions for centuries, and the reason why makes sense. Animals just help us feel better, even to the point where facilities offer canine or equine therapy for improving mental health and stress relief.4

If you liked this article, you may also enjoy What Magnesium Supplement is Right for You, or this Intro to Meditation. Be sure to also sign up for our Swanson Health newsletters to stay in the know on all of our new articles and promotions.

Stay Well!
Jack Lackey, Swanson Staff

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Sources:

  1. Exercise and stress: Get moving to manage stress. (2020, August 18). https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/exercise-and-stress/art-20044469
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  3. American Psychological Association (2018, November). Stress Effects on the Body. https://www.apa.org/helpcenter/stress/effects-musculoskeletal
  4. Young C, Horton J. Canine and Equine Therapy for Mental Health: A Review of Clinical Effectiveness. Ottawa (ON): Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health; August 30, 2019.
  5. Curry, N. A., & Kasser, T. (2005). Can coloring mandalas reduce anxiety?. Art Therapy, 22(2), 81-85.

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Creating New Thanksgiving Traditions during the Pandemic

Traditionally Thanksgiving is one of the biggest holidays of the year. More people travel during Thanksgiving week than any other holiday of the year. Well this year has changed everything. How we live is different than last year. We still can have a wonderful thankful Thanksgiving, but doing it with thought and intelligence is important in this pandemic year.

Even if you’re only making a small Thanksgiving dinner at home, that doesn’t mean it needs to be any less special.

It’s important that you acknowledge that this year is going to be different than any previous years. We have to go with the flow of life. You may be use to large family gatherings or spending time away from home. Do not feel pressured now that things have changed. You can still have an uplifting and wonderful time for this holiday.

So many people feel burnt out and one of the main things I suggest is trying to think of this holiday as a break from all pressures. That will give you the time to truly be thankful.

Ask yourself what is the most important thing for you and your family at Thanksgiving. This could mean special recipes. Maybe it’s time to eliminate certain activities you never enjoyed to begin with. Perhaps you don’t like Turkey or cranberry sauce. You can always switch to a different menu. This is a year to break old traditions.

Think about what you really want to eat and what everybody enjoys and choose that. Even if it’s something you buy from the market or a restaurant. If it makes your life easier then go for it.

It’s time to think about what is most important in your life and assess its value for Thanksgiving. I am posting a list of activities that you can choose from based on the risk involved of contacting COVID-19.

Here’s how the Center for Disease Control assesses the risk level for Thanksgiving activities:

Lower Risk:

A small dinner with the people in your household
A virtual dinner with family and friends
Preparing food for family and neighbors (especially those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 who are social distancing), and delivering it to them without person-to-person contact
Shopping online rather than in person on Black Friday and Cyber Monday
Watching sports events, parades and movies at home
Moderate Risk Activities:

A small outdoor dinner with family and friends who live in your community
Visiting pumpkin patches or orchards where people are taking COVID-19 safety precautions like using hand sanitizer, wearing masks and maintaining social distance
Small outdoor sports events with safety precautions in place
Higher Risk Activities:

Going shopping in crowded stores just before, on or after Thanksgiving

Participating or being a spectator at a crowded race

Attending crowded parades

Using alcohol or drugs

Attending large indoor gatherings with people from outside of your household
While suggestions from the CDC like limiting your guest list and avoiding big outdoor events (the 2020 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is going to be virtual anyway) may seem reasonable, do people really need to eat holiday dinner over Zoom and skip out on the Black Friday deals in stores?
There are reasons to be cautious. The indoor multi-generational gatherings you’re used to hosting for Thanksgiving are much riskier than the socially-distanced backyard gatherings many people held over the summer.

Many of our Thanksgiving meals revolve around buffet-style servings that everyone digs into. But more hands on serving ware means more germs. (Remember to frequently wash your hands!) Instead, pick a designated person or “head chef” to serve up turkey and sides onto individual plates instead of everyone passing around that green bean casserole.

There are some real things to be aware of when it comes to gathering with extended family, The gatherings we hold in November are going to be almost entirely indoors. Thanksgiving may involve people staying overnight in close quarters. if you’re going to be involved in multi-generational family gatherings or spending time with anyone who is at an increased risk for COVID-19 you need to exercise caution and good old common sense.

Is it OK to hug? How many people can come? How to navigate holiday gatherings?

If you are in an intergenerational situation, wear masks to the extent you can. The lowest level of risk is limiting your gathering to the unit you’re sheltering with already. Thanksgiving is not the time to expand your circle.

It’s important to take precautions to protect those in your group who may be at a greater risk for the coronavirus. Talk to your family and friends about the measures they’ve been taking to mitigate their risk. Additionally, keep in mind that some people may not be able to socially distance or quarantine as much as others.

Once again think carefully about how you want to do Thanksgiving. There’s nothing wrong with changing the tradition this year. It will be the start of cold and flu season. It really is a dangerous time of year with respect to respiratory illness.

The main thing is to give thanks for everything that you have and those that you love and those who have passed on.

Feeling Stressed? Contact me if you need relaxation and coping techniques now and in the future.

May you and your family be blessed now and always,
Cherokee Billie

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Going Deep
~DailyOM

To reach the depth we wish to access, we must dive below layers to the deepest parts of ourselves.

There are times when life urges us to seek more. Small changes to our comfort zone may fail to alleviate any sense of stagnancy or frustration, and we may need to examine our lives and ourselves more deeply to find the right place to start. Everything we need for success and joy lies within. But so often, life’s debris accumulates, building layers around our core that make it difficult to access the truth that resides within. To reach the depth we wish to access, we must dive below these layers to the deepest parts of ourselves.

The first layer can be found in our minds. Our to-do lists and busywork are usually less important than we think, so we must look past them to examine the thoughts that matter most to us. The next layer can be found in our hearts, where past hurts and disappointments can sometimes cover up our vulnerabilities, as well as the truth of who and what really stirs the love within us. We can choose to go even deeper — to our center. If we can go beyond anything that has affected us to the point that it blocks us at the gut level, we can reconnect with our power, our raw instincts, our organic yeses. Here, at the core, lies our truth. Our core is our foundation that supports us and what we’d like to build our authentic life upon.

When we examine ourselves to these depths, we are able to find what we wish to bring to the surface and what we wish to let go. When we remember what lies beneath our layers, we can look at what was floating on the surface, causing blocks and pains, and understand the purpose that they served. Oftentimes, it is the built-up debris that causes us to go deeper, so we can search for the truth. Go deep, live life from your truth within, and watch your innate beauty manifest outward.

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3 DIY Home Remedies to Supercharge Your Immune System
BY KAREN ANSEL, MS, RDN

Whether you’re one of those people who seems to catch everything, or you just want to fend off a cold or the flu, your diet can make a big difference. Every day, your body relies on key nutrients to fortify its immune soldiers so they can quickly pounce on illness-causing intruders.

But in the real world, it can sometimes be tricky to get all the powerhouse nutrients we need to stay strong. If you’d like to (fingers crossed) stay off the couch and out of the doctor’s office, try whipping up these immune-enhancing drinks. They’re loaded with protective nutrition to bolster your defenses. And they take just minutes to make!

Maple Sweet Potato Smoothie
Your gut is a huge immune organ, charged with filtering out viruses, bacteria, fungi, and more. Keep yours in top shape with this smoothie. Each glass delivers a cocktail of gut-fortifying nutrients. In addition to plenty of probiotics from kefir, you’ll also get a double dose of prebiotics from sweet potato and maple syrup. As a bonus, you’ll net more than a day’s worth of vitamin A, which is essential for healthy skin and cells lining your airways and gut, which are the body’s first line of defense against infection.

Make it. In a blender, blend ½ cup unsweetened kefir, ¼ cup low fat milk, ½ cup mashed sweet potato, ½ diced, cored apple, 1 teaspoon maple syrup, 2 ice cubes, and a dash of cinnamon until smooth.

Per serving: 280 calories, 2 g total fat, 1 g saturated fat, 10 mg cholesterol, 120 mg sodium, 58 g carbs, 6 g fiber, 34 g total sugars, 4 g added sugars, 9 g protein

Lemony Ginger Turmeric Tea
Each year, upper respiratory tract infections (or URTIs) like the cold, flu, and viruses send 10 million Americans to the doctor. Now, a growing body of research finds that simple ingredients in this tea, like turmeric and ginger, might keep you from getting infected in the first place. And while honey won’t prevent a URTI, a new British Medical Journal study finds it’s more effective for cough relief than cough medicine, antihistamines, or painkillers.

Make it. In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup water, ¼-inch sliced ginger root, ¼-inch sliced turmeric root, and ¼ diced lemon. Bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat and pour liquid through a strainer, discarding ginger, turmeric, and lemon. Stir in 2 teaspoons honey and 1 tablespoon lemon juice.

Per serving: 45 calories, 0 g total fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 0 mg sodium, 13 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 12 g total sugars, 11 g added sugars, 0 g protein

Orange Kiwi Green Juice
You could love this elixir for its cold-busting vitamin C (nearly twice your daily dose). But that’s not the only reason to drink up. Each serving packs a full cup of spinach, which is chock full of antioxidants that keep immune cells strong and healthy. Leafy green spinach is so powerful that its extract has been shown to protect against harmful bacteria like E. coli and S. aureus.

Make it. In a blender, puree 1 peeled kiwi, ¼ English cucumber (it’s less bitter than traditional cukes), 1 cup baby spinach, ¼ cup parsley sprigs, ½ cup 100 percent orange juice, and 1 pinch cayenne pepper until liquified. Serve as is (you’ll rack up 4 grams of filling fiber). Or, if you prefer pulp-free juice, pour through a strainer or cheesecloth.

Per serving (including pulp): 120 calories, 1 g total fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 30 mg sodium, 26 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 18 g total sugars, 0 g added sugars, 3 g protein

This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for medical diagnosis or treatment. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or condition. Always check with your doctor before changing your diet, altering your sleep habits, taking supplements, or starting a new fitness routine.

KAREN ANSEL, MS, RDN,
Karen Ansel, MS, RD, CDN, is a nutrition consultant, journalist, and author specializing in nutrition, health, and wellness. Her latest book is Healing Superfoods for Anti-Aging: Stay Younger, Live Longer.

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Body Language
~DailyOm

Tuning-in to the language of our bodies can be very enlightening, and increases our intuition.

So much can be revealed to us when we listen to the language of our bodies. Our bodies are always speaking, sending us messages through the way we move, the sensations that arise from within, and the gestures and expressions that we make when we are communicating with others. Tuning in to the language of our bodies can be very enlightening, especially as most communication is believed to take place nonverbally. It is also believed that the body never lies, and that if we want to know the truth about ourselves and others, then we should listen to what our bodies have to say. Anyone who has ever flirted with someone they are attracted to has probably, at one point in time or another, brushed their hands through their hair or found themselves leaning forward to get closer to that person. Someone feeling defensive will tend to cross their arms over their chest, while a person who wants to withhold something may look away when speaking.

If you want to know how you truly feel about a person or a situation, then it is a good idea to tune in to what you are feeling inside. Excitement, nervousness, anxiety, and fear are just some of the messages that your body wants you to hear. Your body can also be a very reliable compass. Anyone who has ever been somewhere they don’t want to be has probably experienced their bodies trying to move them away from that particular circumstance. And while it can be very easy to talk ourselves into and out of choices we may make with our minds, it isn’t so easy to change the truth of our hearts that reside within our bodies.

To begin tuning in to this subtle form of communication, start taking the time to notice what your body is telling you. Greet each feeling or sensation as a message carrying wisdom from your body. Tune in to what your body is telling you about the situations and people you encounter and listen to what others are communicating to you through their bodies. We already are subconsciously receptive to the language of our bodies, but when we choose to consciously pay attention, we hear and understand so much more about ourselves and the people around us.

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Gilberto's Honeymoon
by Stephen Halpert

Later that day, after leaving Honeymoon Falls, their original destination, Gilberto and Maria checked into Panorama Holidays, a five star hotel that emphasized romantic escapism and gourmet dining amidst the glory of Niagara Falls. Outside on the lawn adjacent to the front entrance, two large marble lions were poised to attack one another.
Gilberto was elated. Now he was a married man, definitely a sign of maturity. Now he could set aside childish ways and embrace a new sense of responsibility and maturity, or so he thought and had been led to believe.
Maria, on the other hand, was quiet. She seemed withdrawn into herself, not exactly the happy blushing, frolicking bride he had hoped for and expected. As soon as they checked in, she scurried into the bathroom. Minutes later the shower steamed up the mirrors.
“They have a heated pool,” Gilberto said when she emerged wrapped in a thick, monogramed hotel bath sheet. “And check out this fancy menu– very Parisian and way more overpriced than our local deli on Charles Street. But nothing matters. I just want you to be happy.”
“I’m not,” she said flatly. “You go swimming and eat like a king. I’m going to bed.”
“Why? This is our honeymoon. We’re supposed to be crazy in love.”
“I’m glad if that’s how you feel.”
“How can I be happy if you aren’t? In the lobby they even have a gift shop that specializes in fancy imported French underwear.”
“Buying me imported underwear isn’t exactly….”
“I know. You need to eat, sustenance. Maybe the baby’s hungry too. You sure you don’t want lunch?”
She pulled on an oversized sweat shirt. “I think I just want to go to bed.”
“His voice rose. “How can you want to go to sleep? We’re on our honeymoon!”
She choked back tears. “Gilberto, I fear we’ve made a terrible mistake.”
His hands started to shake. “But I love you. How can you say that?”
“Your loving me doesn’t have much to do with how I’m feeling right now.”
His face brightened. “I know, I’ll call room service. They’ll send up whatever you’d like.”
She slid into her stretch pants and scuff’s. “A pot of hot tea would be nice.”
“That’s all?” He consulted the menu. “How about a fresh crabmeat salad or even their special lobster ravioli?”
She stretched out on the enormous bed and closed her eyes. “I’m sorry Gilberto I’m not very good company right now. Please don’t take personally how I’m feeling. It has nothing to do with you.”
He kicked off his loafers. “Mind if I lie down beside you. Is that ok?”
She tried to smile. “Sure that would be nice.”
He joined her. Despite whatever she was wearing, he loved looking at her. ” Leaning up on his elbow he smiled down at her. I don’t suppose you’re feeling…”
“Not anywhere’s close,” she said. “But it’s nice being beside you.”
He tried lying still. His body was so alive in so many obvious ways.
Then out of the blue she said. “I wonder how many others slept in this bed? Were they happy? Newlyweds? Or just lonely beings trying to escape one form of reality for another?”
Gilberto sighed. What she was saying was confusing to him. Why did she get into abstract thinking like this where there were no real answers? He wondered if she were speaking in some kind of female code?
“Lots,” he said. “This is a popular room. It overlooks the rose garden and comes with its own jacuzzi. He wanted to reach for her, pull her close to him, feel her against him, but he knew all that had to wait. Instead he reached for the phone, called room service, ordered her a pot of tea and a slice of apple pie for himself.
After consuming the pie and tea in silence, they napped, awakening toward early evening. Acting more like herself after their rest, Maria turned to him and grinned. She pointed to her stomach. “Touch me Gilberto. Touch our baby.”
Gilberto was taken by surprise. He hesitated. “Being married is new for both of us. We need to get used to being in this different head state together. I ‘ve been thinking. Now I understand something. Being a married couple is different than just romantic us.”
Maria nodded. “Yes our expectations of each other are different now. I haven’t thought before about what it is to be a wife and share with a husband.”
Gilberto nodded. “Yes, me too.” He looked thoughtful. “More than ever now I want to protect you. I don’t even know from what.”
Maria sighed. “And I feel like I want to do what you ask me to do even if I don’t feel like it.”

He frowned. “I don’t like hearing that.” He shook his head.
She propped herself up on one elbow. “What’s wrong? You don’t seem to be acting yourself?”
“I’m ok. I just feel different. Like we’re married now and it’s not only the two of us anymore. There’s the baby to think of too.”
She sighed. “Get over it Gilberto. Relax, please.
He shook his head. Everything’s changed Maria. Now I’m a responsible married man. I even feel older.”
She put her hands on his cheeks and looked into his eyes. “You’re not supposed to feel any different than yesterday and all those other yesterdays. We’re lovers. We have been for what seems like an eternity. What’s up with this this attitude?”
He nodded. “Maybe I’m just hungry. Maybe if we get dressed and have some supper.” He checked his device. “See it’s already close to eight. If we were home, we’d be been finished with supper by now.”
“But we’re not. We’re on our honeymoon,” she said emphatically. “Don’t grow up on me Gilberto. Please don’t turn into one of those husbands who doesn’t get excited by his wife anymore and tries to sneak around looking at other women.”
“No!” He interrupted her. “That’s not me. At least I don’t think I’m headed in that direction.
They smiled at one another. She put her arms around him. “We’ve got an adventure ahead of us and we’ll explore it together.”
He kissed her gently and she kissed him back. “Maybe it would be nice to go down to the dining room now,” she said. “I’ll put on one of my new dresses.”
“Yes, the red one,” he grinned. “The one with the low back.”

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Loving Our Familiars!

Understanding Cat Blinks!
26th May 2020

Here we provide top tips on learning a little bit about how cats communicate using their eyes!
Cats slowly blink their eyes in situations where they appear relaxed with our presence. We don’t know for sure what the blink means (although researchers are currently working on this) but common thoughts vary from it simply being the cat’s way of acknowledging us to their way of telling us they are not a threat and that they trust us. A cat with wide-open staring eyes is usually a cat that is feeling threatened or is threatening another. Blinking could show another that they do not perceive them as threatening. It takes a lot of trust to close your eyes when faced with someone, particularly if you do not know that individual. Some even believe that the cat’s slow blink is an invitation for further interaction – let’s wait to see what the research says on that one! We will cover how to approach cats in another top tip.

So, should we slowly blink when we see cats? Absolutely! Cats find direct staring threatening so by slowly blinking, we can convey we are not a threat. The slow blink should be nice and subtle, ideally with your glance directed slightly past the cat rather than directly at it.

Have a go next time you encounter your cat or another, did your cat blink back or were they first to blink?

Finally, we should be aware that not all blinking in cats appears to be related to positive feelings. Blink rate is our key to understanding! Cats that rapidly blink their eyes and bring their eyelids closely shut in a scrunched-up manner are likely to be feeling fearful and may be feeling threatened by your presence. In these situations, increase the distance between you and the cat and see what effect this has on the blinking behaviour.

Who would have thought a simple movement of the eyelids could tell us so much about cats?!

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Georgia’s Weekly Horoscope
Weekly Horoscope: Sunday, November 15, 2020

The 2021 Annual Forecasts are available for pre-order. Annual Forecasts will be sent via e-mail on January 1st.

All Signs
On Tuesday this week, Mercury will oppose Uranus, which will trigger accidents and surprises. Midweek, a dance between Saturn and the Sun will strengthen our self-discipline, common sense and focus. We will notice details. On the weekend, Venus enters Scorpio to stay for three weeks. Venus is about relationships, beauty and money. Scorpio is passionate and will dive headfirst into love! This combination will encourage us to take a more honest look at our finances and our sex life – receivables, payables, deposits and withdrawals. Life is a continual balancing act.

Aries (March 21-April 19)
Life is getting better for you because since September, Mars in your sign has been retrograde, which has created havoc, indecision and too much chaos. As of a few days ago, this is over. (The last time you went through this was in 1988 – so this is not a typical situation at all.) Now you will feel your confidence returning along with your enthusiasm for life. This week, Venus moves into one of your Money Houses, which means for the next few weeks, it’s a strong time to ask for a loan or a mortgage. Because goodies and gifts might come your way, keep your pockets open! Ka-ching!

Taurus (April 20-May 20)
This is the last week the Sun is opposite your sign, which makes you more tired but at the same time, helps you to scrutinize your closest relationships with more objectivity. Of particular note is the fact that both Mercury and Venus are opposite your sign now, which promotes warm dealings with close friends, partners and spouses. (Incidentally, this also applies to professional partnerships.) This will make it easier for you to express your affection for others. Your interactions with an enemy will also improve. Yes, your recent rocky road is starting to stabilize. About time!

Gemini (May 21-June 20)
You’re still gung-ho to work hard and get better organized, which is a good thing. And you want to improve your health. Your ruler Mercury and fair Venus have also entered the picture, which means you’re ready to roll up your sleeves and get hands-on with whatever job you’re doing. Meanwhile, Venus wants you to help others, even though you might not get the full credit for what you do. (Note: You will certainly get the brownie points in that big bank in the sky.) In fact, the next few weeks are an excellent time to discuss agreements and clarify duties and obligations. For some of you, a work-related romance might begin. Woot!

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
This playful, fun-loving time continues for you, which is why you want to be free to express yourself and do your own thing. Many will be more involved with kids than usual. Some of you might be involved with teaching children as well. As Venus changes signs this week, it will increase opportunities for you to have fun and entertaining diversions in the next few weeks ahead. It will also bring opportunities to explore creative activities and enjoy concerts, museums and art. It will definitely boost your romantic life. Accept all invitations to party! (By Zoom or with your safe six?) Ever since August, you have had obstacles to your ambitions. Starting now, these obstacles will diminish. Go, go, go!

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
Your focus on home and family continues to be strong. Now that Mercury and Venus are also in the picture, many of you will tackle home repairs, encourage family discussions and explore redecorating ideas and ways to make your digs look prettier. (Leos are quite house proud. After all, you are royalty and your home is your castle.) Your interest in travel, publishing and exploring opportunities in medicine, the law and higher education or taking a course will be stronger now. For the last three months, obstacles to explore these areas held you back; but now, you’re starting to see ways to expand your world.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Your busy, fast pace continues! (You can’t avoid it.) Short trips, conversations with others and increased time with siblings and neighbours are in the mix. Furthermore, increased reading, writing and studying will also make demands on your time. Despite this, in the next few weeks, you will start to appreciate your surroundings, as if with new eyes. It might amaze you. You will feel grateful as you look around you. Likewise, you will also begin to see how much love there is in your daily world. This opportunity to appreciate and have gratitude for your daily milieu is a wonderful thing. (Especially, if you take a moment to consider all the suffering in the world.) Alphabetize your blessings!

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
You’re very private about money. (The truth is that people are more private about their finances than they are about their sex life.) Your focus on money, earnings and assets continues this week but there will be a subtle shift because of the introduction of Mercury and Venus to your House of Earnings. This means you might start to think of moneymaking ideas more than usual. You might attract money and possessions to yourself due to the influence of Venus. However, this same influence will make you want to spend money on beautiful clothes, jewelry and art or anything that can beautify your home. You will also spend money on entertainment! Ah yes, Venus likes the good life. (And so do you.)

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
This week, Venus joins Mercury and the Sun in your sign, which is empowering! Not only will you attract people and favourable situations to you, you will also attract positive relationships because you will be so charming and diplomatic -everyone will want to be in your company. This is a good thing because you also have a greater desire to relate to others in a friendly way. In fact, you might even play the role of a go-between or arbiter between two people who are at odds. When Venus is in your sign, it ranks pleasure above work and makes you want to slip away on a vacation or interact with others to have good times. Incidentally, this is a great time to buy wardrobe treasures for yourself.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
This week the planets continue to give you a mixed message, as they have done recently. In other words, part of you wants to keep a low profile and work alone or behind the scenes. Nevertheless, since last week, Mars has now finally started to move forward (for the first time since August) and this will definitely energize you! It will increase your interest in sports as well as make you enthusiastic about working with kids or teaching young minds. As the traveller of the zodiac, more than ever, you are keen to get outta Dodge and do what you can to explore the world. At the very least, you want to take a vacation and kick back and relax somewhere. White Sands with people bringing cocktails with little pink parasols. The good life!

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Your time of increased popularity and interaction with others continues. For many of you, this will have to be a virtual connection via Zoom or Skype. Nevertheless, people are reaching out to you and you are keen to talk to them. You also are happy to get involved with groups and associations. Interaction with younger people is likely. In fact, things are so cozy, some of you might turn a platonic friendship into a flirtation. (Desperate times call for desperate measures.) One bit of good news is that since August, issues at home and within your family have been confusing and demanding. Now you will find that your home scene moves forward with more focus and clarity. This is a relief!

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
For one more week, the Sun will be at the top of your chart casting you in a flattering spotlight, which makes you look fabulous in the eyes of others, especially bosses, parents and VIPs. Enjoy this advantage and make the most of it! Meanwhile, Mercury at the top of your chart will encourage discussions with bosses and important people; while, Venus will attract people who will help you with your work. In fact, Venus will make you look so attractive to others that some of you might begin a romance or a flirtation with a boss. Venus will also encourage others to see your creative talents, which is why someone will ask for your advice about layout, design, furniture arrangement – something like that.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
You still have a strong urge to get outta Dodge or do something to expand your world. If you cannot travel (and so many of us cannot at this time), you might use this same energy to explore opportunities in publishing, the law, the media or something to do with medicine and higher education. These are all beneficial areas for you right now. In fact, it will be interesting to study and learn something. Likewise, it will easy to finish an important paper or manuscript. In the next few weeks, you will want to explore something “different” and this could trigger a romance with someone from another culture. (Great way to learn a new language!) Meanwhile, your efforts to work hard and boost your earnings now shift into high gear, and it feels good. “Bring it on!”

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Merry Meet and Merry Part
And Merry Meet Again!”
Goddess Bless!

By GrannyMoon Posted in Pagan

GrannyMoon’s Weekly Feast 8-15 Nov 2020!

“People are strange when you’re a stranger
Faces look ugly when you’re alone
Women seem wicked when you’re unwanted
Streets are uneven when you’re down
When you’re strange
Faces come out of the rain
When you’re strange
No one remembers your name”
~ Jim Morrison/The Doors

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

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

Light A Candle Today!

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

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The First Days of the Seasons
WINTER
Monday, December 21, 5:02 A.M. EST

November
7-9th Feast of Divine Justice – Source of just law, honoring Goddess-God as Maat-Thoth (Egyptian); Goddess as Themis (Greek), Justice (Christian), and God as Forseti (Norse).
10th St. Martinmas Eve, the traditional end of harvest, with the Winter Solstice only six weeks away
11th Veterans’ Day in the U.S., Remembrance Day in Canada. Honoring those who serve
13th Indian Pudding Day
13th Mars becomes Progressive
14th New Moon (10:08 PM, MST)
15th National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day
18th Feast of the Persian “Mother of the Stars” Ardvi
21st Zodiac Period of Scorpio ends
22nd Zodiac Period of Sagittarius begins
23rd Celtic Tree Month of Reed ends
24th Celtic Tree Month of Elder begins
30th Full Beaver Moon (2:32 AM, MST)

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Current Moon Phase: Waning Full Moon

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

Time: From full moon to dark moon (approx.14 days)

Goddess Aspect: Crone

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

Magickal Attributes: 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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November 9, 2020 – November 15, 2020.

The second week of November has more energy than a nuclear bomb. There are 6 aspects, a New Moon, a sign change, and a planetary station. Hang onto your hat, turbulence is incoming! On Monday, Venus in Libra forms an opposition to Mars in Aries. Oppositions are known for their tendency to create conflict, and with Venus and Mars, this is no exception. Relationship conflicts can be intensified. If you have repressed feelings, they could easily erupt now.

However, despite the tension, the makeup sex should be good if not great. Tuesday is an interesting day with Mercury moving out of Libra and into Scorpio. Mercury in Scorpio likes to dig deep, so we can use this energy to do research, investigate subjects we have an interest in, or solve long-standing problems. Since Mars goes direct on Friday, you will now be able to act and make changes to areas where you have felt blocked over the last two months.

This leads us to the weekend with Mars going direct on Friday, and the Sun forming an empowering aspect to Pluto. On Sunday morning, we have a new Moon in Scorpio but be forewarned, Venus forms a nasty square to Pluto and repressed relationship issues may easily surface.

Best Coventry candles to get you through the week are, Adam and Eve, Needed Change/Banishing, Love’s Enchantment

Here’s what you missed on CoventryCreations.com this week…

Become present and feel the power in your words
The way you turn a phrase can turn your world topsy turvy or set it to rights. This is most notable in magic and intention work. Wishing for a good outcome is not even close to the same league as declaring your success at a specific date and time.

It’s Scorpio Season, be brave
Are you afraid of the dark? If so, turn on your nightlight because once again we are in Scorpio season, which governs everything that goes bump in the night and our focus is going to be on sex, death, and regeneration.

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Card of the Week: Knight of Cups – reversed

When the reversed Knight of Cups appears in a Tarot reading, a creative project is emerging, but you are not ready to act on it yet. You may spend most of your time dreaming up what is possible or how wonderful it will be when it comes to fruition.

While it can be enriching to be in the dreamy, ideas phase the plan will not come into being until you take action. You may need to ground your ideas into reality. Figure out how much it will cost, how much time it will take, what resources you will need, and so on. This will give your project more weight so you can move forward with implementing your idea.

Check-in with yourself and see how you are feeling. At times, the reversed Knight of Cups can show that you are sulky, moody, and jealous. You may feel frustrated that you don’t have the opportunity to dream and create. Don’t allow your emotions to get the better of you if you are not getting your way.

Ask the Tarot: How can I take action on my dreams?

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Queen of Swords
Pearls of Wisdom Deck

A spiritual warrior with a shrewd mind that knows the truth. Knowledge & patience are her shield, sorrow is her scepter of courage. She brings flexibility & perception to the table. You will be called upon to be objective in the next few days.

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During this course, in addition to the on-line lessons and hands-on projects that you do at home, I will be sending you articles, and information, as well as questions about your own personal use and research.

I look forward to walking this green journey with you! I love herbs and I hope that you do to or will learn to!

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November Astro Forecast
by Rubys Readings

I know this is a bit late but it’s been a wild week! I figured I would post the whole thing since much of the Astro Influences listed are still affecting us today and throughout November. ??

Nov 1st – Nov 30th

November is another fairly wild month once again on the Astrological front. With Mercury, Mars, and Neptune all turning direct from Retrograde, the energies will be a bit confusing. There will be a constant push and pull kind of feeling taking us over. And there is a partial Eclipse coming together, which means business.

Mercury turned direct from its Retrograde phase, which set the tone for November on the 4th.

Which just happens to be the same day as the US Election. This can cause major confusion! There will be delays and opposition when it comes to the results. Still, this exciting energy provided by the Universe is a confusing time as it already is! So this just adds another layer of mental fog and stress.

Also, tense Mars is still in Aries and Retrograde. Mars starts up its aggressive Squares to the ongoing Stellium in Capricorn, which will be stronger in early December. Luckily, both Mercury and Venus are in Libra, for the time being, promoting diplomacy and justice; this will hopefully bring some more positivity into the mix for the time being.

By Mid-November, the Cosmic vibes get deeper and intense. So life is extreme, and our lessons can be more transformative with intellect Mercury rolling back into the sign of Scorpio on November 10th. Our intuition is strong, and we can experience profound insights into our lives and problems. With Mercury in Scorpio, the truth comes out, as this influence tends to open up all that is hidden, kept secret, regressed, and forgotten. We are more focused and driven, so we should use this energy to our advantage. We will be discovering other folk’s motivations, and the deeper the problems are buried, the better, as searching for what’s wrong is mentally satisfying.

The New Moon on November 15th is actually in the sign of Scorpio as well. Jupiter will still be in Capricorn and will conjunct Saturn the same day. That’s big stuff! These two heavy-hitting planets meeting up can be extremely heavy feeling and burdensome, so that we can feel quite drained by this influence. We may not be able to see the future possibilities as easily, as we may be quite focused on the negative. There can be restrictions imposed on us, and supplies can be reduced, especially with COVID-19 being at an all-time high now! We may be forced once again to lockdown! As this transit means business. But we also can discover brilliant ways to start new projects and solve problems because, after all, this is a New Moon. New Moon’s are new beginnings front and center, always! This could mean we have to say goodbye to something or realize that a chapter of our life might be coming to an end so that we can move forward.

On the 21st, Venus enters the sign of Scorpio, and love and relationships can get intense. Our relationships can become emotionally unstable. This a time of profound emotional growth and wild and crazy intimacy! Venus, while in Scorpio, brings intensity to our connections with other people of all kinds. There’s a carnal desire to understand why we are in certain close relationships, especially ones that are intimate and to do with business. This influence could ultimately be the driving force that reads some relationships apart.

Then, on the 21st, the Sun enters sunny feeling Sagittarius. Our focus shifts to our outer experiences and our desires grow stronger to have an adventure! We want to reach out to the world and connect to something bigger than ourselves. We are searching for what’s better or more expanded and are seeking a deeper knowledge than before. We can have more energy, and our self-confidence can grow stronger during this time. It’s important, to tell the truth, or at least your truth, and be more straightforward, outgoing, and idealistic as our minds are more open. Trying to keep things fair and less judgmental is important. Our personality is large, and we may need open spaces to be free and explore, so we enjoy outdoor activities. This is a great time for exercise of any kind.

And at the end of November, the energies will gain intensity once again when a Lunar Eclipse comes together in the sign of Gemini. The Full Moon is a partial Eclipse penumbral, to be precise, so luckily, this means not as intense! This Eclipse can present us with an issue that has us looking in many different directions and leaves folks feeling confused. Which means they are unable to make wise decisions. With the Sun in Sagittarius, we must look at the big picture and make sure our goals are aligned with our longer-term plans to head in the right direction to meet success.

Have a good November, and many blessings.

Stay Safe & Be Well

~Ruby

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November 10th, 2020: Mercury enters Scorpio, and we are all thrown into extreme focus surrounding work and society. Secrets will be exposed, often rather shockingly. Conspiracy theories frequently multiply under this transit, but thanks to Mercury’s inquisitive (and intellectual!) influences, the scandals will be quickly debunked. A good day to uncover the truth using the Oracle Ritual Blend – divination instructions halfway down the product page.

November 12-13, 2020: Today is an excellent day to draw a line in the sand between you and the people who are toxic to you. With Mercury in Scorpio, Venus soon transitioning to Scorpio, and the Dark Moon approaching, use this time to set boundaries! Whether you are ending relationships or are working to break the negativity that others have placed on you, take advantage of this powerful time. If an abuser has been lurking around and you need to intervene, do so using the Vendetta Ritual. Put an end to the abuse, and don’t look back.

November 13th, 2020: Mars retrograde comes to an end in the productive sign of Aries. Think back to what professional challenges you have experienced since the first week of September. What projects have stalled? What business opportunities, associations, or sales contracts fell through? Expect many of those exact problems to be resolved in the coming weeks. Bit by bit, pieces of the broken puzzle will be placed back together. Those who have been feeling lethargic since September will now get a healthy boost of energy. Motivation will also continue increasing, likely peaking on the Quarter Moon of November 21st.

November 14th, 2020 9:07 pm PST / November 15th, 2020 5:07 am UTC: As the Moon disappears from the autumn night sky, we experience the Dark Moon. The Dark Moon in Scorpio restores the mysteries of life that intrigue us. It invites us to delve a little deeper. A little darker. A little more raw and real. Expect the next 48 hours to be highly emotional and quite confrontational. Remember to react to unpleasant, unmotivated, and/or ungrateful people with civility. Keep interaction to a minimum and simply close the door behind you. Focus on your own personal growth and wellbeing. This Dark Moon will be exceptionally powerful for divination work, as well as all forms of banishing. Allow the darkness of the Dark Moon to reveal your inner blockages and banish all that no longer serves you.

Please note, the Dark Moon is never a good time to begin a new venture. Wait for the Witch’s New Moon, which is the night you can see the very first sliver of Moon.

November 15th, 2020: The morning after the Dark Moon, I like to perform a Spiritual Protection Ritual to help guard me against other people’s negativity and otherwordly attachments. As a Sensitive, I must always be aware of my surroundings and the various energies that encircle my mundane activities.

November 16th-17th, 2020: Witch’s New Moon. Depending on where you are in the world, the Witch’s New Moon falls in the early morning hours of November 16th or 17th. As soon as you see the very first sliver of Moon, know that is the Witch’s New Moon is upon you. That will be the ideal time for beginning new ventures, planting new seeds of manifestation, and drawing new love into your life. If you experienced miscommunications or crossed signals with a love interest in the last couple of months, this will be a good time for the Contact Me at Once Ritual. If needing to heal your heart chakra or wanting to welcome new (unknown) love into your life, this is the opportune time to begin the Bloom Into Love Ritual.

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Heartwings Love Notes 956 Birthday Presence

Heartwings says, “The presence of birthdays makes an occasion for presents.”

My family and friends just helped me celebrate my 85th birthday on Zoom. Until lately, I have not been open about my chronological age, preferring to say “I’m ageless,” because in many ways, that’s how I feel. However, on this birthday I decided to reveal myself to the world as my actual age because I am proud to have reached it, and to be as youthful as I look, feel and am. My goal in life has for a very long time been to present myself as a good example. My mother used to say, “you ought to be proud to tell people your age,” and now I can say that I am.

Because I didn’t wish to be the occasion for anyone becoming ill, I decided against an in-person gathering, and instead explored the potential for an on-line party using zoom. Together with my kind eldest daughter and granddaughter, I was able to set up a party and sent out invitations. I tried to include everyone I thought I would enjoy seeing and would enjoy being present. Though I hope not to have forgotten anyone, I’m sure I might have. If so, I do apologize. Please forgive me. Those that were able to come told me they were happy to be there, and their presence was a gift I enjoyed very much receiving.

I have also received some lovely presents. Among them an Amazon gift card, a check for a substantial amount, flowers and a beautiful set of books from my beloved husband. Above and beyond the physical presents, I am enormously grateful for the shared stories people contributed at the party. Their memories of days gone by, the ways that people said I had been helpful, and the entertaining tales of times together all warmed my heart and made me smile as well as at times, laugh heartily. Then there were the sweet cards people sent, both on the internet and in the mail. I only found time to sit down and open them today! They were beautiful and thoughtful. As well, they added to the pleasure I gained from my birthday.

The joy of seeing the dear faces of my family members and of so many friends has warmed my heart and made me feel very glad. In addition, their kind words have made me enormously grateful. It is a wonderful experience to have been given so much affirmation that I have succeeded in what I have tried, and hope to continue to do with my life. For as long as I live, it is my intention to shine as much light as I can both for me and for others to see by. May it be so.

May you receive lovely present hen life presents you with a birthday.

Blessings and best regards, Tasha Halpert

PS What is your favorite or best birthday present you have received? How do you feel about your age? I’ love to hear about how you feel and what your experiences are. Write me at tashahal@gmail or @aol.com.For more love notes please visit my web site at http://www.heartwingsandriendsd.com

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Llewellyn’s Spell-A-Day

Cleansing Citrus
BY MELISSA TIPTON

This spell can be performed once as needed, or repeat it each morning for a week to intensify the effects. You’ll need the juice of a fresh lemon, preferably organic, and a glass of water (cold or hot, your choice). Stir the two together as you say:

Lemon, as I start my day,
Increase my health,
Keep harm at bay.
Cleanse my body, mind, and soul,
And let no evil take its toll.

Enjoy your lemon water, and feel the cleansing, protective energy infuse your entire body and aura, lending a brightness and clarity to your mind and mood and dissolving any harmful or unneeded energy.
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All Souls’ Day Blessing
BY BARBARA ARDINGER

Pagans seem to think that the word soul is the private property of the standard-brand religions. For a thousand years, however, soul, which is not a Latin word and comes from the Teutonic sáwl and the Gothic saiwala, has meant “the principle of life in humans or animals.” Linguists tell us that in English the most basic words are the Anglo-Saxon ones; soul is thus an idea basic to our knowledge of ourselves.

Although All Souls’ Day was created to bring the dead through Purgatory, that’s not one of our articles of faith. Let us instead pray for and bless all the dead people we see on the news so that they may rest awhile and then be reborn into brighter, safer new lives:

Rest now, and sleep in peace,
Forget the terror, bombs, and wars.
When you wake in that
unknown other place,
Release old lessons, set out
for morning stars.
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Make It Rain, Make It Right
NOVEMBER 03, 2020 BY MICHAEL FURIE

This is a spell to help correct an error, whether political, personal, or global.
Gather these items:

  • 2 candles (one black, one white) with holders
  • Olive oil
  • A cauldron (or heatproof bowl)
  • A wand
  • A representation of the problem (a photograph, drawing, etc.)

Anoint both candles from each end to the middle with the oil. On a table, place the black candle to the left and the white one to the right, with the cauldron between them and the wand in front of the cauldron so its handle faces away from you, the tip pointing toward you. Place the representation of the problem between the wand and you. Light the candles, building a strong visualization of your goal. Pick up the wand and slowly, with intensity, turn it forward so the tip points to the cauldron, and say:

Out of balance, chaos reigned;
shifting now to corrected course.
Reversing harm, the error wanes;
restored and mended, by magical force.

Extinguish the candles and burn the representation in the cauldron.
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Find Your Courage
BY CHARLIE RAINBOW WOLF

We’d all like to believe that life is going to be easy. If that were the case, it would be called “perfection,” not “life”! There are always going to be upsets—but you can’t focus on the negativity. Finding your strength and integrity when things go wrong is how you grow your soul. For this spell, you’ll need some tobacco, a piece of red cotton or wool cloth, and a length of red cotton or wool yarn or string. Use natural fibers, not synthetic.

Wrap the tobacco up in the cloth, then tie it shut with the yarn. Put this in your pocket, carry it in your purse, or even put it in an amulet pouch and wear it as a talisman. It will help you find the courage to face your challenges in a strong and positive manner, and remind you that there’s nothing you and your divinity can’t handle.
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Four Thieves Vinegar
BY SUSAN PESZNECKER

The legend of four thieves vinegar tells of four thieves who each contributed to a vinegar mixture, drank it together, and survived a local plague. Your own four thieves vinegar will be useful for all kinds of spellwork.

You’ll need:

  • 4 of your favorite fragrant or fiery herbs or spices (such as allspice, cayenne, cinnamon, dried peppers, peppercorns, rosemary, sage, tarragon, etc.)
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 1 pint-size Mason jar
  • 5 garlic cloves

Crush or break the hard peppers and spices. Chop the herbs. Pour the vinegar into the Mason jar.
Slice each garlic clove in half and add to the jar. As you do this, intone:

Earth, air, fire, water, spirit.

Add your four chosen additions, then screw on the lid and shake. Store out of direct light, shaking once a day. In five days, it’s ready to use.

Use your vinegar to dress candles, add to potions, sprinkle in smudges, bless tools, or for almost any purpose. Sprinkle around the boundary of your home for protection.
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World Day to Protect the Environment in War
BY TESS WHITEHURST

So many of us care dearly about the wellness of our beloved Mother Earth, and so many of us deplore war in all forms and constantly wish for peace. But we don’t often talk about the grievous harm war does to our planet. Today is a day for both concerns: the United Nations named today the World Day to Protect the Environment in War. (Its technical but less catchy name is the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict.)

Today, light a blue or white candle for Eirene, the Greek goddess of peace. In addition to being the embodiment of peace, she has an earthy aspect, as she is often pictured with a cornucopia, ears of corn, or the baby Plutus (the divine child of the Eleusinian mysteries), indicating that with peace comes the ability to tend to the earth, and therefore prosperity for all. (Be sure to extinguish the candle.)
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Ancestors Acknowledgment
BY LAURA TEMPEST ZAKROFF

This an ideal time to connect with ancestors and other loved ones who have crossed over. You can send messages to them and receive them too!

If there is someone specific you wish to connect with, write them a short note or letter on paper, addressing them directly. Before going to bed, fold the paper up, and set fire to it in your cauldron, along with a pleasing incense. Address that ancestor by name, saying:

__ , I greet you and send
you blessings from this realm
to yours. If it pleases you, send
return greetings in my dreams.

Pay careful attention to your dreams in the next three days to receive their answer.
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Fighting Against Our Gifts
~DailyOM

Continually fighting against your gifts may bring about a louder knock at your door that you won’t welcome.

As human beings we often have a tendency to fight against using our natural gifts. Many stories of success start with an individual who is ignoring the call of his or her inborn abilities. There are many possible reasons for this resistance, from fear that the calling will be too difficult to a disbelief in the very work one is being asked to do. We may feel too small, too distracted by other people’s ideas about what we should do, or too uninformed. Whatever the case, the resistance to actualizing ourselves has very concrete consequences, and many of us have been called out of hiding by an illness or a twist of fate that unequivocally dismantled our resistance. In other the words, the universe knocks, and if we don’t answer it knocks louder.

For example, if you are meant to be a psychic or a medium, and you aren’t using that gift, you may get headaches. If you are meant to be a healer and are trying to be a lawyer, you may have trouble getting or keeping a job. This doesn’t mean that you can’t still be a lawyer, but perhaps integrating your gifts into your work is what is calling you. On the other hand, you may simply feel an underlying anxiety that you are not on the right path, doing the right thing. Pay attention to this feeling, and ask for guidance from the universe, being open to all its communications, from subtle internal yearnings to powerful dreams. As you begin to risk opening the door to your natural gifts, your life situation may shift in a powerful way. However, you may find that small steps in the right direction, such as taking a class or setting aside one night a week to paint or write, is enough for now.

The first step on the journey to our calling in life is to listen to our internal voices and respond to the knocking universe at the door. As we do, the symptoms and anxieties that have haunted us will fade into the background, replaced by opportunities, both big and small, to open the door to what we are truly here to do.

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Top 10 Crystals for Fall
by Andrew Pacholyk MS L.Ac
Peacefulmind.com

Fall is a time of transition. A change in the amount of light we get and changes in weather conditions can all have an affect on our mood and emotions. Crystals can play a part in making changes, improving transitions and helping us to move forward gracefully. Here are my top 10 choices for Fall.

Amber:

Warm and inviting this actual resin from tree sap is an excellent choice for Fall. It is excellent at detoxification and protection from radiation, especially x-rays, sun, computers, airport, planes and other people’s energies. Due to its strong connection to nature and the earth, amber is a great stone for grounding our higher energies. Amber can add stability to your life. Helpful in clearing up depression and suicidal thoughts therefore, bringing about a positive mental state. Also useful as a memory aid, which makes it a good stone for studying. Amber is used for past life work, divination and scrying. It aligns mental and emotional bodies via its deep orange and yellow color.

Amethst:

The stone of spirituality and dream recall. Used for contentment and meditation. Provides common sense and flexibility in decisions. Strengthens and enhances psychic abilities, imagery and mind quieting. Wear when sleeping or when awake to reduce anger, impatience, and nightmares. Most effective on the Brow and Crown Chakra. Amethyst contains the grounding color of red with the energy of blue, which is expanding, spacious and flow of peace. Amethyst is the color that you see in the sky as twilight transitions into night. Amethyst takes you on this transition from the magic time of dusk to a conscious shift into a different place. Crossing this threshold is the lesson of humility, which Amethyst can teach us. This stone can show us how to let go and trust; surrender so that you may see beyond the cycle that consumes your attention; give it all up, so that you can receive more; and bow, that you may become a part of the greater whole. Amethyst is considered a Master Healing stone.

Carnelian

This stone represents confidence, boldness, initiative, dramatic abilities, assertiveness and outgoingness. Precision, analysis, stimulates appetite, encourages celebration and brings awareness of feelings. It is the stone of passion and sexuality and is associated with the Sacral/Spleen Chakra. This stone helps you feel anchored and comfortable with your surroundings. Provides a connection to the past or to historical events. Carnelian can improve motivation. Helps one achieve greater success in career or personal matters. Helps ground people who meditate. Carnelian is one of the most helpful crystals for healing trauma, stress and emotional wounds that have accumulated in the etheric body or the Aura and are now manifesting as physical symptoms.

Copper:

Excellent energy conductor! Sends and amplifies thoughts, healing, and gem electrical energy into wearer’s energy field. Next to skin: Detoxes and soothes arthritis, rheumatism, other inflammation problems. 3rd chakra: stomach, intestines. Warms, releases resentment, anger. Built up in joints as arthritis. Exhaustion recovery, circulation, balances warm sun energy and cool lunar energy. Energize with sun. A plentiful metal ore that ranges in color from a soft red-brown to a deep brick red. Assists in the fight against inflammatory diseases such as arthritis and rheumatism, particularly when used in conjunction with other stones. Helps stabilize the metabolism and heightens the immune system.

Hematite:

This crystal is the most recommended stone for grounding and is associated with the Root Chakra, by encourages ones survival instincts and is centering. Hematite condenses scattered feelings, turns fuzziness into mental clarity, enhances concentration, memory, practicality, helps those who study, do bookkeeping, detailed work and helps with sound sleep. Considered the symbol of life energy, hematite allows for more confidence, will power and boldness. Helps us adjust to being physical. A protective stone and helps bolster low self-esteem. Hematite is known to deflect negativity. It restores equilibrium, stability and is also used for astral protection. It brings our awareness back to the body and helps one maintain their sense of self. If worn, Hematite should be placed near the base of the spine.

Jasper:

This stone is a methodical and meticulous worker of practical, down to earth solutions. It has the ability to foster and nurture and its energy is used for grounding and protection. Considered more effective if it is used for long periods of time because it works slowly. Each color of Jasper has additional, specific qualities when used alone. Jasper is very effective when use on the Root Chakra.

Kunzite:

is a powerful, high level stone. It is used against negative energy and empowers positive and loving thoughts. Most effective on the Heart Chakra , it opens the emotional heart and spiritual heart. It represents unconditional lovingness and compassion. Used for healing abuse/loss/addictions. Helps emotional balance, confidence, connection to higher self and oneness. Kunzite is also used on the Brow and Crown Chakra for the reason that it deepens altered states: psychic readings, healing…being centered emotionally and spiritually. Strengthens healers and teachers.

Petrified Wood:

This “stone” is most noted in helping us to investigate past-life experiences. Makes the user more aware of nature. It is a warm earthy stone, which is used at the Root Chakra, encouraging ones survival instincts and is grounding. Petrified Wood is also believed to energize the Heart Chakra. In mythological times, petrified wood was believed to possess divine power and to this day, stands as a symbol of man’s true connection to the natural world. This stone helps with mental longevity, helping to sooth emotions, generating calm and relieves stress.

Sodalite:

This stone is most recognized for healing, meditation and wisdom. This a good stone for general communication for self and writing. It is used for expressing logic and ideas due to its connection with the Throat Chakra. It is also used at the Brow Chakradue to the fact that it can access fine levels of intuitive information and promote the understanding of these concepts. It is also known to enhance community relationships. Considered a stone that is still evolving, sodalite can strongly affect changes in your attitude about yourself. It helps you be more objective and less critical about ways of dealing with existence. It is a stone associated with studying. This stone should be worn or carried around as a touch stone for a long period of time in order to reap its full benefits.

Sunstone:

This stone is a kiss of sunshine, crystallized. Honors the God, brings good luck and fortune. Energizes and empowers one’s self. Warms the heart and lifts/rejuvenates the spirit. Sunstone is used for protection, life force, and grounding. Sunstone is a great stone to use with “energy vampires”, or those who drain your energy from you. This includes parents, children, lovers, patients, bosses or anyone who is possessive, aggressive or overbearing. Sunstone breaks these bonds and allows light, separation and clarity from these energies. This stone clears and brightens both the entire Chakra and unbounds the Aura. Sunstone does great justice when placed on our power center or Solar Plexus Chakra. Sunstone is a great stone to relieve stress and overcome fear. This stone is so brilliant that it can bring optimism, happiness and joy to anyone! Use this stone to help bring awareness to your spiritual realm and encourage the priorities of life. This is one of my favorite stones for depression. A good stone to strengthen the psyche as it promotes cheerfulness, good humor and a benevolent temper.

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Etiquette for Visiting Witches
by thiscrookedcrown

So, you made some witchy friends and you’ve been invited over to their place. Great! (Although, visiting people? In this day of social distancing?)

Still, there’s a certain social etiquette to visiting people’s houses, especially when one of you (or both of you) are magical practitioners or pagans. Actually, these are pretty good rules to follow when visiting anyone that has a lot of spiritual energy or religious beliefs.

Etiquette for Visiting Witches. Here’s what to avoid when visiting a fellow practitioner’s home.

01 Don’t touch
There are obviously things you’ll need to touch. Door handles, floorboards, cups or plates given to you, couches, and so on. But walking up and messing with someone’s altar or workspace? No. Just no.

Truthfully, I don’t even like touching empowered things that I’ve been invited to touch that aren’t mine. I don’t like to touch items in stores because it’s weird. And I dislike the feeling of energy dredges that some items pick up when they aren’t cleansed regularly. (Although this is more of an issue in stores than it is in people’s homes.)

Energy transfer is one of the reasons that touching another practitioner’s stuff is a major no-no, but there are others. You don’t know the spells and rituals that item have been present for and it may be harmful for you to touch it. For example, I have several items in my home that could be dangerous or just not a good idea for anyone else other than myself to touch. Not even my brother, who lives with me and is a practitioner, himself should touch those items. And there are some of his items that I can’t touch.

You also have to consider respect. It’s disrespectful to move around someone’s altar or workspace. They probably had it set a certain way for a very certain reason and even if you put it back exactly where it was, there’s still a sense that something’s been messed with.

I’ve had to strip whole shrines then scrub and cleanse them because they were touched. And I once had to toss a complicated embroidered poppet spell I was in the middle of making because someone else touched it and messed up the spell’s associations. Just cleansing it wouldn’t work since it was completely ruined, so I disenchanted it and tossed it.

02 Don’t mess with their spirits, ghosts, familiars, servitors, deities, or entities. And that includes summoning yours.
Some houses have spirits and ghosts living in them. And the residents are okay with living beside them. And other people have spirits or entities around for their practice. Don’t mess with them. Just let them be. It may not be your jam, but going around and cleansing people’s homes of spirits just because you think they’re not good for them is just plain rude – and possibly dangerous if they’ve a connection or relationship with that spirit.

The obvious exception would be a place of harm. If you’re being attacked by a spirit while visiting someone’s home, obviously cast some defensive spells to ward them off – or offensive, if you need to. But also tell your host. Sometimes, they can just tell the spirit to knock it off and they will.

Summoning your own familiars, servitors, spirits, and so on is also asking for trouble. They might get caught in your host’s spells or fight with your host’s own spirits. I once had to stop two of my own servitors from tearing into a visitor’s familiar because they thought the familiar was invading. So be careful on summoning your own helpers.

03 Don’t go casting spells all willy-nilly.
This goes back to the energy thing from before, but there’s another reason. Some practitioners have spells to ward off magic cast by someone that isn’t them. There’s no reason to expect that doesn’t include yours. You might have your spell bounce back on you.

04 Take care when eating food or drink prepared by your host
There’s always a danger when visiting a fellow practitioner that you’ll be consuming enchanted food or drink. This isn’t always a negative thing. It could be to promote health or good cheer. If you don’t want to consume enchanted food, make sure you talk about that before hand. Many times food is enchanted during the preparation, so saying “I won’t eat this fancy pie you made because you enchanted it” will probably disappoint your host – or you, if you’re bringing it.

If you’re really concerned about this, ask. Sometimes just simply asking in a polite and friendly way can do wonders.

05 Host gifts
Host gifts are old fashioned and rather formal these days. They’re pretty good for magical practitioners though. The act of hospitality is an ancient one and rife with magical intentions and meanings. Bringing a little something, like food or a protection charm, can really bring a lot of great energy with you when you enter the home. Plus it can a lot of fun.

Depending on your host, there are a bunch of other things to consider. Communication is key with any relationship, so make sure you talk to your witchy friend about these things when you iron out the details. And have fun! It’s hard to find friends in this field nearby, so enjoy the friends you gain.

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Ghost Hunting Theories
When You Think a Relative is Haunting You

Perhaps one of the most often asked questions about hauntings involves an individual believing they are being haunted by a relative. Sometimes they feel comforted, other times unsettled. Let’s take a look at this phenomena.

Often after losing a loved one, people feel a sense of their presence. The connections, those made on a spiritual plane, are still there.

So how do we as mortals deal with feeling something that isn’t in the physical? As we are not just physical beings but also spiritual energy, I would say that it would be odd if we didn’t sense this energy source. We already have the deep beliefs and faith involved in feeling God’s presence without actually seeing Him.

We mortals feel a separation from our loved one physically but it takes only a wee bit of insight to feel the spirit’s energy continues and remains connected.

In perspective, connections remain eternally, but while we are mortal, we don’t access that in a way that we can perceive until we convert to pure energy.

So, for the time being, we get out-of-the-blue thoughts of the deceased, dream about them, awake during the night and sense they are nearby, or start to experience haunting features in our home that make us wonder….

Here’s some issues and what they may or may not mean –

Your home suddenly seems “haunted” after a loved one passes.

Suddenly a home that seemed pleasant and easy to predict is making sounds, objects going missing, footsteps, or voices.

You have only a few options in interpreting this.

  1. You are now more alert and vigilant to changes in your environment than usual. These are things always there, but you are now noting them and attributing them to the deceased loved one.
  2. You are getting some visits from a spirit. In this case, it is also impossible to tell if it is the loved one or another spirit energy and timing is making you think it’s your loved one.
  3. You yourself in some way are creating bursts of energy that are taking on an almost poltergeist-like activity.

So, if we are following “odds” for you having a haunting from a loved one, if there is 33% chance it is a haunting, there is a greatly reduced chance it’s a relative and not just a random spirit with serendipitous timing.

What we look for in hauntings by a loved one is timing.

Most often, these occur from the moment to death until up to a couple weeks of the event. Past that point, unless there is a major disruption in your life or the arrival of a new member, such as a grandchild, it’s very rare to be visited again.

Here is how I see “heaven.” A photograph is a 2-dimensional facsimile of you. It contains only a brief view of your visual appearance in a moment in time, has no dimension, knowledge, cognizance, or signs of life.

One dimension past that we have our mortal selves. Only one dimensional jump and we have biology, language, intelligence, movement, and life.

To further this perspective, we are a biological facsimile of our soul which is in the next jump up on the dimensional scale.

If a photo could take on a 3D form and live a life, it could not nor would it want to go back to 2D world. It would truly understand what it had represented in 2-dimensional form and now it gets to think, breathe, eat, move around, make friends, and live a true life. It no longer relates to or feels connected to its past.

And so it would be for our loved ones. They are now a part of a universal energy that is on a different level.

The first time my father died and was brought back 4 minutes later he advised me about the beauty of the next world but also that it was REAL and this one is FAKE.

The 2D fellow would realize that same truth when he got to occupy the 3D version he was once a simple facsimile of.

We move on from this mortal state and become the source of which we were a biological facsimile.

Even further in this understanding, like we take pride in a photo that looks attractive or chapters a moment beautifully, our soul looks at our biological mortal self and pride whether it is good or bad. Designating such concepts is a human notion, but for a soul the fact that we go forth with free will and make choices in a dangerous mortal realm gives them pride and unconditional love and compassion.

In other words, we may be vain about our photographic facsimile, but soul is absolutely accepting of physical facsimile and all its bravery for taking on the human condition.

If a loved one came back briefly, it would be to reassure.

At the moment of my father’s death, before the hospital called to tell us, he was in my room pulling my big toe as I slept. I looked up to see his silhouette. This is something dad did when he came home from business trips to let me know his plane arrived. In his own way, father showed up to tell his teenaged daughter that he made his destination.

Signs are the way we appreciate the connection never ends: A bird on a windowsill that flies off when our loved one dies, a song they used to sing to us popping up on the radio as we drive to the funeral, or perhaps a persistent butterfly at our office window.

Take the signs and know that we are never disconnected, we are simply limited like the 2D photographic image and unable to perceive what “real world” is.

But, for our missing loved ones, they know. They finally get the universal connection and they are with us always.

It’s as simple as you acknowledging you know they are there, you appreciate it and they may move on. That simple statement can put to rest many haunting problems.

We only have to take a breath and think of them and we feel it.

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Are Scented Candles Harmful To Health?
How Safe Are Scented Candles?
by Dr. Weil

Burning candles is a convenient, inexpensive way to add ambiance, calm and serenity to a home or office throughout the year. Their warm, soothing touch creates an inviting and comforting atmosphere. For everyday indoor use, you should opt for unscented candles.

Some researchers note that unscented candles create less soot than scented varieties – over time this soot can accumulate in lungs and cause respiratory problems.

Scented candles may also contribute to indoor pollution and chemical sensitivities. I suggest candles made of unscented beeswax. If an aroma to the room is desired, consider investing in a diffuser and using organic essential oils as a healthy alternative. All of these mentioned ideas are available online or at natural foods stores.

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Bowing
~DailyOM

Bowing has the quality of consciously evoking spirit, and conveys a sense of reverence for the people involved.

Bowing is a universal gesture of respect and reverence. In many cultures, it is the predominant form of social greeting, and most religions incorporate it into their rituals of worship. In many cases, bowing signifies not only respect but also an acknowledgment of the shared divinity between the bower and the recipient. Bowing can also be a turning in toward our own divinity when we bow our heads in prayer, contemplation, or meditation. Bows range in form from a slight forward nod of the head to a full body prostration on the ground, and range in meaning from a simple greeting to a complete giving over of the self to the divine.

If you have ever bowed or been on the receiving end of a bow, you know that it is different from a handshake or a hug. Bowing has the quality of consciously evoking spirit and conveys a sense of reverence for the people involved. The word “Namaste,” which accompanies bowing in yoga, actually translates as “The divine spirit in me acknowledges the divine spirit in you.” When we greet one another with this kind of awareness, we can’t help but be more conscious that we are deeply connected to one another and to everyone, because this divine spirit resides in all of us.

There are simple bows and complicated bows, and subtle variations carry different meanings depending upon where you are, who you are, and a number of other factors. But we can all practice bowing by simply bringing our two hands together in prayer and pressing the thumb side of our hands lightly into our chests. Keeping a long spine, simply bend your head gently down so that you are looking at the tops of your fingers. Close your eyes and breathe consciously, paying homage to your spirit, the same spirit that resides within all of humanity.

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Yes, You Can Train Your Cat
by Jackie Brown

It’s easy to teach your cat some basic behaviors that will make both your lives easier.

Train a cat you say? Whoever heard of such a thing? Believe it or not, cats can learn to do almost anything, and it’s not as hard as you might think.

“There’s a common misconception that cats can’t be trained,” says Hannah Shaw, aka the Kitten Lady, a kitten rescuer, humane educator and author of the book Tiny But Mighty. “I think it has a lot to do with both how little the general public understands cat behavior and how much we tend to compare cats to dogs.”

Hannah explains that in movies and other media, we often see dogs portrayed as intelligent helper animals, but cats are stereotypically shown as independent and aloof. “The truth is, cats are complex and intelligent animals, who are very much capable of learning new skills,” she says.

Training cats might sound hard, but cats are quick learners. “Learning theory applies to all animals,” says Terri A. Derr, DVM, founder of Veterinary Behavior Options, which services Minnesota’s Twin Cities metro area. “A behavior that gets rewarded gets repeated.”

Dr. Derr used to teach shelter cats a simple trick that helped catch the eye of potential adopters. “We started walking past the cage and dropping a small treat inside,” she says. “Once the cats expected the treat, we stopped by the cage but did nothing. Most cats would reach out with a paw looking for the treat, and they got it. Now we had cats reaching out to people passing by. Those cats got adopted faster, which was our goal all the time.”

It’s easy to teach your cat some basic behaviors that will make both your lives easier. Here’s how to train three basic skills:

SKILL #1: Go to your mat
Teaching your cat to go to a specific place and stay there on command is a great skill. You can move your cat away from another cat or dog, use the mat as a station for brushing or giving medication, and you can even send your cat to his mat if you want him to stay away from a visiting guest.

First, select a mat (this could be a small blanket, an old placemat or a pet traction training mat/platform) and put it somewhere up and out of the way like on top of a table or cat tree. Next, show your cat a yummy treat and place it onto the mat. When your cat hops on the mat to get the treat, reward again. Once your cat is going to his mat reliably, add a verbal cue like “Go to your spot.” Then you can work on getting him to stay there.

“Say ‘go to your spot,’ reinforce him when he gets there, then start counting,” says Lisa Radosta, DVM, and a board-certified veterinary behaviorist with Florida Veterinary Behavior Service in West Palm Beach. “Every two seconds, give another tiny treat. Slowly increase the amount of time in between food rewards so your kitty is staying longer and longer. Choose a word like ‘Stay,’ and start saying it at the beginning of the sequence.”

Finally, add a release phrase like “OK” or “All done” that lets your cat know he’s free to leave the mat. After you say that word, don’t give any more treats.

SKILL #2: Respond to Name
This is a handy skill that lets you find your cat in the house easily.

“Most pet parents have already trained their cats,” Dr. Radosta says. “Open the treat bag, kitty comes running. Get out the can opener, kitty comes running. You can really make your life easier by preceding that cue with ‘Kitty, come!’ and then get out the can opener. Those things will be linked together, then you can eventually drop the can opener.”

Dr. Derr offers an alternative method of teaching this skill: “Say your cat’s name then give him a treat. Step two feet away, say his name, give him a treat. Step four feet away, say his name and when he comes to you, give him the treat. Repeat, gradually moving farther away so he has to come farther to get the treat.”

If you say your cat’s name and he doesn’t come to you, it means you moved too far away too quickly. Come closer to your cat and keep saying his name and giving treats. Eventually, he will learn to associate his name with getting a tasty treat, so he should come running when you call.

SKILL #3: Get into the carrier
Many cats fear getting into the carrier. Dr. Radosta reminds us that it only takes one negative experience at the vet to instill a lifelong fear of both the carrier and the veterinary hospital.

“Your biggest defense is to make sure you go to a vet who is cat-friendly, either a cat-friendly practice or a Fear-Free certified vet,” she says. “If your cat is stressed, ask for a medication or supplement that will help your cat be comfortable and happy.”

You can help things go more smoothly by teaching your cat to associate the carrier with positive feelings.
“Make the carrier a more neutral or even enjoyable space by giving the cat access to it even when you are not taking her anywhere,” says Hannah, whose educational web series Catology can be viewed on RoyalCanin.com/cathealth. “By leaving it open with a soft blanket inside, your cat may start to see it as a safe resting space rather than as a scary carrier.”

Dr. Radosta also suggests feeding your cat in the carrier and using Feliway and catnip in the carrier to help your cat create even more positive associations.

PRO TIP: Wear a harness
Teaching your cat to wear a harness can be a way to let her explore outside and get some exercise safely. Dr. Radosta reminds us that cats are experts at squirming out of a harness, so proper fit is vital. Don’t forget, even though a harnessed cat cannot run away, there is nothing to stop an off-leash dog from running up to your kitty. To keep things safe, keep harness adventures in a controlled environment.

Dr. Derr offers these step-by-step tips to training your cat to wear a harness. Remember, cats differ in how quickly they adjust to something new. Don’t rush it.

Put the harness on the cat while she is eating a treat, if possible. Take it off again.
Once she’s used to the harness going on and off while she’s eating a treat, leave it on for a while. Give a few treats randomly.

Next, attach a leash but let it drag on the ground. Give her some treats.
When she is comfortable with that, pick up the leash and follow her around while giving treats. Leave some slack in the leash.

Head outside to your backyard, giving treats, but don’t try to lead her. Let her go where she wants to go. If she wants to stand still, let her.

Do this as many times as it takes until she is comfortable with the harness and leash. Not all cats will accept a harness. If the harness overly stresses out your cat, a harness may not be for her.

PRO TIP: Never stop training
Training a cat isn’t hard, but if you want your cat to remain trained, practice the skills frequently.

“Behaviors that are not reinforced will be extinguished,” Dr. Radosta says. “If you stop reinforcing behaviors in any creature, but especially a cat, she will stop offering those behaviors. You won’t have to completely retrain the kitty, but you will have to refresh her memory.”

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Stephen Halpert
Gilberto’s Elopement

         Gilberto was at his workspace in his condo reading a lengthy health insurance form he had just downloaded from Atlas. He sighed and shook his head. “I’m not sure how to play this out,” he said to Maria. “Two places in these forms require our marriage data. If I just write something that isn’t true, I could get in trouble and even lose my job.”

         She thought he looked helpless. “Best that doesn’t have to happen.” She smiled, kissed him.

         “I could just leave those spaces blank and hope no one takes the time to read it thoroughly. But that’s a stretch. One section has to do with my tax deductions, the other listing you as my beneficiary.”

         She sighed and looked thoughtful. “Best we get married then.”

         His eyes brightened. “That would solve everything.”

         “Maybe,” she smiled. “Assuming we could safely navigate matrimony. It’s not as easy as it seems.”

         “Why so? It’s just a piece of paper, isn’t it?”

         “Gilberto, people change once they make that commitment. Deep psychological feelings emerge. Over time married couples might act differently than they did before they married, until circumstances become so oppressive, they ultimately split.”

         He winced. “The idea of ever losing you…”

         She looked thoughtful. “I feel the same way. But I’ve seen that happen too many times. Something changes. People gain weight. They even start acting how their parents acted. It has to do with expectations, dear; with how they believe a husband or wife should behave. It starts with how their parents were together. The child within always remembers.”

         He frowned. “Just from being married?”

         “Plus there’s the whole financial holocaust: Weddings can be a big expensive deal that creates too much debt to even think about! I read that an average wedding can easily run thirty, forty thousand dollars. And that doesn’t include the honeymoon.”

         He gulped. “That much?”

         “Oh yes,” she smiled. “Look at all the expenses. They add up.”

         He shook his head”I never thought how much things like that can cost.”

         “But it does; it’s an industry after all: the rental for the ceremony, the invitations, the dress for the bride and the presents for the bridesmaids, the flowers, the photographer, the caterer, the alcohol. And that’s just the beginning. Wedding expenses add up fast.”

         She hugged him. “Let’s take a break. Now that she’d been pregnant for five months the baby bump in her tummy was noticeable. “Sit down,” he said. “I’ll make the coffee. You shouldn’t be on your feet?” Then he paused in mid sentence. “Is it ok even for you to drink coffee? Maybe caffeine isn’t good for the baby?”

         “Why not?” She smiled. “Don’t be a fuss budget Gilberto. I practically  lived on coffee while I was pregnant with Joey.”

         “How can I protect you Maria when you won’t let me?”

         She went to him and hugged him. “Don’t protect me Gilberto. Love me lots; but I’m old enough to tie my shoes and cross the street.”

         Now he looked confused. “I don’t know what to do. It’s like you and that patriarchy talk of yours….”

         “Ok,” she smiled. “I’m willing to risk it if you are. Let’s just elope, no muss, no fuss.”

         “You mean get a license and go find a Justice of the Peace?”

         “That’s the way elopement works,” she grinned.

         “But I want to take you on our honeymoon. That’s safe to do isn’t it? That won’t change anything?”

         She grinned. The coffee started perking. She took put bread in the toaster and took strawberry jam and cheese from the fridge. “In which case let’s go to Niagara Falls. I’ve never been and always wanted to go there. It could be our vacation.”

         “I’ve never been either,” he said. “And Joey could stay with Ramon and Rosa. He loves being over there, letting their little girl’s fuss over him.”

         Later that afternoon they googled Niagara Falls. A vast glittering array welcomed them. After carefully searching they found what accommodations appeared to be perfect: Honeymoon Falls, low prices for everything from a private motel suite to the wedding ceremony.

         Judging by the on-line comments Honeymoon Falls seemed to fit the bill. Gilberto made a reservation for a bridal special that included a small knotty pine cabin overlooking the continually thrashing falls. There was no kitchen unit, which annoyed Maria but did not bother Gilberto who preferred eating out whenever he was on the road.

         “A two day midweek honeymoon.” Gilberto smiled. Maria seemed happy. He was glad she had accepted and wore the sparkly diamond engagement ring he had initially feared would arouse her protestations. The next few days were a flurry of pre nuptial arrangements: securing their license and all that went with it. Finally after dropping Joey off at Ramon’s they were on their way to Niagara Falls.

         Rev. and Mrs. Homer Flood greeted them in their Honeymoon Falls office and after affirming their license and related paperwork led them across the parking lot to a small outbuilding which housed the wedding chapel. Mrs. Flood was top heavy with tired eyes and sallow cheeks. The Reverend was a short man with bushy eyebrows, a considerable paunch and a raspy voice.

         Gilberto sensed Mrs. Flood didn’t approve of Maria. Maybe it was her slightly obvious pregnancy.

         “Now stand here in our circle of matrimony,” Rev Flood said pointing to a small circle before a wooden altar. Above them a reproduction of a renaissance painting of what Gilberto thought were grumpy saints glared down upon the proceedings. Mrs. Flood lit a candle and turned on a tinny cassette recording of Mendelson’s Wedding March. 

         Once the music concluded Rev. Flood began to speak. “We are assembled here,” he began repeating a litany of familiar words. Several times his voice rose when “under God” was repeated. He looked sternly at Maria when he repeated “to love, honor, and obey.”

         Gilberto glimpsed a flash of anger from Maria’s eyes. She tightened her lips. Gilberto quailed, fearing what she might say. To his relief, she remained silent. He squeezed her hand which was limp in his. Finally after more babbling rigmarole he pronounced them man and wife.    

         As soon as the Reverend fell silent, Maria spoke. “We won’t be staying,” she said. “Gilberto please just pay for the ceremony.”

         They gathered their luggage and much to the consternation of the Floods loaded their car and drove away.

         “We’ll find someplace to stay,” Maria said. “But not there, not anywhere near those people.”

         “Do I get to kiss the bride,” Gilberto asked somewhat fearfully.

         “Oh you get to do a lot more than that,” she grinned. “But first I need to get out of these clothes and take a shower.”           

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Georgia’s Weekly Horoscope
Sunday, November 08, 2020

All Signs
This year Jupiter and Pluto line up three times and the final time is this week. The last time Jupiter and Pluto lined up in Capricorn (like this year) was in 1771 during the Russian plague and the American Revolution of 1765-1783. This conjunction in Capricorn will call attention to the growing need to reform economic imbalances and address the oppression by structures – of the government, the police, military, medical, legal or that of society. Speaking of structures, this includes the human skeleton as well, which has been in the closet for too long. I know this is not a jaw-dropping observation. (“You’ve got tibia kidding!”) Read on to learn how this conjunction affects your sign.

Aries (March 21-April 19)
This has been a tough year because extremely unusual planetary happenings have been going on at odds with your Sun in Aries. This has made life difficult. Mostly, this has affected your long-term goals, your standing in the community and your public reputation (both professionally and among your peers). You might have been forced to defend yourself or your public reputation or the respect that you deserve. Because Mars has been in your sign for the last six months of the year (this last occurred in 1988), it has been a mixed blessing. Initially, it pumped your energy; but since Sept., it has eroded your self-confidence. Fear not, later this month, you’ll be back in the saddle!

Taurus (April 20-May 20)
unusual planetary events in Capricorn have interrupted travel plans as well as plans for going to school, getting to school, taking courses and anything to do with training. Fortunately, these challenges have been softened because lucky Jupiter is still in that part of your chart, which means it will deliver the goods! Yes, you will travel – somewhere. Maybe not where you initially wanted to go? You will get schooling and further education, again, maybe not according to your first choice. this is because the challenges that transpired in Capricorn were also supportive to you because they took place in your fellow Earth Sign. You win some, you lose some.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)
This year, the triple conjunction of Pluto and Jupiter along with the Saturn, Pluto conjunction took place in one of your Money Houses. This called attention to your debt, and anything that you share jointly with partners or other people. For example, it would become apparent to you how important it is to get out of debt. Likewise, any issues related to inheritances, wills and shared property would be highlighted in a way that you would see how reforms need to be made or how they could have been handled better. For some of you, it’s too late. For others, this is a wake-up call. Again however, lucky Jupiter will attract some goodies your way!

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Four signs have had it tough this year and you are one of them. (Aries, Cancer, Libra and of course, Capricorn!) To put a finer point on it, those signs that were born mid-month (the 12th to the 15th) ) had it the hardest! You know who you are. For Cancers, all this unusual planetary activity took place, and is still taking place, directly opposite your sign, which means has impacted you the most with partnerships and close friendships. Many of you ended partnerships this year (or wanted to). In addition, your ambition to achieve your dreams was blowing hot and cold. This summer, you were ready to act. But recently, you have been spinning your wheels. This month that changes!

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
The triple conjunction of Jupiter and Pluto (plus the conjunctions of Saturn and Pluto) have been unusual, which is why 2020 is such a challenging year. For Leos, this activity has affected your pet, your job and your health. This means whatever needed to be fixed in these areas now came to a climax. You could no longer ignore what you might have been ignoring. This year you had to act. What has helped your sign is this unusual journey of Mars in Aries for six months (which last happened in 1988) because this has pumped you with energy and confidence! It has helped you achieve a lot in the last half of this year, despite the necessary reforms you face in your job and your health.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
This year we are all reeling from the lineup of planets in Capricorn. For your sign, this points out where you need to make improvements or reforms to get a better handle of dealing with kids as well as anything to do with sports, the entertainment world and the hospitality industry. Many of you are being forced to see how you need to balance work and play in your life. Another area that has been impacted by these planetary configurations is romance. Romance might have been all over the map for you this year. Sublime and painful. The good news is that no matter what happened, it took place in your fellow Earth Sign, so for sure, some residual effects will benefit you. No question. (That’s something!)

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
You are one of the four signs that had it the toughest this year (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn). In particular, it is toughest for those born from the 12th to the 15th. The area that is most impacted has to do with your home and your family. Major changes that have been overdue (perhaps repairs), finally had to be addressed this year. Likewise, other changes that needed to be addressed could be related to relationships or your family dynamics. Naturally, these include your relations with parents and older family members. Furthermore, Mars opposite your sign for the last six months of the year, has been stressful for partnerships and close friendships. Yes, it’s Margarita time!

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
Some of the greatest challenges that occurred this year affected your everyday routine and your everyday communications with others. You have been misunderstood. You have been angry. You have been determined to get to the bottom of something and seek out the truth. You have been thwarted. You have done battle. And for this, your reputation has been tarnished! Meanwhile, since Sept., when Mars went retrograde, your health has suffered along with your confidence in your work and your job. But this latter challenge (to your job, your health and your pets) will be over this month. Always remember how powerful you are and how to best use your power.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
The triple conjunction of Pluto and Jupiter taking place in your chart has impacted your earnings, your movable belongings and your assets. Many of you have lost earnings or lost your job. Many of you have lost your possessions. (It’s been a sobering year.) Fortunately, the six-month sojourn of Mars in Aries has boosted your energy. (Admittedly, it’s been wobbly since Sept. but that will be over in a few weeks.) The thing to remember is that of the three planets impacting your earnings, Saturn, Pluto and Jupiter – Jupiter represents wealth and expansion. This means your setbacks are temporary. In fact, your state of mind in 2021 will be unusually positive and optimistic!

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Of the four signs that have had the most difficulties this year (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) – you are the winner. Some of the events taking place in your sign have not occurred for hundreds of years. This is why your life has been turned upside down. These unusual planetary configurations will affect your body, your appearance, your closest relationships, the image that you present to your world, and in many ways, your virtual identity. One reason it has been difficult is you like a predictable outcome. You value your security and your plans for the future. Fortunately, you’re tough and you’re not a sissy. You know that hard times are character building. (I agree – you have enough character.)

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
This year has been full of challenges; but to a casual observer, it doesn’t look this way (for many of you). This is because the challenges that you face are “hidden”. They’re the challenges of the dark night of the soul. Many things have happened and are continuing to happen that make you re-think your values and what is important to hold on to, and what you should just let go. Remember: “Your first loss is your cheapest loss.” This is because by hanging on to do something to avoid the inevitable, we often end up paying a higher price. You have been very vocal and proactive because Mars is in your House of Communications for six months. When you want others to really listen – whisper.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
Perhaps the biggest area where you have been impacted by the triple conjunction this year of Jupiter and Pluto, in addition to the conjunction of Saturn and Pluto, has been regarding friendships and your relationship to clubs, groups and organizations. Many of you have either suddenly left friendships or slowly drifted away and moved on. (It happens.) Likewise, you have left groups and clubs or joined new ones that embrace concepts that speak to you. In either case, your actions will affect your goals and how you translate your hopes and dreams for the future into your new reality. Heady stuff!

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Weekly Horoscopes Beginning Sunday, 08 November 2020

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

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

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Certain obstacles are forcing you to review ideas or plans youre eager to turn into a lasting arrangement. Judging by the current planetary setup, while the concept is worthwhile, there are several problems you need to spot and deal with now, before you proceed. Tempting as it is to plunge in, once you learn whats what, you`ll be grateful destiny forced you to rethink these.

A long talk with a close friend will reveal recent misunderstandings were due more to outside influences and other people than anything that has occurred between you. Future plans will soon become a reality because you`re determined to focus on your long-term goals. It will be fun to get out and about and do more things with your favourite people. Although it will be less grand than normal, attend an annual social event. It will be more fun than expected.

This could easily prove another rollercoaster week though, of course, you might enjoy the excitement! True, relationships could be stretched to near breaking point on Monday. On the other hand, you might decide to form the strongest ever union. Thats perhaps more likely. The differences between you and a significant other (business-wise) will likely be marked: but perhaps you need to playgood cop, bad cop. On Thursday, and for the last time in your lifetime Jupiter and Pluto align at the apex of your solar chart. View this as a springboard. You likely wont use it until after Mars stations in your sign at the weekend but getting ready to make your move, taking time to consider all options, and ensuring that a safety net is where others said it would be, is doubtless imperative. Though you might not have full clarity about the situation until closer to the end of the month, its clear that youre now poised and ready to move off in fresh career direction.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Although the Taurus Full Moon was on 31 October, it triggered a range of questions about existing arrangements and unexpected events. While they seemed a disruptive nuisance then, youre now recognising these forced you to question seemingly straightforward matters. As a result, youve learnt a lot and are rethinking seemingly solid plans. Take it slowly. Urgent as things seem, you`ve lots more yet to discover.

Your partner or another loved one has been feeling lost, lonely and neglected. If you really care for them and you can understand why they feel this way, the best token of your love is to spend more time together. Are you single? You might start a new romance only to have a feeling this relationship will be over before it has had a chance to begin. Right now, you have other priorities and responsibilities.

Your ruling planet, Venus, opposes Mars at the start of this week and for many people, this could coincide with relationship difficulties. Yet its as likely that when two people are pulling apart from one another, they create a workable tight-rope that has just the right tension to be workable. Given that by Thursday attention will be on your qualifications and announcing just how far youve come in recent years, it may be that you will need assistance in self-promoting. Ensuring that your CV is up-to-date and makes clear not just your qualifications but your experience and determination, might require input from someone with better objectivity. It`s very likely that along with many others, that between this coming weekend and the end of the month, that you will undertake a career journey requiring every ounce of concentration.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Usually you thrive on the excitement changes bring; but, then, youre superb at juggling surprises. However, youre confused about whats what. Thats as is should be now, in the run up to the life-changing Gemini eclipsed Full Moon on 30 November. With sudden insights and unexpected events shaking things up then, during the coming weeks you`re urged to focus on decluttering your diary, and your passions.

You love to communicate. There is plenty going on in your life that keeps you in touch with other people. When you arent meeting up in person, youre sending text messages to friends or meeting up on social networking sites. You have plenty to say but pause too to take in what people are telling you. Financial rewards and additional perks are heading your way as a well-earned reward for all your hard work over the past month or so.

Its very likely you will have a fight on your hands. Your wordsmith abilities will surely be put to the test. Theres also the question of asset management and indeed even insurance. Pitting your wits against the finest brains could of course be exciting. Much depends on whether or not youve been economical with the truth and whether or not youre about to be found out. In recent weeks, Mars has been retrograde. Its probable that youve been focused on where others have deficiencies or weak points. Now may be the time to review your own position. You might also need assistance (most likely from experts or those born under Capricorn) who have considerable experience and gravitas and have your back. What seems likely is that you will need to fight to hold position.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Its a challenge. Youre juggling amazing ideas or offers yet, also, facing tricky rules, regulations or difficult individuals; and, frustratingly, nobodys listening to reason. Tempted to plunge in and explain the facts? Dont. Instead, make it known youve lots interesting to say, but will wait until others indicate theyre ready. Mustering the necessary patience wont be easy; but once those discussions take place, youll be glad you did.

No matter what you decide to do, someone will have a complaint. You want to please everyone but youre starting to realise this is an impossibility. Although you shouldnt be too critical or negative, you can`t allow others to restrict your choices. A partner expects you to see their point of view.. They need to understand that you have your views too and you deserve their respect. Find a common ground. Compromise is essential in all relationships.

For the final time in your lifetime, Jupiter and Pluto align in your opposite sign. This will likely be a major event for the world. It comes just ahead of Marsdirect station at the apex of your solar chart; and yes, your career world could go off in yet another direction. Youve likely been poised for this for months. Yes, it could take a few weeks to gather full momentum, but it all starts this week. There is the possibility of business partnership or even job sharing. If that does occur, then you might need to take the lead at least initially. Greatest progress is likely to be made after next Sunday`s New Moon. This week is a time for forward-planning, preparing business models, improving your CV and preparing for the next stage of your career journey. In all this, advice and support from Libras, Scorpios and Capricorns should prove invaluable.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

For ages youve successfully battled unwelcome shakeups in elements of your domestic or working life. However, with both the recent Full Moon and the New Moon on Sunday 15 November not forcing you to take changes seriously, youll to spot their potential. As your misgivings vanish, youll recognise theyre timely breakthroughs, if in disguise. Say yes first, and think about the details later..

Tiredness makes you irritable and moody. A lack of sleep will have a negative effect on your productivity at work and on your closest relationships. You will find it hard to think before you speak and could say things you later regret. Headaches, joint pains and stomach upsets could all be related to worry about the future. In social, family and career matters, do your best to stay calm. Don`t allow yourself to get carried away by the intensity of your feelings.

In just a few weekstime Jupiter and Saturn aligning your opposite sign. Depending on your age, you may have some experience of their alignment in an area sign (1981). Fresh ideas are likely to blow thick and fast and some proof ultra-productive. If you felt stuck in me for weeks if not months, know that as Jupiter and Pluto make their final alignment in Capricorn midweek, that the cavalry could appear on the horizon. Before they can give full assistance, they need to know exactly where you are and how stuck you are. With Mars approaching its direct station in another of the fire signs, this week should prove optimal for assessing just how damaged you are and what help you really need. Yes, you likely need to flaunt your qualifications and experience better. It might also be wise to confer with someone you regard as an elder statesman: together you could come up with a master plan to launch after next weekends new moon.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Youre inquisitive, enough youre usually able to advise others whats wise. However, the current range of twists and turns, in both existing arrangements and the views of certain powerful individuals, leave you at a loss what approach to take. This, in turn, forces you to rethink certain increasingly questionable views. Once youre delving into the facts, youll realise youve some serious catching up to do.

There are a number of influential people you will be meeting up with, talking to and dealing with. Someone will be willing to step in and save a group project from going under. New guidelines will be put in place and if these are followed, all should work out well. Before getting into new social or financial activity, think about the consequences. You need to be able to make fresh starts without feeling any guilt or regret.

For the first half of this week, the Moon passes through your sign. Expect others to listen to what you have to say. They may be particularly interested in your thoughts about how to better manage resources. Then, and for the final time in your lifetime Jupiter and Pluto align in Capricorn. If there are research projects youve never quite got around to, now may be the time to act. Yes, its likely you might also have to deal with legacies or insurance matters and yes, these could be time-consuming. Nothing though, should stand in the way of you launching out with developing an idea that`s been incubating for the best part of a decade. Thirst for knowledge drives this week. Interestingly, this could also lead you back to the past. In some cultures, looking back to the past is used to see the future. You may find this a rewarding exercise.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Nobody is better at playing the diplomat, even in complex situations or with individuals whore usually difficult. Now, however, youre facing the added pressure of sticking to certain increasingly unpopular views, plans or demands. Forget about winning others over with persuasive details. That won`t work. Simply explain how everybody will benefit; and, also, say this means a lot to you. That should do the trick.

You cant expect a peaceful discussion if you accuse a housemate or relative of being unreasonable.. You are starting to understand why they feel as if theyre being taken for granted. A healthy dose of common sense makes you realise its time to get real and face up to your responsibilities. Youre starting to see an increase in invitations to parties, weddings and small social events. You need to be selective about which ones to accept.

For the final time in your lifetime, Jupiter and Pluto conjoin at the base of your solar chart. If you haven`t already had a major clear out, reconstructed and renovated, the desire to do so will surely be very very strong. Then, at the end of what promises to be a super busy week, Mars turns direct in your opposite sign. Those who seem to have been holding you back will likely determine that they now need to push you forward. These next seven days offer a last opportunity to tidy things up and get ready to explore your very considerable creative talents. As the Moon moves through your sign in the second half of the week, anticipate others wanting to know exactly what it is that you want and how they can help. The clearer you are i.e. the better your business plan, the sooner you can move forward.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Good fortune can appear in all sorts of forms. Judging by Tuesdays rare link between the expansive Jupiter and your ruler Pluto, youll be experiencing a range of events. While some will be immediately recognisable as worthwhile, others may seem disruptive if not a nuisance. Still, explore them all. What seems least promising at the moment could be a golden opportunity, but in disguise.

You sense a relationship is drifting apart. A heart to heart discussion will reveal some common ground on which you can work together. Being able to overcome problems with a partner helps build character and confidence. Plan your schedule carefully so you aren`t left trying to fit in as much as you can at the last minute. A highly organised workmate or relative will give you some good tips on how to manage your time. Stick with these plans.

Mercury returns to your sign this week and next Saturday Mars, your ruling planet finally turns direct. All this suggests you will be in the limelight. Theres high probability that your thoughts as to how matters might have been manipulated or coordinated will be sought. Others might also want your opinion as to how to move forward and your leadership abilities tested. For the last time in your lifetime, Jupiter and Pluto align in Capricorn. Pluto, as you know, is the other of your ruling planets. Not for the first time, you may need to challenge those who think theyve been in authority and who have perhaps either misused their power or been unable to cope with recent challenges. There is high probability of passions being ignited and for your particular forensic ability skills to be put to the test. This though, could find you at your very, very best.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

For ages youve been trying to untangle persistent obstacles or achieve certain complex goals. Now youre nearly there, but are discovering the actual situation or commitment is more complex than you realise. Or, alternatively, the people involved are seriously tricky, enough youre questioning the whole thing. Dont. Once you overcome these concerns, and you`ll do so with surprising ease, everything after that will be a joy.

A friend is talking very little when you expected them to have a lot to say. Youre wondering why they arent revealing their thoughts. Because of this, youre trying to read between the lines and getting it all wrong. Youre also reading their body language in the wrong way. Give others a chance to talk and then listen. A vivid dream will highlight the importance of a close relationship.. Look for ways to engage your spiritual side.

What you learn before Thursday should prove invaluable. New contacts made over those four days should put you on new track too. For the last time in your lifetime Jupiter, your ruling planet, aligns with Pluto in Capricorn. View this as a springboard. Just a couple of days later, Mars arrives at its direct station.. This should put you in prime position for taking off at speed after next Sundays New Moon. Its often said that Sagittarius is a walking encyclopaedia. Just how valuable you are to others should now be apparent. Yet amidst all this excitement, it`s important to remind yourself that you are not superhuman and that the strain on your physical system in this last year may have been considerable. Taking time to work out what vitamins and minerals you need for the next few months would be a wise move.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

The ideas youre discussing are nothing new. Some are modest, others as exciting as they are complex. However, Thursdays encounter between the fortunate Jupiter and Pluto, which triggers transformation, indicates breakthroughs. While you`ve been working to achieve some, others will be as thrilling as they are unexpected. Out of character as it may be, say yes first, knowing you can deal with the details later.

If you arent paying attention, you could misinterpret someones words or miss out on a great opportunity. There may be a need to sharpen your listening skills. Encourage others to share their ideas and this will help you both to develop them further. Diplomacy will help build bridges and clear up misunderstandings. Progress will be made in career and personal plans but you still have a long way to go before you feel you are seeing the results of your hard work.

For the final time in your lifetime Jupiter and Pluto align in your sign on Thursday. A couple of days later, Mars arrives at its direct station to be followed by a New Moon. The combined effect suggests that soon, like many others, you`ll be moving off in fresh direction. True, much depends on your personal chart and you might not make that move until closer to your birthday. Plans though could be put in motion. Over the last decade your stature has surely grown. You now have considerable experience. Though you might not have always enjoyed power and authority, perhaps you now accept that certain individuals see you as having a wealth of experience and knowledge that they require to move their efforts forward. It would be unsurprising if they sought you out with a view to joining forces in a new venture in 2021.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

While youre capable of being amazingly easy-going about changes that would cause others serious distress, in certain areas of your life being in control is an obsession. However, destiny seems to have something new in mind - that is, ignoring your carefully crafted existing plans. Out of character as going with the flow may be, not only is it your only option, youll be glad you did.

An official figure is suspicious about your involvement in events that have been causing a stir. Its upsetting to be accused of something when you werent even at the scene. You cant provide evidence of this and theres not much you can do when you are telling the truth and others don`t believe you. Equally, they have no facts to support their accusations. Make more time for fun and pleasure pastimes and you will become a happier, more relaxed person.

For the last time in your lifetime, Jupiter and Pluto align in neighbouring Capricorn. On the horizon now is Jupiters alignment with Saturn in your sign next month. You could view the next few weeks as the overture to a whole new chapter in your life. You wont be the only sign trying to clear things up ahead of moving on – which should be an easier exercise after next weekends New Moon and Mars direct station. This week the accent is on determining qualifications and options. Mercury`s return to the apex of your solar chart midweek suggests increased communications and the possibility of being invited to join a research group. Of course, this could be part of the education package. A variation would be others seeking your help to improve their knowledge. One way or another, your inherent detective skills look set to be in demand – requiring you to delve deep into archives.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

At some point in the past, somebody – possibly one particular individual or a group, expressed dismay about plans you were passionate about. However, you proceeded, if discreetly, hoping that eventually their views would change. They haven`t; but your plans have grown enough they need to be discussed, and frankly. Gather the necessary facts and be prepared to stand your ground. You just might win others over.

If you arent happy where you are, think about moving on to fresher pastures. Its up to you to do something positive to improve a difficult situation. Things arent going to change unless you take action. If you sense a loved one isnt happy, ask them what is wrong. Are you in a new relationship? Your partner may suddenly become secretive about certain aspects of their life. They may be hiding the fact that they are married or they have someone waiting for them at home.

If you havent yet embraced the idea of a clear account and archiving then you may feel the need to do that in haste in the second half of the week. All this is likely in preparation for a total shift in energy to be experienced early next week. You wont be the only sign on this crusade and could indeed find that bartering is a theme embraced by many. What seems likely is that by Thursday, in joining for joining forces will be much increased. Obligations to groups or associations will likely be addressed. True, you might decide that its time to cancel a subscription. Its as likely that you will prepare to join a new group or team bringing with you an enthusiasm that`s been dormant.

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Happy Blue Full Moon!

Till I scarcely more than muttered “Other friends have flown before—
On the morrow he will leave me, as my Hopes have flown before.”
Then the bird said “Nevermore.”
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3rd Mercury becomes Progressive
13th Mars becomes Progressive
14th New Moon (10:08 PM, MST)
18th Feast of the Persian “Mother of the Stars” Ardvi
21st Zodiac Period of Scorpio ends
22nd Zodiac Period of Sagittarius begins
23rd Celtic Tree Month of Reed ends
24th Celtic Tree Month of Elder begins
30th Full Beaver Moon (2:32 AM, MST)

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Full Moon Magick

Current Moon Phase: FULL MOON

Goddess Aspect: Mother

Associated Goddesses: Aphrodite, Arianrhod, Asherah, Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Isis,, Selene, Sisters of the Wyrrd, and the Norns

Magickal Attributes: Fruition – Manifesting goals, Nurturing, Passion, Healing, Strength, Power.

Full Moon: Symbolic of the height of power, the peak of clarity, fullness and obtainment of desire.

Full Moon energy is used for banishing unwanted influences in your life, protection magick, and divination. From fourteen to seventeen-and-a-half days after the new moon. Prime time for rituals for prophecy.

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CoventryCreations.com

October 26, 2020 – November 1, 2020 is the last week of October and it brings us two sign changes as Mercury and Venus move into Libra, which should cool off some of the Scorpio energy and make it more manageable. In Libra, Mercury likes to weigh all the options before committing to an idea, and Venus seeks harmonious relationships that are diplomatic, kind, and civilized.

So, if you need to express political or controversial opinions, do it before Tuesday because people may tune you out. Later in the week, the ‘spooktacular’ Halloween Full Moon occuring in Taurus should rattle a few cages, but in addition to the Full Moon, we have the Sun opposing Uranus. Expect the unexpected to occur. Finally, on Sunday, Mercury will form a tense square to Saturn in Capricorn.

Although your mood may be melancholy and it may take an extra dose of caffeine to get you going, it’s a good day to focus on practical matters and complete tasks that need attention to detail.

Best Coventry Candles this week are, BHC Inner Balance, Prosperity and Needed Change, and Wicked Good Florida Water.

Become present and feel the power in your words
The way you turn a phrase can turn your world topsy turvy or set it to rights. This is most notable in magic and intention work. Wishing for a good outcome is not even close to the same league as declaring your success at a specific date and time. We have studied this at Coventry and every blessing on every label has been deliberated over, tested, rewritten, and edited by the best of us. We have now created a new layer to turning your want into a magical declaration, candle holders!

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Biddy Tarot
http://www.biddytarot.com

The card drawn for this week is the Seven of Cups Reversed.

Are you making the best decisions for yourself?

This week with the Seven of Cups reversed, you may find that you face several different choices.

Instead of choosing the option that appeals to others, you’re relying on your inner wisdom and guidance to show you the best way.

Come up with your own criteria to help you make decisions in alignment with your inner being.

Ground yourself first and reflect on what you want for the long-term. All these shiny new objects in front of you have a certain power over you right now, and you’re at risk of losing focus if you chase after pipedreams.

Take a step back and assess the options against your priorities to work out which opportunities will be a real benefit to you.

If you feel overwhelmed by so many choices and cannot move forward, reduce your options. Focus on what is important to you.

Ask the Tarot: Is this aligned with my highest good?

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From The Halloween Oracle Deck
The Witch

Earth, Air, Fire and Water
A woman lovely, a woman strange
Weaver of the worlds, Moon’s Daughter
Witch: The Catalyst for Change

You can weave your own destiny and change through magick!

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High Priestess Training
http://GoddessSchool.com

The entire course takes 15 months to complete (four levels). Tuition covers lessons, assignments and instructor feedback. In addition, students may download guided meditation exercises and be eligible for Sabbats, Esbats and retreats with the Sisterhood. The entire fee for each level is $120 (payment plan available), sixteen lessons in each level, except the last.

Ceremonial Cords and frame-able Completion Certificates are awarded as membersvcomplete each level.

Level I – Initiate of the Sisters of the Burning Branch – White cord
Level II – Adept of the the Sisters of the Burning Branch- Red cord
Level III – Priestess of the Sisters of the Burning Branch- Black cord
Level IV – High Priestess of the Sisters of the Burning Branch – Green cord

You Might Also Be Interested In:
http://goddessschool.com/Paganstudies/index.html
http://www.goddessschool.com/courses/natural/naturalwitch.html
http://goddessschool.com/Paganstudies/healingarts.html

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Learn About Herbs!

There is so much to learn about herbs! In Herbalism 101, we cover 21 herbs, and you will start your own personal Materia Medica, that we will build throughout the next levels. We will cover the basic aspects of herbs. From culinary to magickal, medicinal to ornamental. As well as the many modalities of herbs!

During this course, in addition to the on-line lessons and hands-on projects that you do at home, I will be sending you articles, and information, as well as questions about your own personal use and research.

I look forward to walking this green journey with you! I love herbs and I hope that you do to or will learn to!

There are 10 lessons in each level and there is no time limit for completion. You may study at your own pace! There are no texts to purchase.

For more info or to join my class, click here!
http://goddessschool.com/Paganstudies/healingarts.html

The cost for Level 1 is $50.00 or the entire Healing Arts Course for $150.00, which includes a free Reiki certification course when all three are ordered!

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Llewellyn’s Spell-A-Day

Honoring the Mighty Dead
BY RAVEN DIGITALIS

Those who have crossed the veil before us deserve to be honored, especially at this time of year.

Gather photos and representations of your deceased loved ones, and lovingly set them on an altar. Decorate the shrine with offerings of candles, food, drink, grains, toys, and anything the deceased enjoyed while incarnated on the earth plane.

Talk and communicate with each of the beloved dead individually. As you do so, discuss their positive qualities and write them on a piece of paper. Continue doing this for all ancestors on the shrine so that you are left with a piece of paper filled with positive qualities that you wish to embody in your own life. Thank the deceased for their work on this planet. Pin this magickal paper next to your bedside so you can meditate on these positive qualities every day, further invoking them into your life.
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Blue Moon
BY BARBARA ARDINGER

This Samhain night is also a blue moon, which is the second full moon of any month. Gather your circle for a Samhain blue moon ritual tonight. Prepare tokens that symbolize good fortune. (If you plan far enough ahead, you can collect wishbones and paint them with blue glitter.) Ask your priestess du jour to dress like the Blue Fairy in Disney’s Pinocchio and lead everyone in a meditation to find out what wishes their hearts make. At the end of the meditation, the Blue Fairy can give everyone a glittery wishbone or a piece of blue lace agate and this magical verse written in blue ink on the palest blue paper:

On this night when the moon is blue,
I hear your wish and make it true!
-xoxoxox
-The Blue Fairy

Go around the circle telling what your wishes are. Figure out practical ways to help them come true.
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Flush and Be Gone!

BY MICHAEL FURIE

Just before the Samhain festivities begin, a simple banishing of troublesome little things could be in order. This is a great time to get rid of unnecessary things so that we enter the dark time ready to begin a fresh cycle with a minimum of distractions.

An easy, effective, at-home banishing can be done with a few easily obtainable things: a felt-tip marker and some toilet paper. Write what you wish to be rid of on pieces of toilet paper while visualizing being free of these things. Crumple up each piece of paper individually and toss it in the toilet. Flush them away, and as you do so, say:

Unbind and release, flush and be gone;
obstacles banished, the battle is won.
From unneeded burdens, I now break
free; into the future I travel with ease.
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To Commune with Your Ancestors
BY CHARLIE RAINBOW WOLF

This is the season when the veil between our world and other realities is thinnest, making it the perfect time to reach out to and visit with your ancestors. Their blood courses through your veins; you’re already bonded. This spell strengthens those ties. You’ll need a pen and paper, catnip, rose petals, a heatproof surface, and a lilac-colored candle and something to light it with.

Write down the names of the ancestors you wish to remember. Sprinkle the catnip and rose petals on the heatproof surface. Place the candle on top and light it. Gaze into the flame, and read out the name of the person(s) you’d like to spend time with. Focus on the light of the candle binding you together. Feel their DNA in you as you sit in the glow of the flame. When you’re finished, pinch out the candle, but leave it on the herbs, with the list of names next to it, until November 3.
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Glamour Spell
BY DEVIN HUNTER

Last night, Venus entered Libra, a sign that embodies this planet’s hunger for beauty and attention. Cast this spell on yourself so that everyone who sees you will find some aspect of you absolutely desirable. All you need is a pink candle in a holder and something to carve it with.

Using your carving tool, etch the symbol of Venus (T) into one side of the candle, and the symbol for Libra (g) into the other. On the bottom of the candle, etch your initials. Light the candle, then cover your eyes and say:

See no ugliness, see no fear,
see only what you hold dear.

Cover your ears and say:

Hear no wickedness, hear no lies,
listen only to what sounds wise.

Lastly, put your hands a few inches in front of your mouth and say:

Speak only flattery, taste only sweet,
give me your attention from head to feet!

Let the candle burn out safely on its own.
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Sweet Words Spell
BY KATE FREULER

Every day we deal with people with whom we just can’t seem to communicate for some reason. We simply don’t vibe with certain individuals, and no matter how hard we try, our words always seem to come out wrong, causing awkward or upsetting results. If this keeps happening to you, try this spell.

Place your lip balm or gloss in a bowl of sugar. Place your hands over the bowl and envision your words flowing from your lips eloquently, communicating perfectly what you’d like to say. See the result of your words causing the recipient to smile in response. Feel the understanding blossoming between the two of you. Cover the bowl of sugar with a cloth and leave it overnight.

The next day, put on your lip gloss like always and try to set things right. Dispose of the sugar, or use it in your coffee, tea, or baking to bring more sweetness to you.
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No Fear!
BY SUSAN PESZNECKER

Put together a miniature “brave kit” so you’ll always be prepared to deal with frightening or malevolent forces.

You’ll need:

  • A small hinged tin (the kind breath mints come in)
  • Salt
  • Flash paper
  • A white tealight candle and holder
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Small stones or crystals (fluorite, obsidian, and amethyst are ideal)
  • Charged water (i.e., water that has been charged in the light of the sun or the full moon)
  • A small piece of soft fabric
  • A small “golf” pencil
  • 1 or 2 iron nails
  • Small vials with screw-on lids (for the water and salt)

Fit the items into the tin box. You’re now prepared for a variety of spells and conjures. Cast a circle with the salt, write spells on flash paper and cast/ ignite them into being, work candle magic, set up a small altar on the fabric, asperge an area with water, use the iron nails for protection against negative energy, and so forth.
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Meditation Magic, A Full Moon and Mercury Retrograde
https://www.mylittlemagicshop.com/

Mercury Retrograde is in its final week of retrogradation, and we are sure that by now, we all felt its effects. This is certainly not a time to push forward, but it’s rather a time to take a breather, introspect, reflect, work, and improve what is already existing both inside and on the outside.

And during these introspections, and seeing the little imperfections and possible improvements, while nothing goes forward can be a really harsh time for anyone. So, the most important thing to remember during this Mercury Retrograde is to be compassionate to yourself.

Think of yourself as a close friend, or as a child that is still learning, and treat yourself with understanding, kindness, and compassion. It’s easy to fall back to your old patterns and judge yourself, or kick yourself while you are down, but how is that any way to create your own damn magic gorgeous?

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The Elements
About the Jez of It

A witch believes that life itself is sacred, and anything that sustains life is holy. There are four basic elements that form and sustain our lives. Air, fire, water, and earth. Witches believe that when all four elements meet and combine life begins. We need air to breathe, water to drink, earth beneath our feet, and fire to keep warm. Without any one of these elements we cannot exist, life cannot exist.

If we look beyond the physical manifestation of life, as witches do, we can get a sense of the symbolic, energetic, mysterious, and occult traits of the elements. For example, air represents communication and thought, the power of knowing. Fire, our passions and drives, the power of will. Water, our dreams, emotions, and visions, the power of daring. Earth, our ability to be pragmatic, practical, and realistic, the power of the wisdom of silence.

In love and light
Raven )O(

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Heartwings Love Notes 955 Freedom to Be Free

Heartwings says: “We may have to do without to know what we are missing.”

Remember when you hugged people when you met them or they departed? How normal it was to shake hands? The freedom to be spontaneous with others has disappeared from our lives. I miss it, especially the hugs. Smiles, too I miss. Behind a mask smiles are hidden, and I like to see smiles. To be sure this is all temporary, and one day these restraints will be gone, if not forgotten. I cling to that when I feel the loss of my freedom to act the way I always have.

It never occurred to me that these behaviors I miss could go away. I never dreamed of this “new normal,” nor expected to encounter it. Most likely not many have. The last pandemic was over a hundred years ago, so there is not likely to be anyone who would have a memory of it unless they were more than a hundred and five or more. I didn’t realize that was what killed my grandfather. I’d only heard he took ill and died during WWI in France in 1918, not what he died from.

I miss the freedom to go shopping just for the fun of it, or to stroll through Marshals or Ocean State Lot to see what’s on sale. It never seemed to be anything special to do; it was just a normal part of life. So was going to the library or he senior center. Of course, compared to some countries in the Mideast or other places where people are fleeing violence and terror, the USA is far better off. I still have the freedom to walk the streets, drive my car wherever I wish to, or order takeout from a restaurant. That freedom is not universal worldwide and cannot be taken for granted, either. This is something I try to remember when I am tempted to complain.

Freedom to do as I wish is something I cherish. I hope that wherever I go or whatever I do when I regain it, I will remember what I it was like to do without that privilege. I hope too that when I hug a friend or shake the hand of a stranger that I will do it mindfully, remembering what it was like when Covid 19 permitted me only to give “air” hugs or bump elbows. No one knows when that will be. We all hope it will be soon.

May you appreciate your freedom when it returns.”
Blessings and best regards, Tasha Halpert

PS What do you miss most? My heart goes out to those who live alone and have no visitors. Write and tell me how it is for you. I cherish your emails. You can reach me at tashahal@gmail.com or tashahal@aol.com. For more Love Notes, please visit my web site at http://www.heartwingsandfriends.com

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The Power of Pathworking
BY SIMON COURT

Grimoire and Wand

I always wanted to be a magician. From an early ag,e I knew that was the way for me. Not your rabbit from a hat prestidigitator nor vanishing cabinet illusionist. No. I wanted to be a real magician, a student of the magic arts. But where to start and what indeed made up those magic arts? I found The Magician, His (sic) Training and Work, by W.E.Butler.

Aha. “Magic is the art and science of making changes in consciousness according to will,” I read. Here was a definition I could take on board. And from these first readings I was led to The Mystical Qabalah, written by Dion Fortune. In the back of this book was a brief discrete note that the Society of the Inner Light offered courses. So, this fortuitous chain of events led me to those who offered training in what I wanted to do.

The journey began, first with that Order and then with The Servants of the Light when the Society withdrew from teaching. What made this so wonderful for me was that back in those days, the middle of the last century, there was very, very little published on the topic that was from a reputable source.

But, no matter where my studies took me, that first definition of magic remained my touchstone. It guided my learning, both in the occult arts and in more usual skills, skills more closely related to making a living and developing my own life, needs, preferences.

In the course of this I found another aphorism that resonated: “What is above is like what is below, but after another fashion.”

Studying above and below in terms of supposed “Planes of Existence,” the finer ones stacked upon the most physical of everyday outer experience, led easily and logically to rephrasing the rule as, “What is without is like what is within.” This is in terms of the one being derived from the other. I had learned that the outer world is a manifestation of some inner forces or principles, so I decided that the inner and outer nature of me, of people, was exactly the same, built upon the same dichotomy and relationship.

It followed that what we experienced in our meditations flowed out through our changing self into the changing world of effects. And so it was that I came to pathworkings.

My first pathworkings and fantasy journeys were specific individual journeys to experience principles, thoughts, feelings on the inner that would flow out as changes to the way I related to the outer.

When the “New Age” mind-and-manifestation people did their inner visualizations to obtain an item in the world it often worked. But, it did not work because their inner mind power had created or manifested that item in the outer. Nor was it because their inner work had attracted the item to them. It was because their inner work had led them to see details they might have missed, to sometimes choose between options with values changed by inner work, leading them down different paths to those that would otherwise have been taken. They achieved the objects of desire by the interaction of their changed inner nature with an unchanged outer world. Their work did not lead the item desired to them. Rather, it led them to the item. A new harmony between within and without had been created.

This is magic.

And this is why the great writers of the last century emphasized inner change, changes in consciousness in accordance with will.

It was not long before I fell in love with the Pathworking method and studied and worked towards building an integrated set of workings that would address different aspect of my inner nature, my imaginings, my thinking and the dynamics behind my decisions to action.

After some time, some experimentation, some testing, and some research, I had built a structured intertwined set of pathworkings to address how a person presents in the world of their experience and to give that person subtle control over their world of both action and thought. I assembled these into a book, The Magic of Pathworking.

I read somewhere that, “the beginner magician takes his (sic) armor off when the battle has just begun.” I cannot find that reference now. It may have been Aleister Crowley. The magical task of restructuring the inner self to no-fuss archetypal principles is like putting the sports clothes on before the event, perhaps even before warming up.

If we want to see events in the world unfolding according to our inner nature, then the first task would be to synchronize that inner nature with reality, to bring inner and outer into accord. Once in accord an examination of where inner thoughts, feelings are heading may well give an indication as to where outer events are heading. Once inner and outer match, then reading the winds of change within may give clues to the winds of change without.

And this brings us to magical ritual.

Ah. The regalia. The accoutrements. The barbarous words and phrases of power. A wand, cut at the right time from the right tree, lovingly shaped and inscribed with mystic symbols. Barbarous words of power in a long dead language. An old magic mirror, bought at auction.

No.

You will find that all magic is performed on the inner. Outer regalia and tools serve only to help the mind set the scene. Outer movements and spoken words assist others of a group to synchronize their inner working, which is where the real magic takes place. My priestess and I make the three circumambulations to open the circle for our group. What we are really doing is ascending a spiral staircase together in the turret of a castle. Or sometimes we are walking a circular track up a conical hill in the centre of a plain. All our group participants are in the same inner reality.

One of my teachers said that a group of magicians could perform a rite while riding on the subway. Magicians can perform, and have performed, rites in the same inner space while physically scattered across the globe.

Magic takes place on the inner. And the technique used for this is exactly the same as pathworking. I have set this down in a new book that is just about ready for submission. Some might say that I am giving away secrets here. Well, the second book on magic I acquired was written by Dion Fortune, and she was wont to say: “The greatest secrets of magic can be shouted from the rooftops, but only those with ears to hear will hear.”

But why do we do these things at all? To gain power and riches? To bend others to our will?

Perhaps some do.

I happen to think that the true worth is changing oneself in ways that let those positive changes within flow out into reality, lifting it. It is a “rubber sheet” theory. If you take a rubber sheet with the edges fixed in place and pinch and pull one point upward, other parts are also pulled upwards to varying degree. If the magician rises, they pull up others with them.

I say “rising,” but only by means of illustration. A better fit is the idea of a journey, a quest, and the distribution of benefits or a return with the prize.

What is it all for? This brings us to mysticism.

My mysticism is always Quest-and-return. The Qabalistic magician might ascend the Tree of Life in their magic, the way of evolution, later to descend the way of involution, bringing back the Prize to make it real or available for others and themselves. The Quest is a fundamental theme in human tales going back into the mists of time. It appears in those modern science fiction tales where the hero, gender irrelevant, alone or in company, attains something that benefits all, or saves the Galaxy. And it occurs in the stories handed down among the First Australians, some going back well over 20,000 years. A quest or task, pitched against trial and adversity, to achieve a prize, not for self but for community, local or global. And often with this is told the price of failure. Or misuse.

Among many Europeans, and especially those of British origins, the Quest of Quests is that of the Grail. This is why I have prepared a work of pathworkings that take the practitioner in the steps and through the adventures of the knight Percival. The attaining of the Grail and the just as important return of the Grail’s mystery to the kingdom of everyday life are foundation themes in European cultures.

And this takes us beyond.

For the Grail is but one expression of something fundamental embedded in human nature—the Quest. Be it the Grail, lost treasure, artifacts on a distant world, lost treasures in this world, the ancient Teacher in the Himalayas, the unattainable lover, the Beatrice, the Dulcinea, El Dorado, Shangri-La, and so many more, it is the attainment of the unattainable object or person of desire. It is the Impossible Dream made real.

The idea that this is fundamental to human nature is a subject of mysticism. All magical study and practice leads to this goal. And it all boils down to some quite simple principles: lost and found, separation and reconciliation, exile and homecoming, and more.

In the quests there is the start, the goal, and the journey between. This is followed by the return that is the resolution of the opposites. These are three parts, the two poles and the between. The between may be a path or a barrier.

There is here a core theme of human existence. My current work is not a set of pathworkings. It is a presentation of the many different forms of this foundation principle. Each chapter addresses an aspect of separation/reconciliation, such as exile/homecoming, personality dissociation/reintegration, separation of lovers and their reconciliation, the Fritz Perls empty chair/two-chair tool, and much more.

It is written in two styles to present the resolution of poetry and prose into a whole meaning. Then the resolution is wholeness, and resolution occurs at the boundary. The boundary that initially separates becomes the solution that unites.

The mid Twentieth Century jazz pianist Thelonius Monk, who had a Middle Eastern musical background, once said that he would play two adjacent notes to hint at the quarter note between them. So this work consists of chapters in two parts, a grail motif in a poetic story form together with a psychological exegesis on the theme, with references to supporting academic literature. This work is current, nearly complete in story, note and reference form. I hope this little essay has given some idea of what I am about and what I am attempting to say. But more than that, I hope it has been useful in its own right.

May your travels be rewarding.

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Change Of Season
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We can celebrate the change of season and shift our own energy by setting some time aside to make the same changes we see in nature.

In today’s world, office jobs and supermarkets have made it possible to work and provide for ourselves and our families regardless of nature’s cycles. While most of us no longer depend directly on nature’s seasons for our livelihood, our bodies’ clocks still know deep down that a change of season means a change in us too. If we don’t acknowledge this, we may feel out of sync, as though we have lost our natural rhythm. These days, autumn is more likely to bring thoughts of going back to school than harvesting, but in both cases, the chill in the air tells us it’s time to move inside and prepare for the future.

We can consciously celebrate the change of season and shift our own energy by setting some time aside to make the same changes we see in nature. We can change colors like the falling leaves and wilting blooms by putting away our bright summer colors and filling our wardrobes and living areas with warm golds, reds, and browns. While plants concentrate their energy deep in their roots and seeds, we can retreat to quieter, indoor pursuits, nurturing the seeds of new endeavors, which need quiet concentration to grow. We can stoke our inner fires with our favorite coffee, tea, cider, or cocoa while savoring the rich, hot comfort foods that the season brings in an array of fall colors: potatoes, apple pies, pumpkin, squash, and corn. As animals begin growing their winter coats and preparing their dens for hibernation, we can dust off our favorite sweaters and jackets and bring blankets out of storage, creating coziness with throw rugs and heavier drapes. We can also light candles or fireplaces to bring a remnant of summer’s fiery glow indoors.

By making a conscious celebration of the change, we usher in the new season in a way that allows us to go with the flow, not fight against it. We sync ourselves up with the rhythm of nature and the universe and let it carry us forward, nurturing us as we prepare for our future.

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Checks and Balances

When we see ourselves in other people, it can be a great opportunity for growth if we are willing to do the work.

Most of us have probably come across the universal wisdom that the people who irritate us the most are expressing qualities that we ourselves have. This is why family members can be so vexing for so many of us — we see ourselves in them, and vice versa. This isn’t always true, of course, but when it is, it’s a real opportunity for growth if we can acknowledge it, because it is infinitely easier to change ourselves than it is to try to change another person, which is never a good idea. For example, if we have a coworker who engages in some kind of negative behavior, like complaining or trying to control everything, we can look and see if we ourselves carry those traits.

We may have to look to other situations in our lives to see it, because we behave differently in different environments. Perhaps we don’t complain at work, because our coworker overdoes it, but maybe we do it with our friends. Maybe we aren’t controlling at the office, but we’re used to being in control at home, and this is why we feel so irritated not to be in control at work. Even if we look and find that we are not engaging in the same behavior that we see as negative in others, we can still learn from what we are seeing in this person. The truth is, human nature is universal, and we share many of the same tendencies. What we see in others can always help us to understand ourselves more deeply.

Having the ability to see something in another person, and automatically bring this observation back to ourselves, is like having a built-in system of checks and balances that enables us to be continually engaged in self-exploration and behavior change. When we see behavior we don’t like, we can make a concerted effort to weed it out of ourselves, and when we see behavior we do like, we can let it inspire us to engage in imitation. Through this process, we read our environment and let it influence us to bring out the best in ourselves.

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Gilberto’s Halloween

by Stephen Halpert

         It was a chilly sunny morning on Halloween. Joey and his puppy Oscar were playing on the esplanade. Joey kicked Gilberto’s soccer ball and Oscar jumped and ran in pursuit. He couldn’t quite land his paws onto it and had to push it back to Joey with his head and body.  Oscar left the ball by Joey’s feet.

Joey looked up and saw a woman dressed completely in white.

          At first, he could hardly see her. The sun seemed to block his view. Nonetheless he smiled politely. ” Hello, I’m Joey.”

         Oscar shivered and began to whimper.

         Although she smiled, he couldn’t tell where she was looking. “I’m Martha Skeffington, Mrs. Royal Skeffington. Is that your dog.”

         Joey nodded. “His name’s Oscar. He’s a Silky Terrier but not very good at playing soccer.”

         She seemed to back away. “I’ve always been nervous around dogs.” She clutched a monogrammed silk handkerchief to her lips. “Even little ones like yours.”

         Joey nodded. He’d never seen her before. There was something about her however that bothered Oscar. He kept whimpering and scurrying in circles.

         “Do you live near here?” Joey said.

         She smiled. “I think I still do. But I’ve since learned we can’t be sure of anything, especially whatever we may think we’re sure of.”

         “Even if this is where you live?” Joey said.

         “Especially.” Her voice trailed off.

         Gilberto and Maria walked over to Joey and Oscar.

         “Hi Gilberto, hi mom. This is Mrs. Skeffington.” He turned to where she had been standing. “She said she was nervous around dogs so I guess she left.”

         “I don’t see her,” Gilberto said. “Are you sure”?”

         “I was just talking to her,” Joey said. “I promise, Gilberto. She couldn’t of gone very far.” He looked around.” She was all dressed in white.”

         Gilberto nodded and looked across the expanse of concrete and grass. No one was visible. “She must have disappeared into thin air,” he said.

         “You mean like a ghost or a spirit?” Joey asked.

         Gilberto looked at Maria and shrugged. “I wouldn’t go quite that far.”

          Everything she wore was white, even her shoes,” Joey said.  Oscar cowered and continued to whimper.

         Maria picked up Oscar. What’s wrong little one? Why are you all freaked out?”  

         “Be careful,” Gilberto said. “You’re not supposed to lift anything. Couldn’t it hurt the baby?”

         “You’re a fussbudget,” Maria smiled. “Really Gilberto, not to worry.”

         Joey took Gilberto’s hand. “Are we going trick or treating tonight,” he asked? “Please?”

         “If it doesn’t rain,” Gilberto said.

         “The lady,” Joey said, “she told me her name is Mrs. Skeffington,”

         Maria continued to comforted Oscar. He was clearly upset. Her voice soothed him. “He’s acting like he’s seen a ghost,” Maria said. “Dogs can see things we can’t. They sometimes get spooked around the supernatural.”

         “That’s understandable,” Gilberto said. “I probably do too.”

         Maria smiled and looked around. “Dear Mrs. Skeffington,” she said. “You are always welcome to visit us. We’re in condo 6B.”

         Gilberto rolled his eyes. “Are you crazy? Inviting a dead person to just stop in and say hello.”

         “I don’t see why not,” she said. “They can visit anyway but don’t always become visible. She sounds holy all in white that way. Maybe she’s got good news or a blessing to share with us.”

         “She held a silky white handkerchief, mom,” Joey said.

         Maria set Oscar down. He pressed against Joey’s leg.

“Gilberto what time can we go trick or treat?” Joey asked.

`       Gilberto looked at Maria. “Whatever time works for you.” 

         “Maybe around four before it starts to get really dark, she said. “We can walk around Louisburg Square, check out Charles Street and stop for ice cream.”

         Gilberto had to laugh at how Joey looked at the mention of ice cream. “Just remember,” he cautioned” ice cream might taste good but all that sugar can be dangerous to your health.”

         “I know,” Joey said. “That’s what they told us in school, but it sure tastes good anyway. I wonder if Mrs. Skeffington likes ice cream?”

         Gilberto laughed. “Why don’t you ask her?”

         Maria chuckled. “Well, it’s Halloween. My grandmother always said this is the time for spirits to return to pass amongst the living.”

         Joey’s eyes widened. “You mean dead people can come back?”
         “Not everybody thinks that way,” Gilberto said. He gave Maria his why do you tell him things like that look.

         “Wouldn’t it be nice if Mrs. Skeffington became our friend,” Joey said.

         “It’s possible,” Maria said. “I think we should go in and have some lunch.”

         Later that afternoon, with Oscar on his leash, they left to take Joey trick or treating. Seeing some kids from his school he ran ahead. Gilberto took Maria’s hand. “You don’t have to tell him fanciful things that could influence how he thinks.”

         “He’s fine,” Maria said. “Nothing wrong with exposing him to thinking about ghosts. To me they’re very real. But you didn’t have a grandmother like Sarah. Every year at Halloween she’d bake a platter of cookies and put them outside on her porch. When it got late, she’d bring in the platter. All the cookies would be gone.”

         He chuckled. Maybe neighboring kids or animals.”

         She shrugged. “Maybe. But I’d prefer to think it was visitations from spirits who liked her baking.”

         Joey came running back. “Some big kids are taking little kids’ candy. When someone told them ‘no’ he got a bloody nose.”

         “That isn’t fair,” Maria said. “It takes away from the spirit of Halloween.”

         They proceeded down Mt. Auburn street to Charles. Three rough looking kids blocked their path. “Look at all that candy,” one said and grabbed for Joey’s Halloween bag.

         “I wouldn’t do that,” Gilberto said quietly.

         “Oh yeah,” another kid said. “Three of us, only one of you.”

         “That’s true,” Gilberto said. “But if I were you, I’d move on and leave us alone.”

         Gilberto thought he smelled alcohol. The three of them laughed, sneered and then as though on cue rushed at him.

         He sidestepped them and kicked one just below his knee, his hand chopped at another’s neck.

Even though he was on a leash, Oscar began to bark and jump at them. Two of the kids screamed and backed away. The third, older and bigger, grinned and snarled.

“You asked for it,” he yelled. He stepped forward and pulled out a knife. Gilberto saw him move toward Maria.

         But before Gilberto could reach Maria, a white gloved hand struck the kid’s shoulder hard and threw him to the ground. Dropping the knife, he landed on his face. It skidded away and ended up near Gilberto’s feet. A cut over the kid’s eye started to bleed.

         “Get out of here and stop picking on little ones.” Gilberto’s voice was angrily firm.  He picked up the knife and handed it to Maria. She put it in her purse. The bully scrambled away after his friends.

          “Look at that!” Maria pointed to a white handkerchief lying on the sidewalk near where Joey stood.

         Gilberto picked it up and looked at the monogramed S. “Maybe ghosts help after all.” He smiled and reached into Joey’s bag for a candy. “Trick or treat,” he grinned. “Time for ice cream.”


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Hocus Pocus Buns

~ Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. ~

1 tube of refrigerator biscuits (10 biscuits, NOT Grands)
5 regular size marshmallows
2 Tablespoons melted butter
3 Tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Line large baking sheet with a Silpat mat or cooking parchment. Mix the cinnamon and sugar together. Melt the butter. Remove biscuits from tube and, using fingers, flatten out two biscuits (not too thin, but big enough to get them around your marshmallow. Now dip a marshmallow in the melted butter and roll it in the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Place coated marshmallow on the center of one of the flattened biscuits, and mold the biscuit around the marshmallow. Using the second biscuit, wrap the biscuit around the open end. Essentially you want to completely enclose your marshmallow in the biscuits. No marshmallow showing, and no openings in the biscuit layer. Because you’re using two biscuits to one marshmallow, you’ll have plenty of dough to work with.

Place buns on lined baking sheet, at least two inches apart. Bake for 11 minutes in preheated oven. Remove from oven and allow to cool a bit before transferring to a cooling rack. You may want to brush them with a little more butter and sprinkle a little sugar on top (as pictured.)

When ready to serve, cut them in half to reveal the space where the marshmallow disappeared! This is a great recipe to make with kids.

Note: These can easily be made Vegan. Make sure you purchase refrigerated biscuits that don’t contain dairy, and use vegan butter and marshmallows. (we love Dandies.)

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How To Cook A Safe Thanksgiving Dinner For Your Cat!

The highlight of every Thanksgiving, of course, is the dinner. But if you choose to celebrate the day with your felines can you cook a safe Thanksgiving dinner for your cat?

Keeping in mind that certain of your favorite foods are toxic for cats and others are just not that healthy for Kitty, it is definitely possible to prepare a feast you will both love. It is unlikely to cause tummy distress if your furbaby is used to variety in his diet. If you tend to stick to one brand then I would exercise more caution.

Is Turkey Safe for Cats?
Turkey is often a favorite of cats. It is not only safe but a healthy treat. With a few modifications, you can prepare a delicious Thanksgiving dinner you can both enjoy. Skip the brine, extra salt is not good for Kitty. Anything in the onion family is a no-go too. Most herbs are fine for Kitty but you don’t want to overload their diet with sage, thyme, and rosemary.

That doesn’t mean you have to eat a plain, turkey though. Taking the skin off the bird before giving Kitty his share should keep both of you happy. She’ll enjoy the organs too.

Serving goose or duck? Both are also safe for cats as long as they aren’t dressed or stuffed, without excess fat, onions or garlic, or highly seasoned.

How to cook giblets for cats
You can roast the giblets with your bird, simmer them, or let her try them raw. Debone the neck if you cook the giblets. Cooked turkey bones are dangerous for your kitty

Cooked turkey in a roaster
Turkey is the star of a safe Thanksgiving dinner for cats.
What About Sides?
Cats are obligate carnivores and don’t need fruits and vegetables in their diet. But a bit of mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, and squash are all fine for Kitty to eat in small bits as long as you put aside his share before you add all the butter and cream.

Cranberries are safe for Kitty if they aren’t cooked with artificial sweeteners or a lot of sugar. Don’t offer grapes or raisins though, they are toxic to you furbaby.

Plain cooked peas, carrots, green beans, and broccoli are okay too if Kitty likes them. But skip candied glazed carrots or green bean casserole. Kitty doesn’t need the extra sugar or salt.

Gravy
Kitty doesn’t need the extra fat or most of the seasoning in your gravy but he won’t mind going without it. You can provide him a tasty substitute with something like Tiki Cat Broths or a tasty food topper like Friskies L’il Soups.

Dessert
Cats are generally lactose intolerant. If your cat can tolerate it, you can share a tiny amount of your whipped cream or vanilla ice cream but skip the pie and chocolate. Non-alcoholic eggnog is safe for cats that don’t get digestive distress from dairy products too.

Or you can make Kitty a special seasonal drink. Blend plain pumpkin puree and non-fat yogurt in a 1:1 ratio. Let Kitty have a serving and freeze the rest for Christmas.

Keep the total package of fat, dairy and sugars in mind when planning a Thanksgiving dinner for your cat. Felines aren’t as susceptible to bloat or fat-induced pancreatitis as their canine counterparts. But you don’t want a special event to end up giving Kitty a bellyache or leaving you a mess in the litterbox to deal with.

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Georgia’s Weekly Horoscope
Sunday, November 01, 2020

All Signs
On Nov. 3, the day of the US election, Mercury retrograde will end becoming what astrologers call “stationary direct.” This means it hovers in the same degree for two days before moving forward again. (Note: in reality a planet never slows down or goes backwards, this is an illusion relative to planet Earth.) The last time that Mercury stationed direct on a US presidential election was in 2000, when Al Gore won the popular vote but George W. Bush took office. Fortunately, Mercury will be in the sign of Libra, which promotes balanced fair play. Nevertheless, expect delays and confusion perhaps due to uncounted mail-in ballots and demands for recounts? (Personally, I wonder if it’s time we got rid of democracy? All in favour raise your hand.)

Aries (March 21-April 19)
Your ruler Mars has been retrograde in your sign since Sept. causing confusion, indecision and self-doubt. Fear not however, because it will go “direct” on Friday the 13th. (Would I make this up?) After that, things will improve! And when Mars catches up to where it was when it first went retrograde (28 degrees) at the end of Dec., your life will improve even more! After that, you will move forward with strong energy. Meanwhile, this week, Mercury retrograde will end, sitting directly opposite your sign, which will make conversations with partners and close friends eventful. Expect meaty discussions, probably about shared property and inheritances. Fortunately, Venus will keep things friendly.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)
Mercury retrograde has attracted ex-partners and old friends back into your world; plus, it has created delays and goofy errors in your work, your job and possibly with something that is health-related or related to a pet. This part has been a drag. But hey, you’ll be happy to know that this is over as of this week. Yay! Almost immediately, you will see these delays and goofy errors reduce back to a normal level. Meanwhile, you will still need more sleep. (You cannot ignore this.) Venus will promote your relations with work colleagues. It will also nicely boost your health, although it will increase temptations to fattening, sweet foods. Avoid thirds on desert.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)
This continues to be a productive time for you because you’re determined to be more efficient than usual, which is why you are putting a lot of effort to get better organized in your world, especially your job. Many of you will have to work on behalf of others more than usual – to perform a service of some sort. (It’s a joy to labour for those you love.) When Mercury stops being retrograde this week, this will encourage you to go forward with creative ideas, especially working with kids and activities related to sports and the arts! New romance might flourish for some of you because it’s easy to get along with loved ones now. (There’s no need to pretend to be what you are not.)

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
This is a lighthearted, fun-loving time! Relationships are lighter, especially with children. Basically, you want to do what you want to do and set your own priorities. It’s a good time to be yourself and also to be conscious of who you are. Family discussions and home repairs, as well as chances to redecorate or make where you live more attractive are also on the menu. Marriages and partnerships have truly been tested this year, and those that have outlived their usefulness have ended. Having said that, you are a sign that is loath to let go of anything (including people), which means you often stay in the wrong relationship too long. (You know who you are.)

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
Home and family continue to be your priority; and many of you will be involved with a parent more than usual. Mercury retrograde has created delays and goofy errors in your daily schedule, which means you’ll be happy to know that Mercury retrograde ends this week. (Note: Its shadow continues until Nov. 10. If you are making a big purchase like a car or computer, wait until after that date.) This means silly errors will reduce and that’s a relief! (Less frustration.) Because Venus has now moved into your House of Communications, you will see how much love there is in your daily life. In addition, you will also be grateful for the beauty of your daily surroundings more than usual. Sweet!

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Your fast pace continues with appointments, time with siblings and relatives, short trips plus increased reading, writing and studying. You are keen to communicate to others because you want to enlighten them about something. Financial matters look solid. You might attract money or financial advantages to you. Mercury retrograde will end in your House of Earnings, which might cause you to focus on something related to your assets. Many of you had had challenges wrapping up issues related to shared property and inheritances. This delay will cease in a few weeks. This is a good week to tell someone how you feel about something.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
You will be philosophical this week because not only are you focused on your assets – you’re also thinking your values. What really matters in life? It’s good to know what really matters because this is how you distinguish how to make wise decisions. Obviously, you do not want to be looking in the mirror in later life with regrets. Because your ruler fair Venus is in your sign this week, you will have a stronger desire to relate to others. Venus will also help you to make peace and have fun schmoozing because Venus always ranks pleasure above work. Be patient with partners and close friends while Mars stays opposite your sign. (The last time it was retrograde opposite you was 1988.)

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
The Sun in your sign marks the beginning of your personal new year, which means it’s a good time to define goals for what you want for yourself. Goals keep you on track and give you a sense of purpose. Meanwhile, a private love affair might happen for some. (Not surprising because you are a passionate, secretive sign.) Many of you have been confused or questioning issues about your job or the work that you do, and this is because Mars has been retrograde since Sept. This has “hung you up!” It’s important to know that when Mars is no longer retrograde in mid Nov., you will feel more proactive about your job, and when Mars is finally clear of its retrograde shadow – at the end of December – you will be all systems go! Yeah!

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
The Sun is still hiding in your chart this week, which means similarly, you will feel comfortable taking a backseat or working alone or behind the scenes. (Not always your first choice.) This continues to be an excellent window of time for you to define some goals about what you want for your new year ahead (birthday to birthday). An important conversation with a friend or a member of a group might take place this week because Mercury retrograde turns direct in your House of Friendships. Fortunately, Venus will ameliorate any intense discussions. In fact, Venus will also encourage interactions with creative, artistic people. Cool!

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Have you noticed that you often choose to socialize in a way that is supportive to society? You join committees or start raffles and initiate worthwhile events? This week, you will be involved with groups and perhaps a friend. Since, your interactions with others will be mutually beneficial, by all means, be friendly! Fair Venus is now at the top of your chart, which is useful. It creates favourable circumstances in your business life and makes people in authority look kindly on you. Regardless of what you do for a living, others will ask for your advice about artistic matters like design, layout, office redecorating or PR. You might also develop a crush on your boss.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Once again, this week, the Sun is still at the top of your chart, casting you in a flattering spotlight that makes you look good to bosses, parents and VIPs. Obviously, this is your time to act and to do what you can to promote your own agenda. Some of you will have an important interaction with a parent. Note: Don’t pretend you are something that you are not because you will be exposed. (That symbolic spotlight.) Travel for pleasure, especially a chance to return someplace you really liked before will resonate strongly within you this week. Maybe you can make plans for the future?

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
More than other signs, you sometimes “escape” from things you don’t like, even if it’s just daydreams and fantasies. This week, you want to escape by “getting away from all this.” This is why you will enjoy any chance to travel and have a change of scenery, even if you do this through books and film. This is a fortunate week for you because gifts, goodies and favours from others can come your way. Personally, your love life will be passionate and affectionate. Contact with a previous lover could be significant. For those of you who are suffering delays with earnings and finances – be assured that by the end of the year, these obstacles are gone. Great!

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Weekly Horoscopes beginning Sunday, 01 November 2020

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

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

Aries

Personal theme: I am!!

Fire & cardinal sign: March 21 — April 19

Your horoscope for this week:

Things won`t necessarily go according to plan. However, as you`ll swiftly discover, what`s least expected could be best in the long run. Every unexpected event offers an opportunity to discover something worthwhile or encounter somebody interesting enough to broaden your horizons. Yes, that means delays in what you had in mind. Take things one day at a time. Soon it will all make sense.

Your partner will be making some lively plans for the end of the year. After discussing these thoroughly, you will be happy to let them call the tune. Planning for the future will make a relationship stronger, better and happier. Playing games that involve other people will give you the mental stimulation you crave. If your local pub, club or society has been hosting an online trivia contest, you should enter. You could win a handsome prize.

Think long and hard. It`s highly likely you will be asked to make an important decision by Tuesday and that the repercussions will be great. Saturn will soon leave the apex of your solar chart but before it does you likely need to give careful thought to the amount of responsibility and weight you are carrying. Security issues will almost certainly surface. With an opposition between Venus and your ruling Mars scheduled for Monday (9th), you could also find increased tension in even the closest of partnerships. All in all, this might prove a week of high drama when the stakes seem to get ever higher. On the positive side, it`s unlikely you`ll be suffering alone and that even if others don`t agree with you, they will at least understand what you`re going through.

Taurus

Personal theme: I have!!

Earth & fixed sign: April 20 — May 20

Your horoscope for this week:

Because the shake-ups triggered by the Taurus Full Moon, on Saturday 31 October, will appear in a range of forms, initially, you`re urged to wait, watch and learn from them. True, some will seem pressing. However, the facts that surface during the week will alter both your perspective and raise questions about your priorities. Decisions? If you can`t put them off, regard them as an experiment.

Be wary of people who promise more than they can deliver. Don`t divulge too much personal information if you`re in a new relationship. If you`ve been with your partner for some time, you will sense when the moment is right to ask an all-important question. You could do with a little more freedom. It would be much better for you if an older relative would ease their demands on you and understand your need to pursue outside interests.

Routines are likely to be upended as Mercury arrives at its station on Tuesday. You may need breathing space to recover and recharge. Yet the cosmos might demand that you look carefully at small print and consider legal argument. It may be that errors or misunderstandings have taken place in recent weeks and that there is now regret and soul-searching necessary before you can move on. Taking time out to review what you`ve learnt and how you can use recent experiences to your long-term advantage would doubtless be wise. In particular, you might benefit from a conversation with a Capricorn who understands how power can be used or misused and who gives you useful hints as to how to avoid being pushed around.

Gemini

Personal theme: I think!!

Air sign: May 21 — June 20

Your horoscope for this week:

No sign is better at turning life`s twists and turns to your advantage. Currently, however, you`re unsure which changes should be regarded as welcome versus those you`d best avoid. Employ your skill as a diplomat, showing interest in what seems worthwhile but making no promises; and encourage others to do the same. Each day and discussion will add to your insights. Still, solid plans should wait.

A recent argument still plays on your mind. You feel someone is ignoring your needs and feelings. Whether it`s about love, passion or old-fashioned romancing, you should voice your thoughts. Your partner may not understand why you are annoyed with them. They have realized how important some things are to you. Keep in touch with your friends and family. Share how you feel. Quality time shared with people who matter will make life easier.

Your ruling planet Mercury, arrives at its station on Tuesday which could prove a memorable date in 2020. You may need to review decisions taken since September and yes, might not be entirely happy with the way that things have worked out. The key is not to panic even though there are likely to be yet more issues to address. True, you could feel disheartened as Mercury makes right angle to Saturn. It might feel as though the cosmic headmaster is demanding homework you`ve yet to prepare. Decisions about property and where and how to live are likely to surface. Revaluations may be necessary; and yes, you might need to do all of this whilst beset by limitations. If there is good news, – and there probably is, it`s that you may not be alone in this quest and that by early next week have support from someone who can guide you through the next maze.

Cancer

Personal theme: I feel!!

Water & cardinal sign: June 21 — July 22

Your horoscope for this week:

Dramatic and, often, unsettling as the feelings and events triggered by the Full Moon on Saturday the 31st may be, they`re part of a more far-reaching pattern of timely change. Knowing that, instead of calming shakeups, concentrate on exploring options and meeting people. Focus on what you can learn and who you meet. It will take you into new, often unexpected and exciting, territory.

You`re allowing a partner or friend to twist you around their little finger. Someone is taking liberties and showing you little respect. They are acting in a way that hurts you and they`re taking your forgiveness for granted. Nothing good will come out of this relationship. You need trust, understanding and loyalty to feel emotionally content. Your entire focus, later, will be on a cherished goal. You have the qualities necessary to achieve this and you won`t waste a wonderful opportunity to succeed.

Mercury stations at the very base of your solar chart this week – so anticipate a few twists and turns. Mars is still retrograde at the apex of your solar chart and if you`re involved in repairs or review, this could prove a tricky time. Yet more difficult decisions might need to be taken – most likely midweek; and yet: you perhaps now know that you`ve addressed a long-standing issue and have a clear idea now as to what can be done when restrictions are lifted. The other – and most promising news, – is that you career could soon move into new and fast lane. As plans and schedules are made, diary management is essential. There might also be the need to address and education issue and how best to help someone improve their qualifications and recover lost ground.

Leo

Personal theme: I will!!

Fire & fixed sign: July 23 — August 22

Your horoscope for this week:

Obviously, you`d rather make lasting decisions about various elements of your life, then move on. However, with the actual foundation on which they`re based shifting, and well into the month, you`re better off regarding any plans as tentative, and continuing to explore your options. While some will be clear from the moment they arise, others will be as sudden as, ultimately, they prove to be exciting.

You`re excited about the future of a relationship. Even so, if you and a partner haven`t been together for long, take your time. If a lot of your social interactions have been online wait until you`ve met in person a few times before deciding how you really feel. Take this relationship one step at a time without planning too much too quickly. You aren`t so foolish as to expect a joint project to go smoothly all the time. Still, when you do encounter bumps in the road you will find a way around these, together.

You are right, loyalty matters! So, you might still be dismayed by recent actions. Forgiving and forgetting is likely not easy. Yet this has been a turbulent year for all; and it`s not over. Decisions taken this week will have obvious and lasting repercussions. Whose side you are on might matter more than usual. Yet there is the prospect of forming a strong alliance. True, this could begin with doubts and yes, you perhaps need a formal contract put in place. All this is possible but will likely require energy you don`t feel able to access. Hold the thought that next week, Mars turns direct and that you should then feel refueled. For now, and boring as it may be, dealing with small print is essential.

Virgo

Personal theme: I analyze!!

Earth sign: August 23 — September 22

Your horoscope for this week:

Recent tricky and, often, time consuming misunderstandings have been frustrating. What`s more, as a result, you`re hesitant about taking certain complex, but otherwise appealing, plans to the next stage. The trick is to proceed, but resist the temptation to finalize arrangements. Instead, ensure what you organize is flexible enough to ride out the inevitable changes. As a result, you can easily rethink arrangements when you must.

You`re trying too hard to keep other people happy. It means a lot to you to be able to help your friends and family but in doing so, you`re losing touch with your own needs. Have you been looking after your health? You run the risk of being swallowed up by work and voluntary obligations and pleasing everyone but yourself. Make it your aim to sort out your priorities. This may mean being firm and making it clear it`s time to put yourself first. If anyone resents this, they aren`t a true friend.

There`s a saying that if you `look after the pennies the pounds look after themselves`. That perhaps worked when coinage was in regular use! Now, the art is in keeping track of credit card purchases. As your ruling planet Mercury, comes to its station on Tuesday, balancing the books could be super important. You might also wonder if those who promise much, will actually deliver; and yes, by the end of this week demanding that promises are honored will likely take much time – and even result in the kind of dispute you usually aim to avoid. The viability of a project will likely also be under scrutiny. Reshape and review is probable with your particular skills and expertise coming to the attention of someone in authority who only now realizes how much you`ve oiled the wheels through this turbulent year.

Libra

Personal theme: I balance!!

Air & cardinal sign: September 23 — October 22

Your horoscope for this week:

Life would be a lot easier if you could make lasting plans. Happily, certain tricky matters are less complicated, but others remain puzzling. That`s no surprise. With the idea`s planet Mercury retrograde, and triggering the usual confusion, until Tuesday 3 November and, also, positioned in Libra, even simple plans are unlikely to proceed as anticipated. The trick? The more flexible arrangements, and your thinking, the better.

A part of your self-esteem comes through harmonious friendship, work and romantic relationships. Regardless of your professional and material success, you need to feel loved and appreciated. If you sense you aren`t measuring up to a loved one`s expectations or you can`t please them these days, this will affect your confidence. Discuss your personal goals with your family. Their support will mean a lot to you. A partner will do their best to meet you halfway.

Mercury stations on Tuesday in your sign. It could feel as though you`re undertaking a very fine balancing act. Yes, it`s true that most days are like that for Libra! This though, could be a moment to remember. You may not be entirely happy with decisions others are taking. Perhaps you realize the repercussions of decisions and potential threats to your security. You might also have reason to wonder if others will keep their word. Recall, Mars is still retrograde in your opposite sign. You may not be entirely sure what direction certain individuals intend to take and not know the outcome of that until at least midmonth. For now, everything focuses on detail. Asset management will surely have your attention as might be health related issues. In assisting someone who is not hundred percent however, you could rebalance your scales: sure, in the knowledge that you`ve done all that you can.

Scorpio & Ophiuchus

Personal theme: I desire!!

Water & fixed signs: October 23 — November 21

Your horoscope for this week:

Obviously, you`d rather make plans you know are reliable. However, with both circumstances and your priorities changing until the Scorpio New Moon, on 15 November, you`re better off regarding even simple arrangements as tentative. The good news, however, is that if ever there was a time to take chances and learn from experience, it`s now. Be adventurous. The more risks you take, the more you`ll learn.

Don`t be fobbed off by anyone who doesn`t take your ideas or suggestions seriously. Be sure they know how important some plans are to you. Even so, there will be times when to avoid an argument you will need to bite your tongue. A youngster in the family could do with a little guidance. With life being so hectic, it won`t be easy but try to make time for your nearest and dearest. Being able to laugh, play and even do serious things together is important for you all.

Mercury turns direct on Tuesday – just ahead of Mars reaching its station next week. These promise to be exciting, but arguably, turbulent times. It could feel as though your world is turned on its head. You may not know the outcome of decisions taken until nearly the end of the month. The importance of documentation cannot be stressed enough. It will likely be necessary for you to review old wording and even, by the end of the week, seek legal advice or other expertise. After much confusion however, a plan could emerge. You wouldn`t turn a ship around at speed and risk capsize. Taking your would be wise. Note too, that those born under the Air signs of Gemini, Libra or Aquarius may be floating ideas but lack the energy or teams structures to see these through.

Sagittarius

Personal theme: I see!!

Fire sign: November 22 — December 21

Your horoscope for this week:

Usually you`re the first to spot, and act on, intriguing new ideas or offers. Yet now you`re either lacking vital information or are uncharacteristically unsure of your own mind. Actually, you`re better off waiting to see what the rare, if not life-changing, link between your ruler Jupiter and the powerful Pluto, on the 12th, brings your way. After that, things could look very different indeed.

You might be feeling a little lonely. You`ve lost touch with friends you used to see regularly and your social world has changed dramatically. It will feel like there`s a dark cloud hovering over your life. Don`t let this lead you to any port of storm for company. Think about joining a volunteer or political organization. A change is as good as a rest and you could do with a change of scenery. Visiting a place that has links with your childhood will be sweetly emotional.

Truth matters. Around Tuesday`s Mercury station you might wonder if you`re the only one thinking this way. Aware that facts are either muddled or have been deliberately misconstrued, you might prefer not to take a stance: rather than choose between two (ill-informed?) or poorly presented perspectives. Yet not getting involved could be just as painful! It would be understandable if you went back to old documents or even old legal arguments before determining a course of action. Hold the thought that next week, Mars turns direct in the `legal` area of your solar chart. It`s then, and presumably after having gathered many thoughts and ideas together, you can plan the next stage. This might prove one of the milestones in your life. Yes, truth matters and so does your integrity and accumulated wisdom. What seems clear is that before you sign on any dotted line, and whatever your age, you will be acutely aware of the responsibilities commitment brings.

Capricorn

Personal theme: I use!!

Earth & cardinal sign: December 22 — January 19

Your horoscope for this week:

Ordinarily, you`re superb at spotting and untangling the source of delays, in anything from plans to personal passions. Yet even you are struggling with the range of confusing situations and unreliable information you`re being told. Making tentative plans may be out of character, but it allows you to at least move ahead a little, yet rethink things as you proceed. Final arrangements? You`ll have to be patient.

Someone is being secretive. You sense they aren`t being totally truthful. You feel disappointed that those you thought you could trust have been spreading malicious gossip.. Trust your intuition. Be careful about how much personal information is revealed in a group discussion. You should be able to benefit from a scheme that has been put into place affecting your workplace. Something you do on a daily basis is made easier from approaching it in a different way.

Mercury stations at the apex of your solar chart. Not only are you likely to arrive at a conclusion regarding a career matter, you might also need to make a tough decision about who you`re happy to work with and the level of responsibility you`re prepared to carry. If you are already in a position of authority, you might also give careful thought as to whether a co-worker has the necessary skills and maturity to continue in their role. Before Mars stations midmonth, (an event that comes just ahead of the New Moon), it seems a major clearing up operation will be necessary. Amidst all this, a powerful new alliance could be formed. Also, you may be drawn into the confidence of a Libra who now needs your expertise as they negotiate a deal that would be of benefit to you both.

Aquarius

Personal theme: I know!!

Air & fixed sign: January 20 — February 18

Your horoscope for this week:

Those around you are enthusiastically discussing new ideas and, in a number of cases, potential changes. While you understand their appeal for others, you`re seeking something more exciting and, ideally, far-reaching. You`ll get it, but not until mid-December, when expansive Jupiter and Saturn stage a rare and powerful meeting in Aquarius. Until, then? Focus on decluttering your life, and mind. You`ll be glad you did.

You`re struggling with a decision to do with your home. If you`re looking for a plumber or electrician, ask for recommendations on a social networking site. One name will be mentioned repeatedly and this is the person you should hire. The chance to add to your qualifications will arise unexpectedly. You aren`t sure you are up to taking a long-term course of study. Ask a trusted friend what they think of the idea and how they would go about it.

Mercury arrives at its direct station early this week. You could think of that as a car that has just done a three-point turn in the hope of avoiding a traffic jam. Unfortunately, going back on the same route is unlikely to work. Dead ends everywhere. Fact is, that misunderstandings need to be resolved before anyone can move forward. That might not happen until mid or even the end of November. So, you could feel stuck between a rock and a hard place for much of this week. On the positive side however, you should now see exactly who is in charge and who has real expertise. Those who shout the loudest may not be the ones with greatest impact. Yes, like many, you could feel forced to take sides. It`s unlikely that you will do this quickly: instead probing, asking searching questions and making clear that before you make any commitment, you need to know exactly what you`re getting yourself into.

Pisces

Personal theme: I believe!!

Water sign: February 19 — March 20

Your horoscope for this week:

For ages, you`ve sensed the potential not only for the inspiring activities you`ve been seeking, but also something that would allow you to break away from at least some of life`s more tedious obligations. While those duties won`t vanish, you`re likely to link up with people or pursuits that will more than fulfil those idealistic needs. Still, be patient. It will take time.

Difficulties and problems in the workplace need to be addressed. There is a balance of risk as you approach new plans and ideas. You are working with people on a number of issues in the hope of minimizing damage. A boss who is willing to get to grips with big issues will help change anger into acceptance. Find the confidence to say what you think and this will help avoid misunderstandings. Keeping thoughts to yourself isn`t really giving any relationship a proper chance.

It`s unlikely that Mercury`s station on Tuesday will pass unnoticed. In recent weeks that planet has been retrograde. It`s absolutely not the case that retrogrades are always bad things. Yet it does seem that around the time of the stations there is much confusion. That`s likely particularly true this week. You may remember that Mars too is retrograde. Your cash flow situation could be particularly muddled. There`s also the high probability that the terms of an agreement will need to be reviewed. Schedules will likely need to be rearranged. Much though can be achieved before the end of the year and though you could feel overwhelmed midweek, and fervently hoping that someone will arrive to take charge, there is much that you could do yourself. It`s often the case that when the going gets tough Pisces behaves as though it`s the ultimate Virgo. Don`t underestimate your ability to organize and show efficiency. In fact, you could sway someone`s opinion completely before the weekend by streamlining, showing excellent data management, and producing all the right papers and in all the right order – and on time.

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Why Are Black Cats Considered Unlucky?

How did black cats become associated with bad luck, and with Halloween traditions?

Every year when people begin putting out their Halloween decorations, and we start dressing our homes for Samhain, inevitably the image of the black cat comes up. It’s usually portrayed with its back arched, claws out, and occasionally wearing a jaunty pointed hat.

Local news channels warn us to keep black cats inside on Halloween just in case the local hooligans decide to get up to some nasty hijinks.But where did the fear of these beautiful animals come from? Anyone who lives with a cat knows how fortunate they are to have a cat in their life — so why are they considered unlucky?

Divine Cats:

The ancient Egyptians honored cats of every color. Cats were mighty and strong, and held sacred. Two of the most amazing goddesses in the Egyptian pantheon were Bast and Sekhmet, worshipped as long ago as 3000 b.c.e. Family cats were adorned with jewelry and fancy collars, and even had pierced ears.

If a cat died, the entire family went into mourning, and sent the cat off to the next world with a great ceremony. For thousands of years, the cat held a position of divinity in Egypt.

The Witch’s Familiar:

Around the time of the Middle Ages, the cat became associated with witches and witchcraft. Around the late 1300’s, a group of witches in France were accused of worshipping the Devil in the form of a cat. It may be because of the cat’s nocturnal nature that it became connected to witches — after all, night time was the time they held their meetings, as far as the church was concerned.

Contemporary Cats:

Around the time of World War Two, when the American tradition of Halloween as trick-or-treat time really got underway, cats became a big part of the holiday decoration. This time around, however, they were considered a good luck charm — a black cat at your door would scare away any evil critters that might come a’calling. Most people are far less superstitious today than they were in the Middle Ages, but the black cat remains part of our late October decor.

Black Cat Folklore and Legends:

Sixteenth-century Italians believed that if a black cat jumped on the bed of an ill person, the person would soon die.

In Colonial America, Scottish immigrants believed that a black cat entering a wake was bad luck, and could indicate the death of a family member.

The Norse Goddess Freyja drove a chariot pulled by a pair of black cats.

A Roman soldier killed a black cat in Egypt, and was killed by an angry mob of locals.

Appalachian folklore said that if you had a stye on the eyelid, rubbing the tail of a black cat on it would make the stye go away.

If you find a single white hair on your otherwise-black cat, it’s a good omen.

In England’s border countries and southern Scotland, a strange black cat on the front porch brings good fortune.

As an animal totem the black cat is the keeper of secrets, gatekeeper; when a black cat crosses your path she is telling you to stay aware, as something very powerful is coming into your life: be ready to recognize it and receive it.

I have a black cat, Isis, and she is one of the most intelligent animals I have ever had the privilege of living with. Her intelligence, understanding, compassion, and kindness is beyond compare. So those of you that have a lovely black cat know what I’m talking about. You can learn more about her by clicking here. If you have a black cat please make sure you keep them protected on Halloween.

Many blessings,
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GrannyMoon’s Weekly Feast 25-31 Oct 2020! Thanks for reading my blog!

The hollow winds begin to blow,
The clouds look black, the glass is low;
The soot falls down, the spaniels sleep,
And spiders from their cobwebs peep.
–Dr. Edward Jenner (1749–1823)

“The autumn woman moves towards dreamtime. Though she knows her limits, she has also felt limitless. She has known the ineffable. She wakes at night from dreams of high windy places where small blue flowers bloom, and she knows in her bones that such places exist. Luminous beings appear in her dreams and pull her towards them. She recognizes the dust of infinity in a windstorm, the fragrance of timelessness in a fire…”

—Patricia Monaghan, excerpted from Seasons of the Witch

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

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Light A Candle Today!

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

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The First Days of the Seasons
WINTER Monday, December 21, 5:02 A.M. EST

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Current Moon Phase: Waxing Moon

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

Goddess Aspect: Maiden

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

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

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

Oct 26 – Nov 2: Egyptian Zetesis and Heuresis search and recovery of Osiris by Isis.
Oct 27: Celtic Tree Month of Ivy ends
Oct 27: Allan Apple Day, Divination to find your true love
Oct 28: Celtic Tree Month of Reed begins
Oct 30: National Candy Corn Day
Oct 30: Goddess Month of Hathor Ends
Oct 31: Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain begins
Oct 31: Samhain, the Witches’ New Year
Oct 31: Beltane, (Southern Hemisphere), a Feast of Fire and Fertility
Oct 31: Halloween

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October 26, 2020 – November 1, 2020 is the last week of October and it brings us two signs changes as Mercury and Venus move into Libra, which should cool off some of the Scorpio energy and make it more manageable. In Libra, Mercury likes to weigh all the options before committing to an idea, and Venus seeks harmonious relationships that are diplomatic, kind, and civilized.

So, if you need to express political or controversial opinions, do it before Tuesday because people may tune you out. Later in the week, the ‘spooktacular’ Halloween Full Moon occurs in Taurus should rattle a few cages, but in addition to the Full Moon, we have the Sun opposing Uranus. Expect the unexpected to occur.

Finally, on Sunday, Mercury will form a tense square to Saturn in Capricorn. Although your mood may be melancholy and it may take an extra dose of caffeine to get you going, it’s a good day to focus on practical matters and complete tasks that need attention to detail. Best Coventry Candles this week are, BHC Inner Balance, Prosperity and Needed Change, and Wicked Good Florida Water.

Full Moon in Taurus, October 31, 2020
The Full Moon is one of, if not the best time to do magic. When the moon is in this phase, we are at our most creative and innovative, and things we are passionate about come bubbling to the surface. The October Full Moon is in Taurus and there is no stronger energy for money magic than this.

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Card of the Week: Page of Swords

How are you shifting your mindset?

With the Page of Swords showing up this week, you are bursting with new ideas and plans for the future. You are exploring a new way of thinking – a new idea, a new perspective, new knowledge, or a new technique.

You may be excited about starting a new project, pursuing a new approach or learning something new. You have so much energy that you feel as though you could do almost anything.

As you explore this fresh way of thinking, you are asking lots of questions and gathering as much information as possible. This is also very much an exploratory phase.

Don’t worry about making mistakes along the way. Be open and curious to learn from any challenges that you may face along the way.

You’re being encouraged to move forward and to get the wheels in motion, despite any challenges or setbacks that might stand in the way.

Ask the Tarot: What new forms of expression and communication are available to me?

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From The Halloween Oracle
The Underworld

Where all things pause and begin again.

Another realm, shadow filled
Travel from death’s bed
Where we stop and transform
Within the realm of the dead.

What do you need to do to transform your life?

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During this course, in addition to the on-line lessons and hands-on projects that you do at home, I will be sending you articles, and information, as well as questions about your own personal use and research.

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Llewellyn’s Spell-A-Day

A Nearing Hallow’s Household Blessing
BY RAVEN DIGITALIS

To bless your home throughout the tide of autumn, consider burning some sticks of your favorite all-natural incense. For this working, it’s best to burn quite a lot all at once; the more smoke the better—just be sure to be mindful of your fire alarms!

Light a few orange or black candles in holders to celebrate the season. As you burn your chosen sacred smoke, walk throughout your home and open every cupboard and closet. Waft the smoke in every space, and while doing so, repeat:

Cleansed and purified,
enchanted and sanctified.

Follow in suit by saying the same affirmation while sprinkling salt water with your fingertips.

If you wish, walk around your house or apartment building in a deosil (clockwise) fashion to bless the outside perimeter. Don’t forget to bless your Halloween decorations too!
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Hearth and Happiness Cleaning Spell
BY CERRIDWEN IRIS SHEA

The holidays are almost upon us, stretching from Samhain through Twelfth Night. Before you start all that holiday cooking, it’s time to clean the kitchen!

Light some jar candles and put on some music. Invoke Hestia, Rosmerta, and the Kitchen God. Use your favorite green cleaners and floor washes, or a mixture of vinegar and baking soda (don’t lean over it; it bubbles), and get to work. Sing at the top of your lungs as you scrub your heart out.

Clean the oven, wash the stove and the countertops, clean out the cupboards, toss expired food, wash the floors, change the curtains, polish the fixtures, dust the cookbooks, and polish silverware, candlesticks, and copper pots.

Maybe even set up a shelf altar for a hearth spirit, and remember to say thanks each time you prepare a meal!
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Fall Cleaning
BY TESS WHITEHURST

Spring cleaning gets a lot of press, but fall cleaning makes just as much sense. After all, in many parts of the Northern Hemisphere, we’re shutting our windows and getting ready to camp out at home for winter and the holidays, so of course we want to create a clean, cozy, organized, and energetically positive space for the months ahead.

Today, diffuse cinnamon and clove essential oils as you give your home a good, thorough cleaning. If you have time, you might also want to clear clutter and tackle some of the cleaning projects you haven’t gotten to for a while. Finish by lighting a stick of cedar incense, holding it over a dish or plate and giving the entire home a light yet powerful smudge. Move through each room and area in a clockwise direction with the smoke to bless the home with harmony, clarity, protection, energy, and health.
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Hearth and Happiness Cleaning Spell
BY CERRIDWEN IRIS SHEA

The holidays are almost upon us, stretching from Samhain through Twelfth Night. Before you start all that holiday cooking, it’s time to clean the kitchen!

Light some jar candles and put on some music. Invoke Hestia, Rosmerta, and the Kitchen God. Use your favorite green cleaners and floor washes, or a mixture of vinegar and baking soda (don’t lean over it; it bubbles), and get to work. Sing at the top of your lungs as you scrub your heart out.

Clean the oven, wash the stove and the countertops, clean out the cupboards, toss expired food, wash the floors, change the curtains, polish the fixtures, dust the cookbooks, and polish silverware, candlesticks, and copper pots.

Maybe even set up a shelf altar for a hearth spirit, and remember to say thanks each time you prepare a meal!
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Remove a Ghost Spell
BY JAMES KAMBOS

If you have a ghost in your house, follow these instructions in the following verse to rid yourself of your resident spirit.

When the sky is cloaked in
the black of deepest night,

Light a virgin candle, tall and white.

Place it by a mirror, gaze until the
image is no longer your own,

Say quietly, “Come, spirit, let
me show you the way home.”

Walk out into the night, carry
the candle in your hand,

Urge the spirit to move on
its way to Summerland.

As the clock strikes midnight
and the winds begin to roar,

Feast the spirit, place an
apple by your door.

The next morn, bury the
apple in an earthly plot,

Leave it be, let it spoil, let
it decay, let it rot.

May your mind be at ease,
you treated the spirit well,

It has traveled on to Summerland,
and so ends this spell.
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When You’re at a Crossroads
BY CHARLIE RAINBOW WOLF

Everyone has free will, and not even the angels can take it away. But sometimes it’s hard to know what outcome is best. When you’re stuck between two choices, this spell will help you make the decision. Remember, you’ve always got the right to change your mind! You’ll need two saucers, a bottle of spring water, and the tops cut off two carrots.

Fill the saucers with water, and place one carrot top in each. Set them in a light, dry place, somewhere fairly warm and where you’ll see them often. Keep them topped up with water from the bottle. Envision one carrot being one path and the second carrot being the other option. The carrot top that sprouts first and grows the strongest is the right path for you to take in this instance.
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Release Your Burdens
BY MELISSA TIPTON

When you feel like you’re carrying a heavy burden or otherwise need to let go of dense, stuck energy, go for a walk and look for a stone that’s hefty but light enough for you to safely pick it up. Ask the stone if it would be willing to remove some of your heavy energy, and if you intuitively get a green light, proceed with the spell.

Holding the rock in both hands, bring to mind your burden, and allow any thoughts and emotions to arise. When you feel ready, send the burdensome energy into the stone, and once the transfer is complete, hold the stone aloft and drop it to the ground from waist height or higher. (Watch your toes!) Feel the lightness following the stone’s release and notice any shifts in your energy. Thank the stone for its aid.

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Heartwings Love Notes 954 Seeing the Difference

Heartwings says, “When you can see the difference, you’re halfway home.”

I closed my newly operated eye and looked at the TV screen through the one with the cataract. Then I closed the that eye and reversed the process. I was amazed! The new eye saw a bright, sparkling image. The untouched eye saw a greyish greenish screen of dull colors. I had had no idea what I was missing before I had my first cataract operation. When something begins gradually, it is more difficult to notice. I had had the cataracts for some time before they were considered ready to be removed. I knew I needed more and more light to see by and had trouble distinguishing some colors, but thought nothing of it.

This is the same situation with other aspects of our lives. Habits, for instance grow in us as we become accustomed to actions or even to ways of thinking. Some habits are important to keep: reading labels on cans and boxes to see the sodium, calorie or other important content. Habits that encourage the practice of good mental and physical health like exercise and meditation are to be encouraged. Sometimes situations generate habits: I need to put drops in my new eye four times a day, once for each mealtime and once before bed. Other habits however, may need to be observed and then altered or eliminated.

It is important to become aware of habits that reflect how we perceive others as well as how we perceive ourselves. For instance, if as a result of having a parent concerned about your gaining weight you have trained yourself to see yourself as overweight regardless what you weigh, you have developed a bad habit. This might have once served a purpose but now no longer does. Unfortunately, this habitual attitude also often results in critical opinions of others who are overweight. One way to replace this bad habit with a good one is to practice compassion instead of criticism. Think of how that person may suffer bad knees or hips or both as a result of their extra poundage, and feel sad instead of thinking ill of him or her. This may also help you look at yourself differently.

My whole experience has been a wonderful lesson in observation. Clarity of sight and clarity of perception have gone hand in hand to generate some important, helpful lessons. I am grateful. No matter how many years I accumulate, I am happy to continue to learn and grow. Furthermore, gaining wisdom is the best consolation for the decreases that can come with aging. I look forward now to having my second cataract operation, scheduled for the first part of next month. It will be wonderful to see clearly with both eyes. I have been developing the habit of putting in the eyedrops, quite nicely. This will come in handy when my second eye is renewed. I will also be happy to let go of that habit a month after the operation. Once a habit has lost its value, it’s good to let it go.

May you recognize your bad habits and replace them with good ones.

Blessings and best regards, Tasha Halpert, tashahal@aol.com

P.S. If you have any stories to share about your own experiences, I do hope you will share them with me. I do so enjoy my emails from you, dear readers, and will surely answer you–sometimes after a while, but always.

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Why Is Self-Compassion Important During Retrogrades?
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Mercury Retrograde is in its second week of retrogradation, and we are sure that by now, we all felt its effects. This is certainly not a time to push forward, but it’s rather a time to take a breather, introspect, reflect, work, and improve what is already existing both inside and on the outside.

And during these introspections, and seeing the little imperfections and possible improvements, while nothing goes forward can be a really harsh time for anyone. So, the most important thing to remember during this Mercury Retrograde is to be compassionate to yourself.

Think of yourself as a close friend, or as a child that is still learning, and treat yourself with understanding, kindness, and compassion. It’s easy to fall back to your old patterns and judge yourself, or kick yourself while you are down, but how is that any way to create your own damn magic gorgeous?

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History of Halloween (Samhain)

It’s Halloween – the celebration the ancient Celts called Samhain. This marks the Celtic beginning of the New Year and winter. This celebration starts at sunset on October 31 to sunset November 1.

Samhain, means November in the Celtic culture, it is the Gateway to winter, where the veils are especially thin between these worlds of the seen and unseen. The Celts called the unseen realms the ‘Otherworld’, a place of beauty, rest, and renewal. Samhain is a time in the cycle of the year for slowing down. For connecting to your deep self and resting there in the healing power of your inner nature. It is the turning of the seasons where you can commune with the earth mother’s womb from which all that is created is birthed.

This marks the time to honor the worlds of the seen and unseen – our everyday world, and the worlds of imagination, mystery, and spirit.

It was a celebration of darkness… And I don’t mean darkness as in “evil”, but rather a darkness that represents the unknown, the void, the subconscious mind, the realm of intuition, and all we cannot logically see or comprehend.

Samhain was also a time when the veils between the realms of the living and the afterlife were said to be thin.

The ancient Celts tapped into this energy with rituals to celebrate death, to honor those in the afterlife, and to gain insight into the darker hidden realms of existence.

Their belief was that in integrating and accepting the darkness… The knowledge and power of the light is also renewed.

Connect with the Realms of Spirit
Since Halloween is a time in which the spirit world is more active, and the veil between realms is thin it’s a perfect time to consciously tune into the realms of spirit too. Honor your ancestors and loved ones in spirit. Light a candle in remembrance of them. Speak to them. They do hear and look for signs from your departed loved ones. As the veil thins, and we feel the presence of our ancestors and those we cherish who have passed over. Many seasonal decorations can help do this. The jack-o’-lantern illuminates a path so the spirit of our ancestors can find their way. Apples are used to feed the dead, so leave an apple near your door or on a plate at your table. Also we set a place at the table for them and celebrate with them the passing of another season and the closing of another year.

Or just heightening your intuition, and tune in to your natural psychic abilities so you can connect with the guidance and insight of your guides and angels.

Learn a simple process to connect with your angels Here!

Or learn to Connect with your ancestors and loved ones in Heaven Here.

You might simply gather some colorful autumn leaves to place in a bowl on your kitchen counter, to acknowledge what you would like to shed in your life and what you would like to seed deep within you for rebirth and renewal.

Straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty and paucity, life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition

Today’s Halloween Traditions
The American Halloween tradition of “trick-or-treating” probably dates back to the early All Souls’ Day parades in England. During the festivities, poor citizens would beg for food and families would give them pastries called “soul cakes” in return for their promise to pray for the family’s dead relatives. The distribution of soul cakes was encouraged by the church as a way to replace the ancient practice of leaving food and wine for roaming spirits. The practice, which was referred to as “going a-souling” was eventually taken up by children who would visit the houses in their neighborhood and be given ale, food, and money.

The tradition of dressing in costume for Halloween has both European and Celtic roots. Hundreds of years ago, winter was an uncertain and frightening time. Food supplies often ran low and, for the many people afraid of the dark, the short days of winter were full of constant worry. On Halloween, when it was believed that ghosts came back to the earthly world, people thought that they would encounter ghosts if they left their homes. To avoid being recognized by these ghosts, people would wear masks when they left their homes after dark so that the ghosts would mistake them for fellow spirits. On Halloween, to keep ghosts away from their houses, people would place bowls of food outside their homes to appease the ghosts and prevent them from attempting to enter.

Halloween evolved into a secular, community-based event characterized by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating. In a number of countries around the world, as the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, people continue to usher in the winter season with gatherings, costumes and sweet treats. Leave treats on your doorstep to protect yourself from the wandering Spirits and dress in costume to hide from those in Spirit who may try to approach you.

Add a spiritual twist to your Halloween celebrations. Bring in the angels, fairies, gypsies, into your celebrations instead of the darker scary and horror beings. By bringing in more of the light you will see a difference in your life.

With Halloween being a celebration of the ending of a cycle and the death of what has been it is a powerful time to honor and release what has died and moved on from your reality.

Halloween and Spiritual Protection
Because Halloween is a time in which the veils are thin, and many celebrate the holiday without awareness it’s a good idea to consciously keep your energy clear and protected, which is simple to do with using the protection of God’s White Light.

This is especially important if you go to a Halloween party where people are drinking alcohol, or you go see a scary movie or attend a haunted house or somewhere that fear/negative energies are being generated and called in, or where people are or focusing on the lower horror/spookier spiritual realms.

Halloween is not a holiday to be feared! Keep yourself spiritually protected and avoid negative/dark energies. In doing so you will find this an extremely enlightening time of year.

It’s just wise to give a little extra effort towards releasing what no longer serves. Honoring your intuition, and honoring the incredible life beyond what we can see, and understand from our perspective as being in the physical can bring about a sense of peace and renewal to your life.

Release and Let Go!

The time on and around Halloween is a perfect opportunity to release and let go! Consciously make an effort to let go of lower emotions, and energies tied to past situations, thoughts, and patterns.

Take some time to cleanse your energy with a salt bath, a cleansing meditation, or just by consciously cleansing your energy with light and divine love.

Letting go also includes taking the time to honor and release all that you have achieved in the past year.

When you shed and let go of all that has been, and let what has been completed die and fall away. You tap into the power of the cycles of life, and the opportunity to make way for new creative possibilities and opportunities to appear.

Halloween gives us an opportunity to welcome the unknown, reflect, release, and bring a little extra magic and intuition into everyday life. We’re just headed into the next cycle of life and trust that it will be a wonderful rebirth spiritually.

So call it Halloween or Samhain take time to celebrate and enjoy this special time of year.

No Tricks – Just Treats. Get answers to the questions that are haunting you with my Spiritual Readings.

Many blessings,
Cherokee Billie

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Grace Sherwood
The Witch of Pungo
https://www.encyclopediavirginia.org/Sherwood_Grace_ca_1660-1740

Grace Sherwood was the defendant in colonial Virginia’s most notorious witch trial, which took place in Princess Anne County in 1706. Sherwood was rumored to be a witch as early as 1698, when she and her husband sued their neighbors for defamation and slander.

They lost their cases, and in 1705 another neighbor pressed criminal charges of witchcraft against Grace Sherwood. She was subjected to a water test in which the accused is bound, thrown into a body of water (in this case, the Lynnhaven River), and found guilty if he or she floats.

Grace floated, but instead of sentencing her to death, the justices jailed her and ordered a re-trial. Whether a second trial occurred is not known.

By 1714, Grace had been released from prison and returned to her home in Pungo, where she died in 1740.

Grace Sherwood is my second cousin 9 times removed, on my mother’s side.

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Reiki Salt House Cleanse
Article by Justine Melton

Whenever the seasons change I like to do a major Reiki cleanse with all areas of my life. It helps to release the old and welcome in the new. I have to admit I haven’t always been the biggest fan of salt cleansing. I thought there were better ways or that Reiki could just do it all on its own. I recommend to everyone to always just use what speaks out to them.

Salt is something that I have always listed as a good thing to use with Reiki as I know it works for many people. It is included in my Reiki classes as a positive thing to use but it wasn’t something that spoke out to me much. I decided it was time to investigate the use of salt a little more and do my own experiment. I wanted to see if I noticed a bigger difference when cleansing my home with a Reiki Salt combo. What better time than the start of a new season with new energy and possibilities?

Below you will find the method that I used along with a list of my results. I did this over a month and changed the salt weekly.

Reiki Salt House Cleanse:

  1. Prepare for the house cleanse: Purchase enough salt to cleanse your entire house. I used whatever was on sale at the store. I know some people will only buy pure sea salt when cleansing. I believe that any salt will work. Do what speaks to you. You will need enough to put a small amount in each corner of your house as well as sprinkling though out. Also, be sure to get enough small glasses out to use in each of the main corners of your house. I do not recommend using plastic. If you do not have enough glasses then pouring some directly on the floor is ok.
  2. Stand in the middle of your house and picture a white light encircling your house. Say to yourself or out loud, “I surround this house in the white light of God’s love and divine protection.” Substitute whatever your own views are with this statement. Saying what you believe has the most power. For example, you could use the word higher power or source instead of the word God. Then, make a power or master symbol in front of you in the middle of your house while asking Reiki for the greatest good to occur in this cleansing.
  3. Pour salt (I usually use a few tablespoons for each corner) into the glasses you are going to use. Make a power symbol or master symbol over each glass and say, “Only peace, love, and understanding is allowed in this house. No negativity or negative people may cross into this space.” Place each glass you have prepared into the farthest corners of your house. For me, I have 4 main corners that I put them in down stairs, 4 main corners upstairs, and I used two at the furthest edges of my garage. I also put one glass under my bed.
  4. Next, pour a solid line of salt across the main entrances to your home. I did this at my front door, back door, and garage door. I also did it at the main sliding doors and windows that I like to have open. After you have poured your line of salt make a power or master symbol over it and say the same thing as before, “Only, peace, love, and understanding is allowed in this house. No negativity or negative people may cross into this space.”
  5. Finally, walk around your house and sprinkle salt anywhere that you feel you might need a little extra positivity and make a power or master symbol over it. I sprinkled salt in my closets, in my showers, and in a particular area of my backyard.
  6. Give thanks and change the salt once a week for 4 weeks. Dispose of the salt in your trash can. If you poured your salt directly onto the floor then simply vacuum it up and then toss in the trash can. After that use this method whenever you feel called to do so.

Reiki Salt House Cleanse

I was surprised at what a difference this cleansing method made in my own home. I had planned on sharing with you how Reiki alone was better than a Reiki Salt Combo but to do what worked for you. I noticed such amazing results that this is now going to be something that I routinely do a few times a year in my home in between my normal Reiki home cleanse.

Results after my experiment:
Major positive and light feeling throughout my entire home.

I had different people consistently asking me if I had done something different to my house.

I noticed small little spaces that I suddenly felt the urge to clean that I hadn’t noticed before. I keep my house very clean and free of negativity in the first place so this alone really surprised me.

My children commented on how good the house felt and asked me if I had some new cleaning product. They commented that the house felt open and that they could sleep better.

Felt the urge to suddenly throw some items away that had never bothered me before.

People in my home were able to communicate better and express themselves in a more positive way. My husband is a very passionate person and I have to say I noticed a HUGE difference here.

Things that were bothering people were brought up out of nowhere and cleansed.

Negative people suddenly didn’t want to call or come over. Or if they did come over they had to quickly exit.

I started having the more positive people in my life contact me more and ask to come over.

I noticed that I had a much lower tolerance for deception and mistruths. These people were naturally repelled from my home.

More animals (especially birds) started hanging out in my yard. All of my plants appeared to be happier and started blooming at the same time.

My whole family had more energy.

I encourage you to give this Reiki Salt House Cleanse a try and see what unexpected results it may bring to your home.

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Being Happy For Others
~DailyOm

Celebrating the happiness of others requires a generosity of spirit that we often find only in the process.

We all want to be the kind of people who are happy for others when they experience success or a cause for celebration in their lives, but it isn’t always easy. Sometimes powerful, dark feelings come up at times when decorum dictates we should be feeling the opposite. Instead of reaching out and celebrating our loved one, we may feel the rising up of our own pain. This pain may arise because we feel jealous of our friend for having something we don’t.

It may arise because our friend’s success will lead to us losing them in some way. And it may arise for reasons we don’t yet understand. The important thing is not to brush it under the rug, but to take it seriously and look at it; suppressing it will only make it worse. At the same time, we need to be sure to find a way to congratulate our friends and celebrate their successes as if they were our own.

The struggle with being happy for others presents itself early in life. If a child wants a toy and another child has it, the child will try to get it or will break down in tears. Those primal feelings are still present in most of us, and we have to acknowledge them when they arise. At the same time, it is when we care enough for someone to let go of what we want for ourselves that we grow as people. It can be a difficult dance to find ourselves suspended between wanting the toy and throwing a party for our friend who got the toy. Yet, it is in throwing the party that we share in the joy–and, to some extent, the toy–rather than cutting ourselves out of it.

Extending ourselves to celebrate the happiness of others requires a generosity of spirit that we sometimes find only in the process of doing it. So when your best friend moves to Spain with the person you had a crush on, tend to your broken heart but throw them a going away party too.

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Feeling Overwhelmed
DailyOm

Always know, the Universe works in perfect order and you are never given more than you can handle.

Sometimes we may feel like there is just too much we need to do. Feeling overwhelmed may make it seem like the universe is picking on us, but the opposite is true: we are only given what we can handle. Difficult situations are opportunities to be our best selves, hone our skills and rise to the occasion.

The best place to start is to take a deep breath. As you do, remind yourself that the universe works in perfect order and therefore you can get everything done that needs to get done. As you exhale, release all the details that you have no control over. The universe with it’s infinite organizing power will orchestrate the right outcome. Anytime stress begins to creep up, remember to breathe through it with these thoughts.

Then, make a list of everything you need to do. Note what needs to be done first, and mark the things others may be able to do for you or with you. Though we often think no one else can do it correctly or well, there are times when it is worth it to exhale, let go of our control, and ask for help from professionals or friends. With the remaining things that feel you must do yourself, take another breath and determine their true importance. Sometimes they are things we’d like to do, but aren’t really necessary. After taking these quick steps, you will find you have a plan laid out, freeing you from frenzied thoughts circling in your head. With calming deep breaths, you are now free to focus more fully on our priorities. Herbal teas or flower remedies along with wise choices about caffeine and food can help keep us from becoming frantic too. But with nothing further from us than our breath, we can breathe in our best intentions and let the rest go with an exhale. Keeping ourselves centered and breathing into and through life’s challenges helps us learn what we are truly capable of doing, and we will find we have the ability to rise to any occasion. Remember you aren’t being picked on, and you are never alone.

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GrannyMoon’s Three Sisters Soup 2020

Three Sisters Soup is a Native American tradition. Corn, beans, and squash are planted together on the same mound. The three thrive together because corn provides a natural pole for the beans to climb, the beans put nitrogen in the soil, and the squash leaves shade the ground to prevent the growth of weeds.

These important crops: corn, beans, and squash, planted together, are called the Three Sisters. In many Native American communities, these three crops hold spiritual significance, as they are seen as gifts from the Great Spirit to sustain life on earth.

Granny’s Note:
I make this every year for our Fall gatherings. The ingredients change with what I have available. Changing around the types of corn, beans, and squash. This year I am using chili beans and black beans and pumpkin for the squash. You may use regular corn or hominy. Using different spices to taste.

Three Sisters Soup

5 Cans of Chili Beans
1 Bag of Frozen Corn
1 15 oz Can of Pumpkin
1 Can of Black Beans
Jalapenos
Cumin
Cayenne
Pepper
Garlic Salt
Onion Powder
Pumpkin Pie Spices

Using a slow cooker, add beans, corn, and enough water or vegetable stock to cover and bring to a simmer. To prevent it from getting too soft, hold back the pumpkin if using pre-cooked.

Add mixture to slow cooker and cook on high for 2-4 hours. Adjust cooking times as necessary so that mixture is bubbly and vegetables are fully cooked.

Approximately 30 minutes before serving, add chopped Jalapenos.

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A Bit Magical and All That

My dearest, are you the magical cat, the tigress that casts her spells over me with a growling purr that caresses my heart whilst purring over my body. I can see you dreaming in your cosy spot, yet my eyes aren’t open, my mind barely awake yet I am not asleep. I can feel you.

Surely, my love, surely, with a desire as strong as this, in our minds, un our bodies, in our souls Fate has not been unkind this world. Desire to make each other happy. Desire to make each other complete. Desire, the sweet desire, to love. Fate has not been unkind in her cruel torment. For the torment between us is exquisite pleasure.

Our love is not only the flames of passion when I seek to take all that is hidden in you whilst giving you my everything, when kisses recreate the burning shrine of the clouds on the mountain tops resembling the kingdoms of the gods. It is the spiritual passion that flows like a gentle river and is as tumultuous as a cascading waterfall cresting a cliff edge.

Oh my darling Tigress your Raven bird longs for you to join him in his flight, but to fly his wings need you in their mantle. You know how it works, a Raven’s magic and the spells of the Tigress combine to create the power of love. And on that, my lover, I say goodnight!

©JGFarmer2020

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Gilberto’s Recovery
by Stephen Halpert

Rosa glanced at her watch. “Look at the time!” She nodded at her husband. “Time to go, Ramon.”

He smiled and got up from his armchair. “It’s been quite a day–and evening, too. Sleep well, Bro.” He slapped his best friend on the back and gave Maria a gentle hug. After an exchange of good nights, he and Rosa left for home.
Maria made some coffee for them both and joined a frowning Gilberto on the sofa. She knew why he wasn’t happy: he wasn’t getting his way.
She put their cups down on the coffee table in front of them. “I’m sorry you’re upset with me. But Gilberto, I must insist on being honest even if what I have to say is hard for you to hear.” She kissed his cheek and put her arms around his shoulders. “I call it speaking my truth.”
He sighed and tried to smile. “It isn’t always easy with you. I can’t argue with you. I met Edwardo and Alicia. I could tell what you were up against with them telling you what to do. All your opposition with them made you strong.”
She sighed and gently stroked his shoulders. “I’m glad you understand.”
He sighed again. “I can’t fight you Maria, especially now with the baby. But I’ll say so when I think what you’re doing is crazy. And if I start shouting then that’s too bad.”
She smiled and nodded. “And you do and will continue to, very loud sometimes. I don’t mind too much, your shouting but it’s scary for me to see you get red in the face. That’s when I fear you could have a stroke.”
He shrugged and scowled. “You don’t have to worry about that.”
She continued stroking him. “But I do. It goes with loving you, wanting to care for you. I’m your best friend Gilberto. I look out for you; and I know you look out for me whether I want you to or not.”
He looked at her and blinked. “Is that such a bad thing, looking out for you? Isn’t that’s what men are supposed to do?”
“I have no idea.” Her voice was soft. “But sometimes when it’s overbearing and condescending, then it’s no fun. “
His eyes teared up. “But we’re still a good team?”
Instead of saying anything, she moved even closer beside him and started to kiss him gently. That caught him by surprise. He responded, kissing her back. Then he started laughing.
Maria began to laugh too. They hugged and kissed and for a special moment drifted far from the sofa overlooking the Charles.
“Nice,” she whispered. “So nice the way we fit so good.”
He made a sighing sound and kissed her again. “I just want you beside me.”
“I always will be.”
He shook his head and wrinkled his brow. “I’m ok now, but what happens if my brain skips out from the rest of me. That makes me feel frightened.”
She shook her head. “Makes me feel frightened too, so stop thinking that way. There’s no need.” She pulled back and looked at him, smiling. “I’m serious. You could even start using your intuition. Get into meditation. You could find a brain injury group on line. There are endless possibilities.”
He nodded and looked thoughtful. “I like the idea of meditation. I’ve been thinking about that.” He took a sip of the coffee, smiled and sat back on the sofa.
The home phone rang. “Let it go,” Gilberto said.
Maria sighed. “No at this hour it might be important.” She stood slowly and picked up the receiver.
“It’s Ramon,” she told Gilberto. “What?” She put the phone on speaker and brought up the volume so he could hear. “What do you mean Lola’s been kidnapped? Where, when?”
Gilberto sat up, wide eyed.
“As soon as she got off the plane,” Ramon said. That’s what someone from the American Embassy told us. It happened right there at the airport in Caracas. They grabbed her and drove off in a truck.”
Maria sighed. “She has no idea who this man is.”
Ramon chuckled. “Almost wouldn’t matter. You don’t know her like we do. Here’s Rosa.”
“Maria, I’m so upset. What will happen?” Rosa’s voice trembled. “I’m afraid someday she’ll be left for dead.”
“Leave her to God,” Maria said. “That’s what He does best, looking after people like Lola.”
Rosa sighed. “She’s my little sister. It’s been like this with her ever since she was nine and started being independent.”
“Why at nine,” Maria said.
“Our grandmother died that year. In some odd way her passing empowered Lola.”
“I’m sure she’ll be fine.” Maria reiterated. “Did the feds call you?”
“Yes, the federal agent who interviewed us. He called it a high priority matter.”
Gilberto frowned. “So, what are we supposed to do?”
“Can’t do anything,” Ramon interjected. “They told us to let them know if we’re contacted.”
Maria nodded. “I think she’s reunited with him and they’re on the beach just like Gilberto saw in his vision.”
“Maybe,” Rosa said. “I know Gilberto’s got the gift to see. What a fool my sister is. I’ll tell you Maria, worrying about her is turning my hair gray.
“Probably she wasn’t kidnapped,” Maria said. “I’ll bet Karibe’s people grabbed her at the airport and brought her to him.”
“That sounds very Late Night Movies to me,” Rosa said. “Life isn’t that way, is it?”
“How am I supposed to know?” Ramon said.
But we felt we should tell you,” Rosa added. “We’ll all be watched by the government. They could even be listening to this conversation.”

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Georgia Nicols’ Weekly Horoscope: Sunday, October 25, 2020
All Signs

Halloween can be full of surprises, “Trick-or-treat!” However, this year Halloween will “really” be full of surprises because on that day, the Sun will be opposite Uranus, the planet of wild and crazy unpredictability; plus, the Moon will line up with Uranus as well. A double whammy! Please note: This is an accident-prone day. Parents must be aware of this, especially with young children out after dark. Everything is unpredictable this day, which means you must be mindful and pay attention to everything you say and do. One other unusual aspect about this year is that even if you don’t care about Halloween, you’ll be wearing a mask!

Aries (March 21-April 19)
This has been such a challenging year for you! Frankly hellish. All the heavy-duty stuff with Saturn and Pluto taking place in Capricorn was completely at 90 degrees odds with your sign. Furthermore, from Sept. to Nov. when Mars is retrograde in your sign, you will question everything and feel at loose ends. In just three weeks, Mars will no longer be retrograde and your life will improve – definitely. It will improve even again in Dec. and then again in Jan.! (That’s how bad it’s been.) In the meantime, your closest relationships are pleasantly activated because both Mercury and Venus just moved opposite your sign this week. Expect smooth exchanges plus lots of fun conversation. Yada, yada, yada.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)
Something unexpected to do with partners and close friends will occur this week, more likely towards the end of the week. Count on this. Someone might suggest something you least expect? Perhaps more freedom in the relationship? Possibly, you are the person who wants more independence? Mars retrograde is taking place in a hidden part of your chart, which can stir up feelings from your childhood, which will probably make you feel insecure. Fortunately, relations with coworkers are excellent, even though Mercury retrograde is triggering delays, goofy mistakes and mixed-up communications related to your job or actually, anything that you do. Be alert around Halloween.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)
You are keen to get better organized this week, which is why you are working hard. You will also welcome opportunities to socialize and enjoy sports events and fun times with kids. Some of you might hear from an old flame? Meanwhile, as we near Halloween, something unexpected could impact your health, your job or something to do with a pet. Whatever happens will be surprising and will demand your attention. Caution against snap judgments at that time, especially if you feel rattled. (Which you probably will.) Something might make you question your involvement with a group or a particular friend. Maybe this needs rethinking?

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
This is a fun-loving, playful week for you. Enjoy social outings (if you can swing this) as well as fun activities with kids. The arts and the entertainment world will be entertaining choices along with sports activities. This week, many of you will tackle home repairs or redecorating projects. Romance might be uppermost in your mind (for many of you). If so, be aware that romance is very unpredictable, especially during the Halloween weekend. Anything can happen. Couples might split up; new love might happen. Meanwhile, parents should note that this is an accident-prone time for their kids, especially next weekend when Halloween occurs. Therefore, be vigilant and conscientious to avoid regrets. Be extra vigilant.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
You’re keen to communicate to others this week and for the next few weeks. In fact, you will feel a need to share your ideas because you have something to say. You will also enjoy learning something new when talking to others. Home and family will continue to be your primary focus but do be aware that this week, especially Halloween weekend, will be upsetting on the home scene. Something unexpected could impact a parent or a family member or something to do with your home. Give this some thought and try to deflect whatever it might be. (You might have a hunch about what could happen. If so – listen to that little voice on your shoulder.) Life is easier when things flow smoothly at home. (No animal was harmed in the writing of this column.)

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Please be careful and be aware of everything you say and do right now because this is an accident-prone week, especially at the end of the week near Halloween. Factoid. This means you will have to pay attention to everything you say and do. Be mindful and aware. Fortunately, you will be on top of money issues because you have moneymaking ideas. Many of you will want to shop for beautiful things, for yourself and loved ones. Disputes about shared property, taxes and debt might arise. Issues might make you rebellious and even short tempered this week (oops), which means you will have to cultivate patience. Patience is waiting – without being irritated. So what?

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
This week is full of many unpredictable events for different people and these surprises and unexpected situations are going to be different for each sign. For Libra, surprises related to money might occur. Something unexpected might impact your earnings or the wealth and assets of your partner might change? In fact, near Halloween weekend, it will be wise to guard your property and items that you own because something unexpected could affect them – including theft and damage. Stay in touch with bank accounts and information related to taxes and debt to avoid unwanted surprises. This is a talkative week for you, and a very charming one because Venus and Mercury have both entered your sign. Everyone will love to be in your company.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
This is a tricky week. The Sun is in your sign but by the end of the week, during Halloween weekend, it will be directly opposite wild, wacky Uranus. This means all kinds of unexpected situations might occur with close friends, partners and members of the general public. People might rebel against your suggestions. They might suddenly accuse you of something. They might want more freedom in the relationship? It could be anything. (“Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!”) Frustrations at work will greatly diminish next month so be patient until that happens. Until then, something going on behind the scenes will actually please you! For some, it’s a secret love affair.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
This week both Mercury and fair Venus move into your House of Friendships, which will promote good times with others, especially creative, artistic types as well as younger people. This means you will enjoy schmoozing with others as well as being enthused about your involvement with clubs and associations. However, surprises related to pets, your health and your job might occur this week, especially toward the end of the week around Halloween. Something will definitely catch you off guard then, so stay flexible. Try not to have a tight schedule. Give yourself time for wiggle room to deal with the unexpected. Vacation plans or something related to sports might be temporarily stalled but fear not, in Nov., all this will change for the better. In the meantime, no matter what happens this week – don’t quit your day job.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Parents must be extra vigilant this week, especially on the Halloween weekend because this is an accident-prone time for your kids. In fact, on the day of Halloween, it is extremely accident-prone. Therefore, be vigilant and remove all possible hazards that might create problems. Social plans might suddenly change or be cancelled. Sports accidents are also likely. It’s a crapshoot! Fortunately, relations with parents, bosses and VIPs are excellent. In fact, a cozy relationship with a boss could result in a flirtation or a new romance. (Be still my beating heart.) By Nov., situations at home that have been haphazard will start to flow more smoothly. At last!

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
This week something unexpected will impact home and family. Small appliances might break down or minor breakages could occur. Perhaps something unexpected could occur within your family dynamic? You certainly face an accident-prone Halloween weekend. Because this is an accident-prone time, so slow down and take it easy and pay attention to everything you say and do. Be mindful and encourage family members to be likewise. The weekend of Halloween will be the most dangerous time for you. Meanwhile, travel for pleasure and chances to learn something new will delight you. Some of you might strike up a new romance with someone who is “different”. (Interesting.)

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
Do be careful because this is an accident-prone week for your sign, most especially at the end of the week during the weekend of Halloween. Any kind of accident might occur, driving, cycling, walking, jogging as well as verbal accidents where you might blurt something out that you later regret. (“Did I just say that?”) On the upside, this unpredictable influence can affect your mind and push it “outside of the box,” which will encourage genius-like ideas and original thinking. Admittedly, some of these genius-like ideas could be bizarre and unrealistic. Meanwhile, both Mercury and Venus are now in one of your Money Houses, which will encourage you to stay on top of issues with shared wealth, inheritances, taxes and debt. You can also expect gifts and goodies to come your way! (We like!)

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Weekly Horoscopes Beginning Sunday, 25 October 2020

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

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

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Few things are more irritating for an Aries than facing situations where those in charge think slowly or are indecisive. Yet, thats the case and, in fact, youve no control over the situation or those making decisions. Tempting as it is to plot ways to speed up the pace, youd actually be better off tackling certain rather dull matters youve been putting off. You won`t regret it.

You get the feeling a new partner isnt over a past relationship and youre worried they might go back with their ex. Without being too critical, gently insist that it is time they made a choice. You cant sit back and wait forever for them to decide. A task youve been dreading is on your mind. You know you have to do this and the moment you take the initiative, all will fall nicely into place. Sometimes the thought is worse than the actual deed.

A week that concludes with the Full Moon aligning with Uranus, the planet of surprises, is sure to be eventful. With the accent now across one of the financial zones of your solar chart there is high probability of money matters dominating and yes, potentially being destabilising. It perhaps doesn`t help that both Mercury, and your ruling planet Mars, are retrograde. However, lifeboats may not be so far away. Both Mercury and Venus move into Libra midweek. The former returns to that sign, whilst the latter is entering it. Think of this as brackets between which there is a flurry of ideas and suggestions as to rescue plans. You may not be able to implement these until Mercury stations at the beginning of next week but, for now, discussing options is imperative and could be exciting.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

While youd have good reason to try to sway the direction of crucial plans or, equally, to shift the worrying decisions of others, youre urged to wait and watch. Between now and the pivotal Taurus Full Moon, on 31 October, unexpected options will arise. These, in turn, could lead to changes more far-reaching than, today, you`d have considered possible. Knowing that, be patient. Take things in stages.

Championing the underdog will make you feel as if youre helping to make a difference. Whether youre raising money for a worthy cause or volunteering through your local council is immaterial. What`s important is that you are helping to bring light into dark corners of society. Stand up for yourself if someone who should know better tries to intimidate you. There are others who have noticed this too and those who have the guts to support you are the ones you can rely on in the future.

This week concludes with a Full Moon aligning with your Uranus (moving through your sign); and yes, it`s possible that you will be the one who destabilises others. That though may not be such a bad thing: Mercury is presently retrograde and returns to Libra just as, Venus enters that same sign. These accents working affairs. It may be that you come up with a way of working that has the potential to resolve many issues – even if initially its disruptive and yes, potentially shocking. It could be argued that this would be the perfect time to discuss a merger. Though contractual obligations might not begin for another week (after Mercury turns direct), discussions will likely include analysis as to who is contributing what resources and assets. In short, this could be a super exciting week that results in you altering direction and paving the way for exciting career opportunities in 2021.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Usually youre not only the first to spot the potential in changes, youll guide those whore struggling with the inevitable twists and turns. Now, however, with your ruler Mercury still retrograde, and also moving into a new sign, youll have plenty to think about. The secret? Get others involved in the resulting discussions. The exchange of ideas will be as complex as, ultimately, it is worthwhile.

Don`t think you know what your partner is thinking because you could read an ex in such a way. They are both very different and this could cause a lot of damage to your relationship. You and your other half may not completely understand each other about some upcoming arrangements. This is an issue you will work out for yourselves providing other people can refrain from interfering. Sensual delights like soaking in a scented bath will help you relax.

It would be wholly understandable if you felt that your world was turned upside down. Its not simply that your ruling planet, Mercury, is retrograde and returning to another of the Air signs but that this coincides with Venus arrival in that same sign, Libra, whilst both the Moon and Mars are moving through fiery Aries. The fact that all this takes place within a few days of the Full Moon (31st) that aligns with Uranus, suggests at best a chaotic week. You may recall that we are presently moving through the Gemini-Sagittarius eclipse season. For many born under these signs, issues of moving and altered career direction will dominate. Development this week could be destabilising and leave you unsure as to your long-term position. You could be temporarily knocked off your axis. What will likely help is that younger people seem willing to offer support as you negotiate this complex period. Know too, that these cosmic squalls will soon be in the past, and that once Jupiter moves into another of the Air signs in December, that you could be looking at a much brighter future.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Although you benefit from an instinctive understanding of the intense feelings triggered in the run-up to the Full Moon, on Saturday 31 October, even you could be overwhelmed. If so, back off and, instead of analysing the situations and your options, wait and watch. Within days changes in circumstances will substantially alter the actual situation in question. Even then, you`re urged to take things slowly.

Youre starting to wonder about the changes in a new friend or partners behaviour. It might seem as if their conduct when you are together is a world apart from the person they are in public. Its hard to understand why they should behave so differently and if it is making you feel inferior, its important to tell them. Don`t feel guilty about making relaxation a priority as the week ends. Look after your health.

Dont panic, but this week concludes with a Full Moon that aligns with Uranus, the planet of disruption, chaos, surprise and ambush. It is suggested that those of your sign are particularly sensitive to the lunar cycle and yes, even you might agree you not always rational around Full Moon. Prior to that event (31st) there is significant planetary activity at the base of your solar chart. This time, instead of being panicked you could perhaps have the lifeboats ready and emergency measures in place midweek to avoid possible catastrophe. News about friends and their jobs and career paths could be deeply unsettling. Simultaneously though, your own career promises to move off at tangent and in a way that could never have been imagined just one year ago. Talks taking place from Wednesday will likely gather quick momentum but yes, the emotional impact may be considerable. Hold the thought that Mercury turns direct next week and that though agreement cant be reached immediately, that what`s presented this week should provide the foundations for developments that gather momentum after Mercury stations on November 3rd.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

For weeks youve been uncertain how to handle a range of crucial but confusing matters. However, now that your ruler the Sun is accenting these, both the actual situations and your own priorities will be clearer. Still, take it slowly. Theres lots more yet to come to light before youre ready to turn the ideas youre discussing into plans that will outlast the current dramas.

You have plenty to say but others want to share their thoughts too. Are you giving yourself a chance to take in what people are telling you? Ask yourself whether you are really listening. Your family and friends need to feel you are hearing their words if life is to be harmonious. A decision you have to make will hold a degree of risk. You can`t keep thinking about it. The only way to get through this is to take a chance.

This week concludes with a Full Moon across the back of your solar chart involving Uranus, the planet of chaos and unexpected surprises. So, the week should be full of energy and highly eventful. Midweek retrograde Mercury returns to Libra as Venus arrives in that sign. The presence of these two so-called inner planets in the friendship area of that same chart suggests increased networking though true, with Mercury retrograde there will be some handicap involved. A recent university study stated that after three months, if friends do not need meet those friendships fade away and die. You might wish to prove that analysis incorrect. Indeed, it`s through reaching out that you could make progress on the career front too. The ball though is most likely in your court. A whirlwind of activity in both your home and working environment – and yes, the too may be linked, – could involve attention to where electrical equipment is placed. You could consult with a feng shui expert before making decisions.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Ordinarily, your remarkable ability to analyse tricky situations, and to explore and evaluate various options, enables you to handle matters others struggle with. At the moment, however, even you could feel overwhelmed. This is partly because certain elements are so unfamiliar. Actually, with so much in transition, youd regret trying to turn existing plans into lasting arrangements. Instead, keep things loose. You wont regret it.

You will be offered the chance to work from home. Whenever youve worked from home in the past youve worked harder and longer because you didn`t want your boss to think you were shirking. This time you will be strict with yourself about keeping a balance between family life and business. Being asked to take a leading role in a community enterprise or fund-raising project will give your confidence a boost. Trust your intuition when it comes to business and money.

This could prove one exhausting week as retrograde Mercury returns to Libra, just as Venus arrives in that sign. Think about that for a moment: it`s as though the cosmos puts a sentence between two brackets. The fact that this occurs in an area of your solar chart associated with earning suggests you might be thinking of developing a new revenue stream or even changing job. On 31st there is a Full Moon involving Uranus. Uranus is the planet of the unexpected and for you, it may be that you experience a lightbulb moment knowing exactly what expertise you now need. The race enrols on of course or to brush up your CV so that you can make the most of opportunities presenting next week after Mercury turns direct, might also lead to intense discussion with an Aries who is 100% sure that they can run your life better than you are doing. Irritating as their approach may be, it is just possible that they will identify a career route that would suit you well.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

The Libra New Moon, on 16 October, may have been a turning point in terms of your feelings about certain individuals and, equally, existing plans; but taking action on those insights has been surprisingly challenging, mostly because the circumstances of others are in flux, too. Obviously, arranging anything lasting is impossible. Recognise that, actually, there`s no rush, and everything will fall into place, amazingly, if slowly.

You worry about a younger friend or relative. They aren`t showing a very respectful attitude but you sense there is something underneath their wayward behaviour. You will do all you can to work out how you can help. Find a way to persuade people to be more reliable and responsible while retaining their self-esteem. Subjects brought up in a group situation will touch contentious areas. Think carefully before offering your opinions. Evidence is needed before you present thoughts as facts.

With Mercury returning to your sign just as Venus arrives there midweek, and bearing in mind that simultaneously the Moon in your opposite sign aligns with Mars, you could be at the centre of chaotic activity when you could put latent diplomatic skills to the test. (Its a curious thing that Libra is supposed to be able to restore harmony but very often are central to war talk and disruption!) With Uranus, the planet of upsets, aligning with the Full Moon next weekend, and prior to that making difficult aspect with Venus, it does appear that Libras could truly upset the apple cart. You will need to watchwords carefully and perhaps reflect back on decisions taken as the Sun entered your sign back in September. It isnt necessarily the case that you made a bad move then, but that perhaps adjustments need to be made before a project plan is concluded satisfactorily. It would be wise to keep notes of all conversations and in particular, seek support (most likely from Taurus) who keep you grounded through what promises to be an exceptionally busy time.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Not only do you have a talent for being patient, it gives you the edge in matters involving those who struggle with such delays; but now, even you are feeling increasingly frustrated by the uncertainty youre facing, and in a range of matters. Actually, thats to be expected. For now, reflect. The resulting insights will come together magically at the Scorpio New Moon on 15 November.

Take a chance and open up to a new friend or partner. This is the only way you can get to know each other. Either you will see patterns of the past repeating themselves as you discover you aren`t as compatible as you hoped or there will be similarities between you that you can build on and enjoy. Achieving a personal objective is something you are determined about now. You will take this task seriously since you do nothing by half measures.

Next weekends Full Moon (31st) coincides with Halloween. That in itself promises excitement; but add to that the presence of Uranus in your opposite sign aligning with the Moon and this should be an exciting but yes, arguably very political weekend. Midweek Mercury leaves your sign to return to Libra for a few days just as Venus arrives in Libra whilst the Moon and retrograde Mars moving through Aries activate the work and health area of your solar chart.. A neat image would be the need to go back to either pick up an item or get advice from someone whose overview of a situation is better than your own presently - even if they dont have your instincts for assessing possible manipulation. One way or another it could fall to you to ensure that others are given clear facts and guidance and not bamboozled into actions that they later regret.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Being a fire sign, youve a remarkable talent for dealing with the least expected of changes and even seriously unsettling events. Yet the sudden developments reshaping your life, others circumstances and the world around you are so overwhelming, youve no idea where to start. Actually, thats the answer. For now, do nothing. Out of character as this may be, by early November you`ll be glad you waited.

As soon as you find yourself comparing your partner with someone from the past, stop. Everyone is different. It would be a shame for your other half to feel as if they are competing with someone they havent even met. A neighbour or workmate is making a song and dance over an incident that doesnt bother you in the slightest. Expect stress related aches and pains if you spend too long with people or in places where you can`t be yourself.

A week that concludes with a Full Moon aligning with Uranus, the planet of the unexpected, is sure to be eventful. The fact that both Mercury and Venus entered Libra (the former retrograde and the other direct), suggests that the waters will be anything but calm. Socially for Sagittarius this should be a busy time. It could be argued that this would be the optimum time to network. Prior to that, you might think of brushing up your CV. The fact that this Full Moon accents the working area of your solar chart, suggests the stakes will be high. For some, this could coincide with a crisis over which you have little control. Whilst yours is one of the Mutable signs of the zodiac (and there is an assumption that you can adapt easily to new conditions), it should be remembered that Sagittarius likes to have clear destination. With others in a flap, and confusion as to the optimum routes to see successful completion of a project, it could feel as though your world is turned upside down.. It`s likely crucial that you link up with others in similar position, and focus on having your collective voice heard.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Usually, youve a stunning ability to cleverly sidestep uncertain situations and to organise flexible arrangements is an asset; but now the foundation on which plans are based is shifting, which is as unsettling as it is worrying. Yet, bizarrely, youre intrigued by the sense of the unexpected, if not breakthroughs, that comes with this. You should be. Changes will be as dramatic as they are welcome.

Life has its ups and downs and it might seem that just when the going is good, something happens to knock you down again. You can and will get through this. Someone whose friendship youve always valued seems insensitive to your feelings. This change in their behaviour is unsettling. Youve been through a lot recently and you would expect a close friend or partner to understand. It may be that you havent actually been considering their feelings. Its time to have a heart to heart.

Midweek, Mercury returns to Libra as Venus enters that sign. Remember that Mercury is retrograde. This area of your solar chart covers your long-term aims and objectives. You could view this as brackets being put into your career area. There is high probability that there is much going on behind-the-scenes and that you cant know exactly what for a few days yet. Yet your opinion could be sought! - even though you dont have all the facts. The Halloween Full Moon aligns with Uranus – planet of the unexpected. Disruptive change is more than likely. A strong possibility is that someone who is actually not up to the job will be displaced, or choose suddenly to back out of a project. Whatever, it would be as well to be prepared for emergency action. Your expertise will doubtless be invaluable, but your workload potentially huge. It may be that from early next week building a new team takes priority.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Your flexibility is widely envied. However, this period of abrupt and dramatic change is forcing you to realise just how much of a creature of habit you are; and to do something about it. Making the best of the current shake-ups involves embracing new ways of living, working, loving or, possibly, thinking. Dramatic as this sounds, these changes have been on your mind for ages.

You dont have time for anything but work and social responsibilities. If you keep this up, it will take a toll on your health. If youre starting to feel anxious about carrying out tasks or fitting in new commitments, its time to explain you cant take on anymore. Practicing relaxation techniques can be therapeutic. Are you single? There is someone you cant wait to see again. Youve never felt like this before and when experiencing something for the first time, it can be exciting and a tad scary too.

This could prove one crazy, crazy week. It concludes with the Full Moon that aligns with Uranus – one of your moving planets – and the one that has a reputation for shocks and surprises. Developments could come thick and fast midweek when retrograde Mercury returns to Libra, just as Venus arrives in that sign. Recall that Libra is one of the Air signs and accents an area of your solar chart associated with the acquisition of expertise. Mentally you could be super-challenged. The Full Moon suggests a shakeup in your working and domestic environment. It may be necessary to clear more space to work from home. You might also want to think about how you present information. A further possibility is hosting a work event at or from home where again you have to think carefully about the image you present. At a different level entirely, you might also be asked to hold information that is not exactly secret, but which you sense if made widely known, could create panic. With a strongly political wave in the air over the weekend, you could also find your beliefs and positions challenged.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Usually youve a powerful instinct about what will work and what wont. However, acknowledging the issue and, where necessary, backing away from increasingly tricky existing arrangements can be difficult, especially if youre worried certain individuals will struggle. The irony is, their errors or lack of effort is the reason for those problems. Firmly but politely ignore others excuses and demand things be done right, and now.

Misunderstandings cause tension in close relationships. You may have to sharpen your listening skills. Pay better attention to what is being said during an online conference. You dont want to misinterpret someones words or lose out on a great opportunity through not paying attention. Are you single? Romance is set to bloom as you are introduced to someone in the workplace. Theres nothing like working together to get to know each others strengths and weaknesses.

All signs could find this a chaotic time. Ideas may be thrown this way and that and many people chasing their tails dealing with unusual emergencies. The lead into Saturday`s Full Moon that aligns with Uranus (planet of the unexpected) contains retrograde Mercury returning to Libra, just as Venus arrives in that sign, suggests turbulence. As you know, yours is considered the last sign of the Zodiac and in many ways, it seems that Pisces people are left to mop up the chaos that others create. You may find that you are doing precisely that this week, and against the background of dealing with crises of your own. These could take the form of travel challenge. In order to be where you want to be, you might need support that fades away at the last minute. Having plenty of plan Bs to put into operation will doubtless be essential. Note too, that this week you should take special care to read small print. If making purchases, ensure you get guarantees. In short, the cosmic weather looks stormy and focus should be on ensuring that life-boats are in good working order.

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THE OTHER WITCH TRIALS

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Most everyone has read or heard of the Salem, Massachusetts witch trials of 1692 in colonial America, where 20 people (women and a couple men) thought to be ‘witches’ were put on trial and many put to death when found guilty. Yet, mostly unknown there were hundreds more from miles outside of Salem who were accused and spent time in jail before the hysteria ended. One of the most notorious of these “forgotten” witch incidents happened a generation before Salem in Hartford, Connecticut. Colonial Connecticut had a series of witch trials that were held between the 1640’s and 1690’s, though the last witch execution in Connecticut took place in 1662. In fact, of the thirty-five recorded witch trials in Connecticut during this time, eleven resulted in executions, which nearly equaled the Salem numbers.

There were strict laws against witchcraft in the 1600s in the colonies of New England. There could be an accusation and trial without anyone being harmed by the accused ‘witch’. As a general rule, most towns did not go to the expense of a trial without some harm being done first. The general rule in Connecticut was that only one witness was needed for the supposed witchcraft in order to secure a conviction.

With a rough lifestyle for those early Connecticut settlers of the 1600s, they tended to blame witchcraft for their harsh winters, famines, fighting with the Natives, illness epidemics, and famines. In Connecticut, in the 1640s there had been a few witchcraft accusations. However, by 1662, the witchcraft accusations in Connecticut reached their peak with a hysteria in Hartford, not unlike the one that would come to the Salem Colony in the 1690s. In 1662 alone, there were 4 people put on trial and then executed.

One of the cases involved Rebecca Greensmith and her husband Nathaniel Greensmith, both found guilty of witchcraft and executed. After the incidents of 1662, the governor of the colony, John Winthrop, Jr., changed the law to now require two witnesses to any accusation of witchcraft.

Another hysteria broke out in Fairfield, Connecticut, in 1692, but none of those convicted met death. Connecticut held its final witch trial in 1697, a half-century after the first execution of Alse (Alice) Young of Windsor, Connecticut at the gallows erected in Hartford’s Meeting House Square on May 26, 1647. Alse Young was the first executed as a witch in all the colonies. During that period, 1647-1697, there were 46 prosecutions and at least 11 executions in the colony of Connecticut.

The last of accusations in Connecticut was for Sarah Spencer and an unknown individual named Norton who were the last accused witches in the history of Connecticut (they were accused in 1724 and 1768, respectively).

The eleven hung were:

Alse Young*, Mary Johnson, John and Joan Carrington (both executed in 1651), Goodwife Bassett and Goodwife Knapp (executed in 1651 and 1653, respectively), Lydia Gilbert (executed in 1654), Rebecca and Nathaniel Greensmith, and Mary Sanford and Mary Barnes (all hanged in 1662).

Check your family tree, see if any of these names appear. 

*GrannyMoon’s Note: My ancestor was Alse (Alice) Young of Windsor, Connecticut, first to be hanged in Connecticut.

Photos: Salem vs Connecticut; 1647 Connecticut Capital Law, The Matthew Grant diary showing the 1647 date of the Alse Young execution; and Witch trials.

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Location of Salem Hangings

Finding Ancestors from Salem Witch Trials

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GrannyMoon’s Weekly Feast 18-25 Oct. 2020!

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

“The autumn woman moves towards dreamtime. Though she knows her limits, she has also felt limitless. She has known the ineffable. She wakes at night from dreams of high windy places where small blue flowers bloom, and she knows in her bones that such places exist. Luminous beings appear in her dreams and pull her towards them. She recognizes the dust of infinity in a windstorm, the fragrance of timelessness in a fire…”

~Patricia Monaghan, excerpted from Seasons of the Witch

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

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Current Moon Phase: New Moon
The beginning of a new cycle.

Goddess Aspect: Maiden
Associated Goddesses: Artemis, Branwen, Eriu, Nymph, Epona
Magickal Attributes: Invoking. Workings On This Day Are For Starting New Ventures, New Beginnings, Love, Romance, Health Or Job Hunting.

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. Visualize your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. 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. Also love and romance, health or job hunting.

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October
This Is Friendship Week
(Rosemary is the friendship herb).

18th English Great Horn Fair – Festival of Herne.
18th Great Horn Festival—Horned God and Lady of the Wood invoked for the fertility of wild game and the Hunting Season.
18th Birthday of herbalist Nicholas Culpeper, 1616-1654. His 1654 book, The Complete Herbal, has never been out of print.
22th National Nut Day (No, not that kind—think pecans, walnuts, almonds).
24th On this day in 1788,Sarah Hale was born. Thank her for U.S. Thanksgiving.
24th Raphaelmas, Feast of Archangel Raphael, whose name means, “The High One Heals.” Since 1970, the Catholic Church no longer recognizes this day for Raphael, ending more than a thousand years of tradition by opting to lump him in with Gabriel and Michael for a Feast of the Holy Archangels Day on Sept 29.
24th Druid Feast for Spirits of Air
25th World Pasta Day.

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Reflection and nostalgia can bring up positive or negative feelings, but either way, when you find yourself wishing for ‘how things used to be’ and not living in the present, you miss out on the opportunities right in front of you.

See this as an opportunity to make peace with the past so you can focus on the now.

Learn from your mistakes, forgive others and yourself. Let go of the past and bring your attention to the present.

Also, allow yourself to have a curious mind and to have fun as though you were a child again. If you find yourself saying, “Oh but I don’t have time!” then make time to play and reconnect with your inner child.

Ask the Tarot: How can I bring childlike joy into the present moment?

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Skull of Flowers

Creating through Ashes

To blossom and bloom
The work must be done
Through fire and ashes
Our fortune it comes.

We plant the seeds, we nourish them. Our lives change sometimes radically. The Skull of Flowers shows a phoenix-like energy.

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Putting the Earth to Bed
BY CHARLYNN WALLS

Each year as the weather cools and the plants start to wither, we need to put the earth to bed. The earth needs to rest and repair so that it can give again in the spring.

Tend to the yard one last time, making sure that leaves are raked up and fallen branches are cleared. Return plant matter to the garden, and till it one last time. If you have compost or other soil to mix in, now is the time to add it to the earth. Give thanks for the bounty that was received, and as you turn the last shovel of earth, say:

Now to rest you go, and again
in the spring you will sow.
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Querying an Ancestor Spell
BY THURI CALAFIA

If there is an ancestor or other Beloved Dead spirit you feel close to whom you plan to honor this Samhain, either on the holiday itself or with a shrine you’ve set up for the month, you can ask for their guidance at any time now, as the veil between the worlds becomes gossamer-thin.

For this spell, you simply need a picture or symbol representing the departed spirit and a black candle. Using a small blade or wooden pick, carve your question on the candle, and anoint the candle with some rose or mugwort oil. Place it near the picture of your Beloved Dead and light it safely. Speak to their spirit as you would if they were still incarnate, and tell them you need their help. Ask your question respectfully and give them a deadline to get the answer to you. Thank them from your heart, and let the candle burn all the way down.

In the coming days, stay open to signs and symbols in nature and the words of others, even children, who are often much wiser than we give them credit for.
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Freedom from Troubling Thoughts
BY MICHAEL FURIE

Even the most loving person can have bad days or experiences where it’s difficult to be free from anger, blame, or vengeful thoughts. Whether or not we’d ever give in to such negativity, it’s a good idea to gather up that energy, contain it, and neutralize and release it, freeing ourselves from its toxic grip without creating harm.

This time of year is ideal for releasing unhealthy emotions and intentions. For this magic, obtain a stone of any type large enough to fit comfortably in your hand. Squeeze the chosen rock firmly while focusing on all of the problem thoughts. Mentally send them into the rock, visualizing them as dark red-black smoke. When you feel that the transfer is complete, envision the smoke turning a neutral gray. The final step is to take the stone outside and safely toss it away from you, asking that the earth recycle the energy.
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A New Moon Dedication of Witchery
BY RAVEN DIGITALIS

It’s officially October, the season of the Witch! Not only that, but it’s the new moon (or dark moon) closest to our beloved sabbat of Samhain. Utilize the introspective and emotionally- empowering energies of this new moon to declare yourself a practitioner of the arts.

This evening, venture outside where little light from the city can be seen. Spend some time gazing at the clouds, the stars, and the gorgeous cosmic scene above you. Take some deep breaths in through the nose and out the mouth, inhaling the magickal cosmic energy of the darkened moon. Declare:

I devote myself to you, Great Goddess:
she who guards the mysteries of the
universe; she who comforts the frail;
she whose arms cradle the unknown.
Mighty crone, guard and protect me
on my path, that I learn to harness
my gifts, to honor the earth, to love
and be loved. As I will, so mote it be!
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Freedom from Troubling Thoughts
BY MICHAEL FURIE

Even the most loving person can have bad days or experiences where it’s difficult to be free from anger, blame, or vengeful thoughts. Whether or not we’d ever give in to such negativity, it’s a good idea to gather up that energy, contain it, and neutralize and release it, freeing ourselves from its toxic grip without creating harm.

This time of year is ideal for releasing unhealthy emotions and intentions. For this magic, obtain a stone of any type large enough to fit comfortably in your hand. Squeeze the chosen rock firmly while focusing on all of the problem thoughts. Mentally send them into the rock, visualizing them as dark red-black smoke. When you feel that the transfer is complete, envision the smoke turning a neutral gray. The final step is to take the stone outside and safely toss it away from you, asking that the earth recycle the energy.
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Cauldron of Annwn Simmer Spell
BY LAURA TEMPEST ZAKROFF

The Cauldron of Annwn in some myths is said to be the source of inspiration, stirred by nine maidens. Bring some of that inspiration into your home with a fragrant simmer spell with nine ingredients. Gather water, salt, black pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon, orange, cloves, and rosemary. You can substitute other things you find in your spice cabinet.

Find a sturdy pot and turn your stove on low. Starting with water, add each ingredient one at a time, thinking about what it can bring to your life. (Water nourishes, salt cleanses, pepper awakens, etc.)

Once you have added all nine ingredients, say:

Nine blessings and powers combined,
brought into this home intertwined.

Allow the pot to simmer for an hour or as long as you’d like, but be sure to keep an eye on it and keep enough water in the pot so it doesn’t scorch.
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Apple Seed Spell
BY KATE FREULER

Apples are often associated with love. They’re sweet and filled with juicy good stuff, just like a loving relationship. However, also like relationships, there are little seeds inside an apple that, however small and unthreatening they seem, are actually poisonous and have the potential to grow larger. The seeds are like the small, bitter things that are hidden in an otherwise happy relationship; things like disagreements about chores, petty jealousy, or other annoyances.

If you’re finding that your relationship is mostly sweet but those little foibles under the surface are threatening to become big bitter issues, try this apple seed spell.

Gather these materials:

  • A bright-red, healthy apple
  • A knife
  • Twine

Cut the apple in two sideways to reveal the star at its center. The apple represents you and your partner. You fit together perfectly, but between the two of you are these poisonous seeds.

Remove the seeds from the apple one by one. For each seed you remove, name something you’d like to change in your relationship. Place the seeds aside in a pile.

Now put the apple halves back together and wrap them tightly with the twine. This represents that your relationship is intact, with the bitterness removed.

If possible, bury the apple in the ground. Throw the seeds in the garbage and bid them farewell. Be warned: you’re probably going to have to discuss these problems now that you’ve pulled them out into the open, but that’s healthy and necessary in a successful relationship.
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Quick Cash Prosperity Spell
BY DEVIN HUNTER

Sometimes we need to perform a working for cash in a hurry. The unexpected happens, bills pile up, and making ends meet is not always an easy task. Cast this spell to summon quick cash.

You will need a green candle in a holder and something to carve it with. On one side of the candle, carve a pyramid, and on the opposite side, carve $¢¢$ (a sigil for success).

Place the candle in a circle of patchouli incense and recite the following spell:

Money, money, come to me,
Come as cash to set me free.
Be here quick and don’t delay,
I have bills I have to pay.
By patchouli and green candle,
I summon enough to end this scandal!

Allow the candle to burn all the way down safely on its own.
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Heartwings Love Notes 953 Seeing Clearly

Heartwings says, “Sometimes it’s difficult to know when our vision is cloudy.”

This past week I had the first of 2 cataracts removed-the last one will be in a month. The doctor who performed the operation said he had done twelve that day, a light day. He often does up to seventeen. Cataracts and cataract operations are common. The nurse practitioner I saw afterward said, “Everybody gets them.” No one ever told me anything about the symptoms. I never thought to question what was going on with my vision. Essentially, it was deteriorating.

Over the last few years, I had needed more and more light to see by. I had also experienced a diminishing ability to see colors. My eyes tired easily, and blurred when I was working on the computer at night. This evolved slowly over time, and it never occurred to me that something could be done about it or that it could be taken care of. Nor did I think to mention it to my primary care physician. I was like a lobster unaware it was being boiled, because it was in a pot that only gradually grew warmer.

My eye doctor had warned me for several years that I had a small cataract. It only just this year grew large enough to be removed. Everyone I mentioned it to said the operation was nothing to be concerned about, so I had very little trepidation. In truth, as every person I spoke to has told me, the worst thing to be said about a cataract operation is administering the eye drops four times a day for almost a month afterward. I agree with that statement.

When the next day the doctor removed the post operation patch from my right eye, I was amazed at how bright and clear everything appeared. Now I look forward to seeing the same brightness with both eyes. In addition, as a result of this I’ve come to a new understanding: Clarity of inner vision is equally as important as clarity of outer vision. Our prejudices often prevent us from seeing clearly. They cloud the viewing lens of our minds like a cataract. There are no surgeons who remove this kind of cataract. I must be my own physician, checking up on my prejudices regularly to make sure I see clearly.

May you see clearly what is there to be seen.

P.S. Any comments you might wish to make, kind reader, are greatly appreciated. Please write to me here or at tashahal@gmail.com. For more Love Notes or other fun reading, check out my web pages at http://www.hearwingsandfriends.com

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Sugar Skulls
by Angela at MexicanSugarSkull.com

The earliest religious mention of sugar art was in Palermo, Italy, back in the late 1300’s. Boiled sugar was made into sheep & angels to decorate the side altars of the Catholic Churches before Holy Week. This sugar art tradition was brought to Mexico with the Spanish. Skulls, which represent a departed soul, started popping up in the late 1890’s. Now sugar skull makers start making these artisanal, boiled sugar skulls in earnest, right after Easter. Most are sold in open air markets for use in ofrendas and tomb decorations. In Mexico, it is not a tradition to make or decorate the skulls in the home. This art is rapidly disappearing.

Children really enjoy Day of the Dead on both sides of the border. What’s not to like? Even if youngsters don’t quite “get it”, they enjoy the annual activities with their family – decorating with bundles of flowers, making sugar skulls, visiting relatives and even helping make tamales in the kitchen. In Mexico, I’ve been in artist’s homes where 3 year olds were pitching in and chewing sugar cane after the work was done. American kids feel very special when their artwork is displayed on the ofrenda.

Day of the Dead is a wonderful time to reminisce so children will have precious memories engraved in their hearts. Many of our adult customers have shared that they loved doing sugar skulls as a kid, and now want to pass these traditions down to their own young families.

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Communication with Departed Loved Ones: Reiki & Archangel Azrael Article by Haripriya Suraj, Reiki Master

Archangel Azrael is known as “The Angel of Death.” He helps souls cross over comfortably to the other side. He also helps these souls communicate with near and dear ones on Earth. People who are alive can also take his assistance to establish communication with the souls of their departed loved ones.

As Reiki practitioners, we have the added benefit of using Reiki along with help from Archangel Azrael. Reiki energy being soft and loving creates a safe and peaceful space for soul communication to happen.

This kind of communication should only be done only to express such things that would help us and also help the souls of our loved ones. Positive and kind words that were unexpressed when the person was alive can certainly be expressed. Asking for forgiveness for any pain we caused them and sending our love is also perfectly fine.

In short, any message that comes from the heart is good. Love is the key.

If what you wish to convey is not coming from a place of love (that is, it is coming from the Ego), don’t express it. Your intuition will guide you.

Here is a brief outline of the process-

Keep a piece of paper and pen with you.

Sit in a quiet place where you will be left undisturbed.

You can play soothing music and also light a candle if it helps.

Take a few deep breaths and get into a meditative state.

Visualise the room being flooded with Reiki. You can also draw any symbols that you are guided to in the air.

Bring your awareness to your heart. You can place your palm on the heart to connect with it. What message of love does your heart wish to send to the soul of your loved one? Start writing the message on the piece of paper. Keep your words positive and loving.

Give Reiki to this piece of paper. This will strengthen the element of love in your message.

Call upon Archangel Azrael. If you work with angel card decks, pick any card of Archangel Azrael from the deck to connect with him. If you wish to, you can also place the card along with your piece of paper. Request him to take this message to your loved one.

You can also request Azrael to bring a message back to you from your loved one.

Express your gratitude to the Archangel for his assistance.

Put the piece of paper away in a safe place.

Thereafter, notice any messages you may receive from the other side. These messages may come in the form of feelings- you may feel a deep sense of peace or you may feel a surge of love. Unhealed feelings that you may have carried about your past relationship with this person are suddenly healed. You may also receive messages in the form of words that you read somewhere or as songs that play on the radio or television. It may also be in the form of visits from certain animals or birds. Each one’s experience is unique. You will know it is a message for you when you receive it.

Do not analyses the message by allowing your logical mind to kick in. Trust your feelings and accept the message you get.

Once you have received your message, discard the paper by either burning or burying it.

Road to Heaven

This technique is particularly useful when we wish to express love and forgiveness to our departed loved ones. When people are alive, we sometimes take them for granted. We may also focus only on the negative aspects of their personality. And when the person is no more, we realize their value and also recognize their positive traits. This tends to bring up feelings of sadness and guilt in us. However, feeling sad or guilty does not help anyone. As we grow spiritually, it is important to remind ourselves constantly that the core of our being is pure love. Anything that is not love is not who we are. Due to our identification with the ego, all of us err from time to time. So, if you feel sad or guilty about something you did or did not do (or something you said or did not say) when a loved one was with you, it is not too late. It is possible to express your feelings even now. Rest assured that the power of love will heal everything that is unhealed in all of space and time and restore the flow of love in your relationship.

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Owning The Roots
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Leading by example is inspiring, not only to those whom you lead, but also for yourself.

We all know from experience that we can’t change other people, yet most of us have a tendency to try. This is because we naturally feel the need to do something to change situations that we find troubling. It often doesn’t occur to us that the best way to create change is not to try to convince others to change but to change ourselves. When we make adjustments from within, we become role models for others, and leading by example is much more inspiring than a lecture or an argument.

We sometimes look outside ourselves for what’s wrong with the world, but the outside world is really just a mirror reflecting us back to ourselves. When we encounter negativity — anger, and fear — we empower ourselves by looking for its roots inside of ourselves. For example, if you have a friend who is unreliable, observe yourself and notice if there are ways in which you are unreliable. You may be surprised to discover that you have your own struggles with this issue in ways you weren’t able to see. Once you own the issue for yourself, you can begin to work for change within yourself. This will also enable you to have more compassion for your friend. At the very least, as you strive to become more reliable, you will become more of the person you want to be. In the best-case scenario, you will be an inspiration to others.

You can apply the same method to larger issues. For example, if there is something you see in the larger world that you would like to change — let’s say, greed — try taking responsibility for changing it in yourself. Instead of being angry with those you see as greedy, seek out the roots of your own greed and come to terms with your power to transform it. This may be the best way to lead the world toward greater moderation and generosity.

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Free Access to All Death Records for Halloween!
By Esther, Historical Records

The original All Saints Day — which eventually morphed into Halloween — is celebrated in many traditional Christian societies as a day to honor the memories of one’s ancestors. What better way to honor your ancestors than to learn more details about their lives and discover their stories?

That’s why we’re opening all our death-related historical record collections — death, burial, cemetery, and obituary records — up to the public for free access during Halloween weekend, from October 29 to November 2!

Death, burial, cemetery, and obituary records are key resources for family history information. Death certificates are typically issued within days of a death and can contain many details about a person’s life, such as their age at death, place of birth, parents’ names and origins, and the cause of death. The name of the person who provided these details may also be mentioned, and this can also be an important clue that can help you locate new relatives.

Burial and cemetery records can supplement death certificates and offer additional information, while obituaries may provide rich details about the person’s life: their interests, profession, passions, and connections in the community.

MyHeritage offers 153 collections in this category, containing 548,923,579 records in all. Normally, most of these collections are free to search, but require a paid MyHeritage plan to view fully and save the information to your family tree. But during this limited-time offer, you’ll be able to take full advantage of all the records in the collection absolutely free.

This is a perfect opportunity for those without a paid plan to access and enjoy these records! So dive right in and see what you can learn about your ancestors.

Search the death, burial, cemetery, and obituary records now. https://www.myheritage.com

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How to Read Scary Tarot Cards Without Fear or Despair
BY ELLIOT ADAM

Even the most experienced tarot reader can feel their confidence deflate when they see a card in their spread that unnerves them. Many of us learned to interpret tarot through the aid of keywords found in the “little white book” that came with our cards. For some of the darker images of the tarot, the keywords provided were often bleak, such as: ruination, despair, destruction of your plans, and hopelessness! It’s no wonder that spotting a frightening image immediately causes many readers to feel dread, especially when such a card appears in the “final outcome” position.

Often, we turn to tarot for healing and clarity. However, if you are left feeling hopeless about your situation because of negative keywords, the reading can feel like a tremendous letdown. Challenging cards that appear in a reading do not doom your hopes to end in calamity. If you are feeling disappointed with a reading’s initial message, it may be that you just need to examine the image closer, allowing it to dialogue with your deeper awareness. Tarot is a language of symbols that can speak directly to the luminous spirit that resides deep within you. This awareness can be found far beneath the surface layer of your fears. To get the most from tarot imagery, you must look beyond the thin veil of your fears. One powerful archetype that has provided emblematic guidance for how I approach tarot symbolism is the wise High Priestess herself.

High Priestess from Llewellyn’s Classic Tarot

In the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, the High Priestess sits serenely before a vast sea. This sea is a symbol for the depth wisdom she has gained from many lifetimes of experiences. You also have a vast ocean of inner knowing within you. Can you sense it? Within these waters can be found all the answers to any question you could possibly ask. However, if your fear is triggered, it can be difficult to hear your ocean’s oracular song. Obscuring the view of the vast ocean is the Priestess’s thin veil. It is decorated with images of pomegranates, the fruit of the Underworld. The Underworld is where our fears dwell. It is a dark landscape that can frighten the ego into resisting change. However, more than just fear of death and transformation reside in the Underworld. It is also a symbolic realm deep within your consciousness, where unimaginable riches can be found. One name for the Lord of the Underworld is Pluto, which could also be translated as “wealth.” When you have the courage to delve into the Underworld of your consciousness, great treasure can be found. Facing your shadow honestly can revitalize dreams long abandoned and restore courage once thought lost. By reengaging with the best parts of yourself, the answer to a rather mundane question is brought into focus with far more meaning. Like the phoenix, you are reborn to the waking world awakened, revitalized, and renewed.

The veil of the High Priestess can represent our fears of death and change, which obscure the sunken treasure found in the sea beyond. Although the veil is thin compared to the wisdom found in the vast ocean, it can obscure the deeper meaning of a challenging symbol we are confronting. We’ve all heard, “For the answer, look within.” Tarot masterfully facilitates going within. However, for many of us, the first layer we encounter when we look within is a fear, or something that makes us uncomfortable. This is the veil. If we only stop at the veil, instead of going deeper, “looking within” can be an uncomfortable experience. If you find discomfort rather than a quick answer, it may seem preferable to retreat to the insincere world of the ego, hoping for concrete certainty. Black and White. Good and Bad. All or Nothing. The High Priestess knows that life’s wisdom is not as binary as her black and white pillars. The reality of the situation is often more nuanced. Much like the Priestess’ position between the pillars, the truth is found somewhere in-between.

The High Priestess asks you to go further than your initial judgment of a symbol and look at it through the clear waters of your inner wisdom. Picture the High Priestess card in your mind’s eye. Imagine a tarot card that makes you uncomfortable printed on the veil of the High Priestess. How is that fear preventing you from connecting to what is deepest and wisest within? Do you have the courage to pull that superficial fear aside and apply your spirit’s unfathomable inner knowing? The symbols that scare you will thinly conceal your where your greatest breakthrough is emerging.

For example, at first glance, the appearance of the Eight of Swords as your “final outcome card” can make your heart sink. This is especially true if you are asking your cards whether or not you will be successful with something you are working hard to achieve. They old keywords rifle through your mind. Despair, fear, failure. The ruination of your plans… Who wouldn’t feel hopeless as the figure tied up on the image? Your initial reaction to this card could leave you feeling like you shouldn’t even try. However, with tarot, you must follow the Priestess’ example and pull aside your initial fear, facilitating a deeper perspective.

In the case of the Eight of Swords we see a despairing woman whose hands are bound. At first glance, her situation looks hopeless. But we can’t stop there. The Eight of Swords is a Swords card, linking it with the element of Air. This element corresponds to your thoughts. In the case of the Eight of Swords, thoughts of hopelessness may be keeping you bound and paralyzed. By replaying past traumas in your mind, you could be reinforcing a belief that you are a helpless victim to whatever circumstance has been unfairly thrown at you. However, look even closer at the woman on the card. There doesn’t appear to be anyone with her anymore. She is all alone. Although she is tied tightly with bindings, she could so easily use the swords that flank her to cut herself free. The Eight of Swords could be interpreted to mean that although you may feel defeated, bound up, and abandoned in your mind, you must repurpose your thoughts (swords) to your advantage. The very same thoughts that are limiting you can be redirected to liberate you. However, you may need to open your eyes and see the opportunity right before your very nose. The Eight of Swords can be interpreted in a manner that is empowering you to act, rather than making you feel that you are doomed to a bad end. Bad things can happen in life, but we still get to choose how we are going to respond in the moment. This is the power you wield, no matter what is currently happening around you.

Another “scary” card that we are often loathe to see in a reading is the Nine of Swords. Here we see an individual trapped in shadow thinking. The imagery is dark, and we can’t help but remember feeling that same way, when our mind was overrun with past worry or grief. This card could also indicate that we are submitting to the attacks of the saboteur within. The Nine of Swords has been called by some, “the worst card in the deck.” It represents the power of mental shadows, which can shatter your perspective. When stuck in this dark place, it can be so hard to see the light. The man on the card is clutching his eyes closed. He is overcome with despair. But look closer at the image. He is not really in danger. He is safe at home in his bed. The battle is being played out in his mind. The person on the Nine of Swords is covered with a blanket richly decorated with red roses, a symbol for vitality. Blankets are protectively wrapped around babies when they are first born. They are also handed out in disaster relief to comfort people who have experienced a traumatic event. Blankets are symbols for the comfort and protection that is available, even in your darkest moments. Interwoven with the red roses on the blanket are the astrological symbols, placing this situation in a universal context. Despite his worry, he still has a whole vital life of limitless potential ahead of him. He may just have temporarily lost his perspective. The symbols on the blanket remind us that he still has an integral part to play, in a grander design. The Nine of Swords can remind you that your spirit also has great purpose, regardless of what your inner saboteur tells you. The Nine of Swords may advise you to stop mentally catastrophizing and speak your worst fears out loud and into the light. Sometimes when fears are spoken with a sympathetic loved one, we can recognize how irrational the fear sounds. The Nine of Swords can advise us to stop isolating and communicate our troubles with those who care.

If you go beyond the initial knee-jerk reactions to the cards you see, you can deliver much more profound readings for yourself and others. Dialoguing with the dark cards can become a cathartic experience, where old hurts are finally healed and released, rather than being interpreted as harbingers of disaster. You get to choose in what context you want to view your current situation. Will you choose empowerment or fear? You also get to choose your future by changing your choices in the present. If you show up in life as a victim, you will most likely continue to get victimized. If you shift your energy to be empowered and courageous, you are more likely to succeed.

For more information on how to interpret tarot symbolism without anxiety, check out Fearless Tarot: How to Give a Positive Reading in Any Situation. In the book I show how to constructively apply even the harshest tarot imagery to get the most from your deck. Armed with new perspective, you can transcend the hopeless fears that may have been preventing your breakthrough. Your tarot deck is a peerless tool for dialoguing with your resilient spirit. It can provide a therapeutic salve for soothing our deepest wounds.

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Improve Your Health With 4 Powerful Mind-Body Exercises
By: Jen Mueller, Certified Personal Trainer and Health Coach

When you think about using activity to improve your health, cardio and strength exercises are likely the first things that come to mind. However, there’s also a strong connection between your physical health and your thoughts, feelings and emotions. Known as the mind-body connection, the exercises that strengthen this relationship are just as important as the ones that get your heart pumping.

Breath Work

“The breath is a powerful tool and is intricately linked with our physical fitness, as well as our experience of anxiety and overall mental health,” explains movement and breathwork coach Luke Jones. “Belly breathing helps to stimulate the vagus nerve, shifting the body into a more [restful] state. It initiates a relaxation response, potentially dampening our experience of anxiety.” Jones also recommends nasal breathing, which has been shown to calm and relax the body, slow breathing and promote digestion. “If it’s not something you already do, switching to nasal-only, belly breathing could be a great step towards managing anxiety and regaining control.”

Getting Started: Jones suggests starting with 1:1 breathing, which is breathing in and out through the nose at a similar pace. “Start with three seconds in, three seconds out, gradually building up to 4:4, 5:5, 6:6., et cetera. When you hit a number that starts to become difficult, drop down one or two numbers and continue at this pace for five to 10 minutes. By the end of the session, you’ll likely feel an enhanced sense of calm and relaxation.”

Journaling

“Journaling is accessible, low-cost and can benefit you across many different aspects of your life,” says self-development author Suzanne Wylde. “You may know about the psychological benefits of journaling, but did you realize that it also has a powerful impact on your body?”

Research has found that writing about stressful or emotional events can improve both physical and mental health. Journaling provides an opportunity to work through negative feelings, promotes positive self-talk and allows you to clear your mind by putting your thoughts down on paper.

“To get the most out of your journaling, do it by hand,” Wylde advises.” This helps us connect to our emotions more and handwriting has been shown to increase activity in certain areas of the brain in a way that is similar to meditation.”

Getting Started: If you’re new to it, commit to just five minutes of daily journaling. If you’re having trouble thinking of what to write, try answering a few questions, such as:

How am I feeling right now?
Why do I feel this way?
How do I want to feel?

Yoga & Moving Meditation

Life strategist David Richards suggests the combination of yoga and meditation can help create a healthy, lasting mind-body connection. “Yoga teaches us to be present; we learn to ‘meditate’ during the yoga flow,” he explains. “Being present simply means keeping our awareness and focus on what we are doing as we are doing it. If you’re exerting yourself and breathing heavy, you might start thinking about when the class will be over or what you’re going to eat after. [When this happens,] gently bring your awareness back to your breath and continue on with the yoga practice.”

Richards explains that, like yoga, meditation is intended to be a period of intense focus. “In yoga, your body is moving and you want your mind to be ‘still’ or present,” he says. “When you’re staying present during a yoga class, we sometimes call that a ‘moving meditation.’ In meditation, your body is still but your awareness—that beacon inside your mind that directs your focus—is engaged. Meditation is the pathway where we learn to control our minds.” Meditation has also been shown to reduce levels of cortisol, the hormone that helps the body deal with stress.

Getting Started: If you’re new to yoga, starting with a class taught by a certified instructor will ensure you’re doing the poses properly and getting the most out of each flow. If that’s not an option, check out the wide variety of beginner workouts on YouTube.

Outdoor Activity

Brian Kiselstein, founder of Think Healthy Fitness, suggests that one of the best mind-body activities is just outside your front door. “You may be looking for unique or new exercises, but I like to highlight the benefits of walking outdoors for both body and mind,” he describes. “Walking can leave us feeling refreshed and recharged, even after exerting a ton of energy on a long walk. Our minds are free to wander or turn off, and the fresh air helps [it settle] down. The movement restricts how much our hands can do and we are just left to walk, breathe and think.”

Getting Started: Group walks in nature have been shown to lower depression and stress, while enhancing mental well-being. If walking isn’t your thing, swimming, biking, jogging or even a strength training session at the playground can provide similar benefits. Start with outdoor workouts of varying distances a few times a week and see how it affects your mood and sense of well-being.

Engaging in activities that reduce stress and quiet your mind not only make life more enjoyable, but also directly connect to your physical health. Years of research have shown that a happier mind results in a happier body.

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Cats And Weather—The Folklore
By James J. Garriss
Source: Wikimedia commons

What is the origin of the phrase, “raining cats and dogs”? What do animals falling from the sky have to do with torrential downpours? Let’s explore!

You can blame this blog on my cat sprawling on my computer when I was trying to write on a rainy day.

After struggling for territory, I started to think about cats and weather—specifically, the phrase “raining cats and dogs.”

Can you imagine anything more improbable then raining cats and dogs or, for that matter, more uncomfortable?

(Then again, why is a keyboard a comfy place for a catnap?)

RAINING CATS AND DOGS
Some authorities tie the idea to Norse mythology. Odin, the Viking god of storms, was often pictured with dogs and wolves, symbols of wind. Witches, who supposedly rode their brooms during storms, had black cats, which became signs of heavy rain. Therefore, “raining cats and dogs” referred to a storm with wind (dogs) and heavy rain (cats).

Pluie de chats. Source: French Wikipedia

While the story sounds good, the expression didn’t become popular until the 1700s, when Jonathan Swift (author of Gulliver’s Travels) used it in a satire. He pictured snobby upper class aristocrats solemnly fretting that it would “rain cats and dogs”. Suddenly the saying caught on. Apparently, the English spent a lot of time chatting about rain and it was the latest hit phrase.

CATS AND WEATHER FOLKLORE
The cat/witch connection created a lot of superstitions. Many European cultures believed that cats could influence or even forecast the weather.

In Britain, especially Wales, it was believed that rain was likely if a cat busily washed its ears.
In Holland, cats could predict the wind by clawing at carpets and curtains.
In early America, if a cat sat with its back to the fire, it was foretelling a cold snap and if it slept with all four paws tucked under, bad weather was coming.
Sailors were particularly superstitious or just so bored that they spent a lot of time watching the ship’s cat.

If a cat licked its fur against the grain it meant a hailstorm was coming; if it sneezed, rain was on the way; and if it was frisky, the wind would soon blow.
Some believed cats could start storms through magic, so sailors always made sure cats were content. (I’m sure the cats encouraged this belief!)

Another common legend was that when a cat stared out the window, it would rain. Since that’s where my cat stomped off to once I shoved him off the keyboard—I had better go close the car windows!

Ever head of Cat Nights? This term harks back to the days when people believed in witches.

This bit of folklore also gives us the saying, “A cat has nine lives.” Cat Nights began on August 17.

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Diabetes-Friendly Starbucks Drinks
By Allison Caggia October 5th, 2020

It’s that time of year again, the allure of pumpkin spice and everything nice suddenly takes over your summer vibes. I am not a coffee drinker, but each season I grow more envious of those who are. In the summertime, everyone has their refreshing cold coffee concoctions and each fall I entertain the idea of trying a pumpkin spice latte but never get the guts to follow through.

Most drinks you get at coffee chains like Starbucks come loaded with calories and sugar, making these delicious drinks not the healthiest of choices. There are, however, plenty of low-carb substitutions and creations for you to try. All are low-calorie and low-carb and won’t leave you worrying about your blood sugars or your favorite jeans fitting.

Here are some of the most intriguing diabetes-friendly drinks I found at Starbucks:

Sugar-Free Snickerdoodle – This is made by tweaking a Sugar-Free Vanilla Latte by adding one pump of Sugar-Free Cinnamon Dulce syrup. You can add 1-2 Splenda sugar-free sweetener if you need.

Skinny Mocha – The regular version contains about 20 g of carbs, but with a few small tweaks you can make it blood sugar friendly. Replace the milk with heavy whipping cream and opt for the sugar-free mocha syrup.

Caramel Macchiato – This is a favorite of many but is still loaded with calories and sugar since it contains milk and caramel sauce. Try it cold and swap out the milk for almond milk and hold the sauce. It is still rich with flavor and will get you energized!

Cinnamon Dolce Latte – These are delicious and the cinnamon is a great spice to add flavor without adding in any carbs. Ask for an Americano with ½ water and ½ steamed heavy cream and a few pumps of sugar-free cinnamon dolce syrup.

Frappuccino – These can be easily transformed into a low-carb drink by avoiding their classic syrup and replacing with sugar-free and 3 shots of heavy cream, blended Frappuccino style.

Ombre Pink Drink – The popular drink of the moment is the Ombre Pink Drink which contains their Strawberry Acai Drink, coconut milk and freeze dried strawberries, all of which contain sugar. To lighten up the carbs, opt for whipping cream, passion tango ice tea and four pumps of sugar-free vanilla syrup.

Also, here are some seasonal drinks to consider:

Pumpkin Spice Latte – I think people get over their summer blues with just the thought of ordering their first Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks. Just opt for almond milk, hold the whipped cream and ask for one pump of their pre-sweetened pumpkin-flavored syrup.

Hot Peppermint Kiss – This is Starbuck’s Peppermint hot tea with 2 pumps of sugar-free vanilla syrup making it a sweet and minty treat.

Peppermint Mocha – This creation is a delicious seasonal treat but make sure to order it with almond milk, no whipped cream, and only one pump of their peppermint-flavored syrup to keep this gem blood sugar friendly. I will leave it up to you on whether you add the dark chocolate curls!

If you prefer tea to coffee, there are still plenty of ways to get creative! Many sugar-free options are just waiting to be turned into a low-carb creation, whether it’s Black Tea, Green Tea, White Tea, or Passion Fruit Tea. Here are a few such options:

Passion Fruit Tea Drink – This one is very popular in the diabetes community. Be sure to try sugar-free vanilla syrup in Passion Fruit Iced Tea for a refreshing and tasty treat.

Low-Carb London Fog – A London fog is typically a combination of Earl Grey tea, steamed milk and vanilla syrup. Replace the milk with whipping cream and use sugar-free vanilla to create this low carb goodness.

Unsweetened Peach Citrus White Tea – A refreshing option is to modify it by adding a splash of heavy cream, a few pumps of sugar-free vanilla syrup, no water, and ice.

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Stephen Halpert
Gilberto’s Symptoms

When Gilberto opened his eyes, he was in the waiting room of the ER, slumped in a wheel chair. Maria was beside him holding his hand. Ramon sat to his left reading a sports magazine. An assortment of people sat around them, speaking softly. Some of their faces reflected pain.
After an indeterminable wait a nurse appeared, smiled at Maria and wheeled him into a smaller examining room.
After what seemed to take forever Gilberto’s doctor appeared. He wasn’t all that glad to see Gilberto.
“I tried telling you to rest, to convalesce. You are recovering from a traumatic brain injury.”
“See,” Ramon shook his finger. “You need to be careful, check your blood pressure, rest until your brain gets better.”
Gilberto shook his head and looked at Maria. “I’m ok. Take me home.” His gaze shifted from Maria to Ramon to his doctor.
“Don’t bet on it,” Ramon said. You need to be examined. We don’t want to lose you.”
His voice was firm. “You won’t.”
The doctor consulted his chart. “How frequently do the headaches occur?”
Gilberto shrugged. “They come and go. If something bothers me, they kick me in the head from outer space.” He looked at Maria but said nothing.
“You need much more rest than you’re permitting yourself. I’m prescribing several medications. I won’t even try to keep you here because like last time, you’ll plot an escape.”
“I’m fine,” he said. “I want to go home. I just need some medicine for my headaches.”
His doctor shook his head. “I wish it were all that simple. Were you to have a broken arm or collarbone you’d be in a cast, a continual reminder that your healing, your bones mending. But brain injury is different. Outwardly it is invisible. Inwardly the effects are severe. You’re fortunate that your memory seems to remain intact. Do you have rapid mood swings that seem for no reason.”
Gilberto nodded. “Is that why I get these knowings?”
The doctor frowned. “Go on,” he said.
“Like what’s going to happen before it does. Sometimes when I look at someone I’ve never seen before their life unfolds, and I know things about them I’d have no way of knowing otherwise; if that makes any sense.”
His doctor sighed. “The mind can play curious tricks,” he said. “Stay in touch with me. I’m on your side after all.” He nodded politely and turned.
“When can I go back to work?” Gilberto asked.
His doctor shook his head. “Not for a while. Atlas insurance insists I sign you out before you can resume corporate responsibilities. Right now that daily stress would be too much for you. So go home, relax, take naps. I don’t want to see you here again.” He nodded politely, turned and left.
“Maybe you stay in bed for a few days,” Ramon said. “We don’t want you to strike out on us and spend the rest of your life in a rocking chair.”
He looked at Ramon, shook his head no. “Won’t happen.”
“Gilberto,” Maria said.” Brain injury can be very tricky. It could account for your temperament.”
He looked at her, felt anger, but stayed quiet. “I’m very confused,” he admitted. “I don’t know anything anymore, why I’m where I am and not on a beach looking at wild puta.”
Ramon chuckled. “Not the right season.”
“Bad joke,” Maria said. “But once you get cleared by your doctor go to the beach by all means. Come back after our baby is born but don’t put on too much weight.”
He smiled at her. “You’re funny.”
She resisted the urge to kiss him. “He said go home and rest. Don’t let anything bother you. Really, nothing at all. Be impervious to everything around you, rest. Slowly you’ll show signs of improvement Don’t let me get in your way.”
“Something going on between you two?” Ramon said.
Gilberto felt his tension and tried to relax. “She’d rather have our baby at home with a midwife than in a clean safe modern hospital.”
Ramon sighed. “I went through all that twice with Rosa when each of the girls was close to being born.” He shrugged. “Women today seem to prefer a midwife. The old ways make sense to many.”
“So you’re on their side?” Gilberto said.
Ramon’s face was solemn. “Like Rosa always says, women own their own bodies, and they have the right to decide.” Ramon sighed. “No one can tell anyone what to do. It’s all up to God anyway. Let’s go home.”
Together they wheeled a grumbling Gilberto insisting all the while he was fine, into their car. They arrived at the condo and helped him get comfortable on the sofa overlooking the Charles.
Ramon dialed Rosa. She came to pick him up.
Rosa looked at Gilberto. “What’s wrong with you?”
“Don’t pick a fight with me.”
“I’m not. I know better.”
She turned to Maria who had started to sob,
Rosa hugged her. She turned back to Gilberto. “You treat her decent. She’s sensitive. She’s having a baby so act respectful and take good care of her.” Her voice strong, maternal and fierce.
“I do,” Gilberto insisted. “Just because she doesn’t listen to me. Its not my fault the patriarchy went and screwed up her head.”
“He wants her to deliver at the hospital, Ramon said.
Rosa frowned. ‘ Must we relive all that again.” She looked at Maria and shook her head. “Really, don’t pay any attention to him. He doesn’t know what he’s talking about.”
“Enough,” Ramon said. “We don’t want his brain to go bananas.”
Gilberto swayed. He closed his eyes and blinked. “I just saw Karibe and Lola walking together on a beach.”
“Really,” Ramon said. I though he was paralyzed.”
She left this morning to fly to Caracas,” Rosa said. “Got a phone call that got her all excited.”
“You mean she just left?”
Rosa nodded. “Damn fool if you ask me. But who can tell anyone anything anymore.”
“Yeah,” Gilberto looked at Maria. “Exactly.”
“Maybe he came back to life,” Maria said. “That could explain a lot.”
“I’d rather not know,” Rosa said. “Especially with those federal agents intruding in our lives.”
“Crime lord,” Ramon said. “Imagine your sister taking up with a kingpin of crime.”
Rosa frowned, shook her head. “Could be worse,” she said. “Knowing her I suppose she could have taken up with Dracula and danced blithely on her way.” She sighed. “Come on, Ramon, time to let Gilberto rest.

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Georgia’s Weekly Horoscope
Weekly Horoscope

Sunday, October 18, 2020
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All Signs
Oh joy! The week ahead looks great! (Of course, there will be challenges because that’s life. Say-la-vee.) Venus in Virgo will relate beautifully to the trio of planets now in Capricorn, which is a welcome relief. And everyone will feel a shift when the Sun moves into Scorpio for four weeks. This will make people feel more passionate and intense about everything. (The US election, for example). Most of you know that “May you live in interesting times” was actually a Chinese curse, and this has not been a boring year! An illustration of our world today is that apparently the number of copies of the Bible and the Koran are outnumbered by IKEA catalogues. (Think what this did for the Allen wrench!)

Aries (March 21-April 19)
During the next four weeks, your feelings will be more intense; however, this might help you focus on what needs to be done because this month, you’re concerned with joint finances, shared property and the wealth of a spouse or partner. (This includes borrowing money and dealing with credit and bills.) Fortunately, Mercury retrograde will help you wrap up this stuff to such an extent that you’ll be surprised at how quickly and smoothly things will get done! Finito! In no small measure, this will be assisted by the influences of Venus with the Capricorn trio that in turn, will give you a mind that is steady and capable of handling details as well as a desire for practical results. Way to go!

Taurus (April 20-May 20)
This week the Sun moves opposite your sign to stay for the next four weeks. This happens only once a year, and when it occurs, among other things, it means you will need more sleep. (Go to bed.) However, this polarized position of the Sun will give you more objectivity so that you can better understand the subtle ramifications of your closest relationships. Hey, this is an advantage not to be ignored. This detachment can help you see how you can improve your style of relating with others. Meanwhile, issues related to kids, sports, vacations, the arts and social outings will be practical and beneficial to you. Good time to make future vacation plans!

Gemini (May 21-June 20)
This week ushers in a four-week window where you’re revved up to work smart and work hard, cuz you want results! You want to make every action count. This is because you want to work at an effective, efficient pace. Fear not — all it takes is motivation, and because you have the desire to do this, you will see concrete results and will accomplish a lot in the next four weeks. Incidentally, this high standard that you are setting for yourself will also apply to your health. (Yes, you’re turning over a new leaf.) Meanwhile, this week issues at home and relations with family member will be much better. (And that’s how we like them to be.)

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
It’s good news for you because this week, the Sun moves into your fellow Water Sign of Scorpio. This occurs twice a year about four months before and after your birthday. This is a beneficial connection because it will help give you balance and equilibrium in your life. It makes things work smoothly and your life will hum along in a better way. It also gives you a chance to regroup and rethink. In addition, this four-week window will be more lighthearted and more fun-loving. You will enjoy social occasions, fun activities with kids and a greater interest in sports. Plus, your ability to concentrate will improve this week as will your communication style. Not too shabby!

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
As the Sun shifts into Scorpio this week, it will increase your focus on home, family and your private life for the next four weeks. You will be most comfortable to be at home among familiar surroundings. Your focus will be inward and memories of your youth and early family days will return. Some of you will be more involved with a parent. All this private rumination might reveal how past behaviour patterns are no longer appropriate. (A learning curve!) Meanwhile, this week, you will be sensible about money and possessions. You will want to make what you own work for you in a useful way. Lucky Leos will see ways to boost their earnings. Ka-ching!

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
This week is the beginning of a four-week window where your daily pace will accelerate because of a busy schedule: Short trips, appointments, errands plus increased reading, writing and studying are some reasons you’ll be hopping! Expect some delays and silly frustrations because Mercury retrograde is still in the picture creating transportation problems and mixed-up communications. Mercury retrograde will also attract relatives, siblings and people from your past back into your world. Fortunately, Venus in your sign is beautifully supported by Saturn, Pluto and Jupiter, which means you will be productive, focused, efficient and quite joyful. How nice.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
This week ushers in a four-week window where your focus on money, earnings, assets and your wealth in general will be stronger. It will prompt you to think about your movable possessions and whether or not they serve your needs or you are a slave to them? You will be more interested in everything that you own. You might want to show something off. You will want to establish greater control in your life through what you own. (Which is a good thing.) Meanwhile, privately, you will enjoy study, research and discovering new knowledge that is enlightening and edifying. Study and research will reward you.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
This week the Sun moves into your sign to stay for the next four weeks. This happens only once a year and when it does it’s great because it boosts your energy and gives you a chance to recharge your batteries for the rest of the year. Plus, it attracts people and favourable situations to you. This is a good thing! Meanwhile, Mercury retrograde will attract ex-partners and people from your past back into your world, which means you might want to look sharp when you go out because as you know – living well is the best revenge. Meanwhile, this week is lovely for friendships and relations with people in groups and organizations. Someone older might have good advice for you. Others will help and support you in practical and generous ways. We like!

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
Because your birthday looms ahead, this means your personal year is ending. Therefore, set aside time in the next four weeks to think about what you want for your new year ahead. This will be the perfect time to define goals, especially since you are a forward-thinking sign. Goals give you a clearer focus on what is important. They give you more clarity in decision-making. They give you better control over your future and they certainly give you a sense of purpose. Meanwhile, this week, someone older or more experienced might give you excellent advice that might help you. Your interactions with a group will be positive in a practical way, as well as uplifting. Good stuff!

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
This week the Sun changes signs for the next four weeks, which has the effect of making you more popular, more in touch with friends, and more interactive with clubs and organizations. You will enjoy interacting with others and you will encounter people from your past. You will also have a stronger interest in making goals and thinking about how you can translate your hopes and dreams for the future from the abstract to the concrete. Meanwhile, this week is perfect for study, exploring new philosophies and ideas, and making travel plans. You will love learning anything new and meeting people from other cultures. Some of you might meet a guru-like figure or teacher.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
This week the Sun moves to the top of your chart to stay for the next four weeks. This can happen only once a year and when it does, symbolically, it means that you are being cast in a flattering spotlight. In turn, this means that other people admire you and see you as competent and capable, even if you don’t do anything different. (Ah yes, the magic of great lighting.) The very good news for you is that this week, money and practical support will come to you from other sources and other people. This will include banks and financial institutions. Accept whatever help is offered to you because it could bring you a long-term benefit. Ka-ching!

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
Every four weeks, the Sun changes signs and when it does, it creates a new shift and focus in our lives. For the next four weeks, you will want to do whatever you can to broaden your horizons, especially through travel or exciting studies into metaphysics, philosophy, religion or any discipline that proves to be a positive learning experience for you. Likewise, you will enjoy meeting people from other cultures. Some of you might have a greater involvement with the law or medicine. Meanwhile, this is a marvellous week to relate to members of the general public, as well as those who are closest to you because Venus is opposite your sign dancing beautifully with Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn. Things are going your way!

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GrannyMoon’s Weekly Feast 11-18 Oct 2020! Thanks for reading my blog!

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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

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

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

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

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The First Days of the Seasons
WINTER Monday, December 21, 5:02 A.M. EST

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Current Moon Phase: WANING MOON

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

Goddess Aspect: Crone

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

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

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October
12th Indie Author Day at many local libraries and bookstores, celebrating local authors whose books are published by small presses (not the big guys in New York)
13th Mercury becomes Retrograde
14th National Dessert Day. Also, on this day in 1926, Winnie-the-Pooh was published. (Happy birthday, Pooh!)
14th Vetrablot
16th New Moon (1:32 PM, MST)
18th Birthday of herbalist Nicholas Culpeper, 1616-1654. His 1654 book, The Complete Herbal, has never been out of print.

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New Moon in Libra October 16, 2020

Living with Moon Magic by Patty Shaw

The New Moon in Libra on October 16th is the perfect time to do a little moon magic around love. Let’s revisit a powerful spell from our Witches Union library to help you increase your commitment to having love in your life Smith to help you along.

Coventry Products you’ll need are Affirmations Love, Soul Mate, Inner Beauty candles, and Love Magic Witches Union Patch. Other items you will need: Metal mixing bowl, water, and olive oil.
The Spell:

During the three nights of the New Moon, October 15, 16, and 17th, fill the bowl ½ way with water and drizzle a tablespoon of olive oil into the water. Place the bowl to the edge of the table so you can look into it easily and put the Love Magic patch under it. Place the Affirmation candles evenly behind the bowl, ideally so the flames reflect in the water.

Allow your thinking to slow down and slip into a relaxed meditative state while staring into the water. With your pointer finger, stir the water clockwise and chant, “Devotion, partner, consort, mate; a love divine, none can break.” Repeat the chant as many times as you need to, allowing yourself to let go of any expectations of what is about to happen. Stare into the moving water and allow pictures to grow in your mind of who this person is. If you already know them, open up to the message of how to make a deeper lifetime connection. Even if you don’t see anything in this moment, a clearer understanding will gradually be born over the next 24 hours.

One by one, extinguish the candles and quickly drizzle the molten wax into the water. Look for any images that may appear in the cooled wax forms. If you don’t understand what the message is at this moment, take pictures, write down your impressions, and look up the symbols. Once your message is clear, create an incantation to draw the lifetime of love to you. To complete the spell to create a lifetime of love, relight the candles and repeat your incantation 3 times. Do this every day until they are consumed, never leaving a burning candle unattended.

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The card drawn for this week is:
The Hierophant

The Hierophant represents an established set of spiritual values and beliefs. It’s often correlated with religion or other formal doctrines.

Before you can discover your own belief systems and make your own choices, you are being encouraged to learn fundamental principles from a trusted source.

Work with a teacher or guide that can teach you about spiritual values and beliefs. If you’ve already mastered a particular field of study, you may be taking on the role of teaching others.

This is a good time to explore the framework of your belief system. Consider exploring your spiritual or religious heritage. Are there any family traditions or sacred rituals that you have been neglecting?

If you have been lacking ritual and tradition in your life, you are being asked to commit to spiritual practice. Create a regular practice such as daily prayer or saying grace before a meal.

Ask the Tarot: To what belief systems and principles do you subscribe?

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The Witch
From The Halloween Oracle

Earth, Air, Fire and Water
A woman lovely, a woman strange
Weaver of the worlds, Moon’s Daughter
Witch: The Catalyst for Change

You can weave your own destiny and change through magick!

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Heartwings Love Notes 952 Comfort Me with Apples

Heartwings says, “An apple a day has many health benefits and tastes good too!”

As I write this, I can smell the applesauce cooking in my slow cooker. Made from unpeeled, cut apples, and simmered a while with half cider and half water, to cover, my applesauce needs no further seasoning or sweetening. Once cooked, I put it through my trusty food mill-I picked mine up at a yard sale, however they are available both in stores and on the internet. The money you save on canned or otherwise processed applesauce will soon pay for the food mill and your applesauce will be more nutritious.

The peel contains much nutritional value. This is lost in most if not all commercial applesauce. As to apples themselves, the old adage about an apple a day is confirmed by research on the internet. Astonishingly good for you, raw apples have an enormous health benefit ranging from vitamins, minerals, and fiber to a low calorie content. The fiber is also said to be more satisfying and in studies with people using apples as a snack showed them losing weight compared with those using foods o equal calorie value. Cooked apples also have many benefits.

According to the internet, apples received a bad rap in the story of Adam and Eve because of a pun. In the original Biblical writings, the substance Adam and Eve consumed that got them ejected from the Garden of Eden was simply a seed bearing fruit: a fig, a pomegranate or even a pear. However, when Jerome was instructed by his pope to translate the Bible into the Vulgate, i.e. into Latin for church use, he made a scholarly joke. The Latin name for apple is malus. This word translates both as evil and as apple. Thus the poor apple became potentially perceived as evil.

There are many good reasons to enjoy apples, and many ways to prepare them. Sauteed apples and onions as a side dish takes them out of the category of dessert. Here’s another, Apple Squash bake: Apple Squash Bake, created when I had to stretch one acorn squash to serve 4 instead of 2. Preheat oven to 325; butter a 9X13 glass baking dish. Alternate peeled slices from 1 or 2 apples and 1 acorn squash, halved and sliced. Mingle ¼ cup honey or maple syrup, 3 Tbs soft butter, 1 Tbs prepared mustard (optional but good) and pour over them. Bake 45 minutes at 325and serve to 4. Enjoy!

May your food be your medicine so that you are eating healthily.

Blessings and Best Regards, Tasha Halpert

PS Do you have favorite apple recipes to share? I’d love to see them. Your responses to my columns truly make my day and I so appreciate them. Write me here or at tashahal@gmail.com. For more Love Notes and other goodies, visit my web site at http://www.heartwingsandfriends.com.

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Llewellyn’s Spell-A-Day
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World Homeless Day

BY TESS WHITEHURST

It’s World Homeless Day, a day dedicated to reducing homelessness around the world. Today, create a prayer candle for Saint Benedict Joseph Labre, the patron saint of people who are homeless. (After his request to be a monk was refused several times, he released most of his possessions and lived on the streets of Rome. After his death, many miracles were attributed to him.) Print out or create an image of him and paste it onto a jar candle. After lighting the candle, ground and center your energy. Call on Saint Benedict Joseph Labre, and ask for guidance on how you can best help those who are homeless in your area.

While the candle is still burning, research local charities and choose at least one small way to support one of them, perhaps by giving clothing, food, time, or money. Optionally, post your good deed on social media to inspire others to observe this day as well. Extinguish the candle.
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First Winter Harvest
BY BARBARA ARDINGER

Sukkot, which ends today, is a harvest festival that dates back to the books of Exodus and Leviticus. Today is also the traditional Germanic Winter’s Day, for in October the energetic tides of the dark night of the year are getting noticeably stronger. Today is a good day to think about what you might do with your winter.

Place symbols of harvest (perhaps a mini-ear of corn or some wheat) and winter (a crone goddess, amethyst, onyx) on the north side of your altar. Recite this invocation:

Preparing for winter’s season today,
I treasure my harvest and look ahead.
Come, dear winter, bring
peace with your holiday,
For we know in time will rise
what once seemed dead.

Speak your wishes for the coming season of rest and regeneration to the crone and keep your symbols on your altar until Imbolc. Use what you learn to welcome whatever winter may bring.
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A Stone’s Throw Spell
BY JAMES KAMBOS

This is the feast day of an obscure saint from Great Britain, Saint Keyne. She’s best remembered for her holy enchanted well in England. Wells are magical places. They’re portals to the earth and to the underworld. This spell will help rid you of a problem.

First, select a stone you like and hold it tightly. Think of your problem. Walk around a well three times while chanting this charm three times:

The problem I carry with me today,
I forbid to stay.
Go, I demand, be on your way!

At the end of the third chant, toss the stone with force into the well. Don’t linger; walk away quickly. If you can’t find a well, do the same chant while walking in a circle three times near the edge of a pond or a calm lake.
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New Roads Tarot Spell
BY CERRIDWEN IRIS SHEA

Our year will be over at the end of the month. It’s time to start thinking about what you want to achieve in the next cycle.

Gather these supplies:

  • 5 tarot cards: the four aces and the Sun
  • A green candle (for physical manifestation) in a holder

Lay out the tarot cards. Place the Sun card in the middle, with the Ace of Pentacles above it (north/earth), the Ace of Swords to the right (east/air), the Ace of Wands below (south/fire), and the Ace of Cups to the left (west/ water). (Note: If you identify swords with fire and wands with air, switch them.) Light the green candle and say:

Ideas meet passion meet creativity
meet manifestation. I open myself
to new roads of positive abundance
and experience. So mote it be.

Spend some time meditating with the lit candle, then extinguish it. Repeat the process for nine days. Be alert to new opportunities and take them.
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Taking Out the Garbage ( Disposal)
BY ARI MANKEY

While we don’t wish harm on an yone, sometimes we just need to get a bad egg out of our lives. As Kitchen Witches, we like to use things that are readily available in our house for magick, like our garbage disposal.

If there’s a person or habit you want out of your life, write their name on a piece of paper and mix it with something you’re going to send down the garbage disposal. As you mix the name and the (most likely) old, moldy food, say:

I wish you no harm, but
it’s time to go away.
Down and gone from me
you’ll now stay.
I grind and chop up that
which doesn’t serve me.
The gears have ground and the
spell is done. So mote it be!

If you don’t have a garbage disposal in your sink, a trash can will work just as well.
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Bibliomancy
BY MELISSA TIPTON

Close your eyes as you focus on a question and say:

I call upon my higher self to guide
me to the information that is correct
and good for me at this time.

Spend a few minutes in meditation, centering and connecting to your higher self, then select a book from your shelf, allowing intuition to steer your choice. Open the book to a random page, and let your finger fall on a passage. You will do this process three times, flipping to a different page in the book for each selection. Use your intuition to interpret each passage as follows:

Passage 1: What is the most important thing I can start doing in regard to my situation?
Passage 2: What is the most important thing I can stop doing in regard to my situation?
Passage 3: What lesson does this situation contain?

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Folklore Spell
BY ELIZABETH BARRETTE

To honor the folk traditions of your people today, hold a folklore party with friends or family members who share your traditions. Serve traditional foods, and dress in appropriate clothes if you have them. Sing favorite songs about folk heroes or practices. Take turns reciting or reading aloud folktales that you love. Tell your life story as a folktale, with yourself as the protagonist.

Discuss or study the customs, superstitions, and folk magic of your people. At the beginning and end of the celebration, and between the various activities, chant this rhyme to help focus energy on the transmission of folklore: “Tell me a story, or sing me a song. Teach me the old ways we’ve kept so long.” This spell makes it easier and more fun to learn folklore. It may be performed at any time of the year, indoors or outdoors.

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How to Keep a Dream Journal

Dream analysis is more of an art than a science, but there are numerous creative benefits.

Do it first thing. The key to recording dreams is speed and immediacy. The feeling of a dream’s logic slipping away the moment you try to explain it to someone else is a familiar one: Keep your dream journal and a pen close at hand. That way, you can jot down everything you remember when you first wake up—whether that’s in the middle of the night or the next day.

Write in the present tense. Describing your dream world in the present tense, as if it is happening again in real-time, may help you resurrect details and follow the action more clearly.

Try to capture emotions, not just plot points. Get in the habit of noting how your dream self felt in any given situation. Were you apprehensive inside of this dream? Was it in a familiar setting? Was there an aspect about that dream that was thrilling, or did it terrify you?

Track your sleep cycles. You are dreaming most deeply during your REM cycle (or rapid-eye-movement cycle), for about two hours at a time. Understanding how long it takes you to cycle through the different stages of your sleep patterns may allow you to record dreams immediately post-REM, when your brain has returned to a semi-alert state.

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5 Ways to Love Your Body
By Carrie Myers Smith

While many of us have an easy time showering other people with love, we find that Cupid has yet to hit us with the “body love” arrow. Don’t wait for Cupid! Begin today to start appreciating, accepting and, yes, even loving your body.

  1. Stop picking yourself apart

Let’s face it: No matter how close to perfect your body may be (and just what is the perfect body anyway?), chances are, there is something you would change about it if you could. Even celebrities and models who have been stamped with the media’s “perfect body” rating have body parts they dislike – their feet, their hands, their ears – and they don’t necessarily have high self-esteem either! Rather than pick your body apart, look at your body as a whole and…

  1. Consider the marvelous functions of your body

There are millions of microscopic functions that go on in our bodies every day, and you don’t even have to think about them. They just happen! Unfortunately, it often takes a crisis or a tragedy, such as a brush with death, a go-around with a disease, or a debilitating accident for some women to realize that their bodies weren’t so bad to begin with and that their body hang-ups were a big waste of time. Don’t let that be the case with you! How much time are you spending each day worrying about your weight, your body shape, the size of your rear? What could you be doing during that time? Maybe you’re supposed to be the first female president, but you’ll never know because you’re too busy obsessing about your abs!

  1. Get real

Did you know that most of the images you see on television, movies and magazines aren’t even real? A model for a magazine cover goes through hours of professional hair and make-up, has professional stylists dressing them in clothes that flatter their angles, top photographers who know their “best side,” professional lighting, and that’s all before the chosen photo goes to a company where they can remove stray hairs, wrinkles, blemishes and “extra” curves. Sometimes Model A’s head is stuck onto Model B’s body. What you see is often a fabrication.

And it’s not just fashion magazines that are creating a fantasy. Most of today’s “fitness” magazines are following suit. On top of airbrushing and computer generating their models, fitness magazines now need to audition their models to be sure they’re strong enough to just do basic exercises! Muscles are even airbrushed in! It’s time to get real! Find real role models who emanate the qualities you desire. Educate yourself about what really goes on “behind the scenes.” And realize that no one naturally “glows” the way those models in the magazines do!

  1. Change your inner dialogue

It’s been said that we teach others how to treat us. If we believe that, the message that comes across to others is that we are not worth being liked, loved or treated with respect. Most of it comes from what we’re not even saying. Choose to believe that you are worth taking care of and that you have the right to be respected and treated with dignity – and act like it!

  1. Take care of your body

Diets, pills, quick-fixes, binging, not exercising, over-exercising–all these things disrespect one of the greatest gifts you have been given: your body! You only get one per lifetime, so give it the respect it deserves. You will not only feel better, but you just might become someone else’s role model!

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What Is Your Cat Saying To You?
A Guide To Cat Body Language And Communication
By The Editors

What does it mean when a cat meows? Here is a look at what your cat is saying to you when it moves its ears, widens its eyes, rubs its nose on you, or uses any other cat body language!

Have you ever wondered what it means when your cat purrs? We know that you feel the love when they let you rub their belly, so find out what all these little gestures mean according to catspeak!

Because most of an animal’s speech involves body language, posture, and gesture, the key to understanding your cat is learning to read its body language. Vocal speech, in the sense of sounds with a particular meaning, also exists, but it is secondary.

Most actions included here exist in combinations rather than singly. Thus, a cat with slit eyes and ears hard down will probably also be arched or tense, whereas a cat with narrowed eyes and ears slightly down and to the side may also be purring and will be relaxed.

WHEN CATS MOVE THEIR EARS
If the ears are hard forward: The cat is alert, interested, and ready to move. If you’re holding your cat and the cat suddenly looks at something and pricks her ears forward, she may be getting ready to jump, either to pounce or to run.
If the ears are forward but relaxed: The cat is also relaxed, aware of her surroundings but not alarmed.
If the ears are slightly down and to the side: Usually seen when the cat is very relaxed and happy. Eyes will be closed or slit; the cat is usually purring.
If the ears are back but not flat: The cat is agitated, threatened, may jump or run away. The cat may also hear something behind it.
If the ears are flat back on the head: The cat is angry, threatened, frightened; may scratch if cornered.
Cat ears alert

WHAT A CAT’S TAIL TELLS YOU
If the tail is high, relaxed, and waving: The cat is relaxed, happy, confident.
If the tail is trailing behind body but not held low: The cat is relaxed but alert.
If the tail is held low: The cat is cautious; it may be looking for a safe place, especially if the body is also held low to the ground.
If the tail is bristled: The cat is fearful or aggressive; other body cues will tell you which.

CAT BODY LANGUAGE
If the back is arched, the cat is on its toes, standing sideways-on: The cat is fearful and may fight, but will probably run.
If the back is arched, and the cat is standing face-on: The cat is aggressive and will almost certainly fight.
If the body is relaxed, soft, feet tucked under or kneading: The cat is relaxed.
If it rolls on its back: The cat is very relaxed, trusting. A cat does this when it is absolutely confident of safety. It may also be asking you to play or rub its stomach (proceed at your own risk).

CATS COMMUNICATE WITH THEIR EYES
If the eyes are wide: The cat is alert. Other cues will tell you if the cat is relaxed or threatened.
If the eyes are narrowed: The cat is alert, but may be fearful or aggressive. Look for other cues.
If the eyes are lazily open or closed: The cat is relaxed.
Pupil dilation is also important: Wide pupils can signal high interest, excitement, or possibly fear or aggression.

CAT CUES FROM WHISKERS
If the whiskers are hard forward: The cat is alert, interested, perhaps sees a threat, prey, or food.
If the whiskers are back: The cat is calm, relaxed.
If the whiskers are bristled: Usually seen with other cues that indicate fear or aggression.

CAT VOICES: WHAT DOES A MEOW OR PURR MEAN?
Meow: Cats tend to use meows more with humans than with other cats, though there are exceptions. To communicate with each other, they use a range of vocal signals, and some cats will use meows in this case, too. Kittens mew loudly when they’re hungry or frightened, but once they’ve stopped being dependent on their mother, they also stop this kind of calling behavior. When you hear your cat meowing, it is generally talking to you—so pay attention!

Hiss: This is fear and threat. The cat is saying, “Back off.” Depending on how confident the cat feels or whether it is in its own territory, it may fight or run. You can use the hiss to tell your cat to stop doing something—this will get its attention and usually stop the behavior.

Yowl: This is a step up from the hiss and is definitely a threat. The sound is “wow-wow-wow,” but modulated: “woOOOowwwoooOOOoowwwooOOOoow,” with the middle of each “wow” rising both in pitch and volume. A cat making this sound is getting ready to fight and may scratch if you try to touch it. Use the yowl to move a strange cat off your property. Yowling can also indicate discomfort or emotional upset. A smothered or muffled yowl may indicate a hairball coming up.

Purr: The jury is still out on precisely how the purr is produced. It may be a vocalization, or it may be produced by some other means. However it’s produced, this is a multipurpose sound. The purr usually indicates relaxation, trust, and well-being, and a cat may purr itself (and you!) to sleep. A nursing mother will purr while the kittens nurse, and they purr along with her. This seems to be a bonding and reassuring sound related to the later adult “relaxed” purr. Adult cats often purr while grooming each other.

Occasionally, a cat will insert a trilling sound into the purr. You usually hear this when you’re holding and petting the cat, not when the cat is simply purring to itself or another cat. This is referred to as “singing.”

Cats also purr over prey. There is a theory that the purr acts as a hypnotic on the prey animal and reduces its struggling.

Finally, an injured cat will sometimes purr, but the purr is deeper and raspier and quite loud. While the relaxed purr, the nursing purr, and the trill are accompanied by kneading, the prey purr and the pain purr usually are not.

Chirp: This is an abbreviated sound, “prrt” or “prrt?,” almost like a purr cut short. It usually happens as a greeting between cats that know each other well. Cats will also sometimes use the chirp to respond to a human voice. Some cats do a chattering sound, very soft and sometimes accompanied by a silent or almost-silent meow. They usually do this when they’re frustrated by seeing prey that they can’t get at, like that squirrel dancing in front of the window.

CAT GESTURES
Finally, cats make a number of very communicative gestures.

Kneading: This is a holdover from kitten behavior. A nursing kitten kneads its mother’s belly to promote the flow of milk. An adult cat may knead a person who is holding it to indicate contentment. If the cat’s claws are sharp, this can be a painful experience! A contented cat will sometimes extend and curl its toes (and extrude and withdraw its claws) while it’s purring, even if there’s nothing to knead.
Nose-rubbing: A cat that rubs its nose and cheek on you is marking you and indicating that you belong to it.
Arching: A cat that arches against you, sometimes even standing up on its hind feet, is asking for attention and wants to be petted or even picked up. A cat that flops against you is indicating trust.
Head butting: If your cat butts the top of its head against you, this is affection, pure and simple.
Grooming: Occasionally, cats will groom their people and may even bite gently. This is a variation on parent behavior, where an adult cat grooms a kitten and sometimes takes it gently by the nape to make it hold still. Cats will sometimes carry this affectionate behavior to the extent of rasping the skin away, so interrupt it before it gets to that point!
This is not completely exhaustive, but by paying attention to the rudimentary vocal and gestural vocabulary of your cat, you’ll more easily be able to figure out what it is telling you—and you’ll be less likely to be scratched!

Love your cat? Learn about what signs your cat might give you when it’s sick.

—by Elizabeth Creith for The Old Farmer’s Almanac. Elizabeth hails from Canada, owns a local pet shop and farm, and has an extended family of many, many cats!

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MULLED APPLE CIDER

Nothing tastes better than hot Mulled Apple Cider on a cold day or evening. Plus, it fills the house with a delicious fragrance.

“Mulled” simply means that the cider is heated with spice. It’s similar to steeping tea.

If possible, use unpasteurized apple cider for best taste. However, even regular apple juice will do in a pinch, given all then nice spices.

Adults may add bourbon or rum if desired. Just pour a tablespoon into an empty mug and pour the mulled cider on top.

Mulled Apple Cider With Orange

INGREDIENTS
1 gallon apple cider
3 cinnamon sticks, broken into 3-inch pieces
8 to 10 whole cloves
1 lemon or navel orange, sliced crosswise
Optional: Fresh ginger (2-inch piece, peeled, and cut into thin slices)

INSTRUCTIONS
In a large stainless steel or enameled pot, combine all the ingredients. Slowly bring just to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes.

Strain the mixture through a fine sieve into a heat-proof pitcher and serve the mulled cider warm.

Note: You can also use a spice bag and just remove the spice bag when done simmering.

Serve in a mug with one of the cinnamon sticks!

YIELD:
Serves 8 to 10.

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Finding Gifts in All

Before bed each night, take the time to review your day and review the gifts you received.

When we have good days, we often find ourselves going over the details later, enjoying them a second and third time as we feel the joy of our good fortune. When we have bad days, we may find ourselves poring over the details of our misfortunes. However, we can reframe those bad days by making it a daily practice to spend some time before going to bed each night to review the gifts we received that day. Regardless of our evaluation of the day — good, bad, mediocre — we can call forth the many blessings that were present. This practice transforms our consciousness as it reveals the fullness at the heart of our lives.

Some days it’s easy to recount the gifts we’ve received; on other days, we have to look harder for the offerings of the day, but once we do, we will find there are always quite a few. We can keep it simple and be grateful for the fact that we have a roof over our head, nature, food, and our health. Once we have fully experienced these gifts, we can move outward to the gifts that may require a little more thought such as the gifts of forgiveness, tolerance and acceptance that we may have learned that day. We can also always be grateful for the people in our lives who support us, no matter how bad our day may have been.

Just reviewing the many positive offerings in our lives provides a context for our difficulties that puts them in proper perspective, but we can also make an effort to see the gifts even in adverse circumstances. This can be challenging and may require some practice before it feels authentic, but we have all had the experience of a disappointment or loss leading to a surprising gain. Just remembering this and trusting the give and take of life can help us to remember that sometimes the best gifts of all are the ones we don’t recognize right away. In addition, the lessons we learn in the face of adversity are offerings in their own right, allowing us to count patience, wisdom, and fortitude alongside the other gifts of the day.

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The Ultimate Backyard Bonfire
http://www.ghosthuntingtheories.com/

Bonfires and scary tales – what autumn should be made of. It may be the start of Fall, but the heat has us beat. An easy and cheap way to usher in the season is a backyard bonfire. Let’s escape for a moment into bonfires and nighttime rituals –

Bonfire Recipes

Banana dessert (I make this on every camping trip) Take a banana, slice it down the middle lengthwise. Spread peanut butter, put in miniature chocolate chips. Wrap in foil. Heat a few minutes. Eat with a spoon.

Classy smores Heat two marshmallows over fire until gooey. Lay out a cookie (any type), put some Hershey’s candy bar rectangles on it, slide the marshmallows onto the chocolate, place another cookie over top.

Cones: Sugar cones filled with chocolate, fruits, nuts, pretzels, marshmallows, wrapped in tin foil and heated.

Building a Bonfire

Sturdy logs, kindling in between, seems like a no-brainer, but some folks have trouble starting their fires and keeping them growing. You can also use dried up bark or stripping from a pine tree to help get the initial flames going, but kindling (small twigs) and bigger logs help in the different phases of building a fire and making it roar.

Bonfire Tales

Campfire Tales (from this site that has more). The key to good campfire tales is to play up the urban legends, escaped maniacs, killers, ghosts, and woodland monsters. Tell the story as if it were a true event that occurred in the past (think Blair Witch Project).

La Llorona: Once there was a widow who wished to marry a rich nobleman. However, the nobleman did not want to raise another man’s children and he dismissed her. The widow was determined to have the nobleman for her own, so the widow drowned her children to be free of them. When she told the nobleman what she had done, he was horrified and would have nothing more to do with her. As she left him, the widow was overcome by the terrible crime she had committed and went to the river, looking for her children. But they were gone. She drowned herself and her spirit was condemned to wander the waterways, weeping and searching for her children until the end of time.

Ghost: The train rumbled around him as he adjusted the throttle. The night shift was always the toughest, in the engineer’s mind. He had rumbled through Timpas a few minutes ago and was on his way to Thatcher. Not a bad stretch of road, and there was no better train in the entire Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad.

He stretched a bit and yawned, trying to stay alert. And then he gasped. The lights had picked up the figure of a beautiful woman with long red-gold hair and wonderful blue eyes standing near the tracks. Too near! He sounded his horn to warn her away and then he realized that the light was shining right through her. She was a ghost!

She stepped into the center of the track, laughing and beautiful. She disappeared seconds before the train rushed through her. And then she was there, in the engine cab next to him. The scent of roses filled the air. He stared at the ghostly vision, bewitched by her beauty. With an enticing smile, she wrapped ghostly arms about his neck and kissed him. And was gone.

Dazed (and disappointed!), the engineer finished the run to Thatcher in a trance, completely forgetting to stop at the station. The fireman had to pour water on his head to snap him out of it.

The engineer decided not to tell anyone about the ghost, fearing for his job. But he was plagued by curiousity. Finally, he confided the story to a close friend who was a fellow engineer. To his surprise, the friend had heard about the ghost before. The ghost’s appearance on the train was by no means uncommon. No one knew who the woman had been in life. But she always appeared on that stretch of track after dark, beckoning to the men on the railroad crew with a bewitching smile. Sometimes, said his friend, sometimes she would come right onto the train!

“Better not tell your wife about it,” his friend advised. The engineer never did.

Maco Light On a night in 1867, at the small Brunswick County station of Maco fifteen miles west of Wilmington, a slow freight train was puffing down the track. In the caboose was Joe Baldwin, the flagman. A jerking noise startled him, and he was aware that his caboose had become uncoupled from the rest of the train, which went heedlessly on its way. As the caboose slackened speed, Joe looked up and saw the beaming light of a fast passenger train bearing down upon him. Grabbing his lantern, he waved it frantically to warn the oncoming engineer of the imminent danger. It was too late. At a trestle over the swamp, the passenger train plowed into the caboose. Joe was decapitated: his head flew into the swamp on one side of the track, his lantern on the other. It was days before the destruction caused by the wreck was cleared away. And when Joe’s head could not be found, his body was buried without it.

Thereafter on misty nights, Joe’s headless ghost appeared at Maco, a lantern in its hand. Anyone standing at the trestle first saw an indistinct flicker moving up and down, back and forth. Then the beam swiftly moved forward, growing brighter and brighter as it neared the trestle. About fifty feet away it burst into a brilliant, burning radiance. After that, it dimmed, backed away down the track, and disappeared.

It was Joe with his lantern, of course. But what was he doing? Was he looking for his head? Or was he trying to signal an approaching train?

In 1889 President Grover Cleveland, on a political campaign, saw the mysterious light, as have hundreds of people throughout the years. But in 1977 when the railroad tracks were removed and the swamp reclaimed his haunting grounds, Joe seems to have lost interest in Maco. At least, he has not been seen there lately.

It may not be bonfire weather yet, but you might try a modified version – how about candlelight and a classic movie for those kind of nights –

How about the sentimental scent of a bonfire?

Bonfire Fragrance: Our version of Bonfire has a decidedly American, point of view. We remember a less complicated and less regulated time, when we would rake the fallen, dried maple leaves from the lawn into large piles, which our fathers would burn, making the bonfires of our youth. It is that smell of burning maple leaves that is the heart of our Bonfire cologne. What recollections does it raise for you?

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Gilberto’s New Office
by Stephen Halpert

Gilberto felt restless at home and was eager to get back to work, but his doctor was against it, and rightly so. He was still recovering from the concussion inflicted on him the night he saved Joey. He continued to suffer piercing headaches and occasionally his balance was challenged. Still, Gilberto wanted Maria to at least see his new office.

His vice presidential office on the executive floor at Atlas was twice the size of his old one, with modern comfortable furnishings.
Proudly, he showed Maria his name engraved on a brass plaque on his office door, as well as on his impressive teak desk.
“Wow!” Maria exclaimed as he escorted her inside. “No wonder you want to be back at work. What an incredible office. Just look at that.” She pointed to his state-of-the-art computer system with its oversized screen.
Gilberto smiled broadly. “Now I can communicate with every Atlas office nationwide.” He took a big breath. It felt like his chest would burst.
Maria smiled and took his hand. ” After you take us home, Rosa and I are going maternity clothes shopping.”
Gilberto nodded and wondered what to say. It seemed to him Maria was keeping her pregnancy to herself and he felt a little awkward. He shrugged. “You know best,” he said lightly.
Maria smiled. “You want to go maternity clothes shopping with me?”
He shrugged again. “Go ahead, read my mind. I’d like watching you when you’re undressing, trying things on.
She smiled. “That arouses you?”
“Everything about you does that,” he grinned. “Simple as that.”
“I’ll take that as a compliment.”
He laughed. “Especially if I can be with you in your dressing room.”
“I don’t think they let men do that. Store policy. But I’ll give you a fashion show when we’re home.”
He put his arm around her waist. “Well, maybe you’ll pick up something lowcut and off the shoulder.”
She laughed. “That’s not maternity fashion. The idea is mostly for loose fitting and comfortable.” Then she kissed him. “Don’t worry Gilberto you won’t feel left out. You are after all our baby’s father. I hope you won’t mind Rosa having a baby shower for me.”
“Where’d that come from?” He looked ever so slightly downcast.
She smiled. “Maybe I can read your mind a little.”
He frowned. “You mean I can’t come?”
“Why don’t you and Ramon go do something fun instead? A baby shower is for the mother and other women.”.
“Whatever you say.” His words came out slowly.
Looking down from his office window Maria noticed the same vehicle the agents had driven when they came to his condo. She pointed for him to look.
He frowned. “What’s that all about?”
“I wonder,” Maria said. “Are they suspicious of something?”
“Suspicious of what?” Gilberto scoffed. He was annoyed plus he felt as though he were on the verge of a bad headache. Since the accident they seemed to come on all too often.
“Don’t be upset,” he said as calmly as he could. “Maybe they keep their eye on Karibe’s friends. I wouldn’t worry if I were you. More important things to think about.” He changed the subject abruptly. “Besides, I want to be sure you have a first class delivery at the hospital.”
“No,” she shook her head. “I don’t think so. I’d like to deliver our baby at home the way I did before, with the same midwife who delivered Joey. I’ve already spoken with her,” she put her arms around his neck. “And we’ll attend her birthing classes together. You’ll like that.
His face reddened. “This makes no sense. What do you mean midwife?” He sputtered his words. “It’s the modern age. We’re not peasants. We don’t live in the country and tend cows where women deliver their babies in some field.”
His eyes bulged and his lips trembled. “We’re not indigent. Our medical insurance is first class. We can afford the best medical treatment. Why mess everything up with those old-fashioned crazy ways?”
She looked out the window. The car was gone. She looked back at him. Her face was stern. “What do you mean crazy ways?”
“It’s the modern age. Midwives went out with witches and weird medicine” he said.
Her face reddened, but she spoke quietly. “I’m sorry you feel this way. But it’s how I want our child to be delivered. Please let’s not argue about this.” She tried to hug him, but he pulled back from her.
She’d never seen his face look the way it did. He was breathing heavily. She began to feel alarmed.
He clenched his fists. “I’m serious about this. Maria, I want you to get first class medical treatment, not put yourself in the hands of some witch who uses leeches and God knows what else. You and the baby could die.”
Her stomach lurched. Softly but firmly she said: “A midwife is not a witch. Don’t ever let me hear you talk that way, ever! She’s trained in child delivery. She uses modern medicine not leeches. Where did you come up with weird stuff like that?”
The pain between his eyes intensified. “I read books you know,” he growled. “I know a few things about life. Real life. Not that crazy patriarchal crap you’ve been suckered into believing.”
Her voice rose. “What real life?” She said angrily. “The middle ages? Today midwives are trained and have established, certified skills.”
He slammed his fist on his desk. “You won’t listen to me! You never listen to me. You think you know everything. You’re just like your mother. It’s always your way or the highway.”
His dizziness intensified. He knew he needed to stop, calm down, drink water, stay centered. He staggered and fell into his new leather office chair.
` “Gilberto,” Maria cried out. “What’s wrong?”
He couldn’t seem to speak. His face paled, his body shook.
She went to him, tried holding him, stroking his face. “I love you so Gilberto but sometimes you amaze me. Where you’re at right now isn’t you at all. It’s some other guy hiding in your body. Please just breathe.”
Without a word he slumped over. His face rested on his desk. Hurriedly she took his phone, saw the phone numbers of the Atlas employees, and dialed Ramon.
Taking a deep breath, she said, “I’m in Gilberto’s office. Please help. Something’s wrong. He’s passed out.”
Moments later, Ramon waved smelling salts under Gilberto’s nose. Soon, he regained a semblance of consciousness. Ramon pushed his leather desk chair to the elevator and together he and Maria got Gilberto into their car.”
“Take him to the E.R.,” Ramon said getting into the back seat.
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Weekly Horoscope
Sunday, October 11, 2020
by Georgia Nicols
https://www.georgianicols.com

All Signs
This is not an ordinary year. The last time Saturn and Pluto lined up in Capricorn was 500 years ago in 1518. The last time Pluto was in Capricorn was during the American Revolution. The last time Mars was retrograde in Aries was 32 years ago in 1988. Currently, retrograde Mars is sowing seeds of havoc, worry and doubt from Sept. to mid Nov. However, when Mars stops being retrograde in Nov., things will improve. When Saturn leaves Capricorn in Dec., things will improve. When Mars is past its “shadow” in early January, things will improve. This is what we need to know! Until then, remember the wisdom of Abraham Lincoln: “The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.”

Aries (March 21-April 19)
Four signs have the worst of it this year (everyone has the worst of it!) You are one of them. Initially, when your ruler Mars entered your sign, this was great! (Mars is in your sign every two years for six weeks.) But this year, Mars is here for six months! In one way, this gives you energy, drive and confidence! And now for the small print. When Mars is retrograde, the very opposite occurs. You have doubt, worry and question things. Your energy will be hard to control. You might lash out at others in anger and then feel lacklustre and depressed. Relations with partners and authority figures will be testing. Tune in next week to find out — will John leave Marsha? And is Marsha’s baby his?

Taurus (April 20-May 20)
All this energy in Capricorn is tough for many signs but for you, it’s weirdly supportive because it’s happening in your fellow Earth Sign. Primarily, you feel the fallout from everything else happening to everyone around you. However, Mars is “hiding” in your chart for this six-month window, which is a tad uncomfortable. This creates frustration and self-denial. It definitely makes it hard for you to get credit for what you do. It also makes you give the wrong impression at times, which you find mortifying. Your best bet is to work alone as much as possible. Fortunately, issues related to home and family are supportive; plus, partners are on board. Be the voice of reason in the confusion around you.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)
This continues to be a playful time! Whether it’s sports, social occasions, fun with your kids or just good times – you are making things work for you! Bravo! Of course, nothing is perfect, which is why you might be at odds with a friend or a group this week. Very likely, these arguments will relate to disputes about shared property or shared responsibilities. Whenever you try to solve this problem – you meet with obstacles from someone. Yikes! Fortunately, Venus is in your House of Communications right now and this will sweeten your words and make you charming and reasonable with others. Which, of course you are!

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn are the four signs that are having extra challenges this year. You have been determined to achieve your goals, which is why you are focused and ambitious. (Although lately, that ambition has been wavering.) The biggest hurdle you face is dealing with partners and close friends. At times, it’s wonderful; at times, it’s horrible. Things are blowing hot and cold. This is because while Saturn and Pluto oppose you, lucky Jupiter is there as well, softening everything and at times, breaking through with laughter and delight. Avoid power struggles with parents and family members this week. You don’t need this. (Nobody does.)

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
The demands on you every day are substantial because you are busy with errands, appointments, increased reading, writing and studying, plus conversations with siblings and relatives – and more! Plus, you have to meet the demands of your everyday world. Family discussions and home repairs are likely. Despite disputes that might be health-related or related to your job, you will be charming because Venus is in your sign. (A blessing.) Actually, this is a good time to buy wardrobe items for yourself. Fortunately, Venus softens your words and takes the edge off your irritation with others. (Even in bad times, good things can happen.)

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
You have money on your mind as well as assets and possessions. Because this is your focus, this will be where you have difficulties dealing with others. Whether it’s shared responsibilities or shared ownership, there will be glitches and challenges. This week, expect disputes about who is responsible for what or who owes somebody or who owns something. It might involve your kids – their care and education? It might also involve sports or a vacation or a social occasion? The placement of Mercury will keep you fast talking and fast-moving. Don’t let arguments with others ruin your life (and theirs). Find that olive branch. (Check under your bed.)

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
Four signs have it extra tough this year, and you are one of them. It’s true. For six months, Mars is opposite Libra, while all this heavy-duty stuff takes place in Capricorn, which is a 90 degrees relationship to Sun. Not good! (Well, not easy.) I’m not going to say the good thing about banging your head against the wall is it feels so much better when you stop. (Oops I just did.) What you have to keep in mind this week is that any challenges that you have with others are probably power struggles. Is it that important to have the last word? (Of course, it is.) Is it that important to be in charge? (It feels good.) As I’ve said before, you can be right – or you can be in the relationship.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
This week you are best served working alone or behind the scenes. It’s also a very good time for you to define goals about what you want for your new year ahead. When you have goals, it makes future decision-making much easier! (“No, I’m not going to Fiji. In fact, I’m never going to Fiji.”) See how easy that is? Be patient with people you meet because this is where you will encounter some snags, which are really a battle of egos. You must remember that you are powerful, strong-willed and scary when you’re upset. (You don’t think you are – but others do.) Be nice! And remember the password for when things are tough: “Dark chocolate, now!”

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
This week, relations with friends and groups are challenging. It might come down to, “Who’s in charge?” “Who’s on first?” You might also have challenges with kids or a romantic partner. What are you fighting about? Or is it a power struggle that is subtle but it makes you grind your teeth at night? Remember that optimism and a positive frame of mind are food for your soul. More than any other sign, you thrive on optimistic hopes for your future. Ben Franklin said, “Trouble knocked at the door but hearing laughter – hurried away.” It’s also important to get physical activity outside every day. What you want overhead is sky!

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
This year has been life-changing because all the big stuff has been taking place in Capricorn. Pluto has been in your sign since 2008. (First time in your life.) Saturn has been in your sign since 2009, (first or second time in your life). Jupiter has been in your sign all year. Well, in Dec. 2020, both Jupiter and Saturn will leave Capricorn. Lucky Jupiter will then enter your House of Earnings! (Yay!) Pluto will stay in your sign until 2024, then leave, never return again in your life. Them’s the facts! Meanwhile, Mars, which is normally in Aries for six weeks, is in Aries for six months! This is challenging, especially from Sept. to Nov. Robert Schuller said, “Tough times never last, but tough people do.” It’s hard to see the picture when you’re inside the frame.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
You need to get away from all this! Unfortunately, it’s not easy to travel. Nevertheless, what you want is adventure and an exciting distraction! Perhaps you can create this? It simply requires an inventive mind, something you have in abundance. (Hey, nowadays, a person can have an adventure just stepping outside their front door!) However, your challenge will be to avoid arguments about politics, religion and racial issues because these are passionate, important matters, which you care about because you want to make the world a better place. Instead of focusing on differences, look at what you have in common and start from there. Everyone wants to be happy.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
Money squabbles and worries might take place this week. You might be at odds with someone in discussions about shared property, inheritances or insurance issues. You might also be at odds with a group or a member of a group who disagrees with how a certain amount of money or funding should be allocated. Step back and try to see the bigger picture. Perhaps you can heed the advice of Billy Connolly? “Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes. After that, who cares? He’s a mile away and you’ve got his shoes!” There is nothing wrong with a little levity when things get tense. Fortunately, issues related to your job and your health look positive.

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Weekly horoscopes beginning Sunday, 11 October 2020

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

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

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Theres a difference between things not going as expected, which they wont, and genuine problems. Once you understand that apparent obstacles are encouraging you to explore options you previously rejected or which are unfamiliar, youll tackle them with enthusiasm. For now, its about what youre learning. Decisions? Everybody else may be in a hurry, and youre getting impatient. Actually, however, they can and should wait.

There is fresh scope for change. Take advantage while you can. Your mind is overflowing with ideas on how to spice up your life and relationships. Just remember that when it comes to joint activities, you need your partner`s cooperation. You sense a need to keep your friends separate from business activities. Trust your intuition as if may not be a good idea to mix the two. If a friend falls out with a workmate, you will feel torn between loyalties.

Climbing a mountain can seem like such a good idea. The prospect of adventure and pushing yourself forward is exciting. Lets hope though, that those thoughts carry you past the Suns opposition to Mars on Tuesday and Mercurys retrograde station midweek. A good image might be leaving Everest base camp confident that you will conquer its summit, but discovering within just a few metres that you dont have the physical reserves needed and that your map is with someone oblivious to your need to see it! By Thursday it should be obvious that you need to dig ever deeper into reserves. This though, is something that you may be more than prepared to do knowing now that you have full support from a group offering excellent backup even if they`re not climbing the mountain with you.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

While nothing and nobody could undermine the power of your ruler Venuss presence in the portion of your chart that accents who and what you love, and lifes joys, the everyday difficulties youre facing wont vanish. Juggling matters of this nature may seem challenging; but when you realise its only about maintaining the status quo, not organising lasting arrangements, youll relax. Take each day as it comes.

Youre about to find yourself up to your eyes in job related matters. If you are unemployed, new commitments you take on for a charity will be more time consuming than anticipated. Be careful that some people dont start to take advantage of your kindness. Sometimes it`s the simplest of things that can make a world of difference. A child will be gushing with excitement to tell you about their recent experiences. Their happiness will be infectious.

Midweek Mercury stations retrograde in your opposite sign. Its quite possible that at least one individual or more likely, a group, will have marched you up to the top of a hill but left you wonderingwhy?. You might wonder about their game plan. The march might seem like a total waste of time. Actually, that might not be true: as it may now be clear that a team can pull together. The problem lies further up the command chain with lack of clarity about their objective. So yes, the second half of the week could prove super demanding; testing your resilience, persistence and strength to the full. On the upside, it should be obvious that youre gaining enormous respect and that your profile is enhanced.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

This is an unsettled week during a changeable period. Once you understand that, youll actually enjoy the twists and turns that arise, especially in arrangements that have seemed hopelessly stuck. The secret is to explore for the sake of what youll learn or who you`ll meet, but to avoid making lasting decisions. Knowing that, focus on discovery. It will pay off in many, and unexpected, ways.

Be careful about what you say to someone before you have found out exactly who you are talking to. Once you are formally introduced, it could turn out they are your new boss or a friend`s partner. You will be relieved you did not reveal your true thoughts about a certain person or incident. An event you had been going to skip will be more fun than anticipated. With numbers being restricted, you will feel more comfortable and less anxious.

You wont be the only sign beginning the week on a wave of enthusiasm and anxious to get on with things. Nor will you be the only sign to encounter difficulties midweek. The combination of the Suns opposition to Mars, and Mercurys retrograde station should put a spanner in the works for most people. You might wonder which team you want to support. There might also be health or working condition issues to resolve before you can move forward. What should now be clear however, is that there is no going back and that between now and mid-December is aclearing up time`; letting go of old responsibilities and connexions so that soon you can move forward in entirely fresh direction. Archiving and space clearing may be tedious but essential.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Obviously, youre more relaxed when you know whats coming, today, this week, in a month or even next year. However, the current twists and turns are triggering disarray. The trick? Its to spot how you sometimes cling to the familiar, even if its holding you back or painful. Youve let go of similar arrangements in the past, often to your relief.. Its the same now.

Over the past few months your priorities have been changing. Dont be afraid to let people know you cant keep taking on more responsibilities when you already have enough on your plate. With so much going on, you havent had time to consider your life or your future. Youre thinking more clearly now and you will make some good decisions. You are no longer letting emotion cloud your judgement. Enrolling on a training course is a strong possibility.

Fasten your seatbelt, this could be a bumpy ride – but not for long. Your enthusiasm wont run out, but it might park on the horizon short-term. The difficulty is the Suns opposition to Mars across the backbone of your solar chart midweek, which is followed by Mercurys retrograde station but then, delightfully, by the Libra New Moon. Yes, your career could be jolted, -but perhaps youve known you been altering direction for some months. Now may be the time to review latent talents and interests – especially those requiring research. You might even consider registering on a course that concludes before the winter solstice on December 20. The point in all this is that yes, you will need to dig deep into personal reserves, and yes, you could feel angered that others arent protecting you quite as you hoped. Bottom line though is that youre likely ready for challenge but just need to acquire more expertise before you launch forth.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Ordinarily, as a fiery Leo, youd regard obstacles as issues to be battled or overcome. Try that now, and youll realise that youre short of facts, while the circumstances in question are reshaping themselves, so that solutions that work one day, wont the next. True, doing nothing is out of character. Still, you can shed certain once-rewarding arrangements, personal or otherwise. Ultimately, you`ll be relieved you did.

Necessity breeds innovation. Thanks to a situation in which you have to think and act quickly you will come up with some brilliant ideas. Projects that demand initiative and imagination will be the ones you enjoy the most. You`ve always been sensitive to atmosphere and you would love to encourage your friends and loved ones to get on better. Not everyone will understand each other but you can help them accept their individual differences.

Change isnt always a good thing. You know too, that going back isnt always appropriate either. So, it would be understandable midweek, as Mercury arrives at its retrograde station at the very base of your solar chart, if you wondered if youd done the right thing and if any of the dreams you have over this weekend can actually be fulfilled. Property matters seems set it once again require attention with repairs escalating to emergency status. Your world could be rocked by health news that also requires you to take stock. That process could lead you to a major space clearing exercise and re-evaluation as to what is really important. Yes, you may feel that youve done this twice already this year. This though, could be the last burst before you embark on fresh adventure next month.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

It seems everything around you is changing. Recognise that, and forget about imposing order on arrangements. Instead, just go with the flow. While out of character, what you learn as you observe lifes twists and turns from the side-lines will revolutionise your thinking about the present and your plans for the future; and, bizarrely, in the midst of all this, youll relax in ways you`ve forgotten are possible.

Giving your support to a special cause will bring you a lot of satisfaction. Your work is making an impact and it will feel good to contribute to something you believe in. People will praise your efforts even though you arent doing this for personal reward. Its all systems go and you will need to act quickly to make the most of some great opportunities. Mixing is a strong theme when important meetings, seminars and online conferences are all highlighted.

Its absolutely not the case that every time Mercury goes retrograde, that communications go haywire too. If there is an issue around Wednesdays retrograde station, its not about present-day miscommunication but understanding of a very deep-rooted past that could be unsettling. This might prompt you to delve deep into archives. What you thought you understood could be way, way different to reality. With both older relatives and older colleagues keen for you to understand how systems have worked before, mentally, by the weekend you could be exhausted. You will need time to process thisnew to you` information which, long-term, could lead to adjusted approach to treasures and finance.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

While usually planning ahead is wise, youre urged to wait until youre benefitting from the insights triggered by the Libra New Moon on Friday the 16th. This is partly about what has to change or go; but what may be most exciting is the discovery of ideas or options that previously simply hadnt crossed your mind or werent possible. Now these and other breakthroughs arise daily.

It would be wonderful for everyone to get along but youre finding it difficult to get on the same wavelength as someone you work closely with. You both take a very different approach to the job and you cant ever see yourselves agreeing. This is not a good time to mix business with pleasure. Worries cause stress and sleepless nights. Your partner and others who understand you well will be doing everything they can to make life easier for you.

You surely wont be the only sign to start the week with a wave of enthusiasm. Be prepared that after the Suns opposition to Mars, and Mercurys station midweek, to hit something of a brick wall. This could take financial form: or perhaps it will be a clash of ethics or the feeling that youre fighting a losing battle; and yes, to win, you might need to dig deep into reserves and accept that there are times when life is ugly. Thats the problem with balance: it goes first one way and then the other. By early next week, you may need to alter pace though not necessarily change approach. For now, the realisation that one chapter is coming to an end could hit home and hard. You might then need the support of those whose efficiency is beyond question and who can at least help with practicalities - even if they cant rebalance your scales.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

You regard your capacity to focus on both challenges and goals as one of your strengths. Yet, now, as events are undermining the foundation of certain arrangements, youre amazingly upbeat, if not confident. Thats as it should be. Whats next is only now taking shape. While this could mean making tentative arrangements, youll learn from every twist and turn, so savour them as the gifts they are.

You want to make progress. Youre tired of putting plans and projects on hold. This encourages you to be decisive and you will be quick to make up your mind. Others will pause to weigh up the pros and cons but even if it seems as if youre acting out of character, you will make some instant choices. A friend or partner is under a great deal of pressure. Details of a project have been overlooked and you might find yourself taking on something just to help them out.

You probably know that Mercury turns retrograde three times in any year. It doesnt always do so in the same area of the Zodiac, so Wednesdays retrograde station in your sign is important. That it comes within 24 hours of the Suns opposition to Mars (one of your ruling planets), suggests that you will be in the spotlight. This could affect relationships especially. Primary of these is your relationship with yourself and your health needs. This doesnt necessarily mean that anything is wrong, but it is perhaps time to give yourself full attention. It might also be that you have concerns about a work colleague no longer able to handle stress. It`s not your role to carry their burden but yes, perhaps you can assist them in prioritising.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Ordinarily when faced with obstacles, youll figure out the quickest way around them, then act swiftly. However, youll soon discover it`s about learning from each, in its unique way. While initially this may seem painfully slow, what you discover about circumstances, others and, often, yourself will compensate for having to bide your time. Better yet, each day will offer something new for you to discover..

An online friend is starting to rely heavily on your help, advice or counselling. You can understand why, at first, they needed someone to talk to but now they are expecting you to help them make decisions and this does not sit comfortably on your shoulders. Nip this in the bud now and insist they make their own choices. There are a number of places you might find the peace and solace you crave. If you can`t travel far, you will find comfort through replaying happy memories in your mind.

Its a rare Sagittarius who can be accused of not thinking big. Yours is the sign of the adventurer, the optimist and educator. Yet even you could be in a flap midweek when it seems all is coming unstuck. As you probably know, there are three periods in any year when Mercury turns retrograde. This doesnt always happen in your sign and its station this week is in neighbouring Scorpio. This might prompt soul searching. Perhaps its a long time since you considered what your faith really means to you; and yes, its possible that it will be tested. You might also wonder how you can assist those whose goals seem unattainable in a much altered Covid-19 world. Offering tangible practical support is one option. Colleagues though might appreciate simply talking through their difficulties. In fact, this could be a cosmic test in listening..

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

Your horoscope for this week:

The fact is, youre in for a week of twists and turns. Unsettling as they seem when they arise, ultimately, youll recognise them as breakthroughs, often in forms as unexpected as theyll prove to be welcome.. For now, whats most important is simply exploring what arises, because what seems least promising could lead to amazing ideas, experiences or encounters. The challenge? Just how won`t be immediately clear.

Mistakes have been made and you are getting the blame. You don`t want to get anyone in trouble but at the same time, they should not be laying the blame on you.. Those around you seem unconvinced by your explanation. Try rephrasing your words as you may not have made everything clear. A romantic relationship can be propelled onto heady heights of happiness. It has been so worth making an effort to get to know someone close even better.

On Tuesday, the Sun and Mars straddle the backbone of your solar chart. Think about that for a moment: its considerable pressure. At a literal and basic level, you need to take care of your back. Of course, its also possible that family pressures will be considerable. Dont allow yourself to be coerced into moving large pieces of furniture! It would be understandable too, if pressures at work were such that you were hugely irritated and, possibly in a fit of anger pushed yourself away from a desk injuring yourself in the process. With Mercury turning retrograde midweek, there is also the possibility of a team coming unstuck. So yes, the second half of the week looks decidedly messy. You might even wonder whether or not you`re in the right place or at the right time. Issues of power and responsibility will likely surface; prompting you to consider just how much you can realistically cope with.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

One of the most bizarre characteristics of this week is that while events will be swirling around everybody, and causing a certain amount of disarray, you`ll also be having a wonderful time meeting people and exploring options as exciting as they are unexpected. Some would involve changes. Explore these, too, but keep things flexible. Whatever seems vaguely appealing now could turn into something remarkable, and soon.

This is not a time to bury your head in the sand. A work project youre in charge of needs attention. People will be looking to you for guidance. An electrical or plumbing problem at home needs fixing and a financial matter also needs some urgent consideration. All these things, no matter how much youre in the mood to ignore them, are important. If you don`t manage to put them to rights this week, there could be serious repercussions.

Mercury stations at the apex of your solar chart midweek. This isnt something that happens every year. It should mark a pause moment when you reflect on aims and objectives and indeed, also reassess assets and property. Adjustment to your career is probable. That this station occurs within 24 hours of the Suns opposition to Mars suggests your thinking will be coloured by decisions taken by others – possibly breaking up a team. This would of course be unsettling and yes, you may feel the need to stand your ground and champion the rights of others and your own. Resistance though is likely futile. As 2020 draws to a close, fresh opportunities beckon. There is no looking back. Between now and Jupiter`s arrival in your sign on December 20 is for space clearing and preparing the way.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

While every sign is influenced by the unsettling weeks events, you could easily get drawn into the dramas shaking things up, if not shoulder the blame for matters that have little to do with you. In fact, whats unsettling for others could lead to breakthroughs for you. The trick is to explore everything, but avoid commitments until you know exactly who and what is involved.

Some useful connexions will be made at a conference or seminar. New doors are starting to open for you. You wont be slow to find out how you can benefit through getting involved in new work and community projects. Youre interested in a variety of ideas and people will be persuasive. Dont let anyone persuade you into taking on extra work or responsibilities you dont feel ready for. Remember too there is a limit in what you can do in a day.

However enthusiastically you greet the start of the week and yes, your optimism could be great, it might be as well to be prepared for your boat to be rocked by news as early as Tuesday. There is high probability that at least one person will be unable to fulfil obligations; and yes, this is likely to be ultimately, unsettling; but the Suns opposition to Mars is followed by Mercurys station in another of the Water signs suggests an image of a fishing boat enjoying calm waters and bringing up good catch being hit by squall. Preserving the catch and aiming back for shore takes priority. There`s also the high probability of needing to help those (Leo or Aquarius?) adjust. Recall that these are Fixed signs of the Zodiac and super-resistant to alteration of plans.

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“We all come from the Goddess
And to Her we shall return
Like a drop of rain, going to the ocean”
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“May the circle be open, but unbroken,
May the love of the Goddess be ever in your heart.

Merry Meet and Merry Part
And Merry Meet Again!”
Goddess Bless!
GrannyMoon

By GrannyMoon Posted in Pagan

GrannyMoon’s Weekly Feast 4 -11 Oct 2020! Thanks for reading my blog!

Bright October

Red, yellow, orange
ornament blue skies above
hillsides pillowed in
October’s last fling before
November’s brown sets in
And rustles into falling.

Swish, goes the rake
Piling up fallen leaves.
Children jump gleefully,
scattering them hither
and thither to the
gardener’s consternation.

The wind blows chill,
Then warm as the sun’s rays
Slowly, softly, warm
the last chrysanthemums
clinging to life as the last
bees gather in their gift.

We are given this reprise
before winter’s onset.
October is our gift,
a harvest of loveliness,
to be gathered in to
tide us through the bleak.
~Tasha Halpert

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

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

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

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

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The First Days of the Seasons
WINTER Monday, December 21, 5:02 A.M. EST

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Current Moon Phase: WANING MOON

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

Goddess Aspect: Crone

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

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

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CoventryCreations.com
October 5, 2020 – October 11, 2020.

The second week of October is rather uneventful until the weekend when the Kraken rises out of the sea and unleashes his cosmic spew throughout the rest of 2020. So, enjoy a brief cosmic intermission before Act III begins. On Friday, Mars forms a gnarly square to Pluto in Capricorn. Mars-Pluto is about power and ambition, which even the most passive people need a bit of to feel like they have some control over their lives and have some say in their future. Of course, your ambitions may conflict with the ambitions of others and then conflict, and power-plays become the name of the game. Try to avoid manipulation tactics or other underhanded activities because the blowback can be harsh. Finally, Mars square Pluto will be amplified by the Sun square Jupiter. Sun square Jupiter can often get carried away and act impulsively. Check your motivations before acting and keep other people’s perspectives in mind. Best Coventry candles are BHC Spiritual Cleansing, Truth and Justice, and Inner balance and Affirmation Tranquility.

Here’s what you missed on CoventryCreations.com this week…

Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio – yes we can survive it.

October 13th is the last Mercury Retrograde for 2020 and we have a fresh Mercury Retrograde Neutralizer candle for you. This retrograde is in Scorpio and will affect us deep within our feels. Before you jump into the power struggle of hurt feelings, remember to stay in the facts.
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October When the 3rd Dimension and the Spirit Worlds Meet!

This dimension that we live in and the spirit worlds meet in October. Just so you know I’m neither a Witch nor a Wiccan. I wouldn’t know what to put in a cauldron besides soup. What I am is a spiritual being who has taken time to explore the different dimensions. I like to think of this time of the year as a sacred time to honor my dearly departed and to seek a closer relationship to The Creator. I always sense the presence of the other worldliness at this special time of the year. And I give thanks.

This is a time when the veil separating the physical realm from the spirit realm is thin, allowing us to communicate, feel, or sense our loved ones who have crossed into the Summerland. It is a time to honor all those who have walked this sacred Earth before us and thank them for their knowledge we carry forth in our hearts and in our veins.

More people die in the month of October than any other month of the year and I believe this has to do with the fact that we are closest to the spirit world and it’s easier to cross over at this time.

Thin places is an ancient term used by the indigenous people of Ireland long before the Celts arrived. It’s a reference to a site where the veil that separates the physical world from the eternal world is thin – where two worlds are interwoven. So a person standing in a thin place could be touching both worlds simultaneously. Where we can sense God’s presence – usually outdoors where water and land meet or land and sky come together

It is day of remembrance of your ancestors and for those family members who have passed over. Set an extra place at the supper table during the month of October and especially on the night of the Full Moon and October 31, to honor those loved ones who are no longer with us. We honor our dead and we take on the incarnation of that which we desire to be. We celebrate the last of the Great Mother’s yearly bounty and commend ourselves for a job well done. It is a good time to release the old with a Burning Bowl Ceremony. Now begins the time of preparing for the Great Mother’s rest at Yule.

This is a time when the laws of time and space are temporarily suspended. It was said that during the month of October, the veil between this world and the afterlife was especially thin or lifted entirely. The Celts felt that during this time they were privy to supernatural and otherworldly knowledge. It was a world filled with the forces of magic, a night of mystical glory. It was referred to as “Time Which Is No Time”. It was very magical, but also very dangerous.

My advice is always to do Spiritual Protection on you before honoring or trying to communicate with the deceased. So many people watch television programs nowadays where a psychic medium attempts to communicate with a loved one and they make it look quite easy. In reality this is a serious thing to do and not to be taken lightly. Our world of instant everything makes people want direct communication with a loved one as though they were sitting around the dinner table talking. It does not work that way. Your loved ones will communicate when they feel ready. The spirit world is not something you can control or manipulate. You have to always cover yourself with the divine white light and trust that whatever spirit feels is needed will come through at the right time.

This is the time that the veil that separates us thins. This has been known throughout the beginning of time. This is one of the reasons that nowadays there is a celebration in October called Halloween.

Halloween started with the Ancient Celts. All Hallows Eve (which became the word Halloween) was the last day of their year. They believed November 1st (All Saints Day) was the start of the New Year and because it was Winter, it was the darkest time of the year. On this one night, October 31st, they believed spirits, ghosts, goblins and fairies came down from the hills into the towns. Some people believed if you left ‘treats’ on the front porch for the spirits and ghosts, this would make them happy and they would not hurt you.

If you would like to connect with a deceased loved one during this special time I can Channel or you can try my Guided Journey into Spirit is for you. I take you in to the spirit world safely where you can talk directly with your loved ones, and bring you back safely with the answers you needed. Please read my article “I Am A Reluctant Psychic Medium.”

© 2020 Cherokee Billie Spiritual Advisor.

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Jack-O’-Lanterns
~The Old Farmer’s Almanac

Jack-o’-lanterns—those unmistakable symbols of October and Halloween—originated in Ireland. They sprang from the supernatural yarn of Stingy Jack, a scoundrel who is cursed to wander between Heaven and Hell for eternity with only a hollowed-out turnip to light his way.

Yup: a turnip. Our pumpkin-carving traditions started with other vegetables, including potatoes and other gourds besides pumpkins. Irish immigrants brought the practice to America, but it didn’t gain popularity—especially with pumpkins—until after the tale of a headmaster haunted by the specter of a headless horseman became a must-read in 1820. Perhaps you’ve heard of Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”?

While pumpkin-carving was once associated with protecting a home from malevolent spirits, today it’s just good fun—and a great way to kick off the month! It’s an activity that the whole family can enjoy, in the moment and for weeks after. What’s more, it’s easy to share pictures of your creations with socially distanced family and friends!

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Biddy Tarot
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The card drawn for this week is the Three of Cups.

What are you celebrating?

With the Three of Cups showing up this week might be a week of celebration, friendship, sisterhood, and creative collaborations.

Know that your friends and family are here to support you and lift you up to even higher levels of success. Celebrate with them and enjoy their camaraderie.

You are encouraged to gather with your closest friends and have a good time together, talking, laughing, sharing and creating.

Together, you give and receive the love, support and compassion each of you needs from one another.

The energy is high, and you’re here to do amazing things together.

You may also desire to collaborate with others on a creative project and inspire one another to reach new heights. This is a great way to connect with others and to access your creative abilities.

Ask the Tarot: What new creative collaborations are emerging for me?

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Heartwings Love Notes 951: The Voice of Reason

Heartwings says, “Listening to the voice of reason can bring frustration.”

We were waiting with our purchases in our wagon at the prescribed social distance in a local Market. The line was quite long, and Stephen went to take another look around for interesting new items to try. Soon he came up to me holding 2 sandwiches in a transparent box. They were gluten free and looked quite delicious. “Let’s take this home for lunch,” he said, handing it to me. Practical me looked at the label. My eye fell on the calorie content-hmm, pretty high. Then I looked for the sodium content: 20; too high.

I handed it back to him and told him why. He was disappointed; however, he took it in good spirit. As the line gradually snaked toward the register, he brought over several more items he hoped to try. From a health or calorie point of view, there was something wrong about each of them. Finally, although we had reached the cash register, he went off in search of yet another new item. The cashier was efficient, the credit card went into the slot and the groceries were packed into their bags by the time he returned, alas, too late with a hand soap in a pump bottle that would have been just fine to buy.

I remember the voice of my reason in my childhood. My mother had rules about food. Candy was not a regular item in our diet. It was reserved for special occasions like Christmas and Easter because it “wasn’t good for you.” Halloween trick or treating was not part of our neighborhood activity. Ice cream was a Sunday treat. Between meal snacks did not exist. I grew up without potato chips, popcorn or other foods that most have in their homes and eat on a regular basis. At the time, though you might think the opposite, I did not feel deprived. My father did not rummage in the refrigerator, and the household rules about what we ate or didn’t, held true for us all, without argument.

The voice of reason is not to be confused with the voice of conscience. Reasons have little to do with right or wrong in a moral sense. Reasons dictate what is appropriate for the situation. For instance, one might say, “if there are only three plums left, please do not eat them all.” That is a reasonable request. I used to count out the fruit or the cookies and other treats, and apportion them among my five children so everyone got her or his share. When one was taken, that person crossed it off her or his list. My children remember this today. Though I’m sure there must be exceptions, mothers most likely are the practical voice of reason. I know I am and so was mine.

May you have good experiences with the voice of reason.

Blessings and best regards, Tasha Halpert

Do you have or did you as a child, a voice of reason in your life? Do let me know about your experience. I love comments and other correspondence and look forward to it from readers. Write me here or at tashahal@gmail.com. For more of my love notes, please go to http://www.heartwingsandfriends.com.

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Llewellyn’s Spell A Day

Find a Tool!
BY SUSAN PESZNECKER

Many of us happily pay for magical bling, but it’s equally true that “found” tools and items can be just as wonderful.

Take yourself on a walk to find a tool, whether in a densely wooded area, on an inner-city street, or by the ocean’s edge. Leave your electronics in your pocket, and as you walk, open yourself to sensation. Be aware of items, shapes, sounds, or whatever speaks to you. Repeat this mantra:

The world is full of power,
if only I will see.

Is that fallen branch the perfect shape for a wand or bell-branch? Could those peeling pieces of birch bark be pressed, dried, and used as spell-writing paper? Would those herbs, growing wild and fierce through a sidewalk crack, make a powerful magical oil? Could that seashell be used to burn incense? Might those perfectly round stones become a divination tool?

Find your tool, cleanse and charge it, and treasure it forever.
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Spell For Deeper Sleep and Clearer Dreams
BY THURI CALAFIA

For this spell, mix the following essential oils in equal parts:

  • Clary sage
  • Lavender
  • Marjoram
  • Roman chamomile

Before using, test a little of the blend on your skin. If it bothers you, dilute it with a bit of a carrier oil, such as olive or almond. If essential oils aren’t available, you can make a hot infused oil (see my spell on July 10 for the technique) with the above herbs.

Next, take a dark blue pillar candle and use a small blade or wooden pick to carve it with symbols and words that represent restful sleep and clear dreams to you. Enhance the look of the candle with silver ink or other decorations. Anoint the candle lightly with the oil, light it safely, and say:

Blessed sleep and revealing dreams
Now ferry me through the night,
To wake aware and full of strength,
To set my life alight!

Meditate for a few moments, then put out the candle. Before lying down, anoint the bottoms of your feet with the oil. May your dreams be blessed.
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Bless Your Car
BY MICHAEL FURIE

Magic is everywhere and can be employed for any purpose. This is a spell that can be used to help ensure that your automobile is strong, safe, and protected.

Mentally project white pentacles on each door and window of the car and also over the hood and trunk; these pentacles will help the occupants to avoid accidents, theft, or injuries while in the car. To seal the intention permanently onto the car, strongly envision the pentacles and say:

Sacred symbol, shining bright, keep
me safe with your light. Magical
protection, remain embedded, infused
into this vehicle forever; fully secured
and worry-free, as I will so mote it be!
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Lucky Talisman Full Moon Infusion
BY LAURA TEMPEST ZAKROFF

A silver coin is sometimes used to represent the full moon in divination, so why not carry it a step further and use the energy of the full moon to bless a coin to keep with you for good luck?

Gather these items:

  • A cauldron
  • A clean quarter or silver dollar piece
  • Water
  • A rosemary sprig

In the light of the full moon, settle down before your cauldron and place the coin in the center of the cauldron. Fill the cauldron with water (about halfway is fine), and stir it clockwise seven times with the rosemary sprig, saying:

Luck be mine, luck come soon,
luck by light of the full moon.

Let the coin rest overnight, then pour out the water carefully. Dry the coin and carry it with you in a special place.
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Self-Forgiveness Spell
BY LAURA TEMPEST ZAKROFF

In the household I grew up in, Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement in Judaism) meant a day and evening of phone calls where forgiveness was asked for and granted. While the practice can help us improve our relationships with other people, it can be a lot harder to forgive ourselves.

For this spell, gather these items:

  • A pen
  • A sheet of paper
  • A lighter or match
  • A cauldron

Meditate on something you’ve had a hard time forgiving yourself for. On the paper, write:

I forgive myself for _.

Sign it and fold the paper into thirds. Then fold it again in thirds in the other direction until you have a folded square of nine sections.

Carefully light the paper over your cauldron and drop it inside to burn, saying three times:

Forgiveness and peace, love and release.

Once it has burned out, compost the ashes.
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Thank You For Your Work Spell
BY CERRIDWEN IRIS SHEA

Gertrude Barnum was born on September 29, 1866. She was an organizer for the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union and an investigator for the Department of Labor, dedicated to labor reform and safe work practices.

Today’s spell is simple and powerful and a way of walking the talk. When you encounter anyone working today (at the grocery store, at school, at your workplace, etc.), simply say to them, with no explanation and no elaboration:

Thank you for all you do.

The words thank you matter.

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Bitterness
BY MADISYN TAYLOR

Bitter feelings allow us to become perfect victims, in that we no longer feel obliged to work toward healing.

It is natural to feel resentment or anger when life does not unfold as expected. We consciously or unconsciously anticipated one experience, and we grieve for the loss of it when the universe puts something else in our path. Most of the time, we work through these feelings and they pass. Occasionally, our anger and resentment do not fade and are instead transformed into bitterness. Bitter feelings allow us to become perfect victims in that we no longer feel obliged to work toward healing and choose instead to identify with our pain. Yet as unwholesome as bitterness can be, it is also a natural element of our emotional palette. When we acknowledge that it is okay to feel bitter, we reconnect with our hurt in a constructive way and can begin the process of working through it.

The nature of bitterness is rooted in the fact that the pain we feel provides us with a rationale. We may feel that we deserve to embrace our bitterness to its full extent. And to be bitter is, in essence, to cut ourselves off from all that is positive, hardening our hearts and vowing never to let go of our hurt. But just as bitter feelings can be self-defeating, so too can the release of bitterness be life-affirming in a way that few other emotional experiences are. When we decide that we no longer want to be bitter, we are reborn into a world filled with delight and fulfillment unlike any we knew while in the clutches of bitterness. The veil it cast over our lives is lifted, letting light and warmth touch our souls.

Divesting yourself of bitter feelings can be as simple as truly forgiving and moving on. Even when your bitterness has no concrete object, you can forgive situations too. Healing pain can be challenging but may be easier if you remind yourself that you are the only entity truly affected by your emotional state. In time, you will discover that letting go of your bitterness frees you to initiate the healing process and allows you to once again celebrate the possibility of the more wonderful life you deserve.

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Halloween: How to Create Subtle Terror
by Ghost Hunting Theories

I came into my teens during the peak of slasher films so you’d think they’d be special to me. They were so formulaic and I never felt torture and guts were particularly scary, just repulsive.

What is so sad is that the strengths of storytelling, atmosphere, good haunting score, and a semi-dark situation can create so much terror.

Instead of showing the entire storyline, how about hiding a good deal so the audience fills in the blanks with the thing that most terrorizes them?

Some great movies were based on mood and atmosphere without the need for slashing teenagers and creating blood baths.

If you want to get back to the basics of a good haunt, there are some ways to create terror in your Halloween decor.

Have you ever noticed when the sun is almost set, your shadow is super long? Rather imposing!

If we are going to reuse items or repurpose them, consider the use of cardboard. Most of us have a lot from having deliveries, but it’s easy to find folks who have it that you know or even on NextDoor.Com from neighbors.

Make some cut-out Slender Men with hats and stand them up with a stake around the edge of the house so you can plant a floodlight behind them on the ground, to cast even longer shadows.

A nice water pattern light on the front porch, casting water light patterns all over the place and some foghorn sounds, perhaps the sound of Stevie Wayne from “The Fog” calling out over the water warning sailors, a gentle fan, some creeping fog…. What a set up!

If you were to watch any horror movie without the creepy score, it really wouldn’t do much for you. Sound effects like the sound of digging creates novelty. You set up a graveyard, you hear a grave digger working…. Someone walks up to your porch with fake crows everywhere and then hear squawking. You see flashing light and hear thunder and the heavy sounds of rain while the sprinkler is hidden….

Consider sounds to be some of the best tools you can utilize.

One Halloween I set up the front window near the front door with tons of dolls staring out, put a flashing lightning light on them, played occasional thunder with the sound of little kids chanting.

The children stopped and studied it with terror and curiosity, some even forgetting to ring the doorbell.

One year, I collected tons of dead leaves and put them near the front door and walkway. The kids had to crunch through them, combined with the strong scent of pumpkin and mushroom and it was autumn!

Fans, especially if poised from different locations, creating a whirlwind feel and the use of fog, especially the ground fog, are super effective in making one feel as if they entered a portal. In fact, constructing a portal entrance to this weird world could make things even more wacky. Taking cardboard and cutting it into board shapes and painting it and then attaching it to the porch crooked so everything feels a bit funhouse, is another cool idea.

The key to adding suspense is in what people DON’T see, so no animated zombies. But, what if there was something moving around in the bushes and moaning?

It’s all about what’s in the shadows, the unknown story, the novel mix – why are there doll heads on sticks??? It’s about the senses from smell and sound to wind and fog.

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The Insect Kingdom
BY MADISYN TAYLOR

As we work together with the insect kingdom, we allow ourselves to be in harmony with the earth and the pulse of nature.

A change of season may bring about a change in the insect activity in and around your home. Rather than heading for the fly swatter or bug spray or calling the exterminator, try working with the insect kingdom rather than fighting it. Making this choice on a conscious level puts you in touch with nature, allowing you to create harmony within your ecosystem.

Insects “bug” us for shelter, water, or food, but they can also come into our lives to bring us a message. Though many cultures have decided what insects represent to them, you may be able to decipher their message just by thinking about their attributes. For example, bees may be telling you to communicate psychically with your family or to spread your talents like pollen. Their buzzing could be warning you about someone who could sting you, or reminding you to stop and smell the flowers. Once you get their message, they may leave on their own. But if they don’t, you may want to spend a few days patiently inviting them to leave. In meditation or aloud, explain that this is your home and that the insect world is outdoors. While you understand their hunger and thirst, you will provide them with a designated place outside. Be sure to offer them appropriate food and make a commitment to replenish the supply regularly. You can even make a ceremony of it: Choose a time such as sunset every Sunday, or every full moon, then create a line of demarcation around your home with sage or by sprinkling some herbs before giving your offering. This serves the dual purpose of keeping your bargain with your insect neighbors and keeping you in sync with nature’s cycles.

As we make the decision to respect nature, whether inside our homes, outside enjoying a picnic, or while gardening, we acknowledge that we all share the earth and need each other for our mutual survival. As we work together, we learn how to live in harmony with all living beings.

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Genealogy! 3 Ways to Unravel the Mysteries of Women in Your Family Tree!

An old photograph. A woman sits before a plain backdrop in a white linen dress. Extraordinary wisdom is reflected in her expressive eyes.

You remember your mother saying that this was a great aunt, but otherwise the woman in the picture is shrouded in mystery. “Her story must be known!” you think. “What she must have seen and done!”

Surfacing information about your female ancestors can provide great inspiration. It can also be more challenging than discovering details about male relatives. Many historical documents only list women by their married name, or even by the name of their husband.

We all have brave and inspiring female ancestors – women of conviction – deserving to have their stories told. Let these tips guide you to unraveling the mysteries of undiscovered or little-known female relatives.

  1. Mine Male Records
    Unraveling the mysteries of women relatives, says genealogist Michael John Neill of RootDig.com, doesn’t begin with researching female ancestors. “The first step,” he tells FamilySearch, “is to fully document the male ancestor and to look for hidden clues that will lead to information about the women in his life.”

Look for records from male ancestors.
Start by looking at probate records for your male ancestors. Women in the past often didn’t receive automatic guardianship of inherited money or estates. Therefore, if a husband died owning property or a business, the remaining family members would often go to probate court in order to determine who would oversee finances.

Estate records of male relatives can also reveal names or locations of female ancestors. Fathers, brothers, and uncles may all leave part of their estate to the women in their family. Even if the will doesn’t give a female ancestor’s last name, accounting records might have more details.

You can locate probate records through FamilySearch’s historical records search.

  1. Let History Be Your Guide
    To shine a light on the stories of female ancestors, Lisa Alzo of The Accidental Genealogist recommends creating a timeline of historical events that took place during their lives. These events can shed invaluable perspective and identify cause-and-effect situations. For instance, you might find that the Great Depression or World War II propelled your mother or grandmother into the work force.

Create a timeline of ancestors’ life events.
War widows also frequently had to provide details about their relationship and life when applying for a pension after a husband’s death. If a male ancestor served in the military in the 19th or early 20th century, details about female ancestors may be contained in pension records.

To create a historical timeline that matches up with your female ancestor’s life:

Establish a timeline that begins with the woman’s birth and ends with her death.
Detail everything you know about her, including her marriage date and children’s birth dates and places.
Add in life events, such as migrations and hospitalizations, as you uncover them.
Incorporate significant national and international events, such as wars and epidemics.
Work in local events you discover in county histories, which are often available at libraries and online bookstores.
You can get started on a timeline by finding birth and death records at FamilySearch’s Search Historical Records page.

  1. Hunt for Headstones
    “Loving wife and mother of six dedicated to helping those less fortunate.”

We can learn so much from gravestones. These markers often vividly evoke the spirit of departed family members. Tom Comstock of BillionGraves says an ancestor’s final resting place can also be an excellent source of detail about women relatives.

The gravestone of a female ancestor may provide the last place she lived and uncover family relationships, middle and maiden names, and dates of birth and death. Emblems on headstones can reveal religious beliefs, professions, and memberships. Epitaphs may reveal a wide range of details about an ancestor’s life.

Find headstones of female relatives.
To start your headstone hunt, Tom recommends visiting the BillionGraves Index on FamilySearch. “If you can find one member of your family,” he says, “you can often find many others who were connected with that person by looking at the people who were buried nearby.”

Researching female ancestors can be a challenge, but just one hidden clue can help you unravel the mystery of that little-known great aunt – or another relative who proves to be a woman of conviction. By piecing these stories together, you’ll enrich your family legacy while honoring the heritage of female ancestors this Women’s History Month.

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Trick or Treat? Test Your Wellness Knowledge with Immune Health Trivia

Trick or Treat sign with candy cornIt’s the spookiest time of year again. Between werewolves and seasonal woes, it can be hard to tell what remedies to turn to. Silver might take out the werewolves, but what weapons does your immune system need to fight back? If you think you know your immune health facts, give our Halloween immune health trivia a try and see how many you get right.

We’ll ask you trick or treat and give you an immune-themed statement. Remember—a false statement is Trick, and a true statement is Treat (see what we did there?)

Best of luck and have fun!

Trick or Treat? Elderberry Leaves were believed to protect against Witches

Treat: During the Middle Ages, it was believed that putting elderberry leaves on the front door of your household would ward off witches and evil spirits. While this probably won’t hold up on Halloween amidst the trick-or-treaters, it still makes for a fun story.

Trick or Treat? Yoga and breathing exercises can play a part in boosting immune function

Treat: These practices are packed with zen-efits. Yoga and breathing exercises may be able to boost your immune health by lowering stress levels.1 Since stress can have negative effects on your immune system, taking some time to stretch and reboot is a great way to keep the bad vibes at bay and namaste all day.

Trick or Treat? Most of your immune cells are in your lungs

Trick: It takes guts to be an immune cell, so it makes sense that’s where they spend a lot of their time. 70% of your immune system is in your gut, so fueling it with probiotics is one of the best ways to keep your microbiome and immune system healthy.2

Trick or Treat? Elderberry has only recently been used to promote immune health

Trick: Elderberry has been used for centuries. Even Hippocrates was a fan—so much that he called the elder tree his “medicine chest.” That’s a pretty big compliment coming from the “Father of Medicine,” but it also makes sense with how jam-packed elderberries are with antioxidants and flavonoids. This brings a whole new meaning to “respect your elders.”

Trick or Treat? You can use the flowers, bark and actual fruit in elderberry for wellness

Treat – Waste not, want not—elderflowers and elderberries are both full of antioxidants to support immune health and the bark can be used to promote regularity. The best part is there are a ton of forms this nutrient comes in, so if you’re not a fan of its tart flavor you can still enjoy its benefits.

Trick or Treat? Our bodies can create vitamin C naturally

Trick: While it’s true most animals can produce their own vitamin C, humans can’t… same goes for guinea pigs weirdly enough. Since we can’t synthesize this immune-boosting essential nutrient, we have to get it by including vitamin C in our wellness routines and diet.

Trick or Treat? Your body can store large amounts of vitamin C

Trick: Unfortunately, since vitamin C is water-soluble, the human body can’t store it for long periods of time. The recommended daily amount of vitamin C is 90 mg for men and 75 mg for women, but there are a lot of ways to reach these goals.3 This nutrient can be taken as a capsule, gummy or even dissolved in water and can also be found in citrus fruits, potatoes and pumpkins too!

Trick or Treat? Our bodies can synthesize their own vitamin D

Treat: With a little help from the sunshine, our bodies can synthesize vitamin D. When UV rays hit our skin, cholesterol is used as an energy source to synthesize this essential nutrient. From bone to immune support, it’s a good idea to keep the sunshine vitamin on deck year-round.

Trick or Treat? Wearing a sleep mask may help boost immune function

Treat: Restful sleep is crucial for healthy immune function because it allows the body to produce immune system helpers called cytokines. One of the best ways to produce these proteins is by practicing good sleep hygiene. Healthy sleep habits can include reducing sound and light pollution with a sleep mask and white noise machine, or simply lowering the temperature in your bedroom. Find out which habits help you sleep tight so that your immune system is ready to fight.

Trick or Treat? A glass of red wine can give you an antioxidant boost

Treat: You read that right. If you’re looking for some extra antioxidants, wine night may not be a bad idea. Red wine has quite a few polyphenols or antioxidants like resveratrol and catechins.4,5 Keep in mind, alcohol in excess can have negative effects on the immune system so if you’re looking to get the boost without the buzz, you can always just stick to the nutrients.

So, how’d you do? Regardless of the score, we hope that you learned some fun new facts about your favorite immune-boosters and had a blast doing it! Stay spooky out there and have a Happy Halloween!

Jack Lackey,
Swanson Staff

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Gilberto’s Revelation
by Stephen Halpert

When Gilberto and Ramon returned from Mass General to his Back-Bay condo Maria had breakfast on the table.
She greeted Ramon and the three shared bagels, smoked salmon and freshly brewed coffee.
Gilberto hastily appraised Maria on Karibe’s condition. “They don’t really know,” he said. “Lola’s with him, glued to his bed. She said he had proposed before all this happened.”
“It happened to him just like that,” Maria said. “No prior warning, or at least none that he shared with any of us.”
“Karibe never said much about himself, especially his health,” Ramon said. “Or for that matter about anything much personal. Whatever we talked about you could read in the newspapers.”
Gilberto nodded in agreement.
“I always thought he inhabited his own private world; like maybe he had secrets kept deep within himself,” Ramon said with a sigh.
“There was certainly always a lot of talk about women.” Gilberto said. “A proverbial chorus line of yearning ladies clinging to his every move.”
“Like Lola now,” Ramon chuckled. “She’s so deeply in love she forgets to wear her shoes. We’ve never seen her so gaga over a guy.”
“He must have secrets, ” Maria said. “Secrets can captivate most women when they think their man is a demi god.”
The doorbell rang. Two burley types in uniform entered and showed government credentials. The older one, with touches of gray and age lines in his face, surveyed the three.
“Immigration,” he said. His voice flat, professional. “The three of you are friends of Karibe Rodrigues?”
They nodded but remained silent.
“Would either of you like some coffee,” Maria said?
They declined.
“Soccer teammates,” Ramon said. “We won the World Cup three years consecutive, ’89-90-91. Then Gilberto’s hip was injured and our team fell apart.”
“Have any of you had any dealings with him since those years?”
“Christmas cards,” Gilberto said. “Last night we had dinner at the hotel. He and Lola, were supposed to fly out today for Caracas.”
“And she’s his companion, Lola Cortez?”
Ramon nodded. “Yes, she’s my sister-in-law.”
The younger agent nodded. “They were intimate?”
“Last night at the hospital she told us they were engaged and would be marrying.”
“But you haven’t had any financial dealings with Rodrigues yourself?”
“He told us about wanting to form the World Soccer League,” Gilberto said. He told us six or seven teams have already committed.”
The two agents looked at one another, “That’s a new twist,” the older one said.
“Is anything wrong,” Gilberto asked? “We all talked about visiting Caracas for a vacation sometime next year but no specific time was set.”
“And you know nothing more about him or his personal dealings?”
They shook their heads.
“We were teammates and when you win the Cup three times there’s a brotherhood formed, like being on a World Series team,” Ramon said. “But beyond that.”
“Any idea about his more recent activities?”
They shook their heads.
“Could you tell us what all this is about,” Ramon said?
The older agent nodded. “Rodrigues is known as the Godfather of Caracas. It has been considered that his soccer enterprise is a shell for the illicit washing of money.”
The younger agent added. “He’s being watched carefully. Your cooperation is appreciated.”
Ramon’s eyebrows shot up. “You mean our goalie is some kind of crime lord?”
The older agent nodded. “Yeah, something like that.”
Abruptly, without another word, they thanked them for their cooperation and left.
“Rosa was right,” Maria said as she watched them drive down Beacon Street. She sighed and looked at Gilberto. “Thank heavens we didn’t deposit his check last night.”
He looked somber and shook his head.
Ramon sighed. “Crime lord! godfather, our goalie,” Ramon said. “And to think we almost signed on to a death ship.”
“But we didn’t,” Gilberto said. “I think we should go to the hospital. I hope Lola isn’t implicated in something over her head.”
“Let’s go check on her,” Maria said, her voice shaking a bit. “. ” I’ll ask our neighbor to watch Joey.”
Maria, Ramon and Gilberto drove to Mass General, parked and took the elevator to the third floor. There in the visitor’s waiting room sat an upset Lola sobbing into tissues, clutching her overnight bag. She looked up when she saw them.
“He’s gone,” she wailed. “No member of the hospital staff claims to know anything. When I mentioned him to the nurses, they all looked blank, like none of this ever happened. He disappeared between the time I went home for my things and got back.”
“About how long?” Gilberto said.
“Under two hours. I hurried. ” Her eyes were puffy, her voice hoarse.
“And nobody knows anything?” Maria reiterated. She remembered the chilling feelings brought on by the coldness of those federal agents. “We may as well go home. We’ll take you.”
Lola let out a mouthful of expletives. “Something’s going on,” she cried.
“Obviously,” Ramon said. “”But best we not to look into dark corners when there’s nothing we can do.”
“Let’s go home,” Maria said. “We’re only wasting time staying here.”
“You’re right.” Gilberto turned to leave.
Lola clutched the corner of her chair so hard her knuckles were white. “He’s helpless,” she sobbed. Her jaw was tight, her words sharp despite her sobs. “He’s just a playful little boy who likes sitting in apple trees reading poems. He certainly doesn’t deserve this horrible curse inflicted upon him.”
“Wherever he is he’s getting medical attention,” Maria said assuredly. “He’s too important to let him slip away and die because of negligence. But I’m sure the hospital staff’s been told to say nothing They usually are.”
Lola wept on. “He told me when he was a boy, he’d kick a soccer ball into the crashing waves. He’d win if it flew through the wave.”
“We all did that,” Gilberto smiled. “Best way to learn timing is to go up against the ocean.”
“Let’s go,” Maria said. “We should see Rosa and bring her up to code.”
Back at Ramon’s, Rosa frowned at Lola’s persistent hysterics. “I’m sorry he’s gone but who knows, he could turn up again so relax.”
“You have no feelings,” Lola sobbed.
Rosa ignored her. She turned to Maria. “If the federal agents hadn’t come to you this morning, I’d have guessed his people swept up his body, got him onto a jet and flew him back to Caracas. But now I’m not so sure.”

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Let’s Get Our Autumn On With Pumpkin Harvest Soup!

This Pumpkin Harvest Soup recipe by Tessa Bowers won first prize in The 2010 Old Farmer’s Almanac Pumpkin Recipe Contest.

INGREDIENTS
1 pound boneless chicken breasts
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 stalks celery, chopped
3 medium-size carrots, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 15-ounce can chicken broth
1 15-ounce can pumpkin
1 can great northern beans, drained and rinsed
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1 teaspoon salt

INSTRUCTIONS
Cut chicken in bite size pieces. In large pan cook chicken in 1 tablespoon olive oil until no longer pink. Add celery, carrots, onion, and garlic. Saute until vegetables are tender. Add chicken broth, pumpkin, beans, nutmeg, white pepper and salt. Simmer on low 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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Weekly Horoscope:
Sunday, October 04, 2020
by Georgia Nicols

https://www.georgianicols.com

All Signs
“Honey, I’m home!” Mercury retrograde is back! Actually, this week it is slowing down before it goes retrograde next Tuesday. Nevertheless, because it is slowing down, avoid purchasing “Mercury-related items” like cars, trucks, bikes, computers, cell phones and printers. This week, silly mistakes will occur more than usual; and we will hear from people we haven’t heard from in ages. But all is not lost. Mercury retrograde helps us to finish old business. It’s the perfect time to reassess things and refine our approach to something. Oh yeah – it’s not all bad. What’s all bad? The fact that three slices of pepperoni pizza are 1100 calories! (And that’s not peanuts and forget about dry roasted.)

Aries (March 21-April 19)
Partnerships and close relationships are still your main focus. Keep an eye on bills, inheritances and insurance issues because something surprising or out of the blue might impact these areas on Wednesday. By Friday, power struggles with an authority figure are almost unavoidable. Grrr. Don’t push your luck because the harder you push, the more you will create opposition to you. Plus, don’t do anything underhanded – that will backfire. Fortunately, by Saturday, surprising news about your health, or a pet, or something related to your job will please you! Nice way to end this week!

Taurus (April 20-May 20)
You’re still keen to get better organized and work efficiently. More power to you! Midweek, someone might throw you a curveball (probably a close friend, partner or spouse). It could be a fun surprise – or not. By the end of the week, something going on behind the scenes might upset you or turn into a power struggle. However, very likely, you will be quiet about it even though you feel quietly anxious within you. Try to let this go. You don’t need this! And hey – life is short (and fat). By the weekend, a surprise invitation will please you. Something unexpected related to sports, social outings or your kids will occur. Admittedly, it might also be an accident-prone time for your kids, so be alert.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)
This continues to be a lighthearted and playful week! However, expect a few surprises Tuesday/Wednesday. Computer glitches, misplaced paperwork, unexpected news about a staff member, something unusual to do with your health, or a pet, or your job might occur. This could be why a power struggle with a friend or a group takes place on Thursday/Friday? Don’t make a big deal about this because something could trip you up and backfire! Use your high energy to get work done instead of arousing opposition to you. Fortunately, by the weekend, something unexpected will impact home and family. You might buy something unusual for your home? An old acquaintance might visit? Hmmm.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Home and family continue to be your focus, which is why you’re happy to cocoon at home. You might interact with a parent more than usual. Be vigilant with kids midweek to avoid an accident. Keep your eyes peeled! However, a surprise invitation might please you? By the end of the week, a power struggle with a parent or someone in position of authority might occur. Things could get nasty so don’t push your luck. (Do not be ruthless or underhanded because then things will backfire.) Keep your cool. By the weekend, a fun and unexpected event might occur? It could be a short trip, exciting news, or an encounter with siblings or relatives that you did not expect? It could be fun and enlightening!

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
This continues to be a fast-paced, busy time! You have a full agenda and you’re keen to express your opinions to others. Midweek, something unexpected might impact home and family. Something unusual might be introduced into your home or a family member might have surprising news? Towards the end of the week, power struggles, especially about politics, religion or racial issues might take place. Don’t take the bait! Steer clear of all this because you don’t need this angst. Instead, get ready for a pleasant surprise by Friday/Saturday that might be a gift of money? A boost to your earnings? A clever, moneymaking idea? Ka-ching!

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Money is on your mind right now. In addition, you’re thinking about your values, which is a good thing. (It’s important to know what is important.) This is great week to buy wardrobe goodies for yourself. Be careful on Wednesday because something unusual and unexpected might occur. It could be fun news or a surprise. However, it could also be an accident, so pay attention to everything you say and do. On Friday, power struggles about shared property, insurance issues or debt could arise. They could be nasty. Do not pull a fast one. By Saturday, something fun and unexpected will make your day! It could entail travel or meeting someone unusual. Whatever it is, it will expand your world and be stimulating!

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
With the Sun in your sign, you are still empowered! This is why you attract people and favourable situations to you. (Make the most of this.) On Wednesday, something unusual might affect your earnings or your possessions. Keep your eyes open so your possessions are not lost, stolen or damaged. On the positive side, money might come to you or you might have a clever moneymaking idea. Yeah! A power struggle with a partner or close friend by the end of the week will test your patience. Try to distance yourself from this because it will only create a vibe you don’t like. (You need harmony in your surroundings.) A pleasant surprise on Saturday will change your day and make you feel happy. That’s nice.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
You’re still keeping a low profile because your year is ending and your birthday will soon arrive. Enjoy this time out. Nevertheless, brace yourself for a surprise on Wednesday. You might encounter someone you least expect to see, especially from your past. Or your schedule might go haywire? Power struggles at work or related to your health (or even a pet) might occur at the end of the week. Be careful, because if you come on too strong, you will regret it. (It’s a tricky situation. Don’t throw your weight around.) On Saturday, you are surprised to hear from someone you like – someone creative or artistic. Possibly it’s a group? Whatever the case, it will turn your crank!

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
You continue to be popular and yes, everyone wants you on their team. This is a good week to think about your goals and how you can make some of your dreams come true. You might feel unsettled about something on Wednesday because things aren’t turning out the way you thought. You might have to regroup? Avoid some kind of ego battle with your kids or with a romantic partner on Friday. (It could be a quarrel about choice of vacations or what to do in a social situation. Or it could be flat out power struggle with kids.) Don’t do anything you will regret later. The good news is that on Saturday, a parent, boss, teacher or even a member of the police might do something that pleases you. It’s also a surprise! (What might that be?)

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
You continue to look good to everyone because the Sun is still at the top of your chart casting you in a flattering spotlight. (We like this.) Since you look so competent and capable – make your pitch! Ask for what you want. Timing is everything. A friend or a member of a group might do something that surprises you on Wednesday. (This could be interesting.) However, be careful because power struggles at home or with a family member are likely towards the end of the week. Don’t insist on getting your way because this will create further conflict and nasty confrontations. Stay chill! On Saturday, an unexpected chance to travel might drop in your lap. Or you might hear from someone from afar – a pleasant surprise indeed!

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
You’re still keen to travel or do something different because you’re hungry for stimulation. Well, this might happen because on Wednesday, something unexpected related to parents, bosses or authority figures will catch you off guard. (Let’s hope it’s a nice surprise.) Unfortunately, some kind of power struggle with siblings, relatives or neighbours might take place on Thursday/Friday. Be careful driving. This energy can engage others in a negative way. Stay cool. This could morph into a pleasant surprise on Saturday when an unexpected gift or money comes your way. Perhaps someone will do you a favour or let you use something they own? (It’s nice to receive a perk.)

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
This continues to be a pretty intense week for you; fortunately, fair Venus is opposite your sign and this modifies any emotions that might escalate to be over-the-top. Wednesday is a mildly accident-prone day so be careful. Pay attention to everything you say and do. However, at the same time, unexpected travel plans or a surprise related to politics, religion or racial issues might catch you off guard. Could this be what leads to a power struggle about money or possessions on Thursday/ Friday? (This could be nasty.) Fortunately, by Saturday you will enjoy unexpected, fun times with a close friend. Sweet!

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Weekly Horoscopes Beginning Sunday, 04 October 2020

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

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

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Between the recent unsettling, if not emotionally intense, Aries Full Moon and the coming daysevents, youll be so busy therell be no time for questions, still less lasting plans. While, mostly, this means moving swiftly, the trick is to ensure that its understood arrangements are more of an experiment than meant to be lasting. This gives you the flexibility to rethink things when necessary.

Your ambitious plans will impress people in power. Youre hoping they will recognise the potential you possess. An offer will confirm your boss believes in your ability to take on a challenging yet important task. A lot will happen very fast and by the week you will be pinching yourself to prove you arent dreaming. If your first attempt to organise a small event with friends fails, a second try should bring about the desired result.

Property and asset matters generally dominate in the days leading in to Saturdays Last Quarter Moon. At some level you might need to contemplate loss or damage limitation. Yet the desire to cut a new deal and to negotiate is super strong midweek and yes, you could be successful. Its probable that this will super strong demand considerable courage and confidence. Don`t forget that these are traits you seek to perfect in this lifetime. Whilst there may be moments when you feel powerless and emotionally overwhelmed, and true, much depends on your personal chart, you could yet win through: surprising those born under the Earth signs of Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn in the process. They may have even more reason to respect and admire you.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Both changes in existing arrangements and new ideas are thrilling. Whats more, this is a major theme for all of October, so theres plenty yet to come. The challenge? With things moving so swiftly, often you`ll have to plunge into arrangements, despite being short of facts. Still, go for it. You can deal with both tricky details and practicalities as the coming weeks unfold.

Sharing your thoughts and feelings will come naturally to you now. No matter who you are with, you will be honest with your comments and answers. Conversations will flow.. New experiences will light up your life. Remind yourself of how excited you felt during the planning stages of a project. Now youre close to the launch dont start worrying about whats ahead. Youre about to start a new life journey and this will bring enhanced happiness.

Your ruling planet, Venus, is now moving through the research and development area of your solar chart until Oct 27th. Exploring new systems and working with new teams should be attractive. Thats not to say that all will run smoothly. Two experts (one of whom might even be you), might not share the same opinion. This clash might not be so easy to negotiate and emotions run high. Its arguably imperative that research is analysed and double checked for accuracy. Involvement in a power struggle with someone who resents having their efficiency questioned might not bring out the best in you. You perhaps need to take care that you don`t allow your inner bull to run amok in a china shop.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Since late September, youve been restless and inquisitive. While some ideas have already become plans, others are more complex and a few raise questions about practicalities. Actually, with your ruler Mercury retrograde from the 14th, youre better off regarding whatever youre doing as an adventure to be learnt from than anything lasting. That way, youll benefit from experience, and can deal with the long term later.

Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses. If the thought of taking on a new commitment or taking part in an online official forum makes you nervous, ask a knowledgeable and worldly-wise friend to be with you for emotional support. People are sincere in their praise. Remember too that there is help around you in the shape of family and friends should you ever need a reassuring hand. There is work to be done but this should not mean you have to cut yourself off from your family.

It would be understandable if you felt that reserves were depleted. Experiencing some kind of loss or disappointment is possible (though much depends on your personal chart). Whatever, most Gemini`s should find that the cash flow is fast – and not always in the preferred direction. It may be necessary to take action and to put in place contingency plans. An existing safety net could be overstretched. On the very positive upside however, there is the strong possibility of joining forces with others in similar situation. As the Moon moves through your sign between Tuesday and Thursday, you could yet negotiate better deals. True this would surely be uncomfortable and draining: the required focus, exhausting. For this reason you may be particularly grateful for the support of a Capricorn whose staying power appears better than your own.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Theres been talk of rethinking, if not dramatically altering, elements of your domestic or working life. While the Full Moon, on the 1st, heightened feelings of urgency, during the coming weeks youll realise you`ve plenty of options and, equally, your own ideas to pursue. The trick is to focus on getting to know others while you explore. The resulting combination could be remarkably beneficial.

Harmony is something to encourage within your family. An older relative is making waves and it may be up to you to find a way to appease them. This could mean agreeing to plans you arent overly enthusiastic about but if it helps keep the peace, the sacrifice will be worth it. Why do you feel you dont deserve the rewards or an award that is coming your way? You`ve put in a lot of effort to get this far and people want to show appreciation for your hard work.

There is little doubt that those of your sign are superb at husbanding resources whilst simultaneously nurturing young shoots. That doesnt necessarily mean that you enjoy such challenges. Rising to these might seem a daunting prospect - especially when it seems youve been involved in the relentless pursuit of these for over a decade. Pluto though will eventually move out of your opposite sign. This is not a life sentence! It appears, that like a plant that outgrown its pot, that you are ready to be moved elsewhere. Yes, this might mean breaking away from groups who no longer give the support you now need. It could as easily bring you into contact with a group whose mission statement you applaud and which needs you as much as you need them.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

As you begin the week, you may still be under the impression that, despite changes around you, elements of your own lifestyle can remain as they are. Not only is that impossible, its time to take an uncharacteristically flexible approach to these changes. While, initially, youll battle them, once involved, your attitude will change, possibly overnight. After that, what currently worries you will, instead, thrill you.

An award or public recognition of your contribution to a worthy cause will take you by surprise. You feel there are others who are just as worthy of this acclaim. Once you get over the idea of your unworthiness, you will accept and start to enjoy the success you have achieved. Don`t be surprised if you encounter opportunities to advance your job prospects. These may involve a complete change in career direction.

Life is about more than money. Yet financial matters will likely now require focus. Its been over a decade since Pluto began its move through Capricorn. At the end of this week, Mars (in another of the Fire signs) should act as trigger: resulting in you at the very least making enquiry as to how others are looking after your assets. The need to do this may be stimulated by news that leaves you querying efficiency. You might also wish to check out a property related estimate. Of course, youre not the only one to be adjusting to new working patterns and schedules, but what might now worry you is the ability of others to maintain their contractual obligations. This too, could prompt you to look carefully at insurance documents and seek assistance (from a Capricorn?) to guide you through an administrative maze.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Little is more satisfying than gathering facts, then organising plans well in advance. Clear cut as priorities and arrangements seem, with your ruler Mercury retrograde from 14 October, and accenting the need to break certain reassuring habits. Those existing plans can be a starting point. Then explore. Take chances. This isnt about sticking with the familiar, its about broadening your horizons, in terms of people and ideas.

Group projects will be fun as its been a while since you and a team of people youve always enjoyed getting together with have met up. Online chats and meetups have worked well but face to face contact has a benefit in that you aren`t so easily distracted. Contacting a colleague outside working hours helps you get to know each other. You may be nervous about mixing business with pleasure but in this case, it could work well.

You have a particular gift tidying up and for organising. This does not mean that you`re good at these tasks. It could be argued that others do this more elegantly. The difference may be something you wish to tackle. Virgo has a reputation for micromanaging – which can so easily detract from overview and long-term success. Taking time out for blue skies thinking and yes, focusing less on the minutiae and more on presentation, could result in you moving a business relationship on to new and more powerful platform. One of your creative ideas could yet go far. Moving it from drawing board to reality should now take priority. You might also consider enlisting the assistance of an Aries who is given the instruction to point out when you are focused too much on the detail and allowed your eye to look away from the ball.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

You rarely think of it as planning ahead but, rather, you ensure things will flow in the direction you intend. However, between October`s tricky planetary setup and the changes, and possible tensions, triggered by the Libra New Moon, on the 16th, twists and turns are inevitable. The secret? Ensure plans, and your own thinking, are flexible. Take that approach, and the rest will be easy.

Youre in tune with your intuition. A vivid dream will help you find the answer to a problem relating to romance or finance. With your dreams being so meaningful, this would be a good time to start a dream journal. Youre ready to break new ground. The thought of travel and meeting new people and enjoying a change of scenery and variety fills you with excitement. If it`s possible any activities that take you away from your usual routines will be welcomed.

True, Mars is still retrograde in your opposite sign (until the middle of next month), but as of this Monday, Pluto is moving forward and you should feel a very distinct change of pace. Yes, this could also coincide with crisis; and yes, the balance of your scales might be much disturbed. The art is not to panic even when youre thrown a curveball midweek. Hold the thought that since 2008, when Pluto entered Capricorn, youve experienced much upheaval. Yet you haven`t just coped – but have done so elegantly. It seems probable that your career is now headed in fresh direction. Considerable progress could yet be made before the end of the year – after both Jupiter and Saturn moved into another of the Air signs. For now, you may need to dig deep into emotional and financial reserves but surprise yourself with an achievement that is beyond expectation.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Although youd prefer a more subtle way of confronting complex issues or others, when you know what, or who, youre facing and have the necessary facts, youre fine. However, judging by Octobers tricky planetary activity, surprises are inevitable. While some will be unsettling, others will force you to review certain seemingly solid arrangements. You`ll soon realise the time has come to make some changes.

Every day is a choice. Theres some confusion regarding a work or domestic issue. Little, if any of this has been caused by you but others expect you to sort it out. You are tired of always having to come to other peoples rescue. If you do decide to let others to take responsibility for their own actions, stick to your guns. A job involving working closely with someone youve always admired is a strong possibility. Waiting, hoping and looking forward to whats to come makes life exciting.

By the end of what promises to be a super busy week, your two ruling planets (Mars and Pluto) are at right angle to one another. This particular aspect is important as Pluto will then be in direct motion as Mars is retrograde. You can perhaps sense the friction. Think of this as being like trying to start a fire where the match is damp. Considerable effort will be needed. Yet its probable that others will look to you for guidance. Theyre arguably looking in exactly the right place. Your intuition is likely to be in excellent working order and your ability to persevere and succeed result in your very considerable talents and resilience being acknowledged and, before the end of the year, rewarded. What should be clear is that although others are now going off on tangents, they still need you on their team.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Its rare that youll give in, to an arrangement you disagree with or unfair demands, from an organisation or an individual. While you may try to fight, youll soon realise youre lacking both facts and the confidence to stand your ground. Actually, thats good, because youve lots to learn, and those insights will benefit you now and, as much, as future events unfold.

Find a balance between whats important and whats not. Family want to spend time with you. Worrying about having to carry out commitments that are difficult and time consuming will take the edge off your enjoyment. Its worth paying attention to the words of an older relative or in-law. They may have something on their mind and they need some advice but theyre finding it hard to broach the subject. If you want to talk a matter over further, give them a call. Mutual interests will be rewarding.

Its over 30 years since Mars was last retrograde in the research and development area of your solar chart (1988) Depending on your age, it might be interesting to look back at that earlier time for parallels. Whatever, there is high probability of you feeling you cant move forward with the things you truly love and enjoy. It may be that there are health or other restrictions. Yet this situation isnt permanent, and as the Moon moves through your opposite sign midweek, its reasonable to anticipate that others will have plans to get you out of a rut. You might not like their approach, and by the weekend feel angered to be pushed in this way. Yet it may be that they are correct in deducing that you need better energy levels: which might include adjusting your diet.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Once you understand the nature of this period, youll realise theres no way you can get through this week or, in fact, the month of October without making compromises. However, once youve agreed to those changes, youll recognise them as the breakthroughs they are. While that, alone, will free you, who you meet and what you discover in the process will be life-changing as well.

If youre unsure of your ability in a new venture, someone with a sensible nature and many practical skills will befriend you. They will help you work alongside others without feeling threatened by their experience or expertise. Having to tiptoe your way around touchy topics is making you impatient. You dont want to cause unnecessary upset but you do want people to reach agreement over a contentious issue so you can all move on.

Cycles overlap: with one ending as another begins. It seems likely that with Pluto direct in your sign as of Monday, and joining Jupiter and Saturn in direct motion in your sign, that at some level you will feel refuelled. This though could put you on collision course with someone whose work is not up to scratch. Of course, youve been here before, and it may be that there is now different personnel involved. A counterpoint to this is that next Saturdays Last Quarter Moon is in your opposite sign and marks the start of the last phase in a cycle that began two years ago. This could be connected to home or family but will likely require reappraisal of assets and space. It wouldn`t be surprising if you were involved in major moves, and that some heavy lifting will be required. Should this be the case, look after your back!

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Every once in a while, what seems a simple conversation will open your mind and, perhaps, your world to options youve never previously considered or which, and this is possible, that hadnt existed. Knowing that, explore everything, if only to benefit from those ideas and encounters. Solid plans? Take things in stages. What works now won`t in the coming weeks or months. Expect something entirely new.

It takes time for some people to get used to new situations. Family and friends will ask for a chance to get used to your adventurous ideas before putting them into practice. If you sense someone is overwhelmed by your enthusiasm, slow down and tone down some of your suggestions. It will take a while for you to master a new skill but you never expected it would be easy. You will keep on trying until you are satisfied with your efforts.

Mid October, Mercury stations at the apex of your solar chart. Even this week you could be aware of difficulties ahead. It might seem that others are now moving forward but with little regard to your feelings; and yes, it would be understandable if, by Friday, you were enraged.. This though, is arguably not the best use of your energy. It may be that you have come to the end of one working chapter. Bringing this to graceful conclusion could be taxing, yet achievable. What someone wants to throw or give away could actually be of great value to you. Yes, you will likely need support to transport a large item. You may find that those born under Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius or Pisces are particularly helpful in this respect. They could also give you ideas as how you could develop one of your talents – perhaps introducing you to someone embarking on an endeavour that would benefit from your special perspective.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Theres no avoiding this weeks contentious matters. However, these issues arent that complex and, in many cases, youre already aware of them. If theres any challenge, its resisting the temptation to turn adequate solutions into something special. Dont even try. While no single development will be that complex, therell be plenty of them, which means you`re better off dealing with whatever arises, then moving on to the next.

A meeting with a small group of socially distancing people will help establish the priorities of a new group project. Once important details have been agreed, a follow up discussion can be held, virtually. If you are single, you could be surprised by how well you get on with someone involved in a fund-raising exercise. You may not have been looking to start a relationship but these could be the first cautious steps towards a rewarding romance.

Venus moves through your opposite sign and it could easily feel as though others are having life easier than you are. Yet they too are coping with a retrograde Mars and it may be that things arent running quite as smoothly as they appear. Midweek could be crunching time and your support requested. It is perhaps all too easy for Pisces to be the shoulders that others cry on. They may forget that there are times when there is almost too much for you to bear as well. Its in your nature to offer assistance. When thats not physically possible, you can listen. Its probable that there will be a drain on your physical resources before the end of the week – perhaps linked to the need to clear space. Though you may not be yet aware of what it is you`re preparing for, when Jupiter and Saturn change signs in December, you could be embarked on career adventure.

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GrannyMoon’s Weekly Feast 27 Sept-4 Oct 2020! Thanks for Reading My Blog!

Autumn Equinox

Balance is brief and tenuous:
we teeter between extremes,
only to fall to one side or the other
chosen by our nature to be
bright or night, light or dark.

Warm days encourage ripening,
bring scurrying squirrels
secreting stores against the cold.
Trees drop fruit, bears gorge
Storing up nature’s harvest.
Mabon energy pretends balance
while encouraging excess.
Dwindling begins slowly,
warnings are tenuous
autumn creeps in quietly.
We may choose the bright, yet
we need the dark. It will grow
bringing with it rest and sleep.
Beginning slowly, the cycle
moves toward its end,
and too, its beginning.
by Tasha Halpert

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Goddess Month of Mala begins 9/6 – 10/2
Celtic Tree Month of Gort (Ivy) September 30 to October 27

September

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

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

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

SEP. 27: Mesopotamian Day of the Willows: Festival of Astarte/Asherah
SEP. 28: Saturn becomes Progressive
SEP. 28: Neptune becomes Progressive
SEP. 29: Greek Festival Of Nemesis: Goddess of Fate
SEP. 29: Celtic Tree Month of Vine ends
SEP. 30: Celtic Tree Month of Ivy begins

OCTOBER

OCT. 1 Full “Hunter’s” Moon at 5:06 PM
OCT. 2: Feast of the Guardian Spirits—honoring spirit guides and helpers.
OCT. 4: Roman Jejunium Cereris: Fast Day for Ceres

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Current Moon Phase: Waxing Moon

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

Goddess Aspect: Maiden

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

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

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

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Hallelujah, Saturn goes direct this week. You will feel like you’ve been let out of prison. Renewed strength and patience returns. You will need it because Mars squares Saturn and brings delays, obstacles, and frustrations. Midweek, Venus tango’s with Virgo the perfectionist. If you start looking at your mate with a critical eye and want to start fixing them, DON’T. It will not end well and you will be the bad guy. By the weekend, Pluto goes direct and triggers your need to do something about what you learned about power struggles that happened over the last 5 months. Reminder, September 14th activated your personal power, lean on that when you’re feeling less than.

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Full Moon in Aries, October 1, 2020
The full moon in Aries is energetic and forceful. We will really want our point of view listened to and followed as if it’s the only viewpoint in the room. We all know that leads to fights and hurt feelings. There isn’t a person in the world who enjoys getting their ideas and contributions stomped on.
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Tarot Card Of The Week: The Hanged Man

The Hanged Man reminds you that sometimes you have to put everything on hold before you can take the next step, or the Universe will do it for you. When that happens it might now always be at the most convenient time!

You’re called to release old mental models and behavior patterns that no longer serve you. See your work from a new perspective and embrace new opportunities that would have been hidden from you if you hadn’t pressed pause.

You may find that your projects and activities may be coming to an unexpected stop. Don’t keep pushing forward. Instead, surrender to the opportunity to pause and view it as your chance to reassess and re-evaluate where you are on your path.

Something new is emerging, and you won’t be able to see it unless you allow the time and space for it to come through.

Ask the Tarot: In what areas of my life can I practice surrender?

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Heartwings Love Notes 950: The Wisdom of the Body

Heartwings says: “Pleasure is to be found when and how we choose.”

It is truly said that eating is a pleasure that can last a lifetime. A baby’s desire to nurse is the new human’s first and most important urge. It is said that at the end of life the sense of taste is the last to go. For many, food is a great comfort. There is even a category called comfort food. Unfortunately, this kind of food can become an addictive crutch. What is important is to pay attention to the urge for the pleasure in food and not overdo it. As with any other pleasure, moderation is vital.

As many of my readers know, I love to cook, and enjoy food in many forms. Once I outgrew my allergy to grape juice I could eat or drink pretty much anything I wanted to. I even boasted I had a cast iron stomach. Lately, however, I have developed allergic reactions to food groups or items that I once ate with pleasure. While this development presents difficulties, it is not a tragedy. There are many wonderful foods to be tasted and enjoyed. Having to be mindful of what goes into my body is actually a good discipline to practice.

The prevailing attitude is that regardless of consequences, we can have it all, whatever we want to eat is ours to consume. Television programs are filled with ads for ways to combat heartburn and other digestive issues. They all involve spending money for medicine we may or may not find helpful. Of course, they insist all our troubles are over when we swallow it. Our troubles could also be over if we paid more attention to how what we consume is affecting our bodies. It isn’t rocket science to stop eating what gives the body discomfort.

Our bodies are good messengers for what they want and need. They inform us with reactions to whatever is not good for them. I have learned to respect my body’s wisdom and to heed its messages. Regardless how much I might enjoy a big juicy farmstand tomato sandwich, I know what will happen if I eat one. I regret not being able to, yet as a result of what it would do, I can pass it by easily. Sugary sweets are more difficult to pass up, yet the discomfort is enough to make for limits. Too much sugar gives me a stomach ache. When we follow the wisdom of the body, we are doing ourselves a kindness.

May you enjoy your food in a good way for you.

Blessings and best regards, Tasha Halpert

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The Healing Benefits Of Ceremonial Cacao
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Like most of the people in the world, we assume that you love chocolate. And even if you aren’t a big fan of it, we bet that you indulge in treating yourself to it from time to time. In today’s modern world, there isn’t anyone that doesn’t know what chocolate is, or that it comes from cacao. Well, mostly from cacao. What you don’t know is that cacao beans are actually very respected, spiritual plants especially with shamans.

The cacao plant is one of most respected plants for healing purposes, so much so that there are a lot of cacao ceremonies performed. In most, you willingly let go of something that has been holding you back, thus making space in your heart for a new, better healthier intention to take place.

But it also goes beyond that, because through the ceremony you get so in tune with yourself, that you get all the pieces of you that you knew and didn’t know existed communicating with each other.

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Blessing Space
By Madisyn Taylor

We can bless each space we enter, leaving a sweet energetic footprint behind.

Physical space acts like a sponge, absorbing the radiant of all who pass through it. And, more likely than not, the spaces we move through each day have seen many people come and go. We have no way of knowing whether the energy footprints left behind by those who preceded us will invigorate us or drain us. Yet we can control the energy footprint we leave behind for others. In blessing each space we enter, we orchestrate a subtle energy shift that affects not only our own experiences in that space but also the experiences of the individuals who will enter the space after us. While we may never see the effects our blessing has had, we can take comfort in the fact that we have provided grace for those that follow after us.

When you bless a room or an entire building, you leave a powerful message of love and light for all those who will come after you. Your blessings thus have myriad effects on the environments through which you pass. Old, stagnant energy is cleared, creating a vacuum into which fresh and invigorating energy can freely flow. The space is thus rendered harmonious and nourishing, and it becomes a hub from which positive feelings are transmitted. Intent is the key component of the blessings you leave in your physical wake. If your intent involves using your own consciousness as a tool for selflessly spreading grace, your blessings will never go awry. Whether you feel more comfortable performing a solo blessing or prefer to call upon your spirit guides for assistance, visualize each space you enter becoming free of toxins, chaos, and negativity as you speak your blessing. Then imagine the resultant emptiness being replaced by pure, healing white light and loving energy. Even a quick mindful thought of love can bless a space.

This type of blessing is cumulative and will grow each time you bestow it. Try blessing every home, business, and office you visit for an entire week and observing the effects of your goodwill. Your affirmative energy footprint will help brighten your day as you contemplate your blessing’s future impact on your siblings in humanity and your environment.

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Llewellyn’s Spell A Day

Weave a Web of Gratitude
BY SUSAN PESZNECKER

Work this spell with three or m ore friends, family members, or loved ones or with your magical group. You’ll need a large ball of yarn or string.

Tie one end of the ball of yarn around one person’s wrist. That person begins, mentioning something they’re grateful for and adding details as desired. They then pass or toss the ball to another person, ideally someone across from them. That person wraps the string (not too tightly!) around their own wrist, mentions something they’re grateful for, and tosses the ball to another person. This continues until no one has anything left to mention. People might then mention goals or perhaps something they’re concerned about and need support for.

When it’s time to conclude, ask everyone present to marvel at the web that has been woven and how interconnected the strands are. Say together:

Each of us is but a strand, but
together we raise power and
strength. So mote it be!
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To Summon Creativity
BY DEVIN HUNTER

The moon enters the sign of Aquarius today, helping us become more social and outwardly expressive. This is an excellent time to follow your bliss and to connect to the more creative elements of your personality. Cast this spell to summon the powers of creativity from inside yourself. You will need a purple candle in a holder and something to carve it with.

Using your carving tool, etch CRTVY into the side of the candle. Light it and say:

Purple moon and Aquarius vision,
creativity flows without division.
Come from within and pour
yourself out; proud and strong,
removing all doubt!

Let the candle burn out safely on its own.
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Love and Lust Spell for Two
BY ARI MANKEY

With your partner or lover, place the following on a small swatch of red cloth:

* A cinnamon stick (for sexual heat)
* Rose petals (for love)
* A small piece of magnetite (for attraction)
* An acorn (in honor of the god Pan)
* A small pearl (in honor of the goddess Aphrodite)

Tie the red cloth closed with a piece of red string, then seal with wax from a lit candle and anoint with ylang-ylang oil. Together with your partner, charge the magickal pouch by simultaneously holding it in your power hands and visualizing the facets of your relationship that you each want to improve.

Place the pouch between the boxspring and mattress of your bed or under a pillow so its energies can seep into your life and lovemaking. A word of caution: Pan is a great god to call upon for initiating lust, but he’s also a fertility god. Plan accordingly.
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Spark Your Creativity Spell
BY THURI CALAFIA

For this spell, you’ll need a pillar candle of a color you associate with creative ideas. First, use a small blade or wooden pick to carve a fire symbol (like the icon above) on the front of the candle. Then add symbols and words of the type of creative work you wish to enhance.

Hold the candle in your hands and visualize yourself creating, with joy and ease, all the things you wish to create. Allow yourself to feel the satisfaction of having your work turn out exactly as you’d hoped it would. Then visualize your work going above and beyond your wildest dreams and hopes, to critical acclaim and popularity, to worldwide approval and praise!

Let your hands flow over the symbols on the candle, filling it with your brightest hopes. Using a simple oil (such as olive or an essential oil you like), anoint the candle if you wish, and as you light it, thank your deities for giving you creative talent, and tell yourself that you are bright and talented and can accomplish anything you desire. Blessed be. (Be sure to extinguish the candle.)
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The Wise Owl
BY CHARLYNN WALLS

Even though we’d like to think we know it all, we all could use a little more wisdom to guide us on our journey through life. On this Wednesday, work with the power of air and Athena to increase your wisdom.

Athena’s totem is the owl, which represents wisdom. Find a way to incorporate the owl into your life. Change your phone’s wallpaper to an owl, or wear an owl piece of jewelry today.

When you put this on your phone or person, say:

Athena’s owl sees, and provides
wisdom with ease.

Continue through your day and let wisdom come your way!
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A Chant for Peace
BY CHARLIE RAINBOW WOLF

Today is the UN International Day of Peace, and the approaching Jupiter-Pluto conjunction makes this a fantastic time for bringing about positive change.

Chanting may be familiar to you, and you may have even used this phrase previously: Nam myoho renge kyo. This is a simple expression with transformational power. Nam means dedication, myo means wonderful, and ho is the law. Renge refers to the lotus, which grows beautiful in the mud, while kyo means sutra, or teaching.

Repeat these words throughout the day as a reminder to be at peace with yourself and your life and to bring that peace into the world as a whole. The phrase isn’t magical; it doesn’t have mystical powers. The power is within you. Chanting these words awakens the divinity in you and empowers you to be the best version of yourself that you can be. It is simple yet profound.
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Mabon Apple Magic
BY MELISSA TIPTON

The autumn equinox is a powerful time to cultivate balance, and as it is the second harvest before the fallow period of winter, it is an especially potent time to balance what we take in or harvest versus what we release. Slice an apple in half (not through the stem end) to reveal the five-pointed star inside, a powerful symbol of balance among the elements. Choose one half to represent what you wish to harvest; the other half will represent what you wish to release.

Hold the releasing half of the apple in your hands and bring to mind the situations, thoughts, etc., that no longer serve you. Send them into the apple, then compost or bury it, giving thanks for this process of release. Hold the other half while you bring to mind all that you wish to welcome into your life, sending it into the apple. Then eat the apple, giving thanks for this bountiful harvest.

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Drawing Strength From Our Ancestors’ Resilience
From The Spanish Flu To Today
Posted by Ancestry Team on September 24, 2020

It’s hard to believe six months have passed since the WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic in March 2020. As a collective community, we have endured unprecedented challenges in every lane of life – from the global economy to our own family dynamics. At the same time, we have been deeply inspired by how people around the world have come together, with each and every organization and frontline hero joining forces to help those in need.

Many have pointed to the similarities between our current situation and the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic, but what has yet to be articulated are the inspirational lessons from 100 years ago that can give us a greater sense of connection and understanding for what we are going through today.

Resilience Found in our Records

Ancestry® has always been committed to helping people discover the stories of generations that came before us, and now we’re uncovering even more stories of grit, perseverance and resilience. By analyzing census records on Ancestry, we’ve uncovered trends in occupations and industries in 1920 (the year the Spanish Influenza pandemic ended) compared to 1930 (a decade later) showing not only how the Spanish Flu affected our ancestors and the world they lived in, but how they persevered.

We aren’t just finding hope from their experiences, but seeing similar behaviors. The data below analyzes occupation trends from 1920 to 1930 census records, showing how US post-pandemic industries rebounded:

Heroes Prevail: In the decade following the Spanish Flu, people continued to rise to the occasion the same way our frontline heroes are doing today. Between 1920 to 1930, hospital Industry workers increased by 81%, and the number of teachers increased by 90%.
A Knead for Baking Then and Now: Just as Americans today are breaking out the flour and yeast with the craze of sourdough starters and banana bread obsessions, the number of people who listed Baker as their occupation grew 66% in the years following the Spanish Flu.

Serving Up Resilience: Today, restaurants, as businesses that bring together local communities, are fueling their creativity to find new ways to stay open – with outdoor dining, heat lamps, the ever-popular “walktail”. In the decade following the Spanish flu , the number of restaurant Industry workers increased 41%, and those who reported their occupation as a cook increased by 76%. The Waiter and Waitress occupations also rose greatly, with an increase of 113%. As cities across the US implemented lockdowns 100 years ago, the restaurant industry saw a big bounceback in the following decade.

“When we learn about our ancestors’ challenges and triumphs during difficult times, it empowers us to know that if they overcame it and built a better future, so can we,” explains Crista Cowan, Corporate Genealogist at Ancestry. “As we’re faced with major historic events, like our ancestors 100 years ago, and we compare it with what our world is facing today, we can find comfort in hearing how they rebuilt and how they bounced back — all by looking to our family’s past to shape our future. In fact, 91% of Americans believe that through their behaviors we can learn how to rebound ourselves, and approximately half also use this knowledge as a source of hope or motivation for what is around the corner. When we discover their stories and what their experience was overcoming these hardships, we can draw strength from their resiliency, and ultimately feel stronger in tackling whatever lies ahead.”

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Experiences with Multiple Meanings
By Madisyn Taylor

The refined impression you glean from your experiences after contemplating their significance can add a new richness and texture to your life.

Though we humans are self-aware, we nonetheless cannot distance ourselves from the world around us and have a natural tendency to ascribe meaning to all that we experience. The significance we perceive in our experiences is rooted in our observation of patterns as they relate to ourselves. One situation has the power to teach us about life because it exposes us to something unfamiliar. Another touches our emotions deeply by enabling us to see how fortunate we are. Yet our initial impressions of an experience may not wholly reveal the true significance of that occurrence because our full response to an experience is like an onion with many layers that all have disparate meanings. Consider that a sunrise may stun us visually while simultaneously evoking memories of childhood and reminding us that each new day is a rebirth.

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Essential Oils and the Moon
BY ROBIN IVY PAYTON

Aromatherapy
Like winds and waves, our vital life force shifts with the lunar cycle. We experience the rising energy of waxing Moon and the downward energy of waning Moon each month. When our bodies and minds are in harmony, we feel balanced and in rhythm with the universe. At those times, it’s easier to flow or be resilient during the rise or decline of lunar energy, even on challenging days. For example, when the Moon engages in a square or opposition, our anxiety or stress level may temporarily increase with the conflict or uncertainty, and then naturally return to equilibrium. Sometimes though, we become overwhelmed, blocked, or uninspired, and experience strong emotions that persist. You may burn sage, clean the house, meditate, practice gentle yoga, or manage these fluctuations with other comforting rituals and routines. Essential oils for aromatherapy are another way to boost or release energy and increase feelings of clarity, well-being, and grounding. Families of oils associate with air, water, earth, and fire, and also with portions of the lunar cycle. With your Moon and Sun profile and olfactory preferences in mind, explore essential oils as another resource to support your intentions and rhythms as the Moon waxes and wanes, peaks and shines through each of the signs.

Organic oils are gifts of nature that we humans can use for self-care and mindful transitions. Coming from the plant, they hold the inherent wisdom of nature, so when we use them we are tapping right into the source. The oils found in the bark, roots, seeds, flowers, and peels of trees, fruits, and all sorts of plants have innate antifungal, antimicrobial properties. They protect plants from disease and threats, and they attract pollinators, perpetuating survival and reproduction. When diffused into the air, ingested by mouth or nose, or applied to the skin, many essential oils interact with the human body in beneficial ways. Because their molecules are small and lipid soluble, they cross the blood-brain barrier and create emotional and physical responses. The unique smell of an essential oil may create a positive feeling instantly, yet the influence can be even deeper and affect your body at a cellular level. Some types of oils, such as citrus, herbal, spice, floral, and camphor, sync well with the cycles of the Moon and the four elements of the zodiac. To bring oils into your life, begin by identifying four or five to use on a rotating basis, guided by the Moon’s phase and sign. Note any shifts you feel as you breathe or absorb them, and create a set of supportive oils that flow with you daily and through the quarters of the Moon.

Monthly, or from one month to the next, the New and Full Moons grace particular signs, generally the polar opposites. Therefore, a New Moon in Leo leads to a Full Moon in Aquarius. When the cycle begins in Virgo, the Moon peaks in Pisces, and so on throughout the year. Your essential oils may also be based on polarities as you choose oils that align with or contrast your feelings and responses to the natural lunar rhythms. Considering the element the Moon lands in can also guide your choices.

New and waxing Moon times are for clearing the path, growing, warming, developing, progressing, and giving. These weeks correlate with air and fire elements. Citrus and spices nourish and invigorate our experiences during this half of the cycle. Yet, there are times when all of this activity feels overpowering and it makes sense to lean into herbal, floral, and tree-based oils for grounding. During the Full Moon, as we are finalizing, committing, celebrating, or healing, our emotions also reach their potential. Special oils assist in balancing hormones, moods, and how we respond to the intensity and peaks. As the Moon wanes, the energy of releasing, unwinding, adjusting, and disseminating is supported by floral, herbal, mint, and camphor. If you feel relieved or harmonious at this time, notice what oils you’re most drawn to. Alternatively, if you feel down or unmotivated, the mints and florals offer gentle uplifting, as do citrus oils, such as bergamot. Finally, the balsamic Moon is for revising and resting, and oils that refresh and cool help prepare us for the upcoming cycle.

Here are some examples of essential oils to try as the Moon moves through each phase and zodiac sign. Also, take into consideration your own Sun, Moon, and rising sign, since your individual profile influences your preferences and tendencies. Let’s start with the elements and some suggestions for how to use your oils creatively. When the Moon visits a fire sign—Aries, Leo, or Sagittarius—add a bit of oil to a candle or warm some stones and drop oils on them to inspire your mind and activities. Anoint the chest, collarbones, shoulders, and hands, all of which relate to the heart chakra. During this time of action, creativity, and social energy, choose oils like wild orange, cinnamon, clove, and grapefruit to support your plans.

On earth sign days—when the Moon is in Taurus, Virgo, or Capricorn—add a drop or two of oils while cooking, dilute in a carrier oil for hands or full body massage, or have some oil-infused Play-Doh made and stored in an airtight container. Knead the dough for stress release or to exercise tired/sore fingers or wrists. Anoint knees, mastoid bones, and other joints. Think building, prospering, productivity, and also grounding, as you incorporate rosemary, geranium, lavender, cedarwood, and other woodsy and herbal oils.

Diffuse and breathe the oils when the Moon sails through air signs Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius. Anoint your forehead, wrists, and ankles. If you’re drawing or writing, scent your paper with one drop. Dip a toothpick in frankincense or peppermint or place a drop under your tongue to encourage clear speech. These Moon signs encourage collaboration, communication, inventiveness, and agreements. Citrus such as lemon aligns well with the clear focus needed for such activities, while cedarwood and geranium foster open minds and grounding for working together.

When the Moon is in water signs—Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces—emotions are highlighted. Use oils that instill joy, such as tangerine, or those that support grief, like ylang-ylang or frankincense. Put one to a few drops of mint or lavender in tea or water, and drink your ingestible oils in tiny amounts. Bathe with a few drops of melaleuca (tea tree oil), jasmine, or eucalyptus with a proper dispersant, and allow your skin to absorb the oils through open pores. Anoint your abdomen, heart, and feet as you honor feelings and privacy, nurture others, and detoxify the body and mind.

Oils for Balsamic Moon
Balsamic Moon phase begins about three days before the New Moon when the Moon moves within 45 degrees of the Sun. Balsamic means restorative, and it’s a time to replenish, clear energy, create space, and reflect. Essential oils in the mint and camphor families literally clear the air. Eucalyptus, a spa favorite, comes from the leaves of the eucalyptus tree. When diffused into the air, eucalyptus smells fresh and clean, opens the nasal passages, and may help boost the immune system. Though eucalyptus has a relaxing effect on many people, it actually stimulates blood flow to the brain and can help boost energy and alertness. If the dark phase of the Moon tends to pull your energy down a bit too far, diffuse, inhale, or massage diluted eucalyptus oil. Eucalyptus also has antimicrobial, antiseptic qualities that lend well to house cleaning as you prepare for New Moon.

Peppermint is also well suited to balsamic Moon phase. Mildly energizing, peppermint counteracts sluggishness or melancholy feelings characteristic of dark Moon days and cuts through murky energy in the body or the environment. Known to support respiration and digestion, peppermint oil also aligns energetically with processing and digesting experiences before starting the next lunar cycle. Inhale organic, therapeutic-grade peppermint oil from your hands to open the throat chakra and open up communication. Feel peppermint act powerfully to clear your head for decisions or conversations due with the oncoming New Moon.

Oils for New Moon
As New Moon arrives, enjoy the uplifting properties of citrus. New Moon favors initiating, regrouping, and diving into projects and plans. The citrus oils, often cold pressed from the rind, relate to motivation and fresh starts as the lunar cycle begins. They align well with our third chakra, the solar plexus, which is the home of self-esteem and sense of purpose. Lemon and wild orange oils are energy boosters that increase our focus for tasks and decisions. Grapefruit, another citrus, supports dietary changes that begin with New Moon. If you use food-grade quality oils, brighten up your water with a few drops of lemon, orange, or grapefruit, and sip throughout the active hours of your day.

Bergamot oil is reputed to balance moods, so if anxiety comes with the uprising of New and waxing Moon, try this oil to reduce tension and feel grounded. High-quality bergamot is a wonderful addition to black tea. Like the other essential oils, it can be diffused or used in the shower as a steam.

Oils for Waxing Moon
As the Moon increases, warming oils like clove, ginger, and cinnamon can be added to your routine in similar ways. These spices add a fire element, which naturally aligns with the waxing Moon. Related to the heart chakra, our fourth energy center, they have inspirational and passionate qualities aligned with growth, creativity, and openness. Use them sparingly and dilute with carrier oils, like coconut, since they tend to be strong. Spices also blend with citrus and mint oils quite nicely. Awaken your senses and keep your mind alert with blends of clove, cinnamon, and wild orange, or combine ginger and lemon for healthy digestion. Energetically, New and waxing Moon are an uprising, like the tide coming in. For some of us, this resonates and we embrace this time of progress with stronger and spicier blends. For others who tend to feel overpowered by lunar currents, milder choices like lemon or grapefruit soothe the nervous system without dimming or scattering our focus.

Oils for Full Moon
Full Moon is the high tide of the lunar cycle. Whatever you’re feeling or involved in is likely to be magnified, and emotions tend to the extremes. Precious oils and specialized selections are appropriate to Full Moon circumstances and states of mind. Frankincense is lovely any time, and is a Full Moon go-to because it blends with or enhances almost any other oil. Historically, frankincense was used in spiritual practices and associates with emotional and physical healing. Good for the skin, the immune system, and cellular health, frankincense also has anti-anxiety and antidepressant qualities. As you seek comfort, peace, the guidance of higher power, or even right speech during Full Moon time, frankincense has much to offer. It can be inhaled, diffused, or taken by mouth as long as you have high-quality, food-grade oil. Clary sage is well known for hormone balance, particularly for the female reproductive cycle. Closely aligned with lunar energy, clary sage can be rubbed on the abdomen or chest, or added to massage oil and bathwater. Women may use clary sage during their menstrual cycle, though this oil should not be used during pregnancy or if you are trying to conceive. Clary sage is also said to encourage restful sleep during this wakeful Moon time.

Copaiba, like frankincense, comes from the resin of a tree. It has a complex, spicy, and woodsy scent that is very unique. Interacting with many systems of the body, including immune, digestive, and respiratory, copaiba is a strong choice when physical issues or ailments are present. Since symptoms may increase during Full Moon, try copaiba for its reputed pain-relieving properties. This oil is also known to reduce feelings of anxiety that may peak at this time in our lunar cycle. Its earthy aroma contributes to a sense of stability and well-being.

Oils for Waning Moon
Trees and flowers offer essential oils aligned with the releasing and receptive natures of waning Moon time. Lavender, ylang-ylang, jasmine, and geranium are florals for relaxation, comfort, and sentimental feelings. The unwinding of waning Moon is similar to preparing for rest in the evening, and lavender on the feet pro-motes both calm and sleep. Jasmine is a richer, more exotic scent that uplights the Moon and is associated with love and romance. Ylang-ylang, also associated with love, has been used traditionally in wedding ceremonies. All of these floral oils are beautifying and often used in hair or skin care products. During waning Moon, add drops to your hair conditioner or a soothing bath.

Cedarwood and sandalwood, two of the tree oils, are sweet and woodsy. Breathe in during meditation to connect to the earth, while freeing your mind of extraneous thoughts once Full Moon has passed and it’s time to let go. Either can be used to steam the face and detoxify the skin, as this phase of the Moon favors release.

Note: Before using any essential oils, read about their properties and safety warnings. Use carrier oils to safely dilute before applying any essential oil to the skin.

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Keeping Pets Safe This Autumn
BY MARC-ANDRÉ

PDSA offers advice on how to avoid toxic plants

With summer nearly over and autumn just around the corner, the change of seasons can be a brilliant time for you and your pets to enjoy the beautiful scenery as the countryside and parks burst into colour.

It’s also important to be aware of the seasonal dangers to our pets. There are a number of innocent-looking plants which can actually be very toxic and, in some cases, even fatal. It’s vital to know what to avoid.

“Our four-legged friends are naturally very inquisitive and will often want to sniff out new smells and objects”, says PDSA vet Anna Ewers-Clark.

“Knowing what to keep your pet away from can help keep them safe – and prevent any impromptu visits to the vets if they eat something that could be toxic.”

Poisonous plants to avoid:

Acorns – Mature acorns usually drop between September and October, but can be found on the ground for quite a while after this. Acorns can cause blockages when eaten by pets and can be toxic, especially if eaten in large quantities. They contain tannic acid which can lead to nasty vomiting and diarrhoea. Unripe, green acorns have higher levels of tannins than mature acorns so are more harmful when eaten, even in small amounts.
Yew Trees – every part of this tree is poisonous to pets and eating just a small amount can be very serious. They are often found in churchyards, so keep your eyes peeled there.
Horse chestnut trees – their bark, leaves, flowers, and conkers are all poisonous to pets. Conkers are also a choking hazard and can cause gastrointestinal blockages.
Autumn crocuses – these have pale mauve, pink, yellow or white flowers in autumn. All parts of the plant are highly toxic, especially the bulbs, so take extra care if your pet likes to dig.

Anna adds: “When out walking this autumn, it’s crucial to be aware of any dangerous plants and trees that might cause harm to your dog. Keep a close eye on them, and try to walk your pooch somewhere you know is clear of toxic plants.

“If you know your pet has a habit of being a bit of a scavenger, you might need to take extra precautions like training them to use a basket muzzle while you’re out and about to prevent them picking up anything dangerous. It’s also a good idea to carry some tasty treats with you to tempt your dog away from anything dangerous that they might want to eat.”

“Vomiting, diarrhoea, shaking and abnormal breathing could all be signs that your pet might have eaten something poisonous,” adds Anna. “But even if your pet’s not showing any signs, if you know they’ve eaten something they shouldn’t, call your vet straight away. They will be happy to provide guidance on whether it’s likely to be dangerous for your pet and advise what you should do. The quicker you act, the quicker vets can provide essential treatment when it’s needed, which can reduce or prevent serious and sometimes life-threatening problems for your pet.”

For more information on keeping your pet safe this autumn, visit: http://www.pdsa.org.uk/poisons.

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Fun Ice Themes For Halloween/Samhain
by Ghost Hunting Theories
http://www.ghosthuntingtheories.com/

When you think of Halloween, it’s normally colors like orange and black, scents like pumpkin and cinnamon, but there is something acutely spooky about a frozen world. There are plenty of inspiring ways to use ice this October to create a horror movie marathon or an ice bar party. Here’s some concepts –

Skull ice cubes –

Molds to make shot glasses out of ice –

Mold to make ice luge to pour drinks down – with LED colored lights! –

An icee maker! –

Air cooler with ice tray (great for adding more chill to your ice bar) –

Snow cone/Shaved ice machine –

Try the new cool cocktail favorite – sphere ice –

An ice bucket –

Even if you’re not entertaining yet because of social distancing, I suggest an at home party with your significant other involving a mock ice bar setting.

Turn the air conditioning way down to a chilly temp (temporarily while you’re having your one-on-one party).

Put on some blue lights instead of white lights.

Set up ice shot glasses, an ice luge, and big round ice cube balls.

For music, I’d go north – like in Lapland or Iceland, or perhaps even some Mongolian throat singing –

Take a chill pill and enjoy!

If you’re in a movie marathon mood – make some icy drinks and icee slushes and enjoy these great chilly horror movies –

Dead Snow
Sauna
Wind Chill
The Shining
30 Days of Night
The Abominable Snowman
Frozen
The Thing From Another World
Let the Right One In
The Thing
Ravenous

Halloween 2020 Season Recycled: The Season of Frugal Design

Tomorrow we dive head-first into September on GHT. The entire month every day there will be a post on the focus of this season’s theme – recycled, not store-bought, homemade, from nature….

It will be a how-to month and then October will be chills and thrills true Halloween onslaught!

Yup, sometimes it’s the seasons that get is through everything. The cooler temps, the shorter days, the cozy tucked-in-the-house feel makes our vibes turn to the mysterious and exciting holiday that is Halloween.

From now until November first, expect a LOT of posts that will help you get the vibe on and decorate with zero to very little cost.

We are going to act postapocalyptic and use what we got!

It’s easy to buy plastic disposable Halloween decor and toss it up, but turning your party, yard, or home into something truly creepy that tells a different story to each person is the vibe that lingers for folks.

You don’t think it’s possible to use no to very little money to scare people? You don’t see the advantages of repurposing items and recycling them instead of adding to yearly disposables? What if this scary year of 2020 affected your pocketbook? Maybe staying home has given you time to create. Let’s use it instead of losing it.

The awesome short horror film “Birch” certainly showed us natural elements strike something very elemental in us.

I will show you how to use household and woodland items, found items, thrift store finds, and more to create costumes, decor, party themes, and more!

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Gilberto’s Situation
by Stephen Halpert

It was late when Gilberto and Maria left the hotel and began driving back to their Back-Bay condo.
Gilberto chuckled, then yawned. “I feel full, fat.”
“You should,” she said with mock indignation. “You put away at least four lobsters plus sushi and whatever else you gobbled up from the raw bar.”
He frowned. “But we were celebrating!”
The choral from Beethoven’s Ninth resonated from her purse. She took out her device. “It’s Rosa,” she said. Then fell silent, listening. “You could be right. But who can trust gossip on the internet? Let me ask him. Rosa’s asking if Karibe’s parents are rich?”
He shook his head. “They’re schoolteachers, have a small farm on the coast. We all got soccer scholarships that paid to put us through school.”
“You heard what he said,” Maria said. What followed were long squawks of fast words; Maria nodded in agreement. “Ok, she said. “Yes, I hear you. We’ll definitely talk about it.” She signed off, put away her device, stretched, grinned. “Be so nice to get in bed with my sexy vice president.”
Feeling full of lobster, he grinned and sighed. “Let’s just stop by the bank and drop off that wonderful check.”
“Don’t be so impatient. Wait.” Her eyes danced. “If you wait. Then tomorrow when you walk into the bank the pretty ladies will smile when they remember your big deposit.”
He laughed. “That’s not fair. “Isn’t that reverse sexism?”
There was a twinkle in her eye. “So, you admit you’d like the pretty ladies paying you attention.”
“He shrugged. “Most men do.” She thought he sounded defensive.
“Would you mind not stopping tonight. I’d like it just to be us.”
He shrugged. “But tomorrow, first thing.”
She didn’t argue. “I love how you always take such good care of us.”
“It’s the right thing to do.” His voice sounded like he was a Knight, polishing his armor.
She drew on her courage. “I do want to tell you. I really don’t want us living in Caracas.”
He frowned. “Sounds like Rosa got in her two cents. But we won’t have to. With that kind of money, we can keep the Boston condo and get a place there too. Maybe a house on the beach.”
“Gilberto, there’s more to it than that. I know you know about shipping but what do you know about the business of pro soccer? Besides, what do you really know about Karibe? You played together decades ago. But isn’t that about it?”
He sounded indignant. “Since then he’s become successful at trading bonds, hedge funds.”
“That’s what he told you and Ramon? But that’s not the reason I don’t want us there now.”
Now he was upset. “All this is because of what Rosa said! He turned into the gas station by the strip mall and stopped the car.
She took his hand, looked into his strong features and sighed. “Ok, Gilberto. I was waiting for the right moment to tell you: I’m pregnant.” She sighed. “I wasn’t going to say anything until this weekend was over.”
His head swirled. He couldn’t find words. His feelings were captivated. Then he sobbed, “I’m going to be a father!” His voice rose and he shouted for the world to hear. “I’m fulfilling the destiny of my family.”
Maria’s eyes filled with tears. “And I’m going to be a mother. Please, Gilberto include me in the dream of our healthy loving child.”
They pulled out and drove home: Gilberto’s head spun. His heart was filled with joy. Maria was quiet, both sleepy and happy to have finally shared her good news.
They paid the sitter, checked on Joey, and climbed into bed. He reached for her. But his mind was still miles away. “Now I can’t decide. It’s Karibe’s dream not mine. And I know that for the Caracas dream to fly would be a 24/7 commitment, both here and there. It would mean Joey would go to a private school Picked up, brought home by the bus, first class. He’d love it.”
Maria spoke up. “Maybe,” she said.
His mind wandered. “Atlas has a great reward system for executives. But a million a year salary…It would be brutal work building a top soccer team, but the money would be amazing. We could buy a boat, new cars, even a private jet.”
She put her elbow on her pillow. “What for? That consumption fueled by stress that can kill you even sooner. Gilberto, think about it.”
“I am. I don’t want to be addicted to pressure but Maria it feels so incredible making big money decisions and watching them fly.”
“I can’t disagree with you. And I won’t try talking you out of it. You’d never forgive me.”
“But I don’t know. Sure, we can let it float, take a vacation and see what’s it’s like there. But then what?”
“You don’t have to decide anything now.” Maria rested her head on his shoulder. “Let God decide for you. Throw up your hands and say Ok God, I give up. Help me out here. For all we know there could be divine guidance in some form.” She yawned. “I’m sleepy.”
He liked feeling her beside him. “You do that? Talk to God that way? Isn’t that just a little too casual?”
“Works for me,” she grinned. “Whenever I need a parking space, I ask and one appears. I think by now He’s assigned an angel to bypass Boston traffic.”
He laughed. “So ok, we do nothing, just let it happen. I like the way you think.”
She grinned. I like the way you make me feel. But remember Gilberto, It’s no big deal, it’s only money.”
“Now you sound like Karibe.”
“I wonder if Ramon and Rosa are having this same conversation.”
“Probably,” she yawned again.
Gilberto shook his head. “I wouldn’t want to be in Ramon’s shoes. “Did you see how she watched him? Like a cop! Poor guy didn’t even dare order another beer. I hope you’re never that bossy.”
` She put her arms around him and pressed her lips to his. It was a long kiss that could have gone on for hours.”
“From now on I’ll do the heavy lifting,” he said. “I want you to get plenty of rest. Maybe we should hire a nurse or an au pair.”
She smiled. “Let’s just go to sleep.”
At five thirty Gilberto’s device jangled. Ramon’s voice was strained. “Get dressed, pick you right up. We go to the hospital.”
Maria raised her head. What’s happening?”
“It’s Ramon, something important. He pulled on some clothes and kissed Maria. ” I’ll be back.”
Ramon pulled up. Gilberto got in.
“Ok what’s up,”
Ramon focused on driving. “Lola called us from the hospital. Karibe had some kind of stroke. They’re doing what they can for him.”
Gilberto sighed. “She probably tired him out.”
Ramon smirked. “Something like that. She talked to Rosa.”
Inside they were taken to Karibe’s private room. He was prone on a hospital bed, tubes attached to his arms. He lay still as though his essence had somehow left the rest of him. His heart was beating; his vitals functioned; but it was obvious he wasn’t there. Lights on, nobody home.
Lola looked drained. “I’ve never seen anything like this before.
We were going to elope. He loves me.” She burst into tears. “I’ll be here waiting. I won’t leave his side until he’s not locked in anymore. That’s what the doctor called his condition, being locked in. Specialists will examine him tomorrow, then make determinations.”
Ramon went to his sister-in-law and tried to comfort her.
Gilberto nodded and sighed. “Let’s hope for the best.” As he and Ramon turned to go, he saw she was wearing Karibe’s gold medallion around her neck.

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

September 27, 2020
All Signs

It’s been tough with Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn at odds with Mars. This week retrograde Mars once again squares Saturn! Oy! Furthermore, this happens just before the Full Moon in Aries. Everyone will go ballistic! (Is this an exaggeration? Yes, I need the attention.) But there is some truth here. Ponder this. The best way to live this week is to be on your best behaviour and avoid saying or doing something you might regret. Consider the wisdom of Montaigne: “My life has been full of terrible misfortunes most of which never happened.” And there’s always the Kingsman Cure: “Martini. Gin. Not vodka. Obviously. Stirred for 10 seconds while glancing at an unopened bottle of vermouth.”

Aries (March 21-April 19)
I won’t sugarcoat it. You’ve had easier weeks. You will definitely feel the tension leading up to the Full Moon in your sign on Thursday. In part, because at the beginning of the week, your ruler Mars is square Saturn. Your wisest course of action is to proceed slowly and cautiously this week. Be thorough in everything you do. No haste! Don’t be discouraged if authority figures say bad things about you that seem to encapsulate the worst suspicions you have about yourself. (Aagghh!) The harmony that you wish you could have with your spouse or partner seems elusive! But this is the challenge of the Full Moon in your sign. Be quiet. Resist the urge to shout someone down. Be smart.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)
Some of the frustrations that you will experience this week could be related to your job or any work that you are doing. You might privately, silently, feel at odds with the prevailing sentiments in society, the news or social media. You might also feel oppressed. (Join the club.) Meanwhile, you want to get along with coworkers and others in your life who might be related to your health or even a pet. And yet, there is tension dealing with these people. Go figure. Silence and tolerance will be your friends. Just let all this hullabaloo blow over. Don’t get involved. Instead get some good food and drink. (You know the drill.)

Gemini (May 21-June 20)
Something to do with your friendships or your relationship with a member of a group might be a bit gruelling or challenging this week. You might find yourself at odds with someone, especially with regards how to spend a specific amount of money or deal with shared property or decide who is responsible for what. Whatever happens might discourage you! (Champagne is a marvellous lift.) In addition, the Full Moon will also put you at odds with your kids or a romantic partner because you simply cannot keep everyone happy. Let fun times and good music soothe the savage beast. No matter what you are dealing with, remember how to relax and be happy. It’s not impossible to do. And so easy to forget!

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Mars is at the top of your chart and Saturn is opposite your sign. This is a tough combo! It can create fear, anger and discouragement. You feel that whatever you’re trying to do is blocked by others, especially the government, bosses or the police. This week even partners and close friends might feel not supportive. Meanwhile the Full Moon will stir up situations at home or within the family. The peace that you want and the togetherness that you hope to achieve with loved ones has gone out the window! However, don’t be alarmed because these challenges are temporary. They really are. And Venus is in a lovely part of your chart helping you to be diplomatic and charming with others. You might feel better if you cook something delicious for everyone – or maybe just you.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
Pay attention to everything you say and do because this is an accident-prone week. Your efforts to travel or deal with publishing, the media, medicine or the law will meet with problems. People will not cooperate. (From your point of view.) Things might be ambiguous. You might feel frustrated or blocked by whatever is happening. On top of that, the Full Moon can create arguments with daily contacts, siblings and relatives. This can be wearisome. Keep in mind that in the bigger picture, you will improve your health this year and your job. Glory hallelujah! Remember this.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Money squabbles might be the underlying theme of this week. (Or not.) Your efforts to reach an agreement about inheritances, shared property, taxes, debt or insurance issues will be frustrated by others. They might not agree or they might pull in the letter of the law or some kind of authority to block you. Grrr. The Full Moon on Thursday might bring this to a head. Now you see clearly who doesn’t want to play ball and who wants to do things differently from you. This doesn’t mean someone else is right and you are wrong or vice versa. But it does mean you disagree. Naturally, you are logical and analytical, which doesn’t always fit with someone who has an emotional investment in something.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
This week can be stressful dealing with partners and close friends. Whatever you try to achieve, especially at home, will meet with opposition. “Why do you want to do that?” It’s difficult to explain why you want things a certain way at home because others are not as affected by their environment the way you are. Keep plodding slowly and carefully every day inching your way toward achieving your objective. Don’t make a big deal about anything. Work quietly and carefully. Naturally, you are going to feel the tension of this week’s Full Moon because it is the only Full Moon that is opposite your sign all year! Remember: A closed mouth gathers no feet.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
You might encounter difficulties with coworkers or someone related to whatever you’re doing. Something might happen that triggers fear or self-doubt within you. You might question what you’re doing. (Especially if people in power are opposing you or telling you otherwise.) You have to keep your wits about you but proceed slowly with care. Ideally, you want to keep to yourself so that you can maintain your peace of mind; but this Full Moon might trigger tension and conflict with others! Be patient. Don’t take the bait. You don’t have to respond or overpower anyone. Decide to sit this one out and watch from the sidelines. “A food fight!”

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
Sagittarian parents might face control issues with their kids. The kids might feel you’re too bossy. You might feel that they’re not listening. Could be a little of both. Romantic partners might also make difficult demands. Added to this is the tension of the Full Moon, which peaks on Thursday but begins on Tuesday. The warm friendship and success that you want dealing with groups seems to be overpowered by the demands of others. You feel like you can’t win! But this is not true. Venus is at the top of your chart making you look great to bosses and VIPs. Stay calm and look like you know what you’re doing. Fake it till you make it. (Nothing succeeds like the appearance of success.)

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Difficulties with a family member or a situation at home are here. Whatever you want to do – is blocked by circumstances or someone in particular, perhaps an older family member? You might also feel diminished or criticized by someone. Do not take this to heart because this is just a fleeting planetary challenge that ignites your sense of fear or fear of inadequacy. (We all have this!) Don’t waste time defending yourself or your ideas. Keep calm. This Full Moon makes you feel pulled between what you want to do versus your responsibilities at home. Remember your long-term objective. (This is a Butch Cassidy moment: “Who are those guys?”)

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
This is an accident-prone week. An accident doesn’t have to happen, but it could if you are distracted by anger, anxiety or self-doubt. A squabble with a daily contact, sibling or relative might occur. Others don’t agree with you or they dismiss what you say. Do not react with frustration. And don’t believe the worst about you. The Full Moon this week triggers arguments with others about politics, religion and racial issues, but you don’t need this. Yes, you want to make the world a better place but do it when you are confident. This week is not the time. “These are not the droids you’re looking for.”

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
Financial arguments and challenges might take place this week for your sign. This could relate to your earnings, or lack of earnings. This could relate to something that you own. It could also relate to your choice of how you want to spend your money. This is not the week to ask for a raise or squabble about money in any way. Definitely. It’s a poor week to argue with creditors or stores about a purchase or anything to do with shared property, inheritances and insurance issues. Too many power struggles – too many difficulties! Instead, go with what works. And what works is your relations with friends and those who are closest to you, partners and spouses. Enjoy warm bonds where you find them.

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Weekly Horoscopes Beginning Sunday
27 September 2020

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

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

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Obviously, you can`t plan ahead for the dramas likely to be triggered by the Aries Full Moon on Thursday; but you can make a point of discussing any tricky matters or issues you`d been sidestepping, if not avoiding entirely. While what arises won`t necessarily be negative and could, in fact, turn out to be a breakthrough, in every case you`ll be relieved you`re finally tackling the issues in question.

Not all gossip and conversations should be taken seriously. People will insist that what they are saying is true when it will turn out to be nothing other than their personal opinion. A small problem will cause some inconvenience later. No matter how hard you try, you might find it impossible to sustain your ability to carry on as usual. It won`t be apparent at first but if you ask for help from a support group, they may have the solution at their fingertips.

Until at least Thursday`s Full Moon in your sign, you could experience unusual levels of panic as you try to balance the books, work out what to do with a property deal and generally determine your future. It might help to know that on Tuesday, and for the last time in roughly three decades, Saturn stations at the apex of your solar chart. This is a defining moment. You are right then to put as much energy as you can into arriving at conclusions: not usually a problem for those of your sign. The difficulty is that this year you may feel you`re caught in a Catch-22 situation. All you can reasonably do is accept that nothing is ever perfect. Interestingly, whilst going through all of this, you will likely gain much respect from someone who is well aware of the investment you have put in in the last decade and how much they rely on you.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

For ages you`ve been tiptoeing around a range of tricky situations and decisions as complex as they are, increasingly, pressing. Judging by Tuesday`s superb link between your ruler Venus and forthright Mars, frank discussions will achieve wonders. Better yet, the matters in question will accent other, less complex, but more promising situations. Tackle them, too, and you`ll achieve more this week than you have for ages.

Even if you are stuck in familiar places doing familiar chores, your mind will be on distant horizons. This is a good time to start making long-term plans. Think about making changes in any area of your life that isn`t going as well as you think it should. Choose your company with care. A friend or neighbour will offer advice that isn`t good for you. If you need a second opinion about anything, ask someone you know you can trust.

This is likely to be a make or break week for many people. Thursday`s Full Moon draws attention to a sector of your solar chart associated with your working life. In moving forward, you might need to accept altered working arrangements. The good news is that Saturn stations in another of the Earth signs, Capricorn: an area to which it will not return for three decades. This may be the moment to ensure that even if a situation is coming to an end, that your input is accurately recorded on your CV. In time, you might wish to draw attention to the commitment you`ve put in in recent years. With Mercury now moving through Scorpio, your opposite sign, there may be moments when you think others are trying to manipulate you into making a decision that`s to their benefit but not yours; and yes, you may need to stand your ground firmly. In so doing, you could also show entrepreneurial flair and perhaps on Friday, cut an attractive deal.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Obviously, you won`t be enthusiastic about tackling the range of dull practicalities or obligations facing you. What`s more, most have been on your mind for ages. Still, you`re dreading dealing with these. However, with your ruler Mercury moving to accent exactly such matters, not only will things go smoothly, the resulting insights will enable you to turn those obstacles to your advantage, now and in the future.

Slow down a little and start enjoying the pleasures of life. People who know you best will catch your mood and go with it. Someone will come up with a surprise or two on how to get the most out of the time you spend together. All that will be required is a willingness to love, laugh and be happy. A touch of mental telepathy keeps close relationships harmonious. You will instinctively know when to speak and when to listen. Friends will appreciate your compassion and consideration.

Arguably better than any sign, you know how to `have friends and influence people`. It will be another three decades before Saturn stations in Capricorn; and yes, by the end of September there could be tough choices to make. You might wonder several times over if you`re getting a promised good deal. Yet it may be that you can`t draw this out much longer and that you need to put plans or a schedule to last you through until the end of the year. As always, don`t underestimate either your network or your creativity. True, with Mars retrograde some people (notably those born under the Cardinal signs of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn) may not be in a position to give you all the attention and support you need. The choice is whether or not to complain or to get on with your plans. In listening to your inner voice – especially in the hours leading up to the Full Moon – could lead you to a plan with which you are comfortable.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Talk about potential changes in your way of living or working has been going on for months. While you`ve rethought some arrangements, others have remained undecided. The Full Moon, on Thursday, which brings both changing circumstances and feelings to a peak-forces everybody, you and others, to make a lasting plan. The good news is, this will be flexible enough you can rethink things later.

Anything to do with a team effort will go well. No matter what you are doing, sharing the challenges and responsibilities will be the fastest way to get through it all. Not only this but you will soon see the end of what has been a complex task and this will be a good reason for a small celebration. Avoid taking on any new financial commitments until you`ve looked carefully into what`s involved. Speculation is not a good idea, either.

Thursday`s Full Moon accents the very backbone of your solar chart. The Moon aligns with Chiron: the planetoid orbiting between Saturn and Uranus. This planetoid has a reputation as a wounded healer and yes, it`s possible that the health of either colleagues or close family will dominate much of this week. Note however that Saturn`s station in Capricorn (your opposite sign), is the last of its kind for nearly three decades. This should mark a defining moment. From here, the only way is up. Yes, this will likely require an altered approach but you`ve got used to that in recent times. Cancers have a reputation for clinging on to habits and familiarity. Yet these can be broken if there is any threat to security. This week brings less of a threat and clarity about the way forward. Grasping the opportunities this brings will likely not be difficult.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Your ruler the Sun is in charming Libra. While ordinarily, this would indicate pleasant time spent with those you know and new acquaintances, you`ll be preoccupied by practical matters. Some will be no surprise, others a surprise but not especially tricky. However, a few will demand serious time, thought and attention. The good news? What you learn as result of your efforts will be amazingly rewarding.

You will have to be patient and tolerant of others until a tense situation has blown over. If you had hoped to start on a joint project, this might be best left until later. Wait until you sense a positive change in the atmosphere before instigating anything new. Equally, you won`t want to start on a home improvement project if you feel there will be arguments. Instead, keep alert for any interesting financial or job openings.

Others want you to take sides. This could be particularly true at Thursday`s Full Moon; and yes, you could have strong feelings. It is likely though that you want to break away from this mess. Disentangling might require making clear that you`ve had enough – particularly of one complaint. Yes, it is true that you might have a change of heart, but perhaps not yet. It may be important for now that others clear up the mess that they have created. Meanwhile, your attention may be needed at home, and specifically with material that has been archived and which now needs to be reviewed. Dealing with an insurance matter is possible. Should this be the case, then be doubly sure that you`re keeping papers in good order as this matter might not resolve for a few weeks yet.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Few things annoy you more than being forced to compromise or make decisions based on unreliable information. Instead of battling to get adequate facts, as you`d usually do, simply acknowledge that even simple arrangements must be regarded as tentative, and instead of focusing on details, ensure whatever you organise is as flexible as possible. That will pave the way for those twists and turns.

A friend who owes you money or a favour will ask for extra time to repay you. If this is no inconvenience to you, be kind and allow this. You aren`t being too lenient with someone by giving them more time to sort themselves out. Work projects and official issues will glide along as if on a magic carpet. For some, bringing a group of people together under one roof will feel amazing and uplifting after you have been apart for so long.

It would be understandable if you had real and deep concerns about long-term financial arrangements. Arguably prompted by someone close, you might want to get this situation wrapped up around Thursday`s Full Moon. There may be tax advantages to doing so. You might also be called upon to look after an item of some value. Perhaps it needs to be restored to former glory. Arguably, it couldn`t be in better hands. You might however, have to negotiate a schedule and make clear that this task can`t be hurried. For the last time in approximately three decades, Saturn stations in Capricorn in the hobbies area of your solar chart. A by-product of this will likely be determination to focus on latent talent that`s been given insufficient attention. It may not be too late to turn this into another revenue stream.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

As a thorough Libra, obviously you`d rather make plans once, and be done with it. However, with the idea`s planet Mercury accenting practicalities and going retrograde in mid-October, even seemingly simple arrangements will change, and change again. Actually, that`ll be handy, because the Libra New Moon, on the 16th, triggers personal questions and, equally, ushers in a fresh perspective on a range of plans and ideas.

You expected a legal matter to hit a snag so it will come as a pleasant surprise when it is settled very quickly. Equally, if you`re attending any kind of official meeting, you will be happy with agreements reached. Quick thinking along with having the courage of your convictions will serve you will where a business matter is concerned. You might spot a bargain for your home or acquire something you`ve longed to own for a long time.

For the final time in roughly three decades, Saturn stations at the base of your solar chart. This, combined with the Full Moon in your opposite sign on Thursday, suggests the closing of a chapter but also the opening of another. True, the process could take until Mars completes its transit of your opposite sign early next year. It should be clear however, that you are in the midst of a clearing-up operation. Yes, your scales could be imbalanced and yes, you will need to look after your health. Balancing all this however, is the high probability of connecting with those with whom you share a special working bond. It may be that this could be developed further. True, you might feel as though you`re endlessly problem-solving and to a degree, bogged down in administrative matters. Hold the thought that these times too will pass and that attention to these details now should save difficulties later.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Whatever you`re organising, you`ll invest time and serious thought in arrangements, so once things are settled, that`s that. While usually that approach works, with Mercury moving into Scorpio actually on Sunday the 27th, but retrograde from 14 October until 3 November, and changing signs while in reverse motion, even seemingly simple plans will change, as will your priorities. The solution? Be flexible about absolutely everything.

It`s tempting to discuss what you are thinking with your family and friends. You respect and appreciate feedback. Wait until all is quiet before you bring up important subjects. At times there will be a frenzied mood around you. People won`t be listening properly or they will be distracted and unable to give you their full attention. It may not be possible to start anything new in the home but you can make plans and look for ways round any potential pitfalls that might lie ahead.

Not only is there a Full Moon on Thursday and in another of the Mars-ruled signs Aries, but Saturn arrives at its final station in Capricorn for roughly three decades. These factors together suggest a defining moment. For you, limitations associated with either health or work should ease. True, it will be some weeks yet before the full effect is felt. Nevertheless, it`s likely you`ll accept that a turning point has been reached. With this comes the prospect of thinking creatively as to what could yet be achieved before your birthday. This could include putting your house in order. At another level, it may be about re-accessing ideas and dreams that haven`t been given the attention they needed but, thanks to new connections, could yet see the light of day.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

You thrive on a range of activities, especially those that broaden your horizons, in terms of who you meet and what you learn. However, with fiery Mars accenting such matters, events are forcing you to shift certain longstanding habits or, possibly, break away from familiar elements of your life. Annoying as this is initially, who and what you encounter won`t just be interesting, it could be life-changing.

There are money matters that need your intention. It`s important not to leave them standing unattended for too long. Funds from a government agency will finally arrive after a long wait. Signing a lease, buying some furniture or replacing a car are among the possibilities. It is unusual for you to instigate a tidy up program but getting the decks cleared for possible action in the future is suddenly very important to you.

For the final time in roughly three decades, Saturn stations in neighbouring Capricorn. This apparent standstill takes place just a couple of days before the Full Moon in another of the Fire signs, Aries. It`s quite possible that this will be a ground-breaking time – and at many levels. Whilst others (close partners in particular), may be going off on new career tangents, you might give thought to research and development and specifically, hobbies that haven`t been given as much attention as you would like. An investment in these might be considered advisable. There is high probability that you`re now ready to make a commitment – even if that requires accepting greater responsibility. It might also require that you alter working patterns to allow for health or travel issues that are now part of daily life.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

While you can`t do much about the range of unexpected and, mostly, unsettling events reshaping your life and world, each as a breakthrough, in some form. True, initially that won`t be clear. Still, if you can manage to wait, watch and learn, then instead of battling those developments, you`ll soon recognise just how wonderful the changes they`re bringing will be for you and others.

Efficiency is the name of the game. You may have recently allowed others to persuade you to let duty take a back seat. This won`t satisfy you at all now. You`re in the mood to get into the swing of things and to clear decks where outstanding chores are concerned. Energy levels are high and you can expect a pleasingly busy and constructive few days. Just be sure to think things through before starting anything new.

On Tuesday, Saturn makes its last station in Capricorn for roughly three decades. This is followed a couple of days later on October 1st by a Full Moon that accents the backbone of your solar chart. Your problem-solving abilities could be put to the test. You won`t be the only sign encumbered with extra responsibility but in your case might need to decide if you can afford to support a colleague when they`re clearly not up to the job. Of course, it may be that they realise this but haven`t yet found an alternative career path. Finding a way forward could challenge your diplomatic skills. Meanwhile, and quite separately, someone you worked with some time back might ask for extra assistance. They obviously feel you have more hours in the day than is the case! In short, by the end of this week your plate could be super full.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Those who refuse even to explore new places, ideas or consider changes puzzle you. Yet in some situations you`re being just as stubborn, mostly because you don`t even recognise certain options as being possible. Some have been one of your blind-spots for ages, others are so new they`re unfamiliar, so you distrust them. Whatever the case, say yes now, and focus on those details later.

You have a long history of putting other people`s needs first. It`s time now to push your own dreams and aspirations higher up your list of priorities. Think about developing your creative talents. Doing what you love will make you feel great inside. Trust your intuition when making a big decision. Whether this concerns money, plans for the future or a child`s education, you need to think things through alone. Only through doing this will you be certain of the best move to make.

By the end of this year, Saturn will have arrived in your sign. On Tuesday, it makes its final station in neighbouring Capricorn. That this comes just a couple of days before a Cardinal full Moon suggest this will provide a turning point or steppingstone for many people. Decisions might need to be made; and yes, most signs will encounter extreme problem-solving. Yours is a sign with extraordinary ability to think differently. Whilst initially it might seem that you`re tied by rules, regulations and boundaries which you did not set in the first place, it could fall to you to both respect these yet identify the time when these will no longer be appropriate. Yes, this probably means you`re moving up the career ladder and will need to take greater personal responsibility. It might also be that you determine on entrepreneurial activity that puts you very much in the driving seat.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

The biggest challenge you`re facing isn`t actually your problem. These issues are influencing others, yet with every passing day, you`re becoming more involved. Yet you already sense these really aren`t yours to deal with. What`s more, you`re ignoring certain new ideas or offers. The problem? Things are going too smoothly, so there`s not enough drama. Proceed. That excitement will come soon enough.

Too many demands have been made on you or your time lately and you haven`t let anyone see how draining this has been for you. The end of the month is a good time to start to ease yourself out of tedious situations. One way to get others to shoulder their own responsibilities is by simply not being around for them to lean on. Your attention will be drawn to an unresolved money matter. There`s no escaping a need to tie up financial loose ends.

With, it seems, so many people coming to major decisions by Thursday`s Full Moon, it would be understandable if you felt overwhelmed. On Tuesday, Saturn stations in Capricorn for the last time in three decades. This could bring a moment of finality. Lines in the sand may be drawn and conclusions reached. Yet you may feel that more time needs to be given before panic buttons are pressed. You should, perhaps, focus on matters close to home. Your problem-solving abilities – particularly with regard to financial matters – might require attention before October 1. Not being drawn into dramas created by others but perhaps yes, involving complex family issues could be challenging. That said, you could forge a formidable bond with someone who shares your career history and who recognises that you still have much to offer.

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

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

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

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

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

September

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

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

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

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

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

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September

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

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

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

Poignant insect singing
echoes with desire
Urgent lightning flashes.

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

by Tasha Halpert

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Current Moon Phase: Waning Moon:

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

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

Goddess Aspect: Crone

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sept 20, 2020 Sunday – 9:30 am to 5:30 pm

Outdoor Event – Rain or Shine – Distance Between TentsAll Vendor Tents in One Row -Free Entrance
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Llewellyn’s Spell-A-Day

Finding Balance
By Susan Pesznecker

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Lost Loved One Remembrance Spell
By Ari Mankey

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Back to School Success Spell
By Melissa Tipton

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

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

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

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

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

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

Family Memories

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Heartwings Love Notes 948 Always and Never

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blessings and best regards, Tasha Halpert

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

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The Gift of a Positive Image
By Madisyn Taylor

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

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

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

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

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How do Cats Communicate?
by Andrew McGregor

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

Noises and sounds

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

Body language

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

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

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Energy Of A Home
By Madisyn Taylor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October’s Two Full Moons

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

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

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

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

When to See the Blue Moon

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

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

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

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

Two Types of Blue Moons

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Planting by the Moon’s Phases

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How to Clean Your Home with Reiki!
by Kristina Smith

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

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

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

Reiki Infused All Purpose Cleaner

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

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

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

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Gilberto’s Dream
by Stephen Halpert

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Weekly Horoscopes Beginning Sunday, 13 September 2020

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

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

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

Your horoscope for this week:

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

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

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

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

Your horoscope for this week:

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

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

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

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

Your horoscope for this week:

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

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

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

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

Your horoscope for this week:

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

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

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

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

Your horoscope for this week:

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

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

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

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

Your horoscope for this week:

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

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

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

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

Your horoscope for this week:

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

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

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

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

Your horoscope for this week:

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

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

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

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

Your horoscope for this week:

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

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

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

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

Your horoscope for this week:

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

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

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

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

Your horoscope for this week:

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

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

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

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

Your horoscope for this week:

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

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

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

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

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