GrannyMoons Weekly Feast: 1 Aug 2021

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

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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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Herb of the Year for 2021: Parsley (Petroselinum crispum, named by the International Herb Association.

Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8

Celtic Tree Calendar: Holly Moon: July 8 – August 4

This evergreen plant reminds us all year long about the immortality of nature. The Holly moon was called Tinne, pronounced chihnn-uh, by the Celts, who knew the potent Holly was a symbol of masculine energy and firmness.

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THE CURRENT MOON PHASE: Moon Phase Today: August 01, 2021

The Moon’s current phase for today and tonight is a Waning Crescent phase. 

Waning Moon, the period between the Full Moon and the New Moon.  This is a time for banishing and rejecting things in our lives that we no longer wish to carry around with us

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

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Coventry Creations

August 2, 2021 – August 8, 2021

The first week of August starts off with the dark cloud of the Sun opposed to Saturn. This can make you feel isolated, low energy, and critical of the self. So rely on your support system. Take your time with projects and try to find a balance between your wants and your obligations to others. On Tuesday,  energies will shift in a more positive direction, if you are willing to shake up your routine and do something new and exciting.

Later in the week, the Sun squares Uranus. Surprising events may shake up your world. Be proactive rather than reactive. On Sunday, the New Moon occurs in Leo (See lunar magic). Make sure you set your intentions for the month ahead.

Recommended: Outa My Way (Dorothy Morrison Wicked Witch Mojo), Muse (Blessing Kit),  Stability (Blessed Herbal Candle), New Moon (Astro Magic)

Astrology Forecast brought to you by Storm Cestavani of http://www.stormcestavani.com/

Find Your Destiny with World Magic

What do you want to be when you grow up? This question is as nerve-racking at the age of 5 as it is at the age of 35, and really, who totally grows up? With this month in energetic Leo, discovering your destiny is powered up by your sense of self-worth. Before you can get started creating and anchoring your goals into your daily life you have to figure out who you really want to be! Use this month’s energy to ask and answer tough questions about your desires and inner fears as you manifest your destiny.

Create a New Pathways Beyond Your Personal Challenges

August Astro Magic 2021

I have to admit that I may be a little biased this month being a Leo, but I hope my exuberance over the sign can be a catalyst for inner change, transformation, and some good ole’ magic.

NewMoon

New Moon in Leo on August 8, 2021

Leo brings in the deep desire to be uniquely ourselves. This is another invitation to throw off the masks and personalities we’ve taken in life and try again to be fully self-actualized. For some, it will be a welcome breath of fresh air because being anyone but ourselves is oppressive. For others, fear and hesitation to be that vulnerable still have to be healed. No matter your level of readiness, a Leo New Moon opens the doors. Another way to play with this energy is to open up space for new projects with joy and enthusiasm.

Full Moon in Aquarius on August 22, 2021

We are doing it again, we’ve got a Full Moon in Aquarius. Just like last month the energy is excellent for breaking through stagnant situations, developing better friendships, expanding your social circle, and opening yourself up to new experiences. Maybe this is the universe’s way of telling us, there is more work to do.  For your convenience we have provided our July candle ritual here so you can go for round two and really dig deep into what’s blocking you from breaking out of those stubborn patterns.

SCCC Dream Job Spell

It’s time for a new you and a new job. As the past year has taught us, don’t stay somewhere you can’t be appreciated or grow. Use this spell to find and keep a job that will be beneficial for your employer, but most importantly, be beneficial for you.

August’s Spells Caster Club card is directed at supporting your professional aspirations. It works by drawing the divine connection of Lakshmi and all her business acumen to work your network and open up your professional life to better serve you. This spell will connect you with your dream job and your future.

Dazzle your friends by being a Coventry Creations magic maker!   

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Lammas Song by Lisa Thiel

Give thanks for the blessings, give thanks for the lessons

Give thanks for all that the Goddess Provides

Give thanks for this showing our dreams are now growing

Give thanks for the presence of the Goddess in our lives

Thank You, Thank you, O Great Mother Thank You…

With the first Green Corn, our dreams are now taking form

We ask for the strength to see the true harvest born

Mother of the Corn, of Hoof, and of Horn

We thank you for the Bounty you’ve brought to our door

Thank You, Thank you, O Great Mother Thank You…

Thank You, Thank you, O Great Mother Thank You…

Mother of the Grain, of the Sun and of the Rain

We pray for an abundant Harvest again

We give thanks for the Blessings, give thanks for the lessons

We give thanks for all that the Goddess Provides.

Thank You, Thank you, O Great Mother Thank You…

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Celebrate Lammas with Bread Magic

By pattiwigington(at)gmail(dot)com

When Lammas, or Lughnasadh, rolls around, many modern Pagans celebrate the harvest of the grain crops. This is nothing new – for our ancestors, the grain harvest was a cause for great celebration. A successful harvest meant families would be able to bake and store bread through the winter – and that could mean the difference between life and death for many. The word “Lammas” comes from the Old English phrase hlaf-maesse, which translates to “loaf mass.” Today, it’s not uncommon to find a celebration of bread at a Pagan festival during the Lammas season.

There are a number of different ways that bread itself can be incorporated into a ritual or magical setting. Let’s look at some of the magical folklore surrounding bread in different cultures and societies.

Bread and the Divine

Grain has held a place of importance in civilization back nearly to the beginning of time. Grain became associated with the cycle of death and rebirth. The Sumerian god Tammuz was slain and his lover Ishtar grieved so heartily that nature stopped producing. Ishtar mourned Tammuz, and followed him to the Underworld to bring him back, similar to the story of Demeter and Persephone.

In Greek legend, the grain god was Adonis. Two goddesses, Aphrodite and Persephone, battled for his love. To end the fighting, Zeus ordered Adonis to spend six months with Persephone in the Underworld, and the rest with Aphrodite.

Spirits of the Grain

In European cultures, a corn doll was often used to represent the spirit of the harvested crops. However, Europe didn’t have a monopoly on this at all.

In South American countries, some tribes took the largest portion of the crops — typically maize — and dressed it in clothing as an effigy.

Folklorist Sir James Frazer makes mention in The Golden Bough of the global phenomenon of the honoring of the spirit of the grain. He says that the mere fact that underdeveloped, primitive cultures honor a “corn mother” archetype indicates that this has been going on for thousands of years. In other words, because these cultures are “unspoiled” by modern society, their worship of such an embodiment of the grain is probably very close to the original ritual and ceremony.

The Final Sheaf

In many societies, the cutting of the final sheaf of grain was indeed cause for celebration. People celebrated by making corn dolls, which represented the spirit of the grain. Sometimes these dolls were full-sized, made of the last stalks of corn to be harvested, and decorated with ribbons, streamers and even articles of clothing.

Bread Magic and Superstitions

In Yorkshire, it was believed that if a loaf of bread failed to rise, it meant there was an undiscovered corpse nearby.

One English tradition revolves around hot cross buns. If you bake yours on Good Friday, they will not spoil or grow mold. Another custom says that sailors should take a hot cross buns on their travels to prevent shipwreck. The cross on the bun comes from a superstition that marking the bun so would prevent the Devil from getting into the baked goods.

In parts of Appalachia, it’s important to watch when you slice a loaf of bread for the first time — if you slice through a hole in the bread, it means someone is going to die. It is also well-known that if you put a slice of bread into a cradle, it will protect the infant from disease.

For many cultures, the breaking of bread is symbolic of peace and hospitality. Once you have welcomed someone into your home and you have eaten bread together, you’re far less likely to kill one another.

In parts of Norway, boys and girls who share bread from the same loaf are destined to fall in love and marry.

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Heartwings Love Notes 993: Seeing is Believing, Perhaps

Heartwings says, “What you see clearly is what is true for you.”

As a child, once I learned to read, I pored over my father’s books of myths, fairy tales, and Bible stories. I had no interest in any reading that talked about reality. My own favorite books were the Raggedy Ann stories by Johnny Gruelle and poetry books by Robert Louis Stevenson and A.A.Milne. Being an only child until the age of eight, I had plenty of time to read and did so voraciously, especially as I grew older.

The Raggedy Ann books featured fanciful stories about the adventures of a little girl’s stuffed toys, characters who lived in the child’s room. There was a wonderful “deep, deep” wood where trees produced frankfurters and pancakes, strawberry soda springs bubbled up and cups grew nearby. They were peaceful books where little danger lurked, and happy adventures were the norm.

There was no TV to show images of violence or sorrow. Children, as I experienced it, were to be protected from anything to do with real world terror, death, or dangerous situations. Whether this was good or bad I cannot say. What it did do was create in me a mindset oriented toward a worldview that was essentially positive and willing to believe in fairies, Santa Claus, and stuffed animals that were in some sense alive.

Of course, I am on some level aware that this worldview is unrealistic. However, reality takes many forms and miracles do occur with regularity. Who is to say that this or that is “nonsense,” or that such and such is impossible? I am fully aware that there is room for all kinds of beliefs. For instance, I have read that very young children see the colors of an aura around people, and that when they are told “no, you don’t see that,” by those who are worried their child will be thought weird or worse, lose the ability.

Often people are afraid of what seems too outside the norm. Not that long ago women, and occasionally men were burnt or otherwise murdered because they were thought to be witches. Still, it may be that not everything can be seen unless we know about it first. Native Americans apparently could not see the ships that brought Columbus because they had no experience of them. I have had things happen I could not explain and been told by others of the same. Keeping an open mind is best, or so it seems to me, and it does make life interesting.

May you discover new wonders to enlighten you.

Blessings and Best Regards, Tasha

I am always so happy to hear from readers, please write me at tashahal@aol.com, and visit my web pages at www.heartwingsandfriends.com for more Love notes and other interesting viewing. 

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Llewellyn’s Spell A Day

Magical Blemish Removal

JULY 27, 2021 BY MICHAEL FURIE

A classic technique for getting rid of things such as warts and pimples is to rub each one with a small piece of meat, a bean, or a slice of potato and bury the pieces in the ground during a waning moon. This method can still be used today, and with the sun in the beauty-conscious sign of Leo and the moon waning in Pisces, it is an ideal time.

To begin, gather as many bits of the food options as you need, and rub one on each blemish, setting the bits in a bowl afterward. Once finished, go to a spot outdoors and bury them in the earth. As the pieces are buried, say the following three times:

As these portions rot and decay,

So blemishes shall dissolve

and fade away.

Then walk away from the burial spot without looking back.

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Sprouting Wealth

JULY 26, 2021 BY ESTHA MCNEVIN

The last half of summer really is a powerhouse of life and fertility. Capturing that energy for our wallet and purse magick is as simple as sprouting clover seeds.

In a large glass loaf pan, soak a half cup of clover seeds and three onedollar bills in a half cup of water. Poke holes in the money or tear the edges to give the plants something to hold onto. Nestle this in a warm and sunny location and watch the life grow!

For twelve days, carefully drain the old water while holding back the seeds and dollar bills. Each day, replace it with fresh water until the seeds sprout. Once full leaves begin to form, plant this cluster of clovers in a container or out in the garden to generate greater wealth within and all around your home. Add coins and precious stones to create places where these buried treasures can help improve and generate auspicious vibrations.

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House Naming and Altar

JULY 28, 2021 BY BLAKE OCTAVIAN BLAIR

To animists, everything is alive. This includes our homes. Your home is your sacred space, so take a moment today to recognize that it has a spirit all its own.

If you have not already done so, come up with a fitting name for your home, then create a simple altar to the spirit of your home. This can be as simple as a candle upon the mantel or a rock from your yard in the corner of a kitchen counter that you keep an offering bowl upon. It need not be elaborate. I like to keep a bell in this sacred space as well. Ring the bell, light a candle, and declare aloud your home’s new name—and use it often! Be sure to extinguish the candle.

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Puddle Banishing Spell

JULY 29, 2021 BY KATE FREULER

Sometimes the most ordinary things are magical. For example, the fact that puddles of rainwater evaporate and change form after a storm, rising back into the sky as invisible vapor, is pretty amazing. A natural phenomenon like this is a perfect tool in magic.

For this spell you will need a pinch of salt, an ice cube tray and some water, and a puddle of rainwater that you know will dry up eventually.

When a problem is weighing heavy on your mind, hold the pinch of salt in your hand. Send your negative thoughts into the salt, visualizing it becoming gray and murky with unwanted energy. Now place the salt in one square of the ice cube tray. Fill the square with water and freeze.

Next time it rains and puddles form outdoors, retrieve your ice cube. Choose a puddle and place the ice cube in it. Imagine how, over the next few days, the ice cube will melt into water and then the water will transform into vapor, disappearing into the air. As the puddle dries up in the sun, so should your problem be resolved.

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Friendship Magic

JULY 30, 2021 BY ELIZABETH BARRETTE

Today is International Day of Friendship. Devote some time to your relationships. Each relationship is like a bank account. When you do nice things for a friend, you deposit energy in the account. When you ask for favors or make mistakes, you withdraw energy from the account. A healthy relationship should have a well-balanced give-and-take of energy.

Gather together some polished rose quartz pebbles, a stone of friendship. Name each stone for someone special in your life. Meditate on your relationship with each person as you hold their stone. How balanced is your relationship? Have you done too much for it, or too little?

Most relationships can benefit from investing more energy in them. To improve the balance, choose several small actions or one larger action to perform. Carry the stone(s) with you until you feel that you have balanced that relationship. You may give the stones to your friends or cleanse the stones and put them back in your working tools.

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Stones of Protection

JULY 31, 2021 BY STORM FAERYWOLF

* Several medium to large-size rocks

* A lemon

* A large bowl of water

* Some sea salt

* A towel

* Acrylic paint

* A paintbrush

Collect several medium to large-size rocks. These can be collected on your walks or even purchased from a garden store. Gather them, along with the other materials. Cut the lemon in half and squeeze the juice of one half into the bowl of water, then sprinkle in some salt. Wash each stone lovingly in the water while continuously chanting this verse:

Stone of protection,

Stone of defense.

Towel the stones dry and then paint upon each one a symbol of power while continuing the same chant the whole time. These symbols can be common ones, like a pentagram, triquetra, or hamsa, or they may be sigils of your own creation.

Once all have been painted, place each stone outside your home to create a protective circle.

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First Fruits

AUGUST 01, 2021 BY EMBER GRANT

Lughnasadh has roots in Irish mythology and legend as a festival in honor of the god Lugh. This day has come to be celebrated in many ways, including acknowledging the first harvest. Create your own First Fruits blessing by buying some local produce today or, even better, harvest from your own garden if you can. Any type of food item can be used for the blessing—fruit, vegetable, grain, or herb. After you’ve selected your item to symbolize the harvest, decorate your altar with seasonal items and candles. Place your “first fruit” in the center and chant this blessing for abundance:

Bless this harvest, Earth sustain us,

flower, fruit, and grain.

Bring abundance, Earth maintain us,

blessed be our gain.

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Ghost Hunting Theories

Haunted Caves, Scary Caves!

Caves are more than the sites of mines and ancient hieroglyphs, the burial places of giants, and homes for bats. They can also be haunted. And, why not? In desperate times, caves were utilized for sanctuary and sometimes standoffs and, given the geology, they seem like ideal vessels in a feng shui sort of way, to retain and hold a kind of amplified haunting that is held captive in a cul-du-sac formation. I am utterly fascinated with the haunted cave phenomena. I cannot think of a better spirit vessel.

Let’s have a look at some more infamous haunted caves…

Bell Witch Cave

The Bell Witch Cave in Adams, Tennessee is a very popularly known cave apparently haunted by the Bell Witch. The cave is supposedly beneath a burial mound and there is even the remains of a previously robbed Native grave, though this is rather unusual for a Native burial, but not at all unusual for a giant burial in a stone sarcophagus.

There are vague reports of sounds, giggling, talking, laughter and more within the cave, as well as belief that the Bell Witch monitors the occupants or a woman is seen sometimes within the caverns. There has been a lot of hype around this site. There could be some genuine haunting going on, but the source of the haunting may not be a supposed Bell Witch, but something perhaps more ancient, as the robbed grave might provide.

Mammoth Cave

Mammoth Cave in Kentucky is called the largest haunted cave. Interestingly, both Tennessee and Kentucky have amazing geology and an ancient history of giant races, as well as having great histories of Native Tribes and Civil War hardships. These are perfect places for caves to be haunted. In fact, it’s generally assumed there are lots more giant finds to be made in these caves, as well as perhaps even having active races of “little people” or “giants” and even “reptoids” existing within deep caverns today.

This seriously mammoth cave has seen a lot of history for thousands of years and that leaves a certain mystique, but it also has reason to be supposedly haunted. As far back as 4000 years ago, “Natives” were mining deep inside it.

Is the cave haunted by spirits or simply a very lengthy history for thousands of years? That is hard to tell, but some have had unusual experiences, seen things, heard things, felt things within.

In 1797, a man chased a bear into the entrance of the cave.  He was said to be the first white man to enter it. In 1798, a man who owned the land the cave was on, sold it to some brothers who wanted to mine saltpeter. By 1810, the brothers sold it to a bigger business who could mine for saltpeter on a bigger scale.  The War of 1812 made saltpeter much sought after. The new owner had slaves working the cave to mine the saltpeter for eventual gunpowder production. After the war, however, saltpeter needs fell and the business went under.

The cave then became known for the “mummies” found in it. This brought in the first tourists to see the cave. In 1842, the cave was used as an experiment to house people with TB. And patients died there.

This cave in Derbyshire and an EVP session-

Swallow Cave

Swallow Cave near Nahant, Massachusetts is not a particularly big cave, but it has a reputation of being haunted by a witch. The story goes back to the 1700s when Natives were fighting with settlers in Lynn, Massachusetts and they hid up in the cave. A local witch helped out the settlers to find the Natives, but then begged them to not fire upon the Natives. She somehow managed to convince the Natives to go back to the Cape Cod area and there was peace. Later, when she died, the people supposedly buried her above the cave in memory for what she had done and her spirit was said to still haunt the cave.

Dungeon Rock Cave

Dungeon Rock in Lynn, Massachusetts, has a reputation of a potential pirate treasure within. A spiritualist of the times, Hiram Marble, thought he could find the pirate treasure and use spiritualist movement tools to do so. It was his ultimate goal to prove that spiritualists’ tools were credible. Unfortunately, he went decades searching and died without making his goal.

Wabasha Street Caves

This interesting place has a sorted history. The Wabasha Street Caves in Saint Paul, Minnesota, is a building that leads back into caverns where they once mined silica. At different times, it was used for everything from gangster hideout to mushroom farming. An apparition of a man wearing a panama hat has been seen inside and a female apparition at the bar. Three gangsters in the 1930s were said to be shot down within the caves and they all have been seen at various times haunting the place.

Amusement

Now, this may be a “haunted cave” you are more likely to visit – the infamous “Haunted Cave” in Lewisburg, Ohio; a popular attraction!

Cave-themed movies:

The Descent

The Cave

Catacombs

As Above, So Below

World’s Largest Cave

And then, there’s always the world’s largest cave in Vietnam – At more than 200m high, 150m wide and 5km long, the Hang Son Doong cave in Vietnam is so big it has its own river, jungle and climate.

Bizarre Cave Creatures

What about the creatures you might encounter? There are some very unusually adapted critters crawling and scampering around the caves –

Cave Mummies

And, then, there are cave mummies found all around the world.  Outside of Manila, at Kabayan Cave, loggers found these coffins and mummies showing signs of advanced embalming techniques like the Egyptians.

Incan Child Sacrifices were discovered in caves and showed that they were drugged and left as sacrifices. The conditions in the caves made these poor children turn to mummies.

Spirit Cave Mummy – the oldest in the US, found in Nevada.

Spirit Cave

The Spirit Cave mummy is part of an ongoing dispute between the Paiutes who say it is their ancestor (although the find is 9000 years old, way before they came to those lands and bears no resemblance to their appearance or technology). If there is some justice, a DNA survey will be done – as they have already dated it and further analysis of hair or tooth or other material is of little consequence. The fact is, once this is proven to be of the First Migration to the Americas, we will have to rethink what we consider Native, as most anthropologists recognize three migrations to this continent.

The same could be said for the finds in Lovelock Cave which do not resemble in looks or technology what the local tribes can attribute to their ancestors. Even the Natives in Wisconsin admitted to another race of people being here when their people arrived, that race being the one that did the mining of copper there very long ago.

Horrifying Cave Events

What about horrifying things that occurred in caves?

Catawba Murder Cave

Marian McConnell wrote the book “Murder Hole”

This Virginia cave has a lot of local legends including a farmer who killed a tinker and threw him into the hole, a couple who couldn’t marry, so they drove a cart into the hole, a man in a caving club whose rope broke, sending him falling to his death. Since then, dozens of people have gotten trapped, but no more deaths. All in all, it’s a good idea to avoid this cave nicknaked “Murder Hole.”

Dead Man’s Hole

Discovered in 1821 in Texas, it was a crazy sinkhole, but nothing special until the Civil War Era when Unionist sympathizers were thrown down it by Confederates. The bones of 17 people were found. In 1951, with gas masks (poisonous gas below), men descended into it to look around.  A commemorative plaque was left behind for those who died there.

Devil’s Hole

This cave in the Niagara Gorge in New York has had a reputation way back starting with the Iroquois. They believed there to be a demonic serpent in the cave called “Evil One.”  People were said to not come out of the cave and, if they did, their hair was white.

It doesn’t end there. In 1763, the Seneca ambushed an English wagon train and threw the bodies into the hole. Many dozens were killed there.

Phonom Sampeau Cave

This cave in Cambodia is referred to as the “Killing Cave.” The Khmer Rouge in the 1970s used it as a torturing and killing place. The bones, clothing, electrical devices for torture are still there on display.

Skeleton Cave, Arizona: Site of a horrible massacre of Native Americans.

Hellfire Caves, UK: A curious and fabled site of potential secret rituals.

Lovelock Cave, Nevada: Believed site of ancient red-haired giants massacre

Conclusion

I hope this has gotten you interested in learning more about what goes on in caves – in the past, the present, and in caves we have yet to find with treasures of science and history!

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Chapter 12

GILBERTO Rides Again

By Stephen Halpert

“What he did, kicking my prize soccer ball into into two trays full of dishes and glass wear was unforgivable,” Ramon fumed, “What does she see in that jerk?”

“His shoulders,” Gilberto said.

“What?” disbelief  masked his face.

“His shoulders,” Gilberto repeated. Sophia has always gone for big brawny guys like her daddy. Been that way all her life.”

Ramon half smiled but then punched his fist into his palm. “So I’m  supposed to make nice in this rented tux while my oldest daughter ruins her life?”

Gilberto felt genuine sympathy. He patted Ramon’s shoulder.  “I hope Rosa makes him pay for the broken dishes and glassware.”

“Oh believe me she will,” Ramone said. “That stuff was all rented.” He frowned. “Shoulders huh! I’d like to break his arm.”

“Be nice,” Gilberto said. “Your future son in law, after all.” He took him by the arm and led him outside before he could do his daughter’s fiancé bodily harm.

Maria followed them outside. “Just checking in,” she put her arm around Ramon. “Personally I hope this wedding never happens.”

Ramon nodded. “That makes two of us. That soccer ball is my greatest treasure! Do you have any idea how many consecutive  games we had to win to qualify for the finals that year? I scored the winning goal. Such disrespect, my treasured keepsake kicked into trays of dirty dishes.”

Just then a sedate black Jaguar coupe pulled into the condo lot. From it emerged an older couple. “Hello there,” the gentleman said.  He wore a three-piece dark suit, his immaculately pressed trousers brushed against his polished black wingtips. Gold cufflinks winked from his jacket sleeves.

“I think we’re at the right address?” He nodded. I’m Benjamin Blackstone. Millie and I are here to attend our son’s, Bradley’s engagement party.”

Millie eyed Ramon and looked dubious. She wore a sheer layer of silk over a loose, colorful gown. The gentleman peered at Ramon. He held out his keys. “Please, park this as close as you can. I’d appreciate it.” 

“Oh dear,” Marias smiled politely and pointed at Ramon. “He’s Ramon

Gomez, father of the bride.”

Hearing that caught their attention. “Oh I see. Well, I’m Benjamin Blackstone, he repeated. He pointed to the sheathed mountain of a woman. “My wife Millie. We’re Bradley Blackstone’s parents.”

“How wonderful to meet you,” Maria replied cordially. “I’m Maria Santiago. “This is my husband, Gilberto.”

Millie Blackstone gave him her perfect smile. She looked at Ramon. “You’re so fortunate to have our Bradley as your son in law.”

Ramon was momentarily speechless. Gilberto intervened. “Unfortunately you son kicked a soccer ball that landed in the kitchen toppling two trays ladened with  stacked dishes and glasses.”

“That’s our Bradley!” Benjamin Blackstone chortled. “He’s always had a penchant for accidents. When he was fourteen, he’d ride his bike around Concord using his slingshot to put out streetlights.”

“No tales out of school now,” Millie Blackstone urged. “Our Bradley is a fine boy, excelling in his studies at Dartmouth.”

“Of course,” Benjamin Blackstone smiled. “Certainly  we take care of things. Donated a new gymnasium and hockey rink to the town. But they did take away his slingshot.” He paused.  “Of course we’ll cover tonight’s damages.” He took a slim black leather wallet from his inside suit jacket pocket, riffed out a number of bills and handed them to Ramon.

Ramon nodded. He’d never been mistaken as a parking attendant. His voice was parched. “Thank you.”

“Let us go upstairs and rejoin the party,” Maria smiled.

“I’ll park your car,” Gilberto volunteered. He took the keys and pulled the Jaguar into a nearby space.

A flustered Brad rushed over to his parents. He hugged his mom and stammered. “She wants to call the whole thing off.”

Millie’s eyebrows flew upward. “How can she? That sort of thing,” she paused, “and considering her condition, could cause a terrible scandal.”

Rosa smiled politely and greeted the Blackstone’s. “I’m sorry but my daughter Sophia is indisposed. Let’s give her a few minutes and I’m sure she’ll join us.”

“What happened?” Benjamin Blackstone said.

“I’m not sure,” Rosa said. “But apparently they had a terrible row.” She looked at Brad. “Perhaps he can explain.”

“All I did was tell her to help me in the kitchen. You’d have thought I was

asking for the end of the world.”

“Perhaps it seemed that way to Sophia,” Rosa said.

Brad frowned. “What about all that sickness and in health stuff?” Isn’t a wife supposed to support her husband? Do as he tells her to do. But all she kept saying was that it would ruin her manicure. Like I care about her manicure.”

Benjamin Blackstone nodded sympathetically. Millie looked troubled; her makeup couldn’t hide a trembling lip. She took Bradley’s hand. Her voice softened. “Have you apologized?”

Brad’s voice raised. “What for? She should be damned glad I even offered to marry her. Her being that way.”

Rosa and Maria both stiffened, looked at each other, turned and glared at Brad.

“In which case it’s just as well she’s calling it off,” Rosa said.

“Bradley this is not the way people like us behave” Benjamin Blackstone    turned to Rosa. “I’m sorry. My son’s manners are sadly lacking. I fear that at this stage of his life he is too immature to marry anyone. We will of course help to support our grandchild. Once the child is born, we will set up a college education fund.”

Millie Blackstone glared at her husband and then at her son. “What are we supposed to say to our friends at the Club?”

“You’ll think of something,” Benjamin said off handedly.

Sophia came back into the room. Her cheeks were flush and her eyes were red from crying. She took a deep beath and straightened her shoulders. Her fists were clenched. “I’m sorry Brad but this marriage would never work. It wouldn’t be fair to anyone, especially our child.” She opened her palm and tried handing him her engagement ring.

“Keep the damn thing,” Brad said.

“No, you take it now.” Rosa spoke emphatically. Seeing her expression, he did. She embraced Sophia and smiled softly and lovingly. “You made the right decision. I’m so proud of your honesty.”

(to be continued)

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Kitty Kat’s Korner 

Why You Should Keep Lilies Far Away From Your Cat

Keep lilies far away from your feline friend.

By Grace Haynes May 27, 2021

Cats have a reputation for being naturally curious. They’re quirky creatures who love sitting in boxes and instinctively eat grass when their diets need a little more fiber. It seems like these beloved pets get into just about anything and everything around the house—chasing toys, climbing onto countertops, and chewing whatever they can get their paws on. You’d probably be hard-pressed to find a Southern home without houseplants—we love them for the natural beauty and fragrance they bring to our interiors, and our pets love to investigate anything new that comes through the front door. That’s why it’s especially important to know which houseplants are safe and which are toxic to cats. Dr. Callie Harris, DVM, a veterinarian at Purina, urges pet owners not to bring home lilies because they are dangerous to cats. Read on her for advice.

Why are some lilies dangerous to cats?

“Cat and kitten owners should be mindful about the type of plants they keep in their home. Cats are curious animals and just tasting certain plants, especially lilies that are toxic, can be deadly. Many pet owners aren’t aware of how dangerous certain lilies are to cats, and it’s difficult to identify the lilies that are toxic versus the ones that aren’t, so it’s advised to avoid having any lilies in your house if you have a cat,” explains Dr. Harris. “The exact toxic dose and the precise toxins responsible for damage are currently unknown. Toxins in certain lilies can cause severe kidney damage in your cat or kitten and some species are cardiotoxic,” she says.

Which species of lilies should cat owners avoid?

“There are several types of lilies that cat owners should steer clear of to avoid putting their pet at risk of toxicosis, a pathological condition caused by the action of the poison. Some species include daylily, Asiatic lily, Easter lily, Japanese show lily, Oriental lily, Rubrum lily, tiger lily, Wood lily, and Stargazer lily, but the toxic principle is unknown and it has been shown that cats may develop toxicity even from the pollen,” Dr. Harris says. Unsure which selection of lily you’ve picked up at the garden center? Dr. Harris recommends avoiding these plants altogether out of an abundance of caution for your cat.

What should you do if your cat ingests a lily?

“If you find that your cat has ingested any part of a lily, you should react fast and seek help from your veterinarian immediately. Because the toxic dose of lilies is unknown, your veterinarian will likely want to hospitalize and treat supportively with intravenous fluids. Depending on how much of the flower your cat has consumed and how severe the damage is, they may need more aggressive treatment for their kidneys, like dialysis,” says Dr. Harris.

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Georgia Weekly Horoscope: Sunday, August 01, 2021

All Signs

The planet Uranus was discovered on March 13, 1781. It represents earthquakes, explosions, burnt toast and jokes that fall flat. In other words, unpredictable surprises from the horrific to the absurd. It portends accidents and arguments as well as a lottery win, an unexpected invitation, or a surprise gift. Uranus takes 84 years to go through all 12 signs, being in one sign for 11 years. Right now, Uranus is in Taurus. This month the Sun is in Leo, which is at odds with Taurus, which explains bizarre events, accidents, family rebellions and sudden changes. But we will survive! By the way, I use the British pronunciation of Uranus: (UR-anus instead of the American one: Ur- ANUS (and if you had to say it as much as I do – you would, too.)

Aries (March 21-April 19)

This continues to be a great time for Aries because both the Sun and Mercury are supporting your sign. In fact, they will generate opportunities for you to enjoy parties, social occasions, the arts, attendance or participation in sports events plus, playful activities with children. This same influence urges you to take a vacation; and it also pumps possibilities for romance! Nevertheless, this week, the same areas might hold some unexpected surprises and moments of rebellion. (Aries parents will notice this with their kids.) Fortunately, matters related to your job, your health and even your pet are supportive in a pleasant way. (Very nice.)

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Your focus continues to be on home and family this week. Many of you will be more involved than usual with a parent. Family discussions will definitely take place, perhaps addressing the need for home repairs? However, this is also when you might encounter some rebellion or surprises and mishaps due to domestic arguments or something that impacts your home. A small appliance might break down or minor accident could occur. Fortunately, the opportunities for you to enjoy vacations, fun occasions, the arts, sports romance and playful activities with kids will abound. A solid week. Get ready for good times ahead!

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

You’re happy with your fast pace because you like life to be interesting! (You don’t do boring.) Short trips, discussions, appointments and errands are just some reasons you’re on the go this week. Admittedly, it behooves you to pay attention to everything you say and do because stressful aspects could encourage a few speed bumps to your plans. Pay attention to everything you say and do to reduce the possibility of accidents or goofy mistakes. Give yourself extra time (when you do anything) so that you have wiggle room to deal with the unexpected. Meanwhile, spontaneous entertaining at home will delight you. You might also buy something beautiful for where you live?

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Money, earnings and cash flow continue to be your primary focus this week. You might even have some excellent moneymaking ideas. Many of you will attract money to you as well! Nevertheless, something to do with money, cash flow, earnings and your possessions might encounter obstacles this week or something surprising or unexpected. Therefore, be mindful. Take care of what you own. Double check anything to do with your money and assets. Stay top of things to guard against the possibility of loss. Fortunately, you will be delighted to meet new faces, new places and new ideas, which are definitely coming your way!

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

This is a strong time for you because the Sun and Mercury are in Leo! Oh yes, it’s still your chance to recharge your batteries for the rest of year because the entire world is having a Leo hit. That’s why everyone is making reservations for dinner, enjoying the arts, and watching sports as well as engaging in some saucy flirting. (Wink!) Nevertheless, unpredictable Uranus is at odds with your sign, especially this week. This might trigger feisty conversations with bosses and authority figures. You might be at odds with a parent or the police. You feel independent and ready to go out on your own. Fortunately, a sweet money surprise might come your way. (Perhaps a new job?)

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

This week you might feel vaguely unsettled. This is because the Sun and Mercury are “hiding” in your chart, and they’re at odds with unpredictable Uranus. On the upside, you might have some brilliant ideas or an epiphany about something. “Eureka!” But you might also feel like you’re waiting for the other shoe to drop – something like that. Don’t worry because this is a temporary feeling that will be gone by next week. On the upside, fiery Mars is in your sign, boosting your energy and making you proactive and eager to tackle anything in life. Meanwhile, fair Venus is also in your sign, making you charming and diplomatic with everyone. You might meet a new friend?

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

This is a popular week! Expect to enjoy the company of younger people. It’s an excellent time to define future goals so that you have a better grasp of what is ahead. Goals keep you on track and make future decision-making easier. However, Uranus might trigger some surprises – like a sudden difficulty with a friend or a member of a group? You might want to quit a group or avoid a friend? Or perhaps, someone feels this way toward you? Be patient and don’t jump to conclusions. Get your facts straight in case there is a confusion or misunderstanding that needs to be cleared up. Meanwhile, an unexpected love affair might take place. All of you will have a secret surprise that delights.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

You look fabulous in the eyes of everyone else because the Sun is still at the top of your chart casting you in a flattering spotlight. (Your bathroom mirror is covered in kisses.) With Mercury up there as well, you will be skilled and proficient talking to people in authority – bosses, parents, teachers, VIPs and the police. They will listen to you. Having said this, these of the very areas that will be interrupted for some reason because of the influence of Uranus. You might feel rebellious and want to quit your job or give your two cents worth to your boss. Worse yet, they might suddenly print out something from on high that you least expected to hear. Whatever happens, stay cool. You still look wonderful to everyone. You might meet a new friend this week, someone unusual or different. Help from an unexpected source is at hand.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Your desire to travel and do something different is super strong this week. You need a change of scenery! You also want a chance to learn something new, which makes this a marvellous time to study. You might also be more focused on legal matters or something to do with medicine, publishing and the media. Nevertheless, these same areas are where you will encounter a surprise or an unexpected glitch. Travel plans might suddenly change or be cancelled. Anything could happen. Fortunately, fair Venus and Mars are at the top of your chart. Mars will arouse your ambition and encourage you to go after what you want; while Venus will grease the wheels with authority figures and render unto you all things that are due. (One hopes!)

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

You are concerned with practical matters, especially the wealth and assets of your partner, shared property, inheritances, banking matters and taxes – all this red-tape stuff. Generally, your sign is very good at dealing with this because Capricorn rules the government. Oh yes, we can take you anywhere. However, the sudden and unpredictable influence of Uranus will create some kind of upset in these same areas. You might receive news from the government that surprises you. Or something about banking or inheritances that require your attention. Just be aware of this. The good news is that you might get a sudden chance to travel somewhere – travel for pleasure! If so, act quickly because this window of opportunity will be brief.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

This week he Sun and Mercury continue to be directly opposite your sign drawing your attention to your closest relationships – marriage partners, professional partners and close friends. This polarized position offers you the best opportunity all year to objectively view how you relate to others. Use this to learn something important. However, with Uranus at odds with the Sun this week, something unexpected might occur with your partner or close friend. They might demand more freedom in the relationship? They might have a surprising suggestion? You could have an argument? Fortunately, money, gifts and goodies will unexpectedly come your way that will surely soothe any ruffled feathers.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Your ambition to get better organized is still strong. In fact, not only do you want to work harder and smarter, you also want to improve your health as well because you are setting the bar high. And why not? Unfortunately, these are the very same areas where Uranus will trigger a few problems and surprises. Computer glitches, staff shortages, interruptions to your job as well as unexpected news that is health-related might occur. Note: Something surprising might also relate to your pet? Therefore, keep your eyes open! Fortunately, this is a fabulous week to relate to partners and close friends. You might meet someone new and unusual?

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GrannyMoon’s Weekly Feast: 25 July 2021

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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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Herb of the Year for 2021: Parsley (Petroselinum crispum, named by the International Herb Association.

Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8

Celtic Tree Calendar: Holly Moon: July 8 – August 4

This evergreen plant reminds us all year long about the immortality of nature. The Holly moon was called Tinne, pronounced chihnn-uh, by the Celts, who knew the potent Holly was a symbol of masculine energy and firmness.

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July Birth Flowers: Delphinium (Larkspur) and Water Lily – Given as a birth flower for July, the larkspur signifies love and joy. The water lily is full of symbolic significance in many cultures. It is particularly associated with rebirth and enlightenment.

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THE 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, Inspiriation, Energy, Vitality, Freedom. Workings On This Day Are For “Constructive” Magick (Love, Wealth, Success, Courage, Friendship, Luck Or Health.)

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Calendar of Events

JUL. 27: Belgium Procession of the Witches: Festival of Witches

JUL. 28: Archangel Auriel (Uriel) Day. His/Her name means “Fire or Light of God,” and titles include, Regent of the Sun, Angel of Music, Patron of Prophecy, Archangel of Salvation, Angel of the Presence.

JUL. 29: Festival of Thor – Celebration of Norse God Thor

JUL. 31: thru Aug 2 – Lughnasadh – Old Celtic / Irish Feast of Goddess Tailtiu and God Lugh (Deities of Life and Light), celebrating the grain harvest. Aug. Eve; Sun God, Harvest God, Horned God willing to become the grain of life.
– Lammas, harvest festival coming 40 days after Summer Solstice, offer 1st fruits to the Divine (See Aug. 1)
– Festival of Loki – Day to honor Norse trickster god Loki and his consort Sigyn
– Feast of the Grain Harvest – Honoring Goddess Demeter & Kore (Old Greek), and God as Osiris (Egyptian).

AUGUST

AUG. 1-2: LUGHNASSADH / LAMMAS SABBAT: First Harvest—Bread Harvest. First Harvest Festival of the Celtic Sun God Lugh.

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Ask Yourself ……Is It Your Circus? Are They Your Monkeys

July 26, 2021 – August 1, 2021

The last week of July is interesting, with three sign changes and a challenging aspect at the end of the week. In case you have not already noticed, every weekend in July is challenging.

Mercury moves out of Cancer and joins the Sun in Leo on Tuesday. You will find that you need to express yourself to others and make your point of view known. You will notice that stories and personalized meaning will color the experiences you have. Additionally, you will have a desire to make a  personal contribution to everything you do.

Midweek, before Mars joins Venus in Virgo (he is not happy there either), he opposes Jupiter. It’s an auspicious time to put extra effort into projects because success is pretty much ensured. However,  avoid acting too rashly when making decisions because the same energy that leads you to succeed can also make you look foolish.

Finally, this weekend, Mercury opposes Saturn in Aquarius. Push away negative thoughts as they occur and try to avoid depressing mindsets. Instead, focus on projects that need attention and detail.

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Full Moon in Aquarius, July 24, 2021

Full Moon in Aquarius on July 24, 2021

This Full Moon cycle is excellent for breaking through and opening yourself up to new experiences. This may feel right on point for you or you may need to do some introspection work first.

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July’s Full Moon

by Rubys Readings

July 21-25⭐

For All Zodiac Signs

The Full Moon peaks on Friday, July 23rd, 2021.

As the Moon swells and grows to Full this week, the stronger its energies are felt. This energy intensifies our emotions, so perhaps you’re already feeling the side effects, as listed below.

nervousness

exhaustion

excitable

anxious

emotional

Sleeplessness – Insomnia is often an issue during the Full Moon.

Vivid dreams and strong visions

Relationships and romantic issues.

This Full Moon occurs when the Sun in Leo forms an opposition to the Moon in Aquarius. The Sun enters Leo Season (when the Sun shifts into the sign Leo) right around the Full Moon. Its influence helps us tap into our self-confidence, so we strive for individuality under this intense energy. We may not be content with simply being part of a team. We want to lead! The Aquarius Moon teaches us to be individualistic as well, and even though we tend to value our independence, we also value the team, community, and group spirit. All of this is highlighted during the Full Moon.

The emotional Full Moon tends to make people act more irrational. Full Moon’s make us feel off or crazy because it activates our DNA! It’s science, really. People can have sudden outbursts about how they feel and share proclamations that feel fresh and new because these feelings haven’t been rationalized yet.

The Full Moon illuminates our feelings, attitudes, and circumstances that are already happening. Our buried feelings now surface, and our realizations and A-ha moments are often expressed quite dramatically. You may feel pushed to share how you’re feeling out loud! Or you can feel like you’re about to lose it if you don’t share your opinions.

This particular Full Moon is a time of awakening about what others need, as we feel the world’s humanitarian issues much more strongly with the Moon in Aquarius.

The Full Moon is a time when the TRUTH is EXPOSED! Each month during this cycle, we tend to discover certain truths about what’s been hidden, kept secret, regressed, or ignored. As we gain clarity, we can work on those specific wishes or desires. It’s the right time to release and let go of situations, people, or energies that are no longer working in our lives, which helps us make room to Manifest our dreams. Clean out your closets both physically and emotionally!

This Full Moon also creates endings, so during the New Moon cycle (aka Dark Moon), we can start planting seeds of intention for something new to begin in a few weeks. Makes lists, write out what you want to release and let go of in your life and what you want to bring to you. Then close your eyes and feel it! That’s how you Set Intentions with the Full Moon.

Full Moon Extras

Once the Moon peaks in Aquarius on the eve of July 23, 2021, it challenges loving Venus and causes issues in our relationships. Karmic situations may arise, and some will break up! Be cautious about making any life-changing decisions and

This tense energy mixed with Chiron’s Retrograde phase can bring up unresolved emotional pain and trauma. Especially from our childhood or our upbringing. Some of you may feel like you’re being ignored or not getting the attention you deserve, or you may feel like your partners aren’t showing enough affection or love, making you feel taken for granted. Do your best to be kind to one another.

The Full Moon is the “Mother” of the Zodiac, so we may have to deal with issues or wounds centered around our Mother, female role models, or authority figures. There can be challenges with the woman in our lives over the next few weeks, so love your sisters, be it friends or family.

With Neptune Retrograde, the woman we cared for whom are crossed over may pop up in one way or another. Suddenly they might be on your mind or visit you in a dream. But they can get their messages to you more clearly for the next five months under this cycle.

Full Moon Peak Times

EST 10:36 pm

CST 9:36 pm

MST 8:36 pm

PST 7:36 pm

Set your intentions with the Full Moon energies, starting the evening of July 23. Write out what you want to release and let go of what you want to Manifest next in your life. Don’t miss this opportunity to make important changes.

Have a wonderful weekend, Stay Safe & Be Well ~Ruby

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How the Astrological Have Signs Coped with Life During the COVID Pandemic: Earth Signs

JUNE 25, 2021 BY SALLY CRAGIN

Astrological Chart

As much as Mercury Retrograde makes me nervous to badly things write—I mean…write things badly—I wanted to get Earth signs to our readers. My project was simple: did the pandemic and its resulting global lockdowns make it more difficult for some of the twelve signs of the zodiac? Or were some folks better-equipped to handle the conditions of isolation and separation than others?

I found that fire sign folks adjusted pretty quickly—such is responsive/adaptive nature of Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius, particularly in an emergency. But after talking to a lot of earth sign folks, I found many adapted readily, particularly as the rules (social distancing, wearing a mask, limiting excursions) became more clear.

Earth sign folks are the organizers. These folks ensure friends and family members are secure and taken care of; the sudden need for masks, plus coping with shortages of toilet paper and hand sanitizer, shortages didn’t faze them as much as it did to others. When I reached out, through various social media groups, I learned that the earth signs adapted very quickly to the conditions of isolation. Planning ahead came easily to them, and if there’s one trait all three earth signs shared during this time, it’s that keeping a healthy diet and maintaining a healthy weight was really difficult.

My view is that Jupiter’s transit through Capricorn during the past year helped the other two earth signs as well in terms of adjustment and making the most of opportunities. The horticultural equivalent might be taking a cutting from a plant and growing it into a tree! (Please note that I’m still working on articles about how the Air and Water signs coped, so if you are a Gemini, Libra, Aquarius, Cancer, Scorpio, or a Pisces, please reach out to me at sallycragin@verizon.net).

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Those born under the sign of the bull are generally self-possessed, and good at planning. Taurus is ruled by Venus, the sign of love, friendship, and beauty. Taureans definitely enjoyed posting photos of their sour-dough starter. Some were able to have a sense of humor about their situation: “As could be expected of a Taurus, I lost all control of my eating and gained about 30 lbs,” says Tesa of Pennsylvania. Taurus also likes a lot of consistency in their lives, but the lockdown took its toll. Jennifer B of Pennsylvania coped well with the conditions at first, but then found her mood fluctuating downward.

“I lost weight at first and then put it back on,” she says. “I’ve experienced more anxiety and lately I rarely leave or want to leave the house while being sick of my own four walls.” For her, the most difficult period was November, 2020, which coincided with a solar opposition. (We all have this opposition six months after our birthday, which is our Solar Return. The sun is as far from our birthday month as it can get.)

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

The sign that is the best at organizing, evaluating, and analyzing was caught short when the restrictions of COVID set in. Suddenly their tight schedule was blown open, leaving Virgo plenty of time. Time for planning and coping? Absolutely—but also for worrying!

Brenda, of California, reported that her first response to the COVID conditions was to watch all the news and become “obsessed with dying. I was watching the news daily and the numbers were going up so quickly, that I convinced myself I would somehow become another statistic.”

But, Virgo is often the most flexible earth sign—ruled by Mercury, Virgo folks usually can find workarounds. Brenda and her family began a tradition of nightly dinners for their adult children, which helped everyone cope. Her husband “would invent some fabulous meal choosing from the $600 worth of meat and veggies from Costco he purchased weeky! I think we had enough food to bunker down for a year!”

For Patrick of Massachusetts, working remotely became at first a blessing, and then a curse. As a middle-manager in an IT firm, he was used to troubleshooting for colleagues in the office, but “having to fix their problems remotely was even more frustrating.”

CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 19)

Our third earth sign is one that, as they used to say about Timex watches, “takes a licking and keeps on ticking.” Ruled by Saturn, the planet of responsibility, limitations, and tenacity, Capricorns often make preparing for the worst so that they’re not disappointed their personal philosophy.

Not surprisingly, I found that Capricorns I spoke to were less freaked, frizzled, and fazed by the conditions of COVID. In fact, many immediately took the situation very seriously, and were among the first to start making masks. Nancy, of Leominster MA, started the “Squiggly Line” mask company after Amy, another Capricorn friend, taught her to sew.

“Even though I worked through the pandemic, I knew that I would need something to do at night,” she says since her social life and community theatre activity came to a complete stop. “It was a bonus that I actually did something helpful. The name of the company also came from my day-long, outdoors and socially distanced, sewing lesson on my back patio. I simply couldn’t sew a straight line.”

True to Capricorn form, Nancy kept sewing and got better at it. Before long, she visited a local coffee shop, Strong Style Coffee in Fitchburg, Mass. The owner had turned the once-bustling hot spot filled with live music into a little boutique for local artists.

“When she saw my mask and found out that I made it, she said she would be happy to sell them for me. So I made a batch of 25 and dropped them off, and they have been selling like crazy ever since.” Nancy is active on social media, and the photos she posted on Facebook prompted “a ton of orders.” She’s mailed them all over the US and Canada.

The success of her business comes from her adroitness at picking out material. “Anything with animals will sell the best, and tie dye is big, too.”

For those of us who struggled to adjust to the changed conditions of life “as we knew it,” earth signs get it down. “As it says on my business card, I’ll keep sewing until this madness is over,” she says.

For Holly of New Mexico, COVID actually came at a convenient time for her career. “I’m loving the freedom as my job of 21 years as a massage therapist at a particular spa was axed with the COVID.” She found that having more time for “outdoor activities without the burden of having to go to work” was a big blessing.

For Lisa Rae of Melbourne, Australia, “it was a mixed bag. I had been super burnt out and quite sick immediately preceding the pandemic.” She found the process of the lockdown made her “very anxious, and it was weird not having to dress up and look good. It was as if none of it mattered.” She took a leave from her job, and then “life slowed right down and I really enjoyed that.”

Conclusion:

In 2021, with Jupiter now in Aquarius, Taurus is facing reversals or obstructions in terms of the following subjects: “usual” good luck, losing weight, and returns on investment, as well as a possible rise in gullibility, or reduction in skepticism. Bulls: be bearish on “the sure thing.” Virgo gets a Mars return in August through mid-September. This means huge opportunities for leadership, getting what you want (which means deciding what you want, LOL), and possible irritability at others who do not share your insight, foresight, and ability to plan. Capricorn has had two big years of transition˜whether that has meant home remodeling, struggling with a health issue, or needing to learn to “live with less.” The good news is that this year, you’re not in the crosshairs of adverse planetary movement. And the better news is that July through mid-September is an excellent period for expanding on improvements that came your way (or were hard-fought) in the past two years.

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Heartwings Love Notes 992 Coping with Challenges

Heartwings says, “How we cope with challenges is a reflection of how we grow.”

I have a distinct memory of myself at the age of three bending over my shoes as I tried and tried to tie them. It was very difficult for me, yet I had to persist because my caregiver and companion, Emily, hired by my mother, insisted I keep at it until I learned to do it. At the time I was enrolled in the Woodward school, in the prekindergarten class. Every morning Emily would walk with me the block or so of brick sidewalk that led to the blue double doors of the school. Tieing those little brown shoes was the first lesson in perseverance that I remember.

Now at the other end of my life, I am challenged once more with learning to cope with my limitations, or working to overcome my inabilities with dressing, putting on shoes and other simple tasks I learned as a small child. I seem to have come full circle. These and other tasks present challenges I did not anticipate growing up. Of course, there have been many others throughout my life, some I dealt with better than others, all of them opportunities to learn and to grow–as long as I saw them as such.

I believe I was fortunate in having Emily in my life for as long as I did. She left to get married when I was eight. My sister was born some months after that and I was no longer an only child. This was another challenge, of course, though a different kind of one. Fortunately for me, Emily’s training held true. I went on to survive and to thrive amidst the many succeeding challenges life presented me with. I have no complaints. Not do I feel the need to crow about my successes, either. What I am is grateful in the extreme for the opportunities. To be sure that gratitude is in hindsight.

At the time, when I was bent over my little brown shoes, fumbling with the stubborn laces, I had no concept of challenges, learning, or growing in understanding. What child does? I only knew I had to keep at it until I gained the ability to do what I needed to do. These days are in a sense no different, except that what I am learning is to have patience with the process rather than learning to accomplish the act. Life is filled with these kinds of opportunities, large and small. Seeing them as such prevents the buildup of resentment that might otherwise occur.

May you surmount all your challenges gracefully and with joy.

Blessings and best regards, Tasha Halpert

How about you? Challenges to deal with? How do you cope? I do enjoy your stories, please write to me at tashahal@aol.com, and for more Love Notes, visit my web pages at www.heartwingsandfriends.com .

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Break a Hex Spell

JULY 25, 2021 BY JAMES KAMBOS

Mint and pepper team up in this spell to break a hex. Just combine three leaves chopped fresh mint (or two teaspoons dried mint) and a teaspoon black pepper in a small bowl. After dark, sprinkle the mixture outside your front and back doors. Before you begin, read this aloud:

When you feel you’ve been hexed,

No need to fear or feel vexed.

Without harm, none will you injure.

But this spell you must conjure.

Then, with a bit of pepper and a bit of mint, announce in the dark your magical intent:

Mint, heal, and pepper, sting.

No curse shall cross this protective ring!

After you’ve finished, go inside, slam your door, lock it, and say:

In these walls I’m protected as can be,

From curse, foe, or any who

don’t carry my key!

You’re done.

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Closure Spell

JULY 24, 2021 BY EMBER GRANT

We all have things we need to resolve from time to time— issues or relationships we need to let go of. To help yourself move on from a difficult situation, collect the following items: a black candle and dish to burn it in, something to symbolize the situation (a photo or written description), and a pinch of black salt. Place the candle in the container and set it on top of the picture or written description. Sprinkle the salt in the container around the candle. As you light the candle, visualize the situation being resolved; see yourself letting it go. Chant these words as many times as you feel is necessary:

Let go, move on, be strong.

You may burn the photo or paper in the container with the candle if you wish. Allow the candle to burn out safely, then discard it.

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Eleven Eleven

JULY 23, 2021 BY NAJAH LIGHTFOOT

Today is the 204th day of the year and the 23rd day of the month of July. By using a bit of numerology, we arrive at the master number eleven. Many people view the number eleven as an activation number for spiritual enlightenment.

For this rite, you’ll need a white candle in a fireproof container, a black cloth, and eleven stones or crystals.

At nightfall, place your candle in the fireproof container in the center of the black cloth. Place your eleven stones in a circle around the candle. Say:

By the light of the moon,

By the power of night,

By the number eleven,

My dreams and wishes take flight.

Allow the candle to safely burn down. Place the stones on your altar or in a special place where they can remind you of the power of the full moon and the number eleven.

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Cool it Down and Bring Balance

JULY 22, 2021 BY THORN MOONEY

With the excitement that summer always seems to bring, it’s easy for life to start feeling a little out of whack. School and work schedules change, festival and vacation season is in full swing, the days are getting hot, and many of us are busier than ever with travel, wrangling kids, or pursuing summer projects. Are you neglecting your self-care at this time of year? To cool down a bit and create the space to recenter yourself, fill a bowl with ice cubes (crushed ice is okay, too) and place it before you on your altar or table. Hold some of the ice in your hands if it’s not too cold for you. Concentrate on the stillness and coolness of ice. Draw that stillness into yourself while saying:

Cool the fire,

Feel the chill.

Summer burns,

But I am still.

Allow the ice in the bowl to melt, and add it to your bathwater, or wash your face and hands with it, to fully draw its energy into you.

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Travel to Salem

JULY 21, 2021 BY EMYME

Where do you live? Where do you vacation? Where I live, this time of the year is edging toward uncomfortably hot, and it is a very good time to go north to cooler climes. Salem, Massachusetts, is such a location and a terrific place to visit and review our heritage. Be prepared for a lot of kitsch and camp. Visit the museums and have your picture taken flying on a broom or stirring a cauldron. While there are indeed shops there owned by genuine earth-based believers, with legitimate supplies, keep in mind that much of it is for the tourist trade. That is not to say you cannot enjoy the atmosphere. Enjoy the lighthearted fun!

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Dispel Your Anger

JULY 20, 2021 BY SAPPHIRE MOONBEAM

Magick is about empowerment and your ability to change your personal energy as well as influence events in your life. When your life unfolds in ways that make you unhappy, it is important to deal with your emotions. When anger arises, you need to find a way to work through it. Strong emotion needs to be felt, not pushed aside or ignored, so you can regain and maintain balance and harmony.

Write down the things in your life that make you angry, sad, or disappointed. Place the list in a metal bowl or cauldron. Use a match or lighter to carefully ignite the edge of the paper while it is inside the bowl or cauldron. Visualize the things you wrote on the paper while using the power of the fire to release and chant these words:

Release my anger,

disappointment, and sorrow.

I will not carry it into tomorrow.

Release my anger, set it free.

The only person it hurts is me.

Repeat these words and this spell until you feel that you have released the anger-filled emotions that no longer serve you.

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Summer Energy

JULY 19, 2021 BY DEBORAH BLAKE

The summer is at its height now, which makes this the perfect time to tap into the abundant energy of the season. This spell is best done outside in the light and warmth of the sun, but you can always sit inside in a sunny spot, or make do with your imagination if the weather isn’t cooperating. Find a flower or herb that represents the energy of summer to you: a sunflower, some rosemary— whatever symbolizes the season to you. Hold it up to the sky and envision it pulling in all that power and energy. Then hold it to your chest and draw that energy inside as you say:

Glorious summer, warm and wonderful,

Fill me with your energy and power.

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The Art of Focus: Tips to Improve Your Scrying and Dowsing

AUGUST 30, 2021 BY JENNY TYSON

Preparing for Divination

Focus may be defined as an event, object, or person that occupies the center of one’s attention. It is a primary concept and an essential skill in both divination and magick. It is also needed to effectively perform scrying and dowsing. The ability to focus is a requirement for any basic individual scrying session, but it is also a tool that must be mastered for long-term scrying accuracy and personal improvement in the divinatory arts.

Over the course of developing the original techniques of scrying and dowsing presented in my latest book, The Art of Scrying and Dowsing, I was able to greatly improve my ability to focus. In this short article, I would like to introduce some ideas that you can use to enhance your ability to focus, and to give you information that will enable you to understand its role in all forms of divination, particularly in scrying and dowsing, as well as in the general practice of magick.

First, I will give a more specific definition of focus that pertains to the practice of scrying and dowsing: Focus is the unwavering attention and persistent contact with the incoming intuitive information obtained during scrying and dowsing sessions. Distraction is the opposite of focus. Distraction is when you lose contact with the incoming intuitive information. The result of distraction is a decrease in accuracy of your perceptions.

One of the best ways to help you see how well you are focusing is to scry physical targets related to known locations, activities, and living beings. Physical targets can be researched, and information discovered about them compared with scryed information for the purpose of discerning which perceptions were accurate and which were not. This examination takes place after the scrying session and is called feedback, or the feedback session. It is best done intentionally and with nonjudgmental honesty. The feedback session will help you determine the quality of your focus.

So what are the characteristics of focus? How do you make the changes needed to improve your scrying ability and accuracy? The characteristics of focus are trust, persistent contact, and steadiness. Each of these characteristics plays an important role in learning to scry accurately, as well as in other types of divination. Let’s look at each characteristic in turn.

Trust

The first characteristic of focus is trust. Scrying and dowsing require that you trust that the goals of the session are doable. You need to trust in the process of scrying and dowsing strongly enough to be motivated to put effort and attention into the work.

I want to distinguish the difference between trust and belief. Belief is where a concept or idea is determined to be a rule by which the universe operates. For example, if you believe there is an angel of love, a belief in the angel of love would entail a series of ideas about the characteristics and role of the angel. Belief persists through time and changes slowly.

Trust can be temporary. You may temporarily trust that there is an angel of love, and complete a scrying session involving the idea. This can be done without having to buy into concepts regarding the angel of love as part of a set of ideas as to how the universe operates. This trust allows you to have the motivation to complete the scrying session concerning the angel of love. After you complete the session, you can examine the information you obtained and the experiences you had, and then decide if you want to change your beliefs.

Scrying and dowsing can successfully be done based in either trust or belief. All you have to trust is that the scrying and dowsing techniques will work and provide you with information. This trust allows you to complete the scrying session. Once the operation is complete, you may or may not wish to add concepts to your belief system.

So how do you improve trust, especially if you have doubts about the effectiveness of scrying and dowsing as means of obtaining information? The easiest way to do this is to set a time limit on the period during which you will deliberately place your trust in the concepts related to scrying that you need to utilize in order to perform the scrying and dowsing session. This means that for the duration of the session, you will trust that the scrying and dowsing will provide the information that you are looking for.

The time period will vary according to what is being done. Trust in the process you are working with needs to be for the duration of the session. The scrying session may be as short as 15 minutes, or you may do multiple sessions on a single target for a period of several months. Trust is a sort of pact that you make with yourself that you will set aside doubt for the duration of the scrying session.

The time limit can be determined before you start and reassessed as you work. It is not necessary to have long-term belief in scrying and dowsing for it to work, you only need to adopt temporary trust in the process for the duration of the session.

Once you reach the end of the operation, you make an intelligent and deliberate decision on which concepts you want to add to your beliefs and what ideas you want to discard. This way, you do not feel bound to adopt a belief that you may not feel completely comfortable with, but you still have the freedom to perform a scrying or dowsing session. This practice of distinguishing trust from belief allows for healthy skepticism and internal honesty.

Persistent Contact

The second characteristic of focus is persistent contact. Persistent contact means that you must pay attention to the incoming data of the scrying and dowsing session to the exclusion of all else in your mind and in the immediate environment. During the time of the session, you disregard everything else. One of the mistakes I see quite often is the tendency of beginners to focus on how their bodies feel, or on what is happening around them.

Once you focus on anything other than your scrying and dowsing perceptions, you have lost contact with the target. Preparation for scrying and dowsing involves changing your attention to focus on the session and nothing else. Distractions can include electronics, music, random thoughts, body sensations, environmental issues such as odors, sounds, lights, and other people. External distractions are problematic if they draw your attention away from the incoming perceptions you are scrying. You can learn to maintain focus while in a distracting environment. Learning to ignore environmental distractions is called resilience. Building resilience is a useful skill in any esoteric practice, whether it involves divination or magick.

Internal distractions are things such as distracting thoughts, fatigue, or nervousness. Training to disregard internal distractions is often accomplished by seated meditation. When you practice seated meditation, you are learning to handle internal distractions and focus on the objective of the meditation technique—a spoken mantra or your breathing, for example. Scrying itself can be used to help you learn to disregard internal distractions.

If you wish to do ritual work for the scrying session, that is perfectly fine. You need to completely finish the ritual before you start scrying, and close the ritual after you finish scrying. Once you start to scry and dowse, you must completely focus on those perceptions, documenting what is coming to you and nothing else. You cannot focus on ritual and scry at the same time. Scrying should be carried out with an all-consuming attention and interest.

Setting is how you arrange your external environment for the scrying session. An example of a setting is a ritual circle, robes, sword or staff, lighting, and ritual timing. The setting is done according to the individual and the type of scrying being done. Scrying does not require special setting or rituals to work. It is a matter of personal preference.

I do not personally find that scrying accuracy improves with elaborate ritual settings. However, I think this is a matter of individual liking and comfort, and I do not discourage using elements of special settings or ritual. I simply allow it to be done according to the individual’s preference. The elements of ritual and setting need to be in place when you start to scry. During the scrying session you do not get up or attend to any setting element. Doing that will cause the contact to break. It has to be re-established again before accurate scrying data will be perceived. Frequent breaks will cause accuracy problems.

As with trust, the best way to improve persistent attention is to have an arbitrary time limit to the scrying session. I generally recommend the session be under 20 minutes for a beginner, and never to exceed and hour regardless of experience. After an hour, persistent contact is going to be difficult to maintain. It is better to do multiple sessions on a single target and maintain strong steady focus in each of them, than to do a single long session where focus is wavering.

Steadiness

Steadiness is the last characteristic of good focus. Steadiness is being in the moment both mentally and physically while you are scrying. It is a state that is not tense, but one of sitting still while you are scrying the target. The state of relaxation does not have to be intentionally induced. If you have persistent contact, you will not be paying attention to your body. Your body will find its natural state of relaxation without you doing a thing to induce it. In fact, the more you pay attention to your physical state, the less persistent contact you have with the scrying target coming in. Loss of attention causes a decrease in your scrying and dowsing accuracy. So, how do you achieve steadiness without focusing on your body?

This is done through preparation prior to the session. You need to be seated in a place where you feel comfortable and safe. Scrying is best conducted in a chair that is reasonably padded. Your lower back should be supported and there should not be any areas of uncomfortable pressure or pain. Your feet need to be in contact with the floor. This will prevent muscle tension and leg cramps. When you are sketching your perceptions, the paper, your hand, and your forearm need to be supported by a firm surface. This is best achieved by sitting at a desk or table.

If you are working outdoors when recording your scrying perceptions, you should use a clipboard. However, you need to ensure that you do not become tense or feel the need to shift around. While outside, you must keep warm, and be protected from biting insects. During summer when working in the daytime, avoid the hot sun. These preparations are done before the scrying session begins. Once you start the session, your attention will be entirely on the scrying process.

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The Importance of Napping

A short nap during the afternoon is common in many countries and can provide an energy boost and clearer senses.

As we focus on the many obligations we gladly undertake in order to create the lives we want, sleep is often the first activity that we sacrifice. We’re compelled by both external and internal pressures to be productive during many of our waking hours. While this can lead to great feats of accomplishment, it also disrupts the body’s natural cycles and leaves us craving rest. Napping represents a pleasurable remedy to this widespread sleep deprivation. Though judged by many as a pastime of little children or the lazy, the need for a nap is a trait that all mammals share and an acceptable part of the day in many countries. It is also a free and effortless way to improve our health and lift our spirits. A nap is relaxing and can improve our mood, vision, reflexes, and memory.

Lack of sleep, whether ongoing or the result of a single night’s wakefulness, puts stress on the body and mind. It can negatively impact your physical and mental health. At one time, napping was considered a natural part of life. In the past hundred years, however, electricity and modern conveniences have provided us with more time to engage in personal and professional activities. Consequently there is now less time for sleep. A mere ten minutes of sleep in the middle of the day can leave you feeling more cheerful and alert. A half-hour long nap can sharpen your senses and refresh your energy reserves, and a shorter nap can even sustain you through a long day. Napping can help you make up for lost sleep and serves as a supplement to your usual sleep schedule. You may need to give yourself permission to nap by making naptime a part of your day.

Feelings of guilt about napping or being preoccupied with other activities can keep you awake when you are trying to take a nap. If you need help, surround yourself with soft pillows and blankets or soothing music. Try to take a nap at the same time each day and use an alarm clock to ensure that you don’t fall into too deep a sleep. Learning to nap and enjoying its benefits can help you reclaim your natural right to nap. You nourish your being every time you take a nap.

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A Self-Esteem Exercise

Having low self-esteem is a common issue — with some introspection you can start to loosen the grip of this negative thought pattern.

Our primary relationship in life is with ourselves. No one else goes through every experience in life with us. We are our one permanent companion, yet we are often our worst critic. To remind ourselves of our magnificence, we can do this exercise: “Five Things I Like About Myself.”

Begin by writing down at least five things that you like about yourself. This is not the time to be modest. If you are having trouble coming up with a total of five items, you know that this exercise can really benefit you. Be sure to include more than your physical attributes on your list, since our bodies are only part of who we are. If you are still struggling with what to include on your list, think of what you like about your favorite people, because these traits are probably qualities that you possess too. Another way to complete your list is to think of five things you don’t like about yourself and find something about these traits that you can turn into a positive.

Continue this process for a week, thinking of five new things you like about yourself each day. At the end of the week, read the list aloud to yourself while standing in front of a mirror. Instead of looking for flaws to fix, allow the mirror to reflect your magnificence. You may feel silly about standing in front of a mirror and reading aloud a list of your admirable attributes, but it might just bring a smile to your face and change the way you see yourself. Remember, it is when you feel the most resistant that this exercise can benefit you the most. Because we are constantly looking at the world, instead of looking at ourselves, we don’t often see what’s magnificent about ourselves that others do. When we take the time to experience ourselves the way we would experience someone we love and admire, we become our best companion and supporter on life’s journey.

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Ghost Hunting Theories

The Witching Hour: The Devil’s Hour

24 Jul 2021 02:00 AM PDT

You roll over in bed and force your eyes open, only to read the blurry red lights of the digital clock “3:15.”

Wikipedia refers to the witching hour this way; “In European folklore, the Witching Hour is the time when supernatural creatures such as witches, demons and ghosts are thought to be at their most powerful, and black magic at its most effective. This hour is typically midnight, and the term may now be used to refer to midnight, or any late hour, even without having the associated superstitious beliefs. The term ‘witching hour’ can also refer to the period from midnight to 3am, while ‘Devil’s Hour’ refers to the time around 3am.” Apparently, the Devil’s Hour is the exact opposite of the time Christ supposedly died at 3 p.m. (I won’t even get into the logic of this for those of us on Mountain Standard Time).

How many of you wake up during that 3 am hour? I know people who wake up during that hour and can’t go back to sleep, no matter what they do. I find, more often than not it’s that magical 3 am time when I note the blurry red lights on the clock during the night.

It’s been suggested that this is the time of extreme early morning when more firefighters and police are called. That’s true, but then it takes a whole night of drinking to get into trouble at 3 am.

It’s also believed that we might be having access to our God figure in that state of mind in deep theta sleep and in between REM sleep.

Others think that it’s the extreme darkness that occurs just before dawn that permits melatonin to adjust and create a sleep state that’s in the process of shifting, a time in which we could awaken.

It’s also entirely possible that discomfort after hours in our beds is what jostles us awake at about that magical time (especially middle-agers).

Whatever the reasoning, any time you’re under extreme stress, you’re likely to wake right around that 3 am hour and not be able to fall back asleep again. Obviously, our bodies are telling us that some sort of stimuli (earthly or unearthly) is creating a dark-of-night awakening.

If this continually waking at 3 am is putting a damper on your life, there’s some things you can consider to get your rhythms back in order:

You can try to go to bed later than usual.

You can set your alarm for 1 am and then go back to sleep.

You can darken your room completely.

You can cool off the room more so your body temperature can stay down where it needs to be for the brain to induce sleep state (running a noisy fan is a good option—it also masks outside sounds).

Try and turn the clock around so you can’t see it.

You can try having a light snack with carbs before bedtime to feed your brain.

You can consider taking a Benadryl at bedtime.

There are conditions such as depression and anxiety that can cause insomnia, as well as chronic medications that can affect sleep. How does one know if waking at 3 am is spiritually related or physically? Look at the clock.

Have you ever had to get up at 7:30 the next morning and you wake up at 7:28? Yeah, our internal clocks are amazing. If you start waking at 2:37 in the morning, you’re likely to continue to do that so long as that number is in your head. You need to consciously remind yourself “7:30” over and over again as you go to sleep. Set the clock. Look at the alarm time several times to visualize that number. Print it into your brain. If you keep waking up at 3:08 every morning, your internal clock has been reset to anticipate that time on the clock. Ideally, just turning the clock around works great. You wake up, don’t memorize numbers on the clock, problem gone. Give it a try some time.

If you ever awaken during this time with a rush of emotion and don’t understand where it’s coming from, it’s entirely possible that your true self or your higher self are trying to communicate. Should you be gathering communications from “the other side” because you seem receptive in the sleep state, once you awaken that sense of someone being there will dissipate. You are in a new brainwave state and are now no longer a receptive receiver.

Scientists tell us that our circadian rhythms in our bodies tell us when to sleep and when to wake. What if those factors weren’t dictated by body temperature, emotional state, or a noisy neighborhood? What if they were affected by a time when our minds are in the sleep state combined with the thinnest veil between our world and the other(s)?

I admittedly have found the time between midnight to 4 am is prime ghost hunting hours. Not always convenient when you’ve been sitting still for the past four hours already and are feeling the body’s need to hit the sleep state. Perhaps our senses are more acute in that need-to-sleep state. I know that a tiny sound when I’m sleeping can keep me up. A trickle of light will make it impossible to sleep. A sore muscle can feel like agony. Perhaps the combination of our mind running in the deeper sleep state along with sharper senses make us ideal barometers for paranormal activity.

It might be the one time that all humans are, in effect, psychic mediums.

UPDATE:  LINK Today’s monster geomagnetic storm, and the explosion of solar flares and coronal mass ejections over the past week, have been wreaking havoc on people’s moods, sleeping patterns, and a host of other human health effects. Many people are experiencing disturbances with their circadian rhythms, waking up around 2am and having trouble getting back to sleep. “Solar storms desynchronize our circadian rhythm (biological clock). The pineal gland in our brain is affected by the electromagnetic activity, and [solar storms cause] the gland to produce excess melatonin, the brain’s built in ‘downer’ that helps us sleep. ‘The circadian regulatory system depends on repeated environmental cues to [synchronize] internal clocks,’ says psychiatrist Kelly Posner, Columbia University. ‘Magnetic fields may be one of these environmental cues.’ ”

Here’s some ways to get through the night more easily –

Projector Alarm Clock

Queen-sized Tuft and Needle Bed

I am like the Princess and the Pea.

I have always all my life had issues with any bed

I have tried and any variation from memory foam to traditional, box spring or none, foam pads, waterbeds, air beds (sleep number – total crap!). This bed is it. I could literally spend the rest of my life just lying or sitting on this bed. I lie on it and I’m out immediately, sleep the whole night, and as a baby boomer, I am shocked I wake up with zero stiffness or need to unfold my curled up body. This is a miracle bed!

European Linen Sheets

Cooling blanket for hot sleepers

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Gilberto Rides Again Chapter 11 

by Stephen Halpert

Brad sighed as he carried a large tray stacked high with dishes and glasses into the kitchen. He looked around. The dishwasher was already full and there was no one to tell him where best to put it. Sophia came to his rescue.

“Brad,” she called to him in a commanding voice. “Come back into the dining room. I want you to meet my friends.

Impatient and unable to find an empty space he set the tray down atop another, also stacked high with plates and glasses. He turned and went into the dining room. “Your mom had me taking dishes into the kitchen,” he said.

Sophia took his hand and beamed. “Never mind that now. Thanks for helping mom. I want you to meet Joey, my dearest friend from childhood.”  

“Joey, Brad. Brad, Joey,” she said.

“Hi,” Joey said.

Brad looked at Joey blankly. “Oh you must be the soccer player.”

Joey smiled, but before he could reply Brad went on. “Never thought much of soccer. Kind of foolish if you ask me, all that running around just to kick a ball.”

Joey frowned as he thought about how to respond.

Brad waved his hand. “Of course,” he said with a grin, “History tells us when the savages in South America played at it, they kicked around the decapitated heads of rival chiefs and warriors.”

Joey gulped and cleared his throat. “Yeah, I think I heard something like that before.

“Oh, believe me it’s true,” Brad sounded emphatic. “Same goes for Lacrosse in North America. Only they used nets affixed to wooden poles. That’s how the savages played.” He looked down his nose at Joey. “You must know you can’t believe a lot of what’s said about most sports unless it comes from good authority.”

Joey nodded and shrugged. Toni took his hand and lightly kissed his cheek.

“Soccer is a fine game,” Gilberto said coming up and entering the conversation. He nodded politely at Brad. “What sports do you play?”

Brad gave him a blank look. “Tennis, when I do, which is not often. And who might you be?”

“This is Gilberto, my father,” Joey said, pride evident in his voice. “He’s an Olympic soccer player. His team won two gold medals.”

Gilberto smiled. “Believe me it’s a lot more than just running around. You have to be able to kick a fast moving ball, as well as keep it away from your opponent.”

Brad frowned. “Yeah, I guess.”

“It’s not easy.”  Joey’s enthusiasm didn’t waver. “Have you ever had to run real fast and kick something at the same time?”

“Hardly,” Brad said.

Little Mona joined them. “This is my little sister Ramona ,” Joey said. “But we all call her Mona.”

Brad cleared his throat. “Whatever.”

Mona smiled. “I like playing soccer too.”

She grinned at Brad. “I’ll bet you couldn’t kick a soccer ball past me.”

Brad smirked. “Don’t be too sure about that.”

“I mean it,” Mona said firmly. “I’ll even bet you a dollar.” She reached into her pocket and pulled out a crumpled dollar bill.”

“Go Brad, boy,” one of his Dartmouth buddies chuckled. “Let’s see you win a dollar from the little lady.”

Brad noticed Ramon’s treasured soccer ball resting on its stand, on a pedestal, by the fireplace.

He looked at Mona. “Don’t push your luck.”

Mona stuck out her bottom lip. “My dollar say you can’t.”

Brad’s buddies laughed. Brad took Ramon’s prized soccer ball from its stand. He set it down on the floor and lackadaisically pushed it toward Mona with his foot. She giggled and gracefully pushed the ball back at Brad. They did these two or three times.

“See you couldn’t get it past me,” Mona said triumphantly.

A muscle in Brad’s neck twitched, his lips tightened. “Try stopping this one.” He kicked the ball as hard as he could. It flew past Mona into the kitchen where it smashed into the two precariously stacked trays. There was a resounding crash as the trays and their contents fell to the floor.

Everyone stopped talking and stared at Brad. He turned bright red.

“What!” Rosa cried. She peered into the kitchen, turned and looked askance at Brad. “What on earth did you do?”

“He kicked the soccer ball past me,” Mona said. She held out the dollar to Brad.

Ramon rushed up. “What’s this all about?” he demanded. He hurried into the kitchen and retrieved his prized soccer ball. As he carefully wiped away mustard and pieces of sandwich filling, he glared at Brad. “What do you think you’re doing?” If looks could have killed Sophia’s fiancé would have been dead and gone. “That’s the ball my team used to kick their way to a championship.” He cradled it tenderly.

“Sorry, Sir,” Brad mumbled softly.

“Oh, Daddy I’m sure everything is ok,” Sophia said. “After all this is to be my future husband.”

Ramon heaved a sigh and put his cherished soccer ball back on its pedestal.

Mona grinned at Brad. She pushed her rumpled dollar into his hand.

Brad dropped it on the floor. He looked down at his feet. “Sorry,” he said again. “I don’t know what happened.”

Mona grinned, retrieved it, and put it back into her pocket.

Rosa drew herself up and crossed her arms over her chest. “What happened, young man, is that you destroyed two tray loads of rental party dishes and glasses. Where are your manners. Didn’t your mother teach you anything?”

Behind his back Toni smirked and smothered a giggle.

“Er, yes Ma’am,” Brad mumbled.

“Well, I expect you to pay for the damaged dishes and glasses. I hope you know that.”

“Yes, yes, Ma’am,” he replied with a sigh.

“Now go and clean it up,” she said sternly.

Brad looked his two buddies, “Come help, will you?” Shrugging and sighing they went into the kitchen to help clean up the mess of broken plates, glasses, and slimy food scraps.

Brad turned to Sophia. “Come help with this,” he demanded.

“Oh, Brad please. How can I?” She waved her fancily decorated fingers toward him. “I don’t want to ruin my manicure, and besides, I have to talk to my guests.” With that, she turned and went over to a knot of her friends, who were chatting in a corner.

(to be continued)

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Kitty Kat’s Korner 

Banish Boredom the Feline Way

By Angie Bailey

Highly intelligent creatures, cats spend many of their waking hours looking for ways to entertain themselves. We silly humans think they’re just “doing what cats do,” but those smarty-pants felines are way more creative than that. Cats stave off that pesky boredom in these five clawesome ways.

Play With Food

Many cats find boredom relief by toying with their food. You know, pulling individual kibble pieces out of their bowls and batting them around a bit before eating them? You’ve seen the show. Sometimes our cats enjoy a nice round of “I loved this type of food yesterday, but today it’s the absolute worst thing you’ve ever tried to feed me. You must not love me anymore.” This is probably a good time to mention that cats enjoy enhancing any boredom-busting activity with a heavy dose of drama

Create Toys

Who of us hasn’t spent a small fortune on traditional cat toys only to watch our kitties swat ballpoint pens or attack a bathrobe belt? Or even play with the toy’s packaging? They laugh at our attempts at defining a “cat toy” and instead make us feel silly spending good money on what eventually gets tossed into the trash bin or is forever forgotten underneath a major kitchen appliance. It takes brainpower to be such a mastermind. Who could possibly get bored with that? Obviously not cats.

Keep House Safe From Intruders

In case you weren’t aware, our homes are constantly under attack from outside forces such as birds, squirrels, flies, moths and other beasts of the wild. Cats consider it their responsibility — nay, their duty — to protect us from such onslaughts. On guard at the window, their laser-focused eyes track every foreign wing flap and tail twitch. Although sometimes distracted by falling leaves and surprise shadows, their feline hearts stay true in their loyalty to keep us alive and well — mostly because we fill their food bowls. Kidding. Maybe.

Help With Chores

Can you imagine attempting to fold laundry without the help of a cat? Sweep a floor? Organize a closet? Change bedsheets? In the quest to avoid monotony, cats put their best paws forward to offer support while we perform our mundane household chores. Somehow, they’re even more eager to help with sheets and laundry when they’re fresh from the dryer. One might think there’s an ulterior motive to this eager assistance. Cats? Selfish? What a notion!

Assist at Work

Since many of us have been working from home, we’ve suddenly gained personal assistants we don’t remember hiring. These “helpers” act as paper shufflers, keyboard warmers and office supply monitors who require a multitude of breaks — and sometimes even steal our lunch! As if these tasks alone don’t keep them busy enough, cats hijack Zoom meetings just to show our coworkers who the boss really is. As if there were ever any question.

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 Georgia’s Weekly Horoscope.: Sunday, July 25, 2021

All Signs

Astrologers interpret information not only from planetary cycles, but also from the mathematical angles between planets, which change as the planets move. (For example, angles of 60 degrees, 90 degrees, 120 degrees and 180 degrees.) This week a lovely dance between Mars and Jupiter will occur. Mars in Leo will be 180 degrees opposite Jupiter in Aquarius, which is great news! (Some textbooks call this a “lucky” time.) Admittedly, it can indicate conflict and foolish actions, especially being cocky and overestimating things. Furthermore, people will resent anything that restricts their freedom. Nevertheless, it’s definitely a feel-good time. Masks are coming off. People are hugging. “Shops must be visited! Money must be spent!”

Aries (March 21-April 19)

It will be fun city for your sign this week because this delightful opposition of Mars and Jupiter will heighten the energy of two Houses in your chart. You will demand the freedom to be yourself! You will enjoy fun activities, social outings, romantic get-togethers, sports events, picnics, restaurants, movies and playful activities with children. Your sex drive will be aroused. In all things, you will be playful and adventurous! However, you might go overboard, especially with respect to self-gratification. (You know who you are.) Don’t do anything you will later regret. Having said that, you will excel in athletics. Without question, everyone will want to be on your team!

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

This is a marvellous week to entertain at home because your energy is strong and you’re enthusiastic! You might use this high-energy for redecorating projects or doing repairs. (Naturally, you will want to show off what you’ve done to friends and family.) In fact, the boldness with which you do things at home or your ideas related to family events will impress others, especially bosses or people in authority. In some way, your actions will enhance your reputation in your world because others will see you as bold and innovative. Meanwhile, because you are on this role of creativity and exploration- you won’t take kindly to anyone who clips your wings or restricts your activities. You’re full of ideas!

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Travel will appeal to you this week because you are curious, you want to learn, you want stimulation and adventure, and most importantly, you have the energy to make this happen! You’re full of big ideas, which could lead to spontaneous short trips or plans for a long trip. (Who knows?) Whatever you do this week, you will do with great enthusiasm! Those of you in sales, teaching, acting and writing will be particularly effective. You might inspire others with your enthusiasm. The only catch is you have to be aware of possibly overestimating your abilities. Do not promise more than you can deliver, which you will be tempted to do!

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

You are enthusiastic about financial matters this week. As a rule, you are careful and cautious because you hate to squander your money. Nevertheless, this week, you’re willing to take a chance because you’re thinking big! You have ambitious moneymaking ideas, which could be about beginning a business or doing something to make money on the side. You might also contemplate a major purchase because you are now confident this is the thing to do. (No doubt you have given this a lot of thought.) Although you sometimes hesitate to act, once you decide to do so – then all bets are off. You will move forward swiftly and do exactly what you want to do. Hopefully, no regrets.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

You will feel the luck and excitement of the dance of Mars opposite Jupiter this week because Mars is in Leo! (Oh yes, you are part of this formula mentioned in All Signs above.). This is why you will be so enthusiastic and proactive about doing something. Because you have big ideas, it’s possible that you might overestimate something, but quite likely, you’re on target. However, you won’t want anyone to stand in your way. Your great strength this week is your ability to inspire others, especially those who are closest to you. You’re a natural leader, and when you feel enthused about something – then the world wants to jump on board as well because enthusiasm is contagious! Oh yeah!

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

This week most people are ready to go the whole nine yards to support something that they want to do. You might be one of the few exceptions. Of course, you feel enthusiasm and eagerness about something – that’s a fact. However, you might choose to sit back a bit and weigh your options. You are more open to seeing the folly of some “big” ideas. Remember The Honeymooners? “But Alice, this is the biggest thing I ever got into!” “Ralph, the biggest thing you ever got into was your pants.” You will assess what’s going on around you and if you trust a big idea, then you will endorse it. But if you have reservations, you will wait to see what happens when the dust settles.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

This week will be full of enthusiastic interaction with friends, groups and kids. Even your romantic life will be hyped. Many of you will want to take a vacation. All of you will enjoy schmoozing with others. Competition could be a major theme, especially athletic competition. Your confidence is strong and you want to show the world what you can do. (And why not? Why hide your talents under a bushel?) Do be aware that you have the ability to inspire and enthuse others, which means if you are in charge of a group, or you are a teacher or coach, you will excel this week! Having said that, too much confidence (and certainly arrogance) are pitfalls to be avoided. Keep it real.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Without question, your ambition is aroused this week and you’re ready to go for the gold! The big influence that you feel right now is a kind of confidence that stirs you. You believe in yourself. You believe in your ideas. You believe you can achieve your dreams. Note: be careful of being overbearing with others because of your determination. It’s important to be self-aware and realize that we all have limitations including you. Nevertheless, others might be amazed at the timing of your actions and your success. Of course, Scorpios have tremendous willpower and determination, which is why they can achieve the impossible. Good luck!

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

This is a marvelous week for you because your ruler is Jupiter and Jupiter is one of the planets involved in this lovely dance that I mentioned in All Signs above. This means all aspects of your energy will be increased and magnified this week. (Naturally, you will resent anything that narrows your freedom or limits your scope of action.) You will be optimistic! You’ll be up for anything! You will feel brave, courageous even reckless. Be cautious about overestimating your abilities or biting off more than you can chew. Nevertheless, your physical strength will be revitalized and your efforts at most tasks will be successful. Certainly, you want to travel and see the world!

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

When it comes to financial matters this week, especially related to shared property, jointly-held possessions, or the wealth and resources of someone else – you are confident. Big time! You have ambitious ideas about how to deal with things so that everyone is happy, especially you. (Remember: Good business is mutually beneficial.) If you are in a dispute with someone about an inheritance or some aspect of shared responsibilities or shared property, you will come out laughing all the way to the bank. In part, this is due to your confidence and the fact that others believe in you because you exude such confidence and assurance and the appearance of success. And of course, appearances are everything.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

This is an interesting week for you because lucky Jupiter is in your sign and it is being energized by fiery Mars sitting directly opposite. This will affect your closest relationships and partnerships. You might have big ideas about how to improve a relationship or nurture it in a new direction. Or possibly, your partner or friend has the same idea? Or perhaps you will meet someone new who amazes you with their ambition and big ideas? You are always open-minded, especially about modern, cutting-edge ideas, which means you are ready to endorse any impressive idea that comes your way. One thing is certain: this week you have the confidence to assert yourself in your closest relationships. Let’s hope this makes things work more smoothly?

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Plan on a super productive week because you are hot to trot! You will have lots of energy to work. In fact, you will be almost tireless in your devotion and determination to get something done. Even you will be amazed at how much energy you have. Nevertheless, do not coerce others or be domineering or overbearing in any way. Just do your thing and let others be amazed. Work-related travel is likely for many of you. Not only will you work hard at your job this week, but whatever you do will expand your world in some way. Those of you who are recuperating from any kind of an injury or operation or health problem will have strong healing powers this week. Be grateful.

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GrannyMoons Weekly Feast: 18 July 2021

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

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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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Herb of the Year for 2021: Parsley (Petroselinum crispum, named by the International Herb Association.

Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8

Celtic Tree Calendar: Holly Moon: July 8 – August 4

This evergreen plant reminds us all year long about the immortality of nature. The Holly moon was called Tinne, pronounced chihnn-uh, by the Celts, who knew the potent Holly was a symbol of masculine energy and firmness.

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July Birth Flowers: Delphinium (Larkspur) and Water Lily – Given as a birth flower for July, the larkspur signifies love and joy. The water lily is full of symbolic significance in many cultures. It is particularly associated with rebirth and enlightenment.

July

Full Moon in Aquarius, July 24, 2021

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THE 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, Inspiriation, Energy, Vitality, Freedom. Workings On This Day Are For “Constructive” Magick (Love, Wealth, Success, Courage, Friendship, Luck Or Health.)

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~Stacy Adams, CoventryCreations.com

July 19, 2021 – July 25, 2021

This week is an astrological traffic jam with four planetary aspects, a Full Moon, and two sign changes.

We start the week off with a lovely sextile between Mercury and Uranus. It’s a great time to solve problems, seek answers to pressing concerns, and break away from the ordinary routine. Mercury sextile Uranus likes to discover new things, engage with new people, and feel excited by life. It’s a great day for a trip to the local hangout to spend time with your crew.

On Wednesday, Venus moves out of Leo and into Virgo. Venus is not happy with the sign of the Virgin  (for obvious reasons), and she detests being bogged down by pesky details. While Venus is in Virgo, you will need to seek intellectual stimulation from your partners, and boorish or brutish behaviors will annoy you. However, Venus in Virgo urges us to be kind to others with an extra dose of helpfulness.

We have our second sign change on Thursday when the Sun exits Cancer and heads into Leo, the sign he rules. It’s time to focus on what makes you special and unique.

Finally, this weekend, Mercury opposes Pluto. Please pay close attention to your conversations with others because they may be laced with propaganda and hidden agendas. Avoid doing anything against your will. Also, think twice before making an impulsive decision.

Recommended Candles: Full Moon Astro Magic, Answers (Chakra Magic), Inner Beauty, Truth and  Justice, and Jinx Removing Blessing Kit.

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Full Moon in Aquarius on July 24, 2021

This Full Moon cycle is excellent for breaking through and opening yourself up to new experiences. This may feel right on point for you or you may need to do some introspection work first.

Transformation Through Your Havoc

Last month, Saturn formed a square (90-degree angle) to Uranus for the second time. Saturn and Uranus move slowly, they remain in technical orb for long periods and trigger easily by faster moving planets. This month the agitators will be Mars and Venus.

30 Looks Good on Us

It’s ok, it’s only evolution. Things are starting to look a little different at Coventry, our Blessed Herbal candles are getting a new party dress! Next year will be Coventry’s 30th year of making magic

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RIP Carol Patrice Christ

(born in California, United States on December 20, 1945[1]) was a feminist historian, thealogian, author, and foremother of the Goddess movement. Her death from cancer was announced by the Association for Study of Women and Mythology on July 14, 2021.[2]) An obituary honouring her contributions to Feminist Thealogy may be found on “The Girl God” blog.[3] She obtained her PhD from Yale University and served as a professor at universities such as Columbia University and Harvard Divinity School. Her best-known publication is “Why Women Need The Goddess”.[4] It was initially a keynote presentation at the “Great Goddess Re-emerging” conference” at the University of Santa Cruz in 1978. This essay helped to launch the Goddess movement in the USA and other countries. It discusses the importance of religious symbols in general, and the effects of male symbolism of God on women in particular. Christ called herself a “thealogian” and as such, made important contributions to the discipline of theology, significantly helping to create a space for it to be far more inclusive of women than has historically been the case. The term “thealogy” is derived from Ancient Greek θεά (theá, “goddess”) + -logy [5].

Christ wrote five influential books on women’s spirituality and feminist theology and was a co-editor of two classic anthologies: “Weaving the Visions: New Patterns in Feminist Spirituality” (1989); and “Womanspirit Rising” (1979/1989). The latter included her essay Why Women Need the Goddess.[6] Both anthologies included feminist religious writing from writers from a very diverse range of religious backgrounds. She held a PhD from Yale University. Carol P. Christ taught at major universities in the United States, including Columbia University, Harvard Divinity School, Pomona College, San Jose State, and the California Institute of Integral Studies. As director of the Ariadne Institute, she conducted pilgrimages to sacred sites in Greece containing artifacts of matriarchal religion.[7] For many years she had been a resident of the Greek island of Lesbos, the home of the poet Sappho.[8][9]

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Llewellyn’s Spell-a-Day

Invocation for Healing

JULY 18, 2021 BY BLAKE OCTAVIAN BLAIR

Sundays are associated with the solar goddess Brigid, the Celtic goddess of hearth, home, healing, and inspiration. Today, invoke Brigid to ask for a bit of healing energy for those you know are in need of it and who desire such divine energy.

You will need a white candle and a chime, bell, or rattle. Optionally, include an image of Brigid (as a saint or goddess) or a Brigid’s cross. Set the items up on your altar or as their own temporary altar. Safely light the candle and ring, chime, or rattle to announce your presence and begin your invocation. As you envision the glow of the candle as healing light, recite the following:

Lady of the flame,

Lady of healing,

Lady of the holy wells,

Lady Brigid!

On behalf of all who seek comfort,

May we find your healing

power aflame in our souls.

So mote it be!

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Altar Blessing

JULY 17, 2021 BY ELIZABETH BARRETTE

An altar is a physical focus for magic and spirituality. It provides a place to work and worship. There is a distinction between things that change with each spell or ritual (such as stones to symbolize current astrological energies) and things that stay the same ( like an offering bowl or incense burner). Other things such as divine icons or altar cloths may or may not change.

Here is a spell to bless the permanent tools on your altar. You will need your altar, your permanent tools, incense, sea salt, and a bowl of water.

First take everything off your altar and clean the top. Safely light the incense and sprinkle sea salt in the water. Invoke your patron deity(s). One at a time, place your permanent tools on the altar, each in its accustomed place. Hold each tool and say:

God/dess, bless this solid symbol of

my faith. May it hold me securely and

always support my work. So mote it be.

Waft incense smoke over the tool and sprinkle it with the salted water. Then place it on the altar.

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A Simple Charm Bag for Clear Communication

JULY 16, 2021 BY KATE FREULER

Mercury is currently in Cancer, which means we will be speaking from our hearts and not our heads. This isn’t always a bad thing; it will help some to finally open up. But those of us who are already emotionally inclined can expect things to be a little “extra” at this time. Cast this spell to ensure you are getting your point across during these emotional times.

In a small blue, purple, yellow, or silver pouch, put a large pinch each of dried rosemary, rose, alum, and rue. Take a loose piece of your hair and, if possible, tie a knot in it and then place that in the pouch. Tie the pouch together and keep it with you when needed.

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Portable Happy Place

JULY 15, 2021 BY DARCEY BLUE FRENCH

We all have happy places here and there, outdoor spots that make us feel safe and peaceful. Maybe it’s a favorite trail in a park, a childhood haunt, or an area of town that brings back happy memories. Next time you visit your own happy place, gather a little bit of dirt or some pebbles from the ground and put them in a tiny jar or envelope that you can carry.

Anytime you feel uneasy or overwhelmed, no matter where you are, pinch some of the earth from the jar or envelope between your fingers and rub them together. Focus on the movement of the grit against your skin and how it activates the peaceful vibrations in the dirt. Allow the vibrations to flow through the dirt, up your fingers, and all through your body in the form of calming white light.

You can do this anywhere, even in crowds, when you need a sense of calm.

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A Prayer to a Salamander

JULY 14, 2021 BY STORM FAERYWOLF

A salamander is a point of consciousness within the element of fire. When we tap into that consciousness, they can assist us in becoming invigorated and transformed.

For this spell you will need these materials:

* A piece of unlined paper

* A pen

* A fireplace or fire pit (or a red candle in a fire safe cauldron)

* Some ground cinnamon

Write a prayer to a salamander for something that needs extra energy in your life. Then, at the peak of the sun, light a fire (or light the candle). Face south and imagine that the light and heat of the sun are permeating your skin. Contemplate the fire element. Imagine that you can perceive within the flame little beings dancing here and there. Maintain this imagery as you sprinkle some of the cinnamon over the flame as you chant seven times:

Burning bright,

The blazing light.

The flames that dance.

The flames empower.

Carefully burn the paper in the flames. Watch it burn away to ash, transformed by the fire.

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Summertime Love Potion

JULY 13, 2021 BY MICHAEL FURIE

This bright, summery potion can be drunk by a couple to enhance the loving feelings between the two of them or by an individual to infuse them with attractive vibrations while seeking a partner.

The usual method is to simmer the potion for ten to fifteen minutes over low heat in a cauldron, then strain into a pitcher. Empower each of the ingredients with your intention for love before adding it to the pot by holding your hands over the ingredient and visualizing love as you wish it to be. Add all of the following ingredients except the honey to a pot or cauldron, and simmer as directed. After the potion is strained, add the honey and stir. Drink either warm or cold.

* 3 cups water

* 1 tablespoon honey

* 2 teaspoons (or 2 tea bags) black tea or Earl Grey tea

* 1 teaspoon orange juice

* 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

* 1/2 teaspoon mint

* Pinch nutmeg

* Pinch coriander

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Find Your Tribe

JULY 12, 2021 BY SAPPHIRE MOONBEAM

Cicadas, also known as tree crickets, are a bug that represents transformation. Their loud, screeching songs can be heard in the summer in the Northern Hemisphere. They sing loudly in an effort to find a mate. They make a loud sound as a group to benefit everyone.

Use the wisdom of the cicadas to find more members of your magical tribe. Life is more meaningful when you find more of your own kind. If there are cicadas near where you live, go outside and say these words:

The songs of the cicadas

are loud and strong.

When I stand together with

others I can’t go wrong.

This nature music raises my vibe.

I will work on finding more

of my magical tribe.

You can utilize these words even without the songs of the cicadas. The message is the same. There is strength in numbers. Use this spell to reach out and find like-minded friends.

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Learning To Use Tea Tree Oil

Do You Use Tea Tree Oil? Some Reasons You May Want To

Tea tree oil is a powerful disinfectant and useful herbal remedy. Extracted from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia, a native tree of New South Wales, it is a clear liquid, strongly aromatic with an odor similar to that of eucalyptus. Tea tree oil is a good treatment for fungal infections of the skin (athlete’s foot, ringworm, jock itch), toenails or fingernails – conditions notoriously resistant to treatment, even by strong oral antibiotics. Just paint the oil on affected areas two or three times a day. You can also apply it full strength to boils and other localized infections.

A ten-percent solution (about one and a half tablespoons to a cup of warm water) can be used as a mouthwash and on skin to rinse and clean infected wounds. This dilution can also be used as an effective vaginal douche for treatment of both yeast and Trichomonas infections. In these topical applications, try a small amount first as some find it irritating to the skin or vaginal area. Tea tree oil is nontoxic topically (DO NOT take it orally as it is toxic internally) and available in most health food stores – choose products that are 100 percent pure tea tree oil.

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How to Meditate with Crystals: Simple Ways to Change Your Life

BY JOLIE DEMARCO

Crystals for Meditation

I love to share that meditation is the best habit you can create. And, combining meditation with powerful crystal energies is the new craze. In case you didn’t know, crystals from Mother Earth carry frequencies that can balance, adjust, or help us release what is needed in our lives—simply holding specific crystals adjusts your human aura (the electromagnetic field that surrounds your physical body).

Meditation lowers stress levels, and it can bring balance and enhance the mental mind to create positive thoughts and connect you to success. When you pair your meditation with a purposeful intention, you are able to bring the ultimate outcomes that you desire.

All that and a bag of chips! Now, if you combine two high-powered crystals with your chosen meditation to match your purpose, you will be euphoric. Once you get started, you’ll be hooked.

Whether you’re new to meditation and crystals or a seasoned practitioner, please let me teach you how to amplify your bliss with the specific crystals paired with meditations—simultaneously raising your frequency and increasing your level of happiness.

My new book, How to Meditate with Crystals, features helpful guided meditations, chakra and color meditations, meditations for manifesting love, meditations to connect with spirit guides or loved ones who have passed over, meditations for past or parallel lives, self-soul connection meditations, meditations to help you bond with earth elements, meditations using sacred geometry, and body movement meditations. Whether you’re just beginning a meditation practice or have been meditating for many years, this book will support your journey toward a more balanced, fulfilled, and spiritually-connected authentic version of yourself.

This fabulous book includes 33 powerful meditations and in-depth discussions of 33 individual crystals. For each meditation, I share the best high-vibe crystals to use and 5 unique methods of meditation. For each crystal, you will be able to explore its energy vibrations, its origin, and its best usage in a meditation, as well as its influence on the chakras, the physical body, the emotions, and the spirit. These crystal and meditation combinations will help you address a wide range of issues and goals, including improving your mental health, heightening your level of happiness, and igniting success.

Below, I have provided 3 meditations and crystal pairings to get you started on your crystal meditation journey.

1. Meditation for Release of Self-Negativity

Purpose: This meditation helps you to purge those vibrations that are lower and repeated, such as resentments, self-hurting thoughts and fears, a lack of confidence, and self-sabotage that stems from words or thoughts you hold over your.

Best Crystals: Danburite is a steadfast train that rolls through any weather, your bull, facades you created, and any self-blame. Its frequencies break all of these down so it can be swept out of your body and out of your energy fields for good. Rutile quartz keeps your frequency from going back to that same old track of negativity.

Intention and Opening: “I understand that I have allowed self-sabotage; I am now allowing and giving permission to change and adapt powerful loving thoughts, as everyone deserves good things and occurrences in their life. I am part of everyone. I deserve a positive, good life and good opportunities that allow me to move forward. I now accept these gifts and will take action when I am offered these gifts from other people, myself, and the universe.”

Easy Guidance: “I release all fears or facades I created in my mind about me and my life. All that is negative, I am allowing myself to change. That includes changing my record, shifting my ideals, and becoming more honorable, trustworthy, and loyal to myself and others. I am a human being who has faults and can easily move them out—the emotions of them and my mental process of how I think about them. This way I can become all I truly want to be.”

Closing and Gratitude: “I am always able to release any issues that arise. I am powerful in loving ways. I can create my own destiny; only I can release what I need to. I certainly am thankful that I understand how to dispose of any toxic energy with beauty and grace.”

2. Full Moon Cycle Meditation

Purpose: This meditation is good for completing a cycle or the closure of an event, a relationship, or a personal emotion, along with enhancing your overall energy frequency during the full moon.

Best Crystals: Herkimer diamonds enhance and advance your well-being and tune-up your frequencies. The full moon’s energy also amps up your vibes by cleansing and clearing your aura. Combine those with moonstone—a favorable crystal for positive travels, cycles of life, and purposes in our lives—and we can continue to manifest and reset.

Intention and Opening: “I am grateful for the cosmic energy, such as the moon and stars. They favorably guide me in my quest to complete and have closure. I am ready to advance and bathe in the moonlight’s frequencies to charge my energy as it cleanses and clears me.”

Easy Guidance: This meditation is best done outdoors, weather permitting. Basking in the full moon is definitely beneficial to your frequency! Place a Herkimer and a moonstone so there is a stone in each hand. Sit or lie in a comfortable position, and if you can, face up so you can actually see the moon over you. Don’t worry if it is cloudy; the vibes still penetrate through to you. Now close your eyes and breathe in the outdoor air.

Closing and Gratitude: “I am blessed that I can enjoy Earth and beyond as a connection of all that is. I can synchronize my mind and my body to create what I want and need in my current life. I am gifted to be able to sense the moon’s energy to fulfill and move me forward to my next quest.”

3. Meditation to Connect to Light Beings and Extraterrestrial Frequencies

Purpose: This meditation will help you to connect to light beings and extraterrestrial frequencies.

Best Crystals: Celestite brings in soft, soothing, loving energy and sometimes calls in light beings, as does Moldavite. These frequencies allow telepathic communication with those from other atmospheres.

Intention and Opening: “I am and I allow myself to connect to [light or extraterrestrial beings]. I will be able to sense them and understand messages from my intuitive abilities and my sensitivities of hearing, feeling, and inner knowing. When I fully wake, I will take notes on my sensations and thoughts, which are messages from them to me.”

Easy Guidance: Breathe in and out to relax your body. Do this at a nice, slow pace. At least six breaths in and out. As you find yourself completely relaxed, notice your third eye and visualize white light opening that area of your forehead. It is easy and light and feels beautiful. This will allow a connection for you and your communicators to telepathically send you information that you can clearly understand. As you relax and feel the white light over the top of your head and forehead, you feel safe and warm. Your body from the nose all the way down to your feet is feeling activated with a heavenly pink light of energy. This makes you feel comfortable. Your shoulders feel like you are receiving a hug from your guides and friends of the light. They will start to show you visions or help you get a color or picture as a message. You may also hear something or feel as though they are speaking to you in your inner mind. Occasionally you may feel a soft touch on the forehead or shoulder. This is them letting you know they are present. Allow and receive. If you are completely relaxed and would like to, imagine a rope or energy rope that looks like light. You can grab this rope and allow your visitors to pull you into a space where they reside. You can do this by asking them to bring you into this space safely. When you are ready to come back to Earth, mindfully ask them to bring you back safely.

Closing and Gratitude: “I would like to thank all the beings who brought me wonderful visions and experiences. I am back and hope to continue space travel with you soon.”

How to Meditate with Crystals connects you to all of your existence. You may be drawn to explore all 33 crystal meditations—go for it! It is fun, easy, and enlightening, to say the least! I invite you to connect with me and share your crystal meditation journeys! You can find me online at www.Crystaljunkie.com and on my YouTube channel.

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Falling In love With Yourself

Once you discover how to fall in love with yourself, you can’t help but treat yourself with respect and thoughtfulness.

While seeking love, many people tend to look outward rather than inward. Yet falling in love with yourself can be just as wonderful an experience as falling in love with someone else. While the idea of falling in love with ourselves may be thought of as conceited or selfish, choosing to fall in love with who you are is a powerful act of self-love.

When you fall in love with yourself, you can’t help but experience a wonderful sense of discovery. You begin to look at yourself again through fresh eyes, becoming more attentive to the little details that make you so unique. Once you discover how much there is about you to fall in love with, you can’t help but want to treat yourself as lovingly and respectfully as you would treat anyone who is special to you. You start to give to yourself more because you become more attentive to your own needs and desires.

Choosing to fall in love with yourself is a very personal process that takes time. There is no magic wand you can wave to make this happen. But there is the magic of your intention and the power of your actions, whether you are taking the time to do the activities you like, speaking to and treating yourself with respect, taking inventory of all of your wonderful qualities and accomplishments, or nurturing yourself with plenty of rest and self-care. When you fall in love with yourself, you begin to see yourself more positively, appreciate your unique outlook on life, and treat yourself in a more nurturing way. In loving yourself, you are acknowledging that you are special and deserving of love. Best of all, you are giving yourself one of the greatest gifts you have to give another. You are giving yourself the gift of your love.

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Heartwings Love Notes 991 Blueberry Pie Disaster

Heartwings says, “If you want to succeed, keep on until you do.”

While I have a nice collection of elderly and even some really old cookbooks, I have one I treasure for a particularly special recipe. The cookbook, by Peg Harvey is titled: When the Cook’s Away. The recipe is called Roman Blueberry pie. While this name sounds Italian, the pie is not. It is however a very unusual pie. You must read the recipe carefully and follow it exactly or you could have a disaster like I did. The worst thing about that is ruining the very special berries you need to make it. And if you spent hours in the hot sun picking them you would be very sad indeed.

I know this because the first time I made it I didn’t read the recipe carefully. It calls for a pie shell you bake before filling. Unfortunately, I created the pie and poured it into the uncooked shell. To make matters worse, I did not realize that I had chosen a pie pan intended to use only for baking a shell. I poured the filling into the pie, put it into the oven, and was horrified when it began leaking out onto the bottom of the oven. The pan had holes in the bottom so a shell would bake well. The unbaked crust let the filling slip though the holes. 

The second time I made it, I again somehow misread the recipe. I had followed it carefully, I thought, and created the cooked part that holds the uncooked berries. However, I stirred it for too long and it got hard. It had said stir until thick, but not how thick. Overly zealous, I kept at it and the mixture became rocklike. My grandmother had a saying, “I didn’t think and I forgot are the worst excuses of all the lot.” So, I sighed and tried again because I also believe that if at first you don’t succeed….

This is a wonderful recipe when properly made. I have made it correctly a number of times. Be sure to only use the little wild blueberries. You could even use the frozen ones from Wyman’s, the wild Maine ones. It is also true that you might go picking them yourself, if you know where to do that. Those would be the best of course. Or you might luck out and find some for sale. You would need 2 pints or a quart.

You would also need a prebaked pie shell, 2/3 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons cornstarch, and ¼ cup water, plus whipped cream for garnish. To make the pie, Clean and wash toe berries. Take ¾ cup of berries and cook them in ¼ cup water until soft. Puree or put though a sieve. Add 2/3 cups sugar and 2 tablespoons cornstarch. Stir over medium heat until thickened. Chill in the refrigerator until nice and cold. When ready to serve, carefully fold the uncooked berries into the puree and fill a baked pie shell. Garnish with whipped cream and serve. So very tasty, and such a good way to enjoy those berries.

Best of luck with this or any recipe, and may you enjoy the process.

Blessings and best regards, Tasha Halpert

PS Want to share any stories of your own? I love hearing yours as well as sharing mine. Write me at , and for more Love Notes, check my web pages at  

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Our Inner Stock Market

We must make sure our beliefs are actually our own and not a story that’s put on us by somebody else.

Just as the stock market rises and falls in response to what people are willing to put their money behind, we have inside ourselves an inner economy that rises and falls in response to our beliefs about what is possible. Sometimes the degree to which we are willing to challenge our belief systems determines the success of our inner economy. For example, imagine that your family of origin had a belief that musical talent was not something they possessed. As a member of that group, you would likely inherit that same belief about yourself. As a result, even if you had a great desire to create music, you might be hesitant to really get behind yourself, fearing that your investment would not pay off. Even if you had the courage to follow your passion, your inner belief that you are not inherently talented would probably be a major obstacle to investing your energy in your dream.

On the other hand, if you found a way to release that negative belief, a great flood of energy would pour forth, greatly increasing the likelihood of your success. How much energy we are willing to invest in the various ideas, dreams, and visions we carry within is like the money people are, or are not, willing to invest in the various commodities available for trade on the stock market. And in both cases, belief plays a key role in determining how willing we are to get behind something. One way to open up the possibility for greater success in our inner economies is to understand that belief is not the reliable guide we sometimes think. There are other more reliable indicators of success that we can put our faith in, such as passion, gut instinct, and intuition. Some of the most successful investors in the stock market are the ones that go against the grain, trusting their instincts over the prevailing opinion about what will work.

In the same way, we can learn to trust our heart’s desires and our instincts to guide us, questioning any beliefs that stand in the way of our ability to fully invest in ourselves. As we withdraw energy from limiting ideas about what is possible, we free up the resources that have the power to make our inner economy thrive.  

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ENERGY-BOOSTING HERBS FOR THE MORNING

www.mountainroseherbs.com

Some herbs have a distinct ability to stimulate your nerves and raise your energy levels, among them are licorice root, cacao, and tea. Due to their stimulating nature, these herbs are best avoided late in the day, but are perfect companions for the morning—a time when all of us could use a little energy support.

Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza glabra) lends a fleeting sweetness to these cherries. Its keen ability to boost energy makes it a perfect herb for the morning, and it also acts as an adaptogen, supporting your body’s adrenals and stress response system.

Cacao Nibs (Theobroma cacao) are rich in polyphenols that nourish gut health. Cacao is also rich in theobromine, a botanical compound that gives chocolate both its deep bitterness and its ability to increase your energy.

Darjeeling Tea (Camellia sinensis) has a citrusy sweetness marked by undertones of bitterness. There’s a delicate floral quality, too, that underpins its flavor and finds balance with the sweet cherries in this recipe. Teas, such as Darjeeling, contain L-theanine. This amino acid has a reputation for boosting energy and increasing focus, without causing jitteriness.

Fresh cherries surrounded by tea leaves and vanilla beans

How to Poach Cherries with Herbs and Spices

Makes about 4 servings.

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups cold water

1 Tbsp. organic dried licorice root (cut and sifted)

2 teaspoon organic roasted cacao nibs, plus more for serving

1 organic vanilla bean, split, optional

1 organic star anise pod

1 tablespoon organic black tea, such as Darjeeling

1 1/4 pounds fresh or frozen sweet cherries, pitted

1/2 cup honey

Yogurt for serving

Directions

In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the water, licorice, cacao nibs, optional vanilla bean, and star anise.

Bring to a boil, then immediately turn down the heat to medium-low. Simmer, uncovered, for about 15 minutes.

Turn off the heat and toss in the black tea. Cover and let the herbs steep for an additional 5 minutes.

Strain the infusion through a fine-mesh sieve into a heat-proof container, discarding the solids. Wipe the saucepan clean.

Return the liquid to the saucepan and bring it to a boil over medium-high heat.

Immediately turn down the heat to medium-low and stir in the cherries and honey. Simmer, uncovered, for about 5 minutes, until the cherries are warmed through but not soft.

Turn off the heat and let cool to room temperature.

Serve over yogurt, sprinkled with additional cacao nibs.

This recipe is reprinted from Vibrant Botanicals, a cookbook all about simple, nourishing foods and easy herbal remedies you can make at home. It includes energy-boosting recipes for the morning, recipes for digestive support, and herbal recipes to help you get a good night’s sleep.

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Ghost Hunting Theories

Ipiutak: Ancient Alaska People of Unknown Origin

Northwestern Alaska had an ancient people called the Ipiutak. The state also has some islands and remote locations where many reports of ancient giants being dug up persist today.

Who were the Ipiutak? Well, if you ask the Native People, they were highly unusual –

This Ipiutak burial skull has eyes made of ivory and jade.

His splayed jawline, large tilted eye sockets, and cheekbones seem rather odd. Below, an example of a typical Homo sapiens.

Another tribe of people went missing. This is a common story from the HoHoKam and Anasazi to the Mandan and Sinagua.

This culture existed from about 100 BCE to about 800 CE. Most prevalent belief is that they were of Siberian origin, but the Native People tell a different story.

They report fair-haired, blue-eyed people who settled in that region.

rake-like object – amazing work!

They showed many artifacts of art, but none of the expected pottery and such that the Native People known to Alaska have shown.

Interestingly, many descriptions have been made of “Hollow Earth” beings. These have involved tall people with robes. It is interesting to note the odd-shaped elongated heads and the fact these carvings show robes which would not be clothing of an Alaskan People. Might they represent an actual Hollow Earth culture of a place reportedly accessed from the frozen north?

The Smoky God – a book about Norwegian Olaf Jansen’s adventures when he and his father set out sailing to fish and ended up in Hollow Earth.

If you see Alaska as an ancient city that connected one continent to another, having many types of people cross there long ago makes sense. Like New York City, you should find many ethnicities in one location.

One of those ethnicities might be what we refer to as ancient giants.

Alaska also has a strong reputation for giants –

On the Aleutian island of Shemya during WWII some work being done for a landing strip uncovered human remains, highly unusual ones. They were not only very large with skulls being 11″ wide and up to 22″ from base to crown, but they had evidence of trepanning.

The mound cultures and shell-loving miners who build giant civilizations in America before even the Amerindians arrived would be one of the “immigrants” who passed through the Aleutians.

It will be interesting to see what is dug up in the permafrost in the future, as today we don’t rely on newspapers to show us finds, but common people with cell phones who want to share.

Hey, Smithsonian, it’s getting harder and harder to hide the bodies…

My favorite Alaskan escape in the lower 48 –

My family recipe for smoked salmon spread (I make it throughout the year) – smoked salmon, capers, dill or dillweed, salt, pepper, horseradish, lemon, and onion. Whirl it up together and enjoy on toast triangles, crackers, on slices of toasted baguette, or in an omelet. 

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Gilberto Rides Again Chapter 10 

by Stephen Halpert

Gilberto, Maria, Joey and Mona were dressing for Sophia’s engagement party at Ramon and Rosa’s. As usual Gilberto was reluctant to wear a tie.

“Then don’t. Look like a derelict” Maria said, tired of his complaining. “Be the only untied man there.”

“Never mind,” Gilberto said, He selected a particularly loud tie that really clashed with the colors of his shirt.

Joey came into their bedroom, his eyes wide. “I don’t want to go.” He looked at Maria.

She hugged him. “You have, to but I know how you feel. This is a big life lesson for you. Learning to cope in an adult world.”

“But Sophia doesn’t love him. Why would she marry someone she doesn’t love?”

“How do you know she doesn’t love him?”

“She always said she loved me.”

“People change Joey. It’s human nature.”

“Just because she’s pregnant, doesn’t seem like a good enough reason to marry someone.”

“Take that one up with God,” Gilberto said. Reluctantly he had changed his shirt to one that better matched his tie.

Maria smiled. “Sometimes when someone’s pregnant they have to make difficult compromises. It’s not just her decision alone. There’s a child involved.”

Joey frowned. “You never got married when you were pregnant with me.”

“True,” Maria said. “But I’m not Sophia living at home with her parents. I was on my own.”

Their daughter Ramona came in. “Can I wear my new jeans Mom?”

“Sure,” Maria said. “And your cute new blue cotton sweater.”

Mona grinned. “Mom, can I wear one of your bras.”

Joey’s face brightened and he laughed. “You don’t need a bra. You’re only ten.”

Mona stuck out her tongue. “So what, I want to wear one so I can feel grown up. Please!”

“It will make your sweater look all lumpy,” Maria said.

Mona frowned. “Can I wear some lipstick.”

“No,” Gilberto said firmly. “Ten-year-old girls don’t use cosmetics, not in my 

family.”

She looked at him hopefully. “Please daddy? My friend Sara…”

Gilberto frowned, pressed his lips together and shook his head. “No, absolutely not. I don’t care what Sara does. I’m not her father.”

“Listen to your father,” Maria said. “You’re really much too young.”

Joey smirked. “Then you’d look like a clown in the circus.”

Mona gave him her look. “Then someday I’ll get tattoos.” She stuck out her tongue at Gilberto, giggled and stomped out of their bedroom.

Maria turned to Joey. “I know how complicated life can seem. But you must respect Sophia’s intention.”

He sighed. “But it’s wrong and it won’t last.”

“No matter,” Maria said. “In this reality right now it’s none of your business.”

Joey shook his head. “Nothing makes any sense.”

“Has it ever?” Gilberto said. “When life turns upside down you either stand on your head and get a headache trying to see, or you just stop paying attention and let it be.” He put his arm around his son’s shoulders and hugged him. “Life can be so frustrating.”

Maria smiled, looked in the mirror and patted her updo. “Women need to follow their own minds and make their own decisions.”

Joey frowned. “I guess.”

“Otherwise it’s a victory for the patriarchy,” Gilberto said. He grinned and finished dressing.

Poking her head in the door Mona said, “I mean it daddy I’m going to get a big tattoo.”

“Of what?” Gilberto said.

“Maybe a big rattlesnake wrapped all around my body.”

“That sounds horrible,” Maria said.

She nodded. “But it sure would make a wild tattoo.”

“You want to be mistaken for a big snake?  Gilberto laughed. He  scooped her up in his arms.

She laughed and made a face. “I will, I will, wait and see.”

He set her down and said, “What’s with a tattoo all of a sudden?”

Mona crinkled up her nose. “My friends at school all want to get them and so do I.”

“So if all your friends want pet snakes, then you’ll want one too?”

“No daddy. A tattoo isn’t a snake.”

“Time to go,” Maria said.

They all laughed and left for Ramon’s.

To what was to have been a small intimate gathering, Rosa most have invited half of Boston. The condo was jammed with Atlas employers, suits from City Hall who assisted in fundraising, women from Rosa’s urban mission, plus a variety of other friends and neighbors.

“Thanks for coming,” Sophia’s sister Toni hugged Joey. As they looked into each other eyes they both understood what their words couldn’t say. Toni smiled shyly. “You’re really very special. Congrats on making the all-state soccer team.”

He smiled. “Gilberto coached me.”

“He did a good job.” She took his hand and lowered her voice. “I’m trying to be nice and polite but personally I think he’s a jerk.”

Joey’s face darkened. “Why would someone as special as Sophia have to marry….”

“Oh, that’s their karma,” Toni said. I guess something between them needed to be born.”

“I guess,” Joey said not really understanding what she had just said. He was glad she wasn’t wearing any makeup.

Toni smiled. “I know how you feel about makeup, so I’m not wearing any. I’m doing this especially for you.”

“That’s so nice,” Joey smiled.

She shook her head. “Oh, I guess it could be a lot worse. What if you were a vegan or only wanted me to eat asparagus.”

Joey took her hand. “I feel very close to you.”

“That’s good,” she smiled. “I feel the same.”

Just then Sophia came up to them. Joey smiled shyly at her. I’m not used to seeing you wearing lipstick and makeup.”

Sophia grinned. “I do now.”

Joey frowned. “It makes you look a lot older.”

“That’s the idea.”

Her mother Rosa waved at the tall, slightly stooped young man behind Sophia. “Over there on the coffee table pick up the dishes, and bring in the tea sandwiches on the silver tray by the fridge.”

He sighed ruefully and slouched toward the kitchen.

Gilberto overheard her. “If this were the prospective bridegroom, he thought then he was getting to know his future mother-in-law first hand.

Rosa hugged Maria. “Thanks for coming. At first, I thought a small family thing’ but that was impossible. It just got out of hand.” She laughed.

Maria smiled. “You and Ramon have lots of friends.”

“But isn’t that’s what engagement parties are for?” Rosa said. She turned to the young man and took the silver tray. “Now get a sponge. Mop up the water on that table so as not to cause a permanent ring.”

“Yes ma’am,” he said. He sighed reluctantly and went looking for a sponge. 

Sophia went into the kitchen and dragged him away. “You can do that later Right now I’ve got friends for you to meet. Sophia smiled at Joey and turned to Brad. “This is Joey. My little brother all grown up. I’m so glad you’re here. I want you to meet Brad my betrothed, Brad Blackstone from Concord.”

Joey noticed a small stone on a thin gold band gracing the third finger of her left hand. “I’m so excited,” Sophia said. “Imagine me married and all grown up.”

Joey’s voice choked. “Cool.” He could barely speak.

“You’ll all love Brad,” Sophia went on. “He’s Captain of the Chess Club  at Dartmouth.”

Joey swallowed. “I hope you’ll be very happy.”

Toni looped her arm in his and whispered. “Now I can drag you off and not have any competition from my sister.”

(To be continued)

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Georgia Nicols’ Weekly Horoscope: Sunday, July 18, 2021

All Signs

Every year, the Sun travels through all 12 signs. This week the Sun enters Leo to stay for the next four weeks. This energy shift will increase everyone’s desire to party and socialize! Plan vacations, playful times with kids, and put your creative ideas into action. Expect an increased interest in movies, the theatre and flash mob entertainment. However, Leo energy is paradoxical: It’s flamboyant and loves to party; but Leo is also cautious and security conscious. Plan for a fun month ahead — but budget your pennies so you have money left when the Sun enters Virgo. Of course, Oscar Wilde said, “Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.”

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Twice a year when the Sun is in one of your fellow Fire Signs, (four months before your birthday and afterwards) — you get this lovely boost of energy! You will find your choices are attractive and you’re more likely able to do whatever you want, both at work or socializing. Your life will hum along more smoothly! Romance will shine! Vacations will appeal! Interactions with children will delight! Without question, you are entering a window of enjoyment and fun stimulation. Many options will appear that give you chances to party and socialize and express your creative talents. This is your chance to be yourself! (Lucky you.)

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

For the next four weeks, you might face a crisis of sorts. You might find yourself at cross purposes with others, perhaps not intentionally. Expect to be more involved with a parent and have a stronger focus on home and family. Privately, you want to feel that whatever you’re doing is worthwhile. You might be annoyed with anyone who gets in the way of your ability to do this. You will also welcome a chance to cocoon at home or go off by yourself to enjoy some solitude. Quite likely, something will trigger childhood memories for you, making this a good time to benefit from counselling. (“Just relax. Please tell me about your first bank account.”)

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

The next four weeks are a favourable time for you because this shift of the Sun is helpful to Gemini. (It occurs twice a year, two months before and after your birthday.) When it happens, it sparks your interest in daily contacts, friends, neighbours and siblings as well as groups to which you belong. You will want to socialize more than usual! You might also want to take up a new study or learn something new, which is something you adore doing. This new energy will also accelerate your daily tempo because you will be more active and involved with doing things that are new and different. It’s a great time for a vacation. It’s also great time for heart-to-heart discussions.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

By nature, you are frugal. You like a bargain and get good value you’re never casual about money. In the next four weeks, your focus on money will be much stronger. You will give more thought to cash flow, earnings and budgeting for the future. While doing so, you will also take a more serious look at your possessions and examine whether or not they serve your needs or whether you are a slave to them! (Let’s face it, you’re a packrat. “I might need this one day.”) The bottom line is this: You want to feel that you are exerting more control over your life through what you own and your assets in general. You’re taking stock.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Ta da! For the next four weeks, the Sun will be in your sign giving you a marvellous boost of energy! Because this is the only time all year this occurs, make the most of it. Naturally, this is the beginning of your new year ahead (your personal year). Therefore, it’s the perfect time to think about what you want to accomplish this year. Ideally, last month you might have defined some goals. If not – do this right now because goals help you achieve things. They give you a sense of purpose. They keep you on track. And they make future decision-making easier. Of course, all Leo knows there are two rules for success: (1) Don’t tell everything you know.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

For the next four weeks, you’re in limbo because your personal year is coming to an end, and yet, your new year is not yet ready to begin. The best way to use this time is to cast a glance back over your shoulder. How well are you doing at the art of living? After you make some important observations (and you are a keen observer), ask yourself how you want your year ahead to be different from last year? Where do you want to make improvements? What do you want to avoid? If you want to evaluate yourself, you have to do so with complete honesty. Anything you refuse to face will continue to be part of your unconscious, hence, your future. What does your report card look like?

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Hands-down, you’re the most social sign in the zodiac. Not only do you enjoy the company of others, you need someone on the other end of your teeter-totter. You will love the four weeks ahead because you can expect to be more involved with friends as well as groups and organizations to which you belong. You might be elected to office or thrust in a leadership position. This is also a good time to see how well you have succeeded in doing what you are doing and also where you have not succeeded. In particular, examine your friends. It’s important to have friends who allow you to be exactly who you are. Do you hang out with quality people? Think about this.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

For the next four weeks, the Sun will travel across the top of your chart. This occurs only once a year and is a marvellous opportunity because it means you are cast in a flattering spotlight that makes you look good to others, especially bosses, parents, VIPs and the police. They’re impressed! Even if you don’t do anything special. (Good lighting is everything.) Admittedly, you will encounter challenges and find yourself at cross purposes with some people, especially bosses and parents. Work with this as skilfully as you can. Think about your career and your standing in the community. Are you going in the direction you want to go? Enjoy the support of a good friend.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

You’re entering a delightful four-week window ahead! (This blessing occurs twice a year for you – four months before and four months after your birthday.) It means that life will hum along more easily. Nevertheless, now is the time to firm up affairs and get your ducks in a row. Travel plans will be important. You might be more involved with a foreign country or other cultures. Some of you will also be more involved with higher education, the law and medicine. It’s a good time to take stock and examine what has been working out and what is not working out in order to figure out what it is worth saving for the future. Meanwhile, some will have a romance with a boss.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Two influences are at play in the next month. Travel and a chance to expand your horizons will please you. You will enjoy art exhibits, long pleasurable trips, concerts and anything that is culturally enriching. However, something else will make you more in touch with your personal self. You might notice strong compulsions arising within you. You might be concerned about finances and anything you own jointly with someone else, especially loans and mortgages. A dispute might arise. (Within weeks, this dispute will subside.) Continue to enjoy opportunities to enrich your coffers. Make hay while the Sun shines!

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

For the next four weeks, the Sun will be opposite your sign. (This happens only once a year.) If you look at your chart, symbolically, the Sun is now as far away from you as it can get all year, which means you will need more sleep, because the Sun represents your energy. (Go to bed.) However, this polarized position also means that it’s time to bring your affairs to a climax. Admittedly, you might encounter opposition from others, especially superiors or people in authority. It might be tough to fit all the pieces in place. This is the best time all year to examine your closest relationships and more accurately see your role in them.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Ironically, while many signs are gearing up to play and explore vacations and creative outlets, you are getting ready to work hard and get better organized in the next four weeks. Oh yes! You want to feel that you’re working smart – that you’re getting the results for your efforts. This desire to be on top of things will include not only your work, but also embrace your respect for your own health. Basically, you want to strive to make every action count in your personal and your professional life. This is why you might stop some bad habits and encourage healthier ones. (Hey, this never hurts!) Why not be the best version of yourself that you can possibly be?

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Weekly Horoscopes beginning Sunday, 18 July 2021

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

Outlines are longer versions; consist of every possible detail of everyday and are 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:

Although you deal better with sudden developments than most, those you’re currently facing threaten to undermine plans you struggled to organise or, worse, pivotal joint arrangements. While your instinct is to battle to keep these going, judging by the powerful planetary activity between now and the end of the month, unsettling as what arises may be, changes aren’t just inevitable, they’re worthwhile, for you and others.

If you and a partner live some distance apart, take any chance you get to spend more time with each other. You might also discuss how you might arrange your lives so you are together more in the future. A strong need to help other people could lead you to volunteering to help a local Charity. Serving as a spokesperson for a community organisation will put you in contact with some influential people. This is a great time to launch a fundraiser.

You might remember that last December, and for the first time in your lifetime Jupiter and Saturn formed an alignment in Aquarius, accenting the networking area of your solar chart. Albeit those other planetary cycles signalled continuing restrictions, you may well have realised that there are certain groups and affiliations that, when the time is right, warrant increased involvement. Next Saturday’s Full Moon highlights this possibility. Yes, this could affect your private as much as your working life: the accent though is very much on making connections and bringing yourself up to speed with both the choices others have made and their future plans. What should be clear by Thursday is that you need to have better administration and organisation. This is more than just about making lists and more about determining to whom you can delegate certain tasks.

Taurus

Personal theme: I have!!

Earth & fixed sign: April 20 — May 20

Your horoscope for this week:

For weeks you’ve been reviewing what must go, often with relief, and considering future plans, mostly with excitement. Now, finally, things begin happening. Initially the pace is slow, but as you move towards the Full Moon on Saturday the 24th, which triggers changes, both in your reaction to events and your feelings about them will intensify. For now, focus on exploration. Final decisions can and should wait.

Someone will be looking for advice or support over a break of some sort in your family or friendship circle. You may have to come to terms with an issue you thought was closed. It will be annoying that other people can’t seem to leave the past behind. If you lend a friend a cherished possession you may never see it again. Look after your own interests and possessions. Take no risks with treasured items and finances.

Six months ago, Jupiter and Saturn aligned at the apex of your solar chart. Your career then tilted in fresh direction. Next Saturday’s Full Moon highlights that exact degree again and should mark a special ‘stepping-stone’ moment. It may be that there is an idea that has now incubated and can be safely and securely launched. True, a colleague might have some misgivings on Monday. You perhaps need to reassure them that nothing is totally fixed and that you plan to use the period between July 22 and mid-August to test a new system. What may be necessary, and especially in the second half of the week – is to show others that you have the energy, capital and support needed. This might require renewing contact with someone you worked with in the past and, though you may have no intention of working closely with them again, has valuable advice to offer.

Gemini

Personal theme: I think!!

Air sign: May 21 — June 20

Your horoscope for this week:

While you’ve done, learnt and accomplished a great deal recently, you need a break. The current slow pace enables you to review recent insights and restore your energy. Focus on this during the week’s first half. That prepares you for planetary activity as dynamic as it is unsettling. This begins on the 22nd and continues until July’s close, and takes you to explore new territory.

Despite a possible hurdle, a job you have taken on will continue to make progress. All you have to do is stick at it. Just as if you are learning something new, whether it is a craft, art techniques, a foreign language or a dance step, practice will make perfect. Your thoughts, later in the week, will be on a private concern you won’t want to discuss with anyone, not even your partner. You need some quiet time alone to do some thinking.

Take a moment to consider exactly what you’ve learnt since December 20 last year. There was an alignment of Jupiter and Saturn that day. Next weekend’s Full Moon highlights that exact degree and it’s possible that information gathered over the last six months have put you in what others determine as being ‘expert’ position. Of course, it could be that it’s the years of experience prior to December 20 that are important but that it was a decision taken at the end of 2020 or early 2021 that has left you with valuable knowledge. A further, and strong possibility is developing connections with those from a quite different country to your own. In short, your network looks set to expand. That could come about through connection with someone who would be regarded as fiery and spontaneous. One throwaway remark from them mid-week could lead you to an opportunity that is at least worth considering.

Cancer

Personal theme: I feel!!

Water & cardinal sign: June 21 — July 22

Your horoscope for this week:

During the week just past events, and often your own impatience, led you to plunge into existing, but potentially unsettling, arrangements or to make changes prompted by your instincts. Risky as this seems, these are about exploring, then learning more about these changes. Some are taking place around you and, often, influencing your life and world. Others are far-reaching. For now, explore. Decisions can and should wait.

Do yourself a favour and make it a priority to tie things up. There are some difficult jobs you are trying to avoid but the sooner you get these over with the sooner you can get on with things you do enjoy. A friend or colleague’s constant grumbles are starting to get you down. You don’t want to say anything to upset them but you may have to remove yourself from a situation they’re involved in for a while. It’s important to do something positive.

It might be useful to know that at the end of this week, there is a Full Moon on the exact same degree as was held by Jupiter and Saturn at their rare alignment last December. You won’t be the only sign to look back over the last six months and assess. It’s probable though that in your case, your career has moved off in hoped-for but unexpected direction especially since mid-May. Now may be the time to consolidate. It might also be useful to do some intelligent networking mid-week. This is more than just a social encounter but an opportunity to discuss what others have been doing, thinking and planning. A strong possibility is that as Venus changes signs on Thursday, that you will attract an offer that promises to turn into a valuable working partnership. Key here, is that you are offered essential administrative backup – most likely in the form of scheduling and diary management.

Leo

Personal theme: I will!!

Fire & fixed sign: July 23 — August 22

Your horoscope for this week:

At the moment it may seem you’re doing nothing but saying farewell to the past, from former passions to cherished possessions. This is timely, because the lighter you’re travelling when the Sun moves into Leo, on the 22nd, the better prepared you’ll be to shed yet more burdens and focus on exciting and often unexpected changes. Planning ahead? Not now. Live one day at a time.

A colleague whose help and support you are relying on is never there when you need them. Their laziness is getting in the way of your goals. It might be time to start looking for a new partner. Be cautious and conservative with financial transactions. You have a good reason to save every penny now. A business-related function will put you in touch with some interesting characters. Pay attention when you are introduced to people who could help you in your career. Remembering their name is helpful.

It is often forgotten that Leos have superior detection skills. Applying these on Monday, and then gently persuading someone to do your bidding midweek, ought not to be much of a problem. Fact is that before Venus leaves your sign on Thursday, you could use your considerable charm and yes, negotiate a deal that’s to your long-term advantage. As has been the case for so long, property issues still seem to demand attention; and yes, as has been true for months, this could apply as much to work as to living space. What should be clear by Thursday however, is that a degree of uprooting will be necessary. Maintaining good will through this trauma will likely require generosity of spirit. The good news here is that a Cancerian friend may be in a position to offer that much needed support.

Virgo

Personal theme: I analyse!!

Earth sign: August 23 — September 22

Your horoscope for this week:

Even at your most logical, you’re likely to be puzzled by sudden, and unanticipated changes or events. For now, look, listen and learn. On 29 July, the courageous Mars’ move into Virgo begins a decisive cycle. The trick is to focus on exploration, not lasting plans. This runs counter to your painstaking nature, but ensures you’re able to explore every option that comes your way.

An achievement should not be put down to good luck alone for you have worked hard to reach this point. It can still be hard to believe that you have achieved what you set out to do. Give yourself a mental shake and enjoy the results. You’re filled with renewed hope and optimism for the future. Someone will accuse you of living in a dream world. It will be those who don’t understand you who you will want to avoid at the moment.

Before the end of this month, Mars arrives in your sign. That then starts seven weeks of intense busy-ness which follow decisions and steps taken this week. It’s the decision making that could throw you into panic. There is a side of Virgo that worries that something has been forgotten or left out in negotiations. Yet it’s possible you’re actually looking for trouble. It might also seem to others mid-week that you are on hyper alert but not necessarily working at your best. Those who don’t know you well may not know how to calm you down. Those with experience though, will likely sense that in this frenetic ‘busy as a bee’ state, you are also rapidly gathering information which you can then use to advantage. By Thursday, and as Venus in your sign opposes Jupiter, you could find yourself central to a team and bonding with someone whose vision is not dissimilar to your own and with whom you will likely enjoy doing business.

Libra

Personal theme: I balance!!

Air & cardinal sign: September 23 — October 22

Your horoscope for this week:

The idea of ridding yourself of clutter, in terms of both possessions and plans or commitments, may be appealing. Doing it is another matter. Focus on this now, before fiery Mars moves into Libra on 15 September, kickstarting a new cycle, and both your mind and your ‘to-do’ list will be clear. Initially, simply notice what could go. Lasting decisions can, and should, wait.

You can expect to experience at least one or two out of the ordinary events. A conversation, meeting or appointment will bring opportunities you never would have dreamed of. You’re in an adventurous mood and friends will notice there is a touch of the dare-devil about you. Enjoy this chance to have fun. Intuitive levels are high. If and when you have to make a quick decision, you can trust your instincts especially about whether someone is telling the truth.

It could easily feel as though time is moving so, so quickly before your ruling planet Venus, opposes Jupiter on Thursday. The need to get busy, achieve things and yes, improve your environment both at work and at home should be a strong driving force; and yes, it is possible that the demands of others will be considerable. It is Libra natural instinct to please. Yet you often do that through confrontation. If that seems like a contradiction, it works like this: you need to know the opposition so that you can then work at finding ways to unite. The more obvious the opposition, the easier it is for you to identify the tools and strategies needed to find that balance. So, it would be understandable if, by Friday you felt exhausted as you determine which ‘war’ to fight. By then though both the Sun and Venus change signs. Whereas your focus was on addressing one issue, you may now find you have opponents coming from an altogether different quarter. It might be wise to plan a little time-out – preferably mid-week to think again about your long-term goals and specifically, what you want to achieve before your birthday.

Scorpio & Ophiuchus

Personal theme: I desire!!

Water & fixed signs: October 23 — November 21

Your horoscope for this week:

Recent plans seemed solid. However, even at your most intuitive, you’d never have conceived of, or imagined, the range of unexpected and, mostly, exciting changes, ideas or offers currently coming your way. While, obviously, reassurance things will go as planned is appealing. However, with so much in transition, it simply isn’t possible. The secret? Take chances. The bolder they are, the more you’ll benefit from the unexpected.

What you need and what you get are two very different things. You could do with a break when responsibilities are increasing. You need a hug but you can’t get close to a loved one whose company you are missing. A friend’s secrecy is causing problems in this relationship. They say you don’t understand them whereas you feel they are being deliberately difficult. Somehow you just can’t seem to win, no matter how hard you try.

You’re sleuthing and detective -like abilities are set to come to the fore as the Moon passes through your sign at the start of this week. It might also amuse you that certain individuals are being so obviously manipulated. Even that aside, before Venus leaves the career zone of your solar chart on Thursday, it’s likely important that you do feel that someone in authority has your best interests at heart – even as you recognise that they have something to gain too. Like a superior chess master, and before Thursday, resetting and enjoying your respective positions appears a dominating theme. Then, Venus changes sign. Given your high degree of sensitivity, it will likely be obvious to you that there has been significant mood change. From being fun and game playing, a competitive spirit may be obvious. For some, this could lead to legal challenge. At the very least, involvement in a war of words seems more likely than not.

Sagittarius

Personal theme: I see!!

Fire sign: November 22 — December 21

Your horoscope for this week:

While you’re inquisitive by nature, when you’ve already set your objectives and are in a rush, you stick to what you’ve decided. Now, however, further exploration isn’t just vital, who or what you encounter could be of pivotal importance. Others may insist all this is a distraction and you might agree. Actually, this will broaden your horizons, so much you’ll realise just how worthwhile it was.

It’s upsetting that someone you have helped out in the past refuses to be available when you could do with their assistance. They are showing their true colours and this makes you realise how one-sided this relationship happens to be. Steer clear of topics like religion, politics and finances if you want to keep a relationship harmonious as such talks could lead to misunderstandings and hurt feelings. A loved one will eventually admit to changes they are hoping to make.

As you may know, your horoscope looks like a clock with 12 separate zones. As each planet moves through these areas, they highlight issues related to these ‘houses’, bringing to the fore different energies and vibrations. For the last few weeks, Venus has been moving through another of the Fire signs and through an area of your solar chart associated with adventure and education. There is little Sagittarius enjoys more than acquiring information and imparting it. As Venus moves into Virgo before the end of the week, you might need to be more focused on how you’re going to deliver these new facts. You might also wonder if in the past you’ve been too careless and should be more selective. That is going to be a major theme through the next few weeks. Publications and the power of words seems super important. To this end, you might value the assistance and advice of someone experienced in the art of marketing and distributing.

Capricorn

Personal theme: I use!!

Earth & cardinal sign: December 22 — January 19

Your horoscope for this week:

The Capricorn Full Moon, in late June, was an eclipse, so triggered shakeups, many illuminating. You’re still dealing with several of them. Knowing that, regard this week’s surprises as part of that cycle of growth, and you’ll focus on what you’re learning. While usually that will be clear, at times you’ll need patience. As a Capricorn and a practical earth sign, you understand how important this can be.

Supporting a good cause will feel rewarding and fulfilling. Sometimes the best way to put your own problems into perspective is to see the hardships other people are going through. A project can only move forward if financial support is received. An offer of funding could mark a whole new phase in this endeavour. Are you thinking about moving in with your lover? Sharing your space will not be as difficult as you imagine.

Whilst until Thursday, the emphasis seems to be on partners and close working colleagues, and their particular needs, the focus is set to alter as first Venus, and then the Sun change signs before the end of the week. These next few days should be viewed in two parts with personal progress more likely to be achieved after Thursday. Before then, you may be aware that a certain person is exceptionally prickly and over Monday and Tuesday especially, fiercely guarding what they perceive to be as their territory. You may need to wait until almost the weekend before they ask for your assistance which likely, by then, will be much needed. Irritating as this delay may be, fact is that certain people have to learn through experience. It appears that the cosmos is setting up you up with the task of being mentor or guide and no reason to think that you can’t excel.

Aquarius

Personal theme: I know!!

Air & fixed sign: January 20 — February 18

Your horoscope for this week:

True, you enjoy encountering new ideas, activities and intriguing people; but, also, you benefit from a routine. However, the build up to the powerful Aquarius Full Moon, on Saturday the 24th, is about a series of breakthroughs in your perspective on living and thinking. What’s more, because there’s a rare, second Aquarius Full Moon on 22 August, this is about a thrilling journey of discovery.

If you’ve been looking for a new place to live but haven’t yet had any luck, an older friend will come up with the solution. Unconventional living arrangements might suit you quite well at this time. In friendship or romance you have found a kindred spirit. Although you come from different backgrounds, there is a strong spiritual and emotional link you are both aware of. It will feel strange but exciting to commit to someone who is different from anyone you’ve known before.

Yes, it might seem before Thursday that others are getting all their own way. That tide will turn and not just because the Sun arrives in your sign. It may be that more efficient ways of working can be found. True, given that you are born under one of the Fixed signs, you might not be entirely happy when others seem so quick to move the goalposts – especially on Friday. See this as the start of an experiment that might not be concluded until mid-September. There may be opportunities for you to learn and to improve expertise considerably. Until Mercury moves to your opposite sign on 28th, you may find that others are more than willing to share what has been privileged information. Whilst this might not be an entirely selfless act on their part, the fact that certain individuals seem to be choosing you over others, should be reassuring.

Pisces

Personal theme: I believe!!

Water sign: February 19 — March 20

Your horoscope for this week:

Only days ago, you’d have laughed at the idea of even mentioning certain exciting, yet far-reaching, changes. Yet now you’re not only discussing them, the odds are good they’ll become reality, and soon. If there’s any challenge, it’s believing in yourself and what you’re doing, enough to aim high, possibly much higher than you conceive of at the moment. If ever miracles were possible, it’s now.

You have been doing your best to show kindness and understanding to those who are closest to you. Because of this they will be showing you the same kind of consideration. The more you are willing to talk and to let your true feelings show, the more positive the consequences. Your hope is to get a job over with as soon as possible. Cutting corners will not save you time as you are hoping. It will take longer than planned, but do it by the book.

Mid-May, Jupiter arrived in your sign bringing a sneak preview of opportunities that should come when Jupiter moves through Pisces fully from the end of 2021. This week it could feel as though it’s ‘too much already’. You might not know to whom to give assistance first; and yes, several people might beat a path to your door or desk in the hope that you can get them out of a jam. Yet all this is surely a distraction. It is imperative that you think about how to make the best use of your many talents and interests. Is it possible that you’ve been too focused in one direction? Health has been an obvious worry for everyone but it may be that you’ve been so focused on this aspect that you’re overlooking fulfilling your need to communicate and learn. Generating interest should be easier after both the Sun and Venus change signs at the end of the week.

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Stacy Adams@Coventry Creations

July 12, 2021 – July 18, 2021

Once again, the second full week of July is fantastic at the start of the week, but this weekend, batten down the hatches as the Sun opposes Pluto.

Monday brings us Mercury trine Jupiter. Mercury trine Jupiter is excellent for business negotiations,  strategy sessions, and inspiring conversations. If you need to sign contracts or secure a big deal, you should do it while this aspect is active. Mercury trine Jupiter dovetails into Venus conjunct Mars in Leo.  Although love is in the air this week, when combined with Mercury-Jupiter, expect great conversations and discussions about the future. It’s a great week to plan a wedding.

On Thursday, the Sun makes a lovely trine to Neptune in Pisces. Spiritual matters and connecting with your inner self highlight the middle of the week. You will also find that you are more empathic and sensitive to the needs of others.

This weekend will bring out the nasties in full force as the Sun opposes Pluto. Expect intense encounters with others. Avoid trying to control situations that go awry; it will only make matters worse.

Recommended Candles: Road Opener, Forever Mine, Clarity (Chakra Magic), Fiery Wall of Protection

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

Transformation Through Your Havoc

Last month, Saturn formed a square (90-degree angle) to Uranus for the second time. Saturn and Uranus move slowly, they remain in technical orb for long periods and trigger easily by faster moving planets. This month the agitators will be Mars and Venus.

New Moon in Cancer on July 9, 2021

The New Moon in Cancer on July 9, 2021, is here to help us with a new beginning in the home. The home is where we demonstrate our ability to create beauty, comfort, safety, security, abundance, and family.

5 Magical Ways to Use Cancer Season to Your Benefit

As we enter the month of July, we find ourselves swimming in the healing waters of the sign of Cancer. Cancer is known for its nurturing qualities and is the sign associated with mothers and motherhood. While we are in the sign of the crab, our focus will be on self-care, caring for our families, familial and tribal bonds, and comfort and security.

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Llewellyn’s Spell A Day
Maiden to Mother to Crone
JULY 06, 2021 BY EMYME

I was well through and done with the maiden life phase and into the mother phase before I discovered Wicca. Now, as a grandmother, I am experiencing the transition from mother to crone. In reality, these roles may not be as simple as the triad implies. At ninety-plus years old, my own mother is the genuine crone of our family. My daughter is no longer a maiden, but a young mother. My granddaughter is not yet a maiden.

Pause and reflect today on the particular phase of life you inhabit. Are you transitioning? If so, where would you place yourself on the path? Research those goddesses who are traditionally associated with maiden/ mother/crone. Perhaps you will discover some new or obscure deity with which to align your stage in life. Call to Demeter:

Demeter, symbol of steadfast and
patient motherhood, be by our side
through all the phases of our lives,
a reminder that maternal love is
everlasting and encompasses all.
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The Calm After the Storm
JULY 05, 2021 BY DEBORAH BLAKE

In the United States, the Fourth of July is a holiday celebrated with parties and loud fireworks. For many, the fifth of July comes as something of a relief after all that noise and commotion. For most of us, holidays are fun, but it is in the silence after the upheaval that we find our footing again. Life is all about that balance— the ups and downs, the celebrations and the daily rituals that sustain us. Like the darkness and the light, it is the contrast that makes us appreciate what we have.

Take a moment today, and on any other days during the year that follow a holiday or commotion, and be grateful for the quiet times that fall in between and help us keep our balance. Light a black candle and a white candle on a firesafe surface and say:

Joyous noise,
Peaceful silence.
Life is all about the balance.
May I find my own balance
through them both.

Snuff out the candles when you’re done.
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Mid-Week Balance
JULY 07, 2021 BY BLAKE OCTAVIAN BLAIR

Wednesday might seem so far from the weekend, but it’s actually the midpoint of the week. While we often work big acts of balance-related magic on the equinoxes, we need not miss the weekly opportunity that Wednesday presents us for balance magic! Today, let’s use Wednesday’s energies to create a bit of balance for ourselves.

The tarot card associated with Wednesday is the Magician. Put the Magician card from your favorite tarot deck on your altar. This card actually is a wonderful image of power and balance. The Magician has all the elements at his disposal to handle situations in a balanced manner. Meditate on what it means to act with power but in balance. Use the strength gained from this knowledge to propel you through your tasks for the rest of the week.
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A Charm to Inspire Summer Projects
JULY 08, 2021 BY THORN MOONEY

For many of us, summer is a joyful period of increased freedom. Many schools are on break, more people go on vacation, and even work atmospheres may feel more relaxed. Now is the perfect time to go on an adventure, find new romance, take up a new hobby, or otherwise spice up your life with the creative, fresh energy of the season.

To ensure that a new summer project is successful or to draw inspiration and adventure into your life, take a square of yellow fabric and place in the center a sprig of peppermint, some basil leaves, three shiny pennies, and a piece of citrine or clear quartz. Place your hands over the mixture and imagine yourself happy and optimistic. When you’re ready, bring the ends of the fabric to the center and tie them with a piece of green string. Carry the charm in a pocket or in your purse.
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Renewal Spell
JULY 09, 2021 BY EMBER GRANT

Try to get outside tonight if you can. If not, simply close your eyes and imagine you’re gazing up at the dark sky. The new moon is a perfect time for starting projects or simply renewing any part of your life that needs a boost—maybe you’d like to restart an exercise program or look for a new job. This spell can be used anytime you need to refresh or prepare for a new adventure.

As you gaze up at the sky, consider how the moon moves through its phases. You’re “new” right now as well—a tiny seed germinating in darkness. Chant these words:

The moon is new and so am I,
A sliver in the darkened sky.
All the cycles wax and wane,
For the balance they maintain.
Like the moon I’m starting slight,
But soon will grow both
strong and bright.
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A July Abundance Ritual
JULY 10, 2021 BY JAMES KAMBOS

Now we’re past the solstice. The hours of daylight dwindle, but it’s still summer. The sun and earth provide us with food and plenty. This ritual helps us give thanks at this bountiful time of year.

Begin this ritual at sunset. Drape your altar with green or purple fabric. Place two purple candles on the altar, one for the sun and one for the earth. Place one glass of sweet red wine or grape juice on the altar as well. Safely light each candle, then say:

The Sun’s rays begin to dim,
But still we honor him.
The Goddess blesses us with her yield.
Now we honor the bounty of the field.

Take one sip of wine or juice. Pour the remaining wine on the ground outside. Snuff out each candle one at a time. You may use the candles for other rituals. Think of this ritual as you shop for groceries.
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Wrist Bath to Prevent Swooning
JULY 11, 2021 BY ESTHA MCNEVIN

Many recipes designed to treat the hands and wrists for hot flashes have survived, from Mrs. Beeton’s to Taoist medical teas. This particular one is a personal favorite. It works within fifteen to thirty seconds on most folks and will prevent heat stroke. Although soaking your hands a few times a day in ice cubes can be tedious, it is better than being drenched in sweat or dehydrated all day on account of nature and her wonderful little hormonal and weather- driven nuances. This recipe is most effective in hot climates and humid conditions and is also a great addition to lemonade and limeade. Enjoy!

Mix the following and freeze it into two ice cube trays for best effects. Enchant the mixture with any spoken spell as you see fit.

* 1 bunch fresh cilantro, minced
* 3 tablespoons honey
* 3 tablespoons grapefruit zest
* 1/2 cup lemon juice
* 1 cup water
* 12 crushed cardamom pods
* 6 drops tulsi (holy basil) essential oil

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World Peace Card Meditations

Wednesday, July 14, 2021 – 7:30pm

(based on local time in your time zone)

Future Dates

August 18, September 15, October 13,

November 17, December 15 – at 7:30pm

You are invited to take part in the next World Peace Card Meditation. Please mark your calendar and forward this email to all your friends.

Thanks for Your Help!

Because so many of you forwarded this email to your friends, there have been more than 409,455 downloads of the World Peace Cards. This is a tremendous increase in the number of people using the cards. So far the total number of World Peace Card sets downloaded, received from our free offer and from our magazine has been over 452,755! I hope you have been using your peace cards as their use brings blessings to the world as well as to you.

The next World Peace Card group meditation have been scheduled for Wednesday, July 14 at 7:30pm. This is local time in your time zone. This method has been chosen because of the special effect it produces. As people meditate in each successive time zone the energy builds like a wave which gets stronger and stronger as it circles the planet. Because of the higher dimensional nature of consciousness, the energy of peace will be transmitted for a full 24 hours and continue long after this.

Reports from those who took part in the previous meditations indicate many had powerful spiritual experiences. As they united with those taking part in the meditation a feeling of peace developed within that stayed with each for a long time. Some saw beautiful golden light surrounding the planet and others felt that a web of fear was dissipating and being replaced with trust in others and for our future. All those who have received the cards are being asked to meditate on world peace at this time. By taking part in this group meditation, you’ll be joining thousands of people who will be using the cards to bring peace to the world. By joining together, the affect we have will be greatly multiplied. This powerful experience and will help shift the vibration of our wonderful planet into a higher state of consciousness. As you use the cards to meditate on world peace, you will be a beacon through which peace will spread around the planet which will have a positive uplifting effect on all people. Please set aside this time to meditate with the cards. The suggested meditation period is 15 minutes, but of course you can meditate longer if you’d like to. The technique I’d like you to use is based on allowing yourself to be a beacon of peace. The World Peace Cards hold the vibration of the World Peace Grids which have been placed at spiritually significant locations and are relay stations for higher consciousness. By simply opening to their energy, you’ll become a channel for their love and peace which will flow through you to all the people on Earth. To do this, hold the cards in your hands or place them in front of you. Then simply meditate on peace. We are entering a new era. Our entire planet including all the people and living things are moving into a place where it will be much easier to solve our problems and to create peace, prosperity and happiness for everyone. The World Peace Card meditation will quicken this process, making it easier for people to experience this new quality of higher consciousness and will provide great benefit for all people. Since this benefit will be flowing through you out to everyone on the planet, you’ll be blessed by this experience as well. Many have received the cards in the mail or in the Reiki News Magazine while others have downloaded them from our web site. If you would like additional copies of the cards, please download them using this link and print as many copies as you can use. Please feel free to give them to your friends. Also, forward this email to anyone you feel would like to take part in the meditation.

World Peace Card Download

Additional World Peace Cards

Note: This is a larger file and it may take several minutes for it to open, so please be patient.

When printing the cards from this file, print page 2 first, then place this page in your printer and print the image of the peace grids on the back.

New Reiki Grid – Send Reiki to Others

We also have a new image of the World Peace Crystal Grid that can be used for a Reiki Grid. By using it for your Reiki Grid you’ll be tapping into the energy of all the peace grids and this will add to the energy that is sent to all those whose names or photos you place in the grid making the Reiki more effective and adding wonderful feelings of peace and harmony. And each time you charge your grid, you’ll be charging the peace grids for world peace! With this system you’ll use 12 crystals around the outside – placing 1 crystal over each of the crystals in the photo plus 1 crystal in the center and 1 as your master crystal for a total of 14 crystals. The additional crystals will also hold and transmit more energy. Also, remember you can place your goals into the grid as well. I suggest printing it on glossy photo paper if you have it or you could get some at your office supply store. You’ll need to trim the one side of the grid after it’s printed. 

Download. https://www.reiki.org/sites/default/files/resource-files/NPGridLetterSizeRGB.pdf

Sincerely,

William Lee Rand

The International Center for Reiki Training

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Heartwings Love Notes 990 The Squeak in the Hall

Heartwings says, “Beware of assumptions, they can mislead you.”

We walked in from our errands and started up the stairs to our apartment. “Squeak.” I looked at Stephen. “Think we have a cricket? He shrugged. “Could that maybe be a bird?” We looked at each other and shook our heads. “These bundles are heavy,” Stephen said, “let’s get on upstairs.” We did and didn’t think much more about it. Several days went by, and the squeaks or chirps, depending on how you interpreted the sound, continued.

We were busy with holiday and birthday celebrations. The squeaks continued. We ignored them. There was too much else going on. If it were a cricket, it would probably hop out or perish, I thought, and it couldn’t have been a bird because we would have discovered it by now and let it out. Several more days passed. The sounds became more frequent. I didn’t want to bother the landlord over the holiday, nor did I want to have poison sprayed onto the stairs if he suspected an infestation.

Midweek after the fourth, Beth, a dear friend from Virginia came over to take us out for a birthday lunch as a gift for Stephen. As we started out the apartment door the squeaky chirp sounded. I laughed and said “That’s been going on for a while now. We don’t know what it is; we think it might be a cricket.” Beth pointed at the ceiling and the smoke alarm that was placed there. She laughed and said, “The battery is telling you it needs to be replaced.” “Oh, my goodness,” I said. How silly of us not to figure that out.

As I thought about it, I realized that our assumptions concerning the noise had kept us from finding out what was really happening. That’s the difficulty with assumptions:  once you think you know something you don’t look further. Why bother? Problem solved, right? No, not solved, merely put on pause until the actual solution emerges, if indeed it can get past the assumptive attitude. As long as you believe you don’t need to look, you won’t unless of course something changes. In our case the squeaking was becoming more frequent and might eventually have prompted further investigation.

There is an interesting and useful concept in Buddhism called Beginner’s Mind. What this means is that rather than make any assumptions or thinking that you know something about anything, you pretend to know nothing and begin your investigation from there. This is similar to something I learned in a yoga class many years ago from a special guest instructor. He told us, “Make this your mantra (instructional saying). I know nothing, I want to learn.”   At first, I bristled at the thought that I knew nothing, then I realized what he meant: not that I actually knew nothing but that I could learn more. Once we told our kind landlord about the battery, he replaced it right away. We don’t miss the squeaks.

May you see the truth free of assumptions.

Blessings and Best Regards,

Tasha Halpert

PS Have you misled yourself with assumptions? Do write and share. I love it when readers respond with their comments. Write to me at and for more Love Notes, please visit. Hope to see you there.

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Getting Started with Candle Magic

JULY 26, 2021 BY JOSEPHINE WINTER

Candles for Magic

Candle magic is an accessible form of magic to learn, as it can be learned relatively easily and doesn’t require loads of expensive or rare tools or components to do. It’s also pretty effective, once you know what you’re doing.

Generally, this involves picking a candle or candles of the appropriate colour; charging, dressing, or anointing them with oil; and sometimes carving them with certain symbols, names, or sigils. You can buy oils for different purposes, or have a go at making your own by steeping the relevant herbs in a carrier such as olive oil.

Shorter, thicker candles are better than skinny tapers for candle magic, but use what you have on hand before going out and buying something fancy.

Method

There are loads of different ways to perform candle magic. The one I am including here is no more or less valid. Read up on some alternatives, experiment, and use what works for you.

Set your intention. Think carefully about who this magic is for, who it will affect, what the ideal outcome will look like. Always get someone’s consent before performing magic for them.

Gather the components for your working. Different coloured candles have different correspondences, or go for plain black or white if colours aren’t available. Gather anything else you will need for the ritual or setting up sacred space.

Set the scene. If you’re working indoors, tidy up. Make sure the space is quiet, and electronic devices that might distract you are off. Ensure you have a space to work: an altar is ideal, or just a clear surface like a coffee table that you’re okay with perhaps dribbling wax on if accidents happen. Put down a non-treasured cloth etc if you’re really worried.

Prepare yourself. Different traditions give different instructions for readying oneself for ritual. One simple method is just to make sure you are rested, clean, and fed: bathe or take a shower. Put on clean clothes or ritual garb (or go skyclad if you like). Make sure you are fed and comfortable. You will concentrate much better if your basic needs are met.

Begin. If you’re so inclined, set up sacred space in the way that works for you. Centre yourself with a few deep breaths while you remember the actions and intentions you thought about and visualised in step one, then say them. Speaking words out loud gives them power.

Dress your candle. This involves anointing it in oil, rubbing it in from the centre to the ends. Oil, obviously, is flammable: don’t use too much. Concentrate hard on the issue or intention of this working as you do so.

Inscribe your candle. This could involve carving a certain sigil, rune, or even your subject’s name onto the candle. In doing this, you are charging the candle with your intention.

Light the candle. Omit this step if you are preparing the candle to give to somebody else. If you plan to burn the candle yourself, place it in a fire-safe container and light it. Many workings will require you to leave the lit candle burning until there is nothing left. Only do this if it’s safe.

Finish. Thank and make offerings to any deities or spirits you need to. Close down your sacred space and ground yourself. Leave the candle burning if it is safe to do so.

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Raise Your Vibration

There are many ways to raise your vibration, including thinking positive and uplifting thoughts.

Everything in the universe is made of energy. What differentiates one form of energy from another is the speed at which it vibrates. For example, light vibrates at a very high frequency, and something like a rock vibrates at a lower frequency but a frequency nonetheless. Human beings also vibrate at different frequencies. Our thoughts and feelings can determine the frequency at which we vibrate, and our vibration goes out into the world and attracts to us energy moving at a similar frequency. This is one of the ways that we create our own reality, which is why we can cause a positive shift in our lives by raising our vibration.

We all know someone we think of as vibrant. Vibrant literally means “vibrating very rapidly.” The people who strike us as vibrant are vibrating at a high frequency, and they can inspire us as we work to raise our vibration. On the other hand, we all know people that are very negative or cynical. These people are vibrating at a lower frequency. They can also be an inspiration because they can show us where we don’t want to be vibrating and why. To discover where you are in terms of vibrancy, consider where you fall on a scale between the most pessimistic person you know and the most vibrant. This is not in order to pass judgment, but rather it is important to know where you are as you begin working to raise your frequency so that you can notice and appreciate your progress.

There are many ways to raise your vibration, from working with affirmations to visualizing enlightened entities during meditation. One of the most practical ways to raise your vibration is to consciously choose where you focus your attention. To understand how powerful this is, take five minutes to describe something you love unreservedly — a person, a movie, an experience. When your five minutes are up, you will noticeably feel more positive and even lighter. If you want to keep raising your vibration, you might want to commit to spending five minutes every day focusing on the good in your life. As you do this, you will train yourself to be more awake and alive. Over time, you will experience a permanent shift in your vibrancy. 

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Our Insecurities

We all have glorious imperfections making us utterly human.

At some point in our life there may come a time when we feel insecure about ourselves. We might judge our ability to do something or feel self-conscious about the way we look. It does not matter how this feeling manifests in our life, but it is important to be aware of our thoughts and how they impact our view of ourselves. Once we remember that insecurities are a normal part of life for everyone — even those who appear to be extremely self-assured — we may find it easier to step back from the uncertainty that lies within and take a more realistic look at ourselves.

The desire to improve or better ourselves is a natural response that arises when we begin to compare our lives to those of other people. It might seem, for example, that we do not have nearly as much going for us as our neighbor, best friend, or coworker. In truth, what we think we see about another person is usually what they want us to notice. They may be putting on a mask, trying to make things in their lives seem better than they are. If we were to look at their lives a little more closely, we would also realize that they are human, full of glorious imperfections that make them who they are. Recognizing this may take some time at first. Should we, however, feel our uncertainties begin to surface, taking deep breaths while at the same time acknowledging each one of our gifts will help us become more centered. Doing this allows us to see the wonders that lie within and lets our inner beauty shine forth into the world all the more brightly.

When we hold up such a detailed mirror to our lives and weigh ourselves against others, we are not able to see the things that make us truly unique. Giving ourselves permission to appreciate all the universe has given us, however, will make us feel more secure about ourselves and more able to use our gifts to their fullest.

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Thinking About – #DefendOccultBooks

by Damh the Barb

Published on July 9, 2021

A couple of days ago I read this article on Jason Mankey’s blog about #DefendOccultBooks written by Georgina Rose. As a Generation X Pagan, I was surprised that this was even a thing. I mean, books, knowledge, wisdom, going deep into myth and magic, that was and still is my passion when it comes to my Path. I know so many Pagans whose bookshelves creak under the strain of all of their wonderful (and sometimes, let’s face it, not so wonderful) books. To read that there are Pagans out there who are purposefully avoiding books based on a ‘what you shouldn’t read’ list astounded me. I mean, when did Pagans ever do as they were told when it came to seeking knowledge and wisdom? Advice is good, but blacklisting authors and topics? That feels a little, well, controlling, to say the least.

It doesn’t surprise me that this cultural directing stems from social media. As I consider the contrasting ways Pagans currently have when seeking their Path I find it odd to think that it might have been actually easier back in the days before the internet to make connections. It certainly didn’t feel that way. Just a couple of magazines on the shelves of WH Smiths might lead you to find more underground groups and journals, then to a local moot and then maybe to a local magical group. It was frustrating, there was an incredible amount of gatekeeping, but man it was also exciting – the hunt was a big part of the Journey. I actually miss those stapled and photocopied journals arriving every quarter – like The Cauldron – and they often held the best information and articles too. But social media is so loud, fast, and reactionary. Just as the people who invented the car couldn’t have predicted road rage, so the creators of social media might not have seen flame wars and cultural division in its future. However, I think we were given good clues with our experiences of the smaller Newsgroups, email lists and message boards that preceded social media. Now we have Facebook, a worldwide message board, with worldwide flame wars and cultural division. I think there was a good reason I was told years ago not to discuss my politics or religion – I simply don’t need to know every single thought my friends have about everything.

But I digress…

There were people back then who said “you can’t learn magic from a book”, but a good combination of personal teaching, experience and guidance, with the extra-curricular activities of book-reading, completed the circle. There was also advice on the best books to read, but when I was told not to read a certain book, it was like a red flag to a bull. I remember the uproar about 21 Lessons of Merlin. Did I ignore everyone and read it anyway? Of course I did. I’ve never let critics make my decisions for me, and I would advise any new, or even seasoned Pagan to also ignore any “Books you shouldn’t read” list and make up your own mind too. By the way, with that book people were right, but I’m still glad I read it to be sure.

I will freely admit, there are problems with some books that were written ‘back in the day’. Some of the language in the books by Dion Fortune is blatantly racist. Am I condoning it? Of course not. The same could be said for Aleister Crowley. The man was… problematic. If those same books were being written now, well, they would be edited and censored. If Crowley was around now getting up to those things I’m not sure it would go down well with today’s magical community. But like it or not these are some of the most influential roots of western magic, and there is both wisdom and challenges held within those pages. If someone is serious about their magic I would still recommend the novels of Dion Fortune, with the caveat that some of the language will be challenging.

I think this ‘book blacklist’ will be just another online trend that will exist, create a lot of noise on social media, then will blow over in due time. My gut tells me that if someone is passionate about their path they may well get to a point on their spiritual journey when intuition alone might not cut it anymore, and they may well feel the pull to explore deeper some of the older books and Grimoires. The balance of the Alchemical Elements includes the intellect of Air, along with the emotion of Water, the passion of Fire, the groundedness of Earth, and in that balance great magic is waiting.

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How to Receive Psychic Messages in your Dreams

by Tanaaz

If you are looking to expand your psychic abilities, tap into your intuition or are just looking for guidance on a particular topic, your dreams can be an excellent way to receive advice, insights or messages.

Our dreams reveal the inner world of our subconscious mind and can often hold clues or even prophecies that can influence our lives or day to day.

Through dreams, our intuition and spirit guides are more likely to speak to us because our ego or rational mind is often switched off and unable to affect the transmission of the message.

If you want to learn how to receive messages or psychic guidance in your dreams here is what you need to know.

1. Keep a Dream Journal

Keeping a dream journal is paramount when it comes to understanding and receiving the psychic messages in your dreams. If you really want to start enhancing your dreams and your intuition, then you should start keeping a dream journal.

Keep it by your bedside and write down your dreams first thing in the morning to avoid forgetting them. Add any extra details that come back to you during the day as well.

Your dream journal should not just be a recount of the events that happened but should also explain how the events made you feel. Remember, dreams are symbolic so the feelings and intuition behind them is also just as important as the events themselves.

Not a fan of writing? Use a voice recorder or even type the dream out on your phone. Do whatever it takes to get the dream out so you can refer back to it.

2. Set Your Intention

If you want to receive a message through your dreams the best way to go about it is to ask or set your intention before you sleep.

While this may not work every time or right away, the more you practice the more you will open yourself to receiving Divine guidance.

Remember, you dream every night so even if you don’t remember any, be open to the fact that you may have received some wisdom or peace during your sleep. Judge this based on the feeling you get when you first awaken.

To set your intention start by reciting a short mantra before bed that goes something like- ” I am open and willing to receive Divine guidance through my dreams that serves my highest purpose and brings me clarity and understanding.”

You can also set an intention to receive more specific advice about a particular situation or event or you can also just ask for a pleasant night’s sleep, especially if you have been suffering from nightmares or insomnia.

3. Symbols and Meanings

There are many dream dictionaries out there with definitions of what each symbol, animal or object may mean, however often symbols are unique to the individual. If butterflies have always reminded you of your grandma, then perhaps seeing a butterfly in your dreams is a message from her.

To unlock your dreams you really need to pay attention to any symbols or metaphors that come up and try to relate them to your day-to-day or past experiences.

If the meaning behind the symbol doesn’t come straight away, don’t worry. The more you stay open and aware of the symbols the more they will start to make sense to you. Writing them down will also help you bring more clarity to what they may mean.

Opening up to this newfound awareness, especially when it comes to your dreams can also help you strengthen your gifts of clairvoyance. 

4. Herbal Dream Tea

There are many herbs out there that can help facilitate vivid and prophetic dreams. The most popular known herbs for dreaming include Calea Zachatechhi and Mugwort.

Calea Zachatechhi is great for intensifying your dreams, dream recall, and lucid dreaming. It is best had as a tea alone or mixed with other soothing herbs like peppermint and passionflower.

Mugwort helps to enhance lucid dreaming and astral travel. To boost Mugwort’s effectiveness, you also may want to add some other herbs to help release any anxiety and to calm your mind. These include chamomile, lavender, passionflower, or peppermint.

It is not recommended to blend both Mugwort and Calea Zachatechhi while there are no known adverse reactions, it is better to test the herbs out independently to see which one works the best for you.

The best way to drink your tea would be just before bed and while setting your intention. Perhaps you can even create a ritual where you take each sip as you cement and recite your intention for the night ahead.

5. Dreamtime Pillow

Dreamtime pillows have been used for centuries to help ward off negative energies, bad dreams and to evoke a peaceful sleep.

With the right combination of herbs, dreamtime pillows can be a fantastic way to have vivid dreams and receive psychic messages.

Some of the best herbs for dreaming include:

   Datura: helps to evoke lucid and vivid dreams

   Mugwort: helps to enhance prophetic dreams

   Anise: believed to keep nightmares away

   Sage: brings healing and peace to your dreams

   Burdock: believed to keep negativity away from you while you dream

   Jasmine: helps to enhance dreams about love and relationships

   Lemongrass: helps to boost the colors in your dreams

   Rose Petals: promotes relaxation and helps open your heart chakra to receiving guidance

   Clary Sage: believed to support astral travel in dreams

   Lavender: helps to calm, soothe anxiety and release tension when entering the dream state, making you more susceptible to psychic guidance

   Mullein: helps protect against nightmares and negative energies while you sleep

Choose whichever combination of herbs feels right to you and place them in a soft cloth, organza, or muslin bag and place it under your pillow or in your pillowcase.

The dreamtime pillows work best when used in conjunction with the tea.

6. Crystals 

Crystals are a great way to help enhance spirit communication, psychic energy, and intuition.

When placed under your pillow, certain crystals can help you recall your dreams better, have more vivid dreams, and help you to receive insightful messages and healing.

These crystals include:

Danburite: Due to its high energetic vibration, danburite can help activate higher dimensions in the spirit world and can allow you to better comprehend and understand your dreams. It can also help you to receive intuitive messages and connect with your Spirit guides and angels. This is a very soothing and comforting crystal which is also great for people who suffer from sleep paralysis and nightmares.

Herkimer Diamonds: Are fantastic for helping to release psychic or intuitive blocks and to enhance clarity. They are great for dream recall and helping to understand your dreams. They also help stimulate vivid dreams and astral travel. Have a loved one who is far away? Placing a Herkimer Diamond under each of your pillows at night is also supposed to help facilitate meeting in the dream state.

Blue Kyanite: helps you to instantly tap into your inner truth and highest voice. It opens you up to receiving Divine communication and better recalling your dreams. It also helps you to receive psychic and intuitive messages and reveals the truth surrounding your situation.

Azurite: helps you to open up to the meaning behind your dreams and activates the third eye chakra. Excellent for enhancing intuition and contacting spirits or angels from the other side. Also helps you open up to your own innate wisdom and higher self.

Dreams are a great way to start receiving psychic messages as your mind is already in a very relaxed and open state. Just set your intention and stay open to the messages as they unfold.

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More Kindness Always

Being fully present in each moment of your life facilitates kindness, as it increases your awareness of the people around you.

In the quest to create a gentler, more loving world, kindness is the easiest tool we can use. Though it is easy to overlook opportunities to be kind, our lives are replete with situations in which we can be helpful, considerate, thoughtful, and friendly to loved ones and associates, as well as strangers. The touching, selfless acts of kindness that have the most profoundly uplifting effects are often the simplest: a word of praise, a gentle touch, a helping hand, a gesture of courtesy, or a smile. Such small kindnesses represent an unconditional, unrestricted form of love that we are free to give or withhold at will. When you give the gift of kindness, whether in the form of assistance, concern, or friendliness, your actions create a beacon of happiness and hope that warms people’s hearts.

The components of kindness are compassion, respect, and generosity. Put simply, kindness is the conscious act of engaging others in a positive way without asking whether those individuals deserve to be treated kindly. All living beings thrive on kindness. A single, sincere compliment can turn a person’s entire world around. Holding a door or thanking someone who has held a door for you can inspire others to practice politeness and make already kind individuals feel good about their efforts. Smiling at people you meet — even those who make you feel like frowning — can turn a dreary encounter into a delightful one, for both of you. Every kind act has a positive influence on the individual who has performed said act as well as on the recipient, regardless of whether the act is acknowledged. Kindness brings about more kindness and slowly but surely takes a positive toll on humanity.

Weaving the thread of kindness into your everyday life can be as easy as choosing to offer a hearty “Good morning” and “Good night” to your coworkers or neighbors, a stranger on the street, or the grocery store clerk. When you commit a kind act, you are momentarily disconnected from your ego and bonded with the individual who has benefited from your kindness. Being fully present in each moment of your life facilitates kindness as it increases your awareness of the people around you. You’ll discover that each act of kindness you engage in makes the world, in some small way, a better place.

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Gilberto Rides Again Chapter 9 

by Stephen Halpert

Gilberto made his way down Washington Street in Boston, past hash houses and bars. The meeting place Smith had chosen was different from any he’d set up in the past. The sushi restaurant was on the Corner near Harrison Avenue. As he went in, he saw tables were pressed together, enthusiastic students cheered the Red Sox on the large screen TV.

Peering through the noisy crowd, he spotted Smith sitting beside an attractive blond perhaps half his age. He waved and Gilberto wended his way back to their booth against the far wall. The light was dim.

“Not your usual choice for lunch,” Gilberto smiled.

Smith nodded. “We’re under cover. He moved his hands toward the large mirrored walls.  “Greater anonymity,” he said. “Meet Kris Rain, my associate since Jones jumped ship with that Cortez woman.” He frowned and cleared his throat.

Kris smiled politely. Her face showed the same intense professionalism he remembered in Jones. She nibbled on a slither of raw salmon.

Gilberto slid into the booth next to Smith. As he looked at Kris, he sensed something sad buried deep within her.

Smith went on. “Kris is recently stateside. She spent the last six years in Afghanistan.”

Gilberto waited to hear more, but nothing more about her was said. Smith opened his satchel and pulled out a thick file. “You may recognize some of the characters in this caper.” He withdrew several black and white photos of Sarah Midgley, each with a different male. “We’ve been interested in Ms. Midgley for quite some time. She seems to be well versed in corporate espionage.”

“Sarah?” His eyes flew open. “What?” he said.

A waiter appeared, handed him a menu.”

“The sushi special platter is to die for,” Kris said. “Dig in ours.”  Then she turned to Smith. “You were right. The two Asians at a front table,” She tilted her head in that direction. “They followed him in.”

Gilberto straightened up. “What?” he repeated. He was taken aback. He wasn’t expecting any secret agent stuff, not today, not on his lunch break. A memory of the ordeal with Karibe flashed through his mind. He sighed and shook  

his head. “Why does everything about you seem like an Alfred Hitchcock movie?”

Smith half smiled but didn’t respond. “Obviously there’s more to this than you know. Best you stay in the dark. The less you know the less you might inadvertently share.”

Gilberto stared at Smith. What was this government agent talking about? Why were there always complications?

To Gilberto, Smith seemed the much the same as he was ten years before, aside from a few flecks of gray in his hair and perhaps an extra ten pounds around his middle. His eyes had the same watchfulness as his new partner, Kris Rain. They both seemed as though they had seen too much.

“We’re not sure who ultimately gives Sarah Midgley her orders. Of course, she might only be engaged in back alley corporate espionage, stock swindles, those sorts of schemes. In which case let sleeping dogs lie. But what concerns us is her travel itinerary. She’s been to Beijing and Moscow too often to be just your average tourist. And once she clears customs she seems to vanish.

Kris stood up and lazily sauntered toward the middle of the packed Sushi bar. She came to a sudden halt at the table occupied by the two Chinese.

“Oh, excuse me,” she said half stumbling against them. Two glasses were knocked from the table. “So clumsy of me. I’m searching for the ladies room.”

Both Chinese jumped to their feet, glared at her, but refrained from any other action.

Kris brushed off her skirt, turned and moved away from their table.

Gilberto saw Smith’s face tighten. He opened his jacket. Gilberto wondered if he was getting ready to access his shoulder holster. Then he sat back again and relaxed.

“So, you think Sara’s more than she appears?” Gilberto’s voice was dry. “Why are you telling me all this?”

“As of now the lady’s sweet on you,” Smith said.

Gilberto seemed confused. “How do you know that?”

“My guess is that she well might be wanting to recruit you to participate in one of her schemes.”

Gilberto frowned. “She’s not my type. Besides I’m happily married.”

“Exactly,” Smith said dryly. “That in itself makes you just her type. If she can wrestle you into her arms, she can utilize you by compromising your integrity. Let’s start with blackmail. It’s not uncommon.”

Kris returned to the table, slid into the booth, and surreptitiously handed a   

small flat cell phone to Smith. “Here’s the taller one’s phone. He’ll be missing it soon.”

Gilberto saw that the two Asians were gone.

“You blew their cover. Watch your back.,” Smith said. He looked at Gilberto. “Messenger boys. As I suspected, someone’s keeping tabs on you.”

Gilberto turned to Smith. What exactly do you want me to do?”

“Flattery will get you everywhere,” Smith said. “Let her draw you in.”

Gilberto frowned. “Mind telling me why?”

“National security,” Smith said. “She’s been in the middle of too many exploding situations. Do you recall as a kid reading the comic strip Terry and the Pirates? Remember the character, Dragon Lady?”

“I guess,” Gilberto said. “But wasn’t she hard and slinky with very intense eyes? Oh yes, and as I remember she could handle a knife.”

“Add a few pounds,” Smith said. “Don’t let Sarah’s matronly façade fool you. This woman’s been around the block more than one might suspect. She has an agenda and we’d like to know more about what she’s got in mind.”

“I brushed her off coming back from the Atlas picnic. I hope I made it obvious I wasn’t interested,” Gilberto said.

Kris grinned. “That puts more spice in the cabbage,” she drawled. She touched Gilberto’s shoulder. “You have that he man appeal, oh mild mannered executive.”

Gilberto grinned. He looked at Smith. “She’s a lot more fetching than Jones.”

Smith nodded. “And twice as deadly.”

Kris blushed. “Oh, I wouldn’t go that far.”

“I would,” Smith said. He turned to Gilberto. “The plot thickens. Just be careful.”

(To be continued) 

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Kitty’s Korner

Truth About Catnip

Catnip’s Effects Catnip: Toys and Training

Catnip, catmint, catwort, field balm — it doesn’t matter what you call it. Lions, tigers, panthers, and your common domestic tabby just can’t seem to get enough of this fragrant herb.

Originally from Europe and Asia, minty, lemony, potent catnip — Nepeta cataria — has long been associated with cats. Even its Latin-derived cataria means “of a cat.” And research shows that cats big and small adore this weedy, invasive member of the mint family. But why do they like catnip so much? Is it safe? And what does it mean if your cat doesn’t like it?

Catnip’s Effects

It’s genetics that determines whether your feline friend falls for this cousin to basil and oregano. About one cat in two inherits a sensitivity to the herb. But you won’t know if your kitten is one of them until sometime between ages 3 and 6 months.

Catnip’s allure is in its volatile oil, specifically one chemical in that oil — nepetalactone. Found in catnip’s leaves, stems, and seeds, it only takes one or two sniffs of that wondrous oil before susceptible felines are licking, chewing, and rolling head-over-tail in kitty bliss.

Though intense, that bliss is usually short-lived, lasting about 10 minutes for most cats. For some, the euphoria translates into aggressive playfulness. At the same time, it makes others mellow and calm. But no matter what reaction your cat has, once the pleasure passes it’ll be about two hours before kitty responds to catnip again.

Catnip: Toys and Training

Because cats do respond to catnip again and again, the herb can be a powerful training aid.

Want to keep kitty from clawing furniture? Rub a scratching post with catnip to make it more appealing. Bought a new cat bed? Sprinkle a little of the herb on kitty’s cushion to make it more attractive to your feline friend.

You can also provide enrichment for an indoor kitty by creating catnip toys. Sprinkle a bit of the herb into an old sock, then knot the top. Or put a big pinch of catnip in a small paper bag and crush the bag into a tight ball.

The intensity of kitty’s response to toys and training will be affected by the type of catnip you use. While most cats enjoy the herb dried or fresh, they’re usually less interested in catnip sprays, which generally don’t contain enough nepetalactone to appeal to most felines.

Fortunately for kitty, catnip — which is non-addictive and safe to eat — is easy to grow in a sunny window. You can even go so far as to create your own kitty garden with one pot of catnip and one of wheat, oat, rye, or barley grass. Not only will kitty enjoy both, but having its own house plants may keep kitty out of yours. If you plant catnip directly in the garden, remember that, like most mints, it’s a vigorous, sometimes invasive, grower.

Catnip’s potency doesn’t last forever; the essential oils quickly dissipate. So if you buy dried catnip for your feline friend, store what you don’t use in the freezer.

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Georgia Nicols Weekly Horoscope: Sunday, Sunday, July 11, 2021

All Signs

We’ve had challenging times. (I had a toothache with a hangover.) But this week looks promising! It starts with Mercury dancing with lucky Jupiter. (Mercury is about how we talk, think and communicate. It also dictates our daily habits.) So, this week begins with optimism and hoping for the best! Then Venus lines up with Mars, which is another way of saying, “it’s more of a good thing!” Following that, the Sun nods at Neptune, which encourages feelings of sympathy and romance. Admittedly, late Saturday, power struggles are possible. Well, nothing’s perfect. Of course, we can appeal to trendy wisdom: “Perfection…. is to live each day as if it were your last.” Actually, that’s not so trendy; that quote was by Marcus Aurelius.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

This is a positive week! Your focus on home and family is strong. Expect enthusiastic family discussions about plans for the future or major repairs or changes to your home. These discussions might include social plans for the future – a reunion perhaps. Interaction with a parent is still strong. This is a very playful, fun-loving week for you! Sports, social outings, fun activities with children and romance will be on the menu. You might also have a heart-to-heart talk with someone in your family, perhaps a parent or someone older. If so, it will be mutually sympathetic and mutually beneficial. It’s all good.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Because you’re in a positive frame of mind this week, you will have a positive week. It’s that simple because your attitude about anything will affect your experience. You’re making big plans and you’re excited about something. Spontaneous short trips are likely. There’s also a lot going on at home. Expect to entertain at home and be involved with family occasions. Nevertheless, increased chaos and activity at home will create some pandemonium. Fortunately, with your positive frame of mind – you’re on it. Later in the week, day dreams and fantasies will appeal. You might also have a heart-to-heart talk with someone. It’s good to do this because we all need deeper connections with someone from time to time.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Money, cash flow and earnings continue your priority. This week, you have moneymaking ideas! You also have big plans connected with cash flow. This could mean a financial outlay in your business or it might mean a major expenditure. You might also talk to a group of important people and in turn, this could affect your earnings? Some of you are busy taking care of or repairing something that you own. Meanwhile this is a fast-paced, upbeat, optimistic week for you. Your relations with others will be smooth and friendly; nevertheless, you will be aggressive in going after what you want. You won’t mince words.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

A lively week for you! The Sun is still in your sign boosting your energy and attracting opportunities and people to you. Meanwhile, at the beginning of the week, Mercury is 

in your sign dancing with lucky Jupiter. This pumps your enthusiasm and makes you want to endorse big ideas, perhaps related to travel, publishing, the media or something to do with medicine and the law. You’ve got plans! Meanwhile, fair Venus and Mars are lined up in your Money House. Venus will attract money to you and encourage buying beautiful things; while Mars will make you use something you own to get stuff done. Guard against impulse purchases to boost your ego. (Save your money.)

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

You are still taking a backseat to everything around you because the Sun is hiding in your chart, waiting to make its dramatic entrance when your birthday arrives. Until then, be happy playing things low-key. You’ll be excited about some kind of study or research this week that will yield happy results that please you. This is also a great week to buy wardrobe items for yourself. With Venus in your sign, you will love socializing with others and you’ll be oh so charming. Fortunately, fiery Mars will boost your energy and give you the juice to get things done. As your birthday approaches, you’re making plans in a number of different areas. (You like to organize the efforts of others.)

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Your popularity continues to soar! Everyone wants to see your face, especially younger people. The beginning of this week is a wonderful time to make plans and set future goals. You like to do this because you are a natural list maker. (Lists are so satisfying because they give you the illusion that you’re doing something. I love them.) You might organize a social gathering of people this week. Meanwhile, personally, the probabilities of a secret love affair or at least a flirtation are very high. Some of you are definitely doing something that could be juicy diary fodder – but who has the time? Enjoy a friendly week with others.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

This is a powerful week because the Sun is still at the top of your chart casting you in a flattering spotlight, which means others admire you. Since the Sun is at the top of your chart only once a year (for four weeks), make the most of this fabulous advantage! Go after what you want! A discussion with a boss, parent or teacher will make you happy because it will include exciting. big plans. These could be plans about business or commercial activities or plans for the future. Meanwhile, as one of the most social signs in the zodiac, you’ll will be glad to hear it’s a great week to schmooze and enjoy the company of artistic, creative types. You might be in a competition? Perhaps sports? A fun week ahead!

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

You are restless for adventure right now. You need a change of scenery and you’re eager to travel. Basically, you want to do something different so that you feel stimulated and turned on! You will particularly enjoy meeting people who are different and unusual – perhaps younger. This week you might make big travel plans or you might make ambitious plans connected with the law, medicine and higher education, or something to do with publishing and the media. You will be further encouraged to explore these ideas because relations with parents and bosses are excellent now due to the fact that Venus will smooth the way for all discussions. Meanwhile, you’re ambitious and ready to act! Go, go, go! Fire in the hole!

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Most of you are totally absorbed with dealing with shared property, taxes, debt and the wealth of someone else. You might be busy with financial transactions, inheritances and red-tape details. One thing is certain: discussions about these areas will go well this week, especially on Monday. Meanwhile, as the traveller of the zodiac, you’re keen to make travel plans, which you will do because both Venus and Mars want you to get outta Dodge. Venus encourages travel for pleasure as well as romance with someone “different.” Mars will make you act on these desires. Take care of your planning first – then do what you can to blow this pop stand. Bon voyage!

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Partnerships and close friendships continue to be a big focus for you because the Sun is still opposite your sign this week. This happens only once a year for four weeks; when it does, it gives you the best opportunity in the year to rethink and rework the details of your closest relationships. For starters, you will have more objectivity to see your own role in these relationships. That could be illuminating. On Monday, an important discussion with someone will be upbeat and perhaps ambitious in its scope. We’re talking big ideas! Major change! Meanwhile, keep your pockets open because you can benefit from the wealth of someone this week. Not only that, romance will be hot and sexy!

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

You continue to be in work mode, which is a good thing because you want to accomplish a lot right now. You’re enthused about your job or any project that you’re doing, which is why discussions with others at the beginning of the week are ambitious and exciting. Discussions about business and commercial activities will go well, especially Monday. This is a good time to sign contracts. Your mind is very sharp and quick to see the big picture. You will also be open to new ideas. Fortunately, Venus opposite your sign promotes good relations with others, which is what you need because Mars opposite your sign can promote tension with partners and close friends. As I said in All Signs above – nothing is perfect.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

It continues to be play city for your sign! Lucky you! Accept all invitations to party. Enjoy sports events, social outings, playful activities with kids, little or big vacations as well as chances to express your creative talents. Romance will flourish! At the beginning of this week, you might be excited about big vacation plans or plans related to a major social event or something to do with your kids. These big ideas or discussions might also relate to something in the entertainment field. Meanwhile, things are going very well at work for you because Mars gives you the energy to be doggedly persevering, while Venus promotes relations with coworkers. A lovely week!

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Weekly Horoscopes beginning Sunday, 11 July 2021

If you’re born within a cusp period (16 to 26 of any month); you’re advised to read horoscopes of both signs covered by that period. You’re on 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:

Life’s about action. Often that’s because of events or, possibly, others’ decisions regarding far-reaching changes. While you thrive on this swift pace, certain individuals are anxious. Despite that, you’re urged to focus on what’s arisen and on entirely unexpected ideas or offers. The trick is to show interest but avoid committing until circumstances and, as much, your priorities and others’ understanding are clearer, probably next week.

You’re tempted to give in to a relative’s pleas even though this will be an inconvenience. They will remind you of all they have done for you but they seem to forget you’ve already done them many a favour or two in the past. If you give in to them now, it will be doubly difficult to stand up for yourself in the future. A sudden inspiration will prompt you to start work on a creative project you’ve put off for months.

By next Saturday, the silvery crescent Moon will be visible and you too should feel as though you’ve reached a new beginning. The accent is very much on home and domestic circumstances. Ensuring that these support your career aims and that there is healthy work life balance looks to be extra important. It may be that you feel the need to point this out to colleagues too. What looks particularly interesting is that over Thursday and Friday, conversation seems to revolve around presentation and internet projects. In both cases it seems you have strong opinions – developed in recent weeks – and which have made you acutely aware of the power of both colour and advertising.

Taurus

Personal theme: I have!!

Earth & fixed sign: April 20 — May 20

Your horoscope for this week:

True, changes are thrilling. However, they’re relentless and will continue until the end of the month. This gives you little opportunity to pause and review your progress or decide what’s next. The solution? For now, take a philosophical approach; live one day at a time. Regard both short term plans and equally far-reaching decisions as an experiment. While challenging initially, you’ll soon be more relaxed than for ages.

Keeping worries, anxieties and negative thoughts inside is making you even more tense and anxious. Start opening up to others. Confiding in someone you can trust is one way to pull yourself out of the mire. Talk to a close friend and you will feel the difference. An established relationship might begin on a new phase. You could find yourself thrust in a position of authority when a person in charge is unavoidably delayed. You are more than capable of handling these extra responsibilities.

Your ruling planet, Venus, aligns with Mars at the very base of your solar chart this week. This last occurred in 2015. The cosmos doesn’t do exact repeats, but you may be reminded of a desire to feel warmer and more secure. That may have worked at many different levels: from changing a heating supplier to increasing an insurance package. The backdrop offered by the outer planets is now different – leaving you acutely aware of climate change and how this is altering business practices. It’s not inconceivable that over Thursday and Friday that you will be asked to make comment and to advise – most likely on issues around conserving water or some other fluid (ink toner?)!

Gemini

Personal theme: I think!!

Air sign: May 21 — June 20

Your horoscope for this week:

Thrilling as the changes you’ve already made are, and promising as the ideas you’re discussing may be, plans aren’t coming together. Actually, that’s a relief. What arises is so varied that you’ll need time both learn about and explore these, and where they’re taking take you. What comes to light isn’t just exciting, you’re discovering a new world of options, many beyond anything you’d previously imagined possible.

After a close friend lets you down badly, you’re more determined than ever to make sure no one takes advantage of you. Causing waves in relationships isn’t something you will do with joy but if that’s what it takes to stand up for yourself, that’s what you will do. Your aim will be to keep your feelings private and because your feelings run deeply, this will take a lot of willpower. You aren’t entirely sure about a work opportunity. Take time to think about it.

It would be understandable if you began the week anxious about both financial support and energy levels. Difficult conversations might need to take place; most likely concerning transport and communications. Whilst plans may have been in preparation for some time, you could still feel overwhelmed by how much there is to do and how much has yet to be pruned before you can really move on. As a result, Thursday and Friday could be super busy. The process of relieving yourself of items no longer of use should leave you feeling as though you’re shedding skin but leaving you, by the first Quarter Moon next Saturday, accepting that you now have space and time to develop a research and development project that’s been developing in the back of your mind for months.

Cancer

Personal theme: I feel!!

Water & cardinal sign: June 21 — July 22

Your horoscope for this week:

The Cancer New Moon, on 10 July, is important. So much, you’ll have spotted its influence days before and, equally, for a week afterwards. While the changes it triggers may be clear, their benefits won’t be, at least immediately; and that’s the secret to dealing with this wonderful but sometimes unsettling period. Regard it as an adventure, one during which each day offers yet more valuable insights.

Take the chance to get to know someone you see most days but you haven’t really talked to. You could find yourself working behind the scenes together and this seems to be the ideal opportunity to increase your interactions. If you are single and recently you’ve been playing hard to get, be ready to change tactics. Teamwork and group activities are the best way to get things done. Someone who is helpful, kind and fun to be with is sure to add a dash of spice to your days.

Mercury is now moving through your sign: the implications being that you will have no difficulty in finding your voice and making clear your thoughts, whilst at the same time being acutely aware of sensitivity and boundaries. You may recognise ahead of others that revised plans will appear threatening to those affected. Issues around efficiency and organisational skills might need to be addressed. A strong possibility is that Aries, Leo or Sagittarius colleagues will require extra support. It may be that they don’t realise the image they’re putting across. In pursuing dialogue with them however, you might also accept that your own image could do with attention. Whether this is through Instagram, Facebook or other social media account, how you present, even your signature style would surely benefit from attention. Given the strong possibility that someone has already been assessing your work and has plans to work with you, giving attention to these areas could be a shrewd move.

Leo

Personal theme: I will!!

Fire & fixed sign: July 23 — August 22

Your horoscope for this week:

Tempting as it is to plunge into the intriguing ideas or offers coming your way, they’re just a taste of potentially worthwhile arrangements yet to come. Being a Leo and fire sign, while the resulting slow pace may irritate you, it’s wise. Within days you’ll realise how much circumstances and your priorities are shifting. First, discuss your options. The more you learn now, the wiser your decisions will be.

Being willing to put effort into your goals is what will ultimately make you successful. It really doesn’t matter what other people say. If you are serious about your aims, you will find a way to achieve and you will do this with or without the support of your family and friends. You’re thinking about returning to something you gave up a while ago. The time is right now to give it another go and you sense this too.

Venus and Mars align in your sign on Tuesday. The last time this happened was in 2015 and before that in 1989. It’s not so much what happens on the day itself, but the vibration around you that appears to alter at these conjunctions and then lead you into different and exciting working partnerships. The cosmos never does exact repeats, but it’s likely that 2021 will eventually stand out as being a year when you made important connections. As you might expect, with Mars moving through your sign, others could find you pushy and demanding. In fact, you may simply be exercising desires whose roots go back some weeks. You may have a sense that unless you achieve or realise some of these before the end of July, an opportunity will be lost. So, it’s probable you be drawn to those with vision and who, like you presently, want to create a new world.

Virgo

Personal theme: I analyse!!

Earth sign: August 23 — September 22

Your horoscope for this week:

You’ve a talent for adjusting to changes. Yet recent events and what arises over the coming weeks will move so swiftly even you could be confused. The secret? For now, forget about analysis. Take things as they come. While this requires discipline, it gives you time to observe developments and explore, possibly venturing into new territory. Rarely was there a better time to do exactly that.

If someone made you a promise don’t listen to their excuses as why they suddenly cannot keep it. No matter what others do to you, demand they honour all contacts and agreements made. Preparations continue for a big event that’s being planned for the future. The chance to make some money out of a hobby or some other interest shouldn’t be overlooked. Even if this is not a regular source of income, it will still be satisfying earning money from doing something you love.

As we know, yours is a sign given over to sometimes very obvious anxiety. Your preference is always to have things running efficiently smoothly, and creatively. You have a particular gift from multitasking and can have different parts of your brain operating at different paces all at the same time. This of course makes you a valuable member of any team who may view you as the ideal and most competent service provider. You will however need to take care especially this week, that you don’t take on more than is necessary and give yourself too many things to fret about. With others determined to pursue more polished presentation styles, and focused on making up for lost time, it’s entirely possible that they’ll overlook practicalities. It would be understandable if, by Thursday, you felt entirely swamped and may be important to make good connection – most likely with a Capricorn who refuses to get hot and bothered and who understands your anxiety.

Libra

Personal theme: I balance!!

Air & cardinal sign: September 23 — October 22

Your horoscope for this week:

Although they may not seem so, the unexpected and, often, unsettling changes you’re facing are in your best interests. What’s more, acknowledging that lightens the pressure you’re feeling. While, obviously, plans are essential, with so much in transition, the secret it to regard them as tentative, if not an experiment. For now, the more you explore, the better. Decisions? They can wait until you’re well into August.

A colleague will be quick to point out your mistakes. Their words will upset you and you might feel they are being overly critical. If you need advice, you would be better off consulting a more sensitive adviser. Do your best to avoid argumentative and discordant situations as rows will affect your health in negative ways. Getting involved with a community or charitable project will take your mind off problems that are plaguing you.

The alignment of your ruling planet Venus, with Mars in the networking zone of your solar chart suggests that this week you’ll want to expand your social boundaries. This isn’t so much about reviving old connections, but rather about reaching out into fresh areas. An Aries, Leo, or Sagittarius colleague may be involved. It could seem that most people are ‘high on speed’; certainly, the pace looks to be quickening. The difficulty is that so much could be overlooked. Yours is the sign of balance and those scales can so easily be tipped leaving you overwhelmed and unfocused. It might help to think of these few days as offering a massive cosmic download where you don’t want to interrupt the flow, but need to remember the key passwords chosen along the way. Maintaining careful pace seems imperative.

Scorpio & Ophiuchus

Personal theme: I desire!!

Water & fixed signs: October 23 — November 21

Your horoscope for this week:

Currently you’re facing a range of situations as intriguing as, often, they are puzzling. While ordinarily you’d wait, watch and learn from them, certain matters are moving swiftly. This could mean committing to extensive changes while short of facts. Still, explore these in depth. At minimum, you’ll learn something. However, you’re likely to warm to even unfamiliar arrangements. Doubts? Remember, you’re only considering your options, not committing.

Don’t give up if you’re struggling to accomplish something alone. Instead try teaming up with like-minded people or think about turning this challenge into a community exercise. You will accomplish more through joining forces with others than you would on your own. Besides, being a part of a team will bring more meaning to your life. Are you job hunting? A good move would be to put together a list of contacts who might help you progress your career.

Not since 2015 have Venus and Mars (your ruling planet), aligned in a major career zone of your solar chart. Obviously, this conjunction affects all signs, but some will tune in more than others. It seems likely that you’ll feel propelled to follow a dream and yes, might be seen by some people as being fixated. This could affect all areas of life and there will likely be impact in romantic relationships. It’s probable though, that your entrepreneurial spirit will surface, that your creativity will be acknowledged, and that a group will reach out and ask you to join their team. It may be that you’ve had dealings with this group in the past. Whilst on the one hand it might seem a feel as though you’re taking a step back, your particular expertise may be so much more appreciated this time.

Sagittarius

Personal theme: I see!!

Fire sign: November 22 — December 21

Your horoscope for this week:

Although the planetary setup indicates your plans will be successful in the long run, things are unlikely to go smoothly. So, tempting as it is to speed up the pace, instead busy yourself with tasks elsewhere. This prevents you interfering in arrangements developing in the background; and, in the meantime? Get in touch with anybody you’ve neglected, some for-a while. Each encounter will be unexpectedly significant.

The help you need is close by. Friends and workmates who are skilled and experienced are willing to help you. Be sure to make good use of this wonderful opportunity while you can. Someone will make it clear how attractive they find you. It will be a big temptation to respond to their advances. If you already have a partner, do you really want to jeopardise this relationship? A few moments of passion is no substitute for a loving, supportive partnership.

Obviously, all signs will be affected by the conjunction of Venus and Mars in another of the Fire signs on Tuesday. The last time they met in this area of the zodiac area was in 2015. The cosmos never does exact repeats, but it is possible that work – and particularly educational – contacts made back then, will be revived. That said, this might not be the happiest of experiences. You may find that just too much has changed. Others might need to work hard to persuade you of new directions. It’s been acknowledged that Sagittarians have a tendency to need to be seen as having been ‘right’. On this occasion, you may need to accept that others were doing the best they could under the circumstances. They may not have been the best people for the job, but at least they tried. Now, it may be up to you to get up to speed with new systems – a challenge that could take the rest of this month and next.

Capricorn

Personal theme: I use!!

Earth & cardinal sign: December 22 — January 19

Your horoscope for this week:

During July’s first half, you’ve reviewed and, often, substantially altered crucial arrangements. While that seemed sufficient then, you’re making yet more changes. This is due to discoveries but, also, unexpected shifts in circumstances. Because these continue, regard both existing arrangements and future plans as an experiment, and even sudden developments as a delightful surprise. That way, instead of worrying, you’ll regard what arises as the adventure it is.

A heart to heart will encourage you to say things you’ve been thinking recently but haven’t had the courage to admit. Your loved ones will be more forthcoming now that you are showing a willingness to handle uncomfortable personal truths. You know that it is time to stop avoiding the inevitable. With their support, you will find it easier to get a hold of your emotions. Meeting up with a friend will bring a surprise when they make a significant announcement.

There is little doubt, that when Capricorns identify a thirst for knowledge, you pursue it until you have it. The intensity with which you approach this acquisition could astonish a few people mid-week. Yet perhaps you sense that unless retraining and rebranding is at least considered, that a project will not advance. You may have a personal deadline of this month to clear certain items from your desk and indeed from the agenda of (until now) regular meetings. Meanwhile, you may be in awe of someone close whose career path is now clear, but who is overwhelmed by the administration involved. Here you could have very definite impact. In fact, with your guidance and support, progress could be fast and bring benefits both at home and at work.

Aquarius

Personal theme: I know!!

Air & fixed sign: January 20 — February 18

Your horoscope for this week:

As you begin the week, you’re still juggling the shakeups, mostly welcome, currently altering your thinking and your life. However, trust instincts that say to regard whatever you organise as tentative. This week’s twists and turns are the beginning of a cycle of unsettling yet, ultimately, timely change. Knowing that, regard any plans, your own or involving others, as more of an experiment than anything lasting.

Be honest about your aims and intentions. Beating about the bush will irritate someone who is trying to help you. You regularly give your time to others and will often be the first to help those in need. That’s why you shouldn’t hesitate to ask when you could do with some help. If you’re ready to drop some responsibilities, let people know it. Don’t feel guilty for wanting to make pleasure a bigger part of your life.

The last time that Venus and Mars aligned in your opposite sign was in 2015. Their alignment this Tuesday is on a different degree, – but still in the sign of Leo. This combination is usually talked about in terms of romance. Yet it also works at the business, and other type of partnership, level. A conjunction is, of course, just the beginning of a cycle. It will be some months before a partnership formed this week develops. That said, this week you should be full of the idealism and excited by the potential value of uniting. Of course, it’s important that practicalities aren’t overlooked. A heart-to-heart conversation about your respective responsibilities would be wise. It might also be that yet again, a schedule has to be adjusted. Building in flexibility is essential and not impossible but require that in the first instance you agree to be relieved of one pressure that has been too much for too long.

Pisces

Personal theme: I believe!!

Water sign: February 19 — March 20

Your horoscope for this week:

The fresh perspective triggered by the New Moon, on Friday the 10th, may inspire discussion; but clarifying the actual issues, then finding ways to handle each, will occupy you well into July’s second half. While this will require patience, the insights you gain one day, give you the confidence to continue the process of discussion, exploration and discovery that are central as this amazing week unfolds.

A close friend or partner is a tower of strength as they get involved in important arrangements you are making. Although you’re kept busy most of the time, there’s a cheerful and optimistic spirit in the air. Your positive and flexible approach to a group challenge will put you on the path to abundance. Someone who admires your versatility will offer you a job. Working for a large organisation will be more rewarding than expected.

This could prove yet another week of high drama. If working with those born under the Fixed signs of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio or Aquarius, be prepared for fireworks. The alignment of Venus and Mars in Leo mirrors a similar conjunction that took place in 2015. The cosmos doesn’t do exact repeats, but it’s likely that issues that were first raised then will need to be addressed once more. It may be that at least one person is resistant to adopting new working practices. It is imperative however that they do. Only those businesses which accept that old ways of working are no longer productive will survive the pressures of the next couple of years and it is imperative to think forward. In your case, that might also include at least planning a move or making serious alteration to both your home and working environment. 

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GrannyMoons Weekly Feast: 4 July 2021

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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!

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Herb of the Year for 2021: Parsley (Petroselinum crispum, named by the International Herb Association.

Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10

Celtic Tree Calendar: Duir – Oak Moon: June 10 -July 7 ~ The mighty Oak is strong, powerful, and typically towering over all of its neighbors. The Oak King rules over the summer months, and this tree was sacred to the Druids.

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July Birth Flowers: Delphinium (Larkspur) and Water Lily – Given as a birth flower for July, the larkspur signifies love and joy. The water lily is full of symbolic significance in many cultures. It is particularly associated with rebirth and enlightenment.

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THE CURRENT MOON PHASE: WANING MOON 

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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BHC Newsletter Reta

July 5, 2021 – July 11, 2021

Whereas last week we only had two aspects to work with. This week we have four aspects, a New Moon in Cancer and a sign change.

The brightest spot of the week happens on Monday when the Sun in Cancer sextiles Uranus. This aspect makes you curious, and you may find that you are interested in new things. It’s a powerful time to make productive changes to create a better future because Saturn’s restrictions don’t influence the Sun. Use this time to connect with people you find interesting and exciting, but don’t get too crazy.

Tuesday through Friday are going to be brutal as Venus tangles with Saturn and Uranus. Relationships may be problematic, and if you feel stifled or distanced from your significant other, there may be an urge to break free. Be careful if you encounter the devil with the blue dress (or suit) on.

Finally, this weekend, Mercury moves out of Gemini and into Cancer. Your feelings will need to be expressed, and you will understand the needs of others. Creative spontaneity may also occur with  Mercury in the sign of the crab.

Recommended Candles: Fire/Energy and Will, Soul Mate, Heart, Emotional Balance, and New Moon Astro Magic.

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5 Magical Ways to Use Cancer Season to Your Benefit

As we enter the month of July, we find ourselves swimming in the healing waters of the sign of Cancer. Cancer is known for its nurturing qualities and is the sign associated with mothers and motherhood. While we are in the sign of the crab, our focus will be on self-care, caring for our families, familial and tribal bonds, and comfort and security.

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Llewellyn’s Spell A Day

Happy Independence Day

JULY 04, 2021 BY NAJAH LIGHTFOOT

Today is Independence Day in the United States. Children are out of school, many people are on vacation, and baseball season is in full swing.

For this spell you will need:

* 3 chime (four-inch) candles: red, white, and blue

* Some Florida Water, which is readily available in botanicas and spiritual supply stores

* Olive oil

* 3 fireproof candleholders

Cleanse your candles with Florida Water, then anoint them with olive oil. Place them in their holders.

Light the red candle for veterans who suffer from PTSD and for whom fireworks can be extremely triggering.

Light the white candle for any independence you have achieved from things that no longer serve you.

Light the blue candle for fur babies, especially dogs who get scared of the sound of fireworks.

Allow your candles to safely burn down, or you can snuff them out and repeat this spell next year.

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Origami Divination

JULY 03, 2021 BY ESTHA MCNEVIN

Try your luck today with this spell to boost memory and focus on spiritual issues. Choose a paper folding design that is simple and fun, like the frog. On twelve pieces of paper, write random answers like “most likely,” “perhaps not,” and so on. Couple these with a quote from a spiritual text to employ humor, irony, and enlightenment all in one meme-worthy little note, such as “Never fry bacon in the nude,” or something more serious like “Truth is mighty and shall prevail.”

Then fold each piece of paper into the designated shape and spend the day distributing them to random people by chance or happenstance. Finding small ways to serve as a sounding board and inspiration for others will help any witch feel more closely connected to the thoughts and feelings of those around them. Random divination employs chaos and whimsy as well as our deep inner wisdom. Sharing your gifts will bring you a deep sense of joy and purpose.

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A Spell to Spice Up Your Sex Life

JULY 02, 2021 BY DEVIN HUNTER

Both Mars and Venus (who are famous in astrology for representing romantic/sexual relationships) are in Leo right now. The bad news is that you and your partner(s) might be more needy at this time. The good news is that you are bound to have some hot lovin’ over the next few weeks. Be kind and direct and don’t let things fester; face them instead and then get sensual about it. Cast this spell to add a little spice to the bedroom, literally.

Take two cinnamon sticks and tie them together in the shape of an X with red ribbon. Tie three knots on each leg with the ribbon. Chant the following until you have finished each knot:

Spice it up and let’s get wild.

Turn it up to hot from mild!

Place the amulet under your bed and invite your partner(s) to have some adult time.

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Small but Mighty

JULY 01, 2021 BY NAJAH LIGHTFOOT

Sometimes I’m mesmerized by the magnificence of a morning sunrise or the vibrant colors of an evening sunset. Then there are the exceptional moments when I’m transfixed, catapulted into worlds I didn’t know existed, simply by gazing at a single drop of water lingering on the end of one of my plants.

Today may you find magick in the small, tiny, and undeniably spectacular things that cross your path. Take time to pick up something small or tiny, perhaps a rock, a stone, a button, or even a thimble, and gaze into the magnificent worlds only your inner eye and imagination can see.

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Attuning to Fire

JUNE 30, 2021 BY THORN MOONEY

Now that we’ve passed the summer solstice, the days are gradually growing shorter. Although the heat and relaxed pace of the season may lull us into thinking that the days go on forever, from here on out we will lose a few minutes of daylight every day. In many Western magical systems, summer is associated with the element of fire. To make the most of these days while they are still long and warm, attune to the element of fire.

Sit before a lit candle, a campfire, or any other flame you can access comfortably. Gaze at it and relax, allowing yourself to feel its heat. Know that this elemental flame is part of you and say:

Powers of fire, lend me your gifts

of passion, spontaneity, and the

knowledge of my own True Will.

Be with me this day. So mote it be.

Safely extinguish the flame.

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Name Your Residence

JUNE 29, 2021 BY EMYME

It is the custom in many countries to name their homes and properties. Some names are amusing (“Upson Downs”), some are geographic (“Riverside Manor”), and some are charming (“Rose Cottage”). Information about the residents may be in a name, like “La Maison des Belles Femmes,” which means the house of beautiful women.

Whether you share the name of your residence with the world in the shape of a plaque or signpost or keep it private for the family only, it is a fun idea to brainstorm a name for the place where you lay your head at night. Also, benevolent home spirits, (fairies, pixies, brownies, etc.) love and appreciate a named home and will keep their mischievous counterparts at bay. Invoke them:

This house, this home, the place

I where lay my head at night, be

blessed with this name, (name of

home), for all to see or in my private

heart. May the humans and spirits

dwelling within be happy and healthy

and know they are cherished.

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Make Friends with Moonstone

JUNE 28, 2021 BY DEBORAH BLAKE

June is one of only two months that has three different birthstones associated with it. One of these is moonstone, which is a favorite gemstone of Witches. No matter which month you were born in, now is a good time to become better acquainted with this beautiful opalescent form of feldspar. Moonstone is most commonly seen in its white hue, from which is gets its association with the moon, although it can also come in a coral pink, blue, or even rainbow color. Because it is white and seems to glow, moonstone has long been linked both to the moon and to goddesses, especially lunar deities such as Diana, Isis, and Selene, among others.

Take a piece of moonstone and hold it in your hands. Close your eyes and feel its energy, then offer it up to the goddess to bless:

Goddess, bless this stone

Dedicated to the moon and to you

And to all positive magical work.

So mote it be.

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Meditation for Summer Energy

So many of us are still in the process of recovering from the traumatic experiences that the last year and a half have brought.  Here is a simple meditation that you can do to bring back the sun, working with the three currents, part of the standard magical practice in the Ancient Order of Druids in America (AODA).

Stand in the sun when it is shining brightly. If you can take off your shoes and stand on the bare earth, even better.  Imagine a ray of golden sunlight descending from the sun and flowing down into you, filling your body with golden light.  

Focus on this image as long as you want.  As this golden ray descends, it fills you with energy, strengthening you, and empowering you.  Sit with this for a moment.  Now turn your attention to your feet and the earth below them.  

Envision a green-gold ray of light flowing from the depths of the earth and up through your feet, legs, torso, arms and into your head.  Feel the energy of the earth supporting you, nurturing you, and providing you grounding and stability.  

Envision the two energies swirling together in your solar plexus and see the spark of Nywfre, the spark of life and vitality, the inspiration and life force within all things.  

This spark will carry with you and encourage you to fill your life with creativity, inspiration, and joy.

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Heartwings Love Notes 989 Celebrations are important

“Heartwings says, “Marking special days with celebration brings joy to the heart.”

When I was small, I looked forward to the holidays with great anticipation. Our family celebrations were special and usually involved meals with my grandmother or my great Alice in their special, lovely homes. Later on, I enjoyed helping my children celebrate the holidays and we evolved our own rituals. In addition, we celebrated achievements and goals so they were well noted and memorable. I have always felt celebrations were a necessary part of a happy life. 

Now the USA is celebrating its birthday, and in addition, Stephen and I are doing the same for both his birthday on the 3rd and our wedding anniversary of 41 years on the 5th. We planned it that way when we got married. At the time that we had our large home and Inner Peace Center, we used to invite friends and acquaintances for three days of Peace and Love. There were tents on the lawn where people who came from a distance camped out. The swimming pool was very popular, as was the hot tub, which had to be emptied and scrubbed once the party was over. My spiral garden was also much enjoyed.

At the present, our days and our lifestyle are quieter. We live in a small apartment that’s not really conducive to entertaining. This year a dear friend has kindly offered her home and lawn for a birthday party for Stephen’s celebration, although it certainly won’t last for three days! Some of the faces of those present will be the same ones we have seen over the years. Others, however, will be more recently part of our lives. During the time we have spent together, we have been fortunate in meeting many kind, friendly, like-minded souls with whom to celebrate and to share ourselves and our lives.

Stephen and I will spend our anniversary together going out for a meal for a joyous acknowledgment of our forty-one years together. Where has the time gone? The years seem short by comparison with the days. This makes it even more important to celebrate the special milestones when we move past them. Stephen is entering a new decade. He will be eighty. For a while, it seemed to him to be a difficult hurdle. Now he is looking forward to the day and whatever the new decade will bring.

When the days of celebration have passed and only the memories remain, the way we have highlighted them frame them with a special glow. The happy faces alight with smiles as they sing Happy Birthday will remain in my memory, blending with the gladness I feel to be part of this day. We all need these to mark pauses in the normal flow of everyday life. Most especially, the child that lives always within us rejoices at the opportunity to have fun on those special days when we celebrate together.

May your celebrations be hearty and filled with joy and love.

Blessings and best regards, Tasha Halpert

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Village of Little People Tribe?

~Ghost Hunting Theories

Source:  In 2005, a small mummified body was found in Iran in a village called Makhunik.  The dwarf-sized mummy was almost 10 inches long.  Many looked at the architecture and made an assumption this had to be a city of dwarves.

Archaeologists tried to dispute the notion when it went public. Another researcher said that it was a premature baby that was mummified.

After being examined, it was determined the mummy was that of someone about 16 or 17 years old. Reports are that the items and the city itself were built of a scale that seemed off and would be ideal for a population of Lilliputians. Oddly, it was found the citizens covered their doors with mud and fled. It would appear they expected to return.

I recently wrote about the Littlefoots in America found in a large population in Tennessee.  –

Referred to as “pygmies,” these skeletons were found buried in crypts just outside of Sparta, Tennessee in the County of White and reported in the Nashville Whig in June 1820. These graves had many bodies, all of them quite small.

Some of the crypts were as small as 18 inches by 12 inches. The first grave was 2 feet long and inside the small skeleton and its teeth had the researcher wondering if it was canine or monkey. He had them sent off to be examined.

They were buried with care in a stone crypt and had shells and urns with them. The bones were so old they crumbled quite easily. One skull the examiner held up was 5″ across from side to side. Most individuals were from 18 inches to 2 feet 10 inches long. One find was a 5-foot 5-inch individual found with the smaller ones. The taller skeleton had a head that was longer, eyes much wider asunder, the forehead much higher above the eyebrows, and the under jaw measured one inch longer on each side than the smaller fellows. Atop the head of one skull had bright silver grey fine hairs.

There was great dissimilarity in skull shapes, the size and shape of the bones, and looked to belong to different tribes of people. Just 8 miles away, a 7-foot giant was found. These finds were packaged and sent for examination in Nashville. The prevailing opinion was that they were not children. No 1 skull belonged to some carnivorous animal of the canine genus; but that the skull belonged on an adult person of small size, not much exceeding 3 feet in length. Cylindrical bones and teeth appeared canine. Others gave the same odd opinion.

On an unusual side –

A man in Connecticut thought there were fairies talking to him and built a village for them in the woods.

Researcher Don Monroe is the last of a very rare breed that can live by his own hands, has hiked the most remote regions around the entire globe, in search of understanding our wild and amazing world. He shared the odd case of the hidden tribe with pygmy slaves.

From a prospector/miner who treks around remote areas of British Columbia came an interesting account. He ran into a tribe up there that stays quite hidden in the great expanses. The people have accepted his presence as he has shown no threat, but they do not go among society and have lived in a traditional way and wearing buckskins.

They also interestingly have slave labor among them that are pygmy people described as 4-foot tall, very dark-skinned, flat noses, and Asian-looking eyes.

They were compared to the Negritos, a people of the Philippines and Andaman Islands who are a pygmy culture.

Studying their strikingly beautiful faces, I can’t help but recall a civilization in Meso -America that baffles experts even today – the Olmecs.

The Olmecs were the earliest known civilization in Mexico from 1200 to 400 BCE. It is impossible to look at their portrayals without thinking about South Pacific origins.

Nearly every island has legends of the wee people and on some of these islands, like in Indonesia, a tiny race referred to as the “hobbits” have been discovered.

This survivalist race of people who know how to live in any conditions in the South Pacific Islands could have reached as far as the Americas. They could have been present, moving on, moving up, going through the Americas where there are native legends of “little folk.”

What might their relationship have been with the First Nations? This was a race that is so skilled in survival that a marine friend said the Negritos trained them in survival in the Philippines. Spread out over many islands in the South Pacific, one has to wonder about their potential trek across the sea to yet other lands.

The Little People of the Pryor Mountains (known as Nirumbee or Awwakkulé in the Crow language) are a race of ferocious dwarves in the folklore of the Crow Nation, a Native American tribe. The Little People were also seen as imparting spiritual wisdom and played a major role in shaping the destiny of the Crow People through the dreams of the legendary Crow chief.

The Native peoples of North America told legends of a race of “little people” who lived in the woods near sandy hills and sometimes near rocks located along with large bodies of water, such as the Great Lakes. Often described as “hairy-faced dwarfs” in stories, petroglyph illustrations show them with horns on their heads and traveling in a group of 5 to 7 per canoe.

Is there a feral First Nations tribe in British Columbia that has avoided human contact? Oh, that is very probable and possible. Do they run with a pygmy race they employ as slave labor or the like?

That is a really unusual possibility.

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Personal Power

Power is not about exerting our will over others, it is about being in complete truth with yourself.

Many of us have do not understand what personal power means. We have been given the false notion that power is bad — that it is something we use to exert our will upon others. In fact, when our personal power is intact, we are neither overbearing nor meek. We have a clear sense of our strength and the impact we can have on others. This actually enables us to be more sensitive. Personal power is what permits us to work on behalf of our dreams and desires. It allows us to realize that we are worthy and deserve to be heard. In addition, our personal power lets us extend the respect we know that we deserve to the people around us. There is no reason to be afraid or ashamed of fully owning your power.

In the chakra system, the solar plexus is the seat of personal power. One way to evaluate your sense of power is to breathe into this part of the body. If it feels tight or nervous, it is an indication that you may not be fully expressing your power. You can heal this imbalance by expanding the area of the solar plexus with your breath. You can also visualize a bright yellow sun in this part of your body. Allow its heat to melt any tension, and let its light dissolve any darkness or heaviness. Repeating this exercise on a regular basis can restore and rejuvenate your sense of power.

Another way to nurture your personal power is to honor your dreams and desires by making concrete plans to manifest them in the world. Start by making a list of things you want, and let yourself think big. Choose one goal from the list and commit to bringing it to fruition. In addition, break the goal into tasks that you can work on each day. Know that you deserve to have your dreams come true and that you have the power to bring them into being. 

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Words Are Energy

Each word we speak has a life of its own, a vibratory signature that creates waves into the expanse of the universe.

When we speak or write, we use the vehicles of words to carry meaning, as well as energy, from ourselves to another person or group of people. We may be speaking to our baby, our boss, or to an audience of 500 people. We may be writing a love letter, a work-related memo, or an entry in our own diary. Whatever the case, each word we speak or write has a life of its own, a vibratory signature that creates waves in the same way that a note of music creates waves. And like musical notes, our words live in communities of other words and change in relation to the words that surround them. When we are conscious of the energy behind our words, we become capable of making beautiful music in the world. If we are unconscious of the power of words, we run the risk of creating a noisy disturbance.

Some of us know this instinctively, while others come to this understanding slowly. Most of us, though, speak without thinking at least some of the time, blurting out our feelings and thoughts without much regard for the words we choose to express them. When we remind ourselves that our words have an impact on the world at the level of energy, we may find within ourselves the desire to be more aware of our use of language.

A fun way to increase our sensitivity to the power of words is to simply make a list of our favorite words and notice the energy they contain. We can write them down and post them where we can see them, or we can speak them aloud, feeling them reverberate in our bodies and in the air around us. This is like learning to consciously play an instrument that we have been playing unconsciously for most of our lives, and the effect can be startling and delightful. As we grow more comfortable and confident playing the instrument of language, we will begin to compose beautiful messages, creating positive energy every time we write or speak. 

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Gilberto Rides Again Chapter 8 

by Stephen Halpert

Because of his late soccer practice, Joey missed joining Gilberto, Maria and his sister Mona for pizza. He was unusually quiet when they picked him up and Gilberto wondered if something was bothering him.

Once back in the condo Mona made a beeline for her room to play on her computer. “Be careful,” Gilberto called out or you’ll turn into a mouse potato,”

That stopped her in her tracks. “I’ll never be a mouse, daddy, I’m a girl. Girls aren’t mice.”

Hearing that made him laugh. Her logic was impeccable. “Too much time on the computer will slow you down,” he said patiently. “Better you get outside in the fresh air and run around on the Esplanade with your friends. Maybe practice kicking your soccer ball around with Joey.”

“Why? I’d rather be on a swim team. But there isn’t one. Soccer’s boring. All you do is run and kick. My friends don’t run around anymore. They’re all at home on line.”

To Gilberto she sounded so much like Maria. Her dazzling sense of defiance  had already firmly taken root.”

“If you don’t get exercise you could  turn into a fat old lady,” Gilberto said.

Mona shook her head. ” None of them want to run around and kick a stupid soccer ball. Why should I?”

“Because,” he tried, “at this time in your life fresh air and sunshine are really important,”

The ten year old shook her head and frowned. “Oh daddy you’re so old fashioned.” She ran up to him, hugged him. “But I love you, daddy and I always will. Even when you get old and cranky.” Then she giggled, turned, ran down the hall to her room.

Hearing her say that he couldn’t help but laugh. He shook his head, went into the living room  and sat on the couch beside Maria and Joey. 

“It’s her life Joey,” Maria was saying. “You know perfectly well that at this time in life, men have no business trying to tell women what to do.”

Joey sniffed and shook his head. “But mom she’s too young to get married and have a baby.”

“Maybe so,” Maria said. “But Joey that’s her decision. Best not to try to interfere.”

“It wouldn’t do any good anyway,” Gilberto said.

Joey shook his head. “But Sophia’s says she’s going to marry Renaldo and have their baby. But Renaldo’s such a jerk. It’s so obvious.”

“To everyone but her,” Gilberto said. “All you can do is stand back and be her friend. That’s called detachment.”

“You really can’t say anything,” Maria reiterated. ” But I agree, sometimes when you disagree with someone’s decisions, showing them support can be difficult.”

“Not to change the subject,” Gilberto said, “but has Houndstooth solved their soccer coach dilemma?”

Joey shook his head and sighed. ” No. We may have to forfeit our last two games in the Summer Soccer League.”

“Your coach could have waited to walk away until after the season ended,” Maria said.

Joey nodded. “I guess he and his wife are in the middle of a messy divorce and he just had to leave.” 

“Maybe Ramon and I could help out,” Gilberto said.

Joey’s eyes lit up. “That would be so cool. I’ll tell the headmaster.”

“It’s just a thought,” Gilberto said. “Best not to appear too pushy.”

“But you and Mr. Gomes were both All Americans. I’ll show him the article about you both in Sports Illustrated.”

“Would you have time?” Maria asked.

“How many more practices?” Gilberto said.

“Three more practices and two Saturday games both at home.”

“I’ll talk to Ramon,” Gilberto said. “Sounds like we could fit that in.”

“You might like coaching,” Maria said.

Gilberto nodded. “I know I would.” A gigantic cut in pay, he thought. Dashed forever, he feared would be his dream of owning the yacht of his dreams or buying a stately mansion in Wellesley. He could never admit to Maria or even to himself that he liked living the good life. There was something incredibly seductive about wealth. He could easily understand the Republican perspective that integrated greed and impracticality. The good life attracted him. He’d always thought it would fit him like a pair of comfy slippers.

Over lunch, Gilberto told Ramon about their possibly coaching soccer at Houndstooth.

Ramon grinned. “Anything to get away from here. Sara Midgley is throwing her weight around. Wants to change everything. Personally I think her reforms will slow down shipping and ultimately make everything more expensive.”

Gilberto bit into his Rubin. “How come?”

“Who knows? Maybe she wants to sabotage Atlas. If that’s the case…”

“Have you talked with Buzz or anyone on the Executive Council?”

Ramon frowned. “Haven’t you heard Buzz is putting all his energy into launching communication satellites. There’s even talk he’s going to go out into space just to see what it’s like.”

Gilberto frowned. “Makes no sense.”

“Not much does,” Ramon said. “Why would Atlas want to throw billions into a merger with a Southern Shoelace manufacturer?”

Gilberto nodded. “I thought Velcro replaced shoelaces.”

“Not according to Buzz,” Ramon said. “Sara has him convinced that shoelaces will have a second coming. Calls the potential merger with Clay Calhoun Shoestrings a bonanza for Atlas. She says shoelaces not only go back to Biblical days but will recover in popularity and last forever.”

Gilberto frowned. “That woman’s a reckoning onto herself. I’m surprised Buzz buys into her?”  He shook his head and sighed. “He’s our CEO so what he says goes.”

Ramon nodded. “Didn’t most everyone in the Bible wear sandals and not use shoelaces??”

Gilberto chuckled. “Buzz brought Sara into Atlas, got her on the Board and gave her a big bonus plus a boatload of authority.”

Ramon frowned. “Maybe there’s something fishy we don’t know about going on behind the scenes.”

“Seems that way,” Gilbert said.

Ramon grinned. ” Maybe she ties his shoelaces.”

Back in his office Gilberto called a number in Washington he hadn’t used for some time. Smith answered on the first ring.

“We need to talk,” Gilberto said. “Will you be in Boston anytime soon?”

“Wouldn’t be about Lady Godiva and a blue Bentley?” Smith said.

“How’d you guess?”

Before Gilberto could reply Smith said. “Lunch later this week.” Then the line went dead.

Gilberto couldn’t help but wonder how someone as far away as Smith  could manage to know so much?

To be continued.

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Kitty’s Korner

Why Do Cats Knock Things Over?

By Susan Logan McCracken

Cats are possibly the most athletic, graceful animals on the planet. Certain breeds, like the Oriental Shorthair and Cornish Rex, can scale a mantel filled with knickknacks without knocking a single one over. It’s one of their most impressive talents. So why is the internet filled with videos that show cats knocking stuff off of high places like tables and countertops?

Even though this behavior may be funny sometimes, it can be harmful at other times if something breakable shatters when it hits the floor. This behavior can also be a problem if the object is something valuable, like your smartphone or a family heirloom. To keep your cat and household safe and happy, here are some basic feline needs to consider and how to avoid having your home trashed.

Cats Test Everything

Cats want to know the nature of everything in their territory. They want to know: Can I eat this? Will this eat me? Is this a safe place to nap? Is this a private bathroom? Is this fun to play with?

Cats test everything by sniffing it, biting down on it or using their paws to bat it around. And if it moves when they bat it, they chase it as they would go after prey. Most of the things they bat at are roughly the size of their natural prey animals: mice, birds, lizards, and other small animals. Tile, wood, and laminate floors are extra fun because anything that lands on them will slide around if it doesn’t break.

What you can do: Batting stuff around is natural feline behavior and cats need to engage in it to thrive. Provide mouse-sized toys they can bat around and pounce on, but keep your breakables and valuables where your cats can’t get to them.

Cats Need to Play

Cats love to play. In fact, they need it to stay happy and healthy. Play provides exercise, which indoor cats may have trouble getting enough of. Play also keeps their hunting skills sharp. If they know something moves when they bat it, they take mental notes and routinely return to that spot and object.

Cats are entertained by batting and chasing things that slide across floors; that is, until they disappear under furniture. We’ve lost many pens this way, but we find them whenever we move the furniture for spring cleaning.

What you can do: Provide your cat with playtime and toys they can bat around and chase each day. When they play with something they shouldn’t, redirect their attention to their toys.

Cats Crave Attention from You

Knocking stuff off high places can be a sign that your cat needs more attention. If your cats aren’t getting adequate attention, they may resort to doing whatever they know will get you to notice them.

So when you see your cat knock your cellphone off the table, chances are you will say your cat’s name, jump up and pick it up. To your cat, you just participated in the game, and his effort to gain your attention worked, which reinforces the behavior.

What you can do: When you see your cat knocking stuff off the counter, ignore the behavior. This teaches your cat that this is not the way to get your attention. Wait a minute. Then redirect your cat’s attention to appropriate toys and spend about 10 to 15 minutes playing with him.

Why Cats DON’T Knock Stuff Over

I’ve always been impressed by cats’ ability to jump onto a shelf or counter covered in objects without knocking anything over. How can they be so graceful?

Aside from their athleticism, cats walk with a precise gait, meaning that their hind paws step into the same tracks as their front paws. They also step lightly onto their tiptoes and paw pads to be undetectable to prey.

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Georgia Nicols Weekly Horoscope: Sunday, July 04, 2021

All Signs

On Monday this week, Uranus dances with Sun. On Thursday, Uranus dances with Venus. And on Friday and Sunday, Uranus dances with the Moon. Oy! In astrology, Uranus represents sudden change, explosions, independence, revolution and electricity. Every time it dances with a particular planet in your chart, it means a surprise will occur – something unusual, sudden and possibly upsetting or accident-prone (but not always upsetting). Basically, Uranus intends to challenge our rigidity or where we are sort of numbed out. It’s a wake-up call to what’s really going on. Personally, I like the James Bond wake-up call — shaken, not stirred.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

At the beginning of this week, something unexpected might impact your home or your dealings with a parent. It could be a rebellion about something. Small appliances might break down or a little breakage could occur. On Thursday, social plans might suddenly change. They might be cancelled or you might get a surprise invitation? Who knows? Romance might also get a sudden jolt. This jolt could be problematic or it might be an unexpected flirtation? (Please note that Thursday is an accident-prone day for your kids.) Basically, there’s an element of unpredictability to your week, so stay off your heels! Fortunately, you like a challenge.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

On Monday, almost certainly your daily routine will change for some reason. Plans might be cancelled or you might suddenly have to take a short trip. You might see new faces, new places or have clever, new ideas! This dovetails with the fast pace that your week will surely have. On Thursday, you might suddenly entertain at home, or a home event might be cancelled. (Stock the fridge just in case.) You might also impulsively buy something artistic or high-tech for your home. Possibly, a family member has surprising news? By the end of the week, this same unpredictable quality will keep playing out. Allow extra time for everything.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Do be careful because something unexpected could impact your cash flow, earnings or something that you own on Monday. For example, you might find money or you might lose money. Possibly, a possession will be stolen, lost or damaged? This could be minor; it could be major. On Thursday, quite likely, something pleasant will surprise you. An unexpected short trip or a fun invitation. You might meet someone charming who will become a new friend. You might go someplace beautiful that makes you appreciate your daily surroundings in a special way. For the most part, it’s an interesting week for you as long as you protect your money and possessions at the beginning of the week. Get ready to enjoy some variety!

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Monday is bound to be an interesting day for you because the Sun will be in your sign dancing with wild, wacky Uranus. Expect to encounter new experiences. Something might suddenly change in your immediate surroundings. Personally, you will feel more alert, alive, quick-witted and stimulated by everything around you. Your freedom and independence will become more important to you. You might want to make some changes. On Thursday, you might impulsively buy something, especially something beautiful. Keep an eye on your money and your possessions. By the end of the week, you will still feel restless and guarded about what you own. That’s okay. Sometimes “guarded” is a good thing.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

You might feel restless on Monday and not know why. It’s a feeling that comes and it will go. It could be about something going on behind the scenes or something taking place at a subconscious level. By Thursday, a social surprise might take place. You might receive an invitation? You might cancel an event? You might be tempted to buy clothing or something personal for yourself that is unusual. (You like one-of-a-kind things.) For the most part, this is a positive week because fair Venus is in your sign making you charming and diplomatic. Meanwhile, Mars is in your sign giving you energy and drive! By the end of the week, yet again, some unexpected issues will make you feel restless.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

On Monday, a friend will likely surprise you or perhaps you will meet someone new who is a real character. Possibly, the surprise will be related to a group to which you belong or a group that you might encounter. Either way, it will prove to be interesting. By Thursday, a hidden flirtation or a private love affair might take a new direction. Something “behind the scenes” will be unexpected. These unexpected issues might actually call attention to you by the end of the week albeit briefly. The main thing to know is to stay flexible and light on your feet so that you can accommodate the unexpected. For your sign, these surprises will likely be related to people you know or people you meet. “Boris?” “Natasha!”

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

At the beginning of the week, you might be surprised by a parent, boss, someone in authority or the police. It’s possible. Or perhaps, something unexpected will throw your name out there and promote your reputation – for good or bad. Whatever it is, others will be aware of you. It could be public. Alternatively, you might make a break for freedom and take a very independent stance on something, especially in your relationship to a boss or a parent. By Thursday, you might break with a friend or quit a group. Or you might meet a new friend who is unusual and different? Yet again, by the end of the week, something unusual might affect your public persona or your reputation among your peers. (It’s all quite fascinating!)

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Ah yes, — a journey of 1000 miles begins with a cash advance. Let’s hope this is possible because you might suddenly travel at the beginning of this week. Or perhaps, a planned trip will be cancelled or changed? Likewise, a surprise related to publishing, the media, the law and medicine or something to do with higher education might also take place. You might break with a group because you no longer endorse their philosophy. Later in the week, perhaps Thursday, something unexpected might occur with a parent or a boss. It could be a social occasion or perhaps a social occasion will be cancelled? Whatever happens will be relatively high viz. Others will notice these changes taking place in your world.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Keep an eye on issues related to shared property, inheritances, loans, mortgages and anything that you share jointly with others because a hiccup or a sudden change might occur on Monday or at the beginning of the week. To avoid embarrassment, loss or inconvenience, stay in the know. Alternatively, a sudden gift or a financial opportunity might come your way? Could be anything. Later in the week, you might suddenly have a great travel opportunity; or your plans to travel might change or be cancelled. (Oh no!) Romance with someone different might occur. The main thing to know is to stay on top of red-tape details that can affect your assets and wealth. Don’t be asleep at the switch. You snooze – you lose.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

At the beginning of this week, a partner or close friend will do something that surprises you. They might want more freedom in the relationship? They might suggest something you didn’t expect. Possibly, you will meet someone new or be introduced to someone new by someone you already know. By Thursday, keep your pockets open because an unexpected gift of money or a favour or an advantage might come to you. (You will have to act quickly because this window of opportunity will be brief.) Again, by the end of the week, surprises and feelings of independence or revolt might colour your closest relationships. Most unusual! What’s going on?

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Do be alert at the beginning of the week because some kind of surprise or interruption to your job might occur – something you didn’t see coming. Or perhaps this surprise is health-related? It might even relate to your pet. Whatever the case, keep your eyes open and be flexible so that you can accommodate something unexpected in your day. In a few days, a close friend or partner will also surprise you. Or perhaps you will meet someone new around Thursday? This person might be unusual – a real character, someone who interests you. Possibly, a rift with a partner or close friend might take place. Eeek! And yet again, by the weekend, issues to do with partners and close friends will once again catch you off guard. (Enough with the surprises, awreddy!)

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Social plans might change right at the beginning of the week. Something might be cancelled or delayed. Alternatively, you might receive a surprise invitation? Guard against sports accidents on Monday. Parents take note that this is also a potentially accident-prone day for your kids. Therefore, be vigilant. Romance might also hold some surprises. You might meet someone new who is different; or an existing relationship might hit a speedbump. By Thursday, something unexpected could impact your health, a pet or your job. It could be pleasant or not so pleasant. Be patient and diplomatic to deal with these unexpected issues so that you come through this week with smiles.

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Weekly Horoscopes Beginning Sunday, 04 July 2021

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

Outlines are longer versions; consists of every possible detail of everyday and based on three parts of each sign: 1st, 2nd & 3rd Decan; that is, any of three divisions of 10° within a sign of the zodiac. Even if you know or don’t know your Decan; I recommend, please read all three Decan.

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Aries

Personal theme: I am!!

Fire & cardinal sign: March 21 — April 19

Your horoscope for this week:

For you, as an Aries, the most important thing to keep om mind during the week of July 4th, is that while you’ll be facing twists and turns and the occasional more challenging real obstacles, by no means is it a bad or negative week. Actually, those twists and turns will corner you into analysing situations that either you were unaware of or, alternatively, you’ll be drawn into settings that force you to slow your pace and focus on gathering hard facts.

You would like to feel your family are in accord over long-term plans but someone is holding something back. Close relationships will improve, but you must go easy if you are hoping to get a loved one to come round to your way of thinking. If you go at them like a bull at a gate, they may revert to their original position. Listen to your conscience when making an important decision. You will want to pursue a path that benefits other people as well as yourself.

Travel and communication issues will likely dominate much of Aries’ conversation. As the Moon from South to North latitude on Tuesday, expect to feel challenged. View this as a roadblock: you are tasked with finding alternative routes. That could apply in so many different ways: priority surely must be given to the way in which you give instruction to others. It may be that you need to find a different language style. It’s entirely possible that you are seen as being too demanding and strident. It’s not necessarily the case that you have to back off, but more that by Friday, you would do well to take into account someone’s feelings and their need to be reassured that they still have a place on your team. Ahead of next Saturday’s New Moon, considerable attention might need to be given to how you work with others.

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Taurus

Personal theme: I have!!

Earth & fixed sign: April 20 — May 20

Your horoscope for this week:

As you begin the week of July 4th, Taurus, the odds are good you’ll be aware of the need to rethink certain areas of your life. The reason for this statement is with your ruler Venus having moved into the part of your chart that actually accents the structure of your life, on the 27th of June, and with it remaining there for most of the month of July, until the 22nd, your focus will be very much on this variety of review; and with powerful planetary activity accenting the potential for changes during the week of July 4th, that review will have to do with rethinking elements of your life that either you regarded as settled or which you’ve worked very hard to organise and which, at the moment, anyway, you might be struggling to keep as they are.

You can’t understand what a friend or loved one wants from you. They’ve been acting strangely and their behaviour has been confusing. Stay watchful and you will learn all you need to get this relationship back on an even keel. Events on Wednesday will reveal everything. Your efforts to make a new colleague feel welcome have not gone unnoticed. They will be grateful. Money will come in late at this time so prepare accordingly.

You may remember that there is almost a war in the sky presently with Saturn at right angles to Uranus (moving through your sign). True, all signs are torn between past and future in 2021 – but perhaps Taurus especially so. Trying to hold on to outdated business models will simply not work. It should be apparent soon after the Moon moves from South to north latitude on Tuesday/Wednesday (depends on your time zone), that you need to adjust your approach. It may be necessary to prune – and ruthlessly. You may need to give up a task which you’ve been doing for years but which no longer delivers adequate reward. This though, should pave the way for something new. Agreed, that offering might not arrive until after Saturday’s New Moon. This week it may be important to let others see that you are obviously thinking about how and when to move on.

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Gemini

Personal theme: I think!!

Air sign: May 21 — June 20

Your horoscope for this week:

When exploring, and often actually organising, plans with others over the past month or so, you’ve faced constant changes. While for you, as a flexible Gemini, this was no problem, certain individuals were anxious, and wanted guarantees. You told them what they needed to hear, then forgot about it. Time has moved on, but those commitments haven’t. Discuss them frankly, and the sooner, the better.

New avenues of income are starting to open up to you. You hadn’t expected to have to think about moneymaking opportunities but there are some you won’t want to pass you by. The most lucrative will be linked to a personal project you have been keeping to yourself up until now. It will be important to stand up for yourself in a group situation to stop someone from taking advantage of your kind nature.

Soon after next Saturday’s New Moon, your ruling planet, Mercury, leaves Gemini. Until it does, it could be said that you ‘have the floor’. Think of this as a debating exercise. You need to put forward your points. No doubt others will be fascinated by the way in which you can argue both sides of the case. On Tuesday you could be ‘for’ something, but on Wednesday, take the opposite side. Either way, it will likely amuse others to watch you arguing with yourself. This though could cause you a headache – literal or figurative. What is likely to eventually sway you in one direction or the other, is the impact the final outcome has on your resources; financial and otherwise. Career wise there is every possibility of you talking yourself into difficulty. Where possible, it might be wise to stop, listen and keep counsel until after Saturday’s New Moon.

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Cancer

Personal theme: I feel!!

Water & cardinal sign: June 21 — July 22

Your horoscope for this week:

Life would be a lot easier if you could make plans, then expect things to proceed as they were organised. However, recent events have forced you and others to rethink those arrangements, often more than once. This seemed disruptive then. However, when the sudden yet thrilling changes triggered by the Cancer New Moon on Saturday, 10 July, arise, you’ll be relieved arrangements are flexible.

Life seems especially promising now. There’s plenty to do and to look forward to doing in a week that brings change and opportunity. If you’re single, you’re likely to experience a heaven-sent chance to get to know someone special much better. Your positive attitude will have a big impact on your health. When you start feeling tired, turn your thoughts to memories that make you smile or to plans that inspire and excite you.

The New Moon in Cancer isn’t until next Saturday. Until then, you might not know quite which way things are going to turn. What should be obvious is that responsibility is headed your way. This may be something you’ve craved. However, agreeing terms that ensure you are adequately rewarded will likely take time. Tough talking mid-week may well be unsettling. Yet it is important that you protect your interests and vital that you don’t get too emotional in the process. That reaction is entirely possible once the Moon reaches your sign on Thursday. Don’t assume that others are oblivious to your needs. Note too, that emotional blackmail is unlikely to work. You would do better to hold your nerve, keep calm and accept that although these are tough times, that an equitable solution is worth the wait.

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Leo

Personal theme: I will!!

Fire & fixed sign: July 23 — August 22

Your horoscope for this week:

Ideas and offers may be exciting; and tempting as it is to plunge in, if not say an immediate ‘yes’, think carefully. Not only is the foundation on which these are based shifting, so are your own interests and priorities. True, the resulting slow pace is irritating. Still, by the time of the Leo New Moon on 8 August, you’ll be relieved your options are open.

You’re keen to give up a habit that’s not good for you but you’re not sure how to go about it. Getting professional advice should be your first step. You can be determined when you want to be and when it’s a case of mind over matter, with the right approach, you will succeed. Your social life is starting to open up as people come to you for advice or guidance in matters that are affecting them personally.

Chatter at work could be loud, raucous, exciting and confusing all at once. Yet it should be clear by Wednesday, as Venus in your sign opposes Saturn, that there is no way back and that old structures must be torn down and replaced. It would be understandable if you were overwhelmed. On the upside, you should find the energy to tackle an archiving project that arguably should have been done some time ago. You should also find this week’s aspects beneficial for valuation and for determining what needs to be kept and what can now be discarded. True, you might still be in muddled state on Friday; but following Saturday’s New Moon and with the impending alignment of Venus and Mars in your sign on 13th, there is yet much to look forward to. First it seems some form of spring cleaning is essential.

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Virgo

Personal theme: I analyse!!

Earth sign: August 23 — September 22

Your horoscope for this week:

Your reputation as a perfectionist is well-earned; but even at your cleverest, you’ve struggled to deal with the current unruly cycle. There’s a secret. However, it’s one you won’t like, at least initially; and that’s to stand back and let events unfold as they must. You can then tackle them all when the world, and your own life, are calmer, from mid-July onward.

A group event you had been looking forward to may be cancelled for safety reasons or because someone failed to put safety measures in place. You will feel annoyed because this is a problem which could have been avoided if people had been more diligent. The only way to make progress will be to remain focused and realistic. If you scatter your energy hither and thither all you will be doing is wasting your time.

As you will be aware, the Moon passes through all 12 signs every month. You may not know that other lunar cycles also operate. The Moon moves from North to South latitude and back again during the course of each month. As it makes these crossings there is a decided shift in energy. Knowing that, you’d be well prepared when others alter direction midweek. Of course, it’s entirely possible that it’s you who will change your mind. The key thing here is to note that what’s agreed on Monday might not be acceptable on Friday. It seems more discussion is needed. You may be pulled this way and that, and troubled by the ideas presented by Gemini, Libra or Aquarius colleagues. The way forward for you has to be to focus on practicalities. That will be easier after Saturday’s New Moon. This week, seems to be about list-making and showing others the pros and cons of their different approaches.

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Libra

Personal theme: I balance!!

Air & cardinal sign: September 23 — October 22

Your horoscope for this week:

For you, one of life’s greatest challenges is to refuse requests for advice or help, especially from those closest. Yet you’re already aware that the issues they’re facing are, by and large, because they’ve either moved too slowly, neglected details or been just plain lazy. The secret? Back off, that is, just vanish. Leave it to them to deal with their problems, while you enjoy yourself elsewhere.

An older relative or colleague will offer advice. At first, you might feel they are interfering. Their desire to help is because they have experienced a similar situation to what you are going through now. The guidance they offer will be sincere. One day you could be the one in their shoes, and you will be helping others who need it. Are you single? It will be your charming personality and wonderful sense of humour that attracts other people to you.

By next weekend’s New Moon Mercury will have moved out of Gemini (another of the Air signs). Since its arrival there in early May, no doubt you’ve been caught up in a flurry of ideas -itis. The thirst to know more, whilst at the same time the need to give out information has likely given you a switch-back mental ride. It would be unsurprising if you’d been caught up in issues around words and publication. This week it will likely be necessary to cull some of these ideas; accept that some cannot move forward and choose – yes, a difficult task for Libra, – which plans warrant further attention and exploration. In just over a week’s time, Mars and your ruling planet, Venus, align in the networking area of your solar chart. Launching some of your ideas post this New Moon should work well. Preparation though is everything. This week should be viewed as ‘rehearsal’ time when it’s necessary to move all props and rubbish away from the stage, check that admin is in place, and prepare for curtain up. Diligence – especially as the Moon moves from South to North latitude midweek – could put you way ahead of others and ensure success.

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Scorpio & Ophiuchus

Personal theme: I desire!!

Water & fixed signs: October 23 — November 21

Your horoscope for this week:

When you made a commitment to either avoid discussing certain tricky issues openly or left increasingly worrying matters in the hands of others, you assumed they’d deal with them, both wisely and in depth. However, they’ve done the minimum, and you’re worried. Tempting as it is to advise them or even take action – don’t. These are their responsibility; and, besides, you’ve other things to deal with.

Someone you live or work with seems to think they know what’s right for you. You’re inclined to acquiesce just to keep them smiling. As it is you could find it amusing that they do have a good idea of what you like and don’t like and of what you want and don’t want to do. If you’re unemployed and looking for a job, even if you would prefer this to be a one that offers long-term security, taking on a temporary position could lead to a more permanent offer.

There’s high probability of you being excited by a colleague’s apparently fresh approach to a difficulty on Monday. True, there is still likely many more questions you want to ask before moving forward. The fact that this fresh approach is available through should be exciting. Yes, it is possible that as the Moon moves from South to North latitude midweek, that you’ll have concerns that the ‘baby is being thrown out with the bathwater’. It might irritate you that a cavalier approach is being taken to what in the past has proved to be good value. The thrifty part of you will surely be super resentful that others are ignoring the value of what has been a key asset. With all this going on, your nervous system looks overstretched and yes, there could be a physical fallout (dis-ease) to deal with. Yet you could be proved correct – and soon after Saturday’s New Moon. It’s perhaps not necessarily the case that a situation can be rescued entirely, but that what you retrieve in a salvage operation midweek can yet be put to good use.

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Sagittarius

Personal theme: I see!!

Fire sign: November 22 — December 21

Your horoscope for this week:

The tricky events and, even more, disappointing behaviour of certain individuals over the past few weeks hasn’t just resulted in practical issues, you’ve lost some of your usual optimism. Actually, this could be helpful. It’s time for you to review certain arrangements and, equally, rethink whether those once-worthwhile friendships or professional alliances still serve you. If not, it may be time to move on.

Life is about to take a turn for the better. To some degree your future security depends on your relationship with others and what those who are close to you decide. You will respect their opinions, and if they can show you the same degree of consideration, a compromise will be found. If you are looking for a new job and you haven’t had a lot of luck, ask a talented friend to help you with your CV or resume.

You may remember that Venus has now joined Mars moving through another of the Fire signs. Early next week, after Saturday’s New Moon (on 13th) the two form an exact alignment marking the start of a fresh cycle. This week can be thought of as an overture. In this period between Last Quarter and New Moon, there’s ample opportunity to reassess and yes, likely say goodbye to certain working practices that are past their sell by date. This should be particularly apparent mid-week as the Moon moves from South to North latitude and passes through your opposite sign. Don’t be surprised if a colleague makes clear that at least one working practice is no longer sustainable and that they need to move off in fresh direction. You could join them. What’s also clear is that you are now long overdue for an adventure. Though that craving and need to experience something new will likely be there until at least the end of July, it may not be realised until the early part of next year. It surely should surely be possible for your thirst for information to be quenched. Determining which course you could take in the second half of 2021, and which would leave you well-placed to take advantage of more opportunities next year, might be a good use of this weeks’ planetary energies.

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Capricorn

Personal theme: I use!!

Earth & cardinal sign: December 22 — January 19

Your horoscope for this week:

You’re by no means narrow-minded. Long ago you learnt the value of being inquisitive, even about matters or individuals of little interest to you. Now, however, not only do you need to explore far beyond your usual boundaries, what you discover could offer the key to certain issues as persistent as they are puzzling. While this makes little sense now, by early next week, it will.

A partner has made decisions you aren’t certain about, but it is too late to do anything about it. Much to your annoyance, the initiative has been taken from your hands. It seems as if you have no choice but to follow their directives. Because of this you can’t help but feel resentful. Are you single? A new romance does not seem to hold a lot of promise. Moments you spend together are fun but you accept that not every relationship is meant to last.

The new Moon in your opposite sign isn’t until next weekend. Until then, a tidying up process seems important. Yes, this could be most trying – especially on your nervous system considering that there are tasks you feel others should have addressed weeks, if not months, ago. Now the race may be on to conclude certain matters: preferably by mid-week. It would be understandable if you got hot under the collar and indeed unusually, a little emotional. Note too, that Venus and Mars are moving towards a conjunction in one of the Fire signs next week. If you think of the planets as playing music, then most people will be hearing loud brass chords presently: in other words, drama is in the air. Whereas you might not want to accept (again!) certain responsibility – especially mid-week, it may be necessary to do just that if a task is to be put to bed successfully so that everyone can then move on after the New Moon (Saturday).

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Aquarius

Personal theme: I know!!

Air & fixed sign: January 20 — February 18

Your horoscope for this week:

For weeks, and in some cases for much longer, you’ve been concerned about certain ongoing issues. Some are practical, a few involve others and many are personal. What they have in common is the fact you’re mystified. This week is about exactly that, tackling each, one at a time, and using what you learn to handle whatever is next. Challenging? Initially. Helpful in the long run? Absolutely.

A new partner is starting to realise you just can’t be fenced in. Ideally, your amour will share a similar need for a relationship that embodies freedom. Just because you have independent interests, it does not mean there is no love or loyalty for each other. In fact, a deep understanding between you will keep your bond strong. A short trip out of town will keep you focused on your intentions as you meet someone who shares similar goals.

By next weekend’s New Moon, Mercury will have left another of the Air signs, Gemini. For the last few weeks that planet has moving backwards and forwards through the research and development area of your solar chart. Ideas must surely have been plentiful. Pinning any of these down, and determining the best way forward, might not have been simple! All should, and probably will, change after the New Moon. First though, an essential clearing-up or ‘putting to bed’ exercise needs to take place. This is something you can and likely must do if you are to move forward with one particular working partnership. Next week, Venus and Mars (both now moving through your opposite sign) form conjoin marking the beginning of a fresh cycle. You perhaps now need to show someone that you are committed to their fresh approach and that you agree that an old way of working is no longer appropriate. Yes, this might also require saying goodbye to one working setup. Surely though, it must be clear that this is now past its sell-by-date.

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Pisces

Personal theme: I believe!!

Water sign: February 19 — March 20

Your horoscope for this week:

Few things upset you more than being forced to disappoint somebody you care about, possibly a loved one or, equally, an individual who you’re trying to help in some way. However, this is a week of powerful but often seemingly cruel breakthroughs. That means you and others must face the facts and adopt a new strategy. While tough in the short term, the timing couldn’t be better.

Keep your spirits high. Don’t get discouraged if others seem to be having a better time than you. They aren’t admitting to the problems they are going through in their private life. Someone you work with or see every day has been keeping a secret. It will take courage for them to confide in you. Be sure you don’t betray this trust. A text message later in the week could mark the start of a new relationship.

It’s useful to think of the planets as playing a musical sound. We all hear those sounds differently and find different dances to go along with them. Sometimes we are in tune and in step with other styles, and other times not. Presently it might seem that you’ve moved to the centre of the dancefloor and that all eyes are on you and yes, as a result you could be tap dancing furiously. That may be particularly true over Tuesday and Wednesday as the Moon moves over the base of your solar chart while simultaneously crossing from South to North latitude. The big question is; are you going to collapse in a heap at the end? or, when you stop, will there be applause? It should be the latter. Fact is, that your ability to enchant and to notice what others miss should make you both a valuable member of a team, and a source of inspiration. Where others are disenchanted and feel defeated, you could yet show that professionalism will get them through and that there are brighter times ahead.

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GrannyMoons Weekly Feast: 27June 2021

We can never obtain peace in the outer world

until we make peace with ourselves.

– Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

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

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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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Our 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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Sticks and Stones has invited you to the event ‘Intuitive Card Readings with Sway’ on Sticks and Stones!

Intuitive Card Readings with Sway

Time: July 4, 2021 all-day

Location: Sticks and Stones

Sway Is a practitioner with over 5 years of experience. She was born in Northeastern Pa, but grew up in the U.S Virgin Islands. She’s familiar with Pennsylvania Dutch Folk magic with a Caribbean influence. She is an artist, healer, animal lover, and an intuitive reader. She is a certified life coach, as well as, a therapeutic art coach. Sway is an eclectic grey witch, focusing on woman’s spirituality and empowerment. Her readings are gentle and encouraging, she will leave you feeling lighter and empowered.

She offers card readings all week – $45

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Herb of the Year for 2021: Parsley (Petroselinum crispum, named by the International Herb Association.

Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10

Celtic Tree Calendar: Duir – Oak Moon: June 10 -July 7 ~ The mighty Oak is strong, powerful, and typically towering over all of its neighbors. The Oak King rules over the summer months, and this tree was sacred to the Druids.

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June 2021

June 27: Birthday of author Scott Cunningham in 1956

June 27: National Orange Blossom Day. It’s also National Indian Pudding Day.

June 28. Another pudding celebration: National Tapioca Day.


July 2021

4: Independence Day
23: Full Moon — Blessing Moon, also called the Buck Moon, at 10:37 pm. This is a time to work on divination, dreamwork and meditation. Count your blessings this month, and think about what you can do to bring more of them into your life.
13: Birthday of Dr. John Dee in 1527
19: Rebecca Nurse is hanged in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692

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Biddy Tarot

Card of the Week: Strength – Reversed

Are you feeling depleted right now? When the Strength card appears reversed it’s time to tune into your current levels of inner strength, confidence, and self-belief.

Are you overflowing or depleted? Think about how you can bring these aspects of yourself back into balance.

Recently you may have experienced a setback. This can leave you feeling vulnerable, lacking in self-confidence. Know that your core strength will always be with you. Now is as good a time as any to reconnect with this power.

In fact, you may hold more strength and resilience than you’re giving yourself credit for. Be kind to yourself.

Reinvigorate your self-esteem. Collect evidence from your past that proves you have what it takes to succeed and overcome these temporary challenges.

Also, be mindful of explosive behavior. Find healthy ways to channel your raw emotions, so that you aren’t harming yourself or others.

Ask Your Tarot Cards: How can I replenish my strength?

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Full Moon in Capricorn June 24, 2021

The Full Moon in Capricorn on June 24, 2021 will do everything in its power to put you on a path to success. Bonus, Jupiter, the planet of expansion will take your big idea and make it even bigger. Storm Cestavani says to go for the brass ring and do everything you can to put a fire under your career’s butt.

Make the Healing Shift with Chakra Magic

Life is better with happy chakras! Knowing this is why Patty and Jacki created the Chakra Magic line of candles, sprays, stickers, and now jewelry. Too often we repeat “OMG, something is wrong.” When you hear yourself saying that over again, it’s time for a chakra shift from miserable to happy.

This is the Moment to Claim your Eternal Truth

Welcome to June! May 29 – June 22 is Mercury Retrograde. Buckle your seatbelts and keep your hands and feet inside the ride at all times. We begin this month with Mercury Rx in his own sign of Gemini. You can expect the typical issues that occur during MRx may be amplified or Mercury Rx squared.

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Neptune Retrograde: Preparing for a Dreamy Summer

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This is truly the summer of retro! Now Neptune joins Jupiter and Saturn for more retracing and review over the choices we’ve made since the beginning of 2021. With Jupiter in the same sign as Neptune, it’s an especially dreamy, surreal time where we’re being called to truly turn inward and access the power of our imagination. When people talk about “manifesting” in essence it’s all about tapping into the limitless potential to dream yourself into your ideal reality through the power of vision!

This summer brings a dreamy vibe and we’re ready to break out of the recent Saturnian constraints. What dreams have you had on hold? Are you ready to dream them into reality?

To support you in working with your dreams, your imagination, and unveiling your relationship to the sacred to bring glamour, mysticism, and inspiration back into your life on a daily basis. It also supports in healing addictions and delusions. Check out this sacred journey into Neptune’s archetypal glimmer!

Wishing you a summer of Love + Glamour!

xx Saturn Sisters

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Llewellyn’s Spell A Day

Return to Joy and Innocence

JUNE 27, 2021 BY SAPPHIRE MOONBEAM

When life gets too serious and stressful, it’s a good idea to reminisce about your youthful, carefree days. If you need help remembering your innocent, childlike spirit, white clover flowers can help you with that.

Go to a grassy field where white clover is in bloom. Find a place to sit near the flowers at the base of a tree. Close your eyes, take a deep cleansing breath, and inhale the scent of the lovely clover flowers.

Once you have become more grounded with the earth, collect clover flowers to make a crown. Place the clovers in a circle on a flat surface. Lay each clover flower near the end of the stem of the flower next to it. Tie the end of the stem underneath the clover flower to form a simple crown Place the crown on your head while saying these words:

Help me remember when I was

young, when life was simple

with laughter and fun.

Infuse my spirit with my innocent

ways. Help me recapture

the joy of those days.

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Dirt Spell

JUNE 26, 2021 BY NAJAH LIGHTFOOT

Dirt is cooling to the spirit. You can slip and slide and make mud pies from it.

You can place it in a bowl and set it on your altar. You can gather some from a graveyard to use when you falter.

You can plant a flower in it, or bury things you love in it, so they’ll always be with you when you gaze upon them from above.

For this spell, gather some dirt. You can take some from your plants, your back yard, or even a bag of potting soil. Place the dirt in a bowl. Say:

Mother Earth, you know best.

I honor you with this earth and

have faith you’ll do the rest.

I remain humble, in awe of you,

For blessed Mother Earth, you

always know what to do.

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To Shield the Heart

JUNE 25, 2021 BY DEVIN HUNTER

Both the sun and Venus are now in Cancer, making this the perfect time for love and emotional healing magic. It’s also a good time to do cleansing work related to emotions and current and past negative relationships and to do shielding work related to our emotional body. Not only are many people feeling a bit raw at this time, but they are leaning on close friends and family for support. Cast this spell to shield your emotional body so you can remain strong at this time.

Hold a piece of black tourmaline, rose quartz, or rhodonite under running water and say:

I have enough to deal with on my own.

I do not have time for

seeds I’ve not sown.

Keep the drama away from me,

And keep my heart light and free.

Keep the stone with you at all times and renew once a week as needed.

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Marriage Mojo Oil

BY ESTHA MCNEVIN

There are so many moments when life slows down just enough to let us be fat and happy for a day. Together with your partner or best friend, take a moment over a pot of tea to write down some of your best memories together. Write these on bay leaves using edible ink pens.

When you’re done, place the leaves in a jar with a cork cap and fill with olive oil. As you perform this project together, dedicate the bottle of oil to shared meals, healing body rubs, and moments of shared nourishment. Choosing an antique or special olive oil bottle with symbols of the moon, Venus, or goddess imagery will help to add a sense of prophecy and energy to your mojo oil. Visualize growing togetherness as you anoint romantic candles and love charms with this oil.

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Thawing Incantation

JUNE 24, 2021 BY DALLAS JENNIFER COBB

When the winter winds arrived, we drew our necks down, bundled up, and became guarded against the cold. As the winter weather begins to show signs of easing up, let’s do a thawing spell to release and awaken the frozen parts of ourselves. This spell is best done indoors.

Standing in a safe and private space, gaze down at your feet. Say:

I thaw what holds me stuck in place.

Place your hands on your belly. Say:

I thaw the anger I have held so tight.

Place your hands over your heart. Say:

I thaw my passionate, tender feelings.

Press your hands together in front of

you, perhaps rubbing them lightly. Say:

I thaw my creativity and skill.

Holding one hand to your throat and one to your heart, say:

It is safe to thaw out, to speak out,

to feel fully, and be real. I thaw myself

and stand here, fully present.

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Ritual Chalk

JUNE 23, 2021 BY KATE FREULER

If you’re like me, symbols and sigils play a large role in your practice. This all-purpose homemade chalk can be imbued with energy to enhance your magickal workings, then used to draw symbols on your tools, walls, or floors, or outdoors during spells. It can also be tweaked according to intent by changing up the herbs. The herbs suggested here create a protective chalk.

Gather these materials:

* Silicone molds like those used for baking (any shape is fine) or an ice cube tray

* Wax paper

* A small mixing bowl

* 1 cup plaster of Paris

* ½ cup warm water

* 1 teaspoon powdered rosemary, frankincense, or mayapple (a nonpoisonous substitute for mandrake root)

Line the molds (or the tray) with wax paper.

In the bowl, mix together the plaster of Paris, warm water, and herbs. As you stir the mixture clockwise, visualize purple and white light being mixed in with it. These are the colors of spiritual energy and magickal power.

Pour the mixture into the molds and let sit for 24 hours. When they’re dry, release them from the molds and get creative!

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Heartwings Love Notes 988: Beware the ‘Free’ Offer

The phone rang. Stephen picked it up, expecting another of the spam calls we had been getting all morning. Instead, the voice on the phone said, “this is Orthopedic Services and we have been authorized by Medicare to offer you a free back brace.” Sounds good, right? Free back brace? The male voice, with a foreign accent, went on to ask relevant questions. Caught by surprise, Stephen stayed on the telephone, answering questions about his height, weight, waist circumference and other information. Medicare, he was told, would pay.

I was preparing lunch and listening with half an ear. The person on the phone sounded legitimate. When he asked Stephen for the name of our doctor, I began to wonder. Why didn’t the person already have that? Stephen said he thought I might be able to use a brace so he gave me the phone. I did. I had my doubts, however the thought of some help for back support sounded tempting.

Long story short, as they say, we began to realize it really was a scam and not a legitimate offer. Stephen told him how we both felt and said we wanted to cancel the whole thing. He retorted, saying there was a $2,000 cancellation fee. Stephen spoke a few well-chosen words and hung up. We called our Primary and she confirmed that she had ordered no such thing. She also recommended we refuse to accept any package arriving in the mail from an unknown sender.

We consider ourselves to be pretty scam-proof; even so, we were taken in. While it was a blow to our pride, it was also a wake-up call. The scammers out there are getting cleverer by the day. The first thing to be learned here might be beware of the word FREE. That is an easy hook for anyone to dangle. It’s only human to want something for nothing. Who wouldn’t? And most of the time what you get for nothing is exactly that.

Something else to be learned is to question the source. When someone says they are from Medicare, it might sound legitimate, and it could even be legitimate, or it could be just another hook baited to catch the unwary. Many are out there, trolling with delicious appearing bait. We put in a call to the police station to report it and then called Medicare. The person we spoke to was glad to hear and said he hadn’t encountered the cancellation fee charge before.I intend to try to publicize this scam. There are consumer advocates connected with TV stations and I’m going to send them this information. An unwary person could get sadly hurt either financially, emotionally or both. Scammers prey on people who are innocently taken in by “free,” Medicare, and other fine-sounding words and promises that will come to nothing. It is said Caveat Emptor—let the buyer beware. There needs to be a codicil: beware the word free, one seldom gets something for nothing.

May you never fall for any schemes that do you harm.

Blessings and Best Regards, Tasha Halpert

Hopefully, you haven’t had any such experiences, dear readers, yet if you have would you share with me? I’d love to sympathize. Write me at tashahal@aol.comand, and do visit my web pages at heartwingsandfriends.com for other love notes to read.  

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Strong Woman

What makes a woman confident is her ability to call upon her feminine wisdom.

So often in our world, we tend to think of strength as a quality that arises from a place of firm determination and a will to succeed no matter the cost. Even though we might want to think of a strong woman as being defined in this way, what really makes a woman confident is her capacity for listening to her true self and being able to call upon her feminine wisdom to any situation that may arise. A woman does not need to step into an assertive role or act like a man in order to be effective at what she does — she simply needs to get in touch with her insight and sense of compassion to truly demonstrate the depth of her strength.

Listening to the feminine side of ourselves may not seem easy at first for this type of energy is something that is often overlooked in many aspects of our everyday lives. If we can connect with this part of who we are, however, we will find that there is an unlimited wellspring of strength available to us. Our capacity to tap into our intuition and listen to our inner guides, to take into account the needs of those around us, and to view a situation with compassion and love are ways that we can show the world the true power that is part of our feminine nature. When we learn to integrate this source of strength into our daily tasks and decision-making, we will find that we can be more flexible and open to the things that happen around us and more receptive to new ideas. Not only will we see the world in a different light, but we will truly start to realize the potential for this form of energy to both empower ourselves and those around us.

As we cultivate our feminine energy we can redefine the meaning of strength. By embracing our feminine power as something that is strong in its own right, we are able to use it with true assurance and determination and draw upon what truly belongs to us. 

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The Myrtles Plantation: The History and How to Visit

MAY 19, 2021 BY RICH NEWMAN 

St. Francisville, Louisiana

https://www.myrtlesplantation.com/

It’s hard to hear the words haunted plantation and not think of Myrtles. The sheer amount of eyewitness accounts of paranormal doings—as well as its numerous appearances on television shows—has made this spot a veritable pilgrimage for anyone interested in ghost hunting. But this location has so much more to offer than just a collection of spooky stories, starting with the history.

While the home has been built upon a few times over the centuries, the original portion of the house dates back to 1796. It was made for General “Whiskey Dave” Bradford who was on the lam for taking part in the famous Whiskey Rebellion. He would be pardoned for his part by President John Adams and he would live there until his death in 1808. The home would change hands a couple of times, but would end up the property of Ruffin Gray Stirling in 1834. He would add to the home’s size and change the name of the place from Laurel Grove to the Myrtles in reference to popular crepe myrtles that grew in the area.

During the Civil War, the plantation would hit some rather hard times that would extend to beyond the conflict. Besides the fact that the family had tied up their fortune in the Confederacy, the home was robbed once, and the Stirling family was struck with a couple of personal tragedies. The first happened when the daughter of William and Sarah Winter (Sarah was Stirling’s daughter), Kate, died of typhoid. Then, in 1871, William was shot and killed on the front porch of the house.

After the Stirling family sold the property in 1886, it would pass through the hands of quite a few people. It was in the 1950s that Marjorie Munson purchased the house and stories of ghosts began to circulate the area. Munson would go on record a number of times with her tales of apparitions and disembodied voices in the house. Things got even more interesting, though, when the plantation was purchased by James and Frances Myers in the 1970s and they transformed the property into a bed-and-breakfast.

The Myers family had heard the tales of ghosts that were told by Munson (the most famous being an entity seen wearing a green turban), so they were prepared for some spooky things to happen. Or so they thought. So many things occurred during their stay at the plantation that I couldn’t possibly list them all here. But you can read about it if you like, since Frances wrote a book called The Myrtles Plantation: The True Story of America’s Most Haunted House. Needless to say, they would sell the place to the current owners.

These days, Myrtles Plantation is well-known in the paranormal community. And it makes for quite the luxurious ghostly getaway, since it has a great on-site restaurant and bar in addition to the newly renovated rooms. I’d suggest taking the tour of the home if you want to learn more about the history and haunting there.

In addition to the famous story of Chloe, who haunts the property (just google her name with Myrtles and you can even see a photograph of her), you can hear about the male spirit whom some believe to be William Winter and the ghost who likes to mimic the voices of others in the house.

Excerpted from Passport to the Paranormal, by Rich Newman.

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You Never Know Until You Try

It is often said that at the end of our lives, we are more likely to regret the things we did not do than the things we did.

When contemplating whether to do something or not, a plucky voice in our heads may say, “You never know until you try.” This is time-honored wisdom that encourages us to be game rather than to hold back. It reminds us that it is only through experience that we learn about this world and ourselves. Even if we regret the outcome, we have learned something, and the newfound knowledge is almost always worth it.

This wisdom can be applied to situations both large and small. From crossing the Atlantic on a boat to trying Ethiopian food, there’s only one way to find out what it’s like. We have all had experiences where we tried something we didn’t think we’d like and fell in love. We may have found ourselves stuck with nothing to read but a “boring” book, only to kick-start a lifelong passion for Victorian literature. We may have decided that sailing was not for us until we fell in love with someone with a boat. On the other hand, we may try tofu only to learn that it is truly not for us. In this case, we gain greater self-knowledge from the experience. And yet, we might still remain open to trying it prepared in a different way. The right marinade might make you a convert — you’ll never know if you don’t try it.

It is often said that at the end of our lives we are more likely to regret the things we did not do than the things we did. As an exercise to test your own willingness to discover through doing, try making a list of things you regret not having done. You may begin to notice patterns such as a failure to say what you really think at key moments or closed-mindedness to certain types of activities. Just being aware of the opportunities you missed might encourage you not to miss them again. There’s only one way to find out. 

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5 Signs You’ve got a Ghost at Home & 3 Worrying Signs

By The Alchemist

Is it possible that you have a Ghost at Home? Spirits can transcend time and space. But most usually, ghosts feel trapped at one place probably because of the affinity this place has with their former lives. You may or may not be related to the ghost. The place you now live was once the home of some other Soul. If this person is lost, his/her soul may wander around your home searching for closure.

Are Ghosts Evil?

This is a wrong question. However, Ghostly status is not a healthy one. It’s a troubling situation for both the ghost and for the ones who unwillingly live with it.

Ghosts are confused. Most usually they do not realize their current condition. Hence, they are waiting for a sign, something to ‘wake them up’ from oblivion.

Moreover, Ghosts lack energy. Hence, they try to absorb energy via causing emotions – which make them feel alive again. Emotions conjure astral energy. However, a ghostly lack of energy might drain the energy of the living. This is exactly why you should avoid living near a cemetery.

Classification of Spirits

So far we’ve seen signs that your house is haunted, in other words, believed the house is not yours but theirs. This is different. A ghost might or might not have aggressive intentions and is not ‘trapped’ in your home. On the other hand, it’s not like you are visited by a deceased loved one. In this case, ghosts are not familiar with your energy. Hence, the ‘signs’ could differ. 

See more of Spirits in the SpiritBook

Ghosts will start to make themselves detectable ONLY if somehow they’ve acquired astral energy. If they’ve managed to do so, then several signs might occur as the following.

REMEMBER: Not all ghosts are good, not all are bad. Most ghosts are neutral. However, we’ve added a couple of Signs which should make you

5 Most Common Signs You’ve Got a Ghost at Home:

1. Sounds coming from Nowhere

It’s in the middle of the night when you hear some footsteps. You are sure you’ve heard them from upstairs. But wait. No one is upstairs…

Unexplained noises like footsteps, door knocks, sounds coming from items being dropped – although you can’t see them – may come from ghostly activity. A Ghost at home may cause all these noises for many reasons.

2. Doors and Windows Open automatically

It’s what follows the door knocks. You get back from your home and you see the window of the attic open. However, you are pretty sure you closed it prior to exiting the house.

This is probably a purely symbolic act of ghosts, trying to find a way out of their misery. Most usually, one finds out that the door has opened without actually observing the opening.

3. Things Disappear

You keep on looking for your keys for several minutes. Although you are sure you’ve checked – at least twice – the small table by the mirror, you suddenly realize that the keys are there.

It’s very common to observe things disappear and reappear without reason. As our Mage wrote in ‘Hauntings’  sometimes they may reappear in a totally different place, while other times they may never reappear.

4. Lights and Electronic Devices go Crazy

Do lights flicker for no reason? Are any electronic devices turn on or off without any effort of yours? Do computers or smartphones shut down or act like they have a will of their own?

The energy of ALL Spirits have actual electromagnetic effects. In fact, the more powerful the Ghost at home, the more mess it can make.

5. Weird Animal Behavior

Animals see the world in a very different way than humans. They can actually ‘see’ spirits and interact with the shadows or the ghost at home.

Whether animals are actually living with you or around your home, their behavior will change rapidly while a ghost is present. Animals can tell if this entity is good or hostile. During a ghostly visit, you can see your dog or cat staring at something you cannot see. They might try to hide or they can assume a defensive position.

But sometimes, Ghosts may have hostile intentions.

A Ghost at home is usually neutral but this has to do with the deceased human. Rarely, a human can be so evil, that his/her energy can transcend time and space, and come back to the Realm of the Living to continue the Evil Bidding.

Who are these people? Well, let’s see…

Evil sorcerers and practitioners of the Craft who lost their way

Twisted criminals, Serial Killers, or anyone with vicious intentions 

REALLY angry Ghosts who cannot forgive the living ones for their unfair way of dying

3 Worrying Signs of a Ghost at Home

Here is a list of the most terrifying signs one may experience. Let me here make something clear here though. Worrying is beneficial as we actually can take some action.

HOWEVER, you are advised NEVER to panic. What should you do? Call an expert and deal with it together ESPECIALLY when things go this wrong!

1. Apparitions – Manifestations

Well, it goes without saying that if you can actually see the Ghost, then we’ve come too far. Apparitions include the actual manifestation of the Ghost in any possible form.

It may appear as human, as an animal, as a hybrid, or as a mist. The list is actually endless. Once you see something like this, you should immediately consult with an expert.

2. Levitation and Telekinesis

I have seen many times things get broken during an exorcism. Moreover, I once saw my bed floating in the air.

Do things break?

Move?

Vibrate?

Levitate in front of your own eyes?

Well dear, time to call the ghostbusters. I mean it. You have to contact an expert in order to perform a ritual.

Some priests also may be helpful but you’ve got to call an expert honey. Not just someone who is just related to ‘these things.

3. Actual Physical Assault

I have a documented experience from my grandmother when she got assaulted by a very powerful hollow – ghost. She woke up full of bruises and scars. It’s real, trust me.

Do you wake up after a bad dream and you find scars and bruises over your body or others who live in your house? This is a time for action.

If this Ghost at home can leave bruises it can do more. You have to contact an expert and deal with the issue immediately.

Final Notes.

I STRONGLY advise you not to panic when you experience this kind of phenomenon. Try to think of it as a game of hide and seek. However, when things get this scary, seek assistance. 

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What Your Favorite Horror Movie Says About You

~Ghost Hunting Theories

Horror movies really come down to three categories. We could push it and say suspense/thriller and SciFi can also be horror, but let’s just talk about the straight-out horror genre.

Take a look at your collection and see which type you seem to have the most of –

Ghosts/supernatural/paranormal (e.g. “1408,” “The Haunting,” “The Awakening,” “Castle of Blood,” “Dead Silence”)

Stalker/slasher movies (e.g. “Halloween,” “Wrong Turn,” “When a Stranger Calls,” “Friday the 13th”)

Monsters/demons/beasts/zombies (e.g. “30 Days of Night,” “The Howling,” “Night of the Living Dead,” “Blood and Chocolate”)

If you ever wondered what your choices say about you, here are some assumptions that can be made:

GHOSTS/SUPERNATURAL/PARANORMAL

If the largest amount of your horror movie collection involves ghosts/supernatural/paranormal, you’re a romantic at heart.

You like storytelling, darkness, mood, atmosphere, and the unseen.

You’re highly intelligent and don’t need your story fed to you on a platter. You’d rather leave a great deal to your imagination.

For you, the unseen is the most horrifying concept. You want your story to go at a nice creepy pace before building up to terrifying. You don’t need a lot of stimulation or dialogue. You just need good acting, good scripting, and a really artistic cinematographer.

More than likely, you’re a spiritual person and a bit of a philosopher who often wonders about the afterlife and is considerate of other people. You may tend toward introversion, as well.

Some more obscure movies I’d suggest to add to your collection for a connoisseur of this type of genre are “Sauna,” “Stir of Echoes,” “Gothika,” “Deathwatch,” “Castle of Blood,” and “Half Light.”

STALKER/SLASHER

If the largest amount of your horror movie collection involves stalker/slasher theme, you are more than likely a person in need of high stimulation. The world of stalker/slasher movies is instant thrills and chills and you are more than likely a multitasker at heart.

Your mind is actively tearing apart the hero/heroine’s movies to figure out what you would do in such a situation. You don’t have a lot of patience for sitting through movies, and these keep you engaged. Like cheering a favorite sports team, you pick out the character you want to survive and you’re on the edge of your seat with them until the end.

You are also a person who believes in good and evil and the constant battle between what you believe in and those who wish to exert their will upon you. You like the black and white clarity of this genre.

Some qualities you might enjoy about this segment of the genre is kicking soundtracks, beautiful nubile characters, being wound up tightly by the pursuit, and relief when the bad guy dies (since life so rarely has such justice).

You are likely either an independent person or a natural-born leader. Perhaps a bit of everyday repressed anger lurks beneath so that these movie themes act out both your survival instinct and your frustrations about being told what to do.

Some more obscure movies you might want to add in this category would be “Catacombs,” “Black Christmas,” “In Dreams,” “Valentine,” and “The Return.”

MONSTERS/DEMONS/BEASTS/ZOMBIES

If the largest amount of your horror collection involves monsters/demons/beasts/zombies, my guess is that you’re a closet SciFi person and perhaps a bit more conservative by nature. To you, a monster is a clear-cut enemy—nothing parading as human, so no guilt in the killing. Monsters are imposing and powerful, angry and large. To kill a monster is to truly win a battle!

People who enjoy monster films usually appreciate the special effects and monster-making capabilities of the moviemaker, as well as the overall damage and mayhem.

A monster is kind of a metaphor for fighting a foreign enemy—it’s “us” against “them.” Unlike slasher films in which the characters are all fighting for their own lives, in a monster movie everyone bands together to survive.

This category can include traditional monsters like vampires, zombies, and werewolves and go into the giant-sized ones like Godzilla and King Kong, but also such things as oversized Grizzly bears, aliens, Sasquatch, great white sharks, and the rest.

You are likely a person who enjoys being part of a group, clique, team. It’s the teamwork directed at a clear enemy that is a theme you appreciate.

In fact, here are some more obscure movies you might want to add to your collection in this category: “Them!” “The Cave,” “Brotherhood of the Wolf,” “Day of the Dead,” and “Cloverfield.”

I’ll be curious to see just what category you fall into, please report! I honestly switch around a lot depending on mood. Lately, I’ve been in the monster mood, but depending on the time of year, I switch off to slasher or supernatural. In all my movies I have saved, I own the most in the supernatural category, second-most in slasher, and least in monsters. If a new movie comes out, however, my true category wins – supernatural. It is the one I am most excited to see released.

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Gilberto Rides Again  Chapter 7

by Stephen Halpert

Gilberto managed to drive the Bentley into a roadside rest area just off Route 95 toward Boston. He went to the men’s room, but the door was locked. Back at the Bentley he called his roadside service. They said they’d send assistance within the hour. The rain was now intermittent, a flurry of drops, then lightning and thunder followed by more of a drenching.

“We may as well sit at one of those picnic table umbrellas, more leg room and some shelter,” Gilberto said.

Sara frowned, said nothing, opened her door and followed him.

He thought he heard an imperceptible click from somewhere.

Sara remained quiet, seemed withdrawn. Did she feel remorseful or was she pouting? She moved to sit beside him and gently put her hand on his leg. “I love it when men wear loose shorts.”

He wondered about this, although he didn’t reply. He was too busy listening, but to what exactly he wasn’t sure.

“I love the feel of a strong masculine leg,” she persisted.

Now he was sure he heard something from a short distance away.

She slid her hand inside his shorts, further up his thigh. That caught him by surprise. His leg jerked inadvertently. He leaned closer to her and whispered. “I don’t think we’re alone.”

Somehow hearing that ticked her off. “Just you, me and the ants,” she said cynically. Her hand stayed inside his shorts, moving against his inner thigh. Finally, she said “Aren’t you wondering what’s going on.” Her voice was coy.

Gilberto knew he was supposed to be polite, tactful, even nice, but what came forth was “that’s a good way of putting it.”

He thought he heard creaking coming from the latrine. “Like I said I don’t think we’re alone,” he whispered.

She frowned. “That’s no way to act. Here I am trying to be friendly and you’re just acting stupid. You could have checked the gas gauge before we left Narragansett. My deceased husband certainly would have done that.”

Defensively churlish, Gilberto thought.

“And I thought we had good chemistry.”

Gilberto smirked. “I don’t know what gave you that idea.”

She blinked. “You know I excite you,” she parried. She squeezed his thigh harder. Were it Maria beside him, he knew that by this time they’d be atop one another, rolling in the wet grass.

She leaned closer her voice breathy. “Pretty obvious, at least to me.” Her tone was coy, seductive, demanding. “Even though he might pretend otherwise a woman knows when a man finds her desirable.”

He caught his breath, resisting her advances. “Don’t let it go to your head.” 

She jerked her hand out from inside his shorts, her fist clenched. “I can’t believe you’d be so rude.”

That made him laugh. “You want rude. I’ll give you the best rude money can buy.”

Her eyes widened. Right now, you must know how much you want me. We both know it. Don’t lie. I can feel you’re responding.”

His head spun. Why couldn’t this be Maria. “Never gonna happen.” He looked her and felt like slapping her face. Restraining himself, he said, “Don’t kid yourself.”

She straightened up and drew back. “I make a terrible enemy Gilberto,” she hissed. “Don’t ever forget that.”

At that moment the stench of alcohol permeated the air. Gilberto saw a scruffy, drunken male lurch toward them. His face was ruddy, his eyes bloodshot. Wet clothes caked with mud clung to his emaciated form. In one hand he clutched a long, menacing, carving knife. He staggered toward them.

Sara shrieked.

Gilberto was poised to kick the knife away, but Sara was between them, in the way.

The drunk grabbed at Sara; his free hand clutched the top of her sundress, ripping it from her shoulders. She slipped backward onto the wet grass. Gilberto landed a kick hard against the side of the assailant’s neck. He fell, crying out in pain.

Sara managed to get to her knees. She reached into her bag, aimed, and sprayed a canister of pepper spray at the drunk’s face.

Half dazed he screamed and staggered away, dropping the knife.

“My sundress,” she cried, clutching the remains of the tattered cloth that clung against her wet skin. “I want him arrested, imprisoned for the rest of his life.”

“Be calm,” Gilberto said. “If he’s arrested and charges are pressed there’ll be any number of court appearances we’ll have to attend. For all we know his court appointed attorney could retaliate, sue us for assault. Sounds crazy but it could happen. Strange as that might seem. That kind of publicity won’t do Atlas any good.”

She managed to pull a tee shirt from her beach bag. “Turn around,” she demanded. She pulled off the remnants of her sun dress and pulled on the dry tee shirt and a pair of jeans shorts.

“You men are all the same,” she sneered. “A boy’s club that persecutes defenseless women.”

On that unfriendly note the road service arrived and provided gas for the Bentley. Finally, they got underway.

In total silence Gilberto drove through Kenmore Square onto Commonwealth Avenue. Then turning onto Charles Street, he pulled a familiar left turn and arrived at his condo.

As he climbed out of the Bentley, he said, “If you’d like some hot coffee or tea, I know Maria would be happy for you to come in.”

But instead of replying she glared at him, got out, walked around the to the driver’s side, got in and without a word drove off.

As a weary Gilberto came into the condo, Maria looked at him and smiled. “You look like you’ve been wrestling an alligator.”

“I wouldn’t call her an alligator, more like a man-eating shark.”

“I’ve some pizza in the toaster oven. Come sit down and I’ll pour you a beer.”

“That woman’s a trip and a half,” he said. One minute she flirts like mad and then the next her anger boils over like a volcano.”

He recapped the incident at the rest area with the homeless drunk.

When he told Maria how Sara persisted in sliding her hand up inside his shorts, she giggled. “I fear you’ll have to give me more accurate details, plus a comprehensive demonstration.”

“What do you mean? That’s exactly what she did.”

“Gilberto, for me to get a clearer picture I’ll need more facts.”

He grinned. “Now you’re acting like Perry Mason.”

“Yes, she said. “Finish your beer and pizza.”

Then she led him to their bedroom. “Yes,” she reaffirmed. “Much more evidence is required, so now you can take the witness stand.”

(to be continued)

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Yummy Summer Drinks!

Coffee Banana Smoothie

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk or milk of choice.

1/2 cup freshly brewed organic coffee or cold brew, place in the fridge for 10 minutes.

1 frozen banana.

1 scoop protein powder

1/2 tablespoon chia seeds.

Optional: 1 teaspoon honey or sweetener of choice.

Optional: Handful of ice cubes.

Kelly’s Healthy Frappuccinos (Sugar Free, Dairy Free) Recipe

Prep time
15 mins

Cook time 90 mins
Total time 1 hour 45 mins

Serves: 2

Ingredients

· 2 c. Pacific Organic Unsweetened Almond Milk (Plain)
· 2 tsp. instant coffee
· 0.0625 tsp. Celtic Sea Salt
· ½ tsp. organic vanilla extract
· ½ Tbsp. Navitas Naturals Original Raw Chia Seeds
· 10 drops SweetLeaf® SteviaClear Liquid Stevia

Instructions

1. Add chia seeds to almond milk and soak for 10 minutes. (Chia will gel).

2. Add chia-almond milk mixture to a high powered blender with other ingredients. Blend on high for 1 minute.

3. Pour into an ice cube tray and transfer to freezer. Freeze for 1 hour.

4. Pop the cubes out of the containers and thaw slightly. (NOTE: Only thaw what you want to use immediately)

Place cubes in blender and blend to desired consistency.

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Kitty Kat’s Korner

Share your love for cats!

Cat Ice Lolly Recipe

Ingredients

Liquid from 1 Tin of tuna in spring water

400ml Water

Small Paper cup for a mold

Meaty treat stick (Stick-shaped cat treat)

Method

Measure out your water into a jug, then drain in the liquid from a tin of tuna in spring water.  Give it a quick stir.

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Why Do Cats Sit On You? Here Are 6 Reasons

By Susan Logan McCracken

Ever wondered, “Why do cats sit on you?” From basic needs like safety to more obscure reasons, like the fabric of your clothing, here’s why cats sit on you.

Why do cats sit on you? Downtime would not be the same for me without a purring cat on my lap. One of the greatest joys of living with cats is when one of them chooses to lounge on top of me. This special bonding time is good for me, as it lowers my blood pressure, and is good for my cat, as it meets some of her needs. Not all cats sit on their humans, though, and some become lap cats later in life. Although some breeds like the Ragdoll are known to be lap cats, it still depends on the cat, and only time with that individual will tell.

All cats are individuals and it depends on the individual cat, says Marilyn Krieger, Certified Cat Behavior Consultant (CCBC), based in Redwood City, California, and author of Naughty No More! In general, cats seek out a few basic needs when they sit on a human’s lap. There are other factors that play into cats sitting on you, like your clothes. Let’s look at some answers to “Why do cats sit on you?” here.

why do cats sit on you

Why do cats sit on you? One of the reasons might be because you’re nice and warm! Photography ©PCbang | Getty Images.

1. Why do cats sit on you? You’re warm!

Cats like warmth, and people’s laps are generally warm, Marilyn says.

2. Why do cats sit on you? They crave connection.

Cats gravitate toward people they like, and they seek connection with their favorite people, Marilyn adds. Sometimes they’re seeking petting, because people often pet the cat on their lap. Petting resembles their mom’s grooming, so most cats love receiving petting from their favorite people. Some cats also knead while they sit on someone’s lap. When they’re kneading, they’re simulating their neonatal days when they did that to their mothers to stimulate milk flow. “It can be a self-comforting behavior, as can purring,” Marilyn says.

3. Why do cats sit on you? It makes them feel safe!

One of the answers to “Why do cats sit on you?” is that some cats feel safer when they’re on their favorite person’s lap, Marilyn says.

4. Why do cats sit on you? Smell plays into it.

If you have a bathrobe that smells like you, your cat might sit on it whether you’re wearing it or not, Marilyn says. And if you’ve been to an animal shelter, your cat might detect a lot of other animal scents on you and avoid you. Don’t take it personally.

5. Why do cats sit on you? Your clothes matter!

Marilyn, who has three lap cats, noticed that her cats won’t sit on her when she’s wearing a plastic raincoat. My husband, Mark, noticed that when he wears his soft bathrobe, our cat Maddie, who usually sits on me, will sit on him instead.

I discovered the difference texture can make when a feral cat I helped take care of for about a year finally came and sat on my lap when I was wearing a soft fleece jacket. The first time I tried to pet her, she scratched me. But eventually, she let me pet her. Then she started sitting next to me on a picnic table bench and gradually started letting me pet her while sitting next to me. Then on a cold day, she rubbed up against my fleece jacket and, to my astonishment, climbed onto my lap.

Cats want to be comfortable and warm, Marilyn said when I told her this story, “and she trusted you.”

6. Why do cats sit on you? To show trust.

“They really do have to trust you to sit on your lap,” Marilyn says. She stresses the importance of not making a cat sit on your lap and giving the cat the option to leave. “When you give them that choice of sitting on your lap or not and leaving when they want to, they become more trusting of you.”

Pour the mixture into small paper cups (or whatever you are using as a mold) and place in the freezer until they are partially set. This should take about 1 hour and the mixture should be enough for around 5-6 lollies.

Once they have started to freeze, take them out and add a meaty stick-shaped cat treat to make the stick of the lolly. Place back in the freezer until they are completely frozen.

Once frozen, remove the paper cup before giving one to your cat. It’s best to give these to your cat outdoors (in the shade, if it’s a very hot day), or in a bowl, so the lolly doesn’t melt all over your floor!

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Georgia Nichols: Weekly Horoscope: Sunday, June 27, 2021

All Signs

When aggressive planets make tough aspects to each other, this can predict scary accidents. However, this is not true for the great majority of the population. For most of us, it means an angry argument, broken equipment or a hasty, regrettable decision. On Thursday, Mars is opposite Saturn, and on Saturday, Mars is at odds with unpredictable Uranus. Yes, this indicates difficulties; but these difficulties will vary within a wide population. Nevertheless, it behooves one to be careful, n’est-ce pas? Of course! Expect the best and plan for the worst I always say! (That’s why whenever I cook for company, I make sure I have lots of milk and Kellogg’s cornflakes on hand.)

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Home and family are your main focus this week, especially your relations with a parent. It’s a busy week with errands and short trips. You want to talk to everyone and express your opinions. On Thursday, children might be an increased responsibility. Lovers’ quarrels are also likely. By Saturday, parents should be extra vigilant to avoid accidents with their kids. Everyone should do what they can to avoid sports accidents and mishaps, as well as delays and cancellations related to social occasions, parties and entertaining. This week is a bit of a rocky road for romance – no question. A feeling of rebellion, especially against restrictions, might make someone suddenly declare, “I’m outta here!”

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

This is a fast-paced week because you have so much on the go! Short trips, increased reading, writing and studying, busy errands plus conversations with siblings, relatives and neighbours not to mention an ambitious To Do list – enough to make one gasp. Meanwhile, you might entertain at home and buy beautiful things for your home as well. However, power struggles within the family might take place midweek. By the end of the week, be particularly careful to avoid problems with appliances, family arguments and domestic accidents or broken items. Slow down and take it easy so that you can stay on top of things with grace and inner control.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Although your primary focus this week is on money, earnings, cash flow and your possessions, nevertheless, this is a dicey week when it comes to your communications with others, especially daily contacts, neighbours and siblings and relatives. Knowing this ahead of time, you can be patient. You can edit your response to others so that you don’t trigger an argument; or perhaps, someone else will trigger an argument and you need to think before you respond so that you can de-escalate things. You will definitely notice power struggles on Thursday. Please note, on Friday/Saturday, there is an accident-prone influence for your sign so pay attention to everything you say and do. Be smart.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

With the Sun in your sign, you continue to attract favourable situations and friendly attention from friends and admirers. (Cancers are such supportive and loyal friends.) Nevertheless, something that you want to be aware of this week is a stressful influence that could impact your earnings, your cash flow or something that you own. For example, power struggles on Thursday about shared property or money or possessions might occur. Towards the end of the week, a source of earnings might be interrupted. Possibly, you will lose or break something that you own. You might even have an argument with someone about the ownership of something – something that is yours! And you know it!

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Primarily, this is a low-key time for you because the Sun is waiting in the wings before your birthday arrives. That’s why this is an excellent week to make some goals for your new year ahead. For many of you, it will be a very different year. Meanwhile, this week is a bit challenging for you because Mars is in your sign and it is at odds with Saturn on Thursday, which will pit you against partners and close friends. Avoid these power struggles and instead be graceful and understanding. (For your own peace of mind.) By the end of the week, do what you can to avoid accidents or unexpected clashes with the police, parents or authority figures. You don’t need this aggro.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Your popularity continues! Enjoy schmoozing with friends and groups this week. Grab every chance to share your hopes and dreams for the future with someone because their feedback might help you. Discussions with authority figures will go well because you are admired. However, something going on behind the scenes might stir up some trouble. Midweek, whatever you try to do might meet with opposition or disapproval. And by the end of the week, something out of the blue might upset your secret plans or your desires to do something. Perhaps it means you have to sit this one out? You can easily do this.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

With the Sun at the top of your chart, you look fabulous to others now. Bosses, parents and important people are impressed with you, even if you don’t do anything special. Because of this advantage, now is the time to act. Make your pitch! However, a very different influence might interrupt a friendship this week. Power struggles with a group or a friend, especially someone older might take place midweek. It might be about kids, social plans, sports, vacations or financial speculation. In fact, this might mushroom into some kind of difficulty so that by the end of the week, a friendship is broken. Or you might quit a group? This could be because you don’t like conflict. When things are too contentious – you want to leave. Understandably so.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

You are still restless for travel and adventure this week, which is why you are up for anything and eager to accept all invitations to fun outings! However, something disconcerting that you might face this week could be power struggles with a parent, a boss or someone in a position of authority – including the police. This clash could take place midweek. In fact, it might increase in intensity so that by the weekend, you are truly at odds with someone to the extent that you make a break. Possibly, this weekend challenge is the displeasure of a boss, the police or someone in authority? This won’t be too bad because lucky Jupiter has your back this year. Basically, this is a fun-loving year for you.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Many details related to shared property, taxes, debt, insurance issues and inheritances continue to absorb your attention. Mercury opposite your sign will help you clarify and explain issues to others. This is good. Nevertheless, you might encounter power struggles in discussions with someone midweek. Be wise and avoid controversial subjects like politics, religion and racial issues. By the end of the week, travel plans might suddenly change or you might encounter unexpected changes with school plans or something to do with medicine and the law. Likewise, these sudden changes or challenges could impact plans for publishing and the media. These areas are right up your alley.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

This week you will need more sleep because the Sun is still symbolically as far away from your sign as it gets all year, and the Sun is the source of your energy. This polarized position of the Sun does however, channel your focus on partners and close friendships. Meanwhile, some kind of dispute about inheritances and shared property or insurance issues might arise midweek. These are never easy. In fact, by the weekend, something unexpected might change everything. Fortunately, Venus is in the picture and Venus wants to protect your interests. This is a good thing. Take things slow and easy but expect the best. Do your homework so that you are well-prepared to defend your best interests, especially financially speaking.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

You are still working hard and feeling a sense of reward because you are getting better organized. Bit by bit, step-by-step. “Every day in every way I’m getting better and better.” This works! However, power struggles with a partner or close friend might arise midweek. Meanwhile, with Mars in your sign, you will stick up for yourself. In fact, repressed grievances might come out into the open. This could be why — by the weekend, some relationships are in trouble. What you have is a situation where someone wants to revolt because they feel angry and they feel restricted. This could be an indication of a need for change. Meanwhile, guard against impulsive, reckless decisions, which feel good in the moment but are later regrettable. (Been there, done that.)

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

You are definitely in a playful mood and keen to party, socialize, enjoy sporting events, which is why you will grab every chance to have some fun. This will also include your enjoyment of playful activities with kids. Romance is rewarding as well. Ah yes, the good life! Having said that, power struggles related to your job might take place midweek. They could grow into a full-blown argument by the weekend that indicates a split with someone. Pet owners should know that midweek and by the weekend, they should keep an eye on their pet to avoid accidents. For some of you, these work challenges could mean equipment breakdowns or computer glitches that are frustrating. Let’s hope for the best!

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Weekly Horoscopes Beginning Sunday, 27 June 2021

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

Outlines are longer versions; consists of every possible detail of everyday and based on three parts of each sign: 1st, 2nd & 3rd Decan; that is, any of three divisions of 10° within a sign of the zodiac. Even if you know or don’t know your Decan; I recommend, please read all three Decan.

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Aries

Personal theme: I am!!

Fire & cardinal sign: March 21 — April 19

Your horoscope for this week:

While you’ve been aware pivotal decisions were looming, you’ve lacked vital facts and, as important, been unsure of your own priorities. Yet others are in a hurry. Tell them they’ll just have to wait. The foundation on which even the simplest of plans are based is changing, frequently and often irrationally. By the week’s close, both the actual circumstances and what and who comes first will be much clearer.

You will be thanking your lucky stars for the good news that comes your way early in the week. This will confirm you have one foot in the door of your new destiny. You may have set your sights high but you also know your goals are realistic. Actions you take now will not have been without a good deal of serious thought. You trust you are on the right path and very soon you can start relaxing ‘ which is something you haven’t done in a long while.

Thursday’s Last Quarter Moon is in your sign and brings a turning point. That this phase coincides with your ruling planet, Mars, opposing Saturn, suggests you might hit a brick wall. A project begun around two years ago might require tough decision. Yet this week, Jupiter and Uranus are on their way to forming a quintile (fifth of a cycle) aspect. This should bring your creative talents to the surface. Whatever the difficulties that need to be negotiated in the first half of the week, should be resolved by the weekend – thanks particularly to the input of someone younger who sees obstacles as exciting challenges. This person could remind you of your own natural style! Once re-energised (most likely on Friday), you should make excellent headway.

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Taurus

Personal theme: I have!!

Earth & fixed sign: April 20 — May 20

Your horoscope for this week:

After a lengthy period of informative but frustratingly pointless discussion, you’re impatient, if not anxious about turning ideas into plans, and those into action. For now, continue to declutter your thinking and commitments to pointless distractions. Equally, explore unexpected ideas, events or offers. They may not seem promising now, but dramatic developments around the beginning of next week could change everything, possibly overnight.

Your mood seems to be more purposeful than most people around you. Even so there will be times when you seem to blend into your environment quite nicely. You will be getting on with your own concerns while enjoying the carefree spirit of your friends and other companions. There is someone whose company you would not want to miss for the world and you will both be making some exciting plans for the future.

That Uranus, (the planet of ‘doing your own thing’ is now moving through your sign suggests that latent entrepreneurial talents will be on display. Mars and Saturn straddle the backbone of your solar chart suggests that this could be a defining professional moment when you challenge the status quo. Apprehensive as you may be about your ability to bring a team together, or to delegate certain tasks, fact is, that this is likely the best way forward. What seems particularly significant especially in the second half of the week, is your relationship with the Internet and general presentation. This may be the moment to improve or reset your profile on social media accounts, and perhaps even open up a new account that flaunts developing interests and career desires.

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Gemini

Personal theme: I think!!

Air sign: May 21 — June 20

Your horoscope for this week:

Although your ruler Mercury’s cycle of reverse, or retrograde, movement ended on the 22nd, you’re still untangling confusion and dealing with a range of unanswered questions. While you may not be feeling patient, instead of rushing things, allow facts to surface in their own time. Not only are the details likely to be more reliable, you’ll realise that your mind’s much clearer as well.

Taken all round, this should be a reasonably easy going ending to the month. You couldn’t ask for more than the light-hearted and fun company around you. Although romance will be taking a backseat you won’t even be noticing this when there are so many other exciting things going on to divert, distract and delight you. There just seems no escaping the happy mood that envelops your life at this time. Family and friends can’t seem to do enough for you.

There is, for your sign, always the danger of talking more than listening. This week especially you should focus on the latter. Opportunities likely abound. The art is not to keep talking about what it is that you’ve done or achieved in the past, but rather to focus firmly on what you intend to do from now on. In this you may be much encouraged by those born under the Fire signs of Aries, Leo or Sagittarius whose enthusiasm for your plans may be just what you need. It’s likely that they are either involved in athletics or that there is a physical fitness component to their career path. It won’t be so surprising if you are faced with some kind of test before the end of June. This shouldn’t be seen as something you necessarily have to pass, but would provide you with a useful measure. With this hurdle behind you, you may be offered an intriguing travel opportunity.

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Cancer

Personal theme: I feel!!

Water & cardinal sign: June 21 — July 22

Your horoscope for this week:

Obviously, you’d rather turn appealing ideas into lasting plans. Currently, however, you’re better off decluttering your diary and your thinking, all in preparation for the fresh start triggered by the powerful Cancer New Moon on Saturday 10 July; and between now and then? Make a point of meeting people and exploring every idea you encounter. They’re only the beginning of a cycle of expansion, discovery and growth.

Business will be a pleasure when although you will insist on doing some things in your own way, no one is likely to stand in your way. Your boss will be pleased to see how enthusiastic you are to take the initiative. Your decisiveness will show in family relationships too. If someone at home has been acting suspiciously, they will have to come up with a good excuse for this or you will lay our cards on the table.

Thursday’s Last Quarter Moon in another of the Cardinal signs, coincides with an opposition between Mars and Saturn. Many people will feel as though they’ve hit a dead end. If they look past whatever the difficulty is however, they might also see that there are very bright lights ahead. New ways of working clearly have to be found. Saying goodbye to past methods is essential. Some signs will likely find this harder than others: you being one of them. Your memory of how things were could, though, be a little rose tinted. It is now time to put your best creative foot forward. It’s possible that you will be invited to join a team with whom you’ve had dealings in the past. This time there may be a more formal method of engagement. Yet with Venus having joined Mars in neighbouring Leo, your expectations of how you might be rewarded might need to be managed. In this respect, the advice of someone older (or a Capricorn), should be most useful.

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Leo

Personal theme: I will!!

Fire & fixed sign: July 23 — August 22

Your horoscope for this week:

Several elements of your life are coming undone, from habits to elements of your social or working life. However, each is clearing the way for unexpected events, if not very real breakthroughs. This begins unfolding now but will intensify over the coming months. The challenge? Relinquishing control to destiny, in terms of timing and details. The payoff? Changes far better than you’ve dared imagine possible.

Financial rewards are heading your way as a consequence of your hard-working efforts of the past week or so. Someone close will come up with a hard luck story. This is a one you’ve now heard once too often so they won’t be fooling you. There’s some tension in the home when a housemate isn’t good company. A day out shopping or meeting with friends will be far more enjoyable than remaining in your own four walls. At least in your social relationships, others will be glad of your company.

Venus has joined Mars in your sign where they will conjoin mid-July. This isn’t something that happens every year and suggests that the spotlight will be firmly on you and your relationships: business and otherwise. Thursday’s Last Quarter Moon coincides with the opposition of Mars to Saturn. This would seem to indicate a make-or-break moment – taking place ahead of an extraordinary aspect between Jupiter and Uranus. The latter is, as you know, shaking your very foundations and leaving you desirous of a different environment. The combination of all these factors suggest that this is the week when you’ll determine that you really do have to move on. Don’t forget, yours is one of the Fixed signs: reluctance is in your nature. Maybe though, that there has to be a parting of the ways (a short sharp shock if you like), before you embrace the future. Don’t be surprised if you feel the need to exercise your lion’s roar in the process.

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Virgo

Personal theme: I analyse!!

Earth sign: August 23 — September 22

Your horoscope for this week:

Your ruler Mercury’s retrograde cycle ended on the 22nd, which means that by now you’d have imposed order on the resulting chaos. Yet things aren’t proceeding as expected. That’s because the foundation on which they’re based is itself changing. While this might worry you initially, it’s soon clear these changes aren’t just overdue, they’re clearing the way for a better way of living and working.

A personal aim you never thought would come true is showing remarkable signs of promise. It will feel good to know your hopes weren’t unrealistic after all. Following on the heels of a favourable start to the week you might enjoy some fun times with friends later. You aren’t about to sit around watching all the good opportunities being snapped up by someone else. You are on the ball and when your big chance arises there will be no holding you back.

Yours is, as you know, one of the Earth signs of the zodiac. You can be super practical. It seems you also have a gift for identifying what could be improved. This week, a triangle formed between the asteroids Vesta, Ceres and Pluto coincides with the Last Quarter Moon in action-orientated Aries. Some people may feel they’ve hit a brick wall in the second half of the week. Rather than view obstacles, you’ll likely see advantages: time for rethink and practical reconstruction. Another aspect indicates extraordinary opportunity but does require that blinkers are taken off. This is where you could truly excel. The fact that others have reached their limit might be infuriating at one level, but offer an opportunity to think and work differently and yes, to do work what you do so well, make alteration and multitask.

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Libra

Personal theme: I balance!!

Air & cardinal sign: September 23 — October 22

Your horoscope for this week:

While you may not have been consciously aware that certain elements of your life needed to change, once things begin to shift, often dramatically and sometimes overnight, you’ll recognise that these are nothing short of breakthroughs. The only problem is that others won’t always fully understand the benefits, at least as things stand. If so, simply avoid discussing matters until the facts are clearer.

If you are lonely and in need of some company or a little romance, don’t be too reluctant to let a friend do some matchmaking. Someone wants to play Cupid. At least give their ideas a chance. You could be glad you did. You might find it interesting to keep up to date with local news and it could be useful too, to take notice of what others have to say. Stay alert.

You may need to accept that one working partnership is now in its last stages. It could be that there is a short revival before you both decide to move on. The recent Solar Eclipse was in another of the Air signs. No doubt this special New Moon fuelled desire to improve lines of communication and explore networking options. With your ruling planet, Venus having joined Mars in a Fire signs, you could begin that process. True, you may not sign on the dotted line for a couple of weeks yet; but identifying which groups you want to be affiliated with should prove an enjoyable selecting experience. You may recall that for many months, there have been two-week periods when all the planets have been grouped on one side of the sun. All signs have been aware of the lack and imbalance: you perhaps more than others. With this planetary picture altering and a fairer distribution appearing in the coming months, your world should open up too.

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Scorpio & Ophiuchus

Personal theme: I desire!!

Water & fixed signs: October 23 — November 21

Your horoscope for this week:

Only when you compare notes with others do you realise that what they regard as planning ahead is, to you, a vague outline. Ordinarily you’ve lists made and any necessary support organised. However, with so much in transition, aim to adopt their more easy-going approach. It’s out of character and may be initially worrying. However, you’ll soon be grateful both arrangements and your thinking are so flexible.

This will be a good time to further any intentions you may have to bring improvements into your life. Don’t be afraid to fill in that job application or to approach your boss for a pay rise. You will never get anywhere without trying and although you don’t usually need a push to get you going, some gentle encouragement from an experienced colleague will help you accomplish a great deal. Efforts to complete a domestic project will be stepped up.

Venus joins Mars now moving over the career sector of your solar chart. It will likely feel imperative that you do things that bring pleasure, which are creative and which offer reward at all levels. The fact that this is a priority desire doesn’t of course mean that it will happen. Yet with the Last Quarter Moon in another of the Mars- ruled signs on Thursday, it’s very likely that you’ll choose to say goodbye to activities that no longer give satisfaction. You should be ready to branch out and yes, join forces with those who presently seem just so, so inspired. The solar eclipse may have been almost 2 weeks ago, but it should now be obvious that certain individuals are altering direction. The fact that they clearly want to continue working with you, – and are asking you to make career adjustment too, should, at the very least, be heart-warming. It’s entirely possible that by the time Venus and Mars conjoin mid-July, that a firm offer will be on the table.

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Sagittarius

Personal theme: I see!!

Fire sign: November 22 — December 21

Your horoscope for this week:

While you’re an optimist by nature and regard the unexpected as a stimulating challenge, even you could struggle to deal with constant twists and turns in circumstances, others’ thinking and, as a result, in your own priorities. Actually, that’s the secret. The more flexible your thinking and your plans are, the better advantage you’ll take of this thrilling, if unsettling, period of a month or so.

Your ability to look on the bright side does a lot to keep you strong. You might also notice an ease of aches or other minor complaints that have been more frustrating than debilitating. There are some links with an institution during the back end of the week when you may be visiting a friend or relative who is sick or doing some charity work. Whatever the reason for a group project, you can expect a favourable outcome.

It should be clear that others are pushing you forward – even whilst you are resistant (through genuine reluctance or unwell-ness). Thursday’s Last Quarter Moon is in another of the Fire signs and coincides with an opposition of Mars to Saturn. Clearly all signs will feel this. In a sense, it’s something of an obstacle or a brick wall. You may feel that you have reached the end of one course of study or that the relationship with one expert has to come to an end. With a fabulous aspect between Jupiter, your ruling planet, and Uranus (the planet that does things differently) developing next weekend, it seems likely that you will be ready to leave the orthodox and move towards the unconventional. Exploring fresh ideas might now seem imperative. Yes, this is likely to come from someone younger and who has yet doesn’t have a wealth of experience. Their instincts though could be absolutely sound and lead you onto slightly adjusted career path – but one that brings great pleasure.

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Capricorn

Personal theme: I use!!

Earth & cardinal sign: December 22 — January 19

Your horoscope for this week:

If you’re still thinking about recent events, it’s no surprise. The Capricorn Full Moon, on Thursday the 24th, brought both facts and your own feelings to a head. While you’ve probably already discussed most of the matters in question, many are so complex you’ll need time for reflection. Take it. What you learn in the process will offer insights for the present and the future.

You are in the middle of some contrary pulls and frustrations. Family life doesn’t seem to be fitting in with your career or vice-versa. A part time job may have slowly developed into a full-time commitment or your normal workload is increasing so rapidly you’re finding it hard to fit family commitments into your new schedule. A small party or get-together will give you the chance to widen your social circle. People you meet will also have some important business connections.

Next Thursday, there is a Last Quarter Moon in another of the Cardinal signs. This coincides with Mars’ opposition to Saturn, your ruling planet. If you think of the planets as playing music, this suggests a major – perhaps final chord playing. That’s certainly how many signs of the zodiac will hear it. Expect, as June comes to a close, to hear that some individuals have decided they are definitely moving on. This could free you of irksome responsibility. It could also though usher in a new phase in your working life. It’s said that Capricorn likes responsibility. It’s perhaps more accurate to say that you like challenge. Brace yourself, as plenty of that seems to be on the way. There is every likelihood that you will be asked to bring a team together. In the process, you may be asked to assist someone much younger who has yet hasn’t found their feet in the industry and perhaps feels they’ve been thrown in at the deep end and needs encouragement.

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Aquarius

Personal theme: I know!!

Air & fixed sign: January 20 — February 18

Your horoscope for this week:

Admittedly, you’re easily bored. However, the range of twists and turns you’re facing, in circumstances but and, equally, your own priorities could be exhausting. The secret? Regard planning as an experiment, rather than something you intend to stick with. The fact is, you’re not alone in living in this changeable world, with its numerous uncertainties. The more flexible your attitude, the more you’ll enjoy it.

Patience is called for when a friend or workmate will be so full of their own troubles and woes, they don’t seem to realise how depressed they are making other people feel. A gentle hint that they may be going on just a little too much may not be enough to get through to them. You might suggest they consult a professional. A lot of effort is necessary for changes you are thinking about making but you will thank yourself for your assertiveness in the future.

On Thursday, and coinciding with the Last Quarter Moon, Mars opposes Saturn (which you remember may remember is working its way through your sign). This represents a milestone. Many signs could find this a key turning point. It could be that a working partnership comes to what feels like a brutal end. Actually, it may be that you need that to have finality before you face new working arrangements. It’s a curious thing, but some signs need hiatus before moving on. Note too, that Mercury is now moving in direct motion in another of the Air signs. Your thirst for information is likely to be much, much increased. It’s likely that something that until now has been a hobby or mild interest, could be developed into a useful revenue stream. In short, this week should bring the turning point you’ve been waiting for.

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Pisces

Personal theme: I believe!!

Water sign: February 19 — March 20

Your horoscope for this week:

Facing constant, and unsettling, changes? Do your best to side-line your idealism and, equally, forget about trying to ensure everything works out. The fact is, what you learn from dealing with the unexpected will be far more profitable than if things went according to plan. Next, focus on exploring new options. This prepares you for the next round of unsettling, yet exciting, twists and turns.

Your love life is unsettled. You really won’t want to rock the boat but no matter what you do or say your partner picks up the wrong end of the stick. The best solution could be to keep well out of their way for the time being. You might get the feeling you could be better off someplace else and you may be right. If it feels like you’ve got yourself in a rut it is time you found a way to climb out of it.

Mercury is no longer retrograde. That little planet has been passing over the base of your solar chart and there may have been moments when you felt you didn’t know if you were coming or going – a situation that might continue through until the Last Quarter Moon on Thursday. That is likely to be ‘make your mind’ up time. This could be to do with property but it could equally about your working environment. The good news is that all this happens slightly ahead of a fabulous aspect between Jupiter, your ruling planet, and Uranus (planet of the unexpected). It could yet be that as one door closes, another opens and that there really is an exciting future. True, you may not be able to take full advantage for some months yet. The point is that decisions taken this week should allow you to leave the past securely behind and to embrace future opportunity.y.

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GrannyMoons Weekly Feast: 20 June 2021

Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.

– Jonathan Swift

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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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Herb of the Year for 2021: Parsley (Petroselinum crispum, named by the International Herb Association.

Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10

Celtic Tree Calendar: Duir – Oak Moon: June 10 -July 7 ~ The mighty Oak is strong, powerful, and typically towering over all of its neighbors. The Oak King rules over the summer months, and this tree was sacred to the Druids.

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Birthday Flower for June: Honeysuckle

June is National Dairy Month, National Candy Month.

June 20: Father’s Day. 

June 20: The Summer Solstice—the official beginning of summer.

June 21: Winter Solstice in Southern Hemisphere will occur on Monday, June 21, at sharp 13:32 Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), will also be the darkest as well as the shortest day of the year in the southern hemisphere.

June 22: National Onion Rings Day. Yes, onions are an herb, too—and good for you, (although not necessarily when they’re deep-fried).

June 24: Full Strawberry Moon

June 23: St. John’s Eve, a traditional European celebration of Midsummer’s magic

June 27: National Orange Blossom Day. It’s also National Indian Pudding Day.

June 28. Another pudding celebration: National Tapioca Day.

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Our 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.) 

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High Priestess Training with GrannyMoon

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 members complete each level.

Level I – Initiate of the Sisters of the Burning Branch – White cord

Level II – Adept of 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 May 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 with GrannyMoon!

Treat headaches with herbs. You’re reading, driving, working, cooking—and whoomf! a headache happens. For ordinary headaches caused by the stresses and strains of daily life, a calming cup of herbal tea may be all you need to restore your equilibrium. Use these dried headache herbs, brewed with 1 cup boiling water and sweetened with honey:

Lavender, lemon balm, meadowsweet, ½ teaspoon each

Sage, rosemary, mint, ½ teaspoon each

Rosemary, marjoram, peppermint, ½ teaspoon each

A cool lavender compress for the temples and a quiet rest in a dark room may also give you the relief you need.

There is so much to learn about herbs! In Herbalism 101, we cover 21 herbs, and you will start your own personal Materia Medica, which 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 online 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 too 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.

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 Goddess School Grimoire

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Hardcover: $39.45

Softback: $26.95

eBook (PDF): $6.25

The Goddess School Grimoire is a collection of recipes, artwork, poetry, prose, prayers, rituals, spells, and practical Goddess wisdom put together by the teachers, students, alumni, and friends of The Sisters of the Burning Branch Goddess School. The sisterhood is dedicated to restoring spiritual balance by returning the Divine Feminine to her rightful place and by assisting women in their personal and spiritual development. Since being founded by Head and High Mother Priestess Grandmother Moon in 2000, The Goddess School (Goddessschool.com) has grown into a large and beautiful global community of women.

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Biddy Tarot
https://www.biddytarot.com/

Card of the Week: Page of Swords

How are you shifting your mindset?

With the Page of Swords showing up this week, you’re bursting with new ideas and plans for the future. You’re 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’re 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 Your Tarot Cards: What new forms of expression and communication are available to me?

Lumina Tarot Deck by @innerhue#biddytarot #tarot


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Stacy Adams <retail@coventrycreations.com>

June 21, 2021 – June 27, 2021

The last week of June starts with a gentle energy that is excellent for creative activities and even some romance. On Tuesday, the big news is that Mercury will turn direct in Gemini, communication issues will slowly begin to improve.

During the middle of the week, we will have the full moon and  the energy will be positive and optimistic, but avoid power plays in your relationships

Finally, are you ready for a little ‘summer lovin’? It’s a  great time to look for a new relationship or even some recreational fun. Adding a little romantic spice if you are already in a relationship is also on the menu.

Recommended Candles: Mercury Retrograde Neutralizer (Astro Magic), Full Moon (Astro Magic),  Success (Affirmation), Red Stilettos (Wicked Witch Mojo), Love’s Enchantment (Blessed Herbal), Sacral – Love (Chakra Magic)

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

Full Moon in Capricorn June 24, 2021

The Full Moon in Capricorn on June 24, 2021 will do everything in its power to put you on a path to success. Bonus, Jupiter, the planet of expansion will take your big idea and make it even bigger. Storm Cestavani says to go for the brass ring and do everything you can to put a fire under your career’s butt.

Make the Healing Shift with Chakra Magic

Life is better with happy chakras! Knowing this is why Patty and Jacki created the Chakra Magic line of candles, sprays, stickers, and now jewelry. Too often we repeat “OMG, something is wrong.” When you hear yourself saying that over again, it’s time for a chakra shift from miserable to happy.

This is the Moment to Claim your Eternal Truth

Welcome to June! May 29 – June 22 is Mercury Retrograde. Buckle your seatbelts and keep your hands and feet inside the ride at all times. We begin this month with Mercury Rx in his own sign of Gemini. You can expect the typical issues that occur during MRx may be amplified or Mercury Rx squared.

Copyright Coventry Creations 2021 

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Ruby’s Astro Readings

Summer Solstice & Cancer (Zodiac) Season

For All Zodiac Signs 

The Sun shifts into the sign of Cancer, aka Cancer Season, and the Summer Solstice occurs in the North on June 20, 2021, when the days and nights are equal in length in light and dark.

When the Summer Solstice arrives, the Sun is in the protective and sensitive sign of Cancer; the energies tend to slow down a bit. Nevertheless, the Solstices are important because they open energetic doorways and usher in the magic of the Summer Season. These special days allow us to manifest what we want in our lives. The Sun will remain in Cancer until July 22, 2021.

While the Sun’s in Cancer over the next month, we are more focused on our family and home life. The day’s light begins to grow longer, which helps us make memories, which is right Cancers alley. This influence keeps us close to home as we have a stronger need for security with anything related to home or family.

Since we are technically still in Eclipse Season through the end of June, this Full Moon will land under its influence. Eclipses tend to bring out the truth and so do Full Moon’s, so what’s been hidden, repressed, kept secret, or unknown can be revealed. So if you have any skeletons in your closet, you may want to get things out in the open and deal with whatever reactions are coming your way.

It’s also a good time for teamwork, even with the Sun in more private Cancer. If our expectations are unreliable or unrealistic, then we probably will be let down. Try to work at keeping yourself grounded and your thoughts rooted strongly in reality. It’s for the best during this time, especially since we’re under the after shadow period of Mercury in Retrograde, as we wait for Mercury to get back up to its normal pace as it heads in the right direction again. But this alone causes confusion and can make things that much more challenging to navigate through.

The Cancer energies can make us feel sensitive and emotional. Cancer energy also teaches us to be more ambitious like the other Cardinal signs in the Zodiac (Aries, Capricorn, & Libra). Therefore, we’re usually more tenacious about reaching our business and professional goals. It’s important to take care of our social obligations, as activities outside our home will be more successful when we learn how to create a solid family and home base to fall back on. This influence helps us keep our schedules and routines, our home life in perspective.

With the Sun in Cancer, our thoughts naturally turn inward. It’s a great time to reach out to loved ones that feel safe and perhaps plan a very low-key get-together, or maybe finish up any home projects you’ve needed to get done. We are looking for safety and protection, so we want to surround ourselves with what’s secure and familiar. It’s a great time to celebrate the gift of seeing each other again face to face, now that Covid is down in the US. But still, remain safe and cautious.

The shadow side of the Sun in Cancer Season is that the Moon actually rules the sign of Cancer. So we can become a bit lunatic-like under its influence, especially if we’re worn down, emotionally hurt, lonely, or overwhelmed. Our moods can go up and down rather quickly, and we can become moodier with the waxing and waning of the Moon and all her phases for the next month. Monitor the Moon Phases and how they affect you by following my blogs on social media.

Our everyday lives are experienced on a much deeper emotional level with the Sun in Cancer (no matter your Sun sign). We tend to worry about our emotional security and are naturally more concerned with our personal lives. Even if we are interested in what’s happening globally, we want to protect and nurture those close to home more so than usual. So nurturing and taking care of our loved ones and our pet projects becomes more important.

Cancer is the Mother of the Zodiac and a water sign, so this energy affects us emotionally. Things like coziness, closeness, emotional bonding, and sexuality are experienced with more depth at this time. This energy can be quite evident in our everyday lives! We can be more kind, compassionate, caring, and empathic to others needs.

But the dark side of this Cancer energy means we can also be more reactive and impulsive when it comes to our emotional connections with people and situations.

Also, with the Sun in Cancer, the general atmosphere is more emotional, so any other Cosmic connections between the Sun and Moon can be extremely intense. But our initial reaction is to take the road less traveled. We will do whatever it takes not to be exposed because we tend to feel more vulnerable, including sidestepping direct confrontation, unless, of course, we are doing the confronting.

If we lose control, we can get a little crazy. Cancer energy, when angered, can be quite over the top and scary because it’s pure raw emotion. This charged-up emotional energy tends to trigger some of our most tender spots, so we can become illogical if we get frustrated or feel picked on. It’s just best not to let ourselves go there, and our emotions take the wheel for the next month. It can prove difficult to be objective or open-minded during this time, as we can be a bit pessimistic in our thinking, especially with Mercury in Retrograde. It’s helpful to keep your thoughts more positive, but you may have to work at it a little more than usual.

We are tapped into the realm of Cancer for the next month. We often feel more powerful when using our emotions with people or experiences, which gives these connections more depth and meaning. Usually, what we do during this time comes from the heart. It’s good practice for us to learn from anyway. Work on being more kind and compassionate while the Sun is in Cancer.

Cook some soul food and find something sweet to eat. Cuddle up with someone you care for, enjoy your Summer, and Happy Birthday, all my beautiful Crabs, Cancers! 

And happy Summer Solstice!

~Ruby 

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What’s Happening!

Sticks and Stones has invited you to the event ‘Intuitive Card Readings with Sway’ on Sticks and Stones!

Intuitive Card Readings with Sway

Time: July 4, 2021 all-day

Location: Sticks and Stones

Sway Is a practitioner with over 5 years of experience. She was born in Northeastern Pa, but grew up in the U.S Virgin Islands. She’s familiar with Pennsylvania Dutch Folk magic with a Caribbean influence. She is an artist, healer, animal lover, and an intuitive reader. She is a certified life coach, as well as, a therapeutic art coach. Sway is an eclectic grey witch, focusing on woman’s spirituality and empowerment. Her readings are gentle and encouraging, she will leave you feeling lighter and empowered.

She offers card readings all week – $45

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Llewellyn’s Spell A Day

A Summer Solstice Solar Blessing

JUNE 20, 2021 BY JAMES KAMBOS

This ritual celebrates the sun god and the summer solstice. It should be performed at noon, the solar hour. If possible, perform this ritual outside.

You’ll need one orange pillar candle and a bowl of water containing a few drops of orange extract. Place the candle on a sturdy surface outside, such as a table or a flat rock. If inside, use an altar or a table. In front of the candle, place the bowl with the water/ extract. Safely light the candle and raise it skyward. Then set it down and say:

We have called you Helios, Ra,

and many other names.

You are the King of Light

and the eternal flame.

Bless me with the bounty

of your kingdom.

Bless me with your power

and your wisdom.

Now sprinkle the water/extract mixture about as an offering. Let the candle burn a few minutes, then extinguish it. This ends the spell. You may use the candle again for prosperity magic.

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Coin Spell

JUNE 19, 2021 BY ELIZABETH BARRETTE

Everyone could use a little prosperity. In the past, people often wore coins as jewelry to attract wealth. This spell draws on that history.

To cast this spell, you will need some wearable coinage, a paper and pen, and a sprig of fresh basil. Necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and bellydance scarves often have coinlike dangles. Some belt buckles have pennies or other coins welded onto a background. You can also find actual sunken treasure or other historic coins made up into jewelry, usually pendants or earrings. Rings and tie tacks are less common but occasionally feature coins.

First, count how many coins you have on your jewelry. For each coin, write down an aspect of prosperity, such as attracting wealth or saving money. Now rub the basil over the first coin while chanting its aspect of prosperity. Imagine that aspect manifesting and what improvements it would make for you. Do the same with the remaining coins. Finally, bury the basil in your yard. Wear the jewelry when you need prosperity. You can keep the paper on your altar.

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Strengthen Bonds

JUNE 18, 2021 BY EMBER GRANT

To reinforce the bonds in a relationship of any kind, begin by writing your name and the other person’s name on the same sheet of paper. This works best if both people participate, each writing their own name. Fold the paper as many times as you can and place it in a heatproof dish. Set a pink or white candle on top of the paper. As you light the candle, visualize the relationship between you growing stronger. After the candle has burned out safely, take what’s left of it, and the paper, and bury them someplace safe. As you bury these items, hold hands and say these words together:

Let our relationship stay

healthy and strong.

Keep trust between us, and if

something goes wrong,

Let us resolve it as soon as we can.

Let this be true if we both understand.

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Safe Travel Spell for Yourself or Loved Ones

JUNE 17, 2021 BY MICHAEL FURIE

Whether you find traveling to be a joy or a chore, we all have to do it from time to time. For those occasions when there may be safety concerns, a bit of magical defense is handy to use.

Envision the person (or people) to be protected surrounded by a silvery bubble of protection. Make this mental image as strong as possible, and infuse into it all the love and concern you have for the person. When you feel that the power is at its peak, say:

By hoof, by wheel, by boat or plane,

Be safe in all travel and return again;

Healthy and whole, protected yet free,

As I do will, so shall it be.

This spell can be repeated as often as desired.

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Spell for a New Houseplant

JUNE 16, 2021 BY THORN MOONEY

Even if you’re not much of a gardener, summer is a great time to bring plants into your life to add both beauty and magic. Consider adding a houseplant or two to brighten your home. Choose cacti for protection, African violet for love and working with fairies, aloe for health and healing, or pothos for longevity and success. Speak to your plants and consciously charge them with a task in the household. When you bring a new plant home, concentrate on its purpose and say:

Welcome home, friend. I ask that

you bring your own magic to this

home. I will care for you, and

together let us be partners.

Write your specific instructions for your new plant on a slip of rice paper and bury it in the soil to decompose. As the plant grows and flourishes, its magic will come to fruition. Be sure to research and provide any special care your plant may require so you can return the favor!

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Smooth Travels

JUNE 15, 2021 BY DEBORAH BLAKE

As the school year comes to a close and summer is upon us, many people embark on vacations. Traveling can be a wonderful experience, whether you go by yourself or with others, looking for adventure or for relaxation. Here’s a simple spell to help things go smoothly, no matter what kind of trips you take.

Place a symbol of your journey (this can be anything from a picture of where you’re going to a toy car or plane) in front of a white candle in a fire-safe candleholder or dish. Put a large square of aluminum foil under the candleholder, making sure the piece is large enough to put at least partially around your symbol. Then say the following while gently pulling up the foil so it surrounds the candle and your symbol like a low wall. (Snuff out the candle when done.)

Protection like a bubble,

To keep the journey smooth.

Safe travels without trouble,

All obstacles remove.

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Magic Circles Day

JUNE 14, 2021 BY SAPPHIRE MOONBEAM

June 14 is Magic Circles Day. A circle is used in ritual ceremonies to focus and raise the energy inside the perimeter. Creating the circle, or magical barrier can be done in a number of ways. You can use an athame, also known as a ritual knife, to draw the circle energetically. If you don’t have ritual tools, you can simply use your pointer finger and envision the circle as a color of light. Your body and mind are the only things you really need to create powerful magick. You can use salt to create a physical barrier for protection while in the circle. Stones and crystals or candles can be used, with fire safety in mind. When the circle is cast, say:

Let nothing but love enter and

let nothing but love leave.

Perform the spell of your choice. Then take down the circle, visualizing it dissolving in the opposite direction of how it was created.

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Candle Tips

JUNE 13, 2021 BY ELIZABETH BARRETTE

Before lighting a new candle for a spell, check to make sure that you have peeled off all the wrappers and labels. Some candles have a layer of clear plastic shrink-wrapped around them that is hard to see and will smoke if the candle is lit.

You can dedicate any candle for a certain spell or ritual by using a pin to carve a name, runes, or other magical symbols down the side. If you don’t like handling sharp things, a dried-out ballpoint pen also works well.

If a candle builds up a pool of melted wax that threatens to drown the flame, you can tilt the candle or press a metal tool against the rim of wax to make a channel so that some of the wax can run out.

When a candle wick burns down too low to light but there is still plenty of wax in the rest of the candle, carve a well around the wick in order to make it long enough to burn.

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Midsummer’s Eve – June 20

Midsummer Day, Litha, Gwyl Canol Haf

Magic magnified. All that is mystical has particular potency during these hours, as for the other two “spirit nights” — May Eve and Samhain. In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare evokes familiar Pagan enchantments — a plant arousing love, fairies, transformations, magical flight. Puck can “put a girdle round the world in forty minutes.” Above all, impish spirits cause disorder, for “bright dreams come to confusion.” 

Throughout Europe, Britain and especially Scandinavia, drunkenness was not discouraged nor was lovemaking, June bringing little farm work and a good time for birthing babies. Bonfires flickered on hills — neglect to light one at your peril, for your house might be set afire by mischievous spirits. Herbs gathered during this time are especially effective for medicinal purposes. Other plants are treasured for their use in charms and divination, including elderberries, yarrow and vervain. St. John’s wort hangs above doors to avert entrance of evil. 

During the night hazel branches, cut between midnight and one o’clock, were used to find water, gold or gems. Fern seeds were also considered invaluable on Midsummer Eve for help in eluding fairies “ill met by Moonlight.” And then “Night’s swift dragons cut the night full fast/ And yonder shines Aurora’s harbinger/ At whose approach ghosts, wandering here and there/ Troop home to churchyards.”

~The Witches’ Almanac

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Fathers

In a time when mothers and female energy are being honored, it is important not to forget the importance of fathers.

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

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

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

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5 Ways to Celebrate the Summer Solstice

~Traditional Medicinals

As we welcome the Summer Solstice, the longest day and shortest night of the year, we encourage you to let the ethereal warmth of these summer days fill your heart.

In many cultures, this day represents a time of celebration — to embrace the heat of the sun, the warm nights, the fragrance in the air, fresh, vibrant food, and our connection to nature. Plants have often played a role in honoring the change of seasons, but herbs have traditionally been prevalent in solstice events as many of our favorite herbs are at the peak of their growing season.

However you choose to honor it, it’s a special moment in time, and the perfect opportunity to surround yourself with the power, playfulness, and abundance of this season.

Host a solstice picnic

Invite friends to a beautiful sunny outdoor spot, and ask them to bring a dish that embodies summer. We like harvesting edible summer flowers to add to a fresh salad topped with our Spring Green Goddess Dressing. For a hot day, Ginger + Hibiscus Watermelon Pops or Cup of Sunshine Raspberry Sorbet are favorites for this time of year. Sip on herbal iced tea or chilled wine in the sunshine, and savor the heat of this joyous time of year.

Make plant mandalas

The word mandala means “circle.” A mandala represents wholeness, a diagram that reminds us of our relationship to something greater, extending beyond our bodies and minds. As plant lovers, we can’t think of a better way to appreciate and experience the beauty of nature than with a creative project made from the plants we love.

Collect herbs, branches, twigs, blossoms, grass, blooming flowers, crystals, and stones. Use what you can find around you, or take a trip to a local flower shop. Set them into a layout and pattern that makes sense to you. Sit in silence as you do this, and take the time to think about your intentions on these bright days, and which aspects you want to take with you into the coming year.

Spend time in nature with a meditation

Find a quiet spot, somewhere in nature; under a tree in a park, in your backyard, or near a running creek. Stretch out and salute the sun, then settle into quiet stillness to give thanks and gratitude. Slow down for 10-20 minutes and notice the sounds, scents, and views around you. Savor this particular moment in time as you breathe deeply and soak up this summer day.

Take a cold plunge or a cool bath

If you are new to the idea of hydrotherapy, a warm summer day is an ideal time to start this practice. Cold therapy is thought to encourage systemic rejuvenation and renewal and is a lovely tradition to invite into your wellness routine.

If you don’t have access to a cold creek, use your shower or tub at home, or introduce this practice following a daily shower. Allow yourself to experience a burst of cold water, standing in it for as long as you can, breathing deeply, allowing yourself to experience the sensations that arise. Once finished, give yourself a little time to rest, either by laying down for 5 minutes, or starting your day a little slower than usual.

Make Summer Solstice Cordials

Preserve the sweetness of peak summer with your favorite fruit and herbs. Perfect for special occasions or as a delicious dessert!

The simple version of a cordial recipe is equal parts simple syrup, fruit and herbs, and a solvent, like brandy or vodka.

A favorite this time of year is Strawberry Lemon Balm Cordial:

Strawberry Lemon Balm Cordial

Preserve the sweetness of peak summer with your favorite fruit and herbs. Perfect for special occasions or as a delicious dessert!

Servings: Makes 1 quart. The serving size is 1 oz.

Ingredients:

About 1 quart of fresh strawberries

10 Traditional Medicinals Lemon Balm tea bags

1-2 cups simple syrup (a 2:1 ratio of honey & water)

1-2 cups alcohol preference; brandy or vodka is most popular.

Directions:

Make a simple syrup by simmering on the stovetop 2 cups of honey with 1 cup water.

Cut and chop the fruit, filling a mason jar ¾ of the way.

Cut open the tea bags and empty the dried tea into the jar.

Fill halfway with simple syrup, and then fill the rest of the jar with alcohol.

Let the cordial sit on your counter, occasionally shaking for about 4 weeks.

Once done, strain and preserve the liquid in an airtight bottle.

This will keep for a year in the refrigerator. Enjoy as is, over ice, or save for the dark days of winter when you need to bring out a little summertime energy.

For more inspiration surrounding the solstice, read our article on Herbs and the Summer Solstice.

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Heartwings Love Notes 987: Learning to Cope can be Tricky

Heartwings says, “What once you did without thinking can become tricky with change.”

I used to put on my shoes and socks without thinking much about it. It took me little time and effort and was easily accomplished. Then I had a hip operation. I no longer can reach down on both sides of my left leg because I can’t bend enough that way without putting too much pressure on my hip replacement. In addition, I have lost some of my flexibility. Some of that is due to age, some to not doing enough stretching. It slows me down not to be able to reach easily to my feet or to lift them in the air from a sitting position. Please hear me, I am not complaining, only stating facts.

As I grow on in years, more and more mindfulness is required for everyday tasks. By mindfulness I mean focus and concentration. Going down stairs is another act that requires care as well as caution. Holding onto the banister is essential. I learned this once the hard way when I stumbled and sprained my ankle. It took me nine months before I could walk without pain and even now years later my ankle bothers me when the weather is damp and/or rainy. Needless to say, I now always hold firmly onto any available railing when navigating stairs.

I sound like I’m part of a quote from a verse in the folksong I used to sing called What are Folk Made Of: “What are old women made of, made of, what are old women made of? Aches and groans in all of their bones…” however, that is not my intention. I know well that things could always be worse. Just the other day I was in the parking lot of a clinic, getting out of my car for a doctor’s appointment. I spotted several vans with occupants in wheelchairs. Immediately I felt ashamed to feel uncomfortable about my own small by comparison, physical issues.

There is a saying to this effect, “After I saw a man with no feet, I no longer complained because I had no shoes.” Things could nearly always be better, and as well, they could nearly always be worse. It seems to me better to make the best what is and perhaps even learn from it than to complain. Life can offer us much when we look with acceptance at what is given. A wise woman once quoted me this Hebrew saying: “The Lord God, blessed be He, has given mankind many good gifts in his cradles, but some of them come in rough wrappings.” The gift may be hidden from us if all we see is the wrappings.

May you discover the gift within the wrapping and make good use of it.

Blessings and best regards, Tasha Halpert

How about those wrappings? Do they distract you? How do you cope when the going gets rough? I love it when readers share their stories. Write to me at tashahal@gmail.com and for more Love notes visit my web pages at http://www.heartwingsandfriends.com.

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Incense Meditation

Meditating with incense can offer many benefits; embers become shooting stars, and the silver ribbon of smoke becomes unraveled clouds.

When we focus on incense sticks during meditation, we move into a mystical space that is both physical and spiritual. Like us, the incense stick is earthbound with an ember that burns for only a finite time, but the diaphanous spirit it releases is unbound by time or space. Rather than shutting down our senses to focus on an inner realm, incense involves our senses as we follow whirling smoke upward and outward while we take its scent into us, filling us as we breathe.

The journey starts with a flame, and then a glowing ember releases smoke to rise above us in an ethereal dance. Ashes fall below, purified by the fire. We can use this to imagine negative thoughts being changed from darkness into the beauty of warm gray snowflakes and a scented spun-silver plume, lighter than air. We can watch as our atmosphere is altered to become reminiscent of the heavens and lifts our thoughts: Embers become shooting stars, and the silver ribbon of smoke becomes unraveled clouds. Altered senses may guide our inspired thoughts to travel along new, perhaps undiscovered, pathways.

We can also imagine our physical selves being represented by the incense stick, our inner fire releasing magic into the world. That part of us emanates outward, expanding to mingle with the breath of those around us as we ride the wind to become part of everything. We can also see in the swirling smoke our life’s path, not a straight line but a twirling, meandering ballet that moves us ever onward and upward. We may leave a bit of ourselves behind as we bounce off of our surroundings, working through them, but no matter what we do, we cannot avoid our final destination: oneness with all that is. As spiritual beings enjoying the physical experience of life, incense meditations can help us remember the beauty and wonder of our existence, where heaven and earth, body and spirit, are all available to us in every moment.

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Getting What We Want

If we aren’t clear about what we want in life, it won’t be able to find us.

The best way to get what we want from life is to first know what we want. If we haven’t taken the time to really understand and identify what would truly make us happy, we won’t be able to ask for it from those around us or from the universe. We may not even be able to recognize it once it arrives. Once we are clear about what we want, we can communicate it to those around us. When we can be honest about who we are and what we want, there is no need to demand, be rude or aggressive, or manipulate others that are involved in helping us get what we want. Instead, we know that we are transmitting a signal on the right frequency to bring all that we desire into our experience.

As the world evolves, humanity is learning to work from the heart. We may have been taught that the way to get what we want is to follow certain rules, play particular games, or even engage in acts that use less than our highest integrity. The only rules we need to apply are those of intention and connection. In terms of energy, we can see that it takes a lot of energy to keep up a false front or act in a way that is counter to our true nature, but much less energy is expended when we can just be and enjoy connections that energize us in return. Then our energy can be directed toward living the life we want right now.

Society has certain expectations of behavior and the roles each of us should play, but as spiritual beings, we are not bound by these superficial structures unless we choose to accept them. Instead, we can listen to our hearts and follow what we know to be true and meaningful for us. In doing so, we will find others who have chosen the same path. It can be easy to get caught up in following goals that appear to be what we want, but when we pursue the underlying value, we are certain to stay on our right path and continue to feed our soul. 

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Reiki Grounding and Cleansing Affirmation

Article by Kathleen Johnson

Reiki practitioners are aware of the importance of grounding the client during a Reiki session, and over the years, Reiki has guided me to develop an effective grounding practice. This affirmation effectively grounds the client, as it also releases and removes any incompatible and/or unhealthy energies.

It is also effective for balancing the client’s energies because, in addition to grounding the individual, it connects him/her to Spirit, and centers him/her in the Heart. True balance is achieved when the individual is properly grounded (Earth), connected (Spirit), and centered (Heart).

This technique is taught in all my Holy Fire Reiki Level 1 classes and is applicable and appropriate for any level and/or style of Reiki.

Instructions:

Perform this affirmation near the end of the session, following the hands-on treatment.

While continuing to channel Reiki, begin by gently holding or touching the Receiver’s feet and silently state the following:

“(Receiver’s name) is a child of the Divine, he/she is a child of the Universe, and he/she is your child, Mother.

I affirm that (Receiver) is grounded to your beautiful face, so he/she may walk confidently upon you all the days of his/her lives, secure in your unconditional love.

Your support is pure, your love is unconditional, and we are grateful.

As (Receiver) is grounded to your beautiful face, I affirm that he/she is connected to Spirit.

Reiki Grounding and Cleansing Affirmation

I also affirm that (Receiver) is centered in his/her Heart, as he/she walks in balance throughout his/her life.

For that purpose, I release and remove energies that do not serve the Highest Good.

I release and remove energies that are incompatible with (Receiver’s) path, energies that are not his/hers to carry, and energies that are toxic or detrimental for him/her.

I release, remove, and return these to your loving arms, Mother Earth, to be cleansed, purified, and recycled. And I am grateful.”

Pause and intend that the energies flow through the client, through you, and down into Mother Earth. Hold the space until it feels complete.

“(Receiver) is deeply healed and blessed by Reiki”.

Again, hold the space until the grounding feels complete. You may follow with chakra balancing and testing, if so guided.

As stated above, this technique is quite effective for grounding, centering, and balancing the recipient, as well as for clearing any residual energies. It is my sincere intention that this technique becomes a valuable addition to your Reiki practice.

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Herbal Essentials for a Summer Camping Trip

~Traditional Medicinals

All year long we dream of wild and sunny summertime camping adventures. As plant people, some of our favorite camping activities include identifying mushrooms, taking pictures of wildflowers, and discovering new plant friends. Camping is a non-negotiable ritual for many of us here, as it helps us reset and reconnect with both ourselves and the plants in their natural habitat.

As herbalists, we always have our essential tools and plants handy – even when camping. We never leave home without our plant identification guide in tow, whether we’re hiking or doing an overnight trip. This way we can learn more about the origins and benefits of all the wild plants we find along the trail. Whenever possible, we try to pack a camping stove and kettle so we can continue to support ourselves with the power of herbal teas.

Camping can also have its challenges. Many of us fall prey to windborne irritants and bigfoot anxiety–but herbs can help! Here are eight of our must-have plants for any summertime camping trip, many of which are easy to bring in the form of tincture, tea, or bitters blend. We prefer packing tea pouches as they’re lightweight and easy to prep, all you need is hot water.

Many of these herbs are easy to find in stores in our top tea blends. Here’s how we use them in the wild:

Chamomile – Soothing and calming. We love placing cooled Chamomile tea bags over tired eyes to calm and soothe after a long day under the warm summer sun. Or, wind down with Cup of Calm, infused with nervous system soothing chamomile, lavender, passionflower, and catnip.*

Peppermint – Cooling and uplifting, perfect for relieving bloated tummies and as a topical refresher post hike.* If you’re feeling bloated after one too many snack bars (or smores), try a cup of Peppermint tea to untangle your tummy. If you’re a little too hot and need a spritz, refresh with our Peppermint and Rose Water Mist.

Lavender – Relaxing and restorative, ideal for unwinding around the campfire or to quell any occasional camper’s anxiety.* Try it in our Chamomile with Lavender tea to soothe the nerves after hearing all the bigfoot stories. Or, if you enjoy the soothing scent, simply bring lavender essential oil with you and apply a drop to your pillow before bed.

Turmeric – Warming and relieving, turmeric has been used in Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine to support everything from digestion and the respiratory system to everyday discomfort. We use our Turmeric with Meadowsweet and Ginger tea to support our body as it responds to aches and pains post hike.* We think it’s the next best option after a hot tub!

Dandelion – Bitter and cleansing. Bitters help optimize digestion, relieve symptoms of gas, bloating, upset stomach, and occasional nausea.* Try sipping on our Roasted Dandelion Root tea as a hearty morning brew, or simply take Urban Moonshine’s Original Digestive Bitters before or after meals to give the gut some extra support.

Passionflower – Uplifting yet relaxing, it helps to reduce nervous system woes and promotes restful sleep.* Sip it in our Nighty Night tea or take some of Urban Moonshine’s Hit the Hay while stargazing so you can sleep soundly through the nighttime noises.

Nettle – Nourishing and tonifying, a wild food and medicinal herb that supports the whole body – including healthy eyes, nose and sinus.* Try it in our Nettle Leaf tea or Urban Moonshine’s blend, Aller-Blast, where it’s combined with adaptogenic reishi.

Echinacea – Protective and stimulating, this herb fires up the immune system when you need it most.* When you’re feeling run down from all the elements or fellow campers are experiencing seasonal woes, rev up your immune system with our Echinacea Plus tea or Urban Moonshine’s Immune Zoom.

Being away from technology and close to nature is often therapeutic enough, but we think bringing these plant allies along will make the trek even more enjoyable. You can learn more about dandelion, passionflower, peppermint, and more of these medicinal herbs here.

These wild spaces also remind us of the significance of the work we do, and the importance of protecting these ecosystems. Many of our plants are collected in their native habitats, like licorice and raspberry leaf, and are done so mindfully through traditional knowledge and a commitment to the FairWild Certification. Learn more about how we’re walking our talk in our most recent Sustainability Report. We’re wishing you happy trails, full of plant medicine.

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Chapter Six Gilberto Rides Again 

By Stephen Halpert

Despite the threat of rain it was perfect weather for the Fourth of July.

Atlas Senior Staff and their families crowded onto the beach in Narragansett Pier, Rhode Island for their annual 4th of July clambake.

Gilberto positioned his beach chair so he could maintain a commanding view of the area.

Gilberto watched as a classic blue Bentley convertible eased into a parking space. He remembered as a teenager when he’d park cars at the Country Club near Miami how he learned to discern about people from the way their vehicles appeared. This Bentley was a classic from a bygone age; its body patched, painted, repaired. To Gilberto it gave the impression of somehow having made it through the wars.

“I suppose you’d like to tool around in that fancy buggy,” Maria said with a smile. “I’d imagine just the insurance would set us back…”

Gilberto nodded, smiled. “Sure, who wouldn’t.” His attention was drawn to the stocky freckled redhead in a sundress who appeared from the driver’s side. She reached into the back seat, casually picked up a fancy monogramed beach bag, then fastened a blue boot over the back and front seats and strode toward the bathhouses.

“It looks a little like my father’s old Packard,” Maria said. “He drove it when I was little. I remember sleeping across the back seat when we’d be on trips.” Maria unfolded beach towels as Ramon appeared. With him was his younger daughter, Toni.

Joey grinned. “Wow you look bigger.”

Toni grinned. “You just never noticed me before.” She sounded matter of fact, like her mother, Rosa. Together she and Joey ran into the ocean.

Ramon unfolded two beach chairs and set his down beside Gilberto.

Gilberto smiled. “Where’s Rosa?”

“Changing room at the bathhouse.” Ramon said. To Gilberto his voice seemed strained, tight.

Gilberto noticed the redhead disappear into the woman’s bathhouse. Even from a distance he noticed she walked briskly, her head held high, designer sunglasses, freckled complexion. Her mouth betrayed an expression of sorrow, as though she were lost with too many years left to live.

After a short while Joey and Toni emerged from the ocean. Joey looked shocked, shaking his head. “She’s not going to marry him?” he asked?

Toni shrugged. “Who knows, I never said that. But she wants to keep the baby.”

Ramon frowned, gave Toni a stern look. “Enough,” he said forcefully. She appeared embarrassed and fidgeted with her towel.

Moments later Rosa and Sara emerged from the bathhouse. Ramon gasped in surprise. They were chatting affably.

As they drew closer Ramon forced a smile. “Hello,” he said. “You found the beach.” He rubbed the back of his neck.

Sara smiled cordially. She turned to Gilberto. “Oh hello, Mr. Santiago.”

Gilberto smiled. “Call me Gilberto, everyone at Atlas does.”

Sara set down her beach bag and opened a large towel onto the sand.

Then she removed her jacket revealing a modest designer swimsuit highlighted by Olympic stripes.

Gilberto introduced Sara to Maria.

Maria smiled. “I think Gilberto’s covetous of your Bentley.”

“He can have it,” Sara said ruefully.” It was my late husband’s pride and joy.  I’ve never become comfortable with a stick shift and already I’ve had to replace the brakes.” She looked wistful, “I hang onto it for sentimental reasons. Personally, I’d prefer to drive a Camry. But to own a car in Boston is ridiculous. I only drive the Bentley on occasion for trips out of town, otherwise I take a cab.”

“I’ve always driven a stick,” Gilberto said. “These days living in the Back Bay we keep something insignificant. Otherwise the insurance can be a killer.”

Rosa joined the group. She smiled at Sara. “I remember we talked at the Rowan Tree Inn’s fundraiser. Your contribution was very generous.”

Sara smiled. “I had no idea you were married to Ramon. What a small world. Do you do much traveling for the Inn?”

“Yes, Rosa said. “Usually I like Ramon joining me. That way we get a bit of a getaway.”

Smaller world everyday Gilberto thought. He noticed that the sun was starting to hide behind dark clouds.

He smiled at Sara. “I’d be glad sometime to give you some tips about shifting.”

“That would be nice but I must warn you, the Bentley is extremely temperamental, with a mind of its own.”

“That’s true for most British and German vehicles,” Gilberto said. He wondered if Sara was that way as well.

Ramon looked at the sky. “Best to get in a swim before it rains.” He rose, took Rosa’s hand and together they walked into the ocean.

“Thank you for making that offer.” Sara said. 

To Maria she sounded just a little too casual. She smiled. “Don’t let Gilberto talk you out of it.”

“That wouldn’t be difficult for him to do,” Sara said. “It’s much more comfortable to sit in than to drive. Perhaps I’m just a natural passenger.”

Ramon and Rosa returned still holding hands.

The old brass bell on the veranda announced that the clambake was ready. Everyone headed for the food, and for the next several hours Atlas senior staff chatted as they feasted on lobster and delicious seafood. Gradually the sky grew darker.

“There could well be a storm coming,” Gilberto said.  “Let’s head back.”

Sara smiled at Maria. “If you’d like Gilberto could drive it back to Boston. That way he’d have a chance to try it out.”

Maria smiled. “Sure,” she said. “I’ll drive our car, and we’ll see you at the condo. Maybe you’d like to stop by for coffee.” Gilberto gave her a kiss and Sara led him to the Bentley.

Despite its age Gilberto loved the feel and precision of the Bentley. It had a smooth, natural flow and hugged the road. He envisioned one of the royal Winsor’s in command. It downshifted easily and he appreciated being behind the wheel of a truly classic of British motoring.

Then the sky darkened further. “Maybe we should pull up the top,” he said.

“Good luck with that,” Sara said. I’ fear it’s permanently open. At least I’ve never been able to budge the roof.”

The wind picked up and a few drops landed on them. Gilberto pulled over but try as he might to raise it, the top seemed locked into its position. “Oh well, he said as he got back on the road, “we might get a little damp.”

Then the engine sputtered and Gilberto noticed that the gas gauge was almost on empty. He eased the Bentley onto Route 95 past Providence, toward Boston. “Must be a gas station somewhere near,” he said. But no such luck. He pulled over, opened his phone and called his roadside service. By the time he made a connection and requested help it was raining harder.

The sky opened. The rain began to fall harder. To his surprise he felt Sara clutch his right thigh.’ You’re so masculine,” she said softly. “I knew you’ll be my hero.” Gilberto couldn’t help but wonder if she’d said the same to Ramon. (To be Continued)

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Kitty Kat’s Korner

Share your love for cats!

How to Teach Your Cat to High-Five

By Nicole Ellis

Yes, you too can teach your cat tricks. Trick training is a great way to bond together, while also providing enrichment through mental stimulation. To get started in trick training with your cat, keep your sessions short. Five to 10 minutes is plenty of time, just set aside time each day to practice. Cats love routine, so by setting a daily ritual you can help get them excited for training time. In no time you’ll be surprised how much your cat knows.

One of my favorite beginner cat tricks is teaching them to “high five.” This impressive-looking trick simply requires your cat lifting her paw, on cue of course, in a swatting motion, which is a very natural and easy movement for her to perform. Training should be a fun and relaxed experience for both of you.

Ready to get started?

Start by getting out your cat’s favorite treats that she doesn’t get very often. Freeze-dried chicken or roast chicken works great, too! Crinkle or shake the bag to get your cat excited for training time.

Hold a treat in front of your cat near shoulder level. When she reaches out, tell her she was “good” and follow up with a reward.

Practice this for a few days, a few minutes at a time. If she struggles with this, raise the treat above her head a little. No two pets are the same, so try different levels to see what entices your cat to lift her paw.

Once your cat understands this transition to holding the treat in your hand with a reward only when her paw touches your hand, even in the slightest, she will soon understand she needs to touch for the treat.

Offer your open hand and, again, when your cat touches it, say “good” and reward. If your cat doesn’t respond, take your hand away and present it again. If she’s still confused, then go back a step for a refresher.

And just like that, your cat will have mastered high five-ing! I hope these tips spark a love for training your cat and increasing your bond together.

Pro Tips

Consistent training is key. Your cat might not dive quickly into high five the next day. Sometimes we all need a little refresher.

Keep sessions very short; five minutes is a perfect training session. This is hard to do when you are both having fun. However, keeping sessions brief prevents burnout and leaves your kitty wanting more.

Train in the same area daily until your cat understands the behavior.

Pull out the ottoman! Some cats focus better when perched on an elevated platform.

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Georgia Nichols Weekly Horoscope: Sunday, June 20, 2021

All Signs

Good news! On Tuesday, Mercury retrograde is officially over! However, its shadow will continue until July 8, so it would be wise to wait until after July 8 to buy big-ticket, Mercury-related items like trucks, cars, cell phones or computers. The Sun is in Cancer for the next four weeks, which will encourage family values and the notions of “clan.” Cancer is about the past as well as hearth and home, and definitely garden and kitchen! Gardeners will be out in full force along with weekend barbecue chefs. This is also a bit of an idealistic week. Of course, Cancer is a sentimental sign, which is why they can’t throw anything away. And George Burns was right: “Happiness is having a large, giving, caring, close-knit family in another city.”

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Your focus on home, family and your private life will be strong in the next four weeks. Many of you will be more involved than usual with a parent as well. You will enjoy entertaining at home. You will also enjoy redecorating or making where you live look more attractive. Quite possibly, meetings and groups will take place where you live? Book clubs, civic gatherings or protest groups – could be anything. Your ruler Mars will boost your energy and give you the determined resolve to express yourself to others without fear or apology. It might also boost your sex drive! Because it could increase your interest in sports, it will also make you more competitive. (You hate to lose.)

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Your daily pace will accelerate in the next four weeks – no question. Suddenly, you have things to do, places to go and people to see! Many of you will also be reading, writing and studying more than usual. You will certainly be in touch with siblings, relatives and neighbours midst all this to-ing and fro-ing. Part of why you will keep on the run is that your home scene is chaotic due to increased activity, visiting relatives, residential moves, renovations or some other reason. Nevertheless, your spirits are high and you’re full of positive hopes for the future. Enjoy group activities and fun times with friends this week. From here on, your moneymaking ideas will unfold more effectively. Ka-ching!

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Your focus on your possessions, your wealth and your assets will be stronger in the next four weeks. This is why some of you are seeking a better paying job. Others will look for ways to make money on the side? This is certainly possible because this week, you will attract money, wealth and favours to you. Yes! Bosses and important people might do something that boosts your wealth or your earning power. Meanwhile, something might trigger more profound thoughts. You will start to look at your environment and your daily world and give yourself a report card. You realize how fortunate you are to live where you live and have the affection of your loved ones.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Once a year, the Sun is in your sign for four weeks and that time has arrived. This means it’s your turn to recharge your batteries for the rest of year. The Sun in your sign will also attract people and favourable situations to you, which is why this is such a favourable opportunity! In turn, you will feel generous to others this week. You might want to help someone less fortunate in a distant land. You might also see ways to explore opportunities in publishing, the media, the law and medicine. By nature, you are frugal with your money but this month, you might spend big! (Open your wallet and let a few moths out.)

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Although your personal year is ending, your new year will not begin until the Sun enters your sign four weeks from now. This means, you’re kind of in limbo. Actually, it’s the perfect time to set goals for your new year ahead. What would you like to achieve? The past year was a strange year with Covid restrictions; but now, your new year has promising possibilities! If there’s anything you want to accomplish, be specific about defining your goals. After all, goals will give you a clearer focus on what is important to you. They will give you more clarity in decision-making. They will lead to more control over your future and give you a sense of purpose. Booyah!

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

You’re looking at a popular month! In the next four weeks, not only will you be more involved with friends as well as groups and organizations, but your involvement with others will benefit you. (This is important to know.) You will also interact with creative, artistic types. The next four weeks are also an excellent window to bounce your hopes and dreams off someone to get their feedback. In some fashion, your involvement with others will lead to a greater interaction with the public at large. You might encourage people to think big or achieve an ambitious goal. Bosses and people in power are willing to listen to you.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Once a year, the Sun sits at the top of your chart for four weeks shining down on you – casting you in a flattering spotlight. It’s a favourable situation and it has arrived! Yay! This is why you will look good to bosses, parents, teachers, VIPs and the police. They will admire you even if you don’t do anything special or anything different. (It’s smoke and mirrors.) Since this influence actually exists for you, obviously, the next four weeks are the perfect time for you to make your pitch and do what you can to advance your agenda. Because Venus is in the picture as well, some of you might strike up a romance with your boss or an authority figure. Meanwhile, you might also help someone else in need.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

In the next four weeks, you have wanderlust! “I’m outta here!” With Covid restrictions lifting in many places, some of you will book a flight to grab a change of scenery and explore adventure! You want to learn something and be stimulated! “I’ve been cooped up too long!” However, this same influence will also bring opportunities in medicine, the law, publishing, the media and anything to do with higher education. You might want to take a course or get further training. You might also become romantically involved with someone “different”. Opportunities to enjoy a vacation, sports events and fun times with kids, as well as social outings will delight. Explore!

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

You will be more passionate about everything in the next four weeks. Romance will be passionate. Issues will be passionate. And in particular, you will be passionate about assets, shared property and the wealth of someone else. But it’s all good. If you’re negotiating how to divide something, you’ll come out smelling like a rose. Obviously, this means the next four weeks are an excellent time to negotiate mortgages, loans and financial arrangements. Fear not, as the traveller of the zodiac, you’ll be glad to hear that Mars will do its best to bring you opportunities to travel and expand your world! Focus on what’s necessary and the rest will fall in place.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

It’s that time of year when you need more sleep. That’s because symbolically, the Sun will be as far away from your sign as it gets all year and the Sun represents energy. Grab some cat naps in the next four weeks. You will find that your focus on partners and close friends will also intensify. And yet, you will have more objectivity to see these relationships more realistically and to see your role in them. This means you can see how you can improve your style of relating to others – major bonus. Your sex drive will be amped as well. By no means will you have a boring month ahead! (Meanwhile, roll up your sleeves and get hands-on at work.)

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

It’s time to sit up and be a person. You intend to be organized, productive and efficient in everything you do. Oh yes, for the next four weeks, you’re setting the bar high. (“I’m going to get dressed and get the mail.”) You will derive great pleasure from making this effort to work smart. Naturally, this will spill over into other areas of your life and you will decide to go on a diet, eat healthier, drink less and exercise more. This sounds like a serious makeover! Nevertheless, ice cream is still tempting, isn’t it? (Blame Venus.) Meanwhile, with fiery Mars opposite your sign, be patient and tolerant when dealing with others because you might feel annoyed. Be nice.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Lucky you! Planetary configurations now guarantee you a fun-loving four weeks ahead! Yay me! The bottom line is you want to have a good time! Take a vacation if you can. If not, take a mini-vacation on weekends. Enjoy sports events, playful activities with kids, romantic interludes, the arts and any chance to express your creative urges. Romance will definitely blossom. New love is possible for some of you, while existing romantic relationships will become even more affectionate and thrilling. Fear not, you won’t forget work. In fact, you’ll have lots of energy to work hard. (Impressive!)

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Weekly Horoscopes beginning Sunday, June 20, 2021

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

Outlines are longer versions; consists of every possible detail of everyday and based on three parts of each sign: 1st, 2nd & 3rd Decan; that is, any of three divisions of 10° within a sign of the zodiac. Even if you know or don’t know your Decan; I recommend, please read all three Decan.

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Aries

Personal theme: I am!!

Fire & cardinal sign: March 21 — April 19

Your horoscope for this week:

Your priority? It’s to choose your battles wisely. Ignore mere irritations, and instead focus on overdue changes or confronting issues as complex as they are crucial. That may, in fact, be the reason you’ve been sidestepping these. The secret? Do something out of character, and seek guidance from those who’re wiser or more knowledgeable than you. The results will be as swift as they are delightful.

Give some thought to a financial problem that isn’t going to go away. This is not a good time to seek a sub or a loan. All financial doors will seem to be securely locked. If on the other hand a friend promised to pay back a loan by the end of the week, there is no harm in reminding them of how much they owe you. An increased amount of social activity will make a big difference and a welcome change to your normal weekly routine.

A week that begins with a Solstice (ushering fresh vibration) is normally important. This time it seems to be even more so as Mercury turns direct, and both Jupiter and Neptune reach stations prior to turning retrograde. There’s high probability of re-connecting and venturing further afield. In the process, you could reflect on presentation, style and long-term hopes and visions. Decisions don’t need to be made just yet as it could be argued that you are not yet in possession of all the facts (but rapidly gathering these). The discovery that certain people have already come to conclusions about their schedule and workspace could prompt you to think again about how you deal with those matters yourself. Given that the Full Moon midweek accents your professional life, it would be unsurprising if, by Friday, you didn’t want to discuss options with those in position to negotiate.

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Taurus

Personal theme: I have!!

Earth & fixed sign: April 20 — May 20

Your horoscope for this week:

Ordinarily you’re obsessed about getting facts and ensuring details are clear before ideas are turned into lasting plans or arrangements with others; but with the foundation on which these are based shifting daily, your focus is on yet more exploration. Exasperating as that may be now, what you learn and the new ideas that emerge will be forming a solid, if unexpected, foundation for the future.

The withdrawn mood that is with you at the start of the week will swiftly subside. By Wednesday you will be keen to get out in the world and to catch up on all you may have been missing. You might not be too certain about what you are going to do but what you will be aware of is how energetic you are feeling and you won’t want this to go to waste. You’re starting to feel more in control of recent domestic problems.

The combination of Sunday’s solstice with the Full Moon midweek is obviously important for all signs. Together this suggests the need to focus and reach conclusions and make decisions before moving forward. Mercury has only just turned direct. It may be that you need to rethink recent financial decisions and the cost of travel and communications. This week too, Jupiter and Neptune arrive at their retrograde stations suggesting wistful longing for how things have been. However, the world is now very, very different. Clinging on to the past is not an option. All signs need to move forward. In your case, this could lead to considerable discussion about training or refinancing expertise with a view to expanding a working operation.

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Gemini

Personal theme: I think!!

Air sign: May 21 — June 20

Your horoscope for this week:

Chaotic as recent weeks were, you’ll be astonished how much you’ve learnt. Your ruler Mercury’s been retrograde, and while that cycle ends Tuesday, Mercury remains in Gemini until 11 July. This gives you plenty of time to review those twists and turns. While you’re impatient now, the insights that surface will be so valuable that you’ll be grateful for every day of these reflections and insights.

Take the opportunity when it comes your way to show off an artistic or creative talent. Your boss may not have realised all that you are capable of and they will be glad to have your help with a difficult task. Someone might let you down and this will mean you having to take things into your own hands. You will be nervous to have a go at a job you never thought you would be able to do but there is no one as multi-talented as you, as you will be finding out.

Your ruling planet, Mercury, turns direct in your sign. That it arrives at this key station between the Solstice and a Full Moon, suggests all eyes might be on you and the decisions and plans you put forward. Both Jupiter and Neptune reach retrograde stations too: this isn’t a signal for looking back, but does suggest you might want to review aims and objectives held over the last dozen or so years. Not only might these require refining, it may be that you feel have been blown off course and that there is no chance of going back. Yet going back might not be your best move in any case. It could be that what’s really needed is a review of your general direction. Gemini is often thought of as the ‘newspaper’ of the zodiac as others rely on you for news and information. It may be that you now have new sources and along with these, need to find a different presentation style. So yes, much of this week could be about how you put your knowledge on display.

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Cancer

Personal theme: I feel!!

Water & cardinal sign: June 21 — July 22

Your horoscope for this week:

While the Sun’s move into Cancer, on Monday, is bound to lift your spirits, the obstacles you’re facing will require patience. In fact, many of the actual circumstances are unclear, which means patience is vital. You’ll soon begin to focus on shedding what must go; and the future? Be patient until the Cancer New Moon on 10 July. By then, everything will be crystal clear.

Do your best not to let your feelings rule your head. Every now and again you allow strong emotions to colour your judgement. Whether you are married or single, if you meet someone who starts your heart all a flutter, don’t jump into a relationship you might later regret. A significant part of your week will be when someone close has something exciting to share with you and this will be cause for a celebration.

The Full Moon Midweek is in your opposite sign and comes just a few days after the Solstice and the Sun’s entry into Cancer. This week is important in other ways too: Mercury, Jupiter and Neptune each reach stations; cosmic punctuation marks. It’s likely that a colleague to whom you are very close, will arrive at a decision about their long-term plans. Where you fit in is important. There is every possibility, given the fact that Jupiter and Neptune tend to work together, in you being asked to get involved – not necessarily with a volunteer organisation or a charity, but to give without experiencing quick financial reward. The reason you may be asked to do this is because others sense that you are quite capable of holding a vision. In fact, it’s probably not too much to say that you will be central to this planning and happy to be involved.

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Leo

Personal theme: I will!!

Fire & fixed sign: July 23 — August 22

Your horoscope for this week:

Usually for you, as a Leo, life’s about organising things for certain individuals and inspiring those who need a boost. Yet Monday’s move by your ruler the Sun into the most strategic and, often, reflective portion of your chart takes you within. While some events are a relief, you’ll also be facing issues you’ve struggled to avoid. The time has come to deal with them – and the sooner, the better.

The general pattern of your life is changing as you now take on new direction. You have been prepared for these as recent developments have given you a feeling that change was in the air. You’re about to climb a few more rungs up the professional ladder and although you are gearing yourself for a more challenging time, you also know this will bring you greater happiness and fulfilment.

Marked change in the cosmic weather should be felt from the start of this week. It’s not simply that both Jupiter and Mercury arrive at stations, but that the week begins with the solstice which always brings renewed drive and determination. For you, and having had so much to think about in recent weeks, watching others as they scurry around trying to make up for lost time should have its amusing moments. Around Thursday’s Full Moon their antics could amuse you greatly. Yet simultaneously you might need support from an expert. It’s not that you don’t know what you’re doing or what your plans are, but you may need guidance as to how best to cope with altered rules and regulations. The problem as you see it may not be immediate, but revolves around what might happen closer to your birthday. In short, this week seems to be all about forward planning.

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Virgo

Personal theme: I analyse!!

Earth sign: August 23 — September 22

Your horoscope for this week:

One of your strengths is your talent for defining a problem and, simultaneously, devising a solution. However, as you’ll be discovering between now and mid-July, things won’t be that simple. The obstacles you’re facing aren’t the problem but, rather, that you’re unwilling to seek guidance. This could involve somebody close or an expert. Whatever the case, once you go for it, you’ll understand why it’s so important.

News received is what you have been waiting for. This underscores a career or some other private goal. Now you have the green light to get started on a special project you can’t wait to see where this takes you. Efforts made to clarify a recent misunderstanding will be met with better results than any previous attempts. This is all down to your confident attitude and your determination to make other people sit up and take notice.

Sunday’s solstice coincides with Mercury’s direct station at the apex of your solar chart, suggesting that after weeks and months you’ll have a sense of where you’re going. The real issue is how well you are prepared. This weekend too, Jupiter stations in your opposite sign prior to turning retrograde as does Neptune on Friday. You could think of this is suddenly being given the green light to go on a journey but realising you haven’t packed, bought the tickets or even have sense of timing or schedules. In short, you could quickly get into a flap. You will likely need assistance. That could be forthcoming around Thursday’s Full Moon, – and perhaps from friends and colleagues born under either Cancer or Capricorn. Though they have very different talents and skills, both could enable you to get on your way with ease. The art though as always, is not to panic.

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Libra

Personal theme: I balance!!

Air & cardinal sign: September 23 — October 22

Your horoscope for this week:

If it seems that what once worked is coming undone, it’s no surprise. Actually, this is about a timely review of existing arrangements and future plans. While you’ve been aware some must go, others seemed fine if, perhaps, dull. For now, merely mull over changes, nothing more. Why? Because ideas or options beyond anything you’ve previously considered will soon appear; and you need to be ready for them.

A number of responsibilities and new commitments loom on the horizon. You might be looking for ways to ease your burdens. If you sit back and wait for the tide of hard work that’s about to engulf you to come in, you will only have yourself to blame when you can’t cope. Take this chance to plan ahead and even to clear away a few loose ends so you are better able to manage in time to come.

We are now at that time of year when the Sun crosses the apex of your solar chart and you should give thought to what you want to achieve before your birthday. 2021 is special in that the Sun’s Cancer ingress coincides with Mercury’s direct station. You likely now have fresh ideas which, though they’ve been incubating for a few weeks, will astound some people who were oblivious to work that’s been going on in the background. On top of this, Jupiter turns retrograde. For the next few weeks refining, reviewing and preparing to make key presentation will likely dominate your working hours. Actually, it may be that these tips over into playtime. It won’t be at all surprising if one area of your home becomes mission control for this project.

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Scorpio & Ophiuchus

Personal theme: I desire!!

Water & fixed signs: October 23 — November 21

Your horoscope for this week:

The past few weeks’ events probably convinced you that certain once-prized arrangements really must come to an end. Still, as a Scorpio, you’d rather stick with what you know, and if changes are unavoidable, keep them to a minimum. Relax. This won’t come naturally, but it’ll make it easier for you to spot the astonishing, and entirely unexpected, events soon to come your way. Until then? Declutter.

You’re sure in your own mind about what you want to do. In a group situation you may have to show patience. Although you feel your ways are the best ones, you should give others a chance to air their views. Even if the final agreement is that these aren’t a patch on your own ideas, at least it will help everyone feel they are contributing to what is supposed to be a team effort. Delegate where and when you can.

It has long been recognised that Scorpio values integrity and loyalty above almost everything. This week, with both Mercury and Jupiter arriving at stations, it might seem that certain individuals are saying one thing but doing another. By Thursday’s Full Moon you may feel the need to make clear that you can’t be messed around with any longer. You need to know the facts. That these are different to those presented just a couple of weeks ago might not disturb you quite as much as someone prevaricating or disguising an altered approach. We are at that time of year when your expertise tends to shine through. Don’t be surprised if others look to you to take a lead and confront if necessary. This is perhaps time for you to enjoy your obviously valued status within a group; but yes, temporarily, you may need to take on a role that doesn’t feel entirely comfortable.

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Sagittarius

Personal theme: I see!!

Fire sign: November 22 — December 21

Your horoscope for this week:

You may have been born under one of the most inquisitive signs of the zodiac; but that doesn’t mean you’ll be happy about the sudden changes or, possibly, completely unexpected events that could transform your life. True, these are adventurous, yet they require you explore ideas and territory so new you don’t know where to begin. Relax. Destiny will show you the way.

A special goal will absorb your interest. This will demand concentration and self-discipline. Seeking a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed will be the best way to approach this challenge. As much as you aren’t very keen on strict routines, forward planning will ensure everything gets done in good time. A partner might be looking to make a change whereas you feel happy with the way things are. In all relationships you feel more comfortable in the driver’s seat.

This week begins with the solstice which always marks a change in the cosmic weather. This year that event coincides with Mercury turning direct in your opposite sign and comes just a couple of days after Jupiter turns retrograde at the base of your solar chart. Together, all this signals fresh attitude, new pace and new rhythm. It’s likely that someone you’ve been working with will move to action stations. That might require you to dig deep into an archive and retrieve either old photographs or letters. This flurry of activity should suit you well. Determining your legacy and how you want people in your present work to talk about you through references or in conversation seems super important. Perhaps the most interesting feature of this week is the promise of renewed contact with someone – most likely a Pisces – with whom you share history and, in whose life, there are singular developments.

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Capricorn

Personal theme: I use!!

Earth & cardinal sign: December 22 — January 19

Your horoscope for this week:

Theoretically, Thursday’s Capricorn Full Moon offers a valuable opportunity to observe what you’re happy about or not. That may happen, but you’ll also be wrestling with tedious practicalities and misunderstandings, limiting time for personal reflection. That’s the point. Others’ difficulties aren’t your problem. Back off, then turn your attention to delving into your own questions. You’ll soon discover some are far more important than you realise.

A friend or neighbour will contradict themselves when discussing something about the past. You might decide not to pick up on this chance to catch them out but you will bear their careless thoughtlessness in mind in the future. A private project carried out in seclusion will give you a lot of satisfaction. This is a good time to develop new talents and to further your study interests. You will be happy to leave family and friends to their lively plans while you stay in the background.

By next weekend, Mars will have left your opposite sign. Until then the accent is on building new partnerships. With Mercury in direct motion and the Sun moving through your opposite sign, it should be obvious that others are rethinking their position and the time and commitment they are prepared to put in to revised working arrangement. That said, and especially around the Full Moon in your sign on Thursday, you may need to make clear what is and what is not negotiable. It might seem that others are taking liberties. Actually, they may have been doing this for the last few weeks. Now you may need to call a halt to their antics and make clear the challenges that must be faced if you are to continue working together. Yes, this could be stressful: it may though be necessary if you are to avoid future work headaches.

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Aquarius

Personal theme: I know!!

Air & fixed sign: January 20 — February 18

Your horoscope for this week:

Your mood as you begin the week will depend largely on whether you’ve discovered how recent sudden and probably unsettlingly ideas, events or changes will benefit you. True, they mean altering your approach to familiar elements of your life and, possibly, your objectives.

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Pisces

Personal theme: I believe!!

Water sign: February 19 — March 20

Your horoscope for this week:

You may already have realised that whatever plans you’re making, they must be considered tentative. As a Pisces and a perfectionist, that’s not your style; but you’ve no choice. However, others aren’t just uncertain about their next move, the foundation on which those plans are based is shifting, and will continue to do so for some months; but so, will your own priorities, as you’re about to discover.

Heavy work or outside responsibilities are interfering with your family life. If this is temporary, you will soon get into the swing of things once your routine gets back to normal. If there is any chance this new situation is a permanent one you may have to change your priorities. This is a time when two is company and three is a crowd. Arranging a romantic date with someone special or a cosy evening listening to music and discussing the future will make for a relaxed ending to the week.

It’s not necessary to give you a list of all the events happening in the sky over the next seven days: all you need to know is that the cosmic weather is vastly different to how it was last week. It should be ‘all systems go’. It’s probable that this will put you in something of a flap. You may not know which task to tackle first. Priority surely must be given to domestic matters. Yes, although others want to see you out and about, it’s likely that before you can do that, there is something that has to be attended to at home and as a matter of urgency. There may be a costly repair or it could be about inviting people in that you haven’t seen for some time. Either way, before progress could be made in your working life (career), these matters likely demand attention.

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By GrannyMoon Posted in Pagan

GrannyMoons Weekly Feast: 13 June 2021

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

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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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Herb of the Year for 2021: Parsley (Petroselinum crispum, named by the International Herb Association.

Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10

Celtic Tree Calendar: Duir – Oak Moon: June 10 -July 7 ~ The mighty Oak is strong, powerful, and typically towering over all of its neighbors. The Oak King rules over the summer months, and this tree was sacred to the Druids.

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Birthday Flower for June: Honeysuckle

June is National Dairy Month, National Candy Month.

June 14: Flag Day.

June 19. Juneteenth. Celebrating the end of slavery and the beginning of a long, difficult road to racial justice in America.

June 20: Father’s Day. Also, the summer solstice—the official beginning of summer.

June 22: National Onion Rings Day. Yes, onions are an herb, too—and good for you, (although not necessarily when they’re deep-fried).

June 23: St. John’s Eve, a traditional European celebration of Midsummer’s magic

June 27: National Orange Blossom Day. It’s also National Indian Pudding Day.

June 28. Another pudding celebration: National Tapioca Day.

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Our 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.) 

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Learn About Herbs with GrannyMoon!

Treat headaches with herbs. You’re reading, driving, working, cooking—and whoomf! a headache happens. For ordinary headaches caused by the stresses and strains of daily life, a calming cup of herbal tea may be all you need to restore your equilibrium. Use these dried headache herbs, brewed with 1 cup boiling water and sweetened with honey:

Lavender, lemon balm, meadowsweet, ½ teaspoon each

Sage, rosemary, mint, ½ teaspoon each

Rosemary, marjoram, peppermint, ½ teaspoon each

A cool lavender compress for the temples and a quiet rest in a dark room may also give you the relief you need.

There is so much to learn about herbs! In Herbalism 101, we cover 21 herbs, and you will start your own personal Materia Medica, which 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 online 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 too 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.

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The Goddess School Grimoire is a collection of recipes, artwork, poetry, prose, prayers, rituals, spells, and practical Goddess wisdom put together by the teachers, students, alumni, and friends of The Sisters of the Burning Branch Goddess School. The sisterhood is dedicated to restoring spiritual balance by returning the Divine Feminine to her rightful place and by assisting women in their personal and spiritual development. Since being founded by Head and High Mother Priestess Grandmother Moon in 2000, The Goddess School (www.Goddessschool.com) has grown into a large and beautiful global community of women.

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Card of the Week: Four of Wands

What are you celebrating this week? With the Four of Wands, this week is sure to be one of joyful celebration, blissful happiness, and appreciation for the good things in life.
This is the perfect time to celebrate with those you love most. You may commemorate a significant event or milestone such as a wedding, birthday, homecoming, or reunion. Relax and let your hair down – enjoy this special time together!

The Four of Wands can indicate that you’re returning home or to the people and places familiar to you. You feel supported and secure, knowing you’re with those who love and care about you.
After a period of rapid growth and expansion, it’s time to pause and celebrate what you have achieved so far.
Step back for a moment and enjoy the fruits of your labor. 

Ask Your Tarot Cards: What am I celebrating? 

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June 14, 2021 – June 20, 2021

The third week of June starts with a bang but settles down later in the week.

It’s time to focus on transformational change. This is a great time to do some inner inventory, decide what is working in your life and what isn’t, and then begin making the necessary changes.

Midweek, the Moon moves through service-oriented Virgo. The Moon in Virgo is the point in the monthly lunar cycle to take care of any tasks on your to-do list that needs to be completed. Health-related issues may also be an issue.

This weekend your focus shifts you out of social butterfly mode and straight into your comfort zones. Family matters may surface that need attention. Home repairs and remodeling will be an excellent focus.

Recommended Candles: Needed Change/Banishing (Blessed Herbal), Keep Calm and Lavender On  (Wicked Good Spray), and Happy Home (Blessed Herbal), 3rd Eye – Clarity (Chakra Magic), Heart – Healing (Chakra Magic)

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

Tips and Tricks to Wrangling Mercury Retrograde

Mercury Rx Dirty Dozen! Tips and Tricks to Wrangling the Trickster God

1. Make sure you go over anything contractual thoroughly. Make sure all the i’s are dotted, and all the t’s are crossed. If you can get away with it, wait until after the retrograde is over (June 22) to sign on the dotted line.

New Moon in Gemini June 10, 2021

The New Moon in Gemini on June 10, 2021, is nothing to play around with. This poor gal is aligned with a solar eclipse that is in conflict with Saturn and Mercury in retrograde. Storm Cestavani highly recommends we keep our nose clean and our head under the covers.

This is the Moment to Claim your Eternal Truth

Welcome to June! May 29 – June 22 is Mercury Retrograde. Buckle your seatbelts and keep your hands and feet inside the ride at all times. We begin this month with Mercury Rx in his own sign of Gemini. You can expect the typical issues that occur during MRx may be amplified or Mercury Rx squared.

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Saturn Squares Uranus

by Rubys Readings

“Structure meets Rebellion” For All Zodiac Signs

The 2nd longer term connection between stern Saturn and shocking Uranus is already underway and peaks on June 14. This influence causes restlessness and high anxiety, so it can be difficult to stick to normal routines and schedules. There’s a sense of urgency in the air so the atmosphere can feel chaotic, as there can be unexpected shocks and surprises.

The Saturn/Uranus Square is an unusual Cosmic connection, especially a long-term one that repeatedly comes together such as this one, and all year long we are dealing with this unbalanced energy.

Saturn is the conservative and authoritative planet and is in the progressive sign of Aquarius all year long. Uranus is the progressive planet of rebellion and revolution, and is in the emotional sign of Taurus all year long!

This connection is rare, so when these two planets clash, their energies can feel oppressive, and we might find ourselves at a crossroads looking at two different paths or missions we need to follow in our life. Even when we are working towards two different goals, we probably will end up with similar results. This energy is the old versus the new. We may have to let go of something to move forward or try to stick to traditions while starting something new which can be rather difficult.

Saturn’s tense Square to Uranus generates friction. As these two planets clash, they create tension between our need for freedom and independence, versus our desire for structure and stability. Ideally, if we get creative, we can strike a balance between having our independence and meeting our plans and goals all at the same time. But this takes work and commitment.

Still, limitations or restrictions are not as easy to deal with under this influence, as the rules will be enforced. We need boundaries set in place to feel more in control and less chaotic. When we attempt to assert our need for individuality, freedom, or originality, and try to do things our own way we can be undermined by our own need to keep our lives grounded and secure. This is a push and pulls kind of energy.

But we may not feel content with conforming, and there can be sudden surprises or unexpected twists that force us to do something differently. This influence can free us from old habits and learned behaviors. So it’s important to be flexible, as we may have to make changes to our plans, especially while Mercury is still retrograde thru the end of June, which can just cause even more confusion. Trying to balance starting up something new or different while keeping things agreeable and traditional is the challenge.

Any setbacks we experience now are usually only temporary and could lead to new paths or solutions. But this aspect does cause some real frustrations. There can be a difference of opinion, which can feel more problematic than usual, as it blocks progress and causes delays. The people we normally rely on may not be as reliable right now. So we may end up having to do things for ourselves or on our own.

This long-term Saturn Square Uranus transit meeting is the 2nd of three meetings in 2021, with the last one occurring on December 24th, 2021.

Stay Safe & Be Well

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What’s Happening!

Sticks and Stones has invited you to the event ‘Intuitive Card Readings with Sway’ on Sticks and Stones!

Intuitive Card Readings with Sway

Time: July 4, 2021 all day

Location: Sticks and Stones

Sway Is a practitioner with over 5 years of experience. She was born in Northeastern Pa, but grew up in the U.S Virgin Islands. She’s familiar with Pennsylvania Dutch Folk magic with a Caribbean influence. She is an artist, healer, animal lover, and an intuitive reader. She is a certified life coach, as well as, a therapeutic art coach. Sway is an eclectic grey witch, focusing on woman’s spirituality and empowerment. Her readings are gentle and encouraging, she will leave you feeling lighter and empowered.

She offers card readings all week – $45

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Llewellyn’s Spell A Day

Candle Tips

JUNE 13, 2021 BY ELIZABETH BARRETTE

Before lighting a new candle for a spell, check to make sure that you have peeled off all the wrappers and labels. Some candles have a layer of clear plastic shrink-wrapped around them that is hard to see and will smoke if the candle is lit.

You can dedicate any candle for a certain spell or ritual by using a pin to carve a name, runes, or other magical symbols down the side. If you don’t like handling sharp things, a dried-out ballpoint pen also works well.

If a candle builds up a pool of melted wax that threatens to drown the flame, you can tilt the candle or press a metal tool against the rim of wax to make a channel so that some of the wax can run out.

When a candlewick burns down too low to light but there is still plenty of wax in the rest of the candle, carve a well around the wick in order to make it long enough to burn.

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Blessings, Gifts, and Opportunities

JUNE 12, 2021 BY NAJAH LIGHTFOOT

Each morning brings an opportunity to gives thanks and gratitude for a new day and new beginning. Each night brings an opportunity to give thanks and reflect upon our day before we close our eyes for sleep. Whether the day has been good or bad, we can always find one thing for which to be grateful.

We are powerful beings. We have the ability to call forth and manifest. Today, give thanks for all the blessings, gifts, and opportunities you have received. Use your power to keep calling goodness into your life by sincerely connecting with your higher power or deity. Say:

Thank you for all the blessings, gifts,

and opportunities I have received.

And thank you for all the blessings,

gifts, and opportunities that are

on their way to me right now.

Use this mantra on a daily basis to keep the energy and power of good juju flowing in your life.

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Take Back the Night

JUNE 11, 2021 BY DALLAS JENNIFER COBB

With the days growing longer as we approach the summer solstice, June is a delightful time to perform some night magic, even if you aren’t a huge fan of the dark. As I age, my night vision grows worse, and often the darkness leaves me feeling more vulnerable to falling. It’s been a long, dark winter.

Tonight, take back the night by going for an evening walk. Sunset will occur today at 8:52 p.m. here in the Eastern time zone on the north side of Lake Ontario. Only a few short months ago, it would have been completely dark hours earlier.

Depart on your walk in time to be outdoors and facing west as the sun is setting. Pause, give thanks for the long days of light and take back the night hours as yours to enjoy for the next few weeks. Then turn around and walk back home in the growing dusk.

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Eclipse Spell to Find the Lost

JUNE 10, 2021 BY DEVIN HUNTER

The world is buzzing today, with the solar eclipse in the air. Did you know eclipses are particularly good to work with for finding lost objects? They help reveal the things that remain hidden, especially when those things are in plain sight!

To cast this spell, you’ll need one small white candle and one small black candle. The bigger the candle, the longer it will take for the spell to work. Anoint the candles with a small amount of eucalyptus essential oil (or camphor oil). Hold the black candle and say:

You! You are (the thing that is

missing) and I am going to find you!

Then light the black candle. When the candle has burned down about halfway, hold the white candle in your hand and say:

What was hidden is now revealed!

Then light the white candle from the black candle. Allow both to burn out safely on their own. Keep an eye out for synchronicities and have an open mind. Usually, the lost object reveals itself within forty-eight hours.

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Honoring Vesta

JUNE 09, 2021 BY BLAKE OCTAVIAN BLAIR

Historically there was only one time every year when Vesta’s temple was open to the public: during the festival of Vestalia, held from June 7–15. Even then, only females were permitted to enter, and they had to petition for blessings on behalf of the rest of their family and household. Thankfully, these days most of the progressive pagan community has moved beyond such gender segregation, so let’s all take the opportunity today to honor this goddess of hearth and home.

For many of us, our home is our temple. Today, make an offering to Vesta of some home-cooked food from your kitchen hearth. It doesn’t matter if it’s elaborate or simple— perhaps a lovely bit of homemade bread or even a cup of tea made yourself. Place it on your altar and safely light a candle to Vesta. Ask for a blessing upon your hearth, home, and family. Be sure to extinguish the candle. Blessed be!

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Storm’s Oatmeal Abundance Cookies

JUNE 08, 2021 BY STORM FAERYWOLF

Oatmeal cookies have many ingredients associated with money and abundance. As you perform this spell, contemplate each ingredient and feel how they are all part of the magic.

You will need:

* 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

* 1 1/4 cups brown sugar, firmly packed

* 1/2 cup granulated sugar

* 2 eggs

* 2 teaspoons vanilla

* 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

* 1 teaspoon baking soda

* 1/2 teaspoon salt

* 2 teaspoons cinnamon

* 3 cups uncooked oatmeal

* 1 1/4 cups raisins

* 2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce

* 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

* Pinch of nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a mixing bowl, beat together butter and sugars until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla, and beat until smooth.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Sprinkle cinnamon on top in the shape of a dollar sign. Mix together. Add to the dough.

Add the oats, raisins, applesauce, cloves, and nutmeg. Mix well.

Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake 10–12 minutes or until golden brown.

Cool 1 minute on the cookie sheet before removing to a wire rack.

Offer a cookie to the spirits of the land. The rest are to be enjoyed.

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A Grass Love Spell

JUNE 07, 2021 BY JAMES KAMBOS

Use this spell before a wedding or a handfasting, or just to strengthen any romance. It should be performed with your romantic partner. You’ll need a small grapevine wreath. To perform this spell, go to a field where tall wild grasses are growing. Cut some grasses. With your partner, twist the grass around the wreath until it’s covered with grass. As you do so, together say:

Like this circle, our love is

unbroken and round.

These grasses

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Heartwings Love Notes 986 Do You Take time or Do You Have It?

Heartwings says, “Having no time is one excuse for not taking it.”

How often have you said “I’ll do it soon,” meaning when I have the time? If you are anything like me, you probably say it all too often. I know I have one item on my kitchen to do list (as opposed to my desk to do list) that has been there for weeks, if not months.  Somehow, I never seem to get around to it and I’m not sure why. It doesn’t take long to make a chocolate sauce—the task in question—yet I haven’t done so. Somehow other tasks seem to supersede, and I don’t take the time.

Whatever squeaky wheel is current seems to take precedence over the chocolate sauce. Whatever seems immediate gets my attention, and in the time left over there is always email. My goal is to keep the email list under fifty. I don’t always succeed, although I do try my best to keep up with anything important. Longer emails that need more time tend to accumulate until I have the time to answer them. Therein lies the conundrum because I probably have the time if and when I am willing to take it.

Taking the time, making the choice to do so, being mindful of what is to be done comes down to fulfilling my own responsibility, which evolves from the real reasons to do or not to do whatever it is. Alas, some things are a mystery. I confess this is a conundrum I have yet to resolve. In the meantime, here’s my recipe for Simple Chocolate Sauce, the one I have for no reason I can think of, put off making. Maybe my readers would enjoy trying it. If you do, let me know how you like it.

Ingredients: 1 cup sugar, ½ cup chocolate powder, ½ tsp salt, ¾ cup hot water, 1 tsp vanilla, and an optional sick of cinnamon. To make: mix sugar and chocolate powder in a small to medium pot. Add hot water and cinnamon. Bring to a boil, stirring well, turn down and simmer for ten minutes. Cool and add vanilla. Pour into a jar, cover and store in a cool place.

May you find a way to take the time you need for what you have to do.

Blessings and Best Regards, Tasha Halpert

 PS How about you? Do you suffer from a sense of “to do” overload? Or is your time management perfected? Write and let me know, I’ll be so glad to hear from you. My email is , and if you’d like, visit my web pages at  for more love notes and other things too.  

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Magical Things

Keeping a collection of magical items is a great way to reflect and be inspired.

Though the universe as a whole is imbued with an undeniable aura of magic, we can further fill our lives with magic by creating a collection of magical things. More than being simply beautiful, such objects can potentially play an active role in the shaping of our experience as each magical object serves a unique and multifaceted purpose. Some inspire us to reflect while some have the power to positively influence our moods. Others take us back in time, capturing in their essence memories locked in history or helping us reaffirm our connection with the universe. Magical objects can be found almost anywhere and can be practically anything, from gifts of nature to man made artifacts. You’ll know an object is truly magical when it touches you deeply, awakening some primal part of yourself that is more profoundly connected to the ethereal.

There is no right or wrong way to introduce a magical object into your life — the collection you create can be large or small, kept in private or publicly displayed. You may already be in possession of such objects. Perhaps you keep a smooth river stone next to your bed because its presence is soothing. Or you find yourself intensely drawn to certain antique items that seem to radiate light and energy. Whatever the nature of the objects you deem magical, there are many ways to utilize them. Those that help you reach a contemplative and relaxed state may best serve their purpose on your personal altar or in some special place in your home. Objects that bring you comfort can be kept in a small pouch and carried throughout the day. Or you may feel compelled to infuse your collection with beauty by making it into a collage that naturally draws your eye and stimulates your soul.

Everyone can benefit from surrounding themselves with magical objects. Our lives are made just a little more light and fun when having magical things in our presence. If you feel you don’t have anything magical in your life, ask the universe for help, and it will not be long before a meaningful artifact, a simple feather, a special stone, or another powerful item reveals itself to you and fills your life with enchantment.  

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We had a kettle; we let it leak:

Our not repairing made it worse.

We haven’t had any tea for a week . . .

The bottom is out of the Universe.

~Rudyard Kipling, “Natural Theology,” 1889

Tea: The Real Deal

According to Chinese legend, the first cup of tea was brewed about five thousand years ago by Shen Nong, aka The Divine Cultivator. One day, he was boiling water outdoors when leaves of a nearby plant (it happened to be Camellia sinensis) blew off a bush and plopped into the water. The Divine Cultivator tasted the brew and found that it hit the spot. A cup of tea was soon on everyone’s table.

The Buddhists explain things differently. The monk Dharuma practiced meditation all day long. One drowsy afternoon, he found his eyelids drooping. So keep this from happening again, he sliced them off and threw them away. A tea plant sprang up where they fell, and after a little trial and error, Dharuma discovered the secret of brewing its leaves into a drink that would keep him awake—although one has to suppose that he learned to sleep with his eyes open.

Tea became known in Europe in the 1600s, as merchant ships made their way to the Orient and back again The sprightly stimulant became immediately popular and a brisk trade developed. Tea helped to precipitate at least one war (the American Revolution began with the Boston Tea Party), served several governments as currency, and helped to build the British Empire. Americans have done their fair share, too. They invented iced tea (first served at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904) and the tea bag (first used in 1908 in New York City by Thomas Sullivan). The origins of instant tea are a bit more murky. The Old Foodie offers one peek into its history.

Tea isn’t just a delicious stimulant. In the last few decades, scientists have compiled a convincing dossier of its medicinal virtues. Tea is reported help to protect the arteries against cholesterol clogs; inhibit the growth of cancers of the colon, stomach, and breast; reduce inflammation; and neutralize many viruses. You can drink black tea or green tea, hot tea or iced tea, with or without caffeine. But do drink brewed tea; scientists say that bottled tea and instant tea don’t have as many antioxidants. Herbal teas have different health benefits; you’ll want to check them out, as well.

And Kipling was right, of course. No tea for a week would turn our world upside down!

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UFOs: From Secrecy to Disclosure

MARCH 8, 2021 BY ANNA NO COMMENTS

Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Warren Agius, author of the new Evidence of Extraterrestrials.

UFO in the Sky

In 2017, military footage was released to the public showing military fighter jets pursuing tic-tac-shaped aircrafts. In 2020, the Pentagon formally acknowledged these videos and affirmed that the aircrafts were indeed UFOs. Although the journey toward full disclosure isn’t over, improvement most certainly has been made. The past seventy-three years have been frustrating for UFO researchers, with every government-funded project designed to study the UFO phenomenon dismissing the reports and ridiculing the witnesses altogether.

After the Roswell crash in 1947, the number of UFO reports increased drastically. With continued pressure on the Air Force to provide answers to these sightings, “Project Sign” was initiated in 1948. Project Sign investigated a total of 156 cases, 7 of which remained unidentified. Interestingly enough, the members wrote an Estimate of Situation and suggested that these UFO were in actual fact, interplanetary in origin. This hypothesis did not go down too well with General Vandenberg, the Chief of Staff of the project. Vandenberg, a well-renowned skeptic, dismissed this idea altogether and stated that UFOs were simply misidentifications of natural phenomena or celestial bodies.

Although the Air Force had now provided an answer to the UFO sightings, the reports continued to rise, and this explanation simply didn’t suffice. To keep up with the rise in reports, the Air Force initiated “Project Grudge.” Although the project lasted three years, only one document was produced. The 600-page Grudge report gave numerous suggestions and explanations to solve the rise in UFO reports. The first was to launch a public education campaign focusing on minimizing the importance of the phenomenon and stating that these reports were all hoaxes and attempts by people to gain fame and publicity.

The report further stated that the observed UFOs are not interplanetary in origin, nor do they pose a threat to national security or possess advanced technology. If we consider the UFO reports investigated by Project Grudge, the latter two explanations are simply inaccurate. If an unidentified and unconventional aircraft infiltrates a nation’s airspace, then it is indeed a threat to national security. Moreover, if an aircraft outmaneuvers and outpaces the best fighter jets the military has in its arsenal, then it is most definitely more technologically advanced.

The preposterous investigations continued with the initiation of the “Robertson Panel.” The committee members stated that the reports were simply (a) a misidentification of enemy aircraft, (b) hoaxes and (c), public mass hysteria caused by psychological warfare. It is still unbeknownst to me how in just under twelve hours, the committee members solved one of the most complex phenomena. Even with the knowledge and information we have in the 21st century, the technology of these beings is so advanced that we still cannot comprehend how these aircraft operate.

The most notable UFO project lasted for seventeen years under the name “Project Blue Book.” The Air Force investigated a total of 12,618 reports, 701 of which remained unexplained. The aim of this investigation was two-fold: the first was to scientifically and objectively study the UFO reports and secondly, to discern whether these aircraft posed a threat to national security. The project was terminated not because these two goals were achieved, but because the Air Force deemed the study of the UFO phenomenon as a waste of resources. Although numerous government-funded projects were initiated to study UFO reports, they all came to the same conclusion; that the phenomenon is extraneous. Or that’s what they wanted the public to believe.

After Project Blue Book was terminated, the public believed that the Air Force simply stopped investigating UFO reports. It was not until 2017 that the government stated that UFO reports were still being investigated and had been since 2007 under the name AATIP—the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program. The program had a budget of over 20 million dollars and important breakthroughs were made. Luis Elizondo, the program director, stated that they were in possession of metal alloys that were extraterrestrial in origin.

The study of the UFO phenomenon has developed and progressed significantly over the past seventy-four years. The mindset has shifted from seeing UFO reports as nonsensical, to the Pentagon declassifying military footage showing fighter jets pursuing UFOs. Although we have more answers than we had seventy-four years ago, there are still numerous important things which we still do not know. Who are these visitors? What are their intentions? These questions may remain unanswered, but the one thing which we do know is that we are not alone in the universe. We never have been. Not only have we been visited since the beginning of time, but these visitors are infinitely more advanced and superior to us.

Our thanks to Warren for his guest post! For more from Warren Agius, read his article “5 Characteristics Typical of a UFO Sighting.”

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Hawthorn: What’s It Good For?

by: EagleSong Gardener

Evening falls.

Spirit comes.

Sun goes down and the day is done.

Mother Earth awaken me

To the heartbeat of the sea.

Hawthorn: What’s It Good For?

“What’s it good for?”, became the question that sent me into a nose dive that lasted several years and also brought me to the deepest place of realization that the world was decidedly different than it appeared. I retreated into self-isolation. The question was so captivating it took almost a decade to come to some understanding of what hawthorn was good for. And, in that discovery, the revelation or mirroring of what I was good for emerged as well.

Most herbalists I know are keen to say hawthorn is a good medicine for the heart and since cardiovascular diseases are the most common cause of death in the world this made some kind of sense. But in that moment, I wanted to know something else…only I didn’t know what it was. Much like Linnaeus as he organized botanical information into a system, and yet intuitively knew there was something outside his perception that was alive. Because he couldn’t see it, he could not name it, so he referred to it as chaos. With today’s electron microscopes micro-organisms can be seen and named. Today, we are on the edge of another shift in perception that words are not quite able to get around. A shift that is more palpable daily.

Slipping into liminal space…

Hawthorn as an ally kept egging me on to learn more. Anatomy and physiology classes, I explored her distribution around the planet, recognizing diversity extended capacity. I watched people spending a great deal of time, money, and anguish over heart diseases while condemning the very tree that could support their health.

First, my apprenticeship with the tree herself was required. Hence, all of the research and travel getting acquainted with Crataegus. The hands-on harvest of the leaves, flowers, fruits, and, finally, scion wood for grafting the Golden Girl and expanding this one Crataegus’ reach in the world. By giving myself to the tree for several days during 3 seasons of each year, I began to feel the pulse of earth and heaven moving through me. My life revolved around her schedule. With only 3 days to harvest flowers and leaves from each tree meant that I planned my life around her bloom and fruiting seasons. The fruit harvest window is a little easier but learning how to tell when different species of hawthorn are ripe is an art and craft. And, where I live, they are not “better after a frost”. In fact, if I waited for a frost there may be no harvest of fruit at all.

Next, ingestion by creating many different preparations that I could eat and drink to see what would happen. After 10 years of bringing hawthorn into my diet as a nourishing and tonifying herb used regularly, my personal experience supports hawthorns’ use as an adaptogen, that is, a plant that is non-toxic, non-specific, and generally beneficial to the whole organism.

Over time it became apparent that my deeper question was less a concern with hawthorn’s medicinal use and more an inquiry as to why is heart disease such a prevalent pattern in humankind at this time? I was less interested in finding a cure or fixing a problem, although delighted that hawthorn can be used by anyone with beneficial effect; it turned out my interest was in the heart itself and its place and function in our lives.

What is the heart and what does it do?…

An interesting aspect of the heart I’ve learned through this experience is that the heart is more than a pump. It could not do what it does for a lifetime if it was merely a mechanical pump. The mechanistic view of the heart has guided western medicine since 1628 when an English physician, William Harvey, published an anatomical study on the motion of the heart and circulation of blood in animals, De Mortu Cordis. This (1) work redirected medicine toward a mechanistic perspective and away from a vitalist viewpoint.

Today, people in many fields of inquiry are shifting perspectives and encompassing an enhanced vitalist or dynamic view of life and health. The idea that human beings are generative elements in creation, that their bodies have over time learned to adapt and change through many dynamic planetary events is, presently, one of particular interest.

It turns out the heart, for now, has 3 methods for regulating and influencing the body and surrounding fields. First, it produces electromagnetic energy and can mirror the earth’s electromagnetic field. Second, it is rich in neural cells so the heart has intelligence and communicates directly with the brain. And, “the third level of influence of the heart on the brain is hormonal, this influences endocrine activity…”(2) The heart is coming into focus as the central organ of the body which connects the individual with the whole of creation internally and externally. WOW…the heart is way more than a pump! Having it function well is going to change your life!

So what now?

On the surface, the world is undergoing phenomenal change on many levels at unprecedented speeds. Quantum physics, biology, and other sciences are changing the way we see the world and our place in it. Science is measuring and investigating the human organism in wholly new ways and finding new and ancient alignments. The current planetary engagement with a microorganism magnifies the extent of the changes happening. What a time to be alive!

When there is upheaval in nature, often the species on the edge of the disruption move to the center as things stabilize, there was no niche for them until disruption opens new niches. “…new species evolve on the margins.”(3)

Weeds are species that succeed in disruption and live on the margins. While haw is a tree, she is considered a weed by many and entirely disregarded by others. She has a certain capacity called apomixis by which she can spontaneously create a new species without pollination from another tree. That might be a useful strategy as we move forward. Eating weeds is an easy way to build one’s physical body literally from the elements needed to navigate disruption thereby, adapting to dynamic disequilibrium or perhaps life’s ever-changing dance.

​A streamlined answer to, “What is hawthorn good for? is a holographic microcosm of the vastness of Crataegus: The Generative Genus…

• Strengthening the heart muscle

• Improving digestion and circulation

• Resolving arterial congestion and lowering blood pressure

• Increasing flexibility of the arteries, veins, and capillaries in the body

• Supporting the immune system and increasing longevity

• Hawthorn is filled with anti-inflammatory flavonoids

• Minerals and nutrients including magnesium and calcium to nourish and strengthen the whole person

• Although no single constituent can be singled out as the active ingredient, the sum of all her parts brings the magic and medicine of hawthorn to life

• To strengthen a weak heart or carry an old heart into a healthy future consider hawthorn as an ally

• Crataegus spp. an herb, a food, a medicine that nourishes and tonifies the guiding organ, the heart, of each individual and humanity.

Sitting with the heart and a bigger sense of what the heart is and its capacity. My heart. Your heart. The heart of the earth. The heart of creation.

Imagine the coronary arteries encircling your heart like a crown, bringing nourishment and oxygen-rich blood to your body. Feel your heartbeat. Feel each breath and the give-away dance connecting you and plants.

What magnificence the ongoing journey of being human is. Seeing the heart of matter transcending into a new state of being…

Big love is action.

Engage hawthorn as a guide showing you the way forward. Challenging and strengthening every step of the way. Through darkness, into light, again and again around an ever expanding spiral.

While we cannot control the outcome of the world emerging, we can influence the direction of flow by our actions and the allies we call upon. By boundaries set and the capacity to do what we’ve come here to do, and be an experience we can each fulfill our destiny. May the Haw be with you!

Herbs are people’s medicine.(4)

(1)Thomas Cowan, MD, Human Heart, Cosmic Heart (Chelsea Green, 2016)

(2) Joseph Chilton Pearce, The Biology of Transcendence A Blueprint of the Human Spirit, (Park 2 Street Press, 2002)

(3) Thomas J. Elpel, Botany in a Day, (HOPS Press, 3rd Edition, 1998)

(4) Susun Weed

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EagleSong Gardener, Herbalist/Gardener, Grandmother/EarthKeeper, Pilgrim/Adventurer, Hawthorn Whisperer

Is excited by the dynamic nature of life in a garden. Gardening since childhood, EagleSong has tended/managed high visibility kitchen gardens and farms, commercial gardens, herb gardens & nurseries and has trained in Healing & Therapeutic garden design. Today, she enjoys teaching health from the ground up at the generative space of her home place, RavenCroft Garden. A cottage garden connecting people, plants, and the earth for close to 30 years.

As co-creatrix of HerbWiseWomen, an online community for Herb-Ally Curious Women, EagleSong delights in crafting spaces where women gather to connect, learn and transform themselves and the world at their own place and in their own pace.

EagleSong Gardener

PO Box 837

Monroe, WA 98272

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Gilberto Rides Again Chapter 5

by Stephen Halpert

A weary Gilberto came home early. Between the cancer diagnosis and Ramon’s revelation the world felt too much with him. He yawned, took a beer from the fridge and stretched out on the couch.

Maria joined him. She put her iced tea on the coffee table beside his beer. “I can hear you thinking,” she smiled.  “Why don’t you tell me?”

He looked at her and thought how special she was. “Tell you what?’

She sipped her iced tea.” “Something’s bothering you. I can always hear you thinking.”

Gilberto shrugged. “If you can hear my thoughts then I don’t have to say what they are. Nothing we can do about it anyway.”

She cuddled next to him and started kissing his neck. “You are such a sexy gentleman.”

Her kisses tickled. He giggled. “Anyway, I’m bound to secrecy. I promised.”

She ran her hand over his chest. “Promised who?”

” If you must know, Ramon.”

Maria looked pensive. She sipped her iced tea. “My guess is one of the sweet young things at Atlas is on the make for him.”

His eyes widened. “Not exactly a young thing, more a cougar.”

Maria raised her eyebrows. “Ramon? Isn’t he a little long in the tooth for your average cougar?”

Gilberto shrugged. “You never can tell these days. Besides Ramon has continental flavoring. Some women find him adorable; others say he’s hot and sophisticated. He makes the perfect Latin lover, exciting a woman’s fantasies.”

Maria laughed. “And some cougar has the hots for him.”

Gilberto swallowed some beer and kissed Maria. He nodded then, offhandedly, “I guess you could say that.”

She finished unbuttoning his shirt, started loosening his belt.

Surprise in his voice. “What are you doing?”

“What do you think I’m doing? I’m getting you out of your office uniform.”

“What for? What if our daughter wanders in?”

“What do you mean what for, silly? So you can relax. Besides she’s visiting a friend from school and won’t be home till after supper. And Joey’s at his friend’s David; so this is a rare opportunity. I have you all to myself.”

He giggled and took another sip of beer. “You’re seducing me so I’ll blurt out more about Ramon. I know your tricks.” Then he pulled her closer and kisser her. He slid his hand against her skin.

Her arms around his neck. She breathed heavily. Finally she said. “We don’t have to stay here on the couch. We have a perfectly wonderful bed.”

He laughed. “I thought you’d never ask.” He stood and scooped her up in his arms. “You’re getting me all confused.”

“Is that a new word for arousal?” She kissed him, nuzzling against his neck. “So big deal, Ramon’s on an ego trip.”

He carried her down the hall into their bedroom carefully setting her on their bed. He lay down beside her. “No problem if that was all it was. But if you must know she wants to meet Rosa. Told him she wants to check out her competition. Said she wants him all for herself. I tell you Maria from what Ramon says this woman is a shark.”

“Oh my,” Maria commiserated.  “Poor Ramon.”

“But you’re not supposed to know. I’ve been sworn to secrecy. You seduced me and wormed all this out of me.”

She sounded indignant. “Please Gilberto. I’d never worm anything out of you. What a terrible

thing to say.”

“I promised not to say anything.”

“Gilberto I can hear your mind churning. You’re concerned for Ramon and it’s leaking out all over the bed.  But not to worry. I won’t let the cat out of the bag.”

He propped himself up on his elbow. “He’s worried, doesn’t know which way to turn.”

“How could he? He’s in love with Rosa and still craves cougar excitement. I’d say that’s pretty typical of the average long-time married male.”

He squinched his eyes. “You think?”

“Yes, I think. You know as well as I do that after so many years many married guys are hungry for exactly the affection, whoever she is, is dishing up at him.”

He looked dismayed. “So he’s trapped. Nobody’s fault. Just human nature.”

She frowned. “I didn’t say that.”

The front door to the condo opened. Joey called out. “Hi mom, I’m home. Did I miss supper?”

He sat up abruptly. “Maybe next time we don’t mix Ramon with our love life.”

“She nodded. “Or anyone else for that matter.”

Maria kissed Gilberto. “Hi, Joey,” she called. “Not to worry there’s plenty to eat.” Lowering her voice, she said. “Please Gilberto, I don’t worm.” She kissed him, stood up from the bed, and rearranged herself.

That made him grin. “Ok, what would you call it?”

“Her eyes danced playfully. “Cross examination. Much more to the point. Didn’t you ever watch Perry Mason?”

He grinned and stood up. “So you had me on the witness stand.”

“No I had you on our bed where I like having you as frequently as possible. That, sir, has become a rare treat.”

Gilberto followed her into the kitchen. Joey was looking at the sports section of the paper. He smiled at Gilberto. “Guess what? Our soccer coach is leaving Houndstooth. Maybe you’d like to be our new coach?”

Gilberto shook his head no. “I wish, but who’s got time. Why’s he leaving?”

“I guess he and his wife are breaking up and he’s going back home to Ohio where he went to college.”

“That’s too bad. He’s a good coach.”

“When did you find out about this,” Maria asked?

“Today at practice. He said we’d be getting a new coach but didn’t say when.”

Maria looked at Gilberto. “Good soccer coaches aren’t easy to find.”

He nodded. “Especially if they’re experienced.”

“I wonder if Ramon would be interested,” she said. “He’s been on many all- star teams.”

“I’ll run it past him,” Gilberto said. “You never can tell.”

Joey’s eyes widened and he smiled. “Oh, Mr. Gomez would be great. I’ll tell our coach tomorrow at practice.”

(to be continued)

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A Sunken Stone, A Story Found

~Find-a-Grave

As cemetery enthusiasts, we’ve seen the many ways people around the world honor their dead, from the moss-covered mausoleums of Edinburgh to candle-lit cemeteries in Italy. We’ve admired the small stones placed on Jewish graves in Jerusalem, the walls of urns in Japan, and Paris’ catacombs where bones are stacked and patterned in the underground ossuary. We love wandering through cemeteries with shady paths that invite us to meander and read the epitaphs to those gone before.

However a person is laid to rest, there is one thing all of these places have in common – they are vast libraries of unknown and untold stories. Sometimes the stories come to us easily, like following a gently worn path our ancestors left for us many years ago. Other times, the stories take hours of time and research to uncover. Each headstone, rock, photograph, or candle represents a life lived. A life that was undoubtedly filled with hopes and dreams, happiness and heartbreak. Each lie in rest with their mark left behind, their mark on our lives and also what was left in remembrance on their marker. Why do Find a Grave volunteers spend so much time photographing and documenting graves? Because we understand that this small act of service opens the door for others to discover their ancestors’ stories.

Frank Delaney said, “To understand and reconnect with our stories, the stories of the ancestors, is to build our identities.” When one walks up to a tombstone or a memorial site, there arises a feeling of brevity and wonder. You might run a finger across the etched birth and death dates. You know that between birth and death, there is a lifetime of stories. An understanding arises that they have been where you are now – and someday you will be where they now rest. When you stand before the grave of a loved one, you understand that their story intermingles with yours. Their influence has contributed to your own story.

One of our contributors, Paul Vogt, was recently on the receiving end of an amazing act of kindness. Paul’s great aunt Mary passed away in Detroit, Michigan, in 1905. Contaminated water caused a typhoid fever epidemic that swept through the city. Mary contracted the disease and died when she was just 22. Her family was devastated by the loss of their beautiful, dark-haired daughter. They purchased a marble headstone and Mary’s memory was immortalized. Years turned into decades and those who knew Mary passed on.

A few months back, Paul received a message from Jacquie, another contributor. In her research regarding cemeteries in Detroit, she came across a memorial with information about headstones found underwater in a lake, about an hour outside of the city. She searched Find a Grave and learned that Paul managed a memorial matching the description of one of the headstones included with that information. Jacquie messaged Paul and ultimately she connected him with another friend who helped with her research and knew more about two of the Detroit cemeteries and a gravestone monument company. Like following a trail of breadcrumbs, Paul was led to where the stone could be found. He located the property owner and learned the stone was still in the lake (nobody knows how it got there!). It’s possible that the headstones found in the lake were not originally placed on the graves because they had an inscription mistake.

Amazingly, the timing was perfect as the new owner was having his breakwall redone and offered to retrieve the headstone from the water if possible. Crews salvaged the headstone and Paul immediately came to retrieve it. He took his truck (and a strong friend) and picked up the 400-pound marble memorial to Mary. Because the cemetery where Mary is buried no longer allows marble markers, they brought the stone back to Paul’s home where it remains.

For Paul, this series of coincidences was more than that. “It’s amazing that my aunt was in the news after 110 years, amazing that a Find a Grave member informed me of the lost stone, amazing that I was able to retrieve the stone, and right after that, found a family scrapbook that had a picture of Mary in it.” Mary’s story is now connected to Paul’s story. He will never be able to look at Mary’s photo without contemplating the miracle of finding her memorial. We like to think Mary is smiling over the relationship she has formed with her great-nephew from beyond the grave.

The poet Rumi wrote, “On the day I die, when I’m being carried toward the grave, don’t weep. Don’t say, He’s gone! He’s gone. Death has nothing to do with going away. The sun sets and the moon sets, but they’re not gone. Death is a coming together. The tomb looks like a prison, but it’s really release into union. The human seed goes down in the ground like a bucket into the well… It grows and comes up full of some unimagined beauty.” The stories we discover and share are that unimagined beauty coming into full light.

In the end, not everyone’s resting place is going to be the same. It may be a manicured or overgrown cemetery, ashes scattered over a waterfall, a respectfully placed urn, a raised mound under the shade of a tree, or a marble stone immersed in a lake. Each grave represents the story of those who came before us. Thank you to all of our Find a Grave contributors.  Your efforts help others uncover new stories every day!

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Creating a Pet Safe Garden

POSTED ON JUNE 9, 2021 BY MARC-ANDRÉ

With summer on the horizon, many of us are looking forward to spending more sunny days in our gardens. We might like to think of our gardens as our own little haven – and the same should apply for our pets.

PDSA Vet Nurse Nina Downing, said: “There are unfortunately many hidden hazards in our gardens that look innocent enough but could be harmful to our pets. From the type of plants we grow, to the ways we protect the plants from garden pests. So it’s important to know how to keep our pets, and other kinds of wildlife, safe from any potential dangers.

Avoid poisonous plants

“Though they might be beautiful to look at, some plants and flowers are best kept well away from pets’ paws. It can be hard to know which ones to look out for and it does vary from season-to-season, so I’d always do a little research before introducing a new plant to your garden.

“Plants to avoid during the summer include: elder, foxglove, geranium, hydrangea, nightshade, rhubarb, tulips, and lily of the valley. It’s quite a shock when you find out about the toxins lurking in these plants – some even contain traces of cyanide, which can be particularly dangerous to both us and our four-legged friends.

Switch to natural pest control

“Pests like slugs and snails can be the bane of a gardener’s life. However, before reaching for chemical solutions, remember that pesticides can also be extremely toxic to pets and other wildlife. Most people aren’t aware of the pet-safe alternatives available, such as using hydrated lime as a barrier around plants, or using beer traps. Rabbits especially love to nibble on any growing plants, so if you must use a chemical pesticide, it’s essential to keep your pets well away from the area, which will save your prized vegetables too.

“It’s really important to consider other wildlife that explore your garden, as well as your pets. Hedgehogs and birds are happy helpers with pests, and will gobble up slugs, snails and insects. You can try installing a bird feeder, and encouraging hedgehogs to visit by creating places for them to sleep and safe routes to wander in and out of.

Pet-friendly resting spots

“Pets can easily overheat on warmer days, so make sure there are plenty of shady spots where they can relax and that they have free access to water at all times. Trees and large shrubs create great shade, but you can also set up shelters or drape sheets over the end of an exercise run for smaller pets.

Secure the perimeter

“A good, strong fence will help keep your pet safe and secure in the garden – it prevents them squeezing through any gaps or holes and going on unwanted adventures! Ideally, your fence needs to be tall enough and secure so that your pet can’t jump over or dig under it. Dogs and rabbits are great diggers, so check regularly for escape tunnels.

“A secure fence will also help keep out predators like foxes, allowing smaller pets to roam safely. Though having a pond is great for natural wildlife, it can sometimes be a hazard for curious cats, dogs and rabbits. It’s a good idea to fence around the area or fit a guard on top, keeping your furry friends out of harm’s way.”

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Georgia Nichols Weekly Horoscope: Sunday, June 13, 2021

All Signs

Saturn makes a harsh pass at Uranus this week, which could bring upsets to material wealth. (Ouch.) Meanwhile, the last time Mars was in Leo was two years ago in July/August 2019. Being an energy planet, Mars will pump your ego and energize the Fire signs for the next two months — Aries, Leo and Sagittarius (plus Gemini and Libra cuz they’re buddies). Meanwhile, Mercury retrograde continues until June 22. (Note: If buying ground transportation, computers and cell phones, wait until July 8, when the shadow is gone.) On the upside, Mercury retrograde will help you finish old business. Nevertheless, Mars will give you the energy to put the PRO back in procrastination! A cruel hoax? Indeed!

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Expect a surprise from a friend or a group this week. (This surprise could impact your finances.) Meanwhile, because of the frustrations of Mercury retrograde, be smart and allow extra time for everything, especially when you leave your home. This is because your daily travel will incur delays. Arrrg! Flat tires, missed buses, car problems, truck problems, bike problems – you name it. In turn, this will trigger missed appointments and embarrassing delays along with mixed-up communications and forgetfulness. Fortunately, things at home are warm and supportive. In the next two months, Mars will make you playful and supportive. It will boost romance and encourage socializing (and possibly conflict with your kids.) Nothing’s perfect.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Something sudden and unexpected might create obstacles for you at this time. It could relate to the government or rules and regulations. It could be surprising news from a boss or a parent. A sudden change in the role of authority? You might have to step in to do some damage control. Meanwhile, financial delays are frustrating along with cheques that are late in the mail. On top of this, your home scene continues to be full of confusion, increased activity and chaos. Oy! It’s time for a quality Pinot Noir with a nice triple brie. Fortunately, amidst all this, you are charming and delightful. Hats off to you!

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Plans related to higher education, future travel or something to do with publishing, the media, the law or medicine might suddenly change. This could catch you off guard. If so, you will be vocal and proactive about this because Mars is in your House of Communications. Fortunately, the Sun in your sign will empower you. Admittedly, your ruler Mercury is retrograde and that is a bit maddening because this creates mistakes, confusion, errors and misplaced items plus delays. However, there is always some good news. Venus will attract money to you. Oh yes. That’s why you will buy beautiful things for yourself and loved ones, which is a sweet bonus.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

In a way, you’re waiting in the wings before your birthday arrives. This means that you are prefer to play things low-key. Of course, fair Venus in your sign encourages socializing and warm times spent with others. This is also a great week to buy wardrobe items for yourself. Make a note of that. (Especially because you are spending money!) Nevertheless, a sudden change to something to do with taxes, inheritances, shared property might impact your wealth. Do be aware of this. This could be good news or bad news. But it is likely unexpected. Whatever happens, it’s a fact that you are having a successful year in 2022, so this sudden impact to your assets won’t hold you back.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Mars is in your sign, you’re energetic and feisty! Furthermore, the Sun and Mercury retrograde are bringing opportunities to socialize with friends, especially people from the past. Your hidden Venus will attract opportunities for secret love affairs. (Oh yes.) However, something unexpected and powerful might impact a close friendship or a partnership. For some of you, a partnership might end. Perhaps a sudden shift will take place in a close relationship? For others, someone unusual, different and new will enter your world. It’s not a boring week. Extend your friendship to others because they will welcome seeing you.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

You continue to be high viz., which means that people notice you more than usual. But more than that – they admire you! (Obviously, this week is an excellent time to advance your agenda or make your pitch.) Venus will promote warmer relations with others – friends and members of groups. In fact, a friend could become a lover. Something unexpected will impact your work scene. It could be sudden and create a big change. (Yikes!) Your job might end or change in a dramatic way. This unexpected news might also be something related to your health or a pet. Go slowly so that you are prepared for the unexpected. Pull your act together to stay in control.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

You continue to make a fabulous impression on others because your ruler, fair Venus is at the top of your chart. This makes you look attractive to everyone! It also makes you look like you know something about design, layout and that you have good artistic judgment, which most of you do. Your urge to travel and do something different to inject some excitement into your life is still strong. Get out and do anything that gives you a thrill and makes you feel like you’re living! Parents should be careful and vigilant with their kids because accidents or something unexpected could impact your kids. There might even be a family intervention? A vacation might be cancelled. Sports accidents are also possible. Tread carefully. Remember – the future unfolds one day at a time.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

You are determined to achieve your goals now. In fact, a number of things have come together that makes you ambitious in a happy, optimistic way. Travel for pleasure will also appeal if this is possible. Romance with someone different might also be in the picture. What cannot be ignored however, is that something very basic and possibly literally to do with the physical structure of your home will suddenly occur this week. It’s unexpected and it affects home and family. It could be related to your physical residence. It might also apply to an older family member. Whatever it is, it will shake things up and require your attention. Steady as she goes.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

First off, let us remember that you need more sleep this week. Definitely. (You work hard and party hard.) You love to travel and this week, you might have a chance to do so because you certainly are pushing the sides of the envelope to explore new ideas, see new places and meet new people. Quite possibly, money, gifts and goodies will come to you – so be receptive to this. Don’t be afraid to attract generosity. Keep your pockets open. Romance is certainly passionate! (That’s a given.) However, please pay attention to everything you say and do because this is an accident-prone time for you. Something unusual will interrupt your daily routine.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

You are in work mode – no question. Therefore, get as much done as you possibly can this week. Admittedly, Mercury retrograde is in this part of your chart, so you will suffer from delays and goofy mistakes and misplaced or broken equipment. Fortunately, your close relationships are excellent at this time. (And your sex drive is amped!) It’s good to have this wonderful support because something unexpected will impact your earnings or your wealth this week. It could be good; it could be bad. A sudden influence might bring loss, damage or theft to your possessions. Alternatively, you might suddenly acquire something you least expected to get! Stay alert and guard what you own.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

This fabulous, playful planetary influence continues this week. Lucky you! Accept all invitations to party and enjoy sports events plus creative activities with kids. Relations with coworkers are splendid. The only fly in the ointment is that you might feel annoyed with a partner or close friend because of some kind of tension building up between you. (Patience is your best ally.) Midst all of these wonderful influences, nevertheless, you feel caught off guard by something unusual this week. It might make you feel rebellious. You will want to protect your independence. You might even lash out in a sudden unexpected way. Basically, this could mean a sudden break with a person, a friendship, a partnership or a particular situation. If so, this could be freedom from something that was previously oppressive.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Home, family and your private life continue to be your primary focus, especially because many of you have been revisiting past issues with family members. Or perhaps, relatives are camped on your doorstep eating out of your fridge. (It was ever thus.) Fortunately, you are charged up to work and be as productive as possible. Nevertheless, Venus will encourage you to party and have good times, while lucky Jupiter in your sign will basically encourage good fortune in your life. However, something going on behind the scenes will be disruptive this week. It could be that there was an unconscious need for change in your life and now it’s occurring in an upsetting way. Hopefully, you will become free of something that you’ve been putting up with for too long.

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Weekly Horoscopes Beginning Sunday, June 13, 2021

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

Outlines are longer versions; consists of every possible detail of everyday and based on three parts of each sign: 1st, 2nd & 3rd Decan; that is, any of three divisions of 10° within a sign of the zodiac. Even if you know or don’t know your Decan; I recommend, please read all three Decan.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

You may already be aware that certain tricky and, possibly, time-consuming issues are increasingly pressing. Yet the move by your ruler Mars into Leo heightens a range of life’s existing joys and promises to add others. While, obviously, you’re tempted to focus on these, tackle those practicalities first. Not only will having them cleared up be a relief, what you learn could reshape your thinking and priorities.

You’ve been finding it hard to reach an understanding in an issue that’s causing problems in a work or family relationship. You might suddenly conjure up an ideal way to get around someone. You will wonder why you hadn’t thought of this before and by the end of the week there will be a marked improvement in a state of affairs that has been causing you concern. Spending time at a local sports centre or swimming pool will do wonders to help you work off your excess energy.

Think challenge. You may find that others who’ve been prevaricating for some weeks, arrive at conclusions and decisions with which you are decidedly unhappy. A frank exchange of views and perhaps yes, a parting of the ways could occur before Friday. Fractures in working partnerships are more likely than not; and yet: what may be required is a reappraisal of your individual talents. Before moving forward reviewing what brought you together in the first place and what joint goals could yet be achieved should prove a useful exercise. A major issue appears to be presentation (anything Internet related?). It may be that a third party (a referee?), is needed. Even if this person’s expertise seems costly, it might be a wise investment.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

You’re facing obstacles as irritating as they are tedious. Still, while you’re tempted to put off, if not avoid, these it’s clear they must come first. Ironically, you’ll soon realise they’re reshaping your perspective on a range of matters, some crucial. For the moment, take things one day at a time, conscious that what you’re learning is useful now but will be handy in the future, too.

You’ve got some thinking to do. It might seem as if you and a partner no longer share the same goals. Is there a way of continuing with joint commitments or is it time to go your separate ways? A friend has some interesting and imaginative ideas for the future. When you say you are keen to join them, you are being sincere for you know you might never get another chance to turn these plans into reality. Sometimes it isn’t good to hesitate. Take a deep breath and go for it.

For the second time this year, (the first was in February), Saturn and Uranus arrive at right angle as viewed from Earth. The latter is moving through your sign. Adjusting pace and arriving at a major decision could feel ‘right’. What is different this time is that Mercury is retrograde. You now know more than you did at the start of the year. You are perhaps are also aware of limitations and obstacles to be overcome. With Mars travelling across the base of your solar chart and accessing energy and determination ought not to be difficult. In fact, you could show considerable resilience. There’s also the high probability of something that has been regarded as a hobby (or an idea incubating in your research and development department), showing real promise.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

True, your ruler Mercury’s retrograde cycle is triggering chaos. While this ends on 22 June, the fallout from the current chaotic planetary activity will continue for some weeks. Unsettling as events have been, each is triggering timely, if not overdue, shake-ups. If ever there was a period to take things one day at a slow pace, it’s now. If you must make far-reaching plans, ensure they’re flexible.

Romantic stars are cloudy. You might be prevented from seeing your partner due to you being separated by miles or it could be that work and other commitments are keeping you apart. This is not how you would ordinarily have planned it but absence will make the heart grow stronger and you can look forward to a happy reunion. You get a chance to play an important role in a community effort and it will make you feel extremely proud to be involved.

Your ruling planet, Mercury, is still retrograde in your sign. It might seem to others you are still going back over old ground and failing to consider fresh opportunity. Note that this week, Saturn and Uranus, for the second time this year appear at exact right angles (as they did in February). Once again you may feel you need to make a tough call. It may be that for the moment, information gathering is the wisest way forward. It’s likely that others are coming to major conclusions too, and that opportunities could come as they move on. One big theme over arches the entire week: that of clearing out, redefining, repackaging and preparing. This action could also put you back in touch with those you haven’t seen for a long time and who are similarly undertaking mental if not physical journeys.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Once you understand that neither recent events nor the coming sudden changes will come together until the pivotal Cancer New Moon, on 10 July, you’ll stop worrying and instead view each day’s developments as only part of the picture. Actually, if you focus on decluttering your life of unrewarding plans and passions now, you’ll be preparing for the exciting changes that’ll are likely to appear then.

People sharing your world will wonder where on earth you get all your energy from. You are working like a Trojan and you aren’t even noticing how hard you are going at it. A spurt of action inspired by the need to clear a number of things out of the way will keep you busy all week long. You won’t be surprised to feel a temporary need for seclusion later. This will give you the chance to catch up on private matters.

As one part of you probably already knows, worrying is wasted energy. It doesn’t advance anything. It’s nevertheless a force that could be irresistible mid-week as others announce plans which you sense are ill-advised, unrealistic and likely not sufficiently well thought through. Hard as it may be to have faith, it’s likely essential for your well-being. Educational matters or how people process information may be at the root of your concern. Don’t forget, that we are also in the run-up to the start of your personal year. Whatever your actual birthday, taking time out to consider all that’s occurred since your last birthday should be a worthwhile exercise. In particular, next Friday, 18th, you could arrive at a plan that would bring improvement to your work-life balance.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Nobody enjoys confronting difficulties. However, each obstacle or impossible individual you face is prompting you to either clear up pointless commitments or eliminate unrewarding arrangements. For ages you’ve been aware some are increasingly burdensome, but have resisted taking action. Do so now; and be firm with yourself. You’ve been stubbornly clinging to some. You’ll be amazed how swiftly you feel free, more than for ages.

Exciting money news is on the way. You are enjoying a run of financial luck. Even so, you won’t drop your guard because of this and you will continue to be alert for any further opportunity to improve your finances. An extremely inviting investment offer is about to be put to you. A neighbour will claim your attention. They have some interesting gossip to pass on to you and you will be glad you had the time to listen.

Next week, and for the second time in 2021, Saturn and Uranus arrive at right-angled to one another. Just as likely occurred in February, you may be faced with an obstacle course. You could, of course, find a loophole and a way around difficulties. With Mercury retrograde, it might indeed be possible to talk your way out of difficulty. That though, may not be your best move. Since Mars is now travelling through your sign, perhaps you do need to take a run at this obstacle course and face the consequences. Yes, you could experience accident or even provoke wrath along the way but in the process, show fitness and determination. It could be argued that this week is all about showing resilience; but yes, in the process might need to agree that one way of living and working is no longer viable and that a fresh way forward needs to be found.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

The shakeups triggered by your ruler Mercury’s retrograde cycle are often amazingly informative. However, you’re still feeling responsible for not having spotted the issues in question beforehand. While Mercury resumes forward motion on the 22nd, you can deal with that tendency to blame yourself for things that simply aren’t your responsibility right now. Try it. You’ll be amazed how much it lifts your spirits.

It’s hard to concentrate on everyday business. An unusual amount of restlessness coupled with a desire for adventure isn’t helping. It may be out of the question to take to the open road because of financial or other restrictions but you will take this chance to spend more time outdoors. A trip to the garden centre to buy patio heaters, benches and garden furniture seems to be in order. Alternatively, walks in a local park will be a good way to escape your usual routine.

Mercury continues its retrograde movement near the apex of your solar chart and one part of you – at least career wise, – could feel as though you’re treading water or worse, going backward. All could and probably will change – but perhaps not for another week. First it may be necessary to go back over an old decision, reconnect with those you worked with a long time ago, and yes, likely clear out old papers or confront an archiving project that at times feels just too huge and too great. There’s high probability of you being involved in some kind of re-building. This might even be literal. Fact is that the time and energy you put in now is likely a wise investment. It should be apparent by next weekend (and Jupiter’s station in your opposite sign), that there is yet so, so much more to play for. The effort put in this year, could bring vast rewards next.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Since early June you’ve faced a range of decisions, some solo, a few involving others, and many regarding plans for the present and the future. In every case you have been and will continue to face frustrating uncertainties. The secret? Make halfway decisions. True, it’s out of character for you, as a Libra. Still, it’s better to take swift action than worry about getting things right.

Keeping busy will help keep your mind off a matter that is causing strong emotions. There are ways to stay calm and thinking about other things is one of them. Be sure you don’t commit yourself to anything more than you have to. At the end of the week, you will be offered the chance to enjoy something totally unexpected. A partner is waiting for you to decide on a proposition they put to you. You need time to think things over properly.

It could easily feel as though your world is turned upside down. Expect to be asked to rethink and go back over old work. This exercise probably should have been done some weeks ago. Now it may be imperative. Doing this before the solstice (20th) and before Jupiter reaches its station next weekend could be considered wise. Though Mercury still retrogrades in another of the Air signs, you may find good support from those who live and work far away. It is possible that you’ll agree that you have been following a wrong track. Hopefully you’ll find delight in the research and detective work needed as you retrace steps and then make a correction. Whilst all this might seem to require more effort and energy then you feel you have available, you could yet realise enormous success and yes, perhaps enjoy renewed contact with those who valued your work in the past and who now want to work with you again.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

As a powerful Scorpio, you can deal with almost anything, as long as you’ve enough facts to go on, and time to organise your thoughts. Yet, between constant changes and your own shifting views, you’ve felt overwhelmed. The trick? Take the pressure off yourself, and decide to wait, watch and learn. Gradually, the facts will surface but, even more important, your perspective will become much clearer.

After a slow start to the week, as the days wear on, the brighter and livelier the pace will be. Although you may not be wandering too far away from your home ground, there will be a lot of fun through friendship and community activities. Just one thing to watch for and be careful about: the air is ripe with gossip and insinuation. Thankfully, this will involve no one you know very well but you will be wise not to pass on any potentially harmful rumours.

Early this week and for the second time in 2021, Saturn and Uranus (both passing through Fixed signs) arrive at apparent right angle as viewed from Earth. You would be an unusual Scorpio if you didn’t hear this major chord in the sky which you will likely experience as something of a roadblock. It may be that an association or group with whom you’ve had intense connection in the past decides to move off in fresh direction leaving you apparently abandoned. All could change again at the end of the year but yes, for now, you will surely need to be open to opportunities that simply did not exist a year ago. Note that Mercury is still retrograde. There is still all to play for as facts become known; but yes, this week could be all about confronting and perhaps then letting go of the past. The promising news is that Jupiter stations in another of the Water signs next weekend, coinciding with both the Solstice and Mercury’s direct station. It could be that early next week you are made an offer you don’t want to refuse.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Ordinarily, you’re inquisitive, and will explore ideas and meet people just for the fun of it. However, the unexpected events brought by the Sagittarius eclipsed Full Moon on 26 May are still triggering changes and encounters so far out you’re unsure what to do. The answer? Keep exploring. Each day’s encounters and ideas will shape plans you’ll be making, but probably not until early July.

It’s not often you are so well organised and you should be proud of the approach you are taking to your responsibilities. You have your days carefully mapped out down to the last detail. Yet you might wonder why you took so much time arranging things when an unexpected stumbling block foils your progress. This can be overcome with a little patience. There’s no need to throw in the towel when things don’t go as expected.

Mercury is now slowing down prior to turning direct on 23rd – just after the solstice. Interestingly, your ruling planet Jupiter also arrives at the station next weekend. This then is like that moment on a train or plane when you are gathering your belongings ready to disembark. It’s obviously key to having some idea of where you are going to next and, importantly, ensuring you leave nothing behind. With Mars now moving through another of the Fire signs there is the danger of you reacting too quickly and yes, potentially carelessly. In your eagerness to experience fresh adventure, errors could be made. A further possibility is that a travelling companion or workmate, may appear disorganised, confused or apprehensive about the next stage of your journey together. Irritating as it may be at one level, you perhaps need to give them reassurance. Amidst all this, don’t be surprised if others ask you for directions! – distracting you even further. In short, a messy week but one where your energy levels are likely to increase.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

If this were a normal week, during an uncomplicated month, you’d have listed your plans and know where you stand and, equally, what’s next. However, between recent eclipses, and the retrograde Mercury raising questions about seemingly simple objectives, each day’s a new journey. That’s how it’s meant to be. Make a point of learning from every twist and turn. Those insights will be of indescribable value.

You may have left it a little late to make some travel arrangements. Work and other responsibilities have got in the way. It is time now to devote more attention to your personal life for you don’t want to lose someone who is becoming to mean a lot to you. Friends and neighbours are wanting your company. Why don’t you make the most of this while you can and don’t feel guilty about not getting on with routine matters? You can do these any time.

You ruling planet, Saturn, arrives at apparent right angle with Uranus early this week. It made this angle back in February, and will do so again at the end of the year. You could choose to think of this as being three mountain peaks. You’ve climbed one, then relaxed and are now faced at the top of another offering yet another fresh perspective. What is different this time is that Mercury is retrograde. You may find that colleagues are now most definitely altering direction and that the next stage of your journey looks very different. No doubt all change yet again at the start of 2022. With the Sun moving into your opposite sign next weekend, it’s probable that the spotlight is now moving into working partnerships: those that work and those which do not. Re-alignment might be both wise and necessary. You might also be advised that you would benefit from extra training or at least revision of skills.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Usually, you’re the first to spot and befriend changes, even the most unsettling. However, the clash, on 14 June, between your ruler Uranus and tough yet practical Saturn is so powerful that you may already have been wrestling with these events. What arises will be breakthroughs, but not always recognisable as that. The secret? Explore everything and say no to nothing, at least for now.

You get the general impression you can’t put a foot wrong. You may well be right. An invitation to join friends in a carefully arranged event will be just what you need to brighten your days. You have an eye for a bargain and others will be glad to have you around when you save them some money too. Something you accomplish alongside friends and relatives will bring a new sense of belonging.

As occurred mid-February, your ruling planets, Saturn and Uranus, arrive at apparent right angle this week. This is part of a cycle that began in 1988 and is now at Last Quarter phase. With Mars now in your opposite sign, colleagues might demand you rethink direction – which may be uncomfortable. Indeed, you could show considerable resistance. At one level, this may be about digging deep into reserves and discovering resilience. It might also be that you’re in danger of self-sabotage by clinging on to outwork ideas. With Mercury slowing down before arriving at its direct station next weekend, this is surely an appropriate time to re-think and, especially towards the end of this week imagining and then co-creating your future; but yes, this might mean agreeing that one way of working is redundant and that you need to learn new methods and develop new skills.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Accepting that certain once-promising plans or alliances simply can’t proceed as expected won’t be easy. Yet, bizarrely, these disappointments are encouraging, if not forcing, you to acknowledge, that either you were overly optimistic or circumstances have changed. With some, it may be both. The secret? Ignore the sentimental temptation to ‘make it work’ and say farewell. Once you do, a new horizon will appear.

In love and money, don’t give in to temptation. Avoid taking risks and think about what you might lose rather than dreaming of all you could win. There’s something restless and fidgety about your mood which tempts you to jump in without looking. If you have an excess of energy, at least channel it positively. A little exercise would be a good idea. New hobbies and ventures attract your interest. Check what you are letting yourself in for before committing to anything.

Mercury is still retrograde at the base of your solar chart and one part of you might not know if you’re coming or going. Mercury appears to be now slowing down, as does Jupiter (your ruling planet) which arrives at its station at the solstice next weekend. Soon there should be a sense of things begin to settle. The key word is ‘beginning’. Slowly but surely, you should have better sense of where you’re headed. You won’t be the only sign who decides that there are certain items – and even people – that are no longer necessary in your life. Freeing yourself of these is one step forward. It might also be that you’re asked to help someone going through a similar exercise and that in the process you agree a plan that would allow the two of you to work together closely in the future. Many ideas and small businesses are set to be incubated this week.

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By GrannyMoon Posted in Pagan

GrannyMoons Weekly Feast 6 June 2021

Sunflower bows her heavy head

Seed is ripe to spill.

Bees have done their work and now

Birds can feast their fill.

Nature nurtures folk and bird

Calls us to be kind,

Setting food aside for all,

As the days unwind.

Let us all remember to

Strew seed on window sill—

Feathered friends can use a hand

When the winds blow chill

Sharing is the way we grow

Closer to our good.

Peace is nurtured in the heart

When we share the food.

Heartwings says, “If you follow your heart you cannot lose your way.”

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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

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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Herb of the Year for 2021: Parsley (Petroselinum crispum, named by the International Herb Association



Goddess Month of Month of Hera begins 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Calendar: Uath (Hawthorn) May 13 to June 9

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Our Current Moon Phase: Waning

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.

Waning Moon: Symbolic of letting go, surrender, release, quiet time, contemplation, and a time of incubation. The Moon is less than fully but more than one-half illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is decreasing.

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Card of the Week: Queen of Cups

This week is marked by the energy of the Queen of Cups. This is a nurturing, caring, compassionate, and sensitive energy. How are you embodying her ‘nurturing mother’ energy? This is a time where you can support others by listening with your heart, being compassionate, and caring for them deeply. You may find others confiding in you about their personal issues about relationships, emotions, and feelings.You’re highly intuitive, creative, and in flow with the energies surrounding you. In your interactions with others, you can read them to get a sense of how to communicate effectively, so you both feel heard and understood.Even though you hold space for others, you don’t take on their energy or emotional issues, because you are grounded and know where to create a healthy separation.

Ask Your Tarot Cards: How can I show loving kindness and compassion to others?

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June 7, 2021 – June 13, 2021

The second week of June begins with financial matters being the primary focus. You may need to renegotiate with lenders or revise credit card rates. Since renegotiate and revise begin with the prefix ‘re,’ these actions are Mercury Rx compliant.

During the middle of the week, we have the Solar Eclipse in Gemini. To read more about this solar eclipse read the New Moon Solar Eclipse blog to understand the confusion, low energy, and miscommunication you will be feeling. 

On Friday, you can expect an increase in energy and vitality. Managing difficult situations will be a breeze when you tap into the dash of strength and dose of gumption the planets are dishing up. Sunday, be on guard of people taking advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Recommended Candles: Prosperity (Blessed Herbal), New Moon (Astro Magic), Energy and Will  (Blessed Herbal), Protection (Blessed Herbal), and Bitch Be Gone (Wicked Witch Mojo), Root – Success (Chakra Magic),  Solar Plexus – Confidence (Chakra Magic)

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

Make the Healing Shift with Chakra Magic

Life is better with happy chakras! Knowing this is why Patty and Jacki created the Chakra Magic line of candles, sprays, stickers, and now jewelry. Too often we repeat “OMG, something is wrong.” When you hear yourself saying that over again, it’s time for a chakra shift from miserable to happy.

This is the Moment to Claim your Eternal Truth

Welcome to June! May 29 – June 22 is Mercury Retrograde. Buckle your seatbelts and keep your hands and feet inside the ride at all times. We begin this month with Mercury Rx in his own sign of Gemini. You can expect the typical issues that occur during MRx may be amplified or Mercury Rx squared.

New Moon in Gemini June 10, 2021

The New Moon in Gemini on June 10, 2021, is nothing to play around with. This poor gal is aligned with a solar eclipse that is in conflict with Saturn and Mercury in retrograde. Storm Cestavani highly recommends we keep our nose clean and our head under the covers.

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Llewellyn’s Spell A Day

Egg Spell for Release

JUNE 06, 2021 BY KATE FREULER

For this spell, you will need an egg and a permanent marker. Sit outside or in a window under the waning moon while holding the egg in your palm. Think about the things in your life that are holding you back from achieving your potential. This could be attachments to toxic people, bad habits, negative self-talk, or any other things that you’d like to be free of. As you contemplate these problems, write them down on the egg in small letters, covering the entire shell if you wish. Go into as much detail as you like, feeling the unwanted circumstances transfer from you into the egg. Visualize the yolk inside the egg as containing all the energy of the problems.

Go outdoors and dig a small hole in the ground. Crack the egg and bury the yolk in the hole. Walk away, knowing you’ve left your problems behind. Compost or dispose of the shells.

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Healing the Earth

JUNE 05, 2021 BY ELIZABETH BARRETTE

Today is World Environment Day. Work some magic to heal the earth. Druids considered oak to be a sacred tree, so plant an oak today. In the eastern United States, choose red or white oak. In the mountains, scrub oak grows. In the South and on the West Coast, pick live oak. In the North, bur oak thrives. For marshy areas, try swamp white oak. For dry, sandy soil, try scarlet oak.

Plant your oak in a sunny, open area. Dig a big hole and put in the sapling. Mix plenty of compost into the loose soil, then pack it around the roots. Top with a layer of mulch, preferably composted oak leaves. Then say:

Tree of life, I give life to you so that

you may give life to the forest.

Water the sapling thoroughly. Then say:

Water of life, may you

give life to the oak.

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A Diverse Magical Community

JUNE 04, 2021 BY DALLAS JENNIFER COBB

Throughout Canada, Australia, and the United States, June is celebrated as Pride Month, honoring members of the LBGTQ2 communities and recognizing the Stonewall rebellion of 1969, which resulted in recognition of gay rights under the law in the US.

Today, do a small diversity spell, drawing in the spirit element, building pride and acceptance in your community, and affirming your diverse magical community.

Gather seven small items, each of a different color, thinking of seven people in your community of different ages, genders, ethnicities, cultures, orientations, and occupations.

Place these totems on your altar, circled around a candle of any color. As you safely light the candle, whisper:

Every one of you is welcome,

different, unique, and bright.

Every one of you is perfect,

different, unique, and right.

Come together in diversity.

Come together including me.

Come together that we can be

A diverse magical community.

So mote it be.

Be sure to extinguish the candle.

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Anointing Oil for Tools

JUNE 03, 2021 BY ESTHA MCNEVIN

It’s that time of year when our garden tools get dusted off and put back to work. This repair oil is a good way to keep wooden handles smooth and able to endure the harsh and muddy conditions of the garden. Combine the following oils in a glass bottle with a fitted screw cap:

* 1 cup liquid coconut oil

* 8 drops frankincense essential oil

* 2 drops orange essential oil

* 3 drops holy basil essential oil

* 3 drops ylang-ylang essential oil

* 3 tablespoons liquid calendula essential oil

* 3 tablespoons jojoba essential oil

Begin by cleaning the tools very well with a solution of soapy water and vinegar. Dry them thoroughly to avoid any cracks or warped results later. Begin massaging the repair oil from the base to the tip, and do your best to think fertile and virile thoughts, as well as focused prayers to our Mother Earth. When done, store the tools for the next use and enjoy another season of splinter-free gardening.

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Open Communication

JUNE 02, 2021 BY EMBER GRANT

To clear the way for open communication in any setting, try this spell. Light a yellow candle and, if you have one, place a double terminated clear quartz point in front of the candle. Visualize the parties involved being open with each other and information flowing freely and easily between everyone. Imagine the crystal conducting the communication back and forth through each point. Chant:

Clear the way, let all be heard.

Open the way for every word.

Allow the candle to burn out safely. Carry the crystal with you anytime you’re with the people in the group for which the spell is intended.

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Out with the Bad, In with the Good

JUNE 01, 2021 BY MICHAEL FURIE

To cleanse yourself and your home of any bad vibes and then charge up the area with beneficial energy, burn an incense composed of equal parts frankincense and myrrh, with a pinch of dried orange peel for added energy. With an incense charcoal and a heatproof censer, and moving in a clockwise motion, travel from room to room in your home with the incense, using the smoke to cleanse the space while repeating the following:

Spirits purified, auras cleansed,

from this moment the misfortune ends.

Any harm sent this way shall

lose its power by light of day.

Once you have treated each room, extinguish the incense and take a shower to rid yourself of any residual bad vibes.

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A Light for Those We’ve Lost

MAY 31, 2021 BY DEVIN HUNTER

It’s Memorial Day here in the US, and that means it’s time to remember those we have lost as a result of active military service. No matter where you live, chances are someone you know has experienced loss due to war or combat, so here is a little spell to guide the lost back home.

Light a red candle in the north and recite these words:

Lost to the living but not from

our hearts, I light this flame

to guide all your parts.

Have peace in mind and no

longer worry; peace in soul,

rest, there’s no hurry.

Your war is over, no battles to win,

by this candle the veil is thin.

Come home, soldier, if you’ve

been lost, you’ve fought all

you can and paid the cost.

Allow the candle to safely burn out on its own.

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Selina Fenech <selina@selinafenech.com

New Vampire Romance Series Heartsblood 

Just a quick email to let you know my new vampire romance series Heartsblood is available for pre-order now! It’s a super short pre-order period, with the first two books in the series both live on the 7th!

Unlife, book one, is at a 99c sale price!

Early reviews have been really positive, so I’m looking forward to the big official launch next week! I hope you love this quirky vampire romance ❤

This will be an Amazon exclusive series for the first three months, available to Kindle Unlimited readers.

Find it at-

Full Series: Amazon US

Unlife: Australia | UK | Canada

Remortality: Australia | UK | Canada

Deathless: Australia | UK | Canada

Until then, happy reading!

Selina

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Heartwings Love Notes 985 The Strange Nature of Time

Heartwings says, “Time can rule you only if you let it.”

Depending on your point of view, there are at least two ways to look at time. Some regard it as a precious commodity to be hoarded and doled out carefully. These people squeeze all they can into whatever time they have and specialize in efficiency. Others see it as a nuisance, something to be disregarded. These people are usually late to appointments, as well as to my house for dinner. They often find it difficult to live with the time constraints of deadlines. However, these can also be helpful, for they may be seen either as a stimulant or as a burden.

The oddest experience I have of time is its seeming ability to act in unpredictable ways. For instance, I once experienced the passage of an hour that felt like several. I was playing music with a friend during our lunch hour. I’ve never forgotten how astonished I felt when I looked at the clock and saw that only an hour had passed, although it had felt far longer. Then there is waiting in the doctor’s office when fifteen minutes seems forever. At times I have marveled at the fast passage of the moments between when I get up and when I finish breakfast. Too, the hour or so between when I close my computer and when I get into bed passes in a flash.

Where does the time go? A child I met at ten is now celebrating his fiftieth birthday! People in their thirties are the age of my grandchildren Where did the forty-one years that Stephen and I have been married disappear to? Sometimes I feel frustrated that I cannot hold back time. Yet I well remember being a child waiting for some holiday or special occasion and being so impatient for when the anticipated event would occur. How the days dragged. These days I find I must be mindful of the passage of time. When I am not counting the moments until I am to leave for an appointment or meet a deadline, I am often caught unaware. If I do not pay attention to the passage of time, deadlines may loom and come to pass far too swiftly

My daughter Diana once explained to me why our past years seem to telescope and shorten. She pointed out that when you are five, a year is one-fifth of your experience. When you are fifty, it is one-fiftieth, and those years are packed with all we have accomplished. I clearly remember waking up of a summer morning at six or seven years of age and contemplating the day that stretched out so invitingly ahead. Now when I awaken, I wonder if I will be able to get everything I need to do done. No wonder the years seem to accelerate as we age. Still, this does not explain to me why, even now, when I am waiting for something to happen, time seems to drag so, as it always has ever since I was a child wishing the days would pass more quickly until Christmas Eve.

May your time for whatever you may wish to do be plentiful.

Blessings and Best Regards, Tasha Halpert

Do you experience time this way? How is it for you? I so enjoy your emails and whatever you have to share. Please write to me at tashahal@gmail.com, and do check out my web pages at www.heartwingsandfriends.com.

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Good Thoughts For The Day

In the morning, send yourself love for the entire day and be sure to collect that love along the way

When things go wrong, it is easy to get into a bad mood, and that bad mood has a way of spiraling out and affecting our life for days to come. In the same way, when we feel badly about ourselves, we tend to act in ways that have repercussions, again creating a negative vibe that can negatively influence the next several days. While it is important that we allow ourselves to feel what we feel, and to be genuine, we do not have to completely surrender to a dark mood or feelings of self-doubt. In fact, the more we simply allow and accept our darkness as one part of the picture, the more easily we can also allow and accept our light. In this vein, we can temper our grey moods with an injection of sunshine in the form of sending good wishes to ourselves for the next 24 hours.

If you feel a bad mood coming on or find yourself plagued with negative feelings, take a moment to acknowledge that. At the same time, recognize that things can and will change, and that you can still have a good day, or a good week, especially if you take the time to visualize that for yourself. This is a great way to support yourself when you are working through tough times and hard feelings. When you visualize good things for yourself, you are sending yourself love and warmth, as well as encouraging yourself to keep going.

Before you even get out of bed in the morning, you can take the time to send good wishes to yourself all the way through to the next morning. As you picture your day, take the time to fill in the details — where you are going, who you will see, what you will do — and send love and good wishes ahead to yourself, as well as everyone you encounter. It will be like arriving in a new place and finding that an old friend has sent a bouquet of flowers from back home to welcome you and remind you that you are loved. 

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Kindness

Kindness expands the light within us and reaches out to touch the light in others as well

Kindness is an ideal that is easily accessible to all of us. We all know that a small kindness can make our journeys lighter and more enjoyable. Even bringing an instance of kindness to mind can put a smile on your face days or weeks later or perhaps even inspire you to share kindness with another. Though it may seem simple to the point of insignificance, many cultures throughout the world and history have recognized kindness as a powerful virtue. It may be the simplest way to experience and share all the grandest ideals of humanity. We can make the choice to act from the best place within ourselves at any time, while simultaneously recognizing the highest potential in another with the smallest of acts, nourishing the seed of hope in each soul we encounter.

In a way, kindness acts as the oil that makes the engine of our world move more smoothly and with less friction. We can still get where we are going but the ride is more pleasant, and those around us can share in the ideal world that we help to create. We are all fortunate that kindness is limitless in its supply and available to everyone. When we act in ways that confirm our ideals, we make the ideal our reality. Then, instead of affirming the experience of struggle and competition, we can shift our experience to the reality of ease and pleasurable camaraderie with the fellow citizens of the world.

Whether giving way to someone in traffic or letting someone go ahead of us in line, donating money or sharing our resources in a crisis, we actively create a universe of kindness and giving with every choice we make. The smallest gesture can bring a smile to light the shadow of an unpleasant situation or remove tension from a difficult task, but it’s effects can echo and extend far beyond the moment. We can be sure that we will receive a kindness in return, but giving is its own reward. Kindness expands the light within us and reaches out to touch the light in others as well, giving us all a glimpse of the glow that has the power to enlighten our world. 

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Gilberto Rides Again

by Stephen Halpert

Chapter 4

After lunch with Maria, Gilberto went to work. He avoided his usual chit-chat with the front desk security personnel and went straight to his office. Despite his time with Maria and her reassurance he’d get through this cancer procedure unscathed, since hearing the diagnosis he remained shaky.

At his desk, he tried losing himself in his work. Atlas was engineering a hostile takeover of a shoelace manufacturer in South Carolina that had sustained since before the Civil War. Sadly, this acquisition would not occur peacefully. Stockholders in South Carolina wanted to keep their shoelace empire to themselves, free of Yankee interference. Suddenly his office door opened.

Ramon strode in, closed the door, and pulled his chair closer to Gilberto’s desk. He seemed nervous, concerned, not his usual laid-back, jovial self. “We must talk,” he said.

Gilberto wondered if despite her promise of confidentiality Maria had shared Gilberto’s cancer diagnosis with Rosa who would have immediately told Ramon.

Gilberto nodded, listened quietly.

Abruptly Ramon stood, pounded his fist into his palm, began pacing. When he stopped, he looked pleadingly at Gilberto. “Help me, I’ve fallen for this woman,” he said in a weak voice.

Gilberto nodded; he felt relieved that this exchange wasn’t about him. He was curious however what was going on between Ramon and Rosa.

“You must promise,” Ramon said earnestly, “utmost secrecy.”

Gilberto nodded. “Tell me.”

“She’s so overwhelming, a fast-paced New Yorker who cuts through the bacon and gets whatever she wants.”

Gilberto smiled, remembering the young Ramon, constantly sought after by smitten young women dazzled by his soccer prowess.

Ramon gulped. “I didn’t expect this.”

Gilberto nodded. “Lust can come on totally unexpected. Who with?”

“Sara Midgley.” he whispered.

Gilberto’s eyes widened. “The new Board member?” Gilberto remembered seeing her at a meeting. To him she seemed bulky, maternal, the total opposite of the energetic Rosa.

Ramon nodded. “She heads up Atlas’ Merger and Acquisition Division. We met at the regional conference in Newport.”

Gilberto smiled. “And you charmed her…”

Ramon snorted. “She charmed me. We spent that first evening drinking Champagne, discussing Atlas’ growth potential.”

Gilberto nodded.

Ramon frowned. “Then one thing led to another.”

Gilberto smiled at him. “As it usually does with you.”

Ramon’s eyebrows rose and he sighed. “How could I resist her. I always fell for redheads.”

Gilberto smiled. “That’s true. I remember how they flirted with you at the Soccer matches.”

Ramon smiled. “But not like this. She told me her life story. Her deceased husband sailed with Cousteau. Six years ago he was swept overboard in the South China Sea, his body was never recovered. She’s been to law school and had a position at a brokerage house on Wall Street before joining Atlas.” He sighed again. “I thought it was the Champagne.”

Gilberto nodded. He couldn’t help but smile. Same old Ramon, innocent to the point of absurdity. “How long?”

Ramon shrugged. “Since that weekend we’ve texted and phone chatted a lot. Now she wants me to meet her in her car. Sher tells me my charisma drives her wild.”

Gilberto grinned. “So as long as you can get away with it what’s the problem?”

Ramon’s shoulders hunched. He seemed to shrink into himself. “Now she’s insisting on meeting Rosa. Says she wants to check out her competition. Wants to meet Rosa at the Atlas 4th of July picnic. I just assumed she’d be discrete, and we’d have had a little fun, but now this.” His brow furrowed.

Gilberto felt for his friend and his dilemma. He also understood how this could happen. Rosa and Ramon had been married for close to twenty years. “And?”

“She doesn’t know Rosa. Rosa told me once that if she ever caught me with another woman…”

Gilberto shrugged. “Wasn’t that said back in the day?”

“Please, Gilberto, I know Rosa. We might not be so hot and heavy but that doesn’t mean she’s any less possessive.”

Gilberto sighed. “You always liked living dangerously.”

Ramon frowned. “I didn’t expect this! One minute we’re looking at sales figures and talking about a shoelace acquisition, and the next…” He went to the window. “She called it chemistry, threw her arms around me pressed me against her; pulling me into her.”

Gilberto grinned. “You’ve still got it.”

“She told me I was the most exciting man she’d ever met. Wants me to run off to Paris for a weekend with her; be together in some enchanted evening where it never turns into the next day.”

Gilberto grinned again. “Nothing wrong with any of that. ” He paused and frowned. “What will you do? You know this is against Atlas policy.”

Ramon looked terribly pained. “She insists on confronting Rosa.” Then quickly added. “But I want you and Maria there. We all meet and then maybe Rosa won’t murder me.” He rubbed his forehead.

That raised Gilberto’s eyebrows. “You think?”

He lowered his voice. You’ve seen Rosa when she goes to war. I prefer avoiding confrontations. But Rosa’s like Napoleon.”

Gilberto nodded and consulted his calendar. “Joey has a soccer game that Saturday but the picnic’s Sunday. We’ll be there.”

Thank you,” Ramon said. “I don’t want to lose Rosa,” his voice was softer than fairy dust. “Maybe if it rains, I’ll get a reprieve.”

Gilberto smiled.

“Sara says I’ve awakened something in her, says I make her feel young again. Gilberto, she’s overwhelming. Big full body, deep soft blue eyes, thick red hair, Irish freckles all over her nose and cheeks.”

Gilberto sighed. “Maybe you’ve nothing to worry about. Maybe Sara just wants to meet Rosa, casual curiosity. I doubt it but…Or don’t you want her to?”

Ramon frowned. “I’d just as soon she didn’t. I play it careful. I always have.”

Gilberto nodded. “Before, when we played soccer, you kept your affairs a secret. None of us ever knew who you’ve be with or for how long. Maybe if you could pull it off, you’d like two wives.”

Ramon smiled. “Rosa changed all that. She took charge of everything; all I had to do was take off my shoes.”

Gilberto smiled. “And that’s what you did with Sara, just took off your shoes….”

“I guess,” Ramon smiled. “I like simplicity.” Then he sighed. “But her

attention is flattering.”

(to be continued)

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Kitty Kat’s Korner

Choosing a Pet Cat Breed

Bengals. Bengals are a good-looking, playful, and intelligent cat, making it great for families. This breed is very active, and will need more attention than others. Bengals enjoy climbing and some even like going for walks. The coat pattern for Bengals can change: some have spotted coats while others have long stripes.

Ragdolls. These cats are large, laid-back, semi-long haired cats with captivating blue eyes. The Ragdoll is a pointed breed, which means that the body is lighter in color than the “points” (the face, legs, tail and ears), giving it a very distinct and striking appearance. Ragdolls tend to be more interested in humans than some other breeds of cats. They are known to run to greet you at the door, follow you from room to room, flop on you, sleep with you, and generally choose to be where you are.

Abyssinians. Abyssinian cats are trainable and can become very loyal to you. These cats are very curious and agenda driven. Abyssinians love affection, so they’ll do best in a home they have people to spend time with them. Abyssinian cats have beautiful blue, black, golden, or silver colored coats.

Ragamuffins. This breed will always cling to you for affection. Ragamuffins are calm and people-loving, making them particularly charming and adorable. Their friendly personalities help them quickly get along with children. Ragamuffins are known for their adorably large, expressive eyes.

American bobtails. American bobtails are recognizable from their muscular appearance and small tail. They thrive when they can bond closely with humans, so staying close to your American bobtail will keep it happy. These cats are playful and friendly with children and dogs. The American bobtail has a unique coat that mixes stripes and box-like spots, making them look similar to either leopards or tigers.

Chartreux. Chartreux cats stand out for their soft blue and silver-grey fur. These cats are quiet and make gentle chirping noises once their food bowl runs empty or they want attention. Despite their quiet personalities, Chartreux are large and muscular. Their short-hair coats are water-resistant and slightly thick in texture.

What to Know Before Getting a Cat

Personal commitment. Before you consider breed options, remember cats are creatures that need your care and devotion. Be prepared for long-term dedication to your pet cat.

Age. If you’re thinking of adopting a kitten, be prepared to spend lots of time with them and train them to use a litter box. If you’re considering an older cat, it may already be litter box trained but will still need time to familiarize itself with your home. Older cats may also be shy or skittish around unfamiliar people if they weren’t treated well in an earlier home.

Vet visits. Cats need routine vaccinations and parasite prevention treatments (like topical flea ointments). Outdoor cats are exposed to a lot of fleas and diseases. Even so, both outdoor and indoor cats are prone to heartworm infections. Be sure to bring your cat to a veterinarian routinely so they can help you with preventative care.

Diet. Cats can be picky when it comes to their food, so when you find something your cat likes, try to stick with it. Cats need food with lots of protein and vitamins, and low amounts of carbohydrates. Kittens will need specialized food with extra vitamins and nutrients to help them grow.

Training. While they’re little and when they’re new to your home, pet cats need a fair amount of training. They’ll need to learn how and where to use the litter box, and if there are any objects they shouldn’t climb on or scratch.

Taking into account the amount of attention and space you can offer, as well as if you want a short or long-haired cat, will make sure you and your new cat enjoy each other’s company. However, remember that the extra cuteness can sometimes come with extra grooming and attention demands.

WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES© 2020 WebMD, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Summer Melon Soup

~Dr. Weil’s Healthy Kitchen

Nutrition

Serves 6

Nutrients Per Serving

Calories: 116.8 calories

Protein: 2.4 grams

Fat: 1.1 grams

Saturated Fat: 0.2 grams

Monounsat Fat: 0.2 grams

Polyunsat Fat: 0.4 grams

Carbohydrate: 27.9 grams

Fiber: 2.2 grams

Cholesterol: 0.0 mg

Vitamin A: 5,699.6 IU

Vitamin E: 0.6 mg/IU

Vitamin C: 99.5 mg

Calcium: 30.3 mg

Magnesium: 34.7 mg

This cool, refreshing soup captures the essence of summer. Serve with a cool entrée or as a pleasant dessert!

This cool, refreshing soup captures the essence of summer. The addition of the jalapeños adds a surprising spark. Serve this soup with a cool entrée or as a pleasant dessert.

Food as Medicine

Like all fruit, melons help protect vision. Studies have shown that eating at least three servings of fruit – such as the cantaloupe and watermelon in this recipe – per day may lower your risk of age-related macular degeneration by over 35 percent. Cantaloupe and watermelon are also heart-healthy, thanks to their high concentrations of the vital antioxidants, vitamins A and C. Consumption of vitamin C-rich foods – one cup of cantaloupe has 112 percent of the Daily Value and one cup of watermelon has 24 percent – is associated with a decreased risk of death from all causes, including heart disease and stroke. Along with vitamin C, vitamin A helps prevent free radicals from oxidizing cholesterol in the bloodstream, where it can lead to heart attack or stroke. Watermelon is also high in the amino acid citrulline, a precursor for another amino acid, arginine. Arginine helps to produce nitric oxide, which relaxes blood vessels and lowers blood pressure.

Ingredients

4 cups ripe cantaloupe, cut in 1-inch pieces (about 1 large melon, rind and seeds removed)

4 cups watermelon, cut in 1-inch pieces (rind and seeds removed)

Juice of 1 fresh lemon

1-2 teaspoons honey, liquefied (20 seconds in microwave)

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 fresh jalapeño peppers, seeded and finely minced

1/2 cup fresh blueberries

mint (optional)

Instructions

Purée the cantaloupe and watermelon together in a food processor or blender.

Add the lemon juice, honey, salt and jalapeños to taste.

Chill for up to 4 hours.

Garnish with fresh blueberries or mint and serve.

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Stacy Adams <retail@coventrycreations.com>

June 7, 2021 – June 13, 2021

The second week of June begins with financial matters being the primary focus. You may need to renegotiate with lenders or revise credit card rates. Since renegotiate and revise begin with the prefix ‘re,’ these actions are Mercury Rx compliant.

During the middle of the week, we have the Solar Eclipse in Gemini. To read more about this solar eclipse read the New Moon Solar Eclipse blog to understand the confusion, low energy, and miscommunication you will be feeling. 

On Friday, you can expect an increase in energy and vitality. Managing difficult situations will be a breeze when you tap into the dash of strength and dose of gumption the planets are dishing up. Sunday, be on guard of people taking advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Recommended Candles: Prosperity (Blessed Herbal), New Moon (Astro Magic), Energy and Will  (Blessed Herbal), Protection (Blessed Herbal), and Bitch Be Gone (Wicked Witch Mojo), Root – Success (Chakra Magic),  Solar Plexus – Confidence (Chakra Magic)

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

Make the Healing Shift with Chakra Magic

Life is better with happy chakras! Knowing this is why Patty and Jacki created the Chakra Magic line of candles, sprays, stickers, and now jewelry. Too often we repeat “OMG, something is wrong.” When you hear yourself saying that over again, it’s time for a chakra shift from miserable to happy.

This is the Moment to Claim your Eternal Truth

Welcome to June! May 29 – June 22 is Mercury Retrograde. Buckle your seatbelts and keep your hands and feet inside the ride at all times. We begin this month with Mercury Rx in his own sign of Gemini. You can expect the typical issues that occur during MRx may be amplified or Mercury Rx squared.

New Moon in Gemini June 10, 2021

The New Moon in Gemini on June 10, 2021, is nothing to play around with. This poor gal is aligned with a solar eclipse that is in conflict with Saturn and Mercury in retrograde. Storm Cestavani highly recommends we keep our nose clean and our head under the covers.

Copyright Coventry Creations 2021 

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Llewellyn’s Spell A Day

Egg Spell for Release

JUNE 06, 2021 BY KATE FREULER

For this spell, you will need an egg and a permanent marker. Sit outside or in a window under the waning moon while holding the egg in your palm. Think about the things in your life that are holding you back from achieving your potential. This could be attachments to toxic people, bad habits, negative self-talk, or any other things that you’d like to be free of. As you contemplate these problems, write them down on the egg in small letters, covering the entire shell if you wish. Go into as much detail as you like, feeling the unwanted circumstances transfer from you into the egg. Visualize the yolk inside the egg as containing all the energy of the problems.

Go outdoors and dig a small hole in the ground. Crack the egg and bury the yolk in the hole. Walk away, knowing you’ve left your problems behind. Compost or dispose of the shells.

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Healing the Earth

JUNE 05, 2021 BY ELIZABETH BARRETTE

Today is World Environment Day. Work some magic to heal the earth. Druids considered oak to be a sacred tree, so plant an oak today. In the eastern United States, choose red or white oak. In the mountains, scrub oak grows. In the South and on the West Coast, pick live oak. In the North, bur oak thrives. For marshy areas, try swamp white oak. For dry, sandy soil, try scarlet oak.

Plant your oak in a sunny, open area. Dig a big hole and put in the sapling. Mix plenty of compost into the loose soil, then pack it around the roots. Top with a layer of mulch, preferably composted oak leaves. Then say:

Tree of life, I give life to you so that

you may give life to the forest.

Water the sapling thoroughly. Then say:

Water of life, may you

give life to the oak.

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A Diverse Magical Community

JUNE 04, 2021 BY DALLAS JENNIFER COBB

Throughout Canada, Australia, and the United States, June is celebrated as Pride Month, honoring members of the LBGTQ2 communities and recognizing the Stonewall rebellion of 1969, which resulted in recognition of gay rights under the law in the US.

Today, do a small diversity spell, drawing in the spirit element, building pride and acceptance in your community, and affirming your diverse magical community.

Gather seven small items, each of a different color, thinking of seven people in your community of different ages, genders, ethnicities, cultures, orientations, and occupations.

Place these totems on your altar, circled around a candle of any color. As you safely light the candle, whisper:

Every one of you is welcome,

different, unique, and bright.

Every one of you is perfect,

different, unique, and right.

Come together in diversity.

Come together including me.

Come together that we can be

A diverse magical community.

So mote it be.

Be sure to extinguish the candle.

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Anointing Oil for Tools

JUNE 03, 2021 BY ESTHA MCNEVIN

It’s that time of year when our garden tools get dusted off and put back to work. This repair oil is a good way to keep wooden handles smooth and able to endure the harsh and muddy conditions of the garden. Combine the following oils in a glass bottle with a fitted screw cap:

* 1 cup liquid coconut oil

* 8 drops frankincense essential oil

* 2 drops orange essential oil

* 3 drops holy basil essential oil

* 3 drops ylang-ylang essential oil

* 3 tablespoons liquid calendula essential oil

* 3 tablespoons jojoba essential oil

Begin by cleaning the tools very well with a solution of soapy water and vinegar. Dry them thoroughly to avoid any cracks or warped results later. Begin massaging the repair oil from the base to the tip, and do your best to think fertile and virile thoughts, as well as focused prayers to our Mother Earth. When done, store the tools for the next use and enjoy another season of splinter-free gardening.

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Open Communication

JUNE 02, 2021 BY EMBER GRANT

To clear the way for open communication in any setting, try this spell. Light a yellow candle and, if you have one, place a double terminated clear quartz point in front of the candle. Visualize the parties involved being open with each other and information flowing freely and easily between everyone. Imagine the crystal conducting the communication back and forth through each point. Chant:

Clear the way, let all be heard.

Open the way for every word.

Allow the candle to burn out safely. Carry the crystal with you anytime you’re with the people in the group for which the spell is intended.

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Out with the Bad, In with the Good

JUNE 01, 2021 BY MICHAEL FURIE

To cleanse yourself and your home of any bad vibes and then charge up the area with beneficial energy, burn an incense composed of equal parts frankincense and myrrh, with a pinch of dried orange peel for added energy. With an incense charcoal and a heatproof censer, and moving in a clockwise motion, travel from room to room in your home with the incense, using the smoke to cleanse the space while repeating the following:

Spirits purified, auras cleansed,

from this moment the misfortune ends.

Any harm sent this way shall

lose its power by light of day.

Once you have treated each room, extinguish the incense and take a shower to rid yourself of any residual bad vibes.

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A Light for Those We’ve Lost

MAY 31, 2021 BY DEVIN HUNTER

It’s Memorial Day here in the US, and that means it’s time to remember those we have lost as a result of active military service. No matter where you live, chances are someone you know has experienced loss due to war or combat, so here is a little spell to guide the lost back home.

Light a red candle in the north and recite these words:

Lost to the living but not from

our hearts, I light this flame

to guide all your parts.

Have peace in mind and no

longer worry; peace in soul,

rest, there’s no hurry.

Your war is over, no battles to win,

by this candle the veil is thin.

Come home, soldier, if you’ve

been lost, you’ve fought all

you can and paid the cost.

Allow the candle to safely burn out on its own.

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Kindness expands the light within us and reaches out to touch the light in others as well

Kindness is an ideal that is easily accessible to all of us. We all know that a small kindness can make our journeys lighter and more enjoyable. Even bringing an instance of kindness to mind can put a smile on your face days or weeks later or perhaps even inspire you to share kindness with another. Though it may seem simple to the point of insignificance, many cultures throughout the world and history have recognized kindness as a powerful virtue. It may be the simplest way to experience and share all the grandest ideals of humanity. We can make the choice to act from the best place within ourselves at any time, while simultaneously recognizing the highest potential in another with the smallest of acts, nourishing the seed of hope in each soul we encounter.

In a way, kindness acts as the oil that makes the engine of our world move more smoothly and with less friction. We can still get where we are going but the ride is more pleasant, and those around us can share in the ideal world that we help to create. We are all fortunate that kindness is limitless in its supply and available to everyone. When we act in ways that confirm our ideals, we make the ideal our reality. Then, instead of affirming the experience of struggle and competition, we can shift our experience to the reality of ease and pleasurable camaraderie with the fellow citizens of the world.

Whether giving way to someone in traffic or letting someone go ahead of us in line, donating money or sharing our resources in a crisis, we actively create a universe of kindness and giving with every choice we make. The smallest gesture can bring a smile to light the shadow of an unpleasant situation or remove tension from a difficult task, but it’s effects can echo and extend far beyond the moment. We can be sure that we will receive a kindness in return, but giving is its own reward. Kindness expands the light within us and reaches out to touch the light in others as well, giving us all a glimpse of the glow that has the power to enlighten our world. 

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Selina Fenech <selina@selinafenech.com

New Vampire Romance Series Heartsblood 

Just a quick email to let you know my new vampire romance series Heartsblood is available for pre-order now! It’s a super short pre-order period, with the first two books in the series both live on the 7th!

Unlife, book one, is at a 99c sale price!

Early reviews have been really positive, so I’m looking forward to the big official launch next week! I hope you love this quirky vampire romance ❤

This will be an Amazon exclusive series for the first three months, available to Kindle Unlimited readers.

Find it at-

Full Series: Amazon US

Unlife: Australia | UK | Canada

Remortality: Australia | UK | Canada

Deathless: Australia | UK | Canada

Until then, happy reading!

Selina

www.selinafenech.com

Books on Amazon

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Heartwings Love Notes 985 The Strange Nature of Time

Heartwings says, “Time can rule you only if you let it.”

Depending on your point of view, there are at least two ways to look at time. Some regard it as a precious commodity to be hoarded and doled out carefully. These people squeeze all they can into whatever time they have and specialize in efficiency. Others see it as a nuisance, something to be disregarded. These people are usually late to appointments, as well as to my house for dinner. They often find it difficult to live with the time constraints of deadlines. However, these can also be helpful, for they may be seen either as a stimulant or as a burden.

The oddest experience I have of time is its seeming ability to act in unpredictable ways. For instance, I once experienced the passage of an hour that felt like several. I was playing music with a friend during our lunch hour. I’ve never forgotten how astonished I felt when I looked at the clock and saw that only an hour had passed, although it had felt far longer. Then there is waiting in the doctor’s office when fifteen minutes seems forever. At times I have marveled at the fast passage of the moments between when I get up and when I finish breakfast. Too, the hour or so between when I close my computer and when I get into bed passes in a flash.

Where does the time go? A child I met at ten is now celebrating his fiftieth birthday! People in their thirties are the age of my grandchildren Where did the forty-one years that Stephen and I have been married disappear to? Sometimes I feel frustrated that I cannot hold back time. Yet I well remember being a child waiting for some holiday or special occasion and being so impatient for when the anticipated event would occur. How the days dragged. These days I find I must be mindful of the passage of time. When I am not counting the moments until I am to leave for an appointment or meet a deadline, I am often caught unaware. If I do not pay attention to the passage of time, deadlines may loom and come to pass far too swiftly

My daughter Diana once explained to me why our past years seem to telescope and shorten. She pointed out that when you are five, a year is one-fifth of your experience. When you are fifty, it is one-fiftieth, and those years are packed with all we have accomplished. I clearly remember waking up of a summer morning at six or seven years of age and contemplating the day that stretched out so invitingly ahead. Now when I awaken, I wonder if I will be able to get everything I need to do done. No wonder the years seem to accelerate as we age. Still, this does not explain to me why, even now, when I am waiting for something to happen, time seems to drag so, as it always has ever since I was a child wishing the days would pass more quickly until Christmas Eve.

May your time for whatever you may wish to do be plentiful.

Blessings and Best Regards, Tasha Halpert

Do you experience time this way? How is it for you? I so enjoy your emails and whatever you have to share. Please write to me at tashahal@gmail.com, and do check out my web pages at www.heartwingsandfriends.com.

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Good Thoughts For The Day

In the morning, send yourself love for the entire day and be sure to collect that love along the way

When things go wrong, it is easy to get into a bad mood, and that bad mood has a way of spiraling out and affecting our life for days to come. In the same way, when we feel badly about ourselves, we tend to act in ways that have repercussions, again creating a negative vibe that can negatively influence the next several days. While it is important that we allow ourselves to feel what we feel, and to be genuine, we do not have to completely surrender to a dark mood or feelings of self-doubt. In fact, the more we simply allow and accept our darkness as one part of the picture, the more easily we can also allow and accept our light. In this vein, we can temper our grey moods with an injection of sunshine in the form of sending good wishes to ourselves for the next 24 hours.

If you feel a bad mood coming on or find yourself plagued with negative feelings, take a moment to acknowledge that. At the same time, recognize that things can and will change, and that you can still have a good day, or a good week, especially if you take the time to visualize that for yourself. This is a great way to support yourself when you are working through tough times and hard feelings. When you visualize good things for yourself, you are sending yourself love and warmth, as well as encouraging yourself to keep going.

Before you even get out of bed in the morning, you can take the time to send good wishes to yourself all the way through to the next morning. As you picture your day, take the time to fill in the details — where you are going, who you will see, what you will do — and send love and good wishes ahead to yourself, as well as everyone you encounter. It will be like arriving in a new place and finding that an old friend has sent a bouquet of flowers from back home to welcome you and remind you that you are loved. 

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Gilberto Rides Again

by Stephen Halpert

Chapter 4

After lunch with Maria, Gilberto went to work. He avoided his usual chit-chat with the front desk security personnel and went straight to his office. Despite his time with Maria and her reassurance he’d get through this cancer procedure unscathed, since hearing the diagnosis he remained shaky.

At his desk, he tried losing himself in his work. Atlas was engineering a hostile takeover of a shoelace manufacturer in South Carolina that had sustained since before the Civil War. Sadly, this acquisition would not occur peacefully. Stockholders in South Carolina wanted to keep their shoelace empire to themselves, free of Yankee interference. Suddenly his office door opened.

Ramon strode in, closed the door, and pulled his chair closer to Gilberto’s desk. He seemed nervous, concerned, not his usual laid-back, jovial self. “We must talk,” he said.

Gilberto wondered if despite her promise of confidentiality Maria had shared Gilberto’s cancer diagnosis with Rosa who would have immediately told Ramon.

Gilberto nodded, listened quietly.

Abruptly Ramon stood, pounded his fist into his palm, began pacing. When he stopped, he looked pleadingly at Gilberto. “Help me, I’ve fallen for this woman,” he said in a weak voice.

Gilberto nodded; he felt relieved that this exchange wasn’t about him. He was curious however what was going on between Ramon and Rosa.

“You must promise,” Ramon said earnestly, “utmost secrecy.”

Gilberto nodded. “Tell me.”

“She’s so overwhelming, a fast-paced New Yorker who cuts through the bacon and gets whatever she wants.”

Gilberto smiled, remembering the young Ramon, constantly sought after by smitten young women dazzled by his soccer prowess.

Ramon gulped. “I didn’t expect this.”

Gilberto nodded. “Lust can come on totally unexpected. Who with?”

“Sara Midgley.” he whispered.

Gilberto’s eyes widened. “The new Board member?” Gilberto remembered seeing her at a meeting. To him she seemed bulky, maternal, the total opposite of the energetic Rosa.

Ramon nodded. “She heads up Atlas’ Merger and Acquisition Division. We met at the regional conference in Newport.”

Gilberto smiled. “And you charmed her…”

Ramon snorted. “She charmed me. We spent that first evening drinking Champagne, discussing Atlas’ growth potential.”

Gilberto nodded.

Ramon frowned. “Then one thing led to another.”

Gilberto smiled at him. “As it usually does with you.”

Ramon’s eyebrows rose and he sighed. “How could I resist her. I always fell for redheads.”

Gilberto smiled. “That’s true. I remember how they flirted with you at the Soccer matches.”

Ramon smiled. “But not like this. She told me her life story. Her deceased husband sailed with Cousteau. Six years ago he was swept overboard in the South China Sea, his body was never recovered. She’s been to law school and had a position at a brokerage house on Wall Street before joining Atlas.” He sighed again. “I thought it was the Champagne.”

Gilberto nodded. He couldn’t help but smile. Same old Ramon, innocent to the point of absurdity. “How long?”

Ramon shrugged. “Since that weekend we’ve texted and phone chatted a lot. Now she wants me to meet her in her car. Sher tells me my charisma drives her wild.”

Gilberto grinned. “So as long as you can get away with it what’s the problem?”

Ramon’s shoulders hunched. He seemed to shrink into himself. “Now she’s insisting on meeting Rosa. Says she wants to check out her competition. Wants to meet Rosa at the Atlas 4th of July picnic. I just assumed she’d be discrete, and we’d have had a little fun, but now this.” His brow furrowed.

Gilberto felt for his friend and his dilemma. He also understood how this could happen. Rosa and Ramon had been married for close to twenty years. “And?”

“She doesn’t know Rosa. Rosa told me once that if she ever caught me with another woman…”

Gilberto shrugged. “Wasn’t that said back in the day?”

“Please, Gilberto, I know Rosa. We might not be so hot and heavy but that doesn’t mean she’s any less possessive.”

Gilberto sighed. “You always liked living dangerously.”

Ramon frowned. “I didn’t expect this! One minute we’re looking at sales figures and talking about a shoelace acquisition, and the next…” He went to the window. “She called it chemistry, threw her arms around me pressed me against her; pulling me into her.”

Gilberto grinned. “You’ve still got it.”

“She told me I was the most exciting man she’d ever met. Wants me to run off to Paris for a weekend with her; be together in some enchanted evening where it never turns into the next day.”

Gilberto grinned again. “Nothing wrong with any of that. ” He paused and frowned. “What will you do? You know this is against Atlas policy.”

Ramon looked terribly pained. “She insists on confronting Rosa.” Then quickly added. “But I want you and Maria there. We all meet and then maybe Rosa won’t murder me.” He rubbed his forehead.

That raised Gilberto’s eyebrows. “You think?”

He lowered his voice. You’ve seen Rosa when she goes to war. I prefer avoiding confrontations. But Rosa’s like Napoleon.”

Gilberto nodded and consulted his calendar. “Joey has a soccer game that Saturday but the picnic’s Sunday. We’ll be there.”

Thank you,” Ramon said. “I don’t want to lose Rosa,” his voice was softer than fairy dust. “Maybe if it rains, I’ll get a reprieve.”

Gilberto smiled.

“Sara says I’ve awakened something in her, says I make her feel young again. Gilberto, she’s overwhelming. Big full body, deep soft blue eyes, thick red hair, Irish freckles all over her nose and cheeks.”

Gilberto sighed. “Maybe you’ve nothing to worry about. Maybe Sara just wants to meet Rosa, casual curiosity. I doubt it but…Or don’t you want her to?”

Ramon frowned. “I’d just as soon she didn’t. I play it careful. I always have.”

Gilberto nodded. “Before, when we played soccer, you kept your affairs a secret. None of us ever knew who you’ve be with or for how long. Maybe if you could pull it off, you’d like two wives.”

Ramon smiled. “Rosa changed all that. She took charge of everything; all I had to do was take off my shoes.”

Gilberto smiled. “And that’s what you did with Sara, just took off your shoes….”

“I guess,” Ramon smiled. “I like simplicity.” Then he sighed. “But her

attention is flattering.”

(to be continued)

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Kitty Kat’s Korner

Choosing a Pet Cat Breed

Bengals. Bengals are a good-looking, playful, and intelligent cat, making it great for families. This breed is very active, and will need more attention than others. Bengals enjoy climbing and some even like going for walks. The coat pattern for Bengals can change: some have spotted coats while others have long stripes.

Ragdolls. These cats are large, laid-back, semi-long haired cats with captivating blue eyes. The Ragdoll is a pointed breed, which means that the body is lighter in color than the “points” (the face, legs, tail and ears), giving it a very distinct and striking appearance. Ragdolls tend to be more interested in humans than some other breeds of cats. They are known to run to greet you at the door, follow you from room to room, flop on you, sleep with you, and generally choose to be where you are.

Abyssinians. Abyssinian cats are trainable and can become very loyal to you. These cats are very curious and agenda driven. Abyssinians love affection, so they’ll do best in a home they have people to spend time with them. Abyssinian cats have beautiful blue, black, golden, or silver colored coats.

Ragamuffins. This breed will always cling to you for affection. Ragamuffins are calm and people-loving, making them particularly charming and adorable. Their friendly personalities help them quickly get along with children. Ragamuffins are known for their adorably large, expressive eyes.

American bobtails. American bobtails are recognizable from their muscular appearance and small tail. They thrive when they can bond closely with humans, so staying close to your American bobtail will keep it happy. These cats are playful and friendly with children and dogs. The American bobtail has a unique coat that mixes stripes and box-like spots, making them look similar to either leopards or tigers.

Chartreux. Chartreux cats stand out for their soft blue and silver-grey fur. These cats are quiet and make gentle chirping noises once their food bowl runs empty or they want attention. Despite their quiet personalities, Chartreux are large and muscular. Their short-hair coats are water-resistant and slightly thick in texture.

What to Know Before Getting a Cat

Personal commitment. Before you consider breed options, remember cats are creatures that need your care and devotion. Be prepared for long-term dedication to your pet cat.

Age. If you’re thinking of adopting a kitten, be prepared to spend lots of time with them and train them to use a litter box. If you’re considering an older cat, it may already be litter box trained but will still need time to familiarize itself with your home. Older cats may also be shy or skittish around unfamiliar people if they weren’t treated well in an earlier home.

Vet visits. Cats need routine vaccinations and parasite prevention treatments (like topical flea ointments). Outdoor cats are exposed to a lot of fleas and diseases. Even so, both outdoor and indoor cats are prone to heartworm infections. Be sure to bring your cat to a veterinarian routinely so they can help you with preventative care.

Diet. Cats can be picky when it comes to their food, so when you find something your cat likes, try to stick with it. Cats need food with lots of protein and vitamins, and low amounts of carbohydrates. Kittens will need specialized food with extra vitamins and nutrients to help them grow.

Training. While they’re little and when they’re new to your home, pet cats need a fair amount of training. They’ll need to learn how and where to use the litter box, and if there are any objects they shouldn’t climb on or scratch.

Taking into account the amount of attention and space you can offer, as well as if you want a short or long-haired cat, will make sure you and your new cat enjoy each other’s company. However, remember that the extra cuteness can sometimes come with extra grooming and attention demands.

WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES© 2020 WebMD, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Summer Melon Soup

~Dr. Weil’s Healthy Kitchen

Nutrition

Serves 6

Nutrients Per Serving

Calories: 116.8 calories

Protein: 2.4 grams

Fat: 1.1 grams

Saturated Fat: 0.2 grams

Monounsat Fat: 0.2 grams

Polyunsat Fat: 0.4 grams

Carbohydrate: 27.9 grams

Fiber: 2.2 grams

Cholesterol: 0.0 mg

Vitamin A: 5,699.6 IU

Vitamin E: 0.6 mg/IU

Vitamin C: 99.5 mg

Calcium: 30.3 mg

Magnesium: 34.7 mg

This cool, refreshing soup captures the essence of summer. Serve with a cool entrée or as a pleasant dessert!

This cool, refreshing soup captures the essence of summer. The addition of the jalapeños adds a surprising spark. Serve this soup with a cool entrée or as a pleasant dessert.

Food as Medicine

Like all fruit, melons help protect vision. Studies have shown that eating at least three servings of fruit – such as the cantaloupe and watermelon in this recipe – per day may lower your risk of age-related macular degeneration by over 35 percent. Cantaloupe and watermelon are also heart-healthy, thanks to their high concentrations of the vital antioxidants, vitamins A and C. Consumption of vitamin C-rich foods – one cup of cantaloupe has 112 percent of the Daily Value and one cup of watermelon has 24 percent – is associated with a decreased risk of death from all causes, including heart disease and stroke. Along with vitamin C, vitamin A helps prevent free radicals from oxidizing cholesterol in the bloodstream, where it can lead to heart attack or stroke. Watermelon is also high in the amino acid citrulline, a precursor for another amino acid, arginine. Arginine helps to produce nitric oxide, which relaxes blood vessels and lowers blood pressure.

Ingredients

4 cups ripe cantaloupe, cut in 1-inch pieces (about 1 large melon, rind and seeds removed)

4 cups watermelon, cut in 1-inch pieces (rind and seeds removed)

Juice of 1 fresh lemon

1-2 teaspoons honey, liquefied (20 seconds in microwave)

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 fresh jalapeño peppers, seeded and finely minced

1/2 cup fresh blueberries

mint (optional)

Instructions

Purée the cantaloupe and watermelon together in a food processor or blender.

Add the lemon juice, honey, salt and jalapeños to taste.

Chill for up to 4 hours.

Garnish with fresh blueberries or mint and serve.

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Georgia Nichols Weekly : Sunday, June 06, 2021

All Signs

Mars is an energy planet. It visits one sign for seven weeks every two years. According to the sign it is in, it will be in a different part of your chart and affect you in different ways. (There will be a pop quiz on this next Tuesday.) This week Mars moves into Leo, which is exciting news! It’s summer, and in most areas, Covid restrictions are relaxing. This means we want to party! We want to barbecue! We want to enjoy sports, social outings, the arts and fun times with kids. (The freedom is dizzying!) Think haircuts, manipeds and restaurant patio dinners with a real server. Hot air balloons! Close dancing! Oh yeah! Put on your pants and brush the back of your hair. “Table for six?”

Aries (March 21-April 19)

There are three Fire signs and you are one of them. This week Mars moves one of those Fire signs. (They are Aries, Leo and Sagittarius.) When Mars is in one of them, it supports you like the third leg of a three-legged stool. Since Mars is an energy planet, this means for the next seven weeks, your energy will be high! Your self-confidence will be strong. You will be more effective and more competent in everything you do. Because this Fire sign is Leo, it means a very playful part of your chart is energized! Romance will blossom! Your interest in sports (especially competitive) will be strong. You will do exactly what you want to do.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

When Mars changes signs this week, it means your home, family and private life will be energized. At a glance, this looks good. It means you have more determination to deal with your domestic world. But this increased energy will also create chaos and confusion at home. Visiting guests, renovations, residential moves will be a challenge! In fact, these challenges by extension, could create tension within the family, especially with a parent. Domestic strife is classic when Mars is in this part of your chart. The thing to keep in mind is that this is a short-term. In about seven weeks, Mars will move on to energize the most playful, fun-loving part of your chart. Until then — patience.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

The Sun is still in your sign with Mercury retrograde, which lasts until June 22. This is why you are misplacing things and making goofy mistakes! (However, if you’re buying a Mercury-related item like a computer, car or cell phone, wait until the shadow of Mercury retrograde is gone, which is July 8.) Meanwhile, this week fiery Mars moves into the part of your chart that deals with your daily activities and your style of communicating to others. This means that for the next two months, the pace of your days will accelerate and you will be much more forthright and proactive when talking to others. In other words, you will say what you mean and mean what you say!

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

This continues to be a time when you’re happy to hide in the wings. Nevertheless, Venus in your sign will encourage you to socialize with others. And why not? Venus makes you charming and diplomatic! (Kiss, kiss, hug, hug.) New flash: This week is a lovely time to shop for wardrobe goodies for yourself. A summer dress? Strappy sandals? Cargo shorts? This week is also when fiery Mars moves into your Money House encouraging you to work hard to make money; and at the same time, spend money! In particular, you will be happy to use your possessions to get something done. Of course! (The reverse is such a waste.)

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Things are certainly looking up for your sign because this week, fiery Mars is moving into Leo! (The last time it was in Leo was in July-August 2019.) When Mars is in your sign, it denotes great activity in your life. It promotes your desire to work hard and further your own interests. It also gives you the energy to work hard to follow through on your desires. It makes you much more of a fighter for your own rights than usual, as well as the rights of others. Your physical energy will be high and you will accomplish a great deal. The only downside is you might come on too strong for others. If you see the hair blowing back over their ears – that’s a sign. Be nice to the little people.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

You continue to make a fabulous impression on others because the Sun is at the top of your chart casting you in a flattering spotlight. Meanwhile Venus encourages warm bonding with friends and groups. Everyone loves you! This week, Mars moves into a hidden part of your chart, which is tricky. Someone out there might not have your best interests at heart. (This might or might not happen.) But it is a warning. So, if you think something fishy is going on – it is! Meanwhile, in this hidden position, Mars can easily make you give others the wrong impression, which undermines your position. (“Did I just say that?”) Therefore, be mindful of everything you say and do. Use your personal editor.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Things are going swimmingly because your ruler Venus is at the top of your chart making you look fabulous to everyone. People will seek your advice about artistic matters or how to make something look better. Romance with a boss or someone in authority might occur. Meanwhile, you’re excited about travel or the possibility of doing something “different.” Do note that fiery Mars is entering your House of Friendships this week to stay for seven weeks, which encourages physical activities with friends, especially athletics, and it makes you competitive. You will refuse to take a backseat position. You will also resent group pressure. Coordinate your needs with the needs of others for a win-win solution.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

You have a growing desire to travel and explore new places, new ideas and learn new things. You will also have an excellent opportunity to wrap up old business with insurance issues, taxes, inheritances and shared property. This week, fiery Mars moves to the very top of your chart, which will definitely arouse your ambition. It will stay there for the next seven weeks, which will make you identify with whatever project you’re doing, which in turn, is why you will work extremely hard to get it done! The only downside is that conflict with coworkers might arise because they feel threatened by your hard work and energy. (You also might be a tad bossy.) “Moi?” “Yes, you.”

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Like Aries and the principle of a three-legged stool, you benefit by Mars moving into your fellow Fire sign this week. Mars is an energy planet and it will give you more support in everything that you do, especially if it requires physical energy. This is why you will enjoy increased self-confidence; enthusiasm and feel more competent and more effective. You will be clear about your intentions and know exactly what course you want to follow. Mars will also boost your sex drive! (Well, Mars boosts everything.) As the traveller of the zodiac, you’ll be delighted to hear that Mars will spur your desire to travel and explore the world. Oh yes, you want it all – first-class.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

You like efficiency and production, which is why you’re happy to work hard. However, you are frustrated by the delays, confused communications, missed appointments, late deliveries and minor moments of mayhem in your job due to Mercury retrograde. Please remember: Mercury retrograde will help you finish old business, so, you can use this to your advantage! Venus opposite your sign beautifully promotes warm relations with those closest to you. This week, Mars moves into one of your Money Houses indicating potential disputes about inheritances, shared property, taxes, debt and insurance issues. Arrg. These will be ego conflicts. Be smart. Think of your long-term objective.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

This week is lighthearted and playful! You will enjoy social outings and fun activities with children. Old flames from the past might be in touch. Accept all invitations to have a good time because this is totally appropriate. Relations with coworkers are warm, which is rewarding. However, this week, fiery Mars moves opposite your sign where it will stay for several weeks making relations with those who are closest to you contentious. Disputes with partners and close friends might arise. Basically, these are probably power struggles. The upside is you now have the courage to speak up for yourself and tell your truth. That’s important!

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Home, family and your private life continue to be important. Mercury retrograde will recycle past issues that you dealt with at home. “Not this, again!” On the upside, Mercury retrograde will help you finish home projects. Meanwhile, lucky Jupiter and fair Venus want you to party! Both these planets will also promote new love, and enhance existing partnerships. In the midst of this encouraging news, this week, fiery Mars moves into the part of your chart concerning your job, your health and your pet. This means you will work efficiently with perseverance at whatever task you’re doing. Your health will also be invigorated. (A pet might require your attention.) And so it is.

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Weekly Horoscopes beginning Sunday, 06 June 2021

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

Outlines are longer versions; consists of every possible detail of everyday and based on three parts of each sign: 1st, 2nd & 3rd Decan; that is, any of three divisions of 10° within a sign of the zodiac. Even if you know or don’t know your Decan; I recommend, please read all three Decan.

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Aries

Personal theme: I am!!

Fire & cardinal sign: March 21 — April 19

Your horoscope for this week:

Accepting whatever destiny sends your way may be out of character. However, sudden and unsettling as events are, they’re breaking up old and restrictive patterns. If you feel you must battle changes, discuss them with those you trust and explore their impact. Once you learn more, you won’t just decide they’re a good idea, within a short while, you’ll recognise them as they breakthroughs they are.

You’re being paid a fair price for work you are doing so throwing in an extra few hour for free could be a wise move. People who can put future business your way will remember your helpfulness and word will spread of your good work. In a close relationship, someone will say one thing but you might get the distinct impression they mean something very different. Encourage them to be more open about their feelings.

Thursday’s New Moon is also a Solar Eclipse and signals the promise of new beginnings. Yet this start could be a bumpy one as Mercury is retrograde. As importantly, the two planets, Saturn and Uranus, are headed toward right angle. This too represents a fork in the road. Think of it this way: you are making good progress on a journey but hit a traffic jam forcing you to consider alternative routes – the first of which quickly becomes blocked. You might decide to wait it out and let the traffic clear (unlikely for an Aries) but would give opportunity to think about the reason for the journey and your chosen destination. It may be that there are calls you want to make whilst you are ‘stuck’ so that others are clear as to what you want to achieve. In particular, and noting that Venus is now moving across the base of your solar chart, you might want to collaborate about general working conditions and the space and style you prefer to work in.

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Taurus

Personal theme: I have!!

Earth & fixed sign: April 20 — May 20

Your horoscope for this week:

The ideas or offers coming your way may be thrilling, but they’re lacking the variety of detail you need before committing. Or so it seems. Overcome your caution and listen to those who encourage you to at least learn more. True, these are taking you into new territory. However, that’s the point. It’s time you left certain once-rewarding arrangements behind and embraced the future.

Talks with friends or fellow workers could lead to an unusual and unexpected piece of news being brought to your attention. Someone might let out a secret without realising. Be sure not to let them know you have noticed. If you’re nervous about a meeting or appointment, the more you think about it, the worse it will get. Providing you have prepared well, try to put it out of your mind until closer to the time.

Thursday’s Solar Eclipse is in neighbouring Gemini. This special New Moon suggests a fresh start: particularly in with regard to financial matters. Yet Mercury is retrograde in this area and it may be that you don’t yet have all the facts at your disposal. You may still be in the process of agreeing to move to new platform and new ways of working. Note too, that at the end of this week, Uranus (travelling through your sign) appears at exact right-angled to Saturn. This represents a fork in the road. You may decide that you can no longer work with certain individuals and that you really do need to do your own thing even if separation is tricky. There is also the question of how best to fund the next stage of your life journey. You likely won’t be the only sign giving careful thought to destination and how to process information. In your case, it’s probable that you’re driven by a need to re-evaluate – much as you may have done back in 2002.

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Gemini

Personal theme: I think!!

Air sign: May 21 — June 20

Your horoscope for this week:

Philosophers say to live one day at a time. That’s the ideal approach the shakeups triggered by Gemini eclipsed New Moon, on Thursday the 10th. Some will be a relief, others puzzling and, possibly, a few worrying. Respond, making necessary changes but, also, being aware you’ve lots to learn. Over the coming days, weeks and months, things will come together, often in completely unexpected ways.

People are impressed by your ideas and they will want to hear more. Discussing your thoughts will make them feel more realistic. This will make you inclined to act on them. Friends who aren’t used to you being so practical will be staggered to see you carrying out your intentions without delay. The best way to get through the days is to bend with the wind. Some time spent away from regular haunts and familiar places might also be a god idea.

Thursday’s Solar Eclipse is in your sign. This is a very special kind of New Moon. The last one of similar type was in 2002. Yet the cosmos doesn’t do exact repeats, so there’s no point in thinking that you have the same experiences as you did then. There may however be similarities even if your outlook is significantly altered. This time, with Mercury retrograde (also in your sign), you might wish to embark on a complete rethink, re-evaluation prior to re-emerging with new agenda. For some this could be about new methods of transport or determining new routes. Another, and strong possibility, is uncovering another revenue stream: at least recognising that one is coming to its conclusion and that plans need to be made for moving forward. With Jupiter still moving over the apex of your solar chart, opportunities should flow thick and fast but at advisable that you at least listen to the cautious advice of those born under either Cancer or Capricorn.

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Cancer

Personal theme: I feel!!

Water & cardinal sign: June 21 — July 22

Your horoscope for this week:

When fiery Mars moved into Cancer on 23 April, you began a cycle of questioning and exploration. While you’ve already altered elements of your life and future plans, you’re questioning others. This week’s events clarify what’s involved, the actual changes involved and, equally, the benefits. Also, with many, it’s now or never. Still in doubt? Think whether, in six months’ time, you’ll wish you’d proceeded.

Be glad of the help other people are willing to offer. Jobs will get done far more quickly when a number of you join forces. You have always been intuitive and you have no trouble understanding other people, even a quiet colleague. They may not say a lot but what they do say gives you plenty to think about. Family talks will centre on future plans and the exciting possibility of you doing some travelling soon.

Thursday’s New Moon is also a Solar Eclipse and offers a fresh start. With Venus now moving through your sign, the desire to put on a new face (perhaps quite literally with new make-up, new styles etc, etc. Yet Mercury is still retrograde and it will surely take a few days yet to arrive at a style you like. More importantly, the two planets Saturn in Uranus arrive at right-angles next weekend. Though they made this aspect once before back in February, now it seems they mean business: you may be challenged to rethink which groups and associations you want to belong to. What is now convenient and rewarding? No doubt much of your thinking has significantly altered and you now need to align differently. Take your time: Mercury doesn’t turn direct until the end of the month. Whilst the urge to do something new could be so strong. taking time to consider options would surely be wise.

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Leo

Personal theme: I will!!

Fire & fixed sign: July 23 — August 22

Your horoscope for this week:

Recently you committed to a range of changes, some minor but others dramatic. Now you’re questioning several of them. Tempting as it is to back out, be patient, possibly in a way that doesn’t come naturally to you. By mid-June even seemingly tricky arrangements will begin coming together, often in ways as thrilling as they are unexpected. The secret? Focus on exploration. Decisions can wait.

No one is indispensable. You are thinking about ending a long-term commitment. If you’re bored with this or if there are other things you would rather do, don’t feel as if people can’t do without you. There will always be someone who can step into your place. A nice financial surprise will give you a little extra money to play with later in the week. Someone who is feeling under the weather will appreciate a gift of flowers. It will mean a lot to them to know you are thinking of them.

By next weekend, Mars will have arrived in your sign: kick-starting the desire to relate differently. Clearly, this will affect every area of your life: business partnerships to romantic liaisons. That this transit comes so soon after a Solar Eclipse (a special kind of New Moon) on Thursday, suggests you’ll be ready to do things differently. More importantly, Saturn and Uranus arrive at right-angles. This is may be thought of as a roadblock or ‘line in the sand’. With Mercury retrograde, it might suit you to demand that others think about the energy they are putting into your partnership. It could be that it’s been lopsided. A frank exchange of views will likely be necessary – and before Mercury turns direct on June 23. For now, and especially this week, you could do much to shore up your long-term position by determining what and who is of value to you. Think treasures.

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Virgo

Personal theme: I analyse!!

Earth sign: August 23 — September 22

Your horoscope for this week:

You’re frustratingly short of facts yet decisions are pressing. This is no surprise. Between the second of the current pair of eclipses taking place on the 11th and you ruler Mercury retrograde until the 22nd, twists and turns are inevitable. The secret? Accept this uncertainty, and regard both what you do now and decide as an adventure, one that’s fun now and will prove informative later.

You will soon get to see the light at the end of what has been a long and testing tunnel. A special achievement will feel good. Not only this, but it will bring you respect and recognition. This is your chance to apply for a new position or a promotion in your existing employment. Getting on with jobs you don’t often do will make life more interesting. There is no challenge in tasks you can usually do with your eyes closed.

this Thursday solar eclipse isn’t in your sign, it’s a new Moon highlighting the apex of your solar chart and promising alter direction with regard to your career, aims and objectives. The last time there was a similar Eclipse was back in 2002. What’s likely is that you now realise that there are opportunities and yes, you may feel you missed a couple. Recall Mercury is also retrograde. It’s rather easier to look back than to look forward. Yet the right angle between Saturn and your Ennis that takes place at the end of this week suggests many people will feel they’ve come to the end of one road. As they alter direction, new routes open up for you. It would be wise of course to take stock; but those of your sign excellent due diligence and you won’t move forward until you’re confident that all is well. In the meantime, try to control your worry volume. It’s probable that you are so oversensitive, and so apparently critical both of yourself and others, that you lose sight of potential opportunity. Don’t look for flaws, look instead for the bright lights that beckon but yes, they will be clearer at the end of the month.

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Libra

Personal theme: I balance!!

Air & cardinal sign: September 23 — October 22

Your horoscope for this week:

Promising as plans you’ve organised over recent weeks have seemed; things aren’t proceeding as intended. Judging by the current unsettled planetary climate, that’s no surprise. The trick? Expect and, where possible, embrace those twists and turns; and, even more, explore everything. True, what’s taking place now is unsettling; but events are clearing the way for changes and long-term arrangements as exciting as they’ll be unexpected.

It will feel as if you’ve been locked in your home for so long that you just want to get out. You have the chance now to take the next small step towards freedom. A visit to the countryside where you can breathe in the fresh air will feel therapeutic. A text message or e-mail will leave you a little bemused. Something you hear will not make a lot of sense but be patient. You will understand what someone was driving at by the end of the week.

Although this week’s Solar Eclipse isn’t in your sign, you should nevertheless experience winds of change. True, Mercury is retrograde in that same sign Gemini, (another of the Air signs). You could be awash with ideas: some of these mooted toward the end of 2020. Indeed, much of what happens this week could hark back to that earlier time. Expect renewed contact with those who live and work overseas. Though you may not be able to implement some of their plans or ideas (again thanks to restrictions), it could be what’s needed is an altered approach all round. Your contribution to dialogue could yet prove invaluable. Next weekend, Saturn and Uranus once again form right-angled to one another. This too represents change. Similar aspects were at work back to 1999 and 2007/8. This too heralds altered direction. What is different this time, is that you can build on that earlier experience. In fact, it could be argued that the only way forward is up.

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Scorpio & Ophiuchus

Personal theme: I desire!!

Water & fixed signs: October 23 — November 21

Your horoscope for this week:

Ordinarily when dealing with situations as challenging as those you’re currently facing, you’ll take a tough line. Now, however, certain individuals or, perhaps, your instincts are telling you to go with the flow. True, ordinarily, this would seem a compromise. However, within days events will prove how wise this choice was. Enough you may decide it’s time to review and, possibly, change other similar decisions.

There is a strong hint of some money coming your way. Your partner has some pleasing news that will add a touch of excitement to your relationship. The more open minded and flexible you are in, the easier you will find it to make the most of opportunities now around you. Life at home will take on a more positive tone as you get together with housemates to work on a domestic project. You feel a new sense of commitment in a close relationship.

Tt might help to know that the two planets, Saturn and Uranus, through 2021 are at virtual right-angled. These two planets represent on the one hand tradition, and, on the other, modern or ‘restriction versus freedom’. They are not often in a hard aspect. (Think back to 2007 and 1999 for the last occasions). Each time of course is different. What is unique this time is that Uranus (the rebellious one) is in your opposite sign. It’s highly likely, – and especially around this Thursday’s New Moon, that someone you thought you knew well will decide they want to go off on what appears to you to be a tangent. It may be important to you to try to get them to rethink. It is possible that this is a breath of fresh air that you to need to experience. You might even consider moving home or changing your place of work entirely. Mercury is still retrograde and there is indeed a lot of thinking and bargaining to do. All may not run smoothly until soon after the solstice when Mercury turns direct. This week may be a time for listening and accepting that change is inevitable – which may not be a bad thing.

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Sagittarius

Personal theme: I see!!

Fire sign: November 22 — December 21

Your horoscope for this week:

Late May’s powerful and, often, unsettling Sagittarius eclipse triggered changes in existing arrangements and future plans, some welcome but as many unsettling. Now that you’ve had time to explore these, you’re more willing to give up control in situations you’d once regarded as your responsibility. The challenge? Being patient. Many of these changes will prove thrilling, but you’ll be short of details for some time yet.

Good news could relate to your job situation. Colleagues will look to you to lead the way which feels like a big responsibility. Even if this is the type of project you have never tackled before, you can do it. Ignore your initial apprehension. Besides, you have some great ideas. Although you’re in a rush to get everything done, there’s a harmonious atmosphere that makes everything feel surprisingly relaxed and easy going.

This Thursday’s Solar Eclipse is in your opposite sign. Mercury is already retrograde moving through Gemini and yes, it might seem that even those you thought you knew and trusted, are thinking back to the past and cautious about moving forward. On top of that, the two planets Saturn and Uranus are moving once again to right-angled position. This too represents an altered approach. Yet this might yet prove the perfect time for incubating a plan. You may not be able to implement it for some months yet, but could perhaps take the early steps towards pushing forward. At the very least, you could determine a goal. Note that next weekend, Mars will arrive in one of the Fire signs and that your energy levels should then rise. For now, dealing with emotions (uncomfortable as that may be), and accepting that certain individuals absolutely need to move on, might require you to dig deep into an archive and retrieve papers and documents long buried and confront deep emotions of your own.

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Capricorn

Personal theme: I use!!

Earth & cardinal sign: December 22 — January 19

Your horoscope for this week:

For you, as a cautious Capricorn and an earth sign, planning ahead is like breathing. You don’t even realise you’re doing it. However, in the runup to the powerful clash between your ruler Saturn and inventive, if not rebellious, Uranus, on 14 June, things are unlikely to go as planned; and, better yet, what’s least expected could turn out best. For now? Wait, watch and learn.

You’re going out of your way to make someone special very happy. A long-standing relationship will be greatly enhanced by the loving aura surrounding your world. Your partner will do something so delightful and unexpected that you might find yourself falling in love with them all over again. In the weekend there will be as much enjoyment from the company around you as from the project you are all working on.

Although this week’s Solar Eclipse isn’t in your sign, you could nevertheless be affected by it. This particularly special New Moon draws attention to your working scene. There is high probability of someone deciding that it’s time that they moved on. Your ruling planet, Saturn arrives at right angles to Uranus next weekend, suggesting that this decision will affect you greatly. It might be worthwhile to think back to both 2007 and 1999. Whilst this isn’t a repeat of those earlier times, it is likely that you may remember challenges you faced during those years and the courage needed to move forward. Once again you may need to do the same. What may be decidedly different this time, is that a colleague whose work you are so familiar, may decide that this is the moment when they move on. It is always possible that you might decide that you should at least enter into conversation with a view to persuading them to stay.

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Aquarius

Personal theme: I know!!

Air & fixed sign: January 20 — February 18

Your horoscope for this week:

A year or so ago, you decided that, one way or another, you’d escape certain dull or restrictive elements of your life. While, mostly, it’s proceeded better than you anticipated, a few situations seem impossibly fixed. Don’t give up. Achieving those objectives will take a while. However, the link between your ruler Uranus and practical Saturn, on the 14th, will bring things much closer to becoming reality.

You will have more success with a personal ambition if you are willing to take a few risks. The reason you have failed up until now is because you have been letting other more cautious souls stand in your way. Be more assertive. Why hold back if you can see where others are going wrong? If you know how improvements can be made, suggest making some changes. Be sensible with cash. Wait until you have received money you are expecting before you spend it.

Next weekend, and just two days after a Solar eclipse in another of the air signs, ruling planets Saturn in your Ennis arrive at right. They’ve done this before actually back in February and will do so again at the end of the year. It may be worthwhile thinking back to 2007 and prior to that 1999 when these two planets were in hard aspect to one another. This isn’t a repeat of those earlier times you may recognise that there was a decided shift in direction in those years. 2021 is unlikely to be an exception. Following on from Thursday special new Moon, you may be ready to reconnect with those you haven’t seen for a long time or with whom you had to part company for one reason or another. Recall that Mercury is also retrograde in one of the air signs. Things are unlikely to run smoothly and yet. Reconnecting, reaffirming that you want to work together should prove valuable. Note 2, that by the end of the month when Mercury turns direct, it could be that the other person has altered their position and that together, you are embracing yet another option that is both exciting and exhilarating.

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Pisces

Personal theme: I believe!!

Water sign: February 19 — March 20

Your horoscope for this week:

Every once in a while, you realise that you’ve allowed the needs or demands of others to take over. While this can occur when caring for family and, on occasion, friends, these situations are out of balance, but in ways you’re refusing to acknowledge are true. Once you do, however, you’ll soon have the support necessary to rethink arrangements, and in the process, regain your life.

Luck just doesn’t seem to be with you when it comes to handling financial and business matters. That said, you won’t give up trying. A friend who shares your liking for peace and quiet will join you later in the week. Their undemanding company will be welcomed rather than unwanted. For though you will choose and prefer to stay in the background, you won’t want to hide yourself away from the world altogether.

Thursday solar eclipse isn’t your sign, it is nevertheless in another of the mutable signs and accents the backbone of your solar chart. Solar eclipse is a form of new Moon and yes, it’s reasonable to anticipate that before long there really will be a fresh start. The likely been hints of this before. Don’t expect everything to happen this week but, when eventually you look back, you’ll probably agree that you made several key decisions at this time. Mercury is retrograde and first it is necessary to look back before looking forward. This affects all signs. Was particularly special in your case is the need to review a career path and why and how you ended up where you are. You don’t need to be supercritical, but may perhaps recognise that there are one or two links that have been broken but which could be forged. That’s a task that could be done close to next weekend which is in itself a significant time. Once again, the two planets Saturn in your Ennis will be at right angle. Think of this as chain reaction. It may be the contacts made between 1999 and 2002 could be reviewed and work to your advantage.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Home, family and your private life continue to be important. Mercury retrograde will recycle past issues that you dealt with at home. “Not this, again!” On the upside, Mercury retrograde will help you finish home projects. Meanwhile, lucky Jupiter and fair Venus want you to party! Both these planets will also promote new love, and enhance existing partnerships. In the midst of this encouraging news, this week, fiery Mars moves into the part of your chart concerning your job, your health and your pet. This means you will work efficiently with perseverance at whatever task you’re doing. Your health will also be invigorated. (A pet might require your attention.) And so it is.

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Weekly Horoscopes beginning Sunday, 06 June 2021

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

Outlines are longer versions; consists of every possible detail of everyday and based on three parts of each sign: 1st, 2nd & 3rd Decan; that is, any of three divisions of 10° within a sign of the zodiac. Even if you know or don’t know your Decan; I recommend, please read all three Decan.

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Aries

Personal theme: I am!!

Fire & cardinal sign: March 21 — April 19

Your horoscope for this week:

Accepting whatever destiny sends your way may be out of character. However, sudden and unsettling as events are, they’re breaking up old and restrictive patterns. If you feel you must battle changes, discuss them with those you trust and explore their impact. Once you learn more, you won’t just decide they’re a good idea, within a short while, you’ll recognise them as they breakthroughs they are.

You’re being paid a fair price for work you are doing so throwing in an extra few hour for free could be a wise move. People who can put future business your way will remember your helpfulness and word will spread of your good work. In a close relationship, someone will say one thing but you might get the distinct impression they mean something very different. Encourage them to be more open about their feelings.

Thursday’s New Moon is also a Solar Eclipse and signals the promise of new beginnings. Yet this start could be a bumpy one as Mercury is retrograde. As importantly, the two planets, Saturn and Uranus, are headed toward right angle. This too represents a fork in the road. Think of it this way: you are making good progress on a journey but hit a traffic jam forcing you to consider alternative routes – the first of which quickly becomes blocked. You might decide to wait it out and let the traffic clear (unlikely for an Aries) but would give opportunity to think about the reason for the journey and your chosen destination. It may be that there are calls you want to make whilst you are ‘stuck’ so that others are clear as to what you want to achieve. In particular, and noting that Venus is now moving across the base of your solar chart, you might want to collaborate about general working conditions and the space and style you prefer to work in.

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Taurus

Personal theme: I have!!

Earth & fixed sign: April 20 — May 20

Your horoscope for this week:

The ideas or offers coming your way may be thrilling, but they’re lacking the variety of detail you need before committing. Or so it seems. Overcome your caution and listen to those who encourage you to at least learn more. True, these are taking you into new territory. However, that’s the point. It’s time you left certain once-rewarding arrangements behind and embraced the future.

Talks with friends or fellow workers could lead to an unusual and unexpected piece of news being brought to your attention. Someone might let out a secret without realising. Be sure not to let them know you have noticed. If you’re nervous about a meeting or appointment, the more you think about it, the worse it will get. Providing you have prepared well, try to put it out of your mind until closer to the time.

Thursday’s Solar Eclipse is in neighbouring Gemini. This special New Moon suggests a fresh start: particularly in with regard to financial matters. Yet Mercury is retrograde in this area and it may be that you don’t yet have all the facts at your disposal. You may still be in the process of agreeing to move to new platform and new ways of working. Note too, that at the end of this week, Uranus (travelling through your sign) appears at exact right-angled to Saturn. This represents a fork in the road. You may decide that you can no longer work with certain individuals and that you really do need to do your own thing even if separation is tricky. There is also the question of how best to fund the next stage of your life journey. You likely won’t be the only sign giving careful thought to destination and how to process information. In your case, it’s probable that you’re driven by a need to re-evaluate – much as you may have done back in 2002.

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Gemini

Personal theme: I think!!

Air sign: May 21 — June 20

Your horoscope for this week:

Philosophers say to live one day at a time. That’s the ideal approach the shakeups triggered by Gemini eclipsed New Moon, on Thursday the 10th. Some will be a relief, others puzzling and, possibly, a few worrying. Respond, making necessary changes but, also, being aware you’ve lots to learn. Over the coming days, weeks and months, things will come together, often in completely unexpected ways.

People are impressed by your ideas and they will want to hear more. Discussing your thoughts will make them feel more realistic. This will make you inclined to act on them. Friends who aren’t used to you being so practical will be staggered to see you carrying out your intentions without delay. The best way to get through the days is to bend with the wind. Some time spent away from regular haunts and familiar places might also be a god idea.

Thursday’s Solar Eclipse is in your sign. This is a very special kind of New Moon. The last one of similar type was in 2002. Yet the cosmos doesn’t do exact repeats, so there’s no point in thinking that you have the same experiences as you did then. There may however be similarities even if your outlook is significantly altered. This time, with Mercury retrograde (also in your sign), you might wish to embark on a complete rethink, re-evaluation prior to re-emerging with new agenda. For some this could be about new methods of transport or determining new routes. Another, and strong possibility, is uncovering another revenue stream: at least recognising that one is coming to its conclusion and that plans need to be made for moving forward. With Jupiter still moving over the apex of your solar chart, opportunities should flow thick and fast but at advisable that you at least listen to the cautious advice of those born under either Cancer or Capricorn.

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Cancer

Personal theme: I feel!!

Water & cardinal sign: June 21 — July 22

Your horoscope for this week:

When fiery Mars moved into Cancer on 23 April, you began a cycle of questioning and exploration. While you’ve already altered elements of your life and future plans, you’re questioning others. This week’s events clarify what’s involved, the actual changes involved and, equally, the benefits. Also, with many, it’s now or never. Still in doubt? Think whether, in six months’ time, you’ll wish you’d proceeded.

Be glad of the help other people are willing to offer. Jobs will get done far more quickly when a number of you join forces. You have always been intuitive and you have no trouble understanding other people, even a quiet colleague. They may not say a lot but what they do say gives you plenty to think about. Family talks will centre on future plans and the exciting possibility of you doing some travelling soon.

Thursday’s New Moon is also a Solar Eclipse and offers a fresh start. With Venus now moving through your sign, the desire to put on a new face (perhaps quite literally with new make-up, new styles etc, etc. Yet Mercury is still retrograde and it will surely take a few days yet to arrive at a style you like. More importantly, the two planets Saturn in Uranus arrive at right-angles next weekend. Though they made this aspect once before back in February, now it seems they mean business: you may be challenged to rethink which groups and associations you want to belong to. What is now convenient and rewarding? No doubt much of your thinking has significantly altered and you now need to align differently. Take your time: Mercury doesn’t turn direct until the end of the month. Whilst the urge to do something new could be so strong. taking time to consider options would surely be wise.

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Leo

Personal theme: I will!!

Fire & fixed sign: July 23 — August 22

Your horoscope for this week:

Recently you committed to a range of changes, some minor but others dramatic. Now you’re questioning several of them. Tempting as it is to back out, be patient, possibly in a way that doesn’t come naturally to you. By mid-June even seemingly tricky arrangements will begin coming together, often in ways as thrilling as they are unexpected. The secret? Focus on exploration. Decisions can wait.

No one is indispensable. You are thinking about ending a long-term commitment. If you’re bored with this or if there are other things you would rather do, don’t feel as if people can’t do without you. There will always be someone who can step into your place. A nice financial surprise will give you a little extra money to play with later in the week. Someone who is feeling under the weather will appreciate a gift of flowers. It will mean a lot to them to know you are thinking of them.

By next weekend, Mars will have arrived in your sign: kick-starting the desire to relate differently. Clearly, this will affect every area of your life: business partnerships to romantic liaisons. That this transit comes so soon after a Solar Eclipse (a special kind of New Moon) on Thursday, suggests you’ll be ready to do things differently. More importantly, Saturn and Uranus arrive at right-angles. This is may be thought of as a roadblock or ‘line in the sand’. With Mercury retrograde, it might suit you to demand that others think about the energy they are putting into your partnership. It could be that it’s been lopsided. A frank exchange of views will likely be necessary – and before Mercury turns direct on June 23. For now, and especially this week, you could do much to shore up your long-term position by determining what and who is of value to you. Think treasures.

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Virgo

Personal theme: I analyse!!

Earth sign: August 23 — September 22

Your horoscope for this week:

You’re frustratingly short of facts yet decisions are pressing. This is no surprise. Between the second of the current pair of eclipses taking place on the 11th and you ruler Mercury retrograde until the 22nd, twists and turns are inevitable. The secret? Accept this uncertainty, and regard both what you do now and decide as an adventure, one that’s fun now and will prove informative later.

You will soon get to see the light at the end of what has been a long and testing tunnel. A special achievement will feel good. Not only this, but it will bring you respect and recognition. This is your chance to apply for a new position or a promotion in your existing employment. Getting on with jobs you don’t often do will make life more interesting. There is no challenge in tasks you can usually do with your eyes closed.

this Thursday solar eclipse isn’t in your sign, it’s a new Moon highlighting the apex of your solar chart and promising alter direction with regard to your career, aims and objectives. The last time there was a similar Eclipse was back in 2002. What’s likely is that you now realise that there are opportunities and yes, you may feel you missed a couple. Recall Mercury is also retrograde. It’s rather easier to look back than to look forward. Yet the right angle between Saturn and your Ennis that takes place at the end of this week suggests many people will feel they’ve come to the end of one road. As they alter direction, new routes open up for you. It would be wise of course to take stock; but those of your sign excellent due diligence and you won’t move forward until you’re confident that all is well. In the meantime, try to control your worry volume. It’s probable that you are so oversensitive, and so apparently critical both of yourself and others, that you lose sight of potential opportunity. Don’t look for flaws, look instead for the bright lights that beckon but yes, they will be clearer at the end of the month.

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Libra

Personal theme: I balance!!

Air & cardinal sign: September 23 — October 22

Your horoscope for this week:

Promising as plans you’ve organised over recent weeks have seemed; things aren’t proceeding as intended. Judging by the current unsettled planetary climate, that’s no surprise. The trick? Expect and, where possible, embrace those twists and turns; and, even more, explore everything. True, what’s taking place now is unsettling; but events are clearing the way for changes and long-term arrangements as exciting as they’ll be unexpected.

It will feel as if you’ve been locked in your home for so long that you just want to get out. You have the chance now to take the next small step towards freedom. A visit to the countryside where you can breathe in the fresh air will feel therapeutic. A text message or e-mail will leave you a little bemused. Something you hear will not make a lot of sense but be patient. You will understand what someone was driving at by the end of the week.

Although this week’s Solar Eclipse isn’t in your sign, you should nevertheless experience winds of change. True, Mercury is retrograde in that same sign Gemini, (another of the Air signs). You could be awash with ideas: some of these mooted toward the end of 2020. Indeed, much of what happens this week could hark back to that earlier time. Expect renewed contact with those who live and work overseas. Though you may not be able to implement some of their plans or ideas (again thanks to restrictions), it could be what’s needed is an altered approach all round. Your contribution to dialogue could yet prove invaluable. Next weekend, Saturn and Uranus once again form right-angled to one another. This too represents change. Similar aspects were at work back to 1999 and 2007/8. This too heralds altered direction. What is different this time, is that you can build on that earlier experience. In fact, it could be argued that the only way forward is up.

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Scorpio & Ophiuchus

Personal theme: I desire!!

Water & fixed signs: October 23 — November 21

Your horoscope for this week:

Ordinarily when dealing with situations as challenging as those you’re currently facing, you’ll take a tough line. Now, however, certain individuals or, perhaps, your instincts are telling you to go with the flow. True, ordinarily, this would seem a compromise. However, within days events will prove how wise this choice was. Enough you may decide it’s time to review and, possibly, change other similar decisions.

There is a strong hint of some money coming your way. Your partner has some pleasing news that will add a touch of excitement to your relationship. The more open minded and flexible you are in, the easier you will find it to make the most of opportunities now around you. Life at home will take on a more positive tone as you get together with housemates to work on a domestic project. You feel a new sense of commitment in a close relationship.

Tt might help to know that the two planets, Saturn and Uranus, through 2021 are at virtual right-angled. These two planets represent on the one hand tradition, and, on the other, modern or ‘restriction versus freedom’. They are not often in a hard aspect. (Think back to 2007 and 1999 for the last occasions). Each time of course is different. What is unique this time is that Uranus (the rebellious one) is in your opposite sign. It’s highly likely, – and especially around this Thursday’s New Moon, that someone you thought you knew well will decide they want to go off on what appears to you to be a tangent. It may be important to you to try to get them to rethink. It is possible that this is a breath of fresh air that you to need to experience. You might even consider moving home or changing your place of work entirely. Mercury is still retrograde and there is indeed a lot of thinking and bargaining to do. All may not run smoothly until soon after the solstice when Mercury turns direct. This week may be a time for listening and accepting that change is inevitable – which may not be a bad thing.

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Sagittarius

Personal theme: I see!!

Fire sign: November 22 — December 21

Your horoscope for this week:

Late May’s powerful and, often, unsettling Sagittarius eclipse triggered changes in existing arrangements and future plans, some welcome but as many unsettling. Now that you’ve had time to explore these, you’re more willing to give up control in situations you’d once regarded as your responsibility. The challenge? Being patient. Many of these changes will prove thrilling, but you’ll be short of details for some time yet.

Good news could relate to your job situation. Colleagues will look to you to lead the way which feels like a big responsibility. Even if this is the type of project you have never tackled before, you can do it. Ignore your initial apprehension. Besides, you have some great ideas. Although you’re in a rush to get everything done, there’s a harmonious atmosphere that makes everything feel surprisingly relaxed and easy going.

This Thursday’s Solar Eclipse is in your opposite sign. Mercury is already retrograde moving through Gemini and yes, it might seem that even those you thought you knew and trusted, are thinking back to the past and cautious about moving forward. On top of that, the two planets Saturn and Uranus are moving once again to right-angled position. This too represents an altered approach. Yet this might yet prove the perfect time for incubating a plan. You may not be able to implement it for some months yet, but could perhaps take the early steps towards pushing forward. At the very least, you could determine a goal. Note that next weekend, Mars will arrive in one of the Fire signs and that your energy levels should then rise. For now, dealing with emotions (uncomfortable as that may be), and accepting that certain individuals absolutely need to move on, might require you to dig deep into an archive and retrieve papers and documents long buried and confront deep emotions of your own.

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Capricorn

Personal theme: I use!!

Earth & cardinal sign: December 22 — January 19

Your horoscope for this week:

For you, as a cautious Capricorn and an earth sign, planning ahead is like breathing. You don’t even realise you’re doing it. However, in the runup to the powerful clash between your ruler Saturn and inventive, if not rebellious, Uranus, on 14 June, things are unlikely to go as planned; and, better yet, what’s least expected could turn out best. For now? Wait, watch and learn.

You’re going out of your way to make someone special very happy. A long-standing relationship will be greatly enhanced by the loving aura surrounding your world. Your partner will do something so delightful and unexpected that you might find yourself falling in love with them all over again. In the weekend there will be as much enjoyment from the company around you as from the project you are all working on.

Although this week’s Solar Eclipse isn’t in your sign, you could nevertheless be affected by it. This particularly special New Moon draws attention to your working scene. There is high probability of someone deciding that it’s time that they moved on. Your ruling planet, Saturn arrives at right angles to Uranus next weekend, suggesting that this decision will affect you greatly. It might be worthwhile to think back to both 2007 and 1999. Whilst this isn’t a repeat of those earlier times, it is likely that you may remember challenges you faced during those years and the courage needed to move forward. Once again you may need to do the same. What may be decidedly different this time, is that a colleague whose work you are so familiar, may decide that this is the moment when they move on. It is always possible that you might decide that you should at least enter into conversation with a view to persuading them to stay.

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Aquarius

Personal theme: I know!!

Air & fixed sign: January 20 — February 18

Your horoscope for this week:

A year or so ago, you decided that, one way or another, you’d escape certain dull or restrictive elements of your life. While, mostly, it’s proceeded better than you anticipated, a few situations seem impossibly fixed. Don’t give up. Achieving those objectives will take a while. However, the link between your ruler Uranus and practical Saturn, on the 14th, will bring things much closer to becoming reality.

You will have more success with a personal ambition if you are willing to take a few risks. The reason you have failed up until now is because you have been letting other more cautious souls stand in your way. Be more assertive. Why hold back if you can see where others are going wrong? If you know how improvements can be made, suggest making some changes. Be sensible with cash. Wait until you have received money you are expecting before you spend it.

Next weekend, and just two days after a Solar eclipse in another of the air signs, ruling planets Saturn in your Ennis arrive at right. They’ve done this before actually back in February and will do so again at the end of the year. It may be worthwhile thinking back to 2007 and prior to that 1999 when these two planets were in hard aspect to one another. This isn’t a repeat of those earlier times you may recognise that there was a decided shift in direction in those years. 2021 is unlikely to be an exception. Following on from Thursday special new Moon, you may be ready to reconnect with those you haven’t seen for a long time or with whom you had to part company for one reason or another. Recall that Mercury is also retrograde in one of the air signs. Things are unlikely to run smoothly and yet. Reconnecting, reaffirming that you want to work together should prove valuable. Note 2, that by the end of the month when Mercury turns direct, it could be that the other person has altered their position and that together, you are embracing yet another option that is both exciting and exhilarating.

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Pisces

Personal theme: I believe!!

Water sign: February 19 — March 20

Your horoscope for this week:

Every once in a while, you realise that you’ve allowed the needs or demands of others to take over. While this can occur when caring for family and, on occasion, friends, these situations are out of balance, but in ways you’re refusing to acknowledge are true. Once you do, however, you’ll soon have the support necessary to rethink arrangements, and in the process, regain your life.

Luck just doesn’t seem to be with you when it comes to handling financial and business matters. That said, you won’t give up trying. A friend who shares your liking for peace and quiet will join you later in the week. Their undemanding company will be welcomed rather than unwanted. For though you will choose and prefer to stay in the background, you won’t want to hide yourself away from the world altogether.

Thursday solar eclipse isn’t your sign, it is nevertheless in another of the mutable signs and accents the backbone of your solar chart. Solar eclipse is a form of new Moon and yes, it’s reasonable to anticipate that before long there really will be a fresh start. The likely been hints of this before. Don’t expect everything to happen this week but, when eventually you look back, you’ll probably agree that you made several key decisions at this time. Mercury is retrograde and first it is necessary to look back before looking forward. This affects all signs. Was particularly special in your case is the need to review a career path and why and how you ended up where you are. You don’t need to be supercritical, but may perhaps recognise that there are one or two links that have been broken but which could be forged. That’s a task that could be done close to next weekend which is in itself a significant time. Once again, the two planets Saturn in your Ennis will be at right angle. Think of this as chain reaction. It may be the contacts made between 1999 and 2002 could be reviewed and work to your advantage.

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Dark Moon – Time to Rest

New Moon – Time to Begin New Projects; Birth; Attraction

Waxing Moon – Time to Grow; Increase

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Waning Moon: Symbolic of letting go, surrender, release, quiet time, contemplation, and a time of incubation. The Moon is less than fully but more than one-half illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is decreasing.

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Lavender, lemon balm, meadowsweet, ½ teaspoon each

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The Goddess School Grimoire is a collection of recipes, artwork, poetry, prose, prayers, rituals, spells, and practical Goddess wisdom put together by the teachers, students, alumni, and friends of The Sisters of the Burning Branch Goddess School. The sisterhood is dedicated to restoring spiritual balance by returning the Divine Feminine to her rightful place and by assisting women in their personal and spiritual development. Since being founded by Head and High Mother Priestess Grandmother Moon in 2000, The Goddess School (www.Goddessschool.com) has grown into a large and beautiful global community of women.

Biddy Tarot

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Card of the Week: Death

What have you realized isn’t serving you?

The Death card symbolizes the end of a major phase or aspect of your life that is no longer in your Highest Good. This allows you to open up to the possibility of something far more valuable and essential.

You must close one door to open another. It’s time to put the past behind you and part ways so you’re ready to embrace new opportunities and possibilities. It might be difficult to let go of the past, but you will soon see the importance of this transition and the promise of renewal and transformation that will come from it.

Welcome this time of significant transformation as it brings positive, cleansing forces into your life.

The clearing away of limiting factors can open the door to a broader, more satisfying experience of life. What new possibilities can you imagine?

Ask Your Tarot Cards: “What is ending and beginning in my life?”

📸 @cosmic_chica using The Muse Tarot by @pixiecurio

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Motor City Hoodoo

Stacy Adams <retail@coventrycreations.com

May 31, 2021 – June 6, 2021 The first week of June features soft and gentle cosmic energy until we get to the end of the week and then end it off with a bang!We start the week with lower energy.  This softer space gives us a side helping of self-compassion, helping us turn inward, and begin to see our lives clearly.  It’s also a beneficial time to be helpful towards others when you can. Mid-week our focus will shift to family concerns and domestic matters. Romantic circumstances from the past may resurface and throw you off guard.  The end of the week, starting on Thursday, is a great day to focus on completing projects and work-related matters.  As the week concluded, you may experience power plays and resistance from those around you. Try to avoid manipulative people whenever possible, and avoid dangerous areas that can attract violence.  

Recommended Candles: Spiritual Cleansing (Motor City Hoodoo)Happy Home (Blessed Herbal  Candles)Road Opener (Motor City Hoodoo), and Guardian Protector (Affirmation)Crown – Answers Chakra MagicHeart – Healing Chakra Magic.
 June2021 FeatureRetail 200sqLife is better with happy chakras! Knowing this is why Patty and Jacki created the Chakra Magic line of candles, sprays, stickers, and now jewelry. Too often we repeat “OMG, something is wrong.” When you hear yourself saying that over again, it’s time for a chakra shift from miserable to happy. Coventry has the Chakra Magic products to help you make the healing shift. 

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Heartwings Love Notes 984: Remembering the Fallen

Heartwings says, “Memorial Day is for remembrance of those who have fallen in life, regardless of the reason.”

My father used to decorate two special graves on Memorial Day. While he also honored those of his ancestors, he made a special effort to place flowers at the base of two pink granite headstones in the Manchester Cemetery where two friends of his were buried. They were a man and his wife who were originally from England and had no relations in this country. Although they were only friends, not relatives, he felt it was important to pay his respects and to honor their passing.

I met them when I was around four. I remember their names as Lord and Lady Lindsey. They must have been members of the British aristocracy, and why they had emigrated to the USA I have no idea. I remember their kindly smiles and white hair. For many years, two ornaments they gave me: a parrot and a small penguin of china or porcelain, sat on a shelf in my bedroom. I wish now that I had thought to ask my father about them before he passed. Sadly, there are now many questions I wish I had asked him that I did not.

Life holds much to keep us busy while we live it. Some describe it as a struggle, others as a tale. Some are heroes, some villains, others live their lives in anonymity, yet are precious to friends and family. All are deserving of remembrance, for even a villain most likely did his or her best. Our choices are key to how we may be remembered, and these are often driven by forces beyond our control. Cemeteries are places to honor the fallen, and once Memorial Day was called Decoration Day.

Cemeteries are places to honor the fallen, and once Memorial Day was called Decoration Day. Observance of this day originated when some women went to decorate the graves of Civil War soldiers and didn’t know which side any of them had fought on. They decorated them all without regard, and the custom spread until it became law. Perhaps all of us are soldiers of life, making our way as best we can, fighting if we need to, seeking peace when we are able. Those that fall, whether young, old or in between will be remembered for their deeds, for their gifts, and for the part they played in the lives of others. A day to remember all of them at once seems fitting.

May you commemorate those you have loved and lost in ways that soothe your heart.

Blessings and Best Regards, Tasha Halpert 

How will you observe Memorial Day? Do you practice special customs or ceremonies? Do write and share your stories with me. I so love to hear from my readers. Please write to me at tashahal@aol.com, and for more love notes you might enjoy visiting my web pages at www.heartwingsandfriends.com

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Llewellyn’s Spell A Day

Spell to Reveal a Mystery

MAY 30, 2021 BY STORM FAERYWOLF

The purpose of this spell is to inspire a dream to reveal a mystery that has been locked away from you.

You will need these materials:

* A purple candle

* Some ground cinnamon

* A pen or pencil

* A piece of unlined paper

* A piece of chalk

* A key to an unknown lock

In the dark of night, gather your items and focus on your mystery. Sprinkle the candle with some cinnamon and light it with a silent prayer. With the pen or pencil, write your mystery on the paper, then use chalk to draw a large circle around it. Place the key in the center of the circle, saying:

A mystery in a circle of chalk,

A key that goes to no known lock.

What has been locked away, concealed,

My dreams now open and reveal.

Allow the candle to burn down safely, then sleep with the key under your pillow. The next morning, bury the key on your property. Watch your dreams for an answer to your prayer!

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Contentment Stone

MAY 29, 2021 BY ESTHA MCNEVIN

It can be hard enough to accept life on a good day, but it’s on the really difficult days that we need hope and luck the most. Cast the following spell on a found stone, anointing it with lavender oil and speaking to it this incantation:

A rolling stone gathers no moss, about

the world it is effortlessly tossed.

But this little gem took an

adventure again, standing before

my toes, as lost as Faust.

From the greatest mountain to

the smallest stone, I am content

with all that I have known.

Keep the stone in your wallet to remind you to be grateful for every little thing you have. Use the luck that is all around you. Learn to see it and appreciate it by recognizing the value and sentient consciousness in everything that exists.

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De-stress Meditation

MAY 28, 2021 BY EMBER GRANT

Many people use lavender to alleviate headaches or to create a calming atmosphere. Inhale the aroma of lavender, either by using essential oil in a diffuser, applying it diluted to the skin, or crushing some dried lavender between your fingers. As you breathe in the scent, visualize yourself being calm and centered.

Chant this three times:

Lavender, lavender, bring me peace.

Lavender, lavender, stress decrease.

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Cell Phone Protection

MAY 27, 2021 BY ELIZABETH BARRETTE

Most cell phones are fragile. A brisk bump, a shortfall, or more than a few drops of rain can ruin one. Yet people take their cell phones everywhere, in all kinds of conditions, which leads to accidents and broken devices.

For this protection spell, you will need a cell phone case printed with a spider and/or a spiderweb. Think of Grandmother Spider, whose sphere of influence includes all webs and networks, along with communication from afar. Hold the spiderweb case between your hands and say:

Grandmother Spider, spin your web,

Subtle and silken, line by line.

Spin your magic across this case,

Keeping this cell phone working fine.

Put the case on the phone. Visualize the web protecting the cell phone from all harm, and trace over the web with your finger. Say the spell again. The cell phone is now protected. If you ever need a boost of protection, repeat the spell.

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Flower Moon Bath

MAY 26, 2021 BY SAPPHIRE MOONBEAM

The full moon in May is known as the Flower Moon. In the spirit of the season of flowers, it is a perfect time to have a full moon bath. Water not only cleanses our spirit but also heals us.

Prepare a bath after the sun goes down by adding petals from your favorite flowers. You can also add drops of essential oils to uplift and enhance the energies you want to grow and bloom in your life. Add drops of lavender or lemon oil for peace, rose oil or ginger for love, and vanilla, parsley, or thyme oil for happiness and joy.

As you soak in the fragrant water, focus on your dreams and desires and envision them manifesting in your life. Remove the petals before draining the water, but let the water completely drain as you remain in the tub. This bath can be done again up to two days after the full moon to increase the effectiveness of the spell.

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Lucky Coin Spell

MAY 25, 2021 BY KATE FREULER

For this spell, you will need a shiny coin and three drops of sunflower oil.

Take the coin and oil to a sunny place outdoors if possible. Hold the coin in such a way that it reflects the light of the sun. Imagine the sun filling it up with warmth, joy, and positivity. Place the oil onto the coin and rub it in with your fingers. As you do so, imagine a bright yellow sunflower, its open face basking in the sun. The coin is now imbued with bright positive vibrations. Carry it with you and pay attention to what happens throughout your day. Take notice of any seemingly lucky or especially nice or pleasant situations you experience—including the small things.

The following day, place the coin on a sidewalk or path where you know someone will find it and pick it up, passing on the good luck to whoever carries it.

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New Life for Hand-Me-Downs

MAY 24, 2021 BY EMYME

Physical objects retain the energy of those who created or used them. When bringing any piece of furniture into your home, it is always wise to cleanse it. Family furniture passed down through the generations may be infused with considerable and varied forces. When bringing in items from relatives we know and love, the cleansing may be less stringent. A simple request and a “blessed be” might suffice, or only a light saging may be needed. One way to be sure the positive essence remains and impart your own energy is by refinishing or refurbishing the piece. Many items will most certainly benefit from a sprucing up. When you are done, offer up this heartfelt spell:

This (name of item) has served

the family well. I’ll give this

piece a newer face and keep it

with care in a special place.

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Bless and Multiply My Money

MAY 23, 2021 BY DALLAS JENNIFER COBB

What we focus on grows, so create a prosperity altar to bless and multiply your money.

Gather coins and bills, flowers, herbs, stones, fossils, and other energized, magical objects. On a flat surface, create a spiral with about an eight-inch circumference. Lay the coins, bills, and other sacred objects down in ever-smaller revolutions of the spiral. As you do this, think about how much money has been given to you throughout your life. Say:

Lucky me.

As you place the objects in smaller revolutions of the spiral, recognize how much money you currently have. Say:

Blessed me.

Recognize how, through employment and self-employment, you have money flowing regularly. Say:

Wealthy me.

As the spiral grows tighter and more condensed, incant:

Bless and multiply my money.

Make a small cluster of money at the center of the spiral and say:

Money flows to me easily and fluidly.

Over time, add found money and money-shaped candy to your altar. This will keep your attention focused on the growth of your money. Each time, say:

Bless and multiply my money.

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Knowing Your History

Knowing where you came from helps bridge the gulf that divides your past from your future.

Each of us is a piece of a larger puzzle. We are all born into the unique and complex network of individuals, settings, and circumstances that constitute our heritage. Whether or not you are aware of your ancestors, your family’s country of origin, the cultural history of your people, or the trials faced by the people responsible for bringing you into the world, these forces have had a hand in shaping your values. Knowing your family history and reflecting often upon your own personal history as it relates to your heritage empowers you to look at your life in a larger historical context and to understand that you are a vital part of an ongoing drama greater than yourself. 

Researching your heritage can prepare you to meet the future. The traits of your ancestors can give you insight into how your character has developed and the beliefs that form the foundation of your worldview. The knowledge you gain can help you appreciate your values and your character, giving you the confidence to be more expressive where both are concerned. At a cellular level, you carry a genetic code from your family determining things like how you age, your blood type, and personality traits. But as a spiritual being, you bring in what you chose to do with that genetic coding, your free will. Unearthing your heritage is not simply about uncovering who did what when or reconnecting with long-lost relatives. Rather, it is a method of building self-awareness and bridging the gulf that divides your past from your future.

In researching our individual histories, however, we may encounter relatives who made interesting choices or were involved in traumatic events. It’s easy to overestimate the importance of these pieces of our past and to cling to them. Balance is key. While your heritage has influenced the development of the person you are today, you are more than an ethnicity, a culture, or a family name. You should not feel driven to alter your likes and dislikes, dreams, preferences, or values because you feel your heritage demands it. Knowing your history is about loving who you are, understanding where you’ve come from, and preparing for your future. 

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Hugging a Tree

If you are feeling anxious, sad, or drained, try hugging a tree and allow her vast amount of grounding energy to assist you.

Trees are among the world’s greatest givers. Their slow and gentle life cycles provide the world with clean air, their roots filter water, and their majestically spreading branches provide shade. Full of vibrant, natural energy, trees can also give us the gifts of peace and nurturance. Hugging or sitting with your spine against the trunk of any tree can ground your body and inspire a profound closeness with nature as the energy of the tree connects to you. Making physical contact with a tree can help you relax, alleviate stress, sleep more deeply, and hold on to more positive energy. Trees can absorb great amounts of energy and have the ability to soak up harmful energy from deep within you. If you are feeling anxious, sad, drained, or tense, then try hugging a tree.

Go to the woods, a garden, or a park, and find a tree that you would like to hug. Stand next to the tree and close your eyes. Relax your senses while breathing in the scent of leaves and bark. Listen to the creaking of the branches. When you feel settled, open your eyes, keeping them unfocused, and walk around its trunk. Feel the unique energy of the tree as your auras meet each other. Ask the tree for permission to touch it. If you feel the tree saying yes to you, begin breathing in its energy. Put your arms around the trunk and press your face to its bark. Embrace the tree for as long as you wish, feeling the roughness of its wood and the strength of its years. Relax into that strength and let the tree support you. You may even be able to physically feel a cyclical flow of energy taking place between your body and the tree.

You can sit with your back pressed to the tree for the same effect if you feel more comfortable doing so. Likewise, if you are seeking greater comfort, you may want to wrap your legs and arms around the tree, either at the base or by straddling a branch. Remember to thank the tree because by hugging your tree you are drinking from the well of natural copious energy cultivated by the tree’s many years on this earth.

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NATIVE AMERICAN BURIAL RITUALS

~ Cathy Wallace

Native American burial rituals can help us to understand the values of unique groups of people.

In the early 1900s, when my grandmother was about five years old, she was playing outside with her twin sister in rural Michigan when a Native American man came into their yard holding a large package wrapped in brown paper. She stopped her play as he approached and carefully put the package into her arms. Then he gestured for her to take it to her father.

Later her daddy asked her if she knew what was in the package. She shook her head no. “It was a baby papoose,” he explained. “The chief was bringing the baby to me to prepare it for burial.” Such was the life of an undertaker’s daughter.

Some Native American tribes preferred not to touch the bodies after death and turned that task over to others. Others tenderly spent days preparing the deceased for the afterlife. Native American burial rituals were as diverse as the tribes themselves. To cover them all could take volumes but here is a sampling of a few.

Note: These rituals are focused on pre-reservation time periods.

Aleut Native American Burial Rituals

Aleutian Islands, between Alaska and Russia

The population of the Aleut people numbered about 25,000 prior to contact with Europeans.

When one of their loved ones passed on, the body was placed on a frame covered with skins and kept in the very spot where they had died for 15 days. The family began a long process of mourning that included fasting and chanting. On the 16th day, the body was embalmed and buried.

In the Aleutian Islands, ancestors were buried close to their villages. There were traditionally four main types of burials: umqans, caves, sarcophagi, and community houses.

Umqans were rock burial mounds or markers that were placed at the edge of a cliff. They were the most common type of burials among the Aleut.

Others were buried in sarcophagi, coffins that were made of whalebone or hewn wood topped with sod and left above the ground. Inside, the deceased were dressed in their best clothes and wrapped in swaddling clothes like a baby.

The deceased were also buried in shallow graves at the back of caves. Sometimes grave goods were placed in the cave with the departed such as a boat or wooden hunting hat trimmed with ivory, feathers, and sea lion whiskers.

Many were buried within the main areas of activity in the settlements in small pits adjacent to the houses. Mass graves were typical for women and children.

Arapaho Native American Burial Rituals

Northeast Rocky Mountains and Great-Plains

The Arapaho usually buried their deceased on the same day that they died. The body was dressed in their finest traditional clothing.

A spacious grave was dug into the ground and some of their personal belongings such as clothing and blankets were placed with the body. If the deceased was a warrior, his best horse was killed and placed in the grave. Then the gravesite was covered with rocks.

The rest of the person’s belongings were either divided up among close family members or burned. Their tipi was also burned, destroyed, or abandoned.

Mourning among close relatives involved wearing old clothing or rags, cutting their hair, and wearing no paint.

The spirit was thought to linger for four days and then journey to hiyei’in, meaning “our home”.

Apache Native American Burial Rituals

Southern Arizona and Northern Mexico

When someone in the Apache tribe died, the women immediately began to wail.

Family members cut their hair to shoulder length with a flint knife or heated horse bone. Then the hair was hung in a tree.

The deceased’s body was washed, hair was combed neatly, and the face was marked with pollen and red ochre. It was then placed on a horse and taken to the hills, along with their favorite possessions.

The body was placed in the crevices of the rocky hills. The horse was killed and placed in there too, as well as their belongings. Items that wouldn’t fit in the cracks were broken into pieces and left on the ground nearby.

The mourners returned to their village by another way and never looked back. After four days the soul was set free to make its way to the “Land of Endless Summer” with the Great Creator.

Cherokee Native American Burial Rituals

Southeast United States

When Cherokee fathers were convinced they were going to die soon, they gathered their children to give them advice for their future and to speak to them of ancient Cherokee traditions and customs that they should always remember.

Earlier Cherokees (about 1500 A.D.) were buried in earthen mounds. The mounds were created by placing rocks in a large circle and burning the ground in the center of the rocks. Then the bodies of the departed were placed inside the circle, with heads together.

Finally, the women brought baskets of earth to cover the bodies, creating a hill-like mound.

Cherokees of later periods were usually buried close to their homes or beneath the floor of their homes. This may have suggested that the family wanted the deceased buried close by for spiritual reasons or that it was too dangerous to venture far from home during times of warfare.

Grave goods included shells, shell bowls, turtle-shell rattles, shell beads, and animal bone jewelry. Seashells are sometimes still used today to decorate gravesites.

Following the death, there was a seven-day mourning period during which no one was to get angry or speak in a light manner.

Everything in the house was considered unclean – even the family members. The deceased’s personal belongings were buried with them or burned. Food and furniture were smashed and discarded. The hearth was cleaned and the family members were ritualistically washed.

Creek Native American Burial Rituals

Georgia and Alabama

At first glance, newly deceased Creeks may have appeared more like they were getting together for a visit or having a party than being buried.

The corpses were wrapped in blankets and propped up in a sitting position. Then eating utensils, dishes of food, pipes, tools, or instruments of war were laid out in front of them.

Canes were laid across the top of the grave opening until it was nearly covered. Then a firm layer of clay was packed onto the canes, thick enough to support the weight of a man.

Meanwhile, mourners covered their faces with bear grease and wood ashes as they howled loudly with grief for four days.

Navajo Native American Burial Rituals

Northeast Arizona and Northwest New Mexico

The Navajo took precautions during the burial process to ensure the spirit of the deceased did not return to the world of the living.

The body was to buried as quickly as possible after death so the dying person was washed and dressed in their finest clothes while they were still alive.

Once the person had died, the Navajos were reluctant to look at the body. let alone touch it. Contact with corpses was limited to only a few individuals within a village – slaves or funeral conductors.

An extra set of clothes, food, water, and favored belongings were placed in the grave. At the burial ceremony, mourners walked around the grave counterclockwise and sprinkled dirt into the hole.

Great care was taken to ensure that no footprints were left behind at the gravesite so that the spirit who came to guide the deceased into the afterlife did not mistakenly follow the wrong person and take their spirit instead.

Sioux Native American Burial Rituals

Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Canada

The most prominent subcultures of the Sioux people are the Lakota, the Santee, and the Yankton-Yanktonai, reflecting the dialect that they speak.

The Sioux painted the deceased’s body red, dressed it in fine clothing, and wrapped it in a buffalo robe. Food was placed inside of the robe, near the head.

The body was then placed in a tree or on an elevated platform about eight feet above the ground. And there it would remain for a year, after which time it would be buried in the ground.

Give My Body to the Birds: The Practice of Sky Burial

These were called sky burials. The Sioux believe death is not an end of life, but the beginning of another journey for the spirit.

Healing came into the grieving hearts of the Sioux as they worked together to prepare the body, build the scaffold, paint the poles with black and red stripes, lift the deceased into place, and then sit a vigil while waiting for the spirit to leave on its journey back to the Great Spirit, the Creator and Preserver of the Universe.

That’s what all the Native American burial rituals were about, weren’t they? Healing hearts. In fact, it is what burial rituals are about in cultures all around the world. Healing hearts and allowing our spirits to journey onward.

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Gilberto Rides Again Chapter 3 

by Stephen Halpert

Gilberto hated hospitals. He remembered from his boyhood the small shack smelling of disinfectant that served as a makeshift hospital near where he had lived in Puerto Rico. It was said the people went there to die.  Fortunately, his parents moved to Florida then he was six and could avoid such circumstances.  They would drive to Miami for medical consultations, but the fear of hospitals had dominated his youth.

The austerity and hushed stillness of today’s gigantic modern medical centers did little to afford him confidence in today’s health care system. The brisk nurses reminded him of the nuns he remembered from his boyhood. Deep down he still believed that many doctors were swindlers, out to get as much money as they could. He railed about this as he and Maria drove to the hospital and parked.

Once in the waiting room she said, “Please be optimistic, and don’t let your boyhood prejudices get in your way.” She kissed him. “I know you’ll come through this unscathed. He kissed her back and followed a dour looking nurse to his examining room. He removed his trousers. Dr. Fletcher greeted him absentmindedly and went right to work. He didn’t care for the doctor, who was short with a ruddy complexion, and eyes that Gilberto thought had seen too much and now no longer cared.

The smell of antiseptic cloyed at his nose. He had never experienced anything like the catheter that invaded his genitals. There must be another way, he thought. This is barbaric. Didn’t the Nazi’s do torture like this?

Invasive and cold, it probed deep inside his groin. The doctor worked silently; his eyes focused entirely on the device. It seemed to Gilberto he took no interest in him as a person, only in that part of his body. Gilberto almost said something, but he was too uncomfortable to speak.

After what seemed an eternity, the doctor removed the catheter.

Finally, Gilberto found his tongue. “What did you find?”

The urologist’s expressionless face was upsetting. “You’ve a cancerous tumor growing on your bladder.”

Gilberto gulped. Fear froze his mind. “Cancer! Will I die?”

“Not from this,” Dr. Fletcher sounded indifferent. “It can be removed during a day surgery. Then six sessions of immunotherapy are

administered to make sure it doesn’t come back.”

“Just like that!” Gilberto wanted a longer more comprehensive explanation. He felt confused and fearful. “How’d I get cancer? I take good care of myself.”

Doctor Fletcher shrugged. “Environmental. Happens a lot. More common these days than you might think.”

“That’s all you can tell me?” The doctor seemed so unfeeling.

“We’ll keep checking you afterward. You could be lucky. It could stay in remission. You’ll be put out during the surgery.”

“For how long?

The day surgery lasts around twenty minutes.”

“But you know it’s cancer?” That word freaked him out, taking away his usual swagger.

“Common,” Doctor Fletcher reiterated. “Environmental, happens a lot.”

“Not fair,” Gilberto said. He hoped for a shred of empathy from this man, who seemed impatient to send Gilberto on his way. Maybe he had a golf date later that morning.

“No, it isn’t. Cancer’s out for its own survival.”

That something foreign was attached and eating at the wall of his bladder was horrifying.

The doctor turned to leave the examining room. “Set up your day surgery sooner than later. “

“Just like that? That’s it?”

He nodded and left. Gilberto dressed. He took deep breaths, wanted to be brave when he told Maria.

He went to the desk and made an appointment for the procedure. He was fortunate he could be operated on within two weeks. They left the waiting room, and as they waited for the elevator, he filled her in. She listened. When he said that ominous word, cancer, she gulped and nodded. “Aren’t you glad you let me bring you this morning?”

He sighed. “Probably; glad it was discovered. Personally, I’d feel safer with a tribal witch doctor, someone who uses herbs as medicine.”

She frowned. “Gilberto, be glad modern medicine is here to save you.”

He shook his head. “That doctor was so indifferent, like this was nothing more than a loose filling or an ingrown toenail.”

“To him that’s probably what it was. I fear over time doctors get hardened by life’s ultimate reality. You’ll be fine, I’m sure.”

He continued to rail. She didn’t respond. She knew to give him his space, regardless how irrational he seemed. Why quibble? Over the years he’d accused her of quibbling. She knew even though he’d ultimate agree with her, her exacting nature could annoy him.

He sighed. “After the day surgery I have to go back for six treatments. I hate that catheter, six treatments.”

“That’s a lot better than painful chemo or radiation. Personally, I think you’re getting off easy.”

“I hate that catheter,” he repeated, “It’s invasive, barbaric.”

She nodded. “You’d have to be crazy not to, but it’s only a momentary discomfort; besides we don’t remember pain regardless how invasive.” She smiled at him. “Where would you like lunch. My treat.”

He disliked this talk. The whole experience was like losing a big game, a championship. Obviously, his ego took a big hit proving he was human, not a living God, immortal. He felt oddly vulnerable. “I’m starved but don’t feel hungry. He called it environmental whatever that’s supposed to mean.”

“You need to eat.”

He nodded. “I’m not hungry, maybe a beer to cool me out. I feel like going to work, throwing myself into what’s at hand. I don’t want to wait.  Couldn’t they remove it now, today?”

She frowned than smiled. “Sure. That makes sense but you have to wait. Fortunately, you have a mild case. It could have been a lot worse You need to eat. Let’s get a burger and I’ll drop you off at Atlas.”

“Maria, I don’t want to eat a dead cow, not now, not anymore. I couldn’t hold it down.”

She nodded and smiled. “You might eventually change your mind. “But how about a gooey ice cream sundae instead; loaded with hot chocolate, marshmallow, strawberries and nuts.”

That made him smile. “Yes, the perfect comfort lunch after being told I have cancer.”

“Please Gilberto don’t be dramatic. You’re fortunate. You’ll survive this regardless how you feel about that poor doctor. He’s just doing his job. Be charitable Gilberto. It could be a lot worse.”

(To be continued)  

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Kitty Kat’s Korner

How to Make Your Cat Your Workout Buddy

~Mary Tan 

Boost your feline’s fitness routine by exercising together

Jafari Jamison Underfoot is a cat like no other. He’s not only mastered the art of wearing a harness and leash but takes walks daily with his owner that often turn into short sprints. Living in picturesque Vancouver, British Columbia, the handsome Abyssinian cat has access to beautiful trails and the Pacific Ocean. “People just stare in disbelief. They’re not used to seeing a cat run,” says his owner, Christopher Weeks.

How did Jafari get to be such a great role model for active felines? Christopher says he began training his pet as a kitten. He taught Jafari to wear a harness using positive reinforcement, by associating the harness with treats and positive praise.

After he got used to the harness and leash inside, the two moved outside. “We would walk regularly, and Jafari always kept up. Then one day he started picking up the pace. That’s when we started running,” says the cat dad proudly.

Jafari doesn’t run long distances, but Christopher says the two are short-distance runners who take lots of breaks. “We walk, run, stop, scratch and sniff, then we do it all over again.”

Exercise with your cat by tailoring workouts to personality

Dr. Liz Stelow, a board-certified veterinary behaviorist at the University of California, Davis, says Jafari is unfortunately not the norm. “Most cats don’t get sufficient exercise. I don’t think most cat owners think about training their cats. It doesn’t even occur to them that their cat would find it rewarding.”

The veterinary behaviorist advocates that people and their cats exercise together. “We all need exercise for our physical and mental health,” she says. “Felines and humans need exercise to keep our muscles in shape, our bodies lean and our brains well-supplied with blood.” But while some cats can go outdoors, the veterinarian says that decision should be based on your cat’s personality. A scared cat that hides underneath the bed probably isn’t going to want to go on outdoor adventures.

Dr. Stelow insists that’s not a problem. There are still plenty of things you can do together, especially using toys. Wand toys are a universal favorite of all cats. She personally uses the Go Cat Brand wand toys, especially the Cat Catcher Mouse Wand, although she stresses that each cat is an individual, so experiment to see what works with your little lion.

With so many people working from home, the veterinarian says running through your house with your cat chasing you and the toy is great exercise. Doing this just once a day for five minutes is an awesome exercise routine for you and kitty.

She also stresses when choosing toys, pick ones that won’t fall apart and cause choking or end up in your feline’s stomach:

Avoid yarn, elastic cords, strings, threads, bells, or other small pieces that can come off or be chewed off.

Never let your cat use hanging toys when you’re not there, as they can be a strangulation risk.

Avoid cheap catnip toys due to the possibility of mold issues.

Dr. Stelow also gives Doc and Phoebe’s Indoor Hunting Feeder ($19.99, Chewy) high marks. The interactive feeder made of little plastic mice you fill with kibble will give your kitty a higher calorie workout as he tries to find the kibble. The ever popular Cat Dancer is also a favorite of the California veterinarian.

Kick it up your exercise routine

Besides running, walking, and toys, what else can you do with your kitty? More and more cat owners are getting creative:

Stroller Walks/Runs: Can’t get your cat in a harness or they get cold outdoors? Walks or runs in strollers are perfect, as they exercise your cat’s mind. Your cat can feel more secure zipped up in a stroller, and you can walk or run! Gradually build your cat’s time in the stroller and put treats and toys in it before you take them out so they associate the stroller with positive things. The Couch to 5K run/walk programs you find online are great for building endurance for you and your feline partner.

Cat Yoga: Meowmaste! Get out your mat and your cat and put on your favorite online yoga class. Kitties are curious and will try to get your attention when you start doing the downward dog. They’ll interrupt you, but know you’re going to get in some stretching while your cat jumps and climbs all over you.

Cat Weight Lifting: Use your cat as dumbbells or a medicine ball. Actor and weight lifter Travis DesLaurier uses his cat Jacob as his workout buddy. Whether doing leg lifts or pushups, the orange tabby helps his human keep his abs in rock hard shape. Travis even has a Youtube video that will show you exactly what you need to do for great strength training.

Burn calories outside

Trends of people exercising their cats also caught the attention of Laura Moss, the co-founder, and editor-in-chief of Adventure Cats, a website to celebrate the outdoor feline lifestyle. She began the website as a resource and community for cat owners. “Kitties have defied my expectations. They’re capable of doing so much more than they’re offered,” says the outdoor enthusiast.

Her book, website, and social media pages show cat lovers all over the world getting active with their living room lions. You can see cats visiting every national park in the country, felines paddle boarding, and kittens going hiking, but the Atlanta-based writer believes you need to respect your cat. “If they don’t like being outside or doing a certain activity, don’t force them; that just hurts your relationship with your cat.”

Christopher echoes that statement. But luckily, his active Abyssinian loves the outdoors and can handle their adventures. “He’s converted people from not liking cats to liking cats. We’re so proud of him that he is a cat ambassador that can show the world the wonderful things you can do with a cat. Cats need exercise, and it’s always best when they can do it with you.”

Georgia Nichols Weekly Horoscope

May 30, 2021

All Signs

This week there’s good news and bad news. The good news is that leading up to Thursday, fair Venus will dance with lucky Jupiter, which will promote good feelings and fun times for everyone! Some will attract money, gifts, and goodies to them! Nevertheless, by Saturday, fiery Mars will oppose big daddy Pluto; and this is a tough scene. It can trigger power struggles and encourage ruthless behavior and in rare cases, violence. Obviously, we have to take the bad with the good. We can either turn up our eviction speakers or someday in the future, look back on this and plow into a parked car.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

This will be a curious week dealing with home, family, and perhaps parents. For most of the week, you will enjoy redecorating your place and making things look better. You will also enjoy entertaining at home. Family relations will be upbeat and positive and people will be generous to each other. (We like this part.) However, something will definitely go off the rails at the end of the week because, by Saturday, power struggles, chaos, and crazy activity seem to be the order of the day. Gone are the smiles that are now replaced with gritting teeth and daggered glances. (Oh yeah, the Brothers Grimm are watching from afar saying, “No way!”)

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

There is no question that this week has a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde overtone. Definitely a time of contrasts! In the beginning of the weekend, leading up to Thursday, your everyday relations with others are wonderful! You are happy with your surroundings. In fact, you appreciate your surroundings and you even appreciate your warm relations with others. (How cool is that?) But something will happen that suddenly pits you against others by the weekend. This confrontation will not be nice. You won’t be happy. In fact, stay away from dangerous areas or violent neighborhoods because people are on the warpath on Saturday. Better to be safe than sorry.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

In one way, this is a powerful time for you because the Sun is in your sign boosting your energy and attracting people and favorable situations to you. Admittedly, Mercury retrograde is also in your sign attracting old friends, ex-partners and triggering goofy mistakes and misplaced items (to name a few glitches). The contrast of the good news/bad news (see All Signs above) will impact you in a financial way. Initially, you can boost your earnings this week. You can attract money to you. You might also buy beautiful things for yourself and loved ones. However, by Saturday, you’re at loggerheads with someone about shared property, shared responsibilities, or how to use a particular possession. Grrrr. Patience is your best ally.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

You are keeping a low profile, choosing to be alone or work behind the scenes. Unlike many signs, you can use Mercury retrograde to your advantage because it will help you research issues or dig into the past for solutions and answers. In the beginning of this week, Jupiter will dance with Venus in your sign making you feel contented and happy with social interactions. It’s an ideal time to take a vacation and enjoy socializing with others. You might also feel lazy and self-indulgent. (“Will someone peel me another grape?”) However, by Saturday, you might be involved in an intense power struggle with someone, perhaps a partner or close friend? You’re playing Gary Cooper in High Noon.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

This is a popular week for you. People want to talk to you, especially young people. On the whole, you will be happy because you have a feeling of inner contentment and you feel good about yourself and good about life. You might even have a spiritual epiphany of sorts. (It’s all great.) However, by the weekend, an element of confusion can contribute to a nasty power struggle taking place. Initially, you might feel some kind of resentment building up in you. That feeling of “This is the last straw!” Your best option is not to act out any feelings of resentment because you might do or say something that you later regret. After all, future experiences are largely shaped by present actions.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

You look great in the eyes of others because the Sun is still at the top of your chart casting you in a flattering spotlight! This happens only once a year for four weeks so make the most of this. Now is the time to make your pitch and ask for what you want, especially between now and Thursday! In fact, during this window of time, you will get along famously with others. Creative, artistic people will enjoy your company. However, for some reason, by Saturday, you’re at odds with a member of a group or a friend and it’s a real ego battle. (The worst.) “It’s my way or the highway.” Generally, ultimatums with others never work and you know this. Try to find a win-win solution, which is a compromise for everyone. Life is all about accommodation.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Your desire for travel and stimulation, change, and a chance to learn something new and exciting continues to be strong this week. You might meet people who are “different,” and possibly learn new things from them. You will also enjoy any kind of study or exploration into new ideas and new ways of thinking. Relations with bosses and parents are excellent this week until Friday. In fact, some lovely, positive, planetary aspects will guarantee that you look fabulous to others and you relate well to parents and bosses. However, on Saturday, the bottom falls out of everything! Whaaat? Now you’re at odds with a family member. Strife, arguments, or power struggles will be a challenge. Avoid angry people and dangerous places. Do what you can to maintain the peace.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

You have lots of passionate energy lately, which some of you have directed into dealing with shared property, taxes, debt, and red-tape issues. But not all of you. Some of you are channeling this passion into an exciting relationship! Meanwhile, this week you have lovely opportunities to travel or explore avenues in publishing, the media, the law, medicine, or perhaps higher education. You might strike up a new relationship with someone different. All of this will be exciting and gratifying. However, by the weekend, arguments about ideological differences, politics, racial issues – something – will ruin your enjoyment of good times. Stay away from dangerous neighborhoods and potentially violent people. Definitely.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Your focus on close relationships is strong, perhaps due to ex-partners and old friends who are back in your world. One thing that will please you this week is that gifts, goodies, and favors from others will come your way. You might even receive money. (Money is always the right color and the right size.) Likewise, a passionate, sexy relationship might flourish! This is an excellent week to negotiate any kind of financial deal or discussion about how to divide or share something including an inheritance. Unfortunately, by Saturday, everything seems to go south and you find yourself quarreling with someone about money, possessions or property. In other words, it goes from very good to very bad! (It happens.)

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

You’re in work mode this week. Stay focused and accomplish as much as possible because this will make you feel rewarded and gratified. Relations with those who are closest to you will improve. Nevertheless, by the end of the week, a confused communication with a coworker might occur. Or perhaps this confused communication is related to your health or a pet? The upshot of this is that you will be at odds with a partner or close friend on the weekend. Basically, it will be a power struggle, which means you can step back and give the situation some space. After all, you want to be happy, not angry.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

You’re in a playful mood, which means you want to have fun! Anything to do with the arts will delight you, especially if you can express your creative talents. You will enjoy interactions with kids, sports events and social outings. All fun choices! Work-related travel might occur for some. All of you will have excellent relations with work colleagues this week. You might also feel healthy in a vigorous, vital way. Nevertheless, by the end of the week, some kind of confusion, perhaps with your kids or a social event might lead to a power struggle that affects your health or your relations with a coworker or even a pet. Tread carefully!

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Home and family are where it’s at this week. Home repairs and improvements along with family discussions will take place. Many of you will be involved more than usual with a parent. Meanwhile, this is a playful, fun-loving week in terms of the arts and good times with kids. It’s also a romantic week! New love will blossom for some of you. Nevertheless, a misunderstanding with a family member might trigger arguments with your kids or a romantic partner by Saturday. These difficulties with others that take place at the end of the week, will require diplomacy, sympathy, and understanding of human nature – all of which you have in abundance. Good luck!

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Outlines are longer versions; consists of every possible detail of everyday and based on three parts of each sign: 1st, 2nd & 3rd Decan; that is, any of three divisions of 10° within a sign of the zodiac. Even if you know or don’t know your Decan; I recommend, please read all three Decan.

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Aries

Personal theme: I am!!

Fire & cardinal sign: March 21 — April 19

Your horoscope for this week:

Recent unsettling developments forced a rethink of a range of plans, some longstanding. While annoying at the time, the solution seemed clear. You’re now discovering that, despite a sense of urgency, you need to be patient and, even more, explore options that either you’ve previously dismissed or regard as pointless. Once that was true. Now, the more you learn, the broader your range of worthwhile options.

You’ve given so much time and energy to other people that you have been neglecting your own needs. Now is a good time to work on yourself. Whether this means taking a self-development course, going to see a therapist or a healer, don’t feel guilty that the attention is now on you. You are worth it. Treat yourself to something nice. A strange twist of fate suggests you stand to benefit from the good luck of a partner or relative.

The cosmic weather is now very different to what it was just a few weeks ago. Mercury is retrograde in one of the Air signs. we are between eclipses and Jupiter has made entry into neighbouring Pisces. This is so very different to the start of the year. It would be understandable if people felt they were running round in circles still unsure of precise direction. There should be more clarity after the Solar Eclipse on June 10. Until then, Aries are best suited to soaking up information from new sources whilst going back over past decisions. It may be that you are now out of step with a team that craves your leadership but perhaps more than anything also needs your sense of style. Priority might need to be given to building bridges. The optimum time to do this will surely be after Venus changes signs on Thursday. Though full progress can’t surely be made for another week after that, preparations begin now.

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Taurus

Personal theme: I have!!

Earth & fixed sign: April 20 — May 20

Your horoscope for this week:

While nothing can undermine the potential of the events, ideas or offers indicated by this week’s planetary activity, surprises are inevitable. With eclipses, last week and on 10 June, triggering shakeups, you’re urged to embrace what’s appealing but, equally, ensure plans are flexible. This gives you room both to rethink your options and, where possible, to turn already exciting arrangements into something even more promising.

A text message or e-mail might contain news you won’t be pleased to hear. This could turn out to be a blessing in disguise as not everything will be as it first appears. It will mean a lot to you to be asked to join a community project designed to help a special group of people. Your contribution will be appreciated and you will get to make a big difference to the lives of others.

By next weekend, your ruling planet, Venus, will have moved from neighbouring Gemini and into Cancer. Meanwhile, Mercury will still be retrograde in Gemini. So, it could easily feel as though for every two steps forward there is one step back. Full progress probably can’t be made until after the Solar Eclipse on June 10. The present could be viewed as a time of intense preparation. Don’t be at all surprised if others look to you to take the lead and to help them negotiate a tricky few days. It’s likely that there is still much clearing out to do. In recent times, pruning and reorganisation have likely been made necessary by local restrictions. This though, is one way of paving the way for the new. By next weekend it should be obvious what you need to keep and what is now absolutely redundant. Career wise it seems that after Thursday, and even though we are still between eclipses, that you will be cautiously steering in fresh direction.

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Gemini

Personal theme: I think!!

Air sign: May 21 — June 20

Your horoscope for this week:

As a Gemini, you’re inquisitive by nature. So, while you’ll be fascinated by the events triggered by the current pair of eclipses, especially the Gemini solar eclipse on 10 June, you’re urged to explore absolutely everything. At minimum, you’ll learn a lot. Also, however, seek others’ guidance regarding your options. The resulting combined wisdom will enable you to turn unruly changes into stunning and, often, lasting, arrangements.

Personal plans have come to a halt. You can’t continue with these until you receive a message or find the information you need. You could never be happy sitting around yawning and waiting for other people to get back to you. Instead, you will make use of any time you have to catch up on a few odds and ends. As long as you are making good use of your time, you will be happy. Take any chance offered to show the world how good you are at what you do.

Mercury is now retrograde and in your sign. The last time this happened was in 2015. The cosmos doesn’t do exact repeats but it is worth reflecting on that earlier time and the use you made of it. What plans have been shelved since then and what could yet be revived? Recall that Saturn is now moving through another of the Air signs and that the desire for Gemini to acquire professional expertise is much increased. Know too, that with Jupiter now at the apex of your solar chart, thirst for travel, for adventure and for gaining more knowledge is very much more increased. True this likely requires major investment and yes, you may feel that that’s not possible. However, by Thursday, you may find that you have more support than you thought and that way forward can be found. True this likely requires a diligent approach to paperwork and considerable focus. The good news is that someone (a Cancer or Capricorn?) could help you negotiate this hurdle with success, thanks to this alliance, realised soon after the solstice on June 21.

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Cancer

Personal theme: I feel!!

Water & cardinal sign: June 21 — July 22

Your horoscope for this week:

Between now and mid-June, stand back an observe the influence of each day’s twists and turns. With two eclipses, and Mercury retrograde, do the minimum. This enables you to make necessary changes without worrying about long range plans. In the meanwhile, explore intriguing developments. Still, ensure you’re free to respond to the stunning and, often, unexpected events triggered by the Cancer New Moon in mid-July.

Keeping control of a challenging situation will also mean keeping some thoughts to yourself. Try not to let emotion get the better of you. A friend or colleague’s careless behaviour will irritate and annoy you. Unfortunately, they have friends in high places who will stand up for them. It seems unfair that some people seem to get away with anything but remember the law of karma. As they sow, so shall they reap. Keep calm and leave it to karma.

You may remember that we are between eclipses. This is a curious time when many people alter direction, break habits and generally reassess. This trend will likely be enhanced by Mercury turning retrograde this weekend. Don’t view this as a negative, or an indication that all communications will break down. True, there may be greater susceptibility, or awareness of things not running smoothly. However, the week is not full of such obstacles. This is probably a time for reflection and you might feel the need to prune your wardrobe or reconsider your presentation style before Venus enters your sign on Thursday. That this transit happens ahead of your birthday, suggests that a relationship might also gather speed. A working partnership may be much discussed and formalised after the Sun enters your sign on June 21. Midweek, the drive to get rid of no-longer used items and to see what can be created ‘on a shoestring’ could lead to acquaintance with someone you worked with roughly 2 years ago and who is now headed on new career path and who would value your advice and support.

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Leo

Personal theme: I will!!

Fire & fixed sign: July 23 — August 22

Your horoscope for this week:

As a creative Leo, you’ve an instinctive knowledge of how to make the best of this exciting but tricky period. While others may be distracted by setbacks, instead, you’ll focus on whatever is working well. Better yet, your optimism will inspire others. If there’s any challenge, it’s facing frequent changes in plans. Once you’re able to do that, the rest will be huge fun.

You’ve been through many trials and tribulations. It’s important to learn from these so you don’t repeat the same mistakes again. Focus on your strengths. Make choices that enable you to make better use of your skills and knowledge. Your intuition will be a helpful guide in financial and business matters. Listen to your inner voice. Medical news you have been waiting for will soon be received. This will help you discuss this matter further with your family.

Mercury is retrograde in Gemini. Focus on this sign is enhanced by the coming Solar Eclipse (June 10), and draws attention to the networking and distribution area of your solar chart. It’s time to review friendships and group associations. You could overhaul your network and general connections – a process that will likely take until the early part of 2022. It’s probably apparent that your thinking has altered. Recall that Saturn is now passing through your opposite sign and that others will want you to view the world differently. Property matters will almost certainly have continued attention. What’s different now is that what you thought you wanted last year is likely to very, very different to what is priority now. You may have reason for intense dialogue with those born under the Water signs of Cancer, Scorpio or Pisces.

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Virgo

Personal theme: I analyse!!

Earth sign: August 23 — September 22

Your horoscope for this week:

Nobody is better at untangling confusion and turning even tricky situations into promising arrangements. This is one of your strengths, one that will come in handy when facing the disarray triggered by your ruler Mercury’s retrograde cycle, until 22 June. While you can’t escape this temporary chaos, what you learn while organising things will be interesting now and, equally, will be unexpectedly profitable over the coming months.

Time spent alone will give you a chance to decide on your priorities. You aren’t wasting time if you’re considering new ways to help others. You’re also looking at how to increase your earning power. Don’t tell yourself you aren’t capable of handling new responsibilities. Instead, be ready to pit yourself against any competition. A comment made by a friend or workmate will help you see a dilemma in a different way and from this point you will find it easier to plan your future.

Your ruling planet, Mercury, is now retrograde and in the other sign to which it has affiliation, Gemini. This draws attention to the career, aims and objectives area of your solar chart. Given that there is a solar eclipse accenting this point on June 10, it’s probable that you’ll be reviewing career path and making adjustment. This might lead to joining forces either with a sibling or someone who has a close family and whose siblings have a business. They might benefit from your expertise. Wednesday’s last Quarter Moon is in your opposite sign suggesting that one working partnership may be coming to its conclusion. It would be understandable if you were looking for new partnership. An offer could be so much closer than you think. There’s arguably little need to worry about given that others are well aware of your competence and efficiency. An offer may be on the horizon.

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Libra

Personal theme: I balance!!

Air & cardinal sign: September 23 — October 22

Your horoscope for this week:

You’re in a cycle of change, and will often be making far-reaching decisions. However, there’s no avoiding the unsettling circumstances shaking things up, for you and others. The trick? Organise plans; but, also, ensure they’re flexible, enough you can easily make frequent, and unavoidable, changes while retaining your vision. Achieving this balance won’t be easy, but once you do, the rest will go smoothly.

You might sense a younger colleague is making a mistake. They’re trying to hide the fact that they’re out of their depth. Trust your intuition if you feel you can help them. Question their decisions in a way that they won’t feel you are interfering or criticising. Check they’ve understood what they have been asked to do. Activities with children and younger people will drain your energy but the fun you get out of this will make it all worth it.

Mercury is retrograde in another of the Air signs, Gemini. This last occurred in 2015. It might help to think back to that time. What were you busy working on then? What was in the pipeline? Specifically, what did you want to learn and which overseas relationships were developing? True, this time is different. For the moment, we are also between eclipses. This is important given that the Solar Eclipse on June 10 is also in Gemini. A New World beckons. First though, you need greater expertise. It may be that you already have it but haven’t flaunted it. Perhaps you are aware of just how much more there is to learn? This could though be a question of ‘seek and you will find’. Support will most likely from those born under either Sagittarius or Pisces from whom you could learn a great deal. In fact, by early June and with growing confidence, you could set your stall out in such a way that others feel compelled to do business with you.

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Scorpio & Ophiuchus

Personal theme: I desire!!

Water & fixed signs: October 23 — November 21

Your horoscope for this week:

As a Scorpio, you carefully organise arrangements, for the day and the coming weeks, months and, sometimes, years. Consequently, once things are organised, they stay that way. However, with the retrograde Mercury triggering confusion, errors could slow progress. If so, recognise that as a well-timed opportunity to review your original vision and rethink, if not substantially alter, plans. While unsettling, each change will bring unexpected benefits.

A big decision is causing you some hesitation. Normally your intuition tells you that you’re on the right track. These days you can’t get a feel for what could lie ahead. Steer clear of people who are known to use others for their own ends. A friend who has known you for years wants to give you some advice. Don’t act as if you resent this. It could be they know you better than you think they do. You just might be grateful for their words of wisdom.

Jupiter recently entered the research and development area of your solar chart. Exciting as this is, you now have almost too many things on your plate. This weekend, Mercury turns retrograde in Gemini brining potential irritation with those who you thought were working with you but who now seem to be flitting around directionless. They may be looking to you to take the lead. This though, is not your natural place. So, it would be understandable if, before the Last Quarter Moon on Thursday (which happens to coincide with Venus’ move into another of the Water signs), you felt disorientated. From Thursday, some clarity is possible. More than that, you may be almost but not quite ready to make clear what your plans are. There’s also the need around the Last Quarter Moon, to say goodbye to old ways of working and to make clear your growing confidence in new systems and schedules.

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Sagittarius

Personal theme: I see!!

Fire sign: November 22 — December 21

Your horoscope for this week:

You’ve no objection to changes, even those that are sudden. However, the twists and turns triggered by the Sagittarius eclipsed Full Moon, on last Wednesday, the 26th, will have been as unsettling as they were puzzling. The secret? Do the minimum, at least until 10 June, when the second of the current pair of eclipses takes place. After that, the path ahead should be clear.

An offer to get involved in a group project may sound exciting at first. This opportunity may not live up to your expectations and the satisfaction you expected to get out of it will be minimal. Worrying about a coming event makes you tense and nervous. Focus your mind on something else. Keep yourself occupied and spread your thoughts around a little more. You will soon be able to push negative feelings from your mind.

Mercury is retrograde in your opposite sign and will be in this condition until just after the June solstice. This does not mean that everything will go awry with relationships, but it does imply that you are likely to be looking back rather than moving forward. There may be very good right reason for this with realignment may be made necessary in light of new information. Recall that we are between eclipses and that altered direction is more likely than not. Note too, that since Jupiter, your ruling planet, arrived at the base of your solar chart just two weeks ago, your window on the world has no doubt altered substantially. You need to rethink and redefine aims and objectives. That might mean thinking about presentation, and, specifically, anything to do with the Internet. By the time that Venus joins Mars in Cancer on Thursday, and just following the Last Quarter Moon, collaboration could take shape. This might have something to do with publication or legacy.

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Capricorn

Personal theme: I use!!

Earth & cardinal sign: December 22 — January 19

Your horoscope for this week:

As a down to earth Capricorn, you’ve always understood that with determination, you could achieve your goals, even in the trickiest of circumstances. That’s what you’re facing now, yet you’re making progress in plans, some new and others as longstanding as they are crucial. While certain individuals insist you wait or even give up, believe in yourself and you’ll achieve wonders, now and over the coming weeks.

Relationships are generally harmonious but there is someone you are trying to avoid. A recent argument preys on your mind. If this friendship is important to you, it may be time to forgive and forget. Are you single? Someone will make it clear they are attracted to you. You have a magnetic personality and they seem to be finding you irresistible. If you already have a partner, don’t be tempted to stray.

Both your ruling planet, Saturn, and Mercury are now retrograde. The implications of this are that work needs to be gone back over and over and yes, yet again. It may be that someone significantly younger has misunderstood the terms of an arrangement. They may need extra guidance. You could find yourself in the role of tutor. It might also be that you do a little more travel than usual or engage with those who live and work some distance away. At a different level entirely, you may be called upon to protect someone: possibly a relative who, in this period between eclipses is unsure of which direction to follow. Balancing head and heart could prove a challenge. Yet a decision could easily be made by next Friday but require some form of investment. A distraction may be that someone from an older generation needs extra care and seems oblivious to the pressures you are under.

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Aquarius

Personal theme: I know!!

Air & fixed sign: January 20 — February 18

Your horoscope for this week:

The most important thing to keep in mind as you move into June is to ensure that plans are flexible, enough you can easily make frequent changes. True, initially, this may seem a nuisance; but as the foundation on which arrangements are based shifts, probably often, you’ll be relieved you can easily rethink things. Better yet, each version will be better than those before.

Taking on extra work, whether it is an evening job or weekend job could be the answer to your financial problems. Studying for a higher qualification could help you advance in your chosen career. Look around at the opportunities that are opening up for you now. If there’s something you really want to do, don’t wait for anyone’s permission. Assert yourself to the full. Keep a clear head in readiness for the challenges that are ahead.

Saturn, one of your ruling planets is now retrograde in your sign. Mercury too is retrograde in another of the Air signs, Gemini. You won’t be the only sign required to rethink and to look back. Relationship issues will doubtless require most careful consideration. This is at every level: at work and at home and yes, could be disorientating. Yet perhaps you know a decision really has to be made – and soon. By the time that Venus joins Mars in one of the Water signs, Cancer, on Thursday. plans could be made. Resistant as you may be to upheaval, it’s likely essential before moving forward. What’s clearly important is that others here your fears – and demands. You can get your points across as the Moon moves through your sign between Sunday and Tuesday. Tempting as it may be to point out all the things that have gone wrong in recent times, what you really need is to be assured of loyalty.

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Pisces

Personal theme: I believe!!

Water sign: February 19 — March 20

Your horoscope for this week:

The secret to navigating through this exciting but complicated period is to regard even seemingly simple arrangements as more of an experiment than anything final. True, for you, as a perfectionist, this won’t be easy. However, once you achieve a balance between getting things organised yet ensuring arrangements are flexible, you’ll enjoy improving on already exciting plans and, equally devising new ones.

You’re holding back your thoughts because you and a partner or best friend don’t share the same views. You would rather not admit to how you really feel as it could cause contention. Instead, this is causing confusion. Some people will assume you agree with them if you don’t say otherwise. You need to stop going along with others because it suits them. If your life revolves around keeping people happy you need to make some changes.

This week’s Last Quarter Moon is in your sign and marks the next step in a project that began around two years ago. A farther change of pace is likely after the Solar Eclipse on June 10. With Mercury now retrograde at the base of your solar chart, the need to move things around at home (perhaps to create greater working space) seems probable. There’s also the possibility of your home being used as a base for meetings to incubate a business plan. There are also however health issues to consider. Jupiter entered your sign just a couple of weeks ago. This is the planet with a reputation for beneficence but which also brings exaggeration. It’s not necessarily the case that there is anything wrong with you, but that small niggles will require attention before they become bigger issues. This is perhaps something that could be set in motion before Venus joins Mars in another of the Water signs on Thursday. What seems clear is that one way or another, you need to focus on you and your long-term needs.

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By GrannyMoon Posted in Pagan

GrannyMoons Weekly Feast: 23-30 May 2021

Call a plant beautiful, and it becomes a flower.
Call it ugly, and it becomes a weed.
~Jonathan Lockwood Huie~

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

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Moon Phase Magick

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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Herb of the Year for 2021: Parsley (Petroselinum crispum, named by the International Herb Association.

May

Birthday Flower for May: Lily of the Valley

May is National Salad Month

Feature of the Month for May: Sassafras: The Universal Plant

May 23: The birthday of Carolus Linnaeus, born on in 1707. A Swedish botanist, Linnaeus helped us keep everything straight with his binomial system of plant names.

26: Full Moon — Flower Moon In May, focus on magic related to careers and jobs. If you’ve thought about changing jobs or even entering a new career field, this is a good time to do it. Expand your horizons this month; this will appear as a supermoon AND will also feature a total Lunar eclipse at 7:19 a.m. EST. The eclipse will be visible from east Asia, Australia, the Pacific, and the Americas

May 27: Today is the birthday of Rachel Carson (1907), writer, ecologist, and marine biologist. Her courageous 1962 book Silent Spring alerted the world to the dangers of pesticide poisoning.

May 31: Memorial Day (originally called Decoration Day) is observed on the last Monday in May. Remembrance is symbolized by the red poppy.

Our Current  Moon Phase: 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.) Symbolic of growth, manifestation, attainment, gravidity (heavy with child – both philosophical and literal).  

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Treat headaches with herbs. You’re reading, driving, working, cooking—and whoomf! a headache happens. For ordinary headaches caused by the stresses and strains of daily life, a calming cup of herbal tea may be all you need to restore your equilibrium. Use these dried headache herbs, brewed with 1 cup boiling water and sweetened with honey:

Lavender, lemon balm, meadowsweet, ½ teaspoon each

Sage, rosemary, mint, ½ teaspoon each

Rosemary, marjoram, peppermint, ½ teaspoon each

A cool lavender compress for the temples and a quiet rest in a dark room may also give you the relief you need.

There is so much to learn about herbs! In Herbalism 101, we cover 21 herbs, and you will start your own personal Materia Medica, which 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 online 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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Card of the Week: Seven of Wands reversed

Are you feeling overwhelmed? With the Seven of Wands reversed, you may find that external pressure is weighing you down, leaving you doubting yourself and wondering whether everything is worth it.

If you feel like you’re under constant opposition — keep going!

Even if you are weary, this card urges you to keep fighting for what you believe in. Stand strong, own your position, and don’t change who you are to keep others happy.

Remember that you won’t always win everyone over. There will still be challenges and opposition to your point of view, and you cannot keep everyone happy all the time. Draw your line in the sand and say, “This is who I am, and this is what I need right now.”

There cannot be any compromise or negotiation at this stage; hold your ground with determination and courage.

Ask Your Tarot Cards: “How can I continue moving forward?”

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May 24, 2021 – May 30, 2021

The last week of May comes with a punch with a lunar eclipse in Sagittarius, a tough Venusian aspect,  and Mercury retrograde.

We have a turbulent start of the week, as we approach the Full Moon, emotions will be on edge and difficult feelings may emerge. Further, problems from the past may leave you feeling anxious, but you will need to find a resolution to move forward.

Midweek, difficulties in relationships may surface and difficult breakups may occur.  Keep your expectation based on reality and out of fantasy and allow people to be human.

The weekend brings Mercury turning retrograde in Gemini. Communication issues may be a major concern in this retrograde cycle because Mercury is in his own sign. Avoid making firm agreements or signing documents until after Mercury goes direct on June 22nd.

Recommended: Full Moon (Astro Magic), Emotional Balance (Blessed Herbal), Healing (Affirmations),  Mercury Retrograde Neutralizer (Astro Magic)

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Full Moon in Sagittarius on May 26, 2021

The Full Moon is in Sagittarius on May 26, 2021, and is also experiencing a lunar eclipse. The funny thing about this eclipse, which is also in the south node, is that it compels us to let go of beliefs that used to be precious to us but are now the source of our pain.

Home and Land Meditation

Expressing gratitude toward your home and the earth can help you stay conscious of where the gifts in your life come from.

Just as we take care of our friends and families, our homes and Mother Earth take care of us. Our homes give us a place of refuge — a sanctuary that stands between us and the elements of nature and the rest of the world. The earth is an unselfish giver of life and the steward of our physical and spiritual needs. Earth’s bountiful plant life nourishes us, gives us air, and offers us cooling shade. Her waters quench our thirst, and her beauty stirs our souls. Yet it is easy to take both of these wonderful sources of our blessings for granted. Expressing the gratitude you feel toward your home and the earth for the blessings each provides can help you stay conscious of where many of the gifts in your life come from. Each time you give thanks you’ll be reminded of the importance of caring for your home and for Mother Earth. There is a simple and beautiful meditation you can perform to show your gratitude. Begin by finding a quiet place where you can be alone. Sit comfortably and breathe deeply until you feel relaxed, and then read the following out loud:

“Thank you, home, for allowing me to live within your walls. Thank you for giving me shelter, warmth, and security. Thank you for allowing me to live my life in your womb, for staying strong and sturdy, for supporting me, and for your beauty.

Thank you, Earth, for the land that I live on and for allowing me to steward life with you. Thank you for allowing me to walk upon your soil, cultivate you, and live in partnership with you. Thank you for supporting my home and my family.

Thank you, plants, minerals, and animals that dwell on the land that I steward. Thank you for allowing me to experience your beauty, share in your wonderment of life, and for the honor of living with all of you on this earth. Thank you for the wisdom and joy you bring to humanity.

I honor you.”

You can perform this mediation as often as you like and anytime you feel particularly thankful for the many blessings you have received. Each time you do, you’ll reaffirm and strengthen your connection with all that protects, supports, and sustains you.

Llewellyn’s Spell A Day

Bless and Multiply My Money

MAY 23, 2021 BY DALLAS JENNIFER COBB

What we focus on grows, so create a prosperity altar to bless and multiply your money.

Gather coins and bills, flowers, herbs, stones, fossils, and other energized, magical objects. On a flat surface, create a spiral with about an eight-inch circumference. Lay the coins, bills, and other sacred objects down in ever-smaller revolutions of the spiral. As you do this, think about how much money has been given to you throughout your life. Say:

Lucky me.

As you place the objects in smaller revolutions of the spiral, recognize how much money you currently have. Say:

Blessed me.

Recognize how, through employment and self-employment, you have money flowing regularly. Say:

Wealthy me.

As the spiral grows tighter and more condensed, incant:

Bless and multiply my money.

Make a small cluster of money at the center of the spiral and say:

Money flows to me easily and fluidly.

Over time, add found money and money-shaped candy to your altar. This will keep your attention focused on the growth of your money. Each time, say:

Bless and multiply my money.

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A May Love Spell

MAY 22, 2021 BY JAMES KAMBOS

In May, all growing things are pulsing with the life force. This love spell taps into that power.

You’ll need the following items:

* 2 red taper candles in holders

* A few drops of almond oil

* A pinch each of basil, cinnamon, and clove

* A small square piece of red fabric

* Red ribbon

First, rub the oil onto each candle, then set each candle in a holder. Combine the herbs in the center of the fabric, and tie the corners together with ribbons. Safely light the candles. Hold the herb bundle and say:

The seed sprouts, the bud swells.

Earth power, hear this spell.

I light candles of ruby red.

Send me the one who’ll turn my head.

I combine love herbs three.

Let them send perfect love to me.

Love, find me by this candlelight.

Guard me as I speak these

words tonight.

Lastly, snuff out the candles. When romance finds you, dispose of the candles and the herb bundle.

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Getting Your Point Across

MAY 21, 2021 BY MICHAEL FURIE

The sun recently entered Gemini, the sign of communication. That power can be harnessed to create understanding where there is confusion. If someone has been unable to grasp a point you’ve been trying to make, write a letter to them explaining exactly what you mean, then copy it down on another piece of paper. One paper you will keep, and the other you will use in this spell.

With the flame of an orange candle, carefully light an incense charcoal in a cauldron and burn some dried marjoram. Now read your letter, imagining that you’re speaking directly to the intended recipient. After you’ve read it, light the paper in the candle’s flame, dropping it in the cauldron on top of the incense, and say:

Gemini power, your aid I seek, with

smoke and flame of Mercury; my

message delivered to whom I speak,

understood at last, so mote it be.

Be sure to extinguish the candle.

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Invoking the Spirit

MAY 20, 2021 BY STORM FAERYWOLF

For this spell, you will need a small mirror and five candles with holders in the following colors: yellow, red, blue, green, and violet.

Arrange the yellow, red, blue, and green candles on the floor in a large circle, representing the four physical elemental powers. Sit on the floor in the middle of them, with the mirror and violet candle in front of you.

Ground and center. Light each of the first four candles in turn while contemplating the elemental presence they represent. You might imagine streams of elementally colored light flowing from the cardinal directions and into the unlit central violet candle.

Now light the violet candle and say:

Four sacred things in this place be

Combined to call the fifth to me,

By four made one I call you forth,

By spirit’s song I call you in.

Begin to chant a low drone (such as “Om”) until you feel a light buzzing in your body. Gaze into the mirror and allow yourself to scry, watching for subtle images to appear in the mirror or in your mind’s eye. Feel the presence of spirit!

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Lights, Camera, Magick!

MAY 19, 2021 BY NAJAH LIGHTFOOT

It seems we can’t turn on our TV, computer, or smartphone without seeing the latest ad for a film or TV show that highlights Witchcraft. Let’s face it: Witchcraft is hot these days, and everyone wants to get in on traditions or a way of life that once upon a time would have only been talked about behind closed doors or in hushed circles.

For this spell, we’re going to celebrate the lasting power of the Craft and its ability to come out of the broom closet. You will need a broom and some salted water.

Sprinkle the salted water on your broom. Hold the broom high above your head. Turn three times clockwise and say:

Once we were in the dark. What

was once in the shadows lives in

the light. To the Witches, may our

power continue to take flight!

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Fiery Protection

MAY 18, 2021 BY BLAKE OCTAVIAN BLAIR

Tuesday brings us the fiery energy of Mars. Red jasper, one of my favorite stones, is also associated with Mars. Today is a great day to harness red jasper’s qualities for some well-needed protection magic.

One of my favorite things about red jasper is that it brings wonderful healing energies along with its protective energy, making it a favorite of healers and energy workers. Find a small tumbled red jasper to which you feel drawn. Sit comfortably, hold the stone up to your heart, and close your eyes. Feel the stone’s energy vibrating. Visualize its energy as a fiery but comforting deep red light emanating from the stone and surrounding your energy body. When you are enveloped in the comforting glow, slowly open your eyes and become aware of your surroundings. Carry the stone on your person in a pocket or pouch. May you glean healing and protection!

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Spirit Guide Clarity Spell

MAY 16, 2021 BY DEVIN HUNTER

Happy Sunday! Jupiter recently entered the sign of Pisces, and we are looking at the beginning of a yearlong cycle of spiritual rebirth. Today is the perfect day to ruminate on your path and to audit your relationships to the people, places, and things that are connected to it. What we all could use now more than ever is a clear connection with our spirit allies as they help shape the road ahead.

Take a few moments tonight to ground and center your energy, then light a white candle in the east. After you light this candle, take a few breaths and focus on your spirit allies, then focus on the possibility of there being more allies that you don’t know about. Say:

Spirit allies on the edge of vision,

Be with me through each decision.

Make yourself known so I can see.

Be here now and reveal yourself to me.

Let the candle burn out safely on its own.

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Magical Infused Sugar

MAY 17, 2021 BY THORN MOONEY

At this time of year, spring is in full force and the sun is in Taurus, which is an earth sign that rules over material pleasures, stability, and sensuality. To further your enjoyment of the season and add some magic to your meals, try making infused sugar! You can infuse practically any kind of sugar with your favorite herbs, spices, and floral elements (even coffee!), and then add them to your baking, your favorite beverages, or your magical workings.

To infuse sugar, mix four parts sugar to one part flavoring, the drier the better to avoid clumping. Stronger-smelling herbs may require a bit less. Store your mixture in a clean, airtight jar. Try rose petals for love, cinnamon for success, orange for creativity, or coffee beans for energy. The possibilities are infinite. Allow the flavors to infuse for two to three weeks before using the sugar.

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Can Flower Essences Address Your Mental Outlook?

By Andrew Weil, M.D.

Physician Edward Bach introduced Bach flower remedies to England in the 1930s. He theorized that people fell into seven groups, based on their reactions to illness. The groups are fear, uncertainty, loneliness, over-sensitivity, lack of interest in present circumstances, despondency, and over-concern for others.

He determined that to treat illness, one had to address patients’ emotional and mental states. Following the principles of homeopathy, he devised the flower essences for that purpose. Today, many homeopaths, naturopaths, chiropractors, and herbalists still utilize flower essences in their practices with good success.

Several brands of flower essences are sold at health food stores for self-care, but you’ll need to determine, on your own, which particular emotional state you’re trying to treat and be sure to ask a practitioner or expert which brands are sourced and prepared from organic and quality ingredients.

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Heartwings Love Notes 983 Summer is on its way

Heartwings says, “Summer is a time to relax and recharge.”

In the winter I like to make soup as well as casseroles. In summer, I don’t make either of them often. When the weather is hot I scarcely feel like cooking or even eating. Besides the lovely colors and the crisp air, one of the reasons I welcome fall is that my appetite returns and with it my desire to cook. For many the presence of a barbecue or grill outdoors solves the cooking issue—food quickly cooked without heating the kitchen. However, I don’t think our landlord would be happy if we were to fire up a grill on our second-floor wooden porch.

At different times of year different foods appeal to me. For instance, I seldom want salad in the winter. I serve it occasionally because it is good to have fresh, raw food all the year round. However, late spring and summer are often better times for me to think of serving them as well as other cold foods. One of my favorite warm weather meals is made up of a raw cabbage salad and a seafood salad made from a combination of fish precooked and flavored with crab essence sold in compressed packages—also called surimi. My cabbage salad is not cole slaw as you will see.

For the cabbage salad using a food processor or a sharp knife—depending on how much time you have, after removing the core and any large ribs, slice up half a small to medium green cabbage. Slice or chop or process a small to medium sweet onion. Sprinkle with a teaspoon or more ground garlic, and a tablespoon of dried or 2 of fresh tarragon. Add sufficient good mayonnaise and a tablespoon or so of horseradish sauce to your taste. I like rather a lot. Mix vigorously