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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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.

For more info or to join my class, click here!

http://goddessschool.com/Paganstudies/healingarts.html

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


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The 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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Biddy Tarot
https://www.biddytarot.com/

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? 

📸 @cosmic_chica using the @mesquitetarot#biddytarot #tarot

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Stacy Adams <retail@coventrycreations.com>

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.

Copyright Coventry Creations 2021 

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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.

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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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Kitty Kat’s Korner

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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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And to Her, we shall return

Like a drop of rain, going to the ocean”

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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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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

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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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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GrannyMoon’s Weekly Feast: Sunday, May 30 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

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

Goddess Month of Month of Hera begins 5/16 – 6/12

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May 30: Norse Feast of Frigg

May 30: EInherjar, Norse Day for Valhalla’s Warrior

May 31: Feast of Triple Goddess, Old European

May 31: Memorial Day (originally called Decoration Day) is observed on the last Monday in May. Remembrance is symbolized by the red poppy.

May 31: 3-Day Blessing to mark the birth of Buddah

May 31: Feast of Mjolnir the Hammer

May 31: Joan of Arc burned at the stake for Witchcraft

June 1: Festival of the Oak Nymphs

June 2: Shapatu of Ishtar

June 5: 8498 BC, Atlantis sank beneath the Atlantic Ocean, caused by an angry Zeus

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Our Current Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous

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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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: 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?”

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Motor City Hoodoo

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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.  

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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 

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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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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.

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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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GrannyMoons Weekly Feast: 23-30 May 2021

Call a plant beautiful, and it becomes a flower.
Call it ugly, and it becomes a weed.
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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 and let it stand a bit to develop flavors. Serve to 2 to 6 depending on size of cabbage.

For the seafood salad, shred or chop—your choice a large package of surimi or pressed seafood. Add ¼ to ½ sweet onion—to taste, and two ribs of celery chopped small. Mix well with ½ to ¾ cup mayonnaise, ground garlic, and horseradish sauce to taste. Use salt and pepper to your taste for both salads as well. The seafood salad keeps well, so you can use what is left for another meal. Made ahead in the cool of the day, these are nice for lunch or dinner.

May your cooking be beneficial to all.

Blessings and best regards, Tasha Halpert

Do you have favorite hot weather foods? Please share your choices and or recipes with me. I so enjoy hearing from readers. Write me at tashahal@aol.com and visit my web pages for more love notes at www.heartwingsandfriends.com.

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Apply Gentleness To Everything

Struggle can find no foothold when confronted with gentleness because conflict can only exist when fed by two opposing forces.

Throughout life, we must cope with blockages that impede our forward momentum. Whether these obstacles are of a personal, professional, or societal nature, our first instinct may be to push against the obstruction. But the simplest way to alleviate resistance is to approach it gently, with a soft manner and kind intentions. Struggle and strife can find no foothold when confronted with gentleness because conflict can only exist when fed by two opposing forces. So many areas of our lives can benefit from the application of gentleness. The beauty of gentleness lies in its multifaceted nature. It is part love, part compassion, part patience, part understanding, and part respect for others. When we move through life gently as a matter of course, we naturally attract these wonderful elements into our lives.

This does not mean that gentle people are by nature passive or meek. Rather, their copious inner power is manifested in their gentleness and their choice to move with the flow of the universe instead of against it. You can make use of gentleness in your own life by applying it in situations where you feel challenged by your circumstances or by people in your environment. As you move forward gently, the energy pervading your life will likely shift and, consequently, the blockages before you will vanish. Cooperation progresses smoothly when approached gently because all parties involved feel confident that their needs will be met. And quarrels are easily quelled with gentleness because the dualistic concepts of losing and winning are made moot by our willingness to exercise infinite patience with those whose values differ from our own.

Gentleness must be practiced, as we are inadvertently encouraged to act competitively in certain phases of our lives. At first, your established habits may make being truly gentle challenging. Yet after a time, if you commit to consciously applying gentleness to all areas of your life, whether by collaborating rather than competing or yielding graciously to the impassable roadblocks in your path in order to seek a new road, you will find that you begin to act gently habitually. Your patterns of thought and behavior become ever more peaceful, and you will discover that you encounter far less impassable resistance on your individual journey.

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Sacred Trees in the Americas: Tamarack / Larch – Larix laricina – Magic, Medicine, and Mythology

by The Druid’s Garden

I remember when I first saw a Tamarack tree.  It was growing in a bog where I was hiking in late fall.  I looked at the Tamarack tree in its golden splendor and wondered if the tree was sick or had gotten too wet–was this conifer dying?  It had knobby cones and branches, sitting there looking like it was in its death throes.  When I commented on it to my friend, she responded, No, that’s just the tamarack tree, a friend of mine said, and we examined the tree growing on the edge of a beautiful wetland.  Sure enough, a few weeks later, the tree was bare for the winter and only grew back in the spring. The Tamarack tree has a special place in the ecology in North America, especially as a mid-succession tree in very wet and swampy areas.

The Tamarack tree is known by many names: the Larch Tree, Eastern Larch, American Larch, Black larch, Red Larch, Hackmatack, Juniper cypress, Larch Tamarack. The term “larch” is an old German word like Hackmatack is the Abnaki word for “snowshoes”, suggesting one clear use of this tree.

This post is part of my Sacred Trees of Eastern North America series–here you can learn about the many wonderful trees upon on our landscape. In this series, I explore the magic, mythology, herbal, cultural, and divination uses, with the goal of eventually producing a larger work that explores many of our unique trees located on the US East Coast (which I hope to have completed by early 2022–so you will be seeing a lot more tree posts!) For my methods using ecology, the doctrine of signatures, and human uses, you can see this post. Other trees in this series include Dogwood, Spruce, Spicebush, Rhododendron, Witch Hazel, Staghorn Sumac, Chestnut, Cherry, Juniper, Birch, Elder, Walnut, Eastern White Cedar, Hemlock, Sugar Maple, Hawthorn, Hickory, Beech, Ash, White Pine, Black Locust, and Oak. For information on how to work with trees spiritually, you can see my Druid Tree Working series including finding the face of the tree, seeking the grandmother trees, tree relationships, communicating on the outer planes, communicating on the inner planes, establishing deep connections with trees, working with urban trees,  tree energy,  seasonal workings, and helping tree spirits pass.

Ecology

Tamarack is particularly interesting from an ecological perspective for a number of reasons.  First, while Tamarack is in the pine family, it is quite distinct because it is deciduous (and is the only conifer that is deciduous in much of its range). Thus, it drops its needles in the fall and follows the maples and oaks rather than its pine brethren.It literally serenades the sun with a brilliant yellow-orange color before it drops its needles for the cold months of the year. Tamarack also is a mid-succession tree, growing in bogs and marshy areas, providing food and habitat, and eventually making way to the Eastern White Cedar tree, the pinnacle species.

As John Eastman notes in The Book of Swamp and Bog, Tamarack has early rapid growth for the first 40 years of its life—it puts on growth very early in the season (around Beltane) and slows down by Midsummer. It produces small oval-shaped cones that usually appear on branches that are between two and four years old. These cones will be wind-pollinated in the spring by pollen cones that appear yellow on the same tree, and eventually mature, open, and drop seeds in the fall.  As the tree loses its needles in the fall, these cones and branches look a little wicked and nobby, like an old woman! Like many other trees (Oaks) the Tamarack is strategic about seed production, producing bountiful seed only every 3-6 years. In the northernmost parts of its range, Tamarack may reproduce by way of the layering of lower branches on the ground and sending up a shoot.

As a mid-succession tree, Tamarack prefers nutrient-poor sites, including bogs, and its presence in a wetland may suggest it is growing at what Eastman notes is a “hinge line” or “transitional zone” between floating fen-mats in a bog and more grounded acidic bogs where plants like sundew grow. However, growing in such a wet environment does mean it develops shallow root systems and thus may be easily blown over by the wind. This bog environment also supports the germination of new Tamarack seeds—they often germinate on sphagnum moss. It also is frequently found with leatherleaf (promoting its germination through its ‘nurse tree’ status), and can be found with poison sumac, eastern white cedar (which succeeds it ecologically), shrub willow, and bog birch. Here in Western Pennsylvania, we often see the Tamaracks on the edge of acidic bogs that grow such wonderful and carnivorous plants like sundew and pitcher plants.

John Eastman also notes that in boggy environments, Tamarack is a “nurse tree” which allows it to produce shelter and biomass to allow other shrubs and smaller plants to grow in otherwise inhospitable conditions, particularly leatherleaf (Chamaedaphne Calyculata). Tamarack is also a favorite nesting site for Great gray owls as well as habitat for black-backed woodpecker, common snipe, common yellowthroats, and song sparrows.

A destructive pest—the larch sawfly (Pristiphoera Erichsonii) eats the Tamarack needles and has been responsible for destroying nearly all of the old-growth Tamarack trees in the Eastern US and Canada in the early 20th century.  Tamarack has slowly rebounded from this destruction and you can once again find healthy stands of Tamarack in many parts of its range. This sawfly is an excellent food source for blue ays, sparrows, woodpeckers, cedar waxwings, grosbeaks, and sparrows. At least half of the seeds dropped are consumed by ruffed grouse, wild hare, red squirrel, gray squirrel, porcupine, and white-tail deer. These animals also consume the inner bark, which is nutritious (and also an emergency food for humans).

Human Uses

Tamarack is not a very sought-after wood these days, which is somewhat surprising, given its many uses–this is likely due to the historical loss of much of the Tamarack wood due to the larch sawfly and its inconvenient growth location in swamps and bogs.  Still, the wood is heavy, hard, strong, coarse-grained, and has excellent rot resistance, particularly in wet conditions or when exposed to water. It has been traditionally used for many applications where rot resistance matters: fence posts, telegraph poles, railway ties, building materials, ladders, floorboards, and various kinds of poles. In 1938, it was noted that it has been used extensively for building ships, especially for parts of ships that are directly exposed to water.

According to Charlotte Erichsen-Brown in Medicinal and Other uses of North American Plants, the Tamarack had a wide range of uses for the Native American people and early white Colonists of North America. The Ojibwe used Tamarack resin to seal boats (similar to white pine) and the bark to cover their wigwams. The roots were used to weave bags and sew the edges of canoes as the Tamarack root fiber is particularly durable compared with other materials. The inner bark was used as an emergency food by many, as nearly all conifers have nutritious inner bark. One of the things that Native Peoples often used tamarack wood for was boiling maple sap—it is a hot, fierce wood that burns brightly—exactly what you need for a good sap boil!

Turpentine can also be made from Tamarack trees. The trees were tapped, in a very similar method to maple tapping, and the sap collected–this is the process of making a “gum” turpentine as opposed to a “wood” turpentine (which is done with the stripped bark). After the trees were tapped, the gum is distilled to produce a volatile oil that was strong and mixed with paints and varnishes for lasting quality. This same sap was also used for all manner of wound healing in earlier times in North America.

Medicine and Herbal Qualities

Unfortunately, while Tamarack had a range of traditional colonial uses, it has limited coverage and uses in present-day herbals.

The best references to the medicinal qualities of the tree can be found in ethnobotanical sources. Erichsen-Brown notes that that the Ojibwe used the crushed needles and bark similar to how they would use white pine.  Likewise, the Potawatomi used the roots and bark from the trunk.  The fresh inner bark is used for poulticing wounds/inflammation; seeped bark as a tea.  It was used also as horse medicine; the inner bark was shredded and mixed with other feed grains to create a soft and supple hide.

The only coverage of the plant I could find in modern herbal sources was through M. Grieve’s Modern Herbal, which offers insight on the bark, which she notes is used as a laxative, tonic, diuretic, and alternative.  She notes that it has widely been used for treating issues with the liver, rheumatism, jaundice, or dysentery.  Her dosage indicates that 2 tablespoons of the decoction of the bark are necessary.

I have been experimenting with some of the Tamarack’s medicine in the form of salves for bruises (one traditional use) and they seem pretty effective.  I’ll keep updating this post as I try some of the other traditional uses and if I find more information.

Magical Uses in the Western Tradition

Part of the reason I spent so much time in this post on ecology and human uses is that–unsurprisingly –there is no real tradition of the magical use of the Tamarack tree.  While this isn’t surprising (as many of the trees I am covering in this series lack such coverage), it does mean that we have to use the tree’s ecological functions to ascertain its magical meaning.  It is not found in the Hoodoo traditions, nor in the traditional western occult texts, nor in the PA dutch and other folk magic traditions. (If you have info I don’t about this, please share!)

Magical and Divination Qualities of Tamarack

Addressing Stagnation. Tamarack’s medicinal and ecological function includes it growing and addressing a range of stagnant, watery conditions. In the body, stagnation leads to all kinds of illness and atrophy; in the wild, stagnation can lead to anaerobic bacteria formation (stinky, nasty piles of compost for example).  One of Tamarak’s key magical and divination qualities, then, is being able to address this stagnation and help get it flowing again.

Standing up to emotional challenges. Flowing from the first meaning, the second key meaning of Tamarack is helping you endure a stagnant emotional condition.  For example, perhaps you are in a difficult family circumstance that seems to keep repeating itself, you are dealing with cycles of abuse, PTSD, or other draining and long-standing emotional conditions.  Tamarack will help you stay the course during this time and offer you strength to endure (and not rot away in the mire!)

Surprise. A final divination and magical meaning this tree suggests is that while it is in the pine family and is a conifer, the tree does not follow the same pattern as most other pines–rather, in a surprising twist, it drops its needles after serenading the sun.  Seeing Tamarack in a reading may suggest to you that things are the opposite of what you expect and to be surprised with the outcome.

I hope that this post brought you happiness and joy as spring turns to summer. And perhaps you will have an opportunity to meet the wonderful Tamarack tree and share in her magic.  Blessings!

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Homemade Herbal Sitz Bath

From Mountain Rose Herbs

A bowl of Epsom salt ready to be mixed into an herbal sitz bath.

When I was a child, I was thrown from a horse and spent many years thereafter challenged by lower back and radiating leg pain. With time and maturity, as well as changes in my diet and appropriate exercise, I’ve put those pain-days behind me, but I’ve carried forward some of the best solutions that I learned from the experience. One of my favorites of these is the soothing comfort of an old-fashioned herbal sitz bath. Often used to relieve issues related to post-birth discomfort, etc., a sitz bath is also ideal for easing general lower-body soreness and fatigue.

WHAT IS A SITZ BATH?

A sitz bath is a shallow bath in which you can add salts, herbs, and other ingredients to create a clean, warm, healing pool in which to sit. There are small tubs made specifically for this purpose, which are ideal for concentrating the salts and herbs where you need them most. However, when dealing with pain and fatigue that impacts the lower back and legs, a bathtub is the appropriate vessel.

The word “sitz” is from the German “sitzen”—no surprise, it means “to sit.” There are other names for these short, soothing baths as well. My grandparents, for instance, prescribed taking a “hip bath” (water only up to the hips). I’ve also heard people call them a “salt soak,” which makes sense because salts, particularly Epsom salt, are a ubiquitous ingredient in these little baths.

A variety of herbs laid out to make into bath salts for a sitz bath

WHAT IS IT ABOUT EPSOM SALT?

Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate, a chemical compound made up of magnesium, sulfur, and oxygen—in other words, human health essentials. Magnesium sulfate is readily absorbed through the skin, so a sitz bath is a perfect way to get the best benefits of this naturally occurring mineral compound that is known for promoting relaxation of the muscles as well as increased circulation in the soaking area. It can be used as a stand-alone salt for soaking or blended with supportive botanicals, other salts, baking soda, etc. to enhance the experience.

WHAT TO ADD TO A SITZ BATH

I make sitz baths much the way my grandparents did, with Epsom salt and baking soda, as well as whatever skin- and muscle-soothing herbs are appropriate for the occasion: often lavender, calendula, and comfrey, and sometimes additions like oatmeal for extra skin pampering. I also like St. John’s wort and arnica flowers when I’m achy, and ginger when I’m feeling a little under the weather and need to warm up. In Ayurvedic tradition, you may see “warmer” herbs and spices like mustard powder included to stimulate skin circulation and rejuvenate tired muscles.

HERBS TO USE FOR A BATH SOAK  (DRIED, POWDERED, OR CHOPPED FRESH)

Arnica flowers

Calendula flowers

Chamomile flowers

Comfrey leaf

Eucalyptus leaf

Ginger root, ground

Juniper berries

Lavender

Mints

Mustard, ground

Rosemary leaf

Sage leaf

St. John’s wort

Turmeric root, ground

HOW TO MAKE AN HERBAL SITZ BATH IN THE BATHTUB

Ingredients

1 to 2 cups Epsom salt per gallon of water, depending on skin sensitivity

1/2 to 3/4 cup baking soda per gallon of water

Up to 1 cup other salts like Himalayan Pink Salt, optional

Cotton tea net or muslin bag full of organic herbs of choice (approximately 1/2 cup)

Directions

Thoroughly scrub your bathtub and rinse it well so there is no soap residue.

Adjust water temperature so that it is warm enough to dissolve salt but is not uncomfortably hot.

Fill tub with just enough warm water so it will just cover your hips when you sit down. Do not add other oils or soaps.

Add Epsom salt, baking soda, optional additional salts, and bag of herbs. Agitate as necessary to dissolve salts and baking powder, and to encourage herbal goodness to seep into the bath. Alternatively, hang herb bag on the drain so the water runs over it as the tub fills.

Climb in and soak for 15-20 minutes, making sure to keep the most affected areas of your lower body in the water.

Rinse off the salts in fresh water. Gently pat yourself dry.

Repeat up to 3-4 times a day, as needed for relief.

Pro Tips

If you need to fill the tub a little deeper to reach your lower back, adjust amount of Epsom salt, baking soda, and herbs accordingly for more water.

You can put herbs directly into your bath water but cleaning them out again can be a pain in your just-soaked backside. A tea net or muslin bag makes cleanup a breeze. If you are using powdered herbs, you’ll need to use a muslin bag.

Remember to rinse the tub after your sitz bath so you don’t leave salt behind for the next person.

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Gilberto Rides Again, Chapter 2 by Stephen Halpert

As Gilberto had requested, Maria had made the reservations, and now it was Friday afternoon. Somehow, they managed to start their getaway before dinner. At first, she had thought of checking into a local place, but with the good weather finally opted for the Cape at Surfside, a beachfront front resort just outside Hyannis.

A young bellhop hauled their luggage into their beachfront room. Gilberto tipped him generously. He left with a smile. ” I’m Billy, just call the front desk…”

Gilberto looked at the luggage. “Why do we need all this when all we’re going to do is stay in bed?”

Maria giggled. “You haven’t changed since Niagara Falls ten years ago. You’ve got a one track mind.”

He reached for her. She slid into his arms and gave him her most seductive smile.

“You mind that? I thought you liked my caveman persona.”

She kicked off her flats. “I do but don’t Neanderthals like getting dressed for dinner?”

“Not especially. I mean we’re married. Who needs to impress anyone? We could just get lobsters and sit in here, maybe watch some of the Sox.”

She frowned. “Sometimes it’s nice to take things slow, be seductive and romantic. But if all you want is my body…”

He grinned. “I want lots more than that and you know it.”

His device sounded. It was Joey. His voice sounded frantic. “She left to go to Dartmouth to see him,” he choked and swallowed. He was almost sobbing.

“You have to step back and let her lead her own life,” Gilberto said gently. Otherwise, if you try to tell her what to do, your mother would call you a chauvinist.”

Maria smiled. “Let me talk to him.” Gilberto handed her his device. “Joey, I want you to stop all this fretting.” She sounded firm, motherly, and very loving. It will only keep you from your serious work. Work on your history paper. You must understand she’s not under duress. She’s having fun, really, she’s having a good time. You mustn’t try to run her life.”

“But mom, I don’t want her to be in trouble. I’m worried about her.”

“You’re trying to be a good friend, you’re showing her how much you care, but you must step back. We’ll be home in a few days.”

A long silence. “Yes. Ok,” he said. “I know your right mom. It’s just hard right now. I never realized I cared so much about her.”

“Then know she’s strong and able to take care of herself,” Maria said. She smiled as she said it. Gilberto could hear the caring in her voice.

Maria said good night and closed the device. She shook her head and sighed. “I guess he’s growing up fast.”

“Emotional situations can do that,” Gilberto said

“Speaking of emotional situations,” Maria pointed at his attaché case. She wrinkled her nose. “Work, you brought work!”

“No,” he said. “Fun stuff for us to look at. Catalogues, yacht brochures. Good stuff to buy.” His eyes lit up as he thought of what he wanted to show her. For some time he had his eye on a yacht they could use to go on little trips, maybe just the two of them.

Maria shook her head. “But why, we have everything we need.”

“Don’t you like getting presents?”

“Of course, I do. Everyone likes presents. But sometimes I think of the starving people less fortunate than we are.”

He shook his head. “I make donations. Believe me Maria they’ll always be starving otherwise there wouldn’t be charities and then people would be out of a job.”

“You’re cynical.” She slid out of her dress.

He reached into his attaché case and pulled out a small package. He grinned handing it to her. “For you. Happy Summer. Open it,” he coaxed.

She grinned and carefully opened the fancy wrapping paper. Looking perplexed, she held it up. “It’s knotted string, some kind of a plant hanger?”

“No!” he exclaimed. “It’s a bikini. Put it on.”

“You’re kidding. I’d be arrested.”

“”It’s special imported twine from Greece. You won’t even know you’re wearing it.”

She frowned, looked hesitant, then repeated: “You’re kidding.”

“It’s from a classy shop on the French Rivera, very fashionable and way pricey.”

She hesitated, but slowly managed to get herself into it. She looked in the mirror, frowned and shook her head. “I’d feel too self-conscious.

Everything about me is way too visible.”

He put his arms around her. “Visibility is good. You look amazing.”

She gave him a kiss on the cheek and nodded. “Then I’ll wear it for you when we’re alone at night.”

He frowned. “You don’t like it. I can tell. It’s imported Grecian twine very expensive.””

She grinned and hugged him. “Twine’s another word for string.” She pulled on a tee shirt and shorts over the bikini. “OK Tarzan, time to feed Jane. There’s a lobster place just across the parking lot. We can walk. Expensive string makes me hungry. But please Gilberto at your age be careful of cholesterol.”

He huffed and reached for the room key. “What do you mean at my age? I’m fine.”

They dined well. Maria had a crabmeat salad with lettuce and cucumbers. She sipped at her glass of white wine slowly. Gilberto put away a three pound baked stuffed lobster with a side of fries and two tall draft beers. He sat back, a satisfied smile on his face. “Don’t you want more wine?”

She shook her head no. “I’m doing my liver a favor.”

“Do me a favor instead and get blasted.”

“And have a hangover and be grumpy for two days. Is that what you want?

He sighed and shook his head. “Never mind. But we’re on holiday.”

She laughed. “Every day’s a holiday with you,”

He paid, they left and strolled on the beach hand in hand until they went back to their room.

Once inside their room, he went to the toilet. There was blood again. He frowned when he saw it. Maria had followed him into the bathroom. She peered at the bowl. “Did you hurt yourself?”

He shook his head. I’m not in any pain or uncomfortable. It’s just that there’s some blood.”

Her breath caught in her throat. “How long has this been,” she asked.

He shrugged. “On and off for a few weeks, maybe a month.” He tried to sound casual.

Her voice sharpened. “I’m taking you to the clinic Monday. This could be a bigger problem than you might think.”

He huffed. “Don’t go there, please.”

She put her hand on his shoulder. “Gilberto this could be very serious.”

He sighed. Why did she have to walk in just then?

She glared at him. “You wouldn’t have told me, would you?” Her eyes bore into his wavering sense of truth.”

“I would have eventually.”

“Gilberto, for you eventually could be light years from now.” She sighed, then smiled. “Oh Gilberto in some ways you’re still a little boy.”

He smiled back. “Us men, we’re all little boys. That’s part of our charm.”

(to be continued)

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Kitty Kat’s Korner

Does Your Cat Need Some Space?

by Sassafras Lowrey

Can cats experience separation anxiety? Can cats get stressed by having us around all the time? Here’s what you need to know.


When most of us hear the phrase “separation anxiety,” we think of dogs. But can cats also experience separation anxiety? Is the opposite possible – can cats get stressed by having us around all the time? Here’s what you need to know about cats and separation anxiety.

Do cats get separation anxiety?
“Cats experience and feel separation anxiety just like dogs. They may not react or express it in the same way, but the feeling/intensity may be the same,” says Dr. Dora Ramos, DVM of the Quick Care and Emergency team at NorthStar VETS Veterinary Emergency, Trauma, and Specialty Center.

Separation anxiety is particularly likely to occur with very social cats, heavily bonded with their people, and cats who are particularly social with their families.

“Bottle-fed kittens, orphaned or weaned too early, might be predisposed to separation anxiety due to the strong bond. Handling kittens between 2-7 weeks of age makes them more prepared for life changes later, more resistant to stress,” says Dr. Barbara Boechat, DVM at Firehouse Animal Health Center.

What about too much togetherness?
Any change in household routine can be challenging for cats. With pandemic lockdowns and many of us working from home, cats have lost a lot of the alone time they might previously have been accustomed to. Like how some very social cats might, as the country reopens, start to experience separation anxiety, other cats have been struggling with the constant togetherness and need more space.

“If you were used to going to work every day and now you are working from home, that can also be a new stressor for your furry friend,” says Dr. Boechat. Sometimes cats need some space from us, and cats feeling stressed out by too much togetherness will behave the same way as a feline with separation anxiety. According to Dr. Boechat, some signs of too much togetherness to watch for include: house soiling, anorexia, and vomiting, and hiding.

Give your cat space
It’s important to remember that cats spend a lot of time sleeping.

“Cats spend an average of 12-15 hours per day sleeping, mostly during the daytime as they are nocturnal by nature,” says Dr. Ramos, who advises that older cats will likely spend more time sleeping than younger cats and kittens.

“When awake, the amount of time cats spend socializing is individual to that cat’s personality and socialization status,” says Dr. Ramos.

Try to avoid disrupting your cat while they are sleeping. Similarly, it’s essential to give your cat as much autonomy as possible to choose when and how much time you spend together, even if you are home all day.

“If your cat is struggling with too much togetherness, give them space, be aware of their feelings, and monitor for behavioral changes,” encourages Dr. Ramos.

cat separation anxiety
Worried your cat might have separation anxiety? Here’s are some signs of cat separation anxiety. Photo: Drazen_/Getty Images

Cat separation anxiety symptoms to watch for
Symptoms of separation anxiety in cats will mirror the kind of symptoms you would see around cats who are experiencing stress or anxiety. This includes vomiting, anorexia, excessive grooming to the point of losing hair, and vocalization (especially when the owner is away from home).

“The most common complaint owners bring to the clinic is house soiling. Felines that are used to using the litter box might start changing their habits and urinating or defecating in the owner’s bed, for example,” says Dr. Boechat.

Cats experiencing separation anxiety may exhibit a change in behavior around eating, drinking, urinating, and defecating. Dr. Ramos notes that cats who are stressed by having people home all day every day might exhibit the same symptoms.

How to help your cat deal with household transitions
Any significant change in routine can be stressful for your cat. Last year’s lockdowns were a big change in routine for most cats, and now as we’re looking towards returning to something closer to normal, our cats are experiencing big changes again. Dr. Ramos advises helping your cat make positive associations with you leaving by pairing your cat alone with something rewarding. “If you are returning to work, make the transition as smooth as possible for your feline friend by offering a favorite toy or treat only when you’re leaving the house (so it changes your departure from a negative to a positive experience).” For cats closely attached to people, Dr. Ramos advises that it can be helpful to have a pet sitter or a family member come and visit your cat during the day while you are at work. Also, Dr. Ramos encourages that “it’s a good idea to leave the home in its most common state for stability for the pet – leaving the tv or radio on if that’s commonly done while humans are home.”

On the other hand, “If you are home more than usual, it is a good idea to try to maintain the same routine your animal is used to, the same way if you are going back to work. For example, you can feed and play with your cat at the same time as if you must leave your house. Also, keep a separate room where your animal can go and be by himself,” encourages Dr. Boechat. Cats thrive on consistency, and so regardless of what kind of schedule changes are happening for you, it can help your cat keep their life as consistent as possible. For example, maintaining a consistent feeding time can be comforting for cats. Dr. Boechat encourages cat guardians to consider using an automatic feeder so regardless of if you are home, your cat will eat at the same time every day.

When to seek veterinary help for cat separation anxiety
If your cat’s behavior has suddenly changed, it’s essential to schedule a checkup with your cat’s veterinarian. Your vet will be able to rule out any underlying health conditions that could manifest with the same symptoms as stress. If the vet determines your cat is physically healthy, they will help you develop a plan that might increase enrichment, like adding cat trees to the home or plug-in pheromones. Your vet may also recommend supplements, or in severe cases, an anti-anxiety medication. Dr. Ramos advises that your veterinarian will also be able to provide a referral to a veterinary behaviorist for your cat if they continue to emotionally struggle with being alone or with changes to a routine.

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Georgia Nichols Weekly Horoscope: Sunday, May 23, 2021

All Signs

And the beat goes on. We have all been feeling the effects of Mercury retrograde; however, this week, Mercury Retrograde officially begins (yes, folks – it’s official) So, what’s the overview for this week? How is this Gemini Sun affecting us? How is Mercury Retrograde (also in Gemini) creating havoc? And what’s up with Mars? And who is that man behind the curtain? The thing to remember about Mercury Retrograde is that as annoying as it can be, it deals with small stuff. Yes, I know that a flat tire or a computer problem doesn’t feel “small”, but it’s not a hurricane. These are niggling frustrations that we can handle. What’s not to handle? “Remember when there were two Scott the Plumbers and then they both moved away at the same time?” That’s major.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

This is a busy fast-paced week. Relations with siblings, relatives and neighbours will be warm and cozy, which is nice. (Plus, it makes life easier.) Nevertheless, Mercury Retrograde will threaten transportation issues. (Aaggh.) Expect missed buses, car problems, truck mishaps, flat tires and unexpected repairs to ground transportation, including bikes. (This is a heavy cross to bear but not as heavy as when both plumbers leave town.) Also, increased chaos and activity on the home front will be maddening and require patience with family members. Reward yourself with some fun socializing, if you can do this safely. This week, your ability to work effectively with everyone will contribute to your productivity.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

This week you will be busy socializing with friends and groups – no question. Furthermore, you will be proactive in all your communications with others. You won’t hesitate to say what you mean and mean what you say! Meanwhile, the Full Moon on Wednesday might bring financial matters to a head, especially related to the wealth of your partner or something to do with loans and mortgages. Fortunately, because you are the financial wizard of the zodiac, you will work things out in your favour. Nevertheless, cheques in the mail will be late and goofy, financial delays will be frustrating. Having said that, Venus in your House of Earnings will attract money to you. Yay!

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

This is a happening week! The Sun, Mercury retrograde and Venus are all in your sign; and on Wednesday, the only Full Moon directly opposite your sign all year will take place. Yikes! (What do you wear to a midlife crisis?) Tension with a partner or close friend might take place. Possibly due to the fact that ex-partners and old friends are back in the picture? Could jealousy be a factor? (“It’s complicated.”) Fortunately, both the Sun and Venus will empower you and make you confident, charming and diplomatic. In addition, Jupiter at the top of your chart makes your reputation shine! This means whatever happens, you will come out smelling like a rose. No worries.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

You are pulled in several directions this week. Part of you wants to hide and keep a low profile, especially because some kind of hidden activity (or a hidden relationship) is going on and you might want to avoid the fallout. Nevertheless, Mars in your sign makes you confident, proactive and ready to jump on anything with both feet. “I’m on it!” Actually, it might be a good idea to use physical exercise to blow off any pent-up steam that could be building up within you. Midweek, the Full Moon could bring a health situation to a head or something to do with your job or a pet. After the Full Moon is over, especially by the end of the week, these problems will dissipate or disappear. (Disappear is nice.)

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

This is a popular week and you are more involved than usual with creative, artistic people, which you adore. You might hear from old friends or members of groups from the past because of Mercury retrograde. Meanwhile, you might be unsure of future goals. By early July, you’ll have a better idea of what you really want to do. Why not let those plans simmer on the back burner of your mind? Issues related to your kids or a romantic partner might be tough to deal with midweek. Fear not because after the Full Moon peaks, by Friday or the weekend, everything is copacetic. Note: At the beginning of this week, it will serve you well to be generous to others.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

You are high viz. this week, making a great impression on everyone. In fact, you make such a great impression on bosses and important people, you might begin a romance with someone. It’s time to revisit old issues from the past with parents or bosses you haven’t seen for a while. When it comes to dealing with friends and groups, you’ll be enthusiastic, possibly even competitive. The Full Moon on Wednesday will challenge you because despite the demands of your job or your career, a family member will also make demands on your time. You’re caught in the middle! Cope as best you can, but don’t ignore career. Not this week.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

You want to travel and do something different and exciting! Naturally, most of you cannot do this because of Covid restrictions. This means you have to figure out another way to get the feeling that you’re being adventurous and expanding your world. Not easy to do. But you can learn new things and study something new because that can be exciting. You might also have a formal dinner with your family or do something “different” that makes you feel turned on and energized by life. You might “go out for dinner” or “have a drink” in a classy way at home? All things are possible. The trick is to satisfy the urge in your mind, not your body. Guard against accidents midweek. Pay attention to everything you say and do.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Money, loans and mortgages as well as anything to do with shared property and the responsibilities for others is a primary focus for you. In fact, the Full Moon on Wednesday will bring something to do with these these areas to a head. Hopefully, afterwards, there will be some kind of resolution or a solution in sight. Whatever comes up in the beginning of the week could create financial tension for you. Fortunately, after the Full Moon peaks, problems that were intensifying, miraculously diminish or even disappear. Work to benefit others this week, especially before Wednesday’s Full Moon. What you give will come back to you multiplied.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

The only Full Moon in your sign all year will peak on Wednesday this week. Problems seem to increase and intensify as the Full Moon approaches, and then inexplicably, after the Full Moon peaks, these same problems diminish or disappear. Some of these problems could be related to tension with partners and close friends; possibly something to do with an ex-partner or an old friend who is back on the scene? You might also have a dispute with someone about shared property or an inheritance. Whatever happens, keep the faith that by the end of the week, everything will mellow out and fall in place. Because it will.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

This will be a busy week for you because you are motivated to work and to accomplish as much as you can. Admittedly, Mercury retrograde will create some hassles. Misplaced paperwork, confused communications, lost items, missed appointments and equipment problems are just some things that might dog your footsteps. Nevertheless, you are motivated and focused! Furthermore, relations with coworkers will be smooth and supportive. Having said that, be patient with partners and close friends because some tension here is likely. Problems will intensify before Wednesday’s Full Moon and then afterwards, they will diminish. You can look forward to this. Plus, your optimism is strong!

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

This is a playful, fun-loving week! Grab every opportunity to enjoy sports, social interactions with others (probably online) and fun activities with kids. You will also enjoy any chance to express your own creativity. Old flames are back in your world either literally or in your thoughts or in your dreams. This is due to Mercury retrograde. In fact, Mercury retrograde might encourage you to resurrect a previous creative project to either finish it or take it in a new direction. Despite your involvement with the arts and children, you are still keen to work hard. Do not let tension building up toward Wednesday’s Full Moon sideline you. Stay mellow.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

This is a powerful week for you with lucky Jupiter in your sign. Furthermore, Mars makes you want to play and have fun! It will give you a competitive spirit in sports or any activity. Your focus on home and family will be primary, especially dealing with a parent. Many of you will be in touch with relatives you have not seen for a while. You will enjoy any kind of home entertaining or family gathering – whatever is safe and permitted. You will particularly enjoy making where you live more attractive. Wednesday’s Full Moon will make you feel pulled between the demands of your career versus the demands of home and family. This week you cannot ignore home and family and your personal life.

Weekly Horoscopes Beginning Sunday, 23 May 2021

from Celestial Prognostication

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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 may struggle watching familiar elements of your life change, if not come undone, your instincts are correctly telling you this disarray is timely. What’s more, it will continue until mid-June. Once that’s clear, you’ll focus on other matters, possibly exploring intriguing ideas or adding to your skills. Better yet, this is preparing you to make the best of this new chapter of your life.

Your direct manner will earn respect from people you work with. If someone has a problem or query, your response will be straight to the point. A workmate will leave it to you to make decisions you should be making together. Just as long as they don’t blame you if anything goes wrong, you will be happy to take the lead. Move cautiously into a new business arrangement or partnership. The idea may seem appealing but going 60:40 might be the best way to go.

Saturn arrives at a station on Sunday just as the Moon moves into the other Mare-ruled sign of Scorpio. This should mark a pause moment. Think carefully before you proceed; as though you were changing lanes on a fast-moving highway. The last thing you need is to crash. By the Lunar Eclipse on Wednesday. you may need to give way to an emergency vehicle. It’s not that you will; be involved in an accident, but that you will likely be aware that others (most likely born under one of the Mutable signs of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius or Pisces) need to go ahead of you. This though gives you time to consider how best to deal with the metaphoric traffic jam that begins as Mercury turns retrograde next weekend. In short, the cosmos is providing a moment for reflection. Irritating as this may be at one level, it should provide opportunity to engage with others in similar position and to make useful new connection.

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Taurus

Personal theme: I have!!

Earth & fixed sign: April 20 — May 20

Your horoscope for this week:

Obviously, you’d prefer to plan ahead; but between eclipses, on the 26th and on 10 June, shaking things up and the communication planet, Mercury retrograde, from the 29th until late June, life will consist of twists and turns. Some will be thrilling, others a nuisance. However, all are about approaching each day from a fresh perspective. For you, as a Taurus, that’s a valuable skill.

Duties in the workplace have been neglected and this is largely due to cuts in staff and absenteeism due to illness. There are responsibilities you don’t want to take on but no one else is taking care of these and they will seem to automatically slip onto your shoulders. You have a lot of potential and thanks to your past experience, your skills and what you have been through lately, you have a new perspective on life that enables you to be clear about your own aims.

On Sunday, Saturn stations near the apex of your solar chart; marking a ‘career moment’. That’s followed by the Moon’s transit of your opposite sign. It’s probable that others will ask you to take stock and consider just how much you’ve taken on and whether or not you can continue. There is a Lunar Eclipse on Wednesday that heralds a Solar in two weeks’ time. The space between the two events should be ideal for assessment and reorganisation. It’s probable that you now have a considerable army of support. You need others now to get on with doing their job whilst you determine new priorities. This might require giving up something which has been a chore. Happy as you may be to see the end of this, it may be that in the short term you need to let others learn by experience and not interfere – even when things seem to go awry. Priority now must be given to developing the career path that has been apparent since late 2020.

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Gemini

Personal theme: I think!!

Air sign: May 21 — June 20

Your horoscope for this week:

If your instincts are that you’re beginning a period as exciting as it will be unsettling, that’s true. The trick to living out the current, and coming, twists and turns is to remain flexible, and if you must make plans, to regard them as an experiment. This ensures you’re free to respond to the amazing events triggered by the Gemini eclipsed New Moon on 10 June.

An older colleague or relative can’t seem to see anything from your point of view. Count to ten before you speak should they seem overly cautious or even nit picking. Someone is trying to get you to change your mind over a matter you have strong feelings about. Whatever they say they aren’t going to influence you so it won’t hurt to let them get it off their chest. Financial matters need discussing as you work on ways to increase your long-term security.

Saturn arrives at its retrograde station in another of the Air signs on Sunday. Obviously, this affects all signs. You could think of this as a wind that suddenly stops before the current is altered. The wind is indeed likely to blow in fresh direction after the Lunar Eclipse in your opposite sign on Wednesday. Before then, reassessing your aims and objectives and, perhaps, giving thought as to who might be manipulating you to move in certain directions would be wise. Note that in two weeks there will be a Solar Eclipse in your sign. This ‘sophisticated new Moon’ offers a fresh start. First though it is likely to be necessary to close the door neatly on the past. Doing this with grace could be challenging. Yet there may be connections made that could yet prove useful in the future. Note too, that next weekend Mercury turns retrograde in your sign (not something that happens every year). This too, suggests the need for reappraisal and yes, perhaps going back to basics. Think carefully about what you excelled at in the past and give thought as to how to improve those traits in the coming months.

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Cancer

Personal theme: I feel!!

Water & cardinal sign: June 21 — July 22

Your horoscope for this week:

Even the most practical of Cancerians, and there are many, has a mystical side. You’re sensing change and, recently, have been expecting miraculous events. Those feelings are accurate. Still, go with the flow, even when events seem unwelcome, if not unwise. This is about breakthroughs. Once you’re past these changes, the next few steps will be as clear cut as they are exciting.

It might feel as if everything is going wrong in your life. There has been one problem after another and this makes you reluctant to get involved in anything new. You’re convinced you will bring bad luck to anyone and anything you touch. What has caused you to be so down and miserable? Remind yourself of all your achievements. Think of your strengths. Go back to a hobby or activity you’ve always excelled in. Don’t let negative thoughts control you.

Two key features dominate the coming week: first is Saturn’s station (Saturn rules your opposite sign), on Sunday. This represents a pause or reflection moment for all signs. That’s followed on Wednesday by a Lunar Eclipse (a special Full Moon) on Wednesday; and yes, it is possible that you could go over the top in your reactions between Sunday and Wednesday. Consider though, it’s possible that there is overreaction generally. If Saturn’s station coincides with the lifting of previous constraints or, alternatively places new ones, adjustment time will be necessary. The lunar eclipse is in one of the more delicate areas of your solar chart and could bring an increased workload your way. It’s likely imperative between Wednesday and the Solar Eclipse on June 10, that you find a routine that supports your well-being (which should include at least 15 minutes outdoors every day). You perhaps also need to steer clear of Gemini, Libra or Aquarius and/or those with a tendency to speak without thought as it’s these individuals who have the potential to drive you crazy presently.

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Leo

Personal theme: I will!!

Fire & fixed sign: July 23 — August 22

Your horoscope for this week:

Recently you’ve been oddly uncertain about your priorities, so waver when decisions loom. Actually, with so much in transition, the more flexible your thinking and arrangements, the better; but, also, you’re in a period of serious and often unsettling review. What you’re learning now will shape the dynamic cycle of change and growth that begins when, on 11 July, the powerhouse planet Mars moves into Leo.

A problem concerning money could cause tension in the family when an unexpected domestic expense will knock your budget for six. Don’t be surprised if it is up to you to find the extra cash needed to pay this bill. Working with young people and children will bring contentment. You will especially enjoy the company of those who are fun loving and creative. Your imagination is working overtime and as long as you don’t ignore routine responsibilities, there is no harm in putting your creative talents to good use.

Saturn stations in your opposite sign on Sunday. That in itself suggests a key moment with regard to relationships. This is followed by Wednesday’s Lunar Eclipse in another of the Fire signs. This eclipse accents the affairs of the heart sector of your solar chart. This area should also be regarded as your ‘research and development” department. It’s perhaps time to either call a halt to a project that is clearly not going to deliver, or take it down new track altogether. Bear in mind that this Lunar Eclipse precedes a Solar on June 10. The next two weeks should be considered thinking time. First, as is the case for most signs, it’s imperative to assess assets: time, money and energy levels. It may be that these need a boost. Don’t underestimate the power of playtime. Whilst relaxing – most likely mid-week and preferably with colleagues working in similar areas to your own, – you could yet download from the cosmos a fabulous idea that you incubate and launch after the Solar Eclipse.

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Virgo

Personal theme: I analyse!!

Earth sign: August 23 — September 22

Your horoscope for this week:

You’re an instinctive planner, so when things go wrong, you assume something’s changed. Actually, you and the rest of the world have begun a cycle of exciting, but disruptive, growth. First, eclipses, this Wednesday and on 10 June, will be shaking things up. What’s more, your ruler Mercury is retrograde, from the 29th, and triggering confusion. Ironically, all this chaos gets everybody talking. The result? Amazing ideas.

You may feel obliged to help someone out when they are clearly struggling. This is yet another responsibility you could do without. You don’t have time for people who want to gossip or who take forever to make up their minds. Authority comes with responsibility. Use this to cut through any dramas and get straight to the point. You’re finding it easier to calm the mental chatter in your head so as not to let your own thoughts run away with you.

Wednesday’s Lunar Eclipse accents the backbone of your solar chart. Eclipses mark both beginnings and endings. In this instance, with the Lunar coming ahead of the Solar, it’s likely you’ll be closing the door on one chapter and preparing to open the next. This then should be an exciting time. Just ahead of this cosmic spectacle, Saturn arrives at its station and you may be reminded of tasks that have been left undone, or, alternatively uncover facts that you needed access to weeks ago. Next weekend Mercury turns retrograde – which should not be viewed as a negative. In fact, whilst it seems you do need to go back over old ground, the process could yet reveal treasures that lead to startling and fabulous development after the Solar Eclipse next month. For now, you may need to call others to account and face some uncomfortable truths.

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Libra

Personal theme: I balance!!

Air & cardinal sign: September 23 — October 22

Your horoscope for this week:

While the unsettling planetary mood is making most anxious, you’re focusing on vital elements of your life, so should sail smoothly through it all. The challenge? Backing off, and allowing others to deal with their own dramas. If they feel like chatting, listen. Otherwise, explore ideas and offers as unexpected as they are exciting. These aren’t just worthwhile; they’ll be central to your coming months’ activities.

Problems you keep coming up against are aggravating. It is helpful to talk to others who are going through similar experiences. Cutting a few corners to get a job done will undermine your professional reputation. Part of the problem is long shifts or too many responsibilities. Whether you need financial, practical or emotional support, now is the time to reach out and ask for help. Putting your own needs first is not something you should feel guilty about.

Saturn appears to stand still in another of the Air signs on Sunday. Think of this as a wind that has been blowing in one direction and then stops; and yes, this could be calm before a storm. Mid-week there is a Lunar Eclipse. It may be that you are on the edge of a squall or tempest affecting particularly those born under Gemini or Sagittarius. The temptation to talk things through will surely be great. Yet it may be important to listen to silence: a cosmic download may take place. New ideas are set to emerge after the Solar Eclipse on June 10. For now, accept that there is danger of playing with fire and yes, once again tipping your finely tuned scales. It is a curious thing about Libra that whenever things are going well, there is the tendency to do something that alters the balance and then requires action. Do you really need to put yourself through this?

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Scorpio & Ophiuchus

Personal theme: I desire!!

Water & fixed signs: October 23 — November 21

Your horoscope for this week:

Between the mid-May’s powerful Scorpio Full Moon and recent breakthroughs, you’re exploring promising ideas or offers. While they’re amazing, unsettling events are shaking up everybody’s life, so disrupting your plans. However, challenging these are for others, they’re leading to breakthroughs as exciting as they are unexpected, at least for you. Do what’s possible, but resist distracting rescue missions. Others must tend to their own dramas.

There’s a chance to join a study or training course but because of the dedication you’d have to put into this, there may be a need to do some internal work on yourself first. Friends on a social networking site make you feel inadequate when everything they do, they do it perfectly. What they aren’t admitting to, are all the things in their lives that are going wrong. Open your eyes and see the world how it is and not the way other people want you to see it.

You are likely be far from the only sign to feel the world has shifted on its axis. It all begins with Saturn’s station on Sunday – and in another of the Fixed signs, – and yes, at the very base of your solar chart. This is a key moment. The last time you experienced this was three decades ago. It’s a time for reassessment. With the Moon passing through your sign between Sunday and Wednesday, determining what is and what is not important ought not to be difficult. Indeed, by Wednesday’s Lunar Eclipse in neighbouring Sagittarius, you may be ready to clear the decks and throw away that which no longer gives pleasure. On the working scene you may find others doing similar things and preparing to move on. Choices have to be made and decisions taken. It may be that the next stage comes after the solar eclipse on June 10. This week it is important for drawing ‘lines in the sand’ and making clear where your priorities lie.

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Sagittarius

Personal theme: I see!!

Fire sign: November 22 — December 21

Your horoscope for this week:

Wednesday’s eclipsed Sagittarius Full Moon, and the heightened feelings and sudden shakeups it triggers influence everybody. However, it’s in your sign, so marks a turning point. While you may already be aware of and, in fact, welcome some changes, others will be as much of a surprise as they are unsettling. Tempting as it is to commit to whatever seems promising, focus on exploration. You’ve lots yet to discover.

If you’re restless or if life feels constraining, think about joining in some sporting or exercise activity. Taking part in a group event would also take your mind off your troubles. The energy you use up in outside activities will leave you feeling strangely calm and more relaxed. It may not be convenient to give a friend or neighbour the support they are asking for but you will find a way to do this. After all, you may need some similar help in the near future.

Wednesday’s Lunar Eclipse is in your sign – similar to one that took place in 2002. This likely heralds the closing of a chapter. Doors are set to open after the Solar Eclipse on June 10 and involve a partnership or their realisation that a colleague is moving in new direction requiring you to alter course too. Saturn’s station on Sunday marks potential ‘calm before storm’ and assessment of altering conditions made necessary. True, this station affects all signs, – but in different ways. Your needs though might require greatest consideration – and not necessarily in a ‘bad’ way. In fact, this then, could be a revealing and magical time. Recall that Jupiter planet has arrived at the base of your solar chart: a time when your innate talents will surely be recognised.

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Capricorn

Personal theme: I use!!

Earth & cardinal sign: December 22 — January 19

Your horoscope for this week:

You plan carefully, so generally achieve your objectives; but others aren’t as thorough, with predictable results. However, everybody is influenced by the tricky cycle triggered by the eclipse, on the 26th, and continues in a range of obstacles and unexpected events over the coming month. Deal with each day as best you can, especially helping others where possible, even if there’s no obligation to do so.

Keep a positive attitude. Instead of telling yourself you can’t do something, imagine yourself succeeding. Appearances can be deceptive. Not everything you see is exactly the way you see it. Sometimes your mind can play tricks on you and sometimes your perception can be wrong. Keep an open mind. If life seems to be at a standstill and you are feeling stagnant, spending time out in nature will help get your creative juices flowing. Take up a new hobby. Use your skills in a way that feels good to you.

Saturn, your ruling planet arrives at its retrograde station on Sunday. The implications are that you will consider

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GrannyMoon’s Weekly Feast 16-23 May 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

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 19: Canadians celebrate the birthdays of both Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II. Victoria Day is also the unofficial beginning of the warm season north of the border. Canadian gardeners, raise your trowels!

May 20: On this day in 1810, Dolley Madison is said to have served the first ice cream at the White House–strawberry, it is said. Not so: Thomas Jefferson beat her to it, but the myth lives on. For the real scoop, check out this post.

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.

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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 Swords reversed

Do you believe in yourself?

The Seven of Swords often appears reversed when you feel like a fraud and are suffering from “imposter syndrome.”

You may doubt yourself and your abilities. Get out of your head and trust that you have everything you need to make your new venture a success.

You could be deceiving yourself, trying to trick yourself into believing something even though it is out of alignment with your true self. You may attempt to fool yourself that everything is okay when it is not.

Now is the time to get real with where you are and confront your situation head-on.

Ask Your Tarot Cards: “How can I trust myself more?”

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Llewellyn’s Spell A Day

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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Grow Something

MAY 15, 2021 BY DEBORAH BLAKE

As Witches and Pagans, we do our best to connect with the earth and the natural world. One of the easiest ways to do that is to grow something. It doesn’t really matter what, and there are plenty of choices no matter where you live or whether or not you have a green thumb. If you have a yard, by all means plant a flower, a vegetable garden, a bush, or a tree. But even if you only have a windowsill, you can grow an herb or two, or some beautiful flowers. If you want something to grow with your kids, you can even do something fun like grow a potato from a potato. The idea is simply to plant something in the soil, tend it, and watch it grow.

If you want to add an extra magical element, write down something you wish to have grow in your life and tuck the piece of paper into the soil. Then send your energy into that wish whenever you tend the plant.

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Contentment Spell

MAY 14, 2021 BY EMBER GRANT

To increase peace and satisfaction in your life, light a pink candle and anoint the candle with rose, gardenia, or sweetpea essential oil. These scents promote harmony, peace, and happiness. Take a deep breath, and as you inhale the floral aroma, exhale with a sigh and visualize any self-doubt and negativity that’s holding you back from being expelled. Breathe in again and see yourself breathing in only feelings of joy and peace. Chant:

I am content, at peace, and calm.

My breath becomes a healing balm.

When I feel ill at ease,

All I have to do is breathe.

Allow the candle to burn out safely. Recall this moment anytime you need to feel content and take several deep breaths, repeating the chant.

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Nature Fairy Spell

MAY 13, 2021 BY SAPPHIRE MOONBEAM

The fairies are always around to assist you. It is a good idea to show them gratitude for their help along your spiritual journey.

Walk into the woods or an outdoor area with lots of trees. Gather up nuts, seeds, leaves, and stones that you find on your path. Find a flat surface on a rock or an area in the grass at the base of a tree, and arrange the items in a circular pattern to create a nature mandala as an offering. Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and chant this three times:

I am grateful for this day.

I am grateful for the fae.

I’ve created this beautiful nature art.

Please accept it as a gift

from my grateful heart.

Know that the fairies appreciate your heartfelt nature offering and will continue to guide and assist you on your magical path.

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A May New Moon Spell

MAY 11, 2021 BY JAMES KAMBOS

A May new moon is a perfect time to energize your spirit. This spell will empower your spirit, and at the same time help you achieve a wish. Think of a wish as you prepare for this ritual. First, cover your altar with dark blue fabric. Upon the altar place one dark blue candle and a vase of spring flowers. Lilacs, pansies, and violets are good. Safely light the candle. Think of your wish as you chant the following verse three times:

As the May moon begins to grow,

So does the magical seed I sow!

These flowers live, these flowers wither,

But my spirit shall live forever.

Meditate upon your wish, then snuff out the candle. You may use the candle again for magic. Leave the flowers on your altar until they fade. When the flowers wither, place them gently on the ground outside. As the flowers return to Mother Earth, your wish will grow to fruition.

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Think of Me Tulip Spell

MAY 12, 2021 BY KATE FREULER

Tulips are associated with love and new beginnings. Send a message to your sweetheart with this easy spell.

You will need some lipstick, gloss, or balm and a petal from a red tulip. Close your eyes and think of a message you’d like to send to someone you adore. Put the lipstick or balm on your lips and say “think of me” three times while visualizing their face. Kiss the tulip petal, leaving a clear imprint.

Go to a place where traffic, the wind, or a body of water is flowing in your sweetheart’s direction, and discreetly let the tulip petal slip from your fingers. (Do not do this in the traffic. On the sidewalk will do.) They will be reminded of you sometime that day as the energy of the tulip petal gets carried toward them.

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World Bird Migration Day

MAY 10, 2021 BY EMYME

Birds play an important part in secular and earth-based belief systems. Appreciate the joy in listening to their songs and calls and watching them at domestic feeders and in their natural habitats.

Does your personal or family totem honor a special bird? Take some time today to trace their migratory habits. Or, if you have no special feathered friend, perhaps take some time to research the birds in your area and see which one calls to your spirit of flight.

Obtain a bird book for your area, close your eyes, flip the pages, and stop! Is this your spirit bird?

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A May New Moon Spell

MAY 11, 2021 BY JAMES KAMBOS

A May new moon is a perfect time to energize your spirit. This spell will empower your spirit, and at the same time help you achieve a wish. Think of a wish as you prepare for this ritual. First, cover your altar with dark blue fabric. Upon the altar place one dark blue candle and a vase of spring flowers. Lilacs, pansies, and violets are good. Safely light the candle. Think of your wish as you chant the following verse three times:

As the May moon begins to grow,

So does the magical seed I sow!

These flowers live, these flowers wither,

But my spirit shall live forever.

Meditate upon your wish, then snuff out the candle. You may use the candle again for magic. Leave the flowers on your altar until they fade. When the flowers wither, place them gently on the ground outside. As the flowers return to Mother Earth, your wish will grow to fruition.

What to Do About Cards You Don’t Like

 BY BARBARA MOORE

Giving relevant and useful readings is easier to do if we are not bogged down by our own biases. This exercise, from Your Tarot, Your Way, is a good way to start identifying your own blind spots. Once you’ve done that, you can work on healing your relationship to that archetype so you can see it more objectively.

Love, Hate, Neutral

Go through your Major Arcana cards and divide them into three piles: ones you love, ones you hate, and ones you are neutral toward. Do this quickly and without a lot of analysis; just go with your first reaction. Keeping the piles separate, shuffle each one, and randomly draw one card. So now you have one card from each pile. Get out your notebook, so you can write about each card. You don’t have to write a lot unless you want to, but try to write at least one paragraph. For the card you love, why do you love it? What does it seem to promise? For the card you hate, why do you hate it? Does it evoke fear or anger or something else? For the card you are neutral about, why does it seem to bore you? For all the cards, find connections in your life, past, or present.

Heartwings Love Notes 982 The Beauty of Spring Dances in Our Eyes

Heartwings says, “Some of Spring’s beauty lies in its variety.”

The changeable weather of spring is one aspect of its loveliness. Until I open the bedroom curtains, I have no idea what weather the emerging day will have brought. It could be a day for a warm sweater or for shorts! If the sun is shining it could be windy and not warm even in the sun. I remember how in college we all ran out and sat on the roof with as little as possible on to get a tan, so desirable in those long ago days before sun screen and the threat of skin cancer. Though never as strong as it gets in the summer months, the newly warm spring sun was more welcome.  

Spring’s beauty is also embodied in another constant change that at times manifests almost daily. Not only does the weather change, so does the landscape. The lacy patterns created as the leaves slowly emerge are a marvel of delight. I have been watching them daily, both from my porch,  through my windows and through my windshield. Their newness reminds me of birth and of babies. They make it seem as though there was never a spring so tender and so new. It is as though every other spring has been erased, replaced by this unique, budding beauty happening now.

The emerging colors of spring seem tentative compared to those of fall, and yet were they to burst forth in vibrant colors like those of autumn, perhaps they would seem too harshly strident. Winter is stark with its pale landscapes of dull brown and white. The soft pinks, greens and purples of the emerging season make for a gentle transition from winter’s harshness. They also present a lovely contrast to the leaflessness of trees before the buds begin to swell on the bare branches. 

As a poet, I have written many poems about the seasons. I have enjoyed describing them and expressing my appreciation of them, as well as using them as metaphors and examples of life and of living. Yet I seem to find more to say even after all these years. There is something so inspiring about the seasons. I’m not sure why I feel this way. Perhaps it is because I grew up spending much of my time out of doors, in nature. Perhaps also it is because my father and great grandfathers were both horticulturists. Regardless, I welcome the seasonal changes and take great delight in sharing my appreciation of them and of nature.

I hope you can take time to appreciate the emerging of spring as it blossoms throughout the landscape. May the air you breathe refresh and renew you. 

Blessings and best regards, Tasha Halpert

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Heartwings Love Notes 981 Accidental Beauty

Heartwings says, “When we open our eyes to it, there is beauty everywhere to see.”

As a child I was drawn to bright colors and pretty images. I disliked hurtful humor and stories of sad or unfortunate people, even if they somehow turned things around for themselves. My eyes are and have always drawn to what sparkles or twinkles, my ears to pretty and uplifting music, now preferably classical. To me this predilection is a gift, and I am very grateful for it. What seems to me to be most interesting is how there is beauty around every corner and even in every situation, if you look for it.

Recently I was in our local thrift store, appropriately named Treasures, when something caught my eye: The sun shone on a row of glassware on a series of shelves against the wall of the shop. I stopped and gazed at the row of sparkling glass. It was breathtaking. I brought up the camera on my cellphone and took a picture. Later when I brought my picture up to look at, I realized the camera hadn’t captured the beauty that my eyes had perceived. I have had this experience before. Perhaps when we really look with our eyes, we see things with more dimension.

Accidental beauty radiates unbidden all around us. Though we may not see it there is beauty to be seen that may easily go unnoticed. If my mind is preoccupied with anticipatory thoughts or apprehensions; if I am worried about what I ought to remember or concerned over some nameless condition, I may fail to actually look out of my eyes. Even though my eyes are focused on something, I may not see it! Case in point: Have you ever looked for something without finding it, only to discover it where you had already looked perhaps even several times?  

Beauty often cloaks itself in ordinariness. Dewdrops or even raindrops that glisten in the sun shining on blades of grass may make miniature rainbows that can be seen only when we look closely. Dandelions that glow like little suns can delight the eye that sees them not as weeds but as accidental beauty. A smile that lights up a friend’s face, the sound of someone playing an instrument by an open window, the smell of something tasty cooking or baking, all may go unnoticed if we do not pay attention.

When I am present in the moment, allowing myself to really be present, I will more easily see or hear what is there to be seen or heard. If I actively seek to see the beauty that exists everywhere for those who pay attention, I will find much to delight me. Yes there is ugliness in our surroundings, and frowns are as easily perceived as smiles, yet we can anticipate what is pleasant as easily as the opposite. I once met a woman who told me she always anticipated the worst because then she could never be disappointed. I found this to be sad. However, whatever floats your boat, as Oprah used to say, is what works best for you. The real gift is being able to choose what to look for and where to look.  

May you cultivate your sense of where to look and find beauty everywhere.

Blessings and Best Regards, Tasha Halpert

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The Hackmanite Stone

Meaning & Energy

Hackmanite helps grant one access to their crown chakra while enhancing their mental capabilities. One will be able to see the strength that the human mind possesses, which can lead them to the gateway of higher knowledge. This elevated knowledge is from celestial beings in addition to one’s own spirit guides and guardian angels. The messages you receive may be bleak and confusing, but working with Hackmanite will help you learn the “language of the gods”. This special mineral helps one not only decode the imagery within their own visions, but also the symbolism in one’s nightly dreams. These are signs pointing you in the direction that your soul desires. By nature, humans are caught up in daily distractions, which only push one further away from achieving their dreams. However, Hackmanite works to help one prioritize what’s most important to them and how they should go about achieving it.

Spiritual Evolution

We highly recommend this stone as a means for one’s personal growth and spiritual evolution. One will begin to know the true power of Hackmanite and its energies as they continue to work with the stone. Just as this stone reveals hidden colors when exposed to a special light, it will also do the same to you. Hackmanite is YOUR special light that helps peel back your layers and reveals the beauty of your mind and soul.

A Word of Advice to the Reiki Novice

Article by Sandra Cooze

Reiki is a wonderful practice. It is amazingly versatile and full of surprises. Even after 8 years of practicing and teaching Reiki, I learn something new with every treatment I give, and every class that I teach. Thinking back to the beginning of my journey as a Reiki practitioner there are many things I wish I had known when I first started out. There is one thing, in particular, I want to share with you today in the hope that it will make the beginning of your journey as a Reiki practitioner a little easier.

Right after I received my first Reiki attunement, I had the most unusual and unnerving experience. I felt completely naked – literally. I had to actually look down my body to make sure that I was wearing clothes – the sensations were that intense.

Everything felt different. The wind felt stronger, the sun warmer; it was as if a layer around my body had been removed – and I believe that it was exactly that! A protective layer that I no longer needed was taken from me to make way for my new journey and the person I was about to become.

When I went home that day, I felt as if I could conquer the world! I was ready to just dive in and give Reiki to anyone who was willing to give it a try. But as it turned out, this was not as easy as I thought it would be.

The first time I attempted to give a Reiki treatment was to members of my family. I wanted to show them how amazing the energy felt and I was so sure they would love it just like I did. But when I began the treatment, nothing happened. I did not feel any energy coming from my hands and neither did my family members. I was so embarrassed and felt like a complete failure. I did not understand how Reiki could work so well during my classes and then completely failed me when I wanted to use it on my own.

A Word of Advice to the Reiki Novice

What I had experienced is a common occurrence amongst new Reiki practitioners. Today, I know of course what had happened and how to prevent this situation from reoccurring. But back then I was ready to give up and I know that a situation like this is the most common reason why many people do not advance beyond Reiki Level I.

So let’s take a look at what had happened and how we can prevent it.

First things first, when you want to prove to someone how awesome Reiki is and that it absolutely works, you set yourself up for failure. Wanting something means you come from an ego-based mindset. The ego is your worst enemy when it comes to Reiki. You will never be able to prove a point with Reiki when you only want to prove a point. It does not work that way.

What’s also important to know is that beginning your journey as a Reiki practitioner by giving Reiki to your family will be very difficult. The reason is again, the ego. I know that it seems simpler to find your first clients amongst your family and friends since they most likely want to support you on your new journey. But this again can cause your ego to interfere. You probably told them all about your experiences during your Reiki class and how awesome you felt and now you want to show them how amazing it is. And even if you are not trying to convince them, you want them to feel the same way you did. This again will cause your ego to get in the way.

So, what can we do to prevent these situations from ever happening? First and foremost we have to understand, that we are not giving Reiki. We are guiding the Reiki energy through us and into the client’s body, but we don’t create it and with that, we don’t own it. We have no influence over how the other person feels during or after a treatment, so there is no need for us to stress over it. What they experience, is none of our business. Period. That being said, we do need to take the pressure off of our heart, mind and soul.

When I prepare for a treatment I call my Spirit Guides and the Spirit Guides of my client and ask them for their assistance in guiding the energy where it is needed most and to guide me to the spots I especially need to work on. I also (in my mind) tell my client to take what they need and I pray for the most wonderful experience they ever had. This is especially helpful when it is a client’s first interaction with Reiki. You can, of course, set your own intentions for your client’s treatment, but I would always add the request for the most wonderful experience. It really works!

What is also important to know is that, especially with a first-time client, it may take some time for the energy to flow. This has nothing to do with you. It simply means that your client may unintentionally block themselves from receiving because they don’t really know what to expect. Therefore, it is very helpful to explain to them before the treatment what they may expect in terms of sensations. Encourage them to tell you what they experience so that you can explain to them what that means. Allow them to be part of the treatment if they wish to communicate.

If your client is really tense or blocked, encourage them (in your mind) to let go and take what they need. Even if you don’t voice this message, they will start to relax.

Remember that whenever the client does not seem to feel anything, it has nothing to do with you and your ability to perform Reiki as long as you don’t allow your ego to take over. Sometimes a person just does not sense the energy, but this does not mean that no healing is taking place. Also, some people are just not ready to let go of an issue or aren’t open enough to allow healing to take place.

I hope my article will shed some light into the mysteries of your first steps as a Reiki Practitioner.

Love & Light,

Sandra

Feeling Guilty About Being Happy

Allow yourself to release feeling any guilt about being happy

Happiness is an experience we all long for and deserve in our lives. We may wish for the happiness that comes with a much-needed vacation or an exciting new love affair, yet when the actual experience of happiness emerges, we may be too overcome with guilt to enjoy it. If guilt is interfering with your ability to feel joy, you may find relief in looking at the beliefs you hold about yourself and what it means for you to be happy. 

Guilt about feeling happy can arise for different reasons. Deep down you may believe that you don’t deserve to be happy because you hurt someone in the past, had more than others growing up, or maybe you received a mean comment from someone you admire. Perhaps it once seemed that painful experiences always followed happy ones; now whenever you begin to feel happy, you find yourself waiting for the other shoe to drop. Happiness may even just feel uncomfortable because you’ve gotten so used to feeling down. The truth is that when you feel too guilty to let yourself enjoy positive emotions, you are denying a part of yourself that has a right to exist. By limiting your life experience to just the negative feelings, you are cutting yourself off from the fullness of life — which includes all of the positive emotions as well. Fortunately, you can begin to shift the way you respond to happiness even in this moment. 

From now on, when happiness begins to blossom in your heart, try to accept it, relish in it, ask it to stay. It’s okay to feel happy even if you believe you don’t deserve it. Feeling good is an expression of your wholeness and your connection with life. The next time happiness appears for you, try not to feel guilty about it. Instead, welcome your happiness in like a long-awaited friend

Humanity

We are human, we are family — we all look at the same stars, we all laugh and cry, we all love. 

When it comes to our families, we sometimes see only our differences. We see the way our parents cling to ideas we don’t believe or act in ways we try not to copy. We see how practical one of our siblings is and wonder how we can be from the same gene pool. Similarly, within the human family, we see how different we are from each other, in ways ranging from gender and race to geographical location and religious beliefs. It is almost as if we think we are a different species sometimes. But the truth is, in our personal families as well as the human family, we really are the same. A single mother of four living in Africa looks up at the same stars and moon that shine down on an elderly Frenchman in Paris. A Tibetan monk living in India, a newborn infant in China, and a young couple saying their marriage vows in Indiana all breathe the same air, by the same process. We have all been hurt and we have all cried. Each one of us knows how it feels to love someone dearly. No matter what our political views are, we all love to laugh. Regardless of how much or how little money we have, our hearts pump blood through our bodies in the same way. With all this in common, it is clear we are each individual members of the same family. We are human. Acknowledging how close we all are, instead of clinging to what separates us, enables us to feel less alone in the world. Every person we meet, see, hear, or read about is a member of our family. We are truly not alone. We also begin to see that we are perfectly capable of understanding and relating to people who, on the surface, may seem very different from us. This awareness prevents us from disconnecting from people on the other side of the tracks, and the other side of the world. We begin to understand that we must treat all people for what they are — family.

Evening Primrose Oil – A Natural Anti-Inflammatory 

by Dr. Weil

You have likely seen it on the shelves of your drug or health food store, but do you know what evening primrose oil can do for you? This natural source of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) is a versatile oil that comes from the tiny seeds of a wildflower, Oenothera biennis L., native to North America.

Very hard to come by in the diet, GLA has been studied for its natural anti-inflammatory activity, and it appears to have none of the side effects of the over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs. I frequently suggest evening primrose oil to support skin health, as well as optimal health of hair and nails. Do not expect immediate results; it takes six to eight weeks to see changes after adding GLA to the diet. When purchasing, choose evening primrose oil that is cold-pressed and extracted without the use of solvents.

Gilberto Rides Again, Chapter 1 

By Stephen Halpert

Gilberto came into the condo, kicked off his loafers, yawned, and felt tired. He wanted more time with Joey, especially to watch him at his varsity soccer practice. Instead as part of Atlas’ ever-present front line of defense, he sat in on board meetings. His position had many perks; travel especially as a spokesperson for this  behemoth corporation continually vigilant of antitrust and monopolist criticism.

Ten years have passed. Joey is now a junior at Houndstooth Academy, a boy’s prep school in Brookline, Ma. His sister Ramona, now ten, is the apple of Gilberto’s eye. She loves to draw and wants to be an artist. Maria works with Rosa as a counselor at a battered woman’s shelter in Boston. As for Gilberto, now fifty he is a Senior Vice President on the Board of Atlas International, his firm for the last twenty-five years. 

“You look tired.” Maria hugged him. “You seem to have all these thoughts coming out of your ears.”

He chuckled and kissed her. “We’ ‘ll have to do more traveling.”

She smiled. “Great when, where?”

“Conferences starting next month in New York, then meetings in DC and Atlanta.” 

She nodded and began loosening his tie, unbuttoning his shirt. “So you’ll be talking to politicians.”

He nodded. “Protecting Atlas is like trying to reign in a crazed bronco.” 

She sighed and felt sympathetic to his frustration. “That will be forever thus as long as the acquisition is on their front burner.” 

He nodded. “It has to keep growing. That’s the nature of global sales, distribution, and shipping. More opposition from Congress about our use of drones. Everybody has a handout for political contributions.” 

She noticed a new touch of gray in his hair. His trousers seemed to fit him tighter. “And we’ll be?”

“Dinner parties,  new plant openings. You know the drill. We’re on stage.” 

She noticed he was holding several new brochures for yachts.  “Oh Gilberto, you work so hard. And what you really want is to drag me off?” She searched his eyes for an unspoken answer. 

His eyes brightened. He nodded. “Yes. Want to go back to Niagara Falls and relive our honeymoon?”

“Is that what you want?”

  “I just want us to be together, even in some shady motel in the sticks.”

“I’d hate our being seen at someplace like that. Why not a weekend getaway at the Taj or the Ritz?”

He grinned. “Sure. We can walk across the Public Gardens.”

  She unbuttoned the rest of his shirt. “I want to keep you lean and hungry like a caged tiger ready to spring.”

He growled and kissed her. For long moments they held onto one another, a momentary escape from life’s immediacy.

“Know something,” she said. “You’re bored.”

“You think?” 

“Yes,” she nodded. “I think you need a diversion. Me more.”

I like Me more,” he laughed. “That has real possibilities. Maybe we could meet at a hotel and pretend to be lovers.”

“I’d like that but who needs to pretend.” Then she kissed him longer this time. “I’ll make a reservation for this weekend.”

Ramona rushed into the room. She looked pleadingly at Maria. “Mama there’s a horrible big bug in my room on my chair.”

“Can’t you just swat it?” Gilberto said.

She wrinkled her nose. “No daddy stinks when you squash it.”

Gilberto raised his eyebrows. “You don’t have to kill it. Just put it in a jar. You don’t need your mother for that.”

“Please, mama,” she wailed, started sobbing dramatically.

Maria sighed. “She’s your temperament you know.”

“Please, please mama, please,” wailed the child.

Maria took her hand and forcefully lead her back to her room.

“Do you like staying with Aunt Rosa and Uncle Ramon?” 

“Yes,” she cried out. “They have pizza and lots and apple pie.”

Maris took the bug in her hand, went and opened the window,  pushed up the screen, and tossed it.”

“From now on that’s what you do,” she said. “Do you understand?” The child was gripped in her mother’s voice. She nodded yes. “But do I have to touch it?”

Maria ignored her complaint. “I have to go speak with your father. Please don’t come running in and interrupting us again. Understand?

The child nodded, docile now, calm for the moment.

Joey arrived home from the Houndstooth bus. As he came in Maria immediately noticed the apprehension evident in his expression. He sat across from Gilbert and Maria, tears in his eyes. He sniffled.

“What’s wrong,” she asked him. “Nothing could be that bad. Did you flunk your history test?”

“Worse than that,” he sniffled.

Now he had Gilberto’s attention. “It wasn’t me,” he sobbed. “I didn’t do it. I promised not to tell.”

Gilberto looked stern. “Then tell us!” 

“I promised I wouldn’t. She told me not to. She said it was our secret.”

Maria took his hand and sat beside him on the sofa. She looked into her son’s eyes then said very softly, “Please start from the beginning.”

“I’m just afraid. She doesn’t want anyone to know.”

“But she told you.”

“Who are we talking about?” Gilberto said.

“Sophia,” Joey sobbed. “She said she’d run away. I don’t know how to help her!”

“Start at the beginning,” Maria repeated.

“She’s afraid she’s pregnant,” Joey blurted. “I promised not to tell anyone.”

Gilberto sighed. “And who’s the father?”

Maria stroked Joey’s shoulders. “It’s all right to tell us. Carrying something heavy like that can be awfully difficult.”

She went to Spring weekend at Dartmouth.  I think she got drunk.”

“When did she go,” Gilberto said.

“Over spring break, maybe last month. She’s all confused and doesn’t want to remember or have her parents find out.”

“Are you in love with her?” Gilberto said.

“Not like that,” Joey said. She’s like my older sister. But I promised I’d help her.”

“How?” Gilberto asked.

“She asked if I could give her money. She promised she’d pay me back.”

“I don’t think it’s that easy,” Maria said. “There’s a lot of emotion involved. It’s not like having a tooth pulled.”

Joey’s face was white. He trembled, then choked as though he had bit off too big a slice of life that was stuck in his throat.

“I have money in the bank,” he sobbed. “Birthday and money I earned doing odd jobs. I could give it to her.”

Gilberto shook his head and sighed. “How was your history exam?” he asked.

Joey ignored him and looked at Maria. “I don’t know. I couldn’t study. We’ve been texting a lot. I’m the only person she can tell.”

“What shall we do?” Maria said. She looked at Gilberto. “Your father and I will help come up with something. Please Joey don’t feel disloyal. Big life experiences can be hard on anyone at any age.”

Gilberto cleared his throat, sighed again, and fumbled to get his words in order. Finally, he asked. “Is that everything or is there more you haven’t told us?”

Joey started to cry. Maria reached for a tissue, handed it to him. “But as far as you know…” 

“But I don’t know.” 

(to be continued)

Kat’s Korner

How to Calculate Cat Years to Human Years

One cat year does not equal seven human years. Read on for tips on determining your cat’s age.

A popular misconception is that cats age seven years (in human years) for each calendar year. In fact, feline aging is much more rapid during the first two years of life. A cat reaches the approximate human age of 15 during his first year, then 24 at age 2. Each year thereafter, a cat ages approximately four cat years for every calendar year. Thus, a cat who is 5 in cat years would be approximately 36 in human years.

Note: It should be remembered that a cat who lives outdoors ages far more quickly, perhaps even twice as fast, than an indoor cat. Scroll to the bottom of this article to find out more about cat to human years for outdoor cats.

How to calculate a cat’s age

If you’ve taken in a stray cat or adopted a cat whose age is unknown, there are some ways to determine her age in cat years. Here’s how to calculate a cat’s age:

A Cat’s Teeth: Teeth are a great indicator of a cat’s age in cat years. Older cats tend to have more staining than younger cats, assuming the previous owner was negligent in brushing the cat’s teeth. And a kitten’s teeth first come in between two to four weeks; their more permanent set appears at around four months of age. So if you open a cat’s mouth and find permanent, white teeth, the feline is likely to be around a year old. Some yellowing might place the cat between 1 and 2, and tartar build-up on all the teeth indicates that the cat could be between 3 and 5. Missing teeth may mean you have a senior cat on your hands.

A Cat’s Muscle Tone: Younger cats are more likely to have some muscle definition from their higher activity level. Older cats are usually a bit bonier and may have some extra skin hanging or protruding shoulder blades.

A Cat’s Coat: The condition of a cat’s coat is another great indicator of a kitty’s age in cat years. Kittens and younger cats usually have soft, fine coats, whereas older cats tend to have thicker, coarser fur. A senior cat may display grays or patches of white.

A Cat’s Eyes: Bright, clear eyes without tearing or eye discharge are common in younger cats. A cat with some cloudiness in its eyes is likely to be 12 years old or so. While inspecting the lens, also examine the iris of the eye. Young cats have smooth irises, while the iris of an old cat can sometimes appear somewhat jagged.

A Cat’s Life Span

Felines are generally quite long-lived, though mileage varies depending on owner maintenance and genetic predisposition. In a handful of documented cases, cats have exceeded 30 years in age. Typically, indoor cats may live 12 to 18 years, with many surviving into their 20s.

Outdoor Cats Life Expectancy — How Long Do Outdoor Cats Live, in Cat Years?

Outdoor cats can have a significantly shorter life span than indoor-only cats, often living only two to five years. Pet parents in urban and suburban areas are strongly encouraged to keep their cats indoors.

Weekly Horoscope: Sunday, May 16, 2021

All Signs

We’re in the fires of Mordor! Actually, it’s Mercury Retrograde, which means you will hear from old friends, ex-partners, and old flames, which is either fun or horrifying. (I once tried to hide in the aisles of a video store.) Mercury is retrograde from May 28 – June 22; but the shadow period makes it a longer time: from May 16 – July 8. Zooks! That’s today! You can use this time to wrap up old business and make insightful observations about your past. Avoid buying ground transportation, computers, and cell phones. This week, the Sun moves into Gemini giving each of us a new focus for the next four weeks. Everyone will feel more curious and restless – eager for something new and interesting to happen. (Geminis don’t do boredom.) It’s time to make a cat video!

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Your sign will feel this particular Mercury Retrograde more than the other signs because Mercury Retrograde is taking place in the part of your chart that is Mercury’s home. Expect car problems and transportation delays. (Flat tires, failed engines – something.) Get ready for missed appointments and confused communications. Oy! However, you will easily finish studying or writing something. Even though you’re caught up in delays and goofy mistakes, you will enjoy life because it is fast-paced and exciting! Plus, you will appreciate the beauty of your daily surroundings and feel more warmly connected to others. Gosh.)

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Your focus on money, cash flow, and movable possessions will be strong in the next four weeks. (“I can’t believe I own all this stuff.”) Something will prompt you to catalog, organize and get rid of what you don’t need. You will also be more focused on money, cash flow, and earnings. Although cheques in the mail will be late and other delays might be irksome, nevertheless, a moneymaking idea that you had in the past might be worth reconsideration? Why not run it up the flagpole to see if anyone salutes? You will attract money, goods, and favours to you this month. Likewise, you will buy pretty things and antiques. (It’s who you are.)

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Oh my, the Sun, Venus, and your ruler Mercury are in your sign for the next four weeks. (Venus moves into Cancer on June 2.) This means the whole world will experience a dazzling display of Gemini energy! Obviously, this is your chance to recharge your batteries for the rest of the year. It’s also why you will feel vigourous, energetic, and enthused about life; while Venus will make you smooth, charming, and diplomatic. Of course, Mercury Retrograde will attract friends and ex-partners back into your world. Mostly this is a good thing because it’s nice to have history with others. Enjoy this lovely boost of energy and attention!

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Your personal year is coming to an end; however, your new year is not yet ready to begin. This means the next four weeks are the perfect time to reflect. Look back over your shoulder. How well are you doing at the art of living? What changes do you want for your new year ahead? What goals do you want to make? After all, goals make future decision-making easier and they keep you on track and give you focus. This window of time will be great for doing research. Meanwhile, some of you are swept up in the throes of a secret, passionate, love affair. “Heathcliff!”

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

The next four weeks will bring a welcome change into your life because you will be more popular and more involved with younger people as well as creative, artistic types. (Just what the doctor ordered.) You will enjoy talking to groups and friends online or in person. You’ll be excited about creating new goals for the future. It’s as if you’re waking up after hibernation. “Life! I remember what that was. Yes, it’s time to live again!” Mercury retrograde will attract old friends back into your world; plus, it will help you to accomplish old goals that you never achieved or finished. Relations with friends will be cozy; in fact, a friend could become a lover. “Masks off!”

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Life will be increasingly thrilling during the next four weeks because this is the only time all year the Sun will be sitting at the very top of your chart. This means you will be thrust into the limelight! Everyone will notice you more than usual. But lo! This light is flattering. Everyone admires you especially parents, bosses and VIPs even if you don’t do anything special. (It’s smoke and mirrors.) This is why you will be asked to take on increased responsibilities, and others will come to you for your advice, especially about how to make something look better. Meanwhile, competition or increased physical activity will stir your blood! All hail the valiant Virgo!

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

The next four weeks will be like a breath of fresh air for you because you will do something to satisfy your urge for adventure, stimulation and a chance to learn something new! You will appreciate the beauty of art, architecture and the crafts of other cultures. Ideally, you would achieve these things through travel, but in these times of Covid restrictions, you probably cannot do this. This means you have to travel in other ways – through books and film. Talk to people from different cultures. You might hear from people far way because Mercury Retrograde will attract them to you. Do what you can to satisfy your love of beauty and learning. Explore new avenues in publishing, the media, medicine and the law.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

You are an intense sign and in the next four weeks, your life will become even more intense. (“Her knuckles are very white.”) For starters, romance and love affairs will be passionate! The stuff of movies. This could be because ex-lovers are back on the scene. (Sigh.) Or you might meet someone new through an old friend who has returned to your world? Romantic passion aside, details about inheritances, shared property and insurance matters will be a strong focus. Fortunately, Mercury Retrograde will help you wrap up old business in these matters. You will also receive a gift, an inheritance or a favour from someone in the next month. Major bonus!

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

For the next four weeks, the Sun and Mercury retrograde are sitting directly opposite your sign, which is a sure indication that you will hear from ex-partners and friends from your past. Plus, it will give you an opportunity for closure and a chance to learn more and catch up on old news. (Trade lies about the bad old days.) You might even learn more about your style of relating and your values with your closest one-to-one relationships. Meanwhile, your sex drive is amped because of the placement of Mars in your chart. However, this same placement can also indicate disputes about shared property, mortgages, inheritances, loans and debt. Overall picture: A fascinating time with others, especially people from your past.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

You are hard-working. “No slackers allowed!” You like efficiency and you hate waste. These are some reasons you’ll be happier in the next four weeks. That’s because your main goal will be to get better organized. You want to work smart and be effective in everything you do. You will make lists and tackle old jobs that you’ve been meaning to get to for a while. Not only will you work to organize your world, you want to improve your health as well. “I want it all!” Coworkers will be supportive. Please note: Your ability to finish old jobs and work that has been dragging on and on will be stellar. You’ll wrap up this stuff in a flash. Show us your superpower!

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

You’re entering one of the most fun-filled months of the year! Mercury Retrograde will attract old flames from your past. Meanwhile, parents might hear from kids who wandered off the block. Your personal goal will be to enjoy yourself and express your creative urges. (“Look, ma! No hands!”) Social outings, the arts, sports, playful activities with kids and the freedom to be just who you are and express yourself without fear or hesitation will be the order of the day! In a perfect world, you would go away on a vacation. With current restrictions, you will have to have a vacation the best way you can make it happen. “We’re booking male dancers and ordering a case of wine.”

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Your focus on home, family and your personal and private life will be much stronger than usual in the next four weeks. Your interaction with a parent will be significant. Furthermore, you will be in touch with relatives you have not seen or heard from in a while. If they are safely in your bubble, they’ll be perched at your place and eating out of your fridge. Some of you have a strong urge now to redecorate and make your digs look prettier. A few velvet pillows on that new sofa? Fiery Mars will urge you to be active in sports and fun athletics, especially with your kids. Despite these busy distractions, you will value quiet moments to cocoon at home, as well. Nice.

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By GrannyMoon Posted in Pagan

GrannyMoon’s Weekly Feast 2-9 May 2012

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread,
places to play in and pray in,
where nature may heal and cheer
and give strength to the body and soul. ~John Muir, “John of the Mountains”

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

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

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Light A Candle Today!

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

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

April 2021 was “National Native Plant Month.” Native plants are adapted to local conditions and occur naturally in a particular place without human intervention.

The Celtic Tree Calendar
Saille (Willow) April 15 to May 12

The Goddess Calendar ~ The Goddess Month of:
Maia
4/18 – 5/15

May
May 1: Beltane or Beltain, Lá Bealtaine (Irish), Là Bealltainn (Scottish Gaelic, also known as Cétamain, is the Gaelic May Day festival. (Southern Hemisphere October 31 – November 1)

May 1: Samhain, Southern Hemisphere

5: Cinco de Mayo

9: Mother’s Day

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.

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Current Moon Phase: Waning Moon

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

Goddess Aspect: Crone

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

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

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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, that we will build throughout the next levels. We will cover the basic aspects of herbs. From culinary to magickal, medicinal to ornamental. As well as the many modalities of herbs!

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

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

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Card of the Week: Knight of Swords

What mission are you focusing on this week?

Nothing can stop you right now — you’re feeling so motivated, ambitious, and action-oriented that you will stop at nothing to pursue your dreams.

The challenges, difficulties, and obstacles on the path ahead don’t sway you because you know where you want to go. Rather than making plans, you are diving right in and taking quick action to manifest your goals.

Now is the time to be assertive, so channel this energy into proactive inspired action and watch your future unfold!

Ask Your Tarot Cards: What is my mission?

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May 2021 Astrological Influences & Ritual Recommendations
by Dacha Avelin

We welcome May with the Gaelic celebration of Beltane, which marks the beginning of Mother Earth entering a new cycle of growth, fertility, and abundance. Although I do not practice or observe any Pagan or Wiccan/New Age holidays or rites, I do honor this blessed day by creating an abundant ritual altar of candles and flowers.

May 3rd, 2021: Last Quarter Moon in Aquarius will bring a strong desire for solitude. Sensitives and those developing their third eye will feel overloaded with psychic messages. Anxiety often heightens during this time. Excellent time to physically and spiritually cleanse the home. The combination of Agrimony Powder and Wormwood Powder illuminates and cleanses all surroundings. This nearly smokeless method of cleansing will be very satisfying under the influences of this Last Quarter Moon. More information and instructions can be found on the Smokeless “Smudge” Kit page.

If anxiety about a particular potential outcome is present, nip the negative energy in the bud and prevent the outcome from manifesting. Energy flows where attention goes. Do not feed the potential problem or problematic outcome by drawing more energy to it! Obstruct the thoughts, energies, and buildup surrounding the potential undesired outcome by following the Block Undesired Manifestation Ritual.

May 8th, 2021: Venus enters Gemini, which causes many people to start thinking about love spells. Love triangles are often formed or come to light under this influence. This doesn’t necessarily indicate anything dramatic, but simply a sudden desire to freely explore romance with more than one person. For example, if you are in a relationship, you may suddenly spot a new person of interest. It is an excellent time to begin planning a love spell – whether it’s to draw a specific person into your life or increase self-love, invite a new awareness of love, and heal the heart chakra. The keyword here is plan – don’t start your love spell on this day. Wait until May 14th!

May 11th, 2021 11:59pm PST / 2:59pm EST: Dark Moon in Taurus intensifies our need for stability and practicality. Even the most eccentric and visionary personalities will suddenly feel the need to ground and get their mundane tasks in order. As with all Dark Moons, this is an excellent time for banishing rituals and cutting ties.

Put the energies of Dark Moon in Taurus to use if wanting to change your physical, feet-on-the-ground situation. Use the Resistance Release Ritual when your life calls upon sudden endings in order to open a path for new beginnings. Ideally used when it feels as though you are stuck in an undesirable situation or a negative thought pattern.

Dark Moon in Taurus also an excellent time to put an end to abusers and those that wish you or others harm. See the Vendetta Ritual for more information – now also available as a Ritual Kit.

If you suspect someone has intentionally or unintentionally (evil eye) placed something negative on you, perform the Break & Release Ritual tonight to banish the harmful energies. You may choose whether to send them back to the sender or simply eliminate and move on.

May 12th, 2021: Witches are Sensitives. Unless we are consciously prepared to block people’s energy, we automatically pick up the vibration of our surroundings. The night after the Dark Moon, I recommend all Witches to build spiritual protection around themselves. With the help of the Old World ritual herbs and resins of the Tiger’s Eye Ritual Blend, this ritual will protect you from unpleasant external energies and influences. Especially useful before stepping into an uncomfortable or potentially toxic situation. Wards against energetic vampires – those who suck the energy out of you or love to see people be miserable.?

May 14th, 2021: Mercury retrograde pre-shadow begins to cause static in everyday life. Begin your Mercury Retrograde Ritual today or within the next 14 days.

Mercury Retrograde begins: May 29th, 2021
Mercury Direct: June 22nd, 2021
Mercury Retrograde Post-Shadow Ends: July 7th, 2021
Learn more about Mercury Retrograde here.

May 14th, 2021: Witch’s New Moon is when the very first crescent or sliver of the Moon is visible. ?This is typically 2-3 nights after the Dark Moon. The moment you see the first crescent of the Moon, know that the Witch’s New Moon is upon you.

With some variations, the Witch’s New Moon rises in the daytime before noon and becomes visible in the day sky. It will be most visible at sunset and usually sets well before midnight. The Witch’s New Moon is the same percentage all over the world – both in the Northern and Southern Hemisphere. However, which way the tips of the Witch’s New Moon point depend on the time, date, and your location on Earth. ?

May 14th’s Witch’s New Moon in Gemini is the ideal time to begin rituals for love and manifestation. The Come to Me Ritual utilizing the Song of the Siren Ritual Blend will do wonders to permeate the desired lover’s energy field. Read more about how love spells work in our FAQ section.

Note: Depending on your location, you may see the first crescent as early as May 13th.

May 20th, 2021: Sun enters Gemini and energizes social interaction, as well as intellectual pursuits. Under this 28 day influence, it’s common to jump from one hobby to the next. The physical seemingly cannot keep up with the mental. There isn’t enough time in the day to pursue every hobby, every person, and every adventure that you will be interested in. Boredom is everyone’s kryptonite under this transit. If you are feeling stuck in manifesting a specific experience, the Attainment Ritual can help bring specific adventures or occurrences into physical form. Begin the series of Attainment Rituals tonight.

May 23rd, 2021: Saturn Retrograde reminds us of our unfinished mandated tasks, obstacles, and obligations from the autumn of 2020. Life is cyclical. Understanding and tuning yourself to the undercurrent of the influences has profound power. Unfinished business, unfinished relationships, unfinished imbitions will cycle back to the forefront of the mind. The conditions set forth between now and early October may feel oppressive or restrictive. Usually, these are self-imposed restraints and a sense of being overwhelmed. Feeling as if somewhere along the way, you missed an exit to your destination and have suddenly realized that you have come full circle and are back to the starting point. Use the next four months to review and revise the unfished chapters of autumn 2020.

May 26th, 2021 4:13am PST / 7:13am EST: Full Moon in Sagittarius. The Moon rules our emotions, inner dialogue, and deeply held beliefs. May 26th’s Lunar eclipse challenges the perceived experiences of the past and swiftly turns the page to a new chapter. As the polarising energies of the Moon and Sun heighten all senses, our rawest emotions are revealed.

The Full Moon will be in the sign of Sagittarius. It allows us to think creatively about our career, our place in the world, and how to best use this short time we have left on Earth. Desires to change occupations and/or move will be amplified. If possible, keep yourself buckled to your current situation until at least early July.

The May 26th Full Moon is also known as the Blood Supermoon. Despite the ominous name, the Blood Moon gets its name from the reddish-orange glow the Moon takes on during an eclipse. On this brightly lit night, the Full Moon will be closest to the Earth and look more prominent in the sky. This makes it known as the Blood Super Moon Eclipse.

If you are in Australia or New Zealand, you will witness roughly 14 minutes of a Total Lunar Eclipse. Those in the western United States and Southeast Asia will still be able to enjoy this phenomenon, though the entire eclipse will no be visible.

On a personal note, I find eclipses to be energetically draining. With the strong exception of the Sacred Full Moon Ritual, I withhold rituals for a later date, especially if these rituals require very specific outcomes.

Enjoy this evening; take it easy on yourself. Burn a Rosemary Smudge around your home. Smudge your physical and non-physical body, which includes the 3 feet below your feet’ soles (you will need to sit or lay) and the 3 feet above your head. Scatter the ashes under the glow of the Full Moon.

Wishing you blessed new cycle of growth and abundance! We will reconnect on May 31st.

Love & Magick,
Dacha Avelin

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Jupiter Enters Pisces
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Beneficial Jupiter shifts into the sign of Pisces on May 14! This lucky cycle makes for quite an exciting time. It’s good to know about the cosmic connections early on so you can take advantage of them. This whimsical energy sets the tone that will last through spring and some of the summer. It’s a time when all of us can receive some sort of luck that’s different or new.

The Zodiac Signs that can have the most luck and benefit from the Jupiter in Pisces influence are the Water Signs; Cancer, Pisces, and Scorpio. But Taurus and Virgo can also do quite well, and Virgo’s may get lucky in love this time around. But all the Zodiac Sun Signs can experience a miracle or blessing of some kind as Jupiter bestows its luck and goodness.

Jupiter was actually considered to be the ancient ruler of Pisces before Neptune was discovered! But Neptune is Pisces ruling planet, and Jupiter is Pisces co-ruler. So Jupiter goes well with the sign of Pisces and its energy. This influence brings luck, blessings, and prosperity into our lives. So it’s a good time for Setting Intentions and focusing on future goals. But time-outs are important from time to time, and some serious daydreaming. Remember, our feelings connect us to the Universe, so make sure to ask for the good things during the Jupiter in Pisces cycle. Dream big!

Jupiter is in everyone’s personal Astrology Birth Chart, and depending on what areas of your chart Jupiter is cruising through, it is the part of your life that you see the most gains. But if you don’t see anything happen or you decide not to work with this energy, don’t worry; you’ll get another chance once this transit comes back together, starting at the end of December 2021, where it will stay through mid-May 2022.

But you can take advantage of Jupiter in Pisces cycle in its entirety and reap the rewards for as long as possible if you do some spiritual healing work and ask the Universe for what you want and need in your life. Let Jupiter lead the way and be your guide. It’s the planet of higher learning, knowledge, truth, and adventure. Remember, this exciting influence starts on May 14 and runs through July 28.

May Astro Highlights

Uranus Squares Saturn With the Moon in Aquarius at the beginning of the month and Uranus being Aquarius ruling planet. Whatever challenges you’ve already been dealing with over the last few months might have recently intensified. But this energy might start to disappear as we move away from those problems and towards something new.

Some good days in May are 4, 6, 8 & 9, and 14. There are often better conversations that are clear as we communicate with dignity and respect. This can make a big difference in our lives.

May 2-3 – Venus Sextile Neptune

Making helpful actions brings good energy back to you. This aspect is a potent one because Venus and Neptune both transiting their home signs (Taurus & Pisces) during this cycle, and Venus is exalted or in a higher vibration. This energy promotes positivity, so something good stuff will happen for a whole lot of people.

May 11 – New Moon in Taurus

The New Moon conjuncts the Goddess Black Moon Lilith! This energy tends to bring out the darker side of Lilith, and we have some shadow work to do. This influence produces some interesting energy, that’s for sure. Suddenly, there are more blowups or outbursts, and we can be vicious and use our words to cut someone down to size. And, of course, someone else could play out The Lilith factor in your life. So watch out for difficult situations.

A few days before and after the New Moon peaks, we should keep our distance from those who appear angry or frustrated and from any situation that feels tense or problematic. Now, this is a time to work on your Shadow Self! If you can handle it.

May 23 – October 11 – Saturn Goes Retrograde

Whatever started last February will be reviewed, so you can take this time to revise and rework a project or issue. This Retrograde lasts until mid-October, as Saturn brings a Karmic second chance. There could be a significant event that we should discuss in more detail as we get closer to this time. So I will have more on this soon.

Stay Safe & Be Well

~Ruby

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Llewellyn’s Spell-A-Day

Mindful Magick
MAY 02, 2021 BY NAJAH LIGHTFOOT

The practice of mindfulness has gained quite a foothold in recent years. It seems everyone from elders to children is practicing mindful meditation. We all need ways to calm our mind and release stress.

For our spell today, we are going to practice being mindful magickal practitioners. Find a stone, crystal, leaf, feather, or flower that grabs your attention. Go to a location where you will not be disturbed. Hold your item in your hand and gaze at it lovingly. Slow your breathing. When you begin to relax, close your eyes. Feel the item with your fingers. Try to quiet your thoughts, and allow the item to speak its magick to you.

When you feel ready, open your eyes. Thank your item for being with you. Return your item to Mother Earth, or place it on your altar, where it will help you to remember to be mindful.
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Love Is Blooming
MAY 01, 2021 BY DEBORAH BLAKE

Today is Beltane, otherwise known as May Day. It celebrates the union of the Goddess and the God, fertility, abundance, and of course love. Traditionally it is often seen as a holiday that is raucous and sensual—and certainly it can be. But love takes many forms, and Beltane is the perfect time to focus on whichever kind or kinds of love you wish to invite into your life. This can include romantic or sexual love, but also the love of family, friends, pets, community, or anything else that will fill your heart with joy. Beltane is a fire holiday, so if you can, light a bonfire and dance around it. (If you can’t have a bonfire, light a red candle in a cauldron or firesafe bowl instead. Snuff it out when you are done.) As you dance, say or chant:

Beltane fires,
Sacred and wild,
Bring me love,
Both sweet and mild;
The kind of love
I need and desire.
Come to me
With Beltane’s fire.
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A Cleansing Spell
APRIL 30, 2021 BY JAMES KAMBOS

In some regions of Europe centuries ago, this date was considered to be the official end of winter. Cleansing rituals were performed to purify homes, farms, and livestock in preparation for a fruitful growing season. Many rituals involved fire. Bonfires were set, or sometimes straw brooms were set afire. These fires were meant to burn away the last remnants of winter and cleanse the environment. This spell is based on these ancient traditions. Use it to cleanse your living space or to bring good fortune. Begin by selecting three straws from a broom. Ignite them. Let them burn or smolder until they’re ash in a fireplace or heatproof container. As they burn, say:

I dedicate this fire to the earth and sun,
And to the summer season still to come.
Let bounty spread across the land.
I send this wish from my own hand.

When the ashes have cooled, sprinkle them as a blessing in a favorite outdoor area.
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Feed the Birds and Welcome Spring!
APRIL 29, 2021 BY ESTHA MCNEVIN

Tuppence charms date back to Victorian times and involve binding a coin with ribbon and seeds, then hanging it in a tree for the birds to nibble loose. This luck-casting utilizes the cycle of nature and the fertility of birds to imbue the charm with magick. Picking exotic coins is best. Later, a treasure hunt for these coins can be had, giving this spell an extra aura of luck and chance.

Gather the following:

  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 3 cage-free eggs
  • 1/2 cup meringue powder
  • 12–16 ounces regional seed mix
  • 12 coins bound up with green ribbon
  • 12 silicon cupcake molds

Mix the first six ingredients together with your hands, then pack around each coin and ribbon. Press into a silicone cupcake mold. Leave a bit of ribbon dangling out for hanging later.

Dry them in the oven at 190 degrees F. for three hours. When set, hang the charms in the trees around your yard.
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Floralia Celebration
APRIL 28, 2021 BY ELIZABETH BARRETTE

Floralia was an ancient Roman festival that was held from April 28 to May 3. It honored Flora, the goddess of flowers. People hosted games and theatrical performances.

You can celebrate Floralia alone or with your coven. Plant summer flowers such as daylilies, clematis, sunflowers, or zinnias to honor the goddess. Planting peas or beans— especially sweet peas, grown for their fragrant blooms—promotes fertility. Pick spring flowers like tulips and daffodils to make flower crowns, boutonnières, or wrist corsages. Play games related to blossoms or gardening, such as the card game Lotus, the dice game Bloom, or the board game The Little Flower Shop. A favorite form of divination is to pick flowers, determine a meaning for each one, and blow them across a pool of water. The first to reach the far side indicates the answer to your question.
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Keep Your Side of the Street Clean
APRIL 27, 2021 BY NAJAH LIGHTFOOT

On a regular basis we have experiences that frustrate or annoy us. And in between those times there are moments when life shows us that we are not in control. During those times, I’m reminded of the old adage “Keep your side of the street clean.”

For this spell you will need a small container, some water, and a broom.

Fill the container with water. Hold it in your hands and say:

Blessed be, element of water; water
that cleanses, renews, and refreshes.

Dip your fingers in the water and sprinkle a few drops on your broom. Say:

Blessed be, this broom, which sweeps
away that which no longer serves me.

Pour the water onto your doorstep. Sweep the doorstep from side to side. As you sweep, let go of things you cannot control, and know that sometimes the best thing you can do is keep your side of the street clean.
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Daytime Fell Moon Tool Consecration
APRIL 26, 2021 BY THORN MOONEY

The full moon is a great time to cleanse and consecrate magical tools. Many people will place crystals, oils, herbs, and other magical accoutrements in the light of the moon to absorb its energy, but the truth is that full moon energy is present during the daylight hours, too.

Use today to inventory your magical tools, dismantling those that no longer serve you or giving away those that may find better homes with others. You should regularly charge and reaffirm those that you decide to keep or that you’ve only recently acquired. Choose a favorite magical oil, if you have one, or simply use plain olive oil or magically consecrated water. Anoint each tool by dabbing it and saying:

I cleanse, consecrate, and empower
this (tool) so that it may serve
me in my work. So mote it be.

Allow your tools to sit in view of the sky over the course of the day, no matter the weather. Be careful with your colored quartz crystals, such as amethyst, as sunlight can cause them to fade over time.

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Sound of Change
MAY 2, 2021 ~ CAT

AIbum: I Am ? 2001 (c) 2001 Spiral Rhythm
Released on: 2001-01-01

LYRICS

Wind blows, fire burns,
Water flows and the earth turns.
Wind blows, fire burns,
Water flows and the earth turns.
Can you hear it?
Can you hear it?
Can you hear it?
That’s the sound of change,
That’s the sound of change,
Oh, that’s the sound of change.

Wind blows, lifts you up,
Lets you touch the sky.
And the fire burns your spirit black,
Forges freedom’s cry.
Water flows through your veins,
Becomes your salty tears.
And the earth she turns upon her course,
Marks your living years.

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Heartwings Love Notes 980 Befriending Yourself

Heartwings says, “Treat yourself like you treat your best friend, and you’ll be happy.”

When you mess up in some way, do you scold yourself? Do you act and/or think in critical ways toward your actions, habits, achievements? If so, you are not alone. Most of us do. It’s easy, and normally, it’s a habit we have acquired from those we grew up with who were in authority in our lives. Even contemporaries can contribute to the habit. I was a chubby child and not very athletic. My classmates, who valued good coordination and speed, found me a good subject for poking fun.

“I don’t want her, you can have her, she’s too fat for me,” known as the Too Fat Polka, was a popular song of the day. My contemporaries enjoyed teasing me with that song. To add to this, my mother had grown up with a mother who constantly harped on the importance of a slender figure. She had passed her attitude on to her daughter, so that she was highly critical of my looks. In addition, a slim waist was fashionable. Even at my most slender I did not have one of those. I also refused to wear the uncomfortable girdle my mother wanted me to wear.

As a result of these circumstances, for many years, whenever I looked in the mirror what I saw did not reflect what I actually looked like. Even today I have to take the old habit into account and look twice to be sure. These days, however, I am a better friend to myself than I used to be. I no longer act harshly toward myself when I make a mistake, drop something or bump into or trip over an object. I’ve learned to be compassionate and understanding toward errors in judgement or my lack of proprioception-being able to sense one’s body in space and thus avoid tripping and bumping.

I have learned to listen to myself as I go about my day, making sure I have the same attitude toward myself that I do my best to have toward others. My goal is to treat myself as I would a good friend. This way I can catch any tendencies I may still have to be hard on myself or on others either. The child that dwells within us all, no matter how old we become, appreciates it when we have a kind attitude toward ourselves. He or she works hard to live up to the good image our attitude conveys as well. When I treat myself as I would treat a good friend, I feel ever so much better about myself as well as about life in general.

May you discover ways to become your own friend, and enjoy this important step toward wholeness.

Blessings and best regards, Tasha Halpert

PS Are you, my readers, learning to befriend yourselves? It’s a learning and an unlearning process both. Let me know how you are doing and what you are thinking. Your emails are so special to me. Thanks for reading and responding.

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Simple Simmer Pot Recipes for Spring Time
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We may think of simmer pots as a kitchen activity for the darker months of the year but this is just not the case! Each season comes with distinct aromas that help to define them and spring is no exception!

Spring is all about celebrating longer days, more sunshine, warmer temperatures, and nature coming to life all around us. And you can literally smell the spring time in the air.

Scents like lavender, lemon, rosemary, and vanilla can bring that wonderful spring feeling right into our homes. And who wouldn’t want that? Simmer pots are the perfect solution to have these glorious seasonal scents wafting throughout your home in minutes.

I’ve sung the praises of simmer pots before, and I’ll do it again lol. They really are an excellent, non-toxic, and eco-friendly way to have your home smelling like the season in a few short minutes. They are also a wonderful way to brew some magick in the kitchen.

So read on and discover a few recipes to help bring the energy, joyfulness, and vitality of the spring season into your home and your heart.

The Simmer Pot
Simmer pots are basically potpourri in a pot! You choose your ingredients, put them in a pot with water, bring to a boil, then turn down to a simmer and let it do its thing. They couldn’t be any easier, just be sure you don’t let your pot boil dry! If you want to keep the pot going simply add more water when it gets low. And obviously never leave it going when you are not home.

Simmer pots also lack the harsh toxins that are packed into conventional air freshener sprays and many scented candles. Just fresh ingredients from your kitchen! No fake fragrances or toxic chemicals needed.

One more benefit, they can likely be crafted with things you already have in your kitchen making them a convenient and inexpensive solution.

If you’d like you can read my Autumn Simmer Pot post and Winter Simmer Pot post for some more inspiration. Or check out my Seasonal Simmer Pot Package in the shop.

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Simmer Pot Magick
And we mustn’t forget that the herbs, spices, and whole foods housed in our kitchens all carry their own energies and magickal properties.

So let’s use those items to assist us in manifesting our goals. You’ll easily be able to create a simmer pot that aligns with your intentions and smells delicious!

When I do a simmer pot with a specific intention in mind I follow these simple steps to incorporate my magick and mind into the process:

Set your intentions very clear in your mind and don’t lose sight of them for the entire process.
Add ingredients to the pot and bring to a boil.
Reduce to a simmer, stir the pot clockwise. Unless you are doing a banishing or releasing spell, in that case stir the pot counter clockwise.
Visualize your desired outcome or goal for the magickal work you are doing. Are you aiming to create happiness in the home, or more money in your wallet? Whatever it may be focus on what you want the outcome to look like. Continue with the visualization and stirring until it feels right to finish. You’ll know when!
You may recite your goal, a chant, or ritual words while you stir as well. Something pertaining to your desired outcome.
When you finish I would let the pot boil down until there is about an inch of water left and then turn it off. Your work is now complete.
Of course feel free to change this process up so that it suits your own needs and magical practice.

Spring Simmer Pot Recipes

Lemon Cookie – cleansing, prosperity, success, and joy
2 bay leaves
6 lemon slices (dried or fresh)
1 cinnamon stick
1 tbsp vanilla extract

Rosemary Dream – cleansing, healing, love, and protection
6 lime slices (dried or fresh)
2 sprigs fresh rosemary or 1 tsp dried
2 tbsp lavender buds
1 tbsp vanilla extract

Glorious Grapefruit – growth, protection, self-love, and energy
4 grapefruit slices
1 fresh eucalyptus sprig
3 lemon slices (dried or fresh)
2 stalks lemongrass


Lavender Citrus – wisdom, balance, clarity, and love
4 lemon slices (fresh or dried)
4 orange slices (fresh or dried)
1 tbsp lavender buds
1 tbsp juniper berries
What to do with your simmer pot ingredients when you are finished?
Another awesome thing about simmer pots is that they don’t create any waste. You can simply compost your ingredients or dry them out to be used in future spells or for potpourri.

Final thoughts.
Are you already a simmer pot enthusiast? If so, what’s your favourite recipe?

As always, I love to hear from you, so please leave a comment or connect with me on socials.

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Until next time friends!

Yours in health and magick,

Krystle xo

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The Different Procedures of a Reiki Session
Article by Reiki Master Judy Camblor

So what actually happens during a Reiki session? What techniques does the Reiki practitioner use in order to bring us back into mind/body balance?

I’m glad you asked. In this article, I will cover the step-by-step procedures that I teach to my Reiki students during the Level 1 attunement class. The Level 1 attunement class covers the basic techniques which are the same techniques used throughout every level. In the Master/Teacher level, I teach additional healing techniques. Some of these techniques can be modified by each practitioner to a form that best suits their style, however, the techniques themselves basically stay the same.

Byosen Scanning
At the beginning of a Reiki session, we are taught to conduct the Byosen scanning. This scanning is performed on a client while they lay on your treatment table. Before beginning, be sure to ask your client to participate by imagining themselves in a peaceful retreat. This helps your clients to relax and mentally prepare for the session. You will find they will soon be off to La-La land (and it’s okay if they snore a little bit). Now, back to Byosen scanning. This is done by holding the hands over the chakras and other body parts for a minimum of three breaths while allowing the Life Force Energy (LFE) to travel through the practitioner to the client and back out. Three breaths is an initial starting point for any new practitioner. Through repetition, the practitioner learns to use their intuition to guide them when more or less scanning is needed in a particular area of the client’s physical body and aura.

Beginning with the Third Eye Chakra, a practitioner places their hands over the client’s Third Eye. After three breaths, the practitioner moves their hands now to the Crown Chakra before moving on to the ears. In my own practice, I like to feel the energy between the ears by pulling the energy out and pushing it back in. (This done by simply holding the hands near the ears and not touching them.) During the treatment of the ears, I envision the pineal gland as a beautiful blue crystal. As I move my hands away from and towards the client’s ears, I envision this crystal beginning to spin and spilling it’s beautiful white and blue light around the head-clearing out stagnant energy and sweeping away old thought patterns that no longer serve the client. From here, I move to the back of the head to bring that spinning energy to more of a normal pulse. By now, my client is somewhere in La-La land enjoying visions of the happy place they love.

The Different Procedures of a Reiki Session
From the back of the head, I move to the shoulders. I like to work on the shoulders because many of us hold our stress there. I sweep away the stagnant energy found in the shoulders before moving to the Throat and Heart chakras. The Throat and Heart chakras are centers of communication. When either of these is blocked or slow, it means that we are holding onto information whether it be speaking our truth or expressing our creativity. Please see my article on “In my own Experience”, to read about how having these two centers blocked for so many years affected my own life.

Now we come to scanning the body. Beginning at the shoulders again, I look for spots that cause changes in temperature in my hands. When I am conducting a Reiki session, the palms of my hands tend to get very warm. This warmth is produced by the movement of LFE. When I notice my hands getting too hot or too cold over a certain region of the body, I know that I need to stop scanning and deliver healing to that particular part of the body. I also listen closely to my intuition to see if there are portions of the body that need more clearing than others. Moving slowly down the body from the chest area, I begin to scan the Solar Plexus Chakra; the area of our personal power. I spend some time here because I like to get a feel for where the person’s self-confidence is. Do they need a boost? Is some preconceived notion about themselves blocking them from harnessing this personal power? By sweeping and clearing the energy here, the client is able to experience a newfound sense of purpose and direction. Since this is where we digest everything in life that we experience and everything we put into our bodies, after sweeping and clearing, I will move my hands in a clockwise motion a few times to get the digestive energy flowing to aid in their mental, emotional and physical digestion.

From there I move to the Sacral Chakra which is the seat of our creativity, female reproduction, and emotions. Huh? Emotions so low in the body? Yes! While it makes sense that our emotions come from our heart, and they do, the Sacral Chakra stores all of our emotions from the time that we are born until we leave the physical plane. Any buried emotions can hide here and create disease in the body. Any repressed or unexpressed desires can also reside here. This chakra can also become overworked if there is too much sexual energy being expelled. Too much of anything is not good for you, right? Well, that applies to sex also. Once the sweeping and clearing of this chakra is done, I do the same digestive hand motions here that I do for the Solar Plexus Chakra. I direct the energy out of the body through the regular paths of elimination.

Now we come to scanning the Root Chakra. The scanning of this chakra includes the legs and the feet. Why? Because just as the Root Chakra is the base of our energetic body and supports the rest of the chakras, so do our legs, knees, ankles, and feet support our physical bodies. This is the seat of our animal instincts, our survival. When our basic needs are met, this chakra can run smoothly. However, remember those feelings I was talking about before in the Solar Plexus and Sacral Chakras? Yeah, they can affect the Root Chakra. If you spend a lot of time worrying that what you have is not enough, this will throw your Root Chakra out of balance. This imbalance can physically affect the knees, the ankles, and the soles of the feet.

Once I have scanned, swept, and cleared the chakras on the front of the body, I will gently ask my client to turn over so that I can go through the same procedures on the back of the body. Did you think chakras only had one side?

Sometimes I will conduct Byosen scanning while a client is sitting in a chair because it makes it easy to work on both the front and the back of the chakras at the same time. This allows for the client to have an uninterrupted meditation during their session without having to turn over on the table.

Balancing Chakras
After the Byosen scanning is done, I can now ask my client to return to laying on their backs. I like to offer my clients support for their knees and ankles in case they have lower back issues. Since I work with crystals, I will provide here a brief list of the crystals I use during this part of the session.

To begin I place a piece of Clear Quartz near the top of the client’s head and a piece of Hematite between their feet. This provides clear communication (Quartz) and grounding (Hematite). At all times during the balancing of the chakras, the practitioner should be holding space for the client with their non-dominant hand over the Crown Chakra while balancing the chakras with their dominant hand. This might be difficult to do if you don’t keep all the crystals you will need close to you. The point is to not break the LFE channel being held by the non-dominant hand.

The Different Procedures of a Reiki Session
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Balancing the chakra is a technique that can vary from practitioner to practitioner. Here is how I balance the chakras. With my non-dominant hand held over the Crown chakra, I move from chakra to chakra by rotating my dominant hand in a clockwise motion over each chakra three times and then sweeping the energy through the body towards the feet. I then bring the hand back over the chakra. Once I feel the energy of the chakra moving at its normal vibratory state, I move on to the next one. The goal is to get all the chakras spinning in the same direction each at their natural vibratory state. At this point, depending on your practitioner level, you can add crystals and draw symbols over the chakras. The crystals help to absorb and transmute any remaining stagnant energy, and the Reiki symbols help to amplify the healing and balancing. Use your intuition to know which crystal/symbol combination to use. By now you know what each chakra needs and you will be able to use the correct symbol for each.

One important aspect of this part of the healing process that I don’t want to leave out is that we can also direct energy from one chakra to another to benefit the entire chakra system. For example, if I know a client has communication issues with his or her spouse like speaking their truth, after balancing the Throat, Heart, and Sacral chakras, I will direct energy upward from the Sacral Chakra to the Throat Chakra. In this type of scenario, I will also direct Solar Plexus energy into the Heart Chakra so that with self-confidence, my client is open to communicating their truth to their partner in a loving way.

Here is my list for the crystals/chakra combos that I use: Crown/Amethyst; Third-Eye/Lapis Lazuli; Throat/Blue Lace Agate; Heart/Aventurine or Rose Quartz (depends on whether the client needs to attract love or heal from love); Solar Plexus/Citrine; Sacral/Carnelian; and Root/Red Jasper. There are also essential oil combinations, but we will get into that in another article.

Calling All Angels
Once the chakras are all flowing and happy, it’s time to call in the angels from the pure white light. Using a sweeping motion akin to that of the flutter of angel’s wings, I call in the angels and intuitively know which Archangel has come to the person’s aid. I give this information and other intuitive messages to my clients once the session is done. I ask the archangels to bless the healing that my client has just received and ask that it only serve for their highest good.

Infinity
Standing at the head of the table, I draw an infinity symbol three times over my client.

Reiki Protective Layer
Lastly, in sweeping motions as if spreading a layer of icing over a cake, I sweep my hands over my client from head to toe covering all extremities with protective energy sealing up the cleansed aura.

I then step back and do a self-cleansing and balancing technique for myself. I allow my client to lay peacefully for a few minutes after the session before waking them up so that the energy centers and the energy body can acclimate to the new flow of energy. Once they are awake, I provide them with a glass of water that has been infused with Reiki energy and recommend that they spend the day drinking water in order to flush out the body.

Wishing you a day full of Love and Light!

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Cycle of Life

While we are on earth, we are all human beings in different phases of our lives and soul development.

As we walk through the world, the people we encounter appear so different from one another. We see babies, old men, pregnant women, and teenaged boys. We know couples on the verge of marriage and lonely widows. We interact with toddlers and the terminally ill. As different as each person seems, they are all living the human experience. They are just at different places in the cycle that begins with birth and ends with death. Every phase of the cycle of life has its gifts and its challenges. Each stage is temporary and ultimately gives way to a new phase. This ephemeral quality makes each phase precious, because it will never last.

One of the wonderful qualities possessed by babies and young children is that they are unaware that a cycle of life even exists. They simply are present to wherever they happen to be right now, and they don’t give much thought to the past or future. Being around them reminds us of the joy that comes from living fully in the moment. On the opposite end of life’s cycle are our elderly role models. They are a reminder that each phase of life should be treasured. Time does pass, and we all change and grow older.

Being aware of the cycle of life and our place in it makes us wiser. As we develop a true appreciation for the phase we are in, we can savor it more. A new mother going through a difficult time with her infant can more easily embrace her challenges because she knows that her child will grow up, and she will long for this time again. Difficult and challenging periods are inevitable, but ? like everything that is a part of the cycle of life — they are temporary. When we are fully engaged with life, we get to savor and grow from each phase, and we are ready for the next one when it arrives. Fully embracing wherever you are in the cycle of life is the very essence to happiness.

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Springtime

Springtime inspires us to believe that, along with the earth, we too might change, release the past, and give birth to new ideas.

Spring comes when the earth, coaxed by lengthening days and warmer temperatures, begins to awaken from her winter slumber. She stretches open to receive the rain that gives drink to flower buds and seedlings. She takes a deep breath, and on her exhale the leaves on trees unfurl like tiny flags heralding her revival as baby animals tumble forth, trumpeting the good news to all who will listen. Rebirth and repopulation fill the void of winter with flurry and fury as what appeared to be gone forever comes into being once again. Even though it happens this way every year, we stand in awe, our insides trembling sweetly like the legs of a new foal as we too are reborn.

This is when we fall in love, again, speak without thinking, say yes to things we would normally refuse. It becomes more difficult to say no when the whole world around us appears to be an astounding affirmation of the resilience, richness, and plain, perfect beauty of life. We may find ourselves feeling several years younger and 10 pounds lighter without changing a thing. We may feel the urge to cleanse our bodies with a new pattern of eating, clearing our kitchens of cold-weather comfort foods and filling them instead with lighter fare and fresh fruits and vegetables. We may clear our closets of old clothes or cut our hair to express a new facet of who we are, and who we might become.

Springtime inspires us to believe that, along with the earth, we too might change, release the past, and give birth to new ideas, new relationships, and new perspectives. In honor of spring, we could make a list of the many possibilities we envision for the future and bury it in the earth, surrendering the fertile seeds of our imaginations to the nurturing soil. In tune with the season, we can then watch in wonder as the last of the snow dissolves into the rich brown earth, and stark winter gives way to green possibility.

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The Process of Grieving

Grief can arise from many life situations, but know it is not a permanent state of being.

When we experience any kind of devastating loss, whether it is the loss of a loved one, a dream, or a relationship, feelings may arise within us that are overwhelming or difficult to cope with. This sense of grief can also come up when we are separated from anyone or anything we have welcomed into our lives. And while it may feel like we are caught up in a never-ending spiral of sadness and emptiness, it is important to remember that the grief we are feeling is not a permanent state of being. Rather, grief is part of the process of letting go that in many ways can be a gift, allowing us to go deeper within ourselves to rediscover the light amidst the seeming darkness.

The emotions that accompany any kind of loss can be intense and varied. A sense of shock or denial is often the first reaction, to be replaced by anger. Sometimes this anger can be directed at your loved one for “abandoning” you; at other times you may feel outrage toward the universe for what you are enduring. And while there are stages of grief that people go through — moving from denial to anger to bargaining to depression to acceptance — the cycles of grief often move in spirals, sometimes circling forward and then back again. You may even experience moments of strength, faith, and laughter in between. While these emotions seem to come and go sporadically, it is important to feel them, accept them, and allow them to flow. With time, patience, and compassion, you will eventually find your center again.

As we move through our grief, we may find ourselves reluctant to release our pain, fearing we are letting go of who or what we have lost. We may even regard our movement toward healing as an act of disloyalty or giving up. Know that while the hurt may fade, the essence of what you had and who you loved will have already transformed you and forever stay with you. If anything, once you are ready for the pain of your loss to subside, their memories can then live more fully within you. Remember, that healing is a part of the spiraling cycles of grief, and that in letting yourself feel restored again, you are surrendering to a natural movement that is part of the dance of life.

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Welcome to the Loan Department
by Stephen Halpert

Willard wore his new white shirt and tie to celebrate. It was his first day at the bank since his promotion from teller to loan officer. He took pride in his shiny new desk, especially the credenza beside it with a library of banking form books at his fingertips. Proudly he dusted invisible specks from his newly engraved nameplate.
At 10:05 an Uber van pulled up to the front door. A driver emerged, opened a sliding side panel and helped out an older, well dressed woman wearing a blue business suit and bedroom slippers. Over her arm was an elaborate cloth handbag. In one hand she clutched a large Styrofoam cup of coffee. The driver pulled an enormous suitcase from the van.
“Four hundred sixty-seven dollars,” he said in broken English; he lit the cigar stub stuck between his teeth.
Her eyebrows flew up, but without commenting she rummaged inside her capacious bag and pulled out a credit card.
“No take credit cards,” he said. “Told you outside hotel in New York. Only cash or check.”
She didn’t argue; instead, she set the bag on her suitcase and rooted around in it. She found a pad of checks; hastily wrote one, tore it off and with a flourish handed it to him.
The driver stared at the check, saw her generous gratuity and shrugged. He tossed away his cigar stub. It fell unnoticed into her gaping cloth handbag. He handed her her cloth bag and wrestled her oversize suitcase through the revolving door. Then he went to a teller to cash the check.
The woman surveyed the three desks in the Loan Department, saw Willard, and tugged her suitcase toward him.
Meanwhile the driver was having a dispute with a teller.
“I’m sorry sir,” she said. “But I can’t cash this check. It’s written on a bank in Romania.”
“So what?” he shrugged. “Check is check. I drive her four hours here from hotel. I want to be paid.”
“Of course,” the teller said graciously. “Just a moment please.” She turned and left her cage.
Meanwhile the woman set her suitcase beside Willard’s desk. Then she put her handbag on his credenza and sat down heavily in his client chair. “Young man,” she sipped her coffee. “Is it possible for me to negotiate a loan.”
‘Why yes,” Willard said. He reached for one of his banking forms, smiled politely and tried to sound dignified. “What is the nature of this loan?”
“That must for now remain confidential.” she smiled back, revealing uneven, yellowish teeth. “Of course, you are no doubt familiar with the terrible competition surrounding investments.”
He wasn’t sure what that meant but nodded wisely and asked “How much have you in mind?”
“Four hundred million.”
He gulped. “Oh, a real jumbo.”
“Not exactly a loan. More like a letter of credit from this bank that I may draw upon funds should they be needed.” Her blue skirt rode up as she crossed her legs.
“Of course.” He felt unsure which form to give her. “And may I ask the nature of this purchase?”
She moved closer, lowered her voice to barely above a whisper. “La Belle Dame Sans Mercie. It will be next week auctioned in Paris.”
“La Belle what?”
She waved her hand dramatically. “Sans Merci,” she said emphatically. Coffee jumped from her Styrofoam cup onto Willard’s desk and splashed up onto his new white shirt and tie.
“Oh dear,” she said, “Let me help you.”
Meanwhile the manager, approached the teller’s cage. “I’m terribly sorry,” he said pushing the check back. ‘We cannot cash this. It is not within our protocol.”
The Uber driver scowled. His face turned crimson. “No!” he slammed his hands on the counter. “This is bank. Banks cash checks. Cash this one.”
“I’m sorry,” the manager said.
“Why not?”
“Because it is on a bank in Romania.”
“What is wrong with Romanian?”
“Nothing I’m sure but we cannot…”
“Then if nothing is wrong with Romanian, cash it. I want my money.”
He pounded his fist harder on the shelf in front of the cage, drawing the attention of the two bank guards. They moved toward him slowly.
Meanwhile Willard’s client grabbed her suitcase and hefted it up onto his credenza, pushing her cloth bag over in the process. “Let me help you. I’m terribly sorry.” She opened her suitcase. Lingerie burst out.
She grabbed something black and silky, reached over and began patting his stained shirt and tie.
“That’s really all right,” he said, squirming to get out from under her ministrations.
Clutching her check the Uber driver turned and made his way toward his former passenger. He slipped on some fallen lingerie and fell into her lap. He glared at the woman. “You pay me.”
The two bank guards, followed by the manager rushed over and tried to grab him.
He jumped from her lap. “You pay me!” he shrieked.
The guards seized him. Swearing in some foreign language, he struggled to free himself.
The bank manager surveyed the scene. “What is she doing here?” He pointed to Willard’s client.
“”She wants to borrow 400 million for something coming to auction next week.”
“I want my money,” the struggling driver yelled between curses.
Suddenly smoke billowed from the woman’s cloth bag. Flames followed, leaping toward the ceiling. This activated the sprinkler system. Willard, his desk and everything close by was drenched.
Seeing this, the woman fainted dead away.
Fire engines sounded in the distance. Customers and workers hurried toward the exits. The guards abandoned the driver and rushed over to the tellers’ cages.
The water quickly revived her and the woman opened her eyes. The Uber driver still stood there; fists clenched. She saw him and reached for his hand. “Help me,” she implored. “I’ll figure out a way to pay you.”
He sighed, shrugged and nodded. “Okay, okay.” Hastily he gathered the items that had burst from her suitcase. By now her cloth bag was sodden. He gathered that up too and led her away.
Willard surveyed the wreckage of his waterlogged desk and credenza. Swabbing at the mess he realized he was using a piece of silky black lingerie. The Branch Manager came over. He looked at Willard, sighed and said, “I trust your next client will be less exotic.” He cocked an eyebrow at the lingerie Willard was clutching. Then he nodded, patted Willard on the back and said, “Welcome to the Loan Department.”

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Kat’s Korner
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Does Your Cat Need Some Space?
by Sassafras Lowrey | Apr 27th 2021

Can cats experience separation anxiety? Can cats get stressed by having us around all the time? Here’s what you need to know.

When most of us hear the phrase “separation anxiety,” we think of dogs. But can cats also experience separation anxiety? Is the opposite possible – can cats get stressed by having us around all the time? Here’s what you need to know about cats and separation anxiety.

Do cats get separation anxiety?
“Cats experience and feel separation anxiety just like dogs. They may not react or express it in the same way, but the feeling/intensity may be the same,” says Dr. Dora Ramos, DVM of the Quick Care and Emergency team at NorthStar VETS Veterinary Emergency, Trauma, and Specialty Center.

Separation anxiety is particularly likely to occur with very social cats, heavily bonded with their people, and cats who are particularly social with their families.

“Bottle-fed kittens, orphaned or weaned too early, might be predisposed to separation anxiety due to the strong bond. Handling kittens between 2-7 weeks of age makes them more prepared for life changes later, more resistant to stress,” says Dr. Barbara Boechat, DVM at Firehouse Animal Health Center.

What about too much togetherness?
Any change in household routine can be challenging for cats. With pandemic lockdowns and many of us working from home, cats have lost a lot of the alone time they might previously have been accustomed to. Like how some very social cats might, as the country reopens, start to experience separation anxiety, other cats have been struggling with the constant togetherness and need more space.

“If you were used to going to work every day and now you are working from home, that can also be a new stressor for your furry friend,” says Dr. Boechat. Sometimes cats need some space from us, and cats feeling stressed out by too much togetherness will behave the same way as a feline with separation anxiety. According to Dr. Boechat, some signs of too much togetherness to watch for include: house soiling, anorexia, and vomiting, and hiding.

Give your cat space
It’s important to remember that cats spend a lot of time sleeping.

“Cats spend an average of 12-15 hours per day sleeping, mostly during the daytime as they are nocturnal by nature,” says Dr. Ramos, who advises that older cats will likely spend more time sleeping than younger cats and kittens.

“When awake, the amount of time cats spend socializing is individual to that cat’s personality and socialization status,” says Dr. Ramos.

Try to avoid disrupting your cat while they are sleeping. Similarly, it’s essential to give your cat as much autonomy as possible to choose when and how much time you spend together, even if you are home all day.

“If your cat is struggling with too much togetherness, give them space, be aware of their feelings, and monitor for behavioral changes,” encourages Dr. Ramos.

cat separation anxiety
Worried your cat might have separation anxiety? Here’s are some signs of cat separation anxiety. Photo: Drazen_/Getty Images

Cat separation anxiety symptoms to watch for
Symptoms of separation anxiety in cats will mirror the kind of symptoms you would see around cats who are experiencing stress or anxiety. This includes vomiting, anorexia, excessive grooming to the point of losing hair, and vocalization (especially when the owner is away from home).

“The most common complaint owners bring to the clinic is house soiling. Felines that are used to using the litter box might start changing their habits and urinating or defecating in the owner’s bed, for example,” says Dr. Boechat.

Cats experiencing separation anxiety may exhibit a change in behavior around eating, drinking, urinating, and defecating. Dr. Ramos notes that cats who are stressed by having people home all day every day might exhibit the same symptoms.

How to help your cat deal with household transitions
Any significant change in routine can be stressful for your cat. Last year’s lockdowns were a big change in routine for most cats, and now as we’re looking towards returning to something closer to normal, our cats are experiencing big changes again. Dr. Ramos advises helping your cat make positive associations with you leaving by pairing your cat alone with something rewarding. “If you are returning to work, make the transition as smooth as possible for your feline friend by offering a favorite toy or treat only when you’re leaving the house (so it changes your departure from a negative to a positive experience).” For cats closely attached to people, Dr. Ramos advises that it can be helpful to have a pet sitter or a family member come and visit your cat during the day while you are at work. Also, Dr. Ramos encourages that “it’s a good idea to leave the home in its most common state for stability for the pet – leaving the tv or radio on if that’s commonly done while humans are home.”

On the other hand, “If you are home more than usual, it is a good idea to try to maintain the same routine your animal is used to, the same way if you are going back to work. For example, you can feed and play with your cat at the same time as if you must leave your house. Also, keep a separate room where your animal can go and be by himself,” encourages Dr. Boechat. Cats thrive on consistency, and so regardless of what kind of schedule changes are happening for you, it can help your cat keep their life as consistent as possible. For example, maintaining a consistent feeding time can be comforting for cats. Dr. Boechat encourages cat guardians to consider using an automatic feeder so regardless of if you are home, your cat will eat at the same time every day.

When to seek veterinary help for cat separation anxiety
If your cat’s behavior has suddenly changed, it’s essential to schedule a checkup with your cat’s veterinarian. Your vet will be able to rule out any underlying health conditions that could manifest with the same symptoms as stress. If the vet determines your cat is physically healthy, they will help you develop a plan that might increase enrichment, like adding cat trees to the home or plug-in pheromones. Your vet may also recommend supplements, or in severe cases, an anti-anxiety medication. Dr. Ramos advises that your veterinarian will also be able to provide a referral to a veterinary behaviorist for your cat if they continue to emotionally struggle with being alone or with changes to a routine.

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Georgia’s Weekly Horoscope
weekly@georgianicols.com

Sunday, May 02, 2021
All Signs

This week begins with tough love because on Monday, relationships with parents and bosses are strained. We are forced to deal with balancing what “we want to do” versus what “we should do.” (I hate that.) Self- gratification versus duties and responsibilities. Oy! Things will be depressing and restrictive for many. News in the media will be bleak and we will feel the weight of the world on our shoulders. Fortunately, the rest of the week gets better and better and by Thursday, relationships are hot and sexy! And by Saturday, everyone wants to enjoy the company of old faces! “Natasha!” “Boris!” (“Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.”)

Aries (March 21-April 19)
Your emphasis on money, cash flow and earnings continues to be strong this week. It’s important for you to know that things are better than they actually look. You will attract money and goods to you, so keep the faith. Having said that, during the beginning of the week, you will be disappointed because you might be turned down or you might hear depressing news that impacts your earnings and spending power. Arrrg. Nevertheless, stay strong because as the week unfolds, your financial scene looks better! Therefore, cope as best you can with the chaos and increased activity on the home front. It is what it is. People will help and the cash will come. “Friendship is the bread of life but money is the honey.”

Taurus (April 20-May 20)
You continue to be empowered because it’s your turn to replenish yourself for the rest of the year. You are also attracting favours, gifts and resources to you. Admittedly, this week starts out tough. You might feel discouraged. You might wish you didn’t have to work or deal with certain people. Issues with parents and bosses will be restrictive. But lo! What news from yonder modem breaks? As your week unfolds (not unravels), your mood transforms into feelings of passion and excitement. Romance will be promising! The arts will appeal! By the end of the week, you will be happier enjoying the company of others. Websites must be scoured! Money must be spent!

Gemini (May 21-June 20)
Your ruler Mercury enters your sign on Monday, which will make you more talkative and able to put a great deal of yourself into whatever you have to say. Your mind will be busy jumping from topic to topic and you will seek new, fresh experiences! Normally, Mercury is in your sign for about two weeks once a year. However, this time, Mercury will be in your sign for 11 weeks! (Whaaat?) Yes! Until Sunday July 11. The reason for this is that Mercury is going to go retrograde in your sign from May 16 to July 8. (The last time this happened was six years ago in 2015.) This is a major deal! Don’t be discouraged at the beginning of the week when life feels tough because this week gets easier and easier as it unfolds.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Your popularity with others and your interaction with groups continues to be strong; nevertheless, someone will oppose you at the beginning of the week. Whatever happens might make you feel discouraged to the point of even changing your future goals. Don’t let this get you down because these difficulties and restrictions will disappear. In fact, someone, perhaps someone creative, artistic or attractive will make things better for you. In some cases, a friend will become a lover. But all of you will feel relieved and happier because of this person. Meanwhile, you are strong and vigourous because fiery Mars is in your sign. “I can do this!”

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
You continue to garner the admiration of others because the Sun is still at the top of your chart along with Venus, which is a very favourable influence! Nevertheless, at the beginning of the week, you might be slammed by harsh news or have difficulty dealing with a parent or a boss. This might curtail your plans or create problems. Definitely a bummer. The thing to know is that this is the only tough time this week. Once you deal with this, things will get better and better, and ironically, by the end of the week, your reputation will shine! People will think so highly of you that some of you will begin a romance with your boss or someone “important.”. As for Monday? “Even a hurricane only lasts for a day.”

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
This is a powerful time because five planets are cresting the top of your chart. You have a take-charge style dealing with others; and you’re eager to study and expand your horizons and share your idea as best you can in these times of Covid restrictions. Nevertheless, as the week begins, rules and regulations or legal matters (possibly something medical) will create difficulties or disappointments. The good news is that once you get over this initial hump, your week gets better and better. Romance with someone different might blossom. You will also have an increasing enjoyment of other cultures and their arts and crafts because you have a stronger appreciation of beauty.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
I recently read that Bruce Lee said, “Don’t speak negatively about yourself even as a joke. Your body doesn’t know the difference. Words are energy and cast spells, that’s why it’s called spelling.” Wise words! Meanwhile, you want to improve yourself; and in your desire to do so, you might be self-critical. Don’t be discouraged about your shortcomings. Cut yourself some slack. Be kind to yourself and remember that you’re doing your best – for today. This week begins with discouraging news about finances, taxes, debt or shared property. But you will handle this! As the week progresses, gifts, goodies and favours will come to you. A fabulous change!

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
Many of you need more sleep this week and are focused on your closest one-to-one relationships because the Sun is opposite your sign. This happens once a year and when it does, it offers you a chance to gain greater insight into your style of relating to others. However, at the beginning of the week, you might clash with a parent or a boss. You won’t get the approval or permission you want. Your plans might be dashed. You will be discouraged. Fortunately, these feelings lessen to the point that later in the week, relations with others are excellent! This week is a true transformation in that sense. For some of you, a new, passionate romance will begin.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
You still want to get better organized, become healthier and work as efficiently as possible. Noble goals! However, this Sunday or Monday, some kind of barrier might hold you back from doing what you want to do. Relations with authority figures will be testy. In addition, your energy will be low and you will feel depressed about the state of the world. More than any other sign, sometimes you need to take a news fast or a break from the media because it’s important for you to maintain your optimism about life. Speaking of which, this week gets better and by the end of the week, everything will fall in place for you.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Although this is a lighthearted time for you, at the beginning of this week, something will discourage you. It could be difficulty dealing with your kids, or a challenge to your plans for a social event or perhaps it is related to sports. For some of you, this challenge could be a disappointment with a romantic relationship. None of this sounds like fun. The important thing to know is your situation will improve rapidly this week. Trust me. Whatever difficulties you encounter at the beginning of the week soon will be history. By the end of the week, romantic relationships, relations with your kids and social plans will be exciting and promising!

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Your relationship with a parent or relations with your family will be challenging at the beginning of this week. This is almost a certainty. Maybe someone has put their foot down or shut down your ideas, which makes you feel blocked or restricted in some way? Perhaps a home project is overwhelming? Two things are going to turn this situation around for you. The placement of Mars right now gives you lots of energy to work hard him, which means you will accomplish a lot this week. Furthermore, a Venus influence will greatly ameliorate your difficulties at home and in fact, redecorating plans, real-estate plans and relations with family members will be fine! (Whew!)

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
You might be worried about something this week to the point that you feel victimized. “Why me?” This is because something in your daily world will discourage you or make you feel shut out or blocked. Naturally, this will be discouraging. In truth, everyone feels a challenge at the beginning of this week. You are not alone. Don’t fall into worry mode because this difficulty is brief. Already by Thursday, things look much better! And by the weekend, you’re laughing! Continue with your ideas to improve where you live with DIY projects and home repairs. Mars will guarantee fun times with others, especially with romance and sports. It’s all good.

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Monthly Horoscopes for May 2021
~Celestial Prognostication

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 month:

The past year’s been both busy and challenging. While you’ve done a lot, it’s meant neglecting certain longstanding arrangements and, often, people who’re an important part of your life, from family or friends or colleagues. If you’ve apologised, it was briefly. With your ruler Mars accenting both your own feelings and forcing such matters out in the open, frank discussions about any issues are unavoidable. It’s an opportunity to learn more. This isn’t just about others; it’s about boosting the joy in your own life.

Money could be tight at the beginning of the month, especially if you attend lots of expensive social outings. It’s best to err on the side of frugality during the first half of May. If you’re looking for a job, you could land a lucrative one on the 11th, courtesy of the enriching New Moon. Working for a large organisation like a university, government agency, or hospital is especially favoured. Your spiritual life will assume greater importance during the middle of the month; this is a good time to take up a sacred practice. The Lunar Eclipse on the 26th could mark the end of a legal battle. You won’t be happy with the result, but you’ll be relieved this fight is over.

Jupiter changes sign every year. In 2021, and for a short time between mid-May and end July, Jupiter enters Pisces; and yes, it is en-route to its transit of your sign in 2022. View this as the overture. This is the time when you need to build up reserves. That though, may be easier said than done. Communication costs look set to rise greatly. Recalling that Mars is presently moving through a property-related zone of your solar chart, it may be that renovations and general improvements have the potential to drain resources. Note that just a few days after the Full Moon on May 26, Mercury turns retrograde and will be retrograde in one of the Air signs through until June 23. Nailing others down and getting them to keep to costs agreed will likely be challenging. To avert possible problems later, it would be wise to secure definition in a contract before the Sun leaves Taurus on May 20. Consolidating your position, gaining control of runaway costs and improving cash flow balance will require accessing the risk management expertise you’ve hopefully built up in the last year but would surely be a valuable exercise ahead of next month’s solar eclipse.

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

Your horoscope for this month:

Although the Taurus New Moon on 11 May brings a range of matters to a head, the period from April until late June is about changes, often on seemingly stable arrangements, and possibly more than once. The key? It’s recognising despite confusion; changes are introducing timely breakthroughs. While temporarily unsettling, what’s least expected ultimately turns out best. Knowing that, ensure plans are flexible and, when possible, leave details until the last minute. This enables you to explore ways you’ll benefit from unexpected ideas or offers.

An authority figure might feel threatened by your powerful charisma in early May. Although it might be difficult to get ahead in your career, you’ll be a smashing success on the social front. If you’re looking for work, ask a well-connected friend to set up an interview at their company. They’ll be happy to oblige. The New Moon on the 11th is perfect for getting a makeover or changing your image. Starting a new chapter will make your eyes sparkle with happiness. Who you know will be more important than what you know in mid-May. Take this opportunity to make friends and influence people. An intimate relationship will hit a rough patch on the 26th, due to a disruptive Lunar Eclipse.

Whatever your birthday, as of Tuesday 4th, the accent turns to addressing financial issues and long-term security. Doing this ahead of the New Moon in your sign would be wise. Three days after that lunation on May 11, Jupiter changes signs. Whenever one of the slower moving planets moves from one Zodiac sign to another, there is commonly a ripple in financial affairs. Jupiter enjoys its transit through Pisces and expenses for most signs are likely to increase. Jupiter returns to the career zone of your solar chart at the end of July, and between now and then could prove an expensive time. Yet it may be that costs incurred are necessary for your well-being. It would be wise however, to be circumspect: especially around the weekend of 22nd and 23rd. Ahead of the Lunar Eclipse on May 26, it’s important to have reserves in place. In investment terms, consider communication and transport sectors.

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

Your horoscope for this month:

For months, you’ve lived with unsettling circumstances and often been unable to make lasting plans. Being a flexible Gemini, you’ve benefitted from the freedom to rethink plans and even more, explore. However, certain individuals are obsessed with ensuring arrangements are lasting. Discuss these, focus on your need to keep things flexible, in both social and professional ventures. This is especially important now, prior to the life-changing Gemini eclipsed New Moon in mid-June. Until then, regard any plans as steps in this cycle of exciting growth.

It could be difficult to get respect from an expert at the beginning of May. Someone with extensive knowledge in a subject might not think you are serious about this discipline. If you’re going to work together, you must be diligent. You’ll be more successful in love than work; paying extra attention to your appearance will attract the attention of several ardent admirers. Going on a spiritual retreat is would be good for you on the 11th, courtesy of the calming New Moon. After taking time to rest and relax, you’ll be ready to pursue an exciting career opportunity during the middle of the month. The Lunar Eclipse on the 26th may mark the end of a close relationship; prepare for a jolt. Choose your words carefully at the end of May.

May 2021 is special for all Geminis. Ahead of the Sun’s arrival in your sign, both Mercury and Venus begin their annual transits of Gemini. This should put you into thinking and desire mode ahead of your birthday. Also ahead of your birthday, Jupiter arrives at the apex of your solar chart opening up career horizons. Perhaps the most important feature of the month is the lunar eclipse in your opposite sign on May 26. View this as a cosmic punctuation mark and turning point. A business partnership could then take shape. Though perhaps things can’t be launched until after the Solar Eclipse in your sign next month, plans start here. Plans require vision; and that’s Jupiter’s job. Jupiter’s move into Pisces could bring with it a swathe of ideas and excitement. You might though need and invest or certainly regular support. Putting a support system in place should be possible between the New Moon on May 11 and Monday 17th.

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

Your horoscope for this month:

During this complicated period, every sign and individual is experiencing unsettling changes. While, eventually most will be bringing progress and a few will be true breakthroughs, patience is essential. Instead of trying to figure things out, think back to times in the past when similarly unruly events turned out brilliantly. The solution? Be patient. Those reassuring details will come together, but not until mid-July’s powerful Cancer New Moon. Until then, ensure plans are flexible, and stay in close touch with those who can update you.

Neither a lender nor a borrower be at the start of the month. The last thing you want is to mix friendship with finance. The New Moon on the 11th could find you mixing with a different group of people. Joining an artists’ collective or professional organisation could improve your social stature. The chance to advance your education could arrive during the middle of the month. This is a good time to take some advanced courses, even if it’s via the Internet. On the 26th, a Lunar Eclipse could bring an abrupt end to a job. Think about returning to a former employer for work; this position will be much more stimulating than your former position. Your experience could pave the way for a big promotion.

May 2021 is, for Cancer especially, all about savings, and long-term security – including pensions. It should be easiest to assess your position in the first three days of the month. You will need this information before you start discussing options with those who can help you build your nest egg. Plans could then be put in place in the short window between the New Moon on May 11th and Jupiter’s arrival in another of the Water signs on 14th. This is a special pocket of time when your focus should be particularly good. Jupiter’s move into Watery Pisces will obviously affect all signs. Many people will feel as though the brakes have come off and that they can now explore and invest in new areas. This could be the subject of much discussion over the weekend of 15/16th. It’s possible too that you will be preparing the celebrations around 21st. Though these might seem costly, the could in fact be a wise investment. Self-investment is always a good idea and before the end of May you might decide you need to undertake a short training course. View this as an early birthday gift.

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

Your horoscope for this month:

Ordinarily, your ability to battle unfair situations or overcome obstacles is a virtue. Now, however, it’s vital you investigate their source. What you learn won’t just force you to focus on the origin of problems, the resulting review may raise questions about the value of certain passions, from work or projects to romance. Note, this is about achieving greater clarity, then weighing up your options, including those that appear suddenly and are as dazzling as they are unexpected. For now, explore. Decisions can wait.

Your romantic or business partner won’t give you much support for career plans in early May. It’s important to pursue a golden opportunity regardless of what anyone thinks; you don’t want to be consumed with regret. On the 11th, the New Moon could find you accepting a wonderful position involving real estate, luxury goods, or gourmet food. This work will feel like you’re getting paid to have fun. In the middle weeks of the month, your love life could really sizzle. Spending as much time with your amour will give you an attractive glow that turns heads. Renewing your commitment to each other is a strong possibility at the end of the month. A risk could result in loss on the 26th, due to a conflicted Lunar Eclipse.

Jupiter moves into Pisces this month and there is a Lunar Eclipse on May 26 that heralds a solar eclipse on June 10th. There is high probability of alteration to global financial matters. No sign will be immune. For Leo it may be important mid-month to discuss financial obligations and how these might be recalibrated. This would cover everything from extending a loan to agreeing new terms entirely. This would best be discussed between 11th and 16th. Before 11th, it’s important to take stock and do a quick review of assets and your general position. It’s probable that you will soon want to invest either in a trip or in a hobby or creative experience that would help lift your mood. This would surely be a wise investment. That said, it may be important to discuss this with a financial adviser who is well aware of previous dramas and how much you need to protect assets. Your risk management strategy has no doubt altered in recent months. By the end of May, you may wish the world to know how determined you are to preserve your position even whilst exploring new options.

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

Your horoscope for this month:

Planning ahead isn’t just wise. For you, as a Virgo, it enables you to relax and make the best of life. However, the many unexpected events and offers that arise May’s remarkable planetary setup brings your way could seem overwhelming. Explore everything, conscious that what seems least promising could be a breakthrough; and, where appropriate, get others involved. They’ll contribute and, often, your relationship with them will grow as well. Most of all, take chances. You’ll only regret what you didn’t do, not what you did.

Your health could be delicate at the start of the month. Try not to weigh down your schedule with lots of extra work. When you get tired, take naps. Eat nutritious food. Take light exercise. Sensible habits can help you stay well. The New Moon on the 11th will open the door to an exceptional educational opportunity. You’ll really enjoy working with an expert you have always admired, even if you’re just communicated via video conference or e-mail. A close relationship will become a source of tremendous joy. Whether you have teamed up with a romantic or business partner, your interactions will open doors that were previously closed. On the 26th, a Lunar Eclipse could prompt you to suddenly relocate.

On May 26 there is a lunar eclipse accenting the backbone of your solar chart. This may well have something to do with property, renovation or perhaps, the closing of one career door so that another can open. Remember, a lunar eclipse accompanies a solar one. The solar happens on June 10th. There may be a short gap between one door closing and the next opening. Note too, that on May 30th Mercury turns retrograde. This too could put a spanner in the works; and yes, it’s possible that the next month will offer a bumpy financial ride. You may feel that you’re not where you want to be. Hold the thought that this is a peculiar year and that all could yet change. Note too, that decisions taken around the New Moon on May 11 could yet stand you in good practical stead – particularly if these are driven by those who have a clear track record of financial acumen. They don’t need to be your financial advisor but may well have had that role at some point in the past.

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

Your horoscope for this month:

As a Libra, you thrive on order. However, making the best of both April and May means regarding plans as an experiment, in which changes aren’t just inevitable, they result in unexpected benefits and worthwhile encounters. Strange as this seems initially, you’re soon encountering fascinating people and having amazing, if entirely unanticipated, experiences. The secret? Stand back and allow events to unfold in the way they must, and at their own pace. By late May you’ll realise how wise this approach was.

There may not be much money for leisurely pursuits in the opening days of May. Instead of being consumed by frustration, find inexpensive ways to have fun. Armchair traveling can be diverting. Watch movies and read books set in exotic locales. By the time the 11th arrives, the New Moon will deliver a financial windfall that allows you to indulge in creature comforts. Exceptional work opportunities could arrive during the middle of the month. Landing a job in the arts is a distinct possibility. A former romantic partner might try to reconnect with you during the second half of May; be wary about getting involved again. The Lunar Eclipse on the 26th could deliver some shocking news about your community; prepare to have your assumptions challenged.

It may be time for you to think quite differently when it comes to financial matters. Whereas investments may have been on the periphery of your mind, they could come to the fore: most likely around the New Moon on May 11th. Just a few days later Jupiter leaves the speculative area of your solar chart for a short trip through the ‘working area’. Give thought to this: it may be time to invest in companies that provide essential services. You might even want to think about providing one of these yourself. Though perhaps this idea can’t take flight until closer to the end of the year, for now, it might be worthwhile discussing options with a financial adviser. Note that there is a lunar eclipse on May 26th and in one of the Fire signs. Your enthusiasm for a project could wane around that time. You might also hit a financial bump in the road as regards a travel experience that may need to be aborted or whose costs are set to rise exponentially.

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

Your horoscope for this month:

It may not be until you’re looking back on the twists and turns that are reshaping your life during late April and early May that you recognise them as vital breakthroughs. What’s more, with the Scorpio Full Moon, on 27 April, heightening your feelings, your judgement won’t be at its best. The solution? Wait, watch and, bizarre as this seems, focus on decluttering your life. This could take weeks; but only once you begin will you realise how burdensome certain arrangements and, equally, passions, are.

Your family might not approve of your best friend or romantic partner at the beginning of May. Standing in defence of your loved one is critical to the health of your relationship. The New Moon on the 11th opens the door to an alliance that restores your zest for life. It’s a great time to exchange vows, form a professional alliance, or collaborate on a creative project. Embarking on a romantic adventure is a strong possibility; throw caution to the wind and take a big risk. Domestic pressure could let up during the second half of May. If the Lunar Eclipse on the 26th ends a job, you can start a home-based business. You’ll find this work much more rewarding.

Take time and take stock in the first three days of May. There is high probability that by mid-month that you will be in speculative mood. The arrival of Jupiter in the risk area of your solar chart suggests you will want to invest in those things which are creative (including affairs of the heart), and be tracked attracted to precious jewels and even currency trading. Understanding your position and what obligations you have to others in terms of debt and credit would at least enable you to know exactly what resources you have to play with. This task is best done early in the month. From the New Moon in your opposite sign on May 11th, the sense of needing to ‘push the boat out’ is set to increase. Be wary: there is a lunar eclipse on May 26th which could bring with it a financial drama – possibly affecting those closest to you more than you yourself. By then, many costs will likely have risen (including travel). This requires a re-budgeting exercise for all signs.

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

Your horoscope for this month:

No matter how solid arrangements seem, expect breakthroughs. During May’s first half, consider what you could do. This prepares you for the expansive cycle that begins on 13 May, when your ruler Jupiter moves to accent breakthroughs as unexpected as they are exciting. Then, on the 26th, the powerful Sagittarius eclipsed Full Moon triggers timely shake-ups. The secret? During May’s first half, declutter your life, and your mind, so that as the thrilling events of its second half unfold, you’re ready to think and move swiftly.

Arguments at work could break out during the first half of the month. Avoid contentious subjects like the plague. The last thing you want is to make your job more stressful than it already is. On the 11th, you could embark on a fitness regimen that helps relieve anxiety. Mid-month could bring a chance to relocate to a peaceful abode. Moving to a place near the water can soothe your fiery energy. It’s possible you will be leaving a role near the 26th, due to a disruptive Lunar Eclipse. Embrace this chance to start afresh.

Those born under Sagittarius are sensitive to the movements of Jupiter. Jupiter changes signs annually. On May 15th it enters Pisces. This will bring altered rhythm to all signs. Jupiter enjoys it stay in Pisces and for Sagittarius this brings opportunity to explore the oceans or at least think of places far, far away. Travel can of course be in the mind: it doesn’t have to be expensive. Yet you wouldn’t be you if you didn’t consider breaking out of your usual environment. To do that requires assessment of what resources you have. That’s a task best undertaken either in the first few days of May or around the New Moon on May 11. At either time, your perspective should be excellent. Don’t underestimate either your ability to rearrange your financial structure: it may be that the sale of no longer needed item brings significant cash boost. Most financial excitement is likely to come around the Lunar Eclipse in your opposite sign on May 26. It’s then that a co-worker or partners affairs are likely to change direction entirely; bringing with it a valuable review of joint commitments.

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

Your horoscope for this month:

Change is in the air, but being a typical Capricorn, you’ll be putting it off until you’ve solid facts and your feelings about letting go of elements of the past are clearer. Still, the only way you’ll gain the clarity you need is by at least exploring some of those unfamiliar experiences or beginning to break away from reliable but restrictive arrangements. That way, you’ll be prepared for the dramatic changes in your lifestyle triggered by the Capricorn Full Moon on 24 June.

Money could be tight at the start of May. Selling your handmade wares could be a good source of additional income. You’ve always been gifted with your hands; use them to make furniture, clothing, jewellery, or food that’s marketed to a specialised market. The New Moon on the 11th could find you falling head over heels in love with someone who satisfies your sensual needs. If you’re already in a relationship, it may feel like you’ve embarked on a second honeymoon with your amour. Your main source of income could dry up during the second half of the month, so it’s important to find new ways of making money. A Lunar Eclipse on the 26th could bring a family secret to light.

There is an old adage of ‘sell in May and go away’. It certainly works well for some markets. May 2021 though is different in that on May 15th, Jupiter makes a brief foray into Pisces (returning to that sign fully at the very end of the year). This should bring complete change in the cosmic weather affecting global finances as much as anything. Jupiter is always ‘along for the ride’ and in Pisces, that ride includes crypto currencies. Expect a flurry of activity from May 15 through to end July. Of course, cryptos have been active already – but expect these to now reach new heights. Your interest in global finance is likely to be heightened by developments in your working scene too. Around the New Moon on May 11th, there may be working opportunities that require you to be more familiar with markets beyond those you are used to working with. At a personal level, renovation or even new build could have your attention. These though should not compromise long-term pensions or savings arrangements. The Lunar Eclipse on May 26 highlights the need to give these attentions too. This may be part of the negotiation process involving possible career adjustment due to begin next month after the solar eclipse on June 10th – and so affect your financial situation.

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

Your horoscope for this month:

Once you understand this is a year of change, some initially unsettling, but all of it ultimately beneficial, you’ll regard the numerous twists and turns you’ve been facing, and will from May until June as part of an extensive – and exciting – pattern of growth and breakthroughs. The only problem is that things won’t come together until later in the year, when the practical Saturn and your ruler Uranus stage the final of three links. Knowing that, enjoy this period of exciting, if often unsettling, growth.

You may not get much cooperation from family during the first half of May. Relatives think your ideas are too radical, but you’re firmly convinced that it’s time for a dramatic overhaul. The New Moon on the 11th could prompt you to move to a place surrounded by beautiful landscaping. Your moneymaking potential will grow exponentially by mid-month; don’t be surprised if you’re offered a high-paying job. You’ll earn more for doing less. On the 26th, the Full Moon could bring an end to a group association that has been getting on your nerves.

Property matters could affect and even consume finances in the first half of May. This is a recurrent theme that won’t diminish for some time yet. There’s no need to take action too quickly: though you may feel prompted to do so as Jupiter moves into Pisces on May 15. From mid-May through to late July investing and yes, possibly spending more than you can afford, is a real possibility. Yet there is an eclipse on May 26th that could deliver a reminder that you’re going too fast and too soon. With this in mind, you could discuss your situation with a financial adviser between the Last Quarter Moon on May 3rd and the New Moon on May 11. Getting a firm grip on your position would surely be wise. Investing in expertise: especially around Monday 17th May, should pay off handsomely. Indeed, thanks to this counsellor’s observations and research, a financial pitfall could yet be averted. Note that Mercury turns retrograde in another of the Air signs on May 30 and that from then until the solstice in June, that renegotiation and revaluation is more likely than not.

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

Your horoscope for this month:

During May’s first half you finally say farewell to increasingly unrewarding relationships, personal or otherwise. This clears the way for events as exciting as they are unexpected, triggered by the fortunate Jupiter’s move into Pisces, on 13 May. Its brief stay of ten weeks brings a preview of the amazing, and often unexpected, cycle of growth that intensifies during early 2022, when Jupiter returns to Pisces. For now, and the future, be bold. Explore every idea, offer and encounter. You’ve nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Beware of blurting out secrets at the beginning of May. Practicing discretion is critical to maintaining friendships. Instead of socialising, you may prefer spending lots of time at home. Domestic pursuits like cooking, cleaning and gardening can be rewarding. A job involving teaching, writing, or broadcasting could be awarded to you near the 11th, thanks to the communicative New Moon. There’s a good chance you will earn fame and acclaim for this work. The Lunar Eclipse on the 26th might prompt you to quit your day job to spend more time on this new assignment.

You could say that Pisces is more likely to dance to planetary tunes this month than any other sign. Others might even want to stop and watch. It all begins with the passage of both Mercury and Venus at the apex of your solar chart. It’s then that it might seem that you’re trying out new steps and yes, possibly moving the goalposts – at least where financial matters are concerned. Jupiter then enters your sign on May 15 and when all eyes really could be on you. It should be apparent that major change is in the air. Change though brings expenses. Balancing these against income could be super-hard especially around the lunar eclipse on May 26. It’s not that these developments are necessarily ‘bad’ but that you could feel overstretched and at every level. It would arguably be wise to have someone go through costs with you. This need not be a financial adviser, but a trusted friend or relative. Their advice (especially around 17th 18th) could yet prove invaluable and possibly avert a potential crisis in the last few days of May as Mercury turns retrograde.

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Full Pink Super Moon ~ 26 Apr 2021

~The cosmos is a vast living body, of which we are still parts. The sun is a great heart whose tremors run through our smallest veins. The moon is a great nerve center from which we quiver forever. Who knows the power that Saturn has over us, or Venus? But it is a vital power, rippling exquisitely through us all the time. ~D.H. Lawrence~

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

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The Celtic Tree Calendar
Saille (Willow) April 15 to May 12

The Goddess Calendar ~ The Goddess Month of:
Maia begins 4/18 – 5/15

April

April 23: Wiccan pentacle is officially added to the list of VA-approved emblems for gravestones, 2007

April 23: Vinalia Wine Festival in honor of Roman God Jupiter. Green Man or Green George Festivals.

April 24: Feast of Gabriel. Feast of Albion, Prytania and Britannia. Norse Day of Heimdall.

April 25: USAF recognizes Pagan holidays.

April 25: Feast of Robigalia to protect crops from the spirits of mildew.

April 25: National Zucchini Bread Day (Nice, but in April? Doesn’t this belong in July, when zukes are doing their thing?)

April 26: Full Moon at 11:31 p.m. EDT (03:31 UTC, April 27)

April 28–May 3: Floralia, honoring the Goddess of Spring flowers and vegetation

April 30: Walpurgisnacht celebrated by German Witches

May 1: Beltane or Beltain, Lá Bealtaine (Irish), Là Bealltainn (Scottish Gaelic, also known as Cétamain, is the Gaelic May Day festival. (Southern Hemisphere October 31 – November 1)

May 1: Samhain, Southern Hemisphere

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Full Moon Magick:

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.

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.

The Moon travels 1/2 way around to the 6oclock position, and the face of the Moon is fully illuminated. We love full Moon magic, an apt time for fruition, completion and wholeness. Some say the magic can be done the day of the Moon as well as three days on either side of it. It is a good time for all Positive Magic, protection, scrying, love, healing and prosperity. Also a good time to grow closer to the Goddess by Drawing Down the Moon

For “Constructive” Magick (Love, Wealth, Success, Courage, Friendship, Luck Or Health.)

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

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Monday’s SuperMoon! A new or full moon closely coinciding with perigee, the moon’s closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit. The crest of the full moon will fall on April 27 at 03:31 UTC (Mon even for us in the U.S.). The perigee will also fall on Apr27 at 15:25 UTC.

Monday night will feature the 1st of 3 consecutive “SuperMoons” in 2021. April’s Full Moon is also known as: The Pink Moon, Frog Moon, Fish Moon, Egg Moon.

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

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

Level I – Initiate of the Sisters of the Burning Branch – White cord
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Level IV – High Priestess of the Sisters of the Burning Branch – Green cord

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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, that we will build throughout the next levels. We will cover the basic aspects of herbs. From culinary to magickal, medicinal to ornamental. As well as the many modalities of herbs!

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

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

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

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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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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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Living with Moon Magic

Stacy Adams retail@coventrycreations.com
April 26, 2021 – May 2, 2021

We start this with a Full Moon in Scorpio, the ghosts from the past may resurface leaving you feeling emotionally exhausted or traumatized. Release the energies as quickly as possible.

Mid to late week is great for creative activities, spiritual work, or just escaping (for a day) ordinary life.

This weekend expect the unexpected and sudden changes. This is also a good time to get to the root of your problems and implement actions that lead to results.

Recommended Candles: Grief (Affirmation), Meditation (Affirmation), Tranquility (Affirmation), Problem Solving (Blessed Herbal).

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

Full Moon in Scorpio April 26, 2021
The Full Moon in Scorpio on April 26th swirls our subconscious and brings to the surface what still needs to be understood and healed. As old traumas, giant mistakes, and sins of the fathers come calling, do this candle ritual and release the past forever.

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Biddy Tarot
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Card of the Week: The Magician reversed

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

You may be feeling uncertain about how to receive what you need. If you can decide what you intend to manifest, the Universe will work out how. Stay attuned to your intuition and pay attention to opportunities as they arise. These are like little breadcrumbs that will take you closer to your goal.

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

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

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

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Llewellyn’s Spell-A-Day
Under the Creative Moon

With the full moon tomorrow, this is a great time for some creative kitchen witchery. Collect all of your bowls, cookie sheets, cake pans, measuring cups—everything. Wash it all and set aside whatever you no longer use. Round up every recipe you can find, then update and organize them in one place. Go through your pantry and ruthlessly discard out-of-date items. Tomorrow, drop off items no longer needed at your local thrift store, then purchase fresh supplies and new tools.

Plan for a time of blessing your loved ones with nourishment, sharing recipes, and teaching the next generation the magic of creating food with love.
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Herbal Smudge Home Cleanse
APRIL 24, 2021 BY BLAKE OCTAVIAN BLAIR

Saturdays, which are under the rule of Saturn, are a wonderful time to do some hearth and home magic. Let’s take this opportunity to do a bit of energetic clearing using an herb that is also associated with Saturday’s energetic currents: mullein. Mullein is known for keeping away evil and malevolent energies—perfect for upping your household protection against stray, unwanted vibes!

Gather a heatproof and fireproof vessel, an incense charcoal, and a couple spoonfuls of mullein. Get the charcoal lit and burning, and add some mullein on top. As it smokes, work your way around your home counterclockwise while wafting the smoke. Recite an incantation such as this:

By power of mullein, clean and cleanse.
By power of fire and earth, smoke
and herb, my home I defend.
My home is a sanctuary
that shall not upend.
Blessed be.
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Spell to Ease Work Stress
APRIL 23, 2021 BY MICHAEL FURIE

No matter how enjoyable a job may be, there are still times of difficulty and stress. This spell can help during those rough patches.

As soon as you have a quiet moment at work, even if it’s in the bathroom, close your eyes and envision yourself surrounded by an orb of electric-blue light. Within this orb you are protected from the chaos of work stress. Not only does this orb protect you from future stress, but it also is spiritually magnetic. Feel it pulling the harmful energy out of your body and transforming it into more electric-blue power to strengthen itself. Feel all the stress leave you and become a beneficial part of your new shield.

When you’re ready, open your eyes and return to work with the knowledge that any stress sent your way will be blocked and absorbed by your shield, protecting you from all chaos and harm.
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Earthing/Grounding
APRIL 22, 2021 BY DALLAS JENNIFER COBB

It’s Earth Day, so let’s practice earthing, or grounding—attuning our energy with that of the earth.

Stress, pollution, illness, and negativity can create free radicals: molecules that have lost one or more electrons. Free radicals can induce oxidative stress, which can lead to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and multiple sclerosis.

Good ions are oxygen atoms with extra negatively-charged electrons. Abundant in nature, they’re present in the earth, beach, mountains, and water. Negative ions neutralize free radicals, promote healing, and balance the autonomic nervous system. The earth has the capacity to restore health and balance in the human body.

Today, go outside and sit where you can place your bare feet on the ground. Sit quietly for half an hour. Be aware of the subtle shift in your energy as your body attunes to the resonant energy of the earth. You are now grounded.
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Overlook It Spell
APRIL 21, 2021 BY DEVIN HUNTER

Happy Taurus season! The sun recently moved into Taurus, ushering in a time of hard work, beauty, and home-centered thinking. Taurus is one of those signs that likes to have everything in place, and presentation matters! Unfortunately, things can’t be perfect all the time, so here is a spell to get people to overlook unsightly things that might mar your presentation. (This works great for when in-laws or parents visit.)

Take a foot of pink ribbon and empower it by saying the following charm:

Everything is perfect, everything is fine,
Not a hair out of place or error to find.
Overlook them and forget what you see.
You won’t have one complaint
when it comes to me.

Now tie the ribbon to your left wrist or ankle, making a bow with the remaining ribbon. Leave it on while that person is near and remove it when you no longer need it.
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Cleaning with Spring Herbs
APRIL 20, 2021 BY DEBORAH BLAKE

One of the joys of spring is the coming of the first fresh herbs to gardens and markets. Some may even sprout in your own yard. It is probably no accident that many of the earliest herbs are especially good at detoxifying the body. Back in the old days, a winter diet was mostly made up of preserved or fresh meat and whatever vegetables could be stored for a long time. By the time people made it to spring, they needed all the cleansing they could get.

These days, our winter diets might be better, but our spirits can undoubtedly use a boost come spring. Try using some fresh spring herbs in your magical work. You can also make a healing tea from fresh (edible) herbs like peppermint or lemon balm. Bless the herb on your altar first to give it an extra boost, and say:

May this fresh spring herb
bring its healing and refreshing
qualities to my body and spirit.

Then sip it slowly and mindfully.
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Spell for a Rainy Day
APRIL 19, 2021 BY EMBER GRANT

Take advantage of April showers with this spell that uses rain and the element of water. All you need to do is go outside on a rainy day, visualize your goal, and chant the following:

Rain is falling to the ground.
Water bring your magic down.
With every drop that you allow,
Fulfill the wish I whisper now.

State your goal.
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Peaceful Home Carpet Powder
APRIL 18, 2021 BY STORM FAERYWOLF

This simple spell is designed to dispel negative or stagnant energies and to bless your home with a sense of peace and balance. Lavender has long been known for its properties of bringing calm, peace, and balance.

Gather the following materials:

  • A blue candle
  • A mixing bowl
  • Baking soda
  • Dried lavender flowers
  • Some salt
  • A vacuum

Light the blue candle. In the bowl, mix together the baking soda and lavender flowers. Focus on the feelings of balance and calm that you wish to instill in your space. Add a small bit of salt and mix well.

Sprinkle this mixture on your carpets throughout your house. As you do so, repeat:

Evil, be gone,
Balance restored.

Once you have finished, allow the mixture to sit for about 10-15 minutes, then vacuum it up. Allow the candle to finish burning down safely.

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Heartwings Love Notes 979 Expanding and Contracting

Heartwings says, “It is important neither to over expand nor to over contract.

Babies are always expanding, both physically and in every other way. They eat, drink and take in constantly, whether actual food and drink or the sensations that give them information about their surroundings and the world in general. They grow in all directions as is appropriate. Youngsters do the same, though not as voraciously. Then for young adults the physical growth process slows and stops. However, in healthy humans the mental, emotional and psychological consumption—the process known as learning continues.

To the dismay of parents and the delight of shopkeepers, young children outgrow clothes and shoes at a remarkable rate. As well they eventually outgrow much of their mental conditioning, or limits learned as youngsters and venture further out into the world. Young adults and then mature adults learn new limits, some of which may be outgrown and some of which may not. However, at some point mental, emotional and psychological growth may stop and when it does, contraction may begin.

It’s my experience that either we move in one direction—down, or toward contraction, or up toward expansion. Nature, as in the human and otherwise natural condition does not allow for us or anything else to stand still. Even rocks and cliffs are worn down by wind and water, and planets have their evolutionary directions. All of which is to say as we get older, the tendency to contract gets stronger and we may need to work harder to expand. For instance, I have found that I have lost inches from my original height.

Worse, my shoulders have a tendency to hunch over and my spine requires an effort for me to straighten it. I must constantly remind myself to practice good posture. In addition, I find I am accumulating habit patterns and ways to do things at a rapid rate. In other words, I am becoming fixed in certain ways and that is leading to contraction. What is the solution? Not only to work on my spine but also to remember to deviate from encroaching patterns. This is work! However, it is worthwhile work. All of this requires me to pay attention and to be mindful. This too is a way to keep growing.

I wish you the best of luck in your efforts to learn and grow,

Blessings and best regards, Tasha Halpert

Do you encounter limits to growth and find a need to expand? Have you begun to shrink, without perhaps noticing it? I so appreciate your comments and suggestions, they make my day. Please write to me at tashahal@aol.com, and for more love notes to enjoy, go to http://www.heartwingsandfriends.com.
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Mythology for Every Day of the Week
FEBRUARY 04, 2021 BY EMBER GRANT

We are surrounded by mythical connections every day—the most obvious is in the names of our days of the week. This may not be news to you, but in exploring the details of each name we strengthen our connection to our daily spiritual and magical practices by incorporating aspects of mythology.

To discover the origins, we need to begin in ancient Babylonia, the place where many things started. They’re the ones who decided to name heavenly bodies after their deities. They only knew of five celestial bodies at that time, and so chose the sun and moon for the other two names. Later, the Romans took up this similar custom of naming the celestial bodies for deities, followed by the Germanic-speaking people. The Germanic peoples used their deities’ names instead and, since English is a Germanic language, we have the origin of our weekday names. This is a somewhat over-simplified explanation, but it’s basically what happened.

Let’s take a closer look at the characters behind the names in an effort to remind us of the qualities that each day honors. In this way, we keep our connection to these influences and can easily incorporate this energy into our magical lives each day. In addition, for each day there is a brief affirmation intended to celebrate that day’s particular energy and a list of magical correspondences for rituals or spells to create a week filled with magic. You can simply wear the colors or stones of the day, eat associated herbs/plants, or take advantage of the day’s particular scent using aromatherapy or incense.

These lists are brief and only touch the surface of ways to discover mythology each day. But when we look back at the stories and characters that inspire so much of our lives, we are reminded of our connectedness with all things—all people—and the universe itself.

Sunday: The Sun
Sunday is obviously named for the sun. The life-sustaining sun has, naturally, inspired sun-worship in many societies around the world. As with the moon, many mysteries have been revealed about just what kind of celestial body the sun is, and that there are many stars like it in the universe. Still, that doesn’t change the fact that it’s essential for our life here on earth. Many deities are associated with the sun, both gods and goddesses alike. In Japan, the sun goddess Amaterasu hides herself, plunging the world into darkness, and must be coaxed back out into the world. And in Maori myth, the demi-god Maui snares the sun to regulate its movement across the sky.

A variety of myths from Native American nations tell stories about animal trickster figures interacting with the sun and moon causing the days or seasons to come into being. In a Zuni myth the sun and moon are contained in boxes but Coyote opens the boxes at the wrong time, causing the season of winter. A Tahltan story tells of Raven bringing light to the world so people could have division between day and night, work and rest.

In Greece and Rome, the god Apollo was associated with the Sun. He’s the only deity whose name remained the same in Rome as in Greece. He is associated with prophecy, music, healing, and poetry, and many other things. In addition, Helios was a sun god of the Greeks. No matter which sun deity interests you the most, by its very nature the energy of the sun can’t help but be associated with hope and life. </p

Magic using the sun involves success, confidence, new beginnings, power, health, and healing.

Colors: Yellow, gold, orange
Stones: Amber, brass, carnelian, citrine, diamond, gold, sulfur, tiger eye, topaz, zircon Incense/Oils: Benzoin, cinnamon, copal, frankincense, rosemary, sandalwood
Herbs/Plants: Bay, carnation, cashew, cedar, chamomile, cinnamon, juniper, marigold, mistletoe, oak, olive, orange, peony, pineapple, rosemary, rowan, rue, saffron, St. John’s Wort, sesame, sunflower, tea, walnut
Affirmation: Seasons come and go, cycles ebb and flow; no matter when, no matter where, the star of life is always there.

Monday: The Moon
Nearly all myths of the world contain some mention of the sun and the moon. Of course, there are cultural differences, but even the most primitive societies recognized the movement of these objects in the sky. Some bestow upon the moon a feminine identity; others give it masculine qualities. A Maasai story from Kenya tells of the sun marrying the moon but they fought, resulting in both of them having a battered appearance. However, the sun became bright to hide his face; the moon, being unashamed, allows people to see her. Many cultures have stories about a rabbit being associated with the moon which, if you look at it with imaginative eyes, you can see. Even though few mysteries about the moon remain, we still can’t help feel a sense of awe when we gaze upon it and follow its cycles that seem to mirror our own lives in so many ways.

As with the sun, there are too many moon deities to name. In Greece, the goddess Selene was regarded as a personification of the moon; in Rome she was called Luna. In addition, the Roman goddess Diana (Greek Artemis) was associated with the moon.

Lunar energy is typically associated with life cycles, nurturing, dreams, psychic ability, and magic in general.

Colors: White, silver, gray
Stones: Aquamarine, labradorite, moonstone, pearl, clear quartz, sapphire, selenite, silver
Incense/Oils: Eucalyptus, jasmine, lemon, myrrh, sandalwood
Herbs/Plants: Camellia, camphor, coconut, cotton, cucumber, eucalyptus, gardenia, grape, jasmine, lemon, lemon balm, lettuce, lily, lotus, myrrh, poppy, sandalwood, willow
Affirmation: Changing faces of the moon, dancing with the sun; you follow us, inspire us, watch over everyone.

Tuesday: Tyr; Mars
We get the name Tuesday from Tiw’s (Tiu) Day—the Anglo-Saxon name for the Norse god Tyr—a god of war who was equated with the Roman god. Some sources attribute the naming of this planet for the war god because of its reddish color. In Norse myth there aren’t a great deal of stories about Tyr. He’s most famous for losing one of his hands while binding the great wolf Fenrir. But let’s not overlook Mars himself, for which the planet was named. He wasn’t exactly a copy of his Greek counterpart Ares. Mars was considered to be less impulsive and more virtuous. In addition, the month of March is named after him (Martius).

When working with the energy of Mars, don’t think of it as “war-like” or negative but, instead, view it as courage, strength, facing fear, or standing up for yourself. Channel this energy into your day however it’s needed; remind yourself that you have the strength to overcome any obstacle.

Colors: All shades of red
Stones: Bloodstone, flint, garnet, iron, jasper, magnetite, pyrite, rhodonite, ruby
Incense/Oils: Dragon’s blood; pine
Herbs/Plants: Allspice, basil, carrot, chili pepper, cumin, garlic, ginger, holly, leek, mustard, onion, pepper, peppermint, pine, radish, reed, shallot, snapdragon, thistle, tobacco, wormwood, yucca
Affirmation: Gods of battle give me courage, strength for anything I need; I am bold and I am brave, in every word and every deed.

Wednesday: Odin; Mercury
Most people are familiar with the Norse god Odin, the All-father, head of the Norse pantheon, god of wisdom, poetry, and war. The Anglo-Saxon name Wodan/Wotan is the origin of Wednesday, or Woden’s Day. So, what is the connection between the Roman god Mercury and Odin? Sources vary on this subject. It could be that Odin’s association with wisdom is linked with Mercury’s later connection with learning; he has been attributed to giving Romans the alphabet. I like to consider their relationship as one based on communication. Mercury is the god of commerce and, like his Greek counterpart Hermes, is a swift-footed messenger who also guides souls to the underworld. Odin is also associated with the dead and has two ravens as companions who fly all over the world and deliver information. In this way, we can see some similarities.

Use the energy of Wednesday for communication and messages, travel, learning, and wisdom.

Colors: Yellow, green
Stones: Agate, aventurine, mica, citrine, opal
Incense/Oils: Lavender, lemongrass, peppermint
Herbs/Plants: Almond, aspen, bean, Brazil nut, caraway, clover, dill, fennel, fern, lavender, lemongrass, lily of the valley, mandrake, marjoram, May Apple, mint, mulberry, parsley, pecan, peppermint, pistachio, pomegranate
Affirmation: Swift and wise, be my guide, in all I show and all I hide.

Thursday: Thor; Jupiter
The Norse god Thor probably needs little introduction—most everyone is familiar with his prowess and his magic hammer. He’s a giant-killer and also associated with storms, thunder, and lightning. The Roman god Jupiter was a sky god also associated with thunder and storms. The Old English Dunresdaeg was the day of Thunor, an equivalent to the Norse god Thor. In ancient Rome Jupiter was part of a triad of very important deities that also included Mars and Quirinus (a deified version of Romulus, one of Rome’s legendary founders). It may seem like the head of the pantheon like Jupiter (Zeus) would be more comparable with a figure like Odin instead of Thor. But that’s not the case here. It reflects just how much prominence a sky god like Thor had in ancient times.

The energy of “Thor’s Day” involves change and possibility; movement. In addition, this is a good day for spells to harness good fortune and wealth.

Colors: Shades of blue/violet and deep purple
Stones: Amethyst, lepidolite, pewter, sapphire, tin
Incense/Oils: Star anise
Herbs/Plants: Anise, chestnut, clove, dandelion, fig, honeysuckle, maple, nutmeg, sage, sassafrass
Affirmation: Calm or storm, I stay in form; change and chance, eternal dance.

Friday: Frigg; Freya; Venus
The Norse goddess Frigg (Frigga) is the wife of Odin, associated with love and nurturing—she was also a mother figure. Her name comes from an Indo-European root that means “love,” and so she was compared to Venus, Roman goddess of love. Frigg is typically portrayed as a loving wife and mother, but not always. In fact, most love goddesses are not always painted in such a simplistic role. That’s because life and relationships are rarely simple. Some sources actually say that Frigg and the Norse goddess Freya were once the same figure. Freya, too, is associated with love. In addition, she is the only female of the Vanir (lesser group of gods) who is named in the epic poetry, and is associated with fertility and magic as well. It is said that she taught seid—a type of divination—to the Aesir (the main group of gods). As with the other Roman gods, Venus has some distinctions from her Greek counterpart Aphrodite. Venus was considered a goddess of fertility and victory in addition to love.

Use the energy of Frigg’s day for love, relationships, friendship, fertility, and all types of bonds.

Colors: Blue, pink, green
Stones: Azurite, beryl, chrysocolla, chrysoprase, calcite, celestite, copper, emerald, jade, lapis lazuli, lodestone, malachite, olivine/peridot, sodalite, turquoise, watermelon tourmaline
Incense/Oils: Rose, spearmint, spikenard, vanilla
Herbs/Plants: Apple, apricot, avocado, aster, birch, blackberry, cardamom, catnip, cherry, crocus, daffodil, daisy, elder, foxglove, geranium, heather, hibiscus, hyacinth, iris, lilac, magnolia, mugwort, oats, orchid, pea, peach, pear, persimmon, plum, raspberry, rhubarb, rose, strawberry, thyme, tomato, tulip, vanilla, vervain, violet, willow
Affirmation: Love is all, transform, transcend. Love is all, begin and end.

Saturday: Saturn
There seemed to be no satisfactory god or goddess equivalent for Saturn’s Day. In Old Norse, they referred to this day as “washing day.” In other parts of Germany this day was called “Sunday eve.” Some people associate this day with the Norse trickster figure Loki because Saetere was a possible Slavic name for Loki, but there is less evidence for this. Since Saturn was equated with the Greek Cronus (Kronos), we can look to those qualities for mythological associations. Cronus was associated with time and agriculture. He is our embodiment of “father time” as depicted with sickle in hand for the harvest.

In Greek myth, Cronus was a Titan, and their leader, not one of the Olympian gods. He overthrew his father Oranous (Uranus), castrating him. He threw the genitals into the sea and from this the goddess Aphrodite was born (Venus). This myth illustrates the motif of succession: we are taken over by our offspring just as we take over those before us; although, since this is often not a desired state, there is resistance. Many people fear the ending of their time or the ending of a period of controlling something. Cronus knew his children would replace him, just as he replaced his own father, and he enacted a plot to subdue the next generation by devouring them which, naturally, was unsuccessful. We get the word for time (chronology) from his name. We all know our time is limited, and it can be frightening to consider this.

The energy of Saturn governs domestic concerns (family, duty, loyalty), protection, and binding.

Colors: Black, gray, shades of brown
Stones: Apache tear, hematite, jet, salt, serpentine, obsidian, onyx, black tourmaline
Incense/Oils: Patchouli
Herbs/Plants: Beech, cypress, datura, elm, hemp, ivy, morning glory, mullein, pansy, poplar, yew
Affirmation: Riddles and webs, reason and rhyme, I can navigate this travesty of time.

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A Labyrinth: Celebrating Life’s Twists & Turns

Life involves many twists and turns. Why not celebrate them?

That is one of many lessons taught by the labyrinth, an ancient form that has fascinated people for millennia. I had one on my ranch in southeastern Arizona (I’ve since moved to a smaller home in Tucson) and I must say, I miss it. When I travel, I seek out labyrinths and always find a slow walk through the turns and curves worthwhile.

A labyrinth is not a maze. A maze is often made of tall hedges that obscure the route and offers multiple paths; it is designed to confuse and challenge. A labyrinth has one way in, one way out, and lets you see where you are at all times.

The idea of building the one at my ranch came from a friend, Jace Mortensen. He used the Chartres Cathedral near Paris, France as inspiration, copying the pattern of the famed labyrinth laid into the floor sometime around the year 1200. He used a center stake and string to mark the 11 concentric paths and the central chamber, making a pattern 80 feet across, roughly the same size as the one at Chartres. H then placed stones on the circles.

So what’s the attraction? Labyrinths were traditionally seen as representations of a pilgrimage – people who walk the path were said to be symbolically retracing heroic journeys to salvation or enlightenment. But in recent years, they have been regarded as ways to reach a contemplative state, and this is how I see them. Because the path is complex, it requires one’s full attention – which means the everyday cares that normally nag the conscious mind fall away. The walker becomes quiet, absorbed in this moment, freed by the fact that there is nothing to do now but walk, slowly and deliberately. It is at least restful; at most, transforming.

If you would like to realize the advantages of a labyrinth, an organization called The Labyrinth Society https://labyrinthlocator.com maintains a “Locate a Labyrinth” tool that lets you find labyrinths in your community or in places you may choose to travel. Also, labyrinths are not difficult to build – there are many resources on the web. Enjoy!

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Herbal Practices for Spring
~Traditional Medicinals.

At the end of winter here in California, the countryside is covered with fresh, medicinal herbs like cleavers, chickweed, dandelion, nettles and an array of other edible spring greens—a gift from our rainy winters and a symbol of transition into spring. It’s no accident that these health-supporting herbs are a part of spring’s bounty, as our bodies are meant to be nourished in harmony with the Earth’s seasons.

Known as “the season of renewal,” spring is the perfect time to support our liver, kidneys, and lymphatic systems, as according to various herbal modalities these systems tend to have less flow and more stagnation over the winter season. While spring feels full of opportunity in growth, it can also be curtailed by seasonal stressors brought on by the verdant awakening of plant life. When crafting any herbal and self-care protocol, it’s important to keep in mind the season’s elements and their effect on your body. Below are some simple and effective herbal practices to prepare and support you this spring, brought to you by our herbalists at Traditional Medicinals.

Love your liver. Dandelion is a robust bitter that supports the kidneys, liver, and the digestive system as a whole. The leaves make a wonderful herbal diuretic, helping to relieve occasional water retention by supporting the kidneys and their flushing of excess waste.* Try it in our organic Dandelion Leaf & Root and EveryDay Detox® Dandelion teas, or create your own Citrus Spiced Dandelion Bitters.

Craft simple and lighter meals. As we move from the cold and damp to longer and warmer days, our diets should honor the seasonal shift. Try infusing spring greens like dandelion into your juice ritual and swapping your heartier fare with lighter, simple dishes like Astragalus Miso Immunity Soup, herbal congee, or kitchari.

Support your lymphatic system. According to traditional herbal theory, this often overlooked highway system of the body is fundamental to immune function and the absorption of nutrients. Our lymphatic system works hard to remove waste products from the body as well, which is why supporting it with lymphagogues—herbs that support lymph flow—is fundamental during the springtime. Consider using herbs like cleavers and burdock, featured in our Every Day Detox® Lemon tea.*

Invest in body work. Winter dormancy can promote stagnation and a lack of flow, particularly in regards to our lymphatic system. Try investing some time into self-care massage routines at home to move your lymph, or by going to a local body worker. Enhance the ritual with herbal oils and salves infused with spring greens to promote a healthy glow or arnica for musculoskeletal health.

Spend time planning your garden. Create herbal medicines from the ground up by growing plants from cuttings. Or if it’s still too cold where you’re living, try bringing the green inside in preparation for warmer days ahead.

Learn how to identify spring greens. Make your hike more interesting by bringing along an herbal field guide. This season you may find spring greens and wildflowers, but eventually you’ll notice the ebb and flow of each season and fall into alignment with your local ecosystem.

Celebrate the shift in the seasons. Usher in the return of light, creativity, and abundance by cleaning your home, nurturing seedlings, or painting eggs—an ancient symbol of fertility. Find out why the Romans considered the spring equinox the beginning of the New Year.

Adopt a healthy view on detox. Your body isn’t toxic. While everyone seems to have their version of “the” detox diet, we don’t. We believe our bodies are powerful and fundamentally self-healing, sometimes we just need help from the plants.

And finally, “When in doubt, use nettle.” That’s what our Chief Formulator, Medical Herbalist David Hoffman always says. Nettle is an earthy spring tonic that’s been used for over 2,000 years to support joint health and promote whole body wellness.

Wishing you all a happy spring!

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How to Meditate When You Have No Idea Where to Start
Even If You’Re A Fidgety Overthinker.

By Anna Borges

If you’re wondering how to meditate, there’s a good chance it’s because you’ve heard all sorts of things about how good it can be for you. People love to suggest meditation for a variety of reasons: to reduce stress and anxiety, to ease depression, to put you to sleep, to make you feel more present, to magically transform you into a better, more grounded human being. The claims go on and on. And while the benefits of meditation have been greatly exaggerated in a lot of ways, plenty of people find it to be a worthwhile practice and we agree. With everything going on in the world, it’s a solid time to explore meditation and whether it might be useful for you too.

Meditation may seem simple—and in many ways, it is—but people are often unsure where to start and whether they’re doing it correctly. To help you learn how to meditate and integrate it into your life, SELF asked meditation experts some of your most common meditation questions.

  1. What is meditation, exactly?
    First things first, there are many different kinds of meditation. “Meditation is generally used as a broad umbrella term that covers a wide array of contemplative practices, many of which are drawn from Buddhist traditions but have often been adapted and secularized for application in Western society,” neuroscientist Wendy Hasenkamp, Ph.D., science director at the Mind & Life Institute and visiting professor of contemplative sciences at the University of Virginia, previously told SELF.

With that in mind, the questions of what meditation is and how to meditate aren’t exactly straightforward ones. It’s kind of like asking how to play sports, Diana Winston, the director of mindfulness education at the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center and the author of The Little Book of Being, tells SELF. “Just like there are many types of sports, there are many types of meditation,” she says. And just like different sports share important things in common (like competition and physical activity), meditation has core tenets too. “I define meditation as any practice that cultivates inward investigation,” says Winston.

For this article, we’re going to focus mostly on mindfulness meditation. Why? A few reasons. For one, mindfulness is at the heart of many different types of meditation. Plus, it’s very accessible to beginners and has the most convincing body of evidence regarding its mental health benefits (more on that later). It’s also a very popular form of meditation, especially in recent years. Chances are, if you’re interested in developing a meditation practice to support your mental health, the type of meditation you’re thinking of is mindfulness meditation.

Like meditation, there’s no single universal definition of mindfulness, but experts generally agree on the gist: focusing on the present moment with openness and without judgment. “If you check in on your mind at any point during the day, you’ll probably notice you’re thinking about the past or thinking about the future, or you’re generally planning, obsessing, worrying, and catastrophizing,” says Winston. “Mindfulness is getting in the practice of pulling our minds away from these places to come back to the present moment.” And so, mindfulness meditation is the formal practice of cultivating mindfulness.

If all that sounds like a little abstract for you, consider that you’ve probably meditated—or at least felt meditative—at some point in your life. “In my classes, I always tell my skeptical beginners to share their favorite hobby,” Laurasia Mattingly, a meditation and mindfulness teacher based in Los Angeles, tells SELF. “Then I tell them that they’ve meditated before. Any activity that allows you to be fully present without worrying about the future or the past is a doorway into meditation.”

  1. What are the benefits of meditation?
    Here’s where things get a little tricky. The proven scientific benefits of mindfulness meditation are hard to sum up (so much so that SELF has a whole separate explainer on it). The TL;DR is that there are three conditions with a strong and convincing body of evidence to support the effects of meditation: depression, anxiety, and chronic pain. Meaning, a not insignificant amount of meta-reviews and meta-analyses have found that mindfulness meditation can moderately help with symptoms associated with these conditions (or in the case of chronic pain, how people cope with symptoms, at least). For a full breakdown of what we do and don’t know about the health benefits of mindfulness meditation, check out this article.

Research aside, though, it doesn’t hurt to consider the anecdotal evidence, as long as you don’t buy into meditation as a magical cure-all. People find meditation very worth doing for tons of different reasons. “People report more connection, more gratitude, and more appreciation of life when they practice mindfulness,” says Winston, who has taught mindfulness for health and well-being in a variety of settings since 1993.

  1. Why should I try meditating?
    Why not? No, just kidding. Broad potential benefits aside, having a why to your meditation practice can help motivate you to keep your practice up, so it’s a good question to ask. Some meditations do that work for you because they have a clear goal (think sleep meditations to help you doze off), but there are a variety of reasons why you might decide to try meditating. Some of them might be practical, others might be personal.

“If you feel like you’re living your life on automatic pilot and you want more connection to yourself and to life, you might want to try mindfulness meditation,” says Winston. “It’s very also helpful for regulating negative emotions and cultivating positive emotions like kindness and compassion.”

Your why doesn’t have to be that deep, though—it can simply be what intrigues you about meditation. Why did you click on this article today? That might be your answer.

  1. Okay, talk me through the basics. What does meditating look like?
    Good news: People often imagine there are a lot of rules around how to meditate properly, but meditation is meant to be flexible and personalized. “A lot of people think you have to sit in a certain way, like cross-legged on the floor, which is absolutely not true,” says Winston. “You can sit in a chair. You can sit on the couch. You can lie down. However you’re comfortable.” Winston notes that people also think they have to do it for a certain amount of time—often a long time—but that’s another misconception. A few minutes is fine.

To give you an idea of what mindfulness meditation looks like in practice, consider this basic example: “A very simple way to meditate is to sit down in a comfortable place where you won’t be disturbed and bring your attention to your body,” says Winston. “See if you can notice your body breathing. Maybe you feel your breath moving in your abdomen. Maybe you notice your chest moving up and down. Some people notice the air moving through their nose. Then, just pick a spot to focus your gaze on and then stay with it, feeling the breath rising and falling in and out. When you notice your mind wandering away, return your attention back to your breathing and the spot that you’re noticing. Then just do that again and again. If you just did that for five minutes a day, you’d be golden.” It may sound too easy, but that might be all you need to incorporate a fulfilling meditation routine into your life.

  1. How do I actually start meditating?
    Despite how simple the above example sounds, a lot of people understandably find it difficult to do on their own without getting bored or restless. That’s where guided meditations come in. “It’s very helpful to have guidance because people get discouraged when they sit down to meditate,” says Winston. “So many people try and then they’re like, ‘Okay, what do I do now?’”

On top of gently easing you into meditating, guided meditations will also introduce you to a variety of specific meditations beyond focusing on your breath, such as loving-kindness meditations (which involve sending positive thoughts to others) or body scan meditations (which involve tuning into the sensations of your body head to toe).

Here are some guided meditation apps and resources to get you started:

Insight Timer (iOS and Google Play, free, or $10/month or $60/year for premium): Insight Timer has over 55,000 free meditations tracks, many of which are geared toward beginners. It also has courses, such as Learn How to Meditate in Seven Days.

UCLA Mindful (iOS and Google Play, free). Created by the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center and featuring recordings by Winston herself, this easy-to-use app has both basic meditations for beginners and wellness meditations geared toward people living with challenging health conditions. If you don’t want to download the app, you can listen to a few of their free meditations on their website.

Headspace (iOS and Google Play, $13/month or $70/year): Headspace comes highly recommended as a beginner app, thanks to its expansive library of guided meditations for just about every mood or goal. Plus, they have a lot of their own educational resources too, like this guide to different types of meditation.

Calm (iOS and Google Play, $70/year): Another frequently recommended meditation app for beginners in meditation apps, Calm is an all-around good starting point for guided meditation. You might like Calm if you prefer background nature sounds to silence.

Healthy Minds Program (iOS and Google Play, free): Created by a nonprofit affiliated with the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Healthy Minds Program app has meditations, exercises, and podcast-style lessons designed to build foundational mindfulness skills.

Tara Brach’s podcast (iOS and Android): Tara Brach is a psychologist and meditation teacher, as well as the author of Radical Acceptance and Radical Compassion. On her podcast, she shares a weekly guided meditation. Many fans love the intimacy of her meditations, like you’re practicing with a compassionate mentor. You can also find her guided meditations on her website.

  1. How do I quiet my thoughts and keep my mind from wandering?
    Aaaand here we have the most common misconception about meditation. Despite popular belief, the goal of meditation isn’t a completely blank mind. “Meditation isn’t turning off thoughts but rather learning to meet them with awareness and curiosity,” says Mattingly. The same goes for our wandering minds; you don’t have to keep absolute focus, either. In both cases, the key is noticing.

“When our attention wanders away or other thoughts are coming up, we notice what’s happening and then bring our attention back to whatever it is we’re focusing on in our mindfulness meditation, such as our breath,” says Winston. “And then we do that over and over. What we learn to realize is that that’s not a problem. That’s part of the process.”

That doesn’t mean it’s easy, of course. Paying attention to our thoughts and emotions can set off anxiety, judgment, and other things that feel like they interfere with mindfulness. But with practice, you can learn not to get pulled down into that spiral and instead incorporate these moments into your meditation. “[Meditation] allows us to take a step back and become the observer,” says Mattingly. “When we invite in curiosity, we’re able to notice the changing nature of all emotions and realize that these emotions rise and fall in everyone.”

  1. How do I know I’m doing it right?
    “Right” and “wrong” aren’t the point of meditation. Like okay, sure, technically there are ways you can meditate “incorrectly,” but they basically boil down to not actually trying. The only thing you need to do is make an effort. “If you sit down and ignore your guided meditation completely and decide instead to use the time to think about your to-do list for a day, you’re not really meditating,” says Winston. “But if you take a moment in the course of thinking about all the things you have to do to bring your attention back to your breathing and try to be present, you’re doing great.”

But in general, Winston suggests not dwelling in this mindset too much. “The really important thing is to be kind to yourself so you don’t turn meditation into another thing that’s wrong with you,” she says. “Try not to be judgmental. It’s not like you’re going to automatically do it perfectly. It’s a process.”

  1. How do I make a habit out of it?
    Like with building any habit, there isn’t a magic tip out there that will compel you to meditate every day. It takes persistence and commitment. That said, there are things you can do to make it easier on yourself to make a habit out of it. For one, the meditation apps above double as accountability tools; some let you track your progress and send push notifications to remind you it’s time to meditate.

All your run of the mill habit-building tips will serve you well with meditation too. Set a specific goal—instead of deciding you’re going to “start meditating,” decide you’re going to do one guided meditation as soon as you wake up. Build it into your morning routine with these tips or into your night routine with these. Start small, set reminders, find an accountability buddy who wants to start meditating too. At the end of the day, keeping a regular meditation practice is about making an effort and, well, doing it.

If you really don’t want to go out of your way, Winston recommends building it into something you’re already doing, also known as habit stacking. For example, meditate after you brush your teeth every day or while you’re waiting for your coffee to brew. A persistent habit that you don’t even have to think about anymore can serve as an anchor and a reminder.

  1. What if I don’t have time?
    That’s the great thing about meditation—it doesn’t have to take much time at all. Many guided meditations are five minutes or less. “Everyone has time for five minutes,” says Winston. “Meditation is adaptable and shouldn’t feel like a huge commitment you have to take on.”

Beyond being open to finding small pockets in your day to meditate, you can also build mindfulness into your life. When it comes to mindfulness meditation, there’s formal practice (like everything we’ve been talking about) and informal practice, when you take the skills you’ve learned in your formal practice and put them to use. “You can apply it throughout the day,” says Winston. “You can brush your teeth mindfully or remember to take a mindful breath when something stresses you out or be mindful during your daily walk. There are all sorts of ways we can make room for mindfulness even when it feels like we don’t have room.”

Mattingly also recommends the S.T.O.P. meditation as a quick meditation you can use on the go. It stands for: stop what you’re doing, take a breath, observe without judgment, and proceed. “This practice teaches us to check in with ourselves without judging our experience,” she says. “The ‘without judgment’ is the most crucial piece. For example, if we do this exercise and we notice anger or sadness or any difficult emotion, can we allow ourselves to honor how we feel without looking to ‘fix’ or ‘change’ any of it?” The R.A.I.N. meditation (recognize, allow, investigate, and nurture) serves a similar purpose.

  1. How do I know if it’s working?
    Depends on what you mean by working. It would be amazing if there was a universal sign that you were officially reaping the benefits of meditation, but that’s not how it goes. “Meditation isn’t prescription,” says Winston. “It’s not like ‘If you meditate this amount of time for this number of days, you will see this result.’ Our minds are very individual.”

Because of that, a lot of people give up without giving meditation a fair shot. Winston recommends two main things when it comes to judging whether or not meditation is working for you: checking in with yourself and sticking it out for a while. “Don’t try it once. Try it over time and then investigate how you’re feeling,” says Winston. “Is it benefiting me? Am I seeing the effects? Am I noticing that I’m a little bit calmer? Am I being a little bit kinder to myself and to others? Am I sleeping better? Am I enjoying having these small moments?”

All that said, though, if it’s not for you, it’s not for you. Mindfulness meditation has been pushed as some universal habit that everyone will benefit from and it’s easy to blame yourself if you’re not feeling it. Let go of those expectations. “Mindfulness meditation is not for everybody,” says Winston. “It’s extremely helpful for some people, but not at all for others.”

If you don’t know when to call it, Winston recommends giving it six weeks or so, based on her experience teaching students over the years, including through a six-week program. It’s by no means a magic number, but it’s long enough that you’ll probably get a sense of how you like meditation and how it’s working for you.

Also, remember: There are all sorts of types of meditation. If mindfulness meditation doesn’t work for you, you don’t have to swear off meditation in general. It might just be you haven’t found the right fit yet. Maybe movement meditation is more your speed. Or maybe you’d connect with mantra meditation. Or healing meditation. Or something else entirely. It’s worth a shot, right?

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How to Make Moon Water and Use It In Your Beauty Routine
BY AMANDA MITCHELL

The sun tends to get all the glory, but the Moon has plenty of benefits too.

As a Cancer sun woman, my relationship with the Moon is a deep and intimate one. After all, the Moon is Cancer’s ruling planet, and everyone in my life will easily tell you my emotions change with its phases. When I was a child (OK, and sometimes as an adult, too), I used to talk to the Moon; I wanted to press all of my deepest hopes and dreams into every single crater. The last year really thrust me into my inner spirituality — shadow work, tarot, crystals, flower essences, all that good good — and that’s why it was no surprise that my TikTok algorithm started recommending I make Moon water.

But what exactly is Moon water, anyway? Basically, it’s distilled water charged under the new and full Moon, believed to absorb lunar energy to help us tap into our subconscious feelings and emotions. It also helps to heal and revive aspects of our spiritual body.

“[Making] Moon water is an ancient practice of alchemically activating water molecules with the emanations that radiate from the light of a full Moon,” explains Mariah K. Lyons, crystal healer and author of Crystal Healing For Women. In fact, it has been used in beauty routines and ritual practices for ages and is seen in cultures all over the world. “The Moon radiates a lunar ‘feminine’ energy — which has nothing to do with gender but energetics — while the sun radiates a solar ‘masculine’ energy. Just as we see solar panels capture light particles for a ‘charge,’ when we place water or crystals under the light of the Moon they receive a lunar ‘charge’ from the emanations of the Moon,” shares Lyons.

Awesome, right? We go outside to get some vitamin D from the sun, but many of us have never considered that light reflecting from the Moon may offer some kind of benefit, as well. However, it’s a long-standing spiritual belief that water holds consciousness, and it can be said to hold “memories.” Japanese researcher Masuro Emoto deeply researched water molecules for his 2004 book The Hidden Messages in Water, claiming that those molecules can change depending upon environment and intention. When you “charge” water by the Moon, its molecules are being imprinted with the energy of the Moon — so, the general theory would be that when you drink the Moon water or use it on your face as a beauty treatment, you are vibrationally tuning into the energy of the Moon that is stored within the molecules of water.

Of course, since this is Allure, we also wanted to get a dermatologist’s opinion. I asked Hadley King, a dermatologist based in New York City, if she had any thoughts on the medicinal side of Moon water. “I love the Moon in all of its phases, but unfortunately there is no scientific evidence to support the idea that water will be any different after exposure to Moonlight,” she says. So while the Moon does actually certain types of scientifically proven impact on our water — its gravitational pull affects the tides, something we all were reminded of during the battle of the Big Stuck Boat of 2021 — it’s also true that there’s no real statistical evidence behind the claims that water charged by the Moon will give us any real benefit. However, King agrees that she wants you to stay hydrated, either way, regardless of whether your water has been charged by the Moon or not. “It’s essential to our health to stay well hydrated, so that means drinking plenty of water, whether or not it has been exposed to Moonlight,” she explains. Drinking water is the easiest and best way to take care of your body, your health, and your mental health, too.

Varying opinions aside, if you’re interested in Moon water, party on, Garth. We tapped a few other experts to answer the hows and the whys of Moon water for you.

Who should use Moon water?
“The Moon controls the tides of the ocean, and we are made of 60 percent water,” shares Lisa Stardust, astrologer and author of The Saturn Return Survival Guide. “This means that the Moon has a huge effect on all of us. Therefore, anyone and everyone should and could use Moon water.” Every single one of us has an energetic body as well as a physical one, and it’s important to maintain good spiritual hygiene. It helps to keep us in alignment to receive renewed energy and clear out anything that does not serve our greatest good.

When should you make Moon water?
If there’s a Moon in the sky, you can make Moon water (read: any time!). However, it’s highly recommended that you wait until a new or full Moon to charge your water, according to Stardust. If you make your water in the new Moon, it is best to charge it with positive affirmations and set your intentions towards growth. Full Moon water, on the other hand, aids in the release of all that no longer serves us. In order to welcome new fresh energy, we have to make space in our lives for new things, and the full Moon helps us to truly dig deep and let go.

One thing, though: Stardust highly advises to not make Moon water during an eclipse. The energy of the lunar nodes overpowers the Moon’s potent phases, which are used to make Moon water, so steer clear.

How is Moon water made?
It’s actually really easy, you’ll just need a few things:

A glass container or bottle (it doesn’t need a lid, but you can use one for storage)
Incense or sage
Water — any kind, distilled, tap, from a river, directly from a spring
Labels and a pen
Anything you want to infuse into your water — crystals, herbs, flowers
First, you’ll want to cleanse the glass container with smoke from your incense or sage. Pour your water into your container or bottle and place it by the window in the Moonlight or outside to absorb the Moon’s glow. Stardust suggests labeling the bottles with the date and the sign of the luminary, or astrological sign the Moon is in at that moment. “If the new Moon is in Sagittarius, for example, make note of that to ensure that you can use that vibe to ignite excitement. If the full Moon is in Virgo, make note of that as well to allow healing to happen with the water,” she explains.

You can add edible herbs and flowers to your water, like roses for love (including self-love), lavender for cleansing and relaxation, or anything conducive to the mood you’re trying to manifest. You can also add crystals like rose quartz to heal the heart chakra, or amethyst for heightened intuition to the water, allowing them to absorb and be “charged” by the lunar energy as well. “Crystals such as Moonstone, selenite, mother of pearl, and jade have a natural feminine resonance and are wonderful to charge in the light of the Moon, especially when looking to conceive or connect deeper with one’s own intuition,” recommends Lyons.

Speak your affirmations and intentions into the water, repeating it aloud or in your head to bless and set your intentions. Leave the jar overnight to charge with Moonlight, and it’ll be ready in the morning.

What are some of the uses for Moon water?
According to Moon water maker Barbara Mouradian of Eye Love Love, a company that makes handcrafted small-batch Moon-charged water in Florida, the uses for Moon water are endless: “Moon water can be used to create a bath ritual, charge and cleanse crystals, cleanse your energetic body, cleanse your home to remove stagnant energy, sacred objects, in your diffuser and more,” she explains. Her Moon water recipe, which was passed down from her grandmother, is made of charged Moon water, flowers, herbs, spices, salt, and alcohol. She works with each of the 12 zodiac signs and their attributes and uses complementary ingredients in her Moon water.

One of the most common ways to use Moon water would be to bathe in it during the new or full Moon — you can even use it to water your plants if you use plain distilled water. If you’re an artist, you can dip your paintbrush into it to cleanse your brushes to evoke energy, creativity, and emotions into your art. You can also use it to clean your floor, to make perfumes or oil — basically, anywhere you use water, you can use Moon water. You can also drink it to help to aid with cleansing and heal the body.

I turned mine into a cute little mist for my desk and for my shower, and I mist my Moon water as much as I spritz my face with my various favorite facial mists, and if I’m feeling super reckless… I might even combine the two.

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Persian Rose-Water Pudding

Recipe courtesy of “Healing Tonics” by Jeanine Pollak (Storey Publishing, 2000)

This recipe is quite exotic and a lovely treat for the body and soul.

If you ever want to woo someone, this healthy dessert qualifies as divinely inspiring in matters of love. It’s quite exotic and a lovely treat for the body and soul. Rose water, cardamom and vanilla are all traditionally associated with special occasions, feasting and love.

Food as Medicine
The yogurt in this recipe could help trim your waistline. A three-month study found that 16 obese men and women eating a reduced-calorie diet that included yogurt three times daily lost 61 percent more fat than 18 subjects who ate the same number of calories, but who consumed little or no dairy products and low overall quantities of calcium.

Ingredients
1 quart vanilla yogurt
2 tablespoons honey
1 drop pure sweet orange essential oil
1 teaspoon pure distilled rose water
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 tablespoon fresh rose petals
1/4 cup whole raspberries

Instructions

  1. Place a colander or strainer into a bowl. Line the colander or strainer with a couple of layers of cheesecloth. Gently scoop the yogurt into the colander.
  2. Cover top of colander with a plate, and let sit in refrigerator overnight. This will thicken the yogurt by allowing the whey to drain out. (You can save the whey. It’s full of good nutrients and healthy acidophilus, and can be mixed into drinks or juice or drunk straight.)
  3. The next day, gently scoop the yogurt into a pretty bowl, or onto a nice serving plate.
  4. Mix the honey with the orange essential oil. Drizzle the honey, rose water and cardamom over the yogurt.
  5. Garnish with fresh rose petals and fresh berries.

Recipe courtesy of “Healing Tonics” by Jeanine Pollak (Storey Publishing, 2000)

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Ghost Hunting Theories
Chasing the Paranormal in Your Spare Time

23 Apr 2021

What we do with our spare time these days has vastly changed. Rather than consider a crowded cabana bar on a beach somewhere, many are opting to hit AirBNB isolated locations where they can be free of mask-wearing and self-contained with their own meals rather than restaurants.

There is no better time to consider freestyle paranormal investigating as your new hobby.

You can delve into the unexplained in many simple ways that don’t involve crazy equipment or groups.

UFO WATCHING

My first suggestion is UFO watching. The only thing needed for this is a car to get out of the city and away from city lights.

You might put together some great music like Brian Eno’s work – very space-watching sounds!

Consider a portable picnic too and bring some lounge chairs.

These are items you will want to have around whether it’s for road trips, camping, or investigating.

If you’re serious about UFO watching, you might consider two other pieces of equipment. One is IR goggles with recording ability and the other is a telescope. If you’re going to be out there anyways, you might as well enjoy the night sky fully.

This activity of UFO watching is a fantastic one for everyone. It’s romantic. It’s a road trip. It’s being outdoors. It has something for everyone.

If you’re wondering where to go in particular for a higher chance of seeing a UFO, check out the reports at MUFON to see if there is an area near you with high incidence of reports.

SLEEPING WITH GHOSTS

It’s always best to chase ghosts somewhere else. The simplest way for anyone to have encounters is to stay in a notoriously haunted place. Whether it’s an AirBNB, hotel, or bed and breakfast inn, there are plenty of haunted places to lay your head down.

Take a digital voice recorder and ask questions. When you get home, play it back on your computer to really hear if there are any replies.

Digital Voice Recorder

You may want to check the room for a baseline EMF (electromagnetic field, the product of accelerating electric charges) and use it throughout the evening to identify possible spikes (some believe this energy is either a process of ghost manifestation or a result of it). My advice is to watch out for spikes near alarm clocks and when the air-conditioning turns on and off.

EMF meter

Honestly, there is no better barometer than a human body and its five (really six) senses. There is something built into our biology that sees things that don’t show up on cameras, hears things that are vague on recordings. Spend some time in the room, lights out so you can see movement, and silent so you can hear what’s going on. Simply “be” with it, no interrogations, no equipment. Just a human being in quiet repose, senses acute because of lack of sensory input, and a mind that is shifted into neutral.

HIKING FOR BIGFOOT

Maybe you don’t want to sleep in Bigfoot’s living room, but you wouldn’t mind a hike that could produce an encounter.

Here’s some hiking trails to consider –

The Bigfoot Trail.
Northwestern California and Southwestern Oregon. Of the 360 miles, approximately 100 miles (160 km) are along seldom used Forest Service roads while the remaining segments are backcountry trails, either in wilderness or on National Forest land.

Bear Canyon Lake.
Although the lake was created for anglers, it is a Bigfoot attractant, as well.

Allegheny National Forest.
In Northwestern Pennsylvania, this area has had quite a few sightings.

Sam Houston.
In southeastern Texas, this park has had a LOT of sightings and some rather disturbing.

Find out where sightings have occurred in your region by checking out the BFRO site.

I will say this, that people who get a glimpse of a Bigfoot, it is about 99% of the time that they are hiking, hunting, or whatever, not thinking about Bigfoot, not searching them out. It’s almost like that sensation you get in a public place that someone is staring at you, you turn and see them staring. Bigfoot appears to feel our focus upon them. So, keep yourself engaged in a happy hike, enjoy nature, take a lot of rest stops where you can be quiet and maybe notice things moving around.

If you really want to see them, take video. Stop. Zoom in and out, slowly doing a 180-degree pan so that your back is facing where you started filming. Wait a few moments, zoom in and out again as you pan back to where you started. When you get home, pop it on the computer. What happens is they freeze when you walk by so you don’t see movement. They blend right in. As you turn away they peek out, or use that opportunity to hit the ground. When you view the video, you can see them peeking out or being there and suddenly not being there.

ENJOYING THE UNEXPLAINED WITHOUT INVESTIGATING

If you like the unexplained but don’t necessariy want ot poke around looking for it, how about sleeping in it?

AirBNBs now offer so many quirky and delightfully-themed settings to sleep in that it’s easy to find a place that is so unusual to spend the night that you feel like you knocked something off the bucket list.

La Canada Flintridge in California offers a vintage home for rent complete with ghosts.

Don’t want to sleep with ghosts? How about sleeping in a strange vessel?

How about –

A bigfoot cabin?

Maybe you might like to stay in –

A UFO?

Maybe you’d like –

A spaceship house.

A creepy room –

When life gets boring and predictable, it’s often because we tackle each day the same. We figure we know everything by heart because we do the same routine so much that we can drive across town, arrive at our destination, and not recall a moment of the process.

Chasing the unexplained is a way of opening a new world we didn’t realize was there right beside us. It brings out the creative side of us trying to explain it, it brings out our courage chasing it, and it brings out our hope for there being more to the world than the zombie pattern we inhabit daily.

Open your mind and insert wonder!

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Welcome to the Loan Department

by Stephen Halpert

Willard wore his new white shirt and tie to celebrate. It was his first day at the bank since his promotion from teller to loan officer. He took pride in his shiny new desk, especially the credenza beside it with a library of banking form books at his fingertips. Proudly he dusted invisible specks from his newly engraved nameplate.

At 10:05 an Uber van pulled up to the front door. A driver emerged, opened a sliding side panel and helped out an older, well dressed woman wearing a blue business suit and bedroom slippers. Over her arm was an elaborate cloth handbag. In one hand she clutched a large Styrofoam cup of coffee. The driver pulled an enormous suitcase from the van. 

“Four hundred sixty-seven dollars,” he said in broken English; he lit the cigar stub stuck between his teeth.

Her eyebrows flew up, but without commenting she rummaged inside her capacious bag and pulled out a credit card.

“No take credit cards,” he said. “Told you outside hotel in New York. Only cash or check.”

She didn’t argue; instead, she set the bag on her suitcase and rooted around in it. She found a pad of checks; hastily wrote one, tore it off and with a flourish handed it to him. 

          The driver stared at the check, saw her generous gratuity and shrugged. He tossed away his cigar stub. It fell unnoticed into her gaping cloth handbag. He handed her her cloth bag and wrestled her oversize suitcase through the revolving door. Then he went to a teller to cash the check.

          The woman surveyed the three desks in the Loan Department, saw Willard, and tugged her suitcase toward him.

          Meanwhile the driver was having a dispute with a teller.

          “I’m sorry sir,” she said. “But I can’t cash this check. It’s written on a bank in Romania.”

          “So what?” he shrugged.  “Check is check. I drive her four hours here from hotel. I want to be paid.”

          “Of course,” the teller said graciously.  “Just a moment please.” She turned and left her cage.

          Meanwhile the woman set her suitcase beside Willard’s desk. Then she put her handbag on his credenza and sat down heavily in his client chair.             “Young man,” she sipped her coffee. “Is it possible for me to negotiate a loan.”

          ‘Why yes,” Willard said. He reached for one of his banking forms, smiled politely and tried to sound dignified. “What is the nature of this loan?”         

          “That must for now remain confidential.” she smiled back, revealing uneven, yellowish teeth. “Of course, you are no doubt familiar with the terrible competition surrounding investments.”

          He wasn’t sure what that meant but nodded wisely and asked “How much have you in mind?”

          “Four hundred million.”

          He gulped. “Oh, a real jumbo.”

          “Not exactly a loan. More like a letter of credit from this bank that I may draw upon funds should they be needed.” Her blue skirt rode up as she crossed her legs.

          “Of course.” He felt unsure which form to give her. “And may I ask the nature of this purchase?”

          She moved closer, lowered her voice to barely above a whisper. “La Belle Dame Sans Mercie. It will be next week auctioned in Paris.”

          “La Belle what?”

          She waved her hand dramatically. “Sans Merci,” she said emphatically. Coffee jumped from her Styrofoam cup onto Willard’s desk and splashed up onto his new white shirt and tie.

          “Oh dear,” she said, “Let me help you.”

          Meanwhile the manager, approached the teller’s cage. “I’m terribly sorry,” he said pushing the check back. ‘We cannot cash this. It is not within our protocol.”

          The Uber driver scowled.  His face turned crimson. “No!” he slammed his hands on the counter. “This is bank. Banks cash checks. Cash this one.”

          “I’m sorry,” the manager said.

          “Why not?”

          “Because it is on a bank in Romania.”

          “What is wrong with Romanian?”

          “Nothing I’m sure but we cannot…”

          “Then if nothing is wrong with Romanian, cash it. I want my money.”

          He pounded his fist harder on the shelf in front of the cage, drawing the attention of the two bank guards. They moved toward him slowly.

          Meanwhile Willard’s client grabbed her suitcase and hefted it up onto his credenza, pushing her cloth bag over in the process. “Let me help you. I’m terribly sorry.” She opened her suitcase. Lingerie burst out.

          She grabbed something black and silky, reached over and began patting his stained shirt and tie.

          “That’s really all right,” he said, squirming to get out from under her ministrations.

           Clutching her check the Uber driver turned and made his way toward his former passenger. He slipped on some fallen lingerie and fell into her lap. He glared at the woman. “You pay me.”

          The two bank guards, followed by the manager rushed over and tried to grab him.

          He jumped from her lap. “You pay me!” he shrieked.

          The guards seized him. Swearing in some foreign language, he struggled to free himself.

          The bank manager surveyed the scene.  “What is she doing here?” He pointed to Willard’s client.

          “”She wants to borrow 400 million for something coming to auction next week.”

           “I want my money,” the struggling driver yelled between curses.

          Suddenly smoke billowed from the woman’s cloth bag. Flames followed, leaping toward the ceiling. This activated the sprinkler system. Willard, his desk and everything close by was drenched.

          Seeing this, the woman fainted dead away. 

          Fire engines sounded in the distance. Customers and workers hurried toward the exits. The guards abandoned the driver and rushed over to the tellers’ cages.

          The water quickly revived her and the woman opened her eyes. The Uber driver still stood there; fists clenched.  She saw him and reached for his hand. “Help me,” she implored. “I’ll figure out a way to pay you.”

          He sighed, shrugged and nodded. “Okay, okay.” Hastily he gathered the items that had burst from her suitcase. By now her cloth bag was sodden. He gathered that up too and led her away.

          Willard surveyed the wreckage of his waterlogged desk and credenza. Swabbing at the mess he realized he was using a piece of silky black lingerie. The Branch Manager came over. He looked at Willard, sighed and said, “I trust your next client will be less exotic.” He cocked an eyebrow at the lingerie Willard was clutching. Then he nodded, patted Willard on the back and said, “Welcome to the Loan Department.” 

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Kat’s Korner
Share your love for cats!

How to get Your Cat Used to Their Carrier
POSTED ON APRIL 21, 2021 BY MARC-ANDRÉ
Authored by the team at Vital Pet Club

We all know that if our cats had an arch-nemesis, it would be their cat carrier. And, for some cats, no amount of treats, trickery or full-on pleading will get them on board! Surely there must be a simpler way…

How to train your cat
Effective cat training involves shaping your cat’s behaviour through positive reinforcement, which basically means getting them to do certain things (like walking into their cat carrier or letting you check their paws) by making the experience more positive. This might involve using familiar items or pheromone sprays, or rewarding them afterwards (normally with treats).

Unlike dogs, cats are not able to read our behaviour as well and don’t have the innate desire to please us in the ways dogs do. This means that the best way to motivate them to do something is often through food.

That being said, it’s important to not set your expectations too high, as it can take some time for your puss to learn new things. It’s also vital that you always view training as a fun game with your cat. Don’t become frustrated if your puss doesn’t learn something straight away and never punish your furball, as the best way for your cat to learn is in a happy and relaxed environment.

Getting your cat used to their carrier
It’s important to try and get your cat used to their carrier from a young age so they see it as a normal part of their home, rather than a demon box that only appears when they have that dreaded car ride to the vets or the cattery. By having your cat carrier out in your home, you allow your fussy feline to walk in and out freely and become familiar with the cat basket- they may even nod off in there!

You can put your cat’s treats, favourite blankets and toys in the carrier so your cat associates it with positive things. And you can also spray the inside with a pheromone spray, as your puss will be able to recognise these pheromones, which will help them to feel more relaxed and comfortable in their carrier.

All of these techniques will allow your cat to think of going into their carrier as a positive experience. And, for many cats, this can change their behaviour, making them want to go into the carrier more, and also causing them to feel less stressed when they’re inside the carrier. And, by changing your cat’s behaviour, and getting them to do something that they wouldn’t normally want to do, you are successfully training your cat!

How to put your cat in their carrier
The first and most important thing to remember when putting your cat into their carrier is to remain calm and be gentle. As frustrating as it may be, getting worked up will only make your kitty more worried and stressed and they will probably try to run away, or may even become aggressive, making the process even more difficult for both of you.

Start by lining your cat’s carrier with newspaper followed by a familiar non-slip blanket or vet bed. Then make sure you give your cat plenty of opportunities to investigate the carrier, as some felines (especially kittens) will just walk straight in, especially if you have trained them to get used to the carrier.

Try to avoid forcing your cat into the carrier, as this can be very frightening for them, and may send them into a panic. However, if you can’t get your cat won’t go into their carrier voluntarily, it’s time to decide whether you are going to put them into the carrier head or bottom first.

The Head-first technique
If you are trying to put your cat in head first, place one hand under their chest, with the other supporting their bottom and slowly lift them into the carrier. Be sure to promptly shut the carrier door behind them, as cats will often try and spin around to escape. But always make sure you’re not going to accidentally trap their ears, paws or tail first!

Bottom-first!
The advantage of this technique is that your cat won’t see the carrier coming, however you may be more likely to get nipped or scratched! Again, gently hold your cat’s chest with one hand and bottom with the other and either lower your cat into the basket, with the carrier facing upward, or carry them into a normally positioned carrier (like with the head-first method) again making sure you close the door behind them.

Carriers with detachable lids can make putting your cat into their carrier so much easier! By removing the lid from your cat carrier, you will be able to place your puss into the lower half of the carrier before gently replacing the lid and quickly closing the door. This is the best way to get most cats into their carrier because many felines will panic and resist more if they are put into their carrier through the front door as this smaller opening will often feel make your cat feel more confined.

How big should your cat’s carrier be?
It’s important to have a carrier that is large enough for your cat to be able to turn around inside, but not so big that your cat may slide around and hurt themselves when travelling. It’s also important not to put more than one cat in each carrier- even if your cats get on well- as cats don’t like to be in confined spaces together and may become aggressive.

Preventing escapees
Before you leave the house with your cat in their carrier, always make sure the top of their carrier is securely attached, and that the carrier door is locked- as you don’t want an escapee! But it’s always worth making sure your cat’s microchip details are up-to-date so you’re prepared for any worst-case scenarios. It’s also a good idea to place a blanket over the front of your cat carrier, as this can help your puss to feel secure and safe.

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Georgia’s Weekly Horoscope
weekly@georgianicols.com

Sunday, April 25, 2021

All Signs
Fair Venus is making its annual journey through Taurus, the sign that likes good food, good wine, good sex and a nice place to live. This is why we all have a desire to eat well and enjoy a good merlot. We are more aware of skin regimes. People want a massage or a facial. (I scared my partner with mud from the Nile on my face.) We also want to make our rooms pretty and beautify the outdoors by buying plants and focusing on decks and patio furniture. Venus in Taurus likes the good life and wonderful creature comforts! Orson Welles said, “Living in the lap of luxury isn’t bad but you never know when luxury is going to stand up.”

Aries (March 21-April 19)
The influence of Venus mentioned in All Signs above, along with the Sun, Mercury and Uranus are all taking place in your Money House, which means you are focused on money, cash flow and earnings this week. Fortunately, Venus tends to attract good things to you, especially money! Therefore, keep your pockets open. (Yes, Venus will also urge you to buy beautiful things as well.) Be aware that on Friday, the Sun will line up with unpredictable Uranus indicating something unusual could impact your wealth, your assets or your possessions. This could be a windfall? Yay! However, be wise and protect what you own from loss, theft or damage. Be alert. (The world needs more lerts.)

Taurus (April 20-May 20)
Because the Sun, Mercury, Venus and Uranus are all in your sign, the entire world is having a Taurus influence, which is of course, why people have their hands in the earth (or around a wine glass) and are starting to plant pots on balconies or flowers in gardens. However, as mentioned in All Signs above, this is also why we are all more delighted than usual with good food and good drink – the creature comforts of life. You will enjoy buying wardrobe items. You are eager to talk to others and share your ideas. You’re especially persuasive and convincing – no question. On Friday, you might feel rebellious about something. Caution against disputes with others as well as accidents. Tread carefully!

Gemini (May 21-June 20)
Naturally, you like your creature comforts as well as anyone else, which is why you also will enjoy a massage, facial treatment, good soaps, plush towels, good food and fine wine at this time. Nevertheless, the circumstances in your life dictate that you are happy to take a backseat. You’re content to playthings low-key and work alone or behind the scenes because it feels better. While some feel restless with Covid restrictions, you feel more comfortable staying at home. This doesn’t mean you’re not working hard to earn money because you are. However, by the end of the week, especially on Friday, something unexpected will happen. Your usual routine will change. Stay flexible so that you can react gracefully to whatever occurs.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
This is a popular time for you! You are in contact with friends and members of groups either in person or via Zoom or whatever medium works best for you. You might be talking to younger people more than usual. You are definitely focused on your future goals and discussing them with others. Meanwhile, Venus will make relations with others so warm and friendly that for some of you, a friend will become a lover. Nevertheless, at the end of the week, probably on Friday, (perhaps Thursday), someone will do or say something that surprises you and catches you off guard. Possibly, you will meet someone new who is unusual and changes things in your life? Whatever this surprise is, it might cause you to change your future goals.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
Of course, you’re enjoying good food, good wine and the luxuries of life whenever you can. However, unusual events are taking place that affect your career, your public status and your reputation among your peers. Relations with bosses, parents and VIPs are excellent now. (Someone is considering nominating you for sainthood.) Because you make such a fabulous impression, your voice will be heard and your influence will reach more people. You can pretty much call the shots! Success is based on timing and right now, the timing is excellent for you. Make your pitch! However, be aware that at the end of the week, a surprise from a boss, parent or supervisor might catch you off guard.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
At this time, you are keen to expand your world by doing anything different or unusual. In pre-Covid times, you would travel! Now you will have to seek other ways to be stimulated and find new adventure. Talk to people from different backgrounds. Explore interesting places and other countries online. Within the limitations of your own world, you can still shake up your routine and do something different or go someplace you’ve never been before. At the end of the week on Thursday or Friday, travel plans will suddenly change, as will plans related to medicine, the law, publishing, the media and anything to do with higher education. You might also encounter someone who is unusual. “Hi Darth.”

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
You feel very comfortable with your ruler Venus being in Taurus because both Libra and Taurus share this rulership. It’s also why you are two signs who truly love beautiful things. In your case, this strong emphasis is taking place in a Money House, specifically the wealth that comes to you via your partner or other sources. You might receive money back from the government or benefit indirectly through your partner’s increased wealth. Some kind of boon will favour you. Although, on Friday, sudden and unexpected news that might impact inheritances, shared property or such could occur. Meanwhile, your ambition is aroused – along with your sex drive!

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
All this heavy energy of four planets in Taurus is taking place directly opposite your sign, which means your focus on close friendships and partnerships is unusually strong now. Many of you are enjoying good times with friends, hopefully, with good food and drink. You might also have a chance to enjoy the arts with a friend or a partner. Warm discussions are taking place, all of which makes you feel good because this increased socializing fills a need in you. However, at the end of the week, on Thursday or Friday, someone will say or do something that shocks you or catches you off guard. For some, this might end a friendship. You might want more freedom in a relationship and have a quarrel? Expect a few surprises.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
Your everyday routine is coming along smoothly because you are working hard and doing your best to be efficient and productive. And you are succeeding! Yay you! This is why things are going well at work and even your health feels improved. Likewise, relations with pets are more fun-loving and rewarding. Some of you are working to make your workspace more attractive. Many of you are enjoying smoother relations with work colleagues as well. Nevertheless, by the end of the week, some kind of surprise will catch you off guard. It could be a technological glitch, a computer problem. It could be anything. Be prepared.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
This lovely Taurus energy that I mention in All Signs above, works beautifully for you! You are happy to rest in the lap of luxury until luxury stands up. Enjoyment from children, as well as an appreciation of the arts, sports and fun-loving diversions will please you this week. Some of you are involved in a new love affair. Woot! All of you feel more playful and prankish in your daily world. However, something unexpected might occur on Thursday/Friday that could involve accidents with children. Therefore, be vigilant! Anticipate anything that might go wrong with kids or something that is sports related because a surprise will occur. (Be patient with rebellious teens.)

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
This increased emphasis on creature comforts, good food, good wine along with making your home more beautiful and creating a lovely ambience outdoors through new patio furniture and plantings – is where it’s at for you because your focus is on home and family. You want to beautify your home along with your patio, balcony or garden. You want to entertain as much as permitted. You will also address home repairs and enjoy family discussions. However, at the end of the week on Thursday/Friday, something unexpected will occur. It could be a family argument? It could be computer problems or conversely, it might be the introduction of something high tech for your home? Fingers crossed.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
Your fast pace continues this week. It’s a great time for those who communicate to others. If your job involves marketing, sales, teaching, writing or studying – you’re shining! You can make money from your words. However, it’s also a wonderful time because your appreciation of your surroundings and the people in your life is heightened. This is a wonderful! Appreciation is probably one of the most important things we can experience. It means you feel fortunate. You appreciate the beauty of your environment and the affection that you feel from others. Be careful because Thursday/Friday could be an accident-prone time for you because something unexpected will occur. Be vigilent.

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Weekly Horoscopes Beginning Sunday, 25 April 2021
CelestialPrognostication@groups.io

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:

You’ve long been discussing potential changes in your domestic life or work, but nothing’s happened. Now that your ruler Mars has moved to accent exactly such matters, not only will the pace pick up, it will be so swift that you’ll have frustratingly little time to shape plans the way you want. Go with the flow. You’ll have plenty of opportunity to reorganise things later.

An offer that comes your way could take you down untried pathways. Don’t hold back because you sense someone close is likely to object. They may not feel as adventurous as you do but you can reassure them that you won’t take any unnecessary risks. Be discreet in all professional dealings. You suspect someone of dishonesty but until you have proof, keep any negative thoughts to yourself. This is not the time to air your suspicions.

It’s been a couple of years since Mars, your ruling planet, last crossed over the base of your solar chart. This is where property matters generally demand extra attention. Around this Tuesday’s Full Moon that may be much needed. Investments might need to be discussed to. There’s also the issue of insurance and how best to finance developments that are out with the norm. Whilst all this is going on, there might also be singular developments in the workplace. Again, this could be down to financial restructuring. Uncomfortable and difficult conversations are probable. Yet the good news is that through groupthink, solutions could yet be found. It might also be that through one of your connections – possibly with someone who’s lived overseas or who studied there – you could outline a plan that meets with approval.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Accepting the fact that you’ve little control over changes, some far-reaching, won’t be easy. Once you do, however, instead of waging a pointless battle against unwelcome arrangements, you’ll allow events to unfold. Better yet, you’ll be aware that you can reorganise things the way you want, and when it suits you. For now, therefore, observe what works and what doesn’t. The outcome could be a pleasant surprise.

You’ve been planning to make a move in a new direction for some time only one excuse after another has prevented you from doing so. You have a chance now to act on these intentions. If you spend too much time thinking, you won’t ever find the courage to bring this about. If your best friend or partner has made an embarrassing mistake, don’t rub it in. Not even in jest. If you want a relationship to last, you need to be prepared to work at it.

You may remember that Uranus is passing through your sign. This transit happens for just seven years in approximately every 84 years. Not every Taurus will live through this transit. Obviously much depends on your age. The indications are though that with this transit there is a desire to do things differently and to be in charge: freelance rather than employment tends to work best. This is when you incubate your ideas and develop them. With Mars having recently changed signs, it may be developments within the neighbourhood that have some of your attention. In fact, it’s not impossible that around Tuesday’s Full Moon that you’ll consider joining forces with someone who is also developing a ‘cottage industry’. Whilst the way forward might not yet be wholly clear, it should be obvious by the last day of April that you’re spreading wings in fresh direction and that these are exciting you in ways you hadn’t thought possible.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

The problem you’re facing isn’t the range and urgency of changes. From your perspective they’re exciting. Besides, those that are unwelcome initially could turn out to be the most rewarding of all. The problem is the unimaginative, if not obstructive, attitude of certain cautious individuals. The secret? Proceed without discussing your plans, knowing you can tell others once everything is done, and has worked brilliantly.

Although a colleague means well, the advice they are offering you is unhelpful. You would like to diffuse the tension between you but you don’t know how. Everything you say seems to rub them the wrong way. Everything you do seems to be wrong. It might be best to avoid them altogether. A friend or neighbour has come to heavily rely on you. You don’t mind helping out occasionally but you want a life of your own.

It would be understandable if financial matters now had your full attention. Of course, these never go away, but until Tuesday’s Full Moon is in the past, you may have real and deep concerns as to whether or not you can cope with the rollercoaster ride that 2021 is offering. It may be necessary to unexpectedly ‘raid the piggybank’. Yet this might also be the moment to consider wild, yes to some reckless, but certainly unusual investments. One way or another, the Gemini head is set to turn in many, many directions. Don’t underestimate the impact this has on your emotional state and from that, your working pattern. With so many ‘small fires’ to put out, and remembering, that you are not superhuman, there is the danger of you missing an excellent opportunity to improve skills. On your radar must surely be improving your expertise and yes, perhaps enrolling on a course. This would surely be a wise investment.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

You’re facing a series of unsettling yet exciting changes, in both existing arrangements and future plans. While your instincts are correctly telling you these seemingly bizarre events are leading to breakthroughs, certain individuals are anxious. Tempting as it is to reassure them, they’ll only list reasons to justify their concerns. That being the case, enjoy your own upbeat feelings but avoid discussing plans with doubters.

People won’t always agree with you and they will try to persuade you to rethink your decisions. This will make you start to doubt yourself. You have the right ideas. Don’t let anyone talk you out of them. It’s important to stand your ground. It brings you happiness to help those who are more vulnerable. At the same time, you need to look after your own interests. Agreeing to work a set number of hours for a charitable organization will be rewarding.

Mars has now arrived in your sign; its last visit there was in 2019. Mars has a justified reputation for energising. It could be that you are now all systems go – particularly around Tuesday’s Full Moon which accents the creative zone of your solar chart; but yes, others could find you intensely emotional and arguably difficult to work with. Some people though will surely want to get to know you better and see that you have unique talents and expertise that are entirely appropriate to the challenges of 2021. Anticipate intense discussions and, by Friday, the invitation to join a new team. This may be something you’ve been primed for exactly, the best part of the year but only now able to access. In short, by the close of April, your working pattern could be different and your career refuelled.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Your dynamic, fiery side is unmissable. However, those closest know you’re a creature of habit, and avoid, if not battle, changes. Yet not only are changes likely, many will be as far-reaching as they are unexpected. The trick? Think of times in the past when similarly sudden events reshaped your life, but initially you fought them. The irony is, it’s these you’re currently battling to keep.

You’re surprised, after all you have done for a friend, that they seem to turn their back on you. They aren’t answering your calls and whenever you suggest meeting up, they have made alternative arrangements. It’s disappointing that they are ungrateful for all the time and effort you have put into this relationship. When they realise how much they have hurt you, apologies will follow. Take any chance you get to relax: you need it.

It would be understandable if you felt unsettled. Perhaps you don’t know where you really want to be. Perhaps nothing feels exactly, right? Work or home. There might also be real concerns about the long-term; both in terms of health and finances. May be the cosmos is setting you a test of faith. It might also be that a review of decisions taken in the last couple of years leaves you feeling you may have taken a wrong turn. You probably didn’t. It is likely though, that you do need to talk through revised options and resources with an expert. That’s a task that could be successfully undertaken between Tuesday’s Full Moon and the Sun’s alignment with Uranus at the top of your solar chart on Friday. Viewed as a week for assessment, this should prove a profitable and even an exciting time.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

True, every Virgo is inquisitive, and so thrives on new ideas and others’ adventures; but that doesn’t mean you’re eager to get involved. Yet destiny seems to think you’re ready to make a range of changes, some minor, a few far-reaching; but all are as sudden as, in some ways, they’re worrying. Despite the obvious doubts, the planetary setup advises you to agree. You’ll soon learn why.

You are tempted to make an irrational choice or decision just to shake things up a bit. It’s unlike you to be impetuous. Foolish optimism should be avoided. Take the advice of a practical friend and curb an urge to be extravagant and self-indulgent. In legal matters there will be the usual, tedious red tape to tie up but the worst is over and the end will soon be in sight. Be sure to make some time in your schedule later, to relax.

As you well know, worrying rarely advances anything. Yet there may be matters you need to consider, and in depth. This is probable around Tuesday’s Full Moon when it might seem that others are trying to pry information from you but that as yet, they haven’t offered reward. Determining motivation may be on your ‘to do’ list. A frank exchange of views may be necessary but yes, could be awkward. That though is presumably just temporary. It might also be that you require help – a junior assistant – perhaps. Before the end of April determining which tasks can be delegated, and to whom, looks to be priority. By then the Moon will be passing over the base of your solar chart. Try not to get overly emotional and accept that some people simply have to learn on the job. Interfering as they go about their tasks could deny them a useful learning experience.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

While known for your charm and diplomacy, many Libras live a life that involves clashes, out in the world, in business or politics, or closer to home. The current and coming weeks’ planetary setup accents these and, better yet, indicates opportunity to deal with them, once and for all. The secret? Compromise, in ways you’d ordinarily avoid. Within days you’ll realise how wise this was.

You’re doing your best to get over a recent disappointment. You could do with the support of friends and family. You hate to admit you are feeling sensitive and vulnerable bur someone who knows you well will sense your need for some reassurance. Their comforting words will help you overcome your fears. Are you looking for work? Sometimes your search for a job might seem futile but don’t get disheartened. Exercise can help release tension.

Aims and ambitions should be energised now that Mars has arrived at the apex of your solar chart. This, together with Tuesday’s Full Moon in one of the finance areas of that same chart, suggests that work and reward will be high priority. There is now much for you to consider. As you know, yours is the sign of balance. You work hard at reaching harmony and getting the accounts balanced ‘just right’. That the Full Moon coincides with Pluto arriving at its retrograde station suggests asset management will be made necessary too. On top of that, issues around joint financial affairs will likely require immediate if not urgent attention. This though, should not be viewed as a negative. It may be that before the end of the month you’re planning an adventure – and in partnership. Nailing down the true costs at every level would obviously be wise before plans are finalised. In this, Mar’s position should be useful.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Unwelcome changes have been in the air for ages, but thus far you’ve managed to avoid them. However, between the insights triggered by Tuesday’s Scorpio Full Moon and increasingly dramatic developments involving existing arrangements and others’ plans, you’re beginning to realise those changes aren’t just unavoidable, they’re in your best interests. Still, you’re unsure what to do. It’s simple. Let destiny take care of it.

Developments in your career will be so swift and sudden they will take you by surprise. It will feel as if your world has been taken by storm. If you have an important decision to make, take a deep breath and count to ten. You need to know you are thinking clearly before deciding what to do next for the best. Walking, cycling and getting out is really important for your mental and physical health. Getting close to nature is therapeutic.

Tuesday’s full moon is the annual one in your sign. This year that event coincides with Pluto your ruling planet arriving at its station. So yes, this is likely an important time. Recall though that there are many planets now in your opposite sign of Taurus. One possibility is that you will feel others are pushing new in directions you are not wreck yet ready to take. Yet perhaps you do need to listen to the options. Perhaps you would need to show just how resilient or determined you can be. One where another, this week is about strengths. Mars is now moving through another of the water signs and activating an area of your solar chart that about acquiring knowledge. You’re supposed for information is likely to be much increased. This could coincide with major evaluations and re-evaluations. Indeed, financial matters could head your priority list. It is just possible, that you have something to celebrate on the very last day of April.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Ordinarily you’re the first to spot, explore and get involved in exciting new ideas, activities or places to go. Yet, currently, destiny’s focusing on those you’ve previously sidestepped or deliberately avoid. Once, that made sense; but times have changed and so have you. Tempting as it is to battle these, give them a try. You’ll be amazed what you learn, about them and, even more, about yourself.

Mistrust is marring a close relationship. Make an effort to build bridges. A heart-to-heart talk will reveal some hidden resentments and through being honest with each other, suspicion will be replaced by appreciation. Rushing about madly in trying to get everything done will lead to careless mistakes. A financial matter would benefit from some extra attention when some surprising information about a recent expenditure will come to light. Someone has not been honest about certain financial transactions.

Health and wealth are likely to top the priorities list this week. They could be considerable hiatus around Tuesday’s full moon. Of course, it’s possible that the two things are linked. It may be that to improve well-being you need to read the piggy bank. Alternatively, it could be that you see that others require care and similarly want to invest in improving the quality of their life. Either way you may need to dig deeper. Just as you think that that issue is at least resolved or on the way to resolution, a further sidewinder could affect you on Friday. This though could be good news. The Sun makes fabulous aspect to your ruling planet Jupiter. You may remember the Jupiter is now passing through one of the air signs and yes, that does bring ideas your way. Recall that you are a fire sign and tend to react quickly when the air blows. So, it’s entirely possible that you conclude the week thinking differently and excited. Career wise you might also discover to your delight, that you’ve been mentioned in dispatches and in a good way.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

One of your most admirable traits, as a Capricorn, is your persistence in the face of opposition. Yet now events are forcing you to make what seem compromises. Initially you’ll question giving in. Yet once you do, the people you meet and experiences you have will reveal dramatic changes in the actual circumstances involved. Enough, in fact, to raise questions about other similarly strong convictions.

New methods and routines will be introduced into the workplace. This reminds you of a project you were thinking about at the start of the year which you still haven’t got around to. This would be an ideal time to set the ball rolling. A relative seems to be doing all they can to discourage you from pursuing your own interests. If you snap at them, this will cause tension between you. Keep your emotions under control.

First the learning, but delving and for researching could dominate the first half of this week. Around Tuesday’s full moon you may be determined to crack the code. If not a computer programmer, then you may want to make friends when one of these as well. It seems likely you’ll want to get to the bottom of something and that something could well be related to the Internet and to working matters. In fact, all this could tease your brain so much that by Friday you are eager to learn more yourself. You might even consider taking a short course. An alternative, is reaching out to those who just left or were about to leave their studies and who see in you and mental work whilst you see in them qualities that suggest you could make a fabulous partnership. Meanwhile as they say back at the ranch, a close colleague or partner looks set to be moving in altered career direction requiring you perhaps to move items around at home so that they have more space to work in.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Recent events, some disruptive but a few unwelcome, are forcing you to make changes in elements of your life. Battle these if you must, but the sooner you begin exploring the new ideas and avenues of activity these offer, the more swiftly you’ll begin discovering joys as thrilling as they are unexpected. The secret, now and during the coming weeks? Say yes first, make decisions later.

Think carefully about all you say and do. Be on the alert for people who will mock your efforts and then steal your ideas. Someone will try to out manoeuvre you in a professional or legal deal. Keep your distance from anyone you suspect is dishonest or disloyal. This could be your chance to break free from a toxic situation. Have faith in yourself and in your abilities. You have more control over your destiny than you may realise.

By the end of what could be a turbulent week, the Sun makes fabulous aspect to Jupiter now moving through your sign. This though comes after a full moon that coincides with Pluto apparently stood still in the sky. In recent years, this event that occurs twice every year, has coincided with big financial news. That this coincides with the full moon accenting the property and assets axis of your solar chart suggests news might prompt you to think differently about both. This could lead to many discussions. Note that on Friday and coinciding with that spectacular Jupiter aspect, the Sun and Uranus have their annual meeting this time at the very base of your solar chart. This could bring quite shocking news your way and most likely concerned with the valuation. The yard is presumably not to act to precipitately, to doublecheck the facts are indeed correct, and take your time before you begin the next stage of negotiations most likely after the last quarter moon in your sign on May 3rd.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Ignoring those who’re struggling, if not suffering, isn’t easy; but the reality is, these individuals complain constantly. It frees them from responsibility, while distracting others from duties they’d rather ignore. At the moment you could easily fall into this trap. Or you could say a firm ‘no’ and focus on certain of your own tasks, then once they’re dealt with, celebrate your victory over such distractions.

You can normally rely on your powerful intuition to help you sense obstacles that may be ahead. You might therefore wonder why you didn’t see a difficult situation coming. It shouldn’t take you long to realise your instincts aren’t as reliable as usual. For now, avoid getting into arguments with your loved ones about your plans. There are some ideas you will need to keep secret. You don’t have to tell your family everything you are doing.

Tuesday’s full moon is in another of the water signs and coincides with Pluto’s station. This could mark an important moment for everyone. Though you may not be too bothered by outbursts of emotion, you perhaps should be aware that even those who are considered to think logically coolly and have considerable expertise, may be acting more from the heart from the head. It will likely take a few days for things to calm down. Meanwhile there are important issues for you to address most likely concerning transport and local transport conditions. This could get you involved almost in a political move by the weekend. Then there is the question about what’s been written and what is accurate. You may now have doubts about information given over the last year and who in fact can be trusted. Though this is perhaps a conundrum that can’t be resolved until the lunar eclipse at the end of May, for now, in what might wish to be more circumspect about whose advice you accept.

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By GrannyMoon Posted in Pagan

GrannyMoon’s Weekly Feast 19-25 Apr 2021

~National Cat Lady Day!~

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It does not do to dwell on dreams, …
and forget to live.
~Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone~

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

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

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Light A Candle Today!

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

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

The Celtic Tree Calendar
Saille (Willow) April 15 to May 12

The Goddess Calendar ~ The Goddess Month of:
Maia begins 4/18 – 5/15

April

April 19: Taurus Begins

April 19: National Cat Lady’s Day!

April 19: Sigrblot Heathen First Day of Summer in old Calendar.

April 21: Honoring the Goddess Pales.

April 21-22: Lyrid meteor shower takes center stage on the night of April 21 into the early hours of April 22.

April 22: International Earth Day. Please, let’s not get so focused on our immediate challenges that we forget the crisis facing our planet.

April 23: St. George’s Day. Be on the lookout for fleeing dragons!

April 23: Bard’s Day

April 23: Wiccan pentacle is officially added to the list of VA-approved emblems for gravestones, 2007

April 23: Vinalia Wine Ffestival in honor of Roman God Jupiter. Green Man or Green George Festivals.

April 24: Feast of Gabriel. Feast of Albion, Prytania and Britannia. Norse Day of Heimdall.

April 25: USAF recognizes Pagan holidays.

April 25: Feast of Robigalia to protect crops from the spirits of mildew.

April 25: National Zucchini Bread Day (Nice, but in April? Doesn’t this belong in July, when zukes are doing their thing?)

April 26: Full Moon at 11:31 p.m. EDT (03:31 UTC, April 27)

April 28–May 3: Floralia, honoring the Goddess of Spring flowers and vegetation

April 30: Walpurgisnacht celebrated by German Witches

May

May 1: Beltane or Beltain, Lá Bealtaine (Irish), Là Bealltainn (Scottish Gaelic, also known as Cétamain, is the Gaelic May Day festival. (Southern Hemisphere October 31 – November 1)

May 1: Samhain, Southern Hemisphere

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Current Moon Phase: Waxing Moon

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

Goddess Aspect: Maiden

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

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

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

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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, that we will build throughout the next levels. We will cover the basic aspects of herbs. From culinary to magickal, medicinal to ornamental. As well as the many modalities of herbs!

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

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April 19, 2021 – April 25, 2021

The beginning of the week begins a 2-week concern over financial matters and security. Get your financial budgets together. Expect sudden changes coupled with frustrations and self-doubt.

During the middle of the week, relationships and financial issues may need to be handled with care. Avoid making choices and decisions impulsively.

This weekend past familial problems and grievances may resurface. Use this time to try to resolve issues by communicating and listening rather than letting your emotions drive the bus. In some cases, it’s just best to walk away.

Recommended Candles: Needed Change/Banishing Blessed Herbal, Prosperity Affirmation, Healing Blessing Kit, Tranquility Affirmation

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Power in Daily Declarations
I AM is a very powerful beginning to any statement and is the superpower of Aries season. With your I AM statement you are declaring your story and your future, use this power wisely or you may end up creating a future that is not ideal.

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Card of the Week: Page of Swords reversed

Are you holding yourself back from expressing your truth?

With so much transformational energy this month it’s time for you to release the fear and share your message! Share your authentic self and be sure that you are honoring your commitments too.
This might also mean that you’re all talk and no action. Be careful about making promises you know you can’t keep or saying things you’ll later regret. Before making a specific promise or commitment, make sure that you can and will deliver on it to preserve your integrity and reputation.

If you are feeling overwhelmed, it’s okay to slow down. Make sure you use your energy wisely and don’t try to do everything all at once. Take some time to think things through before taking action.

Tackle things one at a time rather than trying to manage everything at once. Doing so will lead to more meaningful outcomes.

Ask the Tarot: How can I best express myself?

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Llewellyn’s Spell-A-Day

Peaceful Home Carpet Powder
APRIL 18, 2021 BY STORM FAERYWOLF

This simple spell is designed to dispel negative or stagnant energies and to bless your home with a sense of peace and balance. Lavender has long been known for its properties of bringing calm, peace, and balance.

Gather the following materials:

  • A blue candle
  • A mixing bowl
  • Baking soda
  • Dried lavender flowers
  • Some salt
  • A vacuum

Light the blue candle. In the bowl, mix together the baking soda and lavender flowers. Focus on the feelings of balance and calm that you wish to instill in your space. Add a small bit of salt and mix well.

Sprinkle this mixture on your carpets throughout your house. As you do so, repeat:

Evil, be gone,
Balance restored.

Once you have finished, allow the mixture to sit for about 10-15 minutes, then vacuum it up. Allow the candle to finish burning down safely.
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Peaceful Trails Water
APRIL 17, 2021 BY KATE FREULER

On a sunny, calm day, collect a jar of water from a tranquil pond, lake, or fountain. As you do so, spend a moment feeling how still and serene the place is. Notice the gentle ripples in the water, the soothing lapping sounds, and the harmonious existence of any wildlife. Imagine that calmness and serenity infusing the jar of water like a soft ray of sunshine. Put the lid on the jar and take it home.

Dribble a trail of this water on the sidewalk or street outside your home, then up the driveway, front path, or hallway, all the way to your front door. Anyone who enters your space will be cleansed by the vibration of the calming water and bring only peaceful energy with them into your home.

You can also use this water to attract serenity in other ways, such as watering your potted plants with it or adding a drop to your bath.
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Fairy Luck Spell
APRIL 16, 2021 BY SAPPHIRE MOONBEAM

April 16 is the Day of the Mushroom. In European cultures mushrooms are considered a symbol of hope and good luck. Mushrooms are surrounded by fairy energy. When you find a mushroom, know that the fairies knew they could trust you with their presence nearby. Cup your hands around the sides of the mushroom without touching it. In order to promote good luck and encourage more of it to enter your life, say these words:

On this day I thank the fae.
I accept the good luck and
blessings they send my way!

You can utilize this spell at any time later on by envisioning a lucky mushroom in your third eye and repeating these words.
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An April Rain Spell
APRIL 15, 2021 BY JAMES KAMBOS

April rains are cleansing and nourishing. They cleanse the earth and enable seeds to sprout and buds to swell toward maturity. April rain can also cleanse and charge scrying tools such as magic mirrors or crystal balls. To do this, select a rainy April morning. Place your scrying tool outside in a safe place, such as in a window box or beneath a shrub. Let it stay out for about an hour, then bring it in and, if needed, rinse it quickly in water. Dry it with a clean white cotton towel. Then hold your scrying tool and say:

The April rain has left you clean.
Now you’re surrounded with
energy calm and serene.
Please be ready to help me
with my magical tasks,
Such as seeing into the
future, present, or past.

Your scrying tool is now cleansed, charged, and ready to use.
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Rainbow Flags
APRIL 14, 2021 BY ESTHA MCNEVIN

There has never been a more important time to embrace diversity and honor the spectrum of color that life offers to us. Crafting is a fun way to bring a sense of pride and compassion into the home. Cut twenty-two triangles from rainbow fabric and stitch them onto eight feet of cord, spacing them equally apart.

As you stitch, say the following prayer of unity eight times:

Light includes all seven colors, a
continuum clear. In every triangle
prism, drop of water, or tear, we
invoke the diversity we celebrate here.
All are welcome as a spectrum of
love; A rainbow is a reflection,
as blessed below as it is above!

When done, seal the energy by tying the ends of the rope to make a figure-eight knot on each end. Hang this in your entryway to proudly display the spectrum celebrating free will and self-identity. Take PRIDE in birthdays, mitzvahs, barbeques, and anything else!
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Fortunetelling with Scrabble
APRIL 13, 2021 BY EMYME

There are many ways of predicting the future. Scrabble tiles may be one of the most inventive and fun methods of all. Ask a question, throw the tiles, and see what words come up (if any). Or play a game of Scrabble with the direct and stated intention of receiving an answer or information. Always be prepared to accept an answer that is different from what you expected or perhaps even the opposite of what you’d hoped for. And remember that no answer is an answer. It may be a sign that there is no need for you to know just yet, or the universe is not ready to divulge that information, or it may not be your right to know.

Prior to any spell, it is wise to call upon a higher power for guidance:

A glimpse of the future I seek. Please,
friendly forces, give us a peek.
This request is offered with
a light heart, accepting your
answer in whole or in part.
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Aries Moon Spell for Motivation
APRIL 12, 2021 BY THORN MOONEY

The Aries new moon from last night is still in effect for the first part of today, which provides magical folks with a double shot of oomph to apply to workings pertaining to new beginnings. Aries is the first sign of the zodiac and is characterized by spontaneity, impulsiveness, excitement, and an unflagging desire to triumph in the face of obstacles. Meanwhile, the new moon is an ideal time to work toward new goals and to draw things to you. With the power of the new moon in Aries, any task you set your mind on today is that much more likely to succeed!

To use the energy of the Aries new moon, carve your name into a red candle. If you have a specific goal in mind, you may state it aloud now, or carve a symbol that represents that goal for you into the candle, alongside your name. If you don’t have a specific goal in mind, that’s okay. This spell will generally draw motivating, success-oriented energy to you. Safely burn this candle throughout the day. It’s okay to snuff it out and relight it as needed. Just don’t leave an unattended candle burning!

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Beltane Rites and Rituals
By Patti Wigington

April’s showers have given way to rich and fertile earth, and as the land greens, there are few celebrations as representative of fertility as Beltane. Observed on May 1st (or October 31 – November 1 for our Southern Hemisphere readers), festivities typically begin the evening before, on the last night of April. It’s a time to welcome the abundance of the fertile earth, and a day that has a long (and sometimes scandalous) history.

There are many different ways you can celebrate Beltane, but the focus is nearly always on fertility. It’s the time when the earth mother opens up to the fertility god, and their union brings about healthy livestock, strong crops, and new life all around.

Here are a few rituals you may want to think about trying—and remember, any of them can be adapted for either a solitary practitioner or a small group, with just a little planning ahead. Try some of these rituals and ceremonies for your Beltane sabbat celebration.

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Set Up Your Beltane Altar

Use symbols of the season to decorate your Beltane altar. Image by Patti Wigington 2015
Okay, so we know that Beltane is a fertility festival… but how do you translate that into altar setup? This spring celebration is all about new life, fire, passion and rebirth, so there are all kinds of creative ways you can set up for the season. Depending on how much space you have, you can try some or even all of these ideas — obviously, someone using a bookshelf as an altar will have less flexibility than someone using a table, but use what calls to you most. Here are some tips on how to set up your altar to celebrate the Beltane sabbat.

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Beltane Prayers

Looking for prayers to celebrate Beltane? By the time Beltane rolls around, sprouts and seedlings are appearing, grass is growing, and the forests are alive with new life. If you’re looking for prayers to say at your Beltane ceremony, try these simple ones that celebrate the greening of the earth during the fertility feast of Beltane. Here are a few you may wish to add in to your upcoming rites and rituals, including prayers to honor the god Cernunnos, the May Queen, and the gods of the forest.

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Celebrate Beltane With a Maypole Dance

The tradition of the Maypole Dance has been around for a long time — it’s a celebration of the fertility of the season. Because Beltane festivities usually kicked off the night before with a big bonfire, the Maypole celebration usually took place shortly after sunrise the next morning. Young people came and danced around the pole, each holding the end of a ribbon. As they wove in and out, men going one way and women the other, it created a sleeve of sorts — the enveloping womb of the earth — around the pole. By the time they were done, the Maypole was nearly invisible beneath a sheath of ribbons. If you have a big group of friends and a lot of ribbon, you can easily hold your own Maypole Dance as part of your Beltane festivities.

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Honor the Sacred Feminine with a Goddess Ritual

When spring arrives, we can see the fertility of the earth in full bloom. For many traditions, this brings the opportunity to celebrate the sacred feminine energy of the universe. Take advantage of the blooming of spring, and use this time to celebrate the archetype of the mother goddess, and honor your own female ancestors and friends.

This simple ritual can be performed by both men and women, and is designed to honor the feminine aspects of the universe as well as our female ancestors. If you have a particular deity you call upon, feel free to change names or attributes around where needed. This goddess ritual honors the feminine, while also celebrating our female ancestors.

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Beltane Bonfire Ritual for Groups

Beltane is a time of fire and fertility. Combine the passion of a roaring bonfire with the love of the May Queen and the God of the Forest, and you’ve got a recipe for a fantastic ritual. This ceremony is designed for a group, and includes a symbolic union of the May Queen and the King of the Forest. Depending on the relationship between the people playing these roles, you can get as lusty as you like. If you’re doing a family-oriented Beltane celebration, you may choose instead to keep things fairly tame. Use your imagination to kick start your Beltane festivities with this group ritual.

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Beltane Planting Rite for Solitaries

This ritual is designed for the solitary practitioner, but it can easily be adapted for a small group to perform together. It’s a simple rite that celebrates the fertility of the planting season, and so it’s one that should be performed outside. If you don’t have a yard of your own, you can use pots of soil in place of a garden plot. Don’t worry if the weather is a bit inclement – rain shouldn’t be a deterrent to gardening.

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Handfasting Ceremonies

Many people opt to hold a handfasting or wedding at Beltane. Looking for information on how to hold your own handfasting ceremony? Here’s where we’ve got it all covered, from the origins of handfastings to jumping the broom to selecting your cake! Also, be sure to learn about magical handfasting favors to give your guests, and find out what you need to ask the person who’s performing your ceremony.

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Celebrating Beltane with Kids

Every year, when Beltane rolls around, we get emails from folks who are comfortable with the sexual fertility aspect of the season for adults, but who’d like to reign things in just a little when it comes to practicing with their young children. Here are five fun ways you can celebrate Beltane with your young children, and let them participate in family rituals, without having to discuss certain aspects of the season that you’re just not ready to explain yet.

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Assembling Your Light Team

Those on the other side of the veil want to be put to good use and help you.

Each of us, whether we realize it or not, moves through life in the company of beings whose task is to watch over us. These ancestors, spirit guides, angels, guardians, and ascended masters designated to serve as protectors and guides take pleasure in their roles yet cannot assist us without first being asked. Since the origins of our sacred sentinels differ, we may choose whom we call upon for help based on the situation at hand. However, in certain circumstances, particularly those in which time is of the essence or there is the potential for harm, we may feel the need to surround ourselves with our entire complement of benevolent, watchful guardians at a moment’s notice. To do so, a great shortcut is to create and assemble a light team — a group of spirit helpers who will come to our aid when we utter a simple word or phrase.

The creation of a light team begins with the dedication of the words that will serve as a shortcut in your time of distress, signaling to your sentinels that you are requesting their support. Meditation, at an altar or otherwise, can help you attract their attention, affording you an opportunity to articulate your desire that they work in tandem in certain instances. Creating a short ceremony in which you surround yourself with objects you associate with the helpers you wish to assign to your light team can ensure that those beings are in attendance as you designate your shortcut. Creating this shortcut is simply a tool. You can employ “light team” as your rallying cry or any other words you feel comfortable using. The numerous guides and guardians that see to your welfare will accept your choice gladly and respond instantaneously when called.

Your light team will be there to assist you in those dangerous, chaotic, or confounding moments when you don’t have the time, energy, or opportunity to center yourself and meditate on individual sentinels. You can also call upon them when seeking guidance that originates from a variety of perspectives. Whether the support they provide comes in the form of guidance or wisdom, their combined presence will give you a sense of security that strengthens you and reminds you that you are never alone.

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Mountain-Ash, The Witch-Wood Tree

Here’s another interesting factoid from John McNab Currier, the 19th century folklorist and physician.

While he was living in New Hampshire in the mid-1800s he knew a woman who thought all her illnesses, indeed all her troubles in life, were caused by witches. When she was sick the woman would threaten the witches, who although invisible undoubtedly were the source of her suffering.

To keep the witches at bay the woman wore a bead necklace made from mountain-ash (that’s pyrus americana or sorbus americana to you botanists out there):

They were cut about three eighths of an inch in length, the bark being left on, and strung on string running through the pith. She was careful to keep them concealed, but sometimes they would work up above her collar and be conspicuous. This species of tree was once quite popular among New England witch-believers as a charm against witches…

Folklorist Fanny Bergen also reports that people in New England carried a piece of mountain-ash, or witch-wood, in their pockets to repeal witches.

The American mountain-ash is of the same family as the rowan tree, which is well-documented in European folklore. The Norse god Thor was saved from drowning by grasping a rowan tree, while in Scotland householders planted them at their front doors to repel evil. According to Wikipedia, it could also be used to prevent storms at sea, keep the unhappy dead in their graves, and prevent lightning from striking a house. That’s a pretty potent tree! It seems likely that the English settlers in New England brought their beliefs about the rowan tree to the New World and transferred them to its American cousin.

Oddly, I’ve been to Scotland and seen a rowan tree but don’t know if I have seen an American mountain-ash. I’ll have to take a trip to the Aboretum and track one down!

This week’s info is from John McNab Currier, “Contributions to New England Folk-Lore”, The Journal of American Folklore, Vol. 4, No. 14 (Jul – Sep. 1891) and Fanny Bergen, “Some Bits of Plant-Lore”, The Journal of American Folklore, Vol 5, No. 16 (Jan – Mar, 1892).

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Patty Fletcher Interviews Authors Tasha and Stephen Halpert
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Not long ago, I reached out to authors, Tasha and Stephen Halpert and invited them over to Patty’s World for a chat. The following interview is the result of that invitation. So, without further ado, let’s begin.

First, in your own words tell us a little about you.
Stephen: I have always been fascinated by the unknown, be it mystical or antiquarian. I love creating collages as well as writing. My idea of fun is rummaging thrift stores and yard sales in search of interesting items to give friends or to keep.

Tasha: I’m a poet and have written poetry for most of my life. I have a vast sense of curiosity about everything, an abiding faith in the goodness of All That Is, and a firm sense of optimism, which includes the belief that everything happens for the Highest Good.

Where do you live?
Stephen: Tasha and I live in North Grafton, MA.
Who are the special people in your life?
Stephen: My extended family and close personal friends.
Tasha: My family, those I love and pray for, and my wonderful teachers in life, some of whom are in all three categories.

Do you have any pets?
One day we hope to have a cat.

What keeps you going? I mean, like what inspires you and keeps you moving forward in your work?
Stephen: The pure pleasure of writing and creating art.
Tasha: The desire to express my truth, to help people be happier, and to teach what I have learned.

What is your favorite song?
Stephen: As a boy, “Some Enchanted Evening” and “Lonesome Traveler.” As an adult, John Lennon’s “Imagine.”
Tasha: Over the Rainbow.

What is your favorite movie? Feel free to list multiple titles.
Stephen: Foreign films and existential escapes.
Tasha: The Court Jester with Danny Kaye, Noises Off, with Carol Burnet, The Pirate or any movie with Gene Kelly.

What is your favorite book? Feel free to list multiple titles.
Stephen: American Gods by Neil Gaiman. As a teen, Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis, mysteries by Robert B. Parker and Raymond Chandler.
Tasha: Jim Bucher’s Harry Dresden series, Mercedes Lackey’s Elementals and Valdemar series.

What is your favorite food?
Stephen: Lobster, Sushi, and Pizza.
Tasha: Honey, chocolate, mayonnaise, avocado, and all kinds of fruit.

What is your favorite quote?
Stephen: “Philosophy will clip an angel’s wing.” -Keats

Tasha: “The hurrier I go, the behinder I get.”

What is your favorite affirmation? Does it in some way relate to your work?

Stephen: “Beloved Lord I do greatly thank Thee for the abundance that is mine.”

Tasha: That is mine also.

What is your biggest pet peeve?
Stephen: Racists and lying politicians.
Tasha: Having to hurry when I need to take my time.

What do you think your best strengths are, and how do they help you in your work as a writer?
Stephen: An appreciation of humor, an ear for dialogue, and my imagination.

Tasha: My ability to focus and concentrate, my powers of observation, and my ability to make connections in my mind.

What are your weaknesses, do they hinder your work, and how are you making them stronger?
Stephen: Laziness, eating cheese and a tolerance for mess.

Tasha: Trying to do too much for the available time and being too picky over details.
What is your dream for the future, and how does it relate to your work as a writer?

Stephen: My dream for the future is to always continue writing and to see my work published and sold internationally.

Tasha: To see my Old Codger stories published, illustrated, and distributed internationally.
What is your preferred way of communicating and how can someone best reach you if they should wish to buy from or work with you in some way?

Stephen: Telephone or email: 508-839-0111, sthalpert@aol.com

Tasha: Phone or Email: 508-839-0111, Tashahal@mail.com

Before you go, is there anything you’d like to add about yourself, or your work that I’ve not asked?
Stephen: To better answer you I invite you to read Reading on the Cheap, which says more about me than I can say right now.

Tasha: I’m enclosing a few words about me I’ve written for others.

Short Bio for Tasha Halpert
Practical mystic and poet Tasha Halpert writes a column called Heartwings Love Notes for a Joyous Life. She writes a weekly perspective column for the Grafton News called Good Earthkeeping. Her poems and essays have appeared in Quest Magazine, For the Love of Life, Heart and Wings, The Unicorn and Lantern, and other publications. She is poet laureate and storyteller for the Unicorn and Lantern, and a regular part of GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast. She has published two books, Heartwings: Love Notes for a joyous Life and Up to my Neck in Lemons. With her writings, she hopes to be of help and comfort and at times to be entertaining. With her husband Stephen, she lives in Grafton and is the mother of five, grandmother of seven, and great grandmother of three.

MORE ABOUT TASHA AND STEPHEN’S WORK…

ABRACADABRA MOONSHINE & OTHER STORIES by Stephen Halpert

This collection of original, unusually intriguing short stories is an exuberant tour de force of wit, humor, and insight into the human condition. The collection of magical tales will entrance, entertain, and prompt readers to ponder the true nature of reality. They will definitely entertain you and make you wonder a bit about the twists and turns that life can take. You may even fall in love with some of his characters and wish they were real and present in your life.

Heartwings: Love Notes for a Joyous Life by Tasha Halpert

This heartwarming book brings a breath of sunshine against the cold of any day and kindly and gently reveals a deeper level of understanding for all. It provides a helpful path for anyone concerned with personal self-development to follow. Sharing a lifetime of comforting knowledge gleaned from living and loving life, the emotionally intelligent author leads readers on an introspective journey to a greater sense of realization, joy, and inner peace. Her poetry is moving, and a poem follows each thought-provoking essay.

Up to My Neck in Lemons by Tasha Halpert is a collection of practical as well as metaphorical uses for life’s lemons. This collection of essays and poems provides insights gained from daily life experiences, both happy and sad. The stories illustrate how to appreciate what might at first have seemed unfortunate.

The recipes are author favorites, and are both sweet and sour, cleansing and therapeutic. This book will bring comfort and insight on turning life’s lemons into lemonade. The poems that follow each essay form an enjoyable adjunct to the wisdom and insight this book brings the reader.

Each book is $15.00 postpaid autographed by the author. Write to Tasha Halpert at P.O. Box 171, North Grafton, MA, 01536 and include a check to receive a copy of any of these entertaining and even perhaps helpful books.

Visit Stephen and Tasha’s website here. http://www.heartwingsandfriends.com/

Shop for Stephen and Tasha’s books online here.

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Simple Simmer Pot Recipes for Spring Time
by Krystle | The Wholesome Witch

We may think of simmer pots as a kitchen activity for the darker months of the year but this is just not the case! Each season comes with distinct aromas that help to define them and spring is no exception!

Spring is all about celebrating longer days, more sunshine, warmer temperatures, and nature coming to life all around us. And you can literally smell the spring time in the air.

Scents like lavender, lemon, rosemary, and vanilla can bring that wonderful spring feeling right into our homes. And who wouldn’t want that? Simmer pots are the perfect solution to have these glorious seasonal scents wafting throughout your home in minutes.

I’ve sung the praises of simmer pots before, and I’ll do it again lol. They really are an excellent, non-toxic, and eco-friendly way to have your home smelling like the season in a few short minutes. They are also a wonderful way to brew some magick in the kitchen.

So read on and discover a few recipes to help bring the energy, joyfulness, and vitality of the spring season into your home and your heart.

The Simmer Pot

Simmer pots are basically potpourri in a pot! You choose your ingredients, put them in a pot with water, bring to a boil, then turn down to a simmer and let it do its thing. They couldn’t be any easier, just be sure you don’t let your pot boil dry! If you want to keep the pot going simply add more water when it gets low. And obviously never leave it going when you are not home.

Simmer pots also lack the harsh toxins that are packed into conventional air freshener sprays and many scented candles. Just fresh ingredients from your kitchen! No fake fragrances or toxic chemicals needed.

One more benefit, they can likely be crafted with things you already have in your kitchen making them a convenient and inexpensive solution.

If you’d like you can read my Autumn Simmer Pot post and Winter Simmer Pot post for some more inspiration. Or check out my Seasonal Simmer Pot Package in the shop.

Simmer Pot Magick
And we mustn’t forget that the herbs, spices, and whole foods housed in our kitchens all carry their own energies and magickal properties.

So let’s use those items to assist us in manifesting our goals. You’ll easily be able to create a simmer pot that aligns with your intentions and smells delicious!

When I do a simmer pot with a specific intention in mind I follow these simple steps to incorporate my magick and mind into the process:

Set your intentions very clear in your mind and don’t lose sight of them for the entire process.
Add ingredients to the pot and bring to a boil.
Reduce to a simmer, stir the pot clockwise. Unless you are doing a banishing or releasing spell, in that case stir the pot counter clockwise.

Visualize your desired outcome or goal for the magickal work you are doing. Are you aiming to create happiness in the home, or more money in your wallet? Whatever it may be focus on what you want the outcome to look like. Continue with the visualization and stirring until it feels right to finish. You’ll know when!

You may recite your goal, a chant, or ritual words while you stir as well. Something pertaining to your desired outcome.

When you finish I would let the pot boil down until there is about an inch of water left and then turn it off. Your work is now complete.
Of course feel free to change this process up so that it suits your own needs and magical practice.

Spring Simmer Pot Recipes
Lemon Cookie – cleansing, prosperity, success, and joy
2 bay leaves
6 lemon slices (dried or fresh)
1 cinnamon stick
1 tbsp vanilla extract

Rosemary Dream – cleansing, healing, love, and protection
6 lime slices (dried or fresh)
2 sprigs fresh rosemary or 1 tsp dried
2 tbsp lavender buds
1 tbsp vanilla extract

Glorious Grapefruit – growth, protection, self-love, and energy
4 grapefruit slices
1 fresh eucalyptus sprig
3 lemon slices (dried or fresh)
2 stalks lemongrass

Lavender Citrus – wisdom, balance, clarity, and love
4 lemon slices (fresh or dried)
4 orange slices (fresh or dried)
1 tbsp lavender buds
1 tbsp juniper berries

What to do with your simmer pot ingredients when you are finished?

Another awesome thing about simmer pots is that they don’t create any waste. You can simply compost your ingredients or dry them out to be used in future spells or for potpourri.

Final thoughts.
Are you already a simmer pot enthusiast? If so, what’s your favourite recipe?

As always, I love to hear from you, so please leave a comment or connect with me on socials.

For more Simmer Pot Recipes and kitchen inspiration check out my shop page! My Kitchen Witch Grimoire Bundle includes simmer pot recipes for every season, over 100 foods and their magickal properties, coffee and tea magick, sugar magick, and more!

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Until next time friends!
Yours in health and magick,
Krystle xo

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Ghost Hunting Theories
Kinds of Portals

The concept of portals – or doorways to other worlds – has been one of my favorite subjects. In fact, my newest released book (#3 of 3-book series), “Threshold,” handles this exciting subject with nail-biting pace.
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When I was recently on the Talking Story Power Hour show hosted by Chai Gallahun, we talked almost exclusively about the subject.

Portals are considered to be openings in which beings can come and go from one world to another.

Here’s just some portal concepts –

DMT
You might call DMT the mechanism to enter the portal of dream state.

DMT or Dimethyltryptamine is a chemical substance that when ingested can create psychedelic “hallucinations.”

As mammals produce small amounts of this substance, it is understood humans do, as well. I, for one, believe that our dream state could be the result of such a substance and it is believed its release is tied to the pineal gland (third eye) that produces melatonin for the sleep state.

If you ever wondered at the merciful design of creatures and humans, just consider the sleep state. When light gets low at end of day, melatonin is released to put you to sleep and forcing rest. Then, in deeper sleep stages, forcing paralysis so you don’t act on the dreams that give you insight. Wow!

In recreation or in labs, DMT has been used to gain more understanding of the human experience, but most who have experienced the “high,” report they feel as if the world just showed its true self in a synesthetic and dynamic dimension that we never get in a “sober” state.

The experiences people have had when using DMT points to a life-changing realization, a depth of understanding, a window to the energy that is life, a reverance for existing.

NDE’s
Near-death experiences give us another insight into the portal to the afterlife.

I have heard scientists proclaim that there is no afterlife, but there is DMT released by the brain at the moment of death that gives visions.

As interesting as that concept is, it misses the mark on two points. One is that the visions of the dying are remarkably nearly identical. Two is that this only supports intelligent design as there is no reason to evolutionary-wise give us DMT as we are passing to have a merciful experience. That was worked into the design and shows thought and compassion on the part of whatever/whoever/however we were created.

One thing that universally occurs with NDE’s is a change in attitude, perspective, a loss of fear of death, a feeling of community with humanity. Many report that the world they entered was the real one, and this one is fake. That is how my own father felt when he had his NDE. He wanted to go “home” to the real world and a few days later, he passed away with a smile knowing where he would be headed.

Wormholes
Wormholes could be considered the portal to other solar systems/planets/stars.

This concept is a scientific speculation that appears to have some very real possibilities. Imagine if you could bend space and time to create a tunnel from one location to a very distant location as if they were right next door to each other.

It is easier to speculate about the visitation of aliens from faraway planets when you consider the use of a wormhole. This also holds hope for our own future travel long distances or even around our own planet.

Locations with high strangeness could be considered portals for the unexplained to come and go.

What if here on Earth we have portals that beings are utilizing to come and go? A fair deal of the public believe that Bigfoot, UFOs, and strange cryptids are coming and going through such passages.

Certain areas on the planet seem to attract a host of strange lights, cattle mutilations, UFO sightings, and strange cryptids. Places like Skinwalker Ranch, Blind Frog Range in Utah, locations in the Northeastern US like Bridgewater triangle and Bennington Triangle, as well as Hoia Bocoi forest in Romania are just some of these hot beds of high strangeness.

Sedona Vortexes
These supposed swirling energy locations are considered to be earth’s energy moving about in a way that is healing and regenerating. These kinds of “portals” might be considered spiritual ones.

Sedona, Arizona is said to have four vortexes, each with a unique kind of swirling energy. I have personally visited some of the vortexes over the decades and I will say that there is something to this. The sensation is liberating, as if you shed the past and are a blank slate.

Pyramids
For all the mystery the pyramids have ignited, none is quite as exciting as the concept that they were built and used as portals to other dimensions.

It’s commonly accepted by most researchers today that the pyramids have existed long before the dynasties of Egypt. Who built them? Likely the same civilization that built places like Teotihuacán in Mexico where Aztecs moved into the buildings hundreds of years after the original builders left.

What was the structure supposed to be used for? Well, if we look at a television set, if we were to leave one in the rainforest of the Amazon, a tribe might use it to climb up a tree or to store the bones of their dead inside, but it was not the original purpose of the device. The pyramids are likely a very similar situation.

Parallel Worlds
Theoretical physicists ponder the concept that every action in this world can play out in an alternate parallel world that resides beside us. This would be a portal to a parallel realm.

Other than beating yourself up for being in the pandemic world versus the healthy parallel universe, this concept is really intriguing. Imagine that you lay out many human form existences in every way possible to give you the greatest universal understanding as you move on to the spirit realm?

Time Travel
Perhaps one of the most tantalizing portal potentials is the concept of time travel. This would be a portal to another time, future or past.

It would be interesting to note if people prefer to see the past or the future. I used to think the future might be awful, polluted, diseased, criminal, crowded, hungry, and desolate. But, if I had lived in the 1860s and went back in time, I might end up in the plague-ridden dirty streets of Europe. If 1860s me decided to go to the future thinking it would be as awful as the Civil War, I might miss things like child labor laws, cars, abundant food supply, antibiotics, and airplanes. Hmmmm

Obviously, portals come in so many potential forms, even more than listed here. If someone were to ask me which ones are viable right now, I’d say DMT, NDE, locations of high strangeness, and Sedona vortexes. Which ones will science some day prove or learn to manipulate? I’d be more inclined to say understanding of Pyramids. The ones that will take us more time to prove or utilize – wormholes, time travel, and parallel worlds.

What would you most like to utilize? I think if I had a choice, I’d say, if I am able to come back here, I’d like to travel a parallel world to see what other ways this world could be.

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Cat Tail Wagging: The Meaning of Your Cat’s Different Tail Wags
by Ellyce Rothrock | Apr 14th 2021

Let’s dive into understanding cat tail language — what the movements and positions of your cat’s most intriguing appendage mean.

People who say cats aren’t very expressive and are impossible to gauge just don’t have a clue. A cat’s ears, eyes, body posture and, in particular, her tail, express exactly what she’s thinking and how she’s feeling. You just have to “listen” to cat tail language.

“Since cats are such different animals from us, understanding how they communicate isn’t something that comes naturally to humans,” says Kelly C. Ballantyne, D.V.M., D.A.C.V.B., clinical assistant professor at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in Urbana-Champaign. “It is important that all cat owners take the time to learn because understanding how cats communicate helps us to understand them better. Once we know their body language, we can read their emotions, identify situations that cause them distress or pleasure and even identify an illness sooner.”

Once you take the time to learn and understand cat tail language and realize that careful study of cat tail signs is vital to both your and your pet’s happiness in the home, you’ll be amazed at the myriad — and very clear — signals and emotions your feline companion shares with you.

Cat tail language: The basics
Cats with their tails up.
What is your cat’s tail trying to tell you?

Thankfully, animal behaviorists like Dr. Ballantyne have done exhaustive research to help guide pet owners to understand the finer points of cat tail language.

“Tails can move quickly or slowly,” she says. “A flicking or lashing tail signals that the cat is agitated, while a slowly waving tail indicates the cat is focused on something (i.e., about to pounce on a toy). “The tail-up posture — tail straight up with a slight curve at the end — is a signal that the cat is approaching amicably,” Ballantyne continues. “This posture, witnessed among feline friends, is a common way cats greet their humans.

“Cats may curve their tail around people they are bonded to and may intertwine their tails with other cats they’re bonded to. This is called an affiliative behavior.”

“Cats tuck their tails under or next to their body when they are feeling frightened. They often are crouching with their heads tucked in at the same time. We also can see these behaviors when they’re feeling pain.”

But learning cat tail language is like learning any foreign language: It takes time. If you are new to cat tail signs, you can be confused by what various tail movements and positions indicate and inadvertently upset or confound your cat.

Petting your cat around the tail area
While learning cat tail language is a must for cat owners, actually petting the cat around the area of the tail (the base of the tail or the tail itself) is not appreciated by most cats, Ballantyne says. Rather, focus all petting and scratching around the chin and ears, she adds.

Further, if during a petting session your cat’s tail starts twitching or lashing, her ears are turning back or she’s leaning away from you, these all are signals that your companion is done with this interaction, Ballantyne explains. Cats share pretty clear messages about how they’re feeling at any given moment with one of their most expressive body parts. If you take the time and effort to learn cat tail language, you’ll be talking tail like an expert in no time, bringing you and your feline companion’s relationship to greater understanding and happiness.

How to respond to cat tail language

  1. Tail position: Upright, held high

What it means in cat tail language: Confident, happy

  1. Tail position: Curled at the top like a question mark

What it means in cat tail language: Friendly
How you should act/react: Offer your hand for sniffing and petting.

  1. Tail position: Straight down

What it means in cat tail language: Agitated, feeling aggressive
How you should act/react: Don’t try to engage or pet her. Try to neutralize whatever is upsetting her.

  1. Tail position: Curved beneath the body

What it means in cat tail language: Nervous and/or submissive
How you should act/react: Act nonchalant. Wait for her to come to you.

  1. Tail position: Puffed

What it means in cat tail language: Scared, agitated, angry
How you should act/react: Leave her alone!

  1. Tail position: Whipping back and forth

What it means in cat tail language: Fearful; angry, aggressive

How you should act/react: Best not try for quality snuggle time with an angry cat.

  1. Tail position: Swaying slowly from side to side/twitching

What it means in cat tail language: Focused
How you should act/react: Let your captivated cat follow her interests.

The table guide to cat tail language
If a cat’s tail is… … it means he or she is
Upright Content
Up at a 45-degree angle Unsure
Angled back, moving back and forth “Good” excited or “fearful” excited (the ears and eyes can help determine which)
Upright, moving back and forth slightly Happy
Upright, tip bent Friendly
Straight, almost level with the spine Uneasy; not necessarily afraid
Hanging down, with a dip near the base Aggressive
Quickly swishing back and forth Angry
Puffed Frightened
Down at a 90-degree angle Attack mode
Tucked between the legs Scared, possibly experiencing pain
Sitting upright, tail tip is moving Alert, interested

Tell us: Did we miss any cat tail signals? How does your cat talk to you in cat tail language?

This piece was originally published in 2018.

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Georgia’s Weekly Horoscope

Sunday, April 18, 2021

All Signs
How interesting. No planets are retrograde. It’s all systems go! Use this forward energy to remind yourself to believe in your future. (After all, you’re going to live the rest of your life there.) This week four planets in Taurus, which means you can improve your wealth because Taurus is the sign of money and tangible assets. I like what Winston Churchill said: “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” This echoes Albert Einstein, “Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” But Teddy Roosevelt nailed it: “Believe you can, and you’re half way there.” Expect financial improvements!

Aries (March 21-April 19)
You’re thinking a lot about money and cash flow because there are four planets in your Money House. The Sun will make you assess your situation and think about what’s important and what you truly value. Mercury will trigger ideas about how to make money as well as spend it. Venus will attract money to you and encourage you to spend on luxuries, art and beautiful things. Uranus will bring change. (Not the kind under your sofa cushions.) It will trigger financial change as well as changes to your values. It will encourage you to find freedom in your relationship to the stuff and the wealth that you own. That’s real change.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)
Right now, the Sun, Mercury, Venus and Uranus are all gathered in your sign. This pumps your energy and increases your self-confidence. It’s a favourable situation because you will more easily attract money, resources and important people to you. You will be more talkative than usual, not just about money but about everything. The next four weeks are the perfect time to buy wardrobe items for yourself – make a note of this. People are more ready to listen to you now because they sense that you have something to offer, and they value your wisdom, especially about financial matters because hey – you’re the financial wizard of the zodiac!

Gemini (May 21-June 20)
All this energy in Taurus, which triggers financial wheeling’s and dealings is actually taking place in a hidden part of your chart. This does not mean that you are not thinking about money and cash flow; it means that you’re doing so quietly. Oh yes. Others might not be aware of what is going through your mind. This behind-the-scenes energy means you can research moneymaking ideas now, as well as research the philosophy of wealth. Beyond satisfying the necessities of life – food, clothing and shelter – what you want is often a state of mind. Rich people can feel anxious about money. They can suffer from poverty mentality. Meanwhile those who want little, will feel satisfied and content.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
You’re smart with money because you know how to save, plus, you respect money. You respect what it can do, especially in terms of helping to build a nest for yourself and your family. You also know that money can help to secure your future. (These are important things for you because you are a nester.) Nevertheless, this handful of planets will activate your desire to socialize with others, probably online or via Zoom. You will also talk to younger people and creative, artistic people more than usual. This is an excellent time to explore how to make your hopes and dreams for the future a reality – because in some sense, you can!

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
In the next four weeks, you will be more involved with parents, bosses, teachers and the police. This will give you an opportunity to sort out your demands and what you want to achieve, and at the same time, do your best to fulfil their demands and what they want to achieve. There will be more discussions. Know that you will appear to be charming, cooperative and diplomatic. In fact, you’ll make such a great impression on bosses, some of you will begin a romance with someone. The Sun is at the top of your chart for four weeks casting you in a flattering spotlight. (Happens only once a year.) Use this to your advantage!

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
In some ways, this will be a frustrating time for you because this handful of planets that urges you to think more about money, earnings and your assets is taking place in a part of your chart that makes you want to travel and expand your horizons. Obviously, most people cannot travel now. But you can travel through books and film. Your basic urge is to be stimulated and break free of your mental routine. You can do this from wherever you are. You can also engage more than usual with people from other countries via Zoom or on-line. Do whatever you can to learn something new. Enjoy talking to people from other cultures. Romance with someone “different” might begin. This is a good time to write an important paper or manuscript.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
As mentioned in All Signs above, your attention will be on money, assets and wealth. No question. Many of you will increase your wealth and your assets by your association with someone else. For example, you might receive an inheritance in the next four weeks. You might become richer indirectly because your partner or someone close to you expands their assets or wealth. Because Venus is in your Money House, you will literally attract money to you as well as favours from others. Your closest relationships might become hotter and really sizzle! (In astrology, sex and money are linked.) This is also a good time to explore avenues in publishing and the media as well as anything connected to medicine and the law. (Wow.)

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
You will need more sleep in the next four weeks because symbolically speaking, the Sun is now as far away from your sign as it gets all year, and the Sun represents energy in your chart. This polarized position of the Sun will also give you a chance to be more detached and more objective in your closest relationships, which means you can improve these relations. Major bonus! Mercury will encourage much discussion and allow you to clarify and explain important issues. (You’ll welcome intellectual stimulation.) Meanwhile, Venus opposite your sign is the best position for love affairs and relating to everyone you know – even your enemies.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
You can look forward to getting better organized in the next four weeks simply because you will have the motivation to do so. Suddenly, not only do you want to be organized, you want to be working smart! You want to get results for your efforts in the most efficient way possible. You might also work for the benefit of someone else or be more focused than usual on service to someone or service to an organization. It will be a good time for mental work because you will pay attention to details. Both Mercury and Venus will guarantee that your relations with coworkers will be excellent. In fact, Venus is a hint that for some of you, a work-related romance will begin. (This can happen online.) Meanwhile, do be patient with partners and close friends while Mars is opposite your sign for one more week.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
This heavy emphasis on wealth and assets is taking place in a playful part of your chart. According to astrology, when you play with money, this is considered to be financial speculation. Technically, it’s the truth. This is why your love of drama and desire for entertainment and escape through fun activities will be strong in the next four weeks. Definitely, romance will flourish! Likewise, relations with your kids will improve. Your interest in sports will increase. But what can you do to have fun? You will resign yourself to your bubble of loved ones and play games online. You can do this.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
It’s not surprising that your focus on home and family matters is strong now and will be so for the next four weeks. Some might be more involved than usual with a parent. All of you will be interested in tackling repairs, DIY projects and doing whatever you can to redecorate or make your home more attractive. Mercury and Venus will definitely sweeten your relations with your relatives. Nevertheless, you will also want to withdraw intellectually and reflect upon important ideas that are been bubbling in your mind. Memories from the past will be more important.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
Despite the fact that many people are in lockdown, nevertheless, the pace of your days will accelerate in the next four weeks. This could be because you decide to take on an ambitious home project? You might be juggling errands or tasks that take up your time. Many of you will definitely read, write and study more than usual as well. Because you will be eager to communicate with others, especially relatives and siblings, figure out some decent lighting when you go on Zoom so that you don’t look like an apparition appearing in a seance. “Hellooo out there? Can everyone hear me?” Actually, in the next four weeks, you can make money from your words. (Be patient with family members, while Mars is at the bottom of your chart.)

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By GrannyMoon Posted in Pagan

GrannyMoon’s Weekly Feast 12-18 Apr 2021

Life does not consist mainly,
or even largely, of facts or happenings.
It consist mainly of the storm of thoughts
that is forever flowing through one’s head. ~Mark Twain

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

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

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Light A Candle Today!

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

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

The Celtic Tree Calendar
Fearn (Alder) March 18 to April 14

The Goddess Calendar ~ The Goddess Month of:
Month of Columbina begins 3/20 – 4/17

April

April 11: Bake Bread for Goddess Diana.

April 11: Day of Moon Goddess Anahit.

April 11: Nehelenia’sDay (Celtic Goddess of the Dead)

April 11: Licorice Day. A cup of licorice tea, anyone? An immune-system booster, licorice helps to protect against upper respiratory infections.

April 12: New Moon in Aries.

April 12: Cerealia, 8 day Festival of Ceres.

April 15: Roman Day of Tellus Mater.

April 16: Feast of Hiketeria to Honor Apollo.

April 16: Margot Adler born, 1946.

April 16: National Stress Awareness Day–even with a postponed tax date, there’s plenty of stress. Relaxing choices: a cup of mint tea, a relaxing scented bath, one of the Darling Dahlias mysteries.

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April 18: Step outside and watch for bees, doing their spring thing.

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Current Moon Phase: Waxing Moon

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

Goddess Aspect: Maiden

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

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

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

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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.

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April 12, 2021 – April 18, 2021

The second week of April is filled to the brim with energy and features eight aspects and a sign change. O.M.G.

We begin the week with a decent boost of energy to help tackle tasks that need some extra gumption and old-fashioned elbow grease.

Midweek, financial activities will receive a needed assist from Lady Luck. Financial investments and business matters will surface, take advantage of opportunities that come your way.

This weekend you may need to battle the demons in your head as insecurities and fears may surface.

Recommended Candles: Luck Affirmation, Energy & Will Blessed Herbal, Sweet Grass World Magic, Poof Wicked Witch Mojo

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Subpoena Your Inner Hero
So, this month we enter the first full month of spring in the Northern Hemisphere (autumn in the Southern Hemisphere) and April begins where March left off – a bit of relief from the cosmic energies of the last 15 months with some minor hiccups until the end of the month when the astrological storm begins once again.

New Moon in Aries on April 11, 2021
The New Moon in Aries occurs on April 11th. The Aries New Moon urges you to climb higher fearlessly and go after what you want. Yet, if you are still stuck at the bottom of your mountain, Aries wants you to know that determination and courage are what you need to break through what is holding you back.

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The Sun appeared for us back in February, and it’s revisiting us this week — representing fun, warmth, radiance, and positivity! How will you bask in the energy of the Sun this week?

This beautiful, warm energy is a reminder to be optimistic. Know that positive energy will follow, bringing you joy and happiness.

Can you feel it? This week you’re full of energy and can already sense the success and abundance flowing your way. Radiate who you are and what you stand for! Tap into that confidence and trust that everything will work out.

If you’ve been having a difficult time, the Sun has a message for you: things will get better — a lot better! Through the challenges along your path, you’ve been discovering who you are and why you’re here.

Ask the Tarot: What fills you with positivity and enthusiasm for life?
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Llewellyn’s Spell-A-Day

New Moon Blessing Ritual
APRIL 11, 2021 BY NAJAH LIGHTFOOT

She goes away. We’re forced to wait and believe that she will return. We cannot see her with our physical eyes, yet we know she remains in her orbit high above the earth. It is us who must wait for her return.

A new moon calls upon us to have faith. It signals a time of new beginnings. For this spell you will need a black candle, a fireproof candle holder, a saucer, and salt.

Place your black candle in the holder, then set it upon the saucer. Pour a circle of salt around the base of the candle. Light the candle and say:

Though darkness surrounds me, I am
filled with light. I trust in the universe
on this moonless night. I await new
beginnings and new opportunities.

Allow the candle to safely burn out. Place the salt on your altar.
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Earth Healing on Arbor Day
APRIL 10, 2021 BY BLAKE OCTAVIAN BLAIR

On this date in 1872, the first Arbor Day was celebrated in Nebraska. This is a perfectly pagan holiday, as it was created to promote the planting of trees. I can’t think of a more perfectly aligned holiday for earth-based spiritualities!

Today, either plant a tree or pot or repot a houseplant, and if you’re able, make a donation (even a small one) to a tree or other environmental conservation organization. During any of these activities, hold the intention that the growth of the tree or plant you planted carry your magical intent of healing the planet as it grows. See the tree’s green glowing light gently wrap around the planet as its roots grow deeper and its branches grow taller. As the green light spreads, hold the intention that other people will also have the realization that trees and the earth are vital to preserve.
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Moving the Rain
APRIL 09, 2021 BY ELIZABETH BARRETTE

Spring brings rain in many parts of the world. Sometimes this is welcome, and other times not. Too much rain can cause flooding, while other parts of the land get none. Here is a spell to send unwanted rain where it is needed more.

Gather these items:

  • A large map of your continent
  • Several small containers, such as shot glasses or bowls, one bigger than the others
  • Some water (rainwater if possible)

Check the weather conditions on your continent to find out where it is wet and where it is dry right now. Place the map on your altar, then put the big container over where you live and the smaller ones over locations where there currently is also rain. Visualize the current rainy weather in your location. Then say:

We give thanks for the rain, but
others need it more. Please give
our rain to (name of dry area).

Pick up the big container and move it to that part of the map. Visualize the rain in your location moving to that dry location. ( The smaller containers remain in place, since you are not trying to move that rain.) Then you can clean up the altar.
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Cultivating Tradition
APRIL 08, 2021 BY DALLAS JENNIFER COBB

Today in Japan, Hana-Matsuri is celebrated. A combined celebration of spring , traditional Japanese culture, and quite possibly Buddha’s birthday, the festivities are abundant and gorgeous. Imagine lots of flowers, costumes, and kimonos! Today, perform your own “cultivating tradition” spell.

Choose some small icons that represent your cultural, religious, and familial traditions. My origins are in England, Scotland, and Ireland. Easy associations are tea, shortbread cookies, and my Claddagh ring— a traditional Irish symbol of love, loyalty, and friendship.

Place your cultural icons on your altar. Dress in traditional garb or wear jewelry handed down through your lineage. Safely light a candle to illuminate and warm your traditions. Make a traditional drink or food, and as you sip or nibble, know that your traditions live on within you. As you pay sacred homage to your traditional roots and ancestry, know that they enrich your life and community. Be sure to extinguish the candle.
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Inspiration Incense and Charm
APRIL 07, 2021 BY DEVIN HUNTER

Mercury, ruler of the mind and communication, is currently moving through Aries, the bringer of new beginnings and a can-do attitude. This pairing is auspicious for those of us who are engaged in the arts, as it can help us tune in to our muses and break through creative blocks.

Begin by making the following incense recipe:

  • 1 tablespoon ground sandalwood
  • 1 tablespoon ground rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon ground copal

As you burn the incense over charcoal, say the following charm:

Spirits of inspiration, I conjure thee.
Be here now; reveal yourself to me.
Open the doorway and
unblock the mind.
You have the key to what I need to find.
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Blow Out the Old
APRIL 06, 2021 BY DEBORAH BLAKE

Spring is finally in the air, both literally and figuratively. If you open your window, you can probably smell a new freshness and hear the birds changing from their winter songs to the ones they sing in the spring. Depending on where you live, there may be the scent of flowers growing. Even in the city, the air will smell cleaner and you will sense the potential for growth and new beginnings. Throw open a window—or all of them—and use a small hand fan or scarf to waft the air over you. As you do so, say:

Spring air, so fresh and clean,
Blow away the cobwebs of winter.
Clear my mind and spirit.
Bring in your energy for new growth
And the potential for positive change.
Thank you, air, for all
you carry with you
And for all you carry away!
Blessed be, O power of air.
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Dandelion Perspective Spell
APRIL 05, 2021 BY SAPPHIRE MOONBEAM

April 5 is National Dandelion Day in the US. Dandelions are viewed by some as weeds, but a weed is simply an unloved flower. This spell will help with balance, power, and a change of perspective.

Gather up dandelions for your altar or sacred space. Place stones and crystals around the flowers in a circle. Use yellow calcite for positive energy and yellow jasper for balance, and add clear quartz crystals to amplify your magical intentions. Chant these words at least three times:

Bring me a perspective that is new.
Help me change my point of view.
I seek balance and I seek power. Allow
me to grow like this beautiful flower.
Keeping an open mind is best
for me. I am grateful for your
guidance. Blessed be!

Offer the dandelion flowers at the base of your favorite tree in gratitude to the Earth Mother for her endless wisdom and bountiful gifts.

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How to Use Everyday Objects for Folk Fortunetelling
BY CORY THOMAS HUTCHESON

Eggs and Gemstones
When you imagine someone “fortunetelling,” what images come to mind? For a lot of people, it’s a crystal ball or a stack of tarot cards. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with those methods when handled with care and thought, but as many witchy folk know, divination goes well beyond what so often gets portrayed by Hollywood. For those inclined towards folk magic, the tools of prognostication and metaphysical diagnosis are often both a bit strange and incredibly commonplace. That’s because divination is so commonplace in North American folk magical practices, and therefore it makes use of commonplace objects. Diviners, however, often use those objects in uncanny and unusual ways, which renders them powerful tools for gaining insight into worldly (and Otherworldly) problems.

Below I offer an exploration of a variety of folk magical divinatory methods making use of common objects. What you find here is drawn from the pages and practices of American folklore (a subject about which I am deeply passionate, as evidenced by my rather massive book on the subject). No matter who or where you are within North America, chances are there are similar practices around you and within your own communities if you look for them.

Sieve and Shears: A sieve—a straining device most often used for food—could be suspended on the end of a pair of shears or scissors to answer questions. These were often used in fortunetelling games (not dissimilar to games like MASH or those little paper fortune tellers that kids used when I was growing up). If the sieve began rotating clockwise when a question was asked, it indicated “yes.” If it went counterclockwise or fell off balance, that was a “no.” In a bygone era, a sieve would have been made from materials like willow withes, which have their own magical lore (as they are often used to bind a witch’s broom, or “besom”). The sieve and shears method even appears in Aggripa’s Three Books of Occult Philosophy, published in the sixteenth century, so the practice has a decent pedigree.

Bible and Key: The use of a Bible or other book for divination is known as “bibliomancy,” and it’s a subject I’ve written about before on my own website in terms of folk practice. In most cases, book divination is done by turning randomly to specific passages and reading the first thing found by pointing at the page, a process known as “scanning.” There are more prescriptive methods, too, such as predicting fortunes based on one’s birthday by indexing them to particular Psalms based on gender and date. One method, however, that we find imported from Europe and fairly well-known in areas settled by English, Irish, or Scottish-speaking colonizers, is the use of a Bible and key. The key is inserted into a Bible (sometimes at a specific passage such as Psalm 49), then the book is bound up tightly so that the key can’t slip out. The person making this charm suspends the key between their fingers, using the Bible as a sort of pendulum weight, and asks questions. The key will begin moving in response to queries, with the reader needing to establish which direction means “yes” and which “no” at the beginning of the divination session. This method is even mentioned in Reginald Scott’s Discoverie of Witchcraft from 1584, so it’s quite old!

Coins and Cards: Plenty of people know about using tarot cards for divination, but in recent years a burgeoning vogue has appeared for learning to read fortunes using playing cards. Playing cards derive from the same sources as tarot cards (with most scholarship suggesting all such cards emerged from games involving tiles printed paper cards from places like India and China). So it makes sense that playing cards have just as much a place in fortunetelling as their better-known tarot cousins. There are a wide variety of methods for reading them, ranging from the very detailed and intricate Lenormand card system to the Spanish method involving removing all the Queens to variations found in places like Kentucky or other parts of the American South that were often codified in well-known rhymed verses. It seems most readers had their own particular methods based on years of practice and fine-tuning, so each person’s approach might inspire someone else but be distinctly different as well (I am no stranger to this phenomenon, as I have even written a book about my own method for doing readings and then interpreting them by linking them to folk or fairy tales). Similarly, coins are incorporated into divination in a few ways. One divinatory ritual known as the “Calling Circle” involves surrounding a young baby with a variety of objects like coins, a knife, a Bible, and a whiskey bottle, and then seeing which the baby chooses. If they choose the coins, they will go into banking (or, depending on your interpretation, be stingy with money), while the other objects indicate a life of violence, holiness, or vice, respectively. The Chinese fortunetelling system known as the I Ching also makes use of coins in some cases, interpreting them through a process known as geomancy.

The Egg and Glass: This method is simple enough that you can go to your kitchen and do it anytime (so long as you keep eggs on hand). There are several different variations on this practice. One of the best-known is the limpia found in Mexican and Mexican-American curanderismo. In that system, the egg is usually used to cleanse a person of spiritual maladies by rubbing them and praying. The egg is then cracked into a glass of water and interpreted based on the shapes that appear, such as bubbles or “curtains” of egg whites draping down like ghosts. Spots on the yolk or foul smells can indicate witchcraft or curses as well. This method was also connected to the Salem witch trials, as an account (published a good bit after the trials were done) indicates that some of the young women involved in the early hysteria had been playing a game called a “Venus glass,” in which an egg was cracked into water and then read or interpreted to provide information about future husbands.

Ring and Hair: The last method is one used in very particular circumstances, but one that might be adaptable to even broader work by a clever folk magician. In parts of the rural South and even into the Midwest, a woman can discover the sex of her baby by taking her wedding ring and suspending it by a piece of her hair over her tummy. If it moves back and forth, it indicates a girl, while movement in a circle usually indicates a boy (although some sources wind up reversing these, so it’s a good idea to ask the ring to show you which is which first). While this is almost exclusively used in pregnancy situations in folklore, I can easily imagine someone seeing the links between things like marriage, birth, and more as indicative of other fortunetelling possibilities (such as asking the ring to help choose between various potential suitors).

These methods are simply a small handful of the incredible variety of everyday divinatory practices found in American folklore. Truly, almost anything, from dish rags to brooms to broken plates and dropped knives, could potentially tell a tuned-in reader about what they might expect to happen.

What makes these methods so valuable to us today isn’t just the actual practices, but the sense of “ordinariness” that we see in them. While it’s all well and good to collect tarot decks like they’re going out of style (and I do the same with playing card decks, so I’m absolutely not judging!), understanding that everyday methods of divination are valuable and rich traditions of their own can help us figure out what works best for us. You may be the sort of person who can divine based on the way your soup boils on the stove, or the way smoke rises from a candle you’ve extinguished, or even which song comes up next on your Spotify playlist. All of those are the sort of folk magic our forebears would have turned to, and they can be sources of insight and inspiration to us today, as well.

Whatever method you turn to, I encourage you to look within your folk communities like family and neighbors (and family here can be chosen family just as readily as anything biological). You’ll likely find plenty of divinatory possibilities if you just listen, pay attention, and ask the right questions. Which is really what divination is all about, right?

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Heartwings Love Notes 978 Simple Fish Soup

Heartwings says, “Sometimes the simple recipes are the most delicious.”

One of the staples in our household is a fish soup made very simply and rather quickly, that is a great favorite with my fish loving husband, Stephen. He grew up in Providence Rhode Island, and spent his summers in Narragansett Pier as a boy. When he was quite small his father began to take him with him to Galilee, Rhode Island to some of his favorite places to buy fish. While there they would indulge in raw cherrystones and sometimes oysters, freshly shucked for them and handed over.

As for myself, I never had anything fancy in the way of fish. My mother served it on Fridays as a matter of course, and I don’t remember her doing anything much to it but bake it in the oven. Her seasonings were ancient and came out of a set of square white jars with red shaker tops that sat on a wooden rack in the kitchen. After her many years of a pinch of this or that, they were pretty dried out and tasteless. She was a very plain cook and tried to keep us healthy with simple basic food cooked to nourish.

My fish soup starts with some cod purposely left over from another meal. When we buy the fish, we usually get about ¼ pound or so more than what we need. I bake it simply, in coconut milk -found in the health food section of the supermarket in a carton, not a can. Baked at 350 with the coconut milk poured just to surround it, the cod is tasty. I usually bake it 25 to 30 minutes depending on its thickness. After we eat, I save what’s left in the cooking fluid and plan to use it within a week or less.

To make my soup, sauté a cup of chopped celery and a cup of chopped onion in 2 tablespoons of butter in a large saucepan. When celery and onion are transparent, add 1 teaspoon each ground garlic granules, lemon pepper, and thyme–to taste. Add 2 cups water, bring to a boil and simmer for about 20 to 30 minutes, until vegetables are soft. Add ½ to ¾ cup raw peeled medium shrimp, (tail on is fine) and ½ to ¾ bay scallops. Add reserved cod plus liquid, and another 1 to 2 cups coconut milk. Bring back to a simmer, cook until shrimp turns pink and enjoy! If you wish, you can prepare the base ahead and add fish ingredients just before serving to four or more.

It is so nice to have plans for leftovers, and I wish you happy ways with them.

Blessings and best regards, Tasha Halpert

P.S. Do you have interesting ways to cook fish? Or with leftovers? Care to share? Your comments and what you share make my day. Thanks in advance for writing to me at tashahal@aol.com. For more Lovenotes, visit my website heartwingsandfriends.com.

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Green Witch Plant Profile: Wild Violets For Food, Medicine, Magick
APRIL 7, 2021 BY GWYN

There is nothing like walking into my yard on a Spring afternoon to violets peeking through the growing green with smatterings of purple and white. It fills me with so much pleasure to see the early blooms of April in Michigan. It gives me hope that the cold, gray weather is coming to an end. And when I fill my basket with violets (while leaving healthy plants and blooms behind) there is a lot I can do with the blossoms.

Violets: A Brief Introduction
Wildflowers are “weeds” to some but to me, they are wonderful additions to the yard. Violets are no exception. They have a wide variety of uses as food, medicine, and magick. So, let’s get to know this low-growing plant you will find in your grass that makes an appearance as the Winter chill is replaced by Spring breezes.

The Common Blue Violet (Viola sororia) is native to central and eastern North America. These little beauties begin sprouting up in lawns, along the roadside, within sidewalk cracks, and beside forest paths in late March/Early April. There is a variation (cultivar) that is white with purple streaks that will grow alongside the typical purple/blue. And the leaves and blossoms of the Common Blue Violet are edible.

Identification
There are many species of violet. In addition to Viola sororia, there is Viola oderata, (Sweet Violets). You can identify these by their light sweet scent. However, it is most likely the flowers growing in your yard are the Common Blue variety. But whether you are foraging from your yard or at another location, it is always good to know how to identify the plant so you are 100% sure before you use them.

Common Blue Violets have a basal rosette (a crown of leaves radiating from a stem) of toothed, heart-shaped leaves, and drooping flowers with five petals that do not produce seeds. The blossoms are blue, purple, and white.

There is a yellow variety that some people might come across when foraging. It is important to note that Common Violet does have a look-alike that is poisonous. Ficaria verna, also known as lesser Celandine or Pilewort. While the yellow flower of this plant looks different from the yellow violet, the basal leaves are very similar. So, if you are foraging and you come across leaves you believe are violets, wait until the flowers bloom to be certain of their identification.

Medicinal Uses
There are a number of ways to use violets. They are a soothing herb with a gelatinous (mucilaginous) consistency. Violets have antioxidant properties which means they are a great source of Vitamins C and A. They are also anti-inflammatory which means they can support the body when dealing with discomfort, pain, swelling, etc.

Violets are helpful for coughs and sore throats due to colds, flu, and allergies by infusing them into a tincture, syrup, etc. They can be used topically in infused oil, balm, or lotion for rashes and other skin irritations, eczema, dry skin, bug bites, and varicose veins.

Violet is also said to be helpful for headaches, to calm nerves, ease emotions, and aid in achieving restful sleep when enjoyed as a soothing cup of tea.

Violet Blossom Infusion (Herbal Tea)

1 Cup of Boiling Water

2-3 Tsp Violet Blossoms (fresh or dry)

Pour the water over the flowers. Allow the violets to steep for 5-10 minutes. Strain and enjoy.

Violet Leaf Oil Infusion

1 cup Coconut Oil

1 Cup Violet Leaves

1/2 Cup Violet Blossoms

Clean, dry lidded canning jar

Fill the canning jar with the leaves and flowers. Pour the coconut oil over the plant material until covered to just above (add more oil if necessary). Put the lid onto the jar. Give a gentle twist, shake to stir the oil and violets. Place in a sunny spot for two weeks. Strain the flowers and leaves. Use topically as needed.

Violets As Food
Since these little flowers are high in vitamins, they make a great addition to salads or nourishing soups. Violets make an attractive decoration for cakes, cupcakes, and cookies. Or, you can use them in a baked recipe such as muffins. You can make a simple syrup with violets to add to lemonade or iced tea. Here is an easy recipe:

Violet Simple Syrup

1 cup Sugar
1 cup water
1/2 – 1 cup violet blossoms (stems removed) loosely packed in a lidded canning jar.
Bring water to boil in a small saucepan.

Pour the hot water over the blossoms.

Leave the flowers to steep for several hours.

Strain flowers from water into a double boiler.

Heat over low temperature and add sugar.

Stir until the sugar is dissolved.

Pour into a lidded glass jar.

Keep in the refrigerator until used.

Violets in Magick
Tiny though they may be, these flowers are powerful aids in magickal workings. They are useful for spiritual growth, protection, healing, faithfulness, love, and glamour. They are also associated with psychic abilities, dreams, and visions.

Wear violet in a small muslin bag as an amulet of protection.

Place them beneath your pillow for dreams and visions.

Allow them to grow near your door to ward off evil.

Drop the blossoms in a ritual bath for healing.
As you can see, there is a multitude of ways that Common Violets can aid you in your life. And it is easy to come across them. Ask these lovely plants to aid you as a spirit ally, then see where your intuition and creativity take you.

ABOUT
Gwyn is one of the hosts of 3 Pagans and a Cat, a podcast about the questions and discussions between three pagan family members, each exploring different pagan paths and how their various traditions can intersect. The most practiced pagan on the path, Gwyn is a Green Earth Witch devoted to the Earth Mother, Hekate, Brighid, and Frigga. She is a Clairsentient Medium, Tarot Reader, loves writing and, spending time with her family, as well as working with herbs, essential oils, and plants.

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Let’s Breathe Through This Together

In Buddhist and yogic traditions, some have claimed to reach an enlightened state by doing nothing more than paying attention to the rising and falling of the breath. In this time of high stress and anxiety, breathing can not only help calm your state of mind but also help you to reach a meditative state. Breathing and breathing exercises are intrinsic parts of many forms of meditation the world over. It is also free and always available to you!

By paying attention to your breath – the ebb and flow of in and out – you will rapidly change your state of consciousness, begin to relax, and slowly detach from ordinary awareness. Try to focus on the dimensionless point between your in-breath and out-breath and glimpse the elements of enlightenment in that space.

Here are a few video examples of breathing exercises that Dr. Weil uses and recommends:

The 4-7-8 Breath https://www.drweil.com/videos-features/videos/breathing-exercises-4-7-8-breath/

A Dr. Weil favorite, this breathing exercise is a natural tranquilizer for the nervous system.

The Bellows or Stimulating Breath
https://www.drweil.com/videos-features/videos/the-stimulating-breath/

The aim of this exercise aim is to raise vital energy and increase alertness.

Breath Counting https://www.drweil.com/videos-features/videos/breathing-exercises-breath-counting/

A deceptively simple breathing technique much used in Zen practice.

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Dandelions: A Dandy Little Herb
by Susan Wittig Albert

Ever wonder how the dandelion got its name?

The word dandelion is the way English folk pronounced the French phrase dent de lion, or tooth of the lion. Named for the plant’s toothed leaves, perhaps? Or maybe the blossom’s color—the same yellow used to picture heraldic lions? Or both.

The dandelion’s other folk names are also descriptive. “The devil’s milk pail” refers to the sticky white sap that oozes from the broken root, used to remove warts and treat other skin ailments. “Swine’s snout” describes the closed blossom. “Puffball” is exactly the right name for the fly-away seeds. And “monk’s head” is a good way of describing the smooth, bald head that pokes up out of the grass after the seeds have blown away.

The Medicinal Dandelion

What sort of medicine? We can find a clue in the inelegant name “piss-a-bed.” The plant produces taraxacin, stimulating the kidneys to produce urine. Because the dandelion is high in potassium, a vital nutrient lost when the kidneys do their job, herbalists prefer it to chemical diuretics. In the many centuries before modern medicine, the dandelion was used to treat heartburn, liver complaints, gall stones, jaundice, and dropsy (what we now call congestive heart failure). And dandelion salve was a pain-relieving standby in many medicine cabinets.

The Culinary Dandelion

Your backyard dandelions (if they haven’t been sprayed with something noxious) can also put in an appearance at your table. The leafy greens are a zestier version of arugula and add a nice bite to raw spring-green salads. Cooking calms them down. Use in any dish that calls for kale, chard, collard greens, or mustard greens. Or how about a pesto? Here’s one made with dandelion greens and pumpkin seeds that will charm any pasta/pesto lover. Dandelion jelly is an old-fashioned favorite, and dandelion wine was my grandfather’s spring specialty. For a bushel of hand-picked wine, jelly, and syrup recipes, check out this Tipnut page.

Roses are red,
Violets are blue;
But they don’t get around
Like the dandelions do.
–Slim Acres

For more about medicinal wild plants, cunsult these useful guides:

A Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs (Eastern and Central North America), Peterson Guide, by noted herbalists Steven Foster and James Duke

Identifying and Harvesting Medicinal Plants in Wild (and Not So Wild) Places by Steve Brill

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Bigfoot Stick Structures
by Ghost Hunting Theories

With regards to our tall feral neighbors, some behaviors catch our attention, such as infrasound, screaming, wood knocks, and especially the stick structures.

Let’s talk about some of the possible reasons for stick structures and review some of the most amazing formations to be found.

Some theories involving stick structures include –

Marking territory for a clan.
A hunting blind.
Sleeping structure.

As the structures aren’t always little lean-to’s, they are also found in the form of an X shape or arched bow, it is generally believed each construct means something different.

In studying arches and X’s, I’ve come to find a pretty consistent use of X marks where the human land begins. It’s as if they know others of their kind or their own clan going through an area needs to know “bow” please enter into our land and “X” please don’t pass as you are close to humans. This makes sense as one thing they need to know as they travel on foot is the knowledge that the local clan has about the area. There isn’t time to spend days and weeks and months studying a piece of land for human areas and safe areas, but if they pass the knowledge to everyone of their kind, they save them time and effort.

As it has come to horse mane braiding, I’ve found if a Bigfoot is traveling along new areas, the rural places are their preferred course. In rural areas near woodlands, you find horses in pastures. If the manes are braided, the clan could be letting others know that there is a clan in the area.

These subtle constructs using nature, such as limbs and horse manes can elude humans, but be the very “natural” looking markings that they seek for knowledge. They can’t put out a sign “hey the Enoch Clan is here” or “don’t go that way, there’s humans,” but they can do it in ways we are oblivious to.

That being said, the stick structures particularly are of interest as they almost always involve a base tree, whether standing or broken off, that limbs are stacked against, woven, and formed into a kind of tiny house. One that almost invariably does not fit the size of a human.

But, in some private studies among Bigfooters in our research group, the Bigfoot do have a kind of daycare situation in which very young ones are left in a kind of nested area near a tree. The wee ones play games with tree bark and try to abide by the rule to not stray.

My theory on these structures are they are built for the wee ones and guarded by one sentinel at the opening, they will be easy to protect. The concept would be to place the toddlers within and have one adult sitting guard.

These Bigfoot daycare centers make good sense as it is the best way to wrangle wee ones and also to teach them to stay near the trees for protection. In other words, hide at the tree; a lesson hiding and feral parents would want deeply embedded in the next generation’s psyche.

Let’s have a look at some of the best documenting of stick structures I’ve ever seen. This comes from the fantastic and insightful channel Southern Ontario Sasquatch. This researcher appropriately calls them “wood nests.”

There are plenty of reasons for stick structures, including a human-made hunting blind, but when it comes to the work of the Forest Ones, it would appear that these are not there for ornamentation as their prime directive is not to decorate the forest, but to remain cloaked and ignored.

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12 Cemetery Superstitions
by Cathy Wallace

Cemetery superstitions from the last century or two may have more influence over how you behave when it comes to family funerals and burials than you might realize.

Have you ever worn black to a funeral? Did you travel from a funeral home to the cemetery in an unbroken procession of cars? Have you ever sent flowers to the family of the deceased?

Why did you do those things? Tradition? Where did those traditions come from? Many of them came from century-old cemetery superstitions.

In this blog post, you will discover 12 cemetery superstitions from the Victorian era that still haunt us today.

Cemetery Superstitions #1: Wearing Black
The custom of wearing black at funerals is an ancient one, but it became more popular during the Victorian era. Black was believed to make the living less visible to the spirits that came to accompany the deceased into the afterlife.

After all, they didn’t want the spirits to make any mistakes and take them along too!

If a family could not afford black clothing, it was acceptable to wear a black armband. Widows were expected to wear black for two years after their spouse died. But during the last six months of this period, they could add some trim in grey, white, or lavender.

For women who were mourning the loss of a parent or a child, it was appropriate to wear black for one year. The typical period of time to wear mourning garb for the passing of a grandparent, sibling, or close friend was six months. If an aunt, uncle, niece, or nephew died, they were expected to wear black for just three months.

They must have had quite a dark wardrobe!

Cemetery Superstitions #2: Stop the Clock
When someone died, clocks were stopped at the moment of death. For practical reasons, this would allow for an accurate doctor’s report and death certificate.

But it was also said to be out of respect for the dead. Time had stopped for their mortal life and so their spirit must not be rushed into leaving too quickly by allowing them to notice the passage of time.

When the family’s mourning period had ended, they started their clocks again – symbolic of it being time to move on to another period of their life.

Cemetery Superstitions #3: Draw the Drapes
For our ancestors, visitations and funerals were often held in the home of the deceased. The body was laid out in the front parlor.

As soon as someone died, it was customary to quickly close the parlor drapes. This was believed to be a way to keep the deceased’s spirit from leaving too quickly.

Even today, funeral home visitations are usually held in a room called the “funeral parlor”. It is made to look like a household living room and often has closed draperies somewhere in the room.

In some parts of the United Kingdom everyone on their street closed their draperies when someone in the neighborhood passed away. Children were taught to be quiet near these homes or play someplace else.

Cemetery Superstitions #4: A Kiss Good-bye
It’s potentially the saddest part of a memorial service, where the inevitable must be faced, and having celebrated a life, we must say our final farewell.

Today, it is common to stand in line at a “viewing” for a chance to speak a few words to the family and then to walk past the coffin. When there is an open casket, many people reach out to touch the deceased one last time.

This was even more common in previous generations, where it was customary not only to touch the hand or heart of the deceased but to give them a kiss.

It was thought that the bestowal of a kiss would keep the living person from dreaming about the departed one.

Cemetery Superstitions #5: Saved by the Bell
In previous generations, it was sometimes difficult to tell if someone had actually died or if they were just in a coma. So craftsmen began putting bells on the top of coffins with chains that ran to the inside for the deceased to pull. Then they could ring the bell if they woke up.

This is where the expression, “saved by the bell” comes from.

Cemetery Superstitions #6: Leave Feet First
If the deceased was carried out of the home headfirst they might look back and call another family member to follow them into the afterlife, so they were always carried out feet first.

Cemetery Superstitions #7: Keep a Lock of Hair
Historically, giving a lock of your hair to someone has been considered a sign of love and devotion, especially when done before an impending separation.

And although it may seem creepy to us, keeping a lock of hair from a deceased family member was perfectly acceptable during the Victorian period.

Over time, funeral hair became a form of art.

Jewelry was made from hair, like this mourning bracelet. And hair was even used to make wreaths and pictures for home décor.

Our ancestors believed that keeping a lock of a loved one’s hair would keep their loved ones close to their heart. Today, we may not be as likely to keep locks of hair but we often save other mementos to remind us of deceased family members.

Cemetery Superstitions #8: Plant Flowers on the Grave. Cemetery superstitions said that if the deceased had lived a good life, flowers would bloom on their grave. But if they had been evil, only weeds would grow.

It is still common today to plant flowers on graves, particularly on Memorial Day or Armistice Day.

Another common superstition was the belief that the spirits of the deceased could enter the mirrors, which served as portals to the “other side”.

So as soon as someone passed away, family members rushed around covering the mirrors with blankets or cloths.

Wealthy families kept black crepe on hand for this purpose.

If it was decided that the mirrors did not get covered soon enough, and the deceased’s spirit was stuck in the mirror, breaking it would release them.

Cemetery Superstitions #10: Graveside Picnic
During the Victorian era, it was common for people who lived in London, Paris, New York, or any large city to take a day-trip to large park-like cemeteries in the countryside.

Funerals were often an all-day affair so mourners brought along a picnic lunch. They packed dainty ham sandwiches, little lemon cakes, and tea in a basket to be eaten on blankets on the grass. This gave them leisurely time to reminisce about their departed loved ones and ancestors buried there.

Some undertakers even rented “picnic wagonettes” and helped to plan “pleasure parties” at the cemetery.

But they had to be careful about where they set up their event. It was considered bad luck to sit or walk on someone’s grave.

Cemetery Superstitions #11: Funeral Biscuits
You may have been invited to a meal after a funeral. It’s a common custom. But where did that tradition start?

During the Victorian era, a funeral mass or memorial service was often held at a local church or in the home of the deceased. Bread and wine were shared, following the Christian practice of partaking of the last supper, sacrament, or communion in remembrance of Christ dying for the sins of mankind.

In time, some people began substituting cookies, known as “funeral biscuits” for the bread. The funeral biscuits were distributed by the lady of the house as she reached over the coffin and handed them to the visiting guests in her parlor.

A superstition sprung up that the guests themselves were taking upon them the sins of the deceased to allow their departed loved one to pass straight into heaven, sin-free. This practice was known as “sin-eating”.

Taking on someone else’s sins was a rough business so people started to hire someone to do the deed. In England and Wales, funeral sin-eaters were generally community outcasts who were paid sixpence for their services.

In America, the funeral biscuits resembled round molasses cookies and they were sometimes stamped with hearts, skulls, or crosses. In England, they were elongated sponge cakes, also known as “lady’s fingers”.

Funeral biscuits were also wrapped in white paper and sealed with black sealing wax and given to departing guests to take home to those who could not attend.

Following up to four days of visitations at the home, the burial occurred, and then a meal was served to close family and friends. Pork pie, a large wheel of cheese, and fruit cake might be on the menu.

Cemetery Superstitions #12: Funeral Processions
Funeral processions used to consist of walking from the home to the church, trailing behind those who carried the coffin. The deceased was then buried in the churchyard.

This was often done at night, with each person carrying a candle or lantern to light the way.

When the use of church graveyards in the cities was replaced by burials in cemeteries outside of the cities, it was too far to walk. So the funeral procession was made by train, by horse-drawn carriage, or by motor car.

Even horse-drawn hearses had lanterns on them to light the way, as in the photo above.

Today, funeral processions are usually led by a hearse, follow by the family vehicles, and then other attendees.

Small magnetic flags are placed on the hood of each car and headlights are turned on so others in the community will recognize the slow-moving convoy as a funeral procession and give them due respect.

Other travelers are expected to wait for the funeral procession to pass uninterrupted. This evolved from the superstition that anyone who interfered with the deceased going to the grave would attract the wrath of evil spirits.

Help Preserve Cemetery History
It’s good luck to help preserve cemetery history by taking photos with the BillionGraves app. Just kidding!

But it is a great way to help others find their ancestors so they can grow their family tree.

As you photograph your cemetery, and I photograph mine, we will all be able to find our ancestors!

If you would like to volunteer to take gravestone photos with your smartphone click HERE to get started.

You are welcome to take photos of gravestones at your own convenience, no permission from us is needed. If you still have questions after you have checked out the resources above, you can email us at Volunteer@BillionGraves.com.

Would you like to lead a group in documenting a cemetery? Send an email at Volunteer@billiongraves.com and we’ll be happy to send you some great tips!

To volunteer to transcribe names and dates from gravestones, go to billiongraves.com/transcribe.

Happy Cemetery Hopping!

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Master Points
by Stephen Halpert

Harry Silver opened the padded envelope and smiled as he removed the illustrated edition of the Collected Essays of Sir Isaac Newton. He stroked it with grateful admiration.

His wife Bessie came into the kitchen. She peered at the fat volume. “Newton? Didn’t he discover a lot?”

         “More than a lot,” Harry said. “He virtually reinvented mathematics.”

         She frowned. “How can there be more than a lot? Sometimes Harry I just don’t understand where you’re coming from or even what you’re getting at.”

         “Back when I was in school, I read about his theory that the world would end sometime between 2050 and 2070.”

         “Oh dear,” she sighed. “That’s not a happy thought. But maybe by now it’s all fixed up.”

         “He wrote that hundreds of years ago.”

         “Things can change, Harry. People make predictions like that all the time.”

         He looked at her patiently. “But Bessie, Newton used pure mathematical principles.” He took a can of sardines from the cabinet, opened it and put them on a plate. “And nothing seems to have changed. If anything, global warming could speed up the process and even make things a whole lot worse.”

         “When is all this supposed to happen?”

         He shrugged. “In 50 years or so, give or take.”

         “Let me get us some crackers. That’s terrible. Was he sure?”

         “I’m sure he was.” Harry opened the fridge and took out the pitcher of ice tea. Then he got two glasses from the cabinet, added ice and brought it to the table. “Bessie, it’s just one of those things we can’t do anything about.” He sat down at the kitchen table.

         Bessie sat across from him. “Maybe that’s how you feel Harry. But before I do anything I’ll have to consult Sarah my astrologer. She knows about things like this.”

         He put sardines on a cracker. “And?”          “Well if she goes along with it I think we better sell the cottage at the Pier and I’ll cash in my master points.”

         “Why bother? Maybe wherever we end up you can take them with you.”

         She shook her head. “Oh no Harry I don’t think they’d be transferable. Ever since Charles Goren, The Master Point Association is very strict about things like that. Otherwise, people would start throwing their master points around like confetti.”

         He nodded and patted her hand. “Well if I were you, I’d keep all this under your hat. No need to cause panic.  After all it’s not for another fifty some odd years from now. And whatever you do don’t bring it up when you go to the beauty parlor or by supper the whole world will know.”

         Her eyes widened. “Oh Harry, you don’t have to worry about confidentially. Believe me, whatever’s said at Madam Swank’s stays at Madam Swank’s. It’s an unwritten rule of cosmetology.”

         He swallowed more sardines. “Besides Bessie it’s not like this is happening tomorrow.”

         She looked intently at him. “Harry how long have we been together?”

         He smiled. “Forty some odd years.”

         She nodded. “Yes, and do you remember on our anniversary you said those forty years went by faster than a speeding bullet. Those were your exact words.”

         He looked quizzical. “I remember that line from Superman on the radio. What are you getting at?”

         “Well if what Newton said proves to be true then we’d better start making plans. Sell off what isn’t useful. Maybe put our money into gold.” She lowered her voice. “You could sell your baseball card collection and I’d send my mother’s needlepoint work to auction.”

         His voice rose. “Sell my baseball card collection, why?”

         She touched his hand. “Harry, you can’t take them with you. Even if we were to survive, they’d be all wet and ruined. That I’m sure of.”

         He sounded even more emphatic. “I don’t want to sell my baseball cards. I’ve had them ever since I was a boy.” 

         “Harry it’s a known fact that when there are floods things get wet. Think about it. And I’m sure that when the world ends it won’t be a pretty picture.”

         He seemed momentarily stymied. “Maybe we should just forget this whole conversation. Forget I even mentioned it.”

         Her eye widened. “How can I? You’ve told me something terrible and awful. I can’t just shove it aside. It’s dominating my mind.”

         “I’m sorry Bessie. But when we got married, we agreed not to keep secrets from one another.”

         She sighed. “Oh, go ahead and keep your baseball cards but don’t blame me if they get all wet and mildewed.”

         “Thank you.”‘ He finished the sardines.

         “But being known as the Mattress Czar of Pawtucket maybe you should think about having an end of the world sale. Get ahead of your competition.”

         He looked quizzical. “Why? If the world’s going to end then why would anyone even think about buying a new mattress or bedroom set?”

         “Harry if this is true; if the world is going to explode then I know that the only place I’d want to be when it happens is holding onto you in bed. And it would be nice to think about a new box spring and mattress just to make our final hours a little more cozy.”

         He looked surprised. “You really think that?”

         Now she sounded emphatic. “Of course I do. And when she read my astrology chart Sarah said that beyond anything else, I’m practical.”

         He sighed and shook his head. “This is all a little premature Bessie.”

         “Remember that speeding bullet remark Harry.  After all, time flies.”

         He took her hand. “Bessie let’s just forget all about this for now. You hang onto your mother’s needle point and I’ll keep my baseball cards. And just to make you feel better let’s go away for the weekend. Didn’t you say there was a bridge tournament you wanted to sign up for in Portland?”

         She shook her head and lowered her voice. “Oh Harry, none of that seems important to me anymore. What good are more master points when I won’t have anyone to play bridge with, assuming we even survive?  And if we do, I wouldn’t be able to find a dry deck amidst the rubble.”

         Harry put his arm around her shoulder and kissed her. “Tell you what, how about just to be on the safe side I buy you a couple a dozen decks of playing cards to put all around the house? That way you’re bound to find at least one.”  

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Kats Korner
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Why Do Cats Follow You Into The Bathroom?
~Susan Logan McCracken | Apr 5th 2021

May I ask you a personal question? Does your cat follow you into the bathroom? Do you leave your door slightly ajar so your cat can come in after you? And what happens if you close the door behind you and leave your cat out? Do you see paws reaching under the door? Does your cat scratch or leap at the door? This may be one of the quirkiest, funniest and most baffling things our cats do.

Even my docile Ragdoll would stick her paw under the door and rattle it if I left her out when using the loo. Our cat Sophie comes in and walks right back out. But Maddie solicits petting from me or my husband and sometimes plays in the bathtub when one of us is in there.

I talked with my longtime friend, pet lifestyle expert and fellow cat writer Sandy Robins, about this puzzling feline behavior. Sandy’s cat, Fudge, even followed houseguests into the bathroom. I was one of those guests privileged enough to know Fudge before her passing. Today Sandy has two adorable cats, Ziggy and Tory, who, not surprisingly, engage in this same type of behavior.

Although I didn’t find studies or scholarly articles that explained why cats follow people into the bathroom, I do think this funny quirk reinforces several behaviors we attribute to cats.

Cats Can’t Stand a Closed Door
Cats are territorial and so are passionately interested in everything that goes on in their territory. Their survival depends on it. They can spend hours observing it, and they know where the safe places are to eat, drink, sleep and do their business.

Once they learn a door opens and that there is territory behind it to explore, they want in. If there is unexplored space in your home, it almost kills them to not be able to go inside.

“It’s as though they want to know what are you doing in there and ‘May I help,’” Sandy says. She and her family don’t lock the bathroom door, but they close it completely. Yet somehow the cats are still able to push open the door and barge right in, Sandy says. When her son, who has a dog, was staying with them, Ziggy, Tory and the dog all came in. “We wanted to put up a sign that said ‘one at a time please,’” Sandy says.

My cat Sophie has figured out how to open the closet door in our guest bedroom and goes in there at night when she believes no one is looking. We’ve heard her open it. We find her in there the next morning. If cats had opposable thumbs, we’re pretty sure they would open every unlocked cabinet and door in your home.

Cats Love It When You’re Still
Cats like it when you don’t (or can’t) move and somehow instinctively know that you can’t move when on the toilet.

Have you noticed that when you’re still, your cats like to come and hang out? Whether you’re sitting at your computer, relaxing on the couch or lying in bed, most cats will either sit on your lap or near you, plop down on your keyboard or paperwork, or curl up next to you. Take this as a huge compliment that your cat wants to be where ever you are, feels safe with you and likes being the center of your attention.

Why Do Cats Follow You Into the Bathroom? Maybe They Just Like Bathrooms
Bathrooms and closets are usually the smallest rooms in the house. A room where they can see all boundaries provides the sense of security they crave. “Cats like small spaces and boxes,” Sandy says. “Perhaps they see the bathroom as our version of a box.”

The bathroom also contains some other exciting things — running water, for instance, which some cats find irresistible. Many cats like running water and will even drink from a running faucet or fountain.

Other bathroom fixtures cats like are the smooth, cool surfaces of sinks and bathtubs. Just Google “cats in sinks” some time. There’s an entire website called catsinsinks.com. A sink fulfills many feline desires: It’s cat-sized, enclosed and smooth, and provides running water.

Cats also like tubs for similar reasons. But a tub’s size makes it an ideal playground. Many people discover their cats’ toys in the tub. My cat Maddie likes to spin around and chase her tail in the tub. Sandy’s cat Tory plays in the tub, and Ziggy carries his wand toy into the bathroom.

Another feline favorite: the toilet paper roll. “Ziggy pulls the toilet paper and insists on getting the first three squares,” Sandy says. At the beginning of COVID, when we had a toilet paper shortage, Sandy thought she would have to ration toilet paper for Ziggy.

Google “cats and toilet paper” and prepare to be entertained.

If You Feel Safe, It Must Be Safe
Cats look to their favorite people for many of their needs — food, water, shelter, a clean litter box and more. But they also look to their people for their safety and security. My cats like it when either my husband or I watch them eat. Why? Because cats feel vulnerable when they eat. Cats also feel vulnerable when they’re using the potty.

Cats get a lot of their information from observing us. In the world of psychology, it’s called social referencing. Human children and animals look to their parents and guardians for how they should react to something. If something startles us, it will startle them. If we’re calm and relaxed, they feel safe, too. If you feel safe enough to do your business in the bathroom, they’re confident that both you and they are in a safe space.

Author and editor Susan Logan-McCracken shares her home with her husband, Mark, and two red tabby domestic longhair cats, Maddie and Sophie.

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Georgia’s Weekly Horoscope:
Sunday, April 11, 2021

All Signs
This week the Sun and Mercury are dancing with lucky moneybags Jupiter, which is a lovely, upbeat influence for everyone. On Tuesday, fair Venus moves into Taurus to stay for three weeks. Another lovely influence! Venus is the ruler of Taurus, and both Venus and Taurus love money. So, this is a happy marriage indeed. This means we can all hope to get richer or somehow “feel” richer in the next three weeks. So, stay positive and keep your eyes open. Someone once said, “Small opportunities are what big opportunities look like when they’re young.”

Aries (March 21-April 19)
You are sitting pretty this week. The Sun and Mercury are in your sign dancing beautifully with lucky, moneybags Jupiter. This encourages you to think positive and expect the best for yourself and your situation. You won’t be afraid to entertain big ideas. Furthermore, you will feel very sociable and eager to interact with groups and meet friends. This is because you feel a need to be part of something bigger than yourself. You want to make that connection. You want to be where it’s happening. This week Venus moves into your House of Earnings, which means it will attract money to you for the next three weeks. Admittedly, it will encourage extravagance. (What’s your superpower?)

Taurus (April 20-May 20)
This week your ruler Venus moves into your sign where it will stay for the next three weeks, which is excellent news for you. This will promote your desire to relate to others in a very charming way. In fact, you’ll be willing to make personal compromises if necessary because you want to get along. (Venus always likes to get along.) It’s a great time to enjoy fun times with pals or a vacation because Venus always ranks pleasure above work. This is also an excellent time to buy wardrobe goodies for yourself. Since you are working so hard to earn money at this time, why not look your best? Success is sexy! And this is your year to dazzle everyone with your successful reputation.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)
With Mars in your sign, you’re still pumped with energy! Make the most of this fabulous influence because it comes only once every two years, and you continue to have this blessing until April 23. Meanwhile, this is an incredibly sociable week! Enjoy interacting with friends and being involved with groups. Many of you will be involved with younger people as well. It’s a particularly good time for you to examine your goals and think about where you want to be five years from now – 10 years from now – to infinity and beyond! Some of you are making future travel plans (“some day”) while others are exploring opportunities in medicine, the law, publishing, the media and higher education. (A secret love affair is lurking.)

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
You make a fabulous impression on everyone this week. No question. Furthermore, you will enjoy success talking to important people as well as parents, teachers and the police. You might learn something important from a boss. You’ll also feel more important to be included in some kind of bigger venture. (It’s always hard to see the big picture when you’re in the frame.) But now -you’re at the table! You’re getting a better grasp of how things are done and likewise, how things are unfolding in your own world. This gives you a sense of personal power because you feel more in command. You’re ready for anything that comes your way – and you’ve got your recharger and just in case – your own glue stick.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
This is an exhilarating week, especially in terms of publishing, the media and making travel plans, dealing with foreign countries and taking advantage of opportunities in medicine and the law. Some of you are excited about school plans as well. Yes, it’s all happening! You deserve this. (Yeah, some think you’re bossy but that’s because they can’t tell the difference between demanding and commanding.) One of the rewarding things right now is you are learning something new, perhaps learning it from important people – perhaps not. But it’s exciting to be part of something bigger. Of course, this doesn’t necessarily mean you have to change. (“But it’s all I ever wanted since I heard about it a minute ago!”)

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
You might do some wheeling and dealing about financial matters, inheritances, shared property, taxes or debt this week. (Taxes? That’s no surprise. Look at the date.) Nevertheless, this wheeling and dealing will attract money to you. It might parlay you into a bigger group that relates to your job. Perhaps it’s because you’re dealing with foreign interests? Or perhaps it will entail future work-related travel? Fortunately, your ambition is aroused, so you’re ready for whatever comes up. (You’re not getting dusty.) Meanwhile, because your appreciation of beauty is heightened, grab every chance to enjoy beautiful parks, buildings, galleries and art in person or online.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
Yes, it’s true that you still need more sleep. (Who has more erratic sleep patterns than you? Well actually, a few Aquarians I know.) You will be more socially involved with others this week, perhaps through your partner or through a friend. You might be introduced to new people? Younger people might suddenly be in your world. You might join a group or become involved with a group. Romance is promising; hot and heavy passion are in the picture for many. (Yes, you too.) Examine your goals. You will see that things are working out as planned and this is reassuring. Many of you will also be more involved with members of the general public in some way. In person or on-line.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
This is a super positive week for your work. You might impress bosses. You might have an opportunity to schmooze with authority figures and learn something new, which is exciting because this makes you feel part of something bigger than you. You might see how well you are progressing in your goals related to your job or your health (this is also a positive week for your health). You feel more vigourous than usual, which in turn, leads to a more pumped optimism about everything. You’re The Little Engine That Could. I thought I could! I thought I could!” (After Roger Bannister broke that “impossible feat” of running the four-minute mile -over a thousand runners have since done the same.)

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
You are a sign that is noted for working hard and playing hard. You take things all the way! This week you will play hard. Of course, if you’re in sports, or the arts, this could feel like work. This is a very sociable week for you, which means you will be out there flying your colours! You want to talk to people in person or on-line. In particular, you might be more involved than usual with younger people. You seem to be more concerned with the bigger picture, which is of course, your style. Romance might be over-the-top. You might also be thrilled because of your involvement with kids. Something will make you enthusiastic and glad to be alive!

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Everything to do with home and your family life will be warm and reassuring this week. Many of you will invite people over this week – perhaps your family bubble? You might also be busy doing renovations or repairs to where you live. Perhaps others will pitch in with help? Some of you might explore real-estate opportunities because this is a distinct possibility. Many of you can enrich yourself through home and family and real estate at this time. Whatever you do, you won’t be afraid to have big plans. If you need to get the permission of important people – you won’t be afraid to ask. This is also a romantic, playful week that promises social delights.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
This week you are so positive minded and optimistic, your enthusiasm will know no bounds! Your interaction with your daily contacts is rewarding and reassuring. You are also excited to be in touch with bosses and people in authority at a level where you feel included and at the same time, you are learning something. It’s exciting to see the big picture! Certainly, relations with siblings and neighbours and relatives are excellent. This is a great week to write, communicate, act or sell because your words are like gold. Meanwhile, you will also enjoy doing something to make where you live feel more attractive for yourself and perhaps someone special. Woot!

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
“Show me the money!” This is definitely a good financial week for you. You will see ways to boost your earnings because you have moneymaking ideas. Likewise, you will see ways to impress bosses and people in power with your ideas, which in turn, can attract money to you. You will be smooth, charming and diplomatic in discussions with others. You won’t be afraid to roll up your sleeves to get busy and work hard to deal with financial matters. This could involve some ambitious projects on the home front because things seem to be topsy-turvy there. (You can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs.) It’s a reassuring time for you because you see where you are in the bigger picture. It’s all good.

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Weekly Horoscopes Beginning Sunday, 11 April 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:

Urgent as sudden dilemmas and unexpected changes seem, either avoid making decisions or, if that’s impossible, ensure whatever you organise is flexible. Within days you’ll be juggling yet more changes and, possibly, more options; but, also, ensure your own goals are equally flexible, because what seems disastrous at the moment could turn out to be unexpectedly fortunate, and by as early as next week.

You exude charm, personality and sex appeal. Whether single or attached, events at this time could mark a major turning point in your life. A thrifty partner is expecting you to manage within the confines of a tight budget. You’re tempted to treat yourself to one of those little luxuries you love so much. You know this will leave you feeling guilty. Money is tight and you can understand the need to economise even if you aren’t happy about it.

It should be ‘all systems go’ following the annual New Moon in your sign on Monday. True, you may be asked to take on extra responsibility and faced with clearing up a mess from the past. The political angle of all of this should not be ignored either. Fact is though, that an old war is just that – an old war. By the time the Venus leaves your sign on Thursday, it should be clear that you now need to move focus to the future and let go of systems that really are no longer working. Painful as that may be, once that’s accepted, employing fresh strategies and being in the driving seat as these are implemented should be exciting. Career wise it seems you are now refuelled and pointed in fresh direction.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Recent challenges have been informative. Still, Tuesday’s move by your ruler Venus into your sign begins a new, and upbeat, cycle. Still, let go of what doesn’t work. This may seem unwise, if not hasty. However, with the Sun and ideas planet Mercury both entering Taurus on Monday the 19th, the tide will turn suddenly and, in a direction, as exciting as it is unexpected.

You have the energy and determination to overcome any challenge that is presented to you now. People around you look stressed and tired whereas you feel completely relaxed. It might be up to you to iron out some difficulties before a group project gets underway. Personal plans will be put on hold in order to focus on a team effort. You should be able to make up for ground lost as you head into the second half of the week.

It is perhaps time to think long-term. The annual New Moon in neighbouring Aries on Monday puts sharp focus on playing for the long-term. Yet the old way of doing this is probably just that: old and out worn. It may now be time to think differently and at least to prepare for moving in altered direction: most likely in June. The key as always, always, is in the planning. First, it’s essential that you assess your expertise and what you really have to offer. What you display by the end of this week – and especially if at interview, – is crucial. Pandemic or otherwise, a review of working practices should now be under way. With Saturn, the planet of responsibility, now pivotal at the apex of your solar chart, you are well-placed to take on a new role and even perhaps, to create it.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Ordinarily you’ve an amazing knack for showing interest in others’ activities and future plans, yet leaving decisions to them. Now, however, their choices could undermine, if not obstruct, exciting ideas or ventures of your own. Discuss your concerns frankly, then back off. While, initially, this may seem weak, not only will the individuals in question act on your concerns, their efforts will be unexpectedly clever.

You want to get ahead. A colleague who is stuck in the same place will resent your determination. Ignore their attempts to hold you back. You’re positive that this is the right time for you to go after a prominent position. The challenge will be highly stimulating. Some ideas that you have to improve your home will need a little working on if they are to be put into practice in the future. If something doesn’t work on your first attempt be prepared to try again.

It should feel as though it’s all systems go after Monday’s New Moon in fiery Aries. It should be apparent that the rest of the world is now ready to get to work – and at speed. What should be delightful for you is that there will be much to talk about. Priorities have most decidedly shifted – if not altered dramatically. Venus’ entry into Taurus on Thursday coincides with the Moon’s arrival in your sign. It’s then time for you to lay out what your revised needs are and to open discussions about your long-term dreams and goals. In alerting others to where you want to be, you are also putting down the key steppingstones to getting there. In particular, Aries, cancer, Libra and Capricorn colleagues should be particularly appreciative of the goals and strategies you set out.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

For ages you’ve known certain elements of your life needed a rethink. Now, while you acknowledge this is urgent, you’re unsure where to begin. The insights, if not unexpected events, triggered by Monday’s New Moon help clarify it all. True, initially developments may seem both unwise and unsettling. Be patient. By the week’s close you’ll not only realise how brilliant they are, you’ll be delighted.

You don’t need anyone’s approval to do something you want to do. Seek to satisfy yourself rather than trying to live up to other people’s expectations of you. Are you single? You could meet someone special through your work. Not only will you be impressed by their accomplishments, but you also seem to have similar spiritual outlooks. If you already have a partner, sharing secrets, listening to music and having fun together will strengthen the bond between you.

You are quite capable of pulling down your shell and staying put for some considerable time. You are equally capable of lifting the shell up and scurrying off in fresh direction. That’s most likely following Monday’s New Moon in another of the Cardinal signs, Aries. Indeed, you could mesmerise someone older and gain so much respect before next weekend. Your ability to network and to relate to other people’s revised aims and objectives should ensure that whilst you are focused on your personal ‘north’, that you do so in a way that ensures you don’t crash into others en-route. An ability to swerve and avoid collision and adapt whilst holding firmly your goal should get you noticed and, by Friday, have you ‘mentioned in dispatches’ with a view to giving you a project all of your own to nurture before your birthday.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Understandably you’re not thrilled about potential changes in elements of your work or lifestyle. However, not only are these inevitable, they’re forcing you to update familiar but increasingly restrictive arrangements. If you can’t say an enthusiastic yes, at least explore these. You’ll soon realise these updates of arrangements or future plans aren’t just timely, they’re taking you in a direction as exciting as it is unexpected.

A little humility will go a long way. You don’t have to be the best at everything. Attempts to outperform a talented rival could lead to some embarrassment. Instead of competing, you could learn a lot from working together. Remember that pride goes before a fall. Close friends are used to your playful ways but someone who doesn’t know you well may take your teasing in the wrong way. The weekend is perfect for developing an engrossing personal project and spending time with people who understand you.

As you probably know, a New Moon is said to mark new beginnings. It doesn’t always work out quite that way, but certainly, the promise of Monday’s New Moon in another of the Fire signs suggests increased desire to move forward, to feel passion and yes, to engage in a way that’s been lacking. You may be pushed towards this by a partner or colleague who is determined to see that energy is not wasted. This will likely require that you renew some contacts. Concerning as it may be to learn that someone you once relied on has now moved off in altered direction, and challenging as it may be to get them to focus until an old issue is resolved, all this could bring out the best in you. Indeed, by next weekend others may be reaching out and asking you to join their team now that they can see exactly what you can do.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Rarely have you faced so many unanticipated changes, in both existing arrangements and future plans, in such a short time. True, they’ll be unsettling and you’ll wonder whether, with careful planning, they could have been avoided. Ignore those questions, instead simply allowing events to unfold. By the week’s close, things will come together in ways as spectacular as they are unexpected. After that, you’ll be thrilled.

Taking on a job you had not planned for will send the rest of your week’s plans into turmoil. Having to miss a date or special event will leave you feeling disappointed and empty. You’re making sacrifices for other people and your good deeds will not have gone unnoticed. Very soon, someone will be making it up to you. A relative will be in touch with news that gives you something important to think about. Affairs regarding children will need ironing out.

Over this last year, you’ve likely learnt much about duty and responsibility. You may also have had to grapple with property issues and what is and what is not possible. Following on from Monday’s New Moon some of those old issues are set to resurface. The good news this time, is that recent experience and acquired knowledge should result in promising conversations with those who know how to get things done. That really is this week’s big theme. With others now clearly ready to push forward you could have your work cut out to keep up. It’s long been recognised that those of your sign are excellent at-risk assessment. That’s very different to risk management. Persuading others to give you time to do your job will likely require a charm offensive. That said, as early as this Friday, and even with only a sketchy outline of what can be achieved, others should be quick to acknowledge that your input has been invaluable.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

The week divides neatly into two parts. Initially your focus will be rethinking a range of issues, from personal to financial, some recent but many as persistent as they’ve been puzzling. Amazingly, by midweek, most will be resolved. This, then, frees you to focus on a range of promising yet unsettling ideas. The rapid pace will force you to move swiftly. Discussions can wait.

Honest communication is the key to building stronger relationships. Encourage your family and friends to talk about their hopes and dreams. You want to support them in any way you can. To do so you need to know what they are thinking. How else will you know you are getting it right? It’s important to fulfil obligations to your employer. You have an opportunity to prove what you are capable of but it will require hard work and dedication.

As of Tuesday, it could feel as though you’ve fallen into a pit of responsibility. True, at one level you may have longed for this. It’s just the timing that could be irritating. At Monday’s Aries New moon, you may feel that others are pushing you to make decisions before you’re ready. It actually isn’t the case that you are procrastinating, but you may well need a few more days to adjust to fresh cosmic rhythm. Focus presently is likely to be on self-investment and for some, developing entrepreneurial talents. In this, you may yet be indebted to those born under either Aries, Leo or Sagittarius whose to give you an energy boost just when needed could make all the difference to one of your research and development ideas moving to the next stage. Meanwhile, it might also be important to open up a dialogue (most likely with a Cancer or Capricorn) to discuss ways in which a long-term goal can be achieved.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

For ages you’ve managed to sidestep changes as disruptive as they’d be unwelcome. However, events between now and the pivotal Scorpio Full Moon, on 27 April, aren’t just building up to these, they’ll prove to be breakthroughs. How? There’ll be hints, but the details will remain unclear until you’re actually involved. Risky as it seems, take a chance. Plunge in. You won’t regret it.

Your ability to put yourself in other people’s shoes makes you a popular character. Friends and neighbours know they can trust you and they value your advice. It might seem as if all you are hearing these days is one hard up story after another. Your compassion knows no bounds and you won’t turn anyone who needs you away. You recognise the seriousness of a workplace situation and you will be working together with a newly selected team to put measures in place to combat this problem.

It might be as well to do a quick check on health appointments – not necessarily because anything is wrong, but to pre-empt a mini-crisis. This could also apply in the workplace where a quick audit check would be useful. It is likely that energy is now being directed in what is rapidly becoming un-productive ways. Dove-tailing this with the demands of someone apparently in charge, and who feels that so much time has been wasted will likely be a challenge. Assuring them that recent setbacks have not been ‘time lost’ but opportunity to refine and then to re-engage, could prove challenging but not beyond your capabilities. Indeed, it is highly likely that something you’ve been working on moon, the quiet, has real and long-term value. In alliance with a Taurus or a Leo you could perhaps agree to work together on presentation strategy.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Ordinarily you’d respond to unsettling events immediately. Instead, do the minimum, and explore your options until Friday the 17th, when powerful planetary links to your ruler Jupiter indicate breakthroughs as amazing as they are unexpected. After that, your challenge is the decision to let go of certain longstanding, but increasingly unworkable, arrangements. This will free your time, mind and, possibly, heart, for what’s coming your way.

You’re becoming tired of a group project that seems to be going nowhere. One person blames another for a fault. This person blames someone else and you all travel round in circles. Instead of continuing with something you aren’t enjoying, turn your attention to activities that will bring you joy. A connection in business could lead to romance if you’re single. You could be receiving roses, a card or a romantic e-mail and romance suddenly seems idyllic.

Monday’s New Moon is in another of the Fire signs. This, coupled with career and commercial developments in the life of a close friend or partner, should put you on a learning curve. It wouldn’t be at all surprisingly if you considered undertaking a short course or even, creating one. The point is that this week is all about exchange of information. It might also be that someone close is navigating the difficult waters of maintaining one career whilst attempting to kickstart another. They may need extra support. Though administration isn’t necessarily ‘your thing’, you likely recognise that unless this is streamlined, there is danger of default and financial loss. The good news is that by applying an adjusted strategy, a plan could work and, soon after the Solar Eclipse in your opposite sign in June, pay dividends.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Acknowledging that seemingly unfair, if not impractical, arrangements are breakthroughs won’t be easy. Still, at least explore them. True, this means relinquishing control, and to a worrying extent. The fact is, they’re leading to changes, if not opportunities as stunning as they’ll prove to be worthwhile. If you can’t say an unconditional yes, at least consider them. By the week’s close, you’ll know why.

Your link with some of your closest friends has never felt so good. It’s almost as if you can reach into each other’s minds. If you suspect someone is worried about something, you are probably right. Listening to your intuition is strongly advised. You’re tired of having to return to tasks that haven’t been carried out properly by others. If someone is being careless, it should be up to them to clean up their mess.

Monday’s New Moon is the annual one at the base of your solar chart. This is where you kick-start plans for asset improvement and indeed, plan as to how best to move your career forward over the next six months. Discussions around positions and responsibility are probable. You might also be asked if you would be happy to act as mentor or teacher to someone who is well-qualified but as yet lacks practical experience. Venus moves into another of the Earth signs on Thursday, and what was deemed difficult in the first part of the week should then be found to be pleasurable. What seems clear is that you’re building up professional recognition and that your contacts are expanding: in particular, links with someone who’s worked with an international agency may be developing to the point where you’re working-bond becomes stronger (and perhaps profitable).

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 embrace ideas or offers as exotic as they are intriguing. However, these would mean giving up far more control than you think is wise. Still, the planets aren’t just accenting their promise, the message is it’s about timely breakthroughs; and, worse, these will vanish as swiftly as they appeared. Plunge in. You’ll soon realise how wise it was.

You’re feeling lucky in love and content with your lot. Positive thinking keeps you happy and healthy. Remain alert for any chance that comes your way to further your ambitions. Whatever you take on, you will stick tenaciously to your goals and your hard work will bring its just rewards. A friend may show signs of envy or resentment. In spite of all your efforts to ease the situation between you, know when you have done all you can and accept when it is time to walk away.

Mars, the energizer is working its way through an area of your solar chart that is all about developing ideas and having fun. These desires should increase following Monday’s Aries New Moon; but yes, that could mean that others feel you’re blowing hot air and actually have no intention of seeing an idea through to the finish. Disabusing them of that notion will likely be easier after Venus arrives at the base of your solar chart on Thursday. That’s when it should be obvious exactly where you’re ‘at home’ and what you do well. Indeed, interviews taking place at the end of this week should – at the very least, – lead to something more. With it likely that travel restrictions are eased, there is also the potential by the weekend, of cautiously planning trips and reconnecting with those you haven’t seen for some time. Planning this, should increase your sense of fun yet again.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Although the disarray certain changes would bring is worrying to you and is guaranteed to upset certain individuals whose support you need, your instincts are saying to proceed. They’re right. These are breakthroughs, although in disguise. If those concerns persist, simply ensure arrangements are regarded as flexible. While the dust won’t settle for some weeks, once it does, you’ll be relieved you decided to say yes.

You may not condone a relative’s recent behaviour but you are ready to forgive. The sooner you put this matter behind you, the faster you will be able to move forward. They won’t believe how willing you are to accept their apology. Being able to accept people’s shortcomings as well as their strengths helps keep relationships strong. Accept an invitation to do something that thrills or appeals to you. Nothing lifts your spirits more than immersing yourself in activities that excite your imagination.

The annual Aries this time on Monday, marks the annual moment the spring cleaning your finances. Obviously much depends on your age, but this may be the moment to review pension and long-term saving arrangements. This could lead to renewed contact with those who have proven skill in this area and could lead to interesting discussion before the weekend as to how best to employ a strategy that is very much in keeping with 2021 developments. Yes, you could become more interested in block chain and crypto currencies. Even if that’s not your thing, interest in new ways of working and indeed, in new companies just setting up is likely to be piqued most likely the conversations with a neighbour who is clearly got contacts in these developing fields. By the weekend, much of your thinking could feel turned on its head. You might also likely be energised to create to learn more about new systems and perhaps, agreed to join a group or task force.

~Arif~

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Merry Meet and Merry Part
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By GrannyMoon Posted in Pagan

GrannyMoon’s Weekly Feast 4-11 Apr 2021

Sue Vincent
14th September 1958 – 29th March 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

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.

The Celtic Tree Calendar
Fearn (Alder) March 18 to April 14

The Goddess Calendar ~ The Goddess Month of:
Month of Columbina begins 3/20 – 4/17

April
APR. 4: The Qingming Festival, also known as Tomb-Sweeping Day in English

APR. 5-7: Feast of Aphrodite

APR. 5: Festival of Kwan Yin

APR. 5: Roman Day of Fortuna: Goddess of Fate

APR. 7: Feast of Blajini—offerings made to the Other People/Sidhe or Faeries “Kindly Ones”.

APR. 7-8: Feast of Greek Goddess Artemis (Roman Diana) – who represents the feminine in Nature and protects women throughout their lives.

APR. 8: Day of Mooncakes—Honoring the Moon Goddess.

APR. 9: Modron’s Day

APR.10: Celtic Sun Dance

APR.11: Bake Bread to Diana

APR.11: Day of Moon Goddess Anahit

APR.11: Nehelenia’sDay (Celtic Goddess of the Dead)

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Current Moon Phase: WANING MOON

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

Goddess Aspect: Crone

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

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

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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, that we will build throughout the next levels. We will cover the basic aspects of herbs. From culinary to magickal, medicinal to ornamental. As well as the many modalities of herbs!

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

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

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New Moon in Aries on April 11, 2021

The New Moon in Aries occurs on April 11th. The Aries New Moon urges you to climb higher fearlessly and go after what you want. Yet, if you are still stuck at the bottom of your mountain, Aries wants you to know that determination and courage are what you need to break through what is holding you back.

Be ram tough this New Moon and push through your blocks with your head. Meaning, use your mind to overcome what has got you befuddled and in emotional knots about why you haven’t been able to get to the top.

Candle Ritual for Igniting Determination and Courage

You will need a Goddess Affirmation candle, a candle holder, a Citrine quartz and Sodalite crystal, paper, and a pen.

  1. Remove the packaging from the candle and carve your goal or project on the side. Place it in the candle holder.
  2. Place the Citrine and Sodalite crystals next to the candle.
  3. Write out all the reasons you have not moved forward on your goal. Some of them will be about the circumstances around you that you can’t control, but many of the other reasons will be of your own making. Your own thoughts and feelings need to be brought out into the open and dealt with. List them all. Then add at the bottom of the list, “and all reasons unknown to me”.
  4. Light the Goddess Affirmation candle and ask that her light fill the affirmation on the label. Then say the affirmation out loud. “I am filled with the strength, wisdom, and abundance of the Goddess, uniting me with the rhythm and flow of life.”
  5. When the candle has melted enough wax, let it drip all over the words on your list. Let the wax obscure the words.
  6. Now say, “The Goddess knows my challenges and has absorbed them into her light. I am now unburdened and more able to take my next step toward my goal.”
  7. In prayer, ask the Goddess to fill your Citrine and Sodalight with the courage and determination you need to get you to the top of your mountain. Thank her for sending you the steady, sure-footed energy of the Aries Ram to get you where you want to go.

Repeat the steps until the candle is consumed or you feel you are on your way up the mountain.

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Card of the Week: Five of Wands

Are you dealing with tension right now?

The Five of Wands shows you’re in the midst of a battle, tension, or competition with others. This is impacting your ability to move forward with your goals.

Instead of working together for a common goal, you’re meeting constant opposition.

When the Five of Wands shows up, everyone is fighting to be heard, but no one is listening.

Everyone has a different opinion, but no one is stopping to hear each other out. This leads to conflict and misunderstandings.

If you find yourself in this situation, see it as an opportunity to rise above the chaos and disorder. Take a moment to listen to what others have to say, even if you agree to disagree.

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


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Llewellyn’s Spell-A-Day

Eggs of Hidden Blessings
APRIL 04, 2021 BY STORM FAERYWOLF

Easter is such a Pagan holiday. With its abundance of pre-Christian fertility symbolism, it celebrates the renewal of life and spring. Eggs represent life, and utilizing those brightly colored ones from childhood in our magical work is a great way that we as Witches can reconnect to those cultural elements on our own terms.

You will need several white hardboiled eggs, a commercial egg-dyeing kit, and a white crayon.

Begin by designing sigils for various blessings, such as health, prosperity, love, etc. If you need help, Laura Tempest Zakroff’s Sigil Witchery is an eggcellent resource. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist!) Draw these symbols on the eggs with the crayon, contemplating their meanings.

Follow the instructions on your dye kit. While the eggs soak, say:

Cosmic egg of all creation,
Be present in your symbol here.
Alive here now with exaltation,
Hidden blessings now appear!

The sigils will remain white, revealing their magical intention. Hide or eat the eggs. Bon appétit!
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Nature Divination
APRIL 03, 2021 BY KATE FREULER

Augury is an ancient form of divination. Simplified, it’s the act of asking a question and then observing the behavior of nature to get an answer.

Go to a place with wildlife, such as a park or other natural area. Find a quiet spot to sit down comfortably, preferably away from other people. Close your eyes and ask your question. When you open your eyes, sit and watch for a while. What animals do you see, and how are they behaving? Birds in a loud flock represent upheaval and travel, while a single bird singing loudly signals a message. A squirrel gathering food indicates that you need to start preparing for change. Even insects are important: if a fly keeps annoying you by landing on your face, your situation requires immediate action.

Also pay attention to the weather. Did a cloud suddenly block out the sun? Did the wind pick up suddenly and give you a chill? Both of those things are a warning.

The more you practice this, the more you will come to understand nature’s messages.
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Squirrel Power!
APRIL 02, 2021 BY MICHAEL FURIE

Yes, they may be cute and playful, but squirrels are also keen gatherers that can teach us much about planning for the future and building abundance. To connect with the squirrel as a type of spirit animal, it is a good idea to take time to feed your local squirrels. In the springtime they are usually relegated to different types of grasses since vegetables and nuts are hard to come by this time of year. Good things to feed them are raw, cut-up vegetables such as yellow squash, broccoli, and peas. They can also have some fruits, like watermelon and grapes, in small amounts. Dedicate a small squirrel feeder to the intention of building a spiritual relationship with their realm, and keep a small squirrel figurine on your altar to call in their energy.
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“Don’t Be Fooled” Affirmation
APRIL 01, 2021 BY EMBER GRANT

In honor of April Fools’ Day, here’s an affirmation to guard against falling for illusions and being tricked. Light a white candle in a clear glass container and place it on a small mirror. Gaze upon the candle and chant:

I can read between the lines.
I can see what isn’t shown.
I will not be tricked or fooled.
I will learn what isn’t known.

Allow the candle to burn out safely. Carry the mirror with you.
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Healing and Connecting with Trees
MARCH 31, 2021 BY SAPPHIRE MOONBEAM

Spring is a time of renewal and rebirth. Connecting with the essence and energy of trees is healing and can be done at any time of the year. Whenever you need to become more grounded with nature, perform this simple tree magick.

Find a tree that you adore and can connect with. Place your arms around the tree trunk and hug it, placing the side of your face on the bark. Close your eyes and take a deep breath. Concentrate on what you can see in your third eye. Don’t worry if you don’t see anything at first. It may take some practice. As you connect with the energy of the tree, ask the tree to ground you and heal whatever pain you are dealing with. Send the pain into the tree and visualize it going down deep into the earth. Say these words:

I give gratitude and thanks
to this tree for this healing
connection that grounds me.

Repeat these words until you feel a deep connection.
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A Spell for a Speedy Workweek
MARCH 30, 2021 BY THORN MOONEY

If you work a nine-to-five job, Monday though Friday, Tuesdays can be tough. The barrage of Monday is over, but it feels like you’re an eternity away from Friday! To make your workweek fly by and ensure that you still get all of your essential tasks done, try this.

Use a small jar or bowl to dilute five drops of pure peppermint oil with twenty drops of carrier oil. (Olive oil is fine, but you may also use jojoba oil, safflower oil, or almond oil.) Before you go to work, anoint a tumbled piece of bloodstone with the oil and say:

My day flies by, easily and with success.
Tomorrow is as good as Friday.

Carry the anointed stone against your skin. You may place a piece of flannel or linen between your clothes and the stone to prevent staining. Know that your day will be a success and that it will pass quickly and easily.
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Healthy Pet Magic
MARCH 29, 2021 BY KATE FREULER

We all love our pets. These an imals who bless our lives are true friends, and they depend on us to keep them healthy. So in addition to taking the best possible care of your fur baby (or scale baby), it doesn’t hurt to work a little magic into their maintenance.

Think about a symbol that represents general good health to you, perhaps a plump red heart to represent vigor, a bone for strength, or a sun for vitality. Draw the symbol on your pet’s belongings and recite:

Good health, long life, and lots of love.

Here are some ways to use your symbol:

• Draw it on a food container, such as bag of dog or cat kibble or a canister of fish food.

• Trace it onto treats and toys with your finger.

• Paint it on their bed or stitch it into the corner of a favored blanket.

• Dip your finger into their water bowl and draw the symbol.

• Draw it on a slip of paper and place it near their enclosure.

• Paint it on the underside of their food bowl.

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Heartwings Love Notes 977 Celebrations Are Important

Heartwings says, “Occasions for celebration mark opportunities for joy.”

This past week Stephen and I passed the two week anniversary of our vaccinations against Covid 19. To celebrate we went out to eat at one of our favorite restaurants.. I’ve been in favor of celebrating and of finding opportunities to do so for as long as I can remember. Any excuse will do. Life speeds by at a fast rate and celebrations mark milestones that help to break up that swift passage. Back in the mists of time, before people used calendars and clocks, celebrations on holy days or holidays were important occasions for gatherings rituals and ceremonies.

They provided people with a sense of continuity as well as marked the time when certain kinds of work was to be performed as well. They also gave people an opportunity to have fun, and to perform certain rituals that pertained to these times. These rituals built up over the years and in many cases represented a way to keep the history of the people alive and current in their minds. Written records were not common to most. Few people knew how to write or to read either.

Today many of our holiday celebrations embrace a blend of customs accumulated over time. Easter is a case in point as are Christmas and Halloween. Even Thanksgiving, though recent among other special days, has accumulated its set of rituals. The Jewish holy days are a record of their history as well as opportunities to gather, and they also provide a collection of customs handed down over time with the rituals to go with them.
Such rituals and customs are built into what has been called the collective unconscious of the human race.

They provide a sense of comfort as well as a sense of continuity with the past and with our ancestors. When we color eggs, we are following ancestral activities from the mists of history. Eggs colored red have been found in prehistory sites. The Easter bunny and related customs are descended from the spring hare associated with the moon. As well, the moon marks the days each year that Easter and Passover are celebrated. However, any occasion can be a cause for celebration. It is my joy to find what I wish to be happy about and make my own

May you find many opportunities to rejoice and to celebrate the rejoicing.

Blessings and best regards, Tasha Halpert

PS How do you like to celebrate and with whom? Do you find occasions to do this and how do you mark your holidays or holy days? Write me at tashahal@aol.com, and for more love notes, visit my web pages at http://www.heartwingsandfriends.com .

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9 Tips For New Witches
MARCH 23, 2021 BY ANNWYN AVALON

One of the most commonly asked questions I get from students and social media is “How do I begin!” There are usually many variations of this question. Some people want to know how to begin their Witchcraft practice, others are more specific wanting to begin a Water practice.

There are so many ways one can begin a magical path. So I will try to give you some ideas, tips and what I feel may be useful. This is not a full list and not everything works for everyone or every path. So there is Tip 1! Every magical person is different. Within a water magic path, this is the same. Just like there are so many diverse creatures in the sea it is the same for the Water Witch or Water Priestess. We are all different sacred vessels that hold sacred water. Water always forms to your container! We will always look and practice differently than someone else. Water is that which binds us.

Tip 2– Begin taking an inventory of the jars, bottles, bowls, and baskets you already have! Chances are you already have collected a few things that you can use in your magical practice. Water Witches may find they already have a stash of shells, jars, and driftwood. Green Witches may have a stash of herbs, nuts, strange-looking sticks, and rocks of all sorts. Taking a look at what you already have and what you love the most will give you another clue as to what your particular path may be.

You do not need to go out and buy new tools. A significant portion of my tools were gifts, handmade (by me or a magical artisan), or were found 2nd hand. I enjoy thrift shopping! Check out your local thrift shop, eBay, Etsy, and estate sales! I have found some of the coolest things for only a few bucks! Also, reach out to your magical friends! We all have extra bits and bobbles around and sometimes we are very happy to offload them to someone who will work with them. I have been given many magical tools and gifted just as many. I think sometimes we are just a stop on the way to the right witch.

Tip 3– Nature is your ally and can teach you so much. Observing the cycles of nature, how the seasons pass by, how animals behave, and the sun and moon cycle you will find yourself deeply immersed in the mysteries of nature and much will be revealed to you. If you don’t want to spend a dime on ritual tools, take to nature and see what you can find! Driftwood, shells, seaweed, bones, leaves, berries, nuts, and sticks are easy to find and don’t cost anything. Recycled jars can become their homes lined in a row on your workspace! Do be sure to check before you take. Some parks and beaches have regulations, and it is illegal to take certain goods.

Tip 4- Working with Ancestors is a significant portion of many practitioners work. There are so many different types you can work with. You can learn a little bit more about how I work with them here. Even if you don’t want to work with your Blood Ancestors consider the Ancestors of the Land. Beyond the seasons and rhythms of our natural world. There dwells in the tween places beyond this space and time. Find a place in nature near your home. Visit often and begin a meditation practice there. Try connecting with the Ancestors of Land, local land spirits, and even ancestral animals. A large part of many magical paths is a connection to nature and this is a great place to start.

Tip 5– Turn on your Magical GPS. What is a magical GPS? Well, I have written an entire blog about it here. However, I will give you a quick introduction as well. When it comes to any magical practice, Grounding, Protection, and Shielding should be regular practices. While Shielding is a form of Protection, I have separated them because Shielding is an energetic practice of keeping out baneful energies. Protection takes a bit of a deeper meaning and can be employed in many different ways, from charms, talisman, spirit pacts, rituals, and spells. There are going to be many ways to do all three of these.

My advice is to try everything a few times. You will not like everything, somethings you will fail at miserably and will need practice. Other things you will have a natural knack for. It is a practice of trial and error. You are going to struggle, and you need to know that is ok. We all do, I don’t know one magical person who hasn’t had a spell, ritual or work go bad. I also don’t know one that proclaims to have every spell work out perfectly. It just is not realistic. However, with practice, you will not only understand magic better, but you will draw closer to your Spirit. Practice so you can know magic, but mostly to know yourself.

Tip 6– Read and research everything, even the bad stuff. There is so much information out there and you will never know what works for you, what options you have, and the endless possibilities out there if you don’t dive into the sea of information out there! Read the old stuff but read it with an open mind. History is really important, partially because it shows us where we came from, but more importantly where we should not go again. This older text, are full of misogyny, bigotry, and very derogatory language. You need to know this exists as part of our history. Does this overshadow their magical contribution? This is something only you can answer for yourself and one day you will find yourself here. Spend some time and figure out what is and isn’t right for you and your path. For every terrible text out there, there is a really good one as well. If you are interested in a topic, read all you can about it. Taking notes will help you understand where you are leaning and what your magical path might be.

Tip 7- Set up an altar. I included instructions on altar and shrine building in both of my books because this is such an important part of your practice. It is the place you will practice most of your magic and work with spirits if you choose to. It should be a reflection of you and something that you love. Don’t worry about what you see online either. Set it up how you like and make sure you love the way it looks! Different altars may also hold different energies. While I show my Sulis altar online quite a bit, other altars don’t look anything like that one. Also remember that it is your sacred space, and you can keep it private or not. It is up to you.

Tip 8- After you set up your altar, begin to practice circle casting techniques. Different paths and traditions will have different techniques and processes. Some may work in a salt circle, others in a crystal circle, some may use a bullroarer to create sacred space or lay a compass with a Stang. Find what you like, what feels good, and what you are naturally good at. Then practice them often! Even if you aren’t doing any magical workings, practice creating and releasing them in word, physical action, and the mind’s eye. Do not be timid when it comes to your circle casting. Eventually, you will want to become so good at these you can rely and trust them to hold when you are working more difficult magic.

Tip 9- One thing most magical folk have in common is the belief in spirits or the spirit world. Eventually, you will be approached by a spirit, or you may seek one out. They can range from local land spirits to archangels. You may encounter devas, undines, nymphs, dragons, Faery Queens, Gods, Tricksters, and all manner of baneful spirits. The spirit world is just as vast as the human world. Just remember not everything light and beautiful is good, and not everything dark and scary is bad. These are subjective constructs society has put on us. For I have found the gentlest caress and powerful healing in the darkest of nature and been stabbed in the back with a fiery sword of light. Evil has always masqueraded as beauty and light and the darkness has always been demonized. These are part of a system that has poisoned the earth, harmed humanity, and kept us quiet and under control. Nothing is as it seems, it is not all black and white. You must have wisdom to discern the difference and look beyond what our mortal eyes see. A magical path is all about learning the reality of nature from a place of personal experience. You are your own guide upon this crooked path, the map is you. Witch… know thyself.

ABOUT ANNWYN AVALON
Annwyn Avalon is a Water Witch, Water Priestess, and the founder of Triskele Rose Witchcraft, an Avalonian witchcraft tradition.

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Chanting Can Aid In Connection To Deity, Spirit, Self
APRIL 2, 2021 BY GWYN

When I began learning about witchcraft twenty years ago, one of the first things I began studying is meditation. It became an important part of my daily practice, helping me to learn focus, etc. But over the years, I have learned that chanting can be a valuable aid in one’s meditation practice or on its own. In fact, it can be the one thing that helps return focus when my mind starts a-wandering.

Chanting: A Brief Definition
Chanting is a centuries-old practice found in multiple regions, cultures, religions, and spiritual traditions. It is a form of rhythmic speaking or singing focusing on a word, phrase, or sound. One or two pitches are generally used and are repetitive. A chant can be simple or complex with repeating subphrases. You can think of chants as stylized speech or music.

When performing a chant, the singer/speaker may draw from sacred texts (psalms, hymns, verses), the names of deities, affirming words or phrases, and sounds (such as the “ohm” or basic vocalizations).

Chanting is practiced in African, Aboriginal, and Native American tribal cultures. It is found in Buddhist, Vedic, Bahai, and Muslim faiths. Gregorian chant finds its origin in the Catholic church around the 9th to 10th centuries. Chanting is also used in the Greek Orthodox, Lutheran, and Anglican churches. And that’s just to name a few of the religions, traditions, and spiritualities (such as Pagan or Witchcraft) that utilize chant.

The purpose of chanting is to find a greater connection to the spiritual world. For those who use sacred text, it opens the heart and mind to the lessons those words offer. Chanting the name of a deity draws one closer into communion with them. For those who chant or sing a sacred sound, it draws the chanter into greater awareness of self and the universe.

The Benefits
In the same manner as meditation, chanting offers a wealth of health benefits, not to mention may be easier for those who find meditation a challenge. According to studies, those who use chant improve overall focus while decreasing stress and anxiety. According to a 2016 study, chanting “om” for ten minutes improves one’s mood and “increases the feeling of social cohesion.”

Another study from 2018, found chanting to be a beneficial treatment for veterans experiencing PTSD. Makes sense. Recently, I watched TINA, a documentary about the life and career of Tina Turner. In the film, she credits Buddhism and chanting as what helped her escape and heal from an abusive relationship with Ike Turner. She has maintained a daily chanting practice for forty years.

As mentioned, there are people who avoid meditation because it is difficult for them. Their mind wanders, they do not like sitting still, etc. Fair enough. So, how about giving chanting a try? It really is not difficult and much like a walking meditation, a person does not have to be sitting or even keeping still to benefit from chant.

The Point is to be Focused
Let me share a story with you. A couple of years ago, I had some time to kill at Michigan Pagan Festival. Feeling a need for an emotional break, I decided to walk a labyrinth that had been set up. While walking the path, I began to feel overwhelmed, unsure of how to proceed, so I started chanting “Hekate Enodia, Hekate Kleidoukhos. Hekate Lampadios.”

With every breath of the chant, my head felt clearer and emotions calmer. By the time I reached the center, the goddess joined me. I spent time with her, seeking wisdom and guidance. When the time came to leave, I was able to make my way out with confidence. So, you can chant while engaging in another activity such as walking. The point is to be focused.

Most days, I chant to connect with my deities but I have a separate meditation practice as well. Closing my eyes. Settling my breathing. Being intentional in my space and time. And like many others, there are days it does not work because thoughts interrupt. What do I need to make for dinner? Are there errands to run? What is that song that keeps niggling at my brain?

On days like this, no matter how many times I recognize them and move on, more thoughts will follow to distract me. But chanting helps put the kibosh on wandering thoughts when they occur during meditation. When thoughts creep in, I will chant a word, affirmation, or name of a deity. Sometimes I will hum the “om.” The chant leads me back into focus.

How Do You Chant?
The biggest question is how do you start? What kind of chant works best for you? The most obvious answer is to start with the “Om.” You can begin with a hum that you sustain for one long breath. Then add the syllable, dragging out the sound before humming on the “m” at the end. The steps are:

Take a slow, deep breath in. From the belly, filling the lungs.
Release the breath slowly with the “o” on a singing pitch sound, sustaining as you breathe out.
As you near the end narrow the sound to the “m” until you come to the end of the breath.
Repeat.
There are videos that you can chant along with also.

Another option is to chant the name of a deity, as I did with the example listed above. In fact, that is my daily chant and how I began that dedicated practice. You can do this on a breath (pronouncing the syllables on a slow inhale and exhale) — a technique I learned from Cyndi Brannen for chanting Hekate’s name.

Or you can speak or sing the name of the deity in a slow, repetitive manner. An example:

Take a slow, deep breath in. From the belly, filling the lungs.
Say the deity’s name on a slow exhale, drawing out the syllables.
Another way to chant is to speak a mantra or phrase. This could be a positive affirmation:

I am kind.
I am generous.
I am curious.

Or you can repeat a sacred line from a religious text. There are many ways to create a chanting practice.

Additionally, you do not have to chant out loud if it is not convenient or you feel weird doing so. Silent chanting in your head, a low hum, it all works too.

How Long Do I Chant?
That is up to you. You can set a timer for five minutes to start. See how it goes, then add minutes every day. You can use a set of mala or rosary beads, repeating the mantra, prayer, name, or sound for each bead. Experienced people can chant for hours but you may want to keep it simple and short. Whatever is best for you and your schedule.

Where you chant is also up to you but try to find a space where you have some time to yourself, even if it is in a park or while taking your dog for a walk around your neighborhood.

But I’m Not Religious. Or I Don’t Believe In Deities.
No problem. You can still use a chant to connect with your inner wisdom, bring peace and clarity to your mind, or just calm your spirit. Stick to a sound, positive affirmation, or something that works for you. Sing it, speak it, hum it. And focus your mind on your intention to relax.

Meditation and chanting are not for religious or spiritual people alone. Anyone can benefit from quieting the mind, tuning into the body, and just being “aware” in the moment.

ABOUT
Gwyn is one of the hosts of 3 Pagans and a Cat, a podcast about the questions and discussions between three pagan family members, each exploring different pagan paths and how their various traditions can intersect. The most practiced pagan on the path, Gwyn is a Green Earth Witch devoted to the Earth Mother, Hekate, Brighid, and Frigga. She is a Clairsentient Medium, Tarot Reader, loves writing and, spending time with her family, as well as working with herbs, essential oils, and plants.

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Everything Is in Divine Order

It is during the most difficult times that we need to trust and find solace that, in fact, things are in divine order.

We can only see so much from where we sit in our particular bodies, in the midst of our particular lives, rooted as we are in the continuum of space and time. The divine, on the other hand, is not limited to the constructs of either space or time, and its wisdom and workings often elude us as we try to make sense of what is happening in our lives. This is why things are not always what they seem to be and even the best-laid plans are sometimes overturned. Even when we feel we have been guided by our intuition every step of the way, we may find ourselves facing unexpected loss and disappointment. At times like these, we can find some solace in trusting that no matter how bad or just plain inexplicable things look from our perspective, they are, in fact, in divine order.

Even as we take our places in this earthly realm, a part of us remains completely free of the confines we face here. Regardless of what is happening in our lives, this part of us remains infused with joy and gratitude, connected to the unbroken source from which we come. Our small self, on the other hand, who is caught up in our false identity as a being limited in space and time, regards happiness as the result of things going the way it wants them to go. It is this part of us that suffers the greatest confusion and upset when the logic of events does not compute. And it is to this self that we must extend unconditional love, forgiveness, and compassion. In order to do this, we tap into our inner divinity, holding the space of a tender authority, extending love and light to our ego as a mother extends her love to a troubled child.

There are many ways to access our inner divinity — meditation, prayer, chanting, channeling, and conscious breathing, to name a few. It is helpful to develop a regular practice that provides us access to this all-powerful, healing presence, as it can be difficult to reach once we are in a stressful position, if we have not already established a connection. The more connected we are with this part of ourselves, the more we share its unlimited vision and the secure, knowing that all the things of our life, no matter how they appear, are in a state of divine and perfect order.

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Reiki Explained the Scientific Way

As a Reiki Master, we often come across queries around how Reiki or energy healing works and whether it really exists. The simplest way to explain Reiki is that it is an all-knowing form of energy and flows where it is needed. However, few people are still intrigued with Reiki and want a scientific explanation. So, how exactly does Reiki work?

With recent findings in quantum physics, an explanation of we ‘Being energy’ and how energy impacts us becomes clear. Quantum physicists have discovered that the fundamental building blocks of matter are made of energy.

It is believed that the Universe was born out of the Big Bang explosion and after hundreds of millions of years, stars began to form. The force of the explosion was so strong that the stars are still moving outwards and so the Universe is spreading and getting bigger all the time! We, therefore, carry the universal wisdom of the light or energy in every cell of our body.

Let’s understand what matter our body is built of as per quantum physics.

The frequency with which each of the above elements vibrates determines the state of our bodies. It’s as simple as, if you are listening to the radio, when you tune the radio-set to the correct frequency of the radio station, you hear clearly -without noise or disturbance whereas, if you poorly tune in, then you will find it hard to hear and have an unpleasant experience.

Since our body has the omnipresent wisdom in every cell, it knows how to heal itself. In today’s modern world, our bodies tend to get out of sync due to factors like environment, contaminated food, stress which leads to ailments such anxiety, depression and long-term illness. It is in such times, that energy healing techniques such as Reiki, come to the rescue. By learning to manage and balance the subtle energies and tap the infinite wisdom, we re-align our energies and live life to the fullest. Reiki is designed to heal the deeper aspects of the energy elements of the body. By using Reiki to heal our body, the energy magnifies the innate cell wisdom and heals not just our physical body but many past life issues as well which probably were not known to us.

It’s important to tune into your energies by listening to your body and taking steps to heal. The energies define your health and put you into a state to which you are tuned in.

It is possible to justify Reiki or any energy healing technique, with the progressions in quantum physics and support anyone who needs healing. Nonetheless, Reiki flows where it is needed irrespective of the beliefs, as is Universal life force!

Article by Nivedita Bhosale

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The Light in The Sky by Stephen Halpert

         It was early evening before Easter at the Lonesome Traveler’s Inn. Gertrude stared out the kitchen window and took a deep breath. She had just finished baking her celebrated raisin squash casserole with cherries, walnuts and figs for Easter dinner.

         Gertrude frowned. “I’m so fed up with all that commercialism we see on TV around Easter. Too much, makes people judge one another