GrannyMoons Weekly Feast: 27 Nov 2022

Be aware of wonder.
Live a balanced life –
learn some and think some
and draw and paint
and sing and dance
and play and work every day some.

  • Robert Fulghum

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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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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What’s Happening?!?

NOVEMBER

Flower of the Month for November: Chrysanthemum

November is National Sweet Potato Awareness Month

Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25

Celtic Tree Calendar Month ~ November 24 To December 23 – Elder

Herb of the Year for 2022: Viola (violet, heartsease) named by the International Herb Association

Week 4: National Family Week

NOV. 27: Uma/Parvati Day—honoring the Goddess as Queen and Mother of the Universe.

NOV. 29: Egyptian Feast of Hathor—honoring the Goddess as Horned Mother, and also as Sekhmet, the Lion Goddess of the Sun, and as Bastet, the Cat Goddess of Fertility and Life—Triple Goddess Bast-Hathor-Sekhmet.

NOV. 30: John Mason of New York City, patented the Mason jar on November 30 1858, and changed homemakers’ food preservation habits forever.

Navajo Night Chant – The Navajo Night Chant also referred to as the Yeibicheii Ceremony, is a healing ceremony that happens in late fall or early winter and extends for nine nights.

DECEMBER


DEC. 1: – Greek / Roman Day of Pallas Athena / Minerva.
– Day for Meditation on Tantric Bodhisattva Goddess Red Tara – Protector against evil and harm.

DEC. 3: – Roman Day of Cybele / Rhea – The Great Mother.

DEC. 4: – Feast of Shango – Orisha who defends against evil.

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Face to Face Workshops with GrannyMoon at Sticks and Stones
Join us at https://www.meetup.com/Witchy-Wednesdays

WitchCrafting: 1 PM – 3PM – Dec 4
The Herbal Cauldron 1 PM – 3 PM – Dec 11
The Magick of Crystals: 12 PM – 2 PM – Dec 18

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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 Might Also Be Interested In:
http://goddessschool.com/Paganstudies/index.html
http://www.goddessschool.com/courses/natural/naturalwitch.html
http://goddessschool.com/Paganstudies/healingarts.html

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Learn About Herbs with GrannyMoon!

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 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 $150.00 the entire online Healing Arts Course (1-3) which includes a free Reiki certification course when all three are ordered at the same time!
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Natural Witchcraft with GrannyMoon

Welcome to a journey to learn about yourself and your hidden powers. Wise women and men have existed for thousands of years and still exist throughout the world. They know Mother Earth as the ultimate healer, and have learned to utilize the gifts of of nature. Inside each person is a being of wisdom, deeply connected to the phases of the moon and the tides of the sea. All we need to do is trust our innate wisdom.

This will take 13 weeks of study and hands-on practice. But it should be fun for you too! We start with the basics!

~What You Need To Know First!
~Your Inner Witch
~The Informed Witch
~Your Witchy Genealogy, Finding Your Ancestors
~Much Much More

This is not Wicca! You don’t need expensive accoutrements or other fancy trappings! All lessons are done weekly with GrannyMoon through e-mail, with personal feedback.

Course requires purchase of one text book! You may buy this new,
used or you may already have it! “Way of Natural Magick” by Nigel Pennick

All Students Welcome!
A 13 week course on-line course.
$150.00
Those completing this course will receive a certificate in Natural Magick!

Payment Plan Available
3 payments of $50.00
Payments Plan!
Contact GrannyMoon at:
GrannyMoonsMail@yahoo.com

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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 (GoddessSchool.com) has grown into a large and beautiful global community of women.

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Llewellyn’s Spell A Day

Bedknobs and Broomsticks
NOVEMBER 27, 2022 BY RAVEN DIGITALIS

We spend a third of our lives asleep. While we dream, our body heals and our mind tries to make sense of our waking life. Sometimes we are able to resolve issues from the past while dreaming, and other times we are able to gain prophetic glimpses into the future.

It’s wise to maintain a bubble of protection around our beds, especially as magickal folk. Anoint each corner of your bed with lavender essential oil (not synthetic “fragrant” oil). Do the same under your pillows and anywhere on your blankets that feels right. Place four pieces of amethyst under your bed or mattress at all corners. By the light of one candle (ideally violet), raise your arms above your bed and visualize a protective dome that is the color of lavender and amethyst. Declare:

This rampart here is peaceful and
protecting of all my dreaming
and astral projecting!
Extinguish the candle.
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A Fireside Divination
NOVEMBER 26, 2022 BY JAMES KAMBOS

As the wind howls through the trees and rattles the storm door, a November night is a good time to settle in and divine by the fire. If you don’t have a fireplace, a candle flame or a small fire in your cauldron are fine substitutes. Safely light your fire. Sit before it, think of a question, then speak these words into the fire:

I sit before the fire watching the flames, I watch the sparks and the smoke as it rises. I’ll gaze for letters, symbols, or names, So shall my fate be revealed in many disguises.

You might see only symbols, faces, or words, or you might see an entire image. When done, if you used a candle, safely snuff it out. You may use the candle again for scrying. If you built a fire, watch it as it goes out on its own. Some people continue to gaze into the dying embers.
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Healing Meditation
NOVEMBER 25, 2022 BY DALLAS JENNIFER COBB

Sit comfortably in a chair, with your back supported, and breathe. Place your palms on your thighs. Close your eyes. Feel your feet firmly on the earth and know you are grounded. Breathe deeply, pulling energy up from the earth. Feel your backside and thighs on the chair and know you are supported.

Feel your ribs and shoulders against the chair and know you are embraced. Feel your head sitting atop the structure of your body and know you are balanced. With each deep breath, draw from the earth, pulling strength and resilience up through your body. Move your hands up the middle of your body like you are doing up a zipper. Then with arms overhead, exhale and release energy from the top of your head, your arms sweeping out and around your body, creating your own personal space. Repeat, reinforcing your natural force field. Know you are grounded, supported, embraced, and balanced. You are love.
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Just Desserts for Abundance
NOVEMBER 24, 2022 BY CHARLYNN WALLS

Thanksgiving is often associated with overindulgence. However, it is also a time of abundance and appreciation. You can weave a little magick throughout your day. Create a little kitchen magick when baking your desserts for the day. While creating your dessert, you can chant this verse as you stir with a clockwise motion:

Abundance is my wish for my
guests. May they ever be blessed.

This is the perfect way to serve up to your guests your desire for them to cultivate abundance in their lives and give them a sweet treat. You can also create a decorative centerpiece with colorful flowers that incorporates cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg into it for a scent that permeates the house. Not only will it blend in with the pumpkin pie being served later, but the energies will work well with the desire for abundance!
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New Moon Sweetgrass Cleansing
NOVEMBER 23, 2022 BY STEPHANIE ROSE BIRD

Welcome the new moon and its potential for great beginnings today. Let’s align with the sweetness of Hierochloe odorata, which means “holy grass” and “fragrant.” The common name for this herb, believed to be the braid of Mother Earth, is sweetgrass.

As one of the Four Sacred Medicines, sweetgrass is a special herb. Unlock its healing potential with a respectful offering to the ancestors by burning tobacco. Next, tap sweetgrass’s ability to create good vibrations. Light an end and tamp out the flame to create a smoldering incense. Begin at the north door of your home and travel south, waving the smoke in open, closed, and corner spaces. Leave some sweetgrass at your southernmost door.

Use sweetgrass to cleanse the aura and sacred objects, bless a space, yield protective energies by carrying it in a pouch on your body, or hang it up indoors as a protective amulet.
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Just Desserts for Abundance
NOVEMBER 24, 2022 BY CHARLYNN WALLS

Thanksgiving is often associated with overindulgence. However, it is also a time of abundance and appreciation. You can weave a little magick throughout your day. Create a little kitchen magick when baking your desserts for the day. While creating your dessert, you can chant this verse as you stir with a clockwise motion:

Abundance is my wish for my
guests. May they ever be blessed.

This is the perfect way to serve up to your guests your desire for them to cultivate abundance in their lives and give them a sweet treat. You can also create a decorative centerpiece with colorful flowers that incorporates cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg into it for a scent that permeates the house. Not only will it blend in with the pumpkin pie being served later, but the energies will work well with the desire for abundance!
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St. Cecilia’s Day: Let’s Have More Music!
NOVEMBER 22, 2022 BY BARBARA ARDINGER

We’ve always needed music. The music of Orpheus charmed all living things and even stones. When guilds were formed in the Middle Ages, St. Cecilia (who had magically caused an organ to burst into song) was adopted by musicians as their patron saint.

Bring harmony and joy—music— into your life more often. What music do you love? Find your favorite song on YouTube. Sing along! Can you attend a concert tonight? Sing and dance all day long today. Cast your circle with song and dance and celebrate the healing beauty of music with some lines from Shakespeare:

Give me some music;
music, moody food
Of us that trade in love.
(Antony and Cleopatra)
If music be the food of love, play on;
Give me excess of it. (Twelfth Night)
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Onion Magic for Cleansing
NOVEMBER 21, 2022 BY ASTREA TAYLOR

Onions are associated with the underworld because they grow beneath the ground’s surface and have a sharp aroma. They’re used in magic to absorb negative energy and protect people from harm.

Cut an onion in quarters, leaving the skin on, and place the quarters in a shallow dish of salt. The dish could be placed under the bed of someone who is physically or emotionally sick, or anywhere you feel negative energy. This practice is best performed under a waning moon, but any lunar phase will work. Say:

With onion bulb and waning moon,
I ask for protection of this room.

The negative energy will be drawn into the onion. When it has done its work, usually a day later, throw the onion away outside or take the trash out of your home. Clap your hands seven times to represent that the work is done. Finally, wash your hands with aromatic soap and take a deep breath, knowing the negativity is gone.

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Heartwings Love Notes 1064 Thankful for Small Blessings

Heartwings says, “The more thanks we give, the closer we grow to good fortune.”

Is it appropriate to do good for selfish reasons, i.e., to do good for the reward? This thought has been going around in my head recently, and it seems quite a conundrum when you think about it. To do good, altruistically, without expectation of reward is or is said to be, the best of ways to act. Realistically, to do good without a motive, might be said to be an essentially unselfish act.
However, it is also true that what goes around comes around. What you do to or for another person will return to you, often in spades. This seems to me to be a good reason to behave oneself, as well, as I and others were brought up to do. My question is, does the motive matter? If I’m doing a kind act for selfish reasons, because I know I will receive back in some way, is there less of a reward or benefit than if I do it just out of kindness?

Common sense says, it ought not to matter, what goes around comes around, regardless. Besides, life is too short to be concerned with such trivial notions. What really matters is to be thankful, regardless. No one is perfect, nor is any circumstance, at least in the long run. The best anyone can do is the best they can. For instance, I never did enjoy riding a bicycle, no matter how hard I tried. I managed to fall off frequently. Once, after I had a tumble, when a kind stranger brought me and my bike home, my parents thanked him then after he left, berated me for accepting a ride from a stranger. Oh, well, such is life.

My parents did the best they could to protect me from whatever bad thing might happen. I am grateful to them for their caution and for their efforts. I was a friendly child and might well have gotten into some kind of trouble and suffered for it. However, thankfully I didn’t. Of course, I grew up to become a parent who practiced the same caution. Isn’t that always the way? We have one end of the behavior and then the other in order to understand how it all works out for the best.

On a daily basis I try hard to remember to express my gratitude for the smallest and even the most ordinary of blessings. The reason I do it is because I want to remember to be grateful and to take nothing for granted. In my experience people can disappear from my life without any warning, expected events and opportunities can vanish suddenly. When I have made note of a blessing at least I have acknowledged it. Gratitude is key for us all to have a successful, productive, and happy life regardless of motive.

May your giving of thanks become a constant experience.

Blessings and Best Regards, Tasha Halpert

PS do you remember to express your gratitude often? How is it for you? I do so enjoy your comments and emails. Write me at Tashahal@gmail.com, and for more Love Notes, check out my website at http://www.Heartwingsandfriends.com.

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Family Holidays


Being in situations that we might not choose, allows us to see ourselves in a new light.
As the holidays approach, you may be preparing yourself to gather with family members you don’t usually spend time visiting. You may even feel that you are choosing to meet more from a sense of obligation than celebration. But when we trust that the universe always places us exactly where we need to be, we know that we have been placed in our families for some higher purpose. Your spirit may have chosen that particular group of souls to help you learn certain lessons, or to give you the experiences necessary to overcome specific challenges. And when we feel we’ve moved away from situations that don’t resemble us or the life we choose to live, it can seem frustrating to put ourselves back into an old scenario. But even a sense of obligation is a sign that you are still connected to the energy of your family, and for that alone it is worth investing yourself into making the most of any gathering.

Once surrounded by people from your past, you may find that you are feeling challenged by a sort of identity crisis. There is likely to be a gap between the person you know yourself to be now and how you are seen by those who knew you before. But you can call upon your inner strength to stand in your truth and simply be who you are without needing their approval or heeding any criticism. Then, you can offer them the gift you’d like to receive when you also allow them to be themselves.

Being in situations that we might not choose for ourselves allows us to see ourselves in a new light. The contrast helps us to see our own strengths and weaknesses, and to learn to accept others for theirs. Part of the magic of family is the way in which it bonds diverse people together, allowing them to function as a complete unit. Who we are today has been built upon our past. If nothing else, rejoining with the family and friends who knew us in our earlier days allows us to recall where we came from so that we can appreciate all that we’ve been given.

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The Druids Garden
Sacred Trees of the Americas: Linden/Basswood

~Dana

Linden is always a joy to find anywhere you go. A tree with a gentle spirit and incredibly useful offerings, the Linden is there for you. I remember meeting Linden for the first time when I was young with my grandfather. He shared that this was a “giving tree” with medicine, food, and more all within the same tree. We sat and talked under this lovely tree and even years after that tree is no more, I still return to that spot to reflect on his teachings about the Linden. The Linden species (Tilia spp.) includes 30 species of shrubs and bushes that can be found throughout the temperate Northern Hemisphere. Lindens are also known as Basswood, WhiteWood, Spoonwood, or Lime Tree and here in Northern Appalachia, the “Basswood” and “Linden” names are used fairly interchangeably.

This post is part of my Sacred Trees of the Americas series–this series has been expanded and released in my book The Magical Compendium of Eastern North American Trees which is the companion book to the TreeLore Oracle (which we released earlier this year). 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. For my methods using ecology, the doctrine of signatures, and human uses, you can see this post.

Other trees in this series include Tulip Poplar, 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.

So with all of that, let’s go learn some more about the lovely Linden tree!

Linden: Ecology
Tilia Americana, known as the American Linden or American Basswood tree, has a native range spanning from Tennessee to Maine, across Ontario, and into the edges of Montana through Oklahoma—quite far-ranging indeed. The Linden is most often found in deciduous forests along with sugar maples and prefers a higher PH. The bark is distinct, either light gray or brown with thin fissures running up and down. The leaves are asymmetrical and heart-shaped; they look like a lopsided heart where one part of the leaf is larger than the other. The leaves are 6-10” long and are alternatively ranged on the branch. The leaves are shiny on top and duller underneath, and when the tree blows in the wind, you can often see them twisting and shimmering in the breeze. The leaves produce a nutrient-rich leaf litter which is a favorite of gardeners and permaculturists for use in their gardens.

Most people can identify linden due to the flowers—each one drops from a yellow-white bract (looking like a single leaf) with 6-20 small white flowers with five symmetrically arranged petals. The flowers are distinct not only in the beautiful display and aroma but also because they require exactly 14 hours and 30 minutes days to form, thus, Lindens only grow north of the 35th parallel in latitude in North America. Unlike most trees that bloom later the further north you go, Linden blooms the opposite—they bloom earliest at the top of their range in Ontario and bloom into mid-to-late June at the southern end of their range, based on the available daylight. The Linden flowers turn to seeds, which can stay present on the Linden for midwinter.

Linden is often associated with both domestic and wild honey bees—bees are the primary pollinators of Linden. Linden is sometimes known as a “humming tree” due to the number of insects she draws while in flower. Linden flowers are fragrant and produce a beautifully rich and delicious honey, in which a single tree in one season can attract tens of thousands of bees and insects. As John Eastman notes in Book of Forest and Thicket, Linden produces some of the finest honey in North America. In the wild, hollow Linden trees were a common place for wild bee colonies to be found. The white wood of the linden tree is also made into beehive frames.

Seed pods are often eaten by a variety of animals including mice, squirrels, and chipmunks. Rabbits and voles prefer the bark of young linden trees, which can require protection from them killing the trees. The Bucculatrix Improvisa, a golden brown moth, only feeds on the trees in the Tilia species, and then the moth creates a yellow cocoon on the underside of the leaf, and overwinters until spring.

Linden trees have staying power. Even if a Linden is cut down, like the American Hazelnut, she can spring forth from her stump and regenerate. Linden grows extremely deep taproots and also has a wide lateral root structure—this means a Linden is almost never blown down but stays firm.

While Linden is a desirable tree, it is extremely difficult to propagate from seed (only 30% of the seeds are viable and due to a hard seed coating, they can take 2-3 years to germinate). Thus, Lindens are often propagated through cuttings and grafting, which suggests that humans may have been at least partially responsible for the spread of these trees well before colonial times.

Human Uses: Wood and Fiber

Linden wood is white, fine-grained, and fairly soft. It is a common wood for use in woodburning and carving; often when you visit a hobby store and purchase blocks of carving wood or wood for burning, it is linden (sometimes labeled as Basswood or White-wood). As mentioned above, this beautiful wood is also a very traditional wood for making honey frames as well as boxes and wagon boxes. Linden is often also used for the body of electric guitars (along with aspen). But due to its soft nature, most of its commercial uses are for carving and woodburning.

The term “basswood” is derived from the cambium (inner bark) which is an excellent source of “bast” or fiber. Cordage from Linden trees was found at the Glacial Kame site in Canada (cordage with copper beads) and the Ohio Hopewell site (textiles), suggesting that Indigenous Americans had an extremely longstanding relationship with this useful tree, which traditionally would be harvested in the spring when the sap was flowing and the cambium was easy to slip off of the tree. The inner fiber of Linden is one of the best trees in North America for producing ropes, cordage, nets, mats, textiles, and other applications where a pliable inner bark was needed.

John Smith reports that native Americans living in Virginia would spin and braid the fibers to make threads that were used for nets, arrow shafts, housing, apparel, and for fishing gear. The Ojibwe would use it to lash together wigwams and medicine lodges. The Algonquin peoples were known to use Linden to weave straw mats that were used as a roof for shelters. The Menomeni used it so extensively that H. Smith reports that balls of the twine were kept in every household. Many of these applications continued into colonial America, and are kept alive today in the modern bushcraft and earth skills communities.

Finally, Linden has a very large amount of foliage and can produce a very deep shade when full grown; due to this and their bee-attracting capabilities, they are traditionally planted on the windward side of orchards to help break the wind and help attract insect pollinators.

Linden flowers have a range of medicinal and edible uses both contemporarily and traditionally. The flowers can be enjoyed fresh or distilled and turned into both an essential oil and a perfume. They have a very delicate almost honey smell that is just wonderful for this use, when distilled the sweetness also is complimented by a slightly spicy flavor. Linden seed pods (after the flowers are done blooming) can be pressed for oil in large quantities.

Linden leaves are edible and have long been enjoyed by both human and livestock. As with other edible tree species (such as Maple), the leaves are best when they are young and tender. You can eat them later in the season, but they get tougher as they get older. Linden leaves were used as a cooking aid by the Iroquois, as reported by Charlotte Erichsen-Brown: the Iroquois used cornmeal and boiled pumpkin and mixed with berries (blackberry or huckleberry). They would line the entire pan with Linden leaves and bake this into a bread.

A Linden flower tree is certainly a wonderful treat on a hot summer day and has a range of medicinal effects.

Human Uses: Herbalism
Traditional indigenous uses of Linden are for a range of issues including using the flowers for epilepsy, mouth sores, diarrhea, swelling, fevers, coughs, gastrointestinal issues, and more. The root of the Linden was used for burns by the Illinois-Miami. Linden flowers are commonly used in a medicinal tea for a variety of uses.

Following with the “bast” uses of the tree are medicinal applications: the Algonquin also used the inner bark in thin strands as a suture to sew up wounds. The Mohawk created a linden tea with branches from Linden and Staghorn sumac that was prepared in a special way for aiding childbirth, and the Iroquois also used the cambium as an emergency wound bandage.
Linden flowers are understood to be very gentle medicine, able to be used with children, nursing women, and those who are quite sick. Its uses in traditional western herbalism include being used as a demulcent, relaxant, nervine, diaphoretic (regulating fever) and diuretic (helps support healthy kidney function and flush the body). It is predominantly used as a tea, often in combination with other medicine. For use as a nervine and relaxant, it can also be used in a bath for this purpose. It also works as a fantastic headache medicine, particularly useful on tension headaches. It can also be used to soothe gastric issues and also can be used to help support a fever (diaphoretic action).

Biomedical research has demonstrated that Linden flower tea has sedative effects in mice, which can aid in the increase of sleep[1]. This is consistent with longstanding traditional uses of Linden flowers.

Craft: Linden Cordage
Learning how to make a bit of your own cordage is a very useful activity and has a range of both mundane and magical uses. You can use a linden cordage for creating a special necklace, for ritual workings where you bind or hold something fast, or even for a handfasting where you want to bring two people together as one.

I recommend that you use a downed branch of Linden or one that requires to be pruned, which in an area where they are common, is not too difficult to find. The best cordage branches are those that have few knots and are fairly straight. Spring is the traditional time to harvest material for cordage and is by far the easiest to process, but you can create it anytime you have access to the material

Begin by stripping the bark from your branches (a small knife is very effective for this). The bark has two layers, the outer and inner layer, and you will want to separate these layers and avoid having any dark outer bark left on your inner fiber. If the material has dried out, it is useful to soak it (up to a day or more) and then try to separate it. Your goal is to create strips of the thin, inner green bark—the longer the strip, the bigger. For thin cordage, as would be appropriate for a necklace, you want to split the cambium into small strips about ¼ to 1/6” each. The more consistent the size, the more consistent your cordage will be. Next, “buff” the strips to soften them, this is usually done by rubbing them between your hands or with your hand on your leg (wearing pants) for a time until the fibers loosen and get softer. The fibers will be ready to spin when they are pliable.

To create your cordage, you will split a long fiber in half and start to twist it at the center of the fiber. Eventually, a little kink in the fiber will form—grab this kink in your non-dominant hand. Twist one of the fibers away from you, then move that fiber in the opposite direction that you twisted (toward you) and bring it over the second fiber. Now, twist the second fiber away from you, and move the first fiber back toward you. The key is that you will twist the individual fibers in one direction and twist the fibers together in the opposite—this creates a cord. As you twist, you will run out of fiber—2” before you do so, add a new fiber that you have prepared and twist the first into the second and just keep going. While this may sound complicated, once you get the hang of the two different twists, you can do this nearly effortlessly.

Once you’ve made your homemade cordage, consider using it to string a pendant (such as one of the charms listed in this book) or using it for some other magical purpose. Any time you want to hold energy or bind something would be a very appropriate use of Linden.

Magical and Divination Uses of Linden
Binding: As Linden’s extensive use for creating ropes, cordage, and other materials that bind, Linden offers this energy energetically. You can use Linden to hold something fast to you, to tie something together, or to bind something that is in need of binding. All of these uses still require human action to bring the binding or cordage together.

Alchemy: The Linden’s deep association with bees, who are nature’s alchemists and its connection with honey signify a deeper connection with alchemy and transformation. Linden ha many ways in which it can be transformed: into cordage, food, medicine, honey, drink, or carvings, and all of these are rooted in the tree’s innate qualities.

Air: Linden’s association as a “humming tree”, the way its leaves blow and shine in the breeze, the yellow of its flowers, and the flower growth habit all speak to the close association of this tree with the element of air. If you are doing any workings that focus on air and air magic, Linden is an excellent tree to work with.

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Layers Of Feeling

Passive aggression is most often wielded by those who feel powerless and want to avoid their own true feelings.

Many people are taught from a young age to suppress feelings commonly regarded as negative, such as anger, resentment, fear, and sorrow. Those who cannot or will not express these emotions tend to engage in passive-aggressive behaviors that provide them with a means of redirecting their feelings. Passive aggression can take many forms: People who feel guilty saying “no” may continually break their promises because they couldn’t say no when they meant it. Others will substitute snide praise for a slur to distance themselves from the intense emotions they feel. More often than not, such behavior is a cry for help uttered by those in need of compassion and gentle guidance.

When we recognize passive-aggressive patterns in the behavior of others, we should never allow ourselves to be drawn into a struggle for power. Passive aggression is most often wielded by those who feel powerless in the face of what they perceive as negative emotions because they hope to avoid confronting their true feelings. They feel they are in control because they do not display overt emotion and often cannot understand how they have alienated their peers. If someone close to us shows signs of frustration or annoyance but claims nothing is amiss, we can point out that their tone of voice or gestures are communicating a different message and invite them to confide in us. When we feel slighted by a backhanded compliment, it is important that we calmly explain how the jibe made us feel and why. And when an individual continually breaks their promises, we can help them understand that they are free to say no if they are unwilling to be of service.

As you learn to detect passive aggression, you may be surprised to see a hint of it in yourself. Coping with the natural human tendency to veil intense emotions can be as simple as reminding yourself that expressing your true feelings is healthy. The emotions typically regarded as negative will frequently be those that inspire you to change yourself and your life for the better, whereas passive-aggressive behavior is a means of avoiding change. When you deal constructively with your feelings, you can put them behind you and move forward unencumbered by unexplored emotion.

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Coach Gilberto, Chapter 39
by Stephen Halpert

Maria put her hand on Gilberto’s shoulder and rubbed it gently. “Good for you. I’m so proud.” They were driving back to Boston. “The Board of the Headmaster’s Council want you as the next President of the Private School Headmasters Association.” She grinned at Gilberto. “I can’t see you doing that though.”
Gilberto sighed, frowned, said nothing.
“Quite seriously,” she smiled. “I’m sure they see you as some kind of wild force that will pull them in millions from fundraising.”
He nodded. “Sorry, not my thing.”
She laughed. “What do you mean?”
“It’s not what I want. I’m not a preppy, Maria. I like wild clothes not the button-down preppy look. That’s not me. I’m not into the politics of prep school fund raising either.”
“You don’t want to spend your days calling rich alumni looking for donations?” She giggled.
He shook his head emphatically, “No. Not my thing. “Besides they’re already a wealthy crowd with gilt edged endowments. If I got involved, I’d want better pay for faculty and staff. Private school faculty and staff are forced to live in genteel poverty.”
She laughed. “Tell them that and watch them duck for cover.”
Ahead was a roadside restaurant. The parking lot was half full.
“Lunch?” he inquired as he pulled in.
“Sure,” she smiled, peering at the outdoor sign. “I see fresh lobster rolls in bright red letters.”
He parked. As they got out, he came over and took her hand. She edged closer, drawing him to her. They kissed.
She smiled again. “Kissing in parking lots is so youthening.”
He grinned. “I’m getting tired of that tie and jacket dress code. Prep school etiquette is so bland and impersonal. Being around those types makes me feel like I forgot to use my deodorant.”
Softly she took his hand and kissed it. “Joey graduates this spring. He’s got his soccer scholarship signed, sealed, and delivered. That helps free us up even more. We can hit the road.” Still hand in hand they went toward the restaurant.
Gilberto laughed. “Yes, it would be just the thing for Mona to live out of the back seat of our car.” Maria giggled. “And don’t forget Boris,” he went on. “He’d have to fit in the back beside her.”
Maria grinned. “How could I forget Boris? He eats more than we do. But I don’t mind the investment in dog food. I like him and think he’s a good influence on Mona. Caring for him teaches her responsibility.” She sighed. “Much as I would like to, we can’t just pack up and go. Not quite yet. But I’d like us to take off as much as you do.”
As they entered the restaurant door, he nodded. “Anyway, I’d rather put time into creating the soccer camp with Ramon. We’ve already purchased that land outside Munson. “
“Couldn’t you do both?”
He nodded. “If need be. Me and Ramon want the camp to focus on kids from disadvantaged backgrounds. That way we feel we’d be contributing to something worthwhile.”
She nodded. “I know what you mean about preppy elitism at Houndstooth.”
“Old money,” he sniffed. “I’d rather be helping working class kids who’d better appreciate the opportunities playing soccer could provide.”
She took his hand. “Good, me too.”
The waitress picked up menus and led them to a booth. Gilberto sat and she slid into the booth next to him. “You’re such an idealist.”
“You think?” He perused the menu the fresh two pounds baked stuffed lobster made him hungry just to think about.
“Yes, I think,” she smiled. “And I’m glad too. It’s your honesty, another reason why I love you.”
“I’m just being real with you,” he said. “I feel like an outsider amongst all that private school veneer.”
She smiled. ” We both do, but I think Lara Parker pissed you off when she came down on you about resisting giving Mona a phone.”
“That too,” he said. “But more to the point we’ve got enough to live comfortably, do some traveling, eat out when we want. We can’t take it with us after all.”
“Hello,” a stylish, though sedate older woman stopped at their booth and smiled.”
She peered at Gilberto. “Yes, I remember you wrapped in a towel in the hall outside your room during that fire experience.”
Gilberto realized he was looking at the woman who had been in the hall of the motel with the Headmaster of Herringbone.
Beside her the scrawny, red-faced man with a neck like a rooster nodded. “Yes, hello. Alex Robinson here. I’m glad we didn’t all get burnt to a crisp.” He shoved out his hand toward Gilberto. “Quite a challenge, all those little minds to feed. This is my wife, Kate.”
She smiled and shook hands with Gilberto and Maria. Looking at her husband she sighed. “He works so hard, spending so many hours with the boys.”
“Not as many as Cy Willoughby”, Alex said. “Now there was dedication. Pity Ed Long couldn’t abide him. Always felt as though one day he’d be relieved as Headmaster and Cy would be appointed.”
Gilberto nodded but said nothing, waiting for Robinson to continue. “With Cy it was always for the boys. Ed counted pennies and squinched dollars. Pity Lara appointed him as Headmaster instead of Cy. Husband’s prerogative, I guess.”
“Alex adored Cy,” Kate Robinson said. “He was always worried for him. Fearful that Ed would push him off the bridge, so to speak.”
Maria smiled up at them and invited them to join them.
They sat across from one another. The Robinsons both ordered chicken soup and a sandwich. Maria had tuna, Gilberto the two pound lobster special.
As they finished their meal and were sipping coffee, Kate spoke. “Perhaps we can dine again in Boston,” she said.
“I think it’s good for us headmasters to break bread together,” Alex said.
“Yes,” Gilberto nodded. He couldn’t help but wonder what else Alex could tell him about the Ed Long, Cy Willoughby debacle.
To be continued

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Kitty Kat’s Korner
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How to Keep Your Cat Off the Kitchen Counters
By FRANNY SYUFY

A cat that likes to jump on the kitchen counter creates a variety of problems and hazards. Although some people think cats should be allowed to sit on counters, this is a bad cat habit that should be prevented (or stopped if it’s already occurring). A cat who thinks the counter is an acceptable place to be might walk (or jump) onto the stove, eat left-out foods that will poison them, or ingest residue from countertop cleaning products. For humans, there’s a health risk, as cats can track poop onto the counter if they walk on it after using the litter box, spreading bacteria across the area where people prepare food. It’s best to keep your cat off the countertops. Using deterrents and rewards, you can keep your cat off the counter.

Why Do Cats Jump on the Counter?
Kitchen counters attract cats like a magnet for several reasons. Once you identify the reason your cat likes the countertop so much, you can use this information to modify or redirect your cat’s behavior.

Cats love heights. Get any two cats together with a climbing tree or cat tower, and you’ll have a ready-made game of “King of the Hill.” Countertops are just high enough so that most cats can either jump up from the ground or get help from a well-positioned chair.

Kitchen counters smell good! They’re often loaded with tempting things to eat, such as raw chicken parts, ground beef, or yesterday’s tuna casserole that’s ready to be reheated for dinner. A carelessly cleaned countertop may also be home to crumbs and spills that a cat might enjoy nibbling on.

Cats like fresh running water. Some cats are also attracted to running water in the kitchen sink, and for many cats, this is their main source of drinking water. Although the kitchen sink is probably cleaner than the toilet, there are better alternatives for your kitty.

How to Stop Counter Jumping
You can employ a few training techniques to encourage your cat to stay off the countertop. These have proven to be successful, but you must maintain consistency if you want your cat (or cats) to get off and stay off the kitchen countertops.

Try the method that works best for your situation and/or that your cat responds to most positively.

Apply sticky tape to the edge of the counter. Cats hate the feeling of sticky tape. Once they feel the tape on the edge of the counter, they’ll likely be discouraged after one or two tries. The disadvantage is that you may have to keep reapplying the tape indefinitely and the adhesive may be difficult to clean up afterward. Also, the cat may outsmart you and find a way to get on the counter by avoiding the edge.

Tape a strip of crinkled aluminum foil along the counter. It’s not only the feel of it on their toes but the noise that deters cats. Be aware that this method may be disruptive to the way you use your countertop and may also be wasteful.

Use clicker training. Cat’s respond best to positive reinforcement rather than punishment. If you see your cat on the counter looking for food, offer a treat or other reward such as throwing a toy on the floor near the counter, to entice them off. Once they jump off, pair the reward with a clicker that makes a sound. Eventually, your cat will associate the clicker with the reward and the clicker can be used by itself to lure your cat off the counter.
Eliminate the chair. If your cat can only get on the countertop with help from a chair, move the chair and eliminate the boost.

Provide legal jumping targets. Invest in (or build) a climbing tree or a cat tower for your kitty. Make it interesting enough to hold the cat’s attention, and once in a while, “sweeten the deal” by hiding a tasty treat at the top. Pet and praise your cat when it uses the climbing tree, so it will associate the new kitty furniture with positive feelings.

Keep your countertop clean. Remove some of the temptations by not leaving food, crumbs, or other treats on the counter that your cat may be drawn to.
Address the faucet. If your cat is constantly drinking at the faucet, figure out if there are stressors around the water bowl (is it near the litterbox, near a highly trafficked area, etc.) and eliminate the stress. Your cat may prefer the cold, fresh water from the tap, so replace their water a few times a day and add an ice cube or two to keep the temperature down. Never leave the faucet running; it’s wasteful and tempting for the cat. You can also buy a kitty water fountain that will keep the water in the bowl flowing.


By using a little ingenuity and staying “one jump” ahead of your cat, you should be able to discourage your kitty’s counter-surfing habit.

Next Steps
If nothing seems to work despite your consistency and effort, it may be time to call in a feline behavioral therapist. In this type of situation, the specialist will likely visit your home to assess the situation and come up with new behavior modification techniques to help you keep your cat off the countertop.

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Georgia Nicols Weekly Horoscope
Sunday, November 27, 2022

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All Signs
If we’re clever (and we are) –this will be a productive week. On Monday, we’re motivated and keen to work! But on Tuesday, Mercury opposes Mars, triggering arguments about how to do things. Wednesday and Thursday are ditto. But ah ha! We “know” this. (Riff from Twilight Zone here.) Today, it’s Sunday (maybe Monday for some of you), but forewarned is forearmed! So, if we decide to deal with our differences; if we listen to each other; and are open to compromise — then, we can have a productive week! Therefore, the minute things go off the rails, take a breath and look for consensus. Is this possible? Of course! Remember: experts built the Titanic, but the Ark was built by amateurs.

Aries (March 21-April 19)
Your urge to travel and seek adventure is still strong. This is why many of you will escape to sunny climes and have fun. But most of you will make serious plans for the future, and start to embrace a project that is dear to your heart. You want to get things done, which is great because by Dec. 20, lucky Jupiter returns to your sign. Therefore, be smart and accomplish as much as you can this week, despite the fact that you will find yourself at odds with others. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to figure out how to deal with these challenges, and move forward anyhow, to achieve your goals and objectives. It’s true that retrograde Mars is taking the wind out of your sails, but you can still make progress even if it’s slower and less than you expected. Eleanor Roosevelt said, “One candle is better than the darkness.”

Taurus (April 20-May 20)
You have a strong focus on money, cash flow and earnings, as well as dealing with money from other sources – banks and financial institutions. You might also be negotiating with funds that come to you via your partner or a third party. Continue to make plans and hope for the best. Expect Doris Day parking. Despite the differences you encounter with someone (professionals regarding loans and mortgages); nevertheless, remember that you are the financial wizard of the zodiac. You know your stuff! People listen to you, especially if you have done your homework. Saturn is still high in your chart, meaning this is your time of harvest, which means this is still a time of good fortune when your cherished dreams can come true! Think positive.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)
It hasn’t been easy to get things done, because despite your intentions, Mars in your sign is retrograde, which means your efforts bring less results. Don’t be frustrated by this. This week in particular, you will have to use skilful means dealing with partners, spouses and close friends in order to achieve what you want to do. Very likely, this requires some compromise. That means give-and-take on both sides. Fortunately, you can achieve this because Mercury and Venus are in your House of Partnerships, which means people are inclined to agree with you. They too, want consensus. (That’s half the battle, right there.) Be grateful to move forward with baby steps.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
You are fortunate because more than the other signs, you are motivated to work hard because you have three planets sitting in your House of Employment. This motivates you to get things done, even if you don’t have paying job. You want to work and be efficient! Nevertheless, coworkers and people involved in your projects might argue with you. But you have the ability to convince them to share funding and practical resources so that you can move forward with what you actually want to do. This means the obstacles that you encounter are actually based on your ability to work with others this week. Compromise will be key.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
You want time off to enjoy social outings, good times with friends and your kids. Your involvement with others has been disappointing because everything took longer than you expected. Plans were either delayed or they incurred greater costs. Fortunately, practical advice and help from a partner or close friend is like a steady ballast for you. Take all the help you can get. You are also in touch with your creative vibes this week, so this energy will work as well. More than most signs, you are quick to see the big picture. Don’t lose sight of that. Remember your objective – and keep going. (Your life will be so much easier next year.)

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Your involvement with home, family, redecorating projects and home repairs continues. You have ideas about what you want to get done. However, you will meet with opposition. Do not stop or give up your plans. Find a new approach to satisfy your wants and needs with the wants and needs of someone else. Happy middle ground? A trade-off? Jupiter is still opposite your sign for a few more weeks, which means you should approach all your relationships with the idea that you and the other person should help each other. Assume that whatever happens will be mutually beneficial. Moderation is the key this week. Keep plugging away.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
You want to take short trips and talk to others; plus, you’re reading, writing and studying. Naturally, this is stimulating and exciting; but it’s also a distraction, and it makes everything in your life a bit fractured. This week make a To Do list. Don’t be discouraged by arguments with others because these are temporary. You are a great communicator and with skilful means, you can get the cooperation of others, even your kids. You still have opportunities to improve your job or find a better job; and this is important to keep in mind as well. Make plans because next year, you will work hard because you want to. You’ll be on a roll!

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
You’re thinking about how to earn money, partly because you have ideas about how to spend it! (You want to buy beautiful things.) Your kids are a source of joy to you and you want to help them if you can. But at a deeper level, you are also thinking about your values in life. In other words, what really matters? “What’s it all about, Alfie?” It’s good to have plans, but I think the best plan is to think about how to get the most out of today. The most out of this hour. The most out of this moment. On Dec. 20, Jupiter will move into your House of Employment boosting your chance to improve your job. You can count on this blessing.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
Today I read that the zodiac sign with the most billionaires was Sagittarius. It didn’t surprise me. Your ruling planet is Jupiter, the sign of wealth. You are adventurous and willing to take a gamble. But above all, you are positive thinking and you expect a successful outcome. The Sun, Mercury and Venus are still in your sign, which gives you an advantage over all the other signs. Be patient with disagreements with partners and close friends. Don’t let arguments diminish your positive frame of mind, because your optimism is your best friend. This is a good week to study and learn, especially something that requires effort. Maybe 15 minutes a day?

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Because the Sun is “hiding” in your chart, you are still “waiting” for your birthday. Oh yes, you sense that your personal year is coming to an end, and it gives one pause. (Little furry ones.) Nevertheless, this is a good week to make serious plans about financial matters, and anything that impacts your wealth. Don’t let arguments with coworkers discourage you from achieving your objectives. You know that the secret of your success is your ability to relentlessly plow forward, day, by day, by day. You get things done! In a few weeks, you will see ways to improve your home and perhaps, your real-estate wealth as well.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
You are so intelligent, many of you are intellectually lonely. (“Sigh. Nobody to talk to. Everyone’s so dumb.”) You also value friendships. This is why you have to maintain your cool this week when working with others. You will encounter static and confrontations. This means you have to use your smarts to keep the peace, and at the same time, get everyone on board to help you achieve your objectives. Younger, creative people might help you. They might see practical ways to implement your ideas. Therefore, listen to others, even if they initially object to you this week.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
More than other signs, you will likely achieve your goals, despite challenges, because you look so good to others this week! People are impressed with you because the Sun is at the top of your chart, casting you in a flattering spotlight. You will have a critical eye and see what needs to be changed or corrected in your environment because you will be conscious of the flaws in everything that you look at. Don’t just be a critic. Go beyond that. Be a teacher; and work to make improvements that you see need to be done. Start small. Sidestep family conflicts. Jupiter is in your sign for one more month bringing you blessings. Yay!

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Weekly Horoscopes Beginning Sunday,
27 November 2022

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

Outlines are longer versions; consist of every possible detail of everyday and are based on three parts of each sign: 1st, 2nd & 3rd Decan; that is, any of three divisions of 10° within a sign of the zodiac. Even if you know or don’t know your Decan; I recommend, please read all three Decan.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

As a quick-thinking Aries, you often regard planning ahead as a waste of time. While often this is true, at the moment you’re urged to think carefully about what you’re doing now and where those activities and especially, the people involved, are taking you. The secret? Ensure arrangements and your thinking are flexible, enough for the frequent and, often, unexpected changes you’ll be making.

If arrangements for the end of the year take up your thoughts don’t push these aside for another time. You often act on the spur of the moment and it would mean a lot to those who care for you to have firm plans in place. You might benefit too from spending a little time quietly reflecting on what you would like to achieve in the first quarter of 2023. It might seem a while yet to get there but having a goal to work towards will bring a sense of purpose and eventual fulfilment.

It will be over decade before Jupiter passes through the latter degrees of Pisces again. Before it reaches your sign, it would be a good idea to review your social media accounts and presentation generally. Yes, this could prove expensive as you might decide that what’s essential is a new image. With Venus opposing your ruling planet Mars, and the latter still retrograde, you may be toying with ideas of adventure but feel to be hitting nothing but brick walls. This situation will alter – but perhaps not until the start of 2023. What you’re being offered is the chance to assess, reassess and improve. Be careful what you wish for or rather, put increased effort into creating the world you want. That advice should be taken to heart next Friday as the Moon moves through your sign. Others will be listening to what you have to say: just make sure that you are clear as to what their role should be.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

For you, as a practical Taurus, few things are more rewarding than a plan that works out in the here and now and, equally, as the future unfolds. Now, however, you’re urged to adopt a completely different approach, and not only regard plans as tentative, but to deliberately break away from the routines that smooth out potentially unsettling events. The riskier your decisions, the more progress you’ll make.

Two words are important to keep in mind if you want to stay smiling and also, if you want those you care about to be happy. The first one is ‘compromise’ and the other is ‘co-operation’. Once people know that you aren’t going to be stubborn or single-minded (as you can sometimes be), all will be well. Someone in the family will insist that they can fix a household problem. Discuss a property matter with a professional who will give you an objective view.

By next weekend, your ruling planet, Venus, will have opposed Mars. This is part of a cycle that began earlier this year. It’s arguably time to assess just how far working partnerships have come in that time. Have outflows not been matched by inflows? Are others pulling their weight? Perhaps you need to imagine yourself as a chief executive? Would you keep certain people on? Do other parts of you that need to be shaken into action? It may be that there has been a slapdash approach to some tasks and that more focused effort is required. Before Jupiter reaches the all-important World Axis toward the end of December, it would be wise to ensure that admin is running smoothly. Presently this may be your weakest link. Increased contact with those who work and live abroad is probable – perhaps requiring you to consider time zones and optimum times for meetings.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Ordinarily you’ve not only got a knack for dealing with complex problems or misunderstandings, you rather enjoy the challenge. Now, however, there’s more to it. Those misunderstandings or conflicts are raising issues, personal and otherwise, that will reach a peak around the time of the Gemini Full Moon next week, on the 8th. Consequently, for now focus on learning everything you can. Decisions should wait.

Slow down a little when it comes to dealing with day-to-day duties and stop being so hard on yourself. Are you striving for levels of perfection that simply cannot be reached? You’re trying to squeeze too much into each day and when someone suggests you need to think of your health, listen to their sensible advice. News of a birth or arranging a birthday celebration for a relative will brighten your days.

Mars continues its retrograde journey through your sign. This week not only does Mercury, your ruling planet, oppose Mars, but so too does Venus (i.e., two cycles reach turning points). Both personal and working partnerships will be stretched and a war of words probable. If you’ve been economical with the truth, then anticipate challenge. We have to hope that your archiving and memory are in good order and that you have a team of lawyers or spokespeople, who can protect you from yourself as there is danger of you talking yourself into further trouble. On the upside, the same conditions should prompt fresh perspective when it comes to marketing and design. Though this wouldn’t be the time to finalise either, you could learn much about new methods and how to make better use of images and videos to convey a message. This could bring you to the attention of a Sagittarius who may be in position to offer you a little freelance work.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Currently, it seems everybody is complaining about something. While you’re trying to do what you can, it isn’t always easy to discern what needs swift action from others’ persistent moaning. However, you’re neglecting certain of your own issues, mostly because you’re unsure what to do. For now, discuss these with those you trust. They’ll need attention, but probably not until the Cancer Full Moon, in early January.

In the main, tradition means a lot to you but personal ambition can sometimes push you into disregarding what’s accepted as normal. This could be one of those times. Friends and colleagues will be wide-eyed with wonder when you play your hunches and refuse to conform. This should bring some new opportunities into your life and these are bound to affect other people too in a positive way. You might also come up with some new ideas on how you’re going to earn a little extra.

It will be over a decade before Jupiter passes over these latter degrees of Pisces once more. Before it leaves at the winter solstice next month, Cancer’s attention should be given to knowledge base and how it might be approved. If you’re a writer, this would be excellent editing time. Before next weekend, first Mercury and then Venus will oppose Mars. Yes, these are stressful aspects, but, remember that Mars is retrograde. It’s a good time for going back over things. It’s highly likely that one of your special skills could be rebranded and marketed differently. Before Jupiter arrives at that all-important career apex on December 21st, reviewing how you present yourself, business cards, phone number etc etc should be given extra thought. You may be prompted to do this by a Gemini or Sagittarius who appreciates your value and is in a position to promote you.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

True, the current planetary setup accents life’s joys, together with others and, sometimes, on your own. However, you’re also facing a range of obligations as complex as they are persistent. The time has come to review these, ideally with those involved. Once you’re talking things over, you’ll realise most can be dealt with swiftly, and that others are less complicated than you feared.

If you are closely linked to someone or if you work in a team with one partner, don’t be surprised if you start getting on each other’s nerves. It might be time to put a little distance between you. Nothing dramatic is forecast but a little tension will pass without an incident if you aren’t in each other’s pockets. A small bonus or financial pay-out may be back-dated but due to a disagreement over dates or figures, this may be subject to some delay.

You may know that when two planets appear close together, it is called a conjunction. Of course, the planets thousands and thousands of miles apart from one another. Nevertheless, that apparent fusion of energies begins a cycle. When those same two planets are at opposite ends of the zodiac, the cycle is at full moon stage. This week, two cycles reach this phase as first Mercury, and then Venus oppose Mars. This should be a week for extraordinary developments. Remember that there is emphasis on the research and development area of your solar chart. Ideas that have been incubated since the start of these cycles in the first quarter of 2022, are now ripe for the next stage of their development. Expect to be noticed, for your voice to be heard but equally, expect to have answers. In short, this week you could be put on the spot.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Usually, when you organise plans or make a decision, changes are minor. With so much in transition, however, you’re better off regarding even the simplest of arrangements as a bit of an experiment. This won’t just relieve the pressure you’re experiencing, what you learn and who you meet could be amazingly informative in the here and now, and lead to stunning opportunities in the near future.

Caution is advisable when dealing with tax and property matters, or with creditors. Someone may be out to make a larger profit than they deserve. Be wary of people you’ve not yet had the chance to get to know properly. You like to think the best of everyone but not everyone is as honest as they look. Sometimes you can be too trusting. You’re starting to tire of a chore that always falls on you to do. A favour, once done for someone, has turned into a habit.

Two special aspects take place between this weekend and next as first Mercury, and then Venus, oppose Mars. Recall that the latter is retrograde presently – and in the career zone of your solar chart. These positions on the backbone of this chart suggest a shakeup on the work front. You may be called on to cover someone who’s unavailable. You could equally be put under considerable stress possibly due to transport difficulties. Another possibility is feeling so surrounded by books, papers and information that you don’t know where to start with a space-clearing exercise. It’s imperative that you have assistance – preferably from someone who quietly gets on with tasks. Those born under the Water signs of cancer, Scorpio or Pisces could offer just the support you need.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

The range of tricky situations you’ve been dealing with are nothing new. Yet, you’ve not only handled them wisely, you’ve managed to calm others before they turned what are actually minor problems into major dramas. Ironically, however, in certain situations you’re urged to stand back and allow exactly that to happen. Certain individuals will do nothing until minor issues become a genuine crisis.

The next step you take in a long-term venture will need careful consideration. This shouldn’t be difficult when the pace of life is slow and the atmosphere around you, peaceful and undemanding. Some recent hard work and dedication is starting to pay dividends. Family news is delightful but expect some mix-up in communications. If an older relative is known for always picking things up wrongly make sure they understand what is going on. Romance is encouraged in an active social scene.

Libras don’t like tension, but are all too capable of creating it. Your life quest is to find equilibrium. As a result, there are times when you create an issue just so that you can exercise that gift of finding balance. You may well do that this week when first Mercury, and then Venus, your ruling planet, opposes Mars. You may find that the ‘other party’ isn’t willing to engage. Mars is, after all, retrograde in another of the Air signs. Make sure that if you did achieve engagement that you are clear about your facts. Double, triple and even quadrupling would be wise. In not many weeks’ times, others will ask for your view of the future. It’s imperative that you do your homework. This though, would be an excellent time for editing or pursuing any kind of study. The quest for accurate information should be such that you research and archive to near professional standard.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

The Scorpio Full Moon was in late October, but it was an eclipse, so triggered changes, some dramatic and a few complicated. You’re still dealing with the latter and are beginning to wonder if you’ve ignored important facts. It’s either that, or certain individuals have successfully hidden those, and other equally significant, information from you. Forget about being discreet. Discuss your concerns frankly with others.

A small difference of opinions will get in the way of an otherwise harmonious few days. You can ignore the fact that you have disagreed and let emotions fester or you might mend this breach before you fall out completely. Try to adopt a more adventurous approach to life. There’s likely to be a touch of the ‘dare devil’ lurking somewhere deep within you and it would be a pity to waste it and continue to live life in a rut.

Issues around presentation dominate conversation. As first Mercury, and then Venus opposes your ruling planet Mars, anticipate that others will question how you put across facts. Whilst you may feel that you have presented these clearly, it may be that you’ve been either too flowery with your language or used too many images. Perhaps it will be the other way around. Whatever, expect to be challenged. It is possible that you will be the one to ask deep and searching questions. Perhaps you know that others simply don’t have the answers as yet. Wars of words and more than likely. Calming those who are travelling on what you believe to be high horses could make things even more stressful. The good news is that you will surely be appreciated by a Virgo who is undergoing massive change and who needs not just practical but emotional support. Your value should suit cement a partnership that could yet turn into a business union in 2023.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

After weeks of exploring ideas, then somewhat narrowing your options, you’re still overwhelmed. Actually, the Sagittarius New Moon on the 23rd was about exactly this variety of breakthroughs. While decisions seem urgent, you’ve lots to learn and, equally, would benefit from chatting with those who’re well-informed about the ideas or activities in question. The secret? View this as the process of discovery that it is.

Study someone special in your life very closely. If they seem reluctant to join in social or travel plans it could be due to money worries hanging over their head. Encourage them to talk. Gently coax them to bring what’s bothering them out into the open. Frank discussions are essential if you are to be able to put other people’s minds at ease. Take your time when making important decisions late in the week.

First Mercury, and then Venus each oppose Mars which is retrograde in your opposite sign and so probable that you will feel the need to correct several people. this could result in a war of words or at least lively debate at the start of the week, before you determine whether or not you can continue operating together. Truth will out and challenge inevitable. You may feel you are ‘chasing the wind’ particularly if Gemini, Libra or Aquarius colleagues are involved. Yet note that your ruling planet Jupiter is now in direct motion and headed towards the all-important world Axis. In other words, it seems that – at least on this occasion, – you have ‘right’ on your side. Yes, you could be at the heart of a storm by the end of November and, in early December, need to show magnanimity.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

For ages you’ve battled changes in elements of your life, personal or more practical, but with only minor success. For now, wait and watch. Changes in the world around you will mean rethinking things. However, these are still unfolding, and won’t be clear until early January’s Capricorn New Moon. Meanwhile focus on decluttering your life and future plans. It will be far easier than you anticipate.

Keep your thoughts to yourself unless you are asked for them. Relationships can be kept harmonious if you take care not to express your opinions too forcefully. You might not like someone’s ideas when they sound unrealistic and foolish. In time to come you will be asked to give a view. Be sensible and wait for that moment and be tactful. A series of positive indications suggest someone close is ready to tell you a little secret. This will give you something exciting to anticipate.

Work pressures are likely considerable. First Mercury, and then Venus each oppose Mars which is retrograde in the ‘work’ zone of your solar chart. It’s probable that there are matters to go back over; and yes, this could be exasperating. A team that was once so resistant to your ideas should now be fully behind you but need further guidance. The need for understanding as they negotiate hurdles which have been there for weeks (but which they are only now recognising) may be considerable! A design might need to be modified. Computer coders should be on red alert. Fact is that if a launch is to go ahead as planned next month, niggling problems need to be resolved. Take care not to delete e-mails that could later prove ammunition – making clear that others acted against your advice.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Balancing your current rich range of activities, personal and involving others, has become unexpectedly complex; but it is. That’s because many of these arrangements demand you review and rethink your everyday routine and, on occasion, your priorities. The tricky part is recognising that even seemingly simple changes will, in turn, lead to others, some unexpected. The more flexible your thinking and plans, the better.

You sense someone you care for is secretly hoping to get their way even if they aren’t putting these hopes into words. If you really want to please them, do your best to put their wishes before your own. The same advice goes if you’re working alongside a workmate, you have always got on well with. Loved-ones are pleasingly receptive to new ideas and you could be planning a journey for the end of the year.

There is no shame in changing position. Hold that thought as first Mercury, and then Venus oppose Mars which is retrograde in Gemini – another of the Air signs. Yours is what is known as a Fixed sign. You are good at showing resilience and determination. Yet there are times when rethink is advisable. You may need to take responsibility for an apparent error. In doing so, you could gain increased respect. What should be clear is that new facts have emerged and that had you been aware of these some weeks ago, you would not have taken certain steps. Yes, it’s possible that you will be accused of switching sides – particularly as the Moon moves through your sign in the first half of the week, and yes this would be uncomfortable. You have though, as always, to be true to yourself and would surely be unable to go ahead with any plans that are against your personal code. As always, fighting for the underdog or ‘righting a wrong’ takes priority.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Every once in a while, somebody with good intentions says they’re worried about your activities or plans. This is nothing new; but, actually, these are an opportunity to make changes that, despite being dramatic, are tempting. Explore these, but no more. It’s true, you’re beginning a cycle of growth. However, these are the first of many options. There’ll be a lot more to discover.

Apart from an odd moment or two when you may have to grit your teeth as a well-meaning friend gives unwanted advice, the week holds a lot of promise. A trip to a favourite shopping centre will have you returning home with a satisfying clutch of home-related goodies. When buying online, follow your instincts about knowing when to spend and when to stop. Don’t be in a rush to start anything new. Give some serious thought instead to projects that currently come under discussion.

Jupiter is leaving your sign and won’t return for more than a decade. It would be wise to use these last few weeks, to prepare for excitement. Yours is the ‘sign of fishes’ that appear swimming in opposite directions; and yes, you can confuse others. You may also – on occasion – have been accused of not knowing where you’re going. That would be unkind. For some years, Uranus was travelling through your sign and you likely developed shark-like traits. As first Mercury, and then Venus oppose Mars across the backbone of your solar chart, anticipate that altered direction will be necessary and that you may need to show those sharp teeth. This may be essential if you are to take advantage of opportunities that will soon present. This week would be an excellent time to review your CV and ensure that all your experience and gifts are listed well. It might also be the appropriate time to renew contact with those you discussed matters with back in September. They may have been unable to help back then but now be in a position to do so.

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GrannyMoons Weekly Feast: 20 Nov 2022

NOV. 23: NEW MOON in Sagittarius

As we grow as unique persons, we learn to respect
the uniqueness of others. ~Robert H. Schuller

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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Current Moon Phase: WANING MOON

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

Goddess Aspect: Crone

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

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

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What’s Happening?!?

Flower of the Month for November: Chrysanthemum
November is National Sweet Potato Awareness Month

Goddess of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27

Celtic Tree Calendar Month ~ October 28th to November 23rd
Broom/Fern/Reed – November 24 To December 23 – Elder

Herb of the Year for 2022: Viola (violet, heartsease) named by the International Herb Association

NOVEMBER
NOV. 20: In England, it’s Stir Up Sunday

Week 3. National Farm-City Week
NOV. 21: Great American Smokeout

NOV. 22: Night Of Shiva —Family feast day honoring Shiva as the Pillar of Light/the life-force as the Infinite Light, with oil lamps and candlelight.

NOV. 22: Roman Festival of Diana: Goddess of Moon, Hunt, Wilderness, Birth. – Festival of Diana aka Artemis – Roman Goddess of Moon, Hunt, Wilderness, Birth

NOV. 22: Feast of Weyland – Norse God of the Smiths aka Volund

NOV. 24: Feast Of Sekhmet; Egyptian Goddess Of War And Healing. A powerful Woman.

NOV. 24: Feast of the Burning Lamps, Egyptian festival

NOV. 23: NEW MOON in Sagittarius

NOV. 23: National Eat a Cranberry Day. (Who can stop with just one?)

NOV. 24: Yes, it is—Thanksgiving!

NOV. 26: National Cake Day

Week 4. National Family Week

NOV. 27: Uma/Parvati Day—honoring the Goddess as Queen and Mother of the Universe.

NOV. 29: Egyptian Feast of Hathor—honoring the Goddess as Horned Mother, and also as Sekhmet, the Lion Goddess of the Sun, and as Bastet, the Cat Goddess of Fertility and Life—Triple Goddess Bast-Hathor-Sekhmet.

NOV. 30: John Mason of New York City, patented the Mason jar on November 30 1858, and changed homemakers’ food preservation habits forever.

Navajo Night Chant – The Navajo Night Chant also referred to as the Yeibicheii Ceremony, is a healing ceremony that happens in late fall or early winter and extends for nine nights.

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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 too or will learn to!

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

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Welcome to a journey to learn about yourself and your hidden powers. Wise women and men have existed for thousands of years and still exist throughout the world. They know Mother Earth as the ultimate healer, and have learned to utilize the gifts of of nature. Inside each person is a being of wisdom, deeply connected to the phases of the moon and the tides of the sea. All we need to do is trust our innate wisdom.

This will take 13 weeks of study and hands-on practice. But it should be fun for you too! We start with the basics!

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Llewellyn’s Spell A Day

Honoring TDoR Vigil
BY LAURA TEMPEST ZAKROFF

November 20 is Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR), an observance that honors the memory of the transgender people whose lives have been lost in acts of antitransgender violence. Healing isn’t just for the living; we can do work that aids those who have passed on as well, whether we knew them or not, through vigils and similar rituals.

For TDoR, the vigil typically includes lighting a candle and reciting a list of names of all those lost in the past year. Look up those names (visit https://www.glaad.org/tdor) and prepare a white candle to burn on your altar. A contained tealight or glass votive will both work well. Light the candle, say the names, and pass along this message:

To those who have been lost,
you are not forgotten.
May this light be a beacon of hope
that shines in all dark places,
Guiding all to deeper
understanding and compassion.
Blessed be your spirit!
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Heal a Broken Heart
BY TESS WHITEHURST

Grief and heartbreak cannot be rushed. Still, you can magically bolster the heart-healing process by cutting cords of attachment to your former partner and removing unhelpful patterns from your energy field and subconscious.

Today, add 1/4 cup rose water to a warm bath along with 1/4 cup sea salt and a rose quartz. Swirl the water in a counterclockwise direction to dissolve the salt. Light an unscented or rosescented soy candle and get into the bath. As you soak, call on the goddess Aphrodite. Speak words from your heart about why you are asking for her help. Tell her how you’ve been feeling and ask that she clear and dissolve any remaining energetic connections to your former partner. Also ask that she remove any unhealthy relationship patterns or patterns of negative self-talk from your mind, spirit, and aura. Relax and imagine soft pink light healing and restructuring your heart and emotions on every level of your being. Thank the goddess before getting out of the tub.
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Daily Spiritual Alignment
BY RAVEN DIGITALIS

Many Witches and other spiritual folks around the world practice daily rituals, prayers, meditations, and other activities that help them align with Spirit (in whatever form) and get through the day.

In addition to any morning routines you may have established, consider using a natural ink, pen, or marker to bless your physical body. Mark areas that will be later hidden by clothing.

Each magickal practitioner feels aligned with particular things. Everyone is unique. Think about the symbols that resonate with you personally, based on your own pantheon, interests, and spiritual callings.

As you mark each place on your body with a chosen sacred symbol, say an affirmation that confirms your reason for doing so, such as:

I mark the bottoms of my feet with the
symbol of earth, keeping me grounded
and connected to the sacred path.
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Heal a Broken Heart
BY TESS WHITEHURST

Grief and heartbreak cannot be rushed. Still, you can magically bolster the heart-healing process by cutting cords of attachment to your former partner and removing unhelpful patterns from your energy field and subconscious.

Today, add 1/4 cup rose water to a warm bath along with 1/4 cup sea salt and a rose quartz. Swirl the water in a counterclockwise direction to dissolve the salt. Light an unscented or rosescented soy candle and get into the bath. As you soak, call on the goddess Aphrodite. Speak words from your heart about why you are asking for her help. Tell her how you’ve been feeling and ask that she clear and dissolve any remaining energetic connections to your former partner. Also ask that she remove any unhealthy relationship patterns or patterns of negative self-talk from your mind, spirit, and aura. Relax and imagine soft pink light healing and restructuring your heart and emotions on every level of your being. Thank the goddess before getting out of the tub.
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Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn
BY NATALIE ZAMAN

Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn, whose feast day is celebrated today, is the protector of a small Lithuanian village that was nearly destroyed, save for her help. Personal identity is precious, our very foundation. When you feel that yours is in danger, call on this gentle but awesomely powerful mother figure with a simple request adopted from an ancient prayer in her honor:

Tota pulchra es, tu
honorificentia populi nostri.
Mater prudentissima,
Mater clementissima.
Ora pro nobis.
(You are all beautiful, you
give honor to our people.
Mother most intelligent,
Mother most merciful.
Pray for us.)
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Symbols of Healing Love
BY MELISSA TIPTON

For this self-love healing spell, you’ll need a washable marker in the color of your choice. Spend some time in meditation, asking your higher self what within you needs healing right now. If it’s a mental-emotional situation, get a sense of where in your body you feel the strongest connection to this issue.

Then ask your higher self what healing words or symbols would be most beneficial right now. It could be something like “love,” “forgiveness,” or “be gentle with yourself,” or you might see an image of a Reiki symbol, rune, astrological glyph, etc.

Focusing on your healing intention, use the marker to write or draw your healing symbol on the body area you identified in meditation. Intend that these words or symbols will release the perfect amount and form of healing energy until you wash the marking off.
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Healing Hands
BY DEBORAH BLAKE

You don’t have to be a professional massage therapist or a Reiki Master to be able to use your hands for healing. There is a natural human instinct to place our hands on a place that hurts, whether it is on ourselves or others. We all have the innate ability to do basic energy work with a little practice, and sometimes a simple back rub or foot massage can both heal and soothe.

To do energy healing, try rubbing your hands together until you can feel them heat up a bit, then hold them about a foot apart, bringing them together slowly until you can feel a ball of energy forming between them. Then hold your hands above the place that needs healing and concentrate on sending that energy out. If you want, before doing any form of healing, you can say:

Goddess, guide my hands
so they might heal.

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Heartwings Love Notes 1063: A Recipe for Friendship

Heartwings Says, “Food and friendship go together.”

Remember how at one time friends would do a chain letter for the sharing of recipes? This involved typing up 10 copies of a recipe and sharing it with ten friends who were to do the same, and so on. Names were listed and we crossed out the name at the top and substituted one’s own. In addition, we were supposed to share a recipe of our own back to the sender. Theoretically, we were supposed to get back a large number of recipes to enjoy. In practice I don’t know about anyone else, but I got few if any new recipes and those I did get, much to my dismay, were not to my taste.

Once everyone pretty much had computers this changed to sending them out as emails. While this was easier, it still produced the same results for me: One or two recipes back and nothing I could make use of. However, I have often shared recipes with friends and they with me. These I keep in a loose-leaf notebook of pages with clear plastic over them beneath which I can place the written page for preservation.
This unique recipe for a banana cake given me by a dear friend is very special.

Banana Lattice Cake

From South America, the recipe is somewhat time consuming, yet fun to make especially if you have a child to help you with the lattice work. Grease a 9X12 baking pan, preheat the oven to 350 or 325 if pan is glass.

Ingredients:
1 egg
1 stick butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 tsp vanilla or almond extract
4 or 5 ripe bananas
Cinnamon to sprinkle
Sugar to sprinkle
Lemon juice to sprinkle

Method: Cream sugar and butter, add egg and vanilla, beat well. Mix in Baking powder and salt, then flour. When mixture is well blended put half of it into baking dish. Press into dish, let sides build up a little. Slice ripe bananas over top and distribute evenly. Sprinkle lemon, sugar and cinnamon over bananas.

Take about a teaspoon of dough and roll it into a ball. Then put your hands together as if you were clapping but rub them back and forth so that the dough makes a long roll or strip. Crosshatch the bananas with these strips, placing them on the diagonal. Don’t worry if some are not long enough; just add onto them with shorter pieces. The dough will all glue itself together nicely as it bakes and spread out to make a pretty, puffy appearance.

Bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Cool before cutting and serving. Delicious! Serves 24 to 36.

Whenever I make this, I think of my friend fondly and wish we could share a piece. My handwritten recipes are my most precious and evoke fond memories of the times we spent together.

May you have friends to cook with, and may your recipes turn out well.

Blessings and best Regards, Tasha Halpert

Please write me back with any comments, thoughts or suggestions. I prefer tashahal@gmail.com for now. All blessings, Tasha

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Energetic Sweeping
Sweeping the front porch every morning is an important cleansing ritual that prepares the ground for new energy.

In some of our lives, sweeping has become an activity performed without much thought. In many cases, sweeping is a lost art, replaced by the noisy, efficient vacuum cleaner. But in several cultures and religions, sweeping the front and back porch every morning is regarded as an important cleansing ritual that prepares the ground for new energy on every level — physically, spiritually, emotionally, and mentally. It is often employed to sanctify a space and prepare it for a ceremony. This seemingly simple action has the power to clear away the old and make space for the new. It stirs up the energy in a place, clearing out the astral buildup that is the natural by-product of the presence of humans.

This kind of sweeping is not about cleaning the area of dust. In fact, the broom doesn’t have to actually touch the ground to be effective. You might want to consider having two different brooms, one you use for cleaning dust and dirt, and one you use for energy clearing. If you are so inspired, you could decorate your broom by carving its handle, painting it, decorating it with gemstones and ribbons, or any other creative adornment that appeals to you. You can also make your own broom out of tree branches and twigs, or choose a naturally appearing broom from nature, such as a pine bough.

Sweeping each morning prepares the ground for the new day at the same time as it deepens our awareness of the importance of letting go of the past to welcome the present. As we clear the energy of our space, we clear our own energy systems. In addition, we create a space that feels clean, clear, and open to all who enter. Be sure to think welcoming thoughts as you sweep, manifesting what you need for the day. Making sweeping part of our daily ritual tunes us into the continuing cycle of releasing the old and welcoming the new that is the hallmark of a healthy energy system.

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Why Drink Ginger Tea?

Ginger tea – especially homemade ginger tea – is a delicious way to soothe your stomach. Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory used to relieve a variety of symptoms associated with health concerns such as motion sickness, arthritis, nausea, and bursitis. This herb is particularly prized as a digestive aid – it can strengthen the lining of the upper gastrointestinal tract, and thus protect against parasites and ulcers.

When buying ginger, choose the whole roots that are free of wrinkles – which indicate that are old and dry – and simply peel the skin away from the root. Leftover fresh ginger can be stored in the freezer in a sealed container for up to three months.

You can also get more ginger into your diet through pickled or candied ginger, and ginger syrups.

Step By Step: How To Make Healthy Ginger Tea

12 Ounces Boiling Water
1/2 Tsp Freshly Grated Ginger
Honey To Taste, If Desired
Add Ginger To Hot Water
Cover And Steep For 10-15 Min
Strain Ginger
Add Honey (Optional)
Enjoy Your Homemade Ginger Tea!

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Does Burning Sage Have Any Health Benefits?
I’ve heard that burning sage can relieve stress – is that true?
~ANDREW WEIL, M.D. |NOVEMBER 5, 2021

There are many varieties of sage, several of which have been used for cooking and healing for thousands of years. Its formal name, salvia, is derived from the Latin to heal, or to save. White sage, Salvia apiana, is a plant traditionally used for healing by indigenous peoples of the American southwest, particularly along the California coast, and it has acquired a reputation for dispelling negative energy when burned. I don’t know that it can relieve stress, but it is an especially intriguing variety, with many reported therapeutic and spiritual properties.

White sage has been used by native tribes for pain relief, including headache and sore throats, and it has been shown to have antibacterial properties. White sage tea has been used as a decongestant, to reduce sweating and body odor, and to lessen milk production in nursing mothers as they weaned their children. It has also been used as a cure for the common cold. One tribe used it as a shampoo in the belief that it would prevent graying hair. It is probably best known, however, for the purification ritual called “smudging,” in which the smoke of burning sage is believed to clear a space of undesirable energy.

The Chumash people of California believed the smoke carried the prayers of the sick and the healer to God. The plant was believed to purify the mind and the spirit as well as the body. Today, some people have adopted the practice of burning white sage to remove negative energy from homes, offices, and other spaces. Unfortunately, the white sage plant may now be at risk of extinction in areas of California where it was once prolific, as commercial companies overharvest it (and increasingly frequent wildfires destroy its habitat).

Other types of sage, including common sage (Salvia officinalis), may also be burned in purification rituals. There is evidence that the scent of common sage and other varieties of Salvia have beneficial effects on mood, so it’s feasible that white sage may help relieve stress, but there is no direct evidence of that connection.

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Taking Another Look
Everyone deserves to be given a second chance in life and the opportunity for forgiveness.

When we meet someone for the first time, we often create a defining image in our minds of who that person is. We may also determine whether or not that someone is worth getting to know. Sometimes when an initial interaction is particularly uncomfortable or challenging, we can decide to close our hearts to this new acquaintance entirely. But being too quick to judge can cause us to lose out on a potentially wonderful, enriching relationship. First impressions don’t always give the complete picture, so if you meet someone who leaves you less than impressed, consider giving them a second chance. You might be pleasantly surprised.

Everyone deserves to be given a second chance. We know from personal experience how painful it can feel to be misunderstood or judged. We have good hearts and want them to be seen. We have so much to offer and want others to welcome our gifts. When someone shuts us out before they even know who we are, it can feel frustrating, hurtful, and confusing. By giving others a second chance, we can extend the same courtesy we would ask for ourselves. In this way, we set a precedent for all our relationships: to allow everyone the freedom and safety to simply be human. Whether it is a blind date, the man sitting next to you on the airplane, or your new neighbor, everyone has a full life outside of their interaction with you. They may be preoccupied with a personal or business situation that affects the way they are presenting themselves, or maybe they had a rough day or some bad news. If you give them the room to be who they are, where they are, you will allow yourself to do the same.

When you are considering giving someone a second chance, first check in with your inner knowing. If you find that your intuition is advising you to keep your distance, it is important to honor the guidance you receive. By honoring your intuition when it has wisdom to share, you can feel confident and happy in your decision to give others a second chance.

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The Benefits of Singing
The act of singing is one of the easiest ways of raising the vibration of your body as you harmonize with the universe.

Singing is an act of vibration. It takes music from the realm of the unformed — whether that is in your mind or from that magical space of inspiration — and moves it from within to without. From the first breath singing moves the energy in a circular way inside your body. As the breath fills your lungs, it brushes against the second and third chakras — the centers of creation and honoring self and others. Instead of merely exhaling, pushing the air past the fourth and fifth chakras where heart chakra and the center of will and intention reside, singing engages both the heart and mind. Sound vibrations from vocal chords resonate in the sinus cavities, filling the head with motion and sound while the brain lights up with the processing of the mathematics of music. This marriage of activities brings the third eye into play and opens the door for inspiration from the crown chakra before sending the sound out into the world.

Once the vibration begins, it is sustained with each note, moving throughout your body and the space around you. This can help you to harmonize your frequency with the world and with the divine. The use of the voice can bring about catharsis, a cleansing from the expression of emotion, which is why we feel better after singing certain types of songs. All of this occurs even if we are not conscious of what we are singing, but when we really connect with an intention, the power of the voice and music together are powerful tools in creation.

Even if you are not a singer by nature or talent, you are not left out. If you have a voice, it is your birthright to celebrate life with song. It doesn’t matter if you don’t feel you have a nice voice. Chanting or humming, singing solo or with others, your voice is yours to enjoy. Whether you sing along to the radio or use vocalization as part of your meditation time, singing and harmonizing are healing activities that bring your body’s vibrations into alignment with the universe.

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The Victorian Book of the Dead
A book on the popular and material culture of Victorian death and mourning.

Some very quaint curiosities of medieval antiquity belong to the traditions and customs of the monastic orders in different countries of Europe. The Capuchins, a branch of the decaying Franciscan Order, came into existence as late as 1525, and derived their title from the Italian name of a large cowl attached to the frock of rough frieze at the back of the neck. They never amassed great wealth or lived in such ease and luxury as some other friars had done; and the traveler in Italy at the present day will find them not unpopular in rural districts. Visitors to Rome are often tempted—it is a matter of taste—to inspect a ghastly display at the Church of the Capuchini. The mummies of deceased priors and the skulls of a multitude of defunct brethren of that community are ranged along the walls. It may have been only the fantastic whim of a gloomy-minded superior at a particular date which established this dismal fashion of commemorating the dead by so questionable a decoration, but the same kind of exhibition is presented in Sicily, at the Capuchins’ Convent of Monreale, a few miles from Palermo. There is a city in the heart of a civilized country where every year the heads of many persons are cut off and placed in little boxes. It seems like a barbarous custom, even though the people have long been dead when they are decapitated. But the people of that city, even though they

HAVE BURIAL RITES

So different from any in the world, see nothing out of the way in it, and in doing as they do believe that they show a deeper and more lasting love for the departed than those who simply bury their dead, erect a tombstone, and then in many instances forget all about them.

The ghastly custom has been in vogue for more than a hundred years in the town of Annecy, which is in the Department of Haute Savoie, in the south of France. It is one of the most picturesque cities of Lower France and nestled at the foot of the Lake of Annecy, within a short distance of Geneva. The surrounding country is made up of scenery of the most marvelous beauty, while the lake, which is nine miles long and only two in breadth, is never ruffled by storms and presents always a mirror-like surface. Thousands of tourists every year visit the town to sail upon the celebrated lake, 1,400 feet above the level of the sea.

But of the many who visit the place and who look with great interest at the church in which the relics of St. Francis de Sales are preserved, at the old castle which was formerly the residence of the Counts of Geneva, and at the nearby iron mines, there are few who know anything of those heads which have been accumulating these many years. For the people have been held up to public scorn before now, and they do not care to talk with strangers about their custom, which is usually misunderstood.

These people bury their dead in the ordinary way, but after the lapse of a few years, when the bodies are reduced to dust, the bones are dug up with ceremonies similar to those under which they are buried. All relatives and friends

ATTEND THE DISINTERMENT

And are present when the skull is separated from the other bones. These second ceremonies at the grave over, the cortege moves on, preceded by a priest with the skull, to the church in which the skull is finally placed.

In the early days this receptacle was merely a wooden box, roughly made, punctured with many holes. But as the years have gone by and the custom has grown, many changes have been made in the original idea. Just as in the ordinary burial there are caskets for the rich and for the poor, so, also in Annecy there are the skull receptacles to suit any extravagance or to satisfy the ideas and devotion of mourning widows, of disconsolate parents or of poetic lovers.

In the structure, quite close to the church, which has been erected for the purpose, there are now piled coffins without number of every shape, size and character. Some that have been the work of years are of oak, massive and fantastically carved. Others are made of pure silver and sparkle with rare gems. Some thought of wood, are bound with precious metals, which form a scroll work of unique design and exquisite workmanship. There are others, too, that are made to represent shrines, and some are counterfeit presentments of famous churches of the world, showing tall spires, Gothic archways, windows of stained glass, pillars and passages, all with the greatest regard to perfection of detail.

As a general thing the receptacles are made but for one skull, but some that are intended for an entire family have little compartments, each bearing an engraved plate, where the skulls of the family members will be placed after death. Very often a bereaved husband will have a coffer designed for the skull for a loved wife, with the necessary space left for the reception of a second skull, so that in death as in life they may be near each other.

In each of these boxes there are curious apertures, made in the shape of a heart. Sometimes they appear in the front of a miniature cathedral window, sometimes rudely cut in the side of a wooden box; but they are always there and are supposed to give light and air, though the contents of the coffers have long ceased to require either. Through these openings the grinning skulls can be seen perfectly well, a gray and senseless mass within the shrine. Upon each box there is the inscription which tells whose head it is which lies within, and sometimes tells of the life and death of the owner, his joys and his sorrows. Sometimes, where people are too poor to buy even the plainest sort of a coffer—and it is not considered a disgrace in this respect to be poor—a skull stands in ostentatious humility upon the coffer of some dead neighbor, with nothing but a label stuck upon it to tell whose it is. There are many other skulls standing quite alone and uncovered, from which the covering has

DROPPED AWAY WITH AGE

But these unprotected skulls are looked after just as carefully, and are regarded just as reverently, as those that are inclosed in the richest casket that can be made.

It is a strange sight to see those who mourn their dead, sitting in the dark chamber and holding the skull box in their hand, or kneeling beside it to pray, now and again pressing their lips to the little holes in the side of the coffers.

Just how the curious custom of burial which is used nowhere else in the world except in this little city came to be employed even tradition tells in a confused sort of way. There are some who say that the churchyard, when the town was smaller than it is to-day, became crowded and that the people, desiring all their dead to be interred in one place, decided upon this idea. By others it is said that there was a learned man who once dwelt there who convinced people that the brain, being the seat of reason and the abode of deepest feeling, if there was any thought or consciousness left after death, it must be connected with the head, so the decision was arrived at to have the skulls always where they could be seen.

It is not often that strangers are permitted to look upon these relics of the dead even if they know of their existence, but when they are, the sight is so unusual as to horrify them. But to the good priests who accompanies the visitor it is different. For this priest explains about these silent neighbors to whom he is accustomed that there is less harm in empty skulls than in the living heads and scheming brains of those by whom we are surrounded in life.

The Cincinnati [OH] Enquirer 14 March, 1896: p. 11

A number of skulls were reported to have been sent by the local museum to the Exhibition of Anthropological Sciences at the Universal Exhibition of Paris, a collection of objects contributed by “anthropologists of all nations.” However, there is no way of knowing if they were actually skulls from the church.

I’m reminded of the charnel houses in Germany and Austria like this one at Hallstatt, where denuded skulls are displayed, painted with the names and dates of former owners. Some are also painted with fanciful floral wreaths or with snakes writhing from empty eye sockets.

The article above is a unique and curious report of a long-forgotten custom with what seems to be an origin story muddled either by the locals or the journalist. But before we lose our heads over it, I must tell you that this is (to the best of my knowledge) a single source story. I can find nothing in the guidebooks or histories and if this story was copied by any other newspapers in the same format, I’ve not found them.

Initially I wondered if it was a misapprehension of a relic storehouse. Yet most relic chambers were swept away by the French Revolution and the article is clear that bodies were still being dug up and the skulls encased in the church.

Are the skulls still on display? Or [shudder] is the custom still followed? Chriswoodyard8 AT gmail.com

Here is a fascinating post about a very similar custom in Brittany.

Chris Woodyard is the author of The Victorian Book of the Dead, The Ghost Wore Black, The Headless Horror, The Face in the Window, and the 7-volume Haunted Ohio series. She is also the chronicler of the adventures of that amiable murderess Mrs Daffodil in A Spot of Bother: Four Macabre Tales. The books are available in paperback and for Kindle. Indexes and fact sheets for all of these books may be found by searching hauntedohiobooks.com. Join her on FB at Haunted Ohio by Chris Woodyard or The Victorian Book of the Dead.

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Coach Gilberto Chapter 38 by Stephen Halpert

It had gotten colder. A chilly draft seeped into their hotel room at the Northern Pine Resort and Conference Center in Southern Vermont. Gilberto, feeling wakeful, pulled the covers more tightly over himself and Maria. He couldn’t sleep Someone was walking about in the room directly above theirs. His stomach bounced with indigestion. It felt like a soccer ball being kicked hard.
Catching the murderer was very much on his mind; it was a dangerous loose end that needed to be remedied.
He was worried about Joey’s stag line plan. Why couldn’t he get a date? That made no sense to him. Gilberto sighed and turned over. The world was too much with him. The bedside clock read minutes before 4:30.
“You’re awake,” Maria put her arm around his shoulder and pressed herself against his chest. “I fear you ate too much. Too much lobster that late at night…”
“Probably,” he appreciated her warmth and returned it with a light kiss. “Just a lot on my mind,” he said with another sigh.
She ran her palm against his thigh. “And all the time you tell me not to worry.” Maria smiled slyly. “Tomorrow belongs to us until the conference at two thirty. Then after four we’re free until the social hour at seven.”
He grinned and kissed her again.
“Yummy,” she kissed him back. “Something tells me you’ll want to come back to bed.”
“You’ve got a better idea?”
She arched her eyebrows, “There is a tour of the Indian artifacts. It’s at the historic burial ground. I should think you’d be fascinated.”
He laughed and moved his hand lower, sliding it between her legs. “This is more fascinating; you, me, us here right here now than anything in a museum and burial ground. I love how you move when I slide my fingers in there.”
“I know,” she giggled. “I get it. I love it too. Your nice long piano fingers, boogie woogie inside me. Too bad you never played.”
She reached for him, smoothing her hand against his hardness. He felt himself stiffen even more. He pressed against her even more urgently.
After a while when they came back down to earth she said. “This is all you want isn’t it?”
He propped himself up on his elbow. “Nothing wrong with that. You got a better idea?”
Outside in the hall several attendees tramped by. Gilberto heard doors open and shut, then silence.
“No, nothing at all,” she giggled squeezing him.
“Nice,” he kissed her, a long slow kiss that could last for hours.
She giggled again. “And when I’m old and gray and I’m asked what did you and your husband do on all those trips together, I’ll fib and say Gilberto always has a fascination with old pots …”
“Especially yours,” A loud crash sounded in the hallway outside their door. He wrinkled his brow. “Room service is 24/7. Are you hungry?”
“You’ve got to be kidding.”
“Seriously. The best way for me to get to sleep again is a slab of chocolate cake with thick frosting and a scoop of ice cream.”
She patted his tummy. “At this rate you’ll put on twenty pounds and become round and rolly poly. “
“Never happen,” he kissed her again–a long slow kiss, deliberate, warm affectionate, nonstop.
Gasping, Maria came up for air and fit herself carefully beside him. “I love the way you kiss me.”
From outside their window came what sounded like two trucks colliding: a loud crashing and a tearing of metals that could wake the dead. Gilberto’s curiosity got the better of him. He staggered out of bed and peered out the window. Flames leapt into the night. Sirens shrieked in the distance.
Maria stretched and said, “Coming back?”
“Yes,” He heard more scuffling in the hallway outside their door. He pulled a towel around his middle, opened their door a crack sufficient to see the headmaster of Herringbone Academy clutching a woman who was giggling and squirming. Quickly he closed the door and climbed back in bed beside Maria.
“Let me warm you.” She curled up against him; She felt so soft. Her hands slid around him, invigorating him. “Who was in the hall?”
He chuckled, “the headmaster of Herringbone with a woman I’m sure wasn’t his wife.”
“Lots of booze can do that,” she said.
He shook his head. “Doesn’t his wife look like an oversized prune”?
“Not nice to say. People hear you talk that way…”
“Well, whoever she was she wasn’t his wife. I guess conferences like this enable …”
“Hanky panky,” she giggled. “You’ve more energy than a battalion of marines.”
“You think,” he turned onto his back and pulled her atop him.
The fire alarm went off, the loud wail of a nonstop siren.
Maria looked nervous. “We’d better get up and leave.”
He yawned. “Do we have to? We’re just getting started.”
“Do you smell smoke?”
“Let’s let it ride.”
She got out of bed and tugged at his arm. “Come on big feller. Up, I wouldn’t want us to be asphyxiated.”
He pulled back. “Aw, come on, one kiss.”
She let go and grabbed her robe. Outside flames were approaching the walls of the hotel.
He jumped up and climbed into his jeans, sweater, and loafers. “Don’t open the window. It could be dangerous, just head for the door.”
She wrapped her robe around herself, put on her slippers, then opened their door.
Outside in the hallway guests staggered about unsure where to go to find
a fire escape. A woman with wide eyes and tousled hair clung to the headmaster of Herringbone. His clothes were rumpled, an alcoholic haze seemed to affect his eyes. He looked at Gilberto, confusion on his face.
“This isn’t as it appears,” he mumbled insisting on dignity and more decorum than he deserved.
“Glad you saved you friend from the blazing inferno,” Gilberto said with a totally straight face. “Good for you.”
“All clear.” Came a booming voice from a loud speaker. Guests can return to their rooms. Sorry for the inconvenience.”
Gilberto and Maria went back in and closed their door.
“See,” he said. “I knew we didn’t have to bother getting out of bed.”

To be continued.

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Kitty Kat’s Korner
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5 Tips for Having a Safe Thanksgiving With Cats
By Karen A. Doll

The beauty of the Thanksgiving holiday is reflected in the happy faces of family and friends gathered together — felines included. But, not all Turkey Day traditions are good for kitties. Follow these tips to ensure a safe Thanksgiving with cats!

From toxic foods to unsafe decor, Thanksgiving can be a dangerous holiday for your cats!

  1. First, some general tips about Thanksgiving with cats
    The scent of roasting turkey will no doubt lure your cats to your kitchen. Your self-appointed taste testers might stick their tongues where cat tongues don’t belong or linger and get underfoot. One year, our cat, Bean, was caught red-pawed sampling the mashed potatoes while we were setting the table. Sometimes, it’s best to safely tuck your kitties into a back room or bedroom from prep time through clean-up detail.

If your cats are out and about at mealtime, set some ground rules before you sit down to eat. Politely ask that your guests not feed your feline friends since some holiday favorites are toxic or unhealthy for cats (see a list of what Thanksgiving foods are safe for cats here). Cats seem to crave fatty foods, and too much can lead to bouts of vomiting, diarrhea and pancreatitis.

According to Dawn Pyne, marketing manager for Embrace Pet Insurance, “Pet insurance is a great way to protect your cat if any unexpected accidents or illnesses occur during the holidays. Minimize triggers that cause stress, and limit giving your cat Thanksgiving table scraps. Based on our claims data, treating an adult cat for generalized inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract with overnight support therapies can cost over $3,000.”

  1. How to safely let your cat have Thanksgiving food
    To include your cat in the Turkey Day celebrations, Pyne says, “consider making a small plate with unseasoned, white turkey meat without skin, fat or bones, plain green beans and a scoop of pumpkin.”

Some other purrfect choices to add to the feline-friendly feast are apple slices and plain cooked carrots.

A great way to show gratitude for your cats’ daily doses of love and devotion is to whip up some homemade holiday treats. Petplan Pet Insurance veterinarians suggest pumpkin smoothies and roasted turkey medallions.

  1. Cat-safe and festive flowers and decor
    Pretty flowers and aromatic potpourri may set the stage for your Thanksgiving celebration, but are they safe for cats?

Thankfully, the ASPCA put together this great go-to list of toxic plants and flowers for cats.

Potpourri, whether in liquid or dried form, may be toxic to cats. Liquid potpourris contain cationic detergents and/or essential oils, which, if ingested, can cause inflammation and tissue damage in a cat’s mouth and digestive organs. What if your cat can’t resist and dips a paw into the mixture? First, it may cause skin irritation, swelling and pain, and second, as your cat grooms, the chemicals can be ingested or get into her eyes, causing irritation or injury. If your cat is tempted to munch on dried potpourri, the pieces can cut and irritate the insides of your cat’s mouth and become a choking hazard.

Thanksgiving decorations, such as pumpkins, corn stalks, potted chrysanthemums and Indian corn may be intriguing to your cats. Mums are toxic, and the other decor might be a choking hazard. So, it’s always best to err on the side of safety — don’t put out decorations that are potentially dangerous for cats.

  1. Keep a watchful eye on candles and fireplaces
    Seasonal scented candles and warm fires in the hearth may add ambiance to your holiday celebration, but cats are intrigued by the flickering lights and popping sounds — hot wax and flames can singe or burn your curious cats’ sensitive paw pads. Never leave a cat unattended around an open flame or burning fire!
  2. Create a stress-free holiday environment
    Cats thrive on routine. The slightest disruption can cause stress, but the busyness of the Thanksgiving holiday often extends into the weekend and can rattle even your most social and laid-back felines. Rescue Remedy Pets to the rescue. “I’ve found the most effective way to administer Rescue Remedy to cats is to put two drops on the end of my finger and then stroke it into the fur on top of the head,” says longtime cat mama and Catster contributor, JaneA Kelley, in this piece on reducing Thanksgiving stress in cats.

A few other tips on managing Thanksgiving stress for cats:

Gently instruct guests, especially children, not to approach or handle your cats. Let your cats take the lead — they’ll mingle when they’re comfortable and retreat when they’ve had enough.

Schedule in time with your cat. Guests will understand if you need to slip away for a little snuggle and play time with your favorite felines.
Create a separate for-cats-only secret clubhouse in a spare bedroom for your cats to retreat during the busy holiday season. Buy a few new, interesting toys, and scatter them around. If you don’t already have a cat-climbing tower, now is a great time to add one.

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Georgia Nicols Weekly Horoscope:Sunday,
November 20, 2022

All Signs
With the Sun, Moon, and Mercury in Sagittarius, this a lovely week for teamwork, networking and socializing! It’s the perfect time to catch up with old friends and enjoy fun outings and romantic dates. People will be optimistic, open-minded and adventurous. We will want to travel, explore, and learn new things because Sagittarians are truth seekers. Obviously, one should always tell the truth, unless asked “Am I too fat?” Nevertheless, there is the Law of the Lie: “No matter how often the lie is shown to be false, there will still remain a percentage of people who believe it to be true.” (Are these the people for whom lying is simply talking?)

Aries (March 21-April 19)
Grab every chance to travel in the next four weeks because you want to get outta Dodge! You need a change of scenery! And you need stimulation and adventure! Fortunately, the heavens will help you fulfil these wishes so start packing. This is also the perfect time for study and education, because you want to learn more about the world, especially by talking to people who have different interests and beliefs from yours. Enjoy art exhibits, social outings and publishing opportunities. Romance with someone “different” is likely. Allow extra time for everything because retrograde Mars will slow down your progress. (Hey, you can’t have everything. And anyhow, where would you put it?)

Taurus (April 20-May 20)
Three planets are in one of your Money Houses, which creates a concern about finances and whatever you hold jointly with someone else, including loans and mortgages. You might try to borrow money, get a mortgage or settle an inheritance. Fortunately, fair Venus is also in this Money House, and Venus will attract money to you through your spouse, business partner or a bank. (Yay!) This favourable influence lasts for the next four weeks. It will also heighten your intimate relationships, making them affectionate and cozy! This is actually a good time to look at your inner self to be aware of who you are, especially your compulsions.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)
In the next four weeks, the Sun is sitting opposite your sign. (This happens only once a year and among other things, it means you will need more sleep because the Sun, represents energy, and it is now (symbolically) as far away from your sign as it can get all year.) Note: This polarization can create conflict with others; however, it also allows you more objectivity to see your role in the relationship, which means you can do something to make it better. (An opportunity not to be missed.) This is also the perfect time to work with others. Do not go it alone. Discussions with others will be clarifying. Meanwhile, your closest relationships will be more affectionate because your ego is more in tune with others. Enjoy good times!

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
No matter what’s happening, in the next four weeks, you will roll up your sleeves and work. Your focus will be on your efficiency and effectiveness because you want to be as productive as possible. Admittedly, you might have to work according to someone else’s wishes or demands. (Arrg.) This is a good time for mental work as well as getting along with others. (Wanna get together and think for a while?) A work-related romance might begin. Hey, this is also a lovely window of time for your health! However, avoid overindulgence, especially seconds on dessert; and be aware of little self-defeating acts. Don’t worry about getting credit for what you do. Just get it done.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
It’s play city for Leos for the next four weeks! This is why you’ll have a strong drive to get out and have a good time. You will feel lighter. You will enjoy the company of children. Your relationships will be more playful. Accept invitations to socialize. Arts and crafts, the entertainment world, musical performances, the theatre, sports events and good times with others are perfect choices for you in the next four weeks. Grab every opportunity to express your own creative talents because you are a creative sign. Don’t be hard on yourself if your self-discipline is weak. This is a time of pleasure and romance! (Note: The email of the species is faster than the mail.)

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
For the next four weeks, your focus is on home, family and your private life. You will feel happier being among familiar surroundings. (Note: memories from your past will bubble to the surface of your mind.) Tackle home repairs and DIY projects. This is the perfect window of time for you to redecorate your home and invite people over to see what you’ve done. Offer your guests good food and drink. Ironically, although you will enjoy entertaining others, you will also enjoy quiet times by yourself at home as well – because it feels good. You’re happy to cocoon in your safe, cozy refuge. (I think it’s unfair that rum and eggnogs are so fattening. Life is a cruel hoax.)

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
The pace of your days is accelerating because you’re busy with short trips, errands, appointments plus increased interactions with siblings and relatives. You will enjoy all this socializing, but it will make you hustle! In addition, many of you will read, write and study more than usual. Because Mercury is in your House of Communications, you’ll be eager to talk to others and enlighten them with your ideas. Meanwhile, Venus will sweeten your words and make you entertaining and diplomatic. Venus will also heighten your appreciation for your daily surroundings. In fact, it will make you realize just how much love there is around you. (Gosh.)

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
You are entering a four-week window when money, earnings and cash flow will be prominent in your mind. This is an opportunity to examine your relationship to your wealth and your possessions. For example, do the things that you own make your life easier, or are they an albatross around your neck? In other words, do you own your stuff or does it own you? On the upside, this is the perfect time for you to give pleasure to your friends through what you own. (Offering drinks by the hearth kinda thing.) Share your resources so that others can enjoy good times as well. Meanwhile, what will also warm your heart is that you will attract money to you in the next four weeks! Ka-ching!

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
The Sun is in your sign for the next four weeks, giving you a chance to recharge your energies for the rest of year. This is why you will project yourself more forcefully! Obviously, this is your time to make a wonderful impression on others. Fortunately, with Venus in your sign as well, you will look charming, accommodating and gracious; while Mercury will make you chatty and keen to talk to everyone. This is a wonderful time for you to attract people to you along with favourable situations. Admittedly, retrograde Mars is still opposite your sign, which can create challenges dealing with partners and close friends. But the Sun and Venus will sweeten your words – all will be well.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Your personal year is drawing to a close now; however, your new year will not begin until your birthday arrives. This means that the next four weeks are sort of like limbo for you. You’ll be happy to work in the wings or be by yourself and use this time for contemplation. In fact, it’s the perfect window of time to set goals for your new year ahead. After all, goals give you a clearer focus on what is important. They give you more clarity in future decision-making. They give you better control over your future and a sense of purpose. (You like to have purpose because you want to know where you’re going.) Meanwhile, some of you are dabbling in secret love affairs and enjoying yourselves. Hmmm.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
A popular four weeks ahead! Expect interactions with friends and groups more than usual. This is an excellent time to work with others. It’s also the perfect time to examine the role that friends and groups play in your life. Because your idealism is aroused, this is an excellent time to bounce your hopes and dreams for the future off someone to get their feedback. Meanwhile, relations with others (including younger, creative people) will be so exciting for some, a friend will become a lover. Chogyam Trungpa said, “You are continually inviting all beings to be your guest — knowing they will not stay forever; and you will not be leaving with them.”

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
For the next four weeks, the Sun sits at the top of your chart casting you in a spotlight. And this spotlight is flattering! This mean bosses, parents, teachers and VIPs will see you as competent, capable and clever – even if you don’t do anything special. (It’s the power of good lighting.) Since you create such a marvellous impression without any extra effort, obviously, the next four weeks are the perfect time to advance your agenda and demand the advantage. Go after what you want! Make plans for your professional life. This is also an excellent time to talk to bosses and superiors. Meanwhile, romance with a boss might begin. (Certainly, a flirtation.)

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Amazing ideas and offers are coming your way. It’s just many are unexpected or decisions are in others’ hands. While, ordinarily, that would be a relief, you’re unsure what the reaction will be. Despite that, leave things to them, making it clear you intend to discuss their ideas regularly. That should free your time for your own pursuits, while ensuring you know what’s what.

Not surprisingly, given how restless you have been recently, you will find anything of a routine nature totally unappealing. Try, therefore, to organise your time so you can work and play in short bursts at a host of different activities. Keep an eye on your spending and avoid buying now, think about it later. Instead, look for ways to make sensible use of your income and take some time to set your financial affairs in order.

Again, don’t doubt your ability to make things happen. Once the Sun joins both Mercury and Venus in Sagittarius (on Tuesday), your enthusiasm should increase. Then, after Jupiter stations (Thursday), with your imagination in full throttle, and boosted by the Sagittarius New Moon, pushing forward with any project should be easy. Enthusiasm will likely be stoked by an expert who’s studied overseas, is bilingual, and whose code of ethics is at the core of all they do. Yet your ruling planet, Mars, is still retrograde and will be in that condition until the start of next year. It’s vital that you review paperwork, and double and triple check all contracts. The other option is to ensure that flexibility is built in so that, if necessary, a trial period is factored into any arrangements.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

For weeks there’s been talk of changes as unsettling as they’d be exciting. Now, suddenly, these are about to become reality. Things are moving more swiftly than expected, and you’re uneasy about it, especially the details. Despite those doubts, go with the flow. Still, discussing every concern. The more you learn, the easier it will be to recognise the benefits these swift and occasionally unsettling developments are bringing.

After falling behind because you’ve been helping other people out with their responsibilities, you will be hoping to catch up on your own work now. Be sure to concentrate your efforts on the job in hand and then make your evenings and weekend is a time for fun and relaxation. Partnerships of any kind are highlighted when you should find it extra easy to understand the person you care for. Single? Friendship could begin to take on romantic overtones

At one level it might seem that you’re being manipulated (most probably by an Aries, Leo or Sagittarius). You could easily feel coerced into following through on one of their dreams. This may be no bad thing. They perhaps need your practical and more steady approach. Recall too, that with Uranus going through your sign you are looking for excitement and a chance to display entrepreneurial skills but with modified risk (i.e., the buck stops somewhere else!) The fact that others need your natural talent shouldn’t deter you from greater involvement. Yes, the workload could appear huge and ever-growing. This may be the precursor to you being asked to be a key member of a new team. It’s possible that before the end of November, you will be asked to help select members for that special group.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

By no means are you a control freak. Yet you’re uneasy about the control others have over certain arrangements that will substantially reshape your life. The fact is, changes are inevitable, and despite your doubts, the plans being made will benefit you as much as others. The key? Keep in close touch, step by step. You’ll soon realise how wise this approach is.

You could be asked to take charge of group activities and events. This role of leader will sit easily on your shoulders so go ahead with confidence. Your immediate future holds a lot of promise, providing you think it through thoroughly before you start on new projects. Have confidence in yourself and accept invitations to meetings or interviews which may push you up the career ladder. The only thing that might hold you back is fear of making a wrong decision.

Mars is still retrograde in your sign and yes, you likely will feel that you have to go back over decisions taken since August 22. Anticipate that you will be questioned – ruthlessly at times. With so much planetary activity in your opposite sign from Tuesday, others will likely be super demanding. They may feel they have the law on their side too. Then, as Jupiter comes to its station at the apex of your solar chart on the 24th, expect the screws to tighten. If you haven’t had a firm grasp on affairs, then it might be suggested that you give way to those who feel they have. On the upside, if you did do your homework and have used recent weeks wisely, then it’s around this time that you should receive accolades for having steered your ship wisely onto safe ground.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

With so much unsettling planetary activity, and serious discussion of far-reaching plans, you’re uneasy. The problem? While others are excited about events, you’re short of facts and that, in turn, is making you anxious. Gather whatever information you can, but also think back to times in the past when you were equally unsure what would be next. Things worked out then, and they will now.

Someone you meet around the middle of the week could be somewhat boastful about their possessions or the amount of cash they have saved for a rainy day. The real reason behind this may well be to find out what you have or don’t have, so keep your wits about you and refuse to play such games. If working as a team you will get on well with creative people. There may be some disagreement with a person who always wants their own way.

This week’s New Moon is the annual one accenting work and schedules. What is different this time, is that Mars is simultaneously retrograde in the opposite area of your solar chart. This brings underlying challenge. Whilst likely agreeing that the time is right to push forward with a new project, you might need to accept that teething difficulties will require endless adjustment both to scheduling and personnel. There are just too many unknowns. That said, this may be one of those occasions when if you don’t take a risk, you will regret it in a decade’s time. Yes, these are confusing times and yes, you may wonder if you’ve taken on too much and if you’re physical and spiritual system can support you. You likely need encouragement – presumably from Sagittarius and Aquarius friends who, in their different ways boost your energy levels.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

You’re in a cycle that’s about exciting, yet sudden, changes. Also, while you’re by no means a control freak, others seem to be making decisions without talking them over with anybody, including you. The problem? The swift pace is preventing even brief discussions. The secret? Get involved, even if in a minor way. You’ll not only learn more, gradually you’ll become part of the decision-making process.

A workmate will suggest new ways of approaching routine jobs. You will like their ideas but it won’t be as easy to put them into practice as it first sounds. Don’t be too rigid in your choice if you are buying an item of furniture or a replacement household appliance. Investigate shops in out of the way places if you’re looking for inspiration. Allow yourself plenty of time for browsing and success should be yours. A flexible approach will also make a big difference to the amount of cash you’re left with.

It really would be wise to stop, take a deep breath and assess your situation before Wednesday’s New Moon. There is every likelihood that from Wednesday you will be full steam ahead, full of enthusiasm, and freed from certain restrictions. Yours is one of the Fire signs, and you probably know that too great a fire results in considerable damage. Regulating and applying control is essential. Check then, that your thermostat is working well at the start of the week. Note too, that it will likely suit others to get you caught up in their dramas. Maintaining distance is essential. Until Saturn leaves your opposite sign (March of next year), anticipate that certain individuals will continue to lean on you. You are not responsible for their career or happiness but can offer support without accepting responsibility.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

For ages you’ve been thinking about making changes in elements of your life. Last week, your ruler Mercury moved to accent these, triggering discussion of various options. While you’re excited, you’re also short of facts. With so much in transition, that’s no surprise. Take each day, and its events, as they arise. By next week the facts will be clearer and you’ll be more confident.

Domestic matters prey on your mind. Some have been ignored for too long and you intend to get them out of the way before the end of the week. Housemates won’t be happy. Families don’t want to discuss a touchy topic but with this causing too much tension, worry and uncertainty, a heart to heart needs to be arranged. It won’t be a good idea to leave anything of a financial, family, relationship or romantic nature to chance. Keep a close eye on what is going on.

Between this weekend and next there is the Sagittarius New Moon to look forward to. This year that coincides with both Mercury and Venus moving through that same sign. Sagittarius occupies the base of your solar chart: your assets department. Expect to be energised. True, there is likely to be more going out than flowing in. Anticipate too, that people from very different walks of life will encroach on your space. They will surely be full of what first seem to be outrageous demands. You don’t have to be manipulated. Rather, by assessing exactly your situation, and what you really have to offer, you could consider your long-term aims and objectives and how these will be supported. This week especially, distribution centres have your full attention.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

The last thing you’re in the mood to do is discuss potential changes in arrangements that, only recently, you struggled to organise. In some cases, a rethink is wise. However, the main topic is no more than others reviewing what they’ve done, and more important, giving themselves a pat on the back for their accomplishments. You’ve achieved wonders, too, and certainly deserve to do this as well.

If circumstances have changed and this has caused you to break free from certain friendships you might benefit from joining a group who share a hobby or interest in common. It will take a while to feel comfortable in a different setting but you will be made to feel welcome. A home improvement program sounds like a good idea but find out what this is going to cost before making any long-term commitments.

Prior to the Sagittarius new Moon on Wednesday, much attention needs to be given to financial matters. Whilst hopefully there will be something to celebrate is the week begins, this should be done with caution. True, as the Sun moves into Sagittarius joining both Mercury and Venus and with Jupiter Sagittarius ruling planet coming to its station on Thursday 24th, promises will likely be made. These though have to be under print by strong contracts. This is not the time for your lazy sub-Libra sub-personality to come to the fore. Is vital that you pay attention to detail, and that you don’t compromise existing assets. This every likelihood that something you’ve written or said, will yet prove valuable translating either into a good bargaining position. Note too, that dialogue with those who live and work overseas will likely increase and that you might even need to display linguistic skills in a language you’ve underused the some time.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

After several weeks of reviewing existing arrangements and, in some cases, rethinking plans, you’re feeling a well-earned sense of achievement. The problem? Certain individuals are restless, and eager to benefit from their recent efforts, and they’ll like you to join in. While, understandably, you’re hesitant, at least think about this. Within a few days you might decide it’s a good idea, after all.

You may have agreed to give a public presentation. Suddenly you will just want to retire behind the scenes. Don’t do anything drastic in order to fulfil that wish for just as suddenly you will have a change of mood. Leave arrangements as they stand. Someone will be looking to you for advice or practical assistance and the last few days of the week could include an unusual occurrence in the job environment.

This week, not only does the Sun leave your sign, but Jupiter stations for the final time in the risk and speculative area of your solar chart. It won’t hold this position for another decade. This then, is a week when finances will surely have high priority, and that your code of ethics will be tested. You may feel that now is the time to look more closely at renewables or to join forces and invest in those who work in other countries. A further possibility is being asked to look carefully at the wording of a document. Those of your sign tend to be good at masterminding and developing a sales pitch. You may not think you have this ability, but your understanding of the human psyche and your intuition usually results in you putting forward compelling argument. Soon after Wednesday’s New Moon, you could come up with exactly the right slogan or message that prompts others to agree a deal that a month ago would have been unthinkable.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

You’re in for an amazing week. True, some of what arises could be entirely unexpected. Between the Sun’s superb link with your ruler Jupiter on Monday and the Sagittarius New Moon on the 23rd, life’s full of breakthroughs. The secret? Explore absolutely everything, show interest in what seems worthwhile, but keep your options open. This is just the beginning. There’s yet more wonderful coming your way.

You don’t mind changing plans if something better crops up. Your chances to partake in an exciting venture will be spoiled by a personality clash with someone who is in a position to cause your reputation a lot of harm. As it is by the end of the week you will feel as if Fate has taken a hand in steering you in a direction that moves you away from risky and possible underhand dealings.

All is far from last but yes, you might need to dig deep into reserves at the start of this week. Note that not only does your ruling planet Jupiter, arrive at its station at the base of your solar chart, but that this event coincides with the New Moon in your sign – already occupied by Mercury and Venus. The net result is that you’re likely to want to be ‘up and at ’em’. If, for any reason your energy levels have been low, anticipate that this will change. Yes, you probably could do with some detoxification, and it would be good to get that underway at the start of the week. It is highly likely that something you’ve been eating has not been supportive to your general health. Aware too that you haven’t been able to enjoy adventures as much as in the past, there may now be ways to make things happen. With confidence growing, you can push forward with new ideas – selling these where appropriate before Jupiter moves on into Aries at the winter solstice next month.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Judging by the current planetary setup, life’s full of interesting people and exciting ideas. However, nothing is solid enough for you, as a Capricorn and somebody who prefers to both know what’s happening and, ideally, be in control. Still, your instincts are probably telling you these are worth getting involved in. Plunge in. The more you learn, the clearer it will be how true this is.

Splashing out on a purchase of a luxurious nature will have the consequences of leaving you short for cash. Since this isn’t something, you do regularly, it could be that the pleasure will far outweigh the fact that you have to live on a shoestring until your next pay day. In one way or another you will achieve a lot, whether it is working alone behind the scenes or accepting a little help from friends.

You’re right: it is time to review assets and long-term management. Careerwise you doubtless need to spread your wings. Renewing acquaintance and actively making new contacts would be wise. Yes, this probably requires thinking internationally, and yes, that could be daunting. What you have in your favour is a track record of showing that you can achieve and are empowered through recent experience. Though you may dislike intensely massive responsibility, fact is that you are good at taking charge. As Jupiter arrives at its station mid-week – coincidentally with the Sagittarius New Moon, – expect others to come up with fresh plans. Rather than holding your head in your hands and despairing that yet another project is coming your way, you could choose to get in at ground level and gently steer a project.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

The past few weeks have been thrilling if, at times, a little overwhelming. You’ve faced a range of decisions, most as exciting as they were easy to make. Now, however, others are getting involved in those plans, and already they’re causing disarray. Talk this through. While, in some cases, they’ll understand your concerns, in others you’ll realise just how good their ideas are.

Transactions associated with a company or firm you have just started dealing with will run like clockwork. You might even bring forward plans arranged for the end of the year to make the most of this positive trend. New schedules will be worth any extra effort it takes to get them underway and those around you are more willing than they have been, of late, to fall in with your suggestions. You might expect a highly entertaining weekend.

It’s entirely possible that the planets play music. The geometric patterns created as they orbit the Sun may set up vibrations that are beyond the capacity of the human ear. That doesn’t mean they don’t have effect however. This week the pulse, rhythm and melody of that planetary music will alter midweek and the intensity of the first few days (cello-type sounds) give way to a form of trumpet blaring that has most people marching to new tunes by the end of the week. Ideas that have been incubating since August 22 will doubtless require both review and more energy. Yet this would be a good time to launch a product or service. That said, take care not to skirt over contractual or legal issues. Getting this right now would pay dividends later. With Pluto moving into your sign next March, bringing with it even more opportunity, the art for now is to ensure that the ground is prepared.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Only recently, you were both excited about recent plans and, equally, hoping for a break from the resulting pressure. However, you’re in the midst of another round of promising developments and, better yet, they’re equally rewarding. The trick? Ask others their views and discuss yours, then suggest you take a few days to think things over. By then you’ll be ready to focus on yet more planning.

After a busy start to the week when you will hardly have a chance to think, responsibilities will start to ease around Wednesday. With your mind no longer cluttered with job and family concerns, your thoughts will wander to a friend who loves overseas and you might wonder if they would mind if you paid them a visit. They are likely to be delighted by the suggestion. Music, art and creative pastimes will feel therapeutic on the weekend.

Your career is set to go off in fresh direction – though it might not seem like that at the start of the week when mopping up the past takes priority. However, mid-week, Jupiter stations in your sign for the last time for over a decade. That event coincides with the Sagittarius’ New Moon which this year forms interesting planetary picture with both Mercury and Venus – also moving through Sagittarius. With so much attention in the career zone of your solar chart, and you boosted by fresh energy others should see you as having exactly the right talents and gifts that they require. It would be unsurprising if you were discussing new career options and extra training. This doesn’t need to begin until Saturn moves into your sign next March. What seems clear is of that over the next couple of years you will want to improve your expertise. It could all start this week with an interesting introduction – most probably involving someone familiar with further education courses.

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GrannyMoons Weekly Feast: 13 Nov 2022

Happiness is not a brilliant climax to years of grim struggle and anxiety.
It is a long succession of little decisions simply to be happy in the moment.

~J. Donald Walters

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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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Current Moon Phase: WANING MOON

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

Goddess Aspect: Crone

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

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

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Flower of the Month for November: Chrysanthemum
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Herb of the Year for 2022: Viola (violet, heartsease) named by the International Herb Association

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NOV. 14: Feast of Musicians and Bards – Druid celebration of the Celtic musical arts.
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NOV. 16: – Thracian Night of Hecate, Greek Goddess of the Hags or Wisewomen, (later called Witches), her name comes from Heqa-ma’at, a Goddess in the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead who later became Hekmah or Hokmah (also spelled Chokmah) meaning wisdom in the ancient Hebrew Bible (Old Testament). From Heqa-ma’at / Hecate / Hokmah we get the Greek word for wisewoman or holywoman, “hag”. Honoring Hecate – Thracian Goddess of the Moon, Magick, and Witches as the Teacher of the Craft.
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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 $150.00 the entire online Healing Arts Course (1-3) which includes a free Reiki certification course when all three are ordered at the same time!
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Natural Witchcraft with GrannyMoon

Welcome to a journey to learn about yourself and your hidden powers. Wise women and men have existed for thousands of years and still exist throughout the world. They know Mother Earth as the ultimate healer, and have learned to utilize the gifts of of nature. Inside each person is a being of wisdom, deeply connected to the phases of the moon and the tides of the sea. All we need to do is trust our innate wisdom.

This will take 13 weeks of study and hands-on practice. But it should be fun for you too! We start with the basics!

~What You Need To Know First!
~Your Inner Witch
~The Informed Witch
~Your Witchy Genealogy, Finding Your Ancestors
~Much Much More

This is not Wicca! You don’t need expensive accoutrements or other fancy trappings! All lessons are done weekly with GrannyMoon through e-mail, with personal feedback.

Course requires purchase of one text book! You may buy this new,
used or you may already have it! “Way of Natural Magick” by Nigel Pennick


A 13 week course on-line course.
$150.00
Those completing this course will receive a certificate in Natural Magick!

Payment Plan Available
3 payments of $50.00
Payments Plan!
Contact GrannyMoon at:
GrannyMoonsMail@yahoo.com

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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 (GoddessSchool.com) has grown into a large and beautiful global community of women.

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Llewellyn’s Spell A Day

Celebrate the Festival of Feronia
NOVEMBER 13, 2022 BY ELIZABETH BARRETTE

On this day, the Romans celebrated the Festival of Feronia. They worshipped her as the goddess of the harvest and abundance. They held a fair in her honor, with a market and entertainment. They offered the fruits of the harvest to her in a sacred grove.

This is a good time for a spell of gratitude. If possible, visit a farmers’ market to choose the best offerings from the current harvest. If you have a garden, you can also make offerings of things you have grown. Make an altar covered with an autumn-colored cloth. Place the fruits of the harvest in a cornucopia or basket. Then say:

Feronia, goddess of plenty,
Accept the gifts of my hand.
Thank you for a bountiful harvest
And abundance from the land.

Afterward, you may use the fruits of the harvest to make a sacred feast.
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All Things Shall Be Well
NOVEMBER 12, 2022 BY BARBARA ARDINGER

As we wander through the waning light of November, it’s easy to feel the dark season approaching. While some people are afflicted by seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which leads to depression and similar feelings, it doesn’t have to be that way. We can cheer up. We can be optimistic even as the year’s light fades.

If you’re feeling sad, set comical things on your altar, such as a favorite toy or a picture of a child or a kitten or puppy. As you light a brightcolored candle, repeat the words of Dame Julian of Norwich, a medieval English anchorite. (I’ve added to her words to make this spell.)

All is well.
All things shall be well.
All manner of things shall be well.
All can only be well.

Hold this spell in your heart and repeat it to yourself every morning, every evening, and any other time you’re feeling a bit darkish. (Be sure to extinguish the candle.) We know the light will return. Hold this thought that all can only be well.
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The Power of Giving Service
NOVEMBER 11, 2022 BY SUSAN PESZNECKER

Is there any magic stronger than helping others? I think not. Veterans Day in the United States is a day when we honor those who have served and protected our country. Celebrate this with a ritual of honoring and awareness.

You will need one or two of your favorite tools (shovel, scissors, rolling pin, etc.).

Start in the morning at sunrise. Hold your tools, facing east, and repeat the following:

To those who have served this country, I honor you. To those who serve others every day, even in the simplest of roles, I honor you.

Now take your tools and get to work, making someone’s life a little better
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The Wild Hunt Spell
NOVEMBER 10, 2022 BY JAMES KAMBOS

The Wild Hunt is the Wild Huntsman (the God) and his cavalcade of horsemen who ride across the sky on windy autumn nights. They come from the Otherside to gather the souls of the recently departed. The lesson they teach is about change and transition. Call for their help when you’re afraid to make a change. You’ll need your wish written on plain white paper and one red apple. On a windswept night, hide your wish outside and place the apple on the paper. The apple is your gift to the Huntsmen. As you hide your wish, say:

The riders of the Wild Hunt
ride untamed
Upon night stallions with
flowing manes.
I ask, bring me the change I seek,
Only to you I reveal the secret I keep.

Tell no one about your wish. The next day, if your wish and apple are still there, hide the paper until your change occurs and compost the apple If they’re gone, your wish is already working in the Unseen Realm.
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Float Away Your Troubles
NOVEMBER 09, 2022 BY STEPHANIE ROSE BIRD

This year, a very important Thai festival of lights takes place today. Loy Krathong is a beautiful way of engaging and making offerings to water spirits while doing personal magick. Rivers and waterways are the most appropriate place for your ritual, but some people also use lakes, canals, brooks, and streams. What you will do is write down your trouble(s) and then watch them float away on a candlelit floral vessel.

Make a small boat using a loaf of banana bread or cork as the bottom. Insert your little sheet of paper. Put a votive candle on the base, along with a pretty flower. Wrap the bottom loosely with a banana leaf.

As you watch the vessel float away, imagine the wake bringing you a fresh start. If you need a substitute for the banana leaf, such as a corn husk or palm leaf, that’s okay, but make sure whatever you use is completely biodegradable.
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Eclipse Portal Spell Jar
NOVEMBER 08, 2022 BY ASTREA TAYLOR

During today’s lunar eclipse, the earth will float between the Sun, Mercury, and Venus and the Moon and Uranus. This may cause turbulent emotions, but it can also reveal a unique perspective.

This portal spell jar requires a translucent jar, water, parsley, flower petals, grain, loose change, a magnet, and a fingernail clipping. You will also need paper and a writing utensil.

Under the light of the full moon, combine all the ingredients in the jar except for the water. Write down all of your accomplishments from the past six months and drop the paper in. As you pour water into the jar, consider how your emotions have supported you on this journey.

Catch the moon’s reflection on the surface of the water, then set the jar in the moonlight. Meditate on the future and the successes coming your way.

When you’re done, cap the jar and put it on your altar as a memento of your perseverance and what’s to come.
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Protect Your Sleep
NOVEMBER 07, 2022 BY DALLAS JENNIFER COBB

To cope with stress, we need to protect our sleep. Getting regular, good-quality sleep improves our mood, sharpens the mind, boosts memory, lowers blood pressure, steadies blood sugar levels, and fights germs. Sleep is crucial in healing physical injury and rebuilding muscle tissue.

Turn your bedroom into a sanctuary devoted to sleep. Banish all screens and phones from your room. Make your bed with pretty linens and blankets, lightly scent your pillows and sheets, and create a haven of relaxation. Regularly cast this protection spell:

This bed is for my peaceful sleep, my
ease promoted by scented sheets.
This pillow is to rest my head, I
sleep and dream and heal in bed.
This blanket keeps me safe and warm,
protected from worry, fear, and harm.
This room is my sacred space, I
rest and renew in this place.
I call protection around
my sleep. Blessed be.

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Cloud Meditation

Following a cloud with our eye and drifting through the sky with it can be an easy and relaxing meditation.

Sometimes we can get so wrapped up in our thoughts that we wind up going around and around in circles, finding it difficult to concentrate on things and, because we are so distracted, not really accomplishing much. There may be signals — mental, emotional, or physical — that tell us we need to slow down and relax. Since we are so involved in things that are external to us, however, we may easily overlook what is really going on inside of us. It is during these times that we need to step back from the things that occupy our minds and take a moment to connect with our inner self, giving our minds, bodies, and spirits the time they need to re-energize and heal.

At first it may seem that by taking a break, we may not be as productive as we would initially like. In reality, a healthy period of rest is something that gives us a real sense of the unlimited nature of our true potential. Spending a couple of minutes walking outside, doing a few yoga poses, meditating, or simply becoming attuned to the rising and falling of our breath enables us to let go of our worries. This act brings our focus back to the things that are truly essential for us, such as our sense of oneness with the universe and our inner peace and well-being. As we begin to get in touch with this part of ourselves, we will find that our usual everyday troubles and worries become less critical and that we not only have much more room in our lives to really reflect on the issues that mean the most to us, but we are also able bring a much more positive and healthy outlook to the rest of our lives.

Giving ourselves respite from our daily concerns is like giving a gift to ourselves. By stepping away from the problems that seem to saturate our thoughts, we lessen the weight of our troubles and instead become more receptive to the wisdom and answers the universe has to offer us.

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The Druids Garden
Mapping Your Spiritual Journey

~Dana

One’s spiritual journey is full of so many twists and turns, particularly if you are taking up the druid path. Druidry is a path that really focuses on individual relationships with the living earth, and thus, you will find a tremendous diversity of perspectives, beliefs, and practices. For new druids, the choices may be a bit overwhelming.

In AODA druidry, in particular, it is kind of like a choose-your-own-adventure book–we have a set of core practices and teachings, but most of the major choices about cosmology, diety, and so forth are left up to the individual. And of course, because we focused on place-based, localized, and wildcrafted druidry, the druidry practice of someone like me in the Allegheny Mountains in Western Pennsylvania, USA, is likely to be very different than the practices of someone living in Hawaii or Norway. Thus, in this post, we explore both how to make choices about important things as well as how to chart your overall journey.

But how do you decide what choices to make? And why is it important to take time to take stock in the journey–the journey you have taken and the journey that is still to come? In this post, we explore the idea of mapping your spiritual journey: reasons why you may want to, paths and steps to take, and work to move forward. I also share an upcoming Zoom Workshop on this topic free for anyone to join, hosted by the AODA!

Reflection, the Conscious and Subconscious, and the Path to Individuation
A powerful tool for spiritual growth can be found through reflection and meditation on one’s past experiences leading to the present moment. Reflection allows us to take a breath and a break from the journey. Our legs can grow weary of ever taking us forward. So when we reflect, we take time to think about where we’ve gone, where we are now, and where we might go. We can pause for a time, resting, being, and existing in the moment of our life’s great spiritual journey.

One of the reasons it is important to spend time in reflection is that it better helps us understand how our past experiences shape us, and how we might grow and heal from those experiences and develop wholeness. Carl Jung taught that we essentially have three aspects to our psyche: our ego, our subconscious, and our collective unconscious. Our ego is our personality, our reason and mental faculties, our perceptions, and all of that which we are aware of that make us unique individuals. Our subconscious is all of that which is not conscious but that influences and guides us, and may include our memories, thoughts, feelings, and even repressed or forgotten experiences.

Often, our subconscious drives our behaviors, feelings, and what is made conscious, particularly if we do not address or deal with our past. Thus, it is useful in spiritual work that we work to understand the deepest ways in which we instinctively react–it is often here where spiritual lessons form, and thus, where we can grow and heal.

The third category of consciousness is Jung’s collective unconscious, which is tied to being human–this is where symbols, archetypes, and other cultural and evolutionary conditioning exist and shape us (for example, all humans gravitate toward fire because we evolved with it for millions of years–this is a feature of humanity borne out of the collective unconscious). We won’t be getting into this third category much today, but the other two categories that are personal are quite useful.

Part of what mapping and reflection can do is help us achieve what Jung calls individuation. Jung described individuation as the process that an individual goes through to come to a sense of wholeness and completeness by engaging in various kinds of work (spiritual work, creative work, meditation, etc.) to connect the consciousness with the unconscious. Individuation allows for self-actualization across the different domains of a person, including the physical, mental, philosophical, mystical, and spiritual areas of life.

In the Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus, a text from antiquity that offers a foundation in the occult and hermetic philosophy, it is written “That which Below corresponds to that which is Above, and that which Above corresponds to that which is Below, to accomplish the miracle of the One Thing.” A more modern translation of this ancient text is “as above, so below, as within, so without.” This concept, foundational to the study and practice of much western mysticism and occultism, has many interpretations and translations. We use this doctrine to establish why inner work is a critical goal for any spiritual path, druidry being no exception. Through inner work, such as the meditation practices and related self-focused practices presented here, one can use these tools to help develop spiritually and come into a place of wholeness.

Reflecting on the Journey of the Past
The first step of mapping out your journey is reflecting upon what has happened in the past. The past guides and shapes us, and it is the path we have walked to this present moment. It can be a very useful exercise to actually create a map–a map that helps us understand the twists and turns.

There are a few ways you might approach this work. One is to engage in a series of meditations, free writing, or other methods of exploring a series of related questions about the past you’ve experienced. If you aren’t willing to delve into some of these questions, this might be a place of deep trauma–and maybe at a later point, you will be willing after time has passed and things have healed. Dig into whatever of these questions you think might be useful to you as you begin to map your journey.

Past religious/spiritual experiences. It is useful to consider our past experiences with birth religions or previous religious experiences and how those have shaped our present. For many that are taking up the path of druidry, individuals have deep and complex relationships that are evolving with regard to past religious experiences. You might consider any of the following questions in exploring this aspect of your past:

What was your relationship to religion or spirituality when you were growing up?
How do you feel about that birth religion (or lack thereof) now as you are older?
Has that past relationship (or lack of relationship) affected or shaped your practices now? in what way?
Does the birth religion of your family impact how you are viewed (or have to hide) today as a druid?
Other past experiences and personality:

What other aspects of yourself have been brought into clarity or developed further as part of your spiritual journey?
Do you see synthesis in the various aspects of your life (personal, work, educational, public, community, family)? Do you see disconnections?
What experiences deeply shaped your choice to be a druid?
What experiences deeply shaped who you are as a person? Are these the same as the last question or different?
Who have been important spiritual influences or teachers on your journey? (They don’t have to be spiritual teachers, but something that taught you something)
What places have really been influential on your spiritual journey?
What beings (plants, rivers, people) have been influential on your spiritual journey?
Motivations towards the present: It is useful to think about what currently drew you to the path you are on, and how it is working for you.

What drew you to your current path (whether that is druidry or other neopagan or earth-based path)?
What things are you certain of that you believe? Where are areas that are still evolving or uncertain?
What are your core practices and why do you engage in those practices? How might you see them yet evolving?
How do you define druidry? What does it mean to you?
Inspiration toward the future: It is also helpful to stand in the present moment and think about the future.

What, if anything, do you hope to get out of your current spiritual journey?
What, if anything, do you hope to gain as part of this journey?
Is this path a lifelong path for you, a stop along the journey, unknown, or perhaps something else?
As you are reflecting, this can be helpful for you to take stock of who you were when you started this journey, where you are heading, and the growth you’ve had along the way. The above is particularly helpful for you to dig into the deep past and think about how things have shaped who you are today.

Reflection through Reading Past Spiritual Journals
An alternative approach to this is one you can use if you keep a regular spiritual journal. This approach takes some time but it is very well worth it. In this approach, you take time and space to read through your old spiritual journals. If you have a few journals, this is easy. If you have many, it can be a bit more time-consuming but still worth it. In this case, what you will want to do is get all of your spiritual journals and first put them in order. You will want to read in chronological order. Do this in a quiet setting, maybe with a nice cup of tea or by candlelight. Think about who this person was who wrote it, and where you are now. Consider taking notes–what insights or themes do you see coming forth as you read? What are key shifts you see happening as you go through your journey? This approach is a powerful way to understand your spiritual journey, particularly if you like to journal and use that as a regular record.

I’m an avid journaler, usually filling 1-2 a year. Since I’m nearing year 18 of my druid journey, I had about 30 journals to read in order to do this work. I started reading in Dec 2020, working steadily on it, reading for a few hours a few times a month. I finished almost a year and a day later. A bit part of why it took me so long is that I decided that with 30+ journals, I didn’t want to necessarily read them all again anytime soon, but there was

Mapping the Journey to Come
Reflecting on the past this way allows you to do a few things. First, it allows you to have a sense of how far you have come and there’s a lot of value in really bringing into consciousness your lessons, experiences, and insights that shape who you are as a spiritual being. Knowing who you are and how you’ve gotten here, and spending that time in bringing it into focus, helps you have a sense of what you have accomplished, what you are still working toward, and where you are heading next.

Some people very much appreciate setting goals, setting intentions, and making lists of what they would like to accomplish. Other people find that a little bit of this kind of work is helpful, but that there should also be room for spontaneity and creativity. So I’d say trust your own intuition here–how much you want to plan is really up to you. The other option here is if goals aren’t your style, setting some broader themes can be helpful.

If you are working through a course, like AODA’s curriculum, obviously, it is a good idea to plan for what you need to complete the curriculum. Most people also benefit from at least setting some longer-term goals, themes, or intentions. Goals should be both attainable and challenging in order to grow–set goals that may push you in directions you want to go but that you can actually accomplish as part of your journey. Themes can be more broad, just a sense of what you might want to spend some time on, but keeping what will actually be done or accomplished more nebulous. It can be very helpful for you to put up your goals, intentions, or themes somewhere that you can see regularly.

For me, I always go dark and do a 10-day spiritual retreat in the first part of January. As part of that retreat, I do a variety of different reflective activities, including many described in this post, and then set some goals or intentions moving forward. I do this on a yearly basis, and also take that time to reflect. As you move deeper into your spiritual practice, you may find it helpful to find some kind of regular time to do this too!

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This Distubing Unsolved Mystery From Virginia Will Give You Goosebumps

The year was 1816. A young couple arrived in Virginia after having sailed through the Caribbean. Their ship docked into the Old Town Alexandria port at Prince Street. This well-to-do couple reserved a room at one of the most prestigious accommodations in town, City Hotel (later renamed Gadsby’s Tavern). Only their reason for staying was not one of leisure, but rather urgency – the beautiful woman was deathly ill.

Forever immortalized as the “Female Stranger,” the young woman passed away in the arms of her mourning husband in Alexandria. He commissioned a beautifully elaborate tombstone for her, yet kept her identity a secret. He fled town almost immediately after the death – perhaps all the way to New Orleans. So why was he so determined to keep her a “Female Stranger” and not reveal her name? Was the mourning just a ploy so that he could quickly escape town? These are questions without answers, yet there is plenty of speculation.

Today, the grave of the Female Stranger can be found at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Alexandria, Virginia. This historical Episcopalian Church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places because it’s one of the earliest instances of Gothic Revival style architecture. But many of the church visitors are more concerned with its graveyard and one particularly cryptic tombstone.

This odd and unusual gravesite has attracted visitors for years. The poetic inscription, pictured above, gives us but little detail of who this woman was. We know that she was just shy of 24 years old, and passed away in her “disconsolate” husband’s arms. The last stanza of the poem, beginning with “How loved, how honor’d” is a tribute to a poem by Alexander Pope.

The site of this tragic young death allegedly occurred in Room 8 of the present-day Gadby’s Tavern. Apparently, the husband was so distraught that he slammed the door, turning the number 8 sideways into what appeared to be an infinity symbol. This room has since become another tourist attraction, as well as a speculated site for hauntings. The Tavern is located in Old Town Alexandria and was constructed in 1785. It its early days, the Tavern entertained prestigious guests such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and Andrew Jackson.

According to the story, room eight was located directly above the Tavern’s ballroom. While there may have been dancing and merriment within the Tavern, the outlook for the Female Stranger was grim. She had to be carried into the room due to her declining health. For three weeks, the only ones to see the ailing lady were her husband, the valet, and a doctor. (Above photograph courtesy of the Gadsby’s Tavern Musuem, demonstrating a ballroom reenactment).

In her final hours, those who had helped the couple were sworn under oath never to reveal their identities. When she finally passed away on October 14th, her husband fled town immediately. He failed to pay the hotel bill, the doctor’s bill, and it was later discovered that the money he had put towards this elaborate table-top gravestone was counterfeit. He had payed $1,500 for the site, which would be equivalent to $25,000 today. No one knows how he could have acquired this amount of fake bills.

So who could this woman have possibly been? One of the most popular speculations is that she was Theodosia Burr Alston (portrait above), the daughter of Aaron Burr. Theodosia was said to have disappeared at sea during the War of 1812. Another theory suggests she was British royalty who had eloped with a commoner. Some even believe that the woman was actually Napoleon Bonaparte dressed in disguise! To this day, her identity and the reason for her husband’s quick disappearance remain a mystery.

If you pass through Alexandria today, you can learn more about this unsolved story by taking a Colonial Graveyard Tour. Intrigued by Virginia’s mysteries? You’ll want to read up on this other fascinating unsolved mystery in Virginia.

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Gua Sha For Headaches?
ANDREW WEIL, M.D.

It might. A therapy of traditional Chinese medicine, gua sha is a centuries-old healing technique used to treat chronic pain. During treatment, a trained professional uses a smooth-edged tool to stroke and scrape your skin. The goal is to increase circulation in the soft tissue. Practitioners believe that gua sha can also address stagnant qi — universal life energy — and improve its flow throughout the body, reducing inflammation and promoting healing.

Some studies have examined the possible health benefits of gua sha. For example, in 2011, a randomized controlled trial looked at its effects on 48 people with chronic neck pain. Half were treated with gua sha; those in the control group were treated with a heating pad. The researchers found that the participants who received gua sha had significant resolution of their pain and improvements in their quality of life a week later, compared with those in the control group. Other case studies of individual patients suggest that gua sha is associated with reduction of migraine, decreased liver inflammation, and benefits in addressing other conditions, but more research is needed.

During treatment with gua sha, the practitioner — often a Chinese medicine practitioner, acupuncturist, or massage therapist —applies oil or balm to your skin. They then run the gua sha tool, which may be made of jade, stone, plastic, metal, or another substance, over the affected areas on your body. If you are receiving gua sha for musculoskeletal pain, the practitioner may focus on your back, neck, buttocks, arms, or legs and use deep, scraping pressure in a downward motion. On the head or face, the strokes will likely be lighter and less intense. The pressure of gua sha can result in broken capillaries and bruising. While this may appear alarming, it is temporary.

Andrew Weil, M.D.

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Using CBD Oil For Pain Relief?
ANDREW WEIL, M.D.

CBD stands for cannabidiol, one of the major constituents of cannabis. CBD products are made from industrial hemp and come in various forms. Although hemp and cannabis are in the same plant species, CBD oil for pain products now on the market contain less than 0.3 percent THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the cannabis compound that gets you high. CBD oil can be mixed into food, either straight or diluted with cooking oil, or it can be heated and its vapors inhaled. You can buy CBD in capsules, liquids, gummies, and sublingual sprays, and it is added to tea, coffee, and smoothies. Business experts estimate that the market for CBD oil for pain products will reach more than $2 billion in consumer sales in the U.S. within the next four years.

In June 2018, the FDA approved the drug Epidiolex, an oral preparation of pure CBD for treatment of two rare and severe forms of epilepsy in children. The drug is made by the GW Pharmaceutical Company and was tested in three randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials, including 516 patients. It was found to be effective in reducing the frequency of seizures.

A number of states have legalized the sale of CBD oil for pain, which is being used (and studied) for a range of health problems:

Stress
Anxiety
Joint pain
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Menstrual cramps
Nausea
Insomnia
Addiction
Autism
Multiple sclerosis
Other autoimmune disorders, as well as schizophrenia.

The oil also may have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. We do not yet know if it is effective for any conditions other than certain seizure disorders in children. Nor do we know optimal doses to use in treatments. Side effects associated with CBD use can include fatigue, diarrhea and changes in appetite and weight.

You should also be aware that while CBD oil may help relieve cancer pain, we have no evidence that it is useful for treatment of cancer itself, despite the many claims that it is. In 2017, the FDA issued warning letters to companies marketing CBD oil products, which the manufacturers claimed could prevent, diagnose, treat, or cure cancer.

Buying CBD oil for pain online is problematical. A study from the University of Pennsylvania published in 2017 found that nearly 70 percent of products sold online do not contain the concentration of the oil listed on the label. The researchers bought and analyzed 84 products from 31 different companies and found that more than 42 percent were under-labeled, meaning that they contained more CBD than indicated. Another 26 percent were over-labeled, with less CBD than indicated. The researchers wrote that while studies haven’t shown that too much CBD can be harmful, products containing too much or too little may not give purchasers the effects they seek. In addition, the team reported that a number of products analyzed contained a significant amount of THC, which can cause undesired effects.

Source:
Marcel O. Bonn-Miller et al, “Labeling Accuracy of Cannabidiol Extracts Sold Online.” JAMA, November 7, 2017 doi:10.1001/jama.2017.11909

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Kitty Kat’s Korner
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Signs of Jealousy in Cats

Typical “jealous” behaviors include hissing, growling, and swatting at the object that the cat is jealous of, such as your cell phone while you are holding it. Jealous cats may also intrude on your personal space while you are holding a new baby or video game controller. They may attempt to sit on your lap while you cuddle with your significant other instead of them.

A jealous cat can be more aggressive and start scratching or biting. It may also lead to destructive behavior, including chewing or shredding furniture, curtains, and other items. Objects sitting on a countertop or table, such as a drinking glass or decoration, may be knocked over or broken as well.

In some cases, cats may begin urinating outside of the litter box to make a point. Urine marking is one of the most problematic and frustrating behaviors for cat owners. Not only is it a sign that something is wrong with your cat, but it is difficult to clean and eliminate the odor, which can lead to continued marking.

Some cats will simply spray onto walls and other vertical surfaces. Others will squat and make urine puddles outside their litter boxes. This may be random items like sofas or plastic bags, or the item they’re jealous of. Sometimes, the target may be an object the animal or person they are jealous of uses regularly. For instance, if your cat is envious of the new dog, it may mark the dog’s bed.

How to Stop Jealous Behavior
It can be difficult to manage jealousy in a cat, but there are things you can do to eliminate or lessen the unwanted behaviors.

Determine the Trigger
The first thing you need to do is determine what exactly is provoking these behaviors. Once you figure out the cause of the jealousy, you can address the problem. Ask yourself what has changed in your home:

Did someone new move in?
Did you recently bring home a new baby or pet?
Are you spending more time doing something you didn’t do before?
Has your cat’s favorite spots in the house been disturbed?

Spend More Time With Your Cat
The easiest way to decrease jealous behavior in your cat is to simply spend more time with it. The extra attention can usually curb bad behavior and there are many ways you can do this:

Get a few interactive toys, such as feather wands and laser pointers, that allow you to play with your feline friend.

Make it a point to seek out and pet your cat when you come home or anytime you have a free moment.

Cuddle with your cat on the sofa or bed and give it your undivided attention for a few minutes.

Offer your cat treats when it shows good behavior.
Brown and white cat playing with multi-colored string cat toy

Give Your Cat Personal Space
Many cats really like their own personal space. If you have introduced a new family member—whether a person or animal—you may have inadvertently taken away from your cat’s established area.

To correct this, give your cat a place to call its own again. This may mean moving the new pet’s feeding station to another room or giving your cat a new perch where it can observe the family undisturbed. Make sure your cat’s favorite toys are not available to the newcomer as well.

When it’s a new person in the home, try to keep their personal belongings out of places your cat previously claimed. It can also be helpful to have that person interact with the cat in or near that location.

Teach Your Cat to Accept It
If you cannot completely avoid the person, pet, or item that is the subject of your cat’s jealousy, work on helping your cat adjust to the change. You can reward your cat with treats, praise, attention, and petting when it is near the object or person, for example. It’s also good to incorporate your cat into the change whenever possible.

For example, hold the new baby while also petting or playing with your cat. Have your significant other give your cat treats and feed them at mealtime. You can also feed the cat before a new pet to establish priority and rank within the household.

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Georgia Nicols Weekly Horoscope:Sunday,
Weekly Horoscope: Sunday, November 13, 2022


All Signs
This is a tricky week. Some wonderful planetary influences will encourage and help you to work hard and be productive. You’ll shine! Note: Get credit for what you do! However, there does exist some counteractive influences that will encourage some people to steal your light and perhaps even work against you. Therefore, your best option this week is to work as independently as possible. Steer your own ship. Hang out with people who have your best interests at heart. Be watchful. And if you think something fishy is going on – it is! Life is too short for boxed wine and people who don’t have your back. Amen.

Aries (March 21-April 19)
With Mars in your House of Communications, you have been gangbusters on a daily basis since mid-August. Lots of energy to burn to get things done! You’ve also been effective in working and talking to others. Oh yes, you’re PowerPoint on steroids. However, now that Mars is retrograde, the shine of your communications has dimmed. Nevertheless, you can still attract money, favours and help from others this week. Do not let power struggles at home and possibly with your kids, hold you back. You’ve earned all the help you can get, so take the money and run. Ka-ching!

Taurus (April 20-May 20)
This is a popular time for you, which means you are enjoying seeing friends as well as interacting with clubs and organizations. In fact, these interactions can favourably influence you to modify future goals. (Keep that in mind.) Right now, your involvement with spouses, partners and close friends is important. Fortunately, things are supportive. Nevertheless, do not let your relations with those who are closest to you be threatened by siblings, relatives, neighbours or a family member. Step back so that you have enough space to function in your closest partnerships. Avoid negative influences. Keep the air around you fresh and clean!

Gemini (May 21-June 20)
You might feel a bit stalled in the water because Mars is retrograde in your sign. Fear not, it’s there, but it’s subtle. It’s not a big deal. You simply have to recalibrate your expectations of yourself and others. Cut yourself some slack. In fact, give yourself a pat on the back for what you do accomplish. (“It’s hard out there without your towel.”) Ironically, this week, you are all systems go because you will be productive, and coworkers will be supportive. Don’t let financial restraints, or someone who holds the purse strings, or siblings and relatives, create problems for you. You don’t need this. Go with what works and steer clear of negative energy that might get in your way. (“Where is my huff? I know I brought it with me, and now I must leave.”)

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
It’s important for you to remain independent this week. Do your own thing. Trust your judgment. This is a lovely week to enjoy schmoozing with others, and checking out music, the theatre and the arts, as well as exciting sports events and fun times with children. Romance is also favoured! Yes, all these enjoyable experiences are possible for you. Accept invitations from positive people whom you trust. The trick is to avoid power struggles, especially those that are work-related. And also, stop being your own worst critic. Don’t listen to that voice that says you don’t deserve this much fun. You do!

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
Family relations and events happening with your home, will be positive this week. You’ll be pleased with home repairs that get done. You might tweak your digs and redecorate a bit. (After all, Leos are royalty and their home is their castle.) It’s a great week to entertain at home especially Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. (So many opportunities to share good food and drink during lively conversation with friends!) Nevertheless, you have a generous heart and you do things in a grand style. Don’t let yourself be exploited by others. Avoid takers or those who are envious of you. But don’t let this stop you from being a host to those who are grateful for your company and generosity. Your enthusiasm is contagious!

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
This is an optimistic, upbeat week for you! You’re keen to travel, take short trips and talk to others. Many of you are writing and studying more than usual or taking courses because this is an excellent time to learn something. You also have a busy schedule with errands, appointments and visits with siblings and relatives. Oh yeah, you’re on the go! Enjoy this busy pace! Enjoy talking to others and don’t let anyone else rain on your parade. Avoid a power struggle with a friend or member of a group. Someone or something behind the scenes might try to guilt trip you. Hey, you’re entitled to your own happiness. You are entitled to make your own decisions. And yes, you’re entitled to your guilty pleasures.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
Rewarding news! Encouraging events related to your job or your work might boost your income. Or perhaps, you are making an exciting purchase related to your job, possibly your health? Whatever the case, you are pleased with financial news this week; and it feels good to have bucks in jeans. Nevertheless, a parent or an authority figure might give you some static or try a power struggle with you. Possibly a friend or a member of a group will throw shade on your plans? Don’t let this hold you back. This is the year for you to improve your existing job or get a better job and make more money – so do it. You deserve this.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
You are empowered because as this week begins, the Sun, Mercury and Venus are in your sign. As the week progresses, you will attract money to you, and probably spend it on beautiful things for yourself and loved ones. (So what? You know what you’re doing.) Meanwhile, avoid power struggles about controversial subjects or something to do with travel plans, publishing, the media or the law. You might even encounter a dispute about a pet or your health. Don’t let this get to you! Whether, it’s an authority figure or someone else who tries to bring you down – avoid these people. Stick with people who are truly on your side.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
This week things are relatively low key for you. Enjoy peace and quiet. Nevertheless, this is also a positive week and an excellent time for you to make future plans, especially setting goals for your personal year ahead (birthday to birthday). Avoid power struggles about money, cash flow, salaries and potential purchases. You don’t need this. Likewise, responding to controversial subjects (perhaps on Facebook?) might depress you. Optimism and physical activity are survival issues for Sagittarians. It’s important for you to maintain a positive frame of mind and believe that something better is just around the corner. Protect your sunny heart. (Hope is the feeling you have that the feeling you have isn’t permanent.)

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
You are enjoying dealing with friends and groups, especially in your community, because you like to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Right now, you have a chance to do this. In particular, you might work with younger, creative people. Don’t worry if your energy at work is less or their energy is less – it’s just what’s happening. Meanwhile, it so happens this is an excellent time you to set goals. And your enthusiasm this week will contribute to and shape your ideas for your long-term future. However, you might get ambushed by someone. This person could be a neighbour or relative, sibling or someone in a bank or someone with whom you do business or share property? Steer clear of negative vibes! Protect yourself.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
You continue to look great to others because a handful of planets are at the top of your chart, which makes you look competent, especially in the eyes of authority figures. Enjoy this great press! Use it to go after what you want. But be aware that there might be people out there who are jealous. Or perhaps you will encounter power struggles with partners, close friends, even your kids. Don’t let this break your stride because if you can distance yourself from negative energy, this is a very strong week for you. Don’t worry about getting your ducks lined up in a row. Now is the time to go after what you want. Don’t listen to conservative cautions. Hey – a bird in the hand is messy!

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
This is a positive week for you, and many of you are already starting to see that you’re getting richer. “Come to mama! Baby needs a new pair of shoes!” Believe in your ability to boost your earnings because it exists. You have a lot of watery, touchy-feely energy that taps into the energy of the universe. No question. Therefore, it’s important for you to stay positive and believe in yourself to make the Law of Attraction work for you. (You know this.) Do not listen to the naysayers this week, because they will be lurking. This is your best chance in over a decade to earn more money or attract financial good fortune to you. Believe in yourself. He who hesitates is miles from the next exit.

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Weekly Horoscopes beginning Sunday, 13 November 2022

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

Outlines are longer versions; consist of every possible detail of everyday and are based on three parts of each sign: 1st, 2nd & 3rd Decan; that is, any of three divisions of 10° within a sign of the zodiac. Even if you know or don’t know your Decan; I recommend, please read all three Decan.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Little is more annoying than making decisions, only to discover they must be changed, often within days. Currently, however, life’s about what you experience and who you meet. Once you’re focusing on that, you’ll be thrilled by the options that come your way this week. While final decisions need to wait, you’re urged to declutter your life, saying farewell to increasingly unrewarding passions or arrangements.

You’re more restless than usual even though you are doing your best to hide it from someone who is trying to concentrate. You’re hoping they won’t ask for your help because you aren’t in the mood for complex tasks. If you get the choice you will catch up on simple jobs that can be finished easily and quickly. The idea of keeping to your usual routine won’t exactly fill you with joy so aim to deal only with those chores that really must be done. Do all you can to find some light-hearted fun.

You have a wonderful ability to make things happen. For the first half of this week, a charm offensive should leave you positioned to do exactly what you want to do. As both Mercury and Venus move over into another of the Fire signs (Sagittarius) midweek, you could then take off at speed on a commercial adventure. This really is just the start of something big. True, Mars is still retrograde and moving through the communications zone of your solar chart. It might seem that too many people are speaking with forked tongue. Yet by forming an alliance with someone skilled at deciphering motivation (perhaps a Scorpio), you could position yourself well: giving rise to celebration early next week.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Usually, planning ahead is wise. However, between last week’s Taurus eclipsed Full Moon, and your ruler Venus’s powerful link to fortunate Jupiter this week, the accent is on excitement and the unexpected. The secret? Explore everything, focusing on what you’re learning and who you’re meeting, not finalising plans. Better yet, you’ll be able to spot which elements of your life might need to become part of the past.

You won’t be pleased with the way someone you work with is ignoring their responsibilities. Discovering yet another batch of neglected tasks will be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. Your intention now will be to devote time to catching up on all these neglected odds and ends. A discussion with your boss will result in some big changes taking place in the workplace and a swap around of roles. You will get the chance to follow your own interests as the week ends.

Looked at from a distance, it might seem that others have put a key in your back. This does not leave you powerless. Aware of what’s expected, and using the energy provided by Uranus travelling through your sign, you could still manoeuvre situations so that matters are concluded to your satisfaction. A series of promising aspects that conclude as the Moon reaches the base of your solar chart, suggests much for you to play for. Hopefully you will soon have something major to celebrate. The art is surely to ensure that administration is up-to-date given the very strong likelihood of an increased workload headed your way. It appears that an idea that’s been in your research and development department for some time, is now ready for launch.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

The foundation on which certain arrangements are based is shifting. While this means changes, some dramatic, are inevitable, the timing is right. This is building up to the heightened feelings and insights triggered by the Gemini Full Moon on 8 December. The more you let go of now, the freer you’ll be to respond to the thrilling ideas, offers and encounters that come your way then.

Efficiency is the name of the game. You may have been persuaded recently to let duty take a back seat but now you’ll be in the mood to get into the swing of things once again. Your main aim is to clear the decks where outstanding chores are concerned. Energy levels should be high and you can expect a pleasingly constructive few days. You are fully intent on making as much progress as you possibly can in either your business or personal affairs or both.

Yes, Mars is still retrograde in your sign and yes, negotiations likely continue to offer a bumpy ride. Work could be super hard. It might also be the kind of challenge in which you thrive. This would be an excellent time for research. Truth will, of course, come out and a major issue this week may gathering of facts and displaying these for all to see after both Mercury and Venus arrive in your opposite sign mid-week. True, you could close the week exhausted. Archiving, enumerating and general organisation is not a Gemini strong point. Yet there is every likelihood that to push forward with a career objective, you need to show that there are no skeletons in your cupboard and that nothing has been swept under the carpet.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

However, many questions you ask, the direction changes are going will remain unclear until early in the new year. What and, in some cases, who you eliminate from your life now and over the coming weeks is preparing you for the breakthroughs, personal and involving others, triggered by the Cancer Full Moon on 6 January. Until then, focus on what, and who, should become part of the past.

You’ve been honest and open with a friend and you have discussed some very private issues recently. Something will prompt you to bring down the shutters. Although such meaningful conversations will have helped towards establishing a lasting bond between you, you aren’t happy about revealing any more. If you choose the end of the week to do a little shopping, you may end up spending a lot more than you intended.

It’s time for a rethink. With Mars retrograde in neighbouring Gemini, and a last Quarter Moon in operation, it’s time to review the last couple of years and how you’ve self-invested. This is likely imperative. It seems a swathe of work is headed your way from mid-week. This isn’t a bad thing: it could be that others are only now realising the value of the ideas you’ve presented since 2020. Though true, you might wonder even now if you have sufficient expertise (but probably have). You are at least a half mile ahead of others. What you also have in abundance is a willingness to listen to others and to their experiences. It’s long been recognised that those of your sign are good at husbanding. Just how brilliant you are pulling together resources and bringing out the best in others should be obvious. Hopefully, by the time Jupiter stations in another of the Water signs next week, that expertise will be recognised and rewarded.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Currently you’re juggling a range of appealing but tricky ideas or offers. The real problem is that with the foundation on which they’re based shifting, even simple arrangements are subject to change. The good news? These are forcing you to, at long last, acknowledge certain increasingly burdensome elements of your life must go, and ideally soon. They’re clearing the way for magical, if unexpected ideas, offers and encounters.

For one reason or another, you might expect to spend plenty of time either at home or dealing with matters connected to your family. It should be particularly easy to please those you live with when the emphasis is on peace and co-operation between you and those closest to you. If there is something you have been intending to buy for the home, you might find a good bargain if you keep an eye on an online auction site.

True, you might still experience moments of despair and wonder if certain issues will ever resolve; but the planets though move on. Yes, you might need to dig even further into resources at the last Quarter Moon in your sign mid-week. It’s then though, that the planetary energies change almost instantly. With both Mercury and Venus arriving in the key research and development area of your solar chart, something that’s been a hobby could yet turn into something much, much more. Anticipate increased contact with those who live and work far away. At least one of these could turn into a commercial venture. It’s even possible you will have something to celebrate early next week. What seems likely, is that you have to consider travel and breaking out of a comfort zone -something that should be easier to accomplish after Jupiter stations next week.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

After weeks of exciting but exhausting ideas and encounters, you’re eager to turn what’s come your way into solid arrangements. With both Venus and your ruler Mercury moving to accent exactly such matters midweek, first focus on what can go. That done, shift to learning all you can about what’s on offer. Next, make plans, ideally, in detail. Still, ensure they’re flexible.

It is said that necessity is the mother of invention and that could certainly be the case for you as the week begins. A pressing need to get a job completed could mean you will be putting an inventive spin on this task. Trying to get a message to someone or to make others understand what you’re driving at in discussions will have your imagination blooming. Don’t be afraid of using unusual ways to get results.

You could as they say, worry yourself into a grave. Is there any point? True, you be mid-week super anxious at the start of this week and wonder if you’ve made a bad call or undervalued something that was, and perhaps still is, very important. Yet relieved of that pressure, taking on new challenge should be pleasurable. Mid-week both Mercury and Venus arrive at the base of your solar chart. This is an excellent time of year asset management. Reviewing your very many gifts and experiences, might yet lead to a commercial plan that has legs. Next week, Jupiter stations in your opposite sign and with that comes the promise of developing an alliance that takes you off on a new business adventure. This week seems to be about first decluttering both your mind and space, then making tentative enquiry, and finally preparing then a further negotiation next week.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

By no means are you narrow-minded. Still, while you’re facing pivotal decisions, as is the case now, you want clear cut facts so you can make lasting plans. However, with the foundation on which they’re based shifting, even simple arrangements are best regarded as a trial run. Actually, that’s timely, because it frees you to rethink things as circumstances and, in fact, your priorities evolve.

Don’t be in too much of a rush to tie yourself down and commit time and energy to other people’s plans. As much as friends and workmates will welcome your help, a touch of independence and full consideration of what you’re getting into will serve you well. So, if others around you seem tied up with their own interests, don’t worry. You will be happy in your own company. Have you just started dating someone new? They will have hidden depths. Go out of your way to discover them.

Balance is essential for Libra well-being – but not always easy to achieve. It may be that financially you’re out of whack. Focus is now essential. View Wednesday’s Last Quarter Moon as a marker for putting your affairs in order. It would be wise to do this given that both Mercury and Venus then move into Sagittarius – where eventually they will oppose retrograde Mars. Dealings are set to become complicated. With colleagues moving on, changes in your local environment and unease about travel and communication issues generally, you will need to have all wits about you. Challenging as it might initially appear, a space-clearing exercise toward the end of the week could yet yield fabulous reward. The key word is ‘fabulous’. You might even have a commercial opportunity to celebrate early next week. It seems likely that this will involve people who live and work in very different cultures to your own.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Everybody loves the idea of an irresistible offer or opportunity appearing from nowhere. However, when that happens now and over the coming weeks, you’ll be both excited and concerned by the lack of solid facts. This is one of those periods when life’s as much about having faith in destiny as seeking something reliable. Take a chance. Plunge in. You’re unlikely to regret it.

Additional responsibilities at work will bring in more pay so this is not an opportunity you will turn down. For although it is likely to be only temporary, it will make a positive difference to your money situation. A degree of luck is in the air. You might even be tempted to take a few calculated risks, knowing that you have an above average chance of doing okay. Just don’t get carried away.

It would be unsurprising if all eyes weren’t when you at the start of the week. It seems you have information that others deem valuable. You might worry if, in giving it to them, you’re misplacing it. That is likely to be followed mid-week by realisation that you’ve moved a small step up the career ladder but with that are now ethically challenged. As Mercury and Venus tumble on into Sagittarius, expect the drive for truth and quality information to increase substantially. Others might require you to ask questions and probe in areas in which they feel unfamiliar. Your statue should grow as a result. Hold the thought too, that in an area once regarded as a hobby, that your natural talent is recognised: leading to tentative enquiries about your availability and interest in moving from amateur to professional status.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

While you’ve achieved a lot recently, the focus has been on dull people and tasks. However, these are preparing you for the thrilling and often unexpected period that begins next week, when the Sun’s move into Sagittarius, plus its stunning link to your ruler Jupiter, triggers ideas, offers and encounters far beyond anything you’d imagined possible. For now, you’ve all the more reason to focus on those tasks.

A recent mistake might cause you to revise your views and values. Your attitude to some areas is changing and you will be giving a lot of thought to your commitments. So, if you are thinking of making any changes, these won’t be spontaneous decisions. They will be carefully thought through. You might also want to discuss some ideas with a practical friend. Although you might not agree with everything, they say they will help you see things from different perspectives.

Yours is one of the Fire signs: you instinctively know how to embrace the moment. However, it would be wise before Mercury and Venus into your sign mid-week, to take a long call hard look at your career and where it’s headed. Before you seize on the opportunities that will surely present after Jupiter stations next week, you need to know exactly where you presently stand. Give careful thought as to whether or not someone has put the key in your back. It may be that you’ve been manipulated. True, it could be that health matters have taken priority and that scope for action has been limited. Anticipate that the rules of the game are about to change. In particular, between Tuesday’s Last Quarter Moon and the New Moon next week, it would serve you well to put together a plan that’s ready to implement once Jupiter stations on 24th.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

It’s a tricky period for you, mostly because others are in charge of a range of situations and you’re unsure they’ll make wise decisions. If not, regard this as preparation of the cycle that begins in about a month’s time, when your sign Capricorn begins to shine; and for now? Focus on what’s on its way out. Learn from this, in terms of what worked and what didn’t.

People you meet will be full of advice about money, family and work matters even when you haven’t requested it. You have a practical head on your shoulders so you really don’t need to listen. In fact, it could be that you might teach them a thing or two when it comes to finances. As the week ends you may decide to push routine chores aside in favour of new projects that appear far more interesting.

Those of your sign usually have the happy knack of getting others to work to your bidding. Anticipate some resistance around Wednesday’s Last Quarter Moon however. It could be that more than one person feels the need to throw a scene. You could recoil or head off in another direction, but eventually these difficulties have to be faced. Remember that Jupiter has been retrograde for some weeks. That situation will change on 24th. Before then, reassessing exactly where you are, where you’ve been, and why a team is working quite as it should would surely be a good use of your energy. Recall too, that Mars is still retrograde. Wires remain crossed. It could be some weeks yet before they’re totally unentangled. The art may be to show those in charge that you can deal with mess – and with tantrums – if necessary.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

After lots of discussion about potential changes in elements of your life, nothing has changed. While, understandably, you’re impatient, certain elements of the world around you need to change as well. However, these are unlikely to take place until the new year. For now? There’s plenty to let go of. You know what it is. Don’t wait. The sooner you do it, the better.

If you’re thinking about applying for a loan or mortgage, take your time and look into all the different options. A desire to be someplace other than anywhere familiar may reach epic proportions. It may be necessary to talk someone close into falling in with your wishes to travel. Start your gentle persuasion as soon as the week begins and you should get their willing agreement to go on a trip on the weekend.

Take care that you’re not accused of throwing your toys out of the pram midweek. True, you may have every reason to be exasperated by the behaviour of others. There is a fractured feel to the middle of the week that will require careful negotiation. Yet soon after Wednesday’s Last Quarter Moon, both Mercury and Venus move into one of the Fire signs. Yours is an air sign. Fire thrives on oxygen. Others need you. It wouldn’t be so surprising if they brought many problems to your door and yes. of course, that may be irritating. That though is temporary. This is money in the bank for later. Identifying weakens – not from the point of view of exploitation – but where you could usefully join forces and become a formidable alliance, should be one of this week’s gifts.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

In late October, the fortunate Jupiter moved into Pisces, triggering a period of growth and good fortune. While it was easily recognisable, other events and encounters are less clear cut, and a few seem a distraction from existing plans or goals. Still, at least explore these. Once you’ve learnt more about what they offer and the people involved, you won’t hesitate for even a moment.

After a busy week, you might want to slow down and enjoy the pleasures of life. Those who know you best will be swift to catch your mood and may come up with a surprise or two on how to get the most out of the time you spend together. Your sensitivity will serve you well as will an astonishing ability to understand what others are saying to you without them having to go into lengthy explanations.

Take care that you’re not accused of being a drama queen mid-week. The Last Quarter Moon is in Leo. True, this is not your sign, but those of your sign do have a reputation for reacting to fiery Leo. You perhaps like dressing up and playing a new role. Just take care that you’re not manipulated into playing a role. There is high probability that someone is abusing your expertise. That needs to stop. By the time that both Mercury and Venus arrive at the apex of your solar chart mid-week, it’s time to take back control. That doesn’t mean adding yet another pot to your stove (accepting more responsibility) and squandering energy. Rather than having too many irons in the fire, you need to show that you have good thermostatic control. To that end, it might be useful to join forces (most likely with a Virgo, who could help discriminate) and choose between which pan (project) needs full attention and when.

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Teach a witch a spell and she can do that spell. Teach a witch the craft and she can do magick!

GrannyMoon, Teaching the Craft for over 20 years!

“We all come from the Goddess
And to Her we shall return
Like a drop of rain, going to the ocean”
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“May the circle be open, but unbroken,
May the love of the Goddess be ever in your heart.

Merry Meet and Merry Part
And Merry Meet Again

Never forget…you are magick!

Goddess Bless!
GrannyMoon

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By GrannyMoon Posted in Pagan

GrannyMoons Weekly Feast: 6 Nov 2022

Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter
everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe
that change forever how we experience life and the world. ~John Milton

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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Current Moon Phase: Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse

Time: Approx. 14 days after New Moon (energy lasts from three days before to three days after actual full moon)

Goddess Aspect: Mother

Associated Goddesses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis

Magickal Attributes: Fruition Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination.”extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams.

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What’s Happening?!?

Goddess of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27

Celtic Tree Calendar Month ~ October 28th to November 23rd
Broom/Fern/Reed

October 28th to November 23rd – Broom/Fern/Reed

Herb of the Year for 2022: Viola (violet, heartsease) named by the International Herb Association

NOVEMBER

NOV. 8: FULL MOON In Taurus And Lunar Eclipse
NOV. 7-9: Feast of Divine Justice – Source of just law, honoring Goddess-God as Maat-Thoth (Egyptian); Goddess as Themis (Greek), Justice (Christian), and God as Forseti (Norse).
NOV. 11: Feast of Dionysus – Greek God whom Yeshua was “connected to” as the Cosmic Gnosis.
NOV. 11: Celtic Lunatishees—Day of the Fairy Sidhe; honoring the Other People in whom is held the immortal life force; Old November Eve [Samhain on old calendar].
NOV. 11: Dajbog
NOV. 11: Rodnovery God – first ancestor of all the Slavic people in the world
NOV. 11: Navajo Night chant
NOV. 13: Festival of Jupiter – Roman deity associated with rain and agriculture, prime protector of the state, and concerned with all aspects of life.
NOV. 13: Roman Fontinalia – Feast of Fons, God of Springs.
NOV. 14: Feast of Musicians and Bards – Druid celebration of the Celtic musical arts.
NOV. 16: HECATE’S NIGHT The Greek Goddess Hecate/Hekate of Crossroads, often seen with her sacred dogs.
NOV. 16: – Thracian Night of Hecate, Greek Goddess of the Hags or Wisewomen, (later called Witches), her name comes from Heqa-ma’at, a Goddess in the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead who later became Hekmah or Hokmah (also spelled Chokmah) meaning wisdom in the ancient Hebrew Bible (Old Testament). From Heqa-ma’at / Hecate / Hokmah we get the Greek word for wisewoman or holywoman, “hag”. Honoring Hecate – Thracian Goddess of the Moon, Magick, and Witches as the Teacher of the Craft.

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Face to Face Workshops with GrannyMoon at Sticks and Stones
Join us at https://www.meetup.com/Witchy-Wednesdays

The Herbal Cauldron 1 PM – 3 PM – Nov 13
The Magick of Crystals: 12 PM – 2 PM – Nov 20
WitchCrafting: 1 PM – 3PM – Dec 4

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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 Might Also Be Interested In:
http://goddessschool.com/Paganstudies/index.html
http://www.goddessschool.com/courses/natural/naturalwitch.html
http://goddessschool.com/Paganstudies/healingarts.html

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Learn About Herbs with GrannyMoon!

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 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 $150.00 the entire online Healing Arts Course (1-3) which includes a free Reiki certification course when all three are ordered at the same time!
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Natural Witchcraft with GrannyMoon

Welcome to a journey to learn about yourself and your hidden powers. Wise women and men have existed for thousands of years and still exist throughout the world. They know Mother Earth as the ultimate healer, and have learned to utilize the gifts of of nature. Inside each person is a being of wisdom, deeply connected to the phases of the moon and the tides of the sea. All we need to do is trust our innate wisdom.

This will take 13 weeks of study and hands-on practice. But it should be fun for you too! We start with the basics!

~What You Need To Know First!
~Your Inner Witch
~The Informed Witch
~Your Witchy Genealogy, Finding Your Ancestors
~Much Much More

This is not Wicca! You don’t need expensive accoutrements or other fancy trappings! All lessons are done weekly with GrannyMoon through e-mail, with personal feedback.

Course requires purchase of one text book! You may buy this new,
used or you may already have it! “Way of Natural Magick” by Nigel Pennick

All Students Welcome!
A 13 week course on-line course.
$150.00
Those completing this course will receive a certificate in Natural Magick!

Payment Plan Available
3 payments of $50.00
Payments Plan!
Contact GrannyMoon at:
GrannyMoonsMail@yahoo.com

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The Goddess School Grimoire

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eBook (PDF): $6.25

The Goddess School Grimoire is a collection of recipes, artwork, poetry, prose, prayers, rituals, spells, and practical Goddess wisdom put together by the teachers, students, alumni, and friends of The Sisters of the Burning Branch Goddess School. The sisterhood is dedicated to restoring spiritual balance by returning the Divine Feminine to her rightful place and by assisting women in their personal and spiritual development. Since being founded by Head and High Mother Priestess Grandmother Moon in 2000, The Goddess School (GoddessSchool.com) has grown into a large and beautiful global community of women.

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Llewellyn’s Spell A Day

Wooden Spoon Enchantment
NOVEMBER 06, 2022 BY LAURA TEMPEST ZAKROFF

It may seem old school, but an essential element to kitchen witchery is the wooden spoon. It was a familiar sight in both my mother’s and my grandmother’s kitchens— for good reason. A wooden spoon can take on flavors as well as enhance what it stirs, and it reacts better with acids than metals or plastics do, which is why it is the stirring spoon for our family tomato sauce.

Experiment with different woods to see how they feel to you, as each tree has its own energy to lend. Wooden spoons require a little more care than more modern utensils, but it’s worth it. Wash and dry your spoon immediately versus soaking it. You can also apply edible oil for protection (hemp, sesame, or flax are common suggestions) once a year to keep the spoon in good shape. Enchant your spoon:

Mortar and pestle, cauldron,
wooden spoon,
Magic stirred under the
light of the moon.
Blessed gift of tree, keep
strong, smooth, and light,
May all the brews you touch
be true and right.
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House for Sale Spell
NOVEMBER 05, 2022 BY NATALIE ZAMAN

If you’re looking to sell a house, the spirit to invoke is St. Joseph. Bury a statue of St. Joseph upside down in your yard when you put your house up for sale, making sure to dig it up once the house has been sold. If you can’t get your hands on a St. Joseph statue, invoke him with some fig cookies. (Fig Newtons work nicely!). Trace a builder’s square (one of Joseph’s symbols) into the cookie with a toothpick, then ask for his help and leave the cookie in the yard for him. When your house sells, make sure you leave another cookie for him as a thank-you.

But what if you’re in the market for a new place to live? Some folks ask Joseph for his help in this area as well, but St. Anthony may be the one to invoke, as he is good at finding things, lost or otherwise:

St. Anthony, who finds it all,
Help me find a new and happy home!

How do you thank St. Anthony once your wish comes to pass? Pay it forward with a charitable donation. (He is also the patron saint of those in need.)
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NOVEMBER 04, 2022 BY JASON MANKEY

For many in the magickal community, the celebration of Samhain (or Halloween) is a true highlight of the year. When it’s over, instead of just packing up the Halloween decorations without a second thought, we like to turn this bittersweet time of year into a magickal event.

Before putting away the various Halloween items you decorate with, sprinkle them with salt (or salted water) to cleanse them of any residual energy. As you pack them away, hold them in your hands and appreciate the energy and joy they bring. Visualize the items coming out again next fall to decorate your home.

Place all the items you are going to store in one place, then draw an invoking pentagram over them while thinking happy thoughts of next Samhain and saying:

Samhain’s celebration has
now come to its rest.
But it shall return next year,
for we are blessed!
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Ocean Jar Spell
NOVEMBER 03, 2022 BY TESS WHITEHURST

Today, put a few seashells and some blue glass marbles in a Mason jar. Add eight shiny dimes and eight shiny pennies. Add purified water until the jar is one-half to threequarters full. Hold your hands over the jar. Say:

Great Mother of the Waters, goddess
of the rivers, oceans, and seas, I call
upon your generosity and your lavish
abundance now. I ask that you fill this
water with your gifts of nourishment
and infinite flow. Thank you.

Seal the Mason jar securely with the lid and turn it upside down to serve as a homemade ocean globe. Place it near your workspace or in the wealth sector of your home (that’s the rearleft corner of your home while standing at your front door, facing inward). Say:

I now align with the vibration of
increase, and call it into my life. I
am in the flow of divine blessings,
and my life is flooded with wealth.
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Flush Away Negativity
NOVEMBER 02, 2022 BY MELISSA TIPTON

This spell blends (toilet) humor with intention to help you shed negative energy and move on with your life. You’ll need toilet paper (thicker varieties are easier to work with) and a ballpoint pen. If there’s something you need to let go of, such as a nasty comment someone left on social media or a hurtful offline interaction, write it out on toilet paper.

You might record the nasty comment verbatim or simply pour out any thoughts and feelings you’ve been ruminating on. Once you’ve captured the full essence of the crappy situation, use the following incantation before unceremoniously tossing the paper in the bowl and giving it a good cathartic flush!

Sticks and stones won’t break my bones,
These words, they cannot hurt me.
I flush this crap right down the drain,
And only peace and love remain.
So mote it be!
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Caring for Our Ancestors
NOVEMBER 01, 2022 BY CHARLYNN WALLS

Today is a day to remember those who have passed. The veil is still thin, and if you can go out and commune with your ancestors at their resting place, do so. Take the time to show your appreciation for them and what they did for you in this lifetime. Clean and cleanse their gravesite in order to remove all physical and spiritual residue that may have accumulated over the past year. Once you have physically cleaned the space, use dragon’s blood incense or sage to remove the spiritual residue. Say the following verse several times while using the incense:

Dearest ancestor, take heart.
Negative energies now depart.

Leave your loved one flowers or another gift that would speak to them.
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Hecate Candle Spell
OCTOBER 31, 2022 BY JAMES KAMBOS

On Samhain night you can ask Hecate to help you communicate with your deceased loved ones. You’ll need a black candle, some salt water, and a piece of purple fabric. Begin this ritual at midnight. Drape the fabric over your altar. Lightly rub the candle with the salt water to keep negative spirits away. Then safely light the candle. Sit before the candle and gaze at the flame. Now call upon Hecate by saying:

Hecate, queen of the Witches,
queen of the night,
Bring to me the power of second sight.
Let me see in this candle’s glare,
Spirits of the family tree I share.

Softly say the names of the departed souls you wish to communicate with. Gaze at the candle’s flame and its halo. Soon you’ll begin to see faces, some you may not recognize. When you wish to stop, thank the spirits, snuff out the candle, and thank Hecate. When the candle is cool, throw it away. Record any communication in your Book of Shadows.

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Heartwings Love Notes 1060 Birthdays are Markers on the Highway of Life

Heartwings says, “When you take note of the milestones, you know how far you have traveled.”

I remember my mother when she was in her late eighties shaking her head and saying, “How did I get to be this old?” Now I am celebrating my eighty-seventh birthday and thinking and saying the identical words. Years, decades, days have melted and become one past without much definition. Where did the time go, and how did it pass so quickly? As one friend of mine often says, “Beats me!” It seems as though each day or even week slips into the past and immediately shrinks or dwindles to practically nothing. Perhaps I’ll write a poem about that. I’ve written lots of poetry on the theme of time and all that pertains to it.

 I’ve considered collecting the poems into a chapbook, if I can somehow carve out the time it takes to discover, select, design, and proofread them for the pages. I suppose I could, yet my days are pretty full as it is with cooking, doctor’s visits, and taking care of the needs of the moment. I do no cleaning fortunately, because I have a wonderful person for that. Stephen helps when he can with what he can, for which I am also grateful. These daily doings, the minutiae of life blend themselves into my time so seamlessly I find it difficult to catch hold of any part of a day without using considerable effort.   

Sometimes I try to locate the year such-and-such happened and shake my head and sigh. I can’t find any landmarks to tie it to. There are some important milestones, however that do stick in my memory, and I am grateful for them: My high school graduation, the year Stephen and I met and the year we married, my children’s birthdays and those of other family and friends. I have two Birthday twins though only by date of course. I did mark one recent birthday with a zoom party—my eighty fifth, so people in Italy and those in California could both attend without traveling. I like to celebrate birthdays–mine, and that of others. I believe it is important to mark the years as they pass.

At one time I remember I thought fifty was old. Now someone fifty is to me in the prime of life. I can recall my mother saying “When I was in my fifties, I could do anything.” I could say the same now. The hourglass that marks my time has lots more in the bottom than it did then, and my personal, physical self is commensurably unavailable. Yet I can make the most of whatever time remains to me, and that is my task these days. I will explore the potential for doing that and then at least I may find it easier to mark the milestones on the highway of my days.

May you find many fine milestones to enjoy as your days and years pass.

Blessings and best regards, Tasha Halpert

PS I always enjoy your comments and your questions as well as your suggestions. Please write me at Tashahal@gmail.com. Read more Love Notes at www.heartwingsandfriends.com.

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Value Your Own Wisdom

Your very own inner wisdom should be valued more than any other and will always guide you in the direction you need to travel.

Throughout our lives, we will encounter individuals who presume to know what is best for us. The insights they offer cannot compare, however, with the powers of awareness and discernment that already exist within us. From birth we are blessed with wisdom that cannot be learned or unlearned. It exists whether or not we acknowledge it because it is a gift given to us by a loving universe before we chose to experience existence on the earthly plane. Yet for all its permanence, it is vital that we value and honor this incredible element of the self. It is when we do not use our inborn wisdom that we begin to doubt our personal truths and are driven to outside sources of information because we are afraid. What we know to be true in our hearts is invariably true, and we discover how intensely beautiful and useful self-trust can be when we recognize the power of our wisdom.

Inner wisdom is not subject to the influences of the outside world, which means that it will never demand that we surrender our free will or counsel us to act in opposition to our values. We benefit from this inspiration when we open ourselves to it, letting go of the false notion that we are less qualified than others to determine our fate. The wisdom inside of us is the source of our discernment and our ability to identify blessings in disguise. When we are unsure of who to trust, how to respond, or what we require, the answers lie in our inner wisdom. It knows where we are going and understands where we are coming from, taking this into account though it is not a product of experience but rather a piece of our connection to the universal mind.

In the whole of your existence, no force you will ever encounter will contribute as much to your ability to do what you need to do and be who you want to be as your natural wisdom. Through it, you reveal your growing consciousness to the greater source and discover the true extent of your strength. If you heed this wisdom with conviction and confidence, the patterns, people, and fears that held you back will be dismantled, paving the way for you to fulfill your truest potential.

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Can Cocoa Benefit Your Brain?
~ANDREW WEIL, M.D.

It is true that a study from the UK showed that drinking cocoa enriched with flavanols – a class of antioxidant compounds found in fruits and vegetables – can speed thinking and help people address and complete certain mental tasks more efficiently than they would otherwise.

The study’s lead author, Catarina Rendeiro, Ph.D. of the University of Birmingham’s School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences, explained that while her team used cocoa, flavanols occur in a wide range of fruits and vegetables. By better understanding the cognitive benefits of consuming these foods, she said, “We can offer improved guidance to people about how to make the most of their dietary choices.”

For the study, 18 healthy men age 18 through 40 took part in a procedure designed to challenge the brain’s blood circulation. This involved breathing five percent carbon dioxide – about 100 times the normal concentration in air – which produces an effect called hypercapnia.

Each of the men was subjected to this procedure before and after consuming cocoa on two occasions. On one of the two occasions, the drink was enriched with flavanols. Following the carbon dioxide challenge, the participants were asked to complete a series of complex cognitive tests.

The researchers found that the men who drank the flavanol-enriched cocoa had the highest levels of blood oxygenation, up to three times that of those who consumed the non-flavanol-enriched drink. And the volunteers who performed best on the cognitive tests were those who consumed the flavanol-enriched drink. On average these men completed the tests 11 percent faster.

Dr. Rendeiro noted that when you’re being mentally challenged, your brain needs improved blood oxygen levels. Her study suggests that flavanols might be particularly beneficial during cognitively demanding tasks. However, a small group of participants didn’t derive any cognitive benefit from the flavanol-enriched drink. (They had high levels of brain oxygenation responses to start with that weren’t increased by drinking the enriched cocoa.)

“This may indicate that some individuals, that perhaps are already very fit, have little room for further improvement,” Dr. Rendeiro said.

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Rob Blackwell, Author!

As I’ve done for most of the years since my first book was published, I’m making a number of books FREE and cheap today.

But first, as a reminder, if you haven’t had a chance to check out my new novel, The Serial Killer’s Daughter, you can find it here! While not Halloween-centered, it’s creepy and thrilling and perfect for the holiday nonetheless. Oh, and you may never look at your Alexa-enabled devices the same way again. IF you have finished the book, please give it a review!

All right, back to the free and cheap books:

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Have You Lived in Ancient Lands or Other Worlds in Past Lives?
BY SHELLEY A. KAEHR

Old Watches and Time Concept
Have you ever experienced a past life regression? During guided imagery, people recall lives lived prior to their current life experience. Some of the memories that emerge are fairly recent—a hundred or two hundred years ago—but many come from times of antiquity. Let’s explore some of the more common places where people say they lived in ancient times.

Ancient Europe: England, Ireland, Wales, and Scotland are most popular, while others say they lived in what is now modern-day Italy. Still yet, others cite Europe but cannot directly say where exactly the place was where they lived. This may be happening because Europe closely aligns with our western culture, so bringing up these memories are more familiar in some ways than other locations. Druidry and herbalism are common themes, as people find ties to their current quest for alternative healing methods originated in these early times.

Egypt: Perhaps because I’ve written books about ancient Egypt, I seem to find many reincarnated Egyptians. With the spectacular architecture, jewel-encrusted coffins, and rich pantheons of fascinating gods and goddesses, it’s no wonder that the entire world is obsessed with the Egyptian culture and find themselves recounting past lives there. Whether they’re artisans, peasants, priests, or priestesses, Egypt is a popular locale.

Greece: As one of the most influential cultures to shape our modern civilization, many people find themselves in prior lifetimes in the incredible settings of Greece in times of antiquity. Many former politicians experience themselves arguing a political point with other senators, some claim to have lived more scholarly past lives as part of one of the many mystery schools of the day, while some claim to know some of the great thinkers of those early times.

Rome: The past few years, I’ve uncovered more people with prior lifetimes in ancient Rome. Soldiers, citizens, spectators of the brutality of the Colosseum, patrons of the bathhouses, or politicians, there’s no shortage of reincarnated Romans who have apparently incarnated here at this time in history.

Asia: Attractions to the rich cultures of Asia, whether it’s the Great Wall of China, Japanese temples, or the Buddhist monasteries of the Himalayas, many folks on the spiritual path recall past lives in Asian settings and find that they are attracted to the culture in their current lifetime because the soul is recalling their former experiences.

Mesopotamia: Another place that is coming up more lately is the cradle of civilization, Mesopotamia. The early lives in the area of what is now the modern-day Middle East are emerging more than ever.

Hunter-Gatherer Societies: Speaking of Mesopotamia and the Fertile Crescent area, you may also find yourself in a time far earlier than the early agricultural communities. Several people recall their lives in incredibly difficult conditions as part of the earliest peoples on earth. In these recollections, people sometimes find themselves at a quite literal loss for words. Why? Because they didn’t have language in these early times.

Other Worlds: Others experience themselves in a place far, far away from planet earth experiencing other dimensions of life as other beings, many of whom are far more sophisticated and advanced than us humans.
How and Why Our Memories Emerge
While the typical and traditional way of recalling past lives is by going through a past-life regression via hypnosis or guided imagery, there’s another way for you to identify your prior incarnations. Notice what seems either highly interesting or incredibly repulsive to you. You can do that right now. Glance at the list above and notice how you feel as you consider each place on my list. By noting these highs and lows, you can start to consciously notice what areas you have more energy around and then use a guided imagery regression such as the ones in my books to take you further into the memories of places where you feel drawn to explore.

I’ve identified a phenomenon called Supretrovie, an externally induced past life memory that emerges from stimuli from our outer world. Something triggers these memories to emerge on their own at times. One reason why the Mesopotamian memories or those of the ancient Roman Empire seem to be coming up more is that there are now so many new programs being done about these areas. Supretrovie often happens from simply engaging in video content and this opens the door to the soul knowing of where we’ve been before.

Past Informing Our Future
The gift of exploring our past lives comes in the soul learning, lessons, and gifts that we received along the way after potentially thousands of years of experiencing ourselves in a physical form, whether that is on this planet or any other. The soul goes through trials, tribulations, and triumphs and by so doing, we learn and grow along the way. When we gaze into these experiences from the deep past, what souls usually find is that the theme or common learnings of different places and experiences are similar or the same. We’re always learning about love, about forgiveness, about community, and these learnings show up in different places with the common themes of learning to love each other and become one with the all that is by going through things.

The main benefit from this kind of exploration is to come to greater peace about the difficulties we face in our current lives and to gain perspective on the gifts of love and learning that our challenges can give us over time. Learning from our past, gaining perspective, and experiencing greater peace and happiness in our current life situation is what I love about the modality of past-life regression.

In my book Past Lives in Ancient Lands & Other Worlds, you will read about many other people who experienced themselves in the places listed above, and more, and you can experience guided imagery to take you into those places where your soul lived in times of antiquity, or on other dimensional realms. The journey is sure to be out of this world and wildly informative to give you helpful information on your life path. Give it a try, and above all, enjoy the journey!

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Squirrel Medicine

Squirrel medicine reminds us to set aside some of our most precious resources as an investment for the future.

Some Native American tribes consider all living beings as brothers and sisters that have much to teach, including squirrels. These small creatures teach us to work in harmony with the cycles of nature by conserving for the winter months during times when food is plentiful. In our modern world, squirrels remind us to set aside a portion of our most precious resources as an investment in the future. Though food and money certainly fall into this category, they are only some of the ways our energy is manifested. We can conserve this most valuable asset by being aware of the choices we make and choosing only those that nurture and sustain us. This extends to the natural resources of our planet as well, using what we need wisely with the future in mind.

Saving and conservation are not acts of fear but rather affirmations of abundance yet to come. Squirrels accept life’s cycles, allowing them to face winters with the faith that spring will come again. Knowing that change is part of life, we can create a safe space, both spiritually and physically, that will support us in the present and sustain us in the future. This means not filling our space with things, or thoughts, that don’t serve us. Without hoarding more than we need, we keep ourselves in the cyclical flow of life when we donate our unwanted items to someone who can use them best. This allows for more abundance to enter our lives, because even squirrels know a life of abundance involves more than just survival.

Squirrels use their quick, nervous energy to enjoy life’s adventure. They are great communicators, and by helping each other watch for danger, they do not allow worry to drain them. Instead, they allow their curious nature to lead the way, staying alert to opportunities and learning as they play. Following the example set by our squirrel friends, we are reminded to enjoy the journey of life’s cycles as we plan and prepare for a wonderful future, taking time to learn and play along the way.

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Entering into Partnership

In partnership and relationship, we harness the power of union.

The purpose of partnership is to create something greater than we can create alone. Not because of any deficiency or incompleteness in us, but because each of us is unique, with our own talents and abilities, and in partnership we increase the efforts and talents available for creating something meaningful together. All partnerships, whether romantic, creative, or professionally-based, can be powerful relationships for personal growth. In partnership we harness the power of union.

It is important to choose our partnerships consciously. Sometimes forged quickly during times of need, we may find ourselves rushing into unions with perhaps not the clearest intentions. Partnerships created from those starting points might serve our immediate needs, but the repercussions of a union so quickly fostered without much thought can be difficult to recover from. Granted, there is something to learn from every relationship, but looking to another to fix or complete us can turn a partnership into a dependent bond. If we can stay clear about what we want and what we need in a partnership, while staying grounded and remembering that we are our own source of happiness and fulfillment, we can create partnerships that support and enhance the best of who we are.

Everyone in our lives is a mirror reflecting back the parts we love and dislike about ourselves. If we have the courage to recognize our reflections in each other, we can grow through our partnerships. A partnership that offers both acceptance of who we are and an opportunity for personal transformation can be fertile ground for growing a healthy, lasting union. When we find this kind of partnership, we are more likely to want to keep it, invest in it, and nurture it. Life is a collaborative effort. Much of what we do can be enhanced through partnership. Together we are stronger because our personal power is multiplied by two. Through partnership we experience the joys of working, living, and loving together.

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Coach Gilberto Chapter 36 by Stephen Halpert

Lara Parker stared at the mess of pastry on the floor and sighed. “Well,” she huffed, “Inspector Cliche didn’t prove to be the professional detective I had expected him to be. The nerve of that man accusing people the way he did.”

Rain nodded. “He was totally without savoir-faire, that’s for sure, and not one iota of charm.”

Mrs. Conners came into the office carrying a broom, a dust pan, a bucket of soapy water, and a mop. She frowned and began cleaning up the floor. “What I’d like to know is how did those pastries land on him as well as all over the floor?” She shook her head and began cleaning.

“It’s a long story,” Rain said, “But he certainly deserved to be showered in gooey pastry or anything else for that matter. What a poor excuse for a detective.”

Gilberto chuckled and shook his head. He turned to Lara Parker, “I have a plan as to how to catch the faculty murderer–ostensibly by letting them catch themselves.”

Lara leaned forward, eyes wide, an eager smile brightening her face. “Really! How do you plan to proceed.”

Gilberto grinned. “Please arrange for a small dinner party here at Houndstooth to include our list of suspects, as well as Ed Long.”

Lara frowned. “As long as I don’t have to sit anywhere near him, otherwise, he could end up with a lap full of soup.”

Mrs. Connors straightened up and sighed. “Oh dear,” she said, “more messes to clean up?” She finished her cleaning, shook her head and left his office.

Gilberto nodded. “I’ll tell Maria, she’s in charge of such things. And please invite the Chief of Police and his lead detective as well.  We may as well make this look totally official.”

Lara looked intrigued. “Anytime soon?”

“Once Maria and I get back from the Private School conference in New York. I’d say give it a week or two. “

Lara smiled. “My sense is you’re cooking something up.”

Gilberto nodded. “You could call it that,” he grinned. “If anyone should ask just say we’ve sufficient information to turn over evidence to the District Attorney.”

Lara stood and straightened her jacket. “Thank you, Gilberto for your help in this. I’ll prepare the invitations and a menu as well.”

Rain raised one eyebrow. “That might cause a bit of a ruckus.”

“Let’s hope so,” Gilberto said.

She nodded. “So, your intent is for someone to hang themselves?”
“Something like that,” he grinned.  “I know Cy will be on hand to help out.  But I’d rather we could solve these murders free of complications. Easier to get a conviction that way.”

Rain smiled. Having a discarnate spirit on the case would provide the press a field day” She grinned. “I could just see the headlines. ‘Houndstooth murders solved by a ghost.'”

“Better Cy remains out of sight in the background, our secret,” Gilberto chuckled. “More credibility that way.”

“Oh, Cy won’t mind remaining undercover.” Rain grinned.  “Just so long as I’m under the covers with him.”

Gilberto smiled. He sensed Cy’s spirit floating around his office, well aware of everything taking place. “Thanks, Cy,” he murmured. He heard a ghostly chuckle and nodded in response. “You’re welcome,” he said.

Lara Parker peered at Rain, at first she looked confused but said nothing. “You do have me very curious,” she began.

Rain smiled. “About what? Oh, you mean my relationship with Cy. Saves on groceries and laundry. If you had your choice of an discarnate boyfriend, who might it be?”

Gilberto looked at her, eyebrows raised. Lara looked thoughtful. Then she said. “Something I’ve never even considered. I guess I wouldn’t mind an occasional fling with JFK.”

Rain grinned. “You might have to share him. From what I gather, Cy told me his dance card is pretty full.”

Lara chuckled. “Oh, I wouldn’t mind. I do like my independence. But when he was in office, I’ve always found him intriguing.”

Gilberto cleared his throat and tried to appear serious. “Once word gets out that at this diner party the murderer will be revealed, it might cause someone to slip up and make the wrong move at the wrong time.”

“You’re taking too big a chance,” Rain began. “Setting yourself up that way. I don’t like it, not one small bit, much too risky for you.”                    

“Yes, I know,” “But I’m assuming that once we start a fire, the murderer will act and be revealed.”

Rain frowned. “If you say so. But like I said.  I don’t like it at all. And once you get back, from your conference, I plan on sticking to you like glue.”

 “Neither do I,” Lara Parker said. “I don’t like that plan at all. It’s much too dangerous.”

“I’ll be fine,” Gilberto said, “especially with you and Cy on hand.”
“By the way,” Rain said, giving him her most mischievous grin. “Who’d be your choice for a discarnate girlfriend?”

Gilberto frowned. “Oh, I’d leave something like that up to Maria.”

Lara Parker grinned. “She might not want to share you.”

“That’s ok then,” he smiled, but said nothing more. “You’re a very conservative man,” Lara Parker said. “That’s one of the things I like most about you.” She looked at him with an affectionate smile.

Gilberto smiled back. “When you’ve already got perfection who needs anything more?”

“Not even on occasion a wild hurricane?” Lara grinned.

“In that case,” Gilberto grinned. “Hurricane Maria for sure.”

(To be continued)

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Kitty Kat’s Korner
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Maine Coon
By Erika Sorocco

If a beautiful behemoth is what you’re seeking in a feline companion, the Maine Coon has what you’re looking for. The loyal, dignified, majestic Maine Coon represents all of this and more — and does so while serving some serious #hairgoals.

1 Maine attraction
Believed to be the oldest cat breed native to North America, the Maine Coon has made a name for herself among Mainers since the 19th century as a skilled mouser, farm cat and shipyard companion. Where she dwelled prior is somewhat of a mystery. Some say she arrived alongside the Vikings; others say she’s a descendant of Marie Antoinette’s adored long-haired cats; and still others mark her as a stowaway who arrived stateside with sea captains who sailed the ocean blue.

2 A hefty feline
She’s hefty for good reason. A native New Englander, the Maine Coon has evolved in a Darwinian, survival- of-the-fittest type of way, to live up to her working cat name and successfully survive the harsh winters of the Northeast. That said, this gentle giant is among the largest domestic cat breeds in the world, with females weighing in at 9 to 18 pounds and males tipping the scales at 20 pounds or more. And they don’t reach their full size until they’re 5 years old.

3 Think long
According to Guinness World Records, the title of Longest Domestic Cat has been held by Maine Coons for more than 10 years, with the current titleholder being Italy-based Barivel, who, at last measurement in May of 2018, measured a whopping 3 feet 11 inches!

4 That coat!
The Maine Coon’s coat is her crowning glory. It’s comprised of not one, not two, but three distinctive lengths — a heavy and short length rests upon the shoulders; longer lengths can be found on the stomach and upper hind legs (britches); and a romantic, lion-esque ruff can be seen about her neck. Then there are the tufted paws reminiscent of snowshoes that allow for treading in cold temps. And to top it off, we have that luscious plume of a tail, which can be wrapped around her body for both warmth and protection.

5 Surprisingly low-maintenance
You’d think the Maine Coon would need a lot of grooming, but that’s a negative. The Maine Coon’s coat, while thick and long, rarely mats and requires only weekly combings to keep it in tip-top shape!

Many believe that the Maine Coon earned her moniker because she’s part cat, part raccoon. While her markings and bushy tail may have you thinking the same, such a pairing is biologically impossible but an interesting concept nonetheless.

6 Family feline
Kids, cats, dogs … they don’t call her a Gentle Giant for nothing! The Maine Coon, who possesses a lengthy life span of 10 to 13 years, is known for her friendliness, affection and compassion, so she makes an excellent companion animal for all ages — and species! Even better, the breed has been dubbed as an excellent choice for emotional support and therapy pet purposes, as she’s so purrfect at reading cues from her people!

7 Love to be loved
Maine Coons are so laid-back and loving, they’re not opposed to playing dress-up or going for a ride in a baby carriage. As long as they’re being lavished with love and attention, anything goes!

8 Easy to train
Intelligent and curious, the Maine Coon has often been described as dog-like due to her desire to play fetch and ease of learning to walk on a leash. Another canine quality she’s known to possess? An affinity for water! Don’t be surprised to find her splish-splashing in your sink, turning her water bowl into a swimming pool, or attempting to dive headfirst into the bathtub!

9 Let’s chat
Though she’ll meow and purr like any other feline, the Maine Coon is known for her cute communication skills, meaning you’ll often hear her chirp, cheep or trill to get your undivided attention.

10 Some parting advice …
The Maine Coon loves to be all up in your business all the time, so if you really desire a little privacy, you’re going to have to close a door to score a little me time. You’ve been warned.

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Georgia Nicols Weekly Horoscope:Sunday,

November 06, 2022

All Signs
I talked to an Aquarian the other day who was surprised to learn that Saturn was in his sign, and that it had been there since March 2020. When I discussed its effects, his eyes widened. I told him Saturn would force him to deal with heavy responsibilities. It would make him feel old. It might trigger dental problems and achy joints; and that after it left his sign in March 2023, he would feel young again! Like a weight had been lifted off his shoulders! (He liked that part.) This prompted me to think we should all look where Saturn is for our sign, to help us pinpoint where we are and where we’re going. After all, small opportunities are what big opportunities look like when they’re young. (Although it occurred to me lately that nothing has occurred to me lately.)

Aries (March 21-April 19)
The last time Saturn was in Aries was from 1996 to 1999. It will return to Aries in 2026. Meanwhile, since the beginning of 2020, it has been in a position where it can help you. It has strengthened many areas of your life so that you can withstand later adversity. It might have brought you recognition from authority figures because it made you look reliable and competent in their eyes. On a more personal level, Saturn has been offering you opportunities to learn how to juggle your own needs and responsibilities, versus satisfying the needs and responsibilities of others. A tricky combo! It’s a delicate balance between being cooperative with others; and yet at the same time, protecting your own space and your own interests.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)
Two weeks ago, the Solar eclipse was opposite your sign. On Tuesday, this week, the Lunar eclipse is in your sign. A double whammy! This means you are making fast adjustments to your most important relationships. Fortunately, both Venus and Mercury will help you communicate with others, and be accommodating, as well as informative. Remember to listen, always. This has been your time of harvest – since 2020 – because Saturn is travelling across the top of your chart. This means you have enormous responsibilities, and yet at the same time, you are getting recognition and admiration for your efforts. This is also when you see clearly what is working and what is not. It’s a time when cherished dreams can come true.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)
Mars continues to be in your sign until March next year. (Normally, Mars is in your sign only once every two years for six weeks.) This a rare blessing! Mars is giving you extra drive and aggression to negotiate with others, as well and work for what you want. You’ve got the juice! Meanwhile, since 2020, Saturn has been urging you to fine tune things and get ready for your time of harvest, which will begin next year. This is the last few months of your time of preparation. Is there any further education or training you can get that will make you dazzle in your job? What about travel? Can you travel to enrich yourself so that you are bright and shiny by next year? Get ready to approach your life peak!

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
When Saturn was last in your sign, from 2003 to 2005, you began a new journey of reinventing yourself, after giving up people, places and possessions. Since 2020, Saturn has been in your Money House that deals with wealth and resources from others. Saturn is stern; but also, the Great Teacher. This means that resources from others have been cut off or diminished, forcing you to stand on your own two feet. For many, this comes on the heels of a partnership breaking up or a job loss. Be reassured because you are coming to your own life peak around 2026. That is when your cherished dreams will come true. This financial struggle is temporary. (Is that a cavalry bugle?)

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
Since 2020, Saturn has been opposite your sign, which happens once every 30 years. The last time was from late 1991 to early1994. When Saturn opposes you, life gets harder. You feel discouraged, and at times, overwhelmed. You have to deal with adversities and setbacks. You might feel physically tired and world-weary. Even your ambitions might be thwarted. Fortunately, this challenging time for you is almost over! Your life is changing rapidly, and you are moving forward towards your life peak in five or six years from now. This challenging time has made you stronger. (All those Capricorn sayings are true! “No pain, no gain.”)

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Since 2020, Saturn has challenged your health, your job and even your pets. Many of you have dealt with knee joints, hip joints and arthritis, as well as broken bones. You might also have suffered from teeth problems. Saturn has also made you bust your buns and work incredibly hard in the last few years – so hard that at times, you felt overwhelmed. Fear not, because in the long run, there is a pay off! Your effectiveness as a human being has been tested. Respect your health and take care of your body. Take care of your teeth. Keep working because next year, you will receive the recognition for your efforts. Would I kid you?

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
Since 2020, Libran parents have had increased burdens with their kids. You are the most social sign in the zodiac. You love to schmooze. You like elegant hotels and great room service; but these things have been difficult to get in the last few years. Areas that might have been a source of fun are almost a burden now. (What’s with that?) Any gains you have made in the last few years have been the result of your own hard work. And admittedly, there has been less play and less fun. Some of you are also wondering what you want to be when you grow up. So many questions! Starting next year, you will work with focus and purpose. Money from other sources will help you.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
Since 2020, you have faced enormous challenges related to home and family. Many things that you had been “putting up with” for years came to a head. “I’ve had it!” Whatever was important to you rose to prominence in your life. Interactions with a parent involved increased responsibilities. Basically, this was the time for you to secure your base. Many of you made home repairs or made residential moves so that you could have a solid base on which to build in the future. Because you are establishing this base (physically, emotionally and psychologically), this is actually a time of new beginnings. Voila!

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
Saturn rules the government and legal documents. Think passports. Since 2020, Saturn has been in the part of your chart that deals with your day-to-day world and your immediate environment. This means change has been a-foot! Many of you have changed residences, perhaps even more than once, and have also changed jobs. It’s been a roller coaster! The last time you went through this kind of flux was around 1991-1994. But this has all been for a reason. Since Saturn was in your sign in 2016, you have been reinventing yourself. The “new you” will be ready for your coming out season next year! (What to wear to the ball?)

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Saturn is your ruler. It is the stern disciplinarian in life, which is why you know tough times are character building. (You invented the stiff upper lip.) You are a long-lived sign because you use adversity to polish your life skills. Since the beginning of 2020, you have had to learn what is important to you. Not just material things but psychological, spiritual and moral values. You might have had to get along with less, financially speaking, but you are a frugal sign who hates waste. You cope skilfully! It’s interesting that now that you have determined what is important, you are entering a year when your home and family life will flourish with joy and abundance!

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Saturn has been in your sign since March 2020. It willhttps://www.georgianicols.com/hit/trial_three_week stay there until March next year. It’s been a challenge! But also, a time of immense personal growth! You had to determine what kind of a person you are. You were forced to deal with challenging issues with family and friends. Ideally, you did some kind of human-potential work, psychotherapy or counselling to help you figure out who you were and where you want to go. Many of you entered new turf at the beginning of 2020. You might have changed your daily wardrobe. By next year, you will have a stronger sense of who you are, and increased optimism and happiness.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
For the last several years, you have been going through the Dark Night of the Soul. It’s been incredibly tough. The challenges you faced forced you to give up things. You had to give up possessions, jobs, relationships and possibly, even a country. It has been a time of letting go of anything that was no longer really relevant in your life. At that time, this might have felt like loss. But looking back, you will see that you streamlined your life and lightened your load. This is the end of the big cycle for you, which means next year, you enter a new world. It might be so different — you actually change your daily wardrobe. Get ready for a new runway. (Buy shoes.)

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06 November 2022

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

Outlines are longer versions; consist of every possible detail of everyday and are based on three parts of each sign: 1st, 2nd & 3rd Decan; that is, any of three divisions of 10° within a sign of the zodiac. Even if you know or don’t know your Decan; I recommend, please read all three Decan.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Ordinarily you’d battle unwelcome events and win. However, your instincts are rightly telling you that, for now, the less you do, the better. With the foundation on which several pivotal arrangements are based changing, you’re unsure what’s wise. The solution? Wait and watch. This approach enables you to review certain increasingly burdensome longstanding arrangements and, often, make the challenging decision to say farewell to them.

A desire to take charge of a group effort that is making no progress is too strong to ignore. Rather than getting you into trouble from others, this quality for setting the pace will be welcomed by most, especially those who feel unable to cope with difficult situations. Go ahead and be decisive. You won’t regret it. Family life will need plenty of concentrated effort and attention. Someone close needs extra support. Go out of your way to provide the reassurance they seem to be looking for.

Expect to get your hands dirty. This could be one intense week. Not only is there a Lunar Eclipse accenting the ethics and financial axis of your solar chart, there’s also the potential for having to deal with unexpected and hard news. Aries is rarely afraid to confront. With Mars, your ruling planet, retrograde, initially you perhaps need to do more listening than talking. What’s been clear in the last couple of years is that you’re perfecting this art. In fact, by gathering information you arm yourself. By Friday you should have all the ammunition you need both for a confrontation and to advance one of your more creative ideas. In fact, soon you might be described as the ‘company doctor’. Your remedies may not be pain-free but they are likely to work.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Life’s unsettled. Initially you’ll be dealing with Tuesday’s eclipsed Full Moon, which is in Taurus, and triggering changes as sudden as they are timely. Yet your instincts will say to avoid making sudden decisions just to have them made. For now, focus on what needs to go. What’s next? With so much in transition, the clarity you’re seeking will emerge; but over the coming weeks.

Resist the urge to probe too deeply if someone does or says something that has you puzzled and confused. They will admit later to having acted on impulse. Not only this; but because it will have been a big mistake, they will be clearly embarrassed about it. If, later in the week, you are waiting for someone to come and fix something, you should be prepared for them to call either later or earlier than expected.

Tuesday’s lunar eclipse is in your sign. Uranus, the planet of surprises, deviation and rebelliousness is moving through your sign. Though obviously much depends on your actual birth date, the likelihood is that you’re ready to take your career in new direction. It may be that you’ve been preparing for this for the last couple of years. Now you may be so, very close to the launchpad. The one thing Taurus has in abundance is resilience and determination. By Friday you should make clear to all, that though you accept that there will be teething problems at least until Mars turns direct at the start of next year, that you’re ready, willing and able to resolve issues: from design to finance (they may be linked).


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

Your horoscope for this week:

As much as you enjoy a lively exchange of ideas, with so much in transition, even you are overwhelmed. The key? It’s to focus on exploration, especially with those you meet and on learning what you can. The resulting insights help clarify what and who it’s time to say farewell to, while spotlighting new activities and those who’d be involved. Decisions? Discuss them; but avoid finalising anything just yet.

If you’ve been thinking about adding a little extra exercise to your daily routine, now is the time to go for it. Make a start on any kind of regime that gets you moving physically. If this brings you into contact with like-minded others, so much the better. ‘ Do all you can to satisfy a growing need to be active. You won’t have to put emotions into words when with your special someone. They already know and they feel the same way too.

True, Mars is retrograde in your sign and will be in that condition for some weeks. You perhaps need to get used to retracing your steps. Anticipate that others will be probing – particularly around Tuesday’s Lunar Eclipse. They need to know who said what to whom and when. Your memory will be put to the test. By Friday you might even need an advocate. It may be super important to get the wording on a document absolutely correct. The truth will out and your expertise under scrutiny; and yes, you could be accused of having bent rules. Obviously much depends on your personal chart; but this week seems crucial in terms of testing both your integrity and culpability.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

True, this week’s ups and downs could seem unsettling. However, what you’re doing and those you’re meeting are about broadening your horizons, in terms of ideas and, as a result, the future. That, then, enables you to focus on those insights, and acknowledge far-reaching plans can wait. Finally, you begin exploring for the sheer joy of it, in the process, restoring your optimism about what’s next.

If you’re working with others towards a common goal, how well you get on together will make all the difference between success and failure. You will achieve the maximum of results from tackling what needs to be done in a slow and steady fashion. This means avoiding the temptation to cut corners. Someone close will be looking for some reassurance regarding a proposed job change. They need to know they’re doing the right thing when it comes to a recent decision

Obviously, Tuesday’s Lunar Eclipse affects all signs. It could also mark distinct alteration in priorities 0 both for you and for the groups with which your associated. This offers career opportunity. An idea that’s been dormant for at least the last couple of years could be reviewed. Though you may not have particular confidence as yet, it seems likely others consider you to have acquired experience and are now an ‘expert’. You might soon be headhunted. Certainly, an increased workload seems headed your way: one that requires you to work with a new team. Don’t assume that you are the outsider and that loyalties are cemented: it’s more likely that this group require you to make them a family.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Sometimes obstacles are exactly that, difficulties to be overcome. However, those you’re currently facing are accenting arrangements and alliances with others that once worked but no longer do. A few would benefit from a serious rethink; but most should become part of the past. While disappointing, you’ve suspected something was wrong, so are relived events are freeing you to move on to future plans.

A progressive and lively time lies ahead for you. Expect to feel an increasing need to discover more about new people and pastimes. Masses of harmony and happiness surround your home and family life. When it comes to sharing activities with those you care for and who care for you in return, you really couldn’t be happier. An improvement in finances is also likely. You may not realise it but you’ve got the support of a senior colleague only they are providing this in quiet ways.

Tuesday’s Lunar Eclipse marks a turning point. You may need to either say goodbye to a dream or adjust it. You won’t be the only sign of the zodiac forced to confront difficult issues. In your case that could also bring high levels of career excitement. The fact that someone else is altering their plans, could yet prove advantageous. The theme for so long has been about property, placing foundations and feeling rooted. You might now have a clear idea precisely what it is that you require and how best to attract it. Aware that one working partnership is drawing to its conclusion (perhaps because you feel you can’t carry this person any longer), and with Jupiter slowly moving towards its station, you could plan graceful conclusion.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Ordinarily, you’d struggle to keep certain cherished arrangements going. But it’s increasingly clear these need a top to bottom rethink or must go. Acknowledging this frees you to explore both existing ideas and those others suggest during this unsettling but, equally, thrilling week. Be bold. Tempting as it is to stick with what you know, at least consider one or two outrageous ideas or options.

You’re aware of the benefits of being prepared. You will be having an easier time of it compared with a sloppy friend or workmate. That’s because you have got your life well organised. The efficient side of your nature will be in evidence and you can use this to the full by persuading others to take a more practical approach to their responsibilities. You’re so full of inspiration that if you use half of this in your everyday responsibilities, progress will be made.

Mars is retrograde in your career zone and you may be wondering if you’ve pushed the boat out too far. Rethinks are likely. Yet this may be no bad thing. It could be that further adjustments can be made that are very much to your advantage. Tuesday’s Lunar Eclipse likely marks the end of one project or experience. Determining exactly what you’ve gained, and how you can use that experience could take until the start of 2023. You might also receive unexpected news from someone who’s clearly been planning a move but whose declaration of intent and it seems, the preparations they’ve already made, are both amusing and disconcerting. It may be that they have a partnership opportunity to propose.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

The unsettling everts you’re facing are part of a cycle of changes triggered by the current pair of eclipses, on 25 October and this Tuesday. Knowing that, you’ll back off and allow events to unfold as they must; and meanwhile? You’ve long intended to declutter your life, in terms of possessions but, equally, in terms of burdensome commitments. Saying farewell will be far easier than you expect.

Someone is pushing you for answers you aren’t ready to give. You are doing the right thing by leaving any important decisions regarding your career until you’ve had a chance to think about it. A neighbour who seems to think they know better than you will try to tell you how to handle some matters that really have nothing to do with them. This is a conversation you will want to end very quickly. It will be hard to find a balance between social and family affairs.

You could find the start of this week unsettling. Pressure to complete certain tasks; but do them in a slightly different way to usual may be considerable. Of course, this could be a platform for greater things. Mars is retrograde in another of the Air signs: bringing a ‘word’ challenge as though you needed to write in a different language. For some, that might even be literal. Contact with those work and live overseas could increase and you may be challenged in the way you impart information or give instructions. That said, by the weekend you could be laying good foundations for developing further projects in 2023.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

You’ve been in the midst of one of the year’s most powerful periods of change and reflection. This began with the Scorpio eclipsed New Moon on 25 October and continues with this cycle’s second eclipse, this Tuesday. The secret? Go with the flow. If possible, avoid making decisions. This enables you to reflect on options you’d once have rejected unthinkingly. Now you’ll be regarding them as pivotal.

Your personal standards are always of the highest but it’s true you can sometimes expect a little too much from your family and friends. In order to avoid tension, when it comes to other people’s efforts, give plenty of praise and encouragement. Try to relax when judging the end product of any project a colleague finishes. If you feel it needs a little extra work, you might discreetly add to this when they aren’t looking.

Tuesday’s lunar eclipse is in your opposite sign and within 24 hours the Sun (in your sign), opposes Uranus. It’s reasonable to expect that one door will close but that another will open. This could yet prove a super exciting week even if initially, things look bleak. Never underestimate your powerful gift of insight and perception. In a conversation about design, you should have fabulous impact. It’s likely too, that with Jupiter coming to its station in another of the Water signs and accenting the research and development area of your solar chart, that something you’ve been interested in for the last decade, will gather momentum. It might even be that this becomes another revenue stream. What seems important is that you either agree to part company with someone who was once a close ally, or find a way to work more closely together.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

It may seem life’s about letting go of the past. While, mostly, this is wise if not long overdue, you’re still wondering what to expect. By as early as next week, there’ll be hints, although the turning point is the Sagittarius New Moon on 23 November; and until then? The more you declutter your life, and mind, the better prepared you’ll be for what comes your way then.

Keep a lowish profile and refuse to get involved in the secret plots some people seem to have in mind. Your sixth sense will warn you that you aren’t being told all the facts. Plan a relaxed few days for the middle of the week. Travel can be frustrating when delays and hold-ups will make you wish you had remained at home. In fact, you will get the maximum of happiness and relaxation by staying fairly close to your own four walls.

The cycle of eclipses rotates around the zodiac. Next year, instead of accenting the Taurus-Scorpio axis, it’s the turn of Aries-Libra to be affected. Though Tuesday’s lunar eclipse is not in your sign, you could nevertheless feel the effect of one door closing – perhaps even unexpectedly. This could be related to health; but might also be about decisions taken by colleagues to move on. Either way, your regular routine is set to be disrupted. Of course, you’re not the only sign to be affected. You are ruled by Jupiter which presently appears to be slowing down and will soon station at the base of your solar chart bringing with it an opportunity to re-evaluate where you live and work. Property issues might need to be addressed. Though you might not decide to move, awareness that your environment has changed and that you need a new window on the world, could result in you at least moving a chair to face the other way!


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Ordinarily you’ve a talent for spotting issues that need serious attention versus those that are no more than others’ relentless complaints. Ironically, each of these will add to the insights about what’s working, what isn’t and should either be dealt with or become part of the past. This may seem sudden but, because you rightly sense there’s yet more to come, it’s a huge relief.

You will be going out of your way to keep friends and loved-ones happy as the week begins. Later, you will get a chance to do nothing other than please yourself. Don’t be surprised to find that the one thing you’ll enjoy most is simply relaxing and doing very little or better still, nothing at all. With or without company, opt for peaceful surroundings on the weekend. You will enjoy that quiet feeling that comes from being well away from the spotlight.

Firstly, remember that if just the signs of the zodiac are taken into account, then your ruling planet, Saturn, is still right angle to Uranus. The pull between sticking with what you know and what could be will surely be tough. This week could prove ‘make your mind up time’. Not only is there a Lunar Eclipse; but Uranus is part of the planetary picture. You could feel decidedly unsettled. It may be that changes in the neighbourhood or colleagues who decide to move on rattle your cage. You would be an unusual Capricorn if you didn’t feel unsettled and wonder what developments mean for your career path. Recall that both Mars and Jupiter are presently retrograde. This is review time but with strategy in mind. In conversation with a Cancer or Pisces, you could identify pathways waiting to be explored.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

For ages there’s been talk of substantial changes in elements of certain parts of your life. While you’re intrigued, you’re wary of being distracted by pointless ventures. Actually, these are pivotal; but it’s unclear just how. While you’re not feeling patient, you’re urged to wait, watch and learn. While Tuesday’s New Moon offers insights, these are just the beginning. There’s much more yet to come.

A touch of mental telepathy will keep close relationships on an even keel. You’ll instinctively know when to speak and when to listen. Your partner won’t be slow to notice and appreciate your understanding. Children will bring a special touch of warmth to your world and if you have creative talents of any kind, you should find inspiration to use these to the fullest. Are you single and looking for love? A friend will introduce you to someone who will soon have a special role to play in your life.

Eclipses tend to mark both beginnings and endings and Tuesday’s is unlikely to be an exception. Recall that Uranus (planet of surprises) is accenting the backbone of your solar chart. It’s very likely that by mid-week your roots will be shaken. Of course, it could be that you’ve already decided you want to move on and it’s you who surprises others. It’s as likely that you will be surprised by decisions taken by others who have clearly been planning for some months but only now declaring their intent. So yes, this could be a highly unsettling week. Careerwise, this could result in you being moved on to fresh path entirely. Yes, it could take a few weeks before you settle into this and have a clear plan in mind. It may be that you can’t alter direction fully until late March next year. It all starts now, and in conversation most likely with a Scorpio, you could put together a strategy.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

If you’re feeling unsure about who and what takes precedence in your life, it’s no surprise. Recent dramatic changes in circumstances have raised questions about certain arrangements. While you’d prefer that things be clarified right away, relax. Time is on your side. However, this means discussing several tricky matters with a frankness you’d been avoiding. It won’t be easy; but you’ll be glad you did.

There’s plenty to feel happy about and you have lots to look forward to. Travel features favourably and there’ll be lots of opportunities to widen your horizons. If you crave seeing more of the world, booking an adventurous holiday is a strong possibility. Major changes to your life will be successful if they are properly thought through. You have health and vitality on your side. If an unexpected opportunity comes your way, be certain to strike while the iron is hot.

As viewed from Earth, your ruling planet Jupiter’s movements seem barely perceptible. In just over a week’s time, that planet will appear to stand still in the sky. The build-up to this is interesting in that it includes Tuesday’s Lunar Eclipse. For many people this marks an ending. True, they may have seen this coming for some weeks but even so, the emotion surrounding it could take them by surprise. You may need to recalibrate resources. Alteration in spending patterns is probable. You might also realise that there are individuals who are now most clearly in inappropriate positions. They may look to you to help them move on to new career path. Your gift for seeing what others miss should then come to the fore. In fact, by the end of this week, you might even be considered an agent.

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GrannyMoons Weekly Feast: 30 Oct 2022

“Believe nothing you hear, and only one half that you see.” ~Edgar Allan Poe, American Writer

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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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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What’s Happening?!?

Goddess of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27

Celtic Tree Calendar Month ~ October 28th to November 23rd – Broom/Fern/Reed

Herb of the Year for 2022: Viola (violet, heartsease) named by the International Herb Association

OCTOBER
• Youth Substance Use Prevention
• Youth Justice Action
• Clean Energy Action
• Disability Employment Awareness
• Breast Cancer Awareness
• Arts and Humanities
• Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention
• Cybersecurity Awareness
• Blindness Awareness
• Menopause Awareness
• Vegetarian Awareness
• Down Syndrome Awareness

Oct 21 – Nov. 1, 2021 – Samhain

October 30: National Candy Corn Day

October 31: Halloween!

October 28 To November 23 – Celtic Month Reed

29 – Mokash – Mokosh Is The Mother Goddess In Native Slavic Paganism

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NOVEMBER

1 – Alfablot – “the sacrifice of the elves.”
1 – Norse first day of winter

1-2 The Day of the Dead 

1 – All Saints’ Day 

2 – All Souls’ Day

5 – Days of Wolves

5 – Rodnovery celebration of the Cult of the Ancestors.

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

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

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This will take 13 weeks of study and hands-on practice. But it should be fun for you too! We start with the basics!

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Eve of All Hallows
by Tasha Halbert

In the dark of the night the small figures roam,
looking for candy and treats to bring home.
Is there a shadow that hovers quite near?
or is it that once there was something to fear.

The ancients prepared for this evening to scry
Seeking the spirits that might just pass by.
Knowledge to gain is the theme of the night,
Let us be cautious and ask what seems right.

Treats are important, tricks are no fun,
Sacred the ceremonies soon to be done.
While children must sleep, spirits wait to come in
for those who are waiting to speak with their kin.

For All Hallows eve is so wonderous indeed,
with treats for all ages, according to need.

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Llewellyn’s Spell A Day

Jack-o’-Lantern Spell
OCTOBER 30, 2022 BY ASTREA TAYLOR

One of my favorite childhood memories is carving a jack-o’- lantern and setting it outside for the whole neighborhood to see. A jack-o’- lantern’s warm glow can imbue magical feelings and deter negativity—they hide magic in plain sight.

This spell requires a pumpkin, a sharp serrated blade, a spoon, a bowl, a tealight candle, and a lighter.

Cut a circle on the top of the pumpkin. Remove the seeds with a spoon, place them in a bowl, and dispose of them outside if possible to give a treat to wildlife. Carve a face in the pumpkin that feels magical and alert. When you’re done, light the tealight and place it inside the pumpkin. Tap the knife against the pumpkin three times to awaken its spirit. Say:

Jack-o’-lantern, I call you forth to
create a magical community! May all
who see you feel pure magic! Protect
us against those who mean harm.

Place the jack-o’-lantern outside somewhere safe facing the street. Replace nightly with a fresh tealight to recharge the magic.
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Feline Protection
OCTOBER 29, 2022 BY CHARLYNN WALLS

Today is National Cat Day in the United States. Though you may not have a cat of your own, you can connect and work with feline energies during this time. One energy of the cat that you can tap into is that of protection. A familiar works with their witch and looks out for them. Bast is an excellent goddess to work with, and you can call on her for help when you need protection for yourself or others. Create a small representation of Bast to carry with you. You can use clay, as it is easily molded and dries quickly. Focus on Bast as you mold your clay and say:

Goddess Bast, enchant this charm.
Allow it to shield me from harm.
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Xochiquetzal’s Spicy Chocolate
OCTOBER 28, 2022 BY STEPHANIE ROSE BIRD

It’s National Chocolate Day. Chocolate, called the food of the gods, has a rich history in Mexico, beginning in the Aztec and Mayan cultures. So let’s create the drink of Aztec goddess Xochiquetzal. She has dominion over sex, childbearing, creativity, flowers, hummingbirds, and butterflies. She manifests for feather-workers and metalworkers. Xochiquetzal loves weavers, painters, sculptors, florists, homemakers, sex workers, mothers, pregnant women, and midwives.

For plant energy, pin Aztec marigold (Tagetes erecta) to your clothing, hair, or hat. Then make the spicy chocolate.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup quality dark chocolate chips
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • Pinch of coarse sea salt
  • 1 chili pepper, cut vertically and seeded
  • 4 Mexican cinnamon sticks
  • Sweetener (optional)

Whisk the chocolate chips in 3/4 cup milk in a pot on a stove set at medium. Whisk in the rest of the milk briskly for several minutes until well blended. Then whisk in the ground cinnamon, vanilla, and sea salt. Blend well.

With the heat on medium high, steep the chili pepper and a halved cinnamon stick in the mixture for ten minutes in the pan with the cover on. Then remove the cover and discard the solid ingredients. Whisk in sweetener if desired. Pour the spicy chocolate into three small cups and serve with Mexican cinnamon sticks.
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Bless This Desk
OCTOBER 27, 2022 BY DALLAS JENNIFER COBB

During the winter months I spend more time at my writing desk, where many magical parts of me come together. Today, let us bless our desks. Clear the desktop and wipe it down with a damp cloth. Say:

May water bless this desk with fluidity.

Gently stir the air over the desk as you say:

May air bless this desk with new beginnings, the birth of ideas, and the joy of creation.

Set a lamp and your computer on the desk and say:

May fire bless me with clarity, vision, and connectivity.

Place a rock or crystal on the desk and say:

May earth bless this desk with stability.

As you sit down at your desk, bless yourself and your creativity:

May I be happy and prolific in my creation, speaking and writing what needs to be said. May I be kind and wise so that my writing inspires and encourages those in need. So be it.
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Dream Breakthrough Spell
OCTOBER 26, 2022 BY TESS WHITEHURST

This dream spell is for breaking through a stubborn challenge or moving forward in any area of life where you’ve been feeling blocked. Do this just before bed.

If you have runes, pull the Dagaz rune (Î) out of your set. Otherwise, draw it on a stamp-size scrap of cardboard. Hold the rune ( letter side) against your forehead. Relax and bring to mind whatever you’d like to shift in a positive way. Don’t try to be positive about it: feel everything you feel about the issue. Also bring to mind the options as you see them (or the lack thereof ). Then set the intention to direct all the energy of your thoughts and feelings about the situation or challenge into the rune, letting them drain from your body and mind. Place the rune under your pillow. As soon as you wake up in the morning (and if you wake up in the night), immediately write down any dreams you remember. The key to your breakthrough will be contained within them.
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Finding Your Shadow Self
OCTOBER 25, 2022 BY JASON MANKEY

Shadows fill the sky today as a solar eclipse covers much of Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East. It’s also the night of the new moon. All of this energy makes it a perfect time to confront our shadow self, the part of our psyche that makes us uncomfortable and is often repressed or ignored. Simply acknowledging our shadow can often be a challenge.

Find a dark place where you won’t be disturbed, and place a lit candle in a spot between you and a wall. Ideally you want to be in a spot where you cast a giant shadow. In the darkness, stare into your shadow and write down everything you see, positive or negative. Hold nothing back and be honest with yourself. Using your list as a guide, work on integrating both sides of yourself from now until Imbolc.
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Wintering In
OCTOBER 24, 2022 BY SUSAN PESZNECKER

We’re well into autumn, and winter is just around the corner. It’s the season for wintering in, when country folk would prepare for winter, gathering what they needed to get through the cold months until the storms stopped and the light returned.

Carry out your own wintering in ritual to help you get through the dark months.

You’ll need a favorite mug, your choice of hot beverage, a favorite book, warm mittens, and a white, gray, or dark blue candle in a holder.

Bring everything to a table or to your altar. Light the candle safely and put on the mittens. Repeat:

Warmth and comfort,
Candle bright,
Keep me through
The long dark night
As I await the
Return of light.

Sip your hot beverage. Focus for a minute on the brightness of the candle, the comfort of the mittens, and the soothing warmth of your drink. Envision yourself as a warm cocoon in the midst of winter. Settle in and read your book while enjoying the beverage. Extinguish the candle when you’re done.

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Heartwings Love Notes 1059 Feedback

Heartwings says, “What is perceived may alter what is received.”

As a very young child, when asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I answered, “I want to be married and I want to be famous.” How I knew or even if I knew what these meant is unknown to me now, however it is definitely what I said. I am married, and counting my first time, I have been married for sixty-seven of my nearly 87 years. I am happy to say I have no regrets.

As to the second, being famous, I have to decide what is meant by that. Being recognized in the supermarket as the author of a newspaper column might to some people mean being famous. Having kind things said about that column is equally nice. Being told by a reader that you have been helpful in some way is gratifying to hear. Does it mean I am famous? I don’t know. I can say that these experiences satisfy my initial desire to be famous. In other words, I’m sufficiently famous to suit me.

However, while these are pleasant experiences, something I have learned is not to dwell on feedback from others. My eldest daughter and I had a recent conversation about this. She was saying it was not her habit to base her self value on feedback. I told her I loved that thought and would steal it, because I agree. I have learned that lesson more than once and have the stories to prove it. As far as I can determine, what people see in anyone else most often depends on the personal filters through which they perceive that person. We all have them; the trick is to be aware of them.

Years ago, I learned that if people praised me, it was because of what they liked about me, or what I had done for them or another. If they criticized me, they probably didn’t approve of what I had done or who I seemed to be. Their opinion was what influenced their response. I must admit it’s nicer to be praised than blamed, yet both are in the eye of the beholder. This was a new level in detachment for me. I had learned to be detached from possessions, now it was time to be detached from opinions both good and bad. I appreciated that lesson.

I myself must be the judge of how I am doing. I am the only one who really can tell how I am measuring up to my own standards. Being honest with myself, I can see my value to myself as well as to others. When I honor my efforts, recognize my efforts as worthy, and feel good about them, then I will have been successful, regardless of the result. We cannot all win the blue ribbon, but we can all try. And when we do, then we have succeeded.

May you enjoy success in your own eyes, whatever you try to do.

Blessings and best regards, Tasha Halpert

PS I treasure your comments and enjoy your communications. Do let me know what you think; I promise to respond. Please do write to me at Tashahal@gmail.com

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The Benefits Of Dark Chocolate
~Dr. Weil

I have long recommended eating dark chocolate in my Anti-Inflammatory Food Pyramid, and with good reason: dark chocolate provides polyphenols with a high antioxidant activity, and of all the chocolates, has fewer unhealthy fats and refined sugars. Recent research is also showing that eating a few pieces of dark chocolate each week (choose 70 percent or higher pure cocoa solids) is a heart-healthy and stress (specifically the hormone cortisol) reducing treat too, as it can:

Fight free radicals. Plant foods rich in flavonoids and antioxidants are beneficial to humans: antioxidants protect our cells from damage caused by free radicals, which have been linked to heart disease and other health concerns. Dark chocolate comes from the cacao plant, which provides these compounds.
Help prevent heart disease. British researchers looked at seven studies that focused on chocolate and cardiac health. Their findings suggest that people who ate more chocolate reduced their risk for heart disease: those who ate dark chocolate weekly had a 37 percent lower risk of any heart disease than those who ate the least amounts.

Decrease the risk of stroke.Swedish researchers found that women who ate high amounts of chocolate – the equivalent of about two bars per week – had a 20 percent lower risk of stroke; British researchers found the number to be closer to 30 percent.

Before you start loading up on candy bars, be aware that more studies are needed to determine what amount and type of chocolate is best. For now, look for a fair trade or organic dark chocolate that provides at least 70 percent cocoa content and enjoy in moderation.

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What Spirit Guides Do vs. What They Don’t Do
BY MICHAEL MAYO

Before we dive deeper into how we can sense and feel our guide, I believe it is important to understand what guides do versus what they do not do.

What guides do:

Support you in meeting your spiritual and personal development goals
Help you in your readings and mediumship development
Inspire you through spiritual impressions and insights
Work with you in the trance states for philosophy, healing, and evidential mediumship
Occasionally let you know when there is something important to pay attention to
Help you cultivate kindness, compassion, and personal growth
Unconditionally love and support you
What guides do not do:

Give you answers to all your problems
Suggest what you should eat, how to dress, or what to buy
Give you winning lotto numbers
Scare, intimidate, or test you
Trick you or punish you
Dictate how you should live your life
Become angry or annoyed with you

I feel it important for students to learn that our guides do not provide any kind of retribution or judgment for our lives or our actions. This is our story we are playing out, they are there on the sidelines to help us if need be. But from a spiritual perspective, everything we do in this life is about learning. We just get to learn it the hard way or the simpler way. Either way, it is learning. Our guides recognize this and do not have an attachment to the outcome. They just want to support us the best they can.

Through developing your connection to your guide, you are creating a relationship which will be with you the rest of your life. A spirit friend and companion that will always do their best to provide with the guidance that they can and root for you from their side of life. I hope you will meet them with an open heart, without expectation or desire, and a willingness to let them unfold your spiritual gifts and potential. With patience and openness, who knows what is possible.

Exercise: Learning to Sense and Feel Your Guide
As we move into this next exercise, this will be the first time that we are inviting a spiritual presence into our energy. We will allow ourselves to become sensitive (becoming the nerve ending), and then invite the presence of our helper to join us. Do not worry if nothing happens or you do not experience anything. The first several times you do this exercise, there is no expectation that you will notice anything. However, there are best practices that will support you in this exercise.

Be sure that when you come to this exercise, let go of any expectations that it needs to feel, look, or be any specific way. The less expectation that you have going into it, the more neutral you can be, the more likely you will experience something. It is the act of searching or trying that creates tension and thereby inhibits the potential to experience. I often suggest to my students to be okay with getting nothing. The more that we are able to accept nothing happening, the less likely our mind will try to step in and fill in the experience. If we can come to the spirit world with an open mind, open heart, and a willingness to step out of the way, we can often have incredible experiences. The hard part is letting go of a desire for an outcome and the expectation that something specific should happen. Just come to the spirit and say, “I’m going to just sit here and wait. If something happens, great! If nothing happens, great!” If you treat both outcomes with the same level of interest, your awareness will be more receptive. If nothing happens this time, try it again another time.

Beginning by breathing, allow yourself to find a comfortable position that works for you, sitting upright with hands resting in your lap. Begin to become aware of the gentle rhythm of your breathing and as you do this, allow your thoughts to find their natural place of rest. Let go of any expectations, desires, or distractions. If anything does distract you, gently bring your awareness back to the breath.

Notice the inhale and the exhale as you sit in this space. Gently bring your awareness to the central part of your being—that space within you that is the divine spark within you. As you feel into this space, allow it to begin to expand with your intent and let a sense of peace and love fill you as you do. Wait for a sense of expansion from within and allow this energy to expand to fill the body. When it is ready, allow it to expand beyond the body so that you become aware of what’s in front of you and behind you, below you and above you, on your left and on your right.

Take note of what your power and energy feels like that surrounds you now. What sensations do you feel? What does the atmosphere feel like? What does your body feel like? This is you in your own energy; what does it feel like? Allow yourself to passively notice and observe as you become comfortable in this space. Stay passive and neutral, without any expectations of what is to come. Just notice what your energy is like right now.

With your energy expanded and open, send a thought out to your guide that works with you and invite them to begin to step close into your energy so that you might become aware of what they feel like. Ask that they would give you a sensation that lets you know they are there, asking once and then just waiting. Don’t worry if you don’t feel it right away; just stay neutral and wait.

Take note of any slight changes that may have occurred, any sensations that may have changed. With your next breath, send another thought out that your guide might step even closer to you and give you whatever sign or signature they wish to give. Asking once and then observing.

Taking note of what you felt. If you felt nothing, that is okay too. Just stay neutral and passive. One last time, inviting your guide to begin to step even closer, giving you again a sign or sensation that it is them. Asking once and then just waiting.

Taking note of anything you felt or experienced. With your next breath, thanking your guide for being with you, whether you felt something or not, and for this time as they begin to withdraw their energy. As they withdraw, take notice if you feel any change in your energy.

Once you feel that you have returned to your own energy, you can begin to adjust your breathing to take nice full breaths as you begin to return to normal awareness. When you are fully ready to return, you can open your eyes.

Take note of this entire experience. Write things down that you experienced so that you can compare it to the next time you do this exercise.

Excerpted from Spirit Speaks, by Michael Mayo.

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Cultivating Empathy And Compassion
Andrew Weil, M.D.

Putting others first is a practice commonly recommended to stimulate self-development and spiritual growth. It turns out also to be an effective strategy to enhance emotional wellness. In addition to reducing social isolation, it helps decrease the self-focus that favors depressive rumination and can also lead to greater empathy and compassion.

We’ve been told that goodness is its own reward. In fact doing good for others brings very tangible reward in the form of benefits to physical and mental health. In his 2001 book, The Healing Power of Doing Good, former Peace Corps volunteer and community action lawyer Allan Luks introduced the term “helper’s high” to describe the rush of good feelings that people get when they help others. He proposed that it was an endorphin-mediated state analogous to the well-known “runner’s high.” Since then neuroscientists have demonstrated that helping others activates the same centers in the brain involved in dopamine-mediated pleasure responses to food and sex. In one study, these pleasure centers lit up when participants simply thought about giving money to a charity.

Helpers are less likely to be depressed and more likely to be happy. One of the findings of the landmark Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey of 30,000 Americans, published in 2000, was that those who gave contributions of time or money are 42 percent more likely to be happy than those who don’t give. To cultivate empathy and compassion, try putting others first.

There are many ways to do so, both in thought and action. You could join the Peace Corps or volunteers for relief work in a disaster area, or you can may get similar emotional benefits just by being more aware of the suffering of others and giving some of your time and energy to alleviating it. You can perform acts of altruism, as ordinary as being more courteous when you’re behind the wheel of your car. You can resolve to be kinder in your dealings with others. It all works. Kindness and generosity toward others can actually make you happier.

Empathy is the ability to feel what others feel, to know another person’s experience because you can connect it with your own. Compassion is understanding what others feel and using that understanding to respond to them with love and kindness. We think of empathy and compassion as virtues, but they are also learnable skills that can bring greater happiness into your life and improve all of your relationships. You can sign up today for various forms of empathy training, not just Buddhist meditation classes but very secular business courses designed to make you a better negotiator or manager. In the business world, empathy is held in high regard for the simple reason that people who are most empathetic tend to be most successful.

Learning empathy and compassion contribute to emotional wellness by promoting spiritual growth. These skills allow you to identify with others on a deep level, lessening isolation and loneliness. They offer protection from depression and greater possibilities for experiencing spontaneous happiness.

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Visiting Sacred Sites

Visiting a sacred site can be a useful tool to open something within you that has remained inaccessible.

From time immemorial, humans have built sites guided by both the earth’s life force and benevolent beings of light. It is because of this guidance that the sites we deem sacred have long served as repositories of wisdom, energy, and illumination that can be accessed by all. What inspires us to visit sacred sites varies. Some crave spiritual fulfillment above all else, while others hope to draw upon a site’s energy for enlightenment, healing, deep meditation, and even awareness or knowledge of information long gone.

Sacred sites can appear insignificant to those who close themselves off from the notion of a living earth. But sites can provide us with a link to a unified consciousness that involves the living and the dead, infinite cultures, the physical plane, and the spiritual world. When we look beyond well-known sites like Stonehenge, we discover energetically active sites such as the Iron Age Halliggye Fogou caves of Cornwall, England, or the pyramids of Meroe in Sudan.

It is also easy to imagine that hallowed places exist only in remote or exotic locales. Yet many of the most vital sites are easily accessible, and visiting these lesser-known sites can be a profoundly moving experience. One such site, Serpent Mound in Ohio, was thought to be created by the ancient Adena peoples nearly 1,000 years ago to align with the summer and winter solstices. Its precise purpose remains unclear, but many who visit the site conclude that it was meant to be a conduit through which cosmic energy could flow into the earth.

The sacred sites that call to you from afar, capturing your imagination and resonating deep within your soul, will nearly always be those that can help you forge a deeper connection with the divine energy that sustains all life. During your pilgrimage, reaffirm your intention to accept whatever gifts are conveyed to you through the sites you visit. Your receptiveness will help you establish lasting relationships with these sites so that you can draw upon their peace and power from wherever you are.

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Coach Gilberto #35
by Stephen Halpert

It was a brisk, sunshiny Fall morning. Gilberto and Rain were just settling in when Lara Parker, accompanied by a bulky, fashionably dressed man breezed into the headmaster’s office at Houndstooth.
The Chairman of the Board of Directors was especially elegant in a dark leather pantsuit and fancy designer boots.
The man with her was a short, heavyset gentleman with thick bushy eyebrows, a long narrow nose, flaring nostrils that prompted a wide handlebar mustache and small squinty blue green eyes. Gilberto sensed they had seen more of life than need be.
He unbuckled his belted tan trench coat revealing a three piece double breasted blue suit, a starched white shirt and a hand tied flashy bow tie. He wore polished black wingtips. Gilberto noticed the outline of a shoulder holster under his left jacket sleeve.
Lara smiled at Gilberto and Rain. “I’d like you to meet Inspector Rene Cliché formerly of the French National Bureau, now a private investigator in Boston. I have commissioned him to solve these murders. I feel it is imperative for Houndstooth to be above reproach. Whoever committed those murders must be brought to justice quickly and efficiently.”
Gilberto stood and shook hands with Inspector Cliché who nodded politely but turned and eyed Rain suspiciously.
“This is Diana Rain,” Lara began. “Our assistant headmaster.”
Cliché nodded curtly. He continued to eye Rain with narrowed eyes. He looked around at everyone and cleared his throat. “The stench of murder most foul must be cleansed from the aura of this fine institution. There are always motives and disagreeable reasons for such heinous acts to occur as they do.”
“Yes,” Rain said. “Most disagreeable indeed.”
He turned to Rain. “You are familiar with those victims madame?”
Rain nodded. “Yes, I hope to be of assistance to you, Inspector, in your investigation.”
Cliché looked down his long nose and sighed. “Thank you madame. I am sure in some incidental way, your cooperation …”
Rain smiled politely and handed him a folder. “Here are the names and backgrounds of those faculty who could be considered suspect.”
Cliché leafed quickly through the folder and frowned. He peered at Gilberto and Rain. “I do not see your names included here. To be absolutely thorough, it is essential for all who participate in the everyday activities of this school to be included. When it comes to murder no stone may be left unturned. It is more times than not the least suspected who eventually appear most suspicious once factual matter is disclosed.”
“No doubt,” Rain said.
Gilberto sensed a slight shift in her mood. He noticed a shadow float across the ceiling and knew the spirit of Cy Willoughby was with them.
Mrs. Conners appeared with a tray containing pastries, cups and saucers and a pot of French roast. She set it on the work table, smiled at Lara Parker and poured the coffee.
“Thank you, Mrs. Connors. I ordered those cream filled pastries especially for the Inspector.” She nodded at him. “He is going to solve the murders for us. Inspector,” she went on, “this is Helen Conners, she’s an old-time member of our Houndstooth family.”
Gilberto and Rain both took a cup. Cliché however refrained. Instead, he continued to leaf through the folder. He looked up and eyed Helen Conners. “But her name is not included in this folder,” Cliché said tersely.
“That’s because she’s not a suspect,” Gilberto said.
Cliché raised his index finger. “Let me be the judge of that. I am sorry Madame but you too must be interrogated. So often close members of an immediate family, even without obvious motives, have been known to stoop to murder. “
He turned and peered at Gilberto. “As I have indicated no stone may be left unturned. I see here the name of Cyrus Willoughby. He too must be questioned.”
“Cy Willoughby is dead,” Rain said flatly. “He also was a victim, though not recently. Nonetheless he is assisting with this murder investigation. Perhaps as an earthbound spirit he may prove useful to your investigation.”
Cliché’s face reddened. “Surely madam that jest is most uncalled for.”
“She is not jesting,” Gilberto said. “He was pushed from the bridge by the meadow and we are seeking to bring his murderer to justice.”
“Unfortunately, he was pushed from behind,” Rain said. “So he was unable to identify his assailant.”
The inspector huffed loudly. “And you expect me to believe this poppycock,” Cliché said. He looked hard at Rain and Gilberto.
Gilberto was growing tired of the man. What a pompous fool, he thought. He shook his head and sighed.
Lara straightened in her chair. “Prior to his sad demise, Mr. Willoughby was a most distinguished member of our faculty,” she said.
Cliché frowned. “You expect me to believe he is participating in some way?”
“Whether you do or not is totally up to you,” Rain said. “I can assure you, however, that his spirit is here with us right now.”
“This is madness,” Cliché’s voice raised. “You cannot expect me to accept anything so preposterous.”
“Be careful,” Rain said. “He’s sensitive when people deny his presence.”
Cliché turned to Lara Parker. “And you too accept this madness?”
Before she could respond, the tray of pastry lifted from the table, floated into the air and stopped just above Inspector Cliché’s head.”
“Perhaps an apology is in order,” Rain said.
Cliché pulled open his trench coat and drew his pistol. He pointed it at Gilberto and Rain.
“Enough of this frivolity. I do not like being made the fool. Obviously …”
Just then the plate of pastry upended and landed on his head, dripping down his face onto his clothes. One of them caught on his mustache and hung there, beginning to decorate his fancy bow tie.
Cliché swore, waved his pistol madly as he dabbed at his face.
Rain moved at blinding speed and removed his pistol from his clutching fingers. “I’m sorry,” she said. “But something about a pistol aimed at me is too disconcerting.”
Cliché glared at her and then stood, depositing pastry around him. Gilberto glanced at Lara who was trying hard not to laugh. He grabbed his handkerchief and swiped it over Cliché’s suit. He heard ghostly chuckles.
“I tried to warn you,” Rain said.
Cliché glared at Lara Parker. He shook himself scattering more pastry around the office then grabbed his pistol. “Solve your own murders,” he said furiously, ” I withdraw from this case.” He flung open the office door and marched out, leaving a trail of drippy cream footsteps.
To be continued.

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Kitty Kat’s Korner
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7 Ways Black Cats Bring Good Luck Around the World
By Louise Hung

Happy Black Cat Day and almost Halloween! Are black cats good luck? In Asia and Europe, black cats bring wealth, bless marriages, keep homes safe and more.

A friend in Hawai’i during dinner a few years ago mentioned that a black cat had crossed his path the previous day while he was en route to some big, math-related test for his big, math-related master’s degree. When he specified that it was a black community cat (the University of Hawai’i has a big community cat population), our group gave up three simultaneous reactions to black cats.

“Aww!” I said, because I’m me. And because I enjoyed the company of the University of Hawai’i community cats more than most students.

“Uh-oh!” my born-and-raised American friend said

“Oh!” said my Japanese friend — with a smile.

Most understood my American friend’s reaction — “Did you feel jinxed for your test?” some people asked — but I preferred my Japanese friend’s response: “But that’s good!”

Unlike much of the western world, Japanese culture sees a black cat crossing your path as a good omen. In fact, black cats are generally seen as good luck in Japan and much of Asia. My Chinese mother, the Feng Shui master, specifically put her black cat’s bed on the north side of her home to ward off evil.

“Tiptoe is a very lucky cat,” she said. “Good luck follows her.”

I think Tiptoe just likes that her bed is nearest the coveted space heater in the winter.

So are black cats good luck? Let’s look at these good black cat luck superstitions around the world:

  1. They bless marriages
    English superstition says that giving a bride a black cat on her wedding day will bring her good luck in her marriage. It’s also thought that newlyweds with a black cat in their home will have a long, happy life together, and the black cat will ward off evil spirits. In much of the UK, the black of a cat is a lucky color.

While I don’t necessarily condone giving cats as gifts, newlyweds or spouses-to-be should rejoice in sharing their home with a black kitty.

If you’re a woman still looking for that special someone, Japanese superstition says a black cat will bring a single woman many good suitors.

  1. Black cats draw wealth and prosperity
    You might have seen the “Fortune Cats” or Maneki Neko that populate Japanese culture. Those little cat figurines with the raised paws are meant to draw good luck, wealth and prosperity to their owners. Often they are white, but Lucky Cats also come in black.

A black Lucky Cat not only brings luck but also frightens away demons, evil energy, and stalkers. (Yes, stalkers.)

  1. They make safe homes and good harvests
    Also, as my Feng Shui-inclined mom says, black cats possesses strong powers of good. If you keep your black cats happy and safe, they will keep you happy and safe. If you don’t have a black cat in real life to guard your home, a black cat figurine facing north will keep bad energy and spirits away.

And while we’re on the subject of gods and demons, in Norse mythology the goddess of love, fertility and beauty, Freya, rides on a chariot pulled by two black cats. To win favor with Freya, farmers would leave bowls of milk for her companions in their fields. Freya would then bless them with a good harvest.

  1. Black cats in the audience help a play
    Cats are excellent audience members. Just ask my cat Brandy when I am moved to dance when my playlist cycles through to “Build Me Up Buttercup.” To theater folks in many cultures, there is no better audience member than a black cat. If a black cat finds its way into your audience on opening night, your play will have a long and prosperous run.
  2. Black cats lead to treasure
    It’s also been long believed that black cats invite not only fortune in the way of good luck, but also in the way of wealth. French peasants long believed that if a black cat was released at a crossroads where five roads intersect, the black cat would lead them to treasure.
  3. Respecting a black cat brings fortune
    And in the south of France, black cats have been called “matagot” and are known as “magician cats” or even “money cats.” If shown the proper respect — like being given the first bite of dinner, having a nice bed to sleep in or having a home even after their owner’s death — the matagot will reward their person with wealth and good luck. (This belief does have some ties to black cats and negative connotations of witchcraft, but I choose to look at it as those who do not treat their cats well get their comeuppance.)
  4. Black cats give sailors safe travels
    English sailors could probably have used a matagot in their home to bring them some extra wealth. In ye olde times, black cats were thought to be so lucky and such and assurance that sailors would return safely home from sea that many black cats cost so much as to be unaffordable for seafarers.

Black cat or not, I’m sure most of our feline family members would agree that having the first bite of our dinners is well within their rights.

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Georgia Nicols Weekly Horoscope:Sunday,
October 30, 2022

All Signs
Today Mars goes retrograde. It stays retrograde until Jan. 12; then it moves forward to “catch up,” which it does by March 15. (This happens every two years.) Mars represents our energy, our sex drive, and how we go after what we want. While Mars is retrograde, there will be mucho communication meltdowns and verbal pettiness. Your Mission, should you choose to accept it, will be to work with this, not fight it. Be aware you will have feelings of anxiety (based on where it falls in your chart). It’s important to remind yourself. “I’m okay! This is temporary.” Pamper yourself. (A mystery novel, a glass of wine and a warm duvet?) Next year, when Mars goes forward, a lot of aggression will let loose. But enough of this. Time for a little nosh.

Aries (March 21-April 19)
You’ve been running around with an outboard motor on your butt, and you have accomplished a lot! Errands, appointments, short trips and talking to everyone. However, starting today, you might feel like you’re stuck in second gear. (Aries people can drive stick.) You might feel physically bogged down and “held back.” Meanwhile. communications will have a boomerang effect. Instructions and clear requests come back to you as if they were bouncing emails. Naturally, this will be frustrating. However, this is a temporary situation. It lasts until early next year. Therefore, accept what is happening. Lower your expectations. Take a breath and just cruise.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)
You have been doing some serious shopping, and in fact, some of you have been hemorrhaging money because there’s been a tendency lately for you to strongly identify with what you own. In other words, if you have a lot of bright shiny stuff, you feel you are citizen of the year. Now you will head into a situation where your cash flow seems to get bogged down. Things are not moving as quickly as you had hoped. You might also have increased difficulty dealing with possessions – their delivery, their maintenance, whatever. Take a moment to rethink things. Get them in perspective. This is your life. Everything you own is just stuff. What matters is you and your loved ones.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)
Perhaps more than any other sign, you will feel the effects of Mars retrograde because it’s happening in your sign. Of course, you have had the benefit of Mars in your sign since August 20. This is why you’ve had an enormous drive in the last few months to get things done. It has increased your confidence and your assertiveness. However, starting today, until early January, your physical energy might flag. You might feel tired and overworked. You have so much on your plate, things are falling off the table! Time out. Let’s take a moment to assess your situation. You have to slow down and address what is most important. Shove everything that is not imperative – off to one side. Make life easier for yourself.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
This is a tricky time because Mars is hiding in your chart. It began in August, and it will last until April next year. (Oy vey.) What’s happening is this has a tendency to make you second-guess yourself. It can erode your self-confidence. This week, when it goes retrograde, it can make you feel anxious and apprehensive about your future and everyone else’s future. (Ha! Why limit your worries?) Please note: This is a temporary situation. This is not your state of mind. It’s a temporary dark cloud on your horizon. By the Spring of next year, you’ll be soaring!

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
Lately, you felt a strong interaction with friends; and for many, an interaction with groups and organizations. These interactions have been positive and successful because others are willing to listen to you. (Fortunately, you have something to say.) However, from now until the end of the year, you might feel that your communications are going out into the ether. They’re not connecting with anyone. Or maybe you feel no one is listening? This is disconcerting for a Leo. When you speak, you like to be heard. You might feel that working with others and expecting their cooperation is like herding cats. Don’t be disappointed. It’s just what’s happening. Treat yourself to something – you deserve it.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Since late summer, you’ve been on a roll! Because your ambition was aroused, you were determined to go after what you wanted. You have been assertive when dealing with bosses, parents, VIPs and the police. You stated your case and defended your wants and requests. However, starting today, it’s as if your voice is muffled. Your influence with those in power will be weaker. They won’t even hear you! Naturally, this can freak you out a bit. Don’t take this seriously. Think of it as a “time out.” Until next year, you will have to bide your time and make quiet, private plans about what you intend to do. In the meantime, pull in your reins and relax. Whether you’re coach or first class, the wheels hit the tarmac at the same time.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
Lately, you have had exciting ideas related to publishing, the media, legal matters, medical issues as well higher education and learning. And let us not forget travel! “I’m going places!” Suddenly, the light is dimming on many of these projects. Travel plans might be cancelled or delayed. Medical and legal matters might get stalled. Issues with the media and publishing might be blocked. Don’t get your belly in a rash. Hey, this is the best time for you to improve your job or get a better job in over a decade! (You have this in your hip pocket.) You can also improve your health! Change is afoot, and you’ve got this.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
Mars will be retrograde in one of your Money Houses, which means money from other sources might be delayed. Possibly, agreements with someone about mortgages, loans, insurance matters, inheritances and shared property might get bogged down or stalled in the water. This could lead to arguments about how to handle jointly-held resources with partners and spouses. You might feel that something is being withheld from you. (You might be right!) Likewise, personal intimacy might create feelings of doubt. (And then there was total darkness.) Remember that this is temporary. It’s a long, slow hiccup of a couple of months. Once it’s over, you’ll be keen to travel and explore new horizons.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
It’s been a bit challenging for you since the summer because fiery Mars has been sitting opposite your sign. Today it will go retrograde until early January. You might find yourself nitpicking and quarreling about old topics and past history. You might also find it challenging to join forces or to work in partnership with someone. You might distrust giving up some control? Make sure that whatever conflict you enter into is worth it. It’s an old saying, but it’s true: choose your battles. Remember, we don’t live forever! It might come down to this: you can be right or you can be in the relationship. Meanwhile, you can make great improvements at home right now; and possibly profit from real-estate opportunities. (Or are these the areas that trigger disputes?) Go figure.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
You’ve been gung-ho to work lately, which is why you have been productive and successful in your job. It’s been easy to give it everything you’ve got, partly because you have identified strongly with your work. You’ve been proud of your accomplishments. Fear not — you will continue to work hard and be proud of what you achieve; however, you will encounter more obstacles. And you might feel less driven, less focused and less willing to work so hard. Don’t worry about this. You don’t have to be Hercules. Lighten up for the next few months. Be kind to yourself. Lower your expectations, and simply do the best you can. That’s all any of us can do. No biggie.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
You have been pumped with energy because since August, Mars has helped you. In particular, it has boosted your energy in sports, and in matters related to dealing with children, working in the entertainment world, as well as your involvement in the hospitality industry. It has pumped your desire to have fun and play! Today these very same areas might suddenly slow down. You don’t have the time. You have less interest. You might even encounter obstacles or difficulties in your social life, especially with vacation plans. Accept what’s happening and be patient. Take it easy for the rest of year. In April next year, you’re ready to fly! (Probably literally.)

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
You have experienced increased chaos and increased activity at home in the last few months. Fortunately, you have the energy to create order out of this chaos – relatively speaking. (Rome wasn’t built in a day; in fact, I hear they’re still working on it.) Starting today however, as Mars goes retrograde, you might feel bogged down by certain issues at home or within your family. These could create an impasse or conflict with someone. Or you might simply have less energy and enthusiasm to deal with whatever arises. Bottom line: Cut yourself some slack. Someday you’ll look back on this and plow into a parked car.

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Weekly Horoscopes beginning Sunday, 30 October 2022

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

Outlines are longer versions; consist of every possible detail of everyday and are based on three parts of each sign: 1st, 2nd & 3rd Decan; that is, any of three divisions of 10° within a sign of the zodiac. Even if you know or don’t know your Decan; I recommend, please read all three Decan.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Usually, when you encounter obstacles, you’ll battle to overcome them; but with your ruler Mars retrograde, that is moving backwards in the heavens, life’s as much about reviewing the past as it is about forging ahead into the future. The secret? Learn to regard setbacks as the opportunity to learn that they are. Each day and each experience will offer astonishing and, often, unexpected insights.

A disagreement is getting out of hand. You can almost see the molehill turn into a mountain as you witness petty argument progress. Arguing is a waste of time and energy. Encourage others to keep things in perspective and refrain from making jokes about the situation. Whereas the workplace is full of friction, family life will be a pleasant opposite. Domestic projects make progress through a unanimous agreement to introduce something new and worthwhile into the family environment.

Mars, your ruling planet has turned retrograde and in an area of the zodiac linked to communication. Anticipate -especially since we are between two eclipses, – that there will be misunderstandings and argumentativeness in the air. It’s between eclipses that habits can be broken. That’s not always comfortable. Many people (your sign included) will feel like fish swimming in new seas and need time to adapt to new currents. It will surely take extra ordinary acts of compassion to understand and allow for readjustment. With some apparently determined to move ahead in directions which you are at a loss to understand, arguments will break out. Yet these same individuals might yet reverse. The art is surely not to overreact. Priority must be given to ensuring that actions don’t turn into costly financial errors. It may be that this week that your Aries bravery manifests in showing patience and curbing your tendency to fight.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Usually planning ahead isn’t just wise, having things organised frees you to enjoy life’s exciting twists and turns. Still, worthwhile as events are, what you encounter may not seem promising, at least initially. Despite that, make a point of exploring them and, equally, chatting with the people involved. While the resulting changes are likely to be unsettling, you’ll soon recognise them as the breakthroughs they are.

Work, health, diet and friendships all have the potential to lift your spirits, providing you respect and taking care of yourself. Establish healthy boundaries. High levels of intuition help you sense what is going on that you aren’t being told about. Digging deep and getting answers is the way to advance your career. Joining a discussion group or book club will be a great way to make new friends. You will get to meet people who appreciate your skills and interests.

In just over a week’s time, there will be a Lunar Eclipse in your sign. You’ve lived through this before: in 2014 for example. Yet the cosmos never does exact repeats. What’s interesting about the present is that Mars is now retrograde in neighbouring Gemini. For all signs, refreshing and repairing lines of communication takes priority. For Taurus, there might also be acceptance that a relationship has come as far as it can without being given major makeover. Only your personal chart will determine whether or not that exercise would be worthwhile. Fact is that since Uranus entered your sign a few years ago, disruption, discontinuity and upheaval have been inevitable. Of course, this could be exciting and put you on new career route altogether. You will however, require support and surely benefit from arranging a quiet meeting with a mentor or adviser for next weekend. Doing this ahead of the Lunar Eclipse would offer rehearsal and opportunity to prepare strategies.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

As a quick-thinking Gemini, you’re brilliant at disentangling yourself from even very tricky situations. While those you’re facing now and over the coming weeks may result in frustrating delays, they’ll be amazingly informative. So much that, when looking back on them, you’ll be thankful they took place. Knowing that now, you’re urged to exchange your usual impatience for a more inquisitive approach to these setbacks.

Someone will help you out because you have done them a favour in the past. They would have done it anyway. So, if you need advice or assistance, all you have to do is ask. You appreciate the value of joining forces with a talented friend or workmate. Results achieved from your combined effort will be remarkable. There’s some confusion about family plans you had thought were finalised. Now someone is changing their mind, and new arrangements need to be made.

Mars has now turned retrograde in your sign. So now stop and think: the events of recent weeks have no doubt been bewildering, exciting, whirlwind and disorientating. With Jupiter having returned to the apex of your solar chart, you are likely rethinking career options and exactly where you want to expend energy. It may be that trial periods are needed. Mars won’t leave your sign until March of next year and for the next few months, a temporary mood prevails. If you have the Gemini gift for writing, this would be an excellent time to flex that talent. You should also find that – still within this curious period between eclipses through to November 8, – that priority should be given to fact-gathering. It might even be that you become involved in legal argument and need to access archives which hopefully, have been well maintained. This exercise will surely reinforce the value of good notetaking.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

You may already sense you’re in a remarkable period, one during which you’ll find yourself appreciating life’s joys, including the activities and people you usually take for granted. This is good timing, because unsettling yet overdue changes are now inevitable. Instead of worrying on your own, discuss your concerns with others, first with those whose wisdom you trust, then with those involved. You’ll be glad you did.

You’re finding it difficult to focus your mind, and if you’re making a start on anything, it’s unlikely to make a lot of progress. Wait until another time to get lengthy projects underway. Mental strain combined with a lack of energy is a sign that you need to rest and recharge your batteries. Pay attention to what people are saying, as someone could let some confidential information slip without realising it. Be sure you don’t let them know you have noticed.

We are in that curious period between eclipses when habits – even for Cancerians, – can be broken. With Jupiter having turned retrograde back into another of the Water signs, Pisces, a strong possibility is reviewing your qualifications and determining how these might be improved. This weekend, Mars turned retrograde in Gemini, a sign noted for acquiring information. It would be understandable if you chose to actively improve your knowledge base: a desire that may be energised and supported either by a Capricorn or someone who holds authority. They may be regretting not having actively pursued better career path themselves. All this will surely propel you into a new network entirely. There are clear signals that from next weekend you’ll be working with a group who have a single aim in mind. Yes, this could have a political edge but may be a vital step on your career ladder.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Recently you’ve faced several obstacles, some ongoing, but many both new and puzzling. You’ve ‘quick fixes’ for the former, but no idea how to proceed with the latter. Instead of plunging in, as you’d usually do, chat with others. You’ll discover some are facing similar issues and, equally, be eager to learn from them, while seeking solutions. Better yet, this turns challenges into a joyous journey of discovery.

Don’t expect too much too quickly. It will be interesting to see other people’s reactions to plans you are making. Someone you expected to turn up to an important meeting will be conspicuous by their absence. There is an odd atmosphere in the workplace. A large investment project will breathe new life into your community, and a group effort will encourage a feeling of well-being and optimism. Buying or selling some property could bring a stronger sense of security.

Mars turned retrograde in Gemini (communications) this weekend and is retrograde for the remainder of the year. Meanwhile, Mercury, planet of communications moved into Scorpio. Over the next few weeks truths will emerge. Those who’ve been digging deep should find what they’ve been looking for. The mess created in the process could be considerable. One of the side-effects will surely be revaluation of prices. Anticipate turbulence especially in the days leading up to next week’s Lunar Eclipse. Many Leos are reviewing property and assets differently. Fresh determination to realise dreams should be apparent. Don’t be surprise if, in the process, you’re drawn into massive argument and witness the breakup – or threatened break-up – of a long-standing commercial arrangement.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Ideally, you’ll analyse existing plans and new ideas in detail before you take action. However, the current swift pace is forcing you to plunge in, and let experience be your guide. Being a practical Virgo, you rethink problems the moment you catch them. Still, in certain situations you’ve no choice but to act swiftly. The secret? Ensure any plans are flexible enough to withstand several changes.

A friend or workmate can’t seem to sit still for more than one minute. Their lack of interest in jobs they should be working on will annoy you when you can think of plenty, they could be getting on with that would keep them out of mischief. Hold your tongue with people who are being awkward, especially when it comes to work and finances. Money matters do need attention, and it may be up to you to work out a new budget.

Mars turns retrograde at the apex of your solar chart. This marks the start of several weeks when review is essential. Obviously, this affects all signs, but in your case, may be driven by the need to dig deeper for facts -particularly where financial matters are concerned. Reviewing a commercial partnership is probable. This might not require bringing it to a conclusion, but rather of redefining it and determining motivation. Recall that we are between eclipses and that until after the Full Moon on November 8, it could feel as though you’re in a constant traffic jam. Moving forward likely won’t be easy, and with others in fractious mood, smooth-running may not be possible. A strong possibility is that you’ll reconsider investment and whether or not your energies could be better spent elsewhere.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

For ages you’ve been aware you’d have to deal with certain vital but tedious practical or financial matters. Or, equally, it may be you’re finding a way to balance others’ ideas, needs and demands with yours. While, individually, these aren’t overwhelming, it’s a lot to deal with at once. The secret? Do the minimum. Certain matters seem urgent; but not only can they wait, some could resolve themselves.

You can’t help feeling a neighbour is over-reacting when they see or hear something that provokes some strong emotions. Hours of talking will not get anyone anywhere. You would do your best to keep well out of it. If you’ve been single for a while and are on the lookout for a new partner, don’t doubt your luck too quickly. Very soon, you could meet someone who you will get on really well with, or a platonic relationship will turn romantic.

You may remember that Mars is moving through another of the Air signs. This weekend it turns retrograde and will be in that condition through until the end of the year. This should not be viewed as a negative. Gemini marks the ‘publications and legal matters’ area of your solar chart. Rethinks are likely. That does not mean that you can’t either win a case or shouldn’t launch a new project. What it suggests is that you need to rethink an argument or knowledge base. There may be financial considerations that are now much bigger than you originally imagined. By next Saturday, you may have affected a U-turn and need reassurance (probably from someone from a different culture) that they will keep their word.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Between the recent Scorpio New Moon, which accents breakthroughs, and the Sun, Venus and the ideas planet Mercury being positioned in Scorpio, change is inevitable. Obviously, you’d rather think things through; but the swift pace demands you plunge in, learn from experience, then rethink plans. Be bold. What you do, who you meet and what you experience will enrich your life now, and in the future.

It will be a partner or friend’s negative expectations that could hold you back if you allow this. When people express their doubts, you might find yourself wondering whether you are doing the right thing. Trust your own instincts and no one else’s. Time spent in gossip will be wasted when a friend or neighbour has a lot to say about someone, and none of this will be beneficial. Double check everything asked of you in the workplace.

This weekend, Mars, your ruling planet, turned retrograde in Gemini and others people’s plans could stall. As Mercury is now moved into your sign, anticipate that more than one person will seek your advice. Fact is that they’ve likely got themselves into a real mess. You could argue and go back over old ground – and that is perhaps essential before you can move forward. However, strategy is key. Whilst it may be necessary to point out where errors of been made, you perhaps also need to do what you’re also so good at: instinctively knowing the better path to take now. Your voice at meetings could make all the difference. True, you might still need to give people a few days to assimilate your advice. It’s probable though that soon after next week’s important Lunar Eclipse, that you will be in the driving seat and confidently taking decisions which, just a few weeks ago, would have seemed unthinkable.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Currently, events are about yielding to rules, regulations or others’ ideas of what’s wise or right. Unlikely as it seems, these are broadening your horizons, often in completely unexpected ways. While, obviously, you’d like decisions made, this period is about decluttering your life, and mind. The habits you change now will free you to take advantage of thrilling developments, and in only a few weeks’ time.

You’re busy with projects of all kinds, but this does not mean you haven’t any time for your friends and loved ones. Better still, if they share your interests, you could spend a lot of time together, and this will prove profitable and productive. You will be getting on surprisingly well with a new colleague who is much younger than yourself, and you will be impressed by their knowledge. Conversations will get very interesting.

Remember firstly that we are between eclipses: a curious period when the Earth’s magnetic field is altered and when behaviour alters. Secondly, recall that Jupiter, your ruling planet, has returned to the base of your solar chart. This is time to rethink your life journey, and any mission you wish to accomplish. You may not have alerted others to those aims. Now, with Mars retrograde in your opposite sign, it might seem that others have all the attention when you need some! Yet this may be the moment to revisit those long-term goals and consider just how realistic they are. In recent times, health issues – both your own and of those close to you – may have slowed things up. An altered strategy may be necessary. By next week’s Lunar Eclipse, you perhaps need to make clear that even if you haven’t finalised your plans, you are giving them close consideration.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Admirable as your independent streak is, between now and mid-November, you’re urged to go with the flow. That may seem weak. However, you’ll swiftly realise that, unwelcome as certain situations are, what you’re learning and, equally, the people you’re meeting are broadening your horizons, often in ways as unexpected as they are informative. Decisions? They can, and should, wait until late November.

Success will come through the practical way you always approach your responsibilities. If you get a strong feeling that you should try a new direction, don’t hesitate to say so. You aren’t likely to make progress if you hide your thoughts and feelings. People admire your ability to be able to do a lot with a little, so whether it is money or time that needs to be stretched later in the week, few will be able to do this as cleverly as you.

Mars has turned retrograde in an area of your solar chart that is all about day-to-day activities. It could be that these are compromised by either communication or transport issues. A further possibility is that a project will come unstuck. Recall though, that we are between eclipses and that this is a curious time when people alter their aims. Revision is not always a bad thing. Checking, rechecking and triple checking the wording of documents is essential. A strong possibility is that publications which have your name on them, will require review. A further and strong possibility is that in line with a group of people, you determine that more information is required and that you need to embark on a short course to be completed by your birthday if possible.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

As a quick-thinking Aquarius, you’ve a talent for turning even unsettling changes to your advantage. Yet the changes triggered by eclipses, on 25 October and on 8 November, are about breakthroughs, most so far-reaching you won’t necessarily recognise their promise. The secret? Forget about planning and simply take each day as it comes. Gradually you’ll realise you’re enjoying life more and worrying a lot less.

Don’t panic if you are faced with having to handle another colleague’s responsibilities. Stay calm, and once your nerves subside, you will realise all that’s needed is a systematic approach. Take a common-sense view to commitments, and success is almost guaranteed. Someone who is known to be a gossip will tell you something they insist is true, but as you expected, it will turn out to be nothing more than their personal opinion.

Mars has now turned retrograde: something that doesn’t happens every year. It has also turned retrograde in another of the Air signs, Gemini. This represents the play area of your solar chart. Since Mars will be retrograde for some months, this would be the optimum time for improving skills in an area that been research and development – perhaps a hobby, – with a view to developing a second revenue stream in 2023. Recall too, that we are between eclipses. Habits can be broken but yes, you have to remember that that’s true for all signs. Be prepared for the unexpected. Announcements made before Friday seem likely to shake your career foundations. They might also prompt you to think more carefully about how you live and work: including a possible move.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

You’ve a powerful ability to spot the promise in changes, including the rather dramatic events reshaping your life and others’ circumstance. However, not everybody is as tuned into the potential changes hold. Reassure them if you must, but avoid getting involved. You’ve other things to focus on, and these dramas really are others’ to deal with. Let them. You’ve numerous plans and projects awaiting your attention.

A relative will stir your interest and curiosity after revealing they are planning to relocate. As well as earning your admiration for taking such a bold step you might feel drawn towards making a few changes in your own life. All of a sudden, you will want to go with changes that are occurring around you rather than cling to what has become too routine and overly familiar. Your enthusiasm for new ideas will be rewarded. Be sure to swim with the tide and not against it.

As of Sunday, Mars is retrograde at the base of your solar chart for some months. Mars is the energizer: the hot planet. Over the next few weeks you could feel as though you’re dancing on hot coals. Being uncomfortable and on edge is probable; but note too, that we are between two eclipses. This is when people alter their behaviour and change happens. It takes time to adjust. What may be unsettling are changes in your local environment: including personnel at work. Though it’s said that Pisces are highly adaptable and can cope with anything, it’s perhaps also true that when usual rhythms are disturbed you feel fragile and threatened. By Friday you might agree that you need to work with a different team and gather support – most likely from Taurus and Scorpio friends – who in different ways, anchor and bring solace.

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GrannyMoons Weekly Feast: 23 Oct 2022

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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Current Moon Phase: WANING MOON

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

Goddess Aspect: Crone

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

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

October 25, 2022 NEW MOON at 10:48
Solar Eclipse – Scorpio

Moon in Scorpio creates the need to delve into your feelings as deep as possible. You desire meaningful emotional exchanges now more than at any other time even if it is not easy and you are forced to change many things. Shallow relationships do not satisfy you, because they are not purifying enough.

New Moon Solar Eclipse in Scorpio. As both the Moon And The Sun will be in the realm of The Scorpion during the eclipse, this is an especially potent time to draw on the energy and gifts of this Water Zodiac.

It’s Scorpio Season!

Scorpios are said to be intense, intimate, and introspective! Scorpio is the eighth astrological sign in the zodiac, originating from the constellation of Scorpius. It spans 210°–240° ecliptic longitude. Under the tropical zodiac (most commonly used in Western astrology), the Sun transits this sign on average from October 23 to November 21. Depending on which zodiac system one uses, someone born under the influence of Scorpio may be called a Scorpio or a Scorpionic.

Associations
Scorpio is one of the water signs, the others being Cancer and Pisces. It is a fixed, negative sign. Scorpio is associated with three different animals: the scorpion, the snake, and the eagle. According to The Astrology Bible, Scorpio’s colors are deep red, maroon, black, and brown.

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What’s Happening?!?

Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30

Celtic Tree Calendar Month ~ September 30 To October 27 – Celtic Month Ivy

Herb of the Year for 2022: Viola (violet, heartsease) named by the International Herb Association

OCTOBER
• Youth Substance Use Prevention
• Youth Justice Action
• Clean Energy Action
• Disability Employment Awareness
• Breast Cancer Awareness
• Arts and Humanities
• Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention
• Cybersecurity Awareness
• Blindness Awareness
• Menopause Awareness
• Vegetarian Awareness
• Down Syndrome Awareness

Oct 21 – Nov. 1, 2021 – Samhain

OCT. 24: Raphaelmas, Feast of Archangel Raphael, whose name means, “The High One Heals.” Since 1970, the Catholic Church no longer recognizes this day for Raphael, ending more than a thousand years of tradition by opting to lump him in with Gabriel and Michael for a Feast of the Holy Archangels Day on Sept 29.

OCT. 24: Druid Feast for Spirits of Air

October 24: On this day in 1788, Sarah Hale was born.

October 25: World Pasta Day

OCT. 26 – NOV. 2: Egyptian Zetesis and Heuresis search and recovery of Osiris by Isis.
– Isia – Egyptian festival recalling Set (God of Destruction) killing God Osiris; Goddess Isis mourning Him, resurrecting Him, and conceiving God Horus with Him; and Osiris becoming Lord of Amenta, land of the dead. He weighs souls against the Feather of Truth on Goddess Maat’s Scale of Justice, but defers to Isis for those who fail the test.

October 30: National Candy Corn Day

Week 5. Witching Week (We made this one up, but it fits, don’t you think?)
October 31: Halloween!

October 28 To November 23 – Celtic Month Reed
The Makahiki, Hawaiian New Years Festival

29 – Mokash
Mokosh Is The Mother Goddess In Native Slavic Paganism

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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 too or will learn to!

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

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Welcome to a journey to learn about yourself and your hidden powers. Wise women and men have existed for thousands of years and still exist throughout the world. They know Mother Earth as the ultimate healer, and have learned to utilize the gifts of of nature. Inside each person is a being of wisdom, deeply connected to the phases of the moon and the tides of the sea. All we need to do is trust our innate wisdom.

This will take 13 weeks of study and hands-on practice. But it should be fun for you too! We start with the basics!

~What You Need To Know First!
~Your Inner Witch
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This is not Wicca! You don’t need expensive accoutrements or other fancy trappings! All lessons are done weekly with GrannyMoon through e-mail, with personal feedback.

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A Love Letter From Those Who Have Passed On

Take the love you have for me
And radiate it outwards
Allowing it to touch and impact others
Take the memory you have of me
And use it as a source of inspiration
To live fully, meaningfully and intentionally
Take the image you have of me in your mind
And allow it to fuel you
To take action
Seize the day
And be reminded of what is most important in life
Take the care you have for me
And let it remind you
To care for yourself fully
And shower yourself with your own love
And take the pain and grief you feel
Following my loss
And alchemize it into
Love, compassion and beauty
Build a castle
From the wreckage of my passing
And allow it to unlock your greatness and potential
And empower you to become more than you ever thought you were capable of being
And know that I can never truly leave you
And will always remain beside you
Watching over you in spirit
And that the love I have for you lives on
Through the connections you form
The kindness and compassion you share
And the future relationships and friendships you cultivate.
And until we are one day reunited
I will remain with you
Through the storms and chaos of life
And am always beside you
Walking with you, laughing with you, crying with you and smiling with you
And I am proud of you for being strong
I am proud of you for being brave
And I am proud of you for being you.

~ Tahlia Hunter ~

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Llewellyn’s Spell A Day

Leave a Treasure
OCTOBER 23, 2022 BY NATALIE ZAMAN

If you’ve ever found something— a penny on the ground with a special date, money when you needed it, a long-lost object—it got to your hand or entered your orbit somehow. Magic comes in all forms, and sometimes we are the means by which it is delivered.

What small object in your possession calls to be released and put into the hands of someone who needs it or would be uplifted by it? Find your object ( keep it small) and carry it with you when you’re out and about. Wait for it to tell you when it’s time to let go. When that happens, drop or place it wherever it’s going to go with these words:

Go with good energy and
for positive effect!

You may never witness the resultant magic, but trust that it is there.
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Cleansing Altar Spray
OCTOBER 22, 2022 BY MELISSA TIPTON

Your altar is a representation of the microcosm and your relationship to these forces. Regularly cleansing and tending to this space is an important magical hygiene practice that will keep your life and your magical workings running more smoothly.

Choose a purifying or cleansing herb, such as sage, angelica, or rosemary, and place a few pinches in a bowl of spring water. Ask the spirit of the plant(s) to impart their powers of cleansing to the water, then leave the bowl in a sunny spot for a few hours. Strain out the plant material and pour the infused water into a spray bottle.

Mist your altar with the cleansing spray, visualizing all harmful or unwanted energy dissolving and returning to the cosmic cycle, leaving your sacred space fresh and revitalized.
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Leaf It All Behind
OCTOBER 21, 2022 BY RAVEN DIGITALIS

Now that we are in the midst of the season of releasing, take a walk in a quiet place with trees whose leaves are in the process of changing color. Walk slowly, deeply inhaling the alluring, mystical scent of seasonal decay. This autumnal energy stands strong in the heart of the Witch. As you notice leaves that have fully changed color and are on the verge of falling to the earth, pluck them one by one. As you pick each leaf, hold it in your right hand, crumple it up, and declare:

This season I hereby release __.

Toss the crumpled leaf on the ground. Continue this for as long as it feels right. Feel free to release various things in your own life that no longer serve you, such as inner pain or confusion. It’s also a good idea to release things that are baneful in the world, such as apathy, racism, and greed.
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Prosperity Tech
OCTOBER 20, 2022 BY ELIZABETH BARRETTE

People often use technology as a means to prosperity. These days most folks carry a smartphone or tablet with which they can access financial resources. They do a lot of shopping online too. This has pros and cons. It’s convenient, but it can be a weakness. It can also offer a line of attraction for your magic.

For this spell you will need your smartphone or other favorite device. You will also need a length of black yarn and a length of green yarn, in any synthetic fiber. (Match the materials to the type of magic you’re doing, so use synthetic materials for a techno-magic spell.) Wrap the black yarn around your phone or device and tie a knot. Then say:

As this black yarn I wind,
All evil things I bind.

Slip off the black yarn, whole. Bury it far away.

Wrap the green yarn around your phone or device and tie a knot. Then say:

As this green yarn I tie,
Money comes by and by.

Slip off the green yarn, whole. Keep it in your purse or wallet.
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New Friends Spell
OCTOBER 19, 2022 BY LAURA TEMPEST ZAKROFF

They say it’s harder to make friends as we get older, but that likely has to do more with our work environment, family life, and busy schedule than our ability to actually find new friends. Sometimes we just need to make a little more of a window of opportunity and put that intent out into the universe.

This fun little satchel will help draw friendship to you. Collect the following:

  • A cinnamon stick
  • A rose quartz pebble
  • A dried yellow rose bud or petals
  • 2 wrapped candies of your choice
  • 6 shiny pennies

Place all the items in an opaque cotton satchel, ideally one you make yourself out of a fun print that reminds you to be playful. Allow it to sit on your altar for at least three days, then carry it with you as you go about your day (in your car or in a coat pocket, purse, backpack, or briefcase).
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Let’s All Honor Each Other
OCTOBER 18, 2022 BY BARBARA ARDINGER

Holding a big ball of rainbowcolored yarn, sit on the floor in a circle with friends. Sit so close that you’re all touching. With the end of the yarn in one hand, toss the ball so it flies like a comet with a rainbow tail to someone across the circle. As you toss the yarn, speak an affirmation that Concordia, goddess of community harmony, whispers in your ear. The person who catches the yarn touches it to their heart, then tosses it to someone else, speaking another affirmation of harmony.

Keep tossing the ball back and forth around the circle and speaking words of harmony until all the yarn is loose. What you’ll have now is a big, untidy web. It’s really a cone of energy of community harmony hovering above and around your circle. Ground the energy into yourselves and figure out a way to preserve that web as a symbol of harmony of your magical and mundane communities.
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Spread the Wealth
OCTOBER 17, 2022 BY CHARLYNN WALLS

The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is observed by the United Nations every year on October 17. Working to bring a little more prosperity into the world is the goal of today’s spell.

We all can use a little help from time to time. Today, carry some extra cash in your pocket or purse. When you are presented with the opportunity to do something for someone, do so. You could pay for someone’s meal or donate money to a cause you care about. Each time you give something away today, say either out loud or in your mind:

Though this monetary gift may
be small, it is sure to snowball.

When you share what you have with the world, others will too and your own kindness is likely to be returned to you as well.

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35 VICTORIAN ERA CEMETERY SUPERSTITIONS
~Cathy Wallace

Victorian era cemetery superstitions and traditions help us to better understand the world our ancestors lived in. In our day, we may throw a fancy wedding but during the Victorian era, elaborate funeral customs were all the rage!

Many of the cemetery superstitions and traditions from the 1800s seem strange to us today but a surprising number of our own actions when someone dies have their roots in these customs.

Here are 35 Victorian era cemetery superstitions:

Victorian Era Cemetery Superstition #1
When a hearse passed by, children held their collars and repeated this rhyme to keep death from visiting their family:

Hold your collar,
Never swallow,
Never catch a flea.
None for me,
None for you,
None for all the family!

Victorian Era Cemetery Superstition #2
If the deceased has lived a good life, flowers would bloom on their grave; but if they have been evil, only weeds would grow.

Victorian Era Cemetery Superstition #3
If several deaths have occurred in the same family, tie a black ribbon to everything left alive that enters the house – even dogs and chickens. This will protect against further deaths.

Victorian Era Cemetery Superstition #4
Never wear anything new to a funeral, especially shoes.

Victorian Era Cemetery Superstition #5
It is bad luck to meet a funeral procession head-on. If you see one approaching, turn around. If it is unavoidable, hold onto a button until the funeral procession passes.

Victorian Era Cemetery Superstition #6
Large drops of rain warn that there has just been a death.

Victorian Era Cemetery Superstition #7
A cat hissing when a body is laid to rest is considered a bad omen.

Victorian Era Cemetery Superstition #8
Locking the door of your home after the funeral procession has left the house is bad luck.

Victorian Era Cemetery Superstition #9
If rain falls on a funeral procession, the deceased will go to heaven.

Victorian Era Cemetery Superstition #10
If you hear 3 knocks and no one is there, it means someone close to you has died. This was called the 3 knocks of death.

Victorian Era Cemetery Superstition #11
If you leave something that belongs to you to the deceased, that means the person will come back to get you.

Victorian Era Cemetery Superstition #12
If you smell roses when none are around someone is going to die.

Victorian Era Cemetery Superstition #13
If you don’t hold your breath while going by a graveyard you will not be buried.

Victorian Era Cemetery Superstition #14
If you see yourself in a dream, your death will follow.

Victorian Era Cemetery Superstition #15
If you see an owl in the daytime, there will be a death.

Victorian Era Cemetery Superstition #16
If it rains in an open grave then someone in the family will die within the year.

Victorian Era Cemetery Superstition #17
If a bird pecks on your window or crashes into one that there has been a death.

Victorian Era Cemetery Superstition #18
If a picture falls off the wall, there will be a death of someone you know.

Victorian Era Cemetery Superstition #19
If you spill salt, throw a pinch of the spilled salt over your shoulder to prevent death.

Victorian Era Cemetery Superstition #20
If you hear a clap of thunder following a burial it indicates that the soul of the departed has reached heaven.

Victorian Era Cemetery Superstition #21
Carry the deceased out of the home feet first so they can’t look back and call someone else to follow them.

Victorian Era Cemetery Superstition #22
You might be next if you saw yourself in a mirror at a house where someone had recently died. Keep them covered until the mourning period is over.

Victorian Era Cemetery Superstition #2
Turn family photographs face-down to protect family and friends from possession by a spirit of the dead.

Victorian Era Cemetery Superstition #24
Never speak ill of the dead because they will come back to haunt you or you will suffer misfortune.

Victorian Era Cemetery Superstition #25
Two deaths in the family means that a third is sure to follow.

Victorian Era Cemetery Superstition #26
Dropping an umbrella on the floor or opening one in the house means that there will be a murder in the house.

Victorian Era Cemetery Superstition #27
A diamond-shaped fold in clean linen portends death.

Victorian Era Cemetery Superstition #28
Shake hands with the gravedigger (or the undertaker) when attending a burial. Failing to do so meant death would strike your family next.

Victorian Era Cemetery Superstition #29
A dog howling at night when someone in the house is sick is a bad omen. It can be reversed by reaching under the bed and turning over a shoe.

Victorian Era Cemetery Superstition #30
Drawing curtains immediately after death kept the spirit from leaving too soon.

Victorian Era Cemetery Superstition #31
Stopping clocks at the time of death prevented the spirit of the newly deceased from noticing the passage of time so they would stay just a little longer.

Victorian Era Cemetery Superstition #32
Covering mirrors with dark cloths prevented the spirit of the deceased from entering the mirror where they may become trapped.

Victorian Era Cemetery Superstition #33
Wearing black clothing to a graveside service kept the spirits at the cemetery from noticing you so they wouldn’t follow you home.

Victorian Era Cemetery Superstition #34
Ribbons and black crepe on door handles, wreaths, windows – and even pets and farm animals – let the community know that a death had occurred in the household and kept further deaths from occurring in the family.

Victorian Era Cemetery Superstition #35
If a swarm of bees comes to the house of a good man who was soon to die, the bees were sent as an “honor guard” to escort the departing soul to heaven.

Some of these cemetery superstitions may seem ridiculous to us, but hopefully they have helped you to understand some of the beliefs that impacted your ancestors’ lives.

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Heartwings Love Notes 1058 Your Way or My Way?

Heartwings says, “Deciding which way can be something to ponder.”

Every relationship has its conundrums. Some are fraught with contention, others are not, yet all provide opportunities for participants to learn and grow. For instance, I was brought up to be tidy. I didn’t used to be as a child; are there any children who are naturally so? As of yet, I haven’t heard of any. Some children who are taught to be neat learn to like it, others do not, of course, yet all will one day, most likely find themselves contending with the opposite of their preference.

For instance, I like my bureau drawers to be tidy so I can see what is in them when I want to choose my clothes for the next day. Being fuzzy of mind when I wake up, I prefer not to make any unnecessary decisions. Believing this to be a desirable state for bureau drawers, I used to make sure Stephen’s bureau was tidy too. Toward that end I would periodically refold and replace his sweaters and tee shirts until his bureau drawers were all organized. One day it occurred to me that he didn’t seem to want to keep them this way, and I stopped. He never complained.

I am grateful that he uses our hat rack/clothes pole to hang up his clothing. The fact that it tends to pile up there is none of my concern, or so I have come to understand. What is important for me to remember is that his way and my way do not necessarily have to coincide. As long as his clothing, no matter how much, is not draped over the furniture or piled on the floor, I’m happy. The decisions that come from preferences are different from those that have to do with circumstances.

We grow up accumulating preferences, habits, and ways to do things. Then we find others differ. This might be an issue or it might not. What matters is that respect and support need to be part of a healthy relationship. Stephen respects my desire not to trip over his garments and I respect his desire to have his drawers the way they are. I support him by not insisting his clothes be hug up in the closet, and he does the same when he does the dishes or hangs the indoor laundry that doesn’t go in the dryer.
Respect for one another’s beliefs as well as habits is also vital within all relationships. The divisions within our current world view are not healthy for our society because all too often there is a lack of that respect. When we support one another’s ways, it may be possible for us to live in peace. May it one day be so.

May you find good ways to resolve personal differences.

Blessings and best regards, Tasha Halpert

PS, please write to me with any comments or suggestions. It is my great joy to hear from readers with their thoughts and opinions. Please do. My email is tashahal@gmail.com. For more Love Notes, visit me at my web site at http://www.heartwingsandfriends.com

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How to Remove a Curse with Salt
~Spells8 Blog

Breaking a curse is one of the skills of a seasoned Witch. Most modern Witches use their Magic for good purposes, not to harm others. If you fear that you may be cursed or suffering from a psychic attack, follow these instructions. You may also use this guide to help others. Find a printable summary below?

Removing a curse or hex
A curse can manifest itself through various symptoms, including: nightmares, medical problems, legal problems, insomnia, loss of energy, relationship problems, inability to focus, or things going missing.

There are many methods to curse someone ranging from powders to candle spells and dolls. While we don’t encourage anyone doing that, as it is contrary to the Wiccan Rede, it’s good to know how to deal with them.

Cursing or “hexing” means directing negative energy at a person. And it is even possible to feel this negative energy surrounding you even if a specific person has not cursed you. In other words, our own negative attitudes and behaviors can be the cause of the curse (i.e. you can curse yourself).

How to Remove a Curse with Salt
Being cursed, or having a host of negativity near you can affect your daily life and it’s advisable to address it as soon as possible.

There are many ways that you can get rid of a curse. Here are a few basic ways to remove a jinx using salt. Salt is an ingredient valued since time immemorial whose cleansing power in rituals has been used by many cultures around the world. Read also: Spells with Salt

Spiritual Bath with Salt

Spiritual baths are one of the best ways to remove negative energy either from a psychic attack or a cloud of negativity energy. For this purpose, Epsom salt is the most commonly used type of salt. It has been used for hundreds of years as a healing agent and pain reliever. You can also use sea salt for this protection ritual.

Begin by taking a shower to remove all the dirt, grime, and sweat.
Fill a tub or a basin full of warm water.
Add 2 cups of salt to the water and swirl it around.

Add 10 drops of rosemary essential oil (or 4 tablespoons of dried rosemary). You can also add 2 tea bags of chamomile tea.

As you sit in the water, visualize the negative energy lifting away from your body and returning into the earth. See the curse break and all of the effects being removed. Optionally, follow a cleansing guided meditation such as this Chamomile Tea Cleansing Meditation.

When you’re ready, release the water and allow it to flow down the drain. Keep a little bit of salt to throw over your left shoulder. Instead of toweling off, allow your body to air dry. If the curse is particularly strong, repeat the water purification bath 3 days in a row.

Citrus Aura Cleanse
Lemons’ Magical properties bring joy, happiness, and they are a wonderful cleansing agent. Lemons are full of solar energy ?? and can be used for removing a curse. The best part about using lemon to break a curse is that you will know when it’s truly gone. Try this spell on a Sunday. Here’s how to remove a curse with salt and lemon:

Break curse with lemon and salt
Cut a fresh whole lemon in half.

Sprinkle each half with a generous amount of sea salt.
Take one half of the lemon and slowly move it over your body. You don’t have to touch your skin with the lemon. Hold it an inch away and visualize the lemon pulling out the negative energy. Use both halves of the lemon if needed.
Once you have covered your entire energy field, place the lemon on a surface such as your altar.

Over the next few days, if you notice the lemon getting moldy, the curse was not removed, and you should repeat the process with a fresh lemon. If the lemon dries out, then the curse was successfully removed. Sprinkle some salt on top and take it out with the trash or compost.

Protective Salt Barrier
If you need to remove a curse from your home, business or workplace, you can create a salt barrier of protection. Before you begin, look around the house for any suspicious jars, powders or ritual elements that might be triggering the curse. If you find one, sprinkle salt on top and discard it fast to remove the curse.

Salt barrier of protection
Open all your windows and doors.
Sweep the floors clean and thoroughly vacuum.

Mop the floors inside with a mix of water and salt. If you cannot mop the floors, pour a ring of salt outside along the perimeter of the house or business and bless it with your intention.

Removing a Curse with a Smoke Cleanse
The best way to cleanse a tool or a sacred space is through incense, and a curse is no different. Break a curse or send away evil energy by smoking it out.

Burn sage, mugwort, or cinnamon in a fireproof dish. Make sure to open doors and windows if done inside. If you are the target of the curse, pass the smoke all over your body. The negative energy will stick to the smoke and be carried off into the air.

Consider also using the smoke to remove any negative energy from your home as well.

While smoking out a curse, carry a dish of salt in one hand so that the curse can be absorbed into the salt if needed. Sometimes the smoke doesn’t fully dissipate the hex and the bowl of salt will help to remove any lasting vestiges of the curse. Visualize the curse leaving your body and entering the salt as the light enters and cleanses you.

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Rewards Of Being Kind
~Andrew Weil, M.D.

New research also found that random acts of kindness (such as helping an older neighbor carry groceries) were more strongly associated with overall well-being than structured activities such as volunteering for charity. Investigation leader Bryant P.H. Hui, Ph.D., of the University of Hong Kong reported that informal helping is more casual, spontaneous and varied and may more easily lead to forming social connections. The research also found that not all good-hearted behavior is equally beneficial to givers. Instead, it showed that the strength of the link depends on many factors including the type of the kindness, the definition of well-being and the giver’s age, gender and other demographic factors. These conclusions come from an analysis of 201 independent studies that included data on nearly 200,000 participants and explored the connection between prosocial behavior and well-being.

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IMMUNE ZOOM CIDER

A mildly spiced cider to warm up and boost immune function on chilly fall days.

2 cups fresh apple cider
4 Immune Zoom® Lemon Ginger tea bags
3 cinnamon sticks
1/4 tablespoon whole cloves
1-2 star anise seeds
Orange slices and cinnamon sticks for serving (optional)

DIRECTIONS
Pour the cider into a saucepan on the stovetop over medium heat.
Add the spices: cinnamon sticks, star anise, and cloves.
Cut open the tea bags, empty the loose herbs into the cider, and bring to a simmer for about 5-10 minutes.

Remove from heat and strain, through either a mesh strainer or a cheesecloth.
Retain the warmed cider and compost the spices and herbs.
Serve hot and top with optional garnishes.

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Shifting The Mood

We all have to do things in our life that we don’t want to, and the easiest solution is to change our attitude.

We all have days when we are faced with chores, errands, or responsibilities that we don’t want to do. At times like these, it’s easy to get into a bad mood and stay in one as we tackle these tasks. However, given that our bad mood will not change the things we have to do and will most likely make things worse, we should try to shift our attitude. Many wise people have pointed out that it is not so much what we do as it is how we do it that makes the difference in our lives.

It’s important when we’re facing something that’s really hard for us, whether it’s doing taxes, paying bills, or visiting a challenging relative, that we lovingly support ourselves through the process. The more supported we feel, the easier it is to open our minds to the idea that we can change our way of looking at the situation. In truth, most of the chores we don’t like doing are intimately intertwined with our blessings. When we remember this, we feel gratitude, which makes it hard to stay in a dark mood.

We can shift our attitude by considering how much we love our home as we clean it and how lucky we are to have a roof over our head. Any task can be transformed from a burden to a necessary aspect of caring for something we love. All we have to do is shift our perspective, and our attitude will follow shortly behind.

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How Healthful Is Your Tea? Try These 4
~Dr. Weil

The antioxidants and polyphenols in tea may be responsible for some of its health benefits, such as stronger bones, lower cholesterol levels, and reduced risk of heart disease and some types of cancer – all of which are enjoyed by regular tea drinkers. Consider these types of tea in the upcoming winter months for healthful, warming treats that offer added health benefits:

Green tea. With tea leaves that are steamed, rolled and dried – a method that preserves the content of polyphenols – green tea is high in antioxidants. Its flavor is a bit earthier than that of white tea. Green tea is available in a range of varieties; Dr. Weil’s favorite is powdered green tea, known as matcha. Green tea provides EGCG, a polyphenol than may help to fight inflammation, lower cholesterol, prevent cancer and boost the immune system.

Oolong. This tea’s healthful properties (as well as taste and color) fall between those of green tea and black tea. It has a floral and fruity taste and may help relieve itchy skin associated with atopic dermatitis.

Pu-erh. Highly valued in China, pu-erh (pronounced POO-air) is a dark red tea that is bold and earthy and the most oxidized form of tea. It may help to reduce cholesterol and aid in digestion.

Black tea. This is the tea that the English, Irish and most Americans drink. The oxidation process causes the leaves to change both their color and flavor, reducing the content of polyphenols. It is a hearty tea that has been linked to a lower risk of heart disease, colon cancer and the bacteria associated with cavities and bad breath.

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Women’s Work

The importance of tending the hearth that nurtures all who bask in its warmth, is a beautiful thing.

In the recent past, the term “women’s work” has come to have a derogatory connotation. Women’s work encompasses all the domestic chores that have historically been associated only with women: cooking, cleaning, and raising children. Whenever a person is limited to only certain kinds of work in a society, there is a need to break free from that work in order to inhabit a place of choice. However, when we choose to do women’s work because we enjoy it, there is nothing degrading about it. There is an honor to it, and when done alone or in a group, this work can be truly meaningful and fulfilling because the home is the foundation of security for all who live in it. The importance of tending the hearth that nurtures all who bask in its warmth cannot be overstated.

In addition to being essential to the functioning of the world, women’s work offers creative fulfillment, intimate interaction, and personal satisfaction. The more we become aware of the significance of this realm of labor, the more fulfilling it will be both to those who do the work and those who benefit from it. A well-set table and a delicious, healthy meal can heal us on multiple levels. Clean, crisp sheets on a bed allow us to enter a deep slumber, inspiring a sense of safety and trust. Our mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health all rest upon the smooth functioning of our homes.

The more we acknowledge the tremendous importance of this work, the more we are able to do it with a sense of pride, never feeling for a moment that our efforts are less significant or meaningful than those working outside the home. On the contrary, it is this work that makes all other work possible.

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Coach Gilberto Chapter 34
by Stephen Halpert

The weather was changing. A cold wind drifted through the partially open bedroom window. Gilberto moved closer and clutched Maria.
“Day in bed?” He whispered.
She giggled and snuggled against him. “I wish but we both have appointments as you may recall. I have to talk to several volunteers at the clinic and you, dear Headmaster, have an appointment with some faculty. Those murders are still on the books.”
He frowned; he knew she was right, but rather than climb out of bed into the cold of the day, he pulled the covers up over them both. “When can we get away. We need time off, both of us.”
“Does that mean check into a hotel and spend precious time in bed like we usually do?”
“Nothing wrong with that.” He stroked her back the way she liked, moving his hand down lower over her body.
“That’s not going to work this morning,” she giggled. “But I’ll tell you what, I’ll make a reservation for us, and I’ll make sure Joey, Mona and Boris are covered.”
“Deal.” He shivered. “Be a lot easier getting up when it’s cold like this, if we bought an electric blanket.”
“You still on that?” She moved her hands against his soft flesh. “I don’t trust electric blankets. Something creepy about them, they make my skin all clammy; and you snored whenever we’ve used one before.”
He raised up on his elbow and grinned his most winning grin: “You look so delicious, stay here just a little longer.”
“And a little longer, and after that even longer, until we lose all track of the day.” She pressed against him. “I know you so well.”
He kissed her neck. “Your skin feels so nice against mine.”
She wriggled and pressed against him. “You don’t make getting up in the morning easy, do you?”
He chuckled. “Am I supposed to?”
She laughed, and surprised him by kicking away the blankets.
He reached for her, but she slipped away and skipped toward the shower.
Turning back, she smiled. “We’ll get away,” she laughed. “I promise.”
He began getting out of the bed. “And you’ll make reservations?”
“Promise,” she laughed. “Three days be enough?”
“”Yes,” he said, and followed her into the shower.
Breakfast was his usual spicy burrito with green sauce while Maria had yogurt and fresh berries. Then the French roast coffee perked and she poured them two steaming mugs. The kitchen clock read 7:45.
At 8 the phone rang. It was Lara Parker. “Good morning,” she began. “I’ve hired the services of an investigative firm. We’ll be in your office at three this afternoon. I feel these murders must be solved, not good at all to have this hanging over Houndstooth. We must clear the air.”
He agreed, their call concluded, and he called Rain.
“I’m glad,” she agreed. “Especially since our inquiries led to a dead end. I’ll have everyone’s file updated and ready.”
He thanked her and thought of something more to ask: “By the way, have you and April Summers spent any time together.”
“Interesting that you should ask,” she said. “No. I made a few overtures but she hasn’t responded to my calls.”
“Odd,” he said. “I thought you two were friends.”
“I did too,” she replied. “But one never can tell.”
“I guess,” he said. “See you soon.”
They concluded their call.
Maria looked so lovely. “Don’t forget the reservation,” he reminded her. “It’s been too long.”
“You think I’d forget about having you all to myself?”
He grinned. “Guess we both feel the same way.”
“And what way is that,” she teased, but before he could reply, Joey and Mona followed by a drooling Boris came into the kitchen.
“Why’s he drooling so much,” Joey asked.
“He’s hungry,” Mona said.
“He’s always hungry,” Maria said. “I’ve never known Boris not to snarf up whatever handout…”
“Only if he likes what he’s offered,” Mona said. “Isn’t that right, Boris,”
Gilberto smiled at Joey. “I’ll drive you home,” he said, “Unless you’ve got other plans.”
Mona grinned. “Joey’s got a new girlfriend,” she said.
“How do you know that?” Maria asked.
Mona rolled her eyes. “I hear him on the phone sometimes.”
Joey’s face reddened. “You’re always spying on me,” he said.
“Her name’s Katie Dodge,” Mona said. “They’re both in love. After graduation she’s going to Emerson and become a great actress.”
“No, we’re not,” Joey insisted. “We’re just friends. How do you know she’s going to Emerson, anyway?”
Mona stuck out her tongue. “Ha!” she laughed. “I know a lot more than you think I do.”
Maria stood up and frowned at them both. “Leave it be,” she said. “Best not to spy on your brother and listen to his conversations, or one day he could turn the tables on you.”
Joey raised his eyebrows. “I could tell the world about you and Theodore,” he said. “Those late night conversations. But I’ve got better manners than that.”
Mona glared at Joey. “How do you know about Theodore?”
“Ok, enough!” Gilberto said. “Both of you, cool it and be peaceful. I mean it. I’ve a lot to do today, and I want a quiet restful breakfast.”
Maria sighed. “Agreed, as do I,” she said. “I’ve reservations to make as well as planning for you two with Rosa.”
“Oh good, you’ll be going away,” Mona said. “That’s so cool. Then daddy won’t be so grumpy.”
Maria laughed.
Gilberto’s face reddened. “What do you mean, grumpy?”
“It’s true,” Mona said. “Daddy’s always happier when he gets back from a getaway with Mom.”
“Snoop,” Joey said. “Stop minding other people’s business or you’ll get it.”
Mona laughed then she got up and filled Boris’ bowl and gave him fresh water.
She turned to the family. “If I’m going to go to law school and be a good lawyer, I’ll have to remember everything I hear,” she said. She petted Boris, turned and left to catch the bus for school.

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Kitty Kat’s Korner
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50 Perfect Witchy Names for Cats
By JACKIE BROWN Updated on 07/12/22

When you think of witches, cats come to mind as often as broomsticks and pointy black hats. Of all cats, black cats in particular give off the spookiest witchy vibes. Historically speaking, back when people believed witches to be real, cats were a witch’s favorite animal companion (others preferred animal companions including dogs, toads, and mice).

Witch animal companions, known as “familiars,” were believed to possess magical abilities that let them carry out a witch’s bidding. This may have led to the idea that cats were bad luck. Hundreds of years ago, cats were so closely tied to witches that simply owning a cat was cause for an investigation, and cats were frequently burned at the stake with those unlucky enough to be convicted of practicing witchcraft.

With their sleek, stealth movement and watchful, aloof demeanor, it’s easy to see how cats became associated with witches and evil doing. Cats are still strongly tied to Halloween and other pagan celebrations. Today, making a connection between witchcraft and cats is just for fun. Now that you know why witch-themed names are purrfect for cats, let’s take a look at our favorite witchy names for cats.

Tips for Choosing Witchy Cat Names
When brainstorming for a great witch-themed name for your cat or kitten, also consider your new kitty’s size, color, coat type and personality. Some witch names will be well-suited for black cats or female cats, but you can draw inspiration from anything about your unique cat

To get you going, check out our list of 50 perfect witchy cat names to help you get started. Whether you find your new cat or kitten’s name on this list, or just have fun browsing different witch names, you’re certain to land on a great witch-themed cat name for your new friend. First, let’s take a look at some of our very favorite witchy cat names from all categories.

Top Witchy Cat Names
Bellatrix
Crookshanks
Hex
Hocus Pocus
Jinx
Magic
Maleficent
Melisandre
Midnight
Phantom
Salem
Seer
Raven

How to Name Your Cat
Here is a collection of witch-themed cat names, sorted by category, including cat names inspired by traditional witch lore, pop culture and color. Peruse these name ideas as you work your magic to find the perfect witchy cat name:

Classic Witchy Cat Names
Some witch-themed cat names harken back to very ancient times when cats and witches went hand in hand. Consider some of these timeless witchy cat names:
Abracadabra
Charm
Coven
Crow
Hex
Hocus Pocus
Jinx
Medusa
Merlin
Rune
Seer
Shadow
Solstice
Spirit
Taboo
Tarot
Thirteen
Trance
Wicca
Wiccan
Wizard

Witchy Cat Names from Pop Culture
Books, television and movies are always great inspiration for witch-themed cat names. Cats and witches feature prominently in the Harry Potter book and movie series, which is after all based on a world of witchcraft and wizardry.1 The 90s television show Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, stars not only witches, but a charmingly sarcastic black cat named Salem. Another TV show launched in the 90s, Charmed, follows a family of sisters who discover they are witches. And countless Disney movies feature delightfully evil witches, from Sleeping Beauty to The Little Mermaid. Here, draw on some excellent witchy cat names pulled from pop culture.

Bellatrix: Bellatrix Lestrange, a powerful evil witch in the Harry Potter series
Crookshanks: Hermoine the witch’s orange pet cat in the Harry Potter series
Dolores: The hated Dolores Umbridge from the Harry Potter series, a witch who is obsessed with cats and whose patronus is a cat
Elsa: Snow queen and good witch of Disney’s Frozen films
Fleur: Fleur Delacour, a young French witch from the Harry Potter series
Hermione: Gifted witch and bookworm Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series; Harry and Ron’s best friend
Luna: Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter series, Harry’s charming and quirky witch friend
Maleficent: Evil witch queen in Disney’s Sleeping Beauty and self-proclaimed “Mistress of All Evil”
Melisandre: A witch from the Game of Thrones series, also known as the “red woman”
Minerva: Beloved Professor Minerva McGonagall in the Harry Potter series, a witch who can turn into a cat
Narcissa: Narcissa Malfoy, Draco Malfoy’s witch mother in the Harry Potter series
Paige: One of four witch sisters in the television show Charmed
Phoebe: One of four witch sisters in the television show Charmed
Piper: One of four witch sisters in the television show Charmed
Prue: One of four witch sisters in the television show Charmed
Rowena: Rowena Ravenclaw from the Harry Potter series, a witch who was one of the four founders of Hogwarts (Ravenclaw House is named for her)
Sabrina: Title character in Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
Tonks: Nymphadora Tonks, a witch in the Harry Potter series; Harry’s trusted friend

Witchy Cat Names for Black Cats
Black cats are especially spooky and deserving of a witchy name. Although black cats have long been considered bad luck, any cat lover knows that black cats are among the most beautiful and mysterious of cats. Consider some of these witch-themed names that are perfect for black beauties:
Black Magic
Crow
Magic
Midnight
Phantom
Raven
Salem: The title character’s black cat in the television show Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
Shadow
Thirteen
Twilight
Ursula: Villainous sea witch in Disney’s The Little Mermaid

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Georgia Nicols Weekly Horoscope:Sunday,
October 23, 2022

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All Signs
If you have an important project to get done, this week is the 11th hour because of Mars –the planet that represents bold, aggressive, sexy energy. (It also represents our ego.) Once every two years, Earth comes from behind an overtakes Mars; and as we pass this red planet, it looks like Mars is going backwards, (which of course, it isn’t). However, astrologically, this symbolizes its driving force is stymied. Suddenly, for the next 9-10 weeks, we’re stuck in the mud! Mars goes retrograde on Sunday, Oct. 30 and stays retrograde until Jan 12. Therefore, hustle thy buns! Forewarned is forearmed! (Remember Calpurnia? “I said, Julie, don’t go! Don’t go!”)

Aries (March 21-April 19)
Before Pluto was discovered in 1930, your ruler Mars was also the ruler of Scorpio. For the next four weeks, the Sun will travel through the part of your chart that is home to Scorpio. This will energize Mars, which is why you will feel unusually intense, purposeful and driven to accomplish what you want to do. You might even feel obsessed or compulsive about something. “Who me?” “Yes, you.” Nevertheless, despite your determination (and you will be determined) – you might be surprised how hard it is to get others to agree with you and follow your orders. Oops, shall we say “do your bidding?” Go gently.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)
The month ahead is tricky. For starters, the Sun will be opposite your sign for the next four weeks, which will slightly drain your energy. You will need more sleep. (Respect your need for more rest.) On the upside, something might happen that gives you greater clarity about your closest relationships or friendships. This is important. This increased clarity and objectivity can help you see how to improve a valuable relationship. Nevertheless, moneymaking ideas and your energy to work hard to earn money might become bogged down for some reason. Things are not moving forward as quickly as you had hoped. Cope as best you can until the beginning of next year.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)
This week introduces two contradictory forces at work for your sign. When Mars goes retrograde at the end of the week, it will be in your sign, which means you will suddenly feel a bit adrift. Something in your environment and possibly related to your health will impede your progress in some way. You might have less energy. You might have second doubts about how to do something. However ironically, for the next four weeks, the Sun will be sending you the opposite message. It will encourage you to work hard and work efficiently. You will want to accomplish as much as possible. These opposing forces will work like an ebb and flow. Perhaps you will work and then rest.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Most of you are looking at a fun, playful four weeks ahead! It’s the perfect time to take a cruise, get away on a vacation, and enjoy socializing with others. Accept invitations to party! Enjoy the arts, the theatre and musical performances. Sports events along with playful activities with kids will be rewarding, delightful choices. Along with these fun opportunities, romance will also get a shot in the arm. New love might blossom! Existing romances will be cozy. The thing to watch out for is old habits that no longer serve their purpose. Be careful about being your own worst enemy. Don’t doubt yourself. Be happy and grateful to be who you are!

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
Your focus is on home, family and your private life in the next four weeks. Many will be involved in redecorating projects or renovations because you’re excited about making where you live more attractive and functional. Very likely, you will entertain more and invite people over to see what you’ve done. (This same influence can promote real-estate opportunities or residential moves for some.) An opportunity to change for the better will take place at home and within your family between the Solar eclipse on Oct. 25 and the Lunar eclipse on Nov. 8. Use this! Meanwhile, involvement with friends and groups might be stalled. Just accept this.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
The pace of your days will accelerate in the next four weeks. You will want to talk to neighbours, siblings and relatives because you have something to say! You will enjoy schmoozing with others! You will also enjoy your surroundings with greater appreciation – a rewarding experience for sure. In some fashion, you might improve your communicating style with others. Perhaps you will more easily tell someone that you care for them or how important they are to you in your life. This could be because your ambition is put in perspective now. It’s important to know what is really worth going after. This is something that you might reappraise or rethink for the rest of the year.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
Financial matters are on your mind now because two close eclipses (Solar and Lunar) take place in both your Money Houses. This means you will give thought to your cash flow and your earnings. But you will also think more about what you need to be happy? What really matters? This is what it comes down to once your basic necessities are covered. Nevertheless, you will attract money to you, as well as think about moneymaking ideas in the next four weeks. Meanwhile, previous plans to travel and expand your world seem to be stalled in the water. As Julia Child always said, “It is what it is.” She also said, “I believe in red meat – red meat and gin.”

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
Once a year, the Sun is in your sign for four weeks, and that time has arrived! This means it’s the beginning of your new personal year (birthday to birthday). When the Sun is in your sign, you are more energized. (In fact, it’s your chance to recharge your batteries for the rest of year.) It will also draw people and good opportunities to you. Take note that this is an excellent time to buy wardrobe treasures for yourself. It’s also a good time to improve your job or get a better job. Disputes about shared property, inheritances and insurance matters might become entangled, or they might even disappear. They will attract less energy. Focus on strengthening your home base and stabilizing family dynamics.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
In the next four weeks, you will want to lie in the weeds and keep a low profile. You are a future-oriented sign, which is why you like to have goals and have a sense of where you might be going down the road. Fortunately, you can use the next four weeks to set goals. After all, goals give you a clearer focus on what is important to you. (Sometimes we need the reminder!) Goals can also make future decision making easier. They give you a sense of purpose and better control over your future. These are things you value! Something might come up with a partner or close friend that creates a standoff situation. You might be unsure about whether to go forward or stay where you are.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
You have a lovely, popular four weeks ahead of you! Not only will you enjoy the company of friends, especially artistic, creative people, you will also enjoy being more interactive with clubs and organizations. Many Capricorns socialize by volunteering and helping in community events. You like to make your time count, as well as enjoy yourself. Do be aware that November and December will be a challenge at work because you might feel held back, ineffective or challenged in some way. Even though you are willing, obstacles will make it tough for you to accomplish a lot. Meanwhile, romance and dealing with your kids will demand your attention in the next few weeks.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
You will be very powerful for the next four weeks because this is the only time of the year when the Sun is at the top of your chart shining down on you, casting you in a spotlight. Furthermore, this spotlight is flattering! This means you will be admired by others, especially bosses, parents, teachers and VIPs – even if you don’t do anything special. Obviously, you can use this to your advantage. Now is the time to make your pitch! Use this window of time to advance your agenda. Plans for a vacation or specific physical activities with kids, especially competitive, might be stalled for the next month or so. This means you have to work with what you’ve got. (But hey, you look good!)

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
Life is exciting because you are in a whole new world right now. This could be because you are able to travel and seek adventure more than usual. Or you might be exploring new avenues in publishing, the media, medicine, the law or higher education. Whatever the case, life has become more adventurous and thrilling! Obviously, if you can travel for pleasure in the next four weeks, do so! Be very clear in your communications with others to avoid misunderstandings. (This is the message of the Solar and Lunar eclipses for your sign.) Don’t push issues at home or within the family. Go with the flow. Decide to go along to get along. Make plans to boost your earnings!

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Weekly Horoscopes Beginning Sunday, 23 October 2022

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

Outlines are longer versions; consist of every possible detail of everyday and are based on three parts of each sign: 1st, 2nd & 3rd Decan; that is, any of three divisions of 10° within a sign of the zodiac. Even if you know or don’t know your Decan; I recommend, please read all three Decan.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

The past few months have been exciting; but now, your own doubts, combined with sudden changes in circumstances, are forcing you to review, if not entirely rethink, certain plans. While ordinarily you’d battle to continue existing arrangements, you’ll soon realise a top to bottom reorganisation is vital. Yes, this will cause delays. However, what you learn dealing with those delays will more than justify the patience required.

A job you take on will be more demanding than expected. Discussions with your boss or a senior colleague will turn out to be beneficial. If you’re looking for a job or hoping for a promotion but haven’t had a lot of luck with this recently, your luck could soon be changing. You can get excitable and emotional when new possibilities open up, but you must endeavour to be practical and sensible too.

As if Tuesday’s Solar Eclipse – which promises a fresh beginning weren’t enough, Jupiter returns to the first degree of your sign: commonly known as the World Axis. This offers a fresh start for all but bringing with it a dynamic new working partnership for Aries. True, this might not develop for some weeks yet, but the seeds be sown this week. Through the last few years, your problem-solving abilities have improved. You now know what is good enough, and what can yet be improved. With your confidence growing, and as Mars, your ruling planet, slows down prior to making its station at the weekend, you could focus on presenting your case for improved reward. Your negotiating skills would surely be improved both through rehearsal and with guidance from a career counsellor/experienced mediator.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Unsettling as sudden changes in plans may be initially, within days you’ll realise events are introducing both new ideas and people you wouldn’t otherwise have encountered. True, their place in your life won’t always be clear; but with the foundations on which plans are based shifting, the more flexible your thinking, the better. This open-mindedness will lead to experiences as worthwhile as they are expected.

An announcement will be timed for maximum impact. Serious debates could lead to someone making a courageous move with the hope other people will be behind them. If you support what they are doing, let them know. This could be the person who will turn things around. Change is in the air. Whether it is a change of scenery or something of more significant consequences, the bigger the challenge, the more interested you will be.

Tuesday’s Solar Eclipse is in your opposite sign and comes hard on the heels of Saturn, which has just stationed at the apex of your solar chart. This likely marks a new career adventure. It’s perhaps worth thinking back to a similar eclipse at this time of year in 2014. What career developments have there been since then? Who have you been doing business with? Can these have been taken forward to their next stage? There is much to suggest you’ve reached an apex. With Mars coming to its station at the end of this week, it’s a moment to reflect, and to consider your network. If it’s been a long time since you polished up your contacts and social media connexions, between this Solar Eclipse and the Lunar in two weeks’ time is arguably the optimum time to do precisely that. You may also find that you are moving money around more than usual but require the assistance of a Gemini, Libra or Aquarius to ensure that you are doing so within the rules.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

As a quick-thinking and often restless Gemini, you’re superb at juggling a range of tasks and objectives. The current planetary activity indicates several of these are changing, some both suddenly and dramatically. While you’ve a knack for rethinking even the most unexpected of developments, you’re urged to take it slowly. Gradually you’ll recognise how changes have cleared the path, enabling you to go in unexpected yet thrilling directions.

There’s concern that a senior colleague has made a hash of a job. This will feel like a frozen moment when a new leader needs to come forward who is interested in getting the work done to the high standards everyone is expecting. You may be lumbered with extra responsibilities as a result, but it never bothers for you to deal with a number of jobs at the same time. Displaying talent and confidence will open new doors.

It wouldn’t be so surprising, if you were involved in complex discussions some of which have legal overtones. It’s probable that you are now in the eye of a storm. Facts are important. Geminis have a reputation for grabbing headlines but not always investigating further. Now it seems the cosmos wants you to practice the fine art of research. True, you’ll perhaps enjoy this more if you could do it in partnership and preferably perhaps with a Cancer, Scorpio or Pisces. Whatever, following this Tuesday’s Solar Eclipse the need to dig deep is set to increase with a positive outcome reached by the winter solstice on December 21. Note that Mars will station in your sign next Sunday. Presently it’s movements are barely discernible. Suggesting that many people will be talking about you. Listen carefully. Their words could yet be your ammunition.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

The past few weeks have been so demanding you’ve neglected who and what matters most. Now, finally, you’ve a chance to make up for lost time. While, logically, you’ll want to compensate for those recent tricky situations, you’re urged to focus on something new and upbeat, from uplifting plans to adventures of some variety. These won’t just be fun; they’ll prove surprisingly healing as well.

There’s so much need for your attention that you might wonder where to begin. If there is any way you can reduce your options, now is the time to do so. Delegation might also be a good idea, although you will want to know you can trust those who are allocated essential tasks. A friend will keep on at you to do them a favour. Since this means so much to them, you might somehow find some time for them towards the end of the week.

Tuesday’s Solar Eclipse is in another of the Water signs and not dissimilar to one that took place in 2014. It may be useful to consider career developments that have taken place since then. A Solar Eclipse is a sophisticated New Moon. It doesn’t usually have effect on the day itself, but builds over time. What should be clear – since this eclipse coincides with Jupiter crossing the World Axis and a vital career point of your chart, – is that you are being mentioned in dispatches and have new opportunities developing. Your stature should increase manifesting as a job offer. You may be asked to take on a key role in a team and asked to consider a new job title. Between the end of this month and the solstice on December 21, should be considered research and development time. Allow your creativity full rein. Don’t self-doubt, and hold the thought that you have some very special gifts that are much appreciated.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Being a super-busy Leo, when you take a break, it needs to be both relaxing and lift your spirits. However, you won’t always recognise the promise of certain events or get-togethers right away. The secret? Ask those who often indulge in activities of this nature for advice. Not only will they make suggestions, they’ll give you valuable hints of how to make the best of your experiences.

You might feel you are running out of steam when you’ve faced one problem after another, and a project isn’t showing any signs of being completed. Activities are taking it out of you, physically and emotionally. You could do with a break, but if you sustain that spirit of determination, you’ve recently been putting into your work, you will win in the end. You might sense someone doesn’t trust you, yet you have never hidden anything from them.

Tuesday’s Solar Eclipse comes hard on the heels of Saturn’s final station in your opposite sign for three decades. It’s very likely that this is ‘make your mind up’ time. A solar eclipse is a sophisticated kind of New Moon. Between this event and the Lunar Eclipse in early November the Earth’s magnetic field is altered and behaviour tends to alter too. If you need to break a habit, this is the time to do it. This eclipse is not dissimilar to one that occurred in 2014. The cosmos doesn’t do exact repeats but you should anticipate career and domestic developments. Yet you’ve likely known these been coming for some time. With Saturn now in direct motion, you may find others are willing to move forward with you and that far from being held back by rules and regulations, some of these start to work in your favour.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Few things are more difficult for you than watching those you care about or who’re close in a work setting make unwise decisions or, alternatively, ignore their own wellbeing; but if you’ve warned them once, you’ve no choice but to back off. However, remain nearby. That ensures when you’re needed, as you will be, you can be there for them in a flash.

Disagreements in the workplace will relate to new routines and procedures. If someone in a high place really starts to force the issue, there will be no doubt about it; changes will result. Communications with someone some distance away will leave you feeling somewhat disappointed when they will not be able to give you the news you were expecting to hear. Trying something new with your partner or a close friend will take your mind off your worries.

Don’t be surprised if certain individuals dig their heels in. Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius colleagues might appear intransigent. Don’t forget, they don’t have your multitasking skills. Having made clear decisions about what they want to do next, you might reasonably question their approach. Perhaps you don’t feel they’ve considered all options. This may not be the moment to deflect them. Having come so far, they need your support. The energy that coincides with this week’s Solar Eclipse should also bring you back in contact with people who live and work far away. There may be further job opportunities for you to explore. Indeed, the art this week, maybe not to focus too much on what others are planning, but to think about where you want to be by your birthday next year and what plans need to be implemented to get there.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

After a period of deep, and rewarding, personal reflexion suddenly the focus is shifting to dull practical or financial matters. However, unexpected and potentially profitable events will require swift attention and, quite likely, expert advice. The real problem is because you find matters of this nature dull, you tend to ignore events until the last minute. This time act swiftly. You’ll be glad you did.

For all the fun and games, there’s a serious element to a group activity. Whether you are fund-raising for a worthy cause or entering a competitive venture, there will come a time when the laughter ends, and a more responsible approach begins. Some people you know will be setting their sights far too high. You will be happy with small achievements. A little light exercise will help you relax as the week ends.

Saturn has now turned direct in the research and development area of your solar chart. It won’t make similar station now for another three decades. If, over the last couple of years, leisure time has been compromised or limited, know that soon you’ll be free of certain restrictions. True, there is likely more work headed your way, but perhaps not until March of next year. Focusing on the burst of energy that should come with Tuesday’s Solar Eclipse, you could start to think about developing a new revenue stream. Certainly, your financial antenna seems well tuned. It’s also entirely possible that with Jupiter on the world Axis and in your opposite sign, that you will be made an offer that really would stretch you – but also be one of the most exciting things to occur in your life journey. You perhaps don’t need to make final decision until the winter solstice so there is plenty of time for your scales to rebalance following the excitement and for you to consider options carefully.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

For ages change has been in the air. However, with the Sun and Venus moving into your sign on Sunday, and Tuesday’s powerful Scorpio eclipsed New Moon triggering dramatic developments, events could seem overwhelming. Actually, you and the world around you are in a cycle of breakthroughs, some as sudden as they are unsettling. Still, within a short while you’ll realise, they’re exactly what was needed.

What suits you may not be someone else’s cup of tea, and you realise this. That’s why when you decide to go ahead with specific ideas; you will understand it if a partner or close friend pulls out. You won’t mind leaving them to their devices while pursuing your own aims. A number of options are ahead for you now, and your dynamic and determined approach to your job and financial matters will pay dividends.

Tuesday’s Solar Eclipse (a special New Moon), is in your sign and not dissimilar to one that took place in 2014. The cosmos doesn’t do exact repeats – though you may experience ‘variations on a theme’. What’s singular about this week’s eclipse, is that it comes hard on the heels of Saturn’s last station at the very base of your chart. It won’t repeat this another three decades. The indications are that you will put down a career foundation stone. Of course, much depends on your age, and for some people this will coincide with a domestic move or at least plans to make one. For others, this is about the realisation of what gifts you have. Exploring options with experts and determining where you might specialise seems likely in the second half of this week.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Not only do you have a talent for making the best of even unexpected changes, often you’ll share the wealth. That is, you’ll inform others, and get those who’re interested involved. Whatever the case, you’re in a period of rapid and exciting change and discovery. Mostly, others will be delighted to join in, but if not, continue solo. You won’t be on your own for long.

Praise will come your way after you take the helm of a community project. A recent success will have earned you yet another stint in the driver’s seat. Your confidence is riding high, and your team will be inspired by your achievements. Taking some youngsters to a special event will fill your heart with joy as you watch their faces glow with happiness. Attend a glamorous event, and you could be in for the time of your life.

Although Tuesday’s Solar Eclipse isn’t in your sign, you could nevertheless be affected. Between Tuesday, and the Lunar Eclipse on November 8, you should find many people altering direction, breaking habits and generally moving on. It can be a discombobulating. With Mars about to station in your opposite sign at the weekend, you’re likely be close to the heart of the storm. You didn’t ignite it, you didn’t create it, and yet, you could feel the full force of its power. As your ruling planet, Jupiter, arrives at the World Axis too, it’s likely that others will look to you for guidance and perspective. They need your archival knowledge. This isn’t a case of showing off your knowledge – tempting as that may be as the Moon moves through your sign in the latter half of the week, – it’s perhaps more about guiding others to use information wisely.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Those who make promises or commitments, then don’t keep their word, aggravate you. The real problem is you refuse to accept certain individuals simply don’t think that way. However, there’s a secret. Since it’s unlikely they’ll focus on how they can contribute, actually get them to agree to certain tasks or responsibilities. Once they know what’s expected of them, the rest will be easy.

You’re inclined to make a decision while still waiting for important information. You just want to get this matter over with, but you could regret acting too quickly. You can’t assume you know it all if you don’t make an effort to find out everything. A disciplined and careful approach to work and health is necessary. If arrangements for later in the week involve your partner, make sure they know what you are planning.

Following on from your ruling planet, Saturn’s, station on Sunday, there is a Solar Eclipse that coincides with Jupiter’s arrival at the World Axis. This is likely to be a breath-taking moment for all. Saturn will not station in that area again for another three decades. Many people will choose this week to lay new career foundation stones and you may be surprised by their choices. Equally they could be astonished by your reaction. It’s probable that by the time Mars reaches its station next weekend, that you will draw a firm line in the sand and make clear that unless certain tasks are completed to your satisfaction by March of next year, that you will not take responsibility for the consequences.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

This is a week of change, some expected, but most of it as surprising as it is puzzling. The problem? While you’re aware of certain potentially tricky situations, certain individuals haven’t noticed. The sooner you begin discussing these with them, the more swiftly they’ll become part of your team. Bizarre as this seems now, within days you and others will be glad you’ve established this connexion.

Unlike a colleague who is utterly unprepared for an assignment at the start of the week, you will have come equipped with everything needed for the job. You really aren’t concerned about making a lot of profit. What’s more important to you is that your work cannot be faulted. Be sure to highlight your contribution to a team effort. Others underestimate your capabilities if you hide your light under a bushel.

For the final time in three decades, Saturn stationed in your sign on Sunday. That this event is followed by a Solar Eclipse in another of the Fixed signs implying the need for new beginnings, suggests that although you may be moving forward cautiously, you will be doing so with determination. That determination should be spurred by a strong sense of what is ‘right’. Jupiter arrives at the World Axis and though that obviously affects all signs, you could tune into that energy and focus on seeing things done your way. Note that Mars will arrive its station in another of the Air signs on Saturday. Rethinks are likely. You may find you don’t have sufficient knowledge, or that transportation or communication difficulties must be overcome before you can move forward at speed. This week may be all about determining exactly who you can work with – which might, eventually, man ‘changing sides’.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Judging by the current and coming weeks’ planetary setup, sudden developments could lead to thrilling, if puzzling, breakthroughs. While, as an intuitive Pisces, you’ll sense the direction they’re going and their promise, not everybody will be as quick on the pickup. This is best dealt with by talking over developments, day by day. Soon others will be up to speed, and after that, working as a team will be easy.

A journey undertaken on behalf of someone who is unable to travel will prove illuminating. It will undoubtedly give you a new perspective on this relationship. Household matters are starting to improve. You will receive benefits that are due to you that you knew nothing about. This should come as a welcome surprise. Discuss new long-term possibilities with the family. New opportunities are around the next corner. Your increased confidence and assertiveness will help push a particular interest toward success.

The extraordinary combination of Saturn arriving at its station, a Solar Eclipse in another of the Water signs, Jupiter moving to the World Axis and finally, next Saturday, Mars stationing at the base of your solar chart, suggests your world could be rocked. Leo and Aquarius colleagues are likely to make clear their intention to move on. Yes, they need support, and yes, it’s probable that they will look to you to provide that. There is further likelihood of alterations in your local environment that require you to rethink transport and communication systems. Rerouting in so many ways seems probable between this Solar Eclipse and the Lunar on November 8. There is also high probability of choosing to combine resources and to work more closely with neighbours.

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GrannyMoons Weekly Feast: 16 Oct 2022

Our opportunity is to Soar our Spirit.
To see Light and Joy in everything.
To spread our wings and fly boldly.
To give thanks for rainbows and butterflies –
our symbols of renewal and rebirth.
To offer daily Thanksgiving – for ourselves, our family,
our friends, our community, for the whole world. ~Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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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Current Moon Phase: WANING MOON

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

Goddess Aspect: Crone

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

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

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What’s Happening in October?!?

Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30

Celtic Tree Calendar Month ~ September 30 To October 27 – Celtic Month Ivy

Herb of the Year for 2022: Viola (violet, heartsease) named by the International Herb Association

OCTOBER
• Youth Substance Use Prevention
• Youth Justice Action
• Clean Energy Action
• Disability Employment Awareness
• Breast Cancer Awareness
• Arts and Humanities
• Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention
• Cybersecurity Awareness
• Blindness Awareness
• Menopause Awareness
• Vegetarian Awareness
• Down Syndrome Awareness

Week 3. Friendship Week (Rosemary is the friendship herb).

October 18: Today is the birthday of herbalist Nicholas Culpeper, 1616-1654.

Oct 18 English Great Horn Fair – Festival of Herne. Great Horn Festival—Horned God and Lady of the Wood invoked for the fertility of wild game and the Hunting Season.

Oct 21 – Nov. 1, 2021 – Samhain

October 22: National Nut Day (No, not that kind—think pecans, walnuts, almonds).

October 28 To November 23 – Celtic Month Reed
The Makahiki, Hawaiian New Years Festival

29 – Mokash
Mokosh Is The Mother Goddess In Native Slavic Paganism

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Learn About Herbs with GrannyMoon!

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 too or will learn to!

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Welcome to a journey to learn about yourself and your hidden powers. Wise women and men have existed for thousands of years and still exist throughout the world. They know Mother Earth as the ultimate healer, and have learned to utilize the gifts of of nature. Inside each person is a being of wisdom, deeply connected to the phases of the moon and the tides of the sea. All we need to do is trust our innate wisdom.

This will take 13 weeks of study and hands-on practice. But it should be fun for you too! We start with the basics!

~What You Need To Know First!
~Your Inner Witch
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This is not Wicca! You don’t need expensive accoutrements or other fancy trappings! All lessons are done weekly with GrannyMoon through e-mail, with personal feedback.

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John Marani—Astrologer, Tarot Card Reader, and Metaphysical Teacher

Hi there folks! I’m pleased to be among the talented speakers chosen by Kathy Rose to present at the upcoming Empowered Astrology Virtual Event on October 22-23, 2022.
My mission: To facilitate the best astrological discussion ever had on this planet. Can I do it? Duh. Have you MET me? Perfect spot in the lineup for this Jupiter in Sagittarius in the 11th house.

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Llewellyn’s Spell A Day

World Food Day
OCTOBER 16, 2022 BY DEBORAH BLAKE

On this day in 1945, the United Nations founded the Food and Agriculture Organization, dedicated to dealing with the issues of poverty and hunger. In 1979, World Food Day was officially established as an international celebration. Each year, the day has a different theme and focus, usually revolving around agriculture, and events are held in over 150 countries.

But you don’t need to be part of a worldwide organization to do your bit toward ending hunger. Today, donate to your local food pantry or, if you garden, give a part of your harvest to a food kitchen. If you know someone who is struggling, drop off a bag of groceries. No matter what else you do, try to have a renewed appreciation for the food on your own table. Remember to thank the gods and those who worked hard to produce the food, and be grateful.
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Embrace Change
OCTOBER 15, 2022 BY ASTREA TAYLOR

At this time of year, many people enjoy the enchanting sight of autumn leaves. Their fiery colors represent the beauty that arises from embracing change.

On your next walk, collect several autumn leaves. (You can also use green leaves, flowers, or a clipping of grass. They change with time too, so they will work.) When you return home, place them in a dish on your altar. With deep breaths, tap into their energy. Imagine their lives, from when they were first hidden in a branch, then grew into tiny green buds and into maturity. See how the sun and weather changed every day, and as the sunlight decreased, the leaves responded by changing color. Finally, envision the leaves letting go of what they knew and floating to the ground, peacefully surrendering.

Keep the dish of leaves as a reminder of how beautiful change is and how you can embrace it with grace. When you no longer need the reminder, place the leaves in a jar and use them in future magical works for change.
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Guardian Angel Buttons
OCTOBER 14, 2022 BY NATALIE ZAMAN

It’s been said (in buttonless circles) that a button is something for the devil to hang onto. Well, if the devil can hang onto a button, why can’t a guardian angel do the same?

Take a quiet moment to talk to your guardian angel. (I like to do this on my morning walk and just have chat where I ask for guidance and protection throughout the day.) As you converse, what colors or patterns come to mind? Find or buy buttons in the colors or patterns that were shown to you—you may find that they just come into your hands! Sew the button into the inside of the left side of your coat or jacket (or any piece of clothing), right over your heart. As you sew, say or sing:

Near to my heart, angel of mine,
Bound by thread and love divine!
Carry your angel with you wherever you go!
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A Spell for Mental Clarity and Growth
OCTOBER 13, 2022 BY SUSAN PESZNECKER

Our brains are constantly changing and developing, and every challenge we face offers us a chance to learn.

For this spell to encourage mental clarity and growth, you’ll need:

  • A purple candle and holder
  • A small open bowl or jar
  • A sharpened pencil
  • Matches
  • One or more of fluorite, amethyst, lapis, or tiger eye
  • One or more of fresh or dried peppermint, turmeric, basil, or green tea
  • A small bell

Place the candle, bowl, and pencil on your altar. Light the candle safely. Place the gems and herbs in the bowl or jar, then hold it in your hands, with eyes closed, and focus on clearing your mind. Think about an obstacle you face and what you need to do to surmount it. Set the bowl down, open your eyes, and hold the pencil. Repeat:

The sharp point of this pencil
creates, while its softer end erases.
May I remember that in every action
There is no failure—
Only a chance to experience growth.

Ring the bell and pause, focusing on growth. Extinguish the candle. Leave the materials on your altar for contemplation.
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Stay Out, Unwanted Spirits!
OCTOBER 12, 2022 BY JASON MANKEY

As the veil between the worlds begins to thin in early October, we like to do a little extra protection work to keep our house free of unwanted spirit visitors. For this spell you will need a couple of pinches of salt and a bowl of water. Say a cleansing blessing over the salt and water and then mix together.

Now walk the perimeter of your dwelling, sprinkling the salted water as you go. As you walk, state your intentions. We use these words:

Only those souls that are wanted and
invited are welcome in this space!
I cast out what is not wanted and
shield this space from those that
would cause mischief or harm.

Pay special attention to windows and doors, and don’t be afraid to throw a little water to get to things above your reach. When done outside, repeat indoors.
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Let Go of a Problem
OCTOBER 11, 2022 BY TESS WHITEHURST

Today, collect nine autumn leaves that have already fallen. (If there aren’t any fallen leaves in your area, you can use rose petals instead.) Light a stick of cedar incense on your altar. Take some deep breaths, center yourself, and call on the Great Goddess. Bring to mind a problem, issue, or block from which you would like to liberate yourself. From your heart, ask the Goddess to help you heal, unravel, and dissipate this issue in all directions of time. Hold the leaves between your hands as you direct the energy of the challenge into the leaves. Breathe fully as you imagine draining your body and aura of all related stress or anxiety and sending all your tension and worry into the leaves. Once this feels complete, set the leaves down and safely bathe one leaf at a time in the incense smoke. Extinguish the incense, then go outside and release the leaves to the wind, into a body of water, or near the base of a tree.
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Payment to Pachamama
OCTOBER 10, 2022 BY STEPHANIE ROSE BIRD

It’s Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Columbus Day, and Thanksgiving Day in Canada—so it’s a complex day. Let’s conjure the venerable mother goddess Pachamama, creatrix of all life and embodiment of the earth. She can be seen as a gorgeous Peruvian woman wearing a red dress and alpaca shawl and carrying a child.

We get everything we enjoy from the natural world from Pachamama. Let’s do a ritual where you pay what you can in thanks for all she does in your life.

Do this ritual in a field. The altar you build at the beginning of the ritual pays homage to all that is indigenous, and it salutes Thanksgiving.

Gather these materials:

  • Stones
  • A basket (a cornucopia is ideal)
  • A variety of whole foods or herbs
  • Some pretty doll clothing
  • Spirits
  • Cacao leaves if possible; if not, then cacao nibs

Build an altar with stones and set the basket on it. Fill the basket with whole foods or herbs. Scatter the doll clothing, and hold the items down with rocks. Mindfully pour your libation. Crumble and let the cacao leaves or nibs hit the air before scattering. Say:

Pachamama, this is my payment
to you for all that you do!

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Wisdom Of The Owl

Owls are patient messengers, bringers of information and the holders of wisdom, and capable of seeing the unseen.

For as long as humankind has recognized animals as teachers, wise people have recognized traits worthy of respect in both wild and domestic creatures. The cultural and spiritual significance of certain animals transcends geographical boundaries. But the majestic and mysterious owl has, for over many millennia, served as the focal point of numerous contradictory beliefs. Though owls have been regarded with awe and fascination, they have also served as agents of fear. Since owls are nocturnal, human-owl encounters tended to occur at night and likely when the bird was swooping silently down to earth to grapple with prey. Yet even as some shied away from the owl, calling it an agent of darkness, others recognized the depths of awareness in beautiful owls’ eyes.

In the classical Greek tradition, an owl could often be found perched on the shoulder of Athena, goddess of wisdom, while owls could ward off bad luck in Roman lore. It is in Indigenous American mythos that the owl attains its own unique identity. Owls are patient messengers, bringers of information, and the holders of wisdom, and they are capable of seeing the unseen. With their keen eyesight, they can glance into the soul to discern meaning and motive, and they are totems of truth. Unlike our distant forebears, we may never encounter an owl in the wild, but we can nonetheless internalize the wisdom of the owl by attuning ourselves to its most venerable qualities. Fully integrating the medicine of the owl into spiritual existence is a matter of considering how we might open ourselves more fully to the wisdom that can be found in the larger universe.

Should you find your efforts blocked as you commune with the owl, remember that it was not always revered as an icon of wisdom. This denizen of the nighttime has overcome many prejudices in its long association with humankind. To reveal those hidden elements of the self that impact your life for better or for worse, you must often make your way through the darkest parts of your soul. There is indeed darkness both inside the self and outside the self, but like the owl, you can transcend it by drawing nourishment from the insights you receive when you penetrate it.

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Heartwings Love Notes 1057 The Beauty of Fall

Heartwings says, “When your eyes are open to beauty, your heart is too.”

Driving the country roads of New England is a nice experience most times of the year, but the fall presents an especially glorious season to do so. I was reflecting on this thought recently, as I drove Stephen and me to a town not far from our home in North Grafton, for our Covid Booster shots.

It was a bright, clear sunny day. We traveled on roads lined with trees expressing their fall exuberance. The noontime light shone through the brilliance of their red and yellow leaves. It was heartstoppingly beautiful. After we’d had our shots, I decided it would be fun to not go straight home but to have a meander-what I call a wandering adventure, in further traveling the lovely roads.

Though I hadn’t been on these streets before, knowing the area sufficiently, I didn’t fear getting lost. We drove down one astonishingly bright, curving tree lined road after another, marveling at the sights that unfolded. Both of us were enthralled with what we saw. I sent up a little prayer of gratitude. It was so peaceful, yet so exciting!

For a moment in time that stretched on and on, I had no thought for the troubles of the world, what we’d have for lunch, or anything beyond the present moment. As I drove, from time to time I’d point out an especially wonderful tree or vista. It was easy to keep my eyes on the road because that was where the action was anyway. Fortunately, there was no one behind me to grow annoyed at my somewhat slow pace. If there had been, I would have pulled over and let them pass. I was in no hurry to get anywhere.

Fall has always been my favorite time of year. I cherish it, not only for its beauty but also for its interesting weather. Like spring it is a back-and-forth time of year. Cold alternates with warm as the season progresses. It’s coats one day and shorts the next. Having been born in the fall may have something to do with it. Also, there are the holidays to look forward to. Furthermore, as an adult I enjoy the opportunity to sleep better and longer as the dark hours take over from the light.

That night as we got ready for bed we talked about the glorious vistas, as well as splendid individual trees we had seen on our drive. I reflected how thankful I was for the opportunity to take the time to do the trip. Experiences like those are precious. Those of us who are fortunate to live where they are frequent are especially blessed. I hope to keep New England as my forever home.

May you find delight in the fall wherever you dwell.

Blessings and best regards, Tasha Halpert

PS Are you having a nice fall? Do you welcome it? If not, or if so, tell me why, I so appreciate readers’ comments. Let me know what you think, I am eager to hear. Write to me at Tashahal@gmail.com. Go to http://www.Heartwingsandfriends.com for more Lovenotes.

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Enjoying Life
It is only in the present moment that we experience being alive.

Life, in all of its fullness, is happening right now. While our thoughts are sometimes elsewhere, beautiful opportunities and moments are being passed over and lost to the flow of time. And though we cannot possibly fully experience each leaf that falls to the ground, sometimes we get so attached to reaching our goals that we don’t pay attention to the wonder all around us. When we do that, we live in a world that exists only in our heads, and we miss life itself. There is so much to be enjoyed and appreciated that we need to remember to pay attention to the present moment, because it is the only space in which we can experience being alive.

We learn from our past, but dwelling on it keeps us from being fully present to life in the moment. We create our lives with our thoughts, but focusing so firmly on our imagined future keeps us from co-creating with the universe, so we might never allow ourselves to live our dreams as they manifest. It’s possible to be so happy and comfortable in our inner worlds that we lose touch with the business of life.

Life must be attended to, and if we are wise, we can enjoy it at the same time. We can awaken ourselves to the moment we are living right now by taking a deep breath and simply looking around. In doing so, we refocus our attention on our location in the real world. Then we can learn to appreciate the process of working toward our goals as much as their attainment. Balancing ourselves between the present moment and eternity, we can experience and enjoy the full range of reality available to us as spiritual beings living on earth.

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Essential Oils: Frankincense (Boswellia)
Guide To Essential Oils

Andrew Weil, M.D.

Frankincense (Boswellia) is a resin obtained from the Boswellia, a large branching tree native to India, the Middle East and North Africa. It has been used as incense in religious and cultural ceremonies since antiquity. Clinical trials have shown that boswellic acid, the principal active component, has anti-inflammatory action comparable to that of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS). Frankincense has been used to treat osteoarthritis, ulcerative colitis and bronchial asthma as well as colic and intestinal gas. It has also been studied for possible anti-cancer effects.

Frankincense Uses:
Arthritis: Applying frankincense essential oil topically may reduce the inflammation, pain and stiffness of rheumatoid arthritis. One randomized controlled trial found that Boswellia extract provided better pain control than a placebo for osteoarthritis, and other research showed that it might decrease joint pain by 32 to 65 percent.

Asthma: Frankincense essential oil is widely promoted for treatment of asthma. Results of a double blind, placebo-controlled study from Germany, published in 1998, showed that 70 percent of the patients treated with 300 mg of boswellia gum resin three times a day for six weeks showed improvement, compared to only 27 percent of patients in A control group.

Cancer: Laboratory studies have shown that frankincense has potential anticancer activity, including slowing the replication of cancer cells and killing some of them. However, to date no research has shown that it is useful in treating cancer in humans.

Menstrual cramps: No scientific research supports the use of frankincense for this purpose.

Ulcerative colitis: A preparation from Boswellia serrata gum resin led to remission of ulcerative colitis in 82 percent of treated patients in an Indian study published in 1997.
Cautions:

While considered safe for adults, some evidence indicates that using frankincense essential oil on the skin can cause contact dermatitis. We don’t know enough about the safety of using frankincense during pregnancy and breast-feeding, so it is best to avoid it at these times. Do not put frankincense essential oil directly on your skin. Dilute it with a carrier oil first. Ingesting boswellia extract may increase the risk of bleeding if you take blood-thinning medication.

Dr. Weil’s View On Frankincense
Natural anti-inflammatory herbs including boswellia may work as well as aspirin and ibuprofen for treating osteoarthritis. Follow package directions and give it at least two months before deciding if it is working for you.

Sources:
Gupta , V. Gupta , A. Parihar A, et al. “Effects of Boswellia serrata gum resin in patients with bronchial asthma: results of a double-blind, placebo-controlled, 6-week clinical study.” European Journal of Medical Research, November 17, 1998.

Gupta, A. Parihar, P. Malhotra et al, ”Effects of Boswellia serratagum resin in patients with ulcerative colitis.”European Journal of Medical Research, January 1997.

J.E. Chrubasik, B.D. Roufogalis, S. Chrubasik, “Evidence of effectiveness of herbal anti-inflammatory drugs in the treatment of painful osteoarthritis and chronic low back pain.” Phytotherapy Research, July 2007.

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Who Are The Three Sisters?
ANDREW WEIL, M.D.

The Three Sisters is a Native American legend and a dynamic cropping method that the Iroquois are said to have been practicing for three centuries before European settlers arrived in North America. The Three Sisters are corn, beans and squash that were (and still are) planted together because they thrive next to each other and also provide a healthy diet. Seeds for all three are planted on an elevated mound or hill, which promotes needed soil drainage. Corn is planted first, and when it starts to grow, the bean seeds are put in, and finally the squash. The corn provides support for the beans to climb; the beans “fix” nitrogen from the air into the soil for the benefit of all three plants. The squash leaves shade the ground, keeping it cool.

The Three Sisters yielded a healthy diet for centuries, although rather than being eaten in the summer, the vegetables were typically dried and saved for use during the winter.

Corn:
When you eat fresh corn on or off the cob, you get fiber, along with niacin, phosphorous, potassium and vitamin A, as well as starch and protein. When corn is in season locally, you’ll likely find that it is freshest and most delicious, especially when you buy it at farm stands or farmers’ markets rather than at supermarkets. Opt for organic corn whenever possible.

Beans:
The beans can be different varieties of pole beans, including green beans, wax or lima beans or any type of dried beans; they are low in calories and high in fiber, vitamin A and vitamin C, calcium and iron. Dried kidney beans, pinto beans, black beans or garbanzo beans are high-fiber, high-protein foods. Just one cup of cooked kidney beans gives you 45 and 31 percent of the Daily Value of fiber and protein, respectively, as well as 42 percent of the Daily Value of manganese, a mineral essential for energy production and antioxidant protection.

Squash:
The third sister often refers to pumpkin, which is recommended by Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for a Three Sisters garden. A cup of cooked pumpkin is rich in beta-carotene and also gives you some calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, niacin, folate (vitamin B9) and vitamin E. Alternatives are thick-skinned winter squashes such as butternut or acorn squash that can be stored for months. Winter squash provides calcium, potassium, vitamin A and vitamin C along with iron and phosphorus, and high quality, low-glycemic-load carbohydrates.

Source:
gardening.cals.cornell.edu/lessons/curricula/the-three-sisters-exploring-an-iroquois-garden/how-to-plant-the-three-sisters/

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Coach Gilberto Chapter 33
by Stephen Halpert

It was suppertime. Maria was serving her legendary meatball pie laced in a spicy garlic sauce with mixed vegetables. Gilberto and Joey were already at the table. Maria brought in her platter. “Where’s Mona,” she asked?
“I’ll go call her,” Joey said. He soon returned followed by Mona and a tail wagging Boris.
She had a sparkle in her eye that worried Gilberto. Boris sniffed at the platter. Maria swatted him on the nose with a dishtowel. “Go,” she said. “This is people food.” Boris gave her a reproachful look and turned away from the table. She sat down and began serving supper.
After a few forkfuls Mona said. “Daddy how soon before I can get married.”
Gilberto frowned and shook his head. “You’re only eleven.”
Mona jutted her chin. “But I’ll be twelve very soon.”
Maria smiled. “I think in this state eighteen is the legal age for marriage-at least as far as I know. Why do you ask?”
“Because I think I want to get married,” Mona said, casually.
Gilberto coughed. “Aren’t you a little young for that?”
“Oh no,” Mona said assuredly. “I’ve read that on the Pacific islands, native girls marry as young as twelve.” She paused dramatically. “And I’ll be twelve very soon.”
Gilberto breathed deeply and contained himself “And why would you want to do that?”
Mona put down her fork, turned and looked Gilberto in the eye. “Because then as a wedding gift, my husband would give me a phone.”
Gilberto blinked and opened, then closed his mouth. Maria looked at Mona and raised her eyebrows. “And who might your husband be,” she asked.
Mona smiled. “Well he hasn’t exactly asked me yet. But I know he will.”
Joey grinned. “You and your pal Theodore?”
Mona looked very serious. She turned to Joey. “How do you know about Teddy?”
Joey smiled. “Well, you talk to him a lot on the phone.”
Mona’s face screwed up and she sniffed loudly. “So what? And please don’t spy on me.”
Joey put up his hands. “I don’t spy on you. But I can hear you talking.”
Maria smiled. “So this is all about getting a phone,” she said?
Mona’s nostrils widened and she straightened her shoulders. “Well, if that’s the only way I can get one.”
“As a wedding present from your future husband,” Maria said. She couldn’t help it, laughter bubbled out of her and rolled through the room.
“And where would you and your husband live,” Gilberto asked.”
“In my room,” Mona said. Her face was flushed, and she looked daggers at Maria.
Maria frowned. “”And you expect us to let him live here with you?
“Or I could move in with him. His parents have a big house on Louisburg Square just off Mt. Auburn Street on Beacon Hill.”
“Do I know his mother?” Maria asked?
“Maybe you met her at school,” Mona said. “But I don’t see why he can’t live here with me.”
“No,” Gilberto said perhaps more forcefully than he had intended. “You’re way too young.”
“Why not?” Mona asked. “Don’t you and mom want to be grandparents?”
Gilberto looked thunderstruck and started to sputter.
Gently Maria touched his arm. “Of course we do,” she smiled. “Years from now. Yes, Gilberto?”
He frowned and nodded. Then he sighed. “You mean you’d marry this guy just to get a phone?”
Mona sighed dramatically. “Sometimes everyone has to do something difficult. Right mom?”
Maria smiled again. “And of course, as his dearly devoted wife, you’d take care of things.”
Mona frowned. “What things?”
“You know, dear. The cooking and cleaning, and taking care of everything while your beloved husband goes to work–that is assuming he has a job.”
“Even if he has a job why should I have to do it all?”
Maria nodded silently conceding the point. “You ask him what his mom does around the house.”
“They have a maid and a cook,” Mona said indignantly.
Gilberto nodded. “So until you two can afford a cook and a maid you’ll be responsible.”
Mona wrinkled her nose.”
“But you’d get a phone,” Joey interjected. “Isn’t that why you’d marry him and take on a life of drudgery?”
Mona frowned. “Mom doesn’t cook and do the wash and clean the condo.”
“No! That’s right but she pays her cleaning person to get it done.”
Mona’s face fell. “But I don’t have any money. And we’d both still be in school.”
Gilberto opened his palms. “That’s true.”
“But you’d have a phone,” Joey grinned.
Maria looked at him and shook her head, finger to her lips.”
Mona sighed again. “Daddy why can’t you just give me a phone and then I won’t have to marry Teddy?”
“No,” Gilberto shook his head. “This is what you do to have what you really want, in this case your own phone.”
“You’re not fair!” Mona jumped up. “Come on Boris, let’s go sit in my room.” Abruptly they left.”
When she was gone Maria looked at Gilberto. “That wasn’t very nice.”
He nodded. “Wasn’t supposed to be. We get what we pay for in this lifetime.”
“Oh so philosophical,” Maria said. “But yes you did make a valid point. “
Joey stood, reached over and hugged Maria. “I love you mom and I love you too Gilberto. Thanks for letting me grow the way I’m supposed to.”
Gilberto smiled and turned toward Maria. “Maybe it’s time we turned in.”
Maria looked at her watch. “Soon. I think our daughter may be back for an encore.”
“If not tonight then soon,” Gilberto said. “Our daughter won’t take no for an answer, or at least she hasn’t yet.”
Maria smiled. “Just like us. We both did it our way. You can’t expect our kids to be any different.”
He looked at Joey. “You’re figuring it out. We’re proud of you for having the courage to confront yourself and go for whatever it is that awaits you.”
Joey nodded. “Thanks for having enough faith in me to let me grow into who I am.”
“And who is that?” Gilberto said.
Joey paused. “Oh someone who can have sex and realize what feels good and what doesn’t”.
“Good thing to know,” Gilberto said. “Helps you to avoid confusion later on.”
He grinned at Maria and ran his tongue over his upper lip.
Her face colored and slowly leaned in and kissed him.
Joey made a face. “Good night,” he said and went off to his room.
(to be continued)

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Kitty Kat’s Korner
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Why Your Cat Paws the Floor After Eating
By FRANNY SYUFY

Before or after your kitten or cat eats or drinks, it may paw, scratch, or knead the floor as if it is digging or burying something. This is not unusual behavior, and rest assured there is nothing wrong with your cat if it is exhibiting this behavior. In fact, your pet is demonstrating an instinct shared even by the big cats, and it is a very positive sign that it is feeling at home in your house.

If you find the behavior annoying or disruptive, however, you can take simple steps to change it.

What Is Floor Pawing in Cats?
Many cats will scratch, paw, or knead the ground around their food bowl before or after eating. The pawing and digging is an example of instinctive behavior, meaning your cat probably didn’t learn it from its mother. Some cats may take this behavior to an extreme, spending a good deal of time scratching at the floor or kneading the carpet around their food bowl. In some cases, cats will also drag objects such as towels on top of their food bowls.

Caching, Protecting, or Disposing of Food
In the wild, feral cats often bury their food remains (as well as their feces) as a protective measure so their enemies can’t track them: buried food has little smell and does not attract scavengers or predators. If they are females still nursing their kittens, they will do so to help prevent other cats from finding their litter. Similarly, unneutered male cats will also spray their territory with urine as a warning to other predators to stay away. (Be sure to have your cat neutered at an appropriate age so he doesn’t follow through with urine marking.)

Cats all over the world demonstrate this behavior. It is similar to “food caching,” which is practiced by the big cats. The leopard is best known for food caching, which involves storing food high up in trees to keep away from lions and hyenas. The North American bobcat also exhibits this protective measure, covering the remains of its kill with debris to hide from other animals.

If you put newspapers under the food plates, you may notice your cat scratching under the plate, shredding the newspapers, and even piling them over the food bowl to hide it completely. This is another type of “food caching.”

In some cases, cats will scratch at or bury food or other items they dislike. This behavior is similar to burying feces in a litter box or on the ground. Like caching, burying allows the cat to “disappear” by getting rid of its waste. In addition, as cats often sleep where they eat, burying waste can be a way of “tidying” a cat’s personal space.

It may not seem to make sense that a house cat without any threat of their food being taken would exhibit this kind of behavior. And, it doesn’t make sense, really, except for the fact that the behavior is instinctual and cats do it naturally.

Kneading the Floor
Kneading, while it looks similar to pawing, is a sign of pleasure. Cats and kittens will knead one another by gently alternating their paws, much as a person might give another person a back rub. Kneading is a sign of contentment; when your cat kneads its paws it may be anticipating a pleasant experience (such as eating a meal). Kneading is more likely if the area surrounding the food bowl is soft (a carpet, for example).

How to Stop Your Cat from Pawing or Kneading the Floor
Neither pawing nor kneading is, in itself, a harmful behavior. It can’t hurt your cat, and it’s unlikely to cause you any harm. In fact, some cat owners simply find it cute.

On the other hand, it can be annoying and can lead to a mess if your pet rips up papers or damages your carpet. If you feel the behavior is a problem you can take a few steps to manage it.

Place food on a hard surface away from items that can be damaged or dragged to cover the bowl.

Stay with your pet as it eats, and remove the food bowl when it is finished eating. In general, it’s best to put away wet food within a few minutes if it isn’t entirely eaten, as it can easily spoil.

If your cat begins to paw the floor, distract it with a toy or game.
Avoid leaving dry cat food out for “free grazing” as this is likely to encourage pawing.

Do not punish your cat for scratching or kneading, as it is a natural behavior and is not intrinsically harmful. Punishing your cat by spraying or hitting an actual lead to more problematic behavior and can, in addition, make it harder for you and your pet to bond.

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Georgia Nicols Weekly Horoscope:Sunday,
October 16, 2022

All Signs
We can use this week’s opportunities to accomplish what we want to do! There is lots of energy flying around helping us to communicate with others. This same energy will spur us to act, even competitively. Obviously, teamwork and negotiations are favoured. This wonderful blessing is because the Sun, Venus and Mars are supporting each other. (Admittedly mid-week, power struggles are likely because Pluto is in the picture. Pluto has never got over being demoted.) This is our chance to clean up whatever needs to be done. We will be like conquering Caesar! Veni vidi vacu. “I came, I saw, I vacuumed.”

Aries (March 21-April 19)
This is a wonderful week to work with others, especially partners and close friends. The major bonus is that you will find it easy to communicate with others. (Admittedly, on Wednesday there could be power struggles with authority figures.) Nevertheless, people will help you! And they will be happy to do so! This is a particularly strong week for writers, teachers, actors and people doing sales and marketing. Towards the end of the week, listen to the advice of someone older or more experienced, perhaps a friend or a member of a group, because this person will have valuable advice for you. Why not stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before you? It’s a better view!

Taurus (April 20-May 20)
You will be super active and productive this week! For starters, coworkers and helpers will be supportive. (That’s incredible, right there.) Furthermore, you feel motivated to boost your earnings and make money this week. (And you can!) Spend time making your work area look more attractive because this will pay off. It’s a good time to discuss agreements openly with others, including financial discussions. You may gain financial or other favours, quite unexpectedly, from a boss. Later in the week, get organized! You’ll have a sharp eye for detail. You will deal with serious matters in a persevering, dogged manner. “Tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.” (African proverb.)

Gemini (May 21-June 20)
Lucky you, because you have an edge over everyone. Oh yes, this is a week where everyone can accomplish a lot because the energy and motivation are at hand, and that’s half the battle. But in your case, fiery Mars is in your sign, which means you’re really pumped for action! Those of you work in the entertainment world, the hospitality industry, show business or anything to do with the arts, sports and working with children will particularly excel. That’s because all this high-energy is combined with a creative component. Therefore, accept invitations to party! Enjoy good times! It’s obvious that your theme for the week is, “Work hard, party hard!”

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
You will accomplish a lot in your personal life this week. That’s because everything to do with home, family and dealing with family members, especially a parent, will be a ripe ground for you to make improvements and get things done. It’s the ideal week to tackle home repairs and redecorating projects or renovations. Family discussions will go well (even though something mysterious looks like it’s going on behind the scenes). Late in the week, discussions about shared property and financial support from others will be solid; and you will very likely come out laughing all the way to the bank. Avoid power struggles midweek with a partner or close friend. (No animal was harmed in the writing of this column.)

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
This week is fast-paced. You’re excited about new ideas and keen to share them with others. It’s a fabulous week for those who teach, write, act, or work in sales and marketing, because your words are magic. People want to listen to you! Meanwhile, you’re keen to study, learn, talk and enlighten others. Short trips and travel will delight. One reason you feel happy and upbeat is that you are able to appreciate who you are, and what you have, especially your daily surroundings. (It’s so easy to take our surroundings for granted. But this week, you’re observant.) A competition with a friend or a group might be happening. If so, you’re ready. (“Tough? Are you crazy? I spent a year as a crossing guard.”)

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Financial issues are uppermost in your mind this week. For starters, you will work hard to earn money and boost your earnings. No question. You have moneymaking ideas; and in part, you’re motivated because you are spending money on beautiful things for yourself and loved ones. (“I couldn’t resist.”) Fortunately, you can attract money to you this week. (Would I kid you?) You can also influence bosses, parents, and VIPs in a positive way. You will things happen because others will support you because they will respond to your words, which will work like magic. Avoid power struggles with your kids midweek. Ditto for romance. By the end of the week, make solid, practical plans for your job and your health.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
How sweet it is! The Sun, Mercury and your ruler Venus are all in your sign this week dancing beautifully with energetic Mars and stern Saturn. The gang’s all here! This is a burst of energy that works for you! Furthermore, this energy is supportive and fortunate for you. (You wanted more?) Don’t hesitate to speak up and share your ideas. It’s a strong week for public speaking, lecturing and convincing others to agree with you. Be patient so that you can avoid power struggles with family members midweek. Don’t take the bait! Take the high road. At the end of the week, make practical plans regarding your kids or a future vacation. Looking good!

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
This is a curious week. Everyone else is running around with an outboard motor strapped to their butt! However, you will be productive even though you are watching from the sidelines. For starters, your ability to research anything and come up with nuggets of information is stellar. If you work for the police, security systems, and medical research, your will be effective in grabbing information you need to know. “Gotcha!” Avoid ego battles on Wednesday because they will serve you no purpose. Remember that this is a year where you can improve your job or get a better job. You can also improve your health. This means keep your eye on the ball. (Good week to buy wardrobe treasures.)

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
This is a popular week for you! Everyone wants to see your face. In particular, you will hang out with younger people more than usual as well as creative, artistic types. Expect involvement with groups and organizations. In fact, you might be a leader or elected to a leadership position. Friends, spouses and partners will support you. Nevertheless, around Wednesday, you might have to defend your position about something. (Don’t let this get you down and don’t make a big deal about it.) This is good week to make plans for the future, especially plans for travel and vacations! You might spend time this week with someone who is very special to you.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
You’re in a lovely position this week because for starters, it’s a powerful, active, productive week for everyone. However, you are the only sign that has the Sun Mercury and Venus at the top of your chart! This means you’re running the show, and you’re getting credit for it. Bosses and people in authority will listen to you now. In fact, you will make such a great impression on VIPs, some of you will strike up a romance with a boss or an authority figure. Basically, people are impressed with your performance at work, which is why at the end of the week, conversations that could impact your earnings will take place. Meanwhile, continue to look for ways to improve your digs – because you can.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
This week has the flavour that you like. There’s a theme of freedom that is present everywhere. You will relish a desire to explore and do anything to expand your world. Of course, if you can, you will travel! But if you can’t travel, you will learn new things, study new things, and talk to fascinating people from other cultures. Some will strike up a romance with someone “different.” (Don’t leave home without a rose clenched in your teeth.) Your involvement with your kids will be energizing. Certain creative demands on your time will make you hustle. Later in the week, a serious discussion about life belief systems, history, religion – something profound – will take place. You love this.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
You can still hope to get richer this year. This week, you’re focused on shared finances, shared property and the wealth and resources of someone else. Obviously, people are supportive to you this year. They will give you gifts, practical things as well as money. Some of this wealth will come from a family member or someone at home. Just keep your pockets open and say, “Thank you” at the appropriate time. (Note: Whatever goes around, comes around, which means if gifts and goodies come your way now – you deserve them. Factoid.) At the end of the week, behind-the-scenes research, or a discussion with someone older might make you reassess your values about something. There’s always another point of view.

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Celestial Prognostication IO

Weekly Horoscopes Beginning Sunday, 16 October 2022

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

Outlines are longer versions; consist of every possible detail of everyday and are based on three parts of each sign: 1st, 2nd & 3rd Decan; that is, any of three divisions of 10° within a sign of the zodiac. Even if you know or don’t know your Decan; I recommend, please read all three Decan.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

You’re in a cycle that’s all about decluttering your life. This includes clearing away once-rewarding activities and alliances. Consequently, you’re already rethinking a range of longstanding arrangements, some you’ve regarded as a fixed part of your routine. However, you’re not only beginning to realise these, and similar arrangements, are holding you back, other ideas and offers are extremely tempting. Explore them. You’ll be glad you did.

It is time to put your mind to long overdue financial transactions. If it makes sense to end old financial arrangements in preparation for new and more appropriate ones, look into this now and get it done. You could save yourself a lot of money by doing so. A group will come together to compete and have fun, and you will play a significant role in the team. This isn’t something you dip in and out of. Commitment is black and white. You are either in or out.

After this week, there will be only two more occasions when the Sun, moving through your opposite sign, will be at right angles to Pluto travelling over your career point. (The aspect occurs again in October 2023 and 2024). This week’s aspect coincides with the Last Quarter Moon and you may feel you’re seeing ‘writing on the wall’ as regards your career. You might now see that in two years’ time, you will alter course entirely. This may be no bad thing. The power struggles of the last 10 years can be put behind you. It helps hugely that this aspect coincides with a fabulous contact between Venus and Mars: you can build new partnerships or at least prepare grounds for developing one. With Jupiter still moving through your sign for another week, anticipate that others will see your apparent superpowers and want to do business with you.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Recently, you noticed that, while you’ve added lots of interesting people and rewarding activities to your life, you haven’t begun clearing out those that are increasingly dull, if not seriously burdensome. Forget about carefully organising tactful discussions. Others are aware changes are timely and will be relieved you took the first step. Better yet, this will strengthen your bonds with certain individuals and cherished activities.

If you put your patience to good use, you should be able to sort out any problems you are facing. Persuade others to leave it to you to deal with plans that are still mixed up and muddled at the moment. Once you’ve taken a good look at them, you will soon have everything well organised. Someone will need your help with a task they can’t carry out very efficiently on their own. This will be no bother to you when you can immediately see how to approach this issue to get the best results.

You know what you know and you know what you don’t know. The latter is important. You’ve been on a career development journey now for over a decade. It’s coming to its last stages. In a couple of years’ time, you will know exactly what kind of footprint you want to leave. This is more than just about a financial legacy: it’s about having made your mark and said what you think you believe in. Discussions taking place around this week’s Last Quarter Moon are vital. You may be asked to take over a project that has been very much someone else’s ‘baby’ and which now needs to move to next stage. Don’t doubt your abilities. True, you probably will need to put in long hours and work closely with a Gemini, Libra or Aquarius. There may be times – especially midweek -, when you feel you’re banging your head against a brick wall. This is temporary. The solar eclipse at the end of this month is in your opposite sign. This very sophisticated New Moon will bring fresh partnership energy your way.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

With dynamic Mars in Gemini, you’ve the courage to explore activities that, in the past, seemed overwhelming. Instead of focusing on one or two and forgetting the rest, make a point of trying out new, and intriguing options, but also continuing the process of exploration, knowing one experience will lead to another. Final decisions? It’s far too early. You’re in a cycle of growth and self-discovery.

It will be your positive outlook that helps you overcome obstacles both on the family front and on your career path. You’re about to step into a more successful phase. You’ve already learned how charging ahead with a headstrong attitude can lead to mistakes. This time you will plan ahead and take your time. Talking frankly with those you live with and other members of the family will sow the seeds for a better future. It’s a great time to start planning ahead.

You need a break. Yet this is arguably the wrong time of year to try and have one. You may not have the resources to make that happen. Meanwhile, pressure from others – notably those born under Libra or Aquarius could be considerable. You could be struck with an attack of ideas -itis. Yes, some might say that’s because you have too many irons in the fire and so appear unfocused. With Mars moving through your sign, it would be understandable if you were prone to responding excitedly to almost anything. Take care that you’re not seduced by yet another proposal towards the end of this week. That could come from someone you worked with in the last decade but who has already moved into a new industry. They may see that you have exactly the right qualities for a position opening up there.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

After a period, that’s mostly been about disentangling yourself from unrewarding arrangements, you’ve both the time and energy to do a little exploring. Better yet, this fits with other projects. New, often unexpected and exciting ideas, and the people that come with them, are keeping you busy. While, obviously you couldn’t maintain this pace for long, for now, focus on exploration. By next week you’ll know enough to begin making decisions.

Are you listening to the wrong people? Someone will give well-meaning advice but do they really know what is best for you? You could miss out on taking notice of the wrong person. Someone who has known you for years better understands your hopes and aspirations. They will give the guidance you need to pursue opportunities that should work to your advantage. The pressure and expectation are on you in a team effort, and you don’t intend to let anyone down.

This week opens with the Last Quarter Moon in your sign coinciding with an aspect that will only occur twice more in your lifetime. This involves Pluto – travelling in your opposite sign. You may be aware that those are your working with, are rethinking their long-term plans. Though they might not be ready to make a move for a couple of years yet, awareness that the ground is shifting could be unsettling. On the bright side, a fabulous aspect involving Venus and Mars suggests you might consider joining forces with a Gemini or Libra. Though these are Air signs of the zodiac and yes, can whip you up into an emotional storm, they are also good for opening new pathways of thinking. With a solar eclipse in another Water sign due in just over a week’s time, fresh ideas really are on the way and putting time and effort now to clearing up old issues should enable new projects to launch smoothly.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

You’re aware you could probably keep certain once-rewarding arrangements going for longer; but deep down, you know they must come to an end. The problem? While you’ve hints about what’s next, nothing is clear. It’s out of character, but take things in stages. This gives you the time to ask vital questions the moment they arise, and then decide how changes can be best dealt with.

Before taking someone up on a travel or holiday suggestion, do your sums. Add up what this is all going to cost. This will mean that you can decide in advance whether or not you can afford it, and if not, you may come up with a cheaper alternative. A recent misunderstanding in the workplace can be forgotten now. Although you may not receive any apologies, you will get the impression that a senior colleague regrets having made demands that were not received well by those who had been expected to carry them through.

At least one of your plans should be on full steam ahead as of Tuesday. A burst of energy at the Last Quarter Moon coincides with a fabulous aspect between Venus and Mars. You may find that others are more cooperative than they have been. Note too, that Jupiter returns to what is known as the world axis. Whilst news on the global stage might not be of the positive variety, you may sense that at least the wheels are moving. This gives you opportunity to review recent decisions and perhaps, rethink where and how you work. A plan may be emerging. Note that there is a solar eclipse before the end of this month and with that comes fresh opportunity. For now, ensuring that what needs to be finished is concluded gracefully, and that your outline plan for 2023 is clear, should ensure that this week is viewed as having been productive and constructive.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

For ages you’ve felt the need to review your approach to both money and your time. Finally, with both your ruler Mercury and the Sun accenting these, you can finally devote time to these. Clear as the circumstances in question are, you won’t always be sure what to do. You’re better off examining the facts, deciding what’s best, then turning those decisions into action.

Arguments you have been having with an in-law or neighbour should not be allowed to get any worse. Even if it means you have to be extra nice to someone who is annoying you, this is your chance to prove to others how diplomatic you can be. Take the line of least resistance. Business success will come through jobs carried out as a team. It will feel good to work with others who share the same goal.

Your ruling planet, Mercury, is now out of what is known as its shadow period i.e., it’s now returned to the position it held before turning retrograde. The twists and turns of the last few weeks can now be put firmly behind you. True, there may be anxiety that certain tasks will simply never be concluded to your satisfaction. Yet it should also be clear that what began as an idea or trial run back in August has mileage – even if it does require further refinement. There is a Solar Eclipse next week and in these few days prior to that event, ensuring that as much is tidied up and secured would be a wise use of energy. Note too, that Saturn is closing in on its final station in Aquarius and that soon a new timetable and schedule will be set. Virgos like nothing better than seeing a firm plan and timetable put in place. By Friday, others should see you at your very best.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

The last thing you’re in the mood to do is act as referee for others’ often self-serving disputes. However, in doing so, you’ll help clear up confusion so everybody, including you, can proceed with the rest of life. Ironically, what you learn when discussing the issues in question will help clarify other frequent issues, enough you’ll find ways prevent these, too, turning into pointless dramas.

After a quiet spell, social and romantic activities will be a source of pure pleasure. Friends will respond positively to your personality’s more outgoing and creative side. You will be in demand for parties, weddings and group outings. You will also enjoy this chance to bring the more easy-going side of your nature to the fore. Embarking on a new diet or health routine will feel invigorating. It will feel good to break a habit that hasn’t been a healthy one.

There will only be two more occasions this century when the Sun, in your sign, lies at right angle to Pluto. (The other aspects occur in 2023 and 2024). Before the 2023 event, Pluto moves on into Air sign, Aquarius which should boost your natural curiosity and creativity. Monday’s aspect coincides with the Last Quarter Moon that focuses on your career zone. You perhaps already know that your aims and objectives have altered substantially. Now they’re gaining new momentum. Given that this aspect coincides with Venus (in your sign), making positive aspect to Mars, it’s likely that you now have support to push in new direction. The financial possibilities are considerable. A flurry of activity and interaction with those you’ve worked with in the past should make clear that you have renewed respect and a solid platform on which to build.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Sometimes obstacles are no more than that, difficulties to be overcome, so you can proceed with plans. However, those you’re currently encountering are accenting a range of undiscovered issues, some minor, but others more worrying, if not far-reaching. True, the resulting discussions won’t be easy. Still, what you learn and, even more, the dramas you avoid more than justify the focus required to deal with these.

You will be advising people to be more cautious. Others look to you for guidance, and your leadership skills shine. Just be sure to remember this advice for yourself later in the week ‘ tread carefully even when you are under pressure or in your haste; you could overlook something that could later be of great use to you. Something that’s currently going around the local grapevine will sound disturbing, but there is every possibility a false piece of information is being passed around.

In just over a week’s time, there will be a solar eclipse in your sign. View this as a fresh start on the horizon. For now, at this Monday’s Last Quarter Moon, the Sun makes major aspect to one of your ruling planets, Pluto. You could view this as a marking ‘the end of a beginning’ or an overture coming to an end. It seems you’re preparing to turn a fresh page. Yours is a sign with natural insightfulness. You see opportunities that others may well miss. With a fabulous aspect between Venus and Mars occurring this week, many people will be in partnership mode. Scorpio knows the strength that a good working union provides. With Saturn coming to its final station at the base of your chart station (something that won’t recur for another three decades), it seems you’re en route to get started on a career journey that takes you through the next 7 or even 14 years.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Being inquisitive by nature, you’ve no objection to change. Actually, you’ll often welcome the challenge that comes with unfamiliar situations. Now, however, you’re short of facts, so much you’re unsure where to go for guidance. While challenging initially, this is about reorganising everything from your habits to who you spend time with. This, in turn, will answer those important questions but, also, broaden your horizons.

Calmness and quick thinking will allow you to overcome a family problem at the start of the week. This same attitude could be successfully employed later in the career field. When money crops up in conversation, think carefully before you speak. An increasing desire for security and stability will help you find a swift solution, and very soon, everything in the financial department will be running smoothly. If you’ve been searching for a place to live, a friend might mention a place that will suit you perfectly.

Within the space of just three years, your financial world is set to alter unbelievably. No-one can be ready for the wave that is about to engulf the financial world. Yet clues should be there for those looking out at the beginning of this week. Monday’s Last Quarter Moon coincides with the near penultimate aspect between the Sun and Pluto still travelling through neighbouring Capricorn. Seizing this moment, and learning about new methods of transaction would be wise. With Jupiter – your ruling planet – passing a degree known as the World Axis, you could tune in to this vibration with relative ease. There’s no guarantee that you will win that lottery of course, but you could yet be ahead of the financial game. By next Saturday’s alignment of the Sun with Venus – which comes just ahead of next Sunday’s Solar Eclipse, not only could you be well informed, you could alert others to growing dangers. Careerwise this week should see you viewed as a valuable source for information and a guide.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

As a practical Capricorn, you’ve learnt to think carefully about how you’ll benefit from your efforts in the here and now, and equally, future plans. The problem? Changes, as dramatic as they are sudden are forcing you to reorganise arrangements, often within minutes. For now, forget about those practicalities and be bold. This isn’t about caution. The more chances you take, the more you’ll learn.

A need to pursue a solo activity will be so strong you can hardly resist it. You’re having a great time when it comes to making progress with personal ambitions. Even if you’re usually found at the heart of all the action, you now have a number of things on your mind that will keep you out of the limelight. Some time will be usefully spent looking for an outlet for your emotions. Spending time apart will inspire you to forgive someone who has recently upset you.

Only twice more after this Monday’s Last Quarter Moon will the Sun in Libra be at right angle to Pluto in your sign (2023 and 2024). This 2022 version may be the most potent as it coincides with a key phase in the Venus-Mars cycle. With the latter passing through your ‘work’ zone, it could be that you and a co-worker come up with the plan to be implemented over the next couple of years and which would bring significant revenue stream or increased sense of well-being. Both Venus and Mars are presently travelling through Air signs and ideas should come thick and fast. The art as always, is to ground these. This is where Capricorns have a special gift. With the knowledge that your ruling planet Saturn, is coming to its final station in Aquarius for the next three decades, know too, that you’re about to lay a foundation stone. This week should find you ‘surveying the land’.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Your genuine interest in others’ lives and in the world around you, makes it seem you’re comfortable with sudden changes in your own life. On the contrary, you’re battling current developments, and trying to undo other, recent, changes. However, these aren’t just timely, they’re in your best interests. If you can’t say an enthusiastic yes, at least discuss them with others. You won’t regret it.

It will fall on you to get on top of the admin side of a group, charity or community project you’re involved in. There will be dozens of phone calls to make, letters to write and meetings to attend. Do keep a check on all expenses incurred, or your enthusiasm may leave you out of pocket. An oasis away from work matters and other responsibilities will come in the form of some creative thinking. This may even culminate in a piece of art or writing.

In just over a week’s time Saturn, your ruling planet, will come to its final station in Aquarius. It won’t repeat this position for another three decades. This coincides neatly with a Solar Eclipse that is not dissimilar to one in 2014. The cosmos never does exact repeats but there may be ‘variations on that earlier theme’. Between Monday’s Last Quarter Moon and that sophisticated New Moon, is all about preparation. It’s probable that ideas will flow thick and fast. It is imperative that the past is cleared up before you give full focus to the future. In the process, you might also see items or ideas that could be recycled or regenerated. Joining forces with someone who shares your concerns, could lead to discussions about protecting the environment and perhaps greater involvement in politics.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Others don’t realise it, but their pointless battles upset you. However, you’ve aware your advice is unwelcome, so you’ve withdrawn in silence; but suddenly, you’re facing battles of your own. Recently, you dealt with them discreetly. Instead, adopt a more forthright approach to these, along with others. This won’t just be informative for them, they’re likely to give you a hand dealing with those obstacles.

Some talents of yours have not gone unnoticed. You have a unique ability that could come in useful in a work situation. Whether planned or not, you could find yourself working on jobs that others would typically handle. This is a huge opportunity to impress your boss and others in charge. In order to get ahead, you’ve got to look to be proactive, and by doing so, you will be giving yourself a significant lead over your competitors.

Monday’s Last Quarter Moon is in another of the Water signs. Though at one level, you might feel that you are involved in the concluding phase of a project, you might also sense excitement. Ideas should be flowing thick and fast leaving you aware that others are preparing to make major change. Yes, this could be driven by finances and the need to conserve resources. Don’t underestimate the contribution you make to discussions. Your thoughts on how best to use limited resources have as much value as others though on Friday, you might understandably wonder if you can make your voice heard. It may be that this isn’t about getting others to listen, but rather to read. Notes you prepare or a letter, should have impact.

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GrannyMoons Weekly Feast: 9 Oct 2022

Turn off your mind, relax, and float downstream.” “Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one.” ~John Lennon

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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Current Moon Phase: FULL MOON

Time: Approx. 14 days after New Moon (energy lasts from three days before to three days after actual full moon)

Goddess Aspect: Mother

Associated Goddesses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis

Magickal Attributes: Fruition Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination.”extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams.

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What’s Happening?!?

Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30

Celtic Tree Calendar Month ~ September 30 To October 27 – Celtic Month Ivy

Herb of the Year for 2022: Viola (violet, heartsease) named by the International Herb Association

OCTOBER
• Youth Substance Use Prevention
• Youth Justice Action
• Clean Energy Action
• Disability Employment Awareness
• Breast Cancer Awareness
• Arts and Humanities
• Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention
• Cybersecurity Awareness
• Blindness Awareness
• Menopause Awareness
• Vegetarian Awareness
• Down Syndrome Awareness

OCT. 9-11: Feast of Divine Wisdom – Source of all knowledge, honoring God-Goddess as Odin-Frigg (Norse); and Goddess as Sophia/Wisdom (Christian), Truth/Maat (Egyptian), Metis (Greek), Sarasvati (Hindu), & Manat (Arabic-Sufi).

OCT. 13: Knights Templar Remembrance Day
Greek Thesmophoria: five-day women’s pilgrimage for Aphrodite as Goddess of Genetyllis (childbirth), Demeter as Mother of a beautiful child (Persephone), with revelry the first day, celebration the second, temple of Demeter the third, fast and mourning for Persephone the fourth, and rejoicing the fifth day.

Oct 18 English Great Horn Fair – Festival of Herne. Great Horn Festival—Horned God and Lady of the Wood invoked for the fertility of wild game and the Hunting Season.

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WitchCrafting: 1 PM – 3PM – Nov 6
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Ceremonial Cords and frame-able Completion Certificates are awarded as members complete each level.
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Learn About Herbs with GrannyMoon!

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 too or will learn to!

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

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The cost for Level 1 is $50.00 or $150.00 the entire online Healing Arts Course (1-3) which includes a free Reiki certification course when all three are ordered at the same time!
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Natural Witchcraft with GrannyMoon

Welcome to a journey to learn about yourself and your hidden powers. Wise women and men have existed for thousands of years and still exist throughout the world. They know Mother Earth as the ultimate healer, and have learned to utilize the gifts of of nature. Inside each person is a being of wisdom, deeply connected to the phases of the moon and the tides of the sea. All we need to do is trust our innate wisdom.

This will take 13 weeks of study and hands-on practice. But it should be fun for you too! We start with the basics!

~What You Need To Know First!
~Your Inner Witch
~The Informed Witch
~Your Witchy Genealogy, Finding Your Ancestors
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This is not Wicca! You don’t need expensive accoutrements or other fancy trappings! All lessons are done weekly with GrannyMoon through e-mail, with personal feedback.

Course requires purchase of one text book! You may buy this new,
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All Students Welcome!
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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 (GoddessSchool.com) has grown into a large and beautiful global community of women.

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Magic Hat Workshop
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October 15th 2:00pm to 4:00pm

What to expect:

At the beginning of this hands-on workshop, we will have a brief introduction to hats that are known to be worn by magical practitioners. We will cover a brief introduction of herbs used in magic, then magic writing in terms of runes, sigil, and witch alphabet to be used on our hat. Towards the middle of the workshop, we will design our magic hat and then build it. We will seal our practice at the end with a spell.

What to bring: A hat that you wish to decorate and use at the next “The Most Excellent Order of the Black Hat”. Pen and paper, Positive attitude.

Sticks and Stone’s may have some hats available for purchase. Walmart also has hats at affordable prices.

Cost: $15.00 – Covers the cost of herbs, floral hat-making material, special glue, ribbons, and special markers.

Bio: Sage Moon (Mike) has been practicing witchcraft for 2 years. He has been studying under GrannyMoon’s The Goddess School and has completed several courses. He also hosts workshops on other esoteric topics regularly.

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John Marani—Astrologer, Tarot Card Reader, and Metaphysical Teacher

Hi there folks! I’m pleased to be among the talented speakers chosen by Kathy Rose to present at the upcoming Empowered Astrology Virtual Event on October 22-23, 2022.
My mission: To facilitate the best astrological discussion ever had on this planet. Can I do it? Duh. Have you MET me? Perfect spot in the lineup for this Jupiter in Sagittarius in the 11th house.

Please consider joining us for what I feel will be an incredible event! Get more details and sign up at roseastrology.com.

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FULL HUNTERS BLOOD MOON – OCTOBER 09, 2022
September 22, 2022

The October 09 Hunter’s Full Moon in Aries rises from the horizon around sunset, it may appear bigger and more golden orange than your typical full Moon—but don’t be fooled by this Moon Illusion, which makes the Moon appear larger than it really is! This is just part of the golden blessing that is coming through on this full Moon.

Why Is It Called the Blood Moon?
October’s moon is often referred to as the hunter’s moon, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac. It was the time of year that hunters were signaled to go out and hunt enough to prepare for the cold season ahead. “Animals are beginning to fatten up ahead of winter, and since the farmers had recently cleaned out their fields under the Harvest Moon [in September], hunters could easily see the deer and other animals that had come out to root through the remaining scraps,” the almanac reads. It is thought that the hunting story behind the October moon is also why it’s sometimes referred to as the blood moon.

The Hunters Full Moon is also called the Shedding Moon, Blood Moon, or the Falling Leaf Moon. Coming right before Samhain/Halloween, it is a time when the nights are crisp and clear, and you can sense a change in the energy around you. When the Blood Moon rises, it smolders like an ember in the autumn sky. She is a beacon for the golden spiritual energy.

On this day during the hours before sunset everything will feel crisp, pure, and uplifting. These are all things we need to put us in the mood of connecting to something positive and greater than ourselves.

Archangel Camael
What is happening is that we are being blessed by the Golden Ray coming through Archangel Camael. If you tap into this energy you are going to feel an incredible blessing from this golden energy blessed by Archangel Camael. It will give you optimism about the future. It’s from this place, where you will be able to connect to positive ideas about your future and life.

Tune in and Ask Archangel Camael to guide you through this lunar phase until the next full Moon. I recommend that you get a gold, yellow, or orange candle to light on the night of the full Moon in honor of all of the golden blessings coming into your life. Give thanks to Archangel Camael for providing this wonderful blessing at this time of the year.

I felt that this full Moon had another message and meaning to it. When I saw the date the first thing that popped in to my head was, “John Lennon’s birth date.” So I’m going to add in a bit of John Lennon in this full Moon message.

When you do something noble and beautiful and nobody noticed, do not be sad

“I believe in everything until it’s disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it’s in your mind. Who’s to say that dreams and nightmares aren’t as real as the here and now?” John Lennon

Perhaps John’s spirit is around this particular full Moon giving it a burst of positive energy that flows out to any who will accept it.

“Yeah, we all shine on. Like the Moon and the stars and the sun.” John Lennon

In October, we enter the glorious late afternoon of the year. The woodland blazes with vibrant colors. As October passes the door to the otherworld opens wider. We become more receptive to spiritual energies and feel drawn to bond with our ancestors.

In October the veil is thin. And yes, anytime the magical feeling in the atmosphere is high, the veil is closer to us. Thinnest. Use this time for spiritual growth. If there is a deceased ancestor or pet you wish to contact, this is a great month to do it. Plan a ritual to remember those who have passed from this world, and be sure to make an offering to them. The offering can be a poem, a letter, flowers, and seasonal food. The full moon is always a good time to pray, have ceremonies, and be reminded of the continuation of life.

Just as the leaves are letting go – let go of everything you no longer need in your life. It’s a wonderful time to do a Burning Bowl Ceremony or you can even do a bonfire. Write out everything you want to release on paper and throw it into the fire and as the smoke goes up know that you have released it to the Great Spirit. If you do a bonfire after you burn your releases – dance around the bonfire as it brings in powerful spiritual vibrations.

Throughout October work on your spiritual self, and pay attention to messages you get in your dreams.

Take advantage of my Autumn Life Path Reading as it can give you great guidance from your angels as well as spirit animals. This can be the guide you need for the rest of this year.

Because it’s easy to think beautifully at this time, it’s a great time to unite with Spirit.

Elements to work with on the October Full Moon.

Element: Fire
Colors: Dark blue, Black, Purple
Gemstones: Obsidian, Amethyst, Tourmaline, Opal
Herbs: Apple Blossom, Pennyroyal, Mint, Sweet Annie, Thyme, Catnip, Angelica
Flowers: Calendula, Marigold Cosmos
Trees: Apples, Yew, Cypress, Acacia
Birds: Crow, Heron, Robin
Animals: Stag, Jackal, Elephant, Ram, Scorpion.
This is the time to give thanks to the animals, fruits, and vegetables during this moon for giving their lives so we can live.

An in depth Spiritual Reading should be done every moon cycle. Since, every moon cycle represents a change it not only affects our external forces but our internal forces as well. Contact me today to find out what is in store for you during this time of change. I have been working as a spiritual advisor for 38 years and all of my answers and guidance comes from the spirit. I do not use Tarot or oracle cards.

Ghosts, Bonfires, Black Cats, Treats and so much more! It’s all waiting for you on your Halloween Spiritual Journey! This is one of my favorite readings to do and Check it Out Here to learn about this wonderful journey..

The full moon is always a good time to be reminded of the continuation of life. Let go and enjoy the blessings of the Golden Ray and all of the beauty of the season. Enjoy my friends.

Full Moon blessings,
Cherokee Billie

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Have A Blessed Full Moon!

Tonight is the Full Blood Moon. The Moon won’t actually be blood red it is so named because the time between now and Samhain/Halloween was called the harvest of flesh, it was the time when the farming community would slaughter cattle and preserve the meat to last through the winter months. People would use the brightness of this Full Moon to go hunting and gather meat for their families and preserve it in salt. So it became known as the Blood Moon, it is also called The Hunter’s Moon, The Shedding Moon or The Falling Leaf Moon.

We are on the threshold of crossing a line that will allow us to learn things that will alter the course and direction of our lives, we will be able to recognise signs and signals and bring forth messages from the Spiritual realms. October is a time when the veil between the earthly realm and the spiritual realm is thin.

This will be an emotional Full Moon, we will be feeling ultra sensitive at this time. We may find ourselves feeling strong emotions pulling us in different directions, we may feel happy and laughing one minute then teary and sad the next. You may have difficulty sleeping and when we do we may experience wild and vivid dreams. Don’t worry this will pass, this is the effect of the Blood Moon.

If you have been feeling stuck in a situation or that everything has been standing still lately, get ready because this Full Moon will be bringing with it a rapid change. Tonight’s Full Moon is in the fire sign of Aries pushing us into a new direction. The universe is giving us so many gifts and chances right now, don’t be afraid to take them and to dream of bigger and better things. Look at what may be holding you back and get rid of it. The Aries Full Moon is about new starts, getting rid of the old and bringing in the new.

So much of what has been suppressed is coming to the light now and shining so brightly that we cannot ignore it any longer. This Full Moon is about truth and seeing what is really there and not what we want to see. In life we can often see illusions about ourselves, illusions about others and illusions about our world, all of these illusions will start crumbling away now so we can rebuild on what is real and true.

Tonight’s Full Moon is a time of healing and cleansing, of getting rid of our negative junk and moving ourselves into a new and positive direction, look at all the good things in your life and look at how to improve the bad things. It’s time to take a deep look within ourselves and to become more aware of what makes us feel comfortable and secure. With this potent Aries energy, we have the chance to make important changes in our lives. It’s time to make some solid yet realistic plans for the future.

Tonight’s Full Moon will be spiritual and passionate as we can feel the transition of the earth as we head deeply into Autumn, yet we will feel a tranquil quality that can bring a new wave of calm and peace with it. The gentle dusting of energy bought by this Full Moon will allow us all to restore and recharge our batteries and perhaps even feel more comfortable with our situation and where we are at, we will see with clear clarity what we need to do to heal and grow. Let the fire element of Aries burn away negative and destructive energy and cleanse you. Now is the time to get in touch with our passions and desires and work on making them a reality.

Have a Blessed Full Moon…
Text: Anna Maciaszczyk

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Llewellyn’s Spell A Day

A Full Moon Scrying Spell
OCTOBER 09, 2022 BY JAMES KAMBOS

An October full moon is a powerful time to scry. For this spell you’ll need a dark-colored bowl or a cauldron. You’ll also need a silver coin and a white candle. The coin not only serves as a focal point but also symbolizes the full moon.

Begin by filling your container with water. Safely light the candle and set it beside the bowl or cauldron. Now drop the coin into the water. Gaze at the ripples in the water as you think of a question. When the water becomes still, focus intently on the coin. Soon the water will cloud over, then become clear. As it clears, an image should appear. Gaze for no more than ten to fifteen minutes. Slowly let the vision go. End by snuffing out the candle. Save the coin for scrying. You may record the image you saw, or any messages received, in a journal.
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Altar Blessing
OCTOBER 08, 2022 BY ELIZABETH BARRETTE

Now is a good time for an altar blessing. It is helpful to clear off your altar and clean it at least once a year. Gather some soft cloths and cleaners appropriate to the type of altar and tools you have.

First take everything off the altar. Wipe down the altar. If you have an altar cloth, you’ll need to wash it. Ideally keep at least two, so you can put a fresh one on the altar right away. Clean the individual tools and put them back where they belong. Set fresh candles in the candleholders. Put some type of blessing incense in the censer and light it. Then say:

Altar of service, vessel of care,
Fire and water and earth and air.
Shrine of my spirit, seat of my Art,
Serve me with faith and I’ll do my part.

Let the incense burn down to ash. When the censer cools, clean it again and restore it to the altar.
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Pillars of Protection
OCTOBER 07, 2022 BY MELISSA TIPTON

This spell creates four energetic pillars, one in each cardinal direction, anchoring your home in protective, balanced energy. Find a comfortable meditative position, roughly in the center of your home. Close your eyes and allow earth energy to rise upward, through your body and out the crown of your head. Simultaneously, allow sky energy to cascade through your crown and down through your root chakra.

When you feel centered and balanced, envision your home or property, and starting in the north, call up a pillar of earth energy, grounding and anchoring, as you say:

I call on the power of earth to
protect and balance this home.

Moving clockwise, repeat with a pillar of fire in the east, air in the south, and water in the west. Finish by visualizing all four pillars, strong and luminous, and thank the elements for guarding your home. Allow the earth and sky flows to taper off, returning your energy to a neutral state.
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Flowers for the Dead
OCTOBER 06, 2022 BY RAVEN DIGITALIS

October, how we love you! Blessed be the season of the Witch. As you likely know, Samhain is a time of honoring the ancestors, of banishing, releasing, divining, and communicating with the Otherworld.

As we begin to decorate our homes for Halloween, we also begin to set the altar. Common autumnal altar decor includes gourds, fallen leaves, pomegranates, veils, bones, and photos of our dearly departed.

Whether ancestral by blood or spirit, the deceased are with us always. This is the best time of the month to make an offering of flowers. Offer roses or whatever feels right, and place them in a vase without water so that they will be dead by Samhain. By the light of a single black candle, declare:

Mighty Ancestors, hear me now; the
veil grows thin, we lift the shroud.
Accept this offering of flowers bright;
you are loved, in darkness and light.

Extinguish the candle.
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Cord Magic Spell
OCTOBER 05, 2022 BY DALLAS JENNIFER COBB

Magic can be used to focus energy to effect change in the world, for the good of all. Cord magic is a great way to be clear in your intention and draw a desired effect into reality. Find a piece of string or cord about a yard long. As you tie nine knots in the string, say the following and let the power of your intention be focused and real:

By knot of one, this spell has begun.
By knot of two, it shall come true.
By knot of three, so mote it be.
By knot of four, I invoke more.
By knot of five, this spell is alive.
By knot of six, the magic is fixed.
By knot of seven, the magic leavens.
By knot of eight, I need not wait.
By knot of nine, this spell is mine.

Keep the knotted string on your altar, and renew the spell as needed.
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Clearing Away
OCTOBER 04, 2022 BY ELIZABETH BARRETTE

Ac cording to Jewish tradition, today is Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. It’s a good time for clearing away past mistakes and negative energy. Asking forgiveness for wrongs helps to heal relationships too.

For this spell you will need a bowl of water, a pinch of salt, and a hand towel.

Sprinkle the salt over the water and say:
By the tears of the sea,
Be pure and blessed be.

Rinse your hands with the water and say:
Where salt and water go,
May sacred clearing flow.

Sprinkle the water over your head and say:
May all beneath the rain
Be new and free of pain.

Recite the things you have done that you regret. Describe what you have done or will do to make amends, whether to the gods or to other people. When you finish, pour the water down the drain. Wash your hands in clean water and dry with the towel.
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A Good, Short Banishing
OCTOBER 03, 2022 BY BARBARA ARDINGER

Shakespeare invented a word that needs to be in wider use today: rudesby. It means exactly what it sounds like: an ill-mannered, uncivil person. Two of his strong female characters use the word. Katherine and Olivia dismiss hangers-on in their houses with “mad-brain rudesby” and “Rudesby, be gone!”

So who’s been hanging around you lately? What pest is driving you berserk? Take or find a photo of the rudesby, set it on your altar, and speak the banishing words:

Rudesby, be gone!

Make the words a meme and post it. Be aware, however, that rudesby people are like ants, fleas, and flies: they don’t pay attention. Human pests can be as bad as insects, but please don’t use poison spray on them. Speak the words as often as necessary at your altar and in person. Visualize the rudesby gone to wherever you want them to go. Speak the words again. Do this as often as necessary. You may, alas, need to be more persistent than the rudesby is.

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Heartwings Love Notes 1056 Lentil Soup and Kitchen Hints

Heartwings says, “Experimenting in the kitchen leads to useful results.”

I have always enjoyed cooking. I even did when I never knew how many would be sitting down for dinner. And I even enjoyed it many years ago when certain children, imitating their father, would turn up their noses at whatever was on their plates. Be that as it may, it’s true I didn’t inherit this love of cooking from anyone in the family. My mother was of the “food is just for nourishment” school of thought. One grandmother cooked for her dog, but for herself, rarely. The other hired cooks for the household and guests.

Once I married, I had more freedom to cook and eat as I wished. Of course, when my children entered the picture and joined the family dinner table, I was no longer as free. Enlisting their help as they grew more competent was a treat and even of real help. I taught every one of them to cook, even the boys. I used to listen to NPR’s Reading Aloud, I think it was called, with my son as we prepared food. Later, I focused on staying within a limited budget, attempting nutritious family meals on little money. Like now, eh?

As I got older, I began to care about calories. Now I like to do what I can to cut out unnecessary ones. My first hint is something I’m quite proud of. When reheating something, prep the frying pan you will be heating your leftover in, with a thin skim of water. Let it start to bubble and add your ingredients. Your tasty odds and ends will not burn and may benefit from added moisture. I often combine smaller portions of left overs from different meals to form new ones. Anything with rice does especially well when you use water. Voila, no additional fat calories.

Lentil soup is an easy and nutritious as well as an economical soup to have on hand. My next hint is this: Save the cooking water from any vegetables you cook except broccoli. It’s too strong a taste to use. When you measure out 6 cups of water for the soup, start with the veggie water. It adds richness and good taste. Add 1 cup of lentils and bring to a boil, reducing to a simmer once it has boiled. Now add around one cup celery, one of onion, using hint #3, scissors to cut celery and even to reduce onion if you rough choped it and want it smaller. Add carrots if you wish, hint #4 is save time and energy by using carrots cut and peeled and made to look small. (Baby size?)

Next add herbs and spice of your choice to taste: thyme, lemon pepper, ground garlic, some salt, and or cumin, mustard powder (strong, so less of this), ginger, curry, and or your favorites as you wish. Do cook at least an hour, and more is even better. Tastes great next day, and keeps well for additional meals. This serves at least 4 generously, and can be doubled for sure. Bon Appetite!

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We Are Here to Serve

Every movement in the universe is a movement toward love.
We are living in a time of great change. Many thinkers and seers agree that humanity and the planet Earth are evolving at a quickened pace and that this evolution will necessarily be severe and seemingly chaotic at times. It is natural for people to react with fear because these changes will doubtless bring some level of difficulty and loss to many of us. However, it is essential that we all remember that our souls chose to be here at this time and to be part of this process. Every movement in the universe is a movement toward love. This is true even in situations that appear to be the opposite of loving at first glance.

Since we chose to be here, we are capable and ready to rise to the challenges we find ourselves in. It is helpful to reflect on our own lives and make any changes necessary to fully support humanity and the planet in loving ways. When we open our hearts in love instead of closing them in fear, we serve the divine process. We are all powerful spirits who took form at this time in order to serve our fellow humans, our planet, and the universe. When we find ways we can serve, our fear dissipates. We may serve by remaining calm and loving with our children and our families, even when the situation seems dark. We may serve by sending money to people who need financial assistance. We may serve by going out into the world and actively helping to rebuild lives. Regardless of what actions we choose to take, the essential element will be the internal gesture of choosing to remain in love. This is all that is needed.

When it is difficult to remain in love, we can always call upon our unseen helpers: the teachers and guides who are always with us. All we need to do is ask and then trust that we are being helped. The guidance we receive is love itself, showing us the way.

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You Are The One You Are Waiting For

Ultimately, you are the one you have been waiting for
We spend a lot of our lives looking for role models, mentors, teachers, and gurus to guide us on our path. There is nothing wrong with this, and in fact, finding the right person at the right time can really help. However, it is important to realize that in the absence of such a figure, we can still very safely rely upon ourselves. We carry within us everything we need to know to make progress on our paths to self-realization. The outer world serves as a mirror. Or to use another metaphor, our inner world has a magnetic force that draws to us what we need to evolve to the next level.

The path of the spirit is often thought of as a journey with a specific goal, such as finding the fabled pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. In this metaphor, a person begins a search for something they want and then they go off to find it, and there is a happy ending when they do. However, most of us know that getting what we want only makes us happy for a moment, and then the happiness passes as soon as a new object of desire presents itself. Joy, however, is a permanent aspect of our inner selves; it is not separate from us at any point. We do not have to travel to find joy or even imagine that it resides only in the body of another. In fact, what the best teachers will do is point out that this very precious elixir is something we all already possess.

So when we find ourselves on our path not knowing which way to turn and wishing for guidance, we can turn to ourselves. We may not know the right answer rationally or intellectually, but if we simply ask, let go, and wait patiently, an answer will come. The more we practice this and trust this process, the less we will look outside ourselves for teachers and guides, for we will have successfully become our own teacher.

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The Victorian Book of the Dead
The Haunted Vicarage: 1840s

by Chris Woodyard

The first some of a series of ghastly tales for the month of Hallowe’en.

We had been engaged eight years, Martin and I, ever since I was seventeen and he twenty four and the ‘living’ for which we have been patiently waiting had not yet been offered to him. Martin was still a hard-working curate in the smoky town where my father resided, and those kind friends who are always ready to play the part of Job’s comforters began to ‘hope that Eleanor’s long engagement would end in marriage after all.’

Great, therefore, was our satisfaction when a country vicarage was offered to Martin. The nomination came so strangely too. The living had first been offered to one of his college friends, a much older man than Martin, but as Mr Brown wrote to say that he felt that a younger man would do better justice to the work of a scattered country parish, and that he had therefore mentioned Martin to his friend the patron ,who was ready to offer him the living, it is needless to say this offer was thankfully accepted. The income was a fair one, at least to our modest views, and both of us looked forward to a residence in the country as only dwellers in a murky town are capable of doing. We felt quite touched by Mr Brown’s self-abnegation in declining Heathhurst for himself, at least until we saw the place.

I am writing now of the days of my youth, some fifty odd years ago Travelling was then a more difficult and expensive business than it is nowadays, and our slender means did not justify our making a long journey by coach to ‘prospect’ our new abode before settling there. Martin had agreed to take the furniture of the Vicarage at a valuation from the executors of the former incumbent (who had been an old bachelor and an invalid, and had resided as little in his parish as possible without provoking episcopal censure), and the price asked for ‘plenishing’ was so very moderate that Martin was willing to risk paying it without inspection of the articles named. Our quiet wedding, followed by a few weeks’ honeymoon at the seaside, then took place, and we left for our new home.

Both of us were looking forward to a life of activity and usefulness. We reached Heathhurst with some difficulty —it appeared to be off the track of every line of coaches; but at last our post-chaise lumbered into the village at the close of a summer’s day. My first impression of the place was that of dampness. The straggling village was low-lying and even on this July evening mist gathered heavily over the sluggish stream which meandered through the valley. The church stood on slightly higher ground, and the Vicarage nestled against the churchyard wall. As its name implies, Heathhurst was surrounded by magnificent woods, now gay with the glory of their summer foliage, but this added to the prevailing dampness of the atmosphere. As we found in our subsequent excursions in the neighborhood, the soil abounded in what the country folk called ‘ground springs,’ unexpected little water courses which bubbled up after rain, and converted a portion of the woods and pastures into veritable morasses. The scenery around was pretty, but as I looked at my new home I understood why Mr Brown, who had attained an age when people consider the possibility of rheumatism, was so willing to transfer Heathhurst to his ‘dear young friend.’

However, here we were, and both young and strong, and ready to make the best of things. The Vicarage was a roomy old house, and its furniture was of a solid old-fashioned description, far better than we had expected to find it. Martin would have abundant exercise for his zeal in bringing his parish into something like decent order, to judge from the neglected condition in which poor old Mr Hamilton had allowed it to fall, and after the first shock of arrival (and disillusion) was over we set ourselves resolutely to work. Sanitary science was less studied some half-century ago than it is now, and even the discovery that the churchyard itself formed, as it were, one side of our kitchen (the house being built against the churchyard wall) did not alarm us on health grounds, though the circumstance explained the persistent damp which oozed through the kitchen wall on this side. We had brought an old servant with us from my father’s house, and this maid and a girl from the village comprised our domestic staff.

For the first few weeks we were both so busy, I unpacking and arranging within doors, Martin organising his parish arrangements, that we had no time to think of other matters, But as we became settled in the home I noted a dejection in our faithful maid’s demeanor. One day when I was remarking how Mr Hamilton had neglected the parish, Sarah ‘spoke out,’ as she phrased it.

‘Oh, ma’am, ’tis easy to talk of neglection, but as Susan says, ‘tisn’t everyone as can live at Heathhurst Vicarage.’

Susan was the rosy -cheeked village girl imported to assist our factotum.

‘The house is rather damp, certainly,’ I said; ‘but so is all the neighborhood. We keep up good fires, and we are all well enough.’

‘Ah, I wish it was nothing more than damp that’s wrong here,’ sighed Sarah.

Then came out a long story. It appeared that the proximity of the churchyard was supposed to be objectionable, not on grounds of health, but for other causes. Some occupants of the burial ground–notably a certain squire deceased many years back were said to ‘walk,’ or at least to rest uneasily in their graves. Knocks and sighs, and other unpleasant sounds were said to be heard in the Vicarage kitchen, especially during the autumn and winter months and these occurrences prevented any good cook consenting to tenant the servants’ premises, and were said to have induced Mr Hamilton to spend so much of his time at a place ten miles away, driving in on Sunday to perform the usual church services.

Summer waned early that year, and the winter came in unusually wet and windy. There was much illness in the village, and Martin was overworked visiting the sick. We, too, were busy at home, for the local doctor lived a long way off, and Sarah’s experience was often of value in carrying out his directions regarding invalids. She and I were often out all day, tramping long distances to carry nourishing food and simple medicines to our poorer parishoners.

There was literally no society at Heathhurst. The population consisted of a few farmers and their laborers, the former being little better educated than the latter. Ten miles away was a pretty country town, but we seldom went there, as we had not conveyance, unless we borrowed or hired a farmer’s gig. A great depression sometimes settled on me as I sat in the Vicarage parlour and looked over the damp, dripping landscape. It rained almost continuously for weeks, and I contracted a chill which clung about me and affected my health. Then—was it fancy?—I began to think that there really were odd noises in the house. Susan had occupied all her hours of leisure in relating various ghost stories, local and otherwise, to Sarah, who conscientiously retailed them to me with all the certainly of unquestioning faith. Then Susan herself discovered that she was ‘feared to remain at the Vicarage come the winter,’ and departed to seek another service.

Martin, who had scoffed at the story of ghostly visitation, asserted that it was the dullness, not the noises, that led Susan to weary of her place, and to enter the service of an adjoining farmer, where as he remarked, ‘the girl has all the farming men to flirt with, and no old servant like Sarah to scold her.’

But anyway Susan left, and we had great difficulty in supplying her place, finally being reduced to take an orphan from a distant workhouse, who couldn’t be expected to indulge in the luxury of ‘nerves.’ Betsy was a stolid-looking young person with an abnormal appetite; but the Vicarage kitchen was too much for her after a week or two. She came to me one morning in floods of tears beseeching to be sent back to the workhouse. ‘For them knocks and groans behind the kitchen wall, ma’am, is more than I can stand.’

‘It’s the old Squire,’ remarked Sarah, grimly; ”tis his vault that lies nearest to our kitchen, and I tell Betsy it’s a warning to her—as tells so many lies every day—to see how the wicked do not rest even in their graves,’

‘He’ll bust in some day, I know he will,’ sobbed Betsy, ignoring the personal application of Sarah’s remark. ‘Please, ma’am, you and master is very good to me, and I never had such a sight of good victuals before, but I can’t—I can’t abear them noises.’

‘What are the noises like?’ I asked, for though, sitting alone in the evening when Martin had been called out to baptise a dying child or visit a sick person, I often fancied I heard odd sounds, they were not of the distinct and terrible kind described by Betsy.

‘He rummages about in his grave,’ sobbed the girl, ‘and he sighs, and he groans, and then he raps, raps, raps agin our wall.’

‘Sarah, you cannot believe all this?’

‘I believes my ears,’ remarked Sarah, ‘and hearin’ what I have about Squire Parsons I don’t wonder he does sigh and groan. Beggin’ your pardon, ma’am, I don’t hold that reading any form of words over a grave makes the wicked rest easy in it.’

Sarah was, as I have before remarked, a sturdy Methodist, and only attended our church because there was no other place of worship within ten miles. The woman was superstitious, and yet courageous, but her superstition was more infectious than her courage, believed in the restlessness of the defunct Squire as firmly as did the New English Puritans in the certain existence of the Salem witches, and was prepared to confront the perturbed spirit as Cotton Mather did the supposed emissaries of Satan.

‘If the Squire comes, he comes,’ said Sarah, with grim resolution.

‘I’m thankful to say I’m better prepared, having been converted many years ago, to see a ghost than Betsy is. But it’s my thinking that the old Squire is obliged to keep his own side of the wall while pious folks are in the kitchen, and it’s just that makes him so mad. Now, if Betsy sat there alone, seeing that Betsy tells lies, which is one of the greatest of sins—‘

But Betsy was not inclined to put her virtue to the test, and departed back to the union, nor did we attempt to supply her place.

Sarah was willing to face the noises alone. I think Martin, fully occupied out of doors, scarcely thought about the matter as I did. He believed that the Vicarage, like all old houses, was full of odd noises probably due to rats which were exaggerated by the superstitious fears of the servant. But to myself, now out of health, and a good deal alone owing to Martin’s multifarious occupations in the parish the ‘fancy’ which I might have laughed at in days of health and spirits became a real terror. I myself had never heard the full noises; they only occurred in the kitchen itself but I thought about them, and dwelt on the subject till I became so unwell and nervous that Martin urged me to go to my father for a visit to recruit myself. But I would not leave my husband, neither was I strong enough to undertake a long journey at this time of year. The local doctor prescribed tonics, and asked if I had no friends who could come and stay with me and cheer me up. But I had led a very retired life owing to my father’s bad health I had no sisters, and my few girl friends were now married and scattered. My stepmother—I had lost my mother in infancy—was a kind woman, but too much occupied with father to be able to pay a visit.

Martin and the Doctor comforted themselves with the reflection that by-and-by more cheerful noises than the supposed knocks and groans might resound in the old Vicarage.

‘Of course Mrs Fleming is inclined to be nervous and fanciful just now,’ said the Doctor to my husband, ‘but when the baby comes we shall hear no more of the noises in the kitchen. That superstitious old servant of yours will be too busy to notice them.’

Kind and devoted as Sarah was, I could hardly have had a worse companion at this time. Strong in her religious convictions, she sat day after day in her kitchen, like a sentinel on guard, singing hymns in a cracked voice in the evening, and apparently deriving a grim enjoyment from the very idea that she was carrying on a successful struggle with the restless sinner on the other side of the wall. But I, ailing and lonely in the parlour above, would shiver and cower with nervous terror as I fancied I caught some sound, like a knock or a sigh, which might be the wind, and might be the Squire.

One evening in December—how well I remember it still!—a veritable tempest raged and shook the house. Martin had been summoned to the deathbed of a parishioner at a distance, and so bad was the weather that I had urged him to accept the proffered offer of a bed at the house, instead of returning through the winter night. He had been reluctant to leave me so long, but finally consented; indeed, he could hardly have found his way back in the storm of wind and rain. I was so solitary that, little as I liked the idea of entering the kitchen, I made up my mind to descend and speak to Sarah, whom I found tranquilly knitting by the fire. The kitchen looked so cheerful in the ruddy glow of the logs that I lingered awhile after I had given the order which I had made the pretext for my visit. Suddenly ‘rap, rap, rap’ sounded loudly on the wall behind me, followed by a long-drawn gurgling sound. I screamed with terror, but Sarah was calm.

‘Eh, ma’am, but he’s worse than ever to-night,’ she remarked ‘I’m thinking maybe ’tis the day of the month when he died, or something like that; but I never mind.’ But here the noise recommenced, so loudly and wildly that even the resolute woman grew pale. ‘Come away, come away, Miss Eleanor,’ she exclaimed, clutching my arm; but as she spoke came a rending sound; the wall of the kitchen burst open, a rush of water filled the room, and oh horror! a large black coffin sailed out of the aperture in the wall, and fell with a crash on the floor! I knew no more!

I was ill for many, many weeks, they told me afterwards, and Martin expected to lose his wife as well as his child. When I gradually awoke to consciousness I was not at the Vicarage, but at the house of a kindly neighbour, where the doctor had advised my being carried as soon as I could be moved on a mattress.

It was long before I recovered the shock of that awful night; long before I could even hear the explanation of that terrible apparition. It was a simple enough story after all. The churchyard, like the rest of the neighbourhood, had its ‘ground spring.’ One of these had sprang up in the vault of the wicked Squire, and actually floated the coffin, for years when the spring was full the water had been striving to burst through the wall, and the leaden coffin had acted as a kind of battering-ram. Hence the odd noises (always worst at the wettest times of the year), hence the terrible catastrophe.

We never returned to Heathhurst Vicarage. A friend of my father happened to have a living fall in his gift, which he offered to Martin, and some months after my illness we removed to the pretty south-country Rectory where I have passed the rest of my days, first with my husband, then with my son. Homebury Rectory has been ‘noisy’ enough during the last half century, tenanted by our merry healthy children and grandchildren; but the ‘knocks’ were of a different description from those that froze our blood at Heathhurst.

The patron of that latter living, who was a kindly and liberal man, was so horrified at the occurrence which so nearly cost me my life that he pulled down the old Vicarage and rebuilt it on higher ground, so that the present vicar’s family are not exposed to the risk of the irruption of coffins into their kitchen. But I shall never forget my residence in that haunted Vicarage home fifty years ago.

Southland Times 18 June 1892: p. 5

Mrs Daffodil’s Aide-memoire: A salutary lesson, indeed, about the importance of well-drained soil. Modern builders would surely not be so careless as to abut a kitchen against a churchyard wall with all its attendant unpleasant effluvia. Mrs Daffodil does not usually attend the cinema, but she has been told that this story echoes the plot of a “horror” film called Poltergeist, which exaggerated the number of coffins and pictured mummified corpses emerging from their graves. One coffin was certainly bad enough for the unfortunate Eleanor.

Mrs Daffodil invites you to join her on the curiously named “Face-book,” where you will find a feast of fashion hints, fads and fancies, and historical anecdotes

You may read about a sentimental succubus, a vengeful seamstress’s ghost, Victorian mourning gone horribly wrong, and, of course, Mrs Daffodil’s efficient tidying up after a distasteful decapitation in A Spot of Bother: Four Macabre Tales.

Chris Woodyard is the author of The Victorian Book of the Dead, The Ghost Wore Black, The Headless Horror, The Face in the Window, and the 7-volume Haunted Ohio series. She is also the chronicler of the adventures of that amiable murderess Mrs Daffodil in A Spot of Bother: Four Macabre Tales. The books are available in paperback and for Kindle. Indexes and fact sheets for all of these books may be found by searching hauntedohiobooks.com. Join her on FB at Haunted Ohio by Chris Woodyard or The Victorian Book of the Dead and on Twitter @hauntedohiobook. And visit her newest blog The Victorian Book of the Dead.

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Coach Gilberto, Chapter 32
by Stephen Halpert

The oversize bulky package addressed to Joey and Gilberto arrived on Saturday morning. Gilberto heart sped up as he opened his father in law’s war relics, collected during his days in the Pacific. He held up a grinning mask with sharp teeth. “I can understand how you felt as a child,” he said.

“This mask looks so real. It’s actually quite frightening.”

She nodded and turned to Joey. “You take those right to your room,” she said. “I grew up looking at these horrible things.” I remember how mom’s friends reacted if they accidently came into the basement TV room where dad had hung them.”

Uncovering two more masks, Gilberto swallowed and nodded. The one with three eyes made him feel queasy.

“Ok,” Joey said. Fearful his parents wouldn’t let him keep them, he gathered up the masks and scurried away.

Waiting until his return, Gilberto went on. He took out a small well packed box. Carefully he unwrapped the authentic shrunken head and handed it to Joey.

He cradled it in his hands and looked gleeful. “Wow,” Joey said. “Wait ’till I show my friends.”

“Remember, that never leaves your room,” Maria said sternly.

Last to be unpacked was a long wooden box. Within it was a slender wand with markings that probably formed an inscription.

Joey sucked in his breath and blew it out forcefully. “The magic wand,” he said.

Gilberto pulled out the piece of paper that was beneath it. “This is not a toy,” he read. “Quite the contrary. It’s the real thing and as far as I know, still contains magical powers Handle it with care.”

Gilberto picked up the box and moved his hand over the wand. An odd feeling rippled through him. He shivered and set the box down. Involuntarily he looked around the room. It felt as though he were being watched.

Maria shook her head and sighed. “Oh yes,” she said. “It’s not ornamental. I remember waving it one day just for fun. The sun disappeared, it got dark and there were thunder storms for the rest of the day.”

Joey’s eyes bulged and he gulped. Gilberto smiled. “Most likely a coincidence, don’t you think?”

“I don’t think so,” she said. “Dad got upset with me for playing with it, made me promise not to touch it ever again and I didn’t.”

Fascinated by the odd markings, Joey peered at it. The longer he looked, the more he saw. Faces stared out at him somehow, first one would appear and then vanish, replaced by another. “It’s real,” he said to Gilberto, his voice a whisper.

Gilberto nodded. “I wonder if it’s powers can help me and Rain catch the murderer.”

Joey’s eyes widened and Gilberto realized that until now he hadn’t discussed the Houndstooth homicides at home. He shook his head, “Later, he said, “not now.”

Joey nodded and sighed. Suddenly he remembered something he had intended doing that day and left, just as Mona, trailed by her loyal St Bernard came into the living  room. She looked at the wand curiously.

“Be careful around that,” Gilberto warned. “No telling what could happen if you wave it around.”

Mona grinned. “I believe in magic,” she said.

Gilberto smiled. “Do you have any plans for today?”

“Me and mom are going shopping, right mom?”

Maria nodded. “Eventually. I’ve a few things to finish up here first.”

Mona frowned. “Okay.” She turned to go. “Come on Boris.” Then her eyes fell on the wand. “Magic?” She picked it up and waved it. Immediately thunder and lightning exploded across the sky. A hard rain pounded down.

Gilberto stood up and snatched it from her. Carefully he put it back in the box. “What did you do?”

Mona’s face crumpled and she looked upset. “Nothing, I just waved it.”

The fierce weather continued. Joey came into the living room. “It’s like really raining, what a storm.” He looked at Mona. “Did you wave it?”

Her face flushed. “Um, yes, so what?”

“Best not to do that,” Gilberto said. “This is what happens.”

Mona put her hand on her hip like Maria did when she was being emphatic. “Daddy what’s that got to do with a cloudburst?”

“Just don’t,” Gilberto said. “Some actions are unexplainable.” He opened his phone and called Ramon. “Want to go for a beer after the storm ends.”

“What storm,” Ramon asked. “It’s sunny and mild outside. Rosa and the girls went to the mall.”
“Wait a minute,” Gilberto said. “It’s pouring outside.”

Ramon laughed. “Not here. I’ll be over. Gilberto looked at Maria. “Ramon said it’s sunny and mild.”

Maria nodded. “I told you that wand always had a way with the weather. Now you’ve seen it for yourself.”

Gilberto frowned. He shook his head. “I guess you’re right.” He looked at Maria. “Ramon said it was sunny and we’re in the middle of a rainstorm. Pretty strange.”

Maria shrugged. “Does it matter? What do you think? Maybe there are things logic can’t explain.”

He frowned. “What do you mean.”

Maria smiled and kissed him. “Gilberto if logic doesn’t do it, then let it go and look for answers from a different place.”

“Like what?”

“I want to know too,” Mona said.

Maria smiled at her daughter. “We only know so much, and when we don’t know why something happens, we try to explain it by what we know, by logic.”
Okay,” Gilberto said.

“However, magic is different, because we don’t know how it operates, yet it does, and we can’t explain it.”

“You’re not helping. “Gilberto frowned and sighed.

Maria smiled. “Why can’t you live without answers and solutions. Does it really have to make sense? Maria smiled at Mona. “So, if something makes no sense then let it be and move on. “She pointed out the window.  “Look it’s not raining as hard anymore.”

Joey raised his eyebrows. “So, it was magic that made it rain here but not at Ramon’s.”

She grinned. “Maybe, or maybe it was a cloud or something funny in the wind.” She looked at Mona. “Time to go shopping,” she said. “Go get your coat.”

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Kitty Kat’s Korner
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Life Lessons Your Cat Can Teach You
By Angie Bailey

Cats are master teachers when it comes to living more mindfully, enjoying the present moment and cutting loose with raw, unadulterated joy. And just when we think they couldn’t get any smarter than us, we notice their knack for natural living. Not that we’d want to follow their model to the letter — or to the litter — but our kitties can offer some valuable insight if we pay attention Here are six ways our cats are natural examples.

They’re minimalists
Less stuff means less consumption, right? Sometimes we humans are determined to accumulate the latest gadgets and all the coolest clothes, but cats show us we really don’t need those things to live a happy life. They prefer a more minimalist approach. Case in point: When we think they’ll be head over paws about some electronic, catnip-stuffed, flying vampire mouse, they lose their minds over the plain cardboard box in which the toy arrived. And that milk jug ring turned cat toy? That’s a shining example of repurposing, folks. Lesson learned — thanks, cats!

They’re water conservationists
Cats loaf on the throne of water conservation by opting to scratch and cover instead of flush. Some litters are even made with environmentally conscious materials. Now, we’re not suggesting that you haul a human-sized box of pine pellets into your home and squat when nature calls … but that sure would make for an interesting photo op.

They listen to their bodies
Listening to our bodies and responding to their needs is a perfectly natural way to live. Unfortunately, for most of us, we have those pesky roadblocks like work, grocery shopping, cooking and “whatnot” that get in the way. When we want desperately to nap because our bodies and minds feel drained, we can’t always just stop working. Can you imagine approaching your superior with, “Yeah, I’m gonna have to skip that critical budget meeting because I need a little snooze with my favorite blankie.” That’d go over really well.

Cats, on the other hand, have no one to answer to, no meals to cook and less “whatnot” than anyone we know. Of course, it takes 12 to 16 hours per day of sleep for those little darlings to manage their energy, and we couldn’t work that kind of nap into most of our schedules; however, cats remind us to pay attention to our body’s natural rhythms and squeeze in some extra rest here and there.

They make a bed out of anything
Cats are masters of improvisation when it comes to choosing a spot to chillax. They don’t need some memory foam, pillow-top, adjustable mattress model. In fact, we sometimes think, “How in the world is that even comfortable?” upon seeing them lounging atop a tape dispenser or king-sized tube of foot cream. They can stop, drop and sleep at a moment’s notice, making the most out of whatever surface happens to be below their feet. Maybe we humans are just whiny little snowflakes with our pocket coils and gel-infused foam. Perhaps a nap on a pile of warm towels would be as heavenly as cats make it look.

Their bathing and beautification routine is simple
Many of us have rituals when it comes to showering or skin care. We stock our favorite self-care products, and some of them aren’t cheap. Our kitties flick their tail at our ongoing beautification efforts because they use the most natural product available to them: their spit. It’s cleansing, environmentally friendly (at least to them),
and there’s an endless supply of the stuff. Less is sometimes more. If only we had such a handy solution — well, we do, but eww.

They walk everywhere
In an effort to reduce traffic and decrease pollution, some humans are making strides in the right direction by riding bikes, taking public transportation, ride-sharing and walking. Cats, as usual, were ahead of us by leaps and bounds — they just didn’t know it.

Our felines are not out there releasing exhaust and fumes while they commute from their cat condo to the kitchen (we won’t speak of fumes from the litter box). And if they need to get somewhere, they walk, although some cuddly kitties hitch a ride with a willing human. Would that be considered catpooling?

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Georgia Nicols Weekly Horoscope:Sunday,
October 09, 2022

All Signs
This will be a positive week, and people will be cooperative. “Work hard, party hard!” will be a timely theme because, October is the month to hustle. Who knows what awaits us once Mars goes retrograde at the end of the month? (And stays retrograde until Jan. 12th!) Unconsciously, we are attached to the aggressive force of Mars, which creates drive, ambitious energy and sexual desire. Mars wants victory and conquest. However, every two years, Mars goes retrograde for 12 weeks, which makes well-intended plans fizzle right before our eyes. Plus, plans we initiate when Mars is retrograde, tend to be dubious. “Dubious?” “Yes, dubious.” “Do you mean dubitable or moot?” “Don’t quibble, Sibyl.”

Aries (March 21-April 19)
This week is about conversations and cooperation, which you will handle with grace, charm and patience. This is because the Sun, Mercury and fair Venus are all opposite your sign, which draws your attention to partners, close friends and members of the public. It’s time to interact. And part of this interaction involves your ability to listen to what others have to say. Fortunately, Venus will grease the wheels of all your conversations, personal intimate and “everyday casual”. You might even find ways to make peace with your enemies and resolve legal confrontations. Even though Venus and Mercury will soften your conversations, with your ruler fiery Mars in your House of Communications, you’ll mean business! Go gently.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)
This is a positive week, and you find it easy to work. Mars is in your Money House for the rest of the year, which heightens your desire to work and earn money. (Actually, it makes your ego identify with what you own. If you own a lot, you feel that you are “worth” more as a person.) But of course, you are not your bank account. Nevertheless, this is why you have a driving energy this month to boost your earnings. Meanwhile, the Sun, Mercury and Venus are in your House of Employment, urging you to work hard for a sense of satisfaction and personal reward. You want to accomplish as much as possible and you want to do it with style. Fortunately, people are cooperating! A happy week!

Gemini (May 21-June 20)
This is a happy, playful week! With Mars in your sign, you have high energy. You will enjoy physical activities, athletics and competitive interactions with others because you’re pumped! Meanwhile, three planets are in the part of your chart that encourages exploring your creative potential. You want to have fun. Therefore, get out and socialize! Take a vacation. Enjoy the arts, the entertainment world. Meet a friend for lunch. Drop in for Happy Hour and catch up on the latest. Sports events and fun activities with children will appeal. See a movie, a musical performance, or enjoy the theatre. Hikes, picnics and barbecues will appeal if weather cooperates. You want fun times!

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Your primary focus right now is on home and family. Some of you are more involved with a parent or an older family member. Family discussions are taking place, while personally, you’re rolling up your sleeves and taking part in home repairs and DIY projects. In particular, because you want to make your home more attractive, you are interested in redecorating projects and renovations. Some of you are also involved in real-estate speculation or a residential move. Whatever is happening, you want to do this right because at heart, you are a nester. Your home is your refuge. It’s where you retreat to in order to rejuvenate and find the strength to deal with the world “out there.”

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
This continues to be a busy, fast-paced time! Many of you are writing and reading more than usual. You’re talking to siblings, relatives and daily contacts because you have something to say. This is an excellent time to learn anything new by taking a course or attending school. Don’t settle down and relax. That’s not what’s happening. Enjoy your busy pace and get involved! Grab every chance to have fun and socialize because you need to interact with others. Enjoy the beauty of your everyday surroundings and appreciate your good fortune. Short trips will delight. Take a quick trip to the country or through a park because your appreciation of beauty is heightened.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Report card time: How well are you handling what you own? Do your possessions make your life easier or are they a drag? Ideally, they should work for you. If you’re proud of what you own, why not entertain others to share your good fortune? Now is the time to establish greater control of your life through your wealth and your values. This is why you’re spending money and constantly checking your finances. Venus of course, wants you to buy beautiful things – lovely clothes, jewelry and art objects. Fortunately, Venus also attracts money to you. Work hard to earn money: take care of what you own. Do this while your ambition is strong.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
You shine this week because the Sun, Mercury and your ruler, fair Venus are all in Libra. This means you’ll run the meeting with tact and charm. You have a strong need to express yourself, and Mercury and Venus will help you do this. Mercury makes your mind busy and active (jumping rapidly from topic to topic). Nevertheless, you won’t miss a thing! Venus encourages good times with others, and attracts social situations to you. (This is an excellent week to buy wardrobe treasures.) Meanwhile, your ability to influence others is marvelous because Mars makes your ideas about politics, religion and all things philosophical dazzle! It also makes you want to travel and explore!

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
You are the only sign that has the Sun, Mercury and Venus “hiding” in your chart right now. This means you can’t fully tap in to your strength. (In fact, you don’t really care.) Instead, you want to pull back and mull things over. You want to avoid downtown rush-hour. You want peace and quiet, and a chance to enjoy harmony in your own private way. This is fine. It’s important to recognize that this is a priority for you. Indulge your need for rest, quiet, contemplation and privacy. Go gently if you’re involved in disputes about shared property, money, bills or jointly-held possessions. Your theme song this week is, “I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in.”

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
Friendships and interactions with groups and organizations are important to you this week. In fact, you will have a chance to examine the role they play in your life. Maybe you’re attending something or being part of a group out of habit, or a sense of duty, but your heart is not really in it? Think about this. Maybe these are not your people? Having said that, this is an excellent week for team effort. Younger people as well as creative, artistic people might be in your life right now. They might even cause you to rethink some future goals? You love thinking about the future – and why not? That’s where you will spend the rest of your life!

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Once a year, for four weeks, the Sun is at the top of your chart, making you look good to others, especially bosses, parents, teachers and the police. (This happens whether you do something special or not. It’s magic.) Obviously, this will draw attention to anything that done in a slipshod matter. (Yikes! Yes, the limelight is a double-edged sword.) Note; Do not pretend to be something you are not, because the truth will eventually come out. Nevertheless, this is an excellent time to talk to parents and bosses about what you want because circumstances favour you. Very likely, someone wants your advice about redecorating or layout, or how to make something look better. Meanwhile, you might be flirting with your boss. Woot!

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
This is a fabulous time for you to learn either through study, courses, schoolwork or travel. Basically, do whatever you can to expand your world and broaden your horizons. Conversations with people from other backgrounds will intrigue you. You might fall in love with someone who is “different” because you will be attracted to people who are unusual or foreign. This is a playful time for you, especially with sports and athletic activities. You’re very enthusiastic now and not afraid to put your own interests first. The only fly in the ointment is you might have conflicts with your kids. Oh well, that goes with the territory. Enjoy your freedom!

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
It’s a strange time for you. Everything to do with home and your private life are at odds and confusing. Residential moves, home repairs, renovations and visiting guests are just some reasons that you feel out of control at home. It’s overwhelming! Cope as best you can, and don’t be a harsh judge of yourself if you feel you’re not in control of your scene. This challenge will last until the spring of next year. (Pick yourself up off the floor.) Meanwhile, this week, you are focused on shared property, shared responsibilities, debt, insurance issues and inheritances. Fortunately, these issues will probably be settled in your favour. Not only that, romantic passion is very affectionate!

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Weekly Horoscopes beginning Sunday, 09 October 2022


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

Outlines are longer versions; consist of every possible detail of everyday and are based on three parts of each sign: 1st, 2nd & 3rd Decan; that is, any of three divisions of 10° within a sign of the zodiac. Even if you know or don’t know your Decan; I recommend, please read all three Decan.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Sunday’s Aries Full Moon may test your patience but it’ll also corner you into discussing both plans and passions you’ve been ignoring. This, in turn, forces you to consider options you’ve rejected without a thought. At minimum, acquaint yourself with the ideas and the people involved. That’s likely to so alter your perspective that, without others’ encouragement, you’ll seriously exploring options that, only days before, you’d firmly rejected.

Mistakes have been made in the workplace. There will be some changes made to show lessons that have been learned from these. You will just want to get on with your job and concentrate on issues that concern you. Other matters can be dealt with by those with other responsibilities. An unexpected expenditure or higher than anticipated bill will take you by surprise. Therefore, think twice if you are tempted to join anyone in plans that might cost you in the long term.

The fallout from Sunday’s Full Moon could leave you temporarily disadvantaged and even speechless. Okay, you could throw your toys out the pram with sheer exasperation. Know that on Tuesday, Mercury returns to your opposite sign. By then, others should realise exactly which commitments have been made and the priority in which these need to be addressed. You are at your best when joining forces. Yes, though Aries loves to be independent and free, you can be the most brilliant partner. Focus on that trait. A working partnership looks set to move to new platform with you very much in the driving seat but comfortable knowing that you have an ally.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

After weeks and, often, months of battling practical obstacles and obstructive individuals, suddenly the tide turns in your direction. Yet those changes introduce new elements, in terms of those activities but, also, the people involved, and you find them worrying. While that’s understandable, they’re taking you into new territory, if not on a real adventure. Admittedly, life’s become too predictable. These will remedy that, sometimes overnight.

An older relative will admit to having had a few personal problems to work through recently. You may not have said anything at the time, but you did sense things have been difficult for them. That’s why you’ve been spending more time with them of late. Any efforts made to improve family life and home surroundings will go well. Once plans are set in motion, even housemates who weren’t keen on some ideas will be helpful and cooperative.

Mercury leaves the speculative area of your solar chart on Monday and moves on for a near three-week stay in the day-to-day working zone. You do well when working within a team as it seems you have an instinct for bringing out the best in others. True, you could be exasperated by a Gemini who has too many fingers in too many pies. Their lack of focus would understandably be exasperating. Yet it’s through their network and with their encouragement, that you could push your career boat into fresh waters. By the time that the Moon reaches your sign on Thursday, you’ll likely also know exactly how to put a message across and how to market yourself and services to advantage.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Once you acknowledge there’s no escaping certain practical issues, and the accompanying discussions and, ideally, resulting plans, the rest will be easy. In fact, as you proceed, your zest for life will return. The challenge? It’s balancing thrilling encounters and the resulting discussions with keeping a sharp eye on timing, other commitments and your own personal life. If anybody can do this variety of juggling, a Gemini can.

Recent disappointments regarding a legal, financial or property matter will not mean you have to give up on some ideas altogether. This should just make you all the more determined to succeed next time. Your instincts are generally good. If you feel wary about someone you are dealing with or sense a colleague or client isn’t being honest with you, it will pay to do your own research. This could actually lead you to the root of past problems.

Geminis have a justifiable reputation for having fingers in many pies but can appear unfocused and unclear. A natural gift for multitasking and chasing news means that you often appear distracted. Following this weekend’s Full Moon, a degree of chaos – in part attributable to your earlier behaviour – will require setting the record straight and making clear new priorities. As they say, ‘loose lips, sink ships’ and you need to be careful what you say mid-week and ensure words don’t come back to haunt you. It’s probable that by Friday you will team up with a Taurus or Aquarius whose management skills are proven and who seem to know how to be your best foil.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

When you first began discussing exciting but potentially life-changing plans, they seemed a distant if thrilling dream. Now they’re worryingly close to becoming reality and you’re uneasy, if not just plain anxious. Others advise rational analysis. As an intuitive water sign, you’re better off recalling other occasions that roused similar anxieties, how you handled them and the amazing outcome. It’s the same now, as you’ll soon discover.

Family activity may start harmoniously, but the conflict will cause you some upset and confusion. Stay calm, and you should find a way to resolve any issues that crop up. Injecting new ideas into old projects will keep you motivated. A new boss will have a different way of running things. This may not match up to your ideas of the needs of the job. Give them a little more time to prove themselves before launching into any honest criticism.

It is normal for the couple of days after any Full Moon, for Cancers especially, to feel slightly out of sorts. So, it might take you until Tuesday evening before you feel able to contribute constructively to conversations. By then, Mercury will have re-established in Libra: the base area of your solar chart. Determining how and where things should be put, should then feel more comfortable. That’s important as until the end of October, organising basic administration seems imperative. It’s probable too, that the needs of Libra colleagues will need to be taken into consideration. Remember, theirs is one of the Air signs, i.e., they think of ideas but don’t necessarily follow through on them. By Friday you may need to make clear what is and what is not acceptable and which treasures you demand should be archived before they move on to ‘the next new thing’.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

You’re facing a range of exciting yet tricky decisions. While you’re a bit hesitant, mostly you’re eager to plunge in. That’s wise, but only once you understand that because the actual arrangements are unsettled, certain commitments will have to wait, some for weeks, others longer. Still, as an energetic fire sign, instead of remaining safely by the side-lines, you’d rather be in the midst of it all.

After a quiet start to the week, you will be brought out of a solitary mood and into a far more active state of mind around Wednesday. Very soon, there will be a chance to involve yourself in a job or activity you’ve always wanted to do, and you don’t intend to miss out on this opportunity. Someone close has a dilemma they cannot handle on their own. With your Leo combination of determination and patience, you will be able to pinpoint the most rational angles of the situation.

The after-effects of this weekend’s Full Moon will require crisis management. Of course, you could be in your element and enjoy the drama. By mid-week though, certain restrictions should come into play and, at that point, your momentum could be lost. You might also be exasperated with Cancer, Scorpio or Pisces colleagues who doesn’t realise the implications of decisions. Restoring working partnerships will take time. Anticipate that you might be accused of being headstrong and difficult to work with. It’s as likely that you have full focus and are aware of the pending solar eclipse at the end of the month which will bring inevitable change. You perhaps need others to recognise that there is now no going back and that they would do well to work with you.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Ordinarily you’ve an uncanny ability to spot plans or offers that are worthwhile, and easily dealt with, as opposed to those that could be troublesome. It’s the same with people. Except what and who you’re currently facing are bewildering, leaving you unable to say a clear yes or no. The solution? Adopt a very ‘un-Virgo’ approach. Plunge in and see what happens. You won’t regret it.

Joint funds could cause a few problems. Your goals are not compatible with a partner’s. There may also be contention if one of you is earning more than the other, and all earnings are mingled into the one pot. This should not make any difference as decisions of a financial nature need to be shared equally. You will agree on new ways of handling finances. Social activities keep you on your toes. It would be a good idea to extend the hand of friendship to all new people in your life both at home and at work.

No doubt you’ve already pointed out all the things that could have been managed oh so much better. These last few weeks have been awkward in that Mercury was retrograde through your sign, and likely left you at odds with those who are trying their best, but perhaps don’t have the resources to implement your systems. Now though, they may be catching up with your ideas. As Mercury moves on into neighbouring Libra, balance can and should be restored. The art is in letting others think that plans are their idea. You can take credit later. Recall that Mars has an extended stay in the career zone of your solar chart and that having fingers in more than one pie is now imperative. Your ability to barter, trade and sell import and export is vastly increased. By Friday, expect this ability to draw attention and perhaps even lead to an offer to join forces.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Only recently you disentangled yourself from a range of commitments, from recent too long term. However, they all were complicated. Still, it’s been a relief. Fundamentally, you were hoping for a drama-free life. Shedding those alliances is wise. Still, future plans are looming. The secret? Do something out of character. Say a tentative ‘yes’; and make it clear, you mean it. The rest will flow, and with unexpected ease.

Allow a partner or housemate to air their grievances as they won’t feel able to relax until they know someone is listening. A heart-to-heart talk will be beneficial in a variety of different ways. As well as giving you a better idea of how people really feel this could lead to a joint decision to make some positive changes within the family. You might be looking at ways to increase your income. If you feel confident about your plans, go ahead and see what happens.

Mercury returns to your sign. Anticipate that others will now want to know more of your plans and how you might direct proceedings. In recent weeks, mopping up exercises have taken priority. Now, as Mercury joins your ruling planet, Venus in Libra, people want to hear what you have to say and what could constructively be organised. Leisure time is always important, and something that might be considered over these next few days is planning time off. True, work pressures will likely be considerable following on from this weekend’s Full Moon that indicated the need for much problem-solving. It should be easier to tackle tasks if you have the incentive of a few days off to look forward to.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Most Scorpios have an amazing ability to conceal thoughts or intentions regarding certain matters, personal or otherwise. Now it’s the reverse. You need others’ attention or advice, but only from the appropriate individuals. Forget about plotting an ‘accidental’ discovery that leads to a constructive conversation. Go directly to those who you need to speak with, and say exactly that. The rest will fall into place magically.

You’re becoming increasingly involved in work and community efforts that don’t usually get your interest or attention. What’s more, you’re in the right state of mind to deal with problems other people are coming up against in an efficient and effective way. Don’t be surprised if you are asked to take on a leadership role. In dealings with banks or authority figures, no red tape is going to get in your way. There are ways and means that can help you get the results you are after in a very short time.

It would be understandable if you felt that others were throwing too many ideas at you. You need time to process. After all the emotions that came to the surface at this weekend’s Full Moon, you need time off. A major aspect between the Sun and Saturn (presently moving over the base of your solar chart) suggests the need to draw a line in the sand. Post-Wednesday, you need to know exactly what it is that others want to do and the timeline in which they expect things to be accomplished. What you may sense – likely correctly, – is that energy is being squandered. There is simply too much to do in too short a time. You are at your best when allowed to focus and to research. A Leo who, similarly irritated by developments, may have the happy knack of enabling you to face what at times seems unpalatable.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

You’re no control freak and happily leave dull decisions to others; but what you’re currently facing is both complex and crucial. Yes, it’s about tedious facts, then discussing them with those who’ll clarify what you’re committing to. If you’re tempted to put these off, think back to times in the past when you did, and regretted it. The solution? Plunge in, and the sooner, the better.

No matter the opposition, you are determined to reach a career goal. This serious mood is all it will take to overcome the stumbling blocks ahead. Someone you care for won’t share your devotion towards some activities, in which case don’t bore them by bringing them up endlessly in conversations. Be prepared to give some time to a youngster in the family who may need some attention. Cheerfully encourage their interests.

It could be argued that sometimes, all a Sagittarius wants is for someone to play with their fire. You thrive on ideas and possibilities. You want to know that the world is your oyster and that adventure is beckoning; and yet: too much air and you could be exhausted -which is highly likely mid-week. Note that there are important alignments coming up at the end of the month. You’re absolutely right that you need to conserve energy to make the most opportunities headed your way. For now, regulating other people’s enthusiasm could seem an uphill task. You might need to remind them that the past simply can’t be repeated, and that they need to do things differently. That also applies to you! Don’t assume that an old system will still work. You may need to accept, that you moving into the unknown.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Witnessing your carefully organised alliances and the resulting plans come undone may be unsettling, if not upsetting. Yet deep down you’re aware these are a trial run for more far-reaching arrangements in a few months’ time. Knowing that, take a chance, both on people and arrangements. What you learn won’t just be interesting, those insights could be astonishingly inspirational, and possibly result in a thrilling rethink.

Being asked to appear in front of your boss or some other person in power is bound to make you feel nervous. This could relate to your current role, a recent assessment or the possibility of promotion. Whatever the meeting entails, there will be no problems or questions about the standard of your work. Links within the community will keep you on your toes in the evenings and weekends. A long-standing financial or legal problem is about to come to an end.

As you know, yours is one of the earth signs. You have a solid reputation from moving forward prudently and carefully. Over the last 10 years, as Pluto has been moving through your sign, gradually you’ve become more empowered. True, you might also at times have been disillusioned and disgruntled. This week, as Mercury returns to the apex of your solar chart, it’s time to find your voice. You need to make clear where responsibilities lie. It’s highly likely that others want you to take on more. Does this suit your long-term plan? What precisely is your long-term mission statement? Capricorns work best when they have a good team around them. With Mars’ move through Gemini, so much work may be headed your way with no agreed schedule or timeline yet in place. That’s perhaps the big issue that needs to be addressed this week – alongside choosing exactly who you should have on your team.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

You’ll begin this week ready for a few battles, but will end it having fought far more fiercely than you expected and, be far better informed than you realised was necessary. The problem? Once you’ve organised a plan, you prefer to stick with it. While, mostly, that’s wise, at the moment, you’d regret it. If you can’t say an enthusiastic yes to changes, at least explore them.

Plans to take a short journey with someone you love will swiftly enter your mind and then leave it again just as quickly. With all that’s going on at the moment, you might decide travelling will be a waste of time. Even so, there is nothing preventing you from visiting a friend or relative who is currently housebound. Seeing you will make their day. If you know someone isn’t in the mood to listen to you, recognise the wisdom of giving up and waiting for another time to put a vital viewpoint across.

Anticipate being viewed as a key member of a team as the Sun makes fabulous aspect to your ruling planet, Saturn (which you may remember is still passing through your sign). Others will surely look to you to take the lead. It helps that Mercury returns to another of the Air signs and that Mars is travelling through the other Air sign. Mentally you should be flying high. True, that could leave you emotionally vulnerable. Your head and heart work at different paces. Logically you know what needs to be done but then emotions catch up with you. It might help to join forces with a Scorpio or Pisces whose watery base, compensates for the times when you appear super-demanding. This working week is all about pushing forward whilst recognising that some people are still wounded from recent events.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Of the twelve signs, you’re the most idealistic. This involves matters from your personal life to your more worldly activities. Yet now events are challenging both your convictions and the resulting arrangements. In the past you’ve done nothing, hoping issues would vanish, and they did. Now they won’t. If you can’t commit to those changes, at least begin thinking about it. You’ll be glad you did.

If you’re reluctant to get on with severe affairs and inclined to take a few days off, then do so. It won’t be as if you have nothing to do to fill your off-duty hours. This could be a real family week and will feel emotionally rewarding, especially if you share an activity involving everyone. If you’re looking for a new house or accommodation, you might find exactly the right place you’ve been searching for after taking the advice of a friend.

You should be in demand. Others need oil poured on troubled waters. You perhaps need to do more listening and directing than usual. Anticipate many short journeys. Others need you to pick up pieces – particularly where educational matters are concerned. There’s also the issue of local transport and related difficulties. By mid-week, it would be understandable if you felt that all reserves had been exhausted. Yet don’t underestimate your ability to rise above the waves. You know how to make use of a network. With others wanting to join forces, by Friday, you could have the support that you need while similarly offering that to others. Careerwise, it’s all about who you can and cannot work with. In particular, be prepared for Gemini, Libra and Aquarius colleagues, to ask for assistance.

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By GrannyMoon Posted in Pagan

GrannyMoons Weekly Feast: 2 Oct 2022

It is not our differences that divide us.
It is our inability to recognize, accept,
and celebrate those differences.

  • Audre Lorde

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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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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What’s Happening?!?

Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30

Celtic Tree Calendar Month ~ September 30 To October 27 – Celtic Month Ivy

Herb of the Year for 2022: Viola (violet, heartsease) named by the International Herb Association

OCTOBER
• Youth Substance Use Prevention
• Youth Justice Action
• Clean Energy Action
• Disability Employment Awareness
• Breast Cancer Awareness
• Arts and Humanities
• Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention
• Cybersecurity Awareness
• Blindness Awareness
• Menopause Awareness
• Vegetarian Awareness
• Down Syndrome Awareness

OCT. 2: Feast of the Guardian Spirits—honoring spirit guides and helpers.

OCT. 4: Roman Jejunium Cereris: Fast Day for Ceres

OCT. 9-11: Feast of Divine Wisdom – Source of all knowledge, honoring God-Goddess as Odin-Frigg (Norse); and Goddess as Sophia/Wisdom (Christian), Truth/Maat (Egyptian), Metis (Greek), Sarasvati (Hindu), & Manat (Arabic-Sufi).

OCT. 13: Knights Templar Remembrance Day
Greek Thesmophoria: five-day women’s pilgrimage for Aphrodite as Goddess of Genetyllis (childbirth), Demeter as Mother of a beautiful child (Persephone), with revelry the first day, celebration the second, temple of Demeter the third, fast and mourning for Persephone the fourth, and rejoicing the fifth day.

Oct 18: English Great Horn Fair – Festival of Herne. Great Horn Festival—Horned God and Lady of the Wood invoked for the fertility of wild game and the Hunting Season.

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Face to Face Workshops with GrannyMoon at Sticks and Stones
Join us at https://www.meetup.com/Witchy-Wednesdays

WitchCrafting: 1 PM – 3PM – Oct 2
The Herbal Cauldron 1 PM – 3 PM – Oct 9
The Magick of Crystals: 12 PM – 2 PM – Oct 16
Celebrating Samhain at Black Hat – 7 PM – 9 PM – Oct 30 – Wear you best Witchy Outfits!

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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 Might Also Be Interested In:
http://goddessschool.com/Paganstudies/index.html
http://www.goddessschool.com/courses/natural/naturalwitch.html
http://goddessschool.com/Paganstudies/healingarts.html

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Learn About Herbs with GrannyMoon!

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 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 $150.00 the entire online Healing Arts Course (1-3) which includes a free Reiki certification course when all three are ordered at the same time!
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Natural Witchcraft with GrannyMoon

Welcome to a journey to learn about yourself and your hidden powers. Wise women and men have existed for thousands of years and still exist throughout the world. They know Mother Earth as the ultimate healer, and have learned to utilize the gifts of of nature. Inside each person is a being of wisdom, deeply connected to the phases of the moon and the tides of the sea. All we need to do is trust our innate wisdom.

This will take 13 weeks of study and hands-on practice. But it should be fun for you too! We start with the basics!

~What You Need To Know First!
~Your Inner Witch
~The Informed Witch
~Your Witchy Genealogy, Finding Your Ancestors
~Much Much More

This is not Wicca! You don’t need expensive accoutrements or other fancy trappings! All lessons are done weekly with GrannyMoon through e-mail, with personal feedback.

Course requires purchase of one text book! You may buy this new,
used or you may already have it! “Way of Natural Magick” by Nigel Pennick

All Students Welcome!
A 13 week course on-line course.
$150.00
Those completing this course will receive a certificate in Natural Magick!

Payment Plan Available
3 payments of $50.00
Payments Plan!
Contact GrannyMoon at:
GrannyMoonsMail@yahoo.com

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The Goddess School Grimoire

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Hardcover: $39.45
Softback: $26.95
eBook (PDF): $6.25

The Goddess School Grimoire is a collection of recipes, artwork, poetry, prose, prayers, rituals, spells, and practical Goddess wisdom put together by the teachers, students, alumni, and friends of The Sisters of the Burning Branch Goddess School. The sisterhood is dedicated to restoring spiritual balance by returning the Divine Feminine to her rightful place and by assisting women in their personal and spiritual development. Since being founded by Head and High Mother Priestess Grandmother Moon in 2000, The Goddess School (GoddessSchool.com) has grown into a large and beautiful global community of women.

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Magic Hat Workshop
Sticks and Stones
October 15th 2:00pm to 3:30pm

What to expect: At the beginning of this hands-on workshop, we will have a brief introduction to hats that are known to be worn by magical practitioners. We will cover a brief introduction of herbs used in magic, then magic writing in terms of runes, sigil, and witch alphabet to be used on our hat. Towards the middle of the workshop, we will design our magic hat and then build it. We will seal our practice at the end with a spell.

What to bring: A hat that you wish to decorate and use at the next “The Most Excellent Order of the Black Hat”. Pen and paper, Positive attitude.

Sticks and Stones may have some hats available for purchase. Walmart also has hats at affordable prices.

Cost: $15.00 – Covers the cost of herbs, floral hat-making material, special glue, ribbons, and special markers.

Bio: Sage Moon (Mike) has been practicing witchcraft for 2 years. He has been studying under GrannyMoon’s The Goddess School and has completed several courses. He also hosts workshops on other esoteric topics regularly.

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John Marani—Astrologer, Tarot Card Reader, and Metaphysical Teacher

Hi there folks! I’m pleased to be among the talented speakers chosen by Kathy Rose to present at the upcoming Empowered Astrology Virtual Event on October 22-23, 2022.
My mission: To facilitate the best astrological discussion ever had on this planet. Can I do it? Duh. Have you MET me? Perfect spot in the lineup for this Jupiter in Sagittarius in the 11th house.

Please consider joining us for what I feel will be an incredible event! Get more details and sign up at roseastrology.com.

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Llewellyn’s Spell A Day

Car Naming
OCTOBER 02, 2022 BY LAURA TEMPEST ZAKROFF

If you own a car, does it have a name? October 2 is Name Your Car Day. While it might seem silly to give your car a name, many folks who own cars tend to spend an awful lot of time in them. Most magical folks I know name their cars and talk to them as well. (I certainly do!) If you can recognize that your vehicle has an energy of its own, you’ll find you can head off major problems early and get more “life” out of it. You don’t have to do a formal naming ceremony, but taking a day in both the spring and the fall to wash the outside, clean the inside, remove any debris, and reset/ refresh any altars or talismanic items helps show that you respect and honor your car. (Every car I’ve ever owned has had at least one stuffed animal, several rocks/shells, a feather, and some plant matter.)
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Bonfire and Flames
OCTOBER 01, 2022 BY DEBORAH BLAKE

As we move deeper into the fall, the cooler air and darkening nights bring to mind the charm of being around a crackling bonfire. The smell of the wood smoke, the company of friends, the warmth of the fire … what could be better?

Whether or not you can have an actual bonfire, this is a perfect time to make a connection to the element of fire. Fire can be found in many different forms, from a single candle to a grouping of tealights, a barbeque, or a fireplace. Choose the one that works best for you and approach it mindfully and with appreciation for the gifts and power of fire. Kindle your flame and spend a few minutes basking in the light and warmth it gives off. Then say:

Fire so bright,
Fire so warm,
Share your light,
I feel your charm.
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Something for the Pocketbook
SEPTEMBER 30, 2022 BY RAVEN DIGITALIS

It’s a wise idea to carry some sort of financial charm with you, especially in your wallet or purse. This sort of magick is practiced across the globe in some form or another. Indeed, we are all dependent on this made-up thing called “money” for certain things in life. But, as with any other energy, we are allowed to open ourselves to it so that we can use it for the greater good.

Find a fancy piece of paper (papyrus and parchment are my favorites) and cut a square of ten centimeters (approximately four inches). On one side, write your country’s symbol for currency. On the flip side, draw an infinity loop, with two arrows pointing to it.

Anoint the paper with patchouli and/or vetiver oil, and always store it with your cash or cards. Replenish the spell anytime by anointing it with the oil.
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Speed It Up
SEPTEMBER 29, 2022 BY LAURA TEMPEST ZAKROFF

September 29 is National Coffee Day. Besides being many people’s favorite magical brew to start the day, coffee has other metaphysical properties that are worth noting. As caffeine tends to speed things up, why not tap into that potential energy to hurry along something that could use a boost? Coffee is generally easy to come by, and it’s also good for clearing and cleansing. You can add coffee to your spell in one of three easy ways:

Liquid: Add black and freshly
brewed coffee to other liquids,
or pour it where it can be easily
absorbed.

Coffee grounds: Allow the grounds
to dry, then sprinkle them in
places where things are stuck, or
mix them with incense.

Beans: Add the beans to satchels,
along with stones, herbs,
coins, and other small items that
wouldn’t mix well with liquid or
the fine particles of the grounds.
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Fairy and Folk Tales
SEPTEMBER 28, 2022 BY BARBARA ARDINGER

Are there days when you just want to get away from consensual reality? One way to do this is to turn yourself (temporarily!) into a fairy in a tale of princesses, princes, enchanted beasts, or wizards. Reread your favorites, such as the Grimm brothers’ Household Tales, The Lord of the Rings, or Wicked, for starters. Watch The Wizard of Oz and Into the Woods. How soon do you notice that there aren’t any fairies in these true and faux folk tales, novels, and plays?

Read your favorite story again. Cast yourself as a character. Become a real fairy. Who can you make friends with? Examine the world of the story. Of course it’s not perfect. If it were, there’d be no plot. As a fairy, what can you do to change the story? Improve the life of the princess or the cinder girl? Create a happier ending? Here’s your invocation:

I am the Good Fairy.
As I enter this story,
My intentions are good.
I bring good magic to balance the bad.
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The Dark Madonna
SEPTEMBER 27, 2022 BY DALLAS JENNIFER COBB

As light wanes and darkness grows, invoke the Dark Madonna to guide your journey. Every culture has a personification of the dark mother, representing the seasonal descent into darkness and the symbolic journey into our psyche and shadow material. Call on Nyx, the Greek goddess of the night, or Hecate, goddess of the crossroads, witchcraft, and the moon. Invoke either Persephone or her mother, Demeter, to join you as you journey down, examining loss, abandonment, separation, and pain.

O Dark Madonna, journey with me.
O Dark Madonna, journey with me.
Mary, mother of Jesus, be
with me in my grief.
Isis, mother of Horus,
provide healing relief.
Demeter, help me release
summer’s light.
Persephone, be with me as
I journey into night.
Nyx, stay by my side through
the dark night of the soul,
And Hecate, guide my journey,
that I may emerge whole.
O Dark Madonna, journey with me.
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Circle of Spice Altar
SEPTEMBER 26, 2022 BY NATALIE ZAMAN

Create this altar using warming spices and sugar to sweeten your autumn. Go outdoors and clear a onefoot space; you can mark it out with chalk. In the center of the space, pour a small amount of sugar and shape it into a two-to-three-inch circle. Sprinkle the following four spices around the sugar in concentric circles, invoking the power of each spice as you work:

Cloves to cleanse body and soul,
Ginger for prosperity, silver, and gold.
Cinnamon for lucky starts,
Cardamom to lift my heart.

Now walk around the circles clockwise three times as you recite this chant to sweeten your autumn:

Cooler days,
Darker nights.
Sweet sugar,
Warming spice.
I love the fall!

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You Can Book This “Hocus Pocus” Cottage for a Spooky One-Night Stay
by ARIELLE TSCHINKEL

https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/hocus-pocus-airbnb-37140593

The Sanderson sisters are obviously spooky season legends, and in honor of their return after nearly three decades, everyone’s favorite fictional witches are getting with the times in a spellbindingly perfect way. Ahead of the highly-anticipated “Hocus Pocus 2,” which hits Disney+ on September 30, the mythical trio is teaming up with Airbnb to rent out their chilling cottage, with two lucky fans invited to stay for one night only.

Fittingly located in Danvers, Massachusetts — aka the formal name of Salem Village after it was renamed in 1752 — the Hocus Pocus cottage is an eerily enchanting abode with space for two guests… and, of course, an endless amount of tricks and treats. To celebrate the Sanderson sisters’ resurrection this Halloween, they’re offering up a one-night stay on October 20 to one lucky winner, with a cost of just $31.

Featuring two bedrooms and a nearby outhouse, the creaky old cottage might have some cobwebs and dust, but it’ll surely be worth it to spot the sisters’ iconic Black Flame candle, massive cauldron, and, of course, the boooooook. Yes, not only will you be able to conjure up spirits aplenty by way of Winifred’s famed spellbook, but you’ll also get to explore the dark, rich history of Salem with guided visits to some of the town’s most haunted properties, and also score a special screening of the sequel during your stay. The cottage also includes essentials like linens and towels, free parking, indoor heating, and included Wifi — you know, all the modern creature comforts you’ll need to sleep as

To help support the town’s youth, Airbnb also will make a one-time donation to the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem.

As noted in the listing, this one-night stay is not a contest and guests will be responsible for their own travel, by broomstick or otherwise. Booking opens at 1 p.m. ET on Wednesday, October 12 for a one-night stay on Thursday, October 20. Don’t miss your chance to run amok, amok, amok in the most iconic cottage from centuries current and past… that is, if you dare.

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Heartwings Love Notes 1055 Decisions Can Be Tricky

Heartwings says, “Sometimes decisions can change with better information.”
We like where we live now, and we have lived here for eight years. It is convenient and cozy. It holds one good-sized room and a bedroom with a galley kitchen. It tends to get easily cluttered; however, we are accustomed to that and so are those who visit us. What just about everyone comments on is the most difficult aspect of our second-floor dwelling place: our stairs are steep and narrow. Fortunately, there is a strong banister to cling to, which I do. I also suggest to visitors that they do the same.

In the past I simply considered the stairs good exercise. Then I found them getting arduous. Parkinson’s had reduced my mobility, making the stairs more challenging. It became difficult both to go up and to go down. What was worse, I could no longer carry anything more than my cane. Stephen had to lug everything by himself. And the stairs weren’t easy for him either.
We began to seek a ground floor apartment and encountered nothing we either liked or that fit our budget. When we sought help at the Senior Center, we were told about a residence home in Whitinsville. My helpful daughter made an appointment for us both and we went to see it: an independent living situation set within a lovely pre-civil war mansion built by the owner of the original Whitinsville mills.

The amenities for residents included meals, snacks, laundry, electricity, heat, and housekeeping. It seemed ideal; however, the living arrangement consisted of one room only, with a bath. A lovely place to live, with generous rooms for relaxing, dining, and so on, it would mean giving up most of our possessions, or putting them in storage. Also, no one else in the residence was gluten intolerant. I could not ask the kitchen to make meals for just me, plus the danger of cross contamination.

Regardless of that, we said we move in and began preparing. What we didn’t yet know was what the price would be for two, versus one person. Over the next while as we waited for that information, we discussed how we would do this. I found myself filled with regrets on a daily basis for what I’d lose: making our meals, most of my wardrobe to fit the small closet space, the books I could not have with me, and more. Stephen was being stalwart and kind as he coped with what he could not fit into the space.

Then we were given the price. It was more than we had expected or planned for. How much did we really want to do this. This new factor completely altered the perspective. Much conversation ensued. Things changed in our minds. The illusion of leisurely living, with everything taken care of faded when confronted with the reality of what was not physically, mentally and emotionally going to work, so we declined–with a little regret and a big sigh of relief.

May your important decisions be guided by your truth,
Blessings and best regards, Tasha Halpert
PS Tell me about your decisions, and how they have been for you. I love it when readers share their stories. Please write me at tashahal@gmail.com. For more Heartwings, check out http://www.heartwingsandfriends.com.

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The Breath of the Universe

We remember that nature’s power is as close as our breath, and we breathe deeply once again.

We can connect ourselves with a basic force of nature by focusing on the essential element of air during a wind meditation. We begin by centering ourselves on our breath. We inhale the life-giving force, feeling it fill us, and then releasing it into the world to let our breath mingle with the breath of nature. If we cannot feel the wind right now, we can recall times when the wind has sent us caresses on bare skin, ruffling our clothes, and playing with our hair.

We can evoke sounds carried on the wind, maybe laughter or song, or perhaps just the wind’s own whispers through the trees or across the landscape of our ears. We may summon up an image of falling flowers or leaves from above, vivid colors set free with the wind’s encouragement. We may envision birds drifting on unseen currents with wings unbent, or flags and banners unfurled in the breeze. The scent of a sea breeze may come to mind or the aromas of freshly baked treats or fragrant blooms that reach us from a distance. As these memories enliven our senses, we are feeling the vital force that surrounds and animates us. We can look to the trees to sway in time with nature’s rhythm. Just as we can be soothed by the wind, we know that nature has great power. In a rush, it can block out all sound, leaving us with only the beating of our hearts.

Wind can even make the inanimate dance and whirl gracefully. With a gentle sigh, the wind has carried sailors to faraway lands and balloons to great heights. We can entrust the wind to carry our voices and best wishes out into the world, knowing they will be carried to their perfect destination. Releasing these precious offerings to the wind’s care, we remember that nature’s power is as close as our breath, and we breathe deeply once again before returning to the world around us.

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Daily Acts of Kindness

We can all vow to make the world a better place one day at a time by being our true authentic selves.

Each of us is more than capable of helping the world, despite our fears and limitations and the uncertainty that hold us back. It is commonly accepted that it is impossible to make a difference without unlimited funding or free time, yet most healing, cleansing, and spreading of joy is accomplished in a matter of minutes. If we vow to make the world a better place one day at a time, the true significance of small good deeds reveals itself to us. We come to see that we can be of service without dedicating our lives to recognized charities or giving up the pleasures we enjoy. The warmth we feel when we help the world is only a tiny part of the affirmative transformations that take place when we make altruism a part of everyday existence.

We make our homes, workplaces, communities, and countries better and brighter when we think positive thoughts that echo outward, give donations of time or money, smile at everyone we meet, and lend those in need our assistance. We inadvertently improve the universe because we can only be truly involved when we are informed. Even enthusiastically sharing ideas with others generates positive energy that then serves as the motivation for more tangible change. Selfless and helpful deeds remind us that we exercise some degree of control over a world that can seem chaotic at times. Even the smallest of such deeds is a demonstration of the fact that we are capable of changing the world in a positive way. So much negative energy is generated by the suffering, pain, and close-mindedness we are regularly exposed to, but we can counteract it in a constructive way by thinking and acting altruistically when opportunities to do so arise.

Helping the world often takes no more than a moment; just a wish for the world is a beautiful gesture and can be done by even the busiest of people effortlessly. The gift you give each day need not be grand or attention-worthy because the broader benefits are the same no matter the literal repercussions. Once a day, you can affect reality, and you can reap the rewards of knowing that you are making the world a better place.

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Why Cry?
~ANDREW WEIL, M.D.

You advocate for laughing as it has demonstrated health benefits, but what about crying? Is it healthy to have a good cry every once in a while?

That’s a good question, but I’m not sure there are any good answers yet. We know that laughter is the end result of positive emotion. The “facial feedback” hypothesis holds that just physically expressing an emotion – such as smiling even when you don’t feel happy – sends a biochemical signal from the facial muscles that “loops” back to the brain. This can increase feelings of happiness, and suggests that we can consciously control our emotional lives much more than we might have suspected.

Crying is a bit more complicated since it can mean so many things – a signal that you’re in pain, a sign of grief, of joy, or a response to watching a movie with a sad, or happy, ending. To confuse matters further, new research suggests that cultural conditioning plays a role in crying. We knew that women cry more often than men – an average of 5.3 times a month compared to 1.3 times per month (here, investigators noted that “crying” could mean anything from tearing up to all out sobbing). But research also suggests that people in wealthier countries that allow more freedom of expression cry more often than those in poor countries where expressing yourself with tears is not culturally acceptable.

Recent studies also suggest that tears are a communication tool. (Crying is how babies let us know that they’re hungry or need help.) But investigators say that the benefits traditionally ascribed to a good cry are overstated.

A study at the University of Pittsburgh showed that only about 30 percent of women students asked to keep a daily diary reported that their moods had improved after crying, while 60 percent said there was no change in mood, and about 9 percent described their moods after crying as worse. To make sure the students gave accurate reports, they were asked to check in with study preceptors the same day that they cried. The investigators concluded that their study participants were more likely to feel better if they cried alone or around one other person, but felt worse or didn’t experience a mood change if they were in company with two or more people.

Bottom line: a good laugh seems a lot better for you than a good cry.

Andrew Weil, M.D.

Sources:
Oren Hasson et al, ” Emotional Tears as Biological Signals.” Evolutionary Psychology, 1474-7049 – Volume 7(3). 2009. Lauren M. Bylsma et al, “When and for whom does crying improve mood? A daily diary study of 1004 crying episodes.” Journal of Research in Personality, August 201

Dianne Van Hemert, et al, “Culture and Crying Prevalences and Gender Differences” Cross Cultural Research, November 2011

Lorna Collier, “Why We Cry,” American Psychological Association, http://www.apa.org/monitor/2014/02/cry.aspx Accessed October 17, 2014

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The Victorian Book of the Dead
~chriswoodyard

The Pauper’s Coffin: 1865

ONLY A PAUPER.
The Dundee Advertiser of Wednesday says–On Sunday evening a man. named Peter Fyffe, about 60 years of age, a flax-dresser by occupation, and residing in Irvine-square, Bell-street, died very suddenly. Between-nine and ten o’clock he was apparently in his usual state of health, but soon after that he became ill, and died shortly before eleven o’clock. His sister, Widow Keillor, with whom he resided, being in poor circumstances, applied to Mr. Jack, the inspector of poor for the parish of Dundee, to bury the corpse of her brother, which he at once agreed to do, and the funeral was fixed for Tuesday afternoon. Widow Keillor says–“A coffin was brought to the house about one o’clock to-day (Tuesday) by two men. It was long enough, but it was neither deep enough nor wide enough to contain the corpse. The men, when they saw that the coffin was not large enough, commenced to make the body of my brother fit it. One of the men put his knee on my brother’s breast and pressed with all his might, in order to make the corpse go into the coffin. The bones of my brother’s right arm cracked, and, although I could not say positively that it was broken, it seemed very like it. The whole bones of his body seemed crushed. It was impossible, notwithstanding all the exertions of the men, to make my brother’s body fit the coffin, which, burst. When it was seen that the body would not go into the coffin they went away for another one, which they brought; and when my brother’s body was taken out of the coffin, a considerable quantity of blood was in it. The second coffin exactly fitted my brother’s corpse, and when it was brought to the house one of the men said he admitted that the first coffin was too little. I felt very much shocked at the way in which the men crushed my brother’s corpse into the coffin, which was much too small, and Mrs. Keith, and Mrs. Fraser, and Mary Taylor remonstrated with the men, and told them that if they did not use the body rightly they would complain to the authorities.” This statement Mrs. Keillor declared was true, and not in the least exaggerated; and when our reporter read it over to Peter Devine (weaver), Helen Henderson (millworker), Agnes Imrie (millworker), and Barbara Henderson (sack-sewer), who were all in the house, and who stated that they saw the whole proceedings, they corroborated it in every particular.

Liverpool [Merseyside, England] Mercury 15 April 1865: p. 5

Other newspapers added the following details:
One woman exclaimed—“God pity me, to see a man of such respectability as he was in his day come to that, and be treated so miserably at his latter end.” Several of the neighbours with whom our reporter spoke on Tuesday night substantiated statements which the deceased sister had volunteered.

Mrs Keillor added that the parochial authorities sent a good hearse to convey her brother’s remains to the Eastern Cemetery, and she accompanied the remains to their last resting place, where, in her own words, she said—“I did what perhaps never a woman did before—I put the head of the coffin in the earth.”

We are satisfied that it is neither with the knowledge nor approval of the Chairman, Committee, or higher officials of the Parochial Board, that any such proceedings as narrated above had occurred. It is imperative however, that such instructions be at once given as will prevent any repetition of them, and nothing is so likely to effect this as taking the matter from the region of street rumour into public notice by the press.

The Western Flying Post or Sherborne and Yeovil Mercury [Sherborne, Dorset, England] 25 April 1865: p. 8

An investigation before the Parochial Board was held into the circumstances of this incident:

ILL-TREATMENT OF A CORPSE.
An examination took place before the Parochial Board Committee yesterday, in reference to the alleged ill-treatment of the corpse of Peter Fyffe, flaxdresser, Irvine Square, Bell Street, by the undertaker employed by the Parochial Board. Mr Francis Molison occupied the chair; and there were present–Messrs Niven, Guthrie, Mills, Ness, Morrison, Lorimer, Isdale, and Low.

David Gorrie was the first witness examined. He deponed that he was assistant-inspector, and stated that a woman called on him for a funeral order on Monday, between twelve and one o’clock. She produced a certificate from the registrar that the death was properly registered. He gave an order to the contractor for such funerals, Mr James Lindsay. The deceased was not a pauper on the roll. The woman told him that they wanted to bury the corpse immediately; but he told her it could not be buried for twenty-four hours. The order was then given her by him. James Lindsay was unable to be in attendance, and the next witness was

David Lindsay, son of Mr Lindsay, the contractor. He deponed that two women came to his father’s shop about four o’clock on Monday, with air order from the Inspector of Poor, for him to bury the deceased Peter Fyffe. They stated that they wished the funeral to take place immediately; but he said that it could not be done till next day. They said that deceased was an ordinary sized man; and he did not think it necessary to go and measure the body, but made an ordinary sized coffin. Next day, he went up about twelve o’clock for the funeral taking the chest with him. He found the body lying on the door, covered with rags. There was blood lying on the floor beside it. It appeared to him that the blood had come from the mouth. They lifted the body into the coffin; but found that although the coffin was long enough, it was too narrow.

They tried to put the body into the coffin. They then put the lid upon the coffin, and screwed it at the bottom and the top. They found=that it would not close at the sides, the coffin being too narrow and being thus forced out. The body seemed to have swollen. They did not crush or push the body in any way, or injure it, or break any ot the bones. They found that the coffin was too small, and took it out. They then took back the small coffin and made a new one, large enough. They went back about five o’clock with the coffin, and the funeral was carried through. He denied that any ill usage whatever had been given to the body, but admitted that the first coffin was too small. If he had taken the measure of the body, it would have been all right. In this there was some fault. When the lid was put on the first coffin, he merely pressed the sides to get the lid on. The lid broke, but the corpse sustained no ill usage.

Robert Lindsay, another son of the contractor, was examined. He generally corroborated his brother s evidence, and denied that the corpse was injured, or that any inhumanity was used towards it. The contractors often got ill-usage from folks in the discharge of their duty. The women in this house seemed to be worse of drink. There was one man in the house, and he and the women said the coffin was too small. They were not squeezing nor pressing in the body, but the women in the house called upon them to put on the lid, in consequence of the strong smell that was in the house. It was scarcely bearable. He was satisfied that no injury was done to the body through putting it into the first coffin. There was blood about the mouth before they touched it, and that was not caused by the restriction of the body.

The following is a copy of Mr Lindsay’s contract with the Parochial Board:– “Dundee, 17th March, 1861.

“To the Committee of the Parochial Board

“Gentlemen, I hereby offer for the interment of paupers—

Under 12 years, . . . 10s Above 12 years, . . 17s 3d

“James Lindsay.”

From the first charge, 6s has to be paid for ground, and 3s for juveniles.

The Chairman said no member of the committee supposed but what the interment of the paupers was conducted in the same way as the interment of any other class, and that the bodies were measured in the ordinary way.

Margaret Fyffe or Keillor, sister of the deceased, deponed that she lived in the same flat with him. Shortly after the death of her brother, about eleven o’clock on Sunday night, some police officers came in. They said they would send a doctor, but none came. Her brother was quite well during Sunday. He took his supper heartily that night. She went to the Registrar and got his death registered next morning. She then went to the undertaker, Mr Lindsay, with an order she got from Mr Jack. She told him to come immediately and coffin the corpse. He said he would not come till next day at twelve o’clock. He came next day, but the coffin was too little. He tried to put in the body, but it would not go in. They pressed in the arms and forced down the body. She heard something crack; it was either the coffin or the body. She thought they ought not to have brought such a small coffin. They tried to put on the lid, but those in the house insisted on their taking out the body, and the contractor did so, and took away that coffin and came back some time after with a bigger one, and the funeral took place.

Mrs Fraser was next examined. She was a neighbour. She saw Lindsay come with the coffin. She told him it was too small and too thin. It might have been long enough, but it was too narrow. The body was swollen, and they could not put it into the coffin. They screwed out the top end of the coffin and tried to force in the arms. They forced them down by the side, and put their knee on the lid of the coffin to force it down. She heard something crack. It was either the arm of the man or the coffin that cracked. She thought they were improperly using the corpse. She went along with Ira Keillor to Lindsay on the night before the funeral, when the order had been got from the Inspector of Poor. She told him the condition of the body, and that it would require to be measured, because it was very large. The contractor did not come to measure it, and took up a small coffin. She described the treatment of the body. She thought the contractor acted wrong in forcing in the body in the wav he did.

Mrs Keith said she saw Peter Fyffe after he died. She heard Lindsay told to come and inter the body. Lindsay said the usual hour was twelve o’clock, and that he would come next day. She did not recollect him being told that the body required to be measured. She was present when the body was put into the first coffin. She saw that it was too narrow. She also saw them pressing it in. She heard something crack. It was either the coffin or the body.

Helen Henderson was present when the body was put into the first coffin. It was long enough, but it was too narrow about the shoulders. They lifted the arms and placed them across the breast. They endeavoured to press them down by the sides. They then put on the lid; Mr Lindsay put his knee on the lid to screw it down, and something cracked. Those in the house complained that they were ill-using the body, and they took it out, and took away the coffin, and brought a new one.

Mary Taylor, a neighbour, deponed that she was at the door of the room, and saw the contractor put the body in the coffin. She saw the coffin was too narrow, and that after the body was put into it, it was taken out again, and a new coffin taken up.

Peter Devine was in the house when Fyffe was coffined. He helped Lindsay to put the body into the coffin. The coffin was too small, and they pressed the body down into it. The arms were first put across the breast, and then forced down the sides. They then put on the coffin lid, and screwed it down at the top and the bottom; and, after trying to screw out the sides, could not get it done owing to the coffin being too narrow, and the sides being forced out. Mr Lindsay put his knee on the head of the coffin to screw it down, when the lid broke. Either the body or the arms cracked. He thought that they were trying to force the body into the coffin. He had been in the habit of seeing bodies screwed into coffins. It was the practice for the undertaker to put his knee on the lid of the coffin before screwing it down. This was a usual practice.

At the close of the above examination, the Chairman said that this was the first complaint against Mr Lindsay, and he had conducted on an average 280 funerals a-year for the last three years. The terms which were allowed Mr Lindsay were what he himself proposed. He did not think they could come to any finding in the meantime, but that an adjournment could take place till Mr Lindsay could attend.

This was unanimously agreed to.

The Courier and Argus [Dundee, Tayside, Scotland] 15 April 1865: p. 3

Within two days, the same paper was deploring the state of parish funerals–and leveling a very thinly veiled accusation of murder.

PARISH FUNERALS.
The investigation which has been instituted by the Parochial Committee of Management into the circumstances attending the funeral of Peter Fyffe has disclosed a state of things, the existence of which was not before suspected, and will not be suffered to continue. The investigation is as yet incomplete, and there are some contradictions in the evidence, but enough is certainly known to render it necessary that an alteration in the system should take place. The Parochial authorities contract with Mr Lindsay for the performance of funerals which are conducted at the expense of the parish. They pay the prices which were proposed by the undertaker, and though the charges are small, we must suppose they were sufficient to remunerate the tradesman for his cost and trouble. The Parochial Committee had no idea that pauper funerals were managed in any essential respect differently from those of other poor people. Of course they did not expect that they would be carried out with such ceremony and “circumstance” as those of the rich or well-to-do; and, probably, if they thought of that part of the subject at all, they did not suppose that the same delicate attention to the feelings of survivors would be displayed as when corpses are carried from handsome mansions to the “narrow home,” which is the final resting place of all.

There is, and we fear there always will be, a rougher, not to say ruder, and a less ceremonious manner adopted toward the poor than is exhibited toward the wealthy. As the world is, and as average men are, that is inevitable. Ceremonious formality implies the devotion of time, and attention, and care. The well-off can pay for it and buy it; but the poor cannot afford the outlay, and have to do without what is in fact a marketable commodity, just as they have to do without funereal feathers and other trappings. All that people who know what the world is are perfectly aware of; but no one acquainted with the Chairman of the Parochial Board and the gentlemen who compose the Committee of Management, could for a moment believe that they thought the funerals paid out of the funds under their control, were marked by any circumstances showing the slightest disregard for the impulses which make most men regard death as sacred, and cause the corpse of the poorest to be treated, if not with tenderness, with decent respect. If they had imagined that was possible, we may be sure they would have provided against it ; and the promptness with which the pending investigation has been set on foot, and the fairness with which it has been conducted, are guarantees that whatever is amiss will be fully remedied. The defect in the system appears to have been that when parish coffins were ordered, they were made by guess without the corpse having been measured. That method may answer in the majority of cases, because there is an average of size; but it is necessary to provide for exceptions. The way taken to do that was, it seems, to ask the person bespeaking the coffin if the corpse was of an ordinary size? There is some dispute as to what was done in that respect, in this instance. The assistants of the undertaker say they were told a common sized coffin would be sufficient. On the other side, it is averred they were informed the body was large and swollen, and that an extra large coffin would be required. We cannot decide between these conflicting accounts. The coffin was, it is said, made of an average size, and taken to the house of death. That was on the Tuesday. A miserable place, it appears, that house was. The dead man had not been a pauper; but it is clear that, so far as comforts were concerned, he had been far worse off than those who are supported out of the rates in the Poorhouse. The body was on the floor, covered with rags. Blood was about it, and the undertaker’s assistants think the fluid had come from the mouth. The corpse was swollen so that a larger coffin than ordinary was wanted. That was soon perceived, and directly it became evident the coffin ought to have been taken away and a larger one procured.

There will be no difference of opinion about that. But an attempt was made to force the body into the coffin. There is a dispute as to the degree of violence which was used; but that there was some violence no one who reads the report of the enquiry can doubt. It may be, very probably is, an exaggerated statement, that the bone of one of the arms or any other bone was broken; but that force which ought not to have been applied was exerted, is not to be disputed. The proof is that, on the admission of the persons who took the coffin, the lid is shown to have been broken. It was, we hope and believe, the noise of the creaking of the lid which led to the impression that a bone had been fractured. Some allowance must be made for the undertaker’s men. They had an unpleasant, we might say a disgusting, duty to perform. It is said the stench was almost unbearable ; and it is not unlikely they were urged by the bystanders to get the lid on as quickly as possible, as well as impelled by their own sensations to get through their noisome task as soon as they could; but nothing in the circumstances could justify the attempt to thrust the body into the coffin, obviously too narrow for it, by using a degree of force, which, if it did not crack bones, broke the lid. Such things must not be suffered to be repeated. When the body could not be pressed in, because, whatever violence the corpse might have been able to have borne, the coffin would not stand it, that was done which ought to have been done at first. The body was replaced on the floor, and, without any undue delay, another and larger coffin was procured.

Between the time when the small coffin was taken away and the larger one brought, there was ample opportunity for the relatives of the deceased to have examined the body, and ascertained if it had sustained any injury, but we do not hear that that was done, and if it was, we have not the result before us. If it was not, we must infer indifference on the part of others than the undertaker’s men. If it was, we may dismiss as an exaggeration the allegation that bones were broken. We will not anticipate the decision at which the Committee will arrive as to this particular case; but for the future we cannot doubt it will be provided that bodies shall be measured before coffins are made. That is necessary to prevent the possibility of scenes which should not be allowed to occur in the homes of the poorest, or even of the most worthless. We owe it to our common human feelings to see that the dead are treated decently and respectfully.

But this case suggests to us reflections on something beside the conduct of the undertaker’s men. We are tempted to ask the question–How did Peter Fyffe die? a question which appears to us, at least, as important as the other–How was Peter Fyffe buried? We do not know that the finding an answer to that question can be said to be within the province of the Parochial Committee; but the matter is one which should recommend itself to them as well as others in their capacity of citizens. We gather from the statement of the sister of the deceased, that he appeared quite well on the Sunday and took a hearty supper, and that at eleven o’clock he was dead. What did he die of? There does not seem to have been any medical man present, either before or after death. We do not hear what were the symptoms of the illness, nor what remedies, if any, were used, nor who, if anybody, saw the man die. The sister registered the death on the Monday morning. What account did she give to the Registrar. What disease is set down in the books as that of which Peter Fyffe died?

Couple this uncertainty with the facts that on Tuesday the body was horribly swollen, and that there was blood about it and upon the floor on which it rested among rags; and it seems to us there is something else to be enquired into than the way in which the funeral was conducted. We do not point to any specific suspicions. We know nothing more of the facts than is disclosed in the evidence; but when a man is said to have been well at supper-time and dead at eleven o’clock, when no doctor was called into him, and a registrar’s certificate obtained, and the corpse, swelled and bloody, buried within two days of the death, we cannot help asking the question, “How did Peter Fyffe die?” In England the facts would render the summoning of a coroner’s jury certain. Here we have no coroners, but surely such a case is one that ought not to be suffered to pass by in silence. For all we know, enquiry might lead to a perfectly satisfactory result, but enquiry of some kind there certainly should be.

The Courier and Argus [Dundee, Tayside, Scotland] 17 April 1865: p. 2

And there, as far as I can see in the papers, the matter ended.

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Coach Gilberto
by Stephen Halpert Chapter 31

Gilberto waited patiently to continue his conversation with Maria, while she and Mona finished up in the kitchen. Then before Mona’s bedtime Maria spent time with her going over her school assignments. Once Joey had said good night, and he and Maria were alone in their bedroom Gilberto was finally able to broach the subject of binge sex.
She smiled in reply and shrugged. “Oh it’s nothing really. Just something Rosa and I had discussed, and I suggested it to Evelyn to see if it might do her any good. She was in dire need of exercise.”
His eyes widened and he leaned forward “Discussed what about binge sex?”
She yawned. “It’s just a theory of mine. Sexual calisthenics. I couldn’t get Evelyn to go to the gym or consider an exercise class, even take after dinner walks with her husband. Meanwhile and her depression grew and became more obvious. Rosa and I discussed it, and I urged her to try binge sex with her husband.”
He frowned, then his eyes lit up.” So what’s binge sex?”
She grinned. “Pretty much nonstop marathon sex for four to as many as six hours.”
He grinned broadly. “Nothing wrong with that. Why don’t we give it a try?”
Maria looked at him oddly. “We don’t need that. I’d say we have an above average sex life as well as many ways we utilize our energy.”
He ignored her rationale. “Maria, I’d love us to have binge sex together.”
He looked at her eagerly, but instead of agreeing she frowned and said, “Oh dear.”
His shock was evident in his voice. “What do you mean ‘oh dear.’ Oh dear what? Why can’t we get into binge sex?”
She slid out of her jeans, took off her flannel tee with the roses over her heart and took off her bra.
He grinned. “I know, now you’re teasing me.”
She slid into his arms, embraced him and they kissed passionately. Loosing themselves in each other they ultimately ended up falling on the bed to continue. After a while, when they both came up for air she looked into his eyes. “Gilberto there’s one thing taking a brisk walk before breakfast versus training for the Boston marathon.”
But he didn’t hear her. “Maria let’s get into binge sex and get it on for a bunch of hours.”
She sighed. Finally after being silent for a bit she said, “But Gilberto that’s not how we make love. We allow our intimacy to take us over and bring us joy. That’s very different from intense orgasmic calisthenics.”
Confused, he shook his head.
She went on. “I wanted her to free up and break through her blocks. Rosa agreed with me. She said participating in binge sex worked for her.”
That made sense to him and he nodded. “So, why couldn’t it work for us too?”
She sighed and slid into her black silk robe. She reached out and softly touched the sides of his face. Then she grinned. “Because we’re doing just fine. I love our lovemaking. It’s incredible. You always blow my mind and turn me into that wild little girl I hadn’t known before you came into my life. I don’t see any reason for us to make love any differently.”
He shook his head and frowned. “But Maria, that idea really turns me on.”
She shook her head and laughed. “The minute I’m undressed you get excited. And believe me I appreciate your attention but nonstop intense sex, hour after hour doesn’t do it for me. Besides I fear it would really tire you out.”
His face reddened; his voice changed. “What do you mean tire me out?”
She sighed and pulled her robe closer. “I’d think after an hour or so you’d probably want to slow down, relax and appreciate the warm intimacy between us.”
He shook his head hard. “I don’t get it, what’s that got to do with having sex for six hours. I’d love that, wouldn’t you?”
She smiled, took off her robe and climbed back into bed beside him. Lying naked under covers, they began kissing and touching and appreciating one another. After close to an hour he yawned, feeling a perfect satisfaction.
She kissed him. “I’ll just curl up in your arms, hold you and let’s close our eyes and slip into dreams.”
But suddenly he sat up, kissed her and clutched her against him. “Not yet, please not yet.” The wild boy inside him had come awake insisting for more.
She pressed against his chest, touching him, giggling. “You’re the sexiest fifty plus man I know.”
He snickered.” I hope I’m the only one you know.”
She laughed. “Who wants Hollywood actors when I’ve got Gilberto.”
Softly, he said. “Are you tired?”
She smiled. “I think totally sated is a better answer. You’re incredibly sexy and exciting.”
He grinned. “We can go on?”
She laughed. “What for?” She turned and looked at the bedside clock. “It’s five minutes to one.” She propped up on one elbow. “We’ve been going at it since just before eleven. That’s two hours, lover. I’m impressed.”
He smiled. “I’ve got binge miles to go under my hood.”
She laughed. “Yes, you do.” She snuggled against him, gently took hold of him as she moved her other hand over his neck and back. Then she kissed his shoulder, two soft little kisses. “Wow,” she said. “We’ve been going at it,” she yawned and then giggled. “Two lovely hours with the sexiest man I know.”
“You’re tired,” he said softly. She smiled.Gently kissed him again and said, “Good night.”

(to be continued.)

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Kitty Kat’s Korner
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Do You Need to Bathe Your Cat? Here’s How to Do It Right
By JaneA Kelley

The first time I had to bathe a cat, I was 16 years old.

One summer afternoon, our long-haired tuxedo cat, Purr Bear, came into the house covered in grease and other filth, having apparently decided to camp out under a junk car on our property. My mother took one look at him and said, “JaneA, give Purr Bear a bath.”

With visions of deadly combat dancing in my head, I took Purrby into the bathroom, closed the door behind me, and set him in the sink. As the water started running, he didn’t try to flee. In fact, he just kind of sat there. The sink filled, and I waited for the other shoe to drop. Then I started lathering him up with some soap, and I was sure I was going to get shredded. Nope: He just sat there and purred and purred as I scrubbed and rinsed, scrubbed and rinsed.

Ten years later, I had another opportunity to bathe cats. This time it was my tiny kittens, Sinéad and Siouxsie.

I’d been over to a friend’s house about a week before, and apparently I’d brought some unwanted hitchhikers home because one day I noticed that my babies were covered with fleas. They were only about seven weeks old, too young to use topical flea treatments, so the only way I could de-flea them was by bathing them. I got some cat-safe shampoo and set to work, one kitten at a time. They struggled, scrabbled, and tried their hardest to claw me, but they were too small to do any damage. The poor things had to get three baths each (and I had to vacuum and launder everything in my house multiple times) before the fleas were finally gone.

The moral of the story is that although cats are excellent self-groomers, there are times when we do have to intercede. Here are some examples:

Your cat gets toxic and/or stinky stuff in her fur like Purr Bear did.
If your cat gets parasites and she’s too young for flea control products like Sinéad and Siouxsie were.
If your cat is a hairless breed like a Sphynx (these breeds must be bathed every one to two weeks because of oil buildup on the skin).
Your cat is too overweight to clean herself properly.
If your cat has medical problems such as arthritis that prevent her from being able to groom well.

Your cat has a litter box accident and gets some on herself.
The good news is two-fold: a) it’s usually not as hellish to give your cat a bath as you’ve been led to believe; and b) you don’t necessarily have to give your cat a full bath for some of these circumstances. Here are some alternatives to giving your cat a good soaking bath

Hairless cats like Sphynx and Peterbald need to be bathed every week or two.
A washcloth and warm water
For cleaning minor stains or getting food out of your cat’s face fur, dampen a washcloth with warm water and rub in the direction of the fur. Use one finger and mimic the motions of a cat mom licking her babies; chances are your cat will actually enjoy this treatment. A slightly wetter washcloth can help remove poop from your cat’s bloomers.

Use cat wipes
If you’re familiar with baby wipes, cat wipes are the feline version. They’re usually slightly damp and contain cat-safe detergent and conditioners to help remove light dirt, minor stains and the saliva that produces reactions in cat-allergic people. When Siouxsie’s arthritis got to the point that she found it hard to groom herself effectively, I used wipes on her. If you use wipes, be sure to buy only products made for cats, and I recommend unscented wipes if possible.

How to give your cat a dry bath
Dry baths typically come in the form of a powder or foam that you massage into your cat’s fur and leave there. I’ve never used dry baths so I don’t know how well they work, but reviews on a popular online retail site indicate that the foam products work better and are less messy than the powders. Be sure to read the information before using a dry bath because some of these products are supposed to be used only on cats 12 weeks and older. Also, please get dry baths specifically for cats. Dry baths for dogs or other animals may contain products that are toxic to cats.

Have you ever had to give your cat a bath? Have you used cat wipes or dry baths? How did they work? Please share your kitty bathing experiences in the comments.

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Georgia Nicols Weekly Horoscope: Sunday
October 02, 2022

All Signs
There’s good news and there’s bad news. The good news is that Mercury is no longer retrograde, which means we can now move forward with confidence. We can get things done! The insane glitches, goofy mistakes that plagued us for the last month will be history. The bad news is that at the end of this month, Mars (not Mercury) goes retrograde for the rest of the year. (Gulp!) This can be paralyzing! We’ll feel stuck in the mud. This means we have one month: the month of Oct. to hustle our buns and get as much done as possible! Be ready to cooperate with others. (That way you can deflect blame.) “I know it’s not your fault but I’m blaming you.”

Aries (March 21-April 19)
Heed the warning in All Signs above, which states that Oct. is the month to be super productive. If there’s anything important you have to get done – get hustling! The last two months of the year will be more sluggish. In particular, when Mars goes retrograde (for 10 weeks) at the end of this month, you might feel your communications with others are hampered. You won’t enjoy the high intensity, direct method that you have now. Something will create an obstacle to your daily rhythm and your daily communications. (It won’t be like Mercury retrograde. It will be different.) Nevertheless, the bottom line is: Get busy! Start now. Work hard this month because you’ll be glad you did.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)
You like your creature comforts – no kidding. However, when the going gets tough – you work hard! Therefore, all you need is this early warning that the month of Oct. is your best chance to be super productive for the rest of the year. Work hard to boost your earnings. Employ younger people to help you. In fact, if you work in the hospitality industry, the entertainment world or anything to do with kids, you will be super productive making improvements by seeing new work or better ways of doing things. Your improved methods might be more cost-effective and easier. Major bonus!

Gemini (May 21-June 20)
Mars is in your sign now giving you lots of energy. However, at the end of this month, Mars will go retrograde and stay that way until Jan. 12 next year. This is an early warning! Get as much done as possible this month because you’re in the zone! You will be effective, efficient and productive. Nevertheless, something will change so that the last two months of the year are somehow sluggish and less productive for you. Some kind of obstacle will arise then. Therefore, knowing this ahead of time, use the next four weeks to get as much done as possible especially with home repairs and home improvements, especially related to garbage, recycling, plumbing and bathrooms.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Mercury has been retrograde in your House of Communications for the last month, creating delays, mixed-up communications and goofy mistakes. But lo! What news from yonder modem breaks? Mercury retrograde is over. This means that the month of Oct. will be all systems go, especially in terms of teaching, selling, promoting, writing, acting and travelling. You’ll feel energized with clever ideas. Furthermore, you will sell your ideas to others. Enjoy redecorating projects at home. Possibly, some will explore real-estate deals. Important: The reason you have the entire month of Oct. to be industrious is because at the end of Oct., Mars will go retrograde for 10 weeks, which will take the wind out of your sails. Act now!

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
As mentioned in All Signs above, this month is your best chance for the rest of the year to be productive and get a lot done. In particular, you can do this by cooperating with others. Quite likely, you will take on a leadership role and people will follow your cue. Note: if you can harness the energy of others this month, you will get an enormous amount done. It’s also important to know that your ability to work with groups or friends will take a nosedive for the last two months of this year. All that cooperation will slow down or stop. Therefore, act while you can! Trust your moneymaking ideas. Continue to see ways to make money with your words through writing or selling because you’re hot!

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
It’s important to know that this month is your last chance to be super productive for the rest of year. (Gulp.) It’s a double combo of things: your ruler Mercury is no longer retrograde, which will improve your efficiency in your communications with others. Meanwhile, fiery Mars is at the top of your chart, arousing your ambition. However, at the end of this month, Mars will go retrograde for the next 10 weeks, which will create a situation that makes you withdraw or pull back. You have to accept what’s happening. But certainly, it will mean that you won’t be as productive as you can be after Oct. Therefore, knowing this ahead of time – get busy! Act on your moneymaking ideas. You can also attract money to you. Ka-ching!

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
If you read All Signs, you will see that Oct.is the perfect month to get as much done as possible. That’s because Mercury is no longer retrograde. However, at the end of Oct., Mars will go retrograde for the rest of the year. (Is there no justice?) Recently, Mars has boosted your desire to travel and explore ideas, especially political and religious ideas. Mars has also hyped your energy to explore opportunities in medicine, the law, publishing and the media. At the end of the month, this impetus will grind to a halt. Suddenly, obstacles will be in your way. Therefore, knowing this ahead of time, use the next four weeks to be as industrious as possible! Get going!

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
If you read All Signs above, you will see that Oct. is the month to get busy because we can’t count on support in Nov. and Dec. Therefore, strike while the iron is hot! You might have been involved in disputes about shared property, taxes, debt or inheritances. Use this month to clarify as much as you can. Younger people might help you. Don’t hesitate to get involved with groups and organizations. Accomplish as much as you can this month because in Nov. and Dec., obstacles will get in the way and slow you down. If “strike while the iron is hot” doesn’t do it for you – come up with another cliche that does.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
This is a month for all systems go. Last month, you were dogged by Mercury retrograde creating delays and misunderstandings, especially with parents, bosses and the police. Conversations were like two ships passing in the night. That’s now history. However, at the end of this month, Mars will go retrograde and stay that way for the rest of the year. This could create aggravation with partners and close friends, especially if you need their cooperation. It will throw a wrench into something, which makes it tough to count on a help from anyone. Knowing this ahead of time, hustle thy buns!

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Please do everything in your power to accomplish as much as you can this month because this is your shot. Mercury retrograde is over; however, at the end of this month, Mars will go retrograde, which will affect your job and your ability to work. In Sept., Mars helped you get things done related to your job and your work. It will continue to help you in Oct. as well. After that, it’s anyone’s guess. Some obstacles will arise that make it harder for you to do your job efficiently. Fortunately, you have a month’s warning, which means you can get a lot done in the next four weeks! And you will because when it comes to work and getting things done – you’re smart.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Your desire to travel and explore exciting options is strong. Get out of town if you can. Meanwhile, be aware this is the last month where you can be super-efficient because Mercury is no longer retrograde. But by the end of this month, Mars will go retrograde, creating delays in sports, working with children, and anything to do with the entertainment world and the hospitality industry. This means if there is anything you really want to do or get done – do it in Oct.! You have four weeks. One of your great assets now is your positive frame of mind. Stay that way. People like to be around positive-thinking individuals.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
If you read All Signs above, you will know that Oct. is the best month to accomplish a lot, for the rest of year. In other words, Mercury is no longer retrograde; and meanwhile, at the end of the month, Mars will go retrograde, which means it will be difficult to get things done, especially at home or within your family dynamic. You’ll feel like you’re walking in quicksand. Therefore, if you have ambitions to accomplish something at home, or within the family, act now. You have the next four weeks to be as productive as you possibly can. This is a good time to get financial and practical support from others as well. Just do it!

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Weekly Horoscopes beginning Sunday,02 October 2022

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

Outlines are longer versions; consist of every possible detail of everyday and are based on three parts of each sign: 1st, 2nd & 3rd Decan; that is, any of three divisions of 10° within a sign of the zodiac. Even if you know or don’t know your Decan; I recommend, please read all three Decan.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Between now and the emotionally powerful Aries Full Moon, on Sunday the 9th, you’ll experience a range of emotional ups and downs. Where, ordinarily, you’d tackle what you can swiftly, the secret is to wait, watch and, despite being eager to take action, relax. Initially, this won’t be easy. However, by the week’s close, when things are clearer, you’ll realise just how wise it was.

In money, work and legal matters, you will have all your wits about you. You won’t be slow to notice ways of increasing your income or making the most of opportunities to further your career ambitions. With you being so confident in what you are doing, it shouldn’t be difficult to persuade those who matter to support your suggestions. You might soon be starting some new kind of research, study or interest in the more mystical side of life.

When Mercury is no longer retrograde (now!) it picks up speed. Until October 10, it races through the efficiency zone of your solar chart. It’s likely that this week you’ll be all systems go. True, by the weekend, crisis management will surely be necessary. That is to do with the Full Moon in your sign. Be careful that you’re not the one who creates the crisis and demands too much of others before they’re truly ready. There is also the sense that you want to be in two places at once. It appears that you’re now absolutely committed to a future opportunity and determined that the past is put firmly behind you.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

The idea of dreams being realised is appealing. While that will be the case now and as you move through October’s days, what’s best won’t always be recognisable, at least initially. It’s out of character, but back off and allow events to unfold, ideally in their own time. With each passing day, you’ll realise that it’s the best approach, for now and over the coming weeks, as well.

A colleague is upset because some people aren’t listening to them and keep repeating themselves repeatedly. You are one of the few who understand what they are going through, so you’re unlikely to give them cause to complain. If you’re in a new relationship, this week’s events will help you sense something extraordinary is developing between you. Any doubts you had about holding on to your partner will be banished forever from your mind.

As you may know, any horoscope is divided up into 12 houses or zones. Without your exact time of birth, we have to use very simplistic methods. Yet these do work. Now that Mercury is no longer retrograde, it moves quickly through an area of the solar chart that is all about speculation and risk management. It will be tempting for you to put your toe in many different waters. Others will be excited by your apparent willingness to take the lead. Take care you don’t take on too much – especially mid-week. That said, by the Full Moon on October 9, it does appear that careerwise, you’ll have shifted a significant gear.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

The irritating problems you’re facing could be blamed on your ruler Mercury’s period of reverse, or retrograde, movement. However, while that ends Sunday the 2nd, the shake-ups in your priorities and perspective on life, will last well into October. Once you realise this is about exploration and who you spend time with, you’ll begin to recognise just how much fun broadening your horizons can be.

After some careful budgeting, your money situation is more stable than it has been for some time. You may not have any extra cash out to splash out on anything special, but by continuing to be careful, you can keep on top of day-to-day bills. Good fortune is about to come your way, not so much from a financial angle but more from your close ties or your link with someone you lost touch with in the past.

You haven’t left it too late, but you do need to be ‘fleet of foot’. It helps hugely that your ruling planet, Mercury, is now in direct motion and that it too is picking up speed. You should take extra care. Mistakes would surely be expensive. With a strong likelihood that all signs will have to deal with a crisis by the Full Moon at the weekend, it’s imperative to maintain quality control. For this, you might also need assistance from a Capricorn whose work methods may be entirely alien to your own, but who does understand time management. Yes, this could put you at crossed swords, but prove to have been a useful exercise prior to a key meeting scheduled for the middle of next week.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

For ages you’ve been wrestling with complex decisions involving elements of your work or lifestyle. Some seem disruptive, others worryingly sudden. The trick? Commit to trying them out. Then do exactly that. What you learn and who you meet will relieve anxieties you’ll be stuck with what’s on offer and, better yet, will encourage you to explore in ways as unexpected as they are exciting.

Be flexible. Travel plans already made for the start of the month might be subject to change. It will be the mood of those around you that isn’t in keeping with your more adventurous ideas. Friends, workmates and others who share your world now appear to be in a more cautious mood, wanting to stick with familiar routines. If you want to experiment in the workplace, you may have to do so without much support. If you want to travel, you may be doing so alone.

Don’t be surprised if it seems that you endlessly need to be in two places. Others demand that you have everything running smoothly. True, you won’t be the only sign in this position: it’s just that others will likely look to you to take the lead and sort out the mess which they’ve created over the last few weeks. You could just blame Mercury’s recent retrograde. It’s perhaps as likely the case that rules were altered. Bearing in mind that next weekend’s Full Moon is in another of the Cardinal signs, closing this working week will surely require particular crisis management and put you at odds with a Gemini who is flapping around and making a situation worse.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Understandably you’re eager to deal with, and move on from, certain vital but seriously tedious issues. The real problem is part of progress means facing facts or dealing with individuals you’ve been doing all you can to avoid. That being the case, you’re urged to plunge in, even if you’re anxious or fear making mistakes. At least you’ll be taking action which, at the moment, is essential.

Someone from your past will turn up from out of the blue. As well as the news they have to share with you, they will have a proposition to make that will benefit your lifestyle. You won’t mind going along with the crowd at the weekend when the crowd seems keen to enjoy light-hearted pastimes. If you are sports-minded, your team will enjoy a dramatic win. Be sure to enjoy the happy celebrations that end the week.

Regulating cash flow is never easy. Anticipate more to flow out than in. That’s not necessarily a bad thing as it may be that you’re ready to self-invest. Ahead of an important Full Moon (9th) next weekend, the urge to break free of old restrictions and push your career forward so that you overtake others, will likely be strong. You might also consider a partnership – most likely with a Gemini, Libra or Aquarius. There is much yet to discuss. Until Mercury arrives at the position at which it turned retrograde mid-October, planning and agreeing terms should work well.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

The Virgo New Moon, in late August, began a cycle of deep questioning, analysis and dramatic change. While you’ve learnt a lot and altered several elements of your life, others still need attention; but, also, you’ve ignored several. The problem? You’re unsure how to begin. It’s simple. Cast aside your Virgo caution and thoroughness, and plunge in. Within days you’ll realise how wise this approach is.

You’ve done your bit for your team. Your contribution means a lot to those who respect your talented, hardworking nature. It might upset you a little that someone in charge seems to have overlooked the part you have played to help advance a group aim. You may wonder whether it’s worth continuing, but don’t do anything too hasty just yet. A spontaneous trip will hold unexpected pleasures. A change of scenery will feel therapeutic.

Mercury is now in direct motion in your sign, and mentally you should be firing on all cylinders. Forging ahead ought not to be difficult. Noting that there is an important Full Moon next weekend, your ability to crisis management will likely also be increased – along with your ability to see what others miss. Your bargain-hunting streak should be out in force by Friday – alongside your investigative powers. This would be a fabulous week for starting research or a new course of study. Careerwise you could push yourself into a new stream entirely – possibly learning a new language (including technical).


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

Your horoscope for this week:

True, the move by your ruler Venus into Libra on Thursday the 29 September, and its link with fortunate Jupiter on Saturday are bound to boost your spirits. Still, it’s an unsettling period. The trick? Be patient, with yourself and others. Also, if possible, delay pivotal arrangements until later in the week; and in the meanwhile? Enjoy who, and what, life brings your way.

You may not have had a lot of time to get out and socialise recently, and you’re missing seeing some friends. Don’t fight this feeling. If you want to enjoy a change of scenery and want to know what others are getting up to, arrange to meet up and keep to these arrangements. Trends towards the end of the week may be confusing and unpredictable, but some good will come out of them. Flow with the tide, and things won’t be as bad as you were expecting.

Now that Mercury is at last in direct motion, mentally you should move into a faster stream. True, there’s a Full Moon in your opposite sign next weekend, and yes, it’s likely that you’ve already taken on more than you can reasonably achieve within a set schedule. Yet rising to challenges should be your middle name. True, Libra has a justified reputation for procrastination; but that’s not true every day. This week, and particularly between Tuesday and Thursday as the Moon passes through another of the Air signs, you could fly high with ideas, build bridges where necessary, and embrace new concepts. Ahead of Pluto’s station (also more or less with the Full Moon), you could set new ground rules, and make clear to others that you do have everything in hand.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Usually, you’re able to achieve wonders without calling attention to your activities. Now, it’s the reverse. You need help but are unclear who’d be right or what to say. It’s out of character, but ask around. The more people you meet and ideas you encounter, the more you’ll learn. By the Scorpio New Moon on 25 October, you’ll be amazed what you’ve learnt and the decisions you’re making.

It will be vital for you to attend a meeting or get on with a task that holds a degree of urgency. Although something will crop up that could prevent this from happening, you will find a way to fit everything in. The time and effort you put into everything you do separate you from the people who achieve very little. Money is coming to you. It has been challenging financially recently, and now you’re determined to arrange finances to suit yourself, not those around you.

As Mercury picks up speed following its direct station this Sunday, you will likely move more quickly. Knowing so much more than you did this time last week, you should now have a clear idea of where you’re headed. True, you need to lay down ground rules and do that as the Moon passes across the base of your solar chart between Tuesday and Thursday. Note too, that this weekend not only is there a Full Moon, but that Pluto, one of your ruling planets, arrives at its regular direct station. It has one of these each year, and each should be viewed as a recharge point. In this instance, having grappled with issues for months, your career should gather momentum. Expect to be mentioned in dispatches, and for key meetings to be arranged for next week.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

You don’t think of yourself as being proud or unwilling to take wise advice. That’s mostly because you say no without realising what you’ve done. While this week’s theme is spotting ideas or offers you’ve turned down, you’ll soon be learning to seek out guidance or the kind of support you’d usually reject. Still, give it a try. The more you experiment, the broader your options will become.

Despite difficult situations, relationships at home and work will be harmonious. There is something serious you need to discuss in the workplace. You can also see the funny side of the situation but when you are dealing with someone who doesn’t seem to have a sense of humour, keep your thoughts to yourself. Taking a class or an online course will provide you with the intellectual stimulation you crave, or you may be offered the chance to get some specialised training.

With Mercury now in direct motion at the apex of your solar chart, you can at last declare what exactly what it is that you want career-wise. These last few years have brought hurdles few could have imagined. The career terrain is now so very different. Recall that Mars is moving through your opposite sign and that it might easily appear that others have all the energy and all the attention. Seize the moment though – and preferably before next weekend’s Full Moon. You probably also need allies as you grapple with an administrative system. Pulling individuals onside will be no mean feat – but be achieved by the Full Moon.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Having spent time and thought piecing together plans that will both achieve your goals and give you time to experience the benefits, from living well to personal joys, you’re thrilled and relieved. However, events aren’t proceeding as you anticipated. The problem? They’re better than you anticipated, yet are upsetting existing plans, enough you’re tempted to do nothing. Be bold. Go with the flow. You’ll never regret it.

Watch your step when buying, selling or negotiating a financial agreement. It could be either yours or someone else’s carelessness that will cost you a lot of money. Put your perfectionist traits into practice whenever and wherever you suspect they are needed. People in high places seem unwilling to believe you are determined to make a success of a floundering project. Take a deep breath, hold on to your patience and be willing to repeat your intentions more than once.

Next weekend’s Full Moon is in another of the Cardinal signs and coincides with Pluto’s annual station (presently, in your sign) and may mark a key event. It’s likely important that you make clear exactly what you feel is appropriate as a timetable or schedule for the next few weeks. Time has most certainly been lost. Time usually means money. Curbing excess will likely not be the problem. What must be made clear, is that old ways of working are now expensive and that investment must be made in new systems. Converting others to this way of thinking ought not to be too challenging given that most people will sense that these approaches are now necessary. On top of this however, you could be faced with an educational dilemma with someone who regards you as a mentor. Assisting them in changing or altering career route could be time-consuming, yet rewarding.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

You’ve a genuine inquisitiveness about others, the new ideas they’re involved in and learning more. Allowing those to shake up your life is another matter. However, judging by the current and coming weeks’ planetary activity, it’s all about breakthroughs, if not entirely unexpected changes. Tempting as it is to wait and watch, the sooner you get involved, the more swiftly you’ll discover those joys.

An old friend will appear on your doorstep from out of the blue. You will be delighted to see them, but there could be more to this visit than just a social call. If you have helped them out in some way in the past, they may be hoping for a similar favour from you again. Watch for signs that someone at home has something on their mind. It is unlikely they want to talk about it, but it could help them to get their worries off their chest.

The weeks when the Moon passes through your sign (as it does between Tuesday and Thursday), are generally times when Aquarius feels heard. Of course, it could be that you are simply talking louder. Certainly, it appears that you have much to say. Mercury is now in forward motion and most people will be running to catch up. Mercury picks up speed and, by next week, returns to one of the Air signs when mentally you should be firing on all cylinders. This week is about dealing with unfinished business and, before next weekend’s Full Moon, recognising which tasks require crisis management and which can be safely delegated elsewhere. By late October you need to make clear where the buck stops. Making salient points in the next few days should make that clear.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

You’re an idealist, so expert at dreaming up plans, then turning them into reality, in your life and those of others and, occasionally, in the wider world. Now, however, you’re being disillusioned, and in ways as unexpected as they are inconvenient. Or so it seems. Begin to investigate what’s needed, and you’ll soon realise what, and who, you encounter could be life-changing, and in wonderful ways.

Those in positions of authority will agree to consult on changes that have been suggested to make your workplace a happier place. Staff have gone over and above the call of duty to rectify procedures that just aren’t working. A more flexible approach will be shown towards rules that have been causing many problems. A friend will introduce you to a fun hobby or sports interest, but they may not admit to the expense involved.

Mercury is now in forward motion in your opposite sign and picking up speed. It might seem that others are running about like scalded cats, and that they are trampling over your feelings in the process. Next weekend there is a Full Moon coinciding with an alignment with Chiron (the dwarf planet now viewed as a wounded healer or corrector). It’s probable that problems coming to light, and which have been incubating since mid-August, will require immediate attention. Don’t be surprised if it’s necessary to move many items from one place to another or if you need to bring work home or take work back to the office. Too-ing and fro-ing seems highly likely; and driven by the demands of a Leo or Aquarius.

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GrannyMoons Weekly Feast: 25 Sept 2022

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Dark Moon – Time to Rest
New Moon – Time to Begin New Projects; Birth; Attraction
Waxing Moon – Time to Grow; Increase
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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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Herb of the Year for 2022: Viola (violet, heartsease) named by the International Herb Association

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Clean Slate
SEPTEMBER 25, 2022 BY CHARLYNN WALLS

Rosh Hashanah represents fresh starts, as it is the Jewish New Year. We can tap into the energies of fresh starts and the lunar phase of the new moon to give our magickal workings an extra boost. For this spell we will focus on letting go of our previous misdeeds in order to make a clean start.

You will need a small dish with sand in it. Use a chopstick or pencil to write in the sand the transgression that you want to eliminate. Once you have done so, see in your mind how you can correct it. Then smooth over the sand, erasing what was written there, while saying:

What once was is no more.

Now you can start fresh, with a clean slate.
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Stop the Gossip Spell
SEPTEMBER 24, 2022 BY JAMES KAMBOS

For this spell to help stop gossip or rumors, you’ll need one overripe apple and one sage leaf. Follow the instructions in the following verse. If possible, perform this spell on a windy autumn day.

On an autumn day when
the woods are dying
And the wild geese are flying,
Take an apple soft with age,
Rub it well with a silvery leaf of sage.
Carry it to a place where the
grasses once stood tall,
But now are covered with
the russet leaves of fall.
Announce the lie on the autumn
wind with all your fury,
Then press the apple into the
earth, there let it be buried.
Turn your back and walk
away with a clear mind,
The lie shall fade and pass
away with time.

The spell is done. One final tip: since sage has purification qualities, bury it with the apple. As they decay together, the gossip will fade.
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Let Go of a Relationship
SEPTEMBER 23, 2022 BY TESS WHITEHURST

If a relationship is over but it doesn’t quite feel over, conditions are ideal today for clearing residual relationship energy so you can call your power back to you and begin anew. This can be done with any relationship (not just a romantic one).

First, go through your home and round up any pictures of this person, any notes or gifts from them, and anything this person once owned or co-owned with you. Then let these items go in a responsible way. Throw out, donate, sell, or recycle them accordingly. If you can’t get them out of your possession right away, that’s okay, but definitely pack them up and get them ready to move out.

Now safely light a stick of rose incense and a stick of palo santo wood. While holding a dish or plate beneath them to catch burning embers, move counterclockwise around each room and area in your home as you cleanse the space with smoke. Finish by cleansing yourself with the smoke as well. Then extinguish the incense.
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Finding Your Balance
SEPTEMBER 22, 2022 BY MELISSA TIPTON

The fall equinox is an ideal time to find balance, and this spell uses tarot or oracle cards to focus these equilibrating energies. If using the tarot, place the Temperance card in the center of your altar. For oracle decks, choose a card representing balance.

Shuffle the deck and ask to be shown the forces seeking equilibrium within you, then draw two cards. Place them on either side of the Temperance/balance card. Spend some time contemplating your initial impressions of the cards, then use the following incantation to go deeper:

Left and right, above and below,
Forces of balance, I seek to know,
What it is I’m meant to change
And how my soul yearns to grow.
Show me this, I ask of thee,
That I may find sweet harmony.

Spend time in meditation, opening to additional messages, and return to the cards throughout the day to see how your impressions evolve.
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Everyday Peace Shrine
SEPTEMBER 21, 2022 BY ASTREA TAYLOR

Today is the International Day of Peace. A shrine for peace can externalize our intentions for inner peace and remind us that we can choose it over reactionary emotions.

To make a shrine for peace, collect items throughout your home that help you feel peaceful, such as angelite, amethyst, chamomile, and lavender. Place a peaceful-smelling essential oil there, such as lavender or frankincense. Include small scraps of paper, a pen, and a jar.

When your shrine is complete, open the oil and take a deep breath. On a scrap of paper, write:

Today, I choose peace.

Place the paper in the jar and take another deep breath. Envision how you will choose peace.

Throughout the day, recall the peace you felt at the shrine. If you feel overwhelmed, imagine standing before it, and take a few deep breaths. Over time, the combined intention and action can reprogram our brains to be more peaceful.
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Abundance!
SEPTEMBER 20, 2022 BY SUSAN PESZNECKER

It’s harvest time, and our thoughts turn toward bounty. Celebrate your own abundance with this simple ritual.

You’ll need:

  • Milk, fruit juice, wine, or beer
  • A pitcher or measuring cup
  • A 9-by-12-inch piece of construction paper (or a piece from a brown paper bag)
  • Cellophane tape
  • Salt (any type)
  • A cinnamon stick
  • Seeds or nuts
  • Dried fruit
  • Bread or grains

Pour the liquid of your choice into the pitcher or cup. Roll the paper into a cone, tape securely, and fill with the other items, cornucopia-style.

Carry the pitcher and cornucopia to the heart of your garden space. Lift the cornucopia to the sky, saying:

I honor this bounty: gifts of
earth, air, fire, and water; gifts of
soil and sun; gifts of energizing
light and restorative night.

Set the cornucopia on the ground. Take a sip of the liquid, then pour the rest on the ground, saying:

In communion with you, deities
of the harvest, I give thanks
for this season’s bounty, which
will nourish and restore me.
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Harvesting Joy
SEPTEMBER 19, 2022 BY DEBORAH BLAKE

It is the season of the harvest. We are between the harvest festivals of Lammas and Mabon, surrounded by the bounty of the fruitful earth. But as Witches, we know there are many kinds of abundance and many ways to reap the seeds we planted earlier in the year. Don’t forget to take the time to celebrate all the things in your life that have brought you joy—the people, the animals, the successes, and even the failures that taught you something important. Celebrate the enduring presence of the gods and all the gifts of spirit. If you can, light a bonfire and dance around it. If that’s not possible, just put on some drum music or any other music that inspires joy in you, and dance in celebration of the joy you have harvested so far this year. Embrace your harvest of joy, and plant the seeds for more to come.
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The Whole Is Greater

Women’s circles perfectly illustrate the idea that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Women’s circles are formal or informal gatherings in the interest of bonding, sharing energy, and creating ritual. The origins of women’s circles are ancient, but their applications are as modern as the women who participate in them. There are no hard and fast rules as to how to form a women’s circle or how to run one. Some circles invent their own agendas, rituals, goals, and ceremonies, while others borrow ideas from sources as far-ranging as Buddhist or indigenous cultures. Some circles are open to new members at all times, while others prefer to practice with a set number of members, closing the circle once that number is reached.

In a typical gathering, the women who are present sit in a circle. Generally, for the sake of cohesiveness, one woman is chosen to lead the circle each time. Allowing a different woman to lead each meeting allows for a multi-perspective approach to the process. One circle leader may choose to create and teach a ritual that involves using the voice to release negative energy, while at the next meeting, another leader may feel inspired to lead a silent meditation. On the other hand, a circle may choose to be more focused over the long term and gather around a particular intention, such as working together to determine a course for healing Mother Earth. When the healing feels complete, the women may choose to stay together with a new focus for their work or the circle may disband.

At their best, women’s circles perfectly illustrate the idea that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. The work that can be accomplished within the loving embrace of our sisters is far more powerful than what we could achieve on our own. If you are not already part of a circle, you may want to start one. Follow your intuition as to the women with whom you’d like to work, reach out to them, and set a date to begin. After that, you can simply allow the circle to create itself.

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Heartwings Love Notes 1054 Where are my cookies

Heartwings says, “Sharing is caring and easy to do.”

My first husband and I had five lively children, and to pass the time while I cared for them, as well as to make them happy, I baked cookies several times a week. The trick, however was to make sure everyone got his or her fair share. To do that in a good way, I counted up the cookies and divided by five, saving a few over for the grownups. On the list of amounts per child, each one was to check off the ones taken. Most of the time this kept the peace.

I used to do the same with any expensive fruit, like peaches and plums. Everyone abided by this setup. No one wanted to feel the collective wrath of the rest of the family if they didn’t. Fairness was an important principle that I wanted to be sure my children learned. I made it a priority for everyone to get their fair share.
In addition, to help make each child feel cherished and special I used to take each in rotation for a trip to the destination of their choice. But not just that, I made a rule that when we were out, my time would be devoted exclusively to the child-I would do no errands or other personal activity. They remember these fondly.
I tended to discourage competition within the family, and rarely if ever compared any one of them to another. This was not how I was raised. My mother was a very competitive person and my father was somewhat this way also. Perhaps this was due to the prevailing attitudes of their generation. Regardless, I did not think it helped siblings to become friends when they were always being presented as being into competition.

I am happy to say my grown children are all good friends. They share one another’s lives in positive ways that my sister and I were not encouraged to do. For example, I remember discovering something really nice she did for my mother that neither told me about at the time, and I found out quite by accident.
If there were more sharing in today’s world, there would be a better use of resources. I recall once suggesting to a neighbor that we invest together and share in a power mower; she looked at me as though I had two heads. Sharing is caring, both for the planet and for friends and neighbors.

There are many ways to share that cost us little to nothing in cash or time. On the internet, there are informational blogs on many subjects that one can read and add to. Parkinson’s individuals, for instance can be of help to one another this way. Volunteering in a variety of ways can be another way to share. Some organizations, like the Rotary Clubs, are very giving. Regardless how you spend your time, remember, if you do bake cookies, your neighbors might like some too.

Enjoy sharing the best way you can, and there are many to choose from.

Blessings and Best regards, Tasha Halpert

P.S. Suggestions, comments and thoughts are always welcome. I treasure your emails. Please write me at tashahal@gmail.com, and I’ll happily answer.

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What to Do When You Have a Ghost!
BY J. ALLEN CROSS

Silhouette at Top of Stairwell
So, you just realized you are sharing space with a ghost; now what? A startling amount of folks will tell you to build an altar and give them offerings, or call a priest and have the home exorcised, but I would not recommend either of these options. I’ve been a paranormal investigator for fifteen years, and a psychic medium for much longer than that. Along the way, I’ve gotten to know quite a few ghosts, and helped many of them find peace by crossing over to the other side or by cohabitating comfortably with their living roommates. If you find yourself sharing space regularly with a ghost, here is my advice for what to do about it.

Understanding Is Key
You can’t really interact with or help a ghost if you don’t know what they are or how they function, so learning about them can be extremely helpful. The first thing to realize is that ghosts are just people without bodies. They don’t become something super scary and different on the other side; they are just like us, and so I always recommend interacting with them the same way you would with people. If you had a houseguest or roommate, you wouldn’t build an altar to them, or buy them a bunch of presents because well… that would be weird. It would also create a power imbalance between the two of you rather quickly. You also wouldn’t ask a priest to chase them out of your home because well… Rude! Ghosts, like any regular embodied person, are not harmed or banished by prayer or holy water. Some will even take great offense to you trying.

The second thing you need to understand is that not all ghosts are happy where they are. Many are lost or confused, and some don’t even know they are dead. This can prevent them from moving on to the next place. I’ve noticed there is a big misunderstanding among many witches I speak to who think that any attempt at investigation is some form of harassment. However, many ghosts have been waiting decades for someone to notice them so they can get help. So, if your ghost is particularly active or seems to be trying to get your attention, it may be asking for assistance.

For further education on life as a ghost, I recommend picking up books like When Ghosts Speak by Mary Ann Winkowski, and my new book, The Witch’s Guide to the Paranormal, for more detailed information.

Set Boundaries
While ghosts have free will just like the living, they respond well to boundaries being set for them. Before you bust out the Ouija board, call the ghostbusters, or hire an occult professional, simply try talking to the ghost. When you feel their presence, simply say hello, introduce yourself, and set any boundaries that will help you feel more comfortable. Some boundaries you may want to enforce include, “Don’t startle or interact with my children, they don’t like it,” or, “If you want my attention, please stir the windchimes, but don’t poke me,” or, “Please stay out of my bedroom.” Normally, they’ll follow the rules you set for them.

Similarly, while you are setting boundaries, I would refrain from giving specific permissions about anything. For instance, I wouldn’t say, “You’re welcome to stay here, just don’t go in my room.” The reasons for this are: First, they’re already staying in the home, so they don’t necessarily need your permission to do so. Second, your perception might be off, and it may be something more sinister than the ghost of a sweet old lady and giving it permission to stay in the home will make getting rid of it that much harder.

But How Do I Know if They Need Something?
Many ghosts are simply living their afterlife peacefully alongside the living. Sometimes, they don’t even pick up on the living people in the home, and may perceive the house as being empty, or they may have a faint sense of the living the same way the living may only occasionally sense a ghostly presence. Others may be able to fully see and hear the living, but still choose to keep to themselves while cohabitating in a space. If this is the case, you may experience very light activity such as a whiff of perfume every now and then, or small infrequent noises. If this is the case, they may need nothing from you.

Other times, however, a ghost may create activity in order to try and get your attention. So, if you are experiencing some ghostly shenanigans such as knocking, objects falling off of shelves, or occasional pokes or prods, it may be an indication that the ghost is attempting to get your attention. If that happens, they may be asking for help, and you may need to reach out to local professionals for assistance. In some cases, you may get them to move on peacefully by placing fresh lilacs around the home and visualizing a beautiful white light opening to take them to the next place. Other times, they may need more complex care before they’re ready to move on.

But What If They Are Aggressive?
If the activity seems to be more than just a cry for attention, or if their behavior suggests they are trying to harm you, it may be for a few reasons. First, they may be trying to claim territory. Many spirits will feel possessive of an area because they either feel like they own it or because it contains a secret they don’t want discovered. These ghosts may or may not know they are dead as well, so please have compassion for them; you’d act aggressively, too, if a new family just moved into your home while you were still living there. Second, they may have objections to who you are as a person. Yup, ghosts are just dead humans, and that means they can be racist, homophobic, against pre-marital sex etc. and may forcefully object to you or your life choices if they don’t approve. Furthermore, they may have trauma; for instance, you may look like the person who murdered them, and therefore they may target you. Third, they may simply be awful people. Murderers, abusers, predators, and the like all have to die at some point, and can continue to be aggressive harmful people in death.

In this situation I would highly recommend calling upon local professionals, and/or getting a copy of my book The Witch’s Guide to the Paranormal, which goes in depth on these issues in a way that can’t be covered in an article like this. You may be able to get them to move on using the technique described above, but if they are unwilling to go, you may have to resort to something a little more drastic. Using things like salt to repel them, as well as expellant smoke from cleansing herbs can help. Neither one of these will automatically boot them out, but prolonged use will make the space uninhabitable and force them to leave. Once you feel they have gone, be sure to put protections in place so they don’t return.

At the end of the day, just remember that ghosts were people, too. Even in death, they have their own hopes, dreams, fears, desires, beliefs, and secrets. So, when it comes to a ghostly roommate or office helper, always remember not to frame them as something unknowable and otherworldly, because after all, the specter stealing the pens from your cubicle is probably not an eldritch creature from the void, but is instead more likely to be Chad, the copy guy who died in a bike accident a year ago. Knowing this, our everyday conflict resolution and communication customs are likely to do the trick.

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What Causes Coincidences?
ANDREW WEIL, M.D.

I’m interested in coincidences, especially those related to health, such as feeling a pain and then discovering that at the same time, a close friend was injured in that part of the body. Is there any scientific explanation for why this occurs?

Coincidence is a fascinating topic, and one that has fostered an emerging field of scientific research. Bernard D. Beitman, M.D., is a leader in the field; he has published several academic papers on the topic and is the author of the 2016 book Connecting with Coincidence: The New Science for Using Synchronicity and Serendipity in Your Life. In 2020 Dr. Beitman founded The Coincidence Project, and he currently publishes both a podcast and a Psychology Today blog named Connecting with Coincidence. Dr. Beitman is a visiting professor at the University of Virginia and former chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Dr. Beitman is particularly interested in the kind of coincidence you describe – feeling the distress of a loved one at a distance, which he calls “simulpathity.” He has had this experience himself. He describes inexplicably choking at the same time – he learned later – his dying father was choking 2,000 miles away.

He credits events we regard as coincidences as perceptions that emerge from “swirls of information in our minds juxtaposed with swirls of events in our surroundings…The match is often surprising because it seems improbable.” But he proposes that coincidence is more than “the unlikely juxtaposition of similar events.” He contends that “the…events must also be meaningfully connected, and the meaning is personal and intricately linked to the person involved.”

In his book, Dr. Beitman relates story after story of amazing coincidences – the brother who inexplicably drove to the place his sister sat with a gun in her hand about to commit suicide. The brother had no idea why he got into his car; he didn’t know where he was driving, nor why he was going there or what he was supposed to do when he arrived. Simulpathity coupled with an uncanny knowledge of where to go helped to save his sister from taking her own life.

Dr. Beitman acknowledges that the mathematically inclined would say coincidences like this are examples of random chance at work, a view reflecting a fixed belief in the laws of probability. But he maintains that there are too many similar coincidences to chalk up to random chance. “These coincidences suggest we live in a matrix of unbounded links to one another, especially those we love, especially those with whom intense emotion has forged a bond beyond our current understanding,” he writes.

Dr. Beitman’s research has revealed that at least a third of the general population frequently notices weird coincidences. “Twins, family members, friends, therapists and patients are much more connected and entangled with one another than we have previously recognized,” he writes. “Some people will claim that these stories are romantic fabrications driven by a wish for ethereal energies, but the sheer volume of similar, heartfelt, amazing experiences argues otherwise.”

His theory of coincidence focuses on simulpathity and a kind of “human GPS.” “Simulpathity tells us we can connect with the experience of others at a distance without knowing how we do it,” Dr. Beitman writes, while human GPS tells us that “we can find our way to people, things and ideas without knowing how.”

If you’re curious about coincidences you have personally experienced, this book, along with Dr. Beitman’s other writings and podcast episodes can help you better appreciate them and their potential to enrich our lives. There are also many other recent academic articles that examine the concepts of coincidence and causality that you may find interesting.

Andrew Weil, M.D.

Source:
Bernard D. Beitman, M.D., “Connecting with Coincidence: The New Science for Using Synchronicity and Serendipity in Your Life.” Health Communications, Inc. March 2016

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Living Life With Trust

We experience life fully when we are willing to trust and fall, and in doing so, we may just find that we have the wings to fly.

As we create the life of our dreams, we often reach a crossroads where the choices involve the risk of facing the unknown versus the safety and comfort of all that we have come to trust. We may feel like a tightrope walker, carefully teetering along the narrow path to our goals, sometimes feeling that we are doing so without a net. Knowing we have some backup may help us work up the courage to take those first steps, until we are secure in knowing that we have the skills to work without one. When we live our lives from a place of balance and trust in the universe, though we may not see our source of support, we can know that it is there.

If we refuse to act only if we can see the safety net, we may be allowing the net to become a trap, as it creates a barrier between us and the freedom to pursue our goals. Change is inherent in life. Remove fear from the equation and then we can devote our full attention to the dream that awaits us.

We attract support into our lives when we are willing to make those first tentative steps, trusting that the universe will provide exactly what we need. In that process, we can decide that whatever comes from our actions is only for our highest and best growth. It may come in the form of a soft landing, an unexpected rescue, or an eye-opening experience gleaned only from the process of falling. So rather than allowing our lives to be dictated by fear of the unknown or trying to avoid falling, we can appreciate that sometimes we experience life fully when we are willing to trust and fall. And in doing so, we may just find that we have the wings to fly.

When we believe that there is a reason for everything, we are acting with the safety net of the universe, and we know we will make the best of whatever comes our way.

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Coach Gilberto Chapter 30

by Stephen Halpert

“Knowing we’ve a murderer pacing the halls of Houndstooth gives me the creeps ” Gilberto said to Diana Rain as she drove him home. “It must be someone we don’t know as well as we might think.”

 Rain nodded. “That alone doesn’t make me feel all that comfortable. But at least we’ve got our secret weapon.”

“What’s that?” Gilberto said. He looked over and saw the slight smile at the corner of her mouth.

“Sherlock Cy! Every day he’s scouring the Houndstooth faculty looking for clues.”

“Including rummaging through people’s private lives, I’ll bet.” Gilberto said.

She shook her head. “Don’t think of it that way. Just because he’s a ghost doesn’t mean he isn’t good at poking around,” she said. “He’s already told me about Karen Muskie’s lurid sketches of Bob and Gertrude Sharp.”

“That doesn’t make her a murderer.”

“And Alvin has a ribald collection of highly erotic French porn. Seems he likes ladies in twos and threes in risqué settings.”

Gilberto smiled. “He seems the type,”

“You never can tell,” Rain said as she pulled up at his condo. “Say hi to Maria. Tell her we’ll go shopping for shoes sometime soon and oh yes let her know her binge sex suggestion to Emily Pride, the client at Rose’s clinic has worked wonders.”

“Binge sex,” he seemed confused. I’m not sure what that means?”

“Oh ask Maria,” Rain said. “I’m sure she’ll fill you in.”

He frowned, still looking confused as he thanked Rain for the ride and went inside. His immediate concern was about what Maria had said was going on with Joey.

They were both were in the kitchen fixing an apple pie.

“Gilberto looked at Maria. She did not have her usual cheerful expression. You looked stressed,” he said. He noticed that Joey looked chipper so whatever his issue was must have subsided.

Maria hugged Gilberto and sighed. She seemed uncomfortable. “

“What’s wrong?”

She shook her head. “I just feel for mom. She and dad and going into a retirement home. She’s done enough cooking for two lifetimes. With her heart murmur she really needs to slow down and rest.

“What about her crochet stuff?”

“Oh, the retirement home wants her to continue her classes there. It’s dad.”

Gilberto nodded. “So, what’s the problem?”

“It’s dad,” she repeated. “He and his special collections. There’s no place at that retirement home for an authentic shrunken head, masks and weird trance stuff–all those relics he brought home after he served in the war.”

Joey looked up, grinning. “Can I have the shrunken head, mom? Can you ask grampa for me?”

“It’s too icky,” Maria said. “I remember it growing up. He acquired all that during the war in the South Pacific. 

Gilberto nodded. “You don’t need a shrunken head, Joey. Something like that belongs in a museum.”

“Oh, it’s not just that,” Maria said. “It’s the primitive masks. They’re really rare and authentic and frankly if he has them up on the wall in their room at the retirement home, people will freak out and shun them.

Oh, please mom. Grampa told me about them. Please can I have them too?” Joey begged.”

Maria frowned. “All men are eternally boys,” she said.
He turned to Gilberto. “Please?” he pleaded.

“And the wand with weird carvings the witch doctor gave him? I’d love that, it’s very special.”

Gilberto smiled. He turned to Joey. “Call your grandfather; tell him we gave you permission, and ask him if he’ll share some of his wartime treasures with you.”

Joey beamed. “Can I call now?”

Maria sighed. “Oh, go ahead,” she said. “At least his giving them to you will make it easier for mom.”

Joey almost panted with excitement. “I’ll go call him right now.”

“One thing,” Maria insisted. “That collection stays in your room and you are never to take any of it to school.”

“Ok,” Joey said. “In my room, never to leave.” He ran to call his grandfather.

“So what’s his issue you mentioned on the phone? “Gilberto asked.

Maria sighed. “Kyle doesn’t want to be his friend because he’s ostensibly straight while Kyle is trans or gay or whatever he is. He told Joey that the energy was wrong and being with him made him feel uncomfortable. Joey took it terribly personally.”

Gilberto nodded. “All right, good to know. And next, what’s this binge sex Rain mentioned to me.”

“Save it for later,” Maria said. “I’ll fill you in never fear.”
Joey raced back into the kitchen. He beamed. “Grandpa said he’ll send us the shrunken head, some special statues and magical masks. He said to tell you he’s including the wand that that witch doctor in the Philippines gave him during the war. He said to tell you it’s intended to clear negative energy.”

Gilberto nodded and wondered if it might prove useful for apprehending a murderer.

“All in your room,” Maria insisted. “You keep all of that in your room. I grew up seeing it and I’d just as soon not relive…”

“Oh, I will mom, I promise. He’s shipping it up this week. I can’t wait.”

“And you will not,” Maria’s repeated, “under any circumstances take any of Grampa’s collection to school. You can show your friends all you want, but only in your room.”

“Ok.”

“Well, maybe an exhibit in the library,” Gilberto suggested. “Maybe he’d even come do a lecture while your mom’s doing a crochet class. Something like that would be good for Houndstooth, especially with all the interest today in native magic.”

Maria frowned, then she giggled. “I doubt Lara Parker would be thrilled to see a shrunken head,” she said.

“It’s so real too,” Joey said, “I remember when he showed it to me seeing all the wrinkles around the eyes, and the lips where it’s sewn up as if they could speak if…”

Maria shuddered “Stop!”

“Enough,” Gilberto said. “I have enough on my mind without having to deal with your grandfather’s stuff.”

To be Continued

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Kitty Kat’s Korner
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When Do Cats Stop Growing? Here’s When Cats Reach Their Full Size
By Denise LeBeau

Kittens — so tiny and cute! But when do kittens stop growing? When do cats stop growing? Find out when your adorable little fluff ball will reach full size.

Some cats are as light as 5 pounds, while others tip the scale at closer to 20! Cats come in almost as many sizes and shapes as they do colors. From the svelte Sphynx and Siamese to the seemingly supersized Maine Coon and Ragdoll — all little kittens, with proper nutrition, will grow into their big personalities soon enough. But have you ever wondered — when do cats stop growing? Let’s find out!

When do cats stop growing?
Many new cat parents ask the burning question: “When do cats stop growing?” Kittens grow rapidly until 6 months old. Between 6 months to 12 months is when kittens stop growing in size.

This doesn’t necessarily mean that cats over a year old will stop growing altogether. A cat who is mostly sedentary and on a poor diet, or has access to too much food throughout the day, can continue to pack on fat. While an obese cat may look cute all roly-poly, obesity is in fact a very unhealthy condition for any felin

How big will my cat get?
Another question associated with, “When do cats stop growing?” is, “How big will my cat get?” The average domestic feline is about 10 pounds, give or take a few pounds. The males of the largest cat breed, the Maine Coon, weighing in at around 20 pounds. Cats are not like dogs in many aspects, and there isn’t a correlation between your cat’s paw size and his height and weight. Bigger paws don’t really mean a bigger cat. How big your cat will get is determined by genetics. There are 19 pairs of chromosomes that control everything from hair length, coat color and, yes, size!

While your kitten’s parents are the best indicator of how big your cat will get, gender can also be a factor. Males are usually bigger than females, and the duration of their growth spurts can last longer.

Full-sized and miniature-sized outliers
Of course, there are exceptions to everything, including exceptions to the answers to “When do cats stop growing?” According to the Maine Coon Fancy, this breed of cat takes up to five years to reach full size. And their full size is noteworthy: a Maine Coon cat named Stewie held the Guinness Book of World Record’s record for the longest cat at 48.5 inches stretched out. Sadly, Stewie passed away in 2013, but his mark on the world remains.

On the other side of the spectrum, cats with dwarfism can be abnormally small. Dwarf cats are the Lilliputians of the feline world (there are two different causes: genetic mutation and pituitary gland malfunction). A Munchkin cat named Lilieput holds the Guinness Book of World Record’s record for the shortest cat. Kittens with dwarfism will develop more slowly than healthy cats.

When do kittens stop growing?
Another common question with, “When do cats stop growing?” is, “When do kittens stop growing?” Kittens come into this world with one goal: to grow! And quickly! Newborn kittens require round-the-clock feeding, and their spikes in weight gain reflect all that nutritious sustenance.

Kittens typically grow eight times their size in just about eight weeks:

Under 1 week old: kitten weighs less than 4 ounces.
7 to 10 days old: kitten weighs 4 to 6 ounces.
10 to 14 days old: kitten weighs 6 to 8 ounces.
14 to 21 days old: kitten weighs 8 to 12 ounces.
4 to 5 weeks old: kitten weighs 12 ounces to 1 pound.
6 to 7 weeks old: kitten weighs 1 pound to 1 pound and 8 ounces.
8 weeks old: kitten weighs 1 and a half to 2 pounds.
12 weeks old: kitten weighs 3 pounds to 5 and a half pounds.
16 weeks old: kitten weighs approximately 5 and a half pounds to 7 and a half pounds.
6 months to 1-year-old: approximately 8 pounds to 15 pounds.

The bottom line on, “When do cats stop growing?”

While kittens will stop growing at about 1 year old, it’s important to remember that most kittens will look like an adult at 6 months old. For folks considering adoption, maybe a kitten isn’t the best fit for their home (see some benefits of adopting an older cat here). That adorable little fluff ball will only boast a juvenile appearance for a very short time. He’ll look like an adult cat before he hits his first birthday.

Of course, feeding your cat a healthy diet, always providing a freshwater source, and enriching his environment with plenty of exercise, places to climb and hidey holes to explore will ensure he not only grows big and strong but is the happiest and healthiest he could be!

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Georgia Nicols Weekly Horoscope:
September 25, 2022

All Signs
This week is powerful and productive! It will be powerful because everyone wants to network and socialize. People will establish new connections and make new friends. They will create working units and mutually-beneficial partnerships. This week is also productive because everyone is happy to work, and work hard. Oh yes, a sizzling energy! This means now is the time to reach out to others. Be friendly! And also, be open to accepting invitations and offers that come your way. Hey, if you’re worried no one will reach out to you… try gluing a coffee cup to the roof of your car.

Aries (March 21-April 19)
The energy this week is amazing for your sign, and you can use it to your advantage. For starters, there is a lovely, feel-good dynamic happening between you and partners and close friends. At the beginning of the week, you will roll up your sleeves and dig in to get hands-on in your job. Many of you will see ways to make improvements or introduce reforms to the job or how you do your job. Meanwhile, you will be patient and willing to work with others if things are difficult or challenging. In fact, you will feel rewarded by work that requires intellectual or physical perseverance and attention to detail. Whatever you do – you will do carefully. You’ll be the wise carpenter: “Measure twice; cut once.”

Taurus (April 20-May 20)
At the beginning of this week, relations with coworkers are super positive! Meanwhile, this is a productive time for you because you are motivated to work hard. Your energy will be slow, steady and persevering because you will keep plugging until the job is done. (You’re motivated to boost your earnings!) Meanwhile, those of you involved with sports, working with children, the entertainment world, the hospitality industry or any creative project will be heartened by seeing new approaches and new ways of doing things. Many of you will become obsessed with an idea. Some of you will meet someone who has a strong influence on your approach to your work. Or vice versa – you will influence someone else?

Gemini (May 21-June 20)
This is a playful time for you! Accept all invitations to party, enjoy sports events and fun times with children. If possible – take a vacation! Many of you are also keen to redecorate and beautify your digs. At the beginning of the week, social occasions – luncheons, dinners and fun with friends — will be rewarding. (Check out your local Happy Hour.) Meanwhile, you will also see ways to make improvements at home, perhaps to bathrooms, plumbing and anything connected to garbage and recycling. Be aware that you will be super productive this week because Mars in your sign is dancing with Saturn, which makes you motivated, persevering and dogged in your efforts to get things done. Bravo!

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
This week begins on a lovely, feel-good note. It’s a great time to entertain at home. Group activities will be upbeat. Family gatherings will be joyful. Meanwhile, this week, you will be persuasive and convincing when it comes to making others go along with your future plans or suggestions to make improvements in how you do something. Admittedly, you might be obsessed with an idea. It could relate to a business deal or a negotiation with someone. Remind yourself to listen as well as to speak. Something is going on behind the scenes and you might be part of this hidden activity – or not.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
This is a busy, fast-paced week! It begins on an upbeat, optimistic note, which means you’re happy! However, there is a tendency for you to promise more than you can deliver. You might overestimate something. Be aware of this. You have a strong focus on cash flow and finances this week, which is why you might see ways to repurpose something you own. You want to be as resourceful as possible in order to save money. Fortunately, you will also attract money to you! Meanwhile, efforts with groups and friends will bring results. Your involvement with someone else will be focused, relentless and productive. Caution against being obsessed about something. Remember to listen to others.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
You are focused on money this week. Where’s it coming from? Where’s it going? In financial discussions with others or making your own money decisions, be careful of the beginning of the week because you might overestimate something. Or possibly, you might think that something is better than it is. Remind yourself to be conservative to stay on the safe side. Meanwhile, your ambition is aroused this week, possibly about a particular project. You have specific ideas and you want to get things done! This is why you will be convincing when talking to others. In fact, they might view you as being obsessed about something (which could be the truth). Side note: If there’s any money left, this is a good week to buy wardrobe items for yourself.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
As this week begins, you feel cheerful and optimistic. This is why you might indulge yourself buying beautiful things for yourself or your home. (Who loves beauty more than you?) Meanwhile, you’re excited about making travel plans or travelling somewhere. In fact, this excitement will translate into a dedicated effort on your part to do something to expand your world so you feel more alive! “I want excitement and stimulation!” Fortunately, any research on your part will bring results because you’ll be like a dog with a bone. This week, your ability to ferret out information that you need is uncanny. You will leave no stone unturned. “Gotcha!”

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
It’s curious because this week, in one way, you’re happy keeping a low profile. This might be due to a dedicated effort on your part to deal with taxes, debt and shared property as well as estates, wills and inheritances. (All that fun stuff.) You will be dogged in your attempts to finish this work. Nevertheless, despite your desire to escape from the busyness of the world around you, you have this urge to get out and talk to people, especially younger people. You want to share passionate ideas with friends or groups about something you believe in. Some of you will draw a line in the sand and say, “This is important!” Meanwhile, relations with friends and groups are warm and affectionate. (So affectionate, a friend might become a lover.)

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
Because you feel upbeat and eager to socialize, this is a popular week for you. You will appreciate the company of children. You will enjoy sports events, social outings and interactions with clubs and groups. Think twice before you volunteer for something because you might bite off more than you can chew. Meanwhile, relations with partners and close friends might be challenging. You might be at odds over something, but each of you is entrenched in your point of view. Discussions with bosses, parents and authority figures will be intense. This is because you have strong opinions about something and you want others to know who you feel.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Lucky you! You look wonderful to others right now even if you don’t do anything special. In fact, at the beginning of the week, you look successful and affluent. Be careful this great press doesn’t seduce you into agreeing to something that you might later regret. In part, this could be because you have very strong opinions about politics, religion or racial issues this week. You won’t be dissuaded from your views. Meanwhile, you will accomplish a lot this week because you will work extremely hard to achieve something that matters. No matter how overwhelmed you feel, you will doggedly pursue your goals until you’re satisfied. (Gasp.)

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
You are in a happy, upbeat state of mind as this week begins, especially if you can travel or do something that is different and exciting. In your attempt to get some thrills and chills, you might go overboard. (“I had to do it.”) Because you are involved in political, religious or racial issues or some kind of philosophical debate – be careful you don’t stretch yourself too thin. (You will be tempted to do this.) Those of you involved in sports or the arts will work hard to perfect your technique. Others might work just as hard to pull off a fabulous social event. Meanwhile, you have very strong views about how to share or divide something, or how to share expenses, or possibly, an inheritance. On this, you will be clear.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
You might be feeling flush at the beginning of the week, which is why you’re tempted to go overboard spending money. Or perhaps in your involvement with sharing or dividing something, you’re tempted to give away the farm? Think twice so that you have no regrets later. This is not the time to be Daddy Warbucks. Possibly, a close friend or partner is very convincing, and this makes you feel you have to respond in a certain way. Don’t listen to others. Listen to yourself. Do what makes you feel comfortable – and no more. Meanwhile, you are working hard – unbelievably hard – to restore order to your home and possibly a family situation. Keep at it because energy in one direction always brings results.

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Weekly Horoscopes beginning Sunday,Weekly Horoscopes
beginning Sunday, 25 September

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

Outlines are longer versions; consist of every possible detail of everyday and are based on three parts of each sign: 1st, 2nd & 3rd Decan; that is, any of three divisions of 10° within a sign of the zodiac. Even if you know or don’t know your Decan; I recommend, please read all three Decan.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Being a quick-thinking Aries, you’re often impatient with those who debate plans or decisions endlessly; but now that’s exactly what you’re doing; and you’re enjoying it. You’re not only learning a lot, while some insights involve ongoing concerns, as many get you thinking about tricky issues involving close relationships at home or out in the world. The solution? In-depth discussions, especially about those issues you’ve been avoiding.

You won’t believe how everything starts to go your way. An award or offer will be like a dream come true. Remember though that this is not a dream. This is your reality. It might feel easy, effortless and too wonderful to be true but it is true. Be sure to ground yourself to remain practical. This will also help you to continue to make sensible decisions. Very soon you will get the go-ahead to start a project that’s been in the pipeline for some time.

It’s also very much in the fine detail. You may need to go back over conversations held between 20th and 26th of August. Redefining responsibilities is probable. Don’t underestimate your ability to apply due diligence. You could yet turn things in your favour. Financial matters could be absorbing in the last day of September but perhaps essential. Recall that Jupiter is presently passing through your sign, and that it not to be too difficult for others to coerce you into making a major purchase. Ask yourself several times whether or not you really need this. What you absolutely don’t need is to increase burden of debt. You could view this as an exercise in the art of saying ‘no’ with charm.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Despite your efforts to turn ideas into lasting plans, you’ve achieved frustratingly little. Between now and early October, however, you’ll make up for lost time. True, this means moving swiftly, often when short of facts. Yet, with the actual foundation on which plans are based shifting, frequently and often dramatically, both arrangements and your thinking should be flexible. What’s good now will soon get even better.

Money isn’t something you want to think about at the moment. Apart from the usual everyday bills to pay and perhaps a few unexpected ones too, there are far too many other things on your mind and for once, cash concerns seem to be the least of your priorities. Even though it won’t interest you and you aren’t in the mood for it, you may have to at least agree to consider an idea someone in the family puts to you in order to keep them happy.

Mercury has now returned to the play zone of your solar chart and speculative activities and investments should have your attention. You may want to think back to decisions taken in August and whether or not these were priced or carried out correctly. What should be clear by Thursday is that you’re doing a job you love and where your creativity is on show. Though teething difficulties are probable and cost could be high for the next few days, there is every likelihood that even as early as Venus’ arrival in Libra on Thursday, that a good team will be in place – one that understands your agenda and is willing to work to your schedule.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

With fiery Mars in Gemini, and for a long stay, you’re experiencing thrilling changes. You’re inquisitive, so enjoy exploring your options. For now, do exactly that. Be aware, however, that by the year’s end, events will demand you commit to certain plans, projects or objectives and, equally, leave others behind. The secret? Enjoy, and learn from, each day’s experiences, then go on to whatever’s next.

A look before you leap approach is advised when it comes to both minor and major changes. Whether these are connected with your home or your career, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that you are cautious about who you believe and what you decide to do. An older relative will, in a quiet and confidential way, advise that the time for making big moves has not yet arrived. Heed their words of wisdom. They know what they are talking about.

Your ruling planet, Mercury, is still retrograde but has now returned to another of the Mutable signs. It’s likely that you are now firefighting – and at many levels. Both at home and work, there are likely too many unfinished projects demanding attention. The good news is that on Thursday, Venus moves into another of the Air signs, Libra. You could then form a formidable partnership with someone who is determined to get outstanding tasks out of the way quickly. Though this will likely require a major burst of energy and working over the weekend, you could view this as an essential step before embracing an entirely new work schedule.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

It’s clear that, sooner or later, you’ll be making major changes in elements of your life. However, at the moment, you’re happy to keep things as they are. While this is wise, review what you’re ready to say farewell to and, equally, think through your next plans or objectives. Once those are clear, you can stand back, and observe events unfolding at their own pace.

Sitting around waiting for things to happen will hardly get things moving. If you feel as if your life is in a rut, do something positive to change it. Even if you don’t normally see yourself as being a leader, take the initiative and you could be surprised to see how swift others are to fall in with your plans. You will be approached to give some sensitive advice when someone knows how much they can trust you.

Home matters. Cancerians don’t work well in an environment that is too cluttered or too chaotic. Streamlining is now essential. Yes, it’s true that Cancerians can be hoarders and getting past memories – either literal or physical isn’t always easy. Yet by Thursday it should be apparent that you need to be better organised. With the likely influx of new energy, you also need to take into account the needs of someone who’s flair for the dramatic is considerable. Finding quiet time so that you can continue with a work task will surely prove a challenge. Yet amidst all this, one working partnership could truly make your day. It should be obvious as early as Thursday that this will be a meaningful union. It may be that you eventually look back and see that you formed and a team.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Being a Leo and an enthusiastic fire sign, you focus on creating a life that combines your need for excitement with time for what and who you love. Yet with certain arrangements shifting, dramatically, and mostly for the better, you’re anxious about what’s next. You’re urged to wait and watch. True, this won’t be easy. Still, once you know more, you’ll exchange those anxieties for sheer joy.

There’s an increasing sense of optimism as everything seems to be going our way. You anticipate happier times ahead and you aren’t likely to be disappointed. New doors are opening up for you now. You instinctively feel that something you have to decide on will be one of the best decisions you’ve ever made. Your positive and upbeat attitude will keep you on the right path and you are heading towards great success.

Of course, you need things to work but might need to accept that with Mercury retrograde, pulling a team together will be challenging. The real difficulty is that everyone has their own way of doing things. Expect to be bombarded with ideas and presentations and to spend the middle of the week sifting through these. You need someone to rely on. Note that yours is one of the Fixed signs of the zodiac and that you generally show great resilience and determination. You’d be a wise Leo however if you accepted that there are times when taking directions from others is helpful. As of October 1st, a Cancer or Libra could guide you and ensure you don’t make an expensive error.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

True, your ruler Mercury’s retrograde cycle has a reputation for causing mix-ups. However, it remains in reverse motion until 2 October, and by then, you’ll have learnt a lot. Importantly, you’ll have rethought certain arrangements and decided to say farewell to others. For now, focus on those changes. That ensures you’ll be ready to deal with the exciting options that come your way in early October.

All sorts of issues are combining to make it difficult to make progress with a work or study assignment. Some of your ideas regarding changes you would like to see implemented may not be received as well as you were expecting. Are your plans a little too progressive for some people who are stuck in their ways? By gently dropping a hint or two about the improvements these are likely to bring, you could eventually grab their interest.

Now that Mercury has returned and joined Venus in your sign, anticipate that others will lean on you. They need your critical eye and your multitasking abilities. What they likely don’t need, is for you to question their every move. Curbing that trait might not be easy. Yes, you are likely right that to avert a costly mistake, action needs to be taken early. It may be that certain individuals need to learn on the job. A further – and very strong possibility, is that you will be asked to take on increased responsibility as of Thursday. With a fixed goal now in sight, your gift for ensuring that others pull together as a team should surface: hopefully bringing something to celebrate at the end of the month.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

After weeks being short of facts, and facing the resulting confusion, suddenly things are coming together, often in unexpected ways. Between the Sun moving into Libra on the 23rd, and the Libra New Moon on the 25th, your thoughts are clearer. While this gives your courage a welcome boost, invest time in reflecting on your goals. It’s likely you’ll discover many have changed, some dramatically.

The days will fly by all too quickly while you are sharing a hobby or interest with like-minded friends. Someone from your past will send you a message out of the blue. If they are associated with bad memories and you don’t think it is wise to meet up again, follow your instincts. Ignoring their communications should let them know that you don’t want to know. A plum assignment will be offered and although you wonder if you are capable of this job, it would offer a great opportunity for self-expression.

Prior to Venus’ arrival in your sign on Thursday, retrograde Mercury moves to join Venus in Virgo in one of the more fragile areas of your solar chart. On the positive side, your imagination should run wild making this an excellent time for anything to do with marketing or advertising. Negatively however, you could worry excessively over details over which you have little control. The art, from Thursday will surely be to smooth over cracks and accept that there are some people who enjoy finding difficulties rather than celebrating successes. In focusing on the latter, you may have reason to experience joy and success over the weekend.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Nobody would blame you for being annoyed at the range of pivotal decisions that are no longer in your hands. While, usually, you’d be irritated, instead you’re relieved certain tricky matters are others’ responsibility. Better yet, you’ve time to focus on other persistent dilemmas you’re eager to resolve. Get going now and within weeks, there’ll be settled, and you’ll have said a firm farewell.

Take a firm stand with an older friend or relative who is trying to persuade you out of doing something that is important to you. They may not understand your reasons or they may resent this decision because it will affect their life in some way too. Any resentful or negative words should not be allowed to misguide you. Striking out in a new direction will bring more satisfaction into your life. Take that leap of faith. Make that move that’s important to you while you have the courage to do so.

You don’t have to be told that attention to detail is important. What you might need to know is that there will be a solar eclipse in your sign at the end of October. All eyes will surely soon then be on you. Making sure that you have everything in its place, and that you know precisely where you stand would be advantageous for that later time. As planets change signs, they bring significant vibrational change. Working partnerships that develop after Thursday and are set to become extremely important. To make best use of these requires that you know exactly where information is stored. Taking time in the early part of this week to improve your efficiency would surely be wise.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Your flexible nature isn’t just an asset, you can either tackle tasks on your own, or share them with others. However, between now and the new year, often it will seem destiny has taken over. While, initially, this will be irritating, you’ll soon be thankful others are dealing with those dull practicalities, mostly because this frees you to explore the amazing ideas and encounters coming your way.

Even if it is not in a highly noticeable way there are a number of areas of your life looking up. Background influences are working in your favour and some recent attempts to bring improvements into your life will meet with the results you are hoping for. Relationships are happier and more harmonious. If you are single, there will be a chance of starting a loving relationship. If you already have a partner, expect some good news concerning your joint future.

The combined forces of both Mercury and retrograde Uranus suggests that moving forward will at best be slow. Yet attention to detail is essential and should be achieved before Venus changes signs on Thursday. Sagittarius has a justified reputation for being overly enthusiastic and yes, at times careless. In showing that you can work diligently, paying attention to the small things, you should advance your career considerably. Take care that you don’t take on too much. It may be more important than usual to focus on schedules and keeping to tight deadlines. If one dream for success is to be realised before the end of October, you might also need to pay attention to health matters and improve personal fitness: something that might require contact with a health-care professional.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Ordinarily, those who make, then change, plans frequently irritate you. However, you’re about to become that person. A combination of thrilling ideas and options, plus your own restless need to improve on existing arrangements will keep you busy. Actually, this is timely. Not only will you keep exploring your options, with yet more events triggering shakeups in October, you’re in a cycle that’s all about reflection and discovery.

Whether it is a house move or changes in your job situation, you will be surprised by how swiftly things move along. Normally you prefer not to be rushed but instead of feeling disturbed by the speed of progress, you will be taking it all in your stride. This is something you have been planning for and waiting for and now the time has arrived, you don’t intend to miss this wonderful opportunity for change.

With both Mercury and Uranus retrograde in the other two Earth signs, it could feel as though you’re mopping up after others. Firefighting on the domestic front and yes, perhaps either arranging for repairs or in some way altering workspace might also leave you feeling overstretched. Yet by the time Venus makes Libra ingress on Thursday, you may be seen as key member, if not captain, of a team. What should be apparent is that not only do you have solid experience, but that you’re not limited and are willing to learn more. To this end it may be that you consider ways in which you could improve qualifications further. Interestingly, inspiration and enthusiasm may come from someone who is just beginning to learn a subject with which you are familiar.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

One of the ironies of your inventive and often inquisitive nature is your stubborn streak. While this ensures you stick with your vision of what’s possible, you can sometimes ignore changes or new ideas, mostly because they’re disruptive. However, the planetary setup suggests these aren’t just about changes, events will force you to rethink both existing arrangements and future plans. Do so. You’ll be glad you did.

You have plenty of good intentions and you want to help as many people as you possibly can but avoid making promises you can’t keep. If you take on more than you can handle, this will have a negative effect on your health and eventually on your relationships. Approach work and financial responsibilities in a careful and watchful way. If you’re considering new ways of investing your money, traditional channels such as a bank or building society account will be the safest.

You may know that you have a reputation for being quirky. One moment you can seem hard and demanding but at others, a pushover and willing to do anything to ensure the smooth running of an operation. Those mixed messages leave colleagues at something of a disadvantage: they don’t know which Aquarian will turn up on any day. There’s high probability that the latter will be on show in the first half of this week, but that after Venus makes Libra ingress on Thursday, that you’ll be back in determined mode. It may be that you need to show that you really do mean business and are determined that a deadline will be met. With high probability of you shifting career soon after next month’s solar eclipse, it may be important to finish a project in style.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

The only real problem you could face during this period of dynamic and often unexpected growth is being distracted by others’ complaints, if not sob stories. The fact is, they’re lazy and are hoping you’ll set aside your plans and rescue them, as you have in the past. This time, say a firm ‘no’, then focus on the remarkable ideas, offers and encounters coming your way.

Arrangements being made will have far-reaching consequences. This may not be apparent at first so keep this in mind when discussing new possibilities. What you say, do and agree to will play an important part in paving the path to your future. A neighbour who is disappointed with a new romance that didn’t work out as they had been expecting will be looking for a shoulder to cry on. You may have to be patient as you listen to their story as you have heard it all before.

Until Thursday, with both Mercury and Venus moving through your opposite sign, anticipate being at the centre of a charm offensive. It’s probable that others need you to implement their plans. Just how much work you happy to take on? Consider this carefully, it’s all too easy for Pisces to become a victim or play ‘doormat’. Somehow you need to find a thermostat control to adjust levels so that you don’t take on too much. Recall that Jupiter will return to your sign before the end of the year. Whilst what’s promised may be financially beneficial, you don’t want to crush your spirit or physical system. To this end, it might be worth discussing options with a mentor (not necessarily someone older) so that you don’t overcommit. A strong possibility is that it will be a Scorpio who offers guidance.

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May your spirit soar throughout the vast cathedral of your being.

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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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Current Moon Phase: Waning Moon

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

Goddess Aspect: Crone

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

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

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What’s Happening?!?

Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2

Celtic Tree Calendar Month ~ September 2nd to September 29th – Bramble/Vine

Herb of the Year for 2022: Viola (violet, heartsease) named by the International Herb Association

SEPTEMBER

Flower of the Month for September: Aster
September is Better Breakfast Month

SEP. 13: Egyptian Lighting the Fire Ceremony for all departed souls —honoring with candlelight the spirits of the dead.

SEP. 19: Feast of Thoth, Egyptian scribe god

23 – Mabon /Alban Elfed /Autumnal Equinox – One of the eight major annual sabbats in the Wheel of the Year!
25 – Haustblot

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Face to Face Workshops with GrannyMoon at Sticks and Stones
Sticks and Stones is moving! But just upstairs!
Join us at https://www.meetup.com/Witchy-Wednesdays

WitchCrafting: 1 PM – 3PM – Oct 2
The Herbal Cauldron 1 PM – 3 PM – Oct 9
The Magick of Crystals: 12 PM – 2 PM – Oct 16
Samhain at Black Hat – 7 PM – 9 PM – Oct 30 – Wear you best Witchy Best!

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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 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 Might Also Be Interested In:
http://goddessschool.com/Paganstudies/index.html
http://www.goddessschool.com/courses/natural/naturalwitch.html
http://goddessschool.com/Paganstudies/healingarts.html

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Learn About Herbs with GrannyMoon!

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 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 $150.00 the entire online Healing Arts Course (1-3) which includes a free Reiki certification course when all three are ordered at the same time!
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Earth Signs and Omens in Nature Course

Learn to read the mysteries of nature! The online course covers signs and omens, communication, seasonal rites, trees and shrubs, flowers, plants and weeds, herbs, plant magick, the Guardians of Nature and much more.
http://goddessschool.com/courses/earthsigns/index.html

GrannyMoonsMail@yahoo.com

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The Goddess School Grimoire

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Hardcover: $39.45
Softback: $26.95
eBook (PDF): $6.25

The Goddess School Grimoire is a collection of recipes, artwork, poetry, prose, prayers, rituals, spells, and practical Goddess wisdom put together by the teachers, students, alumni, and friends of The Sisters of the Burning Branch Goddess School. The sisterhood is dedicated to restoring spiritual balance by returning the Divine Feminine to her rightful place and by assisting women in their personal and spiritual development. Since being founded by Head and High Mother Priestess Grandmother Moon in 2000, The Goddess School (GoddessSchool.com) has grown into a large and beautiful global community of women.

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Tarot and Oracle Readings with “Merlin” on Sticks and Stones
Location: Sticks and Stones Circle LLC

Merlin has been studying metaphysics since he was young. While growing up in a Pentacostal household, he chased alternate spirituality in the dark; reading books, searching the internet, and absorbing knowledge in whatever way he could.

Now, Merlin is looking to build community and be for others what he wished he had in those times. His specialty knowledge lies primarily in tarot, crystals, ritual crafting, and Hermetics.

Merlin also holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and Philosophy with honors in studies of Western Culture.

He is available on Fridays for Tarot and Oracle card readings – $35 for 30 minutes. He also offers Reiki Healing for $75 a session

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John Marani—Astrologer, Tarot Card Reader, and Metaphysical Teacher

Hi there folks! I’m pleased to be among the talented speakers chosen by Kathy Rose to present at the upcoming Empowered Astrology Virtual Event on October 22-23, 2022.
My mission: To facilitate the best astrological discussion ever had on this planet. Can I do it? Duh. Have you MET me? Perfect spot in the lineup for this Jupiter in Sagittarius in the 11th house.

Please consider joining us for what I feel will be an incredible event! Get more details and sign up at roseastrology.com.

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Llewellyn’s Spell A Day

Praise for the Grapes (and Dionysus)
SEPTEMBER 18, 2022 BY JASON MANKEY

September is the time of the grape harvest where we live in California, and we like to commemorate this event by invoking the blessings of the Greek god Dionysus. For this spell you will need a glass of wine (or grape juice), preferably from near where you live.

This spell requires that you leave a libation to Dionysus, poured directly onto the earth. We recommend saying the blessing spell where you will pour the wine.

Great Dionysus, god of the vine,
god of the grape, we thank you for
these blessings of the harvest! As
you give to us, so we give to you.
Accept this offering of the sacred
wine, and may the blessings of joy
and abundance you bring wash over
us and this space. So mote it be!

Take a sip of the wine and pour the rest of it on the ground for the god.
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Magickal Hops
SEPTEMBER 17, 2022 BY STEPHANIE ROSE BIRD

Let’s embrace Celtic Vine Moon with an incredible vine: hops. Celtic Moon brings awareness of emotions. It helps us get more balanced. It’s a time to refine our ambitions and goals. We’re engaging the energy of hops not only because we’re in Vine Moon but also because it’s the first day of Oktoberfest in Munich.

Today most everyone is familiar with hops thanks to small beer companies. Hops are a time-honored, multipurpose witch’s medicine beloved for their strong influence on the nerves. They have a relaxing effect on the mood, which we need during Vine Moon. Moreover, as you do your spells, being level-headed helps.

For this spell you will need:

  • 2 cups purified or spring water
  • 2 tablespoons hops
  • A teacup with a cover
  • Honey and lemon (optional)

Boil the water. Rub the hops flowers in your hands, gently blowing in your intent as they fall into the cup. (This releases the herb’s medicinal qualities too.) Cool the water for one to two minutes, then pour over the hops. Place the cover on the teacup. Steep for seven to nine minutes, then strain. Add optional items if desired.
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Collecting Rocks
SEPTEMBER 16, 2022 BY ELIZABETH BARRETTE

Today is Collect Rocks Day. Stones represent the element of earth. They bring strength, stability, and other benefits. Searching for them adds an element of chance.

There are several ways to celebrate this holiday. First, you can take a walk and collect natural stones that you find. Second, you can paint some rocks, then go on a hike to distribute the ones you made while searching for those left by other people. Third, you can take a shopping trip to look for jewelry or other items with gemstones.

As you set out on your quest, tap your foot on the ground and say:

Mother Earth, send me the stones
Suited to my path today.
Pick them out and put them down
So I find them on my way.

Pay attention as you walk around, and choose the stones that call to you.

When you get home, take out a book about stone magic. Look up the stones you found. Try to identify them and learn about their qualities.
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Practical Bibliomancy
SEPTEMBER 15, 2022 BY RAVEN DIGITALIS

The ancient practice of bibliomancy is divination by means of any book. In this day of PDFs and e-readers, handheld books are something of a treasure.

First, have a question in mind. This should not be a yes-no question, but rather something into which you wish to gain insight. For example, “I wish to gain insight into my class presentation tomorrow.”

Using your intuition, grab three books from your shelf, as well as a pen and paper. Sit at a desk and meditate on the issue.

When ready, speak to the first book:

I wish to gain insight into _.

Close your eyes and open the book at random. Allow your finger to rest anywhere on the page. Open your eyes and write down the sentence that you’ve landed upon. Repeat this with the other two books, and see how the abstract messages lend insight into your question.
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Invite Creativity Spell
SEPTEMBER 14, 2022 BY LAURA TEMPEST ZAKROFF

September 14 is National Live Creative Day. If you think you must be an artist, designer, or musician or have some distinct “talent” to be creative, think again. Creativity comes in many forms—we just need to be open to it coming into our lives.

We find creativity when we work to find solutions to problems, when we share what we’re passionate about, and when we let go of fear and take a chance. All you need is you.

To begin this spell, take three slow breaths to connect your body and spirit and say:
Spirits of creativity, I call upon you!

Touch your chest and head and say:
May my heart and mind be inspired.

Touch near your eyes and say:
May my eyes see new possibilities.

Touch your earlobes and say:
May my ears listen to new ideas.

Touch your lips and say:
May my mouth say yes to opportunity.

As you bring your hands together and open them out, say:
May my hands be ready to do the work.
So may it be!
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Our Living Earth
SEPTEMBER 13, 2022 BY BARBARA ARDINGER

It’s good to know what we’re standing on where we live. It’s useful to know what ground we’re grounding ourselves in during rituals. Make a simple hands-on survey of your small part of the living earth. Dig up a handful of dirt from your yard. Hold this dirt, this bit of Mother Earth, in your hands. Feel its texture. It’s not the same as potting soil. Is it hard and sticky? Sandy? Poke around in it. Are there little bits of compost in it? Tiny rocks? Insects or worms? (If there are, let them go.)

Place your earth in a green bowl on your altar. Set a green candle in it and light the candle. State your intention:

From today forward, I will honor
our blessed, living Mother Earth and
do whatever I can to protect her.

As the candle burns down safely, consider climate change, recycling, and overwhelming trash. What else comes to mind? Promise to pick up your trash and contribute to organizations that work to protect the planet.
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Purify with Sound
SEPTEMBER 12, 2022 BY DALLAS JENNIFER COBB

As we move back into our houses after the free-flowing ease of summer, it’s good to smudge and cleanse our home space. Reset the energy. Release what no longer works and bring in the new.

While sage, sweetgrass, and cedar all make great smudge material, many people have difficulty breathing smoke, and many homes have sensitive smoke detectors that make smoke smudging difficult, so use sound to purify your environment. A bell, a crystal bowl, clackers, or even clapping hands can be used to move energy. Sound has vibration, so it literally can reach into the corners of any room and help to stir up, disrupt, and remove any stagnant energy.

Consciously go from room to room in your home, ringing a bell, clapping your hands, or letting the crystal bowl hum and fill the space. Feel the shivers up your spine, and know that energy is shifting.

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Heartwings Love Notes 1052 Where Did I put It

Heartwings says, “Looking for things can be avoided if care is taken.”

Once I had a big home and I knew pretty much where everything was. Now I have a small apartment, and I spend far too much time either looking for items or looking for a place to put them. Does that sound odd? One would think if there were more space it would mean more places to misplace items. For me the reverse is true.

I’ve become an expert at stacking. The difficulty is I don’t have ex-ray eyes to see behind what’s in front of what I am searching for. I have to move things around to find it, if I can indeed do that. This takes precious time. Or then when I don’t find it, I’ll buy what I think I need and have to find room for the extra, further crowding my shelves.

More to put on my shelves comes from the fact that my husband wants to make sure to have plenty of his current favorite sauce or condiment-he loves trying new things, for fear of running out. Eventually, he will tire of it and lo and behold I’ll have three bottles of something I don’t need, taking up space. Fortunately, his interest will often renew and he will again use the surplus. However, meanwhile it’s taking up space I could use on my pantry shelves.

Something else that happens is the actual disappearance and eventual reappearance of things. Once I spent countless hours looking for a garage door opener that had vanished. I gave up and ordered another. Several months later I opened the car door and there it was, in a spot my eyes had seen many times and impossible to miss. Where had it been for all that time? I wish I knew. Perhaps there is a spot where seemingly lost items go on vacation when they need to, and when well rested, return. That’s as good an explanation as any.

My solution to making sure I can find things is simple and can be found on many lists of hints about such: I have one or perhaps two places I always put important, often used necessary things like eyeglasses, cell phones, car and house keys and so forth. The difficulty comes either when someone else has been helpful and put my keys elsewhere, or I did.

The solution to my overcrowded shelves is not so simple, which is to say, I haven’t found it yet. I am always loath to throw things out when I might use them one day. Here I’m speaking of ingredients for cooking and baking I used to do and now cannot find the energy for. Wishful thinking keeps saying, “maybe someday I will,” and reality indicates otherwise. Right now, I need more energy than I have to deal with my situation, and it’s not exactly of immediate concern. When and if it is, I’ll be sure to do something about it. For now, when I can’t find something, I’ll just need to spend my time looking.

May you take care where you put things so you can remember where they are.

Blessings and best regards, Tasha Halpert

PS Do you have stories to share or ideas for solutions? I’d love to hear from you. Your emails are important to me. Email me at tashahal@gmail.com. For more Love Notes, go to http://www.heartwingsandfiends.com.

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The Druids Garden
Fall Equinox: A Spirit Walk

by Dana

The Fall Equinox is a time of no time, a time of balance between the night and day, of balance between the physical and metaphysical. Thus, it is a good time to seek balance and communion with the spirit world, and see what messages or insights they have for us on the journey ahead. The spirits of the land, the Genius Loci, are always present, always ready to share and help us grow in our paths. As my recent series on developing a wheel of the year for the age of the Anthropocene has suggested, rather than focus on harvesting at the Fall Equinox, we can focus our Fall Equinox on receptivity. One reason to do that is that in such an unbalanced and shifting world, the idea of receptivity allows us to be flexible and experience the unexpected without judgments or expectations. Today’s post on spirit walking is also part of my series on Animism where I am delving more deeply into practices surrounding how to live, be, and experience the world of spirits through animistic druidry. So let’s get started!

Creating Space for Spirits
Animism is a belief in spirits and a set of practices that help us connect deeply with the world of spirits. Everything has a spirit–trees, rivers, mountains, but also human-made things like houses, pencils, and cars. It is important to take the time to connect with this world and learn from it, particularly from the spirits of nature that live where you do. Most of the practice of animism lies not in reading books or finding human teachers but in making time for the world of spirits–to converse, learn, and grow.

In my own animistic practice, I have found it necessary to set aside daily time to talk to the spirits, check in with my own guides and teachers, and also check in with the spirits of the land. Everything is otherwise too structured, and spirits have their own lessons and teachings that may not fit my own structured agenda. Thus, creating space and time that is completely open for them to do their own work is important. This practice asks us to slow down, make time for spirits, and simply enjoy the world around us. This kind of practice doesn’t require anything formal like ritual clothing or a ritual setup, it just requires a small amount of preparation and time to be present with the spirits of nature in a natural setting.

The Spirit Walk: Setup and Goals
A spirit walk is a walk in nature to commune with spirits and connect with the living earth. While you can add many layers to it, that is the basic practice. The idea behind the walk is that you will set aside time, ideally 30 min to an hour, to simply be present on the land, experiencing the land, and connecting with the Genus Loci (spirit of place) as well as the spirits of individual plants, trees, insects, animals, and stones. Ideally, you will take your spirit walk in a natural setting–this can be one you are familiar with or one that is new to you.

The key to this walk is that you are working to converse with spirits and nature itself–so you will want to do it either alone or in silence with others. Having other people along for a “hike” who are not spiritually minded is not going to work for this particular practice. You need to be alone or in a quiet space with like-minded practitioners.

Spirit walks often may lead you in unexpected physical or spiritual directions. Becuase of this, you usually do not set a single path towards your goal, but can instead allow spirits to lead you. Meandering will require some planning in advance. Bring a map or compass and make sure you have a sense of the lay of the land. Study the maps of the place where you are going if it is unfamilar to you so that you can be sure to not get lost.

Bring an offering of some kind. I like to make an offering at the start of the walk and then after particularly powerful messages or interactions. Carry the offering bag with you and make offerings as appropriate. Offerings can be many different things–an herbal blend, a song, drumming, a dance, picking up garbage, liquid gold, etc.

The goal is to converse directly with spirits of the land through various means–inner conversation, divination, feelings, energetically, etc. If you are new to plant spirit communication, you might want to bring tools that can help you communicate like an oracle deck or pendulum.

You should also bring a journal or a recording device–you will want to record some of the teachings and lessons offered.

Of course, you should also do practical things like bring some good hiking shoes, bring a snack and a drink, and wear appropriate clothing. I also highly recommend bringing a blanket or something that you might use to sit for a time if the walk goes in that direction.

The Spirit Walk: Beginning Your Journey
When you start your walk, find a private place to pause and do some preliminary work. First, set your intentions for your walk. It may be something very open like “I would love to commune with the spirits of this land and seek their wisdom”. Speak this aloud. Next, leave an offering to demonstrate your goodwill and respect to the spirits of the land. Finally, do some protective work for yourself. Since you will be on the move, you want something that moves with you (not a standard grove or circle opening), but also something that will help you get into the spirit of the experience. If you are in the Ancient Order of Druids in America, you can use the AODA’s Sphere of Protection ritual as a perfect way to begin. This, or any other protective working, will support your walk.

Once you’ve done those things, begin your walk. Remember that this is a spirit walk–the goal isn’t to hike 10 miles, the goal is to be present and open to the voices of spirit. Thus, you will want to set a slow pace where you can simply take in the world around you with all of your senses, including your sixth sense, and allow spirits to lead the way. I suggest if possible

Pay close attention to your body as you walk. Our bodies are the source of our intuition and our interaction with both the physical and metaphysical worlds. You may feel a pull in your belly to go a certain way–you should follow that pull and see where it leads (while still practicing good observation and keeping track of where you are). Pay attention closely to your body as you walk and let it lead you to places to converse with spirits.

Attune yourself and your mind to recpetivity and being open. Don’t fill your mind with thoughts of work, family, etc, but rather focus on taking in the world around you and being open to what you may experience. If you are struggling with this, attend to your breathing, pause, and take a moment to let those things go before you continue.

Spirits of the land may converse with you about many things. They may share things they would like you to do (e.g. make an offering, move a stone, return in a certain period of time). Often, they are also willing and ready to offer you teachings about your own path, things to help you grow and heal, and so on. The thing about the spirit walk is you never quite know what is going to happen nor what kinds of messages you will receive, so it is important to simply be open.

Covering with Spirits: Techniques
On your walk, there are many different ways to understand and experience the messages of nature: embodied, spirit, and through tools. I suggest using a combination of all three for the most effect.

Body: Messages from nature are often embodied–we feel them as well as sense them, and we usually feel them in our core. You can feel the energy of a place–happy, sad, tense, relaxed–just by attuning to it. Walk into a forest–what do you feel? Is the forest bright and welcoming? Is it dank and mysterious? Your body allows you to attune to the subtle energetic wavelengths that all places put out.

The second thing that your body can do very well is intuition. When you begin to walk, you can literally allow your body and your intuition to lead you to different plants, stones, rivers, etc, that may want to speak with you. This is subtle, but if you are attuned to it, you can easily sense it.

Physical/metaphysical connections: Nature has many, many different ways of communicating with you. Often there are a combination of physical and metaphysical signs. For example perhaps you come to a stream and recieve a powerful inner message. Then, you can ask for confirmation or an “outer plane check” and you see a beautiful butterfly that flies over the creek in that moment. Pay attention to both the physical and metaphysical

Spirit: In terms of actually conversing with nature spirits, I’ve written a lot about plant spirit communication before, so I’ll briefly summarize here and share my longer series on plant spirit communication: here, here, here, and here. Spirits can communicate with you in many different ways–perhaps you hear a quiet inner voice, perhaps they show you things in light or energy, and perhaps you get musical notes. Each of us has our own ways of conversing, but, given time and practice, all of us can begin to fluently converse with spirits of the land. The goal eventually is to be able to work up to open communication, where you can have a conversation with a tree in the same way you could with a person sitting next to you. Recognize that it may take a long time to get there–so work in this journey to take one step further towards that open communication.

The Spirit Walk: Ending Your Journey
As you begin to wind down your journey, I suggest you take some time to work to close your journey, just as you carefully opened it. To do this, I suggest a final divination, final offering, and recording your thoughts.

Final Divination: After learning all that you want to learn, it can be useful to have a “wrap up” and do some divination for additional guidance. Thus, I have found that tools, like oracles, tarot, ogham, or a pendulum, are very useful at the end of the walk. As you start to wrap up your spirit walk, you can ask spirits for guidance on what you should be doing next or things to consider until the wheel once again turns (so for the next eight weeks). This can be a simple reading or even a more elaborate reading that you do once you are home.

Offering and Gratitude: As the walk draws to a close, be sure to express your gratitude to the spirits of nature once again. Thank them for the lessons and teachings, however difficult, and leave an offering in thanks.

Recording Your Experience: Before you leave, take some time to write down the insights you gained. When you are still on the spirit walk, you are in a very receptive state that can help you remember the details of the walk. Write down your experiences in a journal or use a recording device to record and then transcribe into your journal later.

I hope that your spirit walk practice is a rich one–and recognzie that while I’m sharing this at the fall equinox as an activity that promotes receptivity, it is certainly something you can continue to do throughout the year. I find it to be a very, very useful practice in deepening my relationship to the land and her spirits.

Other Fall Equinox Celebration Opportunities
I hope that everyone has a blessed and wonderful fall equionx (and spring equinox, for those in the Southern Hemisphere). Fall is one of my favorite times of year, and it is so fun to be present in this time, learning and growing with the spirits of the land. If you are looking for additional ideas and inspirations to celebrate the Fall Equinox, please see: Sustainable activities for the fall equinox; rest, retreat and balance at the fall equinox; building soil fertility at the fall equinox; and creating a Fall Equinox balance mobile.

I also had a recent publication in Spirituality and Health’s magazine on Three Druid Rituals for Fall Equinox– please check it out! https://www.spiritualityhealth.com/3-druid-fall-rituals

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Mourning for a Departed Queen: 1901
~chriswoodyard

ROYAL MOURNING.

In their deep, sincere sense of personal lose, and In their desire to pay every outward mark of reverence for the memory of their beloved Queen, the whole nation (the “Daily Graphic ” of January 26 writes) had anticipated the Earl Marshal’s intimation that all persons were expected to put themselves into deep mourning. No Sovereign, we may be certain, was ever more sincerely mourned than Queen Victoria, though there have been Royal deaths which have occasioned more violent outward demonstrations of grief. We have become a more self-restrained people than of yore. Formerly the news of a Queen’s death and a Royal funeral were marked with loud weeping, groans, and even shrieks. When Quean Elizabeth was carried to her tomb the city of Westminster was thronged with crowds, not only in the streets and windows, but on the leads and gutters.

The waxen effigy of the Queen was, according to old custom, laid on her coffin, and at the sight of it there was a burst of lamentation loud and continuous. So late as the death of the luckless Queen Caroline of Brunswick the women of her household upon hearing that she was really dead uttered piercing shrieks in the corridor adjoining the death chamber. The quietude of the last sad scene of our great Queen’s life, and the mournful silence with which her people received the dreaded intelligence of their loss, contrast very favourably with the demonstrative exhibitions of former days, and symbolise a deeper sense of affliction and affection.

The period of public mourning has not at present been prescribed, and there is no fear that it will be deemed too long, as were sundry general mournings ordered by other Sovereigns. In 1768, for instance, the city of London sent a formal remonstrance to George III, on the lengthy Court mourning, which materially affected trade, and to this the King replied that he was pleased to order that in future the mourning should be shorter.

The mourning ordered for ladies and gentlemen of the Court has not very materially altered during the past 200 years, but it should be remembered that violet, and not black, was Royal mourning down to the reign of James II. Napoleon III. was the last European ruler to adopt this fashion. The commands issued for general mourning at the death of the Georges requested the people to put themselves “into the deepest mourning, Norwich cloaks excepted.” On the death of William IV. a change was made from ” deepest ” to “decent mourning,” and this was the expression used for the mourning tor the late Prince Consort; now the older form has been reverted to.

With the exception that the antiquated “bombasin” [bombazine] has been superseded by the term “woollen material,” ladies at Court have now received practically the same orders for their first Court mourning as heretofore. The details have not been so minutely given in the latest order, but the black gowns trimmed with crape, relieved only by plain muslin or lawn, the chamois—or, as we now term it, suede–shoes and gloves, and the crape fans are still de rigueur. The “crape hoods” of yore have their modern equivalent in the crape toque or bonnets. The long crape veils, reaching to the foot, used to be part of the orthodox mourning for the Ladies In Waiting, and were worn by them at the Duchess of Kent’s funeral. “Black paper fans” are mentioned in the Court mourning ordered for the Duke of Brunswick in 1816, and another quaint reading comes in the order for the change of Court mourning for Princess Charlotte, when ladies “in undress ” were permitted to wear “grey or white lustring, tabbies, or damask.”

The history of Court mourning in various countries is very interesting and curious. Perhaps the most senseless of all customs was that which doomed French Royal widows to remain immured in a room draped with black and splashed over with white dots, symbolising tears. To attempt even to look out of a window during the 40 or 50 day of this enforced mourning was regarded as a grave breach of decorum, and one can only hope that the poor widows were provided with some form of entertainment to relieve the monotony of the dreary period. A distinctly precious contribution to Court mourning was the pure white attire donned by Henry VIII. for Anne Boleyn after he had beheaded her.

The heaviest Court mourning is suspended for a coronation or Royal marriage or christening, although her late Majesty never left off her mourning at either Royal christenings or weddings. This was, however, an exception to the rules prevailing in most countries, and all will recollect with what startling rapidity the weeds worn for the late Czar of Russia were thrown aside for magnificent raiment when his successor was married to Princess Alix soon after the prolonged burial of his father. At the ceremony the recently widowed Empress of Russia sacrificed her own inclinations in accordance with the custom of her adopted country, and in spite of her bereavement wore the gorgeous Court robe and superb jewels distinctive of the Russian Imperial Court–a splendour which she has ever since discarded for mourning.

Turning to our own country, it is surprising to learn that for one of the least appreciated of Queens–Catherine of Braganza–an entire year of Court mourning was observed, as has been ordered for our late Queen. Very stormy indeed were the scenes caused by a difference of opinion on the proper mourning to be worn for Queen Mary. Queen Elizabeth took upon herself to provide black cloth for cloaks for Sir Arthur Melville and M. Bourgoine, and also for the dresses of the ladies. These gowns were accepted, but when the masterful young Queen further occupied herself with sending a milliner to make “orthodox mourning headdresses” for the ladies instead of those they had provided, the said ladies flatly refused to don any but their own, and carried their point, following their mistress to her tomb in Peterborough Cathedral attired in their own style. A pretty item in the mourning worn by the ladies of her Court for Queen Anne was a heart shaped locket, containing a “lock of the late Queen’s fine silky hair.”

Happily simpler tastes now prevail, and as far as the general public are concerned their mourning will be only such as is dictated by their deep and sincere love for the departed Queen.

The Sydney Morning Herald [Sydney, New South Wales, Australia] 10 April 1901: p. 10

Chris Woodyard is the author of The Victorian Book of the Dead, The Ghost Wore Black, The Headless Horror, The Face in the Window, and the 7-volume Haunted Ohio series. She is also the chronicler of the adventures of that amiable murderess Mrs Daffodil in A Spot of Bother: Four Macabre Tales. The books are available in paperback and for Kindle. Indexes and fact sheets for all of these books may be found by searching hauntedohiobooks.com. Join her on FB at Haunted Ohio by Chris Woodyard or The Victorian Book of the Dead and on Twitter @hauntedohiobook. And visit her newest blog The Victorian Book of the Dead.

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Letting Life Unfold

Life unfolds as it will, and the universe will wait patiently as we make our way into the unknown.

Our lives are guided by natural rhythms that are particular to each of us and cannot be altered by force of will alone. Life itself is a journey made up of processes and events that manifest before us only to be swept away when time marches on. Whether we envision ourselves creating a career, building a family, or developing the self, we instinctively know when the time has come for us to realize our dreams because all that is involved comes together harmoniously. When the time is right, the passage of destiny cannot be blocked. Yet as desperate as we are to touch these beautiful futures we have imagined, we cannot grow if we are not fully present in the evolutionary experience. The present can be challenging, uncomfortable, and tedious, but life unfolds as it will, and the universe will wait patiently as we make our way into the unknown.

The fate that awaits us is not dependent on our pace, so there is no reason to rush through life to reach those pinnacles of success associated with the paths we have chosen. Enjoying and fully experiencing the journey of life is as important as achieving goals and reaching milestones. There are lessons we can learn during the moments that seem insignificant that we cannot learn at any other time. However, appreciating these takes patience because human beings tend to focus on the fulfillment of expectations, rather than the simple joys of being.

Like many people, you have no doubt longed for the ability to fast forward through certain periods of your life. Yet haste is, by its very nature, vastly more stressful than serene fortitude. When you feel yourself growing impatient because the pace of your development is deceptively slow, remember everything that will occur in your life will occur in its own time. Quelling your urge to rush will enable you to witness yourself learning, changing, and becoming stronger. There is so much to see and do in between the events that we deem definitive. If you are patient enough to take pleasure in your life’s unfolding, the journey from one pinnacle to the next will seem to take no time at all.

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Releasing the Energy of Anger

When we can release our hold on negativity, we leave it in the hands of a wise universe to work out the best solution.

There can be times when we get so angry with someone that we find ourselves imagining ways to seek revenge for the hurt they’ve caused us. Remember, however, that these thoughts are simply energetic creations. In order to keep yourself from taking part in a rebalancing of energy, it is important to release the thoughts, and the person, into the care of the universe with forgiveness.

Before we invest our energy in negative thoughts or actions, we should remind ourselves that everything has a purpose. We can then consider that perhaps the actions of the other person may have had nothing to do with us. If we don’t take their actions personally, it can be easier to release them. Remembering that every interaction is an opportunity to make a better choice, take a deep breath before responding and allow yourself the time to reconnect to your center and make the choice to respond from your higher self. We can never know all the circumstances that may have led someone to do something. By not passing judgment on anyone and instead sending hope for their healing, we may create something positive out of a difficult situation. We can then release it, since dwelling on it can energetically drain our system, causing us to only hurt ourselves. When we can release our hold on negative events and interactions, we leave it in the hands of a wise universe to work out the best solution for all involved.

Every moment, we have a chance to make a choice to bring light into the world. When we bless others with the gift of our positive energy, instead of letting circumstances negatively affect us, we bring a little peace to the world every day.

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Stepping Into Freedom

Waking up to the fact that something needs to change in our lives is the first step to realizing our dreams.

We have all had the experience of realizing that something in our lives is not working. This knowledge can come as a sudden realization or a nagging feeling of doubt that grows stronger, waking us up to the fact that something needs to change. Some people have a tendency to act rashly and make sweeping changes before even understanding what the problem is. Other people fear change, so they live with the uncomfortable awareness that something needs to shift but don’t do anything about it. Between these two extreme responses lies a middle way that can help us powerfully and gracefully change what isn’t working.

The first step is remembering that your life is made up of parts that belong to an interconnected whole. Changing one thing can change everything. Because of this, small changes often have a big effect. Sometimes much bigger changes are necessary, but the only way to know for sure is to take the time to really understand the problem. Examine your life in its entirety — your work, your relationships, where you live — and determine what specifically is not functioning the way you would like. Once you have figured out the problem, write it down on a piece of paper. For example, “I am not happy with my relationship” or “I don’t like my apartment.” The next step is to figure out the adjustment you would like to make and how you can go about making this change.

If you are unhappy with your relationship because you spend too much or not enough time with your partner, you may want to discuss this problem with them and come up with a compromise. On the other hand, if you realize your relationship is not working to such a degree that it needs to end, begin working through that process. Writing down the truth can be a powerful catalyst for change.

The key to making changes that work is to accept the necessity of change as part of life. As we change, we may find it necessary to fine-tune our relationships, work, and living situations. Our lives are living, breathing entities that reflect our dynamic selves.

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Coach Gilberto Chapter 29
by Stephen Halpert

Helen Conners ushered April Summers, the mythology teacher, into the Houndstooth conference room. “Anyone want coffee or tea?” she asked. As no one did, she left.
April nodded politely at Gilberto, then looked at Diana Rain. At first she frowned, then her eyes widened. A smile lit her face, then a grin. “I knew our paths would cross again, but here at a traditional New England prep school? That’s kinda hard to believe.”
Rain grinned back. “Had to happen, one of these days,” she said.
“Good thing too,” April said. “I thought about you a lot.”
“First day of training we were told to distance ourselves from any intimate friends. Everyone in the unit was single. I think that that’s standard practice still.” Rain said.
“I guess,” April said softly.
Gilberto sensed her regret.
“What are you doing here at Houndstooth?” Rain asked.
“I’ve been here for the last three years, ever since I relocated back east to Boston from San Francisco.” she crossed her legs and leaned forward. “I teach Mythology, Magic and Herbalism. This is what I got my degree in.” She reached a hand toward Rain. “I can tell you how I got here over lunch.” She took her left hand in hers and looked at it. “Are you engaged?”
Rain smiled. “Indirectly. This was Cy’s mother’s ring. He gave it to me shortly after we got together.”
“I hope to meet him,” April said.
Rain nodded. “I’m sure you will.” She changed the subject. “Mythology? Of course, you and that crowd of Gods on Olympus. But you always went for the bizzarro.”
“You should talk,” April chuckled. “That fascination of yours with vampires.”
Gilberto looked up curiously. He turned to Rain. “Vampires?”
Rain gave him a quizzical look. “Not exactly the Count Dracula type but more abundant than you might think,” she said. She didn’t go on. Instead, she nodded at April. “Sounds good,” her cheeks flushed. “But right now I’m in the middle of a murder investigation, and technically I fear you’re a suspect so maybe we should hold up.”
April’s eyes widened. “You’ve got to be kidding.”
Rain looked over at Gilberto.”
“Oh, go ahead.” He felt happy to observe their interaction without directing it.
April nodded at Gilberto ” You don’t seem like a prep school headmaster. Too big and rugged. Usually, headmasters are scrawny little guys with sweaty palms and long beaks.”
Rain laughed. “I guess you didn’t get along all that well with Ed Long.”
April nodded. “Too hungry, considering he had such a charming wife.”
“You mean Ed’s a flirt?” Gilberto asked.
“Grabby,” April said. “Especially after a few drinks. But Lara put up with him in a kindly, maternal way.”
“Most men do respond to you that way,” Rain said with a grin.
“Please,” April said.
“How do you two know one another?” Gilberto had grown curious.
Rain looked at April. “Wasn’t it in Saigon where we first met?”
April blinked. “You remembered. But how couldn’t you, that dingy bar full of spies-and the horrible food. Good thing we weren’t poisoned.”
The good old days,” Rain sighed.
“And you helped us to escape.”
“That too,” Rain smiled.
“Something about being a journalist in the middle of a war,” April said. “I hear Hawkins got a Medal of Honor.”
Then he deserved it, no doubt.” Rain said. “We’re all lucky to still be alive.”
“I’m glad for that,” April said. She stood, leaned over to Rain and gave her a soft kiss.
Gilberto noticed her eyes were closed. They must have known one another quite well, he thought.
Rain huffed and got up. She came back with the coffee pot and poured three cups. She handed their cups to April and Gilberto. As she sat back down, she said, “I wondered if you had any affiliation with the Wigwam crowd?”
April grinned. “I played along. Nice sitting around au natural until the husbands come to gum things up.”
Rain leaned forward. “How so?” she asked.
Alvin Scheckel and Bob Sharp, even Peter Flanders, but him not so much– couldn’t keep their hands to themselves.” She paused, looked at April and sighed. “I still have one of your sketches. Do you still do your art?”
Rain shook her head no.
“But you’re so good,” April said. “Really you have a talent.”
Rain smiled. “I’m sure I do and it will be there for me when the time is right.”
When’s that?” April asked.
Rain sighed. “When I don’t have to watch my back. That can put one hell of a crimp in one’s creative journey.”
April shook her head. “Adds a little flavor to turkey pie,” she grinned. “Remember how horribly that ‘Nam woman at the hotel cooked?”
Rain grinned. “Back to the present. What can you tell us about the deceased couple, Bob and Gertrude Sharp?”
April thought for a moment. “I didn’t know them,” she paused, “intimately. Just a nodding acquaintance at Wigwam. Bob was always hungry. Gertrude liked showing off when he wasn’t around, lots of flirting. I think she was a closet gay. I don’t believe they had much compatibility as a couple. She always seemed to appreciate Ed Long. Something about him turned her on. They’d usually slip away once darkness set in. Bob didn’t seem to care.” She shrugged. “He probably encouraged it.”
Rain nodded. “You learn a lot about people when they’re nude, and after a few drinks, uninhibited. Did Bob have any love interests?”
She grinned. Bob and Alvin both had the hots for Karen. She always played it cool. Projected what I’d call false modesty.”
“How about you,” Gilberto asked. “Someone in that crowd must have excited you?”
April thought about it. After a moment she said “Pete and Marie Flanders.”
“Anything come of it?” Rain asked.
“Well sure,” April smiled. “Never lasted long. Not exactly binge sex. They were always so polite and gracious, wanting to be sure we were all comfortable. I’d call them both somewhat shy.”
“But yet someone choose to commit murder,” Rain said softly. “Any idea who?”
April frowned. “Makes no sense to me.”
Gilberto’s phone rang. It was Maria. “I fear Joey’s having a meltdown. Totally depressed, moody, needs some kind of paternal understanding.”
“I’ll be home soon. What’s he doing?”
“Sitting in his room, head down, won’t talk about it. I think he’s on the outs with Kyle. But who can tell?”
“I’m leaving now.” Gilberto hung up, then thought for a minute. He grinned at April and Rain. “Why don’t you go out for dinner,” he suggested. “Should old acquaintances be forgot.”
April headed for the door. “I’ll meet you outside.”
Rain waved her out and caught Gilberto’s arm. Once the office door had closed, she spoke. “Did you notice how evasive she was?”
Gilberto nodded. “Yes, I figured you’d catch it. Good work.”
“We’ll see what her story is,” Rain said, “I’ll catch you up later.”

To be continued

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Kitty Kat’s Korner
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The Pets Who Have Run for Political Office in the US
By SOPHIE VERSHBOW

In a country divided on just about everything, there’s one issue with the potential to unify our nation: getting more pets into politics.

On April 24, Jinx, the big-eyed black cat with over 435,000 Instagram followers, was the first pet mayor of Hell, Michigan, a town outside of Ann Arbor, Michigan that offers a “Mayor of the Day” package for $100. It’s the first time the small town had a non-human ruler, and for the sake of adorable internet content we hope it won’t be the last. Although Jinx has not yet delivered their list of executive orders, we’re anticipating them to focus on increased access to sardines, feline maternal health, and a long-awaited laser pointer ban.

Let’s take a look at some of the other animal leaders who have ruled our nation with a benevolent iron paw.

Max I & Max II: Mayors of Idyllwild
As a non-incorporated town, Idyllwild, California was politician-free until 2012 when a local animal rescue sponsored their first-ever election in 2012. Golden Retriever Maximus Mighty-Dog Mueller won in a landslide that raised $31,000 for Idyllwild Animal Rescue Friends (ARF) and catapulted him to local fame. Max’s approval rating was so high that he was invited to stay on for a second term in office, which was carried out by his successor Max II, following Max I’s death on April 2, 2013.

Max II remains in office to this day with his trusted deputy mayors, Mikey and Mitzi by his side. He can be found greeting Pacific Coast Trail hikers, advocating for dog adoption, and promoting local tourism. Mayor Max even has merch.

Duke: Mayor of Cormorant Village
Great Pyranees Duke was elected as the ceremonial mayor of Cormorant Village, Michigan in 2014 and was so popular that he received every single vote but one in his 2016 reelection campaign for a third term. While mayor, this fluffy polar bear acted as an ambassador for the small town, hanging around the local pub and making sure no shenanigans occurred on his watch. Duke