GrannyMoon*s Morning Feast 24 Apr 15

Goddess Mawu

I Start Each Day with a Prayer to the Goddess!

Lady,

Your eyes are full of the sun,
are full of the wings of morning.
With glory and grace You
greet the dawn –
become the dawn…

Emerging from the embrace of darkness
You bless the day’s beginning
with Your presence.

Hail to The Star of The Morning.

Meditation
Listen to the morning sounds: bird’s songs; wind in the tree; the roar of traffic; children’s voices.
What do these sounds convey to you?

Daily Affirmation
In the name of the maiden: I will play at least once a today!

The Book Of Hours: Prayers to the Goddess
By Galen Gillotte

So Mote It Be!

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The Candle of Love, Hope and Friendship
“There is not enough darkness in the world to put out the light of one candle.”
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“Freedom: Appreciate It, Cherish It, Protect It.”
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All We Are Saying Is…Give Peace A Chance ~John Lennon
So mote it be!!

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

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GrannyMoon Says Today Is:  Freya’s Day

Energy: Female Ruler: Venus – Rules lovers and pleasure, affairs of the heart – Use for magick involving love, peace, beauty, gentleness, women’s problems, healing, protection, lovers, ease, pleasure, affairs. Resolve quarrels today!

Today’s Magickal Influences: All Love Matters, Friendships, Affection, Partnerships, Money, Sex

Today’s Goddesses: Astarte, Aphrodite, Erzulie, Aida Wedo, Eve, Venus, Freya, Diana, Aset [Isis], The Witch Of Gaeta, Chalchiuhtlique

Incense:  Saffron, Verbena

Perfumes: Stephanotis, Apple Blossom, Musk, Ambergris

Color of The Day:  Light Blue, Pale Green

Candle: Green

Colors for Tomorrow: Black

Lucky Sign: Friday Is The Lucky Day For Taurus And Libra

Friday – Love, romance, marriage, friendship. Cast love spells on Fridays. Wear blue robes and use turquoise and ruby. Wear emerald or cat’s eye.

Saturday -A day for, psychic ability, communications, new beginnings, protection, bindings, mourning and for bidding farewell to old ways.
Wear brownish colors and use lead or onyx.

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Lunabar Moon Almanack for Friday, 24 April, 2015

Waxing, Crescent Moon          Age: 6 ¼ days.
Ascending Node is at 8° Libra.
Moon in 23rd degree of the Sign Crabba, the Crab fish;
also in 24th deg. of the Constellation Gemini, the Twins.

Moonset: 12:55 morn.  Moonrise: 11:14 morn.  Souths: 6:27 eve.

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Current Moon Phase: Waxing, First Quarter

Keywords for the First Quarter phase are: action, expression, growth, breaking away. It is the time in a cycle to take the initial action
necessary to achieve your goal by expressing your needs and desires.

Feel & Move. Make phone calls.Write letters. Dance. Act now.

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

Goddess Aspect: Maiden

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

Magickal Attributes: Invoking Beginnings, New Projects, Ideas, Inspiration, Energy, Vitality, Freedom.

Workings On This Day Are For “Constructive” Magick (Love, Wealth, Success, Courage, Friendship, Luck Or Health.) Symbolic of growth, manifestation, attainment, gravidity (heavy with child – both philosophical and literal).
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Aspects of Crabba: Yin, Feminine, Lunar, Negative, Nocturnal, Watery, Cardinal, Fruitful, Horary Northern, Summery, Boreal, Commanding, Solstitial, Tropical, Moist, Dumb, Mute, Cold, Psychic, Sensitive.

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Spells and rituals involving the Water element should be performed when the Moon is in a water sign: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces.

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Moon Moon, Mother Moon
Lunar Lore
Cynthia, The moon; a surname of Artemis or Diana.
The Roman Diana, who represented the moon, was called Cynthia
from Mount Cynthus, where she was born.
– Brewer, “Dictionary of Phrase & Fable”.

When changes of the moon occur in the morning,
expect rain.
– Collected in R. Inwards, “Weather Lore”.

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The Moon is in the Lunar Mansion

Aldhira, The Paw, or Forearm,
also known as Bracchium, The Arm.
Marked by the fix’d Stars: Castor and Pollux, in Gemini
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Starry Gemini hang like glorious crowns
Over Orion’s grave low down in the West.
~ Tennyson, “Maud.”

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Lunabar Sun Almanack for Friday, 24 April, 2015
Sunrise: 6:19 morn.    Sunset: 7:53 eve.
Length of Day: 13h. 33m.
Dawn: 5:51 morn.    Dusk: 8:21 eve.
Length of Twilight: 0h. 27m.
Sun in 3rd degree of the Sign Taurus, the Bull;
also in 5th degree of the Constellation Aries, the Ram;

Solar Lore
The weary sun hath made a golden set,
And by the bright track of his fiery car
Gives token of a goodly day to-morrow.
– Shakespeare, “Richard III.”
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The sun pale and (as we call it) watery at its rising
denotes rain; if it set pale, wind.
~Francis Bacon, “Historia Ventorum”

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Aspects of Taurus: Yin, Feminine, Lunar, Negative, Nocturnal, Earthy, Fixed, Semi-fruitful, Horary Southern, Vernal, Boreal,
Commanding, Feral, Bestial, Animal, Four-footed, Dry, Cold.

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Our Weekly Affirmation
If you repeat an affirmation three times a day three times each time you do it for 28 days it will
become a part of your being and whenever you feel like life is going out of control you will be able
to just find that safe place.

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Witches Affirmation Of The Week!

A Witch is…

One who is disorderly and orderly.

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GrannyMoon’s MotherPeace Reading For The Day ~ 3 of Swords

Keywords: Faith, Focus, Clarity, Choice, Conflict, Fidelity, Decision

To love is to risk not being loved in return. Do the thing you fear, and fear will disappear. Life is not a soap opera, give up some of the drama.
The best way to make your dreams come true is – to wake up.
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Seasons of the Witch – Legends and Lore, Ancient Holidays
And Some Not So Ancient!

Remember The Ancient Ways and Keep Them Holy!

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Goddess Month of Columbina begins 3/20 – 4/17
Month of Maia begins 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of Willow  April 15 – May 12

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April Moon Phases
First Quarter falls on Saturday, 25 April, 2015 at 7:56 PM

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The Year Is Divided Into Four Seasons:
The first season is of a frigid complexion, and this is “Winter”;
The second is of the complexion of Air, and this is “Spring”;
Then follows the third, which is “Summer”, and is of the complexion of Fire;
Lastly, there is the fourth, wherein fruits are matured, which is “Autumn”.
~The Turba Philosophorum, ca. 12 century

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Today Is …

Children’s Day in Iceland. Celebrate with your own children or let the child within come out and play.

Saint Mark’s Eve. According to folklore of the English countryside, the ghosts of all men, women, and children destined to pass away in the next year can be seen floating by on this night by any person brave enough to spend the night awake on the front porch of a church. However, if a person was unfortunate enough to fall asleep during the vigil or if he failed to repeat it annually for the remainder of his life, he would never wake up the next morning.

In North Africa, this holiday is called Maimuna. The evening meal features dairy foods symbolizing birth and fertility: milk, figs, ears of wheat, pancakes with butter or honey. The table is decorated with a live fish in a bowl (like the table for St. Joseph (see Mar 19) or Nawruz (see Mar 20) and a bowl of flour containing golden rings. The following day is devoted to picnics at beaches, fields and in cemeteries.

The striking similarity of Maimuna to No Rooz (celebrated on Spring Equinox in Persia), plus its geographic location, suggests that this is a hybrid holiday, an integration of the old Zoroastrian New Year celebration with the rituals of Passover.
Waskow, Arthur, Seasons of Our Joy, Beacon 1982

Secretaries Day – The Wednesday of the last full week in April has been designated as Secretaries Day, perhaps to provide secretaries with a welcome day off during a month with no other paid holidays. Having spent a large portion of my working life as a secretary, I always advocate for the honoring of this often overlooked and underestimated profession. Secretaries will get another chance to celebrate on August 25th, the feast day of their patron saint, St. Genesius of Arles.

April 24

Birthday of the Sun China
Children’s Day – Iceland
Feast of the 3 Holy Maries
General Federation of Women’s Clubs’ “Federation Day”
Happenstance and Coincidence Evening – Fairy
Library of Congress Day
National Concord Day – Niger
National IBM Personal Computer Day
National PC/Typing Contest begins
National Pigs-in-a-Blanket Day
National Remberance of Man’s Inhumanity To Man Day
Native Son Day – Alton, Illinois
Passover – Judaism
Plumber’s Day
Professional Secretary’s Day
Rattlesnake Day – Magnum, Oklahoma
St. Egbert’s Day
St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen’s Day
St. Mark’s Eve
St. Mellitus’ Day
Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day
Teach A Child To Save Day
Tulip Festival – Netherlands

28 – May 3:The three day Festival of Flora and Venus, or the Florialia in Rome; Goddess of Sexuality and Spring flowers.

30: Walpurgisnacht celebrated by German witches

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Tasha’s Day by Day Astro Planner

Fri. 4/24 Motherly Cancer Moon brings sympathy to all.

Sat. 4/25 Romantic Leo Moon says have a fun date with a someone.

Sun. 4/26 Playful Leo Moon says have a good time one and all.

Mon. 4/27  Creative Leo Moon says make work into play.

Tue. 4/28 Efficient Virgo Moon says clean up, clear out,. get it done.

Wed. 4/29 Diligent Virgo Moon says it’s a good day for organizing.

Thu. 4/30 Artistic Libra Moon suggests a trip to a museum. Mercury into Gemini enhances communication for the next several weeks.

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Goddess of The Day: Mawu
African Fertility Festival

Themes:  Creativity; Universal Law; Passion; Abundance; Birth; Inspiration
Symbols:  Clay; Moon

About Mawu:  Mawu arrives on an elephant’s back, expectant with spring’s creative energy.  Hers is a wise passion and a timely birth, being ruled by natural laws and universal order.  In Africa, she’s  a lunar-aligned creatrix who made people from clay.  As a mother figure, Mawu inspires the universe’s abundance and every dreamer’s imagination.

To Do Today:  Rituals for Mawu rejoice in her life-giving energy, often through lovemaking.  In Africa, people take this seed generation literally and sow the fields, knowing that Mawu will make the land fertile.  So get yourself a seedling today and bring it into the house to welcome Mawu and her creative powers.  Name the sprout after one of Mawu’s attributes that you want to cultivate.  Each time you water or tend the plant, repeat its name and accept Mawu’s germinating energy into your spirit.

Alternatively, get some non~hardening clay and begin fashioning a symbol of what you need.  Devote yourself to spending time on this over 28 days (a lunar cycle), until it’s complete.  Each time you work, say,

Mother Mawu, make me whole,
help me obtain my sacred goal.

By the time this finished, you should see the first signs of manifestation.
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By Patricia Telesco ~ From “365 Goddess” and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast

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Healing Arts and Pagan Studies ~ Salt Magic

Salt is a protector, to expel any negativity or to protect yourself from evil make a circle of salt and stand inside it. Now move around the circle and repeat

“Thrice around and thrice repeat, all evil does this ring defeat”

Do this for as long as you like or until you feel a sense of peace.

When you move into a new house you should sprinkle a little salt in every corner of ever room the salt will soak up any stale or bad energy, after a week sweep it up and throw it away.

Without exception, every civilization on Earth has very similar ideas about the magical properties of salt – namely that it absorbs psychic energy and binds it into its own structure.

From the Roman Catholic rite of preparing holy water, which contains both water and salt to the Indian custom of using salt on wounds to draw away unhealthy spirits, and with evidence that salt has been used in just that way for as long as humans have employed magic, there is clearly a strong consensus and that tends to be simply based on truth, fact,
and experience.

Protection Against Psychic Phenomena

Salt has always been used as protection against psychic attacks, and to disable unwanted psychic phenomena.

Ordinary salt may be sprinkled across thresholds and around the perimeter of dwellings, inside and out;

Salt mixed with sand is used for forming magic circles;

Rock salt crystals can be added to “medicine pouches”, carried in pockets or worn in a small bag about the neck.

Sprinkling salt around someone’s bed protects from unwanted night time visitors and reduces the likelihood of unwanted spontaneous OBEs.

Please note: Salt dampens/draws ALL psychic energy forms – it doesn’t distinguish between “good” or “bad” psychic energies. For active magicians and priests, it is therefore to be handled with care so that it doesn’t inadvertently dampen their abilities and disturb their magical works. On the other hand, salt can be very successfully used to counteract overactive psychic emissions, such as in very young gifted children who are experiencing unwanted psychic phenomena, teenagers and women in menopause *temporarily*.

Salt For Purification

With salt’s extreme ability to draw away remnants of psychic energy, including “ghost manifestations” of many different kinds, salt has always been used for psychic clearing and for purification.

Magicians and priests routinely prepare for ceremonies by taking a bath which contains salt as one of the main ingredients;

Magical objects and crystals are cleansed by immersing them in salt water;

Bowls of salt may be placed into a room to absorb negative energy or psychic energy disturbances;

Food and objects can be purified by adding a small amount of salt, or placing a small amount of salt nearby;

Throwing salt is generally regarded as a device to clear the aura of a person or an environment of leftover psychic energy.

A box containing salt can be used to purify anything that is placed upon it;

Crystals placed on a bed of salt or on a salt box require less, or no clearing at all.

Salt, Water & Fire Spells

As salt absorbs psychic energy, it can be used to transfer or transmute a wish or spell to the higher powers by first making the spell, then throwing the salt into the fire where it burns up and in doing so, releases the psychic charge into the higher dimensions.

The most basic form of this type of spell is to hold a little salt in the hand, make a wish, and then throw the salt into the fire.

In the same vein, salt can be thrown into water – a well, a river and into the sea and can be used to carry wishes, or take away burdens, clear attachments from the aura. It is an immensely flexible system with a hundred and one uses.

Salt & Healing

Just a small amount of salt added to healing brews, potions and lotions of any kind will serve to “take care of the other realms” and extend the effectiveness of said brew, potion or lotion into the psychic dimensions – something that modern medicine and medications lack altogether.

Salt is of course a major practical part of our bodies and our health; too much salt however can reduce psychic activity and make it harder to perform psychic tasks. This is one of the reasons why in the olden days, magicians and priests used to fast and drink only pure water prior to major ceremonies. It is interesting to note that having a good flow of salt in and out of the body is extremely important to the full functioning of a magician or priest, both on the physical levels as well as on the metaphysical levels.

Regular bathing in salt water is a first class prophylactic to all manner of psychic disturbances as well as being good for the physical body; in this way, salt is a simple introduction and a bridge between the physical and metaphysical realms for beginners.

A Simple Example Of A Salt Spell – Spiritual House Clearing

This simple magic ritual demonstrates some of the main points of using salt. It is easy to do for anyone, and makes a big difference to a home, and its occupants, but most of all to the magician who performs this spell.

1. Find a beautiful glass bowl of any size. In psychic workings, the physical size of an object really does not matter – a huge bowl won’t do any more than a small one. Psychic energy absorption is not like filling a suitcase!

2. Fill the glass bowl with salt – simple cooking salt or pretty rock salt, it matters not.

3. Place the bowl with the salt near the hearth of the home – the center of the home. In some houses, that is in the kitchen; in other homes, it can be the sitting room, or perhaps a den where everyone gathers. You know where your hearth is.

4. Leave it there for three days.

5. On the third day, take the bowl and the salt somewhere where you can release both the physical salt as well as the psychic attachments it has absorbed. You can throw this salt into a river, or a fire, or simply into a sink with the tap running. As you empty the bowl (you can do this a handful at a time), tell the salt about your worries and troubles and your fears, your negative thoughts. It will take those as well and while you’re there.

6. Re-fill the bowl and replace it near the hearth.

7. From now on, empty the salt bowl once a week to keep your home free of harmful energy under normal circumstances; or more often if there is extra stress, as you feel is right.
You will notice a distinct improvement in the atmosphere of your home within a few days.
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Healing Arts and Pagan Studies ~ Storage

Place a few drops of essential oils on a cotton ball or hanky and tuck into a purse you are storing away for the season.

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Healing Arts and Pagan Studies ~ Home Abundance Spell

Take a fresh egg and wash it with witch hazel. Hold it in both hands and say:

“I bless this egg with the energy of life and love.
May this home be blessed with an abundance of
all that we may need.“

Dig a hole on your land or in the dirt of a houseplant. Poke a hole in each end of the egg. Use a long needle to break the yolk.
Blow the insides out into the hole and cover with dirt. Rinse the inner egg with chamomile tea, and let it dry. Decorate with symbols of health,
family, and prosperity and keep it in a special place in your home.

By: Kristin Madden
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When in my turn I dance in your power
Aida Wedo se bon se bon
When in my dance I turn to your power
Aida Wedo se bon se bon
When in my turn I enter your trance
Aida Wedo se bon se bon
Then I will see who will smile tomorrow
Aida Wed se bon se bon
Then I will See who will cry tomorrow
Aida Wedo se bon se bon
Then I will see who will die tomorrow
Aida Wedo se bon se bon
~Haitian Voudoun Song To The Goddess

In the danced rituals of the Haitian religion called Voudoun, women allow themselves to be “ridden” or possessed by various Goddesses. These Loa – who are African Goddesses melded to the spirits of the New World – are not seen as separate from human beings, living in some heaven above this earth. Rather, the woman who embodies the Loa is, for that time, The Goddess herself. When she is not dancing in a human body, she rests within nature, awaiting another opportunity to reveal herself in human form.
We are, all of us, bodies the Goddess wears. Our lives are our own, but they are also hers. The great force of the feminine acts through us, whether we desire it or not. Embracing that knowledge will not change us into someone else. It will simply et us become more truly ourselves.
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By Patricia Monaghan
From “The Goddess Companion” and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives

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Morning Horoscopes For: Friday, 24 April 2015

Birthday horoscope for today:  Being told the theme in your birthday chart is `setbacks` may not sound promising; but this is no more than the heavens pointing out certain once-rewarding arrangements that need to be reviewed and changed, if not eliminated from your life. While in some cases you`re already aware this is necessary, in others it will be a surprise. Not only will this de-clutter your life and thinking, the resulting changes clear the way for exciting new activities and alliances.

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

Outlines are longer versions; consists of every possible details of today and based on three parts of each sign: 1st, 2nd & 3rd Decan; that is, any of three divisions of 10° within a sign of the zodiac.

Aries (Fire sign): March 21 – April 19

Epigram: You simply shouldn`t take negative things seriously today. Any metaphorical stop signs, refusals, brick walls or red lights are not the end of the world. They are simply annoyances that you must ignore. Give things another try – figure out a new route. Maybe there`s something you haven`t thought of? Chances are someone who`s been down this road before has some excellent insight, so why don`t you send them an e-mail or call them and find out what advice they have for you?

Outline: An oppressive authority figure is bearing down hard. You`re tired of their relentless criticism. Trying to meet their impossible standards is undermining your confidence. Resist the urge to break off your relationship until you`ve found a better arrangement. It`s easier to find a job or home when you`re secure. Working without a safety net can prompt you to make decisions you`ll later regret. Take a deep breath, remain calm and weigh your options carefully. Keep control of the situation.

Any short journeys you have to make today may not run as smoothly as you might wish. In fact you could experience frustrating disruptions over which you have no control. Don`t leave fuel, oil and water levels to chance as running low on any of these will cause major problems – not only leaving you with a broken down car but with a large bill to pay as well. Being asked to help out a brother or sister at a moment`s notice may also interfere with plans so it`s best not to make too many today!

Finance: Being agreeable and charming won`t get you anywhere. What you need is a hardhat and a stick of dynamite. No, that`s so 2007. Sticking with agreeable and charming will net you the cash.

Career: You need to stick with what you know well right now. If that big promotion or plum assignment comes your way, definitely don`t turn it down; but if you have the time, invest it in fine-tuning your talents and knowledge.

Taurus (Earth sign): April 20 – May 20

Epigram: Every time you get rid of an old idea, assumption or unwanted item, you make room for a new influx of energy and growth. Today you could use a big dose of freshness, so see what you can do to empty a few closets (emotional and bedroom alike). Whether you toss a relationship, grudge or old sweater, you`ll immediately feel a sense of freedom and relief. You`ve been released from what you thought you needed – the truth is that you already have everything you need.

Outline: You do not have to maintain religious or political beliefs that were imposed on you as a child. Now you`re older you can develop your own personal philosophy. This decision will be unpopular with your family. Certain relatives will not deal with you as a result. This kind of behaviour is a reflection on them, not you. Intolerant people can`t abide being challenged. It`s sad, but it can`t be helped. Fortunately, you`re strong enough to assert your independence. Live your own life.

Out of the blue you may get the chance to attain something you`ve always hoped and dreamed about – but it may cost more than you expected! It depends on how much you value the dream and this is what helps you reach a decision about whether to go for it or not. Unexpected events concerning friends could throw you in a bit of a spin although doing things out of the ordinary could turn out to be a blessing in disguise. It`s certainly a day when plans are likely to get scuppered by unforeseen circumstances.

Finance: Your finances are going down, and yet you are feeling good. How can one relate to another? Some people live for a challenge, and you can count yourself as one of the lucky among them.

Career: It`s a good time to tweak your approach to marketing. If that`s not your gig, then consider how important clear communication is in your job. Explore ways to improve the clarity of your messages and your ability to listen.

Gemini (Air sign): May 21 – June 20

Epigram: Few people can fully appreciate all your attributes, but one person will show you just how much they cherish you today. You`ve been going through some changes, and they`ve been noticing – probably more than you have! Instant transformations are seldom permanent, so don`t get frustrated if you`re still not quite where you want to be. This thing will take time, but the good news is that the people who love you will be rooting for you now and always.

Outline: An emotionally manipulative person is making you very unhappy. You`re reluctant to break things off, worrying what people will think of your decision. Public opinion shouldn`t enter into this choice. You must put your needs first. If someone has taken money from you, it may be necessary to file a lawsuit. This opportunist is hoping you will be too embarrassed to notify the authorities. By asserting your rights, you`ll recoup this loss and regain your confidence in the process.

You may have had some unanticipated news concerning your career or perhaps you make a snap decision that you no longer wish to continue working for the same employer and want to take the plunge and become self-employed. Whether this is a spur of the moment judgement or a long term one, only time will tell. It`s certainly a day for feeling restless and wanting change. Work may not be the only factor on your mind. Your parents may unexpectedly need your opinion too. In fact if you prepare yourself to expect the unexpected today, then you won`t be disappointed!

Finance: If you have hidden strengths, then you also have hidden limitations. Don`t keep them secrets until they rear their heads. Avoiding certain financial situations won`t make them go away.

Career: You have a lot to think about, even if it seems like you`re too busy to spend any time dreaming. Let go of your newest project, at least for the time being, and reconsider your role in the workplace. You`re on the verge of stepping into several opportunities.

Cancer (Water sign): June 21 – July 22

Epigram: All your brain racking can end today! A flood of ideas will wash over you from the moment you wake up, and will buoy you through the entire day. New combinations, directions and questions occur to you – all of which you should share with as many people as possible today. Besides being great conversation-starters, they`ll show the world what an innovative, interesting person you are. Look for new ideas to swarm into your soon-to-be-blooming love life, too!

Outline: A troubling trend in a relationship must be addressed. You`re tired of being pushed around by a domineering romantic or business partner. If you aren`t given a greater measure of freedom, you`ll have to go solo. It simply isn`t healthy suppressing your feelings all the time. Friends are very supportive. Lean on them when your courage starts to falter. Staying with a person who doesn`t respect you will undermine your self-esteem. Stop giving your time and affection to those who aren`t worth it.

Don`t you wish you could throw a few things in a suitcase and jump on a plane to some faraway idyllic place right now? If only that were possible! Although this might seem too far-fetched from reality there could be a few Cancerians booking flights to dream destinations on the spur of the moment. Be open to new ideas, new philosophies, new beliefs today and you could experience some form of enlightenment. You may even decide to enroll on a course, the subject of which could be quite unusual to say the least!

Finance: You could charm the emperor into believing he`s wearing a fine suit of clothes. No, wait, that`s been done; but if you come up with the right pitch, you can charm your way into the backing for any project, so you might as well keep it legit.

Career: Life won`t be easy for you right now, especially as far as customers or important co-workers are concerned. Not one of them will be able to focus on the issues at hand, unless you are very patient and can explain what`s going on … more than once.

Leo (Fire sign): July 23 – August 22

Epigram: Recent changes in your social scene have stirred up some confusing feelings – and more than a few suspicions. Do you feel like someone is holding you back? Another friend may have the same thing in mind. Drop a few subtle hints here and there to see if they feel the same way. Keep in mind that friends should be a support network – and should never judge you. If you don`t feel like that`s what you`re getting, then you should evaluate other options.

Outline: It`s difficult to tolerate an offensive colleague. If confronting this pest doesn`t work, report the problem to your superiors. Creating a paper trail will make it easier for the powers that be to dismiss the troublemaker. There is much to be done but it`s difficult when someone is always breaking your concentration and undermining your contributions. It`s even difficult to showcase your expertise, because someone is always mocking your efforts. Looking for another position will be empowering.

Something surfaces today which you weren`t expecting. On the positive side you could come into a sum of money through an insurance policy or a tax rebate which could lead to an impromptu celebration with friends. The trouble is it`s not always a positive outcome and it might be you have a shock concerning your joint bank account or are perhaps turned down by a mortgage lending company. This could lead to you searching for alternate ways of saving money which turn a difficult situation into a much more rewarding one.

Finance: Most people don`t need to put their arrogance on parade. That`s traditionally a role we project onto celebrities; but some people decided to strut their stuff and now it`s raining on everyone. Don`t let that keep you from sharing your umbrella.

Career: Keep all negative thinking away from your workspace today by all means necessary. You will need to hear criticisms later, of course – they`re essential for progress – but for now, stay positive and stick to tackling your workload.

Virgo (Earth sign): August 23 – September 22

Epigram: It`s frustrating to be speaking the truth and still be doubted, but you must have the patience to wait for other people to come around to your way of thinking. Just stay consistent and make it clear that you respect what other people think (no matter how wrong it is). That way, when the people you love start to get an idea that you`re on the right track, they can come to you without feeling like you`ll give them any sort of `I told you so` speech.

Outline: A youngster has not been behaving too well making you concerned and exasperated. It`s time to get to the bottom of this situation. Have a heart to heart talk. Be comforting and accepting. You may hear some painful truths about your own bad habits. Changing your ways will lay the groundwork for a better relationship. Young people need to feel valued and respected. When this doesn`t happen, angry outbursts and subversive activity often occurs. Accept the error of your ways.

Lots of people born under the sign of Virgo prefer their lives to be organised, to have plans and to go through life in a systematic manner. Unfortunately today is going to cause you anxiety if you don`t allow for some disruptions to your plans. For some of you this could be really exciting, particularly if your partner decides to surprise you – the result of which throws you into the limelight in some way. Anything could happen today – and it will – just try not to let it worry you, it`s not going to be all bad news.

Finance: Is making money by any means really what you want? It shouldn`t take too much soul searching to find your answer. Once you reaffirm you basic human value, a good dinner is in order.

Career: Life is about to get a lot more interesting in the workplace. You`re on the verge of a small discovery that will give you some serious leverage over an internal rival or external competitor. Whatever the case may be, you`ll come out ahead.

Libra (Air sign): September 23 – October 22

Epigram: When you`re right, you`re right – and today, guess what? You`re right! When you see things going off the tracks, speak your mind and let people know the right way to go (using your customary diplomacy, of course). Do not be intimidated by anyone in the room – chances are they will be impressed by your attitude and enlightened by what you have to say. When a friend makes a confession, tell them straight up what you think – they deserve to know.

Outline: Expensive repairs will put a dent in your household budget. It may be necessary to take out a loan to attend to a serious problem. Alternatively, you could decide to relocate altogether. This decision won`t sit well with your family, which is comfortable with the way things are. If you`re in a relationship, your partner will blame you for the upheaval. It`s important to hold your ground in this debate. Don`t tolerate unsafe conditions. Issue an ultimatum and set the wheels in motion for a big change.

If you had arranged to go to the gym, the health spa or even to the hairdressers, a change of plan could occur which could be due to a power failure. It might be a good idea therefore to ring and check appointments beforehand. Alternatively you might suddenly decide to enrol at the gym or start on a healthy food regime in order to improve yourself in some way. Anyone lucky enough to be travelling on a long journey may find the air hostesses not as accommodating as they normally are!

Finance: When people work together toward a common goal, it`s a thing of beauty; but when they`re at cross purposes, there is no value to be found. Don`t be possessive of business partners; their problems are hiding beneath the surface.

Career: Trust your intuition, especially when it comes to new proposals or ideas. It might feel like you`re going off the deep end, but that`s the only way to win big in this situation. You have to take a risk – a big risk.

Scorpio (Water sign): October 23 – November 21

Epigram: A flirtatious game you`ve been playing will suddenly come to a stop today – is this the end? Hardly! More likely, they are reorganizing their ideas and revising their approach – get ready, because the tables will be turned. You`ve never been in this position before, and it may feel uncomfortable. If you don`t like it at first, just give it time – explore this new dimension and you may learn to love it! This is going to be an educational (and exciting) experience.

Outline: A disturbing discovery changes your opinion of a respected leader. Be careful about people on pedestals. Just because you admire someone`s work does not mean they are perfect. We all have feet of clay. Your own beliefs could undergo a radical change as a result of this scandal. Instead of following an organised religion or group, you`ll march to the beat of your own drum. This will feel lonely at first, but at least you won`t fall victim to charismatic manipulators.

Although you might feel like hiding yourself away today, you may need to think again! If you do stay hidden you are going to be missing out on so much; but even so still be prepared for unforeseen perhaps even startling things to happen. For some this could be the start of a romance, for others a gamble that may pay off but for most Scorpios today`s events seem to centre round things you enjoy doing, hobbies which bring pleasure, creative ventures, even children. Most of the time it`s going to be exciting but occasionally you may experience a bit of a jolt!

Finance: It`s one thing handling other people`s money, or even reading about it in the paper, but when it comes to your own retirement, suddenly gambling seems downright reckless. Proceed with caution.

Career: Life could certainly be easier for you right now, but that`s no reason to despair. Focus on the issues you have some measure of control over, then move on to the thornier problems. You have the energy to disarm any controversy.

Sagittarius (Fire sign): November 22 – December 21

Epigram: The curtain comes up on the backstage goings on around you today, and the exposure will be very educational. A big mystery is finally solved – much of what you thought was true isn`t really – and you need to ask for more than a few explanations. Anger isn`t an inherently bad emotion. If you feel it today, use it to help stay focused on what you need to do. Act maturely and responsibly, but above all, take care of yourself and move on if you need to.

Outline: It will be difficult to make ends meet. A financial shortage is causing you to lie awake at night. Finding a new source of income will be difficult. You will have to accept a series of temporary assignments before landing a steady job. Fortunately, your best friend or romantic partner will offer lots of moral support. When your courage starts to fail, look to your loved one for comfort. You`ve always been resilient, but that doesn`t mean you should endure stress alone.

Something unexpected could happen connected to your home and/or your family which has a knock on effect to your partner. The event is certainly unexpected but whether it`s a surprise or a shock is difficult to say. One possible manifestation might be that some Sagittarians decide to buy a home together with their partner – something which you might not have considered before; and this home might actually be something quite unconventional! Whatever happens today is going to bring some exciting, if not unexpected, events.

Finance: All the talk about the economy is actually starting to get boring. Is that a good sign or a bad one, or none at all? Instead of waiting to find out, just keep busy.

Career: It`s a great time to persuade people that you have the answers they need. Whether you actually do or not is another story, but they won`t realize the truth or possibly even care until much later.

Capricorn (Earth sign): December 22 – January 19

Epigram: Every aspect of your sense should be fed well today – and if you can explore sensations that are new to you, all the better. Try an exotic new cuisine for lunch, reach out and touch a luxurious fabric, literally stop and smell the roses today – stimulate your mind in unusual ways. A trip to an art museum or gallery may turn you on to new ideas. Take a look at upcoming concerts – chances are there`s someone or something you`ve just got to see. Buy tickets today.

Outline: It won`t be easy forcing people to conform to your standards. Rebels who won`t obey the rules will continually defy you. Instead of trying to rally the group in line, go your own way. Use your expert knowledge to help disadvantaged people. People will be impressed by your hard work and command of the facts. Don`t be surprised if an official expresses romantic interest in you. You`re extremely attractive when you are in your element. Are you single? Ask for a date.

Many Capricorns may find today somewhat irritating and frustrating! You know exactly what you want to do with your time and yet are likely to experience setbacks. A lot of the trouble you experience could be connected to transport – i.e. cars breaking down, buses turning up late or not at all, taxi cabs taking you to the wrong destination, etc. but you might also encounter communication problems via telephones, e-mails, faxes, etc. However, all is not lost because you might actually receive some exciting news relating to money.

Finance: Being intellectual can get you out of this jam, even though your gut reaction is emotional. Don`t go overboard but sift through your thoughts, then toss out whatever extra is making you panic.

Career: Your working life is pretty busy right now, but you can push through it all as long as you can break it down into manageable chunks. You`ll be rewarded appropriately for your hard work.

Aquarius (Air sign): January 20 – February 18

Epigram: Slow down today – it`s not wise to exert yourself too much. There may be some tantalizing social invitations – be very picky about which ones you accept, because a mellow night out could snowball into a foggy morning. You know the usual suspects, so look to familiar patterns: The leopard cannot change its spots. You`re entering a more cautious phase, which will affect your social life more than you initially realize, but rest assured that all upcoming changes are positive ones.

Outline: An embarrassing secret will come to light. Don`t make any statements until the excitement dies down. If you`ve made a terrible error, admit it. Resist the temptation to make excuses for your behaviour. A sincere apology will pave the way for forgiveness. Make sure to back up your words with actions. By being scrupulously honest from this moment forward, people will begin to trust you again. Pattern your behaviour after someone who successfully restored their tarnished reputation.

Expecting the unexpected – and being willing to change at a moment`s notice – is what today is all about; and whilst you`re intent on having a relaxing enjoyable day doing the things you most enjoy the cosmos may have the odd surprises in store for you! So when you`re getting embroiled in a hobby or enjoying a night at the theatre don`t be surprised if it costs more than you originally thought!! Financial implications seem to be where the surprises, or perhaps jolts, occur.

Finance: Excuse me, is your name Cassandra? You have a unique way of looking at the current financial situation but no one is listening to you. Use it to make your own private profit.

Career: You will need to go in deep to understand the workings of the latest proposal. Luckily, your time and energy will be well spent. Alert the troops if you spot anything fishy – don`t keep anyone in the dark for too long.

Pisces (Water sign): February 19 – March 20

Epigram: Don`t be shy when someone reaches out to you today – you may be caught off guard, but you don`t need to worry. People find you approachable, and you should get used to the unexpected. Start making small efforts to react more warmly and receptively – these tiny moves will be recognized and appreciated. This is a day where the minimum effort can go the maximum distance, so if you`re toying with the idea of being bold, come up with a simple plan and then go for it!

Outline: A friend`s betrayal is difficult to bear. You treat your social circle like dear members of your family. When someone close to your heart deliberately hurts you, it`s devastating. You begin questioning your judgement and start re-thinking all your relationships. That`s not necessarily a bad thing. A person who owes you money has been taking advantage of your gentle nature. It`s time to be repaid. Don`t accept lame excuses. It`s time to be treated with the respect you deserve.

Pisceans are very good at going with the flow and if you`re to get anything positive out of today, you need to do just that. Disruptions are likely to be the order of the day and if you expect them (even when you don`t know what they are or where they`re coming from) they might not seem as bad! You might experience something connected to your parents – perhaps calling around unexpectedly or even needing your help so much so you have to drop everything and go. However, it needn`t be all bad news and you could find the subject of change altogether quite appealing – maybe even deciding to alter your appearance!

Finance: Buy, sell – you`re feeling overwhelmed, and some action seems called for. If you don`t know what to do, take comfort in knowing that it`s just not a good day to move, even if you knew which direction to go in.

Career: You can make a big difference with a few well-placed words, even if systems, policies and attitudes appear immutable and inflexible. At the very least, you will do no harm; but if it does work out, you`ll earn tons of well-deserved kudos.

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