GrannyMoon*s Morning Feast 1May15

Honoring the Goddess Every Day!

Celebrate Beltane Today!

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Today’s Feast is Dedicated to My Mother, LaVona
Crowned Queen of the Gold and Green Ball – May Day 1947

I Start Each Day with a Prayer to the Goddess!

Great Goddess, I begin the month of May with gratitude for the increase in the
light that brings forth life from my soul and from the earth.
May my heart be fertile ground for the sprouting of your creativity,
that I may be of loving service
to my family, my community and all beings.

So Mote It Be!

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“The fair maid who, the First of May,
Goes to the field at break of day
And washes in the dew from the hawthorn tree,
Will ever after handsome be.”

Summer is coming, oh, summer is near
with the leaves on the trees and the sky blue and clear
small birds are singing their fond notes so true
and wild flowers are springing in the May morning dew”
-old folk song

“The first of May is garland day
And chimney-sweepers’ dancing day;
Curl your locks as I do mine,
One before and one behind.

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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Each And Every Day A Feast Day!
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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, 01 May, 2015
Waxing, Gibbous Moon          Age: 13 ¼ days.
Moon in Via Combusta, at Ascending Node.
Moon in 18th degree of the Sign Libra, the Balance;
also in 25th deg. of the Constellation Virgo, the Virgin.
Moonset: 4:54 morn.  Moonrise: 5:40 eve.  Souths: 11:39 eve.

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Aspects of Libra: Yang, Masculine, Solar, Positive, Diurnal, Airy, Cardinal, Semi-fruitful, Horary Western, Autumnal, Austral, Obeying, Equinoctial, Moist, Vocal, Sweet, Hot

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Spells and rituals involving the Air Element should be performed when the Moon is in the Air sign: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius.

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Moon Moon, Mother Moon
Lunar Lore

What’s this midsummer moon?
Is all the world gone a-madding?
~ Dryden, “Amphitryon,” iv. 1.
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The Moon is in the Lunar Mansion
Al’awwa, The Barker in the Kennel,
also known as Canis, The Dog.
Marked by the fix’d Stars: Zavijava, Vindemiatrix, &c.

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Virgin August! come in thy regal state
With soft majestic grace and brow serene;
Though the fierce Lion’s reign is overpast
The summer’s heat is all thine own as yet,
And all untouched thy robe of living green
By the rude fingers of the northern blast.
~ R.J. Philbrick, “Virgo.”

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Lunabar Sun Almanack for Friday, 01 May, 2015
Sunrise: 6:10 morn.    Sunset: 8:00 eve.
Length of Day: 13h. 50m.
Dawn: 5:42 morn.    Dusk: 8:28 eve.
Length of Twilight: 0h. 28m.
Sun in 10th degree of the Sign Taurus, the Bull;
also in 12th degree of the Constellation Aries, the Ram;

Solar Lore
If the sun appear concave at its rising, the day
will be windy or showery; windy, if the sun be only slightly
concave, and showery, if the concavity is deep.
~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 ecstatic!

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Readings by GrannyMoon ~ Emperor

Be sensitive today or your ego will get in the way. There is a tendency to be defensive, tense and bossy in order to have your own way. Try a softer, more sensitive method of leadership, try to see the others point of view. You will get your way, but at what price?

While it’s reasonable to expand our horizons now, ideals and dreams that are disconnected from reality could lead to a painful fall. Take your inspiration from what you feel in your heart, rather than from others who choose to influence your actions. Truth is easily distorted by sales talk, propaganda and religious prejudice. The reality that you feel in your body should be your most reliable guide at this time.

Loosen up, do something nurturing for yourself or a loved one.
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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 Month of Maia begins 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of Willow  April 15 – May 12

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May Moon Phases
Full “Flower” Moon falls on Sunday, 03 May, 2015 at 11:44 PM
Last Quarter falls on Monday, 11 May, 2015 at 6:36 AM
New Moon falls on Monday, 18 May, 2015 at 12:15 AM
First Quarter falls on Monday, 25 May, 2015 at 1:20 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 …  

Beltane~Rowan Witch Day~Kalends of May~May Day~Cetsahmain

April Showers Bring May Flowers! Leave a bouquet of May flowers at a friend or loved ones door today!

May gets its name from the Roman Goddess Maia, who embodies the earth’s renewal during spring.  Next to New Year’s Eve, May Day (Beltane) was among the most popular holidays in the old world, marking the time when the sun’s warmth and nature’s fertility began appearing in the land.  Later, well over 100 nations chose to celebrate Labor Day on
May 1, giving everyone a much-needed rest from winter’s tasks.

For the purpose of your magical escapades, the theme is definitely blossoming and liveliness.  Use as many flower parts as possible in spells and rituals, and go outside frequently to get closer to nature.  Energies emphasized by this month include creativity, inventiveness, fertility, health, and metaphysically “spring cleaning” any area of your life or sacred space.

Between the Beltanes – Children born between the Beltanes (May 1 and May 8) have “the skill of man and beast” and power over both.  Kightly, Charles, The Perpetual Almanack of Folklore, Thames & Hudson 1987

Bona Dea – This was the day of dedication for the Aventine festival of the mysterious and generically named Good Goddess. Her cult was older than that of Heracles, which was itself pre-Roman. She was known as the wife of Faunus, a rustic god of woods and flocks, and she governed fertility and healing. Her rites were for women only and her oracles were revealed only to women.

Also on May 1st, the priests of Vulcan sacrificed a pregnant pig to Maia. Since a pig is the appropriate sacrifice for an earth goddess, Maia was equated with the earth by some Roman writers, as was Bona Dea. Blackburn, Bonnie and Leofranc Holford-Strevens, Oxford Companion to the Year, Oxford University Press 1999

Lei Day – Apparently in Hawaii this is a day for wearing leis and honoring the spirit of the lei: friendliness and good will. It seems appropriate to me to do this on May Day and in the middle of the Floralia, the festival in honor of flowers and sexuality.

Snake Festival – On the first Thursday in May, the town of Cocullo, Italy is full of snakes, in honor of San Domenico. Snake handlers gather the snakes on March 19 (St Joseph’s Day or equinox) when they are first emerging into the warmth of the spring sun and store them in jars of bran. On the feast day they bring them out and people get their photograph taken with a snake draped around them. Previously they took the snakes to Mass and waved them over their heads when the Host was elevated. Now they carry them in procession, along with the image of San Domenico. The festival used to end with the snakes being killed or sold to pharmacists to be made into ointments and cures. Now they are let loose.

San Domenico, a Benedictine monk, who was born in Umbria in 951 protects people from the bites of venomous snakes and rabid dogs, perhaps because of the story of how he tamed a fierce wolf that was about to steal a child. The story says he came to Cocullo when it was plagued by an invasion of snakes and charmed them out of their nests, just like St Patrick. But before San Domenico arrived in these parts, the Etruscans, the indigenous people in this part of Italy, worshipped the Goddess Angizia, a snake enchantress who lived in a nearby sacred wood and protected people from serpents. She was said to be a sister of Circe. She may be connected with Isis who mated with a serpent. Until some time in the last century, the people of Abruzzo believed the serpent copulated with all women.

Just as in the story of St Patrick driving the snakes from Ireland, this legend may record the transition from the earlier times when snakes were associated with the goddess and the bad reputation they acquired under Christianity. At one time, snakes were symbols of wisdom, and brought the gifts of prophecy and healing, which is why they appear on the caduceus, the symbol of the medical profession. They were also associated with fertility, since they penetrate the earth, and with rebirth, because of the way they shed their skins.

Ciambellone, special breads shaped like a snake biting its tail, are made to decorate the poles which support the statues in the procession. Treats called ciambelle, made from little twisted wreaths of bread, flavored with anise seed, look like snakes wrapped around each other. These sweets that are shaped and coiled like snakes occur only in regions of Italy where the Etruscans lived. Field, Carol, Celebrating Italy, William Morrow 1990 From School of Seasons

Floralia and Beltane ~ Ancient Roman Floralia (Florales Ludi) was a festival from April 28 – May 2 which began in Rome in 238 B.C. Floralia was originally a Spring Festival which honors Roman Goddess of Flowers, Flora (Chloris) another manifestation of the earth-goddess which includes Fauna, Maia and Ops. The temple of this goddess was founded on this day on the Aventine. Offerings of milk and honey were made on this day and the surrounding five days, which comprise the Florifertum. The city would have been decorated in flowers, and the people would wear floral wreaths or flowers in their hair. Games would be celebrated on this day. The celebration of this day survives in many cultures where it is known as May Day.
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. 5/1 Loving Libra Moon sets the tone for May Day frolic and fun.

Sat. 5/2 Indecisive Libra Moon suggests multi tasking for best results.

Sun. 5/3 Passionate Full Moon in Scorpio encourages lovers and seekers. Mercury conjoined with Saturn steadies the mind.

Mon. 5/4 Energetic Scorpio Moon pushes the envelope. Sun Square Jupiter suggests play, be happy and avoid excess.

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Goddess of The Day: Maia
May Day (Beltane)

Themes:  Sexual Prowess; Playfulness; Wishes
Symbols:  Braided or Knotted items

About Maia:  This Roman Goddess, whose name means “mother”, offers all who seek it fulfillment and renewed zest.  Maia gave her name to the month of May.  She’s the Queen of the Flowers, and today was one of Her festival days, celebrated suitably with an abundance of blossoms.  In later times, Maia became strongly associated with Bona Dea, whose name literally translates as “good Goddess”.

To Do Today:  As a child, on this day I left bundles of wildflowers anonymously at neighbors’ homes.  As a random act of beauty and kindness, this still holds merit today and certainly honors Maia.

In magical circles people customarily braid wishes into the ribbons of the Maypole and leave them there to germinate and grow until fall.  To do this yourself, find three strands of blue ribbon and braid them together so they meet five times, saying,

‘Tis the month of May, for _______(health, love, money, or whatever) I wish today.
Ribbons of blue, help my wish come true.
Braided within, the spell begins.
Bound to and fro, the magic grows.
When in Fall untied, this wish is mine!’

Wear a flowery shirt, skirt, or tie today to welcome Maia and brighten your day..
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By Patricia Telesco ~ From “365 Goddess” and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast

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Healing Arts and Pagan Studies ~ Beltane/May Day

May Day is the ancient festival of Beltane, the midway point between the vernal (spring) equinox and the summer solstice. The days are growing longer, coaxing the earth to open to the life-giving qualities of the sun and to bring forth every kind of fruit. Beltane is a celebration of the fertility of the earth and the fertility of our own souls. It is a call to gratitude that everything in the universe is continually being re-created, including ourselves.

The air and Earth begin to warm, Spring has arrived in full force and is making way for Summer. The leaves and grass have greened and the flowers are in full bloom (as are the allergies for some!) Man and woman begin to start their lives together, new loves are born, new lives are created.

The word “Beltane” in modern Irish means May. Beltane comes from the meaning “fire of Bel”, in which Bel is the “bright or shining one”. In his honor, the Ancient Celts set two large fires made up of nine of the sacred woods:

During this time, the herds of cattle were driven through these fires to clean off the ticks and mites and also as a symbol of purification to protect them. They were left to graze in the pastures until the new year and winter. Witches’ celebrate the fruitfulness of Mother Earth in the union between Witches’ celebrate the fruitfulness of Mother Earth in the union between Her and the young Horned God. This coupling symbolizes the new fertility of the Earth, the beginnings of Spring going into Summer.

May or Beltane, has traditionally represented the sensuality and revitalization of love-making in all living things. This is why many couples traditionally marry around this time of year. In ancient Celtic days, couples would live together for a year and a day, after which they may decide to get married or part ways. The Celts believed in the idea of marriage, but understood people and nature grow, change and sometimes move apart. This is not to say they did not believe in the family unit and still remain together as a family.

In some cultures, the May pole traditionally represented a fertility symbol – specifically a phallic symbol – dancing around it in celebration was a ritual of thanks for the time of season with which all life begins the cycle. From GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast 2002

Beltane/CetSamhain/MayDay – The first day of May is celebrated in many parts of the world. It is believed it evolved from ancient agricultural and fertility rites of spring. There are signs of the first celebrations in Egypt. However, the majority of the current traditions stem from the Roman Festival, Floralia. This was a five day festival to honor the Goddess Flora with offerings of flowers, dancing, ringing bells, May Queens and erecting a Maypole.

The May Queen would oversee crops and rule the day. Some places also selected May Kings. The crowns were typical made of twigs, leaves and flowers.

The Maypole was typically fabricated the night before. The men would strip down a birch tree and plant it in the ground; this ceremony was symbolic of fertility rites. The next day both men and women danced about the Maypole. Several longs ribbons hung from the top of the Maypole holding up a crown of colorful flowers. Each dancer held an end of one of the ribbons. The dancers alternated man and women. All the women would dance in one direction and the men danced in the other direction. The dancers would go under the first person and over the next weaving the ribbons about the tree and lowering the ring to the ground. Today this tradition is still practiced but danced mostly boys and girls.

The Celts had a similar celebration known as Beltain, Beltane, or Bealtaine which in Gaelic means “Fires of Bel” or “Bright Fires”. The ceremony honored the god of the Sun and the rebirth of the earth. Feasting, games and bonfires, began on the eve of May Day and continued through the next day with a day of bonfires and merrymaking. It was customary for couples to walk through the fires smoke or leap over the flames to insure a successful relationship. Faeries were (and are) abundant on the first day of May. Windows were decorated with flowers and food was left on the doorstep to keep the mischievous faeries out.

Those traditions created a wonderful medieval holiday that is still celebrated today. We still elect May Queens and Kings and dance around Maypoles. During this time women would wash their faces with the May Day’s morning dew believing it would bring a good complexion and everlasting beauty.

“The fair maid who, the First of May,
Goes to the field at break of day
And washes in the dew from the hawthorn tree,
Will ever after handsome be.”

People began gathering twigs and flowers to decorate their homes and the lovely tradition of May baskets began. Children would leave baskets made from twigs and filled with flowers on their neighbor’s doorstep, knock and then hide waiting to see the expression of the lucky recipient. From Folklore, Magic and Superstitions
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Healing Arts and Pagan Studies ~ May Birthday Horoscope

Anyone born during May show beauty both inside and out. May babies have great imaginations and are very understanding. They enjoy reading and love art, looking at it or doing it. Having no problems in getting themselves motivated they are very hard workers. Being high spirited they love to do something, anything as they dislike staying home and doing nothing. As they are not at all retiring they rather enjoy talking and socializing.

Accompanying these positive traits are, of course, negative ones. They crave to be the focus of attention. They get irate fairly easily in comparison with others and often display signs restlessness. When ill their ears or their neck are likely to be the culprits.

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Healing Arts and Pagan Studies ~ May Eve Spell

Tonight’s twilight begins the Bright Fire, or the Celtic festival of Beltane. May’s warm Sun inspires in all thoughts of love and pairing. The longing for merging with our opposite is strong. On this eve of the return of summer’s pleasures, take a moment to honor your own integrity. Prepare a candlelit bath scented with lavender and rose. Scent your hair with rosemary oil and soothe your skin with lotions.

As you care for your body, revel in its gifts and natural beauty. See your-self through a lover’s eyes. Nurture and love yourself. For if you do not love yourself, how can you expect another to truly love you? Self-worth is the gift the Goddess brings to you this night.

By: Karri Allrich
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Healing Arts and Pagan Studies ~ At The Office

Scenting your office with Lavender essential oil is said to reduce computer errors at least 25%.
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Healing Arts and Pagan Studies ~ A May Day Spell for Beauty

One of the time-honored methods of improving physical beauty in Scotland and England was to gather morning dew on May Day and apply it to the skin. To adapt this idea using a more spiritual tone, try mixing a little catnip tea with this dew. Anoint yourself thrice over the heart with it, saying, “Loveliness within, loveliness without, let beauty shine, remove all doubt.”

If May Day dew is not available, use rain or dew drops collected on the third or twenty-first day of any month. To gather dew, drape a fine linen or cotton cloth over a few plants at nightfall. Just after dawn the next day, wring out the fabric into a clean container. Refrigerate this, otherwise the water will quickly become stagnant and unusable for magic.

Internalizing the spirit of beauty. Grace under pressure. Poise and presence. Self-confidence.

May Day. Beneath a Full Moon. When the moon is in Leo or Virgo, Fridays
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O Mary we crown thee with blossoms today,
Queen of the angels, Queen of May.
O Mary we crown thee with blossoms today,
Queen of the angels, Queen of May.
~Catholic Song To The Virgin on May Day

Through hundreds of years, this day was celebrated by the ancient Celts as the feast of Beltane, the renewal of earth’s reproductive energy in springtime. Revelers danced around trees that represented the phallic energy of the season, and everywhere lovers enjoyed dalliances to encourage and participate in the earth’s renewal.

With the coming of Christianity, the old festival was discouraged, especially in light of its highly sexual content. In its place, the church offered a chaste processional to honor the virgin mother of god, with girls singing songs like that above. But the ancient symbolism held fast, though hidden: the virgin was crowned with wreaths of flowers, the sexual organs of plants. Thus, even when the outer meaning was changed, the inner meaning of the season remained a celebration of nature’s fertility and fecundity.
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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, 01 May 2015

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Birthday horoscope for today: While you enjoy chatting about life in general as much as anybody else, there are certain matters you prefer not to discuss. You might think you`ve good reason not to reveal facts about things such as your concerns, doubts or business or financial worries. However, the move by the communication planet Mercury, to accent such matters, in your birthday chart, indicates this is exactly what you must do, and that you`ll profit handsomely from it.

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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.

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Aries (Fire sign): March 21 – April 19

Epigram: Much as those eight hours we necessarily devote to earning our daily bread do cut into our social life, most of us manage to get through them, sometimes even with just a hint of a smile and a positive attitude. However, that may be tough to pull off sometimes, so do yourself a favour. Dangle a carrot of your own creation in front of your face, just to get you through the day. Make terrific plans for the evening.

Outline: Your quick wit and humour make you a popular figure. Be sure to go out with colleagues after hours. You`ll have a great time telling stories and flirting with the most attractive member of the group. If you`re already in a relationship, don`t take things too far. You don`t want to put yourself in a dangerous position. Are you single? It will be difficult to resist the charms of someone who seems to know a little about everything. You create great chemistry together.

The bad news is that friends and colleagues may feel they`re up against it and need your shoulder to cry on. You may have problems of your own though: someone`s efficiency might not have been as good as you`d hoped. The good news is that someone really close could know how to make your day. They might even add a touch of mystery to after-work social arrangements.

Finance: When the details start to get too frustrating, there`s no point in rushing ahead. You won`t be of service to anyone without a break, so work some exercise into your number crunching.

Career: The office culture is a bit too distracting right now. You`re working hard, yet it doesn`t feel like you`re getting anything done. Can you work from home? Investigate options that can help you be more productive.

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Taurus (Earth sign): April 20 – May 20

Epigram: Voices from the past are nothing new, especially not for you, and especially not lately. It`s been happening so often that at this point, you probably wouldn`t even flinch if your kindergarten teacher ended up in line behind you at the grocery store; but when the one person you`ve always missed turns up in that same line, you may be taken just a bit off guard. Don`t let it show. Hey, it`s not like you haven`t had the practice.

Outline: You will be spending money on travel, education and time saving gadgets. You`re very practical about finances and won`t purchase anything on a whim. Investing in things that will bring pleasure and boost efficiency is worthwhile. Someone who teases you about being frugal will be surprised by your extravagance. That`s because they don`t understand your priorities. You have no objection to spending money, as long as what you buy makes life easy or pleasant.

Family affairs could weigh heavily. You might also be less than enchanted at work with the performance of an administrator. You also seem to be in the mood to challenge, using charm and determination as your stun-gun. You could be spectacularly successful too – as could a close companion who might also have something to celebrate. At the very least, a financial lift could be on the way.

Finance: If you`re not where you should be, you will be soon. Cash might open the door and ease your in, but you still have to take it from there. No amount of money can take the place of charm, and you have that in abundance.

Career: Stuck between a rock and a hard place? Call together some trusted co-workers, and invite everyone to toss ideas back and forth. With that many brains on the task, it should be easy to find a solution.

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Gemini (Air sign): May 21 – June 20

Epigram: A phrase or expression you haven`t heard in years will suddenly reach your ears, and with it, a whole flood of memories will arrive, all apparently designed to bring back every single little feeling you had for a certain someone. Why bother pretending it hasn`t happened – or that you wouldn`t love to see them? Got a recent phone number? Or can you find them via a social network? Try to contact them. When you`re thinking of someone, it usually goes both ways.

Outline: You thrive on intellectual challenges. No problem is too big or too small for you. As far as you`re concerned, you`d rather be wrangling with a difficult situation than twiddling your thumbs. This positive attitude sits well with your superiors. There`s a good chance you will be awarded a plum position. It`s gratifying to know people have faith in your abilities. If you keep up the good work, you`ll get a promotion, raise or both. Do you have your own business? Increase your rates.

The wording of a letter or contract requires extra care – which is good since you may be in the mood to put your memory to the test. You could excel in a debate – yet not feel you`re doing as well as you are. You may be asked to help a friend or colleague in planning something really nice. You could excel here too- a little-known haunt of yours might be the shopping place they need to know about.

Finance: Thoughts can be misread, but balance sheets? Don`t kid yourself, buddy. Calculations should be a science, not an art, so attend to the details before you wind up in a real mess.

Career: You have a plan for moving forward, but does anyone else know about it? Make your ambition known to others and set the wheels in motion. A lawyer or judge will influence some decisions today.

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Cancer (Water sign): June 21 – July 22

Epigram: You`re usually the first in your household to decide that enough is enough and it`s time to head to that wonderful hideout you`ve spent ages making just perfect: Your bedroom. Now, however? Well, for some reason, if you`re in the right company, you won`t be enticed by the lure of that brand new down pillow-top mattress cover. Staying up to chat will be all that`s on your mind. Oh, why not? Your bed certainly isn`t going anywhere.

Outline: You have an important choice to make. An impressionable person like you should retreat to a private hideaway before rendering a decision. This will allow you to go in the direction that is best for you. Although you want to please your friends and relatives, that won`t be possible in this situation. Take the path that will allow you to grow and change. Staying in the same place for too long has been stultifying. It`s time to embark on an adventure.

You could absolutely astound someone by applying a thrift mechanism they`d never have thought you capable of. It`s probable that you`ll endear yourself to a few people by exercising cost-cutting yet continuing to maintain quality control. You might also bask in reflected glory when someone close is at last able to say that they`ve turned a situation around at work.

Finance: It`s a good day to make plans, if you can overlook a nagging detail: funding them. That`s a big concern for another day. For now, focus on the smaller issues.

Career: A romantic gesture gives your energy a boost – and makes the day fly by. Why not make some last-minute dinner plans? Your skills at balancing work and leisure will definitely come in handy!

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Leo (Fire sign): July 23 – August 22

Epigram: You`re usually not very easy to con. You`ve seen it all, heard it all, and, when you were younger, probably tried it all. Right now, though, your antennae are twitching like crazy, and when they twitch, you listen – another thing you learned way back when. You`ll know exactly what they were alerting you toward when you cross paths with that certain person who`s obviously trying to dupe you. Won`t it be nice to grin, tell them you`re not game for their game and excuse yourself? Feel free to gloat.

Outline: You`re highly social. Attend as many parties and get-togethers as you can. Rubbing elbows with a variety of people stimulates your creativity. A powerful brainwave will arrive after having a spirited discussion. Don`t waste any time getting back to your work space. Seize this opportunity to create a masterpiece. Inspiration like this is fleeting. If you ignore it, you`ll miss a golden opportunity that cannot be recaptured. Keep a notebook and pencil with you at all times to record intriguing ideas.

Success today could depend very much on the experts around you and your own acceptance that `the game is up`. Key decisions might not wait much longer. You could make someone very happy with a positive response. Equally, you could feel much better yourself once you`ve arrived at a conclusion. The problem seems to be that in making a choice you also take on extra responsibility.

Finance: How many times can you review your budget and make cuts? There must be other ways to be economical and conservative. It`s time to come up with a new strategy for saving money.

Career: Try to connect with someone new today – someone outside of your department you might only see once or twice a week. Personal issues will make you rethink a recent career decision.

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Virgo (Earth sign): August 23 – September 22

Epigram: A relatively new member of a group you`re friends with may think you`re an easy target. Will it be fun to watch them carefully execute the stages of the game, chatting you up all the while and assuming they`re successfully stringing you along? You bet it will – but not nearly as much as when you reach the end of the scam and you explain to them, quite sincerely and in great detail, why it never would have worked to start with.

Outline: Your superior communication skills are impressive. You may be asked to serve as a spokesperson for a prominent company or government agency. Before accepting the position find out what they actually do. An ethical person like you needs to believe in your work. Carrying out orders that clash with your beliefs will be too stressful. Make sure you look before you leap, especially where your career is concerned. Your professional prospects are strong, so if one offer doesn`t pan out, another will soon arrive.

Ignoring damaged self-confidence might not be easy. It could though be essential if you`re to convey to a group of people that you`re the person they need. You may need to think bigger – and more grandly than usual too. Exasperation with other people`s administrative systems may be inevitable. However, by setting someone a deadline you could transfer pressure.

Finance: After an achievement, there`s usually time to tidy up and get organized for the next one. Not in today`s economy. You have to move on to the next project without all the details if you want to stay competitive.

Career: An essential business partnership is struggling, although it`s unclear if any long-term problems will result. Someone who owes you money will finally come across with the full balance due.

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Libra (Air sign): September 23 – October 22

Epigram: Go ahead and allow yourself to dream. First off, if anyone loves it, it`s you, especially when romance is the theme – but if you`ve got the right companion for the journey, it will be even more fun. If either of you take tomorrow off from work – or both, ideally, of course – a walk in the park, a romantic matinee and lunch at an outdoor cafe couldn`t hurt, either. Not one bit. You`ll enjoy the day no matter what.

Outline: You are heading for distant shores, which is thrilling. It doesn`t matter if you are travelling for business or pleasure. You`re going to have a wonderful time either way. Be sure to bring an empty suitcase because you will fill it with beautiful souvenirs by local craftspeople. You have a special fondness for beautiful items that are unique. Mass manufactured items leave you cold. You gravitate towards works of art that are a direct reflection of the creator`s vision. This is a function of your excellent taste.

Relations with a group of people could go pear-shaped or improve out of all recognition. So much depends on whether you let the past rule your thinking. There are financial gains to be made. What seems to be required is balance (your thing) between professionalism and good working-relations. A partner or close colleague`s guidance could help you steer this ship from the rocks leaving you with something to celebrate.

Finance: Your ear is to the ground, but even the best listener can`t hear the sound of what`s coming; but even if it`s uncertain, betting on the future is better than doing nothing at all.

Career: A new opportunity just opened up for someone you used to work with – track them down and hook them up! Always try to keep an eye out for others: it`s a great way to keep your connections alive.

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Scorpio (Water sign): October 23 – November 21

Epigram: If anyone can talk anyone into anything by simply offering to try it with them… well, it`s definitely you. That goes double now. Your quest is to use one of your other amazing skills – to ensnare a rabbit in a trap – only on those who have tempted lesser beings themselves with little or no conscience about it to do something they knew would end up hurting them in the end; and if anyone can sniff out that kind of beast, it`s you.

Outline: Your ability to stretch resources is especially strong. Take this opportunity to shop for a high ticket item that should last for years. You`ll be able to find a bargain basement rate that is the envy of all your friends. You don`t mind haggling, which is the secret to your success. Even hard bitten salespeople have difficulty withstanding your charm. When you set your mind on a good price, you won`t deviate from the script until you get it. Put the money you save towards something that brings pleasure.

Both professionally and emotionally you may have reached a turning point. Decision-making might not be your strong point. Yet it seems you`ll be called to account if you don`t do something. So much seems to depend on the state of a relationship. Determining boundaries and responsibilities and agreeing what`s `fair` could enable you to finish the day having `scored a goal`.

Finance: Information is key to planning. Small details have slipped by the wayside, and all the time in the world won`t make up for that later. Do your future self a favour and balance the chequebook today.

Career: The next time you`re invited to one of those boring, pointless meetings, just pass. Instead, spend that hour reorganizing your workspace. Clearing the clutter from around you will help clear your mind.

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Sagittarius (Fire sign): November 22 – December 21

Epigram: Under most circumstances, you`re the most affable, reasonable and benevolent creature on the planet – under most circumstances. When it comes to other situations, however – say, for example, when someone is being unfair to someone you love, whether they`re two or four-legged – well, that definitely brings out an entirely different side of you. Someone who`s been mean is about to see it right now, for example. Don`t even bother apologizing. If they hadn`t earned this, they wouldn`t be seeing it.

Outline: This is an excellent time to broker an agreement. In the past, it was difficult to come to terms with a flighty individual. Now this whimsical character is ready to settle down. Before launching talks, make a list of non-negotiable terms, along with things you are willing to sacrifice. These guidelines will be tremendously helpful. As a general rule, you enjoy acting on impulse. This isn`t wise when you`re dealing with someone who is equally impetuous. A little forethought will serve you very well.

Your expertise could be challenged by someone whose skills as an administrator you`ve had occasion to challenge. A combination of your memory together with your experience could ensure you win this round and gain a financial bonus in the process. At home, your advice may be sought by a relative who`s negotiating skills are under pressure.

Finance: Some details make perfect sense and others drive you crazy; but whether they are rational to you or not is not what matters. They`re simply the hoop you have to jump through to get the money.

Career: Things will really get going today. Your high energy level and endless ideas will send you off in several directions at once. Move forward a little bit on everything – then delegate the rest of the work to others.

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Capricorn (Earth sign): December 22 – January 19

Epigram: Your wisdom when it comes to anything that involves dollar signs is legendary, whether it`s for your own interests or someone else`s. If you`ve made a career of it, so much the better. If you`ve made a career of it and you`re still able to use your talents to help yourself, even better. Regardless, keep in mind that the Universe, at the moment, is sending out some rather seductively confusing vibes. Resist them. Think logically, no matter how tough that happens to be.

Outline: You should pay close attention to details. Rendering a perfect performance will put you in line for rewarding work assignments. You`re tired of carrying out the same routine day after day. Fortunately, you know how to tailor projects to satisfy individual clients. This is a rare gift that should be emphasised during work reviews. Don`t hesitate to promote your abilities to anyone who can promote you. You`re too ambitious to remain at this present level for long. Push yourself harder.

You may have reached the end of the line in a working relationship where it seems you`re carrying more than your fair share of costs (both money and time). Yet this is not a `bad` day: you could score a financial goal by setting out terms that would suit you – and finding these are agreed with little fuss. Your romantic life could take an interesting twist too.

Finance: If you can`t make money in your own territory, then widen your circle. The further out you go, the more likely you are to make a deal, so connect with others long distance.

Career: Someone else took credit for your brilliant idea. Sure, that stinks, but let it go. They`ll get their just desserts in the end. Avoid that person from now on and you`ll do fine – you have ability and charm on your side.

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Aquarius (Air sign): January 20 – February 18

Epigram: The big night is coming up soon: The meeting of the friends/family/The One. The One you`ve decided is actually fascinating, intelligent and radically different enough to keep around for a while, that is. Now that you`ve admitted that to yourself (which is never easy for you) why not let The One in on the plan? To get all parties concerned to possibly enjoy each other so much that doing this again might be possible?

Outline: A stimulating conversation stirs romantic impulses. You`re deeply impressed by someone with a sharp intellect. Together, you enjoy exploring controversial ideas without fear of judgment. This is an incredibly liberating experience. If you`re already in a relationship, take care not to stray from your amour. Add a welcome dash of spice to your union by planning a fun outing. Getting a change of scenery will draw you closer together. Rekindling passion is often a matter of will.

Your resources could feel stretch and stretched again. Yet this might not stop you from going on a spending spree. The keyword should probably be `balance` – but that might not be in today`s vocabulary. With pressures mounting both at work (deadlines) and at home (looking after those who can`t or won`t fend for themselves), doing something just for you might seem to be a really good idea.

Finance: There have been days you`ve been more grounded. In fact, there have days you`ve been a lot closer to earth; but even though you`re walking 10 feet in the air, you should come back down long enough to go over the numbers.

Career: Invest in an upgrade today. Consider purchasing new computer equipment, software or furniture. It`s a fun workday, so take time to connect with others in the office and catch up on things.

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Pisces (Water sign): February 19 – March 20

Epigram: Someone is about to say, do or arrange something that will make you feel so gosh-darned good you`ll have absolutely no choice but to sniffle when it happens – and maybe even dab away a tear or two. Or sob. Uh oh. Yep, it`s coming. An all-out emotional binge, complete with waterworks that may be uncontrollable. Well, why fight it? After all, anyone who knows and cares for you expects this from you on a regular basis – and you are rather past due, aren`t you?

Outline: Working at home will be productive. It`s easy to be creative when you don`t have a micromanager watching your every move. If you ever wanted to write a book, now would be a good time to begin. Focus on generating pages instead of editing your work. There will be plenty of opportunities to fine tune your efforts later. For the moment, you should focus on recording the brilliant ideas that are flowing from your brain. Artists pray for days like these. Take advantage of your keen imagination.

Physically – both your nervous system and bone structure may be under pressure. You may have been sitting too long or moving too many heavy items whilst at the same time coping with muddled information. You might also be trying to meet a personal deadline. Yet a party atmosphere could come to you (a leaving party??) and within minutes pressure could be lifted off.

Finance: You can`t be too critical of others or the numbers they present you. If you`re not sure who you`re dealing with, you`ll figure it out later, the hard way. Get all the facts ahead of time.

Career: The indecision of your direct supervisor has left you in the line of fire, and it`s time to confront them about it. Surprisingly, the encounter will turn into a valuable discussion that could lead to a joint venture.

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