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Remember the ancient ways and keep them sacred!

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Live each Season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each. ~Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862)

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NOTE: Because of the large number of ancient calendars, many in simultaneous use, as well as different ways of computing holy days (marked by the annual inundation, the solar year, the lunar month, the rising of key stars, and other celestial and terrestrial events), you may find these holy days celebrated a few days earlier or later at your local temple.

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GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Moon Day

Spells and rituals involving the Earth Element should be performed when the Moon is in an Earth sign: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn.

Energy: Female Ruler: The Moon – Rules emotions, protection, healing, and women’s mysteries – Use for magick involving the subconscious, healing, emotions, love, spirituality, healing wounds, children, small animals, women’s mysteries, the female side of men, mothers, sisters, female partners, wives, instincts

Today’s Magickal Influences: Agriculture, Domestic, Long Life, Medicine, Travels, Visions, Theft

Today’s Goddesses: Luna, Selene, Diana, Re, Gaeleach, Ida, Artemis [Whom The Greeks Associated With Bast], The Witches, Yemaya, Erzulie, Bast

Incense: Myrtle

Perfumes: White Poppy, White Rose, Wallflower

Color of The Day: Silver, Grey, White

Colors for Tomorrow: Red

Lucky Sign: Monday Is The Lucky Day For The Sign of Cancer

Candle: White

Cooking on Monday will improve magics for creativity, insight, maternal nature, and goddess-related efforts. ~Quote from Magickal Martha

Monday – Day of Emotions ( Day of the Moon )

Monday Magick Power Hours: Moonrise. Key Words:

Magick, dreams, health, love, home and family In the word Monday, we can see part of the word Moon. In the romance languages such as Italian or Spanish, this day of the week is called Lunes and clearly relates to the word lunar. On Mondays, a variety of magick may be worked.

Because Monday centers on the energies of the Moon, things like psychism, dreams, feminine energy, health, success in spiritual pursuits, domestic matters, and things of family origin are especially important this day.

Mondays are best for love magick and anything concerning home or family, thus old saying, Mondays child is fair of face, which seems clearly to relate to the themes of love and health.

Angels of Monday are Gabriel, Arcan, Missabu, and Abuzaha. Arcan is known as the king of the angels of air and the “ruler” of Monday. Abuzaha (Abuzohar) serves Monday, and is very responsive to invocations and ritual magick. Missabu is a ministering angel of Arcan.

Monday is the Best Day For: Conjurations, Predictions, Knowledge, Writing, Eloquence. Planetary Association: Moon Norse Deity Associated With the Day: Frigga Origin of Name: “Monday” is short for “Moon Day” in honor of the day’s alignment with that planetary body.

Deities: Thoth, Selene: Aset [Isis], Demeter, Ceres, Spider Woman, Bona Dea, Oya, Devi-Kali, Hella, Rhiannon, Coatlique, Maman Brigette, Sekhmet, Het Heret [Hathor]Monday is the day of moon goddesses Selene, Luna and Mani. Meaning “day of the moon” the name reflects the ancient observance of feast days dedicated to the Moon Goddess or to the planet. Focus on lunar energies, psychic development, dream or astral work, intuition, family, or spirituality.

Incense: Cinnamon, Cinquefoil Aromas: Sweetpea, Lavender, Mastic, Frankincense, Cloves

Candle: White

Metal: Silver

Plants: Wintergreen and other mints, catnip, comfrey, sage, chamomile

Use for magick involving mental issues, learning, higher education, addictions, communications, travel, young people, messages, perception, self-expression, artists, poets, and writers. Marriage, emotional love, family, childbirth, prophecy.

Spells involving emotions, the subconscious,domestic issues and feminine issues. Also, a good day for psychic pursuits and dream work.Childbearing and family life, purity and virginity, healing, wisdom, intuition

Metal: Silver Gemstones: Pearl, opal, moonstone Associations: Childbearing and family life, purity and virginity, healing, wisdom, intuition

Best Colors for today are Silver, white, light blue, Pearls, Creams, Grays, Pale Pinks, Pale Violets, and Pale Blues.

Check whether the moon is waning or waxing to determine what your spell will be. During waning moons, do spells to rid yourself of obstacles or for wisdom and protection. During waxing moons do magic for increase of any kind or to draw something into your life.

On Mondays, the best hour to work is moonrise. Get this information from your local newspaper, astrological calendar, or almanac.

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GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Tiu’s Day – the day of Mars…also Ares, Tiwaz, Tiw (from whom it is named), Tuisco, and Tyr. Tuesday is ruled by Mars, whose Magickal influences are: Passion, courage, aggression, and protection. Tuesday comes under the influence of Mars, the planet associated with vitality, passion, ambition, and raw, unabashed power.

Mars energy makes the mind acute, and the body restless; therefore, on Tuesday we are likely to exert ourselves physically and take action to achieve goals. This day is dynamic and high-spirited, and the prevailing energies may include carelessness and destructiveness as well, so it is good to be cautious—especially while traveling.
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Today’s Magickal Influences ~ Destination, War, Courage, Surgery, Physical Strength

Today’s Goddesses: Aset [Isis], Soorejnaree, Pingalla, Anna, Aine, Danu, Yngona, Bellona, Aida Wedo, Sun Woman

Perfumes: Hellebore, Carnation, Patchouli

Incense: Lignum Aloes, Plantain

Color of The Day: Red

Colors for Tomorrow: Yellow

Lucky Sign: Tuesday Is The Lucky Day For Aries

Candle: Red

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GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Woden’s Day

Energy: Male Ruler: Mercury – Rules healings, the mind – Use for magick involving mental issues, learning, higher education, addictions, communications, travel, young people, messages, perception, self-expression, artists, poets, and writers

Today’s Magickal Influences: Conjurations, Predictions, Knowledge, Writing, Eloquence

Today’s Goddesses: Aset [Isis], Demeter, Ceres, Spider Woman, Bona Dea, Oya, Devi-Kali, Hella, Rhiannon, Coatlique, Maman Brigette, Sekhmet, Het Heret [Hathor]

Incense: Cinnamon, Cinquefoil

Perfumes: Sweetpea, Lavender, Mastic, Frankincense, Cloves

Color of The Day: Yellow, Grey

Colors for Tomorrow: Purple, Indigo, Blue

Lucky Sign: Wednesday Is The Lucky Day For Gemini And Virgo

Candle: Purple

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GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Thor’s Day

Energy: Male, Ruler: Jupiter – Rules growth, expansion, generosity – Use for magick involving growth, expansion, prosperity, money, business, attracting more of what you have.

Today’s Magickal Influences ~ Luck, Religion, Healing, Trade And Employment, Treasure, Honors, Riches, Legal Matters

Today’s Goddesses: Juno, Hera, Kwan Yin, Mary, Cybele, Tara, Mawu, Mlaba Mwana Waresa, Ishtar, Nuit

Perfumes: Stock, Lilac, Storax, Aloes

Incense: Nutmeg, Henbane

Color of The Day: Purple, Indigo, Blue

Colors for Tomorrow: Light Blue, Pale Green

Lucky Sign: Thursday Is The Lucky Day For Sagittarius And Pisces

Candle: Blue

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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, Frigg, 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

Colors for Tomorrow: Black

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

Candle: Green

Saint Jegudiel represents Friday

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GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Saturn’s Day

Day of Seatere, Seater, and Saturn and of Loki, the Norse god of tricks and revelry. Saturday is ruled by Saturn, whose Magickal influences are: longevity, endings, and homes. Saturday comes under the influence of Saturn. Saturn’s influence directs our attention toward routine chores, customs, and conventional traditions.Saturday is a good day for furthering our ambitions through perseverance, patience, responsible action, and a sense of purpose . Saturday is a good day of the week to perform spells and rituals involving spirit communication, meditation, psychic self-defense, binding, and locating lost things or missing persons.

Today’s Goddesses: Ops, Rhea, Tellus Mater, Gaia, Eartha, Ge, Tonantzin, Asherah, Anath, The Shekinah, The Matronit, Mary, Gula, Herodias, Oddudua, Demeter

Today’s Magickal Influences: Duties, Responsibilities, Finding Families, Works Of Magic, Buildings, Meditation, Life, Doctrines

Today’s Energies: Female – Rules obstacles, overcoming blockages – Use for magick involving overcoming limitations, the elderly, endings, deaths, blocks, constrictions, and those restricting you.

Incense: Pepperwort, Assodilious, Black Poppy Seeds, Henbane, Lodestone, Myrrh

Perfumes: Hyacinth, Pansy

Color of The Day: Black

Colors for Tomorrow: Orange, Gold and Yellow

Lucky Sign: Saturday Is The Lucky Day For Capricorn And Aquarius

Candle: Black

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GrannyMoon Says Today is: Sun Day – Energy: Male Ruler: The Sun – Rules health, prosperity, leadership, joy, and protection – Use for magick involving happiness, prosperity, joy, healing, protection, power, leadership, ego, authority figures, fathers, husbands

Today’s Goddesses: Sunne, Frau Sonne, Aditi, Igaehindvo, Amaterasu, Arinna, Izanami, Ochumare

Today’s Magickal Influences: Health, Healing, Confidence And Hope, Prosperity

Incense: Mastic, Palaginia

Perfumes: Heliotrope, Orange Blossom, Cloves, Frankincense, Ambergris, Musk, Myrrh

Color of The Day: Orange, Gold

Colors for Tomorrow: Silver, Gray, White

Lucky Sign: Sunday Is The Lucky Day For Leo

Candle: Yellow

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Ten of Wands Process Meditation
Spell Date: Sunday, July 10, 2016

The Ten of Wands in the tarot represents reaping the harvest of a long process. It shows a figure who has collected a large bundle (the results of the process) and now must carry that bundle. However, how the person now deals with those results, good or bad, is up to him or her.
As we walk through life, it’s important to remember that we are in a constant cycle of processes—some only beginning, others in progress—and yet also simultaneously ending other processes. It’s important to foster the results we want, as we will be left to deal with them in the end.
Look at a version of the Ten of Wands, and meditate and visualize yourself as the figure in the card. See yourself reaping the harvest of a process. Taking into account your actions thus far, visualize what that harvest will look like. Further, once harvested, how will you proceed? Journal your experience afterward.
This post was written by Blake Octavian Blair on July 10, 2016
Strengthen Boundaries
Spell Date: Saturday, July 9, 2016

Boundaries help keep us safe, whether physically, mentally, or emotionally. Sometimes we let our boundaries slip and need to quickly build them back up. This spell is designed to help strengthen or rebuild the emotional boundaries you already have in place.
Dress a black candle with black pepper oil. Sprinkle some black pepper oil onto a sage smudge, and light it with the black candle. Smudge yourself in front of the black candle with the sage. Imagine the sage and black pepper building a wall around you, the sage on the inside, protecting you and keeping you safe, and the black pepper on the outside, repelling anything or anybody you don’t want to get in. Make sure to thoroughly smudge yourself, or have a trusted friend assist you.
This post was written by Kerri Connor on July 09, 2016
Freya’s Confidence Spell
Spell Date: Friday, July 8, 2016

Friday is the day of the week aligned with the planetary energies of Venus. Tonight you can combine the energies of the waxingmoon phase and the loving energies of a Friday (which is Freya’s day) in your spellwork. This is the perfect opportunity to work a spell that draws beauty and confidence into your life.
To begin, light a pink candle, focus on your best assets, and visualize yourself standing tall, confident, and beautifully powerful—just like Freya herself (she was the leader of the Valkyries, after all!). Now repeat this charm:

“Rosy pink candle burning warm and bright,
Lend your magick to mine on Freya’s night.
With the magick of Freya, I spin this charm,
It boosts my confidence and causes no harm.
Now I’ll walk in beauty and strength each and every day,
May this spell manifest in the best possible way.”

Allow the candle to burn out in a safe place.
This post was written by Ellen Dugan on July 08, 2016
Star Light, Star Bright
Spell Date: Thursday, July 7, 2016

Today, in Japan and China, two star festivals are held: Tanabata (celebrating the reunion of two celestial lovers) and Chih Nu (the annual feast of the Milky Way). Let these be your inspiration, and plan to get outside tonight for some star watching. If you live in a dense urban area, choose a park with lots of trees and little ambient light. Be safe: take a friend or two or three, plus a blanket, a picnic, and a pillow. Stretch out on your back, relax, and let the wonder of the starry universe dazzle you. Know that even in the darkness there are stars, and in the depth of life’s problems there is light. As you gaze at the wonder of the night sky, intone:

“Like the night sky, my future lies before me, vast, twinkling, and limitless. By starlight, I am blessed. So mote it be.”
This post was written by Dallas Jennifer Cobb on July 07, 2016
Messages to the Gods
Spell Date: Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Iris was a Greek Goddess associated with the rainbow, as she provides a link between the realms of the sea and the sky. She was also a messenger goddess because of her ability to bridge the realms. She is an excellent choice to work with if there is a message you need help conveying. She can also take messages beyond the mortal realm. When a rainbow is present, or through the use of a prism, you can petition her help. Write your request on a piece of parchment. Then either while looking at a rainbow in the distance or while holding your prism, recite the following lines:

“Iris, goddess of communication, hear my need.
Make haste and carry it with all due speed.
Let the one that is meant to hear
Be receptive to my message with an open ear.”
This post was written by Charlynn Walls on July 06, 2016

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Keywords For The Day: Family – Loyalty – Totality – Stability – Idealism – Reunions – Prosperity

Know that any task or goal you have set for yourself, has the full support of the Universe!

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Tasha’s Daily Planner: suggestions based on Moon signs and Planetary transits

Mon. 7/11 Kindly Libra Moon inclines us to help. Mercury/Uranus square suggests careful driving, mindful conversation.

Tue.7/12 Gentle Libra Moon eases tensions, 5 PM passionate Scorpio Moon says let’s dance! Venus emerges from shy Cancer to shine in Leo.

Wed. 7/13 Calculating Scorpio Moon helps us keep track, Mercury enters generous Leo.

Thu. 7/14 Observant Scorpio Moon helps keep a sharp eye on things.

Fri. 7/15 Energetic Sagittarius Moon brings zip to the day.

Sat. 7/16 Athletic Sagittarius Moon suggests sports to play or watch. Sun/Uranus square suggests unexpected changes. Mercury/Venus conjunction brings creativity to the day. Sun/Mars trine energizes the late evening.

Sun. 7/17 Generous Sagittarius Moon suggests hosting a brunch. 3:30 Organized Capricorn Moon helps us get ready for the next day.

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Heartwings Love Notes 732: Keeping the Peace
Heartwings says, “When there is nothing we can do to change the big things, work on the small ones.”
As Stephen started to tell me about the latest strife ridden news on the internet I stopped him. “If there’s nothing I can do about it, I don’t want to hear or to think about it,” I told him. I didn’t need yet another piece of news about the disruptions, the discordance and the dismay that seems to be proliferating in every corner of our country. People are upset, and rightly so, yet if there is nothing I personally can do, I don’t want to get tangled up in the current news about it.
In the turmoil ridden world of today peace is elusive. While I think of myself as one who seeks to make peace, I am not one to march in protest. In seeking peace I try not to involve my thoughts in the discord that the media promotes on a daily basis. Little time there seems given to progress toward a better world for us all and much to sad and troublesome events. I do not need to hide from what goes on, yet I do not need to focus on it either.
Protesting is good for those who want to march; I wish them well. My energy needs to go toward efforts to cheer and comfort those I can reach with my writing or my voice. Thunderstorms rattle the atmosphere; lightening discharges energy; when the noise subsides it is time to go out into the garden to remove the weeds and to tend the flowers. Although I no longer have a garden in fact, I still consider myself to be a gardener.
I have come to see my life as a kind of garden. Where there are weeds–wild growth that has accumulated around my intended purposes–I need to pull them out and discard them. Where there is a need for watering I need to put myself in a place to nurture what needs nurturing. I do what is possible for me to do in the face of the disruption around me, making beauty to comfort the eye and heart, and encouraging what is good and helpful. I can do this only when there is peace in my own heart, and I maintain that peace as best I can.
May you find your own ways to peace as best you can.
Blessings and best regards, Tasha Halpert
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Blessings and best regards, Tasha Halpert

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Hi GrannyMoon!

I hope you are enjoying the gorgeous Spring weather! This is just a quick reminder that Summerland Spirit Festival is just around the corner and we would love to have you join us. The festival is being held the week of July 9-17 this year and is located in Clayton, WI. This really is a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make a lot of new friends from all over the country, take several interesting workshops, relax in the oasis, be entertained in the evening, and just relax and have a great time.

Although we are still a small festival, we were recently listed in the Huffington Post as one of the top spiritual retreats: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/spiritual-festivals-2016_us_568aca61e4b06fa6888312e0

Jason Mankey of Patheos wrote in his 2016 Guide to Summer Pagan Festivals:

“I got to meet the folks who put on Summerland this March, and they were incredible. If everyone at this festival is like those guys sign me up immediately. It was all so comfortable, welcoming, and homey. Thats what a festival should be like. There was also this great We love our community thing going on. If you live in the Midwest visit Summerland.” http://www.patheos.com/blogs/panmankey/2016/04/summer-pagan-festivals-2016-a-guide/

Like other top national Pagan festivals, we have great music, workshops, and community rituals. What sets Summerland Spirit Festival apart is our focus on facilitating social connection so that even if you arrive by yourself, you will have new friends by the end of the day. We also have an amazing meal plan that offers both vegetarian and omnivore menus.

Summer time can be a busy time for everyone. I hope that you decide to give Summerland Spirit Festival a try. You will have a blast.

More information and registration can be found on our website at: http://www.summerlandfest.com

Many Blessings,
Todd Berntson
Summerland Spirit Festival
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Magee’s Cold Case, Part 12 Conclusion

There comes a day when every dog cop gets pushed to the edge. Big dogs have an advantage. They’re large, strong, intimidating Me, I weigh eight pounds, and have been called a lap dog or worse, a stuffed animal.

Mercedes crouched in her wheelchair. I smelled her nervousness.

I got closer, looked hard at her and snarled. It was the kind of snarl I make at home to intimidate a mouse.

I saw something on her lap under her green blanket. I growled more and pushed my luck.

‘Magee,” Sippi sounded alarmed. “Back off. Now!”

I ignored her. Then I heard Marjorie’s voice. “You’re fine, Magee. Keep it up.”

I knew Sippi was annoyed and Marjorie’s words were reassuring. I moved closer and growled. My leash strained but didn’t break.

Mercedes trembled. Her left hand clutched the side of her wheel chair. Her face blazed. She spat at me. I jumped at her, pulling hard against my leash. The spot I had been chewing snapped. I was free. Then I was airborne.

The way she had on the attic steps, Marjorie’ spirit hoisted me into the air. Of course to everyone watching I appeared to have jumped. I came down a few feet away, out of Mercedes’ range. Then Marjorie lifted me again. As though I were flying she swooped me at Mercedes. I howled as loud as I could. She put me down a little ways away, and I stayed there, barking and snarling.

Mercedes looked as though she were having a fit.

“How’s he doing that,” Raven called out. “Was he ever in the circus?”

The two patrolmen beside Mallory stared.

“This cannot go on,” the nurse cried. She reached into her bag.

“No, don’t,” Mercedes said. “Get me away from that mutt.”

Mercedes clutched something under the green blanket. What was it? I smelled what I had earlier detected in the attic.

“No don’t what?” Mallory shouted. “What were you going to say?”

He peered hard at Mercedes. “Sooner than later you’ll tell me what I want to know.”

I jumped at her again.

“I can’t stand this!” Mercedes screamed. from under her blanket she raised a thin wooden blowgun to her lips. “I’ll kill you too”.

Not without a fight, I thought.

Suddenly out of thin air Ku appeared. He landed on her shoulders like a giant spider. He pressed his paws over her eyes and hissed.

I snarled. Marjorie lifted me into the air. “Go for the hair,” she whispered.

I growled and pawed at Mercedes head. A wig came off and fell on the floor. She screamed. and clutched at her balding head.

Raven and Sippi jumped up and restrained her. Sippi yanked the blowgun from her hands.

Raven cuffed her wrists. “Without that wig you strongly resemble Bartok,” “Get away from her,” the nurse screamed. She pulled a handgun from her shoulder bag.

But Ku wasn’t finished. Still invisible he landed on the nurse’s head, his paws over her eyes. I jumped and grabbed the handgun with my jaws, pulling it from her fingers. Sippi seized her and twisted her arm behind her. The handgun fell to the floor.

“Cuff her,” Mallory shouted. “The two patrolman sprang into action and cuffed her.

Mallory glared at the now balding Mercedes. “You didn’t think you’d get away with this did you?”

Sippi held the loaded dart gun.

Mallory turned to the three residents. “You will all be held as material witnesses, so I suggest you cooperate.”

They looked shocked, shook their heads and murmured. “Sure, of course.”

. Bartok struggled against the patrolman holding him.

“Oh, Father!” the nurse cried. She looked at Mallory. “Please don’t hurt him.”

“Bartok’s your father?” Sippi said.

“Yes. I was his child, but he didn’t marry my mother, so he didn’t want Isaddora to know about me. She would never have married a man with a child out of wedlock by another woman.” She looked toward her former patient. “We’ll have the best lawyers,” she promised.

“Only this time you killed a cop,” Mallory said. “And the forger once he created the documents you needed.”

“You can’t prove that,”´ Bartok said stoically.

“You may be surprised, Bartok.” Mallory said. He turned to the patrolmen. “Take these two to the station and book them.” They were hustled out.

“So,” Raven said, “he must have murdered Isaddora when somehow she found out about him.”

Mallory nodded. “Then of course he had to go into hiding, and the rest is history.”

Sippi handed Mallory the blowgun.

“I remembered reading Bartok was deathly afraid of dogs,” Raven said. “The way he reacted to Magee clued me in.”

Mallory looked at me. “How’d you manage to jump that high Sherlock?”

“I told you he could do acrobatics.” Sippi said. “Like when he jumped out of the way of that file cabinet coming right at him down the stairs.”

Mallory reached down and ruffled my ears. “Good job, Sherlock. You saved the day again. I’m going to look into getting you the medal you deserve”

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6 Ways To Attract Fireflies To Your Yard
Welcome these beneficial insects, and they’ll transform your garden into a twinkling light display at sundown.
By Rebecca Straus June 9, 2016

You may have spent summer evenings chasing fireflies around the vegetable garden with a mason jar as a kid, but if it seems like there aren’t as many of those twinkling bugs lighting up the night sky these days, you’re not imagining it. Fireflies—or lightning bugs, as you might call them—are under threat, which researchers suspect has to do with habitat loss, light pollution, and widespread pesticide use, according to Firefly Watch, a citizen science project led by the Museum of Science in Boston. That’s not just unfortunate for fireflies—it’s also a bad sign for the rest of us. Looking at the health of the firefly population is a window into the health of the environment as a whole since fireflies’ population density is directly correlated to the availability of healthy habitat, notes Clemson University’s Vanishing Firefly Project.

So what can you do about it? Here are six steps experts recommend taking in order to turn your yard into a firefly’s paradise.

Let The Grass Grow

High grasses and shrubbery are a key part of a firefly’s ideal habitat. The National Gardening Association recommends letting the perimeter of your yard grow wild to create these favorable conditions. At the very least, mow less frequently to decrease the risk of killing fireflies as they rest on tall blades of grass during the daytime. If you’re concerned about leaving brush and tall grass because ticks tend to hang out there, you could compromise and only let the brush build up on the outer edges of your property.

Create A Water Feature

Like mosquitoes, fireflies love moisture, standing water, and marshy areas, according to firefly researcher Ben Pfeiffer. Most live and mate where forests and fields meet streams, but they also congregate around small puddles and other standing water during the mating season. If you’re not concerned about mosquitoes where you live, consider including a small pond in your backyard landscape will provide them with habitat.

Turn Off Your Porch Light

Fireflies glow for two reasons: to warn predators to stay away (their blood is toxic) and, more importantly, to attract a mate. According to The Vanishing Firefly Project, there can be as many as five species of fireflies active in one area at a time. Males use distinct light patterns to let females of the same species know where they are. The females, who typically remain perched on tall grasses, signal back if they’re interested in a nearby suitor. Bright outdoor lights can outshine fireflies’ tiny lanterns, interfering with mating behavior, so lend fireflies a hand and by flipping off the switch at night.

Plant Native Pine Trees

One of the biggest threats to fireflies is habitat loss. As we turn forests, meadows, ferns, and fields into construction sites, we destroy the damp, wooded areas where fireflies lay their eggs. Terry Lynch, a naturalist and firefly expert, writes that planting native trees—especially pine trees—helps fireflies in a couple of ways ways: Pines’ thick canopies block out beams of artificial light that could interfere with mating, and needles and branches that drop to the ground create the ideal spot for larvae to florish beneath the tree.

Put Down The Pesticides

You probably know insecticides don’t just target pests—they kill the good guys, too. The Vanishing Firefly Project cites the widespread use of chemical pesticides as one of the leading causes of firefly decline. In addition to being hit with sprays directly, fireflies are also poisoned by pesticide residue that remains on grass and leaves.

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Summer Element: Crystals Associated with Fire

The element, Fire is associated with the Summer season and with heat.

Fire represents physical strength, force, courage, desire, initiative, fertility, passion, purification and rejuvenation. It represents both light and heat. A positive fire person is strong, courageous and bold, dramatic and passionate in all areas within himself.

Emotionally, this element is associated with the mind and it’s stability. The heart is the “seat” of the mind and therefore, its highest expression is love. Enthusiasm, warmth in human relationships and conscious awareness.

The Solar Plexus Chakra represents the fire element, our ego identity, oriented to self-definition. This chakra is known as the power chakra, located in the solar plexus. It rules our personal power, will, and autonomy, as well as our metabolism. When healthy, this chakra brings us energy, effectiveness, spontaneity, and non-dominating power. The color for this chakra is yellow. Yellow is very good for getting in touch with your power and to build confidence. It is your center of will.

When imbalanced, we may either lack joy (depression) or have an excess of joy (maniac condition). Fire is symbolic of maximum activity or greatest Yang; nature at its peak of growth, and the motion is upward. Agitation, nervous exhaustion, heartburn and insomnia are other indicators of imbalance in this area.
Crystals Associated with Fire

Fire Agate:
Most often found in North America. Comes in shades of orange, brown, blue, or green. Strong connection to the energies of the earth. Excellent stone to use before meditating. Induces a feeling of relaxation. Helps alleviate problems relating to the stomach and endocrine system. Helps you examine and deal with problems in a calm and safe manner. Helps take the edge off difficult experiences. Recommended for dentists, optometrists, and those in the healing profession.

Amber:
Properties: This ancient petrified resin (possibly pine tree) has electromagnetic properties. Rubbing a piece of amber with a cloth, will build up an electric charge that makes it attract small items such as wood shavings, paper and straw. It is excellent at detoxification and protection from radiation, especially x-rays, sun, computers, airport, planes and other people’s energies. Due to its strong connection to nature and the earth, amber is a great stone for grounding our higher energies. Amber can add stability to your life. Helpful in clearing up depression and suicidal thoughts therefore, bringing about a positive mental state. Also useful as a memory aid, which makes it a good stone for studying. Amber is used for past life work, divination and scrying. It aligns mental and emotional bodies via its deep orange and yellow color.

Bloodstone:
Properties: The martyr stone aptly named, due to the legend of this stone being at the foot of the cross and stained by the drops of blood from Jesus. Metaphysically, bloodstone is used to either promote a calm, tranquil atmosphere that is grounding or revitalize insufficient energy. A great stone for mental exhaustion. This stone represents both courage and strength and is used for achieving these attributes. It is associated with honesty and integrity and is useful in removing obstacles in life. A classic stone for wealth, it attracts abundance and good luck. Most effective on the Heart (green) and Root (red) Chakra.

Carnelian:
Properties: This stone represents confidence, boldness, initiative, dramatic abilities, assertiveness and outgoingness. Precision, analysis, stimulates appetite, encourages celebration and brings awareness of feelings. It is the stone of passion and sexuality and is associated with the Sacral/Spleen Chakra. This stone helps you feel anchored and comfortable with your surroundings. Provides a connection to the past or to historical events. Carnelian can improve motivation. Helps one achieve greater success in career or personal matters. Helps ground people who meditate. Carnelian is one of the most helpful crystals for healing trauma, stress and emotional wounds that have accumulated in the etheric body or the Aura and are now manifesting as physical symptoms.

Citrine:
Properties: This stone is very versatile and is used for mental and emotional clarity, problem solving, memory issues, will power, optimism, confidence and self-discipline. It reduces anxiety, fear and depression. An energizing and highly beneficial crystal, citrine absorbs, transmutes, grounds and dissolves negative energy, which makes it a very protective stone. Citrine crystals are invigorating and positive. They can surround and fill anyone with its brilliant color, energizing every aspect of life. Because of its matrix of iron and quartz, it is most effective on the Sacral/Sexual/Navel Chakra, the Solar plexus Chakra and Crown Chakra. The grounding abilities of citrine help to alleviate anxiety, as the more orange encourages creative flow and sexual arousal, where the more yellow citrine has a soothing affect on the digestive system. Citrine energizes every level of the aura, cleansing and balancing the subtle bodies as it aligns it with the physical body. Citrine is the stone of abundance. It teaches us the lessons of achieving wealth and prosperity. Not just on a monetary level, but in all aspects of our lives.

Hematite
Properties: This crystal is the most recommended stone for grounding and is associated with the Root Chakra, by encourages ones survival instincts and is centering. Hematite condenses scattered feelings, turns fuzziness into mental clarity, enhances concentration, memory, practicality, helps those who study, do bookkeeping, detailed work and helps with sound sleep. Considered the symbol of life energy, hematite allows for more confidence, will power and boldness. Helps us adjust to being physical. A protective stone and helps bolster low self-esteem. Hematite is known to deflect negativity. It restores equilibrium, stability and is also used for astral protection. It brings our awareness back to the body and helps one maintain their sense of self. If worn, Hematite should be placed near the base of the spine.

Red Jasper:
Properties: This stone works much like Bloodstone in its link to the circulatory system. Beneficial in battling diseases of the blood and detoxifying blood-rich organs like the liver. It helps bring problems to light before they are a threat. Also used for protection, courage, energy. Help with blood, relieve anemia, stop bleeding, heal rashes and wounds. Red Jasper can be used at the Root Chakra and represents Earth, Physical identity, oriented to self-preservation. Located at the base of the spine, this chakra forms our foundation. It represents the element earth, and is therefore related to our survival instincts, and to our sense of grounding and connection to our bodies and the physical plane. Ideally this chakra brings us health, prosperity, security, and dynamic presence. The color for the root chakra is red and it is grounded with your power. Red stones are considered projecting stones and are used to destroy disease, strengthen conscious, courage, strength, physical energy, luck, and success. Dense, heavy, and/or opaque.

Obsidian
Properties:Obsidian is actually natural glass that is formed when hot lava is submerged in water. This is a strong grounding stone and is known as “the protector”. It is said to “mirror one’s soul. This stone brings about objectivity, dis-attachment and is grounding. It reduces fantasy and escapism. Absorbs and dissolves anger, criticism, fear, and therefore is protective. This unusual black stone absorbs darkness and converts it to white light energy. It is a warm and friendly stone, which is used at the Root Chakra, encouraging ones survival instincts and is grounding. Black obsidian brings higher Chakra light into lower ones; cleanses and uplifts. Changes fear into flexibility with the advent of change. Obsidian is used in scrying for divination purposes and often found in mirrors and crystal balls. Obsidian is used for transformation.

Onyx
Properties: Balances and grounds. Reduces sex drive. Promotes fidelity. Absorbs and flattens emotional intensity. Androgynous. Excellent for centering/aligning total person with higher powers. Banish grief, enhance self control, wise decision-making, encourages happiness and good fortune. Can be used to provide a “peek” into the future, helps one to follow the path alone, promotes personal strength, understand the reality of the moment, become the master of one’s own future. Helps with disorders of soft tissue, bone marrow and the feet. Black: Root Chakra. Grounding. Green: Heart Chakra. Yellow: 3rd Seriousness, logic. Blue: 5th Chakra. Found in Italy, US, and in Mexico. The shapes or patterns that Onyx holds inside it have led some to suggest that Onyx has a picture in it that tells a story or carries a lesson. An Onyx will retain memory of the physical occurrences surrounding a person. A strong stone to use in psychometry because it tells the story of the wearer. A strength-giving stone. A good stone for athletes or people under extreme mental and emotional stress. It brings balance to mind or body as well as strength of mind. Good stone for those who are flighty by nature. A strengthening stone that can help you approach a lesson or task with greater self-confidence.

Fire Opal
Properties: A silicate. Contains water, correlating with our emotions. Clarifies by amplifying and mirroring feelings, buried emotions, desires (including love and passion). Less inhibition, more spontaneity. Crown and Brow Chakra. Visualization, imagination, dreams, healing. Easily absorbs, stores emotions and thoughts. Fragile. Fades/cracks in sun, heat, salt, acidic foods. Moisten frequently with water or oil. Some cancel/negate other gems. May stimulate passion, temper, energy. Opals, particularly Fire Opals, are good for business, though they can adversely affect the solar plexus.

Ruby:
Properties: Wealth, Joy, Love, Sexual Energy and Power. Warms, energizes after exhaustion. Strengthens physical and emotional heart (4th chakra), love, courage, confidence, vitality, stamina, strength, leadership, success over challenges. Intensifies all emotions (passion, jealousy, impatience, love…) Attempted use for pressure/control (for love) backfires onto user. Used for reproductive/root Chakra; infections, cholesterol, clots, blood detox (alcohol, caffeine), sexual blocks. A wonderful stone whose stimulating energy can bring startling things to light. An amplifier of energy-both positive and negative. Can bring anger or negativity to the surface quickly. Should be used with a knowledge of how to gain from the experience. Otherwise you are likely to be overcome by the passion it stirs up. Can also amplify positive energy. Helps us in all matters of love, including love of ourselves. Stimulates motivation and visualization.

Andrew Pacholyk MS L.Ac
http://www.peacefulmind.com/summer.htm
Therapies for healing
mind, body, spirit

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Feeling Lonely
An Incomplete Understanding

by Madisyn Taylor

When we are feeling lonely, we have lost the idea that we are all one and none of us are separate from the whole.

We all have days when we feel lonely, but the very idea of loneliness comes from the false notion that we are separate and isolated parts in a world filled with other separate, isolated parts. In truth, we can no more be separate from our world than a fish can be separate from the water in which it swims. When we really begin to look at the boundaries we see as so solid, they prove to be, in fact, quite porous. For example, it is not clear exactly where our skin ends and the air begins when we consider how our skin is affected by changes in the quality of the air. When it is dry, our skin becomes dry, and when it is humid, our skin becomes moist and supple.

By the same token, it is difficult sometimes to distinguish the boundary between one person and another, especially when our actions tie us together so inextricably. Every move we make has an effect that touches all the people around us. On an even more subtle level, when we share space with another person, we often pick up on their energy, feeling how they feel and attuning to them, whether we mean to or not. This is what we mean when we say a mood or a feeling is contagious. We cannot help but be part of the realities of the people around us because we take form from the same energetic force, and this force unifies all life. This force is the light that all the great mystics and gurus encourage us to move toward, and it is the light we will dissolve into when we move beyond our individual egos.

If loneliness is a temporary condition based on an incomplete understanding of what we are made of, we can think of its presence as a catalyst for exploring our ideas about reality. We can respond by testing the boundaries we believe separate us from the life within and all around us. If we test them, we will discover that they are not so solid after all and that we can never really be alone.

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Weekly Horoscope, Beginning: Sunday, 10 July 2016

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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 everyday and based on three parts of each sign: 1st, 2nd & 3rd Decan; that is, any of three divisions of 10° within a sign of the zodiac.

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Aries: March 21 — April 19
Personal theme: I am!!

Epigram: Just when you thought persistent problems couldn`t be overcome, sudden ideas or changes in circumstances clear the way for plans to proceed. While they`re not as you intended, things have moved on since then. That being the case, you`ll want to review existing arrangements and even unchanging priorities. This proves surprisingly informative and, better yet, discussions lead to exciting new ideas involving others, too.

Outline: The week begins with a bang. Well, more like a big kiss. Romance and/or adventure figure strongly — whatever it is, it`ll have your heart pounding around inside your chest. The excitement of Monday and Tuesday will dull by midweek, when a bunch of deadlines (on some relatively mundane responsibilities) zap your energy. On Thursday, do something to blow off steam and help yourself stay fit, and on Friday, if you`re feeling some friction between you and someone else, regard their feelings. You are charming. All will be fine. This weekend, you turn over a new leaf.

If you`ve been harbouring a crush on someone special, now might be a good time to share your feelings. Are you in a relationship? Be considerate about imposing big changes on your partner. It`s better to compromise than act unilaterally. Fortunately, it should be easy to find common ground. Loving words and kind gestures bring out the best in everyone. Planning a romantic getaway could pave the way for passionate encounters. Book a trip.

Mars, which for so many weeks has appeared to be moving backwards in the sky, is now apparently moving forward – and at speed. By the end of this month it will have left the sign of Scorpio. It`s probable that you`re now involved in a massive clearing up exercise. As the week begins you could be overwhelmed by the number of tasks that need to be done. The past is likely to draw you back and there may be moments when you feel you can`t move forward. However, with both Venus and Mercury changing signs this week and both moving into Leo, another of the Fire signs, you could yet find fun. Though true, there may be many moments when you feel emotionally or financially ambushed, there`s high probability that by the weekend you will be energised by a possibility that a few months ago seemed quite unrealistic. Much planning might now be necessary, but as of next weekend you could be ready to dig in and get things done.

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Taurus: April 20 — May 20
Personal theme: I have!!

Epigram: The past weeks` events have been as exciting as they`ve been unsettling. Now that you`re discussing plans, present and future, you`ll also need to rethink certain longstanding arrangements. Unsettling as this seems, with your ruler Venus, Mercury and, on the 22nd, the Sun all moving to accent a new approach, the more options your explore now, the happier you`ll be with the outcome.

Outline: If you sense that your ties to your friends are fraying, take care of those relationships. Monday and Tuesday, tolerance is your best tool. No sense in letting a fight erupt over something that doesn`t matter. On Wednesday, if you have an extra ticket to a concert, invite someone who wouldn`t expect you to invite them; you will have a far better time than you would anticipate. Thursday is an easy day and Friday is a flat-out cakewalk. Saturday is a good day to take in some culture (via a trip to the mall) and Sunday is a big day for gifts — both literal and figurative.

Someone who likes your style could ask for a date. If you already have a partner, give them more of your affection and attention. Turning down praise is like rejecting a gift. Let their love sink into your bones. Family gatherings may be very rewarding. This is a good time to host a party or reunion. Dealing with big bureaucracy or officialdom could be frustrating. Keep copies of the paperwork you submit. Having a paper trail will give you additional clout.

It`s actually early next month when Mars moves out of your opposite sign. Until then, and bearing in mind its recent retrograde motion, you could find yourself at action stations – particularly on the home, domestic and asset protection fronts. It wouldn`t be at all surprising if anxiety that`s based on jealousy and envy arises mid-week. From assuring someone that they haven`t been left out of a will or a legacy to dealing with apparent mean-spiritedness, you could find much of the next few days challenging. That said, towards the end of the week you could be pleasantly ambushed by someone whose recall of a situation that developed earlier in the year is spot on. It might be suggested that you have more to gain through increased involvement and that with their support you could yet achieve something important – and by the last quarter moon in your sign on 26th.

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

Epigram: After an exciting, but chaotic, couple of weeks the pace slows, enough you`re able to consider where things stand now and future plans. You soon discover these need to be rethought. However, with so much still in transition, your focus should be discussion, not firm arrangements for what`s next. Besides, once you begin, you`ll realise you must rethink your priorities, personally and in close alliances.

Outline: An off-the-cuff comment from you on Monday or Tuesday may be taken a bit too seriously by one of your friends. If you have a hunch there may be some confusion, clear the air. Explain what you meant (or didn`t mean). Midweek, communication is difficult, too — especially with your family, who are not the mind readers they think they are. Again, spell it out, and don`t let people jump to wacky conclusions. Spend Friday with someone who knows you better than anyone. If this is a person you have a romantic connection to, bonus. The weekend holds good things for you.

This is a good time to negotiate a raise. If you`re going for a job interview don`t be afraid to ask for a higher salary than the one initially offered. Friends may not be very supportive about your professional choices. Put some distance between you and someone who is consumed by jealousy. Stop being pressured into acting as their guide and mentor all the time. You can escape this toxic energy by expressing thanks to people who make life easier for you.

During the course of this week, the Moon moves through the play area of your solar chart, on into a key working sector and into the area best associated with close partnerships. It may well be that someone runs with an idea you put forward on Monday, embellishes it mid-week, and by Friday, proposes a way of working together that offers you a degree of independence but also gives you the security of being part of a team. Though a degree of bad feeling could be around, by the end of the week this unique partnership – possibly with someone born under one of the fixed signs of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio or Aquarius (or certainly someone with a `stubborn` quotient, could offer you a reservoir of courage on which to draw when the going gets tough. All this said, it might be as well to be aware that at least one person may be cut to the quick by a chance remark and could in fact use that as a hook for their resignation. If this is something you fear, then it would be as well to watch words carefully on Friday especially.

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Cancer: June 21 — July 22
Personal theme: I feel!!

Epigram: With the Sun, charming Venus and Mercury all in Cancer, you`re at your most persuasive. Yet you`re still unsure about certain changes and questioning future goals. Clear cut decisions aren`t necessary. What`s most important is that you discuss both existing plans and where things should go next. While often others` ideas will differ from yours, the resulting conversations will clarify your thinking and, ultimately, your plans.

Outline: Your theory at the beginning of the week is `the bigger, the better.` You`re out for extravagance. Make sure you can afford whatever it is you`re drooling over — if you can, then go for it. You only live once, right? On Wednesday and Thursday, materialism is far from your mind: A friend needs your help working out a small but meaningful problem, and a few of your goals need tidying up in light of some recent events. Literal tidying up — scrubbing, vacuuming — figures into your life on Friday and Saturday. The key to Sunday is staying active.

An admirer could try to win your heart. It`s nice to be the object of someone`s desire. If you`re already in a relationship, try not to make your partner jealous. Casual flirtations can cause hurt feelings. Be considerate, especially when you`re at parties or out together in public. The opportunity to make more money could come your way soon. A new job offer is worth accepting; you`re moving up. Enjoy the view from the top; you`ve earned it.

We are still a few days of the Full Moon (19th) yet before the weekend you could experience the kind of anxiety usually associated with `fullmoon-it is`. With both Venus, followed by Mercury moving into neighbouring Leo, there`s high probability of increased expenditure or awareness that cash flow will soon be abnormal. For many, the issue of home and how to work from home base could be a matter of some discussion. Though it`s normal for those born under your sign to seek security, present planetary conditions suggest that any entrepreneurial skills and talents will be to the fore. It may be that negotiating flexibility is one of the dominant features of this week. A further, and strong possibility, may be reminders of times gone by that cannot be recaptured and in some way need to be mourned. You could also be moved if not shaken by decisions taken by someone also born under one of the Cardinal signs (perhaps Libra or Capricorn) whose future plans are very different to your own.

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Leo: July 23 — August 22
Personal theme: I will!!

Epigram: Recent discussions were complex and, on occasion, triggered confrontations. While these tensions won`t vanish, at least you can now talk things over without those conversations turning into dramas. Bear in mind, however, that nothing`s settled. Rather, with the actual circumstances in question changing, often suddenly, there`s little point in trying to organise plans. If you must, regard what you arrange as tentative.

Outline: A celebrity sighting at the start of the week sets your heart aflutter. The controversy that ensues among your friends — about whether the person in question was indeed a certain celebrity — is actually beside the point. Popularity and power are major themes in your life right now. Certain days you like to retreat from the spotlight (as you`ll do on Wednesday and Thursday) but on other days (such as Friday) the spotlight on you never seems bright enough. You moody human being, you! This weekend, surround yourself with people — family, friends, romantic partners, anyone.

Follow a new and growing desire to break a bad habit or end a repetitive routine. Your willpower may be stronger than ever, so take this opportunity to overcome a problem that has been frustrating you for a long time. Resist an urge to ditch a plan or project just because it is taking up more time than you thought. This is your chance to make a better life for yourself. Keep your eyes on the prize at all times and don`t wander off course.

First Venus and then Mercury arrive in your sign slightly ahead of the Sun on 22nd. You could think of this as preparation for your year ahead. It starts with you likely to give out signals of the person you want to be. By Thursday attention turns to your vocabulary, your handwriting and the style you display through the books and newspapers your read and websites you visit. You could choose to think of this is going through a sudden change in the seasons or weather patterns: at first not knowing quite what you want to wear, then getting opinion from others and finally, once the Sun reaches your sign, presenting yourself onstage. Whilst initially enthusiastic about the project, mid-week you might have reasonable concerns about resources available. By Friday though all this should be fun: especially if by then you have the attention of someone from a different generation but who`s followed an unusual career path. It may be that this person could yet prove a useful mentor – though for that scenario to happen, there is first the challenge of coordinating diaries.

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Virgo: August 23 — September 22
Personal theme: I analyze!!

Epigram: While you might have a right to blame recent dramas on others` poor planning, nobody could have anticipated recent twists and turns in events. So although your feelings of wariness are justified, you`ll want to focus on teamwork. This means encouraging others to make suggestions and ensures you maintain crucial alliances, personal and professional. Better yet, everybody will benefit from the resulting analysis and exchange of ideas.

Outline: That person who`s making big demands on your time? They need a wake-up call. Be nice about it, and make sure they understand that you love and adore them, but be direct. All week you`ll be getting things done this way — with polish, but not a lot of fuss. Such are the tactics a busy person like you must adopt. Make sure your desk (or car, or house) is clean and tidy on Thursday (or you won`t be able to think straight) and then, on Friday and through the weekend, brace yourself for a series of deep and meaningful adventures with your greatest pal (or lover). This is quite a week for you.

When you get positive feedback, it makes your confidence soar. Give yourself a pat on the back for all your hard work but keep quiet about your accomplishments at work. You don`t want a rival to rain on your parade. Keep your personal and professional lives separate. Fortunately, you have lots of friends and relatives that can give you the emotional support you need. Stick close to these people. They have got your back.

Your nervous system could be under considerable stress this week. It might simply be that there is just so much happening that there is little time to process either the food you eat or the air you breathe. Setting aside quiet time will surely be imperative. A further and strong possibility is that issues that could have been resolved way back in February are now back on your desk. The irritation this brings is likely to be considerable. It might also be that before Friday others play on your goodwill and hope that somehow or other you can turn around a situation that is becoming ever more complex. What may be hard for everyone to deal with is that old systems and rules simply cannot be used. Innovative and perhaps even unthinkable ways forward might need to be found. For you, there could be some embarrassment in going back and asking again for assistance from someone who declared only relatively recently that they were done with a situation. To win them round, it might be necessary to join forces with someone who oozes charm yet does not have particularly good administrative skills.

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Libra: September 23 — October 22
Personal theme: I balance!!

Epigram: Looking back on the past week, you faced complex situations. In some, even simple plans didn`t last long but, despite that, you had to deal with others` differences. Happily, things are calmer, so you can relax a bit. Still, certain individuals are determined to have things their way. This isn`t your problem. Back off. If you`re not careful, you`ll end up playing the role of peacemaker.

Outline: Everyone is puzzled by something at the outset of the week, and for whatever reason they think you have the answer. Even if you don`t, it`s flattering to be the person to whom everyone else defers. (You feel like shouting: `I`m really not as smart as I look!`) The truth is, you are smart, and on Wednesday and Thursday, you`re meticulous and perceptive, too — these are key qualities this week. Expect the fates to reward you with romance on Friday (some light flirtation becomes heavy flirtation) and energy and beauty and glorious attention from others all weekend long.

You could make impressive progress on professionally. Be sure to apply for a new job that suddenly becomes available. The competition may be stiff, but you`ll probably be a top candidate. Your best friend or romantic partner may not be very supportive of this move, fearing the job will put a strain on your relationship. Continue to work toward your goal while providing as much reassurance as you can. You`ll have to be your own cheerleader.

This week could be all about going places and breaking out of your usual comfort zone. This might even be dictated by a partner or close associate. Expenses may well be high yet money spent not seen as a poor investment. It may be that this is the only way to get through a tricky few days. The issue of property and property management may be just as important as discussing how you plan to work and achieve a goal before your birthday. We are now in the last few months of your personal year and it`s likely time to review your position. Before the weekend, contact with those whom you see rarely and whose worldview is very different to your own, could yet prove inspirational. It may be that one of their projects inspires you in ways you would never have imagined. Indeed, there`s much to suggest that you will be required to think differently and explore a new plan with someone who could yet become a key player in your professional life.

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Scorpio: October 23 — November 21
Personal theme: I desire!!

Epigram: Having struggled to achieve an accord in already tense arrangements, when they start coming undone you won`t be pleased. Yet with so much in transition, around you and in your own life, such changes are inevitable. Regard what`s arranged as one of a series of plans, and when you need to rethink things, you`ll regard it as yet another step towards achieving something lasting.

Outline: You`d love more money, of course, but Monday isn`t the time to ask for a raise. Nor is Tuesday. Timing is everything in life — as the stars could tell you — and you`re so much better off flying under the radar this week. (Everyone else is off-the-charts stressed. The energy is just off. It has nothing to do with you.) Wednesday and Thursday are good, quiet days, but Friday finds you stuck trying to make a big decision. Saturday and Sunday, low-key is your pitch.

You have an opportunity to travel, study or write. Be assertive if you have to compete against others to get a place. You don`t want a golden opportunity like this to slip through your fingers. Your job might be a source of stress. Try to get some distance between you and a colleague who is always causing trouble. If you handle this situation with dignity, you could be given a promotion. People admire your ability to stay cool under stressful situations.

Mars, your ruling planet continues to move forward. Appearances are a little deceptive but it does seem to be moving faster than of late. It might seem to others to that you are all fired up. As of Tuesday those fires could be lit by someone whose enthusiasm and creative abilities are rarely questioned. By Thursday, the two of you could have moved into the fast lane. Exciting as all this might appear, factions within a team might still be apparent. Your sensitivity to other people`s feelings should alert you to those difficulties mid-week. Smoothing them over might not be quite as easy. It`s entirely possible that those born under the Cardinal signs of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn are not comfortable with plans. Whereas usually it`s you who has doubts about the future, this time, it could be their disquiet that needs to be addressed. One possibility, is that errors made earlier in the year but not by you, require significant attention. It may be necessary for you to point out that a possible way forward is to cut losses.

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

Epigram: When the remarkable events triggered by late June`s powerful link between your ruler Jupiter and Pluto took place, you set about turning them into lasting plans. However, things weren`t as simple as they seemed, and you`re still wrestling with unexpected developments and a few uncooperative individuals. Tempting as it is to deal with these swiftly, aim to do it once, and in depth, and those arrangements will endure.

Outline: A cheerful face delivers some terrific news on Monday or Tuesday. If only every week could start like this! You are happy, you have money coming your way, you are finding things to laugh about. Ah, life. Wednesday takes you out of this idyllic mode for a while — an authority figure will rub you the wrong way — and Thursday a close pal may unintentionally drive you up a wall, but by Friday you`re laughing nonstop again and Saturday is filled to the brim with love. Spend Saturday evening preparing yourself for your big day on Sunday.

Working behind the scenes could be very productive. It will be a relief to escape a micromanager and the extra freedom will help you develop some interesting creative ideas of your own. You`ll have to work hard and may not have much time for fun. If you manage to ignore distractions and keep your nose to the grindstone, you could be on the receiving end of some nice fringe benefits. Stay focused. Getting paid to travel will be a dream comes true.

By Friday the Moon will have reached your sign and increased confidence could allow you to say what you`d been thinking for many weeks. Until then, the cosmic weather is less than perfect. At some level, you might wish you could simply stay at home. Yet that`s probably not an option. There is high probability that you will be asked to set aside usual routine in favour of doing something that is both extravagant but arguably necessary if you`re make to maintain good relations. An alignment of Mercury and Venus in another of the Fire signs on Saturday (16th) and whilst the Moon is moving through your sign suggests that whilst the week might have its tense moments, it will finish well: though you might wish that there was less talk of value and finance and more about how to enjoy the moment.

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Capricorn: December 22 — January 19
Personal theme: I use!!

Epigram: Certain of the situations you`re dealing may be complex, but for you as a thorough Capricorn, they`re no problem. However, while other arrangements are far simpler, issues are strangely upsetting. These involve emotional matters and are being triggered by the Full Moon in your sign. Although this isn`t until the 19th, the time has come to face and, where possible, discuss these matters in depth.

Outline: On Monday, you may think you have a handle on what`s going on, but you don`t. Life is full of misinformation, and rather than proceed with the intelligence you have, you may want to wait until new intelligence comes your way. Wednesday and Thursday are perfect days for fact-finding — you`ll be in the mood to ask questions, dig through papers, hide in bushes — and Friday brings tons of energy for striking out into the world to prove or disprove your new theories. This weekend you will see a lot of people, but you`ll struggle to make deep connections; are like that.

A good friend or romantic partner will be very supportive if you want to fulfil a childhood dream. Lean on them if you run into difficulties. Together, you can make things happen that you never dreamed possible. If you`re in love, your union could be very passionate. Spending quality time together can strengthen your bond and make you less inhibited. Turn a deaf ear to anyone that disapproves of your relationship. It`s not their business.

This could prove a challenging week for all signs. The main culprit in this is that Mars, presently moving back over degrees it crossed whilst retrograde, could, in effect stir up some difficulty. It wouldn`t be at all surprising if by Thursday you felt both irritated and challenged. Of course, the same conditions could bring out the best in you. By applying your expertise and determining a revised agenda, you could yet ensure that a timescale is met. You may recall that for some years now, Uranus has been travelling across the base of your solar chart. With this has no doubt come the need to do things differently: possibly to the point of self-employment. Once again, the need to be in charge of your own destiny appears particularly important. With both Mercury and Venus changing sign in the coming days, and their alignment next weekend, there is always the possibility of joining forces with someone already well established in their field. Though much would need to be discussed and administrative ground rules laid, it could be that by the Full Moon in your sign on 19th, you make an extraordinary professional commitment.

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Aquarius: January 20 — February 18
Personal theme: I know!!

Epigram: As obstructive as certain individuals and the obstacles you`re facing seem, each is slowing your pace and, in the process, preventing you from making arrangements you`d later regret. Deep down you sense the truth of this. It`s just you`re determined to see certain plans through. While that`s admirable, both circumstances and your life have changed. The vision you had for the future must change, too.

Outline: An extraordinary discovery about the most ordinary person you know rocks your world on Monday. All your fixed ideas? Out the window they go! It`s exciting when these things happen, and also a bit unnerving. It`s a cliche, but it`s true: You never know whom you`re dealing with. It`s especially true on Wednesday and Thursday, in reference to a business deal. (If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.) On Friday, a chance encounter with someone you barely know totally delights you. The world is crammed with wonderful people. Pay attention to some of them this weekend.

Be open to accepting a different role at work. Your cooperative attitude could lead to a promotion. Alternatively, you could acquire valuable skills that will allow you to land a great job elsewhere. Resist the temptation to vent your anger on a colleague who isn`t pulling their weight. If you have a complaint, talk to your boss or line manager. Behaving in a professional manner is the best way to achieve career success. Rise above the fray.

As you probably know, there`s a quirkiness associated with those born under your sign. Aquarius is said to do things differently and almost, at times might be accused of coming from another planet. As the Sun moves into aspect with Uranus, one of your ruling planets next weekend, that need to be different, to stand out from the crowd and challenge old rules will surely be obvious. You may well be driven to this by developments that are either connected with long-term property investment or by career challenge. Your preference is always to know where others are headed and what motivates them. The challenge this week, may be to realise that both you and others have taken a circuitous route to arrive back at the same place you were back in February. This is perhaps not something to be too irritated by as this also shows you`ve considered many options before determining the ahead.

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

Epigram: Eliminating your idealistic Piscean nature isn`t possible. Instead, for now, you`re urged to adopt an uncharacteristically cynical perspective. That way, during this complex period, you won`t be shocked when certain individuals are uncooperative or, worse, actually cause problems. You`ve long known they were like this. Accepting it enables you to take the upper hand when contending with their antics, as you soon will have to.

Outline: There is too much going on in your own head for you to be worrying about what`s going on in someone else`s. In blunter terms, mind your own business. It`s a good policy. It`s freeing. Along those same lines, if you feel the urge to be critical of others on Wednesday and Thursday — rather than just helping out however you can — consider that you might not have all the relevant facts. By Friday, you`re in full-fledged self-improvement mode (never a bad mode to be in) and on Saturday you`re in an old-with-the-old, in-with-the-new mood. You have good things coming to you on Sunday.

Your love life could go smoothly, provided you don`t mix romance with finance. If you`re thinking of moving in with your partner, you should have three bank accounts: Yours, Theirs and Ours. This may keep financial strain to a minimum. An exciting job offer may be on the horizon. Working in a creative field will be wonderfully liberating. If there`s anything you hate, it`s carrying out boring routines that forbid innovation. Change direction.

It won`t be so surprising if you find yourself at the heart of drama before the weekend. Of course, this could be self-driven. A strong possibility is some kind of financial rap on the knuckles. It could be that you`ve underestimated a bill entirely. Challenging figures seems to be a big theme. Yet it might also be that there is need to fight for what is rightfully yours. Take note that the cosmic weather is bumpy to say the least presently. This is unlikely to bring out the best in people. You may find that much information is unrehearsed and that it`s unpalatable in nature. Resolving matters will surely require considerable goodwill. Unusually though, this could be the moment when you take a very hard line and insist that someone face up to responsibilities that are theirs and theirs solely. Given that it seems you have personal matters of your own to attend to, this could be wise course of action.
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