~Robert Burns, 1759 – 1796~
Upon that night, when fairies light
On Cassilis Downans dance,
Or owre the lays, in splendid blaze,
On sprightly coursers prance;
Or for Colean the route is ta’en,
Beneath the moon’s pale beams;
There, up the cove, to stray and rove,
Among the rocks and streams
To sport that night.
Among the bonny winding banks,
Where Doon rins, wimplin’ clear,
Where Bruce ance ruled the martial ranks,
And shook his Carrick spear,
Some merry, friendly, country-folks,
Together did convene,
To burn their nits, and pou their stocks,
And haud their Halloween
Fu’ blithe that night.
The lasses feat, and cleanly neat,
Mair braw than when they’re fine;
Their faces blithe, fu’ sweetly kythe,
Hearts leal, and warm, and kin’;
The lads sae trig, wi’ wooer-babs,
Weel knotted on their garten,
Some unco blate, and some wi’ gabs,
Gar lasses’ hearts gang startin’
Whiles fast at night.
Then, first and foremost, through the kail,
Their stocks maun a’ be sought ance;
They steek their een, and graip and wale,
For muckle anes and straught anes.
Poor hav’rel Will fell aff the drift,
And wander’d through the bow-kail,
And pou’t, for want o’ better shift,
A runt was like a sow-tail,
Sae bow’t that night.
Then, staught or crooked, yird or nane,
They roar and cry a’ throu’ther;
The very wee things, todlin’, rin,
Wi’ stocks out owre their shouther;
And gif the custoc’s sweet or sour.
Wi’ joctelegs they taste them;
Syne cozily, aboon the door,
Wi cannie care, they’ve placed them
To lie that night.
The lasses staw frae ‘mang them a’
To pou their stalks of corn:
But Rab slips out, and jinks about,
Behint the muckle thorn:
He grippet Nelly hard and fast;
Loud skirl’d a’ the lasses;
But her tap-pickle maist was lost,
When kitlin’ in the fause-house
Wi’ him that night.
The auld guidwife’s well-hoordit nits,
Are round and round divided,
And monie lads’ and lasses’ fates
Are there that night decided:
Some kindle coothie, side by side,
And burn thegither trimly;
Some start awa, wi’ saucy pride,
And jump out-owre the chimlie
Fu’ high that night.
Jean slips in twa wi’ tentie ee;
Wha ‘twas she wadna tell;
But this is Jock, and this is me,
She says in to hersel:
He bleezed owre her, and she owre him,
As they wad never mair part;
Till, fuff! he started up the lum,
And Jean had e’en a sair heart
To see’t that night.
Poor Willie, wi’ his bow-kail runt,
Was brunt wi’ primsie Mallie;
And Mallie, nae doubt, took the drunt,
To be compared to Willie;
Mall’s nit lap out wi’ pridefu’ fling,
And her ain fit it brunt it;
While Willie lap, and swore by jing,
‘Twas just the way he wanted
To be that night.
Nell had the fause-house in her min’,
She pits hersel and Rob in;
In loving bleeze they sweetly join,
Till white in ase they’re sobbin’;
Nell’s heart was dancin’ at the view,
She whisper’d Rob to leuk for’t:
Rob, stowlins, prie’d her bonny mou’,
Fu’ cozie in the neuk for’t,
Unseen that night.
But Merran sat behint their backs,
Her thoughts on Andrew Bell;
She lea’es them gashin’ at their cracks,
And slips out by hersel:
She through the yard the nearest taks,
And to the kiln goes then,
And darklins graipit for the bauks,
And in the blue-clue throws then,
Right fear’t that night.
And aye she win’t, and aye she swat,
I wat she made nae jaukin’,
Till something held within the pat,
Guid Lord! but she was quakin’!
But whether ‘was the deil himsel,
Or whether ‘twas a bauk-en’,
Or whether it was Andrew Bell,
She didna wait on talkin’
To spier that night.
Wee Jennie to her grannie says,
“Will ye go wi’ me, grannie?
I’ll eat the apple at the glass
I gat frae Uncle Johnnie:”
She fuff’t her pipe wi’ sic a lunt,
In wrath she was sae vap’rin’,
She notice’t na, an aizle brunt
Her braw new worset apron
Out through that night.
“Ye little skelpie-limmer’s face!
I daur you try sic sportin’,
As seek the foul thief ony place,
For him to spae your fortune.
Nae doubt but ye may get a sight!
Great cause ye hae to fear it;
For mony a ane has gotten a fright,
And lived and died deleeret
On sic a night.
“Ae hairst afore the Sherramoor, —
I mind’t as weel’s yestreen,
I was a gilpey then, I’m sure
I wasna past fifteen;
The simmer had been cauld and wat,
And stuff was unco green;
And aye a rantin’ kirn we gat,
And just on Halloween
It fell that night.
“Our stibble-rig was Rab M’Graen,
A clever sturdy fallow:
His son gat Eppie Sim wi’ wean,
That lived in Achmacalla:
He gat hemp-seed, I mind it weel,
And he made unco light o’t;
But mony a day was by himsel,
He was sae sairly frighted
That very night.”
Then up gat fechtin’ Jamie Fleck,
And he swore by his conscience,
That he could saw hemp-seed a peck;
For it was a’ but nonsense.
The auld guidman raught down the pock,
And out a hanfu’ gied him;
Syne bade him slip frae ‘mang the folk,
Some time when nae ane see’d him,
And try’t that night.
He marches through amang the stacks,
Though he was something sturtin;
The graip he for a harrow taks.
And haurls it at his curpin;
And every now and then he says,
“Hemp-seed, I saw thee,
And her that is to be my lass,
Come after me, and draw thee
As fast this night.”
He whistled up Lord Lennox’ march
To keep his courage cheery;
Although his hair began to arch,
He was say fley’d and eerie:
Till presently he hears a squeak,
And then a grane and gruntle;
He by his shouther gae a keek,
And tumbled wi’ a wintle
Out-owre that night.
He roar’d a horrid murder-shout,
In dreadfu’ desperation!
And young and auld came runnin’ out
To hear the sad narration;
He swore ‘twas hilchin Jean M’Craw,
Or crouchie Merran Humphie,
Till, stop! she trotted through them
And wha was it but grumphie
Asteer that night!
Meg fain wad to the barn hae gaen,
To win three wechts o’ naething;
But for to meet the deil her lane,
She pat but little faith in:
She gies the herd a pickle nits,
And two red-cheekit apples,
To watch, while for the barn she sets,
In hopes to see Tam Kipples
That very nicht.
She turns the key wi cannie thraw,
And owre the threshold ventures;
But first on Sawnie gies a ca’
Syne bauldly in she enters:
A ratton rattled up the wa’,
And she cried, Lord, preserve her!
And ran through midden-hole and a’,
And pray’d wi’ zeal and fervour,
Fu’ fast that night;
They hoy’t out Will wi’ sair advice;
They hecht him some fine braw ane;
It chanced the stack he faddom’d thrice
Was timmer-propt for thrawin’;
He taks a swirlie, auld moss-oak,
For some black grousome carlin;
And loot a winze, and drew a stroke,
Till skin in blypes cam haurlin’
Aff’s nieves that night.
A wanton widow Leezie was,
As canty as a kittlin;
But, och! that night amang the shaws,
She got a fearfu’ settlin’!
She through the whins, and by the cairn,
And owre the hill gaed scrievin,
Whare three lairds’ lands met at a burn
To dip her left sark-sleeve in,
Was bent that night.
Whyles owre a linn the burnie plays,
As through the glen it wimpl’t;
Whyles round a rocky scaur it strays;
Whyles in a wiel it dimpl’t;
Whyles glitter’d to the nightly rays,
Wi’ bickering, dancing dazzle;
Whyles cookit underneath the braes,
Below the spreading hazel,
Unseen that night.
Among the brackens, on the brae,
Between her and the moon,
The deil, or else an outler quey,
Gat up and gae a croon:
Poor Leezie’s heart maist lap the hool!
Near lav’rock-height she jumpit;
but mist a fit, and in the pool
Out-owre the lugs she plumpit,
Wi’ a plunge that night.
In order, on the clean hearth-stane,
The luggies three are ranged,
And every time great care is ta’en’,
To see them duly changed:
Auld Uncle John, wha wedlock joys
Sin’ Mar’s year did desire,
Because he gat the toom dish thrice,
He heaved them on the fire
In wrath that night.
Wi’ merry sangs, and friendly cracks,
I wat they didna weary;
And unco tales, and funny jokes,
Their sports were cheap and cheery;
Till butter’d so’ns, wi’ fragrant lunt,
Set a’ their gabs a-steerin’;
Syne, wi’ a social glass o’ strunt,
They parted aff careerin’
Fu’ blythe that night.
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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
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
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
Incense: Cinnamon, Cinquefoil Aromas: Sweetpea, Lavender, Mastic,
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.
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.
Today’s Magickal Influences ~ Destination, War, Courage, Surgery, Physical
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
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,
Today’s Goddesses: Aset [Isis], Demeter, Ceres, Spider Woman, Bona Dea, Oya,
Devi-Kali, Hella, Rhiannon, Coatlique, Maman Brigette, Sekhmet, Het Heret
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
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
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
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
Saint Jegudiel represents Friday
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,
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,
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
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,
Today’s Magickal Influences: Health, Healing, Confidence And Hope, Prosperity
Incense: Mastic, Palaginia
Perfumes: Heliotrope, Orange Blossom, Cloves, Frankincense, Ambergris, Musk,
Color of The Day: Orange, Gold
Colors for Tomorrow: Silver, Gray, White
Lucky Sign: Sunday Is The Lucky Day For Leo
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Banish Icky Stuff
Spell Date: Sunday, October 30, 2016
The new moon is an ideal time to banish negative energies, people, and situations from your life. With Samhain just around the corner, this is the perfect opportunity to start the year fresh. Make an anointing oil using a carrier oil such as almond oil. Add to it the following oils:
2 drops black pepper oil
2 drops cypress oil
2 drops grapefruit oil
2 drops lime oil
2 drops rosemary oil
2 drops vetivert oil
2 drops yarrow oil (or a pinch of dried)
Shake the bottle of oil well to mix it thoroughly. Stand outside under the new moon, and anoint yourself with the oil. Gently rub it across your forehead, the pulse points on your neck and wrists, and your heart. Concentrate on pure white light washing through your body and cleansing you emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually. Chant:
Wash over me, inside and out.
Cleanse me, inside and out.
Purify me, inside and out.
Renew me, inside and out.
This post was written by Kerri Connor on October 30, 2016
Blessing a Conical Hat
Spell Date: Saturday, October 29, 2016
Though stereotypical, the conical hat has become symbolic of the power and image of Witches. This hat, once a popular style, has been revived by some modern Witches as an emblem of pride. The brim is said to denote the magic circle, while the point symbolizes the cone of power—energy generated by Witches in ritual. A consecrated hat can be a source of protection and magic in the guise of a costume accessory.
To begin, obtain a suitable hat made of some type of fabric (as opposed to plastic) and set it on your altar. Place your hands on either side of the hat, sending white light from your hands into it while saying:
Circle of magic, cone of power,
Rising to a spiritual point;
Protection and blessing I hereby shower,
With magical purpose I do anoint.
Brimming with energy, the force
My Witch’s hat is hereby charged.
This post was written by Michael Furie on October 29, 2016
Break a Curse Spell
Spell Date: Friday, October 28, 2016
This spell will help break a curse and send it back, even if you don’t know the source. You’ll need three candles: one red, one white, and one black. You’ll also need a stick or twig that you found on the ground.(Don’t break one off a tree.)
Bless the candles and light each one. Before the candles, lay the twig. Concentrate on the curse or problem. Don’t think about the person who may have cursed you—this isn’t a spell of revenge. When you feel you’ve raised enough energy and the time is right, extinguish each candle. Then break the twig in two. In a strong voice, say:
“Spirits red, spirits white, spirits black,
Break this curse and send it back!”
Throw the twig outside, and don’t use these candles for any other spells.
This post was written by James Kambos on October 28, 2016
GrannyMoon’s MotherPeace Reading For The Day ~ Chariot
Keywords: Tact, Skill, Action, Control, Focused, Driven, Motion, Balance, Physicality
You Are The Winner! Groundedness and the ability to accomplish task on the physical plane. It traditionally symbolizes a victory of self-discipline. You may find that your mind has achieved greater control over the unconscious parts of yourself this week. This control is not prohibited or stiff, but does involve bringing unconscious contents to the surface.
From: GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives
Tasha’s Daily Planner
Mon. 10/31 Forceful Scorpio Moon generates energy for action.
Tue. 11/1 Jovial Sagittarius Moon enhances good feelings and expands joy.
Wed. 11/2 Expansive Sagittarius Moon helps with hosting: schedule gatherings.
Thu. 11/3 Efficient Capricorn Moon defines duties, executes tasks.
Fri. 11/4 Ambitious Capricorn Moon helps with big efforts. Venus/Uranus trine could reveal unusual choices.
Sat. 11/5 Organized Capricorn Moon brings good energy to Saturday chores.
Sun. 11/6 Friendly Aquarius Moon brings folks together for fun. Sun/Pluto sextile suggests positive changes.
Mon. 11/7 Quirky Aquarius Moon helps provide new experiences.
Heartwings Love Notes 748: Cherish the Moment
Heartwings says, “We won’t wonder where the time has gone if we have paid attention while it was passing.”
The other day Stephen and I were out with my daughter and her fiancé for dinner and a movie. As we sat over pizza afterward, I thought to myself how wonderful this all was, and how much I was enjoying it. I reminded myself to cherish the moment. We never know when something will end, or at least change so that it is no longer available. I did not always feel this way; it is something I have learned from experience.
When my children were little I was a busy mother. With five young ones to care for and a husband who traveled on sales calls I had a lot of responsibility. When I look back on our lives together I know there is much that I missed simply because my mind was too filled with what I needed to think about: meals to be planned and prepared, where the children need to be and when, what clothes needed to be provided, mended or washed, this list goes on and on, and it is familiar to any parent.
Looking back on all the changes I have moved through in my life, I realize how much I may have missed by not being present. A friend once said to me, “I always take special care to enjoy myself at your home because then when things change I will have no regrets.” We moved away and she went back to South America; we have lost touch. Most likely I will not see her ever again, yet because of what she said she has a presence still in my heart. Occasionally I do see again someone that came to our home for gatherings or classes a number of years ago and remembers us, and it makes me glad.
Recently I have lost a sister and a sister in law to death as well as a number of friends and acquaintances. At no time did I know when last I was with that person that I would not set eyes on her or him ever again. I am aware more than ever that when I am with someone I know, and especially someone I love that it is vital to be mindfully present, or I will miss out and regret that I did not take advantage of the time I had with them. Change is the law of life; nothing stays the same. Every moment is precious, most especially when we are with those we love.
May you enjoy every moment tht you have with those you love and care for.
Blessings and Best Regards, Tasha Halpert
PS It is my great blessing when those who read my words let me know how they feel about them Please write me and tell me if you have any questions, comments or suggestions. If you need a gift for someone special or even yourself, please consider my book, Heartwings: Love Notes for a Joyous Life. Available on Amazon or from Barnes and Noble, it is a collection of my Love Notes, poems and simple exercises for a happier you.
Harvest Pumpkin Butter
1 cup cooked or canned pumpkin
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup molasses
1 tablespoon lemon juice
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
In a small saucepan, combine all ingredients; mix well. Bring to a boil,
stirring frequently. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes, or
until thickened. Refrigerate at least 1 hour.
Makes 1 1/4 cups.
Magee Goes Trick or Treat
Dick Pride bounded into his editor’s, Charley Smiles office. “Got the photo, Sir. The police want us to run it as a missing person but I sense there’s something more than that going on.”
Charley Smiles grinned at his young reporter. He placed the print on a thick white pad, turned on the electric magnifier and moved it over the photo.
He studied it, then looked at Dick. “What do you see?”
“I don’t think she had a clue she was going to die. Look at her eyes. They seem dazed.”
Charley nodded. “They do don’t they.”
“Like maybe she was drugged. No one looks quite that serene when they’re at death’s door.”
Charley nodded. “Look at the base of her skull. Doesn’t it seem detached from the rest of her? And there’s no body showing.”
Dick’s eyes lit up. “Maybe she was decapitated. Murdered by someone in a crazed cult.”
Charley put his hand on his chin and looked at Dick. “I wouldn’t go suggesting anything quite like that to Tom Mallory unless you’ve got a smoking pistol and can prove what you’re saying beyond any reasonable doubt. Believe me, I know Tom. He’s a good friend of mine. He doesn’t think like you do. So you’d better be able to back up fanciful conjecturing with hard evidence.”
“But Sir, don’t you think that her turning up now right before Halloween might not have….”
“Of course it could,” Charley said. “But you’ve got to prove it, nail it down, provide that smoking pistol.”
“Yes sir. Thank you.”
Charley ran his hand through his thick white hair, took off his glasses, cleaned them with a soft cloth, and set them down on his desk. He looked at Dick with a serious expression. “And stay out of Tom Mallory’s hair. Don’t even go to the station while you’re investigating. Dig it up yourself and keep me informed.”
“I’m not quite sure where to begin?
“Take that picture and show it all over town. Schools, restaurants, churches, the library, anyplace people may gather.”
“Again not a word. Break this story on your own. Shoot for The New York Times or The Washington Post. Then you can move on to fame and fortune, write your own ticket. But in the meantime don’t be late filing the obits, proofing the paste ups, answering letters to the editor, and attending to your other weekly tasks.”
Dick Pride gulped. “Thank you sir. I won’t let you down.”
Charley smiled. “What else did you pick up?”
“I met detective Sippi Bopp. She invited me to her aunt’s party at the Inn this Saturday night.”
Charley grinned. “You’re going to meet Bea Bopp? We’ll both be there.”
“More than meet her I hope. I was thinking maybe I could do a series of interviews, and maybe she’d like me to write her tell-all biography. Not much about her in print.”
Charley chuckled. “I take it you haven’t met her yet?”
“No, but I will Saturday night.”
“I wouldn’t push her about a book right off,” he said. “I wouldn’t want her to think that you’re being opportunistic. Give it time to simmer.”
Dick wrinkled his forehead. “You think that’s wise, to wait that way?
“Yes,” he said wondering if an op ed on youth and impatience would spark any readership response.
Aunt Bea was in the guest bedroom soaking her feet when Sippi came in. “Everything all right?” Sippi looked around to see if anything needed doing.
“I’m so glad you’re here.”
“That’s only because I’ve left my mother hen spectacles in New York.”
“What do you mean?”
“Well if I were noisy which I’m not, I’d ask what’s going on between you and Jones. Every time he acts nice you bite his head off. “
Sippi sighed. “Yes, I guess I do.” She shook her head. Memories flooded her mind, many of which she wished she could forget. “Me and Raven have history that started back on the coast during rehab. I thought we were pretty inseparable and I started entertaining thoughts that he was really the one for me forever.”
Aunt Bea chuckled. “That’s usually when everything goes up in smoke.”
“It sure did,” Sippi shook her head. “We were talking about moving in together, buying a condo and sharing expenses, though at the time both of us were independently wealthy.”
“How soon until he started looking around and flew the coop?”
“A few weeks–Raven always moves fast on or off the court. He’s got one of those minds that can keep three or four scenarios bouncing around in his head. We were going to a New Year’s Eve bash put on by some of his NBA buddies. On our way over he told me to keep the car that he wouldn’t be needing it later on. Dumb me thought he was going to drink in the new years with his teammates but an hour after we got there he vanished.”
“Just like that,” Aunt Bea said. “No prior warning?”
Sippi nodded. Just like that.”
“Poor dear. As long as you know he’s not much different than most other immature men. Taking that step toward commitment is more than most can manage.”
“Yes,” Sippi nodded. “Raven’s immature. I knew that from the outset.”
“Not so much immature,” Aunt Bea said. “That boy will try to hold onto his youth till his hair starts falling out. Nothing any woman can do to wake him up either. He has to wake up himself.”
“What about me?” She said in a small voice.”
“Sippi you’ve hoed your own row since you were born. You’ve come into this lifetime with more awareness and wisdom than you know you have. And that can make for difficulties especially when you want to let your heart run away.”
“I learned my lesson,” Sippi sounded determined.
Bea shook her head. “I hope not. I hope you fall in love so many more times that you can’t think straight. Then when you’re really ready to throw in the towel he’ll come along and you’ll both know it. But trust Sippi. Trust the Gods of Love to look kindly upon you. Meanwhile it’s perfectly all right to see Raven Jones as Mr. Right Now. He likes walking Magee so let him. And you don’t even have to lead him on. That he’ll do on his own.”
Sippi smiled. “Somehow that doesn’t feel absolutely honest.”
Bea raised her eyebrows. “Why should it? But I don’t want to start discussing my twisting and turnings with men. We can save that conversation for another time.”
Sippi smiled. “Thanks Aunt Bea. “What you said makes me feel better, gives me hope.”
“Good thing,” Bea stood and hugged her. “You look so like your mother. She was dedicated just like you Sippi. That’s why she took her nursing skills to war. Your mother was determined to serve. And it cost her her life.”
“”And you think I look like my mom?”
‘The phone rang. It was Chief Mallory. Sippi we’ve got a problem. Grab Magee and get over here to the Inn. A kitchen worker wents to empty trash in the incinerator and discovered the headless corpse of a woman.”
(To be continued)
A Call To Our Ancestor’s
by Crooked Bear Creek Organic Herbs
To blood and bone
We sing in stone, In dirt and tree and root
We pray to know In flame and snow
The breadth of all our birth.
We seek your words In food and mirth, In story and in myth,
The ways that you, O Ancestors lived in love and frith.
We seek you high, We seek you low,
In Earth and Sky and Life.
We seek you in the utter dark And seek you in the light.
We seek you from the Void’s old home
From Ice and Flame combined,
From the Tree, Breath and Body,
Our bloodlines are defined.
So come to us O Sacred Ones, Dance and sing and speak
So long we’ve been without your voice, So long we have been weak
Come fill us with your blessings
Come fill us with your songs
And when we die accept us in
To join the Odal throng!
Welcome me, O Ancestors, Holy One’s New and Old.
And through your guidance, Your grace, your gifts,
Let the paths of wyrd unfold.
Protection Mojo Bag
The Crystal Witch ~ A Year and A Day of Spells for Empowering Life)
A mojo bag is an amulet consisting of a drawstring bag containing one or more magical items. It is a “prayer in a bag”, or a “positive affirmation” that can be carried with you for intentional purposes.
1 Carnelian (an agate stone)
1 Agate Eye or Black Banded Agate
Frankincense, Clove oils
Sandalwood, Rosemary herbs
This was my grandmother’s favorite protection mojo bag. The main ingredient is the Carnelian Agate (a fiery red stone) that is complimented by 3 other stones, herbs and oil.
Place your stone on your altar, copper grid plate or sacred space.
Anoint each stone first with, frankincense oil and then each stone with clove oil.
Smudge the sandalwood and rosemary herbs on each crystal.
“I dress each stone to help protect,
With oils, herbs and great respect.
To keep aware and in good hands,
Safe and sound, as I command.”
My grandmother would add all the stones, remaining herbs and a few addition drops of each oil into the bag and carry them with her, constantly.
Andrew Pacholyk MS L.Ac
Therapies for healing
mind, body, spirit
Weekly Horoscope, Beginning: Sunday, 30 October 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: The obstacles you`re facing may seem straightforward but they`re the continuation of a period of intense, often challenging, yet valuable review of your current goals and long term objectives. Tedious as this seems, especially when you must justify your thinking to others, you`ll soon be grateful for both what you learnt and certain individuals` advice. Enough you`re soon rethinking plans you once regarded as unchanging.
Outline: The details are overwhelming on Monday and Tuesday. Something small, a proverbial straw on the camel`s back, will be the end of you — unless you do something healthy for your mind and body. Something to blow off steam. Sprinting is one way to go. Or group sports. Wednesday and Thursday, you`ll be so wrapped up in your own head that you`ll forget to pay attention to someone who needs your it. As soon as you focus on them, all else will figure itself out. Friday and Saturday are dreamy and portentous, but Sunday is light-hearted, fun and exciting.
An intimate relationship could inspire to take on a new project. Pour your feelings for a partner into your future hopes and plans. A resourceful use of materials may result in a raise, promotion or both. Resist the temptation to spend more than a budget allows. By demonstrating an ability to make bricks from straw, you`ll reap significant rewards. Coming up with a clever way to cut corners will earn positive feedback. You`re fast, efficient and accurate.
This week begins with a New Moon in the other sign ruled by Mars: Scorpio. This should bring fresh energy to working partnerships. By November 8, Mars will have left the apex of your solar chart. Over these next few days then, pushing forward with your aims and missions could feel just right. Moreover, it`s probable you will attract those who can give necessary support. There`s more too: property matters might require significant attention. If involved in any kind of sale or purchase, these should gather momentum in the next few days. It`s probable that much of this is linked to upsets that took place mid-October. Your standing within a group or within the community may also have changed. Presently, it would appear that your aspirations are high profile – bringing much needed support for the next stage of your career journey.
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Taurus: April 20 — May 20
Personal theme: I have!!
Epigram: Being a painstaking Taurus, you keep close track of practical, financial and personal matters, mostly without giving it a thought. Now certain individuals you rely on are having difficulties or, possibly, their disarray is causing problems. Tackle any emergency issues yourself, but do no more. The only way they`ll learn to be more responsible is by acknowledging the problems caused by their lack of attentiveness.
Outline: Your life blossoms like a flower this week. Monday and Tuesday you are happier and more engaged than you`ve been in a while; and your heart is thumping faster than ever. You and you-know-who make quite a team. Cash, companionship and concerts are in the stars Tuesday. Wednesday and Thursday return you to real life, but everything is brighter and better than usual. Some fairly deep emotions come to the surface on Friday — you clearly care about this person — and Saturday sparks a passionate interaction. Sunday finds you a bit more distant, almost philosophical.
This is a wonderful time to embark on a business or romantic partnership. You and your companion may share many interests and will have fun understanding what makes each other tick. This alliance might also prompt you to make a childhood dream come true. Set lofty goals, as you have a good chance of realising them. A sudden windfall could help you to take a relaxing vacation all by yourself. Head for somewhere near a lake, river or ocean.
This week begins with the annual New Moon in your opposite sign. What`s different this year, is that this coincides with Mars` passage through another of the Earth signs. This will conclude on November 8th. Over these next few days, enthusiasm to learn and to reach out to experts should be heightened. In particular, you may be focused on practical expertise and what someone has actually built. It may be that these will inspire you to make changes in your own working life before Christmas. As you might imagine, this New Moon could also bring with it a new partnership. In this instance, it would appear to be someone with considerable financial acumen and, perhaps, international contacts. A further possibility, is that you will be asked to put words on paper either as a review of a book or comments on a contract. In this, you might appreciate the guidance of an older person or a Capricorn whose mentoring could be just what`s needed.
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Gemini: May 21 — June 20
Personal theme: I think!!
Epigram: The links between your ruler Mercury, today, and the Sun, on Tuesday, with inspirational Neptune promises a week of discussion and exploration. Exciting as what you learn and who you meet could be, make no commitments before you`ve checked out everything. You`ll soon realise they`re the start of a series of thrilling encounters and discussions, each of which will contribute something vital to future plans.
Outline: Every time you add up the numbers on Monday, you come up with a different sum. Frustrating! Your head is clearly on other matters. (On other continents?) Steel your focus on Tuesday and try to get the paperwork dealt with. Wednesday and Thursday you can turn off your brain and be purely on the lookout for a good time. Romance, too, is in the stars. Friday you find yourself entering into a friendship — or a relationship — you feel unsure about. Saturday you`re in observation mode; but Sunday, relationships and partners are positive themes. So is adventure.
New responsibilities could be offered to you at work. It will be a pleasure getting paid to exercise your creative talent. If you do a good job, you may be given a high profile position in a totally new working environment. Your greatest investment should be in a talented staff. Don`t be afraid to hire people who are more intelligent and experienced. These workers will enhance your reputation, not detract from it. Your ego can handle the competition.
You may recall that Saturn is presently passing through your opposite sign. Though much depends on your actual birthday, it could be that 2016 has already brought significant career challenge your way. For some, restraints may have felt acute. This week`s New Moon is in the sign of Scorpio and takes place whilst Mars is concluding a stay in Capricorn. The combination suggests a fresh approach to day-to-day matters might well be necessary. It may be that costs simply have to be reined in. A further possibility is that issues around health will warrant particular consideration. It`s perhaps not necessarily the case that it`s your own health that is under scrutiny but that of someone close. You might even be carrying some of their workload to relieve pressure from them. It would perhaps be wise to consider what effect this is having on you. It may be that you`re running low on vitamins or minerals. A health check could be deemed wise.
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Cancer: June 21 — July 22
Personal theme: I feel!!
Epigram: The fresh perspective that comes with today`s New Moon begins a cycle of discussion regarding tense issues with those closest, from family and loved ones to dear friends. However, because this climaxes with the Full Moon, in two weeks` time, you`re urged to take things slowly. What`s most important may take longer than you expect to surface. Still, it will be worth the wait.
Outline: You are attuned to the edges of things on Monday, the contrasts, the subtle distinctions. You are perspicacious to the last. Dive into a project that needs some cleaning up, that puts you in touch with people you admire and that lets you enjoy yourself. Wednesday and Thursday, enjoyment will be at a minimum — a bump in the road in your relationship with someone at home challenges you — and the workweek ends on a hazy note. You go into the weekend unsure of where you stand. Do something for yourself this weekend. Cancel social plans. Be a free agent.
Your love life could be about to take a torrid turn. It`s flattering to find that you have caught the eye of someone sexy and if you are single you will have a great time getting to know each other, but don`t be too quick to make a serious commitment. Keep your options open. If you are already in a relationship you may be in a better position to take on a new responsible role possibly involving parenthood or caring for a loved one in some way.
This week begins with a New Moon in another of the Water signs, Scorpio. By November 8th Mars will have left your opposite sign. Since the New Moon promises a fresh approach and Mars` position draws attention to the needs of close colleagues and partners, it may be that together you arrive at a more amenable working relationship. Having rolled with recent punches, it may be that you can now experience a little ease together. A strong possibility is that your joint imaginations will be stirred and that by mid-week future planning will be a source of delight. A further possibility is that someone, whose commercial expertise is based on their experiences with the Internet, will inspire you to follow their example. It might well be, that before November 8th, you make significant changes to your online profile with a view to expanding career options.
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Leo: July 23 — August 22
Personal theme: I will!!
Epigram: You`ve long been aware that you`d need to rethink elements of your domestic or working life, but haven`t know where to begin. Between the current New Moon and mid-November`s Full Moon, both of which accent the changes needed, the nature of your activities will become increasingly clear. That being the case, for now, explore. The actual decisions can, and should wait until you know more.
Outline: There is less money to go around at the outset of the week than you`d like. Such is life; but strangely, you find being thrifty sort of fun. You can get into eating noodles. By the middle of the week, you are so distracted by the funny things falling out of friends` mouths you are barely thinking about money (or the lack thereof). A creative date on Thursday might not cost you a dime. Friday and Saturday deep issues and family matters are in the stars, as is a strong sense of ego. Sunday is fiery and wild and romantic — you lucky dog.
If you want to sell or buy a piece of property, this is the best time of the entire year to do so. A real estate deal could give you a great deal of financial security. If you have no plans to move, you might add a new member to your household. A relative or roommate could bring out your caring side. Adopting a softer approach can benefit your health. Loosen up and be open to new ideas and influences; they could rock your world.
Monday`s New Moon is in another of the Fixed signs. It`s the annual one highlighting the very base of your solar chart and often marks the need for fresh approach to asset management. Combined with Mars` position it may be that a review of the way in which you expend energy is overdue. With the high probability of romantic matters or at least leisure activities also demanding attention, a review of work-play balance may be necessary. It wouldn`t be at all surprising if this coincided with thoughts of how best to improve your work space. This could apply as easily to domestic circumstances as an office environment. Making plans, assessing designs and, perhaps, obtaining estimates before next weekend is possible. It might also be helpful to be aware that those born under the air signs of Gemini, Libra or Aquarius might have suggestions that are imaginative and helpful.
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Virgo: August 23 — September 22
Personal theme: I analyze!!
Epigram: While the painstaking side of your nature could be considered a virtue, it can also mean you invest a lot of time in making what are, in reality, minor decisions. However, with both your ruler Mercury, today, and the Sun, on Tuesday, superbly aspecting the intuitive Neptune, your instincts aren`t good, they`ll be astonishing. Trust them. If you`re anxious, ensure any commitments are flexible.
Outline: You are perfectly happy to spend Monday and Tuesday cleaning out your car, cleaning up your office — cleaning anything, really. You have headphones. You`re in a good mood; and you love it when your life is tidy. New projects figure strongly the first half of the week but don`t put your money where your mouth is, not yet at least. Be careful about cash flow, especially on Wednesday and Thursday. Friday it may dawn on you that some of your goals are unrealistic, but you`re the kind of person motivated by the impossible. The weekend finds you restless and daring.
A good friend, workmate or romantic partner could receive wonderful news and their good fortune may benefit you in one way or another. You should go out and celebrate. Try not to be envious of their success. Just because they`re doing well doesn`t mean you won`t get ahead. The Universe has endless bounty. The sooner you rejoice in other people`s victories, the luckier you may become. Set fear aside and open your heart instead.
This year, Halloween comes within hours of the Scorpio New Moon. Mystery and passion might well be in the air. For your part, and with Mars concluding its stay in another of the Earth signs, you could be turned on by a plan that is as practical as it is imaginative. It`s not at all unusual for New Moons to bring new acquaintances and entirely possible that soon you will have agreed – at least in principle – to work with a new team. True, with Saturn still making slow passage through another of the Mutable signs, you might not yet be as free as you would like to be to run with these new projects. Family matters and long-term obligations could limit time available. That said, you may be captivated by suggestions put forward by those born under either Aries or Scorpio who, in their different ways, rely on you to ensure that proposals become reality.
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Libra: September 23 — October 22
Personal theme: I balance!!
Epigram: No sign is more tolerant of the needs and the shortcomings of others, especially those closest. However the encounter, today, between your ruler Venus and the fair but stern Saturn indicates it`s time to draw the line. This isn`t about a confrontation but rather, making it clear what you expect and what`s unacceptable, now, and in the future. Once that`s done, you`ll discuss the details.
Outline: A nagging voice in your head is like your own private commentary on Monday and Tuesday. If only it had a sense of humour! Your meticulousness might be your downfall: There are just too many details to deal with. Then, on Wednesday, the irrelevant periphery falls away and you find yourself staring into the eyes of someone you feel awfully strongly about. Ah, beauty! Ah, romance! Your infatuation with this person has you feeling possessive on Friday, but give them space. Saturday you sense that some major changes in your life are afoot, and Sunday you`re glowing.
You could get a rise or land a new job if you are willing to negotiate. Accepting the first offer you receive wouldn`t be your best plan. If you show you can promote your own interests, you`ll earn respect. If you have your own business, it may be time to raise your prices. Good customers will be willing to pay more for your services. Let everyone else go to cut price, second rate competitors. They`ll be back. You`re talented and you`re charming.
It`s arguably time to turn inward. Sunday`s New Moon is in neighbouring Scorpio and marks that time of year when it`s usually prudent to give thought to what is and what is not important to you. As this New Moon coincides with the annual conjunction of Venus to Saturn (presently passing through Sagittarius), it`s probable that serious consideration to a contract or the wording of a document will need to be given. On the one hand, you might be delighted to discover that your profile has been raised. This though, could also bring a swathe of work your way. Over the next couple of weeks you might need time off for good behaviour and to consider your position and redefine long-term aims and objectives. This might be made necessary by planned events taking place closer to the end of November. A pre-emptive thought strike this week could prove wise. Note that with Jupiter now passing through your sign, opportunities could well be headed your way. Since you can`t grasp at everything, it might be as well to consider carefully what it is that you want to make part of your life journey and what you don`t.
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Scorpio: October 23 — November 21
Personal theme: I desire!!
Epigram: Although today`s Scorpio New Moon marks a fresh start, you may be more aware of what`s going than what`s next. While saying farewell to certain elements of your life is a relief, you`ll be tempted to keep some going. With both, what`s new is on its way, although its form may not yet be clear or recognisable. Knowing that, you`re urged to explore absolutely everything.
Outline: A secret finds its way into your awareness on Monday or Tuesday. You`ve become someone`s confidante. You are flattered by their trust. Internally, this week is quite positive for you — although midweek you may find you don`t have much patience for small talk, decision-making or social situations, what with all the thoughts swimming through your head — but by Friday you`ll find yourself surrounded by people who are genuinely interested in you. They are drawn to you. They practically idolize you. Saturday and Sunday you get a bit carried away with all the attention.
Your wit, magnetism and charm can open doors. This is a great time to ask for a favour, first date or job. Applying for a loan or scholarship could also be successful. Take it if you get an opportunity to advance your education. Having impressive qualifications will boost your career prospects. Be direct with someone who tries to intimidate you. You aren`t afraid to speak truth to power. If you`re dismissed from a job, another one will come along.
Sunday`s New Moon is in your sign and coincides neatly with Hallowe`en. It might suit you to experience a few dark, passionate and perhaps even a little mysterious moments. True, it may be that you also need to consider carefully cash flow management. It may be that there is an important commitment to be made but that you need to be as informed as possible before doing so. A strong possibility is that those who live far away and, who perhaps don`t understand your daily routine, will make increasingly intrusive demands on your time. Though on the one hand pleased to be needed, it perhaps won`t be too long before you need to place boundaries. For now, and especially through until the weekend, marketing matters will surely require particular attention. Those of your sign, tend to have a natural ability to tune in to what is important to others. Don`t underestimate this talent this week and the potential this has for selling a product, event or services.
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Sagittarius: November 22 — December 21
Personal theme: I see!!
Epigram: The planetary setup is all about dealing with everything from obstacles to tricky situations slowly, and possibly through others. While, obviously, this approach is out of character, it`s necessitated by various complications that really aren`t your problem. Do what you can, then back off and delegate the rest. This, in turn, frees you to focus on the far-reaching pursuits that will unfold over the coming four weeks.
Outline: No matter how much you deserve a bonus, the start of the week is not the time to be dropping hints. You`re better off making sure you don`t drop your coffee. You`ll be doing forty million things at once. The fast-forward blur of Monday and Tuesday slows down to a normal pace on Wednesday and Thursday — you may even have enough time to be social midweek (what a luxury!) — and by Friday you`re in bona fide slow-mo. This gives you plenty of time to ponder your future. The weekend, especially Sunday, is ideal for goal setting.
You`re tired of worrying about money and status. Solitary pursuits like prayer, reading and writing can bring peace of mind. Your loved ones will be happy to support your decision to adopt a low profile. They`ve been worried you have been overextending yourself. Listen to their advice and scale back your social commitments. Developing a creative project may be another good use of your time. Think up ways to give your work an innovative look.
On Sunday, Venus and Saturn align in your sign. They did this last year too but won`t then repeat this alignment in your sign for another three decades. This then, could be an opportunity to put right anything you felt went wrong this time last year. Circumstances will of course have changed. Yet it seems now that you`re ready to make deeper commitment and may well be viewing things rather differently to this time last year. In particular, you presumably want to know what is really going on in someone`s mind and their long-term plans. It may be that you need these to be set clearly before you can agree terms. There is however the possibility that your expertise will be sought by someone who`s heard all about you on a professional grapevine. Though there are never any guarantees, it could be that your particular wisdom and expertise will be sought by someone anxious to build a legacy.
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Capricorn: December 22 — January 19
Personal theme: I use!!
Epigram: When events forced you to eliminate both several longstanding arrangements and, equally, cherished plans, you expected you`d suffer from their loss. To your surprise, you`re not only relieved, you`re now free to explore the suggestions of others and, better yet, the intriguing people involved. While you`ll need to learn more before you commit, it`s been a long time since you`ve felt as enthusiastic about anything.
Outline: A simple fact — small, beautiful, true — means the world to you on Monday. It solves a puzzle you`ve been working on for weeks in your mind. It may put you in the mood to conduct still more research, place some calls, advance to the next step in a project. Or maybe you`re ready for a new project: Wednesday is a great day to start something and Thursday you have energy to spare. Your detachment from emotional matters on Friday puts you in the ideal frame of mind to make a big decision, and Saturday and Sunday find you racing with full speed toward accomplishing a major goal.
Joining a club or organisation could lift your spirits. You`ll enjoy being surrounded by creative types. Their positive attitude will rub off on you. Soon, you`ll find it relatively easy to develop imaginative solutions to stubborn problems. Don`t be afraid to learn from someone with a powerful personality. Although your teacher will be intimidating, they will also be helpful. Allow them to train you in an inventive new method. Be patient and stay focused.
Venus aligns with your ruling planet, Saturn on Sunday. Though this happens annually, the dynamics that come with it are little different each time. It`s common for this to put accent on close working partnerships particularly those involving media or advertising. There may well be improvements you can make in this area. Since Sunday is also a New Moon, it may be that a new project is on the horizon. Selling this and the financial opportunities this could bring will surely not be too hard. It`s around that time too, that someone, probably born under one of the Air signs of Gemini, Libra or Aquarius will seek assistance with one of their projects. Not for the first time, you may be reminded of the quality of their professionalism and how well the two of you work together. This may be something you want to develop more before your birthday. With that in mind, meetings over Thursday and Friday could take on special relevance.
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Aquarius: January 20 — February 18
Personal theme: I know!!
Epigram: Crucial as the ideas or offers you`re currently discussing seem, it`s just the beginning. They`re kick-starting the powerful cycle of growth that begins in earnest on 9 November, when the planet of energy, action and courage, Mars, moves into Aquarius for a six-week stay. Knowing that, explore. Also, take that certain once-wonderful arrangements must change, if not go, to clear the way for what`s next.
Outline: Everything is peachy-keen on the surface, but an interest in other people`s motives has you looking deeply at your life on Monday and Tuesday. It`s unclear what the future holds and, especially, what your financial outlook is — so be careful in business deals. Wednesday and Thursday are less about business and more about buddies (you might meet someone new, or connect with a pal in a way you never have before), but Friday once again finds you focused on career matters. On Saturday, avoid situations where you might feel exposed. Then, on Sunday, race out of the house and embrace the day.
Your career prospects seem set to improve. Don`t be afraid to apply for a new position or ask for a bigger salary. You have considerable talent and should be paid accordingly for it. If you`re asked to help out a political organisation, accept. You`re very good at serving the needs of the entire community. That`s because you take a logical approach to your work. An opportunity to make the world a better place appeals to your humanitarian side.
Sunday`s New Moon is the annual one highlighting the very apex of your solar chart: throwing light on aims, objectives and aspirations. This year, this New Moon coincides with an alignment of Venus and Saturn. It might suit you to at least think about joining a different group or association. True, you may have tried this plan out this time last year. Now though, you probably know more and can be more selective. It`s probable that your enthusiasm and passion will be greeted warmly. Though true, this might require an investment of as much cash as it does energy, you could still be particularly pleased to join forces with those who think as you do about one subject at least. There is also the high probability of being enthused by something seen in an online advertisement. Though obviously you`d need to find out more, it could be that this service or product would bring real value to your daily routine.
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Pisces: February 19 — March 20
Personal theme: I believe!!
Epigram: Ages ago, you recognised how accurate your intuition can be. Still, you don`t always trust it. However, with both Mercury and the Sun powerfully aspecting your ruler Neptune, the clarity of those feelings can`t, and shouldn`t, be ignored. If anybody asks you to justify your decisions, smile but say nothing. Instead allow your plans, and the results they achieve, to testify how wise they were.
Outline: Your intuition won`t let you down at the start of the week. Feel free to make a decision before you have all the facts you think you need. If necessary, you can always alter course as new information arrives. The new information that arrives on Wednesday and Thursday may strangely enough come in the form of dissension from someone you usually agree with. Give them the benefit of the doubt, but if you suspect they`re walking all over you — as might be the case on Friday or Saturday — well, you are too wonderful for that. Take a stand and you`ll be rewarded on Sunday.
An opportunity to travel, study or write could come your way. Don`t be afraid to explore new horizons. Adapting to a different way of life will be liberating. Suddenly, problems that have dogged you for years may seem inconsequential. You`ll learn to enjoy blessings you often take for granted. Best of all, you`ll feel compelled to realise your full potential. Finding work in a creative field could be easy. You`re gifted in so many ways.
For the last few years, Neptune, your ruling planet has been moving through Pisces. Since Neptune`s orbit is long: 164 years, there are some generations who never experienced this. One school of thought suggests that this will give you heightened state of awareness. There is perhaps no need for drugs or alcohol to experience a real high. This week, and following on from Sunday`s New Moon in another of the Water signs, and that event coinciding with an alignment of Venus and Saturn at the apex of your solar chart, it could be that you determine a more pleasing working strategy. A strong possibility is that you need a better view. Even by turning your desk a little, you could improve your general outlook. It`s highly likely too, that others will want to tap into your imagination before next weekend. This would surely work well in any kind of marketing exercise but might also be linked to interior design.
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