GrannyMoon’s Weekly Feast 25 Aug – 1 Sept 2019


Blessed be my little witch. To those who came before and those who will come after, know that the Goddess is with you always. Thank you all my dear readers…be blessed.

The NEW MOON always rises at sunrise
And the FIRST QUARTER at noon.
The FULL MOON always rises at sunset
And the LAST QUARTER at midnight.
~The New Orleans Mistic


Dark Moon — Time to Rest
New Moon — Time to Begin New Projects; Birth; Attraction
Waxing Moon — Time to Grow; Increase
Full Moon — Time to be Fulfilled; Abundance
Waning Moon — Time to Banish; Decrease
Last Sliver of Moon — Time to Die; Letting Go
Dark Moon — Time to Rest Again

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


Goddess Month of Hesperus begins 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Calendar: Coll (Hazel) August 5 to September 1

Current Moon Phase: WANING MOON

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

Goddess Aspect: Crone

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

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


Honoring the Goddess Every Day at
So mote it be!!


Each And Every Day A Feast Day!
Embrace It!!!


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GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Moon Day Hail Luna! Hail Mani! Energy: Female Ruler: The Moon Magicks involving the subconscious, healing, emotions, love, spirituality, healing wounds, children, small animals, women’s mysteries,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
Monday – Wear pearl, moonstone, or crystal. Use an emerald for amulets.
Color of The Day: Silver, Grey, White
Colors for Tomorrow: Red
Candle: White
Cooking on Monday will improve magics for creativity, insight, maternal
nature, and Goddess-related efforts. ~Quote from Magickal Martha

Hail Tyr! GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Tyr’s or Tiu’s Day! Day of Mars, Ares, Tiwaz, Tiw (from whom it is named), Tuisco,. Magickal influences are: Passion, courage, aggression and protection, vitality, passion, ambition and raw, unabashed power. Mars energy makes the mind acute.It is lucky to meet a left-handed person on any day except Tuesday – then it’s an ill omen. A superstition from areas of England that were ruled by the Danelaw, because the day is named for Norse God Týr who sacrificed his right hand to bind the Fenris Wolf. #FolkloreThursday

Tuesday – Wear a ruby, star sapphire, or emerald. Use topaz for amulets.
Today’s Magickal Influences ~ Destination, War, Courage, Surgery, Physical Strength
Be cautious-especially while traveling.
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
On Tuesday, cooking up a hearty meal featuring carrots, peppers, and garlic (all Mars foods and spices) to empower yourself for victory and success!
Hail Odin! GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Woden’s or Odin’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
Wednesday – Wear amethyst, star ruby, or lodestone. Use turquoise in amulets.
Today’s Magickal Influences: Conjurations, Predictions, Knowledge, Writing,Eloquence
Incense: Cinnamon, Cinquefoil
Perfumes: Sweetpea, Lavender, Mastic, Frankincense, Cloves
Color of The Day: Yellow, Grey
Colors for Tomorrow: Purple, Indigo, Blue
Candle: Yellow
Lucky Sign: Wednesday Is The Lucky Day For Gemini And Virgo
Today’s Goddesses: Aset [Isis], Demeter, Ceres, Spider Woman, Bona Dea, Oya,
Devi-Kali, Hella, Rhiannon, Coatlique, Maman Brigette, Sekhmet, Hathor
GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Thor’s Day Hail Thor!
Energy: Male
Ruler: Jupiter
Today’s Magickal Influences ~ Luck, Religion, Healing, Trade And Employment,Treasure, Honors, Riches, Legal Matters,
Use Growth, Expansion, Prosperity, Money, Business, Attracting attracting more of what you have.
Thor’s Day – Wear sapphire, cat’s eye, or carnelian. Use sapphire in rituals.
Today’s Goddesses: Juno, Hera, Kwan Yin, Mary, Cybele, Tara, Mawu, Mlaba Mwana Waresa, Ishtar, Nuit
Color of The Day: Purple, Indigo, Blue
Candle: Purple, Blue
Colors for Tomorrow: Green, Light Blue
Perfumes: Stock, Lilac, Storax, Aloes
Incense: Nutmeg, Henbane
Lucky Sign: Thursday Is The Lucky Day For Sagittarius And Pisces
Hail Freya! 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!
Friday – Cast love spells on Fridays. Wear blue robes and use turquoise, ruby, emerald or cat’s eye.
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
Candle: Green
Colors for Tomorrow: Black
Lucky Sign: Friday Is The Lucky Day For Taurus And Libra
Saint Jegudiel represents Friday
Hail Loki! GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Saturn and Loki’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 – Wear turquoise, labradorite, or diamond. Use amethyst.
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
Candle: Black
Hail Sunna and Sol! GrannyMoon Says Today is: Sun Day
Energy: Male
Ruler: The Sun
Rule 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
Sunday’s Magickal Influences: Health, Healing, Confidence And Hope, Prosperity
Incense: Dragons Blood
Perfumes: Heliotrope, Orange Blossom, Cloves, Frankincense, Ambergris, Musk, Myrrh
Sunday – wear topaz, sunstone, or diamond. Use pearl in crafting talismans.
Color of The Day: Orange, Gold
Colors for Tomorrow: Silver, Gray, White
Lucky Sign: Sunday Is The Lucky Day For Leo
Candle: Yellow


Llewellyn’s Spell A Day

Vesuvius Day
August 24, 2019 by Elizabeth Barrette

On August 24, 79 CE, Mount Vesuvius erupted. Hot ash and pumice buried the Roman cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae.

This is a good time to honor the element of fire. For this spell you need a red candle, a flat piece of igneous rock (such as pumice), and something to mark the stone. Light the candle and set the rock on your altar. Meditate on how fire can be a source of destruction (as in burning a forest) or creation (as in making new land). Mentally assign one aspect of fire to each side of the stone. Mark them accordingly. Then say:

“The power of fire destroys
All things in time: loves,
hates, griefs, joys.
The power of fire creates
All that it takes: griefs,
joys, loves, hates.”

Imagine sealing those energies in the stone. Later, when you need to change fire’s manifestation, turn over the rock.
Life on the Open Sea
August 23, 2019 by Emyme

You have chosen, or been chosen by, a spirit animal, totem figure, or guide. But have you chosen someone of myth or legend or historical importance with whom you identify? Is there a particular magical type for which you feel an affinity? The fey? Mer-folk? Pirates?

Pirates may not be considered magical, but many identify with these seafaring men and women. What a life: open seas, layered, comfortable clothing, a healthy diet of seafood, plus hats and scarves to cover any bad hair day, which would definitely happen out in that humid, salty air. Of course, this idea is a little silly, but whatever way of life or whatever magical creature calls to you, embrace it. Fashion a token for your altar, such as “gold” coins, real coins, costume or real jewelry, or an eye patch. If you do sincerely love pirates, then join in with the following ditty:

“Yo ho, yo ho,
A pirate’s life for me!
Had I my druthers
And not bound to others,
I’d spend my life at sea.”
Breakfast Peach Spell
August 22, 2019 by Kate Freuler

Facing a challenging day? Have an enchanted peach for breakfast! Throughout history in many cultures, peaches have been associated with love, immortality, fertility, and protection—all such lucky, positive things. Even the flesh of a peach is a cheerful hue, not to mention they are delicious and nutritious. When we eat a peach with intent, we can bring into us all of its positive traits.

This spell is for those days when you need some extra personal power, luck, and positive energy to get you started. Using a knife, carefully carve your name into the peach’s skin. As you do this, visualize your day filled with joy, luck, and abundance. Eat the peach mindfully, and feel the positive traits entering you and infusing your energy field with sunshine and sweetness. This feeling should stay with you the whole day through, attracting positive people and situations.
Peace Powder
August 21, 2019 by Devin Hunter

When calamity strikes or chaos reigns, blend this powder to bring peace and harmony to any area where it is sprinkled. On a clean white surface, create a peace symbol that is roughly nine inches in diameter out of blue cornflower. Fill the inside of the symbol with dried rose petals and then sprinkle this lightly with rose water. Allow to dry, and as it does, chant this three times:

“Peace to my friends, peace
to my foes, peace by the blue
flower, peace by the rose!”

Collect the flower petals, powder them, and then slowly combine them with half a cup of cornstarch or arrowroot powder and say:

“Floral allies, come to my aid, and with
all my heart the toll be paid. What
once was chaos now make calm, flip
the switch, diffuse the bomb! With
perfect love this powder be made, to
bring peace wherever it be laid!”
Breakfast Peach Spell
August 22, 2019 by Kate Freuler

Facing a challenging day? Have an enchanted peach for breakfast! Throughout history in many cultures, peaches have been associated with love, immortality, fertility, and protection—all such lucky, positive things. Even the flesh of a peach is a cheerful hue, not to mention they are delicious and nutritious. When we eat a peach with intent, we can bring into us all of its positive traits.

This spell is for those days when you need some extra personal power, luck, and positive energy to get you started. Using a knife, carefully carve your name into the peach’s skin. As you do this, visualize your day filled with joy, luck, and abundance. Eat the peach mindfully, and feel the positive traits entering you and infusing your energy field with sunshine and sweetness. This feeling should stay with you the whole day through, attracting positive people and situations.
Love as Sweet as Honey
August 20, 2019 by Deborah Blake

By this time in the summer, the bees are happy little campers, dining off the nectar of all the blooming flowers and producing their gift to us: sweet honey. Honey is actually a fabulous natural product. Not only is it delicious on food, but it can also be used for healing. It’s a little bit like love that way—sweet and healing and wonderful.

Use some honey ( local, if you can find it) to help open yourself to love in all its positive forms. Dip a spoon into the honey and let the sweetness flood your mouth. Then say this spell, visualizing love flying through the universe on its way to you. (Remember that romantic love is only one possibility.)

“Love like honey,
Sweet and sunny,
Fly my way
And come to stay.”
The Black Hound’s Tooth
August 19, 2019 by Estha McNevin

This spell uses animal medicine to bring protective K-9 spirits to you. Procuring your animal bones from a reputable and humane resource is essential. It is always best to stumble upon any bones you use for magic either while hiking or by looking earnestly for an ethical source—unless, of course, you want your karma dogged by the haunted hounds of Hades. Let’s assume not.

Cleanse by washing the bone in sea salt water and then purify it with smudge smoke. Give a blessing of thanks to the spirit of the dog. If you knew the animal or have a kinship with its breed, then offer a prayer to the seed spirit of that species and sing a drumming or keening song to soothe the magic into action. Howling when you are in need or whimpering out for your spiritual pack will help you to feel that this medicine is always with you. Dog magick is about loyalties and devotion. Take the time in your life to commit to those who truly support you, and sink your teeth into the shadow that stalks your sense of peace and repose.


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We are are drawn to the music, the drum beat…the heart beat of the Earth…our Mother. We converge together and wonder…what is this thing? What is this calling? We feel the stirrings. We seek her healing. We honor Her. She calls us.

People draw together to dance to this music and to break bread. Some of these people of like mind make communities or covens, where they can Feast and be together in song and ritual. But there are the others…the natural witches, those that find and use their own natural powers and knowledge. They seek only their own countenance. There is no dogma, no rules, only your own, however, there is training from those that have gone before.

We learn from Our Mother…the Earth, from the weather, from the elements, the animals, the stones, the seasons, the trees and all manner of living and breathing things, as well as inanimate. They have much to tell us, much to share. But we must learn the language of the Earth and her inhabitants, we must resonate with them to understand.

“Natural magic does not require us to renounce our family, religion or path. Neither does natural magick desecrate any traditional holy symbols. Natural magic brings out the natural power in all things. Natural magic is not an end in itself. ”


Tarot Card of the Week
The card drawn for this week is the Four of Pentacles

After the abundance of the King of Pentacles last week, the Four of Pentacles now asks you to examine your relationship with money and control in different aspects of your life.

Remember that money is energy, and it flows and circulates as freely as you allow. If you are experiencing fear and scarcity at the moment, this is a good time to work on any of the limiting beliefs you may have around money.

If you’re feeling a need to control and having difficulty accepting change in your life, the Four of Pentacles invites you to find a healthy balance between security and playing-it-safe, and happiness and growth. Check in with your intuition and find out what will really bring your fulfilment and the security you crave.

Ask the Tarot: “What am I clinging to, and how might I loosen my grip?”

Biddy Tarot <>


Heartwings Love Notes: 895  Time Off

Heartwings says, Summer means time to take a vacation.”

Dear friends and readers, I am recovering well from my operation 3 weeks from Monday the 26th. That said, today so that I can take the week off, I am giving you a poem instead of an essay. Enjoy!

Portrait of Summer

All on the bright hot days of light
my child’s mind winds its happy way
through the hours of endless day
one long and sweet delight.

I can remember how the sun
rose early, setting late and I
played my pretends beneath the sky
making my own small fun.

Childhood summer hours were free,
were a well of time, when I’d draw up
enough to fill my own small cup
to drink each day for me.
Tasha Halpert

Blessings and best regards, with Joy, Tasha


Prayer Stone Stacks
By Madisyn Taylor

Add a stone blessed with a prayer to a mound, and your intentions merge with those who have left stones before you.

Stone has played a role in spirituality from the very moment humanity externalized its sacred vision. Humans gave form to their devotion by scratching images of their deities into rock faces, carving holy statuary, and building stone shrines. The earliest of these were nothing more than simple piles of rocks that honored sacred places, revelations, people, and events. Following in the footsteps of this ancient tradition provides us with a simple and beautiful way to externalize our own spirituality. In your travels, you may have encountered on the sides of roads, trails, or pathways stacks of stones that look like random sculpture. Add a stone blessed with a prayer to such a mound, and your intentions merge with those who have left stones before you, empowering you all.

Associating a prayer with a particular stone alters the substance of both, and the formation of a prayer mound can balance and intensify the energy of a site. The mere act of choosing a stone can inspire mindfulness, as we lose ourselves in the moment seeking a pebble that speaks to our souls. And placing a prayer stone on a towering cairn is a meditation in patience–slowness and stillness allow us to find our stone’s center of gravity so the delicate ceremonial structure before us remains intact. Be cautious, however, when you feel guided to place a prayer rock upon stone mounds you see intermittently alongside well-worn but unmarked hiking paths. Hikers often use small cairns as guide markers to ensure that those who follow in their footsteps will not lose the trail. When in doubt, begin a new prayer pile slightly further away from the path itself and consider adding a relic of some kind to help others understand its purpose.

When you mindfully place a prayer by beginning a stone heap or adding to an existing mound, your thoughts and intentions are left in the care of fate itself. The cairn of which your prayer was one part may be unintentionally knocked down or destroyed by Mother Nature’s own hand. Try not to let this weigh heavily upon your spirit. The potent energy of your prayer was released by this destruction, ensuring that the purpose underlying that prayer will spread outward in the direction of the furthest reaches of the universe.


Virgo Time – Aug 23 – Sept 22
The Crystal Vaults Team

Virgo is represented by the Virgin, although this association should not be taken literally. Rather, Virgos tend to take on some of the qualities of a Virgin, things like modesty and humanity. Some might consider them repressed, although Virgins would argue that it’s a noble quality, as opposed to a negative one. Most of all, Virgos enjoy indulging their practical and logical side and poring over their projects to the nth degree.


The Protective Nature of 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 one’s 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.

Folk Remedies: Obsidian is believed to draw imbalances to the surface and helps to release them. Problems or issues that are hard to face can be brought to light with obsidian. It is said to reveal half-truths.

Feng Shui: Obsidian is used in the area of North for personal journeys and in the Center area for grounding and protection.

History: Obsidian is Igneous rock with inclusion. Solid/translucent black to smoky, this stone takes on many characteristics due to its unique formation. Bubbles of air can get trapped in molten rock, which, when densely packed, can produce effects that look like rainbows. When clusters of small cristobalite or feldspar get trapped in the stone, it creates snowflake effects. Apache tears are the results of wind and water smoothing out the rock. When iron is introduced into the formation, mahogany obsidian is formed. Obsidian has been used by many cultures for jewelry and tools. Obsidian arrowheads are often found, dating back centuries.

Andrew Pacholyk, MS L.Ac

Obsidian Properties

Therapies for healing
mind, body, spirit


DIY Summer Aroma Oil Recipe

5 drops organic fresh ginger essential oil
4 drops organic lavender essential oil
2 drops organic sweet orange essential oil
1 drop organic rosemary essential oil
1 oz. organic jojoba oil


Carefully drop essential oils into a glass bottle with roll top.
Top with jojoba oil to fill.
Attach roller top and lid.
Gently roll or invert bottle to mix.
Apply as a personal perfume or sniff the bottle for a quick pick-me-up!

This DIY aroma oil blend was lovingly crafted by our friend Miriam. Thank you for the inspiration, Miriam!


Giant Cats! What Fun!

Russian artist Andrey Shcherbak loves cats. He has uploaded nearly 150 photos of giant cats photoshopped into ordinary photos, and the results are magical. His giant cat project “came about by chance,” he told The Dodo. “I was looking through a photo album and one picture I had taken in a forest on a corporate retreat caught my eye, and that’s how the idea was born. I liked it, so I took another photo with the intention of placing a cat in it. I decided to create an Instagram account full of pictures of only me and cats because that’s not very different from the reality I live in. I lead a rather isolated way of life.”


A Stress-Free Home
By Madisyn Taylor

Your home will be infused with supportive energy if you take the time to create a stress-free home.

Sometimes our lives are so busy that we treat our homes as if they were impersonal places that we merely pass through. But we can make certain that our homes truly feel like our sanctuaries by taking the time to tend to them like gardens, which need care in order to offer us the beauty of their blooms. When we take the time to treat our homes like beloved treasures, we can shift their energy from being merely places to being wellsprings for the replenishment of our energy.

Consider that homes are the outer reflections of those who live within. If we feel that the current appearance clashes with how we’d like to see ourselves, it can keep us from fully allowing our light to shine. Updating our homes to reflect our inner landscape need not involve massive redecorating or a large outlay of money. Small things can make a big difference, like simply moving items so that we constantly gaze upon the things we love the most, liberating the treasures we’ve hidden in our closets, using our best dishes and making small repairs. Organizing and cleaning is a no-cost way to remove chaos from our homes and introduce more calm. Lovingly rejuvenating our personal space can become a creative project that increases the flow of good throughout all aspects of our lives and increases our feeling of connection. We can give old things new life by donating them to charity, opening space for newness to enter. Removing stress from our homes can be as simple as putting our bills into pretty boxes and choosing a specific time to deal with them, or removing clutter so that we and our energy can move freely throughout our space.

Simplifying our space lets our imagination and energy roam free. We can choose to prioritize our homes, making them the true heart of our family’s activities. Then we are free to focus on what really matters–time to ourselves, to share with loved ones, and to replenish our energy so that we have more to share with each other and with the world.


Blueberry Banana Smoothie Bowls
by Jamie Sherman

Need a new breakfast idea? This Blueberry Banana Smoothie Bowl is easy to whip together and it is a delicious way to start your day!

1 frozen ripe banana, peeled
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 container (5.3 ounce) vanilla Greek yogurt (or about 1/2 cup) – Frozen
1/2 cup milk
1 tbsp. coconut flakes
1/4 cup fresh blueberries
1/2 fresh banana, peeled and sliced
2 slices kiwi
1 tsp. chia seeds
1. In a large blender or food processor, add the banana, blueberries, frozen yogurt, and milk. Cover and blend/process until smooth.
2. Pour the mixture into a serving bowl, and top with toppings.
3. Serve cold, immediately.

To make the smoothie bowl thick, more like soft-serve ice cream consistency and easier to eat with a spoon, be sure to freeze the yogurt, as well.

Feel free to add more toppings to your smoothie bowl! Some great additions: almonds, pecans, dried fruit, or other fresh fruits like strawberries, cherries, or blackberries.


The Time Machine Part 6
by Stephen Halpert

Coming to a stop from a whirl of noise and disruption, Smith and Jones opened their eyes peered around. This was not the Constitutional Mall, or was it? They had expected to be standing on a manicured lawn facing the Washington Monument, the Congressional building and the White House. Instead they were standing in the middle of a cow pasture.
Ahead of them flames were coming from the windows of a fairly large white mansion.
Jones couldn’t believe his eyes. “Where’s the White House?”
“My guess is you’re looking at it,” Smith said dryly. “Or at least the way it appeared then.”
Now confusion reigned. “What are you talking about?” He said angrily. Fifty yards to their right a rag tag militia was firing on a disjointed column of Redcoats in retreat after unsuccessfully trying to capture the white mansion
“Redcoats,” Smith said in amazement. “We’re smack in the in the middle of the War of 1812. The Brits almost succeeded in burning down the White House but didn’t. Case goofed on his coordinates. Instead of 12/18 we’re in 1812.”
People were running toward the mansion. Dark smoke poured from its roof. Someone shouted, “Help Mrs. Madison save the relics of our Union.”
Jones started after them. “We’d best go help.”
“No,” Smith insisted. “It’s not our fight. Don’t get involved. We could set something in motion that would keep us from getting back.”
Jones tugged his arm. “Our job is to protect the Constitution. Shouldn’t matter when. Maybe that’s why we’re here.”
“Forget it,” Smith said. “We’re here due to human error. Case got it wrong. This isn’t our fight. We mustn’t mess with history.”
Jones flexed his shoulders. “Then what are we supposed to do?”
Smith sighed. “Start walking back to the present as we know it.”
“What do you mean walk?” Jones said.
“Back to where we are right now only two hundred years in the future.”
Jones looked at him oddly. “What are you talking about?”
“We’re exactly where we’re supposed to be only two hundred years too soon. If we stay focused on the White House as we know it and generate sufficient energy we’ll eventually make it back same way the police sergeant and Mrs. Case did. Think about it.”
“What do you mean walk?” Jones said. “If what you’re saying is true, which I still doubt, how are we supposed to walk through two hundred plus years of time?”
“One step at a time. See it as a drill, a discipline. We walk in place. We stay focused on the White House as it looked the last time we were there. If we keep the focus we can get back to it.”
“Yeah, who told you that?” Jones said. He began to shiver. It was cold.
“That’s what I understand from what Case had said.” Smith began moving his feet. “Anyway, it will keep us warm. Let’s get going.”
“I really feel a need to do something about this,” Jones said. Reluctantly he began moving his feet.
“Better not,” Smith said. “Try to keep your mind on our present and start walking and generating energy toward it.”
“Isn’t one of our job to keep the White House from being attacked by terrorists.” Jones insisted.
Smith gave him an odd look. “Yes, the White House in 2014. He pointed toward the decrepit white mansion, smoke billowing from its rooftop. Case told us to remained focused on the White House. The way we remember seeing it the last time we were there.”
A woman with wild hair dressed in the finery of that time ran from the mansion carrying a large chest. Others followed her with antique furniture and rugs. Loud cannon sounded in the distance.
“You’re both strong,” she said breathlessly and handed the elaborate oak chest to Jones. “This must be saved.” she said. “It is the silver service of our Republic.”

Meanwhile, a little while later that day, Hiram and Emily walked into the kitchen. Emily was wearing a plain long skirt and blouse and a jacket with pockets; she carried a large purse. Hiram, dressed in plain trousers and a jacket, wore a coat with pockets containing the antique coins.
A panel truck with the words Extermination Services came to a stop across from their home. Hiram felt as though at any moment federal agents would appear and take them into custody.
Emily handed him a satchel.” Here are your notebooks, extra widgets, dials and wires, just in case.”
His eyes lit up. “You mean make another one? I hadn’t thought of that. You’re sure you have no regrets?”
“No dear.” She kissed him. “There’s more to me than the woman who volunteers at the plant sale and makes a casserole for church suppers.”
Hiram took what he knew was his last look around the house. “I hope you won’t mind missing church.”
She smiled. “I’ll go to church next Sunday in Tahiti.”
He nodded. “This town, our home, our church is all we’ve ever known Today our lives will change completely.”
‘I’ve already set the dials for when Robert Louis Stevenson lived in Tahiti. Did you know Gauguin arrived the year after he left to return to England. Maybe I could commission him to do your portrait.”
“I’d like that,” Emily’s eyes brightened
Outside car doors opened and closed.
“It’s time.” Hiram held Emily very close. They kissed and started down the basement stairs. To Be Continued


Chapter Three: Meeting Miss Mazie

Rain slammed viciously against the little room’s windows, as Billy Ray lay flat-out on his back, arms spread above his head on the old bed in the corner. It had been one more long day, and in the end he’d not even needed to worry about going out to that old house to try and sell another few bibles because when he’d finally made it back to his car for a wonder the thing had started right back up as if it had never missed a lick. In fact, he could swear it was running better now than ever before.

Running a hand distractedly through his sweat dampened gray flecked hair, he thought again of the strange woman named Miss Mazie he’d met earlier that evening. He hated like hell to call her strange, maybe a better word for her would be unusual, but either way she was as the middle boy had said, “different.”

Making himself more comfortable he let his mind drift back running through the visit yet again.

“You must be Bubba.” Billy Ray had allowed.

“That’s right.” A woman’s gruff voice confirmed from somewhere in the shadows ahead, “And who might you be?”

Billy Ray had tried to see into the shadowed yard, but somehow, he simply couldn’t see a darn thing but the big dog moving slowly but deliberately closer and closer. Part of him had wanted to turn and run, but he’d been afraid that to do so would’ve enraged the dog and he’d have been on him before he could even make it back onto the road from the yard.

“That’s right.” The voice had agreed. “You wanta stand where you are sir, Bubba don’t fancy a game of chase quite as much as he used to but if you rile him, he’s just liable to get the idea back into his old head.”

“How in all hell had she known what he was thinking.” He wondered, replaying the scene in his mind.

“Name’s Billy Ray Ma’am, and I mean you and your dog here no harm. Just out selling Bibles for the Angel Network.”

A peal of deep throated rich laughter had drifted out of the shadows toward him. “Me and Bubba don’t need any bibles son, bu t you look like you’re about to fall over with heatstroke and Miss Mazie never let anyone fall out in her yard from the heat, so you’d best come on up onto the porch and sit a spell and cool off.”

“What about Bubba here?” Billy Ray had asked. Hating himself for sounding afraid of what was very obviously an old dog.

“Bubba! Stop that! Leave It! Go on back to your nappin’ and Let the man pass son.”

The big dog had given him another hard look, shown his teeth one last time, then lumbered back to his overgrown bush settling himself back down as if nothing whatsoever had disturbed him.

“OK. Come on. It’s hot as blazes there in the sun. Want iced tea or lemonade?”

Once again, Billy Ray had been totally taken aback. “How on earth does this woman know what’s in my mind.”

Coming up onto the porch, letting the screen door squeak shut behind him chimes overhead jingling he’d seen Miss Mazie for the first time, and he’d had to admit she’d not been at all what he’d expected. She’d stood there in the doorway of the old house dressed in a pair of faded denim jeans and white tank top, flipflops on her feet. Her long salt and pepper hair had been gathered back into one long ponytail that went almost to her waste, and her dark brown eyes had looked him over with an intensity which had seemed to momentarily look straight into his very soul. Her darkly tanned skin was as smooth as a baby’s, and she was just a little shy of six-feet tall, and heavyset in a country woman sort of way. She looked like a woman who could give any man a run for his money out in the field or anywhere else she happened to want to work.

“Well,” she demanded, hands on expansive hips, “Lemonade or tea?”

“L…Lemonade sounds wonderful.” He’d stammered, and neither then nor now could he understand why she’d knocked him so far off his game.

“Have a seat in one of the rockers there. Want a little shine in that?” She’d asked, heading through the door into the kitchen a smile flickering round the corners of her mouth.

“Shine? Oh, No thanks. Plane’s fine.”

“You sure?” She called, with a snort of laughter. You seem a bit rattled. Surely old Bubba didn’t scare you that much. If so, bathroom’s just inside here down the hall.”

“Oh, no ma’am. I suppose I’m just warn out from walking. My car broke down a couple miles back as I was finishing my sales route for the day, and I made the mistake of misjudging the heat.”

“Thought you’d just pop on in on Miss Mazie and save her soul with one of them bibles, did you?”

“Huh? I don’t reckon I’m in the business of saving anybody’s soul ma’am, I’m just trying to make enough money to get a little better place to live than the little room I live in above Sissie’s Bakery.”

“Oh goodness. You living up there?” She’d asked as she’d handed him a wonderfully frosty cold glass of lemonade with fresh sprigs of lavender sticking out of the top. “Hot as hell this time of year in that little room I’d bet.” Miss Mazie allowed.

“Yes ma’am.”

“Look, Billy Ray is it?” She asked, settling herself into the rocker opposite his. “You got to quit that calling me ma’am. You’re Makin’ me feel older than Mother Gaia and I aint’ quite that old no matter what them three boys told you.”

He’d nearly dropped his glass of lemonade. “How in all hell?” He thought again.

“You don’t happen to have any handyman know how, do you?” She’d asked.

“Um? Actually yes, Ma’am… um? Miss Mazie, I do. My dad and I used to have a business together, but he had an accident and passed away.

“Oh, I am real sorry to hear that. Well, anyhow, I bought this house as a fixer upper and now can’t seem to find anyone willing to do the fixing up. There’s a decent apartment over top that old garage in back, and if you’re not afraid of the town’s folk and their talk, I’d be happy to give you a place to stay and a little pay in return for your work on the place.”

To say that the offer had taken him by surprise would’ve been a huge understatement, but he’d accepted it without even giving it any thought. In fact, it seemed to him as he thought it all over now, he’d said yes before she’d quite finished speaking.

Turning onto his side, and drifting toward sleep he thought, “Strange indeed. But beats the hell out of selling bibles and living in this oven like room.”

*** Well, that’s the end of the first three chapters. If you’ve read along with me this far I say thank you, and I’d love to know what you think.

Come back next week for more from James Landing and all who live within.


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Weekly Horoscopes Beginning Sunday, 25 August 2019

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 houses within those signs.

Outlines are longer versions; consists of every possible detail 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. Even if you know or don`t know your Decan; I recommend, please read all three Decan.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Understandably, you`re unenthusiastic about having to tidy up certain increasingly tricky situations or equally disorderly elements of the world around you.. However, the chaos you`re facing is slowing your pace, which alone is good reason for tackling these. Besides, what you learn in the process won`t just be timely, revelations could lead to changes in existing arrangements and future plans, all while they`re easily made.

If anything in the romantic or social side of your life is set to happen, it will do so soon. If you`re thinking of going public with an idea, it will be important to get the timing right. You will intuitively know when to make your move. In the meantime, continue to offer support from behind the scenes. You`re in the mood to do something impulsive and may even surprise your partner by booking a romantic holiday or enchanted cruise.

For whatever reason, you could be so driven this week. In fact, by the time that Mercury joins the Sun, Venus and your ruling planet, Mars in Virgo on Thursday, you could be at your most efficient, propelled and yes moving forward with confidence. The potential for moving up the career ladder is great. Yes, you`re right that this probably means confronting issues where you`ve felt powerless. Now, with this new spring in your step and showing levels of understanding about detail that few would ever have associated with you, you could move into an altogether much faster lane. With Mars` position spotlighted at the beginning of September 2, it could also be that you are invited to take prominent position on a team.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

It may be recent events or your increasingly acute instincts are already telling you to expect seismic changes in elements of your life, world, work or, possibly, passions. Worrying as this may sound, these are much-needed breakthroughs. They`re taking place together because they`re related. Tempting as it is to delay if not battle them, explore everything. The more you learn, the more swiftly you`ll spot their promise.

Your mind is overflowing with exciting ideas. Share these with your friends and they will be keen to support you. It will take time before you see results of projects begun now. Laying the groundwork and creating solid foundations will save you a lot of effort in time to come. A happy phone call, e-mail or text message will make your heart skip a beat. A raise or a promotion will make you feel like you`re walking on air.

You could astound others with creative suggestions. Whereas they are used to you operating in practical and efficient mode, they may never have imagined that you could think quite so far out of the box. Recall though that Uranus is now passing through your sign and that you`re likely ready to do things differently. True, much depends on your actual birthday. If, however, you have an April birth, it`s very likely that you will be positioning yourself to take a lead. You might also feel that you`re putting down foundations. Your creativity Should show in all manners of ways. A strong possibility too is that a love interest is set to grow. Yet beyond that, you may find that your input to a research and development team is viewed as invaluable. What may be important before meetings next week, is to do some clear risk assessment. In this, you`ll likely find the advice given by a Capricorn or someone older with at least 30 years` experience to be more than a little useful.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

You begin the week aware you`ll soon be making life-changing, and exciting, decisions. Yet you`re also short of facts, so are focusing on discussion, reviewing existing plans and considering new options. Still, be equally open to ideas, offers or events that come from out of the blue, especially after the New Moon, on Friday the 30th. Until then? Focus on what, and possibly who, could go..

A risk needs to be taken but something is making you hold back. Are you dwelling on past disappointments or a fear of failure? You might wonder if you have it within you to succeed. You will never know unless you try.. Jobs about the house that you volunteer to help with might seem like a bigger challenge than expected. Use your head and pace yourself sensibly and you will achieve what you set out to do.

It would be understandable if you felt that the ground had shifted beneath you. There is also likely to be considerable demand on your time. By next weekend the Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars align at the very base of your solar chart. Not only could this coincide with the need to pay greater attention to asset management but you may find that others question whether or not you`ve mastered detail. Your long-term vision and plans will come under scrutiny. It would be wise to be especially careful with words as you could say something you later regret. Amidst all this, an evaluation exercise looks as though it will take place. The very process of negotiation may be appealing. Yet there may be times when it feels as though you`ve walked into a war zone. It`s likely imperative that you have the essential expertise (a mini army!) behind you.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Since early July, you`ve dealt with a range of events as unexpected as they`ve been both exciting and unsettling. Finally, you`re both reviewing existing plans and rethinking those for the future. Tempting as it is to organise things once, then move on, you`re urged to take it slowly, exploring the range of options coming your way, some as thrilling as they are surprising, between now and early September.

Romantic prospects take on a progressive and optimistic glow. A long-held wish could soon come true. Are you single? New activities will introduce you to new faces both at work and in your social life. Out of these, you will make some good friends. Creative projects help you express some deep emotions. Your dreams too, are a source of artistic inspiration. It will be fun to recycle an item that can be updated in a clever way.

By the New Moon on Friday when the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus group together, you likely won`t be alone in feeling the need to put forward a plan and schedule. This though will likely take time and it may not be possible as yet, to obtain all the necessary estimates. There is every likelihood that others will be away from their desk but promising to come back to you next week. You may need to make clear that there will be a penalty if they fail to do so. Re-engaging with those you haven`t seen for some time and with whom you share a common interest could result in excellent teamwork. There is also the strong possibility that this will involve someone whose birthday is around this time.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

The combination of the exciting ideas and offers and the swift pace during August`s first two weeks led to fast action. While you accomplished a lot, details had to wait. Not only is it time to deal with these, you`re lacking facts yet must move swiftly. True, matters of this nature don`t exactly thrill you, tackling them all swiftly, then getting them done all at once will.

Some people are shy about putting their ideas forward. Taking the initiative will earn you big points with your boss. Don`t be surprised if you are offered a promotion or high-profile job. Discussing your hopes and dreams with someone you love could lead to some exciting changes. Don`t fight the transition that is happening now as you will look back and know that this was meant to be.

By Friday`s New Moon there is a large grouping of planets in an area of your solar chart associated with values and finance. It might feel imperative to `balance the books`. You might also be aware that you`re stretching limits to the full. Leos generally can go from mega sunny disposition to the blackest of moods. Yet it may be that positive news is on the way. You could be alerted to a potential discount or revaluation. Though this might not yet be confirmed, the fact that there is greater manoeuvrability that you suppose, should be exciting. True, it could take until the Full Moon mid-September. For now, it might help to remind yourself often of the times when you`ve taken a stance that you`re proud of. Whether or not this is in the financial sense, it may be important to build confidence ready for meetings next week.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Even those Virgos who regard themselves as disorganised, and there are many, are still well aware which elements of your life work and where changes are necessary. There`s no better time than now, the run up to the Virgo New Moon, on the 30th, to conduct a review. Decisions? Ideally, they`ll wait until early September, when both those changes and your options will be clearer.

It`s a good time for new beginnings linked with your home and family. Whether you are thinking about moving to a new place, renovating your home or planning to start a family, you are ready to turn ideas into reality. A nasty piece of gossip is circulating at work. Angry people are capable of spreading spiteful rumours. Keep anyone who is known to be a gossip at arm`s length and keep your thoughts to yourself.

By Friday`s Virgo New Moon, Mercury, Venus and Mars will also be in your sign – in turn making superb aspect to Uranus. All this promises excitement. Those involved in the fields of publishing, trading, further education or long-distance travel could all be boosted by news received this week. This should lay the foundation for extraordinary meetings scheduled for early September. Bearing in mind that we are at the end of August and that many people might still be on holiday, you could use any free time to prepare a business plan. Your risk-assessing abilities should be working well. You may also be invited to join a team working on a cutting-edge project where much is unknown but where is there is clearly considerable potential; but yes, this might require mastering new technologies.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

You could explore, then discuss, the amazing ideas or offers coming your way for ages; but the swift pace leaves you little time for such luxuries. For now, focus on the practical side of both recent changes and new ideas or offers, then make plans, even if they`re tentative. While you`ll review many of them in early September, others will work well as they are.

You might surprise your friends and family with your enthusiasm to try something new. You will be pouring energy and resources into everything you do and that`s because you are choosing to focus on projects that are meaningful to you. Your flexible and fun-loving nature makes you the most popular person in town. If you`re single and looking for love, head out for a night out clubbing, partying or dining.

Your scales could be well and truly tipped. Fact is that by Friday`s Virgo New Moon, many planets will be grouped in that sign. This is one of the Earth and Mutable signs of the Zodiac. Dealing with practicalities will no doubt be urgent. You may also find that you become indebted to those either born under Virgo or who have considerable organisational skills. Of course, it`s entirely possible that when you were born there were planets in that sign. If that`s the case, then your ability to think on your feet and deal with complex situations will no doubt be enhanced. It might be as well however to be prepared for considerable excitement between Monday and Thursday. This may well be connected to working colleagues who throw the equivalent of hand grenades your way. Crisis management is likely the order of the day. Yet in some ways, you`ve been dealing with variations on this since 2008. Perhaps though you know how to rebalance your scales quickly. Even so, it would be as well to give your nervous system attention and ensure that wherever possible, you get adequate rest.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Obviously, those who`re happily getting involved in inspiring offers or ideas, but who lack solid facts are a source of concern. Yet, this is what you`re facing, too. Actually, the current swift pace leaves little choice. The trick? Explore absolutely everything, sidestepping commitments. This will require tact combined with quick thinking, which won`t just be wise, others will thank you for it as well.

Give some thought to new financial arrangements. A partner will have some useful suggestions. They aren`t expecting an instant response and they will understand if you ask to look around for better deals. Someone is grateful for a kindness you performed on their behalf. Being polite and gracious will attract good fortune, especially financial. A senior colleague could recommend you for a raise or promotion. A job offer will make you smile.

Unexpected developments could be exciting – especially pre-the New Moon on Friday. Reconnecting with those you haven`t seen for some time will likely put a spring in your step. Being in new places, and being introduced to fresh ideas will surely boost your spirits. Recall that Uranus is travelling through your opposite sign. You will no doubt be making connections that a couple of years ago would have seemed impossible. By Friday you could be moving into a new network altogether. In fact, those who`ve been considering a change of career, might find this the optimum time to investigate possibilities. Of course, practicalities will surely need to be taken into consideration. It`s probable though that you already know those able to assist you through what seems to be a minefield of information-gathering and form filling.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Ordinarily, you`re the first to spot and explore new ideas. Yet while you swiftly dismissed several, others are enthusiastic, and getting involved. The issue isn`t the actual arrangements. It`s that you`d be giving up control, and in matters of considerable importance to you. The trick is to get involved but sidestep promises or commitments, at least for now. Once you learn more, you`ll know what`s best.

A journey could be the natural consequences of a newly begun hobby. You might suggest taking your partner or a special friend along for the ride. Don`t let small inconveniences keep you from exploring new places. Romance holds some exciting possibilities. This could include a love at first sight encounter but play a waiting game. Will you still feel the same this time next month? Curb your restless energy. An impulsive person like you needs to protect your heart.

There is a Virgo New Moon every year. Rarely though does that coincide with Mercury, Venus and Mars all transiting that same sign. That this occurs at the top of your solar chart – the career area – as Jupiter moves through your sign, suggests you might be propelled into a new arena. Of course, it`s possible you will be visiting new places and mixing with those with very different interest to your own. Leaving room to explore some of the options that arrive post those meetings would be a good idea. Before Friday however health management seems key. In fact, you could look at the New Moon as marking the start of a marathon and that prior to that it`s necessary to put yourself in good shape. A further, and strong possibility is being required to give advice to someone who is setting out on a new career path and is interested in knowing how you negotiated hurdles in the past. They may of course, be faced with a mountain of paperwork that you didn`t have to deal with in your day. Even so, your words of wisdom as to what really matters could make all the difference to their decision-making.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Since early July, you`ve been dealing with twists and turns as unexpected as, usually, they`ve been exciting. While some plans fell into place swiftly, others have changed, several more than once. Obviously, this has been exhausting; but what you`ve learnt in the process has been hugely valuable and will be this week, with even more unsettling, often unexpected yet exciting, encounters and discoveries coming your way.

Nothing is harder than trying to get the job done when you are exhausted. If nothing is going right for you, shrug your shoulders and admit that you need a break. You might also start looking for a job that gives you more time to spend with your family and friends. Being in strange places makes you uncomfortable. Although you aren`t at ease when surrounded by strangers, try to return a glare with a smile.

It would be wholly understandable if thirst for knowledge was increasing. If you`re on holiday, discovering new places and experiencing excitement as you do so would be understandable. Yet it is as likely that in the workplace, you will be near mesmerised and excited about a project that involves those from another country where rules and regulations are very different. Friday`s Virgo New Moon is unusual in that it marks the beginning of a two-week period when the Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars are together moving through that same sign. This puts extra ordinary attention on an area of your solar chart that`s all about further learning and breaking boundaries. The accent is on the need to be efficient and to get things right. You may be asked to mentor someone. Alternatively, you might need to get to grips with a complicated technical system. How you satisfy the urge to learn more and indeed get involved in a long-term travelling project will obviously depend very much on your personal chart. It`s probable though, that early September will see you involved in a marked change of direction at work.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Powerful and promising as the ideas, events and encounters indicated by alliances between most of the heavenly bodies and your ruler Uranus may be, resulting changes are exhausting. While, ordinarily, you`d analyse one situation before moving onto the next, you`ve time for a quick review, and must then move on. Still, once you get used to the pace, you`ll love it and what`s coming your way.

Changes occurring now will take some getting used to but you know in your heart they will be for the best. If some things aren`t moving as quickly as you`d like, one way to make progress is to ask for help from your friends. One task in particular was never meant to be a solo project so it makes sense to ask for support. You`ve got a talent for transforming old objects into something quite stunning. It`s a good week for making money out of old rope.

Have you any idea what a gift you have for shaking things up? Before Friday`s important Virgo New Moon, both Venus and Mars make excellent aspect of one of your ruling planets, Uranus: now crossing the base of your solar chart. So yes, you are likely at your most futuristic and might not be able to resist making suggestions; and yes, this could turn much thinking on its head. At one level this may be all about your environment and property. Even changing decor might make all the difference to how you feel. Perhaps you have that inner knowing, that the next few months are going to be critical; and yes, it all does start on Friday. It`s then that the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars all grouped together in Virgo. This puts accent on long-term financial commitments, legacies and inheritance. Getting a handle on details will require considerable energy. It might also be that you need to find an ally – presumably someone born under one of the Earth signs of Taurus, Virgo or Capricorn to help ensure that one of your ideas is realised.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

As much as you`d like to listen to, and support, others through the exciting changes currently reshaping their lives, you can do only so much. What`s more, the decisions they`re making are forcing you to rethink, if not alter, certain of your own arrangements. For now, discuss what`s arisen and, consider options for the future. You`ll be making changes, but probably not before mid-September`s Pisces Full Moon.

You`re trying to stay on the right side of your boss which isn`t easy. A colleague likes to waste time on meetings that go nowhere. Even if you`re crying from boredom on the inside, people will be impressed if you look as if you`re interested. An extra dose of romance will make the week special. If you`re single, an old flame will come back into your life and you`ll both agree to give this relationship another chance.

Coming from one of the Water signs of the Zodiac you can appear supersensitive: sensing undercurrents long before other people. With the bubble of excitement going on at the start of the week many will likely be blissfully unaware of what`s around the corner. Friday`s Virgo New Moon is unusual in that that same day Mercury, Venus and Mars will also be grouped in this, your opposite sign. It is then that the cosmic weather is set to change. Over the next fortnight everyone will need to pay greater attention to detail and arguably to health matters. Yes, it`s true that Pisces has a reputation for being dreamy and losing things. You do though have an uncanny ability to find them just at the moment they are needed. This week, aware of the potential hot water that others are dropping themselves into, it might be as well to be even more observant than usual so that you`re in a position to offer the kind of assistance you enjoy giving next week when potential chaos could ensue.

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