Read GrannyMoon’s Weekly Feast Newsletter! Thanks! 5-12 Jan 2020


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. ~GrannyMoon

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.

Dates of this calendar were devised by Robert Graves, 1895 – 1985

Goddess Month of Hestia begins 12/26 – 1/22
Beth (Birch) December 24 to January 20
December 23 is not ruled by any tree for it is the traditional day of the proverbial “Year and a Day” in the earliest courts of law.


January 2020 Is A Power Month And Sets The Stage For What’s To Come, Not Just For The Year Ahead But The Decade Ahead Too.

What a wonderful way to welcome in the New Year with the powerful Wolf Full Moon.

2020 has 13 Full Moons and not one is blue!

2020 will be a year of intense spiritual awakening and transition.

A time for the witch to claim her power by returning to the sacred crossroads of Hecate.

We’re entering a period when the true power of the Goddess and her Witches will be revealed.  It is certain to be a wild ride, but it is one that we are ready for. Excerpted from 2020 Is The Year Of The Witch by Cyndi Brannen


What’s Happening This Week!?!
Celebration of Life Week: January 1-7
Diet Resolution Week: January 1-7
New Years’ Resolution Week: January 1-8
Silent Record Week: January 1-7
January 5-6: Feast of the Epiphany
January 5-6: Twelfth Night
January 10: Full Moon–Wolf/Cold Moon at 2:23 pm.
This is a good month to work on developing the inner self, connecting with the deities of our paths, and focusing on self-discovery and awareness. There will be an eclipse visible in Asia, Australia, Europe, and Africa. ~Patti Wigington


Current Moon Phase: Waxing Moon

Time: From New Moon To Full (Approx. 14 Days)
Goddess Aspect: Maiden
Associated Goddesses: Artemis, Branwen, Eriu, Nymph, Epona
Magickal Attributes: Invoking Beginnings, New Projects, Ideas, Inspiration, Energy, Vitality, Freedom. Workings On This Day Are For “Constructive” Magick (Love, Wealth, Success, Courage, Friendship, Luck Or Health.)

Perform magic on waxing moons to attract a new quality or behavior, to increase the light within, to attain personal and spiritual growth and greater awareness. The quarter moon suggests a period of overcoming obstacles and continuing on the path to growth.


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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
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 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, Myrrh
Perfumes: Hyacinth, Pansy
Color of The Day: Black
Colors for Tomorrow: Orange, Gold and Yellow
Lucky Sign: Saturday Is The Lucky Day For Capricorn And Aquarius
Candle: Black
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


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.

Biddy Tarot Card of the Week

The card drawn for this week is the The Hierophant

The Hierophant’s arrival suggests you are following convention and staying within the bounds of a ‘tried and tested’ model. You are not yet willing to go out on a limb or offer any new and innovative ideas. Instead, you adhere to the key principles and rules that you know will lead to a successful result.

This is a good time to explore the framework of your belief system. If you have been lacking ritual and tradition, create a regular practice such as daily prayer or saying grace before a meal. Consider exploring your spiritual or religious heritage.

Ask the Tarot: To what belief systems and principles do you subscribe?


Llewellyn’s Spell a Day

Choosing Seeds Spell
January 05, 2020 by Thuri Calafia

With the new calendar barely opened, now is a great time to start thinking about the coming spring and what we wish to plant for harvest later this year, both in our gardens and in our lives.

Take some time and think about all the things you’d like to accomplish this year. Dream big! Then, on small, brightly colored pieces of paper that correlate with each goal (for example, you might associate green with money), write some keywords for each goal. Then fold the papers up tightly, creating tiny “seeds.” Place these spiritual seeds in a bowl and mix them up while chanting:

My gods, there are so many things to
do, help me see which ones to pursue!

When the power peaks, scatter the seeds around you in a circle, deosil (clockwise). Pick up only those that your intuition tells you to, and save the rest for another time. Be blessed.

A Spell for the Mighty Dead
January 04, 2020 by Ari Mankey

January 4 is the birthday of Doreen Valiente, the mother of Modern Witchcraft and one of Witchcraft’s Mighty Dead. This spell serves as an invitation to the Mighty Dead to be a part of your rituals and to assist you in your magickal workings.

Carve the name of the individual you are honoring on a candle, or simply place a picture of that person under the candle before lighting it. Once the candle is set up in a holder on your altar, read something written by the soul you are honoring that has inspired you over the years. Light your candle and say:

May this light guide you
to my sacred space,
And let my invitation be
one that you embrace!
Join me in my rights with
magick and mystery,
Knowing that forever
welcome you will be!

Let the candle burn out, then thank the Mighty Dead for visiting.
Winds of Change
January 03, 2020 by Melissa Tipton

The fresh-slate feeling of the new calendar year inspires change, and by calling on the clarifying power of elemental air and the ever-shifting energy of the wind, you can move through these changes with more awareness and momentum.

If possible, perform this spell outdoors where you can feel the air moving. Bring to mind the desired outcome of the change you wish to make, and focus on what you think and feel as you imagine already experiencing this outcome.

By power of air, my path is free,
My mind awash with clarity.
Wind at my back, I walk with ease,
And each next step is clear to see.

The energy of air can shift your mental landscape when things feel stuck and introduce clarity when confusion sets in, so feel free to use this incantation any time you need a little boost as you move toward your goal.
A Theme for the Year
January 02, 2020 by Laura Tempest Zakroff

This is a wonderful time to choose a theme that you would like the new year to be rooted in and inspired by. This word becomes a lens to focus your actions and thoughts through as the year progresses. Some examples include tradition, innovation, growth, and compassion.

Contemplate what energetic quality you would like to bring into your life, and choose a word that embodies it. If you’re unsure of what word to use, pull a rune or card, then meditate on its relevance to your life.

Once you have made a decision, write this word on a small piece of parchment and place it on your altar or someplace else where you will encounter it daily. You can also choose a symbol or make a sigil to represent the word.

Lastly, if you keep a journal or Book of Shadows, be sure to keep a list of each year and its related word for future reference.

Glamour Oil
January 01, 2020 by Kate Freuler

Start off the new year by making a good impression. Creating a “glamour” in magic is to imbue yourself with a specific illusion or alter the impression you make on others. This oil is meant to draw out your most admirable, kind, and loving traits so others will feel them. After all, your vibe attracts your tribe, as the saying goes.

Gather these ingredients:
* 3 drops lavender oil
* 2 drops patchouli oil
* 1 drop sandalwood oil
* 1 ounce carrier oil ( jojoba, olive, or almond)
* A small jar
* A small rose quartz stone

Mix the oils together in the jar, and leave the rose quartz sitting in the bottom. Let the mixture rest under the waxing moon for three nights to empower it. Add the oil to your everyday body wash so it gets all over you when you shower, cloaking you in a layer of charisma.
New Year Lemon Charm
December 31, 2019 by Storm Faerywolf

Inspired by Leland’s Aradia, this spell can be used to bless the home for the coming year. It is appropriate to make this charm to give as a gift, for to receive one in such a manner is said to bring the added blessing of a prosperous and joyful life.

You will need:
• 3 lengths of ribbon: green, purple, and red
• Several pins with colored heads (except for black)
• A lemon

Braid the ribbons together, saying:
Health and power,
Love, sex, and creativity.

Repeat the chant until you have finished your braid. Now stick the pins into the lemon until it is entirely covered with an array of colored pins.

Attach the braid to the lemon so that it may be hung in the home. When it is hung ( preferably at midnight), say:

As midnight strikes its final chime,
The power of this spell unfolds.
Abundant blessings, all sublime,
Upon this house are now bestowed.
Fire and Water Fortunetelling
December 30, 2019 by Kate Freuler

For this divination you will need a purple votive candle and a bowl of cold water (melted snow or rain if possible).

Light the candle, and as it burns, think about a question or issue for which you would like an answer. If you don’t have a specific query, you can ask, What influences are entering my life now?

Once the top of the votive candle has accumulated a substantial puddle of wax without spilling over, carefully dump the wax into the water all at once. When it cools, take the wax out of the water and flip it over. It will have solidified into interesting shapes as it hit the cold water.

What do the wax lumps and bumps look like? You may see animals, objects, or faces. How do you decide what they mean? The first feeling or association that pops into your head is usually the answer. Write down your impressions so you can revisit them later.


Full Wolf Moon January 10, 2020 in Cancer and Lunar Eclipse

January 2020 is a power month and sets the stage for what’s to come, not just for the year ahead but the decade ahead too. What a wonderful way to welcome in the New Year with the powerful Wolf Full Moon. This is definitely one of my favorite Full Moons because I feel like letting go of the energy I’ve held inside and howl –the howl of freedom and release.

The power of the Wolf Full Moon serves as a guide for you to trust your instincts and pay attention to what they’re trying to tell you. The wolf symbolizes intelligence, loyalty, freedom, and social connections, and demonstrating them in a more balanced manner. So work with the wolf as your spirit animal for the next 28 days. Wolf is the Grand Teacher. Wolf is the sage, who after many winters upon the sacred path and seeking the ways of wisdom, returns to share new knowledge with the tribe – Us.

This month is all about spiritual awakening and this is coming into power with a potent Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on January 10th in the sign of Cancer.

You may have noticed that Cancer missed out on a Full Moon in 2019, which means that this Eclipse is not going to go by unnoticed! This Full Moon energy will be strong and powerful with waves of emotionally charged energy. This will help us to be inspired, release what is not needed, shed, and let go.

Eclipses are important points in the year as they are believed to bring events aligned with our soul path or soul destiny.

Lunar Eclipse January 10, 2019

On a Lunar Eclipse, the Universe opens a portal of energy that allows it to bless us and help us release something that we weren’t quite ready to let go of in order to keep us moving forward and accelerating higher.

While Eclipses advance our soul journey, our human selves are often left to play catch up which is why they can sometimes be a jarring experience.

Each one of us will experience the Cancer Lunar Eclipse energies differently, but this will be a heightened time where we will all feel called to release and let go of something. This is a wonderful time to howl at the Moon! You don’t have to be outside to do this. You can howl right inside of your home!

Like a regular full moon only stronger, a lunar eclipse focuses your attention on relationships, your home and your family. A total lunar eclipse has an even strong influence on your private life. Sun opposite Moon qualities of emotions and instincts reach their peak at a lunar eclipse. This allows you to take an objective and balanced look at your close relationships. Because you will be in touch with your own needs and intentions, you will clearly see any relationship imbalances causing disharmony.

This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Wolf Moon because this was the time of year when hungry wolf packs howled outside their camps. This moon has also been known as the Old Moon and the Moon After Yule. The wolves are out in this bright light this time of year, anxious and hot on a trail for a feast to shake their hunger in the lean winter months. The normally elusive wolves were once found all over Europe and the United States. Now in today’s modern world many countries do not have wolves. The Native Americans living close to the land held them in high esteem, along with other animals they encountered.

Being as this is the beginning of the year it is time to set your intentions for this year by the light of the moon. For many people the Wolf Moon holds deep meaning and this is a good time to let your inner wolf howl!

Please Note You Do Not Need To See The Full Moon To Make Your Requests And Intentions To The Divine.

Often people write me and say I wasn’t able to see the full moon. It does not matter – the moon is always there whether we see it or not. During the daylight we do not see the moon yet it still exists.

On the night of the full moon ask the Wolf Spirit, Angels and Guides for a dream message on how to more fully step into your power before you go to sleep. Upon waking, write down what you remember of your dream, even if it is just one word. Meditate on it.

Plan a spiritual ritual to protect your home and loved ones. Light a white candle and say out loud the following prayer. “I now ask to be surrounded by God’s Divine White Light, with my Guides, Angels and Ascended Masters, I ask the Archangels and Angels to continue to protect my loved ones and me. Surround me fully and completely with Your Divine White Light.”

Elements to Work with this Full Wolf Moon

Gemstones: Hematite
Trees: Birch, Hazel
Herbs: Thistle, nuts and seeds, marjoram
Element: Air
Scents: Pine, juniper, ginger, and musk.
Colors: White and violet.

Full Moon phases herald a proper time for endings and closure. Full moon’s also signal an appropriate time to shine a light on or display works and deeds that were previously veiled during the new moon phase.

Significance of this moon is not just about emotions but it is about closeness. January tends to bring families close together with indoor activities. Some say it is a good time to work on relationships, partnerships and matters of the heart. Or, it is a good time to work on new ventures or projects that require some study time. This full moon will emphasize how fluent we are to the emotions that are attached to our communication, how much we share, and how much we relate to others.

January’s moon can be bold and bright or covered in silky clouds. Like the wolf it can appear to be cunning. A symbolic lesson could be that progress is sometimes subtle and happens behind the scenes. Because wolves are also incredibly resourceful they can also symbolize our own hidden potential. So do not be afraid to let your inner self howl at the moon!

The Full Moon is the time of greatest power and the perfect night for a Spiritual Reading as it’s a night where energy is in abundance.

Wolf Moon Special Bonus! You Will Receive A FREE Recording Of Our Session Together So That You Can Go Over What Messages You Received During Our Session.

This Moon is a great time to take a snapshot of your life and see where you are and where you need to be going on your personal path.

Full Moon Blessings,
Cherokee Billie


La Befana

In Italian folklore, Befana (pronounced [be’fa’na]) is an old woman who delivers gifts to children throughout Italy on Epiphany Eve (the night of January 5) in a similar way to St Nicholas or Santa Claus.

A popular belief is that her name derives from the Feast of Epiphany (Italian: Festa dell’Epifania. Epifania is a Latin word with Greek origins meaning “manifestation (of the divinity).” Some suggest that Befana is descended from the Sabine/Roman goddess named Strenia.

In popular folklore, Befana visits all the children of Italy on the eve of the Feast of the Epiphany to fill their socks with candy and presents if they are good, or a lump of coal or dark candy if they are bad. In many poorer parts of Italy and in particular rural Sicily, a stick in a stocking was placed instead of coal. Being a good housekeeper, many say she will sweep the floor before she leaves. To some the sweeping meant the sweeping away of the problems of the year. The child’s family typically leaves a small glass of wine and a plate with a few morsels of food, often regional or local, for the Befana.

She is usually portrayed as a hag riding a broomstick through the air wearing a black shawl and is covered in soot because she enters the children’s houses through the chimney. She is often smiling and carries a bag or hamper filled with candy, gifts, or both.


Heartwings Love Notes 912 A New Year, A New Leaf

Heartwings says, “Can we branch out or will we die back? Now is the time!”

It is truly said that that which does not grow begins to decay. Scientific research has confirmed that when we learn something new, we grow new pathways in the brain. I bought a harp to learn to play in order to aid that process. It has been fun and though I didn’t get very far in the lessons because they got too complicated, I still enjoy playing it sometimes. This has also fulfilled a childhood dream to play the harp. It is a small, lap or Celtic harp, and it makes a pretty sound. I find it soothing to pluck the strings.

While it is good to learn new things at any age, however as we get older it becomes even more important. It is also a good idea to keep moving. Some form of exercise is vital to keeping the body flexible and strong. I remember watching a video of George Burns. I believe he was in his eighties when he made it. In it he detailed all the things he did to keep fit, and they must have served him well because he passed on just a short time after he reached his goal of a hundred.

We must pay attention to the messages our bodies give us. While medicine is important, so is avoiding the need for it by observing simple rules for good health.
A good diet is a vital part of a healthy lifestyle. As we get older our digestion may not work as well. There are foods we used to eat with impunity that give us heartburn or at the least, gas. While there are lots of remedies on the drugstore shelves, it is better to avoid eating poorly, because the message your body is giving to you is “don’t eat this, it’s not good for you.”

The same is true for eating the same quantity of food as you used to. I have found I am able to maintain a healthy weight by only eating two main meals a day and a couple of snacks. When I eat big meals-especially when eating out, I become uncomfortable and wish I hadn’t. My goal is to age in a healthy manner, and no matter how long I live, I hope to be able to able to do this. My body is a precious vehicle, the only one I have. I need to treat it well and take good care of it so it will continue to carry me through life in a healthy way. This new year presents a potential for new growth, and I look forward to it. Like the Maple tree I am so fond of, this year I hope to continue to put out new leaves and maybe even branch out.

May your new year bring you happiness and good health.

Blessing and best regards, Tasha Halpert <>

P.S. Do have any health tips to share? I am always so happy to hear what you have to tell me. Your emails make my day. Thanks for your input, I treasure it.


Awakening Your Crystals
by Sharon L. McAllister.

In this vibrantly illustrated crystal guide, Sharon McAllister offers an introduction to programming crystals and gemstones to harness their full potential. She details how to cleanse your crystals before programming and provides programming recipes for personal healing as well as therapeutic use. Focuses on 8 crystals in depth, with programming guidance on 60 additional crystals.

With its compact size, full-color photos, and focus on healing, “Awakening Your Crystals” by Sharon L. McAllister is a great “go to” crystal book for beginners and longtime crystal lovers alike!

A full-color guide to programming crystals and harnessing their full potential

• Explains how to program crystals and gemstones with specific healing intentions as well as how to cleanse and charge your crystals and prepare your own energy field

• Provides detailed instructions for working with 8 key crystals, as well as healing and programming guidance for more than 60 well-known and important crystals

• Includes vibrant photographs to convey each crystal’s individual powers

In this vibrantly illustrated crystal guide, experienced holistic therapist and crystal-healing teacher Sharon McAllister offers an introduction to programming crystals and gemstones to harness their full potential. She explains how crystal programming combines the powerful instrument of intention setting with the healing energies of stones. She details how to cleanse and charge your crystals and prepare your own energy field before programming and provides a collection of intention-setting statements and programming recipes for personal healing as well as therapeutic use.

Unveiling the light that each crystal radiates vibrationally and spiritually, Sharon reveals how each crystal is a living being that can be awakened to emanate its purest and strongest energy in alignment with specific healing purposes. She explains the dormant state of stones when they are still inside the earth, their activated state when extracted by humans, and their ignited state, when they are called into direct service with a programmed focus, which leads them to unfold their full healing potential.

Focusing on 8 key crystals, including rose quartz, amethyst, and citrine, Sharon shows how these 8 stones can combine to form a powerful toolkit with a wide range of healing applications. She provides an in-depth chapter on each of the 8 key crystals, offering deep insight into their energies and healing properties. She also covers more than 60 additional crystals along with guidance on their healing uses and programming potential.

Taking your crystal healing experience to a higher level, this guide shows how each crystal has its own life plan just like human beings and when a crystal enters your life it is never by coincidence.


Finding Nature in Your Neighborhood
By Madisyn Taylor

Nature is all around us and there is a plethora in every neighborhood, one only needs to become still and watch.

Because both cities and tightly packed suburbs offer wildlife bountiful nooks and crannies in which to hide, it can be difficult to spot the animals that live in our midst. Many thrive among paved streets, sidewalks, buildings, parking lots, and high-rises. There are animals in abundance burrowing in the soil of center medians and tiny backyard gardens, making nests in the trees that line broad and busy avenues, and buzzing round the flowers that beautify our parks. To find these creatures, we only need to stop, look, and listen. Nature’s drama is continually playing out on the window ledges where weary birds stop to roost, in the shadowy places where cautious nocturnal mammals wait for night’s mantel to fall, and the fountains where playful waterfowl splash and frolic. In observing the animals that share our habitat, we become a part of their beautiful, complex, and exciting world.

Season by season, cities offer diverse ecosystems for you to explore. If your search for urban and suburban wildlife is challenging, try to look at your community with an animal’s eyes. Where there are shrubs and flowers, insects such as butterflies, ladybugs, beetles, and spiders can usually be found. The insects, in turn, attract the birds who feast upon them. Even the smallest green spaces are hosts to squirrels, rabbits, chipmunks, and moles. Decorative awnings offer falcons a place to raise their young. At night, a different community of animals wakens to the world. Raccoons, skunks, and possums emerge to examine our human leftovers for edibles. Even pets feel the call of the wild–it’s not uncommon for well-fed cats in colorful collars to stalk the streets in search of prey. Signs of habitation, like nests or hives, and audible evidence, like chirps, will help you find them.

Recognizing that you share your city with a wide range of animals can make you feel like a part of the grand circle of life and help you appreciate the importance of a healthy urban environment. You can admire the hardiness and adaptability of the urban animal while developing a sense of stewardship that inspires you to become their champion. The shrill calls of birds, the hum of bees, and the sweet squeaks of city-dwelling mammals can be a symphony that help you develop a deeper connection with the nature world.



Cats have been associated with the supernatural
since ancient times. Cats are associated with either good
or bad luck, healing or harm. In folklore, the cat is one
of the favored animal companions of witches, sorcerers
(see sorcery) and fortune-tellers. Superstitions about
cats abound.

The cat was sacred to the ancient Egyptians, who associated
it with the Moon and Bast, the goddess of marriage.
It also was associated with the Mother Goddess,
Isis. In Egyptian art, the sun god, Ra, was personified as
a cat slaying the Serpent of Darkness. Black cats were associated
with darkness and death.

According to lore, virtually every sorcerer, witch and
Gypsy fortune-teller was supposed to have a cat—and
sometimes an owl and a toad as well. During the witch
hunts, cats were familiars; they embodied demons who
performed the witches’ tasks of maleficia against their
neighbors. Elizabeth Francis of Chelmsford, England,
convicted as a witch in 1556, said she kept a white spotted
cat named Sathan, which, whenever it performed a
job for her, demanded a reward of a drop of her blood
(see Chelmsford witches).

Witches were said to be able to assume the shape of a
cat nine times, presumably because a cat has nine lives.
Black cats were said to be the Devil himself. Throughout
medieval Europe, black cats were routinely hunted down
and burned, especially on Shrove Tuesday and Easter. A
cat accused of being a witch’s familiar usually was killed
by being burned alive. Cats were also used in witches’
spells. In the trial of John Fian, Scotland’s most famous
witch, in 1590–91, Fian and his coven were accused of
trying to drown James VI (James I) and Queen Anne on
their voyage to Denmark. The witches allegedly christened
a cat, tied it to a dismembered human corpse and threw
52 Cassandra the bundle into the sea while they recited incantations.

A great storm arose and forced the royal ship to return to
Scotland, but the king and queen were unharmed.
In the lore of the Scottish Highlands, a large breed of
wild cats, called Elfin Cats, are said to be witches in disguise.
The Elfin Cats are about the size of dogs and are
black with a white spot on the breast. They have arched
backs and erect bristles—the stereotypical Halloween cat.
Though the black cat is associated with witchcraft, it
is nevertheless considered good luck to own one in parts
of Europe, England and the United States. But having
one’s path crossed by a black cat is always bad luck. In
other folklore, if a cat jumps over a corpse, the corpse
will become a vampire. To prevent this, the cat must be
killed. Cats are fertility charms—a cat buried in a field
will ensure a bountiful crop.

The cat plays a role in Vodun in the southern United
States. Cat charms, particularly those made with cats’
whiskers, can bring bad luck, disease and death to the
victim. Conversely, in folklore cats have many healing
properties. A broth made from a black cat is said to cure
consumption. In the 17th century, a whole cat boiled in
oil was held to be good for dressing wounds. Illnesses
could be transferred to cats, who were then driven from

Cats’ eyes are supposed to be able to see ghosts. In
western Asia, a stone called the Cat’s Eye—dull red with
a white mark—is associated with trouble and evil.
In Wicca, the cat is a favoured companion or familiar,
valued for its psychic sensitivity and assistance in magic
and ritual.


Past Life Regression
By Madisyn Taylor

The effects of a past life can manifest in your current life in many ways but should be used as a tool, not an excuse.

Inside our subconscious lie our memories from past lives. Though we seldom remember even having lived these past lives, the experiences we had living them have had a hand in shaping who we are today. The effects of a past life can manifest in a later lifetime in many ways – phobias, self-limiting beliefs, physical problems, or innate creative abilities. Violence, death, and trauma in a past life may show up as fear, uncontrollable anger, or low self-esteem in this one, while positive experiences from an earlier lifetime may cause you to feel strongly drawn to certain people, places, or objects without knowing why.

Many people turn to past life regression therapists to revisit their past lives. Past life regression allows you to recall the memories and emotions associated with a past life that continue to exert an influence over your present reality. You may not have even been aware that these experiences are still affecting you today. Past life regression therapy can offer you a unique opportunity to reconnect with these memories so you can understand them and free yourself.

To discover more about your past lives, consider keeping a notebook where you can record anything that could be a memory from a different lifetime. You may also feel drawn to a particular period in history, a seemingly unfamiliar locale, or a new person you’ve met who seems oddly familiar. Pick a time and choose a place where you can relax. Envision your body being filled with healing white light. Remember that nothing you see or hear will harm you. Ask yourself what you hope to achieve through regression and connect with your inner vision. Observe what you see without judgment. When you are done, think about how what you experienced relates to your present life. There may be beliefs from a past life that you are still operating under but are now ready to let go of. The significance of your past life memory may not be immediately obvious until much later. You can make the most of your past lives by learning from them. While past life regression can be an exciting journey, it is not a substitute for living in the present where we are most needed right here and now.


The Treasure Part 1
by Stephen Halpert

Ten-year-old David raced down the steps of the plane onto the tarmac and into the Key West airport, where he hugged his Uncle Jack. He was followed by his weary, laptop toting father Todd, his happy excited mom Becky and his brilliantly adolescent sister Lisa.
Jack hugged Becky lovingly. She marveled at how vital and so much stronger he seemed. Tears of joy filled her eyes and brushed her cheeks.
He smiled. “I hope no more uninvited mice and other creatures appeared.”
Lisa grinned and hugged her favorite uncle. “You never can tell with David, Uncle Jack. He’s not like the rest of us.”
“Do tell?” Uncle Jack said.
Clutching his laptop and carryon Todd greeted his brother-in- law. “So good to be here,” he said. “Looking forward to a wonderfully relaxing vacation in the sun.” He took a breath and smiled. “Such incredible weather.”
Jack’s companion, Julia Cassidy hugged Becky, “Welcome to Key West.” She checked her watch. “My SUV’s illegally parked so let’s collect your luggage and hurry.”
Jack loaded their bags into Julia’s trunk. He turned to Todd. “Julia thinks you’d be more comfortable staying at her place instead of at my condo. I don’t blame her. I would be too. It’s a sprawling 19th century Colonial reminiscence of Mt. Vernon.”
“Then marry me and move in,” Julia chimed in as she started the car.
Jack grinned. “And ruin a perfect friendship?”
“He keeps saying no sane woman would want him for very long,” Julia said. “I think that’s one of his ways he’s keeping himself younger.”
Becky nodded wisely and sighed. “I guess as they age, men think that way”
David blurted. “But Uncle Jack, can’t I stay with you so I can see your cool stuff? You told me you have real shrunken heads from Borneo.”
Julia chuckled. “Well I certainly can’t compete with shrunken heads. But I can offer a salt water pool.”
`Lisa beamed. “Oh, a pool! I’ve always wanted us to have a pool. But daddy always poo pooed the idea.” She frowned and sighed.
“I think we’d best stay together at Julia’s,” Todd said. ” I wouldn’t want our son growing too attached to one of Jack’s shrunken heads, bringing it home and who knows, it comes back to life!”
They all chuckled.
“But Uncle Jack can’t we go treasure hunting?” David begged. “You said there’s a famous treasure buried in Key West and I brought my magic wand so we could go find it.”
Todd’s face reddened. “Now just a minute young man, I
thought we had an understanding that that wand never leaves your bedroom.”
“But daddy,” David said. Í didn’t think I was bringing it until I saw it in my
bag when we got off the plane.”
Julia laughed. “Believe me David, the only treasure in Key West is an urban legend propagated by Papa Hemingway to intrigue the tourists.”
“Au contraire,” Jack said.” According to documents in the Historic Society there is a treasure said to be buried in plain sight.”
“Whatever that means,” Todd said.
Jack turned to his nephew and tousled his hair. “Sure, we can go check, but I haven’t a clue where to begin looking.”
“In plain sight,” Todd laughed.” I guess the best way to find it, David, would be to follow your nose.”
David looked confused. “How do I follow my nose daddy?”
“By putting one foot in front of the other until you get there,” Todd said with a grin.
Becky gave Todd a disproving look. Then she turned to Jack. “Have you used that metal detector we sent you last Christmas?”
Jack smiled. “Truth be told I tried it out on the beach a few times but all I came up with were rusty keys and pocket change.”
“Rusty keys!” David’s eyes lit up. “Finding rusty keys would be so cool”
Jack looked thoughtful “I hadn’t thought about that treasure since the I mentioned it to David.
“Personally,” Julia said “I think Hemingway put out that old wives’ tale to entertain the tourists.”
David’s eye lit up. “Can we look for it, Uncle Jack? I know if we use the magic wand you gave me, we’ll find it.
Todd looked shocked. He opened his mouth, closed it and scowled. “Now just one-minute young man! I’m sure you remember all the trouble that wand caused at the museum.”
“Please daddy,” David pleaded. “Please let me and Uncle Jack use it.” Can we go tomorrow Uncle Jack? I know we’ll find something.””
Todd’s hand shook. His face got red. “Let’s just slow down. This visit is intended to be a relaxing vacation, not racing around digging.”
“It will be.” Jack assured him. “But I do remember hearing it was all Hemingway would talk about.”
Julia laughed. “Usually after he put away enough Sherry to stagger a horse.”
David’s eyes widened. “Do horses stagger Daddy?
“And here we are.” Julia pulled into a winding paved driveway surrounded by palm trees and blossoming bushes. As far as the eye could see there were small colorful gardens wending toward a grove of trees and a pond.
“Wow,” Becky said. “This is a palace. Look at those stained-glass windows and that widow’s walk.”
“Tiffany,” Julia said. “Some might call it a drafty ark, too expensive to properly heat on chilly nights. Besides it’s on the federal historic register and updates are limited by ridiculous red tape.”
“There’s the pool,” Lisa said. She looked enviously at the shimmering water and diving board. “Can we go swimming this afternoon?”
“Certainly,” Julia said. “But first lunch.”
David beamed. “Wouldn’t it be cool Uncle Jack if we really did find a treasure. Then it would all be in all the newspapers.”
“Just what we need,” Julia laughed.
Jack smiled and Becky knew he’d let David get away with anything close to murder. “Please don’t spoil him brother dear,” Becky said. He’s already talked about wanting to run away from home and join the Foreign Legion.”
“That wouldn’t be any fun,” Jack said. “At times in the thick of radioactive cyclones all there might be to eat would be worms.”
“Worms!” David made a terrible face. He peered into Uncle Jack’s eyes. “Did you ever have to eat worms Uncle Jack?”
“No David I’ve been very fortunate in that regard. But when I was in Asia, I have eaten beetles and scorpions, snakes and even chocolate covered ants.”
David gulped.
“Come have lunch,” Julia said. “No ants or scorpions, just crab bisque, fresh greens, white anchovies, sprouts and avocado salad; for dessert we’re having Creme Brule.”
(To be continued)

Things We Can’t Control
By Madisyn Taylor

We develop grace as we learn, with the guiding hand of the universe, life will unfold exactly the way it should.

The idea of trusting the universe is a popular one these days, but many of us don’t know what this really means and we often have a hard time doing it. This is partly because the story of humankind is most often presented as a story about struggle, control, and survival, instead of one of trust and collaboration with the universe. Yet, in truth, we need to adhere to both ideas in this life.

On the one hand, there is much to be said about exerting control over our environment. We created shelter to protect ourselves from the elements. We hunted for animals and invented agriculture to feed ourselves. We built social infrastructures to protect ourselves and create community. This is how we survive and grow as a civilization. However, it is also clear that there are plenty of things that we cannot control, no matter how hard we try, and we often receive support from an unseen force – a universe that provides us with what we cannot provide for ourselves.

It is a good idea to take responsibility for the things in life that we can control or create. We work so we can feed, clothe, and shelter our loved ones and ourselves. We manifest our dreams and visions in physical form with hard work and forethought. But at a certain point, when we have done all that we can, we must let go and allow the universe to take over. This requires trust. It requires a trust that runs deeper than just expecting things to turn out the way we want them to. Sometimes they will, and sometimes they won’t. We develop equanimity and grace as we learn to trust that, with the guiding hand of the universe, life will unfold exactly the way it should. We are engaged in an ongoing relationship with a universe that responds to our thoughts and actions.


 One Keto and One Sugar Free Smoothie for those New Year’s Healthy Resolutions! Looks great!)

No-Fat & Sugar Free Smoothie

2 cups ice
1 to 1-1/2 cups of non-fat milk
1/4 cup Splenda
1-2 Tbsp banana, orange, vanilla, or strawberry extract

Sugar’s notes:

I would use fresh fruit but if I was to use banana, only use half of small banana.

Sugar intake is high in bananas

In blender, combine milk and ice. Blend until a milkshake consistency is reached. Add Splenda and one or more of the flavorings or extracts of your choice. Process on high speed for 1 minute.

Makes about two 8 oz. glasses.

Keto Chocolate Berry Truffle Smoothie

Switch up your breakfast routine with this Keto Chocolate Berry Truffle Smoothie that’s thick and rich like a milkshake, and tastes like chocolate-covered raspberry truffle candy!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 294

1/2 medium-sized Haas avocado
2 Tbsp pecans almonds are also yummy here
1 1/2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
2 1g packets stevia/erythritol blend
1 pinch salt
3/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
Sugar’s note, I’d use light whipping cream to avoid extra carbs and calories…
1/2 cup water
3/4 cup frozen mixed berries our mix includes raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries
3/4 cup ice cubes

Optional Toppings:
Fresh or frozen berries
Shaved stevia-sweetened chocolate
Sugar’s note: granola would go nice as well.
Add all ingredients except the ice to a high-speed blender and process until smooth.
Add the ice and pulse until smooth.
Transfer to a glass and add toppings if desired.
Serve immediately.

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From Herbarium.theherbalacademy

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) root
Additional Actions: anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antispasmodic, immune amphoteric, nervine (Winston & Maimes, 2007; Yance, 2013)
Energetics: warming, drying (Romm, 2017; Yance, 2013)
Uses: Ashwagandha helps soothe nervous system issues such as anxiety, insomnia, exhaustion, and depression-ashwagandha is known as a calming adaptogen. It helps to ease joint pain, muscle tension, and rheumatoid arthritis (Romm, 2017; Winston & Maimes, 2017).

Ashwagandha is an immune amphoteric helping to balance the immune system be it over- or under-active (Winston & Maimes, 2017). It has also been found to stimulate the thyroid, making it a plant that herbalists may turn to for hypothyroidism (Romm, 2017; Winston & Maimes, 2017).

Safety: Ashwagandha is a member of the nightshade family, so avoid this herb if you have an allergy to this family (Romm, 2017). Ashwagandha is also not recommended during pregnancy because it is used in some cultures as an abortifacient (Winston & Maimes, 2017).

Usage Tip: Try blending ¼ to ½ teaspoon of ashwagandha powder into hot chocolate or warm milk with cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum, C. cassia) as a relaxing nightcap. Read more about ashwagandha here:

Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceous) root
Additional Actions: immunomodulant, antioxidant, hepatoprotective, cardiotonic (Herbarium, n.d.a, Winston & Maimes, 2007)
Energetics: warming, moistening (Herbarium, n.d.a, Winston & Maimes, 2007)
Uses: Astragalus root helps to stimulate the immune system to help ward off contagious illness from taking hold as well as to help nourish the immune system following illness (Winston & Maimes, 2007; Herbarium, n.d.a).
Safety: According to Chinese medicine, astragalus should not be used during the acute phase of illness. This is due to concerns that astragalus may ” cause stagnation and “feed” the illness. (Winston & Maimes, 2007).
Usage Tip: When making soups, rice, and sauces, add astragalus root slices to the pot during simmering, but remove them before serving as they are too tough and fibrous to chew. This is an easy way to provide the immune-boosting benefits of astragalus to kids during the rigors of the school year.

Eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticosus) root
Additional Actions: antioxidant, neuroprotective, radioprotective, gonadotropic, antidiabetic (Herbarium, n.d.b.; Yance, 2013)
Energetics: warming (Herbarium, n.d.b.; Romm, 2017)
Uses: Helps to soothe fatigue and to increase physical and mental endurance, as well as alertness (Romm, 2017; Yance, 2013). This herb also helps to reduce the body’s response to stress, stimulate the immune system, and balance hormones (Herbarium, n.d.b.; Romm, 2017).

Safety: Do not use eleuthero in those with high blood pressure; eleuthero may cause insomnia if taken later in the day (Romm, 2017).
Usage Tip: Enjoy eleuthero decocted herbal beverages such as chai tea or other tasty brews, electuaries, and as a tincture in the morning hours.

Tulsi (Ocimum tenuiflorum) leaf Additional actions: uplifting nervine, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, carminative, antispasmodic, immunomodulant (Metzger, 2016; Yance, 2013)

Energetics: warming/cooling (Romm, 2017; Herbarium, n.d.c.)
Uses: Tulsi helps to calm and uplift the mind and the spirit while also increasing energy and clearing the mind (Metzger, 2016; Romm, 2017). Tulsi is used to help soothe stress and balance cortisol levels (Yance, 2013).

Safety: Not for use during pregnancy or when attempting to conceive (Herbarium, n.d.c.)
Use tip: Holy basil is lovely blended with rose petals (Rosa spp.) and cinnamon. Try these herbs together as a tea for a heart-opening pick-me-up! Read more about tulsi here:

Welcome Adaptogens as a Daily Herbal Ally
The happy news is that it can be simple to enjoy adaptogens as part of your daily routine in the new year. These botanicals can certainly be taken in tincture and capsule form; however, they also make lovely decoctions, teas, electuaries, and other preparations for daily consumption.

One of the joys of herbalism is making delicious preparations to joyfully embrace the benefits of herbs. Adaptogens are no exception!

Use them in:
” Delicious electuaries and hand-rolled pills:
” Homemade herbal syrup:
” Nourishing herbal broths:
” Baking and snack preparation:
” Adaptogenic bliss balls:
Many adaptogens also blend seamlessly into chai. With its warming, digestion-promoting spices, chai tea is already a wonderful herbal preparation for wintertime. Here is a tasty recipe for you to try!

Adaptogen-Rich Chai for the New Year

Start the new year with herbs by decocting a batch of this tasty adaptogenic chai whenever you want to sip a warming, wellness-promoting brew! This recipe makes enough for two big cups of tea. Double or triple the batch size and keep leftovers refrigerated for up to 48 hours until ready to enjoy.

½ teaspoon clove (Syzygium aromaticum) buds
1 teaspoon cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum) pods
½ teaspoon dried ginger (Zingiber officinale) rhizome or 3 to 4 slices fresh ginger rhizome
2 teaspoons cinnamon (Cinnamomum spp. ) chips or one cinnamon stick
½ teaspoon black peppercorns (Piper nigrum)
Pinch anise (Pimpinella anisum) seed, optional
1 teaspoon ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) root
1 teaspoon astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus) root
1 teaspoon eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticosus) root (leave out if enjoying this tea late in the day)
1 teaspoon tulsi (Ocimum tenuiflorum) leaf
1 teaspoon rose (Rosa spp.) petal
4 cups water
1 cup milk of your choice
Honey, coconut sugar, or stevia (Stevia rebaudiana) to taste
” If you have a mortar and pestle, you can crack/grind up the herbs a bit before placing in the pot. If not, just place the herbs in your pot, not to worry, you chai will still be tasty!
” In a 2-quart pot, combine the cloves, cardamom pods, ginger (if using dried), cinnamon (if using chips), peppercorns, anise seed, ashwagandha, astragalus, and eleuthero (if using).
” Add water to the pot with the herbs and bring to a simmer to start decocting your tea.
” Place a lid on top, bring to a simmer, and let decoct at a simmer for 20 to 30 minutes. Learn about making decoctions here.
” Remove the pot from heat and add the tulsi and rose petals. Cover and steep for an additional 10 to 15 minutes.
” Add the milk and sweetener.
” Heat until hot and ready to drink.
” Strain out the herbs and enjoy!

“The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself.” – Orison Marden
2020 is before us! With each new day and its moments unfolding, we are given an opportunity to nourish ourselves. Herbs can be part of that choice! We hope that you have found some inspiration here to help set you off on your new year’s path with herbs in tow.
Wishing you a beautiful and happy New Year!

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Monthly Horoscopes for January 2020

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

Happy New Year! January 1st marks the beginning of a new decade & a new era of another approximately 2,500 years! End of Pisces era. Sun will start its yearly sidereal journey from Aquarius; but, as it`s introduced, we`ll continue counting it from Aries as usual. Physically I`m not feeling well, for this & other reasons, I`m running bit late. Finally, I`ve prepared it & here`s your horoscope for this month:

On 3 January, your ruling planet Mars moves to accent new ideas, people and places. This cycle, which lasts until mid-February, broadens your horizons and brings new excitement to your life. The challenge? Accepting the fact that you must allow certain individuals or, perhaps, events to reshape your way of living, perhaps altering hard-won arrangements. Times are changing and so, too, must these. Letting go isn`t easy, but it clears the way for new ways of living or working as exciting as they are unexpected.

Working behind the scenes will be rewarding starting on the 6th. Take this opportunity to launch an important and confidential project. Your imagination will run wild if you can escape the attention of critics and cynics. This is also a good time to work with big bureaucracies like hospitals, universities and government agencies. Paperwork will be processed very quickly, especially if you treat officials with courtesy & consideration. A Lunar Eclipse on the 10th marks the end of a tense domestic situation. You may decide to relocate to a more tranquil & scenic setting. It`s also possible you`ll cut ties with a contentious relative. A pay rise, promotion or more responsible role is yours for the asking on the 13th; and an important ambition will be satisfied. The New Moon on the 24th warns against getting pulled into a group project filled with intransigent individuals. It will be better for you to go solo at the end of January.

You`ll be revved up from January 2 – 4. The moon transits your sign just after aspecting your ruler Mars in Scorpio. As the moon moves into a square with Pluto on January 4, be careful that a sudden storm doesn`t lead to words with your lover that`ll hurt you both later. The Capricorn line up of Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, the sun, and Pluto are squaring you. Tension is in the air but remember that the planets are in the sign of your ruler, Mars,` exaltation and will strongly support rather than challenge you. Show respect to those who have earned it in your social, work, and intimate circles and all will turn out well. Partnered Aries will find their solar eighth house of transformational connexions simmering with the presence of Mars in Scorpio there. Single Aries will make new contacts after the sun and Mercury come together in airy Aquarius from January 21 on.

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

Happy New Year! January 1st marks the beginning of a new decade & a new era of another approximately 2,500 years! End of Pisces era. Sun will start its yearly sidereal journey from Aquarius; but, as it`s introduced, we`ll continue counting it from Aries as usual. Physically I`m not feeling well, for this & other reasons, I`m running bit late. Finally, I`ve prepared it & here`s your horoscope for this month:

It would be no surprise if, as you begin January, you`ve already reorganised a range of longstanding plans and are discussing yet more changes. This is partly because the foundation of several arrangements is shifting; but, also, you`re restless and eager to broaden your horizons via intriguing encounters or experiences. While you`ll plan some, others will be both unexpected and seem overwhelming. Tempting as it is to ignore these, they`re bringing life-changing discoveries -as you`ll learn. Plunge in. You`ll never regret it.

The Lunar Eclipse on the 10th will bring some surprising news about a community concern.. This information will make you see a leader in a new and different light. It`s important to remember that even the most admirable people can have feet of clay. The 11th allows you to move forward with a stalled self-improvement project. You`ll enjoy breaking free of a bad habit or limiting thought pattern. Be sure to attend as many parties and social gatherings as possible during the middle of January. You`re sure to meet some stimulating and attractive people during this golden period. On the 24th, the New Moon will dangle a tantalising career opportunity before you. Instead of joining the corporate world, you may decide to remain a free agent. You don`t want to get bogged down in a predictable job. Trust your intuition about work matters at the end of January; it won`t let you down.

You`ll feel the startling lurch of Uranus going direct in your sign on January 11. Expect to carry through with a bold and total over-haul of how you show up in the world.. The Saturn/Pluto conjunction trining you mid-month will lend even more force. Friends and lovers (if you are partnered) may comment that they feel they don`t know you anymore. What`s more exciting is that you don`t know yourself. Realize that all of this is long overdue and very positive, Taurus. When Venus slides into Pisces on January 15, it`s time for love. The sextile between Water & Earth will bring deep satisfaction in long term partnerships. Single Taureans will make new connexions at club and community gatherings. That smouldering Scorpio making eye contact from across the room will be well worth checking out.

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

Happy New Year! January 1st marks the beginning of a new decade & a new era of another approximately 2,500 years! End of Pisces era. Sun will start its yearly sidereal journey from Aquarius; but, as it`s introduced, we`ll continue counting it from Aries as usual. Physically I`m not feeling well, for this & other reasons, I`m running bit late. Finally, I`ve prepared it & here`s your horoscope for this month:

Usually, it`s easy to recognise luck; but the cycle of unexpected and mostly unsettling events that begins in late December and continues throughout January won`t always appear to be fortunate. Rather, what arises will seem disruptive if not disastrous. This is because what`s most exciting, and worthwhile, requires sudden and far-reaching changes, more extensive than you`re likely to make without a push from destiny. The secret? Go with the flow; and focus on learning from those changes. The more you do, the more fun you`ll have.

A business or romantic partnership is worth pursuing on the 3rd. Teaming up with someone who is adventurous, curious and light-hearted will be a source of great joy. Make your desire to work together known; playing hard to get could easily backfire. On the 10th, a Lunar Eclipse will bring an end to a source of income. This will be a blessing in disguise. Use this opportunity to find a job that is more emotionally rewarding than your previous position. An unusual opportunity to travel, study or write could come your way on the 16th; Take this chance to expand your horizons. The New Moon on the 24th warns against getting entangled in a legal battle. It`s better to settle out of court than waste valuable time, money and energy on lawyers. Don`t worry about what others will think of your withdrawing from this conflict. Stay focused on what you feel is best for you.

Mercury & the sun entering friendly Air sign, Aquarius, late in the month, will feel like welcome relief. The heavy, grounded energy of early January could have you a little below the weather. When the moon in Libra trines you January 15 & 16, you`ll make the most of the communicative vibe by throwing a party for those you`d like to get to know better. By January 24 & 25 you`ll be ready to do it again as friendly-to-you moon in Aquarius joins the sun & Mercury there.. Coupled Geminis will tone up their joint finances in early January while the planets energize their solar eighth of shared resources. Single Geminis will take the initiative to make social networks bigger and more diverse during the final two weeks of the month.

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

Happy New Year! January 1st marks the beginning of a new decade & a new era of another approximately 2,500 years! End of Pisces era. Sun will start its yearly sidereal journey from Aquarius; but, as it`s introduced, we`ll continue counting it from Aries as usual. Physically I`m not feeling well, for this & other reasons, I`m running bit late. Finally, I`ve prepared it & here`s your horoscope for this month:

Regard the unsettling but thrilling events during January`s first half as if you were moving into a new home, or making changes in your work or lifestyle. While you might actually be doing this, just as many changes are taking place within, altering your interests, priorities & passions. Here, too, bravely let go of what doesn`t work and explore even unsettling options. At minimum, you`ll learn something but you could soon decide those exotic ideas are exactly what you want in your life.

A role will come to an end on the 10th, due to a jarring Lunar Eclipse. Although you`ll mourn the passing of this phase, it`s important to know there are even better things ahead. Make some exciting plans that reflect your heart`s desire. An important alliance will improve your personal and professional prospects on the 13th. Lean on your romantic or business partner during the middle of the month; they can and will help you realise a cherished goal. If you`re on your own, you`ll meet someone special at a professional or creative conference. Don`t hesitate to approach a successful achiever; you`ll feel an immediate kinship. On the 24th, the New Moon will tempt you into making an expensive purchase with a credit card. Instead of driving yourself into debt, find ways of being more resourceful. You can live quite easily without this expensive product or service. Relieve yourself of financial pressure.

Check out at work on January 9 & 10 and check into a nice hotel with your mate because the moon is in your sign. Your solar seventh house of intimate connexions rules now with a scary stack up of five planets! Be aware that the emotional tone could turn a bit heavy on January 10 when the moon opposes Pluto. These energies produce the kind of depth that you currently want. Emotional baggage from the past may come up to the surface to be released. You will come to a richer understanding of yourself and your lover through this process. Single Cancers will find the second half of January delightful when sweet and sultry Venus enters their sister Water sign Pisces for approximately one month. When it conjuncts Neptune there on January 27 you can dream your sweetest dream and it will have a good chance of coming true!

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

Happy New Year! January 1st marks the beginning of a new decade & a new era of another approximately 2,500 years! End of Pisces era. Sun will start its yearly sidereal journey from Aquarius; but, as it`s introduced, we`ll continue counting it from Aries as usual. Physically I`m not feeling well, for this & other reasons, I`m running bit late. Finally, I`ve prepared it & here`s your horoscope for this month:

While you`ll learn a lot during January, some of those insights will result from challenging, if not unfair, events. Or so they`ll seem at the time. Looking back, you`ll recognise that they`re breaking up familiar but restrictive patterns in your way of living, working or even loving. While, often, you`ll know what`s next, in a few situations undertaking changes requires courage & trust. Waste no time on extensive research or debate. Take that first step, and the rest will be miraculously easy.

An exciting job with generous benefits will be offered to you on the 7th. This will be a wonderful opportunity to get the marketable skills you need to move forward. Be willing to accept an entry level position; you`ll quickly rise through the ranks of your new company. A Lunar Eclipse on the 10th brings an embarrassing secret to light. Instead of getting defensive about this revelation, you should admit your mistakes. People are forgiving when they sense someone is truly repentant. Adopting a change in the way you live your life near the 13th will yield impressive results. Be willing to give up health hazarding habits for the sake of renewed vitality. The New Moon on the 24th might tempt you into forming an unusual work partnership. It would be better to wait for a more reliable professional ally. Entering this union will force you to continually clean up someone else`s messes. Don`t be fooled by a charismatic person`s overtures; leopards do not change their spots.

Leo, the heat is on from the planetary quincunxes and oppositions to you this month. You`ve never been one to shrink from a challenge. Mars going into friendly-to-you Sagittarius for a month and a half on January 4, though, will make you more than equal to it! If partnered, your lover will carry the romantic torch in your seventh house until mid-month. The moon in your sign January 7 – 9 will see you both splendidly cavorting with lovers and friends in your usual style. This would be a great time to take a couple of days to bask in your accomplishments and enjoy the perks of your hard work with your partner. Single Leos will find love taking the form of a thoughtful and analytical Aquarius early in January. He or she will lend priceless perspective to what you are feeling and experiencing now.

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

Happy New Year! January 1st marks the beginning of a new decade & a new era of another approximately 2,500 years! End of Pisces era. Sun will start its yearly sidereal journey from Aquarius; but, as it`s introduced, we`ll continue counting it from Aries as usual. Physically I`m not feeling well, for this & other reasons, I`m running bit late. Finally, I`ve prepared it & here`s your horoscope for this month:

The month of January could be a really quite difficult month for you, if you didn`t understand one thing – and once that fact is clear, everything else will make sense; and that is, oddly, that much of what`s going on won`t make sense. As a Virgo and an earth sign, and somebody ruled by the clever planet Mercury, you`re superb at figuring things out; and in fact, many Virgos will work in some activity that involves exactly that skill & talent – analysis. In the same way, often you`re the one who family & friends come to when there`s a situation that needs to be discussed or issues need to be worked out.

A flirtatious conversation on the 2nd could lead to an exciting romance. It feels wonderful to be with someone who shares your ambitions. By joining forces, you can build a prosperous life that is a continued source of pleasure. Are you already in a relationship? Book a luxury vacation for you and your amour at the beginning of January. On the 10th, a Lunar Eclipse will bring an end to a stressful situation. You`re tired of walking on eggshells with an overly sensitive person. Parting ways will be sad, but liberating. The 16th could prompt you to interview for a new job or look for more work assignments. Your vision and tenacity will help you land a great professional opportunity. The New Moon on the 24th might tempt you to buy an expensive time-saving gadget. Wait another month before splashing out on this device, as it may not live up to expectations.

You`ll feel hugely energized, Virgo, with trines hitting you from Jupiter, Pluto, Saturn, and the sun this month. Venus in your solar seventh house after January 14 spices up the love stew. On January 27, when ethereal Neptune joins Venus in an exact conjunction, it`s a great time to plan a one of a kind date with your sweetie. For coupled Virgos, oceanic surroundings would be perfect because Neptune is king of the sea and rules your seventh solar house of intimate partners. Single Virgos should follow up on a chance to get to know an attractive new Pisces better.

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

Happy New Year! January 1st marks the beginning of a new decade & a new era of another approximately 2,500 years! End of Pisces era. Sun will start its yearly sidereal journey from Aquarius; but, as it`s introduced, we`ll continue counting it from Aries as usual. Physically I`m not feeling well, for this & other reasons, I`m running bit late. Finally, I`ve prepared it & here`s your horoscope for this month:

Sudden and unsettling as changes in elements of your way of living or working may be, deep down you know they`re both necessary and timely.. The trick is to explore everything, even what seems unwise. At minimum, you`ll learn from these ideas and the people involved; but, also, you`ll begin to realise it`s time to rethink arrangements you`ve struggled to keep as they are. Begin exploring and you`ll soon exchange doubts for enthusiasm about the possibilities ahead, and in many areas of your life.

A Lunar Eclipse on the 10th could mark a power struggle with an overbearing employer. You may decide to leave your job or start your own company because of this conflict. Working from home would be a wonderful arrangement for you. If you need start-up money, apply to a lending institution or relative for a loan on the 13th. You`ll get very generous terms for this deal. Use this money to create a congenial and convenient office space. When you have lots of comfortable space to work from, your productivity will soar. The New Moon on the 24th warns against getting carried away in romance. Making personal sacrifices for a troubled partner or love interest will backfire. Be ready to turn down a request for help or demand for money. This isn`t selfish; it`s sensible. Harsh criticism could come from a jealous relative or neighbour on the 27th. Take these negative remarks with a grain of salt.

The moon in Libra January 15 & 16 coincides with Mercury`s entry into airy Aquarius. This will be a breath of fresh air for you. The weight of Earth signs stacked up and squaring you may have felt a little bit like drudgery early this month. Libra, please don`t overlook Venus in Aquarius through mid-January, who is casting oodles of chances for love your way! So, pick up on a couple of them. Asteroid Juno, the “Divine Consort” now in your sign has your thoughts returning to scenes of pairing off and coupling up, if you`re single. Coupled Librans will steal away with friends early in January to strengthen ties that they most want to nurture this year.

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

Happy New Year! January 1st marks the beginning of a new decade & a new era of another approximately 2,500 years! End of Pisces era. Sun will start its yearly sidereal journey from Aquarius; but, as it`s introduced, we`ll continue counting it from Aries as usual. Physically I`m not feeling well, for this & other reasons, I`m running bit late. Finally, I`ve prepared it & here`s your horoscope for this month:

For ages you`ve sensed you`d need to substantially rethink various elements of your life, habits, passions and commitments. While you`d altered some, you`ve fought to keep others as they are. During January, events reveal why changes are essential and how you`ll gain from them. Still, you`re uneasy. The solution? Despite your doubts, go with the flow. True, initially this might seem weak. However, you`ll soon be thrilled by what`s coming your way, and equally, by the new paths opening up ahead of you.

On the 10th, a Lunar Eclipse will bring a painful legal matter to a close. Although you might not be happy with the outcome, you will be relieved that the situation is over and done with. Give yourself a reward for having survived this challenge; you have earned it. An unusual person from your past could reappear on the 11th, creating excitement in your personal life. Together, you can collaborate on a creative project or may be even embark on a passionate romance. A recommendation or reference from a powerful individual will improve your career prospects on the 13th. Never underestimate the importance of having great connexions. On the 24th, the New Moon will tempt you to relocate. Don`t break your lease or put your home on the market, as you will quickly have second thoughts when you see your options for a new place. Alternatively, you might find a lovely abode, only to have a seemingly ironclad contract fall apart at the last minute.

In late January, squares from the sun & Mercury in Aquarius might set your teeth on edge! Fortunately, planetary support from Venus in Pisces, plus Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto in Capricorn will keep your life humming forward both in work and in love. If you`re partnered, out of bounds Asteroid Ceres resonating with you now will make your nurturing and protective side come forward with those you cherish. An extreme concern for security and safety may come with it but you are able to balance it out with your ferocious independence. If solo, that ethereal Pisces at your neighbourhood might more than catch your interest now.

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

Happy New Year! January 1st marks the beginning of a new decade & a new era of another approximately 2,500 years! End of Pisces era. Sun will start its yearly sidereal journey from Aquarius; but, as it`s introduced, we`ll continue counting it from Aries as usual. Physically I`m not feeling well, for this & other reasons, I`m running bit late. Finally, I`ve prepared it & here`s your horoscope for this month:

During December`s last half, you`ll have witnessed long-cherished dreams coming true and, better yet, unexpected developments bringing new excitement into your life. The problem? You`ve never realised you`re a control freak, and so could try to delays or reshape these so you feel you`re in charge.. Instead, just plunge in. If you`re anxious, be aware you can always resume your old life; but, this period is about discovery; and once you`ve explored those changes, it`s unlikely you`ll want to return to anything.

Becoming more active on the 3rd will give you a healthy glow. This is an ideal time to join a gym, hire a personal trainer or begin a fitness regimen. When you move your body, creative ideas will flow like a mighty river. On the 10th, a Lunar Eclipse will bring an emergency expense to your attention.. You won`t be able to avoid this big bill any longer. Do everything in your power to satisfy this debt as quickly as possible. If you want to buy or sell your home, the 15th presents an excellent opportunity to do so. You`ll walk away from this deal in a much better financial position. The New Moon on the 24th is not a good time to buy an electronic gadget, computer or car. A last-minute sale may be a store or manufacturer`s attempt to unload a faulty product. Save up for a quality model.

You`ll feel a surge of energy, especially, on January 19 – 22 when the moon coupled with Mars in your sign makes you want to get out and hunt down what you`re really seeking in love. Deep consideration of what it is you truly value has been on your mind all month. The sun, Mercury, Saturn, Pluto, and Jupiter stacking your second house of personal values made sure of that. Uranus, though, may send a few shock waves through the love landscape. Never one to shrink from adventure, you`ll explore what you cherish at deeper and deeper levels anyway.. Partnered Archers should expect changes in intimate partnerships in line with their deepest needs and desires, or else! Single Archers will point their arrows toward fun and new conquests leading to the possibility for lasting love.

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

Happy New Year! January 1st marks the beginning of a new decade & a new era of another approximately 2,500 years! End of Pisces era. Sun will start its yearly sidereal journey from Aquarius; but, as it`s introduced, we`ll continue counting it from Aries as usual. Physically I`m not feeling well, for this & other reasons, I`m running bit late. Finally, I`ve prepared it & here`s your horoscope for this month:

A discussion of January, means going back to the arrival of Jupiter, planet of growth and good fortune, into Capricorn on 2 December, for a year`s stay. During January, and all of 2020, longstanding dreams will become reality, while new options appear. Knowing that, learn to recognise January`s many unexpected events and sudden changes as part of this pattern of breakthroughs. Plus, often decisions will be in others` hands. Out of character as going with the flow is, it will achieve more than battling changes.

A business or romantic partnership will undergo a big transformation on the 10th, due to a stressful Lunar Eclipse. If this relationship is going to survive, some big changes must occur. A temporary or permanent separation is possible. You`ll undergo an important personal transformation on the 12th. Give yourself permission to abandon odious responsibilities and pursue your dream life. Don`t take a financial risk on the 23rd; it will be better to keep your hard-earned money in the bank. You`ll find ways to expand your income in February, when you`ll attract an unusual business opportunity. The New Moon on the 24th warns against accepting a job that sounds too good to be true. The duties that were described will radically change after you move to this company. Hold out for a position at a reliable business that has a good reputation. Joining a start-up operation will be more trouble than it is worth.

The cosmos stands with you, Capricorn, as Pluto, Jupiter, Mercury, and the sun join your ruler, Saturn, in your solar first house of self. Even Venus sextiles you deliciously & sweetens talk & texts of all kinds. What this leads to, knowing your constructive and diligent essence, is opportunities for public recognition. It will be important to recognize love when and where you see it because others will be recognizing you for the quality catch that you are. The Full Moon on the Capricorn/Cancer axis on January 10 will bring a great opportunity for love because it directly involves your first and seventh sectors of self and intimate others. If you`re single, be sure to mutually acknowledge others and “turn on the charm”, especially January 10 & 11! Partnered Capricorns should grab that chance to deepen their connexion with their mates, both at the Full Moon on January 10 and on January 26 – 28, when a steamy sextile from Venus in Pisces smiles at you.

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

Happy New Year! January 1st marks the beginning of a new decade & a new era of another approximately 2,500 years! End of Pisces era. Sun will start its yearly sidereal journey from Aquarius; but, as it`s introduced, we`ll continue counting it from Aries as usual. Physically I`m not feeling well, for this & other reasons, I`m running bit late. Finally, I`ve prepared it & here`s your horoscope for this month:

While, obviously, you`d rather make decisions about changes, some far-reaching, just once, then be done with it, things aren`t that simple. With the foundation on which these are based shifting, you`ll probably try out several versions and, even more, begin exploring on your own. This is ideal, because that prepares you for the exciting discoveries that climax with the pivotal, and emotionally intense, Aquarius Full Moon on 25 January. Only after that will you be sure what must go and in which direction your future bliss lies.

A Lunar Eclipse on the 10th will prompt you to get treatment for a health concern. If you`re not happy with a medical diagnosis, get a second opinion. You will work best with someone who is attentive to your concerns and adaptable to your suggestions. A stalled home improvement project will resume on the 11th, causing you to breathe a sigh of relief. You`re eager for a wiring or plumbing project to be finished. Working from home is a distinct possibility starting on the 15th. If this arrangement appeals to you, talk to your boss. They may be open to your suggestion. Your charisma will be obvious on the 20th; take this opportunity to make a sales pitch, ask for a date, audition for a role or apply for a job. Beware of adopting a different look or role on the 24th, when a tense New Moon will cause confusion. A hasty decision will be cause for regret.

No matter how independent and sometimes, yes, strange you are, Aquarius, you sometimes long for an emotional connexion like nobody`s business! Actually, with your charm and distinctive glamour you have had to draw strong boundary lines with would be lovers. This has been necessary to keep from having your unique genius captured and subdued. During the New Moon in your sign on January 24, spend time focusing on exactly what you want to create in an intimate partnership. Venus in your sign early in the month kept it on the fun and games, flirty & funny, level. Now, going into your power time from January 21 onward, Mercury will lend swiftness to your impulses and emotions when communicating with prospective loves. If single, a surprise message, (may be several) from a local admirer, is on its way to you. If you`re coupled, your seventh sector of long-term intimacy is undergoing renovations. Hard aspects from Uranus, Saturn, and Pluto are bearing down on you to add substance to your nonsense. Remember to be sensitive and supportive with your mate.

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

Happy New Year! January 1st marks the beginning of a new decade & a new era of another approximately 2,500 years! End of Pisces era. Sun will start its yearly sidereal journey from Aquarius; but, as it`s introduced, we`ll continue counting it from Aries as usual. Physically I`m not feeling well, for this & other reasons, I`m running bit late. Finally, I`ve prepared it & here`s your horoscope for this month:

As January begins, you`re faced with a range of decisions, some not unexpected, but a few so surprising, and so interesting that you look forward to exploring your options. If there`s any challenge, it is those who`re pressing you to commit. Politely but firmly say they`ll just have to wait, then focus on discovering what, and who, will be central to your life during early 2020 and, often, for much longer. Aim high. During the coming years you can achieve miracles.

The start of January is a good time for checking out the possibilities of changing your job. Although the competition will be stiff, you will emerge as a top contender if you emphasise your willingness to take advanced courses and travel extensively to land this position. A Lunar Eclipse on the 10th could cause you to draw a line under a creative project. The results will be less than satisfying. Instead of dwelling on your mistakes, treat them as learning opportunities. You`ll do much better the next time around. Splash out on some fashionable clothes or a new hairstyle on the 13th, when you`re sure to be delighted with your new look. The New Moon on the 24th warns against repeating privileged or confidential information. You don`t want to get a reputation for being untrustworthy. Be practical and pragmatic about work responsibilities on the 27th; have a contingency fund ready just in case you meet with unexpected costs when working to budgets & deadlines.

Your Psychic Medium has a message for you this month, Pisces. If possible, schedule a reading because an ancestor who cares and is close by wants to help you in your love life. A conjunction between your co-rulers, Neptune & Venus, which is incredibly strong in your sign, may bring a fairy-like magic to a current love connexion the last week of January. You`ll keep your feet on the ground with Saturn & Pluto now grounded in Capricorn lending support by sextile to what has potential for being solid & lasting. Single Pisceans should seek support from older and more experienced friends when it comes to love. Saturn promises his blessings if they do.. Coupled Pisceans should take advantage of the moon in their sign on January 26 & 27 for a tryst by the ocean.

Weekly Horoscopes Beginning Sunday, 05 January 2020

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:

A few days ago, your ruler Mars moved into your fellow fire sign, the restless, inquisitive Sagittarius. This is about broadening your horizons, in your thinking as much as your activities. In fact, you may already be venturing into unfamiliar territory in terms of what you`re doing or who you spend time with. It`s only the beginning. The more you explore, the richer your life will be.

You could do with a rest after all the recent festivities. The quieter you make the days and evenings, the happier you will be. If there`s no avoiding a business meeting on Thursday, explain your thoughts carefully and everything should go your way. A partner or close friend might seem a little tense as the week ends. Pretend you haven`t noticed as the least said the better. Someone would appreciate a gift of flowers.

It is unlikely that Friday`s Lunar Eclipse will pass by unnoticed. An alignment with Pluto accenting the backbone of your solar chart suggests this will be a turning point both domestically and professionally. Coming hard on the heels of considerable excitement and midweek discussions, it`s probable that there will be key decisions to make. Travel arrangements and potential difficulties of costs in this area will likely need to be addressed; and yes, you could find yourself at odds with someone who is supposed to be in charge. This though may be a recurrent theme this January – which for many people will see the ending of arrangements and the building of fresh foundation.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Decisions may be pressing. Currently, however, life`s about exploration and nothing more. While you`ll move on swiftly from some new ideas, a few will lead on to others; and a few of those will intrigue you. For now, therefore, go to new and unfamiliar places, meet people and do things for the sheer joy of knowing you`ll learn a lot and, in the meanwhile, have brilliant adventures.

You`re thinking seriously about the future. Nothing will stop you once you have decided on your long-term goals. That`s because you feel strongly motivated to make a start on the resolutions you are setting for yourself. If you`ve felt in any way limited or restricted by a relationship, commitment or past ties, you are ready to call it a day and move on. Supportive friends who haven`t been around a lot recently, will come forward now.

Intense but exciting discussions are probable in the lead up to Friday`s Lunar Eclipse. Negotiations with those who live some distance away or perhaps involvement in long-distance travel arrangements could leave you partly excited and partly concerned. What might worry you most is insufficient risk assessment. By Friday`s Eclipse it may be necessary to confront those born under the Fire signs of Aries, Leo and Sagittarius whom you may feel have been too cavalier. Forcing them to face facts and perhaps, adjust the wording on a document seems likely. With a major build-up of planets in earthy Capricorn, you won`t be the only sign to feel that you`ve climbed a mountain and that what`s needed now, is careful appraisal of security. issues.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Others are asking why you`ve said a sudden `yes` to certain bizarre if not entirely unexpected ideas or offers. The only answer is `because you simply had to`. Every once in a while, life presents a situation that, despite being logical, you can`t walk away from. That`s the case now. Waste no time debating the right and wrongs of this. Proceed, and discuss the facts later.

It might feel as if you and a partner can`t agree on anything. Some arguments seem so trivial they are embarrassing. A little space from each other is all that`s needed to get your relationship back on an even keel.. Holiday arrangements are being discussed and this will give you something special to look forward to. Visiting a country that captured your imagination in your younger days will be lots of fun.

Neatly coinciding with the Lunar Eclipse on Friday 10th, the Sun and your ruling planet, Mercury, appear to fuse. That suggests a major turning point and likely change of direction. Whilst you may be comfortable with steps you`ve taken, it`s perhaps worthwhile noting that Mars is now travelling through your opposite sign and that others may not be as happy with your plans. Indeed, you could experience considerable opposition. It might even be necessary to take legal or other expert advice. As you may know, there is a major alignment of planets in Capricorn this January. Think of this as a major traffic jam. Getting around this won`t be easy. It will be necessary to confront issues that have been building for at least the last two years. You might also be held to account. On the very considerable upside however, and with Venus passing through another of the Air signs, you could come up with a defence that`s unusual and compelling.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

While you can`t plan ahead for the unexpected twists and turns promised by the Cancer eclipsed Full Moon on Friday 10 January, you can ensure your schedule if flexible and, even more, that your mood is adventurous. True, some events may not be unexpected; but a few will be as surprising as they are exciting. Embrace those with enthusiasm. You`ll soon learn the reason why.

You had hoped for a more relaxed start to the year. At times the pace will be frenzied and you will be busy with a variety of errands. Still, this won`t stop you from finding some time for your family and pets. A friend who expected to see more of you during the recent festivities, would welcome your company. They also want an explanation as to why you have been avoiding them. You may need to maintain a tactful silence.

Friday`s lunar eclipse is in your sign and coincides with the Sun`s fusion with Mercury in your opposite sign. There is already considerable attention in Capricorn. All this suggests a major turning point and yes, that`s likely true for most signs. In your case, this will surely have professional repercussions. It`s entirely possible that others now see you as an authority; willing to put in the graft necessary to build something super special. Yes, this may not be the easiest time for partnerships generally: an equitable distribution of work to be done might not be so easy to accomplish. Take care you don`t end up carrying more than your fair share of the work. Alternatively, if it is the case that you do need to carry the bulk for now, then perhaps ensure that a meeting is organised for the middle of next month to reassess. For now, it`s probable that others will be talking about you in positive terms and that yes, you could move off in fresh and positive direction.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

As a fire sign, you rather enjoy the excitement of plunging into a plan or, perhaps, a new alliance without much thought. That`s what this week is about. Knowing that, waste no time on analysis, even with those whose intentions are good. For now, let each hour`s events guide you; and those practicalities? You`ll be ready to tackle them in a week or so.

If you`re starting on anything new, good planning is something to aim for now. Once you`ve decided on the best steps to take to reach your goal, you need to get to work. The sooner you make a start, the faster you will see results. Putting yourself in the limelight will give you an attractive glow. People appreciate you for your talents and your leadership skills. This is a great time to build a social network of talented people.

Mars has arrived in another of the fire signs, Sagittarius, and your risk assessment operating system may not be working too well! It`s highly likely that you`ll be in the mood to speculate to accumulate. Check that you have some brakes working as you could hit buffers on Friday 10th at the Lunar Eclipse. True, it may be that its decisions taken by others (notably Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn colleagues) that have impact on your life – and decisions you plan to make before the end of the month. Excited as you may be about a new project, take time to put in firm foundations. Yes, you may well be distracted by the antics of others and perhaps envious that they`re moving off – apparently at speed. It`s important however, that you don`t create more work for yourself and instead take practical steps to ensure that bases are covered at every stage.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Obviously, you`d rather have solid facts to back up the tempting ideas or offers coming your way. However, with things moving so swiftly, there`s little chance of getting the variety of information you want. Instead, trust your already powerful instincts about the people or circumstances involved and say a tentative `yes`. This shows you`re intrigued but gives you room to gather more facts and, equally, negotiate.

A series of meetings or interviews will help you advance your personal agenda. Stop worrying about the impression you might make on others. Just be yourself and take this chance to pitch an unusual idea or showcase your talents. Love is all around you now. Your amour is making plans that will keep the fires of your relationship burning. Are you single? Romance is about to come into your life. Be prepared for a passionate time.

Mars has now arrived at the very base of your solar chart and, like a `cat on a hot tin roof` you may be anxious to get busy. Making changes to both your domestic and working environment appear high priority. It would be understandable given the Lunar Eclipse on Friday, 10th, if you wanted to close the door on one chapter and get busy opening the next. It`s not as if progress can`t be made either. Where you will likely excel is in planning. You have a great gift for risk assessment and for analysis generally. Your creativity in these fields is second to none. Allow yourself time to go over details and to create the masterplan you plan to implement later this month.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

For ages you`ve sensed there`d be changes in elements of your way of living, working, loving or, possibly, a combination of them all.. While there`ve been shakeups, what`s currently coming your way is more far-reaching than you`d previously imagined possible. Yet, deep down, this is a relief. For now, focus on exploring. The more you learn, the clearer your thinking and priorities will be.

If you aren`t happy, what can you do to change this? How long are you going to remain in a situation that bores you? You can`t stay in the same rut forever and it is time to take control of your life by making plans to move on. You are more likely to realise your potential by setting lofty goals. Whether you`re trying to get funding for a social enterprise or applying for a new job, you are very capable of presenting your views in an engaging way.

Given the approaching lunar eclipse next Friday, 10th, it`s probable that you`re recognising the closing of a chapter. This eclipse accents the backbone of your solar chart. Domestic and career change is far more likely than not. Excitingly, with Mars having moved into Sagittarius, increased communication with those who live and work far away is probable. You might also get involved with legal matters – or if not then detailed paperwork. The number of matters to attend to is likely to be great. Transport issues might also have your attention with developing needs requiring a new approach. In short, this could be a very busy seven days and arguably essential that you work as hard at maintaining a good work-play balance as you do at ensuring that the chapter that is closing is done so with grace.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

The current talk of life-changing decisions is nothing new. It`s just that while, in the past, you`ve been able to sidestep these, you now fear they`re inevitable.. They are. However, only once you`re in the midst of these dramatic and, yes, unsettling developments will you realise they`re not just a good idea, they`re exactly what you`ve been seeking, but in a completely unanticipated form.

Sometimes it`s a good idea to follow orders and sometimes it isn`t. There`s a lot to be said for common sense. You don`t see the need to conform for the sake of propriety. A better idea would be to think about what`s being asked of you and why. If you can see a better way, suggest it. Personal relationships and private interests are going well and that`s because you are able to keep your best interests in view. Family life is a source of profound pleasure.

Next Friday, 10th, there is a Lunar Eclipse for many people this is going to mark a significant moment. This eclipse is in Cancer, another of the Water signs. A Lunar Eclipse is of course a sophisticated Full Moon and it would be understandable if emotionally you experienced a high or – perhaps, a low. Obviously much depends on your personal chart. It should be remembered that yours is one of the most sensitive signs of the zodiac. It would be understandable if you picked up on other people`s confusion or yes, also their excitement. The point here is that you could be buffeted by waves from multiple directions. Focusing on what`s important to you might not be so easy. With your ruling planet, Mars, now moving through another of the Fire signs, it would be understandable if you got all steamed up about certain issues. Make sure that you factor in plenty of time out and give yourself points when you achieve goals.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Usually you`ve no problem making decisions, even those that will alter your direction, if not change your destiny. Yet now you`re anxious and, worse, lack options. However, not only are you short of facts, the eclipsed Full Moon on 10 January will trigger a dramatic shift in circumstances. Plunge in now and you`ll be in the midst, and able to take part while they`re actually happening.

Sometimes you can be too impetuous for your own good. Your impatience to get results could make a difficult situation worse. Getting into arguments will be a waste of your time and energy. You can bypass any problems with a little innovative thinking. Don`t let silly excuses like money, work or family commitments distract you from exploring new possibilities. As the year begins, take this opportunity to turn the page and begin a new chapter.

Mars is now moving through your sign and until the middle of next month, the need to break free of any bounds will likely be great. However, this coming Friday, 10th, there is a Lunar Eclipse. This is significant for all signs. In your case, it could be that financial matters require attention and effectively clip your wings reducing options. That though, need not stop you plotting and planning. Aided and abetted – most likely by those born under Libra or Aquarius, – you could put plans in place to travel in a few months` time. For now, the need to adhere and accept certain restrictions, though hugely irritating, may be important for your long-term well-being. It is highly likely too that friends will beat a path to your door asking for advice on their career direction. Though not an unusual role for you, it would be understandable if you experienced moments of envy at the seemingly endless opportunities opening up for them.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

You don`t mind change but prefer to be involved in both organising plans and the timing. However, between the powerful Capricorn eclipsed New Moon on 26 December and the eclipsed Full Moon on Friday 10 January, events are dictating their pace and direction. This is best, because you`ll have an open mind and be ready for even the most unexpected of twists and turns.

What starts off as a bargain hunt could lead to temptations you are better off avoiding. Don`t give in to the urge to splash out on an overpriced luxury item. Once the novelty has worn off, you will never use it. Put your money into a savings account instead. It`s time to face reality. You`ve been too quick to blame others for lost opportunities. Take responsibility for your life and your future. Focus on what you really want and you will achieve.

Saturn has been moving through your sign. This is rarely a pleasant experience – perhaps only so for those who enjoy hard work and are congratulated on diligence. Saturn can leave you feeling heavy and even morose. It may seem that nothing is moving forward at a speed that is acceptable. You may need to wait a few weeks yet. That said, an important Lunar Eclipse in your opposite sign this Friday, 10th, suggests a turning point will be reached. This may not be entirely comfortable. It could be that you`re pushed into making a decision before you feel ready. Emotionally you could feel raw. It might help to take time out to discuss matters with a mentor and also, to make a list of all that you have achieved in the last 18 months. That list may be considerable. Given that opportunity is likely to come your way in 2020, a review of your CV might not be a bad idea either.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Generally, you`ll discuss your plans with others, not because you want their advice as the actual process of turning those ideas into points you can talk about clears your mind. This is very much the case now, although you won`t be able to ignore the advice of others. Nor should you. In several situations, they`re better informed about facts and the players involved than you are.

You have some interesting ideas. Instead of worrying about how these might be received, share them. Someone in a position of power will be keen to encourage and support you. Don`t force conversations. Just be yourself as it`s virtually impossible for some people to resist your charm. Take the chance to get started on a personal project you started planning last year. People who are with you now will inspire you into action. New friends will also offer welcome encouragement.

Mars is now moving through the networking area of your solar chart and investing time and energy to ensure your status within groups in association is where you want it to be would be wise – especially over Tuesday and Wednesday when you could make useful connexion. Bear in mind that there is an important Lunar Eclipse next Friday, 10th. Many people, – notably Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn may have determined it`s time to change direction. Their decisions will likely affect you. These could also leave you with opportunities to explore closer to your birthday. For now, excitement may be building with discussion about strategies to get through 2020. This could find you at your best. Note that in December (yes, a long time away, but worth knowing about), Jupiter and Saturn align your sign. The spotlight will fall on you. Preparation – and rehearsal begins now.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Listening to others` concerns, ideas and, especially, dramas is part of being close. While, mostly, you`re clear about those situations where you`re meant to do no more than be attentive, at the moment certain individuals seem to want advice. Tempting as it is, for now, say nothing. They`re unclear what`s happening but, even more, at this juncture, you don`t know enough to offer sound guidance.

You have some big dreams for the future. The only thing that has held you back so far is a lack of confidence. Joining a group or volunteer organisation will put you in touch with people who share your interests and a new friend`s upbeat attitude will inspire you to go after your dreams. A Taurus or Virgo relative will advise you on how to make the most of your resources. Any project involving recycled material will be successful.

Mars has arrived at the apex of your solar chart and it is likely you are craving excitement and knowledge. In this state it`s probable you will attract others who are in adventurous mood. Yet you could be caught out by next Friday`s Lunar Eclipse in another of the Water signs, Cancer. Anticipate that many people will be talking about making changes `if only`. Yes, this is true a large part of the time, but perhaps especially so this January. A build-up of planets in Capricorn will be challenging for all to negotiate. You may feel you`ve entered a cul-de-sac more than once. These times though will pass. In the interim, it may be important to deal with an archive mess. It`s entirely possible that there are items around that have considerable value and which are overdue for attention. Making this top priority should bring advantages after Venus enters your sign on the 14th.

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