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
To my friends and my community, let’s continue building our community while staying safe, well and connected! So mote it be!
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 Columbina begins 3/20 – 4/17
18: Celtic Tree Month Fearn (Alder) March 18 to April 14
What’s Happening in March?
Herb of the Year for 2020: Blackberries, raspberries, and their cousins (Rubus ssp.) Named by the International Herb Association
Flower of the Month for March: Daffodil
April 3 – National Chocolate Mousse Day
April 7: Full Moon–Wind Moon at 10:35 pm. April is a month of pending rebirth, as the earth and soil, prepare for new life to sprout. Watch as the natural world around you begins to change; this will appear as a supermoon. ~ Patti Wigington
The Moon Phase: New Moon
The beginning of a new cycle.
Goddess Aspect: Maiden
Associated Goddesses: Artemis, Branwen, Eriu, Nymph, Epona
Magickal Attributes: Invoking. Workings On This Day Are For Starting New Ventures, New Beginnings, Love, Romance, Health Or Job Hunting.
Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. Visualize your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. New Moon workings can be done from the day of the new moon to three-and-a-half days after. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting.
Biddy Tarot Card of the Week
by Brigit | Biddy Tarot
The card drawn for this week is the Page of Swords Reversed.
Are you holding yourself back from expressing your truth? With so much transformational energy this month it is time for you to release the fear and share your message! Share your authentic self and be sure that you are honoring your commitments too.
If you are feeling overwhelmed, it’s okay to slow down. Make sure you are using your energy wisely and don’t try to do everything all at once.
Ask the Tarot: How can I best express myself?
Llewellyn’s Spell a Day
Maiden, Mother, Crone: Loving Guides
March 29, 2020 by Raven Digitalis
We all deserve to feel love within ourselves and be able to receive it just as fully. Purchase (or grow) three roses or similarly beautiful flowers. When the flowers are at their peak of beauty, use natural twine (such as jute or cotton) to tie them together with three knots at nighttime, when the waxing moon rides high.
When tying the first knot, say:
To the mighty Maiden: Great
Goddess in her youthful form,
I offer these flowers to invoke
compassion in my heart, both
within myself and all around me.
Tie the second knot, saying:
To the mighty Mother: Great
Goddess in her life-giving form, I
offer these flowers to invoke strength
and resilience, that I am born of
love and will live love in this life.
Tie the third knot and declare:
To the mighty Crone: Great Goddess
in her wizened form, I offer these
flowers to invoke the wisdom of
cosmic love and bliss, that I ever
radiate pure love, inside and out.
Put the flowers in a natural place where you can feel the emerging signs of spring.
Justice Thread Spell
March 28, 2020 by Laura Tempest Zakroff
This spell will help to bring justice to any situation where it is needed.
You will need these items:
* White thread, at least 12 inches long
* Black thread, at least 12 inches long
Hold the white thread in your left hand and the black thread in your right. Join them together (into a double thread) and say:
May shadow and light combine to illuminate the way for justice.
Then make a central knot in the threads, saying:
By this first knot be, justice shall see.
Next, make a knot on the left side, saying:
By knot of two, justice be true.
Lastly, tie the third knot on the right side to even it out, saying:
By knot of three, so mote it be.
Carry the double thread with you or give it to a person who needs it.
A Spell to Increase Your Personal Power
March 27, 2020 by Charlie Rainbow Wolf
This spell might not make you rich or famous, but it will help you to see your worth so you can reach your greatest level of happiness and success. You’ll need a ring of some sort, one that fits comfortably on your middle finger but that you don’t wear daily.
Go outside at sundown and place the ring on the middle finger of your non-dominant hand. As you do, say:
I wear this ring to awaken
By the grace of the earth
and the light of the sky,
I am empowered and alive!
Sleep wearing the ring, then place it under your pillow during the day. Wear the ring while sleeping for the next eleven nights, then put it in a safe place. Whenever you want to reactivate the spell, simply wear the ring while you sleep and place it under your pillow the following day.
Protection Spell Jar
March 26, 2020 by Michael Furie
Here is how to make a powerful protection spell jar. Most of the ingredients can be found at the supermarket. Nettle and mullein may be more difficult to obtain, but most health food stores have them.
* 1 tablespoon nettle
* 1 tablespoon mint
* 1 tablespoon mullein
* 1 tablespoon oregano
* 1 small Mason jar (1 or 2-cup size)
* Soy (vegetable) oil
Each of the ingredients is attuned to protection. Combine the herbs and put them in the jar, then pour in enough oil to fill it to the top. Before sealing the jar, empower it by holding your hands over it, sending protection energy into the jar. Put the lid on tightly and place the jar where you will see it often. Whenever you feel in need of some extra protection, lightly shake the jar like a snow globe to “excite” the magic.
Woven Protection for the Notorious
March 25, 2020 by Susan Pesznecker
Weave a simple spell for someone you wish to protect, whether near or far.
Start with a 6-inch square of paper, then cut it into six 6 x 1-inch strips. Write the name of the person you wish to protect on both sides of the first strip. Write “WATER” and “EARTH” on both sides of strips two and three; dip them in saltwater and allow to dry. Write “AIR” and “FIRE” on both sides of strips four and five; safely pass them through the smoke above a burning candle. Customize the sixth strip with your choice of colors, runes, powdered herbs, names of deities, or any other protection you wish the strip to hold.
Weave the six strips together, adding dots of glue to hold them tight. Set it on your altar; each time you pass by, say:
Earth and air, fire and water, warp
and weft, you’re safe and blessed!
Feel Into Your Truth
March 24, 2020 by Melissa Tipton
The initial darkness of the new moon suggests that beginnings occur in the absence of seeing. This is the energy of embarking on a path even when we’re unsure where it will take us; lacking sight, we must rely on feeling. This is a wonderful balance to the tendency to overthink our way through life.
When the moon is invisible or barely visible in the night sky, perform this exercise with eyes closed to ignite your feeling sense and unite it with your intellect, supercharging your ability to make clear decisions.
Tune into your body, scanning slowly from head to toe, noticing any sensations without judging or labeling them. Breathe for a few rounds, connecting with this heightened awareness of felt sense in your body. Shift your attention to your mind, and imagine a mind light expanding into every pocket of your body, uniting feeling and thought. Bring to mind a question, and allow both modes of knowing to forge an intuitive-intellectual response.
Spring Cleaning Spell
March 23, 2020 by Ari Mankey
Spring is a great time for getting bad energy out of your home. This is an easy way to rid your house of unwanted energies.
Start by placing a small crystal you are comfortable parting with near a door in your home. Then take a bowl of salted water, and using your fingers, sprinkle the water/salt mixture around your entire house, being sure to get the mixture behind doors, in corners, and around windowpanes. The salted water will kick up any negative energy in your home, which you can then sweep into your crystal using a besom or an ordinary broom. If there was a lot of negativity in your home, the crystal may end up being hot to the touch. If this is the case, we suggest picking it up with an oven mitt and burying it outdoors.
Follow this up by smudging your home with sage to fill it with positive energy.
Dry Floor Wash Cleansing
March 22, 2020 by Laura Tempest Zakroff
Have a room that needs a bit of an energy cleansing? Mix up this dry floor wash and grab your broom!
Gather these ingredients:
* 3 tablespoons sea salt
* ½ cup each of dried rosemary, vervain, and sage
* A jar
Mix the ingredients together in the jar, then sprinkle it on the floor of the room in a counterclockwise motion. Start in the north and sprinkle just enough to make it around the room in a spiral three times. Allow the mixture to sit for fifteen minutes.
Next, take up your broom and, continuing in the same direction, sweep up the mixture, for as long as it takes. Once you’re satisfied that you have swept it all up, sweep the room one more time, this time in a clockwise direction.
If possible, dispose of your sweepings in a small fire.
Heartwings Love Notes 924: Herbs can Help Us Feel Better
Heartwings says, “Mother Nature has good medicine for us.”
Many years ago, I was a young mother with mouths to feed and appetites to satisfy. I began to read up on herbs, both for cooking and ultimately, for their healing properties. Being occupied with caring for my little family and eager to keep my mind growing, I began reading up on and experimenting with what I had in my kitchen. Ultimately this led to my giving lectures, writing articles, and learning about the many benefits of the wild herbs many think of as weeds, have to offer. Eventually, I even crafted and sold my own herbal teas and blends at a farmers’ market.
I also found my love of mythology and my growing interest in herbs coming together. Remembering that I before reading and writing became common, knowledge was often transmitted via tales, legends, and songs. Garlic is a good example. Everyone is familiar with vampire legends, with garlic being supposed to keep the biters at bay. In truth garlic is good for thinning the blood vampires are supposed to live on. it can help lower blood pressure. It is also both antibacterial and when raw, antiviral, thus killing what “bites” us. For instance, if you have a pimple, rub fresh garlic on it, it will heal it quickly.
As well, I was intrigued by an old song I sang at my folk singing gigs. Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme were featured, and I wondered if there was something magical about the combination. I made up a tea using the four dried herbs I had on my pantry shelves, and found it to be pleasant and perhaps helpful to those who drank it. Then one day a friend came to visit and almost immediately fell ill. “No need to worry,” he said, after I took his temperature and it was over 100. “I get sick like this sometimes and I’ll be fine in 3 or 4 days.
What a good opportunity to test my tea! I made him a big pot with honey to sweeten it and began feeding him pot after pot. To his great surprise his fever was gone and he was up and about the next evening. I was gratified and he was amazed. It is a great remedy for recovery from any kind of flu, because thyme is an excellent germ killer and immune booster; Rosemary is good for stimulating the circulation; Parsley is an excellent diuretic and provides vitamins and minerals; and sage dries up mucous and promotes longevity. Herbs are wonderful healers, and almost everyone has them already in their kitchens. Symptomatic relief is available and just a cupboard away.
If you do fall ill may you recover quickly, and enjoy good health soon.
Blessings and best regards, Tasha Halpert
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How to Boost Your Immune System with Herbs
by Crooked Bear Creek Organic Herbs
The coming cold and flu season is only one of the hundreds of reasons that immune function should always be at the top of your list of health priorities. The immune system doesn’t just keep sniffles away—it also is the body’s best defense against potentially deadly diseases, such as H1N1 flu, and well-known killers, such as cancer. Your daily habits, including the foods you eat and your exercise and sleep routines, have a significant effect on your immune function. And even if your lifestyle choices are exemplary, environmental toxins, emotional stress, and the wear and tear of aging all conspire to weaken immunity.
How to Protect Your Immune System
The most complex system of the body, the immune system includes the thymus gland, the spleen, bone marrow and a vast network of lymph nodes that are scattered throughout the body. The immune system also maintains a variety of white blood cells: Natural killer cells eradicate cancer cells and large white blood cells called macrophages gobble up diseased or damaged cells. In addition, specialized immune compounds, such as interferon, stimulate white blood cells to destroy cancerous cells.
Your immune system never rests—24 hours a day, every day of your life, your immune system is searching for cells that show signs of infection or cancerous changes. To support and protect your immune system, try to follow these lifestyle suggestions:
• Choose immune-boosting foods. A diet of refined, processed, sugary foods is a recipe for lowered immunity. To build strong immune function, eat a diet rich in fresh vegetables and fruits, which provide a wide range of essential antioxidants and nutrients. The immune system also depends on high-quality proteins and healthful fats, especially monounsaturated fats, such as those found in extra virgin olive oil, to repair tissues and create healthy immune cells. Studies show that adding a daily serving of yogurt with live beneficial bacteria, such as Lactobacillus acidophilus, strengthens immune function. It’s also important to reduce your intake of all types of sugars (including concentrated fruit juices) because even one serving of sugar significantly lowers immune defenses for several hours.
• Exercise—but not to excess. Science has proven that regular exercise—at least 30 minutes most days of the week—increases immune function. Moderate exercise increases the numbers of all types of white blood cells and makes natural killer cells become more active and effective. But interestingly, excessive exercise regimes, such as running a marathon, can temporarily hinder immune function.
• Reduce stress. Emotional stressors, such as depression and anxiety, stimulate the secretion of adrenal hormones, which suppress the activity of the thymus gland and white blood cells. Luckily, there are several easy ways to reduce stress in your day-to-day life. In addition to its immune-boosting effects, regular exercise is a potent stress reliever. So are meditation, deep relaxation exercises, and massage. Researchers have even found that the simple process of journal writing about stressful incidents improves immune function.
• Sleep more for better health. Lack of sleep negatively affects immune function in a few major ways. First, without enough rest, the body slows its production of disease-fighting white blood cells. Lack of sleep also impairs the activity of natural killer cells and macrophages. And finally, during deep, restful sleep, the body releases powerful immune-enhancing compounds, such as interferon. Make every effort to get enough sleep so that your body is rested and can perform these vital functions.
• Treat infections promptly. Lingering infections, such as respiratory or gum infections, tax the immune system and can significantly impair immunity. Treat infections promptly with immune-boosting herbs such as echinacea (Echinacea spp.) and garlic (Allium sativum). Whenever possible, avoid using antibiotics, because they ultimately weaken immune function. Save antibiotics for infections that cannot successfully be treated with herbs.
• Avoid toxins. Toxic chemicals impair immune function and trigger the formation of cell-damaging free radicals. Toxins are everywhere in our environment these days. Avoid as many as you can by choosing organically grown foods, as well as meats and dairy products that are produced without antibiotics or other chemicals. Use natural alternatives to toxic products in your home, garden, and workplace. Whenever possible, avoid exposure to radiation, including x-rays unless absolutely necessary, because radiation damage is cumulative.
Treating Infections Naturally
Learn how to use natural extracts to help boost your immune system and fight off infection.
Naturopath Christopher Vasey offers a way to break free from the threat of antibiotic-resistant germs and presents a variety of powerful natural antibiotic and antiviral remedies for strengthening your immune system and fighting off illness.
This chapter demonstrates how to use natural antibiotics with specific examples. To do this, we will touch on around fifty of the most common infectious diseases. These afflictions are classified in accordance with the organ system to which they belong. We will start with the infections of the digestive tract and then move on to those of the respiratory tract and the ear, nose, and throat region, the urinary tract, the genital organs, and the skin. The last group will pull together the general infections that are not confined to one organ system but strike the whole body.
If some infectious diseases are not discussed here, this does not mean they cannot be treated with natural antibiotics. On the contrary, because of the broad spectrum of action that most of these antibiotics have, there will always be several that could be helpful. Which one should you choose? Because natural antibiotics have a predilection for organ systems, rather than diseases, determine which organ system the disease in question affects, and then choose an antibiotic whose primary sphere of action includes that system.
As for the choice of essential oils, I would like to point out that the most effective ones for a specific illness can be determined with precision thanks to an aromatogram. This test is performed like an antibiogram but with essential oils instead of conventional antibiotics. First, the germ responsible for the illness is sampled (extracted from a urine or stool sample or a throat scraping) and cultivated in a laboratory, and then it is put in contact with a wide range of essential oils. Depending on whether the germ’s growth is greatly or weakly interrupted, we can learn which essential oils are most active against it. This test is performed in specially equipped analytical laboratories.
Warning: Improperly treated infectious diseases can have very serious consequences for your health. While the therapeutic treatments suggested here are very effective, they cannot take the place of the informed counsel of a medical professional. In serious cases, you should always seek the assistance of a trained physician.
The Treatment Structure
Each treatment described in this chapter includes a definition of the disease, a list of the natural antibiotics that are effective against it, and one or two examples of how to use those natural antibiotics to treat the disease in question.
The definitions of the diseases—in italics—are brief and only paint a general picture. They aim only at recalling the diseases’ primary manifestations and origin (bacteria, virus, fungi, or parasite). In any case, they are not detailed enough to be used to establish a diagnosis.
Recommended Natural Antibiotics
The natural antibiotics indicated for each illness are divided into three groups: essential oils, mother tinctures, and “other” (that is, all other preparations). Within each group, the remedies are listed according to their value in treating the disease in question. That means that the first remedy in each list is generally considered the most effective for that particular disease, but keep in mind that infections work differently in different people, and different people respond differently to the remedies, so you must learn for yourself, from trial and error, experience, and observation, which remedies work best for you in any given situation.
For the essential oils and mother tinctures, I note that these are the principal options. In other words, they are the ones that are most often recommended and have proven effective in treating the disease in question. I have excluded from this book those natural antibiotics that are tricky to handle or can cause serious side effects. Our selection is therefore necessarily limited, incomplete, and subjective. Numerous other essential oils and mother tinctures can be used to your advantage.
Most treatment examples call for combining an oral remedy with a topical one. The purpose of this combination is to introduce the maximum amount of active constituents into the body. A sufficiently high dosage taken only orally can sometimes cause digestive discomfort or digestive distress. Separating part of the dosage into a topical application allows the dosage to remain high without overwhelming the digestive system.
For most of the diseases discussed in this chapter, you will find that at least one of the treatment examples avoids the internal use of essential oil. Some people simply have no tolerance for ingesting essential oils; these rare individuals find them too strong, too stimulating, or too aggressive. Even people who tolerate oral doses of essential oils may, after several days of treatment, begin to find them irritating, and in that case, they can switch over to a different treatment.
Often several essential oils or mother tinctures are recommended for a specific disease. If you like, you can blend these natural antibiotics, so long as you do not exceed the normal recommended dosage. For example, instead of 3 drops of thyme essential oil, you can take 1 drop of thyme essential oil, 1 drop of niaouli essential oil, and 1 drop of savory essential oil. The total dose remains 3 drops, but you can take advantage of the particular strengths of all three natural antibiotics.
Using Natural Antibiotics Orally
To take a mother tincture internally, you can simply dilute it in a little water. But the same is not true for essential oils. Because they are insoluble in water, they float to the surface of the liquid (as do all oils) and the bulk of the remedy remains glued to the wall of the glass. Thus, to take essential oils orally, you must take them with support, such as honey, which acts as a carrier, or with a dispersant. These products are all the more beneficial because they keep the delicate mucous membranes of the mouth from having direct contact with the essential oils, which, being quite concentrated, can be irritating to the tissues when undiluted.
Supports for Essential Oils
A wide variety of supports for taking essential oils orally is available. The most important quality for supports is that they thoroughly coat the essential oil so that the mucous membranes of the mouth and stomach are not irritated by direct contact.
The most commonly recommended support is honey. Mix the recommended dosage of essential oil with 1 teaspoon of honey, then swallow the mixture as is or diluted in a bit of warm water.
Other support substances are equally suitable. Among them, we find crustless bread, white cheese or yogurt, pureed potato, and whey.
You can also ask your pharmacist to put essential oils into 50-milligram capsules.
Dispersants for Essential Oils
Dispersants are emulsifying products specially manufactured for aromatherapy (brands such as Springfields). Made entirely from plant substances, they disperse the essential oil into billions of microscopic particles and coat them. This causes them to lose their irritating character and makes it easy to blend with water. You add the essential oils to the dispersant, stir, and then add a little water. The mixture then looks like a milky liquid, and it’s ready to drink. The proportions of the blend vary depending on how strong the essential oil is:
• Gentle essential oils (tea tree, basil, eucalyptus, lavender, niaouli, palmarosa, ravinsara): Add 1 drop of essential oil to 10 drops of dispersant.
• Strong essential oils (oregano, savory, thyme): Add 1 drop of essential oil to 20 drops of dispersant.
Using Natural Antibiotics Topically
Some essential oils and grapefruit seed extract are too irritating, or even caustic, to be applied directly to the skin. Depending on an individual’s sensitivity, they can cause painful tingling and even burns, with blisters.
It is therefore essential to dilute these substances before applying them to the skin. While water is enough to dilute grapefruit seed extract, oily support is required for essential oils. Sweet almond oil is the most commonly recommended, but any oil can be used: sunflower, olive, canola, and so forth. One teaspoon of oil is enough to dilute 4 to 6 drops of essential oil. If you need to make enough ointment for a large surface, like the thorax in the case of bronchitis, or the lower belly in the case of cystitis, you would dilute 10 to 15 drops of essential oil in 1 tablespoon of sweet almond oil.
Three essential oils are particularly gentle and can usually be applied undiluted (though hypersensitive skin may sometimes still react to them). These three are ravinsara, lavender, and palmarosa. All the others should be diluted, and most especially the essential oils of oregano, savory, and thyme, which are particularly irritating.
Note: Topical applications are intended only for the skin and not the mucous membranes (the nose, eyes, genital organs, and so on). These areas are too sensitive for treatment with essential oils. Great care should be taken to avoid them when applying preparations of essential oils to the neighboring skin surfaces.
Natural Antibiotic Dosages
Natural remedies are not prescribed in fixed dosages, as is the case for conventional antibiotics and other pharmaceutical medications. Their dosage is always individualized and adjusted to the patient being treated. The dosage is increased or reduced in accordance with the patient’s temperament and vitality, the progression of the disease, and so on. The dosages indicated in the treatment examples are therefore only averages. Nevertheless, they should be increased only with caution.
The treatment examples do not always indicate the duration of the treatment, as the duration will depend on the development of the illness. As a general rule, treatment is always limited to a certain period of time, especially for treatments based on essential oils, which range from three to four days to around two weeks.
The sole essential oil treatment that can be extended over a period of several months is for fungal infections like Candida albicans. Eradication of this fungus requires long-term action. The dosages are adjusted with this in mind—that is, they are relatively low so that they can be continued for months. If you begin to feel antipathy or disgust for the remedy during the course of a long-duration treatment, it is best to stop taking it; you could replace it with mother tinctures, plant infusions, propolis, or grapefruit seed extract. Grapefruit seed extract, in fact, can generally be taken without any problems for very long periods, from several months to an entire year.
Natural Antibiotics and Antivirals by Christopher Vasey, N.D. © 2018 Healing Arts Press. Printed with permission from the publisher Inner Traditions International. http://www.InnerTraditions.com
How To Use Crystals To Keep Calm AF
How are you? We know that you are probably stressing out and you are anxious AF with all that’s happening in the world. We know it’s scary, and the situation is unprecedented, but, you can’t continue to stress yourself out. Keeping a clear mind, an optimistic attitude and being compassionate with yourself and others should be a top priority now. Easier said than done? Nope, we got you.
To help you keep your cool during these stressful times, we are sharing with you the anxiety and stress relief crystals that we work with the most during any stressful situation, and now more so than ever. We hope these help you release a little stress and anxiety while you are keeping yourself healthy and safe!
How Can Selenite Help You Stay Calm?
Selenite is an amazing crystal to meditate with or work with during the day on remaining calm by:
Keep It Where You Work
If you are working from home or just doing some work at home, it’s really helpful to keep your selenite as close to your work station as possible.
Cleanse Your Other Crystals
Selenite is one of the few crystals that is completely self-cleaning. AND, not only do you not have to do any of that, you can use it to cleanse other crystals.
How Can Amethyst Help You Stay Calm?
Stress often has a way of bleeding into our dreams sometimes. Which is why we recommend using Amethyst for nighttime help.
1. Cleanse Your Amethyst
2. Hold your Amethyst in your palm and gently whisper directly into the crystal ‘peaceful sleep’ three times. Yes, you will look weird AF. Yes, this absolutely works.
3. Place the crystal under your pillow, under your mattress or as close to your bed as you can. Get comfy and ready for sleep.
To Stay Calm AF All Day, Every Day, Get Yourself A Calm AF Kit
We are freaking out, just like you! But, we pulled ourselves together thanks to working with our crystal buddies. These days have been very harsh, and it was a real struggle that we managed to pull ourselves together.
We are so grateful that we had access to these tools that helped us immensely. A lot of people have been asking us for tips on how to remain calm, so we put together our Calm AF Kit to help you out in battling anxiety, stress and panic.
It includes Amethyst, Selenite, Larvikite Bracelet and a Palo Santo Stick to help you remain calm, and keep your crystals in good shape. We hope it helps! Click here to get your kit.
And no matter what gorgeous, keep yourself healthy and safe ❤
Essential Oils for Stress Relief
By Cathy Wong, Medically reviewed by Caitilin Kelly, MD
If you live with chronic stress, practicing mind/body techniques (such as mindfulness meditation) and talking to a mental health professional may help lessen your worries and unwind your mind. There’s also some research suggesting that the scent of aromatherapy essential oils may help.
Here are nine popular scents, with tips on how to use them.
Lavender Essential Oil
One of the best-known essential oils in aromatherapy, lavender oil is prized for its calming effects on the body and mind and ability to lessen anxiety. During a study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, for instance, participants were exposed to a stressor prior to completing a memory task. Those who inhaled a lavender aroma prior to being stressed performed better than those who inhaled a placebo aroma.
In a study published in International Journal of Nursing Practice, aromatherapy using a 3% lavender oil spray on clothing was found to be effective in reducing work-related stress for three to four days.
Lavender oil can be found in a variety of aromatherapy products, including bath salts and massage oil. Another way to take advantage of the soothing scent of lavender: sipping lavender-infused herbal tea, which is sold in many natural-foods stores.
Overall, lavender oil has a calming effect of the body and is extremely useful in reducing stress.
Bergamot Essential Oil
The oil that gives Earl Grey tea its signature fragrance, bergamot essential oil is widely used in aromatherapy. Sourced from the peel of a citrus fruit known as Citrus bergamia, this essential oil may help to lessen your stress.
While research on the effects of bergamot essential oil is fairly limited, some studies show that the oil may help reduce stress and promote relaxation.
A 2017 study published in Phytotherapy Research, for instance, found that exposure to the aroma of bergamot essential oil for 15 minutes improved participants’ positive feelings in the waiting room of a mental health treatment center.
Bergamot essential oil may also improve negative emotions and fatigue and lower saliva cortisol levels (a hormone often called the body’s “stress hormone”), according to a 2015 study.
When using bergamot essential oil for stress relief, the oil should be combined with a carrier oil (such as jojoba, sweet almond, or avocado) before being applied sparingly to the skin or added to a bath.
Bergamot can be irritating to the skin and cause dermatitis in some people. It can also make the skin more sensitive to sun exposure that can variably lead to redness, burn, blisters or skin darkening.
You can also inhale the soothing scent by sprinkling a drop or two of the oil onto a cloth or tissue or using an aromatherapy diffuser.
Lemongrass Essential Oil
For natural relief of anxiety, some individuals turn to aromatherapy involving the use of lemongrass essential oil, an oil sourced from the lemongrass herb (Cymbopogon citratus). Inhaling the scent of the oil (or applying it to skin sparingly after combining it with a carrier oil) is thought to promote relaxation and reduce anxiety symptoms.
Although there’s limited research on the effectiveness of lemongrass essential oil, a study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine in 2015 found that participants exposed to lemongrass essential oil had an immediate reduction in anxiety and tension and recovered quickly from an anxiety-inducing situation compared to those who inhaled a control aroma (tea tree oil) or a placebo.
Neroli Essential Oil
An aromatherapy remedy with a sweet and spicy aroma, neroli essential oil is sometimes used to ease anxiety.
Proponents claim that breathing in the scent of this essential oil (sourced from the flowers of the bitter orange tree) can help promote calm and stop excessive worrying.
Research on the effects of neroli (citrus aurantium L.) essential oil is fairly limited. In a study published in Hepato-gastroenterology, for instance, participants inhaled either neroli oil or a control (sunflower oil) before undergoing a colonoscopy. Those who had inhaled neroli oil had lower systolic blood pressure (the top number in a blood pressure reading), however, there was no change in anxiety or pain.
Inhalation of neroli is used as a sedative in some health centers outside the United States. A 2014 study showed improvement in menopausal symptoms in menopausal women and a decrease in PMS symptoms in university subjects with inhalation of neroli.
A 2005 study using olfactory stimuli with lemon found that it improved concentration, mood, and memory in fourth-grade pupils.
Lemon Essential Oil
Lemon essential oil, sourced from the leaves of the lemon plant, have been found in preliminary studies in animals to have sedative and anxiety-reducing properties.
Rich in linalool (a compound found in lemons, oranges, basil, mangos, grapes, lavender, and other foods and flowers), practitioners of aromatherapy often use lemon essential oil to relieve stress, improve mood, promote sleep, and ease symptoms of depression.
In the UK, personal aromatherapy inhaler devices have been used in a cancer center to promote relaxation and relieve nausea, with lemon essential oil being one of the most commonly used scents.
Yuzu Essential Oil
A scent long used in aromatherapy, Japanese yuzu essential oil is sometimes touted as a natural solution for stress relief.
It’s thought that breathing in the citrus fragrance of this essential oil can suppress sympathetic nervous system activity (responsible for the body’s fight or flight response) and, in turn, promote relaxation.
Ten minutes of yuzu scent inhalation was found to decrease salivary chromogranin A (an indicator of stress and sympathetic nervous system activity) and negative emotional stress, according to a small study.
In a study published in Complementary Therapies in Medicine, inhalation of yuzu essential oil decreased anxiety levels in mothers caring for sick children at a pediatric clinic.
Orange Essential Oil
Need to unwind? Preliminary research suggests that breathing in the sweet aroma of orange essential oil may help alleviate your anxiety. A study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, for instance, found that participants who inhaled sweet orange essential oil did not have an increase in anxiety or tension during an anxiety-inducing situation, unlike those who inhaled a control aroma (tea tree oil) or a placebo.
Another type of orange essential oil known as bitter orange (Citrus aurantium) was found to reduce anxiety during a simulated public speaking event, according to a 2017 study.
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
Almost 67 million Americans have high blood pressure, a major risk factor for heart disease. To help bring your blood pressure down and boost your heart health, it’s crucial to maintain a healthy weight, exercise regularly, follow a balanced diet, limit your intake of salt and alcohol, and avoid smoking.
Preliminary research also suggests that ylang ylang essential oil (a substance long used in aromatherapy) may be of some benefit to people with high blood pressure. For instance, a small study published in 2012 found that breathing in the scent of an aromatherapy blend containing ylang ylang essential oil led to a decrease in blood pressure and stress-hormone levels.
While it’s too soon to recommend ylang ylang essential oil for blood pressure control, incorporating aromatherapy with ylang ylang into your self-care routine might offer stress-reducing benefits that could enhance your overall health.
Although ylang-ylang can be relaxing, don’t use it before an exam. One study comparing ylang-ylang aroma with peppermint aroma found that while peppermint enhanced memory, ylang-ylang caused calmness but impaired memory and lengthened processing speed.
Frankincense Essential Oil
A bottle of frankincense essential oil with frankincense resin
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An aromatherapy oil with a sweet, woody scent, frankincense essential oil is sometimes used to unwind and ease stress. Typically sourced from the resin of the Boswellia tree, frankincense essential oil is also said to alleviate anxiety.
So far, research on the stress-relieving effects of frankincense essential oil is very limited. While there’s currently a lack of scientific support for the claim that frankincense can fight stress, it’s possible that using this essential oil in combination with relaxing oils like lavender, rose, and orange drops of the oil onto a cloth or tissue could help you calm down.
When using essential oils, make sure to combine the oil with a carrier oil (such as jojoba, sweet almond, or avocado), before applying it to your skin or adding it to your bath. You can also use an aromatherapy diffuser or vaporizer, or sprinkle a few drops of the oil onto a cloth or tissue and then breathe in its aroma.
More Tips on Using Essential Oils for Stress
by Cathy Wong
Despite aromatherapy’s long history of use, there is still a lack of large-scale clinical trials exploring the effects of aromatherapy on anxiety. While an essential oil combined with a carrier oil and massaged into your skin or added to a bath may help you unwind after a stressful day, consult your healthcare provider before using essential oils for any condition.
While nearly everyone experiences stress every now and then, it’s important to watch out for signs of an anxiety disorder.
If you’re experiencing symptoms like a near-constant presence of worry or tension, difficulty concentrating, and sleep disruption, or have other symptoms that concern you, be sure to talk to your healthcare provider.
Life’s Natural Rhythm
by Madisyn Taylor
Slowing down and listening to your own natural rhythm can quickly connect you to the Universe.
Nature’s natural rhythms orchestrate when day turns to night, when flowers must bloom, and provides the cue for when it is time for red and brown leaves to fall from trees. As human beings, our own inner rhythm is attuned to this universal sense of timing. Guided by the rising and setting of the sun, changes in temperature, and our own internal rhythm, we know when it is time to sleep, eat, or be active. While our minds and spirits are free to focus on other pursuits, our breath and our heartbeat are always there to remind us of life’s pulsing rhythm that moves within and around us.
Moving to this rhythm, we know when it is time to stop working and when to rest. Pushing our bodies to work beyond their natural rhythm diminishes our ability to renew and recharge. A feeling much like jet lag lets us know when we’ve overridden our own natural rhythm. When we feel the frantic calls of all we want to accomplish impelling us to move faster than is natural for us, we may want to breathe deeply instead and look at nature moving to its own organic timing: birds flying south, leaves shedding, or snow falling. A walk in nature can also let us re-attune is to her organic rhythm, while allowing us to move back in time with our own. When we move to our natural rhythm, we can achieve all we need to do with less effort.
We may even notice that our soul moves to its own internal, natural rhythm, especially when it comes to our personal evolution. Comparing ourselves to others is unnecessary. Our best guide is to move to our own internal timing, while keeping time with the rhythm of nature.
by Madisyn Taylor
There is a freedom in being naked that few enjoy, because we have been learned to be embarrassed.
For most of us, it is probably difficult to remember the last time we were comfortably naked for a period of time longer than 20 minutes or so. Many of us are only naked for the length of time it takes us to shower or bathe. We quickly dry off and put our clothes or pajamas on, without taking even a moment to enjoy the feeling of the air against our bare skin. Most of us learned that this was the way to do things from a young age, and we may not have been exposed to another way of thinking, but many cultures regard nudity as completely acceptable, even in somewhat public settings. If you have ever had the good fortune to assimilate yourself to this way of doing things, you may have found the experience liberating enough to allow it to influence the rest of your life.
Perhaps you swam topless in Tahiti or took a sauna in Sweden or Finland. In many American cities, you can find the experience of unselfconscious nudity in a Russian or Korean spa. You may have noticed the lack of vanity in people who are comfortable with their naked bodies. Old ladies and young girls sit side by side, seemingly without concern for how they appear. We see that it is not necessary to hide our imperfections; from cellulite to wrinkles, all is accepted with equilibrium. We can see the beauty and naturalness of our different bodies, accepting ourselves as just right, just as we are. Being naked in front of children can be discussed with your spouse and a plan developed for your family. Children have their way of letting you know when they are ready for a clothes-only family.
If this sounds appealing, you might try carving out some time in your day in which you let yourself be naked. You could delay dressing for 10 minutes after your shower, gradually increasing the time to 20 minutes or half an hour. You might also want to try sleeping naked, a sensual delight that is especially wonderful in hot summer months. If you have a private garden, a naked sunbath might be just the thing. Whatever your choice, finding time to be as naked as the day you were born can awaken feelings of contentment, freedom, and self-love.
Herbalism Reading List
By Patti Wigington
Many Pagans are interested in magical herbalism. There is a lot of information out there, so if you’re looking for books to guide you in your herbalism studies, here are some useful titles to add to your collection! Bear in mind that some focus more on folklore and medicinal history rather than Neopagan practice, but all are books that are worthy of referencing.
Also, it’s important to note that there is a difference between using an herb magically and INGESTING it. Be safe when using herbs in magic, and don’t take anything in a manner that could be potentially harmful to you or others.
Culpeper’s Herbal, by Nicolas Culpeper
Nicholas Culpeper was a 17th-century English botanist and herbalist, as well as a physician, and spent a significant part of his life wandering around outside documenting the many medicinal herbs that the earth has to offer. The end result of his life’s work was Culpeper’s Complete Herbal, in which he blended his scientific knowledge with his belief in astrology, explaining how each plant had not only medicinal properties but planetary associations that guided it in healing and curing disease. His work had a significant impact on not only medical practice of his time, but modern healing methods as well. This is a handy resource to have on hand for anyone who is interested in the metaphysical correspondences of herbs and other plants.
A Modern Herbal, by Maude Grieve
Maude Grieve, born in the mid-1800s, was the founder of a medicinal and herbal farm in England, and was also a Fellow of the Royal Horticultural Society. Much like the work of Nicholas Culpeper, Mrs. Grieve spent a great part of her life working with herbs and other plants. Her books, collectively known as A Modern Herbal, provide not only scientific and medical information about plants, but also at the folklore surrounding their use and properties. These books contain information on plants not only from Mrs. Grieve’s native Britain but also the rest of the world, and is a worthy investment for anyone interested in horticulture, botany, herbalism, or plant folklore.
The Herb Book, by John Lust
With listings for over 500 commonly found plants and herbs, this book is one of the best known in the field, and is probably one of the most complete plant catalogs written today. Includes information on medicinal usage, scientific background and taxonomy, cosmetic use, folklore, and medical contraindications of herbs and plants. John B. Lust (N.D., American School of Naturopathy) was the editor and publisher of Nature’s Path magazine.
Back to Eden, by Jethro Kloss
Back to Eden is a classic guide to natural, organic living. Although it was first written in 1939, it was clearly ahead of its time. Author Jethro Kloss ran health centers in the Midwest, and eventually founded a whole foods manufacturing company. An advocate of healthy eating, Kloss wrote about holistic methods of healing and living-including less meat and grains, more veggies and fruits. This book features not only information about plants and herbs, but also a number of practical herbal remedies such as teas and poultices. Be sure to check with a physical before taking any herbal remedies internally.
The Master Book of Herbalism, by Paul Byerl
Phoenix Publishing, Inc.
This book focuses predominantly on the magical uses of various herbs, and author Paul Byerl goes into a lot of detail. While it may not be as comprehensive as some of the other “magical encyclopedias” out there, what information is provided is pretty detailed. Lots of detail on astrological influences over herbs, correspondences with gemstones and crystals, connections to deity, and use in ritual. Although the book does not include a lot of illustrations, it still provides plenty of folklore and background. Definitely for use in magical workings, although not so much for medicinal information.
Bud, Blossom and Leaf, by Dorothy Morrison
One of the reasons I love this book is because Dorothy Morrison starts everything from scratch, and Bud, Blossom and Leaf is no exception. While not an herb book per se, Morrison leads readers through the magical aspects and process of gardening. From the planning stages to planting rituals, she manages to incorporate magic into step of herb cultivation. Because herbs are more than just plants we snip and use, she takes the time to create rituals for their beginnings and endings. This book is a nice blend of magical how-to combined with advice for gardeners, so that even someone who has never grown their own herbs can learn to do so. Includes astrological and magical correspondences, as well as recipes and ideas for use.
Book of Magical Herbs, by Margaret Picton & Michelle Pickering
Barron’s Educational Series
I first stumbled across this book at a used book sale, and what a treasure it was! The Book of Magical Herbs is beautifully illustrated, and goes into depth on herb mythology and folklore. In addition to medicinal and culinary uses, there is also a significant amount of text devoted to folk remedies, traditional magic, and recipes. Interestingly, the book actually seems to take on a slightly Christianized slant, and I don’t think it was necessarily written with Pagans as the target audience. Regardless, it’s beautiful to look at and can come in very handy in your magical herbalism practices.
Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs, by Scott Cunningham
Scott Cunningham is one of those authors that people generally either love or hate. While this book is not without its flaws, to be sure, it also has a lot of really valuable information contained inside. Several hundred herbs are detailed, along with black and white illustrations, to include such things as planetary correspondences, deity connections, elemental significance, and magical properties. Just for the sheer quantity included, it’s worth having on the shelf. That having been said, there is information you won’t find in here, such as recipes for how to actually use the herbs mentioned. Comes in handy for quick and basic reference, although for more detailed information you may need to look elsewhere.
Garden Witch’s Herbal, by Ellen Dugan
From the publisher: “Ellen Dugan, the “Garden Witch,” is an award-winning author, a psychic-clairvoyant and a regular contributor to Llewellyn’s almanacs, datebooks, and calendars. A practicing Witch for over twenty-five years, she is also a certified Master Gardener.” Ellen Dugan’s love of gardening shines through in this book, and she shares a number of creative and magical ways to get in touch with the elements through the practice of gardening. While not a true herbal, in the sense of Culpeper or Grieve, this is a useful reference book to have on hand while planning your magical plantings each year.
American Household Botany, by Judith Sumner
Author Judith Sumner presents a book of herbal and plant use based on North American agriculture. Much of what is included comes from the diaries and journals of early Colonial settlers, and there is a good amount of space devoted to Native American farming techniques as well. Medicinal properties and folklore are incorporated, and there’s an interesting section on how food preservation methods have changed the way we grow and garden. Not a true herbal, but a useful book for anyone who’s interested in the process of how herbs and other plants come to our table.
Saying Yes to the Universe
by Madisyn Taylor
Saying Yes to the universe opens the gate to receiving what your soul really wants.
The hardest thing about saying yes to the universe is that it means accepting everything life puts in front of us. Most of us have a habit of going through our days saying no to the things we don’t like and yes to the things we do, and yet, everything we encounter is our life. We may be afraid that if we say yes to the things we don’t like, we will be stuck with them forever, but really, it is only through acknowledging the existence of what’s not working for us that we can begin the process of change. So saying yes doesn’t mean indiscriminately accepting things that don’t work for us. It means conversing with the universe, and starting the conversation with a very powerful word–yes.
When we say yes to the universe, we enter into a state of trust that whatever our situation is, we can work with it. We express confidence in ourselves and the universe, and we also express a willingness to learn from whatever comes our way, rather than running and hiding when we don’t like what we see. The question we might ask ourselves is what it will take for us to get to the point of saying yes. For some of us, it takes coming up against something we can’t ignore, escape, or deny, and so we are left no choice but to say yes. For others, it just seems a natural progression of events that leads us to make the decision to say yes to life.
The first step to saying yes is realizing that in the end it is so much easier than the alternative. Once we understand this, we can begin examining the moments when we resist what is happening, and experiment with occasionally saying yes instead. It might be scary at first, and even painful at times, but if we continue to say yes to every moment through the process, we will discover the joy of being in a positive conversation with a force much bigger than ourselves.
Welcome to the Loan Department
by Stephen Halpert
Willard was dressed in his new white shirt and tie to celebrate. It was his first day at the bank since his promotion from teller to loan officer. He took pride in his shiny new desk, especially the credenza beside it with a library of banking form books at his fingertips. Proudly he dusted invisible specks from his newly engraved nameplate.
At 10:05 an Uber van pulled up to the front door. A driver emerged, opened a sliding side panel and helped out an older, well-dressed woman wearing a blue business suit and bedroom slippers. Over her arm was an elaborate cloth handbag. In one hand she clutched a large Styrofoam cup of coffee. The driver pulled an enormous suitcase from the van.
“Four hundred sixty-seven dollars,” he said in broken English, a lit cigar stub stuck between his teeth.
Her eyebrows flew up, but without commenting she rummaged inside her capacious bag and pulled out a credit card.
“No take credit cards,” he said. “Told you outside a hotel in New York. Only cash or check.”
She didn’t argue; instead she set the bag on her suitcase and rooted around in it. She found a pad of checks; hastily wrote one, tore it off and with a flourish handed it to him.
The driver stared at the check, saw her generous gratuity and shrugged. He tossed away his cigar stub. It fell unnoticed into her gaping cloth handbag. He handed her her cloth bag and wrestled her oversized suitcase through the revolving door. Then he went to a teller to cash the check.
The woman surveyed the three desks in the Loan Department, saw Willard, and tugged her suitcase toward him.
Meanwhile the driver was having a dispute with a teller.
“I’m sorry sir,” she said. “But I can’t cash this check. It’s written on a bank in Romania.”
“So what?” he shrugged. “Check is check. I drive her four hours here from the hotel. I want to be paid.”
“Of course,” the teller said graciously. “Just a moment please.” She turned and left her cage.
Meanwhile the woman set her suitcase beside Willard’s desk. Then she put her handbag on his credenza and sat down heavily in his client chair. “Young man,” she sipped her coffee. “Is it possible for me to negotiate a loan.”
‘Why yes,” Willard said. He reached for one of his banking forms, smiled politely and tried to sound dignified. “What is the nature of this loan?”
“That must for now remain confidential,” she smiled back revealing uneven teeth. “Of course, you are no doubt familiar with the terrible competition surrounding investments.”
He wasn’t sure what that meant but nodded wisely and asked “How much have you in mind?”
“Four hundred million.”
He gulped. “Oh, a real jumbo.”
“Not exactly a loan. More like a letter of credit from this bank that I may draw upon funds should they be needed.” Her blue skirt rode up as she crossed her legs.
“Of course.” He felt unsure which form to give her. “And may I ask the nature of this purchase?”
She moved closer, lowered her voice to barely above a whisper. “La Belle Dame Sans Mercie. It will be next week auctioned in Paris.”
“La Belle what?”
She waved her hand dramatically. “Sans Merci,” she said emphatically. Coffee jumped from her Styrofoam cup onto Willard’s desk and splashed up onto his new white shirt and tie.
“Oh dear,” she said, “Let me help you.”
Meanwhile, the manager, approached the teller’s cage. “I’m terribly sorry,” he said pushing the check back. ‘We cannot cash this. It is not within our protocol.”
The Uber driver scowled. His face turned crimson. “No!” he slammed his hands on the counter. “This is a bank. Banks cash checks. Cash this one.”
“I’m sorry,” the manager said.
“Because it is Romanian.”
“What is wrong with Romanian?”
“Nothing I’m sure but we cannot…”
“Then if nothing is wrong with Romanian, cash it. I want my money.”
He pounded his fist harder on the shelf in front of the cage, drawing the attention of the two bank guards. They moved toward him slowly.”
Meanwhile Willard’s client grabbed her suitcase and hefted it up onto his credenza, pushing her cloth bag over in the process. “Let me help you. I’m terribly sorry.” She opened her suitcase. Lingerie burst out.
She grabbed something black and silky, reached over and began patting his stained shirt and tie.
“That’s really all right,” he said, squirming to get out from under her ministrations.
Clutching her check the Uber driver turned and made his way toward his former passenger. He slipped on some fallen lingerie and fell into her lap. He glared up at her. “You pay me.”
The two bank guards, followed by the manager rushed over and tried to grab him.
He jumped from her lap. “You pay me!” he shrieked.
The guards seized him. Swearing in some foreign language, he struggled to free himself.
The bank manager surveyed the scene. “What is she doing here?” He pointed to Willard’s client.
“”She wants to borrow 400 million for something coming to auction next week.”
“I want my money,” the struggling driver yelled between curses.
Suddenly smoke billowed from the woman’s cloth bag. Flames followed, leaping toward the ceiling. This activated the sprinkler system. Willard, his desk and everything close by was drenched.
Seeing this the woman fainted dead away.
Fire engines sounded in the distance. Customers and workers hurried toward the exits. The guards abandoned the driver and rushed over to the tellers’ cages.
The water quickly revived her and the woman opened her eyes. The Uber driver still stood there, fists clenched. She saw him and reached for his hand. “Help me,” she implored. “I’ll figure out a way to pay you.”
He sighed, shrugged and nodded. “Okay, okay.” Hastily he gathered the items that had burst from her suitcase. By now her cloth bag was sodden. He gathered that up too and led her away.
Willard surveyed the wreckage of his waterlogged desk and credenza. Swabbing at the mess he realized he was using a piece of silky black lingerie. The Branch Manager came over. He looked at Willard, sighed and said. “I trust your next client will be less exotic.” He cocked an eyebrow at the lingerie Willard was clutching. Then he nodded, patted Willard on the back and said, “Welcome to the Loan Department.”
Weekly Horoscopes Sunday, March to Saturday, April 4, 2020
From Georgia Nicols
In these scary times, many of us wonder what we can do to help, especially from home. I received an email saying some people on Vancouver Island were starting to meditate-pray at 8 PM Pacific time every night for 20 minutes (or how long you want). It’s a chance to stop and take a moment to send your energy and wishes of love and healing to all beings – people and animals. I have been doing this and I like it! It makes me feel better. Will it make others feel better? I don’t know. But I think it makes the people who are doing it feel better. Why not give it a try? Take three deep, slow breaths….and then…very slowly, let go of your cell phone.
Aries (March 21-April 19)
For the next six weeks, Mars will give lots of energy to the part of your chart related to friends, groups and organizations. This will help people who are active in essential jobs – caregivers, fire fighters and those who are joining forces with others to keep us safe. For those at home, in the next six weeks, you will be more active online interacting with groups and friends. Plus, Venus now moves into the part of your chart related to everyday contacts. This is good news! It gives you a greater appreciation for the people you encounter in your daily world. You will develop a greater appreciation for the love and support around you.
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
There are two conflicting signals coming to you from the universe. Right now, the placement of the Sun makes you want to hide in self isolation. (Sound familiar?) However, for the next six weeks, you will be super ambitious, which runs contrary to the necessity of taking a backseat. Sure enough, your ambition will be blocked this week by authorities, rules and regulations. No worries because ultimately with careful planning, you will actually attract money to you. Enjoy conversations and online interactions with younger people, in particular because they will inspire you and vice a versa.
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
Things will become more pleasant for you because fair Venus moves into your sign this week to stay for two weeks. This makes you extra charming and diplomatic! Yes, we love you! (Your bathroom mirror is covered in kisses.) It’s tough to be in self-isolation because this is a popular time for you! However, you can still reach out to others on line. Although you might feel restless in the next six weeks (because you want to travel), instead you can use this energy to study and learn something new. Explore philosophies, ideas and seeing new places through virtual tours. A conversation with a boss or parent will be significant.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
You look mahvelous dahling, mahvelous, because the Sun is at the top of your chart. (This is not surprising because many Cancer people are nurses, caregivers and in the health profession. Oh yes, you’re the big tit.) This is an excellent week to study or finish writing papers and manuscripts. Disputes about inheritances and shared property or insurance issues will come to a head but they will be resolved by the end of the week. (Good.) Meanwhile, close friends and partners are supportive and a source of joy to you. They appreciate your fabulous sense of humour. (Phyllis Diller was Sun and Moon in Cancer.) “Never go to bed mad. Stay up and fight.”
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
This is a frustrating time for Leos who are in self isolation because more than any other time of the year, you want to get outta Dodge! Fortunately, you are creative, so you will see ways to break the monotony of your daily routine. Since you are a teacher and a performer at heart, share your ideas via YouTube or Facebook with others. Give people a three-minute performance of something that appeals to you. You’re a natural! Relations with friends are warm and supportive in a calm, practical way. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, difficulties with partners and close friends will arise Your partner will be obstinate, stubborn and frozen in place. Unlike you who is cooperative, wise, all-knowing and completely flexible. It’s a pity.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
This week will be frustrating in areas related to your job, your work, your health and possibly dealing with a pet. You might feel angry. Actually, this same astrological influence gives you much energy that you can channel in other directions. You can get a lot of work done, especially work that requires concentrated focus and great discipline or a careful technique. Working with metals will be excellent. The good news is that people in authority admire you now. They see you as the voice of reason. They also see you as someone to guide them, especially in matters of peace, harmony and beauty. (That’s not too shabby.)
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
You need harmony in your surroundings. This includes colour, design, furniture arrangement, smells – anything that makes you feel relaxed with your surroundings. This is why you need to suck it up and go more than halfway when dealing with partners and close friends because this will be your quickest road to peace. Peace! Remember your objective. You want peace. Therefore, don’t make a big deal about anything. Relax. Meanwhile, opportunities in publishing, the media, the law or medicine are now at hand if you are ready to work for them. Parents will have challenges with their kids this week. But you can handle this. Fortunately, your family will be a source of joy for you this year.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
Oh my! You’re in busy mode. Running around the house with an outboard motor on your butt! Be happy that you’re motivated to get better organized and get a lot done. However, difficulties with family members will require your patience. Patience and tolerance. (Those words are in the dictionary.) You’re the most strong-willed sign in the zodiac, but without even knowing it, you can steamroller over others. Be kind to the little people. Actually, because you are strong willed with amazing self-discipline, people now look to you for support. (Especially because more than any other sign, Scorpio works in the medical profession, septic engineering, garbage and recycling and the morgues.) We need you!
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
It’s play city for you! My heart goes out to because you’re the traveller of the zodiac and this is the month when you want to be on vacation. What to do? An elaborate picnic in the backyard? Virtual tours of the great museums of the world? Skype calls to your friends in other countries? Certainly, your relations with partners and close friends are warm and cozy now because Venus is opposite your sign for the next two weeks. You’re entering a lovely month if you write, teach or edit because Mars will make you identify strongly with your ideas and opinions. Oh yes – you will speak up! Caution about coercing others to believe as you do. Not everyone carries the Centaur’s arrow of truth.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Good news! Because the Sun is at the very bottom of your chart right now, it’s easier for you to stay at home more than other signs. (Having said that, more than other signs, you have a strong sense of social responsibility to the community, so you would do this anyway.) Financial difficulties arise this week. Something might stop your earnings or cash flow. But this is temporary. You are resourceful and capable of making long-range plans related to earnings, money and your job. Capricorns never give up. You’re the mountain goat! You know that difficulties are actually character building. “No pain, no gain.” Meanwhile, one can always shop for a decent handbag online. “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.”
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
You’ll be glad to know that fiery Mars is moving into your sign where it will stay for the next six weeks. This happens only once every two years and when it occurs, it boosts your energy and makes you PowerPoint on steroids! The placement of the Sun also indicates that you are eager to move and be active with short trips and conversations with everyone. Of course, these two influences will make self-isolation at home particularly challenging for you! Fortunately, you’re a brainiac. You see the world as a global village. You understand the power of like-minded individuals to make positive changes. Romance with someone of an age difference might occur now – probably online.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
No matter what you’re doing, (and many of you are working from home) you are focused on money, earnings and cash flow. Mercury in your sign makes you eager to talk to everyone. And this week, Venus has changes signs, which brings a two-week influence that will make you want to redecorate your digs and enjoy the company of family. However, in the next six weeks, Mars will be hiding in your chart, which triggers a time of self-denial. It means you might not get credit for what you are actually doing because you have to stay in the background. Bummer! Be careful of little self-defeating acts. accept what is going on and make the best of it because it’s temporary. Meanwhile, if you think something fishy is going on – it is! Watch your back.
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