GrannyMoon’s Weekly Feast 19-26 July 2020 – Thanks for Reading!

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Happy New Moon!

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

Remember dear humans, fresh air, sunshine, and communing with nature is the best medicine. It is good for our immune system. It also lifts the spirits and it breaks up the monotony of “social distancing!” How are you doing?

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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

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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
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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.

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

Goddess Month of Kerea begins 7/11 – 8/8
Celtic Tree Calendar Month of Tinne (Holly) July 8 to August 4

July
20th New Moon in Cancer July 20, 2020
22nd Zodiac Period of Cancer ends
23rd Zodiac Period of Leo begins

Flower of the Month for July: Larkspur: Each blossom color has a different meaning: pink means fickleness, white conveys a happy nature, and purple represents a first love.

July is National Blueberry Month, National Ice Cream Month

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The Moon PhaseNew 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.

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CoventryCreations.com
BHC Newsletter Reta
July 20, 2020 – July 26, 2020

Ordinarily, New Moons are great to begin new things like projects, career objectives, and to clean the slate and start over. Although you will be inundated on social media by magical practitioners that have little astrological knowledge. We would encourage you to avoid doing magic at this time. Why? Simply put, this New Moon opposes Saturn in Capricorn.

Saturn is the planet of obstacles, limitations, and frustrations, and when you start something new under his energies, difficulties usually occur. Since Saturn is retrograde, it usually means that something from the past needs to be cleared up before you can begin something new. So, save your New Moon magic and intention work for Leo Season, when the energies are more favorable. The New Moon occurs on July 20th at 1:33 PM EST.

Coventry Candles to use this week are, Hoo Doo Uncrossing, Blessed Herbal Healing and Energy, Wicked Witch Out of My Way.

New Moon in Cancer July 20, 2020

The New Moon graciously provides us with a long-needed respite from working the plan. Ordinarily, we would provide a candle ritual to get some magic going, but this time we are going to respect the energy and let it be. Why? Simply put, this New Moon opposes Saturn in Capricorn.

Work the plan…

Work the plan and trust the process. We will be riding the rollercoaster ride of retrogrades, eclipses, and cultural disruption all summer long. It will be easy to get distracted by the changing crisis of the day, but if you stay focused on your plan and the actions it involves you will create needed stability.

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BIDDY TAROT CARD OF THE WEEK
Biddy Tarot <brigit@biddytarot.com>

Card of the Week: Strength

You have an amazing ability to overcome any obstacle. The Strength card speaks to your inner strength and knowing that you can endure life’s obstacles.

You have great stamina and persistence, balanced with patience and inner calm. You are committed to what you need to do, and you go about it in a way that shows your composure and maturity.

Your strength gives you the confidence to overcome any fears, challenges or doubts. Feel the fear and do it anyway!

You’ve got what it takes to see this situation through to the end. Allow your inner strength, personal power, strong will and determination to fuel you.

If you have been going through a rough time and are burnt out or stressed, the Strength card is encouraging you to find the power within yourself to persevere.

Ask the Tarot: How do you move through fear?

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Heartwings Love Notes 940 A Cake for All Occasions

Heartwings says, “It is good to have a quick recipe for when you want something special to serve.”

While it is counter productive to start the oven in the midst of the summer heat, this cake won’t take long. Quickly put together, it is easily made into whatever kind of a dessert you wish to serve. The last time I made this it was for Stephen’s family birthday party, and there were only a few of us, so I cut it in half and made a layer cake. It is such a simple recipe that if you are pressed for time, as long as there is time for it to cool, it can be made shortly before you need it. Made without eggs, this simple cake is good for vegans. Do not be put off by the title: Vinegar Cake

Preheat oven to 350, grease an 8X8 square baking pan. This cake does not rise high, and is nice and chocolaty. It really needs no frosting, but I include a recipe in case.

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour-gluten free baking exchange or wheat based
1 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3 Tbs cocoa powder (I added another) plus more for dusting top
1 Tbs vinegar
1 Tbs Vanilla Extract
1 cup warm water
6 Tbs Vegetable oil

Mix dry ingredients in a medium bowl, mingle wet ingredients. Make a well in the dry ingredients and add all of the liquid ingredients. Mix well. If batter isn’t liquid enough, add water a tablespoon at a time until you get a thin batter. This cake is very moist. Bake in greased 8X8 pan in 350 preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until a wooden pick in the center comes out clean and edges have pulled away slightly from the pan–this could take up to 35 minutes. Or bake in cupcake cups, a little less. Dust to your satisfaction with cocoa powder. I used a sieve and stirred the cocoa powder in it to make it come out evenly. Serves 16 or however you cut it. Or makes 12 cupcakes.

If you are using a gluten free flour or don’t want lumps it might be good to sift the ingredients together. It makes a better texture for the cake. For a simple frosting, mix 1 cup confectioners’ sugar with 2 Tbs soft butter and add 1 tsp vanilla and some milk or cream until spreadable. If cut it in half and frosted, the layer cake serves 6 or 8.

Enjoy your celebration or your dessert to the fullest!

Blessings and Best Regards, Tasha Halpert

PS Do you have a special recipe to share? I’d love to see it if so. Like most who love to cook, I can always use something new to try.

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Incense Divination
July 19, 2020 By Kate Freuler

Go outdoors and light a stick of incense. Put it in a holder in front of you and ask:

How will (state the situation) turn out?

As the incense burns, pay attention to which cardinal direction the smoke drifts to most frequently to get your answer.

North = Earth. The answer lies in the material world. The outcome may be more plain and simple than you’d like but is best for everyone.

East = Air. The answer will come to you from another person, a book, or a written message. Beware of misinformation. Listen only to those you trust.

South = Fire. The answer will arrive in a dramatic, transformative way. This may be a blow-up or sudden change. Beware of anger or arguments.

West = Water. The answer will lie in calm emotions and a peaceful resolution. Be sure not to let others sway your decisions.
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Altar Refresh Spell
July 18, 2020 By Cerridwen Iris Shea

Even when we use our altar every day and cleanse and consecrate the items for spells and rituals, we often forget to clean the altar.

Today, remove everything from your altar so it is completely bare. Wash and wipe it down. Smudge it with your favorite cleansing scent. Ground and center by standing in front of your altar, using your feet to connect to the stability of the earth beneath the floor. Breathe until you feel the connection. Bless the altar, saying:

Clean slate,
Fresh take,
Blessed fate.

Take a look at each item you removed. Clean and bless each one. Decide what you want to place back on the altar, what needs to be changed/freshened, and what needs to be put away.

When you’re finished, light your altar candles and take a few minutes to meditate in your freshened space.
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The Man in the Moon
July 17, 2020 By Barbara Ardinger

The moon hasn’t always belonged to goddesses. There have also been many lunar gods, whose names you can find online. Perhaps one such god is the Man in the Moon. I know of two songs about him, one by Jerry Herman (in the musical Mame) and the other by Bilbo Baggins. And Genghis Khan traced his ancestry back to a moon god.

It’s time to make friends with the Man in the Moon. How did he get there? One folktale says that he is a wanderer, doomed to forever circle the earth. He obviously sees a lot. What can he do for us? According to several traditions, he watches over us. Go outside tonight, look up, and speak to him:

Old Man in the Moon, I see you up there
Looking down, watching everywhere.
What do you see
When you look at me?
What advice do you have tonight?
How can I live this life aright?
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The Ouroboros
July 16, 2020 By Charlynn Walls

Snakes are some of the oldest creatures, and they have certainly made it into the iconography for many different paths. World Snake Day is celebrated today. This is a perfect time to connect to the ouroboros, which is the symbol depicting a snake swallowing its own tail. This symbol represents the cycle of renewal and infinity.

To connect with the ouroboros, find a comfortable place to sit and meditate. Relax and picture in your mind the serpent circling in on itself. Ask yourself what you need to circle back in on and recreate in your life. Hold that thought in your mind’s eye and feel the energy of the snake circling around you and back in on itself. Let the energy build until you are ready to release it into the universe for it to begin working.
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Spell for a Rainy Day
July 16, 2020 By Ember Grant

Take advantage of April showers with this spell that uses rain and the element of water. All you need to do is go outside on a rainy day, visualize your goal, and chant the following:

Rain is falling to the ground.
Water bring your magic down.
With every drop that you allow,
Fulfill the wish I whisper now.

State your goal.
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Binding Adversity
July 15, 2020 By Susan Pesznecker

This spell will rid you of unwanted memories, energies, or other influences.

You’ll need:
* Black salt
* Small pieces of black crystals
* Fresh or dried herbs for burning (bay laurel, rosemary, thyme)
* A small iron cauldron or dish (or similar device for burning)
* A black ink pen
* White paper
* Black paper
* Black cord or yarn

Cast this spell outside, working on a dark or waning moon between sunset and midnight. Place the salt, crystals, and herbs in the cauldron. Say:

Now the binding begins.

Using the pen and white paper, write down what you wish to bind or remove from your life. Draw a circle around the words. Tear the paper into bits, allowing the bits to fall into the cauldron. Light the cauldron. As the paper bits and herbs burn, intone:

Through blackened fire, may _____
no longer darken my thoughts.

Let the cauldron contents cool, then place on the black paper and roll, burrito-style. Tie with the cord and bury outside. Say:

Now it is done.
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Vacation Safety Charm
July 14, 2020 By Michael Furie

Since the modern world has become so security-focused, it is ironic that we cannot really make travel safety charms out of herbs without risking creating a big travel hassle in the form of security checks and a whole lot of questions.

Luckily, there is a gemstone that can be protective but also inconspicuous. That stone is malachite. It is a beautiful green stone that has a reputation for being the prime protective gem for travelers. It is becoming more mainstream and can be found in jewelry, which is a great benefit during travel.

To help focus the stone, you can hold it while visualizing a safe journey and say:

Stone of power, protection, and might;
keep me safe the whole way through;
whether on foot, by car, boat, or
flight; keep my course safe and true.
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John Dee’s Birthday
July 13, 2020 By Tess Whitehurst

Elizabethan mathematician, physician, alchemist, theologian, philosopher, astrologer, scholar, and royal advisor John Dee was so masterfully accomplished that it’s impossible to describe the scope of his genius here. In addition to his significant contributions to numerous branches of science and history, he (along with his colleague Edward Kelley) spoke with angels and developed a unique magical system featuring ornate sigils and an entire angelic language. And today is his birthday!

To honor John Dee’s spirit and celebrate his wisdom, light a white candle and offer him a glass of English wine. Let his memory inspire your studies: magical, spiritual, or secular. Take a moment to note any disciplines you’d like to delve into more thoroughly. Research avenues of learning that match your interests: books, classes, workshops, and course studies. Take at least one concrete step toward your educational goals, even if it’s just reserving a book at the library. Be sure to extinguish the candle.

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Trees and People
By Madisyn Taylor

We can be more like trees opening our crown to the Universe and rooting down deep with our feet into mother earth.

A tree that is beginning to grow sends roots down into Mother Earth even as it reaches and opens to the sky above, seeking nourishment from the sun and the moisture in the air and in the rain that falls. In the same way, we can envision ourselves as treelike beings, imagining that we have roots reaching down into the earth, energetic strands that keep us connected. At the same time, the crowns of our heads lift and open to receive nourishment from above. Just like a tree, we seek the sunshine and water we need to survive and thrive. Both trees and people serve as conduits for the intermingling of the opposite and complementary elements of air, water, sun, and earth.

We also share creative ways of growing, regardless of the challenges we come up against in our environments. Trees will even grow through rock, shattering it, in their effort to reach the air and light they need to survive. We are similarly resilient, with a built-in propensity for growth and the conditions that promote it. We find creative ways around the obstacles we confront as we move along our paths, moving toward the light that feeds us, just as trees grow around other trees and rocks as they make their way upward.

Contemplating the ways in which trees and people mirror one another brings us into alignment with the reality that we are part of Mother Nature. Our children, and the trees and their children, will live together on the earth as long as we all survive, sharing the elements and serving together to forward nature’s plan. Walking in a forest can be a meditation, the interweaving lives of all living creatures and the planet on which we all take root and reach for the sky.

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A Summer of Ghost Towns
Posted on July 16, 2020 by Jenny Ashcraft
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Summer vacation plans have changed for many this year. If you’re headed out on a road trip, consider stopping by one of the hundreds of ghost towns across America. Deserted, rickety homes, and public buildings pique our curiosity and leave us wondering what life was like before they were abandoned. Fortunately, historic newspapers help reveal those secrets. We’ve scoured our archives to learn about a few ghost towns, but if your travel plans don’t include one of these, just bring along your device and access Newspapers.com to learn about others!

Bodie, California
Los Angeles Evening Express January 10, 1881
Bodie, California: In 1859, four prospectors discovered gold in the hills north of Mono Lake, 75 miles southeast of Lake Tahoe. The discovery brought a surge of prospectors but within a few years the gold ran out, and most moved on to seek their fortune elsewhere. In 1875, a mine cave-in revealed large amounts of the precious mineral and Bodie once again became a boomtown. At one point, the population numbered near 10,000. The town had a reputation for being lawless with frequent murders and crime. “Bad Man From Bodie” became a synonym for any rough-edged prospector. By 1881, the mine was running out of gold and the population of Bodie dwindled to just 800. Eventually, the small amount of gold mined couldn’t support the population and the town became a ghost town. In 1960, California announced that Bodie would become a state park, and today visitors can get a glimpse of what life was like in an 1800s California mining town.

Grafton, Utah
Grafton, Utah: The first settlers arrived in Grafton in 1859, sent by Brigham Young, president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, to cultivate the Southern Utah territory. The town was built along the Virgin River where residents grew cotton and other crops. Grafton was prone to flash floods and irrigation challenges.

Deseret News – Feb. 12, 1862
In 1862, a raging flood destroyed most of Grafton, and the town was rebuilt about a mile upstream. Constant challenges plagued settlers who eventually abandoned Grafton. The picturesque ghost town, complete with adobe schoolhouse that doubled as a church has been the backdrop for numerous movies including Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. In 2000, a partnership purchased Grafton in order to preserve the historic ghost town.

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in 1996
Cahawba, Alabama: Cahawba was an antebellum river town and the capital of Alabama from 1819-1826. When the capital was relocated to Tuscaloosa in 1826, scores of residents left town. A new railroad line brought people back to Cahawba in 1859, but during the Civil War, the Confederate government dismantled the railroad and used the rails to expand an area of track elsewhere. They also turned a cotton warehouse into a Union prison called Castle Morgan.

Union Prisoner describes Castle Morgan – The Racine Advocate April 26, 1865
In 1865, a flood forced many to leave Cahawba, and shortly after the war ended, Cahawba became a ghost town. Within 10 years, many of the buildings were dismantled and moved away. In 1973, Cahawba was added to the National Register of Historic Places and is now an archeological park. Efforts are ongoing to preserve its history.

Rhyolite Ghost Town
Rhyolite, Nevada: In 1904, about 120 miles northwest of Las Vegas, a couple of prospectors discovered a hillside covered with greenish rock with chunks of yellow. The rocks resembled the back of a bullfrog, but the metal was in fact gold! The ensuing gold rush brought thousands to the area known as the Bullfrog Mining District and the town of Rhyolite sprung to life overnight. In its heyday, the town had saloons, an ice-cream parlor, hospitals, an opera house, swimming pools, banks, hotels, and schools.

Los Angeles Herald – Oct. 28, 1906
One landmark building is the bottle house. It was built in 1906 utilizing 50,000 bottles. The 1906 San Francisco earthquake and the financial panic of 1907 restricted capital in the mining industry and within a few years, Rhyolite was on the decline. The lone remaining resident of Rhyolite died in 1924. Rhyolite is maintained by the Bureau of Land Management.

Kennicott, Alaska: In the summer of 1900, prospectors were exploring an area near the Kennicott Glacier when they discovered copper in an outcropping of rock. They staked a claim and opened the Kennecott mine (a worker misspelled the glacier’s name) Between 1911-1935 miners pulled nearly 600,000 tons of copper and 9 million ounces of silver from the mountain. A company-owned town with bright red buildings perched above the rubble field arose.

Daily Sitka Sentinel – October 25, 1989
Nearby, a second town called McCarthy sprung up. By 1938, both towns were abandoned. Many left their furniture and possessions in their homes, creating a sort of time capsule. The same year, the railroad discontinued service to the area. Many of the homes and mining buildings still remain, and in 1986, the mine was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Have you visited an awesome ghost town? Tell us about it in the comments below. Search Newspapers.com today to learn more about the history of ghost towns.

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Herbalism: A New Era (Coronavirus – An Invitation)
by John J Slattery Bioregional Herbalist, Forager, Author
Posted on July 17, 2020 by Crooked Bear Creek Organic Herbs

A bioregional herbalist’s look at the Coronavirus (CoV 2019) and important herbs to consider prior to and during exposure.

So I thought I’d take some time to write about some of the herbs that I feel will be important upon exposure to CoV-2, but first, to help put some of this in perspective.

Mexican elder leaf (Sambucus mexicana, syn. S. cerulea subsp. mexicana, syn. S. cerulea, etc.)

Elder is one that is often brought up in any discussion of viruses. Not only does elder help prevent attachment through inhibition of neuraminidase, but it also protects ACE-2 making it exceptionally important at the early stages of prevention and limiting the initial impact of the virus. Another aspect of the elder’s effect on humoral immunity is to increase T cell production. This is important due to the virus’ effects on the dendritic cells of the lungs as the progression advances. This hinders the dendritic cells’ capacity to generate an adequate immune response leaving us even more vulnerable. Elder (as well as licorice and red root) can significantly improve the response.

Sambucus Mexicana
Mexican elderberry or Tapiro,(Sambucus Mexicana) is a deciduous shrub to tree with butter-yellow flowers in Apr.-Aug. followed by purple berries in September-October. This elderberry is native to canyons, valleys west of Sierra Nevada from Oregon to Baja and east to West Texas. It likes full sun to part shade, garden water. It will take extreme drought after it gets its roots down. There is a twisted old specimen south of Shandon growing out in the full sun, the only plant left by cattle for miles in a 7?rainfall area. (It’s surviving because its trunk twisted and the cattle rubbed all the bark off but didn’t girdle it because of the twisting.) Its bluish-black berries are excellent in jelly, fair in a pie. Pruning keeps the tree attractive. It should be hardy to -5 to -10. It likes our summers here and Sambucus caerula likes our fall and spring. (They both hate our winter.) Look carefully as you pass an Elderberry you may see a hummingbird, butterfly, chipmunk, Jay, Thrasher, or other bird as it is an excellent wildlife plant.

(Also known as Sambucus coerulea var. arizonica, Sambucus coerulea var. mexicana, Sambucus caeulea var. mexicana, Sambucus coriacea, Sambucus orbiculata, Sambucus velutina, Sambucus nigra ssp. caerulea and you wonder why we’re confused)

Sambucus mexicana tolerates clay and seasonal flooding.
Sambucus mexicana is great for a bird garden.
Sambucus mexicana’s foliage color is green and type is deciduous.
Sambucus mexicana’s flower color is yellow.
Sambucus mexicana’s fruit is edible.

Communities for Sambucus mexicana: Chaparral, Coastal Sage Scrub, Freshwater Marsh, Riparian (rivers & creeks) and Central Oak Woodland.

Skullcap (Scutellaria potosina)

There are two things to consider here: 1) how hemagglutinin is utilized to help the virus attach and 2) the points at which the specific virus is attaching.

1) This is where Baikal skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis) and ginger (Zingiber officinale) are most helpful. Baikal skullcap should be part of a core protocol (as it is in Stephen Buhner’s Core CV Protocol). It can be used as a tincture. Ginger can be regularly and copiously added to foods, juices, smoothies, teas, etc. as a fresh root or dry. Ginger can also be tinctured and added to protocols. It may be more appropriate still in cases where nausea is a factor. I’m not sure though as the mechanism inducing the nausea may be different here.

Bioregional Herbalist’s Note: I have never used Baikal skullcap. I have mostly relied upon what I can find within my bioregion, or, on occasion, other bioregions that I visit. This way I ensure that I have a closer relationship with the medicine that I use. With that, I am intrigued to begin utilizing our native Scutellaria in the greater Southwest region. Not just any skullcap, but the species that are suffrutescent (herbs with woody bases) not the water-loving North American skullcap that is exclusively sold in commerce. As Baikal skullcap in commerce is just the root (and, generally, has entirely different applications that the Western skullcaps) I would like to begin utilizing the roots of our Southwestern species that fit this profile. But first, we need to begin cultivation as there isn’t enough in the wild, in my opinion, to begin gathering for just the roots.

Where to Find Elder

Fortunately, elder can be found throughout North, Central, & South America, Europe, most of Asia, South Africa, the Hawaiian islands, SE Asia, and SE Australia. Right now, mid-spring elder is fully leafed out and beginning to flower in our area (southern Arizona), and will be leafing out soon over the rest of North America and elsewhere. In our region, look to moist places. Elder is often an understory tree/shrub accompanies by mesquite, black walnut, canyon hackberry, black willow, ash, or perhaps soapberry. It is one of the first trees to leaf out in the winter here, but will stay leafed out throughout the mildest winters.

Chaparral, aka creosote bush (Larrea tridentata) in bloom, with seedpods

Chaparral (Larrea tridentata) is a broadly acting antimicrobial, antifungal, and most importantly here, antiviral agent. What I’d like to focus on is the steam inhalation. Gathering up a large amount of leaves and young stems (use generous amounts if the plant is abundant and easily accessible near you), add them to cold water in a pot of 6-10 qt and begin to set to boil. Allow to boil for 10-15 minutes, then turn off and let sit another 10-15 minutes. Bring the pot to a table (with something underneath as it’s still hot) and get ready to sit at the pot with a towel held overhead once the lid is removed. Stay under the towel for at least 2-3 minutes taking deep breaths. Close the lid and rinse the face with cold water, enhancing this hydrotherapy. Repeat 3 times to complete 4 rounds. This can be done 1-2 times a day as a preventative (viral replication can be taking place prior to any symptoms) and several times a day during acute stages of infection (Day 3/6-14).

Additionally, 2-4oz of the tea can be taken internally to aid in clearing dampness from the lungs (evident by belabored breathing). If body aches are present, then pour the hot tea into the bath tub and draw a hot bath to cover the affected parts of the body once finished with the steam. Repeat as needed.

Novel Coronavirus 2019

The current virus of concern, SARS CoV2, aka COVID 19, is believed to spread via droplets. Thus, it does not fly through the air at great distances like the chicken pox virus or measles, for example. It is believed, also, that it can remain active and viable on particular (steel, plastic, ceramic, etc), relatively cool (and out of the direct sun) surfaces for up to 9 hours. It also has an affinity for our nasal mucous membranes. This necessitates the commentary on consistent hand washing as we may touch something that the virus was deposited on (or touch something that touched something that the virus was deposited on in a public area; e.g. credit card, phone, hat, soles of shoes, etc.) and then go to touch our face (or rub our nose, touch our mouth) where the virus may easily gain entry to our mucous membrane layer of defense (some say it may enter through the eyes as well).

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Gilberto’s Ordeal
by Stephen Halpert

The more Gilberto thought about Lola Cortez, the more upset he felt. How could a woman mention marriage and then announce she was going to Switzerland with some guy for a month? To Gilberto that felt terribly inconsistent. He mulled this over in his mind as he sat in his favorite pizza joint, eating supper.
It was a warm summer evening. The light rain was failing to lower the humidity. He noticed two women from his neighborhood sitting together eating calzones. Both were stocky, wearing next to nothing. Neither wore a wedding ring. The heavier one with blond curls smiled in his direction. He nodded, but he certainly wasn’t in any mood to strike up an acquaintance.
He finished his pizza, stopped by the men’s room and made his way out onto the street. It was twilight, traffic was light. He stood looking up at the emerging stars. A half-hidden moon watched the traffic light go from green to red.
“Joey,” a woman cried out. “Get back here.”
But the child paid no attention. As the light changed, he rushed out into the street. Visibility was poor. Eager cars picked up speed. The woman screamed: “Joey! No!”
Without a second thought, Gilberto rushed into the street. Moments before cars advanced upon them, he scooped up the young boy. Dodging traffic, he moved quickly. He was almost to the sidewalk when a harsh thud sent him and the child flying into the air.
Everything slowed down. As he spun, he still clutched the boy against him. Excruciating pain seared through him. Another vehicle swerved away from him, grazing his side. Still shielding the boy with his body, he tumbled into the street. His head spun; all he could feel was pain. His last memory was of a bright light surrounding him.
When he next opened his eyes, he was in a hospital bed covered in bandages. He hurt all over but his left side was excruciatingly painful.
“Oh good,” a nurse said. “He regaining consciousness. Call Dr. Sperry.”
He gasped and took a sip of water from the straw she held out to him. Then he passed out. When next he regained consciousness, he saw Ramon sitting beside his bed. Tears trembled in his friend’s eyes. Softly he said. “Oh Gilberto, we all thought we had lost you.”
His mouth was dry. A nurse handed him a paper cup with a straw.
“Welcome back,” she said. “You’ve been out for nearly two days. Your friend’s been here with you most of the time.”
“Did I die,” he whispered?
“Maybe,” Ramon said. “You kept going in and out. Anyone else might have been a goner.”
“He needs to rest,” the nurse said. “I fear you’ve multiple injuries, a concussion and possible brain damage, but you saved the child.”
He felt confused. “The boy,” he whispered. “He will be ok?
“Yes,” the nurse said. “Thanks to you.”
Ramon took his hand. “You’re a hero, all over the newspapers and TV news. Big headlines: Atlas Supervisor Saves Child in Daring Rescue. Rosa’s collecting clippings. She’s making you a scrap book.”
“Won’t work out with Lola,” he whispered.
Ramon nodded. ” Didn’t think so. You’re not the first to feel that way.”
“The little boy? How is he?”
“He should be all right. Dislocated shoulder, bruises. Gilberto, you saved the boy’s life.”
“Then it wasn’t for nothing.”
A nurse came in. “Time you rested.” She gave him a shot. Momentarily he felt giddy, then he drifted off to sleep.
“Good morning,” a nurse said. She waved a catheter. Time for you to micturate.” Like a pro she slid a bed pan under him. “If your bladder cooperates, we won’t need this.”
“Breakfast please. Big breakfast, I want to get out of bed.”
“No,” she said firmly. “Not for a while.”
He frowned. It seemed he was stuck in bed. Only a small television, something he hardly ever watched except for occasional soccer games, chattered above his head.
She looked stern. “You’ll ultimately heal. It may take a few months. But for now…”
“I want out of bed,” he insisted. “I need to move around.”
“Yes, I know you do and promise you, very soon. You’ll need rehab and PT. ”
“I want breakfast. At least bring me some breakfast.”
“I’ll see what I can do.” The nurse nodded and left. She returned with a tray. When he tried to sit up the pain was unbearable.
The nurse frowned. “Please try to relax.” She pushed a button and the bed rose a little. “I’ll feed you,” she said. The medical officer at Atlas has informed us that you’re fully covered every step of the way. Please, just rest and let us take care of you.”
She proceeded to hand feed him: dry toast, an even dryer hardboiled egg and weak tasting coffee.
“This food’s garbage,” he shouted, pushing at the tray. That made his ribs hurt. “Prisoners get better than this slop.”
“Please,” the nurse said “You’ll upset the other patients.”
“I want decent food,” insistence firm in his voice. Give me a phone. He managed to call Ramon, who promised to bring him a large pizza. The nurse took the tray and left. “Try to rest,” she said.
Gilberto dozed on and off for a while. Later, hearing the sound of his name, he opened his eyes and saw a slender slip of a woman standing in his doorway, looking in at him.
He smiled at her and she edged into the room. “You saved my little boy,” she said. Her voice was almost teary. I am indebted to you for his life.”
She reached for his hand. Her hands were small. Her eyes he thought were pools of soft blue love. “He’s ok?” Gilberto said. He was glad it didn’t hurt to smile.
“Yes, thanks to you.” She sighed and smiled back. He thought it was a beautiful smile, one of the loveliest he’d ever seen.
A tear sparkled in her eye. “You are my hero.”
Her words embarrassed him. He wasn’t used to this sort of blind adoration. Was what he did all that special? But wouldn’t anyone?
She took a breath and then carefully though firmly pronounced, “I want to care for you. Help you to recover. You will need more time to mend than you know, but I will be there for you, and will care for you. Please allow me this.”
He wasn’t expecting anything like this. “Tell me your name.”
“Maria Sanchez.”
“It’s ok with your husband you’re taking care of me?”
She shook her head and said softly. “There is no husband. Just me and Joey. He’s a handful, refuses to listen to me.”
Gilberto nodded. ” Maria, it is kind of you to offer me your help, but I couldn’t impose.”
Before he could say more her voice strengthened. “I insist. Please don’t try to discourage me!”
He smiled and closed his eyes. “Then let it be so.”

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Rippling and Tipping
By Madisyn Taylor

Like the ripple on a lake spreading out, humanity is awakening at an ever increasing speed.

A snowball at the top of a mountain has the potential to become huge, just by rolling down the mountain and gathering more snow. In a short time, this tiny snowball can become a force to be reckoned with. We humans are like this when it comes to exchanging energy and vision, and no matter how few people are involved at the beginning, there is the potential for massive change. As consciousness seekers, we are in the midst of this process, and it is amazing to see people we thought might never come around, waking up to their truth. Each time we see this, we can count ourselves blessed to be living at a time when the awareness of humanity seems to be at a tipping point, as more and more individuals open their minds and change their ways.

For some people, this revolves around an awareness of the environment, for others it is a spiritual awakening, and for many it is both. A great change in consciousness is sweeping through us all, as we recognize that things are not what they have seemed to be, that there is more to our lives than meets the eye. Many of us have the awareness and the energy at this time to break through old, outmoded ways of seeing things and to move into a new way of being in the world, and it is essential that we do so. The beauty of living at this time is that even small actions have a powerful ripple effect, and the reverberations of what we do have the power to reach and open many minds.

It is as if a scale is about to tip in favor of higher consciousness, and each one of us has the power to bring humanity closer to that point with the smallest of actions. Each time we move in the direction of our dreams and visions, we can visualize another small pebble dropping into the pond, or another gold weight on the scale, rippling and tipping our way to universal awakening.

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Perfect for Those Sweltering July Days! Cherry Basil Soda!
Prep Time: 20 Minutescook Time: 5 Minute
Author: Gerry Speirs
A refreshing summer drink made with fresh cherries, basil, and sparkling water.

INGREDIENTS
2 cups cherries with the stones taken out plus more for garnishing
1/3 tablespoons plus 2 sugar
3 tablespoons water
4 leaves very small basil
1 large bottle sparkling water

INSTRUCTIONS
Add the cherries, sugar and water to a small pan and bring to a boil.
Turn down the heat to low and simmer the cherries for about 5-7 minutes and they start to become soft enough to be crushed with a fork.
Turn of the heat and pass the cooked cherries through a sieve into a small bowl, squeezing out the cherry syrup. You should have almost 3/4 cup of syrup.
Discard the leftover pulp and place the bowl of syrup into the freezer for 5 minutes to cool.
Once cool line up 4 small glasses and pour 4 tablespoons of cherry syrup into the bottom of each glass.

Add 1 small basil leaf to each glass and gently muddle with the back of a wooden spoon.
Add ice and fill each glass to the top with sparkling water.
Stir with a spoon, add a fun straw and some cherries as a garnish
Serve at once.

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Weekly Horoscope: Sunday, July 19, 2020
by Georgia Nicols
https://www.georgianicols.com

After months of self-isolation, social distancing, flattening the curve, comes complacency and the desire for normalcy. “Surely this is enough?” Cautious reopening leads to increased infections. Oh no! What’s the prognosis? I have no answers but I do see that from the beginning of Sept. until the middle of Nov. when Mars is retrograde in Aries, we will feel adrift. Our confidence and certainty will be eroded. Our convictions about our place in life will become shaky. We might doubt our jobs. We might doubt our relationships. We might doubt ourselves. Could this be the second wave of COVID 19? I cannot say but it does look suspicious, doesn’t it? If it looks like a duck, and walks like a duck and quacks like a duck – it’s an Anatidae.

Aries (March 21-April 19)
Twice a year for a four-week window, the Sun “shines” on you. (This is when the Sun is in your fellow Fire sign Leo or Sagittarius.) This phenomenon begins this week, which is great news because it brings balance and equilibrium to your life. It will boost your energy level. It’s a great time for a vacation because amusements, recreation, hobbies, fun socializing and playful activities with kids are higher up on your list of priorities. You will feel lighter and more free-spirited! Romance is favoured, and new love will begin for many. (In fact, this is likely because Venus makes your communications with others charming and diplomatic at this time.) Woot!

Taurus (April 20-May 20)
In the next four weeks, you might encounter circumstances that test you and the validity of what you’re doing. You might encounter people who seem to work at cross purposes with you. You might be forced to prove to someone that what you’re doing is worthwhile. (This will get your goat.) Meanwhile, your focus will turn to home, family and your private life. If you can, you will choose to be by yourself and cocoon at home. You might work on a home project that requires consultation with someone else. The next few weeks are a time of self-evaluation. (Does this room make me look fat?)

Gemini (May 21-June 20)
The pace of your days will accelerate in the next four weeks because suddenly, you’re busy! Short trips, increased reading, writing and studying, plus, more time spent with siblings, relatives and neighbours on top of a busy schedule of errands, visits and appointments will keep you on the run! (Gasp.) Actually, you will work effectively with others because your goals will harmonize with their goals. It’s time to examine how far you have achieved some goals that you set for yourself this year. How are you doing? Your ability to communicate to others is wonderful in the next four weeks. Yada, yada, yada.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Don’t be surprised if you find yourself reflecting about your values in the next four weeks because as the Sun changes signs this week, you will start to give more thought to money, possessions and movable property. When it comes to things that you own, it’s time to take a hard look at them and decide do they help you or are they a hindrance? Let’s face it, you have a tough time letting go of stuff. (Packed drawers, full cupboards and bulging closets.) You know who you are. Nevertheless, you might want to make an important purchase and show it off to others? Meanwhile, this focus on money and possessions could lead to deeper self-scrutiny about what is really worthwhile in life? (Aside from dark chocolate.)

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
For the next four weeks, the Sun is in your sign giving you an amazing boost of energy! (This happens only once a year.) It’s a time of new beginnings because you are setting out on a fresh new cycle! During this time, it is totally appropriate to put yourself first. You’re not being selfish. It’s all about you, and that’s how it should be. You have a need to express yourself now, personally and creatively, and this is valid. Don’t deny yourself this out of a misguided concept of duty or modesty. When the Sun is in your sign, your first allegiance is to yourself and if you don’t respect that- you will be of little use to anyone.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Because your birthday is a month away, this means your personal year is coming to an end. Therefore, the next four weeks are the perfect time to think about what you want for your new year ahead. Now is the time to set goals for your new year. (You love lists!) Define some goals because they give you a clearer focus on what is important to you. If you have goals, they help you to make decisions in the future. Goals also give you better control over your future and they certainly give you a sense of purpose. Take some time in the next four weeks to jot down some things you hope to accomplish in your new year ahead. You won’t regret this because it will only benefit you.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
The next four weeks are more social! You will enjoy the company of others and vice versa. Not only will you be happy to be with friends, you will work more effectively with groups and organizations. You might even take on a leadership role? Look for ways to integrate your efforts with the efforts of others because you will be rewarded by achieving this harmony. Meanwhile, study the people that you hang out with because they are a reflection of yourself. It’s time to think about whether your friends are beneficial to you or not? Never underestimate the influence that your friends have on you because that influence is great. Your friends affect your thinking – hence, they affect your choices, which in turn, create your future.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
The Sun is at the top of your chart for the next four weeks, which is the only time all year this occurs. Symbolically, it represents a spotlight on you that makes others notice you more than usual, especially bosses, parents, teachers, VIPs and the police. Fortunately, this spotlight is flattering, so people think you’re great! This is why you might be asked to take on increased responsibilities. If so, say yes because you don’t have to do anything special to impress them. (Never underestimate the power of good lighting!) Nevertheless, both your successes and your failures will seem more obvious now. Someone might want you to prove that what you’re doing is worthwhile. Believe in yourself.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
You have a lovely four-week window ahead because the Sun is in your fellow Fire sign. (This happens twice a year.) This means that your life will run smoothly. Nevertheless, don’t be tempted to slack off. (Admittedly, this is an excellent time for a vacation and a fun time to travel.) Nevertheless, examine what is working in your life and what is not. It’s time to think about which projects are worth saving and which are not. This is also an excellent window of time to learn something new through study, training or taking courses. You might also expand your world by hanging out with cosmopolitan people or people from other cultures. “Por supuesto!” (I had to look that up.)

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
The next four weeks will be more intense than usual. For some of you, this intensity will be passionate! It could be a sexual passion or passion about what you’re doing or passion about art or a new kind of experience. One thing you will be passionate about is your desire to improve yourself in some way. Deep down, you have a desire to be the best that you can be! And why not? If not now, then when? (You are the perfectionist of the zodiac.) Ironically, just when you are doing some soul-searching, you might encounter someone who prompts you to do this even more so. Time for a reality check.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
In the next four weeks, certain things in your life are reaching a culmination. You’re bringing some affairs to a climax, which means you might need to be careful dealing with bosses, superiors and people in authority. This is also a time when you see what is working and you see what is not. Always remember that your first loss is your cheapest loss. If something is clearly not working – let it go! Up until today, you have built certain structures and organized your life in a certain way and now, you see how they influence your world. What changes do you want to make?

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
The next four weeks are a change of gears for you because suddenly, you want to work hard and be productive and effective in every aspect of your life. Because you will set the bar high, your personal aspirations will include your health as well. (Yeah, you want it all!) Nevertheless, as you focus on getting better organized and being physically efficient, remember that you might have to work for the benefit of someone else, which is not your first choice. But think of the Brownie points: What goes around, comes around. Relations with parents are better. Redecorating your digs will also appeal. (If you don’t paint, can you see yourself cleaning mirrors?)

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Weekly Horoscopes beginning Sunday, 19 July 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.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

True, your ruler Mars has just begun a lengthy stay in Aries, making you bold and even more impatient than usual. However, you`re facing a range of obstacles, many frustrating. Tempting as it is to try to figure out the fastest way around them, each is about learning something, from an idea to a skill. Once you begin, you`ll not only learn a lot, you`ll enjoy it enormously.

Do your best to stay focused, no matter what you`re trying to do. It would be so easy to get side-tracked if those around you don`t jump in the direction you`re hoping to go. Someone close who is usually very passionate is now acting cool towards you. Don`t worry about this too much. Their behaviour will soon be back to normal and that`s why you shouldn`t spend too long over-thinking and analysing the situation. Sometimes there are no obvious explanations.

It would be understandable if you started the week feeling that the weight of the world was on your shoulders. Yet there is a New Moon on Monday and by next weekend, all should look very different. Yes, you will need to access entrepreneurial talents or, at the very least, think `outside the box`. Note though that an important aspect between Jupiter and Neptune is forming. This has benefits for your romantic life but should work positively in terms of envisioning a brighter future too. Vision is crucial if dreams are to be realised. Yes, you may need to take a tough stance over Thursday and Friday, and give greater attention to small print than is your usual way of working. This though, is essential if you are to make the most of opportunities developing.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Ordinarily you`d focus on finding ways to remedy the range of irritating issues, major and minor, currently complicating your life. However, there`s a faster solution, one that will seem strange if not pointless; and that`s to ignore them. Don`t discuss them or even complain. Slowly, but gradually, they`ll bother you less; and next, miraculously, a solution will pop up. Illogical? Yes. Still, it`s worth trying.

Change always makes you anxious and if you had a choice, you would be sticking to the tried and trusted familiar routines you are so comfortable with. Even so, change is in the air and this could mean a new job, new home or learning new skills. Try to see this as an opportunity and not a nuisance. Someone is hoping you can keep a secret. You have no intention of betraying their trust. Anything that is told to you in confidence will stay that way.

Just a short time ago both Mercury and Venus were retrograde. This represented a pause moment. You likely now know far better where you stand and, importantly how your expertise is viewed. Key decisions will likely need to be taken before the First Quarter Moon in your opposite sign on July 27. This week, gathering the facts, going through contracts and looking not just for loopholes but fresh ways of working is the dominating theme. The good news is that over Thursday and Friday and true, likely not without a fight, you could yet make progress. Most interestingly, renewed contact with someone you may not have had dialogue with since October last year, promises to put fuel in your mental tank.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Although your ruler Mercury`s retrograde cycle ended on the 12th, you`re still untangling the confusion you`ve faced since mid-June. This particularly accented the practical, business or financial side of your life so, naturally, you want clear cut answers. Be on the lookout for those, but also note ways you neglect such matters, mostly because they`re so boring. The secret? Find a way to make them interesting.

A legal matter is dragging on and causing you a lot of frustration. Ask an expert to look over a contract before signing on the dotted line. There could be a clause or stipulation that will undermine your financial security. Most enjoyment will come from spending time with people you always get on well with. Whether you choose the company of an old friend, a neighbour or a relative, it really won`t matter. What`s important is that you`re participating in activities that lift your spirits.

Monday`s New Moon coincides with a difficult aspect between the Sun and Saturn.. For many people, exhaustion is probable. Yet not too long after the New Moon and with the Sun`s arrival in fiery Leo, you could feel as though a lever has been pulled. Fresh energy should flow in by midweek. It will likely require that you pay attention to marketing and copywriting. It may be that property issues require your attention. Aware now that what at first appeared temporary ways of working could become more prominent, you might also, – before the weekend get involved in discussions as to how best to liaise productively. Carving out meeting time solely for `blue skies thinking` might be helpful.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Monday`s Cancer New Moon is powerful. It`s a rare, second, New Moon in your sign this year. The first on 21 June, was an eclipse. This kick-started a cycle of change and growth as unexpected as it`s been exciting. The events currently unfolding are accenting elements of the past that still need to go and, equally, are revealing your direction, now and in the future.

You are ready to move forward with a daring project. It will take a few tries before you get everything going and everyone agreeing with you. Breaking free from oppressive routines will give you all a reason to celebrate. A partner will change their mind about something they objected to in the past. Don`t waste time trying to understand their sudden change of heart. Instead just put an awkward episode behind you and never think of it again.

Monday`s New Moon is in your sign but coincides with a difficult aspect involving Saturn in your opposite sign of Capricorn. It may be that a close colleague or partner has come to the end of a road. This could be a depressive influence. Yet a New Moon promises a fresh start. This one is right at the very end of your sign but no less important. It may be that you agree to put certain matters on hold – embracing instead – and as early as Tuesday, new approaches and schedules. Excitement is likely to build into the weekend as others reconnect and suggest ways of team building. In this you could excel. Though you might not feel confident about moving forward until the beginning of August, discussions this week should gain quick momentum with you very much a key member of this group.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

No Leo is happy about destiny making decisions for them. Yet you`ve been wrestling with certain matters for ages, and so will be relieved that events or, possibly, others` decisions are forcing you to take those first steps. If there`s any challenge, it`s being patient. Neither circumstances nor your priorities will be clear until after the insights triggered by Leo New Moon, on 19 August.

Close relationships are up and down and you are bound to find them emotional at times. You can understand someone`s passion but you won`t be able to work out why they get so upset about things. If you put it down to a difference in your basic make-ups you will be less likely to joke about other people`s feelings. Money is going out at a brisk pace but don`t get caught up in financial worries. Have faith in the endless bounty of the Universe.

Despite the promise of fresh starts offered by the New Moon on Monday, the week might not get off to the easiest of starts. In some ways you could feel crushed. Yet the Sun enters your sign on Tuesday. As importantly, a key aspect between Jupiter and Neptune is forming. As yours is one of the Fire signs, and energised by ideas (most notably from those born under the Air signs of Gemini, Libra or Aquarius) your spirits should soon be revived. Given the high probability of interesting discussions about where and how you could and should work, and the alterations required to smooth your path, you might then agree that during the Sun`s transit of your sign, you could implement changes to your advantage.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Yet again, you`re facing a range of situations in which you`re being forced to deal with others` mistakes. While this is nothing new, with your ruler Mercury having been retrograde until 12 July and three eclipse shaking things up, even you have struggled to keep up. Instead of rushing to impose order, consider each situation and individual improvements. You`ll be amazed what you discover.

Someone will try to persuade you to share information that should be kept confidential. It may be necessary to tell a little white lie or two. Don`t give in and reveal all. It`s also worth holding back from giving your views in a group situation or online forum until you have a better idea of how other people feel too. Friends appreciate your skills and money can be made from a hobby. Selling your creative work will make your spirits soar.

It`s in your nature to worry; and yes, at the start of this week you could feel burdened with responsibilities and concern. Yet the mood will change. Don`t underestimate your creativity or the power and influence of ideas that have incubated over this last year. It may not be long before you can implement some of these. True, you might need to wait until early next month for others to get on board with some of your plans. What`s interesting this week is that by the time the Moon reaches your sign on Thursday, you should be aware that others are listening carefully to your suggestions. At least one of these will likely require renewing contact with someone you worked with early last year.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

If you feel that destiny is broadening your horizons, via a bizarre but amazing array of events and encounters, you`re right. While some make sense now, others are as puzzling as they`ve been intriguing. Actually, your willingness to explore is the perfect approach to this period of enforced growth. Soon it will all make sense, and what comes your way will be worth waiting for.

Helping people when they need it is a natural extension of your kind personality but once you start taking on a colleague`s duties, they will expect this to be an ongoing arrangement. It`s important to think about what you could be letting yourself in for before agreeing to help anyone out. The same advice goes in other areas of your life such as family, college and social commitments. If you aren`t happy in an intimate relationship you might both agree to part as friends.

Mars is moving through your opposite sign and yes, you could feel pushed and prodded by others. On Monday, even at the New Moon that at this time of year highlights career potential, the actions of even the closest of friends and colleagues could feel decidedly uncomfortable. It may be that relatives from another generation require extra assistance too – making it difficult to focus on work matters. Yet the mood will alter. On Tuesday, the Sun enters Leo and highlights an area of your chart that is all about friendships and the support gained through contact with groups and associations. Though they too may be facing significant challenges, it could be that decisions taken elsewhere move in your career favour; but yes, it`s probable that arrangements will be complex and not as you once wished. What should now be clear is that you have something special to offer when it comes to networking.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

For ages you`ve been struggling to disentangle yourself from certain increasingly unrewarding situations and, equally, to broaden your horizons by making promising new contacts. While changes are happening, they aren`t going remotely as you hoped. For now, explore every idea or offer, including those of little interest; and try to be patient. The more you learn, the more appealing these are likely to become.

Tackle any symptoms of illness before they escalate. If you suspect you`re starting to feel a little off colour, stay indoors. Regular doses of Vitamin C might help you fight this before it gets any worse. A nutritious diet will also increase your energy level. Plans you`ve been discussing will be put into action. This will take you by surprise because someone who wasn`t very approving when you first voiced your ideas is now suddenly very enthusiastic.

It is in Scorpio nature to want to investigate. Monday`s New Moon highlights that trait. Of course, it may be that someone older or a teacher aggravates this desire. Whatever, as the Sun moves to the apex of your solar chart on Tuesday, you will likely be determined to fill in any knowledge gaps. This though might require you to think quite out of the box. Having discounted the possibility of acquiring information through normal sources, you could choose instead to associate with those who are in some way freelance or self-taught. Information gleaned this way will likely be illuminating and exciting and yes, draw you further into research. In months to come, it this exercise could prove inspired. There`s high probability of you tuning into wavelengths as yet unexplored by others and so putting you at considerable advantage.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Usually you`re the first to spot exciting developments, around you or in the wider world. Yet recently you`ve been cornered into paying attention to events, ideas or offers that either you`ve ignored or were unaware of. Whatever the case, explore these, if only for the fun of it. Gradually you`ll shift from puzzled, to intrigued, to being excited about what`s happening, and glad to be part of it.

Go out of your way to keep your home life as peaceful as possible. For a variety of reasons, it would be best to defer plans that might turn the domestic scene upside down. Instead, do what must be done then take the chance to relax. Another area of life that may need a down to earth approach is that concerning money and spending. If you keep tight control of the way hard-earned cash is spent, you should be able to keep on top of regular bills

You might reasonably wonder if things will ever run smoothly again.. Note though, that the arrival of the Sun in Fire sign Leo, on Tuesday and soon after a New Moon, that there will soon be a surge of fresh energy. True, you might still feel that others are stuck in the past – almost incapable of thinking of future possibility. Guiding them toward new vistas could be a challenge. Yet your ruling planet, Jupiter, is en-route to forming a fabulous aspect with Neptune next Monday (27th). By then, and with your considerable powers of persuasion and yes, arguably a degree of largess along the way, you could yet convince someone that what really matters is their attitude and approach. In short, involvement in marketing seems highly likely..

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Because July`s first half, with its Capricorn eclipsed Full Moon and powerful planetary activity in your sign led to shakeups, some welcome others unsettling, you`re hoping for time to reflect. While there`s less drama, achieving the variety of clarity you`re seeking will take a while. For now? Focus on the insights each day`s twists and turns offer. You`ll be amazed how much you learn.

A clash of views with a friend shouldn`t be taken to heart. This is more likely to be over personal likes and dislikes than anything very serious. Agree to disagree and keep the atmosphere light between you. If you`re learning new skills and there`s anything you don`t understand, speak up and ask plenty of questions. This would be better than hoping eventually things will click. Accept an opportunity to study privately with a gifted tutor.

It`s said that `when the going gets tough, the tough get going`. That`s an attitude you might need to employ as of Monday`s New Moon in your opposite sign. Your ability to move forward should not be underestimated. It`s probable that in the last 18 months you`ve acquired expertise that gives you an edge. In short, you likely now stand out from the crowd. An ability to think and work differently and yes, to access entrepreneurial ability will likely rise. True, you might have some misgivings that others see you as some kind of saviour when they haven`t put in all the effort needed themselves. An old working partnership could yet be revived however – possibly involving someone born under either Gemini or Libra.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

As a clever air sign, you`re usually the first to figure out the direction events are going and, equally, your role in those developments. Now, however, you`re unusually confused. Focus on what you can, and should, let go of, even if you`re puzzled what`s next. By the time of the Aquarius Full Moon, on 3 August, what lies ahead will be a lot clearer.

You have some big decisions to make that will affect your future. To do this casually would be careless. What will also become apparent is that you had not fully understood the implication of some of the changes you`re thinking of making. Family ties are of great importance to you. Long conversations with an older relative will leave you scratching your head. It is all the things that are left unsaid that matter. You are being expected to read between the lines.

On Tuesday, and just 24 hours after the New Moon, the Sun enters your opposite sign. Whereas the week could start with a depressive influence, there`s high probability of others wanted to bounce you out of any negative thinking and move you forward. What they might not realise is that you are more than ready for a change of direction. A property theme has been playing for some time. It may not be necessary for you to make a physical move but make minor alterations that would alter your perspective on the world. There is also strong possibility of taking tentative steps to moving your career in fresh direction. This should not be viewed as a short-term project. For now, acquiring expertise in a new area is likely imperative; and yes, thanks to the encouragement and enthusiasm of others, you could set out on that path this week.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

When others are mystified by tricky circumstances, they`ll conduct practical discussions; but as an intuitive Pisces, you`ll reflect until insights appear, telling you what to do, and when. That`s especially wise now, with so much in such disarray. Your only challenge is explaining this strategy to others. The secret? Adopt a mysterious approach. For now, and the coming weeks, the less you say, the better.

You could charm the hind leg off a donkey and if you need cooperation or straightforward assistance, you can easily obtain both at this time. Be willing to try more than one track when trying to get your thoughts across to those who are important to you. It`s unlikely you will be able to put all the exciting ideas you come up with into action but you will enjoy using your creative ability to connect with people who share your interests..

Early next week, on Monday 27th, your two ruling planets, Jupiter and Neptune, form one of the more spectacular aspects. As these planets move relatively slowly, you could tune into this ahead of time. As of this Monday`s New Moon and when others might seem oppressed and even depressed, your remarkable gift that showing how things could be should come to the fore. On Tuesday, the Sun moves into Fire sign, Leo. Think of that as bringing warmth (the Sun) on your Pisces Water. It surely won`t take long for you to get enthused. One thing that should be apparent is that a new marketing style is necessary. Whether that results in a complete makeover or altering the colours or words of a presentation, you could make a magical mark. Indeed, your contribution to both human resources and to all promotional activities is likely get you noticed.

Posted by: arif uk <pepper.buoy@yahoo.co.uk>

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