First Fruits (Lughnasa)
The corn falls to the scythe.
golden grain gives life,
gives of its flesh that we may thrive.
Each grain is a seed that dies aborning,
ground into our daily bread
instead of sprouting into life.
Sacred seed, given of the Goddess,
of Her goodness, of her generosity.
The reapers wipe sweat from brows
burdened with working until dark.
The first harvest must be threshed,
swept into bags, carried to the mill
to be ground between stones
slowly, painfully becoming our food,
bread of our days, flesh of our flesh
The Goddess gives and takes away.
Blessed be the Goddess, blessed be
the grain, gift of her goodness.
The wheel of the year turns,
Spins thread twisted of days
With mindful fingers,
Or absentminded ones.
We women pass time through our fingers
Drawing out our destiny between them.
Remember, we spin the thread
That turns upon the spindle;.
Round and around we go
As the thread of our days
Weaves our destiny.
Turn wheel turn,
Burn, year burn.
The fiery sun wheels in the sky
And we with it turn
Twisting our lives into thread
To spin, to weave to wear
For a cloak on the journey home.
As the wheel turns
We spin ourselves
From beginning to end
From end to beginning.
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?
The NEW MOON always rises at sunrise
And the FIRST QUARTER at noon.
The FULL MOON always rises at sunset
And the LAST QUARTER at midnight.
~The New Orleans Mistic
Dark Moon – Time to Rest
New Moon – Time to Begin New Projects; Birth; Attraction
Waxing Moon – Time to Grow; Increase
Full Moon – Time to be Fulfilled; Abundance
Waning Moon – Time to Banish; Decrease
Last Sliver of Moon – Time to Die; Letting Go
Dark Moon – Time to Rest Again
Light A Candle Today!
In many different traditions lighting a candle is a sacred action. It expresses more than words can express. It has to do with gratefulness. From time immemorial, people have lit candles in sacred places. You may want to begin or end your day by the sacred ritual of lighting a candle on this gratefulness. Or you may want to light a birthday candle for a friend. One single guideline is all you need: Slow down and do it with full attention.
Goddess Month of Kerea begins 7/11 – 8/8
Celtic Tree Calendar Month of Tinne (Holly) July 8 to August 4
Dates of the above calendars were devised by Robert Graves, 1895 – 1985
1 and/or 2: Lammas Eve or Lughnasadh, the celebration of the grain harvest
1 and/or 2: Imbolc (Southern Hemisphere), honoring the goddess Brighid
3: Full Moon–Corn Moon~Focus on harvesting that which you have already planted but don’t forget, it’s important to set some of your harvest aside for the coming winter months.
4: Celtic Tree Month of Holly ends
5: Celtic Tree Month of Hazel begins
The Moon Phase: Full Moon
Goddess Aspect: Mother
Associated Goddesses: Aphrodite, Arianrhod, Asherah, Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Isis,, Selene, Sisters of the Wyrrd, and the Norns
Magickal Attributes: Fruition – Manifesting goals, Nurturing, Passion, Healing, Strength, Power.
From fourteen to seventeen-and-a-half days after the new moon. Primetime for rituals for prophecy. From seven to fourteen days after the New Moon.
Full Moon: Symbolic of the height of power, the peak of clarity, fullness, and obtainment of desire.
Full Moon energy is used for banishing unwanted influences in your life, protection magick, and divination.
The Moon travels 1/2 way around to the 6oclock position, and the face of the Moon is fully illuminated. We love full Moon magic, an apt time for fruition, completion, and wholeness. Some say the magic can be done on the day of the Moon as well as three days on either side of it.
It is a good time for all Positive Magic, protection, scrying, love, healing, and prosperity. Also a good time to grow closer to the Goddess by Drawing Down the Moon
Full Moon in Aquarius August 3, 2020
Oscar Wilde, poet and playwright, was quoted as saying, “Be yourself, everyone else is taken”. That really speaks volumes of this Aquarian full moon. On August 3rd it flows abundant charges of originality, imaginative and spontaneous creativity into our minds and hearts and blesses our delightfully unique souls with just the right amount of courage to bust out a rousing chorus of “I gotta be me”.
It’s true, there is no one exactly like you and there never will be. In a sea of people milling about the planet, you are the only you.
Your uniqueness is intimately connected to your dreams and desires. It all works together and that is exactly the plan. You are to approach life with your own perspective and make a beautiful mark on the world. What frustrates you the most is how difficult it is to grab onto your purpose and own it. You experience self doubt, commitment phobia and quite a bit of lethargy from the exhaustion of living life in envy or expectation of others. Thankfully this full moon wants to blast you out of your rut and launch you straight into, what my business coach, Lisa Mininni calls, your contribution to the world. When you are living from your contribution, you are focused, forward thinking, confident and in alignment with your purpose.
The Full moon also helps us recognise that our contribution to the world is enhanced when it brings joy and success to others. Let’s do a candle ritual that will bring more awareness of your purpose and help you align it with the right people and right situations. You will need the Confidence Chakra Magic candle, a candleholder, a mirror, a copy of the Healers Almanac by Patricia Shaw. We will be doing the meditation on page 131 with Katelyn the Goddess of Individuality. You can also listen to Katelyn’s guided meditation found on http://www.healingwithpattyshaw.com/healers-almanac/.
After the meditation, write down your impressions, any messages you got on a piece of paper or in your journal. Upon reflection, is there anyone in your life who resonates with what you discovered about yourself? If not, think about doing an attraction ritual to open the path between you and them. Light the candle daily to remind you that you are something special and an important part of the universal plan. Know that it is not complete without you, so wake up and join the party!
Lighten up your life with help from products from Coventry Creations http://www.coventrycreations.com and advice from Storm Cestavani, Astrological Life Coach, http://www.stormcestavani.com. Discover your potential in your Akashic records with Patty Shaw, http://www.healingwithpattyshaw.com.
Lughnasadh – A Solitary Ritual
By John Beckett
Holidays and holy days are better with friends and family. But many Pagans maintain solitary practices. Even if you work with a group, sometimes you can’t be with them for one reason or another. And sometimes your group meets on a convenient day but you feel the need to celebrate on the exact day. Whatever the reason, many Pagans will be celebrating Lughnasadh by themselves.
Lughnasadh is the first of the three harvest festivals. It’s the grain harvest, a festival that would later become the medieval Christian Lammas, or loaf mass. It was named for Lugh, one of the Gods of the Tuatha De Danann, but it was celebrated in honor of His foster mother Tailtiu who cleared the lands of Ireland for planting but died from exhaustion afterwards.
Both the grain which is cut down to feed us and the story of Tailtiu remind us of the necessity of sacrifice.
This ritual, though, does not focus on sacrifice, but on Lugh’s role as Samildánach – the Master of All Arts, and what we can learn from Him.
This ritual can be done outdoors or indoors, day or night. I prefer to do rituals outdoors whenever possible, but that’s a personal preference, not a requirement. Just find a time and place where you won’t be disturbed.
Think of four things you’re good at – four arts. You don’t have to be an expert at them, just competently skilled. This is neither the time for false modesty nor for braggadocio. You’re the only human who’s going to know, so be honest with yourself.
What you choose is entirely up to you. If I surveyed everyone, I would expect to see people’s professions, academic and artistic interests, religious activities, spiritual and magical practices, hobbies, family relations, athletic interests, and probably a lot of things I haven’t even thought of. The important thing is to choose four – but only four.
Now choose an object to represent each of your four arts. Try to be as elegant and creative as you can. Yes, you can use a candle or a drawing on a piece of paper if there’s no object available, but it’s much better if you find a physical object, even if the connection is a bit of a stretch… especially if the connection is a bit of a stretch.
On the altar in the accompanying picture, the compass represents engineering, my profession. The pen represents writing – even though all my writing is done with a keyboard. I’ll let you speculate on what the chalice and the medal represent.
Set an altar in the center of your space with three candles, matches or lighter, a bell, a wand or athame, incense, bread, and a drink for offering and sharing. Beer – made from grain – is especially appropriate, but wine, mead, or water will also work well. Set your four objects at the corners of the altar and set a large white candle in the center. If you’re indoors you’ll need an offering bowl. Set candles in the four directions.
Do whatever gets you in a ritual frame of mind. Take a bath, listen to music, wash your hands, change your clothes. I rarely “robe up” for solitary ritual, but I do like to wear some of my Pagan jewelry.
Light the incense and do a final check to make sure everything is in place.
Approach the altar and pause for a moment of silent meditation. Ground and center using whatever method you find most effective. Then ring the bell three times.
Say “I come to this place and this time to celebrate the holy day of Lughnasadh.”
Pick up the wand or athame, or if you prefer, just use your index finger. Move to the East, pause, then slowly walk the circle clockwise, drawing the circle as you go. See the circle rising in deep blue light. Make a complete circle, and see the ends joining together.
When you return to the East, set down the wand or athame and light the quarter candle. Say “Spirits of the East, Spirits of Air, I call to you. Come into this circle, I ask, and share your wisdom. On this sacred night of Lughnasadh, welcome Air!”
Move clockwise to the South. Light the quarter candle and say “Spirits of the South, Spirits of Fire, I call to you. Come into this circle, I ask, and share your inspiration. On this sacred night of Lughnasadh, welcome Fire!”
Move clockwise to the West. Light the quarter candle and say “Spirits of the West, Spirits of Water, I call to you. Come into this circle, I ask, and share your love. On this sacred night of Lughnasadh, welcome Water!”
Move clockwise to the North. Light the quarter candle and say “Spirits of the North, Spirits of Earth, I call to you. Come into this circle, I ask, and share your stability. On this sacred night of Lughnasadh, welcome Earth!”
Move clockwise back to the East, then return to the main altar.
Light the first candle on the altar and say “Spirits of the land, spirits of this place, you who were here long before me, I invite you into this circle. Join this celebration of Lughnasadh, I ask, and accept this offering of food and drink, given in hospitality and in love.”
Raise the bread and beer in offering, then crumble the bread and pour the beer onto the ground or into the offering bowl.
“Land spirits – hail and welcome!”
Light the second candle on the altar and say “Ancestors of blood and ancestors of spirit, you whose child I am and on whose foundations I build, because of you I have life. Join this circle, I ask, and add your blessings to this rite. Accept this offering of food and drink, given in hospitality and in love.”
Raise the bread and beer in offering, then crumble the bread and pour the beer onto the ground or into the offering bowl.
“Blessed ancestors – hail and welcome!”
Light the third candle on the altar and say “Lugh Lamfada, Lugh of the Long Arm, You who led the Tuatha De Danann to victory over the Fomorians; I ask Your presence and Your blessings as I celebrate this festival named for You and celebrated in honor of Your foster mother.
Samildánach, Master of All Arts, I ask Your blessings on the harvests of the fields and on the harvests of my life. May I learn from Your great example. Lugh, please accept this offering of food and drink, given in hospitality and in love.”
Raise the bread and beer in offering, then crumble the bread and pour the beer onto the ground or into the offering bowl.
“Lugh – hail and welcome!”
Move to the near left corner of the altar and pick up the object you placed there. Hold it in your hand and feel its solidity. It is real, as is your skill in the art it represents.
Remember why you chose this art for this ritual: the satisfaction it brings, the good your practice of it creates in the world, the necessity that someone do it. Whatever your reason, remember it and feel it, even if you can’t fully articulate it.
Now, how did you develop this skill? Remember books, classes, and lessons. Remember watching intently as a parent or teacher demonstrated how to do it. Remember admiring skilled artists and trying to learn from them. Remember hours and hours of practice, failed first attempts, better second attempts, and even better efforts later on. Remember how you got good at what you’re good at and feel it, even if you can’t fully articulate it. Take as much time as you need.
When you’re ready, set the object back on the altar. Pause, take a deep breath, and move clockwise to the next object on the far left corner of the altar.
Repeat the process for each object in turn. Pick up the object, feel its reality, remember why you chose it, remember how you got good at it, then return it to the altar. Pause, then move clockwise to the next corner of the altar. When you’ve completed this for all four objects, return to your original position in front of the altar.
Take a deep breath. Now visualize and feel energy flowing from each object into the large white candle in the center of the altar. Are all the colors the same, or do different objects and the skills the represent emit different colored energies? Do all the energies flow similarly, or do they flow at different rates and intensities? However, they flow, see them flowing into the candle, filling it with power.
When the energies have filled the candle, light it. As it burns, feel the powers of these four arts swirling and mixing in the candle.
Say “Lugh Samildánach, You are Master of All Arts. I am master of these four. Grant Your blessing, I ask, that I may learn all the arts necessary to complete my Great Work in this life.”
Break off a piece of bread and hold it up in offering. Crumble some on the ground, then eat the rest. Feel yourself taking in the blessings of Lugh.
Pick up the beer and hold it up in offering. Pour some on the ground, then take a sip yourself. Feel yourself taking in the blessings of Lugh.
Take a moment to feel and appreciate all that is going on: the power of the objects, the power of the central candle, and the mighty presence of Lugh. When the time feels right, return the glass to the altar.
Say “Lugh, Master of All Arts, I thank You for your presence and Your blessings. May there be peace and honor between us now and forever. Hail and farewell.
Say “Ancestors of blood and ancestors of spirit, I thank you for your presence and your blessings. May there be peace and honor between us now and forever. Hail and farewell.
Say “Spirits of the land, spirits of this place, I thank you for your presence and your blessings. May there be peace and honor between us now and forever. Hail and farewell.
Say “Spirits of the North, West, South, and East, Spirits of Earth, Water, Fire, and Air, I thank you for your presence and your blessings. May there be peace and honor between us now and forever. Hail and farewell.
Pick up the wand or athame, or if you prefer, just use your index finger. Move to the East, pause, then slowly walk the circle counterclockwise, pulling up the circle as you go. See the last of your circle disappear as you return to the East.
Ring the bell three times.
Say “This rite of Lughnasadh is complete. Hail and farewell.”
Take a breath. Turn on some music, or if you were playing background music, change to something lively and vocal. Drink some water. Turn on the lights. Do something to reorient yourself in the ordinary world.
Extinguish the candles and the incense, then begin to pick up and put away.
If you performed this ritual indoors, dispose of the offerings in an appropriate manner. I prefer to deposit them outdoors in an inconspicuous place where they’ll be eaten by wild creatures. Depending on where you are, you may need to do something else.
You may wish to write about your experience in your journal, particularly if your experience was strong. Focus on recording the experience, not on your interpretation of the experience. You have the rest of your life to figure out what it all means, but you have only a short time before your recollection of the events begins to fade.
May you be blessed by the Master of All Arts, may your harvest be bountiful, and may your Lughnasadh be bright and joyous!
The Six of Wands
The Six of Wands appears when you have reached an important milestone or achieved a significant goal, and you are confident, self-assured, and successful.
You harnessed your strengths and talents to bring about a happy outcome in your endeavors and made it through the chaos, minimizing distractions, and focused on the task at hand.
There were challenges, but you overcame them by concentrating your energies on the one target.
Not only have you achieved your goals, but you are also receiving public acknowledgment for your efforts. You may have recently received an award or recognition for your work. It may even be just a pat on the back, but this attention is a big boost to your confidence and gives you the strength to continue your endeavors.
Now is the time to put yourself out there and be proud of what you achieved. Shout your successes from the rooftop and set it all out there for others to see and cheer you on.
Ask the Tarot: What achievements am I most proud of?
Blessing for a Safe Pregnancy for Pregnant Women
By Ari Mankey
Take a cauldron or bowl (representing the future mother’s womb) and fill it with clean water, along with essential oils associated with protection (such as frankincense or cedarwood).
To the water, add the energies of the elements via a symbol or token for each of them (such as air/feather, earth/stone, fire/ash, and water/seashell), along with symbols that to you and the mother are representative of possibility, health, and safety. Finally, add a seed to the bowl (to represent the child). Place the bowl over a picture of the mother-to-be (or if she’s with you, have her touch or hold the bowl) and say:
May no harm come to child or mother,
Let this be a time of
magick and wonder.
Mother Goddess, we ask this of thee,
Hear our plea and so mote it be!
Remove the seed from the bowl and give it to the expectant mother. If she lives far away, the seed may be sent to her.
Reconnection with Self and Patron Spirits
By Cerridwen Iris Shea
Lammas is the most important day in my personal ritual calendar (the anniversary of my initiation), along with being the first harvest.
Prepare your ritual space, and have offerings of fresh-baked cornbread, grapes, and beer. Cast a circle with your wand, athame, or hand. Start in the north or the east. Use your tool to send out energy, defining the sacred circle you will use, turning clockwise until you end up in the direction in which you began.
Then invite the directions, starting with the direction in which you began casting, moving clockwise. You can use specific attributes for each direction, such as north/earth, east/air, south/fire, and west/water. It can be something as simple as this:
Welcome, spirits of the north, element
of earth, to this sacred circle.
Invite Lugh (if appropriate) and your patron deities.
Take time to center and connect with your core as deeply as you can. Thank the deities for their guidance and help during this cycle. Don’t ask for anything; just listen.
Offer libations to the deities. Place your hands on the ground, sending any excess energy back into the earth and feeling its stability. Close the circle with the tool you used to cast it, starting in the direction you began (north or east) but moving counterclockwise, thanking each direction for being there and imagining the energy of the circle retracting into the tool.
Write down what you intuited from the spirits, and take the next few weeks to consider, in daily meditations, how to take the actions they advise.
By Michael Furie
One of the primary facets of my practice at this time of year is to work sympathetic magic aimed at cooling the heat of the sun so its intensity will not destroy the crops before they can be harvested and also because by this time, the summer heat has more than worn out its welcome.
To work this magic, place an orange or red candle within a cauldron to symbolize the power of the sun. Next, carefully pour water in the cauldron around the candle so it can still burn. Light the candle and allow it to continue to burn down until it reaches the water. As the water overtakes it and it begins to sputter, say:
Life-giving star of powerful force,
calm the heat, do not destroy.
To save the crops, our food source,
balance of water I employ.
By Barbara Ardinger
Many of us have lots of online friends: official Facebook friends, people who tweet, those who perform on YouTube, and even email friends with whom we exchange frequent notes. It’s good to have friends, even if they’re only words on your phone or faces on your screen. But what if they’re not really friends? What if they’re spammers or phishers or thieves? It’s time to do a protection spell for the benefit of yourself and your true friends.
Lay Tarot cards VIII ( Justice, in the French stream) and XI (Strength) on your altar. Lay your devices on the cards. Light red and black candles. Now speak to Justice and Strength:
I call to you to protect me, to secure my
devices and my identity, and to bless
my true online friends. Great Powers,
chase away offenders and thieves of
my security online and in person.
Let the candles safely burn down (but not drip on your electronics!). Then give thanks to the Powers.
By Devin Hunter
Mars is in the sign of Aries right now, highlighting our need for justice and fairness in just about every area of our lives. Cast this spell to balance the scales and bring proper order to legal, financial, and health issues in your life.
You will need a block of wood, a black marker, and a hammer. Using the marker, draw a pentacle on one side of the block of wood, and the name of the person you’re seeking justice for on the other side. Take your hammer and hold it in your dominant hand, then say:
I declare this hammer Justice!
Then tap both sides of the block, each time demanding that a specific action occur, such as The judge will overturn the ruling because ____, or They will see the evidence and have no doubt about ____.
Once you have said your piece, bury the block of wood near your front door to bring about swift change.
Thank the Great Mother Ritual
By James Kambos
In late July the Goddess, or “Great Mother,” begins to bless us with the bounty of the land. Take time to thank her with this ritual. The only spell ingredient you’ll need is some birdseed or some other small offering.
Sit in a quiet place outside or at your altar and say:
Thank you for blessing the
soil and the seeds.
Thank you for our food and
caring for our needs.
End by scattering the birdseed on the ground near your home if possible. When you can, go to a farmers’ market or an orchard and buy some fruits and vegetables to support your local farmers. When you eat them, eat with purpose and think of the words you said honoring the Great Mother.
By Tess Whitehurst
Today, the Catholic Church honors the Seven Sleepers. According to Islamic and Christian legend, the Seven Sleepers were persecuted Christians who escaped martyrdom in a unique way: they went to sleep in a cave near Ephesus and woke up 300 years later, thinking they had slept for merely a single night. (Today in Finland, their slumber is commemorated by the different but derivative holiday National Sleepy Head Day.)
Petition the Seven Sleepers for deep and restful sleep by placing seven cups of chamomile tea on your altar. Then tie the following seven herbs into a bundle with a scrap of cotton, or add them to an eye pillow or drawstring bag: chamomile, passionflower, valerian, lavender, lemon balm, skullcap, and hops. Clear any clutter out of your bedroom, wash your sheets, and make sure the atmosphere is restful and calm. Sleep with the herb bundle near you so you can inhale the scent.
We Are Beings of Light
By Madisyn Taylor
It is through our connection to our light that we know things beyond what the visible world can tell us.
We are all beings of light. Put another way, we are spiritual beings having a human experience. As children, most of us know this, but other human beings who have forgotten what they really are and who cannot help us to know ourselves train us to forget. As a result, we are led to believe that magic is not real, that our invisible playmates do not really exist, and that we are limited beings with only one earthly life to live. There is enormous pressure to conform to this concept of ourselves and so we lose touch with our full potential, forgetting that we are beings of light.
At this time, many of us are reawakening to the truth of who we are, because we are living amidst such large-scale changes in the world. We need to access this light in order to not only survive but thrive as we shift into a new order of consciousness. As the changes around us proceed in rapid progression, we will want to be able to trust our own ability to sense what is happening and how we can best respond. We are no longer living in a predictable world in which we can trust external authority figures and prior ideas about reality to guide us. We need to be able to access the information that will help us navigate these uncertain waters, and the ultimate authority resides in our awareness of ourselves as beings of light.
It is through our connection to this light that we know things beyond what the visible world can tell us, and we see things beyond what the physical world reveals. In order to access this wisdom, we can simply allow ourselves to remember that we are not limited, as we have been taught. In fact, we are filled with divine grace and power that is ours for the asking. A daily practice of tuning into this vast potential, conversing with it, and offering ourselves up to it opens the door through which we can reclaim our true identity, taking ownership of the calling that the time has come to create bliss on earth.
How To Create Your Own Damn Magic This Summer
2020 has definitely kicked our asses, from retrogrades, retrograde weeks, to eclipses and murky energy all over the place – casting the shade for the upcoming period of chaos in the world. Quarantine, the virus, the social estrangement, the struggles, fights, protests and everything that came our way has left us depleted of energy, and pretty beat up.
To many of you it might even seem like things will never be the same. However, believe it or not – that’s not a bad thing at all! On the contrary, it’s the perfect chance to work, grind and manifest the life of your dreams. After all the hardest part of manifesting is to step out of your comfort zone. And now, we bet you are pretty far out of your comfort zone already, so why not create your own damn magic gorgeous?
Plus, the Universe is finally smiling down upon us, and blessing us with a period of beautiful, joyful summer energy making it the perfect time to take a step forward in life and focus on manifesting. So, how can you manifest your magic? We suggest candles!
Candles are one of the best tools for manifesting. This is because candles embody all five elements of nature which make them perfect for intention setting and manifesting. However, because of their huge energetical significance in the world of vibes, candles are excellent tools to create different types of magic with them.
Using candles with preset intentions, or candles to set intentions from scratch is an amazing way to manifest during this beautiful summer. Especially if you pick up one of our candles, since our founder charges all products with healing Reiki Energy!
Alternative Remedies for Summer
by Andrew Pacholyk MS L.Ac
Summer is the season when certain disorders are more prevalent than at other times of the year. Use garlic to stop swimmer’s ear. Use avocado to revitalize fried hair. Try adhesive tape to remove a splinter.
Sunburn can affect almost any area of the body. Use vinegar to soothe a sunburn. Prevention is key.
Heat exhaustion can occur with over work or play, in high heat. Learn how to prevent heat exhaustion.
Get help for skin rashes, irritation and dermatitis, which are prevalent in summer. Use aloe vera to heal blisters. Use baking soda to cool heat rash.
Discover natural remedies for treating sprains, strains and bruises. Use honey, aloe or peroxide to treat cuts and scrapes.
Consider using essential oils as natural pesticides and remedies for treating insect bites. Peppermint oil eases itchy insect bites.
In summer, our feet are most exposed to the elements. Get tips on summer foot care.
Carnival of the Animals: Crystals Named After Wildlife
by Andrew Pacholyk MS L.Ac
(an excerpt from his certification course, The Crystal Witch ~ A Year and A Day of Spells for Empowerment)
“Carnival of the Animals” or crystals named for nature’s creatures, shows us just how beloved they are. Immortalized in the stars and within stone, crystals have been given names of animals to signify their strength, power, and endearing charm.
In many cultures, especially within the Mayan, Chinese, Greek, Roman, and Native Indians, the respect, observation, and emulation of animals are an important aspect of how to live life. Animals show us particular qualities, personalities, and behaviors that we admire and mimic in our daily lives. Our relationship with them can teach us many traits including endurance, patience, and balance. Considering the vast amount of animal species, the number of animal archetypes is immense. You may find that throughout your lifetime, different animals will come into your collective consciousness. It may be an animal you are drawn to early on in life, a specific phase you are going through, or an important occasion. It often means you have a lesson to learn from this guide or spirit.
Bumble Bee Jasper: This rare stone mimics the colors of the natural bumble bee. It is formed from a mixture of colorful fibrous calcite with a distinctive yellow, orange, and black banding. The orange and yellow colors are mainly caused by finely dispersed Realgar. Contrary to popular belief, this stone is NOT jasper. Bumblebee “Jasper” is a misnomer, as this material contains no quartz at all. This grounding stone connects the first three Chakra together, which are the Root, Sacral Spleen, and Solar Plexus due to their color and mineral make up. This stone helps us to deal with self-preservation, self-gratification, and self-definition.
Cat’s Eye: Translucent multi-colored stones often referred to by the French as “oeil de chat”. This is Chrysoberl crystal and they are famous for increasing personal power and deepening spirituality. They help to increase generosity and charitable behavior. Throughout history this stone was used to promote forgiveness and offer peace of mind to those who wear it. Chrysoberyl can initiate intuition and spark awareness. Many cultures have used it for acquiring more prosperity, confidence, and self-pride. They are very helpful as a healing tool due to their colors. It is a stone that is said to bring self knowledge and protection. Cat’s eye is attuned to the astrological sign of Leo. It is also used at the Third Eye for fine tuning your intuition.
Crocodile Jasper: (also known as Kambaba Jasper) is a rare looking stone from Africa. This stone mimics the colors of a crocodile with patterns of green and black. Kambaba Jasper is also not Jasper at all but is more appropriately called Kambaba Stone. It is traditionally associated with the Heart and Root Chakra, therefore, it is most often used for grounding and protection. It is used to encourage growth, not only for surrounding plants in the environment, but growth on an emotional level as well. It is a nurturing stone and is related to prosperity and abundance. It is associated with the traits of endurance, stamina, and patience.
Dalmatian Jasper: also known as “Dalmatian Stone“, is used for grounding and centering the spirit. It is often used to help remove disillusionment, while helping one to see their strengths and weaknesses more clearly. Dalmatian stone brings a sense of fun to one’s life and helps to increase loyalty in relationships. Jasper stone is a methodical and meticulous worker of practical, down to earth solutions, promoting organizational abilities and courage in order to assertively tackle a variety of problems. This explains why jasper stimulates the imagination and transforms ideas into action. It has the ability to foster and nurture and its energy is used for balancing and protection.
Dragon Stone or Septarian concretions, have been called Dragon Stone due to its markings. Septarian is a healing stone beneficial to overall health and well being. It gives relief from muscle spasms, nurtures and grounds the spirit, and works on the Root Chakra. Septarian stone brings calming energies, which have a nurturing feel to them, and can andncrease your joy through spiritual uplifting. Septarian is used to enhance communication with groups, making it much easier to speak clearly and kindly in group settings. Septarian is also used to assist with communication with Mother Earth and opens psychic abilities. It is said to bring unconscious knowledge to the foreground, as needed, by helping one to be prepared for what is coming up.
Hawk’s Eye: Blue tiger’s eye is called Hawk’s Eye or Falcon’s Eye. This stone helps us to gain perspective and to see (and face) situations fully. Hawk’s Eye is the stone of vision, insight, and psychic awareness. It allows us to see the overview clearly and unflinchingly, as from a Hawk’s eye. This stone is often used to balance pessimistic behavior and therefore dissolves negative energy and the thought patterns associated with it. This “all seeing stone” allows perspective on any situation and it can help gently attune the Third Eye and enhance psychic abilities such as clairvoyance.
Leopard Skin Jasper: is also called Jaguar Stone or Cheetah Opal and is a great stone to utilize when connecting/communicating with the animal kingdom, in both the physical and spiritual planes. Leopard Skin Jasper is connected to Shamanism, helping to discover personal animal totems (power animals) by learning how to work with them. It also assists in out of body experiences and journeying. It is a powerful protection stone. It is closely associated with strength and vitality, and brings stability to those who may be experiencing chaotic energies in this incarnation. Once attuned to this stone, It is known for attracting harmonious vibrations into one’s existence, which correspond to one’s direct needs, but not necessarily desires. This includes the attraction of certain circumstances and people that are conducive to one’s own personal growth.
Peacock Ore: also called Bornite, this has the distinct privilege of being nicknamed Peacock Ore due to is rainbow of colors from copper-rich sulphide minerals. This stone is often referred to as the “sense of happiness.” As one of the strongest healing stones in the mineral kingdom, Peacock Ore has the ability to align every Chakra when applied to each energy center. It can cause a transformation that removes negative energy and replaces it with a strong, beneficial, positive vibe. This energetic vibe helps bring clarity to situations that were previously clouded by negative emotions or pain and therefore, ignites imaginative thinking and creative spark. It brings color back into your aura. It possesses the unique ability of energizing not only the area on which it is placed, but the surrounding area as well. Use this stone for removing self-imposed obstacles. This stone has been used for re-birthing and improving your karmic imprint. Bornite is most associated with the astrological sign of Cancer.
Snake Skin Agate: This unusual agate resembles the skin of a snake in appearance. It’s energies promote strength in times of excessive activity. It also encourages a pleasant personality by providing inner peace and an appreciation for the simple joy of being alive. As a result, users of snakeskin agate experience increased cheerfulness and self love, as well as a renewed love of life. This stone is said to create “invisibility” by helping one fell “lost in a crowd.” Assists in the reduction of worrying. It promotes self-esteem and self-awareness. Use this stone for finding lost items. It has been used to initiate the rise of the kundalini (the feminine, dynamic, energetic and creative aspect of the universe from which all form is born) energy.
Serpent Stone or Serpentine is an excellent stone for meditation. It can be used to clear clouded areas of all the Chakra and especially to assist in opening the Heart Chakra. It is also believed to help activate the kundalini, or ‘serpent fire’ energies. By placing this stone on the Crown Chakra, it initiates the movement of kundilini energy up the spine. It relaxes one’s overall nature. Serpentine helps us with better control in our lives. It is believed to assist in balancing the mental and emotional hurdles we encounter.
Tiger’s Eye: Has historically been used for bringing more luck into your life. This stone is most recognized for attracting money, psychic protection, courage, confidence, willpower, clear thinking, and speaking in order to show us the personal power in life that we have. Very versatile for the Yellow/Solar Plexus Chakra, Third Eye, and Crown Chakra. The root of our intuition is from our Solar Plexus. The “gut feeling” is what’s considered the root, while our Third Eye receives the vision. Tiger’s Eye works on our mental plane by amplifying thinking and manifesting what we think about. It helps separate thoughts from feelings, more centered, less emotional. Tiger’s Eye allows us to recognize both our talents and our faults. It can reveal our true needs without our self-serving or rigid mental attitudes getting in the way. This stone has the grounding energy of the earth, but is embellished with a glowing warmth. A stone for people who need more confidence to accomplish their goals. It draws helpful people and material things to the wearer. It centers energy and mental focus.
Zebra Stone: With black stripes to match it’s name sake animal, Zebra stone is one of the best stones for pain management. Zebra Stone can show us our own true natures and helps us to see past illusion. It is a grounding stone which connects to mother earth and is a great stone to use for spiritual and energy work. Zebra Stone is also very effective at protecting one’s aura. Zebra Stone can help us connect to Divine energy and love in the universe. This brings a sense that we can never run out of Divine love or energy, and that in the end, all will be as it should. Knowledge of this kind brings a vitality that can brighten all our moments.
Zebradorite: They called this stone “Feldspath” (in French and Malagasy). Considered the “stone of cooperative effort”, Zebradorite is believed to work with all of the Chakra energies in some shape or form. This effort is enhanced by its ability to work on emotional trauma and “traumatic assault” that occurs when a negative event effects us on a spiritual level. This stone is considered to help with soothing the heart and calming the spirit. It offers a sense of peace in a time of turmoil. Zebradorite has been used as a problem-solver in the form of a worry stone, when rubbed between thumb and index finger. This stone offers an individual awareness to your personal goals and aspirations. It sparks the imagination and helps with boosting will power and self-evaluation.
Animal Totem Healing Pouch
1 of each of the following “animal crystals”
Place all your crystals in the pouch. Now reach into the pouch and pull out your animal guide. Look up the crystal “animal” above to understand your new lesson. This is a great way to bring an animal totem into your life. You can do this daily, weekly, monthly or whenever you are ready to move on to the next animal. The purpose of this pouch is to be able to learn the lessons of each totem animal. It is believed that if you choose the same animal on your next visit to the pouch, then you have still not learned the lesson you are required!
Heartwings Love Notes 942
Respect for One’s Self is Vital
Heartwings says, “Let us remember that self-respect is as important as respecting others.”
When I was little, I was taught to stand up when adults entered the room. I was told to listen when spoken to and not to interrupt. I was instructed to write thank you notes when I received a gift and to say” thank you,” or “you’re welcome,”, as opposed to “no problem,” when appropriate. This was called good manners and was a sign of respect for one’s elders. To be sure, despite being taught to respect others, no one thought to teach me to respect myself.
Perhaps that sounds odd. How do you teach self-respect? Maybe you learn to respect yourself by the virtue of being respected by others. When I was growing up, no one thought much about respecting children. The axiom, “Children are to be seen and not heard” was in full force when I was in my single digits. I was told to respect others, and it never occurred to me that perhaps they ought to respect me, or That respect was a two-way street. I was “only a child.”
My mother and her two sisters had it worse. Their father was in the diplomatic service and the guests to their home for formal or informal occasions often brought candy or other treats for the host’s children. Her mother thanked the giver politely and whisked the candy away, saying to the little girls, “This is for the guests.” One friend of my mother’s friends co-opted the hard earned savings of her three sons to purchase a car. She said, “They get to ride in it, so they can help pay for it. She was notoriously stingy.
I try to respect myself. What is especially important for me is respecting my limits. This is a difficult one for me because I confess to being a people pleaser and so have often over taxed myself in an effort to be kind and nice. However, since I had my hip operation, I have had to deal with limits to my mobility and to my strength. While I try to expand those limits, I also realize I must acknowledge them. Lessons come to us in ways we need to learn. As I grow in my ability to respect my own limits I will also attain more efficacy in respecting those of others, and for this I am grateful.
May you appreciate your opportunities to learn and grow.
Blessings and Best regards, Tasha Halpert
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Why Are Certain Locations Haunted?
By Richard Estep
In my latest book, Trail of Terror: The Black Monk of Pontefract, Cripple Creek Jail, Firehouse Phantom, and Other True Hauntings, I spend several weeks investigating a diverse range of supposedly haunted locations across the United States and Great Britain. As a paranormal investigator, one of the questions I’m most often asked is: “Just why would a place be haunted in the first place?”
The answer to that question varies from place to place, and usually involves a number of complex factors that involve people, events, and different forms of energy. Typically we see three broad categories of haunting: haunted people, haunted places, and haunted objects. One, two or even all three of them may be at work when a paranormal investigator is called in to conduct research.
There is a popular misconception that a place usually becomes haunted because of some dark and terrible events that took place there. While this can often be true—hence the number of haunted battlefields, asylums, and places in which murders took place—it is not always the case. Consider the Denver Fire Museum, once one of the oldest fire houses in the Mile High City and now home to the Denver Fire Department’s collection of historic artifacts and memorabilia.
It was a privilege to be invited to spend several nights there, investigating claims of shadow figures, phantom footsteps, and other bizarre phenomena. Some of the items on display at the museum have sad, even tragic back-stories, such as the mattress on which a victim died in a residential fire (the charred outline of their body is still visible) and the cross made from two girders taken from the World Trade Center in the aftermath of 9/11. One can only imagine what kind of energies they contain.
Firefighters encounter a great deal of death and trauma while going about the course of their duties, and it is my belief that some of that leaves a residual “psychic scar” sometimes—one that can be detected at a later time, and perceived by eyewitnesses as paranormal activity.
Yet flip it around and take a look at this from the other side: a firehouse is often one of the happiest places on Earth (I speak from experience, having served in one for fifteen years). The men and women who work there become very close; in fact, they often consider one another to be family. By extension, the firehouse becomes a home away from home. Think of the sheer amount of warmth, happiness, and positive energy that is generated there. Some of that energy lingers, long after the firefighters have left for the last time, and that is a potential source of great power that can be used to manifest paranormal activity.
Another location that I investigated for the book was the London Underground, which has a long and well-documented history of ghost stories associated with it. Speaking to staff members, often on the condition of anonymity, I heard stories of ghostly apparitions walking the tracks at night and disembodied footsteps pacing along the platforms of deserted stations long after the last trains had stopped running.
The London Underground has no shortage of death and tragedy in its past, having seen fatal train crashes and a truly horrific fire at King’s Cross Station. There are also ongoing suicides and accidental deaths that unfortunately continue to claim still more lives. There has also been at least one murder, the stage actor William Terriss in the vicinity of Covent Garden, whose ghost has been sighted on more than one occasion.
Tens of thousands of Londoners travel via the Underground (or “the Tube” as they prefer to call it) every day. Some are happy, others are sad; taken in their entirety, this is another source of collective energy that might be used to fuel the paranormal activity that so many report taking place in the tunnels and at the stations. One particularly outlandish urban legend involves a group of subterranean dwellers—”mole people,” if you like—that are said to live in the depths of the tunnels, never seeing the light of day.
Poltergeist outbreaks are among the more bizarre and spectacular type of haunting. They are relatively rare, and tend to be the equivalent of shooting stars on the paranormal landscape, blazing brightly and intensely for a short period of time (usually months to a year or two) before fizzling out and disappearing. One of the most aggressive and disturbing poltergeist cases ever documented was the infamous “Black Monk of Pontefract.”
The Black Monk, or “Fred” as he later came to be known, terrorized an innocent British family, the Pritchards, in the town of Pontefract throughout the late 1960s. They lived in an ordinary house in an ordinary neighborhood, one not so different from yours or mine. The haunting began when a fine, granular powder began to fall down from the ceiling, covering those present in a chalky substance that was never identified. Remarkably, it seemed to be falling from somewhere beneath the ceiling, rather than coming from it, as though originating in some other dimension.
Things escalated quickly after that. Objects seemed to take on a life of their own, moving about the house without anybody touching them. A plant removed itself from its pot and floated serenely up the staircase, as though held by an invisible hand. On hands and knees while cleaning the fireplace one morning, Mrs. Pritchard was startled when a shower of keys suddenly rained down all around her. Footsteps were heard in empty rooms. Banging and knocking sounds echoed from the walls and ceiling. Doors opened and closed themselves.
The figure of a tall, dark figure wearing a hooded robe was seen emerging from a closet in the master bedroom. The Black Monk was apparently not afraid to show himself.
Then he turned violent.
The house had an internal bunker, known as “the coal hole” because it was used to store coal for the fireplace. Mr. Pritchard was in there one day when the door slammed itself on him and refused to open, trapping him inside in absolute darkness. He then sustained what can only be described as a physical assault from a spirit entity, one that left him, in the words of those who knew him personally, “a changed and broken man.”
Not content with attacking the man of the house, Fred then turned his attention to the family’s eldest daughter, dragging her upstairs kicking and screaming while her parents could do nothing but look on with horror.
When I moved into the Black Monk House for a week in 2016 to investigate it, I didn’t quite know what to expect. Experience told me that the poltergeist itself should be lone gone, and yet the house had generated consistent reports of paranormal activity for the past fifty years, and things had REALLY kicked into high gear when a movie (When the Lights Went Out) was made about the case, generating renewed public interest, an influx of visits from paranormal investigators—and me.
Fred wasted no time in welcoming me. I walked in to find that a mirror that had hung on the wall undisturbed for many years was now lying on the floor at the base of the stairs, cracked and shattered. The house had been locked and empty at the time the breakage occurred. This was just the first of several paranormal phenomena that I was to encounter during my stay, many of which are described in Trail of Terror.
Why was the Black Monk House haunted? The house sits on the site of an orchard that was once tended by local monks. An old story alleges that a particularly heinous monk raped and murdered a young girl on the site, throwing her body down a well that sits underneath the house. The monk was then said to be hanged on the spot by vengeful villagers. While a fascinating and spine-chilling tale, there is no historical evidence to support it. What we CAN say for certain is that the battle of Chequer Field was fought on the very same land, and battlefields are of course well known for being haunted. My investigation into the case is still ongoing, and for every answer that I find, another handful of questions are raised.
This, in a nutshell, is why paranormal field research is so maddening and rewarding in equal measure.
Long may it remain so.
Birds Fly in a V
By Madisyn Taylor
Like birds flying in a “V,” when we feel the presence of others moving alongside of us, there is little we cannot accomplish.
As they swoop, drift, and glide, inscribing magnificent patterns across the sky, birds are serene displays of grace and beauty. Long a source of inspiration, birds can be messengers from the spirit realm, or a symbol of the human soul, as they cast off their earthly mooring and soar heavenward. An upturned wing, a graceful flutter, all so effortless and free… More magnificent still is the inspiring sight of birds migrating, progressing steadily across the horizon in a solid V formation that is a singular pattern too unique to be mere chance.
Pushing steadily forward, this aerodynamic V reduces air resistance for the whole flock. With wings moving in harmony, the feathered group continues its course across the sky, covering more ground together in community than as individuals. When the bird at the front gets tired, she will move to the rear of the formation where the wind drag is lowest, and a more rested bird can take her place.
By learning from the example of our winged guides, all of us can feel empowered to take on daring challenges as we chart adventurous courses. Feel the strength of others moving alongside you, as their presence lends power to your wings during this journey across the sky of life. When buffeted by unexpected gusts, we can choose to find refuge in the loving shelter of friends and family. We may even marvel as an otherwise difficult day passes by like a swift wind, as a kindred spirit charts a way for us through the clouds and rain ahead. If your wings begin to ache on your journey, look around for somebody else to fly at the front for a while. All of us move faster when we move together. Let your ego drop earthwards as we all soar ever higher.
Why Hiking Is the Perfect Mind-Body Workout
By Markham Heid
At first, walking and hiking may sound like two words for the same form of exercise. The footwear and scenery may vary, but the lower-body mechanics seem the same.
Surprisingly, though, they’re radically different. Research shows that your joints, heart and muscles perform in distinct ways during a hike compared to what they do during a jaunt around the block.
“When you walk on a level surface, your body does a really good job of what’s known as passive dynamics,” says Daniel Ferris, a professor of engineering and biomechanics at the University of Florida. Your walking stride, he says, is like the swing of a pendulum. “Thanks to gravitational and kinetic energy, if I start that pendulum swinging, it’s going to keep moving back and forth for a long time without any additional energy input,” he says.
Like a pendulum, walking on flat terrain allows you to keep moving with little effort. “But when you walk on uneven terrain”-the type you’d encounter on nature trails, deep-sand beaches or other natural surfaces-“that knocks out a lot of that energy transfer,” Ferris says. “Your heart rate and metabolic rate go up, and you burn more calories.”
In fact, hiking on uneven terrain increases the amount of energy your body uses by 28% compared to walking on flat ground, Ferris found in a study he conducted at the University of Michigan. The varying ground slopes you encounter while hiking also make it different from flat-ground walking. Paths that go up, down and sideways require subtle shifts in the way your leg muscles lengthen or shorten while performing work, and those shifts increase the amount of energy you’re expending during your trek.
But the benefits of hiking extend well beyond the extra calorie burn.
Navigating uneven ground-whether you’re hiking or trail-running-recruits different muscles than you would use on flat, man-made surfaces. “You’re turning on and strengthening a lot of muscles in your hips and knees and ankles that you don’t normally use,” Ferris says.
Pumping up those oft-neglected muscles may improve your balance and stability, which helps protect you from falls. Using those muscles may also knock down your risk for the kinds of overuse injuries-like knee or hip pains, or band issues-that can result from the repetitive nature of level-ground walking or running.
Of course, hiking isn’t without its own risks. If you’re not careful (and sure-footed), missteps can lead to rolled ankles, sprained knees, or even tumbles. Just as a novice runner or weightlifter is asking for trouble by kicking off a new routine with an extended, arduous workout, Ferris says inexperienced hikers may be more likely to injure themselves if they tackle a long, rocky hike right off the bat. You need to give those little-used leg muscles time to build up strength.
While variable terrain works your body into shape, the sights, sounds and smells of nature may be performing a similar kind of alchemy in your brain. A 2015 study from Stanford University found that time spent in natural environments (as opposed to busy city settings) calmed activity in a part of the brain that research has linked to mental illness. Hanging out with Mother Nature also seems to reduce your mind’s propensity to “ruminate”-a word psychologists use for negative, self-focused patterns of thought that are linked with anxiety and depression. “I’d say there’s mounting evidence that, for urbanites and suburbanites, nature experience increases positive mood and decreases negative mood,” says Greg Bratman, a Stanford research fellow and coauthor of that study.
More research is needed to back up these benefits. But, Bratman adds, “the idea that nature helps our mental state goes back hundreds if not thousands of years.”
For both your mind and body, a walk in the woods may be tough to beat.
Gilberto’s Homecoming by Stephen Halpert
Gilberto’s mid-morning escape from the hospital took approximately seven minutes. Moments before Ramon had shown up with a wheelchair. Gilberto and an angry, grim faced Maria were waiting for him. They covered a slumped Gilberto with a sheet, then pushed the chair through the halls, past the front desk, and out the front door without incident.
Ramon guided the chair to his vehicle.
“Ok, come back to earth now,” he said. “Make yourself visible.”
Gilberto sat up and removed the sheet.
Maria looked at him hard. “I’m very upset with you. You have no right leaving the hospital that way. This is terrible.” Tears touched her eyelids.
He nodded and reached for her hand but she frowned and pulled it away.
She shook her finger at him. “What if you had a seizure or a stroke? At least you’d be there in the hospital.”
He smiled at her. “Please don’t be an alarmist. That won’t happen.” With Ramon’s help, he seated himself in front. Maria got in the back.
“She’s right,” Ramon said. “But Gilberto, you’re an abiding angel.” he chuckled. “He kisses the girls and makes them well.”
Gilberto sighed. “That is if they let me kiss them,” he said.
Maria’s voice raised. “I’m serious. When we get back to your condo you’re going straight into bed.”
“Sure,” he nodded. “Glad to. Please don’t be angry. I had to break out. I couldn’t stand it! It’s the way I am.”
She sighed. “It does no good for me to try to tell you anything. So, all right you win. I’ll be your nurse but you will take daily naps. And you won’t be living on pizza. I will cook you nice nourishing meals.”
Gilberto turned and grinned at her. “What’s wrong with pizza?”
Inside his condo, Gilberto’s phone was ringing.
Maria answered. “Yes,” she said. “Hello. I am Maria Sanchez, Gilberto’s nurse.”
A barrage of talking screamed through the phone.
“Yes, yes you are absolutely right”, Maria said. “Everyone tried to tell him how dangerous this was, but Gilberto is a very strong and determined man.”
Another barrage came, followed by Maria saying “Thank you for calling, and please call me daily so I can give you progress reports.”
Ramon took out his cell phone. “We need lunch.” He ordered pizzas. “I’ll go pick them up”, he said.
Maria made a face. “May I have a salad?” she said.
“Of course,” Ramon said, and left.
Maria looked pointedly at Gilberto. “I want you to lie down there on the couch. You may sit up when the lunch arrives.”
he “Yes.” moving gingerly stretched out on the cushions. “You’re a tough woman. I didn’t see that there in you before.”
“How long were you married?
“I wasn’t,” she said.
Gilberto’s eyes widened.
“I’ve been on my own since I was fifteen. I wanted a child, but I didn’t want to get married. In my twenties, when I knew the time was right, I went to the rodeo and saw the perfect man to be my child’s father. He was lean and tall, a cowboy from Arizona. Later that night, I took him home and we conceived Joey.”
“Just like that?”
She nodded. “I wanted to. I knew from him I’d have a wonderful son.”
Gilberto nodded; his eyes half closed. “I think I can see his face. He has a gentle smile and kind eyes. Did he ever meet Joey.”
“No.” Abruptly she changed the subject. “Joey wants to see you again, but I told him not until you were healthier.”
“I look forward to meeting him.” .
“Your condo is very nice,” Maria said. “I love your view of the river, and you’re so close to Charles Street. I’ve heard of it.”
Gilberto felt happier than he had in a long time. “I’m glad you like it.”
Maria sighed. “What you said about Joey’s father… Ramon told me you have visions. He thinks a different part of your brain has been kicked into gear.”
Gilberto shrugged. “It’s no big deal. Sometimes I just know things without knowing how I know them. But tell me, why didn’t you want to get married?”
She looked stern. “I don’t get married. To me marriage is a form of enslavement inflicted on women by the patriarchy.” She frowned. “That’s how it was with my parents. Mom did everything my father told her to, no matter how she felt about it. That’s not my style.”
Gilberto looked at her with tender admiration. “Wow, you are one strong lady.”
Ramon arrived with their lunch and served it. Then he cleaned up the dishes. “Catch you later,” he said and left.
Maria settled Gilberto onto the couch and sat next to him. “The newspapers still write articles about you,” she said. “You’re a hero.”
“No,” he said. “My feet moved. I followed them and scooped up Joey like a loose ball.”
She smiled. “Most heroes stop thinking and follow their feet. It’s like something takes them over.” She looked at him and her face became serious. “I want to tell you that I intend on being in your life.”
Gilberto looked at her. “You mean you want us to be lovers?”
She shrugged. “I guess, if that’s what you want.”
He shook his head. “I don’t understand.”
She smiled. “For love to work there has to be a foundation; otherwise the bed will fall through the floor.’
He blinked. “But you like me?”
“Oh, yes,” she said. “I adore you.”
He sighed. “What do you want me to do?”
She smiled. “I want you to win me Gilberto. Win me like you would first prize at a fair.”
“How do I win you.”
“We’ll both know when you do. I’ll care for you and be your nurse and do your cooking. We’ll start there.”
He nodded. “Then why don’t you and Joey live here in my condo. There are two extra bedrooms. Then in the middle of the night if I stumble or fall and cry out in pain, you’ll be here for me.”
She smiled. “Yes, I would be wouldn’t I. Her face became serious, “but Joey and me are a package deal.”
He nodded. his heart was pumping rapidly. “Of course,” he said. “To me that’s obvious.”
by Georgia Nicols
Here’s the skinny. The Sun continues in Leo for the next three weeks; and this week, Mercury enters Leo as well! Venus moves into Cancer to stay for four weeks. Of course, Mars continues to be in its own sign Aries for the rest of the year. That’s the lineup! Let’s take a look at how this affects each sign right now, this week. It’s not always easy to see where we’re going, but is valuable to see where we are. And that is doable. As witty Libran Groucho Marx once said, “I’m not crazy about reality, but it’s still the only place to get a decent meal.”
Aries (March 21-April 19)
This is a playful, happy week! You want to do your own thing, while involved with kids, romantic relationships and sports. You want to use your mind for amusing pastimes – reading, writing and playing games that require mental agility. You will appreciate relaxing at home. Discussions with parents will be positive. Redecorating projects might take place. (Perhaps this is one of the reasons there’s more hustle and bustle in your life?) Fortunately, with Mars in your sign, you’re pumped for action, which means you can handle anything that comes your way. “I’m on it!”
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
Home and family discussions, especially about home repairs are taking place. With Venus in its new position this week, family discussions will be tactful and diplomatic because you appreciate what is taking place around you. Admittedly, Mars is still hiding in your chart, stirring up knee-jerk impulses from your youth. But this is nothing you can’t handle. What’s more important is that this week, you will have a growing appreciation for the beauty of your daily surroundings, as well as the dawning realization of how much love there is in your everyday world. (Gosh.)
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
Your busy pace continues with short trips, discussions and more time spent reading, writing and studying. Expect to meet new people, perhaps because you’re suddenly involved in group discussions, which will please you because you love to learn new things. Plus, you like to enlighten others. You might attract money to you, which will tempt you to be extravagant. It’s a good week for financial negotiations and investments. Take some time to think about your future goals. Once you define goals and write them down, they give you focus, plus they have a stronger chance of becoming a reality. What do you want to happen in the next five years?
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Earnings and financial matters continue to be a strong focus. You might be shopping more than usual or doing business negotiations. This is good. One of the reasons you will be successful is that Venus is moving into your sign this week to stay for four weeks; and Venus will sweeten your words. You want to relate to others! You want to enjoy good times! You also will be skilful in acting as a go-between between others who have difficulties. Meanwhile, your ambition is strong, which is why you’re working hard to achieve something that is important to you. Be careful this doesn’t put you at odds with bosses or parents who might think you’re coming on too strong. You don’t have to defeat every challenge. Choose your fights.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
This week both the Sun and Mercury are in your sign giving you a double hit of physical and intellectual energy. Your mind will jump from subject to subject because you’re interested in everything! Caution about spreading yourself too thin. Make lists about what you really want to do – because you can’t do it all. Take short trips if possible because this will please you. Of course, your desire to explore creative ideas and learn new things continues to be strong. This is why you’re putting more energy into expanding your mind and your knowledge of different subjects. (Some of you might face legal difficulties now.) Oy vey. It was ever thus.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
This week both the Sun and Mercury are hiding in your chart, which means you’re happy to work alone and behind the scenes. (This subtle influence will continue for the next several weeks.) However, Mercury will help you to research and find solutions to old answers or hidden facts that you’ve been curious about. (Did you know that from 1912 to 1948, the Olympic Games held competitions for the fine arts – literature, architecture, sculpture, painting and music?) As Venus changes signs this week. you will discover an increasing enjoyment in the company of others. You will seek out friends and enjoy relating to others in a group setting. Romantic relationships will be lighter and friendlier, which means your increased sex drive will be more playful. Woot!
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
This week you will enjoy the company of friends and groups especially with younger people (in person or online). Team efforts will appeal. You will also give more thought to your goals. Note: This week introduces a lovely influence that improves all your relations with parents, teachers, bosses and even the police. This means it will be easier to work in harmony with authority figures. Regardless of what you do for a living, others will want your creative input on something – design, layout, office redecorating or PR. For some, a romance with a boss might begin. Tread carefully here because existing partnerships require more patience and understanding from you. Don’t jeopardize a long-term relationship for a mere bonbon. (Really?)
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
You look fabulous to others because is the only time all year when the Sun is at the top of your chart casting you in a flattering spotlight. All Hail Scorpio! Relax and do your own thing. This week is a great time to make your pitch. It’s also a good week to make plans for your professional life or pursue a new study that helps your career. This is an excellent time now to talk to bosses, employers and the police. It’s also a great time for a long, pleasurable trip because you will love to see new places and meet new faces. Fortunately, you’ve got lots of energy to work hard and get things done. Plus, your health feels vigourous. (Note: Watch out for infections, fevers and accidents.)
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
Continue to do whatever you can to broaden your horizons in terms of learning new things and seeing new places because this is the best time of the year for you to explore life and learn more! Anything to do with study, education, publishing, the media as well as medicine and the law will intrigue you. This is because you’re curious! You’re eager to learn! Meanwhile, keep your pockets open because money can come your way! (Gifts and goodies from others plus advantages from the resources and wealth of others.) In addition, romance is hot and sexy! No wonder you are filled with a desire to express yourself and do what you want. Your ardor is strong and you want some fun! (Wink, wink; nudge, nudge.)
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
This is an intense time. You have a strong desire to feel life at a gut-feeling level now – not just an intellectual understanding. You want the real thing! You might also meet someone that produces a soul-searching self-inquiry within you, which is why you might have conversations and intellectual encounters that make you go deep within. Discussions about joint finances are classic this week. Fortunately, with Venus opposite your sign, you truly appreciate partners and close friends, which in turn makes your relations with those who are closest to you feel warm and loving. Nevertheless, there’s lots of activity in your personal life, which could create domestic tension. Don’t get caught up in fighting about something you don’t even understand. Relax.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
This is a good week to clarify and explain something to someone who is close to you, like a spouse or business partner. It’s also a good time to consult a specialist or an expert about anything. You will enjoy this because right now you want intellectual stimulation in conversation with others. Small wonder because with Mars in your House of communications, when it comes to sharing ideas with others, you’re a Dynamo! If someone disagrees with you, you’re ready to defend yourself! Hey, even though you can put forth your ideas with vigour and persuasiveness; nevertheless, take it easy on others. Accept the fact that you might have to performs duties and obligations on behalf of someone else. C’est la vie.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
This is a positive week for you because for starters, you will accomplish a lot! Both the Sun and Mercury are in your House of Employment, and they will help you to get a lot done. In particular, Mercury will sharpen your skills for doing all kinds of mental work. You’ll be able to get along with coworkers very well. You’re ready to dig in, in a hands-on way, to get practical work done. Fortunately, all is not “work and no play” because the placement of Mars (and this influence lasts for the rest of the year) will make you playful, lighthearted and keen on sports! You will be more competitive than usual. This high-energy will also express itself in your sex life. (Sounds great to me.)
Weekly Horoscopes Beginning Sunday, 02 August 2020
If you`re born within cusp period (16 to 26 of any month); you`re advised to read horoscopes of both signs covered by that period. You`re in the border; you may have influences from houses within those signs.
Outlines are longer versions; consists of every possible detail of everyday and based on three parts of each sign: 1st, 2nd & 3rd Decan; that is, any of three divisions of 10° within a sign of the zodiac. Even if you know or don`t know your Decan; I recommend, please read all three Decan..
Personal theme: I am!!
Fire & cardinal sign: March 21 — April 19
Your horoscope for this week:
This week`s twists, turns and clashes will be amazingly informative. Some insights will reveal the source of ongoing dilemmas and, if not offer remedies. Others will point you in the right direction; but, as much, you`ll be alerted to once-worthwhile arrangements that are no longer timely. Facing this won`t be easy; and it means rethinking complex plans. Still, your efforts will be unexpectedly worthwhile.
Some great rewards are on their way for your past hard work. Resist the urge to brush off compliments as if they aren`t meaningful. People are applauding you because you deserve it. Accept praise with grace. Your stellar reputation will take you far and it will be easier now to land a leadership role. Planning to gather a team together for a future project could be profitable. If everyone pulls together and does their best, you will accomplish a great deal.
Expect considerable action as of Monday. Not only is there a Full Moon, but this coincides with an opposition between the two planets, Mercury and Saturn. For many people this represents a line in the sand. You may be one of the people who draws that line! The following day, your ruling planet, Mars (travelling through your sign) arrives at right angles to Jupiter. Expect others to see you truly mean business. It`s clearly your intention to move ahead at speed. Recall though, that you do inhabit a physical body and that it requires rest. Following on from this drama you might need time out to consider options. These are likely to be plentiful and require real care. Tuning into your inner voice and ensuring that your spiritual strength is working well should be high priority.
Personal theme: I have!!
Earth & fixed sign: April 20 — May 20
Your horoscope for this week:
There`s no arguing that, over the past three months, while you ruler Venus has been accenting life`s practicalities, you`ve dealt with a range of issues. Some were as pressing as they were crucial, and although tackling them wasn`t easy, you learnt a lot. Now it`s about priorities, for the present and the future. However clear these seem, review them. You`ll soon realise changes are pressing.
A pushy friend or relative is expecting too much from you. Their demands are draining your energy. At times like these you need to find somewhere quiet where you can think. If you have a large family, spend some time in the garden and reflect on your life and relationships. Work out where your true priorities lie.. The best laid plans are apt to go awry early in the week. Later on, things will go more smoothly so don`t rush into anything prematurely.
It may be important for you to take a stand. There are times though when you can behave like a `bull in the proverbial china shop`. Take care that you don`t self-sabotage as of Monday. Note too, that a different type of energy is set to flow from Wednesday. By then, and possibly with the assistance of a Leo as well as someone very good presentation (could be one and the same), you could yet make significant alterations that get your message across in a more subtle way. The world as we know has changed considerably in 2020. We`re only part way through navigating complex planetary configurations. There is much yet for you to learn but, it appears, you`re now in the mood for that experience.
Personal theme: I think!!
Air sign: May 21 — June 20
Your horoscope for this week:
After ongoing shakeups, you and everybody else are juggling changes in existing arrangements and new ideas as intriguing as, often, they are far out. While others want decisions, with the foundation on which plans would be based shifting, regard any decisions as more of an experiment than anything else. This justifies exploring ideas others regard as unrealistic but which you think may just work.
Friends, family and colleagues all seem to need your advice, company and guidance. You would love to be able to keep everyone happy but that`s impossible. You can`t be in two places at the same time. There will be problems if you spread yourself to thin. You are going to have to say no to some people. Tune into your unconscious and reconnect with your spiritual side. Getting in touch with the `you` that is deep within will bring a welcome balance back into your life.
By the weekend, Venus will have left your sign. That doesn`t mean that you`ll become less attractive, but it does suggest that relationships might not require quite the same energy intense as before. Recall that the lunar node is moving through your sign and that the next 12 months are likely to see considerable changes in your life direction. These might well include a move or alteration to your career path. All this could begin at this Monday`s most important Full Moon. As one door closes it`s probable another is opening. You might though need time to consider carefully if this is the route that you want to take and if you need to play for time given that other openings could develop.
Personal theme: I feel!!
Water & cardinal sign: June 21 — July 22
Your horoscope for this week:
Changes may be frequent and unsettling, but your instincts are correctly telling you things are going your way. The problem? Others want proof. For now, distract them with developments you know will make them happy, and meanwhile turn your attention to the more complex, and more promising, plans that are your current focus. While you`ve no question about their potential, others do. Those discussions can wait.
A new business venture could be successful in times yet to come. Stop telling yourself you will never win and aren`t ever likely to attract good fortune. A positive attitude along with your past experience will tilt the balance in your favour. Believe in yourself and you will notice a difference. You need a mental challenge. Take up a new hobby or enrol on a course of study. You`re never too old to learn something new.
Monday`s Full Moon coincides with an opposition between Mercury (in your sign) and Saturn in Capricorn. This could be a crunch moment – which could be a good thing. It may be that a fresh tactic is required. On Tuesday, Mars reaches its right-angle Jupiter. This cycle began some months ago. It might now be time to rethink both presentation and costs. This needn`t be done in a hurry and will most likely require deep review of costs – both physical and financial. All this can be achieved after Venus moves into your sign next weekend. For now, discussing options, most likely with both an Aries and Pisces colleague should prove helpful. Their differing perspectives taken together could give you the rounded view now needed.
Personal theme: I will!!
Fire & fixed sign: July 23 — August 22
Your horoscope for this week:
If you believe in something or somebody, you`ll simply make plans based on that vision; but others want proof. The real problem is that with the foundation on which plans are based shifting day by day, even simple facts are reshaping themselves. The solution? With so much in transition, discuss the potential direction, and promise, of ideas. That should keep everyone happy until things calm down.
You have a strong feeling something good is about to happen. It will be hard to put this into words especially if you have been through a series of disappointments.. Trust your intuition. Opportunities for branching out in new directions are just around the corner. Financial matters are looking more straightforward. If there`s a big expense on the horizon start putting money aside to cover this. Resist any form of speculation and stay with orthodox behaviour.
Monday marks crunch time. The Full Moon in your opposite sign coincides with the opposition of Mercury and Saturn. It is arguably time to `get real`. Certainly, those closest to you would probably like that to be the case. They may be right. It is perhaps time to rethink direction – both in terms of where you live and work. You won`t be the only sign giving thought to presentation and yes, this would be a good time to learn some of those fine arts. It is perhaps rather more likely that you will be seduced by presentation techniques. Buyer beware -particularly if shopping on the Internet.. On a positive note however, working relationships with those born under Cancer and Capricorn looks set to improve greatly.
Personal theme: I analyse!!
Earth sign: August 23 — September 22
Your horoscope for this week:
After weeks of tricky situations, which have meant defending once-prized arrangements or confronting slippery individuals, the mood shifts. Tempting as it is to strike out on new ideas or ventures, ideally, they`ll wait until mid-September`s Virgo New Moon; and now? Review those cherished plans. It may be time to say farewell to some, in the process clearing the way for other, far better options.
People appreciate your helpful attitude. Making your contribution to a community or voluntary initiative will help improve the lives of people who are in need of help. If you can`t get out, think about making a donation to one of your favourite charities. Turn your attention inward. Devoting time to a spiritual practice is critical for your well-being. An escape from everyday routines can be as simple as communing with nature or listening to uplifting music.
It would be understandable if you felt particularly stressed as the week begins. Concern about colleagues born under Gemini, Cancer, Capricorn or Aquarius could be much increased. Perhaps you sense they`re about to make key decisions that would have major effect on your life journey. Clearing the air through frank discussion may be necessary as your ruling planet Mercury moves from Cancer into Leo midweek. Though you might not know precisely where you stand even then, you might accept that they are giving careful thought to their next move and are grateful for your observations about potential traps ahead. Indeed, this gift of a critical eye could bring you considerable notice before the weekend – and perhaps lead to another job opportunity.
Personal theme: I balance!!
Air & cardinal sign: September 23 — October 22
Your horoscope for this week:
The past months` discussions and experiences have been informative and encouraging, so you`re increasingly restless. Not only should certain ideas be turned into plans, you`re concerned your inaction will be mistaken for lack of interest. The secret? It`s to discuss what you`re think, especially with the individuals in question, but to keep your options open. What`s next will be so unexpected you`ll be glad you did.
You`ve always been there for a friend when they`ve needed a shoulder to cry on. This week, you will get to share their happiness and celebrate their joy. You can be anything anyone wants you to be. Just be careful that in giving so much of yourself to others you lose touch with the person you really are. Give some thought to the future. Once you decide what you want for yourself, talk it over with a partner. There`s still plenty going on behind closed doors.
Possibly prompted by the need for essential repairs or someone`s health, you may need to revise domestic arrangements. At Monday`s Full Moon, the need to rationalise space could dominate thinking. It may be that you need to invest in better office furniture. As of Tuesday, it should be obvious that a fresh strategy with regard to business partnerships is required. Note that Mars is now firmly established in your opposite sign. It would be understandable if you felt others were pushing you around. Standing firm or agreeing how far you`re prepared to alter your view will take considerable energy. Yet this is likely required if, after Venus arrives at the apex of your solar chart on August 8, you are to develop a working liaison – something you may have been waiting for and welcome.
Scorpio & Ophiuchus
Personal theme: I desire!!
Water & fixed signs: October 23 — November 21
Your horoscope for this week:
As you begin August, you`ll be dwelling on the promising events triggered by mid-July`s powerful planetary activity involving your ruler Pluto. However, things aren`t going in the way or at the pace you anticipated. While, partly, this is due to shifting circumstances, the precision of your plans is slowing things down. Being easy-going doesn`t come naturally to you, but at the moment, it`s the best option.
You are suspicious of some people your partner has become acquainted with. Complaining about a loved one`s friends will not make them happy. You need to find a diplomatic way to bring up the subject but this does need to be discussed. Are you single? Recent communications will move you to take the initiative in contacting someone, but until circumstances are changed and you are totally sure of your ground you will probably prefer to let a little water flow under the bridge.
Monday`s Full Moon accents the very backbone of your solar chart. The fact that it coincides with the opposition between Mercury and Saturn suggests you`ll be more than ready to draw a line in the sand. Taking a tough stance might be necessary. You could also get involved either in a legal drama or a review of a learning schedule (much of course depends on your age and circumstances). With this done however, you could coast through the second half of the week, mesmerised almost by the presentation techniques being used by work colleagues who are determined to move forward on a new platform. Your insights into the impact of both visuals and language used marks you out as a valued member of a team.
Personal theme: I see!!
Fire sign: November 22 — December 21
Your horoscope for this week:
While there`s a nobility in fighting for what or who you believe in, during periods as unsettled as this, you`re urged to think before you act. True, it seems certain brilliant arrangements are being undone, and for no reason. Investigate, but do no more. What you learn will ensure you`re ready, and able, to take advantage of the stunning events that occur around mid-August`s planetary powerful activity.
Confiding in a partner will take your relationship further than expected. You weren`t planning to form such a close bond but it seems to have happened anyway. Rest assured, a romance or friendship is moving in the right direction. Take any chance to take a break from routine and escape into a world of excitement and fun. Luck is with you now or more importantly; you will be finding ways to create your own opportunities.
For months, and with the exception of the Moon (which isn`t a planet anyway), as viewed from Earth, the planets have been grouped to one side of the Sun. This week there is a break in that pattern. With that there should be discernible change in general behaviour. It would be nice to think that this would be for the better, – but that may not be the case. Monday`s Full Moon could mark a line in the sand for some. This could prompt you to feel the need to take sides as of Tuesday; and yes, others may look to you for advice about tactics. With certain individuals (notably those who took action in early June and which they now regret), asking for advice as to their next move, you could be super busy.
Personal theme: I use!!
Earth & cardinal sign: December 22 — January 19
Your horoscope for this week:
Although most Capricorns acknowledge they are control freaks, you`re also adept at concealing this, even when making complex plans or decisions; but now events are running counter to your thinking and, obviously, you want to take control. Don`t. Begin asking questions. Over the coming weeks crucial, and ultimately amazing, facts will surface. These will change both your thoughts about the present and your vision of the future.
Something you need to do will put you at the centre of attention. Be sure to look your best.. Whether you are taking a class or online training session, or standing on a stage, your nerves won`t show. Tell a few jokes to ease the tension. A gift from a friend who upset you will mean nothing if they don`t change their ways. Someone needs to know that resolving problems means taking ownership for what they`re apologising for.
Monday`s Full Moon marks a change in cosmic weather. No doubt there will be alteration to behaviour and approach. You could find this both mind-boggling and infuriating. By mid-week, – and not for the first time, – it may be necessary to get involved with a design. Whereas normally you might choose to be involved with practicalities, now it seems others are looking to you for assistance in choosing designs that will appeal. Don`t underestimate your abilities here. It may be that your input makes real difference. Recall that at start of this year there was a large grouping of planets in your sign and that when it comes to status and respect, you are now viewed differently.
Personal theme: I know!!
Air & fixed sign: January 20 — February 18
Your horoscope for this week:
Unsettling as the events triggered by Monday`s Aquarius Full Moon may be, they`re accenting matters you need to reflect on, some in depth. True, these may mean confronting vulnerable feelings you`ve been ignoring or didn`t realise were there. Still, not only is the timing perfect, what you learn in the process of dealing with these will both answer persistent questions and inspire you for the future.
There will be advantages in joining forces with someone who has a competitive spirit. You would rather have them on their team than as a rival. You might never become best friends but you will work surprisingly well together. You are passionate about your relationships. In fact, there is so much you feel eager about and joint goals keep you inspired and motivated. It won`t take long to reach agreements over mutual matters.
Monday`s Full Moon is in your sign and coincides with the opposition between Mercury and Saturn. This may be when you determine to draw that proverbial line in the sand. Others could find this difficult to deal with. The threat of legal action is probable. Yet it may be that what is really needed is to use different tactics. In this you could gain valuable advice from those born under either Virgo or Pisces. Though their approaches are so very different, individuals born under these signs could bring a perspective that`s truly helpful. Presumably what you want to avoid is all-out war by the weekend. Achieving that objective will likely require that you understand better the game plan be used by the other side.
Personal theme: I believe!!
Water sign: February 19 — March 20
Your horoscope for this week:
You`ve an amazing talent for getting others talking about their concerns, but often keep your own deepest doubts to yourself. Most of the time this is wise, primarily because not everybody would be supportive. However, the current planetary emphasis is on exactly this variety of reciprocal exchange. Ironically, what you learn actually formulating your ideas for discussion, alone, will bring potential solutions to mind.
Combining your skills with a talented friend could turn out to be a winning combination. Plans you have both been excited about will get the green light. With you having waited so long for this moment, you aren`t going to waste it. Regular business activities look likely to improve with an increase in your personal productivity. Enjoying your work will increase your productivity. Family plans may have to be altered but you know this is a sacrifice worth making.
Tempers could be frayed as of this Monday`s Full Moon. Many people will feel they`ve come to the end of the road. Some might take this on the chin but others find this very difficult to deal with. They may turn to you for sympathy and understanding. That`s not to say that you too won`t be affected by this influence: at one level you could rethink the routes you used to take whilst at another level, how you approach administrative matters. What may now be clear is that a clearing up operation needs to be put into effect and quickly if problems are to be averted. Those born under either Leo or Aquarius may request your assistance too. Working with them might actually be a pleasure in that they seem to have identified exactly what needs to be done and by when.
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