Red, yellow, orange
ornament blue skies above
hillsides pillowed in
October’s last fling before
November’s brown sets in
And rustles into falling.
Swish, goes the rake
Piling up fallen leaves.
Children jump gleefully,
scattering them hither
and thither to the
The wind blows chill,
Then warm as the sun’s rays
Slowly, softly, warm
the last chrysanthemums
clinging to life as the last
bees gather in their gift.
We are given this reprise
before winter’s onset.
October is our gift,
a harvest of loveliness,
to be gathered in to
tide us through the bleak.
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?
Dark Moon – Time to Rest
New Moon – Time to Begin New Projects; Birth; Attraction
Waxing Moon – Time to Grow; Increase
Full Moon – Time to be Fulfilled; Abundance
Waning Moon – Time to Banish; Decrease
Last Sliver of Moon – Time to Die; Letting Go
Dark Moon – Time to Rest Again
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Light A Candle Today!
In many different traditions lighting a candle is a sacred action. It expresses more than words can express. It has to do with gratefulness. From time immemorial, people have lit candles in sacred places. You may want to begin or end your day by the sacred ritual of lighting a candle on this gratefulness. Or you may want to light a birthday candle for a friend. One single guideline is all you need: Slow down and do it with full attention.
The First Days of the Seasons
WINTER Monday, December 21, 5:02 A.M. EST
Current Moon Phase: WANING MOON
Time: From Full Moon to Dark Moon (approx.14 days)
Goddess Aspect: Crone
Associated Goddesses: Cailleach, Banshee, Hecate, Kali, Morrigan
Magickal Attributes: Banishing Releasing the old, removing unwanted negative energies, wisdom, psychic ability, scrying, reversing circumstances. Workings on this day are for banishing magick, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity, physical and psychic cleansings.
October 5, 2020 – October 11, 2020.
The second week of October is rather uneventful until the weekend when the Kraken rises out of the sea and unleashes his cosmic spew throughout the rest of 2020. So, enjoy a brief cosmic intermission before Act III begins. On Friday, Mars forms a gnarly square to Pluto in Capricorn. Mars-Pluto is about power and ambition, which even the most passive people need a bit of to feel like they have some control over their lives and have some say in their future. Of course, your ambitions may conflict with the ambitions of others and then conflict, and power-plays become the name of the game. Try to avoid manipulation tactics or other underhanded activities because the blowback can be harsh. Finally, Mars square Pluto will be amplified by the Sun square Jupiter. Sun square Jupiter can often get carried away and act impulsively. Check your motivations before acting and keep other people’s perspectives in mind. Best Coventry candles are BHC Spiritual Cleansing, Truth and Justice, and Inner balance and Affirmation Tranquility.
Here’s what you missed on CoventryCreations.com this week…
Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio – yes we can survive it.
October 13th is the last Mercury Retrograde for 2020 and we have a fresh Mercury Retrograde Neutralizer candle for you. This retrograde is in Scorpio and will affect us deep within our feels. Before you jump into the power struggle of hurt feelings, remember to stay in the facts.
October When the 3rd Dimension and the Spirit Worlds Meet!
This dimension that we live in and the spirit worlds meet in October. Just so you know I’m neither a Witch nor a Wiccan. I wouldn’t know what to put in a cauldron besides soup. What I am is a spiritual being who has taken time to explore the different dimensions. I like to think of this time of the year as a sacred time to honor my dearly departed and to seek a closer relationship to The Creator. I always sense the presence of the other worldliness at this special time of the year. And I give thanks.
This is a time when the veil separating the physical realm from the spirit realm is thin, allowing us to communicate, feel, or sense our loved ones who have crossed into the Summerland. It is a time to honor all those who have walked this sacred Earth before us and thank them for their knowledge we carry forth in our hearts and in our veins.
More people die in the month of October than any other month of the year and I believe this has to do with the fact that we are closest to the spirit world and it’s easier to cross over at this time.
Thin places is an ancient term used by the indigenous people of Ireland long before the Celts arrived. It’s a reference to a site where the veil that separates the physical world from the eternal world is thin – where two worlds are interwoven. So a person standing in a thin place could be touching both worlds simultaneously. Where we can sense God’s presence – usually outdoors where water and land meet or land and sky come together
It is day of remembrance of your ancestors and for those family members who have passed over. Set an extra place at the supper table during the month of October and especially on the night of the Full Moon and October 31, to honor those loved ones who are no longer with us. We honor our dead and we take on the incarnation of that which we desire to be. We celebrate the last of the Great Mother’s yearly bounty and commend ourselves for a job well done. It is a good time to release the old with a Burning Bowl Ceremony. Now begins the time of preparing for the Great Mother’s rest at Yule.
This is a time when the laws of time and space are temporarily suspended. It was said that during the month of October, the veil between this world and the afterlife was especially thin or lifted entirely. The Celts felt that during this time they were privy to supernatural and otherworldly knowledge. It was a world filled with the forces of magic, a night of mystical glory. It was referred to as “Time Which Is No Time”. It was very magical, but also very dangerous.
My advice is always to do Spiritual Protection on you before honoring or trying to communicate with the deceased. So many people watch television programs nowadays where a psychic medium attempts to communicate with a loved one and they make it look quite easy. In reality this is a serious thing to do and not to be taken lightly. Our world of instant everything makes people want direct communication with a loved one as though they were sitting around the dinner table talking. It does not work that way. Your loved ones will communicate when they feel ready. The spirit world is not something you can control or manipulate. You have to always cover yourself with the divine white light and trust that whatever spirit feels is needed will come through at the right time.
This is the time that the veil that separates us thins. This has been known throughout the beginning of time. This is one of the reasons that nowadays there is a celebration in October called Halloween.
Halloween started with the Ancient Celts. All Hallows Eve (which became the word Halloween) was the last day of their year. They believed November 1st (All Saints Day) was the start of the New Year and because it was Winter, it was the darkest time of the year. On this one night, October 31st, they believed spirits, ghosts, goblins and fairies came down from the hills into the towns. Some people believed if you left ‘treats’ on the front porch for the spirits and ghosts, this would make them happy and they would not hurt you.
If you would like to connect with a deceased loved one during this special time I can Channel or you can try my Guided Journey into Spirit is for you. I take you in to the spirit world safely where you can talk directly with your loved ones, and bring you back safely with the answers you needed. Please read my article “I Am A Reluctant Psychic Medium.”
© 2020 Cherokee Billie Spiritual Advisor.
~The Old Farmer’s Almanac
Jack-o’-lanterns—those unmistakable symbols of October and Halloween—originated in Ireland. They sprang from the supernatural yarn of Stingy Jack, a scoundrel who is cursed to wander between Heaven and Hell for eternity with only a hollowed-out turnip to light his way.
Yup: a turnip. Our pumpkin-carving traditions started with other vegetables, including potatoes and other gourds besides pumpkins. Irish immigrants brought the practice to America, but it didn’t gain popularity—especially with pumpkins—until after the tale of a headmaster haunted by the specter of a headless horseman became a must-read in 1820. Perhaps you’ve heard of Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”?
While pumpkin-carving was once associated with protecting a home from malevolent spirits, today it’s just good fun—and a great way to kick off the month! It’s an activity that the whole family can enjoy, in the moment and for weeks after. What’s more, it’s easy to share pictures of your creations with socially distanced family and friends!
The card drawn for this week is the Three of Cups.
What are you celebrating?
With the Three of Cups showing up this week might be a week of celebration, friendship, sisterhood, and creative collaborations.
Know that your friends and family are here to support you and lift you up to even higher levels of success. Celebrate with them and enjoy their camaraderie.
You are encouraged to gather with your closest friends and have a good time together, talking, laughing, sharing and creating.
Together, you give and receive the love, support and compassion each of you needs from one another.
The energy is high, and you’re here to do amazing things together.
You may also desire to collaborate with others on a creative project and inspire one another to reach new heights. This is a great way to connect with others and to access your creative abilities.
Ask the Tarot: What new creative collaborations are emerging for me?
Heartwings Love Notes 951: The Voice of Reason
Heartwings says, “Listening to the voice of reason can bring frustration.”
We were waiting with our purchases in our wagon at the prescribed social distance in a local Market. The line was quite long, and Stephen went to take another look around for interesting new items to try. Soon he came up to me holding 2 sandwiches in a transparent box. They were gluten free and looked quite delicious. “Let’s take this home for lunch,” he said, handing it to me. Practical me looked at the label. My eye fell on the calorie content-hmm, pretty high. Then I looked for the sodium content: 20; too high.
I handed it back to him and told him why. He was disappointed; however, he took it in good spirit. As the line gradually snaked toward the register, he brought over several more items he hoped to try. From a health or calorie point of view, there was something wrong about each of them. Finally, although we had reached the cash register, he went off in search of yet another new item. The cashier was efficient, the credit card went into the slot and the groceries were packed into their bags by the time he returned, alas, too late with a hand soap in a pump bottle that would have been just fine to buy.
I remember the voice of my reason in my childhood. My mother had rules about food. Candy was not a regular item in our diet. It was reserved for special occasions like Christmas and Easter because it “wasn’t good for you.” Halloween trick or treating was not part of our neighborhood activity. Ice cream was a Sunday treat. Between meal snacks did not exist. I grew up without potato chips, popcorn or other foods that most have in their homes and eat on a regular basis. At the time, though you might think the opposite, I did not feel deprived. My father did not rummage in the refrigerator, and the household rules about what we ate or didn’t, held true for us all, without argument.
The voice of reason is not to be confused with the voice of conscience. Reasons have little to do with right or wrong in a moral sense. Reasons dictate what is appropriate for the situation. For instance, one might say, “if there are only three plums left, please do not eat them all.” That is a reasonable request. I used to count out the fruit or the cookies and other treats, and apportion them among my five children so everyone got her or his share. When one was taken, that person crossed it off her or his list. My children remember this today. Though I’m sure there must be exceptions, mothers most likely are the practical voice of reason. I know I am and so was mine.
May you have good experiences with the voice of reason.
Blessings and best regards, Tasha Halpert
Do you have or did you as a child, a voice of reason in your life? Do let me know about your experience. I love comments and other correspondence and look forward to it from readers. Write me here or at email@example.com. For more of my love notes, please go to http://www.heartwingsandfriends.com.
Llewellyn’s Spell A Day
Find a Tool!
BY SUSAN PESZNECKER
Many of us happily pay for magical bling, but it’s equally true that “found” tools and items can be just as wonderful.
Take yourself on a walk to find a tool, whether in a densely wooded area, on an inner-city street, or by the ocean’s edge. Leave your electronics in your pocket, and as you walk, open yourself to sensation. Be aware of items, shapes, sounds, or whatever speaks to you. Repeat this mantra:
The world is full of power,
if only I will see.
Is that fallen branch the perfect shape for a wand or bell-branch? Could those peeling pieces of birch bark be pressed, dried, and used as spell-writing paper? Would those herbs, growing wild and fierce through a sidewalk crack, make a powerful magical oil? Could that seashell be used to burn incense? Might those perfectly round stones become a divination tool?
Find your tool, cleanse and charge it, and treasure it forever.
Spell For Deeper Sleep and Clearer Dreams
BY THURI CALAFIA
For this spell, mix the following essential oils in equal parts:
- Clary sage
- Roman chamomile
Before using, test a little of the blend on your skin. If it bothers you, dilute it with a bit of a carrier oil, such as olive or almond. If essential oils aren’t available, you can make a hot infused oil (see my spell on July 10 for the technique) with the above herbs.
Next, take a dark blue pillar candle and use a small blade or wooden pick to carve it with symbols and words that represent restful sleep and clear dreams to you. Enhance the look of the candle with silver ink or other decorations. Anoint the candle lightly with the oil, light it safely, and say:
Blessed sleep and revealing dreams
Now ferry me through the night,
To wake aware and full of strength,
To set my life alight!
Meditate for a few moments, then put out the candle. Before lying down, anoint the bottoms of your feet with the oil. May your dreams be blessed.
Bless Your Car
BY MICHAEL FURIE
Magic is everywhere and can be employed for any purpose. This is a spell that can be used to help ensure that your automobile is strong, safe, and protected.
Mentally project white pentacles on each door and window of the car and also over the hood and trunk; these pentacles will help the occupants to avoid accidents, theft, or injuries while in the car. To seal the intention permanently onto the car, strongly envision the pentacles and say:
Sacred symbol, shining bright, keep
me safe with your light. Magical
protection, remain embedded, infused
into this vehicle forever; fully secured
and worry-free, as I will so mote it be!
Lucky Talisman Full Moon Infusion
BY LAURA TEMPEST ZAKROFF
A silver coin is sometimes used to represent the full moon in divination, so why not carry it a step further and use the energy of the full moon to bless a coin to keep with you for good luck?
Gather these items:
- A cauldron
- A clean quarter or silver dollar piece
- A rosemary sprig
In the light of the full moon, settle down before your cauldron and place the coin in the center of the cauldron. Fill the cauldron with water (about halfway is fine), and stir it clockwise seven times with the rosemary sprig, saying:
Luck be mine, luck come soon,
luck by light of the full moon.
Let the coin rest overnight, then pour out the water carefully. Dry the coin and carry it with you in a special place.
BY LAURA TEMPEST ZAKROFF
In the household I grew up in, Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement in Judaism) meant a day and evening of phone calls where forgiveness was asked for and granted. While the practice can help us improve our relationships with other people, it can be a lot harder to forgive ourselves.
For this spell, gather these items:
- A pen
- A sheet of paper
- A lighter or match
- A cauldron
Meditate on something you’ve had a hard time forgiving yourself for. On the paper, write:
I forgive myself for _.
Sign it and fold the paper into thirds. Then fold it again in thirds in the other direction until you have a folded square of nine sections.
Carefully light the paper over your cauldron and drop it inside to burn, saying three times:
Forgiveness and peace, love and release.
Once it has burned out, compost the ashes.
Thank You For Your Work Spell
BY CERRIDWEN IRIS SHEA
Gertrude Barnum was born on September 29, 1866. She was an organizer for the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union and an investigator for the Department of Labor, dedicated to labor reform and safe work practices.
Today’s spell is simple and powerful and a way of walking the talk. When you encounter anyone working today (at the grocery store, at school, at your workplace, etc.), simply say to them, with no explanation and no elaboration:
Thank you for all you do.
The words thank you matter.
BY MADISYN TAYLOR
Bitter feelings allow us to become perfect victims, in that we no longer feel obliged to work toward healing.
It is natural to feel resentment or anger when life does not unfold as expected. We consciously or unconsciously anticipated one experience, and we grieve for the loss of it when the universe puts something else in our path. Most of the time, we work through these feelings and they pass. Occasionally, our anger and resentment do not fade and are instead transformed into bitterness. Bitter feelings allow us to become perfect victims in that we no longer feel obliged to work toward healing and choose instead to identify with our pain. Yet as unwholesome as bitterness can be, it is also a natural element of our emotional palette. When we acknowledge that it is okay to feel bitter, we reconnect with our hurt in a constructive way and can begin the process of working through it.
The nature of bitterness is rooted in the fact that the pain we feel provides us with a rationale. We may feel that we deserve to embrace our bitterness to its full extent. And to be bitter is, in essence, to cut ourselves off from all that is positive, hardening our hearts and vowing never to let go of our hurt. But just as bitter feelings can be self-defeating, so too can the release of bitterness be life-affirming in a way that few other emotional experiences are. When we decide that we no longer want to be bitter, we are reborn into a world filled with delight and fulfillment unlike any we knew while in the clutches of bitterness. The veil it cast over our lives is lifted, letting light and warmth touch our souls.
Divesting yourself of bitter feelings can be as simple as truly forgiving and moving on. Even when your bitterness has no concrete object, you can forgive situations too. Healing pain can be challenging but may be easier if you remind yourself that you are the only entity truly affected by your emotional state. In time, you will discover that letting go of your bitterness frees you to initiate the healing process and allows you to once again celebrate the possibility of the more wonderful life you deserve.
Halloween: How to Create Subtle Terror
by Ghost Hunting Theories
I came into my teens during the peak of slasher films so you’d think they’d be special to me. They were so formulaic and I never felt torture and guts were particularly scary, just repulsive.
What is so sad is that the strengths of storytelling, atmosphere, good haunting score, and a semi-dark situation can create so much terror.
Instead of showing the entire storyline, how about hiding a good deal so the audience fills in the blanks with the thing that most terrorizes them?
Some great movies were based on mood and atmosphere without the need for slashing teenagers and creating blood baths.
If you want to get back to the basics of a good haunt, there are some ways to create terror in your Halloween decor.
Have you ever noticed when the sun is almost set, your shadow is super long? Rather imposing!
If we are going to reuse items or repurpose them, consider the use of cardboard. Most of us have a lot from having deliveries, but it’s easy to find folks who have it that you know or even on NextDoor.Com from neighbors.
Make some cut-out Slender Men with hats and stand them up with a stake around the edge of the house so you can plant a floodlight behind them on the ground, to cast even longer shadows.
A nice water pattern light on the front porch, casting water light patterns all over the place and some foghorn sounds, perhaps the sound of Stevie Wayne from “The Fog” calling out over the water warning sailors, a gentle fan, some creeping fog…. What a set up!
If you were to watch any horror movie without the creepy score, it really wouldn’t do much for you. Sound effects like the sound of digging creates novelty. You set up a graveyard, you hear a grave digger working…. Someone walks up to your porch with fake crows everywhere and then hear squawking. You see flashing light and hear thunder and the heavy sounds of rain while the sprinkler is hidden….
Consider sounds to be some of the best tools you can utilize.
One Halloween I set up the front window near the front door with tons of dolls staring out, put a flashing lightning light on them, played occasional thunder with the sound of little kids chanting.
The children stopped and studied it with terror and curiosity, some even forgetting to ring the doorbell.
One year, I collected tons of dead leaves and put them near the front door and walkway. The kids had to crunch through them, combined with the strong scent of pumpkin and mushroom and it was autumn!
Fans, especially if poised from different locations, creating a whirlwind feel and the use of fog, especially the ground fog, are super effective in making one feel as if they entered a portal. In fact, constructing a portal entrance to this weird world could make things even more wacky. Taking cardboard and cutting it into board shapes and painting it and then attaching it to the porch crooked so everything feels a bit funhouse, is another cool idea.
The key to adding suspense is in what people DON’T see, so no animated zombies. But, what if there was something moving around in the bushes and moaning?
It’s all about what’s in the shadows, the unknown story, the novel mix – why are there doll heads on sticks??? It’s about the senses from smell and sound to wind and fog.
The Insect Kingdom
BY MADISYN TAYLOR
As we work together with the insect kingdom, we allow ourselves to be in harmony with the earth and the pulse of nature.
A change of season may bring about a change in the insect activity in and around your home. Rather than heading for the fly swatter or bug spray or calling the exterminator, try working with the insect kingdom rather than fighting it. Making this choice on a conscious level puts you in touch with nature, allowing you to create harmony within your ecosystem.
Insects “bug” us for shelter, water, or food, but they can also come into our lives to bring us a message. Though many cultures have decided what insects represent to them, you may be able to decipher their message just by thinking about their attributes. For example, bees may be telling you to communicate psychically with your family or to spread your talents like pollen. Their buzzing could be warning you about someone who could sting you, or reminding you to stop and smell the flowers. Once you get their message, they may leave on their own. But if they don’t, you may want to spend a few days patiently inviting them to leave. In meditation or aloud, explain that this is your home and that the insect world is outdoors. While you understand their hunger and thirst, you will provide them with a designated place outside. Be sure to offer them appropriate food and make a commitment to replenish the supply regularly. You can even make a ceremony of it: Choose a time such as sunset every Sunday, or every full moon, then create a line of demarcation around your home with sage or by sprinkling some herbs before giving your offering. This serves the dual purpose of keeping your bargain with your insect neighbors and keeping you in sync with nature’s cycles.
As we make the decision to respect nature, whether inside our homes, outside enjoying a picnic, or while gardening, we acknowledge that we all share the earth and need each other for our mutual survival. As we work together, we learn how to live in harmony with all living beings.
Genealogy! 3 Ways to Unravel the Mysteries of Women in Your Family Tree!
An old photograph. A woman sits before a plain backdrop in a white linen dress. Extraordinary wisdom is reflected in her expressive eyes.
You remember your mother saying that this was a great aunt, but otherwise the woman in the picture is shrouded in mystery. “Her story must be known!” you think. “What she must have seen and done!”
Surfacing information about your female ancestors can provide great inspiration. It can also be more challenging than discovering details about male relatives. Many historical documents only list women by their married name, or even by the name of their husband.
We all have brave and inspiring female ancestors – women of conviction – deserving to have their stories told. Let these tips guide you to unraveling the mysteries of undiscovered or little-known female relatives.
- Mine Male Records
Unraveling the mysteries of women relatives, says genealogist Michael John Neill of RootDig.com, doesn’t begin with researching female ancestors. “The first step,” he tells FamilySearch, “is to fully document the male ancestor and to look for hidden clues that will lead to information about the women in his life.”
Look for records from male ancestors.
Start by looking at probate records for your male ancestors. Women in the past often didn’t receive automatic guardianship of inherited money or estates. Therefore, if a husband died owning property or a business, the remaining family members would often go to probate court in order to determine who would oversee finances.
Estate records of male relatives can also reveal names or locations of female ancestors. Fathers, brothers, and uncles may all leave part of their estate to the women in their family. Even if the will doesn’t give a female ancestor’s last name, accounting records might have more details.
You can locate probate records through FamilySearch’s historical records search.
- Let History Be Your Guide
To shine a light on the stories of female ancestors, Lisa Alzo of The Accidental Genealogist recommends creating a timeline of historical events that took place during their lives. These events can shed invaluable perspective and identify cause-and-effect situations. For instance, you might find that the Great Depression or World War II propelled your mother or grandmother into the work force.
Create a timeline of ancestors’ life events.
War widows also frequently had to provide details about their relationship and life when applying for a pension after a husband’s death. If a male ancestor served in the military in the 19th or early 20th century, details about female ancestors may be contained in pension records.
To create a historical timeline that matches up with your female ancestor’s life:
Establish a timeline that begins with the woman’s birth and ends with her death.
Detail everything you know about her, including her marriage date and children’s birth dates and places.
Add in life events, such as migrations and hospitalizations, as you uncover them.
Incorporate significant national and international events, such as wars and epidemics.
Work in local events you discover in county histories, which are often available at libraries and online bookstores.
You can get started on a timeline by finding birth and death records at FamilySearch’s Search Historical Records page.
- Hunt for Headstones
“Loving wife and mother of six dedicated to helping those less fortunate.”
We can learn so much from gravestones. These markers often vividly evoke the spirit of departed family members. Tom Comstock of BillionGraves says an ancestor’s final resting place can also be an excellent source of detail about women relatives.
The gravestone of a female ancestor may provide the last place she lived and uncover family relationships, middle and maiden names, and dates of birth and death. Emblems on headstones can reveal religious beliefs, professions, and memberships. Epitaphs may reveal a wide range of details about an ancestor’s life.
Find headstones of female relatives.
To start your headstone hunt, Tom recommends visiting the BillionGraves Index on FamilySearch. “If you can find one member of your family,” he says, “you can often find many others who were connected with that person by looking at the people who were buried nearby.”
Researching female ancestors can be a challenge, but just one hidden clue can help you unravel the mystery of that little-known great aunt – or another relative who proves to be a woman of conviction. By piecing these stories together, you’ll enrich your family legacy while honoring the heritage of female ancestors this Women’s History Month.
Trick or Treat? Test Your Wellness Knowledge with Immune Health Trivia
Trick or Treat sign with candy cornIt’s the spookiest time of year again. Between werewolves and seasonal woes, it can be hard to tell what remedies to turn to. Silver might take out the werewolves, but what weapons does your immune system need to fight back? If you think you know your immune health facts, give our Halloween immune health trivia a try and see how many you get right.
We’ll ask you trick or treat and give you an immune-themed statement. Remember—a false statement is Trick, and a true statement is Treat (see what we did there?)
Best of luck and have fun!
Trick or Treat? Elderberry Leaves were believed to protect against Witches
Treat: During the Middle Ages, it was believed that putting elderberry leaves on the front door of your household would ward off witches and evil spirits. While this probably won’t hold up on Halloween amidst the trick-or-treaters, it still makes for a fun story.
Trick or Treat? Yoga and breathing exercises can play a part in boosting immune function
Treat: These practices are packed with zen-efits. Yoga and breathing exercises may be able to boost your immune health by lowering stress levels.1 Since stress can have negative effects on your immune system, taking some time to stretch and reboot is a great way to keep the bad vibes at bay and namaste all day.
Trick or Treat? Most of your immune cells are in your lungs
Trick: It takes guts to be an immune cell, so it makes sense that’s where they spend a lot of their time. 70% of your immune system is in your gut, so fueling it with probiotics is one of the best ways to keep your microbiome and immune system healthy.2
Trick or Treat? Elderberry has only recently been used to promote immune health
Trick: Elderberry has been used for centuries. Even Hippocrates was a fan—so much that he called the elder tree his “medicine chest.” That’s a pretty big compliment coming from the “Father of Medicine,” but it also makes sense with how jam-packed elderberries are with antioxidants and flavonoids. This brings a whole new meaning to “respect your elders.”
Trick or Treat? You can use the flowers, bark and actual fruit in elderberry for wellness
Treat – Waste not, want not—elderflowers and elderberries are both full of antioxidants to support immune health and the bark can be used to promote regularity. The best part is there are a ton of forms this nutrient comes in, so if you’re not a fan of its tart flavor you can still enjoy its benefits.
Trick or Treat? Our bodies can create vitamin C naturally
Trick: While it’s true most animals can produce their own vitamin C, humans can’t… same goes for guinea pigs weirdly enough. Since we can’t synthesize this immune-boosting essential nutrient, we have to get it by including vitamin C in our wellness routines and diet.
Trick or Treat? Your body can store large amounts of vitamin C
Trick: Unfortunately, since vitamin C is water-soluble, the human body can’t store it for long periods of time. The recommended daily amount of vitamin C is 90 mg for men and 75 mg for women, but there are a lot of ways to reach these goals.3 This nutrient can be taken as a capsule, gummy or even dissolved in water and can also be found in citrus fruits, potatoes and pumpkins too!
Trick or Treat? Our bodies can synthesize their own vitamin D
Treat: With a little help from the sunshine, our bodies can synthesize vitamin D. When UV rays hit our skin, cholesterol is used as an energy source to synthesize this essential nutrient. From bone to immune support, it’s a good idea to keep the sunshine vitamin on deck year-round.
Trick or Treat? Wearing a sleep mask may help boost immune function
Treat: Restful sleep is crucial for healthy immune function because it allows the body to produce immune system helpers called cytokines. One of the best ways to produce these proteins is by practicing good sleep hygiene. Healthy sleep habits can include reducing sound and light pollution with a sleep mask and white noise machine, or simply lowering the temperature in your bedroom. Find out which habits help you sleep tight so that your immune system is ready to fight.
Trick or Treat? A glass of red wine can give you an antioxidant boost
Treat: You read that right. If you’re looking for some extra antioxidants, wine night may not be a bad idea. Red wine has quite a few polyphenols or antioxidants like resveratrol and catechins.4,5 Keep in mind, alcohol in excess can have negative effects on the immune system so if you’re looking to get the boost without the buzz, you can always just stick to the nutrients.
So, how’d you do? Regardless of the score, we hope that you learned some fun new facts about your favorite immune-boosters and had a blast doing it! Stay spooky out there and have a Happy Halloween!
by Stephen Halpert
When Gilberto and Ramon returned from Mass General to his Back-Bay condo Maria had breakfast on the table.
She greeted Ramon and the three shared bagels, smoked salmon and freshly brewed coffee.
Gilberto hastily appraised Maria on Karibe’s condition. “They don’t really know,” he said. “Lola’s with him, glued to his bed. She said he had proposed before all this happened.”
“It happened to him just like that,” Maria said. “No prior warning, or at least none that he shared with any of us.”
“Karibe never said much about himself, especially his health,” Ramon said. “Or for that matter about anything much personal. Whatever we talked about you could read in the newspapers.”
Gilberto nodded in agreement.
“I always thought he inhabited his own private world; like maybe he had secrets kept deep within himself,” Ramon said with a sigh.
“There was certainly always a lot of talk about women.” Gilberto said. “A proverbial chorus line of yearning ladies clinging to his every move.”
“Like Lola now,” Ramon chuckled. “She’s so deeply in love she forgets to wear her shoes. We’ve never seen her so gaga over a guy.”
“He must have secrets, ” Maria said. “Secrets can captivate most women when they think their man is a demi god.”
The doorbell rang. Two burley types in uniform entered and showed government credentials. The older one, with touches of gray and age lines in his face, surveyed the three.
“Immigration,” he said. His voice flat, professional. “The three of you are friends of Karibe Rodrigues?”
They nodded but remained silent.
“Would either of you like some coffee,” Maria said?
“Soccer teammates,” Ramon said. “We won the World Cup three years consecutive, ’89-90-91. Then Gilberto’s hip was injured and our team fell apart.”
“Have any of you had any dealings with him since those years?”
“Christmas cards,” Gilberto said. “Last night we had dinner at the hotel. He and Lola, were supposed to fly out today for Caracas.”
“And she’s his companion, Lola Cortez?”
Ramon nodded. “Yes, she’s my sister-in-law.”
The younger agent nodded. “They were intimate?”
“Last night at the hospital she told us they were engaged and would be marrying.”
“But you haven’t had any financial dealings with Rodrigues yourself?”
“He told us about wanting to form the World Soccer League,” Gilberto said. He told us six or seven teams have already committed.”
The two agents looked at one another, “That’s a new twist,” the older one said.
“Is anything wrong,” Gilberto asked? “We all talked about visiting Caracas for a vacation sometime next year but no specific time was set.”
“And you know nothing more about him or his personal dealings?”
They shook their heads.
“We were teammates and when you win the Cup three times there’s a brotherhood formed, like being on a World Series team,” Ramon said. “But beyond that.”
“Any idea about his more recent activities?”
They shook their heads.
“Could you tell us what all this is about,” Ramon said?
The older agent nodded. “Rodrigues is known as the Godfather of Caracas. It has been considered that his soccer enterprise is a shell for the illicit washing of money.”
The younger agent added. “He’s being watched carefully. Your cooperation is appreciated.”
Ramon’s eyebrows shot up. “You mean our goalie is some kind of crime lord?”
The older agent nodded. “Yeah, something like that.”
Abruptly, without another word, they thanked them for their cooperation and left.
“Rosa was right,” Maria said as she watched them drive down Beacon Street. She sighed and looked at Gilberto. “Thank heavens we didn’t deposit his check last night.”
He looked somber and shook his head.
Ramon sighed. “Crime lord! godfather, our goalie,” Ramon said. “And to think we almost signed on to a death ship.”
“But we didn’t,” Gilberto said. “I think we should go to the hospital. I hope Lola isn’t implicated in something over her head.”
“Let’s go check on her,” Maria said, her voice shaking a bit. “. ” I’ll ask our neighbor to watch Joey.”
Maria, Ramon and Gilberto drove to Mass General, parked and took the elevator to the third floor. There in the visitor’s waiting room sat an upset Lola sobbing into tissues, clutching her overnight bag. She looked up when she saw them.
“He’s gone,” she wailed. “No member of the hospital staff claims to know anything. When I mentioned him to the nurses, they all looked blank, like none of this ever happened. He disappeared between the time I went home for my things and got back.”
“About how long?” Gilberto said.
“Under two hours. I hurried. ” Her eyes were puffy, her voice hoarse.
“And nobody knows anything?” Maria reiterated. She remembered the chilling feelings brought on by the coldness of those federal agents. “We may as well go home. We’ll take you.”
Lola let out a mouthful of expletives. “Something’s going on,” she cried.
“Obviously,” Ramon said. “”But best we not to look into dark corners when there’s nothing we can do.”
“Let’s go home,” Maria said. “We’re only wasting time staying here.”
“You’re right.” Gilberto turned to leave.
Lola clutched the corner of her chair so hard her knuckles were white. “He’s helpless,” she sobbed. Her jaw was tight, her words sharp despite her sobs. “He’s just a playful little boy who likes sitting in apple trees reading poems. He certainly doesn’t deserve this horrible curse inflicted upon him.”
“Wherever he is he’s getting medical attention,” Maria said assuredly. “He’s too important to let him slip away and die because of negligence. But I’m sure the hospital staff’s been told to say nothing They usually are.”
Lola wept on. “He told me when he was a boy, he’d kick a soccer ball into the crashing waves. He’d win if it flew through the wave.”
“We all did that,” Gilberto smiled. “Best way to learn timing is to go up against the ocean.”
“Let’s go,” Maria said. “We should see Rosa and bring her up to code.”
Back at Ramon’s, Rosa frowned at Lola’s persistent hysterics. “I’m sorry he’s gone but who knows, he could turn up again so relax.”
“You have no feelings,” Lola sobbed.
Rosa ignored her. She turned to Maria. “If the federal agents hadn’t come to you this morning, I’d have guessed his people swept up his body, got him onto a jet and flew him back to Caracas. But now I’m not so sure.”
Let’s Get Our Autumn On With Pumpkin Harvest Soup!
This Pumpkin Harvest Soup recipe by Tessa Bowers won first prize in The 2010 Old Farmer’s Almanac Pumpkin Recipe Contest.
1 pound boneless chicken breasts
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 stalks celery, chopped
3 medium-size carrots, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 15-ounce can chicken broth
1 15-ounce can pumpkin
1 can great northern beans, drained and rinsed
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1 teaspoon salt
Cut chicken in bite size pieces. In large pan cook chicken in 1 tablespoon olive oil until no longer pink. Add celery, carrots, onion, and garlic. Saute until vegetables are tender. Add chicken broth, pumpkin, beans, nutmeg, white pepper and salt. Simmer on low 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Sunday, October 04, 2020
by Georgia Nicols
“Honey, I’m home!” Mercury retrograde is back! Actually, this week it is slowing down before it goes retrograde next Tuesday. Nevertheless, because it is slowing down, avoid purchasing “Mercury-related items” like cars, trucks, bikes, computers, cell phones and printers. This week, silly mistakes will occur more than usual; and we will hear from people we haven’t heard from in ages. But all is not lost. Mercury retrograde helps us to finish old business. It’s the perfect time to reassess things and refine our approach to something. Oh yeah – it’s not all bad. What’s all bad? The fact that three slices of pepperoni pizza are 1100 calories! (And that’s not peanuts and forget about dry roasted.)
Aries (March 21-April 19)
Partnerships and close relationships are still your main focus. Keep an eye on bills, inheritances and insurance issues because something surprising or out of the blue might impact these areas on Wednesday. By Friday, power struggles with an authority figure are almost unavoidable. Grrr. Don’t push your luck because the harder you push, the more you will create opposition to you. Plus, don’t do anything underhanded – that will backfire. Fortunately, by Saturday, surprising news about your health, or a pet, or something related to your job will please you! Nice way to end this week!
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
You’re still keen to get better organized and work efficiently. More power to you! Midweek, someone might throw you a curveball (probably a close friend, partner or spouse). It could be a fun surprise – or not. By the end of the week, something going on behind the scenes might upset you or turn into a power struggle. However, very likely, you will be quiet about it even though you feel quietly anxious within you. Try to let this go. You don’t need this! And hey – life is short (and fat). By the weekend, a surprise invitation will please you. Something unexpected related to sports, social outings or your kids will occur. Admittedly, it might also be an accident-prone time for your kids, so be alert.
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
This continues to be a lighthearted and playful week! However, expect a few surprises Tuesday/Wednesday. Computer glitches, misplaced paperwork, unexpected news about a staff member, something unusual to do with your health, or a pet, or your job might occur. This could be why a power struggle with a friend or a group takes place on Thursday/Friday? Don’t make a big deal about this because something could trip you up and backfire! Use your high energy to get work done instead of arousing opposition to you. Fortunately, by the weekend, something unexpected will impact home and family. You might buy something unusual for your home? An old acquaintance might visit? Hmmm.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Home and family continue to be your focus, which is why you’re happy to cocoon at home. You might interact with a parent more than usual. Be vigilant with kids midweek to avoid an accident. Keep your eyes peeled! However, a surprise invitation might please you? By the end of the week, a power struggle with a parent or someone in position of authority might occur. Things could get nasty so don’t push your luck. (Do not be ruthless or underhanded because then things will backfire.) Keep your cool. By the weekend, a fun and unexpected event might occur? It could be a short trip, exciting news, or an encounter with siblings or relatives that you did not expect? It could be fun and enlightening!
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
This continues to be a fast-paced, busy time! You have a full agenda and you’re keen to express your opinions to others. Midweek, something unexpected might impact home and family. Something unusual might be introduced into your home or a family member might have surprising news? Towards the end of the week, power struggles, especially about politics, religion or racial issues might take place. Don’t take the bait! Steer clear of all this because you don’t need this angst. Instead, get ready for a pleasant surprise by Friday/Saturday that might be a gift of money? A boost to your earnings? A clever, moneymaking idea? Ka-ching!
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Money is on your mind right now. In addition, you’re thinking about your values, which is a good thing. (It’s important to know what is important.) This is great week to buy wardrobe goodies for yourself. Be careful on Wednesday because something unusual and unexpected might occur. It could be fun news or a surprise. However, it could also be an accident, so pay attention to everything you say and do. On Friday, power struggles about shared property, insurance issues or debt could arise. They could be nasty. Do not pull a fast one. By Saturday, something fun and unexpected will make your day! It could entail travel or meeting someone unusual. Whatever it is, it will expand your world and be stimulating!
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
With the Sun in your sign, you are still empowered! This is why you attract people and favourable situations to you. (Make the most of this.) On Wednesday, something unusual might affect your earnings or your possessions. Keep your eyes open so your possessions are not lost, stolen or damaged. On the positive side, money might come to you or you might have a clever moneymaking idea. Yeah! A power struggle with a partner or close friend by the end of the week will test your patience. Try to distance yourself from this because it will only create a vibe you don’t like. (You need harmony in your surroundings.) A pleasant surprise on Saturday will change your day and make you feel happy. That’s nice.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
You’re still keeping a low profile because your year is ending and your birthday will soon arrive. Enjoy this time out. Nevertheless, brace yourself for a surprise on Wednesday. You might encounter someone you least expect to see, especially from your past. Or your schedule might go haywire? Power struggles at work or related to your health (or even a pet) might occur at the end of the week. Be careful, because if you come on too strong, you will regret it. (It’s a tricky situation. Don’t throw your weight around.) On Saturday, you are surprised to hear from someone you like – someone creative or artistic. Possibly it’s a group? Whatever the case, it will turn your crank!
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
You continue to be popular and yes, everyone wants you on their team. This is a good week to think about your goals and how you can make some of your dreams come true. You might feel unsettled about something on Wednesday because things aren’t turning out the way you thought. You might have to regroup? Avoid some kind of ego battle with your kids or with a romantic partner on Friday. (It could be a quarrel about choice of vacations or what to do in a social situation. Or it could be flat out power struggle with kids.) Don’t do anything you will regret later. The good news is that on Saturday, a parent, boss, teacher or even a member of the police might do something that pleases you. It’s also a surprise! (What might that be?)
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
You continue to look good to everyone because the Sun is still at the top of your chart casting you in a flattering spotlight. (We like this.) Since you look so competent and capable – make your pitch! Ask for what you want. Timing is everything. A friend or a member of a group might do something that surprises you on Wednesday. (This could be interesting.) However, be careful because power struggles at home or with a family member are likely towards the end of the week. Don’t insist on getting your way because this will create further conflict and nasty confrontations. Stay chill! On Saturday, an unexpected chance to travel might drop in your lap. Or you might hear from someone from afar – a pleasant surprise indeed!
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
You’re still keen to travel or do something different because you’re hungry for stimulation. Well, this might happen because on Wednesday, something unexpected related to parents, bosses or authority figures will catch you off guard. (Let’s hope it’s a nice surprise.) Unfortunately, some kind of power struggle with siblings, relatives or neighbours might take place on Thursday/Friday. Be careful driving. This energy can engage others in a negative way. Stay cool. This could morph into a pleasant surprise on Saturday when an unexpected gift or money comes your way. Perhaps someone will do you a favour or let you use something they own? (It’s nice to receive a perk.)
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
This continues to be a pretty intense week for you; fortunately, fair Venus is opposite your sign and this modifies any emotions that might escalate to be over-the-top. Wednesday is a mildly accident-prone day so be careful. Pay attention to everything you say and do. However, at the same time, unexpected travel plans or a surprise related to politics, religion or racial issues might catch you off guard. Could this be what leads to a power struggle about money or possessions on Thursday/ Friday? (This could be nasty.) Fortunately, by Saturday you will enjoy unexpected, fun times with a close friend. Sweet!
Weekly Horoscopes Beginning Sunday, 04 October 2020
re born within cusp period (16 to 26 of any month); youre 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:
Between the recent unsettling, if not emotionally intense, Aries Full Moon and the coming days
events, youll be so busy there
ll be no time for questions, still less lasting plans. While, mostly, this means moving swiftly, the trick is to ensure that its understood arrangements are more of an experiment than meant to be lasting. This gives you the flexibility to rethink things when necessary.
Your ambitious plans will impress people in power. You
re hoping they will recognise the potential you possess. An offer will confirm your boss believes in your ability to take on a challenging yet important task. A lot will happen very fast and by the week you will be pinching yourself to prove you arent dreaming. If your first attempt to organise a small event with friends fails, a second try should bring about the desired result.
Property and asset matters generally dominate in the days leading in to Saturday
s Last Quarter Moon. At some level you might need to contemplate loss or damage limitation. Yet the desire to cut a new deal and to negotiate is super strong midweek and yes, you could be successful. Its probable that this will super strong demand considerable courage and confidence. Don`t forget that these are traits you seek to perfect in this lifetime. Whilst there may be moments when you feel powerless and emotionally overwhelmed, and true, much depends on your personal chart, you could yet win through: surprising those born under the Earth signs of Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn in the process. They may have even more reason to respect and admire you.
Personal theme: I have!!
Earth & fixed sign: April 20 — May 20
Your horoscope for this week:
Both changes in existing arrangements and new ideas are thrilling. What
s more, this is a major theme for all of October, so theres plenty yet to come. The challenge? With things moving so swiftly, often you`ll have to plunge into arrangements, despite being short of facts. Still, go for it. You can deal with both tricky details and practicalities as the coming weeks unfold.
Sharing your thoughts and feelings will come naturally to you now. No matter who you are with, you will be honest with your comments and answers. Conversations will flow.. New experiences will light up your life. Remind yourself of how excited you felt during the planning stages of a project. Now you
re close to the launch dont start worrying about what
s ahead. Youre about to start a new life journey and this will bring enhanced happiness.
Your ruling planet, Venus, is now moving through the research and development area of your solar chart until Oct 27th. Exploring new systems and working with new teams should be attractive. That
s not to say that all will run smoothly. Two experts (one of whom might even be you), might not share the same opinion. This clash might not be so easy to negotiate and emotions run high. Its arguably imperative that research is analysed and double checked for accuracy. Involvement in a power struggle with someone who resents having their efficiency questioned might not bring out the best in you. You perhaps need to take care that you don`t allow your inner bull to run amok in a china shop.
Personal theme: I think!!
Air sign: May 21 — June 20
Your horoscope for this week:
Since late September, you
ve been restless and inquisitive. While some ideas have already become plans, others are more complex and a few raise questions about practicalities. Actually, with your ruler Mercury retrograde from the 14th, youre better off regarding whatever you
re doing as an adventure to be learnt from than anything lasting. That way, youll benefit from experience, and can deal with the long term later.
Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses. If the thought of taking on a new commitment or taking part in an online official forum makes you nervous, ask a knowledgeable and worldly-wise friend to be with you for emotional support. People are sincere in their praise. Remember too that there is help around you in the shape of family and friends should you ever need a reassuring hand. There is work to be done but this should not mean you have to cut yourself off from your family.
It would be understandable if you felt that reserves were depleted. Experiencing some kind of loss or disappointment is possible (though much depends on your personal chart). Whatever, most Gemini`s should find that the cash flow is fast – and not always in the preferred direction. It may be necessary to take action and to put in place contingency plans. An existing safety net could be overstretched. On the very positive upside however, there is the strong possibility of joining forces with others in similar situation. As the Moon moves through your sign between Tuesday and Thursday, you could yet negotiate better deals. True this would surely be uncomfortable and draining: the required focus, exhausting. For this reason you may be particularly grateful for the support of a Capricorn whose staying power appears better than your own.
Personal theme: I feel!!
Water & cardinal sign: June 21 — July 22
Your horoscope for this week:
s been talk of rethinking, if not dramatically altering, elements of your domestic or working life. While the Full Moon, on the 1st, heightened feelings of urgency, during the coming weeks youll realise you`ve plenty of options and, equally, your own ideas to pursue. The trick is to focus on getting to know others while you explore. The resulting combination could be remarkably beneficial.
Harmony is something to encourage within your family. An older relative is making waves and it may be up to you to find a way to appease them. This could mean agreeing to plans you aren
t overly enthusiastic about but if it helps keep the peace, the sacrifice will be worth it. Why do you feel you dont deserve the rewards or an award that is coming your way? You`ve put in a lot of effort to get this far and people want to show appreciation for your hard work.
There is little doubt that those of your sign are superb at husbanding resources whilst simultaneously nurturing young shoots. That doesn
t necessarily mean that you enjoy such challenges. Rising to these might seem a daunting prospect - especially when it seems youve been involved in the relentless pursuit of these for over a decade. Pluto though will eventually move out of your opposite sign. This is not a life sentence! It appears, that like a plant that outgrown its pot, that you are ready to be moved elsewhere. Yes, this might mean breaking away from groups who no longer give the support you now need. It could as easily bring you into contact with a group whose mission statement you applaud and which needs you as much as you need them.
Personal theme: I will!!
Fire & fixed sign: July 23 — August 22
Your horoscope for this week:
As you begin the week, you may still be under the impression that, despite changes around you, elements of your own lifestyle can remain as they are. Not only is that impossible, it
s time to take an uncharacteristically flexible approach to these changes. While, initially, youll battle them, once involved, your attitude will change, possibly overnight. After that, what currently worries you will, instead, thrill you.
An award or public recognition of your contribution to a worthy cause will take you by surprise. You feel there are others who are just as worthy of this acclaim. Once you get over the idea of your unworthiness, you will accept and start to enjoy the success you have achieved. Don`t be surprised if you encounter opportunities to advance your job prospects. These may involve a complete change in career direction.
Life is about more than money. Yet financial matters will likely now require focus. It
s been over a decade since Pluto began its move through Capricorn. At the end of this week, Mars (in another of the Fire signs) should act as trigger: resulting in you at the very least making enquiry as to how others are looking after your assets. The need to do this may be stimulated by news that leaves you querying efficiency. You might also wish to check out a property related estimate. Of course, youre not the only one to be adjusting to new working patterns and schedules, but what might now worry you is the ability of others to maintain their contractual obligations. This too, could prompt you to look carefully at insurance documents and seek assistance (from a Capricorn?) to guide you through an administrative maze.
Personal theme: I analyse!!
Earth sign: August 23 — September 22
Your horoscope for this week:
Little is more satisfying than gathering facts, then organising plans well in advance. Clear cut as priorities and arrangements seem, with your ruler Mercury retrograde from 14 October, and accenting the need to break certain reassuring habits. Those existing plans can be a starting point. Then explore. Take chances. This isn
t about sticking with the familiar, its about broadening your horizons, in terms of people and ideas.
Group projects will be fun as it
s been a while since you and a team of people youve always enjoyed getting together with have met up. Online chats and meetups have worked well but face to face contact has a benefit in that you aren`t so easily distracted. Contacting a colleague outside working hours helps you get to know each other. You may be nervous about mixing business with pleasure but in this case, it could work well.
You have a particular gift tidying up and for organising. This does not mean that you`re good at these tasks. It could be argued that others do this more elegantly. The difference may be something you wish to tackle. Virgo has a reputation for micromanaging – which can so easily detract from overview and long-term success. Taking time out for blue skies thinking and yes, focusing less on the minutiae and more on presentation, could result in you moving a business relationship on to new and more powerful platform. One of your creative ideas could yet go far. Moving it from drawing board to reality should now take priority. You might also consider enlisting the assistance of an Aries who is given the instruction to point out when you are focused too much on the detail and allowed your eye to look away from the ball.
Personal theme: I balance!!
Air & cardinal sign: September 23 — October 22
Your horoscope for this week:
You rarely think of it as planning ahead but, rather, you ensure things will flow in the direction you intend. However, between October`s tricky planetary setup and the changes, and possible tensions, triggered by the Libra New Moon, on the 16th, twists and turns are inevitable. The secret? Ensure plans, and your own thinking, are flexible. Take that approach, and the rest will be easy.
re in tune with your intuition. A vivid dream will help you find the answer to a problem relating to romance or finance. With your dreams being so meaningful, this would be a good time to start a dream journal. Youre ready to break new ground. The thought of travel and meeting new people and enjoying a change of scenery and variety fills you with excitement. If it`s possible any activities that take you away from your usual routines will be welcomed.
True, Mars is still retrograde in your opposite sign (until the middle of next month), but as of this Monday, Pluto is moving forward and you should feel a very distinct change of pace. Yes, this could also coincide with crisis; and yes, the balance of your scales might be much disturbed. The art is not to panic even when you
re thrown a curveball midweek. Hold the thought that since 2008, when Pluto entered Capricorn, youve experienced much upheaval. Yet you haven`t just coped – but have done so elegantly. It seems probable that your career is now headed in fresh direction. Considerable progress could yet be made before the end of the year – after both Jupiter and Saturn moved into another of the Air signs. For now, you may need to dig deep into emotional and financial reserves but surprise yourself with an achievement that is beyond expectation.
Scorpio & Ophiuchus
Personal theme: I desire!!
Water & fixed signs: October 23 — November 21
Your horoscope for this week:
d prefer a more subtle way of confronting complex issues or others, when you know what, or who, youre facing and have the necessary facts, you
re fine. However, judging by Octobers tricky planetary activity, surprises are inevitable. While some will be unsettling, others will force you to review certain seemingly solid arrangements. You`ll soon realise the time has come to make some changes.
Every day is a choice. There
s some confusion regarding a work or domestic issue. Little, if any of this has been caused by you but others expect you to sort it out. You are tired of always having to come to other peoples rescue. If you do decide to let others to take responsibility for their own actions, stick to your guns. A job involving working closely with someone you
ve always admired is a strong possibility. Waiting, hoping and looking forward to whats to come makes life exciting.
By the end of what promises to be a super busy week, your two ruling planets (Mars and Pluto) are at right angle to one another. This particular aspect is important as Pluto will then be in direct motion as Mars is retrograde. You can perhaps sense the friction. Think of this as being like trying to start a fire where the match is damp. Considerable effort will be needed. Yet it
s probable that others will look to you for guidance. Theyre arguably looking in exactly the right place. Your intuition is likely to be in excellent working order and your ability to persevere and succeed result in your very considerable talents and resilience being acknowledged and, before the end of the year, rewarded. What should be clear is that although others are now going off on tangents, they still need you on their team.
Personal theme: I see!!
Fire sign: November 22 — December 21
Your horoscope for this week:
s rare that youll give in, to an arrangement you disagree with or unfair demands, from an organisation or an individual. While you may try to fight, you
ll soon realise youre lacking both facts and the confidence to stand your ground. Actually, that
s good, because youve lots to learn, and those insights will benefit you now and, as much, as future events unfold.
Find a balance between what
s important and whats not. Family want to spend time with you. Worrying about having to carry out commitments that are difficult and time consuming will take the edge off your enjoyment. It
s worth paying attention to the words of an older relative or in-law. They may have something on their mind and they need some advice but theyre finding it hard to broach the subject. If you want to talk a matter over further, give them a call. Mutual interests will be rewarding.
s over 30 years since Mars was last retrograde in the research and development area of your solar chart (1988) Depending on your age, it might be interesting to look back at that earlier time for parallels. Whatever, there is high probability of you feeling you cant move forward with the things you truly love and enjoy. It may be that there are health or other restrictions. Yet this situation isn
t permanent, and as the Moon moves through your opposite sign midweek, its reasonable to anticipate that others will have plans to get you out of a rut. You might not like their approach, and by the weekend feel angered to be pushed in this way. Yet it may be that they are correct in deducing that you need better energy levels: which might include adjusting your diet.
Personal theme: I use!!
Earth & cardinal sign: December 22 — January 19
Your horoscope for this week:
Once you understand the nature of this period, you
ll realise theres no way you can get through this week or, in fact, the month of October without making compromises. However, once you
ve agreed to those changes, youll recognise them as the breakthroughs they are. While that, alone, will free you, who you meet and what you discover in the process will be life-changing as well.
re unsure of your ability in a new venture, someone with a sensible nature and many practical skills will befriend you. They will help you work alongside others without feeling threatened by their experience or expertise. Having to tiptoe your way around touchy topics is making you impatient. You dont want to cause unnecessary upset but you do want people to reach agreement over a contentious issue so you can all move on.
Cycles overlap: with one ending as another begins. It seems likely that with Pluto direct in your sign as of Monday, and joining Jupiter and Saturn in direct motion in your sign, that at some level you will feel refuelled. This though could put you on collision course with someone whose work is not up to scratch. Of course, you
ve been here before, and it may be that there is now different personnel involved. A counterpoint to this is that next Saturdays Last Quarter Moon is in your opposite sign and marks the start of the last phase in a cycle that began two years ago. This could be connected to home or family but will likely require reappraisal of assets and space. It wouldn`t be surprising if you were involved in major moves, and that some heavy lifting will be required. Should this be the case, look after your back!
Personal theme: I know!!
Air & fixed sign: January 20 — February 18
Your horoscope for this week:
Every once in a while, what seems a simple conversation will open your mind and, perhaps, your world to options you
ve never previously considered or which, and this is possible, that hadnt existed. Knowing that, explore everything, if only to benefit from those ideas and encounters. Solid plans? Take things in stages. What works now won`t in the coming weeks or months. Expect something entirely new.
It takes time for some people to get used to new situations. Family and friends will ask for a chance to get used to your adventurous ideas before putting them into practice. If you sense someone is overwhelmed by your enthusiasm, slow down and tone down some of your suggestions. It will take a while for you to master a new skill but you never expected it would be easy. You will keep on trying until you are satisfied with your efforts.
Mid October, Mercury stations at the apex of your solar chart. Even this week you could be aware of difficulties ahead. It might seem that others are now moving forward but with little regard to your feelings; and yes, it would be understandable if, by Friday, you were enraged.. This though, is arguably not the best use of your energy. It may be that you have come to the end of one working chapter. Bringing this to graceful conclusion could be taxing, yet achievable. What someone wants to throw or give away could actually be of great value to you. Yes, you will likely need support to transport a large item. You may find that those born under Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius or Pisces are particularly helpful in this respect. They could also give you ideas as how you could develop one of your talents – perhaps introducing you to someone embarking on an endeavour that would benefit from your special perspective.
Personal theme: I believe!!
Water sign: February 19 — March 20
Your horoscope for this week:
s no avoiding this weeks contentious matters. However, these issues aren
t that complex and, in many cases, youre already aware of them. If there
s any challenge, its resisting the temptation to turn adequate solutions into something special. Don
t even try. While no single development will be that complex, therell be plenty of them, which means you`re better off dealing with whatever arises, then moving on to the next.
A meeting with a small group of socially distancing people will help establish the priorities of a new group project. Once important details have been agreed, a follow up discussion can be held, virtually. If you are single, you could be surprised by how well you get on with someone involved in a fund-raising exercise. You may not have been looking to start a relationship but these could be the first cautious steps towards a rewarding romance.
Venus moves through your opposite sign and it could easily feel as though others are having life easier than you are. Yet they too are coping with a retrograde Mars and it may be that things aren
t running quite as smoothly as they appear. Midweek could be crunching time and your support requested. It is perhaps all too easy for Pisces to be the shoulders that others cry on. They may forget that there are times when there is almost too much for you to bear as well. Its in your nature to offer assistance. When that
s not physically possible, you can listen. Its probable that there will be a drain on your physical resources before the end of the week – perhaps linked to the need to clear space. Though you may not be yet aware of what it is you`re preparing for, when Jupiter and Saturn change signs in December, you could be embarked on career adventure.
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