…..in the same…
..but we sure are..
……in the same…
……..and be kind…
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
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.
The First Days of the Seasons
WINTER Monday, December 21, 5:02 A.M. EST
14th New Moon (10:08 PM, MST)
15th National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day
16th Hecate’s Night
18th Feast of the Persian “Mother of the Stars” Ardvi
21st Zodiac Period of Scorpio ends
22nd Zodiac Period of Sagittarius begins
23rd Celtic Tree Month of Reed ends
24th Celtic Tree Month of Elder begins
30th Full Beaver Moon (2:32 AM, MST)
30th Hecate at the Crossroads
Current Moon Phase: New Moon
Goddess Aspect: Maiden
Associated Goddesses: Artemis, Branwen, Eriu, Nymph, Epona
Magickal Attributes: Invoking. Workings On This Day Are For Starting New Ventures, New Beginnings, Love, Romance, Health Or Job Hunting.
Card of the Week: Two of Swords
What decision are you trying to make?
This week the Two of Swords indicates that you are facing a challenging decision, but you are unclear about which option to take.
Both possibilities may seem equally good or bad – and you are stumped about which will lead you to the best outcome.
You must be able to weigh up the pros and cons of each choice and then make a conscious judgment.
Use both your head and your heart to choose the path that is most in alignment with your Higher Self.
You may find that you lack the information you need to make the right decisions. You may be missing critical pieces of information that would help guide you in a particular direction.
Research your options more, seek outside opinions and feedback, and ask yourself what you might be missing.
Make your choices with your best intentions, fully aware of the possible consequences. Avoidance will lead to greater conflict and stagnation.
Ask the Tarot: What do I consider as I make this decision?
2 of Wands
Pearls of Wisdom Tarot
Take the time to evaluate the details before making your decision. Explore all of your options. Always allow your intuition to take the lead. Remember to breathe!
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During this course, in addition to the on-line lessons and hands-on projects that you do at home, I will be sending you articles, and information, as well as questions about your own personal use and research.
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November 16, 2020 – November 22, 2020.
The third week of November is the most challenging week of the month. Of course, this will be amplified by the Thanksgiving holiday prep. It’s often a source of anxiety for many and this year could be intensified if we’re not flexible with our plans. We start on Monday with Venus square Jupiter. Venus helps us feel good and she is at home in her own sign of Libra. The good news is that Jupiter expands any planet it gets involved with so Jupiter is an extra helping of the good stuff but tries not to get too carried away or do things excessively. The trouble begins on Tuesday when Mercury opposes Uranus. You may find your mind in overdrive and anxious thoughts and feelings may easily surface. Take a pause and remember to be gentle in your speech. We are all feeling sensitive these days. Midweek brings us a mixed bag of tricks with the Sun forming a sextile to Saturn, and Venus forming a nasty square to the ringed planet. Keep things simplistic and methodical, focusing on essential tasks and duties. This is the best way to play the day because if you play footloose and fancy-free, feelings of self-doubt, rejection, and limitations may easily override anything you could possibly accomplish. This weekend we have two sign changes as Venus moves into emotionally intense Scorpio and the Sun moves into fiery Sagittarius. Relationships may be problematic over the next month, so you should focus on future potentials and possibilities.
Best Coventry candles to get you through the week are, Wicked Witch Everything and Then Some, Blessed Herbal Stability/Self-Esteem, Hoo Doo Van Van, Adam and Eve, and Road Opener
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New Moon in Scorpio November 15, 2020
The New Moon is in Scorpio on November 15, 2020. As always this is your opportunity for creating new beginnings. The sign of Scorpio makes it a perfect time for magic focusing on shared resources, loans, and reinventing yourself. This New Moon also forms a lovely sextile to Pluto, Jupiter, and Saturn, which sets the stage for letting go of the old and starting a new cycle.
November New Moon
by Rubys Readings
Nov. 14/15-New Moon
For All Zodiac Signs
The New Moon is in the sign of Scorpio on November 14th or 15th, depending on your Time Zone, but is felt now and throughout the weekend. With both the Sun and Moon in the sign of Scorpio, it is super strong and potent. And can be a powerful time to work on yourself.
Think about doing some New Moon energy work. Simply, make out a Wish List or write down what you want to start or begin under this New Moon energy! Set Intentions! New Moons always bring New Beginnings, but this particular New Moon is all wrapped up nice and tight in the sign of endings, Scorpio, the sign of the Zodiac that represents resurrection. We may have to fall or fail, or let something end in our lives, only to rebuild ourselves anew! We then can rise like the stories of the Pheonix and create a new better life for ourselves in one way or another.
It is also Eclipse Season, so our Moon work can involve releasing and letting go, perhaps finish or close something in your life. Make wishes and wish-lists, write about whatever you want! Release a situation, person, or what you should let-go, this also can include worn-out old beliefs and behaviors. This New Moon energy is transformational and can be life-changing.
In the weeks ahead, we’ll be working on our self-mastery skills. It’s a good time to discover what parts of our lives feel out of control. We can release our inner demons with things like addiction or debts and free ourselves from emotional burdens. This energy produces an opportunity to get rid of any excess “stuff” we have been holding on to in our lives, be it material or spiritual. We may feel moved to dig much deeper when it comes to life’s mysteries rather than staying content with the status quo. So it’s important to get in touch with what motivates you, and what will enhance your feelings for intimacy, forgiveness, and meaning. We have a deeper need to feel a sense of purpose and depth in our lives and within our souls. We can truly move forward by doing things during this cycle to develop a new idea, project, or relationship.
Look for ways to release any fears of confrontation or emotionally heavy situations. This New Moon energy can help us learn by taking us out of our comfort zone and making us uncomfortable. So even if a situation is tense it can lead us into psychological healing.
This New Moon is harmonizing with Jupiter, Neptune, and Pluto as well. We can quickly discover support and motivation from within to accomplish our goals, as this energy has our back and can help us set goals. It gives us the drive and imagination to make things work.
Still, during the New Moon loving Venus is forming a tense Square to Pluto, the planet of transformation and lord of the underworld. Goddess, Venus also squares off with over the top Jupiter! These influences can cause major disruptions, which can lead us into exploring our true motivations. What makes us tick! With the TRUTH out of the bag, we can understand the deeper meanings of any challenging situation that comes our way.
It’s important to keep ourselves in check when it comes to exaggeration, so we shouldn’t go out of our way to seek approval, love, or more meaning in our lives, or we can blow things way out of proportion. We can overstate, boost, and brag. As we express ourselves and our feelings in a big way. Watch for doing things in excess and stirring up drama just to get attention, as we can give certain situations much more time and energy than their worth. We might think we can get noticed through exaggerating, but this will surely backfire.
These Cosmic transits can also magnify or boost our insecurities, which means we can feel suspicious, jealous, or paranoid. Socially the interactions we have can be intense and can provoke tense feelings with those involved. Any relationship drama that comes up can get in the way of our goals with our lovers or partners. Our financial affairs can also have major highs and lows, big wins, or big losses, so choose wisely!
Warning Possible Triggers: You May Need to Skip this Part if you are Sensitive!
The Covid19 Virus is surging strongly right now, as Astrologically it’s peaking from the long-term Saturn/Pluto and Jupiter/Pluto Conjunctions that have been occurring all year long! Now with somany planets in Scorpio, and Eclipse Seasonunderway things are out of control! The energy of the Zodiac Sign Scorpio and Eclipse Season, both are about Endings! However, it also helps us to rebuild and manifest a new way of handling the Virus.
As we figure out how to get vaccinations out to the masses, we need to be extremely careful! Protect the younger, older, and vulnerable folks! Please take the necessary precautions we’ve been warned about repeatedly to help bring this surge down. And please just wear your mask around other people! The good news is the Cosmic influences that helped bring the Virus in are now finally over! So once we get past Eclipse Season, we will start to see a major shift and even more so into the New Year. As we get through the final dramatic months of 2020, do your best to be extra careful and work together.
Happy New Moon
Stay Safe & Be Well ~Ruby
Dark Moon in Scorpio
November 14th, 2020 9:07 pm PST / November 15th, 2020 5:07 am UTC
As the Moon disappears from the autumn night sky, we now experience the Dark Moon. The Dark Moon in Scorpio restores the mysteries of life that intrigue us. It invites us to delve a little deeper. A little darker. A little more raw and real. Expect the next 48 hours to be highly emotional and quite confrontational. Remember to react to unpleasant, unmotivated, and/or ungrateful people with civility. Keep interaction to a minimum and simply close the door behind you. Focus on your own personal growth and wellbeing. This Dark Moon will be exceptionally powerful for divination work, as well as all forms of banishing. Allow the darkness of the Dark Moon to reveal your inner blockages and banish all that no longer serves you.
If fear around financial matters is afoot, the Financial Roadblock Banishing Ritual can eliminate negative thinking – and subsequent destructive energies, while opening new pathways. If someone (living or not) has thrown something nasty your way, a Break & Reverse Ritual will take care of that! Additionally, the Scorpio lunar energies can assist with cutting ties (or eliminating) in all manners of relationships – whether romantic or otherwise.
Please note, the Dark Moon is never a good time to begin a new venture. Wait for the Witch’s New Moon, which is the night you can see the very first sliver of Moon. Depending on where you are in the world, the Witch’s New Moon falls in the early morning hours of November 16th or 17th. As soon as you see the very first sliver of Moon, know that is the Witch’s New Moon is upon you. That will be the ideal time for beginning new ventures, planting new seeds of manifestation, and drawing new love into your life.
Now is the time we walk away from the past. We say goodbye. We bid farewell. Tonight, we banish.
TRIPLE DARK CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE: AN OFFERING FOR HEKATE’S NIGHT
by Danielle Prohom Olson
Early this morning while it was still dark, my kitchen was perfumed with the scent of warm chocolate, coffee and fennel. In the oven was a Triple Chocolate Cheesecake with a buttery chocolate graham cracker and almond crust, a culinary offering to the ancient Goddess Hekate or Hecate. Tonight, November 16th is popularly known as Hekate’s Night and in many parts of the world food offerings of bread, grains, garlic, eggs, and cheese, fish, fruits, almonds, and a kind of ceremonial cheesecake lit by candles are left by modern devotees at crossroads to obtain her favours. This sacramental meal has ancient origins and was traditionally offered in Greece on the night of the dark moon (the end of the month). And if Hekate was pleased, she would grant you and your loved one’s good fortune and protection from harm – in this world and the next!
I wanted to bake an offering that would not only feature her favourite foods and spices but honour November, the month of the ever-deepening dark. So I thought a dense, luscious cheesecake, perfumed with coffee, cardamom, wild fennel seeds and liquorice fern root (for an appropriate touch of the wild) just might do the trick. If you can’t find licorice fern root, a tsp of ground anise seeds will work just fine.
While Hekate has become known as Queen of the Witches, renowned for her knowledge of the dark arts, for the Ancient Greeks, Hekate was a Titaness with a share of the earth, sky and sea and Hesiod describes her “honoured most of all by the immortal gods”. One suggestion for the origin of her name comes from the Greek root “willing” -“she who works her will”. She guided the city-state, gave rulers wisdom in their judgments and provided protection, family harmony and wealth to the common people.
On the night of the dark moon, Hekate emerged from the underworld with her retinue of baying hounds, owls and toads. She gathered the souls of the recently departed, guiding them safely to the land of the dead. And it was the duty of every private citizen to light lanterns and leave offerings for Hekate either at the city gates or at home shrines just outside the front door. These offerings of food were not only meant to nourish the dearly departed on their journey to the Underworld- but to entreat their future favours & blessings for the benefit of the living left behind.
These foods offerings were laid out and one would leave – without looking back. And while Hekate’s Supper was not traditionally meant to be consumed, these offerings likely also functioned on the material realm to feed the poor. In a play by Aristophanes, Plutus says to Poverty – “Ask Hecate whether it is better to be rich or starving; she will tell you that the rich send her a meal every month and that the poor make it disappear before it is even served.”
The dark moon is the night the moon disappears from the sky closing the month’s lunar cycle – an important time for cleansing the household of any bad and stagnant energy (called miasma) before the new moon appeared and the new month began. Like many ancient goddesses, Hekate approved of domestic order and so the ritual of Hekate’s Deipnon began with cleaning and purifying the home. One would sweep the entire house, keep the dust and debris and take it to the crossroads to be disposed of by Hekate. And if Hekate found your home well-kept and tidy and your food offerings suitable she would protect your doorway, guard your threshold from harm and grant many happy blessings of happiness and good fortune to the household in the coming month.
Scholars generally agree her “cult” was likely imported to the Greco-Roman world from Thrace (modern-day Northern Greece and Bulgaria) or Anatolia (modern Turkey) and date back as far as the 8th century BCE. One possible origin for Hekate is from the cult of the Anatolian great mother goddess Kybele, with whom she shared many symbols such as keys, dogs, lions, serpents, torches and caves. References to Hekate found in the Orphic Hymns and The Chaldean Oracles describe her as “irresistible”, as the “Keeper of the Keys of the Whole Universe” “the source of all virtues”. She is Nature herself, “she who ensouls all things”.
Her many depictions on stone pillars or statues show her as Lady of the Crossroads, the place where the worlds meet. Her three heads are said to represent her dominion over the underworld, the earthly world and celestial realm. And because there is no light without darkness, Hekate’s torch casts away shadows, brings the light of psychic vision, and illuminates the soul. This light is thought to symbolize the light of the moon and morning star, Venus, the bringer or bearer of light, and so Hecate’s symbols include the star and the moon.
By late antiquity, Hekate begins to take on her darker aspect. The playwright Aristophanes wrote, “Hekate’s magic was that of death and the underworld, but also of love, oracles, of herbs, poisons, protection and guidance.” To the Romans, Hecate was also known as Trivia, Three-Ways who stands at crossroads, attended by the Restless Dead and hounds. Many historians believe the worship of Hekate was absorbed into the cult of the Roman Goddess Diana who was also associated with the moon and the night, attended by a pack of hounds and left offerings at crossroads.
Diana’s worship persisted well into the medieval period across Europe and was associated with gatherings of women, the moon and witchcraft. For the medieval church, the practise of leaving offerings at crossroads is on the record as one of the hardest pagans practices to stamp out. And if we are uncertain about what women were really up to on these nocturnal rites, this question from a German Bishop in 1015 reveals much. “Hast thou come to any other place to pray other than a church or other religious place which thy bishop or priest showed thee: to springs or stones or trees or crossroads, and there in reverence for the place lighted a candle or torch, or carried there bread or any offerings, or eaten there, or sought there any healing of body or mind?”
So on Hekate’s Night, in honour of She who Ensouls All, I will offer this Triple Chocolate Cheesecake. Made with a blend of dark, milk and white chocolate, ricotta cheese and featuring a dark chocolate almond crust, it is lightly spiced with cardamom and lavender (some of her traditional offerings) and the not so traditional addition of wild fennel seeds and (just a touch) of the earthy, loamy flavour of freshly ground Licorice Fern Root. And of course, it’s adorned with the bright crimson jewels of barberries – commonly known as “Witches Sweets”. I think its a pretty witchy offering for the Queen of the Witches – and I hope it curries her favour.
Of course, you can make any kind of offering you like, many foods like cheese, garlic, almonds, lavender, myrrh, mugwort, cardamom, mint, dandelion, apples and pomegranates are said to be some of her favourites. I also made a Triple Chocolate Bark (using the same blend of dark, milk and white chocolate) and loaded with crunchy almonds, chewy raisins, dried cranberries, wild fennel seeds, a few sprinkles of lavender and cardamom and a generous topping of barberries. (This Chocolate Bark Recipe is the Winter Edition of The Gather E-Cookbook for Gather Patrons)
“O night, faithful friend of mysteries; and you, golden stars and moon, who follow the fiery star of day; and you, Hecate, goddess with threefold head, you know my designs and come to strengthen my spells and magic arts; and you, earth, who offer your potent herbs to magic; and airs, winds, mountains, streams, and lakes, and all you woodland gods, and all you gods of the night: Be present now.”~Prayer of Medea to Hecate, Ovid, The Metamorphoses
Hekate’s Triple Chocolate Cheesecake
Ingredients for crust
1/2 cup melted butter
3/4 cup dark graham cracker crumbs
3/4 cup of ground almonds
Ingredients for filling
1 & 1/2 cups ricotta cheese
3 tablespoons cornstarch
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup dark cocoa powder
4 eggs, at room temperature
1 cup of mixed chocolate wafers or chips (white, dark and milk chocolate)
1 tsp. cardamom powder
1 -2 tsp. dried lavender buds
2 tsp. ground fennel seeds
2 tsp finely ground coffee bean powder
2 tsp. very finely minced or ground fresh liquorice fern root (or one teaspoon of ground star anise)
a handful of candied almond slices (for garnish)
Preheat your oven to 350 F. Butter an 8 inch round pan, preferably springform. Dust well with cocoa powder. Mix ground graham crackers and ground almonds with melted butter. Press firmly into bottom of springboard pan. Bake for 10 minutes.
Melt the chocolate in a double boiler (or microwave oven). Put aside.
Separate yolks from whites.
Whip up whites with one tablespoon of the sugar to firm peaks.
Beat the rest of the sugar and yolks until fluffy.
Add the ricotta, melted chocolate, cornstarch lavender, cardamom, fennel seeds, coffee beans and liquorice fern root. Beat until smooth. Fold in the egg whites into this mixture.
Pour batter into the prepared tin, tap against counter to release air bubbles and bake for 40-45 minutes.
Turn off the oven, open the door slightly and let the cake remain in the oven for 30 minutes to set.
Unmold when cool. Dust with cocoa powder or icing sugar and sprinkle with candied almonds. Very nice with whipped cream.
More Hekate’s Supper Recipes in the Gather Victoria E-Cookery book at Gather Patreon
Heartwings Love Notes 957: Motivation, Resistance and Distraction
Heartwings says, “It’s not easy to do what you need to do, when other tasks beckon.”
I’ve been pondering a dilemma, and decided to share with my readers because I believe I am not alone in what troubles me: There is my to do list, there are my deadlines, and there is my voluminous computer email; and then there are the many not necessarily immediate tasks I never seem to get to. This is a source of great frustration. I remember from long ago a line from a Christian prayer: “I do those things which I would not do, and I do not do those things which I would do, and there is no health in me.” I feel that way more than I would like to, and lately, because immediate circumstances have gobbled up my time, even more so.
The issue seems to revolve around resistance-not wanting to do whatever it is and thus putting it off, and the need for more or better motivation. Take exercise for instance. The necessity for it is paramount. Everything I have read lately about maintaining good health and longevity stresses it. So why don’t I eagerly embrace it? Perhaps because it is boring, or perhaps not as easy as it used to be, or whatever comes to mind? Sadly, I can think of reasons, however that doesn’t get me up and moving. There are many things I would rather do.
There can be rewards for doing it, or punishment for not doing it-deterioration being one–after all what you don’t use you lose. Yet the chair, the couch or even the bed beckon and they feel so nice-nicer than huffing and puffing. Resistance has reared its ugly head and won’t go away. To be sure, resistance has its virtues when applied judiciously-no, I won’t eat those cookies because they have way too much sugar, but not when applied to exercise. To overcome it I plan to on focus on motivation, and on seeking ways to encourage exercise on a more regular basis. I do now have at my disposal a pedaling device that sits under my desk, and I plan to spend some time each day working on it. I can at least watch something on my computer while pedaling.
There is another difficulty that must be overcome: distraction. I may sit down to do a task on my list and then decide to just check my email. Two hours later the task is not done, the time allotted is gone and I have something else to do. Or else I go to do a task, get pulled way by a request or a phone call and again, nothing gets done. I am working to focus better, say “later” and stay with my original direction. Life is a constant learning process and I do my best to keep up. I trust my readers are doing the same.
May you find the time and energy to do what you need to do when you need to do i.
Blessings and best regards, Tasha Halpert
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New Moon Stone
BY KATE FREULER
It’s a new moon! Time for fresh beginnings and starting projects. Make a new moon stone to absorb this refreshing energy and boost your activities. This is also a good way to shake off procrastination and get an endeavor off the ground.
Find a dark-colored stone that fits in the palm of your hand. It can be a fancy crystal or just a smooth rock you find. Take it outdoors on the night of the new moon and hold it up to the sky. Imagine the energy of the new moon beaming into the stone, filling it up with hopeful, energetic light. Leave it outdoors for the night and then collect it in the morning.
Keep your new moon stone with the materials for any burgeoning projects that need a kickoff. If you’re an artist, keep it with your paints. If you want to build something, keep it with your tools. Then get to work!
The Gift of Giving
BY CHARLYNN WALLS
The Roman festival of Feronia is recognized today. Feronia was a goddess of fertility, abundance, and prosperity. She was also known to take on a disguise and ask for help from others. Those who did so were well rewarded, but those who did not … well, they didn’t fare so well.
To tap into the spirit of abundance and prosperity on this day, find a small way to give back to others. Take a much-loved object and donate it or give it to someone you feel would treasure it. Before you gift the item, hold it in your hands and say:
May you be blessed,
May all you hope for be addressed.
Once the item is charged, give it away and know you will also be blessed by your actions.
A Thursday to Relax
BY BARBARA ARDINGER
In many places, November is gloomy and chilly. Today’s a good day to stay indoors and cozy up with your beloveds, both human and feline or canine. Read a good book to them.
Le Petit Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, is supposed to be a children’s story. Le renard, the fox, asks the little prince to “tame” (make friends with) him. The fox gives the little prince (and us) an important life lesson when he says, On ne voit bien qu’avec le coeur. L’essentiel est invisible pour les yeux. [“It is only with our hearts that we can truly see. What is essential is invisible to the eyes.”]
Set figures or drawings of people and animals that have tamed you on your altar. See them with your heart. See the essence of each relationship and draw a picture of it or set a symbol of it on your altar. Do a ritual whose intention is gratitude.
Spirit Guide Spell
BY DEVIN HUNTER
Happy Veterans Day! If you’re in the US, be sure to thank a veteran for their service and sacrifice today. Today also happens to be 11/11, an auspicious day for those who work with the magic of synchronicity. Working with our spirit guides is a powerful way to discern synchronicity, and today is the perfect day to make a pact with them to check in daily. Today at 11:11 a.m. or p.m., reach out to your spirit guides and recite:
Better angel or spirit guide,
from you I will not hide.
At 11:11, let us meet,
a daily check-in to complete.
From this, our bond shall grow,
and your better I shall know!
Every day after, when the clock strikes 11:11, reach out to your spirit guides. When you see 11/11 on your own, see that as a reminder from them to check in.
Headache Release Spell
BY CERRIDWEN IRIS SHEA
Today honors Áed mac Bricc, an Irish saint who died in 589 CE. He is the patron saint of headache sufferers. There’s a story from the sixth century that says he healed Brigit of her headache—because even a goddess of smithing, healing, and poetry should have someone to ease her headache.
Today, safely burn lavender-scented candles, put rosemary oil on your temples, and soak in a lavender-scented bath. Carve time out of your day to relax, release your tense muscles, and call on Áed mac Bricc to remove your headache. Then extinguish the candles.
If you’re lucky enough to be headache-free today, soak and light candles and ask him to remove a future headache, banking the healing to draw on when you need it.
Blowing Leaves Spell
BY ARI MANKEY
Gather some fallen leaves from a nearby tree and set them aside somewhere to dry. Once they are dry, take some paint and a small paintbrush (a pen will most likely break the leaf ) and write on the leaves anything you’d like to get rid of in your life. This could be a bad habit, a toxic relationship, or an unwanted guest.
On a blustery day, take your leaves outside to a local park and throw them up in the air, saying:
Winds of the east, take this
burden away from me.
Spirits of air, let me be
truly and happily free.
As I weave my spell,
I say so mote it be!
The wind should take your leaves, and with them, the burdens you are trying to get rid of in your life. If the leaves don’t blow away immediately, don’t worry. They will eventually.
How to Enchant a Scarf
A super simple way to add magic to your wardrobe.
Enchanting can be one of the easiest ways of adding magic to anything. It’s super low key, can be done in public in front of people, and only requires a few moments of sitting quietly or murmuring to yourself to make it work. My style of enchanting does lean heavily on energy manipulation. If you’re new to energy manipulation, you should be able to follow along with this fairly easily, but skilled manipulators will have an easier time with it.
This enchantment is for warmth and health. The same technique can be adapted to any kind of enchantment and this enchantment can be added to just about anything. It’s great on coats, socks, favorite hoodies, and bath towels.
01 Clean and Cleanse
Whether you’ve dug your scarf out of the back of a drawer or you’ve purchased it new, you’ll need to wash the scarf and cleanse it.
Make sure to look at the washing instructions of the scarf’s material. Some materials really shouldn’t be washed in a machine. If it needs spot cleaning, then VERY lightly mist it with some cleansing water or flick the water at it using your fingertips.
If you’re washing it in a machine, add a bit of cleansing ingredients such as a bit of salt or an herbal potion. Or you can enchant your laundry soap to cleanse. If you don’t have cleansing ingredients like that, you can use moon water as well. Why? Well, if it’s a new scarf or hasn’t been recently washed, it simply needs to be washed. That scarf probably has dust on it and scarfs tend to be by your mouth. Now-a-days with masks, this is less true, but it’s still something to be concerned about.
As for cleansing, I like to have things lightly cleansed while cleaning them and lightly cleansed while working in a new enchantment. It also helps shake up the stagnate energy in an old scarf and breaks up the energy from a store / warehouse and anyone who might have potentially been touching the scarf.
The aforementioned cleansing water works well, but you can also do smoke cleansing (which has the bonus of aroma), sounds such as bells, or even letting the scarf soak in a few hours of sunlight.
02 Enchant it
Take the scarf in your hands. I like to lay it across my palms so my fingers can run across it, but whatever feels best for you. Feel free to move your hands around. You want to cover the whole length of the scarf.
Spend a few minutes centering yourself and gathering your energy. When it feels like you have excess energy in your core, push it towards your hands (or it may gather there naturally). Slowly drag or wave your hand over the scarf, letting the energy seep into the weave of the fabric or to coat the material, like liquid seeping into the fabric.
Now either speak, say, or think of how warm you’ll want to feel, how safe, how healthy. Envision the happiness you’ll feel when you wrap this warm scarf around your neck or a loved ones’ neck.
When you think you’ve done enough, then you’re done! It really is that simple. When you hold it, it might not feel any warmer instantly, but the warmth should seep into your bones over time.
I like to go the extra step and repeat the warming thoughts when putting the scarf on.
Ideally, you should renew the enchantment every so often. At least every year, but you can do it as often as you like. The more you do it, the stronger the enchantment becomes.
Stay warm and safe everyone!
Mood-Boosting Helpers to Stress Less This Holiday
Posted: 09 Nov 2020 10:00 PM PST
This time of year is meant to be full of holiday cheer, but sometimes the festivities can cause a great deal of stress instead. Between monitoring spending, staying healthy and navigating time spent with family, “ho ho ho” can easily become “no no no.”
These healthy hacks and nutrients may help you find a little more peace of mind to keep your holiday season merry and bright.
Rock Around the Christmas Tree
Whether it’s dancing, a walk around the neighborhood or even getting a quick workout in, squeezing some physical activity into your day is a fun and healthy way to relieve stress. Exercise helps your body produce more neurotransmitters called endorphins, which promote a positive attitude.1
Not only does moving more physiologically help you reduce stress, it can also just simply take your mind off things for a bit. Along with a mood boost, regular exercise can also support immune function—win-win, right?
If you’re feeling tense emotionally, chances are your muscles and joints may feel the same way. Try a relaxing warm bath or hot shower, or even try a hot compress on your neck, shoulders or wherever you may “hold” your stress.
You can also try progressive muscle relaxation and pair this practice with some mood and joint support for some added wellness benefits. Yoga is another method to gain some flexibility while stretching out trouble areas. A little less stress on the joints may go a long way for the mind and overall stress levels.
Many of us have holiday traditions or memories that just feel like home. Most of the time those memories can be triggered by familiar scents which may help calm the mind. Whether it’s home-baked goods that make your space smell like home or diffusing some of your favorite essential oils, aromatherapy may help you feel more at home and at ease.
Make Self-Care a Priority
It’s usually tradition to give back regardless of which holiday you celebrate but be sure to also do something nice for yourself. If you need a break from the crowd, take a 15-minute break and find a quiet spot to collect your thoughts.
Take opportunities to buy yourself something you enjoy or pair a mood-booster with a spa day or meditation session. If you’ve been doing holiday shopping and just feel drained, nourish and replenish your body with B vitamins and try recharging with a 20-minute nap. Checking in with yourself and taking some “me time” is just as important as giving back to others.
If you don’t own a pet, you can always try new hobbies or do something that helps you find your center. Some love fishing, others like to read—whatever your preference is, do what makes you feel calm. Adult coloring books are one of the easiest ways to slow down and decrease stress levels, especially patterns like a mandala.5 For an extra-festive touch, throw on some of your favorite holiday tunes or light a candle for some hygge ambiance.
Throw the Ball or Get Creative
Spending time with a furry friend is both an enjoyable and rewarding way to promote emotional wellbeing, plus who doesn’t love a game of fetch? Animals have been human companions for centuries, and the reason why makes sense. Animals just help us feel better, even to the point where facilities offer canine or equine therapy for improving mental health and stress relief.4
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Jack Lackey, Swanson Staff
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
- Exercise and stress: Get moving to manage stress. (2020, August 18). https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/exercise-and-stress/art-20044469
- Nieman, D., Wentz, L. (2018, November 16). The compelling link between physical activity and the body’s defense system. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2095254618301005
- American Psychological Association (2018, November). Stress Effects on the Body. https://www.apa.org/helpcenter/stress/effects-musculoskeletal
- Young C, Horton J. Canine and Equine Therapy for Mental Health: A Review of Clinical Effectiveness. Ottawa (ON): Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health; August 30, 2019.
- Curry, N. A., & Kasser, T. (2005). Can coloring mandalas reduce anxiety?. Art Therapy, 22(2), 81-85.
Creating New Thanksgiving Traditions during the Pandemic
Traditionally Thanksgiving is one of the biggest holidays of the year. More people travel during Thanksgiving week than any other holiday of the year. Well this year has changed everything. How we live is different than last year. We still can have a wonderful thankful Thanksgiving, but doing it with thought and intelligence is important in this pandemic year.
Even if you’re only making a small Thanksgiving dinner at home, that doesn’t mean it needs to be any less special.
It’s important that you acknowledge that this year is going to be different than any previous years. We have to go with the flow of life. You may be use to large family gatherings or spending time away from home. Do not feel pressured now that things have changed. You can still have an uplifting and wonderful time for this holiday.
So many people feel burnt out and one of the main things I suggest is trying to think of this holiday as a break from all pressures. That will give you the time to truly be thankful.
Ask yourself what is the most important thing for you and your family at Thanksgiving. This could mean special recipes. Maybe it’s time to eliminate certain activities you never enjoyed to begin with. Perhaps you don’t like Turkey or cranberry sauce. You can always switch to a different menu. This is a year to break old traditions.
Think about what you really want to eat and what everybody enjoys and choose that. Even if it’s something you buy from the market or a restaurant. If it makes your life easier then go for it.
It’s time to think about what is most important in your life and assess its value for Thanksgiving. I am posting a list of activities that you can choose from based on the risk involved of contacting COVID-19.
Here’s how the Center for Disease Control assesses the risk level for Thanksgiving activities:
A small dinner with the people in your household
A virtual dinner with family and friends
Preparing food for family and neighbors (especially those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 who are social distancing), and delivering it to them without person-to-person contact
Shopping online rather than in person on Black Friday and Cyber Monday
Watching sports events, parades and movies at home
Moderate Risk Activities:
A small outdoor dinner with family and friends who live in your community
Visiting pumpkin patches or orchards where people are taking COVID-19 safety precautions like using hand sanitizer, wearing masks and maintaining social distance
Small outdoor sports events with safety precautions in place
Higher Risk Activities:
Going shopping in crowded stores just before, on or after Thanksgiving
Participating or being a spectator at a crowded race
Attending crowded parades
Using alcohol or drugs
Attending large indoor gatherings with people from outside of your household
While suggestions from the CDC like limiting your guest list and avoiding big outdoor events (the 2020 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is going to be virtual anyway) may seem reasonable, do people really need to eat holiday dinner over Zoom and skip out on the Black Friday deals in stores?
There are reasons to be cautious. The indoor multi-generational gatherings you’re used to hosting for Thanksgiving are much riskier than the socially-distanced backyard gatherings many people held over the summer.
Many of our Thanksgiving meals revolve around buffet-style servings that everyone digs into. But more hands on serving ware means more germs. (Remember to frequently wash your hands!) Instead, pick a designated person or “head chef” to serve up turkey and sides onto individual plates instead of everyone passing around that green bean casserole.
There are some real things to be aware of when it comes to gathering with extended family, The gatherings we hold in November are going to be almost entirely indoors. Thanksgiving may involve people staying overnight in close quarters. if you’re going to be involved in multi-generational family gatherings or spending time with anyone who is at an increased risk for COVID-19 you need to exercise caution and good old common sense.
Is it OK to hug? How many people can come? How to navigate holiday gatherings?
If you are in an intergenerational situation, wear masks to the extent you can. The lowest level of risk is limiting your gathering to the unit you’re sheltering with already. Thanksgiving is not the time to expand your circle.
It’s important to take precautions to protect those in your group who may be at a greater risk for the coronavirus. Talk to your family and friends about the measures they’ve been taking to mitigate their risk. Additionally, keep in mind that some people may not be able to socially distance or quarantine as much as others.
Once again think carefully about how you want to do Thanksgiving. There’s nothing wrong with changing the tradition this year. It will be the start of cold and flu season. It really is a dangerous time of year with respect to respiratory illness.
The main thing is to give thanks for everything that you have and those that you love and those who have passed on.
Feeling Stressed? Contact me if you need relaxation and coping techniques now and in the future.
May you and your family be blessed now and always,
To reach the depth we wish to access, we must dive below layers to the deepest parts of ourselves.
There are times when life urges us to seek more. Small changes to our comfort zone may fail to alleviate any sense of stagnancy or frustration, and we may need to examine our lives and ourselves more deeply to find the right place to start. Everything we need for success and joy lies within. But so often, life’s debris accumulates, building layers around our core that make it difficult to access the truth that resides within. To reach the depth we wish to access, we must dive below these layers to the deepest parts of ourselves.
The first layer can be found in our minds. Our to-do lists and busywork are usually less important than we think, so we must look past them to examine the thoughts that matter most to us. The next layer can be found in our hearts, where past hurts and disappointments can sometimes cover up our vulnerabilities, as well as the truth of who and what really stirs the love within us. We can choose to go even deeper — to our center. If we can go beyond anything that has affected us to the point that it blocks us at the gut level, we can reconnect with our power, our raw instincts, our organic yeses. Here, at the core, lies our truth. Our core is our foundation that supports us and what we’d like to build our authentic life upon.
When we examine ourselves to these depths, we are able to find what we wish to bring to the surface and what we wish to let go. When we remember what lies beneath our layers, we can look at what was floating on the surface, causing blocks and pains, and understand the purpose that they served. Oftentimes, it is the built-up debris that causes us to go deeper, so we can search for the truth. Go deep, live life from your truth within, and watch your innate beauty manifest outward.
3 DIY Home Remedies to Supercharge Your Immune System
BY KAREN ANSEL, MS, RDN
Whether you’re one of those people who seems to catch everything, or you just want to fend off a cold or the flu, your diet can make a big difference. Every day, your body relies on key nutrients to fortify its immune soldiers so they can quickly pounce on illness-causing intruders.
But in the real world, it can sometimes be tricky to get all the powerhouse nutrients we need to stay strong. If you’d like to (fingers crossed) stay off the couch and out of the doctor’s office, try whipping up these immune-enhancing drinks. They’re loaded with protective nutrition to bolster your defenses. And they take just minutes to make!
Maple Sweet Potato Smoothie
Your gut is a huge immune organ, charged with filtering out viruses, bacteria, fungi, and more. Keep yours in top shape with this smoothie. Each glass delivers a cocktail of gut-fortifying nutrients. In addition to plenty of probiotics from kefir, you’ll also get a double dose of prebiotics from sweet potato and maple syrup. As a bonus, you’ll net more than a day’s worth of vitamin A, which is essential for healthy skin and cells lining your airways and gut, which are the body’s first line of defense against infection.
Make it. In a blender, blend ½ cup unsweetened kefir, ¼ cup low fat milk, ½ cup mashed sweet potato, ½ diced, cored apple, 1 teaspoon maple syrup, 2 ice cubes, and a dash of cinnamon until smooth.
Per serving: 280 calories, 2 g total fat, 1 g saturated fat, 10 mg cholesterol, 120 mg sodium, 58 g carbs, 6 g fiber, 34 g total sugars, 4 g added sugars, 9 g protein
Lemony Ginger Turmeric Tea
Each year, upper respiratory tract infections (or URTIs) like the cold, flu, and viruses send 10 million Americans to the doctor. Now, a growing body of research finds that simple ingredients in this tea, like turmeric and ginger, might keep you from getting infected in the first place. And while honey won’t prevent a URTI, a new British Medical Journal study finds it’s more effective for cough relief than cough medicine, antihistamines, or painkillers.
Make it. In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup water, ¼-inch sliced ginger root, ¼-inch sliced turmeric root, and ¼ diced lemon. Bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat and pour liquid through a strainer, discarding ginger, turmeric, and lemon. Stir in 2 teaspoons honey and 1 tablespoon lemon juice.
Per serving: 45 calories, 0 g total fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 0 mg sodium, 13 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 12 g total sugars, 11 g added sugars, 0 g protein
Orange Kiwi Green Juice
You could love this elixir for its cold-busting vitamin C (nearly twice your daily dose). But that’s not the only reason to drink up. Each serving packs a full cup of spinach, which is chock full of antioxidants that keep immune cells strong and healthy. Leafy green spinach is so powerful that its extract has been shown to protect against harmful bacteria like E. coli and S. aureus.
Make it. In a blender, puree 1 peeled kiwi, ¼ English cucumber (it’s less bitter than traditional cukes), 1 cup baby spinach, ¼ cup parsley sprigs, ½ cup 100 percent orange juice, and 1 pinch cayenne pepper until liquified. Serve as is (you’ll rack up 4 grams of filling fiber). Or, if you prefer pulp-free juice, pour through a strainer or cheesecloth.
Per serving (including pulp): 120 calories, 1 g total fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 30 mg sodium, 26 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 18 g total sugars, 0 g added sugars, 3 g protein
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for medical diagnosis or treatment. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or condition. Always check with your doctor before changing your diet, altering your sleep habits, taking supplements, or starting a new fitness routine.
KAREN ANSEL, MS, RDN,
Karen Ansel, MS, RD, CDN, is a nutrition consultant, journalist, and author specializing in nutrition, health, and wellness. Her latest book is Healing Superfoods for Anti-Aging: Stay Younger, Live Longer.
Tuning-in to the language of our bodies can be very enlightening, and increases our intuition.
So much can be revealed to us when we listen to the language of our bodies. Our bodies are always speaking, sending us messages through the way we move, the sensations that arise from within, and the gestures and expressions that we make when we are communicating with others. Tuning in to the language of our bodies can be very enlightening, especially as most communication is believed to take place nonverbally. It is also believed that the body never lies, and that if we want to know the truth about ourselves and others, then we should listen to what our bodies have to say. Anyone who has ever flirted with someone they are attracted to has probably, at one point in time or another, brushed their hands through their hair or found themselves leaning forward to get closer to that person. Someone feeling defensive will tend to cross their arms over their chest, while a person who wants to withhold something may look away when speaking.
If you want to know how you truly feel about a person or a situation, then it is a good idea to tune in to what you are feeling inside. Excitement, nervousness, anxiety, and fear are just some of the messages that your body wants you to hear. Your body can also be a very reliable compass. Anyone who has ever been somewhere they don’t want to be has probably experienced their bodies trying to move them away from that particular circumstance. And while it can be very easy to talk ourselves into and out of choices we may make with our minds, it isn’t so easy to change the truth of our hearts that reside within our bodies.
To begin tuning in to this subtle form of communication, start taking the time to notice what your body is telling you. Greet each feeling or sensation as a message carrying wisdom from your body. Tune in to what your body is telling you about the situations and people you encounter and listen to what others are communicating to you through their bodies. We already are subconsciously receptive to the language of our bodies, but when we choose to consciously pay attention, we hear and understand so much more about ourselves and the people around us.
Gilberto's Honeymoon by Stephen Halpert
Later that day, after leaving Honeymoon Falls, their original destination, Gilberto and Maria checked into Panorama Holidays, a five star hotel that emphasized romantic escapism and gourmet dining amidst the glory of Niagara Falls. Outside on the lawn adjacent to the front entrance, two large marble lions were poised to attack one another.
Gilberto was elated. Now he was a married man, definitely a sign of maturity. Now he could set aside childish ways and embrace a new sense of responsibility and maturity, or so he thought and had been led to believe.
Maria, on the other hand, was quiet. She seemed withdrawn into herself, not exactly the happy blushing, frolicking bride he had hoped for and expected. As soon as they checked in, she scurried into the bathroom. Minutes later the shower steamed up the mirrors.
“They have a heated pool,” Gilberto said when she emerged wrapped in a thick, monogramed hotel bath sheet. “And check out this fancy menu– very Parisian and way more overpriced than our local deli on Charles Street. But nothing matters. I just want you to be happy.”
“I’m not,” she said flatly. “You go swimming and eat like a king. I’m going to bed.”
“Why? This is our honeymoon. We’re supposed to be crazy in love.”
“I’m glad if that’s how you feel.”
“How can I be happy if you aren’t? In the lobby they even have a gift shop that specializes in fancy imported French underwear.”
“Buying me imported underwear isn’t exactly….”
“I know. You need to eat, sustenance. Maybe the baby’s hungry too. You sure you don’t want lunch?”
She pulled on an oversized sweat shirt. “I think I just want to go to bed.”
“His voice rose. “How can you want to go to sleep? We’re on our honeymoon!”
She choked back tears. “Gilberto, I fear we’ve made a terrible mistake.”
His hands started to shake. “But I love you. How can you say that?”
“Your loving me doesn’t have much to do with how I’m feeling right now.”
His face brightened. “I know, I’ll call room service. They’ll send up whatever you’d like.”
She slid into her stretch pants and scuff’s. “A pot of hot tea would be nice.”
“That’s all?” He consulted the menu. “How about a fresh crabmeat salad or even their special lobster ravioli?”
She stretched out on the enormous bed and closed her eyes. “I’m sorry Gilberto I’m not very good company right now. Please don’t take personally how I’m feeling. It has nothing to do with you.”
He kicked off his loafers. “Mind if I lie down beside you. Is that ok?”
She tried to smile. “Sure that would be nice.”
He joined her. Despite whatever she was wearing, he loved looking at her. ” Leaning up on his elbow he smiled down at her. I don’t suppose you’re feeling…”
“Not anywhere’s close,” she said. “But it’s nice being beside you.”
He tried lying still. His body was so alive in so many obvious ways.
Then out of the blue she said. “I wonder how many others slept in this bed? Were they happy? Newlyweds? Or just lonely beings trying to escape one form of reality for another?”
Gilberto sighed. What she was saying was confusing to him. Why did she get into abstract thinking like this where there were no real answers? He wondered if she were speaking in some kind of female code?
“Lots,” he said. “This is a popular room. It overlooks the rose garden and comes with its own jacuzzi. He wanted to reach for her, pull her close to him, feel her against him, but he knew all that had to wait. Instead he reached for the phone, called room service, ordered her a pot of tea and a slice of apple pie for himself.
After consuming the pie and tea in silence, they napped, awakening toward early evening. Acting more like herself after their rest, Maria turned to him and grinned. She pointed to her stomach. “Touch me Gilberto. Touch our baby.”
Gilberto was taken by surprise. He hesitated. “Being married is new for both of us. We need to get used to being in this different head state together. I ‘ve been thinking. Now I understand something. Being a married couple is different than just romantic us.”
Maria nodded. “Yes our expectations of each other are different now. I haven’t thought before about what it is to be a wife and share with a husband.”
Gilberto nodded. “Yes, me too.” He looked thoughtful. “More than ever now I want to protect you. I don’t even know from what.”
Maria sighed. “And I feel like I want to do what you ask me to do even if I don’t feel like it.”
He frowned. “I don’t like hearing that.” He shook his head.
She propped herself up on one elbow. “What’s wrong? You don’t seem to be acting yourself?”
“I’m ok. I just feel different. Like we’re married now and it’s not only the two of us anymore. There’s the baby to think of too.”
She sighed. “Get over it Gilberto. Relax, please.
He shook his head. Everything’s changed Maria. Now I’m a responsible married man. I even feel older.”
She put her hands on his cheeks and looked into his eyes. “You’re not supposed to feel any different than yesterday and all those other yesterdays. We’re lovers. We have been for what seems like an eternity. What’s up with this this attitude?”
He nodded. “Maybe I’m just hungry. Maybe if we get dressed and have some supper.” He checked his device. “See it’s already close to eight. If we were home, we’d be been finished with supper by now.”
“But we’re not. We’re on our honeymoon,” she said emphatically. “Don’t grow up on me Gilberto. Please don’t turn into one of those husbands who doesn’t get excited by his wife anymore and tries to sneak around looking at other women.”
“No!” He interrupted her. “That’s not me. At least I don’t think I’m headed in that direction.
They smiled at one another. She put her arms around him. “We’ve got an adventure ahead of us and we’ll explore it together.”
He kissed her gently and she kissed him back. “Maybe it would be nice to go down to the dining room now,” she said. “I’ll put on one of my new dresses.”
“Yes, the red one,” he grinned. “The one with the low back.”
Loving Our Familiars!
Understanding Cat Blinks!
26th May 2020
Here we provide top tips on learning a little bit about how cats communicate using their eyes!
Cats slowly blink their eyes in situations where they appear relaxed with our presence. We don’t know for sure what the blink means (although researchers are currently working on this) but common thoughts vary from it simply being the cat’s way of acknowledging us to their way of telling us they are not a threat and that they trust us. A cat with wide-open staring eyes is usually a cat that is feeling threatened or is threatening another. Blinking could show another that they do not perceive them as threatening. It takes a lot of trust to close your eyes when faced with someone, particularly if you do not know that individual. Some even believe that the cat’s slow blink is an invitation for further interaction – let’s wait to see what the research says on that one! We will cover how to approach cats in another top tip.
So, should we slowly blink when we see cats? Absolutely! Cats find direct staring threatening so by slowly blinking, we can convey we are not a threat. The slow blink should be nice and subtle, ideally with your glance directed slightly past the cat rather than directly at it.
Have a go next time you encounter your cat or another, did your cat blink back or were they first to blink?
Finally, we should be aware that not all blinking in cats appears to be related to positive feelings. Blink rate is our key to understanding! Cats that rapidly blink their eyes and bring their eyelids closely shut in a scrunched-up manner are likely to be feeling fearful and may be feeling threatened by your presence. In these situations, increase the distance between you and the cat and see what effect this has on the blinking behaviour.
Who would have thought a simple movement of the eyelids could tell us so much about cats?!
Georgia’s Weekly Horoscope
Weekly Horoscope: Sunday, November 15, 2020
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On Tuesday this week, Mercury will oppose Uranus, which will trigger accidents and surprises. Midweek, a dance between Saturn and the Sun will strengthen our self-discipline, common sense and focus. We will notice details. On the weekend, Venus enters Scorpio to stay for three weeks. Venus is about relationships, beauty and money. Scorpio is passionate and will dive headfirst into love! This combination will encourage us to take a more honest look at our finances and our sex life – receivables, payables, deposits and withdrawals. Life is a continual balancing act.
Aries (March 21-April 19)
Life is getting better for you because since September, Mars in your sign has been retrograde, which has created havoc, indecision and too much chaos. As of a few days ago, this is over. (The last time you went through this was in 1988 – so this is not a typical situation at all.) Now you will feel your confidence returning along with your enthusiasm for life. This week, Venus moves into one of your Money Houses, which means for the next few weeks, it’s a strong time to ask for a loan or a mortgage. Because goodies and gifts might come your way, keep your pockets open! Ka-ching!
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
This is the last week the Sun is opposite your sign, which makes you more tired but at the same time, helps you to scrutinize your closest relationships with more objectivity. Of particular note is the fact that both Mercury and Venus are opposite your sign now, which promotes warm dealings with close friends, partners and spouses. (Incidentally, this also applies to professional partnerships.) This will make it easier for you to express your affection for others. Your interactions with an enemy will also improve. Yes, your recent rocky road is starting to stabilize. About time!
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
You’re still gung-ho to work hard and get better organized, which is a good thing. And you want to improve your health. Your ruler Mercury and fair Venus have also entered the picture, which means you’re ready to roll up your sleeves and get hands-on with whatever job you’re doing. Meanwhile, Venus wants you to help others, even though you might not get the full credit for what you do. (Note: You will certainly get the brownie points in that big bank in the sky.) In fact, the next few weeks are an excellent time to discuss agreements and clarify duties and obligations. For some of you, a work-related romance might begin. Woot!
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
This playful, fun-loving time continues for you, which is why you want to be free to express yourself and do your own thing. Many will be more involved with kids than usual. Some of you might be involved with teaching children as well. As Venus changes signs this week, it will increase opportunities for you to have fun and entertaining diversions in the next few weeks ahead. It will also bring opportunities to explore creative activities and enjoy concerts, museums and art. It will definitely boost your romantic life. Accept all invitations to party! (By Zoom or with your safe six?) Ever since August, you have had obstacles to your ambitions. Starting now, these obstacles will diminish. Go, go, go!
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
Your focus on home and family continues to be strong. Now that Mercury and Venus are also in the picture, many of you will tackle home repairs, encourage family discussions and explore redecorating ideas and ways to make your digs look prettier. (Leos are quite house proud. After all, you are royalty and your home is your castle.) Your interest in travel, publishing and exploring opportunities in medicine, the law and higher education or taking a course will be stronger now. For the last three months, obstacles to explore these areas held you back; but now, you’re starting to see ways to expand your world.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Your busy, fast pace continues! (You can’t avoid it.) Short trips, conversations with others and increased time with siblings and neighbours are in the mix. Furthermore, increased reading, writing and studying will also make demands on your time. Despite this, in the next few weeks, you will start to appreciate your surroundings, as if with new eyes. It might amaze you. You will feel grateful as you look around you. Likewise, you will also begin to see how much love there is in your daily world. This opportunity to appreciate and have gratitude for your daily milieu is a wonderful thing. (Especially, if you take a moment to consider all the suffering in the world.) Alphabetize your blessings!
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
You’re very private about money. (The truth is that people are more private about their finances than they are about their sex life.) Your focus on money, earnings and assets continues this week but there will be a subtle shift because of the introduction of Mercury and Venus to your House of Earnings. This means you might start to think of moneymaking ideas more than usual. You might attract money and possessions to yourself due to the influence of Venus. However, this same influence will make you want to spend money on beautiful clothes, jewelry and art or anything that can beautify your home. You will also spend money on entertainment! Ah yes, Venus likes the good life. (And so do you.)
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
This week, Venus joins Mercury and the Sun in your sign, which is empowering! Not only will you attract people and favourable situations to you, you will also attract positive relationships because you will be so charming and diplomatic -everyone will want to be in your company. This is a good thing because you also have a greater desire to relate to others in a friendly way. In fact, you might even play the role of a go-between or arbiter between two people who are at odds. When Venus is in your sign, it ranks pleasure above work and makes you want to slip away on a vacation or interact with others to have good times. Incidentally, this is a great time to buy wardrobe treasures for yourself.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
This week the planets continue to give you a mixed message, as they have done recently. In other words, part of you wants to keep a low profile and work alone or behind the scenes. Nevertheless, since last week, Mars has now finally started to move forward (for the first time since August) and this will definitely energize you! It will increase your interest in sports as well as make you enthusiastic about working with kids or teaching young minds. As the traveller of the zodiac, more than ever, you are keen to get outta Dodge and do what you can to explore the world. At the very least, you want to take a vacation and kick back and relax somewhere. White Sands with people bringing cocktails with little pink parasols. The good life!
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Your time of increased popularity and interaction with others continues. For many of you, this will have to be a virtual connection via Zoom or Skype. Nevertheless, people are reaching out to you and you are keen to talk to them. You also are happy to get involved with groups and associations. Interaction with younger people is likely. In fact, things are so cozy, some of you might turn a platonic friendship into a flirtation. (Desperate times call for desperate measures.) One bit of good news is that since August, issues at home and within your family have been confusing and demanding. Now you will find that your home scene moves forward with more focus and clarity. This is a relief!
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
For one more week, the Sun will be at the top of your chart casting you in a flattering spotlight, which makes you look fabulous in the eyes of others, especially bosses, parents and VIPs. Enjoy this advantage and make the most of it! Meanwhile, Mercury at the top of your chart will encourage discussions with bosses and important people; while, Venus will attract people who will help you with your work. In fact, Venus will make you look so attractive to others that some of you might begin a romance or a flirtation with a boss. Venus will also encourage others to see your creative talents, which is why someone will ask for your advice about layout, design, furniture arrangement – something like that.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
You still have a strong urge to get outta Dodge or do something to expand your world. If you cannot travel (and so many of us cannot at this time), you might use this same energy to explore opportunities in publishing, the law, the media or something to do with medicine and higher education. These are all beneficial areas for you right now. In fact, it will be interesting to study and learn something. Likewise, it will easy to finish an important paper or manuscript. In the next few weeks, you will want to explore something “different” and this could trigger a romance with someone from another culture. (Great way to learn a new language!) Meanwhile, your efforts to work hard and boost your earnings now shift into high gear, and it feels good. “Bring it on!”
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