GrannyMoon’s Weekly Feast 7-14 Mar 2021 Thanks for reading!

Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves
to recognize how good things really are. – Marianne Williamson ~

Look for joy in your life; it’s not always easy to find. – Charles Kuralt ~

Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open. – John Barrymore ~

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

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Light A Candle Today!

In many different traditions lighting a candle is a sacred action. It expresses more than words can express. It has to do with gratefulness. From time immemorial, people have lit candles in sacred places. You may want to begin or end your day by the sacred ritual of lighting a candle on this gratefulness. Or you may want to light a birthday candle for a friend. One single guideline is all you need: Slow down and do it with full attention.

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Herb of the Year for 2021: Parsley (Petroselinum crispum, named by the International Herb Association.
Flower of the Month for March: Daffodil
March is National Women’s History Month

The Celtic Tree Calendar
Nion (Ash)
February 18 to March 17

The Goddess Calendar ~ The Goddess Month of:
Moura – February 20 – March 19

MARCH
14: Veturius Mamurius – Roman Festival of Armor Making
15: Feast of Anna Perenna
15: Attis and Cybele
16: Baccanalia, Roman
16: Festival of Dionysus, Greek
17: Saint Patrick’s Day
17: Green George Day (Celtic)
17: Feast of Aphrodite and Hermes begins (2 days)
18: Feast of Sheela-Na-Gig (Irish)
19: Feast of Saint Joseph
20: Aries Begins
20: Vernal Equinox

GrannyMoon’s Sunday Classes at Sticks and Stones, Fairfax, VA
Mar 14: Face to Face Class: The Herbal Cauldron 1-3PM
Mar 21: Face to Face Class: Noon–3:00 ~ The Magick of Crystals

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Current Moon Phase: Waxing Moon

Time: From New Moon To Full (Approx. 14 Days)

Goddess Aspect: Maiden

Associated Goddesses: Artemis, Branwen, Eriu, Nymph, Epona

Magickal Attributes: Invoking Beginnings, New Projects, Ideas, Inspiration, Energy, Vitality, Freedom. Workings On This Day Are For “Constructive” Magick (Love, Wealth, Success, Courage, Friendship, Luck Or Health.)

Perform magic on waxing moons to attract a new quality or behavior, to increase the light within, to attain personal and spiritual growth and greater awareness. The quarter moon suggests a period of overcoming obstacles and continuing on the path to growth.

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High Priestess Training with GrannyMoon
http://GoddessSchool.com

The entire course takes 15 months to complete (four levels). Tuition covers lessons, assignments and instructor feedback. In addition, students may download guided meditation exercises and be eligible for Sabbats, Esbats and retreats with the Sisterhood. The entire fee for each level is $120 (payment plan available), sixteen lessons in each level, except the last.

Ceremonial Cords and frame-able Completion Certificates are awarded as membersvcomplete each level.

Level I – Initiate of the Sisters of the Burning Branch – White cord
Level II – Adept of the the Sisters of the Burning Branch- Red cord
Level III – Priestess of the Sisters of the Burning Branch- Black cord
Level IV – High Priestess of the Sisters of the Burning Branch – Green cord

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http://www.goddessschool.com/courses/natural/naturalwitch.html
http://goddessschool.com/Paganstudies/healingarts.html

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Learn About Herbs with GrannyMoon!

Treat headaches with herbs. You’re reading, driving, working, cooking—and whoomf! a headache happens. For ordinary headaches caused by the stresses and strains of daily life, a calming cup of herbal tea may be all you need to restore your equilibrium. Use these dried headache herbs, brewed with 1 cup boiling water and sweetened with honey:

Lavender, lemon balm, meadowsweet, ½ teaspoon each
Sage, rosemary, mint, ½ teaspoon each
Rosemary, marjoram, peppermint, ½ teaspoon each
A cool lavender compress for the temples and a quiet rest in a dark room may also give you the relief you need.

There is so much to learn about herbs! In Herbalism 101, we cover 21 herbs, and you will start your own personal Materia Medica, that we will build throughout the next levels. We will cover the basic aspects of herbs. From culinary to magickal, medicinal to ornamental. As well as the many modalities of herbs!

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.

I look forward to walking this green journey with you! I love herbs and I hope that you do to or will learn to!

There are 10 lessons in each level and there is no time limit for completion. You may study at your own pace! There are no texts to purchase.

For more info or to join my class, click here!
http://goddessschool.com/Paganstudies/healingarts.html

The cost for Level 1 is $50.00 or the entire Healing Arts Course (1-3)for $150.00, which includes a free Reiki certification course when all three are ordered!

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The Goddess School Grimoire

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The Goddess School Grimoire is a collection of recipes, artwork, poetry, prose, prayers, rituals, spells, and practical Goddess wisdom put together by the teachers, students, alumni, and friends of The Sisters of the Burning Branch Goddess School. The sisterhood is dedicated to restoring spiritual balance by returning the Divine Feminine to her rightful place and by assisting women in their personal and spiritual development. Since being founded by Head and High Mother Priestess Grandmother Moon in 2000, The Goddess School (www.Goddessschool.com) has grown into a large and beautiful global community of women.

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CoventryCreations.com
March 15, 2021 – March 21, 2021

The week starts off highly sensitive to your surrounding environment. Listening to your inner voice will enhance your imagination and creative projects will flow easier. Your personal power increases helping you fix problems that have been difficult to resolve.

Midweek is favorable to exploring your emotions and how deeply you feel for your partner(s.) You will understand the deep and more meaningful connection there and if your needs are being met.

Weekend, we move into fiery Aries, which should bring a boost of much needed energy. This is a great time to do spring cleaning and embrace the change of the seasons.

Recommended candles and oils: Chakra Magic Empowered Candle / Blessed Herbal Problem Solving / Blessed Herbal Inner Balance / Blessed Herbal Energy & Will

Here’s what you missed on CoventryCreations.com this
week…

New Moon in Pisces on March 13, 2021
A new moon in Pisces is a great time to dig deep into the problem areas in your life and ‘seek’ higher meaning. Not just to find a reason for all that has happened, but also to accept, forgive, and release. When you keep reliving the past traumas, you re-traumatize yourself on every level.

It’s Here! Factual Uncomfortable Truths
March 2021, Pisces season is an energy that many are uncomfortable with because this represents everything that has a beginning and must come to an end. Our immortality-obsessed culture has difficulty incorporating into everyday life. If we dive into the depths of Pisces, we can hear the magical song of the mermaid.

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Biddy Tarot
http://www.biddytarot.com

Card of the Week: The Tower Reversed

This week, the Tower reversed suggests that you are undergoing a significant personal transformation and upheaval.

You’re instigating change and calling into question your fundamental belief systems, values, purpose, and meaning. You may go through a spiritual awakening as you discover a new path.

Your beliefs and opinions about important topics may change as you realize that you can no longer support old beliefs.

You may be in denial that change is occurring, or maybe you’re clinging to an old belief system, even if you know it’s no longer relevant or healthy for you.

Even though you probably don’t want to go through it, this challenging time will help you learn a valuable lesson and make progress in your life.

You are creating change and transformation so you can step into a new and evolved version of yourself.

Ask the Tarot: How can I embrace this transformation?

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Heartwings Love Notes 974: Intrusive Advertising

Heartwings says: “The voices saying, ‘Buy, buy, buy,” get louder and louder.”

I picked up the fortune cookie left from our last takeout Chinese dinner. “Open it,” Stephen said. I did, and took out the slip of paper with the fortune on it. I read it aloud, chuckled, and was about to put it down when I noticed writing on the other side. I turned it over and discovered an advertisement for a tax preparation firm together with a suggestion: “Ask the in-laws to move in. They may be tax deductible.” There was also one of those ubiquitous black boxes with the designs one photographs with one’s cell phone, to be guided to a web site.

Checking the backs of other, older fortune cookie slips we still had, I found only blank paper or a Chinese language lesson. I was somewhat taken aback. Here too? Is nothing ad free? Anyone who uses a computer is inundated with ads. They are on the edges of one’s screen menus, one’s lists of emails, and surround whatever one wants to explore that might be of interest. Of course, no magazine is without them, and I’m used to that, but fortune cookies? What will they think of next? Toilet paper? Paper towels? Those little cloths used for cleaning and dusting? Or maybe the(to me) evil smelling sheets that go into the dryer to soften the clothes!

It’s not easy to ignore these intrusions into my life, not to mention my consciousness. When I was on my typewriter, it was different. Times have changed and company advertising has become ever cleverer and more persistent. As a writer I need to use my computer frequently. It takes great self discipline to ignore all the comes at me constantly without much I can do about it. My experience is not unusual I know. My son-in-law was speaking the other day about all the mail that comes to him from what appears to be legitimate sources marked “urgent, or open at once.” He has to waste time opening what turns out to be trash.

There is so much to read coming to us all from all sides. Information overload is real. With my inquiring mind, I find it difficult not to pursue the plethora of interesting facts and stories displayed everywhere on my computer screen. It’s also very distracting, and usually a complete waste of time. It used to be that catalogues arrived in the mail by the dozens. They still do, however, now my email as well as Stephen’s is filling up with advertisements for anything I might have taken a look at in an idle moment. Apparently Big Brother really is watching me, and a delayed 1984 has arrived in 2021.

May you be able to screen out what is intrusive and feel comfortable.

Blessings and best regards, Tasha Halpert

PS How do you cope? How do you feel about all that? I’d Love to hear your views. Email me at Tashahal@aol.com and for more Love Notes on a variety of subjects, check out my web pages at Heartwings and friends.com

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Llewellyn’s Spell-A-Day

Butterfly Magick
MARCH 14, 2021 BY SAPPHIRE MOONBEAM

March 14 is Learn About Butterflies Day. Butterflies are a universal symbol of transformation. When you encounter butterflies on a regular basis, it is a message from spirit that big changes are on the way. In order to harness the energy of the butterfly, you can perform this simple spell. Gather seasonal flowers and place them on your altar or sacred space along with labradorite (a transformation stone) and quartz crystals (to amplify your intentions). Say these words and repeat as many times as needed:

May the wings of the butterfly
set me free and allow wonderful
changes to come to me.
I will flow with the transformation
without a care, like the butterfly
as it flies gracefully in the air.

Release your expectation to the outcome of the changes you desire and trust that the universe will guide you to your highest good.
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Truth Honey
MARCH 13, 2021 BY ESTHA MCNEVIN

There is nothing kinder than a truth from a friend delivered with tact and pure love. It can be hard to speak our mind. This little potion helps to sweeten the tongue, making it easier to express our compassion and sincerity. Enjoy a spoonful of this elixir before any heart-to-heart, and it will make for honesty and golden communication, rooted in perfect love and perfect trust.

Gather the following ingredients:

  • 2 cups honey
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 4 quince, sliced
  • 8 juniper berries, dried
  • 1/4 teaspoon jasmine flowers
  • 8 slices fresh or canned lotus root

Combine all of the ingredients, warming them over low heat. Cook this on low for 1.5 hours or until the fruit begins to mash when pressed. Strain into a glass jar and feed the pulp to wild creatures. Draw or decorate the jar with lotus flowers, yin-yang symbols, and peace signs to further imbibe the elixir.
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Divining Rods Spell
MARCH 12, 2021 BY DALLAS JENNIFER COBB

There is much talk these days about food sensitivities. Using divining rods can help put the power of diagnosis in your own hands.

Create a set of divining rods using two 20-inch lengths of medium-gauge aluminum (from a hardware store) or straightened coat-hanger wire. Bend each wire into an L shape, with a 5-inch “arm.” Hold the two arms loosely in your closed hands so that the 15-inch length of each rod floats horizontally in front of you.

Experiment with foods that you know disagree with you until you understand what “bad” looks like with your rods. My rods push out wide to the sides to indicate “bad” foods. Once you have established what “good” and “bad” look like, use the rods to connect to your own higher knowing and cellular vibration, and test foods to confirm what is problematic for your system. Seeing is believing and hearing your higher self.
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Listen to Your Instincts
MARCH 11, 2021 BY EMYME

Some days you wake up energized for a new venture or the completion of a project, and ready to accomplish anything, but your calendar is full of obligations. There comes a time and place to listen to your body and soul and point that energy inward.

Try this today. First perform whatever morning ritual you have. Then contact those to whom you have obligations—work, family, friends— and cancel those plans. Next, plant yourself in front of your chosen task and ready, set, go! My personal preparation on such days includes candles for aromatherapy and a request to the appropriate goddess or muse, such as this one:

(Name of goddess or muse), I thank
you for your inspiration. Allow
the creativity to flow through me.
Guide my hands in the performance
of this work in your honor.
All is well. Blessed be.
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Strengthen the Bonds of Friendship
MARCH 10, 2021 BY STORM FAERYWOLF

For this spell you will need the following materials:

  • One fresh cut flower for each person in the friendship
  • Several pieces of paper
  • A pen
  • A large, heavy book (An old dictionary or phone book works best.)
  • A needle and thread

Choose a flower for each person in the friendship. Bonus points for choosing their favorite flower.

Perform the following steps for each individual involved, including yourself. Take two pieces of paper. On each, write the person’s name thirteen times. Hold the flower and focus your attention on it. Imagine that the person is emerging from the flower. Say:

By stem and petal, leaf and bud,
Unfolding flower, I name you
__ (name of person).

Place the flower between the two sheets of paper and insert them into the book. Firmly close the book.

Repeat these steps until each person has a flower in the book. Now collect the papers and sew them all together in any fashion you choose while you chant:

Friends through thick and
friends through thin.

Keep the papers and flowers hidden away.
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Goddess Caffeina
MARCH 09, 2021
BY NAJAH LIGHTFOOT

Teas and coffees wake us up and enliven our spirit. However, not all of us are coffee or tea drinkers. Some people grab an energy shot to begin their day.

But before you pour that liquid caffeine into your mouth, in whatever form you like best, take a moment to give thanks to the goddess Caffeina, mother of caffeinated drinks.

Before one sip of that delicious libation touches your lips, say:

Goddess Caffeina, I honor you. Unto
you, Mother Earth, I give the first sip
of this delicious drink, which stirs
my being and shakes my soul. Thank
you for the blessing of caffeine!

After you have finished saying your blessing, pour a bit of your drink onto the earth.

Now go forth and enjoy your caffeinated drink!
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Celebrating International Woman’s Day
MARCH 08, 2021 BY BLAKE OCTAVIAN BLAIR

Today is International Women’s Day, a time to stop and recognize the important accomplishments of women in the arenas of politics, human rights, economics, etc. Today, don’t simply celebrate on the macrocosmic level; bring your acknowledgments down into the microcosm of your life. Take the time to directly acknowledge an individual woman you know personally and thank her for her efforts. Those who fight in the name of progress are often happy to do the job but will tell you it is thankless work. Gratitude is a kind of magic all its own, and expressing it is an act of magic. If the woman is living, email, call, or visit her. Let her know you appreciate her efforts. Perhaps bake her a treat or get her a cup of coffee in appreciation. If the woman has passed, make an offering to her spirit.

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What Marie Kondo Can Teach Witches About The Shadow
FEBRUARY 23, 2019 BY MAT AURYN

Marie Kondo is someone whom I absolutely adore. She’s a former Shinto priestess and her Netflix show is amazing, particularly because she’s bringing awareness of animism to people in America, who wouldn’t normally think about talking to the Spirit of Place or viewing objects as entities. Researching Marie’s history, I realized she is the perfect example of how I will illustrate how Shadow work should be approached from a Jungian & Witchcraft point of view.

One of the biggest questions with Shadow Work that I receive is how to repurpose and reintegrate the Shadow once it’s identified. The goal in both is to repurpose the Shadow in a way that is beneficial so that it works with you and not against you. The goal isn’t to fight the Shadow, but to reintegrate it in a healthy manner. The goal also isn’t to ignore or silence the Shadow aspect of ourselves, as that’s how the aspect becomes Shadow instead of part of our conscious personality. The goal is always wholeness.

“…this integration [of the shadow] cannot take place and be put to a useful purpose unless one can admit the tendencies bound up with the shadow and allow them some measure of realization – tempered, of course, with the necessary criticism. This leads to disobedience and self-disgust, but also to self- reliance, without which individuation is unthinkable.”
– Carl Jung

Psychology & Western Religion
When Marie was little she would obsessively clean and throw old things out, whether it was hers or her parents or not. She felt overwhelmed by the chaos of the world and this obsessive cleaning and minimalism helped her feel a bit more in control. She would also stay in during recess and after school to clean up the classroom because it gave her anxiety. This behavior made her antisocial with severe social anxiety and disconnected her from other people. This aspect of herself totally took over her life, to the point of having a nervous breakdown and blacking out and falling to the ground when coming home to see her room in severe disarray. This is the Shadow completely out of control.

“Sometimes, [Shadow] aspects manifest in people’s lives in unexpected or even inexplicable ways. For example, someone stuck in the depths of addiction may be suffering from unresolved Shadow elements around worthlessness, fear of success, fear of failure, abandonment, etc. Those elements can be considered the core issues. They then manifest in compensatory behaviors intended to relieve the struggle around their repression, meaning outward behaviors, such as lying, cheating, isolation, substance abuse, angry outbursts, control moves, etc. Such behaviors are ways in which the shadow makes itself known because the person has not come into balance with it through careful and constructive investigation. In this way, we can see that many manifestations of the shadow through behavior are actually tied to deeper complexes within the mind that are unresolved or unaddressed. Almost always, they point to a fear of some sort, or multiple fears wedded together.”
– Sarah Lynne Bowman, Ph.D.

Integrating The Shadow Self

Marie Kondo made one little shift to her Shadow that helped her integrate it in a healthy manner. This one little shift helped change her life and that of countless others. She took this part of her that was compulsive about throwing things out and shifted the focus on figuring out what to keep. It’s still the same aspect of her that was controlling her unconsciously, but this time she was deciding to give that aspect of herself a different and more healthy task. Instead of focusing on throwing out what was making her anxious, she shifted it to looking for which objects brought her joy.

This lead to her creating a cleaning consultation business. This part of her which isolated herself from others and was purely anxiety based has led her to fly around the world and bringing her closer to other people, helping transform their lives and discovering what brings them joy. This is the perfect example of how Shadow work can transform our lives and that of others when done properly. Finding these little shifts to make in our Shadow isn’t easy, which is one of many reasons why despite being difficult work, is necessary and transformative.

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How to Start (and Interpret) a Daily Tarot Practice, According to Experts
by JULIANNE ISHLER

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Woman is reading Tarot cards on the table in cafe

Woman is reading Tarot cards on the table in cafe
So, you’re tarot-curious. Maybe you have the classic Rider-Waite deck sitting on your shelf for when you feel called to do a reading. Or, perhaps you have a vintage hand-me-down deck that looks aesthetically pleasing next to your crystals and record player.

You’re not alone — tarot is trending. Not only have tarot deck sales skyrocketed, but spirituality has made a bigger splash in mainstream culture over the years. Especially during the pandemic, more and more people are searching for greater purpose and reevaluating what’s important to them. What better way to do that than to turn to the cards themselves, as other people have been doing for centuries?

Whether you’re a newbie, spiritual skeptic, or an advanced reader, there are many benefits to having a daily tarot card practice. For one, a daily practice such as tarot can help you get in the habit of accessing your intuition, which in turn can guide your decision-making and align your actions. A tarot habit can also serve as an opportunity to check in with yourself and put the right questions in front of you. You may even feel like you’re starting to see things more clearly because you’re making it a priority to tune into your own rhythm and patterns, whether it’s red flags at work or a larger issue you need to confront in a relationship.

The best part is, you can easily incorporate a tarot card pull into your daily routine — and three experts weigh in on how to create a meaningful habit below.

How to Get Started with a Daily Tarot Practice
First things first, you need a tarot deck. Sure, that’s obvious, but it’s important to find one that speaks to you. There are tons of options out there, from the traditional Rider-Waite deck to the artsy Thoth deck and the modern Mystic Mondays deck.

“You want to be able to see a story in the cards,” Sasha Piergeorge, a tarot reader and psychic medium, says about choosing the deck for you. Connecting to your deck’s visual imagery activates your intuition. Are you drawn to the colors and patterns you see? How about the artwork? Just like piecing together a story, each card reflects a scene, and Piergeorge recommends looking at the parallels between the cards and your personal life — perhaps it reminds you of a situation you’re currently facing or a dream you’ve recently had.

When it comes to your daily practice, it helps to find a quiet space and limit your distractions. Put your phone somewhere out of reach (or turn it on silent) and focus on being present with your cards, as well as the prompt you offer them. “When shuffling the cards, start off with a simple question that can be asked again each day, such as, ‘What do I need to focus on?’ or ‘What does the universe want me to know today?’” Piergeorge says.

After you pull your card, sit with it for a minute or so before looking up its meaning. It can also help to keep track of your results — and your personal interpretations— in a journal, Jessica Wiggan of BehatiLife recommends. “This will help you notice trends, make predictions, and track your spiritual evolution which encourages your daily card pull practice,” she says.

Whether you choose to do your practice first thing in the morning or right before bed, there are many ways to establish a routine. Grace Duong, founder of Mystic Mondays, says that morning is a great time to pull energy from the cards in order to set intentions and receive guidance for the day ahead. She adds that doing this at nighttime is an opportunity to reflect on your day and what you learned — what matters is that you find a cadence that works for you.

How to Interpret What the Cards Mean:
Each tarot deck is divided into major arcana cards and minor arcana cards.

The 21 major arcana cards represent life lessons, karmic patterns, and larger themes influencing your life.
The 56 minor arcana cards have four different suits of 14 cards: cups, wands, swords, and pentacles. Cups represent your emotional world, pentacles reflect the material world, swords represent your thoughts and actions, and wands reflect your passion.

Once you have a basic idea of how the arcanas are divided up, you can piece details together. Maybe you’re feeling burnt out at work and you consistently pull cards from the cups suit — this could be telling you that you’re feeling emotionally drained. Or, maybe the cards you’re pulling all have dark-colored imagery on them, signifying you’re being weighed down. Whether you look at cups or colors, symbols or signs, anything can be interpreted how you want it to be.

“Always look at the symbols and pictures found in the tarot card,” Wiggan says. “What images or numbers stand out to you? What are the expressions on the characters’ faces? Note what they remind you of, how you feel, and what they symbolize. Like the saying goes, ‘a picture can speak a thousand words.’ The same is true for tarot.”

While there are traditional meanings for each of the cards, each deck tells a different story. Try not to get too attached to the literal interpretation of the cards or think you have to memorize them before starting your practice. In fact, Before turning to a guidebook, check in with what you’re sensing.

“If you immediately look up the meaning in the guidebook, you miss out on the random-seeming thoughts that end up being spot-on, and you might find it harder to develop trust in your intuition,” Piergeorge says.

Another thing to note is that there are no good or bad pulls. The Death or Devil cards, for instance, are not bad omens and you may block yourself from the card’s message based on a very common misconception. If you’re only getting a positive or negative reaction from a card, look for hidden messages — what’s in the background? What does the scenery represent? Use it as an opportunity for further exploration. “Consider mining these cards for deeper self-knowledge,” Piergeorge says. “Journaling about my cards sparked so many epiphanies for me.”

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Things We Don’t Want to Do

Doing things we don’t want to do, or that scare us, creates flow in our lives and allows us to grow.

Most of us have had the experience of tackling some dreaded task only to come out the other side feeling invigorated, filled with a new sense of confidence and strength. The funny thing is, most of the time when we do them, we come out on the other side changed and often wondering what we were so worried about or why it took us so long. We may even begin to look for other tasks we’ve been avoiding so that we can feel that same heady mix of excitement and completion.

Whether we avoid something because it scares us or bores us, or because we think it will force a change we’re not ready for, putting it off only creates obstacles for us. On the other hand, facing the task at hand, no matter how onerous, creates flow in our lives and allows us to grow. The relief is palpable when we stand on the other side knowing that we did something even though it was hard or we didn’t want to do it. On the other hand, when we cling to our comfort zone, never addressing the things we don’t want to face, we cut ourselves off from flow and growth.

We all have at least one thing in our life that never seems to get done. Bringing that task to the top of the list and promising ourselves that we will do it as soon as possible is an act that could liberate a tremendous amount of energy in our lives. Whatever it is, we can allow ourselves to be fueled by the promise of the feelings of exhilaration and confidence that will be the natural result of doing it.

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Spring is Mother Nature’s Wake Up Call
by Mama Donna, The Urban Shamman

She sounds her bugle for reveille and the sun comes running back to us, light, and warmth on its heels. “Rise and shine,” she orders. And it does.

The Earth awakens in the solar radiance. The living energy, which has stayed hidden underground during the long deep sleep of the dark season, now shifts and starts to stir.

The dirt thaws. The sweet sap rises. Poking and peeking, it seeks the surface, the space, the air, the light. Stretching skyward, life breaks new ground.

Bulbs burst forth from the Earth, sending up tender shoots. Buds appear, looking all pink and rosy before the sun turns them green. Seeds sprout. The first early flowers explode open, exposing their delicate centers.

The Hatching of the World Egg
If the Winter Solstice signals the birth of the sun, then the Spring Equinox exclaims the birth of the earth – the resurrection of nature from the dark death of winter. The life, which has stayed hidden, in exile or underground, during the long deep sleep of the cold season, now shifts and starts to stir. Poking and peeking, it seeks the surface. The space. The air. The light. Striving, stretching skyward, life breaks new ground. Bulbs, shoots and buds burst forth from the earth, exploding open, exposing their tender green growth. The sweet sap rises.
The birth waters break. The snow melts. The skies open. It rains, it pours, it mists, it drips fertilizing fluids from the heavens. The air is damp like a baby’s bottom. The land is soaked. The mud, like mucous, like after-birth. The defrosting sodden soil is teeming, churning with every creepy crawly thing that ever slithered out of a swamp. Hordes of birds descend, drawn by the juicy feast. Animals awaken from their pregnant hibernations, skinny and starving and suckling their young. Birds and beasts, alike, set out on a concerted feeding frenzy, gorging themselves and their ravenous, insatiable, mouths-ever-open offspring.

It is as if the great egg of the whole world has hatched.
And so it has in the collective imagination and symbolism of many cultures. The myths of the peoples of Polynesia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Greece, Phoenicia, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Central and parts of South America and Africa all describe an original cosmic egg from which the universe is born. The Latin proverb, Omne vivum ex ovo, proclaims “All life comes from an egg.” It is only natural and not so subtle to assign the birth of the world to a Great Mother Goddess who laid the egg of life. All of nature, after all, is a constant cyclical reminder of just such a fertile female force, the seed source of all generation. All life does, indeed, come from an egg.
The Egyptian goddess Hathor took the form of the

Nile goose, the Great Cackler in order to lay the golden egg, which was the sun. The Egyptian hieroglyphic notation for the World Egg is the same as for that of an embryo in the womb of a woman. The Celts, too, had a Mother Goose who laid the egg of all existence. According to the Hawaiians, the Big Island was produced from the egg of a huge water bird. She was known as the Great Midwife, the Egg Mother. Knosuano was the Moon Egg of Ghana. The Druids honored the Egg of the World. In Greek Orphic tradition, The Great Goddess of womb-like darkness, Mother Night, was impregnated by the Wind, and she gives forth with the silver egg from which the earth emerges.

According to the Chinese, the first human being sprang from an egg dropped from the heaven into the primordial waters. The Chimu Indians of Peru are descended, ordinary people and heroes alike, from the original egg – the Moon. The Samoan Heavenly One, hatched from an egg whose shell pieces became the earth. Prajapati, the creator of all living things in Indian mythology, was born of a great golden egg, which was first incubated in the uterine waters of eternity. The god, Brahma burst forth from a gold egg.
In time, the egg, the symbol of life, of birth, came to signify the season of spring. For it is then that the aspect of fertility and rebirth within the cycle is so overwhelmingly evident. Clearly, the egg stands for spring. The egg, in fact, stands at spring. Actually stands up on its end at the moment of the Vernal Equinox. Stands at attention as the sun crosses the equator into the northern hemisphere. Stands in salute to spring.

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Creating a Garden Sanctuary

A personal outdoor sanctuary is an important part of feeling connected to all of life.

Each of us has been blessed with an innate need to celebrate and glorify life. At a most basic level, we honor the forces that came together to bring us into being by caring for our bodies and our souls. To truly rejoice in existence, we must also learn to cultivate loveliness in those special places that replenish the soul. When we create a garden sanctuary, we are reminded that we are a part of both nature’s essence and something more. An outdoor retreat is a place we can surround ourselves in nature, beauty, and the life force. It is not difficult to create a sanctuary — we should endeavor, however, to create sanctuaries that speak to us as individuals.

Whether we have a yard, a grassy corner, a patio, or a porch at our disposal, our creative potential is infinite. Any of these spaces can become a magnificent garden. When we feel drawn to specific themes such as Zen, angels, paradise, or the ethereal, we should explore them. Décor and furniture crafted from natural materials like wood and stone blend seamlessly into nature. Yet we can also augment the natural world by filling our garden sanctuaries with statues, bells or gongs, or colorful flags. Running water, like that in a created stream or fountain, helps energy flow smoothly. If space is a concern, crystals and mirrors can fulfill the same function. Hidden features like concealed swings and reflecting pools veiled in shadow can surprise and delight. As your garden sanctuary evolves, remember to invite the elemental spirits of nature to assist you in your efforts to create a small pocket of harmony, beauty, and peace in your own backyard. If you have not already felt their presence, sit quietly in your garden and reach out to them. You will feel these earthly guides at your side as you continue to develop your sanctuary.

In the refuge of brilliant color, sweet scents, and stillness you create in your garden, the burdens imposed upon you by a sometimes hectic world will melt away. The splendor and tranquility of what you have brought into being will entrance you, allowing you to forget the constraints of time and space. No matter how large or small your garden sanctuary, the time you spend reveling in its pleasures will refresh your spirit and provide you with innumerable opportunities to celebrate life.

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Burial Customs From Around The World
by Cathy Wallace

Burial customs from around the world provide an important link to our ancestors. They are physical evidence of a society’s spiritual beliefs, sometimes dating back thousands of years.

Most people believe that their ancestor’s spirits journey to an afterlife but what their families do to honor them after they are gone is unique to each culture.

Below are some burial customs from around the world from A – Z: Aboriginal Australia to Zimbabwe.

Burial Customs from Around the World: Aboriginal Australia

The Aboriginal people make up about 3% of Australia’s population. They often refer to their funeral rites as “sorry business”.

Traditionally, the Aboriginal people of Australia were divided into about 500 tribes and their burial customs varied greatly.

Some tribes buried their family members in two phases. First, their bodies were wrapped in bark and placed on an outdoor platform in the hot sun for several months.

Then, when only the skeleton remained, the second phase began. The bones were painted with red ochre and buried in a location that was significant to the family such as a coastal dune or a mountainous cave.

Today, in modern Australia, Aboriginal families usually choose a standard coffin burial or cremation combined with traditional ceremonies. They decorate their bodies with white paint and spend several days dancing and singing as they mourn the loss of their loved one.

Burial Customs from Around the World: China

The foundation of burial customs in China is the ancient practice of ancestor worship. The Chinese do not view cemeteries as repositories of the dead, but rather as a community of living spirits who are capable of communicating with and helping their descendants.

And they need to do a great job too. If their ancestors are unhappy with the upkeep of their graves or the quality of the offerings, they might teach their descendants a lesson by refusing to help them when they are in need or by even by giving them a good haunting.

Offerings include physical objects to make their ancestor’s afterlife more comfortable – food, money, and household objects.

Then the money is burned. Some worshippers pray to a higher deity, asking that their ancestors will be honored, while others pray directly to their ancestors.

And while descendants may want to give their ancestors more elaborate gifts – such as houses or cars – that is not practical so these types of objects are made out of folded paper – called Joss paper.

Today, elaborate Joss paper offerings can be purchased in the shape of smartphones, shoes, cameras, and kitchen appliances.

These paper offerings are also burned at the graveside, along with incense.

It is common to see the deceased’s photos on gravestones.

Chinese cemetery rituals not only honor the deceased, but they also strengthen family ties as clans gather together at their common ancestor’s gravesites. And family strength has been the bedrock of Chinese society for millennia.

Burial Customs from Around the World: Ghana

“Let’s get this party on!” But wait . . . it’s not a party, it’s a funeral. Whaaaaat?!

In Ghana, if the deceased has lived beyond the age of 70, they are considered to have lived a full life and this is cause for a grand celebration! It is a testimony to the Ghanaians’ strong belief that death is the beginning of the deceased’s afterlife.

Funerals for older people are all-night celebrations. Everyone wears white, a symbol of resurrection. And there is song and dance – a Ghanaian mix of jazz, brass bands, and African rhythms.

Funerals are also a chance for the family to showcase their success and social prestige. They are more flamboyant than weddings, birthdays, or any other ceremony. And “the more the merrier” holds true as hundreds of people attend.

Coffins are built in the shape of objects that reflect the interests and passions of the departed. There are coffins carved to look like shoes, cars, cameras, phones, Bibles, lions, and more.

A fisherman might be buried in crab, fish, or boat coffin.

If you were born in Ghana, what would your coffin be shaped like? It might be fun to ask your family and friends what they would choose for you!

Burial Customs from Around the World:
Indonesia

Many Indonesians are buried in crypts that have been carved into rock walls. Why? So they can easily be removed for a celebration of their life during a “2nd funeral”.

Ma’nane is Indonesia’s “cleaning of the corpse festival” celebrated every three years by the Tojaran people of Sulawesi Island.

During the festival, family members remove their relative’s bodies, clean them, redress them, and even take them on a walk through their village.

For them, this is a sacred time to reconnect with their deceased loved ones.

According to legend, this sacred festival dates back hundreds of years to a man who was hiking in the mountains when he found a corpse. He dressed it in his own clothes and buried it, which brought him good luck.

Burial Customs from Around the World: Ireland

The traditional Irish wake was a way to deal with grieving through celebration.

According to Irish custom, when someone died, all the clocks in the house were stopped and the mirrors were covered. A neighbor woman came to prepare the body which stayed at the family home until the next day, sometimes lying down and other times sitting bolt upright in a chair.

No one was allowed to weep until the body was washed, believing that this may attract the attention of evil spirits who might try to enter the body while it was still unclean. Once the body was cleansed, the lead mourner would begin to wail and other women joined in.

The period of weeping and wailing was followed by the arrival of guests. Visitors came for food, drink, dancing, drink, games, drink, and laughter (did I mention drink?) as they celebrated the life of the departed. The frolicking went on into the night.

The next day a walking procession was held, with the deceased’s body being carried by pallbearers. They went first to the local church and then to the graveyard.

At the graveside, bagpipes were played, prayers were said, and dirt was shoveled into the grave. Often a Celtic cross was placed at this final resting place.

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Burial Customs from Around the World: Mexico

In Mexico, visitors come to the home of the deceased to sit with the family for 24-48 hour vigil. They bring gifts, eat and drink together, and pray.

The deceased is buried with their clothing and important possessions.

But the Mexican cemetery traditions don’t end there. The Day of the Dead is a holiday held on November 1st and 2nd when it is believed that the veil between the spirit world and the physical world is removed.

Family and friends gather in cemeteries to pray for and to remember those who have died. The souls of the dead awaken and return to the living world to feast, dance, and play music with their loved ones.

Faces are painted to look like skeletons. White clothing with bright colored embroidery is worn. Candles and flowers are carried in a parade-like procession to the cemetery.

Decorated tomb in the cemetery of Oaxaca de Juarez, Mexico, during the celebration of Day of the Dead.
Graves are covered in elaborate decorations made up of flower petals and candles. Families sometimes spent the entire year planning for the grave cleaning and decorations.

Families gather in cemeteries to hold full-day picnics and talk about their memories of the departed. Not only is food is eaten by the living, it is also placed on the graves as offerings or ofrendas to the spirits of their departed ancestors.

Pan de muerto, a sweet roll decorated with bone shapes, and calaveras, a skull made of sugar and decorated with colorful designs to represent the personality of the departed, are common foods made during Mexico’s Day of the Dead.

Burial Customs from Around the World: Scandinavia

Anciently, the Vikings of Scandinavia believed that boats symbolized safe passage into the afterlife. Grave mounds were often built to resemble ships, with stones outlining the shape of the vessel. Those of high-rank were buried with their ships.

Today in Scandinavia, people are buried three deep, stacked one on top of another. When each new person is buried, another name is added to the gravestone. Family members must pay an annual fee or the three bodies are exhumed and someone else is buried there.

At Christmastime, Scandinavians visit their ancestor’s gravesites to place lit candles, many of them dressed in traditional folk costumes.

The cemetery takes on a magical otherworldly glow as every gravestone is lit up with a flickering flame reflecting off the snow.

Burial Customs from Around the World: Tonga

When someone dies in Tonga, the mourning period lasts for 100 days. During this time, mourners wear black clothing and a Ta’ovala, a grass skirt woven from coconut fibers.

Family and friends of the deceased gather for a wake to pay their respects. Those who are close to the family are expected to spend the night, sleeping outside under a canopy with them.

Graveyard on Ofu Island, Vavau group, Tonga
Visitors bring small gifts to the grieving family, such as woven mats, flowers, or food. For those of high social status, a brass band leads the way to the cemetery where those gifts are often used to decorate the gravesite.

The burial customs for Tongan royalty are especially elaborate. Tongan kings are considered to be sacred and are therefore deemed untouchable by anyone of an inferior class during their lifetime.

Even after their death, only a few “sacred hands” are allowed to touch the king’s body. The undertakers who are designated to care for a deceased king’s body are known as nima tapu.

The nima tapu are forbidden from using their hands for any other task for the full 100 day mourning period! Fortunately for them, servants are appointed to care for their every need. (Uh, wait, that’s a little awkward.)

Neifau, Vava’u Islands, Tonga
Anciently, after the mourning period ended, the undertakers were killed so that they could accompany the king into the afterlife. Later, this practice was modified to just cutting off one of their fingers – usually the pinky.

Burial Customs from Around the World: Zimbabwe

When someone dies in Zimbabwe, it is customary for their body to stay in the family home overnight. It is then transported to the place of their birth for ceremonies and burial the next day.

Zimbabwean funerals are held in the early morning rather than late afternoon. This is due to a belief that witches roam during the late afternoon looking for bodies to use in evil spells.

The immediate family stands together on one side of the grave and others stand opposite. Close family members are not allowed to speak or participate in the burial ceremony.

The deceased is buried with eating utensils, walking sticks, blankets, and tools related to their occupation.

Then the guests are invited to the deceased’s home for a simple meal with the family. Prior to entering the home, they participate in a cleansing ritual to remove cemetery dirt from their clothes.

The following year, on the anniversary of the death, there is a much more elaborate ceremony to mark the end of mourning and to release the spirit of the deceased.

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Gilberto’s Moment of a Lifetime
By Stephen Halpert

Upon returning to the condo Gilberto placed the warm pizzas on a kitchen counter and placed three bottles of French Champaign on the kitchen table. Joey went to his room to check on Elmer. Ramon sat across from Rosa and Eva at the kitchen table.

Eva and Rosa were smiling. Both looked blessed. Each was smiling a warm glow

“Hi,” Gilberto said. “Maria is all right?”

Eva nodded. “She’s fine. She’s resting but wants you to come to her when you get home.”

“Thank you,”

“But don’t stay too long,” Rosa said. “She needs to rest and be fortified when the baby cries for feedings.”

He nodded. “So she won’t sleep for a full night.”

Rosa chuckled. “A full night’s sleep are for children.”

He looked confused. Maybe Ramon kept her up he thought. He nodded but said nothing.

Eva smiled at him. “Feel the warmth now in your heart.”

He wasn’t sure what she meant. He loved Maria dearly but wasn’t caught up in some sort of effulgence.

“I’ll just go say hello,” he smiled turned and went to the bedroom.

A soft blue light glowed from Maria’s bedside table. He approached the bed slowly. “Hi,”

Did she hear him. Was she deep in sleep?”

A soft quiet sound, then slowly she opened her eyes and smiled broadly at him. “Come kiss me and greet your daughter.”

Her words touched something deep inside him and he was brought to tears.

“A miracle,” he said reaching for words to describe….”

Maria smiled. “I’d like to introduce e you to Ramona Sanchez Santiago, our daughter.”

He reached down and brushed his lips softly against hers. She smiled. “”You can kiss me like you always do. I’m not a fragile waif.”

“Oh I will,” he grinned. “Have no fear. ” He looked at the bassinet by the side of the bed. But it was empty. Holding her newborn in her old pink blanket Maria had as a girl and miraculously kept. “She’s going to be a great athlete,” she whispered to him. “That will be our secret to be kept secretly in our hearts. Hold these moments with me Gilberto. Let them warm your memory throughout our lifetimes.””

He nodded. “From day one. I’ll order her a pro gauge red, white, and blue soccer ball tomorrow.” He smiled. That idea so appealed to him. “She can roll it around like a toy. Get used to playing with it.”

“Maria laughed. “Oh Gilberto I love your eccentric impatience. You are such a dear, dear man but she won’t need a soccer ball for years…”

His eyes bright. He smiled. “But she it could just be a toy that she could push around with a rattle.”

Maria laughed. “If you say so. Probably. Here hold your daughter.”

He reached down and lifted the pink blanket and looked at a very familiar face. “She’s a tiny little you,” he said. “Joey has your eyes and a strong resemblance but Ramona’s totally a mini you.

“Good,” Maria half smiled, and yawned. “Then you’ll have two uppity feminists to deal with. “That should keep you lean and trim.”

He laughed and swept his daughter up in his arms in a grand gesture. “Hello,” he repeated. The newborn slept.

“Hi,” I’m Gilberto,” he persisted. “Your daddy. We’re going to have an incredible lifetime together.” Hi’ He choked up on his words. He wanted everything at once, see her grow into an adult right then before his eyes. He was overcome by an unfamiliar excitement.

He turned to Maria. “Want some pizza and a sip of Champaign? I’ll bring you some.”

“Later on,” she smiled. “Just this little bit with us together has me tired. Now I want to doze.”

“Ok,” he smiled. “I’ll let you sleep. But I won’t be far, so call me if you need me.”

She smiled. “Of course, my darling. You’ll always be so close to me.”

Then he kissed her again, looked at his sleeping daughter and quietly left.

In the kitchen Ramon was heating the pizzas, Rosa and Eva were sitting quietly, their faces bright, their eyes very translucent. Each held a small shot glass.

“The miracle of birth,” Rosa said. “She smiled at Gilberto. “I trust you’re…”

He nodded unsure what to say. He couldn’t put into words those miraculous moments. Whatever thoughts he might say would only flatten them out, take away from them the amazing miracle they contained.

Joey came in leading Oscar. “Can I go see my sister?”

“A little later,” Rosa said. “Right now your mama’s resting. She needs rest to fortify her strength.”

Joey nodded. “I’ll take Oscar back to my room. He loves it there. Especially when he can watch Animal Planet on my DVD player.”

Ramon handed Gilberto a fluted glass of Champaign. He turned to Joey. “Then come back. We’re going to toast the good health and long life of your little baby sister.”

He scampered down the hall, put Oscar in his room and came right back.

Ramon poured everyone a glass of bubbly.

Gilberto noticed Eva’s glow was so real. Her face could have been sunburnt. She turned to Rosa. Did you notice at that moment of birth the beginning and the end are there at once? Can you see the life that still remains in her aura passing into light as the new life emerges. It is so miraculous that continuum of life.”

Rosa nodded. “Yes. The miracle of birth ands into so many lifetimes.”

Gilberto wasn’t sure what she was saying but kept his questions just then to himself.

Ramon opened the pizza and served everyone. Then he handed Joey a fluted glass. “Just a little so you can toast Ramona.”

Joey’s eyes bulged. “He looked at Gilberto. “It’s ok?”

Gilberto smiled, nodded. “But drink it slowly. This isn’t a Shirley Temple to be gulped.”

Joey took a small sip and wrinkled his nose.

There was a knock at the front door. Ro9sa stood and went to open it. ‘

“Hello Mrs. Sanchez,” Gilberto heard her say. Then Alicia Sanchez followed by her husband Edwardo followed Rosa into the kitchen.

“I’ve come to see my daughter,” she proclaimed.

“Our granddaughter,” Edwards said. Gilberto thought he looked tired.

“We took an early flight from Miami,” he said. “Alicia has a Crochet Conference.”

Gilberto handed each of them a flute glass of Champaign. But rather than sit down and imbibe Alicia said. “I must see Maria and the baby. Please take me to her.”

(to be continued)

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Black Magic Cake (or Cupcakes!)

Lifestyles of the Witch and Ageless is, frankly, filled to the brim with cupcakes. Juniper Jones is pretty obsessed. So obsessed she’ll have cupcakes for breakfast. And Black Magic Cupcakes are her favorites (Newsflash: They’re my faves too!). I thought I’d share with you one of my favorite recipes. It’s surprisingly easy to make, and the chocolatey richness will knock your socks off!

Black Magic Cake (or Cupcakes)
Ingredients

1 3/4 c all-purpose flour
2 c sugar
3/4 c cocoa powder
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 c strong black coffee, cooled (I use decaf for caffeine sensitive folks)
1 c buttermilk (or mix 1 Tbs vinegar with a cup of regular milk to make your own)
1/2 c vegetable oil
1 tsp real vanilla extract

CHOCOLATE FROSTING
1/2 c butter, softened
2 oz melted semi sweet chocolate chips, cooled
3 c powdered sugar
3 Tbs milk
2 tsp vanilla extract
Directions

  1. Combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl or stand mixer.
  2. Add eggs, coffee, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla. Beat at medium speed for two minutes. The batter will be thin. You’ll probably wonder what’s wrong with it. Trust me, it’s fine.
  3. Pour batter into a greased and floured 9×13 pan or two 9 inch cake pans. Or 2 lined cupcake tins (24 total cupcakes).
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes for a 9×13, or 30-35 minutes for layer pans, or 20 minutes for cupcakes. (An inserted toothpick should come out clean.) Remove from oven and cool (cupcakes should be removed from tins, but cakes stay in the pan).
  5. Combine frosting ingredients and mix with a hand or stand mixer.
  6. Spread frosting on cooled cake.
  7. Try not to eat the whole thing in one sitting. But if you do, no judgements here.

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Kitty Kat Korner!

Cats!

Cats have been associated with the supernatural since ancient times. Cats are associated with either good
or bad luck, healing or harm. In folklore, the cat is one of the favored animal companions of witches, sorcerers
(see sorcery) and fortune-tellers. Superstitions about cats abound.

The cat was sacred to the ancient Egyptians, who associated it with the Moon and Bast, the goddess of marriage.It also was associated with the Mother Goddess,Isis. In Egyptian art, the sun god, Ra, was personified as
a cat slaying the Serpent of Darkness. Black cats were associated with darkness and death.

According to lore, virtually every sorcerer, witch and Gypsy fortune-teller was supposed to have a cat—and
sometimes an owl and a toad as well. During the witch hunts, cats were familiars; they embodied demons who
performed the witches’ tasks of maleficia against their neighbors. Elizabeth Francis of Chelmsford, England,
convicted as a witch in 1556, said she kept a white spotted cat named Sathan, which, whenever it performed a
job for her, demanded a reward of a drop of her blood (see Chelmsford witches).

Witches were said to be able to assume the shape of a cat nine times, presumably because a cat has nine lives.
Black cats were said to be the Devil himself. Throughout medieval Europe, black cats were routinely hunted down
and burned, especially on Shrove Tuesday and Easter. A cat accused of being a witch’s familiar usually was killed
by being burned alive. Cats were also used in witches’ spells. In the trial of John Fian, Scotland’s most famous
witch, in 1590–91, Fian and his coven were accused of trying to drown James VI (James I) and Queen Anne on
their voyage to Denmark. The witches allegedly christened a cat, tied it to a dismembered human corpse and threw
the bundle into the sea while they recited incantations. A great storm arose and forced the royal ship to return to
Scotland, but the king and queen were unharmed. In the lore of the Scottish Highlands, a large breed of
wild cats, called Elfin Cats, are said to be witches in disguise.

The Elfin Cats are about the size of dogs and are black with a white spot on the breast. They have arched
backs and erect bristles—the stereotypical Halloween cat. Though the black cat is associated with witchcraft, it
is nevertheless considered good luck to own one in parts of Europe, England and the United States. But having
one’s path crossed by a black cat is always bad luck. In other folklore, if a cat jumps over a corpse, the corpse
will become a vampire. To prevent this, the cat must be killed. Cats are fertility charms—a cat buried in a field
will ensure a bountiful crop.

The cat plays a role in Vodun in the southern United States. Cat charms, particularly those made with cats’
whiskers, can bring bad luck, disease and death to the victim. Conversely, in folklore cats have many healing
properties. A broth made from a black cat is said to cure consumption. In the 17th century, a whole cat boiled in
oil was held to be good for dressing wounds. Illnesses could be transferred to cats, who were then driven from
homes.

Cats’ eyes are supposed to be able to see ghosts. In western Asia, a stone called the Cat’s Eye—dull red with
a white mark—is associated with trouble and evil. In Wicca, the cat is a favoured companion or familiar,
valued for its psychic sensitivity and assistance in magic and ritual.

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Georgia’s Weekly Horoscope:
Weekly Horoscope: Sunday, March 14, 2021
All Signs

On Saturday this week, we have the Spring Equinox. (At last!) For Indian and Persian calendars, it’s the New Year; and in the southern hemisphere it’s the beginning of Fall. Since the Equinox is when the Sun is directly above the equator, you might try to balance an egg to see if it stands on its end. Alaska celebrates the Spring Equinox with a midnight baseball game, while in Iceland, you can play a midnight round of golf. According to a Cornell study based on 2 million tweets, people get happier as the days get longer. Yay! Let’s have more happiness! (This is easier than you think because happiness is a choice.) Be the reason someone feels happier today! (Pay them back the money you owe.)

Aries (March 21-April 19)
This week, you can start singing “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” because the Sun will move into your sign to stay until April 19; and by the end of the week, fair Venus will also be in Aries. This is blessing happens only once a year and when it does, quite literally, it is your chance to make hay while the Sun shines! In other words, it’s your chance to recharge your batteries for the rest of the year because you can restore and replenish yourself with the energy of the Sun in your sign. Your ruler Mars is now in Gemini, which means your style of talking to others will be more direct and in-your-face during the next six weeks. “Hut, toop, threep, fourp!” (Sheesh!)

Taurus (April 20-May 20)
Right now, your personal year is coming to an end; however, your new year will not begin until your birthday takes place. This gives you a window of time for some serious self-introspection. Not only can you do some beneficial navel gazing in order to get to know yourself better; this is also the ideal time to define some goals for what you want to achieve in the coming year. Once you have goals established in your mind, it makes future decision-making easier. Furthermore, goals give you a sense of purpose and framework in your life. Meanwhile, you will bust your buns making money (and spending it) in the next six weeks. Ka-ching!

Gemini (May 21-June 20)
Good news! You’re entering a positive time. This week the Sun and Venus move into your House of Friendships, which will improve all your dealings with friends, clubs, groups and organizations. For example, if you share your hopes and dreams for the future with others, their feedback will help you. Try it. Meanwhile, Venus will increase the affection you feel for a friend. (Indeed, a friend could become a lover.) On top of this, fiery Mars is now in your sign boosting your energy for the next six weeks! (This happens only once every two years.) Oh yea, you’re gonna be PowerPoint on steroids. Look out world!

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Once a year, the Sun sits at the top of your chart for four weeks. This symbolizes that you are in a flattering spotlight! This is why, without doing anything special, you will be admired by bosses, parents, teachers and VIPs. They might ask you to assume increased responsibilities. Since this “magic lighting” begins for your sign this week, this means the month ahead is the perfect time to make your pitch and go after what you want because everyone admires you and sees you as competent, capable and clever! Venus will also be at the top of your chart making relations with authority types smooth and cozy. (In fact, a romance with a boss might begin.) Since you have this enormous advantage in the coming month –use it!

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
This week the Sun and Venus will move into your fellow Fire sign, which means the energy of those planets (symbolically speaking) will be supportive to your sign. (This happens twice a year, about four months before and four months after your birthday.) For starters, it will boost your energy both at work and at play. It makes the month ahead the perfect time for a vacation. Basically, you will be able to do whatever you want. Take time to survey your recent achievements. Decide how you can use them to prepare for the future. Meanwhile, the month ahead is a great time to formulate goals because Mars will give you the drive to act on them as well as enjoy physical activity with friends.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
This week ushers in a month ahead where you will be more focused and more ambitious for your career, your job or anything that promotes your reputation among your peers. You will have a stronger than usual interest in anything to do with shared property, taxes, debt and insurance matters. In fact, the coming month is an especially favourable time for you to discuss how to divide or share an inheritance or anything to do with shared property because the outcome will very likely benefit you, and you’ll be laughing all the way to the bank. Intimate relationships will be particularly passionate during this same window of time. Wow, money and sex – what more do you want?

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
This week, the Sun and Venus will move into a position that is directly opposite your sign and they will stay there for the next month. This polarized position will cause you to focus on partnerships and close friendships more than usual. Ultimately, it will benefit these relationships because it will allow you to see how you interact with others with more objectivity. In turn, this means you can learn more about your style of relating to others and you can improve how you function in these relationships. Hey, this is a major bonus! You will also have a stronger than usual desire to travel, learn, study and do anything to expand your awareness of the world.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
For different reasons (according to the details of your life), starting this week, you will work hard to get better organized in the month ahead. Many of you will make lists and decide how to work smarter to get more bang for your buck in terms of results for your efforts. As you set these high standards for yourself, they will extend into other areas of your life including your health. This means many of you will work to improve your health in the month ahead. Likewise, many of you might be more involved with a pet. Incidentally, you might have some conflict about shared property, inheritances or differing values with someone. These are just ego conflicts.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
In the month ahead, the placement of both the Sun and Venus, starting this week, will encourage playful activities, social diversions, the enjoyment of sports events, fun activities with children, and an eagerness to enjoy the arts or express your creative talents. Meanwhile, romance will flourish! Vacations and good times will appeal! Yes, it’s party city Sagittarians! Having said that, however, fiery Mars will be opposite your sign for the next six weeks and this could promote conflict and competition with partners and close friends. To deal with this – patience will be your best ally.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
You will be super productive in the month ahead. Issues related to home, family and dealing with a parent will be a bigger focus. You will want to stay at home or cocoon more than usual. Some will take on redecorating projects to make your home look more attractive. Some will pursue possible residential moves. Meanwhile, the placement of Mars will make you want to work very hard. You will take considerable pride in how much you work you do. You might also be so gung-ho, that you start delegating to everyone else as well. Easy does it. Rome wasn’t built in a day; in fact, I hear they’re still working on it.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
The pace of your days will begin to accelerate this week because in the month ahead, you’ve got things to do, people to see and places to go! Short trips, errands, appointments plus increased reading, writing and studying are some reasons you face a jampacked schedule. Relax: this will be “fun busy”. You won’t be harried. Quite the opposite, you will be pleasantly pumped because you’re getting so much done. Relations with siblings, relatives and neighbours will be positive. Very likely, you will have a greater appreciation for the beauty all around you in your everyday world. Likewise, you will feel fortunate to know the people that you do. Appreciation is a wonderful thing. Lucky you!

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
In the month ahead, you will focus more on earnings, cash flow, resources, your possessions and your values. This is a good time to take stock of what you own and what you owe. In other words, how much are you worth? When it comes to money, information is power. Many of you will spend money on beautiful things for yourself and loved ones in the coming month. You will also be eager to communicate to others because Mercury will be in your sign. One unexpected influence however, is that something to do with your home will be chaotic or upset on a temporary basis. Visiting guests, renovations, redecorating projects – something will force you to cope as best you can.
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Weekly Horoscopes Beginning Sunday, 14 March 2021

If you’re born within a cusp period (16 to 26 of any month); you’re advised to read horoscopes of both signs covered by that period. You’re on the border; you may have influences from houses within those signs.

Outlines are longer versions; consists of every possible detail of everyday and based on three parts of each sign: 1st, 2nd & 3rd Decan; that is, any of three divisions of 10° within a sign of the zodiac. Even if you know or don’t know your Decan; I recommend, please read all three Decan.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

It wasn’t until recently you realised that, despite lengthy conversations, you hadn’t even mentioned certain ongoing concerns or issues involving others. This is mostly because you assumed nothing could be done to remedy them. However, the results your efforts in those matters achieved have boosted your spirits about the potential to deal with them. Now you’ve the confidence to tackle these, as well.

You have been relieving other people of their responsibilities as they admitted to being overworked and overwhelmed. It is your turn now to step away from the spotlight. Even if you do nothing more than recharge your batteries or catch up on small but important chores, it is important for you to focus on your health and your own concerns. Someone at home will have news to share that will cheer you up enormously.

As you well know, image matters. How you present yourself and people’s first reactions makes a huge difference to relationships at every level. In the build-up to both the Sun and Venus’ arrival in your sign by next weekend, thinking about presentation could be all-consuming. It appears that you have much to offer on the professional stage but do need to find a way to deliver your thoughts, your creativity and to show just how good a team player you can be. The words you use and the form in which you get a message across require care. In this respect, you might do well to listen to someone born under one of the Earth signs of Taurus, Virgo or Capricorn who should help ensure you miss nothing out and convey confidence and experience.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Worryingly, certain pivotal arrangements are in others’ hands. Accepting that is a struggle. However, doing so frees you to focus on more rewarding matters. Finally, you can concentrate on ideas that are thrilling but need thought and nurturing. While, at the moment, they may not seem urgent, the more you explore, the more exciting the ideas and options you’ll discover, now and in the future.

A senior colleague will ask for your views and opinions. Honesty is the best policy. They will respect you for speaking your mind. A job you take on will be complicated and it will take time for you to feel comfortable with new routines. Take it one step at a time. If a close relationship has been going through a rocky phase, a partner will agree to make some long-term plans. This gives you the confidence to raise your sights higher.

You will be far from the only sign giving thought to appearance and presentation presently. What might matter to you between Tuesday and next Saturday is making clear that you have your finger on a financial pulse. You likely need to show – not only that ‘books can balance’ but how. In working with others, especially after the Moon arrives in your sign on Tuesday and before it leaves on Friday, there is potential for you to have tremendous impact at many levels. From the positioning of a large item, to the way in which accounts are presented, your input will likely be considered invaluable. Another big theme is security. This is perhaps less about ensuring that things are locked up and indeed, adequately insured, but more about conveying that items or services are not compromised, and that clients and customers are assured of sound quality control and integrity.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

On the 4th the fiery Mars’s move into Gemini triggered a cycle of action and energy. Since then, you’ve had an urgent need to make changes. While you’ve made a few, you’re wrestling with timing. With Mars in your sign until late April, there’s no huge rush. First, list what’s pressing, then focus on your passions and ideas about the future. Only then should you take action.

You’re worried about a friend who seems to be getting themselves into deep water regarding a financial or legal matter. You might suggest they take professional advice if they won’t listen to you. You feel you have been missing out a lot on social activities. Without neglecting important tasks, try to devote as much time as possible to catching up with what the rest of your world has been doing lately. Don’t be surprised if someone asks you to share your skills online.

There is very real danger that you could over-talk. True, you might also overthink. It’s the talking though that could get you into trouble – particularly if you are in negotiations. Fact is that Mars is now moving through your sign and the temptation to play with words will likely be considerable. On the positive side, you could find exactly the right wording for an advert or job application. Balanced against this though you could skim over facts and fail to show required level of gravitas. It’s likely important that you don’t allow aspects of a design to mask a core message: think of the number of times an advert amuses you but you can’t actually remember the name of the product. Key this week then is ensuring that you get a message across and that this conveys all that it needs to.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

The current focus on the most inquisitive and idealistic part of your chart has shifted your attention from the current relentless practicalities to uplifting ideas or pursuits. Tempting as it is to plunge into the first that’s appealing, invest time in exploring these, on your own and, ideally, with others. What you learn will fit in brilliantly with the unexpectedly buoyant shift in everybody’s mood over the coming weeks.

You had started to doubt the strength of a friendship. You’ve not being able to see each other as much as you used to. It’s only natural in such circumstances to feel someone was tired of your friendship and may have drifted on to other things. A display of absolute loyalty around Wednesday will dispel any such fears. At home, you have it within you to keep your relationships harmonious by being the first to look for a compromise.

Like a performer waiting to come on stage, it seems you’re full of anticipation looking for support from a stage manager and wholly aware of audience expectations. Your entrance should come next weekend, after both the Sun and Venus arrive at the apex of your solar chart. Of course, the Sun passes here at this time every year. 2021 note is different. This year’s visit coincides with Jupiter and Neptune coming to arguably the last phase of their cycle before they begin a new cycle in 2022. Others should now be waiting to see how you present yourself and hear your message. With great emphasis on another of the Water signs, Pisces between Tuesday and next weekend, those who know how to present and show off their talents will surely receive great recognition. In this respect, you could so make your mark. Anticipate a degree of excitement within a group where your contribution is much appreciated.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

After struggling to find an exciting plan or project, you’ve not only discovered several, you’re overwhelmed. The problem? You’re micro-managing when you need to focus on the big picture. This applies to the matters in question but, equally, to various other areas of your life. The trick? Continue with your current activities and, also, broaden your horizons. That includes exploring entirely unexpected ideas and offers.

Some people aren’t as reliable as you thought they would be. A friend will walk away from a half-made commitment leaving others with the mess. The enthusiasm they originally showed has quickly waned and you guess it’s because the hard work is about to begin. At least you know not to get involved with them in the future. The more assertive side of your personality will be on show in a work situation. This will see you making great strides of progress.

Any tendency to overdramatise could surface – and not endear you to some! In fact, you could experience considerable resistance between Tuesday and Thursday. You may not like some of the designs or ideas presented and make clear your displeasure; and yet, it’s likely that within these proposals there are seeds of genius. Perhaps they just require a little of your input? The fabulous aspect between Venus and Mars occurs just ahead of the Equinox (Friday) and is followed by an equally good aspect between Jupiter and Neptune. The potential for pulling people together and for building expertise in the process is great. While some of your enthusiasm may be dampened by those born under the Water signs of Cancer, Scorpio or Pisces it’s these same individuals who are most likely to harness your considerable talents and guide you toward realising success around the Full Moon later this month.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Since early in the year, you’ve faced a range of practical matters, some pressing, others routine but most rather dull. Monday’s move by your ruler Mercury to accent close alliances, personal and otherwise, shifts your focus. Ironically, what you’ve learnt from those issues will prove handy when discussing plans, present and future. Urgent as things seem, take it slowly. You’ve many amazing options yet to discover.

Make the most of your imagination and don’t let your talents go to waste. Someone is keen to develop certain skills and they will look to you for guidance. Don’t think you have nothing to teach them. You should be sharing your gifts with others. A workmate is full of their own importance. They are clearly trying to impress you but the more they boast and brag, the more bored you will become with their company.

For much of this week, there is planetary attention in your opposite sign of Pisces. True, at one level you could feel that others are unfocused and pulling you this way and that. Remember, yours is a sign that likes things to run smoothly and perfectly: your risk management antennae system works well. Yet imperfection can lead to break-through. That’s entirely possible this week. In fact, it’s highly likely that something others are ready to abandon you will see as having considerable value if given just a little attention. You won’t be the only sign focused on presentation. Again, your input as to how someone could better present themselves for an interview or appointment should make all the difference to them realising success.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Theoretically, the Libra Full Moon on 28 March is a turning point for you. However, with so much in transition, now and as the coming months unfold, the decisions you’re currently considering should be regarded as experiments more than anything lasting. The gives you room to manoeuvre but, even more, means you’ll be free to explore the extraordinary opportunities that come your way during April.

Taking the helm of a new group project will be a wonderful creative challenge. Someone will want to introduce traditional methods and you will welcome their input. Even so, don’t let this stop you from encouraging others to invent new art forms. Sharing a love of creativity with a friend or partner will help sustain a rewarding relationship. Are you looking for work? Emergency services or community services would be a perfect fit for you.

Design and presentation matter. You know that. You also know what it’s like to be overwhelmed by possibilities. Anchoring a theme and focusing is essential and is this week’s big theme. Determining what is practical and realistic will likely require assistance from someone who has known ability for staying the course. Remember, yours is one of the Air signs of the Zodiac. You’re good at thinking up plans, but do require others to put necessary systems in place. In just a few weeks’ time there is a Full Moon in your sign opposing Chiron the planetoid associated with accountability and yes, with health matters. To reduce the potential for later stress, delegating and acquiring backup and support would be wise. This is something that could be done with relative ease this week.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

As a Scorpio, you loathe being cornered into making decisions when you’re short of facts or still reviewing your own plans. Yet that’s what you’re facing, and in a range of situations. The trick? It’s to regard plans and even commitments as an experiment. While initially this will seem a compromise, you’ll soon realise how useful this approach is, even when you could finalise arrangements.

You’re trying to make a housemate see sense over a money matter. They’re being careless with their cash. Some gentle persuasion won’t seem to get you anywhere and you may have no choice but to leave them to learn from their mistakes. Just be certain to protect your own interests while this is going on. A job offer or the chance to get involved in a volunteer effort appeals. What isn’t so appealing is the amount of travel involved which could be time consuming.

Don’t underestimate your creativity. Your input and meetings concerning design, present social media etc should prove invaluable. The presence of so many planets in another of the Water signs, Pisces – and coming so soon after this weekend’s New Moon, should result in you being in tune and hypersensitive to prevailing trends. By the Equinox on Saturday, you should be so, so on top of your game. If there is a snag, it’s that others may well be holding on to your coat-tails and allowing you to do their work. Mastering the fine art of delegation is a task for next week. For now, recognising who has the talents to work with you as you refine and improve a piece of work should prove a valuable exercise.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Ordinarily you don’t mind changes. In fact, they keep life interesting. However, you’ve just had to make a series of tricky decisions so aren’t thrilled about rethinking them. Despite that, delve into recent developments and those coming your way. You’ll soon recognise them as exciting breakthroughs, some as unexpected as they are inspiring. The secret? Because these are still unfolding, ensure any plans are flexible.

Tension in the home has had a lot to do with a misunderstanding over some new arrangements. You realise you have been expecting too much from someone you live with. Now you can see it from their point of view, you will be open to making some changes. You hadn’t meant to take anyone’s help or support for granted. You may have to look at a situation in the workplace more closely. Someone is hiding something from you as you will soon find out.

This weekend’s Piscean New Moon is followed by a grouping of planets in that sign at the very base of your solar chart. This is the time to think legacy and your footprint on the Earth. At one level this is about asset management: at another, it is about philanthropy and generosity. By the time that the Sun arrives in another of the Fire signs and marks the Equinox on Friday, your ruling planet Jupiter begins the conclusion of its cycle with Neptune: the planet of giving. There is much then to suggest that you will be thinking long, long term. It won’t be surprising if you attract those who appreciate your gift for envisioning a brighter future. Bringing together a group who could see that made reality will likely not be so hard. It’s probable that those born under Venus-ruled Taurus or Libra will have significant role to play. Business partnerships with these individuals should take on new rhythm from Friday.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Your ruler Saturn moved into inquisitive Aquarius last December, but you’re still learning how to take advantage of the breakthroughs it’s triggered. This is about dealing with people, ideas and plans very different from those in the past, and in many ways. While, ordinarily, you’d gather facts, then decide what’s next, you’re better off simply plunging in and allowing experience to be your guide.

A chatty colleague could inadvertently let slip some important information. Soon you will get the chance to use this to your advantage. Shopping for the home will make you feel you are bringing some improvements into your life. You will prefer to do this alone as a friend is getting too curious about your financial situation. Whether you gave support, your time or money to helping someone out in the past, your generosity is about to be repaid.

By Saturday (YOUR day of the week), the Sun will have arrived at the very base of your solar chart: The Equinox. Prior to that, and following on from this weekend’s New Moon a planetary grouping in Pisces accents the communications area of your solar chart. It seems likely you will be involved in presentations, designs, social media, and Internet presence generally. Though you may find some of the ideas to be unfocused, by the Sun’s arrival in Aries you are likely to be in leadership role driving others to see their plans realised. You may see involvement in one particular project as potentially being an asset when eventually put on your CV. Even if cash doesn’t change hands this week, you could yet be rewarded for this investment of time and energy.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Nobody’s better at spotting new, and exciting, ideas, pursuits and places. However, altering elements of your own life, habits and priorities is another matter; but with so much in transition, you’ve had no choice, and have taken one step at a time. You’re now more relaxed about this and, so, are saying yes to options that, only recently, you’d have rejected without a moment’s thought.

A project you had hoped would be financially rewarding may take longer to come to fruition than you had expected. Someone may pull out of a deal and although this seems to leave you in the lurch, a delay will turn out to be to your advantage. If you sense an argument brewing in the home or workplace, be ready to change subjects quickly and leave the issue that is causing contention alone, for a while.

Following this weekend’s New Moon, the accent moves to financial matters and ‘balancing the books’. This may not be easy as cash flow could be fast and furious. Maintaining control might not be so easy – especially given the need to make essential repairs or self-invest. You could see all this as a test in prioritisation. For many signs, presentation, design, style and content management will require effort and care; and yes, it may be that you underestimate the time needed to perfect the finished product. By the Equinox on Friday, and as Jupiter and Neptune arrive at the concluding phase of their cycle, you could once again be in the limelight however. Perhaps because you bring copywriting skills or otherwise identify what could make a message punchier, you may then be seen as an invaluable member of a team.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Although the Pisces Full Moon, on Saturday the 13th influences everybody, you’ll have been aware of the intensified feelings it triggers for days. While some matters can be discussed and dealt with swiftly, with most it’s about taking time to gather information and, even more, to reflect on your own feelings, to learn about those of others and, only then, to make decisions about the future.

You may not want to admit it but you feel a strong need for emotional fulfilment. This will lead you to reaching out to those who matter. Admitting to your deepest needs and feelings will be the first step towards building closer bonds. You will not be disappointed with their reactions. A task you took on with enthusiasm isn’t going as well as you had hoped. A little perseverance will help you overcome stumbling blocks.

One of your many gifts is to envision multiple options. You see shades of colour to which other people are oblivious. Your design skills should come to the fore midweek, be respected and appreciated; and yet: Pisceans can get lost, mislay, or appear confused. Bringing vision to reality, and concluding projects successfully is perhaps not your strongest suit. By the Equinox on Friday, your two ruling planets, Jupiter and Neptune arrive at the concluding phase of their cycle. It’s around this time that others will likely demand that you set a schedule for completion. To realise this success will likely require input and support from those born under the Wrath signs of Taurus, Virgo Capricorn each of whom, with their different talents and skill sets, should assist in launching your personal New Year off to a promising start.

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