GrannyMoon’s Weekly Feast 26 Apr – 2 May 2021

Full Pink Super Moon ~ 26 Apr 2021

~The cosmos is a vast living body, of which we are still parts. The sun is a great heart whose tremors run through our smallest veins. The moon is a great nerve center from which we quiver forever. Who knows the power that Saturn has over us, or Venus? But it is a vital power, rippling exquisitely through us all the time. ~D.H. Lawrence~

~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.
Chervil – Herb of the Month

The Celtic Tree Calendar
Saille (Willow) April 15 to May 12

The Goddess Calendar ~ The Goddess Month of:
Maia begins 4/18 – 5/15

April

April 23: Wiccan pentacle is officially added to the list of VA-approved emblems for gravestones, 2007

April 23: Vinalia Wine Festival in honor of Roman God Jupiter. Green Man or Green George Festivals.

April 24: Feast of Gabriel. Feast of Albion, Prytania and Britannia. Norse Day of Heimdall.

April 25: USAF recognizes Pagan holidays.

April 25: Feast of Robigalia to protect crops from the spirits of mildew.

April 25: National Zucchini Bread Day (Nice, but in April? Doesn’t this belong in July, when zukes are doing their thing?)

April 26: Full Moon at 11:31 p.m. EDT (03:31 UTC, April 27)

April 28–May 3: Floralia, honoring the Goddess of Spring flowers and vegetation

April 30: Walpurgisnacht celebrated by German Witches

May 1: Beltane or Beltain, Lá Bealtaine (Irish), Là Bealltainn (Scottish Gaelic, also known as Cétamain, is the Gaelic May Day festival. (Southern Hemisphere October 31 – November 1)

May 1: Samhain, Southern Hemisphere

Sunday Classes with GrannyMoon at Sticks and Stones, Fairfax, VA

Coming in May
02: Face to Face Class: 1–3:00 ~ WitchCrafting
09: Face to Face Class: 1–3:00 ~ The Herbal Cauldron
16: Face to Face Class: Noon–2:00 ~ The Magick of Crystals

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Full Moon Magick:

Goddess Aspect: Mother

Associated Goddesses: Aphrodite, Arianrhod, Asherah, Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Isis,, Selene, Sisters of the Wyrrd, and the Norns

Magickal Attributes: Fruition – Manifesting goals, Nurturing, Passion, Healing, Strength, Power.

Prime time for rituals for prophecy. From seven to fourteen days after the New Moon.

Full Moon: Symbolic of the height of power, the peak of clarity, fullness and obtainment of desire.

Full Moon energy is used for banishing unwanted influences in your life, protection magick, and divination.

The Moon travels 1/2 way around to the 6oclock position, and the face of the Moon is fully illuminated. We love full Moon magic, an apt time for fruition, completion and wholeness. Some say the magic can be done the day of the Moon as well as three days on either side of it. It is a good time for all Positive Magic, protection, scrying, love, healing and prosperity. Also a good time to grow closer to the Goddess by Drawing Down the Moon

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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Monday’s SuperMoon! A new or full moon closely coinciding with perigee, the moon’s closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit. The crest of the full moon will fall on April 27 at 03:31 UTC (Mon even for us in the U.S.). The perigee will also fall on Apr27 at 15:25 UTC.

Monday night will feature the 1st of 3 consecutive “SuperMoons” in 2021. April’s Full Moon is also known as: The Pink Moon, Frog Moon, Fish Moon, Egg Moon.

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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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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
Living with Moon Magic

Stacy Adams retail@coventrycreations.com
April 26, 2021 – May 2, 2021

We start this with a Full Moon in Scorpio, the ghosts from the past may resurface leaving you feeling emotionally exhausted or traumatized. Release the energies as quickly as possible.

Mid to late week is great for creative activities, spiritual work, or just escaping (for a day) ordinary life.

This weekend expect the unexpected and sudden changes. This is also a good time to get to the root of your problems and implement actions that lead to results.

Recommended Candles: Grief (Affirmation), Meditation (Affirmation), Tranquility (Affirmation), Problem Solving (Blessed Herbal).

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

Full Moon in Scorpio April 26, 2021
The Full Moon in Scorpio on April 26th swirls our subconscious and brings to the surface what still needs to be understood and healed. As old traumas, giant mistakes, and sins of the fathers come calling, do this candle ritual and release the past forever.

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Biddy Tarot
http://www.biddytarot.com

Card of the Week: The Magician reversed

In reverse, the Magician shows that you’re exploring what you wish to manifest, but you aren’t taking action yet.

You may be feeling uncertain about how to receive what you need. If you can decide what you intend to manifest, the Universe will work out how. Stay attuned to your intuition and pay attention to opportunities as they arise. These are like little breadcrumbs that will take you closer to your goal.

If you’re already acting on your goal, this can be a sign that you are struggling to see progress or success. You might have an idea but don’t know what actions to take to manifest it, or you’re unclear on the desired outcome. This can lead to your efforts being misdirected or unfocused.

This could also be a sign that your end goal is out of alignment with your Highest Good and the Universe is sending you a sign to stop, go back, and reassess.

Ask the Tarot: What needs to change so that I can achieve my goal?

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Llewellyn’s Spell-A-Day
Under the Creative Moon

With the full moon tomorrow, this is a great time for some creative kitchen witchery. Collect all of your bowls, cookie sheets, cake pans, measuring cups—everything. Wash it all and set aside whatever you no longer use. Round up every recipe you can find, then update and organize them in one place. Go through your pantry and ruthlessly discard out-of-date items. Tomorrow, drop off items no longer needed at your local thrift store, then purchase fresh supplies and new tools.

Plan for a time of blessing your loved ones with nourishment, sharing recipes, and teaching the next generation the magic of creating food with love.
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Herbal Smudge Home Cleanse
APRIL 24, 2021 BY BLAKE OCTAVIAN BLAIR

Saturdays, which are under the rule of Saturn, are a wonderful time to do some hearth and home magic. Let’s take this opportunity to do a bit of energetic clearing using an herb that is also associated with Saturday’s energetic currents: mullein. Mullein is known for keeping away evil and malevolent energies—perfect for upping your household protection against stray, unwanted vibes!

Gather a heatproof and fireproof vessel, an incense charcoal, and a couple spoonfuls of mullein. Get the charcoal lit and burning, and add some mullein on top. As it smokes, work your way around your home counterclockwise while wafting the smoke. Recite an incantation such as this:

By power of mullein, clean and cleanse.
By power of fire and earth, smoke
and herb, my home I defend.
My home is a sanctuary
that shall not upend.
Blessed be.
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Spell to Ease Work Stress
APRIL 23, 2021 BY MICHAEL FURIE

No matter how enjoyable a job may be, there are still times of difficulty and stress. This spell can help during those rough patches.

As soon as you have a quiet moment at work, even if it’s in the bathroom, close your eyes and envision yourself surrounded by an orb of electric-blue light. Within this orb you are protected from the chaos of work stress. Not only does this orb protect you from future stress, but it also is spiritually magnetic. Feel it pulling the harmful energy out of your body and transforming it into more electric-blue power to strengthen itself. Feel all the stress leave you and become a beneficial part of your new shield.

When you’re ready, open your eyes and return to work with the knowledge that any stress sent your way will be blocked and absorbed by your shield, protecting you from all chaos and harm.
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Earthing/Grounding
APRIL 22, 2021 BY DALLAS JENNIFER COBB

It’s Earth Day, so let’s practice earthing, or grounding—attuning our energy with that of the earth.

Stress, pollution, illness, and negativity can create free radicals: molecules that have lost one or more electrons. Free radicals can induce oxidative stress, which can lead to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and multiple sclerosis.

Good ions are oxygen atoms with extra negatively-charged electrons. Abundant in nature, they’re present in the earth, beach, mountains, and water. Negative ions neutralize free radicals, promote healing, and balance the autonomic nervous system. The earth has the capacity to restore health and balance in the human body.

Today, go outside and sit where you can place your bare feet on the ground. Sit quietly for half an hour. Be aware of the subtle shift in your energy as your body attunes to the resonant energy of the earth. You are now grounded.
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Overlook It Spell
APRIL 21, 2021 BY DEVIN HUNTER

Happy Taurus season! The sun recently moved into Taurus, ushering in a time of hard work, beauty, and home-centered thinking. Taurus is one of those signs that likes to have everything in place, and presentation matters! Unfortunately, things can’t be perfect all the time, so here is a spell to get people to overlook unsightly things that might mar your presentation. (This works great for when in-laws or parents visit.)

Take a foot of pink ribbon and empower it by saying the following charm:

Everything is perfect, everything is fine,
Not a hair out of place or error to find.
Overlook them and forget what you see.
You won’t have one complaint
when it comes to me.

Now tie the ribbon to your left wrist or ankle, making a bow with the remaining ribbon. Leave it on while that person is near and remove it when you no longer need it.
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Cleaning with Spring Herbs
APRIL 20, 2021 BY DEBORAH BLAKE

One of the joys of spring is the coming of the first fresh herbs to gardens and markets. Some may even sprout in your own yard. It is probably no accident that many of the earliest herbs are especially good at detoxifying the body. Back in the old days, a winter diet was mostly made up of preserved or fresh meat and whatever vegetables could be stored for a long time. By the time people made it to spring, they needed all the cleansing they could get.

These days, our winter diets might be better, but our spirits can undoubtedly use a boost come spring. Try using some fresh spring herbs in your magical work. You can also make a healing tea from fresh (edible) herbs like peppermint or lemon balm. Bless the herb on your altar first to give it an extra boost, and say:

May this fresh spring herb
bring its healing and refreshing
qualities to my body and spirit.

Then sip it slowly and mindfully.
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Spell for a Rainy Day
APRIL 19, 2021 BY EMBER GRANT

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

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

State your goal.
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Peaceful Home Carpet Powder
APRIL 18, 2021 BY STORM FAERYWOLF

This simple spell is designed to dispel negative or stagnant energies and to bless your home with a sense of peace and balance. Lavender has long been known for its properties of bringing calm, peace, and balance.

Gather the following materials:

  • A blue candle
  • A mixing bowl
  • Baking soda
  • Dried lavender flowers
  • Some salt
  • A vacuum

Light the blue candle. In the bowl, mix together the baking soda and lavender flowers. Focus on the feelings of balance and calm that you wish to instill in your space. Add a small bit of salt and mix well.

Sprinkle this mixture on your carpets throughout your house. As you do so, repeat:

Evil, be gone,
Balance restored.

Once you have finished, allow the mixture to sit for about 10-15 minutes, then vacuum it up. Allow the candle to finish burning down safely.

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Heartwings Love Notes 979 Expanding and Contracting

Heartwings says, “It is important neither to over expand nor to over contract.

Babies are always expanding, both physically and in every other way. They eat, drink and take in constantly, whether actual food and drink or the sensations that give them information about their surroundings and the world in general. They grow in all directions as is appropriate. Youngsters do the same, though not as voraciously. Then for young adults the physical growth process slows and stops. However, in healthy humans the mental, emotional and psychological consumption—the process known as learning continues.

To the dismay of parents and the delight of shopkeepers, young children outgrow clothes and shoes at a remarkable rate. As well they eventually outgrow much of their mental conditioning, or limits learned as youngsters and venture further out into the world. Young adults and then mature adults learn new limits, some of which may be outgrown and some of which may not. However, at some point mental, emotional and psychological growth may stop and when it does, contraction may begin.

It’s my experience that either we move in one direction—down, or toward contraction, or up toward expansion. Nature, as in the human and otherwise natural condition does not allow for us or anything else to stand still. Even rocks and cliffs are worn down by wind and water, and planets have their evolutionary directions. All of which is to say as we get older, the tendency to contract gets stronger and we may need to work harder to expand. For instance, I have found that I have lost inches from my original height.

Worse, my shoulders have a tendency to hunch over and my spine requires an effort for me to straighten it. I must constantly remind myself to practice good posture. In addition, I find I am accumulating habit patterns and ways to do things at a rapid rate. In other words, I am becoming fixed in certain ways and that is leading to contraction. What is the solution? Not only to work on my spine but also to remember to deviate from encroaching patterns. This is work! However, it is worthwhile work. All of this requires me to pay attention and to be mindful. This too is a way to keep growing.

I wish you the best of luck in your efforts to learn and grow,

Blessings and best regards, Tasha Halpert

Do you encounter limits to growth and find a need to expand? Have you begun to shrink, without perhaps noticing it? I so appreciate your comments and suggestions, they make my day. Please write to me at tashahal@aol.com, and for more love notes to enjoy, go to http://www.heartwingsandfriends.com.
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Mythology for Every Day of the Week
FEBRUARY 04, 2021 BY EMBER GRANT

We are surrounded by mythical connections every day—the most obvious is in the names of our days of the week. This may not be news to you, but in exploring the details of each name we strengthen our connection to our daily spiritual and magical practices by incorporating aspects of mythology.

To discover the origins, we need to begin in ancient Babylonia, the place where many things started. They’re the ones who decided to name heavenly bodies after their deities. They only knew of five celestial bodies at that time, and so chose the sun and moon for the other two names. Later, the Romans took up this similar custom of naming the celestial bodies for deities, followed by the Germanic-speaking people. The Germanic peoples used their deities’ names instead and, since English is a Germanic language, we have the origin of our weekday names. This is a somewhat over-simplified explanation, but it’s basically what happened.

Let’s take a closer look at the characters behind the names in an effort to remind us of the qualities that each day honors. In this way, we keep our connection to these influences and can easily incorporate this energy into our magical lives each day. In addition, for each day there is a brief affirmation intended to celebrate that day’s particular energy and a list of magical correspondences for rituals or spells to create a week filled with magic. You can simply wear the colors or stones of the day, eat associated herbs/plants, or take advantage of the day’s particular scent using aromatherapy or incense.

These lists are brief and only touch the surface of ways to discover mythology each day. But when we look back at the stories and characters that inspire so much of our lives, we are reminded of our connectedness with all things—all people—and the universe itself.

Sunday: The Sun
Sunday is obviously named for the sun. The life-sustaining sun has, naturally, inspired sun-worship in many societies around the world. As with the moon, many mysteries have been revealed about just what kind of celestial body the sun is, and that there are many stars like it in the universe. Still, that doesn’t change the fact that it’s essential for our life here on earth. Many deities are associated with the sun, both gods and goddesses alike. In Japan, the sun goddess Amaterasu hides herself, plunging the world into darkness, and must be coaxed back out into the world. And in Maori myth, the demi-god Maui snares the sun to regulate its movement across the sky.

A variety of myths from Native American nations tell stories about animal trickster figures interacting with the sun and moon causing the days or seasons to come into being. In a Zuni myth the sun and moon are contained in boxes but Coyote opens the boxes at the wrong time, causing the season of winter. A Tahltan story tells of Raven bringing light to the world so people could have division between day and night, work and rest.

In Greece and Rome, the god Apollo was associated with the Sun. He’s the only deity whose name remained the same in Rome as in Greece. He is associated with prophecy, music, healing, and poetry, and many other things. In addition, Helios was a sun god of the Greeks. No matter which sun deity interests you the most, by its very nature the energy of the sun can’t help but be associated with hope and life. </p

Magic using the sun involves success, confidence, new beginnings, power, health, and healing.

Colors: Yellow, gold, orange
Stones: Amber, brass, carnelian, citrine, diamond, gold, sulfur, tiger eye, topaz, zircon Incense/Oils: Benzoin, cinnamon, copal, frankincense, rosemary, sandalwood
Herbs/Plants: Bay, carnation, cashew, cedar, chamomile, cinnamon, juniper, marigold, mistletoe, oak, olive, orange, peony, pineapple, rosemary, rowan, rue, saffron, St. John’s Wort, sesame, sunflower, tea, walnut
Affirmation: Seasons come and go, cycles ebb and flow; no matter when, no matter where, the star of life is always there.

Monday: The Moon
Nearly all myths of the world contain some mention of the sun and the moon. Of course, there are cultural differences, but even the most primitive societies recognized the movement of these objects in the sky. Some bestow upon the moon a feminine identity; others give it masculine qualities. A Maasai story from Kenya tells of the sun marrying the moon but they fought, resulting in both of them having a battered appearance. However, the sun became bright to hide his face; the moon, being unashamed, allows people to see her. Many cultures have stories about a rabbit being associated with the moon which, if you look at it with imaginative eyes, you can see. Even though few mysteries about the moon remain, we still can’t help feel a sense of awe when we gaze upon it and follow its cycles that seem to mirror our own lives in so many ways.

As with the sun, there are too many moon deities to name. In Greece, the goddess Selene was regarded as a personification of the moon; in Rome she was called Luna. In addition, the Roman goddess Diana (Greek Artemis) was associated with the moon.

Lunar energy is typically associated with life cycles, nurturing, dreams, psychic ability, and magic in general.

Colors: White, silver, gray
Stones: Aquamarine, labradorite, moonstone, pearl, clear quartz, sapphire, selenite, silver
Incense/Oils: Eucalyptus, jasmine, lemon, myrrh, sandalwood
Herbs/Plants: Camellia, camphor, coconut, cotton, cucumber, eucalyptus, gardenia, grape, jasmine, lemon, lemon balm, lettuce, lily, lotus, myrrh, poppy, sandalwood, willow
Affirmation: Changing faces of the moon, dancing with the sun; you follow us, inspire us, watch over everyone.

Tuesday: Tyr; Mars
We get the name Tuesday from Tiw’s (Tiu) Day—the Anglo-Saxon name for the Norse god Tyr—a god of war who was equated with the Roman god. Some sources attribute the naming of this planet for the war god because of its reddish color. In Norse myth there aren’t a great deal of stories about Tyr. He’s most famous for losing one of his hands while binding the great wolf Fenrir. But let’s not overlook Mars himself, for which the planet was named. He wasn’t exactly a copy of his Greek counterpart Ares. Mars was considered to be less impulsive and more virtuous. In addition, the month of March is named after him (Martius).

When working with the energy of Mars, don’t think of it as “war-like” or negative but, instead, view it as courage, strength, facing fear, or standing up for yourself. Channel this energy into your day however it’s needed; remind yourself that you have the strength to overcome any obstacle.

Colors: All shades of red
Stones: Bloodstone, flint, garnet, iron, jasper, magnetite, pyrite, rhodonite, ruby
Incense/Oils: Dragon’s blood; pine
Herbs/Plants: Allspice, basil, carrot, chili pepper, cumin, garlic, ginger, holly, leek, mustard, onion, pepper, peppermint, pine, radish, reed, shallot, snapdragon, thistle, tobacco, wormwood, yucca
Affirmation: Gods of battle give me courage, strength for anything I need; I am bold and I am brave, in every word and every deed.

Wednesday: Odin; Mercury
Most people are familiar with the Norse god Odin, the All-father, head of the Norse pantheon, god of wisdom, poetry, and war. The Anglo-Saxon name Wodan/Wotan is the origin of Wednesday, or Woden’s Day. So, what is the connection between the Roman god Mercury and Odin? Sources vary on this subject. It could be that Odin’s association with wisdom is linked with Mercury’s later connection with learning; he has been attributed to giving Romans the alphabet. I like to consider their relationship as one based on communication. Mercury is the god of commerce and, like his Greek counterpart Hermes, is a swift-footed messenger who also guides souls to the underworld. Odin is also associated with the dead and has two ravens as companions who fly all over the world and deliver information. In this way, we can see some similarities.

Use the energy of Wednesday for communication and messages, travel, learning, and wisdom.

Colors: Yellow, green
Stones: Agate, aventurine, mica, citrine, opal
Incense/Oils: Lavender, lemongrass, peppermint
Herbs/Plants: Almond, aspen, bean, Brazil nut, caraway, clover, dill, fennel, fern, lavender, lemongrass, lily of the valley, mandrake, marjoram, May Apple, mint, mulberry, parsley, pecan, peppermint, pistachio, pomegranate
Affirmation: Swift and wise, be my guide, in all I show and all I hide.

Thursday: Thor; Jupiter
The Norse god Thor probably needs little introduction—most everyone is familiar with his prowess and his magic hammer. He’s a giant-killer and also associated with storms, thunder, and lightning. The Roman god Jupiter was a sky god also associated with thunder and storms. The Old English Dunresdaeg was the day of Thunor, an equivalent to the Norse god Thor. In ancient Rome Jupiter was part of a triad of very important deities that also included Mars and Quirinus (a deified version of Romulus, one of Rome’s legendary founders). It may seem like the head of the pantheon like Jupiter (Zeus) would be more comparable with a figure like Odin instead of Thor. But that’s not the case here. It reflects just how much prominence a sky god like Thor had in ancient times.

The energy of “Thor’s Day” involves change and possibility; movement. In addition, this is a good day for spells to harness good fortune and wealth.

Colors: Shades of blue/violet and deep purple
Stones: Amethyst, lepidolite, pewter, sapphire, tin
Incense/Oils: Star anise
Herbs/Plants: Anise, chestnut, clove, dandelion, fig, honeysuckle, maple, nutmeg, sage, sassafrass
Affirmation: Calm or storm, I stay in form; change and chance, eternal dance.

Friday: Frigg; Freya; Venus
The Norse goddess Frigg (Frigga) is the wife of Odin, associated with love and nurturing—she was also a mother figure. Her name comes from an Indo-European root that means “love,” and so she was compared to Venus, Roman goddess of love. Frigg is typically portrayed as a loving wife and mother, but not always. In fact, most love goddesses are not always painted in such a simplistic role. That’s because life and relationships are rarely simple. Some sources actually say that Frigg and the Norse goddess Freya were once the same figure. Freya, too, is associated with love. In addition, she is the only female of the Vanir (lesser group of gods) who is named in the epic poetry, and is associated with fertility and magic as well. It is said that she taught seid—a type of divination—to the Aesir (the main group of gods). As with the other Roman gods, Venus has some distinctions from her Greek counterpart Aphrodite. Venus was considered a goddess of fertility and victory in addition to love.

Use the energy of Frigg’s day for love, relationships, friendship, fertility, and all types of bonds.

Colors: Blue, pink, green
Stones: Azurite, beryl, chrysocolla, chrysoprase, calcite, celestite, copper, emerald, jade, lapis lazuli, lodestone, malachite, olivine/peridot, sodalite, turquoise, watermelon tourmaline
Incense/Oils: Rose, spearmint, spikenard, vanilla
Herbs/Plants: Apple, apricot, avocado, aster, birch, blackberry, cardamom, catnip, cherry, crocus, daffodil, daisy, elder, foxglove, geranium, heather, hibiscus, hyacinth, iris, lilac, magnolia, mugwort, oats, orchid, pea, peach, pear, persimmon, plum, raspberry, rhubarb, rose, strawberry, thyme, tomato, tulip, vanilla, vervain, violet, willow
Affirmation: Love is all, transform, transcend. Love is all, begin and end.

Saturday: Saturn
There seemed to be no satisfactory god or goddess equivalent for Saturn’s Day. In Old Norse, they referred to this day as “washing day.” In other parts of Germany this day was called “Sunday eve.” Some people associate this day with the Norse trickster figure Loki because Saetere was a possible Slavic name for Loki, but there is less evidence for this. Since Saturn was equated with the Greek Cronus (Kronos), we can look to those qualities for mythological associations. Cronus was associated with time and agriculture. He is our embodiment of “father time” as depicted with sickle in hand for the harvest.

In Greek myth, Cronus was a Titan, and their leader, not one of the Olympian gods. He overthrew his father Oranous (Uranus), castrating him. He threw the genitals into the sea and from this the goddess Aphrodite was born (Venus). This myth illustrates the motif of succession: we are taken over by our offspring just as we take over those before us; although, since this is often not a desired state, there is resistance. Many people fear the ending of their time or the ending of a period of controlling something. Cronus knew his children would replace him, just as he replaced his own father, and he enacted a plot to subdue the next generation by devouring them which, naturally, was unsuccessful. We get the word for time (chronology) from his name. We all know our time is limited, and it can be frightening to consider this.

The energy of Saturn governs domestic concerns (family, duty, loyalty), protection, and binding.

Colors: Black, gray, shades of brown
Stones: Apache tear, hematite, jet, salt, serpentine, obsidian, onyx, black tourmaline
Incense/Oils: Patchouli
Herbs/Plants: Beech, cypress, datura, elm, hemp, ivy, morning glory, mullein, pansy, poplar, yew
Affirmation: Riddles and webs, reason and rhyme, I can navigate this travesty of time.

Bibliography
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A Labyrinth: Celebrating Life’s Twists & Turns

Life involves many twists and turns. Why not celebrate them?

That is one of many lessons taught by the labyrinth, an ancient form that has fascinated people for millennia. I had one on my ranch in southeastern Arizona (I’ve since moved to a smaller home in Tucson) and I must say, I miss it. When I travel, I seek out labyrinths and always find a slow walk through the turns and curves worthwhile.

A labyrinth is not a maze. A maze is often made of tall hedges that obscure the route and offers multiple paths; it is designed to confuse and challenge. A labyrinth has one way in, one way out, and lets you see where you are at all times.

The idea of building the one at my ranch came from a friend, Jace Mortensen. He used the Chartres Cathedral near Paris, France as inspiration, copying the pattern of the famed labyrinth laid into the floor sometime around the year 1200. He used a center stake and string to mark the 11 concentric paths and the central chamber, making a pattern 80 feet across, roughly the same size as the one at Chartres. H then placed stones on the circles.

So what’s the attraction? Labyrinths were traditionally seen as representations of a pilgrimage – people who walk the path were said to be symbolically retracing heroic journeys to salvation or enlightenment. But in recent years, they have been regarded as ways to reach a contemplative state, and this is how I see them. Because the path is complex, it requires one’s full attention – which means the everyday cares that normally nag the conscious mind fall away. The walker becomes quiet, absorbed in this moment, freed by the fact that there is nothing to do now but walk, slowly and deliberately. It is at least restful; at most, transforming.

If you would like to realize the advantages of a labyrinth, an organization called The Labyrinth Society https://labyrinthlocator.com maintains a “Locate a Labyrinth” tool that lets you find labyrinths in your community or in places you may choose to travel. Also, labyrinths are not difficult to build – there are many resources on the web. Enjoy!

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Herbal Practices for Spring
~Traditional Medicinals.

At the end of winter here in California, the countryside is covered with fresh, medicinal herbs like cleavers, chickweed, dandelion, nettles and an array of other edible spring greens—a gift from our rainy winters and a symbol of transition into spring. It’s no accident that these health-supporting herbs are a part of spring’s bounty, as our bodies are meant to be nourished in harmony with the Earth’s seasons.

Known as “the season of renewal,” spring is the perfect time to support our liver, kidneys, and lymphatic systems, as according to various herbal modalities these systems tend to have less flow and more stagnation over the winter season. While spring feels full of opportunity in growth, it can also be curtailed by seasonal stressors brought on by the verdant awakening of plant life. When crafting any herbal and self-care protocol, it’s important to keep in mind the season’s elements and their effect on your body. Below are some simple and effective herbal practices to prepare and support you this spring, brought to you by our herbalists at Traditional Medicinals.

Love your liver. Dandelion is a robust bitter that supports the kidneys, liver, and the digestive system as a whole. The leaves make a wonderful herbal diuretic, helping to relieve occasional water retention by supporting the kidneys and their flushing of excess waste.* Try it in our organic Dandelion Leaf & Root and EveryDay Detox® Dandelion teas, or create your own Citrus Spiced Dandelion Bitters.

Craft simple and lighter meals. As we move from the cold and damp to longer and warmer days, our diets should honor the seasonal shift. Try infusing spring greens like dandelion into your juice ritual and swapping your heartier fare with lighter, simple dishes like Astragalus Miso Immunity Soup, herbal congee, or kitchari.

Support your lymphatic system. According to traditional herbal theory, this often overlooked highway system of the body is fundamental to immune function and the absorption of nutrients. Our lymphatic system works hard to remove waste products from the body as well, which is why supporting it with lymphagogues—herbs that support lymph flow—is fundamental during the springtime. Consider using herbs like cleavers and burdock, featured in our Every Day Detox® Lemon tea.*

Invest in body work. Winter dormancy can promote stagnation and a lack of flow, particularly in regards to our lymphatic system. Try investing some time into self-care massage routines at home to move your lymph, or by going to a local body worker. Enhance the ritual with herbal oils and salves infused with spring greens to promote a healthy glow or arnica for musculoskeletal health.

Spend time planning your garden. Create herbal medicines from the ground up by growing plants from cuttings. Or if it’s still too cold where you’re living, try bringing the green inside in preparation for warmer days ahead.

Learn how to identify spring greens. Make your hike more interesting by bringing along an herbal field guide. This season you may find spring greens and wildflowers, but eventually you’ll notice the ebb and flow of each season and fall into alignment with your local ecosystem.

Celebrate the shift in the seasons. Usher in the return of light, creativity, and abundance by cleaning your home, nurturing seedlings, or painting eggs—an ancient symbol of fertility. Find out why the Romans considered the spring equinox the beginning of the New Year.

Adopt a healthy view on detox. Your body isn’t toxic. While everyone seems to have their version of “the” detox diet, we don’t. We believe our bodies are powerful and fundamentally self-healing, sometimes we just need help from the plants.

And finally, “When in doubt, use nettle.” That’s what our Chief Formulator, Medical Herbalist David Hoffman always says. Nettle is an earthy spring tonic that’s been used for over 2,000 years to support joint health and promote whole body wellness.

Wishing you all a happy spring!

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How to Meditate When You Have No Idea Where to Start
Even If You’Re A Fidgety Overthinker.

By Anna Borges

If you’re wondering how to meditate, there’s a good chance it’s because you’ve heard all sorts of things about how good it can be for you. People love to suggest meditation for a variety of reasons: to reduce stress and anxiety, to ease depression, to put you to sleep, to make you feel more present, to magically transform you into a better, more grounded human being. The claims go on and on. And while the benefits of meditation have been greatly exaggerated in a lot of ways, plenty of people find it to be a worthwhile practice and we agree. With everything going on in the world, it’s a solid time to explore meditation and whether it might be useful for you too.

Meditation may seem simple—and in many ways, it is—but people are often unsure where to start and whether they’re doing it correctly. To help you learn how to meditate and integrate it into your life, SELF asked meditation experts some of your most common meditation questions.

  1. What is meditation, exactly?
    First things first, there are many different kinds of meditation. “Meditation is generally used as a broad umbrella term that covers a wide array of contemplative practices, many of which are drawn from Buddhist traditions but have often been adapted and secularized for application in Western society,” neuroscientist Wendy Hasenkamp, Ph.D., science director at the Mind & Life Institute and visiting professor of contemplative sciences at the University of Virginia, previously told SELF.

With that in mind, the questions of what meditation is and how to meditate aren’t exactly straightforward ones. It’s kind of like asking how to play sports, Diana Winston, the director of mindfulness education at the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center and the author of The Little Book of Being, tells SELF. “Just like there are many types of sports, there are many types of meditation,” she says. And just like different sports share important things in common (like competition and physical activity), meditation has core tenets too. “I define meditation as any practice that cultivates inward investigation,” says Winston.

For this article, we’re going to focus mostly on mindfulness meditation. Why? A few reasons. For one, mindfulness is at the heart of many different types of meditation. Plus, it’s very accessible to beginners and has the most convincing body of evidence regarding its mental health benefits (more on that later). It’s also a very popular form of meditation, especially in recent years. Chances are, if you’re interested in developing a meditation practice to support your mental health, the type of meditation you’re thinking of is mindfulness meditation.

Like meditation, there’s no single universal definition of mindfulness, but experts generally agree on the gist: focusing on the present moment with openness and without judgment. “If you check in on your mind at any point during the day, you’ll probably notice you’re thinking about the past or thinking about the future, or you’re generally planning, obsessing, worrying, and catastrophizing,” says Winston. “Mindfulness is getting in the practice of pulling our minds away from these places to come back to the present moment.” And so, mindfulness meditation is the formal practice of cultivating mindfulness.

If all that sounds like a little abstract for you, consider that you’ve probably meditated—or at least felt meditative—at some point in your life. “In my classes, I always tell my skeptical beginners to share their favorite hobby,” Laurasia Mattingly, a meditation and mindfulness teacher based in Los Angeles, tells SELF. “Then I tell them that they’ve meditated before. Any activity that allows you to be fully present without worrying about the future or the past is a doorway into meditation.”

  1. What are the benefits of meditation?
    Here’s where things get a little tricky. The proven scientific benefits of mindfulness meditation are hard to sum up (so much so that SELF has a whole separate explainer on it). The TL;DR is that there are three conditions with a strong and convincing body of evidence to support the effects of meditation: depression, anxiety, and chronic pain. Meaning, a not insignificant amount of meta-reviews and meta-analyses have found that mindfulness meditation can moderately help with symptoms associated with these conditions (or in the case of chronic pain, how people cope with symptoms, at least). For a full breakdown of what we do and don’t know about the health benefits of mindfulness meditation, check out this article.

Research aside, though, it doesn’t hurt to consider the anecdotal evidence, as long as you don’t buy into meditation as a magical cure-all. People find meditation very worth doing for tons of different reasons. “People report more connection, more gratitude, and more appreciation of life when they practice mindfulness,” says Winston, who has taught mindfulness for health and well-being in a variety of settings since 1993.

  1. Why should I try meditating?
    Why not? No, just kidding. Broad potential benefits aside, having a why to your meditation practice can help motivate you to keep your practice up, so it’s a good question to ask. Some meditations do that work for you because they have a clear goal (think sleep meditations to help you doze off), but there are a variety of reasons why you might decide to try meditating. Some of them might be practical, others might be personal.

“If you feel like you’re living your life on automatic pilot and you want more connection to yourself and to life, you might want to try mindfulness meditation,” says Winston. “It’s very also helpful for regulating negative emotions and cultivating positive emotions like kindness and compassion.”

Your why doesn’t have to be that deep, though—it can simply be what intrigues you about meditation. Why did you click on this article today? That might be your answer.

  1. Okay, talk me through the basics. What does meditating look like?
    Good news: People often imagine there are a lot of rules around how to meditate properly, but meditation is meant to be flexible and personalized. “A lot of people think you have to sit in a certain way, like cross-legged on the floor, which is absolutely not true,” says Winston. “You can sit in a chair. You can sit on the couch. You can lie down. However you’re comfortable.” Winston notes that people also think they have to do it for a certain amount of time—often a long time—but that’s another misconception. A few minutes is fine.

To give you an idea of what mindfulness meditation looks like in practice, consider this basic example: “A very simple way to meditate is to sit down in a comfortable place where you won’t be disturbed and bring your attention to your body,” says Winston. “See if you can notice your body breathing. Maybe you feel your breath moving in your abdomen. Maybe you notice your chest moving up and down. Some people notice the air moving through their nose. Then, just pick a spot to focus your gaze on and then stay with it, feeling the breath rising and falling in and out. When you notice your mind wandering away, return your attention back to your breathing and the spot that you’re noticing. Then just do that again and again. If you just did that for five minutes a day, you’d be golden.” It may sound too easy, but that might be all you need to incorporate a fulfilling meditation routine into your life.

  1. How do I actually start meditating?
    Despite how simple the above example sounds, a lot of people understandably find it difficult to do on their own without getting bored or restless. That’s where guided meditations come in. “It’s very helpful to have guidance because people get discouraged when they sit down to meditate,” says Winston. “So many people try and then they’re like, ‘Okay, what do I do now?’”

On top of gently easing you into meditating, guided meditations will also introduce you to a variety of specific meditations beyond focusing on your breath, such as loving-kindness meditations (which involve sending positive thoughts to others) or body scan meditations (which involve tuning into the sensations of your body head to toe).

Here are some guided meditation apps and resources to get you started:

Insight Timer (iOS and Google Play, free, or $10/month or $60/year for premium): Insight Timer has over 55,000 free meditations tracks, many of which are geared toward beginners. It also has courses, such as Learn How to Meditate in Seven Days.

UCLA Mindful (iOS and Google Play, free). Created by the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center and featuring recordings by Winston herself, this easy-to-use app has both basic meditations for beginners and wellness meditations geared toward people living with challenging health conditions. If you don’t want to download the app, you can listen to a few of their free meditations on their website.

Headspace (iOS and Google Play, $13/month or $70/year): Headspace comes highly recommended as a beginner app, thanks to its expansive library of guided meditations for just about every mood or goal. Plus, they have a lot of their own educational resources too, like this guide to different types of meditation.

Calm (iOS and Google Play, $70/year): Another frequently recommended meditation app for beginners in meditation apps, Calm is an all-around good starting point for guided meditation. You might like Calm if you prefer background nature sounds to silence.

Healthy Minds Program (iOS and Google Play, free): Created by a nonprofit affiliated with the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Healthy Minds Program app has meditations, exercises, and podcast-style lessons designed to build foundational mindfulness skills.

Tara Brach’s podcast (iOS and Android): Tara Brach is a psychologist and meditation teacher, as well as the author of Radical Acceptance and Radical Compassion. On her podcast, she shares a weekly guided meditation. Many fans love the intimacy of her meditations, like you’re practicing with a compassionate mentor. You can also find her guided meditations on her website.

  1. How do I quiet my thoughts and keep my mind from wandering?
    Aaaand here we have the most common misconception about meditation. Despite popular belief, the goal of meditation isn’t a completely blank mind. “Meditation isn’t turning off thoughts but rather learning to meet them with awareness and curiosity,” says Mattingly. The same goes for our wandering minds; you don’t have to keep absolute focus, either. In both cases, the key is noticing.

“When our attention wanders away or other thoughts are coming up, we notice what’s happening and then bring our attention back to whatever it is we’re focusing on in our mindfulness meditation, such as our breath,” says Winston. “And then we do that over and over. What we learn to realize is that that’s not a problem. That’s part of the process.”

That doesn’t mean it’s easy, of course. Paying attention to our thoughts and emotions can set off anxiety, judgment, and other things that feel like they interfere with mindfulness. But with practice, you can learn not to get pulled down into that spiral and instead incorporate these moments into your meditation. “[Meditation] allows us to take a step back and become the observer,” says Mattingly. “When we invite in curiosity, we’re able to notice the changing nature of all emotions and realize that these emotions rise and fall in everyone.”

  1. How do I know I’m doing it right?
    “Right” and “wrong” aren’t the point of meditation. Like okay, sure, technically there are ways you can meditate “incorrectly,” but they basically boil down to not actually trying. The only thing you need to do is make an effort. “If you sit down and ignore your guided meditation completely and decide instead to use the time to think about your to-do list for a day, you’re not really meditating,” says Winston. “But if you take a moment in the course of thinking about all the things you have to do to bring your attention back to your breathing and try to be present, you’re doing great.”

But in general, Winston suggests not dwelling in this mindset too much. “The really important thing is to be kind to yourself so you don’t turn meditation into another thing that’s wrong with you,” she says. “Try not to be judgmental. It’s not like you’re going to automatically do it perfectly. It’s a process.”

  1. How do I make a habit out of it?
    Like with building any habit, there isn’t a magic tip out there that will compel you to meditate every day. It takes persistence and commitment. That said, there are things you can do to make it easier on yourself to make a habit out of it. For one, the meditation apps above double as accountability tools; some let you track your progress and send push notifications to remind you it’s time to meditate.

All your run of the mill habit-building tips will serve you well with meditation too. Set a specific goal—instead of deciding you’re going to “start meditating,” decide you’re going to do one guided meditation as soon as you wake up. Build it into your morning routine with these tips or into your night routine with these. Start small, set reminders, find an accountability buddy who wants to start meditating too. At the end of the day, keeping a regular meditation practice is about making an effort and, well, doing it.

If you really don’t want to go out of your way, Winston recommends building it into something you’re already doing, also known as habit stacking. For example, meditate after you brush your teeth every day or while you’re waiting for your coffee to brew. A persistent habit that you don’t even have to think about anymore can serve as an anchor and a reminder.

  1. What if I don’t have time?
    That’s the great thing about meditation—it doesn’t have to take much time at all. Many guided meditations are five minutes or less. “Everyone has time for five minutes,” says Winston. “Meditation is adaptable and shouldn’t feel like a huge commitment you have to take on.”

Beyond being open to finding small pockets in your day to meditate, you can also build mindfulness into your life. When it comes to mindfulness meditation, there’s formal practice (like everything we’ve been talking about) and informal practice, when you take the skills you’ve learned in your formal practice and put them to use. “You can apply it throughout the day,” says Winston. “You can brush your teeth mindfully or remember to take a mindful breath when something stresses you out or be mindful during your daily walk. There are all sorts of ways we can make room for mindfulness even when it feels like we don’t have room.”

Mattingly also recommends the S.T.O.P. meditation as a quick meditation you can use on the go. It stands for: stop what you’re doing, take a breath, observe without judgment, and proceed. “This practice teaches us to check in with ourselves without judging our experience,” she says. “The ‘without judgment’ is the most crucial piece. For example, if we do this exercise and we notice anger or sadness or any difficult emotion, can we allow ourselves to honor how we feel without looking to ‘fix’ or ‘change’ any of it?” The R.A.I.N. meditation (recognize, allow, investigate, and nurture) serves a similar purpose.

  1. How do I know if it’s working?
    Depends on what you mean by working. It would be amazing if there was a universal sign that you were officially reaping the benefits of meditation, but that’s not how it goes. “Meditation isn’t prescription,” says Winston. “It’s not like ‘If you meditate this amount of time for this number of days, you will see this result.’ Our minds are very individual.”

Because of that, a lot of people give up without giving meditation a fair shot. Winston recommends two main things when it comes to judging whether or not meditation is working for you: checking in with yourself and sticking it out for a while. “Don’t try it once. Try it over time and then investigate how you’re feeling,” says Winston. “Is it benefiting me? Am I seeing the effects? Am I noticing that I’m a little bit calmer? Am I being a little bit kinder to myself and to others? Am I sleeping better? Am I enjoying having these small moments?”

All that said, though, if it’s not for you, it’s not for you. Mindfulness meditation has been pushed as some universal habit that everyone will benefit from and it’s easy to blame yourself if you’re not feeling it. Let go of those expectations. “Mindfulness meditation is not for everybody,” says Winston. “It’s extremely helpful for some people, but not at all for others.”

If you don’t know when to call it, Winston recommends giving it six weeks or so, based on her experience teaching students over the years, including through a six-week program. It’s by no means a magic number, but it’s long enough that you’ll probably get a sense of how you like meditation and how it’s working for you.

Also, remember: There are all sorts of types of meditation. If mindfulness meditation doesn’t work for you, you don’t have to swear off meditation in general. It might just be you haven’t found the right fit yet. Maybe movement meditation is more your speed. Or maybe you’d connect with mantra meditation. Or healing meditation. Or something else entirely. It’s worth a shot, right?

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How to Make Moon Water and Use It In Your Beauty Routine
BY AMANDA MITCHELL

The sun tends to get all the glory, but the Moon has plenty of benefits too.

As a Cancer sun woman, my relationship with the Moon is a deep and intimate one. After all, the Moon is Cancer’s ruling planet, and everyone in my life will easily tell you my emotions change with its phases. When I was a child (OK, and sometimes as an adult, too), I used to talk to the Moon; I wanted to press all of my deepest hopes and dreams into every single crater. The last year really thrust me into my inner spirituality — shadow work, tarot, crystals, flower essences, all that good good — and that’s why it was no surprise that my TikTok algorithm started recommending I make Moon water.

But what exactly is Moon water, anyway? Basically, it’s distilled water charged under the new and full Moon, believed to absorb lunar energy to help us tap into our subconscious feelings and emotions. It also helps to heal and revive aspects of our spiritual body.

“[Making] Moon water is an ancient practice of alchemically activating water molecules with the emanations that radiate from the light of a full Moon,” explains Mariah K. Lyons, crystal healer and author of Crystal Healing For Women. In fact, it has been used in beauty routines and ritual practices for ages and is seen in cultures all over the world. “The Moon radiates a lunar ‘feminine’ energy — which has nothing to do with gender but energetics — while the sun radiates a solar ‘masculine’ energy. Just as we see solar panels capture light particles for a ‘charge,’ when we place water or crystals under the light of the Moon they receive a lunar ‘charge’ from the emanations of the Moon,” shares Lyons.

Awesome, right? We go outside to get some vitamin D from the sun, but many of us have never considered that light reflecting from the Moon may offer some kind of benefit, as well. However, it’s a long-standing spiritual belief that water holds consciousness, and it can be said to hold “memories.” Japanese researcher Masuro Emoto deeply researched water molecules for his 2004 book The Hidden Messages in Water, claiming that those molecules can change depending upon environment and intention. When you “charge” water by the Moon, its molecules are being imprinted with the energy of the Moon — so, the general theory would be that when you drink the Moon water or use it on your face as a beauty treatment, you are vibrationally tuning into the energy of the Moon that is stored within the molecules of water.

Of course, since this is Allure, we also wanted to get a dermatologist’s opinion. I asked Hadley King, a dermatologist based in New York City, if she had any thoughts on the medicinal side of Moon water. “I love the Moon in all of its phases, but unfortunately there is no scientific evidence to support the idea that water will be any different after exposure to Moonlight,” she says. So while the Moon does actually certain types of scientifically proven impact on our water — its gravitational pull affects the tides, something we all were reminded of during the battle of the Big Stuck Boat of 2021 — it’s also true that there’s no real statistical evidence behind the claims that water charged by the Moon will give us any real benefit. However, King agrees that she wants you to stay hydrated, either way, regardless of whether your water has been charged by the Moon or not. “It’s essential to our health to stay well hydrated, so that means drinking plenty of water, whether or not it has been exposed to Moonlight,” she explains. Drinking water is the easiest and best way to take care of your body, your health, and your mental health, too.

Varying opinions aside, if you’re interested in Moon water, party on, Garth. We tapped a few other experts to answer the hows and the whys of Moon water for you.

Who should use Moon water?
“The Moon controls the tides of the ocean, and we are made of 60 percent water,” shares Lisa Stardust, astrologer and author of The Saturn Return Survival Guide. “This means that the Moon has a huge effect on all of us. Therefore, anyone and everyone should and could use Moon water.” Every single one of us has an energetic body as well as a physical one, and it’s important to maintain good spiritual hygiene. It helps to keep us in alignment to receive renewed energy and clear out anything that does not serve our greatest good.

When should you make Moon water?
If there’s a Moon in the sky, you can make Moon water (read: any time!). However, it’s highly recommended that you wait until a new or full Moon to charge your water, according to Stardust. If you make your water in the new Moon, it is best to charge it with positive affirmations and set your intentions towards growth. Full Moon water, on the other hand, aids in the release of all that no longer serves us. In order to welcome new fresh energy, we have to make space in our lives for new things, and the full Moon helps us to truly dig deep and let go.

One thing, though: Stardust highly advises to not make Moon water during an eclipse. The energy of the lunar nodes overpowers the Moon’s potent phases, which are used to make Moon water, so steer clear.

How is Moon water made?
It’s actually really easy, you’ll just need a few things:

A glass container or bottle (it doesn’t need a lid, but you can use one for storage)
Incense or sage
Water — any kind, distilled, tap, from a river, directly from a spring
Labels and a pen
Anything you want to infuse into your water — crystals, herbs, flowers
First, you’ll want to cleanse the glass container with smoke from your incense or sage. Pour your water into your container or bottle and place it by the window in the Moonlight or outside to absorb the Moon’s glow. Stardust suggests labeling the bottles with the date and the sign of the luminary, or astrological sign the Moon is in at that moment. “If the new Moon is in Sagittarius, for example, make note of that to ensure that you can use that vibe to ignite excitement. If the full Moon is in Virgo, make note of that as well to allow healing to happen with the water,” she explains.

You can add edible herbs and flowers to your water, like roses for love (including self-love), lavender for cleansing and relaxation, or anything conducive to the mood you’re trying to manifest. You can also add crystals like rose quartz to heal the heart chakra, or amethyst for heightened intuition to the water, allowing them to absorb and be “charged” by the lunar energy as well. “Crystals such as Moonstone, selenite, mother of pearl, and jade have a natural feminine resonance and are wonderful to charge in the light of the Moon, especially when looking to conceive or connect deeper with one’s own intuition,” recommends Lyons.

Speak your affirmations and intentions into the water, repeating it aloud or in your head to bless and set your intentions. Leave the jar overnight to charge with Moonlight, and it’ll be ready in the morning.

What are some of the uses for Moon water?
According to Moon water maker Barbara Mouradian of Eye Love Love, a company that makes handcrafted small-batch Moon-charged water in Florida, the uses for Moon water are endless: “Moon water can be used to create a bath ritual, charge and cleanse crystals, cleanse your energetic body, cleanse your home to remove stagnant energy, sacred objects, in your diffuser and more,” she explains. Her Moon water recipe, which was passed down from her grandmother, is made of charged Moon water, flowers, herbs, spices, salt, and alcohol. She works with each of the 12 zodiac signs and their attributes and uses complementary ingredients in her Moon water.

One of the most common ways to use Moon water would be to bathe in it during the new or full Moon — you can even use it to water your plants if you use plain distilled water. If you’re an artist, you can dip your paintbrush into it to cleanse your brushes to evoke energy, creativity, and emotions into your art. You can also use it to clean your floor, to make perfumes or oil — basically, anywhere you use water, you can use Moon water. You can also drink it to help to aid with cleansing and heal the body.

I turned mine into a cute little mist for my desk and for my shower, and I mist my Moon water as much as I spritz my face with my various favorite facial mists, and if I’m feeling super reckless… I might even combine the two.

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Persian Rose-Water Pudding

Recipe courtesy of “Healing Tonics” by Jeanine Pollak (Storey Publishing, 2000)

This recipe is quite exotic and a lovely treat for the body and soul.

If you ever want to woo someone, this healthy dessert qualifies as divinely inspiring in matters of love. It’s quite exotic and a lovely treat for the body and soul. Rose water, cardamom and vanilla are all traditionally associated with special occasions, feasting and love.

Food as Medicine
The yogurt in this recipe could help trim your waistline. A three-month study found that 16 obese men and women eating a reduced-calorie diet that included yogurt three times daily lost 61 percent more fat than 18 subjects who ate the same number of calories, but who consumed little or no dairy products and low overall quantities of calcium.

Ingredients
1 quart vanilla yogurt
2 tablespoons honey
1 drop pure sweet orange essential oil
1 teaspoon pure distilled rose water
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 tablespoon fresh rose petals
1/4 cup whole raspberries

Instructions

  1. Place a colander or strainer into a bowl. Line the colander or strainer with a couple of layers of cheesecloth. Gently scoop the yogurt into the colander.
  2. Cover top of colander with a plate, and let sit in refrigerator overnight. This will thicken the yogurt by allowing the whey to drain out. (You can save the whey. It’s full of good nutrients and healthy acidophilus, and can be mixed into drinks or juice or drunk straight.)
  3. The next day, gently scoop the yogurt into a pretty bowl, or onto a nice serving plate.
  4. Mix the honey with the orange essential oil. Drizzle the honey, rose water and cardamom over the yogurt.
  5. Garnish with fresh rose petals and fresh berries.

Recipe courtesy of “Healing Tonics” by Jeanine Pollak (Storey Publishing, 2000)

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Ghost Hunting Theories
Chasing the Paranormal in Your Spare Time

23 Apr 2021

What we do with our spare time these days has vastly changed. Rather than consider a crowded cabana bar on a beach somewhere, many are opting to hit AirBNB isolated locations where they can be free of mask-wearing and self-contained with their own meals rather than restaurants.

There is no better time to consider freestyle paranormal investigating as your new hobby.

You can delve into the unexplained in many simple ways that don’t involve crazy equipment or groups.

UFO WATCHING

My first suggestion is UFO watching. The only thing needed for this is a car to get out of the city and away from city lights.

You might put together some great music like Brian Eno’s work – very space-watching sounds!

Consider a portable picnic too and bring some lounge chairs.

These are items you will want to have around whether it’s for road trips, camping, or investigating.

If you’re serious about UFO watching, you might consider two other pieces of equipment. One is IR goggles with recording ability and the other is a telescope. If you’re going to be out there anyways, you might as well enjoy the night sky fully.

This activity of UFO watching is a fantastic one for everyone. It’s romantic. It’s a road trip. It’s being outdoors. It has something for everyone.

If you’re wondering where to go in particular for a higher chance of seeing a UFO, check out the reports at MUFON to see if there is an area near you with high incidence of reports.

SLEEPING WITH GHOSTS

It’s always best to chase ghosts somewhere else. The simplest way for anyone to have encounters is to stay in a notoriously haunted place. Whether it’s an AirBNB, hotel, or bed and breakfast inn, there are plenty of haunted places to lay your head down.

Take a digital voice recorder and ask questions. When you get home, play it back on your computer to really hear if there are any replies.

Digital Voice Recorder

You may want to check the room for a baseline EMF (electromagnetic field, the product of accelerating electric charges) and use it throughout the evening to identify possible spikes (some believe this energy is either a process of ghost manifestation or a result of it). My advice is to watch out for spikes near alarm clocks and when the air-conditioning turns on and off.

EMF meter

Honestly, there is no better barometer than a human body and its five (really six) senses. There is something built into our biology that sees things that don’t show up on cameras, hears things that are vague on recordings. Spend some time in the room, lights out so you can see movement, and silent so you can hear what’s going on. Simply “be” with it, no interrogations, no equipment. Just a human being in quiet repose, senses acute because of lack of sensory input, and a mind that is shifted into neutral.

HIKING FOR BIGFOOT

Maybe you don’t want to sleep in Bigfoot’s living room, but you wouldn’t mind a hike that could produce an encounter.

Here’s some hiking trails to consider –

The Bigfoot Trail.
Northwestern California and Southwestern Oregon. Of the 360 miles, approximately 100 miles (160 km) are along seldom used Forest Service roads while the remaining segments are backcountry trails, either in wilderness or on National Forest land.

Bear Canyon Lake.
Although the lake was created for anglers, it is a Bigfoot attractant, as well.

Allegheny National Forest.
In Northwestern Pennsylvania, this area has had quite a few sightings.

Sam Houston.
In southeastern Texas, this park has had a LOT of sightings and some rather disturbing.

Find out where sightings have occurred in your region by checking out the BFRO site.

I will say this, that people who get a glimpse of a Bigfoot, it is about 99% of the time that they are hiking, hunting, or whatever, not thinking about Bigfoot, not searching them out. It’s almost like that sensation you get in a public place that someone is staring at you, you turn and see them staring. Bigfoot appears to feel our focus upon them. So, keep yourself engaged in a happy hike, enjoy nature, take a lot of rest stops where you can be quiet and maybe notice things moving around.

If you really want to see them, take video. Stop. Zoom in and out, slowly doing a 180-degree pan so that your back is facing where you started filming. Wait a few moments, zoom in and out again as you pan back to where you started. When you get home, pop it on the computer. What happens is they freeze when you walk by so you don’t see movement. They blend right in. As you turn away they peek out, or use that opportunity to hit the ground. When you view the video, you can see them peeking out or being there and suddenly not being there.

ENJOYING THE UNEXPLAINED WITHOUT INVESTIGATING

If you like the unexplained but don’t necessariy want ot poke around looking for it, how about sleeping in it?

AirBNBs now offer so many quirky and delightfully-themed settings to sleep in that it’s easy to find a place that is so unusual to spend the night that you feel like you knocked something off the bucket list.

La Canada Flintridge in California offers a vintage home for rent complete with ghosts.

Don’t want to sleep with ghosts? How about sleeping in a strange vessel?

How about –

A bigfoot cabin?

Maybe you might like to stay in –

A UFO?

Maybe you’d like –

A spaceship house.

A creepy room –

When life gets boring and predictable, it’s often because we tackle each day the same. We figure we know everything by heart because we do the same routine so much that we can drive across town, arrive at our destination, and not recall a moment of the process.

Chasing the unexplained is a way of opening a new world we didn’t realize was there right beside us. It brings out the creative side of us trying to explain it, it brings out our courage chasing it, and it brings out our hope for there being more to the world than the zombie pattern we inhabit daily.

Open your mind and insert wonder!

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Welcome to the Loan Department

by Stephen Halpert

Willard wore his new white shirt and tie to celebrate. It was his first day at the bank since his promotion from teller to loan officer. He took pride in his shiny new desk, especially the credenza beside it with a library of banking form books at his fingertips. Proudly he dusted invisible specks from his newly engraved nameplate.

At 10:05 an Uber van pulled up to the front door. A driver emerged, opened a sliding side panel and helped out an older, well dressed woman wearing a blue business suit and bedroom slippers. Over her arm was an elaborate cloth handbag. In one hand she clutched a large Styrofoam cup of coffee. The driver pulled an enormous suitcase from the van. 

“Four hundred sixty-seven dollars,” he said in broken English; he lit the cigar stub stuck between his teeth.

Her eyebrows flew up, but without commenting she rummaged inside her capacious bag and pulled out a credit card.

“No take credit cards,” he said. “Told you outside hotel in New York. Only cash or check.”

She didn’t argue; instead, she set the bag on her suitcase and rooted around in it. She found a pad of checks; hastily wrote one, tore it off and with a flourish handed it to him. 

          The driver stared at the check, saw her generous gratuity and shrugged. He tossed away his cigar stub. It fell unnoticed into her gaping cloth handbag. He handed her her cloth bag and wrestled her oversize suitcase through the revolving door. Then he went to a teller to cash the check.

          The woman surveyed the three desks in the Loan Department, saw Willard, and tugged her suitcase toward him.

          Meanwhile the driver was having a dispute with a teller.

          “I’m sorry sir,” she said. “But I can’t cash this check. It’s written on a bank in Romania.”

          “So what?” he shrugged.  “Check is check. I drive her four hours here from hotel. I want to be paid.”

          “Of course,” the teller said graciously.  “Just a moment please.” She turned and left her cage.

          Meanwhile the woman set her suitcase beside Willard’s desk. Then she put her handbag on his credenza and sat down heavily in his client chair.             “Young man,” she sipped her coffee. “Is it possible for me to negotiate a loan.”

          ‘Why yes,” Willard said. He reached for one of his banking forms, smiled politely and tried to sound dignified. “What is the nature of this loan?”         

          “That must for now remain confidential.” she smiled back, revealing uneven, yellowish teeth. “Of course, you are no doubt familiar with the terrible competition surrounding investments.”

          He wasn’t sure what that meant but nodded wisely and asked “How much have you in mind?”

          “Four hundred million.”

          He gulped. “Oh, a real jumbo.”

          “Not exactly a loan. More like a letter of credit from this bank that I may draw upon funds should they be needed.” Her blue skirt rode up as she crossed her legs.

          “Of course.” He felt unsure which form to give her. “And may I ask the nature of this purchase?”

          She moved closer, lowered her voice to barely above a whisper. “La Belle Dame Sans Mercie. It will be next week auctioned in Paris.”

          “La Belle what?”

          She waved her hand dramatically. “Sans Merci,” she said emphatically. Coffee jumped from her Styrofoam cup onto Willard’s desk and splashed up onto his new white shirt and tie.

          “Oh dear,” she said, “Let me help you.”

          Meanwhile the manager, approached the teller’s cage. “I’m terribly sorry,” he said pushing the check back. ‘We cannot cash this. It is not within our protocol.”

          The Uber driver scowled.  His face turned crimson. “No!” he slammed his hands on the counter. “This is bank. Banks cash checks. Cash this one.”

          “I’m sorry,” the manager said.

          “Why not?”

          “Because it is on a bank in Romania.”

          “What is wrong with Romanian?”

          “Nothing I’m sure but we cannot…”

          “Then if nothing is wrong with Romanian, cash it. I want my money.”

          He pounded his fist harder on the shelf in front of the cage, drawing the attention of the two bank guards. They moved toward him slowly.

          Meanwhile Willard’s client grabbed her suitcase and hefted it up onto his credenza, pushing her cloth bag over in the process. “Let me help you. I’m terribly sorry.” She opened her suitcase. Lingerie burst out.

          She grabbed something black and silky, reached over and began patting his stained shirt and tie.

          “That’s really all right,” he said, squirming to get out from under her ministrations.

           Clutching her check the Uber driver turned and made his way toward his former passenger. He slipped on some fallen lingerie and fell into her lap. He glared at the woman. “You pay me.”

          The two bank guards, followed by the manager rushed over and tried to grab him.

          He jumped from her lap. “You pay me!” he shrieked.

          The guards seized him. Swearing in some foreign language, he struggled to free himself.

          The bank manager surveyed the scene.  “What is she doing here?” He pointed to Willard’s client.

          “”She wants to borrow 400 million for something coming to auction next week.”

           “I want my money,” the struggling driver yelled between curses.

          Suddenly smoke billowed from the woman’s cloth bag. Flames followed, leaping toward the ceiling. This activated the sprinkler system. Willard, his desk and everything close by was drenched.

          Seeing this, the woman fainted dead away. 

          Fire engines sounded in the distance. Customers and workers hurried toward the exits. The guards abandoned the driver and rushed over to the tellers’ cages.

          The water quickly revived her and the woman opened her eyes. The Uber driver still stood there; fists clenched.  She saw him and reached for his hand. “Help me,” she implored. “I’ll figure out a way to pay you.”

          He sighed, shrugged and nodded. “Okay, okay.” Hastily he gathered the items that had burst from her suitcase. By now her cloth bag was sodden. He gathered that up too and led her away.

          Willard surveyed the wreckage of his waterlogged desk and credenza. Swabbing at the mess he realized he was using a piece of silky black lingerie. The Branch Manager came over. He looked at Willard, sighed and said, “I trust your next client will be less exotic.” He cocked an eyebrow at the lingerie Willard was clutching. Then he nodded, patted Willard on the back and said, “Welcome to the Loan Department.” 

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Kat’s Korner
Share your love for cats!

How to get Your Cat Used to Their Carrier
POSTED ON APRIL 21, 2021 BY MARC-ANDRÉ
Authored by the team at Vital Pet Club

We all know that if our cats had an arch-nemesis, it would be their cat carrier. And, for some cats, no amount of treats, trickery or full-on pleading will get them on board! Surely there must be a simpler way…

How to train your cat
Effective cat training involves shaping your cat’s behaviour through positive reinforcement, which basically means getting them to do certain things (like walking into their cat carrier or letting you check their paws) by making the experience more positive. This might involve using familiar items or pheromone sprays, or rewarding them afterwards (normally with treats).

Unlike dogs, cats are not able to read our behaviour as well and don’t have the innate desire to please us in the ways dogs do. This means that the best way to motivate them to do something is often through food.

That being said, it’s important to not set your expectations too high, as it can take some time for your puss to learn new things. It’s also vital that you always view training as a fun game with your cat. Don’t become frustrated if your puss doesn’t learn something straight away and never punish your furball, as the best way for your cat to learn is in a happy and relaxed environment.

Getting your cat used to their carrier
It’s important to try and get your cat used to their carrier from a young age so they see it as a normal part of their home, rather than a demon box that only appears when they have that dreaded car ride to the vets or the cattery. By having your cat carrier out in your home, you allow your fussy feline to walk in and out freely and become familiar with the cat basket- they may even nod off in there!

You can put your cat’s treats, favourite blankets and toys in the carrier so your cat associates it with positive things. And you can also spray the inside with a pheromone spray, as your puss will be able to recognise these pheromones, which will help them to feel more relaxed and comfortable in their carrier.

All of these techniques will allow your cat to think of going into their carrier as a positive experience. And, for many cats, this can change their behaviour, making them want to go into the carrier more, and also causing them to feel less stressed when they’re inside the carrier. And, by changing your cat’s behaviour, and getting them to do something that they wouldn’t normally want to do, you are successfully training your cat!

How to put your cat in their carrier
The first and most important thing to remember when putting your cat into their carrier is to remain calm and be gentle. As frustrating as it may be, getting worked up will only make your kitty more worried and stressed and they will probably try to run away, or may even become aggressive, making the process even more difficult for both of you.

Start by lining your cat’s carrier with newspaper followed by a familiar non-slip blanket or vet bed. Then make sure you give your cat plenty of opportunities to investigate the carrier, as some felines (especially kittens) will just walk straight in, especially if you have trained them to get used to the carrier.

Try to avoid forcing your cat into the carrier, as this can be very frightening for them, and may send them into a panic. However, if you can’t get your cat won’t go into their carrier voluntarily, it’s time to decide whether you are going to put them into the carrier head or bottom first.

The Head-first technique
If you are trying to put your cat in head first, place one hand under their chest, with the other supporting their bottom and slowly lift them into the carrier. Be sure to promptly shut the carrier door behind them, as cats will often try and spin around to escape. But always make sure you’re not going to accidentally trap their ears, paws or tail first!

Bottom-first!
The advantage of this technique is that your cat won’t see the carrier coming, however you may be more likely to get nipped or scratched! Again, gently hold your cat’s chest with one hand and bottom with the other and either lower your cat into the basket, with the carrier facing upward, or carry them into a normally positioned carrier (like with the head-first method) again making sure you close the door behind them.

Carriers with detachable lids can make putting your cat into their carrier so much easier! By removing the lid from your cat carrier, you will be able to place your puss into the lower half of the carrier before gently replacing the lid and quickly closing the door. This is the best way to get most cats into their carrier because many felines will panic and resist more if they are put into their carrier through the front door as this smaller opening will often feel make your cat feel more confined.

How big should your cat’s carrier be?
It’s important to have a carrier that is large enough for your cat to be able to turn around inside, but not so big that your cat may slide around and hurt themselves when travelling. It’s also important not to put more than one cat in each carrier- even if your cats get on well- as cats don’t like to be in confined spaces together and may become aggressive.

Preventing escapees
Before you leave the house with your cat in their carrier, always make sure the top of their carrier is securely attached, and that the carrier door is locked- as you don’t want an escapee! But it’s always worth making sure your cat’s microchip details are up-to-date so you’re prepared for any worst-case scenarios. It’s also a good idea to place a blanket over the front of your cat carrier, as this can help your puss to feel secure and safe.

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Georgia’s Weekly Horoscope
weekly@georgianicols.com

Sunday, April 25, 2021

All Signs
Fair Venus is making its annual journey through Taurus, the sign that likes good food, good wine, good sex and a nice place to live. This is why we all have a desire to eat well and enjoy a good merlot. We are more aware of skin regimes. People want a massage or a facial. (I scared my partner with mud from the Nile on my face.) We also want to make our rooms pretty and beautify the outdoors by buying plants and focusing on decks and patio furniture. Venus in Taurus likes the good life and wonderful creature comforts! Orson Welles said, “Living in the lap of luxury isn’t bad but you never know when luxury is going to stand up.”

Aries (March 21-April 19)
The influence of Venus mentioned in All Signs above, along with the Sun, Mercury and Uranus are all taking place in your Money House, which means you are focused on money, cash flow and earnings this week. Fortunately, Venus tends to attract good things to you, especially money! Therefore, keep your pockets open. (Yes, Venus will also urge you to buy beautiful things as well.) Be aware that on Friday, the Sun will line up with unpredictable Uranus indicating something unusual could impact your wealth, your assets or your possessions. This could be a windfall? Yay! However, be wise and protect what you own from loss, theft or damage. Be alert. (The world needs more lerts.)

Taurus (April 20-May 20)
Because the Sun, Mercury, Venus and Uranus are all in your sign, the entire world is having a Taurus influence, which is of course, why people have their hands in the earth (or around a wine glass) and are starting to plant pots on balconies or flowers in gardens. However, as mentioned in All Signs above, this is also why we are all more delighted than usual with good food and good drink – the creature comforts of life. You will enjoy buying wardrobe items. You are eager to talk to others and share your ideas. You’re especially persuasive and convincing – no question. On Friday, you might feel rebellious about something. Caution against disputes with others as well as accidents. Tread carefully!

Gemini (May 21-June 20)
Naturally, you like your creature comforts as well as anyone else, which is why you also will enjoy a massage, facial treatment, good soaps, plush towels, good food and fine wine at this time. Nevertheless, the circumstances in your life dictate that you are happy to take a backseat. You’re content to playthings low-key and work alone or behind the scenes because it feels better. While some feel restless with Covid restrictions, you feel more comfortable staying at home. This doesn’t mean you’re not working hard to earn money because you are. However, by the end of the week, especially on Friday, something unexpected will happen. Your usual routine will change. Stay flexible so that you can react gracefully to whatever occurs.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
This is a popular time for you! You are in contact with friends and members of groups either in person or via Zoom or whatever medium works best for you. You might be talking to younger people more than usual. You are definitely focused on your future goals and discussing them with others. Meanwhile, Venus will make relations with others so warm and friendly that for some of you, a friend will become a lover. Nevertheless, at the end of the week, probably on Friday, (perhaps Thursday), someone will do or say something that surprises you and catches you off guard. Possibly, you will meet someone new who is unusual and changes things in your life? Whatever this surprise is, it might cause you to change your future goals.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
Of course, you’re enjoying good food, good wine and the luxuries of life whenever you can. However, unusual events are taking place that affect your career, your public status and your reputation among your peers. Relations with bosses, parents and VIPs are excellent now. (Someone is considering nominating you for sainthood.) Because you make such a fabulous impression, your voice will be heard and your influence will reach more people. You can pretty much call the shots! Success is based on timing and right now, the timing is excellent for you. Make your pitch! However, be aware that at the end of the week, a surprise from a boss, parent or supervisor might catch you off guard.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
At this time, you are keen to expand your world by doing anything different or unusual. In pre-Covid times, you would travel! Now you will have to seek other ways to be stimulated and find new adventure. Talk to people from different backgrounds. Explore interesting places and other countries online. Within the limitations of your own world, you can still shake up your routine and do something different or go someplace you’ve never been before. At the end of the week on Thursday or Friday, travel plans will suddenly change, as will plans related to medicine, the law, publishing, the media and anything to do with higher education. You might also encounter someone who is unusual. “Hi Darth.”

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
You feel very comfortable with your ruler Venus being in Taurus because both Libra and Taurus share this rulership. It’s also why you are two signs who truly love beautiful things. In your case, this strong emphasis is taking place in a Money House, specifically the wealth that comes to you via your partner or other sources. You might receive money back from the government or benefit indirectly through your partner’s increased wealth. Some kind of boon will favour you. Although, on Friday, sudden and unexpected news that might impact inheritances, shared property or such could occur. Meanwhile, your ambition is aroused – along with your sex drive!

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
All this heavy energy of four planets in Taurus is taking place directly opposite your sign, which means your focus on close friendships and partnerships is unusually strong now. Many of you are enjoying good times with friends, hopefully, with good food and drink. You might also have a chance to enjoy the arts with a friend or a partner. Warm discussions are taking place, all of which makes you feel good because this increased socializing fills a need in you. However, at the end of the week, on Thursday or Friday, someone will say or do something that shocks you or catches you off guard. For some, this might end a friendship. You might want more freedom in a relationship and have a quarrel? Expect a few surprises.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
Your everyday routine is coming along smoothly because you are working hard and doing your best to be efficient and productive. And you are succeeding! Yay you! This is why things are going well at work and even your health feels improved. Likewise, relations with pets are more fun-loving and rewarding. Some of you are working to make your workspace more attractive. Many of you are enjoying smoother relations with work colleagues as well. Nevertheless, by the end of the week, some kind of surprise will catch you off guard. It could be a technological glitch, a computer problem. It could be anything. Be prepared.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
This lovely Taurus energy that I mention in All Signs above, works beautifully for you! You are happy to rest in the lap of luxury until luxury stands up. Enjoyment from children, as well as an appreciation of the arts, sports and fun-loving diversions will please you this week. Some of you are involved in a new love affair. Woot! All of you feel more playful and prankish in your daily world. However, something unexpected might occur on Thursday/Friday that could involve accidents with children. Therefore, be vigilant! Anticipate anything that might go wrong with kids or something that is sports related because a surprise will occur. (Be patient with rebellious teens.)

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
This increased emphasis on creature comforts, good food, good wine along with making your home more beautiful and creating a lovely ambience outdoors through new patio furniture and plantings – is where it’s at for you because your focus is on home and family. You want to beautify your home along with your patio, balcony or garden. You want to entertain as much as permitted. You will also address home repairs and enjoy family discussions. However, at the end of the week on Thursday/Friday, something unexpected will occur. It could be a family argument? It could be computer problems or conversely, it might be the introduction of something high tech for your home? Fingers crossed.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
Your fast pace continues this week. It’s a great time for those who communicate to others. If your job involves marketing, sales, teaching, writing or studying – you’re shining! You can make money from your words. However, it’s also a wonderful time because your appreciation of your surroundings and the people in your life is heightened. This is a wonderful! Appreciation is probably one of the most important things we can experience. It means you feel fortunate. You appreciate the beauty of your environment and the affection that you feel from others. Be careful because Thursday/Friday could be an accident-prone time for you because something unexpected will occur. Be vigilent.

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Weekly Horoscopes Beginning Sunday, 25 April 2021
CelestialPrognostication@groups.io

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:

You’ve long been discussing potential changes in your domestic life or work, but nothing’s happened. Now that your ruler Mars has moved to accent exactly such matters, not only will the pace pick up, it will be so swift that you’ll have frustratingly little time to shape plans the way you want. Go with the flow. You’ll have plenty of opportunity to reorganise things later.

An offer that comes your way could take you down untried pathways. Don’t hold back because you sense someone close is likely to object. They may not feel as adventurous as you do but you can reassure them that you won’t take any unnecessary risks. Be discreet in all professional dealings. You suspect someone of dishonesty but until you have proof, keep any negative thoughts to yourself. This is not the time to air your suspicions.

It’s been a couple of years since Mars, your ruling planet, last crossed over the base of your solar chart. This is where property matters generally demand extra attention. Around this Tuesday’s Full Moon that may be much needed. Investments might need to be discussed to. There’s also the issue of insurance and how best to finance developments that are out with the norm. Whilst all this is going on, there might also be singular developments in the workplace. Again, this could be down to financial restructuring. Uncomfortable and difficult conversations are probable. Yet the good news is that through groupthink, solutions could yet be found. It might also be that through one of your connections – possibly with someone who’s lived overseas or who studied there – you could outline a plan that meets with approval.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Accepting the fact that you’ve little control over changes, some far-reaching, won’t be easy. Once you do, however, instead of waging a pointless battle against unwelcome arrangements, you’ll allow events to unfold. Better yet, you’ll be aware that you can reorganise things the way you want, and when it suits you. For now, therefore, observe what works and what doesn’t. The outcome could be a pleasant surprise.

You’ve been planning to make a move in a new direction for some time only one excuse after another has prevented you from doing so. You have a chance now to act on these intentions. If you spend too much time thinking, you won’t ever find the courage to bring this about. If your best friend or partner has made an embarrassing mistake, don’t rub it in. Not even in jest. If you want a relationship to last, you need to be prepared to work at it.

You may remember that Uranus is passing through your sign. This transit happens for just seven years in approximately every 84 years. Not every Taurus will live through this transit. Obviously much depends on your age. The indications are though that with this transit there is a desire to do things differently and to be in charge: freelance rather than employment tends to work best. This is when you incubate your ideas and develop them. With Mars having recently changed signs, it may be developments within the neighbourhood that have some of your attention. In fact, it’s not impossible that around Tuesday’s Full Moon that you’ll consider joining forces with someone who is also developing a ‘cottage industry’. Whilst the way forward might not yet be wholly clear, it should be obvious by the last day of April that you’re spreading wings in fresh direction and that these are exciting you in ways you hadn’t thought possible.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

The problem you’re facing isn’t the range and urgency of changes. From your perspective they’re exciting. Besides, those that are unwelcome initially could turn out to be the most rewarding of all. The problem is the unimaginative, if not obstructive, attitude of certain cautious individuals. The secret? Proceed without discussing your plans, knowing you can tell others once everything is done, and has worked brilliantly.

Although a colleague means well, the advice they are offering you is unhelpful. You would like to diffuse the tension between you but you don’t know how. Everything you say seems to rub them the wrong way. Everything you do seems to be wrong. It might be best to avoid them altogether. A friend or neighbour has come to heavily rely on you. You don’t mind helping out occasionally but you want a life of your own.

It would be understandable if financial matters now had your full attention. Of course, these never go away, but until Tuesday’s Full Moon is in the past, you may have real and deep concerns as to whether or not you can cope with the rollercoaster ride that 2021 is offering. It may be necessary to unexpectedly ‘raid the piggybank’. Yet this might also be the moment to consider wild, yes to some reckless, but certainly unusual investments. One way or another, the Gemini head is set to turn in many, many directions. Don’t underestimate the impact this has on your emotional state and from that, your working pattern. With so many ‘small fires’ to put out, and remembering, that you are not superhuman, there is the danger of you missing an excellent opportunity to improve skills. On your radar must surely be improving your expertise and yes, perhaps enrolling on a course. This would surely be a wise investment.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

You’re facing a series of unsettling yet exciting changes, in both existing arrangements and future plans. While your instincts are correctly telling you these seemingly bizarre events are leading to breakthroughs, certain individuals are anxious. Tempting as it is to reassure them, they’ll only list reasons to justify their concerns. That being the case, enjoy your own upbeat feelings but avoid discussing plans with doubters.

People won’t always agree with you and they will try to persuade you to rethink your decisions. This will make you start to doubt yourself. You have the right ideas. Don’t let anyone talk you out of them. It’s important to stand your ground. It brings you happiness to help those who are more vulnerable. At the same time, you need to look after your own interests. Agreeing to work a set number of hours for a charitable organization will be rewarding.

Mars has now arrived in your sign; its last visit there was in 2019. Mars has a justified reputation for energising. It could be that you are now all systems go – particularly around Tuesday’s Full Moon which accents the creative zone of your solar chart; but yes, others could find you intensely emotional and arguably difficult to work with. Some people though will surely want to get to know you better and see that you have unique talents and expertise that are entirely appropriate to the challenges of 2021. Anticipate intense discussions and, by Friday, the invitation to join a new team. This may be something you’ve been primed for exactly, the best part of the year but only now able to access. In short, by the close of April, your working pattern could be different and your career refuelled.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Your dynamic, fiery side is unmissable. However, those closest know you’re a creature of habit, and avoid, if not battle, changes. Yet not only are changes likely, many will be as far-reaching as they are unexpected. The trick? Think of times in the past when similarly sudden events reshaped your life, but initially you fought them. The irony is, it’s these you’re currently battling to keep.

You’re surprised, after all you have done for a friend, that they seem to turn their back on you. They aren’t answering your calls and whenever you suggest meeting up, they have made alternative arrangements. It’s disappointing that they are ungrateful for all the time and effort you have put into this relationship. When they realise how much they have hurt you, apologies will follow. Take any chance you get to relax: you need it.

It would be understandable if you felt unsettled. Perhaps you don’t know where you really want to be. Perhaps nothing feels exactly, right? Work or home. There might also be real concerns about the long-term; both in terms of health and finances. May be the cosmos is setting you a test of faith. It might also be that a review of decisions taken in the last couple of years leaves you feeling you may have taken a wrong turn. You probably didn’t. It is likely though, that you do need to talk through revised options and resources with an expert. That’s a task that could be successfully undertaken between Tuesday’s Full Moon and the Sun’s alignment with Uranus at the top of your solar chart on Friday. Viewed as a week for assessment, this should prove a profitable and even an exciting time.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

True, every Virgo is inquisitive, and so thrives on new ideas and others’ adventures; but that doesn’t mean you’re eager to get involved. Yet destiny seems to think you’re ready to make a range of changes, some minor, a few far-reaching; but all are as sudden as, in some ways, they’re worrying. Despite the obvious doubts, the planetary setup advises you to agree. You’ll soon learn why.

You are tempted to make an irrational choice or decision just to shake things up a bit. It’s unlike you to be impetuous. Foolish optimism should be avoided. Take the advice of a practical friend and curb an urge to be extravagant and self-indulgent. In legal matters there will be the usual, tedious red tape to tie up but the worst is over and the end will soon be in sight. Be sure to make some time in your schedule later, to relax.

As you well know, worrying rarely advances anything. Yet there may be matters you need to consider, and in depth. This is probable around Tuesday’s Full Moon when it might seem that others are trying to pry information from you but that as yet, they haven’t offered reward. Determining motivation may be on your ‘to do’ list. A frank exchange of views may be necessary but yes, could be awkward. That though is presumably just temporary. It might also be that you require help – a junior assistant – perhaps. Before the end of April determining which tasks can be delegated, and to whom, looks to be priority. By then the Moon will be passing over the base of your solar chart. Try not to get overly emotional and accept that some people simply have to learn on the job. Interfering as they go about their tasks could deny them a useful learning experience.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

While known for your charm and diplomacy, many Libras live a life that involves clashes, out in the world, in business or politics, or closer to home. The current and coming weeks’ planetary setup accents these and, better yet, indicates opportunity to deal with them, once and for all. The secret? Compromise, in ways you’d ordinarily avoid. Within days you’ll realise how wise this was.

You’re doing your best to get over a recent disappointment. You could do with the support of friends and family. You hate to admit you are feeling sensitive and vulnerable bur someone who knows you well will sense your need for some reassurance. Their comforting words will help you overcome your fears. Are you looking for work? Sometimes your search for a job might seem futile but don’t get disheartened. Exercise can help release tension.

Aims and ambitions should be energised now that Mars has arrived at the apex of your solar chart. This, together with Tuesday’s Full Moon in one of the finance areas of that same chart, suggests that work and reward will be high priority. There is now much for you to consider. As you know, yours is the sign of balance. You work hard at reaching harmony and getting the accounts balanced ‘just right’. That the Full Moon coincides with Pluto arriving at its retrograde station suggests asset management will be made necessary too. On top of that, issues around joint financial affairs will likely require immediate if not urgent attention. This though, should not be viewed as a negative. It may be that before the end of the month you’re planning an adventure – and in partnership. Nailing down the true costs at every level would obviously be wise before plans are finalised. In this, Mar’s position should be useful.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Unwelcome changes have been in the air for ages, but thus far you’ve managed to avoid them. However, between the insights triggered by Tuesday’s Scorpio Full Moon and increasingly dramatic developments involving existing arrangements and others’ plans, you’re beginning to realise those changes aren’t just unavoidable, they’re in your best interests. Still, you’re unsure what to do. It’s simple. Let destiny take care of it.

Developments in your career will be so swift and sudden they will take you by surprise. It will feel as if your world has been taken by storm. If you have an important decision to make, take a deep breath and count to ten. You need to know you are thinking clearly before deciding what to do next for the best. Walking, cycling and getting out is really important for your mental and physical health. Getting close to nature is therapeutic.

Tuesday’s full moon is the annual one in your sign. This year that event coincides with Pluto your ruling planet arriving at its station. So yes, this is likely an important time. Recall though that there are many planets now in your opposite sign of Taurus. One possibility is that you will feel others are pushing new in directions you are not wreck yet ready to take. Yet perhaps you do need to listen to the options. Perhaps you would need to show just how resilient or determined you can be. One where another, this week is about strengths. Mars is now moving through another of the water signs and activating an area of your solar chart that about acquiring knowledge. You’re supposed for information is likely to be much increased. This could coincide with major evaluations and re-evaluations. Indeed, financial matters could head your priority list. It is just possible, that you have something to celebrate on the very last day of April.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Ordinarily you’re the first to spot, explore and get involved in exciting new ideas, activities or places to go. Yet, currently, destiny’s focusing on those you’ve previously sidestepped or deliberately avoid. Once, that made sense; but times have changed and so have you. Tempting as it is to battle these, give them a try. You’ll be amazed what you learn, about them and, even more, about yourself.

Mistrust is marring a close relationship. Make an effort to build bridges. A heart-to-heart talk will reveal some hidden resentments and through being honest with each other, suspicion will be replaced by appreciation. Rushing about madly in trying to get everything done will lead to careless mistakes. A financial matter would benefit from some extra attention when some surprising information about a recent expenditure will come to light. Someone has not been honest about certain financial transactions.

Health and wealth are likely to top the priorities list this week. They could be considerable hiatus around Tuesday’s full moon. Of course, it’s possible that the two things are linked. It may be that to improve well-being you need to read the piggy bank. Alternatively, it could be that you see that others require care and similarly want to invest in improving the quality of their life. Either way you may need to dig deeper. Just as you think that that issue is at least resolved or on the way to resolution, a further sidewinder could affect you on Friday. This though could be good news. The Sun makes fabulous aspect to your ruling planet Jupiter. You may remember the Jupiter is now passing through one of the air signs and yes, that does bring ideas your way. Recall that you are a fire sign and tend to react quickly when the air blows. So, it’s entirely possible that you conclude the week thinking differently and excited. Career wise you might also discover to your delight, that you’ve been mentioned in dispatches and in a good way.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

One of your most admirable traits, as a Capricorn, is your persistence in the face of opposition. Yet now events are forcing you to make what seem compromises. Initially you’ll question giving in. Yet once you do, the people you meet and experiences you have will reveal dramatic changes in the actual circumstances involved. Enough, in fact, to raise questions about other similarly strong convictions.

New methods and routines will be introduced into the workplace. This reminds you of a project you were thinking about at the start of the year which you still haven’t got around to. This would be an ideal time to set the ball rolling. A relative seems to be doing all they can to discourage you from pursuing your own interests. If you snap at them, this will cause tension between you. Keep your emotions under control.

First the learning, but delving and for researching could dominate the first half of this week. Around Tuesday’s full moon you may be determined to crack the code. If not a computer programmer, then you may want to make friends when one of these as well. It seems likely you’ll want to get to the bottom of something and that something could well be related to the Internet and to working matters. In fact, all this could tease your brain so much that by Friday you are eager to learn more yourself. You might even consider taking a short course. An alternative, is reaching out to those who just left or were about to leave their studies and who see in you and mental work whilst you see in them qualities that suggest you could make a fabulous partnership. Meanwhile as they say back at the ranch, a close colleague or partner looks set to be moving in altered career direction requiring you perhaps to move items around at home so that they have more space to work in.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Recent events, some disruptive but a few unwelcome, are forcing you to make changes in elements of your life. Battle these if you must, but the sooner you begin exploring the new ideas and avenues of activity these offer, the more swiftly you’ll begin discovering joys as thrilling as they are unexpected. The secret, now and during the coming weeks? Say yes first, make decisions later.

Think carefully about all you say and do. Be on the alert for people who will mock your efforts and then steal your ideas. Someone will try to out manoeuvre you in a professional or legal deal. Keep your distance from anyone you suspect is dishonest or disloyal. This could be your chance to break free from a toxic situation. Have faith in yourself and in your abilities. You have more control over your destiny than you may realise.

By the end of what could be a turbulent week, the Sun makes fabulous aspect to Jupiter now moving through your sign. This though comes after a full moon that coincides with Pluto apparently stood still in the sky. In recent years, this event that occurs twice every year, has coincided with big financial news. That this coincides with the full moon accenting the property and assets axis of your solar chart suggests news might prompt you to think differently about both. This could lead to many discussions. Note that on Friday and coinciding with that spectacular Jupiter aspect, the Sun and Uranus have their annual meeting this time at the very base of your solar chart. This could bring quite shocking news your way and most likely concerned with the valuation. The yard is presumably not to act to precipitately, to doublecheck the facts are indeed correct, and take your time before you begin the next stage of negotiations most likely after the last quarter moon in your sign on May 3rd.

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

Your horoscope for this week:

Ignoring those who’re struggling, if not suffering, isn’t easy; but the reality is, these individuals complain constantly. It frees them from responsibility, while distracting others from duties they’d rather ignore. At the moment you could easily fall into this trap. Or you could say a firm ‘no’ and focus on certain of your own tasks, then once they’re dealt with, celebrate your victory over such distractions.

You can normally rely on your powerful intuition to help you sense obstacles that may be ahead. You might therefore wonder why you didn’t see a difficult situation coming. It shouldn’t take you long to realise your instincts aren’t as reliable as usual. For now, avoid getting into arguments with your loved ones about your plans. There are some ideas you will need to keep secret. You don’t have to tell your family everything you are doing.

Tuesday’s full moon is in another of the water signs and coincides with Pluto’s station. This could mark an important moment for everyone. Though you may not be too bothered by outbursts of emotion, you perhaps should be aware that even those who are considered to think logically coolly and have considerable expertise, may be acting more from the heart from the head. It will likely take a few days for things to calm down. Meanwhile there are important issues for you to address most likely concerning transport and local transport conditions. This could get you involved almost in a political move by the weekend. Then there is the question about what’s been written and what is accurate. You may now have doubts about information given over the last year and who in fact can be trusted. Though this is perhaps a conundrum that can’t be resolved until the lunar eclipse at the end of May, for now, in what might wish to be more circumspect about whose advice you accept.

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