Call a plant beautiful, and it becomes a flower.
Call it ugly, and it becomes a weed.
~Jonathan Lockwood Huie~
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
Moon Phase Magick
Dark Moon – Time to Rest
New Moon – Time to Begin New Projects; Birth; Attraction
Waxing Moon – Time to Grow; Increase
Full Moon – Time to be Fulfilled; Abundance
Waning Moon – Time to Banish; Decrease
Last Sliver of Moon – Time to Die; Letting Go
Dark Moon – Time to Rest Again
Light A Candle Today!
In many different traditions lighting a candle is a sacred action. It expresses more than words can express. It has to do with gratefulness. From time immemorial, people have lit candles in sacred places. You may want to begin or end your day by the sacred ritual of lighting a candle on this gratefulness. Or you may want to light a birthday candle for a friend. One single guideline is all you need: Slow down and do it with full attention.
Herb of the Year for 2021: Parsley (Petroselinum crispum, named by the International Herb Association.
Birthday Flower for May: Lily of the Valley
May is National Salad Month
Feature of the Month for May: Sassafras: The Universal Plant
May 23: The birthday of Carolus Linnaeus, born on in 1707. A Swedish botanist, Linnaeus helped us keep everything straight with his binomial system of plant names.
26: Full Moon — Flower Moon In May, focus on magic related to careers and jobs. If you’ve thought about changing jobs or even entering a new career field, this is a good time to do it. Expand your horizons this month; this will appear as a supermoon AND will also feature a total Lunar eclipse at 7:19 a.m. EST. The eclipse will be visible from east Asia, Australia, the Pacific, and the Americas
May 27: Today is the birthday of Rachel Carson (1907), writer, ecologist, and marine biologist. Her courageous 1962 book Silent Spring alerted the world to the dangers of pesticide poisoning.
May 31: Memorial Day (originally called Decoration Day) is observed on the last Monday in May. Remembrance is symbolized by the red poppy.
Our Current Moon Phase: Goddess Aspect: Maiden
Associated Goddesses: Artemis, Branwen, Eriu, Nymph, Epona
Magickal Attributes: Invoking Beginnings, New Projects, Ideas, Inspiration, Energy, Vitality, Freedom.
Workings On This Day Are For “Constructive” Magick (Love, Wealth, Success, Courage, Friendship, Luck Or Health.) Symbolic of growth, manifestation, attainment, gravidity (heavy with child – both philosophical and literal).
High Priestess Training with GrannyMoon
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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, which 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 online 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 too or will learn to!
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Card of the Week: Seven of Wands reversed
Are you feeling overwhelmed? With the Seven of Wands reversed, you may find that external pressure is weighing you down, leaving you doubting yourself and wondering whether everything is worth it.
If you feel like you’re under constant opposition — keep going!
Even if you are weary, this card urges you to keep fighting for what you believe in. Stand strong, own your position, and don’t change who you are to keep others happy.
Remember that you won’t always win everyone over. There will still be challenges and opposition to your point of view, and you cannot keep everyone happy all the time. Draw your line in the sand and say, “This is who I am, and this is what I need right now.”
There cannot be any compromise or negotiation at this stage; hold your ground with determination and courage.
Ask Your Tarot Cards: “How can I continue moving forward?”
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May 24, 2021 – May 30, 2021
The last week of May comes with a punch with a lunar eclipse in Sagittarius, a tough Venusian aspect, and Mercury retrograde.
We have a turbulent start of the week, as we approach the Full Moon, emotions will be on edge and difficult feelings may emerge. Further, problems from the past may leave you feeling anxious, but you will need to find a resolution to move forward.
Midweek, difficulties in relationships may surface and difficult breakups may occur. Keep your expectation based on reality and out of fantasy and allow people to be human.
The weekend brings Mercury turning retrograde in Gemini. Communication issues may be a major concern in this retrograde cycle because Mercury is in his own sign. Avoid making firm agreements or signing documents until after Mercury goes direct on June 22nd.
Recommended: Full Moon (Astro Magic), Emotional Balance (Blessed Herbal), Healing (Affirmations), Mercury Retrograde Neutralizer (Astro Magic)
Here’s what you missed on CoventryCreations.com this week…
Full Moon in Sagittarius on May 26, 2021
The Full Moon is in Sagittarius on May 26, 2021, and is also experiencing a lunar eclipse. The funny thing about this eclipse, which is also in the south node, is that it compels us to let go of beliefs that used to be precious to us but are now the source of our pain.
Home and Land Meditation
Expressing gratitude toward your home and the earth can help you stay conscious of where the gifts in your life come from.
Just as we take care of our friends and families, our homes and Mother Earth take care of us. Our homes give us a place of refuge — a sanctuary that stands between us and the elements of nature and the rest of the world. The earth is an unselfish giver of life and the steward of our physical and spiritual needs. Earth’s bountiful plant life nourishes us, gives us air, and offers us cooling shade. Her waters quench our thirst, and her beauty stirs our souls. Yet it is easy to take both of these wonderful sources of our blessings for granted. Expressing the gratitude you feel toward your home and the earth for the blessings each provides can help you stay conscious of where many of the gifts in your life come from. Each time you give thanks you’ll be reminded of the importance of caring for your home and for Mother Earth. There is a simple and beautiful meditation you can perform to show your gratitude. Begin by finding a quiet place where you can be alone. Sit comfortably and breathe deeply until you feel relaxed, and then read the following out loud:
“Thank you, home, for allowing me to live within your walls. Thank you for giving me shelter, warmth, and security. Thank you for allowing me to live my life in your womb, for staying strong and sturdy, for supporting me, and for your beauty.
Thank you, Earth, for the land that I live on and for allowing me to steward life with you. Thank you for allowing me to walk upon your soil, cultivate you, and live in partnership with you. Thank you for supporting my home and my family.
Thank you, plants, minerals, and animals that dwell on the land that I steward. Thank you for allowing me to experience your beauty, share in your wonderment of life, and for the honor of living with all of you on this earth. Thank you for the wisdom and joy you bring to humanity.
I honor you.”
You can perform this mediation as often as you like and anytime you feel particularly thankful for the many blessings you have received. Each time you do, you’ll reaffirm and strengthen your connection with all that protects, supports, and sustains you.
Llewellyn’s Spell A Day
Bless and Multiply My Money
MAY 23, 2021 BY DALLAS JENNIFER COBB
What we focus on grows, so create a prosperity altar to bless and multiply your money.
Gather coins and bills, flowers, herbs, stones, fossils, and other energized, magical objects. On a flat surface, create a spiral with about an eight-inch circumference. Lay the coins, bills, and other sacred objects down in ever-smaller revolutions of the spiral. As you do this, think about how much money has been given to you throughout your life. Say:
As you place the objects in smaller revolutions of the spiral, recognize how much money you currently have. Say:
Recognize how, through employment and self-employment, you have money flowing regularly. Say:
As the spiral grows tighter and more condensed, incant:
Bless and multiply my money.
Make a small cluster of money at the center of the spiral and say:
Money flows to me easily and fluidly.
Over time, add found money and money-shaped candy to your altar. This will keep your attention focused on the growth of your money. Each time, say:
Bless and multiply my money.
A May Love Spell
MAY 22, 2021 BY JAMES KAMBOS
In May, all growing things are pulsing with the life force. This love spell taps into that power.
You’ll need the following items:
* 2 red taper candles in holders
* A few drops of almond oil
* A pinch each of basil, cinnamon, and clove
* A small square piece of red fabric
* Red ribbon
First, rub the oil onto each candle, then set each candle in a holder. Combine the herbs in the center of the fabric, and tie the corners together with ribbons. Safely light the candles. Hold the herb bundle and say:
The seed sprouts, the bud swells.
Earth power, hear this spell.
I light candles of ruby red.
Send me the one who’ll turn my head.
I combine love herbs three.
Let them send perfect love to me.
Love, find me by this candlelight.
Guard me as I speak these
Lastly, snuff out the candles. When romance finds you, dispose of the candles and the herb bundle.
Getting Your Point Across
MAY 21, 2021 BY MICHAEL FURIE
The sun recently entered Gemini, the sign of communication. That power can be harnessed to create understanding where there is confusion. If someone has been unable to grasp a point you’ve been trying to make, write a letter to them explaining exactly what you mean, then copy it down on another piece of paper. One paper you will keep, and the other you will use in this spell.
With the flame of an orange candle, carefully light an incense charcoal in a cauldron and burn some dried marjoram. Now read your letter, imagining that you’re speaking directly to the intended recipient. After you’ve read it, light the paper in the candle’s flame, dropping it in the cauldron on top of the incense, and say:
Gemini power, your aid I seek, with
smoke and flame of Mercury; my
message delivered to whom I speak,
understood at last, so mote it be.
Be sure to extinguish the candle.
Invoking the Spirit
MAY 20, 2021 BY STORM FAERYWOLF
For this spell, you will need a small mirror and five candles with holders in the following colors: yellow, red, blue, green, and violet.
Arrange the yellow, red, blue, and green candles on the floor in a large circle, representing the four physical elemental powers. Sit on the floor in the middle of them, with the mirror and violet candle in front of you.
Ground and center. Light each of the first four candles in turn while contemplating the elemental presence they represent. You might imagine streams of elementally colored light flowing from the cardinal directions and into the unlit central violet candle.
Now light the violet candle and say:
Four sacred things in this place be
Combined to call the fifth to me,
By four made one I call you forth,
By spirit’s song I call you in.
Begin to chant a low drone (such as “Om”) until you feel a light buzzing in your body. Gaze into the mirror and allow yourself to scry, watching for subtle images to appear in the mirror or in your mind’s eye. Feel the presence of spirit!
Lights, Camera, Magick!
MAY 19, 2021 BY NAJAH LIGHTFOOT
It seems we can’t turn on our TV, computer, or smartphone without seeing the latest ad for a film or TV show that highlights Witchcraft. Let’s face it: Witchcraft is hot these days, and everyone wants to get in on traditions or a way of life that once upon a time would have only been talked about behind closed doors or in hushed circles.
For this spell, we’re going to celebrate the lasting power of the Craft and its ability to come out of the broom closet. You will need a broom and some salted water.
Sprinkle the salted water on your broom. Hold the broom high above your head. Turn three times clockwise and say:
Once we were in the dark. What
was once in the shadows lives in
the light. To the Witches, may our
power continue to take flight!
MAY 18, 2021 BY BLAKE OCTAVIAN BLAIR
Tuesday brings us the fiery energy of Mars. Red jasper, one of my favorite stones, is also associated with Mars. Today is a great day to harness red jasper’s qualities for some well-needed protection magic.
One of my favorite things about red jasper is that it brings wonderful healing energies along with its protective energy, making it a favorite of healers and energy workers. Find a small tumbled red jasper to which you feel drawn. Sit comfortably, hold the stone up to your heart, and close your eyes. Feel the stone’s energy vibrating. Visualize its energy as a fiery but comforting deep red light emanating from the stone and surrounding your energy body. When you are enveloped in the comforting glow, slowly open your eyes and become aware of your surroundings. Carry the stone on your person in a pocket or pouch. May you glean healing and protection!
Spirit Guide Clarity Spell
MAY 16, 2021 BY DEVIN HUNTER
Happy Sunday! Jupiter recently entered the sign of Pisces, and we are looking at the beginning of a yearlong cycle of spiritual rebirth. Today is the perfect day to ruminate on your path and to audit your relationships to the people, places, and things that are connected to it. What we all could use now more than ever is a clear connection with our spirit allies as they help shape the road ahead.
Take a few moments tonight to ground and center your energy, then light a white candle in the east. After you light this candle, take a few breaths and focus on your spirit allies, then focus on the possibility of there being more allies that you don’t know about. Say:
Spirit allies on the edge of vision,
Be with me through each decision.
Make yourself known so I can see.
Be here now and reveal yourself to me.
Let the candle burn out safely on its own.
Magical Infused Sugar
MAY 17, 2021 BY THORN MOONEY
At this time of year, spring is in full force and the sun is in Taurus, which is an earth sign that rules over material pleasures, stability, and sensuality. To further your enjoyment of the season and add some magic to your meals, try making infused sugar! You can infuse practically any kind of sugar with your favorite herbs, spices, and floral elements (even coffee!), and then add them to your baking, your favorite beverages, or your magical workings.
To infuse sugar, mix four parts sugar to one part flavoring, the drier the better to avoid clumping. Stronger-smelling herbs may require a bit less. Store your mixture in a clean, airtight jar. Try rose petals for love, cinnamon for success, orange for creativity, or coffee beans for energy. The possibilities are infinite. Allow the flavors to infuse for two to three weeks before using the sugar.
Can Flower Essences Address Your Mental Outlook?
By Andrew Weil, M.D.
Physician Edward Bach introduced Bach flower remedies to England in the 1930s. He theorized that people fell into seven groups, based on their reactions to illness. The groups are fear, uncertainty, loneliness, over-sensitivity, lack of interest in present circumstances, despondency, and over-concern for others.
He determined that to treat illness, one had to address patients’ emotional and mental states. Following the principles of homeopathy, he devised the flower essences for that purpose. Today, many homeopaths, naturopaths, chiropractors, and herbalists still utilize flower essences in their practices with good success.
Several brands of flower essences are sold at health food stores for self-care, but you’ll need to determine, on your own, which particular emotional state you’re trying to treat and be sure to ask a practitioner or expert which brands are sourced and prepared from organic and quality ingredients.
Heartwings Love Notes 983 Summer is on its way
Heartwings says, “Summer is a time to relax and recharge.”
In the winter I like to make soup as well as casseroles. In summer, I don’t make either of them often. When the weather is hot I scarcely feel like cooking or even eating. Besides the lovely colors and the crisp air, one of the reasons I welcome fall is that my appetite returns and with it my desire to cook. For many the presence of a barbecue or grill outdoors solves the cooking issue—food quickly cooked without heating the kitchen. However, I don’t think our landlord would be happy if we were to fire up a grill on our second-floor wooden porch.
At different times of year different foods appeal to me. For instance, I seldom want salad in the winter. I serve it occasionally because it is good to have fresh, raw food all the year round. However, late spring and summer are often better times for me to think of serving them as well as other cold foods. One of my favorite warm weather meals is made up of a raw cabbage salad and a seafood salad made from a combination of fish precooked and flavored with crab essence sold in compressed packages—also called surimi. My cabbage salad is not cole slaw as you will see.
For the cabbage salad using a food processor or a sharp knife—depending on how much time you have, after removing the core and any large ribs, slice up half a small to medium green cabbage. Slice or chop or process a small to medium sweet onion. Sprinkle with a teaspoon or more ground garlic, and a tablespoon of dried or 2 of fresh tarragon. Add sufficient good mayonnaise and a tablespoon or so of horseradish sauce to your taste. I like rather a lot. Mix vigorously and let it stand a bit to develop flavors. Serve to 2 to 6 depending on size of cabbage.
For the seafood salad, shred or chop—your choice a large package of surimi or pressed seafood. Add ¼ to ½ sweet onion—to taste, and two ribs of celery chopped small. Mix well with ½ to ¾ cup mayonnaise, ground garlic, and horseradish sauce to taste. Use salt and pepper to your taste for both salads as well. The seafood salad keeps well, so you can use what is left for another meal. Made ahead in the cool of the day, these are nice for lunch or dinner.
May your cooking be beneficial to all.
Blessings and best regards, Tasha Halpert
Do you have favorite hot weather foods? Please share your choices and or recipes with me. I so enjoy hearing from readers. Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org and visit my web pages for more love notes at www.heartwingsandfriends.com.
Apply Gentleness To Everything
Struggle can find no foothold when confronted with gentleness because conflict can only exist when fed by two opposing forces.
Throughout life, we must cope with blockages that impede our forward momentum. Whether these obstacles are of a personal, professional, or societal nature, our first instinct may be to push against the obstruction. But the simplest way to alleviate resistance is to approach it gently, with a soft manner and kind intentions. Struggle and strife can find no foothold when confronted with gentleness because conflict can only exist when fed by two opposing forces. So many areas of our lives can benefit from the application of gentleness. The beauty of gentleness lies in its multifaceted nature. It is part love, part compassion, part patience, part understanding, and part respect for others. When we move through life gently as a matter of course, we naturally attract these wonderful elements into our lives.
This does not mean that gentle people are by nature passive or meek. Rather, their copious inner power is manifested in their gentleness and their choice to move with the flow of the universe instead of against it. You can make use of gentleness in your own life by applying it in situations where you feel challenged by your circumstances or by people in your environment. As you move forward gently, the energy pervading your life will likely shift and, consequently, the blockages before you will vanish. Cooperation progresses smoothly when approached gently because all parties involved feel confident that their needs will be met. And quarrels are easily quelled with gentleness because the dualistic concepts of losing and winning are made moot by our willingness to exercise infinite patience with those whose values differ from our own.
Gentleness must be practiced, as we are inadvertently encouraged to act competitively in certain phases of our lives. At first, your established habits may make being truly gentle challenging. Yet after a time, if you commit to consciously applying gentleness to all areas of your life, whether by collaborating rather than competing or yielding graciously to the impassable roadblocks in your path in order to seek a new road, you will find that you begin to act gently habitually. Your patterns of thought and behavior become ever more peaceful, and you will discover that you encounter far less impassable resistance on your individual journey.
Sacred Trees in the Americas: Tamarack / Larch – Larix laricina – Magic, Medicine, and Mythology
by The Druid’s Garden
I remember when I first saw a Tamarack tree. It was growing in a bog where I was hiking in late fall. I looked at the Tamarack tree in its golden splendor and wondered if the tree was sick or had gotten too wet–was this conifer dying? It had knobby cones and branches, sitting there looking like it was in its death throes. When I commented on it to my friend, she responded, No, that’s just the tamarack tree, a friend of mine said, and we examined the tree growing on the edge of a beautiful wetland. Sure enough, a few weeks later, the tree was bare for the winter and only grew back in the spring. The Tamarack tree has a special place in the ecology in North America, especially as a mid-succession tree in very wet and swampy areas.
The Tamarack tree is known by many names: the Larch Tree, Eastern Larch, American Larch, Black larch, Red Larch, Hackmatack, Juniper cypress, Larch Tamarack. The term “larch” is an old German word like Hackmatack is the Abnaki word for “snowshoes”, suggesting one clear use of this tree.
This post is part of my Sacred Trees of Eastern North America series–here you can learn about the many wonderful trees upon on our landscape. In this series, I explore the magic, mythology, herbal, cultural, and divination uses, with the goal of eventually producing a larger work that explores many of our unique trees located on the US East Coast (which I hope to have completed by early 2022–so you will be seeing a lot more tree posts!) For my methods using ecology, the doctrine of signatures, and human uses, you can see this post. Other trees in this series include Dogwood, Spruce, Spicebush, Rhododendron, Witch Hazel, Staghorn Sumac, Chestnut, Cherry, Juniper, Birch, Elder, Walnut, Eastern White Cedar, Hemlock, Sugar Maple, Hawthorn, Hickory, Beech, Ash, White Pine, Black Locust, and Oak. For information on how to work with trees spiritually, you can see my Druid Tree Working series including finding the face of the tree, seeking the grandmother trees, tree relationships, communicating on the outer planes, communicating on the inner planes, establishing deep connections with trees, working with urban trees, tree energy, seasonal workings, and helping tree spirits pass.
Tamarack is particularly interesting from an ecological perspective for a number of reasons. First, while Tamarack is in the pine family, it is quite distinct because it is deciduous (and is the only conifer that is deciduous in much of its range). Thus, it drops its needles in the fall and follows the maples and oaks rather than its pine brethren.It literally serenades the sun with a brilliant yellow-orange color before it drops its needles for the cold months of the year. Tamarack also is a mid-succession tree, growing in bogs and marshy areas, providing food and habitat, and eventually making way to the Eastern White Cedar tree, the pinnacle species.
As John Eastman notes in The Book of Swamp and Bog, Tamarack has early rapid growth for the first 40 years of its life—it puts on growth very early in the season (around Beltane) and slows down by Midsummer. It produces small oval-shaped cones that usually appear on branches that are between two and four years old. These cones will be wind-pollinated in the spring by pollen cones that appear yellow on the same tree, and eventually mature, open, and drop seeds in the fall. As the tree loses its needles in the fall, these cones and branches look a little wicked and nobby, like an old woman! Like many other trees (Oaks) the Tamarack is strategic about seed production, producing bountiful seed only every 3-6 years. In the northernmost parts of its range, Tamarack may reproduce by way of the layering of lower branches on the ground and sending up a shoot.
As a mid-succession tree, Tamarack prefers nutrient-poor sites, including bogs, and its presence in a wetland may suggest it is growing at what Eastman notes is a “hinge line” or “transitional zone” between floating fen-mats in a bog and more grounded acidic bogs where plants like sundew grow. However, growing in such a wet environment does mean it develops shallow root systems and thus may be easily blown over by the wind. This bog environment also supports the germination of new Tamarack seeds—they often germinate on sphagnum moss. It also is frequently found with leatherleaf (promoting its germination through its ‘nurse tree’ status), and can be found with poison sumac, eastern white cedar (which succeeds it ecologically), shrub willow, and bog birch. Here in Western Pennsylvania, we often see the Tamaracks on the edge of acidic bogs that grow such wonderful and carnivorous plants like sundew and pitcher plants.
John Eastman also notes that in boggy environments, Tamarack is a “nurse tree” which allows it to produce shelter and biomass to allow other shrubs and smaller plants to grow in otherwise inhospitable conditions, particularly leatherleaf (Chamaedaphne Calyculata). Tamarack is also a favorite nesting site for Great gray owls as well as habitat for black-backed woodpecker, common snipe, common yellowthroats, and song sparrows.
A destructive pest—the larch sawfly (Pristiphoera Erichsonii) eats the Tamarack needles and has been responsible for destroying nearly all of the old-growth Tamarack trees in the Eastern US and Canada in the early 20th century. Tamarack has slowly rebounded from this destruction and you can once again find healthy stands of Tamarack in many parts of its range. This sawfly is an excellent food source for blue ays, sparrows, woodpeckers, cedar waxwings, grosbeaks, and sparrows. At least half of the seeds dropped are consumed by ruffed grouse, wild hare, red squirrel, gray squirrel, porcupine, and white-tail deer. These animals also consume the inner bark, which is nutritious (and also an emergency food for humans).
Tamarack is not a very sought-after wood these days, which is somewhat surprising, given its many uses–this is likely due to the historical loss of much of the Tamarack wood due to the larch sawfly and its inconvenient growth location in swamps and bogs. Still, the wood is heavy, hard, strong, coarse-grained, and has excellent rot resistance, particularly in wet conditions or when exposed to water. It has been traditionally used for many applications where rot resistance matters: fence posts, telegraph poles, railway ties, building materials, ladders, floorboards, and various kinds of poles. In 1938, it was noted that it has been used extensively for building ships, especially for parts of ships that are directly exposed to water.
According to Charlotte Erichsen-Brown in Medicinal and Other uses of North American Plants, the Tamarack had a wide range of uses for the Native American people and early white Colonists of North America. The Ojibwe used Tamarack resin to seal boats (similar to white pine) and the bark to cover their wigwams. The roots were used to weave bags and sew the edges of canoes as the Tamarack root fiber is particularly durable compared with other materials. The inner bark was used as an emergency food by many, as nearly all conifers have nutritious inner bark. One of the things that Native Peoples often used tamarack wood for was boiling maple sap—it is a hot, fierce wood that burns brightly—exactly what you need for a good sap boil!
Turpentine can also be made from Tamarack trees. The trees were tapped, in a very similar method to maple tapping, and the sap collected–this is the process of making a “gum” turpentine as opposed to a “wood” turpentine (which is done with the stripped bark). After the trees were tapped, the gum is distilled to produce a volatile oil that was strong and mixed with paints and varnishes for lasting quality. This same sap was also used for all manner of wound healing in earlier times in North America.
Medicine and Herbal Qualities
Unfortunately, while Tamarack had a range of traditional colonial uses, it has limited coverage and uses in present-day herbals.
The best references to the medicinal qualities of the tree can be found in ethnobotanical sources. Erichsen-Brown notes that that the Ojibwe used the crushed needles and bark similar to how they would use white pine. Likewise, the Potawatomi used the roots and bark from the trunk. The fresh inner bark is used for poulticing wounds/inflammation; seeped bark as a tea. It was used also as horse medicine; the inner bark was shredded and mixed with other feed grains to create a soft and supple hide.
The only coverage of the plant I could find in modern herbal sources was through M. Grieve’s Modern Herbal, which offers insight on the bark, which she notes is used as a laxative, tonic, diuretic, and alternative. She notes that it has widely been used for treating issues with the liver, rheumatism, jaundice, or dysentery. Her dosage indicates that 2 tablespoons of the decoction of the bark are necessary.
I have been experimenting with some of the Tamarack’s medicine in the form of salves for bruises (one traditional use) and they seem pretty effective. I’ll keep updating this post as I try some of the other traditional uses and if I find more information.
Magical Uses in the Western Tradition
Part of the reason I spent so much time in this post on ecology and human uses is that–unsurprisingly –there is no real tradition of the magical use of the Tamarack tree. While this isn’t surprising (as many of the trees I am covering in this series lack such coverage), it does mean that we have to use the tree’s ecological functions to ascertain its magical meaning. It is not found in the Hoodoo traditions, nor in the traditional western occult texts, nor in the PA dutch and other folk magic traditions. (If you have info I don’t about this, please share!)
Magical and Divination Qualities of Tamarack
Addressing Stagnation. Tamarack’s medicinal and ecological function includes it growing and addressing a range of stagnant, watery conditions. In the body, stagnation leads to all kinds of illness and atrophy; in the wild, stagnation can lead to anaerobic bacteria formation (stinky, nasty piles of compost for example). One of Tamarak’s key magical and divination qualities, then, is being able to address this stagnation and help get it flowing again.
Standing up to emotional challenges. Flowing from the first meaning, the second key meaning of Tamarack is helping you endure a stagnant emotional condition. For example, perhaps you are in a difficult family circumstance that seems to keep repeating itself, you are dealing with cycles of abuse, PTSD, or other draining and long-standing emotional conditions. Tamarack will help you stay the course during this time and offer you strength to endure (and not rot away in the mire!)
Surprise. A final divination and magical meaning this tree suggests is that while it is in the pine family and is a conifer, the tree does not follow the same pattern as most other pines–rather, in a surprising twist, it drops its needles after serenading the sun. Seeing Tamarack in a reading may suggest to you that things are the opposite of what you expect and to be surprised with the outcome.
I hope that this post brought you happiness and joy as spring turns to summer. And perhaps you will have an opportunity to meet the wonderful Tamarack tree and share in her magic. Blessings!
Homemade Herbal Sitz Bath
From Mountain Rose Herbs
A bowl of Epsom salt ready to be mixed into an herbal sitz bath.
When I was a child, I was thrown from a horse and spent many years thereafter challenged by lower back and radiating leg pain. With time and maturity, as well as changes in my diet and appropriate exercise, I’ve put those pain-days behind me, but I’ve carried forward some of the best solutions that I learned from the experience. One of my favorites of these is the soothing comfort of an old-fashioned herbal sitz bath. Often used to relieve issues related to post-birth discomfort, etc., a sitz bath is also ideal for easing general lower-body soreness and fatigue.
WHAT IS A SITZ BATH?
A sitz bath is a shallow bath in which you can add salts, herbs, and other ingredients to create a clean, warm, healing pool in which to sit. There are small tubs made specifically for this purpose, which are ideal for concentrating the salts and herbs where you need them most. However, when dealing with pain and fatigue that impacts the lower back and legs, a bathtub is the appropriate vessel.
The word “sitz” is from the German “sitzen”—no surprise, it means “to sit.” There are other names for these short, soothing baths as well. My grandparents, for instance, prescribed taking a “hip bath” (water only up to the hips). I’ve also heard people call them a “salt soak,” which makes sense because salts, particularly Epsom salt, are a ubiquitous ingredient in these little baths.
A variety of herbs laid out to make into bath salts for a sitz bath
WHAT IS IT ABOUT EPSOM SALT?
Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate, a chemical compound made up of magnesium, sulfur, and oxygen—in other words, human health essentials. Magnesium sulfate is readily absorbed through the skin, so a sitz bath is a perfect way to get the best benefits of this naturally occurring mineral compound that is known for promoting relaxation of the muscles as well as increased circulation in the soaking area. It can be used as a stand-alone salt for soaking or blended with supportive botanicals, other salts, baking soda, etc. to enhance the experience.
WHAT TO ADD TO A SITZ BATH
I make sitz baths much the way my grandparents did, with Epsom salt and baking soda, as well as whatever skin- and muscle-soothing herbs are appropriate for the occasion: often lavender, calendula, and comfrey, and sometimes additions like oatmeal for extra skin pampering. I also like St. John’s wort and arnica flowers when I’m achy, and ginger when I’m feeling a little under the weather and need to warm up. In Ayurvedic tradition, you may see “warmer” herbs and spices like mustard powder included to stimulate skin circulation and rejuvenate tired muscles.
HERBS TO USE FOR A BATH SOAK (DRIED, POWDERED, OR CHOPPED FRESH)
Ginger root, ground
St. John’s wort
Turmeric root, ground
HOW TO MAKE AN HERBAL SITZ BATH IN THE BATHTUB
1 to 2 cups Epsom salt per gallon of water, depending on skin sensitivity
1/2 to 3/4 cup baking soda per gallon of water
Up to 1 cup other salts like Himalayan Pink Salt, optional
Cotton tea net or muslin bag full of organic herbs of choice (approximately 1/2 cup)
Thoroughly scrub your bathtub and rinse it well so there is no soap residue.
Adjust water temperature so that it is warm enough to dissolve salt but is not uncomfortably hot.
Fill tub with just enough warm water so it will just cover your hips when you sit down. Do not add other oils or soaps.
Add Epsom salt, baking soda, optional additional salts, and bag of herbs. Agitate as necessary to dissolve salts and baking powder, and to encourage herbal goodness to seep into the bath. Alternatively, hang herb bag on the drain so the water runs over it as the tub fills.
Climb in and soak for 15-20 minutes, making sure to keep the most affected areas of your lower body in the water.
Rinse off the salts in fresh water. Gently pat yourself dry.
Repeat up to 3-4 times a day, as needed for relief.
If you need to fill the tub a little deeper to reach your lower back, adjust amount of Epsom salt, baking soda, and herbs accordingly for more water.
You can put herbs directly into your bath water but cleaning them out again can be a pain in your just-soaked backside. A tea net or muslin bag makes cleanup a breeze. If you are using powdered herbs, you’ll need to use a muslin bag.
Remember to rinse the tub after your sitz bath so you don’t leave salt behind for the next person.
Gilberto Rides Again, Chapter 2 by Stephen Halpert
As Gilberto had requested, Maria had made the reservations, and now it was Friday afternoon. Somehow, they managed to start their getaway before dinner. At first, she had thought of checking into a local place, but with the good weather finally opted for the Cape at Surfside, a beachfront front resort just outside Hyannis.
A young bellhop hauled their luggage into their beachfront room. Gilberto tipped him generously. He left with a smile. ” I’m Billy, just call the front desk…”
Gilberto looked at the luggage. “Why do we need all this when all we’re going to do is stay in bed?”
Maria giggled. “You haven’t changed since Niagara Falls ten years ago. You’ve got a one track mind.”
He reached for her. She slid into his arms and gave him her most seductive smile.
“You mind that? I thought you liked my caveman persona.”
She kicked off her flats. “I do but don’t Neanderthals like getting dressed for dinner?”
“Not especially. I mean we’re married. Who needs to impress anyone? We could just get lobsters and sit in here, maybe watch some of the Sox.”
She frowned. “Sometimes it’s nice to take things slow, be seductive and romantic. But if all you want is my body…”
He grinned. “I want lots more than that and you know it.”
His device sounded. It was Joey. His voice sounded frantic. “She left to go to Dartmouth to see him,” he choked and swallowed. He was almost sobbing.
“You have to step back and let her lead her own life,” Gilberto said gently. Otherwise, if you try to tell her what to do, your mother would call you a chauvinist.”
Maria smiled. “Let me talk to him.” Gilberto handed her his device. “Joey, I want you to stop all this fretting.” She sounded firm, motherly, and very loving. It will only keep you from your serious work. Work on your history paper. You must understand she’s not under duress. She’s having fun, really, she’s having a good time. You mustn’t try to run her life.”
“But mom, I don’t want her to be in trouble. I’m worried about her.”
“You’re trying to be a good friend, you’re showing her how much you care, but you must step back. We’ll be home in a few days.”
A long silence. “Yes. Ok,” he said. “I know your right mom. It’s just hard right now. I never realized I cared so much about her.”
“Then know she’s strong and able to take care of herself,” Maria said. She smiled as she said it. Gilberto could hear the caring in her voice.
Maria said good night and closed the device. She shook her head and sighed. “I guess he’s growing up fast.”
“Emotional situations can do that,” Gilberto said
“Speaking of emotional situations,” Maria pointed at his attaché case. She wrinkled her nose. “Work, you brought work!”
“No,” he said. “Fun stuff for us to look at. Catalogues, yacht brochures. Good stuff to buy.” His eyes lit up as he thought of what he wanted to show her. For some time he had his eye on a yacht they could use to go on little trips, maybe just the two of them.
Maria shook her head. “But why, we have everything we need.”
“Don’t you like getting presents?”
“Of course, I do. Everyone likes presents. But sometimes I think of the starving people less fortunate than we are.”
He shook his head. “I make donations. Believe me Maria they’ll always be starving otherwise there wouldn’t be charities and then people would be out of a job.”
“You’re cynical.” She slid out of her dress.
He reached into his attaché case and pulled out a small package. He grinned handing it to her. “For you. Happy Summer. Open it,” he coaxed.
She grinned and carefully opened the fancy wrapping paper. Looking perplexed, she held it up. “It’s knotted string, some kind of a plant hanger?”
“No!” he exclaimed. “It’s a bikini. Put it on.”
“You’re kidding. I’d be arrested.”
“”It’s special imported twine from Greece. You won’t even know you’re wearing it.”
She frowned, looked hesitant, then repeated: “You’re kidding.”
“It’s from a classy shop on the French Rivera, very fashionable and way pricey.”
She hesitated, but slowly managed to get herself into it. She looked in the mirror, frowned and shook her head. “I’d feel too self-conscious.
Everything about me is way too visible.”
He put his arms around her. “Visibility is good. You look amazing.”
She gave him a kiss on the cheek and nodded. “Then I’ll wear it for you when we’re alone at night.”
He frowned. “You don’t like it. I can tell. It’s imported Grecian twine very expensive.””
She grinned and hugged him. “Twine’s another word for string.” She pulled on a tee shirt and shorts over the bikini. “OK Tarzan, time to feed Jane. There’s a lobster place just across the parking lot. We can walk. Expensive string makes me hungry. But please Gilberto at your age be careful of cholesterol.”
He huffed and reached for the room key. “What do you mean at my age? I’m fine.”
They dined well. Maria had a crabmeat salad with lettuce and cucumbers. She sipped at her glass of white wine slowly. Gilberto put away a three pound baked stuffed lobster with a side of fries and two tall draft beers. He sat back, a satisfied smile on his face. “Don’t you want more wine?”
She shook her head no. “I’m doing my liver a favor.”
“Do me a favor instead and get blasted.”
“And have a hangover and be grumpy for two days. Is that what you want?
He sighed and shook his head. “Never mind. But we’re on holiday.”
She laughed. “Every day’s a holiday with you,”
He paid, they left and strolled on the beach hand in hand until they went back to their room.
Once inside their room, he went to the toilet. There was blood again. He frowned when he saw it. Maria had followed him into the bathroom. She peered at the bowl. “Did you hurt yourself?”
He shook his head. I’m not in any pain or uncomfortable. It’s just that there’s some blood.”
Her breath caught in her throat. “How long has this been,” she asked.
He shrugged. “On and off for a few weeks, maybe a month.” He tried to sound casual.
Her voice sharpened. “I’m taking you to the clinic Monday. This could be a bigger problem than you might think.”
He huffed. “Don’t go there, please.”
She put her hand on his shoulder. “Gilberto this could be very serious.”
He sighed. Why did she have to walk in just then?
She glared at him. “You wouldn’t have told me, would you?” Her eyes bore into his wavering sense of truth.”
“I would have eventually.”
“Gilberto, for you eventually could be light years from now.” She sighed, then smiled. “Oh Gilberto in some ways you’re still a little boy.”
He smiled back. “Us men, we’re all little boys. That’s part of our charm.”
(to be continued)
Kitty Kat’s Korner
Does Your Cat Need Some Space?
by Sassafras Lowrey
Can cats experience separation anxiety? Can cats get stressed by having us around all the time? Here’s what you need to know.
When most of us hear the phrase “separation anxiety,” we think of dogs. But can cats also experience separation anxiety? Is the opposite possible – can cats get stressed by having us around all the time? Here’s what you need to know about cats and separation anxiety.
Do cats get separation anxiety?
“Cats experience and feel separation anxiety just like dogs. They may not react or express it in the same way, but the feeling/intensity may be the same,” says Dr. Dora Ramos, DVM of the Quick Care and Emergency team at NorthStar VETS Veterinary Emergency, Trauma, and Specialty Center.
Separation anxiety is particularly likely to occur with very social cats, heavily bonded with their people, and cats who are particularly social with their families.
“Bottle-fed kittens, orphaned or weaned too early, might be predisposed to separation anxiety due to the strong bond. Handling kittens between 2-7 weeks of age makes them more prepared for life changes later, more resistant to stress,” says Dr. Barbara Boechat, DVM at Firehouse Animal Health Center.
What about too much togetherness?
Any change in household routine can be challenging for cats. With pandemic lockdowns and many of us working from home, cats have lost a lot of the alone time they might previously have been accustomed to. Like how some very social cats might, as the country reopens, start to experience separation anxiety, other cats have been struggling with the constant togetherness and need more space.
“If you were used to going to work every day and now you are working from home, that can also be a new stressor for your furry friend,” says Dr. Boechat. Sometimes cats need some space from us, and cats feeling stressed out by too much togetherness will behave the same way as a feline with separation anxiety. According to Dr. Boechat, some signs of too much togetherness to watch for include: house soiling, anorexia, and vomiting, and hiding.
Give your cat space
It’s important to remember that cats spend a lot of time sleeping.
“Cats spend an average of 12-15 hours per day sleeping, mostly during the daytime as they are nocturnal by nature,” says Dr. Ramos, who advises that older cats will likely spend more time sleeping than younger cats and kittens.
“When awake, the amount of time cats spend socializing is individual to that cat’s personality and socialization status,” says Dr. Ramos.
Try to avoid disrupting your cat while they are sleeping. Similarly, it’s essential to give your cat as much autonomy as possible to choose when and how much time you spend together, even if you are home all day.
“If your cat is struggling with too much togetherness, give them space, be aware of their feelings, and monitor for behavioral changes,” encourages Dr. Ramos.
cat separation anxiety
Worried your cat might have separation anxiety? Here’s are some signs of cat separation anxiety. Photo: Drazen_/Getty Images
Cat separation anxiety symptoms to watch for
Symptoms of separation anxiety in cats will mirror the kind of symptoms you would see around cats who are experiencing stress or anxiety. This includes vomiting, anorexia, excessive grooming to the point of losing hair, and vocalization (especially when the owner is away from home).
“The most common complaint owners bring to the clinic is house soiling. Felines that are used to using the litter box might start changing their habits and urinating or defecating in the owner’s bed, for example,” says Dr. Boechat.
Cats experiencing separation anxiety may exhibit a change in behavior around eating, drinking, urinating, and defecating. Dr. Ramos notes that cats who are stressed by having people home all day every day might exhibit the same symptoms.
How to help your cat deal with household transitions
Any significant change in routine can be stressful for your cat. Last year’s lockdowns were a big change in routine for most cats, and now as we’re looking towards returning to something closer to normal, our cats are experiencing big changes again. Dr. Ramos advises helping your cat make positive associations with you leaving by pairing your cat alone with something rewarding. “If you are returning to work, make the transition as smooth as possible for your feline friend by offering a favorite toy or treat only when you’re leaving the house (so it changes your departure from a negative to a positive experience).” For cats closely attached to people, Dr. Ramos advises that it can be helpful to have a pet sitter or a family member come and visit your cat during the day while you are at work. Also, Dr. Ramos encourages that “it’s a good idea to leave the home in its most common state for stability for the pet – leaving the tv or radio on if that’s commonly done while humans are home.”
On the other hand, “If you are home more than usual, it is a good idea to try to maintain the same routine your animal is used to, the same way if you are going back to work. For example, you can feed and play with your cat at the same time as if you must leave your house. Also, keep a separate room where your animal can go and be by himself,” encourages Dr. Boechat. Cats thrive on consistency, and so regardless of what kind of schedule changes are happening for you, it can help your cat keep their life as consistent as possible. For example, maintaining a consistent feeding time can be comforting for cats. Dr. Boechat encourages cat guardians to consider using an automatic feeder so regardless of if you are home, your cat will eat at the same time every day.
When to seek veterinary help for cat separation anxiety
If your cat’s behavior has suddenly changed, it’s essential to schedule a checkup with your cat’s veterinarian. Your vet will be able to rule out any underlying health conditions that could manifest with the same symptoms as stress. If the vet determines your cat is physically healthy, they will help you develop a plan that might increase enrichment, like adding cat trees to the home or plug-in pheromones. Your vet may also recommend supplements, or in severe cases, an anti-anxiety medication. Dr. Ramos advises that your veterinarian will also be able to provide a referral to a veterinary behaviorist for your cat if they continue to emotionally struggle with being alone or with changes to a routine.
Georgia Nichols Weekly Horoscope: Sunday, May 23, 2021
And the beat goes on. We have all been feeling the effects of Mercury retrograde; however, this week, Mercury Retrograde officially begins (yes, folks – it’s official) So, what’s the overview for this week? How is this Gemini Sun affecting us? How is Mercury Retrograde (also in Gemini) creating havoc? And what’s up with Mars? And who is that man behind the curtain? The thing to remember about Mercury Retrograde is that as annoying as it can be, it deals with small stuff. Yes, I know that a flat tire or a computer problem doesn’t feel “small”, but it’s not a hurricane. These are niggling frustrations that we can handle. What’s not to handle? “Remember when there were two Scott the Plumbers and then they both moved away at the same time?” That’s major.
Aries (March 21-April 19)
This is a busy fast-paced week. Relations with siblings, relatives and neighbours will be warm and cozy, which is nice. (Plus, it makes life easier.) Nevertheless, Mercury Retrograde will threaten transportation issues. (Aaggh.) Expect missed buses, car problems, truck mishaps, flat tires and unexpected repairs to ground transportation, including bikes. (This is a heavy cross to bear but not as heavy as when both plumbers leave town.) Also, increased chaos and activity on the home front will be maddening and require patience with family members. Reward yourself with some fun socializing, if you can do this safely. This week, your ability to work effectively with everyone will contribute to your productivity.
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
This week you will be busy socializing with friends and groups – no question. Furthermore, you will be proactive in all your communications with others. You won’t hesitate to say what you mean and mean what you say! Meanwhile, the Full Moon on Wednesday might bring financial matters to a head, especially related to the wealth of your partner or something to do with loans and mortgages. Fortunately, because you are the financial wizard of the zodiac, you will work things out in your favour. Nevertheless, cheques in the mail will be late and goofy, financial delays will be frustrating. Having said that, Venus in your House of Earnings will attract money to you. Yay!
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
This is a happening week! The Sun, Mercury retrograde and Venus are all in your sign; and on Wednesday, the only Full Moon directly opposite your sign all year will take place. Yikes! (What do you wear to a midlife crisis?) Tension with a partner or close friend might take place. Possibly due to the fact that ex-partners and old friends are back in the picture? Could jealousy be a factor? (“It’s complicated.”) Fortunately, both the Sun and Venus will empower you and make you confident, charming and diplomatic. In addition, Jupiter at the top of your chart makes your reputation shine! This means whatever happens, you will come out smelling like a rose. No worries.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
You are pulled in several directions this week. Part of you wants to hide and keep a low profile, especially because some kind of hidden activity (or a hidden relationship) is going on and you might want to avoid the fallout. Nevertheless, Mars in your sign makes you confident, proactive and ready to jump on anything with both feet. “I’m on it!” Actually, it might be a good idea to use physical exercise to blow off any pent-up steam that could be building up within you. Midweek, the Full Moon could bring a health situation to a head or something to do with your job or a pet. After the Full Moon is over, especially by the end of the week, these problems will dissipate or disappear. (Disappear is nice.)
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
This is a popular week and you are more involved than usual with creative, artistic people, which you adore. You might hear from old friends or members of groups from the past because of Mercury retrograde. Meanwhile, you might be unsure of future goals. By early July, you’ll have a better idea of what you really want to do. Why not let those plans simmer on the back burner of your mind? Issues related to your kids or a romantic partner might be tough to deal with midweek. Fear not because after the Full Moon peaks, by Friday or the weekend, everything is copacetic. Note: At the beginning of this week, it will serve you well to be generous to others.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
You are high viz. this week, making a great impression on everyone. In fact, you make such a great impression on bosses and important people, you might begin a romance with someone. It’s time to revisit old issues from the past with parents or bosses you haven’t seen for a while. When it comes to dealing with friends and groups, you’ll be enthusiastic, possibly even competitive. The Full Moon on Wednesday will challenge you because despite the demands of your job or your career, a family member will also make demands on your time. You’re caught in the middle! Cope as best you can, but don’t ignore career. Not this week.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
You want to travel and do something different and exciting! Naturally, most of you cannot do this because of Covid restrictions. This means you have to figure out another way to get the feeling that you’re being adventurous and expanding your world. Not easy to do. But you can learn new things and study something new because that can be exciting. You might also have a formal dinner with your family or do something “different” that makes you feel turned on and energized by life. You might “go out for dinner” or “have a drink” in a classy way at home? All things are possible. The trick is to satisfy the urge in your mind, not your body. Guard against accidents midweek. Pay attention to everything you say and do.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
Money, loans and mortgages as well as anything to do with shared property and the responsibilities for others is a primary focus for you. In fact, the Full Moon on Wednesday will bring something to do with these these areas to a head. Hopefully, afterwards, there will be some kind of resolution or a solution in sight. Whatever comes up in the beginning of the week could create financial tension for you. Fortunately, after the Full Moon peaks, problems that were intensifying, miraculously diminish or even disappear. Work to benefit others this week, especially before Wednesday’s Full Moon. What you give will come back to you multiplied.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
The only Full Moon in your sign all year will peak on Wednesday this week. Problems seem to increase and intensify as the Full Moon approaches, and then inexplicably, after the Full Moon peaks, these same problems diminish or disappear. Some of these problems could be related to tension with partners and close friends; possibly something to do with an ex-partner or an old friend who is back on the scene? You might also have a dispute with someone about shared property or an inheritance. Whatever happens, keep the faith that by the end of the week, everything will mellow out and fall in place. Because it will.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
This will be a busy week for you because you are motivated to work and to accomplish as much as you can. Admittedly, Mercury retrograde will create some hassles. Misplaced paperwork, confused communications, lost items, missed appointments and equipment problems are just some things that might dog your footsteps. Nevertheless, you are motivated and focused! Furthermore, relations with coworkers will be smooth and supportive. Having said that, be patient with partners and close friends because some tension here is likely. Problems will intensify before Wednesday’s Full Moon and then afterwards, they will diminish. You can look forward to this. Plus, your optimism is strong!
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
This is a playful, fun-loving week! Grab every opportunity to enjoy sports, social interactions with others (probably online) and fun activities with kids. You will also enjoy any chance to express your own creativity. Old flames are back in your world either literally or in your thoughts or in your dreams. This is due to Mercury retrograde. In fact, Mercury retrograde might encourage you to resurrect a previous creative project to either finish it or take it in a new direction. Despite your involvement with the arts and children, you are still keen to work hard. Do not let tension building up toward Wednesday’s Full Moon sideline you. Stay mellow.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
This is a powerful week for you with lucky Jupiter in your sign. Furthermore, Mars makes you want to play and have fun! It will give you a competitive spirit in sports or any activity. Your focus on home and family will be primary, especially dealing with a parent. Many of you will be in touch with relatives you have not seen for a while. You will enjoy any kind of home entertaining or family gathering – whatever is safe and permitted. You will particularly enjoy making where you live more attractive. Wednesday’s Full Moon will make you feel pulled between the demands of your career versus the demands of home and family. This week you cannot ignore home and family and your personal life.
Weekly Horoscopes Beginning Sunday, 23 May 2021
from Celestial Prognostication
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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.
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Personal theme: I am!!
Fire & cardinal sign: March 21 — April 19
Your horoscope for this week:
While you may struggle watching familiar elements of your life change, if not come undone, your instincts are correctly telling you this disarray is timely. What’s more, it will continue until mid-June. Once that’s clear, you’ll focus on other matters, possibly exploring intriguing ideas or adding to your skills. Better yet, this is preparing you to make the best of this new chapter of your life.
Your direct manner will earn respect from people you work with. If someone has a problem or query, your response will be straight to the point. A workmate will leave it to you to make decisions you should be making together. Just as long as they don’t blame you if anything goes wrong, you will be happy to take the lead. Move cautiously into a new business arrangement or partnership. The idea may seem appealing but going 60:40 might be the best way to go.
Saturn arrives at a station on Sunday just as the Moon moves into the other Mare-ruled sign of Scorpio. This should mark a pause moment. Think carefully before you proceed; as though you were changing lanes on a fast-moving highway. The last thing you need is to crash. By the Lunar Eclipse on Wednesday. you may need to give way to an emergency vehicle. It’s not that you will; be involved in an accident, but that you will likely be aware that others (most likely born under one of the Mutable signs of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius or Pisces) need to go ahead of you. This though gives you time to consider how best to deal with the metaphoric traffic jam that begins as Mercury turns retrograde next weekend. In short, the cosmos is providing a moment for reflection. Irritating as this may be at one level, it should provide opportunity to engage with others in similar position and to make useful new connection.
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Personal theme: I have!!
Earth & fixed sign: April 20 — May 20
Your horoscope for this week:
Obviously, you’d prefer to plan ahead; but between eclipses, on the 26th and on 10 June, shaking things up and the communication planet, Mercury retrograde, from the 29th until late June, life will consist of twists and turns. Some will be thrilling, others a nuisance. However, all are about approaching each day from a fresh perspective. For you, as a Taurus, that’s a valuable skill.
Duties in the workplace have been neglected and this is largely due to cuts in staff and absenteeism due to illness. There are responsibilities you don’t want to take on but no one else is taking care of these and they will seem to automatically slip onto your shoulders. You have a lot of potential and thanks to your past experience, your skills and what you have been through lately, you have a new perspective on life that enables you to be clear about your own aims.
On Sunday, Saturn stations near the apex of your solar chart; marking a ‘career moment’. That’s followed by the Moon’s transit of your opposite sign. It’s probable that others will ask you to take stock and consider just how much you’ve taken on and whether or not you can continue. There is a Lunar Eclipse on Wednesday that heralds a Solar in two weeks’ time. The space between the two events should be ideal for assessment and reorganisation. It’s probable that you now have a considerable army of support. You need others now to get on with doing their job whilst you determine new priorities. This might require giving up something which has been a chore. Happy as you may be to see the end of this, it may be that in the short term you need to let others learn by experience and not interfere – even when things seem to go awry. Priority now must be given to developing the career path that has been apparent since late 2020.
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Personal theme: I think!!
Air sign: May 21 — June 20
Your horoscope for this week:
If your instincts are that you’re beginning a period as exciting as it will be unsettling, that’s true. The trick to living out the current, and coming, twists and turns is to remain flexible, and if you must make plans, to regard them as an experiment. This ensures you’re free to respond to the amazing events triggered by the Gemini eclipsed New Moon on 10 June.
An older colleague or relative can’t seem to see anything from your point of view. Count to ten before you speak should they seem overly cautious or even nit picking. Someone is trying to get you to change your mind over a matter you have strong feelings about. Whatever they say they aren’t going to influence you so it won’t hurt to let them get it off their chest. Financial matters need discussing as you work on ways to increase your long-term security.
Saturn arrives at its retrograde station in another of the Air signs on Sunday. Obviously, this affects all signs. You could think of this as a wind that suddenly stops before the current is altered. The wind is indeed likely to blow in fresh direction after the Lunar Eclipse in your opposite sign on Wednesday. Before then, reassessing your aims and objectives and, perhaps, giving thought as to who might be manipulating you to move in certain directions would be wise. Note that in two weeks there will be a Solar Eclipse in your sign. This ‘sophisticated new Moon’ offers a fresh start. First though it is likely to be necessary to close the door neatly on the past. Doing this with grace could be challenging. Yet there may be connections made that could yet prove useful in the future. Note too, that next weekend Mercury turns retrograde in your sign (not something that happens every year). This too, suggests the need for reappraisal and yes, perhaps going back to basics. Think carefully about what you excelled at in the past and give thought as to how to improve those traits in the coming months.
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Personal theme: I feel!!
Water & cardinal sign: June 21 — July 22
Your horoscope for this week:
Even the most practical of Cancerians, and there are many, has a mystical side. You’re sensing change and, recently, have been expecting miraculous events. Those feelings are accurate. Still, go with the flow, even when events seem unwelcome, if not unwise. This is about breakthroughs. Once you’re past these changes, the next few steps will be as clear cut as they are exciting.
It might feel as if everything is going wrong in your life. There has been one problem after another and this makes you reluctant to get involved in anything new. You’re convinced you will bring bad luck to anyone and anything you touch. What has caused you to be so down and miserable? Remind yourself of all your achievements. Think of your strengths. Go back to a hobby or activity you’ve always excelled in. Don’t let negative thoughts control you.
Two key features dominate the coming week: first is Saturn’s station (Saturn rules your opposite sign), on Sunday. This represents a pause or reflection moment for all signs. That’s followed on Wednesday by a Lunar Eclipse (a special Full Moon) on Wednesday; and yes, it is possible that you could go over the top in your reactions between Sunday and Wednesday. Consider though, it’s possible that there is overreaction generally. If Saturn’s station coincides with the lifting of previous constraints or, alternatively places new ones, adjustment time will be necessary. The lunar eclipse is in one of the more delicate areas of your solar chart and could bring an increased workload your way. It’s likely imperative between Wednesday and the Solar Eclipse on June 10, that you find a routine that supports your well-being (which should include at least 15 minutes outdoors every day). You perhaps also need to steer clear of Gemini, Libra or Aquarius and/or those with a tendency to speak without thought as it’s these individuals who have the potential to drive you crazy presently.
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Personal theme: I will!!
Fire & fixed sign: July 23 — August 22
Your horoscope for this week:
Recently you’ve been oddly uncertain about your priorities, so waver when decisions loom. Actually, with so much in transition, the more flexible your thinking and arrangements, the better; but, also, you’re in a period of serious and often unsettling review. What you’re learning now will shape the dynamic cycle of change and growth that begins when, on 11 July, the powerhouse planet Mars moves into Leo.
A problem concerning money could cause tension in the family when an unexpected domestic expense will knock your budget for six. Don’t be surprised if it is up to you to find the extra cash needed to pay this bill. Working with young people and children will bring contentment. You will especially enjoy the company of those who are fun loving and creative. Your imagination is working overtime and as long as you don’t ignore routine responsibilities, there is no harm in putting your creative talents to good use.
Saturn stations in your opposite sign on Sunday. That in itself suggests a key moment with regard to relationships. This is followed by Wednesday’s Lunar Eclipse in another of the Fire signs. This eclipse accents the affairs of the heart sector of your solar chart. This area should also be regarded as your ‘research and development” department. It’s perhaps time to either call a halt to a project that is clearly not going to deliver, or take it down new track altogether. Bear in mind that this Lunar Eclipse precedes a Solar on June 10. The next two weeks should be considered thinking time. First, as is the case for most signs, it’s imperative to assess assets: time, money and energy levels. It may be that these need a boost. Don’t underestimate the power of playtime. Whilst relaxing – most likely mid-week and preferably with colleagues working in similar areas to your own, – you could yet download from the cosmos a fabulous idea that you incubate and launch after the Solar Eclipse.
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Personal theme: I analyse!!
Earth sign: August 23 — September 22
Your horoscope for this week:
You’re an instinctive planner, so when things go wrong, you assume something’s changed. Actually, you and the rest of the world have begun a cycle of exciting, but disruptive, growth. First, eclipses, this Wednesday and on 10 June, will be shaking things up. What’s more, your ruler Mercury is retrograde, from the 29th, and triggering confusion. Ironically, all this chaos gets everybody talking. The result? Amazing ideas.
You may feel obliged to help someone out when they are clearly struggling. This is yet another responsibility you could do without. You don’t have time for people who want to gossip or who take forever to make up their minds. Authority comes with responsibility. Use this to cut through any dramas and get straight to the point. You’re finding it easier to calm the mental chatter in your head so as not to let your own thoughts run away with you.
Wednesday’s Lunar Eclipse accents the backbone of your solar chart. Eclipses mark both beginnings and endings. In this instance, with the Lunar coming ahead of the Solar, it’s likely you’ll be closing the door on one chapter and preparing to open the next. This then should be an exciting time. Just ahead of this cosmic spectacle, Saturn arrives at its station and you may be reminded of tasks that have been left undone, or, alternatively uncover facts that you needed access to weeks ago. Next weekend Mercury turns retrograde – which should not be viewed as a negative. In fact, whilst it seems you do need to go back over old ground, the process could yet reveal treasures that lead to startling and fabulous development after the Solar Eclipse next month. For now, you may need to call others to account and face some uncomfortable truths.
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Personal theme: I balance!!
Air & cardinal sign: September 23 — October 22
Your horoscope for this week:
While the unsettling planetary mood is making most anxious, you’re focusing on vital elements of your life, so should sail smoothly through it all. The challenge? Backing off, and allowing others to deal with their own dramas. If they feel like chatting, listen. Otherwise, explore ideas and offers as unexpected as they are exciting. These aren’t just worthwhile; they’ll be central to your coming months’ activities.
Problems you keep coming up against are aggravating. It is helpful to talk to others who are going through similar experiences. Cutting a few corners to get a job done will undermine your professional reputation. Part of the problem is long shifts or too many responsibilities. Whether you need financial, practical or emotional support, now is the time to reach out and ask for help. Putting your own needs first is not something you should feel guilty about.
Saturn appears to stand still in another of the Air signs on Sunday. Think of this as a wind that has been blowing in one direction and then stops; and yes, this could be calm before a storm. Mid-week there is a Lunar Eclipse. It may be that you are on the edge of a squall or tempest affecting particularly those born under Gemini or Sagittarius. The temptation to talk things through will surely be great. Yet it may be important to listen to silence: a cosmic download may take place. New ideas are set to emerge after the Solar Eclipse on June 10. For now, accept that there is danger of playing with fire and yes, once again tipping your finely tuned scales. It is a curious thing about Libra that whenever things are going well, there is the tendency to do something that alters the balance and then requires action. Do you really need to put yourself through this?
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Personal theme: I desire!!
Water & fixed signs: October 23 — November 21
Your horoscope for this week:
Between the mid-May’s powerful Scorpio Full Moon and recent breakthroughs, you’re exploring promising ideas or offers. While they’re amazing, unsettling events are shaking up everybody’s life, so disrupting your plans. However, challenging these are for others, they’re leading to breakthroughs as exciting as they are unexpected, at least for you. Do what’s possible, but resist distracting rescue missions. Others must tend to their own dramas.
There’s a chance to join a study or training course but because of the dedication you’d have to put into this, there may be a need to do some internal work on yourself first. Friends on a social networking site make you feel inadequate when everything they do, they do it perfectly. What they aren’t admitting to, are all the things in their lives that are going wrong. Open your eyes and see the world how it is and not the way other people want you to see it.
You are likely be far from the only sign to feel the world has shifted on its axis. It all begins with Saturn’s station on Sunday – and in another of the Fixed signs, – and yes, at the very base of your solar chart. This is a key moment. The last time you experienced this was three decades ago. It’s a time for reassessment. With the Moon passing through your sign between Sunday and Wednesday, determining what is and what is not important ought not to be difficult. Indeed, by Wednesday’s Lunar Eclipse in neighbouring Sagittarius, you may be ready to clear the decks and throw away that which no longer gives pleasure. On the working scene you may find others doing similar things and preparing to move on. Choices have to be made and decisions taken. It may be that the next stage comes after the solar eclipse on June 10. This week it is important for drawing ‘lines in the sand’ and making clear where your priorities lie.
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Personal theme: I see!!
Fire sign: November 22 — December 21
Your horoscope for this week:
Wednesday’s eclipsed Sagittarius Full Moon, and the heightened feelings and sudden shakeups it triggers influence everybody. However, it’s in your sign, so marks a turning point. While you may already be aware of and, in fact, welcome some changes, others will be as much of a surprise as they are unsettling. Tempting as it is to commit to whatever seems promising, focus on exploration. You’ve lots yet to discover.
If you’re restless or if life feels constraining, think about joining in some sporting or exercise activity. Taking part in a group event would also take your mind off your troubles. The energy you use up in outside activities will leave you feeling strangely calm and more relaxed. It may not be convenient to give a friend or neighbour the support they are asking for but you will find a way to do this. After all, you may need some similar help in the near future.
Wednesday’s Lunar Eclipse is in your sign – similar to one that took place in 2002. This likely heralds the closing of a chapter. Doors are set to open after the Solar Eclipse on June 10 and involve a partnership or their realisation that a colleague is moving in new direction requiring you to alter course too. Saturn’s station on Sunday marks potential ‘calm before storm’ and assessment of altering conditions made necessary. True, this station affects all signs, – but in different ways. Your needs though might require greatest consideration – and not necessarily in a ‘bad’ way. In fact, this then, could be a revealing and magical time. Recall that Jupiter planet has arrived at the base of your solar chart: a time when your innate talents will surely be recognised.
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Personal theme: I use!!
Earth & cardinal sign: December 22 — January 19
Your horoscope for this week:
You plan carefully, so generally achieve your objectives; but others aren’t as thorough, with predictable results. However, everybody is influenced by the tricky cycle triggered by the eclipse, on the 26th, and continues in a range of obstacles and unexpected events over the coming month. Deal with each day as best you can, especially helping others where possible, even if there’s no obligation to do so.
Keep a positive attitude. Instead of telling yourself you can’t do something, imagine yourself succeeding. Appearances can be deceptive. Not everything you see is exactly the way you see it. Sometimes your mind can play tricks on you and sometimes your perception can be wrong. Keep an open mind. If life seems to be at a standstill and you are feeling stagnant, spending time out in nature will help get your creative juices flowing. Take up a new hobby. Use your skills in a way that feels good to you.
Saturn, your ruling planet arrives at its retrograde station on Sunday. The implications are that you will consider
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