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
Believe in yourself,
in your vision for your future,
and in your ability to take a small step
each day toward achieving your vision.
– Jonathan Lockwood Huie
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.
Goddess Month of Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Celtic Tree Calendar: Sept 2 – Sept 29 – Bramble/Vine
THE CURRENT MOON PHASE: New Moon
Goddess Aspect: Maiden
Associated Goddesses: Artemis, Branwen, Eriu, Nymph, Epona
Magickal Attributes: Invoking. Workings On This Day Are For Starting New Ventures, New Beginnings, Love, Romance, Health Or Job Hunting.
High Priestess Training with GrannyMoon
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 members complete each level.
Level I – Initiate of the Sisters of the Burning Branch – White cord
Level II – Adept of 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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Coventry Creations 2021
BHC Newsletter Reta
September 6, 2021 – September 12, 2021
The bulk of the energy occurs at the beginning of the week with a New Moon in Virgo and three planetary aspects – Mars trine Pluto, Venus trine Jupiter, and the Sun trine Uranus. All of these aspects are positive, which is a great relief after the intense energies of July and August. Anything you put effort into will be successful as long as you do not get out of control or unfocused. Take some time to explore new opportunities and be original.
Towards the middle of the week, the Moon moves through relationship-oriented Libra. It’s a great week to collaborate on projects and work towards improving your connection with others. Also, if you want to start a new relationship, now is the time to explore your options.
Recommended: New Moon (Astro Magic), Lucky 7 (Motor City Hoodoo), Success (Chakra Magic), Love’s Enchantment (Blessed Herbal).
Here’s what you missed on CoventryCreations.com this week…
It’s never too early to grab that Limited Edition Halloween
Last month we focused on finding our destiny. This month it’s all about putting that plan into action. This moment of building is not only about building your future or professional desires but building selfcare into your life. We make time for the things that are important, now it’s time to make yourself important! After a year and a half of panic, refocus your attention on yourself, your inner peace, and building new habits to sustain that peace.
New Moon in Virgo on September 6, 2021
The New Moon this month occurs in the sign of Virgo on September 6th. This New Moon is about putting your life in order. It’s an excellent month to develop systems, focus on health and personal well-being, hire staff, and even find a new job.
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Llewellyn’s Spell A Day
AUGUST 31, 2021 BY EMYME
What are your artistic, creative gifts? Are you skilled at cooking, painting, or fabric art? Whatever your gift, your crafting space is sure to hold at least one, if not several, items that have been recycled or upcycled. This could include inherited pots and pans, paintbrushes rescued from a yard sale, or vintage lengths of fabric bought at a thrift store. A couple of local artists I know collect costume jewelry and use it to fashion amazing picture frames. Another local crafter utilizes broken and discarded tile and glass in furniture and garden stones.
The presence and power of the previous owner lives on in the item. This can be a very good thing, or it may not be so welcome. Cleanse each item in an appropriate way, then request that the positive energy remain and the negative energy be banished. Rest assured that your appeal will be granted.
Calming Monday Vibes
AUGUST 30, 2021 BY BLAKE OCTAVIAN BLAIR
For those who start their workweek on Monday, the day can bring a little apprehension and anxiety. Sometimes we need some reassurance to smooth out the emotional turbulence that can come with stress. Moonstone resonates with Monday’s lunar energies and is the perfect stone for nerve-soothing magic at the top of the week!
Find a small moonstone that you can carry with you. Take a few minutes to sit calmly, holding it between your hands. Simply feel and mesh with its soothing energies. Let the stone speak to you through its energies. Let it communicate with you and share its energies through thoughts, feelings, and impressions. The stone people may speak softly, but it is in these ways that they communicate with us. Recite this simple enchantment:
Soothing moonstone, share with me
Your calming energies of stability.
Through the week, be with me,
Lending calm and cool, so mote it be.
Laughter for Our Spirit
SEPTEMBER 01, 2021 BY BLAKE OCTAVIAN BLAIR
Today is the birthday of actress and comedian Lily Tomlin, who is known for her portrayal of numerous quirky characters. It is well known that laughter is good for our health and improves our mood. Laughter feeds our spirit!
Today, spend some time watching a favorite comedian who always makes you laugh. Then learn a new joke that you can tell to friends to spread the joy and benefits of laughter. You can create your own joke or consult a book or website with jokes. Be sure to find one appropriate for your audience. Challenge the recipients of your comedic stylings to do the same: learn a joke and pass it on. You can turn your midweek blahs into a cascading pay-it forward of mirth and laughter!
Basket Blessing Wash
SEPTEMBER 02, 2021 BY ESTHA MCNEVIN
It’s that time again to gather all of our baskets and begin filling them with fruits and veggies from the harvest! Sometimes our baskets don’t look so great after a summer of heavy use in the garden. This wash cleans, disinfects, and seals the fibers of the baskets to help them last longer and withstand a bit more robust use. Rinsing them in a full tub of warm water is best, but some baskets like to be soaked overnight and will tolerate their weave being adjusted or mended after a dip in a solution made of the following ingredients:
* 3 tablespoons coconut-based soap, free & clear
* 12 drops essential tea tree oil
* 4 tablespoons pure almond oil
* 2 tablespoons sesame oil
* 4 cups distilled white vinegar
* 4 cups Everclear alcohol
May baskets and the art of weaving remind us of traditional pagan times, filling our homes with health, wealth, and a plentiful harvest. Envision these qualities when soaking your baskets in this helpful solution.
Hurry Up and Get Slow
SEPTEMBER 03, 2021 BY STORM FAERYWOLF
Timing is everything. Sometimes we just need to slow things down in order to catch our breath.
For this spell you will need a pen or pencil, a thick, plain white paper plate, and a jar of molasses (or honey).
Think of something that you wish to slow down. Maybe it’s a check that threatens to clear your account before payday, or how about a relationship that is going great but maybe just a bit too fast for your comfort.
On the paper plate, write down the thing that you wish to slow, or create a sigil to represent it. Slowly pour the molasses over it while repeatedly chanting in a low, slow almost-whisper:
Fast as a season for lovers apart,
Slow as molasses, slow as molasses.
Put the plate in your freezer until you no longer need to maintain influence over the issue, at which time you can bury the plate in a suitable place.
SEPTEMBER 04, 2021 BY DEBORAH BLAKE
This is the time of year when kids go back to school and some folks are heading off to college. Whether or not you are attending any kind of formal classes, it is always good to keep learning. Learning new things helps your brain function, but it also makes you a more wellrounded person. And as Witches, we always want to be learning and growing as we practice our Craft.
Set a goal of learning one new thing every day, or every week, or every full moon. If you aren’t someone to whom learning comes easily, feel free to ask for help. Sit with a book or your laptop (however you plan to find information), and focus on your desire to learn. Then say:
Athena, goddess of wisdom,
Help me to learn and grow.
Show me what I need to know.
Acorn Home Protection Spell
SEPTEMBER 05, 2021 BY THORN MOONEY
Oak trees are common throughout much of the US and Europe and have long been associated with wisdom, abundance, strength, longevity, and the changing season. Oak energy is deep and protective, and acorns are a great way to easily call upon that energy in your daily life.
For this spell, collect ten acorns. If you don’t have access to acorns, you may choose other strong-feeling trees that are dropping nuts or fruits at this time of year and ask for their aid. Once you have collected ten, hold them in your hands and imagine a ring of protective trees growing strong around your home. Say:
My home is a fortress shielded in
strength. Wisdom and love are
abundant in this sacred grove, and all
are protected from harm. So mote it be.
Bury the acorns in a ring around your property or apartment building (or even your whole town, if you want to go big!). You may also simply place them in the corners of your home or room, if your space is small.
Heartwings Love Notes 998 Setting Priorities by Tasha Halpert
Heartwings says, “Priorities need to be set for certain goals to be met.”
Lately, I have been thinking about priorities and how to set them for myself. As a result of a physical condition I developed, I need to prioritize physical movement and fit exercises into my daily routine. Additionally, I must recognize that I simply cannot accomplish as much as I used to in the same amount of time.
It takes me longer to dress than it did a year ago. Simply getting from one place in the house to another takes more time, even though it’s the same steps. My steps have become shorter and slower. It can be, to say the least, frustrating. I tell myself there are many far worse off than I, however, that doesn’t solve the real issue of my priorities. It seems I need to assess and reassess what these need to be.
Like everyone, I’ve had to change mine as I have grown. Young children have few consistent priorities except for their actual needs beyond love and being cared for food, cleanliness, and sleep. As they learn and grow, they resolve ways to answer these for themselves. New priorities emerge, based on what they have learned from the adults around them. Older children and then adults evolve their priorities as life gives them opportunities.
These may include being efficient–one of mine, dressing well or not, being polite, and so on. As they enter adulthood and the world of work and society, the priorities of life have more to do with what to do when and how soon or late to do it. Deadlines of one sort or another– whether the date a bill is due or that of an article, help us to do things in a timely manner. Personally speaking, I find them very helpful and when there isn’t a deadline, I find it far more difficult to get what needs doing done.
Of course, I make lists and try to follow them carefully, even sometimes numbering items. What often happens, alas, is that something else appears that needs to be done, and best-laid plans are out the window again. Of course, there is also the issue, as I mentioned earlier, of not being able to accomplish as much, or of overestimating what I’ll be able to get done in the given time.
This issue is a work in progress for me. I am still learning about it and working with it to see how to manage it. Did I say I liked challenges? Perhaps I invoked this one. If so, it has caught me by surprise. Perhaps I need to assess my true priorities: good health, happiness for myself and those I love, and my work as a creative artist. Balance among these needs to take precedence over tasks, or spending too much time on acts and activities that do not really signify much. As usual, it’s practice, practice, practice all over again, and so it goes.
Do you have issues with priorities? Can you set them easily and carry them out? Tell me how you do it so I can learn. Your emails are precious. Write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and visit www.heartwingsandfrieends.com for more Love Notes and other things to look at and read.
Gilberto Rides Again Chapter 17 by Stephen Halpert
Suddenly the sounds of clinking silverware and various conversations faded, and a hush fell over the dining room of the Jeb Stuart Tavern. The wait staff guided two elderly bejeweled dowagers to a reserved table by the podium. They glanced toward the Atlas table and turned away, their countenances haughty.
Buzz leaned toward the others at their table. “Those are the original owners.”
Colonel Dimwittie bowed over their gloved hands. Each clutched one of his and engaged in a brief conversation. He sat between them, smiling broadly.
Gilberto watched. He turned to Buzz. “I don’t think they like us.'”
Buzz shrugged. “They haven’t liked any Northerners ever since Appomattox.”
“They made the shoelaces for the Confederate Army,” Sara said.
Maria frowned. “Those two women look like skeletons dressed up for Halloween. Hate to say it but it looks like they’re giving us the evil eye.” Out of sight under the table, she made a gesture with her fingers.
Gilberto’s eyebrows flew up. “What did you just do?” he said.
“A protective gesture I learned from my grandmother…in case, you know.”
‘”Were Rosa here, she’d do the same,” Ramon said. “I’ve seen it before.”
Buzz was speaking in a happy voice. “After tonight they’ll all be a distant memory,” he said. “Except for you, Sara. You’ll be here, Executive Director until the ink dries.”
She nodded and sighed. “I understand.”
Colonel Dimwittie rejoined the Atlas contingent. Acting like Rhett Butler in Gone with The Wind he took Sara’s hand, gazed at her and said with adolescent fervor, “Once these transactions are complete, I’m whisking you off to Paris that our romance may flourish.”
Sara fluttered her eyelashes and smiled fetchingly. In a pretend Southern drawl that sounded like Scarlet O’Hara she said. “Oh, my dear sweet man. Why I do declare, your generosity is overwhelming!”
His cheeks reddened. He cleared his throat. “For you my dear I lay the glory of our Confederacy at your feet.” He bowed, turned, and returned to the head table.
Gilberto noticed the Colonel was quite flushed. Sara had totally capitated him. He glanced over at the old ladies. They were glaring at Dimwittie as he returned, their lips pursed, their heads shaking. Then their frowning faces turned toward the Atlas table.
Gilberto looked at Maria and leaned toward her. “What’s up with them?”
She grimaced and lowered her voice. “They sure put out one horrible vibe. If I didn’t think it sounded ridiculous, I’d say they were giving us the evil eye.”
Gilberto frowned. “Please Maria, just make sense. I get very confused when you talk that way.”
She smiled. ” I know,” she said. “But relax, Gilberto,” she went on, “The evil eye is an old belief from long-forgotten days.” She touched his hand. “Besides it’s all a belief.”
“I’ve been with you long enough to know there’s truth to all that.”
“And don’t worry,” she went on with a grin, “I doubt they’d dare try to change Buzz into a frog.”
His face reddened. “That’s not funny.”
Dinner was served: Southern fried chicken, candied yams, and green beans. Dessert was bread pudding smothered in warm bourbon sauce.
After the plates were cleared, Colonel Dimwittie rose and tapped his glass with a spoon. Room
noise diminished. He looked out over the assembled Clay Calhoun employees and other residents of Greenbush.
He smiled and in his deep baritone began. “Friends and members of the Clay Calhoun family, we are assembled here on a great historic day to mark a new beginning for our illustrious firm. Not since our beloved General Robert E. Lee accepted the surrender of General Grant at the Appomattox Court House has our blessed Confederacy met with such prosperity.” Great cheers and hoots from the assembled guests.
Ramon peered at Gilberto, frowning. “Did I get my history wrong? I thought it was the other way around.”
“Like Maria says,” Gilberto whispered. ” It’s all a belief and his belief differs from history.”
“Yes, friends,” Dimwittie went on.” Today our Clay Colhoun imprimatur absorbs the multinational giant, Atlas, that our shoestrings will now expand and rule the world.” Lots of applause.
Gilberto shook his head. Buzz was grimacing. He probably thought Dimwittie was talking through his hat. Gilberto looked again, wait, was that expression one of pain?
Dimwittie droned on in his pompous manner. “I am so proud of Clay Calhoun and the great efforts we have given that this day may be realized.”
Gilberto looked hard at his boss and tried to see if anything could be wrong.
“And now it is my pleasure to introduce to you all the Atlas CEO Randolph Alexander Buzz that these proceedings may continue.”
As waiters poured sparkling bubbly into tall fluted glasses Buzz rose, beamed at the two dowagers, and went to the podium. “Ours is a special union this day. The merger between Clay Calhoun shoestrings of Civil War fame, and Atlas, worldwide shipping.” Polite applause.
Gilberto noticed the two dowagers did not seem pleased. Maybe the word union was inappropriate. One of them looked askance at Buzz while the other frowned at the Atlas contingent.
Buzz nodded to Sara Midgley who rose and beamed her best beauty queen smile. “Sara Midgley will be overseeing the completion of this great effort. If you have any questions or issues go see Sara. She’s a kind and brilliant friend to all us working stiffs.”
A waiter handed him a tall fluted glass. “And now a toast to our mutual betterment. It is our hope that shoestrings will not only rule the universe but outer space as well.” He raised his glass, took a sip, and gazed blankly at the assembled crowd. He tried clearing his throat and bent over, coughing. Then his body swayed and he dropped the fluted glass as he reached out and clutched the podium. Finally, he tumbled to the floor, taking the podium with him as he fell.
Gilberto and Ramon rushed to him and untangled him from it.
“Very faint pulse,” Ramon said. “Can hardly find it.”
“Get a doctor,” Gilberto shouted. “Someone who can perform CPR.”
Chaos prevailed. People rose from their seats and milled around. Sara Midgley rushed to Buzz. Tears filled her eyes. She picked up one of the gold fountain pens intended to be used to officiate the merger. More pens, together with the papers intended for signing lay scattered on the floor. She scooped them up and stuffed them into her embroidered bag.
Ramon looked at Gilberto. “Without his signature, the merger will be null and void…”
Two first responders rushed to the podium.
Ramon shook his head. “He’s only just holding on,” he said sadly
Maria hurried to Gilberto’s side. “Oh, the poor man,”” she said.
Buzz’s face was drawn, his eyes bulged. His skin was stark white.
After a brief attempt at CPR, medical personnel lifted Buzz into the waiting ambulance.
To be continued.
7 Reasons To Consider A Meditation Practice
Meditation is simply directed concentration and involves learning to focus your awareness and direct it toward something specific: your breath, a phrase or word repeated silently, a memorized inspirational passage, or an image in the mind’s eye. The benefits of meditation are numerous, and include:
Helping lower blood pressure
Decreasing heart and respiratory rates
Increasing blood flow
Enhancing immune function
Reducing perception of pain and relieving chronic pain due to arthritis and other disorders
Maintaining level mood
Bringing awareness and mindfulness to everyday aspects of life
A simple form of meditation that can be practiced by anyone is to walk or sit quietly in a natural setting and allow your thoughts and sensations to occur; observing them without judgment. There are now a number of guided meditation apps that can be used on your smartphone or tablet. They may have specific focuses for your practice like happiness or creativity. Give them a trial and see if they make starting meditation more enjoyable and more regular for you.
Being Your Own Village
Sometimes we need to be our own village by utilizing all of our skills and learning more.
Simple survival requires us to be in possession of many skills. The pursuit of dreams requires many more. Most individuals rely on the support of a village, whether peopled by relatives or community members, to effectively address the numerous ways we need assistance. This can mean anything from asking favors of acquaintances and leaning on loved ones for support to paying a skilled artisan to handle specialized tasks. However, each human being is born with the capacity to be their own village. We embody many roles throughout our lifetimes, all of which are representative of our capacity for self-sufficiency and self-determination. In different moments in our lives, we are our own counselor, janitor, caregiver, cook, healer, teacher, and student. Our willingness to joyfully take on these roles grants us the power to maintain control over the direction our life’s journey takes.
In times past, human beings learned all of the skills needed for survival. Today, the majority of people specialize in a single discipline, which they hone throughout their lives. Thus, many of us feel uncomfortable standing at the helm of our own existence. We question our ability to make decisions concerning our own health, happiness, and welfare, and are left feeling dependent and powerless. But the authority to take ultimate responsibility for our lives is simply a matter of believing that we have the necessary faith and intelligence to cope with any circumstance the universe chooses to place in our path. Proving that we can each be our own villages through action enables us to accept that we are strong enough to exist autonomously. Cooking, cultivating a garden of fruits and vegetables, undertaking minor home repairs, or adopting a healthier lifestyle can help you reassert your will.
Being your own village does not mean embracing isolation, for a balanced life is built upon the dual foundations of the inner and the outer villages. Rather, being your own village is a celebration of your wondrous inner strength and resourcefulness, as well as an acknowledgment of your innate ability to capably steer the course of your life.
THE “EVIL EYE” THEN AND NOW
TWH – A single glance is all it takes. It could come from a friend, a family member, or a complete stranger. It could happen on a busy city street or along a quiet country road. The evil eye – a curse that stems from someone’s envy or ill will – is ubiquitous and, according to countless magical practitioners, incredibly powerful.
Few superstitions elicit as much fear, and understandably so. The “eye” doesn’t require one to light a candle or recite an incantation. A well-placed stare, the simplest of human actions, can deliver bad luck or the onset of a physical ailment.
Nearly every culture has its own version of the storied malediction. In Italian, it’s called malocchio. In Greece, it’s mati. Some believe it is intentional, while others favor the theory that “the eye” can be unleashed unconsciously if one person feels even a twinge of jealousy towards another.
So what, exactly, is the evil eye?
“The origins of the evil eye belief complex are shrouded in history. However, we know that it goes back at least as far as ancient Egyptian civilization, approximately 5,000 years BCE. We know that the ancient Egyptians had a symbol called the udjat, consisting of an eye, which they painted on boats, coffins, tombs, and objects to protect them against the evil eye,” said Dr. Sabina Magliocco, a professor of anthropology at the University of British Columbia and the author of Witching Culture: Folklore and Neo-Paganism in America.
“As in modern anti-evil charms, the eye acted as an apotropaic device, bouncing away any evil intentions. We know from literature and archaeological remains that the ancient Greeks and Romans also believed in this system in which the gaze of an envious person was thought to cause harm. The evil eye belief complex has continued to exist throughout the Mediterranean and in places colonized by Mediterranean peoples, such as Latin America, for 7,000 years,” she related.
Christopher Penczak, co-founder of the Temple of Witchcraft tradition and the author of numerous landmark books, learned about the evil eye in childhood from his mother’s family.
“My mother’s godmother was a ‘curse breaker’ in the Italian section of the city of Lawrence, Massachusetts who would break the malocchio with a spaghetti pot of boiling water on the stove, extra virgin olive oil, and a needle, while saying prayers to Jesus and Mary,” he said. “The first time I was in the living room of her home when she was doing it, and they wouldn’t let me watch, but my mother did describe it to me. I was fascinated.”
Despite these early encounters, he came to understand “the eye” more fully as an adult. “Later, as an occultist, I understood the evil eye to be often unintentional, but very real harm caused by someone’s strong and harmful feelings towards you or your family, disrupting your sense of connection to being on your path, which causes misfortune or illness,” he said.
A common thread linking the evil eye to those practicing the magic that cures it is family lineage. Rituals are often passed down from one generation to the next, and many modern-day practitioners can trace their working knowledge of the eye to their parents or grandparents.
Leanne Marrama, co-author of the forthcoming Lighting the Wick: An Intuitive Guide to the Ancient Art and Magic of Candles and co-owner of Pentagram, a Witchcraft shop in Salem, Massachusetts, explained that many people are misinformed about what the evil eye truly is.
“The evil eye is often portrayed as a curse cast by a vindictive jealous practitioner of malevolent magic,” she said. “But the eye is more commonly caused by feelings of jealousy and envy by people we associate with daily. My own grandmother believed that insincere compliments to her children and grandchildren were forms of the evil eye. None of us were safe from her randomly spitting on the ground or us, for that matter, with the hopes of protecting us from the dreaded evil eye.”
Over the years Marrama has diagnosed the evil eye for various family members and friends. One test for detecting its presence utilizes olive oil and a bowl of water.
“If the oil forms one large drop in the middle of the plate,” Marrama said, “then it is a sure sign of the evil eye.”
Like countless other Witches and practitioners of folk magic, Marrama acknowledged that there are many ways to both detect and remove the evil eye; in fact, rituals vary from culture to culture, if not family to family.
“My mother’s side of the family and my father’s side of the family had two different ways of identifying and busting the evil eye,” she explained. “My mother used scissors and my aunt used a silver steak knife. Other families use pins or razors stabbed directly into the oily eye, followed by three pinches of salt.”
Marrama further illustrated the ritual through the lens of her own Italian heritage. She explained that the strega – an Italian Witch – will “say secret words or simply the Hail Mary three times” to break or banish the negativity. “Often an egg is dropped into the bowl filled with water and oil,” she added. “The egg absorbs the evil and is then tossed into the toilet.”
In recent years, books and online tutorials have explored the evil eye from the perspective of the modern practitioner, but history remains the best teacher. Among the world’s major monotheistic religions, Judaism and Jewish culture are also replete with references to the evil eye.
Whether using the Yiddish phrase kinnahora or the Hebrew phrase bli ayn hara, many Jewish people seek to ward off the evil eye, the ayn hara, from impacting good news or good fortune.
“The evil eye is not mentioned in the Hebrew Bible, nor is it mentioned in Jewish literature of the Second Temple period,” said Dr. Gideon Bohak, a professor in the department of Jewish Philosophy at Tel Aviv University and author of Ancient Jewish Magic: A History. “But it does appear in Rabbinic literature of the first few centuries AD, and is attested in Jewish texts and practices to this very day.”
Among the practices that Jewish people have developed over the centuries are spitting three times after mentioning plans or positive developments, as seen in films like Fiddler on the Roof, or wearing a variety of different kinds of amulets for protection.
These can include a hamsa, a hand-shaped shield that is sometimes cast with a jeweled eye in its center. It is called the hand of Fatima or Miriam, depending on the wearer, and is said to originate from the Muslim world and was also adopted by Jews who hail from that part of the world.
There is also the ben porat yosef prayer, cast on a variety of metals, which offers protections to the descendants of the Biblical character Joseph, who are said to be immune from the powers of “the eye.”
The Talmud, the compendium of Jewish law and legends, even offers a ritual to confront its powers: “One who enters a city and fears the evil eye should hold the thumb of his right hand in his left hand and the thumb of his left hand in his right hand and recite the following: I, so-and-so son of so-and-so, come from the descendants of Joseph, over whom the evil eye has no dominion. (Berakhot 55b)”
Both Bohak and Magliocco address the compelling fact that belief in the evil eye has an enduring quality. Neither the passage of time nor the impact of an increasingly secular society have weakened its efficacy.
Among today’s most popular forms of protection is the wearing of a nazar, a blue amulet that resembles an eye, which can be found across the Arab world, Turkey, and Greece. Terms like bad juju and negative energy are used colloquially, and each is rooted in what the evil eye ultimately represents. What is its staying power?
“The belief system survives because it serves a psychological and social function,” said Magliocco. “Evil eye belief is usually about social relations, not supernatural ones. It reflects the fear of envy that characterizes small-scale societies the world over. In tightly-knit, egalitarian communities with a shared concept of limited good – that is, a belief that the amount of available good things is limited – one person’s good fortune necessarily comes at the expense of someone else. That applies not only to material wealth, but to fertility, happiness, success, and other intangibles. Therefore, people believe that if they have something good, others will envy them.”
Bohak concurs. “I think this is a combination of several things,” he said. “On the one hand, the evil eye is a form of jealousy, which makes people afraid that the jealousy of others in their own success might somehow hurt them. On the other, the very gaze of people (and animals, especially dangerous animals) is psychologically very disturbing. I think this is why the eye became such a focal point of human fears of how other humans might harm them – on purpose or even inadvertently.”
Beyond envy, the evil eye can also be attributed to other factors such as interpersonal struggles.
“We all have people with whom we might be in conflict – neighbors, ex-spouses, coworkers,” Magliocco said. “Evil eye belief allows us to project bad feelings onto the person we are in conflict with, as well as explaining misfortune: it’s their fault we have a headache or upset stomach, because they wished us ill through the evil eye! They caused us to have a run of bad luck because they’re angry with us; we can hold ourselves blameless.”
There are numerous rituals to remove the evil eye, but what is the source of their development over time? Oil, water, salt, scissors, furtive incantations – are these remnants of Pagan rites that were syncretized with other religious and ethnic beliefs?
“It is very difficult to find evidence of the roots of practices to cure or remove the evil eye, because these practices were passed down through oral tradition and imitation for centuries by ordinary people who were usually non-literate,” Magliocco explained. “It is very likely, though, that practices such as using water and oil to diagnose and cure the evil eye predate Christianity, and that the prayers to saints for a cure were added when Christianity became the dominant religion. Certainly, the use of eye-shaped amulets to prevent the evil eye dates back to ancient Egyptian civilization, and therefore has Pagan roots. It’s worth noting, however, that often, practices with Pagan roots combine with practices from monotheistic religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) in the prevention and cure of the evil eye.”
Magic differs greatly among practitioners, but most will agree that one ingredient is a mainstay when it comes to combating the evil eye: water. Magliocco sheds light on a curious – and often overlooked – piece of the puzzle.
“Some scholars have noted that many evil eye diagnoses and cures involve the use of water,” Magliocco said. “They have linked this to the generally dry Mediterranean climate where the belief system originated, and the idea that wetness signified life and health, while dryness was associated with shriveling up, disease, and death. Given the importance of water access throughout the Mediterranean and Middle East, this would indicate the very ancient roots of this belief system.”
The scope of magical practice has grown over the past several decades, and so too have the Witches, Pagans, and folk practitioners who are continually fostering its prominence on the spiritual landscape.
The “old ways” – the rituals and prayers of the ancestors – have never been more significant; some are reclaiming those ways and others are reshaping them to better serve the changing needs of their own communities.
And so it is with the evil eye. Witches like Penczak and Marrama were taught the traditional methods for removing the negativity that accompanies an envious stare, but both understand the need to transmute those practices for wider audiences of seekers who find compelling use in the practice of warding off “the eye.”
“The Temple of Witchcraft has a variety of cleansing and clearing rituals we teach in our school, but I mostly come up with this in my one-on-one work with clients,” Penczak said. “Usually a ritual of cleansing smoke, such as frankincense and myrrh, or a salt bath, is enough to restore balance and wish things off.”
While the daily have changed since the start of the pandemic – Zoom calls replacing in-person meetings – the need to feel a sense of safety and protection has intensified. Are there simple steps one can take to prevent the evil eye?
“Wash with rue in your bath on a Sunday. Scissors wrapped in red ribbon, hung in doorways and placed under the mattress with the points facing the foot of the bed are weapons for protection,” instructed Maramma.
“The first lesson,” she continued, “is the hardest: choose your confidants carefully. Keep your good news and plans to yourself. Even the most loving friends are capable of jealousy. Once your good fortune has transpired, then it is time to share the happiness with others. Creating a healthy circle of confident, supportive friends and family is the best way to avoid malocchio.”
ABOUT ANTONIO PAGLIARULO
Antonio Pagliarulo has been a member of the Pagan community since his teens. The son of Italian immigrants, he was schooled in the ways of Italian folk magic and Stregheria and is a dedicated priest of the Old Religion. While a college student, he authored Rocking the Goddess: Campus Wicca for the Student Practitioner and American Witch: Magick for the Modern Seeker (Kensington Books) under the penname Anthony Paige. He is also the author of five young adult novels published by Delacorte Press/Random House. His reporting on spirituality and the occult has appeared in the Washington Post and Religion News Service. A full time writer and volunteer EMT, Antonio lives in Manhattan with his husband and is currently working on his first novel for adults, as well as a new volume of witchy nonfiction.
Reptiles As Pets: Dispelling The Myths
Posted by EarthSky Voices
September 1, 2021
Reptiles are all the rage. Mochi the bearded dragon is a viral sensation, with over 1.8 million views on YouTube. Meanwhile, Chris Pratt is singing to his bearded dragon while walking it on a leash, and he is just one of many other celebrities with pet reptiles. It is obvious that having reptiles as pets has gained popularity in recent years.
But there is a growing number of people opposed to owning these animals as pets. Their concerns range from reptiles posing a serious danger to public health to beliefs about reptiles being too cold to love. Why do reptiles get a bad rap?
Critics of reptile pet ownership often state that reptiles are riddled with diseases, and while it is true that reptiles do harbor disease, the risk is often far lower than people realize. This fear may be due to outbreaks of salmonella in people that occurred nearly half a century ago: In the 1970s, turtles suddenly became a popular pet, and reptile-borne salmonella incidences increased, representing about 11% of all human cases.
In North America, people are more likely to acquire salmonella from consuming animal products. Education campaigns and legislation in the 1990s led to a significant reduction in reptile-borne salmonella, decreasing it to just 6% of cases.
However, close study of reptile-caused illnesses in humans has only examined trends up to the early 2000s, so public health data may be subject to change as reptiles increase in popularity.
Interestingly, although diseases are highlighted as a reason to avoid pet reptiles, pet mammals like dogs and cats have been repeatedly linked to a variety of health problems, such as rabies and asthma. Yet these dangers are deemed acceptable by society, despite the public health risks (rabies is incurable and fatal).
Another common critique is that reptiles simply do not make good pets. This belief stems from the view that reptiles are lumbering, boring creatures. However, this could not be further from the truth.
There are some incredible examples of reptile nimbleness. For example, basilisks can run on two legs on the surface of water for more than 20 metres, and crocodiles can use their massive jaws to delicately move their babies and eggs without damaging them. Some lizards can solve food puzzles and tortoises and bearded dragons can take cues from others of the same species to speed up problem-solving tasks, both of which are abilities once thought to be present only in birds and mammals.
While affection is harder to prove using current scientific methods, tests have shown that some tortoises (likely dependent on personality) prefer having their shells scratched by familiar humans to food or toys when making a choice.
Beyond the risks for people, owning a reptile does pose some threat to the animals themselves. While there is no evidence that reptiles suffer disproportionately poor welfare compared to other pets, it is easy to access misleading and conflicting information online. Well-intentioned owners can end up keeping reptiles in substandard conditions, eventually causing a variety of preventable health issues.
Due to their ectothermic (cold-blooded) nature, reading body language can be tricky, making it difficult to tell when reptiles are suffering. Making things worse, reptiles can often endure severe health conditions longer than mammals. Ultimately, this means that reptiles can be kept in neglectful conditions for months, or even years.
Thankfully, some reptile welfare groups on social media are doing their best to collect and communicate the most up-to-date standards of reptile care. Herpetologists – who study reptiles and amphibians – are continually refining the best husbandry practices and methods for evaluating reptile welfare.
Outdated beliefs about reptiles, often spurred on by a misguided distrust, can do real harm by allowing reptile mistreatment to persist. For example, perhaps one of the most astonishingly cruel reptile-related practices are the annual rattlesnake rodeos taking place in the southern United States.
Rattlesnakes are taken from the wild and stored for up to eight months, usually without food, water or regular cage maintenance. If the snakes survive this process, they are brought to the rodeo where they are physically beaten, taunted, stomped on or hastily decapitated all while fully conscious.
The manner in which snakes are treated at these events would cause mass outrage if the same practices were performed on any mammal or bird, so why is it acceptable for a reptile?
Perhaps, through the proper ownership of reptiles as pets, and by dispelling the myths surrounding them, we can raise awareness of their cognitive abilities and better appreciate their unique appeal.
Though often overlooked, reptiles can make incredible pets. Many owners find themselves captivated by their stoic beauty, and others find even the simplest behavior endearing. With proper education, owners are able to care for a pet reptile for many years in a way that ensures the health of both the animal and their owner.
Pet ownership may inspire positive change for the welfare of reptiles, putting an end to inhumane practices and promoting conservation goals for one of the most underfunded and under-researched groups of animals.
In light of all this, perhaps it is time we show some warmth to our cold-blooded companions
Melanie Denomme, Ph.D. Student, Biological Sciences, Brock University and Glenn J Tattersall, Professor, Biological Sciences, Brock University
Bottom line: Reptiles get a bad rap, but this is because they’re misunderstood. Promoting healthy reptile pet ownership can contribute to conservation and education efforts.
What the Cemetery Superintendent Sees: 1896
By Chris Woodward
Pathetic, humorous, and strange incidents are continually occurring in cemeteries. The public never hears of them because the cemetery superintendent isn’t often a talker. He doesn’t tell things unless he is asked. The stories of some happenings he declines to relate, regarding them as professional secrets. Above all, he of course never mentions names. The burying ground is one of the greatest places on earth to study character. The superintendent knows it and he is a most proficient student. His practiced eye detects the alleged mourner who simulates his grief, and in a moment he spots the financial skinner who is either cheese-paring expenses or making a spread to impress funeral participants to such a great extent that the display may be a sort of financial investment. In most cases friends and relatives who are not sincere mourners make strong and clever attempts at deceiving observers. Some, however, do not care, and family feuds are ofttimes carried to the side of the grave.
There was recently an instance of a woman laughing and chatting like a parrot a few minutes after the burial of a child. Then there are cases in which the wounds of sorrow made by the deaths of friends or relatives are so deep that the bereaved ones never recover. Some of this class visit and decorate the graves of their dead every day in the year, rain or shine. There are others, however, wounded just as deeply, who cannot bear the cemetery, but sit at home and suffer in silence.
The Curious and Superstitious.
The bane of a graveyard is the curiosity-seekers and the superstitious. People of the former class have a morbid love for funerals that is ghoulish. They gloat over the grief of the mourners and feast their eyes on the face of the corpse if they get an opportunity. The abnormal appetite of these people seems never satiated. Their faces are so familiar to cemetery-keepers that they are missed if they neglect to attend a single funeral. Superstitious people are still plentiful. They wouldn’t enter a burying ground at night for a million dollars, and many of them wouldn’t go into a vault even in the daytime, not even if they were accompanied by an electric arc light and a cannon. A few days ago a remarkable superstition came to light at Graceland. One of the managers was walking in a driveway when he was approached by an old woman, tottering and bent with age. In one hand she carried a crumple strip of paper. Approaching, she said: “I’m looking for an open grave, sir. Can you tell me where to find one?”
“Yes, there is one right straight north of here—the seventh lot,” was the reply. “But why do you want to find an open grave?”
‘Well, you know, one of my granchillern’s got the scarlet fev’r, an’ I’ve writ the name of the disease on this here piece of paper. If I kin just drop the paper in an open grave, where it’ll git buried, the disease’ll leave the chile an’ go down in the grave.”
When asked for a look at the paper, she unfolded it and held it out. On the scrap was scrawled in a lead pencil, “skarlit fevr.” When the old woman was handed back her slip she hurried to the grave. The man watched her. When she reached the hole she stopped for a moment, and seemed to be muttering some incantation over the opening. Then she stretched her arm out straight over the middle of the grave, with the back of her hand down. In a moment her fingers, which had been tightly closed, opened. The light breeze lifted the “skarlit fevr” charm from her palm. It fluttered in the air an instant, and fell into the grave. The poor old creature was satisfied. With a contented, feeble smile, she turned and hurried away as fast as possible.
Wax Flowers and Coffin Plates.
Very frequently the family of the deceased removes the name plate from the coffin and has the flowers which were used preserved by dipping them in wax. The flowers are made in the form of a wreath. The silver plate is placed in the middle and the whole is placed in a glass case to be hung In the parlor. Then, after some one comes along and makes the remark that it is “mighty bad luck to have such a thing in the house,” the relatives take down the case and carry the plate to the cemetery and ask the superintendent to have the body taken up that they may put the plate back on the coffin. This has happened so often at every cemetery that the employes do longer smile when the superstitious man with the plate wants a coffin exhumed.
At Oakwoods cemetery there is a remarkable and apparently inexplicable mystery, for many years the authorities there have been finding candles just inside the great high iron fence which surrounds the grounds. In every instance the candle has been lighted and extinguished at once before any of the tallow has melted. Sometimes three candles are found bound together by a strip of a linen handkerchief. They are always found so close to the fence that whoever left them evidently reached between the iron bars and dropped them within. Scores of the candles have been found, and Superintendent Drew always has a fresh drawer full in his office. Many guesses have been hazarded as to the cause of the strange practice. The theory which seems most plausible is that it is a hoodoo charm performed by negroes the night of the burial of one of their kin.
Is the Grave Secure?
Quite frequently people ask cemetery superintendents to open the graves so that they may see if the corpse has not been stolen or disturbed. This is especially the case when graves are very much sunken. It is very seldom that the authorities will listen to the request. The suspicions are almost invariably groundless and explanations are made to the friends showing them the uselessness of disinterment. Body-snatching is almost unknown in in these days. The only cases that may occur are when the deceased has been taken away by some unusual disease which scientist would like to investigate. For all ordinary scientific study the hospitals and poor-house furnish an abundance of bodies. Sometimes before the coffin is lowered into the grave some mourner is already figuring on having the corpse exhumed before very long to see if it has been disturbed. One day at Oakwoods a mourner, who was unwilling to trust the records, walked the fence and scratched a cross on the railing opposite the grave which was in the single grave section. In a few weeks he came back and wanted the grave opened. He was so persistent that Superintendent Drew consented. The man wanted the grave opened which was exactly opposite the notch. The records and chart showed the grave of the gentleman’s relative was next to the one which he wished opened. He kicked up a great row, but the superintendent stood by his records and opened the grave indicated on the chart. It was the right one. The mourner had not been careful in making his mark, and had placed it a little to one side and directly in front of another grave, only a foot away. The coffin was taken up. The dead had not been disturbed and the man was satisfied.
The only kind of thieves and robbers that bother the burying ground is the flower thief. She, for this brand of thief is almost invariably of the feminine gender, comes with the blossoms in the springtime and she haunts graveyards all summer long unless she is detected. Decoration day before last, at Mount Greenwood Cemetery, two enterprising flower sellers and stealers had a narrow escape from being mobbed. A man drew up a wagon filled with potted plants near the station. Great crowds were getting off the train and he sold flowers right and left. Although he was selling them by the dozen on every hand, for some strange reason his supply seemed no smaller at the end of an hour than when he began. Presently, when the salesman’s wife was caught stealing flowers in the cemetery, his never-decreasing supply of floral goods was no longer a mystery. As fast as the purchased flowers were placed on graves the wife stole them and carried them back to the wagon. When caught she was surrounded by a crowd of a thousand people and came near receiving rough treatment.
Superintendent Rudd of Mount Greenwood is one of the oldest and most experienced cemetery managers in Chicago. The many years he has been in his present position have given him great experience with the general public.
“I could tell you things which you would scarcely believe,” said Mr. Rudd.
“Incidents transpire in cemeteries which if told exactly as they occurred would receive little credence. One thing which would occasion great surprise is the little real sorrow and grief caused by death.
Grief Arithmetically Measured.
“Most husbands are not hurt very much by the death of their wives. I don’t think over 20 per cent really feel badly wounded at heart when they hear the clods fall on the coffin lid. Wives are less heartless. About 40 per cent of wives, twice as many as the husbands, care considerably when their life partners are buried. Very few care when old people die. But when a mother leaves her child in the ground there are few instances when her heart is not almost broken. We once had a striking exception. A mother had just buried the third of her children who had died in quick succession of scarlet fever. The husband and wire had come from the grave to my office and were waiting for some papers. Tears were rolling down his cheeks, but the woman laughed and talked as if she were at a reunion in a beer garden. Finally the poor man could bear it no longer. Raising his clinched fist and cursing her, he advanced toward his wife and told her if she didn’t shut her mouth he would shut it for her.
“I remember one young man whose grief at the burial of his wife was heartrending. He screamed and cried until be could be beard clear across the hill. He threw himself on the coffin, and when it was lowered he tried to jump into the grave. Friends held him, and he was taken away almost fainting. Within a month the young man married again.
No Waking the Last Sleep.
“Very often in the winter husbands place their dead wives in the vault, and In the spring bring out wife No. 2 to see No. 1 put in the ground. Once an undertaker had occasion to open a coffin which was in our public vault. It was in the depth of winter, and the thermometer was below zero. The corpse looked very life-like, and after the undertaker went away he made some little remark about it. The little remark was repeated. It grew like a weed. It was enlarged and exaggerated until it was told over the entire neighborhood that a woman in a trance lay buried in the vault. The gossips did not stop to think that the body had been frozen solid for nearly a month. These stories, by the way, about people being buried alive are mostly manufactured for sensational purposes. I never heard of an authentic case, and I never met any one else who ever did.
Tricks of the Social Faker.
“Some queer and peculiar things are done out here by money ‘skinners.’ Who are thinking of saving every penny as much as they are of their grief. Two or three of the mourners will come out before the funeral and express their doubts as to whether we have a lot good enough for them. Then they conclude to place the remains in the vault temporarily.
The day of the funeral everything is imposing. The coffin is rosewood, or covered with plush or broadcloth, and there is a long line of fine carriages. Some time after the funeral the mourners will slip out to the cemetery, buy a single grave in the poorest, cheapest spot, and, without buying the $3 pine coffin-box, bury the casket in the ground. I remember well a heart-broken husband who came out to the cemetery to buy a lot and make arrangements for his wife’s funeral. The poor fellow could not restrain his feelings. Two big tears glistened in his eyes, and his voice quivered. He looked up at me through his glistening tears and said:
“‘Yes. It’s hard to (sob) bear. An’ it’s an awful (sob) trial (sob) to come out (sob) here and select this (sob) lot. I was wo-wonderin’ if you (sob) co-couldn’t gimme a little discoun-count for cash.’ (Long-continued sobbing.)
“I had another experience with a mourner of much the same character. ‘Now, I’ll tell you,’ he said, ‘there are going to be a lot of swell, rich people out here at my wife’s funeral tomorrow. They don’t any of ’em own lots here, but when they come out tomorrow and see what a magnificent place you’ve got they may buy. Well, you know, of course I’m sort of bringing ’em out here, and maybe you might sell ’em some lots several, perhaps and well. I didn’t know but you might feel like giving me a little commission on all the lots you might sell to any of em.”
Repentance and Black Stockings.
“A widower came to my foreman once with a proposition that had never been heard of before. Several months previous the man had buried his wife. He was a cheese-parer on money matters, and, I guess, he saved all he could on funeral arrangements. At the funeral, of course, only the face was exposed. The rest of the body could not be seen, and no one but the widower knew how well or how poorly it was arrayed. Evidently he got to thinking the matter over and decided he hadn’t given his dead wife a square deal. Well, sir, he came to my foreman with a long pair of black stockings, and wanted his wife taken up so that be could put them on her.”
All of the large cemeteries have had more or less experience with people who have been so unfortunate as to lose a limb. One day a man from Pullman appeared at Mount Greenwood with a tiny coffin, about nine inches long, under his arm. He had in the coffin two of his fingers which had been cut off by a buzz saw. Instead of throwing them away or burying them in his back yard he brought them to the graveyard, purchased a lot, and buried the fingers. Several years ago a woman, living on the South Side, had a leg amputated. It was buried in a family lot. Recently the woman died. Her relatives had the leg taken up and placed in the coffin. They said they did it so that she would be perfect in heaven.
Some Recent Legislation.
Cemetery people all over the state are laughing at the ridiculous law passed by the Legislature in regard to the use of wire designs for holding flowers. The law makes it unlawful for these designs to be used in any way a second time.
“It is one of the most laughable things 1 ever heard of,” said Superintendent Rudd. “I presume the law was passed on the theory that the wire might become infected with contagion. Of course that is preposterous, especially if the designs are repainted. I guess if the truth were known it would be found that some manufacturers had some new design they wanted to get on the market. Perhaps they persuaded the Legislature to cripple the old designs.”
Daily Inter Ocean [Chicago, IL[ 21 June 1896: p. 23
Chris Woodyard is the author of The Victorian Book of the Dead, The Ghost Wore Black, The Headless Horror, The Face in the Window, and the 7-volume Haunted Ohio series. She is also the chronicler of the adventures of that amiable murderess Mrs Daffodil in A Spot of Bother: Four Macabre Tales. The books are available in paperback and for Kindle. Indexes and fact sheets for all of these books may be found by searching hauntedohiobooks.com. Join her on FB at Haunted Ohio by Chris Woodyard or The Victorian Book of the Dead and on Twitter @hauntedohiobook. And visit her newest blog The Victorian Book of the Dead.
Kitty Kat’s Korner
- Happy Healthy Cat Month
- National Pet Insurance Month
- Pet-Sitter Education Month
- September 12-18: Adopt a Less-Adoptable-Pet Week
- September 19-25: Deaf Pet Awareness Week
Sept. 1: Ginger Cat Appreciation Day
- Today is the day to celebrate our orange feline friends! Here are some fun facts about gingers:
- Most ginger cats are male (the ratio is about 80% male to 20% female)
- All orange cats are tabbies (tabby is actually a coat pattern, not a breed)
- Winston Churchill owned an orange tabby named Tango.
- Gingers come in four distinct coat patterns: spotted, mackerel, striped and ticked.
- Orange tabbies can be found in a variety of cat breeds like Maine Coon, Persian, Oriental shorthair and American Bobtail
Check out this fun cat art show in Oakland, California featuring the work of several cat portrait artists. It will be a celebration with music, art and cats! Takes place at the Firehouse Art Collective/Lottie Rose Art Gallery. Learn more at thegalleryofcats.com.
Sept. 11: 9th Annual Catio Tour
Don’t miss this popular, one-of-a-kind event in Portland, Oregon, hosted by the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon and Portland Audubon. The 9th Annual Catio Tour will showcase eight distinct outdoor cat enclosures. From DIY to designer, the catios in NE Portland, SE Portland and Vancouver will inspire great ideas that fit any budget and space. This self-guided tour was created to inspire cat owners to build or buy an outdoor cat enclosure to keep cats safe from outdoor hazards while also protecting wildlife from cat predation. This year’s event has two tour options available – in-person ($10) and online video ($15), both of which take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To learn more and to register, visit CatsSafeAtHome.org.
Sept. 12: 23rd Pet Rock Festival
The 23rd annual Pet Rock Festival continues to put a spotlight on the animal welfare organizations of New England that work to promote kindness to animals. Pet Rock Fest features live music, performances and games for kids, author signings, photos of your pets, animal mascots, vegetarian food court, games for kids, a cat photo contest, doggie waterpark, demonstrations, exhibits, vendors and, most importantly, hundreds of nonprofit groups devoted to animal welfare causes. Goes from noon to 5 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under. Learn more at petrockfest.org.
Sept. 25-26: Skyway Cat Club Cat Show
Join this Cat Lovers’ Paradise and meet more than 25 cat breeds, including Persians, Maine Coons, Bengals, Orientals, long-hairs and no hairs. Adoptable cats and kittens will be available through attending rescue groups. Shop for unique cat items like furniture, jewelry, cat beds, blankets, toys and more. For more information, visit http://www.skywaycatclub.com.
Georgia’s Weekly Horoscope: Sunday, September 05, 2021
We have excellent chances for a positive week ahead! First, there is a strong emphasis on work and getting better organized. For many, this ambition will lead to a desire to improve their health because they want to improve all aspects of their lives. (Why not?) Meanwhile, Mercury, Venus and Jupiter will encourage warm, social gatherings or meetings for professional reasons. People will be happy to see each other! This is guaranteed because Mercury and Venus are in the social sign of Libra; and Jupiter is in the friendly sign of Aquarius. Both are Air Signs. A lovely fit! Enjoy good times and remember to grab every chance for physical activity. Remember: Walking is one of the best exercises anyone can do. Its importance and can’t be overestimated. (After all, how else can you get to the car?)
Aries (March 21-April 19)
This week is the classic formula: Work hard, party hard. You’re still in work mode with a strong desire to get organized and accomplish as much as possible. Many of you are delegating and organizing the efforts of others. (Aries energy is classic Sergeant major.) Nevertheless, Mercury and Venus are opposite your sign, which promotes socializing! Make time to enjoy fun conversations with partners and close friends. You might also be involved in group activities, clubs or classes. It’s important to find a happy compromise between being available for others, and yet, maintaining your own independence and integrity and not selling out to everyone’s demands.
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
This is a fabulous week for you because both the Sun and Mars are in a playful part of your chart giving you opportunities to socialize with others. Enjoy sports events. (You might be in competition.) Accept invitations to party and enjoy the entertainment world. Grab every chance to express your own creative talents. Fun activities with children will delight. Nevertheless, this lovely dance mentioned in All Signs above between Mercury, Venus and Jupiter will promote wonderful opportunities in your job, along with work-related travel. A work-related romance might blossom! Whatever you do will promote your good reputation in the eyes of others.
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
This is a great week because so much positive energy is happening between three planets: Mercury and Venus dancing with Jupiter. Mercury and Venus are in Libra, which is an Air Sign; and Jupiter is in Aquarius, also an Air Sign. Meanwhile, you are an Air Sign! (“Elemental, my dear Watson.”) This means things will flow easily for you, and situations will be supportive. Despite your focus on home and family, this is a social week with travel opportunities and chances to enjoy fun outings, the arts, sports events and playful times with kids. Admittedly, increased chaos on the home front will require your attention but on the whole – this is a week to give yourself permission to be happy and enjoy the company of others.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Life is fast-paced now because of your busy schedule. Many of you are reading and studying more than usual. You have appointments, errands and increased time spent with siblings. Short trips are likely. It’s an excellent week for important communications because you will be persuasive and articulate. Home and family are blessed this week, which is why it’s a great time to entertain at home as well as tackle home repairs and enjoy family discussions. Practical and financial help from another source might help you to make these home improvements and entertaining functions a successful venture. Enjoy!
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
This is a charming week because your communications with others will be pleasant, informative and even profitable. With the Sun and Mars in your Money House, your focus on cash flow and earnings is strong. Likewise, not only are you working hard to earn money, you’re spending it! However, the lovely play of energy in the Air Signs (see All Signs above) takes place in your House of Communications and your House of Partnerships. In a nutshell, this means conversations with others will be smooth, entertaining and mutually beneficial. You will enjoy learning. You will especially appreciate your environment and discover how much love there is in your everyday world. You will feel gratified.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
You continue to be empowered with the Sun and fiery Mars in your sign. Make the most of this because the Sun is in your sign for only four weeks a year and Mars is in your sign for six weeks every two years. Right now, it’s a double whammy! This is why you’re PowerPoint on steroids! The delightful dance of Mercury and Venus with Jupiter (mentioned in All Signs) takes place in your Money House and affects your job, your work and your health. These are all areas that will get a lovely boost of positive energy! Your health will improve. Your job might improve or you might get a better job. You might earn more money and have wonderful, moneymaking ideas? (“I want a pony and I want to be a ballerina.”)
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
This time of limbo is still here because the Sun and Mars are “hiding” in your chart. Mars will enter your sign on Sept. 14, and the Sun will enter your sign on Sept. 22. When this happens, you will have an amazing boost of energy! Note: Mars will stick with you until the end of Oct. Meanwhile, this is a wonderful time to talk to children, explore the arts and enjoy schmoozing with others. It’s also a great time to be on a vacation or to make vacation plans. It’s a good week to buy wardrobe items for yourself. It’s also a good week for important discussions with others because you will be diplomatic, smooth and charming – as is your wont.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
This is a popular week! This continues to be an excellent time to formulate goals. It’s also a good time to bounce your hopes and dreams for the future off someone else to get their feedback because they will help you. Make every effort to coordinate your needs with the needs of others to establish successful teamwork because this is possible now. Physical activity with others, especially in athletics will appeal. Meanwhile, something going on behind the scenes, perhaps very privately, will benefit home and family in your eyes. Family plans are ambitious but exciting. And yes, a secret love affair is still percolating in the wings.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
The Sun is still at the top of your chart making you look fabulous in the eyes of bosses, parents and VIPs (even if you don’t do anything special). Bonus! This happens only once a year for four weeks so make the most of it. This is obviously the time to make your pitch or do what you can to advance your agenda. Fortunately, with Mars at the top of your chart, you have the ambition to act. Interactions with friends, especially younger, creative, artistic people will be a rewarding experience for you now. Enjoy groups and gatherings. These interactions might influence your future goals. This is a positive time for you when things tend to go your way. Make it work for you!
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
In All Signs above, I mention a delightful and supportive dance between three planets: Mercury and Venus relating to lucky moneybags Jupiter. For your sign, this is a financial blessing. Discussions with bosses and important people might lead to increased earnings for you or a better paying job. Or perhaps it leads to a promotion? Bosses, parents and VIPs are definitely impressed with you at this time and their favour could culminate in financial benefits for you. Explore anything that looks like a good possibility for you because you have the edge and the advantage this week. Meanwhile, travel continues to appeal along with opportunities in higher education, medicine, the law, publishing and the media. Well done!
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
All this fabulous activity in the Air Signs (see All Signs above) affects you because both lucky Jupiter and Saturn are in Aquarius! The last time Saturn was in your sign was 1991-1993; and the last time Jupiter was in your sign was 2009. This year they are both in your sign! This means it’s strong learning curve for you. Plus, things tend to go your way. This week in particular, opportunities to travel or expand your world might occur. You might meet people from other cultures. You might explore avenues in higher education, medicine, the law or publishing. This energy will boost your confidence and help you in disputes, especially shared property and inheritances.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
Discussions with others will benefit you this week. These benefits will give you a financial advantage or practical support. In disputes with someone about shared property or an inheritance, very likely, things will go your way. This is also a passionate week, especially for lovers! Your affections are strong and relationships will be special. Yet ironically, confrontations with partners might also take place because both the Sun and Mars are opposite your sign. This means things are blowing hot and cold for you in your closest friendships and partnerships. Because of this changing quality – tread carefully. Make no important decisions until you know for sure what you want and you know for sure what you’re doing. (You can do this.)
Weekly Horoscopes beginning Sunday, 05 September 2021
If you’re born within a cusp period (16 to 26 of any month); you’re advised to read horoscopes of both signs covered by that period. You’re on the border; you may have influences from houses within those signs.
Outlines are longer versions; consist of every possible detail of everyday and are based on three parts of each sign: 1st, 2nd & 3rd Decan; that is, any of three divisions of 10° within a sign of the zodiac. Even if you know or don’t know your Decan; I recommend, please read all three Decan.
Personal theme: I am!!
Fire & cardinal sign: March 21 — April 19
Your horoscope for this week:
In late July, your ruling planet Mars moved into the down to earth sign Virgo, triggering a cycle of review. You’ve already made changes, if not amazing improvements, in everything from your lifestyle to work or practicalities. While most are settled, you’re unclear about others or, in some case, dislike your options. Still, take a chance. Plunge in. Within days you’ll realise how much you’ll benefit.
A new friend wants to know what you are doing, where you are going, when and why. You hadn’t expected them to take this kind of interest in your life and it will be a relief when they switch their attention elsewhere. Making long-term plans feels empowering as you suddenly wake up to the fact that you are in charge of your life and can choose your own destiny.
A New Moon promises a fresh start and Tuesday’s should be no exception to this rule. Planetary pictures surrounding this lunation promise excitement and regeneration. With both Mercury and Venus still moving through your opposite sign, it ought not to be difficult to find goodwill and reach understanding. Your efforts at bringing people together will likely be remarked upon – most especially if you’re trying to draw someone back into the fold. Your arguments are likely to be compelling. All that said, and though considerable excitement should be generated, it must be made clear that new strategies have to be put in place. You can’t go back to old ways of working. Though replacements systems are yet young and ill formed, new methods must be tried with you likely leading the way.
Personal theme: I have!!
Earth & fixed sign: April 20 — May 20
Your horoscope for this week:
Dealing with recent unsettling, and often unwelcome, changes hasn’t been easy. While, initially, everything seemed disruptive, lately it’s become increasingly clear how beneficial most have been. This week brings more, except the focus is seemingly stable areas of your life. If in doubt, remember how well those recent unsettling changes went, and instead of battling what’s arisen, you’ll be inquisitive, if not embrace those events.
Money matters need more attention than you have recently been giving them. Until you are on top of bills you might decide to go easy with personal spending. If there is cash to spare, it would be wise to keep it in a savings account. You and a partner have enjoyed some great times together but nothing quite like what you are going through now. A new project really makes life worth living.
Tuesday’s New Moon is the annual one highlighting Taurus creativity. Your efforts to make even the most mundane of tasks pleasurable and rewarding will doubtless be remarked upon. It would be wise not to underestimate the considerable expertise that’s been gained in the last 18 months. Whilst tangible reward might still be some way off, you could, – and should – receive compliments and appreciation. It’s striking that your ability to work happily in partnership is to the fore in the second half of the week. It may be that this results in discussions about a potential business alliance. Obviously much depends on your personal chart, but it does seem that a fresh business union is more likely than not.
Personal theme: I think!!
Air sign: May 21 — June 20
Your horoscope for this week:
When you’re in the mood, you’ve a contagious variety of enthusiasm. Over the past few days this hasn’t just been the case, but your optimism has led to breakthroughs in a range of plans, both personal and out in the world. What’s more, while others have been dragging their feet, they’re now as excited as you are. The challenge? Turning all that eagerness and enthusiasm into something lasting.
Choosing to take a new career path without discussing this with your family could cause tension in the home. Whether you hand in your notice in the hope of finding a better job or decide to pursue a completely different career, at least prepare those you live with. Let them know your intentions. Health will be good and you will have plenty energy to spare. Volunteer to help with a home improvement project.
Tuesday’s New Moon is in another of the Mutable signs – and it’s probable that you will tune into its vibration; and what exactly is that? This lunation is all about organisation and planning. The planetary pictures surrounding this New Moon look exciting too. It’s said that Gemini usually lives for the moment. This week though, playing for the long term should have greater appeal. It might also be that by taking a little time out, and considering strategy, that before the end of the week you discover an item or thought that has real value. This likely concerns someone who’s worked in a very large corporation, has excellent administration skills but perhaps lacks your extraordinary creativity. With attention drawn to asset management, another theme this week is about insurance and legacy.
Personal theme: I feel!!
Water & cardinal sign: June 21 — July 22
Your horoscope for this week:
The New Moon is Tuesday. While often this triggers a reflective mood, at the moment you’re restless. That’s appropriate, because this period is about questioning, if not eliminating, what doesn’t work and focusing on future plans. However, with things moving so swiftly, you’re short of facts. The secret? Regard whatever you organise as more of a trial run than anything lasting. Decisions can, and should, wait.
You could do with a change of scenery but this might be easier said than done. Commitments keep you tied to your own four walls. If you can’t get away, find a way to occupy yourself with activities you do only on rare occasions. A change of activity can be uplifting. Bargains can be found if you’re shopping for your home. Don’t be in a rush. Spend time searching for the right item.
New Moons promise a fresh start. Tuesday’s is special in that it coincides with major – and positive – planetary aspects. This Virgo New Moon could be termed the ‘efficiency or administration’ lunation. All signs will likely be focused on both retrieving information and packaging it usefully. This is an energy on which you could and should thrive. True, you may find increased activity at home with others anxious to pick your brain. You might also be involved in renovation projects. Nowhere could this be more applicable than in the working scene where reviving an old system might now seem attractive. It’s not the case that an old system can be worked as it was employed in the past, but rather that there are elements of it – once discarded – which could now be revived but used differently. In all this, general excitement may be such that you enjoy developing new business alliances. considerable time.
Personal theme: I will!!
Fire & fixed sign: July 23 — August 22
Your horoscope for this week:
Few things annoy you more than when dull practicalities, from money to time, prevent you taking promising plans to the next stage. However, the matters in question don’t just need attention, what you learn while dealing with them will be informative now and, equally, offer valuable insights for the future. So, tempting as it is to ignore these, plunge in. What you learn will be invaluable.
You will not have meant to take on more than you can chew. It is your inability to say no’ to friends that has put you in this position. The more you do for others, the more they seem to expect from you. People need to know there are limits and you must set them. You might want to push ahead in the hope of achieving a goal you set for yourself some time ago. Channel energy into family matters.
As you are no doubt learning, nothing is ever simple. The challenge of 2021 as Saturn moves at right angles to Uranus has been to accept the inevitable. Change cannot be avoided and we cannot go back to the past. The way forward is as yet unclear. For Leo it might seem that every path is overgrown with thorny branches. What’s needed is immense energy and determination to cut through. That though could come following Tuesday’s New Moon. You will of course, need good tools at your disposal. You will likely also need assistance. Step forward (hopefully!), Cancer or Libra friends and colleagues who, in their different ways, energise you and assist in cutting through nonsense. Though considerable effort will likely be required, this should be worthwhile so that before long you are inhabiting an altogether healthier environment.
Personal theme: I analyse!!
Earth sign: August 23 — September 22
Your horoscope for this week:
Don’t be surprised if you’re full of ideas, yet unable to decide what, or who, comes first. Between now and Tuesday’s Virgo New Moon, it’s natural that you’d be reviewing the past, and what needs to go, all while exploring your options. It could seem overwhelming. The secret? Urgent as things seem, you’ve plenty of time. Take it slowly and you’ll make decisions once, and wisely.
An older relative has plenty to say about a recent incident. You may not take too kindly to their interference. Their advice will be well meaning but it won’t sound very kind or compassionate to you. Concern other people are showing is sincere even if their words are harsh and seem critical. You accept there are people against decisions you are making. Weighing it all up helps you make a fair choice.
Tuesday’s New Moon is in your sign. Whatever your birthday, this lunation is important. The fact that it coincides with two fabulous aspects suggests you could get this week off to one amazing start. It helps hugely that there is an aspect involving the Sun (moving through your sign) and Uranus, the planet of the unexpected. Before the end of this week your world could shift in the most positive of directions. It will certainly help to think that way. Yours is a sign that focuses on minutiae. It is important that every so often you take a step back and take the long view. That should be your gift to yourself this week. For many Virgos, property and asset management is becoming an ever-demanding theme. Obviously much depends on your personal chart, but it’s nevertheless likely that over the next few days you’ll be offered fresh perspective and, even before the weekend, have a new project to get your teeth into.
Personal theme: I balance!!
Air & cardinal sign: September 23 — October 22
Your horoscope for this week:
As a Libra, you’ve a rare talent for keeping others happy while looking after your own interests. However, between tricky circumstances and numerous sudden changes, even you are facing difficulties and, in some cases, very real clashes. Tempting as it is to smooth over issues, do something out of character. Discuss them now, and frankly. The results will be faster and easier than you imagined possible.
Why should you feel guilty about putting your own needs first? Everyone deserves a little time to relax and it is time for you to start thinking about your health. In addition to this, some time away from the workplace means you get to see a career related problem from a different angle. If there is something on your mind, find the courage to insist you are left alone to do some thinking.
Boosted by the presence of both Mercury and Venus moving through your sign and with Tuesday’s new Moon accenting the need to improve work life balance, you could tackle tasks that have been outstanding. This would include financial management but also personal fitness. Don’t be surprised if you notice that your tastebuds are significantly altered or if you feel inspired to exercise muscles much under-used. It may be that you crave certain tastes and that unconsciously you’re actually seeking out the very vitamins and minerals that would improve your mental health and thus your ability to make decisions. It might also be that muscle cramps remind you of the need to look after yourself better. It’s probable that before Venus changes signs next weekend, that a business partnership axis will shift too. Overall, the need to improve your well-being at every level should be prioritised.
Scorpio & Ophiuchus
Personal theme: I desire!!
Water & fixed signs: October 23 — November 21
Your horoscope for this week:
No sign is better at handling even very tricky matters cleverly, enough you convince others you’re favouring their interests. However, the current planetary disarray seems overwhelming. The secret? It’s to forget about single, lasting solutions and rethink your strategy daily. This also means being tactful with those who’re expecting far-reaching plans. Find that balance, and you’ll handle each day’s twists and turns with magical deftness.
Think before you speak. Take a sensible approach to meetings and interviews. Consider how other people might react before you state your own opinions and think about how you should respond to people in authority. Someone in power expects respect so even if you dislike what they are doing, don’t tell them. Members of your family are the ones you will feel most comfortable with now. You can be yourself when you are with them.
Tidying up: perhaps not your greatest suit! Yet with Tuesday’s New Moon, that really could be your best option. The fact that this lunation coincides with a fabulous aspect between your two ruling planets, Mars and Pluto, suggests you will be in the mood to get on with the job. You might also accept that for real progress to be made, you need to make way for it. That is likely to be literal: perhaps you need to create a better path to the front door or improve lines of communication generally. With another fabulous aspect also in play – one that involves Uranus, (the planet of the unexpected) now moving through your opposite sign, you could yet be taken away unawares by the antics of someone you thought you knew so well (likely a Leo or Aquarius). The shift in their thinking could have significant effect on your own. Career steps tend to be incremental. What you determine by the end of this week should make such a huge difference once the lunar nodes move toward the Taurus/Scorpio axis at the end of the year.
Personal theme: I see!!
Fire sign: November 22 — December 21
Your horoscope for this week:
As an inquisitive Sagittarius, often you’ll get involved in others’ discussions and, sometimes, planning sessions, as suddenly as it is surprising. While, often, this leads to exciting and, on occasion, adventurous activities, at the moment you’ve other more pressing matters to deal with. True, they’re not nearly as interesting; but they are far more important and, however intriguing those distractions, those practicalities really must come first.
A friend who has always been amazingly intuitive will suggest you take up an offer before it passes you by. You’re still uncertain but since their advice has always been good up until now you might decide to give their suggestions a go. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. You have a choice between catching up with mundane matters and pursuing personal goals of a long-term nature. The latter will give you more satisfaction.
You might agree that it’s more than time since you put best foot forward. Tuesday’s new Moon of ushers in fresh vibration and, since it accents your mission point suggests you will determine new goals. The fact that both Mercury and Venus are moving through one of the social areas of your solar chart suggests it might not be too hard to get a small army of support behind you. Most signs will benefit from taking fresh look at general administration and organisation. Sagittarius has a reputation for being at times careless and cavalier. This is likely not the time to be so. Whilst you’re certainly want to make your interest and curiosities known, it’s as important that you convey realisation that a steady approach would be wise. Nowhere might this be more important than with regard to health issues. Ensuring you are fighting fit and ready for greater challenges this month and next would be wise.
Personal theme: I use!!
Earth & cardinal sign: December 22 — January 19
Your horoscope for this week:
There’s talk of intriguing new activities. While they’re appealing, you’re anxious because you’re unsure what they’d demand of you, involve or, practically speaking, exactly how you’d benefit. There’s only one way to learn those facts, and that’s by getting involved. The trick? Recognising that, by exploring in this way, you’re not committing. Once that’s clear, those anxieties are likely to vanish, within days if not hours.
You know it isn’t sensible to allow emotions to interfere with your work concerns. It isn’t easy to switch off your feelings especially when someone you work with is making you very angry. Their careless approach to a job you’re working on jointly will reflect badly on you unless you say something soon. If a partner or someone who is equally as close tries to interfere with your plans, at least listen to their ideas and suggestions.
The theory is that New Moons promise a fresh start. That’s often the case. It helps if that lunation is boosted by accompanying planetary aspects – as occurs this Tuesday. You’ll be far from the only sign anxious to begin anew. In your case, there is heavy emphasis on learning and acquiring better information. This could take you down a technical rabbit hole but one that is enticing and compelling. It may be that one short course leads to another and then to another. Don’t forget that in the last few years your creative abilities have been stifled somewhat by Saturn’s transit of your sign. It’s now time to once again find enthusiasm for work. With fresh faces around and a general shakeup of the working environment now inevitable, this week should find you launching into an educational program that expands your social world as much as it does your CV.
Personal theme: I know!!
Air & fixed sign: January 20 — February 18
Your horoscope for this week:
While you benefit from an inquisitive mind, and enjoy meeting interesting people and exploring new places, you can also be a creature of habit. By that is meant you’ll battle even minor changes in elements of your lifestyle or even close alliances. Try to be flexible. These shake-ups won’t just lead to worthwhile changes, if not encounters, they could transform your life, and in amazing ways.
Those in high places are impressed by your dedication and commitment. You’ve been awarded a plum assignment and you intend to prove to everyone you are capable of completing the task efficiently. If you’re planning a celebration, whether it is for family or your community you will want to make certain everyone has a wonderful time. This could be one of the biggest occasions on your calendar this September.
Aquarius can be the most organised of people. Yet you can look distracted and appear chaotic. Blending these two sides of your personality isn’t always easy. Yet with Tuesday’s New Moon, you will likely show that more efficient side. In fact, you could trail blaze. It may be that you’re recalled to a task you last addressed a couple of months ago (maybe around the June solar eclipse). Things may have become chaotic since then and others need you to resolve issues. That may be as true at the mental as well as the physical tidying up level. It could be that a dilemma affecting an entire group needs your perspective and logical, rational approach. This isn’t to say that you won’t be affected by others people’s clearly passionate feelings, but that gift for staying focused on improving things ensures clean transition to using new schedules.
Personal theme: I believe!!
Water sign: February 19 — March 20
Your horoscope for this week:
Those around you aren’t just in a hurry, they’re impatient about turning certain ideas into lasting plans. While you understand their feelings of urgency, you’ve several matters of your own to consider; and judging by the planetary setup, that clarity is unlikely to come until next week. The solution? Simply tell others they’ll have to wait until you’ve the facts necessary to make those pivotal decisions.
Your family will welcome your help with domestic chores. You don’t mind rolling up your sleeves and getting jobs done. Are you single? A first date may not go as expected. If you have a steady partner, they may ask to postpone joint arrangements you had been excited about. It’s unlikely you will make it easy for them which suggests plans will go ahead as you had originally discussed but somehow it just won’t feel right.
Tuesday’s new Moon is in your opposite sign. It won’t be surprising if others push you to get things done. This is a special lunation in that it coincides with several very positive aspects. Most signs will want to put a fresh foot forward. The impetus to do so could come from a deep-seated urge to be more organised and to try out new systems. The danger for Pisces is, as always, that you can see so many ways of doing things. You’re capable of coping with multiple perspectives. That is both a blessing and a curse. Those who need to work within straight lines could find your approach confusing and even at times wild. Leo and Aquarius colleagues particularly may find you challenging. On the very considerable upside however, and with one of your ruling planets Jupiter, moving into positive aspect with Pluto the God of Wealth, by the end of this week you could make a minor investment that makes clear you’ve been on the case all along.
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