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
I choose to respond to life’s provocations,
not with anger, resentment, or regret,
but with equanimity and a focus on positive action.
– 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.
Week 2. National Arts in Education Week
September 14. In England, the traditional time for the hops harvest.
September 16. National Guacamole Day. Perfectly delicious. Also the feast of St. Ninian, especially venerated in Scotland.
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: Waxing Moon:
Time: From New Moon To Full (Approx. 14 Days)
Goddess Aspect: Maiden
Associated Goddesses: Artemis, Branwen, Eriu, Nymph, Epona
Magickal Attributes: Invoking Beginnings, New Projects, Ideas, Inspiration, Energy, Vitality, Freedom.
Workings On This Day Are For “Constructive” Magick (Love, Wealth, Success, Courage, Friendship, Luck Or Health.) Symbolic of growth, manifestation, attainment, gravidity (heavy with child – both philosophical and literal).
High Priestess Training with GrannyMoon
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Earth Signs and Omens in Nature Course
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The Goddess School Grimoire
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Coventry Creations 2021
BHC Newsletter Reta
September 13, 2021 – September 19, 2021
The cosmic energy this week begins on Tuesday as the Sun opposes Neptune. This is a low-energy sort of day, and you may feel confused and uncertain about the future. Try to stay out of victim mindsets because they will only lead to feelings of doubt about your world and the major players in it. Later on Tuesday, Mars moves into Libra, and he provides a small energy boost that can help break Neptune’s spell. Focusing on your feelings and connecting to your inner being may relieve some of the anxiety of Sun oppose Neptune.
Later in the week, the Sun trines Pluto on Thursday. Sun trine Pluto gives us the needed energy to discover what we want out of our lives and is easier energy than the Sun’s opposition to Neptune. Since Pluto likes to transform any planet he aspects, he helps us make the changes necessary so that our lives feel more fulfilled and have meaning. However, it’s best to make major decisions that have an impact on your life rather than ones that supply only temporary happiness.
Finally, this weekend, Venus squares frustrating Saturn. You may need to take a deep look at your relationships and whether or not your personal needs are being met in them. You may find it difficult to relate to others and this could make you feel insecure. It’s best to face relationship issues head-on and work towards a positive resolution than allowing them to fester and become toxic.
Recommended: Truth and Justice (Blessed Herbal), Love (Chakra Magic), Everything and Then Some (Dorothy Morrison’s Wicked Witch Mojo), Adam and Eve (Motor City Hoodo).
Here’s what you missed on CoventryCreations.com this week…
Is the Universe doing that Shoulder tap again?
September Astro Magic 2021
For the bulk of the summer, I felt trapped in cosmic Groundhog Day as multiple planets retriggered Saturn square Uranus to the point that I felt like these two planets had taken control of my life.
I mean, it was all I seemed to write about, and as a content creator, that can be unnerving, and I am sure that my readers were sick and tired of endless discussions about preserving structures and unexpected change.
Copyright Coventry Creations 2021
Llewellyn’s Spell A Day
Altar Renewal Spell
SEPTEMBER 12, 2021 BY DALLAS JENNIFER COBB
As summer wanes, our altars need renewal. Remove everything from your altar. Sort things into sacred tools and objects, supplies (like sage, sweetgrass, or salt), and seasonal objects and symbols.
Wipe down smooth surfaces, saying:
May the grace of the Goddess
cleanse this altar.
Place a fresh cloth upon your altar. Say:
May the beauty of the
Goddess bless this altar.
Place fresh candles in fireproof containers on the altar. Say:
May the spirit of the Goddess
shine in all I do.
Carefully place your magical tools. Say:
May the sacred strength of the
Goddess live in all these tools.
Create a container for all your supplies. Say:
May the magic of the Goddess
be in these elements.
House seasonal items separately, and take them out as needed. Whenever you work magic after this, light the candles, recall the renewal spell, and invoke:
The grace, beauty, spirit, strength, and
magic of the Goddess all live here.
Day of Service
SEPTEMBER 11, 2021 BY EMYME
It’s hard to believe it was twenty years ago on this date that the United States was attacked on its own soil. This has become a day of service and a reminder of the solidarity that was forged among citizens. It is a day that brings people together.
This date falling on a Saturday seems like a good time to seek out a local cause to which you can offer your time and talents. Should that not be an option for you, another option is to offer blessings to those allies without whose assistance we would all be living a different type of life:
Lady and Lord, protect all nations
in all ways from darkness and evil.
SEPTEMBER 10, 2021 BY EMBER GRANT
We all know that inner beauty is what counts, but it never hurts to look your best—especially for a special occasion. Keep in mind that an attitude of self-love is at the core of this spell. Know and see your true beauty and others will too.
Place a small piece of amber in a glass of cool water and let it soak for at least an hour. As you dress and prepare to go out, use this elixir to wash your face or add it to a bath. As you wash, repeat these words three times:
The more I love myself,
the more beautiful I’ll be.
I will shine, I will glow—the
best of me is what they’ll see.
Witch’s Crown Spell
SEPTEMBER 09, 2021 BY DEVIN HUNTER
Today is full of air energy, with five planets in air signs. Expect lots of talking and to even find yourself in a debate or two. With the Moon, Mercury, and Venus in Libra right now, it’s a good time to do magic that will restore balance to an area of your life where you have been feeling powerless. Cast this spell when you forget how good it feels to wear your crown.
Stand in front of a mirror. In the air before you, draw a pentacle with your index finger and say:
By balance, power, respect, awareness,
and divinity, I claim my crown in
the name of the witch’s trinity!
Primal, ego, and higher soul, I summon
the crown and become whole!
Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and visualize a crown manifesting on your head.
Forget a Lover Spell
SEPTEMBER 08, 2021 BY JAMES KAMBOS
At first you were in feel-it-to-yourtoes love. But that was then. Your feelings have changed. This spell will help you forget ’em fast.
You’ll need a tart apple, peeled. You’ll also need some lemon juice and a crushed clove of garlic. Rub the lemon juice and garlic into the peeled apple. Rub it hard. Then set the apple on a paper towel to dry for a few days. It doesn’t need to dry completely, but allow it to begin to shrivel. When the apple is ready, take it to a wooded area. Hold the apple, think of your former lover, and say:
I loved you at the start.
Now you’re out of my mind—
And out of my heart!
End by throwing the apple as far as you can. Walk away. You can also throw the apple into the trash or a compost pile instead.
Bless the Hearth
SEPTEMBER 07, 2021 BY MICHAEL FURIE
Many believe that the hearth is the center of the home, and even if we aren’t the best chefs in the world, the kitchen is an important part of life. Though house blessings are commonplace, a blessing specific to the kitchen and our modern hearth—the stove/oven—can be useful to keep the energy harmonious.
First, thoroughly clean the kitchen with the intention of removing physical grime and any psychic buildup as well. Then boil a mixture of water, sliced oranges (with the peel), and rosemary sprigs in a pot on the stove. As the mixture begins to steam and bubble, encircle your kitchen by moving clockwise in a circular motion while mentally sending loving energy through an athame or wand. As you circle, say:
Filled with magic to transform
and combine, renewed and
empowered, this vital shrine.
Sacred hearth of this home, be
cleansed, be well, be blessed and warm.
New Moon, New Job
SEPTEMBER 06, 2021 BY KATE FREULER
The new moon is a space between the ending of one lunar cycle and the beginning of another. Things in life enter this phase and come out the other side reborn, just like the fresh waxing moon. This spell uses the transformative power of the new moon to create a job change or promotion.
Gather these items:
* A black bowl filled with water to represent the dark moon
* A waterproof object to represent your job (such as a paper clip, a nail, etc.)
After dark, sit outdoors or near a window with the bowl of water. Hold the object in your hand. Imagine your job as it is now and say:
Cauldron of change,
I give this job to you.
Bring me something new.
Drop the object into the dark water and spend a moment visualizing yourself doing the job you want. Leave the water out overnight.
Dump the water onto the earth in the morning, and continue to use the object as change comes your way.
Declaring Our Intentions
If you’re feeling stuck in life and are ready for change, take time to declare to the Universe that you’re ready.
There comes a point in most of our lives when we feel ready to experience a change we’ve had trouble carrying out. Maybe we’ve been stuck in a home, a relationship, job, or a town that hasn’t felt right for a long time, but we’ve been unable to shift our circumstances in the direction we want to go. At times like this, it can help to declare to the universe that we are ready for a change. Think of it as informing a helpful friend that you need her assistance to move to the next level in your life. If the time is right, the universe will respond with opportunities and offers designed to help you create the change you wish to see.
You can begin the process of making your declaration by getting clear within yourself about what exactly you want to change. Whenever we ask anyone for help, they can assist us that much better if we are specific. The universe also appreciates our clarity and has an easier time answering a direct communication than a vague yearning. When you are clear on what you want, write your declaration on a piece of paper and place it on your altar, if you have one. If you don’t, you can also place it under your pillow or in a box on your nightstand. Set aside a period of time every day to be silent with your wishes for change, repeating your declaration like a mantra. This lets the universe know that you are ready to change and will be receptive to its efforts.
Feel free to continue to refine and redefine your declaration, and remember to be open to the many different ways in which the change you seek might come to be. Remember also to be active in your own efforts, taking opportunities that come your way, watching for signs, and always taking responsibility for your intentions. If things don’t happen quickly, try not to be discouraged; it might take time to free up energy that has been blocked and possibly serving a purpose beyond what we can understand. If you continue your conversation with the universe, declaring yourself clearly and openly, you cannot help but experience the magic of changing and being changed.
Heartwings Love Notes 999 Bread and Cheese Casserole
Heartwings says, “A frugal cook makes use of every scrap of good food.”
I do not remember my mother ever making this casserole. She tended to use rice or pasta—usually macaroni in her casserole dishes. These were never served at lunch. My dad came home to eat the noon meal, which was normally some kind of meat, poultry or fish, a vegetable and all too often, potatoes, boiled in their “jackets” as she called it. As a result, I grew up disliking potatoes, especially boiled ones.
I find it surprising she never made this casserole because it is a frugal way to feed any number of people using bread that might otherwise go to waste or to feed animals of one sort or another. I discovered the recipe somewhere and wrote it down in my original recipe notebook—one of those school notebooks with a black and white marbled cover. On the inside back cover is a precious photo of my young children from fifty plus years ago.
The notebook is almost full of recipes from a variety of places, some with the names of friends who gave them to me. Most of them have been made numerous times and many are spotted and splashed with food stains. I have collected recipes for as long as I can remember. After that notebook, I had used a ring binder and pasted the pages with recipes cut from newspapers and magazines. I gave that one to one of my daughters who put it in the attic of her summer home where mice, attracted to the food spatters devoured much of it.
The recipe can be adapted to serve one or many It will double or divide, and the amounts of the ingredients are flexible. I never measure them myself, so I will set down an approximate quantity and you can have fun making it to suit yourself. To serve four you will need a two quart casserole. Preheat the oven to 350 and plan on forty-five minutes or perhaps more to bake it.
Ingredients: softened butter, half to one stick, 6 to 8 slices bread of any kind except pumpernickel or rye, 2 eggs 2 cups any kind of milk, 2 or more cups grated cheddar or Colby jack block cheese. Hint: You can shred the cheese in your food processor to make it easier. You can also blend different kinds of cheese for fun.
Method: Butter bread lavishly and cut into 1 inch squares. Layer in well greased casserole alternating cheese and sprinkled herbs. End with cheese on top. Beat eggs in a bowl and add milk, salt and pepper. Beat well and pour over bread, cheese and herbs. Put into oven and bake at 350 for 45 or so minutes, until brown around the edges and cheese is bubbly. Serve to 4 or even 2 and reheat leftovers which are good the next day or whenever served.
May you and those you share it with enjoy this simple casserole.
Blessings and best regards, Tasha Halpert
This is great comfort food for any day or season. Do you have one too? I so enjoy it when my readers share. Write me at email@example.com, and for more Love Notes and other writing, visit http://www.heartwingsandfriends.com.
Sacred Trees in the Americas: Paw Paw (Asimina triloba) Medicine, Myths, and Meaning
The PawPaw is a tree that is so wild and unique and wonderful, and yet, is often quite unknown–it is the only native citrus tree we have in the upper east East Coast and midwest areas. Like some of the other trees I have recently shared in this series, Paw Paw is an underappreciated and under-recognized tree. Within the bushcraft and permaculture circles, it is quite well known as an amazing tree to find, plant, and tend. One of the reasons that PawPaw is probably not more well known has, unsurprisingly, everything to do with the commercial viability of the fruits. PawPaw fruit is absolutely delicious but it only stays good for a few days after picking–so it would never survive the rigors of modern industrial agriculture. You can occasionally find it at a good farmer’s market, and it is well worth seeking out! You can also seek it out in the wilds. And yet, PawPaw is the only citrus tree that grows in a north-eastern climate. Read that sentence twice–yes, we have a native citrus tree that grows utterly delicious fruits that taste like a cross between guava, strawberry, and a banana.
This leads to the names for the PawPaw, which includes everything from Appalacian banana, Michigan Banana, Ozark Banana, Kentucky Banana, West Virginia Banana, to American custard apple, Quaker delight, hillbilly mango, and poor man’s banana. As you can see from some of these names, a bit of a stigma was once attached to PawPaw, which may be another reason it is not as sought out or well known.
Unsurprisingly, there is also a lack of discussion of PawPaw in the magical community–so, like so many of the underlooked understory trees (of which PawPaw is one), we will build a magical understanding of this tree by exploring its uses, edible qualities, medicine, natural history and doctrine of signatures (for my full methods, see this post).
This post is part of my Sacred Trees of Eastern North America series–here you can learn about the many wonderful trees upon our landscape. In this series, I explore the magic, mythology, herbal, cultural, and divination uses, with the goal of eventually producing a larger work that explores many of our unique trees located on the US East Coast (which I hope to have completed by early 2022–so you will be seeing a lot more tree posts!) For my methods using ecology, the doctrine of signatures, and human uses, you can see this post. Other trees in this series include Eastern Sycamore, Tulip Poplar, Tamarak, Dogwood, Spruce, Spicebush, Rhododendron, Witch Hazel, Staghorn Sumac, Chestnut, Cherry, Juniper, Birch, Elder, Walnut, Eastern White Cedar, Hemlock, Sugar Maple, Hawthorn, Hickory, Beech, Ash, White Pine, Black Locust, and Oak. For information on how to work with trees spiritually, you can see my Druid Tree Working series including finding the face of the tree, seeking the grandmother trees, tree relationships, communicating on the outer planes, communicating on the inner planes, establishing deep connections with trees, working with urban trees, tree energy, seasonal workings, and helping tree spirits pass.
Ecology of the PawPaw
The slender stem of a five year old pawpaw
PawPaw has a native range that spans from the edges of Texas and Oklahoma all across the southeastern US into Georgia and Alabama and upward into Maryland and Pennsylvania. As a USDA Zone 5-9 fruiting tree, people have planted it as far as New England and the upper Midwest. Pawpaw is one of the few fruit trees that can handle full shade, and when I’ve found it in the wild, that’s typically where you find it: along quiet stream beds and river valleys, in damp and fertile flood plains, and deep in the shade of the overstory. PawPaw often spread by roots to form a dense clonal colony–thus, when you find mature trees, you will often find a large patch of them growing closer together.
PawPaw is an understory tree, typically growing between 25-35 feet in height with trunks somewhere between 8-12″ in diameter at full growth. The leaves typically grow only hear the ends of the branches so PawPaw may look a bit sparse compared to other trees.
PawPaw flowers have three sepals (petal-like leaves) that surround six maroon flowers. PawPaws are predominately fly pollinated, which means that you do not want to sniff the flowers, as they often smell like rotting meat (I learned this the hard way, haha!). Don’t stick your nose in that maroon flower! The PawPaw flower would be classified as a “carrion” flower due to this unique odor–it creates a stinking, fetid odor to attract flies and beetles that would pollinate it.
The flowers appear at the same time that the new leaves are coming forth in early spring. I will also note that the leaves and branches also may have a slightly fetid smell, so do keep this in mind as you work with this tree. It is kind of amazing that this stinky flower and tree can produce such delicious fruit!
After spring pollination, the green fruits grow to the size of your hand or more, eventually dipping down the tender branches and dropping from the tree in September or October. Here in Western PA, it is often late September that the fruit is ready to drop from the tree, just around the Fall Equinox. The fruits typically will fall from the tree while still green and ripen on the ground. This is when you can find them–pick them up on the ground green and then sit them on a counter or in a dark paper bag until ripe. Keep a good eye on them, as they will ripen quickly. Once they ripen, eat them fresh or process them into fruit leather, jam, pies, etc as they only stay ripe a few days before spoiling.
PawPaw as Anachronistic Fruit and Tree of the Ancestors
This PDF titled “Anachronistic Fruits and the Ghosts Who Haunt Them” by Connie Barlow of the Harvard Arboretum gives a really interesting natural history of the PawPaw as an anachronistic fruit. While pawpaw and other fruits (including Osage orange, Persimmon, Honey Locust, and Kentucky Coffee Tree) were originally eaten and spread by the “megafauna” at the end of the Pleistocene, these animals went extinct at about 12,700 BC, likely due to overhunting by humans. These megafauna animals included mastodons, giant sloths, giant beavers, and spread PawPaw fruits by ingesting and then pooping out the seeds.
Barlow notes that PawPaw and other anachronistic fruits developed clonal spreading techniques when there was an absence of large megafauna seed spreaders. She notes that at the Arnold Arboretum after an old PawPaw died, the underground root network had hundreds of baby pawpaw spring up almost immediately. When humans came into North America at the end of the last Ice Age, they would have taken up the work of the Megafauna and spread the seeds of these useful and edible trees. Thus, if you find a large PawPaw tree cluster in the wild, perhaps it was deposited there by ancient human ancestors of the land. And, anytime you are planting a new pawpaw tree by root cutting or seed, you are connecting with that ancient legacy. So this is an ancestral tree with ancestral connections.
Human uses: Food and Wood
Obviously, the PawPaw is a great wild or cultivated food. As permaculture, restoration agriculture, and food forestry take off, PawPaw has become a shining superstar for developing native perennial-based food systems here in North America. PawPaw are particularly good for areas where you have rich soil with shade and water. In fact, one of the first things I did when arriving on this land was to plant 30 PawPaws in the understory, much of which had been logged, as part of my forest regeneration efforts. They haven’t borne fruit yet, but I know they will in the next few years, and I’m quite excited!
As I mentioned above, the fruits typically fall from the trees in the fall. PawPaw fruits are usually higher than you can reach in mature stands, so you have to wait for them to fall onto the ground to collect. The fruits fall green and will naturally ripen on your counter in a few days. You can also pick them from the tree, but only if the tree is ready to give of its fruit–in other words, if the fruit is easy to pick from the tree, it is ready (just like harvesting a wild apple). If the fruit does not want to come off the tree, come back in a few days and try again–it is not ready.
The fruits are delicious when eaten raw. They have large seeds (which you can plant, but you need to keep them moist or else they lose viability–so plant just after eating!) You can also create custards, pies, jams, and jellies from your pawpaws. There are two real keys to pawpaw. The first is that you have to process it fast: it’s really only good for a few days on the counter (or maybe up to a week in the fridge) before it goes rotten, so you’ve got to use it while it lasts! This post offers some great tips for where to buy PawPaw products like beer, popsicles, and more. The second key is that it is best used fresh, dried, or baked–so with the exception of my goose egg custard, I don’t typically cook it much, as you do lose some of the flavors of the fruit. Canning a jam can work, but it’s not going to be nearly as good as a fresh or frozen puree.
My happy pawpaw, growing along the path in the shade at the homestead My happy pawpaw, growing along the path in the shade at the homestead
The fruit itself really tastes like a custard already, but I’ve found it particularly good when a bit is added to a duck or goose egg custard (I use the linked recipe and replace 50% of the maple syrup with the pawpaw for either duck or goose eggs). I’ve also made a nice fruit leather using a similar technique to what I posted for Autumn olives in the above-linked post.
Beyond its delicious fruit, PawPaw has a number of other bushcraft uses. PawPaw wood is very soft and fibrous, making it excellent for use in a bow drill set, both spindle and motherboard as well as for a hand drill (needs to be quite dry to use as a hand drill). In fact, my first bow drill set (which I made at the North American Bushcraft School’s MountainCraft Gathering in 2019, taught to me by Jeff Gotieb ) used a PawPaw spindle. PawPaw is one of the softer woods, considered good for a beginner who is new to ancestral fire-making.
As with any uses of any tree, I always suggest you practice reciprocation: make offerings, ask permission, and do something nice for the tree in return (such as planting its seeds or offspring). If you are going to enjoy the tree’s fruits, make sure you give something in return.
Historical and Present Uses in Medicine and Magic
In truth, there is almost nothing that I can find on the magical or mundane uses of PawPaw in any of my usual herbal books or references in the different western magical traditions (western occultism, hoodoo, herbalism, etc). Thus, it does not appear that PawPaw has traditionally been used for magical practices or herbalism. This is pretty typical of the other understory trees that I’ve studied, but I think that they are really worth getting to know!
However, what search does yield fruit is looking at some of the publications coming out of the scientific community. Even if PawPaw wasn’t used traditionally, scientists are now discovering some of the amazing properties of this plant. For example, Nam et. al (2018) found that PawPaw fruit contained at least some anti-cancer components and may be a useful anti-cancer treatment with future study. In another study by Nam et. al. (2019), they found that alcohol extraction of unripe fruits contained considerable anti-oxidant and anti-microbial properties, suggesting possibilities for anti-aging and anti-microbial applications. PawPaw is also being explored as a possible food additive for domestic fowl production.
PawPaw’s Magic and Divination
Given all of the above, PawPaw is a really interesting tree to think about from a divinatory and magical perspective.
Death and Underworld. Certainly, PawPaw has connections to the world of the dead and the underworld for several reasons. The most important being that it has a carrion-smelling flower, that literally smells like fetid flesh, and that attracts flies and beetles as pollinators. The second way that it connects is also through the doctrine of signatures–the tree itself has very sparse leaves and a very open frame, showing the skeleton of the tree (the branches and trunk) rather than being covered by leaves. This connection might allow you to use the flowers to connect with the dead, to speak with them, or to help them on their journey.
Strong Need to Move On from a Toxic Situation. Tied to the carrion flower that is transformed into an extremely delicious–but short-lived fruit, this tree may also signal that something that has been going on for a long time needs to end. Sometimes we end up in situations where we should have ended a situation (a bad job, a bad relationship, a bad living situation) a long time ago, and for some reasons (fear, stress, exhaustion) we continue to persevere long past our breaking point. PawPaw can signal the need to move on–and the healing and rewards (fruit) that come when we let go of the toxic situation.
Transience. Because PawPaw’s fruit is so short-lived and transient, it reminds us of the transience or ephemeral nature of things. We can never get too comfortable or used to anything in life–the only certainty is the passage of time.
I hope that you’ve enjoyed this look into the wonderful and delicious PawPaw tree–and may you find many on your travels! I would love to hear of your experiences with this incredible tree!
The Sound of the Human Voice
Every time we use our voices, we send our energetic imprint out into the universe and to the people around us.
Whether listening to the low muted murmur of a confidential whisper or the proud declarative boom coming from behind a mic on the podium, there are few sounds more evocative than the human voice. Each human being’s voice has a unique tone that is all its own. Carrying their own signature traits and idiosyncrasies, no two voices are alike.
Yet so often, we neglect to hear these resonances under which our spoken words are floated over. A lover’s voice vibrating with tenderness can feel like a warm caress touching the body; words spoken over an angry voice can seem like bullets hitting one’s auric field; and a voice tinged with laughter can’t help but fill us with good feelings. And then there are the voices of other people we encounter. The radio announcer’s soothing baritone that accompanies us during a long ride, the cheerful chatter of children playing on the street, and the dulcet hum of a yogi in mid-mantra are just a few of the voices we may be blessed to hear on any given day. Taken together, they’re like a wondrous symphony of mellifluous notes.
Every time we use our voices, we send our energetic imprint out into the universe and to the people around us. And, like the words that we use when we speak to people, our voices can communicate what we are feeling, what we desire, and what we really mean. There is no hiding our truth that can be felt through the sound of our voices. Timidity, desire, pain, and love can all be expressed and felt through the human voice. Our voices also have the power to heal, to hurt, to love, and to transform others. When we are aware of the impact our voices can have, we can consciously choose what we are expressing. Remember that what you communicate when you speak goes beyond words. Take responsibility for the power your voice has to impact the space and the people around you and let your voice be a sound that creates harmony and compassion in the universe.
Ghost Hunting Theories
My Top 5 Favorite Halloween Decor Places!
Posted: 07 Sep 2021 02:00 AM PDT
It’s that magical time of year when you drift into the craft, hardware, and big box stores, cruise around online, and bop into the local Spirit Halloween to get your visual fix.
I’m going to share some of my favorite places to find decor for Halloween!
Christmas Traditions (shop)
This shop has an amazing array of beautiful artistry and magic for whatever holiday it is. Halloween is very nostalgic and amazing. If you want true collectibles, this is ideal.
Oriental Trading Company (shop)
This is the most happily priced items with the biggest selection. If you need a costume or are having a party – it’s ideal!
Spirit Halloween (shop)
We all love Spirit Halloween because it has pop up storms from around Labor Day to Halloween. This allows a lot of us to go in the stores, see the animatronics, and soak up Halloween first hand. If you need makeup, costumes, or home decor, it’s awesome! I’m not always excited about the themes they decide to focus on, but thankfully zombies and clowns are fading away. Their online catalog makes it possible to get items anywhere.
This ones is pricey, but you will find seriously quality and beautiful items that you can’t find anywhere else. If you want Halloween to be an interior design delight without being campy and cheesy, you’ll find those items here. They are the kinds of things you keep for decades and probably have your kids begging to take to their adult classy homes.
Once again, a great store because you can go inside and really play with stuff. Michaels is fantastic about setting Halloween up in the summertime, knowing we can’t resist looking at everything autumn. With the exception of the ugly glitter choices, their buyers are pretty spot-on. The Tiny Treasures/Tiny Town collectibles are a fascination to look at up close.
Vintage Halloween is a real favorite right now and I’d love to see the 1970s stuff – the stacked plastic jack o’lantern light, the macaroni-looking plastic wall hangings of a cat and the moon, a pumpkin, a witch. Would love to see someone turn string lights into those napkin and rubber band ghosts we used to make!
Some other places to look –
Angel of Grief
The memorials added to Find a Grave® not only document the burial locations or dispositions of those who have passed on, but also memorialize and celebrate their lives. We’ve received messages from you that mention how visiting a Find a Grave memorial has helped with the grieving process. We all know the sadness and loneliness that follows after a loved one dies and are glad that leaving flowers and visiting the memorial helps.
A particular sculpture captures this sadness: the Angel of Grief, which graces the grave of Emelyn Story. The angel is dressed in classical Roman attire. Her face remains unseen unless you are close to the sculpture. The angels’ wings dominate the scene, but even they look to feel the despair as they drape over the altar to the ground. She seems to be abandoning all else as she steps up and falls on the altar of life in mourning. Her body is eternally slumped in bereavement. The laurel branches that she brought to the altar have fallen from her hand and lie at the base, their evergreen leaves, which symbolize victory and immortality, no longer victorious.
The “Angel of Grief Weeping over the Altar of Life” is located in Campo Cestio beneath the shadow of the once-occupied pyramid tomb of Caius Cestius. It was William Wetmore Story’s last sculpture, made to mark the grave of his wife, Emelyn.
William Wetmore Story
William and Emelyn Story married in their youth and spent their lives together. They had four children: Edith, Joseph, Thomas, and Julian. William was a man of many talents. He was a well-known sculptor, practiced law, authored poems, wrote other literary works, and was an art critic. He also wrote a biography on his father, an Associate Justice for the U.S. Supreme Court. After his father’s death in 1845, he was commissioned to create a memorial statue. It was then that William and his family moved to Italy for his study of sculpture. In Rome, he and his family were well known in social circles and his palace apartments in Palazzo Barberini (which contained forty rooms in total) became a hub for intellectuals, writers, and artists. William sculpted the memorial for his father and continued his artistry with many other famous sculptures.
William and Emelyn enjoyed each other’s company. At one point William was having difficulty finding time to read Ben-Hur, so he and Emelyn decided to read it aloud to one another—all 744 pages. Letters to friends say that they both “felt great regret as they finished the last page.” Theirs was a mature love, gained after being married for fifty years. Emelyn died in 1894 at age 73, and William, in his solemn grief, lost all interest in the affairs of life. He wrote to a friend after her death that Emelyn was “my life, my joy, my stay and help in all things…what is left seems to be but a blank of silence, a dead wall which, when I cry out…only echoes back my own voice.” (The Browning’s Correspondence)
The creation of the Angel of Grief was written about in an 1896 issue of Cosmopolitan Magazine: “It was only when his children suggested that he should make a monument to her memory that he consented to resume work; the design he chose was the ‘Angel of Grief’ and it is wrought to exquisite finish, as are the statues modeled in his summer prime. When this was done, he left the studio never to return.”
William described the sculpture and his feelings to a relative: “It represents the Angel of Grief, in utter abandonment, throwing herself with drooping wings and hidden face over a funeral altar. It represents what I feel. It represents prostration. Yet to do it helps me.”(The Browning’s Correspondence)
After he completed this sculpture for the grave of his wife, he fell into a long illness and died the following year. He is buried underneath the angel, with his wife.
The Angel of Grief left its intended effect, evoking the feelings of sadness, despair, despondence, and mourning alongside its breathtaking beauty and eternal posture. Within a few years, copies of the angel started showing up in other cemeteries around the world and still do to this day. In popular culture the image of the angel has also been used on album covers and in a film.
The Angel of Grief exhibits the emotions that we feel when we lose someone we love. We’ve added a virtual flower of the Angel of Grief to our Flowers section. Feel free to use this as a token of remembrance for memorials of those that you miss and love.
Additionally, in remembrance, we have created a virtual cemetery for those whose lives tragically ended twenty years ago due to the attacks of September 11, 2001. Our hearts go out to all who are grieving because of the effects of the world-wide pandemic or who have otherwise lost family and friends.
We found quite a number of Find a Grave memorials that include a statue of the Angel of Grief. You can browse through them here.
Celebrating Garlic Chives
~Susan WIttig Albert
There’s garlic (Allium sativum), and there are chives (A. schoenoprasum)—and then there are garlic chives (A. tuberosum, also called Chinese chives). They are brightening my late-summer gardens with pretty globes of starry white flowers, dearly loved by the bees. I’ve been snipping the flat green leaves into salads, omelets, soups, and mashed potatoes, where they add color and a subtle garlic taste. The tender young leaves are best to cook with, so it’s a good idea to shear the entire clump back to the ground every three or four weeks, to make sure that the leaves don’t get tough and bitter. My chickens love the sheared leaves, chopped beak-size. No chickens? No worry: you can dry the snipped leaves or pop them into small plastic bags and freeze them.
Now, about those tiny black seeds that will inevitably be produced by those pretty white flowers. You can collect them by tapping the drying seed head onto a plate and sprout the seeds for spicy salad sprouts. Or you can clip the seed heads while they’re still flowering, dry them in paper bags, shake out the seeds, and add the pretty heads to your herbal wreaths. Or you can let Nature take its course, in which case you will have more garlic chives than you know what to do with. (Of course, they do make lovely passalong plants.) In cold regions, they’ll die back to the ground and pop up again in the spring. Every two or three years, dig and divide the clump.
There’s more, naturally. Herbalists have traditionally used garlic chives in the same way that they’ve used onions and other members of the Allium family: to stimulate the appetite, improve digestion, fight fatigue, and even grow hair on bald heads—more reasons to plant and enjoy this ornamental culinary and medicinal herb.
The juice of Onions mix’t with the decoction of Penniroyal . . .
anointed upon a pild [bare] or bald head in the sun,
bringeth the haire againe very speedily.
—John Gerard, The Herbal, 1597
Gilberto Rides Again
by Stephen Halpert
Atlas employees stared in confusion. Buzz lay prone on the small stage, with Ramon and Gilberto standing by. Ambulance attendants rushed into the dining room, carefully put the pale, comatose Buzz onto a stretcher, and hurried him into the ambulance. “Where are you taking him?” Gilberto asked.
“Greenbush Memorial Hospital,” one called over his shoulder.
Clay Calhoun personnel milled around in stunned disbelief. “Please go back to your rooms”, Gilberto told them. “We’ll follow the ambulance and update everyone later.”
The two elderly harridans rose from their table, and with the assistance of two waiters, left the dining room. “They look smug,” Ramon whispered to Gilberto.
Gilberto saw Colonel Dimwittie approach Sara Midgley. Unobtrusively, he moved close enough to overhear their conversation. The colonel looked at Sara pleadingly. “I hope this setback won’t inhibit our merger, or for that matter,” he smiled, “our growing fondness for one another.”
Sara looked grim, lips pursed. Gilberto sensed she wanted to kick the old attorney hard in his neither regions.
“I’m not sure what you are speaking of,” she began. Gilberto watched in admiration how she maintained her dignity. “However, without Buzz’s signature the merger will be null in void. “
“Surely his signature could still appear on the document,” Dimwittie said with a sly vagueness to his voice.
Sara’s tone sharpened. “Such a thing would be quite impossible and highly illegal. Even such a suggestion could be inferred as bordering on criminal conduct.”
Gilberto knew then to move closer. Every vestige of Southern aristocratic charm vanished from Dimwittie’s demeanor. He pointed a trembling finger at her. His voice shook. “And I was led to believe that you and I had a special bonding.”
Sara straightened her shoulders and stared hard at him. “Whatever gave you that idea?”
“We had intentions of going to Paris together.”
She shook her head. “Indeed. Perhaps those were your intentions, not mine.”
His face crumpled. “This merger is essential to Clay …”
Sara glared “I’m sure some other Fortune 500 firm will pick up the slack, Colonel. Now if you’ll excuse me, I must get to the hospital to see about Buzz.”
But Colonel Dimwittie would not be cast aside. “You’re an officer of Atlas. You have the authority…”
She glared. “Thank you,” she said, her tone frosty. “I must say I’ve never had such overly cooked dry chicken in my life. Now if you’ll excuse me.”
He tried grabbing her arm. Gilberto and Ramon immediately stood between them.
“We’re all going to the hospital,” Gilberto said. Then he and Ramon guided Sara and Maria out of the dining room to a waiting limo.
“The nerve of that buffoon,” Sara said sitting next to Maria. Gilberto got in and sat next to Maria as Ramon settled himself on one of the folding seats. “I never wanted to kick anyone so much before.”
“Why didn’t you?” Gilberto said. “Without Buzz this merger isn’t happening.”
Ramon shook his head. “Did you see how the two old ladies reacted when Buzz keeled over? Their faces radiated pure pleasure, like they just won the big prize in the lottery.”
Maria shook her head and frowned. ” I’ve always hated polite hostility.”
“Got that right,” Gilberto said. “I just hope Dimwittie doesn’t cause us any trouble.”
“Doubtful,” Sara said. “Remember we’re all witnesses to his conduct, and the official documents remain unsigned. I doubt he has a legal leg to stand on.” She patted her large embroidered shoulder bag. “Safe and sound.”
When they arrived at the hospital Buzz was invisible, already being tended to by doctors and staff.
A nurse led them to a small reception area. “Please be comfortable. We’ll inform you as soon as a proper diagnosis …”
Sara smiled and pushed her aside.
“I’m sorry, the nurse said, her voice rising, “but this is a restricted area.”
“Me too,” Sara replied “Gilberto, back me up.” She proceeded down the hall.
“Just one minute,” a nurse supervisor insisted.”
But Sara paid her no attention. Gilberto followed after her. He hoped he wouldn’t be arrested for some sort of trespassing but nonetheless continued.
The examining room had large glass windows. Gilberto and Sara watched as doctors worked on Buzz. He was hooked up to a tangle of tubes.
Gilberto saw tears in Sara’s eyes. “I’m sorry,” was all he could say.
“Me too, if you only knew how hard he pushed himself. “
A Security Guard tried to intercept them. Ramon appeared, stumbling over him. “Sorry,” Ramon smiled. “Too much I fear to drink.”
The Guard fell against Ramon dropping hard onto one knee. Ramon slipped against him landing atop him, his voice slurred as through in a drunken stupor.
The Guard tried pushing Ramon aside but somehow, they seemed glued together.
“Get off me you oaf.” The Guard pushed at him.
As though on cue Maria rushed down the hall her heels clacking. “Let me help,” she cried out. Reaching for Ramon’s hand she winked at Gilberto and slipped against the Guard–the three of them stumbling together into a pile.
Gilberto and Sara were focused on the activities on the other side of the glass.
“I tried getting him to exercise and eat right, but no one could ever tell Buzz anything,” her voice was dry as she suppressed a sob.
By now Ramon, Maria and the Security Guard were disentangled and climbing to their feet. The Guard tried standing, clutching at his right knee. He glared at Ramon. “You may have broken my knee, you dumb oaf.”
Ramon looked intentionally helpless, smiling confusedly.
A doctor emerged from the examining room. He looked dour, weary. He peered at Sara, assuming she was Buzz’s wife. “I’m sorry, we did the best we could. He’s resting comfortably in an induced coma. Now his fate is in the hands of the Almighty.”
Sara burst into tears. “I’ll make arrangements to have him flown back to Boston.” She turned to Gilberto, clutched his hand, crying harder. He patted her on the shoulder. She shivered, turned to Ramon, lowered her voice. “Help me please. I’m too upset to be alone. Please take care of me.”
Ramon looked helpless, not knowing what to say. Gilberto remained expressionless. Finally, in a dry voice, Ramon nodded his head and said, “Sure.”
Sara clutched Ramon’s hand and walked into the elevator. Maria sighed, but said nothing. Together the four left and returned to the hotel.
(To be continued)
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. 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 12, 2021
These are challenging times, and each challenge is different according to the details of your life, where you live and what you are undergoing. Therefore, this week, let’s have some good news! I want to talk about Jupiter and what this means for each sign for the rest of the year. The planet Jupiter is the biggest planet in our Solar System. In fact, it’s so huge, you could fit all the other planets inside of it, and still have room for three sesame seeds and the heart of a Hollywood producer. Because it’s so big, it represents magnification, abundance, joy, wisdom and wealth. It has a social dimension as well and is the “glue” that holds society together. Jupiter will be in Aquarius until Dec. 30th. It won’t be in Aquarius again until 2033. Read on to see what Jupiter in Aquarius means for your sign. (I’m making popcorn!)
Aries (March 21-April 19)
Life will flow more easily for you for the rest of this year because of the placement of Jupiter in your chart. With very little effort, things will tend to go how you want them to go. Powerful people will help you, because they have confidence in you. Because success attract others, you will be popular for the rest of the year! You might be more active than usual in clubs and group activities. Your idealism is aroused, and you will feel confident about making ambitious goals. In a word, you believe in yourself! For the rest of this year – whatever you put out will come back to you magnified.
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
For the rest of this year, lucky Jupiter is at the top of your chart! This is fortunate because Jupiter will not be there again until 2033. Jupiter represents wealth, wisdom and success; and because it’s at the top of your chart, it means this is how the world sees you! Regardless of how you might feel, you appear to be successful to your peers. They admire your accomplishments! You can expect promotions at work and public recognition. You might receive awards or kudos. Some will choose to leap into working in a new field, especially related to medicine, healing, the law, higher education and travel. You have so much to look forward to!
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
The rest of this year is powerful because lucky Jupiter is in your fellow Air Sign. This means it is supportive to you. The symbolic energy of Jupiter is ready to help you, especially with travel, medicine, the law, publishing, the media and foreign countries. Jupiter will push you to expand your world in some way. This is an excellent influence for writers and students. What you have to be careful of is this: Because Jupiter is “helping” you, you will feel like you can sit back and relax. But this will be a missed opportunity. Jupiter will give you good health, well-being and increased confidence, which means you can go after what you want! Don’t waste this. Use it!
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
The good news for your sign is financial. That’s because lucky, moneybags Jupiter is sitting in one of your Money Houses, specifically the House that relates to other people’s money and other people’s wealth. This means you might receive an inheritance. You might get money from the government. You might become richer because your partner comes richer. For the rest of year, it will be easy to get a loan or mortgage. You can count on the practical support of others not just for money but also for other kinds of support. Someone might let you use something they own. This is a fortunate time!
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
For the rest of this year, Jupiter will be opposite your sign. The last time this occurred was in 2009. This definitely will enhance your closest relationships, which ironically, are currently challenged because Saturn is opposite your sign. As they say in the movies, “It’s complicated.” Jupiter will arouse your ambition and make you want to go after as much as you can. However, tread carefully because this can indicate difficulty with authorities. (Don’t overstep your bounds.) The upside is this is a productive time for you and also a growth-oriented time. Others will help you and vice versa. We all need all the help we can get!
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
This is a powerful week because the Sun in your sign is dancing with Pluto. It’s the classic time for a makeover. Decide which parts of your life should be reformed. Meanwhile, Jupiter will boost your health in a wonderful way this year. It’s an excellent time for your body to heal or recover from an illness. You will also have opportunities to improve your existing job or get a better job. Even if you don’t have a paying job, you will find that you derive greater satisfaction and fulfilment out of whatever you do. The rest of this year will bring you inner rewards and a sense of fulfilment and personal satisfaction. “You like me! You really like me!”
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
Even though, you are hiding in the wings – nevertheless, the rest of this year is supportive to you! Life will be easier. In fact, life will be so much easier, you will be inclined to take a vacation and enjoy relaxing. But this would be a waste of an opportunity because this year is an excellent time for financial exploration and expansion. You will also work to make your surroundings more elegant. (Yes, you’re ready to spend a lot of money.) Travel will also appeal. Children will bring you joy, and opportunities for your own creative self-expression will grow. Romance will blossom! Oh yes, this is a lovely year ahead for you!
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
For the rest of the year, you can improve where you live. You might renovate or redecorate. Some will buy and sell or rent something better. You might buy beautiful things for your home, which make you feel richer. By extension, your family life will also be richer, and relations with your kids will improve. In fact, family members will be more generous to each other. Real-estate negotiations and transactions will benefit you as well. This will happen whether you buy your own home or you speculate – either way, these transactions will lead to future gains. Get ready to shore up the foundation of your life.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
The reason you are a fortunate sign is your ruler is lucky Jupiter. For the rest of the year, Jupiter will support you and help you. You will notice that your life will flow more easily and things will be accomplished with less effort. “It’s magic!” Furthermore, your optimism will increase. You will entertain bigger, more ambitious ideas. You will have more confidence in yourself. “I can do this!” This is a wonderful year to learn, study and write. It’s also a great year to teach and enlighten others. Jupiter will increase your contacts on a daily basis. It will also improve your relations with brothers, sisters and cousins.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
You have much to look forward to because Jupiter is the planet that represents wealth and for the rest of the year, it will be sitting in your House of Money. Ka-ching! In a word – you will become richer. You might earn more money. If you don’t earn more money then, somehow riches and goods will come to you. In some cases, it might even be that you will buy yourself wonderful things, that in turn, makes you feel richer. Look for ways to earn money. Look for ways to get a better paying job. Trust your ability to do this. You might also earn money in a way related to another country or foreign investments. The sky’s the limit!
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Well, naturally, the rest of this year will be fortunate for you because lucky, Jupiter is in your sign! The last time this occurred was 2009; the next time it will happen is 2033. (Time flies when you’re unconscious.) Jupiter is in your sign about four or five times in your adult life, and when it occurs, the right people and resources are magically available for you. Life is fortunate for you in personal terms. Relations with others are happier. Associations will benefit you. It’s a time of learning and gaining new experiences. This also is the beginning of a major cycle of growth in your life. It’s all good! Take a bow.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
The experience you will have of Jupiter in Aquarius in your chart will be different from the other signs because in your case, Jupiter will be “hiding.” Why? It’s hiding because at the very end of the year and into next year it will move into your sign! Major bonus! That’s when things will really look up! In the meantime, Jupiter will benefit you in subtle ways this year. It will certainly enhance your spiritual values and your inner world and any interest you might have in metaphysics or hidden knowledge. You might meet a spiritual teacher or you might act as a spiritual teacher for someone else. You will certainly learn more about yourself by coming face-to-face with aspects of yourself that you often ignore. It will be a gentle reality check.
Weekly Horoscopes beginning Sunday, 12 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:
It’s unlike you to put off decisions and, even more, taking action when matters are pressing. However, you’ve been so short of facts that saying and doing nothing seemed better than making a mistake you could soon regret. However, with your ruler Mars moving to accent these on Wednesday, you’ll find you’ve little choice but to do whatever needs to be done, and fast.
You might take a look at your life and wonder how you ended up with so many time-consuming commitments. You will just want to throw off the demands of duty and throw yourself into pastimes that make you happy. For this reason, routine activities will get the thumbs down. You could do with more excitement, more adventure and new challenges. These are the desires you should follow as much as possible. Be imaginative. Be creative. Have fun.
Eclipses can be thought of as knots in a silken thread that spans centuries. Each eclipse spawns’ minor knots along the way. What’s interesting about this week’s First Quarter Moon is that it marks a minor knot connected to the Solar Eclipse on December 14, 2020. Take time to consider the ideas, plans and determination for greater information that were seeded then. It’s likely time to move these to the next stage. Think of how good this could look on your CV when you show the expertise you’ve acquired. True, it could take as much as two years to gain this, but even letting others know that you are walking this path should bring reward and even before next weekend. Mid-week Mars moves into your opposite sign. Others then need to see that you are definite in your intention to go places. Expect to be and to feel empowered by Friday.
Personal theme: I have!!
Earth & fixed sign: April 20 — May 20
Your horoscope for this week:
While you’ve wisely tiptoed around a range of tricky issues, some longstanding, others more recent, suddenly the mood is changing. You’ll be exchanging that enforced silence for unexpectedly frank discussions. Better yet, circumstances that, only recently, held little hope are suddenly showing promise. The challenge? Taking action while you’re short of facts. Still, plunge in. Every passing day will bring exactly the insights you need.
You’re about to make a decision that will have long-term consequences. Before doing so, consider whether you are allowing past experiences influence your judgement. Disappointments are not going to be repeated. Things are different now. If you’re giving the past too much control over your present you could miss out on something wonderful. Be sure to check transport arrangements and timetables if you are travelling and anticipate some delay.
Since Uranus entered your sign two years ago, you’ve coped with significant challenges: many of which may have been health-related and not necessarily your own health. You’ve likely been challenged to think differently and to accept that those whom you’ve always assumed had all the answers, perhaps do not. As of mid-week, and Mars’ move into Libra when it is then in mutual reception with your ruling planet Venus, you may be ready to remove rose-tinted glasses and to go on a voyage of discovery all of your own. Contact with those who live and work overseas is likely. It may be that they have information you need. What seems as likely, is that by next Friday, you will be ready to join forces. A business partnership could at the very least be discussed and even possibly made formal through contract.
Personal theme: I think!!
Air sign: May 21 — June 20
Your horoscope for this week:
As a quick-thinking Gemini, you’re brilliant at juggling challenges and golden opportunities. However, with things moving so swiftly, and their nature often unclear, even you could be overwhelmed. The secret? For now, it’s about learning as much as possible, but limiting your commitments, at least where you can. While all these strategies seem a nuisance now, within weeks you’ll realise how wise it was.
You feel strongly about a cause that relates to vulnerable members of your community and that’s why you will volunteer to help in any way you can. You are determined that a planned meeting will go ahead even though there is talk about postponing this. Later in the week there’ll be a need to knuckle down to work. You’ve taken on a few new commitments and they can’t be expected to take care of themselves.
Think back to last December when there was a Solar Eclipse in your opposite sign. Eclipses form threads that reach across centuries. They’re all linked and you can think of them as knots in a silken thread. There are minor knots between the bigger ones. One of those minor knots is reached at Monday’s First Quarter Moon. It’s likely that something begun even just as an idea between December 14 and 21st 2020, will reach its next stage. True, momentarily you might wonder if you’ve done the right thing. A goal or dream could seem elusive or not entirely as you’d imagined. It might just take a few days to anchor and yes, to assess levels of support. Mid-week though, as Mars moves into another of the Air signs, there is high probability of joining forces with someone on similar path whose energy and enthusiasm is empowering. By Friday your willingness to learn will be remarked on and that even within days of starting what is effectively a new job, those in charge will feel they’ve chosen well.
Personal theme: I feel!!
Water & cardinal sign: June 21 — July 22
Your horoscope for this week:
For weeks you’ve been juggling tricky situations and, worse yet, certain delicate egos. While you’ve dealt with some, and even organised future plans, other matters remain in disarray. Actually, that’s for the best. Why? You’re benefitting from a range of changes, ideas and offers as unexpected as they’ll be thrilling. The challenge? Having the courage to move swiftly now, and seek reassuring facts later.
Saying the first thing that comes into your mind might not be a good idea especially if this is likely to upset someone you care for. Sometimes, keeping your thoughts to yourself is the best option and this will certainly help avoid arguments or embarrassment. If a journey is delayed, it would be sensible to let anyone who might be expecting you know that you are likely to be late. Take any opportunity to use your natural talents.
Two significant planetary events take place this week. Priority is the First Quarter Moon on Monday which links back to the Solar Eclipse on December 14, 2020. First consider what was happening in your working life then. It may be that these can then be moved to their next stage. That energy is likely to be bolstered by Mars’ arrival in Libra, when it comes into mutual reception with Venus. What that means is that those two planets are then travelling in signs they each prefer. This should bring a double boost. For a start, you should feel a creative surge mid-week, and yes costs, – possibly be invited to join forces with someone whose expertise is already acknowledged. They may now be ready to hand over some reins. You can afford to think bigger and yes, you can also afford to consider moving out of your shell. It may be that you’ve been hiding your light under there for too long.
Personal theme: I will!!
Fire & fixed sign: July 23 — August 22
Your horoscope for this week:
After a tricky period, that’s required both patience and flexibility, now events aren’t just falling into place, things are far better than you’d imagined possible. For this reason, you’re tempted to check out the facts. Don’t. While certain elements may not be as you thought, they’re breakthroughs. The challenge? Taking advantage of these means trusting destiny in a way that doesn’t always come naturally to you.
You might sense as you begin the week that something is not quite right. A sudden twist in circumstances around Wednesday will make it apparent your intuition was bang on target. It’s going to be difficult to work out how successful a new work schedule is going to be until you have seen the figures. Even if there are hurdles to overcome, in all areas, don’t give up too quickly. It will be those who persevere who will gain the most.
You may know that the planets seem to work better when passing through some signs than others. On Wednesday, and as Mars moves into Libra, it comes into what is known as mutual reception with Venus. In other words, Venus would prefer to be in the sign in which Mars is travelling and Mars would prefer to be where Venus is. This type of interchange boosts the energies of both planets. Given that both highlight the base of your solar chart, you would be an unusual Leo if you weren’t considering asset management and property specifically. It may be that you’ve outgrown your present space. That could be as true in the working environment. With a different perspective comes empowerment (this week’s keyword). Before Friday, and perhaps following on from creative ideas that were seeded at the end of last year, you might determine what it is that you’re really seeking and yes, make the first few steps towards it. Career wise, a move seems likely.
Personal theme: I analyse!!
Earth sign: August 23 — September 22
Your horoscope for this week:
While, theoretically, the Virgo New Moon, on 7 September, will have triggered a fresh perspective, events seem confusing, if not worrying. Actually, that’s good because, for now, you’re better off focusing on what doesn’t work or should go than the future. In fact, the more you say farewell to, the more open your thinking, and your life, will be to the exciting changes coming your way.
There will be benefits in offering to help a friend or workmate with a job they need to get finished. Once it is complete, they will help you with a task you aren’t enjoying and together you will make short work of anything you tackle jointly. In this week of ups and downs, try to see problems as exciting challenges to overcome. You won’t want to give up too easily as you realise the importance of keeping at it until the job is done.
There was a Solar Eclipse in another of the Mutable signs on December 14 last year. Eclipses form what could be thought of a silken thread that span centuries. There are major and minor knots in that thread. A minor knot is reached at Monday’s First Quarter Moon. Think back to all you’ve learnt and discovered since the end of last year as it may now be time to make another move. Yours is one of the more practical signs of the zodiac but you also need projects to manage. Getting your teeth into something truly suits you. It’s highly likely, – and especially after Mars makes its Libra ingress mid-week, – that you will attract a situation which, though larger than usual, would be preoccupying for the next couple of years. Yes, it will likely require courage and research. The latter will likely not be difficult! You can find courage through alliance with someone who similarly wants to alter their outlook. In short, a working partnership should gather momentum.
Personal theme: I balance!!
Air & cardinal sign: September 23 — October 22
Your horoscope for this week:
You may already sense you’re beginning a period of exciting, if often unsettling, change and growth. While it’s obvious what’s going, what’s next won’t be as clear for some weeks. Once you understand that, you’ll be patient; and instead of avoiding changes until you’re sure what’s next, you’ll say a courageous farewell to increasingly unworkable arrangements, knowing you’re clearing the way for amazing encounters and experiences.
All will go well for you during the first few days of the week. News you had been dreading receiving will actually be better than expected. Meetings, interviews and appointments will not be as tense as anticipated. In the medium and even the long-term, you can now be cautiously optimistic about what might lie ahead. Change is going on in your life now and new activities and events are about to take place. This will give you a chance to expand your skills and knowledge.
Mars crosses the ‘World Axis’ and moves into your sign on Wednesday. As it does, it will come into mutual reception with your ruling planet Venus; and what does this mean? Both planets prefer to be travelling in the other’s sign. This gives added boost to their respective energies. So yes, partnership-wise given that it’s Venus and Mars involved, this should yet prove a spectacular week. On top of this there is a First Quarter Moon that links back to last December’s Solar Eclipse. Obviously, this affects all signs, but in your case renewed contact with those who live and work far away or in the legal or hired education worlds, could prompt you to alter your career goals. Boosted then by a fabulous aspect between the Sun and Pluto, before next Friday you could negotiate a career hurdle with ease – prompting others to consider you ready to accept greater responsibility: something you might enjoy!
Scorpio & Ophiuchus
Personal theme: I desire!!
Water & fixed signs: October 23 — November 21
Your horoscope for this week:
After weeks of being diplomatic, even when certain matters were becoming urgent, sudden changes in the mood and in circumstances enable you to discuss issues frankly. While, obviously, this is a relief, you’re surprisingly unsure what to say. Ordinarily you’d think things through, but at the moment you’re better off speaking spontaneously, and from the heart. Details and long-term plans? They can, and should, wait.
You intuitively sense the best way forward will be to do what it takes to improve your skills and abilities. You won’t let doubts or negativity that held you back in the past get in the way of your progress. This time you will be more assertive about going after what you want. Professionally, if you feel undervalued, more should be done to highlight your skills, qualifications and achievements. You need your boss to appreciate the valuable contribution you make to the workplace.
Your ruling planet Mars, crosses over into Libra mid-week. Venus, however is travelling through your sign. Both planets would prefer to be travelling in the other’s sign. This creates an effect known as ‘mutual reception’ and boosts the energies of both. Your magnetism is likely to increase especially given that the Sun and Pluto (another of your ruling planets) are also headed towards major aspect. Obviously, this is likely to affect your personal life, but within the working scenario there should be impact too. Ideas – most likely presented by Leos or Sagittarius – should now gather momentum. It may be that they’ve been incubating since the Solar Eclipse last December. They likely can’t move further forward without your assistance. Expect to be much-needed and for your investigative and research skills to be given much respect.
Personal theme: I see!!
Fire sign: November 22 — December 21
Your horoscope for this week:
Although you’re superb at making life look easy, and your enthusiasm and genuine interest in others, and events in the world around you, leads to excitement, deep down, you’re a bit of a control freak; and currently, certain arrangements aren’t going as you planned. While ordinarily you’d discreetly reorganise things, you’re urged to go with the flow. Why? Try to be patient. Soon it will all be clear.
There’s the potential to develop a deeper understanding between you and a business or loving partner. The more time you spend with each other, the stronger the bond will become. If you are single and can feel yourself falling in love, be brave; this would be a great time to ask for a date. Your ideas to improve a work project may come in for some heavy criticism and yet by the end of the week those who opposed you will suddenly offer their support.
You may recall that there was a solar eclipse in your sign on December 14 last year. Eclipses form a connected thread that spans over centuries. Along the way there are minor knots to be encountered. The first of these connected to last year’s event comes at this week’s First Quarter Moon making it likely that you will now reach a turning point or decision-making time. That the fact that this coincides with Mars’ arrival at the World Axis, and in the ‘friendships zone’ of your solar chart, suggest you might review your position within a group and indeed, determine whether or not you should continue to be involved. You may also find that you receive support from unexpected places. It’s possible that others have been talking about you, but not to you, and that they are now ready to give you a helping hand. With other major aspects in play, it wouldn’t be surprising if, by the end of what promises to be a busy if exciting week, if you felt significantly empowered and challenged in a healthy way.
Personal theme: I use!!
Earth & cardinal sign: December 22 — January 19
Your horoscope for this week:
You may already have noticed that while recent events haven’t gone according to plan, most of those changes were breakthroughs as timely as they were unexpected. Better yet, you’re just beginning this exciting and, in fact, expansive period. The trick? Go with the flow in a way that, initially, may be challenging. Gradually, however. you’ll realise how wise it is, for now and the future.
Anything to do with work, study and research will proceed surprisingly slow. Even workmates and fellow students who are usually quick to get the job done seem to be having problems. You might get frustrated with yourself when you aren’t as efficient as normal. Away from work, a number of visits and newsy messages and phone calls will keep you thoroughly entertained. Make the most of an unexpected twist in circumstances as the week ends.
Mid-week, Mars arrives at the apex of your solar chart. It will then be in what is known as mutual reception with Venus. i.e., both planets will be travelling in a sign that the other prefers. This double whammy event gives both planets an energy boost. You should thrive on this – especially since it comes just after First Quarter Moon. It may be that decisions taken since last December take on fresh momentum- mainly because those who been incubating ideas now have much clearer idea as to what can be achieved and by when. They will doubtless need your expertise.
You should perhaps also factor in the high probability that at least one member of the team will be unavailable from the end of this month through until the middle of next. Putting contingencies in place would no doubt get you noticed and yes, win you extra points should the situation manifest.
Personal theme: I know!!
Air & fixed sign: January 20 — February 18
Your horoscope for this week:
Recently you’ve dreamt of ideas, offers or changes as exciting as they are unexpected. Now that they’re actually happening, however, you’re feeling uneasy if not overwhelmed. That’s because, as an Aquarius, you were born under perhaps the most independent of signs, so tend to suspect even amazing offers. Do your best to overcome this, and be more open-minded. You’ll soon be glad you did.
If a new friend, colleague or neighbour seems overly generous, it would be sensible to be wary. They may just be trying to be friendly or they could want something from you in which case they won’t hesitate, in the future, to remind you of how much they have given you. You do not want to feel you owe anyone a favour. Be patient if the days bring delays, postponements or sudden changes to plans. Persevere in your attempts to learn a new skill.
It might be helpful to think back to last December. Exactly what projects did you begin soon after the solar eclipse that month? Remember, this was also when Jupiter and Saturn aligned in your sign. How far have you come since then? What precisely has gone wrong and what would you like to reinstate? This week’s First Quarter Moon on Monday is followed mid-week by Mars’ arrival in another of the Air signs. As it does, that planet moves into mutual reception with Venus. This gives a boost to both and puts relationships high profile. Since Venus is moving over the career point of your solar chart, working partnerships will no doubt receive a boost. This doesn’t have to work on the financial level but may well do so. That said, don’t expect permanence. Mercury turns retrograde later this month and it may be that a trial period is needed before contractual arrangements are agreed.
Personal theme: I believe!!
Water sign: February 19 — March 20
Your horoscope for this week:
Do you feel that you’re preparing for a major event? You are, but these involve everything from unexpected opportunities or welcome changes in circumstances. They’re best dealt with by exploring every option and saying no to nothing, at least now. Equally, listen to others’ advice, then politely ignore it, and heed your instincts that say to plunge in, knowing you’ll benefit from every day, and every change.
Being teamed up with someone you recently fell out with will give you a chance to discuss recent tense issues. You will feel good to be able to spend more time with a friend or relative than you usually do. You have a lot to do and having help will halve the amount of work. A strong sense of determination will also ensure you succeed. By the end of the week, you will have done wonders in clearing annoying bits and pieces out of the way.
You may know that yours is one of the Mutable signs of the zodiac. When there is an eclipse in one of these signs, this represents a change of gear and likely turning point. Two of these have affected you recently: in December and again in June. This week’s First Quarter Moon picks up on that thread. A decision may need to be taken. This likely focuses on property and asset management. That this coincides with the arrival of Mars at the World Axis suggests a major step. A review of your financial affairs may be made necessary and require advice or support from someone skilled in these matters. Though not everyone can receive good news, and obviously much depends on your personal chart, it could be that before the end of this week you are offered security particularly with regard to your long-term prospects. With this reassurance, you could also think about how to improve playtime and leisure activities.
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