GrannyMoon’s Weekly Feast: 10 Oct 2021

Cat Tip of the Month: October is officially designated as Black Cat Awareness Month. The month is meant to promote adoption of black cats who, sadly, have lower adoption rates than differently colored cats. It’s also unofficially known as Keep Your Black Cat Inside Month. Better safe than sorry. ~Mollie Hunt, Cat Writer

Blessed Be my little Witch. To those who came before and those who will come after, know that the Goddess is with you always. Thank you all my dear readers…be blessed. ~GrannyMoon

Dark Moon – Time to Rest

New Moon – Time to Begin New Projects; Birth; Attraction

Waxing Moon – Time to Grow, Increase

Full Moon – Time to be Fulfilled, Abundance

Waning Moon Time to Banish, Decrease

Last Sliver of MoonTime to Die, Letting Go

Dark Moon – Time to Rest Again

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Light A Candle Today!

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

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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.)

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October Happenings

10/6 New Moon in Libra

10/6 Pluto Direct

10/7 Venus enters Sagittarius

10/10 Saturn Direct

OCT. 9-11: Feast of Divine Wisdom – Source of all knowledge, honoring God-Goddess as Odin-Frigg (Norse); and Goddess as Sophia/Wisdom (Christian), Truth/Maat (Egyptian), Metis (Greek), Sarasvati (Hindu), & Manat (Arabic-Sufi).

OCT. 13: Knights Templar Remembrance Day

Greek Thesmophorus: five-day women’s pilgrimage for Aphrodite as Goddess of Genetyllis (childbirth), Demeter as Mother of a beautiful child (Persephone), with revelry the first day, celebration the second, temple of Demeter the third, fast and mourning for Persephone the fourth, and rejoicing the fifth day.

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

October

03: Face to Face Class: 1–3:00 ~ WitchCrafting

10: Face to Face Class: 1–3:00 ~ The Herbal Cauldron

17: Face to Face Class: Noon–2:00 ~ The Magick of Crystals

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High Priestess Training with GrannyMoon

http://GoddessSchool.com

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

Ceremonial Cords and frame-able Completion Certificates are awarded as 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

You Might Also Be Interested In:

http://goddessschool.com/Paganstudies/index.html

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

http://goddessschool.com/Paganstudies/healingarts.html

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Learn About Herbs with GrannyMoon!

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

Lavender, lemon balm, meadowsweet, ½ teaspoon each

Sage, rosemary, mint, ½ teaspoon each

Rosemary, marjoram, peppermint, ½ teaspoon each

A cool lavender compress for the temples and a quiet rest in a dark room may also give you the relief you need.

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

During this course, in addition to the on-line lessons and hands-on projects that you do at home, I will be sending you articles, and information, as well as questions about your own personal use and research.

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

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

For more info or to join my class, click here!

http://goddessschool.com/Paganstudies/healingarts.html

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

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Earth Signs and Omens in Nature Course

Learn to read the mysteries of nature! The course covers signs and omens, communication, seasonal rites, trees and shrubs, flowers, plants and weeds, herbs, plant magick, the Guardians of Nature and much more.

http://goddessschool.com/courses/earthsigns/index.html

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The Goddess School Grimoire

http://www.lulu.com/shop/sotbb-Goddess-school/the-Goddess-school-grimoire/hardcover/product-762380.html

Hardcover: $39.45

Softback: $26.95

eBook (PDF): $6.25

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

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Llewellyn’s Spell A Day

Firewood Spell

OCTOBER 10, 2021 BY ELIZABETH BARRETTE

The fire element spreads its symbolic colors over the trees when their leaves change in autumn. It is an element we need more and more as the weather cools. Some people have a woodstove, a fireplace, or a firepit. For them, autumn is a time to cut and haul firewood or order a load to be delivered.

Here is a spell to keep your woodpile safe from pests or moisture and maximize the energy from it. You will need a stick of incense, preferably a woody scent such as pine, cedar, or sandalwood. You will also need a small piece of wood from your woodpile.

Safely light the incense and wave the wood through the smoke. Then say:

Fire spirits, bless this wood. Keep

it safe from insects that nibble and

mice that gnaw. Keep it dry from

rain that dribbles and snow that

drifts. May it burn bright and hot

to warm my days once I light it.

Then return the piece of wood to the woodpile.

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Cast Iron Cauldron Crème

OCTOBER 09, 2021 BY ESTHA MCNEVIN

Applying crème to cast irons was a good Old World chore often done with prayers and a sense of wealth, because the fats used to temper cooking irons, even today, are among the most prized for baking. This highland crème is one that gives a shine and seals the outside of the pans, protecting them from soot and debris if they are used on a fire.

The season of the cauldron is a great time to practice traditional kitchen witchery and give thanks for how far we’ve come since the days when our every meal was cooked over an open fire. It works best to mix this crème by hand:

* 1 cup bacon lard or pork belly fat, rendered

* 1/2 cup beef fat

* 1/2 cup coconut fat, solid

Pack any remaining mixture in old toilet paper tubes, which can be stored in canning jars in the freezer when not in use. Enchant the mixture with your own spoken spells to the Great Goddess: the cauldron of life.

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Love Apple

OCTOBER 08, 2021 BY NAJAH LIGHTFOOT

The apple has a long and sordid history of being a forbidden, seductive, and evil fruit. Let’s bring the apple out of the darkness and embrace its good juju!

For this spell, cut a red apple in half, slicing horizontally. Remove the seeds and give one half of the apple to your lover. As the two of you eat your apples, say:

As the fruit of the apple

falls from the tree,

My love shall always remain with thee.

Plant the seeds in the earth.

If you’re seeking to bring love into your life, carve the words “my true love” onto one half of the apple. Eat your half of the apple while lovingly holding the other half with the carved words in your hand. Bury the apple with the carved words in your back yard or in a flowerpot. That way, nature will help your love grow and blossom into something beautiful for you and your intended beloved.

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Soil Spell for Abundance

OCTOBER 07, 2021 BY EMBER GRANT

For this spell you’ll need a handful of soil, preferably from a garden where food crops have been growing all summer. If you can’t obtain this, then some dirt from any place where plants are flourishing is fine. Cup the soil in your hands and meditate for a few moments on the significance of fertile land—how vital it is for all life on Earth. Speak these words:

Fecund land and fertile soil,

like the harvest that we reap.

Abundant Earth, please help me earn

prosperity that’s mine to keep.

Visualize abundance filling your life in every way. Deposit the soil in your own yard or in a potted plant. If you took the soil from your own garden, then simply return it.

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The Silver Guide

OCTOBER 06, 2021 BY STORM FAERYWOLF

For this spell you will need these items:

* A piece of silver (a coin, a piece of jewelry, a chain, etc.)

* Some dried lavender

* Some dried willow bark

Should you embark upon a quest,

In need of blessings and a guide,

On new moon’s night perform this spell,

And may the muses treat you well.

A piece of silver beneath your pillow,

Along with lavender and willow.

Then speak these words with eyes closed tight,

Before you go to sleep this night:

New moon, so dark, a promise yet,

Of light that grows in steady course.

Revealing paths as yet untrod,

I conjure forth the teaching dream.

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Comfort and Joy

OCTOBER 05, 2021 BY DALLAS JENNIFER COBB

For me, there’s a lot of comfort in a cup of tea. My childhood associations with tea are connected to memories of being safe, cared for, and loved. My British grandmother always made me tea and cookies, and I have many sweet associations.

Boil the kettle and make tea in a favorite mug. Wrap your hands around the mug and feel the comfort of the physical heat. Take a sip, and as the warm fluid slides down your throat, notice how content you feel with the warmth in your belly. With each sip, envision a caring person from your past beaming at you. Feel their love, support, and care. Drink in the comfort and joy.

Taking a few moments to slow down can lower blood pressure, reduce tension, and relax muscles. Using visualization, you can weave a magical blanket of comfort and joy to snuggle into, wrapping yourself in good feeling.

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Rusty Nail Spell

OCTOBER 04, 2021 BY KATE FREULER

The purpose of this amulet is to ward off unwanted visitors, such as nosy neighbors or people you just don’t want in your home.

Gather these items:

* A rusted old nail (The dirtier and rustier it is, the better.)

* A piece of paper to wrap the nail in

* A pen

Hold the nail in your hand and think about how sharp and dangerous it is, and how much it would hurt if you stepped on it. While no one is going to actually physically step on the nail or get hurt, imagining this quality acknowledges its energy, which is defensive and best avoided.

Now imagine the person or people you want to keep out of your space. Write their name(s) on the paper, and wrap it around the nail.

Place the nail wrapped in the paper underneath the doormat to your home, with the point facing outward. Those who are unwanted will feel the energy of the rusty nail directed at them and hopefully take the hint.

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Heartwings Love Notes 1003 Let’s Go Bananas

Heartwings says, “It’s good to try new recipes and explore new ways of doing.

I often find myself with too many ripe bananas. I buy them as green as I can, and yet they ripen too fast. You can find banana bread recipes in most every cookbook you look into. One could easily make a banana bread a week for a year and never use the same recipe twice. However, I have never seen this recipe anywhere else. It is a wonderful recipe and fun to make, and even more fun if you had a small companion—read child or grandchild, to share the making of it with. It came to me from a friend. It makes a wonderful dessert to bring to a potluck, because it makes 24 to 36 servings, depending on how you cut it. Or you can freeze half for later.

Banana Lattice Cake

This very special cake recipe from South America is delicious and unusual. Although somewhat time consuming, is actually fun to make especially if you have a child to help you with the lattice work. Grease a 9X12 baking pan, preheat the oven to 350 or 325 if pan is glass.

Ingredients:

1 egg

1 stick butter, softened

1 cup sugar

2 cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

1 tsp vanilla or almond extract

4 or 5 ripe bananas

Cinnamon to sprinkle

Sugar to sprinkle

Lemon juice to sprinkle

Method: Cream sugar and butter, add egg and vanilla, beat well. Mix in Baking powder and salt, then flour. When mixture is well blended put half of it into baking dish. Press into dish, let sides build up a little. Slice ripe bananas over tip and distribute evenly. Sprinkle lemon, sugar and cinnamon over bananas. Take about a teaspoon of dough and roll it into a ball. Then put your hands together as if you were clapping but rub them back and forth so that the dough makes a long roll or strip. Crosshatch the bananas with these strips, placing them on the diagonal. Don’t worry if some are not long enough; just add onto them with shorter pieces. The dough will all glue itself together nicely as it bakes and spread out to make a pretty, puffy appearance. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Cool before cutting and serving. Delicious!

Hope you enjoy this as much as I have.

Blessings and best regards, Tasha Halpert

P.S. Do write me if you try the recipe and let me know ho it turned out for you. I so love to hear from my readers, and I’ll respond even if it takes me weeks to do so! Write me at tashahal@aol.com, and visit my website at http://www.heartwingsandfriends.com

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A Simple Way To Calm And Center Yourself

~Dr. Weil

Conscious breathing is a natural, quick and effective way to reduce tension, maintain focus and feel energized. It is also free, with you wherever you are, and side effect-free!

Exhaling completely is a basic breathing exercise that requires little practice and can promote deeper breathing. Give it a try: Simply take a deep breath, let it out steadily and effortlessly, and then squeeze out a little more at the end.

Doing this conscious breathing exercise regularly will help build up the muscles between your ribs, and your exhalations will soon become deeper and longer. Start by performing this exercise consciously, and before long it will become a healthy habit. For a more advanced, but still simple technique, consider my 4-7-8 breathing exercise.

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The DIY Carvings Designed to Deter 17th-Century Witches

BY KIRSTEN AMOR

Apotropaic marks were simple patterns with a serious purpose: to keep evil and mischief out.

HISTORIC ENGLAND

DAISY CHAIN CIRCLES AND “V” carvings hidden in the nooks and crannies of historic homes and properties across the United Kingdom, once thought to be carpenter’s symbols, hint at Tudor superstition and folklore.

Apotropaic marks, or witches’ marks, have been found in various properties throughout the UK—from Wookey Hole Caves in Somerset, to Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-Upon-Avon, to even the Tower of London. Most of the carvings appear in buildings constructed between the 16th and 18th centuries.

The “apotropaic” terminology comes from the Greek term “apotropaios,” meaning “averting evil.” Witches or their evil conjured spirits were thought to attempt to enter homes via doorways, hearths, and windows, and hide in shadows made by the nooks and crannies of the house. It was believed that once they had entered the property, witches and evil spirits would want to attack the inhabitants, or ruin the most valuable possessions of the owner. Tudor proprietors took a proactive approach to the issue, and carved the apotropaic marks near where items of value were stored.

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“Ritual marks were cut, scratched or carved into our ancestors’ homes and churches in the hope of making the world a safer, less hostile place,” said Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive of Historic England, last year. “They were such a common part of everyday life that they were unremarkable and because they are easy to overlook, the recorded evidence we hold about where they appear and what form they take is thin.”

The most popular witches’ mark features a series of intertwining daisies in a wheel design, also known as a hexafoil. The linking design was intended to entice the malevolent spirit and trap them in an infinite loop, thus preventing them from progressing any further into the property. Alternatively, Tudor homeowners would also call upon the supreme divine power of the Virgin Mary for protection, carving Marian symbols such as the letters AM for “Ave Maria,” M for “Mary,” or VV for “Virgin of Virgins.”

Belief in witchcraft dates back to ancient Babylon, and has appeared in texts from the Greeks and Romans. But the conventional stereotype of witches as female figures consorting in dark magic did not emerge until approximately the 15th century in Europe. Before then, in medieval England, folklore concerning good and bad spirits that could affect seasons and running of a household coexisted with the newly introduced religion of Christianity. “White witches,” or “cunning folk” as they were known, were believed to assist in intervening with these spirits for the good of the people, as well as other practices, such as medicine. On counterbalance, it was also believed there were those who would call on their powers for malevolent reasons, such as necromancy.

As Christianity took root in local and countrywide governance, church authorities focused on eradicating pagan beliefs, and the link between the dark magic of demonic conjuring and pacts with the devil, and witchcraft as we know it today, emerged.

Witches’ marks have been found in confined, shadowy areas of properties. Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-Upon-Avon, which later became a pub, had a hexafoil placed where they stored the beer. At Knole House, a Jacobean estate in the southeast English county of Kent, carvings were found on the roof beams and floorboards. The marks were dated using dendrochronology to 1606—only months after the Gunpowder Plot, an assassination attempt by the Catholic Guy Fawkes against the Protestant King James I. During this time, accusations of witchcraft and demonic forces permeated throughout society, and witch trials were rife. The Pendle witch trials of 1612, for example, saw eight women and two men sent to the gallows.

Official legislation against the practice of witchcraft did not start in earnest in the UK until the 16th century, when Henry VIII introduced the Witchcraft Act 1542. In comparison to the rest of Europe, where witch hunts had started as early as the 12th century, the UK was a latecomer to penalizing witchcraft. As religious tensions and social upheaval continued throughout the 1500s and into the 1600s, however, the belief in witchcraft and the subsequent persecutions intensified. In fact, King James I became so interested in witchcraft he wrote a book on the topic, Daemonologie, in 1597. In 1604, he broadened Elizabeth I’s Witchcraft Act to include the penalty of death without the benefit of clergy to anyone found guilty of communing with evil spirits.

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The practice of carving apotropaic marks persisted in the last centuries during times of social change, as evidenced by the carving of these symbols into historic buildings in Australia by British settlers in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Given that apotropaic marks were verbally passed down throughout the centuries as folklore and symbols of protection, and were seen as such an everyday feature of households, little has been recorded or researched on the subject.

In an attempt to rectify this, Historic England launched a public appeal on Halloween 2016 to encourage members of the public to search for apotropaic marks in their houses or local historic buildings. The results were overwhelming, with hundreds of new submissions sent.

HISTORIC ENGLAND

Soon Historic England hopes to release a report detailing the most surprising examples from their 2016 appeal, and with more records it is hoped more information can be unearthed on these enigmatic symbols.

“Witches’ marks are a physical reminder of how our ancestors saw the world,” said Historic England’s Duncan Wilson last year. “They really fire the imagination and can teach us about previously held beliefs and common rituals.”

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Earth Magic: Take Action with a Charm Bag

OCTOBER 04, 2021 BY DODIE GRAHAM MCKAY

Charm Bag and Lavender

I like to think of magical work that involves assembling, building, concocting or creating an item as a form of earth magic. You are the creator responsible for bringing an item into existence as a focal point for your will and desire. You are the manifester, giving form and function to the object you are making.

A charm bag is a quick and effective magical object that you can create for a specific purpose and discreetly carry with you or tuck into a strategic spot in your environment. Creating one gives you a sense of control over a situation and the gratification of taking action to do something about it. It is a hands-on, satisfying way to make a magical item that does not need to take a lot of time or money to create.

Gather the Parts

The magic starts when you begin to assemble the items you will use to make your charm bag. Do this with intent and carefully select the very best materials you can afford and source. Take time to consider your magical footprint on the Earth and make your charm bag as earth-friendly as possible. Try to use natural materials that will biodegrade. Plastic or synthetic materials may be tempting, but they can take hundreds of years to break down or release noxious chemicals if burned. As magical practitioners, we often call on the energy of the earth to perform our spells and rituals, so being conscious of the impact our magic has on the planet seems only fair and responsible.

Your charm bag does not need to be elaborate or complicated in order to be effective. I like to use four components to make mine:

A small drawstring bag

Herbs

A small crystal

A token to represent your intent

I like to keep the bag fairly small, no more than about 5 cm by 7 cm (2 inches by 3 inches), with a drawstring to close it. You can check your local arts and crafts supply shop or dollar store for these. I can usually find small muslin or cotton bags at these places, or you can sew your own using scraps of cloth.

Herbs should be dried, as fresh herbs can get moldy and soggy in the bag. Whenever possible I like to cut and dry my own herbs from my garden, or I head outside to harvest responsibly from the wild. But that is not always possible, and it is easy to overthink this one. The herbs you have in your kitchen can be equally effective.

The crystals should be small—something no larger than the end of your thumb or even a just a single bead is perfect. If you don’t have a suggested crystal you can substitute a simple clear quartz. If shopping for crystals is not for you, head outside to find a pebble in a suitable color or a shape that resonates with you.

Assemble the Bag

Before you assemble your charm bag, take a moment to ground and center yourself. Make every movement intentional and state your intent out loud. Visualize a successful outcome as you work.

Money Charm Bag

Bay leaf

Mint leaf

Small citrine crystal

The key to success with this one is to not be greedy. Visualize what you really need the money for. Write it on the bay leaf and place it in the bag. Add a liberal pinch of dried mint leaves and sprinkle into the bag, imagining each flake as the cash tumbling into your hands. Next, add the citrine. Citrine is a stone of manifestation, and is referred to as an abundance stone or merchant’s stone as it attracts money and financial success. Many a witch shop owner have been known to keep a piece of citrine in their cash register. Pro tip: keep a small piece in your wallet!

Grounding Charm Bag

Sage

Dirt from home or other place of comfort and security

Small hematite stone

Collect a spoonful of dirt from outside your home or any other location where you feel absolutely safe and secure. Thank the place for this gift as you collect it. Add the dirt to your bag and follow this with a generous pinch of garden sage. Any culinary sage you may have in your kitchen will work just fine. Take a moment to smell the sage and focus on the smell and texture of the leaves as you do this. After a moment, add the hematite. Hematite has a coolness and stability that connects us to our inner strength, enabling us to securely ground ourselves and feel calm and centred.

Confidence Charm Bag

A penny or similar coin noted for luck

Valerian root

Small carnelian

Select a coin for your bag, preferably one you found (I have been known to root through sofa cushions or all of the pockets of jackets hanging by the door to find a coin). A found coin represents luck and unexpected abundance. Valerian root adds relief from stress and anxiety while cheerful carnelian stimulates motivation and creativity, enhancing confidence. Try sewing your own bag for this, using cloth that is your favourite colour or has sentimental value. Maybe you have a favorite old shirt that you can’t wear anymore, or a sentimental textile that can be recycled for this purpose. These personal touches serve as a reminder of who you are and all of the great things of which you are capable.

Healing Charm Bag

Chamomile and/or lavender

A small photo or drawing of the person in need of healing

Small rose quartz

Chamomile is extremely popular as a tea herb, beloved for its soothing qualities. Lavender has a strong, comforting, and evocative fragrance that aids with pain relief and promoting good sleep. Add these to your bag with a piece of rose quartz, a stone of unconditional love and healing, with a strong association to the heart and circulatory system. Take a moment with the photo or drawing and visualize the person as strong and healthy, then slip it into the bag. You may want to change out the herbs for other ones that target the specific illness from which you need relief—mint for stomach upset, turmeric for inflammation, etc.

Protection Charm Bag

Thorns, thistles or prickly plant matter wildcrafted from your environment

Black salt (a complete recipe with instructions for making your own black salt can be found in my book, Earth Magic)

Black tourmaline

Go out for a walk in your environment and seek out plants that have thorns, thistles, bristles, or spikes. Be sure to take some rugged gardening gloves along with you and carefully harvest a small amount of the aggressive, sharp parts of the plant. Look for plants growing along borders and boundary lines and take a moment to appreciate how these fierce guardians grew in these places. Add the plant matter to your bag along with a spoonful of black salt. Drop in the black tourmaline, which will absorb negative energy and protect against psychic attack.

Use Your Bag

Once your bag is complete, you can use it as it, or you may want to ritually charge it by placing it on your altar or in sacred space and focusing your will on it. How you choose to do this is up to you.

Charm bags should be small enough to fit in your pocket, or you may want to wear it on a cord around your neck. You can also place these strategically in relevant spots in your space—a confidence charm bag in your desk at work, or a protection charm bag hanging above your front door, for example. With a little research you can make a charm bag for any purpose.

A charm bag can be held in your hand to help you ground yourself and refocus your magical intent when you need to activate it. If you are not able to physically hold it, try visualizing it: how does it feel or smell? What is its texture? How much does it weigh?

When the Work is Done

When a charm bag has served its purpose and the magic has run its course, you may want to ritually dispose of it. I have a hard time throwing a magical item into a garbage can, so I have a couple tried and true ways to deal with them:

Bury the used charm bag somewhere where it will not be disturbed, and it can decompose back into the earth. For this reason it is very important to use only biodegradable materials.

Collect used charm bags and any other spent magical items in a paper bag. Ensure that these are all things that can safely be burned. Items that release noxious fumes, such as plastic items, should be left out of this. Burn the bag outdoors in a bonfire as part of your Samhain celebrations. My coven has a tradition of doing this, and it is a cathartic part of the ceremony. Candle stubs, matchsticks, poppets, papers—all of the earthly reminders of magic and spell work performed over the past year gets sent into the fire.

I hope you give charm bags a try! To learn more about how to incorporate the element of earth into your magic, please check out my new book Earth Magic.

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Sacred Actions: Doing our Bit in the World

by Dana from The Druid’s Garden.

Sacred action is all about us learning how to align our outer lives with our inner core of nature spirituality and connectedness, and ultimately, help us live more regeneratively and with care.  Sacred action is about doing small, slow things in our own lives to better align with our sacred nature-based spiritual practices and the living earth.  It is through these seemingly mundane changes that we create a better today, a better tomorrow, and a better world.

Sacred refers to things that are connected, meaningful, reverent, or somehow tied to our sense of the spiritual or the divine.  Most of the time, this word is used in relation to things that are not part of mundane life: these are the special moments, ceremonies, or spiritual insights that impact us deeply.  When we experience a sense of the sacred, it fills us with wonder, awe, and purpose.  Of course, what I’m describing often requires cultivation, it requires us to seek out and manifest experiences and mindsets that allow us to experience the sacred.

Action, on the other hand, implies doing something.  It implies that we offer our time, energy, and effort toward some goal.  We get up, we do, and we act.

The idea of “sacred action” is both an extension and synthesis of these two definitions.  The basic idea is that in order to live more earth-honoring and aligned lifestyles, we can engage in everyday actions that move us from the mundane to a sacred space.  We can work to sustainably and regeneratively live in alignment with the living earth through small, purposeful steps. And these steps can be taken regardless of who we are, where we live, how many resources or supports we have, or any other aspects of our identities and lives.  The important thing is not doing a specific thing, but rather working towards this goal.  Thus, sacred action is about each of us working to make small but fundamental shifts in not only the way we think about the world but the impact of our specific actions in it. Sacred Actions focuses on creating more connected, reverent, and holistic lives.

In the five months since my book Sacred Actions: Living the Wheel of the Year through Sustainable Practices has been released, I’ve heard from many people about their response to the work and in how they are engaging in sacred actions in their lives. I wanted to take some time today to reflect on some of these stories and feedback from people about the book, and share some additional insights that have arisen from this conversation.  I also hope that this post can encourage some of my readers to share their own stories about their sacred action in the world. The ultimate goal of sacred action, of course, is to help us live regeneratively and sustainably today so that we can create a better vision for tomorrow.

Sacred Actions and Small, Slow Solutions

One of the big pieces of feedback I’ve gotten from the book is how simple of a concept this seems in practice, and how it has really helped people realize the importance of everyday, mundane, and simple actions towards making large changes. It puts people in a place of personal empowerment, where they can go out and do their own bit in the world, feel good, and spread that sacred action to others!  Another big piece of feedback is how hard it is to do this, given the many challenges we face as a culture.  What is easy for one person may be impossible for another, and so “growing where we are planted” becomes a resonant theme. Thus, the specifics of sacred actions comprise a lot of the book: how you can use everything from solar cooking and hay boxes to save energy to converting lawns to gardens. The book is a wealth of specific practices tied to sacred practices that you can build into your life in powerful and meaningful ways.

And of course, these practices can be joyful, fun, and extremely rewarding.

Sacred Actions, the Physical, and the Metaphysical

So why sacred action?  One of the big reasons this concept is needed has everything to do with the present problems of our age. The human-driven age of the Anthropocene has put our entire globe at risk: every life, every ocean, every forest, every waterway, every life.  Extinctions are increasing, habitats are being destroyed, fires are raging across the globe–and with alarming and increasing frequency.  Human life is not faring much better: mental health, happiness, and physical health are also challenged globally.  It is abundantly clear that modern ways of living and being are not working for humanity, and that we quickly need to pivot to something new. That’s the physical reason that a concept like sacred actions is so resonant here and now.

But, there are also deeply metaphysical reasons for sacred action, both larger scale, and individual.  On the larger scale, humans metaphysically and spiritually have been disconnected from so much: from the living earth; from our own intuition, subconscious, and spirit; and from our traditional human gifts and awareness.  Mass culture, mass media, technology, and so many other pieces of modern culture work hard to disconnect this from our inner ways of spirit.  And because of that disconnection, as a collective, we need to find ways to deeply return to nature and to our own experience.  We need to find ways of reclaiming and honoring those ancient connections–because the spirits of nature need us to.  Because the metaphysical affects the physical, and a huge part of this predicament we are in will be a realigning of spirit.  We can’t get through this predicament without attending to it both physically and metaphysically.

On the personal spiritual side, there are at least two factors.  First, there’s the disconnection we have with being a whole human being in these western cultures, feeling the need to be true to our paths but also protect ourselves.  Because of the stigma of druidry, paganism, and nature spirituality (at least here in the US), many of us find ourselves in the broom closet, so to speak, and long to show some of our real or authentic selves to the world–and be accepted.  But in many places and settings, we cannot express who we really are, the things that deeply resonate with us, or the real work we do in the world. Doing so would risk confrontation, prejudice, or religious intolerance.  But through sacred action, we can make a dedicated effort to living our inner truths in an outer manner.  This is actually one of the best things someone told me about the book–they loved that Sacred Actions allowed them to be a druid in their daily life without worrying about how they would be perceived.

The other piece is, of course, very personal.  It’s about aligning one’s inner principles with outside activity–not just as an activity in identity, but simply because it is necessary to a deepening spiritual path. The more we align our inner and outer principles, the more that inner spiritual work will flow in new and exciting directions. This is another big part of the feedback I’ve gotten on the book so far–people are excited and enthusiastic to practice that alignment and see what rich rewards it offers.

Doing our Bit in the World and Visioning for the Future

I think what a lot of this comes down to for many people is how we can feel good about who we are, how we live, and how we can create a better tomorrow. I’ve written before on this blog about visioning and the importance of visionary work.  If we can start living even a small piece of that vision today, we will be able to bring about a brighter tomorrow. I think a lot of us fear for the future–for our world, for our families, for our young, for this planet and all life on it.  Sacred actions is a small yet powerful way of helping us move forward to a better place, a better vision, and a better future. I hope that it will become one of many tools that

I would love to hear more from you–if you’ve read the book or are working through it, what is resonating? What is meaningful to you?  What questions or thoughts do you have?

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House Cleansing with Archangel Michael and Reiki

Article by Rene Mic

“HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS.”

Home is a place where we live with our loved ones, our family. No matter where we go but the peace and love we find at our home, cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Hence we must maintain the balance of love, positivity, and happiness every time. But how is it possible to maintain the balance? It is not feasible to stop guests from visiting us and every guest brings some kind of energies either positive or negative. Even our energies clutter the house and lower the vibrations. For cleansing your house from such negative energies here is a simple ritual I am sharing today.

You need: Sage/incense sticks, white tea-light candle, white flowers of your choice (optional).

Preferred day: Sunday (if not possible on Sunday’s you can choose any day as per your convenience).

Step 1: De-clutter, clean and organize your house. Keep windows and doors open to let sunlight and fresh air in. Take a bath and wear clean clothes. (If possible wear white clothes)

Step 2: Find a quiet place in your house where you love to spend your time. It could be your study, terrace or garden.

Step 3: Sit on the ground (don’t use mats or cushions). Relax. Take a few deep breaths and concentrate on your breathing pattern. Meditate till you feel connected with mother earth and your house. Call Archangel Michael and ask him to keep you protected from any kind of negativity or lower energies during the ritual.

House Cleansing with Archangel Michael and Reiki

Step 4: Burn sage/incense sticks. I feel sage is best to do the cleansing (for house or self). In case it is not available you may use some good quality incense sticks made from natural ingredients. Now draw Cho-Ku-Rei (if you are attuned to) in the air on the entrance, ceiling, and floor of your house. Invoke mother Reiki to empower these symbols and intend that all negativity and lower energies are washed away from every part of your house.

Cho Ku Rei – Power Symbol Explained

An in-depth view of the Cho Ku Rei Reiki symbol: meaning, attributes, various ways of using it.

Step 5: Call Archangel Michael and meditate with him for some time. Now ask him to cleanse your house from any kind of negativity, lower energies, curses or evil eye and send them into white light. Visualize a bright white light from above absorbing all negativity and a beam of pink light filling every void and every part of your house. This pink light has brought lots of positivity, love, and happiness.

Step 6: Visualize that Archangel Michael has enveloped your house in his marvelous bright purple light of protection. Say this prayer “Dear Archangel Michael and Mother Reiki, fill my house with your unconditional love, light, and energies. Thank you.”

Step 7: Light a white tea-light and place some white flowers near the entrance of your house. Express your gratitude to Archangel Michael, Mother Reiki, and Divine.

Drink some water at the end. Do some grounding exercises.

Important: Perform this ritual every Sunday for cleansing and raising vibrations of your house.

Bonus Tip: Use essential oil (lavender/sandalwood/rose) in a diffuser while doing meditation.

Note: Always be careful with fire and never leave it unattended.

Love, Light, and Gratitude.

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Getting Ourselves Worked Up

Often, we get anxiety for no reason, as we’re stronger and more capable than we believe ourselves to be.

Our capacity to cope successfully with life’s challenges far outstrips our capacity to feel nervousness. Yet in the weeks, days, and hours leading up to an event that we believe will test our limits, we can become nervous. While we may have previously regarded ourselves as equal to the trials that lie ahead, we reach a point at which they near and our anxiety begins to mount. We then become increasingly worked up, until the moment of truth arrives and we discover that our worry was all for nothing. We are almost always stronger and more capable than we believe ourselves to be. But anxiety is not rational in nature, which means that in most cases we cannot work through it using logic as our only tool. Reason can help us recognize the relative futility of unwarranted worry but, more often than not, we will find more comfort in patterns of thought and activity that redirect our attention to practical or engaging matters.

Most of us find it remarkably difficult to focus on two distinct thoughts or emotions at once, and we can use this natural human limitation to our advantage when trying to stay centered in the period leading up to a potentially tricky experience. When we concentrate on something unrelated to our worry — such as deep breathing, visualizations of success, pleasurable pursuits, or exercise — anxiety dissipates naturally. Meditation is also a useful coping mechanism as it provides us with a means to ground ourselves in the moment. Our guides can aid us by providing us with a focal point wholly outside of our own sphere.

The intense emotional flare-up you experience just before you are set to challenge yourself is often a mixture of both excitement and fear. When you take steps to eliminate the fear, you can more fully enjoy the excitement. Though you may find it difficult to avoid getting worked up, your awareness of the forces acting on your feelings will help you return to your center and accept that few hurdles you will face will be as high as they at first appear.

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Worth

Your worth is not a product of your intelligence, your talent, your looks, or how much you have accomplished.

Though much of who and what we are changes as we journey through life, our inherent worth remains constant. While the term self-worth is often used interchangeably with self-esteem, the two qualities are inherently different. Self-esteem is the measure of how you feel about yourself at a given moment in time. Your worth, however, is not a product of your intelligence, your talent, your looks, your good works, or how much you have accomplished. Rather it is an immeasurable and unchanging manifestation of your eternal and infinite oneness with the universe. It represents the cornerstone of the dual foundations of optimism and self-belief. Your worth cannot be taken from you or damaged by life’s rigors, yet it can easily be forgotten or even actively ignored. By regularly acknowledging your self-worth, you can ensure that you never forget what an important, beloved, and special part of the universe you are.

You are born worthy — your worth is intertwined with your very being. Your concept of your own self-worth is thus reinforced by your actions. Each time you endeavor to appreciate yourself, treat yourself kindly, define your personal boundaries, be proactive in seeing that your needs are met, and broaden your horizons, you express your recognition of your innate value. During those periods when you have lost sight of your worth, you will likely feel mired in depression, insecurity, and a lack of confidence. You’ll pursue a counterfeit worth based on judgment rather than the beauty that resides within. When you feel worthy, however, you will accept yourself without hesitation. It is your worth as an individual who is simultaneously interconnected with all living beings that allows you to be happy, confident, and motivated. Because your conception of your worth is not based on the fulfillment of expectations, you’ll see your mistakes and failures as just another part of life’s journey.

Human beings are very much like drops of water in an endless ocean. Our worth comes from our role as distinct individuals as well as our role as an integral part of something larger than ourselves. Simply awakening to this concept can help you rediscover the copious and awe-inspiring worth within each and every one of us.

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Gilberto Rides Again

by Stephen Halpert

Chapter 22

Something was getting to him. Gilberto closed their bedroom door and embraced Maria. Then he shivered.

“Just us right now. The world is going nuts. First Buzz in a coma, then Sara acting crazy. Now Ramon eating way too much; yawning, looking tired.”

She nodded. And all this since our trip to Greenbush.”

He frowned. “Maybe those women are witches. Maybe they put a hex on Atlas. But if that’s the case, why would they hold up the sale?”

“More gain,” she said. This way they can pull a gigantic lawsuit and keep their company.”

“You think?”

She nodded, instead of conjecturing she began unbuttoning his shirt. “Let me help you out of this stuff. Put on a tee shirt and jeans; or if you’d rather just a robe. Why not just let it all be?”

“Just like that?”

She kissed him. “Why not. It’s not like you’ve got a magic wand, or a magician handy.  All we can do is stay in the present moment and be vigilant.”

He kissed her. “That makes sense. I just feel like I should be doing something more to fix it.”

She smiled and stroked his shoulders. “That’s the way you are. By the way, Joey told me he wants Toni to move in with us.”

Gilberto frowned, looked confused. “But I thought they weren’t…”

They’re not but aside from school and soccer practice, they want to be as inseparable as possible.”

“Sleeping in the same bed?”

She nodded. “Does that bother you?”

Gilberto frowned. “One of these days…”

She kissed him softly. “I wouldn’t think that way. They’ve created  a code of conduct which is admirable. Joey assured me they want to hold up on actual sex until their wedding night.”

He shook his head “Maybe I’m missing something. Two healthy kids need to shake off a lot of energy.”

She nodded. ” I know. They do. Lots of dancing and exercise. They chase after one another. Joey’s teaching her how to play soccer. By the end of the day they’re exhausted.”

He sighed, looked confused. “So you’re letting her move in?”

“Yes, if it’s all right with you. I don’t see a problem.”

She hugged him. You used to be the aggressor. You’re still a cave man and I love it. Maybe just being close and holding hands and talking in soft voices can work for them. Maybe sex is beyond their reach at their ages. Maybe all the pregnancy fears have woken some kids up and they can be in love and still refrain until the wedding night.”

He slid his hand up against her back. “You’re kidding.”

“No Gilberto, this is a new age; this is a time where sex takes a back seat io intimacy. Don’t forget, her sister is pregnant, and I’m sure Toni doesn’t want to go through that herself at this time.”

“Not like us,” he kissed her. 

“We’re considerably older. Maybe for youngsters today that’s sufficient. Add the sex and the possibility of possessiveness, vulnerability, guilt, fear, all that comes into the picture.”

He hugged her and they fell back onto the bed. Maria giggled. “One track mind.  You haven’t changed since Niagara Falls.”

He propped himself up on his elbow. “I’m just me. If it’s good why change it? But I hear you when you say it’s a different world today.” He smiled. “I guess I’m old fashioned and set in my ways.”

She kissed him. “Kissing you always leaves me breathless.”

He grinned. “We fit. Always have, always will.”

“And that’s a good thing.” She stroked his shoulders and ran her fingers down his back. Then she giggled. “You’ve got muscles on your muscles.”

He laughed. “You’ve told me that before. Let’s hear it for good old, old fashioned sex. May it long endure.”

She squirmed closer beside him and they kissed again. “Keeps us young. But today two innocents, a seventeen and fifteen-year-old have a different outlook.”

“I guess,” he still sounded dubious.

“Personally I think at their age intimacy lasts longer and makes for a healthier relationship.”

“Mom,” Joey knocked on their bedroom door.

“Just a minute,” Maria called. “What is it?”  She pulled on her jeans and top. Gilberto slid off the bed and opened the door.

“Mrs. Gomez is here,” he said. “You better come out. I think there’s trouble.”

Gilberto tousled Joey’s hair. “I’m on it.”

Maria went to Rosa Gomez, gently hugged her. She was teary eyed. Her expression was bleak. “I’ve come for my daughter.” Her voice was authoritative.

Joey sat on the couch beside Toni.

“What’s wrong,” Gilberto asked?

“Sophia lost the baby. She was skating at school with friends, tripped and took a bad fall. They called me from the infirmary. Ramon went into Boston to bring her home.”

“Oh dear,” Maria said. “We’re all so sorry.”

Rosa looked hard at Toni. “I want you home with the family.”

Toni clutched Joey’s hand. “I’m sad for Sophia, but I am with my family: my future husband.”

“You’re fifteen years old,” Rosa half shouted. “I want you home.”

“Will Sophia be all right,” Maria asked?”

Rosa nodded and looked at Toni. “I told you Ramon and I accept Joey as your future husband, if that’s what you want.”

Toni looked hard at Rosa. “Then what’s the problem?”

“You’re too young to be in a relationship like this. What if you get pregnant next?”

“She won’t,” Joey said. “We agreed to wait until we’re married. But we want to be together.”

Rosa looked at Gilberto. “If anyone you should know they’re being ridiculous.”

“I trust them,” Gilberto said.: Maria and  I trust and respect their commitment to one another. “

“You’re crazy.” Rosa glared. “Both of you.” She looked at Maria. “I suppose he’s got you believing their carnality is acceptable”

“I don’t see carnality, Rosa. “Infatuation but my sense is that their love is genuine.”

“We want to wait to have kids,” Joey said. “Then as many as Toni wants. Maybe enough  for a soccer team Gilberto can coach.”

(to be continued)

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Kitty Kat’s Korner

How to Read Your Cat’s Body Language

By Rebekah Kuschmider

Nearly every pet owner has wondered what their furry friend is thinking. Animals can’t use human speech to tell us what’s on their minds, but they do have ways of communicating. You can tell a lot about what your pet is feeling by the position of their body.?

Cats are very expressive if you know what to look for in their body language. Everything from the way their tail twitches to the position of their ears is a form of communication. Learn more about how to read a cat’s body language.

Happy and Relaxed

When your cat is relaxed and happy, they might look sleepy or chilled out. Their muscles are loose and their head will be still instead of turning and looking around. A cat who seems relaxed and content might welcome some petting or snuggling.

 Ears. A relaxed cat’s ears will be in a natural posture. They won’t be flattened to the head or angled back. While their ears might twitch in response to a noise, they aren’t swiveling constantly.

 Eyes. When your cat is relaxed, their pupils will be at their typical size. You may see them let their eyes close halfway as if the cat is about to doze off. They won’t seem watchful or intent.

 Body. If your cat is lying down, they might be on their side, angled so their belly is showing. This is a sign that they feel safe. If the cat is sitting up, their back will be straight and their head up.

 Tail. A happy, relaxed cat will let their tail extend and lie flat. The tail will be fairly still, and the fur will lie flat against it.

Playful

When your cat wants to play, they’ll show a lot of energy. They might start stalking you around the house as if encouraging you to join the game. They may start playing with a favorite toy.

 Ears. A playful cat will have their ears up. The ears will point forward, and you might think they look especially alert.

 Eyes. Your cat will watch you or a toy intently while playing. Their pupils will dilate, and they might get a wild look in their eyes.

 Body. Cats like to play stalking games. You may see the cat crouched with their hind end raised as if ready to pounce. Pouncing is another sign that your cat is feeling playful.

 Tail. Some cats will keep their tails down while getting ready to pounce. You might notice their tail raised and flicking around. Occasionally, a young cat or kitten might even chase their own tail.

Scared or Worried

A scared cat might start to resemble a Halloween cat with an arched back and raised tail. Your kitty might find a hiding place and refuse to come out. They may show their teeth or hiss. Your cat may show the following signs of being scared as well.

 Ears. Your cat may flick their ears back and forth rapidly so they can monitor sounds around them. They might draw their ears down so they point sideways or lie flat against their head.

Eyes. A scared cat might look very watchful. Their eyes will be open and their pupils dilated.

 Body. Your cat might arch their back and let their fur stand on end. They may go into a crouched position as if they’re about to run away. You’ll be able to see that they’re tense and ready for a fight-or-flight response.

Tail. A frightened cat might hold their tail up and rigid. They might curl their tail around their body to protect it from being grabbed or bitten.

Other Physical Actions

There are other things cats do to communicate with you, including:

 Rubbing. Cats are known to rub against objects, including people. It’s partly a sign of affection, but it’s also a message to other cats. This is one way of distributing their scent to mark their territory.

 Kneading. Some cats will flex their paws up and down in your lap or on a pillow. This is called kneading. It’s leftover behavior from when they were babies. Kittens knead on their mothers to get milk, and they associate it with comfort.

 Vocalizing. Cats don’t meow at one another. They only meow as a way of getting attention from humans. Your cat might meow if they’re hungry or they want to be petted. Purring is a sign of contentment and relaxation. If you hear your cat yowling or making unfamiliar noises, it might be a sign of illness or pain.?

 Illness. The first sign of illness in cats is often a change in body language. Your cat may lie in a crouched position with their head and ears down. If they’re in pain, they might lie in a way to avoid making it worse. Their eyes might look dull or glassy, and their ears will droop to the sides of their head.

Once you start observing your cat, it should be easy to gauge their mood based on their body language.

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Georgia’s Weekly Horoscope:

Sunday, October 10, 2021

All Signs

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.” (Cicero said this 2000 years ago.) This is timely because it’s Thanksgiving in Canada! The perfect time to remind ourselves why we can be grateful. Let’s look at the cycles of lucky Jupiter, to identify the opportunities we have now and for the rest of the year. Jupiter takes 12 years to go through all the 12 signs, staying in each sign for a year. This year, Jupiter is in Aquarius (with the exception of May, June and July when it slipped into Pisces). Jupiter was last in Aquarius in 2009. The next time it will be in Aquarius is 2033. Jupiter represents expansion, wealth, wisdom and joy. (Some called Jupiter Jove, hence the word jovial.) So, what is your good fortune for this year? Read on MacDuff!

Aries (March 21-April 19)

This year, Jupiter is in your House of Friendships, which is good news because Jupiter is constantly energizing and expanding your relations with friends as well as groups and organizations. This is why you are and will continue to be more active with friends. It’s also why you will benefit friends and they will benefit and help you. (Bonus!) Likewise, in your dealings with organizations, this year, you might take a leadership role or be more active in networking. Jupiter will also fill you with an urge to fulfill your dreams and goals. You might earn more money from a business or career. Oh yeah, we like Jupiter!

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Once every 12 years, lucky Jupiter crosses the top of your chart, making you look successful in the eyes of others. This is happening this year! Generally, the reason for this is you are enjoying good fortune in your profession and career. Your social status and reputation are shining. You might get a promotion at work. Public recognition will earn you the respect of your peers. You might have a chance to change your field of work to medicine and healing, the law, higher education or travel. Exciting work-related travel will broaden your world. The key to success is to be honest and generous. Enjoy your dazzling limelight this year!

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Be grateful that you can expand your world through travel and chance to learn about different cultures and people with diverse backgrounds. You will learn about the power of advertising and marketing and the use of multimedia. Your work or your business might benefit through foreign interests and other cultures. Educational and travel opportunities will come your way. This year you are learning real and useful information. Writing will flow more easily and authors will get favourable feedback. You are blessed with a smorgasbord of new ideas, opportunities to travel and personal development through human potential movements. Ah yes, your cup is full.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

This year Jupiter is making it easy for you to get help and assistance from others. For example, it’s a strong time to borrow money or get a loan or a mortgage because doors will open for you. You might get benefits through taxes, shared resources, inheritances and jointly-held property. These windfalls could lead to a new home or a new car – something that makes you happy. In turn, you will be in a better position to help loved ones. Because these benefits ease tension, and also because success is sexy, many of you will enjoy a more passionate sex life. (Wow.) Who knew?

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

This year, Jupiter is opposite your sign – something that happens only once every 12 years. This boosts your ability to make a great impression on your public this year. You will win their approval! You will also enjoy happier relations with spouses, partners and close friends. Financial benefits might come to you through partnerships. (Jupiter is wealth.) This is a classic time for a strong mutual support between you and a partner – hence, a strong mutual appreciation of each other. Good publicity and increased popularity are also likely. (Good year to sign contracts.) You will be grateful for the benefits of your close relationships and what a help they are to you.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

The benefits you’re receiving this year from Jupiter are practical and meaningful. For starters, this year you can improve your health. This could happen in a variety of ways but the end result will be a positive one. During this year, you can also improve your job. You can improve your existing job, or get a better job. Your nasty boss will be transferred to Timbuktu. Note: If you are unhappy in your job – be confident that you can get a better job because this is your best chance in over a decade to do so. For some, this might sound minor but it isn’t – you will receive rewarding enjoyment through pets this year. This can be precious and special. Use these blessings to your advantage!

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

This year Jupiter has a twofold influence that is slightly contradictory. It makes this year flow easily for you; and promote your health and feelings of well-being. It’s a good year for financial matters (Jupiter is wealth); and it promotes travel! However, this year, Jupiter is sitting in the most playful part of your chart, thereby encouraging your creative self-expression. That’s why you have the courage to be who you are without fear or apology. Relations with kids will be excellent and rewarding. It’s a fabulous year for a vacation. It’s a great year for romance. It’s also a year that is rich in opportunities for personal growth and increased wisdom. You really are a winner!

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

This year, Jupiter will give tremendous support and rewards to everything related to your home, family and personal life. You will find ways to make where you live more attractive. You might redecorate or renovate. Some of you will rent something different that is better or preferable. Others will buy something that you like better. Whatever the case, you will improve your living arrangement this year – no question. And you will be happier where you live! In the same way, relationships with family members will improve and everyone will be more generous to each other. You will welcome this chance to put down roots and feel a source of support and comfort in your life. Nicely done!

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Lucky Jupiter is your ruler, which is why you’re an optimist. Because Jupiter rules foreign countries, you are also the traveller of the zodiac. The placement of Jupiter this year is critical because more than any other sign, you need physical activity (especially outdoors) and a positive attitude. These are survival issues for you. You can’t be cooped up! You can’t be discouraged! Fortunately, lucky Jupiter is going through the part of your house that affects your everyday activity and your daily outlook on life. This boots your positive thinking – every day! It increases your daily contacts with others. It brings travel opportunities and encourages you to make big plans! (Lucky you.)

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Your relationship with Jupiter this year is most fortunate! Jupiter is the planet associated with wealth, expansion and increase; and this year, Jupiter is sitting in your House of Money! In the words of Eric Idle, “Say no more!” This is your year to get richer! You might get a raise. You might get a better paying job. You might inherit. Something will happen that makes you feel richer. (You might even buy something special that makes you feel richer.) Lady Luck is with you this year and abundance will rain on you! Of course, wealth is relative. Money and stuff are wealth. Spending less than you earn is wealth. Health is wealth. Time is wealth. A loving relationship is wealth. Wealth is having few wants.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

This year, Jupiter is in your sign. The last time this happened was 2009; the next time it will occur will be 2033. This is a fortunate year for you because Jupiter is expanding your world and helping you to develop wisdom, courage and self-confidence. New ideas will abound! Your priorities will shift. This year is the beginning a new 12-year cycle of personal growth. (Time to let out another pleat in the shower curtain?) Seriously, this is major! People and resources will be attracted to you. Take advantage of this! It’s time to give up childish prejudices and get in touch with deeper dimensions and start to work toward being the best that you can be. Why be less? Count your blessings!

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

This year, lucky Jupiter is hiding in your chart to make its debut in your sign in 2022. It briefly visited Pisces in May, June and July this year but that was just a dress rehearsal. Jupiter is associated with expansion, wisdom, belief systems, higher education, publishing, jurisprudence and whatever it is that binds societies together. Meanwhile, the place where it is hiding in your chart is all about your subconscious and your spirituality. This year you are on a quest to discover what is meaningful in your life. You will receive recognition next year. This year is time to reflect. Act on your urge to help others by volunteering or helping daily contacts. Therapy and spiritual healing can be profound.

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Weekly Horoscopes Beginning Sunday, 10 October 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.

Aries

Personal theme: I am!!

Fire & cardinal sign: March 21 — April 19

Your horoscope for this week:

As a fast-paced and often impatient Aries, you’ve long known that certain individuals can’t, and don’t care about, getting things done swiftly. That rarely matters; but this week, it does. If you’re worried others won’t keep up the pace, deal with whatever it is yourself. This will ensure the timing is right and, as important, prevent pointless clashes about who’s responsible for what and, especially, when.

Acting on the spur of the moment will come naturally to you. You will handle a variety of stimulating situations quickly and effectively and with your intuition being at high levels, you are likely to make some good moves. In addition to all of this, you could find yourself in the right place at the right time to capitalise on a lucky new opportunity. Just brilliant. Make the most of this positive trend.

As of Monday, Saturn is no longer retrograde. This likely marks a defining moment. After then, and even within groups and associations and amongst working colleagues who have been challenged to work together as a team, momentum should increase. That might in part be thanks to one of your acute observations. As you know, yours is one of the Fire signs indicating a gift for being incisive and doing things quickly. Yes, sometimes that results in you using a sharp tongue when diplomacy might work better. At least in the first half of this week that trait should prove helpful. By Thursday it may be necessary to give way to someone who would like to adopt your idea as theirs. It might be a good tactical move to let them do this. In so doing, they’re also accepting responsibility which, by the end of the month would take weight off your shoulders.

Taurus

Personal theme: I have!!

Earth & fixed sign: April 20 — May 20

Your horoscope for this week:

You’re juggling practical and financial matters. The problem? You’re sharing is with certain individuals who simply don’t understand about the wise use of time, money or even ideas. Thus far, your efforts to explain what’s best have been ignored. The secret? Once Mercury’s retrograde cycle ends, on the 18th, you’ll need to rethink everything anyway. For now, make plans, but regard them as tentative.

A research project will turn out to be interesting and intriguing. There’ll be a lot of interesting stuff in the archives. A relative will trust you with a secret and you will feel honoured they have chosen you as the one to confide in. A health question may have to be resolved later in the week. Don’t ignore this as not being important. In all matters, a stitch in time will save nine.

Saturn stations at the apex of your solar chart on Monday – which could prove a defining moment. True, neither Mercury nor Jupiter leave their retrograde status until next week, which might result in certain plans being held up. Yet progress should be made and interestingly, and in an area which could be regarded as your USP. Fact is that by mid-week an idea of yours may have captivated a larger audience. It’s interesting that you will likely need to give others time to catch up when normally it’s the other way around. Given a few days to assimilate and think through some of your plans, not only might they be willing to alter direction, they might also be ready to give you the support you’ve needed in recent weeks and which has been so slow to come.

Gemini

Personal theme: I think!!

Air sign: May 21 — June 20

Your horoscope for this week:

If you’re into astrology, you’ll already be aware your ruler Mercury is retrograde, and with it accenting your links with those closest, personally and out in the world, you’re wrestling with confusion. Others are in a hurry to settle all such matters. Agree they’re being wise, then do and say nothing. Why? On the 18th, Mercury resumes forward motion, and many of those dramas will untangle themselves.

Some challenging trends will keep you occupied and busy early on. It can feel restricting when demands from your family and friends hamper your own activities. Even so, you’ve never found it hard to perform two tasks at once and you will cope admirably. Your success in a number of areas will fire your enthusiasm and despite having less time than planned for personal aims, you will make pleasing progress towards a special goal.

Take a deep breath and assess your qualifications. What needs to be improved? As Saturn arrives at its direct station on Monday all eyes could be on you and what you have to give and what you’ve learnt in recent times. This might also be the moment when a purchase or sale is given greater thought. Recall that Venus is now moving through your opposite sign. It could easily seem as though others have all the balls in their court. It’s as likely that you hold the key – perhaps literally. This should prove a week of sharp negotiation. The sharpness could come early in the week to be softened later with careful bargaining. Throughout all this, the issue of presentation might prove a challenge. It’s likely that a Virgo or Capricorn has ideas as to how you could do things better. The question is ‘is there advice appropriate and do you want to listen?’

Cancer

Personal theme: I feel!!

Water & cardinal sign: June 21 — July 22

Your horoscope for this week:

For ages you’ve been aware it’s time to rethink your priorities, including elements of your lifestyle and activities out in the world. While you’ve made a few changes, the ideas you come up with or hear about from others don’t just constitute a turning point, they could be timely breakthroughs. Say yes now, even if it’s tentative, and think about the details later.

You had made careful plans so it will come as some surprise when these don’t go as expected. It might seem as if you’re being given a cosmic test of some sort. Persevere and you will find a way to overcome stumbling blocks. Jobs you usually find easy could hit a few snags but don’t let this get you down. You will want to prove to yourself and others you can cope with difficulties and you will stay calm under pressure.

Think. Is it possible that others are using you as a dumping ground for their difficulties? Yes, that could be true at any time. It does appear though that in the build-up to the right-angle aspect between Pluto and your Ennis that occurred last weekend, that you were likely given far more to handle than was reasonable. Is perhaps time now for you to consider carefully how this has sapped your energy and yes, to some extent sabotage career progress. You might consider before the full Moon on 20th, taking action to make clear to certain individuals that you have boundaries. It might do them no harm to learn that you to have a life!! However, enthralling the stories are that are shared with you toward the end of the week, think twice before getting involved. You don’t have to be the powerbroker in someone else’s career move unless you really want that role. Rather more important, and in the light of that rare conjunction of the Sun and Mars at the base of your solar chart last week and which last occurred in 2006, is to do something about recreating and building nest security.

Leo

Personal theme: I will!!

Fire & fixed sign: July 23 — August 22

Your horoscope for this week:

As a fire sign, you benefit from a quick mind. However, the recent twists and turns are driving you crazy. The trick? Regard each day as just one step in an adventure that will continue to unfold until the end of the month. Make arrangements and plans, just ensure they’re regarded as tentative. Bizarrely, what you learn and who you meet during this period could transform everything.

You just want to get out and about and to enjoy any chance you get to mix with friends. You’re so high on the local popularity stakes that there will be many invitations coming your way and you won’t know which ones to accept and which to discard. You’re wondering how you are going to complete an important job in time when the deadline given seems unrealistic. Don’t worry you will get through a lot in a short space of time.

Saturn stations in your opposite sign on Monday. Don’t be surprised if others issue an ultimatum. The fact that both Mercury and Jupiter are still retrograde suggests that they will give you time to come to a decision – though they might want to know where they stand by the Full Moon on October 20. This then could be a delicate time. Recall that yours is one of the Fixed signs of the zodiac and that altering direction is not easy for you. You may know though, that one particular way of living and working has come to an end. The end process may be difficult but essential. The fact that you’ve now reached that critical stage, should help focus your mind as to what it is you really want to do next. You won’t be the only sign to benefit from talking to a career counsellor. Though it may not be possible to arrange that for this week, you could perhaps set those wheels in motion: doing so with the assistance of someone who’s perhaps worked in other cultures and cities and whose experience is now super helpful.

Virgo

Personal theme: I analyse!!

Earth sign: August 23 — September 22

Your horoscope for this week:

Over the past month or so, you made plans and promises to others. However, with your ruler Mercury retrograde until the 18th, and triggering confusion, changes have been as frequent as they’ve been frustrating. The trick? Simply regard plans, whether practical or involving others, as a potentially instructive experiment. Take that approach, and instead of worrying, you’ll actually enjoy every twist and turn.

You have so much admiration for a friend or colleague who has been through many challenges. There’s nothing wrong with showing your appreciation and how proud you are of their accomplishments. Sometimes it doesn’t show but some people do appreciate words of praise and encouragement. A workplace issue that seems to be ignored is upsetting you. In the end this will be dealt with but not in the way you expected.

For the last few years, Neptune has been making slow, slow passage through your opposite sign. It might seem as though you’ve had to give, give, give. Involvement with those who are less than 100% -for whatever reason has likely increased; but amidst all this, you might also have discovered talents you didn’t know you had. As Saturn arrives at its station on Monday more than one person could comment on just how brilliantly you’ve coped with a work situation that’s developed since the start of the year. It won’t be surprising if you’re asked to take this to another level. True, you might ask for time to think this through. Fact is, that especially since your birthday, you’ve shown grit and determination that few might have imagined. Though Mercury is still retrograde, it’s likely that you are gathering information and that by the time that Mercury turns direct (the night before the full Moon on the 20th), that you’ll have facts ready to make a managerial move.

Libra

Personal theme: I balance!!

Air & cardinal sign: September 23 — October 22

Your horoscope for this week:

Between the recent Libra New Moon and confusion in a range of situations and settings, you’re struggling with lots of questions and very few answers. Actually, that’s exactly what to expect now and until next week. Knowing that, focus on exploring your options and, if you must make decisions, just ensure they’re flexible. Take that approach and, to your amazement, the rest will be easy.

Patience will be needed in abundance. You may have to show masses of quiet understanding towards those you care about most. One person in particular will make comments or behave in a way that has you slightly confused. Diplomacy is key. Also, remember to laugh in the face of your troubles and they will soon disappear. An opportunity will be too good to miss. It will feel unreal. You get the chance to make up for something you have missed the most during the pandemic.

Mercury is still retrograde in your sign and there is still more thinking for you to do. Yet as of Monday, Saturn moves direct in the research and development department of your solar chart. This might be the optimum time to do consumer testing and market research. Even early results might amaze you. It’s likely that you really are on the right track and that a plan that’s been incubating since the start of this year will increase in momentum, so that by the Full moon on 20th you can’t be held back any longer. Interestingly, you may feel in the second half of the week as though you have a ‘hotline to the gods’ when you’re asked to take on a task for which you are eminently suited. Recall, one of the Libra quests is to experiment and develop proficiency in diplomacy. By the end of this week, you could pass that test with flying colours but yes, in the process need to accept extra responsibility.

Scorpio & Ophiuchus

Personal theme: I desire!!

Water & fixed signs: October 23 — November 21

Your horoscope for this week:

Reorganising unsettled elements of your life has been challenging, but you’ve managed to put things in order. While that was a relief, the actual circumstances you’re dealing with are changing. Because of that, you must rethink things. True, initially, you won’t be happy about it. However, within days you’ll realise how dramatically circumstances have shifted and why your own priorities need a rethink as well.

Your thoughts are on serious issues including what’s going on in your personal life. Family arrangements are unusual and you aren’t sure whether or not you approve of it all. If there is anything you aren’t happy with, it will be important to voice your concerns before it’s too late. You might feel forced to reconsider your priorities and end some commitments. Life will feel different due to the many changes that are going on.

As of Monday, Saturn is in forward motion from the base of your solar chart. Though obviously much depends on your personal chart, you could at least view this as being put under starters orders placing a cornerstone for the next 30 years. True, both Mercury and Jupiter are still retrograde and you likely won’t feel to have set off until the Full Moon on 20th. There should though, be the feeling of setting in motion ideas that have been incubating now for many months. True you might also need to negotiate other people’s apparently crazy announcements. You might reasonably wonder if they’ve thought through their gameplan. Expect your voice to be sought in the second half of the week and also, perhaps to be asked to join a team preparing a project due to be launched either late January or early February 2022. The fact that these individuals so clearly acknowledge your many talents should result in you closing the week on a high.

Sagittarius

Personal theme: I see!!

Fire sign: November 22 — December 21

Your horoscope for this week:

On occasion, thrilling ideas, offers or opportunities appear from nowhere. These are so exciting you can hardly believe it. However, you’ve checked, and they’re for real. The problem? Certain well-meaning individuals aren’t just worried, they’re convinced something’s wrong, they’re driving you crazy. The trick? Firmly sidestep their misplaced concerns. Next, focus on what’s arisen; and be flexible. Each day will bring yet more thrilling events.

You’re popular in the workplace and on the social scene. You have a reputation for being warm hearted, good fun and generous. That’s why everyone, even strangers, seem to know your name. Don’t be surprised if you are invited to join a local club. It’s also a time when you will be pouring cash into a home improvement program. Until you start seeing the results you will just have to hope it’s going to be worth it.

Anticipate a mood shift. As of Monday, Saturn is in direct motion. It’s probable that many people will arrive at conclusions and declare fresh methods of working. This will likely shake up a team. Note that Mercury is still retrograde and that what is proposed might still need to come under the ‘temporary’ heading. Trial and error are the keywords this week. Note however, that by next weekend the Sun will have made fabulous aspect to your ruling planet, Jupiter. With Venus now moving through your sign, it won’t be surprising of all eyes are on you and what you can yet achieve. A recurrent issue has been health and the welfare of those close to you. Anticipate altered direction here too – and possibly discussions with a therapist who proposes a regime that would pay dividends. Note too, that before next weekend the issue of presentation, style and colour will likely also need to be addressed.

Capricorn

Personal theme: I use!!

Earth & cardinal sign: December 22 — January 19

Your horoscope for this week:

You know exactly what your objectives are and how to make things happen; and, better yet, your efforts are paying off. The problem? Those whose intentions are good but lack knowledge. Still, they’re offering you advice. While, ordinarily, as a rational Capricorn, you’d talk things through. That will only make things worse. The solution? It’s easy. Avoid the individuals in question, at least for now.

A younger relative will hint they need a loan. Find out why before you agree to give them any money. A job offer will pave the way for you to embark on a more rewarding way of life. You might wonder why you took so long about making some much needed changes. At home and in the workplace, efficiency is the name of the game. Be ready to make a few readjustments as they are needed until new routines are established.

On Monday, your ruling planet, Saturn, arrives at its direct station. You might then have much clearer and better idea of what can still be achieved before your birthday. Note that Mercury is still retrograde and that there are others you might need to convince. You should make headway in the second half of the week as the Sun approaches a fabulous aspect with Jupiter. Assuming that you really do know what, you’re talking about (likely!) and have the required expertise, you could prompt a pause in thinking. True, others might need next weekend to consider your proposal, but the fact that they’re taking that time should be to your benefit. Crucially, how you present facts, and your ability to listen to proposals will likely require you to focus on more detail than usual. It might also be useful to discuss options with a career counsellor and/or to rehearse before you make presentations.

Aquarius

Personal theme: I know!!

Air & fixed sign: January 20 — February 18

Your horoscope for this week:

Most Aquarians aren’t just interested in others, their activities and their objectives, offering ideas or support comes naturally. Now, however, you’re urged to back off from even the simplest discussions of this nature. Why? Not only is the world around you changing, so are your priorities, more than you could imagine possible, at least now. The more flexible your thinking, and your circumstances, the better.

A friend needs a helping hand but when you hear what they are trying to do, you might advise them to approach a professional. What you will be happy to offer whenever anyone needs it is a sympathetic ear. Unexpected expenses will nudge you to reconsider plans of a long-term nature especially with regard to money. Occasionally disappointments can lead to wonderful transformations. This might well be one of those times.

Your ruling planet, Saturn arrives at its station on Monday and a decision likely has to be made. Look forward to the end of the week when the Sun makes beautiful aspect to Jupiter travelling through your sign as there may be something to celebrate by the weekend. True, Mercury is still retrograde and there may be a few hills (but not mountains) to climb. You perhaps need to go back and revisit a way of thinking and working. It’s not easy being born under one of the Fixed signs as altering direction is a challenge. Yet in 2021, with your two ruling planets Saturn and Uranus, at right angle to one another that’s perhaps inevitable. It might even be argued that the fact that it’s taking so long to arrive at a conclusion will also mean that you’ve checked out all possible avenues. Don’t underestimate your thirst for learning. It may now be paramount for you to acquire greater expertise. If there is a major difficulty, it’s that whilst you may know exactly what it is you want to do and achieve, you could yet be held back by obligations to younger people or siblings.

Pisces

Personal theme: I believe!!

Water sign: February 19 — March 20

Your horoscope for this week:

Even if you aren’t especially into astrology, you’ll have noticed the confusion triggered by Mercury, the ideas planet, being retrograde in the heavens. While this cycle ends on the 18th, for now you’re urged to regard even simple plans or commitments as an experiment, something to learn from, even if it doesn’t last. That means you’ll be both flexible and ready for unexpected twists and turns.

You somehow complete a complicated task in half the time anticipated. This is certain to attract approval and praise from high up. Spend a little time, this week, thinking about your lifestyle. Is there any room for improvement? How can you live a little healthier? A get together later in the week will go better than expected. Most people will be on your wavelength and conversations will be relaxed and interesting.

If you’ve felt restricted, held back and unable to move forward, then anticipate altered pace from Monday when Saturn turns direct. True, both Mercury, and your ruling planet, Jupiter, are still retrograde but not for much longer. This should be viewed as preparation time. There are questions for you to ask. The expertise of others will be required – particularly if that involves health issues. If it’s not you who needs extra assistance, then it could be someone close (a neighbour or colleague) who requires that extra help. Whilst this not take many minutes of your time, it could introduce you to a group who may be as supportive of your needs. One of Pisces’ great gifts is the ability to see multiple perspectives. That particular trait could be much in demand especially when your input on a design project should make all the difference and result in success that brings you rave reviews.

~CelestialPrognostication

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