GrannyMoons Weekly Feast: 24 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 Moon – Time to Die; Letting Go
Dark Moon – Time to Rest Again

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

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Current Moon Phase: WANING MOON

Time: From full moon to dark moon (approx.14 days)

Goddess Aspect: Crone

Associated Goddesses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Kali, Morrigan

Magickal Attributes: BANISHING Releasing the old, removing unwanted negative energies, wisdom, psychic ability, scrying, reversing circumstances. Workings on this day are for banishing magick, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity, physical and psychic cleansings.

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September 30 To October 27 – Celtic Month Ivy

October 28 To November 23 – Celtic Month Reed

The Makahiki, Hawaiian New Years Festival

29 – Mokash is the Mother Goddess in Native Slavic Paganism

OCT. 31 – NOV. 1, 2021 – SAMHAIN

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

November

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 membersvcomplete each level.
Level I – Initiate of the Sisters of the Burning Branch – White cord
Level II – Adept of the the Sisters of the Burning Branch- Red cord
Level III – Priestess of the Sisters of the Burning Branch- Black cord
Level IV – High Priestess of the Sisters of the Burning Branch – Green cord

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

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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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Coventry Creations
from Stacy Adams

October 25, 2021 – October 31, 2021

The last week of October is a bit of a dog’s breakfast with a mixture of positive and challenging aspects.

At the beginning of the week you may have to control your romantic fantasies as your expectations may be way too high, and ultimately you could end up disappointed. Fiinancial descisions should be avoided until later in the week.

Midweek (specificaly Thursday) is not a great time to focus on anything important; it’s an excellent day to focus on fun and adventure, so make sure you do something you enjoy.

Weekend you may experience feelings of self-doubt and other insecurities. Try to push past negative thoughts and do something to distract you as your problems are probably not as big as they appear to be.

Recommended: Emotional Balance (Blessed Herbal), Guardian Protector (Affirmation), The Conjurer (Dorothy Morrison’s Wicked Witch Halloween), Confidence – Solar Plexus (Chakra Magic).

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

Witch’s Brew, the biggest Halloween baddies, are back on your shelf.
You have been waiting for Halloween magic all year, and know who to trust for making authentic magical candles that bring the zing to your witchy spells. The Witch’s Brew candles have been a standard for the biggest, baddest halloween magic for 20 years, but you already knew that.

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The Halloween Oracle
The Veil

The future.

There is a misty curtain
that divides us all
The veil that this night thins
Transparent the weave becomes
And the future no longer dims.

The veil is thin, messages abound, listen closely and set your own intentions.

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Sticks and Stones has invited you to the event The Spiritual Awakening Holistic Expo’ on Sticks and Stones!

Check out “The Spiritual Awakening Holistic Expo” on Sticks and Stones

The Spiritual Awakening Holistic Expo Time: November 6, 2021 from 10am to 7pm
Location: Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Sterling – Dulles Airport
Organized By: Remnants of Magic

Event Description:
Remnants of Magic is happy to present The Spiritual Awakening Holistic Expo ?which is coming to Sterling, Virginia this fall, on November 6th, 2021.

The Spiritual Awakening Holistic Expo is a collection of personally selected, exceptional vendors celebrating all things mind, body, and spirit.

The expo highlights: Artisans in Handcrafted Jewelry, Crystals and Stones, Organic Candles and Soaps, Essential Oils, Reiki, Energy Healers, Intuitive Readings, Spiritual Artwork, Yoga, and other Health and Wellness services.

Our Expo is designed for you to learn and be inspired in a nurturing environment where everyone can come together and connect. A place for those looking to live a healthier lifestyle and open their eyes to the possibilities of incorporating their mind and spirit while experiencing resources of a healthy and holistic lifestyle.

Tickets are $5.00 online and at the door.
Hope to see you all there. Many BlessingsMatthew and Patrick.
http://www.spiritualawakeningexpo.com

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How to Tell If Your Home is Haunted, According to an Expert

Slamming doors. Strange shadows. Mysterious whispers. You probably don’t need to call the “Ghostbusters” squad to know these classic signs of a haunted house. But what does it all mean and how can you live peacefully with the spirit roommates inhabiting your space?

There are several things to take into consideration when it comes to determining whether your home is haunted. According to Amanda Paulson, a paranormal investigator and the creator of Pretty Fn Spooky, a ghost can be many different things and simply just want to communicate. Whether you’re a spiritual skeptic or a believer, here’s what you need to know.

What does a “haunting” really mean?
Let’s first define what a ghost actually is — because they aren’t typically like the ones you know from “Amityville Horror” or sadly, “Casper the Friendly Ghost.” They’re typically more of a presence or energy that manifests in different areas, objects, or forms in your home.

“My personal definition of a ghost is a shadow of life perceived in a way that defies reality,” Paulson says. “A ghost can be the intelligent spirit of the deceased, persisting after death because of unfinished business, or it can be residual energy of the living or deceased, imprinted onto a location or object.”

According to Celtic understanding, the veil between the realities of the living and the dead grows thinner during the autumn months. Halloween is smack dab in the middle of the autumn equinox and the winter solstice, and it’s considered to be a potent time that signifies the cycle of life and death, as well as transformation. Celtic pagan legend has it that on Halloween night, spirits can cross over to the land of the living more easily than on any other night. So, if you’re feeling eerie energy or seem extra attuned to the creaks in your home lately, this may be why.

Before the shivers get down your spine, this doesn’t always indicate that you need to run away at the first chance you get. “I believe that most hauntings are good or neutral, actually,” Paulson says. “I think that bad hauntings are rare, but even in the case of a darker spirit, the living has more power than we give ourselves credit for.”

How to determine if your house is haunted:
So, what are some ways to tell that your house may have a paranormal presence? Paulson says there are a few indicators that can be telling, yet advises that many hauntings are misunderstood.

Learn the history of your home
Learning about the stories of those who lived in your home before you can help you identify any causes of possible paranormal activity.

Paulson recommends doing some digging on whether there’s a piece of history that might contribute to a ghost having unfinished business, such as a tragedy or event that left an imprint on the area. There are several ways you can go about researching the history of your home. For one, you can ask your real estate or leasing agent directly or search public property records through your city or county. You can also Google your home’s address and see if you can find any names of previous tenants or owners, paying attention to any obituaries. Or if you’re friendly with your neighbors, you can ask them to shed some light on your home’s past.

In addition to the physical history of your home, Paulson says to consider the objects in your space that have a history, too. “Many homes have antiques and mementos or are built with historic materials like stone or wood, and it is believed that energy can attach itself to these objects or materials,” she says. “A popular concept called the Stone Tape Theory speculates that hauntings are like tape recordings and that energy from past emotions or important events can be recorded onto objects.”

Pay attention to how you feel
Taking inventory of the feelings your home brings can help you sense any unrest. Paulson advises that you pay special attention to your reactions, your loved ones’ reactions, and even the reactions of your pets in different areas of your home.

“When your home is haunted, a feeling like you’re not alone washes over you,” Paulson says. “The hair on your arms stands up and you can sense static electricity in the air, like when you run across the carpet in your socks. Sometimes a hot sensation will be felt on the back of your neck, or you walk through a cold spot when there are no windows open.”

Maybe you have an inkling you’re being watched or notice that your cat meows at one specific corner but nothing appears to be there. Paulson notes that these are all reactions to take note of, yet they typically feel neutral rather than have a strong emotion attached. It might be time to sharpen your intuition skills to connect with your senses so you can have peace of mind in your space.

Check for “normal” paranormal activity
Sometimes, paranormal activity is easily explainable given the fact that your home has a history, and is simply present without being a disturbance.

Paulson encourages people who move into a new home to check for signs of “normal” paranormal activity like drafty windows, loose light bulbs, and wiring that emits a high electromagnetic field (EMF). “Some paranormal experts believe that ghosts will manipulate the EMF to help them manifest,” Paulson says, cautioning that a high EMF can also be a result of old or bad wiring. Have an electrician check out your space if you can, just to be on the safe side.

Look out for typical haunting signs:
Once you’ve ruled out normal paranormal activity in your home, Paulson says it may be time to come to terms with living in a haunted house. Remember, this doesn’t always mean that you’re doomed or that you should run.

“Most spirits only want to communicate, just like how we love to communicate with each other,” Paulson says. “We are not much different than those who have passed away and our recognition of the other side can help validate their experience. If we treat hauntings with respect and empathy, they will respect and empathize with us.”

Here are some signs to help you figure out if there’s unrest or a trapped spirit in your home.

Strange sounds: This can be knocking, footsteps, thumping, disembodied voices, doors creaking open, or anything else that sounds out of the ordinary.

Object movement: Swear you left your keys by the door but found them on the other side of the room instead? Spirits will sometimes move objects to indicate their presence.

Phantom smells: If you’re catching whiffs of strange odors, whether it’s perfume, tobacco, or unpleasant smells that don’t seem to have a source, this may mean there’s a ghost in your midst.

Cold spots: In horror movies, sometimes you’ll see people’s breath to indicate a haunting, but in real life, it’s not always as extreme. Feeling even subtle shifts or bursts of cold air can indicate a paranormal presence. This is believed to be because ghosts draw energy and take heat from the environment in which they’re present.

Seeing an apparition: The most obvious sign that a spirit is inhabiting your home is visually seeing something. This can manifest in many different ways to different people, from being a cryptic shadowy figure to something more resembling a person.

Paulson emphasizes that you should rely on your intuition to determine if you should communicate with the ghost or simply leave it alone.

“I trust my head, heart, and gut to help me determine what kind of ghost I’m meeting,” she says. “If something supernatural is making you feel uncomfortable or scared, you can ask that spirit to leave and take control of the energy in the space around you.”

What should I do if my house is haunted?
There are several telltale signs of a spirit in your home, and due to the autumnal energy, you may be picking up on these indicators even more. But ultimately, you have the power to decide whether something will haunt you or not.

“If you feel overwhelmed in your haunted house, communicate that,” Paulson says. “But remember the valuable history you could learn from letting your ghostly resident stay.”

If you’re feeling paranoid or sense negative energy, there are several measures you can take. This can include cleansing the energy in your home for a fresh start by trying a blessing spell with an intention in mind; tapping into your own cultural heritage and seeing if your ancestors relied on a certain cleansing ritual can be a great place to start.

If you decide the energy in your home is neutral or even friendly, you can experiment with communication if it so calls to you. Or, you may just come to terms with the fact that you have a roommate who sometimes likes to play pranks on you — and can’t we all use a little more company these days?

Julianne Ishler
Julianne is a Chicago-based writer, Enneagram coach, and shameless homebody. She loves all things witchy, hygge, and empowering creatives to follow their career dreams. You can follow her on Instagram or explore her website for more resources.

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Llewellyn’s Spell A Day

Lucky Penny Prosperity Spell
OCTOBER 24, 2021 BY THORN MOONEY

Financial stability is largely the result of a combination of good habits, discipline, and know-how, but sometimes we just need a helping hand or a bit of luck. That luck often comes from unexpected places, like when we find a dropped coin on the sidewalk or a dollar bill pressed into the pages of a used book.

To draw money into your household, begin collecting the lucky pennies (and other coins) you find during your day-to-day life and keep them at the threshold of your home. You might line them up on the molding of the front door or place them in a potted plant outside—whatever is most appealing to you. Every time you find a new coin, place it with the others and say:

Money finds its way to me.
Wealth and luck flow naturally.

Trust that prosperity will be drawn to you and won’t leave your home easily.
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Moving Divination
OCTOBER 23, 2021 BY ELIZABETH BARRETTE

Autumn is a time when the crops are harvested and then the fields lie fallow. Everything that works needs a rest sometimes, so now is a good time to consider which parts of your life could use a break. This is especially important if you feel overloaded with too much to do.

For this moving divination, make a list of significant parts of your life that take up your time and energy. Five to ten is a good range. Hold those in your mind as you take a walk. Ideally walk around your neighborhood, school, or workplace—someplace you know well. If you see something that reminds you of a point on your list, take note that this is an area of your life that needs some rest. Try to schedule downtime for it, or at least avoid adding new projects. In spring, you can renew the activity again.
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Wiccan Spell Jars
OCTOBER 22, 2021 BY ESTHA MCNEVIN

For many Wiccans and Pagans, getting to know our culture and sharing it with others has become a fun way to celebrate October. It’s fun to see witchy movies on every channel, including the ol’ pointy hats and golden buckles like it’s 1746! Take it up a notch today by picking three facts about witchcraft that matter to you and sharing them with people you know and love.

Gather three spell jars (about 7 by 2 inches each). Inside each jar, place a cinnamon stick, a pinch of dried witch hazel herb, and a small charm stone (or other spiritual object). Include an image and a fact about witchcraft that is easily readable through the jar. (Print out an image and write a fact upon it.) Place the jars on a family altar, holiday table, or windowsill to promote gratitude and knowledge of our culture this season.
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Receive the Blessing of an Ancestral Spirit
OCTOBER 21, 2021 BY STORM FAERYWOLF

For this spell you will need these materials:

  • White cord, chalk, salt, or other objects to mark out a circle on the floor
  • A white and a black candle
  • A vase with fresh flowers
  • A piece of paper with the name of an ancestor written upon it
  • A cauldron or ash pot

When you would ask a spirit dear,
To bring forth blessings and draw them near,
Just mark a circle on the ground,
With cord or chalk or whatever’s found.
Just be it white like shining moon,
Then light a candle black as doom.
Present here now a vase of flowers,
An offering unto ancient powers.
And speak aloud these words of rhyme,
To seal thy charm and make it thine:

Spirit come with love and grace,
All else denied this hallowed space.

From the deep black candle’s flame,
Now light the white and speak the name
Of someone whom you’ve lost from life,
To bring you blessings and ease all strife.
Burn the paper from the white,
And cast it to the cauldron now,
And speak here to your spirit bright,
To end when candles do burn down.
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Solar Energy and Inspiration
OCTOBER 21, 2021 BY BLAKE OCTAVIAN BLAIR

The sun is great to work with for a burst of motivating energy and forward movement. A simple tool that represents all these energies in one concise focal point is the Sun card in the major arcana of the tarot. For today, put the Sun from your favorite tarot deck on your altar, and gather a carnelian or citrine stone and a white or yellow candle. Arrange the items on your altar, and light the candle, placed in a holder in which it can safely burn down. Bring your attention to a task that you’ve lacked motivation to do. Focus on the tarot image, and see the radiant light of the Sun imbuing you with energy. Feel yourself beginning to glow with warm, radiant, glowing energy. Feel the inspiration welling up within you, and pay attention as ideas come to mind of how you can spring into action on your task.
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Charging Spell
OCTOBER 20, 2021 BY EMBER GRANT

On this full moon, charge some of your magical objects (tools, crystals, etc.) in the moonlight. Even if it’s cloudy, that’s okay. Place your objects outside in a protected place or inside on a windowsill. Visualize the moonlight charging the items with potent magical energy. Chant these words before leaving your items in place for the night:

Moonlight, cast your magic glow
upon these items that I choose.
Moonlight, with your energy
these items now infuse.
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Lollipop Divination
OCTOBER 19, 2021 BY KATE FREULER

Nothing says October like candy! Get yourself a bag of multicolored lollipops, making sure they’re all individually packaged. Shake the bag to mix them up while asking this question:

What do I need to focus on in my life this week?

Close your eyes and pull a lollipop out of the bag. Your answer lies in the color:

  • Red: Focus on your romantic life.
  • Pink: You need to pay attention to nurturing friendships.
  • Orange: Hone in on your passions and hobbies.
  • Yellow: Take time to make sure you and others are feeling positive in general.
  • Green: Pay attention to your finances.
  • Blue: Communication between you and the people in your life is extra important right now.
  • Purple: Make sure you spend time on your spiritual practice and meditation.
  • Black: Be sure to guard yourself energetically against others.
  • White: Spirit has an important message or lesson for you this week, so pay attention.

Now the best part: enjoy the candy!

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Heartwings Love Notes 1005 Holiday Gifting Can Be Tricky

Heartwings says, “Choosing to please another may not work well.”

When I was young and wanted to give my parents gifts for Christmas, I ordered from a mail order catalogue. One year I bought them bridge table ashtrays. They were triangular to fit nicely on the table and cost a whole dollar. That was a lot for me to spend. There was only the one catalogue and it was in black and white, a far cry from today’s colorful pages crowded with alluring holiday items.

Our holiday catalogues have begun to arrive, filing our little mail box. They are sandwiched between appeals from places I contribute to and new ones. I received an appeal today from people that paint by holding a brush in their mouths. It included holiday cards they had painted. It’s hard to believe they could create these intricate images with no hands.

These catalogues are filled with a variety of beautifully photographed, expensive gifts. Stephen was paging through one such and asked me if I would like an electric skillet. “Yes,” I said, and “no,” I continued. “I have precious little free counter space and what I do have must be preserved for food preparation.” He continued showing me and offering to buy me different items he fancied I might like.

The food was the most tempting. Sadly, although one can find sugar free delights, there is nothing of a sweet nature except candy that is gluten free. Being diabetic, I do not want candy, and being gluten free, cakes and cookies made with wheat flour aren’t suitable either. Then there is the clothing, not to mention the shoes and the slippers. Stephen was determined to find me something. He pointed out all kinds of wonderful garments, not to mention slippers in a variety of styles and colors.

After forty-four years together,” he said, “you’d think I’d be able to find you something for the holidays.” He smiled ruefully. “You’re impossible to buy for, and I don’t dare try to surprise you for fear you won’t like what I get you.” I felt badly for him. It’s true, I seem to have grown rather particular these days. Perhaps I need to ease up and forget about being so choosey. I might try it when the next batch of catalogues arrives. However, suppose I don’t like what he gets me? To be sure, he is equally particular, and I find myself in a similar conundrum when it comes to finding things for him.

May your gift giving prove successful and happy for all.

Blessings and best regards, Tasha Halpert

PS Do you have any giving stories to share? I so love your comments. Write to me at tashahal@aol.com and do visit my website at http://www.heartingsandfriends.com

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A 21st Century Wheel of the Year: Release at Samhain
by Dana from The Druid’s Garden.

Samhain. The time of no time, the time of the ancestors, the time of the wild hunt. The time when darkness blankets the land, the frost covers the landscape, and many things die. Here in the hemisphere, this signals the end of the fall months and the beginning of the long and dark cold of the winter. I always feel like Samhain is when we get our first hard frost. The first frost cuts through the land, tearing through tender annuals like tomatoes and basil, freezing the tips of the last of the aster and goldenrod, and hastening the annual dropping of the leaves. It leaves a wake of brown and death in its stead, and signals clearly that summer is over and winter is soon to come.

Nature Mandala

In my first post on this series (Receptivity at the Fall Equinox), I made the case that the traditional Wheel of the Year and its themes were developed and enacted under very different conditions than our present age. The Holocene, a period of climate stability, allowed the rise of agriculture, agrarian traditions, and basic assumptions about being able to put forth an effort and reap rewards. Some of the themes present in the traditional wheel of the year simply don’t fit the present age–the age of the Anthropocene. This is where fires, floods, droughts, severe storms, and rising seas threaten our homes and livelihoods. Where animals, fish, birds, and insects are under severe threat from human-driven activity. Where traditional–and balanced–relationships with the land have been severed. And where each of us has to cultivate a new set of resilient skills to successfully navigate the coming age. Thus, I argue, we need new approaches to celebrating our traditional wheel that emphasize the skills and vision that will help us not only navigate the continuing crisis but also help us bring forth a better future for our descendants and all life.

Today’s theme is releasing or letting go. While this is is a theme that some have explored at Samhain in the past, I want to shed some new light on it, given this current age.

Letting go
In Traditional Western Herbalism, stagnation is one of the worst things that can happen to the human body. A stagnant condition is a place where disease festers, where the body breaks down, and where the body loses tone and strength. Stagnation is infection, it is dysfunction, and it is disease. It is the same in our mental lives: stagnant conditions are those that lock us into unproductive patterns: repeated focuses on trauma, living in the past, not allowing ourselves to get out of problematic thought patterns. The key is processing and then releasing this so we can grow again.

Stagnation is also the opposite of what occurs throughout nature. Nature is always adapting, always evolving, always changing to meet the present age. We can see this from the fossil records of ages past. Animals, plants, insects, fish–all life has learned to continually adapt and evolve, taking on new behaviors, new physiology, and new forms to adapt to changing conditions on this planet. I point, for example, to the adaptations that Raccoons have made to live in city environments all around the world as a recent example of how adaptable and resilient nature is. If nature is disrupted through fire, flood, or human activity–it begins to regrow immediately. If left to grow, it will go through many adaptations before coming to its current climax environment (which where I live, is often an oak-hickory forest!)

Strengthening our collective vision for the future involves letting go of the past narratives that bind us!

In addition to our individual experience, the other area that we can explore with regards to the Anthropocene is the cultural narratives that bind us–myths that are creating a kind of cultural stagnation. We know there is a global problem, but the myths and systems in place at present mind us to the same tired and repeated pattern. One set of myths that have been broadly identified is the “myth of progress”, or the idea that civilization is forever moving forward in a growth-at-all-costs paradigm. I don’t think this myth has the power it used to have, say, 10 years ago, but it’s still something deeply embedded in us that absolutely has to be let go of if we are going to thrive in the future and build a new age. Here in the United States, a related driving myth is the American Dream (which is believed by pretty much no one under the age of 30 who grew up in the USA). Another common myth is the idea that you as a human are disconnected from nature, or maybe, that you can only harm the living earth. A final myth is that technology will somehow save us from this climate crisis, that we can simply invent a better technology so we can keep on doing what we’ve been doing…These myths have power; they encourage us to see the world from a certain perspective that keeps us as just cogs in the larger machine of progress and industrialization. But the truth is, the machine is failing, and the best thing we can do is distance ourselves from that machine–and that distancing starts with interrogating these myths. And certainly, we have a lot to interrogate at present.

This, the first step towards resiliency and adaptability–two critical skills for this present and coming age–are being willing to let go of those things that no longer serve us. To recognize when it is time to acknowledge, move on, and heal from that which has bound us to and in the past.

Letting Go Activities for Samhain: Shadow Work and ritual
So let’s look at how this letting go work at Samhain might happen. I’m not going to lie–what I’m outlining here is extremely difficult work. Work that takes years, disentangling work where we examine ourselves, our relationship to others, and the core of our understanding of the world. There are two steps to letting go–shadow work and ritual release.

Shadow Work: Understanding the Unconscious and Collective Unconscious
Jung’s extensive writings in philosophy and psychology explored the role of the unconscious and the consciousness within individuals as well as broader collectives, and it is well worth delving into if you are going to do this work. On the most basic level, our consciousness is everything we are clearly aware of, while the unconscious is everything that is not. Jung also recognizes that there is a collective unconscious, the realm of the driving myths and archetypes of any culture or age. The unconscious has tremendous power and often drives our actions, decisions, and beliefs and yet, for many, is a vast and unexplored region.

Shadow work, as a whole, represents that work that we do to understand our own unconscious–including our darker nature–and come to terms with it. It involves us carefully examining our own assumptions, subconscious and semi-conscious actions, the ways in which we respond or hurt, and all the semi-invisible stuff we carry with us. There are parts of us that are shaped by our past experiences. Understanding ourselves and our darker natures is a lifetime of study, but we can certainly do good work in this direction with dedicated effort. You have to fund a productive way into this work, and you have to be willing to change and understand yourself. One of the methods that I have been taught and that has been very effective is to understand your darker nature–what is within yourself. This is the stuff where you often act subconsciously in response to something–when you feel hurt, or you compare yourself to others. You can also look back on behaviors that you did that hurt others, particularly those that you did subconsciously or without even thinking about it. And then consider where those things are rooted in–and what you can do to mitigate or understand this self better.

Shadow work in the age of the Anthropocene should also examine our relationship to the collective unconscious, those big narratives, and myths that guide much of what we think and believe about the world. Culturally-focused shadow work involves really starting to disentangle the cultural narratives the have driven this world to the brink of ecological collapse. This is not easy work; some of which I have outlined above.

Thus, when we think about letting go, any of these things might be helpful, particularly in the context of this age:

Letting go of the cultural assumptions that guide us
Letting go of assumptions about how we can use nature, take from nature, or own nature
Letting go of assumptions about humans’ relationship with nature (e.g. I can only do less harm or less bad)
Letting go of the expectations about what our lives could be; the lies culture and corporations told us
Letting go of external understandings of what we “should” do and who we “should be”
Letting go of expectations of others
Letting go of old pain and deep wounds; finding power in forgiveness and moving on
This work can be done through meditations, talking with others we trust, journaling, and just a lot of self-observation and evaluation. Take one small piece at a time: examine yourself, your past behaviors (particularly those that you did “without thinking” and then later asked yourself,”why did I do that?”), deep-rooted insecurities and emotions, and see where you arrive at. A lot of this work happens in a cycle–you do a certain amount, and then you rest and do other things for a while, and then you come back later and deepen your understanding over time.

Elemental Letting Go/Releasing Ritual

Once you’ve done some of the above, you can also consider ritual means for releasing. Letting go rituals are generally pretty straightforward-first, charging an object that will help you release, and then, actually releasing it in some way through ritual means (a fire/air ritual, an earth ritual or a water ritual). You can actually design a ritual that is tied to a particular element. Step one is to have some object that represents what you want to let go of. This object is focused on, where you meditate or direct the unwanted feelings/assumptions/emotions into the object. The object is then released and nature is allowed to do her healing work. So let’s look at three versions of this:

The Air/Fire Releasing Ritual

You can perform an air/fire ritual in a few different ways. One way is to open a ritual space and start by writing down what you want to release beforehand, crumpling that up, and then building a fire around those materials. Then, you light the fire, let it burn down, and the work is done. In an alternative, you would prepare a fire and then open your ritual space. Light your fire, then cast your releasing materials into the fire and let it burn down. This is useful for group activities, where everyone is going to be releasing whatever they feel the need to release. In either case, you light the fire, allow the powerful energies of fire and air to help you let go, and move forward.

A Water Releasing Ritual

Water is another good method for releasing and letting go. Ideally, you want either a large body of water (a big lake, an ocean) or a moving body of water (like a river). Begin by making an offering to the body of water, and see if it is willing to accept from you things for release (if not, offer gratitude and find another body of water). Now, find a stone or a stick along the edge of that water, and pour into it the emotions/feelings/experiences that you want to release. Take your time in doing this. Speak our intentions for this work aloud as you do this. When it feels “full”, fling it into the body of water as far as you can. Consider a verbal release (like a shout), as you release this. Then, thank the body of water and turn your back and walk away.

An Earth Releasing Ritual

Earth is a final method for releasing and letting go. Ideally, you will want somewhere that is not your own home/land for this; or some place far from your home. Use your intuition to find an appropriate place. Begin by asking permission of the earth to help you with your releasing work; make an offering and offer gratitude. If you have an affirmative, continue, and if not, find a different spot and ask again. Once you have found your spot, dig a small hole, working hard not to disrupt anything that is already living there. Take a stone, stick, or other object (that is safe to put into the land), and hold the object in your hands. Pour all that you want to let go of in the object. Speak your intentions aloud, and take all the time you need to do this. Finally, place the object in the hole and cover it up. Thank the earth again, and then walk away and do not look back.

Letting Go to Writing a New Story
Letting go is a critically important part of moving forward with a new vision and story for the future–a vision of a healed world in balance with the living earth. Thus, Samhain helps us to let go of that which no longer serves us, and that which hinders our ability to move forward, grow, and heal. Letting go is powerful work, and can be done at all levels: physical, mental, emotional, cultural, and spiritual. And I think it’s really necessary to work for us as we seek to develop resiliency, adaptability and embrace the change and challenge that is before us.

Once you let go, you see things from a new perspective. Your judgment is less clouded by your own internal narratives nor those of the broader collective unconscious. You are free to vision a new world, a better present for yourself and your loved ones, and most importantly–a bright future for all of the earth’s inhabitants and our descendants. That, my dear readers, is worth striving for.

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How Healthful Is Your Tea?

The antioxidants and polyphenols in tea may be responsible for some of its health benefits, such as stronger bones, lower cholesterol levels, and reduced risk of heart disease and some types of cancer – all of which are enjoyed by regular tea drinkers. Consider these types of tea in the upcoming winter months for healthful, warming treats that offer added health benefits:

Green tea. With tea leaves that are steamed, rolled and dried – a method that preserves the content of polyphenols – green tea is high in antioxidants. Its flavor is a bit earthier than that of white tea. Green tea is available in a range of varieties; Dr. Weil’s favorite is powdered green tea, known as matcha. Green tea provides EGCG, a polyphenol than may help to fight inflammation, lower cholesterol, prevent cancer and boost the immune system.

Oolong. This tea’s healthful properties (as well as taste and color) fall between those of green tea and black tea. It has a floral and fruity taste and may help relieve itchy skin associated with atopic dermatitis.
Pu-erh. Highly valued in China, pu-erh (pronounced POO-air) is a dark red tea that is bold and earthy and the most oxidized form of tea. It may help to reduce cholesterol and aid in digestion.

Black tea. This is the tea that the English, Irish and most Americans drink. The oxidation process causes the leaves to change both their color and flavor, reducing the content of polyphenols. It is a hearty tea that has been linked to a lower risk of heart disease, colon cancer and the bacteria associated with cavities and bad breath.

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Gilberto Rides Again – Chapter 24
by Stephen Halpert

It was suppertime. Sophia and Toni had left. Joey picked at his dinner. His expression was somber, and he said nothing.
“Don’t blame yourself,” Gilberto said. “You were just being you. No crime when that’s the case.”
Joey grimaced. “But she left. Went home. Just like that, walked out on me. How am I supposed to feel?”
“Maybe relieved?” Gilberto suggested.
Joey gave him an odd look. “Has any woman ever walked out on you?”
Gilberto nodded. “More times than you might imagine.”
Maria served everyone a piece of her extra special apple pecan pie. She smiled at Joey. “Gilberto’s cave man approach wasn’t for every woman, especially if afterwards they needed a chiropractor.” She giggled and winked at her husband.
Mona gobbled up her serving and looked at her older brother. “If sharing a shower is all it takes for her to want to go home, then let her.”
Joey frowned. “What do you mean?”
Mona looked wise and authoritative. “I could never get in to use the bathroom. She was always in there messing with her hair or make up, and she acted grumpy whenever I said I needed to go.”
Gilberto smiled. “You didn’t do anything about that did you?
Mona giggled and looked pleased with herself. “No daddy, I didn’t but I wanted to.”
Joey frowned. “What did you want to do?”
Mona’s eyes crinkled. “Well, I didn’t do it, but I thought about putting ants in her makeup.”
Gilberto burst into a loud boyish laugh. “But you didn’t?”
“No daddy, I didn’t, but I wanted to.” Mona giggled conspiratorially. “I thought about it a lot when I had to wait to get to go to the toilet. And then I thought about putting mayonnaise in her smelly skin cream.”
Gilberto laughed even louder.
“Be careful,” Joey warned. “Toni’s still my girlfriend.”
Mona glanced over at Joey. “Told you I didn’t, only that I wanted to.”
“How do you like your new phone?” Gilberto asked, wanting to change the direction of the conversation.
Mona grinned. “It’s so cool daddy, but I think Mr. Gomes forgot about taking away the pictures of the fat man and the naked lady with the red hair.”
“What fat man and naked lady?” Maria’s voice rose in concern.
Joe straightened up in his chair, his eyes wide. “I want to see,” he said. He looked at Mona. “I’m your brother, and I have the right to see.”
Gilberto sighed. “You mean at a beach running around in bikinis?”
Mona shook her head. “No daddy, they weren’t at the beach. There were in a room with a big bed and trees outside the windows. It looked like they were playing leapfrog.”
Joey giggled.
Maria voice shrilled. “Ramona, go to your room right now and bring me that phone.”
When her mother called her by her full name and in that tone of voice, Mona knew that she meant business. Without arguing, she got up from the table, trudged off to her room and came right back with her phone.”
Her face scrunched up. “You’re not going to take it away?”
Maria held out her hand. “No. You’ll get it back, and thank you for telling us.”
“I’ll delete them,” Gilberto said reaching for Mona’s phone.
“I’ll take care of this,” Maria said. She took the phone. She pushed several buttons and scrolled through it. Finally, after a few minutes she frowned. “I don’t see them. Maybe you erased them by accident.”
Mona shook her head.
“Let me see them,” Joey said.
Gilberto looked as though he wanted to say something. He glanced over at Maria who handed Joey the phone. “”Kids these days can do more than we can,” she said reluctantly.
Joey searched through it. He shook his head. “Maybe it’s got a secret code, or a second password that hides things.” After several minutes he frowned and handed the phone to Gilberto.
Gilberto opened the device, and like Joey, went rummaging through the contents. But he found nothing. He shook his head and looked over at Mona. “What did you do to find them?”
Mona wrinkled her forehead. “I don’t know. I opened the picture folder and they were there.”
Gilberto frowned. “Hiding in plain sight.”
Maria looked at Mona searchingly. “You sure you didn’t hide them?”
Mona shook her head again, and Gilberto knew she was being truthful.
Gilberto took the device and phoned Ramon.
“Quick question,” he said cheerfully.
“Shoot,” Ramon replied.
“How long have you had the phone you gave Mona?
“Less than two years. You know how they all get handed down at Atlas.”
‘Who handed yours down to you?”
“Let me think,” Ramon said. “Yes, it was Sara. When the previous upgrades were delivered, she gave me her old one and that’s the one I passed on to you. Why?”
“Not sure,” Gilberto said. “No biggie, we’ll talk about it tomorrow.”
“You sure?” Ramon asked.
“For sure,” Gilberto said. “Later.”
He phoned Smith and without going into details suggested they meet as soon as possible.
The next day Gilberto’s walk to the restaurant where they always met, on lower Washington Street, was uneventful; no staggering foreigner with a long knife appeared. There wasn’t even a shadowy figure following him.
Smith and Rain had already arrived and occupied their usual back table. The restaurant vibrated with the cheers from lunchtime Red Sox fans watching reruns of Sox victories on the overhead wide screens.
Gilberto ordered the Sushi variety platter and handed Smith the cell phone. “Mona said she found photographs of naked people, describing them as a balding fat man and a red head lady. But none of us could find them.”
“Know any oversexed redheads,” Rain asked?
“Just Sara Midgley,” Gilberto said. “But I can’t see her blatantly posing for pictures like that.”
“No, not her style,” Smith said. “Unless she had no idea they were being taken. We’ll let the lab boys give it a scrub and see what comes up.”
(To be continued)

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Kitty Kat’s Korner

Halloween Pet Safety: 5 Tips & Tricks

Halloween is a fun holiday filled with treats and costumes, but pets see things differently.

The trick-or-treaters and their costumes can create frightening and even dangerous situations for your cat or dog. Meanwhile, candy, such as chocolate, can be hazardous to pets.

Follow the below Halloween pet safety tips provided by trusted Purina expert Dr. Ragen McGowan, PhD. to keep your dog or cat safe.

How to Keep Your Pets Safe on Halloween

  1. Stay Inside
    New people, strange costumes and the detour from their daily routines can make Halloween stressful for your pets. Even mild-mannered dogs or easy-going cats may find strangers in costume upsetting.

Dr. McGowan advises planning ahead in case your pet gets out. “Make sure your pets have proper identification so if something happens and they run off, it will be easy for someone to contact you. It is easy for dogs or cats to slip out of the door when trick-or-treaters arrive.”

  1. Keep Candy Out of Reach
    There are plenty of lists explaining which foods your dog or cat shouldn’t eat. If you’re asking yourself, “can dogs eat candy?” or “can cats eat candy?” the answer is no.

Many pet owners know chocolate is a no-no, but artificial sweeteners in some candies can also be toxic for pets. Many pet owners might not understand just how grave the consequences can be if their pets eat candy.

These could include vomiting, diarrhea and even poisoning. Even small amounts of candy can be fatal for dogs or cats, so it’s best to keep candy sealed and out of reach. If you want to celebrate with your pet, buy them specially made dog and cat treats for the occasion.

  1. Prepare Your Pets
    Even if you regularly host guests, odds are your doorbell never rings as much as it does on Halloween, which can be distressing for pets. To help your dog or cat feel more at ease with strangers at the door, start preparing them in advance.

“Weeks ahead of Halloween, practice with your dog to create a positive association with the doorbell. Try ringing the doorbell before entering your own house and then reward your dog for not barking when you enter. You could also invite friends over and reward your dog with treats for not barking at the doorbell,” says Dr. McGowan.

  1. Keep Costumes Simple
    Costumes are a fun way to celebrate, but not all pets enjoy dressing up. Pets typically don’t like costumes that restrict their movement, cause discomfort or include hats or headbands around their heads.

Instead, choose an easy-on, easy-off outfit that doesn’t constrict their head and neck. There are other Halloween pet safety considerations when it comes to costumes, like the material and whether it will cause your dog or cat to overheat.

If you want your pet to partake in the holidays, take Dr. McGowan’s advice and choose a Halloween-themed collar and leash or bandana rather than a costume.

  1. Find Soothing Solutions
    The above tips will help ensure that Halloween doesn’t have to be a stressful situation for pets and their owners. That said, some dogs and cats need a little more comfort than others.

If your four-legged friend seems anxious or frightened by all the sights and sounds of the holiday, there are other solutions. If your pet benefits from soothing and comforting during storms or fireworks, you may already own a calming wrap. These products apply constant compression to reduce fear, anxiety and stress in cats and dogs.

If you have a pet that has an anxious temperament who suffers from more chronic stress reactions to things in their day to day you might consider a probiotic like Calming Care which has been proven to help reduce anxious behavior and lessen the stress response for anxious dogs. Pets given probiotic supplements can respond better to external stressors and are generally able to maintain a more positive emotional state.

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Georgia Nicols Weekly Horoscope
Weekly Horoscope: Sunday, October 24, 2021

All Signs
The Sun is the energy source of the solar system, and likewise, it is also the energy source of the horoscope. When the Sun changes signs each month, it energizes a different part of our chart. This is why sometimes, we’re keen to do home improvements and redecorating projects, and at other times, we can barely sweep the kitchen floor. The Sun energizes everything — from jogging to taking a nap. Speaking of which, Yogi Berra said, “I usually take a two-hour nap from one to four.” And one time, when a bunch of naked people ran across the ballfield, he said, “I don’t know if they were men or women fans cuz they had bags over their heads.”

Aries (March 21-April 19)
You are high-energy, active and competitive. (You hate to lose.) Believe it or not, for the next four weeks, you will be even more high-energy and more passionate! (I kid you not.) This passion will apply to your sex drive as well as every aspect of your life. Issues will be more black and white. You will be “for” something or “against” it. You will have strong opinions that you insist on defending, especially anything related to shared property, shared ownership and shared responsibilities. You might dispute an inheritance or your fair share of something. The good news is you will also have a strong desire to be the best that you can be. This is great! You like to be the best that you can be.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)
For the next four weeks, the Sun will be opposite your sign. (This occurs only once a year.) It will pose the question: How well are you doing at the art of living? (Especially since your birthday.) What were your goals for this year and how are they unfolding? Because the Sun is opposite your sign, you will have more focus on your partner or a close friend. You will also have more objectivity, which will help you see your style of relating to those who are closest to you because the Sun will cast “a light” on these relationships. This will help you see how you can improve your style of relating to others. Hey, this is a gift! Knowing how to relate to others is one of the most important skills in life.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)
This week as the Sun changes signs, it will make you want to be efficient, effective and productive in the following four weeks. You will set high standards for yourself, which will include other aspects of your life as well. For example, you might explore exercise, dance classes or an improved diet because you want to be healthier. (Excellent choices.) All of this is because you sense that this is the time to pull your act together. Many of you will also become more involved with a pet. Meanwhile, relations with partners and close friends will be cozy and supportive, which is a lovely influence. Enjoy fun times with loved ones.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Different parts of our chart describe different aspects of our lives. Some parts focus on career, some focus on home and family. But there is one part of our chart that represents fun, pleasure, romance, creativity and having a good time! And this is exactly where the Sun will shine for you for the next four weeks! It will give you the freedom to express yourself and be who you are. Amusing diversions, parties, sports events and social outings will be your first priority. You will feel lighter and happier! Romance will be more fun-loving. You might be more involved with children. It’s the perfect time for a vacation. Enjoy your good fortune!

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
This week as the Sun changes signs, it will draw your focus to home, family and your private life. You’ll be happy to cocoon at home and enjoy the privacy and comfort of familiar surroundings. You might be more involved with family, especially a parent. You will enjoy solitude and time by yourself. This increased focus on home and family will also trigger memories of the past for you. Because of this, the next four weeks are the perfect time to confide in another person, perhaps a professional counsellor or someone who can help you to do some self-evaluation. It will be a pleasant time with rich benefits.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
The pace of your days will accelerate in the next four weeks because the Sun is changing signs. Suddenly, you have things to do, places to go and people to see! You will be more involved with friends, neighbours, siblings and relatives. It will be an excellent time to take short trips and enjoy a busy schedule of appointments and errands. During this window of a faster, busier pace, you will read, write and study more than usual as well. In fact, the next four weeks are an excellent time to take up a new study or learn a new skill. You will also feel comfortable telling someone your views and ideas about something important.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
When the Sun changes signs this week, it will draw your attention to earnings, cash flow and financial matters for the next four weeks. You might look for a better paying job or ways to make money on the side. You will be more interested in your earnings and assets. You will have a stronger focus on your own possessions – maintaining them, cleaning them and storing them. Likewise, many of you will shop for beautiful things. When you buy beautiful things, it is not as frivolous as some might think because you are the one sign in the zodiac who is strongly affected by your immediate environment. Colours, smells, lighting and furnishings literally uplift you or vice versa.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
This week the Sun enters your sign where it will stay for the next four weeks. This happens only once a year and when it occurs, it’s a blessing for you! The Sun is your source of energy. Therefore, this is now your chance to recharge your batteries for the rest of the year! Furthermore, the Sun will attract favourable situations to you as well as important people. Obviously, this means the next four weeks are a time of opportunity for you, so make the most of it! Meanwhile, Venus will attract money to you and encourage you to buy beautiful things for yourself and loved ones. Ka-ching!

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
In the next four weeks, the Sun will be hiding in the wings as your personal year draws to an end, and before your new personal year is ready to begin. Therefore, this four-week interval is a bit like a time of limbo for you. It’s the perfect time to seek out some solitude so that you can reflect and think about where you have been and where you want to go. What do you want for yourself in your new year ahead? This is the perfect time to set some goals because goals give you focus, they define your direction, and they certainly make future decision-making easier. Think about this.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Your popularity will increase in the next four weeks because you will be more interested in friends and more involved in groups, clubs and organizations. Because of this, it’s the best time of year for you to examine friendships and your relationships to groups to see what role they play in your life. There is no question that the people you hang out with influence your mind; and in turn, your mind is what makes the decisions that creates your future. (Think about this because what is true of your friends is also true of you, for the most part.) It’s important to establish who you really are and be yourself without fear or apology. This is the true freedom.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
You’re entering a favourable four-week window where the Sun is at the top of your chart. (This is the only time all year this happens.) It symbolizes that the Sun is shining down on you and casting you in a spotlight that is flattering to you. What this means is that without doing anything special on your part, you will impress everyone, especially bosses, parents, VIPs and teachers! Since this is almost like a blessing from a “magic wand” – make the most of it! The next four weeks are the best time for you to make your pitch and do what you can to advance your agenda. Because people are impressed with you, they will be receptive to your ideas.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
Your desire to travel and explore more of the world will be very strong in the next four weeks. You will want to break free of routine and do something exciting! You want to learn more about your world. In fact, this is an excellent time to take a course or study at school. It’s also a wonderful time to explore writing and opportunities in medicine, the law, publishing and the media. Be open to making even the most trivial encounter a positive learning experience. Be ready to learn about exotic subjects that are metaphysical, religious or spiritual, perhaps mind-expanding explorations. Some might be involved with the law directly or indirectly. It’s an exciting time ahead!

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Weekly Horoscopes Beginning Sunday, 24 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:

You’re ending a six-week cycle, one that’s been as confusing as, ultimately, it will be informative. The focus has been on relationships, from family and those closest, to neighbours you don’t really know. Each experience has been about truly listening to others, and being patient enough to discuss their views until you’ve fully understood them. Challenging as it’s been, you’ll never forget the insights you gained.

A colleague is trying to pick your brains. You have information they need or are looking for. You need to consider whether this is something you are in a position to share. If they’re trying to get you to reveal a secret, be very careful about how you respond. You aren’t sure a team effort is going to be successful but there are others who are confident it will be. Just go with the flow and you won’t be accused of causing delays or problems.

You have excellent powers of persuasion and know exactly how – and when to cut to the quick (sometimes too hastily), You also know how to get to the heart of the matter and make things happen; but yes, there are times when you bark orders and fail to notice that others aren’t – and can’t – keep up. The latter may be quite a problem in the days leading up to Thursday’s Last Quarter Moon. It might not be so easy to identify issues either – which may be down to presentation. You could be affected in curious ways: perhaps disliking the way someone dresses or how they present material. Fact is that a tricky aspect coming soon after the Last Quarter Moon likely represents an obstacle for all signs. In your case, you may need to confront the fact that someone who is supposed to be in charge of a team hasn’t lived up to expectations and might need to be replaced.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Initially it may seem others are actually trying to be difficult; but once you begin discussing both recent events and the matters in question, you’ll realise this is about tackling misunderstandings. While some are recent, and clear-cut, others go back ages and may take persistence to spot, then untangle. Still, what you learn and, better yet, are able to resolve, will more than justify the patience required.

Trust is key and as well as having to put your trust in a partner, you also need to trust yourself. When doubts enter your head, put the brakes on your thoughts. You need to know you are giving all you have got to a joint effort. A youngster in the family needs pointing in the right direction. A decision they are making isn’t easy for them. They need to follow their heart and not their head. Whatever choice they make, you will be there to support them.

You may be correct in thinking that restrictions are a bore. Yet there are times when they’re useful: it may be down to you to lay down ground rules by Thursday’s Last Quarter Moon. Think back to all the things that have held you back in the last two years. Can you now bring these to satisfactory conclusion? Or is it the case that you need to learn to live with them. Either way, there are tough decisions to be taken but should find that by doing so, you earn considerable respect. For 2 1/2 years in every three decades Saturn moves over the career area of your solar chart (as it is doing now). That journey doesn’t complete until 2023. Consider that you are moving up the professional ladder and note too, that you need assurance that you companions are those who have your best interests at heart (which might mean letting someone go).


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Over the past weeks the planetary focus has been on those closest, from friends or family to loved ones or even professional alliances. What you’ve discussed, explored and experienced has been amazingly informative. However, you’ve focused so much on others and joint plans you need to review your feelings about those and, especially, what’s next. While most will still delight you, some may need a review.

Someone wants you to give your views and opinions. Is it time they started thinking for themselves? You might intuitively feel that giving them honest and detailed answers will not be good for you. They may, for instance, pass your ideas off as theirs and you will find this really annoying. It will be the simple things in life like reading a book, cooking a meal and gardening that will help you relax when you’re feeling tense or nervous.

It’s probable that you need to know more. Yes, that’s true nearly a hundred percent of the time. There are times though when thirst for information is just so obvious. The difficulty presently is that you could be provided with information which, though useful in the long term, might not be appropriate for what’s needed now. Fact is that there is a hurdle to be negotiated before the end of October. Think of this as a test in one part or unit of a complex subject. You need to focus on just that. It could easily seem as though others are intent on sabotaging your best efforts. Take particular care mid-week – and especially if working with others born under your sign or Leo: either could provide amusing distraction but effectively mar potential success. In short, your mental filing cabinet needs to be well organised!


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

Your horoscope for this week:

After a period, that’s focused almost entirely on others, existing plans, changes and those that look ahead to the future, you’ve accomplished a lot. However, you’re also aware you need to catch up on personal matters, from life’s practicalities to personal time, and to reflect on those recent changes. That’s what this week is about. Make you, and these tasks, your priority and you’ll achieve wonders.

Everyone needs a little support every now and again and you don’t mind helping out a friend in need. Before you do, work out exactly how much time you are able to give them or they might expect you to be there for them constantly. You could pick up something useful while catching up on local gossip. A job vacancy or new training scheme you hear about will give you something to think about later when you are on your own.

This could be considered to be your most creative time of year with what you produce by Thursday’s Last Quarter Moon likely linked to all the knowledge and experience accumulated in the last two years. Much of this seems to concern health and well-being. Here you could show considerable expertise. By the end of this week the Sun will have arrived at right angle to Saturn and it is probable that you will experience some kind of obstacle – possibly taking the form of a financial brick wall. You may need to explain that unless this wall is climbed, then difficulties will increase – and substantially. Uncomfortable as it may be, you perhaps need to put your foot down and even over next weekend, prepare notes so that you are well armed to continue arguing your case next week.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

As much as you enjoy lively discussions, over the past several weeks there’s been so much talk that you’re longing for quiet and time to reflect. That’s exactly what’s coming. While events seem almost designed to allow you to retreat in quiet reflection, aim to get things dealt with by the week’s close, when the planetary focus shifts to a new and, again, far more social, focus.

A few friends will try to drag you into a contentious issue. This is something you just don’t want to get involved in. Insist on sitting on the fence. The last thing you want is an argument and you know that the moment you state your views, someone will disagree with you. Leave them to get on with it without you. An unexpected offer could mean a big leap for you if you decide to take it up. You will be tempted to give it a go.

You may remember that throughout 2021, the two planets, Saturn and Uranus, have been pulling at the backbone of your solar chart. Relationship as well as career and property issues may have been difficult. The question of where the buck stops and who should take responsibility – whilst at the same time allowing independence and freedom – have likely made things very difficult indeed. Further decisions might need to be made by the end of this week – or at least a timetable put in place in preparation for 2022. There seems to be a certain wistfulness about this. Perhaps you are unsure as to what it is that you really want or more accurately, perhaps you haven’t yet attracted what you believe would be the best outcome? It might suit you to spend time with a mentor or career advisor. At the very least a review of your CV would surely be wise.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

For you, as a Virgo and an earth sign, there’s something satisfying about dealing with various of life’s practicalities, from finances to tidying up confusion around you. Now that’s done, and you’re free to relax and, especially, explore new places, ideas and meet new people. While you may not have felt the need to do this, once you’ve actually begun, you’ll be thrilled.

You will make a half-hearted effort at getting routine chores out of the way but you would rather spend your time doing something different. You’re annoyed with yourself for having turned down an offer because you didn’t have the nerve to say yes. If there is still a chance to change this, contact someone who can help you. Energy levels will be low later on but after a day’s rest, your outlook will brighten considerably.

Yours is a sign not known for shirking responsibilities. Indeed, it could be said that you take on too much. Your ability to grasp detail can, of course, get in the way of you seeing the bigger picture. This week you will need to take care that you’re not interfering with someone who is simply as yet contemplating a task. It may be that they’ll make their move at the last moment. Perhaps they shouldn’t be rushed. It might do you some good to take a little time out mid-week for a blue skies day thinking of your own. A strong possibility is that a deal will be presented, but where you feel a decision needs to be made by the end of October. Tempting as it may be to agree terms, you do need to ensure that this would be appropriate for you in the long term and not simply expedient. In this respect, the wisdom of Cancer or Capricorn friends and colleagues should be most useful.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

During October’s first half, like many others, you were untangling the confusion caused by the retrograde Mercury. It wasn’t all bad news, just time-consuming. Since then, you’ve been catching up on the rest of life, including those who matter most. That continues this week. While things may not seem urgent, tackle these now. That ensures you’re free to focus on early November’s thrilling, if unexpected, events.

This could be one of those rare times when someone up there’ tips luck straight into your lap. You won’t be slow in taking advantage of the wonderful opportunities now on offer. Striving to reach a mutual goal will keep a friendship cooperative. Take advantage of harmonious relationships in the home by devoting more time towards improving communications in the family and putting passion back into a loving partnership.

Is it possible that once again you’ve overstretched? Yours is the sign of the scales and balancing these is an endless – even relentless – task. It may be that in assisting others and perhaps in clearing up what has been a substantial mess or, for some, dealing with the poor health of someone close, that your work-life balance is completely out of true. It seems a crunch is coming and that over the course of the next few days you will need to focus on redressing those scales. That said, to do this efficiently likely requires that you first of all have more rest. What you can achieve in an hour is more than some people do in ten times as long – provided you are mid-week rested and allowed to focus. By Thursday’s Last Quarter Moon, you need to be in good shape to do just that. With an army of friends willingly you on that should yet be possible.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Tricky as recent discussions about certain existing arrangements and future plans may have been, at least these got certain previously unspoken concerns out in the open. Now that everybody’s aware of them, you can discuss both your ideas and your concerns freely. This isn’t just a relief, the odds are good you’ll resolve many of them over the coming week, and others in the near future.

The more careful and organised you are the more likely you are to get results. Stay focused on the job in hand. Others may want to experiment with new ideas; you will prefer to stick with tried and trusted methods. It would feel good to be in a different situation than the one you find yourself in later. You might feel as if you are going through the same experiences repeatedly and getting nowhere. One way to break out of this rut would be to pull out of a long-term arrangement.

Think back over the last couple of years. What hasn’t been accomplished? but what have you achieved? What do you want to do by the end of this month? This is more than just completing tasks before your birthday; this is about determining where you are on your life journey. What other experiences do you want to have? In the lead up to Thursday’s Last Quarter Moon (that accents the apex of your solar chart) would be the perfect time for thinking futuristically and determining new timelines. These are not, repeat not, ‘deadlines’. What is clear, in this extra- ordinary year when Saturn and Uranus are at right angles to one another, is that this aspect is putting particular pressure on all those born under Fixed signs like your own. It’s actually good timing for re-addressing your life map and making alteration where necessary. To this end, you, (along with certain other signs), would surely benefit from reviewing your CV.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

While you may not be thrilled that the manoeuvres of others or the arrangements, they’ve made have cornered you into certain commitments or even duties, you’ve long known they were inescapable. Ironically, having put them off for so long, you’ll find you’ve lots to learn, if not discover. That being the case, give yourself time to delve into these in depth. You’ll be amazed how exciting the process is.

You will be invited to join a team effort. Don’t feel you haven’t the talents or qualifications to be of any help. Bring everything you possibly can to the team as no effort will be too small. Put your trust in your team members. They will also contribute in any way they see fit and together you will soon have something to celebrate. There’ll be a lot of fun when mixing with the sort of people who enjoy the great outdoors.

Not only is it likely that you enjoy the process of gaining knowledge, but you also seem to enjoy passing information on. However, it’s important that it is correct information. As the working week begins it could feel as though you’ve been led up the garden path. Perhaps presentation issues have over-ridden the production of good content. By Thursday’s Last Quarter Moon, you may need to redress this balance. There’s also the high probability of re-engaging with a group of people you used to see regularly. Determining how you can operate together and efficiently under revised circumstances seems likely to top the agenda. There is also the likelihood – especially given that this is a Last Quarter Moon, – of agreeing that you are in the last phase of a cycle. Whilst it might not be possible to conclude this before your birthday, you could agree a timeline that would see satisfactory conclusion by the Equinox in March 2022.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

You could spend ages arguing whether your decisions were wise or what others wanted to do would have been better. The real challenge is overcoming your need, as a Capricorn, to justify your efforts and, ideally, deflect others’ criticism. This once, you’re urged to walk away from the entire drama, and focus on what’s next. Within days you’ll realise what a wise strategy this was.

There’s a high level of uncertainty around a joint project. Are you allowing past experiences to hold you back from doing what you really want to do? Whatever it is you really want, there is no better moment to act than the present one. Honest communication is essential in all relationships. Someone’s little white lies could lead to a huge misunderstanding when they trip over their words. Be sure that this is not you.

You’ll be far from the only sign feels to have come to the end of a road by Friday. The difference between you and others is that you may feel weighed down by responsibilities and timelines. Note that these are not deadlines which are of course, bad for your health. Yet it might be necessary for you to make clear that certain situations simply cannot continue and agree that there will come a time when issues must be delegated completely to the past. That moment could be scheduled for February. True, mid-week it might be advisable to relax a little and accept that design issues are as important as facts and fundamentals. Dovetailing the two may be an issue. A major difficulty may be that a deeply unhappy Leo or Aquarius is so used to the problem, that as yet they can’t imagine life without it. Perhaps one of your tasks is to describe what that world would look like.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Usually, you’re the one who’ll have thought ahead, and so will be trying to win others over to your plans. However, with your circumstances and, as a result, your priorities shifting, even the simplest of arrangements should be regarded as tentative. At other times, you’d regard this as flaky. At the moment, it’s a sound strategy, for now and equally for the weeks to come.

Arguments in the home are starting to get you down. Since no one is willing to back down, a quick breakthrough seems a distant prospect. Resist playing mind games with housemates. There will be a few weeks before you know whether going ahead with a new scheme will be a right decision. What’s important is that you do make a decision and you do take action. Sitting on options and possibilities will move nothing forward.

Of course, it would be understandable if you felt that you’d come to the end of a rocky road. Recall that from the end of last year, Jupiter and Saturn, moved into your sign. Since then, it’s probable that your life journey has been filled with opportunities but then roadblocks. Frustration is more likely than not. Jupiter doesn’t leave your sign until the end of this year and more opportunities will occur. What may be necessary is to accept some restrictions and yes, accept that you need to improve your expertise. It might not be possible to dodge all the rules and regulations you feel are unnecessary and obstructive. It might be pointed out though that by focusing on what isn’t possible, that you’re in danger of losing out on key connections that would make huge improvement to both your work-life balance and your financial state.


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

Your horoscope for this week:

Recently, tricky arrangements involving others have dominated your thinking. Because of the resulting dramas, you’ve almost forgotten how to give you and your interests priority. The time has come to, first, consider what’s best for you and, second, to put those plans into action, however much others complain you’re ignoring their needs. On the contrary, quite simply, it’s your turn to come first.

You’re finding it fun to experiment even though not everything you do will be successful. In fact, having a go with different techniques could mean you will be taking twice as long as usual to complete mundane tasks and duties. This won’t bother you because you will be enjoying taking a different approach to your home and workplace routines. You might exploit the benevolent aura around you later in the week to ask someone for a favour.

You don’t have to make a drama out of a crisis, but perhaps it’s the case that sometimes in losing your temper, you refuel. May be that’s the impetus needed before you can move forward. For a variety of reasons, it may be necessary to complete a task before Friday. Reluctance could get in the way – especially mid-week. Then, it might well be a race to the finish at Thursday’s Last Quarter Moon. A further possibility is that a Leo or Aquarius friend will make demands that again put you under pressure. Note that we are now just a few weeks away from Jupiter’s arrival in your sign. For the greater part of 2022 Jupiter makes passage through Pisces; a time when traditionally, new opportunities present. To take advantage of what could be a delightful curve, preparations should be made. To that end, another feature of the next few days is space clearing and accepting that one chapter has most definitely come to a close.

~CelestialPrognostication

By GrannyMoon Posted in Pagan

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